The Spy Who Loved Her and Him: Man To Man Review

It’s Monday and I kinda miss Man to Man’s slot for my watch list today.  I pray that Woman of Dignity will continue the lucky year of jTBC.

There are a lot of things that I like about Park Hae Jin’s recent spy drama.  It totally obliterated the nightmare he gave me in “Cheese in the Trap”.  So I guess Kim Go Eun and him are forgiven for that abysmal definition of plot turn of events.  

What I will remember most about “Man to Man” is the rightly mixed concoction of story, humor and amusing cast… not to mention the bromance.  I was not that swayed in the romance, but I appreciate that it added more layers to the hero.  Anyway here is my hellokpop full review.

Happy Monday yorabun!  ^_^

-jediprincess

Mid Year KDramaland Thoughts

Can’t believe we are going to cross the second half of 2017 very soon.  It has been an exhausting ride in trying to keep up with all the dramas.

I was supposed to give time for “Defendant” last week but I had an urgent matter to attend to.

So far prosecutors, serial killers and time slip plot still dominate kdrama land.  I am disheartened why TVN is appearing to be on slump even when I like their recent offerings.  The Big 3 Networks are alternatingly throwing dramas that drew a strong fanbase – Defendant (SBS), Chief King (KBS) and Ruler (MBC).  JTBC delivered a strong stride for the Fri-Sat slot with “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” and “Man To Man”.

I am still mustering strength to focus on “Father is Strange” due to the rating it is getting recently.  But I cannot promise a lot since I am watching and reviewing 10 dramas at present.  *kdramagods guide me lol

So far, I have placed “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”, “Voice”, and “Chicago Typewriter” for my favorites this year.  Among the currently airing ones, I am enjoying “Circle” and “The Best Hit” immensely.  The latter for the hilarious tone while the former really just blow my mind.

I am looking forward to the second half because of Im Si Wan and Nam Joo Hyuk drama.  What k-dramas have you liked so far this year?

Happy Weekend Everyone!

K-Drama Diary (May 4th Week – June 1st Week)

I feel like I deserve to watch ‘Wonderwoman’ to be more inspired in unleashing my strength.  I had and still having vigils for my father who is currently admitted in the hospital right now.  So I will make my kdrama diary update really quick.  I decided to rename this K-Drama Diary as having 10 dramas on my plate right now would make me skip some episodes which I will try to race through before the drama ends.  I learned not to complain ever because kdrama gods are spiteful and they will shower dramas more if I whine about hallyuland or something.  lol

We had 6 dramas that premiered in the past two weeks and 3 that ended from the past batch premieres.  I have to make this quick and will make up for my next update because I have to catch up with the dramas I have to watch really fast.

 

Chicago Typewriter (Finale Week)

I feel like I will remember this drama everytime I see an old typewriter.  There are a lot of good things to say about this with the review that I’m about to write after this.  But all through its run I like how the we transitioned from real to imaginary owing to the switching of timelines.  I like the trips to 1930’s and how the writer stayed focus in uncovering the details simultaneously with the events of the past and present while binding both the conflicts to the fictional novel that triggers the characters to redeem their unresolved issues.  Here’s my full review published at hellokpop.

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Queen For Seven Days (Pilot Week)

The opening week stuns me with the poignant frame of telling me that I will be up for a weep fest, but I don’t care if I do I’m still gonna watch it.  I love Lee Dong Gun’s character already, he just fit in right away to a messy character that I want to love and hate.   As the adult versions of the other two main leads have not appeared yet, I’m preparing my heart well for this tragic love story.

My Sassy Girl (Pilot Week)

Now I understand the part when they say it will be like a quasi adaptation.  I drowned in amusement remembering the original film and how they transcribed it in a Joseon period drama.  Man this rom-com will make me feel good and will parade an interesting story to my taste.

Suspicious Partner (Ep 13-16)

That I was not expecting!  The villains twist surprised me but the last minute kiss calmed my heart right away.  Good job for still keeping the romance and story Ji Wook.  Please don’t turn ‘My Secret Romance’ on me.

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My Secret Romance (Finale Week)

Dear Sung Hoon, I still like you warts and all about the drama.  Here’s my review for Secret Romance

The Best Hit (Opening Week)

Love love love the hilarious hijinks of this show.  It promises to be my comic relief each week.  Don’t have second thoughts adding it to your list.  I wrote an opening week preview of ‘The Best Hit’ at hellokpop.

Till my next kdrama entry!

-abbyinhallyuland

 

 

 

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K-Drama Full Review: Chicago Typewriter

I have included ‘Chicago Typewriter’ on my Top K-Drama Picks for 2017 because I was blown away with how the story was knitted to a blend of real and imaginary emotion on a premise of switching timelines.

Here is my full review published at hellokpop.

 

Liplocks and Fated Love on ‘My Secret Romance’

I thought this drama will be at 16 episode so I was surprise that it was really set at 13 Eps.  But given the lengthening job they did to finally end Sung Hoon’s kissing prowess spectacle, I think reaching the 16th episode would have really made me furious and no amount of Sung Hoon’s hot self can appease it.  *chuckles  

Here’s my full review for ‘My Secret Romance’ published at hellokpop.

‘My Secret Romance’ follows the traditional make of Korean rom-coms without any embellishment.  If truth be told, on a woman’s point of view, you will really stay because of Sung Hoon’s handsome face and his vacuum kisses.*Wink  There is really not much going on as the story gives away the surprises, not with twists and turns but with predictions if they will kiss or not.

If you need a drama that will require you to just rest, and bask in honeyed moments while sipping a hot chocolate on a rainy day, then this short drama will serve the purpose.  But be warned that the barren storyline is borderline cathartic that you might feel like you are watching it only because of the liplocks.

my secret romance

 

New KDramas Alert: ‘Lookout’, ‘Circle’, and ‘Fight For My Way’

We had new dramas that hit the small screen last week.  In case you have not checked on it yet.  These are the initial drama premises that you should look forward to.

 

Lookout

“Lookout” exhibits an interesting mixture of characters that the audience can look forward to.  The editing is clever as the story pace attracts the viewer’s attention immediately.  It goes straight to an emotional moment, where the lead girl gives all the reasons why we should root for her to avenge the death of her daughter from a young psychopath, hiding behind his parents’ wealth and power.

A woman vigilante in the making, a cunning prosecutor with an ulterior motive to take down the corrupt office he belongs to, the adorable CCTV genius girl, and diligent field worker team are what made up the cast of these neighborhood heroes.  They don’t possess any super power but their joint skills and abilities in solving crime and raising righteousness flag will make you cheer for them.

‘Lookout’ is all business in its promise to provide an exhilarating ride in pursuing redemption with the ultimate verdict that no man is above the law.  Here’s the link for my complete article in hellokpop.

 

Circle

‘Circle’ effortlessly drops an auspicious chronicle that is unafraid of possible limitations along the way.  As an avid K-Drama follower, I am scared and happy at the same time on how TVN pushes to present this cutting edge plot, owing to how deft writing and intelligent scene-execution would make or break the story.

‘Circle’ energetically runs on establishing the seamless connection of the characters, the timelines, and the past, present and future events.

If you are in search of an interesting K-Drama to stimulate your brain and thrill your heart, ‘Circle’ is definitely up to your challenge.  Here’s the link of my first impression on ‘Circle’ at hellokpop.

 

Fight For My Way

‘Fight For My Way’ tosses a reality check that features characters who are failing at their current adult life after missing their chances to work on their young dreams.

The unidealistic vibe of the friendship circle in ‘Fight For My Way’ affirms an engaging invitation to sit in for a drama that is coated not with the most fancy things, but remains beautiful just the same.  Here’s my take on Fight For My Way’s initial episode at hellokpop.

The Dark and Creepy Path of Deciphering Criminal Minds in ‘Tunnel’

For my objective review on crime drama ‘Tunnel’, please check it at hellokpop.  Since this is a genre that I have grown to love because of my attachment to Criminal Minds, at some point I joined the highs and lows, but the safe and neat narrative felt lacking in the end because it was always leaning on a safe side in explaining the links presented in the story.  The trite flow and complacent writing that circled to the villain overshadowed the heroes and gave an imbalance on the character dimensions of the story.

I wish they had explained the catalyst of the time jump but they just sort of let it happen in the story.  I know that it was laid as part of the plot framework, but in kdramaland everything has to be explained.  lol

Overall, ‘Tunnel’ is still an exciting drama watch.  The unexplained time element is the only thing that set it apart from the crime dramas focusing on serial killing and also my minimal complaint along with the predictable storyline.

KDramaland Weekly Round Up (May Week 2)

We had three new dramas opening this week and some more in the coming weeks.  Hopefully this will be a start of a lively weekly drama line up.

My Secret Romance (Mon-Tue) Ep 7

Episode 8 was preempted just when the romance plot is thickening.  argh  The appetizer kiss scene in Episode 7 surprised me.  I just felt that coming from their one night stand and meeting after, the awkwardness if will not be discussed should have at least drawn some line or urged Yoo Mi at least to question Jin Wook’s right to just kiss her as he pleases.  I will still give the love plot in this drama a chance to redeem the story since we will be crossing the middle part so hopefully we can balance the romance and comedy.  Technically they are trying to insert mushy scenes more than yarning the story, and even if it is acceptable in rom-com dramas I got a bit disappointed because I like the director’s work in Something About 1% last year.  Give me a story next week, I like Jin Wook’s vacuum kisses but I want us to talk as well.  *chuckles

The Liar and His Lover (Mon-Tue) Finale Week

So Rim and Han Gyul wrapped up their story on a safe landing.  I have written the full review for hellokpop so if you want to watch it soon, check my recommendation.  Overall I like the story before the pandemonium of conflicts in the closing sprint.  It would have been nice if So Rim and Han Gyul were not pushed behind because of unresolved problems that they had to fit in the dying episodes.

the liar and his lover

Suspicious Partner (Wed-Thurs) Premiere Week

I signed up for this of course because of Ji Chang Wook oppa since they bribe me with his “first rom-com role” premise.  What’s strange was that it felt weird seeing him slumped on a chair with paperworks.  lol  The love vibes with his lead girl is not yet settling in me, but I like Nam Ji Hyun so I’m positive that she will win me over.  Here’s my opening thoughts for Suspicious Partner at hellokpop.  

suspicious partner

Ruler Master of the Mask (Wed-Thurs) Premiere Week

I skipped Rebel and Saimdang period dramas because I was not drawn by the initial premise and the actors playing on it.  I like how the water system exploitation conflict will be the basis for the story’s premise.  It is reminiscent of Flower in Prison and Tree With Deep Roots so I have picked up this drama on my list.  Here’s also my hellokpop first impression for ‘Ruler’.

Ruler Master of the Mask

Man to Man (Fri-Sat) Ep 7-8

Ghost Agent K feels like Healer all over again and it’s making me feel so in love.  *giggles  Everything about this drama is perfectly executed so far.  I like the placement of the conflicts as the spy missions for the hero, and I like how his character is showing amusing facets that is making the story more adorable.  The bromance with action star Woon Gwang is also commendable along with the heroine’s intuitive nature.  Friday and Saturday dramas are what’s keeping me happy weekly.  If you are still considering watching this drama it won’t disappoint you.

Chicago Typewriter (Fri-Sat) Ep 9-10

Se Ju and the gang never looked back and keeps throwing on cryptic puzzle pieces little by little as the picture and connection of their past lives is reaching clarity at present time.  What I am anticipating is whether the mistakes from their past lives will finally be atoned in their present lives.  I think the limbo situation of ghost Jin Oh will be unraveled soon as well as the backstory of Seol’s trauma.  ps.  That 1930’s kiss scene was so hot.  lol

chicago typewriter

Bad thief, Good Thief (Sat-Sun) Premiere Week

For a 50 episode drama the first two episodes are not enough for me to understand the intention of the production team.  So I’m going to give it 10 episodes to prove its worth.  The premiere week displayed back story that I did not feel entwined at all so come on drama entice me! 

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Chasing Dreams and Young Love in ‘Liar and His Lover’

the liar and his lover

I think I fainted to sleep after my full review of this drama which I already published at hellokpop so you can view the full review from there.  I did love this drama from its onset because I look forward on how the heroine’s character will progress and because her character is such an endearing watch.

the liar and his lover

‘The Liar and His Lover’ sans a complicated story is heartfelt at the very least, in conceiving relatable characters for the audience to cheer and be inspired.  The age group, which this drama targets, would enjoy the budding romance, quirky and cute boys of the idol band and the music, tailored to the setbacks that they encounter in pursuing romance and life achievements.  For the young-at-heart viewers, the immature scenarios and the shallow narratives might test your patience, yet it will also remind you about how being young has ventured us for life experiences, and how all those memories will always stay special in our lives.

the liar and his lover

‘The Liar and His Lover’ showcases catchy music that befits the angst and ardor of the characters as they navigate working on their personal issues and the central discord which binds all of them. The music industry setup is projected less chaotic and more inviting to inspire young people, who are fascinated in pursuing their music dreams.

the liar and his lover

The storyline seeks to depict an impressive lingering effect out of a simple narrative by strongly preparing moments for all the characters.  From its onset, ‘The Liar and His Lover’ is sensitive to the harmonious link of the plot and the characters moving inside it. The lessons shared on each hurdle being solved, leave encouraging wisdom on achieving personal goals and loving faithfully with an unfeigned heart.

the liar and his lover

The strength of the first half fades at the second half. While conflict is an integral part of the drama, it is carelessly placed to a position where the narrative is rushed, causing a timid impact of the dispute bombarded at the latter part of the story.  The conflict matches the light tone of the tale, but the timing and length of the problem-solving strides has almost hit the finale episode without serving fan-service moments, which is a standard rom-com staple.

If ‘The Liar and His Lover‘ is a symphony, the first part of it reflects bright tones before surging to a sporadic interval, and then cautiously landing to safe notes.  That being said, the drama fails to keep the consistency of the bouncy setting to make its run enjoyable.  The closing episodes at some point feel lethargic because it is not befitting to the initial sketches of the love couple that appears to have lost their vigor after being swarmed by adversities.

