Oh. My. Venus.

(I swear up and down I’m not just waiting for another So Ji-sub K-Drama to start blogging again.)

Who am I kidding? Blog season is back soon!

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Oh My God

Yeah, I woke up from my 8-month hibernation. Remember this movie?

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I saw Dramabeans posted about Oh My God. Not sure how similar the K-Drama is to the classic Chinese romantic comedy, but the original script was fantastic with To’s dynamic duo known as Andy Lau and Sammi Cheung. Casting So Ji-sub and Shin Min-a for K-Drama version? Total win.

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Yeah. Totally winning. 😀

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…

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. 😛

Cain and Abel

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Let’s make sense of this story.

So there are these two best friends, who are both doctors. And their wives are also doctors. Jong Min (Seon Woo’s father) convinced Cho In’s parents to make up for their honeymoon since they’ve spent all their time and energy to develop a hospital that is out to help people regardless of how much money they have.

Meanwhile Hye Joo (Seon Woo’s mother) is suspicious of her husband. Jong Min used to date Cho In’s mother and competed with Cho In’s father to get the girl. We know how that ended, but there’s no convincing Hye Joo that Jong Min is not cheating on her, and Cho In is the by-product from the infidelity. The rage and jealousy consumed Hye Joo to the extent that she made sure an accident would happen to Cho In’s parents and kill them both, along with Cho In, still developing in his mother’s womb at 33 weeks.

Jong Min being one of the most talented neurosurgeon can only save Cho In and helplessly watch Cho In’s parents die in agony and pain. A baby delivered at 33 weeks is in an incubator, and in desperate need for parents to love him like he’s their own. Jong Min being the best friend wallowing in guilt, took the responsibility to be Cho In’s father.

Hye Joo, still believing Cho In is Jong Min’s son with another woman, understandably hates Cho In. Jong Min overcompensates by making Cho In his favorite child, leaving Seon Woo out in the cold for as long as Seon Woo can remember. Seon Woo tries to hopefully gain his father’s love by being nice and brotherly to Cho In.

So you got this part of the story? Good. Now I can start with what I think went wrong with the show.

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Mom hates Cho In, check. Cho In got the girl Seo Yeon instead of Seon Woo did, check. Seon Woo therefore hates Cho In enough and tries to kill him, check. Assassins hired, check.

Assassins shot Cho In in the head and left him in the desert for dead, check. Cho In dead, no. At this point, I’m having my Family Guy cutaway gag moment here. I know assassins are not doctors, but shouldn’t they be well trained enough to at least check for the lack of a pulse?

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The incompetent assassins got hired again by Seon Woo later on to kill Director Oh, who hired them in the first place. Guess what? Director Oh ran away! Seriously!

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I honestly believe that there is enough makjang material to work with based on the premise, so to have Mom and Seon Woo screaming like lunatics is not really my taste. I think Shin Hyun Jun and Kim Hae Suk are excellent enough actors to express repressed anger without going over the top. I blame the director on this one. At the end, I just tuned in for cuteness between Cho In and Young Ji. OMG, how cozy and comfortable can these two get with Young Ji still feeling flustered with all the skinship? *Hot* *Faint*
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At the end, I just want you to look at the pretty pictures I found and ignore my rant.

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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