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Thing vs. Thing: Time-traveling Heroes

javabeans: Maybe we’re loopy from all this drama-watching, or maybe it’s that sixth glass of wine talkin’, but we’re bringing a new feature to you that we’re calling Thing vs. Thing, where we compare apples to oranges. Mostly ‘cause somebody told us you’re not supposed to do that. Challenge accepted!

girlfriday: We laugh in your face, rules!

javabeans: For this inaugural edition, we decided to take up a topic that’s been on our minds lately (‘cause it’s everywhere): time travel. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say we were rambling on about this topic and had to figure out a new feature just so we could make it marginally DB-relevant. What, eggs can lay hens, right?

girlfriday: What? We are always relevant!

javabeans: Relevant like a cross-eyed water mongoose!

girlfriday: That makes no sense.

javabeans: I rest my case. So, time travel. So many heroes, so many hijinks.

girlfriday: You’d think there was a fire sale on wormholes.

javabeans: Does fire sale make anyone else instantly replay the Arrested Development bit in their heads? “OH MY GOD it’s a FIRE…sale!” And why’s it always the hero skipping around in the warp zones anyway? Is it because of the dignity? Is it just not as funny to see an uptight lady dealing with modern craziness? Although I could totally see it being cute, like Shin Mina in Gumiho. Somebody get her a wormhole, stat.

girlfriday: She’s too busy being spectral, but maybe we can order her one for next year. At least Faith has a time-traveling heroine, but she goes the other way, from present to past, just like the OTHER backwards-traveling drama, Dr. Jin. Because apparently time-skip dramas need to come in pairs. Is it a cosmic balance thing?

javabeans: Is it balance if one is trying to sue the pants off the other one and prevent it from airing?

girlfriday: Okay, so maybe it’s more of an angry stomping thing.

javabeans: With Rooftop Prince and Queen In-hyun’s Man you’ve also got remarkably similar premises, but actually thanks to some key differences, I think they feel the farthest thing from being the same drama.

girlfriday: But because they’re airing at the same time (and again, because we can), we’re going to pit hero against hero. It’s Thing vs. Thing: Future King versus Future King’s advisor.

javabeans: I think Future King’s advisor has got the category all sewn up for Whose Time Travel Sucks Less? First off, he’s got an element of control over it, and we all know how we feel about having control of things.

girlfriday: But he has to risk his life every time he wants to go forward.

javabeans: But he KNOWS he’s safe. (I’m just hoping he doesn’t ever forget to take that nifty talisman with him…)

girlfriday: I still feel very unsafe every time a sword goes flying at him, and the only thing keeping him from dying is that piece of mystical PAPER.

javabeans: But Boong-do gets to warp with his horse! Mr. Rooftop Prince got thrown from his.

girlfriday: I agree on the horse thing: he wins because that means he gets to bring things along, from the past. That could prove very useful later.

javabeans: Plus, he brought the horse back to Joseon without even touching it that time.

girlfriday: Though the dead guy dissolved, so why didn’t the horsie?

javabeans: Because the horse didn’t die?

girlfriday: Oh. That’s simple enough.

javabeans: Haha. On the other hand, I will contend that Princey’s mystery sucks less than Boong-do’s, if only because Boong-do is facing death at every turn, while Yi Gak just has to deal with a dead wife. I mean, dead wife is SAD and all, but yunno, time heals all wounds, etc.

girlfriday: I wonder if wormholes come with super-speed healing too. They should.

javabeans: “I’m dying! Shoot me! All better now!” To put one in the prince’s corner, though, does it suck less that he gets reincarnated? If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?

girlfriday: I dunno if doppelganger is the most satisfying way to get a second chance. Selfishly, I’d kind of want it to be ME who gets the second chance, and not my possibly evil clone. Although I still don’t really understand how connected the reincarnated souls are in that world.

javabeans: I’m not convinced the drama knows that either. So Boong-do wins on that score, in that I’m pretty sure the rules make more sense to both him and us.

girlfriday: Princey gets to travel with friends, which definitely makes him less lonely and less scared.

javabeans: That’s true. And Princey gets to assume the chaebol lifestyle, so there’s that whole unlimited wealth thing to cushion the difficulty.

girlfriday: Like that black card that buys everything?

javabeans: I’m not even sure if he understands what credit is, but I love his faith in the magic black card.

girlfriday: Yeah I think to him it’s just a mystical black rectangle that lets him have whatever he wants.

javabeans: In regard to the bit where the hero gets to travel back and forth, though, I guess Queen In-hyun’s Man is more like Operation Proposal, where the mode of travel is clearly defined (though not necessarily any less magical) and allows him to bounce back and forth at will. I guess that makes it Thing vs. Thing: Quantum Leaping.

