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Three Days: Episode 1

We are just awash in premieres, aren’t we? SBS’s 24-esque Blue House thriller Three Days opened this week, and it certainly has the grandeur of a presidential drama, with a tone of solemnity that I find compelling in its own right. The story itself is just getting started so it’s unclear where that’ll go, and the first hour didn’t do the tightest job in hooking us into that conceit, but I think there’s room for it to get suspenseful and interesting. It’s not a sure thing, which concerns me a little, but there’s enough here to keep me watching at least.

Ratings: Three Days opened with an 11.9% rating, which is much lower than the drama it took over from (You From Another Star) and allowed KBS to just barely edge it out for first place with 12.0%. Sly and Single Again also enjoyed the bump up as a result of Star’s absence, jumping to 10.3%.

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

In a darkened, ramshackle room, a man hunches at a desk and types up a document. We only catch glimpses of it as he types phrases like “February 1998” and “24 people injured and killed.”

He saves the file onto a floppy disk and writes “Confidential 98” on its label. This he slips into an envelope and locks in a safe in the room.

Caption: 16 Years Later, March 2, 2014.

A middle-aged man drives down an empty highway at night, casting nervous looks into his rearview mirror. He calls in to the Blue House secretary’s office and insists that he has something very important to tell the president.

In a dimly lit restaurant, two men drink together, but it’s clear they’re really here for the conversation. The mood is loaded and rife with tension; the younger man has asked a favor of the older man, who notes, “Both now and sixteen years ago, you ask a difficult thing.”

The nervous driver is told that the president is currently not taking any calls. He reiterates that it’s urgent, just as headlights loom in his rearview mirror. Bam! A large white truck rear-ends him. Once—twice—three times—and off the road. His car careens down a hill and flips, landing with a violent crash.

In the bar, the older man replies to his companion’s request with a favor of his own, though his ominous tone speaks more of warning: “Don’t do a thing. What you’re trying to do—don’t do any of it.” The younger companion keeps a smile on his face, but his hand betrays him—it shakes as he pours a drink, missing the glass.

The older man adds that he would like to quit meeting like this, admonishing his companion to come see him officially—at the Blue House. As he rises, so does every patron in the restaurant, ready to escort him out. So this is our president, LEE DONG-HWI (Sohn Hyun-joo) with his Secret Service, taking a clandestine meeting.

President Lee and his entourage leave and head back to the Blue House.

The driver of the totaled car, meanwhile, lies bloody and unconscious behind the wheel.

March 2. 8:37 AM.

A man races through the hospital to the emergency wing and asks for the patient who was brought in this morning from the car crash. This is our hero, HAN TAE-KYUNG (Park Yoochun), and he is the son of our driver, who now lies comatose and hooked up to machines. Tae-kyung is given his father’s personal belongings and told that they suspect Dad dozed off behind the wheel. A simple traffic accident.

Via TV news, we hear that President Lee is in his third year of his term and once enjoyed an overwhelming approval rating, which has since seen a 10% drop. He’s the subject of an independent investigation regarding use of funds for a company he’d run in 1998, and protesters demand an inquiry into possible corruption.

The president has a public appearance on the agenda for the day, so his security team makes the preparations, led by Team Leader HAM BONG-SOO (Jang Hyun-sung), who keeps a tight rein on the operation.

Tae-kyung rushes to work, late to take his post on the presidential escort team. He’s just in time to take his position in the entourage as President Lee moves out. His appearance will take him to the public marketplace, requiring maximum security from all quarters. Team Leader Ham warns his team to be vigilant for concealed bombs or suspicious activity.

The president is unnerved to hear that no calls have come from Han Ki-joon—the man lying in the hospital—though he hides his anxiety.

Also hiding anxiety is Tae-kyung, who gets a text from the hospital that his father is in critical condition, asking for a call back. But it’s go-time for the president, and he puts his phone away, taking up his position as the president is escorted along.

The reception is welcoming, and President Lee obligingly eats the things ajummas shove at him, waving at the cheering citizens. Tae-kyung remains alert and on the job, ignoring the phone buzzing in his pocket. But the more it rings, the more insistent it becomes until it’s all he can hear, the sound drowning out everything else. And perhaps that’s why he doesn’t see the scruffy old man who pushes his way toward the front of the crowd, carrying a large bag.

A note gets passed from one hand to another, and then the old man throws something at the president. Secret Service leaps in to take down the offender while the president—covered in white powder—is rushed away under cover. He doesn’t seem injured, but Tae-kyung is deeply rattled in the aftermath.

His phone buzzes again, and his teammate yells at him for daring to think about something else right now. He snatches the phone away, but relents when he reads the message: “Your father just flatlined.”

At the Blue House, Tae-kyung gets reamed by Security Team Leader Ham, who is not in the least mollified by the fact that the president was attacked by flour, because it could have just as well been a bomb. Same thing goes for the Blue House Chief Secretary SHIN KYU-JIN (Yoon Je-moon), who is furious about the flour-covered president being splashed in all the newspapers.

Team Leader Ham steps in, though, reminding Chief Secretary Shin that the security department opposed today’s outing. He adds that Tae-kyung is the son of the president’s economic advisor who just died, standing up for his subordinate. But it’s Tae-kyung who counters that this was his responsibility that he failed, and he will bear whatever punishment is doled out. Mention of Dad’s death does, however, get Chief Secretary Shin to back off.

Tae-kyung is put on probation and hands in his badge. Team Leader Ham urges him to attend to funeral matters, but ever the dutiful civil servant, Tae-kyung insists on leaving after he’s completed his report.

He only allows himself to cry after he’s left the Blue House, as he sits at a bus stop for a long while, oblivious to his surroundings. It’s a while before he registers anything, as somebody pulls up to the curb in front of him. It’s President Lee, who invites him to ride in his car.

Tae-kyung apologizes to President Lee for his lapse, but is told he did nothing wrong, and that the wrongdoer is someone else. President Lee speaks with a warmth and wisdom that is comforting… sort of. Because while his outer mien is avuncular, he is no teddy bear, and as he drops Tae-kyung off at the hospital, he asks whether Tae-kyung was given Dad’s remaining possessions. So he’s working some ulterior motives despite the kindly exterior.

President Lee asks casually what the items were, though he doesn’t press any further upon hearing that the only things found were car keys, a cell phone, and a wallet.

Tae-kyung receives mourners at his father’s funeral hall, and is approached there by YOON BO-WON (Park Ha-sun), a police officer who is investigating the traffic accident. She asks questions about Dad’s reasons for being in the Cheongju area and has a keenness to her probing that he finds off-putting, until he realizes that she suspects much more than an accident.

Bo-won asks if there was a large white envelope in Dad’s possession when he died, but doesn’t explain why, which certainly does nothing to ease the suspicions she has now roused in Tae-kyung’s mind. He asks why that envelope is important but she doesn’t give him any answers. She only hands him her business card asking him to contact her if he finds out more about his father’s reasons for being in Cheongju.

