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It was really a drama that gives hope that there are still some good people there in the world. Kudos to Lee Soo Yeon, the director, the cast and all the staff involved. Everyone portrayed their role perfectly. No overacting or underacting. Also, thanks to all the chingus here with whom I could share my views and could read all your views which made it more enjoyable and meaningful. Hoping against the hope for another chance to see our awesome duo. Take care guys and stay healthy. May be we can meet in another drama thread. Sayonara.

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Guys pray hard. KdramaGods may grant our wish if we pray hard enough. 

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I can`t believed how fast the subtitles come. YAY!   I also missed Shi Mok and Yeo Jin. Just seing them work or live like ordinary people was enough.   The case just started. Somet

My heart is full of joy      All well that ends well.   Truly an excellent second season.  True friends will find each other      The End.    Till S

Can we stop loving them even behind the scenes?

This drama started with a slow pace, and made the viewers confused at the beginning with many suspense plots , however, as story moved along, it was getting so interesting after Seo Dong Jae got kidnapped and disappeared....

 

I love the first EP began with a inspirational quote ".........in the belief that a hand full of hope is better than immeasurable despair, we move forward with unwavering determination once again........." and the similar quote of finding the truth wrapped up and reinforced once again on the last EP.  The synchronization of the key message and the belief were perfectly done. There is a saying it is easier to perceive error than finding the truth, for the former lies on the surface and its easily be seen while the latter lies on the depth of the truth , only the few are willing to search for it. 

 

I admired both ML and FL their boldness and courageous in finding and speaking up for the truth.  It's only after we decide to step out our comfort zone that we begin to change, develop, and transform ourselves into a better ones. Bravo..

 

A true leader that still cared about his juniors before himself (he resigned from the office), Chief Prosecutor Kang Won Cheol , that made his image stand tall in this last EP. 

 

For last EP, about the ML's dream, for me, it represents HOPE that was captured in the scene, and put Seo Dong Jae stopped in the middle, it can be interpreted into two meanings: either he follow them, or it may turn back and reflect himself to become a righteous man. Overall, it is an awesome drama although i personally prefer the first season. However, the plot leave behind for our speculations, but i am sure the writer's intention is to continue finding the truth behind although it will be a long and winding road ahead of them. Well, let's catch up on season 3, hope it will be sooner than we expect. 

 

 

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I loved the episode a lot. Was good to see Choi Bit coming clean, accepting her mistake and acknowledging her role in PGS's death. I guess sometimes it is just that one moment, that one wrong choice, which changes our path entirely. This was the case with Choi Bit, same happened with Kang Won Cheol. It was nice to see him being in dilemma of asking SM to not speak about Hanjo's involvement or not. Finally he decided to do the correct thing and resigned. But seeing a righteous prosecutor like him falling for baits like that, because of his ambition of bringing Hanjo to justice, makes me wonder how many righteous people like him actually falter in their real life too. That one moment of greed and ambition, led to wrong decision being made by both Choi Bit and Kang Won Cheol, but at least he realized it soon enough and decided not to be Hanjo's puppet. 

 

Next thing I loved was the dream SM saw. Wow, LCJ stopping Dong Jae coming towards them, acknowledging SM by nodding at him. Eun Soo looking at him again, three of them, including YSW going towards one direction, Kang Won Cheol towards another. Nice to see YJ interpreting his dream sort of correctly and meeting YSW. Maybe her story of the package was not entirely correct, but thing is someone out there actually sent it to him, meaning he/she worried about his well being. So it was nice to see her giving hope to him, promising to meet him again in some months, and he really didn't look in a good condition. After the dream, I was actually worried that we'll get his suicide's news. But well YJ was fast enough to meet him. 

 

Also loved how YJ stood up against institutional bullying. Yes she was the whistleblower here, or at least would be. Choi Bit came clean in order to protect her, but everyone knew how things actually happened. Well those two guys already had inferiority complex against her, but well we see the whole organization ignoring her, even people in her new department. But things do change when the new Director greets her properly, and mentions Choi Bit having spoken about her. Which does also show how much Choi Bit still cared about her. But I actually loved how YJ decided to stay and fight for herself, rather than returning back to her old team and do fieldwork. I actually had thought she would return, before watching the episode, thinking she would love to go back being old YJ, which she did but decided to fight for her place. 

