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  1. Dear fellow "Prisoners", We've got our stay of execution granted and are getting out of prison -- today! Some things are predicted (MYR & LJI taking charge), some are not. As with most K-dramas I've watched, the endings can be dubious. For me: the most thrilling part is the process of following the development of the story -- each episode ending with a cliffhanger that leaves you craving and excited. The downside is ... I hate the wait -- week after week ! Thank you Doctor Prisoner for filling the void -- I've been waiting for a captivating thriller since Mr Sunshine and Doctor Prisoner did not disappoint. After also retro-watching NGM in Chief Kim (some scenes leaving me with tears and tummy-ache from laughing too hard, and the bromance with Lee Junho was the BEST, plus ... Lee Junho actually performed better in that show). I am oh so looking forward to NGM's next role. And perhaps I'll see you there too Cheerios!
  2. The answer can be long but I'll keep it short: LJH is a just a stupid second-generation chaebol spoil brat — at best you can only nail him for recklessly contributing to the disabled family’s death. Realizing LJH was just a pawn in all this, NYJ wants to keep him in prison to kick his backside — hard. Later on, he wants to get LJH out to attend the board meeting. But Korean show writers will not let LJH's get away with it even with his later repentance --- he will get his own form of retribution in today's episode. Ultimately, NYJ's target is LJJ ... (and maybe Dr Soen too?) ****************** In this show: (1) alliances are made … and unmade … depending on changing circumstances; (2) the characters associate themselves with acquaintances, friends AND enemies alike … to achieve whatever purpose(s) they have; (3) conscience is bonus, but not absolutely necessary, as it might actually be a hindrance. So whether it's NYJ, Dr Soen, LJJ or MYR & her children, their flip-flopping stance is confusing but not surprising. It mirrors the real-world -- that's actually how crazy rich families fight for power and money. Though it sounds dramatic, the twists and turns makes for an exciting nail-biter!!! (Otherwise I might as well be watching rom-com ) GROWL!!! I'm scratching my eyes out for next week's finale already!
  3. Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me ! In a description I saw about the show — NYJ was a kind and dedicated doctor … until an event changes him … and he has become rather ruthless in pursuit of revenge. Point is, I have faith that NYJ has prepared himself against any subterfuge by Dr Soen, LJJ as well as Mo Yi-ra and her kids — he knows how devious these people can be when protecting their own interests. AND that they are using him as much as he is using them — sometimes you have to strike a deal or work with the devil. ************************** I’d like to expand on the part about Dr Soen keeps getting away with offences: He got away with the drug trafficking because his older brother decided to cease the profitable business with the medical care facility as well as make some unlucky soul the scapegoat — which is what they do best, isn’t it? Evidence linking Haen Hospital and Dr Soen to the drug trafficking is weak coz they only capture on video the prison guard moving medication to a pharmacy and most importantly, he did not rat Dr Soen out. Last but not least, as Dr Soen would then realize, NYJ’s purpose is to keep him confined so as to break into the safe for the hard-drive. NYJ’s last chance to do so as once he is officially recognized as the new CMO, Dr Soen will clear his stuff out. In episode 3, it had bugged me why NYJ handed the stethoscope to Kim Sang-Choon (the gangster boss) before he started performing surgery on LJH. After rewatching … Voila! It was to listen to the clicks and break into the safe. ************************** I’ve seen both KBC and CWY portraying good and bad guys, even though I don’t watch as much K-dramas nowadays. Both are so deliciously good when they are rotten bad!!! I watch Nangoong Min’s acting very closely — particularly the little nuances he injects into his character, whether it’s scratching his chin, grabbing his ear or that subtle evil twitch of his mouth. His cool, controlled demeanor belies a cold, calculative mind. I've also heard rave reviews about Nangoong Min's bad boy role in a past drama. Two episodes into Chief Kim, he also has comical gene in him I guess it shows his versatility and hopes he will get to try out more types of characters in future years to come -- good, bad or funny. Afterall, an artiste's worst nightmare is to be stereotyped and keeps playing the same type over and over again. I will sure be watching out for them -- if the genre suits my taste. Men in Black: The BADder -- The Better !!!
  4. So happy for Lee Byung-Hun !!! Not unexpected because it was such a compelling performance but still ... HIP HIP HOOORAY! Still a bit miffed about the ending though ...
  5. I'm not sure that there's any so call special programming. All other competing dramas were broadcasted as scheduled. Perhaps the other networks wish to end them soon so that can start the new shows since their ratings can't match "Doctor Prisoner". Such delay tactics happens sometimes for various reasons ~ precisely why I only started watching it this penultimate week to avoid waiting till my neck is as long as a giraffe !!! Another 2 more weeks till finale ... AAAAAAARGH - I feel cheated !!! I am now wondering if they might actually add episodes 33 & 34? ************************ Of course LJJ will be dealt with ... it's a question of whether he dies or end up in the prison that NYJ will perhaps remain as CMO. Either way it's always enjoyable to watch Choi Won-Young ~ his portrayal of LJJ's menacing delirium is oh so good! ************************ I've heard of Namgoong Min back in 2017 due to "Chief Kim" -- especially about the bromance -- but never watched his performance until now. I AM CHARMED. His charisma as the doctor is unbelievable! ************************ I'm not the writers of the show but ... I refuse to believe that Mo Yi-Ra and her daughter will not try to double-cross NYJ, though maybe not the son LJH. But I also believe that the much-wiser NYJ will not be fooled. I love that the show focused on the suspense and intrigue. It also underscores corruption that is rampant in the South Korean society (and in fact in EVERY society), hence depriving those who are gifted but without important connections of their optimal success -- much like our male lead. Honestly, I'm kinda sick of seeing the typical showering scene showcasing the (half-) naked torsos with perfectly-built abdominal 6 packs of the male casts. Pot bellies or at best a flat stomach is actually more realistic -- as demonstrated when the clothes of some (male) actors were opened up for medical treatment in the show Not much interesting shows around town so this one is definitely a GEM! Maybe "Chief Kim" can fill the void in the meantime ...