March 4. 10:13 PM.

It’s two days later, and Tae-kyung comes home thinking of the curious interest in his father’s belongings. He comes to the office, and there’s a mess of paperwork everywhere—the place has been ransacked. He logs on the computer to look at recently opened documents, and finds that file named “Confidential 98.” It’s password-locked so he can’t open it, but he’s able to glean a clue from the metadata: It was last modified at 8:25 pm, just hours ago.

So the intruder was interested in the file. Tae-kyung heads to security to request a look at the CCTV footage from tonight and spots a person of interest hurrying down the hall, then gets a look at the license plate on his car. He tracks that plate to an address, though when he arrives the gate is suspiciously ajar.

He makes his way inside the darkened home, then spots a man is sprawled on the ground, bleeding from a gashed neck. Tae-kyung tries to stanch the wound with one hand and dial emergency with the other, but the dying man gasps out a protest.

He manages a few words: “bodyguard… March 5… president… will die.” With that, he dies.

March 5. 8:05 AM.

With the results of the independent investigation impending, President Lee plans to retire to his villa for a four-day stay. The property is given a thorough sweep and security tightened.

The president has a terse exchange with two of his aides, asking if preparations for “it” are proceeding, and emphasizing that “it” is a matter of huge importance to him: “Move according to my orders.” Shiftier and shiftier.

It isn’t until this morning that Tae-kyung is allowed to leave the crime scene after calling in the murder. He gives the lead detective the relevant details, including the tall young man he saw leaving as he arrived. When asked as to his own presence here, he stretches the truth a bit to say that the victim and his father knew each other.

At the scene of Dad’s car crash, a banner is posted asking for witnesses to the scene to call police. Standing watch over the scene is Officer Bo-won, looking pretty damn determined to get to the bottom of this, although given the context of what we know, she does look a little in over her head in her traffic cop uniform.

We flash back to her memory of the night of the accident, when Bo-won is the one to receive the call and is the first on the scene of the accident. Seeing the mangled car with the victim badly injured inside, she calls for backup and tells Dad that help is on the way. Dad, however, is fixated on the white envelope in the seat next to him. He can’t quite reach and says repeatedly, “Documents… the envelope…”

As she’s urging him not to speak, Dad musters his energy and grabs her hand. “They’ll be after that envelope… It’s important…”

Thus it’s with incredulity that Bo-won later hears that the case was closed as a simple accident. No envelope was listed among his belongings, either. So now she has taken on this case doggedly, intent to pursue it anyway.

A car stops in the road to chat with Bo-won. Inside are the little old ladies who play Go-Stop with her, and they pass along a tip: One of the grannies at the farm down the road saw a car driving by that night. There was a big white truck that zoomed by, and it had some kind of circular shape printed on the back.

On his way inside the Blue House, Tae-kyung is met by LEE CHA-YOUNG (So Yi-hyun), a member of the security office’s planning team who also seems to be quite familiar with him, from the way they speak banmal to each other. She senses that something’s troubling him, and he says that he heard something odd, thinking of the dead man’s last words. Cha-young has heard something strange too, and informs him that the attacker from the other day confessed, and said he was acting under somebody’s orders. He was merely hired for the money.

Thickening that plot, Cha-young explains that they have identified the man who’d given those orders, whose true goal was to get close to the president. This was just a disguise enabling him access—and a flashback to the moment of the flour bomb hones in on the note that was passed while everyone was distracted. Ah, it had been pressed into the president’s hand by a man in the crowd.

Cha-young shows Tae-kyung the footage of the incident and points out the face of the mastermind, barely visible behind a bodyguard. They don’t have any leads on the motive, and will have to investigate further, she concludes.

But Tae-kyung freezes, instantly recognizing that face. He has a name to go with it: Yang Dae-ho—a colonel at Army Headquarters. Aka the dead man in the house, who’d warned him that the president would be killed today.

Cha-young shows him the note that was passed, which bears a message that sounds meaningless. Something about it niggles at Tae-kyung, who examines the note for something else. On the back he sees a calculation: 1250 + 2005 = 1007. Well, that’s clearly not math.

Hit with an idea, Tae-kyung rifles through his notes, checking the numbers against the code words his team had used during the operation. And wouldn’t you know it: The numbers match to read “Event location… planned… assassination.”

So, the colonel attempted to warn the president of an assassination attempt and went to rather extreme lengths to slip him the message, then was killed. Now the pressing question: Who is attempting the assassination?

Cha-young is a step behind Tae-kyung in believing the theory, but he realizes there’s no time to waste—he has to go to the villa directly and report what he knows.

Out in the road directing traffic that night, Bo-won’s patrol car almost gets hit by a truck. It’s a familiar-looking white truck, its front bumper dented by a collision. She gets out to speak with the driver, whose face is obscured by his hat, though we can see that he’s a young, probably tall man. She seems to get a sense that something’s up but there’s no glaring reason for her to suspect him, so she lets him go with a warning to drive safely.

As the driver rolls his window back up, the man seated next to him pockets the gun he’d had ready. In English, the companion tells him (in amazingly bad acting, wow) that the scheduled time is 8 PM.

It’s only as the truck drives off that Bo-won notices the insignia on the back of the truck, vaguely round like the grandma said. Spidey sense tingling, Bo-won gets in her car and takes off after it.

Down the road in a secluded area, Bo-won comes upon the truck and approaches slowly, gun drawn. It’s empty, so she looks around for signs of any suspicious activity. Nearby, something catches her eye—something to do with the large utility boxes erected there. She approaches and starts climbing the tower of utility cables and boxes, which has Bad Idea written all over it.

Tae-kyung drives down to the villa and rushes to the gate, where he is blocked from entry. He identifies himself and asks to see his boss, but unfortunately for him, he doesn’t have his badge and they won’t let him in without it. All he can do is yell insistently that he must see the security chief urgently.

Near the top of the climb, Bo-won takes out her flashlight to examine the oblong metal object that looks like it’s been bolted onto it. The ticking metal object, which is counting down with 54 seconds left on the clock.

It takes her a while to see the numbers, though, and her eyes widen when she realizes she’s got five seconds left to boomtown. The clock hits zero.

An electric charge runs through the metal bolt she’s hanging on to and she goes flying off the tower, about a twenty- or thirty-foot drop to the ground. Even as she’s falling, she manages the thought, “It isn’t a bomb?”

Then a massive blue light beams out from the box like a sonic cloud, and the caption tells us: March 4. 8:00 PM.

At once, every single light in the area cuts out. The entire town goes black, including the presidential villa. That includes the walkie-talkies, which cut out mid-emergency warning, and the whole premises launches into panic mode.

That gives our evildoers the opening to slip inside the impotent gates. In foreboding, Tae-kyung says to himself, “No!”

And then, a gunshot. Two. Three.

