JoAnne: No. I reject this. They will find a way to make this work. Can we donate? This must be how those USBoFiasco fans felt, except, you know, we're fans of a GOOD drama. I'm going to contribute 5 dollars 4 times. I want Jung Tae, Jae Hwa, Do Ggoo and Mo all to whisper my name.
kakashi: But for the time being, the drama is still on and it's my time to lead-squee. And squee I will! Because there is more Mo Il-hwa in this episode ... and plenty of Aoki! And Jae-hwa. Yum.
JoAnne: I'm telling you. He is so very... I just want to ... I can't even say. But it involves multiple locations, props, and breaks for naps.
It is showtime! And while the bombastic fireworks bath all our protagonists and antagonists' faces in flickering, colorful lights, Baek-san makes Mo Il-hwa go all crazy-eyes on us. He tells him it's either win or perish in this war (which is a "bit" extreme, but hey, it's about effect, baby!). Mo says into the night (and to his minion) that he will win and after that, he must survive. I wholeheartedly agree.
JoAnne: Mo is way too smart...I get why WE didn't see this coming, but how come HE didn't?
JoAnne: I was. It was me. But first I giggled a lot at Jae Hwa's 'helfa youself!'
Watching from the balcony: the incredibly sexy and very dangerous looking Aoki. Also watching, though from across the stage: Lady Doctor and So-so. They are in awe of Ok-ryeon's great talent. The audience is delirious ... but of course, the applause goes to the wrong woman. And the right woman has Aoki on her tail. Uh-oh. In the dressing room, So-so and Ok-ryeon jump up and down, that's how happy they both are about OK's performance.
JoAnne: How on earth does Aoki get more handsome each time we see him? We are never going to call him Cutie Soo again, are we. (awwwwww, our innocent Cutie ...) Sigh. Could you imagine if Baksa had had a part in this? He'd have been a good Jae Hwa, too.
JoAnne: I don't think it's the same guy... it might be, but I think he's been at Aoki's side for a while.
kakashi: There's a "few" too many actors in this. 100 less and they might have some money left to pay the rest.
JoAnne: Do you think his tears and grief over that were genuine, or an act to sway Jung Tae?
JoAnne: That whole moment of realization, where Jung Tae figures out what got his father killed - and am I wrong, or is some of that sadness on Jae Hwa's part because actually, he maybe did kind of stab his hyung in the back by being willing to participate in the illegal stuff - and Jung Tae said he chose him because he was the only one who didn't. Side note: Will you LOOK at that face right there? I have never in my life been so attracted to a ratty mustache and a laughable goatee, but I swear to you on my mother's grandmother's bible that I would kiss the fuzz off that man's face given half a chance.
JoAnne: Forget that! Should he be saying it out loud to Jae Hwa? What about my BROMANCE?
Oh, and right about then, Mo-Minion's awesome battle cry starts outside. The two boys look surprised and then worried - and Jae-hwa grabs Jung-tae's shirt front, yanks him closer and tells him to win against Mo Il-hwa. That's step number one. Then think about Hwangbang.
JoAnne: Seriously, I got chills hearing that again. I love it, it's so ridiculous.
JoAnne: That cheesy fuck is hoping Jung Tae dies. He can barely hold in his smile. (And yes, I noticed that sparse crowd - maybe they're all up in the balconies? I think they're saving money, haha)
JoAnne: So then what is it you WANT, you freaking maniac?
JoAnne: This was nerve-wracking to watch. I can't even say anything about it, let alone be intelligent or funny.
JoAnne: Come on, of all times NOT to have the plan we didn't know about until just this very minute? Where's your element of surprise, Mo? Where's Stratego Jung Tae? There will be no dying tonight do you hear me? Maybe Shinichi dies in bed of a heart attack in his sleep or something but not you guys.
(Hahahahahaha - oops, Jung Tae lost, guess we have to end the show!) Jung-tae knows he needs to get very close to Mo or he'll have no chance. They get more serious. And Jung-tae starts sacrificing "half of his body". He gets hit again and again (and this time, the sound director gets it right ... almost) and goes down ... Old Man Fly turns away, telling his assistant to take care of his dead body. Right then, Mo Il-hwa attacks forcefully with his feet and the blow would likely snap his opponent's neck, but Jung-tae is a step ahead - Mo jumps right into Jung-tae's fist and ... falls. Jung-tae kicks him in the head. Mo spits blood ... and declares defeat.
JoAnne: Mo, are you ok? Spitting blood is not good. But I did love how when Mo jumped into the air and exposed his whole middle that way, Jung Tae just stiff-armed him. If it was words it would have been this: First Guy: Ha! I keeel you DE--- Other guy: No.
