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[Hancinema"s Drama Review] "let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 13

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

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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.

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First Episode Of "three Meals A Day" Season 2 Ranks #1 In Its Cable Time Slot

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

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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!

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

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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!

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

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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.

"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 11

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

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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.

"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

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

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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.

"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

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

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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?

"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

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

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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.

"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 6

[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "Let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 6

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Soo-ji"s incremental progress toward a relationship with Sang-woo here is foiled by...rental payments. Good, good, more absurdity. I mean it"s not really that absurd. Pretty much everybody has to struggle with the rent, especially in the wake of a dumb impulse purchase. But this isn"t the kind of real-life issue that normally shows up in dramas. Fiction tends to focus on concept rather than reality. Yet as "Let"s Eat - Season 2" shows here, a lot of mileage can be accomplished just by watching Soo-ji squirm over the rent.

Speaking of concept, the food porn is the normal stuff for the first round, then Dae-young gets creative on the second run by showing us how to make elaborate food by combining normal items sold at convenience stores. I should probably rewatch that scene and take better notes. It"s obvious that writer Lim Soo-mi knows what she"s talking about when it comes to food, even if Yoon Doo-joon is the one who has to actually do the work in explaining it to us.

Speaking of writing, I really loved how the episode works in a plot point regarding the fantasy of every single creative writer- that someone we find attractive will read our work and be impressed by it. It"s pathetic but oh so true. Which writ-large is one of the more appealing parts of Soo-ji"s character. She"s obviously consumed with a rather silly romantic fantasy. And yet she remains mostly sympathetic, because I suspect most viewers, like Soo-ji, have indulged in similar fantasies at some point in their lives.

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[Hancinema"s Drama Review] "let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 5

[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "Let"s Eat - Season 2" Episode 5

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There"s that, and also his counters to Sang-woo"s increasingly bromantic attitude. Most guys get excited about hanging out with women. Sang-woo gets totally stoked about hanging out with his bros. The question of why Sang-woo"s personality abruptly goes through such strange, sudden, and radical shifts is once more left mostly unexplained. Although it does make fairly good fodder for jokes. It"s the clash of distinct temperaments that make for the best humor in "Let"s Eat - Season 2"- and Dae-yeong makes for an effective straight man precisely because his attitude is the only one that never changes.

As for the food porn, this episode has two long sequences that are distinguished mainly by the fact that both deal with rather Korean dishes. I don"t know whether that"s good or bad. Evaluating the food porn sequences in "Let"s Eat - Season 2" is honestly kind of hard, because from a narrative perspective they"re about as useful as sex scenes. From a metaphorical standpoint they represent the joy that happens when people are able to connect. But from a serious standpoint we all know full well that they"re only here for the titillation factor.

Now that there"s anything wrong with that. This episode consistently manages to throw out funny jokes, finally leading up to a bicycle sequence that of course doesn"t go to plan because personalities are stronger than tropes. Which also defines the equally amusing bike training scene, where Dae-yeong quite obviously doesn"t know or care that this is the part of the story where he"s supposed to fall in love with Soo-ji. And Soo-ji, for her part, is equally annoyed with him. In the end, just another fun day for "Let"s Eat - Season 2".