Drama Recaps
You From Another Star: Episode 1
by | December 18, 2013 | 213 Comments

Ooh, finally a show that gets me excited. I have been waiting for you aaaaages! (Okay, months. But sometimes that can feel like forever.)

Aside from having stars I like and a quirky premise, I love that already I love the characters and feel their dilemmas. (Jeon Ji-hyun is great! A happy surprise, as I have always kinda liked her but never been moved by her.) Plus, while the unaging-alien-falls-for-actress setup was funny, I wasn’t sure where the story could go from there—but the show sets up the rules right away and gives us high stakes and a ticking clock, and that means I am invested. All the way. Bring it on.

Ratings were strong out of the gate, with You From Another Star drawing in a solid 15.6% rating, while Miss Korea drew a 7.0% for its premiere and Pretty Man settled back down at 3.5%. The game has just begun so it’s early days yet, but it’s a good sign for the show.

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RECAP: FIRST RECORD

We begin in 1609, the first year of Gwanghae’s reign during the Joseon era. It’s on August 25 that a mysterious “round, shining flying object” was sighted and logged in the official records; it zoomed overhead with “a thunderous noise” before disappearing into sparks, leaving the skies clear and cloudless.

(This is a real part of historical record, and served as the basis for tvN’s sci-fi-mystery drama Joseon X-Files, which I recommend by the way.)

A procession makes its way along a mountain road, carrying a young girl who was widowed just as soon as she was married. Suddenly, the UFO appears directly above them, kicking up such a fierce wind that the travelers go flying.

The young widow is buffeted about in her sedan chair, which eventually gets caught up in the tornado and skids along the ground, teetering at the edge of a cliff. Time slows down to a crawl as the sedan chair flies over the edge and the widow braces for death…

With the world suspended nearly at a standstill, along comes a figure in all black, walking without difficulty through the maelstrom.

The man comes to the sedan chair and pulls it back from the precipice, setting it safely down on the ground. As time resumes, the wind dies down to a slow breeze and our hero offers a hand to the widow.

We cut to the hero in modern times, sitting down to an interview with an unseen audience. He informs us of his origins with that UFO, which carried him from a planet extremely similar to Earth, which he identifies as KMT184.05.

We see different versions of our alien hero, named DO MIN-JOON (Kim Soo-hyun), as he lives through the 400 years since his landing, from the hanboks to the groovy seventies fashions to the sleek bachelor of today.

Min-joon explains having acclimated perfectly to Earth living (throwaway mention of water yields obligatory shower scene!), although his senses are seven times keener than humans: “Thanks to that, I do see things I don’t want to see, and hear things I don’t want to hear.”

Perhaps telekinesis is one of those perks, as a water glass goes sliding into his hand of its own accord. Min-joon sits down to a solo feast, saying that he can’t mix saliva or blood with humans: “That’s why I always eat alone.”

He bicycles his way to work, and witnesses a handbag theft on the street. He doesn’t step in, saying, “It’s meaningless to intervene in their lives.” He didn’t want to come to Earth, but he believes that what will happen will happen, regardless of whether you want it to: “Earthlings call this Fate.”

A news report catches Min-joon’s eye, and he stops in the road to watch news of a comet heading toward Earth. Back at his interview, he sets an hourglass to restart its countdown and says, “A new Fate is beginning. A comet I’ve waited 400 years for is approaching Earth. In three months, I will be able to return to my planet.”

On to our heroine, top actress CHUN SONG-YI (Jeon Ji-hyun), who takes a coffee break while filming a drama. She only wants the mocha for sel-ca purposes, posting a tweet with a cutesy photo and a quip thanking a famous historical figure for smuggling in those mocha seeds centuries ago.

Too bad Song-yi’s attempt at wit only exposes her ignorance; the guy smuggled in cotton seeds (mok-hwa), not mochas.

Her poor manager and her agency CEO are used to cleaning up after Song-yi’s mistakes, but it’s still a hassle to deal with. Even as CEO Ahn bemoans Song-yi’s stupidity, to her face he’s all obsequious pandering, suggesting that she quit tweeting because she’s too good for those nitpicky netizens. She doesn’t want to: “Then who would I talk to?” Oh, that’s sad.

Song-yi gets her CEO to back off with the vague threat of jumping ship to his rival’s agency. So she’s book-stupid, but rather street-smart.

In a university department office, Min-joon’s professor colleagues invite him to a departmental dinner, which he’s always declined. They joke that he doesn’t even know his colleagues’ names, and rather than answer, he excuses himself. Ha.

Song-yi’s manager tries in vain to get her to quit social media, reminding her of the “garlic pizza incident” (when she didn’t know that the word garlic was the food garlic) and begs her to consider the mysterious goddess approach to fame. She says she doesn’t care about internet hate comments and refuses her manager’s escort up to her new apartment. He’s nervous of her riding in elevators with strangers, given that run-in with a pervert that had him actually pitying the pervert.

It’s at the elevator that Song-yi is joined by Min-joon, and gives him an interested look up and down. When he doesn’t push a floor button, she assumes he’s a stalker and gets in his face, offering a photo in exchange for him getting lost. She follows him out shouting, only to realize he’s her neighbor.

Song-yi tries to smooth things over and asks if he knows who she is. Blank-faced, Min-joon wonders, “Do I have to know that?” Then he enters his apartment and leaves Song-yi confused, asking herself, “How can he not know who I am? Is he from North Korea? Or an alien?”

At a fancy restaurant, four stage moms dine together while the two leaders snipe at each other passive-aggressively. Their kids all started out acting together, but now only two are still in showbiz: Song-yi and the less-famous Se-mi. Song-yi’s mother is the tacky ajumma who puts on airs, while Se-mi’s mother is the quietly elegant one who nevertheless seethes because her daughter is always the sidekick and second lead.

Song-yi’s mom loves bragging about her, but has to cover up her embarrassment at not even knowing that Song-yi moved. So she calls her afterward to complain at her daughter’s lack of contact, interrupting Song-yi in an internet-reading session. (Song-yi scoffs that the netizens are immature brats to insult her, but can’t hide the tears in her eyes.)

There’s an interesting history here, because it’s Mom who previously declared their relationship over and now she’s pestering Song-yi for news and—more to the point—money. Song-yi has put up mountains of cash for her mother to run a restaurant into the ground, and an import business, and a diet company…

Song-yi listens blank-faced as Mom snaps that she owes her for giving her that face and body, especially since she’s a crappy actress. On the verge of tears, Song-yi retorts that she resembles Dad, not Mom—the man Mom ditched the moment he lost his money.

Mom tells Song-yi to call her Yoon-jae, her kid brother, who hasn’t come home in two days. Song-yi sighs that he’s run away again, and dutifully calls.

High schooler Yoon-jae is currently playing games at the PC room, pointedly ignoring noona’s phone calls. Looks like we’re dealing with the silent rebel type here, all quiet angst and glowering. When Yoon-jae’s buddies photoshop a bikini shot of Song-yi and cackle about doing it with nudes, he erupts at them and warns them to delete it. They don’t know he’s the big star’s brother so the outburst has them confused, but aw.

That night, Min-joon struggles to fall asleep, thanks to his superhuman hearing powers that pick up dripping faucets and loud neighbors. Next door, Song-yi’s dealing with her hurt feelings by scream-singing into her hair dryer, and Min-joon finally can’t take it anymore and heads to her door to complain. Tellingly, she looks more miserable than giddy when she stops singing.

Song-yi apologizes for the loud singing, but Min-joon is too annoyed to let it go easily and adds that she’s disturbing the peace, which is a reportable crime. That raises her hackles, and she takes out her hurt from the netizens onto him, saying that she’s been bashed all day long. She’s just taking out her frustrations, but he’s telling her she can’t even do that?

She starts to break down, but stops and excuses herself. She cries in her bed, wondering what she did to merit such hate. Next door, Min-joon hears her sobs in loud detail, compounding his guilt.

Unable to sleep, Min-joon heads down to his enormous study, crammed full of books from as far back as Joseon. He takes out a journal and starts writing: “A record of my last three months on Earth.”

On the drama set, perpetual sidekick YOO SE-MI’s (Yoo Inna) indignant manager protests to the director for the lack of scheduling consideration. Se-mi has been on standby since early dawn and then made to wait needlessly, to which the director snaps that Se-mi should be a star if it bothers her so much. She jumps in to soothe tempers, apologizing for her manager.

There’s another scandal on the horizon for Song-yi, who is technically a university student but hasn’t been to campus in ages, leading to a report on celebrity favoritism. The report is scathing, particularly since she was free enough to go tweeting about her daily activities.

CEO Ahn jumps into damage control mode, telling Song-yi she’ll be shooting her scenes secretly at night, and urges her to go to school today. Sure, she’ll get scorned for the timing, but it’s better than not going at all, he argues.

