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Monstar: Episode 2

SO MANY FEELS. There are simply so many feels for this show that I couldn’t possibly let the series pass by without expressing all of them. The fantastic songs, a delightful cast, and an overall feel-good entertainment, fellow Monstar fans will join me in saying that Fridays will never be the same. So I kept tuning in week after week and found myself knee-deep in a sweet and adorable show that has a beating heart and leaves a lingering smile on my face.

With Monstar already a few weeks into its run, it’ll be some time before the recaps are brought back up to speed, but reliving the moments over again is something I’m looking forward to.

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EPISODE 2: “Girl, I’m a star, a star!”

We rewind to earlier that morning, and the MIB boys hit the showers after dance practice. A shower scene already? Is it my birthday? Then as the boys get beautified in their stage outfits, Seol-chan gets ready for school.

In the car, Manager Hong gives him a few encouraging words—if Seol-chan is on his best behavior, his sentence to attend school could be reduced from three months to one.

At present, he worries about who Seol-chan will sit next to in class since it’s imperative that the student must be neither a fan nor anti-fan, and above all, tight-lipped. Seol-chan glances at his button and smirks, “I know someone.”

Which leads us to the previous episode’s ending as Seol-chan asks Se-yi to be his jjak Ah, so he meant it as his seat partner.

Cut to: Seol-chan seated next to Nana. HA. The entire school is in an uproar with the idol star’s arrival and Teacher Dokko (my mistake earlier. She has a rare two-syllable last name) addresses her class to make their newest addition feel welcome. The students collectively groan at the reminder about their upcoming music evaluations.

All it takes is one word from Nana to get him to move next to Se-yi, who isn’t happy to see him. She promptly sits next to Nana, smiling, “I can sit here, right?”

Wrong. Se-yi is sent back to her original seat next to Seol-chan, seething. Ignoring the countless phones clicking around them, she demands that he return her phone. Just when she’s about to mention the almost-kiss incident, Seol-chan covers her mouth, and she pushes his hand away.

That’s the last straw for Seol-chan, but he tamps down his temper in front of the growing crowd. He thinks fast, wrist-grabs Se-yi, and runs out of the classroom. Eek, that’s going to make it look worse.

Word travels fast and Seol-chan rolls his eyes in the van at the story floating around the internet: “Kidnapped?!” He explains that it was the first thing he could think of, and sits Se-yi back down.

She makes it clear that she has nothing to say to him, which Manager Hong agrees with—whatever it is, surely they can talk in the classroom, right? But he quickly changes his tune at the mention of the incident: “You can talk here.” Ha.

However, he isn’t keen on leaving the kiddos alone in the vans. “The windows are tinted! You can’t see anything from the outside!” I don’t think you have to worry about raging hormones as so much as their raging tempers.

Poor Kyu-dong is pulled out of the classroom and gets a full-on beating for his earlier act of defiance. Jae-rok scoffs at Kyu-dong’s meek answer of, “Just ’cause.” There’s a manipulative quality about his bullying tactic that make me wanna slap him.

When Kyu-dong complies to remain under his thumb, Jae-rok sneers, “Stupid bastard.”

Do-nam curiously hangs back to get in the last word, justifying his actions with the reminder that Kyu-dong is partially deserving to receive this constant abuse: “There’s something you’ve done as well.”

The argument ensues back in the van and Se-yi accuses Seol-chan of following her around to make sure that the earlier incident with Ari remains under wraps. She tells him that he needn’t worry since she’s not interested in spreading gossip anyway.

But she’s taken aback by his following question: what exactly did she see that day? Then he leans in: “This?”

His face inches from hers, he reminds her that they were this close not too long ago, and it didn’t affect either of them then. Yes, but it affects her now. Now that he has her attention, he makes it clear that he has no intention of blackmailing her.

Still, Se-yi firmly stands by her refusal and Seol-chan’s voice turns serious: “Even if I ask you as a favor?” She’s the only one who doesn’t know (and likely doesn’t care) about who he is.

Se-yi doesn’t budge, so he returns her phone to her. When she wrenches it out of his hand, he asks, baffled, “Why do you hate me so much?!”

But Se-yi bursts outside… only to find Manager Hong with his ear pressed to the door. Well, that doesn’t look suspicious at all. Then Teacher Dokko comes by to usher the students back to class.

Teacher Dokko gets an earful from the Vice Principal about all the commotion thanks to the arrival of their idol boy student. She reaffirms him that the preparations for the charity concert is going well (Gym Teacher Choi raises an eyebrow at this).

She returns to her desk, dazedly wondering what this strange new feeling is. That is, before Gym Teacher Choi spooks her to snap her out of it. Hee, I love that he’s the only one who can spark her anger.

Seol-chan returns to the classroom to find the seat next to his empty. It’s only now he sees Se-yi’s desk graffitied with hateful messages and he sighs.

As for Se-yi, she’s up on the roof, bitterly reminded of how much she hates him for making her think of her mother. She scoffs when she discovers a new folder in her music collection. Curiosity gets the best of her and she listens to one song on the tracklist “As Time Passes” (posted above).

