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  1. 1. Was there an affair?

    • No, there was no affair. It was one sided on Yoo Ri's part
    • Yes, there was an ongoing affair.
    • It was a one night stand.
  2. 2. The Conspiracy Theory

    • Yoo Ri is not the real daughter but the VP's mistress.
    • Sung Joon is doing this for his own gain ( to advance his career).
    • The VP hired Yoo Ri to destroy the Sung Joon - Jung Sun.
    • This is a high-end escort service.
    • There really is no conspiracy - just a marriage breaking down.

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6 hours ago, foreverempress said:

Maybe if they didn't call the show VIP, certain people would not be upset with the outcome. I think that where the show went wrong was adding too many irons to the fire and then letting the ending be a dud.

 

I agree that the ending was a dud.

 

But it kind of made sense. A marital affair is really just kind of a banal thing, in the end. It's not exciting or glamorous, it's just sordid and hurts everyone involved. Even without all that stupid Chaebol pressure, there's still no way that Yuri and SJ would have been happy after breaking up a happy family and devastating an undeserving innocent party.

 

SJ lost everything, which is about right. I don't think he's eeevill, just foolish. Greed and corruption didn't pay off for him, and I'm fine with that. He's still too much of a blank slate for me to care.

 

My biggest disappointment is that the show seemed to have some perspective on ridiculous 1% wealth vs. hard-working commoners. Because most of the main characters were ordinary people. You also had Hyun-ah, who was apparently once very wealthy, but fell down to rooftop dweller (poor), and you had that one customer who was nouveau riche. And that minister's son or whoever who was keeping that a secret. And then you had Yuri, who was poor, but is now a long-lost chaebol daughter. And she seemed to have some smart things to say about it, at first.

 

But in the end, everyone bows down to wealth, and there is no real commentary about how ridiculous the filthy rich are, except that they are extremely ridiculous, and people like the VIP squad are their slaves.

 

And cheating on your spouse? Not good. ... And that's about it.

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In my opinion.  The story was all about growth for all the characters.  Everyone one of them in the end experienced personal growth from either their unhappy circumstances or from choices made by them.  Just wish the writer hadn't focused on YR so much.  I found it irritating to the end.  

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23 hours ago, raziela said:

 I believed his tears at the end, but even those tears seemed to be more for what he had lost (just as his mother predicted!) rather than for what he did and what he put his wife through.

Precisely, and that's why I know it was best that she left him. I could have seen less of YR and more of JS's character development. 

 

16 hours ago, DL Wetherill said:

If you love Lee Sang Yoon like I do

I love Lee Sang Yoon and I think he got a bad rap over this role. I will plan to watch About Time. 

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Maybe too late to say this, but...MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :star::heart:

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Hope everyone has celebrated their happy holidays amidst a rather lukewarm (for me, a HUGE LETDOWN for a "realistic") ending of VIP. Shoutout to the awesome cast, and hope for Jang Nara to get her Daesang or Top Excellence Award, Actress award for her chic, vulnerable, and unwavering portrayal of JS!:glasses:

 

Now that the Christmas festivities have passed, it's time for me to pick up where I left off on the ranting...:triumph: Apologies in advance for multiple quotes of post!! :sweat_smile:

 

20 hours ago, Auntie Mame said:

Ahhh ... So, the title VIP means the 'Very Important Person' in ones personal life.

 

And, sometimes, one only knows who is that person only after losing that person. :(

 

20 hours ago, foreverempress said:

Maybe if they didn't call the show VIP, certain people would not be upset with the outcome. I think that is where the show went wrong by adding too many irons to the fire and then letting the ending be a dud. The problem with the show is that it dwelled too much on the affair while still not fleshing things out. That is why I said if they were to continue another two seasons then the point of the show would not be moot because there is a lot of fertile ground to keep this drama going for a minute. If this is the end, the writer should have stuck with one central theme and not name the show VIP. Because she named the show VIP, and it's centered mostly on a broken marriage were either party didn't really know each other, or they did know each other and she came up with this BS as a way to justify Yuri, the show failed.