On to our last main character, LEE HWI-KYUNG (Park Hae-jin), the playboy son of a chaebol. He arrives at the airport and sees the Song-yi tweet, and is thus waiting to say hello with open arms. Those arms get readily rebuffed, but he cheerily offers to drive her to school.

Hwi-kyung is good-natured and frivolous, pestering Song-yi to marry him this year. She treats him just like a friend, though, saying that she’s not interested in marrying soon. Besides, she won’t get any good roles (surely a meta statement, given Jeon’s relatively new married status), scoffing that she ain’t doing rom-coms in particular. Heh.

She pushes his buttons on purpose by saying she’s gonna do a hot melo, all full of kissing and bed scenes, and Hwi-kyung sweats while insisting he’s totally cool with that.

Her arrival at school causes a huge commotion, and she walks in like the movie star she is, all slo-mo struts and glamorous backlighting. The male students drool in awe and the female students snipe that she’s all plastic surgery.

The professor arrives, and Song-yi sits up in surprise: It’s Min-joon. Her manager says it’s good that she already knows him, since he’s known for being a stickler and she already got one F, lol. Song-yi cringes to recall all the ways she probably offended her prof.

Of course, she doesn’t help things by yawning through his lecture (on fly mating rituals, and how each side one-ups each other in a cycle of trickery) and violently nodding off.

Still, she hangs back after class to smooth over the matter some more, trying some flattery and empty words at first, which don’t interest him. So she drops the act and levels with him: She has to come to school due to the press, but she doesn’t want to hand in the report. She pleads with him to cut her a little slack, since trading favors is how people live.

That gets Min-joon’s attention, and he says no, that’s not how people live: He looms over her and backs her against a table as he says that people take advantage of you once you’ve helped them, asking for more and more help. And then they never repay you as they promised.

With that, he leaves. She’s a little flustered by all the in-your-face closeness (rawr), and a little offended at that young prof talking down to her.

That evening, Min-joon plays chess with a much older lawyer friend at an old-fashioned cafe, and the two trade fond memories about how the dramas and singers and movie stars of yore were way better than all the youngsters of today. Ha, I’m gonna die laughing if this old man was once Min-joon’s (physical) age.

Song-yi has dinner with Hwi-kyung and Se-mi, all of whom have known each other for years. Hwi-kyung takes out a ring and calls Se-mi’s name… and asks her to be witness to his proposal. Aw, man. Poor Se-mi, who has to sit by and watch Song-yi get the guy and the ring.

Ah, Lawyer Jang knows about his background, because Min-joon tells him he’ll need another falsified death record in three months. Min-joon does this once a decade, but he’s only been Min-joon for two years, which makes Lawyer Jang curious. “I think this will be my last,” Min-joon explains. He thanks Lawyer Jang (“my only friend”) and tells him he’ll be heading back home.

For old time’s sake, Lawyer Jang pulls out an old photo of them, when he was thirty years younger and Min-joon looked exactly the same. Min-joon says, “This is why I was afraid to make friends. People age quickly, and die quickly. I’m the only one left behind, just the same.”

Lawyer Jang asks why Min-joon couldn’t go home when he first landed here. Min-joon says there was an accident that prevented his return, and caused the death of a child: “The first child to give me a gift.”

In a flashback, we see that young widow offering Min-joon a drawing—a landscape, with a UFO in the sky. She says, “It was in the sky the day you came riding in it, like a moon.” She asks if he’s the grim reaper, and he smiles.

Present-day Min-joon recalls another strange event, from twelve years ago on Christmas Eve. He was a doctor then, and a strange feeling had washed over him. He’d had an image flash in his mind, of a girl about to be hit by a truck—and it was the girl with the same face as the girl from 1609.

Song-yi looks at the diamond ring dispassionately and reminds Hwi-kyung of the ring he’d given her on Christmas Eve, when they were in middle school. She hadn’t accepted it then, and she isn’t going to accept it now. She apologizes and returns the box, while Hwi-kyung tells himself he’s been rejected so much it doesn’t even hurt anymore. But he does want to know why she doesn’t want him.

Song-yi replies, “His face—do you remember it?”

So now we see a flashback from her perspective, of young Song-yi (looking just like that widowed Joseon girl) crying as she runs off, rejecting Hwi-kyung’s gift in the process. He chases after her, too far behind to do anything as she steps into the path of a truck.

Everything comes screeching to a halt. And there Song-yi is, cradled in the arms of Min-joon, safely out of harm’s way.

Se-mi calls that man Song-yi’s first love, which is an idea Hwi-kyung finds ridiculous. Song-yi corrects her, saying that he wasn’t quite first love material but had always remained in her mind. She can’t quite remember his face, but she’d always wanted to talk to him.

Back to Min-joon’s side of the flashback. He sees Song-yi running into the path of the truck and reacts with his superhuman reflexes, saving her just as he had saved her doppelganger 400 years ago. Young Song-yi asks if he’s a ghost or a grim reaper.

Min-joon asks his lawyer friend whether that night was a dream, and whether it’s possible for two people to have the same face. “If it wasn’t a dream, I’d like to meet her again before I leave,” he says. “But I suppose that’s impossible.”

As he comes home that night, he comes face to face with Song-yi again. Destiny?

 
COMMENTS

Aw, I love this setup. I was a little worried (okay, outright dubious) about the setup just because I wasn’t sure where the conflict lay, but now that it’s right there front and center, I’m so hooked into the dilemma that I’m in, all the way. The alien has waited 400 years for his chance to return home, and finally gets his window… only to fall in love? I’d say life-or-death stakes are as high as you can get, but this takes that to more of an extreme in turning that upside-down—the fate worse than death is a lifetime of blank eternity, living alone and friendless, away form home, unconnected and uncaring. It’s not unlike Gumiho daddy’s dilemma in Gu Family Book, except hopefully less tragic. Or, you know, not tragic at all.

I love the way Kim Soo-hyun plays this character, who is completely accustomed to human ways except for perhaps the most important one: feeling. Caring. It’s not that he’s incapable of love, but he hasn’t allowed himself to because a lifetime of love is a lifetime of pain, and so he waits for his comet while living as an observer in his own life. It’s just so sad.

The role reminds me of everything I loved about him in Covertly, Grandly, which I know got some mixed reviews but which I loved pretty hard, flaws and all. In both he played an outsider learning to care, only in You From Another Star we get the double-whammy of pairing him with a co-star with whom he has sizzling chemistry. (Honestly, I’m half-convinced that this drama came about because a bunch of people saw The Thieves, said Man those two really need a romance together in a drama, and then said If they won’t make it then IIIIIII will!)

I’ll say this: I have liked Jeon Ji-hyun in the past, and even thought her a decent actress a cut above the “only an actress because she’s pretty” group of starlets in showbiz. On the other hand, I haven’t really connected with her characters before, so it’s a huge relief to be so drawn to her here. The writing helps, of course, because while we’ve seen very little of Song-yi’s backstory, there are enough hints built in to make me curious to know how she got to be the way she is—wanting connection despite her complete disconnection with the world, her outward blasé attitude warring with her desire to be liked by people, even the ones who mock her.

It’s that loneliness that makes these two characters such a great match, Fate tie-ins be damned (which, shrug, are the part I care least about at this point). They’re both completely isolated in different ways, afraid of making a connection and also of never making a connection. I enjoy the bratty top-star character just in general because it’s basically the opposite of what Korean stars are allowed to reveal in real life, but I found myself caring a lot more about Song-yi than I thought I would. She’s not egotistic just because egotism is funny (and it is—see Dokko Jin and Joo Joong-won); she’s so starved for affection that she’d rather have hate mail than no mail, even when that hate mail rubs her heart raw and makes her cry at night.

So you have two lonely hearts with a prior connection and a ticking clock that threatens to cut short their time together (all good stuff), mixed in with a healthy dose of first loves and Fate and maybe reincarnated souls (which basically sounds like a recipe for a hot mess). Yet You From Another Star pulls my heart-strings in all the right ways, and is beautifully shot and lovely to look at on top of that. I’m in the mix for a heart-warming romantic comedy, and now I’ve got all excited about this one. Please, please, continue to be good. It’s my Christmas wish!

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213 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ivoire

    Thank you!

    • 1.1 dedicated

      Thank you and I would like to ask you what you think of the epilogue? It is shown after the preview at the end of the show. Since I didn’t see anyone mention about it, I would like to direct your attention there. It was very funny hearing him tell us in his ever collected and calm manner, that he has served the army for 47 years after the snide remarks of his colleagues, haha!

      • 1.1.1 Kiara

        A couple of people mentioned that part but for 49yrs instead of 47.

    • 1.2 Faye

      I’m not sure if I’m doing this right but you mentioned Gu: Family Book and I loved that serious I read your review and I know you’re not crazy about it but the similarity and yes hopefully less tragic

  2. Ace

    Watched this and Miss Korea last night. I liked this one better. Love Jeon Ji-hyun’s character. Also just realized that this is Yoo Inna’s third time to play a star/actress in a drama.

