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Dream High 2: Episode 1

It’s time to Dream Higherererer with a whole new cast of characters, and a whole new universe as well. As it turns out Season 2 is no dummy – we don’t just pick up where we left off, or reboot to square one with the same narrative and a different cast. Phew. One bullet dodged.

We get a twist right off the bat that brings Kirin down a peg or twenty, and find out that the trajectory for Season 2 is to revive the place where dreams begin – it’s going to be about saving the school as much as it will be about each individual character. This time K really is for Kirin – the school itself.

SONG OF THE DAY

Park Jin-young – “Falling” Dream High 2 OST

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

We open on a familiar bus, as a girl runs after it. It’s RI-AN (Jiyeon) and she’s chasing after… Sam-dong? Wow, Kim Soo-hyun‘s got the opening sequence? That’s one hell of a cameo.

The bus stops and Sam-dong opens the window, calling her Hye-mi. She puts the K necklace around his neck. He cries and they kiss, as another tear falls from his cheek.

And then suddenly a director yells, “CUT!” and berates Ri-an for not being able to cry. HA. Is this the drama version of Sam-dong’s life? Yup. Someone drops the script for this drama-within-a-drama, called Dream High.

He sighs and leans out the window, while the PD demands to know why crying one measly tear is so hard for her. Oh you and your meta about idol actors. You know I’m gonna call you out on it even if you have the sense to poke fun at yourself, Show.

Meanwhile Ri-an gets carted away by her manager, who insists that they have to leave for her next scheduled appointment. She turns on the tv in the car…

 
THE SETUP

So in this world there’s strict enforcement on a law for minors – a 10pm work curfew. The upshot is that idol stars are the most affected by this, and fans take up protests in support of letting their favorite stars be “free.” Heh.

There’s especially a strain on performance shows like Music Bank or Inkigayo, because if any of the performers are minors, they have to be off the stage before 10:00 exactly, otherwise the group, its agency, and the broadcaster all get slapped with fines and penalties. It’s based on real restrictions for idols, but here it’s an extreme version for dramatic purposes.

Meanwhile Kirin School of the Arts is totally rundown, and now the sign for Kirin reads Kurin, meaning stinky, foul-smelling, and of course, totally unhip. Oh what a difference a year makes. Though in this universe, at least three years have passed since we’ve last seen Kirin High. The school also has a new addition: a dormitory where some of the students live full-time.

 
THE PLAYERS

Agency president LEE KANG-CHUL (Kim Jung-tae) and his right-hand woman HYUN JI-SOO (Kahi) run the agency OZ. They run a tight ship and though they’re not fans of the new law, they know to follow the rules to stay afloat.

Their top group is Eden, a two-member beast-idol group, with JB (JB) and SHI-WOO (Park Seo-joon). They don’t seem to be on the best terms with each other, or their agency, or with acting for that matter, but hopefully they’ll get better. One can only hope.

OZ’s other act is a three-member girl group called HershE, with Ri-an (Jiyeon), NANA (Hyorin), and AILEE (Ailee).They’re popular and they have a following, but it seems as though they don’t carry quite as much starpower as their male counterparts. Ri-an is especially busy juggling acting on top of her idol career, and it’s a running gag that she’s terrible as an actress.

One particular Eden fangirl is a little more resourceful than the others: it’s our heroine SHIN HYE-SUNG (Kang Sora), a student at Kirin. She runs backstage and gets a glimpse of Shi-woo and even runs into Pil-sook (a cameo by IU) and asks for an autograph from her sunbae from Kirin High.

But it’s JB that she’s dying to meet, and when she runs into him, she blurts, “I love you!” at first sight. Hee. She’s adorable. She shows him the sign she’s carrying with his name on it, and he quickly dismisses her. That is, until he finds a need for someone to help him break curfew and turns on the charm: “I love you too. I have a favor to ask…”

Hye-sung is basically at the bottom of the food chain at Kirin, relegated to shoe-shining and various other embarrassing tasks. She lives in the dorms, and her dream is to be cast in the OZ open auditions so she can be a trainee next to JB.

And then we have rocker boy JIN YOO-JIN (Jung Jin-woon), also a student at Kirin High. He’s a singer-songwriter and street performer who’s forced to run away from his own performances when curfew hits and cops come asking for IDs. Once his bandmates find out he’s a minor, they cut him loose too, not wanting complications.

