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  1. It's so refreshing to have such a self-referential drama on air, defying all the usual tropes and cliche. I don't think that there are meta kdramas (maybe only W?) like this (constantly breaking the 4th wall), if there are, do recommend, I am dying for more. When reading the forum, the theory that Dan-Oh and Haru, belong to another story (hence the many flashbacks to saguek references), but repurposed for another story, reminded me of Doki Doki Literature Club. But hopefully here, they will have a happy (not a bloody ending like in that video game), because the Dried Squid Fairy has forebode for something darker, even in the webtoon. I went to read the webtoon, whatever has been subbed, the drama is moving very fast, already breezed through 18 out of 60 chapters. I wonder if the drama script writer will be kinder than the webtoon writer. P.S. Kim Bye Yoon is really hard-carrying the drama. Really glad that she has levelled up to lead level. Prior to Sky Castle, she only had minor roles.
  2. The finale left a few threads hanging, itching to be tied up in season 2? Specifically, the true puppet master remains at large with his/her assassin returning to Japan. If PMJ does say yes to Cha's third request (reminiscent of the story in romance of 3 kingdoms where Liu Bei had to beg Zhuge Liang 3 times to get the wise man to join his cause), the title will no longer make sense for S2, because he has served out his role as the titular "Designated Survivor". So maybe a spin-off instead? Nevertheless, the finale was a balanced conclusion to a great story. It left a sweet aftertaste of a sincere and faithful PMJ presidency whilst leaving the possibility for more if all parties (actors, writers, TVN) are willing, i.e. a satisfying cliffhanger, as much of an oxymoron as it sounds. The PMJ presidency was a breath of fresh air in Kdrama land and in the real world (at least from where I am standing), even if it was scripted. It was cathartic to see a good man doing the right things in the right way. Truly, thank you, Acting President Park Mu Jin.
  3. I loved the way PMJ schooled the reporters in Journalism 101 during the press conference. He deflected the barrage of question/suspicion of Sec Cha by telling them that he did not resign out of guilt/criminality, instead, he wanted to protect the integrity of the Blue House from unfounded speculation. And he denied the resignation simply because facts point to his innocence and to him only facts matter. Finally, he urged the media to do the same to uphold the integrity and the people's trust in ROK's press. With his response: 1) He showed that rationality should be the way the Blue House (and by extension ROK) make decisions; 2) He showed that he is control of the situation by continuing to remain calm in face of the barrage; 3) He showed class in front the the press, after schooling them, by reconciling the role/important of the press in informing the people of the truth. And probably most important of all, he sealed the loyalty of Sec Cha, his most valuable asset/ally. After all, it takes a village to raise a child, in this case to make a President. #ParkMuJin2019
  4. Sec Cha is a CEO IRL, link below. He must be really respect the craft to venture out of the comfort zone. And really OP IMO, to be able to juggle so many hats and be really good at it. P.S. sorry bout posting article from rival site.
  5. Can anyone help me with the full title of the opening theme? The one that is played during the climax of each episode? There is a snippet on Youtube with no title/artist information.
  6. Sometimes I am a bit annoyed (is that the right word?) by the lack of exciting news/ or him making unwise career decisions (like joining MBN to TVChosun). But then, wicked folks like JJY come along and prove that it is better to be plain old vanilla ice-cream than to be a cocktail filled with date-rape drugs. P.S. PD Kim Sung really rolled a crappy hand to inherit the time-bomb from PD Ilyong.... Hopefully he handles it well. Maybe Yong Jin (clean and devoted to girlfriend of 7 years) is a good addition (almost godsend) after all. Hopefully the pervert's departure will usher an era of stability for 1 night 2 days. I'd hate for this weekly happy pill (only reason to look forward to Mondays) to go away.
  7. I can't shake the feeling that Yoo Ilyong PD has something to do with this casting. PD Yoo leaves KBS (&1N2D) to join MBN, then YSY suddenly becomes MC for a MBN program. Hope that this thing is seasonal, obscure networks like TVChosun give me the chills.... Even if he is trying to emulate CTH (to be an all-rounder), MBN does not seem to be a good place to start.