    • 2.1 rickybits

      Liked this better as well. The drama was better than expected. Only wish, they didn’t add the fate connection, premonition, save from truck bit.

      Also, good thing the producers were able to steer away from that Yunho casting. OMG that would have been a travesty of epic proportions. Just try and imagine it, go ahead *pause* yeah, thank goodness for small favors.

    • 2.2 Joy

      Haha same! I’m glad, I need to watch a drama to recover from Heirs.. /shudder.

      Also I can’t be the only one that is in love with cinematography in this drama right? It’s so fantastic and great omg

    • 2.3 enenmon

      Hey you’re right!!!! HAHA!

      Kang Seri from Greatest Love
      Choi Hee Jin from Queen In Hyun’s Man!

  3. mysterious

    I really liked the episode! He has got to be one of the hottest aliens EVER! And she is one hilarious basket-case!

    • 3.1 Windsun33

      She is a basket case, but with a mother like, who wouldn’t be 😀

  4. sasa

    May I just say Jeon Ji Hyun is just beautiful like seriously. She looks just as wonderful as she did her Sassy days, maybe even better.

    Anyway, story looks rockin and I’m excited to see how this turns out.

    • 4.1 rheapill

      yeah, she surely is beautiful in here – soo pretty!!!

    • 4.2 chanelboy

      YUP! KSH played the un-aged-able hot alien, but seriously goddamn, Jeon Ji Hyun looks screamingly the SAME as back 2002 in Sassy Girl. What?Now is 2013-end? In sort cuts, there is a mature glimpse on her face, but thats like so little, 5%? She is ALIEN. I have no idea whats she gotten.

    • 4.3 pogo

      Oh, yes. She’s always been spectacularly beautiful, and there were times in this drama I wanted to thank the camera for lingering on the perfection of her face.

      And blessedly, she’s always had more than her looks going for her – she’s a good actress, that scene with Song-yi on the phone with her mother and with Min-joon after the singing nearly made me cry, which is not something I thought would happen in ep 1 of a rom-com!

      Also, it looks like SBS have yet another ratings hit on their hands, 15-odd percent for a premiere? If the story holds the way it’s doing so far, that’s only going to get better.

  5. Alicia

    Loved this first episode!!!

  6. Julia the Berkshire Beanie

    javabeans, thanks for the recap. Oh no, another great show is coming along that will probably own my soul.

    • 6.1 Kiara

      This is what I need right now. I love it already, thank you so much for the recap <3.

      • 6.1.1 ilikemangos

        Yay! Good to see you onboard Kiara, since i know you only watch the rare underdogs. :)

        • 6.1.1.1 Kiara

          I like rooting for the little guys but I really need something fun and light right now :).

      • 6.1.2 kurly korean

        REALLY! thank you, in fact all i wanted was the name of the ‘star’ already on ep 17, but thanks, i didn’t want to watch the whole episode again to get the name :)

    • 6.2 spi

      Julia I thought you only love Beautiful Man 😀

      • 6.2.1 Julia the Berkshire Beanie

        I sort of want to break up with Pretty Man after episode 9.

        My love for David Choi and desire to keep him from harm is huge. I’m going to pluck David Choi directly out of the drama into my life, and let the show go on without him, so David can play and sing for me. hahaha

        • 6.2.1.1 ilikemangos

          I think many of us can agree with having second lead syndrome for that drama.

          • 6.2.1.1.1 TS

            Me too. I love David Choi so much. I’m upset he’s not in my life.

    • 6.3 Windsun33

      This may be a case of where I actually wish there were FEWER shows worth watching, simply because I don’t have time to digest them all. Between this and Prime Minister, and the other shows it is getting hard to keep up (also watching 3 j-dramas and a C-drama).

      • 6.3.1 spi

        Hahha, I see. But are you still watching Beautiful Man? Somehow I couldnt get through the 1st episode of Prime Minister and I.

        • 6.3.1.1 Windsun33

          Still watching Pretty Man, but last 3 episodes or so it seems to be in a rut, and really wish Bo Tong would start to grow up. I am hoping this one does not start to fizzle out halfway through.

          • 6.3.1.1.1 ilikemangos

            I don’t know which episodes you’re still on, but imo eps 9/10 gave us some progress in bo tong as a character. :)

          • 6.3.1.1.2 spi

            Yup, she surprised me on Christmas night 😀 First time I see a girl in Korean drama actually abandons her first option for the second not because she prefers the second one but because she thinks it’s fair to keep her promise. She is childish fun but also sufficiently rational. I like that.
            The last 2 episodes didn’t have the crazy sock things going on anymore but I still have quite some good laughs.
            I’m so sad dramabeans decided to stop recapping this show… and sorry to discuss this show in another show’s thread!

  7. Ace

    Okay, I laughed at that shower scene. Couldn’t the director find a way to make it seem he was naked instead of having a towel around his waist while showering? Great abs though. Didn’t expect KSH to have that.

    • 7.1 Alicia

      Right? Who showers with a towel on… even if you are not human. I feel like 400 years of showering you would know that by now.

    • 7.2 Kiara

      That shower scene was perfect but that stupid towel ruined it. WAE…..

    • 7.3 Ttyy

      Thank god, I was hoping I wasn’t the only one who noticed that.

    • 7.4 Thursdaynexxt

      haha, yes, couldn’t let that towel go by without a comment!

      • 7.4.1 michelle

        towel say what!!. As long as he does not cry i am in. Cry face fugly

    • 7.5 Mrs.Jang Guem Suk

      Omg I thought I was the only one …….. …

  8. lemon84

    I just want to comment 1st then off to read! Since I’ve active drop a comment here during master’s sun and not in the mood to comment during the heirs recaps since that drama didn’t make an impact to me.. so here goes! I’m not yet watch the 1st ep.. but I just want to tell im so excited to watch thid drama likr aaaagesss! Like the writer say.. thats all.. and thanx for the recaps javabeans

  9. kittycat

    I’m loving this show so far! The first episode is so good. It’s one of the few dramas that have pulled me in by the first ep this year. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for my crack drama, and this just might be it.

    I’m loving Chung Song Yi, the airhead actress. She’s so dumb but so damn likable. LOL. Also a love that spans centuries? Count me in. HAHA :)

  10. 10 lalala

    Finally!! great start..looks promising though..okay, I’m going to watch this after office^^

  11. 11 Jolie

    Wait, but they can’t kiss? Right? Because the saliva thing? That’s gonna kill me!!!!

    • 11.1 Annie

      i know right. i was wondering the same thing. how bad is it ? allergic reaction? in the name of love

      • 11.1.1 Gidget

        Like Tae San eating shrimp?

    • 11.2 Nancy

      I love how most of our comments and concerns are about this saliva part, LOL. I’m sure they’ll kiss and we’ll just have to see what the consequences, if any, will be. And if it’s anything like The Thieves, it’ll be hot.

      • 11.2.1 Jolie

        I’m guessing it will practically kill what I am hoping will be are new favorite alien.

        • 11.2.1.1 Jolie

          are = our: I really need to start proofreading myself.

      • 11.2.2 Crazynoona

        Well if it turns out to be deadly they might aswell give us one hell of a kiss

      • 11.2.3 Jolly

        Maybe he killed the Joseon girl by kissing her and his saliva is poisonous to humans… that’d be sad

    • 11.3 anais

      Or he is doomed to age like human beings?

      • 11.3.1 Jolie

        Oohhh, that would be great!

    • 11.4 ilikemangos

      I’m glad i wasn’t the only one concerned about that non-mixing saliva bit.
      Surely they have to find a way/loophole around that cause you dont just put kim soo hyun and jeon ji hyun together and NOT have a kiss scene.

    • 11.5 Thursdaynexxt

      Does that mean it will change his body, so that he won’t be able to travel back to his planet?

      Can he get a talisman so that it grants him immunity to kiss? Or maybe 9 incense sticks with an alloted time for kissing?

  12. 12 Perrie

    I checked it out when it was raw (I skipped many parts) and the scenes I saw were kinda dull/sad so I got worried but then I watched the whole thing subbed and really loved it!

    Jeon Ji Hyun is a trip! Hilarious and gorgeous!

  13. 13 Annie

    javabeans. u r the best. no matter if i have watched the ep or not, i find solace in ur recaps. love u jb!!!! arigatoo

  14. 14 funny

    no mixed saliva??? no kiss??
    thanks javabeans^^

  15. 15 snow_white

    I guess I’ll have to give it a try then….but I’m keeping this for later marathon :)

  16. 16 KristenD

    I usually don’t comment but….this shows first episode was amazing…I’m so excited for it!!!!!

  17. 17 Nancy

    Great first episode with a good balance of humor and depth. Love the characters and the chemistry between JJH and KSH. LOL at what you said @javabeans in regards to them in The Thieves but SO true, someone had to do it and I’m glad it’s this.