Yoo-jin sleeps wherever he pleases, though he lives in the dorms at Kirin. The first place we see him wake up is in YANG JIN-MAN’s bed. (Whoo! JYP!) Jin-man, who’s basically the dorm’s den mother, freaks out to see a student sleeping in his bed. But Yoo-jin acts like it’s no big thing, and steals a banana, saying it’s for Teacher’s own good: “You shouldn’t eat bananas. People will make fun of you.” Ha, because of his face? Hahahaha.

There are two more teachers to note at Kirin: Principal JOO JUNG-WAN (Kwon Hye-hyo) the crotchety old guy who gripes at everyone but doesn’t seem to do much else, and AHN TAE-YEON, the hippy singing teacher that I find particularly funny because she’s played by the glam modelesque Choi Yeo-jin, looking as nerdy as can be.

It’s in her class that we catch a glimpse of Yoo-jin’s particular talent at Kirin – she gives a songwriting assignment and all eyes turn to him. After class everyone comes running to him as Yoo-jin sets up shop… to sell his songs for 10 bucks apiece. HA.

 
THE STORY

The inciting incident that sets everything in motion is one act of rebellion by the Eden boys, who decide to make a statement against the new curfew. They head towards the stage of the live music performance show, just minutes before 10 o’clock. They take to the stage and perform anyway, breaking curfew with the whole world watching.

One of their background dancers, also a minor and a student at Kirin, ends up complicit in their protest-performance without realizing the time, and ends up getting cut from his dance team because of it.

Hye-sung does her part as Number One Fangirl and keeps OZ President Lee locked in his dressing room while the boys are onstage. As they perform, we intercut between Yoo-jin playing the same song in the street, while Eden performs the pop version onstage. Hm, wonder where that song came from.

Their stunt results in the network banning all acts from OZ for three months. The press goes crazy and the boys give interviews saying that it was their way of keeping their promise with the fans who came to see them. Nice packaging. But behind the scenes JB confesses to President Lee that it’s because their new single is plagiarized.

Apparently their last album had the same problem, and he didn’t want to go forward with another stolen song. Hence the stunt. He adds that what he really wants is time to practice and a chance to do what he really wants: to be a solo artist who sings his own music.

President Lee gives him six months to practice before he’ll make the final decision one way or another. Shi-woo overhears the entire conversation, including the part where JB complains about having to make up for Shi-woo’s lack of talent. Ouch.

One person who’s happy about the three-month hiatus is Ri-an, who’s been overworked to the bone, and tells Shi-woo that she approves of their stunt.

Hye-sung meanwhile gathers up every last item that has anything to do with JB, convinced that an autograph has magical powers like a talisman. She then gets ready to perform a ritual in her dorm room, which is already a shrine to JB. She lights the autograph-talisman on fire as she prays for heavenly intervention… so that she makes the cut at the OZ auditions.

Yoo-jin comes home and smells fire wafting down the hallway and starts banging on Hye-sung’s door to rescue her. She panics, not wanting to end the ritual, and keeps going. He finally pulls the fire alarm and the whole dorm runs out in the middle of the night, led by the biggest scaredy cat of them all, Jin-man.

The girls tell him that Hye-sung is trapped in her room, so they send him back in, against his will. (He thinks to himself that he has yet to fall in love, or to debut as a singer… Heh.) He stands at the ready with a bucket of water, while Yoo-jin picks the lock on her door.

He finally gets it open, and Hye-sung screams “Noooooo!” because her final talisman still needs to burn (so she can drink the ashes)… but Jin-man comes barreling in, water-first, and douses her with the bucket while she’s still screaming. Hahaha. Okay, so far I don’t care much about anyone else, but these three, I’m sold on. Well, I loved Jin-man before, so that’s no surprise.

Hye-sung stands there, mortified, while Yoo-jin snaps a picture for posterity. HEE.


Hye-sung wails at her ruined shot at supernatural intervention, and her friends rally around her – her bestie PARK SOON-DONG (Yoo So-young), dancer JUNG UI-BONG (Jr.) who lost his backup dancer gig because of Eden’s curfew stunt, and nerdy PARK HONG-JOO (Kim Ji-soo) who serenades her with a rendition of “Genie” to lift her spirits, in another callback to Season 1.