Just then, a rogue paper airplane lands at her feet, and she unfolds it to reveal a crude drawing. A quick survey of the roof points her to Kyu-dong in his torn school uniform. He quickly crumples the drawing in his hands.

Se-yi sits down next to him and asks if the picture is of Jae-rok. She argues that his voodoo tactics on the drawing is useless: “You’re better off poisoning his drink.” At his look of shock, she adds: “It’s just a joke.”

Kyu-dong thanks her for her earlier intervention and admits that it’s a self-portrait. Though Se-yi sweetly remarks that it looks nothing like him, she clocks his silent and reserved reaction.

So she offers that they listen to the song together. Kyu-dong immediately recognizes the song and says with resignation: “It must be nice for people like Seol-chan. Everyone likes him… I hate myself.” Aw, sweetie.

To his surprise, Se-yi answers that she hates herself too. They sit there, listening while softly singing to the song together. It’s a sweet moment, and I already love the sense of camaraderie between them.

Seol-chan gets called outside by Sun-woo, and scoffs when he’s told to change his seat. They exchange clipped words as Sun-woo pegs him with questions as to why Seol-chan keeps bothering the new transfer student if they barely know each other.

At his charged reaction, Seol-chan retorts: “You’re acting as if she’s your wife.” That clams Sun-woo up, and Seol-chan declares that he’ll stay put.

When Sun-woo bites that the idol hasn’t changed at all and still as stubborn as ever, Seol-chan returns the sentiment in kind, calling Sun-woo out on his nicety act.

He in turn asks why Sun-woo is so concerned about her—after all, it’s so unlike him. Shouldn’t you be repeating those words to yourself Mr. I-don’t-care-about-her-but-where-the-hell-has-she-gone?

His search throughout the school is fruitless since Se-yi is back in the classroom, reading the hateful scrawlings on her desk like a textbook. Sun-woo places a folder over it to prevent her from reading any more, which is when Seol-chan arrives at the door, annoyed to see the two together.

Sun-woo has been tasked to work with the newbies for the forthcoming music performance evaluations where they’ll each need to play an instrument. He coolly lets Seol-chan off the hook when he voices his disapproval. Ha.

Seol-chan can barely contain himself as he watches Sun-woo take Se-yi’s hand and listens to him tell her: “You’ve played guitar for a long time.” Gah, you gotta love it when a simple hand-holding can send you swooning.

His eyes dart back-and-forth between them as they agree to meet to practice at a park that night. When Se-yi looks back at him to say that Seol-chan can sit beside her, he angrily stalks off.

Another orchestra practice tells us all we need to know about Joon-hee and a new character, his younger sister, MA HYO-RIN (Kim Yoo-hyun). He gently asks a fellow violinist if she knows if anyone is interested in joining the group… because a spot will open up soon. Hyo-rin smiles. Geez, that’s cold.

Afterward, Teacher Dokko gapes when Joon-hee replies that his band can’t play at the charity event. Then Gym Teacher Choi appears out of nowhere, here to collect. (They, well he made a bet that Joon-hee would say no.)

Two of the All for One boys find Do-nam stare longingly at judo team practice, only to shuffle away when he’s caught. Hm, does your beef with Kyu-dong have something to do with the sport?

All of Teacher Dokko’s suggestions to Vice Principal for a suitable replacement to play at the charity concert get promptly dismissed. What’s interesting is that we see that it’s getting increasingly more difficult for her to rein in her anger as people continue to try her patience.

As Se-yi leaves school that afternoon, she honestly shares with Eun-ha about why the idol boy chose to sit next to her. But Eun-ha alerts her to a greater mystery—why is Sun-woo so nice to her?

On his way back from school, a bus serendipitously pulls up beside Seol-chan’s van at the light. He notices Se-yi riding inside and unknowingly finds himself gazing at her. And then, Se-yi’s head turns in his direction, as if looking back at him.

His eyes linger for a long minute until he finally asks if anyone can see through the tinted windows. When he’s told that no one can, Seol-chan wonders aloud: “This isn’t fair. It hurts my pride.”

Manager Hong misconstrues his words, saying that they’re in this mess in order to keep his pride. Seol-chan corrects him: “That’s dignity.”

Teacher Dokko is in a surprisingly good mood as the Vice Principal’s thinly veiled warning that she may not be a homeroom teacher after this year brings a smile to her face. She barely pays Se-yi any notice when she leaves for the park.

Meanwhile, Seol-chan is still bothered by the thought of Se-yi and Sun-woo’s meeting. He makes a fuss when he’s told that his entire schedule has been canceled since he’s a full-time student now. Frustrated, he storms out.

As for Sun-woo, he stops in his tracks when he receives an urgent call—a younger sister, perhaps? But then he realizes that he can’t call Se-yi because he doesn’t have her number and is unable to get ahold of Teacher Dokko.

