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The very cuddly Healer (and EPISODE 15)

Healer, Healer, Healer. I am so in love with you, it isn’t even right. Firstly, you don’t exist. Secondly, even if you did, I’m a boring second year university student, not some adorable sassy reporter with brains and brawn. Thirdly, I can’t invite you to sleep over at my place either (though you technically did invite yourself to YS’s place in Ep 4). Let’s not go into the fourthlies and fifthlies. Suffice it to say that the things I want to do to Seo Jung Hoo are likely illegal in all 51 states of America and all 10 provices of Canada. And this is coming from someone who unfortunately still owns her W (minus one V) card. I just sort of adore the man. I’ve been following the show faithfully. Every Monday and Tuesday, sees me glued to the screen, taking two-three hours to watch an hour-long episode, rewinding, sighing, drooling, shrieking with laughter like a madwoman, fuming with rage that I’m still single, you get the drift. ESPECIALLY EPISODE 15. Can we please talk about that? Like, every single bit? Like that kiss? Actually no, about what followed. I’ve never been so invested in the lives of two characters. OMG, I squealed so hard at the sight of that bed, I’m pretty sure my entire floor thinks I’m certified. Yup, just ship me to the loony bin. Just let me bring the laptop. Oh and you’d better have Wi-fi. But Healer…the his and hers cups…but ugh. I’m honestly hyperventilating as I type this. Hello repressed teen. That look in his eyes though, so very smitten and happy and damn toe-curling. Let’s not even get started with that business with the arm. And the fun times under that blanket.
Dear heaven, I need a life.
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If you were expecting my usual detailed analysis on characters, events and their motivations, here’s to disappointment! Because my brain has long ceased rational function, and coherence went out of the window the moment I saw him cuddling her. I am dead, you hear me? This is my ghost presently typing these words, cackling like a madwoman (mentally, my family won’t take any more of the real stuff). I love these two. I love them together. They’re pure gold as a couple and feed off each other in the best of ways. I loved it when he tried to dry her hair and got…distracted. Jung Hoo, you’re obsessed. Who the hell knew he was so damn touchy feely, and cuddly. Big, bad Jung Hoo makes the world’s most adorable teddy bear. I want one. Okay? Hear that fate? What do I do to get me one of these? If it involves being the long-lost daughter of a woman whose husband was killed by her present husband, and means that I need to get my stuff stolen  and dumped into a public bathroom sink by said sexy Healer, then I’m game. Not that I would lose my present family for the world…of course….not. Continue reading “The very cuddly Healer (and EPISODE 15)”


Healer Ep 6 (and when Healer gets confessed to!)

Whew, we certainly get a great deal of development in this episode, particularly involving KMH and KMS. I’ll go by character this time to keep this review uncluttered.
Kim Moon Ho has to be the most enigmatic of our three leads. It’s as if there’s a curtain in front of him, preventing us from seeing his character fully. We only catch bits and pieces now and then, and even those aren’t much to go on. Though he brings on the cuteness and cajoles Director Kang Min Jae every now and then, the smile rarely reaches his eyes, which have a layer of steel in them that’s strongly reminiscent of his brother. It helps that an established actor like Yoo Ji Tae is playing this role seeing how good he is at playing peekaboo with his character’s emotions. This episode, peels back another layer surrounding him, yet we still don’t have the full picture. Moon Ho is surprisingly manipulative. I honestly pinned the way he could slide into and out of  situation, while remaining so fully in command, on his intelligence, yet there’s more to it than that. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree and Moon Ho’s just as good at playing the game as his brother is. That strange smile and steel in KMH’s eyes when asking YS how far she wished to go with the story, and why she wasn’t washing her hands of it, was the equivalent of a poking a sleeping animal, waiting for a reaction. We all knew what he was trying to do, verify how earnest she was about the case. And he was definitely pleased and proud of the answer he got, but it’s hard not to raise your eyebrows a little at the method.
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Healer Ep 5 Review (and whaddaya mean “replace the Healer?”)

Oh Healer, I love you. It may seem a bit rushed that he’s so affected by CYS, but looking at things from his point of view, it’s actually rather believable. He’s someone who’s seen nothing but the nasty side of the world and to find someone as genuine as her, regardless of whether or no she may be bait, is no doubt a brand new experience. The Clark Kent/Superman comparison is quite apt with these two, seeing how he swoops in like her own personal superhero, even when he should rightfully be running for his life. From holding her gently to asking her how many pills she needs, ugh can thing man get any more perfect? Not that he wasn’t mindful of his own safety, seeing how he prevented her from seeing his face. Though, I really think he should’ve been more careful during the fight. Things are getting dangerous for Healer as Hacker Ahjumma notes. Not only is SS Guard now aware that Healer appears to have a special interest in CYS’s welfare, but they’ve an easy access route to him.
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And here he is worrying about Yeong Shin’s safety instead. Honey, you sound a bit naïve, of course they’ll kill her. Not every night-courier has as many clear-cut rules as you do, as seeing what little rules you have, that’s saying something. Though it’s not like he’s solely motivated by his budding feelings. Boy hasn’t thrown out his brain, even if he’s gaining a heart. He needs to find out who set him up and just what connection Jae-Il Newspaper and CYS have to his parents. I do like that our characters don’t suddenly lose parts of themselves, or do a full 180 due to a love interest. Their intentions won’t be completely altruistic, there will always be some self-interest there. But that’s a good thing, it makes them much more relatable, and much, much more human and the sacrificial lambs we currently have running around Pinocchio. She draws him for some reason, and he’s curious and  even a little fascinated by her. He’s never known what it’s like to jump into a fight you can’t win, and to see her go there so bravely is something he can’t help but respect, something that touches him deeply. Just like that leopard. Continue reading “Healer Ep 5 Review (and whaddaya mean “replace the Healer?”)”