Bolstered with their support, Hye-sung heads to the open auditions the next day, only to find out that they’re no longer accepting minors, which makes sense since their biggest artists can no longer work due to the curfew-related penalty.

Hye-sung runs inside and gets down on her knees in front of agency rep Ji-soo and begs for a chance since she can really sing. Ji-soo remembers her from every audition for the past few months and tells her point-blank that noraebangs are lined with kids who sing like her, and tells her that she’ll never make it as a star.

Hye-sung stands up and balls up her hands into fists, declaring that she must be remembering her wrong. She repeats her name, Shin Hye-sung, and tells her what it means – a star hidden in the ocean – and declares that someday that star will rise to the sky and Ji-soo will regret this day. Aw, I love her spunk, though I have a feeling she’s not as good as she thinks she is.

At OZ, Kang-chul and Ji-soo debate what to do about their minors. Ji-soo suggests sending them to Kirin, where at least they can fulfill their minimum school hours while focusing on music practice.

Kang-chul worries about the current state of Kirin though, and Ji-soo confirms that it’s basically living off of its former glory. Once the old president went overseas and left it in the hands of the current principal, it all went to hell in a handbasket. She says that anyone with talent left long ago, so the students that remain are basically third-rate.

Hye-sung goes from her audition to meet her father, who turns out to be a country pastor. He tells her to call it quits with this singing business and head to seminary as planned, so she panics and blurts that she’s started praying at a temple (HA) and makes a run for it.

We finally get a taste of her so-called awesome singing on her way home… and it’s totally Not. Awesome. In fact it’s really really bad. Ji-soo’s words ring in her ears and she sighs, wondering if she was right after all.

Kang-chul arrives at Kirin with JB in tow, and tells him to look around. He goes to see Principal Joo, and greets him as “Hyungnim,” and Principal Joo doesn’t look too pleased to see him.

Hye-sung chases Yoo-jin up and down the halls for a favor, begging him to help her turn some tinkering she did into a song. He refuses and she asks if he wants more money, but he says it’s because she’s going to submit it to OZ, for the singer-songwriter auditions (what she’s considering her last-ditch effort to get cast). He doesn’t want his work at that idol factory that churns out kids’ music (what he describes as hook-songs, ie. songs that only have hooks and nothing more).

He calls her pathetic and she doesn’t even hesitate one second before agreeing with him, and continues to beg. She finally gets him to give it a listen and agree to work on it if he likes her song.

He listens and tells her that he could’ve written better in his sleep. She stammers that it took her a month to write that, but he tells her to stop pretending to care so much. He knows that all she wants to be is an idol.

Yoo-jin: Idol? Why do you want to be one? If you can’t sing, you can lip-sync, and if you can’t dance, you can wear flashy clothes. Just do that. Isn’t that what you think anyway? That’s how it seems to me. You have no interest or passion for music, but you just want to be famous, so you do what everyone tells you to do – you laugh the same, you dance the same, you sing with that same voice. Don’t you think that’s gross? People aren’t dolls.

JB overhears the entire conversation, and it stings him. Flashback to Kirin auditions, where Yoo-jin and JB sat side by side, guitars in hand. Yoo-jin had said the same thing back then, that he didn’t want to do what everyone else did, and that he wanted to create his own music, and sing rock.

Principal Joo had told him it’d be a hungry road, but Yoo-jin swore he’d make it big. And then he sang, and blew them both away. JB went next, a giant ball of nerves, and flopped terribly at his attempt to play guitar. He was promptly asked if he’d rather dance instead.

Well the fact that they have a history takes the whole plagiarism thing up a notch, eh? It also explains the complex that JB has, essentially wishing he had the talent that Yoo-jin was born with.

Back in the studio, Hye-sung tells Yoo-jin to get off his high horse, since he’s nothing but a song peddler anyway, and at ten bucks a pop at that. Getting angry, he tells her that her precious idol JB plagiarizes his songs, and that it’s a good thing he pulled that curfew stunt, because otherwise he would’ve faced a scandal.

He sneers that she ought to know what kind of music her favorite singer sings. And at that, JB walks right in on their conversation, asking defiantly, “Who says it’s plagiarized?” Hye-sung’s jaw drops and he tells her that he’ll listen to her song and help her. She thinks he’s here because she helped him pull that stunt the other night, and happily hands him the headphones.

