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You From Another Star: Episode 2

The second episode solidified my liking for You From Another Star, which is proving to be quite a solid mix of zippy humor, meta commentary on the industry, and quieter character moments, peppered with an intriguing mystery as we learn more about the alien’s experiences living on Earth and how they relate to his current lifetime. This isn’t exactly a genre show and the sci-fi element is given just a light touch, but there’s enough of a concept here to make the genre element just as interesting as the unfolding romance. Which is plenty interesting on its own, I might add.

Ratings, wow. Already You From Another Star is proving to be the main hit of the night, increasing its lead with an 18.3% for Episode 2. Miss Korea also ticked slightly upward with 7.3%, and Pretty Man remained at 3.5%. As our heroine might say, ratings don’t matter, except of course when they do.

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RECAP: SECOND RECORD

We begin back in the Joseon timeline, when our hero Min-joon is still a recent arrival on Earth. He and fellow aliens—dressed in vaguely futuristic, androgynous black clothing—pluck specimens from the forest and pack them away for study. These aliens are on a research mission, it seems.

All of a sudden, time comes to a standstill in the village; the townspeople freeze mid-activity as a man arrives in the marketplace. It’s Min-joon, now dressed like a Joseon aristocrat, taking advantage of the suspended animation to freely observe the goings-on before letting time resume around him.

Min-joon sidles up to a table where a con man is scamming people with the ol’ ball-and-cups game. Min-joon can see the cheating with his super-keen vision, and uses his telekinetic powers to keep the next round fair. The desperate gambler wins, to the con man’s shock.

That night, the young widow (15 years old, we learn) falls asleep over her books. A shadowy figure enters her room and whisks her away, and she awakens in the forest, bound and gagged. She works free of her bonds and slashes her captor in the face before running off, and he grabs his bow and arrows to line her up in his sights…

He shoots the arrow straight at her, but moments before it lands in her back, she disappears. The archer looks around confusedly as the girl finds herself safely at a distance, with Min-joon next to her. Initially alarmed, she recognizes him from the last time he saved her and introduces herself as Seo Yi-hwa.

Suddenly, Min-joon rises into the air, hovering several feet above her. Uh, okay. Maybe he has a reason for revealing himself, but for now he just returns to the ground and hands her a hairpin.

That’s the ornament that sits in a museum exhibit in 2013, and Min-joon listens nearby as a guide explains the hairpin’s features. Everything in this room, dating from the 1600s, was given to the museum by an anonymous donor.

Now we resume with the scene that ended the previous episode, when Min-joon and Song-yi come face to face at the elevators. It’s Song-yi who stops him, not satisfied with the way their classroom conversation ended (in that he got the last word, of course). She takes issue with the way the he talks down to her in banmal, pointing out that she’s surely older and that he must’ve pulled strings to become a professor at his young age.

Min-joon sighs an antiquated phrase to himself, which Song-yi interprets as an insult. He gives her a history lesson that shuts her up while she figures it out, only to land on the same conclusion: “So right now, you didn’t insult me in modern terms, but used a Joseon insult?” He leaves and she sputters after him. Again.

That night, Min-joon dreams a premonition that snaps him awake—a woman in glittery heels, a balcony ledge, a fall into water. He talks it over with his buddy Lawyer Jang, who wonders if it’s a sign that he should use his powers to help people before he leaves this planet for good.

Min-joon disagrees, recounting his experiences where helping people didn’t do any good. In Joseon times, we see the gambler from before, now a full-blown addict who tries to sell his daughter for another chance at the ball-and-cups game. The con man shakes his head, saying that he should never have won that first round. Min-joon watches with heavy heart, having learned one important lesson.

He tells Lawyer Jang that nothing changed for the better—what was meant to happen ended up happening—and in fact, the misfortunes came on even stronger.

As part of image rehab, Song-yi’s manager suggests she do a documentary-type special that follows her around for 24 hours, to give viewers a closer look at her life. She flatly refuses until her stylist slyly mentions that this means that other starlet, Yura, will get to take the program. She’s been waiting for Song-yi to pass on it.

That fires Song-yi up, and she scoffs that Yura is so utterly unspecial that she has no business doing a special, and reminds them: “Remember when I won that Grand Bell Award for Best Actress—what did she win? The popularity award?” Her stylist pipes up, “But for the Blue Dragons you lost and she won Best Actress.” HA. It stings because it’s true.

In any case, it gets Song-yi to decide to do it. Yura (cameo by Yoo In-young) is peeved to lose the project, which she hears just as Se-mi arrives at the same beauty salon.

Se-mi has already heard the news and deflates a bit to be treated like second string to Song-yi. She’s sweet about it, though, and flatters Yura by saying that Song-yi totally considers her a worthy rival—Se-mi doesn’t register as a threat, but whenever Song-yi hears about Yura wanting to do something, she makes sure to snap it up.

That’s a curious way to tell Yura that Song-yi stole the documentary from her, especially since Se-mi seems so mild-mannered and nice. Is she hiding a killer instinct…? Innnnteresting.

Song-yi heads out to shoot her documentary, having spent hours and hours of effort to look effortlessly perfect. That means a professional makeup artist to make her skin look bare, dressed-down clothing, and a bicycle to depict her as an easygoing, environmentally conscious everygirl. Riiiight.

The interview starts right away as reporters accost her with compliments and questions. Song-yi interviews like a pro, gracefully offering canned answers that are, at least, modest and flattering to her image. Until, of course, she decides to go off-script and adds that in addition to vitamins, a key part of her beauty routine includes regular use of propofol. Omg.

Smiles fade and reporters murmur confusedly, while Song-yi extols its effects and how it “makes me feel like I’m flying.” LOL. Her manager mutters that she means Propolis, those vitamins she recently bought, and she wonders airily, “Are they so different?”

The camera crew follows her to campus, and Song-yi explains that she’s only a star on set, and in real life she’s just an ordinary student. Her manager hurriedly looks up student profiles and feeds her names, so that she can call out to a passing student and promise to eat lunch with him soon, to his everlasting amazement.

In Min-joon’s class, Song-yi joins the other students in turning in her paper, earning admiring looks from the producers and the class. Min-joon rifles through her report and calls her out, saying that she must have missed the rules due to her perpetual absence—he doesn’t allow plagiarizing.

Song-yi recalls how her manager assured her that the report was so well-done that nobody would ever know she didn’t write it, but Min-joon starts rattling off references from all the sources she copied. He gives her a zero, and everyone records her stunned reactions.

