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  1. larrysouth

    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    I very much agree. I have noted that most directors and actors are loathe to do 2nd seasons. I don’t see it happening in this case. I wished there was a happy medium. In my mind, KDramas don’t flesh out the story enough, while US dramas over stay the storyline beyond reasonability. It seems like a 2 to 3 season run can fully tell a great tale that comes to a logical conclusion. Take note Korean and US director-nims and writer-nims. Tell a full story but don’t over stay your welcome.
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    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    Hi All! I have not had a chance to be in Soompi for awhile as my wife had to undergo triple bypass and heart valve replacement surgery, and I have been busy taking care of her. However she is on the road to recovery. The ending for Encounter was very satisfying for our main OTP. I loved how the Mom complained about how she wished our couple would eat out more so she wouldn’t have to cook. My only unfulfilled wish is that Secretary Jang’s and Manager Nam’s Relationships did not progress a little further along. Otherwise writer-nim and director-nim, I am very happy. Overall this ranked as one of my favorites for both the story, acting, and cinematography. Hats off to the team for great work. Take care all and catch you in the next KDrama.
  3. larrysouth

    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    Sorry I have not been able to keep with all the posts. My wife and I watched episode 15 last night and it was gut wrenching. We will watch episode 16 tonight. Unfortunately my wife has suffered a serious health issue and we have been going back and forth to doctors and the hospital. I am hoping for a good ending to Encounter to help lighten her mood and hopefully help her to feel a little better.
  4. larrysouth

    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    Wait! If you are a JH stalker, shouldn't the advice you offered in your letter to SH be the exact opposite so that it would free up JH for your lascivious designs?
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    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    @yonaomi123 I agree with you. I see a lot of anger being shown toward the mothers, but a lot of the responsibility falls on CSH and KJH. They are the ones in the relationship, and it is up to them to communicate well with each other to avoid misunderstandings and confront challenges. Frankly, I am disappointed in KJH for not being persistent in having a thorough conversation about his relationship with CSH, their history together and where he foresees their relationship going. That might have avoided KJH's request for CSH to break up with KJH. I feel sorry that our OTP is going through this fierce struggle. However, all couples face challenges. It is not the challenges that are nearly as important as how a couple faces them. I am also disappointed in CSH. Once she had the conversation with KJH's mom, she should have had a serious heart to heart conversation with KJH about her fears and concerns. They could have discussed all the issues and developed some possible solutions. After 35 years of marriage, the one thing I have discovered is that our most serious arguments have come from my wife and I not discussing things together and working together as a team. Both KJH and CSH make decisions based upon what they feel is best for the other as opposed to going to the trouble of speaking with each other to find out what would be best. Final thought is that our OTP will work through this bump in the road toward eventual happiness.
  6. larrysouth

    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    I also forgot to mention that one of the characters should be either an alien or comic book character.
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    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    Ok, I have the following hopes for tomorrow's episode. There must be at least a one year time jump We must see a scene where CSH & KJH met as children We must find out that somehow CSH & KJH are fated to be together for eternity Either CSH or KJH must sacrificially give up on the relationship so that the other will be able to survive One or the other of our OTP will turn out to be a cyborg, android, spy or have magical abilities of some sort The reason I hope we see these things is that they are plot devices that are either never or rarely used in KDramas.
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    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    One interesting element that comes out of watching the interactions between KJH and JWS is that whenever they meet outside. JWS always comments about how cold it is. This happened at the bus stop and in JH's neighborhood. It beautifully illustrates that the outside during winter belongs to CSH & KJH and that this is their world. JWS is not welcome in their world and hence why he is always uncomfortable when he tries to deal with them in their world. It also demonstrates KJH's feelings toward JWS' attempts at conflicting with KJH over CSH. If JH were jealous, JWS would experience heat because of the rage or even hate. However, JH shows a complete absence of emotion or more importantly disregard for JWS because he is focused only on his love for CSH and protecting her. Hence why it always seems so cold to JWS when attempting to spar with KJH.
  9. larrysouth

