Drama Recaps
Nine: Episode 1
by | March 11, 2013 | 74 Comments

Today saw the premiere of Nine: Nine Time Travels, which I’ll just be calling Nine since redundancy is redundant. Also redundant.

The show comes from the team behind Queen In-hyun’s Man, and for that alone it was worth noting — In-hyun was deftly directed, gorgeously shot, and had a polished, cinematic flair. On the other hand, the similarity may have also been the thing to put you off the show, since both shows are about a time-traveling hero.

Still, the basic premise of Nine is worlds apart from Queen In-hyun, and while there are definite similarities of style, storywise I think we’re in a whole new ball game. Which is good. I think.


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Himalayas. A solitary man makes the climb up a snowy mountain, face burning with frost and body struggling to hold on. It’s an arduous climb, and finally he falls. Even still, his hand remains firmly clutching a small stick.

Sometime later, a chyron tells us we’re now in Pokhara, Nepal. It’s December 15, 2012.

A man sits in a small plane flying over the Himalayas, and is stricken with a sharp pain in his head. This is our hero, PARK SUN-WOO (Lee Jin-wook), who tells his seat neighbor merely that it’s a headache brought on by “mountain sickness.” Something tells me there’s a lot more to it than that. He pops a painkiller.

When Sun-woo’s plane lands, he’s eagerly greeted by a young woman, JOO MIN-YOUNG (Jo Yoon-hee), who calls him “sunbae” and has come to pick him up. Sun-woo breaks into a grin at the sight of her, and surprises her with a big ol’ smack on the lips. Ooh, already? Not that I’m complaining, mind.

Sun-woo launches right into his proposal, suggesting, “Let’s get married.” But he seems a dry, logical sort and he follows it up with the very unromantic-sounding clause that it’ll just be for six months, and they won’t even have to file the formal paperwork to register it — less hassle that way.

That has Min-young pouting, understandably, though he points out that he’s doing it for her since she’s the one who likes him and won’t even date someone else because of it. He teasingly tells her to decide on the spot and she chooses yes. Heh. Smart girl.

As she drives along, she fills him (and us) in on some basic exposition: This is where her team of reporters is stationed for the near future, working on a story, although he has come without alerting anybody else. It makes her feel a little bit special, to be the only one he called when his personal business brought him here. He has two matters to attend to, he explains: The first was his proposal, and the second —

But we don’t get to hear the second, because Min-young screeeeches to a halt at that. Wait, he wasn’t joking then? He really meant to marry for six months? Fo’ serious?

She’s confused and he’s totally enjoying her confusion as he reminds her that she was actually the first one to propose the six-month relationship.

Flashback. It’s several months ago at their office — the station of broadcaster CBM, heh — and Sun-woo is fixated on his work while Min-young pesters him to date her. What about just for six months, then, or even three?

Sun-woo’s not going for it, and she pouts, “Why’d you kiss me then?” He reminds her of the cold hard facts (which seem to be his specialty): That she kissed him. She retorts that he enjoyed it more, haha. But it does hurt her to see him not taking her seriously, even as it surprises him to see her taking it so seriously.

Back in the present in Nepal, Min-young recalls with some embarrassment that he’s right, but says defensively that she was saying that out of drunkenness. What woman would like his cut-and-dried unromantic proposal? Sun-woo agrees to take it back, which pisses her off more.

She gets out of the car and stomps off huffily, muttering that her mother was right saying that honesty would only hurt her. Sun-woo calls out to her, then starts driving slowly alongside her as he offers to renegotiate. She bristles once more at his wording and chides, “This is why you can’t get a date!”

In her pique she uses the word dangshin, which in this case is spoken insultingly (like yelling, “Hey, you!”) and he gets peeved about her lapse in respect. That gets her back in the car and he smiles. Cute.

He asks to be let out at the police station, though he declines to explain why, and is greeted by a contact who’s expecting him. This, then, is that second matter of business bringing him to Nepal, and he sends Min-young back to basecamp without him.

His Korean contact at the station translates for him and presents him with a box containing belongings of a deceased person. Ah, a relative then. His father?