News spreads like wildfire, and on his way out of class Min-joon overhears gleeful students posting comments online, making digs at Song-yi’s Botoxed, wrinkle-free brain. It makes him think of Song-yi being so hurt by all the hate, and he (telekinetically) sends the girl’s phone crashing to the ground.

Song-yi sits in the empty classroom reading all the comments under the video that’s already been posted online. She writes one comment to counter all the sniggering (“Chun Song-yi’s a person too, can’t she make mistakes?”) only to have the next commenter retort, “Chun Song-yi, you shouldn’t be writing comments here.”

Rubbing salt in the wound, Song-yi gets a text confirming large purchases—made by her spendthrift mother, of course. Mom runs into Se-mi’s mother at the department store and the two engage in some more passive-aggressive one-upsmanship about Song-yi’s documentary. It ends on a sour note for Se-mi’s mother, who chafes to hear about chaebol son Hwi-kyung being talked about like Song-yi’s future husband—looks like Se-mi and her mother both share the desire to claim him instead.

Hwi-kyung, meanwhile, reads about Song-yi’s latest gaffe while sitting in a cubicle at work. Huh, is the chaebol an undercover salaryman? As the rookie, he’s expected to do the coffee run, but Hwi-kyung is so clueless about office pecking order that he just cheerfully adds his drink order to their wish list. Then he walks off to take a phone call, ignoring his sunbaes entirely.

The call is from Se-mi, who reminds him of her birthday and asks for a nice dinner. She’s so excited when he agrees, and so crushed when he mentions inviting Song-yi too (calling Se-mi “best friend”). But she advises leaving Song-yi alone to recover from her latest kerfuffle, and makes plans to meet Hwi-kyung later.

The owner of a manhwa shop surfs the internet and sees Song-yi in the headlines again, clucking over the netizens’ comments. So she rolls up her sleeves and jumps into the fray, identifying herself as an old schoolmate of Song-yi’s and clarifying a misconception: Song-yi isn’t rude because she’s famous… she was always rude by nature, ha.

The woman chuckles to herself but gulps when Song-yi shows up right in front of her. I guess they’re kind of friendly, in a frenemy sort of way; Song-yi gets her own VIP room and talks to the woman (named Bok-ja) familiarly over soju.

Song-yi says her mood has nothing to do with failing her paper; she just can’t understand why people are so nice to her face but hate her so much behind her back. She mutters to herself, “That bastard.”

Speaking of whom, Min-joon plays mahjong with Lawyer Jang in a parlor full of old men, astounding them all when he kicks everyone’s butts. One old man hobbles up to the table to ask if he’s Kim Woo-san, and a flashback to an earlier version of Min-joon shows us that yes, he once was. They pass him off as that man’s grandson (Lawyer Jang says he’s his father, hehe), and they all chuckle fondly… until that old codger boasts that Gramps always lost to him.

Min-joon politely says he must be mistaken (I love how much Lawyer Jang enjoys this), but Old Fogey sticks to his claim. So Min-joon has to swallow his pride, and leaves the place complaining to Lawyer Jang.

Lawyer Jang informs Min-joon that he’s been looking for that girl from twelve years ago, starting from school records from that neighborhood. Aw, he’s a good friend. Min-joon says he doesn’t have to go to such lengths, saying that while he’s curious to know about her, “If we were meant to meet, wouldn’t that happen?” If he never sees her again, he figures that they weren’t meant to: “This is something I have learned from living here.”

Min-joon sits back to relax at home, a task made difficult by his sharp hearing that lets in all the traffic and city noises from outside. He blocks it out with some music, and curiously, we get a shot of a plant springing to life at that. Hm.

Through the music, he hears the muffled sounds of Song-yi walking to her door and talking drunkenly to her locked door, which won’t let her in. Ah, make that his locked door, as she has come to the wrong door. She resorts to incantations of “Open Sesame,” which succeed in opening the door… inasmuch as Min-joon gets tired of hearing her yelling into his pinpad and opens it for her.

She slurs in his face that he must’ve enjoyed humiliating her today, flings his Joseon swear back at him (backwards), and barges into his apartment thinking it’s hers. She makes herself at home on his couch, and oh my, is Min-joon stirred at the sight of her bared skin? He covers her up with her scarf, then answers her phone—which raises the hackles of her concerned caller, Hwi-kyung.

Hwi-kyung has had no luck calling Song-yi all day and races over to hear that she’s fallen asleep at her neighbor’s place. (Poor Se-mi, who eagerly prepares for her date, not knowing he’s changed his plans.)

Hwi-kyung arrives in a huff and warns that Min-joon had better not have laid a finger on her, demanding to see his phone to make sure there are no photos on it. After all, how is he supposed to just trust that Min-joon did nothing to take advantage of the nation’s hottest star?

But Min-joon turns those words around on him—how is he to believe that Hwi-kyung is trustworthy? Hwi-kyung calls himself the boyfriend and collects Song-yi to take her home, leaving behind her wallet. He can hear them talking next door, though he tries to ignore it with a broody shower.

Song-yi falls asleep right away, and Hwi-kyung leans over to kiss her. She’s awake to warn him against it, though, and Min-joon smiles to himself as he hears Hwi-kyung getting scolded for the impertinence.

By the time Hwi-kyung remembers his supposed date, Se-mi’s been waiting for two hours. Poor thing, she tells him that her shoots ran long anyway, all while crying to herself.

So Hwi-kyung goes home to his chaebol mansion, arriving just as his older brother Jae-kyung does. Where Hwi-kyung is the careless, happy-go-lucky youngest son, Jae-kyung is the more responsible middle son, who gave up his personal dreams to work for the family business.

Hyung acts the part of caring older brother, but there’s something sinister in his demeanor. Sure enough, he takes a call from a desperate woman begging for him to let her go, appealing to his better nature. He just smiles chillingly and says that he’s not so terrible—he has wanted to kill a lot of people in his life, but saved more of them than actually killed. Eep, so he’s only kind of a murderer then?

The next morning, Min-joon sees the wallet Song-yi left behind… and notices the family photo in the front pocket. It’s of Song-yi back in her teenage years, looking just like another familiar face.

Min-joon heads out immediately and runs into Song-yi’s manager, demanding to know where she is. He gets in his car and zooms off to find her.

Song-yi prepares for shoots at a salon, wearing a familiar-looking pair of glittery heels. She’s still a bit hungover and lurches for the bathroom to vomit, and that’s where she runs into a peevish Yura. She orders Song-yi to find a new salon, pulling the sunbae card. Song-yi isn’t one to cave easily and sets Yura straight: Yura’s older, but Song-yi’s the sunbae, having debuted years ahead of her.

