Master’s Sun, Part 16

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Damn it, now I have to marathon the show this weekend!

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I like the ending all in all. Sweet and all wrapped up in neat packages. Everybody is getting some lovin’, happy endings all around.

The show may have ended, but I still have a few things to say about it. I have to gather my thoughts, though. Hong Sisters have drawn references to Arashi no Yoru ni, and that in itself may span several posts or just one with a few subsections, but I haven’t figure out a format just yet. I have also ignored all the other characters in the show and just focused on our OTP most days, so I’m also thinking about posts dedicated to that. Decisions, decisions…

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Master’s Sun, Part 15

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I’m just going with the eye sex scene, because it is, well, sexy.

I like the cute but why isn’t TaeYang and JuGun kissing? Are we working on a reverse curve where these two touches less and less, turning into an old couple before they turned old? Even TaeYang’s unni is getting some action! Com’on!

The one-episode extension didn’t exactly kill the momentum, I know the writers are trying their best not to make this episode feeling padded, but I can’t help feeling the padding. Ugh. Padding. If you are to pad, at least make new hottie Lee Chun Hee mud-wrestle with JuGun. That’d be hot. Or bring Lee Jong-hyuk back as Giant CEO to do some really childish things.

Drama gods, please make tomorrow’s finale incredibly amazing.

Master’s Sun, Part 14

So neither SBS nor the production company has confirmed nor denied that episode 17 is either a special or an actual episode with real writing. Yeah, please keep the mystery to keep us taunted and want to keep watching. *Stupid tactic*

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The prediction I did just for fun just became true. 😦 HeeJoo has been imposing as Hanna for the last fifteen years. My best guess is given how materialist Auntie Joo and Daddy Joo are, I’d not be surprised that either of the elders had the conversation on “you’re not rich, therefore you cannot marry Joong Won” kind of BS started all of this. But hey, we need something to instigate the story as a whole, so I’m not going to have my CBG moment here.

It’s really sad to no end on how Secretary Kim and JuGun’s relationship end on such a note. Most love and friendship are conditional, but love and friendship based on atonement is the saddest of them all 😦

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I really smell a spinoff: How TaeYang haunted Yoo JinWoo for three years, and how she’s his muse for three years to have him generate his best work as a photographer. Please, please, please have a spinoff! I don’t know Lee Chun Hee as an actor and I already liked him within a few scenes he’s in this show.

I understand the chances of bringing the original actors back for a spinoff. I’ve read interviews on how Gong Hyo Jin is gun-shy about doing another Rom Com. Even if you can’t bring the same actors back, the story of how a ghost haunted a person for three years, turning him into the best photographer, then turn out that she’s only comatose is a compelling enough story for me. Hong Sisters, make it happen!

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I think this 꺼져 sounded most painful for the entire show. What a painful send-off. This is why I don’t watch melos, especially with So Ji-sub in it. I’d been blind long ago with all the crying.

Master’s Sun, Part 13

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Whew! I think things are on its way back to normal, depending on what “normal” really means.

I was reading Episode 14’s live recap on soompi by softycandence, and she had a really interesting theory about HeeJoo and Hanna: Hanna is the one that is dead, and HeeJoo the living one has been imposing as Hanna for the last 15 years.

That theory actually explains a lot of things. HeeJoo was abandoned while Hanna is adopted, that follows HeeJoo’s cynicism towards the world, then the kidnapping along with ransom. To make this more sickening, let’s do that whole Jekyll & Hyde gig: When JuGun was spoken to coldly, e.g. in the library and the beginning of kidnapping, it was the real HeeJoo; for the sweet moments like when JuGun was pushing the girl on the swing, it was the real Hanna. Since it was established the twins have been in on the kidnapping together, the two girls might as well “date” JuGun at the same time.

This is not farfetched in the Master’s Sun land of ghosts. The late Giant CEO spoke in riddles before it was revealed he was a cross dresser. JuGun’s dead first love may be just Hanna pretending to be HeeJoo and protecting her sister till the very end.

Oooh, I really like the idea of the guy who can also see ghosts, and is somehow connected to TaeYang. There’s a chance I like him better than Mr. Awesome Giant CEO Lee Jong Hyuk to compete for TaeYang’s affection. We’ll see about that.

Three more episodes to go. Show, don’t disappoint me.

Master’s Sun, Part 12

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I have to admit, I dislike certain portions of this episode, but some elements have to fall in line to cause certain events to set in motion for this episode.

I never understand the logic of family members such as Auntie where she thinks she can prevent JuGun to see TaeYang. I understand her emotions of wanting to protect her nephew from getting hurt, but her logic of only TaeYang is the one hurting JuGun and only preventing TaeYang from seeing JuGun would protect him is not something logical. So Hanna has special privileges because she appears to be rich? Then this is just Auntie’s lame excuse to get rid of a woman of a lowly social status.

While I’m not a big fan of over-the-top angst, I am a big fan of fate overcoming that angst. I like the moment when JuGun has no control of his feet and walked towards TaeYang’s office like he’s on auto pilot. Many K-Dramas have done this before: You can lose the memories, but you’re never going to lose your instinct. Love is not about memories, it’s about the sub-conscience, one layer below logic and memory. It’s like a puppy knows where to find the mom’s teats to feed, eyesight not required. These are the you-just-know moments.

