31 October 2015


The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 2 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 31, 2015
I'm glad to report that nothing in this episode is complicated: the story has begun and it is awesome. Ming Tai begins a new life, but brings his old attitude right along with him. You know those smart people who seem to be able to bend all rules and always get away with it? That's him. His brother learns about his sibling's fate but is quite powerless to do anything while Ming Tai does some massive growing up in a fairly short time. I am hoping that he gets to keep being that carefree for a little longer because I see massive trouble ahead. What happens when the training is over and he is sent to kill somebody he cares for?!
Getting to know Ming Tai is a lot of fun. We're seeing that he is both very bright and a bit of a devil - he likes to mess with people and has that sort of charm you often see in the baby of the family, where indulgence lends itself to a playful take on life. Fortunately, he's not a brat - although Airplane Wang might feel differently about that now and then.

30 October 2015


We Have Our Winner....

Posted by lafer on October 30, 2015
....although we are all winners when we get to gaze at the beautiful dimpled smiles of those fine actors.
Sorry, no contest, ladies. Even scruffy
dimples look great on me
This was one of the easier contests, I'll admit, although a few thought Joo Sang Wook was Jang Hyuk and several people were convinced Lee Min Ho was in there somewhere! We did have multiple correct entries, so the winner was picked at random. Congratulations Roia! Your chosen shade of Etude House lip gloss will be on its way shortly (via Switzerland, where Kakashi lives, because life is complicated).

29 October 2015


Name That Dimple Contest: The Answers!

Posted by lafer on October 29, 2015
The Contest is closed! May the most deserving entry win!!! (We will announce the winner soon:)
Here are the answers, for those of you who just couldn't quite place the dimple(s):

28 October 2015


The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 1 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 28, 2015
In a completely unexpected twist - I must say, I'm surprised myself!! - I've decided to recap Episode 1 of The Disguiser instead of starting a Nirvana in Fire recap. The latter may just be a matter of time, but time being as it is (=weird), The Disguiser made it into the front row, almost out of the blue. The Disguiser is set in the Japanese occupation era. In this episode, we meet most of the important characters. Bear with me and the drama. First episodes are always hard, especially in C-Drama's, I think.
I can tell you what won't help: four minutes in, and I'm seeing so much that reminds me of Inspiring Generation/Age of Feeling (which was really cool for a while, admit it!) and even Gaksital... so then I start thinking about them and have to rewind this in case I missed something important!
Hu Ge feels our pain, Kakashi

27 October 2015


Rants and Weekly Raves #61 (RAWR)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 27, 2015

JoAnne: Oyyyy, it's cold. Colder than cold here in New England. Yes, the colors are lovely. You know what? Who cares! It's frigging COLD. I don't care about color, I care about HEAT. I come home to my cold house because dammit, I will NOT turn the heat on until November 1st, and I wrap up in something, and then I turn on the heating pad (fuck you, it's not cheating) and lean back against it, settle in to watch some dramas and....go to sleep. It's too damn cold!
kakashi: It's been really mild here ... without-coat or even jacket mild. Lovely colors as well. But not very lovely Real Life. I'm just stressed. And I don't even dare look to closely at my agenda....
I know what you mean... don't need to get into it here, but yeah. Things are Stressful. Thank God for distractions!
bcook: You think you're stressed? pft
Nabi: It's lovely weather in California! But yeah...stress here, too. :-(
Jaehyu: Well, it's not particularly cold here in the mid-Atlantic, but I've had a bad cold (aw, you too?) and am behind on all sorts of work, so I'll just leave this cutie as a hello and goodbye here: 
You all thought I was going to stick in Jaehyo, didn't you?
Fei Lui!  You cutie pie! He looks like that Airbender kid.

26 October 2015


What The Heck Is Going On? Episodes 3 and 4 (A HyoCap)

Posted by SakiVI on October 26, 2015
Shuk: So we have our Little Girl Gone. Anna is now 15 years younger than Ilwoo, so she has changed from a cougar to a kitten. What will happen now?
Jaehyus: Some inappropriate and weird stuff.

