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1 hour ago, Secretz said:

 

 

Idk if we're expecting any more twists regarding the death of MSA from the writer, but assuming OYH is the killer, I think she wants avenge SSR out of guilt before turning herself in? Just a guess.

 

 

Rona doesn't even know that OYH murdered MSA. That could play into the storylines sometime this season or the next. Will this cause friction between them again?  

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“The Penthouse 2” Kicks Off With Strong Premiere Ratings; “Beyond Evil” Makes Promising Start

 

SBS’s “The Penthouse 2” is off to a successful start!

 

On February 19, the smash hit drama “The Penthouse” returned with its highly-anticipated second season in a brand-new time slot. While the first season of “The Penthouse” aired on Mondays and Tuesdays, “The Penthouse 2” will be airing on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. KST instead.

 

Despite the change in air time, “The Penthouse 2” premiered to impressive viewership ratings for its first episode. According to Nielsen Korea, the season premiere scored average nationwide ratings of 16.7 percent and 19.1 percent for its two parts. (For comparison, the first season of the drama premiered to average nationwide ratings of 6.7, 9.2, and 9.1 percent.)

 

Meanwhile, JTBC’s new drama “Beyond Evil” also got off to a promising start. The psychological thriller scored an average nationwide rating of 4.5 percent, marking a significant increase in viewership compared to its predecessor “Hush” (the drama that previously occupied its time slot), which ended on an average rating of 2.3 percent nationwide.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1455293wpp/the-penthouse-2-kicks-off-with-strong-premiere-ratings-beyond-evil-makes-promising-start

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Huge SPOILER ALERT for the whole post.

 

I just wanted to get this off my chest.

 

At the end of S1, we have backstabby dumbhead (in short dumbhead) as a fugitive, with Logan on her side - something must've happened between the two in the two-year-span between S1 end and S2 beginning. Patricidal diva (in short diva) and psychopath (in short psycho) are living together. RN is effectively an orphan.

 

From what I have gathered from the first 2/3 of S2E1 (leaving out the Arts Festival), dumbhead has lost all her assets, including the apartment in Hera Palace. That means Ro Na is broke. Probably she has also been expelled from Cheong A Arts, (now attending Mirae Girls Commercial High School) and her reputation precedes her. She works part-time jobs and from the looks of it, she's the Korean equivalent of a no-alternative freeter, jumping from one part-time job to another just to survive.

 

One silver lining is that Jenny is helping her all this time, with or without Ro Na's knowledge; as in at some point during the two years, RN might believe JN has stopped openly helping her, and someone anonymous has been supporting her from the shadows from that point on.

 

To Ro Na's character development: we have a girl who has been hit haaard by reality, and who lived the harshest of lives for the last two years. It would be obvious to expect that she has matured by that point, having to juggle between school, part-time job, and daily household chores, and having to watch how much she spends to make sure she has rent etc. The deprivation of her mother in that time would definitely make her go back into herself and think of what she can do to live happily. What I am hoping is that with her experiences from the last two years, she'll have learnt to fix her communication problem with her mother starting from Season 2.

 

On Jenny's character development: I am guessing she has undergone a change of heart. By the way she stood up for Ro Na and defended her support to the poor girl, snapping at her former friends and those who are well more powerful than her, I hope there is no relapse in terms of character development (as in she won't revert back to bullying Ro Na) since Jenny seemed a bit sad at EB declaring to take Jenny out of their uni preparation lessons due to this behaviour.

 

On a different topic, we have the twins, SK who still believes that dumbhead is the murderer, and SH who is wary of his father and the maid and suspects something. At the end of season 1, we have the twins moving abroad for half a year. I'm guessing they went on attending Cheong A High starting year 2, but their influence in school, in comparison to EB's, has waned drastically.

 

SK is, despite her power, inferior to EB in terms of influence. And she very well gets bullied subtly for it by the people she looked down at. She has no choice but to accept it, since EB also 'bullies' her in her own way. Her brother is no longer completely on her side anymore. He knows when to stop her and make sure she doesn't end up in a situation she doesn't want to be, but that's about it - she has to stand on her own legs now. To add salt to the wound, we have her stepmother, diva, who also antagonizes her. 

