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[Drama 2018] Life on Mars, 라이프 온 마스

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It's probably evident to everyone that the show is now barreling towards the endgame. Because the show has so far been quite faithful about taking on board all the main elements of the original, I speculate that we're headed for the UK ending. I personally liked the UK ending despite some unanswered questions but seeing that TJ will wake up sooner rather than later, my feeling is that the show runners seem prepared to give more exposition about what the heck happened to TJ than the original did.

 

Crime of the week wasn't exactly a stretch. I don't expect anyone to weep over the loss of Chief Kim at the station. Aside from basking in borrowed glory and taking credit for the work of others, he's the stereotypical bureaucrat who represents everything bad about "the system". In short, he's a weasel and a right royal pain in the neck who is beholden to his political masters. On some level we're meant to see that his being bludgeoned with his newly acquired achievement plaque to be a kind of poetic justice. Although the motive has not yet been given, it's not hard to guess that someone has had a gutful of this man's machinations and since a dying man has not a lot to lose, he strikes.

 

I am someone who thinks that TJ does like NY but because he doesn't know from one day to the next if he's coming or going, he can't or he doesn't feel it's appropriate to commit himself. I'm sure he knows only too well how she feels about him when after all, she has a photo of him stashed between the pages of her notebook on top of all the other hints. NY is the unerring optimist. Even when she's been "demoted" to doing traffic mascot duty, she can still see a silver lining in the dark cloud. I guess she would have to be if she's waiting around for TJ who seems to have his mind in other places. ;)

 

It is fascinating that until this episode TJ was still labouring under the assumption that he is there to resolve personal issues and once that has been resolved, it's back to Kansas. KMS and his rampaging sibling have been nipped in the bud, so to speak. But instead of magically waking up in 2018, he's still stuck in 1988. He's right, I daresay, in so far as why he's in 1988 but it now appears that there's another layer to the coma thing. Or is there? His regular doctor tells him that a specialist in a form of neurosurgeon who has exactly the same name as the cop who has come to investigate Chief Kim's murder. So what is the relationship between the lump in his brain, the neurosurgeon and DC? There are hints of one. Does this investigator have an agenda?

 

 

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I personally think DC's case is for TJ's growth. TJ is a realist, who rely heavily on facts and evidences. If going by TJ's views, earlier on DC is guilty as all evidences were pointing to him as the killer. TJ was acting out of norm by helping DC, putting relationships and trust first before evidence that was not on DC's side. It's a recurring theme, NY also said to TJ : 'the truth could be more important than the fact sometimes' during yong-gi and namshik's case.

 

 

Awww. This pic is heartwarming :)

 

 

Awww. Sail away my TJxNY ship ahaha

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I was wondering will TJ wake up? 

 

I didn't expect Chief Kim to be killed.. The question is who really killed him? 

 

The Director Ahn who came to investigate is the surgeon who is going to do op on TJj? 

 

Cannot wait for ep14.. 

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24 minutes ago, sheelatpsfm said:

I was wondering will TJ wake up? 

 

I didn't expect Chief Kim to be killed.. The question is who really killed him? 

 

The Director Ahn who came to investigate is the surgeon who is going to do op on TJj? 

 

Cannot wait for ep14.. 

 

As of ep 13, it seems that DC's senior is now the main suspect of chief kim's murder. I cant wait for ep 14 too! I have so many questions~

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Just watched Ep 13 because I didn't want the agony of waiting what happens next.

I don't feel that it is such a simple case that DC's friend is the one who killed Chief Kim.I would need motive first.

I think that DC's friend killed himself because of his terminal illness.

 

I feel creeped out by Chief Ahn from Seoul. He always has that half-smile and it looks like he is secretly amused about something.

 

I hope that the mystery will be cleared up soon. I have a feeling I may stand up and say "Bravo' once this drama is wrapped up.

Can I say how I loved the authenticity of the setting and the props they are using. It really feels like 1988 where there are no CCTVs (so DC and TJ can sneak into the medical centre) , people actually eating and conversing in restaurants (not on their cellphones and ignoring each other)

 

PS. Anyone has a streaming link? Please PM. Kamsahamnida in advance!