girlfriday: Yeah Rooftop’s rules on leaping are totally absent. They THINK that solving the mystery by retreading their steps will reopen the portal, but how the hell do they know?

javabeans: Yes. I totally buy that that’s the logic driving their actions, but the whole time I’m here with my eyebrows in the air, going, “Really? You’re SO SURE? And what happens if you marry the wench and then you’re just STUCK WITH THE WENCH?”

girlfriday: Right? That’s what I’m screaming the whole time! That’s one show that could use an oracle or an old scroll or something.

javabeans: Yes, a Samshin Grandma to deus ex machina her way down and set some parameters.

girlfriday: At least some crystal ball-reading quack, to say that this plan is the plan that’ll get them back to Joseon.

javabeans: Or maybe they could’ve found Tae-yong first, and he’s all catatonic and mumbling stuff about Joseon time skips and stuff, so everyone thinks he’s crazy.

girlfriday: Ooooh. I like that. Much better use of the doppelganger.

javabeans: Mostly I just laugh everytime Tae-mu tries to kill somebody. Is he the worst villain ever or what? Princey gets another tally mark in the column of Sucks Less, since his villain is so ineffectual.

girlfriday: He and his honey are the Worst. Villains. Ever.

javabeans: At least Se-na is a good liar. Tae-mu has no reaction control. If anybody bothered to look at him closely in any crucial moment, they’d be all, “…you killed him, didn’t you?”

girlfriday: He’s definitely got guilty attempted-murderer face.

javabeans: On the other hand, Spy Eunuch and Minister Min are much more devious, so Boong-do’s way higher on the danger meter.

girlfriday: That eunuch is SO CREEPY. Such awesome casting.

javabeans: Yes, he’s the perfect snivelly underling. I was thinking how it would fuck with my head to see him in a nice-guy role. He’s like Steve Buscemi.

girlfriday: He really has the most interesting look of any villain I’ve seen lately. Just straight out of a comic book. So Boong-do loses points for his formidable foes. But then, he’s got badass swordfighting skills, while princey sticks his finger up in the air for a paper cut.

javabeans: Though Yong-sool is supposed to be the best swordsman in the nation… And with his sidekicks, at least he has, essentially, three shields.

girlfriday: I’m pretty sure it’s one shield with two accessories. I don’t really see Chi-san doing much in the way of shielding.

javabeans: I don’t see him or Man-bo fighting… but in the sense that they could take a bullet for the prince (or sword, whatever), that’s worth some protection points, isn’t it? By sheer virtue of being soft padding for a sword to NOT hit the prince?

girlfriday: Haha, poor minions.

javabeans: Then there’s the matter of royal support. Boong-do is in a more precarious situation, because although he’s a trusted advisor, he can’t just go off spouting accusations without adequate proof. Whereas, Princey can just go to Fictional King Daddy, right?

girlfriday: That’s a fundamental problem I have with that drama’s NEED for the time-skip. I mean, I get it when it comes to the main couple–thwarted fates and all. But in his mind, it’s to solve the mystery, and I’m like, isn’t that easier with your endless resources back home?

javabeans: I’m expecting some sort of explanation for the time mechanism in Rooftop—I haven’t been bothered because I’ve been thinking we’ll get it. If we don’t, well, that’ll be lame.

girlfriday: The thing that keeps it sensical for now is that he didn’t choose to time-skip, but was tossed there, so I’m just going with a he-misunderstands-the-point explanation.

javabeans: IF Rooftop pulls out that mystical explanation (it’s not a given that it will, but I’m working on the assumption that it is), I’d give it the edge for fantasy warparoo. ‘Cause in In-hyun, I love everything about the plot and characters and premise, but I do sort of trip on the very mundaneness of the time-warp mechanism. A monk wrote a talisman? That’s it? I actually want it to be more magical.

girlfriday: But the way the hero handles the time-skipping feels the opposite — Rooftop is about the mundane, adapting to modern life funny bits, while Inhyun is about purpose, the impact of knowing your destiny before you’re supposed to, etc. I like that, because to me, it’s a fundamental question of time travel. Yunno, horrible butterfly-effect-headaches notwithstanding.

javabeans: Yes, I’d even go further to say that Rooftop’s approach to the butterfly effect (which isn’t the same as ITS butterfly… effect) is that they’re meant to change history. They’re using the future as a tool to change the past, albeit in a minor way—not for power or gain, but to bring justice. As though Fate were thwarted and needs help getting the smack down. Which is funny, since in every other drama ever, Fate is the invincible one.

girlfriday: Gah, I’d give my left arm to see a drama where Fate loses.

javabeans: Except… how would you depict that, unless your drama is Meet Joe Fate?… which we could do.

girlfriday: The problem is, no matter what the outcome, Fate will just step in and say, I meant to do that! like a bitch.

javabeans: You just can’t argue with Fate. “I meant to do that.” “No you didn’t! You totally messed up!” “No, you were supposed to think I messed up, so that things could happen this way.” “You’re totally making that up. I saw you writing down what you meant to happen in your Fate Diary yesterday!” “But you were supposed to SEE it…” and on and on. Fate: really just a whiny 13-year-old. Just unkillable.

girlfriday: I think Boong-do has one up on style. Princey’s tracksuits are like minus ten points. At least.

javabeans: And that hair minus a hundred. You couldn’t find a ponytail holder earlier?

girlfriday: *shudder* How come barbie hair makes him look…

javabeans: …like a Troll doll?

girlfriday: It was decidedly a mane of unglory. A mane of…

javabeans: Shame.

girlfriday: Yes. A mane of shame. Although, he regains a lot of points for the poignant hair-cutting scene. Boong-do just has a runaway-Bourne-in-a-bathroom thing, but Princey’s got a really heartfelt formal parting with his hair, complete with photo memorabilia.

javabeans: But now I’m wondering if Princey loses some of those points because it didn’t occur to him to just wear a beanie.

girlfriday: HA. Idea fail.

javabeans: Yi Gak wins for helpful guide, though—Park-ha clothes and feeds and houses him, while Hee-jin makes Boong-do find his own way to the park (replete with threat to life). Park-ha even gives him proper Living 2012-Style lessons, while Hee-jin totally makes up stories about what things mean.

girlfriday: But her rules are awesome.

javabeans: You mean because she’s conning the hottie into giving her hugs and kisses?

girlfriday: Yeah. Like you wouldn’t?

javabeans: Hey, Hee-jin totally wins in the heroine round. But if we’re comparing from the perspectives of our time travelers, I think the honest girl wins.

girlfriday: Yi Gak has one major downside: he has to work a DAY JOB.

javabeans: But it’s his company!

girlfriday: Still. It’s a corporate job with meetings and dinners and paperwork. I dunno if I’d want to go from actual prince to corporate prince. Although he conspicuously does not dress properly for work. What’s up with that?

javabeans: The acid-washed skinny jeans and leather jackets, you mean? The perks of being the boss. I think Yi Gak’s bigger downside is that it’s less evident how he can stay with his honey, because he’s gotta go back home. You can say the same of Boong-do, but let’s say he’s believed dead in the past—then he can just stay in the future and live happily ever after!

girlfriday: Yes, the happily ever after is definitely rockier for Yi Gak. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re supposed to accept their doppelgangers as extensions of their souls, so that they find their match in their own eras.

javabeans: BAH. Cop-out. I’d be more satisfied if they did the sillier thing in sending Tae-yong back in time, Enchanted-style.

girlfriday: I think that’s a distinct possibility, but also completely insane.

javabeans: I think insane wins over BLERG! At least then, Tae-yong can go and draw all day and marry that pretty girl who looks awfully familiar, but whom he didn’t get a chance to know so there’s no real emotional conflict of swapping one incarnation for the other.

girlfriday: The only way it’ll actually be satisfying is for the doubles to die, and it leaves the main couple as the only ones in the equation, and so they have to traverse the divide to be together. Down with the doppelgangers!

javabeans: Kill all the Horcruxes! But whose time do they live in?

girlfriday: His makes the most sense.

javabeans: Aw, why’s the girl always gotta move households in a marriage?

girlfriday: Ha. I KNEW you were gonna say that! Not because she’s the girl, but because he’s got way more on his shoulders, crown prince and all.

javabeans: But maybe that’s what makes his sacrifice more meaningful.

girlfriday: Maybe he’s got a little brother who can be king, and then he can just stay in the future in the rooftop room.

javabeans: Eating whipped cream and mints. All in all, not a bad way to live your life.

girlfriday: Don’t forget the kissing your honey.

javabeans: I’m counting on that for both boys, so that one’s a draw. But let’s see, if we’re tallying up all our points, that gives Princey… eighty-two park-ha peppermints and Boong-do gets fifty-nine near-death experiences.

girlfriday: And then we process them in the wormholoplex… WINNER: seventy-two apples.

javabeans: WHAT!

Fate: I meant to do that.