Sun-woo looks through the things with a cool eye, but the sight of a Polaroid photograph shakes his composure. All we see is Sun-woo’s face and the back of a man wearing a red parka, but he clearly recognizes it, and it’s enough to prove that this deceased person is related to him.

The Korean contact hands him records of the case and explains that the body was found washed up in a river, badly damaged from being frozen through and then thawed again. Ah, the body wears the same red parka. His belongings were damaged into near-unrecognizability, but the man happened to recognize Sun-woo in the photograph.

Sun-woo asks to see the records of the case and is shown the photo album with crime scene shots. There’s that hand clutching that stick again — it’s incense, the contact explains. Incense is pretty common here and there are no signs of foul play, so the local police are inclined to call the case an accidental death.

The contact wonders why it took Sun-woo so long to file a missing persons report, however, since the body was found a year ago. Sun-woo just smiles ruefully, saying he wonders that himself; if he hadn’t recently come into a reason to contact his hyung, he wouldn’t have filed that report or known he’d even died.

Sun-woo takes the box back to his hotel room, where he gives it a cursory glance. His brother (named Jung-woo) had written self-affirming lines into a notebook like “Have courage. You can do it” and “If you have determination, anything can happen.” Somehow it sounds like there’s more reason for the words than self-pep-talking, though.

The box finally brings tears to Sun-woo’s eyes and flashes him back to a memory, landing us in Seoul one year ago.

It’s Christmastime and Sun-woo arrives at a cafe to see his brother waiting there for him. Sun-woo breaks into a smile and greets him warmly with a hug, though hyung seems rather distracted and antsy. Hyung wasn’t aware Sun-woo had recently returned to Korea after work took him abroad, saying vaguely that he was out of range of emails.

A woman interrupts to offer the brothers the Polaroid photo she took of them; he’d stepped into her shot and she figured he might want it. Hyung asks to keep it, and does.

Sun-woo seems to be the calm, even-keel brother in this relationship, and it sounds like hyung has long been a wanderer and on the outs with Mom. But Sun-woo isn’t angry or upset, though he does try to gently persuade his brother to return home as he hands over the money Jung-woo had asked for. Nervous and fidgety, Jung-woo merely says that he needs the money because he’s “looking for something,” and then asks earnestly, “Don’t you want to live like we did in the past? I want to.”

Hyung says intently that with Dad gone and Mom “not like she was,” him returning home won’t bring about that change. Rather, he wants to go back to the past for real, “The past where we were happy.” Sun-woo naturally assumes he’s talking figuratively, though since we know the title of this drama I’m sure we can get those brain-wheels churning now. What’s he discovered?

Jung-woo’s voice starts to take on this impassioned, manic quality as he says that Little Bro won’t believe him yet, but he’ll reveal his discovery soon. It must be sad for Sun-woo, who must be used to this kind of manic talk and just changes the subject. But when he rises to order coffee for them, Jung-woo slips away, leaving merely a note: “I’m sorry, Sun-woo. I’ll come back soon.”

Present time. Sun-woo blinks back tears at the memory, and finds another photo tucked into his brother’s notebook. This one shows their family back in the day, looking happy.

And then he’s hit with a wave of nausea and lurches for the toilet, retching.

Min-young knocks on his door in concern, having heard about his brother’s death. Sun-woo is back to his collected self now, telling her matter-of-factly that he doesn’t want her emotional response. Instead, he’d prefer her company as they go out to eat.

A flash of pain hits, but he covers it quickly. Slipping inside for another pill, he packs up the box of belongings, missing seeing one plastic bag falling to the ground.

As they eat in front of the most gorgeous vista ever, Min-young pesters Sun-woo to explain his six-month proposal. He counteroffers that they can date for three months if she’d prefer, but she’s pouting about the part where there’s an end date. His excuses sound like just that —excuses — like how it’s because he’s so busy, which isn’t a reason that will work for her: “Who isn’t busy?” Sing it, sista.

Of course, we are privy to extra information that makes me suspect Sun-woo’s being entirely honest about his reasons (if totally cryptic), but to her he’s just being confusing. But she doesn’t get time to press him because she catches a glimpse of her teammates approaching, and it sends her ducking for cover — neither of them had told the buddies he was here.

