31 July 2013

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Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 19 (A SobCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 31, 2013
kakashi: Brace yourselves, Cruel City Lovers, cause this is no easy ride before you. Episode 19 broke my heart into little tiny pieces and made me cry like a baby. You must know that I am as strong as a German oak, usually, and hardly ever cry. Well, at least the tissue industry is happy. We will give our best to squee for you on this final leg of the journey even though the squees had a tendency to get stuck in our throats.
Episode 19

kakashi: We are back on the Rooftop of Doom. As Soo-min demands to know in her loudest voice why he did it, he has a confused moment of deja-vu. This situation is exactly like back then, when he was standing in that warehouse with the now dead Boring Girlfriend.

30 July 2013

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The Monstar's Dilemma

Posted by bcook on July 30, 2013
Before I start I just have to say
1) TvN hasn't disappointed me yet (well not that much coz I haven't finished flower boy ramyun bad gasps of horror that i've butchered the name) What I mean is no show I've watched fully has disappointed.
2) I just can't figure out how they're going to resolve like 6 story lines in 1 episode but I wish them well and can't wait till Friday!! It airs on wednesday but that's thursday my time and then the delightful subbers at www.viki.com have to do their work so...yeah.

Ok. Back to this post.

Poor Seol Chan, he's in love with a regular person.
Aah young love

29 July 2013

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Goddess of Marriage - Episode 9 (KimJiCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 29, 2013
Yikes! No more cute. Tae-wook is turning into the Big Nasty or rather the Big Hurt Nasty in this episode and he does scare me a little. This is Kim Ji-hoon's darkest role yet and I understand why he took it: so different from what he usually plays! Overall, this episode was rather painful to watch (especially the last scene between the two) and though there will be a lot of Kim Ji-hoon pictures in this KimJiCap - as usual - there are no smiles this time. His heart has been broken - and he isn't one to mope around in silence. Nope, not Tae-wook. And you know the best thing about this episode? Hardly any Snore.
But at least, I got to admire his nose ...
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We are back at the (chance?) meeting between the two rivals and Sourpuss at the hotel. It's the Kang family's hotel, by the way. They are introduced. While it seems more or less civil when they lock hands, they do stare at each other for quite a long time. Yeah, and if looks could kill, The Big Snore would be dead as a doornail. When the architects go sit down at another table, Tae-wook just stares after The Snore ... and then at his future wife. Who looks as if in shock. Tae-wook pretends not to know and asks her what the matter is ...  if it is nothing, she should just sit down.

28 July 2013

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Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 18 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by JoAnne on July 28, 2013
JoAnne: The stakes are being raised, the guyliner is being troweled on, the insults and passes and confirmations of betrayal are flying... Next week is going to be nuts. So let's enjoy this episode for the crazy that it is, and prepare for a week of tortured suffering while we wait. Uri Baksa deserves no less from us.
Episode 18
JoAnne: We pick up where we left off: our handsome, handsome, HANDSOME hero is struggling in both literal and figurative dark as he tries to deny his desire to call Soo Min, the light of his life. He gives in, and Skinny Legs eventually picks up, too. These poor kids. They just can't ever catch a break. Her phone doesn't have any cute names for him anymore. He's just Jung Shi Hyun.
Shuk: That was a really subtle, poignant shot of the phone that spells out their relationship.
kakashi: Alas, Soo-min's rug is so ugly I couldn't really focus on anything else. This must be the special sheep pasture edition from Ikea, Änfår. Tsts, the product placement these days ...

26 July 2013

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Eagerly Anticipating....Master's Sun

Posted by bcook on July 26, 2013
Omo! Omo! *jumping up and down and hopping from foot to foot*
This summer so far has been a bit dry for me. (What with Monstar airing ONCE A WEEK!!! Why TvN?? Why?? But that’s for another post) but late summer is looking up!!

Because of.......
MASTER’s SUN!!!! {Starts August 7th Wed and Thursday, 20 episodes?}

25 July 2013

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Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 17 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on July 25, 2013
Shuk: The Gryffyndor Goons have overrun Jin-sook’s Pleasure Palace, and Soo-min gets her first tangible proof that Baksa is part of her unni’s inner circle. Let the name dropping begin!
JoAnne:  Look at that face.  Judgement Mode:  Activate!

Episode 17

Shuk: Jin-sook steps out in front of the Chairman’s mooks, asking them to stop messing up her business. Just then Cutie-soo shows up and starts plowing through them, looking hot and manly in spite of that silly scarf.
kakashi: Wow. Totally Cutie-Soo's moment. So hawt. And I'd be very, very happy if we did get some hot sex scene between these two. He is made for it. Would she complain? Probably not. 
JoAnne: There is a lot of throat kicking when Korean gangsters fight.