 
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I love you two! Your chit chat Thing vs Thing is SO HILARIOUS! ROFL.... More of such please! Perhaps Dr Jin Vs (Faith char name)... heheheh I myself prefer Boong do... He is just so grounded and clever! I love a man who can survive, Bourne style no less! ( Rolled book fighting swords etc) heheheh I am just so worried that the talisman comes with a limit ( what wouldn't? ) and if the mystical power of the ( thankfully waterproof) talisman wears out, I will be SO SAAD.... But the first scene gives me hope hehe

A finite number of time jumps makes me think of "the Girl who leapt through time" and I just wanna bawl... X.X

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Love Queen In-hyun's Man. The thing is I had high hopes for Rooftop Prince, even more than TK2H, but then the company stuff and ineffectual villains bored me to death and affected my pleasure in watching it despite the cute. So for me, In-hyun wins. ;)

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Thing vs. Thing: Time-traveling Heroes.
When you see that kind of headline, you know you have to finish your morning coffee before reading. :)
I have to say i'm on the QIHM's ship now. I loved RP first episodes for the funny i guess, but now i'm getting tired and cold. Plus that poor Tae-mu... (Someone save my bad boy from insanity please: He was smart in the beginning).
Script (brains and funny)
Acting
Cinematography
Soundtrack
Chemistry and oozing sexyness...
No competition for me.
"Honest girl wins." No, no, no! I protest! Boyfriends have to be honest. Girls can do what they want to have their ways with them. GF i'm with you on this one.

PS: I love comparing apples and oranges too. Just because we're not supposed to do it. :)
I want to see more of those posts. It's a pleasure to read both of you.

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I luv both shows. But I like boong do more. He is so smart & calm in all the situations & when he smiles, I *melts*

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I melts too!! and squee a bit... lol

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Princey is my all -time fav but I am so charmed by the queen and his man that I am voting for the trusted advisor on this one :)

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y'alls a riot!

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Wahahahaha! Maybe one of those 72 apples hit Fate on the forehead! XD

A teeny tiny request since time-slips are everywhere like you say: Wouldn't it be nice to have round 2 of Thing vs Thing with Faith and Dr. Jin (battle of the exes)?? that was just a thought.

Thanks for a hilarious convo-article. I think I need to check out QIHM some time soon if both of you are sold on it...Maybe after I finish RP. ;)

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Oh my Gahdd you will LOVE Queen In-Hyun's man. You NEED to watch it. I wish I had more time in the day just so I could rewatch the 8 episodes that have come out lol!

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LOL! I heard Man Bo saying that. Thanks! I'll do that. :)

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loved, loved, loved this. Cracked up several times while reading it. Am wondering though how all the loose ends in Rooftop Prince can be tied up quickly in three episodes. It's supposed to have 19 episodes, right? I know they speed things along but really... Tae-Yong and Josen sis-in-law match... or some other permutation of the four... PLUS Sena and Park-ha realizing they're sisters...PLUS the outing of Tae-mu, weakling attempted-murderer (Wouldn't comatose Chaebol Princey have to wake up to affirm that?)

I'm still wondering why we haven't seen the modern doppelgangers of the ducklings yet.

I just love love love Quinn In-Hyeon's man. What a sweet, intelligent, insightful, handsome...yet helpless at the right spot...hero! He's now my new crush.

Thanks for the recap and all the deep questions about time-travel. Can't wait for the next THING VS THING post.

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I am actually a little bit confused at Boong Do's warpy powers. He can go back to the past by reading the paper, but to go to the future, he has to be in mortal danger, right?

-Spoilers-

In ep 7 he goes back and forth multiple times to carry out his devious ploy ... how did that work? Did he toss himself off of a cliff everytime? That one scene where he is hiding as they arrest Minister Evil and disappears, obviously warping to the future, really confused me ...

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i was wondering about this too.. since he was back in the capitol, and i take it there are no nearby cliffs to throw himself off, maybe he uses his own sword on himself? but then would attempted suicide count? i hope these questions get answered but then again, i'm more invested in the overall love story...

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I think it's for us to fill in the blanks of those. Assuming he'd have to do something life threatening to time travel, he probably had something planned but if they show the process of how he does it every single time, it eats up the episode time and gets repetitive.

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Hahaha "mane of shame".
Yeah, I can see from that picture it's bad. Just so bad. D':

And loving Fate's cameo at the end. Of course, you meant to. Of course..

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The funny thing is.... there was a thing going on in China with time-traveling dramas too.

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Ha-ha. Too funny.

Park-Ha's a sweetie but Hee-jin's a player, yo!

(Some guys have all the luck. )

Queen In-hyun's Man is a treat.

