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[Drama 2019] Designated Survivor : 60 Days, 60일, 지정생존자

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Oh man, what a pity that the real VIP is not revealed :huh:

 

Hope there will be a season 2 but a good script is very important.

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They wrap it up pretty nicely so i guess it was a nice ending. PMJ may or may not run for president in the next election that is left to the next season if there will ever be one and i'm in if  they maintain the same cast.

There was a minor disappointment in the way they handled Tailor Kim. Apparently they didn't learn their lesson from the previous case with MHJ. I suppose the writers needed to wrap that part up but it made the NIS look stupid. 

 

Well it has been a nice ride on this show. It may take a while to get it off my system. 

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What an apt (like someone said earlier) and emotional finale to what started off as a "political" drama. It's one of the best concluding act I have ever seen in a Korean drama (I have been a follower for almost 20 years, I was also one of the earlier soompi members (circa 1999) but have stopped posting anything since 2013).

 

It was never a political drama to begin with, it was always about the growth of Park Mu Jin, from the timid and socially inept Minister, who rose in adverse circumstances by having to wade through all the complexities and "evil" of politics to become the leader of the nation. It was also about the people who made him "the President", his adversaries, his so called enemies and more than anything, his aides and staff of whom he had gradually inspired trust and confidence upon.  It was - about that human connection between him and everyone who had initially doubted him. Park Mu Jin, he was always the core.

 

About halfway through the drama, I realised I never really cared truly about who the VIP was. There were elements that were quite far fetched, and some things really just required suspension of belief (like some have pointed out in detail re NIS protocol). However as the episodes progressed, I really felt that the writer's intention was far deeper and intricate than the plot devices itself. The writer managed to weave a lot of humanistic and realistic elements into what could have been just a political thriller, making us feel for every single character, no matter good or bad. We didn't need to agree what was done, but we needed to know why. And that the drama managed to do that with such subtle brilliance, that didn't make anyone of us go WTF, that's it?  The drama had so much at stake, but it really took time and effort to make sure that each of its characters got the respect it deserved. It's so much more impactful than giving us who the real villain was, and then bam, that's it.

 

The finale's high rating was very well deserved. It didn't live up to my expectations, it blew everything away and created something new. A light of hope that may be too idealistic in the real world, that politics that, may be one day, led by a good person.

 

Thanks all for the insights and outputs so far. It has been a great ride with ya all!

 

(I have been quiet lurker hehe)

 

 

 

 

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43 minutes ago, imgreatgal said:

Well it has been a nice ride on this show. It may take a while to get it off my system. 

Yeah absolutely true. With this one ending, I no longer look forward to Monday anymore. :D

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I'm kinda overwhelmed with the comment section on that post on  Instagram.

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On another note , I loved that scene  when his wife gifted him the watch and him scramble after his wife!

 

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I hope everyone sees this photo !!!

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Is this like Avengers Assemble!!:glasses:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECeGEsjU0AAdBUk?format=jpg&name=small

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1 hour ago, angelbeast90 said:

On another note , I loved that scene  when his wife gifted him the watch and him scramble after his wife!

I thought that was such a sweet moment. And most wives would have been annoyed that their husbands have forgotten their anniversary , but she was so cool about it cause she knew how much was at stake that day for PMJ and understood his mind would have been preoccupied....

I feel so sad to say goodbye. While I started this drama primarily for LJH ( and wished he had more screen time) and to an extent JJH,  I came to love the rest of the cast especially oppa on the rise SSK. Will look forward to their future works. Final BTS

Edit to add- Someone ask the possibility of S2 , SSK said we’ll see. :D

 

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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.   

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15 minutes ago, yoondonggu said:

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. 

 

Yeah and the Advisor of Yun wasn’t caught either?  I think the fact that they left a lot hanging was aided by the fact that it was an open ending (and it felt “concluded” even if it wasn’t). Sec Han was never properly dealt with (just led away) and OYS was not either.  Needless to say it was also strange that TaeIk (Not) escaped when he would’ve been nabbed surely by Immigration and facial recognition at the airport?  But never mind.  I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.  The team was stellar.  It was a very satisfying 16+hours spent.  Thank you all here for making it all the more interesting :)

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so the v.i.p was never show. I kind of thought that but still.. 

