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Kill Me Heal Me Ep 19 Review (and bon voyage Perry Park! You will be missed!)

As usual, I’m left with the question of just where to begin. Besides reiterating just how much I love this show, the actors and characters that is. It’s official. Liar Game, you’ve been supplanted, utterly and completely owned by the tour de force that is Kill Me Heal Me. Forgive me Ha Woo Jin.

I could go on on a bit further on how I never thought I’d ever meet another drama, especially not this soon, that would EVER beat out Liar Game but there you go. I’ve never been this lost, this madly in love with a show, weeping in full force during the moments of incredible emotion and depth, laughing out loud during the hilarious parts and left with this sense of joy and effervescent hope, once I was done.

Thank you, show. Thank you. I can’t believe tomorrow is good-bye. But let’s focus on today.

I’m just really happy with the way this episode progressed, focusing on the only three people I care about. Dohyun, Rijin and Ri On. These aren’t characters to me but real people. I have never felt such…I really don’t know how to say it. It’s like reading a book and watching the character jump from the pages into your startled arms. Never have I seen such good portrayals of good, even if a little whacked (I’m looking at you Yona) human beings. (Why must we say goodbye?)

I’m ridiculously glad at how well Dohyun’s stepping up to the occasion and moving forward. It may seem as though the conflicts are being resolved too easily (the thing with Alex for one), but as I said about a week ago, the only hurdle that really mattered was the abuse, pain and guilt these two had to overcome. Everything else, be it shareholder meetings, or Chaeyeon, or Ki Joon or Alex, is an afterthought. Seeing that Dohyun’s been taking the wind out of Alex’s ‘bombshell’ as well, I’m glad that things ended up the way they did. What Dohyun said to Alex was a long time coming and demonstrates just how far he’s grown. He still shoulders much of the guilt and blame (though he really shouldn’t in this case, Alex made his own bed) but that’s one of his best and worst character traits, his sense of responsibility, his way of narrowing everything down such that it’s all his fault (remember when Rijin wanted to eat her mother’s duck stew in ep 13?). It makes him a lot more aware of others’ pains and problems, and a hell of a lot more empathetic and understanding. Seems to me that him and Rijin aren’t so different in that respect.

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Nevertheless, Ki Joon still knows about Dohyun’s DID, but I still don’t think it’s going to be a big deal. They won’t shove company politics down our throat in one episode. Dohyun’s title as Vice-president was only ever one of the many things that got tossed his way because he was Seungjin’s heir. He never wanted anything to do with it, and can survive just fine without it. It’s not a central aspect of his life at all (unlike Ji Sung’s previous role as Minhyuk in Secret, who couldn’t imagine not having the company, or Yoojung!).

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(I’d like to see him in a drama soon. We didn’t get to see too much of him this time, but I have a feeling that he could be a great male lead)

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Major, major props to the writer for handling the Chaeyeon arc so well. I do feel for Chaeyeon in some sense. Dohyun did treat her like a princess, and after all Ki Joon’s screeching and shoving, the contrast must have felt like paradise. Girl, just wants someone who loves her, I really can’t blame her for that. But she’s got to stop when he’s pushing her away, and I’m glad that arc was ended definitely today. It was quite, quite brave of Dohyun to take two large steps in one day, and I’m really glad that his resolve didn’t waver. He went straight for it. And we all saw how she reacted. I don’t think it was entirely disgust on her part, but more like the last flaming bit of hope within her was snuffed out as she realized that even when he did come to find her, it wasn’t because of anything he felt for her. Whatever he felt is well and truly dead, and she doesn’t want to deal with a man who’ll change on her so quickly. I like how the reaction is human, and doesn’t paint her as some psycho second female lead. Props again, to you writer-nim!

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Dohyun may be plowing through with as much resolve as possible, but he’s far from impervious to pain. His reaction after Chaeyeon’s departure (oh Ji Sung, must you be so perfect?)was one of such quiet acceptance in the face of yet another rejection (because it’s definitely a rejection of both him as a romantic interest, but also as a person) that I just wanted to rush over and give him a hug. Luckily there’s someone who’ll be doing that for him from now on. Continue reading “Kill Me Heal Me Ep 19 Review (and bon voyage Perry Park! You will be missed!)”

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Liar Game Ep 12: Just the beginning

What a ride. What a magnificent ride. Just when I thought it impossible, Liar Game has outdone itself once more. I’m going to miss this show like crazy…during the interim months until the second season that is! (And yes, I think we can definitely say that there is going to be one).