 

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I’m watching it live . But unable to give full recaps as I only have one device with me. Darn it just saw the part where she ask him about why he doesn’t like  it here ( or something like that ) and he says can’t stay and apologises. And our gal tears up immediately 

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1 minute ago, triplem said:

I’m watching it live . But unable to give full recaps as I only have one device with me. Darn it just saw the part where she ask him about why he doesn’t like  it here ( or something like that ) and he says can’t stay and apologises. And our gal tears up immediately 

 

Oh nayoung :tears:

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Watching it.

A lot of bonding moments within the team.

At this point, after a meal together, DC has disappeared from TJ's home (where he was hiding) and Chief Ahn has appeared at TJ's place.

 

PS. I have a feeling that the scenes are purposefully shot in a grayish blue hue to add authenticity to the time setting.

Crap!

Chief Ahn has handed TJ bank books which show deposits in DC's name. Noooooooo

They are talking seriously in the car.

 

TJ gets upset and screams that it's a dream and gets out of Chief Ahn's car.

 

I bet you that it will end with TJ waking up in 2018 and we will have to wait one more week! :crazy:

 

Ok.. now I know why I didn't like the half smile man.

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He killed DC's friend! All caught on audio tape.

 

 

Just awesome today.

I need to watch with subs before I can comment.

But I fear... he's back to 2018.

 

No preview but the ad for Voice 2 is out. (Another reminder that next week is IT!)

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Omg the last bit was epic. Really gave me goosebumps .

 

They spent a major part of the episode trying to investigate & uncover the truth about DC’s set up & the sunbae’s death. 

Well Long story short , all roads led to Chief An. From what I gather without subs , An & DC’s sunbae were working together. I’m quite certain it’s Chief An  that hired someone to kill Chief Kim. On the night of the sunbae’s death in the car he had met with An & he cleverly recorded everything that went on with a tape recording including him being shot by An

 

So TJ & gang realising this started looking for DC who had disappeared earlier , they split up . Next thing you know Tae Joo got run over by a car . It was the hired assasin. But TJ managed to get back on his feet , somehow defeated the guy (let’s not forget that all this is his memories/ imagination) . He then hears  on the radio of NY calling for help  - the gang found DC but they are all surrounded by gangsters beating them up . So TJ runs over but was stopped in his tracks by An. An points a gun to his head ( deja vu! ) but TJ fights back and overpowered An & got An to hand cuff himself 

 

But here is where the goosebumps begin..An ( who is also the surgeon) is a metaphorical figure ( edit : to me anyway ) that is actually pulling TJ back to the present. TJ was presented with a choice to    Follow An’s words or run towards the gang who were dramatically beaten up ( to me they represent the entangled emotions he has within his head) .  Tae Joo ran with all his might towards them. He chose them over waking up . 

 

Next thing you know he open his eyes in his hospital bed in 2018! 

Daebak !!!

 

darn it , I desperately need the preview 

 

This IG did some screen caps of the important scenes ( tap for more )

 

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I really feel like I am on Mars right now. I m enjoying this weird confusion.

 

This episode showed he had really bonded with his team. Now I am wondering if all the members represent some part of TJ - whether as the ID or EGO or SUPEREGO.

 

I feel for TJ as he keeps getting bashed by different objects, manhandled, run over by cars, punched by others ...the list goes on. I think that JKH is killing it as TJ as he has the weariness and wariness of someone who is not sure where he is or what he is supposed to do. And I am now accepting that the eyebags are par for the course in his situation.

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8 hours ago, Dramanoona said:

I really feel like I am on Mars right now. I m enjoying this weird confusion.

 

This episode showed he had really bonded with his team. Now I am wondering if all the members represent some part of TJ - whether as the ID or EGO or SUPEREGO.

 

I feel for TJ as he keeps getting bashed by different objects, manhandled, run over by cars, punched by others ...the list goes on. I think that JKH is killing it as TJ as he has the weariness and wariness of someone who is not sure where he is or what he is supposed to do. And I am now accepting that the eyebags are par for the course in his situation.

 

I think life on mars is JKH's drama of a lifetime. LOM revolves around TJ, and he is in nearly every scene. His acting is immersive and believable. At times he looks wary and unsure of what he needs to do. At times he is determined to do something and pursue it with all his might. I feel that he was lonely and out of place when he first arrived in 1988. It was satisfying to see TJ grow bit by bit in 1988 and embrace his colleagues, actually make friends, sometimes he bestows his future knowledge with them and have fun along the way.  