This is one of best dramas this year that I have watched.

Good ending. 

 

This could have a second season.  but if not I'm almost satisfied how this ended. 

 

thank you for all the insights :D

 

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Ah so this pic was meant to mislead us, I thot they were taking a family portrait for the new president!

 

 

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It was a most satisfying drama series with an open ending that left a wide smile on my face and happiness in my heart. I love the growth of Park Mu Jin within the short 60 days in the Blue House. I love the cast, especially the Avengers 4, and PMJ's family. Husband and wife's interactions were so natural and PMJ was indeed so lucky with such a supportive, cool, understanding wife. There were many tensed and intense moments, heartbreaking moments and some light-hearted moments. I was always waiting to see what would Ag President decide in this case. Do the right things - yes! If I were in the BH, I would also support and serve such a principled and good person. 

 

A big thank you to friends in this thread for the many interesting comments and analyses that make watching this series even more fulfilling. Cheers!

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I think we all know whom she is gonna vote for the next presidential election :lol:

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Actually, PMJ didn't accept the offer from Standford because deep down, he had this wish to become a politician. When he accepted the proposition of CYJ to run for the presidential candidacy, his reason was that he needed to stop OYS, yet he never wanted to get this position. Yet, as time passed on, he changed his mind. First, he expressed that for the first time he wanted to have power so that he could pass this Antidiscrimination act. Just before resigning, he had become a real politician who wanted to get elected but due to the revelation, he chose to reveal everything. That's why it was important that his ex-colleagues (the 4 avengers) decided to meet him and asked him if he wanted to run for the next presidential election. Once he got to hear that he still had supporters, his smile in the end gives us the answer: yes... this time he will do it. He was just waiting for a signal.

 

A great ending ... I would like to have a second season. It is not just that the identity of the VIP has not been revealed, it would be interesting to see him struggle again, how he deals with foreign representatives (see the comparison with the US delegation for FTA).

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Yes.:D I would like to see him get elected and  meet that same FTA delegation and that delegate will be like "Not you again! I need to resign and report back to Washington!" lol. Anyways I feel there is a lot of source material to do a second season and I hope they have favorable conditions to do this. No need to rush it though.

 

@nrllee Also maybe "not Taeik" may have already fled the country coz there is a mole in the airport too! But when you think about it there are so many threads to unravel.

 

Also I was internally saying "Hanmo get in the ambulance!"  but then he might get hammered in the head too before they revive Tailor Kim!

 

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@angelbeast90 Furthermore, the other clue that PMJ has definitely changed and has become a real politician is his answer to CYJ. He told him that politics were here to find the answers to the problems... how to reduce emissions aso. So his answer contrasts so much to his attitude in front of Yang. Sure, he has a different approach but he doesn't see politics as an outsider any longer. He spoke as if he already belonged to the system.

 

Han did this in order to punish the citizens, he wanted them to suffer as he was well aware what kind of man OYS was: a future dictator who wouldn't tolerate critics and disobedience. Opponents would have been arrested. Han wanted the citizens to select their own president in order to let them regret later that Yang had been a good president.  

 

 

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Just saw the ending.... Weeeeeee...  as expected its Sec Han! Yeah!

 

Glad to see our Sec Cha and Jeong are dating though it wasnt really that obvious... sigh... director is so stingy with their scenes...

 

Overall it was a good ride and Agent Han need to get romantic with her IT geek... haha..

 

It was good ride everyone, until the next drama... Annnnyong! :D

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Can anyone explain the part where Assemblywoman Yun with Tailor Kim? Was she part of the terror cell? 

 

How did Tailor Kim trust her henchman enough to go to the container area to escape out of Korea?

 

It is so suspicious and I am surprised Pres Park didn't do anything to persecute her.

 

Anyway, great ending that ties up all the ends! I am happy with the ending. Season 2 would be a bonus. I love JJH a lot. So handsome!