 

In short, SK is surrounded by enemies (her father, in a way, is an enemy since he killed her mother, and would abuse her all the time as well) both at home and in school. The one person she relied on has stopped giving her everything she wants, and her mother who she looked up to, is dead (there is a lot of loneliness and regret tied with it) and her mother is always insulted by her new stepmom.

 

It might have hit her hard that all along, the housemaid has been the murderer and she has been comfortable with her mom's murderer (I know it's psycho but for her housemaid is the truth) all the time and knew too late. I wonder how it will change her attitude towards Ro Na, since RN's mother was never SR's killer and SK has been hating the wrong person all this time.

 

EB, after her suicide attempt, has gotten far, far bolder. She knows the game between her mother and her stepdad, her mother's crimes (which she keeps hidden), and is completely disillusioned. I guess she is trying to get in a position where she doesn't have to interact much with her mother (who probably disgusts her), and basically uses her influence in school to be the center of attention and position of power, all the while plunging herself in academics, and putting up a show of a good daughter in front of others. Works wonders for her, she's dangerous.

 

SH... I have no idea what is going on with him in the two years. I guess, on one side, he is deeply affected by RN and is in limerence with her, but on the other hand, he's been watching from the sidelines about what has happened to her all the time, so he has no real right to step up and 'be there' for her. The six months abroad probably didn't help. Even at the end of S1, SH was sus about his mom's death and kinda doesn't think dumbhead was the murderer.

 

Him tearing up at RN happily walking home with her mother may be

1. RN is perfectly happy even without him in her life, but he very well needs/wants her in his - he fell deeper for her than she for him.

2. He has lost his right to be with her in this moment since he abandoned RN since two years (the keychain he has or hasn't returned - maybe it was his sis who returned the keychain) and wasn't there for her during the harshest part of her life

3. Maybe he has been watching over her for the last 1.5 years since he has returned from abroad and is overwhelmed that she is finally free from her bad reputation from now on (happy/relieved)  and he no longer has a reason to watch her, be it from afar or upfront (sad/lonely).

4. Overwhelmed that his materialistically fulfilled life is as empty and cold as can be but she still manages to smile like that in her life full of difficulties and poverty, and she has something he'll never have; the love of a parent.

 

Sry for the rant.

 

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2 hours ago, Aolian said:

To Ro Na's character development: we have a girl who has been hit haaard by reality, and who lived the harshest of lives for the last two years. It would be obvious to expect that she has matured by that point, having to juggle between school, part-time job, and daily household chores, and having to watch how much she spends to make sure she has rent etc. The deprivation of her mother in that time would definitely make her go back into herself and think of what she can do to live happily. What I am hoping is that with her experiences from the last two years, she'll have learnt to fix her communication problem with her mother starting from Season 2.

Does anyone see the connection with Rona and MSA? It'd make sense if Rona is the one dying. If that happens, the cycle will repeat, and I don't think that's a good thing. I'm not sure if I want to watch Season 2 if we're seeing the same pattern. By then, I'll give the drama the benefit of the doubt, maybe the girl isn't Rona, and even if it's her, she'll survive despite the sharp object stabbed onto her head.

 

Btw, if you remember in season 1, there was a scene where the kids bullied Rona and called her MSA 2.0. Could be a foreshadow.

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2 minutes ago, Secretz said:

Does anyone see the connection with Rona and MSA? It'd make sense if Rona is the one dying. If that happens, the cycle will repeat, and I don't think that's a good thing. I'm not sure if I want to watch Season 2 if we're seeing the same pattern. By then, I'll give the drama the benefit of the doubt, maybe the girl isn't Rona, and even if it's her, she'll survive despite the sharp object stabbed onto her head.

 

Btw, if you remember in season 1, there was a scene where the kids bullied Rona and called her MSA 2.0. Could be a foreshadow.

 

I guess. If it was RN who dies, (which I am praying does not happen), then her mother has gotten herself a slap from Lady Karma. She'd kinda be the new 'Su Ryeon'. The way RN's character turns out to be is dangerously heading that way - but then I don't think either Logan, RN's mom, RN's stepdad(?) or SH would stay still at this point.