Ep 3

Back to Anna shocked that Granny's tarot card granted her wish to be 15 years younger than Ilwoo. Her friend, the one who was exercising at the shop the day before, and is called Sini, comes in and says, "who are you?" Anna tells her, "it's me, Anna." Sini doesn't believe her, so Anna says tells her things like Sini's real cup size that only Anna would know and the tarot card, the Tower, that Anna picked yesterday. Sini is shocked at first, but then calmly accepts the situation and helps Anna find something to wear.
Since Sini already understand the nature of fate (and Tarot), I can see her coming to that understanding pretty swiftly. So luckily Anna has an adult on her side right from the get-go.
Ah, good point re Sini.

25 October 2015


Thoughts on Elders and Twenty Again (by guest writer W. Miguasha)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 25, 2015
kakashi: Hi all! Twenty Again is over, but our thoughts linger on ... a reader of this blog has submitted a short entry, which I really liked, so I'm posting it here. It's on "Loss of connection with the stories of the elders". Written by W. Miguasha. Maybe you have your own stories about the elders to share?


Let's Eat with Kim Ji-hoon - Episode 5

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 25, 2015
Kim Ji-hoon is completely AWOL, even from social media. What gives, oppa? Luckily for me, I still have two episodes of Let's Eat With Friends to recap. He looks so yummy in this, which is appropriate for a program about all kinds of yummy things.

24 October 2015


Lee Sang-yoon on Saturday

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 24, 2015
Oh the horrors, no daily Lee Sang-yoon post yesterday!!! This morning, however, more pictures have appeared to lessen the sadness of "NO TWENTY AGAIN" this weekend. There's the fun ones, labled "Party in Phuket" - and then there's a few more after-production shoot ones. The backgrounds are starting to look very familiar, haha.

22 October 2015


What The Heck Is Going On? Episodes 1 and 2 (A HyoCap)

Posted by SakiVI on October 22, 2015
Jaehyus attempting her first attempt at a squeecap! It's a web drama, and it has my K-Ent Love Of My Life, Jaehyo, as the star. Fortunately for me, the story looks pretty good, if weird, which means no conflicts between love and hate. In addition, there are no subs at the time of writing this, but beesubs.tumblr.com kindly shared their translations with us - which saved me making stuff up.
Shuk: I will be watching and commenting along with this as well! This will be my second mini-episode webdrama after my current SqueeCapping project, Noble, My Love.
Yay for Shukkie! And since web dramas are the way of the world for South Korea these days, we'll probably be seeing - and recapping - more of them.


Lee Sang-Yoon on Thursday (in Thailand)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 22, 2015
This Wednesday evening, 11.15pm local time, LSY arrived in Phuket, Thailand, together with his Twenty Again co-stars and part of the crew. I like that tradition of going away together after the ordeals of the shoot! And they sure look SWEET. I always assumed Choi Ji-Woo was married ... Not that I ship them together in real life. I don't do that! But it makes it all even sweeter. Have fun, y'all! (Haha, Lee Sang-yoon is wearing a Woocheon University T-shirt!!!)

21 October 2015


Lee Sang-yoon on Wednesday Morning

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 21, 2015
OMG there is more!!!! These are the pictures that Wednesday gave to me this morning (which you get to see much later cause I had to post the Dimple Contest first). Now my heart is racing ... Lee Sang-yoon, you sexy beast, what have you done to me ??! (Wait ... or is it the cups of ultra-strong coffee that I just drank ?)

Name That Dimple Contest - our 1000th Post!

Posted by lafer on October 21, 2015
Lafer: Well, Kakashi, you've made it to 1,000 posts!
kakashi: OH MY GOOOOOOOOD! How is that even possible .... well, definitely not without a little help from my friends. Thank you all so much, Squeecappers! 

And yet all that's really on your mind is Dimples, as in Mr. Dimples himself, Lee Sang Yoon. (I miss him so..... TT_____TT) Whom, I admit, I also have an extreme fondness for (Shooooo, go away!). As a matter of fact, dimples play a large part in almost ALL of the actors I'm attracted to. What more fitting way to celebrate your 1000th post than with a Name That Dimple contest?
Mr. Dimples APPROVES! 

