29 November 2015

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What The Heck Is Going On? Episodes 9 and 10 Final (A HyoCap)

Posted by SakiVI on November 29, 2015
SakiVI: Finally, a finale!  I thought it would never happen the way everyone's been dithering on this show.  Okay, Sora hasn't been dithering, to be fair, but she's annoying anyway, and not the heroine she imagines herself to be.  Also, the theme song is stuck in my head, so annoying...
Shuk: [helpfully slaps the back of Saki's head]
Oh, thanks.

All subbed episodes, including 9 and 10, can be found at Beesubs here.  I strongly suggest watching them in one go.

And I for one am ready to see this one conclude. Then I can finish my other webdrama, Noble My Love with the lovely Sung Hoon. Don't know if he can sing or ever been in a boy band; I'm not even sure if he can act, but man can he pose! 
SideBar: Sung Hoon, not only looks like Jaehyo's older cousin, but sings ballads, and DJs in China, while Jaehyo sings one line per Block B song, and plays lots and lots of League of Legends.

Ep 9

So, the secret's out.  Anna-in-Hanna is wrapped in a white blankie in her room at Ilwoo's house thinking of how she had to admit she was Anna to Ilwoo. Flashback to her telling Ilwoo who was remarkably calm discussing all this with her.  Also, he took it all very well considering there was a legitimate reason for Hanna knowing everything he told Anna: she's supposed to be Anna's daughter!
At least his face isn't as confused as usual. Way to go, Ilwoo!
 
Then we see Ilwoo remembering how Hanna was just like Anna and also Hanna telling Halmeoni she was Anna.
All the little flashy flashbacks that made us question his IQ.
It was a weird situation.  In many ways, he was totally normal - for a webdrama.

Cut to the Clara Go exhibition, full of some revolting looking gold painting and, annoyingly, Sora. Apparently, Sora just needs to say the name, Clara Go, and the artist shows up because she's cool with plebeians like that.
For some reason, their meeting in front a giant farrowing pig made me giggle. Most artists do make appearances at their galleries. Dare we call this one FATE?? Or more lazy writing?
This artist has nothing but her art, which she's made in 24K gold and without a security detail.
 
Then we see Ilwoo lethargically drying cups in the coffee shop while Jinwoo hurries to ask Hanna, still with her colouring books even though she's technically Anna, age 40, if the two of them had fought.
I was thinking it might be her homework but still... And Jinwoo is a clueless lug but he is worried about his friend being even more expressionless than usual.
Ilwoo tells Jinwoo to get back to whatever work it is he does, and then sits to tell Anna, let's keep this our secret.
Was there any other option? How long did it take the logic train to reach the station?
About a night and a day.
I guess they forgot about Sini (who? haha just kidding). But she disappeared entirely these past two eps! AinH asks if Ilwoo understands any of this, how she became like this. And she says she'll live in her own house. 
If she doesn't understand it, Mr Confusion hasn't got a prayer.
I dunno, because he comes off as more mentally balanced and intelligent than her.
Ilwoo says no way, but AinH insists she cannot be his partner.  Ilwoo says come home, because he needed some time to think and he's sorry. (recapper's note: for what?) The actress playing AinH does that cute little voice and says, nah, she was just kidding, dude.
She is a complete contradiction. She should have come with her own warning WTH label. Is she still trying to test his resolve? Or jerk his chain? Or was she really just kidding? Blech.
Harabeoji shows up, and asks for his photo. AinH gives it to him and asks he recognizes the tarot card? He says, yes, he made it 60 years ago. And she tells him Ihwa Halmeoni is waiting for him. They have an emotional reunion at the nursing home. Ihwa sobs, why did he take this long? (Recapper's note: yes, why? Even with the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he could've still come back to the same small town, just as he's doing now.) Ilwoo and AinH watch this all sadly.
I guess this is the Love Conquers All scene. To help our Clueless Couple, yunno, get a clue.
As Ilwoo and AinH walk outside, Ilwoo says that kind of love, where you're always missing the person is dreadful. AinH says missing a person is a happiness too. (Recapper's note: nope, after Block B finished their US tour, I've been missing them, especially Jaehyo, terribly and am so sad!  I considered trying to fall out of love with Jaehyo, except, yunno, bias.) 
I don't see missing someone as a happiness, per se, but I do see it as proof that you were loved, even if it was only one time.
Then in my case, it's proof I have excellent taste in young men.