 

As for SDJ, glad to see him wake up, glad to see him back in those suit, and I don't really think he gave a proper answer to that question. Firstly he is not actually a fool who would directly answer to it, knowing how capable Hanjo actually is. Plus I am sure he must have heard LYJ's whisper to him. It was smart of them not showing his answer. 

 

And finally we do see KWC also feeling guilty over not reviewing the Drowning Case even once. We already had discussed here that if some time was given to the case, then they would find the survivor suspicious and KWC finally acknowledged it. Could be one of the many reasons he resigned, but well the biggest reason was he did not want to be Hanjo's puppet. It was good to see trying his best to protect SM till the end against Hanjo, ranting on them, and yes he was right about LCJ's mistake of marrying LYJ and getting connected to Hanjo. 

 

I was actually rooting for LYJ to be different from her brother and father, but well, that would be too idealistic. She is fighting her brother over the company, but she is shown not be much different from him. If there is Season 3, I want to see more of Hanjo and see them finally falling. 

 

 @larus, @bedifferent, @pompyavi, @nrllee, @nona88 and many others whose names I did not remember and forgot to mention, it was fun joining this post and reading all your comments. Loved how we all came up with theories, joined together in solving the mystery. I always looked forward to reading your posts after watching the episodes. Loved how you all would not miss even the minutest details and would post images showing it and explain about it. Thank You Chingus, hope to meet you all on other threads and really hope to meet you all on Stranger S3's thread. 

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“Forest Of Secrets 2” Finale Achieves Its Highest Ratings Yet As “Homemade Love Story” Hits All-Time High

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On October 4, the final episode of “Forest of Secrets 2” achieved the drama’s highest viewership ratings to date. According to Nielsen Korea, the season finale scored an average nationwide rating of 9.4 percent and a peak of 10.1 percent, marking a new personal record for the drama.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1429527wpp/forest-of-secrets-2-finale-achieves-highest-ratings-yet-as-homemade-love-story-hits-all-time-high

 

 

*****

Very well deserved. :P

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We see how different Woo Tae-Ha reacted to being caught compared to Choi Bit. Woo Tae-Ha was combative and acting like a victim. That if Seo Dong-Jae hadn't dug around cases that were years-old, he would have gotten away with it. (probably true) There is no true remorse or reflection, just blaming others, blaming the situation, and everyone does it so why should he be punished for it?

 

So I thought it was interesting how Yeo-Jin told Shi-Mok about Hoo-Jeong (the Tongyeong guy). Hoo-Jeong complained that it wasn't fair, that if that rich guy hadn't taken those instagram photos with his girlfriend frolicking on the beach, Seo Dong-Jae would have never noticed and none of this would have happened. (also probably true) No remorse, no reflection, no sense of shame for what he did.

 

They're only sorry that they got caught.

 

No one is always perfect and no one always does the right thing. But the ability and willingness to reflect on your actions and take responsibility for them is what elevates you above those who refuse to acknowledge that they were wrong.

 

Even Police Officer Baek from Segok pondered whether he really needed to take those bribes and concluded that he could have resisted, showing us that he has a conscience. (But then, there is the bullying and "suicide" case still left to be solved.)

 

I loved how we got to know Shi-Mok better. Because of his inscrutable face, sometimes it's easy to assume that he has some special power that makes him more razor-sharp observant and analytical than the average person. But at heart, he is just a good person who understands that his job is the pursuit of justice - which every prosecutor and cop takes an oath to do - and he just doesn't lose his focus on that goal. And in that, he has found his life partner in Yeo-Jin.

 

Having said that, I love the actor who played Woo Tae-Ha (Choi Moo-Seong). He often plays sympathetic characters but here, he played someone morally complicated and he was great.

 

Also playing against his usual type is the actor who plays Seo Dong-Jae. I feel like I've only seen him in straight-edge good guy roles (City Hunter, 365: Repeat the Year) but he is so good here as the shady guy.