20 October 2015


Rants and Weekly Raves #60 (RAWR)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 20, 2015
Kakashi: Hu Ge makes this week's RAWR's headlines. I'm sorry, non-NiF watchers. Mainly because you're not watching this AWESOME drama, muahahahaaaaa. But isn't he beautiful?
Jaehyus: Yes, yes he is. And this is the best drama for sheer beauty that I've ever seen.  
So that contest we talked about the other week? It is going to happen! Our 1000th post will be a contest-post, by the famous PotUP contest maker lafer/KLnoona! Be sure to participate!
JoAnne: I looked! This will stretch our Squeeglet talents, but I know they can do it!


Lee Sang-yoon on Tuesday Morning

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 20, 2015
Not all is lost, people. It is now Tuesday (Twenty Again over plus two or so days) and a new batch of Lee Sang-yoon pictures have emerged on my Twitter feed - all recent after Twenty Again pictures. I have a clear favorite, which one is yours?

19 October 2015


Lee Sang-yoon on Monday Morning

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 19, 2015
There is no written content here, people. Just the pictures Monday morning gave me. The concept of this shoot seems to have been: "Put this man into a nice sweater and make sure the ahjummas get to see his forehead and eyebrows... but not too much dimple! We don't want to kill them". At this point in time it seems that Liar Game 2 and something tentantively called Thirty Again is happening some time next year, but can that "time" be earlier rather than late?! And can we get confirmation Lee Sang Swoon is actually in BOTH? 

18 October 2015


Noble, My Love - Episodes 5 to 6 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on October 18, 2015
So there's an offer on the table. If you were Dr Cha, would you automatically agree?
Trotwood: (*pulling up in my moving van*) Did you ask a question? Oh yeah, right. You were asking if I were Dr. Cha, not me. Okay (driving the truck away) maybe not.
Jaehyus: no, I wouldn't agree, because the whole thing is psycho.
Quirkstine: I wouldn’t agree either. Sung Hoon is a major hottie but his methods are batshit crazy.
JoAnne:  WHY do you insist on introducing reality?  We all know that such beautiful men do not exist in real life, ergo, this behavior cannot, either.  Gooooooooo with it.  Gooooooo with it.
Urgh, now I'm sad such beautiful men don't exist in reality.

13 October 2015


Rants and Weekly Raves #59 (RAWR)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 13, 2015
kakashi: SqueeCappers, we are nearing our 1000th post! Is it time for another competition on here, maybe?
Jaehyus: Cool, okay to a competition. Sigh, it's been a busy week, and I can't remember my dramas.  I've been trying to keep track of the characters in Nirvana in Fire, and that's so hard!
JoAnne: You can't just Wiki it? That's what I do when I'm watching something new with a large cast.
I didn't think of that.  Oops.  

10 October 2015


Noble, My Love - Episodes 3 to 4 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on October 10, 2015
Shuk: In the first 30 minutes, we have established our tropes our leads. Now we can get down to the business of having them tangled in each other's lives. 
Trotwood: Dear Santa, please let me have a secretary that pops up like this whenever I need him/her.

07 October 2015


Noble, My Love - Episodes 1 to 2 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on October 07, 2015
Shuk: [cracking knuckles] Okay, it's been a long time since I've SqueeCapped anything, although I still sometimes wake up sobbing when I think about the time I spent on Blood. But recently my Twitterbean chingus have been all a-flutter regarding this short webdrama. I managed to marathon it over several days and found myself smiling through most of that weekend, despite the (usual) dismal DramaFlu subtitles.

Given that each episode is only 15 minutes long, I thought  that the easiest way to recap would be in multi-episode increments, to allow maximum squee-age.
Quirkstine: Hello! I’m usually only lurking on PotUp but for this squeecap project, I’ll be squeeing and snarking along with the PotUp crew. Thanks for letting me join in the fun!