Yura accuses her of stealing her documentary because of an inferiority complex, and Song-yi says that to have a complex, she’d have to actually feel inferior: “What I feel regarding you is superior.” Yura snaps that these days people only watch Song-yi’s dramas to curse her, but Song-yi doesn’t let that ruffle her one bit, saying that it means people have nothing better to do than talk about her. It’s better than doing 4% dramas that nobody knows about—a clear dig at Yura, ouch.

Yura feels stung, but argues that ratings aren’t everything, and that everybody praised her drama for being high quality. Song-yi nods in faux sympathy, saying that it’s too bad the production company president was ruined over it. She adds the warning that she knows Yura’s going around spreading baseless rumors about her to the press—she’d better watch it, because Song-yi knows she has grounds to sue.

It strikes a nerve, so much so that Yura can’t contain herself and follows Song-yi out, throwing hair supplies at her back. Yura brings up rumors of Song-yi seducing the chaebol son, which Song-yi readily admits is true, if backward—he’s the one chasing her.

But Yura counters that Song-yi’s mother is the one going around selling out her connection to that chaebol group. She warns Song-yi not to count her chickens and give up gracefully. Song-yi fires back that she has no intention of mooching off other’s wealth—unlike somebody—since she’s fully capable of earning her own keep.

Yura is pushed to the breaking point and raises a hand to deliver a mighty slap… which gets intercepted by Min-joon, who appears almost out of nowhere. Yura screams at him to get lost because she has unfinished business with the bitch, at which point Min-joon points his brainwaves at the lights, which explode simultaneously.

He grabs Song-yi and pulls her outside, staring at her so intently that she just stands there confused, wondering what he’s all about. She chatters on about yesterday, calling it a simple mistake, and then he shoves her wallet photo in her face and asks who the girl is. He’s so beside himself that he practically yells the demand at her, and she snatches her wallet back.

He pushes her to the wall and stares into her eyes, asking, “Who… are you?”

Min-joon’s voiceover reminds us, “Whether we want it or not, what is meant to happen will happen. Earthlings call that Fate.”

EPILOGUE

(In yesterday’s episode, I’d assumed the army epilogue was a preview and hadn’t recapped it, but it looks like these epilogues will be a fun tag to the end of the show.)

In an interview, Song-yi is asked about her first love. She says that she can’t quite call anybody a first love, but there was an incident in her youth when she was saved from an accident by a tall, good-looking man, though she doesn’t recall his face exactly.

In Min-joon’s ongoing interview, he’s asked about his preference in women. He answers that there are types he dislikes: drunk women, haughty women, ignorant women. “I do know one woman who has all those characteristics. She’s the worst.”

Song-yi remembers, “He was the best. It was just for a short moment, but he was extremely mysterious and tender. I still remember it well. I’m not sure if that ajusshi would remember me, but I think if I met him again, I would recognize him right away. Like fate.”

And as she wraps the shoot, Song-yi sees Min-joon riding by on his bike and sneers in annoyance.

 
COMMENTS

I just love this heroine. I’m enjoying the plot itself and the other characters, but Song-yi really makes the thing pop, and Jeon Ji-hyun is playing her with a wonderful mix of bravado and vulnerability. The world hardly gets to see her crumble, but we see every moment of that in glaring close-up detail, and it pings my heart. It’s one thing to watch a heroine being trampled and suffering, but what draws me to Song-yi so much is the way she absolutely stands up for herself and gives as good as she gets, only allowing her weaknesses to show to herself.

It’s worth noting that Song-yi’s not overly aggressive or bitchy, which I appreciate; she doesn’t make the first hit or act out of malevolence. She just has this ability to take care of herself that makes her easy to root for—you know when you’re in an embarrassing situation and come up with the perfect zinger, only three hours too late? She comes up with it on the spot, and I get vicarious thrills from the way she takes down her detractors.

But then she’ll also embarrass herself with a stupid comment, which sort of keeps her ego in check. Kind of? I mean, she’s got a healthy size ego as it is, though you could argue that she’s vulnerable with regard to the things that actually matter—her family, her feelings, her heart of hearts.

Se-mi’s another interesting character, in that I can’t quite make her out. She’s so sweet and meek on the outside, and I don’t think she’s out to backstab Song-yi… but I do also wonder how much more she can stand to be shunted to the side before something snaps. There’s a distinct Eve Harrington quality in the way she outed Song-yi to Yura, and something tells me she could be swayed toward the dark side, given the right push.

I find our alien man interesting too, though his character is a taking a little longer to emerge. Which is totally fine, as he makes up a large part of the genre mystery and part of the fun is in trying to figure out his deal—how did he make it through so many lifetimes without human connection or affection? What happened with that Joseon girl Yi-hwa? Why did he reveal his nature (to an extent) with her, and when did he decide to stop doing that? Why does he feel such a connection to the young Song-yi, and I mean beyond the fact that she looks just like Yi-hwa—she’s the only one he’s having premonitions about, so there’s a greater reason for their bond, right?

Furthermore, is Fate an actual thing, and will the show attempt to personify it in a way that goes beyond the standard drama treatment of “Things just happen so accept it”? I’m not the greatest fan of Fate plots, but I do think there’s a cultural element for their prevalence in Korean stories that I have to respect, even as I can’t jump for joy every time Fate makes an appearance. And if we must have it play a part, I’d love for it to be an active part, or at least more active than people always chalking things up to the mysterious It. (Nine, for instance, did this pretty well by making Time a Fate-like entity.)

Last but not least, are we dealing with something more than pure physical attraction between the two? We’ve had sparks on both ends, and it makes me wonder if there’s something more than that man-woman awareness between them (well, alien-woman). Not that I would mind in the least if it were all lust, of course. Lust away, folks!

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I liked this episode, it had some funny scenes. I also couldn’t help but wonder if that is how some (or many) of those stars behave in real life (like when SY was going to school, and she pretended to be all humble and simple, without make-up, etc…). Some of the scenes in this drama (so far) remind me of KoDs, where we got to see a BTS of the Kdrama world and the actors and actresses in it (and how they behave).

I have a few questions:

1—The expression “faster than LTE,” (which I am assuming might be the equivalent of “faster than lightning”) is used to reference a wave or is LTE a company in Korea? (I remember reading something about that, but my memory is fuzzy on that at the moment).

2—When SY is in the classroom (auditorium), who is the person who says, “you can’t do that here?” Did that person see her on a monitor/screen?

3—The expression, “this person becomes the most searched person as easily as someone eating,” what does that mean?

4—Does “Bok ja” mean something?

