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  1. Intuition is fine on a certain level. There's nothing magical about intuition. It's mostly about sensitivity to one's surroundings, the people in it and experience. It can aid in investigation... to cause one to probe more deeply along certain lines of inquiry but it's definitely not enough to convict a person ie. change another person's life completely just based on a cop's intuition, no matter how experienced he/she might be. The problem with DC isn't the police brutality per se, it's that he thinks he can circumvent the law to get a result. He becomes a law unto himself. I understand why he's in a hurry... the quicker they catch the perps, the safer the streets will be... that's probably why he thinks a good pummelling is effective. This tactic might be effective with some if they actually know something. But what if the suspect really knows nothing and it's just that his /her mannerisms just don't sit right with those observing them? The result there is someone innocent getting hurt. So rushing things can lead to wrong results as we saw in Episode 4. People also get hurt. The real perp almost goes scot free. Another person almost gets killed. If TJ and NY hadn't stepped in, things could have been different. Public confidence in the police force would be undermined. Etc etc...
  2. I agree. All the stuff he got up to after they became an item was very funny to. Drawing hearts, panicking and getting angry with Therapist Park for pushing BY onto the floor. But my favourite has got to be when he tries to leave early after a staff dinner on the pretext of being tired (so that he can sneak off and spend quality time with BY). That was gold. Deliberate bad acting. Dear me... why is LJH so underrated? It's an odd sort of noble idiocy. Has she not heard of something called "adoption"? Why this unnecessary sort of self-inflicted pain? Is she never going to date again? And if she does, is she going to let the guy know up front that she can't have kids?
  3. All caught up! Finally finished with Episodes 11 and 12 which makes it 2 more weeks to go! Had to wait for the husband and I was out and about running errands all day. Dear Me... so it was Cha Moon Seok who's engineered for Bong Sang Pil to return to Gi Sung at precisely the right time for her to kick start her ingenious grand plan. Did someone say she's a scary woman? She's terrifying. I have no doubt that she's aiming for the Blue House. If it were just the Chief Justice position she'd been eyeing all along, why would she need to accumulate so much dough? I'm sure even that is a mere stepping stone. What really gets to me is the way she throws people aside like they're yesterday's toilet paper. Useful one day, discarded the next. AOJ is scum (and I'm not sorry to see him broken) but he's her scum that she helped breed. Still it's great to have such a badass female villain but yeah, Lady Macbeth and Jezebel have nothing on her. Well, at least SP now understands how deep her diabolical mind goes even if he is behind the eight ball. She does have complete control over everything in GS after all and she's had time to plan. The fortress she's built for herself isn't going to come crashing down that quickly when she has so many people in her grasp. But I think not having JY by his side seems to free him up to be more inventive and "lawless". Now that he knows who sent him the notebook, he's not fighting blind and perhaps it will help him rethink the way he should approach the whole revenge plot. I smell strange bedfellows collaborating. The hero worshipping of CMS still rankles. I think my eyes rolled around so much during the press conferences that it almost fell to the back of my skull. I had a feeling she was manipulating the trial for some purpose and that unfortunately turned out to be the case. Very Machiavellian. It is sickening that people are so blinded by the cult of CMS but then they've been brainwashed since the days of the judges father so it isn't surprising. My suspicion is that even if the mask is torn off the face, she will still have her worshippers taking her side and mourning her loss. Whatever happens, she should never become martyr. She needs to be completely destroyed if for no other reason than to free a large portion of the residents from the illusion/delusion of her benevolent greatness. I'm not sure what Mama thought she was hoping to achieve going back to the house. Is it all part of some bigger plan? I'm certainly hoping so. Judging from the preview, it ain't looking good. I hope the show manages to maintain its wild, noisy, unpredictable streak all the way to the end. It's what differentiates it from most other corruption type dramas.
