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

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Ok. First off,  i am an American.  I have watched our version of the show so I was very excited about the Korean version.  Especially since  Ji Jin-hee

is in it.  I'm still excited but why make lead clueless (my perception). I get being confused and thrown for a loop in the rush of everything, but why martial law without thinking? Just signing.  No formal swearing in? They made him a puppet right off. 

 

In American version,  Tom Kirkman wanted an explanation, he didn't just sign anything without thought.  I hope Ji Jin-hee' character is stronger in second episode and not lead by the nose. 

 

Sorry...using phone and not good at it.

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Korean Remake Of Netflix’s “Designated Survivor” Sees Successful Premiere

by R. Jun
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vN’s newest drama “Designated Survivor: 60 Days” is off to a good start!

The show is a remake of Netflix’s “Designated Survivor” with Keifer Sutherland. Ji Jin Hee stars as the Korean designated survivor counterpart who is thrust into the role of president and must rebuild the Korean government after the Assembly Building goes up in flames, killing the president and high-ranking government officials inside.

According to Nielsen Korea, the premiere of “Designated Survivor: 60 Days” on July 1 recorded 3.4 percent viewership, a 1.1 percent increase from the finale of the previous drama in the time slot, “Abyss.”

https://www.soompi.com/article/1335962wpp/korean-remake-of-netflixs-designated-survivor-sees-successful-premiere

 

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Not bad... starts off a bit slow but happy to get a bit of the background to all the madness that ensues.

 

Poor JJH... the man seems to be a complete fish out of water even before he was made president. What was a really interesting touch to his character arc were the shoes. A fascinating (if obvious) way to play out the metaphor of the political outsider. Park Moo Jin was completely out of his element right from the day he was sworn in and the shoes is that constant reminder that he's not comfortable where he is. 

A non-establishment, fact-driven politically unsavvy candidate filling in the country's top job. Talk about throwing the new kid on the block into the deep end of the pool riddled with sharks and then yelling at him to paddle away.

 

1 hour ago, tarjig said:

 

is in it.  I'm still excited but why make lead clueless (my perception). I get being confused and thrown for a loop in the rush of everything, but why martial law without thinking? Just signing.  No formal swearing in? They made him a puppet right off. 

 

In American version,  Tom Kirkman wanted an explanation, he didn't just sign anything without thought.  I hope Ji Jin-hee' character is stronger in second episode and not lead by the nose. 

 

 

I wondered about that too. I don't know much about SK politics (haven't seen the US version either) but even I thought that was a bit dodgy. To be fair, his head must be spinning and he's reeling from just having heard about the president's demise. Can't imagine he's thinking straight. 

JJH does bewildered like no one else. ;)

 

Mega excited for LJH's entry into the political fray. Wondering if he's going to be an ally or an adversary of PMJ.

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7 hours ago, 40somethingahjumma said:

Mega excited for LJH's entry into the political fray. Wondering if he's going to be an ally or an adversary of PMJ.

Me too !! I hope we get to see him this week . Yes , agreed JJH does that perplexed expression really well . Just like in Misty :D

 

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So after watching Aide , it seems like you need to be sly & conniving ( and have a super  Chief of Staff :lol:) to make it as a minister . Hence I was quite surprised that you could be appointed as one  without being an Assemblyman. I don’t think someone as goody goody as him could have survived campaigning.  But then again politics was not  a path that he had ever imagined walking on ; so he must be having a hard time gathering his wits & likely just signed the appointment letter without questioning anything . I do think as well it’s the Korean ( East Asian ) culture of not questioning but just accepting -  I’m from this part of the world so I think we tend to be quite a subservient lot ( am generalising of course) . 

 

And thought it was pretty convenient for all the opposition members to walk out on a protest . With no members of the ruling party alive except for Park , all the other assemblymen left are from the opposition . So I can see why now Bae Jong ok , who plays the opposition leader , will claim she should be the president .And in 60 days assuming they go into the process of preparing for elections , it would be quite easy for them to secure a head start. 

