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  1. @blackberrypie Na PD has a lot of control over the kind of shows he wants to produce, and the seasonal nature of his shows mean that he can easily create content that appeals to the audience at that time. Then, he can choose to continue or end the shows based on their popularity – not all of his shows enjoy high ratings. I’m a huge fan of Na PD, and I enjoy watching 3mad, youn’s kitchen, njttw, yof/gof/nof just as much as 1n2d. His programs are never all about creating laughs. Yof/gof/nof celebrate the idea of YOLO. 3mad realised people’s fantasy of escaping the city to do nothing. He even created njttw to help Kang Hodong and Lee Soogeun make a comeback. “Funny” is not the only benchmark for variety shows, and it certainly isn’t the only reason why people watch 1n2d. In fact, some of the most memorable episodes like the Ahn Jung Geun special are not meant to be funny. What really matters is preserving the DNA of 1n2d: a travel variety show about Korea – which is exactly what you’ve rightfully pointed out. No point comparing 1n2d with youn’s kitchen or 3mad because it’d be like comparing apples with oranges.
  2. Stars = Romance When you can’t feel the love… When you’re hopelessly in love… More under spoiler:
  3. The Bra “Think about it. All day long, I have to squeeze my healthy chest like this by wearing a bra. Don’t you think it’s suffocating?” The bra symbolizes the female identity. When JH is assaulted, her pajamas is pulled to the side to reveal her bra strap, underlining her vulnerability as a woman. Horang proudly shows off her lingerie in the café, because she uses her sexuality as a weapon against Wonseok. Only Sooji finds it suffocating to wear bras, because at work, she is seen and judged as a woman. For her, the bra is a modern-day corset or a foot binding cloth. Just because she is a woman, she has to look and behave in ways that are deemed socially acceptable. While Bomi needs to wear pink at work to remind herself of her sexuality, Sooji needs none of that because her colleagues are already constantly reminding her that she’s a woman. Park: Oh, you mean Gaya Hotel. That’s a great hotel. It has a nice view. It’s great for lovers too. Who did you go with? When Sooji is questioned about staying at a hotel, the conversation is so naturally steered towards her that everyone only wonders about what she was doing there and with whom. Why doesn't anyone think about asking why Park, a married man, is so familiar with Gaya Hotel? Is it more scandalous for a woman to check into a hotel than a man? True gender equality at work is not about being able to wear short skirts or go braless. It's not even about having an equal number of men and women in a company. Rather, it's about peeling off any label that says "You're a woman" or "You're a man". Because why should anyone bother about our gender? The only thing that should matter is our capability to perform at our jobs.
  4. This post should’ve been written last week, but I was too shaken by the sudden passing of someone I loved and respected deeply. When Boknam asked, “Will you still be alive then?” it stuck a raw nerve. Life can be so unfair at times, so I do believe in carpe diem or yolo – to live each day as if it’s your last, so that when that day really comes, you’ll have no regrets. There’s been a lot of discussion on what Sooji should or shouldn’t have done. It’s strange though, that most of us hardly considered Sanggoo’s actions, and why he may not suitable for her (yet). I never see myself as anyone’s moral guardian, so I’m not going to judge the characters based on what I think is right or wrong. But I hope this post will help us to consider another perspective on things. 500 Days of Summer The story in 500DoS is told from Tom’s perspective, so it isn’t uncommon for viewers to conclude that Summer is a b-tch for toying with Tom’s feelings. It’s funny that even though we see both sides of the story now, we still tend to overlook the man’s shortcomings. The Dance In 500DoS, Tom and Summer goes on a date in IKEA, where Summer makes it clear that she isn’t looking for anything serious before they go back to Tom’s place and make out. The next day, Tom dances in the park and swings a baseball bat, which alludes to hitting home run with Summer. In BTIMFL, SJ and SG didn’t make out (again), but it came close to that when SJ said, “If we spend more time together, I might sleep with you.” SG mistook SJ’s desire to sleep with him as an intention to start a relationship with him, which begs the question Horang asked out of spite: “Are love and sexual desire the same thing?” That’ll be something interesting to think about, considering how our three main ladies have very differing views on it. The D*uche In 500DoS, a d*uche tries to hook up with Summer in the bar and Tom throws a punch at him. Later, Tom and Summer gets into an argument as she questions if he did it for her or for himself. In BTIMFL, the investor gets touchy with SJ and SG scolds him using profanity. We should ask the same question here: did he really do it for her? No doubt, he has good intentions, which SJ acknowledges too. But what he did is nonetheless unprofessional, immature and irresponsible. While he can look for other investors, SJ has to go back to work and face the same people every day. He isn’t protecting or saving her, instead, he is putting her in a more precarious position than before. It’s easy to point fingers at the ladies in the washroom. But the truth is, SJ has seen it coming from a mile away, suggesting that it isn’t the first time it happened to her. SG: You should let them know that such behavior is not tolerable. SJ: Why should I do that? Can you imagine a life of a female worker in such a big company? If things get noisy, I’ll end up being gossiped about. SJ is a forward-thinking liberalist who knows how to tell JH to fight for her rights. Do you think she doesn’t know how to fight for herself? The problem is, she also knows too well the futility of it, just as how she knew JH won’t succeed in front of her parents. SJ: If the relationship ends, it always badly affects women. People will blame the woman. The woman will be the one leaving that community. SG: Why are you so twisted? SJ: I think you don’t know the world well. Do you think the world has changed? Everything is just the same. In 500DoS, Summer leaves the company after breaking up with Tom. Being the self-centered douchebag that he is, Tom never wonders why Summer quit. But when everyone in the company knows that their relationship has soured, there’s a good chance she quit because of him. This is perhaps one of the reasons why Sooji drew up the dating contract for MSG – to protect herself.