  4. @triplem and @maddymappo According to Na Young, Dr Jang (aka the Magic Doctor) is a shrink that she knows and she told him all about TJ's "condition". We find out in Episode 3 that Dr Jang was testing him in Episode 2 by telling him that it was all in his head and that Seo Hyun (the ex) was with him. He was probably trying to push TJ's buttons for a diagnosis but unfortunately TJ took the whole "it's an illusion" line seriously and thought that if he took a swan dive off the building he would recover from his coma. So the man in the car park telling him not to jump is that same Dr Jang. Whether or not TJ actually went to consult Dr Jang later as he claimed, I'm less sure. He could have been lying... just from the way he answered her reluctantly and quickly. At this stage it's hard to say what is real and what is a dream or memories or something else. If you thought that was a mind bender, wait till you get to Episode 4. It's just best to assume that Dr Jang is real to 1988 for now until we're told otherwise. @triplem I don't doubt DC's intelligence for one moment. It's his propensity to simplify and shortcut everything that's worrying. On some level we give him a pass because his heart is in the right place but honestly, it leads to all kinds of problems when one tries to put a man behind bars without the proper process and evidence. What if the cop in charge wasn't as caring as DC... it's problematic and leads to all kinds of abuse. About NY and TJ Methinks someone needs to make a gif out of Miss Judo Yoon.
  5. Geeking out over retro stuff as featured in Life on Mars... My father had one of those contraptions in the 80s. He had dozens and dozens of spools to go along with it. I'm not sure why it's sitting in DC's office. He doesn't seem to be all that tech oriented but I totally geeked out at that moment. Brought back memories. Comment on this scene: I totally dug the soundtrack in this scene... It had a nice Henri Mancini style theme going on in the background. Not very 80s but Chief Inspector looked like it could be a re-run.
  6. Thanks for the compliment but LOL... no... sadly. I have been asked that question a number of times in the past. But we're not here to talk about me. I think those questions have more or less been answered by the drama already. As JS says, HN did have a lonely childhood and his toys have been his sole source of stability and comfort. It seems to me that JE's mum was probably involved with HN's dad at some point... even before she married JE's dad. One of the many in his harem of women. 3. It started when her father signed her up to a matchmaking agency to get married and instead of going on the blind dates, she sent her friends. Because of her success rate the agency decided to sign her up as a couple manager. Wasn't there an incident with her mother that caused her hydrophobia? It wasn't very clear but I seem to remember a boating incident?
  7. I heard that this show's boring but I don't find it to be the case at all. It's formulaic... well yes, most rom coms are. And I know that HJE has a reputation of being screechy but I haven't found her acting to be an issue for me at least. TBH, I thought her boss was more of a harridan than she is. It's become increasingly evident to me at least that Nam Hoon's reluctance to date comes from his over empathy of his stepmother and perhaps of his mother also. He's seen how his father's infidelity has hurt them and he thinks that since he's been cursed with the same abilities, he'd end up hurting the woman/women that he falls for. So watching him fall for JE despite his own inner defences against the whole idea of dating, is something of a guilty pleasure. It's heartening to know that he's put all these defences not so much for himself but for the women he might potentially hurt. He seems at his core to be a decent guy... he does enjoy helping people despite all his protestations. He helped Charlie in and out of the army. He helped one particular guy when it was clear that he was being two-timed. He really enjoyed helping the face blind chocolatier and her bookstore owner admirer... I thought he went above and beyond the call of duty. In fact, I don't even think his father is a really terrible human being either. The cousin is another product of the infantilization of men in our contemporary culture. He obviously really likes Coach but he wants to revel in meaningless relationships because he can. Sigh. Anyway, Coach has gone into this relationship with her eyes open... it's her choice. On paper, I imagine JS (I remember the actor from Missing Nine) might seem to be the better choice for JE. They grew up together and he knows all her ways and habits. If he had woken up to it earlier, he might have had a chance (and I would have rooted for him). Their relationship is like those of days gone by... when people grew up together and married within their village circle. The problem too is that familiarity here hasn't necessarily bred contempt, it has led to a certain kind of blindness. JE doesn't see JS as a potential suitor. He's her best buddy not a man she thinks of romantically, just like Coach is her other best buddy and confidante. He's only awakened to the fact that she's totally his thing now that NH has come on to the scene because he was unconsciously complacent that they would always maintain the status quo. Now that this "other guy" has intruded into their comfort zone, he feels he must act. The show hints that he's always been in love with her... that's why he avoids blind dates like the plague but there's also a part of him that has always resisted going to the next level because he can't bear the thought of ruining what they have. @Alice Mendoza @gm4queen @ashbelle Thank you for responding to me. You've been very welcoming. I've been pleasantly surprised by this show and I really do appreciate how all the various threads have been linking together: the toy collecting, the Peter Pan syndrome, the matchmaking, putting together of the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz and the childhood connection between JE and NH. I used to read a lot of books on marriage and relationships so I totally dig the matchmaking side of things. It's probably the best part of the drama.