 

Overall I thought it was a pretty good 1st episode that kept me glued . A packed  one where they managed to weave in some  personal stories  such as Agent Han’s fiancé who worked for the Blue House  &  is now likely dead  . Then there’s the introduction to Park’s family - seems like the wife rules the roost & son is going through the angsty teen years ...quite a normal family to me  :D 

 

They compared the US series with what we saw last night

 

 

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this might sound a bit skeptical but trust me i really am not... but do koreans have no regulations, or protocol, or whatsoever to at least protect Park Moo Jin? it feel so weird when he is a minister... not to mention, a designated survivor that eventually going to "replace" the president just in case something bad happen, but he is running by himself in the open public, guard-less (even the guard asking him if he IS the Park Moo Jin). they should've known the person designated to survive for the country. this is something about the president and it's people in the cabinet, it is about the highest people in the country. in the country i'm living, the ministers are considered the "high" people. or at least the original DS "indicating" the same too. they "locked up" the designated survivor candidate and escorted him with bodyguards and armored vehicle to the very place he's saying the oath. i believe it is not about the american or the korean, or the difference on how they escort their president but i believe it is about the country not just the CEO of a company. Seth Wright used to answer the question about why is there a designated survivor with "because something like this (the bombing) is something we can foresee". i hope PMJ character will grow and get even stronger. this kind of drama is the kind that i enjoy as a mere civilian. i couldn't get to see the inside of a country's blue house, how's work and the people working behind those tall walls in suits and fancy cars. i'm thinking fancy and i am imagining things for everything i couldn't get to see in real life. so when i sense something off, i couldn't help but to complain. there is no way someone appointed as a president right off a paper signing when he is going to lead bazillion of people let it be for 60 days, 1 week or 1 day

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Premiere Watch: Designated Survivor

 

 

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Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Political thriller
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Can a man with no political ambition become president? When you’re the only ranking survivor of an unprecedented attack on the government, you sure can. That’s the situation Ji Jin-hee finds himself in in Designated Survivor: 60 Days. As the entire government, and most of the president’s cabinet, is gathered at the National Assembly Building for a presidential address, an explosion decimates the entire government. The sole survivor is the Minister of the Environment: Ji Jin-hee. In the aftermath of the attack, he’s installed as interim president for a 60 day term. During those 60 days Ji must protect both his family and his country–all while fending off rivals to the presidency and getting to the bottom of the attack. The cast is chock full of veterans and strong rising actors such as Heo Jun-ho, Bae Jong-ok, Kim Gyu-ri, Sohn Seok-gu, and Lee Jun-hyuk. Kang Hanna rounds out the cast as the intrepid investigator who’s determined to the truth of the terrorist attack.

 

http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/07/premiere-watch-designated-survivor-60-days-weekday-afternoon-lovers/

 

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@shinuuuuuuu I think it’s not uncommon for ministers to be travelling on their own when not on duty.(  And let’s not forget , he was actually already “fired” that morning before the explosion. ) In Europe , you will read stories of how members of parliament or even ministers take the train to work . Even in my country , it is not unheard of . Only when they are on official duties , do they have security escort etc . Or in the case of a very high ranking official such as the President or the Prime Minister , then  they would have security & secret service agents looking after them 24/7 .

 

In Park’s case , he only became the designated survivor because he was the only one in the cabinet left . If it was only the president dead , he would not be the next in line as the Prime Minister(  or other key ministers if PM is dead too  )  would act as President as the PM is the Vice Chairman  to the State Council ( their cabinet ) 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Council_of_South_Korea

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Sobs . Apparently LJH did not appear in eps 2 & I don’t see him in the preview for eps 3 ..for a major character, he’s got zero screen time so far eh ? :huh:

 

 

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@triplem in the original US series, there are 2 designated survivor. from that i believe they are intentionally chose the people to "stay behind the line" while the rest are attending the presidential speech. later, people are asking why are there designated survivor and what is the purpose of it and one of them answered that "such thing are already foreseen". they knew that something bad might happen and the designated survivor is chosen whether he/she close or not close with the president as long as he/she's not being in the same room with the president where the accident is already foreseen to happen. in this Korean case, i think they are not defining the "designated survivor" as how it is supposed to be. if he is "designated" to survive he should've been kept safe or anything to keep him away from death. in PMJ's case, he is not kept safe hence he is just the survivor by coincidence.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Designated_survivor

 

but... anyway, enough with the title police. it might be just the country that is different or maybe SK does not have something like designated survivor. but really, this is a remake and maybe they ought to still take after it's parent title.

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The scene when the Mr.President take a notice on his shoes that mismatch with his formal clothes is quite touching.

