It’s Okay, That’s Love, Episodes 5-8: Couples, Consent and Coitus Written by Alolika On September 19, 2014
“They did it! They did it! They did it!! Yeah!”
But I am not rejoicing because “it” – my juvenile euphemism for “sex” – was the most anticlimactic resolution to Hae-soo’s (Gong Hyo-jin) sexual anxiety (no pun intended). However, before I get down to the issues I have with the eighth episode in particular, let me broadly outline the problems the narrative is developing as the show continues (or considering my delay, the show has continued).
What felt like a strained connection between the two focuses of the drama – psychiatry and love – is now at one level, completely wrenched apart and at another level, intermingled with the purpose of sentimentalization
High School-Love On, Episodes 1-4: Cute and Fluffy Written by Joyce On August 14, 2014
If you, like me, are an ardent Infinite fan, High School – Love On would have been on your radar for a variety of reasons, the most important being that the two lead actors are Woohyun and Sungyeol. For those uninformed, High School is a romance fantasy 20-episoder in a high school setting.
The main premise is that Seul-bi (Kim Sae-ron), who is originally a death angel (think Scheduler from 49 days), becomes human after unintentionally saving Woohyun’s life; she goes to high school, and hijinks happen. Oh and, Sungyeol and Woohyun keep their own names as their character names.
Disclaimer: Spoiler ahead.
Four episodes in, High School strikes me as School 2013 – Fluffy version; I guess high school dramas all fit in roughly the same mold, with a varied amount of angst
Now halfway through the drama, MBC’s “Fated to Love You” is gathering much attention for the wittiness of their choice in background music (BGM). Many of these were soundtracks used in previous dramas and films that add to the comical nature of a scene. Out of the countless number of tracks used, fans picked the BEST SIX. Do you know any of them?
Episode 1: “Chuno” OST – “Change” by Gloomy 30s
In the first episode of the drama, there was a scene where Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) took off the jacket of his suit to get rid of the large dog that had been chasing after him. During this scene, the song, “Change” by the Gloomy 30s got played. This added to the hilarity of the scene because the song that had been used to increase the tension of the action scenes in “Chuno” was used while Jang Hyuk was running away from a dog
From left to right: Jeong Jae-yeob, Ahn Oh-jun and Tak Eui-seong in their furniture cafe in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul. By Kim Kyeong-rok
Middle-aged Korean women may single-handedly be contributing to the success of multiple retailers and fashion lines. This demographic has a reputation for being savvy shoppers as well as avid fans of dramas.They are quick to find out what kind of handbag their favorite character was carrying or what type of table the most popular fictional family had in their dining room. When the latest episodes conclude, many instantly look up the brands and products that caught their eyes and add them to their shopping list. Businesses are eager to capitalize on this trend and are often willing to pay a small fortune to the producers of television shows or drama series to go toward product placement
After a few unfortunate mishaps along the road (delay because of elections, Lee Seung Gi"s eye injury), "You"re Surrounded" finally came to a conclusion with all twenty episodes, and boy oh boy was the second half a roller coaster of a ride!
I don"t know where to start -- there are so many things I want to say!
SEE ALSO: [Drama Review] "You"re Surrounded" - Half Time (Episodes 1-9)
Diminishing Relationships and Roles
The first half was heavily focused on getting the main antagonist, the evil Yoo Moon Bae, so that a lot of the other side stories were pushed aside and forgotten.
Firstly, I have to say the frustration that built up during Dae Gu"s misunderstanding of Seo Pan Seok were not relieved to my satisfaction
With Episodes 20 and 21 “Man from the Stars” has officially come to an end. The final two episodes aired amongst great speculation about possible endings and the delivery was filled with largely satisfying emotions. That being said, saying goodbye is never easy, no matter if you are an alien, an actress, or an invested viewer.
Key Plot Developments:
Min Joon Explains His View on Death
During his 400 years on Earth, Min Joon has seen death countless times, but it is only now that he has experienced love that he understands the point of trying. It’s the moments in life that are the most important. Even with the certainty of death, we can still live happy lives.