  8. In Episode 3 we see that the Magic Doctor in Episode 2 turns out not to be all that magical after all... he's a shrink of sorts that Yoon Na Young knows, trying to get a rise out of TJ leading him to do a near swan dive off the roof. That's why there was no Seo Hyun. The Magic Chief Inspector makes another appearance but isn't content to stay in the telly. He walks out of the boob tube into full technicolour and becomes TJ's meditation coach. Or does he? Is it merely a dream... within a dream? It's hard to say. One minute he's asleep, then he wakes, then he sees odd things, then he wakes up in sweating profusely. He can't ring through the public phone but it rings long enough for him to pick up and hear conversation related to his current medical condition. From the voices echoing around him, it does sound like he's comatose. There's undoubtedly an Alice in Wonderland feel to many of the "visions" with his much younger self acting like the White Rabbit leading him on some kind of labyrinth through his memories. At the end of Episode 4, we get a much clearer picture of that memory that he has long repressed. It's still fragmented but we now know that he was witness to a murder at the tender age of six. As for the rest of Episode 4 it wasn't hard to pick up from all the little bits and pieces that the village chief was molesting the young girl. Mother and child were as one would suspect, protecting each other. At first I imagined all kinds of terrible things such as a Chinatown scenario in play but thankfully, the show chose not to go down that road. What we did have was not a lot better but... a macabre case of an intra-family serial murder. I am surprised at the number of reporters at every scene related to the village murder. Slow news day... perhaps. Hopefully it's because murders are rare that there's an inordinate amount of interest by the press even for matters out in the regional areas. The thing I'm missing most from this show is JKH's smile. Hope it makes an appearance soon. Much as I love the drama, it is depressing seeing a depressed HTJ walking around second guessing himself constantly, frustrated with how things are done in his new environment. It's true that his confidence has taken a nosedive in recent days having to navigate through the unfamiliar. It's undoubtedly a thankless role he has to play to question his colleagues's conclusions and be the voice of reason when often it is a unwelcomed position. It's bad enough that he doesn't want to be there, doesn't know why he's stuck in that alien environment but to have to constantly battle with his colleagues who don't trust his instincts whose propensity is to wrap things up quickly, it must be mentally exhausting. There's certainly some progress in his relationship with DC, as there's some grudging respect on both sides that's beginning to take root. It helps that DC does care about solving the crimes and it isn't all about posturing. The public bath scene and post-bath scene were chuckle worthy and PSW plays it up for whatever it's worth. Another funny moment saw DC at the suspect's home trying her kimchi after Nam Shik's comment that rather than taking everyone's fingerprints, every family's kimchi is a bit different and that's a more effective way to track down the perpetrator. The show even managed to squeeze in a bit of social commentary at the end. Despite the appearance of normality in the village chief's family life, it was clearly dysfunctional to the core. In the end, it was the family of a single mother and her little girl that was the most cohesive of the two. The irony was that the ostracised family was more exemplary in their love for each other other than the family of that community's leader. @triplem One of the women in the alteracation at the station is TJ's aunt. Most likely his father's sister... she's a SK version of an Avon lady, I think. @crazyyo and @cafe99 In the case of KMS... it's not technically his case so the decision to have someone track his movements should be the prosecutor's call. When he says "I let him go." It's more out of a sense of guilt than anything else. His job at the trial was to give evidence and explain the evidence. The decision to release KMS is the court's judgment to make. With regard to the pickpocket muggings, hindsight is a wonderful thing but just knowing that someone is guilty isn't enough to condemn a person otherwise anyone can be arrested and innocent people can be dragged off at the whim of over zealous cops. It can be frustrating but the system needs to be such that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. It's clear that the show is trying to present both sides of the argument but there are no easy answers.