Photo Credit:  The Liar and His Lover Facebook Page

KDramaland Weekly Round Up (May Week 1)

May 1st Week (May 1-6)

My Secret Romance (Mon-Tue) Ep 5-6

Enter our equally adorable second lead who secretly love the lead girl. The annoying desperate second lead girl also raised the stake high on her claim to the man who does not like her. Can we get to the mushier part fast? This is supposed to be a rom-com. If you cannot give me a story, give us the romance at least.

my secret romance

The Liar and His Lover (Mon-Tue) Ep 13-14

Now we have all sorts of problems in the story. Understanding that this is a youth drama, I’m going to be objective on the understanding level of the cast given their age and because this was conceived with a target audience in mind. Maybe it’s because I can’t tolerate tantrums so I hate when the characters are acting immature. But okay I’ll let it pass because they are young. But come on give me at least a happy note for its closure. It would have been better if the conflict focused on just the career path of the cast. Throwing in personal indifferences, belated love declarations and grudges are a bit too late to arrive at a still valid enlightenment. Our heroine whom I liked on her nonchalant approach on her life problems seem like a ghost triggering a baseless misunderstanding for the male leads. She lost her decisiveness along the way when they shift to the supporting cast’ problem. I don’t know what else will happen. sigh

Chicago Typewriter (Fri-Sat)

Election preempted the serving of Chicago this week…*pout

Man To Man (Fri-Sat) Ep 5-6

The travesty and the stoic handsome spy pretty much sums up why I am excited to watch this drama every week. Just as spy ‘K’ is off to exit on his cover by toying on a woman’s heart, he was asked to keep his current identity as it is needed on the mission. Park Hae Jin is strangely growing in me because of his cute and suave spy acting.  It’s basically the delightful caper vibe that’s making me feel invested on the trajectory of the story.  

I was supposed to start ‘Tunnel’ but the boys from Produce 101 Season 2 put an enchantment on me lol. I will catch up today and tomorrow and will update you about it.

I decided to just let ‘Queen of Mystery’ and ‘Whisper’ finish they run and do the full reviews since I will be picking on ‘Suspicious Partner’, ‘Good Thief, Bad Thief’ and ‘Ruler: Master of the Mask’ next week. So they will round up my weekly rants… I mean update.

I still owe ‘Chief Kim’ review and I’m hoping for an oppa muse to inspire me in finishing it.

Happy Monday everyone! ^_^

KDramaland Weekly Round Up April 4th Week (April 24-29)

And we end another month for 2017.  There will be new dramas coming in this May so I’m excited to pick new dramas to watch since I’m fixated to just 4 dramas this period.  

My Secret Romance (Mon-Tue) Ep 3-4

Jin Wook successfully played along Yoo Mi’s pretentious amnesia of their one night stand.  She nonchalantly gave him an “it was nothing special” answer when she fled after their encounter when she was just really unsure how to face that morning after.  The second leads break in to the story so we are expecting love and jealousy entanglement soon enough I think.


The Liar and His Lover (Mon-Tue) Ep 11-12

I have liked it so far when it was breezy and cuddly but the recent meddling of the villains who cannot convince me of their evil outbreaks is making me weary.  This is a youth drama can we remain cute and sassy please?  Chan Young let’s cut down the angst please? 


Chicago Typewriter (Fri-Sat) Ep 7-8

We are on a chill week but I’m glad that Jeon Seol is helping out our distant writer to become more of a human lol  I like how our villain is turning multifaceted in his evil approach.  I like that the transition of their past life and reincarnated present is smoothly fitting in the story.  I like this show.

Man To Man (Fri-Sat) Ep 1-4

Wow!  Just wow!  I was not expecting anything from this drama so that’s maybe the reason why I have liked it’s thrilling and upbeat premise.  I love the dapper spy and the cumbersome action star.  I love that the humor is making it an engrossing watch.  I already like spy films as it is, but the comic execution is really making me happy about it.  Oh and Park Hae Jin oppa.  I forgive you for what happened in Cheese in the Trap. *chuckles

I tried watching “Whisper” but the gloomy opening did not engross me yet, I will try it once more next week, but if it won’t really hit my kdrama addict nerve, I might just park it along with “Defendant”.  I don’t know if it’s me or just the story or I’m just apathetic on sternly vibed dramas these days.

I was not able to watch “Queen of Mystery” this week so I will write about it next week.  I will also be picking up “Tunnel” as well. 

Also I started a writing at hellokpop so please do like the page and be updated on latest Korean Entertainment news.  I’m writing more about kdramas there of course.

Hope we will all rock this new month! ^_^

K-Movie Review: Confidential Assignment

 

 

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Plot Summary

When an urgent command to mobilize and seize a factory on stake out obliterated the assigned Special Investigative Force led by Captain Im Cheol Ryeong, he earns the ire of the Republic’s high officials while grieving for the death of his comrades and wife. He is tasked to apprehend the runaway comrade, Special Force Commander Cha Ki Seong, by tracking his whereabouts while a joint Korean summit is being held in Seoul. At the expense of betraying his country, Ki Seong pulled a heist to obtain master plates that can produce fraud bank money which would instigate international conflict if it gets traced back to North Korean soil.

Cheol Ryeong is given three days to put a collar on the rogue officer who is in negotiation with a South Korean conglomerate company to invest on mass manufacturing of the fake dollar notes through the master plates that he stole from North Korea.

Enter Kang Jin Tae, a clumsy street cop who is thrown to spy on Cheol Ryeong’s mission details since the North Koreans appear fussed about the insurgent officer. The two work in tracking Ki Seong’s follower but lost him so he is able to alarm the villain that he is being trailed. Unable to trust each other, the two constantly banter, but eventually reach an agreement to work on the case when Cheol Ryeong revealed how his friends died because of Ki Seong.

The South Korean police obtain an intel about the company Ki Seong is communicating with and alert the detective duo stalking the antagonist. They engage in a thrilling car chase where Ki Seong is trapped without any weapon to defend himself, but Jin Tae halts Cheol Ryeong who is about to shoot the villain. Ki Seong takes advantage of the interruption to jump on the nearby river. Furious on Jin Tae’s meddling he uncovers how Ki Seong killed his wife and their unborn child. Guilty on his uncalled for act and losing their target, Jin Tae urges Cheol Ryeong to take off with the master plates.

Just as Cheol Ryeong preps up to go back to his country, Jin Tae calls him to inform that Ki Seong survived and abducted his family. Cheol Ryeong sought permission from his Commanding Officer and heads to the rendezvous set by Ki Seong. Jin Tae finds his family tied by metal chains with a ticking bomb nearby. Ki Seong orders his sniper to kill the family but Cheol Ryeong shoots the marks man to signal the final showdown with the nemesis.

Cast and Conflict

We got a yin-yang officer combo who provide the charm for the story while the mischief-making villain balances it with his sporadic angst and greed. Hyun Bin personifies a stoic North Korean detective against Yoo Hae Jin’s free spirited police officer. Both are compliant of the orders given to them and are vigilant in trying not to expose the furtive orders attached to their missions. When their connection hit the bromance point they defy the orders given to them and stick to their convictions as upholders of law. ‘Kim Joo Hyuk’ projects your usual action film rival with his ability to outwit the protagonists for the most part of the story until hitting the conclusion when he is finally subdued. ‘Hyun Bin’ is far from his usual debonair vignette and is ascetic all throughout the story. That unfortunately played at his disadvantage because he is not required to unleash his acting prowess and goes like a textbook action hero in the story. Park Hae Jin as usual nails his character role giving the zest and humor in the story.

Story and Screenplay

‘Confidential Assignment’ relies on hurling heightened action scenes through its modest writing. The Korean unification themed plot maintains the intensity for most of its run albeit a little emotional frames that did not suit the flow of the story.  The pinches of humor inserted every now and then, function as resting points while the protagonists go to a gripping roller coaster ride to pin down the anti-hero.

Review and Recommendation

‘Confidential Assignment’ delivers in showcasing high octane action sequences and easy to follow narrative. That being said having one central conflict I think helped a lot for its easy to digest storyline even when it moved to a rapid pacing. Action films tend to work well with minimal dialogues and straightforward approach and that was achieved well by ‘Confidential Assignment’.

 

KDramaland Weekly Round Up (April Week 3)

April 3rd Week (April 17-22)

I’m back with my snippet servings!  I hope everyone is happy following dramaland these days.  Though not explosive, I’m enjoying the variety of themes I am getting.

My Secret Romance (Mon-Tue) Ep 1-2

This TVN offering promises to give us the romance vibes.  I like the fast pacing.  I hope to see the relationship progressed to a more sincere manner since the premise of their love story was a bit sporadic.

The Liar and His Lover (Mon-Tue) Ep 9-10

I marathoned this cute drama and I was so drawn to the lead girl’s optimism.  Less the music, it gave me the “Izatura na Kiss” vibe.  I’m happy that it is an easy breezy watch for the young cast and the adults take care of the convoluted music industry related conflicts.

Queen of Mystery (Wed-Thur) Ep 5-6
I’m not a fan of the main leads except Lee Won Geun who can stun me with his flirty smile. *lol  But there’s something refreshing on this comic police investigation drama that had me invested.  Maybe it’s the quirk since I mostly am drawn with it and romance.  *chuckles


Chicago Typewriter (Fri-Sat) Ep 3-4

Finally I was given what I signed up!  The bleak opening week I was unsure of made me sad, but I bear with it because of Yoo Ah In oppa.  Thank God it came more clearer and adorable for this week’s episode.  And yes the premise of a real ghost, ghost-writing for a famous novelist cracked me up.  I like the mingling of the serious tone and the humor so far.  I think the production team is intent to make us not give up on it this time.

I am catching up with “Whisper” and “Man to Man” So I will include them on my list next week.  I will let “Radiant Office” end and will just do its series review.  -jediprincess

Swamped!

Annyeong yorabeun!  I will have to revert to my initial weekly round up for the drama reviews and will just stick to full series reviews once dramas hit their closures.  This is because I have to exercise.  *lol  If another drama will come along that will be worth the recaps, I might do it.  For now I will just stick to image screencaps at my IG account and weekly round up.

Do Bong Soon swamped my schedule so I’m working on Chief Kim and Defendant’s Series Reviews while catching up with my drama pendings before May dramas approach.

Hope we will all have a great weekend!  -jediprincess

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Ep 15 Recap

It’s D-day for the heroes and villain, but prior to the climax sealing, Bong-Bong and Min-Min treated us to a great fan service.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Episode Recaps

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Min Hyuk takes Bong Soon in his arms after the firework blast.  She worries about the wound on Min Hyuk’s hand as they exit the building and promises to buy him a new outfit one she gets his paycheck because his clothes were ruined.  Min Hyuk smiles and is about to say something, but her tummy growls so he just grins and leads her to a restaurant for dinner.  
Bong Soon slurps some noodles when she receives a message from aboji to hurry up in going home.  Min Hyuk asks who texted her and replies it was her father.  She casually mutters if she can just stay at his place that night so he snorts the food he was eating as his thoughts roam to an intimate night with her.  Bong Soon teases him of what he was probably thinking and denies not thinking anything while secretly smiling.  He gets up from his chair flapping his clothes feeling warm mumbling how she always make him crazy.  aigoo these two how can I not miss you guys *sniff *sniff
Bong Soon offers to drive due to his injured hand as he tries to open up if she can just really stay with him that night.  However his phone rings and he answers it impatiently, but changes his tone immediately and responds to aboji that they are heading home in a moment.  Min Hyuk lazily opens the car door as he is left no choice but to postpone his sweet evil night plan and drives her home.
Bong Soon tries to appease her pouting boyfriend and reminds her to rest and sleep well.  He frowns and murmurs how he can possibly sleep when she said those things earlier.  She takes his hand and smiles at him.  She looks in his eyes and tells him how that day is the happiest day of her life.  Her sweet words melt his sullen mood as he waves goodbye to her.  He sighs and goes back to his car mumbling how it will be a sleepless night for him.
Bong Bong and Min Min are both recounting the earlier events.  He realizes how she desperately pleaded earlier to save her just as she ponders on how he chose to stay with her even when his life will be in danger.
Min Hyuk is haunted by Bong Soon’s should-i-not-go-home dinner teasing in progressing flirtatious tones so he had to relieve the steam by doing some midnight work out until he exhausted himself.  Min-Min and Bong-Bong are both tossing and turning on their beds trying to sleep.  He gets up and go to the dining room to drink some water just as the doorbell rings.  He walks to check who rang it and was surprised to see Bong Soon in front of him.
She gropes for the right words to explain her appearance and blurts that she misses him.  A love trance envelops them as they gaze at each other.  Min Hyuk inches closer to her and gives her a passionate kiss.  Bong Soon was pushed to the piano as he positioned her on top of it.  Their eyes lock again and they move closer to share a love filled kiss.
The next day Min Hyuk takes her hand from behind as they arrive in the building.  They are on their own world as she dotingly checks on his hand injury. They peer endearingly at each other unaware that Secretary Gong was with them in the elevator until he makes them notice his presence.  Min Hyuk feels relieved that his head from the psycho’s attack is okay and goes back to his romantic session with Bong Soon.
 