 

And I loved the actress who played Choi Bit. She was bada$$ in WWW: Search. I think she was even better here. No doubt she is a bada$$ in real life.

 

I liked Bae Doona in the long hair. It certainly gave us a different vibe. But I loved that she went back to the short hair. She's going back to herself from S1, but it also felt a little bit like a tribute to Choi Bit. Like she was spiritually stepping in her shoes, and finally accepting her role in the Central Police Agency rather than go back to her precinct to work on the street (they cleared her desk :tears:) because she can do more good there.

 

I think it's an interesting theory that Yeo-Jin is lying to Yoon Se-Won that Gyeong-Wan is the one sending him care packages, but I don't think so. If you're trying to give hope to someone who is possibly suicidal, and expecting that he may hang his hopes on what you are telling him, it just seems like an incredibly bad idea to lie about something like that. Also, although we didn't see a lot of Gyeong-Wan in S1, he did come across as someone who is capable of understanding and compassion. So I think it's Gyeong-Wan, and rather lovely that even after a terrible event, there can be grace and forgiveness in this world.

 

*sigh* That was good. Just a great show. I hope there are future seasons and I hope they don't take 3 years to make another one. Part of me wishes I waited until it was over so I could binge it, but watching it live was fun because I loved reading everyone's comments and analysis. :)

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What a finish! It was satisfying! But..... 

 

what would have made it better would have been

 

1)Kang managing to talk to SM and both of them outwitting Hanjo and that Kang didn’t need to resign.  BUT ... this will take another two episodes haha

 

2)Would have been nice to see that ex-Judge working for Hanjo to trap Kang, received his comeuppance! GRRRRRRR... can’t stand the guy! 

 

oh well, given that we didn’t get to hear Seo’s answer to the investigator and that Hanjo is still getting away means hopefully we will have season 3 soon.  The undoing of HANJO.


I will miss CWS and can’t wait for his next drama or movie! Any idea, you sleuths out there? 
 

And thanks all for your input and journeying w me during this much loved drama.

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6 minutes ago, ilovenico said:

I will miss CWS and can’t wait for his next drama or movie! Any idea, you sleuths out there?

His next drama is Sisyphus the myth with Park Shin Hye. It's a sci-fi thriller. I would lurk in that thread but not sure whether i will comment or not. The rumored schedule for that is feb 2021 end. Seungwoo will be doing musical La Mancha from December to next year March. After that he will either go into hiding or continue doing musicals. If a good script comes his way, we will see him again.

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@larus thanks for sharing the news!! Im hoping we wouldnt have to wait too long for the confirmation. But yet we want to make sure writer LSY has enough time to get her materials for another great season! And for coz, stranger will not be the same without SM YJ, SDJ, yong san police team and the prosecutor team! Lets hope S3 pulls through and the characters remain intact with the familiar names agreeing to reprise their roles.

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I still remember how confused I was. I didn't imagine that DJ would be kidnapped. Finally everything has been revealed. I feel sorry for Mr. Kang. But he got a chance to speak up his mind to LYJ. Nice shot!

 

Anyway, HSM has worked with two Ssangmundong men. :D

Tae Ha will meet Yoon in jail and it's gonna be Wise Prison Life drama :D

I hope SM won't have any issue with his new boss.

 

What about Hanjo now? Choi Bit - Tae Ha - Dong Jae hold the key for Hanjo, dont they?

 

Those cameos on SM dream! They were missed.

 

I like how they compared Choi Bit - Tae Ha relationship and Si Mok - Yeo Jin relationship. Haha.. one thing for sure both SM and YJ are trusted. No worries. :D

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One of HSM boss is most handsome:fullofhearts:i like his character too. Very realistic..

 

I remember him as Bi's brother and Shin Min Ah's ex-boyfriend. He was not this handsome back then...

1 hour ago, nat_phoenix88 said:

I still remember how confused I was. I didn't imagine that DJ would be kidnapped. Finally everything has been revealed. I feel sorry for Mr. Kang. But he got a chance to speak up his mind to LYJ. Nice shot!

 

Anyway, HSM has worked with two Ssangmundong men. :D

Tae Ha will meet Yoon in jail and it's gonna be Wise Prison Life drama :D

I hope SM won't have any issue with his new boss.