Episode One "A Doomed Fate, Fated Doom"

Our Voiceover Guy explains the beginnings of our intrepid hero, Lee Kang Hoon (Sung Hoon), in glowing terms reminiscent of the Emperor's New Groove: cute, smart baby, growing up to hot, smart chaebol. At age 31, he is the top of the corporate food chain.
JoAnne: You have to say it right.  He is Sung Hoooooooooooooon!
Jaehyus: Phwoar!  Also, I want Sung Hoon baby pics. 
Trotwood: I'm learning how to do this because of Sung Hoon. Sung Hoon is a tech tutor. Look at those abs. They're an inspiration for learning all SORTS of new things. (I hope I didn't pick anyone's color)

And then there's Dr Cha Young Seo (Kim Jae Kyung), our 30 year old veterinarian. She happily rides her bicycle, her sole goal to put up posters advertising her pet hospital. I assume she's a daredevil, since her helmet is in her basket and not on her melon.
I..what?  There are abs, sorry.
Whatever he does to build these, I hope he never stops.
He’s a bit lean for my taste but the abs are very nice.


Thoughts on Falling in Love and Twenty Again

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 07, 2015
Who remembers what it feels like to fall in love? I do - cause I often fall in love again, with my husband and my daughter, but also with certain actors (*wink, wink*). And while I would of course NEVER compare those loves, falling in love of any kind is a wonderful, wonderful thing … unless your love is tragic, cannot be, or is unrequited. Love can also make you suffer like hell, but that's a topic for another time. Today, we're talking about falling in love.
I remember it. Vaguely, like a prehistoric memory lodged in my pea-sized dinosaur brain...
I remember falling in love with Jaehyo. Does that count?

06 October 2015


Rants and Weekly Raves #58 (RAWR)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on October 06, 2015

kakashi: Lots of new shows starting this week!  
Jaehyus: A few too many for me.  It'd be nice if they were spread out more.I'm so glad both Hwajung and Yong Pal have ended, even though I dropped them. I hate when shows start off strong and then suck. My brain starts feeling like a thought is incomplete. 
JoAnne: Holy cow, I have watched NOTHING this week beyond an episode of Moon River and 24 episodes of New Tales of Gisaeng. Um, okay, so I've watched a LOT, but of only one thing. And my baby girl is home! We've been to a wedding and a big party and been out to eat lots (sometimes, she even treated!) and just in general are having a nice time. She spends a few hours with me and then runs off to see friends, then comes back, rinse, repeat.
How's NTofG going? Is it actually any good?
YES. She makes that boy WORK for it.
Shuk: Just because of Sung Hoon, I started watching "Birth Of A Family" from episode 64 on.  Jury is still out.

Sassy Go Go

I certainly plan to at least look at the first episode of this.
Me too.  I see it's got that hot kid. 
becca: It's started already? 
If I were into high school drama at all, I would definitely watch this. It looks quite appealing! (But it only reached 2.2% ratings)

Six or so Flying Dragons

This is VERY MUCH going to happen in my life.
Let's see. I'll try it anyway.
It's started already???
Wow, this is looking SO VERY GOOD. But seriously. 50 episodes? Why? How? TT_____TT. I'm going to watch this though. Did I just say that? Nooooooooo.

Dazzling Temptation

This is the one I really want to check out but keep forgetting exists.
I keep forgetting, too, which is why I'm not sure I'll ever get around to it.
Oi, INTENSE, people. Very intense. But ..... 50 episodes?! (I'm not going to watch it, even so Wookie looks very good - and I very much like him serious, as you all know)

She Was Pretty

Given the current buzzing around the Twitterverse, I think I may start watching this one. I love Siwon in King Of Dramas (although Ansony was the big draw there) and Oh! My Lady, even though Poseidon was a big dud.
Siwon is hilarious. None of us can figure out why they've made Park Seo Joon such an ENORMOUS ass, and of course there's the issue of Hwang Jung Eum just not being ugly no matter how many times they say it - unless they're talking about her screechiness, which is a (mostly) toned down for this.
Along with Twenty Again, this is my favorite show right now. And it's all because Siwon is hilarious.
Despite earlier claims, I do think I'm going to try this one. I'm fickle, people. You should know that by now.

The Village

This starts already? Oooooh, yes.
Yes, on Wednesday :D I guess we will post this before that but hey, I just wanted to mention it here. SO MANY NEW SHOWS.
DEFINITELY ON THE LIST. It's funny because I didn't care at all until recently, and now I'm very very interested. What flipped the switch? No idea.


