Drama Review: 2/20/17

As of this post, I’ve watched:

Rebel: 5-6

It’s been 12 years and our kids have grown up to be handsome men, and a pretty lady. Ah Mo Gae’s village is thriving as he looks back thinking he’s come a long way – he survived, his children survived. Both men grew up doing what they wanted to be: Gil Hyeon is a blacksmith, and Gil Dong a famous travelling merchant. During Gil Dong’s travels, he meets Ga Ryung and Nok Soo who asks for his help in being the King’s woman, to which he  offers himself instead – before declining because he has to go home to another special lady – his sister Eo Ri Ni.

Gil Dong and Ah Mo Gae seems to have drifted apart since their views of life differ. But both still worry about each other deep down. Ah Mo Gae’s business is threatened by Ho Tae Hak to which his crew easily beat in a village fight. After learning that Gil Dong lost his strength, he decided to retire . Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, Ah Mo Gae was arrested. Gil Hyeon, Gil Dong, and Eo Ri Ni fight and run for their lives……..Gil Dong gets his strength back.

-This mini recap does not do justice with everything’s that happened in the last two episodes.  Even though the focus of this blog to express my thoughts/questions on the show.

I thought that Gil Dong was lying when he said that he lost his powers, that it was his way to have his father leave with him. He didn’t really lose it after all, he just didn’t have anything to actually use that strength for until episode 6.

I was thinking that Ah Mo Gae has to die in order for Gil Dong to have some sort of motivation to regain his strength back. I was wrong. It was his sister that triggered him, although I’m sure that him worried about his father already added to the emotions, seeing his sister being dragged away pretty much tipped him over.  I’m actually relieved that it was done this way, instead of him knowing his father has passed away and he gained his strength back for revenge, following his father’s footsteps – which doesn’t end the cycle, making the entire story line kind of moot for me.

I am hoping that Ah Mo Gae is still alive, even for a few years just for him to know that Gil Dong got his powers back. After all, he lived the last 12 years waiting for Gil Dong to use his strength. It would be really sad that he didn’t get to fulfill Gil Dong’s wish.

I know that it’s time to have him become a man, and fall in love, and fight for the people. I’m not quite ready to turn this into a love story. I like the way this has been, a family surviving, and protecting each other. Also, I still have unanswered questions: Is Gil Hyeon alive? What happened to Eo Ri Ni? What happened in the forest with the tiger? I don’t think they’ll spend a scene with a tiger approaching young Gil Dong only to be dismissed as a lie he made up.

Voice: 9-10

Gwon Joo and Jin Hyuk both wonder who the real murderer is. The Commissioner managed to take away the Surimdong case away from our Golden Time team under the orders of Chairman Mo. Oh Hyun Ho was accused on their forum that he’s a drug addict, gang member and bullied someone into committing suicide by his stalker. The smae stalker who attacked Eun Soo in the restricted area of the police station. Chief Jang was being blackmailed into doing Chairman Mo’s doing. Meanwhile, Nam Tae Sang ordered a hit on Jin Hyuk’s son. Tae Gu claimed another victim for alerting Gwon Joo that Nam Tae Sang is at Fantasia.

The show seems to still have the same intense vibe given their censorship notice.

So close, yet so far. Tae Gu is a classic serial killer next door. It’s like I want to fall for him, but I know I can’t because he’s the bad guy – but he’s so irresistable, but at the same time dangerous. Oh my heart.

The gloves are off for Nam Tae Sang and takes it up a notch by going after Jin Hyuk’s son. So does Tae Gu. I really do hope that he doesn’t fall victim in their future episodes…..that will make Jin Hyuk a total psycho out for revenge, and it will throw the whole story off. I do wonder what Tae Gu [writers] has in store for Gwon Joo since she doesn’t have anyone close to. This means, that she’ll have to come face to face with him.

I do wonder though what Nam Tae Sang’s or Tae Gu’s for that matter in going after Jin Hyuk’s wife. There has to be something about Nam Tae Sang’s father since he was mentioned by name a couple of times.