23 July 2013

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Goddess of Marriage - Episode 8 (KimJiCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 23, 2013
Just when I thought Episode 7 was difficult to watch, along came Episode 8 and killed me. I'll stay away from dramas in which one of my true loves plays second lead (or whatever this is, here) in the future, I vow it! And just for the record, because people seem to misunderstand: I don't want him together with Sourpuss. Nope, I want him to dump her sorry a$$, to move on, and to be happy. Fat chance that is going to happen, but still!
 
***
Back to the orchard, the peaches Tae-wook carries to the car, the car ride back. The dialogue is a little different than what we got at the end of Episode 7: He apologizes for coming to get her and asks her to please stop being angry with him. She tells him to just drive. She really has the charm of an empty beer bottle.  

22 July 2013

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Goddess of Marriage - Episode 7 (KimJiCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 22, 2013
Oh my feels. This is getting better and at the same time, harder to watch. It is always Kim Ji-hoon giving me such heartache I just realize (you and me, boy = unmyeong!) ... that last time during Flower Boys Next Door, where he simply killed me with his dorky-happy smiles and awkward stuttering. Gawd. Just flaunt your abs, boys, but do.not.make.me.feel.so!
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But let's get cracking. At the beginning of episode 7, we backtrack a little. Uri lady with the "headache" arrives at her father's orchard in a taxi. Everybody is very happy to see her. I'm not. She is such a sourpuss. Every time somebody mentions her impending marriage or her incredibly handsome financé, she just makes a face as if she'd bitten into a very sour peach.

21 July 2013

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Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 12 (Final)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 21, 2013
'Is he dead? No, he can't be. But ... this is TEN, we're talking about. He could very well be dead. He could be. But they wouldn't do this to us! Or would they?! Is there a 3rd season? Do we know who's in it?! Gaaaaaah, save me!' These kinda questions and thoughts went through my head, after I watched Episode 11 raw and had to wait a whole week for the final episode (also raw). I must say, it was torture. But now, it is here ... the end of the end. It gives us closure, in a good way (and I am glad it is not a cliffhanger like the cliffhanger after Season 1), but it also opens up the next chapter, in a good way. It is terrifying, it is heart breaking, it is very sad - but it is also hopeful, sweet, and full of warmth. What a ride!
Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 12 (Final)
박민호 납치사건 Part 2 - Park Min-ho's Kidnapping

Yeo Teamchang-nim, standing on a rooftop at night, narrates: "Once again, I couldn't save him. All this pain ... it started because of me. And it is growing because of me. How can I end this disaster?" And he looks at the moon, full of pain.
Outside of Seoul, a search team is looking for Min-ho or at least traces of him, in the area where the shots were heard. They're not coming up with anything and Do-shik can't take it any longer ... he squats down behind one of the bushes and sobs. Hard. I can take a lot, but seeing this ahjussi cry like that?! It's too much ..... :(

19 July 2013

18 July 2013

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Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 15 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by JoAnne on July 18, 2013
JoAnne: This episode feels like the beginning of the end, as Baksa and the Scooby Gang start to put some pieces together and find their options narrowing. I was very worried about our hero when the episode began because the stress really seems to be getting to him. We can't have him going to pieces, now can we? He may be our ultimate sacrifice to the Cruel City, but I need him to be his awesome self right up to and past that point because let's face it - this is a character we love to love, and such good ones don't come along very often.
kakashi: Somebody told me today that what we are getting now in Cruel City is called dénouement. I guess he's right cause he's always right. Anyway, I tought this episode was a little tiny bit tooooo slow, but it could also be cause of the dénouement, which was, frankly, unexciting. Partially. 
Shuk: So I have to say "denouement" with a pinkie extended or something? I just want to watch our boy without worrying about the train at the end of the tunnel. For now.
Episode 15

JoAnne: Holed up in the Bak Cave, Baksa Adeul is obsessing over recent events and trying to hold on to his sanity. Everything he thought he knew about his world - the choices he's made in the name of a greater good, truths about himself and others...it is all in question now. He ends up at the river in a sad, one-sided conversation with Dead Mom where he reminisces about who he was as a boy, and how far he has come from that now. His pain and guilt over her death are real, though misguided. Even he recognizes that to a certain extent, but he still holds himself over that flame.
kakashi: Liked the bit where he puts his police ID into the booze-glass and smashes the booze-glass against the mirror. Otherwise, I find his breakdowns a bit ... overdone. Don't hate me for it, people, but I think he's much better at playing broody-mysterious.
Shuk: He is awesome when he is cool under fire, but when he breaks down, I just want to hug him and feel him dried squid and kimchee. I do believe with this paradigm shift we are going to see a new Baksa. I just hope he can hold the core together as greater consequences are attached to his actions.

