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[Drama 2019] Melting Me Softly, 날 녹여주오

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On 9/30/2019 at 2:36 AM, gilaswan said:

Am reading all the comments so far about the premiere episodes and I think the sentiments are somewhat similar -- there is that tad bit of disappointment at how the scenes have been shot and edited so far, making it come across (if I might bluntly put it) as potentially cheap and crass storytelling. I know many of us are here for JCW and given that this is his comeback drama after MS, we've got lots of expectations. We've seen him in many productions and his acting has always been top notch. And the cast for this production is not new or young. There are many well-known and very experienced veteran actors in this production, so we're expecting good acting. And truly, there's nothing wrong with the acting at all! But the scene edits... :wacko: I have found the story telling so far choppy and not particularly attention grabbing (I could multitask without having lost much information at all), and scenes spliced and put together in a patchy sequence that seems to hop about. And as many of you have pointed out, so much slapstick (a la Jim Carrey style which I really dislike) that it hides the talent of the cast. I sincerely hope this changes soon. This cannot be JCW's comeback, especially when he's done so much good work in the action/serious drama genre so far... :mellow:

 

Sadly, editing and scene set ups are limited by what can be done in a traditional 16 hours of air time.  If they had some play in that area, I assume they could do much better.  I can't pin point exactly why I struggled a little in the first episode other than the fact that it was the "set up" episode which in my mind always tends to be the weakest in a series.  However, episode 2 was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I can't wait for the chemistry development for our leads.  I am a little sad about the situation between MDC and NHY.  The potential for a happy relationship held such promise and now it is destroyed because of the 20 year physical age difference.  I hope they resolve that in a very humane, kind way

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"Melting Me Slowly" OST Part.1 will be released on 6 October at 6:00pm KST via all online music portals!

 

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The tune is named "Before You," and is sung by balladeer K.Will (*squeeeeeeeeeeeee*).  "Before You" is meant to be Ma Dong Chan's song and the lyrics are to represent Dong-chan's heart that retains his stopped time towards Na Ha Young.  An emotional melody with piano and rich orchestration is outstanding, and K.Will's delicate expression shows Ma Dong Chan's sincere feelings toward Na Ha Young.  (This was the song underplaying the scene when Dong-chan first met Ha-young at TBO.)

 

Source:  10Asia

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3 hours ago, cherkell said:

"Melting Me Slowly" OST Part.1 will be released on 6 October at 6:00pm KST via all online music portals!

 

 

The tune is named "Before You," and is sung by balladeer K.Will (*squeeeeeeeeeeeee*).  "Before You" is meant to be Ma Dong Chan's song and the lyrics are to represent Dong-chan's heart that retains his stopped time towards Na Ha Young.  An emotional melody with piano and rich orchestration is outstanding, and K.Will's delicate expression shows Ma Dong Chan's sincere feelings toward Na Ha Young.  (This was the song underplaying the scene when Dong-chan first met Ha-young at TBO.)

 

Source:  10Asia

 

AAAHHHHH!!! So excited!!!!

Can't wait!!! :lol:

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So looking forward to Episode 3, and will watch it on Viki.com with or without subs!  For me it is a delightful, zany, and exciting story giving JCW plenty of room for expanding his library of different personae...…..yes, even the gravelly-voiced cowpoke with the (awful) mustache. Still there is no real way to make him look anything other than the handsome guy he is.  

 

For those who are still bothered by plot inconsistencies, I grabbed this tag line because it personifies, for me,  the overall looniness:

 

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It was taken from this scene:

 

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I just love the twisted syntax.  :tounge_xd:  See you all at the movies!

 

 

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Hello everyone.

 

First post in this thread, even though I have been reading for a while. As we are heading into the second week, with just mere hours to go before episode 3, I wanted to throw in also my 2 cents about MMS. 

 

The quick version:

Based on what we have seen so far...

1. is this drama perfect? No, far from it, imo.

2. is it enjoyable? Yes, very much for me.

3. am I going to keep watching and looking forward to what comes next? Yes, by any means. And not just for JCW.

 

Elaborating a little bit...