I also appreciate that JuGun may have lost some of his memories, but lost none of his cold calculating personality. I found a lot of times I’m frustrated of how amnesia in a drama is done. Writers use that as a lame excuse of making the amnesia victim stupid too, and that’s not fair to the character or the audience. Fortunately this problem has not happened in this show yet.

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The other thing that really bothers me now is how Hanna and Hee Joo is related to Secretary Kim. Kim is the benevolent matchmaker of this show. Having him also indirectly responsible for the relationship strain and JuGun’s PTSD? I won’t allow my brain to go there…

Meanwhile, just look at the pretty slideshow. I’m never tired of the chemistry and skinship between the two leads, even when JuGun is in amnesia mode. I really look forward to Episode 14, and I hope the amnesia arc of this story does not last long. There are signs that Hanna may not get stuck on JuGun, but if JuGun is resuming his slimy ways, maybe another fake engagement is under way.

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My Anti-Extension Religion

Re: SBS offers Master’s Sun extension

I remember the days when my teacher asks me to write a paper, with the minimum number of words or pages that needs to be filled. I remember sometimes I’d make the paper with wider margins, padded the sentences with unnecessary words to fulfill the requirement.

The problem with drama extensions is just like that. The screenwriters are originally allotted a certain amount of time to tell a story, e.g. 16 episodes, then suddenly there’s a two episode extension. Usually the question comes down to, “Are there sufficient writing material for 18 or 20 episodes?”

The solution, supposedly, is the pad the story so the drama will make it to the number of extended episodes. However, the solution usually leads to more problems. What kind of padding material? If it’s just fluff or telling other stories for the sake of just telling other stories, it waters down the quality of the drama.

The other solution is to slow down the pace of the story and stretch it, like adding more words to a sentence. But that’s also a problem. Viewers are attracted to the momentum the drama originally built, and may not be patient enough to wait for the story to develop in a slower pace.

Extension usually means more money is someone’s pocket, it is easier for the production team to say yes than to say no. The trick is to find enough material that can still make the story have good momentum without watering down the quality of the show. This is something that only very few 16- or 20-episodes shows can do.

IMHO, I think The Master’s Sun is one of those shows that has some flexibility withthe storyline, so on the writing side, extension would not be as problematic, as to say, Protect the Boss. I’m still on board with the concept of ghost of the episode, so a few more formidable spirits should not hurt the pace of the story.

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What I’d really, really like to see, is to have Lee Jong-hyuk as Giant’s CEO come back to compete with JuGun for TaeYang’s love and as business rivals. For fun, I like them to devolve into 9-year-old boys in a recess fight for lunch money and the girl. Lee Jong-hyuk told us he can do that back in A Gentleman’s Dignity, and we have evidence So Ji-sub as JuGun is already doing that while shaking KangWoo’s beers and throw them back in the fridge.

I’m least interested in having Auntie Joo to step in and make this drama all makjang, like trying to make TaeYang go away, or have Uncle VP in this long conspiracy fit to take over Kingdom while JuGun is in a coma. There are already plenty of angst in this drama. We have yet to establish Hanna’s (HeeJoo’s twin) true intentions, her motive to steal the diamond necklace in the first place, and whether she and HeeJoo are related to the JuGun’s family in other ways besides JuGun’s initial involvement with HeeJoo. I think there’s plenty of material on that front, so detours into cliche land is something I’d not like to see.

Crossing my fingers on the extension thing. I really hate shaken beer or soda. 😛

Master’s Sun, Part 10

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O.M.G. How much more can I love these two? I still have my reservations on the writers, being bitten pretty bad by ‘Big’ and all, but I think this is the most evenly paced and thoroughly thought-out drama I’ve seen from Hong Sisters so far.

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I like them so much I made two slideshows today 😛 No, I just want to reserve the second slide show for the uber-hot kiss scenes. KISS-orcism 2.0 baby!

I also liked Lee Jong-hyuk as Giant CEO. I’m not all that disappointed that Hyun Bin cannot make this cameo, you want an actor that can still rival So Ji-sub but not taking away too much attention from the male lead, so Lee Jong-hyuk is a great choice to play Giant’s new CEO. If any story arc needs to be extend for extension or to make the drama more evenly paced, I put both my hands up for a CEO-CEO-TaeYang love triangle! I actually hate drama extension with the heat of a thousand white hot suns. I will talk about my anti-extension religion later on.

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Push and Pull

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A relationship of any kind is a dance: there’s pushing, there’s pulling, there’s falling down, there’s picking the other person back up.

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I think it’s accurate to say Tae Gong Sil started her relationship with Ju Jung Won with a push, AKA running then touching him, fell down on the floor, because he pushed her away, then pulling JuGun’s leg. This pattern went on until Hee Joo showed up in TaeYang’s body.