Ilwoo asks her why she was planning to sell her store and leave without telling him. AinH apologizes, and says if he knew everything about her, he would leave her later. She says she doesn't have any confidence. Ilwoo says he wants to be with her always, but AinH protests she doesn't know when she'll be an adult!
The older person in this relationship doesn't have confidence in the relationship. Man, that makes us cougars look wishy-washy.
We're not, though, because when normal women reach cougar-stage, they know what they like and what they don't and they don't mess about.
Truth.
Ilwoo, rockstar that he is, says he'll wait for her, even if she has to grow up all over again.  He says they are a family now while they hug.
Makes sense from his point of view. A fifteen-year gap between the two is the same, it's just that their roles are reversed and he now has to wait for her to go through puberty, much like she had wait for his. [evil grin]

Cut to scene in coffee shop with Ilwoo's mum, Clara Go, Sora, Sora's dad, and Jinwoo's mum.  Turns out Ilwoo's mum left them all to go studying the USA and Ilwoo's father said, "have nothing to do with Ilwoo, ever."  And Ilwoo's mum accepted that!  (Recapper's note: nope, doesn't make sense at all.  I don't know a single mother who completely lets go of her child without a massive fight, and, they keep fighting even when everyone is telling them no.)
In this scene, we can at least see more of where Sora's horrible attitudes and actions come from: the passive-agressive father and the just-plain-mean mother. I still don't like Sora and wish she would take a long walk off a short pier, but you can see that her behaviour has parental approval.
Sora' attitudes seem to have societal approval in a society that basically undermines single women over a certain age. Oh wait, that's all societies!
And my mother. [sigh]
 
Anyway, this weirdo woman says she hired Anna to care for Ilwoo after his accident. Turns out two years ago, Ilwoo's father died in a car accident where Ilwoo was the driver. Same accident caused Ilwoo's leg problem. (And again, poor acting of a supposed debilitating injury at his father's funeral rites) So, he had to deal with a parental death, survivor's guilt, and a handicap all at once. Ilwoo's mum saw Anna caring for Ihwa Halmeoni, and hired her to look after Ilwoo, but to make it seem like it's all her own kindness.
So the crematorium is in the same building as the nursing home. Anybody else think this is taking efficiency waaay too far??
Not the nursing home, but the hospital where the ex was and where Anna met Ihwa Halmeoni; we all know from kdramas is where funerals are held.  Note to self: don't go to a South Korean hospital.
Just another day at the Perfect Health Hospital in Itaewon.
Wow.  Ilwoo comes in, hears all this, and gets his absent mum telling him he can't see Anna anymore because Anna fooled her and Ilwoo both.
Mom's explanation of past events fits nicely into a trope called "Exact Eavesdropping" in which the person talked about overhears exactly everything that anybody didn't want him to know ever. 

And yet I have to scratch my head. If she was his rehab nurse, how come he didn't know she was his rehab nurse? Did Anna really agree to just casually kick a ball and rub his leg? And be a total snitch to his mom for two years? I don't believe it. No nurse would break their professional morals of patient confidentiality on something so spurious as "I had people tell my adult son I'm dead, so just give me a monthly update and he'll never know, pinky swear."
 Remember, webdrama!  Plus, Anna hasn't exactly been rational...
 
Sorry, lady, but even if there's a breach of fiduciary duty, you don't have the moral ground at all. Word, sister, word. Plus, Ilwoo didn't know Anna was actually his nurse, so a judge might say what happened happened naturally since Anna couldn't insist and act like she was his nurse. At any rate, the whole situation is dicey, dicey dicey! You all are sketchy people!
Although sketchy would be Anna, too, you know. She deserves that panic-stricken look on her face!
Yes, I include Anna in the Sketchy Crowd.