 

What about Hanjo now? Choi Bit - Tae Ha - Dong Jae hold the key for Hanjo, dont they?

 

Those cameos on SM dream! They were missed.

 

I like how they compared Choi Bit - Tae Ha relationship and Si Mok - Yeo Jin relationship. Haha.. one thing for sure both SM and YJ are trusted. No worries. :D

 KSH is most suitable boss for SM. He always defenses SM except a day after he caught SM in his room. But for other days, he always be good boss:sparklyeyes:

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2 hours ago, white Life said:

KSH is most suitable boss for SM. He always defenses SM except a day after he caught SM in his room. But for other days, he always be good boss

 I don`t think Kim Sa Hyun was Shi Mok`s boss. His boss was Woo Tae Ha. But we know how seniority is a big deal in South Korea. Shi Mok was the youngest so they put him do all kind of works. He even carried their bags once.

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I would like to write about the words SM described  YJ  with in front of Choi 

 

" she open up / warm up to people  easy, but she will never blindly trust or respect everyone  or anybody" 

 

 

those words exactly describe  how she was with SM in season 1, we who watching them grow little  by little in season 1 understand  that 

 

YJ warm up even to person  like him ( he was worse of worse dealing with everyone even with victims family almost inhuman with them to get to the true, only care about facts)  

 

SM  know that as much as we know she fast became friendly, nice , acceptable and comfortable  around him while  he was the cold person  that made the people  who know him for years still feeling uncomfortable  and nervous  around him  ( she joking around comfortable  even when his senpai  feeling burden dealing with him) 

 

But in the same time even when she was warm to him she never trust or believe him blindly , he was a suspect  too and question  his doing and confirmed him so many times , she even  catch his smart mind thinking  and even catch when he lie or hide something  and point it right away, she like him always think of all the possibilities  

 

YJ  win that place on SM  being  the same warm and honest  person and the same having the smart and impressive mind , it easy to understand  why he open up to her when he cant trust or deal with others

 

 

We know that, but it really nice hearing him seeing it himself  a smal part of what he think about her  for someone who once said 

"you right,  I will probably  leave the rest of my life alone and will probably  have no one to be with" 

 

For someone  who start like that to someone  who go all his way to protect someone and talk and look warmly to her while understand  how important she is to him , I am proud of you 

 

And I like how till the end he was worry  about her and how he like seeing her enjoying food and being herself again infront of him

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Please please let there be Season 3! :Please:

Both seasons 1 and 2 are awesome! I am so thankful that our last few scenes are all happy ones: 

Yeo Jin's smile after being told by her new Director that Choi Bit has spoken well of her (so reassuring to know that her capabilities and character are recognised)

CP Kang making the right decision to resign, at peace, taking time(fishing) and reflecting on what he had done wrong

Seo Dong Jae, acknowledging his wife who drove him to the station, before enjoying the limelight

Shi Mok's genuine smile after meeting/teasing his past investigator from Western office who was transferred to Wonju office too

 

And, best of all, this awesome duo with their best `Goodbye, Take Care' meal together. When Shi Mok asked Yeo Jin whether there was any chance she might not be okay, (ouch!) it was so touching! 

 

Thank you to all the friends on this thread. You are awesome - super sleuths. I find out what I miss from my own watching of each episode from all of you! :D

 

 

 

11 hours ago, nona88 said:

I would like to write about the words SM described  YJ  with in front of Choi 

 

" she open up / warm up to people  easy, but she will never blindly trust or respect everyone  or anybody" 

 

 

those words exactly describe  how she was with SM in season 1, we who watching them grow little  by little in season 1 understand  that 

 

YJ warm up even to person  like him ( he was worse of worse dealing with everyone even with victims family almost inhuman with them to get to the true, only care about facts)  

 

SM  know that as much as we know she fast became friendly, nice , acceptable and comfortable  around him while  he was the cold person  that made the people  who know him for years still feeling uncomfortable  and nervous  around him  ( she joking around comfortable  even when his senpai  feeling burden dealing with him) 

 

