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Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 1
by | January 30, 2012 | 101 Comments

I love this drama already; Episode 1 delivered just what I’d hoped for, and what I wanted. I’ve watched a lot of high school shows — an embarrassing number, actually — and if the rest of the series maintains the premiere’s moody atmosphere and underdog narrative, I think it can rank up there with my favorites.

True, we will be losing Lee Min-ki soon since he’s just an extended cameo, and he’s definitely one of the best, most charismatic aspects of the show so far. But I like what I see of the rest, even the newbies, and if the smooth directing can continue to showcase the strengths, I’m not too worried for the other cast members. Lee does have a star power that’s practically overwhelming, and I feel like the others will be able to shine more once he’s gone. (Hey, that glass is half-full, okay?)

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Even with the numerous character posts I’ve done on this show, the names tended to get confusing — there are just so many of them — so here’s a cast list, off the top:

  • Lee Min-ki: BYUNG-HEE, leader, vocals.
  • Sung Joon: KWON JI-HYUK, guitarist.
  • L: LEE HYUN-SOO, second guitarist.
  • Lee Hyun-jae: JANG DO-IL, drummer.
  • Yoo Min-kyu: KIM HA-JIN, bassist.
  • Kim Min-seok: SEO KYUNG-JONG, keyboardist.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

Band practice time. Guylinered Byung-hee mans a handheld camera to introduce “my beloved friends.” The band is called Angujeonghwa, which I’m calling Eye Candy; the literal Korean term refers to visuals so pleasing to the eyes that they’re cleansing to your sight.

Byung-hee’s camera lands on drummer Do-il, who’s “always serious, all the time.” Casanova bassist Ha-jin is smooth-talking the ticket girl, and gets dragged away by the ear to join practice. Ha-jin has no shame about playing in the band to impress girls, and asks stoic guitarist Ji-hyuk (our series lead) why he plays. Byung-hee pipes up, “Because you like me!” Hee.

Ji-hyuk ignores that and says that he likes being in the band for himself, and Byung-hee says, mock-hurt, “Wait, I like being in the band to be with you — are you telling me I was in a one-sided love?” So cute.

Chic guitarist Hyun-soo says, “To be honest, doesn’t everyone want to hit it big?” Baby-faced keyboardist Kyung-jong chimes in with his Busan saturi accent that of course they do — he’s gonna hit it big and rake in piles of money.

They turn the camera on their “wacko leader” Byung-hee and ask him the same question. He waves that aside and leads them in the cry, “Shut up, and let’s go!”

Showtime, literally. Girls line up to get in to a dingy club; attendees range from the rich girl who bribes the ticket girl to give her a seat “where I can touch the oppas,” to tiny schoolgirls who plead to be let in (and also touch the oppas).

“Shut up” seems to be a motto with this band, and their poster includes the line, “Shut up, and feel honored!” Oh, I love this teenage braggadocio. The show kicks off in the packed club, and the song is actually great — melodic and pounding rock. (Phew for the music!)

Unfortunately, they’ve got an incompetent sound booth operator who accidentally turns the outside speakers on full blast, leading to complaints that draw the police. The boys see officers trying to push past the ticket girl, and Byung-hee yells, “Everybody run!”

Four of them run out the back, while the two leaders (Byung-hee, Ji-hyuk) get trapped and head to the second floor. They look out into the sea of girls and on the count of three, they make the jump. The audience happily receives them, and they crowdsurf their way out blissfully. Oh, this is a lovely sequence, surreal and atmospheric.

In the morning, Byung-hee wakes up in bed. Ji-hyuk sleeps on a subway bench, where a curious schoolgirl stops in concern — we don’t get her name yet, but it’s SU-AH — and leaves him a yogurt drink.

Ji-hyuk barely gets a drowsy look at her face, and the next time he opens his eyes, it’s his bandmates laughing at him, “See, I told you he’d be here!”

Drummer Do-il wakes up in an empty pool hall, having slept on chairs. His mother calls him: “You didn’t come home and slept at the store again?” Right off the bat we’ve got three boys who didn’t sleep at home, wherever that is; broken families seem a norm with this crew.

Do-il joins his friends (sans Byung-hee) as they make the morning walk to school. The boys talk about what to buy next with yesterday’s proceeds — a new drum kit, or an amp? — but apparently there is no money. Sigh. Sucks to be poor and playing with crappy equipment.

Turns out Byung-hee’s sleeping in a girl’s room, and her dad knocks on her door. The sight of Byung-hee sends him into a rage, and the girl tackles Dad while insisting, “We just slept!”

Byung-hee jumps out the window and the girl tosses his clothes down to him. Or rather, some of his clothes. He runs into his posse now wearing a dress and dashes off first; his friends spy Angry Dad running their way and start running too.

Dongnae High School. Clearly no learning goes on here, with kids running pell-mell through the halls or sleeping, or otherwise goofing off.

The teachers have a meeting to discuss the upcoming Seoul redevelopment plans that’ll close down the school and force the students to transfer out. Oh ha, Angry Dad is one of the teachers. That explains his heightened reaction, and totally cracks me up.

The principal brings up the police complaints of a high school band causing a disturbance and asks the teachers if any of the kids are theirs. Angry Teacher/Dad fumes, knowing exactly who they are.

Not that they’d admit it, of course. The teacher calls them into his office to demand alibis and guitarist Hyun-soo offers up, “I was reading at the library.” Nobody can keep a straight face at that. Ha-jin says that he and Kyung-jong went to sleep early, and Teacher barks, “What are you, married?” Hee.

Ji-hyuk sighs, “We had some real fun last night,” which gets the boys looking worried — is he gonna crack? Byung-hee steps up and barks, army-style, “Last night! I met up! With a girl!” and the teacher hurriedly shuts him up. It was his daughter, after all.

Angry Teacher offers to jog their memories with the aid of a punishment stick, and wails on Kyung-jong first. Ji-hyuk steps up to stop him — ah, so he’s the one with the hidden steely spine — and takes over the challenge…

…which ends with his neck in a firm chokehold. HA!

They receive their transfer assignments, opening them together nervously, lest they get split up. Thankfully they’ve all been reassigned to the same school, Jungsang High.

They don’t know much about the place, but they get filled in by another student who’s head honcho of his own posse. This other group is basically the No. 2 posse at Dongnae, and No. 2’s Leader is particularly annoyed because one of his minions now wears Byung-hee’s girl’s dress. HAHA. Well, that explains how Byung-hee got his uniform.

Rival Leader smirks that while our Eye Candy boys may be hot stuff here, at Jungsang High they’ll all be trash, so today’s the last day they’ll get to put on airs, acting all cool. This leads to a schoolroom brawl.

Over to Jungsang High School with its manicured lawns and pristine buildings. In a spacious rehearsal room, YOO SEUNG-HOON (Jung Eui-chul) leads his band in a practice session, all jazzy proficiency on the piano.

Seung-hoon is distracted throughout class, fixated on an empty desk, though he still manages to answer a question in fluent Japanese about the nature of humans as social animals. So he’s the annoying perfect one, huh?

Seung-hoon relaxes upon finally finding Su-ah (Jo Boa), having worried over her lack of contact. She assures him that “complicated matters” have now been solved and he reminds her of his birthday in two days. She smiles, “How could I forget our prince’s birthday?” He tells her to look forward to the song he wrote, which he’ll be performing.

Seung-hoon’s friends join them to gossip about the delinquents who’ll be transferring soon. The brainy Maro mocks not-so-brainy Pyo-joo, saying at least now he won’t be last place in the rankings anymore.

Su-ah’s best friend is Deo-mi, which is an unfortunate name since it basically sounds like Dummy. Aw. In any case, Su-ah balks at Deo-mi calling Seung-hoon her boyfriend, insisting they’re “just friends.” Deo-mi scoffs, since the whole school knows they’re together.

Seung-hoon’s the guy who has everything, which makes birthday-gift-hunting difficult, and Su-ah wonders what to get him. It doesn’t help that Seung-hoon’s personal philosophy is: “Don’t work hard at something you truly like.” He explains this to his posh older sister (who has her own entertainment agency), explaining that if you have to try to hold on, it means it’ll leave.

It’s twisted logic, but I guess it makes sense to the boy who gets everything without trying, who has the luxury of only keeping what he likes, tossing the other stuff back like undersized fish unworthy of eating. Ha, why bother holding something in your grip when you can just expect it to stay there on its own, grateful for the honor to be near you, right?

Byung-hee argues in favor of quitting school altogether, but one look at the Jungsang homepage changes his mind. The school has lots of pretty girls and he’s in need of a creative muse (“There’s no hope in this neighborhood”). He gives his boys a lecture about the necessity of a muse to inspire the creative soul, pointing to a Van Gogh calendar and informing them that it’s the “totally famous Picasso.” Haha. Kyung-jong cutely points out that it’s a Van Gogh, and Byung-hee corrects, “It’s Van Gogh, painted by Picasso.” HAHA.

Ji-hyuk points out that he could use last night’s girl as his muse. Byung-hee practically recoils, saying, “That noona… um, that wom… that chick… She’s dangerous to be with.” I’ll say.

The boys head off to “Paradise”… which turns out to be the name of a huge marketplace for musical instruments. Su-ah’s here as well, looking for potential gifts for Seung-hoon. Byung-hee spots her at a distance and is immediately struck with conviction — his muse!

He heads off to talk to her, and she clearly knows nothing about instruments as she asks for a guitar a band leader would play, particularly an expensive one.

Byung-hee leans in super-close, making her nervous, and says, “My voice… isn’t it awesome?” Hehe. He says that guitars are like his voice — to find the awesomest one, you have to try them out, not judge on price.

An exasperated Ji-hyuk interrupts to drag Byung-hee off to join the group again, ignoring his protests.

Byung-hee comes back in search of Su-ah shortly afterward, only to find that she’s gone. She has hurried off after worriedly taking a phone call from Dad.

At Paradise, Byung-hee sees a poster for a rock festival so now he’s more determined than ever to find a muse in time to write a kickass song. He doesn’t mention the festival to the boys but drags them along to go muse-hunting. The group tires of waiting in vain, and after an hour Byung-hee agrees — while pointedly saying that he could’ve found her if Ji-hyuk hadn’t interfered — to designate the first girl to cross the street as his new muse.

There’s one pretty girl who heads toward them… and gets into a taxi without crossing the street. Then there’s an unattractive girl, whom womanizing Ha-jin tries to wave aside. At the last moment, a girl darts in front of her and heads in their direction. The boys all sit up and take notice, especially Byung-hee — it’s Su-ah.

She trips on the curb and falls into Ji-hyuk’s arms. Hilariously, Byung-hee looks down at his open arms and says, “That was supposed to happen here.” Su-ah barely registers them and darts off, while Byung-hee declares that this must be fate.

The reason for Su-ah’s distraction: She’s finally made contact with Dad, who picks her up. He’s been having business problems and is on the run from loan sharks, though he tells her not to worry. He hands over some cash and an address — she can live there for a short while, and he’ll come back for her soon.

The boys gather at Ji-hyuk’s rooftop room for ramyun, while Ji-hyuk looks over Byung-hee’s new muse-inspired song, only partially written, which he says is pretty good.

I love that they hang a lantern on Byung-hee’s excessive love of eyeliner, which he defends as an expression of his free-spiritedness: “It’s the essence of completing me.” Kyung-jong quips, “So you’re saying you’re embarrassed of your bare face, huh?”

Su-ah tentatively makes her way to her new temporary home, which is across the way from the boys’ hangout. It’s definitely not what she’s used to, all grim and bare.

Hyun-soo has good news for the band: They can play at his parents’ nightclub tomorrow to fill in for a cancellation. The boys get ready, which includes hair and makeup treatment by ticket girl Woo-kyung, who is sort of like a band roadie though she’s not officially with the band.

The boys are game enough for the makeover except Ji-hyuk, who squirms and protests. Byung-hee designates Woo-kyung as Ji-hyuk’s muse, which she loves it since it means she’s his “official woman,” at least in one sense.

Hyun-soo drops by the club to see his parents, only to hear them being chewed out by the owner, who rails on them for bringing in some punk kids who’ll ruin the mood. His parents hang their heads and assure their boss that their son “isn’t like us, he’s really good.” The boss warns them to remember their places, and Hyun-soo watches with clenched fist.

Hyun-soo delivers the bad news to his boys, though the reason he gives is that they’re too young to play a club like this. They’re bummed, but what can ya do? Byung-hee decides that they’ll just perform in the street, then, like the free spirits they are. The band cheers up, though notably Hyun-soo remains in a funk. They drive on to Daehakro, a neighborhood of Seoul known for being theater central, with lots of musicals and plays and performance halls.

Seung-hoon and his boys, called Strawberry Fields, head to a show of their own. For them, venturing outside their posh Kangnam neighborhood to a club north of the river is a step down in status, but Seung-hoon says he’s bored of the usual and wants something different and interesting. Spoken like the privileged rich boy he is.

Arriving outside a venue, our Eye Candy boys start setting up their instruments, just as Su-ah arrives bearing flowers. Byung-hee recognizes her and sweeps her up into a hug, telling her, “Muse, I totally missed you.”

Too bad that’s when Seung-hoon and his band arrive, and Seung-hoon clocks Byung-hee in the face while his friends sneer about these punks setting up shop outside somebody else’s show. Ji-hyuk steps in front to get Byung-hee to stop him from escalating the fight, telling him to calm down, adding that the girl is no muse. He has a way of speaking about Su-ah that’s got a little edge to it, and she looks angry and a bit hurt at it.

Su-ah talks sharply to Byung-hee, while Seung-hoon orders the “hoodlum friends” to get lost. Byung-hee returns, “If we left because you told us to, that wouldn’t make us hoodlums, would it?”

So Seung-hoon waves a stack of cash and throws the bills at their feet. There’s something so insulting about throwing money, and the fact that these are the equivalent of hundred-dollar bills just rubs that in even more. Could he announce any more clearly that he’s saying, “I’m better than you”?

Then a second Strawberry boy calls their equipment trash and shoves a cymbal over. That breaks the camel’s back: Ji-hyuk launches himself at sneering Seung-hoon while Do-il throws a fist at Strawberry boy.

A full-scale fight erupts, but the rich boys have the luxury of stepping back while the bouncers — or are they bodyguards? — take over the fight for them. Seung-hoon haughtily turns away with Su-ah on his arm.

End result: The rich beat up the poor, until the boys are left lying in the street, bruised and battered. They curse those Jungsang assholes for even outsourcing their brawling, and Byung-hee decides, “Hey, let’s go there.” Why not join them on their turf? His muse goes there, after all — though Ji-hyuk can’t resist grumping, “She’s not even a muse!”

Next thing we know, the six Eye Candy guys are arriving at Jungsang, marveling at the resort-like facilities. The guard tries to block them, asking what school they belong to. They answer, “Jungsang!”

 
COMMENTS

If you watched the long trailer last week, most of this episode comes as no surprise. A lot of this first hour was setting up the world and dealt with things you already know if you’ve been following pre-show information. That being the case, I still found it totally satisfying, because in addition to painting characters you root for, the execution is damn solid. The directing, the music, the ambiance — all wonderfully assured and cinematic.

I love the little mood moments we got that you’ll have to watch the show to see, because words don’t convey the feel of it. There’s the crowdsurfing scene, for instance, with slow-motion surrealism capturing a heightened, time-suspended moment. Or the silent beats that give us a glimpse at a character’s inner vulnerability, whether it’s Do-il avoiding home to sleep on chairs at a pool hall, or Hyun-soo watching his parents being disrespected and unable to do anything about it.

It’s those individual moments that make the group camaraderie all the more engaging; these really are lost boys, facing unpromising futures. We had a pack of lost boys in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, and while I loved those kids and all their adorable bonding moments, what we have here is a different level of lost. This show is much less silly, more gritty.

This is not a depressing or dark show, but I absolutely love that there’s that edge that you won’t find in a lot of “pretty boy” dramas. It’s why I kinda wish, even though the “flower boy” descriptor isn’t exactly wrong, that this drama’s title didn’t trumpet that quite so blatantly. Yes they’re pretty, but the term carries a tonal suggestion that I don’t think really describes the show. But I get it; you’re establishing a brand, and you want continuity, et cetera.

In any case, these boys are street rats, not just because it’s cool to be a delinquent but because they don’t really have options, and they’re doing the best with what they’ve got. I’m sure they enjoy being bigshots in their little pond, but I also get the sense that they’re not posturing to be cool; more than anything, that cool facade is a cover for something else. It’s an intriguing dichotomy that I look forward to exploring. We saw it in half our characters — Ji-hyuk, Do-il, Hyun-soo — and I’m anticipating we’ll get more from the others in due time.

One pleasant surprise I found with the show is with the character of Su-ah. I think it’s safe to say that there was concern over her as an actress (for being in her debut) as well as her as a character; I’ve seen the term (reverse) harem drama being mentioned a few times. There’s always the risk that this kind of heroine can get infuriating, because she somehow gets everybody to fall in love with her for no reason other than that she’s pretty. Furthermore, I find that in a lot of romances and rom-com dramas, the guys get interesting character trajectories while the ladies remain static Mary Sues. So would this be an exercise in fanservice and wishful thinking, and nothing else?

To the contrary, I thought Su-ah was well-handled, particularly regarding Ji-hyuk’s reaction to her. Byung-hee’s instant muse-obsession is the kind of thing we might expect in those aggravating examples of perfect princess heroines, and even the rest of the band had a moment of slackjawed admiration at her prettiness. And if our hero Ji-hyuk had responded like Byung-hee and given us an instant two-brothers-fight-for-the-girl conflict, I might’ve felt the urge to throw something. At him, preferably.

Yet Ji-hyuk looks at Su-ah and his first reaction is dismissal. At the music store, he sizes up Su-ah’s upscale appearance and judges her for it, like she’s a poseur or something. Like she’s trying to commodify his world to look cool like some yuppie hipster. He’s wrong about her, but he’s jaded because he’s ostensibly seen enough of “her kind” to lump her in with the rest of the pack.

In fact, his reaction is akin to a kind of fan reaction that can erupt as a reaction to the Mary Sue type. On one hand, we balk at being made to believe everybody loves this bland character for no real reason. But on the other hand, it seems equally reactive to hate someone for being deemed attractive, too. And Ji-hyuk seems to hang a lantern on that — he judges her for looking a certain way, like he’s got her all figured out. She’s a pretty little rich girl, so she must be just like that stereotype in his head: privileged, spoiled, frivolous.

At the club when he tells Byung-hee to let it go because she’s not a real muse, he says it in this disparaging tone, insinuating she’s just some rich boy’s trophy girlfriend, a groupie. It’s like he’s giving voice to our worries about the character, thereby assuring us that all is not what it seems. This sets us up for a nice reversal later, and I’m eager to see how he’s brought around.

Plus: Underdogs at the fancy school! I love it. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and the rest of this series.

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101 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Fasiris Fay

    This looks really cool!!

  2. Deeliteful

    soooo fast yay!

  3. PassionFruit

    <3 <3 <3

    • 3.1 PassionFruit

      love all the characters, they all have such distinct personalities ^^

      HIGH HOPES FOR THIS SHOW!!! hope dream high 2’s premiere will be just as good *fingers crossed*

  4. Hanna

    I saw this episode without subs and it was beautiful to watch! Not only the boys, but the whole thing.

    And they also did a pretty cute thing, because there was a karaoke scene where the starting song (that we saw) was none other than Be Mine, one of INFINITE’s (L’s group) songs :) small, but fun detail for a INFINITE FAN ^^

    • 4.1 kewbie

      Yes! I saw it without subs, too, and I really enjoyed it! I’m thinking of skipping my appointment tomorrow to watch it. ;-)

  5. Marie

    I am soooo skeptical of this drama. I just finished watching Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and geeeeeez what a waste. Although it had cute boys, she mad cute faces, and had cute fantasy scenes that drama lacked any substance. If this drama is anything like that I can’t do it again.

    btw I am a totally rom/com fan too.

  6. ilikehim

    If anyone has watched “In Time With You”…Sung Joon is like a Bolin Chen lite. It’s the mouth and facial expressions.

    • 6.1 Misa

      Totally agree!! I thought I was the only one thinking that….the smile is the alike too
      Bolin Chen is such a cutie

      • 6.1.1 t-berry

        when you mention bolin chen totally make me realize it..Li da ren!!!!they both totally hot!!..nway i always see sung joon is not typical korean looks..he had japanese looks which im surprise during lie to me drama..

        • 6.1.1.1 sadangdong girl

          haha really? i thought sung joon has one of typical korean looks because i know many people looks similar to him here in korea (of course no better looking than him!) . when i first see this sung joon guy on screen, i tought he is Lee Chung Yong, proffesional football player of bolton wanderers. thier facial features are not that rare type here..maybe in japan too?

      • 6.1.2 Vawnki

        I found some pics and they look SO SIMILAR @_@
        http://vawnki.tumblr.com/post/16987677293/can-you-tell-the-difference-bolin-chen-vs-sung-joon

    • 6.2 Carinne

      Haha! Must be the deep voice. The one reason why I couldn’t keep my eyesears off Sung Jun in Lie To Me.

    • 6.3 Ellen

      yeah, that was exactly what I was thinking. Sung Joon looks like Bolin and vice versa so much!

  7. Venus

    I have totally fallen in love with this show!!..it has everything I haven been looking for in a drama for a while. Yes, the boys are pretty like JB pointed out, but there is something deeper than meets the eye and I love that in characters.
    Lee Min Ki truly shines in his cameo he keeps the ball rolling, but mid-way through I was already with the rest of the boys that I LMK just took a back seat. I can’t wait for tomorrow and the subs!!…

    Thanks JB for the recaps!!

  8. kbap

    UGH. I love this show already. (And all the characters. Despite those little moments that are a bit sad and vulnerable, they’re hilarious. And cute. Ain’t Flower Boys for nothin’)

  9. myr_ah

    The fast and furious JB. Thanks! :D

  10. 10 JiHwan

    I wish this was Lee Min Ki’s drama come back. I miss his face on the small screens so much.

  11. 11 Cruelsummer

    Thanks for the recap! I’ve been refreshing like crazy for most of the day. I’m trying to keep myself from watching it raw. It looks great! Hopefully it will be subbed soon.

  12. 12 Ani

    You know, the way their previous school is totally made me think of the different schools in all 3 of Gokusen. I like Underdogs shows, and even when I promised myself I wouldn’t read the recap, I went ahead and read the damn recap. D’oh! Anyways, I’m going to pick this one up since I’m loving the Misunderstood Underdog Yankee feel to it. Thanks for the awesome recap!

  13. 13 partypapercrown

    yay! thanks for this- this show’s right up my street!!

  14. 14 Dara

    Why all permed boys? LOL

  15. 15 mellowyel

    aw, this looks cute. can’t wait to see it :) Thanks for the recap!

  16. 16 hpn88

    I just started watching it and they had me at using a CRYSTAL CASTLES song!! it was the song the band played at their show. Music PD I <3 you.

  17. 17 kels

    I loved it. I love when you can feel why such and such character are friends, none of that felt false. A group of misfit boys who genuinely like each other plus I already like the main girl, people are already starting to criticize her and I’m all lol, I’m all for it. Plus the feeling that something tragic is about to happen to shake this core group of boys is something that elevates the show for me. Oh and how much do I love the Byung-hee/Ji-hyuk Otpness, soulmates indeed. Oh and I love Ji-hyuk misconception about Su-ah, it makes them going forward so much more interesting.

  18. 18 someone

    i cant wait until the guys move to that jungsang high n mess the hell out of that school lol
    but why oh why lee min ki has to leave , why couldnt they keep him , he is the most interesting character , how would they fare if he were to leave ?
    but even though i like the boys , i cant say the same about the main girl , right now she is just another pretty face to me

  19. 19 will work for soju

    Tonite, Tonite is my favorite Lee Min-ki song. Actually, my favorite Korean song. Thanks!

    • 19.1 news

      I also really like ‘Dreaming’ from his album No Kidding.

      • 19.1.1 will work for soju

        All the songs on that album are great except for the Jou Jou songs which are kind of awful.

  20. 20 itunscrewstheotherway

    it looks great! thank you for the recap!

  21. 21 canxi

    I lol’ed at the picture of Byung-hee fixing his eyeliner, ahaha.

    • 21.1 aoiaheen

      Ha Ha! It was one my fav scenes in the episode. I’ve always wondered how guys look when they are putting on thier makeup.

      Well, now i know! LMK makes the same eyeliner-applying face that i make, except i keep the stick at a slant and he keeps it straight.

  22. 22 sahn

    Javabeans, is someone covering dream high 2 this year? just watched the premier ep and am a little disappointed though there were some very very short cute moments.

    a huge fan of kang sora though.. prob will decided to (not) stick with it after i read you guys’ review of it…?

  23. 23 JD

    Looks like Sung Joon carries that cat grin over to this drama lol

  24. 24 azngirly2005

    I totally agree. I love the fact that the main character is not into the main girl yet. It’s just killing me, because I really want to know how their story is going to turn out. AHHHH! I can’t wait for more. I await your next recap :) Thank you!

  25. 25 Joy

    I can’t wait till it’s fully translated on Tudou! Looks and feels like a movie! Also I just looked up Sung Joon and he’s ridiculously young as a 1990 baby! He just seemed so old and mature in Lie To Me. It seems like this drama is definitely a winner to recap! Also I wonder if you are going to do Dream High 2 first impressions post?

  26. 26 ocramevoli

    i can’t wait for the next recap and episode…Keep up a good job…this show is totally rock!!!

  27. 27 suitfetish

    …I was so going to save this for later and watch Dream High 2.

    I even blogged it. I shouldn’t have read this recap because now I want it soooo bad.

    (Technically, I can watch both, but this shrivelled little heart may not be able to take so much love…)

  28. 28 bjharm

    seems a fan girls delight with all those guys they could have one shower scene per epiosde and no repeats, thus I dub this show a hit, never doubt the power of a fangirl!

  29. 29 Cool

    dream high 2 is a joke,really. goofy and plain stupid if you’d ask me. but ehhhhh i guess fangirls will be pleased thanks to the good looking cast. dream high 1 is the best,and it was a mistake trying to make another season.
    when it comes to quality, flower boy band is definitely better.

    but don’t worry guys,i’m sure someone here will recap dream high 2 as well!

    • 29.1 getoba

      Whaou after one episode of dream high 2. You seems to be a medium.

      • 29.1.1 Cool

        Yes, after only one episode of dream high 2. just like that.

  30. 30 Arhazivory

    I’m definitely sold. I love it aready just from reading the recaps. Now I’ll avoid readinganymore and wait patiently for subs. lol.

    Thanks JB~!

  31. 31 Hipployta

    Looks good…I only managed a few episodes of Ramyun Shop but I’m looking forward to this.

    How much do I love the meta and lampshade hanging? Yes, L sing Be Mine and Byunghee rep your guyliner LOL!

    • 31.1 Hipployta

      After watching Min Ki be so awesome here I had the urge to go back in time and watch him be adorable and shy…

      Who remember the love triangle on X-Man with Yoon Eun Hye, Kim Jong Kook, and Lee Min Ki? The first YEH and LMK OF COURSE GAME http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-IwypP5TkI&feature=related

      Man when the Pattya special happened *sigh*

      I wish Yoon Eun Hye would appear on Running Man…have a mini X-Man reunion

      • 31.1.1 olsen

        Was just reading the comments and I came across YEH’s name and got stuck :)

        Thanx

        *off to watch the vid*

  32. 32 Yeng

    lee min ki is the hottest and my fav character…they should have him stay

  33. 33 danna

    can I just say how much I love Byung Heeee!!!!!…I’ve a huge thing for crazy characters and Byung Hee is sooo awesome!!!!….also love the way Lee Min Ki is portraying him….I’ve always liked LMK and found him a good actor but as I’ve only seen him in Evasive Inquiry Agency, Romantic Island and Taerung National Village..in all of which he played very simialr characters, I was beginning to feel that he could only do one type of character..but his Byung has proved me so wrong and I couldn’t be happier….still not that taken by Sung Joon but I love the group together and their energy and vibe…like you said, their backgrounds give their relationships with each other that special something….love the feel of the drama overall and I adore that it’s so not sacharine….now I’m just said that we won’t be seeing Byung Hee for the whole drama

  34. 34 nuri

    Ah.. Judging just by JB recap tone here it seems like the characters is having so much fun and like JB is having fun recapping them. I know that every posts always easy to read but this has that added value. Fun!