  5. Today, 1n2d will air a special episode on Gutaengie hyung. Source: http://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=109&aid=0003654615
  6. It's been a difficult week for all of us. Every morning, I'd wake up hoping that it was just a nightmare. But when I check SNS, the truth hits me again, harder each time. I still can't believe he's gone. I never thought that the passing of a celebrity whom I've never met would affect me this badly. Even the air feels colder, knowing that he's no longer around. I wished to see him finally get married and have kids. I wished people would recognise what a brilliant and talented actor he was, especially now that netflix finally released eng subs for Argon. (When Argon was airing, some knetz commented, "He has become a profound actor, just like his dad.") I wished to see everyone gather once again to celebrate 1n2d's 10th year anniversary. I wish I could stop crying. Today, Kim Joohyuk's name stopped trending on naver. And soon, people will start to move on. But I hope all of us here will always remember the laughter and kindness of Gutaengie hyung. Rest in peace, Gutaengie hyung. In your next life, I pray that you'd live a long and healthy life, get married early and have many many kids.
  7. On Playing Defense “Are you a fan of Arsenal?” Soccer is often used as an analogy to describe Sehee and Jiho’s approach to relationships. In this metaphorical game, the goal post represents the heart. To win someone’s heart, you need to score a goal in their net. It’s no surprise that both Sehee and Jiho play defense. “Come to think of it, I’ve never been a striker in my life. I’ve always defended myself and stepped back at a right timing. I have neither courage to take the ball nor experience to avoid it. I’m an amateur defender.” Jiho describes herself as an amateur defender. She’s always waiting for someone else to make the first move. She’s also timid and inexperienced, so whenever someone tries to make an advance, she carefully stays clear of the ball to avoid getting hurt. In the end, all she does is to stand from afar and watch others score goals on the other side of the field. SH: That’s an offside. JH: Pardon? SH: It wasn’t a regular attack. It was like an offside when you attacked me when I was defenseless. Sehee described Jiho’s kiss as an offside. An offside happens when a striker is nearer to the goal line than the last defender, hence making the goalkeeper defenseless. In this analogy, Sehee is the goalkeeper. He guards his heart like a hawk, and will throw his whole body to block off any attempt to score. For some reason, pragmatic or not, he seems determined to safeguard his heart. In soccer, if you only play defense, the best outcome you can achieve is 0-0. You may not lose the match, but you’ll never be able to win any either. Boknam, on the other hand, is a natural striker. He makes his advances swiftly without hesitation. It’ll be interesting to see how he’ll shake things up. His appearance, together with YOLO Café, also signals a pivotal paradigm shift in the drama, which reminds us that we only live once. This is our first and last life.
  8. I didn’t have time to read through all the posts, so I’m sorry if anything here has been said before. I love that while this is a breezy rom-com that's easy to watch, the writing is also so clever and witty. So this post will be all about the use of intertextuality in the first 4 episodes. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope The movie posters outside Jiho and her brother’s rooms act like name plates that introduce the occupants. I assume that this “new hope” in question refers to the grandson, who will carry on the family line. The irony is that while this baby is like a beacon of hope to the patriarchal father, at the same time, he also dashed Jiho’s hopes of surviving in Seoul. In the ultrasound scan, the baby waves his tiny hand as if to say hello to his grandparents, but it can also be seen as bidding farewell to Jiho. Game Over. The Graduate “This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future.” The same can be said of Jiho. Even though she graduated from Seoul National University, her future remains bleak and worrisome. All the posters I’ve seen of the Graduate shows Ben being seduced by Mrs Robinson. But Jiho chose a poster of Ben and Elaine, I hope that means there’ll be no Mrs Robinson in the picture – PHEW. In The Graduate, the story went full circle. It starts with Ben, who just graduated from college. He goes home and everyone asks him about his future plans, but he has no idea and tries to evade them. It ends with Ben eloping with Elaine, and everyone on the bus turns to stare at them. They gradually become uneasy as the same sense of uncertainty about the future sinks in. It seems appropriate then, that BTIMFL's story starts at the end of The Graduate, since the contract marriage is Jiho and Sehee's attempt to escape this endless cycle of uncertainty. For Jiho, it's the uncertainty of having a roof over her head. For Sehee, it's the endless cycle of blind dates and bad tenants. Ben = Jiho Elaine = Sehee This gender swap underlines the subversion of gender stereotypes, which is another major theme in the drama. Jiho, with a male-sounding name, enjoys watching soccer and used to smoke. Sehee, with a female-sounding name, is a quiet person who has a cat. Another person who constantly subverts such stereotypes is Ma Sanggoo – he likes pink, even has a Korilakkuma plushie, and does manicure. I’m looking forward to seeing the development between him and Sooji. A Lucky Day Written by Hyun Jin Geon in 1924, A