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To answer number 2 it was her manager don't ask me y causes I thought it was odd 2

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LOL, and I won't ask you why :-). But seriously though, it was odd right? I asked, because even she seemed to be startled, when she heard the voice. Then she turned to see who had said that, and no one was there. Also, her manager was not in the room when she/we heard that voice. He came in right after that.

OK, third point, the voice didn't sound like her manager's voice. Her manager's voice seems to be a more high pitched voice some (and the other voice was deeper). And it sounded like it was coming from the speakers on the ceiling (because you could hear it in the whole room, I don't know if I am making sense), whereas when her manager spoke to her, that little echo (kind of), was not heard. It was different.
OK, that sounds like I analyzed that scene (and maybe I just did), but I wanted to explain what I heard and saw, that's all.

As you said, it was quite odd, and I was a little surprised and puzzled about that scene.

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Those words were shown onscreen, so I suppose for Korean audiences it was clear that it was a netizen comment, which may not have come across for subtitle-readers. Song-yi looked around because it was spooky -- like, how did he know it was me writing that comment? Are there spies?

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Thank you javabeans,

And your explanation (and the ones below) totally make sense, especially when one adds how she reacted. And you were right: as a subtitle-reader, I was a little confused, mostly because the voice sounded like it was coming from the speakers (or what looked like speakers on the ceiling), and she did look up (quickly), when she was startled, so that added to my being confused as well. I didn't think about the message on the screen, I focused more on where the voice might be coming from, when it was just a voice over that I heard.

This reinforces for me the feeling that in order to have as close an experience as the Korean audience (who has a better understanding of the context than I do, and who knows the language), I have to put some thought into it, and pay attention when I watch Korean dramas. Otherwise, I don't get the full picture (and the details), which I want to get, honestly.

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Song-yi's reaction also confirmed for me that she didn't write that comment under her real name, not that someone in their right mind would do so. It is just that, since she acts sometimes without thinking, for a split second, I kind of thought that she might have written her comment under her real name, without having realized it, but thank goodness, she didn't.

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It's actually in reference to a really popular Gag Concert skit of a couple that wants to break up every week, where a waiter (Kim Gi Ri) tells his customers that they can't do this here (in the restaurant). The skit is no longer part of Gag Concert, but that phrase has been popularized and is still in use.

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Hello Holly,
Now that you say it, I remember watching a Gag Concert with 2PM and seeing that waiter there. He did say "you can't do this here," at least a couple of times in the skit. I didn't know that that phrase was so popular, thank you for letting me know.

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I also meant to say "Thank you" for the recap, by the way. And I was curious about this, I know MJ mentioned a girl who died in the past (because of him), but we didn't see that in ep. 1, nor did we see that in this ep. (the girl dying, that is). Which makes me wonder, who is the girl then? All I know is that he has saved SY twice already, so far (in the past. Either SY or her doppelganger).
Maybe they will show more of that girl's s story as the show progresses. I was just putting some thoughts out there..

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LTE is a form of wifi that smart phone companies usually have for their subscribers with data access. It is faster than 4G.

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Oh really? Thanks for the info.

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1 - LTE is the 4G network for mobile phones, which is supposedly the fastest.

2 - just another random keyboard warrior

4 - it's just the old name of Song-yi's ex-classmate. The use of -ja affix to names is common in the Occupation era, till maybe the 60s?

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Hello kooriyuki,

And thank you for your answers. So, in response to my 2nd question, the comment was on her phone (among the many comments she was reading?) and what we heard then was a voice over? So, if that is the case, "what" is it, that "she can't do here?" I was also confused about that (and I was just wondering if you knew the answer to that as well).

Because I was thinking, was the commenter thinking "(SY), you can't plagiarize here (which I personally doubt, since MJ already told her not to)," or "you can't check the comments written about you here, in the auditorium," which personally, was what it sounded like to me?

Again, as with my other questions, I was just curious.

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kooriyuki,
I seem to have gotten the answer to my question, from Javabeans, and from hellothere. So I don't think you need to answer. Thank you! Feel free to comment if you wish, however (and add any other 2 cents you may have).

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I guess if you watch a few seconds prior to that mysterious voice appeared, the other comments she were reading were also read out ala voiceovers. Song-yi's shocked reaction is most likely due to what javabeans replied on top, and also because it came immediately after she sent her comment in.

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You know kooriyuki,

I did watch the few seconds prior to that mysterious voice appearing, and I think I forgot about those messages. The voice overs sounded to me like that of students, youthful (I know, I am stereotyping, sorry). When I heard that voice (the last one), it was deeper, and when she (quickly) looked up (and over her shoulder), I forgot about the other comments she had read and I interpreted that voice to belong to a staff member, or a professor or someone with authority at the university. That voice was also firmer than the previous voices. It might sound like I am making excuses (maybe), however I just wanted to explain how that scene came across to me.

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ikr. The previous messages were mostly voiceovers by girls, likely sneering at her. But that one that follows Song-yi's comment sounds more reprimanding. Perhaps it is also the PD's intention to show how she interprets the comments?

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I agree with all that you said in this comment, kooriyuki. I also think that you make some valid points. That voice sounded more imposing and more reprimanding, yes. I like the idea of the PD's intention, I had not thought of that.

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1. As mentioned above, it is the 4G data speed of cell phones. It is the fastest kind there is. Thus, faster than LTE means it is really fast.
2. It was a netizen that commented. The netizen commented that Chun Song Yi shouldn't be writing the comments, sarcastically, but she really was the one that wrote "Chun Song Yi is a nice person... etc." She was caught in the act. The netizen hit the nail on the head when the netizen commented. Therefore, she thought someone was in the room with her.
3. It means that you can easily be the most searched person. It is so easy to achieve that, it is like eating because a person eating is not a hard task.
4. Bok Ja is her friend's birth name. The name is a very country-bumpkin-esque name and thus, the friend changed her name from Bok Ja to Hye In.

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Thank you hellothere, your answers helped my understanding of the episode.

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1. LTE = Long Term Evolution. Currently the fastest cellular data technology used around the world. So faster than LTE just means news/gossip spreads almost instantaneously in this age of smart phones and social media (particularly in Korea where Internet is everywhere).

2. That reply is not from her manager. It's another social media user replying to the comment she left. She was trying to act like an anonymous netizen to defend herself, but the guy called her out on it (he meant it as "there's no way that the plagiarizing and subsequent zero can be spun positively and if you're trying to do that, you must be the actress herself)." And the comments are public so anyone can see and reply (no one saw her on a monitor or screen).

3. Eating is an easy, every day activity. So basically Bok-ja meant that, despite it being hard to reach the number one spot for most searched keyword online, Song-yi's name is always there consistently. She's saying that what's hard for everyone else is as easy as eating when it comes to Song-yi (because of her Hallyu-popularity and tendency to make embarrassing mistakes).

