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  1. Oh yeah, I love how the same actress plays Song Hye-Gyo's mom in both shows. But very different personalities! She's a great actress. She didn't do much in DOTS, but she was a great Bad Mom in Oh Hae-Young. And she was a great Good Mom in Mother. Here, she might be the worst mom of all. Because the Bad Mom in Oh Hae-Young sort of atoned for her misdeeds by the end. A couple more thoughts: - I love how the Ramen scene and the "some" scene - aside from being swoooony - also works so well to neutralize their enemies. If you tell the truth, the baddies can't use it against you. - Looks like Soo-Hyeon's dad is firmly on her side, and doesn't give a fig about the evil MIL. If these two moms really want to make the dad President of Korea, doesn't HE have to agree to it? He doesn't seem interested in doing what they want, so it looks like Game Over to me. What are they even fighting and hissing about?
  2. I just want to point out a cultural note: If you're an idol, it's not possible to make public your relationships without career consequences because it ruins the fantasy for their fans. This is something that happens now, not just in the past. (cf. HyunA and E'Dawn) This is how it used to be for Korean actresses. You could be a beautiful and popular actress, but then you get married, and you would have to retire. Because if you pretended you were in love with someone else who wasn't your husband, the audience thought that was unseemly. Some actresses would have a few kids, then make a comeback playing a mom. But a lot of actresses just retired. So, then, you have Song Hye-Gyo: - very popular actress for a very long time, known for her beauty - married very popular actor - is now starring in a romantic show, with another popular actor who is known for being good friends with her husband I mean, in real life, Bogum probably calls the Song-Song couple "Hyung" and "Hyung-soo-nim" (older sister-in-law). So I like the fact that just because an actress marries, that doesn't mean she can't play romantic roles anymore. I mean, it's been true for a while but usually the actress is married to someone who isn't that famous so people don't know much about him. So I love that she's in a superstar couple, and she's still able to be act in a role that shows her in love with someone else. I don't know, it just feels like progress. Edited to Add: Ha ha, totally forgot to point out that he is YOUNGER. If there's another hot-button issue that causes the audience to clutch their pearls, how I can I overlook that one? Hahahaha.
  3. That's mis-translated. "fling" makes it sound like something insincere, like just a physical relationship with someone who you don't love. They said "some" which is a sort of slang in Korean which means "some-thing." As in, I feel something for you. We're more than friends, but not in an official relationship yet. And we know he'll at least make it to "boyfriend" because that's the title of the show! -- More thoughts about how direct and bold Jin-Hyeok is: I love how clear he is about how he feels, and I love that he has game! I love how he talks her into "playing hooky" and eating dinner with her after she is hesitant. I love how open and honest he is about how he feels, and how that is what is working for him. It makes it impossible to assume that he is after the money and power that she has - which, on the surface, is what the gossips will assume. But I also love that he is human. Although he is very brave and stepped up and spoke out for Soo-Hyeon, and keeps a straight face when he walks into work, when everyone is gossiping and pointing fingers at the cafeteria, he can't take it anymore and has to leave. He is human, but not superhuman. (Just an aside - how freaking rude are these people? Geez, get a life.)
  4. I love this, I love it. This is good writing making an old trope new again. Or... just good writing, period. How do you make a romance feel fresh and moving? Good writing, good acting. And this is all working for me. I love how "Want some ramen?" "Okay!" is just like seeing these two people giving all the gossips the middle finger, both hands, raised up high. I love how practical and intuitive he is. How HE is the one giving HER advice on how to handle the onslaught of scandal in her ivory tower life. Let's not avoid each other. Let's not be awkward. Because WE are not doing anything wrong. Don't let them win. WE like each other. WE have the right to hang out with each other. I love how absolutely right he is, but also how he's not forcing her to do anything. I love how he's not forcing her to do anything she doesn't want, but he is actually making some serious moves. He's basically throwing himself at her, asking her out, making her swoon. He's not being pushy aggressive, but he is definitely being bold. He's not holding back. Mostly, I just have to really pat this show on the back. Because I thought it would be weird. But they're doing such a good job of not making it weird. Instead? It's HOT. Like, seriously, so much chemistry. (I watched this one with my husband, and he joked, "Song Joong-Ki must be crying right now.") -- Other random thoughts: I love the driver/manager/uncle guy who looks like a teddy bear. (I forgot his name, though.) But WE love him! Okay, so Secretary Jang and that Snail restaurant guy will end up in bed together pretty soon, right?