 

RN's mom: foreshadowing in this ep.

Logan: possibly his support towards RN from the shadows, but this would the third innocent person dead - as they say, third time's the charm.

Dr. Ha: I'm not sure what he can do - we'll see.

SH: the love of his life died in front of him - if he still stays on the sidelines, well that would be a great disappointment.

 

There are theories that the one who fell and the one who had that part of Cheong A trophy (I think it was one of the wings, maybe?) etched inside her skull are different people since that piece wasn't there when said girl fell. What happened between is what I'd like to see.

 

But a fall from half a flight of stairs is not that deadly (I hope?) - since Seol A also fell from a few flights of stairs and a little statue fell on top of her head and she still went on limping around the apartment complex.

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On 2/20/2021 at 12:51 AM, sonequeen01 said:

@airgelaalYep I think it's Rona as well

 

 

 

I thought it too, but maybe someone just took Ro Na's necklace and put it on the victim to make people think it's bae ro na the culprit. Actually, there was a scene where you see before the ceremony for the Cheon Ah trophy, Bae Ro Na saw Seokyung paying someone to make something for her. So at this point, if Bae Ro Na really fell then the first suspect is Seok Hyun. And if it follow this way, her twin brother will surely cover for her even if he loves Bae Ro Na since he might think that all of the disaster that happened to Bae Ro Na is his family's fault. 

Still, I hope it will be not Bae Ro Na, or that she will be hospitalised and will wake up months later to point out who pushed her. 

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Kim So Yeon Talks About Her Husband’s Cameo In “The Penthouse 2,” Admiration For Yoon Jong Hoon, And More

 

Kim So Yeon recently participated in a pictorial and interview with @star1 magazine!

 

About her infamous piano scene in “The Penthouse,” Kim So Yeon said, “I borrowed an electronic piano and practiced hard for about two months and a half for that scene. Before that I was at the level where I could barely play ‘Chopsticks,’ but I really wanted to do that scene justice. Since it was a scene I’d prepared a long time for, I was proud that people reacted well to it. I think that it’s one of the scenes that I’ll remember when I look back on my career as an actor.”

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She also talked about her husband Lee Sang Woo’s cameo in “The Penthouse 2.” “There was a time when his name was mentioned for a cameo during the script reading,” she said, “but I didn’t actually think we would get to film together. It’s a funny scene, so viewers can just enjoy it.”

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Kim So Yeon picked her most memorable scene in “The Penthouse” as the one in which her character, Cheon Seo Jin, has a breakdown in the rain. Her divorce with Ha Yoon Chul had become public and she was in danger of losing her position as chairman. The actress said, “I could feel Cheon Seo Jin’s bitter emotions through the script, and it made me so sad. I kept crying so much that it got in the way of rehearsals at first. It’s still one of the scenes I remember most. I think the emotions that I felt then translated well on screen, so that was a relief.”

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Ha Yoon Chul was played by actor Yoon Jong Hoon. Kim So Yeon praised her co-star and said, “He’s the kind of actor who memorizes the names of all the 100 staff members. We’ve filmed together for over a year, but I’ve never once seen him forget to greet someone. He was my most frequent scene partner on ‘The Penthouse,’ and his personality and character are so good that I could always depend on him for mental support during filming.”

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https://www.soompi.com/article/1455376wpp/kim-so-yeon-talks-about-her-husbands-cameo-in-the-penthouse-2-admiration-for-yoon-jong-hoon-and-more

 

 

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I know she is still a teenager but I hate SK. She always jumps to conclusions, is rash and violent and yells all the time. She hated SRY when she was alive and wouldn't aknowledge her as her mother. Now that shes dead she suddenly cares. Its too late. Give ppl their flowers while they still living. WHen they are gone its too late.  I love how CSJ is getting to her, SK has now met her match with CSJ and EB. SHe can't bully them.

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Just saw the first ep. after all the hype, was kinda disappointing. Some parts was just boring. Hope the story improves.

dont quite care for love story of RN & SH. She is a victim but not a very nice one! And her Mom really is a murderer. 
however much they want to redeem YH’s character, she is a murderer. There must be justice for her victim & YH has to pay for her crime.