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Get ready for a super long analysis. There was so much sheer perfection in this episode, I’m surprised I managed to get anything written at at all! It wasn’t entirely about our three leads this season finale, as the bonds that sprung up during the course of the show proved sturdy. Our secondary characters rose magnificently to the occasion, proving NDJ’s philosophy with gusto. Jamie remains a scene-stealer, and I hope to see more of her next season as well!

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(Did someone just mention me?)

We start off with NDJ being cornered in the bathroom by Director Jang, who spews his nonsense about KDY and HWJ working together. Seriously dude, do ratings and company capital matter so much to you that you’re willing to stoop this low? And I take back everything I ever said about NDJ’s sudden distrust of HWJ. Man, this show has a way with editing previews that puts me on edge. Continue reading “Liar Game Ep 12: Just the beginning”

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Liar Game Episode 11: A matter of trust

This show is honestly going to be the death of me. Even as I (mentally) jump in joy at my wild theory on DJ having been at the orphanage being right, my brain crumbled when NDJ pointed that gun at HWJ.

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But let’s backtrack for an instance to the very start of this episode. We see that NDJ actually did see HWJ ready to enter the café before the news broke, which I thought would ease things a little, seeing as the man was right in front of her eyes and she could demand her answers. And she does, being the rational person she is.

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(Yeah, no I’m not sleeping tonight)

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Liar Game’s ep 11 preview and the return of THAT PAINTING

The preview for Liar Game’s 11th episode has been out since Friday, though I unfortunately didn’t have the ability to expunge by fears, and excitement about it. First off, THE PAINTING IS BACK!!!! Those who’ve been following the show will undoubtedly remember that moment when HWJ raced off to save his girl from KDY’s wiles (and $15000 bottles of wine) and focused on a painting in the corner for a few seconds. Well the preview shows HWJ entering a dark and musty room of sort, after which the scene cuts to a painting falling from his grasp, as he clutches his head in agony saying “This is…”.

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I’ve quite a few wild theories on what it could mean and I’m just going to let them loose. This is Liar Game after all, you can’t trust anyone.

My theory is that the painting is one of the memory triggers they use in hypnosis and the like. Then, DY had a dual purpose in inviting DJ to his place: to get those pictures of her and secondly to get HWJ racing off (to protect his girl) to his place where he’d see the painting. Thus, seeing it again in episode 11 would then serve to bring back HWJ’s repressed memories.

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Liar Game Ep 10: When all secrets come to light

I have no words. This episode was absolutely incredible for start to finish. Liar Game has outdone itself in term of production quality, storytelling, characterization, need I go on? Every episode is jam-packed with revelation after revelation, like peeling back the layers of an onion. And it’s so brilliant I can scarce breathe when watching it. This episode focuses particularly on the bonds between our characters, particularly how NDJ has the ability to gain trust so easily. NDJ really gets her moment to shine, time after time within this episode, treading boldly where she’d have shied before. HWJ, is surprised, proud and amused when NDJ boldly decides to take a whole $50K more, than the $5K he asked for.

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(How adorable!)

While JDG’s betrayal was sudden and shocking, his motives were what one might expect, a desire to protect NDJ and fear that HWJ was using her to win the game. Yet betrayal was betrayal, as Jamie noted. But DJ and HWJ’s quiet forgiveness of DG was what got me teary-eyed. Seeing DG sobbing into HWJ’s arms, was super moving as were HWJ’s gentle words. “We’re finally one team.” (I love this man so much!)

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(Yes, YES, YES!)

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Liar Game Episode 9: Reversals and a shocking betrayal

That. was. INCREDIBLE. I’ve watched. I’ve re-watched it. And I’m probably going to watch it again. I have yet to see Episode 10 (which will probably happen sometime today, as I’m awful at balancing university life with overly additive shows) but I honestly won’t be able to function until I do. I think I’ve calmed down enough over the past 9 and a half hours to get my thoughts down, so here goes.

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Liar Game’s preview for Ep 9

For some reason, I cannot help dissecting each and every part of this show, which is strange as I’m normally one to leave things at that. Perhaps it’s because there’s just so much packed into each beautiful episode. I also like to think that it’s the best way to pay tribute to great storytelling: to think and talk about it. Regardless of the fact that these people are characters, I like to think of them as people. Heaven knows, I believe that’s what the writer(of the manga and the screenwriter of this drama) would have wanted and what she/he would have thought. I did think that there was a little less NDJ in the past two episodes than I’d have liked ( I do love her as well). But the coming two appear to make up for that.

