[Spoiler] Added episode 14 captures for the Korean drama

[Spoiler] Added episode 14 captures for the Korean drama "Let"s Eat - Season 2"

Added episode 14 captures for the Korean drama "Let"s Eat - Season 2" (2015)Directed by Choi Gyoo-sik, Park Joon-hwaWritten by Lim Soo-miNetwork : tvNWith Yoon Doo-joon, Seo Hyeon-jin, Kwon Yul, Kim Ji-yeong, Kim Hee-won, Hwang Seok-jeong,...16 episodes - Mon, Tue 23:00SynopsisGoo Dae-yeong"s rivals have appeared! Food blogger Goo Dae-yeong, the fourth year freelancer, Bae Soo-ji on one meal per day diet, who regards him as an enemy, and the vegetarian government worker, "Lee Sang-woo". This drama depicts the spicy and tasteful lives of the single dwellers in Sejong Villa, who has each one"s own unique taste.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/04/06

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[Spoiler] Added episode 13 captures for the Korean drama

[Spoiler] Added episode 13 captures for the Korean drama "Let"s Eat - Season 2"

Added episode 13 captures for the Korean drama "Let"s Eat - Season 2" (2015)Directed by Choi Gyoo-sik, Park Joon-hwaWritten by Lim Soo-miNetwork : tvNWith Yoon Doo-joon, Seo Hyeon-jin, Kwon Yul, Kim Ji-yeong, Kim Hee-won, Hwang Seok-jeong,...16 episodes - Mon, Tue 23:00SynopsisGoo Dae-yeong"s rivals have appeared! Food blogger Goo Dae-yeong, the fourth year freelancer, Bae Soo-ji on one meal per day diet, who regards him as an enemy, and the vegetarian government worker, "Lee Sang-woo". This drama depicts the spicy and tasteful lives of the single dwellers in Sejong Villa, who has each one"s own unique taste.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/04/06

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[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "Let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 13

No, nobody is actually moving around dead bodies in briefcases. Again, "Let"s Eat - Season 2" might have fooled me on that point except that the first season of "Let"s Eat" tried to pull the exact same stunt. Although admittedly the question of what"s going on with all that money is a pretty potent one. It"s not really all that interesting compared to the question of how Soo-ji is planning to manage all her financial affairs. But it"s decent as far as subplots go.

I do find it increasingly, subtly hilarious that Soo-ji has achieved her lifelong dream of a relationship with Sang-woo and rather than doing actual relationship stuff Soo-ji spends most of her waking hours trying to come up with elaborate plans to save money. And "Let"s Eat - Season 2" is equally true to life in noting that workplaces tend to have rules against saving money, for pretty much no good reason that I can think of. What"s more ridiculous- that Soo-ji insists on bringing the box with her when she has a locker, or that this is a rule that"s actually being seriously enforced?

As for the rest of the cast, well, they"re just moving in place really. If it"s fireworks you want you"ll have to wait until the next episode- the preview features all sorts of intense action that can"t be explained away my a misleading context. Hm, I suppose it"s possible that those scenes could just be from dream sequences. I sort of doubt it, though. What the cast is struggling against right now is that Soo-ji and Sang-woo don"t really have much relationship chemistry. So now what?

This holding pattern is such that I was probably more interested than I was supposed to be in the story development regarding the pictures. I got the impression that this particular tryst hasn"t been going on that long, which implies that the search for photographic evidence started before there was actually any suspicion of a crime to document. And yes adultery is still a crime in Korea- contrary to what the news blurbs said, it"s still an important consideration in family law.

Beyond all that, well, there"s not really much here. This is neither a good nor a bad episode by "Let"s Eat" standards- which undoubtedly makes it a fairly decent episode by objective standards. That does tend to be the trouble some times with dramas that manage to hit high expectations. It"s easy to nitpick the finer points when really, I just like watching Soo-ji squirm. If those are the best jokes I get per episode, I"m fairly satisfied overall.

Review by William Schwartz

"Let"s Eat - Season 2" is directed by Park Joon-hwa, Choi Gyoo-sik, written by Lim Soo-mi and features Yoon Doo-joon, Seo Hyeon-jin, Kwon Yul, Kim Ji-yeong, Kim Hee-won, Hwang Seok-jeong.

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First episode of "Three Meals A Day" season 2 ranks #1 in its cable time slot

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As expected, the first episode of the second season of tvN"s "Three Meals A Day" is off to more than a great start!