 
COMMENTS

Ah, thankfully this episode goes out with a much bigger punch (or boom) than we started on, which is encouraging. As I started watching this premiere, I was far from impressed. I found the initial setup slow, emphasizing all the wrong things and cluttered with more flash than substance in a way that bored me. Everything looked cool and cinematic, but I found myself antsy to get to the real story, and to reasons to care about the story. Instead, we had to sit through shadowy conversations and big moments that were directed to Feel Big, but as we hadn’t yet been given reasons to care, they did not feel big.

In the lead-up to the show’s premiere, there were articles wondering whether Three Days would be able to make good on its extensive budget, as these high-budget blockbuster dramas have often failed, or at least fallen deeply short of expectations. Why do high budget productions fail? the media wonders so innocently, like it’s a mystery of the universe that cannot be understood.

Except that it can be understood. It’s not big budgets that fail—it’s dramas without good stories that fail, or without good abilities to get out the storytelling in a compelling fashion. And the truth of the matter is that high-budget productions often use their flashy tricks as crutches—as substitute for a solid plot progression. Me, I want a story first and foremost.

So I did find the first half of the episode to be frustrating; I was tapping my foot impatiently and willing it to move faster, instead of lingering on cool shots. I’mma be honest, I don’t think this director is quite up to making this show the “Korean 24” as it is touted, because for one, the time mechanism could be done away entirely, and secondly, he could take a few lessons on effective split-screening from the Nine and Queen In-hyun’s Man director.

Once Tae-kyung met Bo-won, I felt things picking up significantly, and that wasn’t so much because I like the two actors but because that’s when Tae-kyung clues into the conspiracy and takes active interest in this investigation. And so far, Tae-kyung is really the emotional crux of this show (the other characters don’t make much of an impression yet, though it’s admittedly early days) so we really, really need him taking an active role here.

I do love the idea of him being a deeply principled bodyguard, to the detriment of his personal relationships—the perfect robotic subordinate. And it appears Tae-kyung is his own harshest critic, not willing to cut himself any slack. So it’s compelling to have him fail at his job early on, to set him up to be the persistent investigator in finding the president now. Partly because he’s the consummate professional, but also partly in penance. It’s a rich and intriguing character, and I’m hoping Yoochun takes it to complex emotional places.

I do also find a thread of interest in Bo-won, because she’s such a small-time cop and she’s getting herself into something that’s so much bigger than her, but she approaches it with a gusto that I find appealing. She’s every bit as dogged as Tae-kyung, but not in the same way; she’s optimistic and plucky, while he’s repressed and resigned. I look forward to seeing their dynamic develop.

So no, the premiere did not win me over immediately, and I’m not completely sure I’m going to fall in love with this show. More than anything I worry about the writer, whose previous dramas I haven’t been drawn to (Ghost, Sign). But the show does have an epic bombast to it that could be really interesting—it has the money to make it feel grandiose and presidential, rather than dinky or campy. And Sohn Hyun-joo is the perfect guy to cast as the is-he-or-isn’t-he-shady president, capable of being simultaneously inviting and chilling. Let’s hope for good things, ’cause if I get stuck with a dud, I’m gonna be a pretty big crankypants.

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WOW!!! I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this ep., however I am nicely surprised! Maybe that’s one of the good things about going into a drama with an open mind. I really liked the pace of the drama, which is fast and no surprise, since it is an action and thriller drama (among its many descriptions). It was nice for me to see some of the older actors in their roles here, maybe because I tend to remember them in their previous roles for a long time (Yoon Je Moon, Jang Hyun Sung, and the actor who was in Dream High, mainly). I also love Son Hyun Joo, and I would watch him in anything.

This drama has been compared to a Korean version of the US show “24,” and it will be interesting to see how it holds up. I have not seen a drama by this writer, though I have read really good reviews about Ghost/Phantom and Sign. I really loved that I was sucked in from the beginning, because I have been wanting to be sucked into a drama for a long time. I guess I just had to wait. I was talking back to the computer screen, and I was talking back to some of the characters (always a sign that one is engaged, right?)

I was thinking of just checking this drama (the first couple of ep.), and now I wonder if I might have to watch it to the end. PYC looks great here, and I really love that he was cast for this project. That blue coloring (I don’t know how to call it) that they are using for the drama, puts me a little more on the edge, I am not sure why. I do like it though. I felt really sad, when Han Tae Kyung lost his dad, got the message, and yet had to (somehow) stay focused on the job. I loved that I could feel his anxiety (when his dad was at the hospital) and then his sadness when his dad died, and he received the message (well done, PYC). I am looking forward to what ep. 2 has in store for us.

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Thank you for the recap, JB! I loved seeing PYC being intense.

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You're such a popular figure here in dramabeans

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Maybe a little infamous haha

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Hi AJ~ Unfortunately...

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Hello Daniella~

Did you by any chance comment on the The King 2 Hearts recaps? I am curious, because I remember a beanie with your screen name who used to comment on that drama's recap. We had some lovely conversations in those days, some about Eun Shi-kyung. If that's you, nice to "read" from you. If not, just ignore the fact that I mentioned that, and it is still nice to "read" from you.

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Oh and sorry Daniella~
I actually meant to ask you what you thought of the 1st ep? Anything that stood out to you, that you liked, disliked?

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Please get your own blog. Do you know the expression more is less? Skipping your comments now.

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Sorry to butt in. First and last comment on that!

I'm sometimes tired of Ivorie's comments, too. And yes, then I scroll down past her comments (even though, I like her comments, for me they're often to long immediately after the recap).

BUT you don't have t o be mean and she is free to comment like javabeans said.

Isn't everthing else said on that issue here:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2014/03/i-need-romance-3-episode-16-final/ ?!!
Please, don't start the discussion again.

In addition, she has improved a lot. No catalog of question and only three paragarphs. Short & sweet, as requested from other beanes. I would like to encourge her on this and give her a thump up

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Lol I'm watching this now .... goshby is there soo many good show on Wed -Thurs night I can't deal Yoochun KSH and JW really seriously I'm supposed to choose ????? my work is never done

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This drama and its main actor were a trending topic in Twitter Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, yay for more Girl Power in Korea, as this time slot with hit Dramas have been dominated by female writers :)

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this drama actually received so many buzz in korea. this drama top real time search in naver for the whole hour and get around 1200 comment in just 1 hour. it's on the news.
the internet viewers in tudou (who bought the copyrights of this drama in china) reach 520.000 viewer for the 1st ep.

that's something great ^^

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WOW! Thanks for that info...

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Sorry for out of topic, but I want to thank JB for the song, thank you unni. (Fangirling mode on)

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You've practically said everything i wanted to say.

"’cause if I get stuck with a dud, I’m gonna be a pretty big crankypants."

Atleast you'll have headsno2 and the rest of her prayer circle with you, heh.

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Man, Heads must be the president of that society/prayer circle. I don't know how she chooses ones that end up as duds even when they seem to start off promising. Of course, it's not her fault and I applaud her for marching head on through them regardless. Poor gal...