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javabeans: Mostly I just laugh everytime Tae-mu tries to kill somebody. Is he the worst villain ever or what?

Hahaha I do agree. He tries too hard to channel evilness but end up looking constipated.

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Also my favorite line!

Poor baby villain! I sometimes almost wish his training wheels come off and he actually DOES kill someone, but then I snap out of it!

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"javabeans: Yes, he’s the perfect snivelly underling. "

read that as "perfect snivelly underthing."!!

oh dear I hope not!

loved this, it was hilarious

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hahahahaha

"Fate: I meant to do that."

awesome, I love this new type of text, the literary group chat XD

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I literally ROTFLOL! :D *bows down (in full bow) to JB and GF*

JB/GF tag team VS. Fate
Fate wins! Why?
Fate: BECAUSE I meant to do that!

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I'm all for Queen In Hyun's man. The chemistry between the two main characters are amazing and Boong Do is not your typical male lead who's arrogant and cocky. Plus his smile is so adorable. I actually was hesitant to watch QIHM because the previews didn't interest me but it's become my #1 drama that I look forward to every week this season. I initially was excited for Rooftop Prince because it looked cute, but I've gotta say it's been a little disappointing. Too much going on with the two Taeyongs and the two lost daughters and stuff. I wish Rooftop Prince would focus more on their goal of trying to find out what happened to the princess instead of focusing so much on fillers that don't add anything to the story. Also, I can't stand Sena and Taemu.

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But in Rooftop Prince, I think that the situation in the company and the people there IS helping them with their goal of finding out what happened to the princess. There is some parallel to both stories (Taemu went after Taeyong in the present time, someone went after the prince in the past time when some unknown people attacked him right before he time traveled, the story of the sisters are very similar, etc.). Because the prince got involved, he now knows the princess isn't the person he thought she was, and I'm thinking that the events of the present is going to help them solve what happened in the past.

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Thanks for entertaining us once again. For me, RP is a sweet-and-sour dessert, whereas QIHM and TK2H are a full-course meal.

btw-- I don't think it was a wormhole that the Power Rangers traveled through-- but rather a red, blue, green and yellow striped caterpillarhole. ;D

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I'm watching both dramas at the moment but I prefer QIHM as the leads are cute and the story line is more more interesting than RTP.

The conflicts in RTP bore me to death and Yi Gak and Park Ha have no chemistry whatsoever. And the kissing scene was darn disappointing, it's like watching two dead fish touching lips!

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Lol! Love the dialogue. You two are awesome. :) Still chuckling over the whole thing. Haha.

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Giggling like mad. You girls are the best.

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I watch only RP

I doubt I will watch QIHM, but I love both Yoo Inna and Ji Hyun Woo, I'm so happy their drama is daebak ^^

RP is great, but yeah, I'm a bit scared about the ending, I actually don't see happy ending TT

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Haven't watched QIHM yet, but will probably do that after RTP finishes (I love me some smart cool man!)!

Though Yi Gak is not as smart as Boong-do (from what I'm reading from the comments) and was used to having people do things for him and follow him before, I like that he has since become much more proactive in squashing the evil. His street smarts are growing. Wouldn't have pictured that of the Prince in the first episodes.

And while I don't like how they did the portrayal of Sena (if she had a more believable motive for being so evil, then I wouldn't be as frustrated), I'm actually satisfied with the portrayal of Tae-mu. He's not meant to be the evil genius, he was a regular guy that didn't think he got treated as well in the company, who was pushed around by his father to man up and try take over the company, and who suddenly got in over his head when he accidentally sent Tae Yong into the sea. Then having to keep lie after lie, then being consumed with evil plan after evil plan even though he wasn't up to that level to keep evil plan going, he's reached the snapping point now with what he did with Park Ha. So I'm not surprised that he can't keep a straight calm face whenever someone calls him out, he hasn't reached that level of evil genius.

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Good decision, I actually recommend you finish RP first, there're only 2 weeks left. Coz once you board the QIHM ship, there's no turning back. Trust me :)

10 days ago I was all excited after RP Ep14, and to fill in the waiting time, I watched QIHM. Gah, I can't believe my daily life completely turns flip after 6 eps of QIHM. I can't concentrate in anything else. Whenever I have free time, I rewatch the favorite parts of QIHM. I did watch RP 15, 16 but felt nothing, didn't remember anything after watching. Oh yes, except Yoo-chun was really impressing with his acting in recent episodes.

That's it. I live for QIHM now.