 

I can appreciate all the acting in the drama that was good, but the show turned out to be a dud much like The Empress. This show didn't do much to truly flush out the VIP world. It's focused too much on Yuri... Yes, side chicks have feelings and maybe an affair does NOT make you completely the scum of the Earth, but it made light of a show that could have been a great hit had they focused on a general consensus theme and not a marriage. This writer was so focused on girl power that her feminism came over too thick. Even the sister that became the CEO was a shady piece of trash, but because she was a female, her trash was glorified. I have the view that both the CEO and VP was trash. However, the VP was a piece of trash that have been exposed for most of the show, the sister is a piece of trash that you see at the end. She was trying out way too many themes and it failed. People Are People whether they are rich, poor, or middle class, male or female, black, yellow, brown, or Caucasian; she made the show about the war on men in Korea. The writer sees the villains of the show are men, unless they are taking paternity leave to raise children. This show was about attacking gender roles and turning it on its head. It is almost as if the writer is saying that men aren't Shish unless they can form to her idea of what men should be. Think about it, she was hell-bent on making Yuri  pathetic as possible and to highlight that it was the men in her life that gave her misery, not her own actions. I am not saying that they're not some things that need some updating concerning men, but I also believe there's some things that need to be updated concerning women. All things being equal, both men and women can be very trashy people at any given time.

 

This is just my opinion of the show given the themes that the writer tried to integrate.

 

14 hours ago, chickfactor said:

 

I agree that the ending was a dud.

 

But it kind of made sense. A marital affair is really just kind of a banal thing, in the end. It's not exciting or glamorous, it's just sordid and hurts everyone involved. Even without all that stupid Chaebol pressure, there's still no way that Yuri and SJ would have been happy after breaking up a happy family and devastating an undeserving innocent party.

 

SJ lost everything, which is about right. I don't think he's eeevill, just foolish. Greed and corruption didn't pay off for him, and I'm fine with that. He's still too much of a blank slate for me to care.

 

My biggest disappointment is that the show seemed to have some perspective on ridiculous 1% wealth vs. hard-working commoners. Because most of the main characters were ordinary people. You also had Hyun-ah, who was apparently once very wealthy, but fell down to rooftop dweller (poor), and you had that one customer who was nouveau riche. And that minister's son or whoever who was keeping that a secret. And then you had Yuri, who was poor, but is now a long-lost chaebol daughter. And she seemed to have some smart things to say about it, at first.

 

But in the end, everyone bows down to wealth, and there is no real commentary about how ridiculous the filthy rich are, except that they are extremely ridiculous, and people like the VIP squad are their slaves.

 

And cheating on your spouse? Not good. ... And that's about it.

 

You brought out excellent points on what pissed me (and undoubtedly many Soompiers and viewers) about this drama, @Auntie Mame@foreverempress, and @chickfactor (and all other Soompiers whom I didn't quote in this post...B)).

 

To the screenwriter (and director?): You want to portray a "realistic" affair drama showing two sides of the story- or, in this case,  throw in excessive sob stories and crying scenes for the mistress and blank, wordless "stoicism" for the cheating spouse- and end it with the wronged spouse taking the high road and the cheaters not fully suffering the consequences of their hurtful, inconsiderate actions? Then here are some tips on how to concoct such a "realistic" affair drama:

  1. Do NOT put some vague synopsis about the main FL finding an "anonymous message, 'Your husband is having an affair with someone in your team'" and "[knowing] the secrets of [the allegedly cheating spouse] and the women" (referenced from Viki synopsis of this drama).
  2. Do NOT spend the first 8 or so episodes implementing suspenseful music and carefully edited/unrevealed red herrings of the allegedly cheating spouse not conducting or mentioning the affair and/or multiple potential women running around and concealing certain matters that may (not) have anything to do with the supposed affair.
  3. Most importantly, do NOT name the drama VIP if the integral conflict of the story is not going to focus on the VIP clientele and/or program.