I was wondering where the other team members will have their spotlight moment in this show. The writers wrote that in this week. I was relieved, and WRONG AGAIN for thinking that Hyun Ho is related to Chairman Mo, and the murders. Jin Hyuk again is the only one physically fending off every bad guy. I’m beginning to think that he’s the show’s punching bag.

I did watch Missing 9, episode 9 – but I’ll have to re-watch it, and watch episode 10 in order to better review it. It might be the last two episodes I watch for this series. We’ll see.

Stay tuned.

Drama Review: 2/13/17

As of this post, I’ve watched:
Rebel: 3-4
This week’s episode connected with me in a different way. This was Ah Mo Gae’s week to shine. From Ah Mo Gae the servant, smuggler, acquitted murderer, to leader of a village, he really is no ordinary servant. Most of all, he did for the love of his children, who grew up becoming what they wanted to be, with Ah Mo Gae supporting them while leading a village.
I’d like to point out first, that I’m not saying that what Ah Mo Gae did was right in any way, that is a crime punishable by law to this day, no matter what country you reside in. I connected with Ah Mo Gae because he somewhat mirrored my situation. Everything I’ve earned, I take the chance to get my kids something they like, even though I’ve been told to spend it on me.  I’ve lived my life to this day at the bottom of the totem pole. With all the things I can do, and actually finish in a workday, I still can’t get that moment of recognition from the higher ups, yet those who sit, play on their phones, nothing but and socialize gets all the praise and recognition. I have two kids, and each one with a different dad, BOTH dads are there for their kids emotionally, physically, not just financially. It’s nice for my kids to have a dad to rely on where I’m lacking.
I really enjoyed this week’s episodes. Okay, I didn’t enjoy the whole trial for Ah Mo Gae and what he and his sons had to go through emotionally. h Mo Gae, he’s just too brilliant to be a servant, who served the same family for 40 years, yet that noble family gets away with all sorts of abuse towards him and his family. I would lose it too, if I was him. S***t, I’d spill all the beans too to bring those who wronged me down, although I wouldn’t go as far as murder in my lifetime.
I loved how he was able to find the master’s wife’s weakness, and used the law on them. I wish it didn’t have to come to murder, but it’s sooooooooo gratifying to see the master’s wife shaking in fear thinking what Ah Mo Gae can really do. It is soooooooooo worth it to see the “nobles” being exposed as to who they really are. It excites me that the rich are scared of the poor. These episodes isn’t just about social class, this is also about how a father will do ANYTHING to protect, and provide a future for his children. What got to me is the part when he painted portrait for each his kids, where Gil Hyeon is an official, and Gil Dong a general, but his kids wanted something else…….and he let them be. That, fatherly love, is a rare gem in this modern age.