Their appointed time comes and goes, and Se-yi runs into the same issue while she waits alone in the park. Her face darkens when she sees a happy father-daughter pair sitting nearby.

Seol-chan arrives at the park (ha, who wears shades at night?) and searches for Se-yi. He smiles at the sound of her guitar softly playing in the distance and tries to figure out what lame excuse will work. You’re adorable.

He’s pleased to see that Sun-woo is a no-show and halts at a distance, mesmerized by Se-yi singing on her guitar in the rain. But they’re joined by a third person and Se-yi warily notices what surely looks like an Adam watching her play.

She stops mid-song just as Seol-chan also notices the strange ajusshi. Se-yi hastily packs her things as the Adam approaches, but she isn’t quick enough and averts her eyes.

Seol-chan swoops in to the rescue just in time. With Se-yi shaking uncontrollably by his side, he lectures the man for his perverted behavior. “If you can’t control it, then go run on a treadmill!”

He pulls Se-yi away, but the ajusshi calls out to her, asking who taught her the song she just played. Seol-chan protests that it was him and drags her away from the park.

Now that they’re out of seemingly imminent danger, Se-yi turns to go home, only to be whipped around again. He demands payment for rescuing her back there (“You should at least buy me milk!”) and then lets out a sigh when she actually does. Hahaha.

He snaps Se-yi out of her musings and scoffs in amusement when she ends up with foam on her lip. Omo, are you going to reenact Secret Garden?

But Se-yi licks it off before he can clean it for her, and it sends him into a whimsical fantasy as he zooms in on her lips. The imagery startles him out of his seat. So who needs a cold shower now?

Once they’re outside, she asks if he really intends not to join them in the music evaluations. He breaks into a smile, but tells her that he doesn’t. He’s taken aback when she unexpectedly apologizes and thanks him for earlier.

A quick goodbye later, she leaves him standing there alone. Seol-chan screams after her: “I should be the one leaving first! I’m a star, a star!” Hahaha.

Se-yi receives a call from Sun-woo, who belatedly apologizes for standing her up. After they hang up, we see Sun-woo standing outside of Se-yi’s apartment. He says aloud: “You… didn’t move.”

The next day at school, Seol-chan throws his bag down in a huff after he catches Se-yi and Sun-woo exchange friendly smiles. Nana is mysteriously absent, and we see her ignore Sun-woo’s text as she walks through a nightclub.

When Seol-chan arrives at the music room, he can hardly believe his eyes at the variety of instruments among the students. Everyone breaks into their respective teams and Seol-chan takes issue with how Se-yi smiles whenever she’s around Sun-woo.

“But why doesn’t she smile when she’s around me?” he wonders. I mean, can you blame her, Mr. Grumpypants?

Seol-chan seeks solace in his van, but is always nearby whenever Se-yi and Sun-woo meet to practice. He even tries to work on his own in the studio, but it isn’t long before he asks to join them.

They agree to let him back in but Se-yi calls him out on his synthesizer software, claiming that it’s against the rules. He doesn’t miss it whenever Sun-woo says that it should be fine for today, and Se-yi immediately concurs. “You’re doing this on purpose, aren’t you?”

He smirks after he fiddles with the controls, compiling various elements as he goes along. On his cue, they join in and perform a rendition of the Kpop song, “Trouble Maker.”

Sun-woo acknowledges that it was fun when they meet in the bathroom later. He tells Seol-chan that it’s nice to see him again, and Seol-chan retorts: “That’s what you think.”

Se-yi is still in the music room when the All for One members walk in. Hyo-rin’s sneers hardly affect her, even when she acts like the bratty princess she is. When Joon-hee says that all the “regular students” have to clear out because the room is reserved, Se-yi finally bursts in laughter.

She finds his statement childish and retorts, “Is there such a thing as regular students and premium students? It’s just like meat—lamb meat.” They’re flabbergasted as she continues that people are just like meat; everything turns into poop once it’s digested. Dayum, girl can hold her own.

Before the situation escalates any further, Seol-chan enters and agrees with Se-yi’s statement. Everything’s the same: “Regular meat, premium meat, and star meat.” When Joon-hee introduces himself, Seol-chan adds, “School president meat too.”

Back at the van, Seol-chan starts to lecture Se-yi for speaking so crudely but he stops short when she breaks into a smile. He blurts, “She’s smiling.”

He’s annoyed when she turns her back to him after she declines a ride. Manager Hong catches Seol-chan smile again in Se-yi’s direction as they drive past her, to which Seol-chan exclaims: “I was doing lip exercises!”

Seol-chan does, however, make a fuss when Manager Hong hints that he may soon be transferred to live at home instead of the dorms. He denies any familial issues—his parents love him!—but all may not be what it seems.

The day of the music performance evaluations arrives, and the class groans when they find out that they’ll be graded against all-perfect Joon-hee’s class. Nana is notably absent again.

Seol-chan teases Se-yi when her phone rings, adding that she call him sometime. Ha, subtle. It’s Se-yi’s mother, and he watches as Se-yi check her call history. Suddenly, she turns around, asking if he picked up any of her calls. When he admits that he did, she lashes at him: “Why’d you do that, you idiot?!”