Gwang Bok and Dong Byeong meet in the hospital and are both perplexed why they were looking at the same face.  Meanwhile at a staircase, Bong Soon’s high school minions are busy reading poetry written by Baek Tak.  Secretary Gong briefs Min Hyuk about the police investigation that will happen in the company and how Jang Hyun escaped the scene after the fireworks commotion.  He advises to cooperate with the police and wonders where Bong Soon is.
Bong Soon goes to the rooftop and picks up the metal chain that was binded to her the night before.  She vows to catch Jang Hyun with her own hands now that her power is back.  National security was even more tightened and Jang Hyun’s wanted poster are scattered all over the country.  The police are lost for words and how Jang Hyun survived the cliff fall.  They discuss how the statement of Min Hyuk throwing the bomb to the night sky does not seem viable per the bomb squad’s assessment.
Gook Doo meets up with Bong Soon at her workplace.  He confirms if she really lost her power and she smiles as she responds how she did lost it, but regained it when she was in danger with Min Hyuk last night.  She affirms throwing the bomb and reveals that the miracle happened because she was desperately begging for her to save someone.  She nods when Gook Doo asks if it was Min Hyuk she was saving last night, and inquires if he stayed with her even when he knew that a bomb was wrapped on her.  Gook Doo sighs and utters he won’t be able to report the incident since no one will believe it and stands up to prepare to leave.  Secretary Gong spots them in a friendly embrace and tries to sneak a picture evidence but failed to do so.
Min Hyuk stares at Jang Hyun’s wanted poster and is interrupted from his thoughts by Secretary Gong’s report of how the police investigation went well.  He tells him to add a special pop up of the psycho’s picture and reward information on their games to help with catching him up.  Secretary Gong hesitates if he will disclose what he saw earlier so Min Hyuk orders him to spill it out.  He carefully mumbles that the police who came for the investigation was Gook Doo and he saw him hugging Bong Soon.  Min Hyuk is enraged at the thought of his Bong-Bong embraced by her first love as Secretary Gong trembles in giving details to his upset boss who keeps cursing on how dare Gook Doo touched his woman.   Min Hyuk demands him to do a simulation of the hug so he gladly obliges while mentioning that he was so manly taking her in his arms.  Min Hyuk’s blood boils up picturing the moment just as Dong Byeong opens the door and fumes at Secretary Gong for being at Min Hyuk’s arms which he so wanted.
Omma snorts as she reads a note from aboji of him wanting some space.  The employee at their coffee shop comments that they don’t have pies and tarts anymore.  Aboji is cheerfully camping at the woods enjoying his lone time without his nagging wife.  Bong Soon finds the room empty and is alarmed by Secretary Gong that depunim might be roaming around because he feels upset.  
Dong Byeong calls Bong Soon for a coffee fix from her and he does his usual childish picking on her commanding her to go back to her planet.  She pleasantly gives him the cup of coffee and places the tablespoon she used for the sugar and creamer on his hand for her new bracelet gift to him while teaching him to be nice to newbies that will be entering the company.  Dong Byeong screams out of annoyance and seconds later he faints on the ground.  Min Hyuk calls Gook Doo and asks him to meet up for a quick chat which the latter agrees.  Gook Doo blurts he will text him the place and time and hangs up right away. 
Bong Soon finds her Min-Min and cutely invites him for lunch but he takes her to a corner in an effort to discuss the do’s and dont’s of their relationship.  Bong Soon beams and whispers his name stopping his thoughts midway.  She asks if it is okay to call him that when they are alone making him smile faintly so he musters his strength to make sure that he will be in control of their relationship.
 He attempts to lecture that her term of endearment for him is not important but Bong Soon attacks him with a peck on his cheek and follows it up with her sweetly calling him Min-Min.  Our crazy in love depunim was knocked out right away falling on his knees submitting to his girlfriend’s fingertips.  She asks about what he was about to say but he disregards it citing how hugging is but a normal thing and he does that even with his employees.  love love love how Min Hyuk is such an easy boyfriend to please
Secretary Gong teases Dong Byeong on his weird bracelets.  He explains getting those souvenirs from Bong Soon but Secretary Gong laughs at it.  Dong Byeong asks why he was hugged last time by depunim so he responds that they were trying to do a simulation.  He pinches Dong Byeong’s cheek and teases him if he is being jealous so he gets flustered and picks on a nearby foreigner for looking at their direction.  Min Hyuk struggles cutting on the pork cutlet so Bong Soon holds it for him to take a bite.  Butterflies in his tummy attacks Min-Min again as he beams gleefully at his girl.  He advises her that he will be meeting someone annoying later.
Secretary Gong presents prospective models for the company to depunim like a military guy visited by a kpop girl group.  They are unaware that Bong Soon is back in her space while he is urging him to pick the pretty girl whom he liked a long time ago.  Min Hyuk agrees and finally realized his Bong-Bong’s presence intently looking at them.  He straighten out his self right away and hits his secretary blabbing why he said he liked that model and how he wants a male model for the project.  Secretary Gong is still oblivious of the situation and responds how they never had a male model before since he claimed they are expensive for nothing.  He insists on going for the model he has been liking for a long time as depunim rejects the idea citing the model has long legs for nothing.  Min Hyuk senses a looming trouble so he forced him out of the room and he finally realized that his boss’ girlfriend is already there.  He tries to salvage it by muttering how his boss likes male models but she just pouts at him.  
The boys settle their Bong Soon related dispute through a soju session.  Gook Doo lets Min Hyuk open the conversation but fusses when he noticed that he dropped the honorifics.  The two banters at each other because of the honorifics when they were just really annoyed at each other.  There was a moment of ceasefire until Gook Doo breaks it by asking Min Hyuk if he likes Bong Soon.  Mim Hyuk points out how daring he was to ask the question and establishes his boundary by warning him not to stay close with his girlfriend.  He stands up and motions to leave but Gook Doo blocks him and holds his collar so depunim does the same.  They both agree on how a brawl match has long been overdue for them as Gook Doo cautions him not to whine when he beats him up to a pulp.  
Thankfully Bong Soon arrives to stop them from being immature boys.  She reveals her plan to catch Jang Hyun together but reschedules it to another day since it was not a good time.  She attempts to join their drinking but they both stop her so she just poured them the drinks.  She ends up carrying her drunk boys and settle them on the sofa.  The next morning Bong Soon chirpily advises her parents that she is off to work, but goes back inside when her mom mentions that her father ran away from home.  The twins chide their mom for hitting her husband which she denied.  She sighs how even her children blames her for aboji’s rebellion.
Our Min-Min wakes up groggy from the soju aftermath.  He checks on his surroundings and gets another crazy-over-bongsoon attack upon realizing his jacket and socks were removed and was warmly covered by a blanket by his girlfriend last night.  He suddenly remembers Gook Doo so he hurries to check on him and finds him laying on the sofa uncomfortably.  Min-Min beams muttering how he got a bad hang over but he feels great knowing how his Bong-Bonh did not give his friend a blanket.
Bong Soon enters his house and was greeted cheerfully by him.  She utters about curing their hangover but he worries why his baby is in a sullen mood.  She divulges her father’s situation surprising him just as Gook Doo wakes up after falling from the sofa.
Bong Soon prepares a soup for the boys and Min Hyuk is now happily sitting beside her.  While the boys eat, Bong Soon discusses her plan about Jang Hyun.  On cue, the psycho is at a room frustratingly shouting staring at his wanted for murder flyers.
Bong Soon opens up her plan on catching Jang Hyun by not involving the police since they have to do a different approach this time.  The boys who are like gasoline and flame cannot stand being in the same premise bicker again so she referees and begs them to forget their personal feelings.  Bong Soon is forced to declare she will do it on her own when they won’t listen to her so Gook Doo agrees as long as she will not be carelessly actinon on her own and Min Hyuk seconds it as long as she will tell everything to him first.
They sit properly again so she resumes with their trap plan of making Jang Hyun come to her since his obsessive streak will definitely crave a revenge.  Gook Doo shares how the police deduced that he will probably escaped by riding a boat so Min Hyuk calls Baek Tak to move his connections in securing which vessel he will probably board.  Bong Soon calls her minions to upload Jang Hyun’s information on their blog so he will be taunted to call her.
Jang Hyun’s popularity surges so it is making hard for him to go to public places anymore without being noticed.  He proceeds with his retreat plan and visits an underground store to purchase a sniper rifle.  The gun seller alerts Baek Tak that the wanted man was spotted so the latter reports to Min Hyuk the information they gathered about Jang Hyun’s cargo boat details including the gun bought by him.  Min Hyuk receives a call that the psycho was spotted at a nearby convenience store so they conclude how he will be in contact with Bong Soon to shoot her before he leaves.  Bong Soon voices out how they should lure him at a place where they can trap him as Min Hyuk scolds her for being fearless when she is not Wonderwoman who cannot be hurt by a gunshot.
Gook Doo coaches her to step on Jang Hyun’s ego when he calls since the psycho can’t stand being looked down by women.  From there, they can suggest the place and will throw the bait to catch him.  Gook Doo’s team works on their police operation from the tip they got from Bong Soon’s team.  
 At the walnut coffee shop, omma tries to appease a customer complaining on how the egg tarts taste egg.  Omma insists on not giving a refund but turns warm and pleasant when she sees her future son-in-law entering the premise.  She gives the customer a refund and sits with Min Hyuk and her friends to ask what brought him there.  He promises omma that he will bring aboji back due to Bong Soon’s worrying about him so omma replies that she gives her husband freedom once in a while but assures him that they are very much in love.  Omma takes the opportunity to ask for his birthday details so he asks the reason why she needs it.  Omma is caught off guard and just smile.  They both laugh together as Min Hyuk figures her intention and gives her the go signal to check his love fortune with Bong Soon so he will know it as well.  He urges her that if she gets a bad love fortune reading for them then she has to go to all the fortune tellers in town until they get a positive answer.  They exclaim hurrahs as omma and her friends dote on Bong Soon’s charming boyfriend.
Bong Soon writes an entry on the superpowergirl diary and narrates how she rescued her friend and three innocent women in the hands of a bad man.  She makes a pledge to catch the psycho with her own hands.  
The next day, Bong Soon goes to work unaware that Jang Hyun peers at her secretly.  She finally receives a call from him so she starts throwing the bait by taunting him on how he might be afraid of a little girl like her.  She tells him to meet her at the construction site if he is not scared of her and hangs up the phone following Gook Doo’s instruction.
Bong Soon informs Min-Min that their operation will happen that night and not to be perturbed about it since she will not get hurt.  Min Hyuk admits that although he understands her special case, he needs time to prepare himself for their plan.  She takes his hand and reassure him that everything will be fine so he agrees to follow her lead.
The night comes and we see Bong Soon walks in to the construction while her boys are secretly hiding.  Jang Hyun positions himself at a vantage point ready to shoot the sniper gun at Bong Soon.  He pulls the trigger and she falls on the ground from the impact of the deadly bullet.  Gook Doo spots where the psycho was perched and chased him to where he is heading.  Min Hyuk goes to his wounded girlfriend and tries to revive her to consciousness.
The boys follow the psycho to the port and successfully traps him using the storage units.  Min Hyuk uses his drone to guide Gook Doo in pushing Jang Hyun to the designated place as Bong Soon appears from nowhere leering intently at the psycho.  We go back to Min Hyuk handing her a bullet proof vest earlier and how she feigned dead as part of their plan.  
She retrieves walnuts from her pockets and throws it at him.  He runs for his life while Bong Soon poses to carry a steel cage which flew in the air and lands exactly on the villain imprisoning him just like what he did with his victims.  Min Hyuk praises his girl for a nice shot while Gook Doo smiles in finally capturing the elusive psycho.  The police siren wails as the three walk away from the scene.
Episode 15 Quick Thoughts
Where can we buy a robot boyfriend like Min-Min?  hahaha I love his reactions when Bong-Bong attacks him wwith cuteness, and how his happiness evolved around making his girlfriend happy.  He will definitely include my kdrama starter pack for dramas with best boyfriend ever list.  *chuckles  So we finally caught the psycho!  Manse!  It was an arduous journey to beat his criminal mind, but I’m happy just the same.  We are expecting a fan service for the finale episode.  So I have to jump on writing it now.
 -jediprincess

The Strong Woman who Stole Depunim’s Heart

 

“Fated love is seeing your happy face in the eyes of the person you love”

And that’s how you tie up the loose ends, execute a heartfelt closure for a love that missed its timing, and celebrate how true love happens when you are patient enough to wait.  If you are on a k-drama slump, this will hook you up back to oppa-land.  The fast paced quirky rom-com promised an addictive run and delivered it in flying colors with a riveting thriller plot incorporated on the side.  

It was a whimsical love ride with thugs, a psycho, a police, a gaming company CEO and a woman with extraordinary strength.  The labyrinth was a whirlwind of cuteness and mirth and everything a fan would ask k-drama gods for a gift. Consistently endearing with amusing surprises along the way, “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” is a steady delightful drama that deserve all the raves and hype it has been getting from k-drama followers.

I was always in a trampoline of stimulating emotions while watching Do Bong Soon’s story.  From thrills to laughter to poignant bliss to heart flutters and to sweet tears, I already placed it in my all-time k-drama favorites.  What made this drama so endearing was the perfect blend of the engaging love couple/triangle chemistry, the warranted humor even the slapstick travesty, and lastly, the charming tale of the heroine who bloomed to become a woman who acknowledged her strengths and frailties.  Hers is a story that any girl can relate to.  From those love confusions, career-where-I-am-going-questions and finding her worth as a person.  “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” might have been coated in chocolates and marshmallows, but it gave a tangible encouragement especially to women watching it.  

 

Cast, Storyline and Conflict

I usually pick k-dramas to watch based on the history of the production team. There are a few that I chose because of the actors like how I signed up for “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”. This is my no-reservations-i-just-love-parkhyungsik-so-im-going-to-watch-it drama.  So, I was surprised that the premiere week gave me more than I expected and steadily raised my anticipation all throughout my devoted trailing.  The energetic pacing, the charming CEO zooming on a hoverboard, the small framed heroine with herculean strength and the uptight hot detective, are some of the reasons why this drama has charmed and chained me in so many ways.  Because of its intriguing plot, knee-weakening sweet moments and cute bickering, Bong-Bong and Min-Min’s love ride has been so invigorating.

We sure had a second lead syndrome with Ji Soo playing Bong Soon’s long running one-sided love, and it was a relief that the transition given to us so we can move on along with Bong Soon was well enacted in the narrative.  Bong Soon’s one sided love to Gook Doo was cute as hell.  Gook Doo’s line of how he was so overwhelmed with his emotions towards her that he missed knowing that she felt the same way made me sob and sigh as his pain attacked me in the finale episode.  I liked how that scene properly sent off the alternate love pairing with a breathtaking moment which you rarely see from past rom-coms once they hit the culmination of the main love line.  Usually the second lead will be disregarded like he never helped in highlighting the main love tale.  The right love at the wrong time story of Bong Soon and Gook Doo was established well propelling an exciting race for the lead girl’s hand and perturbing heartache for the second lead that we also want to keep in our heart.  The love triangle premise broke my heart when it has not even happened yet, so when we got to the steamier love plot it made everyone happy and confused at the same time since we have an equally adorable second lead.  

