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  1. Sooo.... Things are not always what they appear in this drama: I'm wondering if the USB was really destroyed, or if it was a fake one, cause if it wasn't I really don't get what the lead is trying to do here, beside maybe protecting his lover's honor (i.e. not have her be publicly humiliated by the whole world knowing her husband cheated on her and made a sex tape of his infidelity... Maybe he also destroyed it to hide the fact that she had a motive to kill her husband? The actual revenge plot... remains a mystery. In the beginning it seems as if WH's plan was to get close to the Tae family (thus his friendship w/ Yoo Ra, and later him faking being bought out by them, gaining the chairman's trust and drafting his last will), in order to gather evidence from the inside, and then bring them down. Except right now he seems more interested in his love life (wondering what JW is hiding from him, what she did between 2 and 4 am, why she doesn't tell him she's pregnant, who the father is, etc...). He seems, to me, to be emotionally spiraling out of control and easily manipulated by others and by his illicit love affair. He keeps on taking reckless actions (who confronts a potential killer in a dark alley less than 24 hours after leaving the hospital and still being banged up?) and putting himself in danger. It also bothers me that both leads, despite the suffering the Tae family brought in their life, don't show more integrity than what we see. They don't go as low as plotting murder and killing, like the Taes, but they lie to everyone and they cheat, and they also borderline lie to each other and hide things from each other, under the disguise of protecting each other. I need at least one pure element in their behavior, at least be honest w/ each other. Otherwise, dude, your relationship is doomed. I know it's a dark, twisty drama, but I need to see a tiny light in the leads, not just sadness and darkness. Ooops, sorry, didn't realize this would turn into a mini-rant!
  2. Just started watching this drama, still at episode 1. Didn't know what to expect, but loving it so far! It's so intense!
  3. @mushforbrains I'm right there with you! I know there won't be any romance, but I'm shipping CWK and KJH! I, too, think that the way the RC organization is set up will make it difficult to fully destroy it or stop by making one key arrest (the psychologist?), since there is no way to know exactly how many people are involved, and who they are. When CWK said it was impossible for Yoon Tae-Joo to be RC because it was impossible for him to get crucial information about the boy (who fell down the stairs) and the abuse at home or murder he witnessed in just one visit, I was surprised that she didn't think of hypnotherapy, since she allowed him to use that technic on her to unlock her memories... Throughout most of the show I've been wondering if the female police officer, JSY, has the same tattoo Eun Ho had. I thought I saw at least one tattoo on her in the first episode she appeared (the one where it seemed she had killed a suspect), but I'm not so sure about that. I'm still sad about Eun Ho's death. He was such a tortured soul. I was heartbroken when I discovered what had happened to him when he was a kid.
  4. I think there is still quite a bit we don't know about the origin story. For example, were Marco & SJ really the only ones who knew what they had created? What if someone had had wind of it and wanted the game, hacked into it to create those additional dangers (including danger to self. Is there a way to influence vitals, in the body, by the illusions created, to the point of killing someone? Raising a blood pressure of the charts? Provoking a heart attack?)? That still wouldn't account for gamers still seeing and being in the game once they take off their lenses, and dying from they virtual fights... @sanika I agree with you about HJ's knowledge of Granada's history and being a tour guide as a key element to solving everything. For a while now I've been waiting for the writer to tap into it, especially when everyone was looking for JW. I'm also still waiting for her to actually see the game, on a screen at least, not necessarily by putting herself in danger by playing it directly. I think she could be able to spot clues maybe from its figuration.
  5. The narrative is too often deceptive by omission toward the end of each episode, by not showing key elements, then telling us about them in the next episode by doing a rewind, and having JW tell us about it through his narration. I personally don't think it serves the story, but it's just my opinion. I've been silent for a while while watching the show, as I weekly process its load of information and try to make sense of it. At this point I'm just going along with the ride, and will see how it ends. I truly love all the actors on it. I'm glad to see Huyn Bin and Park Shin-Hye in a show together. I love the futuristic concept of the story, set in such a magical and historical place (Granada); love its video-gaming storyline and showing it as a cut-throat world and industry. The visuals are stunning. All these elements are very promising. That said, I still can't get over how women are portrayed in this drama. 1- In the game: Where are the girls/women? What are their roles? Did I dream, or has there, still, not been one single video gamer in the show who is a girl or a woman? It seems everyone involved in the actual game and at key position in the company is a man. All the testers they hired were men. Being a video game player myself, I can tell you there are quite a few girls who are into it, too. HJ seems to be key to the game, and one needs to be at a certain level just to be acknowledged by her, and to speak to her. Yet I can't help but wonder: Is all she is meant to do is play the guitar and look beautiful? Beside being the sister of the game's creator and thus justifying her appearance in the video game, doesn't she have a more central role? Does she hold a key to ending the quest? (It seems no, at least for now.) I'm sorry to say that I expected more when JW was finally able to talk to her, more than her comforting him again like in real life... I'm going along with the story and I look forward to seeing how it will keep developing, but this baffles me a bit. 2- In the TV show: Except for the grandma and the baby sister, who we both hardly see, all the women have been given very passive roles where they appear victims of all that is happening to them, without little to no means of protecting themselves. They endure and offer comfort. They're strong, independent women, yet that is not really how they are portrayed. HJ took care of her family pretty much on her own after both her parents died, working multiple jobs and running a hostel, taking care of her grandma, and putting her siblings to school. It takes much character to make all these happen. This is her background. With that in mind it's odd to not see her more proactive in looking for her brother. She's spent her life trying on new things for the sake of her family. Knowing that the video game her brother developed might be key to his disappearance, that she had known for a while he wasn't the one writing these emails (she said so to JW), it's odd that we didn't see her do more to look for him, either by looking into his things or by finally taking an interest into the game the moment she steps into the tech guy's office (etc. I don't know... but before JW showed up in her life she didn't strike me as the type to stay put and to just do what she was told...). There is a little bit of the same pattern with SJ, who is a doctor...
  6. I've watched 40 minutes of the first episode, and I'm hooked already. It's quite an original piece. I like how they mix historical fantasy w/ sci-fi. Beautiful music, special effect, and filming location (if you like historical sites).
  7. lilyphenix