Oh, and of course, again, Sora has to snitch about the shop being sold. Seriously, Sora, just disappear!
Ilwoo knows, so it's useless trivia designed to humiliate Anna. Sora's fangs are pulled the more she behaves this way. Let her keep going and be good and toothless! 
Sadly, she's not saying this about Sora.
Ilwoo points out how Clara Go sucks as a human being and parent and to butt out.
Fist bump for Ilwoo!
This should be Saki, fist bump and head rub for Jaehyo!
I like, I like! 
And AinH hears all this too and, overwhelmed, runs to her own place.
She has never had the guts to face her own actions and her irrational fears, sadly.
If she'd been in adult form and run away, I would be madder. But not much she could do like this.
Ilwoo follows her there and begs her to say it wasn't true. He had thought it was all destiny, but surely she didn't actually do everything that made him fall in love because she was hired? Oops, but she did.
Well, I don't think the love part was in the original plan. And no reason for him to go stomping off, especially if he wanted to clear the air between them.
Since he's been suckered to one extent or another throughout, let him stomp. Plus, he must be furious his absentee parent came back to interfere.
And then we get the cute little actress playing AnnaInHanna crying, and that makes me want to punch someone.
She is slightly better than Jaehyo when it comes to expressing emotions.
Oh, she's lots better than anyone else here!
No making the little cutie cry!

Ep 10

We begin with Sora and Jinwoo worrying about Ilwoo. And Jinwoo telling Sora, did you have to go this far, hiring a detective, and breaking Ilwoo's heart? Sora tries to defend herself saying at least the truth is out. (Recapper's note: all truth does not have to be told. In this case, Ilwoo's mother was not around, and the two people, Ilwoo and Anna, could've lived happily together.)
Also, who is she to butt in someone's life and ruin things? But now she has nothing else in her arsenal, and her actions have lost her the respect and friendship of the one person she wanted to keep close. Eediot.

She still seems to think Ilwoo will love her without Anna in the picture (Recapper's note, pfffft) and Jinwoo tells her to get it straight, Ilwoo is not into you! Sora whines Ilwoo is her first love, even though that statement implies a second and more, and Jinwoo, scrunching up his face tightly, kisses her!
My first love still has a tiny corner of my heart, but even way back when he was never some type of overwhelming, looming, suicide-inducing presence in my life after he broke up. Is there really this much obsession in the world about that first significant other? If so, then I am very glad it whooshed past me.
And I did throw up a little in my mouth.
So did Jinwoo.
He then offers himself as a less-attractive-but-same-height substitute, hee.
I hate stupid redemption arcs. [grouses]
She doesn't get redemption, just a neat ending.

Switch scene to AnnaInHanna packing her little girl clothes, and Ilwoo drinking alone. He remembers telling AinH that they are a family no matter what, and AinH appears to remember too.
Come here, Ilwoo, I want to give you a hug. And some chapstick. Maybe the chapstick should come first.
Next morning, AinH shows up at the nursing home with her rollalong suitcase. The haraboji is picking flowers for Ihwa Halmeoni, who thanks Anna for bringing her first love back to her. She hugs AinH and tells her, don't worry, you will have your love. As Ihwa Halmeoni and AinH sleep, they have a joint dream of the Halmeoni young and saying thank you to her first love. In the dream, young Ihwa disappears into a twinkly light.
No really, this happened. 
Next morning, Anna gets up as actual adult Anna and in the same clothes she originally slept in when she shrunk to a little girl. (Recapper's note: people, use PJs so your clothes don't wear out fast.)
And if I switched from little girl to adult woman, I'd first notice the skin on the backs of my hands, not my boobs.
Anna was shown a bit too obsessed with her own shape back in eps 1 & 2.
Yes.
But, sad news: As Anna rushes to tell Ihwa Halmeoni, she sees Ihwa Halmeoni has passed away in her wheelchair. Well, that sucks.
Would have been worse if she woke up with dead grandma in the same bed. Oh well, at least they just have to wheel her across the hallway to the funeral rooms. 
She also had to say goodbye to the harabeoji orabeoni.
Ilwoo returns home and looks pretty. 
So, so pretty!
He sees AinH's shoes and her folded clothes and feels sad.
Feeling sad.
Looking pretty.
Cut to some seagulls. Why? I don't know. Maybe to show us life is ephemeral like a bird's flight?
Or maybe it just craps on us like that.
Anna can be seen writing to Ilwoo's mother whom she first addresses as Master Clara, and then as Ilwoo's Omoni.
How about "Jerk Who Abandoned My Cabana Boy"?