My shameless noona romance with Park Hyung Sik was rewarded well, and I’m so happy for him landing a drama that was loved so much by the viewers.  I love how our hero has figured out all the answers to his illustrious life and how he lives to his gaming company owner persona and treating every life setback as a challenge to overcome for him.  Hyung Sik was awesome in projecting the same bread and butter rom-com element of bickering with the lead girl that seeing him caught in a love bug was quite a delightful watch. What’s amusing about his character was how he diverted from the lead man prototype by being soft-hearted and crazy over his girl dummy.  It’s hard to put it in words but his interaction with Bong Soon cracked me up a lot because we got to see him hilarious without the love connection, so when we hit the romantic rope, he was a bundle of gaiety since he was drawn to rationalizing everything about their relationship and literally translating it to how his weird mind perceived it.  Park Bo Young who has always been known for her brilliant portrayals owned her Bong Soon character by giving it a unique resonance even when her image was sketched with imperfections.  And her stunning connection with Park Hyung Sik along with the ardent gazes and heart-stopping kisses has made me hug my pillow so hard while squealing like a highschool girl watching her crush shoot a basketball from afar.

The love progression turned so effective in inducing laughter fits because Min Hyuk’s one-of-a-kind hubris was always at lost, as his lady love knows what buttons to push to make him surrender at her fingertips.  The dynamics of Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s reversal of roles are clearly defined thanks to Park Couple’s committed portrayals.  As a cushion for my weak heart, I did not give my all in trusting the production team, but I have a big faith to the awesome actors playing in the tv stage.  

15 years of Korean drama following will give you a power to predict stories from its onset and a liability to easily give up on dramas showing no kick off promise.  In a way, “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” resurrected my old fan girl spirit, and made me reminisce when I was at that stage of being so forbearing with any kind of drama given to me regardless if it was good or bad.  I found myself watching the drama without subtitles and scavenging YouTube for any drama related uploads available to kill time while waiting for the next episode to happen.

I only have a minimal complaint on the narrative.  There were scenes I wish did not linger more or were used as fillers like the excessive thug frames.  But overall, I am mostly satisfied with its simple premise and gleeful romantic realization.  On this note, the only 1% pout I will give the story was how the writer should have capitalized more to Bong Soon’s power’s back story anecdotes or how Min Hyuk established his company, or any love couple’s mushy moment, than placing those gangster scenes that I am already not interested about after the 1 vs 30 encounter with Bong Soon.  Bong-Bong and Min-Min’s story gave us a hybrid of fantasy and reality characters that helped in making the vibrancy of the story conspicuous.  I like how our creepy conflict functioned as a neutralizer to the witty love interlude and the satire comedy we were high on for the most part of the story.  We had a solid love triangle, a vivacious main cast, a cute storyline, and an exciting pacing that encouraged my usually swaying heart into 8 weeks of faithfulness in this series.  The uncomplicated resolution of the side conflicts and the gripping chase of the focal problem were achieved reasonably without giving us the run arounds.  Strong Woman Do Bong Soon sprinted an amazing spectacle with the stunning and lively depictions and comical storytelling.  It was technically bare, but the simplicity and the fascinating cast synergy accompanied by the palpable humor kept the viewers warmly sedated and feeling good after watching it.  While providing the gist of the background of our characters, “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” presented the love premise and conflict in a smooth way.  The ratings justified everything that we got from the narrative.  Sometimes there are stories like Bong Soon’s that we all need a taste of each week to relieve life complications and uncertainties.

“Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” marked everything required on a k-drama rom-com checklist.  It was also the brightest and most cheerful bulb that opened K-Dramaland 2017.  The thing about first quarter k-dramas is that you tend to forget it if another beautiful drama comes in like what happened with “Descendants of the Sun” and “Goblin”.  Both are equally amazing but we remember Goblin more.  Now I don’t think it would happen to me.  There were two points I know for sure I will still do after the finale.  That it will stay on my phone to function as my cheering up pill and that I will rewatch it again this year and the next years to come joining my resident drama rejuvenating playlist.  That’s what I did not do with the top two dramas last year.  The hype was high while it was airing but the rewatch value is not that strong.  That’s the advantage of feel-good rom-coms, you see it again because it is easy to watch and will just make you smile and giddy-ish even if you have seen the heart fluttering moments a lot of times already.


2017 K-DramaLand is so far not as explosive and busy compared to 2016 KDrama Parade so you have ample time to dive in this exceptional and amusing love tale.  I rave on dramas that deserve to be praised, and that’s the case for me with Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s story.  I’m sure you will enjoy it the same way I did.  

-jediprincess

 

Summary

“Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” highlights the tale of Do Bong Soon who inherited a superhuman strength that is passed on from her maternal ancestors. Her incredible strength cannot be used for personal interest though, as it would cause an inevitable misfortune for her. An incident involving saving a bus driver bullied by thugs made her crossed paths with Ahn Min Hyuk, a pompous CEO of a gaming company who offered her a job to become his bodyguard. Bong Soon agreed considering the huge amount of money tied up with the job offer.  The strange working agreement opened a connection for them, but he must wait for her to end a long running one-sided love with her police friend – Gook Doo.  Complications arose when a neighborhood psycho abducted women and ended up taking Bong Soon’s best friend – Kyung Shim.  She could rescue Kyung Shim, but the psycho’s failure triggered an obsession to punish Bong Soon.  Min Hyuk promised Bong Soon that she will be transferred to Strategy Development Team if she will do a great job protecting him as well as uncovering his secret stalker.  She managed to unravel the culprit and soon after she revealed to him her secret power.  The thugs who cannot move on from the humiliation they got from Bong Soon’s hands tricked her to going to a place where they staged a 30 vs 1 combat with her.  She pulverized the gangsters but failed to punish the big boss when a hiding thug zoomed to attack her with a knife but Min Hyuk ran to take the hit for her.  From there, Min Hyuk who has been interested with her from the start escalated to being officially smitten as he recognized the girl from his dreams who once saved his life was Bong Soon.  Bong Soon’s heart who has harbored a secret adoration with Gook Doo soon realized how her heart already changed who it beats for.  Bong Soon’s friend was taken by the psycho again and in the process of saving her, she lost her power.  During her most vulnerable moment, Min Hyuk stayed by her side.  When he asked her to love him back she finally admits how she also have him in her heart.  The villain who was chased by Gook Doo and fell on a cliff survived the fall and went to plan another revenge game with Bong Soon and Min Hyuk.  He disguised as a reporter to enter the office and drugged Bong Soon who regained consciousness and a ticking bomb attached to her.  Min Hyuk finds his girlfriend at the rooftop through the tracker necklace he gave her but was unable to open the door that separated them.  Bong Soon begged with all the love she had for Min Hyuk and the heavens opened to give back her power enabling her to throw the bomb for an amazing firework display.  Bong Soon who wanted to catch the psycho with her own hands asked Min Hyuk and Gook Doo to help her and they managed to trap him in a steel cage which Bong Soon threw in his escaping motion.  Bong Soon who has been working on a game successfully got the nod for the first game she developed and officially entered the Strategy Development Team she so wanted to join.  But working to save and help the weak people was causing her attendance issues at work so she ended up being sent back to Min Hyuk’s office as an intern.  Min Hyuk proposed marriage when all the ruckus was settled and just when he thought that it will be an ever after, they got a twin daughter who took after their mother.

Chicago Typewriter Ep 2 Musings and Summary

So the other half of premiere week gave a much more elaborated background of the past timeline.  I have a slight issue on what the catalyst is for the time transition though.  You see I’m used to incense sticks, talisman or subway to transition to a past setting, but that we cannot seem to grasp yet in the story.  The narration as what I’ve mentioned last time is easy to follow, but the rules that are being introduced felt like coming from nowhere.  I mean are we going to have a ghost hunting party here?  Dear Drama, I signed up for you so please give me a good run for the next 4 episodes.  Please enlighten me and polish the time element execution because I’m close to saying that Chicago Typewriter is a story of a best selling novelist who seems like Disney’s Beast with enchanted objects in his house serving him.  *chuckles
Chicago Typewriter Episode Recaps
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Chicago Typewriter Episode 2 Summary
Se Ju tries to process how the girl in his dream becomes his life saver now as Seol trembles as the flashback jinx when she is holding a gun emerges.  The assailant senses her faltering and attempts to attack her, but she subdues him no sweat with her martial arts skills.  She orders Se Ju to call the police and they came to get the crazy stalker.  
Se Ju’s critical mind is suspicious of her connection to the attacker so she tries to explain how she entered the door and how the dog led her to the place.  She mumbles how she is feeling dizzy but he refuses to talk inside so she eventually faints in his arms.  She wakes up happy realizing she is at Se Ju’s guest room and gets up to find her way to the main door.  Seol is amazed at his extensive book collection and enters his writing room when the door opened as if it was inviting her.  She spots the typewriter and as she reaches for it, flashbacks of a woman who looks like her living in another era plays in her mind.  
Se Ju appears and escorts her out just as she is about to get a glimpse of the man she was about to kill in her epiphany.  Seol stops herself from furthering her excuse that the door just opened as he blabs on why doors just open for her magically.  He lets her eat while he works on his writing and she furtively beams for that amazing fan girl moment.  He shatters her illusion by telling he is sitting there because she might wander around and not because he does not want her to eat alone.  He quips that he still suspects her and replies that he did not bring her to the hospital not because he cares, but he can’t be in the gossip section of newspaper too because he is already filling it out all the sections well.
 Seol pouts how cold he is as a person but responds yes to his question if she learned shooting since she had a great form from the early debacle.  She refuses to answer why she stopped shooting as people tend to stay away from her whenever she told that top secret.  He mutters he would never learn it then and urges her to go home when she is done eating.  Seol offers her help in typing his rough draft to call it even for letting her rest and breaking his Tiger Woods golf club.  She goes through varied emotions while typing the story as Se Ju is amused at her reactions.
Seol types in silence while Se Ju observes him, and we go to a deja vu of the two in the same scenario bickering about her typing speed as she whines that his poor handwriting is slowing her down.  1930 Se Ju (let’s call him that since he is not yet introduced properly) falters on his bike and hits a hay stack so he threw his writing at Yoo Su Yeon to rush it to the printing press.  He bribes her with money so she hurries to follow his command only to throw his writing back at him and escapes with his bike.  She mentions how she told him to write valuable writing only fuming the writer helpless and in hays on the ground calling her name to go back.
We go back to present time and Se Ju asks if she was in a strange feeling too like time and space collapsing to which she nods exclaiming that it felt like an earthquake, and on cue an earthquake erupts only in Se Ju’s house so they cower beneath the table snapping at each other scared at what is happening.  The shake stops so they motion to get up but the mystical cupids in the house shuts the power down so they stay at their position as Seol takes advantage of the darkness to move closer to Se Ju.  He asks her when they supposedly met before, but before she could answer his publisher arrives looking for him.  He coaches her to escape before that man finds out that they were together and rushes to divert his attention.
Se Ju argues with his publisher on giving money to the assailant but the latter is insistent that if the rumor mill catches on how his novels inspire criminals it will have a negative impact on them.  Seol gropes her way out but she screams in pain after falling on the ground disrupting the two’s conversation.  Se Ju pretends he did not hear anything and shouts at his publisher so he can forget the scream while Seol gets up dizzy from her fall.  
True to the publisher’s words, the assailant’s Se Ju novel inspired crime hits the news in the morning as Baek Tae Min’s mother smirks on how Se Ju creates criminals and makes innocent person looked bad just like what he did to her.  Tae Min counters how it was not Se Ju’s fault that the culprit based his crimes on the novels Se Ju wrote.  He leaves his mother and she goes to where her husband is who was busy checking on the news about his estranged son – Se Ju.  Tae Min’s father denies having a son like Se Ju and replies how they already test it with DNA, but she retorts that test like that can be manipulated.  She blabs about why Se Ju built his mansion in the neighborhood so he tells her to stop her obsession as it is not doing good to their children.  He walks away knowing their conversation will not go anywhere and meets Tae Min who informs him that he will be working in the same publishing house as Se Ju.
Se Ju cannot seem to focus on his writing as he recollects Seol and the woman from his dream.  He heads out to notify the keeper of his mansion’s ground to take out the deers he just capriciously requested recently blaming their sound as the reason why he cannot write efficiently.  Se Ju’s bad day continues as a known third-rate reporter writes a scoop on how his recent novels are based from the culprit’s letters that he has been sending to him in the past three years.
 