Healer Ep 4 Review (and can I please hug his arm too?)

This episode was largely set-up for episode 5 and those that’ll follow KMH’s political involvement, the JYS case, Healer’s role in CYS life and introduction to her family and the increasingly low levels that Evil Brother is stooping to. But that doesn’t mean that we weren’t hit with some surprises.

First off, dear Ahjumma, how about you let poor Healer eat his breakfast, the poor fellow’s developed some seriously paranoia thanks to you.
I love the dirty look he shot the screen the instant she hacked in though. I wonder why he’s wearing a heart monitor though. Is there something you should be telling us, show?
vlcsnap-2014-12-23-12h03m09s235Hacker Ahjumma continues to be the voice of reason as Healer chases after his new found interests, that is just what connection CYS, Jae-Il newspaper and KMH have to him. Going undercover is hella risky as Ahjumma points out and even more so if your unrecognizability and escape-artist skills are all that have kept you from capture for so long.

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Healer Ep 3 Review (and say hello to Park Bong Soo)

Well that’s one way to start an episode. The dream sequence that kicks of episode 3 is handled brilliantly in comparison to all others in Kdramaland. Most shows have a tendency to make dreams or nightmare nothing more than flashbacks to poignant or horrifying events in a lead’s past, this show does the opposite. Yet this dream, or nightmare rather, hits all the right notes and is firmly grounded in a realistic approach to what people actually sense when they dream. And the effect was rather frightening, truth be told. From the sudden blanket toss and eerie scene shift to the abrupt transition from child to schoolboy., to the road dissolving into quicksand. How many times have we experienced the same thing? Running in dreams is a rather strange set of motions. You seem to be expending your best effort, but you’re never going anywhere (or going fast enough to get to/escape from whatever lies in the world you enter at night) and this show captures that perfectly. It makes it all the more easier to sympathize with KMH’s wish for a dreamless sleep while provoking curiosity as to what the hell lies behind those fragments we saw, and what sin he committed from these recurring nightmares to plague him so.
(A shower scene with clothes on? Come on! You can’t just hide Yoo Ji Tae’s rocking body!)
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Healer Ep 2 Review (and why I’m firmly on the bandwagon)

Did I say this was going to be a good ride? Scratch that. This is going to be bombastically awesome(*firmly restrains urge to add tens of thousands of screencaps).

Healer is definitely an interesting fella. Talk about self-imposed isolation. To only have THREE contacts on your phone (one of whom technically doesn’t count as a contact) is utterly bizarre. He’s not one of those I-have-no-emotions-until-a-pretty-girl-awakens-them sort of male lead, but he’s definitely all for the job. No ethics, no interest in justice, he just wants to get his pay and get out of the world as soon as possible. Something had to have happened to foster this incredible lack of caring in him, (I mean this is dramaland, he can’t have been born that way à la Doctor Frost, it wouldn’t fit this writer’s mold) and I look forward to seeing just what that traumatic event was. He is quite ruthlessly efficient though, and I mean RUTHLESS. Like seriously, poor Chae Yeong Shim, it’s bad enough knowing that you’re being followed, but getting your stuff stolen and subsequently attacked in the bathroom by a weirdo who wants your nail clippings? That’s the stuff of Kdrama villainy, not heroism. But Healer doesn’t appear to be your average hero either. Why on earth is he called Healer to behind with? I was expecting a vigilante who fought for justice and sought to heal the world (forgive the bad pun) but umm…yeah…not too sure of this fella’s motivations (or lack thereof), though Ji Chang Wook is a babe.

Kim Moon Ho remains an enigma (and a major cutie).
When Director Kang started saying that he was addicted to fame, I honestly started out of my seat. I mean, what? You can’t just have this pretty babe turn out to be fame-hungry!
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Healer · Pinocchio

First thoughts on Healer (and this week’s Pinocchio episodes)

Healer is off to a fantastic start, and I honestly cannot wait to marathon the remaining available episodes. Pinocchio on the other hand, surprised me with quite a few irrational actions by DP.

Healer is the second of screenwriter Song Ji Na’s works that I’ve seen, the first being the beautiful and moving Faith that aired two years ago (Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun FTW!).
vlcsnap-2014-12-20-16h29m48s217 You can’t always guarantee the quality of a drama due to its actors (see Lee Jong Seuk and Doctor Stranger) but you can be quite assured of how good it’s going to be if a good writer is helming it.

As such, I honestly came into this with high expectations, seeing the writer’s skill, how slick the stills were, how beautiful Park Min Young was, and how gorgeous Ji Chang Wook and Yoo Ji Tae were(*fans self*).
vlcsnap-2014-12-21-16h41m53s47 Gosh, the smexy in this drama is no joke. Thankfully, the acting is really good as well. I was a bit worried about that as Kim Hee Sun’s over-the-top character did take some time for me to get used to at the start of Faith (though Eun Soo evolved into utter perfection) but thankfully there was no need for concern in that quarter.  What I loved about Faith were primarily its characters, and how complex yet relatable they were despite the 700 year gap in customs and setting. They were constantly maturing and evolving into better, (well excluding Gi Cheol and Deok Heung) stronger versions of themselves and it appears that Healer is no different. Continue reading “First thoughts on Healer (and this week’s Pinocchio episodes)”