She’s clearly upset with him and the class silently picks up their phones to document the moment. So it’s back to the van. Is this going to be your go-to from now on?

Seol-chan defends his actions, saying that he picked up because it was her mother. Se-yi barks back that it doesn’t matter and accuses him of rifling through her photos and music without her permission.

She puts him in place, yelling, “Everyone babied you, didn’t they? They did everything you wanted? There was never a person who punished you if you did something wrong, right? So you don’t have an ounce of empathy. You never learned what empathy was. Everyone had to follow your every whim, didn’t they?!”

Although Seol-chan barely gets a chance to defend himself, he does get the last word: “Stop trying to act like a better person and call your mom!”

Then to make matters worse, Seol-chan is told that the company has moved his things back home. He beelines for the company and takes out his anger on CEO Go, who hasn’t the faintest idea of where this outburst is coming from.

The evaluations begin and as expected, Joon-hee puts on a stellar piano performance as Sun-woo tirelessly tries to contact Seol-chan. During the break, Teacher Dokko grants them the last slot, and Sun-woo informs her that they’ll perform as a duo.

Outside, Teacher Dokko finally cracks when Joon-hee refuses yet again. She furiously grabs Gym Teacher Choi’s collar, who celebrates the welcome of her inner badass with a hug: “You’ve returned Dokko Soon!”

Meanwhile, Seol-chan is still teeming with anger as he sits outside the company. He rises when he receives a text from Se-yi: “Sorry.” He rushes back to school.

The second half of the evaluations is a different story as Teacher Dokko’s eyes look like they can spit fire. This time, she isn’t afraid to give low marks to every abysmal performance.

When Teacher Dokko calls their turn, Se-yi apologizes to Sun-woo over how he’ll receive a failing grade because of her. He tells her not to worry: “I’ve never failed anything in my entire life.”

As they take the stage, we intercut between them setting up and the Adam ajusshi taking out a CD entitled “Catnap,” written by none other than Se-yi’s father. We get a brief glimpse of an unidentifiable tattoo on his left index finger. He presses play at the same time Se-yi and Sun-woo begin their song.

Se-yi sings the ballad while playing her guitar as Sun-woo provides accompaniment on his cello until he joins in song. When Seol-chan finally arrives near the end of the song, his imagination takes over and pictures the two sing the duet like a tango, donned in glamorous outfits.

The class erupts in applause, snapping Seol-chan out of his reverie. Teacher Dokko takes a call from the Vice Principal to inform him: “I think I found a replacement.”

 

COMMENTS

What a wonderfully delectable series that has so many different mysteries pumping through its narrative veins. There is so much to potentially unpack that although each episode tips well-past the hour mark, there is so much more to figure out. How the production (a joint effort by tvN and Mnet, for the curious) will cram it all into 12 episodes, I won’t ever really be sure.

I’m delighted to see Kang Ha-neul in another project after To the Beautiful You. Even though his character gives me a severe case of Second Lead Syndrome (like bronchitis; once you’ve had it, it never really goes away) in this series, there are depths we have yet to discover about him. Past the cold and unapproachable shell, the true enigma about him is his previous history with each of our leads with the all-encompassing question—how does he know Seol-chan and Se-yi? All we know from this side of the tunnel is that there’s bad blood between the boys, and neither is fully ready to confront whatever happened in their past.

Then there’s Sun-woo’s connection to Se-yi and if our teeny hints are any indication, the answer may be a familiar one to many a drama-watcher. But rather than the trope itself, what I’m truly interested in is its execution. And if Kang Ha-neul keeps growing his range in his character as we learn more about Sun-woo, it’s safe to say that we’ll get a satisfying result. And damn, is he already swoon-worthy.

The more we see of Se-yi, the more I like her. Her frank nature and empathy is something I adore about her, and we see her exhibit that quality on numerous occasions throughout the episode. The rooftop with Kyu-dong was particularly striking as she finds a kindred spirit in her loneliness and self-image. I can’t wait to watch how their friendship develops as they each try to find their place in this chaotic school. Not only that, I love that we’re already seeing more of her emotions shine through, and doesn’t hide that she enjoys Sun-woo’s presence with a warm smile. Of course, it will just make it that much harder down the road, but for now, her honestness (even if it gets her in trouble sometimes) is something that I respect.

At its core, Monstar is a show driven by its characters, supplemented with beautiful music. It’s a show that so many of a similar genre hoped to achieve but fell short in its broadcast slots. The bottom line: moar Monstar, moar happiness.

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So far, wonderfully written drama.

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the producer and writer duo,were actually the ones behind sungyunkwan scandal too. so ,it really doesn't surprise me. these kind of dramas make me realise why i started watching kdramas in the first place :D

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and the other writer was the one behind Arang and the Magistrate - I have full faith that if this series has any weaknesses, it will not be in the writing department (the casting's turned out pretty great so far, too).

And I can already see the very well-thought-out hints of mystery being dropped here, much like they were in Arang. To say I'm looking forward to this is an understatement.

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Arang + Sungkyunkwan! I loved both...and liking Monstar as well. Unlike Dream High 2, the music scenes are used more effectively. And the cast is doing well too. Love the insightful and also the funny scenes with the manager. And does anyone realised that there has been at least 2 jokes saying that they shouldn't let the idol read!!??? Pwahahahahaha........

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This is definitely one well crafted drama. The leads are totally selling it. I don't know the girl but she's really great with the character although she does feel a lot green but it kinda adds to the charm of the character.

Junhyung is a revelation. He does the tiny scenes and movements really well, I hope we get to see more of him act in the future. A great start for his acting career.

Plus Kang Haneul is too preeeeettttyyy. Just for his face alone I can watch this show. I do hope we get a little more depth in his character since its so second lead material that its hard to root for his pairing. I can ship him and Junhyung though. Haha.

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Second-Lead Syndrome. Love me some Kang Haneul. I live for his smiles.. SLS aside I am loving this series. All of the leads are acting their parts well.

Thanks for recapping Gummimochi.

Glad I'm not the only one following this series.

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I'm having a Lead Actress Syndrome..its nor common right..? Hehehe..

I can't helped it.. Se Yi is adorable :D

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Hahaha, I have Lead Actress Syndrome too! The last time I had it was Answer Me 1997, what is it with cable series and rookie actresses turning out to be surprisingly fantastic...

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I've already *Mined Kang Ha Neul in another blog, so am *mine-ing him again here. :-)

KHN already impressed me in TTBY! Although he had a minor role, he made more of an impression than any of the leads. (so did Woo Bin - unforgettable!)

This is my first time to experience a second lead syndrome. I'm already hurting for Sun Woo. Waaaah!!!

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l totally love our hero!!!!!!!!

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Thank you for the recap!

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stucked to this one..hard one!!

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Thanks....

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Love it....♥♥♥♥♥♥

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Thanks for recapping, dont mind the it being a little late at all! Very impressed by TVN, am still wondering at how consistent they've been with standards of writing, sticking to fluffier type shoes that they're good at!

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i KNEW it!db wouldnt not recap a drama as interesting as this one !THANKS, gummimochi. :D

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Eeeeee, thank you for the recap, gummi! This adds so much to my perception of this drama that I like so much.

Kang Ha Neul, come to think of it, kinda reminds me of Bae Soo Bin in some ways. So talk of Second Lead Syndrome... :D

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Oh, Seol Chan is such a lovable character haha! It's been awhile since I've been invested in a drama, so I appreciate the recaps. Will actually watch instead of just read this time around :P

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Love this drama so much. Looking forward to each installment. So happy you are back at recapping it. It deserves all the love it can get! ♥♥♥

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Already love our rag tag band of misfit kids to pieces. This is great stuff!

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rag tag band of misfit kids!!!!

yes, love them to pieces.

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Same here! And I love ALL of them, which is rare.

(also, A++++ points for having a heroine who is awesome and not a Mary Sue)

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kyudong always reminds me of byunggun in what's up.. talented but having serious stage fright.. lol

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I don't think he has stage fright. It takes a lot of strength to sing in front of an entire class -- especially when he has to sing embarrassing renditions. He doesn’t mind singing per say, he minds the mocking nature by which he has to sing. His problems are different but equally complex. As we all know, he's a victim of bullying. However, Do-nam's words suggest that he did something bad in his past. I think the guilt is causing him to accept whatever befalls him. It’s as if he blames himself too. He hates himself. He’s stuck. But even when he stands on the rooftop, contemplating suicide, he can’t make himself carry through. Se-yi is, so far, the only one who connects with him and comforts him. Sun-woo doesn't like the bullying, but like what Se-yi pointed out, he doesn't do much to stop it either.

I think his arc is done beautifully so far. Hating yourself is something I relate to very well, and I really want the misfit kids to help him find reasons to like himself again. It's a very real problem - and I think it can produce more danger than the bullying can (although of course, the bullying is only intensifying the self-loathing).

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This.
This is why i love radio so much. So much heart for him.
I feel more for him than i do for our main leads..

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Together with Itazura na Kiss (Love in Tokyo) they make my Fridays perfect. Thanks for the recap.

Seyi's deadpan jokes are great :--)

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this is my Friday drama combo too!

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Me three!

And they are both pure awesomeness.

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Me four!! I love them both!

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Another additional, me five!

Never thought I'll like Kotoko in Itazura Na Kiss franchise. But, Love in Tokyo version is selling it! Kotoko is cute and sweetly in love instead of dumb and stalkerish, even Irie have a great interpretation in here.

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Yay! I'm so glad you're going to recap this drama. Monstar deserves the attention—when Dramabeans doesn't cover a show, it's almost as if it doesn't exist on the drama web.

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Please, please, please recap this series.
I absolutely wanted to jump up and down and clap when she gave him that speech about him having every whim satisfied. It can get so frustrating and annoying to have the male lead be an obnoxious ass. That's not only a k-drama trope, I see it everywhere, but in k-drama usually they can be really over the top, like a study in a future abusive relationship. The "hero" behaves appallingly bad and we are suppose to believe that after they both say "saranghe" it will all be roses, talk about fantasy.
Anyway, since I can't see most of these dramas unless I catch them on Youtube or Netflix I totally depend on you to have my k-drama fix.
Just two episodes in and I am so in.

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I don't actually find Seol-chan to be an obnoxious ass. Yes, he jumped to conclusions when he first met Se-yi, but given his experiences and his status, most likely his assumption would have been correct and that would have been the best course of action for him. Unfortunately for Seol-chan, this is a drama.

Se-yi didn't particularly give him a chance to explain either. I like that she says what she feels but she's also strong-minded at times. She said that she won’t gossip but it’s a bit ironic to say that after she almost spilled it all in the classroom. She’s not dumb. She knows Seol-chan would have been in trouble if she talked about the kiss incident.

And we also have to remember, we are judging the “bad-ness” of Seol-chan’s actions because of their consequence but Seol-chan doesn’t know these consequences and they’re not normal either – usually if you answer somebody’s mother’s call, you’re not doing something wrong. In his case, it was perfectly valid to assume that she was living with her mother and that her mother was calling for the phone. I would have done the same. He shouldn’t really be blamed just because he doesn’t know her estranged relationship with her mother.

Plus he did help her twice already – once when she was in the park by herself and once when she was talking back to the All4One crew. He hasn’t actually done anything bad to her for her to hate him so. At most, you can yell at him for wrist-grabbing and dragging.

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Agreed. He's not bad. He's wary of people (makes sense) and he's used to being the center of attention, so that engenders certain behaviors. He could stand to have his ego knocked down a peg or two, but I think that's coming.

He's just a kid, after all, and he lives in a REALLY difficult environment. I think he's probably a real sweetheart naturally. Even now he doesn't really hang on to his first impressions for long and his instincts are to observe, protect, and help.

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He’s just a kid, after all, and he lives in a REALLY difficult environment.

I like that we really get the sense of that - that he's a kid, I mean - we have SO many high-school-age characters for leads in dramas who act like asses but somehow manage not to convey that they're so young.

Like Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Before Flowers. It didn't help that Lee Min-ho looked far too old to be in high school and his character lived a life that no high schooler would lead, but somehow that sense of extreme youth just didn't come through.

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glad that you changed your mind and decided to continue recapping this show. i was pleasantly surprised by it... like you said, it has heart. and junhyung is doing a good job as the lead. he's quite the natural actor. also, the female lead is a nice change to the usual.

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Gummimochi, does this mean you'll be regularly recapping the series? I truly hope so! I'm so loving this drama right now! All the characters are so delightful and 3-dimensional. It's been a really impressive show so far. Lovin' the music too!

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This drama is clicking with me in so many ways, it's a formula that has already been done but thankfully the makers of this show have refreshed it and made it engaging. I have a bad case of second-lead syndrome & I'm willing to go down with the ship but the great thing is I like the lead pairing too so I won't be as devastated when they eventually do happen.

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YAY! You decided to continue recapping it! I was disappointed when you said in the first recap that you weren't going to continue with other episodes, cos I liked Monstar since episode one. But hey, you're back! And I'm glad. :)

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Aww! Yay! You decided to continue recapping .....

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Omaigat!!! Thank you so much Gummi!!! I thought you weren't going to recap this!

I accidentally watching this one out of boredom last Saturday night and I ended up sacrificing my four hours of sleeping time to finish all four episodes. Monstar is too adorable that my cheeks hurt from all the grin. Now I can't wait for the next episode (Oh. The torture)

All the characters are making me laugh with their antics and the music is just beautiful. I fall in love with the duet song between Se Yi and Sun Woo in the last scene of episode 2 (Nocturne, originally sung by Kim Yoon Ah of Jaurim) and now I can't stop listening to both original and Monstar versions. Agh! I love this drama!

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thanks for the recap!

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Omaigat!!! Thank you so much Gummi!!! I thought you weren't going to recap this! (you are, right? Imagine me looking at you with Seol Chan's eyes. Pleasee..)

I accidentally watching this one out of boredom last Saturday night and I ended up sacrificing my four hours of sleeping time to finish all four episodes. Monstar is too adorable that my cheeks hurt from all the grin. Now I can't wait for the next episode (Oh. The torture)

All the characters are making me laugh with their antics and the music is just beautiful. I fall in love with the duet song between Se Yi and Sun Woo in the last scene of episode 2 (Nocturne, originally sung by Kim Yoon Ah of Jaurim) and now I can't stop listening to both original and Monstar versions. Agh! I love this drama!

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Ok. You've convinced me. I'm totally going to start watching this series today!

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Awww, you are back recapping this wonderful drama.. Yayy! Thank you, dear!

