“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 4 (Episode 7 - 8) by Couch-Kimchi:
I’m continually amazed at the story progression and the pace of this drama – things move quickly. That suits me just fine – I hate repetition, flashbacks upon flashbacks, long silent staring and no character development. Having said that, I don’t expect much just yet – it’s still very early.
In episode 7, our creepy brother Ki-Se “smells” that Ki is a woman and rips open her shirtt. He orders her dressed and brought to his tent, while Byung-Soo stares at Ki like he can’t believe it. Two of the Goryeo slaves are brought in to dress her up and apply make-up. She’s brought to Ki-Se’s quarters and he’s momentarily speechless at her beauty. She’s forced to her knees, her hands tied.
Ki immediately scouts the room, finding the location of the cross-bows
“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 3 (Episode 5 - 6) by Couch-Kimchi:
As I suspected, the light humorous stuff is over and we’re heading into darker territory. I thoroughly enjoyed the time Ki spent with our petulant, whiny Ta Hwan but I guess it was time to move the story forward. (LOL) Speaking of, this drama moves very quickly – there is no time wasted with meaningless fluff. I hope we’re able to keep that up for 50 episodes? Pray with me.
Ki wakes up in the forest to discover Ta Hwan is gone. She frantically runs around looking only to discover he’s been caught in a trap and is hanging by one ankle upside-down. LMAO! He begs her to cut him down, promising that he won’t run off again. These two fight all the time – it’s hilarious. She ties him to her so he can’t run while he continues to protest that if they return to Goryeo, they’ll both die
Empress Ki: Episode 1 - 2 recap by daebakdramas
Empress Ki/Hwatu/기황후 started last week after MBC’s previous sageuk drama (and sadly snooze-fest) “Goddess of Fire Jung Yi”. I consider this a one-off recap for now since Empress Ki will be 50 episodes long and I don’t know if I can hold out that long… Sageuks in general tend to lose me after the first 16 episodes
“Secret” – Week 6 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
Another tense week! This writer may be a rookie but she definitely knows what she’s doing. I learned the writer for the synopsis is Choi Ho Chul and the main script writer is Yoo Bo Ra. (thanks so much, @cynkdf!) The dialogue is refreshingly clear and sensible, which is amazing. I love each episode more than the previous, which is rare for me in K-drama watching.
Min Hyuk goes searching for Yoo Jung at the bakery. He runs inside, calling “Substitute” and then calls out her full name. He hears a noise. He opens a bedroom door to see her sitting on the floor, banging her head repeatedly against the wall. He puts his hand between her head and the wall but she sobs harder. He pulls her into his arms and just holds her while she cries out
“Secret” – Recap Week 5 by Couch-Kimchi
This week was amazing! It begins where we left on last week, with Min Hyuk grabbing Yoo Jung by the shoulders and yelling at her. Do Hoon actually has the nerve to try pulling Min Hyuk away from Yoo Jung. Pffttt, this guy. He can’t help her up from the floor but now he’s interfering just to make sure Min Hyuk doesn’t know anything. Jerk. He tells Yoo Jung to go. Min Hyuk yells for her to NOT go. He tells Do Hoon never to give orders to this woman in front of him. *fist pump*
Do Hoon tries to say Min Hyuk can’t say that but Min Hyuk hits him. YES! MORE PLEASE! *hehehe* I want Do Hoon to be beaten to a pulp. Yoo Jung jumps in front of Do Hoon, yelling “Oppa!” *vomit* She then turns to Min Hyuk and screams at him, asking why does he keep hitting people? Mmmm, I’m gonna go with anger issues
“Secret” – Week 4 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
This drama just keeps getting better and better, the writing, the acting, the music – just everything! Each week, I wait for and kind of expect some drama cliché to work itself into the script and each week, I’m delighted that the writer has managed to avoid cliché stuff. I am literally on the edge of my seat with every episode. This drama is excellent, I highly recommend!
This week begins with Yoo Jung in the hospital and Min Hyuk sitting beside her bed, wiping the sweat from her face and telling her to wake up. It seems she was over-fatigued and not eating properly. When her eyes flutter open, he quickly shifts the tissue so she won’t see him. She falls back asleep and he leaves. In the car, he says to himself that he doesn’t want to see a woman die because of him and cutely snaps at his assistant, Gwang Soo (Choi Woong) that he doesn’t want a reply from him
“Secret” – Thoughts on Week 3 Recap by Couch-KimChi:
Whoa, this drama has completely taken over my life. I’ve watched each episode several times and find myself thinking about certain scenes over and over. It’s fascinating – some actions by the characters can be construed many different ways so things are left open to interpretation. Did the writer intend for that to happen? If so, he’s brilliant! (I did read this screenplay won an award or something)
And the actors are all brilliant, playing characters ambiguously and leaving the audience with tiny clues to decide just who these people are. Or leaving the audience with NO clues and it’s up to us to decide what the expressions on their faces mean. Is this character evil? Or is he protecting a loved one? I wasn’t intending to recap this drama but I can’t shut my brain down
Answer Me 1994: Episode 15 recap by dramabeans: “The people who changed me, Part 2″
It’s January 1996, and Na-jung is caught in a fierce tug-of-war with Garbage in the front yard… because she’s trying to sneak him into her room at night and he’s resisting. HA. She whines that he can just stay for ten minutes and nobody will be the wiser, except then Dad comes out and sees the scene. Na-jung and Garbage break apart and try not to look guilty, which of course makes them look incredibly guilty.
