JoAnne This is an important episode...The Change is here. I am so nervous!
kakashi: I dub it the "Bodysnatcher" episode. It's alright, don't you think? There's no easily discernible change. At least not visually. They still fight. It's still complicated.
JoAnne: We just had different people to miss, as far as I was concerned. Still felt the same otherwise!
JoAnne: We're back to the fight in front of the guest house. I've decided that Green Eyes must be interested in Lady Doctor, going by the way he fixes his hat before he approaches her. They're going to make room at the inn for Jung Tae after all. Jung Tae isn't waking up, and Ok Ryeon is worried. Lady Doc Woo Jin says it was a momentary loss of consciousness only (uh, no, he's not conscious right now, lots of moments later) and all he needs is an IV and a good night's rest. Ok Ryeon sits up all night to watch over him and cry about his not having changed at all.
kakakshi: He is unconscious after that little beating?! He must be faking it. I think he was just tired and really wanted that room.
kakashi: I've decided I don't like them. Mo Il-hwa or Dobis: Please come and kick their ass!
JoAnne: It's funny because they both SEEMED like nice guys at first.. but yeah, I eventually come to the same conclusion.
kakashi: I think I like her. Threatening death by embolism is a cool thing to do. In certain settings, of course, not always. And this is the time to mention that Kim Sung-oh is acting mighty fine in this drama. I think all the actors give their very best because they've realized they could be dead two episodes later.
kakashi: I wouldn't trust them, Jung-tae. Just saying! Also, I think it's unfair that Jung-tae has to walk around in the shabby same clothes all the time. Give him something to represent, man!
kakashi: I think "less violence" doesn't mean less fights. It just means "less bloody".
JoAnne: Of course, Jung Tae says he's not interested in that kind of thing, because his father has been dead to him for a long time. This enrages Jae Ha. He makes a really impassioned speech, but I'm a bit distracted by the lovely rock wall of a man in a blue shirt and tan blazer standing behind and to his right. He's no Aka, but Aka ain't here, is he? Jung Tae's face registers distress, but he doesn't change his mind and he leaves the clinic.
kakashi: I think it's a good idea for you to look for another AoF-love, JoAnne. Aka really is the sidiest of side characters ... Also, I find it interesting that Jae-ha is quite passionate about Shin-Daddy ... even though he "took" his place. He definitely has a lot of respect for the man. When it serves his own purposes at least.
JoAnne: I think that like Jung Tae, Jae Ha's emotions about Young Chul are complicated. It would hard to be fathered by/raised by a hero. Someone who is always thinking about everyone else, but never about his own.
kakashi: I totally expected them to explain Kim Jae-wook/Kim Soo-ok's absence in this scene, but they didn't Why? Did they shoot this before he left?
kakashi: You've always had a thing for him, haven't you? I must say, his weird constantly-cleaning character in WAML didn't really do it for me. This is much, much better!
JoAnne: It's just that they're green, man... I love green eyes.
(Doooooooooobiiiiiii! I think they only have one truck in this production. They also have only two black cars that look identical). It's Jung Tae and some of the Bangsamtong Boys. They are on their way to get Jung Tae's father, but all I can think about is Boss Hwang, Dobi We Like, Jjang Dol... even Dissenting Dobi - will we ever see them again?
kakashi: I imagine an epic scene at the end, in which all the surviving characters appear to fight the last fight. For a best friend, Jjang Dol has had very little screen time - and I am almost willing to bet that he has died in that prison.
JoAnne: I have that same dream.
kakashi: Yeah. Good. Slowly, slowly, we're getting to know the power structures in this new place. ChirinBang sound important. And they also sound like Chiddy (Chiddy) Bang (Bang). Which means I'll be able to memorize this name in no time.
(we called him Brown Kimono last week). They're all waiting anxiously for Gaya, with Sasaki kneeling before an array of Il Gook Hwa samurai (WHERE IS SHINICHI!) and Yamamoto gulping like a fish. Gaya walks in wearing sharp Western clothes, although she was in traditional attire previously, wasn't she? (nope) There must be a message there. Probably something like 'It's a new day, mofo's - get with my program.'
kakashi: Did you know that Gaya is getting a lot of hate? Her and Im Soo-hyang for acting as her. I simply don't get it. To me, Gaya is one of the best (and definitely strongest) female KDrama characters ever. And Im Soo-hyang is doing a fairly good job as her, despite her young age! I hope she gets even tougher and bitchier.
JoAnne: I read the comments and couldn't disagree more - everything she does is calculated for effect and she shows emotion quite clearly when she wants to. You just shouldn't ever trust that the emotion she's showing is genuine.
kakashi: It's good, but I'm beginning to suspect it's his ONLY expression.
kakashi: No feet kissing this time. I wonder how long he will survive, this Yamamoto?
kakashi: Right. Who has the body has the power. That's the name of this game.
kakashi: Jung-tae seems to be sleepwalking through all of this, somewhat. He definitely isn't in control of things and his life. He needs to get on top of it.
kakashi: Baek San is pretty cool, but every time I see him, I just miss Mo Il-hwa.
kakashi: The odd-angled camera is a total trademark of this show. The DP seems to like some faces better than others. The guys that got the most odd-angled shots are: Do-ggoo, Shinichi, and now Jae-ha (See above). (All of whom have very strong, angular features.)
kakashi: I do see how this fight is less violent than the fights in episodes 1-10. It's like a dance, quite pretty. If less violence means making violence look pretty, I think I'm against it. A little bit.
kakashi: Mo ... come back! I loved the hopping. And I loved Kim Sung-oh's acting in this. He is really good. I'm surprised.
kakashi: It's eye-cues. And to me, it meant: did you get done what we discussed over there? Yes, hyungnim.
kakashi: Let the bodysnatching begin!
