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Warm and Cozy: Episode 1

Just as the title says, Warm and Cozy turns out to be a warm and cozy show, in a nicely comfortable way. It’s not the most exciting first hour of a show ever, and perhaps it could have been bolstered by a heavier dose of plot, but this is a drama I’m watching for mood and feeling, and the show gives me a pleasant and happy feeling, both at the cuteness in front of me and the promise of a sweet romance down the line.

I’m willing to trust the Hong sisters writing team on the character chemistry and development front, and in fact, some of their less successful moments (in my view) have been when they’ve overloaded on plot details at the expense of character. So I welcome this drama’s approach—breezy and light and a touch sentimental.

 
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FIRST EPISODE RECAP

2005. Jeju Island.

A game of polo is underway at a posh resort, which is how we meet BAEK GUN-WOO (Yoo Yeon-seok). His older sister and mother cheer him on, both dressed to the nines like something out of My Fair Lady; everything about his circle screams money, money, money.

After the game, everyone moves poolside, where an extravagant party has been laid out to celebrate Gun-woo’s birthday. A nervous high schooler makes her way in and finds the elegant woman whose photograph she’s holding. The girl is LEE JUNG-JOO (Kang So-ra), and she braces herself before approaching, murmuring to herself, “Mom?”

But she’s yanked away—Gun-woo pulls her aside and asks why she wants his mother, assuming she’s here to talk about something else. Jung-joo gets distracted noting physical similarities between them, exclaiming at his hair and hands and height. Ha, she’s thinking of him as brother, but he’s just confused.

Gun-woo demands an explanation, and she finally spits it out: She’s his twin. Born on the same day, to the same mother.

Jung-joo presents him with background information she’s compiled to back up her claim; she’s been looking into this for a while and set their birthday as D-Day. She saw on his mini-homepage that he was having his birthday party here, and booked a flight.

Gun-woo supposes that it’s possible he has another sibling—he, his hyung, and his noona all have different fathers. Still, a twin seems too unlikely, nor does he see any resemblance. Which is when they both register that they’re biting their nails, holding their arms in identical ways. They decide to settle the matter with good-old-fashioned DNA testing, and he leads her up to his mother’s hotel suite, where he takes strands of hair from Mom’s brush.

Jung-joo marvels at the luxurious space while Gun-woo explains their filthy lucre: Mom spends her Jeju time in this resort owned by her first husband, takes off for winters in Hawaii on her second husband’s coffee plantation, and lives the remainder on her inherited estate in Seoul. That’s where Gun-woo lives.

Gun-woo takes the barest glance at the birthday gift prepared for him, dismissing the luxury watch for its color. Jung-joo is both amazed and affronted at how spoiled he is, calling him a pain in the ass (literally, it means “you’re full of bad luck” but in this context, she means he’s an annoying pain in the ass).

By contrast, Jung-joo is forced to wear tons of pink, which she hates but can’t avoid because her clothing is all hand-me-downs. The only new thing she can buy herself is underwear, and she can’t imagine rejecting a gift because she didn’t like the color.

Gun-woo is chastened when she puts it like that, but just then his mother and sister enter the suite. Jung-joo panics and insists they hide, so they crowd into the bathroom—accidentally leaving behind her snapshot of Gun-woo’s mother, posing with a man who must be Jung-joo’s father.

Noona notices the photo and recognizes Mom, wondering who the man is. The kids freeze in dismay, but Mom doesn’t even look and airily says that she doesn’t know, tossing it into the trash.

The women leave the suite, and Jung-joo falls to the floor, crushed. Gun-woo isn’t quite sure what to do, caught between wanting to leave and feeling like he ought to comfort her. She assures him that she’s not crying, apologizes for barging in on his birthday, and promises to disappear from his life.

Jung-joo holds it together until he leaves, and then dissolves into tears, feeling mortified and devastated.

As she leaves the resort grounds, however, Gun-woo finds her and offers a box—it’s a slice of his birthday cake, and today’s also her birthday. He adds that he peeked at her school records (part of her background research) and saw that she’s often late to school, and hands her the watch whose color he didn’t like. She balks, but he points out that with this watch, she can attend a semester of school rather than be forced to work as her guardian wants.

Jung-joo retorts that she’s not the type to reject the gift, and she won’t promise to repay him, and she’ll say thank you with words but will secretly think he’s just a pain in the ass.

He just puts the gift into her hand, agreeing: “Don’t reject it, and don’t come looking for me to repay it, and don’t say with words that I’m a pain in the ass while falling for me.”

“Pain in the ass,” she gripes, saying that she doesn’t think much of guys who go around helping girls wastefully.

“I’m sad,” Gun-woo replies glibly. “I was all ready to totally fall for you. Well, we can’t be twins, and you don’t want to be anything more, so this is where we end. See ya.” With a friendly smile, he heads off.

Stammering, Jung-joo calls him back, trying to sound haughty but only sounding nervous: “W-would you really fall?”

He says he doesn’t have time to fall for her, since he’s about to study abroad. But if she comes looking for him later, he’ll give her a shot: “Grow up into a cool person who’d make me fall head over heels instantly.”

She blurts that he should grow up into a total profligate, the kind nobody wants. She says sarcastically, “That way, I’ll have a chance when it’s my turn.” He agrees to live recklessly for her benefit, and adds that she should live diligently for his. It’s a curious exchange, a little confusing and a little cute, and Jung-joo’s reaction is just as conflicted. She says unconvincingly to herself that she finds him unappealing. Yep. Sure.

So Jung-joo takes the solo flight back home, choking down both the birthday cake and her hurt feelings. Meanwhile, Gun-woo receives shocking news from his mother, who tells him (but not us) about “the truth of your father.” Gun-woo is left speechless and hurt, and we see his mother later wistfully looking at the photo she’d tossed away earlier. So… are they twins after all? (They’re totally not twins! But is the drama going to go there with the hints?)

Voicing over their respective heartbreaks is a narration from promotional copy that invites visitors to Jeju Island whenever you want to hide from the world, or when you’re struck with longing.

Ten years later.

Gun-woo skillfully works a kitchen, looking relaxed and confident, while that narration invites visitors to Warm and Cozy, his restaurant here on Jeju.

Meanwhile, back in Seoul, Jung-joo makes the busy morning commute to work, where she gets scolded for making a mistake at the apparel company she works for. Her colleague worries that her team is in danger of being dissolved, but Jung-joo grumbles that she’s sticking around no matter what.

Jung-joo’s been saving up for an apartment, and sends her cousin Jung-min (guest appearance by Go Kyung-pyo) to check one out for her. It becomes apparent that the clean, tidy apartment she’s talking about is not the crumbling house he’s visiting, but Jung-min assures her that everything is great. When she gives him the okay to proceed with the contract, he tells the owner he’ll take it—it’ll make a great cafe. Oh no, is the little punk going to rip off his noona? Bad punk!

He’s on Jeju Island, and a crowd of ajummas notice the newcomer. Jeju dialect is notoriously difficult to decipher even for Koreans, and the Korean subtitles for their dialogue are a tongue-in-cheek nod to that fact.

With an apartment (supposedly) secured, Jung-joo plans to save up for a wedding next. Her boyfriend has been in Japan for training, and she sends him a care package while wondering if he’s so busy that he can’t even call. Red flag, red flag!

Over on Jeju Island, Gun-woo lazes away in a hammock and waves cheerily at the ajumma divers who walk by. He’s oblivious to their disapproving looks, wondering why they’re so unexpressive, having expected that they’d love him. His employee, POONG-SAN (Jinyoung), counters that they’re being really obvious that they dislike him greatly. Ha. They even refuse to sell their seafood to his restaurant.

Gun-woo pouts that he’s been trying to win them over, but flashbacks show us his unsuccessful attempts to ply them with empty flattery. They just see him as a rude Seoul boy and disdain his lack of manners.

Warm and Cozy doesn’t seem all that interested in maintaining a clientele (must be nice to be so rich), and the customers are given one choice of menu: the Warm Course for lunch (or the Cozy Course for dinner), which is always changing, based on what the chef decides. Ha, I should have figured Gun-woo only cooks what he feels like cooking, and has somehow made a business model of it. It’s a good thing he’s pretty, since his customers mostly come to fawn over his looks.

Gun-woo gets a call that there’s a gathering of his old equestrian team in Seoul, and declines the invitation. But once he hears that “someone” is coming, he’s ready to beeline for the airport. It’s a girl, right?

