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  1. I've spent all my time since Thursday on Tumblr, YouTube etc, just imbibing on everything HPL and collecting GIFS. Also, watching HPL ep10 countless times. The last time I was this crazed was during My Ahjussi days (still not over that one). After all the time I have spent on HPL and related stuff, I think I have come to a place where I can forgive Eun Go and Choi Da Out for being bad second leads. lol. I wish them well. They should possibly end up together, which I assume, is what we are being set up for with their bickering about the OTP. They are two people with big hearts who just happen to love people who cannot reciprocate their affection. Maybe they can heal one another. They actually do look physically compatible (and he can show her his abs and she can paint them with a judo mascot). If I am to be asked when this drama finally made sense for me, it was definitely when they went to look for the hermit Writer. Listening to DM and RG analyse that pic and their conversation in that cabin was the path the drama carved into my heart. (The scene should have ended with a morning kiss that remains a memory of their time away from real life, but hey, episode 10 more than compensates!!!). I generally favour slower dramas and movies where the leads connect through talking and sharing of themselves. e.g. the "Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight" trilogy, a brilliant Filipino movie called "That Thing Called Tadhana" etc. @TheRoadtoPMY , since you are Filipino and a romance addict, I recommend that movie. I love Filipino movies! Also watch an Indian film called "The Lunchbox". I totally stan Writernim the intellectual! The way she wove the hilarious lesbian storyline with DM and her BFF, the discussion about the love between Photographer and Writer and other small conversations littered in the episodes show her awesome mind! I can't wait for more of her dramas!! Even as we analyse the skinship, I'm thinking about how I gasped at the hug after the kiss. The kiss is what it is, lusty and HOT, but the hug changed the tone in a second. It symbolised to me, "I really like you DM". He doesn't just want to nail her azz like two of those wooden planks, he likes and appreciates her. They're kissing on one another, they stop and stare at one another, he draws her in for a hug like the smoove man he is..... I'm not lying when I said I gasped. And as far as I can tell, that hug must have confused PMY to some extent because she was in a hurry to get out!!! TVN heard our cry for the BTS of ep 10, but didn't give us what we wanted. We suffered the same fate after the beautiful kiss scene in Clean With Passion For Now. JTBC refused to provide BTS, I assume in consideration of the actors. Perceptions in Korea about the kiss scene would probably have made life difficult for the actors.... you know how those sasaengs and netizens are. Most importantly, WHERE IS WEDNESDAY NIGHT!!!
  2. Facts: I watched episode 10 for three hours. You can imagine why..... Ryan the Lion, OPPA, you are a sight for sore eyes! Their body language was killing me!! Seriously! there's no space between their bodies! All the way down to their feet! They want to be together!! And they are great kissers. I took screenshots from the earlier lower quality videos, so excuse the graininess, but we get the point. OK! I've belaboured the point. The kiss was damn hot but strangely enough, but when he hugged her, my heart leaped, I gasped and tears came to the back of my eyes!! Then I remembered, it's just a TV show!! Then he kisses on her hand while she's wiping his eyebrows... gaaaaaddddddd!! And the hug when he came to give her the necklace..... By this point, my temperature was approaching feverishness!! These two!!! My only gripe is that they had the background music. I think the earlier kiss scenes without BGM made me perk up my ears for the kissy sounds...lol. And the way he looks at her... is it too late to make a new years resolution to find a man with such a piercing look? A look that makes your voice become higher than a bird's and makes you giggle like a teenager? I got tired of taking screenshots... lol! I think the last scene where Ryan finds DM going out on a staking mission well done. As her two men argued, they raised the tension by having EG confess to Ryan that he likes DM while DM listens. Otherwise it would just have been a bickering scene that doesn't create any conflict. Remember their earlier convo about whether EG likes DM? Now DM has to confront her brother and send him to the sibling-friendzone for real! And when Ryan turned back and told her, Si An Is My Life, to come out from behind his back.... beautiful!!! but now EG knows there's someone who knows about DM's fangirling and likes her like that! He's no longer the only one with the exclusive into her life!! What will his leverage be? His body? pwahahaha! I cannot wait for next week!! Ryan will totally devour DM and I'm here for it!! EDIT: I really separated myself from the idea of being a fangirl because of the negative connotation, but as I thought about it, do I qualify? I run a k-drama/pop group and have to spend time generating content etc... basically DM but without the bias to one celeb... Omo!!
