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!

칠봉이 Chilbonggi

Javabeans and Girlfriday are tag-teaming on a series of fantastic recaps of Reply 1994. Please visit Dramabeans for the recaps.

Show, you really have a way to fart with my head and brain at the same time.

http://kdrama-recaps.blogspot.com/

I didn’t root for Chilbong until Episode 7. With his shirt off. With an ice pack on his throwing shoulder. Because nothing says you mean business on being a male lead like shirtlessness.

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My best guess as to why Chilbong was head over heels with Na Jung would be because she’s not impressed with him at first. She was true to herself, which he really likes. I really like how Chilbong is trying to play it cool with Na Jung.

It’s really hard to root for either him or Sseureki…

쓰레기 Trash

A tall tale I heard from my elders: Once upon a time, there was a monster. He was so hungry and fueled by jealousy, he’d only take and eat what is most precious to others. That include babies. Yes, he’d sneak in someone’s house in the middle of the night, kidnap babies, and eat them.

So to throw off the monster, the locals decided to call their most precious things by the most insulting names. Children would have baby names like that of cats and dogs until they are coming of age.

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When tragedy strikes, and there are no explanation that can satisfy such nonsensical cruelty, people find comfort in superstition and religion. Which kind of make sense that Sseureki got his nickname. Given that Na Jung’s brother passed away at such young age, (12 maybe? Hoon did not look like he’s hitting puberty just yet. ) it is not unusual practice for Sseureki’s parents to give him this nickname.

Sseureki’s unrefined behavior serves three purposes: He really wanted to emphasize that he’s there for Na Jung and parents, but had no intention to replace Hoon, who seemed to be the serious one portrayed in the flashback montage. The behavior also serves as a forcefield, shielding off his true self, hiding his softer and sensitive side, maybe also to hide his grief of losing his best friend Hoon. A simpler explanation would be he really want to complete the joke that is his nickname, and really living up to his Oscar the Grouch bit.

Right now, I’m not on any ship as to who Na Jung’s husband should be. I am fine with either ChilBong or Sseureki. We shall see.

張國榮 Leslie Cheung

I am in speed writing mode right now, because I’m afraid I’d go blind crying.

Leslie, along with Anita, are in a separate class of multi-talented, multiple threats at movie and music awards type of artists. Sorry, George Clooney, being an Oscar triple threat is not awesome enough.

I didn’t believe it when the Internet was spreading news of Leslie’s death.  It was April 1st! It was the beginning of a hostile relationship between the press and the artists. Anything that kind of look newsworthy will be printed as long as it sells, fact checking are for wussies. I was angry enough to torch up a newspaper office when the news of his death was printed on special edition. I believed it was someone’s really sick joke, to this day, I really wished it is just a really sick joke.

Imagine the overwhelming feeling of grief when Reply 1994 decided that Hoon’s (Na Jung’s biological older brother) date of death was April 1st. The moment Na Jung’s narration mentioned about how someone is playing a sick joke and laughing in the dark, I lost it.

In reference to Reply 1994, here’s the full video of “Just like back then…”