The publishing house office is in ruckus as the news goes viral and the publisher answers to calls denying the allegations citing all Se Ju’s mails are monitored.  Se Ju arrives at the office and discusses the issue who is getting out of their hands and why he was kept in the dark that those letters were really received by the company.  The publisher reasons how they just shred nonsensical letters and reaches a conclusion of a possible informant and remembers the woman who saved Se Ju last time.  Se Ju walks out muttering he will finish his deadline and eavesdrop on the office workers gossiping about the reality of the rumor and how ghost writers are really working under him.  He lets them know of his presence shutting them up on their lowlife prying.
Se Ju heaves a sigh as he drives to confront Seol who is at a vet clinic worrying about the dog that just disappeared.  Tae Min walks to the clinic calling Seol’s name which surprised Seol so he explained that his cat’s name is the same as hers.  She introduces herself as Jeon Seol and he heads out once his cat is safely tucked in his arms.  Seol’s vet friend confirms that he is indeed writer Baek Tae Min and she smiles how he also lives in the neighborhood.  She sees him unable to drive his car out because of another car blocking his way so she offers help with her do-anything-errand service and starts looking for the owner of the illegally parked car in a cute megaphone.  The owner apologizes upon hearing the announcement as Tae Min thanks her for the help.  She asks him for an autograph instead of paying for the service to which he gladly obliges.  
Seol gets a call from Se Ju asking her to meet him so she heads to the meeting place excitedly.  They met at a gym and she mumbles how his dating preference is a bit odd.  He corrects that it was not a date and go straight to business confronting her if she told the media what transpired with him and the psycho assailant on the night of the attack.  She is surprised that he still suspects her and denies it sternly.  She snaps at his baseless accusation and demands the reason why he even thought about it.  He answers her that three people only know what happened that night and she has the highest probability of blurting it.  He adds how he would have understood if she admits and apologizes for doing the deed, but then it was also his fault for not doing anything about it.  He warns her that he cannot forgive her twice so she hits her patience point and chides how ungrateful he is and how when he reaches a dead end in his life, no one will be there to help him.  He proudly replies how he will not reach a slump nor will there be a day that he will ask help from other people.  Seol marches to his direction and slams him on the ground angrily muttering how she should have not saved him and vowing that she will not save him again in the future. 
Seol sobs ending her 10 year fan girl pledge on Se Ju.  She officially declares it with her friends as witnesses for her fan girl break up.  Se Ju visits the psycho fan and learns how his sister might have reported it to the media.  He feels bad suspecting Seol but is enraged when the psycho fan insists on their unique connection of having been abandoned by people.  Se Ju threws incriminating words at him so he fumes madly at his unreasonable claim.  Psycho fan vows that he will make him die through his writing as the police subdues him.  Se Ju heads to Seol’s house and is answered by her friend’s psychic mom who informs him that Seol is wandering around and she is taking care of the customers in the mean time.  He motions to leave but she strings negative emotions lurking around him and heeds him to survive a looming danger that will happen to him.
Se Ju struggles to write because of the recent stress he is getting.  He wakes up to answer his publisher’s phonecall and orders him not to watch the news or go online in the mean time.  He learns that the culprit committed suicide and left a note blaming him for everything.  A sea of reporter waits at Se Ju’s gate when he opens it and remembers his last conversation with the psycho culprit.
After a month, nosy Reporter Song spots publisher Gal Ji Suk and sniffs some scoop on how Se Ju is reportedly having a slump.  Ji Suk denies it and bribes him with money while answering a call from Se Ju.  He heads to his prized writer and was told of the doctor’s diagnosis of PTSD on him.  Ji Suk drags him to his writing room and forces him to write.  Se Ju shouts at him to stop if he will not help him write.  Ji Suk takes that note and suggests hiring a ghost writer until he recovers from his slump.  Se Ju orders him to step out and shuts his blabbing by telling him that he will write and hand the manuscript to him before the deadline.
Ji Suk summons his connections looking for ghost writers while Se Ju attempts to write to no avail.  He clears his table out of frustration as Ji Suk meets with the ghost writer.  Se Ju falls asleep and goes on his recurring dream of his doppelganger.  This time a new character appears while he is at a bar writing for his upcoming deadline.  His friend wheedles him to disregard work and they end up dancing on the floor with Su Yeon.  
Ji Suk of course wakes him up again to check on the manuscript and bargains about the ghost writer again, but he declines and hangs up the phone.  Se Ju picks his broken laptop and sighs.  He peers at the typewriter and flashes of his dream appears as he is about to touch it.  Then we see the trio coming out from the bar drunk and silly and singing happily.  Se Ju is perturbed on the sudden vision but quickly ignores it to carry the typewriter on his table.  He sighs and preps up to write but no letters can come up from his creative juice.  He gets a cinnamon stick to calm him down but throws it and finds his cigarette case.  He fumbles for a lighter and sees an antique match on the ground.  He lights the match and as the flame flickers he gets another vision scaring him to the hilt.
He leaves the house and drives to a rainy road thinking if he is crazy or has gone crazy already.  He debates if he will just end his life since a writer who cannot write is non existent anyway, but his other mind reminds him of all the effort he made to get to the top.  He skews to avoid a deer on the road which leads to his car hitting the roadside gutter while refuting his initial wish since he has not yet decided if he wants to live or not, but the car crushes and rolls on to a cliff eventually.  Se Ju leers at a frame coming to the car’s direction and calls for help.  He gasps when Seol’s beaming face appears remembering how she promised to not help him when he will face a grave danger again.  He closes his eyes as she raises a shovel and motions to smash something.  At that same moment, a man enters Se Ju’s writing room and starts working using the old typewriter.

Chicago Typewriter Ep 1 Musings and Summary

 

Chicago Typewriter opens up with a lot of snappy story projections.  We got a glimpse of the main characters – an eccentric reasonably proud writer and a jack-of-all-trade legendary part-timer who almost became a shooting olympian, if not for the trauma of seeing her past life sniping and killing someone whenever she holds a gun.  We were also presented with tidbits of their past timeline history.   It is not giving me the hook yet, but I like how the narration tone is not confusing me so far given that we might be going to shifting past and present timelines.  I’m not supposed to say a lot since I am on my Day 1 here.  But anything with swerving timelines is something that I really buy.

 

Chicago Typewriter Episode Recaps
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Chicago Typewriter Episode 1 Summary
A famous writer Han Se Ju goes to Chicago Illinois for a book signing event after his recent successful novel.  There he unlocks the mystery of a haunted typewriter made in 1930 Gyeongseong.  Strangely enchanted by the typewriter he found, we delve to Seoul circa 1930’s where his past self also a writer chats with a charming girl about a gun coined as Chicago typewriter.  The coffee owner breaks his trance and he offers to buy the typewriter from him, but he refuses mentioning he paid a hefty amount for that in an auction.  When the cafe owner woke up one night to the sight of moving objects in his cafe, he was forced to send the typewriter to Han Se Ju following the message written on the paper inside the typewriter. 

 

 

The package is commissioned to be delivered by Jeon Seol, an avid fan of Se Ju who is a famous part-time job worker.  Seol heads to his house and marvels at the extravagance.  She is known to be good at almost anything.  Whatever she puts her mind to she does not have any problem succeeding.  Se Ju refuses to open the door and orders her to leave the package.  A stray dog approached Seol as the door opens.  Seol thinks the dog is Se Ju’s and follows him to the main door.

 

 

She rings the door bell and Se Ju politely acknowledges the package.  She explains how the door opened because of his dog. He fusses when she reveals his dog entered the house since he does not have one because of his allergy.  The dog-from-nowhere checks in the house and was about to eat the USB stick of Se Ju’s writing materials.  They plead for the dog not to do it but he munches on the bone shaped USB stick. 

 

 

They chase on the dog who ran away and Seol successfully tame him.  The neat freak writer learns the dog pooped the USB so he asks Seol to email the files to him and reformat the computer which he gives to her after.  Se Ju is fixed to the idea that she is a stalker and cites the usual lines he got from his psycho fans which typically starts on we have met before.  

 

 

Se Ju dreams of him a vintage setting talking to a girl. His dream is interrupted by a phone call from his publisher discussing business the minute he answered.  He cuts the chat quickly by responding how he is always on time with his pendings.

 

 

Se Ju works on his new novel materials and bumps with a familiar face from his past he was not happy seeing.  They head to a cafe and his orphan background was revealed as he hinted on an unpleasant experience he had with the man’s family when he was living with them.  

 

 

The next day Se Ju denies getting the dog when the vet clinic notified him through his secretary. Seol tries to appeal by going at his house that night, but his recent stalker related happenings made him deny her request so Seol and the dog heads home.

 

 

She stops at a sandwhich store and remembers when Se Ju was just a struggling writer who frequents the sandwich store where she was working and incessantly writes on his notebook.  Just then the dog sensed a danger and barks at her to follow him. 

 

 

At Se Ju’s house a stalker fan confronts the writer and blames him for making him kill the people who made life harder for him.  He claims that Se Ju sent a message to him from his recent novel but gets enraged on why he killed the character whom he thought to be him.  The light flickers in the house as Se Ju is in a gun point. 

 

 

They brawl and race to the gun as the light fades in the room, and when the light comes back, Seol intently points the gun to the intruder as Se Ju recalls the woman he has been dreaming lately who is the subject of his new novel.

 

 

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Ep 14 Recap

 
We had a lot squeezed in for this adorable and gripping episode.  Let’s cut the chase and go straight to the story.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Episode Recaps

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Episode 14
Gook Doo engages to a car chase with Jang Hyun.  The latter winces from the pain of the gunshot wound.  He maneuvers at a fast speed but a car approaches so to avoid a collision he swerves the car and falls on a cliff.  Gook Doo steps out of his car to check on Jang Hyun but he cannot spot any movement.  The police arrives at the cliff to perform a thorough investigation but Jang Hyun’s body remains unrecovered.  Chief assures worried Gook Doo that the case is closed as the team deduce how the psycho won’t be able to survive the fall.  He receives a message from Min Hyuk that he took Bong Soon home.
Aboji paces the room waiting for his daughter when Bong Ki arrives.  At the same time, Min Hyuk gazes at Bong Soon’s weary face as she sleeps.  Park Hyung Sik has really one of the best oppa gazes ever. period.  He gets Bong-Bong’s phone to call aboji and he apologizes for not letting him know earlier that she is with him. 
Aboji responds not to wake her up if she is fast asleep and tells him that he trust him.  Min Hyuk promises that he will take care of Bong Soon to rest aboji’s woes.  Bong Ki hands a can of beer tohis father and confirms that his noona is with her boss.  He mutters if they are in a serious relationship as aboji replies how Min Hyuk seems to be a nice guy so he feels assured.  Aboji speaks about how when Bong Soon was growing they were scared that she might accidentally used her power in the wrong way and how they were always scared that she might get hurt when she is outside.  Bong Ki also confesses that he went to medical school so he can do a research on why the family had that inherited genes so he can help his noona live a normal life.  
Bong Soon regains consciousness and sees Min Hyuk sleeping beside her.  She moves her hand to touch his face but changes her mind at the last minute.  She tries to get up but he felt her move so he locks her back to on the sofa with his arm as her pillow.  His eyes meets hers, and she finally returns the love he deserves.
Min-Min:  Look at me.
Bong-Bong:  I am looking at you.
Min-Min:  Love me Back.
Bong-Bong:  I do love you.
Min-Min:  You’re as small as a peanut so you fit inside my heart.  But I don’t think I fit inside yours.
Bong-Bong:   You are in here.
 
Min Hyuk embraces Bong Soon with all his love as she rests in his comforting arms.
Omma beams when she realized that Bong Soon did not go home and her son affirms that she slept at her boss’ house.  Her cheerful mood fades when she receives a call from Kyung Shim and the latter cannot help but sob on the phone.  
Min Hyuk wakes up without Bong Soon by his side so he hurriedly searches for her and finds her struggling to reclaim her strength through an apple.  She notices his presence and asks for Kyung Shim right away, he responds that she will go to their house after her treatment as she does not want to stay in the hospital.  Min Hyuk gives her a love filled scolding for not listening to him and now wanting to push her despondent mood for losing her power, he slices the apple she was trying to break earlier and made a morning apple drink and gives it to her.  He mutters how he remembers she mentioned how she eats apple in the morning as her routine.
Gook Doo is busy writing the case report of what happened last night.  Chief appears and inquires if Jang Hyun’s body already showed up but he gets a negative response.  He chats with Gook Doo and babbles how Kyung Shim insists that Min Hyuk saved her but her statement does not seem to fit the story.  Gook Doo guarantees that he will take care of the report and goes back to his computer.
Omma is flustered on why they were not informed of what has been happening with Kyung Shim as the family waits for her in the living room.  She enters the house and they catch up in the living room.  She narrates how her mother knows about it but she was threatened not to call the police or she will die.  Omma insists on preparing food for her before she leaves for Busan while waiting for Bong Soon.
Min Hyuk drives Bong Soon home and fumbles on her seatbelt when they reach her house.  She stops and recalls the security guard she accidentally hurt, but Min Hyuk soothes her to rest her worries because he will take care of it, and just meet Kyung Shim to take care of her.  She steps out of the car and was about to close the door when he mumbled that he needs to be taken care of too.  Bong Soon smiles and promises him that she will which made Min-Min grins.
Bong Soon goes straight to her room and reunites with her best friend.  They cried and embrace together as she checks on the hardships she suffered from Jang Hyun’s hands.  Bong Soon is relieved how Kyung Shim has a strong heart and tells her that she saves some money from her salary because she will buy her the nice dress she wanted.  Kyung Shim also asks if she is okay aftet what happened in the construction site, and she admits to her that she lost her power.  She sobs while saying how for the longest time it was what she wanted, but she is feeling uncomfortable not having it at the moment.  Bong Soon appeases Kyung Shim not to worry about her strength because she is more important than having it.  
Bong Soon prepares a serving of soup for Kyung Shim while mom blabs on how Bong Soon hid what happened to her friend and gives her back a quick spanking.  Bong Soon complains how her mom’s spank stings surprising her family.  She leaves the dining room so Kyung Shim explains how Bong Soon lost her power.  
Bong Soon bids goodbye to Kyung Shim who will be escorted by the police to Busan.  Omma calls Bong Soon when she enters the house to do a heart-to heart talk with her.  Omma soothes her woes by saying how it is normal that she would get depressed after losing her strength because that’s what she felt.  She narrates that the first thing she did after her power was gone was to lift weights and started on the light ones again. She stresses how she went back to her routine life like nothing happened.  She advises her to do the same so she can easily move on.  Bong Soon promises she would.  Omma promises that she will take care of her more and explains the care she gave Bong Ki was because he was a weakling while growing up since all the strength in the family was absorbed by the female line.  Omma sneaks im to check the progress with her future son-in-law so Bong Soon whines for ruining the moment.  Aboji who is pretending he is asleep smiles at that moment.
The next day, Bong Soon dressed up for work and waits for the bus.  When the bus alights, she falls down as people rush to ride it.  She thinks about how she is not special anymore so she has to live a typical life from then on.  She ruminates how she may not be able to roam around at night, protect other people from bad guys and help out those who needed help.  Bong Soon reaches the office and does her usual greeting to the game character image at work after pledging that she will go on with her life after everything that happened.
Bong Soon enters the empty face and heeds her mother’s advice to do her usual life.  She preps her laptop to work on her game character image and wonders if she will tweak her with a necklace.  She receives a text message from Min-Min not to worry about the security guard as he is recuperating well.  At the hospital Bong Ki checks on Hwang Bok’s pained bum so he tells the patient that it was a stuck bandage that is causing him discomfort.  eeewww He gets upset again remembering why he ended up battered and screams Do Bong Soon’s name out of frustration.
Hwang Bok’s doppelganger frets about the Bong Soon’s metal bracelet to Secretary Gong but the latter is disregarding him.  They spot Bong Soon so Dong Byeong picks on her again.  He drags her to the break room and orders her to get the bond paper bundle like the last time.  Min Hyuk just came back from the hospital and Dong Byeong calls him and Secretary Gong to show Bong Soon’s super strength display, but when they proceed to his room.  Bong Soon is carrying the bondpaper rim one by one.  Dong Byeong nips at the show he claims she is putting while Min-Min is giving a serious expression.  Secretary Gong scolds Dong Byeong for tiring out Bong Soon as depunim takes her hand and brings her outside.
Min-Min speaks about why she came to work when she is supposed to be resting, but Bong Soon quips that she worked hard to get that job so she has to put an effort on it.  He mentions how Kyung Shim is safe and the psycho is dead so at least they could go on a normal date.  He adds how because of his spectacular girlfriend, it is hard to go on a single date with her.  Bong Soon replies that he can now go on a date with her anytime since she is not special anymore and feels sad about it.  
Min Hyuk places his hands on her shoulders and checks if she is okay so she responds that she will be honest that she is not, but she is optimistic that she will move on fast just as what omma told her.  Min-Min utters that it does not matter to him whether she is peculiar or not because he just wants her to be happy.  He remarks how he can do everything that requires physical strength for her since he is her oppa.  He smirks how he will open a jar for her this time remembering how Gook Doo did it for her before.  Bong-Bong is dubious of his claim so she teases if he is really older than her so he insists that he is.
 