With every episode, I fall in love more and more to SW [KHN]. Gah, this fine young man with solemn eyes is simply irresistible.. ♥◡♥

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Oh, I forgot to mention, I love the title you gave to our star, Gummimochi: Mr. I-don’t-care-about-her-but-where-the-hell-has-she-gone.. ^^

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I just finished Episode 4, and I am /dying/ to know what happens next. This drama is like my new Shut Up Flower Boy Band. So many feels I can't contain.;;

I really love the entire cast, and I look forward to learning all about their pasts and seeing them all grow as people.

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Thank you so much for continuing to recap this drama! I love love love this drama and having recaps/comments to read makes it that much better.

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Yay!!! I love this show! Thank you do much for doing recaps!

I couldn't really deal with the whole one-episode-a-week deal (I need my drama crack!) so I started to do recaps in my own blog (check it out) but honestly they take so much time that the experience as a whole has really taught me to appreciate all the DB recappers. Now I can read the recaps here! Yay! You all are a dream team. Thank you!!!

But enough about me, let's talk Se-yi! Ack, I really like her character. At first she reminded me a lot of Hye-mi from Dream High with the whole blank face no sense of humor attitude but as Monstar progresses I love how they've developed Se-yi. I doubt Hye-mi would have stood up for the kid being bullied on her first day there.

As for me guy leads, I kinda have second lead syndrome and like the class president more. I'm sure once Seol-chan gets over the "I'm a star,duh" attitude he'll win us and Se-yi over but till then...

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For once, I don't have the second lead syndrome! Sun-woo would be great as a friend but I can't see him being a good partner. He would protect Se-yi and all that, but I feel a good relationship is where each partner helps the other grow and kinda pushes them to fix their flaws. I can't see Sun-woo doing that (yet). The stronger reason is because I don't honestly feel that Sun-woo likes Se-yi romantically -- it feels more like a way to spite Seol-chan. I and I feel he, is more invested in his friendship with Seol-chan. I really want to see that develop, especially after the glimpses in episode 4.

(by the way, I'm not saying I support Seol-chan either, but right now I like Seol-chan + Se-yi over Sun-woo + Se-yi...though Seol-chan + Sun-woo trumps them all :P)

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Hummmm...I see your point there. Now that you mention it, I did notice that Sun-woo seems more invested in spiting Seol-chan and in his young impression of Se-yi than in discovering who she's become now. For example, when he says bye to her after gym class (episode 4 sorry guys!) it would have been a swoon worthy moment IF he hadn't looked straight at Seol-chan to see his reaction.

But I loooove how Seol-chan gets his panties all in a knot thanks to Sun-woo. Their frenemy relationship is my favorite!

And yah know what, I second that: Sun-woo and Seol-chan bromance FTW

Se-yi can pull a Sam-dong from Dream Hich and become famous all alone

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She actually does remind me of Hye-mi in the blankface part, except that unlike Suzy, Ha Yeon-soo doesn't say her lines like she's reading them off a teleprompter and is actually capable of showing emotion when required to do so.

Sometimes there are really interesting characters played by actors who just don't have the chops to bring them fully to life. Thankfully, Se-yi isn't one of those - when HYS plays her, I see Se-yi, not the actress herself.

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I agree that Ha Yeon-soo is a stronger actress than Suzy but I don't think their characters are identical.

Hye-mi lacked emotional response. This showed in her singing and it was the source of her conflict -- great voice but lack of connection. Her entire growth was about improving the expressiveness in her singing.

Se-yi doesn't lack emotional response, she saves it for when necessary. She has a wide range of emotions but she chooses when to be expressive. It's never suggested that her character flaw is her lack of emotion.

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I agree with you about their differences - Se-yi isn't actually emotionless (we've seen that from the word go) and she's gentler than Hye-mi temperament-wise, but both characters do have their moments of non-expression and that was where one reminded me of the other.

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Thank you for recap! Loving it so far.

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Yey. I'm so glad you'll continue to recap this lovely show!
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Can't wait for new eps!!
Lot of Secret Garden-esqe moments.....the lead even has similar looks. SeYi reminds me of IU. I too have a serious case of second lead syndrome. I'm also waiting for his mysterious back story...and NANA's connection.
The music is catchy and I've had it stuck in my head all week.

I read in the comments while watching ep 2 that the tattoo on "Adam" Ajhussi's finger was the word Alive written in Arabic.

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likeways, this drama is fresh very natural. Love the music liking the leads as one said this drama made me think why I got hooked to kdrama soo much ....Keep it strong !!!

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Like most of you I am enjoying this show a lot. This show is very interesting with the characters and music intertwined. It amuses me at times at how innocent they are and yet the songs they sing at times are a bit "adult". Seol Chan and Se Yi are a trip, they are each other triggers and yet it will be Se Yi who in the end forces Seol Chan to grow up as the "I am a star" won't wash it with her. Which is why he likes her a lot and being its the first time he's feeling this way he does not know what to do.

