kakashi: I am liking how uncomfortable he is about it all (cause I like to see him suffer). Hm. I wonder what kinda history these two have? And let's see how they develop this storyline ... he is feeling a bit too uncomfortable for somebody who is just supposed to be a handler.
JoAnne: There's an elephant in that room. I know which pair of thighs it hides between, too.
kakashi: ... shit.
JoAnne: It's dawning on me that calm, cool, smoooooooooooth as silk Baksa is actually the biggest mushy teddy bear of all time. It doesn't make me love him less. It does make me worry more.
JoAnne: Oh but come ON...because now they're just LAUGHING at us.
suck out his soul, but in any case, he turns and asks her what she is doing. She tells him she intends to work completely for Jin-sook and she doesn't want any old john as her first lover. Detective Douchbag tells her the clients would love to be her first, and jumps off the bed to head out.
JoAnne: I would just throw myself down on the floor and yell do me do me do me. Sexily, of course
kakashi: I still hate him and he really is a dick-deluxe, but this whole I'm-digging-the-dongsaeng-in-a-dirty-way makes him much more interesting.
JoAnne: He thinks the end justifies the means, but he's mean to ignore her end.
Even aliens have needs!
kakashi: With a variation maybe? I.e. Neanderthal falls in love with Baksa. Or Cutie-Soo with Neanderthal?
JoAnne: I call problems for Safari-Jin Sook-Baksa, also Baksa-Jin Sook-Soo Min, also Soo Min-Baksa-Hyung Min. And perhaps a little Safari-Jin Sook-Superintendant Mi. Finally, for Baksa-Jin Sook-Cutie Soo but sadly, not in a sexual way.
kakashi: I'd take it, too. But only if it has WLAN.
JoAnne: I knew it. Secretly, the Swiss desire nothing more than not being NEUTRAL.
Shuk: If I laugh, does that mean I can't be Swiss?
kakashi: Not anyone can be Swiss.
kakashi: Let's hope this also marks the last of the ghost-appearances. We know that she's dead. And we've completely forgotten her, the most boring of possible boring female characters.
JoAnne: Until the final episode, when we find out that Soo Min is actually the daughter she bore Baksa.
kakashi: Or Safari. Oh wait ... do we know WHO Baksa's father is? Of course not.
kakashi: He wants sex?
JoAnne: *Raises hand eagerly, mostly because Baksa isn't around*
kakashi: But not a stain on his white suit. And let's just say ... a very angry Cutie-soo? So hot I almost burned.
JoAnne: That scar will add character to his face but the white linen suit with the random embroidered garden patches is a mistake of nearly libido-crushing proportion.
kakashi: JoAnne, he put it on so that people would want to desperately take it off.
kakashi: The bond between these two men is so strong that I need an explanation for why it is so. What happened in prison?
JoAnne: What DIDN'T happen in prison?
kakashi: Such a wonderful scene :)
JoAnne: It was, indeed. That rush to agree, that so-evident relief. I luff them. I will bring them home and keep them on my bed and feed them snacks and give them couple boxer-briefs to wear.
JoAnne: He's Arthur the Aardvark come to life. And their giggles were fucking creepy as shit. Meantime, I continue to be AMAZED at Safari - the actor's name is Choi Moo Sung. He's been in a ton of stuff you've seen, I guarantee it...but this is his role.
kakashi: Will they include him into one of their sex tapes? (though one of our readers was nice enough to point out that there probably ARE no sex tapes)
JoAnne: I'll kill the guy who helped me betray you - won't that make you trust me?
kakashi: Why is Cutie-Soo so concerned about Nang Mahn? Another connection between two of our characters that hints at an unknown back story.
JoAnne: They both did seem alarmed, and it was odd enough for me to note. I also notice that nobody has realized that Halibut has been missing for several episodes. Cruel City, indeed.
Shuk: But look, they are also on elbow-touching terms! Cute City, indeed.
kakashi: Safari is such a great character because I actually believe that he cares for certain people (like Baksa and Jin-sook) - but I also believe that he would kill them with a sigh if necessary. Completely unpredictable, this one.
JoAnne: He's going to die. His only value in that organization is that if you give him a job, he will find a way to do it. The minute he starts thinking of ways to give his boss 'sort of' what he wants, he's useless. But it makes very compelling viewing.
kakashi: She is a goner. I give her 2-4 more episodes. Then she croacks.
JoAnne: In an American show, Safari would totally be doing Eun-Soo, too. I think Eun Soo is disappointed that it's not happening, so add this triangle to the list: Safari-Jin Sook-Eun Soo.
JoAnne: Right? He totally rocks the neon yellow. Or is that green? I'm a little bit blinded.
kakashi: Do we trust her?
JoAnne: There are three things that Jin Sook values highly. Baksa, Safari, and personal power/wealth. In a pinch, she would sacrifice Safari. I have not yet decided whether she would choose Baksa over personal power. Sadly, I think not - she would make the decision to betray him, but it would eat at her forever.
Shuk: They take a quick moment to pull back from the argument, and he quietly tells her that she can leave the country and do all the things she talked about when they were poor. In a low voice, she asks him if he would be willing to go with her, just the two of them. He tells her, “Noona, I just want you to be happy.” Tears well up in her eyes when she tells him she is trying. They both know the other won't budge.
kakashi: Ah ... these two. Wow. This is a kind of love that is so sad, but also very beautiful.