    In regards to KSH:
    1. So aliens shower with a towel on, boo.
    2. The part where he mentions that he can’t mix blood and saliva with humans.. um, what will happen when he starts kissing JJH? rAwr.

    JJH looks flawless in every angle especially her hair and KSH is yummy.

  18. 18 Fidelity

    The cut-off/teaser scene after the preview was awesome, where he talked about how each time he got a new identity, he had to off to the army. Then the show of pictures of him in an army/war across different eras… with the exact same face… such lawls.

    • 18.1 carrie

      i loved that part!! and i liked that it tied back to the past bit when his colleagues were all offended that he didn’t even say their names – and now we see why. he knows that they are always b*tching about him behind his back, so why bother trying to pretend to be nice? (of course, maybe if he had tried a bit when he first met them they wouldn’t be so mean, but still – excellent tie-back)

      loving this show! (minus the towel – just shoot from the waist up! otherwise it’s really really dumb)

  19. 19 noernov

    Love the set up….is ALL Alien gonna be this HOT

  20. 20 Natalie

    Loved the first episode. It feels so whimsical. All of the instrumental music in this drama is awesome! Hopefully is continues to be fantastic!

  21. 21 woolieeelaala

    i was anticipating this drama for agesss, to other ppls the the heirs might be their most anticipating drama but for me its this dramaaaaa because of jun ji hyun and kim soo hyun come back (oh yeah!). i was concerned at first because the teasers and trailers doesn’t seem all that interesting and it was kinda…disconnecting in some way no matter how i look at it BUT i guess it’s wrong to judge a drama based on posters and trailer because 1ST EPISODE LEFT GREAT IMPRESSION ON ME ….arghhh the cinematography is just perfecttt and there is some depth behind the characters.15% is a great start yayy….

    • 21.1 Windsun33

      I felt totally disconnected from Heirs, but this one and PM have managed to suck me in right away. But this shows also why I don’t trust teasers and pre-publicity any more, it is not possible to really get a feel for how well the actors, directors, and writers all work together to make a show actually work.

      • 21.1.1 ilikemangos

        Agree. im long past the days of using teasers and stills as a reliable basis on formulating an opinion on the show or whether or not i’ll be checking it out.
        Too many times great stills give us decent/bad turn outs and sucky/boring stills give us great shows.

        • 21.1.1.1 pogo

          Same here. Teasers, stills and publicity appearances/posters are zero guarantee of anything in a drama these days except maybe of telling if a lead couple have some chemistry at the outset (Master’s Sun, Heirs, now this).

          I mean, I Hear Your Voice and Secret would probably be enough of a lesson to people to watch the actual show before making judgements, instead of just going by the pre-show buzz – both shows had none.

      • 21.1.2 anastassia

        For me its Miss Korea!

  22. 22 Techno_keats

    Jeon Ji Hyun strikes me as a inherently head-strong character. So I don’t know how underplaying would suit her. Yoo In Ah on the other hand would fit in like a glove… & even end up looking cute. 😛

    I liked all the subtle references- married actress playing a Melo, Kim Soo Hyun being a North Korean, etc. The ending sequence covering his military experience was quirky & refreshing … :-)

    BTW… is it only me who thinks, KSH sports a constipated look? Well, look at the first and last pictures in this very post…. he looks like he was swallowing something but stopped mid-way 😀
    All the more funny 😀

    • 22.1 Daniella

      It’s a very HOT constipated look. He works it with a lot of “umph!”

  23. 23 Yoori

    I really enjoyed the first episode. Loved how all characters were introduced, briefing of their background, interact and the overall premises of the drama. Unassuming first episode. Dang, if Aliens looked like KHS, please send more to Earth!

    I never thought much of JJH, except she was pretty but she did great in the first episode! Omg, what kind of shampoo does she use? I love how they use a different lighting on her whenever she’s on screen and/or in her diva-mode. Lol Female version of Dokko Gin!

    • 23.1 kittycat

      While I was watching the episode I kept thinking she was the female version of Dokko Jin! So I wasn’t the only one thinking this. LOL

  24. 24 Ace

    – The teenage Joseon Song-yi really looks like JJH without that beauty mark on the nose, I had to watch that on repeat because I really thought it was her at first.
    – Song-yi’s female asst looked soooo familiar that I had to pause vid and google where I had seen her before. She was that milk girl in Master’s Sun.
    – Lol at Song-yi’s tweets and that singing scene. Also laughed at the meta statement that she won’t gt any good roles when she gets married.
    – “…she’s book stupid, but rather street smart” LSG came to mind. He’s the exact opposite in Noonas Over Flowers
    – Na-jung’s mom! I loved how she handled Song-yi’s terrible mom
    – Song-yi’s arrival at school was totally awesome. The role really suits JJH. She’s so pretty. Also, I like the PD most during that scene.

    • 24.1 Caitlyn

      Oh! Thank you, I was trying to figure out where I knew the assistant from! And yeah, the girl playing young Song Yi is very well cast. I totally believe that she was Song Yi 12 years ago. How old is Song Yi supposed to be though? 25?

      • 24.1.1 Minaya

        She’s supposed to be 28 I read…

  25. 25 ilikemangos

    The only thing i have to pick with this show is the whole fate/reincarnated souls idea which is a bit more on the cliche side for me, but this first episode got me hooked and proper.

    The cinematography is GORGEOUS (what else should we expect from director of tree with deep roots). The “action” scenes are very slick. You can tell this director loves his sageuk scenes because of the attention to detail. Heck, he makes everything visually stunning, from the pieces of leaves floating in the air to the falling snow.

    Song-Yi is definitely the female version of Dokko Jin. I can see how one could find her haughty/BIG ego a turn off, but Jeon Ji Hyun adds that extra layer of vulnerability that just makes me LOVE her so much. It took me a few episodes in to love a character like hye-sung from IHYV, but already i’m invested in Song-Yi.

    I love me my smart heros and Min-Joon fits that. He’s the closest thing to Boong Do i’ve seen in in a while since Queen In hyun’s man.
    I also enjoy it when we get a reversal where the girl thinks she’s the hot shot, while the guy is the one unmoved. Love seeing song-yi getting her ego squished when he didn’t acknowledge her.
    Such good chemistry. I’ve been missing me some whimsical romance and slick action that keeps the story moving along.

    • 25.1 pogo

      Song-Yi is definitely the female version of Dokko Jin. I can see how one could find her haughty/BIG ego a turn off, but Jeon Ji Hyun adds that extra layer of vulnerability that just makes me LOVE her so much.

      She’s totally Dokko Jin, only the egotism comes from a place of vulnerability and not imperviousness.

      There’s really something to be said for casting a seasoned veteran actor with a decade plus of experience, in roles like these – they do bring that something extra to the table, when they have the talent. I noted it in Master’s Sun, but the same goes here too – this role would NOT be the same if you had some young idol or some actor who only has a career because of prettiness, in the role of Song-yi.

      And yeah, young Song-yi does look like JJH, though initially I thought she looked like Yoon Eun-hye. (though I noticed thanks to Golden Rainbow, Kim Yoo-jung is really growing up to look a lot like a young Jeon Ji-hyun!)

  26. 26 avocado

    Woah the rating from first episode already give us info that the viewer love them…..the CEO of SBS surely very happy …after..not so good drama in the months..they get two big rating drama straight in the row…..woah…
    Glad that this drama get airing in Wed-thurs…so it doesn’t compete with my beloved drama Empress Ki… I t will be difficult to choose if my precious JCW had to compete head to head with my Cheona KSH …lol

  27. 27 bluie1

    Reminds me of Twilight, but the alien kind. I am hooked! More shower scene, pretty please.

  28. 28 Jen

    Just one comment:

    Thank GOD finally KSH gets to co-star with someone of his equal in talent and looks. (the horrors with him starring opposite Han Ga In who can’t act for nuts just put me OFF that totally over-rated drama)

    Now I just hope the story is good for the entire run!

    Hooray!

    • 28.1 ilikemangos

      I love how talented they both are (and i might have to give the edge to Jeon Ji Hyun for this episode. still love ya kim soo hyun!) so it makes watching them together that more pleasant.
      It totally sucks seeing a much more capable actor acting alongside a much lesser capable one.*cough MTETS* The imbalance is so discernible that it just throws off the synergy of the leads whenever they’re together.

      • 28.1.1 Jen

        Can’t agree more with what you said!!

        It’s tough enough trying to find 2 leads who are as strong and good, unless you have a movie budget to invite these A-listed stars to the same drama. And it still doesn’t gaurantee that the 2 will have fireworks-type chemisty together on-screen.

        So I give this production team 5 stars for being successful in bringing these 2 leads together.

        I have to admit that while I think KSH is absolutely talented, I find his off-screen persona a little robot-like lol eg his no-expression appearance on the year end drama awards’ red carpet etc. One day I hope to see him in a comedy! Pureeeeeeeeese! ^^

      • 28.1.2 pogo

        yeah, I definitely think JJH was better/got to do more here, and she totally showed why she’s a superstar all right. And thank god for decent OTP chemistry on my screen again, it has been too long since Master’s Sun.