    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    @dukesa1122 I really think that is a beautiful bird. Very graceful. However, when I recall the below scene, I thought of the cardinal. Not only because of CSH's coat. Cardinals, once they decide to mate, are mated for life. They do not migrate but instead face the winter together supporting each other during the toughest conditions. They are neither big nor strong but can endure through the winter to sing a beautiful song together again in the spring. They remind me of our OTP.
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    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    I am not sure I see this episode necessarily as being melancholy. Instead, I see this as an episode where CSH and KJH are in deep personal reflection in preparation for making probably the most crucial decision of their life. They both understand how high the stakes are and the potential impact it will have on them as a couple, their families, and the employees of Dongwha Hotel (their extended family). When I look at their faces during Episode 12, I see the weighing of options, the potential outcomes of these decisions, and the uncertainty of how this will play out. Our actors do such a great job of using their eyes to express feeling and making only very subtle facial expressions to let us in on their thoughts. By the end of this episode, we finally see that resolution register on CSH's face as she sits in front of the mirror. The power of the moment where KJH sees CSH at the gate is not lost on me. He is both ecstatic that CSH has demonstrated in her actions that she is all in staying together as a couple and facing whatever the future holds for them. At the same time, he is also unbelievably worried about CSH's safety and well being as how he will protect her. PD-nim is bringing us through the emotional wringer. In Episode 11, we are so exultant at seeing our OTP commit to each other romantically and experiencing such incredible feelings of love for each other. However, in Episode 12, we experience angst for CSH as she seems to be facing insurmountable odds in defending her hotel while feeling anxiety for KJH not knowing how he can protect CSH in facing so much power, money and ruthlessness from JWS. This is such an outstandingly done drama. One thing that struck me is that I believe it was Teacher Lee that suggested they invite CSH to her dinner. This will carry a lot of weight with her parents concerning accepting CSH. Teacher Lee is a close friend of KJH's parents and based upon what I am seeing of her; she seems to be regarded somewhat as the respected village elder. I think she is communicating her endorsement of their relationship to KJH's parents, which I think will go a long way toward their accepting them as a couple. Sorry for the overly long post. I just had to rave about this series.
  11. larrysouth

    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    Just to be on the safe side, I am taking her out to dinner and then we can watch the episode together. I only have a vague notion of what went on during this episode but I know that CSH and KJH won't let me down. I hope we see some progress in our 2nd and 3rd OTP's in this episode as well. Lastly, I am looking forward to finding out who the wolf is in the animation as well. That one has been a real puzzler for me.
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    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    Sadly, I have been trapped in meetings all day and missed the live run with you all. I least I can go through your posts and review the dialogue, Gifs, Screencaps, and most importantly your commentaries & reactions. I will enjoy reading them at my leisure this evening. Thank you all for doing this. I know it is a lot of work on your part but it really makes watching Encounter such an amazing group event. Last night my wife was making me crazy asking what happened. I told her she had to wait until we watched it together later that evening. Now she is texting me trying to find out what happened in today's episode. I told her our OTP took another break. I have not seen text cursing like that in a long, long time.
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    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    Work meetings kept me out of the stream of posts for a while but caught up again. Why does work have to get in the way of my KDramas? I have not had a chance to see the entire episode yet but appreciate the screencaps, gifs, and dialogue translations. As our OTP was spending time in Cuba, was I crazy but I thought I heard the shutter of a camera taking pictures of our couple? If so, who is taking the pictures? Was that revealed later in the episode? I just loved how romantic KJH and CSH have become in this episode. They will need these memories as they face the inevitable big challenge coming soon. This seems to be the pattern of the PD-nim. Happy times, followed by tough times with the loving memories to see them through the tough times. Hopefully, the slight change in the pattern is that they will face the upcoming challenges together as opposed to separately going forward. Even up to and including Cuba, KJH and CSH were acting independently of each other. I think they are coming to the conclusion that although they are each strong on their own, they are even stronger as a couple. That's my hope as to where they take the remainder of the episodes.
  14. larrysouth

    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    Compare this face in Episode 11 to that of her face at the beginning of Episode 1 as she is looking out the hotel window. The difference is so striking. It is as though they are almost 2 different people. It is wonderful how love can really change a person.
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    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    I love that we are getting a drunk scene from CSH to compliment KJH's drunk scene. That even makes them more of a couple. Nothing says love more than a man who is willing to hold his wife's hair back while she vomits in the toilet because she is drunk.
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