Over drinks, his buddies laughingly rib him for turning into a bumpkin, when he used to be so sharp and urbane. Gun-woo counters that they’re being cruel to their souls be being locked to Seoul, unable to leave the city.

Then a woman shows up, and Gun-woo tenses up. She’s MOK JI-WON (Seo Yi-an), recently arrived from New York, and he plays it cool while all the guys fawn over her.

Jung-joo arrives at the same fancy restaurant with her friend, and idly notices names on the Reserved list. Among them is a certain equestrian team gathering, which makes her think of Gun-woo, casting furtive looks around the restaurant.

Her friend guesses she’s looking for her “Jeju Island Prince,” musing that Jung-joo must enjoy her fantasy of her prince riding up on a horse and calling her name, after all these years. That’s when Jung-joo spies Gun-woo at his table at the far side of the room, and her heart starts to pound (punctuated by the heart-pounding theme song from Best Love, because an OST cameo is par for the course, yes?).

Jung-joo’s friend carefully broaches the idea of opening up a cafe in Jeju with Jung-min—ah, she’s in on the scheme. Jung-joo shuts her down immediately, calling it out of the question.

It seems that old crush Ji-won is aware of Gun-woo’s longtime feelings for her, based on the way she talks of him following her to Jeju (separately, but totally because of her). But they’re talking around the topic, so either they’ve never spoken honestly or they’re pretending it never happened. When she promises to visit his restaurant sometime, Gun-woo points out that she’s always making vague promises and tries to pin her down for specifics, which she deflects. Apparently she always strung multiple guys along until she got engaged, but that relationship broke up and now she’s back. And you like her why?

Jung-joo is at the front desk settling the bill when Gun-woo’s party heads out, and rather than looking excited to see him, she hides her face to remain unnoticed. He passes her by.

Gun-woo catches up to Ji-won in the parking lot to tell her that he made a restaurant just like she’d always wanted—one that goes at a snail’s pace, which makes food just for you. He invites her to drop by anytime, and the mood warms up… until her boyfriend arrives. Ji-won introduces Gun-woo as “an old friend,” which stings.

Out on the street, Jung-joo envisions her fantasy coming to life, with Gun-woo riding up to her on his horse and says the words she’d dreamed of him saying. But she tells Fantasy Gun-woo that he didn’t remember her, and watches him dissipate in front of her. She says to herself, “The fantasy has shattered.”

Apparently Gun-woo’s restaurant was a rash move on his part (thanks to that girl), and he had to go behind his responsible brother’s back to get the loan for it. Gun-woo wants to close up shop asap and return to Seoul, but he borrowed funds without his brother knowing, so it’s up to him to find a way out. So when Poong-san informs him of potential buyers wanting to look at the restaurant, he readies to fly back immediately.

Equally (or more) in a rush to get to Jeju is Jung-joo, who begs for a ticket on the sold-out flight, because she has to track down a con artist. Ah, thank goodness she caught on to her dear cousin’s scheme, though I’m betting it’s too late to stop him. Though not too late to crush him?

Jung-joo has to settle for waiting standby, and takes one more look at the video Jung-min sent, informing her of his grand plans and asking her not to be too angry. Yeah, not bloody likely. Jung-joo’s eyes bug out wildly and she mutters, “I. Will. Kill you.”

She hears a passenger arguing with her husband and refusing to go to Jeju—this is her chance. She puts her name down to claim the ticket if it becomes available… just as Gun-woo sidles up and asks for the next one. As he fills out the form, he notices Jung-joo’s name and recognition pings.

Jung-joo’s too absorbed in the couple’s fight to notice Gun-woo staring at her, and she roots for the couple to break up (and cancel the Jeju honeymoon), cheering quietly when the wife throws her ring and the husband stalks off. Then the wife starts bawling, and the husband rushes to comfort her, apologizing profusely, and Jung-joo sighs.

But the couple tries to hunt down the ring that got tossed, and Jung-joo spies it first and quietly covers it, hoping that they’ll cancel their flight to look for it. Then she looks up and Gun-woo smirks at her, having seen the whole thing.

She doesn’t recognize him because of his sunglasses, and stammers a defense. He just peers at her and calls her twin, confirming that it’s really her. Unfortunately (for Jung-joo), the couple finds the ring, but fortunately, the wife goes into labor and Jung-joo gets onto the plane after all.