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!! i feel the same way!

i keep re-watching my favorite scenes too from QIHM too

like that one scene in the library when she walks away saying good bye and Boong-do looks down and exhales and turns around, walks quickly up the aisle with his long legs to cut her off and grabs her arm and pulls her aside and kisses her....

man it just KILLS me. i mean, the exhale in particular. i have never been so damn fascinated with an exhale!

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muhloy-
There's an exhale? I missed it?
I have to go check it out (forthe234thtime)
Thanks!

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Thank you for this post!

You know, just the idea that you both spent all that time thinking, discussing then writing this piece makes this site
THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!
(Sorry Disneyland...)

Time travel is my favorite plot device ever, I could watch a time travel channel and never get sick of it. Actually, that is kinda what this season is for me...YAY!

Everyone else has pretty much said what I think about QIHM.
I love it with all my heart, and am watching it on repeat now.
Discovering Ji Hyun Woo has completed my existence, and am on a tear to watch everything he is in. Currently watching My Sweet City and HOLY HOLY smiling person is unbelievably irresistible!!!!

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Believe me Jomo, don't watch A thousand kisses with Hyun Woo, you will loose time and a lot of hair, that drama is not worth. The first 20 episodes where then it got crazy and is better you run away from it ^^

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Discovering Ji Hyun Woo is the best thing about QIHM for me. He's not your typical pretty boy and when his shirt comes off.... his shoulders ...whoa move over Ian Thorpe.

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Did someone say shoulders?

http://tinyurl.com/c5ry4lx

or

http://tinyurl.com/836wlbl
(This is a twofer, because he is also doing Hand2Mouth.

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Jomo you are the best <3. Happy mommy's day :).

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"Discovering Ji Hyun Woo has completed my existence"
Tell me about it!! I want to watch his previous works too, but the premise of A Thousand Kisses and Birth of the Rich doesn't interest me. Is My Sweet City any good?

These days I spend my free time youtubing Ji Hyun-woo, OMG the guy sings, and plays guitar, and I love his single (Cressendo Baby), and he loves Coldplay (and sing their song, not bad indeed), and he's so tall, and his broad shoulders, and his smile..yup! He's my new bias.

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We have something in common yay. Love Coldplay. I saw a video of him singing "Yellow". He is no Chris Martin but he did a good job on this one. Short but sweet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re2TIfAFl6A&list=PLE7FA3C65E09EB616&index=10&feature=plpp_video

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My Sweet Seoul is a must watch! The sweet smiley smiley guy was so irresistible and cute in it!

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Thanks you Christy. I love the Voice and I like CKH. I'll check out MSS.

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Bahaha.. I laughed AND snorted out loud in my study room that my study buddy was asking if I was ok.. =P
P.S - I love BOTH but Queen In hyun's winning me over a teeny bit more right now..

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queen in-hyun's man turned out to be a nice surprise for me because i really enjoy the interactions between hee-jin and boong-do.

boong-do as a character may seem too perfect, but that's what i think is really working here for me at least because of the fact that he actually uses his brain to think and appropriately utilizes his intelligence in both joseon times and modern day south korea.

i also really like the fact that he behaves like a gentleman towards hee-jin.

on a side note, so far, i find the kiss scenes between hee-jin and boong-do to be rather refreshing in a natural way, (hope my words are making sense), since the kiss scenes so far are not like your typical kdramas' "the male lead delivers a forceful/hard kiss" type of situation, so i really find that be a nice change of pace.

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JB and GF you had me dying over here. You two are too freaking funny. Thanks so much for this Thing vs. Thing post!

There's so much love for Queen In-Hyun's Man in the comments. I LOVE it! I'm so in love with Ji Hyun-woo in his role. Yoo In-na, whom I've long adored, is also so awesome in this lead role! It's like... I've finally found my perfect drama leads. Came close with My Girlfriend is a Gumiho with Seung-gi and Shin Min-ah, but Dae-woong started off as that typical jerk character. Meh. Boong-do is SO sweet and such gentleman toward Hee-jin<3 He's a smartiepants and a badass and a sweetheart all wrapped up in one HAWT package. No wonder Hee-jin schemes for some lovin' haha!

BTW, I am so excited for the recaps of the new QIM eps. Gets better and better every week!

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Ah, the intentional thwarted machinations of fate. Its tailspin making your head spin. I love it!

I would humbly say it was more like comparing oranges to mandarins or even comparing Mandarin to Clementine or Satsuma. I could never figure out the difference...Just tend to buy the freshest looking ones at the market.

I am quite impressed (not that was your goal) at your intricate detailing of the differences of nuances between the two and I have gained a better appreciation of both through the comparison.

Thank you for a wonderful read.

