LOL guys, today's forum is like a menagerie. Thought I got lost on the way to the forum and ended up in Animal Planet forum instead. >.< Birds, butterflies, ducks, swans, rabbits and even mythical dragons.
IMO, I don't think you need to. Compared to FTLY, the major spoiler was a central cog in the entire storyline. There was no avoiding it at all, and so when the T-FTLY spoilers appeared, the K-FTLY version was basically bombed for those who hadn't watched yet (me, back then.) HOWEVER, I have watched T-ITWY and unless I remember wrong, there isn't a major spoiler the way FTLY had one. At most it will be minor ones. But since this story is based on characters and the way they interact with each other, and now that the we've seen that the characters are similar only in very broad strokes, I think that the events of T-ITWY won't necessarily be the same. In fact, knowledge of T-ITWY events may even serve to confuse the prediction of what's going to come. That's what I think anyway.
Their story reminds me of a couple that I know. She's from China, he's a local boy. They started seeing each other, but shortly after, he went away for six months for a training stint. He'd already introduced her to his parents by then. While he was away, the parents invited her to meals and to church, thereby lovingly parenting her into a relationship with Christ. She came into the relationship on her own, and it's been a good central core in their couplehood now that he continues to travel for work and she doesn't. They got married. I guess what I'm trying to say is that Daddy Choi is acting quite normally. He's not inordinately pushing, nor is he hiding what Christian parents would want. Different families hold to different levels of complying with the 'marrying other Christians rule', but, as the Choi's have pointed out, the most important thing is to act with love. Re:"stay here with my kid" LOL. It's like he's desperate to make sure his son keeps this girl!
I agree with most people here - a very solid start. The cute just got cuter in Ep 2. The second leads are serious competition, but we all know Hana and Won are end-game. So it will be up to the story to show how these second leads form part of the journey that Hana and Won take to finally ... I was about to write "seeing each other as potential partners" , but that's not right. They already do! But they've quite firmly switched it off in their minds. Thanks to Won's excellent slaughtering of any hope by swearing that he would never, ever date her, even if they were the last two people on earth, living on a deserted island together (LOL! It's kinda hilariously teenagey dramatic!).... so ok, then,... the journey that Hana and Won take to finally getting together as a couple. I knew there was a reason I loved Best Friend romances, and this show is showing all signs of delivering on the sexual tension, emotional confusion and loving sacrifice that best friends bring into a romantic relationship.
Omo. Wow, they've covered a lot of ground off screen. There's a lot of subtext in the conversation with Daddy Choi! Daddy Choi keeps reassuring them that there's always hope in love, and, as @liddi translated, all it takes is a little seed for things to sprout into full bloom. Si Won kept asserting the same - 'Love is enough'. Liu Wen is the one who is not optimistic ("I hope (the time with your Dad) is not wasted"). It feels like Siwon has informed his Dad of the true status of the relationship - possible. But Liu Wen being as careful as she is, is finding it hard to risk her heart on a long-distance relationship. Too late, sweetie. Your tears tell me that your heart is long gone. It's your mind that has to catch up to the new reality Not that I envy her the challenges. But with the internet, and some deft schedule coordination, I think they'll see each other more often than she might think. Still, my heart sank when he told her to message when she touched down in JFK. That's literally the other side of the world. Things that made me sit up and pay attention - 'Honey' : Eeep. Everytime the word fell from his lips a little fangirl squee issued from mine. Ooof. He calls her Honey. It's so domestic. Eeep. *fangirl flailing* Daddy Choi's velvet bass: I'm sorry Siwon, but your Dad has way more sex appeal than you do! To me at least. There's something about an assured man with a lovely dark voice that I just melt over. If SiWon had inherited that voice as well, I think I'd have been a Siwon fan a long time ago. SiWon checked with Liu Wen and agreed upon the 'smooch spot' before starting the tug of war. Awesome! Awesome! It's relationship progress when he has learnt that while Liu Wen needs an assertive man, he's learnt to be assertive in a way that she is comfortable with. Checking, clearing and flagging his way into her heart. Well done Siwon.
@silvergrey @allnatural I think it's a case of the phrasing. "I am born in the year of the Dragon" could refer to the fact that 1988 is mostly the year of the dragon. The Lunar New Year usually occurs between Jan and Mid Feb every year. So all the people who are born in that odd overlap where the Lunar Year isn't over but the Western (Gregorian) calendar has started have either to a) spend an awkward amount of time explaining the difference between Lunar Calendars and western ones and why they are technically not of the incumbent Zodiac sign because they were born before the end of the previous Lunar New Year ... OR b ) phrase it exactly as Liu Wen has done. "Born in the Year of The Dragon, 1988", but suppress the inner bunny. I've done this my whole life, so I can easily imagine using option B for interviews.
@liddi I saw that. KKKK. Lots of sneak kisses from this dude! Suddenly I am completely kaputt. Won't be doing live recaps tonight. Thought I could but WonWen is so late! Just done with a flu so I am sooo sleepy now. Sorry everyone!
@newone no harm done. I know it sounded like it when I wrote it! This is the first time I'm watching it live with such clarity, and as @liddi said last week, wow, there's something quite tacky about the other couples. I am mentally comparing them with WonWen and... there's no comparison. The word that comes to mind is 'dignified'. I'm prob just terribly biased.
It wasn't a wedding dinner, but they sure acted like it was one. He brought her ostensibly to meet his parents, and then ambushed her with the extended family. I felt so bad for her! It ended with a family photoshoot. Parents and couple smooching. It's as bad as it sounds.
This one is crystal clear for me in SG: http://www.zoptv.com/live/jiangsu-tv EDIT: Gosh guys the other couple is having a full-on Chinese wedding dinner practically. I feel so bad for the girl who thought she was just meeting the family! Quick, if you've never witnessed a Chinese wedding dinner, this is it! In fullblown eat,drink glory!
exactly took the words out of my mouth. A man who is eager and yet can respect her boundaries is a true gentleman. Been reading up on the quality of being "gentle" and contrary to common definition it doesn't mean soft. Instead of a lack of power it means the restraint of such power, at will. Lovely, right? Especially when attached to the term gentle-man. wait, what? Only 4? Huhu! One more school ep, a bit of daddy Choi and a bit of Guam. That's it? That's truly a short run.