Lucky Day is about a very poor rickshaw puller who lives from hand to mouth. On a rainy morning, when he is going out to work, his sick wife asks him not to leave her alone. But he left because he desperately needs money to buy food for the family. That day, he makes enough money to buy beef soup rice for his wife, which she wanted to eat. At that moment, a passenger calls for him and wants to go on a long-distance trip for a ridiculously big amount. He hesitates, because of his sick wife lying at home, but agrees to go, thinking that this isn’t everyday luck. On his way home, he stops by a pub and gets drunk, trying in vain to forget the bad feelings about his wife. Finally, he arrives home with the beef soup rice in his hand only to find his wife dead. Again, the writer uses intertextuality to hammer home Jiho’s misfortune. After working hard as an assistant writer for five years, she finally has the opportunity to write her own drama. But in the end, what she thought was a golden opportunity causes her to lose even more than what she started out with. Maybe if the rickshaw puller hadn’t stopped by the pub, he would be able to see his wife before she died. But the underlying sense of irony and tragedy remains the same – anything that sounds too good to be true, is indeed too good to be true. Despite being a light-hearted rom-com, there is a pessimistic and depressing undertone throughout the drama. “The world is not going to be a better place. That also means my life is not going to get better. I shouldn’t be looking forward to the better future. I might be living to avoid the worst thing that could happen tomorrow.” “You don’t marry someone for love anymore. That’s for the rich people these days.”
  9. __jesse

    [Drama 2017] Argon 아르곤

    @hmmmgood and any others still following this thread: Will anyone be interested to read brief recaps of Argon?
  10. About Getting the Timing Right I kinda understand why JH-WS shippers would be upset with the recent developments. JH’s 13-year-old one-sided love suffers from a series of unfortunate timings and missed opportunities. The idea that fate is determined to work against his favour seems too cruel and unfair. “Timing” is a sensitive word. It reminds us of the other JH from Reply 1988, who once blamed it on bad timing for his failed love. But even Junghwan later realises that it isn't the red lights that stopped him from getting here first - it is the hesitation and inaction on his part. While he spends an hour watching Forrest Gump and contemplating his next move, Taek chooses to give up his competition without any hesitation. Timing is but a convenient excuse for us to shrug off responsibilities and shift the blame to particular unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In R88, JH blames the traffic lights. In TBH, JH blames it on WS’ new boyfriend, bad weather, the dog, the honking car and the bird that pooped on him. By turning it into a running gag, the drama ridicules the idea of “the right timing”. There will never come a day where the weather is perfect and dogs don't bark, cars don't honk, birds don't poop. The best timing to do anything is now. GJ has to learn this hard way, so I’m glad JH acts upon his father’s advice immediately. Even though he is rejected, at least he can live without regrets and what-ifs. GJ: You have to do something when you want to do it. ‘Maybe, later, one day.’ These are all useless. If you take after me, don’t take after this aspect of me. You shouldn’t regret like I did. Do what you want to do and express your feelings freely in your life, okay? Perhaps it’s no coincidence that JH still has HJ’s watch engraved with his name. After all, “HyunJae” means “the present”. It’s a constant reminder to live in the present, seize every opportunity and make every second count.
  11. @blackberrypie, I enjoyed reading your analysis of the characters, and I too have been on the HJ-WS ship since day 1. I love how their relationship has developed organically over the past few episodes, and in ways that WS and JH couldn’t despite knowing each other for 20 years. WS → HJ At first, WS made HJ promise that he would move out of the loft if he couldn’t pay her. But instead of chasing him out of the house, she turned him into her slave. It shows that she actually enjoys being around him and subconsciously wants to see him more often. She was also the one who named him Ddabong, which hints at a certain level of closeness and affection. On the other hand, she still calls JH by his full name. Her feelings towards HJ became obvious when he said Do Hyeri was prettier and she got jealous. Isn’t it funny how she became his ssam-nyeo (wrap girl/some girl) too when she forced him to eat the garlic wrap? HJ → WS For HJ, WS naturally became an important person to him because she gave him a name, gifted him his first handphone, and taught him how to eat samgak kimbap. For a free-spirited person who doesn’t like to be controlled by others, he doesn’t seem to mind being her slave. He even memorised her handphone number and would call her to chat for no reason. In the last ep, it became obvious in the way he sped home to deliver the noodles. He carried the bowl of jajangmyeon wherever he went and chose to deliver the noodles instead of finding his money. I thought it's funny that the writer made HJ buy jajangmyeon from paju, because irl YSY once bought gukbap for his ex-gf from busan. HJ ↔ WS The drama keep dropping hints that they would be endgame too. Both of them were momentarily mesmerised by each other after their mini makeovers: And both of them would be lost without each other: