Drama Recaps
Queen In-hyun’s Man: Episode 2
by | April 30, 2012 | 80 Comments

This show is just gorgeous; it feels like I’m saying that a lot these days, with drama cinematography really stepping it up in recent months/years, but this one really is a feast for the eyes. The period scenes remind me of Joseon X-Files in ambiance (the same starkly beautiful lighting, though without the sci-fi creepiness), and the modern scenes add a cinematic sheen to what could feel like standard rom-com material. I dig it. A lot. Oh, and the story’s not so bad, either.

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EPISODE 2 RECAP

Back in the Joseon-era palace, the two baddies—Red Assassin and the king’s traitorous eunuch—wonder what happened to Kim Boong-do. How can he have simply vanished?

The eunuch is a shrewd bastard, and reminds Red just how high the stakes are, and how much they need to capture Boong-do. Looking around, he surmises that it may be easiest just to blame this all on Boong-do, turning him into the traitor.

In 2012, Boong-do meets Hee-jin, who tells him that he seems a little off in the head (literally, his “taste” has spoiled). He doesn’t react, so she nervously backtracks—she was joking, and doesn’t mean to suggest he’s actually crazy. She turns away for a second to talk to a staffer, and when she turns back, he’s gone.

Boong-do makes his way to the library—or at least, the room that was once the library. He takes out Yoon-wol’s talisman, now blood-stained, and reads the characters: 時道通來間必 救人. Time, road, communication, call, space, need, rescue, man.

Now he looks around, and the space is familiar again. The library that was empty just seconds ago now is now strewn with books and blood from his recent skirmish. Has he called himself back?

Heading outdoors, he finds royal guards stationed at the gates, not that strange film crew. He ducks out of sight when he hears the eunuch exclaiming in (false) outrage that there must be a traitor within the palace, whom they must capture. He finds his exit denied by the gatekeepers, who cite the orders to block off the palace till the villain is caught.

Boong-do gets the guards to let him out and warns them to keep silent about his movements—opening their mouths could endanger themselves. Scared, they agree to keep their mouths shut.

At home, Hee-jin and manager-friend Soo-kyung toast to her new job, speaking cutely in sageuk-speak as they hope for success. Soo-kyung takes back her earlier words cursing Dong-min, saying that he’s such a hot star right now that it’s a lucky thing she got cast opposite him.

Speak of the devil, who should show up on their doorstep but Han Dong-min himself, since Hee-jin’s ignoring his phone calls. Soo-kyung steps out to see what “Dong-min oppa” wants, and he says he’s here about that role. The director wants to give it to Hee-jin and all, but now he’s having doubts… Oh you cheeky cad, you’re just loving having this as a carrot to dangle to get your cute snappish ex back in love with you, aren’t you?

With great reluctance Hee-jin heads out to speak to Dong-min. He takes a while getting to the point, enjoying drawing out the encounter while she fidgets impatiently. Hee-jin snaps that she’s not at his beck and call.

He surprises her by talking not about their relationship but the drama gig: He has reservations about her terrible acting. In a 50-episode sageuk, her lack of skill will soon become apparent. He’s here to conduct a short test to see if they’ve got any rapport, and hands her a script.

He starts acting right away, not giving her a chance to get in a word edgewise, sending her fumbling for the right passage. They get to the point where Dong-min (as King Sukjong) approaches his queen, getting uncomfortably close. Hee-jin blurts, “Just say the lines!” and Dong-min asks, apropos of nothing, “Wanna date again?” Ha.

She looks at him in confusion. He tells her he’s not seeing anyone these days, and they’re going to be seeing a lot of each other, and “This is all your fault. That image of you undressed keeps popping up in my mind and I couldn’t film properly.”

Hee-jin starts to deliver a stern set-down, but she only gets a few words in before he swoops in and kisses her. And declares, “Our rapport seems good. Okay, you pass.”

He gives her a totally unromantic shoulder-tap of approval, and heads off feeling pleased with himself. LOL. Oh, he’s such a frustrating playboy, but damn if he isn’t oozing with charisma. You can see why he’s the hot star, and why she would have once dated him. (And why she’s dead-set against him now. That much charm is dangerous.)

Dong-min runs off to his waiting van, then pops up out of the sunroof to call back at her that the role of the queen is hers. Hee-jin yells after him that it was hers without his approval, thanks.

Dong-min’s manager grumbles over his behavior, warning him that he’ll be setting off new scandals by consorting with his co-stars. Dong-min just has a big goofy grin on his face and clutches his heart, sighing, “I feel butterflies for the first time in a long while.” His manager grimaces, telling him that every time Dong-min feels butterflies, he breaks out into a cold sweat.

Hee-jin brushes her teeth furiously and spits out Taste of Dong-min, griping that good news comes with bad news strings. Then she wonders at that strange man at the drama set—Boong-do—who’d asked her if he was dreaming or crazy. She deduces that he doesn’t seem like a cast member, but he had that sageuk speech going: “He must be a failed actor gone crazy.” You know, the kind who haunts drama sets, dressed in full costume. Heh.

Back to Joseon.

Devious Minister Min Am receives the report that Boong-do was not found anywhere in the palace. He deduces that Boong-do must be acting on orders of the king, which makes sense given the context: Boong-do lost his family when Queen In-hyun was deposed and the line of succession diverted to Lady Jang’s son. In the aftermath of that controversial switch, his family members were either killed by political opponents or stricken down in grief.

Minister Min understands the danger: “The king means to strike me down first.”

Boong-do takes refuge at a temple and ponders his talisman. The words start to make sense: The path of time connects to the future, and that time must save man. But it’s still difficult to wrap his head around what it does, so Boong-do asks for clarification, since one of the monks wrote the talisman.

That particular monk is away, so for now he can only speculate. Boong-do recounts the peculiar experience he had, which made him think he’d died or dreamed it up, only to find that neither was true. The monk says he envies him for his brief glimpse of paradise, where he even met a fairy.

Boong-do laughs, thinking of the ridiculous getup that woman was wearing, with her strappy heels and glittery jewelry: “I did meet a woman, but that can’t be. If fairies look like that, then paradise is not paradise.”

At her gibang, the gisaeng Yoon-wol plays her gayageum through tears, worrying for Boong-do’s safety. She’s visited by Minister Min and his men, who have found an “interesting connection”; they act as though they’re here for a regular visit, but clearly they’re here on a mission.

Minster Min requests a performance, and waits until Yoon-wol is a good way into her song before asking, without preamble, “Do you know Kim Boong-do?”

She’s startled into stopping, but quickly covers up her surprise. She feigns having to think about it before replying that she has seen him a few times. The minister calls her out on the lie, saying that he knows she used to serve Boong-do’s now-dead wife.

Yoon-wol sticks to her lie, saying that he’s mistaken. Her voice gets sharp; in addition to the dangerous connection, it tarnishes her image as a well-established gisaeng to have once been a slave. He says as much, saying that had he known of her origins, he would never have shown her favor, now accusing her of wickedness.

He orders his men to tie her up: She will be bait to draw in Boong-do. After all, it was Boong-do who saved her life by bringing her to the gibang in the first place when she had been marked for death.

Yoon-wol is dragged away insisting on his misinformation, but her pleas fall on deaf ears.

Flashback to five years ago. Under the king’s purview, Boong-do and company had been ordered to admit to their “crimes,” but had remained steadfast for days, enduring torture.

For whatever reason, Minister Min had stepped in to argue for Boong-do’s pardon, as he had no knowledge of his father’s involvement. He’s a mere scholar, and has already lost his family—why not show mercy?

The scheming Lady Jang had fumed, preferring to kill Boong-do off. But Minister Min had his reasons, arguing that the king was quite fond of Boong-do, and if he were forced to do away with him now, he would come to feel bitterness later. Boong-do has already lost his wings, so he is better alive (to soothe the king’s conscience) than dead.

When Boong-do had been released, he had thanked Minister Min for his kindness, promising to repay him one day. But as they had parted ways, the minister had caught sight of a twisted smile on Boong-do’s face that unsettled him.

Now Minister Min looks back at that moment, hindsight telling him what he now knows: that Boong-do would strike back. He must have been training in secret, because they had all assumed the bookworm would be an easy kill, only to find him skilled with a sword.

That’s not the only flashback that carries new meaning: Minister Min recalls the first time he called Yoon-wol to entertain him, having found her face oddly familiar.

He’d made an overture, and she’d answered all his questions with a pretty smile and a smooth reply. A more nervous or naive woman might have slipped up at any moment, but Yoon-wol was able to mask her initial reactions with her glibness. He’d once found her charming, and now seethes. That the two are connected seems to fuel his hatred even more—his favorite gisaeng, aligned with his enemy.

Playing right into the enemies’ hands, a frantic slave girl races to the temple to inform the monk and Boong-do of Yoon-wol’s capture at the hands of Minister Min. Boong-do is shrewd enough to guess that the minister’s people are looking for that incriminating letter, which would expose their treason.

But we’ve got to wait on that, because now we jump ahead to the future, where Hee-jin is being prepped for the drama’s promotional photo shoot. Manager Soo-kyung warns her to be on her toes around her co-star Na-jung, the actress playing Lady Jang, who’s known for her bad attitude.

As the rookie, Hee-jin bows politely and introduces herself to Na-jung, who barely spares her a glance. Na-jung claims Hee-jin’s chair—purely to show her she’s the boss—and Hee-jin defers, moving chairs and taking it in stride.

Then it’s time to shoot with Dong-min, who enjoys grabbing Hee-jin close despite her attempts to keep a distance. I know he’s a total scoundrel, but damn if Dong-min isn’t magnetic; I almost want these two bickering kiddos to work out. Eep!

Dong-min teases her about looking forward to playing husband and wife, while Hee-jin clings to the fact that they’ll only be shooting scenes together for the first part, until the queen is deposed. Dong-min takes a few adorable aegyo photos together, and then he’s off to make way for the rival.

Na-jung arrives in her Lady Jang regalia, nose stuck way in the air and staunchly ignoring Hee-jin’s existence. As the two ladies pose, Na-jung finally speaks, and it’s all derision. Looks like their real personalities mirror their characters perfectly, since Hee-jin’s the pushover and Na-jung the bulldozer.

Na-jung says sneeringly that it must be nice to have gotten the role so easily, insinuating that strings were pulled. Hee-jin has no idea what she’s talking about and looks confused, leading Na-jung to say plainly, “You’re stupid, and it pisses me off.”

After the shoot, Hee-jin mulls this over, thinking there’s something behind Na-jung’s barbs. While they’re waiting for the preview and press conference to start, she steps aside to ask Dong-min if he interfered with the audition process at all.

He plays it off, saying that she and her rival were neck and neck, so he just pushed them in her direction. After all, she has to be on a similar “level” with him (fame-wise) for his fans to accept that they’re dating. Lol. I love that to the hotshot star, the show’s just a tool in helping along his love life.

Dong-min even offers to do what he can to make her overshadow Na-jung in the drama, which just pisses her off more. It also unsettles her mentally, and she finds her vision blurring and her hands shaking as she awaits her introduction to the press. With a few minutes to spare, Hee-jin excuses herself to gather her composure, taking a short walk while giving herself a pep talk.

Suddenly, the wind starts to blow and a disturbance ripples the atmosphere… and then a rider materializes out of thin air, like he’s passing through from a different dimension. It’s Boong-do, galloping straight for Hee-jin, who screams and crouches down instinctively.

Boong-do must be on his mission to save Yoon-wol, but when he registers Hee-jin huddling by the road he manages to stop his horse and pulls up short, though he falls off in the process. He’s unharmed and checks to make sure she’s fine as well—and it’s only now that they register each other’s familiar faces.

But they have little time to react, because someone else has made the time-warp along with Boong-do. An assassin charges him with his sword drawn, and the men clash in close combat.