Bong Soon bluffs that she knows they are of the same age so Min Hyuk gripes at how he can never trust the police because he thought Gook Doo revealed it to her.  She gets the affirmation of her speculation so she starts playing cute on how she would drop the honorifics and will just talk casually with him since they are friends.  He retorts that he is still an oppa for her since he has more life experiences, however she continuously teases him leaving him mutter tondo as she pleases while trying to walk away.  Bong-Bong carries on with her mischievous attack and calls his name sweetly.  He chases her mumbling how she is making his heart flutters by doing it.
Baek Tak and his men joyously celebrates the approval of redevelopment counting the profit they will earn because of the project.  Jaws receive a phonecall from the Indian monk and delivers the conversation to his boss about the monk’s request to relax at a bath house.  Baek Tak agrees citing how the monk loves water a lot since he used to bathe at Ganges river for meditation.  Meanwhile, omma and friends mope on the failure of their petition to stop the redevelopment program.  Just then Gook Doo’s mom enters the store to buy some walnuts for her son and mutters how he seems to lost his appetite lately.  Omma calls her and informs her that she is refusing to sell her goods to her.  Aboji steps in the bantering mothers and bawls out at his wife for her bias selection of customers so omma escalates to a super saiyan mode as aboji orders the store helper to pack the product fast before his wife erupts.
Min Hyuk coaches Bong Soon to make the villain’s face on her game look sharper.  They pause and feels weird finding the image look familiar to them.  Just then Secretary Gong appears to remind him of a meeting and they both realize how he resembles the villain.
After work, Bong-Bong and Min-Min goes home and passes by the chocolate store.  He buys the sweets for her and grins when she offers him a piece of it only to be annoyed because she eats it at the last minute.  She pleads her to eat a piece again but he remains poker face on her urging.  
Then he inches closer to the chocolate but go straight to kiss her lips catching her off guard while making all of us faints from that sweet scene.  Min-Min chews it happily exclaiming in double meaning how soft the choc and her lips were.  She whines how he did it on purpose and he kids how he wants another bite.
Baek Tak and his gang sweat in a bath house.  He inquires any news related to Bong Soon so Jaws reports that she is dating Min Hyuk which alarms him since he is not over in the idea of trying to recruit her.  Indian monk emerges from laying down and complains that the bath house session is not helping at all especially in his skin problem.  He asks Jaws to scratch his back for him since he cannot reach it.  He urges him to put his hand inside so he can feel it more and he finds a map drawn on his lower back showing the Korean peninsula map.  
At the police station, Chief and his team learn about Jang Hyun’s clothes being found but his body still has not resurfaced.  Chief calls for a soju session with his men for the hardwork they gave in the past few days.  Bong Soon gets home to her parents’ quarreling.  Omma demands a divorce with aboji as they banter on his close relationship with Gook Doo’s mom.  Bong Soon mediates to avoid further conflict and was pushed to the ground in the process.  Her parents continue to fight so she lets them tussle as much as they can.
Bong Soon takes the family’s record book and feels sorry how she will not be able to write on it.  Her gloomy mood lightens up when he receives Min Hyuk’s message reminding her of their picnic tomorrow.
Bong Soon wakes up early to prepare the cheerfully the lunch box for her picnic date with her boyfriend.  She stands in front of the mirror swaying here and there while picking what she will be wearing.  Min Hyuk feels good on the great weather while he waits for Bong Soon outside their house. 
Bong Soon shows up and he beams as she looks pretty in a summer dress and hat.  He can’t stop staring at her so she has to snap him back to reality and remind him that they should be leaving.
 Min-Min lays down on Bong-Bong’s lap as she shields his face from the sun rays.  He realizes what she has been doing so he quips that he is getting sunlight and takes her hand muttering that she will get hurt doing it.
They read comic books together but she teases him for crying over it.  She exchanges the funny one she was reading and learns why her Min-Min sobbed while reading it.  Bong-Bong carefully opens the packed lunch boxes she brought to Min-Min’s shocked and happy face.  She feels disappointed that the heart design on one of the boxes was scattered so he takes action claiming that he is expert in drawing hearts.  She dotingly feeds him food as he exclaims how he has already known it before how she is a good cook.
Finally, Jang Hyun’s body resurfaced but it is alive and kicking.  He winces and curses from the pain of his wound, and gets back to his revenge plan right away researching on Min Hyuk and his company.  Psycho with the chiseled abs cuts his hair to prepare for his next villain move.  
Secretary Gong praises his boss for his photogenic face on his recent interview.  He feels proud for 5 seconds but reminds his secretary to check on the Strategy department meeting than fussing about his interview.  
Gook Doo calls Bong Soon and advises her that he will visit her office since he is nearby.  Bong Soon accidentally drops her tea cup as Jang Hyun enters Ainsoft’s building pretending to be the reporter who interviewed Min Hyuk last time.
Gook Doo who just came from meeting Bong Soon passes by Jang Hyun and realizes it was him.  He tackles the psycho but he escapes when the elevator opens and he grabs an employee as a hostage.  Gook Doo loses him and calls Min Hyuk to alarm him of a looming danger in his building.  Min Hyuk orders the security team to close all the exit points of the building and rushes to go to where Bong Soon is.  Gook Doo chases Jang Hyun on the fire exit stairs but loses him eventually.
An announcement airs in the building that the exits were all sealed because of a suspicious person.  Min Hyuk confirms Bong Soon’s suspicion that Jang Hyun is in the building as his evil laugh broadcasts in the air.  He taunts Min Hyuk on proving his competitive spirit by finding him or his company will explode in 15 minutes.  He walks to his secretary to make sure Bong Soon is safe as she reaches for his hand worried of what might happen to him.
Gook Doo goes to the broadcasting booth and finds it empty with the personnel tied and gagged.  Min Hyuk comes after and announces to have all employees aave their files and evacuate the building premise.  Gook Doo asks where Bong Soon is and he replies that she is in his office.  Little did they know that Jang Hyun’s target is really Bong Soon as he takes advantage of the ruckus and knocks out Secretary Gong while drugging her to lose consciousness.  Min Hyuk orders the command center to shut off the power source but Jang Hyun manage to reach his destination.
Bong Soon recovers consciousness and finds the psycho putting her in a tight bind.  He coaxes her to free herself and when his rage erupts he punches her and she fainted again.  Gook Doo informs Min Hyuk that Bong Soon is missing so Min Hyuk frustratingly reaches for the wall to gather strength.  He checks on her tracker and advises Gook Doo to proceed to the roof top.  
Jang Hyun mutters how Bong Soon broke her promise of not marrying him so she ought to  die.  Min Hyuk climbs to the rooftop looking for Bong Soon and shouting her name.  Gook Doo misses Jang Hyun again and follows the sound of a music box which turned out to be a prank.  
Min Hyuk spots a locked door and calls to check if Bong Soon is on the other side.
Bong Soon wakes up to Min Hyuk’s voice and to the sight of a ticking bomb due to blow up.  She sobs upon realizing Min Hyuk is there to rescue her so she begs him to leave the place as there is a time bomb ready to explode.  He tries to unlock the door with his body and might until his hands are covered with blood but the door won’t open.  Bong Soon continuously pleads for him to go away.  He replies he will not go anywhere without her.  Bong Soon tries to wriggle out of the metal bind to no avail.  She weeps so hard making all of us weep and begs Min Hyuk to leave as time is almost running out, but he utters how he will stay by her side so she won’t be afraid.
Bong Soon makes a last attempt and pleads to give back her power so she can save Min Hyuk.  Because the power of love defies everything, the heavens and the book in their house light up and showers her with a blessing.  Bong Soon feels her power coming back and rushes to free herself.  She picks up the bomb, destroys the door lock and runs to throw the bomb exploding painting the sky with a pyrokinetic festival.  
Episode 14 Thoughts
I will give the 2017 Best Kdramaland Boyfriend award to Ahn Min Hyuk already, and I think everyone will agree.  This is the best episode yet in the series for me and it put me on a whirlwind of sweet bliss, exhausting thrills and all is well sigh closure.  I was hoping two episodes of fan service but given the amount of laugh and heart fluttering scenes this drama gifted me, I am so looking forward to the finale even if we will have to finally do a last showdown with Jang Hyun.  I know that I will be sad after this drama ends and will miss Park Hyung Sik terribly so I hope he will get back to dramaland soon like the last quarter of this year to entice me.
 
 

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Ep 13 Recap

Worried about her friend in peril, Bong Soon can’t keep her promise to Min Hyuk and sets forth to the junk yard in trying to rescue Kyung Shim but psycho Jang Hyun moved to another location.  In the midst of her woes, Min Hyuk was at lost on how reckless her decisions were.  Bong Soon willingly accepted getting lured by the psycho, and thanks to Min Hyuk’s necklace tracker, he came in time to save her at the moment when she helplessly needed to be saved.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Episode Recaps

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Episode 13 – “Nevertheless”