Over in the principal’s office, they get past the niceties in about thirty seconds, and Principal Joo asks Kang-chul if he’s here to enroll some of his idols. Kang-chul says no… he’s here to take over the school. Dun dun. He declares that his company has bought the place, and that he’s going to take it over, and bring his artists with him.

JB turns Hye-sung’s melody into a song with some basic chords, and when she calls him a genius, Yoo-jin scoffs bitterly, saying he could do better with his feet. JB in turn asks if he’s got a complex with idols, and wonders if it isn’t a hit to his pride to be so transparent, insisting he hates anything that’s popular because it’s popular.

Ha. I love that they both have sound arguments that I can agree with, though it’s a little funny to have idols arguing about idols. I agree with the factory-pressed music and doll argument, and I also hate pretentious people who think hating all popular things counts as an opinion. So far, I like the conflict between these two.

The boys get heated up in their argument and Hye-sung tries to intervene, accidentally broadcasting their whole conversation to the school. (I love the random aside in the middle of the argument when Yoo-jin takes issue with the fact that she calls JB “oppa,” when they’re all the same age, because that’s just what you call your favorite idol star when you’re a fan.)

JB challenges him to prove that he can do better, and Yoo-jin obliges and sits down at the computer. But instead of fixing it, he scraps the whole song, and Hye-sung panics when he moves to empty the computer’s trash bin.

He holds the mouse out of her reach and empties the trash, to her horror. JB fumes and grabs him by the collar. Yoo-jin mocks his public statement that keeping his promise to the fans was more important than abiding by the law. He asks if being liked by pathetic people like Hye-sung has made him believe he’s actually good. Oh dayum.

But JB’s slicker about how to come out on top, and when he sees a group of girls appear behind them with cameras at the ready, he backs off. He challenges Yoo-jin, asking if he’s really so good, then how come the world hasn’t recognized it?

He says at least if he hits him, he’ll be famous for something. Yoo-jin takes the bait and sends his fist hurtling towards his face…

But Hye-sung sees it happening and sticks her foot out to trip him just in time, and he goes flying into the glass window like a pancake. Ha. JB gives her a smile.

 
COMMENTS

In some respects it’s better than I anticipated, since it’s not a carbon copy of the first season, and it’s setting up a different story. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t comparing it to the freshness of the original, which was both a more standard story but more compelling. It’s only the first hour though, so there’s room to hook to me. What I do love are the two main characters, Hye-sung and Yoo-jin, who show lots of promise as interesting people I want to get to know.

Kang Sora is especially great, because you’re just immediately on her side, and she’s willing to look totally ridiculous and commit to her character, crazy séances and all. JB is sadly the weak link among the bigger characters. I pretty much feel like I’m reading the dialogue and not his performance, and can only imagine how much better that main triangle would be if he were played by a better actor. I wouldn’t care if he were peripheral, but his story feels central to the main conflict. The rivalry between JB and Yoo-jin is good, but it’d be downright awesome if they were evenly matched as actors. I’m not asking for Baeksang-worthy stuff here, just believable performances.

I do like that Kirin as a school starts out in the dumps. It’s a nice reversal from what we’re expecting, when Season 1 history tells us it’s the best of the best. Now the entire school is populated with misfits, from teachers to students, and the overhaul from OZ (which I totally spent half the episode thinking was OG, yo) will be a great clash of the classic stuff that made Season 1 so great. And thematically, it’s nice to have a focus on the bigger picture (though that’s never been Dream High‘s weakness) – what it means to restore the place that cultivates the dream.

As a premiere I think I could’ve done with fewer characters and more focus on the leads, because we have plenty of time to meet side characters and all the teachers. Basically you only need to set up your two halves of the world – the OZ idol biz and Kirin, and it doesn’t take much to figure out who fits where. But I like that inherent conflict between the two worlds, and the fact that OZ might end up being equal parts good and bad.

One addition I love is the dorm – why wasn’t that there before? The wacky dormitory hijinks with Jin-man as the harried den mother is already my favorite stuff, and I can’t wait till dorm life gets turned upside-down when the hotshots invade the misfits’ quarters.

 
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Amazed what a different beast DH2 is.

Except for the cameos of the previous cast members it felt like it had no relation to the original.

A lot of the 'young' actors seem way older (-more like varsity level) and more plastic in looks to me.