4. Bok-ja is not the prettiest of names. That's why she had it legally changed years ago to a prettier name and yet Song-yi keeps calling her the ugly name. Hence, Bok-ja's irritation.

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Hi pabo ceo reom,

And thank you for your detailed answers. I also asked the question about the name (question #4) because I feel like I have heard a similar name or word before (or close to it), and I have the feeling that it might mean something in Korean.
Is "Mok ja" a Korean word? (Mind you, I might not have spelled it right, I am going by what I think I have heard in the past). And if it is a Korean word, does it mean anything?

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2. "You can't do this here" is a catchphrase made popular by Gag Concert. Kim Giri says this phrase in every Discoveries in Life sketch.

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Oh WOW, thank you panshel! I haven't watched a lot of episodes of Gag Concert, so I wouldn't know.

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LTE, or 4G LTE, stands for Long Term Evolution. It's a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data on cellphones. Samsung was the first company to launch an LTE phone and then the first LTE smartphone. So "faster than LTE" is saying faster than a really fast smartphone.

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Thank you for the added info, chaosgirl!

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LTE is a newer, faster type of wireless connection. If you live in the states, think 3G on steriods. The major carriers here have been rolling out the tech over the past couple of years, but its been available in Asia for a bit now.
**tech nerd babble over**

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On my phone it says "4G LTE", and have had it for at least a year, so it is available in the US.

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Thank you Courtney, I appreciate your tech nerd babble :-)

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Regarding faster than LTE, I thunk that is reference to highspeed pocket WiFi. I used that when I was traveling in Japan last month. It is definitely fast, better than wimax.

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Regarding faster than LTE, I think that is reference to highspeed pocket WiFi. I used that when I was traveling in Japan last month. It is definitely fast, better than wimax.

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LTE is a highspeed pocket WiFi. At least that's what I am assuming. I used LTE when I stayed in Tokyo last month and it is definitely very high speed and better than its competitor, WiMax.

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Thank you joanne!

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Answering Q1 - LTE is an acronym for Long Term Evolution and is available with 4G as a standard for high-speed data on phones and such. You know how we have H, 3G... LTE is even faster :)

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Thanks Jodie!

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1) faster than LTE - LTE is already fast in Korea (tho I don't what that means, it's synonymous to super-fast in terms of mobile internet), so faster than LTE must be faster than Superman I guess. XD

3) "this person becomes the most searched person as easily as someone eating" - you notice someone eating by how she chomps her food and the food's smell, so since Song-yi's like a master in making gaffes as easily as she breathes air, that's how she becomes #1 in search rankings. XD

4) "Bok-ja" - assuming "bok" means "fortune" and "ja" means "child/offspring"; naming conventions change with time, so I assume this Bok-ja was born sometime in the 70's, where girls' names ending with "ja" are a trend.

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Thank you Rovi,
I appreciate your answers, especially because you gave them after everyone else. I loved this comment, "so faster than LTE must be faster than Superman I guess." Also loved your answer to question #3 and #4. When I put the answers together, I get some good thought provoking answers.

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WATS with the towel really how can I get steamy with some stupid towel in my face LOL but seriously I LOVE this show with a passion

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Why does the alien shower with a towel on? haaa

And why is there no broody shower screencap in this recap?

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Lol thnxs Javabeans

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I honestly wouldn't mind gettin' one of these every episode since show seems to be on a roll.
you can never go wrong with shower scenes.

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You are just so funny!

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aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Javabeans *directly screaming into the computer

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haaa haaa thanks a lot javabeans

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I honestly didn't notice the towel until I heard everybody complaining about it.

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can't he just take off that dang towel? why bother showering with a towel ;)

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I love how there are 99 likes for this comment! I am now 100, yo.

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Is this going to be a sad drama, he can't have her, everyone ends up alone? If so, warn me now, rip that band-aid ...

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I have a feeling he will try to save her since he feels responsible for the death her Joseon look a like.

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Honestly i have no clue how these two could end up in a happily ever after unless min joon gives up his immortality and the two live blissfully together (with kisses, bed scenes, and beautiful children).

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He can't swap saliva (no steamy kisses) with a human. So I'm wondering how the drama is going to satisfy THAT fan requirement.

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Maybe he'll start aging if he swaps saliva... In which case, SWAP ALONG!

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Oooh, I like that interpretation. It would certainly clear up most of the problems his immorality present, but I feel like it would be too easy of a solution.

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Don't be sad. He asked the writers for a kiss scene so I'm pretty sure he 'll get it.

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they can still have that steamy kisses through her/his dreams ... wishful thinking keke ..

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i think the expression " not to mix saliva and blood" means that u shouldnt mingle with the said community. it doesnt necessarily mean that one cannot do it, but rather one doesnt intend to. so rest assured. i am sure this drama would have all the dreamy kisses k dramas are famous for :)

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i think the expression " not to mix saliva and blood" means that u should nt mingle with the said community. it does nt necessarily mean that one cannot do it, but rather one does nt intend to. so rest assured. i am sure this drama would have all the dreamy kisses k dramas are famous for :)

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Hahahahahahhahaha Hurray 4 Alien human babies ?

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Or to put a positive spin on it:
He saves her, of course he will, then he kisses her. Exchanging saliva w a human (Sorry, don't know how to put that more delicately) would make him mortal. So he kisses her some more, and stays behind with her, growing old together. The End.

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I think that the line about helping someone only makes things worse is an essential cue. When MJ rescued SY as a teenager, maybe he interfered with her fate. So...something really terrible is coming.

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True!Especially of Joseon Era Song Yi died young. That'd mean her fate was to die earlier on and he has now changed the course of her life.

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Never trust a melodrama, and have some skepticism even with rom/coms. twice-shy!

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DAmn!! this is the most entertaining drama of the year...
delicious in everything...KSH definitely a golden boy<3
YFAS will surpass 30% rating easily...

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I'm just wondering, not requesting, will anyone will recap Miss Korea? Thanks :)

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I'd be in the moon if Dramabeans recaps Miss Korea.

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i still have that need to check for empress ki's recap still! i knew it wouldn't happen since it's a long drama, but after lee soon shin i hoped:( anyways there still is hope for miss korea.. it's almost a must for me to check in this site after an ep. of any drama.. haha

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There is a guest blogger on dramafever that is recapping Empress Ki. I just looked up the blog is ghettoseoul.

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Wow, this drama is already beating Queen Seon Deok of 4yrs ago in ratings. If this continues we may have our first National drama for the year 2014. Maybe this is good thing, more A-list actors will come back to dramaland.