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Ahh, Heads have been jinified 2 years ago, that's why she's able to do a jin*.. ^^

* do a jin: do an impossible feat - based on DB new dictionary. (http://www.dramabeans.com/2012/07/dr-jin-episode-18/)

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New vocabulary! A teacher told me that if you use a new vocabulary word 17 times, you commit it to long term memory. If we use "do a jin" in our daily lives, beyond DB, someday it might spread into general usage.

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I didn't expect dramabeans to recap this drama, so I'm really greateful^^

I'm still confused too, I will watch it for Yoochun anyway, but I'm still not sure if it will be really good.

I like Park Ha Sun here a lot though^^

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I see the YFAS's finale has leveled the playing field quite considerably since all 3 shows i'd say are neck in neck, neither one that far apart from one another.
Three Days' pilot episode didn't do so well hooking the average viewer (well, me, anywho) and that's usually the big factor in whether or not one chooses to stick with the currently AoF which is past its midway point, or tune into a new show. AoF increased 2.3%. It seems 3 days needs to pump up the pacing so more can tune in. I think the writer has a good story to tell it'd be a shame for it to be all style and barely substance. Slow footing but it's still possible to amp up the pacing in the coming episodes.
That cliffhanger saved this episode for me, though.

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Hi ilikemangos,

This, I agree with "I think the writer has a good story to tell. It’d be a shame for it to be all style and barely substance." It is one of my concerns for the show as well. Hopefully, it won't be all style and barely substance (though I must say that I like the style, so far).

"Slow footing" however... You felt that this ep. was slow? Really? Where? Why? (I am just asking so I can see what you saw, or see this ep. through your eyes, really). It makes me wonder if I would be able to follow an ep. or a show if it were done in your idea of faster pace (I am only half joking, I do wonder...).

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I wasn't that impressed either. I watched God's Gift, then this one, and I must say, I was more hooked with God's Gift that 3Days. I'll still give it a chance. It is, after all, just the first episode.

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I wasn't that impressed either. I was watching God's Gift, then this one, and I must say, I was more hooked on God's Gift than 3Days. God's Gift felt more like a thriller than what the first ep of 3Days was. I'll still give it a chance. It is just the first episode anyway.

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I want to watch this.. Seriously, i've been waiting for Yuchun's new drama for ages.. But, I can't move on from YWCFTS!! Aaahhh.. Its painful, expecting to see DMJ-CSY every wednesday night, only to realize that it has ended and another drama is showing >_<. I can't commit to other dramas yet.. I'm sawwry Yuchun :(

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the rating is quite low consider three days take a batton from YWCFTS from 28% to 11.9? at this point i think CSL also have more chance to lead the rating. three days premise so heavy and i think all big budget drama always failed. the problem is if you don't follow from the start you will lost.

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the rating is quite low consider three days take a batton from YWCFTS from 28% to 11.9?

It is? I thought it was okay. 28% these days is nothing to laugh about and can probably be labelled as the exception, with people probably making sure to reach home early enough to watch it live. With it over, I don't expect people rushing home to watch the next unrelated drama, which naturally results in lower ratings. I'd say that 11.9% as a premiere is about average. Or am I just expecting too little from drama watchers these days?

If the ratings were less than 10%, I'd call it a bad start, but not 11.9%.

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The 11.9% start is not bad at all. Any show nowadays that pulls in double digit ratings in its premiere (let alone maintains double digit ratings throughout its run) is considered a success. Mid-teens is a good place to be..20% is a hit.
These days there are tons of shows barely making the 10% mark -- esp. when you have hit shows that smash its competitors(YFAS/Empress Ki). YFAS is over so i think at this point ratings are up for grabs. As of mondays and tuesdays.. Sadly, full sun and 14 days (both decent offerings) end up pulling in less than 10%..Full sun in particular is settling in the 3% range.
Its rare for premieres to make the 10% mark for standard k-dramas, nowadays. Unless you've got big names attached, you really need a story with a hook.

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i agree. besides, high drama ratings do not always translate to high profitability. i mean, sure moon embracing the sun had more viewership than arang and the magistrate. but between the two, the latter was more profitable. japan bought it at a much higher price. and three days was already bought by a chinese online video site for a whopping sum.

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You can't compare 28% with 11.9% at this stage coz 28% is like the finale of YFAS and usually dramas start at pretty average ratings and very very few starts off with >20%.

I have to agree that beginning part was a little slow and later on the pace was much better.

I am still not loving PHS as an actress but she looks ordinary here, which is good for her role as a small time cop. Was also especially >_< by the blood flowing out from the neck scene where Tae Kyung found the dying man.

Yoochun is great here, with his subtleness in every emotion he felt. A lot of actors tend to over-act especially at the beginning of a series but Yoochun show restraint. I like that.

Storyline...... Not sure how the 3 days concept is going to play out eventually, coz although the time flash was here and there, I still can't see why time is so important....

Anyway, while YFAS was considered a huge hit with the 20%+ rating, I also have friends who find the fantasy concept familiar and old. If not for the 2 main leads (and my fav Park Hae Jin), I doubt this drama will get the attention it got anyway. So talking about storyline, I disagree that 3 days is less interesting. I actually find it very intriguing except I don't know how this time-factor will play out later.

All in all, good start!

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I'm not sure lead in matters. People weren't watching the drama before it because of the channel, but because of the drama itself. Double digits and nearly 12% for episode one is pretty dang good imo. YFAS is the exception, not the rule. Three Days did better than Heirs for the first episode (11.6% and then 10.5 for episode 2). That drama stayed in the mid to low teens when Secret was going on.

Honestly it annoys me when one drama gets all the ratings while the other two gets nothing. A level playing field is nice. I'm very happy Lee Min Jung's drama is doing well though. A romcom with decent ratings finally and she needed the good ratings after her last two dramas.

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we all do love YWCFTS But you need to be fair here. YWCFTS first episode rating was 15% so 3 Days is not that far. and don't compare between romantic and cute drama and action Thriller one.

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Okay here is the ratings of Three Days!
AGB Nielsen: Nationwide - 11.9% | Seoul - 12.5%
TNmS Media: Nationwide - 12.8% | Seoul - 16.4%

This are already high for a pilot episode! YWCFTS reach 28% in their finale episode. They also only have 15.5% rating in their first epi and to think this is Kim Soo Hyun & Jun Ji Hyun's comeback after 14 long years. They also replace Heirs who have 25.6% & 28.6% for it's finale. Even Heirs who has so many big names & hallyu stars and even have a top writer only get 9.9% & 11.6% for it's first episode (and that is lower than Three Days ratings) and they are also Master Sun successor. See every drama normally start at a single digit rating, it is already good if they start at double digit. Let's wait for the upcoming episodes to see if they'll be able to go higher.

And Three Days got 36% in online ratings which means that most people in Korea watch the first episode of Three Days online. They are probably out of the house or for example the university students who doesn't have TV in their dorms so they uses their phones, ipad or laptop to watch instead.