Do like Kang Sora and JYP though.

Will try again with the subbed version.

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it felt like that BECAUSE it didn't have any relation at all. It's more like... a new universe that just happened to have these same characters.

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Watching the drama subbed makes a big difference.

I still don't get the cameos with KSH and IU. And I'd like to see way more of JYP.

But I get the story now. Am totally behind for 'Yoo-jin'.

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Okay, I totally admit that I was screaming and jumping up and down internally when I came to the website and saw the recap. When I saw that Kim Soo-Hyun was the opening scene, that all became literal! Eeek!!!

Can't wait for the subs to come out so I can see this by myself, but this is awesome! I do enjoy how they really changed the set-up from the first season. I was worried that it would be an automatic fluke, especially because I don't particularly like any of the idols played characters here that much. Anyway, here's to hoping it gets better and blows us all away.

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Okay, after watching the episode, I don't understand the whole banana incident thing? Why would people make fun of Jin-Man's face for eating a banana? *Confused!*

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I watched like many of you the first episode last night and i didn't have much expectation and i loved it...I really want to know how Kang Sora's character will develop when she doesn't have much talent...i know that she entered at Kirin with a high score but poor one at talent...will she become a songwriter or maybe actress because she and music are parallel from what i see....i like all the characters and Jb is intresting as a character..i didn't have a problem with his acting so far jaja...

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I think that's the most intriguing part for me. How is this main character who seemingly has no talent, going to succeed and fulfill her dreams, which is a part of Dream High. I'm excited to see how this plays out.

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is it just me or does PARK HONG-JOO (Kim Ji-soo) look like a young lee won jong?

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I think the song the duo sang is Baek Hee's song on the first season that she plagiarized.

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I ship Kang Sora and JB. He can compose a song so well even if he lacks singing same as Kang Sora. They are going to be our breakout stars . I love people with talent who haven't had the time to hone it and aren't arrogant about it. Now going to keep my fingers crossed they use a killer song for the dance battle. I know I like to Dream High.

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I haven't read the recaps as I'm patiently waiting for the subs, but I really hope this lives up to the DH1. I mean, I would love for it to do things differently, but I wish they can emulate the strengths. Like DH1, I hope this pleasantly surprises me.

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can anyone give me a website so i can watch online ? pretty please !

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DramaCrazy.net
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viki.com

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I won't lie, couldn't finish ep1, there were too many idols introduced all at once and I didn't know any of them, so as I was watching, I asked myself "Will there be anyone show up who really can act?". I'm sorry, it felt flat and KSH's cameo was a totally let down. It felt like Sam Dong had stumbled backwards with his career. Put this one on hold for now, my hope is now to YSH's Operation Proposal.
Thanks for the recap ^_^

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I'll watch the ep when subbed, but after reading that recap ( btw, are you allright JB and GF ? You are the actual overworked ones these days ... ).
Exploring the Dark Side of Idol world is a nice starting point. The school falling apart and the dorms gave me a " back to Hana Kimi " feeling. Which is a good point for me.
Now, wait and see to judge acting and cinematography.

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Oh my Gosh. Yes!! Thank you. Someone else who feels like they're overworked. At this point, I'm actually wondering whether JB found a way to make clones for GB and her.

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Wow I only read the first few paragraphs but it sounds AWESOME !!! I only get kbs world in my country so I have to wait a whole month for it to release on there :( I love your reviews !!! And just wondering how do you get the pictures ? Do you take them From your tv? Dumb question I know but I'm curious if anyone could tell me please ?

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probably they do print screen when they are watching the show online or something ^^

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JB is like nails to the blackboard to me at the moment. In fact, I don't like about 90% of the cast. Last season, we had Suzy, but this is a whole team of Suzys.

I'm not liking DH2 as of now, and Sora is the show's only saving grace. Why is the girl so likable??

I feel proud of Jinwoon though. And I feel ever prouder when I saw girlfriday hoped that the leads were evenly matched in the acting department. That meant that Jinwoon is somewhat okay as an actor right?
/cannot hide bias

But I think I'm just disgruntled because I wanted to watch Shutup more, but it wasn't uploaded yet xD

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just wondering, what do yall think about kahi's acting? she plays the teacher hyun jisoo. thanks!