But in the same time even when she was warm to him she never trust or believe him blindly , he was a suspect  too and question  his doing and confirmed him so many times , she even  catch his smart mind thinking  and even catch when he lie or hide something  and point it right away, she like him always think of all the possibilities  

 

YJ  win that place on SM  being  the same warm and honest  person and the same having the smart and impressive mind , it easy to understand  why he open up to her when he cant trust or deal with others

 

 

We know that, but it really nice hearing him seeing it himself  a smal part of what he think about her  for someone who once said 

"you right,  I will probably  leave the rest of my life alone and will probably  have no one to be with" 

 

For someone  who start like that to someone  who go all his way to protect someone and talk and look warmly to her while understand  how important she is to him , I am proud of you 

 

And I like how till the end he was worry  about her and how he like seeing her enjoying food and being herself again infront of him

That's why we love these 2 so much! Can't agree with you more. 

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Forest of Secrets 2: Episode 15

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Now that our missing prosecutor has been found, our lead turns his attention to the shady behavior of his colleagues and the mysterious Kwang-soo case. He and his partner in crime (solving) are determined to get to the bottom of it all, but what they find puts them in a predicament. Can they handle the cost of exposing the truth?

 

 
EPISODE 15

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Tae-ha meets with Yeon-jae at her secret residence, and she informs him he’s now one of her people. What’s his price for helping with the lawsuit? Tae-ha isn’t looking for money and observes that they’ve already lost a lot of time. She’s confused by his talking like he was involved back then, so he clarifies: he organized the meeting for Kwang-soo, his childhood friend. And he was planning the next steps, too.

Yeon-jae laughs when he admits he didn’t do it for money – he wants to go into politics. Kwang-soo asked to meet with him right after Tae-ha had learned he’d be leading the investigative authority charge which he deemed a lost cause. He saw Hanjo as his way forward.

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Yeon-jae isn’t opposed to sponsoring him and plans to acquire Sung-jae’s assets to pay the bills. But she needs ammunition. Tae-ha correctly guesses she wants to make sure Sung-jae doesn’t pay his fines. Yeon-jae needs the Eastern Office and the National Police Agency out of the way.

She tells him they’ll meet at this residence from now on and asks one last question. Why did they fight, and why did he die like that? Tae-ha admits he left early that day because he and Kwang-soo argued, but he had no idea he’d never see him again. He assures Yeon-jae it’s all over, and Shi-mok will be busy with the committee now. She doesn’t look particularly reassured.

 

more https://www.dramabeans.com/2020/10/forest-of-secrets-2-episode-15/

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I have been replaying S1 and S2 scenes. Sigh I miss this brilliant ensemble of cast and writer/PD so much. 

 

Watching SM-YJ's farewell scene in S1 vs S2, I feel like SM's gaze towards YJ seems different. In S1 it felt like he didnt particularly feel sad to leave. And they were playful with each other like good friends. But in S2, I sensed some melancholy, softness in his gaze. Even when YJ started eating, he continued to look at her. I think he may worry about how YJ is going to be without a support system, her Yong San team and of course him. 

 

Though I dont know what content of story will be best for S3, perhaps YJ and SM taking on higher ranked roles, i would love to see the whole gang back together again and again until S5!! 

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7 minutes ago, Gummi said:

I have been replaying S1 and S2 scenes. Sigh I miss this brilliant ensemble of cast and writer/PD so much. 

 

Watching SM-YJ's farewell scene in S1 vs S2, I feel like SM's gaze towards YJ seems different. In S1 it felt like he didnt particularly feel sad to leave. And they were playful with each other like good friends. But in S2, I sensed some melancholy, softness in his gaze. Even when YJ started eating, he continued to look at her. I think he may worry about how YJ is going to be without a support system, her Yong San team and of course him. 

 

Though I dont know what content of story will be best for S3, perhaps YJ and SM taking on higher ranked roles, i would love to see the whole gang back together again and again until S5!! 

I feel you. It ruined my taste. I am watching animes now since I will end up disliking every drama now. The writer loves her characters as much as we do. Fingers crossed for S3. But I don't see Shimok rising up the ranks. :D

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