  6. Not sure what KES is thinking but I'll try: (1) Fish-eating: Rather typical of k-dramas, especially of sad ending -- perhaps to soften the impact after a hard blow they deliver into our guts? They did that in Moonlovers Scarlet Heart ... Hae Soo & Wang So are split apart by centuries (literally-speaking), so the last scene was a flash-back of King WS having fun piggy-backing Lady HS -- which left us scratching our heads going "What Gives??!! " Look at it this way: I had to put my cat to sleep -- her death is devastating but I will always remember our great times together. EC caught fish for AS to eat ~ oh so romantic; my cat caught dead mouse for me ~ and freaked me out ... TWICE! Still I miss her and it had been fun. (2) DM's Death: He is already in bad shape, probably never recovered from that injury, only used opium to suppress pain -- death is inevitable, just a question of how. I prefer to believe that the writer chose to take him out in a more glorious way -- DM has some good in him. That said, DM had been ruthless -- killing indiscriminately at times. It cannot go unpunished, so his body is dragged, which is humiliating. Why not fight for Chosun and die honorably? -- that is not the DM we know. Death ... if you are a good guy, hopefully you die with dignity or honor (go down fighting) and bestowed a nice burial; if you are an A-hole, then you die lamely (Mori, LWI) or your body is treated disrespectfully. **************************** In retrospect... * We are optimistic people, we continue to believe there is hope despite all the hints: ~ Sad Ending -- the phrase that keep appearing ~ HN admonishes AS that because she chose to pick up the gun, she has caused harm to 3 men ~ HS carries the burden of his ancestor's cruelty. Chinese believe that among the 3 great sins, the worst is to have no descendants (Chinese thinking has a lot of influence on the Koreans and Japanese) -- HS's death is punishment of their evil deeds ~ EC's repeatedly stated to God that he is willing to exchange his life for AS -- hence EC has willed his LOVE for AS to LIVE * I remember a comment about Star Wars Rogue One: We knew they (the Rebels) would die, but we didn't think they would ALL die !! I guess it's the same with Mr Sunshine ~ AS (a parallel to Princess Leia perhaps) is someone of the future generation and has to be alive to lead. **************************** What more can we ask for EC? A son of Chosun by birth, a naturalized American by choice, an ex-soldier who died bravely and honorably, remembered by many fondly, buried in the foreigners' plot but in Chosun soil. Sad ending it may be, but I grudgingly admit, it did close out appropriately.
  7. Heartbroken. Crying buckets ... even if I knew more will die. I was hoping for at least the 2 leads to fight side-by-side -- towards a brighter future for Chosun. Consoling myself with the fact that finally a great show that I enjoyed after a couple of years and will reminisce the good times with the past episodes. KES fooled me again -- SHEET!
  8. I find it interesting that, loosely translated: (English = Korean) Love = Sarang (sah-rahng) Live = Sara (sah-rah) Both words in either language are so closely-matched -- fun word-play!
  9. Hi @rubie Good to meet again. Thought your profile name looked familiar. Guessing from his conversation with Kyle, I'm thinking EC will stay behind to fight with AS -- he couldn't bear to leave her too, and it's more attuned to KES's style. But hey, surprise me! Dare I hope for another fraternity gathering to provide the last light-hearted moment, even if we do have the pawn brothers and the translator-brethrens. I say this also because I fear DM will be next to go. Only a few hours to go -- so near yet so far away ... I will miss a good show.
  10. @rubie @mistergenie If past shows are any indication: * KES's shows end in mostly dubious, huh? and even weird ways, but rarely (if at all) sad endings. Her past shows usually hint that the male and female protagonists will be together, but I've yet to see one in the typical fairy-tale ... prince & princess got married and they lived happily ever after. I'm OK with that actually, otherwise it's too predictable. * I stopped believing the previews coz I've been fooled so many times before ... HAHA. * Mr Sunshine caught my eye by chance after 2 years of hiatus, and it didn't disappoint. Already at episode 22, I guess I'm spared the torturous weekly wait, especially when they are so good at ending with nail-biting cliffhangers. But then I also missed the discussions and speculations. Funny it was Byun Yo-Han (6 Flying Dragons) and Jin Gu (cameo) who caught my attention, not the famous Lee Byung-Hun. Here's hoping for a good ending ... or at least don't make us scratch out heads
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