 

Anyways i'm glad his stab wound was addressed in ep 14. It seems that TJ was functioning on adrenaline. Huhu. 

 

I'll wait until ep 14 is available with subs to watch and share my comments on the ep.

 

Recap for ep13 is available! Yay!

https://dramaswithasideofkimchi.com/2018/07/28/life-on-mars-episode-13-recap/

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Just finished watching E13 + 14.  Very very good.  JKH gave his all in this drama, was no joke when he said he hurt.  I hurt from just watching.  Poor him.  Hope tvN send them to a far away island for R&R.  No telephone no TV for a whole week!  They all deserve it.   Rating is 4.695% for E14.

 

 

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Am I in Mars? So confused of why until the end I am being attracted by this beautiful drama series! Haha! It is so good! I am excited for next week’s final episodes! JKH is really a good actor; you could see his passion here. 

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Ah... that was awesome. The show managed to throw in quite a few twists for good measure. :D  I spoke too soon apparently and Detective Shin didn't do himself in nor was he involved in murder or corruption. ;) It's a K drama after all, what's a K drama without corruption in high places... again. :D I really enjoyed what they did here bringing in the Seobu Gang from several episodes ago and connecting that with DC, Detective Shin, Chief Kim, Chief Ahn and TJ's surgery. This writer is very, very good in being able to to bring disparate threads and tying them all together. And awwww...  at the end of the day, it's all about trust. The team isn't the problem but the solution. Perhaps that's the lesson he needed to learn from 1988.

Who knows... with that kind of cliffhanger... we might have a different kind of ending and a different kind of explanation. ;)

Spoiler

 

With that episode ending the show seems to have turned the themes of the BBC series on its head.

 

 

I know I'm very biased but I think JKH is all kinds of fantastic in this. When news of his casting first hit this place, I was excited because I knew he would do this role justice and my word... he surely has. HTJ doesn't say much but from the way JKH plays him, the angst and the frustration is palpable. We feel his desperation, his confusion, weariness and his lostness that's conveyed with so much authenticity. He chose well too. When he said he was happy with the script, I had an inkling that this one would turn out well. It was nice to see TJ smile broadly in that last episode... I've really missed JKH's smile which was one of his greatest assets in other shows that I've seen him in and in that secret dinner scene, it did feel like he was finally feeling a bit at home in 1988.  What gave me a lot of pleasure in this episode and the previous one was seeing TJ do smarty nerdy things like throw soju bottles at electric switches.

 

The part that really blew my mind was seeing how cooperative Yong Gi was with TJ... being unusually accommodating and deferential. :D I really felt like I had been transported to Mars each time he did what he was told. Of course, YG would do anything for DC and anyone who was helping DC was probably his new best friend.

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Just excellent! I may give the standing ovation at the end of this series (I have doubts about Korean endings..meh)

This episode has one of the few times that we actually see TJ smile.

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So he makes a decision to trust what is in front of him and goes help his friends who he has bonded with in 1988. However, in the end, he still ends up in 2018.

 

Not sure what is in store for the next two episodes but I will really miss the 1988 characters and hope we still get to see them.

Will it be strange if he starts seeing the 1988 gang in 2018? Maybe as their older selves?

 

It makes me wonder whether he would make a decision to stay in 1988 if he could. But if 1988 is a dreamlike world aka Mars, then it would mean a coma or death.

 

Arghh.... so many questions! 6 more nights to go!

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1 hour ago, Prettysup said:

Omo he woke up??? He woke up??? I know the show is ending soon and he will need to wake up but I am not done with 1988 yet !!! Ahhhhhhhhhhh

 

AT the end of ep14, he woke up.. This week will be the finale... Will he go and solve the 2018 murders? 

 

I was like arrrgh.. no preview.. What????

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going out of town, hope i can catch last 2 episodes before I get back.

 

This is one of the few dramas that I have seen recently that I love every single episode. It is really wonderfully written.  

 

I  like the emphasis on TRUST - all about TRUST.  So powerful.  DC's trust in his old partner even in the face of all the 'evidence'.   TJ has learned his lesson in his life on mars.  The trust between people.   DC -  You should trust me because I TRUST YOU.   And the last moment at the end before he wakes - he goes with the people he knows he can trust before him.   Great drama. 

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