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2 hours ago, Curlytop Asmr Lee said:

I know she is still a teenager but I hate SK. She always jumps to conclusions, is rash and violent and yells all the time. She hated SRY when she was alive and wouldn't aknowledge her as her mother. Now that shes dead she suddenly cares. Its too late. Give ppl their flowers while they still living. WHen they are gone its too late.  I love how CSJ is getting to her, SK has now met her match with CSJ and EB. SHe can't bully them.

This, I feel the same. I absolutely hate Seok kyung and her behavior is absolutely inexcusable. I get that her mother died but she didn’t treat Suryeon well even when she was alive. Now she’s acting like she was best friends with Suryeon before she died and is sad. She lashes out at everyone and she treats everyone rudely. She’s projecting all her anger and issues into everyone and it seems the writer doesn’t want to develop her character. She is still the same and I do not see her changing anytime soon. She’s even going to become worse and is even bullying Jenny now along with Rona even though Rona’s life has been tougher these past 2 years and Yoon Hee has been cleared.

It annoys me when i go on social media and almost everyone is worshipping Seok kyung’s character as if she is such a great person but her character is someone anyone would hate in real life. 
I hope she changes soon and makes up for her ways, she has to pay for all the bullying she has done to Min seola, Rona, now Jenny and even the way she treated Suryeon plus all her cheating at school. 
I hope when Rona gets back to cheonga, she stands up for herself more this season and slaps her if Seok kyung does more stupid things. 

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26 minutes ago, Dddddddnnnnnnrrrrrrrr said:

This, I feel the same. I absolutely hate Seok kyung and her behavior is absolutely inexcusable. I get that her mother died but she didn’t treat Suryeon well even when she was alive. Now she’s acting like she was best friends with Suryeon before she died and is sad.

 

I think the only person that can save Seok Kyung is for a certain dead person to come back.

 

23 minutes ago, Cassandra E. Bett said:

Are they hinting at a Ro Na/Logan romance cause I am definitely not on board with that. Dead or alive, Logan belongs to Su Ryeon, end of story.

 

No, they are not. I think someone is telling him to do all this. If you know who I mean? 

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I have to agree and say that I don't really get the hype for Seok Hoon and Rona's romance either. As in it's a overused plot where misunderstood bad rich boy falls for the plucky poor forever punching up heroine- which I love- but I feel that Seok Hoon's character had the potential to be more interesting. Out of all the kids, he reads the most calculating and cold. He wasn't that invested in bullying SeolA until she made that ONE comment that caused him to snap. Feels like he got some of his dad's temper and emotional instability

 

Also, Rona has evolved but at  the same time, with a story as warped and fast moving as this, a sweet and pure romance between Seok Hoon and Rona which made Seok Hoon soften up, feels a bit misplaced and optimistic. Which doesn't fit the show's overall feel. Even Logan Lee and SR while on the side of good, had this EDGE to them - ruthlessness, intelligence etc.So give me a twisted and warped romance lol.

 

I'm glad that they are fleshing out the kids more- jenny getting bullied now(so basically, these wolf puppies will tear up their own the minute they smell weakness), Seok Kyung is a kite in the wind basically. Her brother no longer backs her up as before. Her stepmother is just as psychotic as her daughter. Although have to say, it's HILARIOUS that EB now has TWO stepsisters that hate her. 

 

SO now Yoon Hee got her voice back while SJ lost hers. And she got her exhusband as well lol. I know that it's sticking in SJ's craw because even though she got Dantae, She sees the Yoon Yoon couple and rages because they have lovey dovey feelings(or so she thinks) while Dantae while sultry, passionate with physical affection,  rich and powerful is fundamentally cold not unlike her HAHAH. 

 

Also, I may be mistaken but I think one of the reasons Dantae pounced on making Yoo Hee the scape goat is because she saw his weak side last season and that makes him uncomfortable and eager to dispose of this person. 

 

I'm abit sad that there's not much of Logan  Lee and Lee Jiah Ah but it feels like they are building up to the murder so that's good! need to have faith with the writers lol They had the balls to kill off SR so I feel like they can do anything to make the story keep on rolling

 

I have a feeling this time , one of the kids will be the killer . 