1. It is definitely not perfect. I honestly understand, and to a certain extent agree with, a lot of the criticism I have read here and elsewhere. 

Like others, I think the editing and directing could have been different to make the 2 set-up episodes (especially ep 1) faster and more gripping and compelling. 

Then some inconsistencies... In particular the "how on earth they managed to simply get up after 20 yrs being frozen (well, at least they did look pretty bad...), find their belongings and leave the lab to find themselves in downtown Seoul???" bugged me too, especially while live streaming. Let me clarify: of course if I decide to watch a drama about frozen human beings who wake up after 20 years I am fully ready to suspend disbelief about the whole freezing and thawing process as well as the need to keep the body temperature below 33 °C. But in order for the sci-fi element to work, we usually need all the other details to be perfect and believable. And this didn't happen here. Anyway, I trust that as we fully settle into year 2019 and the present story, there won't be more head-scratching moments like that one.

Finally, I don't really consider it a fault or a weak point but... the slapstick humor. I am aware it's not everyone's cup of tea. Based on the writer's previous work SWDBS, I guess we'll have to expect more of it. We'll see how much exactly and how it is handled... I am personally ok with slapstick as long as it doesn't overshadow everything else. Let's see. In any case, we've got to accept that not everyone will like it. That's ok. You can't please everyone... 

 

 

2. Despite what I just wrote, I can honestly say that I enjoyed the first two episodes. Not just for the JCW eye-candy or because I am super happy to see Wookie back on my screen, even though this is a factor too. 

Some good points in no specific order:

There were several funny moments that made me laugh out loud.

I liked the choice of bgm. 

I liked both Ma DongChan and Go Miran  and I am eager to see more about them. 

I found Hongki and Baro really good playing the younger versions of MDC's assistant and GMR's boyfriend.

Brilliant casting for the young and old versions of the characters in general. It is actually almost believable that they are the same people. And Kim WonHae playing MDC's dad in 1999 and MDC's aged brother in 2019 is genius. 

Great acting - just as I expected - by both the main leads. And the supporting characters (with maybe one exception) were really good too. Now I am looking forward to seeing all the sunbae actors in their roles.  

Last but not least: I liked the second episode more. The pace was much better, and seeing an improvement can only make me happy and confident about what it is to come. 

 

3. I am definitely curious to see how the story progresses and how the characters will be developed. Of course I am looking forward to the romance, since based on the very few glimpses we saw in the previous ep and in the previews we can expect great chemistry between MDC and GMR. But not just that: I really see a lot of potential for the story and the characters' growth. There are so many aspects from the funny to the more serious ones to explore. I am sure that there will be many amusing scenes as our hero and heroine adapt to life 20 years "into the future". But I also hope there will be time to explore how the 2 feel realizing that they have missed 20 years of the lives of their loved ones, 20 years of the world's happenings; that all the people they left are now in a different place in their life; that they have the looks and experience/dreams/expectations of people in their twenties and early thirties, but are in fact 44 and 52 years old... For instance, I really laughed when the lady at the police station asked MR what cosmetics she uses upon realizing that the pretty girl before her is actually 44 years old, but I am expecting that all these aspects won't be used just for comedy but will also receive a more serious treatment. No doubt that both JCW and WJA can pull off all the nuances brilliantly if they are given the opportunity, so there is really a lot I am looking forward to.

 

Can't wait for ep. 3 in just a few hours. And today I am also looking forward to Laborhood on Hire guest starring Wookie and Im WonHee.   :heart:

 

 

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1 hour ago, midorinokerochan said:

Hello everyone.

 

First post in this thread, even though I have been reading for a while. As we are heading into the second week, with just mere hours to go before episode 3, I wanted to throw in also my 2 cents about MMS. 

 

The quick version:

Based on what we have seen so far...

1. is this drama perfect? No, far from it, imo.

2. is it enjoyable? Yes, very much for me.

3. am I going to keep watching and looking forward to what comes next? Yes, by any means. And not just for JCW.

 

Elaborating a little bit...

1. It is definitely not perfect. I honestly understand, and to a certain extent agree with, a lot of the criticism I have read here and elsewhere. 

