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Kim So-yeon makes her appearance in Athena

Finally! We’ve sure been waiting long enough for this day. The Goddess of War herself, Kim So-yeon, will be reprising her IRIS character for Athena on today’s Episode 17. Truthfully I’ve been lagging a bit behind on watching Athena, but I still contend that it’s better than IRIS, at least for me. Now if Kim So-yeon and Kim Seung-woo had been a major part of Athena rather than guest spotting, it might have been the best thing since sliced bread.

Oh well. I guess I’ll have to settle for her spending an episode back with her commanding officer, and with Athena‘s resident Northern defector-turned-spy, Ki-soo (played by the awesome Kim Min-jong). Now THAT would’ve been a good spinoff. ZEUS: The Northern Trio’s Adventures South of the Border. Why won’t anyone make that show? It’s the least the drama gods can do, for having Kim Seung-woo drop out of Crime Squad. I mean, what’s a girl to do about her incurable ajusshi crush?

Kim So-yeon’s character, Sun-hwa, has apparently gone through some major changes since we saw her last. She left her spy life behind and went to live in New Zealand with her husband(!) and child(!!). But something endangers her family, and so she gets sucked back into the fight, in order to protect her peaceful way of life. I foresee much angst, and dramatic reunions. Please, can there also be a showdown between Badass Sun-hwa and Badass Hye-in (Su Ae)?

Athena had been slipping in the ratings (the weeks before settled in between 12-13%), but guest spots have brought the ratings back up this week, with yesterday’s Episode 16 bringing in 15.4%. It looks like Queen of Reversals‘ exit is helping as well. Yesterday’s episode introduced Choi Kang Changmin (also on Monday-Tuesday’s Paradise Ranch) in his guest spot, which is rumored to run the rest of the series.

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<3 Kim So-yeon ..she is awesome !

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I LOVE HER!

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me too..

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Me too,,,

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Me too...

I love her hair even more now ^^

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me too...

her hair is awesome =).

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Me toooo...
Now I'll have to d/l this episode too! Gah!

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Me. Too. ;)

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The me too's never end! she is THAT awesome

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me tooo......................

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me toooo^^

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Me Too!

(haha! I got back in line, just to say it again!) :)

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me toooooooooooooo...haha

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me too. i always loved her..

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Me too,,,,:)

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Only watching solely for Kim So Yeon even though the movie version ruined Sunhwa's much-loved drama persona. Anyway, thanks for the nice update GirlFriday. As ATHENA is way better than IRIS.. in everything.. cast ensemble and ratings.. best hope to IRIS lead not to return to IRIS 2. The sequel wouldn't be able to top the spin-off.

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athena > iris in ratings? are you kidding me? no.
iris ~ 33%
athena ~ 17%

well, kim so yeon's return will definitely make athena go higher at least a bit :)))

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If the Zeus spinoff idea IS the actual IRIS season 2... That would be enough for me to stick throughout the show

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Why'd they have to add Changmin? If they were going to get someone from SMEnt, or TVXQ, why can't it have been Yunho? Changmin's just so meh for me. Ah, the power of a big agency. =(

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because they don't cater to one specific person lol. and yunho and changmin are in the same company, so what's with the "ah the power of a big agency" LOL

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The "power of a big agency" gets them these acting spots. Not their talent.

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That's exactly how he got his other role. Surprise, surprise.

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Hi girlfriday,

Thanks for posting this! I am so looking forward to seeing Kim So-yeon reprise her role as Sun-hwa. No disrespect to Su Ae at all, but like you, Kim So-yeon/Sun-hwa to me IS The Goddess of War in respect to all things IRIS and Athena. I'd love to see a smackdown between Sun-hwa and Hye-in...and I hope that Sun-hwa kicks her ass! ;)

And- Kim So-yeon looks, as she always does, absolutely gorgeous in that shot. I love the longer hair style on her! So much better than her Prosecutor Princess/Ma Hye-ri look.

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Oh, and, yeah, even with its flaws, I've enjoyed Athena more than IRIS, storywise. For me, that's saying a lot, considering how much I loved Kim So-yeon's Sun-hwa in IRIS.