On May 16, Nielsen Korea rankings revealed that the May 15 pilot episode of "Three Meals A Day" recorded 7.89% in ratings, making it the top cable program on Fridays.Around 8% in ratings is considered quite decent even for a variety show on a national broadcast station, and for a cable channel, this is a very successful percentage!

The second season pilot even beat the viewer ratings for the first season pilot, which scored 4.29%. Although it did have slightly lower ratings than the first episode of the spin-off show "Three Meals A Day - Fishing Village", which had a 9.68% rating.

The show features 2PM"s Taecyeon, Lee Seo Jin, and new member Kim Kwang Gyu as they grow their own food and make natural meals in the rural area of Gangwondo.As the next episode features Taecyeon falling head over heels for guest Park Shin Hye, the ratings for the second episode look like it"ll go even higher!

"Three Meals A Day" airs every Friday at 9:45pm KST! Are you watching the show?

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SMTN3" winner Bobby returns to hype up the new season with "King of the Youth" performance video + teasers

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The anticipation for the 4th season of "Show Me the Money" is huge, and we only have to wait a little while longer!

In the meantime, Mnet has released the official full performance of iKON"s Bobby performing his song "King of the Youth" for a "Show Me the Money 4" performance!

In the video above, Bobby shows off his trademark powerful rap skills, and people start rushing in once they realize that he"s performing on stage above!

And check the newest released teaser for "Show Me the Money 4" featuring Bobby below. The show airs in June!

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[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "Let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 12

Contrary to what was implied by the preview, Dae-yeong and Sang-woo actually just start out by discussing their problems like adults and giving honest answers. It feels absurd for me to be surprised by this- of course that"s what non-crazy friends do in that kind of situation. It"s just...you know, the wacky plotting of television dramas is usually more prone to contrived misunderstandings. Writer Lim Soo-mi is above allthat, though. She focuses on the important stuff in life. Like balancing checkbooks.

Of all of Soo-ji"s character traits I think I like "struggles to pay the rent" the most. It"s just so ridiculously relatable. And I also like how apparently she"s really good with numbers, even though her actual job is writing. OK, that"s probably more an appeal to me personally but still. While these traitsaren"t directly logical, they do make sense and Seo Hyeon-jin really sells the way that Soo-ji lives according to an arbitrary personal code that doesn"t always make sense.

As another example- it becomes really obvious really quickly here that Sang-woo is rich. Like, he genuinely doesn"t care about financial questions at all, because he can afford it. Soo-ji fails to catch on to this and chooses to make a big scene about every expensive thing that he buys because she feels like they should be going Dutch. I mean geez, I can understand wanting to be egalitarian on general principle, but this takes on rather ridiculous proportions when Soo-ji insists on destroying her savings account for sentimental gestures Sang-woo quite literally can"t appreciate.

For the sake of contrast, Hye-rim also loses an object of hers this episode. And even though she doesn"t find out the real reason, Hye-rim still has the sense to accept compensation rather than stew about in her own juices. It"s a nice comparison point- the implication is that Hye-rim has no problem with this because she"s used to men doing her favors for free. Normally this might make Hye-rim seem like a bad person- but in between Soo-ji"s storyline and the true cause that Hye-rim doesn"t actually know, the younger woman actually comes out looking smarter for it.

Review by William Schwartz

"Let"s Eat - Season 2" is directed by Park Joon-hwa, Choi Gyoo-sik, written by Lim Soo-mi and features Yoon Doo-joon, Seo Hyeon-jin, Kwon Yul, Kim Ji-yeong, Kim Hee-won, Hwang Seok-jeong.

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A similar comparison is made between the kind of food you can find at a traditional market and the fancy stuff world famous chefs make. The parallels "Let"s Eat - Season 2" draws between similar situations are quite excellent, and do a lot to enhance the deeper quality of the production. "Let"s Eat - Season 2" is consistently very smart and very funny without ever getting too pretentious or complicated. It"s an easy drama to love.

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[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "Let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 11

This episode opens up with an extended mountain hike- that naturally ends with food porn. I"m surprised "Let"s Eat - Season 2" doesn"t do this more often really. Just have a completely random datelike activity end in food porn because that"s what the viewers wants. But then again, Soo-ji never really pays attention to food because she"s too head-over-heels with Sang-woo to actually notice her first love in life. With Dae-yeong, though, food and petty arguments is what they"re all about.