Those three factors, plus the director's (or other staff or crew?) editing of not-yet-revealed pivotal scenes, were what made this drama VIP appear as some noir mystery that spark questions other than "Which coworker in my team is my husband cheating with?". With a society as exclusive, secretive, and/or even hedonistic as the VIP clientele, this drama could have utilized the "SJ's shady dealings with the VP" plot, particularly the illegal slush funds, to highlight both the more corrupt machinations of the company's/higher-ups' dealings with the VIP clientele AND SJ's indecisive, secretive demeanor and late-night outings. Upon receiving the anonymous message and receiving little or no assurance from SJ regarding said message, JS would initially suspect SJ's infidelity and untruthfulness before uncovering something beyond what she thought was going on with SJ and the company. Add HA's attempts at stealing and selling off the company's products to pay off her and her mother's debts,  MN's contemplation in agreeing to the slimeball Director Bae's plan of betraying the VP and the VIP team in order to secure her job promotion or transfer to the marketing team, and, of course, rumors of YR's affiliation with the VP as the primary factor for entering the VIP team despite having no work qualifications. Now, those stories make up multiple, compelling elements of a gray area of personal and professional betrayal and secrecy that would live up to the story title VIP.

 

But noooooooooooo....this pre-produced drama is nothing more than some sluggish, tepid adultery/mistress soap opera that more-or-less shafted other more interesting side stories involving HA, SW, and the VIP clientele (I think MN did get some substantial closure with her conflict as a working mother of 2-going-on-4(?) boys) for excessive "woe-is-me" YR crying scenes and frustrating, indecisive SJ muttering less than one or two sentences of clarity. Now, I'm extremely happy for HA regaining her self-esteem, justice for her past work trauma, and her newfound happiness with the (previously scummy-looking but ultimately well-meaning) JH, but did I miss whether or not the writer resolved HA's subplot regarding her previously affluent background and/or her mother's debts? How comes SW's "hidden" background as the foreign minister's son became nothing more than "There's no such thing as secrets" hearsay? Such a waste of those two potential subplots that could've added to the theme of secrecy, betrayal, etc. of VIP-_-

 

EDIT: I'll rant more in my next post, since it will be long...:sleepy:

 

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OK, I wanted at first to compare my disappointment with B.B. King's "The Thrill is Gone." But in my musings I came across the V.I.P. Pre-Poop Spray by Air-Wick. My overall view of the drama is like you used the spray because there's a crowd in line behind you. Unfortunately, you find out that the spray is all hype - it didn't work. That's how I feel about the ending of this drama. 

 

Thanks to all of you for enduring my sarcastic comments and futile attempts at humor. My husband also thanks you because for once he didn't have to listen to me rant & rave about a drama. 

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On another note, Shin Jae Ha (MSW) has quite an impressive CV, even if the roles are small ones. Among other's, he was the other guy beside KSY in Page Turner and LJS's younger brother in While You Were Sleeping. For some reason, I wish Na Young Suk would pick SJH to join his projects... 

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The drama was beautifully shot. There was some stunning cinematography and framing of scenes. It felt polished.  You can definitely tell they took their time which is the advantage of pre-production over live shooting where they sometimes get sloppy by the end.

 

On 12/26/2019 at 12:31 AM, sin hoonsim said:

“When filming [‘About Time‘] last year, going to do ‘Master in the House’ after four to five days of straight filming felt like a refresh and a good rest. But with ‘VIP,’ there was a new standard labor contract. For five months, we never [went over the max work hours] and would have days of rest. So whenever I went to film ‘Master in the House,’ it felt different than last year. It felt like I was filming two different projects at once.”

 

Oh this is interesting!  I didn't know they had enforced new more humane labour contracts.  That's really good because the hours these drama staff and cast work are so dangerous.

 

17 hours ago, chickfactor said:

I agree that the ending was a dud.

 

But it kind of made sense. A marital affair is really just kind of a banal thing, in the end. It's not exciting or glamorous, it's just sordid and hurts everyone involved. Even without all that stupid Chaebol pressure, there's still no way that Yuri and SJ would have been happy after breaking up a happy family and devastating an undeserving innocent party.

 

SJ lost everything, which is about right. I don't think he's eeevill, just foolish. Greed and corruption didn't pay off for him, and I'm fine with that. He's still too much of a blank slate for me to care.

 

My biggest disappointment is that the show seemed to have some perspective on ridiculous 1% wealth vs. hard-working commoners. Because most of the main characters were ordinary people. You also had Hyun-ah, who was apparently once very wealthy, but fell down to rooftop dweller (poor), and you had that one customer who was nouveau riche. And that minister's son or whoever who was keeping that a secret. And then you had Yuri, who was poor, but is now a long-lost chaebol daughter. And she seemed to have some smart things to say about it, at first.