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I sure came out of the gate strong, apparently mostly at the expense of Bel Ami (which I actually think is better than the 3.5% rating it is getting, but oh well). But though I am loving this show so far, I can also see a big potential to go all WTF on us - like for example the guy commenting that he only kills "some" people seems totally out of character for this type drama.

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Yes, it would make some sense if he were typical kdrama-style ruthless businessman but he is more like a pathological, psycho!

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I totally love those epilogues, like some small throwaways that don't quite exactly fit into the main story, but gives us more understanding to the characters.

I'm also interested in seeing why Song-yi turns out the way she is now; was she always ah airhead since young? I think Se-mi is an interesting character too, given that most likely she's sick of Song-yi, but pretends to be so meek and unassuming all the time. Perhaps like mother like daughter?

Lastly, ZOMG Kim Soo Hyun is such a hottie even in sageuk garbs! *drools*

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At first i was thinking maybe those end scenes were scenes that the director cut from the final viewing and gave it to us at the end as some kind of a bonus. I love the epilogues. Yesterday's 49 years of army duty had me in stitches.

Sometimes i wonder if Song-Yi is intentionally an airhead as somewhat of an attention issue. But that wouldn't make sense, considering the backlash she gets from it. Maybe she really is an airhead. But i'd like to know if there's a story behind that persona.

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I think like Javabeans mentioned yesterday, Song-yi's street-smart but not book-smart. I think she generally has lesser (or zero) interest in most things except those concerning her. It's not that she's terribly self-centered, but perhaps being a top star DID get into her head? My guess is her childhood isn't a happy one, since it seems she craves attention, good or bad. I like that she's filial, and probably a good older sister too.

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She says that she started working in showbiz when she was 12, so maybe her backstage mom neglected her education in pursuit of money.

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Do you think that partly what they're doing is meta spoofs on drama tropes?

The leads are their own narrative fairies via tagged-on behind-the-scenes type interviews.

The lead character has literal deus ex machina power over storyline outcomes; operating within scenes as though they're structural machinery.

The fan-service broody shower scenes started almost immediately; and give us full body shots showing the towel the actor is wearing.

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I am still trying to figure out the total airhead part myself. She is apparently not really stupid, just so focused on herself and/or career that nothing else can enter her brain. I gather that she was not exactly a stand out in middle and high school either.

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Thanks so much for the recap. I loved the laser beaming out of MJ's eyes when he was arguing with the grandpa. And I love how cool and collected SY was with the sunbae/unni.

I think by the next episode MJ knows SY is the same girl he saved. I love the attention to the character development but the plot is progressing really fast too.

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I really like this show.

I think "Prime Minister and I" and this one are the best shows right now.

I do have a question about this chapter: Did anyone understand why he flew in front of the err Joseon era girl?

The episode ended and I was left looking for an explanation -.-

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I thought it was because he was still acclimating to the gravity in earth, maybe?

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I think he did it to sort of 'illustrate' something to the girl, since he did not speak, however what?

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I think it was a language barrier too. Since he is an alien, he does not speak Korean. yet.

I would ask why the alien looks human and specifically Korean, but that would break the universe of the show.

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I agree with you. I think he was still getting use to earth's gravity as illustrated by one of the other aliens who suddenly flew, his expression was one of surprise.

Also, I think MJ was kinda embarrassed at the unplan levitation..that's my take though.

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He had just landed on earth. Gravity was new to him. He just floated up without him even knowing beforehand.

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My first thought was he floated into the air because he liked the girl. Like, an involuntary reaction betraying his feelings.

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That is more my take also. It is not like Earth is the only place in the universe with gravity, so I don't buy him not being used to gravity or any similar explanations. It may have just been some non-verbal communications to show her that he was not your usual elite jerk.

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That's what I thought as well. It was so unexpected and immediate after she mentioned her name to him. Reflex action.
I'm curious to see if more levitating occurs in the future episodes as his attraction towards her increases. I also loved that little side bit where he covers her bare shoulder telekinetically as she is being carried out of his apartment by the friend :)
Loving this show so far. I'm so very glad to have this to go into the new year with!!

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The bursting light bulbs when he was annoyed seem to go along with the idea that he can do things without really thinking when he is feeling strong emotions.

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I got a different feeling from the random float up that happened in the Joseon era.... Maybe he was being beamed back up to his ship and decided to override it to stay with the girl... leaving him stranded on earth for 400yrs...

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The camera showed Do Min-Joon removing a leaf from Seo Yi-Hwa's hair. Therefore, I thought Do Min-Joon levitated in front of Seo Yi-Hwa like that - in order to catch and return her ornamental jade hairpin.

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I thought maybe because he lost control of his emotions for a second and thus his hold on his powers….perhaps his powers are linked to his emotions??

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So, I take it that on AlienPlanet all the hot guys shower with towels wrapped around hips?

Thanks for the recap, JB. This show is at the top of my watch list.
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That is the only valid explanation as i cannot fathom why one would shower with a towel on.

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Ok, here is my long explanation. You can tell my exams are over based on how much I have thought about this.

Since he is an isolated alien, he has learned everything from observation or books. And since he has never observed someone taking a shower, he does not know exactly what he is supposed to do since all the shower scenes in easily accessible PG-13 movies cut out the part below the waist anyway.

I did find this helpful guide online, though there are no specifics about the placement of the towel during the shower. Can someone forward this to Min Joon if you have is email address?
http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Shower

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The man spent 49 years at war. He's seen other men take showers. But if his parts are interestingly different than earthlings .... a towel might be in order.

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that might explain it :)

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Oh yeah, that didn't occur to me at all, but it might just be the case that he is different down there.

Which is a terrifying thought.

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Lol wat a good point ?

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Hahaha so funny, and I must admit, a valid point indeed. There is this though, 400 years on earth and he still doesn't know that he is supposed to be naked while taking a shower?

Also, if he's been taking showers with a towel for 400 years, I can't help but think that he must not be very...clean...

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I cant wait to go home and watch this. First episode was fun and engaging. JJH is really nailing her role as the narcissistic yet adorably dumb and insecure star. And she brings a warmth to the character that, as javabeans said, was absent in the two previous roles i got to see her in. It makes her very likable.

It seems to be pouring good kdramas right now. Miss korea is also as fun and potentially addictive. Loving the female lead there too and of course, the VOice.

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I hope it delivers until the end. It has been a while since I felt this way towards a drama. I mean, I'm squeeing and giggling like a child. Gah, I'm so happy the long wait has paid of.

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me too lol.. i only recall this for me with secret garden and queen in hyun (and i have seen countless) maybe with my girlfriend's a gumiho too.. it's all about the casting i guess..

