May Premiere

We’re halfway through the year. Most will have summer plans. As for me, I’m going to find some time to watch a couple of shows I’ve been interested in that aired last month. Below are what premiered in May.

Individualist Ms. Ji Young
개인주의자 지영씨
05/08/17
KBS
Mon-Tue

Ruler, Master of the Mask
군주 – 가면의 주인
05/10/17
MBC
Wed-Thu

Suspicious Partner
수상한 파트너
05/10/17
SBS
Wed-Thu

Bad Thief, Good Thief
도둑놈, 도둑님
05/15/17
MBC
Sat-Sun

Return of Bok Jan Di
단지 널 사랑해
05/15/17
MBC
Weekdays

Fight My Way
쌈, 마이웨이
05/22/17
KBS
Mon-Tue

Lookout
파수꾼
05/22/17
MBC
Mon-Tue

Circle
써클: 이어진 두 세계
05/22/17
tvN
Mon-Tue

Lovers In Bloom
무궁화 꽃이 피었습니다
05/29/17
KBS
Weekdays

My Sassy Girl
엽기적인 그녀
05/29/17
SBS
Mon-Tue

7 Day Queen
7일의 왕비
05/22/17
KBS
Wed-Thu

Chicago Typewriter: 11


Starting out with my rant. There was no need for Tae Min’s mom to be here, although it makes sense that she’s protecting Tae Min as a mother in her own sick, and twisted way. I do hope that Daddy Baek really follows through on his thoughts that he should at least try and stop her. What I want to see is that both Tae Min and his mom really get it in the end – like in the mental hospital or something. By now, some of you already know that I don’t like the idea of new characters joining in late in the show. But for progress’ sake, Jeon Seol’s mom is an exception [we only heard a voiceover] because she’s just as crucial to finding out what happened in the past. I’m sure we’ll see her again, she can’t run from her past forever. Time does catch up on a person. The other new character that showed up was Tae Min’s student[was she even a student or just sitting in the class], turns out she’s after Se Ju too because of her brother from episode 2/3. I don’t quite see where her character fits because if she’s blackmailing Tae Min, it will benefit Se Ju’s career, but if she’s also after Se Ju, doesn’t that negate her first motive? The only thing I could think of is that she’s also part of their past life, unbeknownst to everyone.


Bang Wol unintentionally burst JO’s bubble. NOOOOO!!! His heart is already broken as it is, then he gets told off about the pitfalls of being a ghost like he doesn’t know that. I hope this doesn’t deter him from actually calling out to Jeon Seol. I hope he doesn’t leave. Someone needs to tell Bang Shin she sees ghost, Stat! I couldn’t handle her crying over Jin Oh. I think that scene was unnecessary unless it’s connected in a future episode. Back to Bang Wol, I know she is protecting Bang Shin from a shaman’s fate, I can understand that, but she just caused misunderstandings that aren’t necessary. I’m not worried though, since she’s not in the know – it will get resolved somehow.


There’s not much flashbacks in this episode, but the one we have was important, because it connects Jin Oh to Tae Min and our main couple. ae Min ended up being part of their past life after all. Not surprising since Jin Oh was keen to protect Jeon Seol from him in the episode where they were typing up their contracts. I didn’t quite figure out what or why until this episode. It does look like he doesn’t remember his past or has not been triggered yet even after seeing Jin Oh’s presence. I must admit, although it wasn’t meant to be hilarious, I was laughing at how he was reacting to see Shin Yul’s ghostly antics. I guess I’m enjoying the premise of a future punishment. I think he’s about to lose it and break down. It feels like his walls are closing in and he’s starting to push back starting with Jeon Seol, the one person he wants but can’t have. I wonder if he did want her in the past too? If he ended up being her man in the past and that’s why it’s contrasting here?


Not much progress with Jin Oh today in unraveling his past. We are closer though since he did figure out how he can make his presence known to the people in his past life. Which means he just needs to call out Jeon Seol, her mom, and anyone else connected in this lifetime, and this mystery can be solved. Thing is though – there will be consequences for the parties involved in Jin Oh’s murder in this lifetime. That effect could go either way. As for our characters, they can heal and move on, whereas for our villains yet to be confirmed, when the truth does come back for them, it’s something that they can’t run away from in this time. Is that something that Jin Oh would really want in order to move on? Is that the justice he seeks to those who wronged him decades ago?