  3. tvN finally got with the program!! I'm not sure what i would have done if this week passed without a kiss!! I always look at the body language during a kiss scene, because you can tell if they are just delivering the scene, or are really engaged in delivering the characters emotions (or if the actors are just prudes who don't like / can't deliver kiss scenes). A kiss scene is always better when the two actors bodies are close together like a real kiss would be, where you are clinging to one another for dear life. Your lips are locked, but your bodies are also kissing in the sense that you have drawn to each other close enough that your entire frames are touching. Therefore, as a picky kissing scene critic, I give 50/10 for last night's kiss scene that brought me out of posting hiatus!! I expected nothing less from the two!! We should all be envious of that workshop table!!!
  4. Hey y'all!!! We're still here, and still impacted so deeply by this brilliant drama! I legit burst into tears when Best Screenwriter and Best Drama for My Ahjussi was announced! I have never been more invested in the outcome of an awards ceremony like I was yesterday!! Even though they couldn't win every category they were nominated in, I am glad Ahjussi won these two very important awards. Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing this masterpiece to life. To the Writer, Director and Production Crew, the Cast, and everyone involved, you have given us drama of our lives. I am eternally grateful. I truly love these people I have never met!
  5. I've been waiting for this drama from day one. It's even harder on my nerves and the characters more cruel than I anticipated. The boys are unrepentant about their crimes but the parents justification keeps me at boiling point while watching the drama. How do you justify the murderous ways of your child??? And they sit there and compose theories to protect their criminal spawn!!!! The police investigation scene with the parents jumping in to answer for their delinquents had me seeing red!!!! We have a saying that "asiyefunzwa na mamaye, hufunzwa na dunia." That is, He who is not taught by their mother is taught by the world. Meaning that parents should raise children properly and especially correct bad behaviour immediately because the world will punish their bad behaviour, and the world is cruel!! I hope these kids go into the juvenile system!! If my child was involved in such actions, I hope that I would have the sense to allow life to teach him the lesson that such behaviour is unacceptable. I have a bunch of Theories for the first time in my drama watching history.lol. I rarely think outside what is given by the writer. (It's too exhausting). I just wait for the reveal... I think that the girl Da Hee is key to this scandal and bullying. In episode 4, from around 5:38, when Seon Ho's mum asks the detective if he has spoken to Da Hee, she says she thinks she's hiding something. I think that statement is there for a reason. In the next scene Da Hee says, "You didn't tell, did you?", mum says "don't worry, I told you, no one can find out." And it's clear that Seon Ho and Joon Seok were friends until something happened... Anyway.... Maybe, 1. Joon Seok was interested in her and she refused his advances. He bullied her/harassed her and she quit school under the guise of illness. Her mother cannot fight back because they're powerful. Or 2. Joon Seok and Da Hee were BF and GF. She got pregnant and was forced by the family to abort. So she's at home while recovering. Or maybe she's keeping the kid so she cannot go to school. Or 3. Joon Seok was interested in Da Hee who spurned his attentions because she liked his friend Seon Ho. He may have beaten her for it or harrased her so she has stayed away from school. Seon Ho knows all this and wants to console her by visiting. In the above scenarios, Seon Ho is a friend of Da Hee and somehow got to know of the issue between them since they may all be friends. Seon Ho was her comfort and hence the flowers and visits. I don't believe it was a one sided relationship. Or Based on the conversation above, 4. Seon Ho and Da Hee were an undercover couple and got pregnant or something happened between them. Something that is still unclear happened between them. Her mother is clearly not a fan of that otherwise upright boy. She is pissed with her daughter's concern for Seon Ho as she says, "why are you worried about him? I guess he had a conscience." of course more will be revealed, but this Da Hee girl is the one who has me more interested in the drama. I hope I'm right, because the rawness of the drama is really "dirtfying my heart", ie, making me too angry and removing any good feelings, in the face of those boys, their parents and the detective. There's a dangerous line to walk when writing a story where the evil people seem to be winning. I get too angry and lose interest. I was glad when the video appeared at the end of episode two, because I may have dropped the drama. My life is already hard enough. I don't need more suffering. Lol.
  6. So she won the contest....lol!! I loved the ending scene! it's been a while since a drama ended on a definitively positive note! Excuse the quality of the pics, I got them off tvN's video on FB. I love how EunHo revealed their relationship. No need for the usual office dramatics of the gossip spreading the news. My hearteu!! Ms Go and Chairman being all cute about their romance.... I wish all the quote in the bonus book at the end of the drama could be collated into a book about EunHo and DanI!! They were so beautiful, I'll rewatch the drama just because I want to read them again and feel warm inside!!
  7. I feel you girl!! All the best!! Don't give up!! I think that DanI had to resign so that she will come back to the company on merit. We have to get the low moments when she's defeated, so that when she wins the idea contest, we feel happy (in your face Ms Go!!) I am convinced she'll win that contest! I died at this moment when their relationship is revealed!! It's almost like it happened to a friend!!!