  5. He's such a good actor. I love it. He played such a lovable loser in "My Ahjussi," and such a goofball in "Prison Playbook." His face looks so evil here. And all he did was slick his hair back with gel.
  6. I just rewatched the last scene of Ep.4 again and realized that this is the classic K-drama Candy story. He's the one who rescues her. But the only thing different is that he has no money, and she has money. I love that it's not the money and power that makes him attractive or his million-dollar smile, but that he is just a really good guy who is very brave and that's all anyone really needs from their partner. Can't wait until next week!
  7. Oh really? Oh, I guess I missed that. Such an important detail, too. Well, I guess I'm not detective material, bad or good. Haha. Speaking of which, I don't like the title, "Less than Evil." They should have just translated it straight from Korean (bad detective) Anyway, bad detective = good show!
  8. There was a flashback scene in which they find her body. It looks like she was murdered in her home, blood everywhere. Woo Tae-Seok was there and he looked very upset. On the wall, there was a photo of two schoolgirls smiling and giving the "V" sign. It looks like one of them was BYW, and the other was Eun Sun-Jae? That's obviously what they're implying, for now.
  9. I am all caught up now, and I love it. To be honest, I rolled my eyes when I first heard about this show. This is because I was once getting my hair done at a salon in Koreatown (Los Angeles) and saw a scary group of ajumas there, cursing out ("that beetch!" / "nappeun nyun!") Song Hye-Kyo for daring to seduce Song Joong-Gi. OMG, they were like sasaeng fans. I could just picture this group of women full-on rioting when they see Evil Witch Song Hye-Kyo put her grubby paws all over PARK BOGUM. Because if there is an ajuma fantasy come to life, it is this guy. No joke. So I was prepared for this to be cheesy and ridiculous. But you know, it's actually really good?
  10. Moon Chae Won is so flippin' adorable. I can't blame anyone, man or woman, for falling for her. My theory is that Kim Kim = Bausae = woodcutter. Prof. Jeong = Black Star fairy = deer. I think Prof. Jeong will end up with Prof. Lee. S/he will atone for interfering with Bausae and Fairy. The only real mystery is - who is Gyeong Sool? He is so creepy! Maybe he's a reincarnation of some evil celestial being?
  11. This is good. Really good. I watched this for Shin Ha-Kyun who I loved in Pied Piper (an underrated gem). The first 4 1/2-hour episodes do not disappoint. A lot of dramas have been disappointing me lately - having elements of being good/great, but never fulfilling its potential. We all know what that feels like. Since Bae Yeo-Wool's dead body was found, Eun Sun-Jae is probably not her. Oooooh, I love it so far. Can't wait until next week. Viki has them up today. No subs yet. https://www.viki.com/videos/1140652v-less-than-evil
  12. Thanks so much for your recap, @joonminfan !! Perhaps Korean --> Chinese --> English is the key to my understanding the Jeollado accent. Ha ha. At the clinic, the villager tells the doctor "He hurt his "geu-si-gi." (that) And the doctor says, "Oh, you hurt your "geo-si-gi?" (penis) And reaches for his penis until YB screams "No!" He grabbed a sifter to cover himself which is see-through on the bottom, so grandma gets a good look at his penis. I'm here to bring you the penis jokes. (There will be a lot of them.)
  13. Let me guess which one. Hmmm. I watched Ep.1 and liked it. Very cute. (I requested it on Viki, too!) Quick explanation of plot: When Yoo Baek got the award, he was extremely arrogant and said that he gets so many of these awards so they are meaningless to him, and that next time, they might as well just ship it to him so he doesn't have to bother to show up. People were upset at him, and when news reporters gave him a chance to apologize, he said no, why should I? And then public uproar. His management company is sick of dealing with him, so they shipped him off to this rural island with no TV or internet and the boat only comes by once every two weeks. So he is stuck there. While he is gone, his rival (Heo Jung Min) took over his role in a sageuk drama and drives around his fancy car. I can't understand the heavy Jeollado accent of the islanders, but the gist is that he's not used to the very old-fashioned and rustic lifestyle. Things are very rustic. They have no running water so they have to pump it from a nearby well. No telephone except at the village office. They communicate by just hollering. He has to take a bath in the kitchen in a giant basin. People keep walking in. Fermented bean paste hanging from the ceiling in his bedroom. But he will learn to appreciate the simple way of life. Because of course. And the view is nice. A running joke is that "geo-si-gi" is a slang for penis, but it sounds a lot like "geu-si-gi" in Jeollado accent, which is apparently a random word for "that" and is used constantly in every sentence. Yoo Baek twists his ankle and goes to the village doctor who speaks without the rural accent and kind of seems normal, but is in fact a weirdo.