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I've watched both dramas, but I have to say that I find Rooftop Prince more addicting, maybe because of the zany comedies that it delivers. I. Just. Can't. Stop. Laughing! And I really like the chemistry between park ha and yi gak.
To be fair though, I have only watched the first two episodes of QIHM, so I hope I can find the show's addicting factors soon enough

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i love rooftop prince more..4 episode to go..after rp i will watch QIHM..

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lol..... you just can't compare apple and oranges, they both just so delicious... i'll ate them all ^_^

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LOLOLOL Thank you two for this one. I can only hope you keep up the Thing vs. Thing on a regular basis, because you both just said exactly what I've been thinking. Maybe next time we'll see some Thing vs. Thing doctor style, or Thing vs. Thing secret-birth-ancient-recipes-at-risk style (Immortal Classic and Feast of the Gods). Funny how the writers keep popping up with the same sort of ideas. But then I'll bet Fate wanted it that way.

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I love reading you two together like this. Anyone else stumbling onto this for the first or second time would be thinking, WTF is this, but I'm totally laughing along.

You two make a great writer pairing...you know that...Thanks for entertaining us through entertaining yourselves!

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Oh ladies you just kill me! DB ur posts are delightful, and thanks for posting this one cuz not only is it a treat on its own, it's sparked off all this JHW talk! Can we say MASSIVE crush happening here? And thanks for all the JHW links ladies!

DB pleeese recap all the aired eps of QIHM soon? Although I've watched the subbed eps, your recaps take the whole experience to another level! Muah! Kumsamidah!!

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My enjoyment of "Rooftop" pretty much comes from the Joseon Power Rangers - of which their presence on the screen had been limited a bit too much over the past 3-4 eps.

Aside from that, the writing in "Rooftop" has pretty much been a mess - not close to "Lie to Me" or "Secret Garden" mess levels, but uses the same over-stereotypical characters, situations we have seen time and time again, storylines that don't make sense, characters making the dumbest moves, lazy ways of addressing certain issues or not even addressing them properly, etc.

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love love your post girls! so funny and yet gives us something to think about what we've been watching. :)

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Queen In hyun's Man for the world!!! Initially, I was into TK2H but now that they sort of have a happy ending, I just felt like the story ended, for me. I was always thrilled by time traveling dramas and 2012 offered heck lots of them. RP was the first to start off but it wasn't as lovely although I love reading the recaps. I just wished that there were more stuff related to the past, showing the past Now, Queen In Hyun's Man is like my crack. Looking at Kim Bong Do makes me swoon and melt. He may not be the best looking actor but he sure matches his character, scholarly-kind capable of intense romance. Sigh <3 Yoo In-na's character seemed a little ditzy at times, like a blondie but the fact she lives in modern times and works, strikes her off from the damsel in distress stereotype. Oh, she even has to save KBD's butt sometimes despite his cleverness, he was bound for trouble in a world he had no clue of. SPOILER ALERT:I like how they are generous with kisses as well :D Makes me melt like ice-cream all the time. I admire how YIN's character is bold to make the move despite the modern time thingy, it's still really daring. Or she's just really impulsive. Keep writing the recaps please!!!!!!! Kamsahamnida!!

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The thing is,how can Yi Gak just believe that his Crown Princess is an evil wench just from the RUMORS that Do Chi San heard?

I mean,i know Chi San knows a lot of news/rumors and that he can be trusted and all, but in the earlier episode the Prince was like 'my princess is very demure,beautiful,etc etc' and now he's like 'why havent you tell me this before?!'

Shouldn't he defend his wife or something rather than just believing what he heard?

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omo!i donno how to edit my comment so i'll just add here:

yep,definitely RP has loss its magic.i think i'm gonna stop watching and concentrate on TK2H and QIHM instead :)

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"‘Cause in In-hyun, I love everything about the plot and characters and premise, but I do sort of trip on the very mundaneness of the time-warp mechanism. A monk wrote a talisman? That’s it? I actually want it to be more magical."

- I'm thinking (hoping actually) that the explanation behind the talisman's magic will be revealed later in the story since the monk who made the talisman is away while Boong-do does the whole time-traveling bit, and also because the monk who Boong-do asks for answers cannot be any more vague with whatever he is saying, nor does he know (or does he? i'm not really sure) that our hero can travel through time. Let's just hope that when that talisman-making-monk comes back, he comes back with a decent explanation as to why and how the talisman works and not just because Fate has meant to do that hahaha

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I am a really big fan of both of these dramas, but after starting QIHM, I may be more in love-love with Boong-Do. He's so smart, and his way of navigating the modern world appeals to his brain--that oh-so-sexy brain of his. His kissing, too, appeals to his smartness. That.boy.can.kiss!