  8. I'm loving this drama!! I think it's the underdog factor that makes me root so hard for our couple! They're so earnest, so open, so sweet, so excited about one another... I just want them to be happy! I didn't watch Goblin and probably never will, but since I know YIN & LDW from other dramas, I knew they would be great together. No ridiculous kissing scenes!! When the drama started, the rest of the staff looked like props because they didn't say much, but I love how they all have backstories that are making us understand them, relate with them and root for them. I especially love the Ukelele couple. I really need Lawyer Dan to end up with Mr Ukelele. (OMG!! His Hair!!)) As we head into the final stretch, I want to see the troubles bringing them together and a happily ever after with a wedding and kids, so help me drama gods!! EDIT: May I note how perfect our lawyer is??!!! He's cool but expressive and open, caring, CONSIDERATE!!, courageous, straightforward. I'd fall for a man like this so easily!! No wonder uri actress is so dumbstruck by his spectacular speeches, like when he reveals something about his thoughts or tells his dad that she's his secretary but most importantly, his girlfriend. I also need men to start using the line of man makeup LDW endorses because his normally succulent lips are even more delicious!!!
  9. @bebebisous33 , thanks for the tag (way back when). I'm watching the drama but not commenting because I am too emotionally spent after Ahjussi, Encounter and SKY Castle to analyse anything anymore. lol. However, the romance is causing me cavities, but I really need a grown up," its-been-20years-of-EUNHO-waiting-and-DanI-hasn't-had-sex-for-a-while-and-she-really-needs-it" kiss from the two right about now!!! I have been wondering about the title of the drama. Does the Bonus Book refer to the bonus scenes after the drama ends?
  10. Y'all!! The posters are finally here!! I have followed the drama hashtag on Instagram, but what they've been doing is drip feeding us information with little to no news updates. With the posters out, I feel like it's real real! Can I just say how much I am anticipating this drama!! I just need the days to fly until April and we can get this show on the road! One more month! Even though the story is about the aftermath of the bullying, I am mostly looking forward to interactions between the spouses and between the couples. JTBC, I need more of these adult dramas! I have watched Memory by the writer/PDNim duo so I expect a good story. Don't let me down!!
  11. what a ride!!! the last episode may have been too full of laughter and sugary scenes especially since we've been used to high level twists, but thankfully all the ends were wrapped up... no rushing the finale... unlike other dramas I will not name . I will never have to create fantasies and theories about what happened to the characters. Prof. Cha remained a hoot to the end. That text he sent was the equivalent of the Drunken Truth song, and a realistic wrap up for his character. I agree. Realistically, will things change at a national and policy level? Probably not. Hence the scene with the VVIPs coming in for the consultation. It's a case of Rinse.Repeat, but the residents of SKY Castle know better and they laugh when the new resident tells them of her education plans. Can parents in Korea make a change with their own children? Yes. The ball is in their court now. The drama has made me think seriously about education. There's a lot I took for granted in my view of education, and hopefully I can make better decisions than I would have if I hadn't ever watched the show. Ratings at 24.37% Seoul and 23.77 national. I had hoped for 25% but this is better than I expected when I started the drama. JTBC have another promising drama coming in April called Beautiful World (same timeslot) that promises to be an issue-driven, adults drama. I'm looking forward to it.
  12. Its over!! The ending calmed my fears. Not perfect, but much better than I feared. I guess I'll have to watch Mexican telenovela for endings with complete closure. thankfully, we see marriage by June 2021 (get married now!!) and a Santiago honeymoon. (Have koreans started taking interest in travelling there? lol). And two kids. I'll definitely be rewatching this drama every so often. I needed some cavity inducing romantic drama since most dramas have been gritty and emotional. Seeing a Male character like KJH that's so loving, caring, considerate, honorable.... they've set up the valentine's day mood for me! He's now among my dreamy men, with Mr.Darcy, Alejandro from Sortilegio and JoKuk from City Hall.
  13. I was ready for today's episode...they obviously must break up, but I'm not sure if Korean screenwriters collectively decided that Aristotle was wrong when he postulated about Catharsis..... that's what we watch dramas and movies and tell gossip for, the release of emotion after being wound up in the last 14 episodes.... (we already suffered with Alhambra. She better not test me tomorrow night!!) It's like a thing with these writers... stab you, turn the knife and leave it in there.... with the blood of unresolved or hastily cobbled up endings pouring down your chest. They need to know Aristotle is called THE PHILOSOPHER for a reason! He knew what he was saying! Catharsis is the most important feeling in a story!! I want CSH to be the one to run after KJH. He's done enough. Let her come to him. Where does she think she's running off to? Cuba??? ¡por supuesto que NO!! I hope what we saw was her running to get back her man! As for KJH mother.... I was just annoyed listening to her. Best believe that I would have let my opinion be heard about that stunt she pulled. No Ms Nice Filial Daughter!!! I hope tomorrow turns out better. A definitive ending at minimum. They must get back together!!
