Reply 1988 Review

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It’s no secret I’m a fan of the Reply franchise. You can see my excite when I saw the first trailer revealed on the show. Mild spoilers ahead.

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Reply 1994: the Eleventh Hour

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I have two things to say at this Eleventh Hour.

For one thing, the writers did a great job for the one episode extension. Usually extensions either slows the story down to a grinding halt, or a really stupidly makjung storyline would come out of nowhere to pad the extended episodes, which makes me angry. I think the writer handled the extension well in that aspect.

My frustration toward this show is pretty much aligned with girlfriday‘s opinions expressed on DramaBeans. I agree that the writer stuck with the show’s premise a little too strictly – the mystery of who’s the husband. I understand that this is the story Lee Woo-jung, the writer, originally wanted to work on.

The problem is, the story has been done once in Reply 1997. While the network can still count on a new audience to feel awed by the show, this leaves the fans of Reply 1997 high and dry.

It is not like there’s nothing else to work on except the mystery of “Who’s the husband?” The show has plenty of moments where it works like a sit-com, filled with references of the 90’s and 00’s. The mystery can still be part of the show, just not as prominent and should not be the only obsession of the show. The mystery put everything else on the back burner.

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Honestly I can really spend 20 episodes with the ensemble on a journey through 1994-2002. Imagine, a sit-com version? Wishful thinking…

Reply 1994: Theories that didn’t happen

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The following is just some things I’d like to see in Reply 1994.

  1. 쓰레기 Sseureki and 빙그레 Binggeure as a gay couple. I have no problem with Oppa-ya marrying Na Jung. I think it’s more groundbreaking on the TV front to have a male lead ended up being gay. In Reply 1997, second lead male Joon-hee, a gay character, ended up with mystery man in red race car. Show, you should not hold back this time on exploring homosexuality as a norm.
    It was a real let down that Biggeure is not gay. That storyline was great while it lasted.
  2. Na Jung ended up marrying 해태 Hae Tae. Seriously, why stop at male lead ended up gay? We still have a few more episodes to develop Hae Tae to be a worthwhile second lead, even though he’s now a sleazy sex maniac according to Yoon Jin.
    Hae Tae is not a sleaze bag? Wow!
  3. We should not be ashamed that Chilbonggi ended up being a PLAYA!  Chilbong! It’s time to channel Derek Jeter!
    I am officially joining the Chilbong-Najung ship! This guy worked way too hard not to end up getting NaJung. I will throw my monitor out of my window if Oppa-ya gets NaJung!

Chilbong! Chilbong! Chilbong…

Reply 1994 Extended by one episode

Please refer to my post on why I’m against extensions on dramas.

This is in reference to Viki’s Reply 1994 Channel Manager salz:

[ Reply 1994 ] Hi “Reply 1994” Followers!
I have some great news for you all. Reply 1994 will be extended by one episode and will conclude with 21 episodes.
Thank you for your continued support thus far. Have a wonderful weekend!
-salz

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I’d rather have episode 21 as a special, unless the extension does not affect the pace of the story after rewriting is done. I tend to agree with Javabeans’s take. I am on Team Na Jung for the most part, not so much Team Oppa, Team Chilbonggi, or Team Haitai. I really dislike the idea of being jerked around for one more episode.

Reply 1994: My theories

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Please don’t throw rotten eggs at me. At least not yet. Hear me out!

The following is just some things I’d like to see in Reply 1994.

  1. 쓰레기 Sseureki and 빙그레 Binggeure as a gay couple. I have no problem with Oppa-ya marrying Na Jung. I think it’s more groundbreaking on the TV front to have a male lead ended up being gay. In Reply 1997, second lead male Joon-hee, a gay character, ended up with mystery man in red race car. Show, you should not hold back this time on exploring homosexuality as a norm.
  2. Na Jung ended up marrying 해태 Hae Tae. Seriously, why stop at male lead ended up gay? We still have a few more episodes to develop Hae Tae to be a worthwhile second lead, even though he’s now a sleazy sex maniac according to Yoon Jin.
  3. We should not be ashamed that Chilbonggi ended up being a PLAYA!  Chilbong! It’s time to channel Derek Jeter!

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I know it’s wishful thinking. But this is Korean cable TV, right? Think The Sopranos. Think Breaking Bad. Think outside the box! Show, I have faith in you!