 

But in the end, everyone bows down to wealth, and there is no real commentary about how ridiculous the filthy rich are, except that they are extremely ridiculous, and people like the VIP squad are their slaves.

 

And cheating on your spouse? Not good. ... And that's about it.

 

8 hours ago, KDramaLogic said:
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Those three factors, plus the director's (or other staff or crew?) editing of not-yet-revealed pivotal scenes, were what made this drama VIP appear as some noir mystery that spark questions other than "Which coworker in my team is my husband cheating with?". With a society so exclusive, secretive, and/or even hedonistic as the VIP clientele, this drama could have utilized the "SJ's shady dealings with the VP" plot, particularly the illegal slush funds, to highlight both the more corrupt machinations of the company's/higher-ups' dealings with the VIP clientele AND SJ's indecisive, secretive demeanor and late-night outings. The latter point would make JS initially suspect SJ's infidelity and untruthfulness before uncovering something beyond what she thought was going on with SJ and the company. Add HA's attempts at stealing and selling off the company's products to pay off her and her mother's debts,  MN's contemplation in agreeing to the slimeball Director Bae's plan of betraying the VP and the VIP team in order to secure her job promotion or transfer to the marketing team, and, of course, rumors of YR's affiliation with the VP as the primary factor for entering the VIP team despite having no work qualifications. Now, those stories make up multiple, compelling elements of a gray area of personal and professional betrayal and secrecy that would live up to the story title VIP.

 

But noooooooooooo....this pre-produced drama is nothing more than some sluggish, tepid adultery/mistress soap opera that more-or-less shafted other more interesting side stories involving HA, SW, and the VIP clientele (I think MN did get some substantial closure with her conflict as a working mother of 2-going-on-4(?) boys) for excessive "woe-is-me" YR crying scenes and frustrating, indecisive SJ muttering less than one or two sentences of clarity. Now, I'm extremely happy for HA regaining her self-esteem, justice for her past work trauma, and her newfound happiness with the (previously scummy-looking but ultimately well-meaning) JH, but did I miss whether or not the writer resolved HA's side plot regarding her previously affluent background and/or her mother's debts? How comes SW's "hidden" background as the foreign minister's son became nothing more than "There's no such thing as secrets" hearsay? Such a waste to those two potential subplots that could've added to the theme of secrecy, betrayal, etc. of VIP-_-

Very, very good points. During the first half of the drama it felt like aside from the affair sub-plot it was going to have something interesting and profound to say about the contrast between the rich and the poor and the extraordinary privilege of the 1% but...not really. In the end it was a melodrama with too many scenes devoted to two adulterers which added nothing to the story or to their characters (Yes, we know Yu Ri is pathetic and can cry and cry then cry some more. Yes, we know Sang Jun has the best poker face outside of Las Vegas :sleeping: ) I certainly agree there were plenty of other more interesting sub-plots that could have been explored with such an exceptional cast and interesting characters but, unfortunately, that wasn't the story the drama wanted to tell.

 

About Hyun Ah's debt issue: I believe that was solved after Jung Sun "caught" her with Sung Jun and she explained why he was comforting her. So JS took out an employee loan for her to help her pay off the loan sharks and get together a small deposit for her flat. i would have liked to see her mother make another appearance before the end too.  She seemed like a colourful character!

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Ok. Now I can writte my toughts on this drama:

 

1. I really enjoy it all the story. After washing the episodes all together I realise ho well constructed it was made. There were peaces here and there into what was happening. 

2. The end was really good. Yes I would have liked if they show owr hero JS in love and married etc...but I am more than happy to know that she keep walking did not hesitate on her decision and that she is in a happy place. Working on  getting better etc. Her own choice. She stay true to herself. 

3. SJ end was epic...a result of his bad decisions. As his mother told him, he realice to late what he lost. That scene of him looking at those pictures and then crying it was goood. The moment all came into reality for him. 

4. The words JS said to Sj on that last episode were so good. She was not longer angry or hating, she was donne with him. There was nothing left for him. And that was so good.