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Seriously, I have to give this info to my nephew.He just told me he is dropping Athena.

After watching Irish he is totally crazy about her.

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me also crazy about sun hwa. she totally sexy in iris!!!

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Oh, Kim So Yeon..I loved her in IRIS, her acting was awesomely done & even with that short hair cut, she looked pretty =)

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*even with that short hair cut, she looked pretty =)*

especially with that short hair cut, she looked (awesomely) pretty ;-P

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I second that. Pure sublime short hair hotness!!!

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kim so yeon!!!!!!
love her

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i actually like changmin in his cameo more than his role in PR.

and omg i love kim so yeon. wish she had a major role in athena but still to see her appear again is awesome.

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she always look beautiful and sexy no matter which haircut she is..

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kim so yeon always pretty in my eyes.
she is my ideal women.

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I was ecstatic when I saw her in the ep 17 preview!!!

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YAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAAYAYAYAYAYAYAY

she's my reason for living.

and thanks for making me choke on my coffee with the ZEUS spinoff. :)

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It means Kim So Yeon in after PArk Si hoo out in monday/tuesday's schedule? hehhehe

It made my day.... thx

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husband(?) and child(??)... since PP was on SBS, perhaps the surprised husband is Park shi hoo??? *gleeeee*

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I hope so,,, but isn't park shi hoo,, I forgot his name,,but not park shi ho

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KSY's Husband in athena is PSH's brother in QOR CMIIW....
too bad.. I want PSH instead, lol :P

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I have been waiting for her scene for so LONG

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Finally, something to look forward to in Athena. I have zero connection with all the characters so far. What a crying shame.

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I love her acting and her screen presence. Yeah me,too.For some reason, I cannot connect to all the characters especially the male lead. We are supposed to feel for him the dilemma he is in, but nothing. Kind of disappointing. The Boa episode was totally boring,and pointless. The flow of the story and the holes in the plot are kind of annoying. I keep hoping for it to get better. Maybe now we are finally getting something with KSY.

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today's episode?.....*runs off to look at it*

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ok i'm back
[SPOILER]
that was really sad..

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Wasn't it!? I didn't watch Iris so I wasn't previously aware but man, Kim So-yeon totally rocks the spy role!
I'm glad they spent a good amount of time on this part of the story. I could care less about the rest of the cast and plot because I just can't connect with Jung-woo and (going against the majority) I don't find Jung Woo-sung stunning enough for me to try and care.
On the other hand, I love Kim Min-jong as Ki-soo! Can't wait for what's to come for Ki-soo and the rest of the N. Koreans.

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I agree. I just can't care for jung woo character. he's just so goofy and doesn't look fit enough to be a spy. He looks as if he should be sitting at a computer all day. Not mention he's been outrageously stupid. everyone seems to play him for a fool.

In no why shape or form does athena even come close to iris for me. That story actually made sense with characters you care about. side note baek ji young has an amazing voice don't forget sad but sweet fit the story to a t.

They should have scrapped jung woo and had son hyek as lead even if he's the villan.

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kim so yeon? yay!

changmin? *cringe*

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waaah i miss kim so yeon glad to see her in athena. well don't hate changmin he was just fill small part hehe

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Ok, it will be my next after Giant.

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OMO...MAX>.....^__^ Im soooo gonna watch this now.. =)
Not that I didn't like it but I was not in the mood to watch this series now since I didn't watched Iris.. (I'm now in second episode ..).. anyways.. this looks mooooooreeee interesting now.. XD

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glad to see her back as sunhwa.
altho she was great in dr. champ and pp... iris was just... such a shock.
she was so amazing as a cold - hearted spy that when i saw her bubbly cheerful self on win win for teh first time after iris i nearly fainted.
not to mention.. she's a goddess with the dresses that only she can pull off >.<

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Oh damn! I'm up for some Kim So Yeon & Su Ae bad blood! Does anyone know how many episodes she will be in? It'd be crazy if Kim So Yeon's family are kidnapped, Su Ae get's caught in between. Now, not only does she have to worry about Jung Woo and Athena on her back, she has Kim So Yeon, a nasty assassin, looking for her.