 

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The president seems like really a one good man. And i can understand why he decided to follow him. 

 

It was a good pilot episode. And happy the rating was 3.4%. Hope more viewers will tune in.....

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the subs totally help me to understand the first episode more. 

what strike me little odd was that the other party wasn't in the session and then the explosion happened. I don't think that was pure fluke. 

the other party could be responsible for the bombing. But I could be totally wrong. 

 

 

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Done watching  latest episodes of Aide. Moving o to another political drama. About to watch episode 1. Please let me know is LJH good guy or bad guy? Or in between good and bad

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1 hour ago, jongski said:

Done watching  latest episodes of Aide. Moving o to another political drama. About to watch episode 1. Please let me know is LJH good guy or bad guy? Or in between good and bad

 

well I have this one theory that LJH is going to play the bad guy(like in the original) but LJH hasn't shown up yet so this is only speculation on my part.

in the synopsis they said that LJH is opposite of jin jin hee character.

my money is that he's going to be in the grey area.so bad and good

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Done with sub and got excited for ep 1. It's good start. I've never seen the original and don't know much about the story. So PMJ is a policital newbie and  has zero experience in politics. He was appointed just in the  six moths. He was appointed by the then President, pluck out from being a professor at KAISt. He is a scientist.  A scientist does what he believes especially witrh data and not as what politician has to do. He was willing to be fired for the sake  of his scientific beliefs with the with number of car emission  which the data of US delegate got wrong.. and he stood up for what he as a scientific correct calculations.

 

So yes, I can understand his beilderment, his reaction, his actions. Him being uncomfortable. I also like the shoes use as metaphor.  Him being called the "cinderella"

 

I gopt confused with the other characters though but it's only Ep 1.  I gotta watch ep 2 with sub. But since I want to know and aee what happened, I'll check the raw.

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I decided to check out Ep 1 because of JJH and LJH ---- and with zero expectations.  Am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st episode and now plan to watch Ep 2 and beyond. See you all around. 

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Happy to see that ratings are up by 1% which is a lot 

 

 

 

So someone tell me has LJH shown his face yet ? I’m waiting for his scenes :D

Spoiler

 

@shinuuuuuuu i read this , quite interesting . Touched on what you mentioned earlier . The article also gives a review of the 1st eps 

https://www.cinemaescapist.com/2019/07/review-designated-survivor-60-days-korean-netflix/

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Designated Survivor: 60 Days is decidedly a Korean show, irrespective of its American origins. South Korea doesn’t have a “State of the Union” address, and thus does not have the concept of a “Designated Survivor”. Park is in fact not present at the National Assembly, where the President was giving an address, because he was asked to resign just hours earlier due to his refusal to compromise in the trade agreement negotiations. 

The politics are different as well — South Korea’s biggest foreign policy challenge is North Korea, and this shows up a couple times throughout the pilot episode (as well as in many other dramas). Mirroring real-world Korean politics, in which President Moon has warmed up to North Korea to the dismay of conservatives, the fictional opposition party in the series walks out of the President’s speech in protest against a proposed peace deal with the North (saving them from being killed in the ensuing explosion). Later after the explosion, a secure military bunker under the Blue House constantly monitors key North Korean military sites.

 

 

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@triplem thank you so much for this! i feel the need to mention more about the "Designated Survivor" but then again Korea is not my country. just in case i'm wrong. PMJ is not a designated survivor because he is not designated to survive aside from the fact that SK have the concept of DS or not. 

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Ok. Episode 2 was a bit better for PMJ. I still don't like the opposition seeing his weakness (shaky leg). I really need some of the staff to be there for him and not try and take authority over him.  They need to come together ... make great speeches... get more than 60 days...PMJ needs an Aaron, Emily and Seth.  It looks like he has a great bodyguard already though (cute too). 

 

The whole NK issue was a little nerve wracking as it moved in slow motion.  But I like how PMJ's environmental knowledge was used and how Nam wook's NK ties came in.

 

And where did the trashy looking US commander come from? US soldiers, especially commanders, are not allowed to look so unkempt.  My goodness it truly disturbed me.  The US is made out to be the big bad wolf. I thought our relationship with SK was good. Of course 45 may have made it bad. Smh. 

 

I hope ep 3 will show PMJ at the siteand reunited with his family at the Blue House. That should be moving as it was in the US version.  

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