Ilwoo can be seen mooning in his cafe. Jinwoo gets fed up and gives him the catalog to Ilwoo's mother's exhibition in case Clara Go knows where Anna is. Ilwoo looks disheveled but pretty. He sees a dedication in the catalog "to my beloved child" and decides to see his mother.
Disheveled Pretty.

Decisive Pretty.

As they look at the picture of the (creepy looking) little boy that he also has in his house and that Anna apparently put up there, Ilwoo looks a bit like a duckie as he questions his mother's life choices, and tells how Anna helped him. The mum just excuses herself saying she wouldn't have changed any of her decisions to leave to study abroad (Recapper's note: she could still have kept in touch?). Anyway, she hands over the letter from Anna.
Thanks for nothing, mom. Except a creepy picture of a little boy with a rabbit between his knees and lots and lots of guilt as to why Mom didn't love him enough to work it out.
I think he's very clear that it's Mom's fault in this. He should also blame his father for keeping his mother from him, though.
Since he's not around to defend himself, I wouldn't believe Mom 100%.
Ilwoo is prettier than that picture even from behind.
Are you talking about Ilwoo's behind??
We pan over to Anna writing the letter saying although she was supposed to look after Ilwoo, she also healed because of falling in love with him. Anna is then shown riding a pink bicycle (past a giant anthill) and then walking along the beach where she pick up a shell that says, "I love you, Anna." She looks up, and there's Ilwoo! 
Pretty Ankles Alert.
Then they both laugh with relief that this show is over. (Recapper's note: hee!).
They both are smiling because now they can purchase some pants for him that fit.
Oh,the relief!
Final Thoughts

Phew, finally over!  I do get happy looking at Ahn Jaehyo, the actor playing Ilwoo, so that made it easier for me, but I wouldn't have chosen a story like this to watch without him.
Out of sheer love for our Saki did I venture into this fable. And only regretted the scriptwriter.
Shucks, I'm blushing.

To be honest, I didn't really comprehend the OTP's relationship much, since I didn't feel much spark between them. And then, I wondered, perhaps both of them had been through so much emotional trauma in their lives - Ilwoo certainly had - that what they found was a place to rest within each other. And that is a blessed relationship.
In two-and-a-half hours of total onscreen time, you are never going to get much more than a light brush on any subject. It's just a shame they spent way too much time on Stupid Sora and Jinwoo The Useless. They should have eschewed faking up a love triangle and just focused on overcoming the age difference. Which is hard enough to work out in fifteen-minute increments.

An 11th century book on love called The Dove's Neck Ring tells us "like attracts like" and that if one person loves another, it's because they see something in that person that is similar to themselves and so they relate. Perhaps Ilwoo sensed Anna's own emotional pain while also appreciating her loving kindness, a feature that is also very much part of his own personality. And both seem to need a maternal figure of some sort in their lives with Anna adopting Ihwa Halmeoni and Ilwoo attaching himself to Anna; thing is, I don't think the ex-boyfriend's crack about Ilwoo having an Oedipal Complex was that far off, but since it didn't prevent him from being the man in the relationship, it didn't really matter.
Since all the hangups about their couplehood were squarely on her shoulders, I agree. And in that, I see more differences than similarities between them. He accepts his actions in a responsible, if slightly confused, manner. And never shied away from anything regarding Anna, be it her age, her child, her abandonment, her lies...

