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  1. Frankly speaking romance was always completely unnecessary in this drama. Subjectively, if the so-called loveline had better chemistry, I wouldn't mind it but it's not a deal breaker. Objectively even if you took out the suggestions or hints of romance, it doesn't in any way affect the plot. The storytelling can still continue as is without it. The romance itself doesn't drive anything. Jung-woo was always going to do what he's doing. He's not the one killing people. And Hye-won was probably always going to do what she's doing because she believes that some things are right a
  2. I can't really speak for others but I had an inkling from Day 1 what this show was about. I had a feeling about the crazy sci-fi angle and the potential Dark Angel, Pretender angle that was only hinted at then. I had no problems and still have none about the crazy sci-fi stuff. In fact, I'm only hanging on because of the Loganesque plot and the delight of seeing NGM with a mo sucking on lollipops. For me it was clear even from the earliest episodes that there was something not quite right with the script and the pacing of the drama. But of course I had hoped that things would impro
  3. No, I'm not on tumblr. Heh. I think a lot of people did think the show was going for her and Jun-wan to be a couple in the early days. But as soon as he started showing interest in Ik-sun, that was the end of that. Soulmates don't have to end up together as a romantic pair... at least that's what the show might be saying. Having thought a bit about the relationships among the Five, I think the show was actively trying to break the mould. The showrunners were deliberately moving away from replicating what they did with the Reply series. There is no reverse harem. Song-hwa's not
  4. I started watching the drama right from the first weekend and I thought the same. Alternate timelines is exactly what I thought it was. I even drew a couple of diagrams to help me work out exactly what Seok O-won had said and what I thought I was seeing with regards to the time travelling tourists. I have been wondering from time to time during the last 8 weeks if something was lost in translation but it seemed from other science jargon the show's been throwing at us that the subbers seem to know what they were doing. But the bit that nagged me and threw some doubt over the notion of alternate
  5. Circle is a highly underrated gem. Yeah, I think it would be hard to find. But it's great if you can get your hands on it. At least it handles the paradoxes far better. Did you catch 365: Repeat the Year when it aired? That's another one to look for. It's not strictly sci-fi but at least plausible explanations are provided. I also liked the approach that Train took. That made sense to me at least. I fell in love with Kwak Si-yang too. His MH didn't have too many scenes in the latter half of the show but he was always memorable. I hope to see more of him in these antihero action rol
  6. What else can I say that hasn't already been said? That said, I want to add my lament to the chorus of displeasure expressed here. There's no two ways about it... that was a nonsensical ending -- an insult to the audience that faithfully followed it to the bitter end. I don't have any objections to happy endings but this is ridiculous. This wasn't a happy ending... this was the show forcibly reminding us who the leads of the drama are at the cost of storytelling. Park Jin-gyeom... someone who apparently shouldn't have existed and with memories of Yoon Tae-yi... is now an architect in 2020 doin
  7. In my defence I'm only making an observation. Besides it's a contrast that the show itself makes quite deliberately. The fact is Jin-gyeom still hasn't come to grips with his mother's passing and believes that there is a way to change that despite all the warnings. Moreover, he is beginning to discover his emotions. As far as time travelling is concerned, he is a novice. That's exactly the point. He has the ability but not the insight into its ramifications... yet. So as far as that is concerned he is like a child in a candy shop who is still grappling with his mummy issues. Chronological age
  8. I've been exploring the concept of quantum entanglement as a metaphor for interaction between doppelgangers and for communication over time and space. It's far too long to paste it all here but you can go to my blog post. Here quantum entanglement serves both as a sci-fi explanation for what's going on with Tae-yi and Jin-gyeom with regards to doppelgangers but also as a larger metaphor for the connection between souls across distance. We also saw examples of this in Tae-yi's final audio message to Min-hyuk, as well as Do-yeon's ability to sense things in relationship
  9. You and me both. If for no other reason, I'm glad I watched this to have discovered Kwak Si-yang. I just want good things for Min-hyuk. I was crying buckets when he was listening to Tae-yi's audio message. He was really good. But that whole sequence was so well done. Watched it twice and cried both times. My view is that we're heading towards a Fringe type of situation and ending. To me they would have to be alternate timelines. The crossing over of alternate timelines creates havoc because time travellers from the future meddle with the past with varying res
  10. Yes, I'm still watching. It's frustrating and increasingly I'm coming round to the opinion that it would have been better off as a 12 episode drama like 365: Repeat the Year and Train. It's still a highly watchable drama with much to like about it so it's a blessed shame the plotting isn't tighter. The juggling act in the most recent episodes has been very mediocre compared to what it was in the first half. Part of the problem seems to me to be that the show really doesn't know what to do with 2020 Tae-yi. Kim Hee-seon is obviously a drawcard for this drama but in the last few epis
  11. Before I knew what was going on in 365: Repeat the Year, this was actually one of my early theories because it did seem like an experiment in psychotherapy to begin with. And on some level it probably was. It also reminds me of Star Trek: The Next Generation's use of holodecks for roleplaying and reenactment. What did the director in It's Okay not to be Okay call it... psychodrama? The idea certainly has Matrix-like resonances which is appropriate considering Jin-gyeom's Stop-the-Bullet moment. It wouldn't surprise me if the show is doing some kind of hat tip to The Matrix or sho
  12. Time travel has to end. There's no two ways about it. But it's not because people are committing murders. That's just the symptom not the disease. Murder is just the extreme manifestation of the core issues. The problem with time travel... at least with how it's presented here... is that it allows a select group of people to wield an incredible amount of power, answerable to no one. Who watches the watchmen? My biggest concern is that the power to travel back in time gives humans god-like powers that they can't handle. We have to rely on the goodwill of those involved in maki
  13. I just wish the show would handle the time travel side of things less clumsily but more importantly deal with the relationship between Tae-yi and Jin-gyeom a lot better, without flirting with romance tropes/cliches. They're giving people all kinds of unnecessary heebie jeebies and the show will pay for this. I have no doubt that Jin-gyeom's fascination with 2020 Tae-yi is really about guilt and regret for how he didn't value his time with Mum and his failure to protect her. Do-yeon's right about this and Tae-yi's response shows that she kinda gets it but feels obliged to protect him... althoug
  14. Hi all... I'm not entirely happy with S2 so far but I'm persisting because of the characters and I'm still optimistic that things will get better. The set-up has gone on a bit too long IMO and the intrigue that was the strength of the first season seems to be lacking. Of course it's not without any redeeming qualities. I am a viewer that's all about the fundamentals.The question that needs to be asked... that no one across the divide has even really taken the time to really process is this... what is the purpose of the criminal justice system? That is to say... why do we have
  15. A cursory look and I was quickly reminded of the Phryne Fisher mysteries. Lo and behold it is a C adaptation of the Phryne Fisher series. I must be getting old. Vengo Gao cleans up nice.
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