But the reporter team spies Sun-woo right away and wonder at his presence, and notice that there’s a woman’s purse lying on the chair. And that the cell phone left behind is Min-young’s. Ha, out breaks a juvenile chorus of “Ooooooooh, are you daaaating?” The whole secrecy bit just makes it look more damning.

That night, Min-young calls Sun-woo from her hotel room and they chitchat about the pesky co-workers. She’d wanted to show him around and invites him out for a beer, but he declines to offer because he’s headed back to Korea tomorrow. He tells her to finish her work quickly and come back home, saying half-teasingly, half-seriously, “I won’t wait.”

Sun-woo tosses and turns in bed, trying to sleep, but has no luck. Rising from bed, he spots the bag that dropped to the floor and sees that it contains a stick of incense and a lighter. According to his police station contact, his hyung had insisted that he burn the incense before he died.

Sun-woo takes the lighter and burns the stick, not thinking much of it, and lies back down to sleep as the fragrance wafts around him.

Then he wakes up… and he’s lying on a snowy mountain, dressed just as he was seconds before. The wind is fierce, and before he can react, an avalanche swallows him up.

Sun-woo opens his eyes once more to find himself lying on his hotel bed, only now his face is flecked with snow. What just happened?

The camera zooms in on the incense stick, part of its length burned off. Yeah, I think we got that.

Several days later, in Seoul. Sun-woo is back at the CBM office, standing by to anchor the nightly news. He makes a quick phone call to his mother’s hospital, requesting that her nurse prevent her from watching the news tonight. It’s Mom’s nightly ritual to watch her son’s program, although they’re not entirely certain she recognizes her son — Mom’s not quite right, apparently.

The nurses fear that it won’t be easy getting Mom to agree, and they have to forcibly wheel her away from the television because Sun-woo explains that the news will contain a report that will upset her.

A news crew stands by in Zurich for their segment on Sun-woo’s news report, and before they go on air the interview subject chooses to speak to Sun-woo. The older man is Chairman Choi, and the two know each other, though there’s bad air here.

Chairman Choi speaks pleasantly, but Sun-woo has to grit his teeth as he congratulates Choi for his recent success. And when Choi asks about his hyung, that perpetually immature wanderer, it seems like a pointed barb.

Choi explains to his aide after the brief conversation that he’s a friend of Sun-woo’s father, though it’s been ages since Dad died. It’s likely that Dad’s death is the source of enmity, and Sun-woo’s hand shakes after the call.

The consummate pro, Sun-woo is back in control for his broadcast, and the interview with Choi begins with both men speaking from a pre-written script. There’s a rather canned conversation congratulating Choi on his stem cell research breakthrough, and Choi feigning modesty as he accepts his accolades.

While Choi speaks, Sun-woo furiously writes notes and dutifully reads off the teleprompter for his part.

Time for one last question, and the teleprompter cues Sun-woo to congratulate Choi and sign off. But instead, Sun-woo goes completely off script as he asks — in a deceptively pleasant tone — about the sacrifices that Choi said he had to endure for these advancements to happen. Choi was just being self-congratulatory, but Sun-woo’s voice sharpens as he asks whether those sacrifices refer to the intern who was paralyzed in a test, or the woman who died from the research, or maybe the hospitalized senior citizens without legal guardians who were targeted for clinical trials under the guise of free medical treatment?

Whoa, Sun-woo is badass. Balls-to-the-wall. He rapid-fires these facts at the chairman, cool as you please while his news team tears out their hair behind the cameras, trying to decide how to fix this.

Choi handles it pretty well, saying simply that this is all news to him, but that he will be researching it further and Taking It Seriously, yada yada yada. The same ole corporate bullshit. Sun-woo knows it and says sarcastically, “It’s astonishing to hear that you did not know.”

By the time he finally signs off and relinquishes his impromptu exposé, everyone’s wondering if he’s off his rocker and what sent him over the edge. Chairman Choi, however, is less surprised and just mutters that Sun-woo cracked: “I thought it was only his brother who went crazy.”