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This is my sad face.
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This is my happy face.
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This is my angry face.
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^^ couldn't resist.

I'm not so pleased with this episode, maybe it's because I still think of the cute first season. And it didn't help that they packed the episode with references to it. Too many of them. And beside the references weren't actually linked with the story of DH1, it was just the same songs, and cameos of the same actors.
And I didn't like that we get two performances in the first 15 minutes of the show. I felt it was just bling. At least the second one was motivated story-wise (though we didn't need to see the whole thing), but what was the point of the first? I would have preferred to see the secondary characters introduced off-stage rather than just seeing them dance and sing.
Anyway, I'm being ranty, but I'm still going to stick to the show and see where it goes: I like the two leads and I hope the drama is gradually going to get better like the first. And stop cramming in random bling.

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a: dream high!
b:.....shut up >.<
c:ahh, the beginnings of a wild romance.

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Thanks for such a quick recap! I watched a few minutes of this raw last night and then a few minutes of Episode 2 LIVE on Ionair this morning and cannot wait for DF to start showing it - I was hopeful but afraid prior to this but the recap confirms my own impression that this will be fun to watch. DH1 will always have a soft spot in my heart but I can make room for DH2!

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I haven't watched E01, but it brings back memories of the all American Fame in so many ways. I like the way the story is branching out so far, and it sends an undying universal message how younger aspiring students hunger going to the same school(s) like Juilliard as their 'heroes' did.

I love KSR ever since I watched her in Sunny.

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I take some back, it does have some Fame elements but being DH2 targets certain young fans using real idols in it, I nearly forgot DH2 will never cross the line being as edgy and raw as Fame did. If DH2 dares to reach for realism, like teen pregnancy and drugs, then I will be the several first to applaud such showmanship.

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This was an Ok start. It isn't hooking me yet, but nether did Dream High 1 at its first episode so I am going to wait and see what happens. I am probably going to watch this drama the whole way threw either way.

I need more Jiyeon, I think she is adorable, but then again she is my T-ara Bias (with Eunjung) and I think Jinwoon and Kang Soora are adorable as well. The fire thing was hilarious and the best thing about the episode tbh. I wanted more epic cameo from the former cast, but I am still just happy that they are in it.

I can't wait for tomorrow. I hope subbing will be done faster. Dream High 1 was subbed so fast, maybe not in the beginning but towards the end it was ready when I woke up the day after it aired.

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Anybody else reminded of Glee? Especially the musical sequences?

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SO GOOD!

All I can say is KANG SO RA <3

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Where can I stream this?

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It's like Step Up 1 & 2. Excited to watch! Some of parts of it doesn't sound too interesting, but totally looking forward to JYP.

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Well, if Kim Soo-hyun is playing Sam Dong in this cameo, then I understand it if they are trying to create a movie on his 'life story' (Sam Don's rise to fame).
As for IU... she doesn't play Pil-Sook in her cameo, does she? Because I remember Pil-Sook having gained weight by the end of the drama.
Also, shouldn't Eunjung be there as like, a teacher? She was a teacher at Kirin. Whether 3 or 6 years have passed, I doubt she would have left right away. She was still young. But I'm reading spoilers in which Eunjung rivals Jiyeon in terms of acting. It's just a cameo, though. As herself. Wut. O_O
But anyway, I quite like what I've read so far.
BUT QUESTION:
Where can I watch this with English Subs? Anybody know?

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Dramafever has English Subs.

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I'm not sold on this yet. I didn't watch the first Dream High and I didn't finish the recaps, either. So, I'm relatively new to the Dream High franchise.

I didn't like this first episode too much. Kang Sora is crazy adorable as is JB and Jung Ji-woon. All in all though, I like Kang Sora's character the most.

Thanks for the recap, Girlfriday.

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As they perform, we intercut between Yoo-jin playing the same song in the street, while Eden performs the pop version onstage. Hm, wonder where that song came from.

----- should i tell, its Sam Dong's song from DH1 "Dreaming", or is it just me.-----

your opinion guys

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Is it ok if I watch this season even though I didn't finish watching S1. I couldn't take all of the bad acting even with good looking guys.

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OHMAHGAWD ITS OUT! :DDDDDD
I sped through all of my homework to check this XD

It's so cool seeing all the new idols :3 and JYP OMFG LMFAOOOO

Thank you for recapping ^^

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Thanks, gf!