16 July 2013

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Goddess of Marriage - Episode 6 (aka KimJiCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 16, 2013
I am surprised and pleased that this drama manages to fascinate me way beyond of what I expected. What did I expect? The beauty and adorable vain dorkiness of Kim Ji-hoon, of course! 
But whatdoyouknow, the artful twists of what seems, at first look, cliched; the more than imperfect characters that feel so real; the overall topic of idealized love and not so ideal marriage; and the inability to foresee what will happen next (will they get married or not? will he find out or not? will he leave her or not? etc. etc. etc.) all combine to make this an above average drama experience for me. I even caught myself singing that theme song that gets on my nerves so much this morning!
Abs and The Big Snore (aka the Kissing Machine)

15 July 2013

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Goddess of Marriage - Episode 5 (aka KimJiCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 15, 2013
Will the theme song of this drama join the ranks of the all-time-annoyers "Almost Paradise" (BoF) or "Fly High" (Prosecutor Princess)? No idea who sings it. But I have found out that the absolutely untalented musician from Jeju is in fact Park Wan Kyu, a real musician. So maybe it's him singing it. So ... did he deliberately hold his guitar like a complete dork? Or did he do it to distract us from the fact that he really can't act? Questions, questions ... all I know is that THIS guy is super hot and that I will continue watching this for him. And the Dragon Mother.
On we go with my favorite type of recap! This week, I'll do two posts, one for 5 and one for 6 --> Cause I want more traffic on this site. Haha, that's in fact true, but it's also because I took so many pictures of him again that it is a necessity, unless I want posts as long as the Great Wall of China.

This episode starts with The Female Mope (aka Song Ji-Hye) rushing through the night to hug the hormonally challenged Mope aka The Big Snore (aka Kim Hyun-Woo). And because I really can't stand them, I also really can't stand that song that plays when they ride through the night, all touchy-feely (see above: soon to join the all-time-annoyers). And I hate that she lets him touch her hand and didn't let Tae-wook touch it, not so long ago.

While they wander around the beach (or lake shore), she says something quite telling: She really can't stand men. She hates them for not talking about feelings and not trying to understand any one's feelings. She thinks all of them are cold, naive, and selfish; ridiculous creatures, really. BUT for her father.
Oups. Any psychologists around?

13 July 2013

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Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 14 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on July 13, 2013
Baksa needs somebody to clean his windows, don't you think?
Shuk: There has been a lot of speculation whether Baksa's actions at the end of the last episode were calculated or not. Is he evil enough to dangle his semi-not-quite-girlfriend as bait in front of a monster? We have passionate proponents on both sides, so it will be interesting to see how things pan out for us. But for now, we know this: The crapola has hit the rotating blades, and Chairman Jo the Crazy Man has just put a kill order on Soo-min.

Episode 14

Shuk: Baksa drives the two of them to Jin-sook’s place, where he takes apart her phone and tell her to forget about him; it’s the only way she is going to survive. Soo-min desperately tries again to keep the connection between them; she promises to be at the same café where they previously met tomorrow night. He walks away without a word.
JoAnne: It does not suit my notion of cool to have him walking home like a dweeb... but then again, I don't live in an urban area. Sometimes people walk, I get it. But I thought this looked silly on him.
kakashi: Oh, we walk all the time here. And ride buses and trams and trains. Or bikes. And you know what? He might very well have called his driver once he's out of sight. Though ... who is going to get his car from outside the Monster's Lair? Or did he walk there, too? 

11 July 2013

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Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 11 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 11, 2013
And so it begins ... the beginning of the end. This is Part 1 of the final and it is no easy ride! I will be honest, parts of TEN2 have been mildly disappointing for me (many of the "filler" episodes were only okay and not particularly great). In particular, I take issue with the fact that we haven't really gotten much character development for a while now. Sure, the team interactions remain cute, I am utterly in love with Ji-hoon, and I would adopt Do-shik and Min-ho and Ye-ri anytime, but I fear the writer(s) have been a bit too lazy in between. And what about F??? That is the biggest surprise for me ... the final? Not about F at all. But still very, very good. 

Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 11
박민호 납치사건 Part 1 - Park Min-ho's Kidnapping

We are in the corridor of a hotel - or is it an "establishment"? I am not entirely sure, but I am sure about the screams and the shots that are fired: many of them. A crime is in the making... 

With Vivaldi playing in the background, Yeo Ji-hoon is looking out into the night (not bad, the view from his apartment). F-cases material is on the table. Do-shik is alone in a pojangmacha, with two bottles of soju. He turns his head as a police car, sirens on, rushes past. Ye-ri is in her car, stopping in front of a red light, thinking deep thoughts. The police car rushes past her, too, and she looks up and after it. Where is Min-ho? Not there ... We see an abandoned car, emergency lights blinking, door open, on an empty street somewhere in the outskirts of Seoul. This is the moment where we go: OH SHIT.

10 July 2013

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Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 13 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 10, 2013
kakashi:  I hate this episode! They make Baksa suffer!!!! nooooooooooooooo (☉__☉”)
Shuk: All these little vines and snares were bound to catch him at some point in time, dammit.
JoAnne: Look at those eyes.  LOOK AT THEM. Those eyes are saying 'oh it is ON LIKE DONKEY KONG, M-F'ers.


Episode 13

kakashi: Baksa's features harden and his eyes narrow as he watches his lady Soo-min meet the Neanderthal - and if looks could kill, these two would be SO DEAD. Many times over. He turns to leave, feeling betrayed. In the car, he thinks about what Jin-sook told him about how they met. Man, he looks seriously pissed.
Shuk: He has to be thinking of the Big Picture, namely, who put Min-soo up to tracking Baksa Adeul, and that now he has to both keep away from her (for his safety), but keep an eye on her (for her safety).
JoAnne: I'm just cheering because it's Early Baksa, way up high, looking serious and HOT.


09 July 2013

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Goddess of Marriage - Episodes 3 & 4 (aka KimJiCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 09, 2013
I am not regretting my choice to do some Kim Ji-hoon focused recapping of Goddess of Marriage. While many people continue to hate this drama (or consider it dropped after only glancing at parts of episode 1 - 왜?), I keep being amused by it and its portrayal of the immoral super rich and the ugly rest. My favorite? The Dragon Mother. Yoon So-Jung is having a ball with her tongue-in-cheek portrayal of this spoiled, sadistic, but ultimately childish witch and I am enjoying every minute of it. 
And of course, there is Kim Ji-hoon. Yum. Yum. YUM. YUM
The PDnim seems to know exactly what we want as he showers us with KJH's smiles and shy cuteness. I am looking forward to seeing this one fight for his love (- and even more to seeing his abs).
As for the rest, warm-up oppa gets on my nerves with his hormonal pushiness and Song Ji-hye gets on my nerves with her mopey-eyed-I-Don't-Know-What-I-Want-Act. How hard can it be? Either marry the rich dude with the incredible abs (thought: maybe she has not seen them yet?) and deal with the consequences (plus hope the sex is good, but come on, look at the guy!) or go for the pushy-angsty guy until the sex no longer satisfies and you get super bored by him (I'm guessing that'll be in one or two weeks from now). The constant (shag-)flashbacks also annoy me. Goodness, we GET it. You slept together. You're attracted to each other. Get on with it!

07 July 2013

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Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 10 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 07, 2013
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? I cannot wait for the final! Episode 10 is the last one before the double-whopper and maybe that is why I got a bit impatient with it all. The "filler" episodes are good and nice and all (at least some of them), but what I am really interested in is the main story. There has been no advancement in the main storyline for a while now, we know that Ji-hoon will have to face the truth eventually (as in next episode), and the case didn't exactly rock my boat either. All I can say is that it is about mistrust and guilt and the TEN Team solves it very, very smoothly. Onwards we go! 
 Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 10
15년 - 15 Years

There is a white car at an otherwise empty lakeside. We hear that somebody is calling 911 and a female hoarsely and slowly whispers: "save me ... save me ..." - but too late ... she is already dead, her eyes wide open.
In the conference room, boss-boss Jeong shows Yeo Ji-hoon some slides about the unfortunate event: It's to be his next case. Cause there is something the media doesn't know: the phone call between the now dead woman and the 911 dispatch guy doesn't end right after the "save me ... save me ...". No; she added a "... You!" It seems she recognized somebody right before her death! Strangely, though, the car doors were locked from the inside, and there were no signs of an intruder. Could she have meant the passenger, then? Ji-hoon asks. No - that woman died even before the driver.