I knew it. She was going to lie to Se Ju even after he had made it clear that she needs to tell him whenever she sees her visions. I knew she was going to be the noble idiot and try to run away from Se Ju. I can’t believe that even after what her mother did to her, she still let her words get in her head. I understand that she has so many questions when everything was happening to her at the same time. It didn’t help that Bang Wol unintentionally made it worse for her – making her feel like that she will be the cause of Se Ju’s future death. Thankfully, Se Ju has a different perspective in life that this didn’t last longer than this episode. It didn’t have to take an accident for her to change her mind about staying, though but – I’ll take it. It’s natural that she’s having doubts that she wants to know how their story ends. Quite understandable, especially when your memories aren’t everything. I do hope that this is not a hint that just like the past, the story was never finished.


Se Ju is definitely the hero of the show, if not this episode. He has grown so much since episode 1. From keeping everyone behind his wall, to accepting them as part of his life, both past and present. I like his outlook on life which is the opposite of how mostly everyone thinks as a society. It’s sad that he had to experience life differently for him to have a different view in life, but his logic is still beyond his years. As far as his relationship with Jeon Seol goes, even the way he says that Jeon Seol is shameless is even gentler than when they were first getting acquainted with each other. He’s a mand of his word. We knew that from the beginning, but back then was words, this episode, I saw actions. He gave Tae Min the draft of Fate, and he’s keeping his promise that he will finish the novel no matter what.

I saw one main theme in this episode: Protection. Some were shown in Tae Min, and Bang Wol’s mom. Some were underlying – Se Ju/Jeon Seol protecting each other’s feelings bye not ending the novel. One was mentioned in the end, when Se Ju told Jeon Seol that he’s been saving [protecting] him all this time.

As far as mirrors, and contrast goes, the only thing that I could see as a mirror which was Jeon Seol’s street date with Se Ju which mirrors Se Ju’s street date with her as their form of goodybye. I guess, I could add a second one, where Tae Min is still a scoundrel, but that’s still have to be proven in the present timeline. We all see and know it, but that still has to be played out in front of Jeon Seol and the literary world.


For the contrast, fist is Jeon Seol’s belief that she’s ill fated with Se Ju [no thanks to Bang Wol adding to her worries], but he thinks she’s his savior. Although it’s not shown here but we’ve seen their past kiss before, that kiss is a contrast to their present kiss. I kept saying it before that I wasn’t convinced that he likes her. I somewhat saw it today, I still must feel it though. The feelings are there but it’s somewhat contrasting from their past. And, I think I like it. I like that Se Ju does have feelings for Jeon Seol, and it’s not an extension of his past life nor hers. I like that she just grew on him and he didn’t even know it, until he started caring for her well being. I didn’t see it before, because it was a gradual process for Se Ju breaking down his wall, and changing the sources of his motivation in life. He had to let go of his internal fears and beliefs first, before he can express his feelings to anyone around him. Contrasting that to the past, I think that with what Hwi Young had with Soo Hyun, their kiss was more passionate because it has been suppressed due to their mission, it wasn’t unrequited at all – it was just ill timed. At least, they won’t have to repeat that in this lifetime, at least I hope.

Until then.

   

April Premiere

It’s the middle of May [already!]. If you’re behind on shows like me, and wondering what aired last month, here’s your list. Enjoy!

Mystery Queen
추리의 여왕
04/05/17
KBS

Chicago Typewriter
시카고 타자기
04/07/17
tvN

Sister Is Alive
언니는 살아있다
04/15/17
SBS

My Secret Romance
애타는 로맨스
04/17/17
OCN

Man to Man
맨투맨
04/21/17
JTBC

Nameless Woman
이름 없는 여자
04/24/17
KBS

Teacher Oh Soon Nam
훈장 오순남
04/24/17
MBC

Chicago Typewriter: 3


I like the time jumps like these, that it just flows in the episode without a major twist. It was casually mentioned in a conversation. To think of it, this wasn’t the first time they did this. I still appreciate it either way.