Bong Soon rushes to Min Hyuk to tell him that Kyung Shim is with the psycho.  She asks for his help to trace their whereabouts as he tries to calm her sobs and made her promise that they will work on it together.
Gook Doo is with Chief deciphering what so far they have established on the case and how his victim’s pattern changed to confuse the police since he was aware of their plans but a turning point happened when he failed to abduct Kyung Shim hence he is determined to avenge his failure against Bong Soon.  They worry on how to tackle the culprit since he will become hard to handle from then on.
Min Hyuk lecture Bong Soon how Hee Ji was a decoy for his plan when psycho was really intending to abduct Kyung Shim.  Since he knows her connection to Bong Soon he mutters how he is worried about it.  He moves closer to her and pleads her not to do everything on her own.  
He gets the necklace tracker he intends to give to her and locks it on her.  He tells her to wear it all the time as it will protect her.  He calms her down and asks her to get some rest and sleep as he will work on finding the person to which she agrees.
The next day Gook Doo’s team discuss the information they gathered about psycho Kim Jang Hyun who had an impressively bad resume of being sent to juvenile prison because of killing a person through arson and skipping military service because he was said to have psychiatric concern.  Gook Doo voices out that the Sudan alibi never happened since he did not leave the country.  They arrive at the conclusion that Jang Hyun’s employee is really an accomplice who does what his master tells him so he can get his drug supply.  Chief assigns task again to each member and they set forth to help out in pinning down the culprit.
Bong Soon wakes up zombie-ish trying to organize her thoughts.  She goes back to Kyung Shim’s video and recognizes the metal welding sound which she heard from the junk yard the night before so she proceeds to the place again.  She receives a text message from Secretary Gong for her presentation, but she opts not to go to work and head to the junk yard.  
Ajussi welcomes her and asks if she is looking for her friend.  He tells her that Jang Hyun is not at the place and answers he does not know where his boss is when she asks his whereabout.  Bong Soon frantically searches the place by flipping and kicking the parked cars surprising Jang Hyun who is in his lair.  He goes to the girls and gets Kyung Shim escaping the place before Bong Soon comes.
Bong Soon hits a door and it leads her to the basement.  She rescues the girls by pulling out the metal doors.  One of the girls tell her that Jang Hyun got Kyung Shim and has left the place frustrating Bong Soon.  Jang Hyun order ajussi to blow up the place so Bong Soon covers her body to protect the abducted girls.  They successfully get to the ground just as Gook Doo arrives to capture Jang Hyun’s accomplice.  The rest of Gook Doo’s team appears to search and seize the crime scene as the kidnapped girls are taken to the hospital.
Min Hyuk works on tracing Jang Hyun ignoring his secretary who just noticed that Bong Soon has still not arrived yet.  Min Hyuk rubs his face out of worry on Bong Soon’s absence for her PT and goes back to his office to track his location only to find out that she did not listen to his pleas and works on her problem alone.  He drives to the junk yard and sees Bong Soon leaving the already busy place. Silence creeps between them while they are in the car as Min Hyuk does not know how to handle her risky decision making skills.  
They pull over to talk as Bong Soon gets a scolding from him for going alone without him.  She says sorry and confirms that she rescued the victims, but Kyung Shim was taken by the psycho.
 Gook Doo’s team proceeds in obtaining evidences from Jang Hyun’s underground prison as Gook Doo discovers his monitoring room and finds Bong Soon’s picture along with the other girls pinned on the wall.
Omma and her friends watch the news report about the police raid in the junk yard to save the abducted ladies.  Manhunt has been issued for psycho Jang Hyun.  Chief visited the victims for their statement on how they survive the explosion while the girl who saved them wallows in agony worrying about the fate of her best friend.  Min Hyuk broods on his problem with Bong Soon and goes to let go of his fury steam on a punching bag.
Min Hyuk watches the morning news intently so Secretary Gong decides not to disturb him.  Bong Soon is watching the same news and disregards her mom when she mumbles to tell Kyung Shim not to go to Seoul yet.  She meets Gook Doo who was upset for not telling him that Jang Hyun is in contact with her.
 Bong Soon responds that she has an unfinished business with the psycho so it agitates him even more.  He advises her to leave the investigation to the police, but she insists on doing it on her own afraid of Jang Hyun’s warning that Kyung Shim will die if she will involve the police.  Gook Doo promises that they will conduct a close investigation and will hide who save the victims just as Min Hyuk finds them at the cafe.  
Min Hyuk leads her to the library and asks Bong Soon if he matters to her at all.  He speaks about how he knows that she is not his priority and he cannot do anything when she has set her mind on it because she is special.  He adds how he relented to change himself because he loves her so much.  Bong Soon replies how she has set expectations that she is different from the start and he counters how he know it very well but it is not helping him to go crazy worrying about the thought of her facing the psycho alone.  She argues why he trained him in the first place if he will whine like that.  Min Hyuk replies how he did not expect that he will love her that much.  Bong Soon remains unwavered and tells him that they have to stop dating because she will choose to live as a monster.  She walks away and in her thoughts she tells him how she wanted to live a normal life while Min Hyuk vows that he will never lose someone he loves ever again.
Gook Doo reveals Bong Soon’s secret to Chief so that they can have a closed investigation.  The Chief agrees having no other option but to hide it since the victims’ statements are all ludicruous stating she took down the metal door using her bare hands.  He adds no one would believe that kind of secret anyway but Gook Doo insists on keeping everything private as his friend wants to have a normal life. Gook Doo tells him how the psycho knows about Bong Soon’s power and how he has kidnapped Kyung Shim to get a revenge from Bong Soon.
Omma and her friends see Aboji and Gook Doo’s mom together so the latter explains that there is a charity bazaar in the neighborhood where she was asked to do a signing event and aboji volunteers to teach children how to bake cookies.  She replies they would not know the event since they only go to gossip websites and advises to visit the community office sometimes as there are information there they can learn from.  She walks away leaving omma angry so she directs it right away to her husband who gets a beating right away.  Gook Doo’s mom goes back to interfere chiding omma of how she is vulgar and how her husband does not deserve her spite.  At the police station, the Commisioner welcomes reporters to the team that solved the abduction case but Chief shoves them away babbling that the culprit has not been found yet.  
Min Hyuk is venting his Bong Soon related troubled mood to his poor secretary whom he asked to look for Bong Soon.  Secretary Gong finds her and she apologizes for not making it to the presentation the other day.  He asks if she fought with Min Hyuk but she remains silent.  
Min Hyuk goes to the break room and sees Bong Soon slumped on her seat.  He orders her to eat but she declines mumbling how Kyung Shim has not been eating for days.  He stops her from walking away and tells her that she has to eat to have strength in saving her friend.  He appeals again by not eating as well if she won’t eat but she stays defiant of her decision.  Min Hyuk has had enough and storms out of the room muttering he won’t care for her anymore.  
Min Hyuk sits in the cafeteria with the untouched food in front of him contemplating on his recent debacle with Bong Soon.  Unable to sway my heart away from her, he gets his phone to order her favorite comfort food.  dear kdramagods can you please send me a real life boyfriend like depunim *wink
Chief interrogates ajussi accomplice but cannot exhaust any useful information from him.  Baek Tak’s men visit him in the temple to convince him to end his spiritual cleansing session but he is resolved to living away from money and material things but when Jaws receives a good news that the redevelopment plan was approved, Baek Tak gets hurries to leave the temple mumbling the money they will profit from the project.  Meanwhile Bong Soon’s minions raves at the increasing likes they are getting from their noonim’s uploaded video.  The indian monk tells Jaws that he will contact him so they can go to a bath house next week.
Jang Hyun uses a grandpa to steal a cellphone from another grandpa who is busy playing baduk.  Bong Soon receives a call from Jang Hyun and taunts her amazing strength to withstand the recent blast.  She demands to know Kyung Shim’s whereabouts so he tells her to meet him that night and advises that he will text the location so make sure that she will come pretty.
Min Hyuk places Bong Soon’s comfort food that he ordered on her table.  He wonders where she is and steps out of the office.  Bong Soon waits for his text message and goes to Min Hyuk’s office to leave a note that she will go home early.  She sees her favorite food on her table and takes it with her.  Min Hyuk returns to his office and notices that the food he bought is missing and sees the note that Bong Soon left for him.  
Bong Soon reads the note on the food Min Hyuk bought saying how no matter what she said or did, his feelings will stay the same.  Min Hyuk debates if he will call Bong-bong or not, and eventually decides not to.  She paces on her room waiting for the text message of Jang Hyun.  She finally gets the direction of a construction site and heads to the place immediately.
Min Hyuk notices Bong Soon’s movement through his tracker and alarms Gook Doo to proceed to the place where she headed.  Bong Soon reaches the place and calls on her friend as Jang Hyun’s evil cackle airs welcoming her to the place.  She finds her friend tied and above her is a moving heavy metal cage ready to smash on Kyung Shim.  Bong Soon runs with all her might and succeeds in blocking the cage and throw it eventually in the process.  She hugs Kyung Shim and helps her out.  Kyung Shim tells her that psycho is not the one inside the cage lift so Bong Soon checks on him.  
Jang Hyun appears from her behind grabbing Kyung Shim and when she stands she sways and falls on the ground as her power is stripped by her accidentally hitting an innocent.  Bong Soon is not aware that the smart psycho learns about her strength so his premeditated plan to undo her power worked.  
He points a shotgun to her heart as she holds on the gun and he sneers if she lost her strength.  He pulls her closer and chokes her just as Min Hyuk approaches them enraged on seeing Bong Soon being hurt by the psycho.  
The two engage in a brawl but Jang Hyun runs to his car to escape. Gook Doo also arrives and shoots him but he steps on the gas leaving Gook Doo behind.  Gook Doo goes to his car to chase him as Min Hyuk cries out loud as he cradles Bong Soon who fainted in his arms.
Episode 13 Quick Thoughts
While I can understand Bong Soon’s stubborn head, I also feel Min Hyuk’s frustration because his girl does not want to listen to him.  The lovers quarrel I hope would mean sweet moments when it ends.  In fairness to the villain his sinister acts are really annoying.  I think Gook Doo’s team should just implore the guidance of Jang Hyuk oppa and the Golden Time team.  *chuckles  I love how Min Hyuk who was so miffed on Bong Soon is still behind her even if she pushed him away.  This was an emotionally draining episode and I can’t wait to see what will happen on the next episode. –jediprincess

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon BTS and Sweet Scenes Strips Part 2

Credit:  JTBC Drama

Bong Soon Love Trance with Depunim Scene

 

 

 

Love Declaration Scene

Chocolate Sweet Kiss Scene

Picnic Date Scene

Patient Depunim Antics

 

Can you end your one-sided love Scene

 

Watching you over sleep scene

 

Min Hyuk Bibimbap Deprived Scene

Knee Weakening Sweet Scene

The Binding Love of a Time-traveler to His Wife

I can’t remember an emotionally draining drama where I did not cry, but “Tomorrow With You” really knocked my heart out, because I was hoping for the best that can happen to So Joon and Ma Rin’s love story given the arduous time-bending road they had to overcome to finally get a tomorrow with each other.

Lee Je Hoon oppa was so cool with the time-bending walkie/talkie sleeper hit “Signal” last year so I never pictured myself swooning over him because he is known for his poignant character portrayals. “Tomorrow With You” caught me easily with its time-traveling hero and his quest to prevent his eventual death in the future.  We uncovered  layers of mystery to another as we were presented with the future focal conflict of the love couple’s death that can be saved only if our hero can work on the circumstances happening at his  present life, which of course he does not know about, but us viewers have already fathomed.  Working out the strenuous hitch was no easy task if you have a perceptive wife who wanted everything in her married life done together.

I was thrilled watching the scenes unravel, and yet I was also frustrated trying to decipher the hindered rules as So Joon travels to the future. I like the sudden marriage plot.  I like the back story.  I like that he was forced to confront the main problem not with his initial urge to survive, but because he slowly but surely felt that his future involved Ma Rin because she crept in his heart without him realizing it… that he cannot picture a future without her anymore.

The way the story withheld the future twist by furtively hiding the key turning points and yet presenting well the essence of the time-traveling plot on the romantic premise, has made me on the edge of my seat trying to decipher the puzzle pieces that will help So Joon in case I bump with him in one of his sojourns.  I like the laid-back-we-will-not- be-rushing here tone, so I was surprised that the big reveal to Ma Rin that she married a time-traveler came sooner than I expected.  It was most of the time maintaining the wistful sphere thanks to our caught in between time wrinkling love couple.  I can understand the urgency on So Joon’s end trying to protect Ma Rin, but how the latter responded after learning the truth was understandably confusing if So Joon keeps on hiding what their full story was about.  In a way the narrative was sort of intermittently detaching on its own accord, but it finds a way to wake me up and entice me again.

That’s what it did when it crossed the middle part when we have established the villain and his wrongdoings.
Then we got to the conflict of So Joon conflicted between leaving Ma Rin of the present because of a warning from Ma Rin of the future, but true love always prevails so we got past that hurdle and they compromised to work on the repercussions of their actions that could make an impact to their supposed future fall out.

What I cannot understand sometimes, because we have so much going on in the future was how So Joon stubbornly overlooked the present moment.  And whenever he goes to the future, it’s like he was getting bits of information that was not able to back up the premise of the integral conflict which was the future that won’t happen in two years time for them anymore.  True that it started smoothly at the first half and every episode since then was problem stricken and gave a half-baked resolution.  The villain conflict was resolved and he got jailed, but he still ended up vanishing in the subway.  Ma Rin who could meet So Joon of the past decided not to and told Ki Doong to tell her husband a lie in a futile hope that his life will change for the better if she will not happen to his life at all.

On the finale episode, I was hoping for a glimmer of hope that he was still alive because hey dokpang is a time-traveler, goblin braved and endured that frozen limbo for 10 years to be with his bride so give me a time-traveler who could do as much for Ma Rin who patiently waited for him writing those future emails all those times.  Someone from kdramagods haven heard my plea and gave me answers.  But not after pushing deep the invisible knife piercing my heart as it gave those minutes of So Joon recovering from coma and waking up to the knowledge that his wife died 3 years ago, and she has a few days left to see and save her at her present living moment.  I mean man that was so mean.  It’s really a must for writers to be at their happiest moment when they are writing.  I was tired worrying and hoping and going back to the past and future and living their present lives as well.  So I was resolved to failing the drama for real.

But the drama literally saved the best for last. The frames of So Joon’s future escapades started to make sense as explained in the finale episode.  Along with how Ma Rin chose to lie about their supposed failed marriage so that past So Joon can be reprieved of his fate.
The scenes that marked in me most were first, that scene when Ma Rin told So Joon how she got through those lonely days by stalking his time traveling past self who would constantly leave food and even send video messages for her.  The other one was how when they survived their inevitable tragedy and lived as a normal married couple bickering with the usual wife’s nagging and the husband’s stubbornness, Ma Rin’s future emails would pop up to remind him of how much he was loved by her during those tumultuous times.  I knew that ajussi will do the sacrifice when the camera panned at the scene when So Joon visited Ma Rin’s year 2022 graveyard so I was not surprised as their fate has been intertwined since the Namyeong station accident.

Since time-warping is a complex plot where the writer of the imagined world is the boss, I am okay with how he gave us the answer to how present time So Joon survived the fatal injury by skipping the year he was supposed to die,  in exchange of losing his powers temporarily the moment he recovered from coma.  It was a pertinent move to propel the climax of whether he can save his wife with all his might and yearning to her looming demise.  So yes, I heaved a sigh when after all his attempts he successfully arrived to the present time where he belonged, to give everything he has for the last chance of saving himself and his wife to their imminent misfortune.

Unrequited and patient love was the binding tangible that cushioned So Joon and Ma Rin’s tale as it was a tough job to unlace the intricate connections of the characters’ present, past and future.  But all those hints So Joon discovered were key points to how they eventually freed themselves from the initial burden.

“Tomorrow with You” tested my fortitude as together with the heroine I serenely calm myself and focus on the love promise dokpang gave to her.  Although it was a sad ending for ajussi, it was a heartfelt gesture of a father’s love… to make sure that his daughter will be showered the love she deserved which he has failed to give.

This drama felt like a roller-coaster as I hiked on the twists and turns and got lost in time and space continuum.  It might even give a frustrating ride so consider you are forewarned if you are not used to a story that you have to analyze from start to finish.  Nevertheless I got my closure even if they fit it in less than 60 minutes.  So Joon and Ma Rin’s road to ever after was definitely something I would not dare to have, but they gave me lessons on how compromise, patience and love are essentials that secure an unwavering relationship. -jediprincess

 

friday kdramaland i’m in love

“Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” is my first favorite drama for 2017 and I placed it already on my top picks this year.  The thing about first quarter kdramas is that you tend to forget it if another beautiful drama comes in like what happened with “Descendants of the Sun” and “Goblin”.  Both are equally amazing but we remember Goblin more.  Now I don’t think it would happen to me.  There were two points I know for sure I will still do after the finale.  That it will stay on my phone to function as my cheering up pill and that I will rewatch it again this year and the next years to come joining my resident drama rejuvenating playlist.  That’s what I did not do with the top two dramas last year.  The hype was high while it was airing but the rewatch value is not that strong.  That’s the advantage of feel-good romcoms, you see it again because it is easy to watch and just make you smile and giddyish even if you have seen the mushy moments a lot of times already.