They even have more than 500,000 viewers in Tudou (Chinese site who have bought Three Days copyright) in their first episode which will surely grow as the drama progress.

So they actually have a really good pilot!!

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the 1st half a bit slow but after htq meet bw the pace quite fast..the drama interesting..did the murderer of president have been plan since 16 years before??? omggg!! and i dont think president is that good.. maybe he is the evil..he can be the reason htq father been killed..maybe..

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I think I'm going to hook on 3 Days!
My heart skipped a beat while watching this!
I'm glad I'm not having YWCFTS's withdrawal syndrome even though I love that show to bits!
I love how they develop the mood from slow to suspense..
The bus stop crying scene really broke my heart!! That manly cries is so manly! ㅠㅠㅠㅠ
PHS is so sweet yet so brave..you girl, how dare u climb that?

I bet it will be more suspense thriller for tonight's episode..
can't wait to see more!

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Yes, we're awash in premieres and I just wanna say a big THANK YOU to you and GF for putting yourselves through the grueling process of auditioning and training new minions so that you can provide us with even more recaps. Dramaland's expansion has been great for us but stressful for you, and I feel so grateful that you were willing to endure such challenging growing pains. And many thanks to the minions, too~ DB certainly wouldn't be as awesome as it is without you. We are lucky Beanies!

Off to watch Three Days...

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Wow, I completely forgot this was premiering today! Guess I've been really busy because I was definitely looking forward to it.

Not gonna lie, I'm really shocked the ratings ended up being so low. Not just considering it's the follow up to stars but also since its one of the most awaited dramas this year. It can definitely rise from here, but the competition should be interesting. As for the episode, I'm yet to see it, but I'm putting off a lot of my expectations. From the sounds of it, it didn't seem fantastic.

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most awaited dramas this year.

It was??? I never got that impression though.

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Not sure how much internationally, since I didn't quite follow the drama's news, but domestically - absolutely. Since it was announced, it trended very often on Daum/Naver, etc. Obviously, we can account that to the off-screen drama, but even after that, this drama was quite the buzz with the huge budgeting and commendable cast.

So yea... it was one of the most awaited dramas IMO, of the ones already announced.

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Well, Sly and Single Again has also just begun airing and it makes sense that viewers who just watched YFAS would want another rom-com over this. Then again, it's also possible that they'd want something different so I don't know. Also Age of Feeling has had more time to gather fans. I actually don't think these ratings are that low considering the other dramas airing all offer something different and are all fairly solid in what the offer audiences.

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Will be sure to watch this later today, I have a good feeling about this drama :)

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I also really like the heroin..she not weak..how the hell she brave enough to climb that electric poll..ommooo....hope she will safely land...n i think HTK can match either the heroin and 2nd woman..both show chemistery with the lead..i think im hook with this premis..

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Lela, please . . . it's "heroine", not "heroin."

"Heroin" is a very nasty barbituate drug. Although, you can easily get hooked on it.

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Yeah, this episode wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. I agree that it did get better by the middle of the episode, but it derailed during the last fifteen minutes. There was a ridiculous level of stupidity going on, as the main characters apparently lost a couple dozen IQ points. It frustrated me so much that I honestly *need* to rant about the sudden onslaught of incompetence. Let me list the ways:

1) Cha-young being unable to wrap her head around someone wanting to assassinate the president. Crazy high 80% approval ratings don't matter - there'll be assassination attempts purely by dint of the fact that he's the PRESIDENT.

2) Tae-kyung needing to read the codes off a piece of paper - not having memorised them - to decode the message. Elite special agent, my foot. I felt like McGonagall berating Neville.

3) But that's okay, because none of the other elite agents even recognised their own code.

4) Tae-kyung choosing not to utilise the technological wonder that is the mobile phone not once, but twice. He could have called instead of driving all the way there - what could he have done there anyway? The place was swarming with equally (in)competent agents, who could have jumped into action after he tipped them off - and once he had driven there, he could have called the boss to verify his identity.

4) Bo-won climbing that utility pole.

Oh, and the music got downright distracting at points.

*deep breath* I just needed to get that off my chest. Despite all my moaning, I will be keeping an eye out for this drama. There is definitely a case for optimism here: primarily the pleasingly ambiguous Sohn Hyun-joo, but I also enjoyed seeing two big bads of other dramas ('Vampire Prosecutor' and 'King2Hearts') square off against each other. In fact, the casting is pretty great - I am admittedly a bit iffy on So Yi-hyun, but she's perfectly serviceable. And the premise is fantastic, so I'm hopeful that things will pick up in a big way once the main plot is underway.

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LOL. I love your comment and i can't get over your name either.

When she said "who would ever want to kill our president?!"
I looked at her like, really? The fact that hes still breathing is a threat to his life.

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Haha, thanks. It's my little way of mourning the hole in my heart/drama schedule left by 'You From Another Star'.

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LOL! You're soo good! So true, all your insights. You put into words so much of what I was thinking. Thanks.

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I didn't get as worked up over all of your points, but I was also floored by the person tasked with protecting the president seeming shocked that someone might want to assassinate him. Um ... isn't it your entire job to try to stop just that possibility because you all know it's a very real threat?

The phone thing REALLY bothered me. Some military bigwig has just been murdered and in his last breath says the president is going to be assassinated the next day and Tae-kyung doesn't immediately call it in to his own security colleagues? He's not some random civilian who wouldn't know how or who to contact when hearing something like that. Instead he waits overnight at the house before doing anything, then takes some time to help investigate the flour throwing incident, and when he sees some connections takes even more time to drive over to where the president is staying, without calling anyone and thinking that without a badge or ID the soldiers will just happily let him saunter in. WTF?!?

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hmmm... i think you're completely misunderstanding the point of this drama. what IQ are you talking about? even in real life, high IQ people tend to make the wrong decisions. this drama's just trying to mimic reality as much as possible. if everything's too perfect, then what's the point of making a drama anyway? this is not a rom-com so obviously, the mistakes and the eventual redemption of the hero/heroine add to the overall thrill. i guess the thriller genre is simply not your thing.

there have been 2 episodes thus far so it's too early to conclude. i mean, it's a drama written by a person (who thinks differently from you, btw) so the least you could do as a viewer is to let go of your prejudices or preconceived notions. if you're this affected, it only means the drama has gotten to you - is clearly working on you.

anyway, you'll enjoy it better if you separate your personal standards and emotions from the drama's plot and the PD's intention. :)

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Hi IMO. With the greatest respect, I think your response is a misrepresentation of my comment so I would like to clarify a few things with you.

I have no problems with mistakes. Naturally, in the heat of the moment, human error may result in wrong decisions. Of course characters can make them, and let episodes of delicious angst ensue. Notice how I did not include Tae-kyung's oversight of the flour bomber, an example of that type of mistake.

However, I do not think that the blunders I listed can be characterised as such mistakes. Is it possible to be so flustered that you forget that the entire purpose of your job is to protect the president? Can you be so stressed that you forget mobile communication exists? Are you so curious that you decide to climb a utility pole (which can be fatal even without being tampered with)? And to do so not only without backup, but without even reporting it?