So, Tae Min is not living up to his father’s expectations. Add that to his mother’s craziness, I won’t be surprised if he’s a psychopath deep down. Speaking of his mother, what does she have against Se Ju that she’s willing to pay to see him fail? Wasn’t it already established that Se Ju isn’t her husband’s biological son?


Bang Shin, and Bang Wool, their characters are useful because of the supernatural theme that this show represents. I can understand Bang Wool’s part in this show because she’s the modern shaman. I still have to wait and see what Bang Shin’s role in this show aside from being Jeon Seol’s best friend and a shaman’s daughter.


I kind of feel bad for Han Se Ju in this episode. He’s so conflicted. He’s inconsistent with himself. I’d go crazy too if I was him. First, we have Jeon Seol confusing his feelings. I can see that part of him wants to open up to Jeon Seol, but his past is giving him major trust issues. So, he pushes her away, but doesn’t want to lose her. He’s isolated himself so much, that he must be told what they’re doing in order for him to comprehend what’s happening, but at the same time he’s doubting that same person.


Second, he must deal with a ghostwriter writing for him. He can chalk it up to his dream visions, alcohol and medications, but he knows he didn’t write the novel series. Don’t forget the fact that the said ghostwriter is still nameless, and faceless as far Se Ju’s concern. I don’t get however, why Ji Seok didn’t just introduce him right then and there. I know he went against Se Ju’s wishes, but why does he have to ghost write in secret, only to get caught in the end?  I guess this is a build up for the next episode.


Jeon Seol didn’t have much growth in this episode, or maybe she did? She seemed to not have given up on Se Ju like she said she would. That’s growth for a fan girl, right? I don’t think I’d have it another way given that our characters are still learning about each other while learning about themselves.


“Father” seems to be the undertone of a part of this show. We saw Tae Min’s father being critical of him. We saw Jeon Seol honoring her father, and lastly, Se Ju’s father was mentioned during his dream vision.


The mirror in this episode will be the watch. The same item could be a contrast of events. In Jeon Seol’s present life, her father handed her the watch. In Se Ju’s dream, Jeon Seol mentioned that it was Se Ju’s father that gave him in the past life. The mirror is their respective father giving it to them. The contrast is that Se Ju owned the watch in the past, while Jeon Seol is the owner in the present. Oh, what web did the Fates weave for our couple?


There’s another symbolism in this show that’s supernatural in nature. Fog. The fog can be translated in many ways, but it all applied to Se Ju. We can’t see what’s beyond the fog unless we go through it. This is like Se Ju’s character, he can’t see past his writer’s block unless he comes up with new material, or a ghostwriter can do it for him. It could also represent Se Ju’s wall. There are issues memories he doesn’t want to remember – both past, and present, so he created a spiritual wall of fog. For Se Ju’s emotions, it symbolizes his confusion/misery. Se Ju has mentioned this before when he compared Jeon Seol to Annie. It’s like his worst fear – to be involved in “misery”, which he’s now in – but a deeper meaning. It could also mean as a sign of future revelations, in this case he had a dream/vision of his past life.

I’m invested in this show not because of the love story that transcends time. But because the writing in the writing. Just like today’s episode, there’s more to the Se Ju/Jeon Seol loveline. This was about their fathers, about their subconscious. What are they really trying to tell us? How will the past catch up to the present? How will that make go forward in the future?

   

Chicago Typewriter: 2


Wow. Just wow. If I didn’t need to go to work in a few hours, I would’ve watched the next episode. I had to re-watch this episode twice just to make sense of everything I saw before I type. I think I’m going into a rabbit hole in this episode especially when tackling the supernatural parts of this show.

It would be interesting to see the following characters were in each other’s past life, but I prefer to keep them just in this timeline.


Secretary Kim – Ji Seok. Last episode, he struck as me a man who’d do anything that would translate to money. I still think he does, but in this episode, I’d like to think he has good intentions for Se Joo. He’s the man behind the ghostwriter idea. Now it makes me wonder if any of my favorite authors ever hired one……


Tae Min. I didn’t see in episode 1, but I saw it today. He seems to be this gentle person, but something inside me tells me, he’s up to no good. [Great! Another eye candy that’s a villain. I guess I do have a type]. From the looks of it, he’ll be Se Joo’s rival. Will he vie for Jeon Seol’s heart too? It makes me wonder if his first book wasn’t his but Se Joo’s. There’s a contrast in this character that caught my thoughts. He has a cat, and Jeon Seol [not technically] has a dog. It’s like telling me that they’ll be against each other like cats and dog.