Like others, I think the editing and directing could have been different to make the 2 set-up episodes (especially ep 1) faster and more gripping and compelling. 

Then some inconsistencies... In particular the "how on earth they managed to simply get up after 20 yrs being frozen (well, at least they did look pretty bad...), find their belongings and leave the lab to find themselves in downtown Seoul???" bugged me too, especially while live streaming. Let me clarify: of course if I decide to watch a drama about frozen human beings who wake up after 20 years I am fully ready to suspend disbelief about the whole freezing and thawing process as well as the need to keep the body temperature below 33 °C. But in order for the sci-fi element to work, we usually need all the other details to be perfect and believable. And this didn't happen here. Anyway, I trust that as we fully settle into year 2019 and the present story, there won't be more head-scratching moments like that one.

Finally, I don't really consider it a fault or a weak point but... the slapstick humor. I am aware it's not everyone's cup of tea. Based on the writer's previous work SWDBS, I guess we'll have to expect more of it. We'll see how much exactly and how it is handled... I am personally ok with slapstick as long as it doesn't overshadow everything else. Let's see. In any case, we've got to accept that not everyone will like it. That's ok. You can't please everyone... 

 

 

2. Despite what I just wrote, I can honestly say that I enjoyed the first two episodes. Not just for the JCW eye-candy or because I am super happy to see Wookie back on my screen, even though this is a factor too. 

Some good points in no specific order:

There were several funny moments that made me laugh out loud.

I liked the choice of bgm. 

I liked both Ma DongChan and Go Miran  and I am eager to see more about them. 

I found Hongki and Baro really good playing the younger versions of MDC's assistant and GMR's boyfriend.

Brilliant casting for the young and old versions of the characters in general. It is actually almost believable that they are the same people. And Kim WonHae playing MDC's dad in 1999 and MDC's aged brother in 2019 is genius. 

Great acting - just as I expected - by both the main leads. And the supporting characters (with maybe one exception) were really good too. Now I am looking forward to seeing all the sunbae actors in their roles.  

Last but not least: I liked the second episode more. The pace was much better, and seeing an improvement can only make me happy and confident about what it is to come. 

 

3. I am definitely curious to see how the story progresses and how the characters will be developed. Of course I am looking forward to the romance, since based on the very few glimpses we saw in the previous ep and in the previews we can expect great chemistry between MDC and GMR. But not just that: I really see a lot of potential for the story and the characters' growth. There are so many aspects from the funny to the more serious ones to explore. I am sure that there will be many amusing scenes as our hero and heroine adapt to life 20 years "into the future". But I also hope there will be time to explore how the 2 feel realizing that they have missed 20 years of the lives of their loved ones, 20 years of the world's happenings; that all the people they left are now in a different place in their life; that they have the looks and experience/dreams/expectations of people in their twenties and early thirties, but are in fact 44 and 52 years old... For instance, I really laughed when the lady at the police station asked MR what cosmetics she uses upon realizing that the pretty girl before her is actually 44 years old, but I am expecting that all these aspects won't be used just for comedy but will also receive a more serious treatment. No doubt that both JCW and WJA can pull off all the nuances brilliantly if they are given the opportunity, so there is really a lot I am looking forward to.

 

Can't wait for ep. 3 in just a few hours. And today I am also looking forward to Laborhood on Hire guest starring Wookie and Im WonHee.   :heart:

 

 

I agree with you one hundred percent.

I came for the fun, and I am pretty sure it's gonna be a fulfilling ride. 

I also don't want to analyse and nitpick too much, because it's like  putting breaks on a fun ride. And also it ain't that bad.

Seen dramas with worser storylines, and humongous plot holes...lol. 

I loved the second episode way, way more than the first. 

Now waiting for the 3rd.

Yay!! 

 

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Episode 3!!!

 

Ok, I'm just going to pretend that 1 & 2 didn't happen OR were squashed/edited/rewritten in parts into one segment.

 

Overall, I'd say a solid episode. Tone and pacing are still an issue with the show but it has taken a turn for the way better this week. As in "I am no longer thinking of dropping the show" better! (Yay, I was really worried after last week).