Thanks for the recap gummi. You realize how popular this show is with its international audience when its being recapped at just about everywhere. Couch-kimichi, koala, softy, Miss D, soompi. Everyone has a say with slightly different perspectives but with one common agreement - THIS SHOW IS GOOD. Hopefully we get more of the enjoyment in the future.

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I'm loving this drama so much! :D Seol Chan-ah! <3

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"But... I'm a star!" gets funnier every time.

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thank You Gummi... I love this drama. This my first crack drama so far. yes, I am definitely on Team Sunwoo.... He is HOT and OMG love his singing with Se Yi...... Oh The I am star guy is cute too... :)

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I'm impressed that TVN does it again. Wonderful little drama that delivers with so little Hype!

Enjoying Junhyung of Beast who is perfect in his role as Seol Chan. Also Kang Ha Neul is doing such a wonderful job as Sun Woo. So talented young actors who can sing and play instruments and are well suited in their roles. Love the music!

Enjoying each episode. This drama does it right with a wonderful cast, writer, and director.

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Heh.
It's actually aired by music-centered cable Mnet. This is also their FIRST original drama.
(I know, what a great first outing).

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Thank you for recapping Monstar. This show really shines even in the small moments like when Seol Chan sees Se Yi and Sun Woo smiling at each other. Why is it only once a week?

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What I like about the 'so many feels' gummi, is that they got them right - it feels like real HS feelings, emotions, and hurts. Kim NaNa is a secretive character, I wonder about her life. This is going to be good.

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gummimochi ~

Thank you for recapping this ! This show has good looks, good music and good characters.

Just a quick question, are they using actual baby pictures of the cast members? It sure looks that way.

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Am not into cutesy teenage stuff but this drama's alright esp on a day am just chilling out. My only problem is the mommy/daddy issues-like seriously as if first loves weren't overused enough in dramaland what's with all characters having scars and what not courtesy of their parents?!! I've had it up to 'here' with that kinda storyline! Am actually much more interested in how the different 'friends' came to be not so friendly with each other, a la School 2013, hope they explore this bit more...

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You're right on, sistahhh, about the FEEEEEELLLS!!

Seol Chan is such a precious prick!! Luff him. heeeeeeee

Can we all take a moment to appreciate Kang Ha-neul's cheekbones?!! hnnnnggggg...

As for show being a 12-episoder... i'm glad! More often than not K-dramas are about 4 or so episodes too long. For a high school drama this seems to be all sorts of perfect!!

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"I don’t think you have to worry about raging hormones as so much as their raging tempers."

and the keyword you missed was... yet.

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lmao! XD "yet"
I can't wait for that to happen. The manager would go crazy trying to keep them apart then. :D

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recap, yay!

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Does anyone know the origin of using "feels" as a noun? I've seen it in a lot of user comments here and Allkpop, but now this recapper has used it. Is it just accepted misuse, like "anyways"? Or is it a translation of a Korean word or idiom? An abbreviation of "feelings"?

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This is urbandictionary's definitions.

1.A wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained. (Watching Answer me 1997 gives me all sorts of nostalgic feels.)
2.Short for feelings. Typically used when someone is fangirling/fanboying over something, or just saw something sad. (Ugh this show is giving me so many feels.
Right in the feels.)

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Aha, short for feelings. Thanks.

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TEAM SEOLCHAN ALL THE WAY. although, i really do like sunwoo too. he's sweet and a good guy... at least from what we can tell now.

this is a very good show. can't wait for it all to play out.

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love!!!!!Thank you for recapping,gummimochi!!

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O.m.g.
I literally squeeled when i woke up and saw you posted this absolute GEM. It was like christmas morning all of a sudden.
I knew that shows this great will always find a way to be recapped. No show of mine that i love shall go unnoticed! Granted, there are tons of obvious cliches and k-drama scopes but there is so much heart sprinkled throughout and just enough crack to keep us moving along.
I hope you still rest well though gummi since you're recapping both Monstar AND cyrano (some of my loves atm). Atleast Monstar only airs once a week and on fridays.
Not too bad!
Although i noticed they make up for it by giving us an extra 20 minutes each episode ;)
Min Se-Yi, you are the oddest heroine i've ever seen in k-dramaland. I hope you stay that way!
Onto reading your recap gummi.<3 I could give you a kiss.

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Thank you for the recap! Haha I love that all the AsianDrama websites I follow have officially caught Monstar fever and is posting about it.
And I ship Min Se Yi with Seul Chan! I also love her relationship with Kyu Dong/Radio (in a please-be-BFFs-now sorta way)
Love the Song of the Day! It's so beautiful!

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the original (by postino, the drama's music director) is worth a listen, too:] his voice is... softer, or smoother i think. gives the song a new dimension thats different from this version~

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This is my drama crack this season. My stalker-ish behavior has come out again because of Monstar. This for me is a combination of YB, SKKS, DH, SUFBB, School2013, and let's add AM1997 too! Cracktastic! As much as I like Sun-woo, for drama watching purposes I like Seol-chan better. [There is only one Kim Boong-do!)

Thank you for the recaps!

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