Boong-do swiftly dispatches his attacker, cutting him down with his sword. Some of the assassin’s blood spatters onto Hee-jin’s dress, and she says shakily, “This is fake blood, right? We’re filming, aren’t we?”

Boong-do kneels beside her and wonders, “What is this the meaning of this word, filming? The last time, you said I seemed ‘off.’ I did not understand your meaning and pondered it daily, but does it not mean that a person is not normal, in the way that food spoils?”

I love the utterly serious, intellectual way Boong-do approaches this conundrum, which contrasts comically with the tone of the moment. He methodically runs through the possibilities, concluding that he is neither crazy nor dreaming: “So where is this place, then?”

Back at the press conference, it’s nearly time for Hee-jin to make her bow, which has Manager Soo-kyung in a fit of anxiety. The MC is told to drag out the introductions, but if she doesn’t show up soon, this will be a problem.

However, she’s dealing with more pressing problems at the moment, and asks nervously, “Then this man is really d-dead?”

Just then, the strange wind kicks up again, and the assassin’s body starts to disintegrate right before their eyes, fizzling away into smoke. Even the blood on Hee-jin’s dress starts to lift, dissipating until there is no trace of the body.

Boong-do says in his measured way, “I saw that. I do not understand it in the least, but is this perhaps a usual occurrence in this place?”

Hee-jin whimpers, “No…” and collapses in a faint, caught by Boong-do just before she hits the ground.

 
COMMENTS

It’s interesting how disparate the tones are between our time periods, though without feeling like we’re necessarily watching two separate dramas. If the rest of the drama is as stylistically and tonally strong as the first two episodes have been, I have a feeling I’ll be following this director around for many projects to come.

Every time we’re in the Joseon era, I want it to stay there, because everything about that half of the show is so well-done: moody, evocative, suspenseful. The characters are interesting and the conflict palpable. I don’t mind the time switches, and in fact every time we jump forward I enjoy the modern scenes as well; it’s more that I can envision the Joseon storyline carrying a whole drama on its own that I miss time spent away from it.

On the other hand, I suppose that if this drama were strictly dealing with that sageuk storyline, we’d lose a lot of the whimsy and refreshing genre-mixing that intrigues me about the show, so in that regard you really do need the modern half to act as counter to the period half.

The political intrigue alone isn’t new, and neither is the modern rom-com stuff, and heck, this isn’t even the only drama currently airing that has this storyline. So what works so well for me so far (aside from the fabulous style and cinematography, of course) is in the characters. Everyone has his/her own appeal and contributes something of their own, whether it’s intelligence (Boong-do), cheek (Dong-min, why so charismatic?), sassiness (Hee-jin, whom I’m finding cute without being too meek—let’s hope it stays that way), or pathos (Yoon-wol).

Boong-do is probably my favorite characterization, in that he’s whip-smart and strategic, and such a pleasure to watch given that dramaland loves to find archetypes and then stick with them, drama after drama. It’s not that Boong-do is a wholly new type of character, but that he’s one who thankfully hasn’t been done to death, which makes it a welcome change. He’s coolly logical but not an icy, reserved person (dramas love to equate cool head with cold heart), and I really liked his reaction to the time-skip. It makes no sense, but he’s not going to panic; he runs through facts in super-speed, always thinking, always moving. I also enjoy that he’s a bit humorless, which makes him more earnest than not. The perfect antidote to the playful, glib actor rival.

I’m intrigued by the time-travel being a recurring thing, and so far the drama’s been pretty good at its portrayal of the shifts. It’s something that got unintentionally funny in Operation Proposal, because that drama’s hero made his time-jumps in such a repetitive way that the skip started to feel silly; it started to feel like He-Man sounding the battle cry (“I…have…the power!”). If this drama can skirt that awkwardness, it’ll have a better chance at retaining its mood of whimsy and suspense. Who knew those could go together so well?

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  1. red

    Thanks for the recap, of to read now– also Nell, Cliff parade one of my favorites. And my Nell album copy came in the mail today!!!…after 4 weeks of waiting, but so worth it.

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      Thanks for the recap too! I’m behind on this but caught the second episode yesterday. I’m absolutely loving it (dare I say more so than Rooftop? Don’t hit me!) I know they’re so different despite the Joseon premise, but I can’t help comparing. Now if only I had more time…oi.

      • 1.1.1 MumuBun

        I actually agree with you too. This drama is beautiful and seems richer in its script compared to Rooftop~ I mean, I still love Rooftop for its hilarity and cuteness, but this drama is much more suspenseful and I like how it’s weaves the timelines nicely. Ahhh tvN is seriously kicking some butt with awesome shows~ ^^

        • 1.1.1.1 Kgrl

          Agree. tvN is fast becoming one of my favorite channels. I also think of the two time-jumping dramas, this one has much better logical transitioning and plot consistency. Also find the dialogue sharper and wittier – the characters more developed and intriguing. The portrayals are also very dynamic and natural – at least no evil-step-sister-real-sister cliche here.

  2. Ace

    Thanks jb! I’m really liking this series so far. Hope the subs will be out soon for episodes 3&4.

    • 2.1 rearwindow

      Where did you find subs for episodes 1 & 2?

      • 2.1.1 Lizzie

        darksmurfsub.com ^^

      • 2.1.2 nova611

        u can go to epdrama…

  3. lyra

    i am psycho stalking your page for the recap. thank you!

  4. sita

    thanks! nice recaps :D

  5. vin

    I am so glad I gave this show a try. Thanks JB for recapping. You’re right, it’s very different from Rooftop Prince (though that show is hilarious). I love the cinematography and the pacing of the story. It’s just sad that there aren’t many subbers for this show and the subs for the previous eps were just tolerable.

  6. Mara

    I think that TvN has outdone itself with this drama.
    Hopefully some avid fansubbers will catch on soon
    and translate upcoming episodes. Fusion sageuks
    are apparetnly here to stay and this one is so
    tastefully done, what with the traveling back and
    forth in time. I also love that the lead actress plays a
    seemlingly dimwitted actress in the drama and her
    ex is making life hell for her, yet at the same time
    helping her (for his own purposes). It’s like watching
    what the reality of kdrama making is (actors and
    actresses who don’t speak to each other unless they’re
    on set, rivalries, trying to use stardom to obtain love
    interests, etc.). I love the Dong Min character and
    even though he’s a louse, he’s adorable and funny.

    • 6.1 glace

      Yes, seems like a huge change from it’s last drama, Twelve Men, as well as Flower Boy Ramyun Shop! Those were pretty simple and easy watches. I am looking forward to this one.

  7. blokkoms

    Yay – recap! *squee* Love this show, love dramabeans, love you jb!

    • 7.1 daniela

      me too! My brain will explode soon from so many good dramas.

  8. AnitaLotti

    I really enjoy the drama though I prefer the modern times scenes despite a lot of people liking the sageuk parts best. Maybe it would be possible for our hero to take the heroine back once – I would really like to see her reaction to the past – and it might improve her acting ability in the process…

  9. ilikehim

    I love this drama. I read recaps for the other shows everyone is rabid about but I can’t seem to bring myself to watch…but this show, I’ve watched until episode 4 already!
    Yoo In Ah is so adorable here! And there is chemistry between her and with Ji Hyun Woo. The ways he look at her is pretty swoon-worthy! Dong Min is also very winning, i find myself liking him. He’s like a school boy who lieks to tease the girl he likes… So cute!

  10. 10 song pong

    Thanks for the recap! I’m loving this drama, I can’t wait for more:)

  11. 11 Arhazivory

    I’ve become completely enamored with this show and that’s just after 2 episodes. I love the characters and as you said, the cinematography is just…..wow! Everything is so pretty. My favourite character so far is Dong Min. lol. He has ‘lead character’ written all over and I’m almost disappointed that the main loveline doesn’t feature him. He’s arrogant but charming.

    Looking forward to more and I’m trusting this one to remain interesting. This seems like a very good season for dramas. ^^

    • 11.1 Swye

      I’m actually happy that he is not the main lead. At least for once we can get the main lead go with the nice guy instead of the jerk. :)

    • 11.2 CM

      He is a jerk, but not totally a bad person either…maybe I’m okay with him because I am, myself, too much of a player… But yes, considering only the first 2 episodes, he is more charming, because we haven’t seen ep 4&5. Ep 3 is a transition, but well, I won’t talk about it in a comment on ep 2 recap lol.

  12. 12 John

    JB~

    Thank you for recapping this. I’m anxiously awaiting the subbing on the next couple of episodes.

    “That image of you undressed keeps popping up in my mind and I couldn’t film properly.”

    Yes, I can’t blame him. The Joseon era guy can’t believe what he’s seeing either.

  13. 13 vivyip

    thank you thank you thank you for recapping so quickly! nowhere else can a person find such thorough recap! I really like this show so much that i’m now hoping for fast subs…and to find out which version of the RAW they’re using for the subs…

  14. 14 Czmych

    Have been waiting for this recap… sometimes it´s difficult for me to understand all the nuiances in kdramas, so your recaps help me a lot

  15. 15 Mystisith

    Yeah! Recap! Thanks JB…
    This is one of my favorite shows these days and certainly the first true fusion sageuk i’m hooked on. I read comments saying that viewers were lost with the time switching, but personally i didn’t felt it (even watching it raw). The characters are charming and i really enjoy JHW portrayal: It’s not everyday that we have such a cute brainy character (and he is not alone, hehe). Dong-min brings jerkitude to the table and you just have to love him. YIA is likable as well: Not too much bratty or cutesy or damsel in distress.
    PS: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Hee-jin had to have a stunt double for some action scenes in her drama? Someone like a certain Gil Ra-im for instance…

  16. 16 piggy68gal

    I’m so in love with this drama! The moment I heard it would be produced by Vampire Prosecutor’s team I was sold. (;
    I’m really enjoying the time travel so far and the general feel of the drama. I really like the 3 main characters too! Hee Jin is cute without being the typical meek(and pitiful!) girl, Boong Do is quietly intelligent without being a cold-hearted, and lastly Dong Min is annoying(in a cute way–he has so much charm!) without being the obnoxious 2nd male lead stereotype :D
    However I’m getting busier these days so I don’t know if I’ll be able to find time to continue watching it… );

  17. 17 piggy68gal

    Oh yeah I did a silent squeal when I saw Nell in front <3

  18. 18 Noelle

    I really am falling for this drama. It’s taking a while for subs so thanks for the recaps! Dong Min is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Why so charismatic, indeed.

  19. 19 MissMantin

    Thanks for the recap, javabeans! Glad to see that you’ll be continuing with this show. Like you said, it’s not wholly original, but it seems worthy of a closer look.

  20. 20 topper

    The cinematography is indeed top notch, I picked this up for Yoo Inna and now can’t help but continue to watch (at episode 4 now). Each episode breeze by really fast, it is a simple watch no doubt, but still pretty enjoyable for me, as it is so easy on the eye though on the brain too.

    A lovable and pretty female lead makes the repeated time traveling for the male lead worthwhile haha.

  21. 21 pumpkinattack

    Cool. Thanks for sharing this with us, JB. It really does look interesting. :)

  22. 22 OMG

    This show made me break my “no-kdramas-till-summer” rule! i LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SHOW!! However with subs being so slow i dont know how patient i can be waiting……*sigh* wish i could understand Korean!

  23. 23 Cindy

    Wasn’t intending to try out this drama since I thought it was just ANOTHER time warp drama following the crowd.

    Since I was feeling bored last week waiting for k2h and my other dramas to air, I downloaded 1-4 last week just for fun AND I COULDN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF THE SCREEN!!!

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS DRAMA!! CAN’T WAIT FOR EPI5 TO AIR AND YOUR RECAPS (they make the drama complete) ^^

    • 23.1 ilikemangos

      haha cindy — with you.
      all over this drama as well as K2H — something to help fill my void waiting for K2H.
      AND i am loving it. seriously.
      All these great dramas airing at once… seriously.