    guess the kiss

    I didn't know #5, haven't watched it yet. Thank you @triplem and @Lmangla for organizing, hosting and moderating. Thanks everyone for the fun (I understand the thread isn't dead yet, lol). I learned sooooo much during these 5 days! Added new dramas to watch, crossed off kisses I don't wanna try (under water!!), and... I'll stop there haha! Cheers! <3
  8. A few suggestions for next year? @triplem @Lmangla
  9. lilyphenix

    guess the kiss

    Yup, it didn't sound like a melody when they spoke it. I give them props for keeping a straight face while talking about making babies though in a foreign language, though. That cracked me up! That's a conversation totally inappropriate to have in front of colleagues!
  10. lilyphenix

    guess the kiss

    @triplem Oh my that video of the whole scene is hilarious! It had me tripping because I suddenly understood Korean perfectly without the subtitles, only to realize that, duh, they were speaking my language! @angelangie Yes, happy to be here. I haven't laughed this hard every day in a long time! PS: I think I saw this drama, but not sure. I need to stare at that kiss longer (for the sake of research!)
  11. lilyphenix

    guess the kiss

    Let be it something funny! Guess the slap? Guess the U-turn?
  12. lilyphenix

    guess the kiss

    @princressagents1 Thanks to you, I discovered the cookie kiss! Had no idea!! (My world is expanding!)
  13. lilyphenix

    guess the kiss

    Just woke up, eyesight blurry, and read Pretty Ahjumma Club! (I need my coffee! What did Beyoncé say? I woke up like this!)
  14. lilyphenix

    guess the kiss

    @Lmangla wow, this is a tough one! Now I'm thinking that I didn't watch enough k-dramas this year and need to do more!
  15. lilyphenix

    guess the kiss

    @dotonly I promise to behave!
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