We definitely appear to be moving into standard romantic-comedy territory here. After the first season of "Let"s Eat", and indeed, Dae-yeong"s generally chaste attitude throughout the first half of the second season, it"s somewhat unbelievable that Dae-yeong of all people could consider doing something as generally pervy as kissing someone while she"s asleep. This does not line up with what we know about him- nor does it fit in well with Dae-yeong"s own self-understanding, hence leading to his emotional conflict.

Elsewhere, the secondary coupling between the younger cast members...mostly goes the same as usual. Actually, I"m much more curious as to what"s going on with the older tertiary couple. The one made up of the older co-workers. Yes, apparently they"re a couple now. And the idea is so utterly bizarre that I kind of want more exposition and explanation of how we got to that point. That weird scene in the bedroom only whets my interest. Which is admittedly part of the point.

There"s plenty of depth elsewhere, too. A scene that initially just seems like a random celebrity cameo quickly and rather unexpectedly ends up turning into a commentary on Soo-ji"s character. She has to face the question of whether or not her lifelong attitude up to this point has really been a particularly mature one. The character development all around is subtle and effective- with the obvious exception of Sang-woo, who"s exposed by the cliffhanger as being somewhat spiteful.

The conflict in "Let"s Eat - Season 2" is quickly reaching a fever pitch, leaving me quite excited as to where the drama"s planning to go next. The characters are all well-drawn enough as people, and the action has been plausible enough that I have absolute faith in the creative team at this point. They were able to pull "Let"s Eat" through convincingly all the way to the end, and it looks like a similar feat is about to be accomplished. It"s hard to believe there"s still several episodes of story go through- hard to believe in a good way, just to be clear.

Review by William Schwartz

"Let"s Eat - Season 2" is directed by Park Joon-hwa, Choi Gyoo-sik, written by Lim Soo-mi and features Yoon Doo-joon, Seo Hyeon-jin, Kwon Yul, Kim Ji-yeong, Kim Hee-won, Hwang Seok-jeong.

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[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "Let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 10

The humor this episode consists primarily of callbacks- namely to the entire incident with the bike. The extent to which the characters are willing to tell ridiculous lies for reasons that don"t really make much sense is the larger thematic point. Sure it"s fun to watch everybody squirm in the near term. But in the long term, why are they lying exactly? What exactly is the end game for a bunch of relationships that are founded upon the idea of silly deceit?

Note that Soo-ji isn"t asking these questions. And why should she? Her dream has finally come true and gosh darn it, she"s going to enjoy it. I also liked how Dae-yeong is conscripted into helping Soo-ji and Sang-won out because apparently this is now his permanent obligation. On one end I kind of feel sorry for the guy getting his life upended. On the other end, Dae-yeong is rather obviously doing nothing at all interesting or productive in his spare time anyway.

More mildly failing points include the way "Let"s Eat - Season 2" tries to build genuine dramatic tension as to the question of whether or not something terrible has happened to Hye-rim. Of course the answer is no. Maybe it"s just because I"ve watched the first season- but in any case the same trick"s not going to slip by me twice. All the same, it"s the fundamentals that make "Let"s Eat - Season 2" fun to watch, and those points continue to succeed.

Let"s take the food porn. One lovely bit is shunted right up to the front, and I was excited to find that the drama is dealing with a culinary question which I too have to debate sometimes- what are we supposed to do with the onions in these circumstances? The argument between Soo-ji and Dae-yeong is brief, but then, what"s the point of searching out delicious food if you"re going to waste the whole meal time arguing over it?

I"m still not convinced that Soo-ji and Dae-yeong are necessarily the couple we"re supposed to root for here. It is, again, fun to watch them squirm as people suggest that they really seem to look good together. It"s just, Dae-yeong already ruined one relationship off-screen. What"s to say he won"t do the same to another one? Personally, I"m fine just watching these characters scramble around trying to satisfy their appetites. Hunger- that which by design, never really goes away.

Review by William Schwartz

"Let"s Eat - Season 2" is directed by Park Joon-hwa, Choi Gyoo-sik, written by Lim Soo-mi and features Yoon Doo-joon, Seo Hyeon-jin, Kwon Yul, Kim Ji-yeong, Kim Hee-won, Hwang Seok-jeong.

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[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "Let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 8

Now that Dae-yeong has accidentally exposed the drama"s premise to Sang-woo, there"s not really any getting around the general sense of awkwardness. I like how Sang-woo seems generally perplexed at the idea that women would have any romantic interest in him. To be entirely honest I"m kind of confused on that point too, but then it"s not like love is supposed to be easily understood or anything like that.