  14. chickfactor

    [Drama 2018] The Third Charm, 제3의 매력

    I feel like nothing can surmount bad writing. I once read a quote by George Lucas from the book "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls." It's excepted here: (https://www.vulture.com/2010/12/george_lucas_will_choke_a_cat.html) - just for verification. The quote is: “If you want me to make you feel something, that’s not hard. I’ll choke a kitten in front of you, and you’ll feel something." So whenever I feel like I'm watching a gratuitous plot element thrown in just to provoke a reaction, I think to myself - they're strangling the cat. Basically, when I feel like the story is manipulating me to feel emotion that doesn't feel earned. I can't help but conclude that that is what Sori's death was. (And it was almost a cruel cosmic joke that a cat was involved.) I tried to give this storyline a chance, I really did. I wanted to see the whole show before passing judgment, but in the end, it … did not work. This element of the story was clearly put in there so that we can find a reason to forgive Young-Jae and to give Joon-Young a reason to blow up his life for her. The writing is also bad because they did not “show their work.” You know how when you do math problems in school, you have to show your work? It doesn’t matter if the answer is correct, you also have to show how you solved the problem, or else you did not complete the assignment. There were a lot of these holes in this story. We need to know why Young-Jae married Ho-Chul. We can always fill the blanks in our imagination - for example, maybe because she spent the past 7 years taking care of Soo-Jae, both emotionally and financially, she was tired, and she wanted someone to take care of her for once, and Ho-Chul seemed like a better bet. Or maybe she just thought Ho-Chul was more attractive, and more her type of man. If that was her emotional journey, let's SEE that. Otherwise, it's cheating. It's just an answer without working through the problem. Instead, you had the child's death become the catalyst for everything. An emotional bomb. It made it impossible to blame Young-Jae for anything (how can you blame a bereaved mother?) but it also made it impossible for any emotion after that point to feel organic, and took time away from developing Ho-Chul as a full-blooded human being, instead of a handsome and saintly mannequin. They already used tragedy (Soo-Jae's injury) to push that MELO button on the story. Then they pushed it at least one or two many times. They strangled the cat too many times. It really wasn’t all bad. I still really liked the show in spite of everything. The good: The actors were all pretty great, right? I feel like that’s one thing everyone agrees on. Let’s hope they all get better roles in better projects next time. The YJ-JY chemistry was really terrific. Even just seeing the earlier scenes in the flashbacks made me smile. It’s not easy to make two attractive people falling in love in a K-Drama feel fresh and adorable, but they did it. It’s probably why about 25% of Ep.16 was devoted to flashbacks. The writers wrote themselves into a corner and ended up with nothing much to say, and they needed to fill the time. It was like them saying to us, “Remember when we made you feel good emotions instead of the vague dissatisfaction you feel right now?” The Ohn parents may be the coolest, most easygoing parents ever in K-Drama. Their daughter shacks up with her boyfriend and raises a kid, refuses to get married. Their son quits college, becomes a detective, then quits that job on the day of an awards ceremony, and ends up in cooking school in Portugal? Your average weekend makjang parents would be having conniption fits, their heads wrapped and curled up in bed. But the Ohn parents just grumbled, shrugged, and went about their lives. What an awesome example of parents who respect their kids and do not treat them like vessels of their own ambitions. The music was great. In general, the writing was not all terrible. Some of the dialogue was pretty good. And whatever happened, I was completely obsessed with this show, and it got under my skin. That doesn't happen with every K-Drama I watch, so ummm, yay? The bad: Well, the writing was... they clearly did not think it through. Too much tragedy, not enough follow-up. Underused HSH. Wasn't he JY's awesome, loyal bestie? Also, his ONLY friend? JY can't sit down, crack open a soju bottle and talk things over with him? Like... once?