Dad asks suspiciously, “Are you two… maybe…?” They gulp hard, and then Dad finishes, “still fighting like mad dogs?” He barks at them to stop acting like kids while they sag in visible relief. Thank god for Dad’s dimness
Answer Me 1994: Episode 14 by Drama Beans: “The people who changed me, Part 1″
2013. The houseguests start getting hungry, and the boys prod Binggeure to pay for some food (I’m taking that as a good sign that he’s successful). He pretends not to know what they’re talking about, so they call out Chilbongie next, who defers to Garbage because he’s eldest. Heh.
So Garbage gets up to get his wallet (interesting), and then Na-jung hands the folder of takeout menus to Chilbongie, who calls to make the order (iiiinnnnnteresting). Garbage tells him to add some soju to the order, only to have Na-jung scream at him for drinking too much.
Back in the summer of 1995, we rewind to Oppa swooping in for The Kiss. Pssh, as if we didn’t all re-watch that a thousand times last week
Mi-rae’s Choice: Episode 15 RECAP by Drama Beans
Se-joo belatedly reveals himself to be Mi-rae’s savior, explaining that he simply wanted to approach her as a man, nothing more. With that, he asks her to accept his feelings. At her silence, he slips the ring on to her finger and hugs her.
Having signed the contract, Shin shows up to work at NTN the next day. He overhears a few employees arguing, but the pretty VP tells him not to worry about it and leads him into his swanky new office.
Se-joo hits yet another roadblock in his plans, so he seeks Grandma’s help with acquiring investments. She notices the ring on his finger (couple rings, perhaps?) and agrees to help, on the grounds that he marries the girl of her choice
Kdrama Recap: The Heirs Episode 17 Recap by joonni Episode 17
Tan ends up back at the empty apartment, the last place he saw Eun Sang, smiling back at him. He remembers what Dad said to him after the meeting- “Don’t forget this day. You lost that child today as the consequence of the sword you wielded.” Tears start to fall silently out of Tan’s eyes first, but as the sobs rise in his chest, Tan pants for breath and he falls on his knees. He clutches his chest as he cries. Tan walks the streets calling Eun Sang, but the operator is saying the phone number doesn’t exist. Tan weeps, going numb from the pain as he remembers Eun Sang saying bye to him with a smile at the apartment. Tan arrives home and goes to his dad. He tells him that Eun Sang is gone; he can’t find her
Answer Me 1994: Episode 13 by Drama Beans: “The 10,000 hour rule”
In 2002, we finally wind down the most boring wedding ceremony in history, as a couple of guests speculate about the Very Special Wedding Singer coming today, whom Samcheonpo introduces… as himself, ha. Everyone grumbles in disappointment.
The song is The Blue’s “Feeling Only You,” and Samcheonpo declares himself the Sohn Ji-chang role in this duet, with someone else filling in for Kim Min-jong’s part. Ooh, I want it to be Binggeure, now a successful singer. Samcheonpo belts out the first verse, and passes the metaphorical baton over to his partner… omg, it’s Kim Min-jong? The real one? Oppaaaaaa! (Hey, y’all have Garbage oppa, I have Min-jong oppa
Disclaimer: The writer is not really an expert at anything much and is just a mere casual fan of “1 Night 2 Days.” The writer has been known to be rather weird and cynical at times. The writer’s opinions certainly DO NOT reflect the opinion of Soompi’s news team or Soompi as a whole.
I don’t tend to do a lot of these first impression articles. Variety Shows like “1 Night 2 Days” always tend to be slow burners and judging the merits of a show on a single episode is always bound to be a rather futile effort. It’s like looking at a new born baby and instantly saying that said baby will grow up to be a super model, get it wrong and you end up looking like a bit of a fool. Get it right, though, and you just look like a very lucky fool. But this is the internet and if there is one mode of communication that allows me to blabber randomly about something I’m interested in then this is it
Answer Me 1994: Episode 12 Recap by Drama Beans “The miracle that will happen to us”
It’s June 1995, which means Mom and Dad’s baby Sook-sookie is already born. Haitai babysits by dancing to Roo’Ra’s “Angel Without Wings” with Baby in his arms. Mom chats away on the phone with a hometown friend about coming up from Masan for her son’s wedding. She calls him Jae-seok, which makes me think it’s one of Garbage’s hyungs.