So today “Chicago Typewriter” will kick off so I’m not sure how I am going to break my heart between Park Hyung Sik and Yoo Ah In, so I will just take them both. *wink  I will close SWDBS next week and will probably pick “Chicago Typewriter” and “My Secret Romance” for recaps and IG screencaps.  I stayed up all night to finish DBS 12 so that when I wake up later I will do the series review for “Chief Kim” and “Tomorrow With You” before I get swamped this weekend.

“Myster Queen” premiered this week with decent ratings.  I have not seen it yet nor “Radiant Office” so I’m worried that my Hyung Sik noona romance will pile up my kdrama pendings.  lol  Nah I am resolved to finish reviews later so I can catch up on the new ones.  I hate it when my drama sched is behind.

Hope everyone is safe.  jal ja! ^^

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Ep 12 Recap

 

As my fangirl spirit got rejuvenated because of knee weakening moments from Min Hyuk’s loving and sweet gazes, Bong Soon belatedly realized that Kyung Shim was in danger.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Episode Recaps

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Ep 12 Recap – “Help Me”

Min Hyuk dotingly offers more noodles to Bong Soon so she teases him on how many times has he done that gesture with other girls in the past.  Min Hyuk replies how he never shared noodles with any girl because the girls she dated did not eat noodles since they are global beauties.  Bong Soon smirks and mentions his father told her that he caused a lot of problems involving girls when he was young.  He proudly affirms that news and narrates how he had to leave US due to foreigner girls fighting over his attention that he was so scared he might get abducted by them while walking in a park  because of too much jealousy and passion.

Bong Soon sighs at her boss’ narcissism attack.  Min Hyuk asks why she still calls him Mr. Ahn so he suggests thinking of what they should call each other when they are alone.  She replies why the need for it when they are not dating so Min Hyuk’s face turns sour.  He rants so everyone in the noodle house can hear how she has almost done everything a girlfriend does with her boyfriend except a few things and questions if what they are doing is still not dating.  He gasps and covers his chest arriving to a conclusion how her idea of dating might be too forward, open-minded and different from him which annoyed Bong Soon.  hahaha screencaps of their funny and cute noodle house convo below…

Omma mumbles how she feels strangely uneasy so aboji asks her to call Bong Soon.  She replies not to worry about her as it is the neighborhood that is in danger.  She notices Gook Doo omma’s book so aboji defends it from her evil gaze muttering how the book tells the solitary life of modern people and how he can empathize well with the character which most likely she cannot.  That earned him omma’s fury so she preps up to give him another battering.  Kyung Shim emerges from a bus and walks with her luggage in the neighborhood not knowing that psycho is trailing her.  He stops her on her tracks, knocks her out and carries her leaving her baggage on the street.  At another neighborhood, Hee Ji bumps with Gook Doo and the team searches the man in black who just vanished after following Hee Ji.  Gook Doo assures Hee Ji to rest her woes since their team will protect her.

Min Hyuk walks Bong Soon home as the police siren wails in the neighborhood.  Min Hyuk expresses anxiety over what’s happening to Bong Soon’s neighborhood.  He places his hands on her shoulder and tells her that even if he knows she is strong and special, she is for him someone he wants to protect.  Bong Soon holds his hands and soothes him to have no thoughts such as that since protecting is her expertise.  She urges him to go home but he refuses not until she is safely inside their house.

Gook Doo and his team are frustrated on the failed operation.  They deduce how they were lured to a different neighborhood through Gook Doo and Hee Ji’s connection and wonder what kind of monster they are dealing with.  Chief orders each of the team  members to check this and that but gives Gook Doo nothing to do.

Psycho drives his car with Kyung Shim tied at the back seat.  He listens to his audio feed from the police station chatting about how the psycho seem to anticipate their moves well.  Gook Doo remembers the camera gadgets he saw at psycho’s office and looks for a bugging device that psycho could have plotted inside the station.  Chief visits the car junkyard and voices how his analog antenna feels psycho’s employee is an accomplice as psycho jails Kyung Shim with the other girls.  He forces her to beg for her life so she weeps and feeds his crazy mind.

Bong Soon gets her phone to text Kyung Shim on when she will be coming back to Seoul not knowing that psycho is in possession of her phone.  Bong Soon inadvertently reveals details about her secret power thinking that she was talking with Kyung Shim.  Gook Doo checks on the corners and hidden places of their office and speaks about how the culprit might have secretly bugging them.  Psycho mocks how they finally figured out that he outsmarted them after Gook Doo locates the hidden camera he set up when he voluntarily gave his statement as a witness.  Psycho is approached by the old ajussi worker for his pay and is given instruction to starve the girls.  He mutters that the police found out that he is the kidnapper so the game officially begins.

Min Hyuk sends a message to Bong Soon to check what she is doing.  He reminds her not to go out roaming around in the neighborhood to which she agrees.  He sends a cute good night bong-bong message complete with his animated face, and she replies with a good night min-min message with her cute face wrapped with a heart emoticon which sends Min Hyuk to love oblivion. 

He smiles, kicks on the air, rolls on his bed, and replays her message to his heart content while he savor the sweet reply  he just got from Bong Soon.

From his sweet night cap with Bong Soon, Min Hyuk wakes up from a bad dream of Bong Soon losing her strength and being choked by someone.  Min Hyuk shows the Bong Soon game character he was working before and she is delighted at how he tweaked it. 

 

Min Hyuk teases her how her initial drawing only needs a moustache and it will look like Super Mario so he is glad she liked it.  He retorts how the character needs to be cool and soophisticated, but she argues how she wants it to be cute and innocent.  Min Hyuk tells her to use her drawing so she relents and points out how the eyes are a bit big, but he counters how she has bigger and prettier eyes and apologizes for not being good at drawing.  She suggests shortening the legs a little small bit to which Secretary Gong agrees muttering how the legs are too long for the character.  Min Hyuk leaves for a meeting so Secretary Gong meets Bong Soon’s gaze and slaps his face voluntarily to punish him for commenting on her short legs.

Dressed in white robe, Baek Tak chumps on a boiled egg and is notified by his right hand that troublemaker-highschoolers are searching for him and that they gave them his phone number.  On cue he receives a phone call from the leader asking for his whereabouts, but he refuses to entertain the rebellious student.   Baek Tak recognizes the highschoolers are also on board the bus he is riding so he quickly escapes the scene before they can grasp it.

Bong Soon is surprised when Dong Byeong’s face pops up in front of her computer.  He confirms if she is really going to present her game so she says yes and requests for his good feedback when she does it.  He remarks how her lousy game will not progress and wonders how she got Min Hyuk’s heart when he is prettier, taller and richer than her.  Bong Soon refuses to fetch him a coffee and lectures him on how it reflects badly on him.   She adds that if he will insist they will have to continue their conversation from the conference room scaring him.  Secretary Gong escorts him to leave the room as Bong Soon bows when he walks away.

Chief appeals to his superior that they got the wrong guy after the latter castigates them from not knowing the precinct was bugged.  Chief is advised to let go of the case and he can only heave a sigh of frustration.   Baek Tak arrives at a temple for spiritual cleansing and finds two of his men waiting for him.  Bong Soon’s minions also go to the temple to follow Baek Tak who just chided his men for breaking the rules and leaving the hospital without proper discharge arrangement.  Just then the highschool thugs make their presence known and shouts at them.  They face each other as highschool-thug-boss demands why they tried to harm Bong Soon.  Baek Tak calmly points out the boy’s rudeness but he insists on knowing the truth.  The sidekicks step in to protect their boss as Jaws show his bare hand fighting skills.  This frame is supposed to be trimmed so I’m going to cut this short.  The Hindu monk prevents the looming fight and healed the troublemakers’ excessive fighting spirit. please let there be no thug long frames next episode

Bong Soon stretches happily after finishing her game proposal draft.  She looks for Min Hyuk through Secretary Gong and was advised how he often roams around the building which unintentionally makes the employees anxious.  She steps out to look for her boss and when Min Hyuk sees her approaching he calls her and leads her to the seminar room.

He mutters how they are alone in that room so she rides and ask what he is intending to do.  He smiles and replies how he knew she is expecting something to happen which she denies.  He inches closer to her so she steps back to a wall where he is trapped by his arms and his gaze.  He whispers he will protect her so close so that nothing in the world can touch her.  He asks if she has already decided to be with her, and when she answers back with a twinkling smile on her lips and her eyes, Min Hyuk beams back and tells her that he knows her answer because he can see through her.

Elated Min Hyuk is in cloud 9 and he rubs her hair because he does not know what to do with the sudden burst of happiness in his heart.  He holds his heart when she giggled at his reaction so he complains how she can charmingly simper like that giving him heart flutters when they are alone in that place.  She continues to grin and motions to leave with him, but he moves her back on the wall with his hands holding her shoulder in place.  He peers at her lovingly, weakening all our hearts, and inches even closer to her.  She closes her eyes and waits for the peck, but Min Hyuk gives her a soft kiss of respect.

Min Hyuk takes Bong Soon to a seaside workshop, but appears like more of a date for them. *wink She starts discussing her game while they are inside a room overlooking the sea.  She blabs on possible twists they can add on the character not aware that her boyfriend is just transfixed at her presence. 

Min Hyuk can’t bear the steam of being alone with her anymore so he proposes to go out to refresh in the seaside.  Bong Soon declines it since he told her how looking at the sea can give her ideas on the game.  Min Hyuk is perplexed on how she can still work fine given their situation while he is feeling tortured of the things he wants to do with her since they are alone.

Min Hyuk dotingly watches as Bong Soon enjoys the sea breeze.  They take selfies together and move to the beach where she teases and plays with him by splashing water like a child.

Min Hyuk finds a stick and draws half of a big heart on the beach.  He calls her and asks if she can go to him.  Bong Soon gets another stick to complete the heart to answer his question.  She stares back at his loving gaze as he lowers his head and kisses her softly on her lips.  kyaaaaaaaa  She closes her eyes and savor his kiss as the sea waves rustle in that picture perfect beach.

Omma gossips with her friends how she thinks Bong Soon is already dating her boss so she will pray in the temple for 100 days.  Min Hyuk drives her home and halts her when she is about to open her door.  He steps out and opens her door with his crazy pose making her grin.

Bong Soon asks if the workshop is over.  She mumbles how she has to stay up all night to prepare for her proposal tomorrow.  Min Hyuk sheepishly apologizes for taking her time unintentionally.  Then they play their usual you-go-first scene so Bong Soon motions to go inside the house but Min Hyuk stops her quick.  He peers at her curious face and tells her how he always want to see her, but there are moments when he cannot see her face when he closes his eyes so it makes him sad.  He mutters to let her memorize her face for a while and thanks her for coming in his life.  She smiles at his heartfelt confession and he lets her go inside their house.  He whispers how he misses her already when she is out of his sight.  ahhhh i ship both of you already 

The moment she enters the room, Bong Soon gets to her proposal but she battles with the memories of the heart fluttering moment she just had with Min Hyuk. 

She straightens herself out right away to focus but when Bong Ki knocks on her door, her good mood emanates evidently as she gleefully attends to his brother if he needs something or if he wants to eat but he declines bewildered at his twin’s strange sweetnes and just opt to cook ramyun so she can go ahead with her business.  He asks when Kyung Shim will be coming back as he wants to eat fishcake soup, but she is also not sure when she will be coming back.   He cringes when she bids him goodnight with her smiling puppy face.

Bong Soon checks on Kyung Shim and feels weird on her reply to her message so she calls her but it was not answered.  She calls Gook Doo to trace Kyung Shim using the smart watch as she senses something strange happening.  She goes back to her conversations with Kyung Shim as psycho is doing the same thing.  She asks her to call but she replies that she is busy so she will call later. 

Bong Soon tries to calm herself and asks a question to confirm her suspicion that she has not been talking to Kyung Shim just as Gook Doo finds Kyung Shim’s luggage with a bum in a subway.  The police questions the bum who took Kyung Shim’s things and was given a reply that he does not have a phone so he was not able to report it.  Chief decides to search the junk yard without warrant but the police director steps in and warns that they will all be in trouble if they will proceed with their plan.  The team members ignore him and they head straight to meet the psycho.

While Min Hyuk ponders on his Bong Soon, she runs in the neighborhood worried about Kyung Shim.  He calls her but she did not pick it up so he sends her a message that they can reschedule the presentation.  Bong Soon rushes to meet Gook Doo in the junk yard and he chides her for going there.  She tells him how she figured out that Kyung Shim is taken because the psycho does not know about Kyung Shim’s dog that died last year.  She runs to check the backyard but Gook Doo stops her as the team head out not getting any clues from where the ladies might be hidden. 

Bong Soon is back in her room and sobs in frustration that she disregards Min Hyuk’s message checking if she is already asleep.  He worries if she is sleep walking so he keeps himself busy with working on a necklace for her.


Just then Bong Soon receives a video from the psycho showing Kyung Shim in his lair.  Kyung Shim warns her not to find her so psycho slams her down.  He cautions her not to notify the police and taunts her to find them herself or her friend will die.  Bong Soon trembles, weeps and gropes on what she will do.  She goes to Min Hyuk’s house crying out for him to help her.

 

Episode 12 Quick Thoughts

Park Hyung Sik’s adam’s apple is damn sexy. lol  I am already having a separation anxiety since we are almost at the end because I will miss bongbong and minmin couple dearly.  I have these thoughts on how first quarter pretty dramas tend to be forgotten when a last quarter beautiful drama appears.  That won’t happen with Do Bong Soon for me.  I think I will have to include it on my resurrection video playlist.  The rewatch value is strong because it is an easy watch and yet it is brimming with feel good mushy scenes and adorable cuteness. -jediprincess

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon BTS and Sweet Scenes Strips Part 1

Credit to JTBC Drama

First Kiss Behind the Scene

 

 

First Kiss on the Beach scene

Noodle House Are We Dating Scene

 

Thank you for coming in my life scene

 

Seminar Room Sweet Scene

Min Hyuk I want Bibimbap Scene BTS