    Thanks Javabeans!! Hopefully this show will be as good as you (and I) hope!!

  35. 35 thekors

    But I also hope that they won’t set the Ji Hyuk-Su Ah storyline such that his initial negative impression of Su Ah won’t make an illogical U-turn. Sometimes I think it would be good to start the relationship on the ‘indifferent’ level rather than the ‘hate’ point

  36. 36 rsmchirps

    Just watched episode 1 raw and I’m totally in love with it! And with each one of the boys. Each of them is just perfect in their role and together, they are pure drama crack! Lee Min Ki is adorable, heavy guyliner and all. And Sung Joon is so cool, he’s giving me chills. The story, the setup, the way its been shot, are great. And yes, I love that one song they sang at the start! Looks like I’ve found my drama crack for the year!

  37. 37 mooony

    i agree with the “static Mary Sues” thing.i hope that the heroine is not just “another pretty girl” in the drama.anyways,it was surprising to hear lee min ki singing not love by crystal castles,daebak…

  38. 38 Kitchel17

    AWESOME!! their like the punk version of the F4! n honestly what the F4 should have been in the korean drama, but thats a different story!! loved the episode woo, can’t wait for more!! oh my lovely L rocks^^

  39. 39 t-berry

    totally in love with lee min ki song!!

  40. 40 M

    Lee min ki is so manic and refreshing, it’ll be sad to see him go, but I really really love the tone of this drama. Perfect first episode, hopefully they keep it up! Love sung joon and L too. Just perfect, and realistic dramas are what makes my world go round. To put it bluntly, I won’t be embarrassed for myself when I watch it at the gym…..like I would BOF or ramyun shop

  41. 41 M

    Lee min ki is so manic and refreshing, it’ll be sad to see him go, but I really really love the tone of this drama. Perfect first episode, hopefully they keep it up! Love sung joon and L too. Just perfect, and realistic dramas are what makes my world go round. To put it bluntly, I won’t be embarrassed for myself when I watch it at the gym…..like I would BOF or ramyun shop..

  42. 42 Ninaa~

    The song they first perform is a cover of Crystal Castles’ “Not in Love.”

    I really hope they release it with the OST because the original is more electronic.

    And why must Lee Min Ki leave?! I love him already.

  43. 43 Annnsow

    I really want Min Ki to stay in this show.

    • 43.1 aoiaheen

      Me too! I don’t want him to leave :(

  44. 44 KDrama Fan

    Phew! Glad that this looks like a drama I can follow easily and not get confused like I have been with the complete change of direction of the DH ship.

    By the by, wonder how What’s Up, DH2, and Shut Up managed to keep their stories different. Did the writers pow-wow?

    • 44.1 Cruelsummer

      I don’t know why, but the thought of the writers having a “pow-wow” made me giggle :)

  45. 45 maldita

    Excited to watch this as soon as I have time to. I can’t pass up the chance to stare at L and Lee Hyunjae. :)

  46. 46 Aly

    For me this drama definitely won over Dream High 2. Gonna watch this one :D
    And thanks for the splendid recap :D

  47. 47 Mystisith

    Thanks for the recap JB. I had a good feeling about this show and it seems to be confirmed.
    Why LMK didn’t have this kind of roles in the past ? ( I only saw him in Really, really like you, so maybe he did, IDK. ) He is the embodied rebellion. LOL.
    The reluctant and clueless muse made my day.
    Now going back to stalk my streaming sites.

  48. 48 Sate Ayam

    Fell instantly to this show even though I watched it without sub. Lee Min Ki, how I missed him!!

  49. 49 kaye

    Awaiting my download. I have a very good feeling about this. And also, Myunsoo (!!!!!). I think I’ll fall for Ji-Hyuk, too. :D

  50. 50 Musings

    yeah I FRICKKIN LUB THIS. It’s got this indie feel to it. I like, I like! And it’s the first time seeing Lee Min Ki in something and now I get why people were so excited about his cameo. He’s got amazing screen presence and just so lovable in this role! gah! Awww mannnn… please don’t goooooooo

    • 50.1 Musings

      And the character with the busan accent is so adorable!!!! When he had his face painted HAAHAHA cute. I smile whenever he comes on <3

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