  9. I hadn't heard many good things about this show on certain forums but I'm down with a bad case of the sniffles and wanted to chill with something lightweight. NGM was the added incentive. To my great surprise it's a really fun show with its own type of charm despite being almost by the numbers. It's not as funny as it is satirical, I think and it's that whole match-making aspect to the show that I find engaging. I've only just started of course and it could still turn into a train wreck midstream. The other aspect of the show that looks to be fascinating is the infantilization of men in modern culture... what has been labelled by sociologists/psychologists as the Peter Pan syndrome. The increasing postponement of adulthood and the shirking of responsibilities that come with being a grownup especially among men. It is noteworthy that while the lead character, the relationship guru gives the appearance of being elegant, sophisticated and suave, his incredible store of knowledge doesn't translate into personal practice. The toy gallery is a visual megaphone, I suspect, of his inability to leave certain things behind and deal with fears around taking responsibility for the success and failures that come with being in relationship.
  10. They did such a great job re-contextualizing the burglary story... the pickpocket ring reminded me of Yu Na's Street and sent waves of nostalgia all through me after watching how they operated. But beating up a woman for a couple of pieces of plastic in her wallet until she's barely recognizable... that was grossly excessive. I thought it was ironic though that the criminal ring had much more teamwork happening than our resident detectives. Of course it's par for the course for the 2018 cop to alienate himself and exacerbate the existing issues regarding approaches to policing through his insistence to keep things by the book. Despite knowing what's coming, I continue to wince and cringe at the police brutality while chuckling nervously. I understand the impulse behind it to some degree but as HTJ demonstrates, there are better ways to get the job done. Effective ways that don't require violence. I don't agree that the blame for the woman's mugging should lie in TJ's direction (an accusation that's calculated to bring TJ down a peg or two)... it's the fault of the perps and while fabricating evidence might seem effective in the short-term in preventing certain crimes, there are long-term legal and societal costs attached to taking shortcuts. An early scene which sees our detectives running out of a public bath/pool was a nod to the original but has some added slapstick which not only raises the humour stakes but demonstrates the unfortunate reality that a teamwork ethos is sorely lacking at this point in time. The goal is the same but the means keep them at odds. But they're not about to hold hands and sing "kumbaya". Expending testosterone through fisticuffs is apparently how it's done here. JKH is absolutely nailing it episode after episode as a man who is utterly confused by his predicament, unsure of why he's suddenly in 1988 solving crimes in the stone age. He's groping around trying to figure out what's his place in a world that he's been thrust into against his will and all good sense. It was especially compelling seeing him look at himself in a shattered mirror with the different distortions at various angles. (It reminded me of Lacanian psychology but that's a very long time ago and I don't remember much regarding the mirror stage) On top of that there's an underlying reluctance to settle and form attachments in an environment which may or may not end up being a permanent state of existence for him. Part of that reluctance comes from that uncertainty about his new environment and the other has to be about how things are done in 1988 that seem draconian to his 21st century eyes. LOL. I love judo Officer Yoon. That was fantastic, seeing her take down the perp singlehandedly. She seems to be extraordinarily competent, busy and still has time to listen to TJ spill his guts from time to time. Her eagerness to be his confidante is both disarming and suspicious at the same time. As someone who has seen the BBC series, I am enjoying so much how they're remaking the individual cases. Of course it's inevitable that I compare but K version is more than standing up to scrutiny at the moment. They're certainly not identical although this one's taking its cues from the original. For me I think, it's the socio-historical side of things that feel so well-thought out. "God is in the details" and that's true here. Even when they're running down alley ways past shops and markets I'm gripped by a certain nostalgia for a childhood spent in SE Asia. I'm sensing a growing attachment to an OCN drama that I haven't experienced since Bad Guys.