Since it is unlikely that a person would have made such blunders, it seems to be more the fault of the writer rather than the character. That is why I was so frustrated, and that is why I felt the need to point them out.

As for your more personal remarks, I adore a good thriller. Right now, I am hooked on 'God's Days' - a fact that can be easily proven by my lengthy speculative comments on the 'God's Days' recaps. What I have a problem with is flawed writing. If, as you state, the drama is 'just trying to mimic reality as much as possible', then I am perfectly entitled to be annoyed by lapses from reality. For instance, the points on my list. I do not believe that my response to the drama was intended by the writer. If I were irritated by a novel's plot holes and grammatical errors, that does not mean that the novel 'has gotten to [me]', or that it is 'clearly working on [me]'.

I fail to recognize how my original comment somehow resulted from my 'prejudices or preconceived notions'. I would be grateful if you could point out how it did so.

Regarding your last sentence: there is nothing wrong with watching a drama that way. In fact, that's how I'm watching 'Sly and Single Again' - it's cute and fluffy, so I switch my brain off and giggle at the pretty. However, like you say, rom-coms are different to thrillers. I personally enjoy thrillers more when I am fully engaged in the plot. I want to give my brain a workout, rather than consuming the drama mindlessly. I think that is also likely to be the PD's intention: to have viewers glued to the screen, hypothesising about every twist and turn and speculating about the drama after the episode ends. Nevertheless, we are free to agree to disagree.

My comment about IQ points seems to have offended you in some way. It was merely a figure of speech.

Finally, I would like you to re-read my last paragraph. I noted that the drama's main plot had not yet gotten underway, so I was optimistic for its future developments. I did not make any conclusive statements on the quality of the drama as a whole; I agree that 'it's too early to conclude' in such a way. If you re-read my whole comment, my criticism was targeted at the episode. This was made clear by my very first sentence.

NB: If you really want to press your argument, I reluctantly concede that my points 3) and 4), regarding the agents' secret code, may be categorized as human error. However, I contend that to forget or, worse yet, fail to recognize something which is so integral to your work is a mistake of...

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However, I contend that to forget or, worse yet, fail to recognize something which is so integral to your work is a mistake of ridiculous and unrealistic magnitude. That this blunder was also committed by multiple characters, since none of the agents prior to Tae-kyung recognised it, compounds the problem. Therefore, in my opinion, those points deserved a place on my list. :)

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I love it.

Agents.
Good looking agents.
Good looking agents with good hair.

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So shallow, lol.

*amused smile and a slight shake of my head*

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So is Park Ha Sun dead already? It may have been just an EMP instead of a regular bomb but she still fell 20/30 feet and possibly shocked, that's enough to kill.

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Honestly, I think I made the mistake of watching this after 14 Days. it's hard to be impressed by any other drama aftee that epic high.

I did find the episode interesting and the ending is also where my interest was peaked. I hope episode 2 ups the pace. But seriously though, I shouldn't have watched this while my mind was so preoccupied with another show. Sorry Yoochun.

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Hello Arhazivory,
Is 14 days that good? I was not thinking of checking it, but your comment had me thinking...

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It is so damn good. The writing, acting and directing are all on another level compared to 'Three Days' - Lee Bo-young in particular is proving that she earned her Daesang.

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Hello Baek Song-yi~

You don't say! WOW, that good huh? Thank you for letting me know, because I was not going to watch it. Now I am curious about it, enough to want to check it out. I am really glad for Lee Bo-young, that she is continuing to do well.

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Hm I'm definitely not sure how I feel about this yet. I can't help but compare it to Two Weeks even if the stories are still very different. That drama had it's own flaws, but it was DAMN good at making us care...about every SINGLE character within the first two episodes. So while I'm interested, I'm still not quite invested. I'll see how I feel about the next episode and then decide. I still adore both Yoochun and Park Ha Sun and of course, Sohn Hyun-Joo.

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Aside from making us care, 2 weeks also jumped right into its story, not wasting time.
Between this and 14 days, i'll have to give the 14 days the edge. Of course, this is still the beginning.. so i will eat my words if the 2nd episode is fantastic.

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I just realized i was talking about 2 different shows but with the same title-ish.
Gods gift- 14 days i mean. ahaha

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Aie guyyyys can we please not refer to God's Gift as 14 Days? Because 3 Days, 14 Days, 2 Weeks, my numbers-challenged brain just cannot handle it...

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JB, you need a vacation to a warm tropical island. Take the rest of the minions with ya, too.

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Seems there are more and more people suffering numerophobia these days.. ^^

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I am fine with the pacing so far. The first episode is the set-up, and it appears that things will pick up dramatically in the second episode.

Actually, I had a good time enjoying all the snazzy cinematography even though this ain't no 24.

My only complaint is the scoring of some of the president's scenes. All that grand and patriotic music gives me the heebie-jeebies.

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I love the theme song! (though I have to admit, it feels like I've heard it somewhere before)

Not sure if I will pick up this show though. Political thrillers are n't usually my cup of tea unless they have a really tight story, so I think I'll wait a couple of weeks and see how the reviews go.

Ugh.. YFAS withdrawal pangs.

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Thanks for the recap, JB!

I plan to stick with this drama for awhile, until ep 4 or 5 perhaps before deciding to continue or drop. But, man, what a wonderful casts they have here.. All the senior actors are superb, as they normally do. Hope Micky, PSH and SYH could shine among this wonderful casts as well..

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Oooh thank you for the recap Javabeans! I am still contemplating to watch this drama or not... I'll wait until a few episodes and then we'll see. :)

In terms of ratings, I think this show might possibly get to the No.1 spot in its time slot. Remember Heirs when it premiered? It was in second place too... So hang in there, Show.

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11.9% rating for first episode is quite good actually.

Plus, I always told myself, you can never go wrong with Son Hyun Joo.

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According to incomplete statistics, the number of Tudou’s online users watching Three Days first episode was more than 520,000.(it may be more when completed)
On SNS, the number of discussion on #exclusive broadcast of Three Days# on Sina Weibo is more than 5 million times, the trending is at the top among Sina Weibo series dramas.
Tudou will continue to livebroadcast Three Days.

Actually I love the pace of this episode. It may take longer to understand the plot if you had miss the pre release short documentary on how to enjoy 3 day 300% before the actual screening. It is widely available with eng subs

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imo it's just static online. what important in kdrama land is domestic rating. three days is one of example overhype drama.

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then lets wait for 2-3 more ep if its an overhype drama or not ^^
we can't judge if its just 1 epi only

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Don't agree with this. Of coz domestic is one market, but what's more IMPORTANT is how the drama sells especially to markets overseas like China, Japan etc. With all these great veteran actors and an aspiring young talented actor, including good scriptwriter and production team, let's give it a chance.

I highly doubt you can term this is overhyped. In fact, overhyped will be those dramas with pretty faces who can't act for nuts.