People are... not complaining about this, for the most part. I saw the first episode. Or maybe the first half of it. I laughed, and probably not at things they expected to get laughs for, but I didn't hate it.
I don't like that actor who is the lead, so not going to watch it.
Let's form a club. We'll be the antis. Okay.
On the list, yes, yes. I've heard mixed reviews, but I like the cast and the idea of the show, so I'll give it a shot.

Twenty Again

The pacing of this show is just right for me. Ha No-Ra has found back to her old self, with a little help from a friend. And now, that she is her old self, she is free to develop feelings for him. Seriously, who wouldn't. It's not just the dimples, but he truly has been doing everything for her. In an entirely self-less way. Seeing her happy is his goal, even if it means seeing her with Woo-Chul. Who.... ahahaha, I can't even. He gets more and more pathetic, which comes with more and more laughs. If e continues like this, he will end up with nothing: no play, no woman, no job.
That would give me an enormous amount of pleasure.
Love, love, love this show!
Favorite show airing at the moment (that I'm watching). Can't wait to catch up with this week's episodes!
I want that narcissistic creep crushed to the ground. Glad he showed some of his manipulative, nasty side to Yi Jin in the latest episode. YiJin is something else. She planned another person's divorce for years and sees nothing wrong with it. She's funny at times, but mostly, I want her to learn to fear Hell.
I mostly feel sorry for her. Woo-Chul is a narcissistic liar. She does not deserve that, despite all her faults. 
Why not? She dismissed a man's wife as if she were last year's wardrobe. She deserves nothing less than the same treatment.
No, he told her they were as good as divorced from the beginning. She's not as bad as you make her out to be.
I feel bad for her getting involved with WC too, but she's just as self-centered as him, and she did indeed dismiss a man's wife as nothing. So, she needs to wake up and suffer too.
Men lie about things like that. She should know better. No Ra didn't want the divorce and was actively trying to save her marriage, and 'as good as divorced' is not divorced.


Hyuk is here now, but unfortunately, I don't feel like watching this at all. I'm just not interested from what I've seen. Shame.
It's mostly an interesting story. I like it, but 4 eps to get to the adults? (isn't that rather short for a sageuk?!) Just once, I'd like a drama to give us kids in flashbacks, not the whole tedious mess from the beginning.
Haha, yeah, your favorite Shine or Go Crazy actually did that. Straight to the adults
I haven't seen even a minute, but I need to at least check it out. For Hyukkie.
Shine or Go Crazy wasn't all bad. As you said, the kids' stuff was only in flashbacks. That's a major positive, along with Purple Elf and Honey Lee.
I'll probably try it for Jang Hyuk, too, but it's very low on the list right now, unless I start hearing a lot of raving.

Moon River

On ep 6 or 7, I think. Whichever one the guy in leather pants ends up sharing a room with Our Heroine.
I think I'm on 14 or so. Leather Pants Broody Eyebrow Boy was feeling betrayed by Tiny Mouth and is angry at Country Bumpkin for hugging him. Pumpkin Head is heartbroken but soldiering on in his pursuit of the rich bitchy girl who likes tiny hats, but now they've all spent time in the country at Bumpkin's house and after a near death experience, LPBEB and CB have confessed to each other and are smiley smiley smiley. It's all about to change. Apparently, one of the martial arts guys from CB's home is all into her!
This sounds a little exhausting, tbh.  
Anyway, here are some screenshots, just because:
 He's a broody musician type.
 If she had played ShaSha, I might've been more impressed.
 I make this face a lot when watching K & T dramas.
Good nose.
Dude. TMI. We're not in the kind of relationship where I need to know that.

Yong Pal

I finished it! I did! That extension was painful and pointless! But. That said, I didn't hate the show, and I at least enjoyed (in a rather perverse way, I'll admit) the gender reversal, where the leading lady was out for blood and the leading man was a useless lump of virtue who stayed by her side in spite of everything. All along, I wanted Yeo-jin to have her revenge thoroughly and mercilessly, and then I wanted Tae-hyun to leave because he couldn't stay with her after that, despite still loving her. Open ending - they still love each other, but they can't be together now. Later? Maybe. Maybe not. So I'm pretending that the drama ended with Tae-hyun and my favorite Sang-chul driving away and laughing at the end of episode 16. Episodes 17 and 18? Didn't happen. I don't know what you're talking about.