...Well, no that"s not entirely true. We know exactly, for example, what the deal is Hye-rim. She likes getting attention from men. And it would seem that the woman has finally managed to antagonize one who won"t just fade away meekly into the night- maybe. That entire plot point is dealt with here in sort of an odd way. I"m not really sure whether these two are supposed to be a couple we want to get together or whether this is all just foreshadowing for another larger, much more elaborate plot.

By and large, though, the main payoff here is with Soo-ji. Having apparently had her illusions shattered, Soo-ji now retreats to the solace of food. And note the distinct absence of food porn in these scenes. If the food porn in this drama has been intended to showcase the joy of life it would, of course, be nonsensical to use that kind of loving exposition now that Soo-ji is very clearly horribly depressed.

The solution to this plot point as well is...rather unsettling actually. The awkward part about all of this is that Soo-ji"s excessive dieting was, in itself, unhealthy behavior. It"s a different kind of unhealthy behavior than what she puts herself through here but all the same, Soo-ji appears to jump between wide emotional extremes. It"s easy to see why the prospect of romance appeals to her so much. At the same time, it"s rather obvious that romance is not a long-term solution to her problems. But then, what exactly is the point of "Let"s Eat - Season 2" if it"s not a romantic comedy?

This is the same question I often asked myself during the first season of "Let"s Eat". And it looks like in a different way, "Let"s Eat - Season 2" is also aspiring to be in some sense an anti-romantic comedy, with most of the power of the jokes coming from a different direction. This is a drama about strange rivalries- not in the sense that they"re weird but that the battles line are drawn in a rather peculiar way. Whether or not this is a battle anyone can really win, well...who knows?

Review by William Schwartz

"Let"s Eat - Season 2" is directed by Park Joon-hwa, Choi Gyoo-sik, written by Lim Soo-mi and features Yoon Doo-joon, Seo Hyeon-jin, Kwon Yul, Kim Ji-yeong, Kim Hee-won, Hwang Seok-jeong.

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[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "Let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 7

The slow pace of the plot catches up to the characters here. I can"t help but find it rather inherently amusing that Dae-yeong and Soo-ji are acting like they have all the time in the world to get her together with Sang-woo, when from the very beginning every single work meeting Soo-ji and Sang-woo have had has referenced the blind date that Sang-woo keeps trying to avoid. Well, that"s the problem with romantic fantasies really. They"re a lot more fun than actually trying to date.

For what it"s worth Soo-ji is a pretty good sport upon finally discovering the bare surface of the secret personality that Sang-woo normally only ever shows to Dae-yeong. Getting him to act like that in front of her is a pretty big victory for Soo-ji, even though as usual the woman insists on trying to be as inoffensive and pleasant as possible, no matter how weird it looks in the context of Sang-woo"s favorite word.

Elsewhere Dae-yeong has to struggle with his relations with other men. Either they pester him for attention when Dae-yeong would really rather not act aggressive, or Dae-yeong has to go and bully them for their delicious food. There"s actually three food porn sequences this time, for those of you who mainly tune in to catch that subject. But the social commentary, as usual, is fairly telling. Try as we might food is unfortunately attached to the people who bring it.

The presence of Lee Joo-seung is also being slowly justified. While most of the more essential details of his character are shrouded in mystery, we do discover in short order that he is, in fact, a man- one of the more pathetic types that we"ve seen running around a lot thus far. To be entirely honest this isn"t a terribly impressive justification. His relation to the main characters remains tangential, even if there are usually jokes involved.

And that"s what really matter isn"t it? The quality of the jokes? The setpieces this time are nothing too elaborate, but I was always reminded of how well all these characters are drawn as people. We know a lot more about Soo-ji and Sang-woo than we did at the beginning of the drama, and the extent to which their personalities remains a mystery is mainly that extent to which they themselves don"t really know what they want. Really, their main goal right now seems to be to pester Dae-yeong. And you know, that"s a short-term goal I can get behind.

Review by William Schwartz

"Let"s Eat - Season 2" is directed by Park Joon-hwa, Choi Gyoo-sik, written by Lim Soo-mi and features Yoon Doo-joon, Seo Hyeon-jin, Kwon Yul, Kim Ji-yeong, Kim Hee-won, Hwang Seok-jeong.

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