She on the other hand, was secretive, worried about other people's opinions, and downright shrinking when it came to the two of them, especially in public. Her MO was always to run away and think about the consequences later.
Maybe that's how she's always lived life. In fact, I'm guessing that's exactly how she lived her life. Nursing is something she can do anywhere. So, when problems, for example ex's mother hating her, arose, she took her escape route in the form of Clara Go's money.
Good observation. I never did understand the Useless Information Lotion Emporium.

Of course, Anna had her issues, and while I think she shouldn't have worried about the age, it seems her problem was also one of fear that Ilwoo would stop loving her when he found out she was a hired nurse. And yet, lucky, lucky her, he didn't, because, as her fanboy, he could've been too disappointed to continue with someone he found fake. Instead, he still appreciates her good qualities, loves her still, and so they're off to their happy ending - and possibly an actual little Hanna.
Hopefully with a combined IQ of both of the parents.



Trivia: Cafe Contigo is in Yeok Sam-dong if you're ever interested in finding the cup that touched the cracked lips of Jaehyo.
Whoever gets there first!


28 November 2015

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The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 16 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 28, 2015
Ohhhhhh, this episode... we learn that Hu Ge can dance, that this show is a tease (why so many extremely cute Man Li - Ming Tai scenes?!) and that in addition, it wants to make us afraid for all our main character.... it works. Please don't let any of them die. Please. Death seems to be hanging more closely over everybody's head again.
JoAnne: Man, I loved this episode! Annnnnnd I hated this episode! So much happening...and none of it looks any good for our guys, does it?
Eleanor (aka dewaanifordrama): Man Li & Ming Tai, why do you have to be so dang cute!!! Is this all another calm before the storm? 

27 November 2015

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The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 15 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 27, 2015
There's a lot of lovely bromance and sibmance in this episode - and so much smoooooooth Ah Cheng and Ming Tai action, I had to laugh several times. They're like these boys, enjoying their spy games so much! We also get quite a bit of Uncle Li and I must say, I approve. Well, of the actor, mainly, the patriotic stuff... a bit less.
JoAnne: Yes, as actors, as humans, I love all of them. So. Much. Talent. Such chemistry between them all! Well, between most of them. I'm looking at you, TrainWreck. And yes, even her. I mean, she's fine, I just...she's not Psycho Kitten. That's not her fault, she's probably a very decent person. Look at her, studying medicine, devoted to her country, probably a filial child, on and on. She's a casualty of timing. I don't hate her, I'm not 'against' her. I'm for Man Li, that's all. The complaining is mostly just because it felt good to whine!
Eleanor (aka dewaanifordrama): I have a problem. I want to finish watching the drama, but I also want to just revel in watching them all be awesome and adorable and funny and just plain marvelous together. These characters are just so lovely. Can we spend forever with them? And I was also just being silly about complaining about the other woman. I just love Man Li is all and so I'm on her side. 

25 November 2015

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The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 14 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 25, 2015
Well, I know a few people who might not have liked this episode for how it ended, but it's a goddamn GOOD episode again, with awesome action scene, romance, witty dialogue, and several faces of Ming Tai. I think I need to start labeling these posts: Hu Ge looks too good. That can't be good for our health!
JoAnne: I don't know... he looks very cheesy here, Kakashi. But then, I'm never going to be okay with silk scarf neck thing that's so popular in K-Tw-C-J-Th-dramas.
Hide your daughters! JoAnne is in a bad mood :) .... Well, of course he looks cheesy here, cause that's the purpose of his look, duh. As for the scarf: that's a typical 1930s dandy look. I like it!  
Eleanor (aka dewaanifordrama): Well JoAnne is dealing with a rather terrible work SNAFU. We should send Ming Lou there to take care of the idiots and then comfort Jo. And Hu Ge, well I think the man would look good in anything quite frankly. And dang, that profile of his. Wow. 