Min Joon’s First Family Dinner
Not only is this meal Min Joon’s first dinner with his in-laws, it’s also his first meal with a family
The day has come! SBS’ hit alien-human romance drama, “Man from the Stars,” will be airing its final episode today (February 27 KST), and thankfully, the cast and staff has wrapped up filming the final episode earlier today.Such is the case for many Korean dramas, where episodes are almost shot right up to the airing on the same day. Called “live-shooting,” each scene is shot and sent to the editing room, and the episode gets edited piece by piece as the footage comes in, almost right up to the hour of the broadcast.“Man from the Stars” wasn’t terribly backed up like some other dramas, but it did keep the race tight. The first report of the drama finishing filming was released at 8:08AM February 27 KST, just a little over 12 hours until the broadcast time. The filming proceeded as clandestinely as possible and the staff was giving a gag order to prohibit any specific details about the ending from leaking
These two episodes offered many an adorable moment for our lead couple, even giving us a glimpse of what their normal, happy life could look like. Now that Min Joon is ready to hold Song Yi close, he’s finally showing off more emotion. He’ll hold her hand, appear by her side when called, and may even drunkenly teleport into her bedroom. As his departure looms ever closer, he begins to make some important decisions about his future actions. What’s the use of an eternal life if he can’t be beside his loved one?
Min Joon and Song Yi’s Relationship Takes Center Stage
Romantic Highlights Include:
When Song Yi drags Min Joon back home due to his kiss-induced illness, she can’t help but pester him about his kissing weakness
“Man from the Stars” episodes 14 and 15 deliver both thrilling and romantic sequences. Episode 15 in particular brought back some much needed humor, delighting audiences with Min Joon’s comedic struggle to express his feelings. It’s Min Joon’s turn to feel jealousy and frustration, as he begins to give in to his ever-building emotions. Song Yi instead focuses on regaining her health as well as her independence when it comes to love. Alas, no matter what she does she can’t quite shake her feelings for Min Joon.
Song Yi Falls After Wires Snap
Jae Kyung’s plan to sabotage Song Yi’s stunt succeeds and Song Yi plummets to the ground.
Luckily Hee Kyung leaps into action and runs to to break Song Yi’s fall. He reaches her just in time, helping to shield her from impact
You Who Came From The Stars Episode 13 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
I found the episode kind of slow although it ended with the mother of all cliffhangers. I think this is the trouble you run into when there are 20 episodes with a lot of the plot front loaded so the rest has to be stretched out because it looks like they have no other mysteries other than how Min Joon will keep Creepy Psycho from killing Crazy Actress. Having said that, Song Yi continues to be awesome, Hwi Hyung continues to investigate his brother (please don’t die!), Min Joon continues to be an alien and Se Mi pops up when they remember her.
What happened in this episode?
We learn that Sexlien revealed his true identity to Song Yi with the expectation that she’d run away as it had happened many times before
I think it"s pretty safe to say that I did not watch every single drama that aired in Korea in 2013, but out of the ones I did watch, there was one that I was obsessed with. There was another one I cannot believe to this day that I even finished considering how terrible it was but I"ll get to that next week. This week is a focus on the good and keep in mind once again that I did not watch every drama so this is what I consider the best drama of 2013 out of the ones I"ve watched (SPOILERS BELOW).
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This has to be tvN"s "Reply 1994" for a couple of reasons. Generally, the writing was absolutely superb, the episodes were edited in a way that heightened anticipation and each revelation
We’ve reached the halfway point of “Man from the Stars” and the show continues to astound viewers. Episodes 9 and 10 focus largely on present day events, exploring the topics of love, money (or lack there of), and sinister plots. Song Yi must confront her growing feelings for Min Joon, while at the same time, Min Joon already worries about what consequences his future departure will have on Song Yi. Jae Kyung continues with his murderous plans, but Min Joon isn’t content with letting Jae Kyung have his way. Be ready for some dramatic confrontations!
The Consequences of Kissing Song Yi
Min Joon spends the first half of Episode 9 recovering from an extremely high fever. Turns out he’s not immune to human saliva, in fact, it makes him extremely sick. He may have initiated the kiss, but I have a feeling he’ll be thinking twice before leaning in for another
Answer Me 1994: Episodes 14 to 19 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
One more day and this drama will end! I’m really excited to watch the finale.
On that note, shall we focus on the story and set aside the shippers war?? Oppa and Chil Bong respect each other so much to even compete for Na Jung. She isn’t a prize to be won here. I know that being on either side brought tension and less excitement to some viewers. Personally, I avoid staying at threads because it also influence me. Just to stay within the story, and enjoy it more, let me share with you a view from where I am. Biases aside. I love Oppa so much I’m not going to trash talk him. He doesn’t deserve that, even if I’m on Team Chil Bong.
What can we do?? The writer is detailed, so detailed in fact that everything we’ve watched has a reason why it is placed there
This week brought another fabulous pair of “Man from the Stars” episodes. The unique combination of suspense, romance, and comedy continue to make for excellent entertainment. Min Joon’s role as Song Yi’s protector gets put to the test at many points during these two episodes. From falling fish bowls to runaway cars, Min Joon sure has has his work cut out for him. Thankfully, he has some pretty cool superpowers to help him out. The writer does a wonderful job balancing the nail-biting suspense with laugh-out-loud funny interactions. Be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions when you watch this show!