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I don't know why people hate yoonhee. Yes she killed Min Seol Ah but she wasn't in a right state of mind. I see it as a mistake and i still have second thoughts about her being the killer. Also she never really wanted to kill Suryeon. Her avenging Suryeon is not her being guilty about wanting to kill her. It is oh yoon hee wanting to avenge the only friend that she had. Also all oh yoon hee wanted to do was to give rona a good life and let's not forget that rona was a spoilt brat who snapped at her mother for everything.

 

EUNBYEOL needs help.

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21 minutes ago, Songbae said:

I don't know why people hate yoonhee. Yes she killed Min Seol Ah but she wasn't in a right state of mind. I see it as a mistake and i still have second thoughts about her being the killer. Also she never really wanted to kill Suryeon. Her avenging Suryeon is not her being guilty about wanting to kill her. It is oh yoon hee wanting to avenge the only friend that she had. Also all oh yoon hee wanted to do was to give rona a good life and let's not forget that rona was a spoilt brat who snapped at her mother for everything.

 

EUNBYEOL needs help.

I actually believed in Yun Hee before the revelations of EP16. And I still kinda believe in her. But you know, being drunk may excuse you in court to lighten the sentence, but the fact that you were the one who took away the tomorrows of this child with its limitless possibilities, especially while you are drunk, makes it much worse. Was her life only that much worth that it could be ended in a drunken stupor? You may have the Übermensch, or even the Mensch (cuz Yun Hee sees herself in Seol A to an extent), hindering you while you were sane and sober, but taking a life is inexcusable, drunk or not.

 

The moral 'nonsense' aside, what makes me personally hate her more is the fact that she was not even one bit apologetic towards Su Ryeon about it on her own. (Which made me start calling Yun Hee 'backstabby B') If she had apologized and repented and at the end, turned herself in to the police after all revenge is completed, then I would've somehow recognized it - doesn't mean it makes the murder lighter - you can't really murder someone in a drunken stupor, apologize and go on living your life!

 

Now that Su Ryeon is not here, I only have YH to rely on for revenge and despite her past, I hope she succeeds. I hope the patricidal diva gets what she deserves (now that concerning music, YH will become the puppetmaster and the diva will lose her influence, her daughter becoming a lot more bold and manipulative and has the leverage to blackmail her, etc. etc.) as does the psychopath (I wish Seok Kyung would overhear him declaring his joy over having successfully killed Su Ryeon and then things spiraling downward for him from that point on) and all others who deserve it.

 

I think Jenny had a good retribution. The whole Su Ryeon/Logan revenge plan made her think about their bullying more - leading her to side with innocent Ro Na for two whole years. I hope she stays that way. But Seok Kyung, Eun Byeul and Min Hyuk definitely need some sense beaten into them and more suffering, far more suffering.

 

And to Ro Na of the first season, I have no excuse for her - yes she has to endure a lot from her surrounding but it doesn't give her the right to snap at the only person who would stay at her side and support her no matter what. Maybe she has learnt her lesson at the start of Season 2.

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1 hour ago, sasha1818 said:

I don't really get the hype for Seok Hoon and Rona's romance either. As in it's a overused plot where misunderstood bad rich boy falls for the plucky poor forever punching up heroine


Exactly. I don’t find their arc interesting at all.


 

2 hours ago, Dddddddnnnnnnrrrrrrrr said:

It annoys me when i go on social media and almost everyone is worshipping Seok kyung’s character as if she is such a great person but her character is someone anyone would hate in real life. 


I don’t like either of the twins.

 

And honestly? Y’all treat Seok-Hun like he’s a god, but hate Rona as if she killed someone. You loveeee Jenny’s character development but still have a grudge against Rona and it’s very weird, it’s incredibly biased. I don’t get the immense hate for Rona at all. The only reason why you want her to stay alive is for a bland teen romance with the bad boy. Is that her only arc? Romance? She’s just a prop for other characters to you guys? Have none of you been bullied or had issues with your mom before?? Lmao. 
 

It’s just a show, no need to beat on a single character 24/7.

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