JoAnne: It's twisted and full of lies and deceit, but it's definitely love.
kakashi: I hope this is the first and last of those "near-misses" that we get in KDrama so often. I don't like them. Too predictable, not exciting at all.
JoAnne: I prefer to think that all of her hormones went into overdrive as they nearly crossed paths, and she's merely scenting prey.
kakashi: One of the big lessons of this drama. Another: if you get close to somebody, you will get hurt.
JoAnne: He's right, but he certainly doesn't seem happy to say it.
Shuk: Manager Ahn enjoying a facial mask and a young girl when he receives a phone call from President Jung. Baksa meets him and bluntly asks for Meth Kim's whereabouts.
JoAnne: Oppa wore it better.
Shuk: Hyung-min is sitting at Kyung-mi's kitchen table looking through his evidence. Wait, is he living in the house that Soo-min was forced to leave?! He sighs in frustration. I grit my teeth in anger. He thinks back to the day in the rain when Baksa Adeul was in his crosshairs, and realizes the Meth Kim connection to his elusive nemesis..
kakashi: He may be just waiting at her house in case she shows up, for, you know ... sex.
JoAnne: Didn't get this. He already KNEW the Meth Kim/Baksa connection. Sloppy.
kakashi: He has been too distracted by surges of hormones I guess.
Shuk: He runs to Superintendent Mi and tells him that Meth Kim needs to be located. Mi will try and get Meth Kim's whereabouts. Soon enough, he gets a call that the criminal is at the hospital, but apparently everyone must have gotten a blast email at the same time: Safari, Eun-soo, Shi-hyun, and Hyung-min are all converging on the hospital. Guess who is first! Guest who is last!
Shuk: Shi-hyun sees Safari escort Meth Kim into an elevator, and quickly runs down the stairs to overtake the lift. He gets to the next floor and pops his trusty knife in his hand, ready for action. Except it's not the drug guys, it's the bad cop.
kakashi: Of course, Neanderthal doesn't know his face (yet)! But still ... heart attack moment.
JoAnne: Yes, indeed.
JoAnne: Well, that's a reasonable assumption.
kakashi: Oh no, oh no, not Cutie-soo! Don't mess with his face, please, hear me?
JoAnne: This really felt like the next to last episode all of a sudden.
JoAnne: Barring some kind of genius Hail-Mary play coming to him at the last minute, Baksa has decided to die for his friend. I cannot breathe.
kakashi: Why, why, why, WHY!
kakashi: Happy Birthday, Wagner, by the way.
JoAnne: The conversation here, the tension in the setting... everything is perfect.
kakashi: I'm guessing Safari broke his arm with the steel rod. But the whimpers and cries that come from Baksa (*cringe*) have much more to do with psychological pain ... betrayal. He is feeling this even more than the physical pain.
JoAnne: His face. His crab floppy thing. I'm like...practically on top of the back of my chair trying to get away from this.
kakashi: Can't get enough of Safari's facial expressions. Wow. This guy is so good.
JoAnne: He hates having to do it, won't hesitate to do it for minute, but yet hopes like hell a miracle will happen. How did Safari become sympathetic, TOO?
Shuk: Well, this episode certainly punched me in the solar plexus. There is nobody and nothing to back our boy up; almost everyone wants him gone. Hyun-soo is unconscious, and Jin-sook is passive to Safari's need to kill him (she has to know that's what her old lover intended), Mi appears to be just sitting like a big ole' spider waiting. The police bring a new level to the word "useless", and who is left? Halibut? We know
Baksa can't die because there are many many episodes to come, but damn. Exactly what else can we pile on those post-army shoulders??
kakashi: Well, I think I know who will rescue him. Think who's still out there, running around, trying to find certain people?
JoAnne: Listen, people. *rustle rustle rustle* Is that the sound of two muscular thighs rubbing together as they rush to inadvertently save the life of a colleague who you think is a drug dealer that killed your girl who really wasn't actually your girl, but his, at least once upon a time?
Shuk: Soo-min's character has developed a bit now as well. Her decision, good or bad, has sent her down a path that, like Shi-hyun, will lead to a loss of self and a world of hurt. But hopefully this is where they will find each other.
kakashi: I bet this will be a very, very unhappy love. They will fall in love, and when they're ready to love each other, she will find out who he is. And she will try to kill him.
JoAnne: But she won't be able to do it, and in the end she'll find out who he REALLY is, just as he dies. Possibly at her hands, if she gets a second chance. Well it's not like they can go off and grow watermelons together, is it?
|Probably not a realist hope for our couple|
kakashi: As I said above, Safari is one of the best characters I have ever seen in KDrama. So many layers. So many questions. Such superb acting. Just WOW.
JoAnne: I think EVERYthing you see with Safari is real. He is the simplest organism out there, driven by a need to survive. What he feels is never going to interfere with what he sees, and he sees very clearly.
Shuk: The biggest and best badass babe is Jin-sook. She holds her own in a male-dominated and often violent business, has links to everybody and everything involved, good and bad. I am so looking forward to what her mother bear instincts will do.
kakashi: Hmm ... mother instincts?! She would jump Baksa if she could. From all possible sides.
JoAnne: I will lend her my Worst Mother of the Year shirt.