About RTP, I do find sometimes that it muddles around the mystery in favor of SeNa and Tae-mu's villainy. I'm not sure if I like that, because the mystery of the Crown Princess' death, though related to SeNa's character (or at least, supposedly), seems lost in the machinations of the H&S business. I often don't find a clear path as to where the progress of the original mystery is going.

I also dislike the grandmother in RTP. At first I liked her, because I thought she was just a halmoni who was dealing with the loss of her grandchild. However, after learning about the whole Tae-mu thing, I disliked her more. As much as I think that Tae-mu's erratically evil behavior is indicative of his father's, I do sense that some of it comes from the grandmother's indifference at him as a person. She blames Tae-Mu for her husband's actions; in other words, she hold grudges just like the rest of our villains: Uncle Money, SeNa, and Tae-Mu. She is no better than they are in this case.

The last straw for me was when she agreed to lie about the plane ticket in order to push Park-ha further away from the family. At first glance, her protection of the family seems to indicate fierce loyalty, but by this point, she just wants to consolidate power to Tae-yong and herself. Though she wants Tae-yong to be in a relationship, she only wanted it to be with someone who (in her mind, of course, not ours--for we know better) she trusted. Wait till she finds out that same bitch she trusts is working against her. HEHEHE. As much as I hate SeNa, I want to see grandmother embarrassed by her behavior as well.

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Just started watching Queen Inhyun after seeing so much about it on dramabeans :P It's definitely completely different from RP save from the time traveling. But I like how he can go back and forth and he isn't stuck in one time frame. I feel like it's reminiscent of time-traveler's wife. Guess I found myself another drama to watch! Good thing since RP is almost done :'(

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Hahaha! That was very entertaining to read as always fate ALWAYS win!!!!!! They are both very good dramas so it will be a draw in my view!

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I was trying so hard not to start QIM before drama ends since I know the subbing is slow, but you guys were saying so many good things about it, I couldn't help it! I'm glad I started...I just hope I don't have to wait too long for each ep :/

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I dont know why timetravel just started appearing everywhere in kdrama. was there a policy that was against it previously that was lifted?

I am saying this because a long time ago in 2000, there was already a HK drama on time travel. but it was never used in kdrama before.

Then China dramas in the last two years started using it as a plotline and then kdrama caught on. Maybe its a fashion thing.

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Love "Queen In Hyun's man" more... RTP is boring.

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finally, done reading all the comments. phewww...
I always like when you guys do post like this cause it always bring the lulz.

I cheated on Yoochun and jump ship to QIHM recently. I thought I should watched it after RP ended but reading 1st episode recap with beautiful screencap makes me curious. Never thought it would be this awesome. Boong Do and Hee Jin chemistry is sizzling. I like Boong Do cause he is up to his scholar title; smart, quick in assessing unfamiliar situation and swoon worthy. that smile~ I would do the same what Hee Jin did if I'm meet him. Damn, I probably make up something worse than she said #justsaying. Not to mention he can jump back and forth btw 2 world, eventho he risking his life every time but at least the wormhole is there. Hopefully next episode still as strong if not better.

I feel like RP need to catch up with their pace since there only 3/4 episodes left and there are so many thing/mystery to be solve. They didn't even know how to go back to Joseon yet and I'm ended anxious for them. Taemu is by far the easiest villain to detect it kinda makes him laughable. He need poker face crash course stat. Dude, if you keep on failing, isn't it some kind of divine way to tell you to either stop being evil or step up your game..i meant evilness. aishhh. Park Ha is just standard kdrama heroine.

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"javabeans: Kill all the Horcruxes! But whose time do they live in?"

I burst out laughing on a bus! U girls are the best.

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HAHAHAHA!
I was wiping my tears with MANE OF SHAME! ROLF! I really cant take it especially when I scroll down Lee Gak, long hair, troll doll!!! hahahahaha!
you girls are the best!

but seriously speaking I really love QIM, it very refresing western/asian style. I really love it to bits how I wish I would meet a hottie from the pass and told him about rules and manners in modern day time. Like kissing to partway hahaha! I'll be damn!

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Oh, javabeans, I think I'm officially in love you (in a totally platonic non-creepy way....yeah). Anyone that can reference Arrested Development while talking about dramas has my heart forever. :)

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Yeah RTP is getting pretty boring and hard to watch while I sat and watched QIM and found it refreshing.

Funny read as well ;D

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lovin both dramas!! but rooftop a lil more! <3

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