Min Joon Saves the Day
In the climatic end of Episode 7, Min Joon stretches his powers to the max in order to rescue Song Yi from an immediate death. Be sure to add stopping a car with his bare hands to the list of awesome things Min Joon can do
The new SBS drama “Man from the Stars” kicked off on December 18 taking over the Wednesday/Thursday time slot from Heirs. I will be covering this fantasy rom-com for Soompi on a weekly basis. Please be sure to check in and share your thoughts about this drama!
When Do Min Joon landed on Earth 400 years ago, he didn’t realize how much he would dislike living there. He doesn’t age, making it very hard to build relationships with other people, and his super abilities like extra sensitive hearing and the power to stop time don’t seem to do him much good. It’s understandable that over time Min Joon has developed a very cynical outlook towards human life. How will this viewpoint change as he interacts with the loud and opinionated actress Chun Song Yi? As fate would have it, these two already have a deep connection, a connection which spans over 400 years
Big things are in store for many of our characters, and a few mysteries are answered for us (though not, of course, the main one. Goodness knows we couldn’t have that). It’s a rewarding hour for those of us who’ve been waiting for concrete movement on multiple fronts, and the payoff is both sweet and a little melancholy, which is pretty much what this series does best.
EPISODE 17: “Love, Fear Part 2: Answer Me 1997″
In 2013, Haitai wonders where Binggeure went, to which Yoon-jin asks, “Can’t you guess?” Haitai can but we can’t, since we’re being kept in the dark. Thanks for that, drama.
Back to May of 1997, where post-bus-accident Garbage now has his arm in a sling and his neck in a brace
Oh my god, LOVE! This would have to be my favourite one released from the newest bunch today. Viewers don’t get enough SeKyung stills and so these are pretty precious since we only have 4 episodes left and we are unsure if they will get together.
Their love needs time to grow and it’s exactly like this piggy with the knitting, the heart needs time to heal and be ready for the next ^ ^
We don’t get enough romance between Mi Rae and Shin either even though they love each other. I didn’t mind that because through what they are going through, they are learning and grooming themselves to be better suited for each other…
Sigh ~ I was once on this ship and I foresee ship sinking so I jumped ship, LOL!
Oppaaaaa! Writer Baeeeee! These two are my favourite side-characters now
Now that you’ve gotten an introduction to the story(well somewhat, I know there’s a lead character that hasn’t shown up yet), it’s time to talk about the most recent episodes of The Heirs. Since I have already talked about the must watch scenes from the first two episodes, shall I just talk about what I’ve learned in episodes 3 and 4 so far? Starting from this post, I’ll ask a question and possibly post one of your answers in my next post. On to the goodies(and they are wonderful)…
1. The Kim Family Has Some Serious Issues
This is putting it lightly. In case you haven’t had time(or energy) to read up on the characters and their relationships, especially in the Kim family let give you the simple edition. As you know Won and Tan are half brothers, they share a father
Following the Top 8 Mukbang Online Streamers on Afreeca TV feature on allkpop buzz, we found 9 popular mukbang idols and groups who are known for the way they deliciously gulp down their food. Disregarding their agency"s warnings to maintain the stereotypical idol image, these idols are not afraid to chow down and basically lose their rationality when it comes to food.
Here are our top 9 idols / groups who live and breathe for food:
The boys of EXO heads out to the streets of Hongdae to finally enjoy night life since their debut. The hungry boys, who are too impatient to wait for the meat to cook, munch on the side dishes as if they"re the main meal. After gorging themselves with food at the restaurant, the boys take a stroll out to the nearest "pojangmacha" (food vendor) and indulge, yet again, in Korea"s classic street food such as ddukbokki and fishcakes
Veteran actors including Lee Soon-jae, second from right, and Sin Goo, second from left, will stage the play "On Golden Pond" from Sept. 19 at the Soohyunjae Theater in Daehangno, central Seoul. Provided by the organizerEvery day, dozens of musicals and plays are staged at numerous theaters in Daehangno, central Seoul, but it seems like younger generations tend toward action-packed musicals with flashy lights over plays where the drama unfolds slowly.Despite the preference, four familiar faces from TV will star in a play this fall - Lee Soon-jae, Sin Goo, Nah Moon-hee and Seong Byeong-sook - likely drawing in audiences of all ages.The four will be featured in "On Golden Pond", a famous play written by Ernest Thompson, which was also made into a movie and a TV drama.The play is about Norman and Ethel, who spend every summer on Golden Pond