JoAnne: I guess I was really worried because the amount of relief I feel after watching even just a part of this episode was kind of staggering.
kakashi: I want the soundtrack! Especially the instrumental pieces are great. But that's not what's most important! It's Jung-tae alright, and once again I am so happy they managed to make the young one look like the older one (and vice versa). The fighting scenes continue to be well choreographed. And Kim Hyun-Joong speaks! He invaded the lair of another gang of smugglers; but not because he minds their dealings. Nope - he has a special password. Gangster boss (he seems to be into human trafficking, and that is why Jung-tae is here) isn't happy that he knows it and after more fighting (hm, it's not only the choreography that makes this special, but also the sound), Jung-tae is DOWN. Thankfully, Poong-cha and older version of Rockhead make an appearance and save him. They, in turn, save the children that the smugglers have hidden in a backroom and Jung-tae cries a little.
JoAnne: I like the music too, I've been tweeting that a little bit. It is very stirring! I thought KHJ did a pretty decent job but he isn't very relaxed about the choreography of the fight scenes yet, I could see some hesitations/set ups. I didn't really notice them at all with young Jung Tae. Still, he was very touching with those poor kids.
JoAnne: I'm pretty sure they're dating, and I'm pretty sure she's completely put Gaya out of her mind, and I'm pretty sure she'll be crying soon.
JoAnne: Oh, he's not implying. He's flat out stating. And yeah, I like him too.
kakashi: I don't think we're supposed to.
JoAnne: He was my first K-Crush, although Rain wiped him completely off the planet. Still, I have a deep fondness, and I'm happy to see him doing well and that his choices are more personal these days. I was watching him to see how he was doing, and then I realized at a certain point that I wasn't watching him anymore, I was just watching the story - and that's when I realized he'd gotten better and he'd probably be ok. Happy me!
JoAnne: Ok, Shinichi Wan Kenobi. Whatever.
JoAnne: He is a good looking devil, isn't he? So... marble statue perfection -y though.
(Fuck you show, you don't even let me see him?) He puts fish scales into the tea (she is not to chew them, Shinichi said). Oh dear, she swallows, but they are sharp little devils and cut her throat inside. It's some kind of lesson again, something like: this will happen every time you betray me? Not sure. Anyway, she is now Shinichi's new master. Ohhhhhh .... can I be your master too??!
JoAnne: The mind, it travels to dark, thrilling places...
JoAnne: I offer you my manhood. Please kill me with it, if you must.
JoAnne: Well if he's royalty, an overlord is like... ok think of Game of Thrones. Or England, pre-Arthur. Like that. A fiefdom, if you will. I think.
JoAnne: Seriously, the Gaksital parallels are just killing me. I think this might be better, though.
JoAnne: I like the grown up Gaya. Really well done scene. And I'm happy that she is NOT robotic and cold all the time, nor is she completely consumed by hatred and anger.
JoAnne: He is perfect for this. Perfect. His face is so expressive, and he's much more LIKEABLE than someone with such classic beauty would generally appear.
JoAnne: Did you...ummm...pick up on the visual subtext of that scene? (Oh YES. In fact, I first thought "wait, this is a public TV Kdrama, they wouldn't?!" ) I laughed ENTIRELY too loudly.
Almost immediately, he happens upon Bobby Sox, who is auditioning at a ... I guess record company? Who is the other girl? Kim Jae-wook, whose drama name is Kim Soo-Ok, is smitten. So is Record-Person, but he is also quite slimy (lessons? I can guess what THAT means) ... until Kim Soo-ok comes in. They know each other; but don't like each other. Kim Soo-ok swings, hits, and downs the sleaze.
JoAnne: I assumed 'lessons' meant the whole thing is a scam to get your money. Come in, audition for what you think is a job, get 'hired' and then pay for 'lessons' to make you more professional while preparing for the job to begin. Plus he was sleazy so yeah, he's going to push for sex.
JoAnne: She must need glasses. Why would you turn down tea with that face? Even if you have no intention to go any further... you still get 10 minutes of looking at that face!
JoAnne: No argument THERE. That was Appa? (Not sure) I thought it was that other guy, the first one who went to see The Fortune Teller.
JoAnne: Shinichi's WTH face.
kakashi: Shinichi's face.
kakashi: Dog Nose tells his Gangster Boss that they should get ready ... the Shinichi-people are coming. Yeah, I know they're not called the Shinichi-people, but I seriously cannot remember another name! I still don't get what Dog Nose's role is, so let's be surprised!
JoAnne: Love a good surprise! Dog Nose is handsome and his voice is rumbly and I like that. Shinichi, that group is Il Ghuk Hwa or something like that. I think we can just refer to them as The Japanese. Hot Dudes in Bathrobes? Shady Fucks?
JoAnne: I am not sure that I like that she just took him back after he ran after Gaya like that, though. Not that I think he 'must' be with her or anything, but just on a sisterly support level, he dogged her big time and she took it. I don't like that for her.
JoAnne: Welcome to Crazy Town, where all exits lead to places you really do NOT want to go. I love Leader Mo already. I love his name, even, because Mo (Moe) is such a schlubby name in English, so it's funny in this context.
JoAnne: Because isn't Dandong HIS town? I mean, that was just rude.
kakashi: He is totally the Leader, so ... yeah.
JoAnne: He's going to be just fine :) That woman... did you see when Poong Cha booted her ass into the bags of rice or whatever? He stuck out his foot and she FLEW sideways and I laughed really hard.
JoAnne: Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Leader Mo! 'Cause a crazy chick with a big damn stick just aren't enough, you know.
kakashi: Good, good, still good! Everything! Alright, one thing wasn't ... that thing about his sister. Why is she suddenly not dead and abducted? It's fine to keep secrets from us, show, but that's really taking it a bit too far.
JoAnne: Oh come on, it's a secret they kept for all of 5 minutes. It's ok.
kakashi: I don't feel like writing about the obvious (the obvious being whether KHJ can act or not), but maybe JoAnne wants to? In detail? He really does well. And anyway, this world is so rich and so full of gorgeous men, I cannot get enough of it. And I don't even care if one or two of them don't act really well. The story is captivating, the secrets manifold and I am just glad there was a second episode this week. Which, by the way, is totally AWESOME.
JoAnne: He's doing a good job! I mean, you can't stack him up against the eye-acting of Boss Hwang or Kim Jae Wook or the overall aura of Song Jae Rim but he's not sticking out like a sore thumb, either. He has expression, he has reaction, his physicality is good..this is very promising! And the SHOW. Oh my goodness, the show. I love this show, I love it, I love it. Not just for the EMBARRASSING number of hot men, either. It's gorgeous, it's thrilling, it's FUNNY, it's emotional....and they're doing a great job technically, managing the plot points and side stories and 'world building' because this very crowded universe does NOT seem confusing to me at all anymore. I am SO happy right now, I could just kiss you all.
NB: Show, if you don't give me a ton of Aka in Episode 6 we will have WORDS.
kakashi: Have a Shinichi instead.