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and may I add, it's the chemistry of the main pair too. I believe.

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I really love Song-yi. She has these irritating characteristics that I really hate if she was a really person, but since she's a fictional character I like those same things about her. Felt really bad for her when alien prof called her out in front of everyone for the plagiarized paper.

I was thinking about how Min-joon has this danger radar (premonitions) when it comes to both past and present Song-yi, and it got me thinking about the blood/saliva thing he said. Maybe he exchanged blood/saliva with past Song-yi that's why he has this connection to her/them (based on too many supernatural romance books I've read), so if past Song-yi didn't die because of his b/s as some has speculated, then I hope it established the connection for him to get premonitions about a person. Maybe that's why he doesn't eat with humans, because who would want to have bad premonitions about a lot of people? Then he'd be too busy saving everyone of them.

So if my theory is correct, it means they already have a connection and she wouldn't die because of the exchange, so they can kiss all they want. Hahaha. That's my solution to the no-kiss theory. It's a good conflict if it would result to her death, but I like my theory better. Though I don't know if they would give us a passionate kiss because I've yet to see a married Korean actress that had passionate kisses onscreen (prove me wrong, please!)

As to Yoo Inna's character - aaaaw. I felt so sad when she got stood up. I luff her and all the characters she has played (even the bitchy one in YTBLSS), so I really want to smack the Hwi-kyung character on her behalf. Of all the characters so far, I hate him even a little bit more than SY's awful mom.

Thanks for the recaps.

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*real person (wincing at all the reallys in my first paragraph)

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I like your theory about the blood/saliva problem better too. That would be an interesting way of explaining why Min Joon is able to have premonitions of Song Yi being in danger. That makes me want to know what happened between Min Joon and Yi Hwa even more!

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I'm not liking our heroine. I don't really understand why she has to be so ignorant. I'm just hoping they give a reason or make some sort of plot point that makes her have to be ignorant.

To me, right now at least, it just makes me feel that we can't have a heroine that is both head strong and smart. My experience in dramas are that the heroine has to be one or the other and I want to see one that is both!

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I think it has to be more like she is an actress, and most of time she is acting, and actually doesn't have time to study well, and end up being ignorant over some things.

There is a common say that idols are no brainy and that they have to go back to school, most of them barely go to school, and then later also don't go to college.

There was even a reality show the idol didn't know what Taj Mahal was, he thought it was a religion LOL

So I think they are playing with it in the drama...

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I think that whole going to university thing might be a parody on all the bio's that you see where it shows that nearly every actor and actress under 30 is attending some university - on paper at least.

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I love all the Korean Pop Culture & Meta References in You From Another Star. Lately, the following have appeared in the news:

• Accusations of Plagiarism by Korean actress (Actress Kim Hye-soo)

• Propofol Abuse Scandal (Actresses Lee Seung-Yeon, Park Si-Yeon and Jang Mi-Inae)

• SNS Gaffes (Clara)

• Female Equivalent of Dokko Jin (The Greatest Love AKA Best Love)

• "What did I do to deserve such hatred ?" (Loved & Copied by "Fans," and Insulted by "Netizens."

• Director making practical and effective use of frozen moments in time (à la 1999 movie "The Matrix")

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hm i mean its more unreal if there is someone who is pretty, good in acting, headstrong, smart and rich rite?
i think the show is just trying to show that everyone is not perfect, in the sense that although our heroine is famous, pretty and all that, she still has its own shortcomings.
and also, its for comedic effect as well. the show wont be as funny if we have a smart and headstrong heroine who wont make any mistake at all hahaha
just my opinion :)

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I agree. I think there needs to be some sacrifices if we've got a close to perfect heroine on paper -- beautiful, popular, rich.
Yes, she's ignorant -- she's not outright dumb, because she can hold her own when it comes to defending herself. Notice she does particularly well with those bitchy actresses but not so well with the extremely smart Min Joon. She's just uneducated, and we can see the reasoning for that.
I think we'll be able to see more of Song-Yi as the story progresses and just who she is as a person.
The focus on the ignorance i think is just for set up/build up of who Song-Yi is as a character. Gotta start somewhere and go up from that.
Alot of that is played as a comedic effect so i'm not as bothered. Something tells me there'll be lots of tears down the road. I'll take any laughs where i can get it.

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While funny to a point, it can be carried too far. If she ends up looking as dumb as a box of rocks, I would not consider that a good thing. It is obvious that we do have airheads in real life - just look at Lindsay Lohan and that crowd. But I have to wonder - why are no men ever shown with the same traits?

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Well that Hwi Kyung seems just as dumb.

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You should check Unexpected You for the leading lady, Cha Yoon Hee.
Okay, it's a family drama and I know a lot of people gasp' because of it, but it's not full of makjangs. It's focused on how we represent in laws as our second family and it's really well done. Plus, it's freakin' hilarious and touching but whatever, I'm disgressing LMAO.
But really, Cha Yoon Hee is really smart, succeeded in her carreer as a TV producer and she is the bad*ss female character ever :D She is so fierce that she could make a lion cry lol.

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Right now, Miss Korea, Pretty Man, and YFAS have ignorant heroines.

Ignorant - lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.

In all cases, it appears that the women were simply unmotivated to study. Bo Tong was more interested in Ma Te's movements than her school work. Miss Korea wanted to date all the boys. YFAS was working as an actor instead of being studious.

The good news is that ignorance can be conquered if you apply hard work to learning. The question remains if any of these women want to get smarter, or if they are content to get by on good looks and aegyo.

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Wow, the cinematography looks slick.. And I love Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun.. Ratings also pretty high, 18% already. Daebak!! Hope everything's gonna be good till last episode!

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I like the cinematography too.

I really like the time speed-up where we can see the land go from farm land to sprawling metropolis around our hero.

In the first episode the time freeze when Min Joon moves a frozen leaf away was brilliant. The snow flake freeze in this episode was amazing too.

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I am enjoying those moments/images as well.

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Don't know bout you guys, but I got goosebumps when Min-joon made all those lights exploded. Badass.

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It had just the opposite effect on me. Exploding lights is such an overused trope in so many movies and dramas that it has become a total cliché. Why a light would ever explode in the first place is of course never answered.

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OH MY GOD, I know !
I repeated that scene so many times and it's because I really love superpowers lol.
Plus, telekinesis is just so cool. I love how he turned his head with that cold expression and then, BAAM.
The same for episode 1 when he moved the glass, it's just so freakin' badass :D

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I also loved this bit and had to watch it again.

Him-Joon's character is so composed and detached from the everyday lives of the people around him.