Some random thoughts I had while watching: "Yoo Jin reminds me of Soo Bin on What's Up." "That guy (Park Seo Joon, who plays the other member of Eden) would make a great vampire!" "HA! I love what they've done to Choi Yeo Jin-- if her character on I Need Romance saw herself looking like this, she'd die of mortification." "Hey, isn't that what's-his-name (referring to Kim Ji Soo) who sings the 'Friday' remix that I like?" "Lots more dorm scenes, please."

I have no prob. with DH2 being an alternate world to DH1. I make up alternate worlds all the time when something in a drama doesn't work for me. (Like in FBRS, I couldn't buy that JIW was a teenager, so I created an alternate reality in which he had been bedridden for several years in his youth-- hence his social obtuseness and his dad's hyper-protectiveness.)

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WOOO best drama so far this year!!
kang sora is the best actress ever!!!

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I think all of characters in "DREAM HIGH" are the best actress ever!

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Shin Hye Sung? Uhm...Shinhwa?

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i kidda dislike the principal bcz he totally CHANGED Kirin. so sad watching it all...destroyed (well maybe not but still, it makes me miss the teachers n students from before)

overall, its kidda funny, JYP nailed it! kang sora is weirdly adorable!

first ep, so far so good :)

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Finally it's here. The opening scene shocked me! Did not expect the cameo to be like that =D but it was great! IU's part was too short though. I loved Kang Sora and Jinwoon did surprisingly well. The Eden boys a bit wooden though =( but let's see how it goes...

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Sam dong's appearance in ep 1 just kills me. He can only belong to Hye Mi.
I like Ri-an and JB the most. They should be together.

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wished it was more polished, not even gonna start on the acting abilities (but I do love Sora's spunkiness), the cinematography is a bit shabby. First time around jyp made sure every scene looked like it was expensive, this time around not so much

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I don't get who Shi Hye-Sung is... I always thought that it would be Go Hye-Sung. Hyemi's little sis... that's what they said it would be about, right?
oh well... it was a nice hour. Just wondering... Where'd the old teachers go? Three years ago, they were there. Three years later.. POOF! And i thought that Shi Hyuk's father ran Kirin... so how could she just leave her dad? and where's Baek Hee?? I kinda miss the old characters... alot.

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Thanks for the recap. Kang Sora and Jung Jin-woon are the most interesting to watch so far. The flashback into JB's past (and Jin-woon's) interested me in his character a bit.

I wonder if Choi Yeo-jin was purposely made into a nerdy character so she'll transform later. I hope there's some Jin-man classes. Those were funny in Dream High 1. Though, den mother hijinks sound fun too.

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Disliking JB's and Hae Sung's personality. Idk. I like them in general but in the drama, not so much. It started out quite okay though :)

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Anyone know the song at 27 mins into the first episode? It is from another drama that I saw last year, but i can't put my finger on it. It is bugging me.

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May I be the only one to say that I will read the recaps and opt to watch Shut Up Flower Boy Band instead? I know, I am in the minority here.

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this is unexpected for me, jin woon just changes his characters. He can tranformation his character, but i think she's in sistar not match with this drama, she not like teenegar anymore,,,

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the two leads are awesome! i love this drama! <3

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I've watched the first episode and so far, I'm going to give it a chance to improve.

Kim Soo-hyun's appearance was interesting because if he is really playing Sam-Dong, then it means that Sam-Dong went back to Korea instead of staying in America after he won the Grammy.

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"Hm, wonder where that song came from."

Answer: "Dreams"
-a.k.a. the song that Yoon Baek-hee plagiarized, and where she got shot down by everyone during her showcase in ep.12
-a.k.a. the song being performed by I:dn (I've been taken by their version) and Yoo-jin.

(and off the record, I think I:dn's patterned I think after TVXQ...)

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♥♥♥Jinwoon!!!!! Hwaiting!

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the first moment i look at JB, i feel familiar...
and after some times, i dont know but i think JB looks a bit like Junsu 2PM...
maybe his eyes look similar with Junsu? or is it just my opinion?

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why "DREAM HIGH" is the title of this story? i think they really wanted to catch their dreams in life...

ANSWER: "ARE YOU WATCHING? try to watch, i think you can get your answer if you watch!

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i fell i am the one of them!!!!

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