  8. With so much mud-slinging going on around, take a chill pill and watch 1N2D brothers banter, with bonus of our Donggu guesting through phone call.... Can tell he is well-loved by his hyungs.... Hope that he physically guests on this show soon as well.
  9. Looks like season 4 is being set in motion faster than I originally anticipated. By season 4, I would presume that KJM + 1 or 2 of the current, less busy members will anchor the new team. 1D2N has been slowly gearing the content towards more youth friendly content (like Jeonju Live episodes), perhaps a younger batch of PDs is the precursor of the diversification in direction.
  10. Lee Young Jin's internship could possibly signal 3 things: 1. Testing the water for 'outgoing' member, which is likely the busier and more expensive of the 6 which is YDG (drama/movie projects piling up), CTH (seem to have become more laissez faire, with the most recent one where he went sightseeing when everyone else was chasing down LYJ) or JJY (wearing many hats as pro-gamer, CEO, musician etc.). Objectively, I think CTH has the most motivation to retire cos he doesn't really need 1N2D and he needs to do less risky stuff (like Radio Star), he has a family after all. Second would likely be YDG, cos he is an actor first and foremost and right from the point he joined 1N2D, he was pretty clear that it would be temporary. 2. Taking a page from running man to keep status quo while expanding 'player' base to create new dynamics between members, in effort to keep ratings buoyant in the face of competition from Master in the House. From the recent SBS awards, it is pretty clear that the station is adamant to promote MitH as the poster boy for the station now that Running Man is entering its sunset years. I mean who better to fight for viewership than a former member of the best performing program on Sunday? 3. Precursor to 1N2D season 4. The average age of the season 3 cast has reached ~39 years old and it will get increasingly difficult for the PD to do physically challenging or even embarrassing activities without posing risks to the current members' health/dignity (the original concept of 1N2D is to earn food and sleep through silly activities). You can see with more recent episodes toning down on rigorous activities. Personally, I am hoping that it is situation 2, I like the current members and will sorely miss my weekly happy pill. However, IMHO, it is most likely situation 3. Ultimately, 1N2D is KBS biggest cash cow and going concern is the number 1 priority of the station. The members are getting older, so its not a question of if, but a question of when; whether 1N2D S3 will go out with a whimper or a bang.
  11. Sometimes I don't understand... Does he have some predilection for historical drama? Historical dramas tend not to outperform in terms of ratings, take hwarang for example, stacked with idols and fairly decent cast (park seo joon), ratings in the toilet... Which is probably why A-listers rarely take sageuks in drama form... I was hoping that his next drama projects are with TVN or JTBC, both channels have been churning out fairly interesting stuff lately, with actors/actresses hitting the jackpot. I thought that Your Honor would have opened up more modern-based dramas for him to pick and choose, sighs.... Besides, sageuks usually involve very intense crying/wailing, as he shared on 1 night 2 days during their short trip to Sapsido, when he was filming that drama. I mean that its great to challenge acting skills, but it does wear down the actor emotionally when he gets immersed.... P.s. funny how we are in perfect understanding when 'that drama' is mentioned.
  12. Looks like they are adapting from the 1n2d episode where Donggu and Junho were selected to climb a mountain to meet the 'natural-man'. Donggu-Junho dynamics is adorable~
  13. I think the core reason LYY's pic wasn't up there is largely due to her being 1N2D's unofficial sister-in-law, the crew and the members had a close knit relationship and were there to support LYY last year during the tragic incident. Besides, Kim Joo Hyuk's 1 year anniversary was just around the corner, the crew chose to exclude her pic for that funny moment out of respect. If YSY were to progress with LYY in real life, may invoke public unhappiness. Because YSY replaced KJH as the 6th member of 1N2D, it wouldn't look nice if YSY replaces as LYY's life partner as well...... P.S. sorry bout bringing the ship some realism.... just my 2 cents
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