On Binggeure’s turn to rock the baby it’s Park Jin-young’s “Don’t Leave Me” as lullaby, and Mom has another conversation about how the youngest of the brothers who lived with them for some time is the sweetest, and how she worries about him living with his hyung Jae-hyung. Okay, definitely Garbage.
And then it’s Sung Jin-woo’s “Don’t Give Up” as Chilbongie serenades Baby, complete with rattle-as-microphone
After School’s Uee recently delivered a sizzling pole dance performance for a scene in the drama, “Golden Rainbow.” Stills from Uee’s scene were released on November 29 and attracted much public interest.
The shoot for the scene took place at a club somewhere in Seoul. Uee was said to have expertly applied her dance experience with After School to her scene for a successful shoot.
Uee currently plays the adult role of Baek Won in the drama “Golden Rainbow” while famous young actress Kim Yoo Jung plays her younger counterpart. In the drama, Baek Won and her six orphan, non-blood related siblings go through various trials and rely on each other while facing difficult circumstances.
As for the scene, the drama reps explained, “Nothing has changed about Baek Won’s stage in life, she just performs a pole dance when in particular situation that arises
Running Man: Episode 173 Recap by Drama Beans
Bellies stuffed, the cast readies themselves for a post-dinner mission on this MT (short for “membership training,” an overnight trip where schoolmates or co-workers play games, eat, and drink a-plenty) with guests Ryu Hyun-jin and Suzy.
Their task is to find (or steal) the pillows hidden in the basecamp and return to their sleeping quarters to stake their claim to one of six spots. Last week’s winnings equate to each member’s allotted time for the game, which means the Betrayal Trio only have about thirteen minutes.
Losers’ punishment: washing dishes. But at least this means everyone gets to sleep indoors? Haha: “I already assumed that I’d be on dish duty.”
Ji-hyo is lucky enough to find one right away, and how cute is Suzy stopping to snap a photo of a stray goose after she finds hers? Gary’s just a tad too short to reach his, an opportunity a much-taller Hyun-jin gleefully takes advantage of
EPISODE 13 RECAP
by La Petite
Se Joo walks into the meeting room, introduces himself as Miranda’s grandson who inherits her blood and money but there is one thing that cannot be inherited and that is a challenging mind. He delivers an ambitious speech of his plans for making YBS into a media station that keeps challenging itself and into a media conglomerate that is recognized worldwide.
Mi Rae tries to get a grip of herself in the ladies after getting officially rejected by Shin, Writer Bae walks in and queries her regarding her Christmas date. Meanwhile, PD Lee wakes up from his little drooling nap (yes, there is drool on the desk) and sees Se Joo looking down on him, frowning. LOL. PD Lee obviously has no idea and continues to mock Se Joo but changes tone straight away and shuns Se Joo aside when the vice director enters the office
Kdrama Mi-rae’s Choice: Episode 13 Recap by Drama Beans
Se-joo is introduced as the new executive director of YBS and has no qualms about obtaining the position through an act of nepotism. With his ambitious plans to build the network into a media empire, he’s met with warm reception by the execs.
He thanks Shin for the introduction afterward, to which Shin dryly retorts that he’ll gladly provide his emceeing services in the future.
Mi-rae is still in shock from Shin’s cutthroat words in the bathroom when Writer Bae walks in to ask about her big date, only to frown to hear things didn’t go as planned.
News travels fast within the company, but it’s no surprise that Jokey PD hasn’t gotten the memo as he wakes up to a familiar face and orders him around in banmal as usual
Nine: Series review
To get a fuller intro into the show, you can catch our recaps for Episode 1 and Episode 2, but I’ll give an abbreviated setup anyway:
Our hero is Park Sun-woo (Lee Jin-wook), a successful news anchor who sees every scenario through a no-nonsense, facts-first lens. He has an older brother who’s a wandering lost soul, as weak-willed as Sun-woo is strong; his ailing mother lives in a nursing home with dementia; and his father, a hospital director, was killed twenty years ago in a fire.
It’s the last point that sticks with Sun-woo even now, because while the hospital fire was ruled an accident, he believes otherwise. It was curious how his father’s ambitious friend soon took over the hospital and benefited handsomely, turning it into a large operation and becoming the rich chairman he is today
If you’re here, I’m going to assume you’ve seen the show, so let’s dive right in.
A major theme of the drama is the role of god/time/fate, whatever that force is that refuses to let Sun-woo change things to his will, even if presumably that very god/time/fate has permitted a world wherein time-traveling incense sticks exist in the first place. Quibbles. (But honestly, talk about entrapment.)
This force is not treated as a religious or paranormal power, and in fact it’s not an overt character in the drama. The characters speak of a god, but the drama doesn’t explicitly show some external force acting upon the world; it’s more of an interpretation than a hard-and-fast explanation. So while we (and the characters) infer that some generic higher power is displeased at the disruption, the issue is more about retaining a cosmic balance rather than a direct punishment-reward dichotomy