5. Yuri...oh well... would I sound bad if I say: I was enjoying and laughing at her at her crying scenes. Eventually her bad decisions came back for her too. She could have been a better person but she choose to be this kind of woman. A cheater, manipulative, etc. And at the end there was only money for her, no friends, no love, no familly, no work...nothing just money. She though she had it all so easy and free...well it's not that easy to be happy in life you have to worl to get it.  She did know but decided to ignore it. Payment time. 

6. I said a couple of days back that I would like to be Yuri mistakes the one to bring down VP, SJ down...and it a way it did. Her so open love was the first step into the scandal, a great oportunity for de CEO sister to ruin him, the wife of course also took this oportunity...anf JS just stood clean and polite around all this and just watch it at a distance. What a great way to develop  this. Bravo. 

7. The VIP office shoe how grear team they are, did support each other and care. Big example for the other ones. 

8. Love all the other love stories. It show us a contrast between a good decision and a bad decision, even if the good decision is more difficult and hard it was so much better than the easy bad decision. 

9. The VP...hahaha also left alone, no companie, no mistress, no shares, no  SJ to do all his dirty work, even the wife now has a great oportunity to step on top of him and crush him even moore. Ahahaha I enjoy that scene between them hi telling her she is the only one he has ...haha and all those years you jeark what..??? Brilliant. 

 

After all I really enjoy the drama, it had me crying a couple of episodes and then it gave me hope for a better future. Sometimes life is  like this. 

 

I hope to see you at another drama in the future. Right now I have not found a good one to like as much as V.I.P. 

 

Happy Post Christmas and New Year.....

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On 12/25/2019 at 5:53 AM, redpome said:

 

Me too hope there is season 2 when they reconcile their relationship after the several months or years breakup. 

and the other woman may appear again, but this time, Sung Jun is not interest in other woman as he really regret about the past affair. 

 

But actually when I remember Sung Jun's affair still make me feel hate him. LOL

 

Dear Writernim and Director, please arrange and realize season 2

That's the worst thing that could happen to a story like this, thank GOD kdramas rarely have 2nd seasons 

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Ugh...more ranting coming up...bah humbug!!!!!!!

 

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It goes without saying that I was infuriated by SJ's lack of resolve in actively trying to fight for JS's reconciliation and marriage when she gave him the chance. Not to mention SJ's passive complicity in allowing the VP to use his and YR's affair to try and ambush both JS and the VIP team with the Prestige Team led by the unqualified branch manager YR. :angry:

 

However, what disappointed me most about the drama and the writer was NOT even the JS-SJ conflict regarding the lack of communication or trust ultimately resulting in an ill-advised affair and divorce; it was the writer's choice in making YR both SJ's mistress AND the VP's daughter. Now, I'll give a breakdown on my perspective of YR's characterization in VIP that I promised  in my earlier post that I would address sometime after watching the finale- which is mostly based on my viewing of the first 8 episodes:

  1. There was so much potential in utilizing YR as a representation of the current generation around her age (mid-20s, I think) struggling to survive in an increasingly expensive, cutthroat society and workforce in South Korea that tends to favor only those with an affluent family connections and/or renowned educational background (i.e., graduating from any of the three SKY universities in South Korea) WITHOUT making her the VP's long-lost daughter and/or the mistress of the ML whom we the audience- and JS, of course- are supposed to root for.
  2. Believe it or not, I was actually fine with the idea of YR being the VP's mistress. Why? Unlike SJ, the VP isn't a character whom we- or JS- expect any moral conduct or trustworthiness, including with his own wife, his sister/chairwoman, his father, and the rest of his family and/or company. Also, it didn't appear as though YR would agree to be the VP's mistress solely for her own material or professional gains; she was barely making money as a part-time food worker to cover the hospital bills for her mother suffering from dementia. By making YR a destitute but hardworking character who agreed to be the VP's mistress and endure rumors of her affiliation with the VP at a company (that required academic/work credentials that she didn't earn) so that she could support herself and her ill mother, she could have posed a gray scenario where we the audience- and JS, HA, and the the VIP team- cannot outright condemn YR for making a self-degrading (and homewrecking) but ironically selfless decision out of desperation for her future and her love for her mother. In my not-so-humble opinion, even JS thought that way about YR, considering how she selflessly reached out to YR instead of listening to those "VP's mistress" rumors during the first 9 episodes, including after the VP's wife publicly humiliated YR at the Tifone exhibition.
  3. Let's say that the writer insists on proceeding with the "YR is SJ's mistress" plot, it definitely would have been better (for me, at least) if YR is NOT the VP's daughter. While I won't condone YR (and SJ, duh <_<) for attempting to get in between JS's and SJ's once-loving marriage, I could consider YR's insistence of the affair- and, to a lesser extent, YR's "hatred/jealousy" of JS- as a desperate, misguided myriad of emotions given her and her mother's dire circumstances and SJ probably being the only other "warm, caring" person besides her mother. Moreover, by not being the VP's daughter, YR wouldn't have the unapologetic, insolent self-entitlement that she later lorded over JS and the VIP team as branch manager of the so-called Prestige team, let alone resort to the cushy "back-up plan" of dumping SJ, running off to the U.S. and remaining in the wealthy Ha family registry in case her and SJ's affair blows up at work (and no, I don't buy YR's potential ostracism from her social circle and the Ha family over her affair as punishment enough :angry:).

Overall, I loathe the writer's decision in characterizing YR as a shameless, unapologetic, and self-entitled VP's daughter/SJ's mistress WHILE expecting us the audience- and JS?- to still sympathize with YR by bombarding us with gratuitous YR crying/longing scenes at the expense of more riveting characters/subplots including HA, SW, and the VIP clientele. Up until the end of Ep. 8, it never crossed my mind that YR would be SJ's mistress, considering that she's too wound up with her destitute living conditions, her lack of career future, and her mother's dementia/hospital stay to look for "warm, meaningful" love. Just like I was considering the potential of VIP becoming something beyond the typical affair drama, I was considering YR to be another (morally) gray but well-meaning addition of the VIP team whose personal story would reflect another critique toward the unforgiving Hell Joseon society that still prevails in the past, current, and future generation of South Korea (and perhaps the rest of the world with such rigid socioeconomic hierarchy).

 

As postulated by @Auntie Mame, VIP- Very Important Person- is really intended for JS, SJ and co. to question the meaning behind VIP in their personal life? What a copout...:thumbsdown:

 

1 hour ago, raziela said:

Very, very good points. During the first half of the drama it felt like aside from the affair sub-plot it was going to have something interesting and profound to say about the contrast between the rich and the poor and the extraordinary privilege of the 1% but...not really. In the end it was a melodrama with too many scenes devoted to two adulterers which added nothing to the story or to their characters (Yes, we know Yu Ri is pathetic and can and cry and then cry some more. Yes, we know Sang Jun has the best poker face outside of Las Vegas :sleeping: ) I certainly agree there were plenty of other more interesting sub-plots that could have been explored with such an exceptional cast and interesting characters but, unfortunately, that wasn't the story the drama wanted to tell.

 

About Hyun Ah's debt issue: I believe that was solved after Jung Sun "caught" her with Sung Jun and she explained why he was comforting her. So JS took out an employee loan for her to help her pay off the loan sharks and get together a small deposit for her flat. i would have liked to see her mother make another appearance before the end too.  She seemed like a colourful character!

 

Sorry for cutting parts of your post, @raziela:sweatingbullets:

 

LOL, YR be like:

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Meanwhile in Las Vegas, SJ be like: 

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Back to the drama: I know, right? The whole affair subplot/anonymous "SJ's mistress" message could have served as a prelude or catalyst, if not a red herring/faux pas, for a noir mystery revolving around the exclusive, secretive 1% VIP clientele vs. company higher-ups enabling the "immoral" conduct of the 1% VIP and their coworkers vs. the pawns of the company/society/etc. (as Jinyoung/JY stated in the finale) that JS and the VIP team (and maybe SJ, if he developed a personal and/or professional conscience soon enough -_-) will investigate and uncover. Additionally, as you said, this drama could have provided a social commentary towards the overall mindset of Hell Joseon/patriarchal society in South Korea that remains prevalent at home, school, and work and therefore drives people to become (relatively) morally reprehensible due to extenuating circumstances (HA stealing and selling the company's products to pay off her and her mother's debts, MN hiding her unexpected pregnancy from BH and considering helping Director Bae ruin the VP and the VIP team to secure her job promotion or transfer, SJ handling the VP's shady dealings in order to ensure his job promotion from the VP, etc.). But alas...:weary:

 

As for the HA subplot, I thought that JS told HA that the corporate loan would only cover HA's debts and living expenses, and that HA shouldn't use the loan to cover her mother's debts. I misunderstood the dialogue; JS told HA not to spend the money she earned from selling the company's products unless she faces further financial hardships. Thanks for the clarification!!!!!!:thumbsup:

 

Nonetheless, our points still stand: The drama could have focused more on HA (and her mother; she seemed irresponsible but still loving towards HA) and other colorful characters who would have contributed to the multifaceted aspects of VIP, rather than the dull cheaters and their "oh-so-passionate" melodrama...:wacko:

 

Till then, let's (try to) put aside the drama (no pun intended? :lol:) and count down to another new year! :star:

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@KDramaLogic great ideas and feedback for the writer on post 1 and 2! :D Like I said before the Soompiers on this thread have great imagination, read on characters, and great possible storylines.  The writer could've really benefited from the input from this forum. Hehe

 

On a side note,  I had my money on YR being the mistress from the get go.  The way they set up SJ's character,  my first thought was, I bet you the mistress is someone "innocent" like and has the "damsel in distress" syndrome.  I also watched "I had a lover" and many other cheater/affair dramas and unfortunately,  there is a mistress "type", especially when the cheater is originally portrayed, prior to the affair,  as a stand up guy and not a degenerate. When they confirmed YR as the mistress, I called my cousin to tell her,  ugh of course I'm right.  Why couldn't this have been one of the times I was dead wrong! Lol

 

Edit: Just read the LSY article, sooo sad. Like everyone here, I never got confused between character and actor. Like many, I was frustrated with the writer's obstinate stance on keeping SJ mute in conversations with JS where we really wanted to hear a response or his point of view.  On the other hand, I really liked reading LSY's take on what SJ should have said or done.  I know kdrama almost never has a season 2 and not that any of our hearts could take another season of VIP but feeling so bad for LSY, thinking maybe they should do a season 2 to help LSY redeem himself for those viewers who are hating on him. :tears:

 

Btw everyone,  I finally found the emojis! Embarrassing on how long it took to the find them.  Lol

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If they made the season 2 as another cheating genre, no thank you not for me.

After keeping my browser fixed on this forum for weeks, then getting more of the YR-SJ icky story that I don't even want to think of, to quote a few others, this  show turned into a dud.  Many seem to like how realistic it is to have a marriage with a cheating spouse but think it is realistic for a wife to act 'nobly'.  Infidelity brings out the worse in men and women in the real life. The husband may be safe from immediate repercussions if there are children but the other woman will not be safe from the aggrieved wife, at least there will be attempts. 

I read the recaps of LSY's other cheating character 'way to the airport'. The general opinion was that they deserve to have a happy life together. But the husband of the cheating woman was himself an emotionally abusive cheat  and the wife of LSY man was a wife-from-hell type. The plot is a winner, enough angst to keep people watching and two decent people against two horrors for viewers to support. The writer of VIP did not watch that show, surely. There was also the affairs in the afternoon show which I skipped, the first episode was not beckoning to me.

 

I definitely must leave this forum and all of you beloved. :joy: so many attempts. I blame it on that shameless, unrepentant  hussy that spoilt the show for me.

 

My New Year shall start on a feel good note, and wishing y'all the same. Ta ta.

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@sin hoonsimh Thanks for the interview article. Poor LSY, people went too far this time:crazy:. He is not the first to play a cheating character yet what's the big fuss?. He was not supposed to show his feelings hence the poker face. He is the type of person who doesn't share his feelings. God, even I hated SJ and wanted to shake him and tell him to deal with the consequences instead of going downhill. But, you don't go around cursing the actual actor when he is only doing his job. You would think people would watch their words when it's only recently, 2 idols committed suicide and 2 others died. Now, I'm completely pissed off:triumph:.

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