    • 28.2 Ace

      He had more chemistry with Kim Min-seo. They were the only two good things from that drama. She should’ve been shaman Wol/Yeon-woo, but on the other hand Yeon-woo was so boring compared to Bo-kyung.

      • 28.2.1 Jen

        Totally agree!

        Kim Min Seo gave a really great and memorable performance as Bo-Kyung! So “human” with so much feelings!

        vs

        Yeon Woo, the cannot-emote-shaman (thanks to Han Ga In)

      • 28.2.2 pogo

        Kim Min-seo really rocks her sageuk roles and usually puts in far better performances than the actual leads – she impressed me in SKKS, and in Moon/Sun too.

        Shame the adult OTP there didn’t live up to the child OTP, I blame casting for that – the leads were initially supposed to be Song Joong-ki and Moon Geun-young, but there is a lot that is thrown off when they cast an actress who had NO chemistry with either of her male leads.

  29. 29 Mrs.Jang Guem Suk

    Love it soooo much……..beautiful man u hve competition 😃 ohhh btw Kim soo Hyun has an outie iyiyiyi (didn’t know he was that buff )

  30. 30 hannah

    Whew! I can breathe. I’m so relieved that this was a strong first episode. I was half expecting to be completely underwhelmed since my track record for picking dramas to watch this year hasn’t been great (I very much identify with HeadNo2’s end of year review).

  31. 31 JD

    This drama is pure awesomeness. Jun Jihyun is like the epitome of swag. In a nutshell, her character is just epic. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part except for her. I really love our leads. We’ve got some really distinct characters with quite a lot of background, which is a great start. We havent seen much of Yoo Inna’s character but there’s something that intrigues me about her already. I was totally expecting them to have a catty relationship, but so far it’s all chillax and sweet. I guess it won’t be like that for a lot longer. But I hope they can have a good frenemy relationship. Something similar to Big Sun & Little Sun in MS, or Hyesung & Doyeon in IHYV. Wont that be fun? :)

  32. 32 saranga

    THIS WAS SOLID.

    it’s been so long since a drama’s inaugural episode has excited me this much. i expected it would be well written, given the writer’s strong track record (you who rolled in unexpectedly, queen of housewives, get karl oh soo jung).

    and i knew i’d love kim soo-hyun, but it was jeon who surprised me. she’s worked mainly (well, practically exclusively) in film, and in my opinion i just think dramas can be a better gauge of an actor’s acting ability. and jeon hasn’t done a drama since apparently 1999?! so for me, it was like getting to know her for the first time, despite having watched her most popular films. i loved that she wasn’t afraid to get crazy for her character. i was really kind of surprised by her acting, and how good she was.

    and garlic pizza gaffe? i literally bust out howling/laughing. you have to understand korean for the hilarity of it to hit you properly, and it just slayed me. i don’t know why, but it was the garlic pizza thing that stuck with me.

    i think the rankings are where they should be. pretty man might be better with different actors (i will tolerate jang geun-suk, but not IU), and miss korea was all right, but it was nowhere near as good as this one. funny, because premise-wise, miss korea seemed like it would be the more interesting/funner watch.

    thank you so much for the recap!

  33. 33 kate

    Am I the only one who found this episode boring and not funny?

    • 33.1 kate

      In fact, I will quit this drama because this reminds me of The Moon Embracing the Sun and I HATE that drama. I hate destiny crap and when characters can’t forget their first love. But, that’s just me. Maybe I’ll pick it up again after 10 episodes air, but right now, I’m sick of giving dramas a try, and wishing for them to get better and better, but only to get my hopes down. I realized all the dramas I had watched in 2013 made me mad or rant somehow haha goodbye YFAS, you just aren’t my type.

    • 33.2 spazzy06

      Nope. I didn’t care for it either.

    • 33.3 Jael

      @ Kate,
      Can we be bestfriends, because when i read the recap, i was like really that’s it. Because i am tired of characters i cant relate to, and while i have nothing against the male lead, he did kind of look detached from the proccedings, like he was just going through the motions.
      I also find the premise ridiculous, he looks that young and he is a professor? It’s so ridiculous it’s not worth contemplating, the least age amoung my professor’s is from mid-late fiftes, do they know how long it takes to get a doctorate, talkless of being a professor, it’s like the writers decided we need the male lead to have a job and Bam they decided, let’s make him a professor without actually finding out all pertaining and covering their bases.
      Okay rant over, i will not be following this drama , i might check what’s up with it around episode 10 but until then, astala vista chingus

      • 33.3.1 kate

        We sure can be chingus, but be warned, I rant a lot haha 😛 and most people don’t agree with me. I don’t watch dramas to stare at pretty faces, I watch them for the plot and I can already tell, this isn’t my cup of tea. I need to leave or people will get mad at me for talking bad about the dramas they like.

    • 33.4 omg

      OMG yes, you are the only one. Isn’t that the answer you’re looking for?

    • 33.5 Windsun33

      I did not find it boring, not as funny as PM though. Actually I think it had a good start for a first episode – but we all know how things can get much better or much worse after the first few episodes.

      I liked it a lot – but I can also see how things could go wrong if the writer gets a bit too makjang. I always give new dramas at least two, usually four episodes before I go insane for or against them. I am not a fan of the whole “fate and destiny” thing either, but can live with it as long as it does not get to be an over riding plot driver.

  34. 34 panshel

    I love Jeon Ji Hyun so. much. She never disappoints at playing badass characters. Our whole introduction to Song Yi in this first episode is art imitating life. Celebrities ruining their images through SNS. Hateful netizen comments. Actresses surviving on an apple and half a lettuce leaf all day. Special university admissions for celebrities. Even money-grubbing celebrity parents.

    My favorite male leads have always been the genius, emotionless robots, and Min Joon fits that to a T. This must be the true definition of crushing on your professor. I am very relieved Min Joon has Lawyer Jang to confide in. It would break my heart if he had to live 400 years alone. Them reminiscing on the past was so cute. He’s an old timey at heart. I wonder whether there will be any butterfly effects with him interfering with fate by saving young Song Yi. I take it she was supposed to die that night?

    Welcome to 2013, crack drama. I’ve waited for you all year. Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

  35. 35 coffeenlucia

    GAH this drama is sooo awesome already!!! They have so much chemistry together… and his eyes….

    Also liked the whole time-stop inception thing. *inceptioonnnnn*

    • 35.1 Dramarookie.blogspot.com

      Ooh. U r right. It was like Inception. Although I was also getting a major Smallville vibe from it. Not that I’m complaining. I’m a sucker 4 Superman stories. (Thanks for the recap JB)

  36. 36 mini

    I haven’t watched it yet.Based on recap,it was a good episode.Interesting setup with mixture of comedy and heartwarming storyline.I am more into female lead than male lead.
    Love to see In-Hye here.The child actress from good doctor .
    Keep it up. :)

  37. 37 Natalie

    Happy Happy Joy Joy

  38. 38 Katelyn

    Maybe he gets drunk off humans saliva! That would be hilarious! Lol.

  39. 39 Gidget

    What a cool opening scene!

  40. 40 Jolie

    I just realized that maybe his salvia/blood hurts humans. We don’t know how the Joseon girl died.

    • 40.1 javabeans

      GASP. No, say it ain’t so!

      But that would be so awesome.

      • 40.1.1 Iviih

        noo, it won’t, no kissing scenes then! :(

        • 40.1.1.1 miiko

          andwaeeeeeeee…….

        • 40.1.1.2 bbstl

          that’s the first thing I thought when I heard (rather, read) that he can’t share bodily fluids with humans: WHAT NO KISSING? Although it would explain a lot about most k-drama kisses, one party (the girl, usually) is just being suuuuper careful because she’s an alien?

          • 40.1.1.2.1 jhu

            lol. that is a hilarious analysis of k-drama kisses in general. 😉

      • 40.1.2 ilikemangos

        But are you suuuuuuuuure, JB?

        That means no kisses :(

        • 40.1.2.1 javabeans

          But the connnnnflict! It would hurt so good.

          • 40.1.2.1.1 TS

            People don’t kiss with saliva in most Kdrama. So, we were pretty much safe on that score from the get-go. Sharing food is probably the tension.

          • 40.1.2.1.2 carrie

            it’d be like pushing daisies, where he loves her but can’t touch her or she’d die (maybe they worked around this eventually – i only watched the first few episodes).

            but yeah, excellent source of conflict.

      • 40.1.3 Jolie

        My first response from Javabeans. Yay!

    • 40.2 im_eve

      yes that came to mind.

    • 40.3 jomo

      Nah, I don’t think it kills people.
      My guess it is something less dire, but still has consequences. They fall in love with him? Even if they are not of the opposite sex?
      They contract alien-like symptoms? Super hearing and seeing?