The moment JuGun believes in TaeYang’s ghost-whispering abilities, the magic moment begins where their relationship clicked and worked. No, it is not necessarily the same moment where JuGun fell in love with TaeYang. There will be a lot of rationalization where JuGun tries to talk himself out of his romantic feelings, but hey, last time the guy fell in love he was in high school. With Hee Joo. As an awkward teenager.

So at first, TaeYang being useful ghost radar, JuGun would pull her in every time he needs her and push her away when he does not. TaeYang would rationalize at the same time, too, since why in the world would a rich handsome man be interested in a crazy woman like her?

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Then we start to see moments like this. JuGun proactively offering his hand to her. To finish it off, she starts to say no to his hand. The evolution of Tae Gong Sil starts with a woman scared out of her wits because she had no choice.  Then, to a woman who’s offered a choice of not seeing ghosts anymore, at the crossroads, she grew courage and decided she needs to help these invisible weak beings. TaeYang got a taste of what it’s like to be safe with her safety hideout, and discovered her capability is not always a curse. Now she’s at yet another intersection. Even JuGun supposedly professed his love to her at the end of Episode 10, she still has to choose to live with him by her side, or to keep living without him, no matter how much scarier the ghost-seeing journey would be down the line.

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I’m pretty torn between both ends. On one hand, I really enjoy happy endings. Who wouldn’t want a boyfriend or husband that’s rich, with So Ji-sub’s good looks, and is a level-5 ghost-be-gone force field? I raise both my hands! On the other hand, I really would like to see Tae Gong Sil break out of the damsel-in-distress mold. That way, she’ll be up there with Kim Sam Soon and Go Eun-chan as one of my favorite K-Drama female leads. I know we only have 6 episodes without extension, but please drama gods, give me a kickass Tae Gong Sil!

In the name of calculations

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All the Hong Kong political postings these days say something like, “How far are you willing to go in the name of … ?” So, I’m going to ask Ju Gun, “How far will you go in the name of Tae Gong Shil?”

You’d be like, “GD, that’s not the title of your post! What are you talking about?”

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Subtitle courtesy: I See Dead People team @Viki.
I don’t usually include subs in a screen shot, but this really adds the dramatic effect.

In Master’s Sun, we see the evolution of many characters. I’m going to talk about Jo Jun Won today. Yes, the cold-hearted calculating bastard, the classic Hong Sisters male lead. The saving grace comes down to the actor that got the role. To be fair, though So Ji-sub’s hair and wardrobe looks a lot like Cha Seung-won’s in Best Love, So’s acting aura is less intense than Cha, landed somewhere in between Cha and Yoon Kye-sang in Best Love, which is quite fitting to Gong Hyo-jin’s acting style.

Like many other Hong Sisters male lead, JuGun suffers from some form of PTSD, pain from childhood that seemed incurable until the bumbling female lead shows up. Look, the magic formula works, so I’m going to make my inner CBG take a vacation. JuGun is cold and calculating as his protective layer. He needed no protection from anyone, at least before TaeYang shows up.

I really like Hong Sister’s new approach on ghost of the episode, where some of the new ghost characters gets to participate and add more pieces of the puzzle that is TaeYang and JuGun. We started with the clipped white rose ghost, where she left JuGun the prediction, “You may be able to avoid lightning, but you’ll not be able to avoid this girl.”

Greatest casting decision made ever!
Greatest casting decision made ever!

While not all of the ghosts have a direct conversation with JuGun, each of them achieve the function of making TaeYang stuck onto him harder. The fountain ghost gave TaeYang a chance to show her ghost seeing chops at JuGun. The shoe ghost gives us the “That’s Chemistry!” moment in the parking lot. Of course, to get JuGun on board about TaeYang seeing ghosts, Hee Joo’s possession seals the deal.

The ghosts also show JuGun’s progression from nonchalant to starting to care, like end of Episode 4 where he volunteered to provide a safety hideout for TaeYang. And volunteered to touch her in the board room meeting. And volunteered to be her level-5 ghost-be-gone force field while she dozed off in her office.  I just need something that sounds crazier than a safety hideout.

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We are at the moment of truth when the pianist’s dead wife gets to question JuGun’s cold logic and is curious where does TaeYang locate in the middle of his calculations. JuGun’s answer is KISS-orcism, cold on the outside, all hot and bothered on the inside.

I am really excited with how the drama has made progress. Please don’t let Episode 11 be another fake out like Episode 8, where JuGun is rationalizing himself out of this feverish love with all the skinship.

Master’s Sun, Part 9

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I decided to try this with a different approach. No I’m trying to learn how to use my collage software.

OMG! How hot is episode 10?! I also surprised myself with the predictions I made on my half-time report, where I think it’s the non-touching is going to have more impact on the show than the skinship.

collage_2Missing out on each other is part of Hong Sister’s writing. Including TaeYang getting the amulet while JuGun thinks that she didn’t get the amulet.

I’m not undermining the KISS-orcism in episode 9 (the term KISS-orcism courtesy of WeliWelo on Viki). But…just watch the episode. This is THE episode to watch if you’re only allowed to watch one episode of this show.

collage_3I also like the idea of how JuGun and TaeYang are figuring out each other like teenagers. Ah…memories.

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