The station president is up to his neck in complaints, but he doesn’t immediately bite off Sun-woo’s head when he comes to see him. (Ha, the president’s ringtone is the same one from Queen In-hyun’s Man. Gotta work in the reference somwhere.) He’s fuming mad but he also seems to be something of a father figure, and he tells Sun-woo that he’s looking at a minimum of six months’ suspension.

Sun-woo’s prepared, though, and hands over his resignation letter. He cuts right to the point: “I’m going to die soon.” Headaches sent him to the doctor and he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, with the best hopes of survival being two years after surgery. But he’s inoperable and likely only has one year left — six months of walking and talking like normal.

The president is stunned, while Sun-woo smiles bitterly that he’s actually relieved at the diagnosis, because it means he’s not going insane. Not like his hyung or his mother. He’d always expected it to strike him too, so this is a relief.

Sun-woo explains his reason for telling the president, and why his brother and mother went crazy, and why his doctor father died in a fire — “Because the source of our family’s tragedy goes back to Choi Jin-chul.”

Twenty years ago, Choi burned down Dad’s hospital (with him in it), and in the aftermath Mom went insane and hyung ran away. I presume Sun-woo was a minor then, and that left nobody around to protest when Choi easily took over the hospital and built it up. And how unfair that Sun-woo should have to now be the one to congratulate him for that work.

Sun-woo hands over a flash drive containing all his research on Choi. Earnestly, Sun-woo asks for the president’s help, so that tonight’s broadcast doesn’t get swept under the rug.

The president reels from all these bombs being dropped in his lap all at once, needing time to process. But Sun-woo urges him, because he has no time. He had always thought he’d have much longer to get his payback, but the cruel irony is that he might die before Choi.

Nepal. Min-young’s team heads up to take a climb up the mountain, teasing her about Sun-woo the whole way, while she thinks back to his three-month dating offer. It niggles at her, and she ends up pulling over to call him — why three months? Why a time limit?

Sun-woo says that it’s so they won’t get too attached, which confuses her — don’t people date so that they DO get attached?

Sun-woo replies, “No, that won’t do.” She asks why. He replies, “Because when we break up, it’ll hurt too much.”


Okay, first things first: Despite enjoying Queen In-hyun’s Man thoroughly, I wasn’t as fully onboard the Nine train, so to speak, so I approached with some hesitation. The story is interesting and the team is skilled so I had no doubts it would be a solid show, but I guess I just wasn’t feeling the zing in the air. Sort of like Vampire Prosecutor 2 being similarly well-written and -directed as its first season but not having the same emotional hook for me.

For most of the first episode, that’s how I felt about Nine: It’s good, but I just wasn’t that into it. Maybe it would make somebody else out there a great crack drama, but it wasn’t pushing my buttons. I like the setup and the characters were interesting, so it wasn’t a flaw that was tripping me up. Just ennui.

I do think it picked up with Sun-woo’s reporter gone rogue routine, and that’s when I sat up (literally) and took notice. It’s also the scene that finally got me a little excited about what was to come, and made me really root for him for being so hardball about it. Yes, he has nothing to lose, but even without that fear of reprisal holding him back I think it shows strength of character and I’m very interested in seeing him pursue the bastard like a dog with a bone.

It seems to me the show did take the long way around with Episode 1, because it wasn’t till that newscast that I finally got the point of the show (even though I knew it from reading promo material). The thing is, of course we shouldn’t know what’s happening before the show actually shows us, but really, it’s right there in the title: Nine Time Travels. By not cutting to the chase, I felt detached and disengaged.

I’m still not sure if this show is going to get me emotionally, and maybe it doesn’t have to. But as a revenge thriller with a ticking clock (literally!) I think it’s got the goods, and it’s driven by a relentless hero with a wry sense of humor, which is gravy.

*crosses fingers*


74 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. asdjfkl

    yay! It’s here. thank you!!

    • 1.1 altair

      The question is: to watch or not to watch?

      • 1.1.1 Kakashi

        indeed … that’s the question! I’m undecided and will wait for some more recaps here

        • JoAnne

          oh I’m gonna watch. I’m either gonna watch and cheer, or watch and cry – but I’m gonna watch.

          • DayDreamer

            Amen to that! That’s the spirit of a kdrama junkie, lol.