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As far as endings go it wasn't a bad one. There was enough there at the end for the show to pick up a second season if there's sufficient interest by everyone concerned. Personally I wouldn't mind watching a second season if it were to take a different tack, one that sees PMJ acting less like the political newbie that he was here in the early days. We'd still have the VIP in the background being a shadowy menace, causing even more trouble for the good guys.

 

Of late there seems to be an undercurrent of anti-Japanese sentiment running through some K dramas that I've picked up. Not sure if the timing is coincidental but given the checkered history between the two countries, it's hardly surprising. On the other hand I am intrigued by the prospect of the powers-that-be behind the bombing attack being more of a cabal operating out of Japan rather than a single all-powerful individual calling the shots. As I've said repeatedly, I never really thought the identity of the VIP was all important. At the end of the day, the conspirators acted of their own volition even if their goals intersected with those of the puppetmaster(s).

 

Frankly I was disappointed by Sec. Han's rationale for his role in the the National Assembly attack. Aside from the fact that this action saw the death of a man he loved and respected very much, it came across as one horribly expensive and bloodthirsty tantrum throwing exercise. Little of it made sense. There were also many good people from his side of politics who died in that incident. Was this purely about misdirection to use your own people as collateral?

I understand the disillusionment of the perpetrators to a country that seemingly abandoned them in their time of need. I understand they wanted to make a statement as much as shake things up. However I just don't see how the punishment really fits the "crime"... if indeed it was some kind of punishment.

I'm not convinced even now by all the rhetoric even if the actors have done a stirling job delivering it. For me it's a weakness of the storyline of wanting the bad guys not to seem as bad, to pain them as victims of injustice. Unfortunately it's the case that we are told things and are expected to accept them because that's what we should. I feel the show really struggled with developing the bad guys because it was too busy trying to make them enigmatic in those early days.

 

At the end of the day these men were driven by emotions ie. anger rather than facts and truth. And in the sense, the show speaks to the culture of our time. ;) If the rule of law is abandoned... chaos ensues.

 

By the end of his exchange with Sec. Han, it was obvious that PMJ would withdraw from the race. It was understandable. One thing that's consistent with PMJ, he has always been his own man and he certainly demonstrated that he would be nobody's puppet. His story was probably the strongest element of the drama... an ordinary working professional thrust into the political limelight by no fault of his own. While briefly in office he redefines the role on his own terms. There were a few moving scenes pertaining to him. One is when he leaves office, looks around the office and then is farewelled by the Blue House staffers. The other is when he goes camping with his family as an ordinary civilian. It's clear that his time in the BH has had a huge impact on him. He's had a taste of what he could achieve even within the limitations placed on him... clearly his heart will never be the same again. The third significant moment for me was watching the young generation of staffers regrouping to give PMJ the push that he needs to re-enter the political sphere.

Full credit goes to JJH for giving us a convincing portrayal of a man who is constantly learning about the environment he was in and who he is as a human being. 

 

 

 

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Wow. I really appreciated that the last 20 minutes or so was essentially dedicated to PMJ, post acting-presidency. Though he returned back to his teaching post, family life and even got his old hair-do back, it's obvious that he's evolved over the 60 days. I love that his vehicle emission reduction mission came back full circle, but now his tone and approach about it is so different from day one. He now believes that policies and politics together can be the solution. Wherein the beginning, politics seemed like such a heavy weight on his shoulders, it was so heart-warming to see him speak about it with such a bright smile at the end of all of it. I was initially bummed when he withdrew from the presidential election, but the last 20 minutes completely changed that. Whether there would be a season two or not, I'm satisfied in knowing that his heart isn't able to leave the presidency behind. I thought his state of mind about it was perfectly executed through the scene with wife. She definitely knows and reads him the best. And his BH team with him at the end totally sealed the ending. Even though he did not verbally answer Cha's question, his smile at the last second totally said it all. Whether he would win the next election or not, I took the journalist's comment that his withdrawal doesn't mean it's completely over and that he has won over the people even more is that he would.

 

Anyway, I've been silently reading everyone's posts here and have truly enjoyed your insightful thoughts and comments throughout...so thank you!

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