    • 23.2 nana

      hahaha..that’s pretty much the same reasons for me! and can’t believe that I watched it in RAW, cuz the sub is just too slow!!
      still hoping that more fansub are doing the subtitle..

  24. 24 BV

    JB, thank you so much for recapping this.

    I checked it out on a whim and fell in love with it, and was saddened to see so little buzz about it…

    I haven’t seen any of this actor’s previous works, but he plays this role with an awesome mix of bemusement, competency and ‘stillness’ (as someone else put it).

    I can’t quite pin it down, but this show just has a different tone and smartness to it than most others I’ve seen…

    Thank you again (for this and all your good work)!

    • 24.1 daniela

      he was in A1000 kisses, The only reason to watch it at some point.

      • 24.1.1 glace

        LOL agree! but I still think his acting could be improved. I’m looking forward to seeing him here.

  25. 25 tikaa

    thnks to your recap. now I’m hookeeddd!!! been replaying the episodes over and over. I feel for his smilee

  26. 26 cocoonedsoul

    lol the translation of the hanja characters is so cute xD
    it’s actually a complete sentence and not just separate characters.
    it’s written in that ancient chinese way, hence the “weird” wording. but meh. it works all the same. as long as we get the meaning, yeah?

    although in here,
    間 means when, and not space.
    必 means will, and not need.

    it loosely translates into “when the time tunnel connects, man will be saved”.

    • 26.1 vivyip

      hehehe, thank you for the translation! it makes me really wonder on the monk who was able to write such a “talisman”

  27. 27 MIA

    I am in need of a recap for this drama. I have been searching for recap and eng subs all week long, it’s killing me. I don’t know how i will survive with the next 12 episodes!!! Thanks for the recap.

  28. 28 annie

    i felt in love with this drama

  29. 29 Cruelsummer

    I don’t know if I’m built for sageuks. I can’t tell you how many times I nodded off while watching, but I did enjoy it. I have a feeling it’s gonna get better for me because I was really anxious to see the next episode even though the subs weren’t available. I’m more interested in the modern times.

    I’m also enjoying the interraction between the heroine and her ex. I hope we got some heat from the Joseon dude in future episodes or I may develop second lead syndrome for the first time ever.

    • 29.1 kay

      don’t worry, they have some really REALLY cute, swoon-worthy moments in episode 3 & 4.

  30. 30 Lilian

    Oh yeah…I almost forgot about Operation Proposal. It was below my expectations…. =( but this drama is really good so far! It’s just too short compared to other dramas though coz of the short length per episode. Haven’t seen Ji Hyun Woo act since a long time, but he is doing well here!

  31. 31 Kairi

    Javabeans thank you for the recaps!!
    I adore this drama and all its characters. I’m excited to see how this will proceed. Sadly, subbing teams don’t seem to take interest in picking up cable dramas (Marriage Plot argh) so I’ve only watched up til the second episode. Hopefully they pick up on the hype soon. This drama is BOMB. ;)

  32. 32 jessie

    thank you for choosing to recap this. subs are hard to come by and this show should really have more fans than it does. i love the direction for this, so lovely to look at and i’ve become a fan of the director. and JHW… his smiles… *swoons* and i love his calmness and bemused smiles at the heroine. and that stillness about his character is such a foil to YIN’s character. so so cute. can’t tell how this is gonna pan out, but it feels like it’s gonna be a love story for the ages. ready the hankies ladies…

  33. 33 Quiet Thought

    I tuned in to see Jo Inna in a larger role, was disappointed at how feckless her character is, but a savvy, quick thinking hero like Bong Do, combined with first rate production values, makes this a promising series. Lee Young-ah’s character in the first few episodes of Vampire Prosecutor was also embarrassing–she acted more like a school girl than a prosecutor–but the scripts allowed her to toughen up quickly. If Hee-Jin continues to be a hapless airhead, this show will sink. If she becomes a worthy partner for Bong Doo, it will soar.