      After showing all that time in the army, I wonder how he managed NOT to eat or bleed near humans then. They would have shared a lot in close quarters.

      • 40.3.1 bbstl

        oh, good point. Plus he did have a cup of tea beside him when he was with his lawyer friend.

    • 40.4 Mrs.Jang Guem Suk

      Awwww no alien human babies sad 😢😢😢😢

    • 40.5 emiie

      No, I want kisses…..but that could be more interesting ummm…//// still I want kisses.

    • 40.6 hannah

      That’s kinda legit. I was wondering how he recovered from an event where he learned mixing blood or saliva is a no no. There’s no real conflict if all he needs is an EpiPen.

  41. 41 rhinodino

    I don’t know. I like it for the strong acting and quirkiness but in a way I don’t either. I need a few episodes to decide. JJH was superb but I’m sorry to say that I find our leading man overrated. Overall still a great first episode.

  42. 42 Kindra

    I thought that turtleneck was gonna swallow homeboy whole.

  43. 43 Lemons

    Really looking forward to the season. The towel thing almost made me throw my iPad. What is that? Is that his special way of dealing with water? The towel is not a magic barrier…or is it.

    This is completely random, but I love her sunglasses. I was trying to figure out who they were to the point that it actually distracted me.

    • 43.1 Nancy

      Not sure if you ever got or found an answer but I think her sunglasses are from Gentle Monster.

  44. 44 August

    I enjoyed the first episode of You From Another Star.

  45. 45 miss unknown

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ep. 1! It was freaking awesome! It has everything. I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny, but it was just the right amount without the usual Korean clique comedies so I totally tune in and can’t wait to see what’s gonna happened next. I hope the writer keeps up with this pace, but I’m loving it! And I have to say that Kim So Hyun really has a good eye for picking out good projects! Everything he signs on seems to be a hit! The only concern I had/have is how he’s soooo thin here. I hope he goes back to how he was during SamDong era. So thin now, he looks like he will fly away if the wind blows too hard…LOL…

  46. 46 exquisitemelody

    not completely sold yet, but here’s to hoping!

    • 46.1 Deb

      same. Dramas almost never pull me in the first episode but I will admit it was a decent opening. I like to give dramas 5 episodes before deciding to drop or not.

  47. 47 Iviih

    I thought I would not like our leading lady, but that scene when she broke down made me like her, aw poor puppy, just wants some love, and her possible love interest is a allien, that is going away in 3 months and can’t kiss her LOL

    • 47.1 Thursdaynexxt

      Aw, yeah, like others have said, the vulnerability of her relationship with her mother just killed me, not to mention her feeling so truly betrayed by the fickleness of her netizen followers…

    • 47.2 Julia the Berkshire Beanie

      When you put it that way, heroine does start from a pretty pitiful place. But then again, she is bitchy to everyone around her, then asks why no one likes her.

      When she can’t even remember the name of the woman she has known for a decade, that’s a bit too self absorbed. Which I guess makes her a match for the Professor who doesn’t bother to learn the names of his coworkers.

  48. 48 dearly

    Will wait for my sister to come home and watch this w/ her. We need a drama to satisfy our cravings. 😀

  49. 49 maknaee

    okay finally good drama again after The Master’s Sun. SBS wed-thu leads again~ at least it’s much better than The Heirs.

    love this shipper since The Thieves wkwk

  50. 50 Irochka

    I love that little extra bit at the end where he talked about being in the military for 49 years…especially how they slipped in that little bit about Psy (haha). Hope they keep that up!

    • 50.1 Pearl~ai88

      although..he knows who Psy is? lol

  51. 51 Arhazivory

    That was a very solid opening. I can’t help but be reminded of my favourite superhero Kal-El; like this is 400 years after Krypton blew up. 😀

    Between Prime Minister and I, and this it looks like I’ll be ending the year well. I’m excited because once again I’m excited about Prime time dramas.

  52. 52 niKai Soh

    I havent wached this but read the recap and thot nothing much really happens in this episode. But I do want to see the pretty JJH and wonder if KSH is meeting my expectation. Maybe first thng I will do after work today.

  53. 53 xvanex

    such a hot alien!! buttttt, if he’s such a genius with powers how does he not know that is her??

    • 53.1 tura

      I wonder

    • 53.2 Windsun33

      Good question.

      Also, Comet Ison has since crashed into the sun and is gone forever, so not sure how they will handle that part.

  54. 54 Viki

    This is soooo awesome so far! I hope this show will continue being this good or better as it progresses!

  55. 55 JLiann

    Best part was finding out he’d been in the army a total of 49 YEARS. Sheesh. No wonder he’s got the looks AND the moves.

  56. 56 redfox

    I once asked a question on Open Thread about the nature of the Twitter-relationship between stars and fans /netizens and I find it heartbreaking to see it presented in such a miserable manner (as in, a miserable-making situation). Cause I think in some cases there is truth in it. people don´t think the “person on the screen” is a real one and say harsh things. thats why I sometimes leave positive comments everywhere I can hoping that perhaps…

    It feels a little like I have seen this setup before. alien, 400 years…but I can´t remember where. it is somewhat stereotypical solution and yet…executed in this melancholic manner… with a few puns. that makes it bittersweet and watchable. there is delicacy.

    • 56.1 Windsun33

      I never quite understood it, but apparently the whole SNS Twitter etc thing is a lot bigger factor in Korea than most places. And from what I have seen, the fans can get pretty ugly when they turn on you. There was a blog up a while back at one time that posted translated posts, but it has gone away now.

    • 56.2 CutiieAngiie

      About the SNS thing, it kind of reminds me of The Greatest Love where Ae Jung kept being bashed by netizens and at the press conference, she asked “Is it okay if I die”. A lot of dramas portrays that harsh relationship that stars can have with their fans or non fans.
      People behind a screen think it’s okay to say such harsh things because they are anonymous aka invincible and it’s soo easy to write bad comments with no consequences.
      It’s really sad to see that people can be so mean though.
      It reminds of the SNSD’s Sooyoung/Won Bin dating scandal where Sooyoung got insulted like crazy for the mere fact that she was in the same article that God Won Bin. I remember reading these comments and gosh’, you feel the urge to commit suicide if you were the person they were talking about.

    • 56.3 Thursdaynexxt

      I know, so sad that people can be so thoughtlessly cruel. I don’t blame stars who take legal action against things like this – you wouldn’t stand for something like this being done to your face, nor should you when it’s done via the “anonymity” of the internet, towards someone they don’t even know.

      Seriously, humans are responsible for enough pollution as it is – do we need to add virtual pollution to the list as well?!

  57. 57 ssndrou21

    It’s my Christmas wish too please be good! Its been a while since I watch a drama. I’ll try follow this one diligently!! I really enjoyed the first ep it was funny, there is an explosive chemistry btw the main characters, an interesting story everything is good so far!

  58. 58 tura

    I just want to say Kim Soo hyun is super sizzling hot if all aliens are like dat I want me one,but he has to be able to mix saliva since I can’t have meself a hot alien guy and not kiss him. That would be tragic, puhlease show I really want to see KSH and JJH kissing.

  59. 59 moonlight

    Thanks for the recap! Reading your witty opinions while watching just makes the whole experience even better.

  60. 60 Rushie

    I wonder if he took the advice about kissing she gave him in The Thieves, about relaxing his lips. Can’t we have a chance to test it out? Allergic reaction from swapping saliva be damned.

  61. 61 lidya

    dear, i want to know from which drama is your web header? is that kim soo hyun? i’m curious 😀

  62. 62 Pearl~ai88

    Yay! I thought I would like this and I really did. The first scene where everything froze gave me shivers up my spine.

  63. 63 Gg

    Ahh I love all her outfits! Especially those knee length boots that she wore to class. Everything looks good in this show!!

  64. 64 yuuki

    woah..Daebak!!:)
    ohh, isn’t that In-hye from Good Doctor??
    and Kim Soo hyun with an ABSSSS???
    #awesome..

  65. 65 MittleTea

    Thank you very much for this recap! Loving it!

  66. 66 Aaren

    It’s my Christmas wish too! I was in love with Jeon Ji Hyun in the first 30 minutes. I want expecting much from this drama but i was so shocked at how much I already live it.

  67. 67 Elizabeth

    She is so pretty , hot and gorgeous , good actress what else can I say ..

  68. 68 earthna

    I was so excited for this one since it’s been so long since I watched anything Jeon Ji Hyun. And I agree with you about not really being moved by the characters she plays. I was surprised at how she pulls me in with this one. Same goes with Kim Soohyun. I never saw him as practically attractive before but wow, you should’ve seen me drooling over my screen while watching this. lol

    I love the slow motion scenes, they’re just beautiful. I look forward to more awesome episodes~ kyaaaaaa~

    And wow, 15.6%? Really solid start right there. Thanks for the recaps javabeans!