JoAnne: So Jae Hwa, how are you going to play this? You'll do what Princess Seul requires except for the moments you can thumb your nose at him?
Inside, Jae-hwa bumps into So-so ... who is "leaving" together with Ok-ryeon and Aoki. Stop! Says Jae-hwa ... where do they think they're going during opening hours? They have to stay and help! The girls try to go with that, but Aoki-minion presses his gun against Ok-ryeon's ribs and So-so says they can't help tonight. Jae-hwa lets them go and even thinks it's funny that these young chicks know how to handle customers, when he suddenly remembers that Ok-ryeon is Jung-tae's girlfriend ... and that he has seen Aoki before. Outside, in the street, when Aoki showed him his name card.
JoAnne: Thank you.
JoAnne: Remember when I was worried he was ONLY interested in power? It feels like so long ago.
JoAnne: I heard Jung Tae say 'Your ass is MINE.' Didn't you?
JoAnne: Where he'll be forced to stop for McDonald's and a fanny pack? What? Why can't he go there?
kakashi: Gangster lore, I think. You step on mine, I step on yours.
JoAnne: Yeah, no biggie, just a few steel walls. As for bromance, hmmmph. That's not caring about Jung Tae that's caring about Jae Hwa, and what people think of him.
JoAnne: The heartbeats again. And Mo is faintly smiling even in his sleep, I'd swear it.
JoAnne: So has he finally picked a master, our doggie? Seemed like he was helping the Japanese earlier, though.
kakashi: I think he's always a double agent.
JoAnne: I still don't know about that lady doc, though.
kakashi: That's because it's a shitty character. Might as well have left her out and saved some money.
Ok-ryeon is in the interrogation room. Of course she doesn't know anything, which enrages the Aoki-minion. Ok-ryeon thinks she is there because of the incident so many years ago at her mother's gisaeng house. That gets Aoki's attention - and he tells her again that she will end like her mother if she doesn't cooperate. Ok-ryeon remembers that he was the shooter that day and starts shaking him ... not a good idea. He hits her into the stomach and she goes down. Any means and any methods are fine to get the necessary information out of her, says Aoki.
JoAnne: How many times do you think the actor apologized to her before doing that, LOL?
And here come the Chirinbang. Seul is there to see Aoki. Aoki claims not to have known about Club Shanghai's special status. Seul says that probably makes him unfit to be the Director of Intelligence and he better release Ok-ryeon immediately. Ah, but that's not possible, says Aoki: she is a murder suspect. No, no, says Seul, that's not how this goes: release her immediately. And leave your post. "Try firing me", says Aoki. He knows a lot about Seul's dirty dealings and secret financing of general Chang Kai Shek and really has him by the balls. But he will let the girl walk free if Seul delivers somebody else instead: Shin Jung-tae.
JoAnne: In China, it was Chang Kai Shek, and then Mao and his Gang of Four - straight into communism. Pretty sure I've got that right. Loved Aoki's ballsy gesture with the hands up and basically saying 'come at me, then' to Princess Seul.
JoAnne: Sometimes I wonder about Mo. (oh yes, me too...) But I have spent some time just TRYING to imagine him and So So on a date, and while it makes me laugh to see it I still want it to happen. Because he'd be all Mo-ish and vague and she'd roll her eyes and poke him and be all cute indignant puppy girl and Mo would just...not know what to do with that.
kakashi: That's an entirely different drama. I want to see it! (Me too!)
Prison-break training! It's funny!
JoAnne: Whatever you say, Dognose. I'm pretty sure you're still with Gaya and never left.
JoAnne: Dammit. I'm pretty sure this won't be good for Jung Tae.
kakashi: I so don't care. Look at him ....... (God, he's beautiful.)
JoAnne: Ah, shit.
JoAnne: Death fights between two characters we continue to want to see on the screen are a PROBLEM Kakashi. Not something to cheer about.
JoAnne: Repeat after me: Aoki is Evil, Jung Tae is Not Evil.
kakashi: Yeah, JoAnne ... where is Aka?
JoAnne: IN MY HEART, KAKASHI. IN MY HEART.
Oh my. I really, really, REALLY want to see this show to the end. Sure, it's sometimes incredibly boring, cause what really happens? But it's not at all boring because LOOK AT THESE MEN! Objectively speaking, the script probably gets a 4 out of 10, or even a 3, but I simply do not care. I love them. I love them all.
JoAnne: I love them. I love them. I'd say the bones of the story are probably a 7 or an 8 but the handling of it is maybe a 4 or 5. Everything else is a 9 or 10 or even sometimes an 11 though, so you won't hear any complaints out of me.
|It's not Dobi but it's something, at least.|