I’m kind of sad that the kids’ parts are over, but, I’m looking forward to their grown up counterparts and how things change for the Mighty Child.
Missing 9: 7-8
More twists and turns this week…..
Back in the island, Bong Hee and Joon Oh seems to get closer, Ji Ah, and Ki Joon are in a should we/shouldn’t we really date phase. Another survivor emerged in the form of reporter Ki Won who seems to have evidence that Tae Ho is the root of all the murders, starting from Jae Hyun, to which he admitted before Joon Oh claims Tae Ho’s life. The castaways were rescued.
In the present, Bong Hee reveals Tae Ho’s crimes, and naming Ho Hang as witness. Tae Ho has been revealed that he is alive, and reveals in the press conference that Joon Oh is the criminal. CEO Jang seems to be in the know of Tae Ho’s criminal activities. Ho Hang also returns to Korea, but Tae Ho got to him first and forced him to name Bong Hee as Joon Oh’s accomplice.
We finally get to see the story of Jae Hyun, and why everyone hated Joon Oh.  Jae Hyun just wants to debut, but can’t because the trio still needs him. Joon Oh wants him to debut too, but CEO Hwang had other plans in mind, and he was tasked to convince Jae Hyun no matter what.
Wow, that’s too many revelations in one week’s worth of episodes. Tae Ho is a classic serial killer. Sure, it was unintended with Tae Ho, but we all know once you’ve done it- you can do it again. Maybe it was just as unintentional with Yeol, but there’s definitely intent with So Hee, and motive with Ki Won. But- I still give him the benefit of the doubt that maybe he’s doing CEO Jang’s bidding.
I have no theories as to what can happen next week. This is how good this show is, that I can’t predict what’s going to happen next. There’s still a lot that we don’t know, like what else did Tae Ho do?
Voice: 7-8
We’re halfway into the series, Jin Hyuk, and Gwon Joo are closer to finding the owner of the voice who killed his wife and her father. We’re introduced to new characters this week that ties one case to another.
The Surimdong case is underway when they found the real landlord stuffed in a closet as a tenant was threatening who he thought was Bong Soon, only after an interrogation they found that Chun Ok was being threatened, and Yoong Won was not the one that actually killed the owner of their building.  Jin Hyuk received a lead regarding the Hwang Kyung Il case, only to be betrayed by his informant. He then meets Nam Sang Tae who admitted to killing his wife……or did he? Chun Ok was found murdered, and the next targets are Gwon Joo and Jin Hyuk. Lesson for the day, detective work isn’t just thinking skills, it’s physical work.
I like how it starts as a 911 call, but they’re all connected to one case from three years ago. Gah!!!! I have to wait until next week! AGAIN. OCN really has a knack for crime shows, and whatever it is – I keep coming back for the next. We didn’t get a cliffhanger from another call this time which was good. It has worked the last few weeks, but honestly, I don’t know for how long that will work. So it’s good that things changed a bit.
The show is starting to tie the cases together. Lesson for the day, detective work isn’t just thinking skills, it’s physical work. The writers should take that lesson to heart, and give Gwon Joo actual physical detective work that can work for her aside from being stuck in a call center. Her getting kidnapped does not count as physical work. Yes, her skillset involves her hearing skills, and her job is to answer calls. But what happens when that is gone??? Also, Jin Hyuk can’t be the only one who does the physical action scenes. I’m not complaining – since their action sequence was great, but I’d like to see more cops fighting alongside of him.
I didn’t believe that Sang Tae killed Jin Hyuk’s wife, and Gwon Joo’s dad, because he himself is responding/reporting to someone else. In other words, he’s taking orders as well. When I saw Tae Gu, I knew it’s him. He’s the owner of the voice. My question is does everyone in the gang have some dental work done resulting in cracking sounds? First it was Kwang Il, then Sang Tae, and Tae Gu [at least I think it’s him].
I still think Dae Shik, Chief Jang, and the Commissioner are all in this somehow. I did find it a little weird where Hyun Yo was specifically mentioned….is he connected too? They’ve made it known that he’s rich, so why need to work as a cop, or even recommended for the call center?
Stay tuned.

Drama Premiere: January

Wow! It’s already February. Are you still suffering from the Goblin syndrome, or are you ready to move on? Personally, it takes me a while to find a new drama to follow right after a crack drama. I have a couple of dramas that I’m already following before Goblin ended, so the fall into withdrawal symptoms isn’t as bad, but, I must admit – there is probably no other drama that can make me move on right away.

If you’re ready to move on wondering what other dramas are out there in kdramaland that you can marathon, below is a list of shows that premiered in January.

Oppa Is Missing
01/11/17
Weekdays
Naver TV Cast

The Naked Fireman
맨몸의 소방관
01/12/17
Wed/Thu
KBS

Voice
보이스
01/14/17
Sat/Sun
OCN

My Shy Boss
내성적인 보스
01/16/17
Mon/Tue
tvN

Missing 9
미씽나인
01/18/17
Wed/Thu
MBC

Defendant
피고인
01/23/17
Mon/Tue
SBS

Chief Kim
김과장
01/25/17
Wed/Thu
KBS