  69. 69 kiye

    Thank you so much for the recap! ^^

    My main concerns…
    – His blood/saliva issue. What exactly does it mean? How bad could it be that he doesn’t eat with other people? Does it mean no kisses? WA! NOOOO!!!
    – How did the girl die? Why did she die? How far does his knowledge about his own feelings go? Do feelings exist in his own world, or are they new to him entirely? How far are the writers going to take the possible reincarnation/fate issue?
    – NO KISSES? WHATTT??
    – No that couldn’t possibly be it. Maybe humans can get a glimpse of his superpowers when his blood/saliva mixes? Maybe the girl got his powers, got frightened and accidentally died?
    – Ok, sorry, I’m done. For real.
    – I’m glad he has a friend! But how and why did he choose to tell that lawyer friend? Why a death certificate every ten years?
    – How in the world is the comet supposed to help him get back home? What’s his home like? Do they always wear all black? And do they all look Korean? heh..
    – How is the drama going to deal with the issue of him not getting older? Maybe that’s the whole saliva/blood deal!! Maybe it means he ages faster! Then there can be lots of kisses and love and butterflies and problem solved!!!!!
    – But that would make it way too easy and the conflict really wouldn’t be a conflict…….

    Ok, I’m done now. For serious. I’m excited for this drama, curious about how the conflicts are going to ride out, and looking forward to lots of zazzles and sparks between our couple! Even if the storyline happens to fizzle at certain points (IT WON’T, I HAVE HOPE!), I’m sure the chemistry alone will keep me satisfied enough not to punch my computer screen.

    Cheers! and happy holidays!

    • 69.1 kiye

      Last question!

      Who is talking to in the interview-like sections? Does he have an alien coming out? Why is he explaining everything to someone?

      So many questions! I love it!

    • 69.2 Peridot

      Lots of good questions, kiye :). I would like to learn more about his planet and people as well. Was his landing in Joseon coincidental, or did he have a mission? They should also show how he met his lawyer friend. Maybe he needs certain connections for specific purposes in this world, but maybe this particular connection turned into a genuine friendship. Or perhaps the lawyer friend unwittingly discovered something about him and the relationship began from that moment. I agree, so many questions. The show has enough time to answer them, I hope. So while the relationship in the present can develop, I hope that we will have enough time to look into the past and lay the groundwork for our world. There will surely be angst, but I hope that it (and the second leads) do not take up most of the story’s development. I want this show to remain good. Someone posed a question regarding how he could be in the army and avoid sharing food. I wonder that as well. Again, I hope that the show explains the blood & saliva rule/condition.

    • 69.3 Y.

      “Why a death certificate every ten years?”

      I guess this is because he doesn’t get older, so it would be weird to be, I don’t know, 40 years old but looking like a boy/man in his mid-twenties.

  70. 70 SGK

    Like the set up, but CG could have used some improvements. The army joke is quite funny though.

  71. 71 saranghaelmh

    So he would have recognized the grown up version of her if she had grown up in the past so mostly she died young. Hmmm, he isnt over the top handsome or cute. For the most part, he looks like a school kid. The actress looks real good though. They might have chemistry but he still looks tooo kiddish that the ab scene didn’t really work.

  72. 72 CutiieAngiie

    GAH, that’s it, I’m freakin’ addicted to the drama.
    I anticipated it soooo muuuch especially with The Heirs and Mirae’s Choice being such a disappointment so I’m soo happy that the first episode was so good and left an amazingly great impression on me.

    Kim Soo Hyun has always been an awesome and talented actor so I had no worries about him but really, Jeon Ji Hyun surprised me. I love the way she portrays her character.

    Directing and Writing are freakin’ good. No wonder when the writer is the one who did my freakin’ loved family drama, Unexpected You. (gosh’, I have to rewatch it again for the good old times :D)
    I love the special effects, it’s not cheap and tacky, it’s kind of elegant/class or whatever. But really, it’s soo pretty and I don’t know, but when he was eating dinner and that the glass came to him, I giggled inside. I FREAKIN LOVE SUPERPOWERS XD.

    I really can’t wait to watch the next episode subbed tomorrow. This month’s dramas are so good. Prime Minister and I, Man From Another Star and Reply 1994 ? I’m all in 😀

  73. 73 jomo

    I like it over all.
    Thanks for the recap.

    He has the wooden thing down here, I can’t wait to see him relax with her later. I am really hoping somehow, please, please they get him back into the bra top like in Secretly.
    I laughed for days over his sudden transformation in that scene.

    She is a beauty and the pain she taps into as far as the fan hate has to be partially genuine, which makes me really sad.

    Reply 97 and 94 Mom looks lovely all dolled up.

  74. 74 appletea

    I’ve spazzed about JJH enough and the world know how crazy I am with her and this drama.
    so now, i’d like to talk about one surprising thing in the drama.
    Lee Il Hwa!!
    I didn’t except to see you there, ommaa!! She herself, is plain gorgeous and beautiful. I literally love her from 1994
    I think she’ll be kinda mean here, but I’ll still take her because she is just breathtaking here.

  75. 75 appletea

    oh, and about the saliva thing.
    is it part of the plot or because JJH is married they want to prevent them from kissing? :(
    Because I think JJH and KSH could make the most gorgeous kisses in all dramaland for the far future and so i really NEED THOSE KISSES.
    THOSE KISSES meaning many many many kiss.

    I hope this part of the plot though, so they will like this longing-but-cannot lover and desire.

  76. 76 Thursdaynexxt

    Looks like a fun drama to kick off the holiday season!

    There’s a heck of a lot going on here – the 400-year-old alien with superpowers and a mysterious handicap, the actress who’s going back to school, the comet, the problematic family relationships, the love triangle with her childhood friend and Yoo Inna, and to cap it all off, we’ve got reincarnation!

    I’m hoping the writers have it all planned out, and I’m looking forward to the ride!

  77. 77 shoesrgreatrite

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASEEEEEE BE GOOD TO US drama. 2013 was such a letdown that i dropped a few (ok MANY) dramas after the writing got bat shit crazy in the later half of the drama. PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :'(

  78. 78 Carole McDonnell

    Soooooooo loving this. Sweetly sad so far. Darn, he can’t mix saliva or blood with humans! The first drama where the korean way of eating and “double-dipping” can actually cause trouble. Nothing said of sex, though. I’m already thinking this is gonna end sadly…and not just because of the no kissing rule. Liking the world-building.

    Thanks for recapping this.

    • 78.1 ilikemangos

      Hm, i’m thinking if blood and saliva can’t mix, that also goes for bodily fluids. :(

  79. 79 shoesrgreatrite

    BTW is it just me or i’m having queen in hyun’s man vibes from this drama?? I mean the story is totally different and all. But seeing MJ living in the present, and having flashbacks frm Joseon era idk it just gives me QIHM vibes. Which is good since i loved that drama to pieces. Oh and Yoo In na playing an actress in that drama and this drama too :)

    • 79.1 jomo

      Yes!
      The special effects of the Joseon morphing into present day Seoul was also done in QIHM, but a lot less elaborately. Both were very well done.

  80. 80 shoesrgreatrite

    BTW is it just me or am I having queen in hyun’s man vibes from this drama?? I mean the story is totally different and all. But seeing MJ living in the present, and having flashbacks frm Joseon era idk it just gives me QIHM vibes. Which is good since i loved that drama to pieces. Oh and Yoo In na playing an actress in that drama and this drama too :)

    • 80.1 Thursdaynexxt

      I totally did too! (I was holding back from saying so, since it may be a bit unfair to Kim Bung Do to compare him to an alien! :D)

      Somehow, the quality of the flashback sequences and the tone of the drama feels very similar. Which is a great thing, cos I loved QIHM!! Go Yoo Inna!

  81. 81 kopytko

    I decided not to pay much attention to the story’s mythology (why is an alien so similar to humans and the like) because dramas seldom do well in that area. If I love a drama it’s for the characters and not necessarily for the plot anyway. The problem is, the characters felt flat to me. After watching the first episode, my reaction wasn’t “what happens next?” but rather “so what?”. The problems seem blown out of proportions, and not really all that important.
    The thing I definitely did not like was the gimmick with the girl having the same face as the Joseon girl. It seems to have been done so many times that it actually put me off.
    Both leads look great, but neither of them made me interested in their characters. Let’s see if the second episode can breathe some life into the story.

    • 81.1 Windsun33

      I am reserving judgment on the “same face” deal, it might be part of another plot. Or it could also be something totally makjang that throws the whole plot off, like she is some reincarnation or alien offspring or something.

      It usually takes me a bit to totally digest a drama, and even though my initial enthusiasm is pretty high, I can see a lot of plot points that can go wrong in this one – more so than in most dramas.

  82. 82 suki

    Hi would anyone mind explaining the garlic pizza joke? I guess it’s a pun on language so lousy in translation. Thanks!