          • TS

            But where to watch?

          • mariolawpanda

            Just for Lee Jin Wook’s face, because his acting isn’t really doing it for me, I will watch this show. I do find the premise and the episode pretty interesting so I think I might stick to it.

      • 1.1.2 alua

        Watched the first episode and feel like JB. I’m not totally hooked and certainly wasn’t for most of the episode, but the reporter-gone-rogue bit definitely piqued my interest.

        The couple’s back and forth debates were a little tedious, but with the background of the illness I can partially see where Sun-woo is coming from at least. The illness: there better be a miracle cure, I really don’t want to end up bawling.

        Incense to time-travel? I’m not too impressed, but I guess it doesn’t matter all that much.

        That first kiss: wow, that was early on! Though I couldn’t help thinking that that was a very public display of affection in a country that definitely would consider it a big no-no!

        Will keep watching and see if it keeps being interesting. Fingers crossed, because I really need a good k-drama to watch (I tried Lee Soo-shin Is Best, which is cute so far and I might keep watching it, but it feels fairly predictable already).

    • 1.2 Dominique

      I have watched Episodes 1 & 2, and my verdict is diagonally opposite from Javabeans’ and many comments herein.

      This drama gets down to its business and lays out its cards on the table, without wasting time on or insulting viewers with emotional garbage.

      But the cards we are shown are gripping. In short order, the drama weaves connection between a brother’s death, a villain behind corporate evil, our hero’s family ruined by this villain, and a hero who is dying and lives on a borrowed time, with time travels thrown in the mix. All this in Episode 1.

      In comparison, it took Incarnation of Money 11 episodes to get its story going. In Level 7 Civil Servants, after 14 episodes, the spies are still looking for actual spying to do.

      The handsome actor cast for our hero looks and walks the part of a news anchor and a dying man in love. The camaraderie between him and his news team is out of a Disney movie. Of course, he is in love with a girl who is ditzy and annoying in the beginning of Episode 1, but her lines quickly improve as the drama progresses and we see that she is actually very smart and capable.

      And this is still a Korean drama.

  2. Vivenne

    Thank you so much Javabeans unni ^~^

    While I admit I wasn’t drawn into the description of this drama before it premiered, I thoroughly enjoyed your recap >.<
    Hope it can continue being a solid drama :3

    Thanks, and I should really go back to studying for my midterms now hehheh

  3. dongsaeng killer

    ok that news report was badass! i like 🙂
    thanks for the recap

  4. ladida

    I’m excited for this show–can’t wait to watch it! (I’m still in FBND world, though.)

  5. Russe12

    Thanks so much for the recaps! I’ve been anticipating this drama…off to read!

    • 5.1 Russe12

      This is from the only-recap-reading perspective, so I don’t have as much to say because I barely know what I’m talking about, heh. I wasn’t as drawn into it at first, unlike with QIHM (which I coincidentally am watching right now). But towards the end it seems like it gets more interesting.

      Something I like with this writer is how the characters aren’t walking drama tropes, or if they are, they’re somehow more likeable (although a lot of it is in the acting). I don’t want to compare this to QIHM too much (despite the inevitable-ness) because I’m sure that will get verrry worn out in the coming weeks, but the female lead in Nine seems a little more unordinary. I am liking the gutsy reporter/family avenger side of Sun-woo though, so let’s hope this will be good. Looking forward to how this turns out!

      • 5.1.1 Russe12

        Whoops, on the female lead in Nine, I meant ordinary, not unordinary…

  6. kirst3n

    Okay, where do I watch this? Checked and its not on Viki. 🙁

    • 6.1 hpn88

      its going to be up on dramafever soon

      • 6.1.1 kirst3n

        Really? Darn. I’m avoiding dramafever. I’m still peeved about their crass bullying in shutting down sites which I very much frequented before I moved to North America.

        • pace88

          if it’s going to bee in dramafever there is the possibility it might be in Hulu.

          • J

            Hulu and dramafever have a partnership, so watching on one is essentially like supporting both. I don’t think this solves the first person’s problem.

    • 6.2 Raitei

      Dramacrzy and Epdrama both have it, but currently still in raw.