 

Originally the only story I was invested in was GMR's. The reunion with her family, and in particular GNT, brought a tear to my eye. So well acted and directed all around. Probably the best scene so far. I still don't buy her initial reasons for agreeing to do the experiment BUT her relationship with her brother and parents overshadows all my grumbles. WJA's performance was on point and she handled the pathos and the humour of the character very well. HWAITING! (the Kill Bill montage had me in stitches).

 

MDC... poor guy his confusion for how to address his younger siblings and hubae were so well played out by JWC. I'm going to go with the flow on the more slap-stick family relationship with this family because they really can pull it off. And the niece is on point. The reunion with NHY was difficult. They'd built such a loving and supportive relationship and to see them at a serious point of conflict was... I'm not sure... The writing felt a bit stilted but JWC and YSA brought the emotions. This is another reason why I'm ignoring eps 1 and 2... I need to relinquish my investment into their relationship pronto so that I don't reach into drama world and tell both NHY and GMR that MDC is fickle as they get! (jokes aside, I really will mourn NHY and MDC's relationship).

 

I am finally interested in the story between our leads' relationship! MDC's immediate concern for GMR lays the ground work for everything we've seen in the teasers/trailers--and thankfully is a complete 180 from the "I don't know who she is" eps 1 and 2 (more reason to forget they happened). I'm really hoping for a slow burn because I like this camaraderie a lot and the idea that they slowly realise their feelings are changing as they bond over their ridiculous situation. I hope we see the BTS for their scene together because it looked like they were having a BALL. 

 

The support cast is brilliant, but that goes without saying. Some of my favourite actors and actresses getting to just have fun is always worth it. And the child actors have been really good, special shout out to young GNT for a very nuanced performance from a child actor.

 

Any fears about rating are gone. Will probably hit 10% if they can keep doing what they did for this ep (fingers crossed).

 

I'm a little confused by the lack of BTS... Do we only get one a week for both episodes?

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Preview to ep 4

 

 

Man: You have a face I haven’t seen before. Are you a trainee?
HK: What are you doing?! Aish!
DC: On an island somewhere, celebrities will make three meals -
HK: I think that unfortunately, as Sunbae’s brain froze, your instinct also froze with you. (meaning that HK thinks that DC has lost his ability to suss what will be popular with the viewers)
DC: Hey, have you said all you meant to say?! (me: This is a way of telling HK that he’s out of line or offbase.)
MR: Hi, this is Go Mi Ran.
HK: Go Mi Ran wants to meet with us!
MR: I reject the compensation.
MR: I! I!
HK: Sunbae, aren’t you cold?
Woman: You haven’t aged a day! You’re exactly the same!
MR: I was in a freezer, completely frozen! So what!!
MR: PD-nim, why don’t you give me a job?
DC: A job?

 

 

Btw, for anyone who may be new to kdramas reading this, "sunbae" is a title indicating someone of senior standing used by the more junior member of the pair, but also indicates that the senior member is more knowledgeable which is why they have senior standing. Sunbae is usually not used between work colleagues, unless they are also on the friendly side. Sunbae is more formal than calling someone older brother or older sister, but less formal than using a corporate work title. So, sunbae tends to indicate personal knowledge of each other in a less formal setting than work, such as school or a club. So, I'm not sure whether HK calls DC "sunbae" because they know each other outside of work, or more likely because HK is so much younger than DC and still had a lot to learn, so DC treated HK informally but fondly. Still, it's cutely indicative of their close relationship, and it serves to heighten the gag now that HK is biologically so much older than DC, and yet DC is still the senior member of the pair.

 

Regarding the preview, I liked the riff on the variety show Three Meals a Day.  :lol: It's a cute homage.

 

 

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I was a bit iffy with episodes 1 and 2, but episode 3 seems to be finding its pacing, though I find myself waiting still. There is still a lot of inherent sadness regarding the passage of time. Both DC and MR are so bewildered in the world that they have woken up to. The people in their lives from before have all moved on more or less and made lives without them, and now they are having to cope with figuring out their new lives now.