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it's better doing well in domestic market than i-market. yc still can't draw knetz to watch his drama.

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@gini,

11.9 % is decent for a 1st episode. The current leader was having a pathetic SINGLE digit rating since its debut until now!
By the way, why must you SINGLE OUT Yuchun of all actors? I am getting suspicious that you are the f2 or eny who is always around whenever YC is acting. Give him a break will you? You're FOUND OUT!
Yuchun's fans dont do that to the other actors I am sure of that.

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@Jen.

Agree. You can flop in korea but be popular worldwide.
You're beautiful, for example, averaged 10.1% and ended on 11.9% and yet that project is a HALLYU hit. They made lots of money off of that show.
This doesn't particularly apply to 3 days, but there are examples of projects not clicking with the domestic audience but doing so well internationally that it sells. it all comes down to $$. And popularity. Man, that show catapulted so many stars.

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@ilikemangos

Agree, especially on the Your're Beautiful being popular overseas rather than domestic. Although one of the main reasons was due to the unpopularity of JGS in Korea but still it is a huge hit especially in Asia. (many reasons including the OST, premise of the drama, other leads like Lee Hong Ki & Jung Yong Hwa)

Nowadays, a lot of productions aim at global markets (including giant mass China). Yuchun is so humungously popular now in China (after Rooftop Prince) that 3Days has been sold for the highest price EVER in Korean drama history, even much more than YFAS. If I'm the production company, I'd rather spend time and money making a drama that can sell $$ rather than make one only aiming at domestic market.

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I read today that Youku paid a record USD12000 per episode for 3 Days. It's several times more than what they paid for YFAS. That's just Youku. There are others.

Also read that KSH signed a contract before YFAS aired to hold a fan meeting in Shanghai, for 600,000RMB. But after the show finished its run, the company that held that contract was able to sell it to another for profit; it was repeated several times, until that contract was sold for 6 million RMB, 10 times the original! That's just for 1 appearance at 1 fan-meet.

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Yeah. 3 days has dethroned YFAS in terms of the most $$ china's willing to pay per episode for a korean show.
I wonder if part of that has to do with the sudden revival of the hallyu wave due to YFAS and a reformed interest in korean televison. Now, we know that YFAS is not the most slick korean show produced, but the beautiful visuals and unique storyline have gotten the chinese audience in awe. YFAS is EVERYWHERE in china -- newspapers, news..My friends over in china told me that every person knows of YFAS regardless of whether or not you watched the show. Teachers discuss YFAS in class, there was a test question YFAS-related(speculating the ending, lol) on an exam. The media tries to get their hands on everything YFAS related -- even if it means digging up the actor's own personal lives -- like JJH's husband.
Point is -- i feel like the high demand and $$ they're willing to pay has to do with the wave of k-dramas that have REALLY blown up in china -- heirs, and more importantly, YFAS.

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Here's hoping this and God's Gift (in deference to our fearless, numerically-challenged leader) both do well!

I liked 2 Weeks, and I hope to see more in that genre.

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i'm just reading the comments and skipping the recap--which is a first since i rarely read comments--i tend to get more attached to the recaps than the actual show itself lol!

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I love epi 1, it's pretty slow but not draggy and love how they introduced one by one of the characters in this show..
For me it's a cool drama! a bit melo but intense! Tonight I think we can have more especially for the stunt or fighting scenes..Good luck 3 days! Please please please be good ;)

Yoochun, this dude! That silent tears! I know he is one of the best! well done!

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Thank you for the recap JB.

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Agree with those who said ep 1 was slow I was a bit bored maybe with sub it will be better, and YC need to lose a bit of weight, he looks diferent from rtp days.

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Thank you for the recap JB. ^^

Epi 1 is a bit slow but I still liked it, and I am pretty sure tonight's epi has more to offer than epi 1. The show has talented actors and I'm hoping for good scenarios. And I missed YC on my screen. ^^ ~ I'm fine with the rating since it's just started.

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javabeans ~

Thanks for the recap, it cleared up a few things that I wasn't clear on watching the show.

I want to like the show, (Park Ha Sun, yay), the directing, editing, script all need some work.

Dying dad uses last breath to say , "documents, important, etc", Pretty Traffic Cop doesn't seem to worry about them until after the fact, then plays Sherlock Holmes because it's a mystery when Big White Envelope disappears. D'oh !

Granted the car was pretty banged up, but I'm thinking that a more in depth investigation would have shown damage to the back of the car where the White Truck of Doom crashed in to it. A crash of this nature would/should be investigated by a competent Fatal Accident Investigation Team.

Dying Dad was a economic advisor to the president, a somewhat important person, maybe, kind of, sort of ? It was convenient /suspicious that the car was scrapped right away in accordance with the family's wishes ? Really? That would mean the agent or his mother, right? Something fishy about that.

Oh, and Pretty Traffic Cop's coworker seemed suspicious too, he didn't know anything about the Big White Document Envelope she inquired about.

I want to like Pretty Traffic Cop, however, her actions or inaction involving the White Truck of Doom. The truck almost smashes into her, she doesn't radio in her location or do a check on such vehicle, finds said truck abandoned , still doesn't sound the alarm, and then climbs up a utility pole, ('cause that what traffic cops do when there's a mystery at hand).

I'm hoping it will get better. Big budgets are fine, big name actors are fine, but if the script is two bit, then we have problems.

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This one needs to improve a lot to win me over actually... The first episode was pretty slow and ... well after watching God's Gift first it was a big disappointment.

God's Gift has gorgeous cinematography (seriously half the time I was thinking I am watching a movie not a drama!), great actors (LBY killed it when she was asking the kidnapper to let her daughter go *sniff*) and a compelling story.

Three Days lacks in being compelling right from the start and I was pretty bored most of the time :( I hope that with episode 2 everything will get better because otherwise it means 'Bye Bye drama'^^

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i think God's Gift has an entirely different ring to it so making comparisons when you haven't even seen the whole thing is too premature. and i think watching 2 dramas at the same time is not healthy. you tend to be biased. you'll always be biased with the first drama you watched.

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I know that GG is different and maybe the comparison is wrong BUT even without GG the first episode of TD just didn't convince me and I had to actually tell myself to focus so that I won't miss anything. The first episode of TD was just a bit boring for me.

But after episode 2 I am definitely hooked now that we get more insight into the whole story and well... since the GAME IS ON =)

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May I say the scene with all that ahjumma food totally makes me want to go to Soeul to eat street food.

Also gotta say that although the show is slick, I'm already not liking all the piling on of coincidences. Why is president NOT picking up calls and NOT meeting hero's father AND meeting mysterious friend all at the same time? Why does hero arrive JUST as ahjussi is dying? Coincidences like that make me feel as if the suspense won't be organically earned. Yep, i know all stories are manipulation but too much coincidence kills the sense of "reality" for me.

That said, I'm liking it and will probably continue watching.

Thanks so much for the recap.