Tae Min’s mom. You can’t have a show with the rich and famous without an evil stepmom. I can only imagine the schemes this woman will do.


Jeon Seol grew up a little in this episode when she realized that her idol isn’t perfect. But she hasn’t realized it yet- that Se Joo is just human just like her. I don’t know if this episode is what made her really quit being a fan girl. Which made me think, if this will mirror her past life. Meaning, she shot Se Joo in the past.


If episode 1 focused on Jeon Seol, this episode is a little bit more about Se Joo. So, is he or is he not an orphan? Did he really have a family but he left home? I’m still confused because celebrities tend to fabricate their own backstories for better sympathy and empathy from fans. So I can’t really be sure of his family’s background, not that it matters anyway. It would only matter because that made him into the person that he is now…guarded, holed up in his castle, suspicious of anyone and everything. He’s thrown the “don’t even think about it” to anyone that might want to get close to him. It’s not because he doesn’t want them, but because he’s afraid that he’ll be left behind, or he’ll end up leaving.  He kind of, sorta reminds me of Go Dok Mi in Flower Boy Next Door – minus the never leaving the house part.

We have parallels in this episode, though some we’ve seen before. Their past life is slowly mirroring their present life. Although the past events shown in the present wasn’t in chronological order.  Now that I think of it, I should start compiling the scenes in the 1930s and figure out the entire scene chronologically.


Jeon Seol’s vision of Yoo Soo Yeon aiming a gun at someone. Did she know who she shot?


Jeon Seol/Soo Yeon typing for Se Joo to meet a deadline.This one though, wasn’t shown in the same scene, but it’s a parallel to me.


Se Joo lost control of his car – Jeon Seol was there. Se Joo lost control of his bike – Jeon Seol was there……both timelines.


I finally get to see the ghostwriter. As much as I like Yoo Ah In back from SKKS days, I am more excited to see Go Gyung Pyo. [Second Lead Syndrome is kicking in.] I just found it strange that he didn’t have his own laptop, and just decided to use the typewriter that’s available. I found it even stranger that he started typing without any notes from Se Joo.  So, great minds think alike?


I’m not too worried about Se Joo’s accident. This might be a wake up call for him, or maybe get more visions of his past life. Jeon Seol is there, and as much as she’d like to believe that her fangirling days are over, she’s not giving up on Se Joo. This can also be a connection to what Bang Shin’s mom said that two people will save him. She’s the first one, and ghostwriter Yoo is the other. Se Joo just doesn’t know it yet.


We have two symbolisms in this show. First, the  Moon/Moonlight. In this episode the moon wasn’t shown. What was mentioned, and what shown was the moonlight. To me, it’s the same as showing the Moon itself. The Moon is always represented as feminine. So, it would only make sense that the focus on this episode, if not the entire show is Jeon Seol. In literature, it is a symbol of the soul. This could mean that both our characters are undergoing a period of soul searching. Scientifically, it is also most often associated with tides. In this show, the tides are changing for Se Joo and Jeon Seol.  Now back to the moonlight. It’s a symbol of illumination. The darkest part of their souls are being illuminated. Their darkest past, which in this case is their past life – is being illuminated. For what reason, well – we have 14 more episodes to go. Basically, this episode starts their journey from the past.


Second, we have the earthquake. Some would call it a phantom earthquake, but I think it’s unheard of that two people experienced it at the same time and place. Earthquake is a symbolism for both characters. Something big is happening to both of them, aside from the representation of the quake to each character. For both, it characterizes their suppressed thoughts, and emotions that’s waking up. In this case, they’re not being awakened slowly, but forcefully like an earthquake. For Jeon Seol, it symbolizes that a major shift is happening, starting with the return of her visions from her former life. For Se Joo, he’s been facing a lot of chaos physically, mentally, pretty soon – emotionally. From his crazy fans, stalkers, busy schedule and still needs to meet a deadline. What finally made him “crack” recently his meeting with Jeon Seol, which also happens to be the girl in his dream visions. It’s not a matter of if, but when he breaks down. Everything has fallen into place causing the earthquake.