  11. @cafe99 @triplem That's why I generally appreciate OCN dramas for just getting the best people for the roles that need to be filled. Last year we had Voice and one of the villains there was extremely good-looking. He was obviously nuts and made even worse by a terrible father but gosh... he was suave and dressed like a lawyer. It's the Jekyll and Hyde thing, isn't it? Or The Picture of Dorian Gray. Outward appearance is no indicator of what's in the heart and mind. Actually, when I think about it, quite a number of the Agatha Christie villains are charming, good-looking men... my theory there is that she probably patterned them after her first husband Archie who left her for another woman. KMS doesn't quite do it for me in the looks department (not my idea of good looking) but he's definitely effective at being creepy. The fingernail biting thing reminds of that Brad Pitt film from years ago, Seven... that's one flick I'm never going to forget.
  12. Well, it's purely speculation on my part but I can't help feeling that TJ's subconscious is being manipulated on some level. Not necessarily along the same lines as is the case in The Matrix or Inception but in some lesser way. @maddymappo noted that the Magic Doctor (that's what I'm calling him for now) that appears in Episode 2 is rather suspicious... an observation, I think, is warranted. Why him and not Seo Hyun? If she's really alive as he claims, why isn't she the one talking to him? And if he has his magic tv, why would he need the Magic Doctor as well? No wonder the poor guy is confused. On top of that we still don't know what the connection between KMS and the 1988 "manicure" killer is. The fact that KMS claimed to have known TJ prior to their first and second encounters in 2018 seems to suggest some serious timey wimey knot twisting stuff going on.
  13. @triplem I think it is best that you enjoy the ride and experience the contradictions in full technicolour. It's all part of the journey that you need to undertake with HTJ... to wallow in his confusion as he's trying to unscramble his brain re: the reality that he's being presented. It would certainly make for an interesting discussion here. Because I don't know how they intend to end this, I am probably in the dark as much as you are on some level. I have a few ideas like everyone else but I'm also trying to think through how the "hallucinations" (for want of a better word) of KMS and the doctor fit into the overall scheme. It does feel like TJ's in a deep unconscious state with all the voices that he's supposedly hearing. But then the appearance of the magic doctor into his 1988 reality is making my head spin a bit. Plus the whole 1988 thing is so vivid as to make one think... is this really just a dream? My theory is that KMS is such a fixation with TJ that he keeps popping up whenever he's pursuing someone. I'd be interested to hear what thoughts other people have regarding this. You thought Inception, I thought The Matrix... Showing my age here. I suppose there's a whole tradition of these mind bending films that we can look to get some frame of reference. But yeah, it's a hard one to place. All of this is undoubtedly calculated to keep a person the edge of their seat. It's every sci-fi geek's ultimate fantasy to have all these different elements play off against each other.
  14. Ah finally! I’ve been wondering if we’d ever see a Season 5. Season 4 ended on a nasty cliffhanger. Still I had heard that RDH went away to do his military service. Good to see him back on telly.
  15. @cafe99 and @maddymappo Rest assured, there's nothing been said about the previous versions in the last couple of pages that can be considered spoilers from the BBC version. A few pages back @triplem did ask us an oblique question about the ending and we answered her in vague terms inside spoiler tags. The British and US versions have different endings from what I've heard so who knows... they might do the same thing here. I also read somewhere that there's a Czech version and a Russian version as well. But I haven't had access to either. There are already quite distinct differences between the OCN version and the BBC one just from these two episodes especially in how the police procedures are carried out. What the writer has done is taken the overall template of the detective going back in time trying to work out what the heck is going on and infusing it with different details and a uniquely SK flavour. I'm sure everyone here will do the right thing and use spoiler tags when making comparisons or just referring to the other versions. My aim is to keep my reviews as strictly as possible about the SK version. If I make comparisons with the UK version it will just be cursory things like characterization and setting. Your question is a good one and probably worth pondering over. I'm a bit suspicious myself as to the motives of the "doctor". But TJ's hearing a lot voices and he seems to be having a hard time working what's what.