kakashi: It is surprisingly good. All of it. Which is strange, considering other shows that are currently airing are also good. What happened to KDrama all of a sudden?! I am not sure I can trust this. That is why I watch this show with a sense of foreboding. Also ... several of these wonderful characters will die. I'm crying already.
JoAnne: We're back to Jung Tae on the bridge. Of course he's going to jump and of course he's going to live, because otherwise where would Kim Hyun Joong be next week? But still, it's nerve-wracking as hell while we wait forever for that boy to surface. It's been several minutes, and everyone on shore has assumed that Jung Tae died on impact. Boss Hwang (I do love him so much) says he doesn't care how many men it takes - find that boy's body. Rock Head is a wreck, and even Dissenting Dobi looks distressed. As he turns to leave, though, Boss Hwang sees Jung Tae down stream - he made it! He staggers out of the water and asks for permission to jump the train, now. SO THRILLING.
kakashi: I love them. So much. I have a small complaint, though: I get that they're all good and honorable etc. But, honestly, these bosses are a bit TOO nice and good and honorable. Sure, I also like Jung-tae, and I get that Boss Hwang sees Poong-cha in him and Poong-cha sees the younger self in him, but ... if they're so nice and good and honorable, they will DIE.
JoAnne: I was hoping if we didn't mention that...
(See?? He is after my Poong-cha!!!) Then we're back to the river with a train whistling in the back ground and a pensive Jung Tae talking to his dead mom. We learn a little about his childhood spent waiting for a dad that rarely showed, but mostly it's Jung Tae wanting Mom's blessing and good mojo for his new venture.
kakashi: That's all a bit seen-that-been-there-done-that for me. But I don't mind. Kwak Dong-yeon does pain well.
kakashi: Can anybody? Too many women, Jung-tae. Too many women. This is not going to end well.
kakashi: Yeah. Not going to end well.
kakashi: The question is - and it's an important one - what does she really feel for him?
JoAnne: I' ve been taking her at face value, so far.
kakashi: There is a certain KDrama law. I'm not saying it has never been broken, but it is the "Law of the First Kiss". The Law of the First Kiss is this: Whoever gets in the first kiss, gets the boy/girl. Pining from afar doesn't cut it. Though ... is a kiss on the cheek enough?
kakashi: Ah, but I understand him a bit. The one girl is comfort, is warmth, is a home - and the other girl is danger, is thrill, is adrenaline. Of course, you'd want both.
kakashi: I'm just quietly filing away the "slightly turned on" and choose not to comment at this moment.
kakashi: It's a Ninjutsu technique: pressure points. Believe me, I know. Cause I'm kakashi sensei. Shinichi is too awesome to be healthy for me... And I am also quite intrigued by Dog Nose (not only by his hoarse voice). What's up with him?
JoAnne: I'm so glad you mentioned his voice! I had planned to and then forgot...but I do like it.
kakashi: A strong scene, because we now fully understand just HOW dangerous that stuff is. And Jung-tae understands that there is no room for sentimentality. Also, I finally get why they jump trains: not to steal anything from them, but to travel fast and efficiently. They cannot even smuggle big amounts, so it makes most sense for documents/letters, etc. Later, we hear that the government controls the borders and the ports etc. really well.
kakashi: Yes. I'm a bit underwhelmed by the Daddy-story, but I very much like Daddy. (yes, me too)
kakashi: We know that the guy inside is Gaya's dad, the guy who is collecting rubbish, because Very Evil Japanese (that's Kim Kap-Soo's character) talked about him that way in the last episode. But his name is not No Ro but Shinjo. Noro is a virus, and it makes you go to the toilet a lot. For the rest ... no clue.
JoAnne: But the Fortune guy did refer to No Ro, whoever that is. I assumed it was this guy. TOO MANY. GUYS. TOO MANY GUYS.
kakashi: Yes, confusing. Fact is: Gaya's dad and Jung-tae's dad have a (sad) past together. Both the Japanese and the Koreans after after Gaya's dad and want his life.
kakashi: I want to be part of this awesome Dobigang SO MUCH. But no jumping for me, thanks.
kakashi: Yes. She does. My heart: broken.
kakashi: He's a little bit of an idio-hothead, uri Jung-tae, but the drama did a fairly good job in showing his mounting desperation and the sense of doom over his head; his sister is dying and there is no time.
kakashi: And this is the scene in which it becomes absolutely clear that these two women can never ever be friends.
kakashi: I always assumed Gaya's dad was also Japanese (because of his name and Gaya's name), but now I'm not sure anymore. It would kinda help if the Japanese spoke Japanese and not Korean.
JoAnne: So far, the Japanese just wear Japanese clothes. Which is helpful, but at a distance I confuse Aka and Shinichi. Also...Shin Jo sounds Korean to me?
kakashi: Full name: Shinjo Deguchi. Definitely Japanese.
kakashi: So, Shinjo is a traitor to the Korean cause? Or a double agent?
kakashi: Maybe it's a Sharingan! (I had to google.. not into the anime thing) (duh. so you talk to me every day but do not know who I am?!)
kakashi: I'm much more into Gaya than Bobby Sox, too. Bobby Soy: boooooooooring. Gaya: hoooooooooooot.
kakashi: Such a freaking psycho!
kakashi: Yup, former besties, turned enemies by the awful circumstances of war.
kakashi: Ah, just let them be happy for a few seconds, JoAnne.
kakashi: In such moments, I always think: which assassin would stand around dumbfounded like that? It's crystal clear it wasn't him.
kakashi: She does have a death-wish indeed, this one. And she is quite a bit crazy. Very interesting female character.
kakashi: Oh. Hi there. *smiles enamoured*.
kakashi: What a mess!
JoAnne: Well I don't know about this sudden about face in Gaya. It feels very abrupt, like - where was all that hiding before? She was tomboyish girl but not a killer, and even if Jung Tae's dad DID kill her father, why does that translate into her killing Jung Tae? The guy she just asked out to a movie?
kakashi: I thought about it a bit, because it bugged me (it was WAY too sudden), and this is what I came up with. She said it to save Jung-tae's life: If she hadn't intervened, Shinichi would have killed him. But for whatever reason, she knows that Shinichi is absolutely devoted to her (does she know him? from when?) and obeys her. Anything else doesn't make sense. She knows it might be Jung-tae's dad - but she also has doubts that it was.
JoAnne: I considered that, but she seemed sincere in her desire to kill Jung Tae. Is she that good of an actress? Not the actress herself because yes...but the girl the actress is playing. She met Shinichi when he saved her from that gang that wanted to beat her up and that's the other thing bugging me, but we mostly don't see it in full effect until the next episode so I'm saving it for then.
JoAnne: For the rest of it, this drama continues to thrill and delight me. Getting my head wrapped around the cast is a bit of a challenge and will apparently continue to be so as they continue to introduce new characters, but I'm dying to find out how they all connect and on every level, this show just pleases me. Good acting, great cinematography, I even love the background music! The tiny niggling doubt of worry for when the adult actors show up is there, but I like the story so much (so far) that even if they turn out to be just serviceable, as long as the story doesn't go crazy I'm going to love this until the end.
kakashi: Yup, me too. In fact, I am quite certain that the adult leads will not be as good as the teens, at least in two cases ... but let's go with it and take this drama for what it is! One thing I am very happy about is that it is based on a manhwa. That means it has a good, solid story as basis - and the writers cannot suddenly go into crazy territory (or at least not as easily as with other dramas).