Other Stuff

I watched Sleepy Hollow and am pleased to say they're trying to get the Season 1 magic back. How? By doing a complete reset. 9 months have passed, the Witnesses have grown apart, their worlds have changed ... and have not. Because after S03E01, they realize they are still needed - and they still need each other. 
YES. Then I want back in!
Will it work? It might! So far, so good (still silly: the speed with which they identify the monster of the week), but I think it will depend on how they develop the relationship between Ichabod and Abbie. From the preview, it looks like an Abbie love-interest will appear (more serious than the one in Season 2) and I do hope that only means one thing: Ichabod gets to be jealous and will finally realize that maybe they're not just friends/colleagues. If they leave the relationship untouched and unproblematic, the show will tank (again).
They lost me in Season 2, and I never even peeked at Season 3. Why did they discontinue Almost Human, and let this one degenerate? Wae? Will I be forced to watch Season 2 if I want to start the new one? Assuming it's good enough to hold my interest. Decisions, decisions.
I'm gonna give it a shot. Isn't this one now, Season Three?
Yes, Season 3 just started last week! It's now a Thursday time slot show. And no, you don't need to watch Season 2 to understand Season 3. You just need to know that the stupid Katrina witch is dead

I think the only new-new shows I've watched so far are Fear the Walking Dead (love), Blindspot (liked, could really get into), and Heroes Reborn - which I hearted so much I literally squeed. Granted, that was residual love for the original show (minus the final season) but I think this show could do it again.
Just watched the first episode of Blindspot this morning! That could be a good one.

So, I had dropped Yong Pal and Hwajung, but I'm tempted to see Hwajung's very last ep just to make sure that show is over. Eh, who am I kidding, really? I don't care enough when there's that new Nirvana in Fire show and Six Flying Dragons etc.
I started to watch Nirvana in Fire and I'm impressed! So very different from KDrama. It is my first C-Drama! 
I've started NIF, and it feels like a movie.  However, there are so many characters.  So, I'm adding some screenshots below (I'm only 25 minutes in, and got so confused, I had to go back and screenshot).  I didn't bother with the king,  since there's no missing who he is.  Prince Yu is easily known since he gets lots of screen time; he's second from the left below. Same for the Crown Prince who is second from the right.  Maybe because I haven't watched a full ep, I don't know who the guy on the far left is, though.  
This is not in any order.  

Hello, my Elf Lord.

With headgear this complicated, how am I supposed to keep track?

See, she could've been queen too! At least have different sized headpieces.
Somehow, I don't think the characters will end here. This is getting into Three Kingdoms or Game of Thrones amount of characters where you need Wikipedia to keep track of everyone.

There must be a point to this kid in this show. 

Thai / LakornLand

I did recently finish my first-ever complete subtitle transcribe/edit job. That is my current number one lakorn and obsession. Mafia Luerd Munghorn (Dragon's Blood Mafia) is a series of five story arcs, set in the late 50's in what is known as the Chinatown of Bangkok. I completed the third arc, Krating (Bull), which stars Ken Theeradeth Wonpuapan and Cherry Khemupsorn Sirisukha. as young lovers torn apart, now turned into cold-blooded assassins a decade later. Ten episodes and over a month of sleepless nights later it's finally done. I'm now working on the fourth arc, but with much less fervor. 

This is him being adorable.
This is her protecting her man.
That leads me to more fun watches, though, most notably Porn Prom Onlaweng. The female leads soul gets trapped in the body of a little girl and falls in love with the doctor treating her comatose body. Yeah yeah, I know you are thinking of the Hong Sisters spectacular failure (Which Must Not Be Named), but so far I'm not getting any of those vibes. Thank goodness.
Porn Prom? Does anyone wear a wrist corsage of rubbers?
Hahahaha. No. It translates as "Chaotic Blessing". But be very careful of the spelling if you want to Google it. Just saying.

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