    • 6.3 dango7

      only raw right now, but subs soon hopefully.

  7. canxi

    Haha Balls-to-the-Wall.

    Digging it from what I have read and can’t wait to watch it myself. Seems interesting and I like the slow unraveling. Like a novel when the synopsis is on the back, but it takes a while to get there inside. Seems cool.

    But, why oh why, must these big shots always resort to burning people alive??????

  8. poolfish1

    yay it’s here!

  9. Onees

    Sorry, I’m a perv tonite. Haven’t watch it. Only read the recap and all I saw was HIS lip kissing. kukuku

  10. 10 Fairycutter

    Thank you JB.

    Now i finally have korean drama to watch…
    This might not hook you, even me the same In-Hyun did, but for me, this first episode is good, at least nobody i hate at the first sight… except Choi jin chul, which is good.

  11. 11 cv

    Lots of going on, flash back and forth. Interesting storyline… the revenge part, didn’t think it was going that way. I was thinking more of a love story rather then a mixture of revenge and love. Hmm… Will wait and see how ep two is like.

    Thanks for the recap. ^^

  12. 12 Jo

    lol to the song title

  13. 13 ht

    Wow, I have not seen Jo Yoon Hee in motion before yet but from the screen caps, she looks a lot like the late Choi Jin-sil.

    Thank you for the recap!

  14. 14 trotwood

    Lee Jin-wook. Sigh.

    I am not as shallow as I appear. Really. But, wow. Lee Jin-wook.

    • 14.1 JoAnne

      Lee Jin Wook, indeed.

      I am EVERY BIT as shallow as I appear to be.

      • 14.1.1 TS

        Yes. But same here.

      • 14.1.2 Tha

        Where’s the LIKE BUTTON?! He is something handsome!

    • 14.2 momosa

      Lee Jin-wook.

      I’m never this shallow, but I’m going to be honest. If he’s ever in front of me, my legs would wobble, my speech would go blurry, and really, I would melt. His eyes emit thousand of volts and I don’t think life would ever be the same again, if ever he’s in front of me, just once.

      I can’t believe I said this..

    • 14.3 gwyn


      strangely enough i saw a Lee Jin Wook look-alike in the dog training class I’m attending a few weeks ago,

    • 14.4 rearwindow

      Oh, seriously. I’m not usually a squeeing fangirl, but Lee Jin-wook? WOW.

    • 14.5 Sunshine

      I love LJW’s intense look…*swoon*… He’s one of those people who looks better when he’s not smiling.

    • 14.6 coby

      ditto.. I was about to say… call me shallow or whatever but I will watch this drama because of those gorgeous screencaps of Lee Jin-wook!

      I guess the subs will come slow for this drama.

      Thanks for the recap!

    • 14.7 jomo

      How can he be so hot in such a short amount of time, and in so many different styling choices/camera angles?
      Unkempt? check
      Kempt? check
      Covered in snow? check
      REEEEEEALLY close up? CHECK
      Crinkly smiling eyes? Oh, yes.

      Plus, the kiss showed up at under 5 minutes, too.
      I like this director.

      • 14.7.1 Belle3005

        Ditto. AHHH LEE JIN WOOK. How come it took me so long to discover a gem of hotness that is you? 😀 I LIKE THIS DIRECTOR TOO! HEHEHEH

  15. 15 Tina

    Oh how I squealed so hard when I read “Pokhara,Nepal” THAT’S MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY!!

    Anyways by the looks of the first episode, it definitely seems like something worth watching!

    • 15.1 Mylee

      I can totally understand u… How good it feels when u see the familiar surroundings in Kdramas which is very rare. W: Two worlds brought me here n the first few scenes had me squeeling hard too. Yah..that’s my country!!

  16. 16 helena

    Seems interesting and worth watching. Thanks javabeans for the recaps.

  17. 17 Sudina

    Is really Nepal right..Im really glad that there’s mention of My Country Nepal.