05 July 2013

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Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 12 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by JoAnne on July 05, 2013
JoAnne: This is Episode 12. Of at least 20. I think the tension will kill me before then. Do you think that these actors finish a scene and then just clap for each other as the freaking geniuses that they are? Also. There's a lot to cover in this episode. I barely get to squee because I'm so busy trying to keep the basic plot movement outlined and this gets really long. I'm sorry. Not really.

Episode 12

JoAnne: This opening scene, the whole thing, from the cafe to the parking lot - this was fantastic. His face. His resigned delivery. Her anger and her sadness. That moment of surprise in his eyes when they discuss what it meant when he shared his name, and he realizes that for her, it was the beginning of a real connection. Ugh. For him it was a goodbye. They are so going to break my heart into a million tiny pieces.
kakashi: Better yours than each others. And better than sticking little blurry knives into each other's hearts, too. But I agree ... I love their interactions. It's all wrong, cause these two ... they have no future together. And it's all right, cause the attraction is so big and the feelings are so raw. He restrains everything, she has never learned how. She blurts it all out, he keeps it all in. Fire and ice.
Shuk: I'm not convinced he considered it an ending back then. His silence in the car was him coming to terms with his shock and disappointment that he couldn't secure even a tiny drop of personal happiness. And who's to say they can't have each other in the end? Okay, probably every other character in the show, and the writer, but still. 

04 July 2013

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And the Winner Is: The First Kdrama Addict Martyr Anounced

Posted by lafer on July 04, 2013
Thank you to those of you who took the time to enter our Kdrama Addict Martyr Contest.  I really just wanted to see if there was anyone as crazy as me out there, so was happy to find that I am in good company!  We got quite a few laughs out of reading everyone's entry and hope you did too.
Before I announce the winner, I have to say that I feel I must share in this award for finishing A Hundred Years Inheritance. By the end it was so ludicrous it felt like a bad comedy to me. Struggling to walk on limp little feet? Love and hugs between the baby stealer and her victim? The female lead being tricked into attending her own wedding (what girl doesn't dream of that after a long day's work?) And that's when I realized the writer did work amnesia into the story after all. How else could the lead thank her for sticking by him after SHE LEFT HIM AT THE ALTAR one time already, REFUSED TO STOP HIM FROM LEAVING even though he begged her to, and CHOSE HER NEW MOTHER-IN-LAW OVER HIM? But let's forget about all that. Seo Yoon would once again stand on his own two feet, every person in the cast got their happy ending, and it turned into one big love-fest. The only person happier was me that it was finally over!

03 July 2013

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Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 11 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on July 03, 2013
Shuk: Today marks a kakashi milestone: the 300th post on her blog, and the 33rd SqueeCap! Since 3 is my favorite number, I feel honored to be today's recapper for the next installment of Baksa's Juggling Act. He has to: hide his identity from the bad guys; hide his identity from the good guys; protect the bad guys he loves; and protect the good girl he loves, all while looking like pure hotness in everything he wears. Luckily, at least so far, he is up to the task.
kakashi: Wut? It is? Bring out the champagne! Yeah, drink a lot, ladies, cause that's all the pay you're gonna get.
JoAnne: I'm just here for the intangibles anyway. How's purple? Do we like purple? I can't read that orange. Perhaps green?
Shuk: Okay, I've been told I may have miscounted. But who cares? Let's drink to our boy!
건배!

02 July 2013

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Goddess of Marriage - Episodes 1 & 2 (aka KimJiCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on July 02, 2013
I'm trying out a new format, dear friends, and it's called KimJiCap. You may have guessed: KimJiCaps focus almost exclusively on Kim Ji-hoon. So don't expect any lengthy recaps. Or do, in case there are lengthy/hot/exciting/squeeworthy Kim Ji-hoon scenes. Since everybody around me already hates this drama with a vengeance (wae? *shrugs*), I'll be flying this one solo - not sure for how long, though ... It all depends on how Goddess of Marriage continues. Be assured, I'm very good at dropping dramas. And equally good at liberally fast-forwarding.

(Side note: Any German speakers among you? I have recently realized that his name Kim Ji-hoon could in fact be read as Kimchi Huhn - which would be Kimchi Chicken in English. Jeez, I can't stop giggling about this one. How yummy it would taste, this chicken!) 
"Did she just call me chicken?!"
Sure, I do understand that Goddess of Marriage can be hated. But strangely enough, I was quite entertained by the two episodes that have aired. Do I like any of the characters? Not in the least. But who ever said that's a necessity to make a drama enjoyable? The set-up is interesting enough to keep me hooked ... for the moment.
Look at his hair! What animal does it remind you of?

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