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I was wondering why on earth they were being so hard on the hero when CLEARLY there was NOT ENOUGH security surrounding the president if you compare that to the ratio of people that bombarded them on the streets. By all means, if it must be done to feel closer to the people.. But TBH i was just waiting for someone to feed the president some poisonous street food, or stab him from behind, the side, the front. The way he was crowded -- i mean, several people could have teamed up and taken him down.
In that kind of environment you can't expect to put all the blame solely on one person. but what can we do? That's how society works.

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I was really looking forward to this show, because the trailers and posters were so cool. That being said, this first episode was really lacking. Not sure why, maybe it's the directing, the writing or something else. But I wanted to like it more than I did. The dates and times were kind of annoying, too. And a little confusing. When Bo-won gets electrocuted is it the day before the President gets kidnapped?

Speaking of the President, he's a really interesting guy. He obviously had something to do with that 1998 business the man at the beginning was typing up. Tae-kyung's father was probably going to warn him that someone found out about the disk. And I'm also convinced that the baddies are some how connected to those events. Like, maybe their relatives were some of the victims. Like a father or mother. And maybe this whole presidential kidnapping is just a way for the president to gain support so he can get a not guilty verdict. I don't know. I am intrigued by the overall story, even though this first episode kind of...sucked.

Thanks for the recap, JB!

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I agree that the ep 1 didn't live up to the high expectation about a Korean version of '24.' It's too early to say that this isn't a good drama. I hope it will pick up the speed and thrill in the ep 2.

The viewer rating of 11.9% isn't bad at all. It started with a double digit in the ep 1! So, please don't compare to YWRFS which ended in a high note. It's like comparing apple to orange.

K dramas need to expand contents aside from melo/romantic melo dramas. I hope 3 days will gain further attention and popularity domestically and internationally.

Yoochun has improved his acting skills here and can get better. I wished the ep 1 would have shown some of his action scenes so that the viewers could have ideas about his capabilities. So far, he hasn't shown much other than being a bit of investigator.

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This drama takes itself way too seriously. Geez, the soundtrack. So. Suspenseful. So. Bombastic.

It's such a bummer because there are so many good actors in the cast that it's hard to believe it could be so disappointing, at least so far.

Thank you for recapping.

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Yessss, the music is so distracting, borderline ridiculous.

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Thanks for the recap, Javabeans. I was sort of looking forward to this show only because I was expecting all sorts of bodyguard-style badassery and a compelling mystery. Yet the premier was quite lacking as you have duly noted. My mind kept wandering around on to other things. So I was disappointed. And like someone mentioned above, the part where the hero was carrying around a cheat sheet of secret codes made me groan in exasperation. That one scene alone has already told me what this is series is gonna be like in general: subpar. :/

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I saw the recap up last night, but put off reading it until I was able to actually see the episode this morning before work ;P

In my opinion, the pacing of this first episode wasn't that slow...I guess there are those making comparisons to God's Gift, which was like wham-bam-bam from the get-go--a thriller from the beginning. Plus, this is politics-related...and just like politics itself, gotta get through the muddle of insignificant but obligatory stuff before the actual action begins (haha...this is coming from my poli sci background). But I have to admit, I rolled my eyes when the cheat sheet of codes was shown...I mean, come on, really?!? x/ The nation would be in deep crap trouble if agents were depending on stuff like that to figure out codes!

I definitely agree that once Bo-won was introduced, the story began to roll. I already like her fierce determination to get to the bottom of Tae-kyung's father's car crash, despite dealing with something monumentally bigger than she could have even imagined. Maybe it's because I like PHS' acting, but I felt more drawn to her character than to TK...maybe because TK felt so robotic (trying to do his job while dealing with his father's hospitalization and death). I'm hoping the next few episodes will make him more interesting.

The President has shady-ness written all over him (which I credit to Sohn Hyun-joo) and definitely can't tell yet what he's up to. Although I do attribute all this to the contents of that mysterious disk/envelope.

I wouldn't worry about the ratings just yet...guess people decided to stick with whatever they were watching first (AoF or SSA). Maybe when the action picks up...(trying to be optimistic here, don't want to be let down by my expectations).

Thank you for the recap, JB! Must be hectic like crazy with all the premieres lately, but y'all are doing great and it's much appreciated! :)

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Like a few others, I'm looking forward to seeing whether Boo-won is going to return as a ghost in the second episode. No a human can survive what happened on that telephone pole.

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Is it weird that the thing I got the most hooked on while reading this recap is that it has been SIXTEEN YEARS since its been 1998?? I remember when it was 1998! Good lord. I am not taking my mid- to late twenties very well. LOL

Also, why would the security team let Tae-Kyung go on president-protecting duty, when they obviously know his father, who ALSO works for the president, is in critical care? That's just dumb and I would fire whoever assigns bodyguard detailing. Obviously the guy's head wouldn't be in the game in a situation like that.

Besides those two things (I'm old now and dying dad's make for poor bodyguards) I'm going to try to keep my reservations about this show down. Because I love Park Yoochun and I need a smart, clever action drama in my life right. PLEASE don't let me down, Three Days!

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Thank you Javabeans for taking this up!

I'm writing this after re-watching the first episode with sub and I settled to a somewhat understanding mode. The drama seems grand, and it doesn't hurt that the filmography looks grand. I liked how it used normal BGMs and not the same song (and voice) going on and on in every scene possible. The pacing was slow at times and it makes you think that they could've pack some action here or fast forward it but I hope I'm not missing the subtle hints that the writer may drop here and there.

I think my main problem with the story is the pacing-we all know there's a time constrain and the director is flowing with the timeline, but showing random faces made me anxious coz it also slows the story down when the time is ticking. That said, the first episode is to lay the ground work before the main event starts in the second episode.

I have no problem with the acting of the main actors (EXCEPT! for that English speaking evil dude-gosh,I cringe!) Yoochun shows restrain and subtlety that I like..he sets and shows how Han TaeKyung is-dedicated and serious but also a human deep down. Yoon BoWon was adorable. She's taking on a big fish unknowingly but not backing down without a fight (you go girl!) There's too little of Yoon Je Moon but gosh his piercing eyes~~~

Only Son Hyon Joo can have that screen time and makes you shiver-but hopeful-he's making me have all these feelings and is so ambiguous that I really hope more will be shown in the episodes to come.

All in all-a good start!

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I decided to watch this drama because of Yoochun. With him being my bias in DBSK/JYJ when it comes to acting, I love the fact that he tried a new genre to add to his acting resume.

I didn't like the hairdo that much though, it showed much of his forehead. In the DBSK/JYJ fandom, we always made fun of his wide forehead. But don't get me wrong, we still loooovvvveee Yoochun for it. :333

I've never seen 24, so I can't really say if this the Korean version of such series. Anyway, I got really intrigued by the plot. They are going to stretch everything that happened in 3 days into 16 episodes, right?

I have high hopes for this drama, so yeah, I'll stick with this. :D

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