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Holy Cow! Episode 8 of Liar Game

First off…YES! I was right about DG’s first promise! It feels so good to work along with HWJ. Nevertheless, our hero didn’t get to save his false promise for the end thanks to KDY’s machinations. But that wasn’t all that occurred. We came around to the moment I dreaded upon seeing this episode preview.

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This scared me. HWJ has always had his emotions under tight leash. There’s a startling similarity between him and KDY in that sense. Hence why this burst of emotion is all the more frightening. In that instant he realized he’d missed something. Infallible as he was, some part of KDY’s plan had slipped past him. That registered on some level, and frightened him. That something could lead to him losing the game, to losing the answers he’d searched so hard to find. And so he cracked for an instant, emotion leaking through. But our hero rallied soon enough, and I heaved a sign of relief. Too soon. Watching the previous episode did make me wonder if HWJ was getting perhaps a tad overconfident. He seemed to be to calm, too collected.

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(You sure you have time for that, honey?)

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Thoughts on Episode 7 of Liar Game

I’ll try not to post spoilers in during my ramblings and focus more on the tiny details I noticed per episode and the questions that each invariable brings. First off, I am so in love. Ha Woo Jin continues to be the best male K-drama lead I have seen in years. I squealed so hard at that “I won’t let Da-Jung get hurt” bit and the “In want to see her dream realized” bit. Can I fall even more in love with this man?

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(Rawr)

That being said things are starting to heat up. Kang Do-Young sudden (not so surprising when you think about it) entrance into the game has resulted the stakes being raised for our hero and heroine. More so,now that he actively appears to be pursuing WooJin. I’m super worried that his supposed overreaching when making this second promise (that resulted in Jamie leaving his prty) is but a ploy. Kang Do Young (henceforth KDY) is not the sort to simply make mistakes without there being an ulterior motive and I am honestly scared for Ha WooJin (henceforth HWJ) and Nam DaJung (Henceforth NDJ) as to what this may mean.

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(hello fake look of surprise. KDY is such a delicious villian. Please stay that way!) Continue reading “Thoughts on Episode 7 of Liar Game”

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Madly in love with Liar Game

Or Lee Sang Yoon to be precise. My computer is presently jam-packed with screencaps of his gorgeousness, his brooding eyes and his…anything really. Honestly, I watched Angel Eyes while it was airing and thought he was adorable, but here? Phew! Boy heats up my screen.  vlcsnap-2014-10-24-21h47m54s32 vlcsnap-2014-10-24-22h07m45s172 vlcsnap-2014-10-24-22h08m24s40 vlcsnap-2014-10-24-22h08m30s94   vlcsnap-2014-10-24-22h23m11s205

Uh…yeah…not obsessed at all. Honestly, he barely had any screentime in the first ep, so I just went on thinking that this would be your typical K-drama-ized version of a story, blablabla. And then. That ending, when he stretches out his hand. It was barely one second. But I sat up and went, “oh shit”. Love at first sight, with this fellow.

I honestly found it a full 180 since his last role, he’s gritty, he’s ingenious and he knows it. He works super well with our heroine and umm…dimples, anyone?

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I love how Nam Da Jung bring out a softer side in him, and I absolutely adore how he wasn’t one of those dawdling, noble hero/ arm-dragging he-men, who just always know best for you no matter what. He isn’t telling her what to do because he’s better than her. He’s telling her how to win, because he genuinely wants to help her, by her request. And I have so much respect for a man that can just go up and call himself her possession without being torn to angsty bits over it, or worrying that its demeaning him. this is a guy who knows want he wants (answers) and means to get them WITHOUT hurting anyone. (K-drama heroes you have a lot to learn from Ha Woo Jin). vlcsnap-2014-10-30-19h13m35s53 vlcsnap-2014-10-30-23h36m32s177 vlcsnap-2014-11-03-20h49m36s125 vlcsnap-2014-11-03-20h50m17s148 vlcsnap-2014-11-03-20h54m01s99

Ha Woo Jin is shrewd, untrusting and…um…a murderer. Is it bad I sorta adore him? It’s hard not to see why he did what he did, and honestly I find him even more appealing for taking justice inot his hands and finishing things as cleanly as that. He doesn’t rationalize his crime, he doesn’t try to make anyone understand, he goes into the slammer, and hell, even the guards owe him favours. I could go one and on about how much I love his character and those brooding eyes in which the barely banked fires of passion flare. But that would take ten more pages. Continue reading “Madly in love with Liar Game”