24 November 2015

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Rants and Weekly Raves #65 (RAWR)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 24, 2015
JoAnne: Hello, Face That Launched a Thousand Ships
Seems like another fairly quiet RAWR this week. I know I'm not watching nearly as much as I wish I were watching, that's for sure. At least this week I did catch up on one non-Chinese drama, despite Kakashi's subbing episodes at the speed of light.
kakashi: I don't know how I do it, seriously. I'm challenging some serious Hu Ge awesomeness or something
Jaehyus: Hu Ge is awesome! But I don't think I'm watching that much either. That's probably a good thing, since TV should be an accent to life, not one's life.
Wittisms: My husband has done it again!! Stay single for just a few more months Ji-sub-a uh? I'm working hard to get back to Seoul and then we'll meet at the local 7-11. You'll be dazzled by my cute butchering of your language, i'll pretend not to know who you are and offer an language exchange. We'll fall in love, I'll conspire with your stylist to get you to dress better, you'll convince me of the merits of hiking by offering piggybacks when I get tired (which will be often). Your mom will love the fact that I can cook your fav foods and bless our union!! *sigh* So just hang in there ok! Don't be swayed by those women (hajima!), I'll show you a real S line!! 

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The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 13 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 24, 2015
These are quiet days at the Ming Mansion ... but under the surface, a storm is brewing. The presence of Ah Cheng's abusive mother is testing the bonds the Ming siblings have forged and Ming Tai is starting to investigate his brother's loyalties.
JoAnne: I'm trying to figure out a way that Ming Tai choosing Yu Man Li could solve both of these problems. I'll get back to you.
Eleanor (Hey...so I've decided to go by my name in the bloggersphere, so...I'm still dewaanifordrama, but I'm also just going to be Eleanor...hope that's okay): Oh Ah Cheng. I want so much that he doesn't have to go through so much pain. The Mings had better come through for him, otherwise I don't think things will end up going so well for anyone. 

23 November 2015

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Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 - Episode 12 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 23, 2015
kakashi: Mei Changsu's true identity gets exposed in this episode, thankfully only to a very dear friend... Ah, that scene! That scene! It gets me every single time. He really should be a bit more careful though, right?
JoAnne: I just want to wrap these babies up in something soft and take them away, far away, where no one else is and they can be happy together.
dewaanifordrama: Oh these two. Romeo and Juliet haven't got anything on these two.

21 November 2015

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Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 - Episode 11 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 21, 2015
Ah, a monumental, incredibly moving episode! And the beauty of Hu Ge reaches new (dangerous) heights. If you have not yet been sucked in by Nirvana in Fire, this is the episode that will do you in for sure.
JoAnne:  I feel as though I need to go back and re-watch this one.  It was late and I think I imagined some of it...
dewaanifordrama: I haven't even started commenting and already I'm reaching for the tissues. So much beauty, all tinged with poignant sadness. 

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Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 - Episode 10 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 21, 2015
This is a "slow" episode, but one in which many things are set in motion and another wooden badge is moved closer to the fire pit. Those people are like puppets on Mei Changsu's strings ... only he does not command them with his beautiful fingers, but with his mind.
JoAnne: I feel like we're really in it, now. He's setting things in motion - some paths toward retribution are direct, but others? Not so much. He rubs his fingers together here, and you fall down dead over there. You know who might be on to him a little bit, though, is Ning. Dammit.
dewaanifordrama, Prince Jing's Noble Consort: That mind of his is quite something. We can all be glad that none of us has done anything for Mei Changsu to plot against us. Perhaps we can rub our hands together in glee as we watch the bad guys get their comeuppance. 

20 November 2015

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Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 - Episode 9 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 20, 2015
Watch Prince Yu get thoroughly played in this episode. And watch a beautiful, epic bromance unfold. Mei Changsu's health is starting to take a turn for the worse, brought on by too many painful memories and the biting cold that has descended on the Capital.
JoAnne: I want to snuggle up in that cape. Not necessarily with Mei Changsu, you understand. It can just be me.
dewaanifordrama: Bromance. It is one of my all time favourite things. And yes, that coat does look rather snuggly. 

19 November 2015

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The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 12 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 19, 2015
Love grows and secrets are revealed in this episode. Ming Tai returns home, and for a while, it feels like war and pain and suffering are far, far away. But there is subtext, so much subtext, and a wary dance begins between the brothers.
JoAnne: I'm just going to sit here and sulk.
dewaanifordrama: Sometimes I really don't like happy episodes when you know trouble is coming. You can just feel that the hurt is coming. 