    • 17.1 TechnoKeats

      Nepal, sigh! Himalayas, DOUBLE sigh!!!
      It is funny to b someone who understands the foreign tongue in a foreign drama 😀

      • 17.1.1 TechnoKeats

        So the Nepalese script is Hindi, right?
        That actor’s (in the police station) pronunciation was yuck 😀 (can’t help being smug, 😛 )

  18. 18 Ace

    Waiting for the recaps so I can judge for myself. Meanwhile, I’m watching You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin ep.2 & Childless Comfort (I’m at ep.10 and I still don’t like any of the characters)

  19. 19 mskololia

    Meh….Reads not my cup of tea.

    Thanks for the recaps.

  20. 20 Rosebread

    Interesting. The opening scene reminds me a lot of Brockmeier’s The Brief History of the Dead.

    Thanks for the recap! 🙂

  21. 21 JoJo

    Thanks for the recap. Will give it a try.

  22. 22 anna

    After reading the recap, this drama sounds a bit more interesting than watching it raw. I’m glad it doesn’t JUST focus on the romance. I love the revenge story subplot. I think I’ll continue to read the recaps from now on, if you guys are continuing to do so. ^^

  23. 23 DayDreamer

    *shields eyes from recap and reads only comment portion of it*

    I was excited for this drama from the trailer (and I usually dislike time traveling dramas…haven’t watched any of the completed ones so far). I guess because I’m new to the time-travelling genre, I will probably find this very interesting [kinda like watching Vampire Prosecutor 2 without watching the 1st season and probably finding it super interesting because of not knowing there was some good stuff before it].

    So anyways, will watch the episode when it’s subbed and then read the recap. Nonetheless, thank you for taking up the series. 🙂

  24. 24 snow_white

    thanks for the recap…..gonna check this out soon 🙂

  25. 25 Abbie

    For me, the episode didn’t hook me until the newscast as well. I like Sun-woo, but then he came off as a total badass which I love. However, this episode left me with an overwhelming sense of sadness. There’s just so much pain Sun-woo has had to endure, and now he’s going to die. Unless this show has some twist ending where he doesn’t, which I doubt. This seems to be all about a man getting revenge before his time is up. So sad.

    But sense that newscast scene, I’m interested. It’s not drama crack for me, but I want to know what happens to Sun-woo, if he gets his revenge, if he survives only to die at the end of his allotted time, or if there is some miracle cure. Who knows?

    Thanks for the recap, Javabeans.

    • 25.1 jomo

      Yes, I agree on the feeling for the show as sad.
      Resigned to fate sad.

  26. 26 LizJ

    LOL, I hope if I invest time in this, there will be some miracle cure. Perhaps if it’s found earlier, or if his father lives and the result of that is that a new treatment is developed? I suppose what we’ll see is that the present changes each time Sun-woo goes back into the past.

  27. 27 heartzeal

    I like the track that is included on this page along with the recap. You guys always pick best tracks to go along with the recaps. And thank you for the download button!

    Might check it out after few episodes have already been out. I hate waiting for new episodes if the show is is good.

  28. 28 riceball


    Park Soyu – ‘Stresssss'”

    Am I the only one who immediately thought of Kang Gary? xD

  29. 29 hiba

    the lead ! I LOVE !!!! HHHH I really wanna watch it ! but im afraid the lead might die …sooooooo
    hesitated !!

  30. 30 firsttimenewbie

    I came on here after some a short time away from dramas and drama-related stuff. I see the photo of Lee Jin Wook and I’m so IN.

    It will make up for poor Ryu.

  31. 31 Carole McDonnell

    Finally the subs came up!

    I’m liking it. Liking the couple as well. IF he figures he has only 6 months to live –DR Jin-like brain tumor or whatnot– maybe he’s trying to spare her his death. But I have to say I am a bit wary of brothers dying in the himalayas who (from my k-drama experience) may not be dead…bright red parka or not…and who may be our hero. And brain tumors can give a tonna pseudo-realities like Dr Jin on his reviving bed. So I’m watching this suspecting all kinds of twists.

    I have no doubt, no doubt, no doubt whatever that things at the end of this drama will end up with brother not being dead and mom not being in mental institution. I could be wrong but it’s the effect of Frequency (the American film, not the other one) and I’m seeing the family all happy and repaired.

    Is it possible I’m addicted to HEA when it comes to time travel? Time travel movies are generally kinda happy, no?