  14. Despite coming from a different set up, this show has made me think twice about how to approach education. I wanted to judge the Koreans who were influenced by the show to get education consultants for their children, but if I think about it critically, there is some sense in hiring a consultant. I'm sure a real life consultant isn't as crazy as Coach Kim (I hope!! Lol.) The education structure in Korea would demand someone like this, so to be honest, the logic of a consultant, within reasonable borders and proper oversight by parents is something I can get behind. Also, in as much as Prof Cha is ridiculous, his analysis of the world is spot on. That's the way the world operates. Elite, upper class, middle class, low class. And education is a fundamental way to create and access these classes!! How do we level the pyramid? Make quality education accessible across the board regardless of your income bracket? Etc.... I was so glad to see YeSeo's dad finally break down and confront everyone. Some Korean comments I read from the links here had no sympathy for him, but kudos to the actor!! His crying and wailing was one of the highlights of the show for me!! Whoa!! He's learned his lesson quickly and is willing to learn the lesson for the greater good of his family. I want to castigate SuJin but the writer has made her dilemma so understandable that I can't even hate her for picking the leaked exam papers! Her acceptance in the family is predicated on YeSeo entering SNU. They have worked hard and honestly, only to be undermined at the very last moment. YeSeo is innocent of the theft but will pay for her parents greed... man, what decision do I make so that she is spared the consequences??? But SuJin still a manipulative liar who needs to learn a lesson..... Writernim is amazing!! Shoot me but a tiny part of me wondered if that leak was deliberate,to excite people more and get even higher ratings. Even if it wasn't, if I was an executive at JTBC, I would see the upside of the leak. I'm still excited for the ratings though, I see extreme ratings on Saturday night!! I don't have much taste in fashion, but I know a good drama right from the synopsis! What will I do with my life after next weekend? PS. Someone should start a petition for Coach Kim to do a melodrama as the protagonist!! Too many evil roles! It's enough! I'm sure she'd kill it as a melo protagonist!! I want to see her in a kiss scene!! PPS: Why did Yeseo's dad shave his moustache!!! he was so daddy with it!!! PPPS: there's a composition that was played in ep 18 called Ma Mere L'Oye (My Mother Goose) You can read more at this link . "The Ravel Mother Goose suite (Ma Mere l'Oye) is a charmingly delicate and imaginative little suite of fairytale pieces.....Ravel first wrote the Mother Goose Suite in 1908 for two children whose parents he was friends with, in a four-hand suite for solo piano. The children, Mimi and Jean Godebski, were extremely fond of him since he told them fairytales, some of which he made up on the spot!"
  15. I don't know about y'all, but I'm out of theories. I'll just wait for whatever will happen because Writernim is determined to shock us!! The last few minutes of episode 16 had me watching my screen with my mouth open, and I'm not exaggerating!! This drama continues to serve comedy alongside a thrilling story and societal issues. Seeing the parents fighting, Prof. Cha spitting on Doc while defending his daughter with the arguments he had rejected a few scenes earlier just shows the quality of comedic writing and acting. The friendships keep shifting, with characters falling out and making up because they need to gain something from one another, and inner biases showing in times of crisis. The dignified and sober Seung Hye had avoided judging SuJin but finally showed her prejudice when she called SuJin with her commoner name during the argument....KWAK MI HYANG!!! That scene was as jolting as it was hilarious, but very much in tune with the lyrics of the OST. "We all lie, tell you the truth..... play with a mask, to hide the truth....". This Castle is full of fakes, but I would also have called SuJin by her name in such a situation, just to shut her down before she plucks off my lips... Like everyone else, I'm so excited to see the stratospheric ratings!! It was an obvious hit right from episode 1 scene 1! Hopefully it can get to 25%+ by the final episode! I expect that the SKY Castle will implode, as shown when KiJoon broke the pyramid. They all need to come back down to the even plane of the round earth. Every family is facing a crisis that threatens their existence. Professor Cha and family may have a headstart in confronting their problems, but they're not out of the woods yet. How will Cha respond to being dethroned? How will the father of HyeNa react to his wife hiding the truth? ( I smell a divorce unless they can learn from their mistakes). Will YeBin lose respect for her mother? Will YeSeo be saved from Coach Kim? What's the deal with Coach Kim? As for Kwak Mi Hyang, I think the writer chose that name because it rhymes with the QUACK that she is. So I call her Quack Mi Hyang.....
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