18 November 2015

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The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 11 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 18, 2015
Are my recaps getting longer and longer?! It sure feels like it!! JoAnne says that's a measure of my love for a show and I think she has a point, because I wouldn't mind spending all my days recapping this and NiF! Ahhhhhhhhhh! But how are we going to deal with all those BAD things our good guys do? Can we just pretend that taking revenge on a person who is to blame for your mother's death is, somehow, acceptable? Not by my moral compass. But morals are not something these characters have time for; it's a "kill or get killed" kind of world.
JoAnne: Neat dovetail of personal and professional there, Ming Tai... but another step down the road of corrupting your soul.
dewaanifordrama: I have about a million things to say about the ethics of this, but at the end of the day, I just don't know. Good people have done terrible things and have then gone on to live worthy and good lives. What are the ethics of fighting for freedom and justice, and when is too much, too much? 

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Rants and Weekly Raves #64 (RAWR)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 18, 2015
Jaehyus: Gave The Disguiser 5 eps, and it's no Nirvana in Fire for me. Can't keep up with it. I actually don't have too much to say because nothing really registered. I was too caught up with anticipating Block B, seeing Block B, holding Jaehyo's hand twice (that's two times!), and recovering from Block B to really pay much attention to anything. Even Nirvana in Fire fell by the wayside. And whatever I have seen, I can't remember it, really. Although, that said, there was a jdorama.  I'll write more below. 
Nabi: I couldn't keep up with anything this week. I managed to eke my way through the lone final episode of She Was Pretty, but everything else will have to wait for next week...hopefully.
kakashi: The Disguiser and Nirvana in Fire are so good, I never ever ever ever want to return from The Disguiser and Nirvana in Fire land. I also want to keep recapping them forever and ever and ever.
JoAnne: Whatever this is, it's contagious. I can't keep up with anything much, but I'm also on the Disguiser/NIF bandwagon so whatever I do get to see is mostly that.
I watched SWP and I've been watching Nirvana and Disguiser. I can wave sadly at Six Flying Dragons, D-Day, Awl, Glamorous Temptation, et al, but not too sadly, since I'd watch them if I REALLY felt like it.
Shuk: My life is very busy and very complicated and still relatively stress-free. So yay!
I am not the only one thinking what I'm thinking, and no one can convince me otherwise.
(*trotwood sneaking in without an invite*) why would we bother?

17 November 2015

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The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 10 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on November 17, 2015
Welcome to the adrenaline episode! Don't consume on an empty stomach and try not to get a heart attack. This is also the stretch of the drama that makes you want to stay up all night. God, I love spy stuff! God, I love Hu Ge. And yet, as I recap this and describe all the violence ... I get really sad. So many lives lost. Then and now. 
JoAnne: It was probably not the best of days for me to watch the train episode, I think. It's another great episode, don't get me wrong. Bad timing, I guess.
dewaanifordrama: Sometimes I wonder whether humans will ever learn to live in peace. I love a good spy drama and these actors and characters make it so worth it, but right now I'm just feeling sadness that humans are so bloody violent. 

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What the Heck Is Going On? Episodes 7 and 8 (A HyoCap)

Posted by SakiVI on November 17, 2015
Ah, so Ilwoo is starting to feel the pressure of single stepfatherhood and a missing almost-fiancee. He pulls through as a good man should, though Anna is not looking too great as a character or as a person.
Shuk: Really. I'm almost to the point of praying that AinH gets picked up by a couple of Tolkien eagles and never heard from again.

Episode 7                                       Episode 8

Ep 7

We start off with Ilwoo looking more and more sad and tired and almost fainting and Jinwoo not helpfully pointing out how Anna made all these preparations before leaving like putting the shop up for sale and suggesting she might have gone back to her ex-boyfriend. Gee, thanks, Jinwoo.
His parents don't call him "son" because he's bright.


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