This scene shows the beginnings of Min-joon losing control. I would argue using his powers to explode all the lights wasn't completely intentional, rather a reflection of his anger at seeing Song-Yi being treated badly. It's only going to escalate from here.

I can't wait to see how far he's willing to go for her.

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Gave me a flashback of how smexy daddy gummiho created cyclones when he got mad.

Or the storm when Gu Mi Ho wanted out of the painting.

Kdramaland needs to do an Avengers type story, getting all the great supernatural characters together in one place.

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I really love a good rom-com with supernatural elements in it(e.g. I Hear Your Voice & Masters Sun). But as much as I like this drama, I hope they will not extend it(which is likely if ratings continue to go up), cus that will usually dilute quality of the drama.

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I'm usually not a huge fan of extensions as well. However, there are a few exceptions where extensions worked. I thought I Hear Your Voice worked really well with the extension. We had a really full on last two episodes, and it gave a really nice closure to the main characters, which I really liked. Master's Sun extension was okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't vital either. It worked though. Then again, it was only extended for one episode. I reckon if the extension was planned in advance, it could work. I guess we'll have to see what happens in the upcoming weeks ahead :D

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Wah... that was a VERY GOOD START.

The prologues and epilogues are fantastic additions to narrative... it feels like there were too many good scenes to edit out and I heartily agree.

My only comments are: Min-joon seems to have one too many powers. Tele-kinesis, super human senses and speed, slight anti-gravity (I wonder if he can fly?!) and anti-aging (Wolverine) capabilities. I found "stopping time" part ridiculous. Almost as if he were a God and not a regular alien :-P
Oh, forgot to mention manipulation of energy (he can burst light bulbs and rejuvenate plants!!)
I bet in the future, he can fly and heal humans too :-P

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You must not have encounter much science fiction. As an alien, it is plausible for him to have all those. Because the world they lived in has a different structure, especially gravity. With a heavier gravity, u know one can already do some much things on earth which has a denser one, i.e super-speed, strength, levitation, and probably slow aging. So it's not surprising he has so much 'powers'. Their brain can have a different composition in that they can create wavelengths or frequency to move and burst thing. So this is not so unbelievable afterall if you think of it in a science way.

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He is essentially a korean superman

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Who was he?

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The manager demanding Hwi Kyung buy their coffee.

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I hope there's going to be more cameos from the cast who were from the writer's previous works!

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Yeah, I was WTF when I saw him and then I laughed because I realized that the two of them worked together for Unexpected You. I do hope we are going to see Kim Nam Joo too lol.

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Also thanks to JJH and KSH I feel giddy... having a "out of the world" experience. It is as if I am privy to the secrets of super stars (Blame the lingering feelings from watching "The thieves").

Even the mundane cat fights (between actor's Moms or the actresses themselves) seems surreal. An effect that "Heirs" failed to capture.

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Don't shoot me but could it be that Song Yi is really NOT the Yi-hwa lookalike in that family photo? I mean, Min Joon jumps to the conclusion that the girl in that photo is the same girl who has grown up to be Song Yi. But I don't know..... I would love more twists in the plot and not such a straight forward "Song Yi is the one girl whom Min Joon is destined to meet".

And hell!! What IS with that towel in the shower scene?

*growls* this pervert.

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I think it's pretty much confirmed that it is her because she talked about the incident twelve years ago when min joon saved her. We know he recognized her from the car accident when he saved her, so it really couldn't be anyone else in the picture.

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I don't buy that - at the end she talks in a TV interview about her near accident 12 years ago where she was saved from a truck.

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Did her mother hire someone to get her killed and make it look like a suicide ? Because the guy who took her took her study notes with him that were all about death. And the he was making a noose to have it look like she hanged herself. I was very startled but do find it possible. Assuming she is a reincarnation and her current mom totally deserving the mom of the year award I assume her joseon mom could bbe the older version her current mom.

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I think either the mother or the MIL hired the guy to kill her because basically, she was as good as dead.

She was considered a widow, even though the marriage was never consummated. And, the chances of her attaining a 2nd good marriage, as a widow, was nil. So, she would have been a drain on her family. Not marketable as a marriage partner, at all.

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Yea, that was creepy. Unfortunately, this kind of stuff still happens in the world today.

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Seriously? !!! Where?

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It is rare but it happens. These are very depressing topics. So, be ware. Watch this episode again to cheer yourself up after you read these.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sati_%28practice%29#Modern_times

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5366506.stm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honor_killing

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I didn't know they were still happening. Honor killings, yes. But not the other.

That's so very sad.

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I think her in-laws did. During the Joseon era, if a (noble) woman gets engaged and her fiancé dies before the wedding, she was still as good as married and had to spend the rest of her life alone in her husband's family's house. Here, we see the young widow on her way to her in-laws' house (to live there permanently) when the spaceship appears and almost blows her off to her death.

Now if such a widow spent her life longing and pining for her dead husband (and even better killed herself to keep her loyalty and chastity toward that husband), the king may hear of the story and greatly moved, bestow a "열녀문" (a commemorative gate for a famously loyal chaste wife) on her husband's family, which was considered a great honor to the family. I think Yihwa's in-laws were trying to get one of those gates built by making it look like she hanged herself to follow her husband.

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The epilogues are fun, I hope they'll keep coming.

Our heroine is very likable - realistically tough and understandably vulnerable. The hero is a tad harder to get warm up to - he's literally a deus ex machina. I'm gonna guess when they finally exchange saliva, he'll lose all of those godly powers and become human.

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Love this talk about kisses turning him human. But that means we probably wont even get a kiss until the very end.. And that just seems too easy :(
Surely he'd have done it once before, which is why he is so adamant about not exchanging saliva/blood.

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They could kiss midway into the show, and spend the rest of it trying to undo that?

It seems like he saved the Joseon Song Yi by giving her his blood, then kissed her and she suffered the.. err... side effects of alien love.

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Huh wouldn't it be awkward if KSH kisses that girl cos I know I would find it awkward.

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Err wouldn't it be awkward if KSH kisses that girl cos I know I would find it awkward.

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or he observed what happened when all the other aliens who came with him got involved with humans? I'm assuming they're all dead for a reason - or are they?

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Same here - it seems totally out of character for the rest of the show plot. Only thing I can think of off hand is that he will kidnap the heroine and alien guy will save her. I really hope they don't go all makjang on us, but I cannot see any other reason for introducing that plot line.

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Yeah, that's kind of a weird side story, hey? The random older brother is a murderer? Okay then. At the moment, it doesn't have anything to do with anything but presumably it will tie in with the rest of the characters at some point.

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