 

The scene that touched me the most was MR and her younger brother. She realizes that he's had to fend for himself without her, and that he's been waiting all that time for her to come back. And, now, he's big enough that he's the one carrying his sister on his back when she collapses.

 

DC and HY's meeting was also highly emotional. I can understand why HY doesn't introduce herself immediately to DC. As for DC, he's looking for the HY of his yesterday. He may logically have started understanding that 20 years have passed, but for him, it is literally yesterday, so he doesn't recognize the older woman sitting at the next table as his beloved. And, then, because it was still yesterday, he asks for them to meet again, but she turns him down for her own reasons. During the scene, I thought it was because of her pride at being so much older than him now as well as some unresolved anger that he had done the experiment against her wishes. However, I realized later that there is also guilt involved. At the time of DC's "disappearance", she was one of the ones who knew what DC had been doing when he disappeared. However, she traded her silence on the matter for an anchor job. She probably told herself as HK and the other PD was saying that DC was lost and irrecoverable, and so what use would it have been for her to make a fuss about it. However, she could have done so at the time as his colleague and his girlfriend, but she didn't.

 

DC realizing his father has passed away, but his younger brother grew up to look exactly like their father was both sad in DC's grief, but also funny in his every interaction with his younger brother. But, the comedy is still tinged with that bit of poignancy that DC feels each time.

 

It's also interesting to see how DC and MR's respective families dealt their realities after their disappearances. DC's father passed away and his mother basically gave up, so that they are just scraping by really rather than having the comfortable, wealthy lifestyle that DC remembered. DC's siblings, as well, don't seem to be doing that well, especially DC's younger sister who went from being the adored baby of the family to being a self-centered, divorced, middle-aged woman. There seems to be an implication that the younger sister might have gotten more direction and guidance from DC along with his affection if he had been present in her life all along that might have helped her turn out differently, though not sure how truly realistic that is.

 

MR's family, however, took the money that MR had asked the assistant doctor to give to her family and started a business with it. Because they realized that it was money that MR had earned so earnestly and so shouldn't be wasted, her family seem to have found determination to make a success of their business no matter what. So, MR's family are now the ones who are comfortably off.

 

So, what I"m really waiting for are more scenes of DC and MR together as the only two people in the world who have gone through what they've gone through.

 

The episode ends with HY changing her mind and agreeing to meet with DC after all, and MR comes face to face with her former bf BS. I'm curious about how the scenes will play out. I guess I assume that MR and BS' scene will play out to more comical affect. Btw, Shim Hyung Tak is another fantastic comedic actor that I think is going to be brilliant in this drama. His scenes already had me laughing. DC and HY have a more angsty arc to get through, however, as they resolve how they feel about each other now.

 

 

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[Ratings] "Melting Me Softly" 5 October Episode 3 Broadcast:

 

Nielsen Korea: 3.163% National (-0.014%); 3.278% Seoul (+0.42%)

TNmS: 3.2% National (+0.0%); N/A* Seoul

 

*Looks like TNmS is not gathering daily data on Seoul viewership anymore, as that information has dropped off their site.  Anyone else see that?

 

"Laborhood on Hire" Episode 6's TMnS ratings also came in at 3.2%, so both of Wook's 5 October cable broadcast programmes finished at #1 and #2!!!

 

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I'm still on the fence on this one. Will keep watching, but there are things that get on my nerves a bit. (Ie the over the top slapstick. I strongly disliked that about SWDBS as well, so it is what it is. It's just hard for me to find it humorous or take it too seriously when EVERY character is like this. I feel like it would have more impact if it was toned down a bit.) That said, there were several moments in ep 3 where I found myself tearing up, especially with the girl's family. The moment when she reunites with her brother was the strongest for me. But I like her whole family. (I also like the mother-daughter casting; both of those actresses have lovely low voices and they match. :) ) I also found the 20 year gap between JCW and his past (now older) gf quite poignant. 

 

I really like JCW and WJA so I'm still watching, despite the slapstick. Ep 3 was the best of the lot so far. (Haven't seen today's ep yet.) I'm looking forward to more interaction between JCW and WJA, as they are the only ones who really understand the shock. They share a world now, which should make things interesting.

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