Battle of the [email protected]$$e$! I have a feeling Kim So Yeon would come out alive of this one though, but barely. ;-) Sunhwa ROCKS!!!

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I´m so happy to see her again. She´s very nice and a great actress.

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great to see her in this episode.
the rating also better than the past.
kim sun hwa - kim so yeon..
i really adore her acting.

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kim so yeon is the main reason for me still liking athena.
keep going kim sun hwa. you are so pretty even with long hair.

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I was definitely hoping to see her sooner. I'm backed up about 8 eps but this gives me incentive to catch up. I hated Sun-hwa in IRIS but I loved So-yeon. And I have to agree GF I like ATHENA tons more than IRIS.

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Well, finally!! The original badass woman is making her entry to the Athena: Goddess of War world.

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yay i've been waiting for u to comment on when she'll appear. Now i'll resume watching this drama =)

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...how I wish I've watch Iris to understand more Kim So-yeon character...now that I'm kindda hooked to Athena. Another face of the female genre? not bad....love to see this.

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HAHA.
"ZEUS: The Northern Trio’s Adventures South of the Border"
You should go to Korea and make that happen please :P

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I'm totally into Athena now but didn't finish Iris. Maybe it's the cast or just me.

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is Dramabeans going to pick up on the Athena recaps?

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i wish ksy was the lead in Athena, so intense! CSW is good too.
does't have to say much. Some people just bring so much energy to the screen.

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yeah.she should be the lead and pairing with cha seung won shi..
they will be a very hot pairing in korea.(in drama)

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you right..
csw and ksy will be a very ultimate hot couple..

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If there was a Kim So-yeon tv channel, I'd subscribe!

Can you imagine if she teamed up with Kim Sun-ah in an action film as spies or cops?
They always team up 2 strong male leads; I wish they'd do the same with actresses in a thriller.

I'd take Crime Squad with these 2 since we can't have the ajhussi of all ajhussis.

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omgee..i want to see that..Kim Sun-ah and Kim So-yeon in a spies film. I'll fly to Korea for the premier!!

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yeah..kim sun ah (cute) and kim so yeon (sexy)..
that movie would be hit for me!!! haha

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Wish there was a "LIKE" button for articles. "LIKE"!

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ok see, ex-spies/secret agents/assassins and the like should never ever retire to have a family, somehow their old life,old enemies will always find them and endanger their family. It happens so many times in other dramas and movies like in kill bill when uma thurman comes back and kills vernita in front of her little daughter, seriously don't they ever think of what can happen to their innocent family?

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Kim So Yeon kya...

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oh kim sun hwa!!!
i love you

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BTW, what happened to the ATHENA recaps? :(

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yey....KSY, gawd...i love her in prosecutor princess...maybe i'll start watching this show...although it'd be better if PSH is her husband in it...
I always imagine KSY and PSH in a married life with a kid...it'd be perfect, I swear i'll praise the director of this drama if he makes PSH as KSY's husband...dude that's my dream *_*

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I watched Episode 17 last night, without subs...

...and, just like that, Kim So-yeon delivered the strongest performance(imho) of the series to date. *SPOILER ALERT*-When she answered the dead assailant's phone and discovered that the caller was her former superior, Park Chul-young, did you see how her expression went from abject grief to rage?
This gorgeous actress just continues to amaze me with her superb acting...not to mention her badass kickassery! Love her!

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OMG! I want to watch that scene so badly! --->want to download epi 17 soon!

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totally different story if KSY was lead. I'd watch

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i m totally agree that!!
kim so yeon never failed make me love her more..

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yeah..she always make me like her..hehe

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Why did she appear again ? T_T Now I keep wishing she would pop up in the following episode. Her performance was short but hecka awesome.

There's just sth about her fighting scene that is totally different from other actresses. Others just try to look robotic and cool when fighting, she looks cool but also ACTS out her suppressed human feeling inside.

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i like her so much...

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She's very awesome...

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IRIS is better than ANTENA

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Owshh...Iris's ending was teribble

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