Well, I can’t wait what happens in the next episode. I’m curious to see how all three will meet in the present life, given that we’ve already seen their closeness in the past.

Stay tuned.

First Impression: Chicago Typewriter

This was one of the dramas I had wanted to watch when news about this show first came out. I didn’t read any news article that came out, and I haven’t checked the forums to read what’s been happening in this show, aside from the quotes that I see on the Kdrama Quotes Facebook page. Basically, I don’t know anything aside from who’s writing the show, and who are acting in it.I wanted to see how they can fuse a modern timeline with the theme of the past.  I am a firm believer of past lives, reincarnations, destiny, fate,…..etc. That’s why no matter how tired I am at the end of the day, I make the effort to watch this show. I tried at least twice, and was only able to reach halfway and I fell asleep. I [finally! ] was able to finish the episode in its entirety because I decided to watch where I left off the last time instead of starting over and I can’t wait to share my thoughts. I’m 6 episodes behind so you will obviously know that answer to my questions, indulge me.

Thanks to Bang Shin, we get a basic back story [I love back stories!], and I was able to know and like Im Soo Jung’s character. Jeon Sol. I found her character appealing right away. I’m curious because she’s the link, if not the main reason that we’ll be travelling back in time. I’d like to think that the episode, if not the show should center on her instead of our famous author. I’m thankful that she’s not an obsessed fan. It’s less complicated when you add that to the show. Right away I’ve been given a clue to her past life when she mused to herself that she must’ve been a traitor in her past life. So, does that mean that she’ll get to meet who she betrayed in this lifetime? If so, who is it? I’m actually not too worried because all that happened in the past, and whatever it is, she can put closure to that in this lifetime and move on. It’s interesting that a “legend” like her opted to live a life of part time jobs because of her visions of her past life. What visions did she see?

For now, her present is mirroring her past life. She was good at handling guns in the past – that’s why she’s a sharp shooter athlete in the present. She’s a writer/fan of a writer because in her past she was involved with one. Does her having a veterinarian knowledge have a connection in the past too?

I will admit that in the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I’m impressed or not at Yoo Ah In’s character Se Joo. I appreciated the fact that he’s willing to get dirty to play the part of a character he’s writing, but I kind of cringed at what it seemed like boasting that he was rich and famous living in mansion complete with a staff fit for a king, but then again, he’s nice enough to give them all a day off, oh and asking for a deer???. But after finding out that Se Joo is an orphan, that all changed. I absolutely LOVE stories about orphans who make a name for themselves – he definitely earned ALL of it. They probably went a little overboard with the mansion, but I’ll take it for what it is.

That’s the only back story I know of him, which is okay since I prefer to know his 1930s life and why it’s coming back for him now. If only Se Joo knows how true his words were about destiny and past lives. What was he writing in the past that a haunted typewriter made its way back to him.

Have I mentioned before that I love mystery and period/historically themed shows? Chicago Typewriter has both. It’s a no brainer that I’ll be sticking with this show and putting another in the back burner. So it’s not a literal time travelling story where our characters get sucked into the typewriter and will have to type their story as a way out to get back to the present. The 1930’s will be a flashback of their past lives. That would be really cool to see both parallels and contrast of their past and present and how this will affect their future.

So far, I like the set up of our characters, and it was a smooth transition between this time and their past, and going back. For now we’ve seen glimpses of Se Joo’s past connected with Jeon Sol’s. Se Joo’s link to his past is the typewriter, while Jeon Seol’s is a gun. We’ve been introduced to mostly everyone we need to know in their current life. I’ll get into more detail about our supporting characters in the future episodes.

Do they have a mirrored past with them? Will Se Joo have a recollection of his own past life? Will Jeon Seol see her visions again? We’ve heard the 3rd person’s “voice” from the past and I wonder how he will connect to them in the present. We still have to see Go Kyung Pyo’s character before their lives from their past connect to the present.

Let’s not forget that there’s a love story here too. Our couple have already met, and they’re already met with circumstances that led them to share a moment or two to connect. I’m just waiting for the second lead to come and break my heart, because I’m not rooting for the main couple as of today’s episode.