    • 82.1 suki

      *lost in translation

    • 82.2 kopytko

      I guess the name of the pizza was written in English (Literally “Garlic Pizza”) and Song Yi doesn’t speak English, therefore she was excited that this “gar-something” pizza tasted like garlic.

      • 82.2.1 Thursdaynexxt

        keh keh! So breaking into Hollywood is not one of her aims, then?

        Poor clueless Song Yi! (btw, does anyone know what her name means?)

        Pretty cool meta, seeing as how she’s been living in the States for several years, right?

  83. 83 Pearl~ai88

    Yay! I thought I would like this based on the premise and I’m so glad I did! The first scene where everything freezes gave me shivers up my spine. So cool!

  84. 84 Net-chan

    I am HOOKED. No seriously, I was right, this couple is great!

    There is a real script (Heirs-how-you-needed-that-so-bad), everything’s set up from the beginning and it is funny. I like.

    But I really wonder why he can’t mix blood with humans… Interesting…

    There’s only one scene I didn’t like: the one with the guy talking business, I think it’s the second lead guy’s dad?
    It looks boring. I don’t want to hear anything about chaebol business, I am done with it.

    Anyway, great start!

    • 84.1 Net-chan

      Oh, and another minus: Jeon Ji-Hyun’s last outfit in this episode (the recycled plastic bag parka, are you SERIOUS?)…

  85. 85 sdoha

    Loved the concept. Thank God, for the first time an Alien being an Asian rather than American. he he… and as good looking as Kim So Hyun. And it’s refreshing to see Ji Hyun after a while. She looks stunning!

    Both of them are amazing actors and I hope they will continue to amaze us.

    I loved the cinematography. And the story pace. They have shown us a lot in the first episode and all the character dynamics. I loved how they have managed to portray all the time lapse back and forth.

    I hope this will be a great drama. And Thank you for your wonderful review.

  86. 86 mamoru

    Korean men must be rejoicing to see Jun Ji Hyun on the small screen.

    • 86.1 Kiara

      Men and women :). That’s pretty good for the rating.

  87. 87 needmoarcoffee

    I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for a drama after the first episode! Heirs who?

    (P.S. Thank you for all your work javabeans & girlfriday, I always just lurk, but believe me I appreciate how well you write your recaps – often they’re more entertaining than the episode itself.)

  88. 88 Liz

    Hmm…

    But, why an 400 old allien was so fixed on a children?

    Pedo ahjusshi allien ?? LOL kidding, kidding.

    But really…

    And Yoo In Na -who most of time get second roles- is playing an actress that always get second roles? LOL Poor her.

    • 88.1 ilikemangos

      I love Yoo Inna and i think she deserves her own lead role especially after Queen In Hyun’s Man, but i wouldn’t call it too much of a loss for YFAS, consider the female lead in this case is Jeon Ji Hyun, who is undoubtedly the stronger of the two. Yoo Inna has that lovable charm and can play cutesy roles well, but she mentioned herself its hard to be playing bitchy roles since it’s outside her personality. But, it is acting after all. I’d be curious to see where the “bitchy” comes in since it was included in the synopsis but she seemed more like the sad, overlooked 2nd lead in this first episode. In that case, she’ll probably be going on over to the dark side after she’s had enough, which makes her a stronger 2nd lead than most already. I like the ones that start off “nice” and end up “mean” rather than just evil throughout.
      Here’s to hoping Yoo Inna can show us another side to her acting, and that she’ll be able to grab a hold of leads in the future. :)

  89. 89 Shay

    I’ve been looking forward to this show and wasn’t disappointed.
    It’s beautifully shot and seems to be well thought out as well. I can’t wait to see the story unfold.

    Can someone please explain the joke behind the “garlic pizza incident” . I read the explanation in recap – …she didn’t know that the word garlic was the food garlic….
    Huh? What am I missing?

  90. 90 min

    Wow, i am really glad the other drama ended. I was waiting for this drama. I did not expect it to be good since Heir was a disappointment but i was glad this drama is looking really promising.

    I really like JJH. She is so good.

    I am not fan of any of the leads but i think i love JJH already

    I must say Keyeast is really good at selecting scripts for KSH. I am sure this is going to be a rating hit.

    • 90.1 ilikemangos

      Either KSH has the midas touch or he (like you said) has a good eye at selecting projects that end up becoming [commercially] successful hits.

  91. 91 bunni3

    If this show continue to rock until the end, I can say that SBS really had a good streak on Wed-Thurs Drama: IHYV to Master’s Sun to The Heirs…

  92. 92 Quinze

    I just tried this because I needed a show to watch and man am I hooked. Since I didn’t have any expectations for it, I think I like it more. I mean I love love love her bratty movie star personality. I adore her already!

  93. 93 platypus

    I wonder if the post preview scenes will continue. The discussion of how long he’s done army duty since coming to Earth. It seemed like a part of the episode just a bit of his history, but it was hilarious.

  94. 94 NewFan

    Kim Soo Hyun has the cutest little face.

    I didn’t pay much attention to who else was going to be in this drama, and I had JUST finished watching My Sassy Girl before I started this. Ha!

  95. 95 Quiet Thought

    So, that thing on Jeon Ji Hyun’s nose is a “beauty mark”? I started off staring at it like it was a pimple, but it is too early in the series for her to get stress acne. Then I thought it might be a wart, then a mole. And I did notice that her 15 year-old self didn’t have one, so the character she must have had it added.

    • 95.1 Mar

      Beauty mark is just a nice way to say mole. Moles can form over time, so it is not completely illogical that she did not have it as a young girl.

    • 95.2 ilikemangos

      Yeah, maybe it’s a girl thing? I’ve had a few moles grow over the years.

  96. 96 Abbie

    I wasn’t sure what to make of this when I first heard about it. From basic promos and stills and little news bites about the plot, I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like any character, least of all Song-yi. I just wasn’t sure if I could relate to her or not. Needless to say, I worried for naught. Mostly. I do have some issues with this show, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

    What I love, is that Song-yi is so damaged (for me, that’s a good thing) that I can relate to her, and even like her. I like the character more than I thought I would. I feel bad for her. I dislike her mother, already. I like her brother, I hope we get more of him.

    As for Se-mi, I don’t know quite what to make of her. By all accounts, Yoo Inna would be playing the jealous second lead, out to make the female lead’s life miserable (more so than it already is, anyway), but we’ve seen her sweet and kind and apologetic. Not sure what to make of her. If she does veer into second lead territory, I’ll be so disappointed, because frankly I’m getting tired of Yoo Inna playing those characters. She can play others, and she can play the lead. Part of me wanted her to be the lead in this, when I first heard about it. Oh well, maybe next time.

    Hwi-kyung seems like a decent guy, too, for now. We’ll see if he becomes a clingy second lead, or if he remains a stand-up guy, lets Song-yi go, and ends up with Se-mi, which is what I want.

    As for Min-joon, I find him really interesting. Kim Soo-hyun plays him with the prefect amount of emotional detachment from the majority of the cast, so I can see why people love him so much. I find the fact that he wants to return home absolutely endearing, because that speaks of a very normal human feeling: the knowledge that home is safe, and home is best. He’s spent 400 years on an alien planet, watching people live and die all around him, while he remains the same. He must be so lonely, even though he allows himself one friend, Lawyer Jang, even knowing that one day he will die as well. But know, he meets Song-yi and the potential for romance is something really interesting. Will he still return home? Will he stay? Will being with her kill him? Will it kill her? If he can’t exchange blood and saliva with humans, what does that mean? I find that fact really intriguing. If the Joseon era girl died because of him, does that mean they kissed, or their blood was mixed somehow? How does he know? Trial and error? And if this is a case of reincarnation, does that mean that he’s meant to be with Song-yi? Will she be immune to him, or him to her?

    I know, that’s a lot of questions, and maybe only some (if any) will get answered. But I’m ready. I’m in for now. I just how this show stays as good as that first episode.

    Thanks for the recap, JB!

    • 96.1 Abbie

      *hope

  97. 97 Rosalind

    Love.Love.Love. Thanks for the recap. I am fully invested and hoping this is the rom-com we were all waiting for…even it it comes just in time for Christmas. Please, be amazing as you are setting up to me!

  98. 98 Wendilynn

    We know the little girl dies that he met 400 years ago and that he holds himself responsible for it, which is why he had to go save her this time despite his “nothing changes fate” attitude in general. So I’m intrigued about the guilt that is plaguing him as well.

  99. 99 tokio

    I love this show already. The actors are all good. Although the only criticism would be that for me KSH is legging behind JJH skills. I feel she is the lead and is definitely drawing me in further. The comedic acting is working out for her imo but she pulls the emotional scenes off. I would love to see more emotion come through for KSH as the show progresses. I assume he will become more human due to his love, so I do hope he gets challenged to show something different soon.

  100. 100 uhnny

    It was worth the wait. The effects are amazing! Wooooo!!!!!!! Welcome back to dramaland Jun Ji-hyun!!! :)

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