JoAnne: Jung Tae's back at Bangsamtong and Ok Ryeon has hot water for him to take a bath before the funeral. Will we get a bare chest? Maybe (take it off already!!!). First we're going to look at the stuff Dad had on him when he died. It all looks pretty normal and the first thing Jung Tae picks up is a wallet. There's a picture of a young Jung Tae and a tiny Chung Ah with their mother inside. The way that Jung Tae's hands shake as he takes out the photo - you don't get to see his face at first - it kills me.
kakashi: Two things. First, Ok-ryeon. Do we really still need this character? Maybe she'd serve great dramatic purpose if she died. Second, the shaking hands ... was that acted??! I would be impressed. I actually thought he was just shaking from the cold.
JoAnne: Re Ok Ryeon - I think we do, a bit - she's his only tie to home, they share Chung Ah - while he's on his quest, she may be the thing to ground him.
kakashi: Emoting like a mofo again! Well done, really. If you want to kiss another ass, Kim Hyun-joong haters, here is mine!
kakashi: Not having him see his father before his death and not forgiving him etc. is really well done. It makes dealing with death so much harder when there is unfinished (emotional) business. On his way to becoming a hero, Jung-tae will definitely have to overcome his father-issues. Also ... he should take his shirt off MORE OFTEN.
kakashi: Choi Il-Hwa
showed for the first time that he can act in this scene. I liked it.
kakashi: Bye bye Shin-Daddy-Body! Also: cool sound effects. Also: less violence? Uhm ... not really.
kakashi: She looks fabulous in everything, this woman. And she has the nicest outfits, too. And she is so cool, while Bang-joo is close to either a burn-out or alternatively, a melt-down.
(yeah ... does she maybe have dementia or any other terminal illness?). Are the HwangBang really not going to allow his own people to mourn at Young Chul's funeral? And I see now why Club Shanghai is so important - that intersection, they are all right on top of each other.
kakashi: I thought she had already told him everything that happened. No? (just what happened that one night...there must be more to the story.)
kakashi: Less violence? Snapping a man's neck in plain view is not really less violent, is it? Jeez. And here I was worrying over nothing ...
kakashi: Who would walk in front of a sword like this? That was stupid. And I want Mo.
kakashi: Laughed very much at So So's: "Him? Why??"
kakashi: Did they put all of Shanghai's gold into the body of Shin-Daddy ... or WHY is his body THAT important? This is going a bit too far, I'd say. I am willing to believe that he is a symbol of power - but would not having the body and pretending to have it really result in a death penalty?
JoAnne: We watch a portion of the Yamamoto-Baek San fight as silhouettes behind a screen, which is cool. They tumble outside; Yamamoto has lost his sword, but he still has that dagger in his sleeve, and he pulls it out. I decide I definitely don't like the slow-motion SOUNDS we get every now and then (hilarious - though probably unintentional?!) Baek San wins, of course, and now it's a race to get to the funeral in time. Yamamoto's left scrabbling around in the dirt. He should just fall on that dagger now, because Gaya is NOT going to be pleased.
kakashi: A good opportunity to get rid of an annoying character has passed.
kakashi. Hahahaaaaa... where can I sign up??
kakashi: Iiiinteresting. And now he is awakened. He didn't care one bit about things until now, but that little speech of hers made him realize that even the smallest things comes with symbolic importance in this town. Good! It's a turning point!!
kakashi: That was quite a reaction there! Men, close your mouths.
kakashi: Good, good, good! I love this. The tension, the insult. She is GOOD.
kakashi: Ah, the vixen ...
kakashi: "Poor" Bang-joo is going down, down, down ...
kakashi: Bad girls, very bad girls!
kakashi: If he is smart, he will have left town and is halfway on route to America.
kakashi: They were tricked by Crazy Eyes! I knew it!!!
JoAnne: Well, we may only have one episode with the new team under our belts, but I'm good. There is no discernable loss of quality in production value and plot is still tight as... well, never mind that. The editing was spot on, I think - it really enhances our awareness that this is a big world with lots of moving pieces, while at the same time helping to keep it very manageable, comprehension-wise. This new world isn't quite as pretty as DanDong or the country around Shineuiju but it has its moments, and the way they choose to film things is very interesting. Other than those weird slow motion noises and a couple times when people looked in directions I didn't understand.... it all seems really great.
kakashi: I was so worried ... all those people talking about how terrible a writer's switch in the middle is are to blame! It seems to me that the new writer is telling a slightly more straight-forward story. There's still tons of characters (also, still new ones), but overall, it seems a bit less all-over-the-place. A bit. I also feared they would destroy the character of the show by enforcing the "less violence" things, but so far, that's not the case. There's still plenty of fighting, as there should be.
JoAnne: I missed our deceased, of course, but also those friends who are theoretically still alive, just not present right now: Shinichi, Aoki, Aka, Dobi, Do Ggoo, Soo Ok, MO - and all the others who aren't men we want to fool around with. May they join us soon.
kakashi: Shinichi! I saw him in the preview!!!!
JoAnne: In short, this is my best show and I love it and we will never break up ever ever ever.
kakashi: Awwww, you're so loyal ... I really like that about you. Yes, this show is good, still good, and will most likely continue to be good. Though I detect first signs of the life-shoot curse. Happens to the best of them, though.
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