  34. 34 skelly

    JB, thanks so much for recapping this – I feel validated, LOL. I was very leery of this drama, because a) I thought I was all fusion-sageuk-time-travelled out, and b) I was still suffering the after-effects of JHW’s character in A Thousand Kisses (not!).
    I was wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s sleek, it’s stylish, it’s cute, the hero is quiet and goofy and nerdy and SMART. I’ll watch the raws, I’ll anxiously await the subs, but a JB recap is the ultimate hot fudge sauce and cherry on the sundae.
    Thanks for your elucidations on her lame joke when they meet – and how he figures it out (so cute!) and the characters on the talisman (I love how they shine in the air and across his face when he recites them) and the drama actor pecking order and how that affects Hee-jin’s behavior.
    I adore this show!

  35. 35 Mia

    cute and interesting ^^ thank you for sharing

  36. 36 sunandmoon

    Thanks for the recaps! This is the k-drama I look forward to the most each week.

  37. 37 Koreandramasrock

    Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!! I am so in LOVE with this drama that I am watching it w/o subs so you’re recaps help a lot. I can’t WAIT for episode 5 this Wednesday! ^_^

  38. 38 HappyDaffy

    Just added this to my must watch list Thank you for the recap!!

  39. 39 abu

    I’m not really a fan of sageuk, but I’m totally loving this one.

    Thanks for the recap, jb!

  40. 40 joonni

    I am completely in love with this drama. I love the calmness and intelligence of Bong-doo, and while Hee-Jin can, at first glance, seem like a drama queen, she is such a normal girl. I really like her too.

  41. 41 emma

    I can’t help but think the ex- boyfriend kind of looks like song joong ki when he’s smiling and acting all playful

  42. 42 Hottestjen

    Love this drama. Thanks for the recap!

  43. 43 MJP

    I think the sageuk era is the best part of the show and I don’t like sageuk’s. But I do like this show! Hmmm.

  44. 44 kay

    love this show! i’ve already seen all the episodes raw and can’t wait for more. yoo inna has great chemistry with both leads and i find myself liking both a lot. thanks for the recap JB!

  45. 45 skelly

    The Soompi QIM forum has the previews for eps 5 and 6, featuring at least one more kiss and a declaration – I love cable shows.

  46. 46 5lt

    I think I’m in love with the series. Incredible cinematography, well-written characters, smooth yet intelligent storytelling. I especially like the intelligent, cool headed but warm Boong Do. So satisfying to see the wheels turning in his head. I’m now very intrigued as to how his time travelling will affect both times of the world, and how Boong Do will use it to his advantage more than saving his life.
    And JB is right, if the director continues to give us this satisfying viewing experience, I think I’ll be joining his fan club.
    And thank you so much to JB for recapping this. Although I’ve watched 3 episodes with chinese subs, I could understand more about the story thus enjoy the drama more with your recaps. Thank you.

  47. 47 21

    Thanks for the recap! Surprisingly I am really hooked on this drama. The whole story is like a breath of fresh air for me as I’m not familiar with the actor (he reminds me of Bi) and time-traveling in a control manner is so cool. The cinematography really is done beautifully and the switch between the two era is just at the right time! I can’t wait to watch more of it!

  48. 48 drew21

    Thanks JB for the ‘aha moment, when you said the filming reminded you of ‘Joseon X-Files’ and I loved that drama with KJH (miss him)! Looking forward to how this one progresses.

  49. 49 Sunny

    This drama is beautiful, thank you for recapping it ^^
    I’m with those who prefer the modern part, I feel like I’ve seen that plotting and political scheming too many times, although in reality I haven’t watched that many historical dramas xD The rom-com part has been done before too, but for some reason I find it appealing. It’s a combination of the characters + how pretty the drama is. I;m looking forward to the development of this drama.

  50. 50 Bubbles123

    Ahhh!!!! Thanks so much for the recap!! I love the recaps done!!! This is drama is really good. It got me on my Korean drama fixation again. I really hope people give it chance and we can have more subbers available.

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