    • 31.1 jomo

      Usually, I think, time travel does deliver happiness.

      But it still can be sad, Time Traveller’s Wife, the novel, left me with a really sad feeling, even though I can’t actually remember how it ended.

  32. 32 jomo

    I am in.
    Time travel is my fav plot thingie.
    LJW pushes all my buttons, and I know that I am not using my smart eyes, necessarily, when I watch him. But I watched and enjoyed To the Beautiful You with those eyes, and it made me soooo happy.

    The episode flew by and I was guessing things the whole time. I like dramas that do that to me, and then flip all my expectations.

    After all the revenge set-up, I was surprised to be touched my his sadness saying the line “It hurts when we break up.” Which I took as he had already been through it one time, and despite that, was willing to go through it again.

    Does anyone else think that this is at least the second time through already?

    • 32.1 TechnoKeats

      Do you mean if he had time travelled already? Nope!
      He seems too uptight to have dated Joo Ming Young before (or anyone) He seems like the broody kind who thinks things through before taking a leap of faith. (hope my words don’t bite my back)

  33. 33 KimYoonmi

    I’m not into Makjang, but I figured I’d see this one anyway. The first episode is a bit dull in my eyes. Park Seon Woo’s character is pretty much I Need Romance 2 just spun a little differently with a real fatal disease. (I mean the premise, I don’t fault the acting… just the lack of imagination) Which bugs me.

    Upbeat girl wants to date her Oppa, but her Oppa keeps saying no, and then maybe and then being uncommitted, which drives her nuts. He acts with a ton of pride… maybe, yes no…


    I’ll give it another episode, but so far, it hasn’t really tugged my heart strings. I fault the writing more than the acting so far. (Direction isn’t too bad or too heavy-handed.)

  34. 34 TechnoKeats

    The last fifteen minutes of the show definitely got me interested. After L7CS, this is like super good :-/
    I do hope the writers don’t drag the time travel premise and give us some action STAT. Balli, balli!

  35. 35 Lilian

    Ah..your review is so to the point. I can’t point out what exactly is missing too but the show hasn’t hooked me too! It is generally good so far. Maybe I need to know more about the characters first though!

    I tink I was too charmed by the male lead in Queen In Hyun’s Man though….more charm required here??? =D

  36. 36 sweetspring

    Those mountains are not CG-ed in or photoshopped, they can really be so breathlessly stunning. I was just in Pokhara and other parts of Nepal & personally those mountain views are the star “guests” in this show I’ll be eagarly watching out for. Too bad I wasn’t there when they filmed this, I bet Lee Jin Wook is double tasty in the flesh.

  37. 37 Ennayra

    First, why are all Choi Jin-chul’s evil? I just finished watching Can You Hear My Heart, so I was surprised to get another evil daddy with the same name (or in this case daddy’s evil friend). Looking forward to seeing who’s the most clever, which makes the evil so much more entertaining.

    I found this first episode beautifully shot, full of Lee Jin-wook eyecandy, and the plot was pretty good for a first episode. I wasn’t bored. The time passed fast. Yeah, I think I’ll watch episode 2.

  38. 38 breeze

    a good drama… fall in love with the actor
    recommend to watch for those who like QIHM , 49 days…
    writer never fail to introduce new story in every epi….
    never feel bore till epi 12…

  39. 39 laraffifnee

    I have watched through episode 5 and I am blown away by this drama! It is SO good! I should have know that the writer of “Queen Inhyun’s Man” would create something incredible again. This is just in another class than most of the cute Kdramas that are fun, but shallow. This is mind boggling and thought provoking. Really Wow!

  40. 40 lynn

    i have finished watching all the episodes 🙂
    i love romantic and cute kdramas, but
    this nine is something that i like too 🙂

  41. 41 MEH

    It is truly worth watching. Noted this.
    Good directing & good acting. Beyond my expectations.

  42. 42 Mylee

    I must say….. I was over the moon when I saw that this episode was filmed in my country…with the familiar places, mountains n people….. Where was I all these years…. Thanx W: two worlds… I came here to kill my time waiting for the next episode of it to air, n now I found something to be proud of!!

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