Gun-woo ends up next to her, and while he’s happy to see her, she keeps a cool distance. For instance, she pretends she didn’t recognize or remember him, which makes him sad because he recognized her instantly.

“I thought of you from time to time,” he says. “Really. We even made a promise.” He means the one where she would grow into an awesome woman who’d make him fall for her, and he would grow into a wastrel with a wasted life.

He says in his glibly charming way that he tried to live recklessly but couldn’t keep his promise (’cause he turned out awesome anyway). She lies that she doesn’t remember the promise, making him wonder, “You don’t? But you kept your promise.” And who could blame her heart for pounding at that? She gets fidgety and nervous, and escapes to the restroom upon landing to calm her nerves.

Jung-joo reaches for mints to calm her down, but the flimsy box sends them spilling everywhere. Spotting the empty pill bottle left by another passenger, she uses it to hold her mints, which has got to backfire spectacularly, right?

Gun-woo’s prospective buyers decline to purchase, but his conversation with Jung-joo gives him new idea. Thinking to get her cafe-buying friend to take his restaurant, he offers Jung-joo a lift and a homemade dinner, talking her up.

Just then, he gets a call from the ajusshi he borrowed money from (a secretary who used to work for his mother), who’s on his way to meet his brother. Gun-woo can’t have hyung knowing about his secret funding, so he takes a detour to ward off the threat and manages to intercept Secretary Gong before he meets his brother. But the man needs his money right away for his son’s wedding and isn’t moved by Gun-woo’s promises.

Waiting nearby, Jung-joo calls out that she has to get going, and on a mad impulse Gun-woo blurts that she’s his fiancée. He couldn’t possibly disappoint his brother when he’s got such good news, and the man is begrudgingly persuaded to keep quiet. Gun-woo slings an arm around a confused Jung-joo, posing for the secretary’s benefit.

She wonders at his money concerns, and Gun-woo tells her about selling his restaurant, asking if her cousin would be interested. Realizing this was the reason for his friendliness, Jung-joo deflates a little, and informs him that she’s here to prevent the purchase.

Gun-woo says says she ought to let her cousin do as he wants, and remarks that she’s no different from the obstinate, combative teenager she was ten years ago. She says he’s right and excuses herself, declining dinner and telling him not to pretend to be friendly anymore, since she can’t buy his place anyway. She leaves with the admonition to live straight from now on.

Gun-woo drives off feeling lousy, then notices that she left behind her mints—though to him, they look like prescription painkillers. Hm.

Jung-joo tracks down an acquaintance who owns a restaurant here (cameo by So Ji-sub, which is random but welcome) to get Jung-min’s whereabouts. She blames him for being the one to fill Jung-min’s head with ideas of quitting office work so he could laze about here. She says that corporate drudgery doesn’t suit anyone, and that they’d all prefer to loll around on an island. Running away to escape your life is something a loser does, she says.

So Ji-sub agrees, but says (using his Master’s Sun catchphrase) that even confronting things and “getting lost” willingly takes courage.

Jung-joo heads over to find Jung-min, and notices the horse rides being given nearby… and the one rider who looks an awful lot like that boyfriend who’s supposed to be in Japan. He’s with a woman, and the second he sees her his face takes on an “Oh shit” look and he tries to hurry away before Jung-joo can make it past the gate.

She’s reduced to taking the ride after him, which makes for a comical sight gag since these rides are guided, and they can only flee/chase at a super-slow pace while maintaining a strictly prescribed distance between them.

Jung-joo manages to catch up to ask for an explanation, and the weaselly two-timer apologizes, finally admitting that he got married, and is on his honeymoon. You spineless coward.

He begs her to keep this quiet for his bride’s sake, and it fills her with such rage she imagines grabbing a spear and charging after him like a fierce warrior (appropriately, to the tune of Queen Seon-deok). She throws…

The spear lands in the ground and Jung-joo watches him ride off, thinking, “I always feel anger, but have no power to get even. And the anger that gets stuck in the wrong place is irrelevant and pitiable.”

That’s when she’s shaken awake, in reality having fallen from her horse and landing right in horse dung. She’s forced to rinse off in a puddle, holding back sniffles and assuring herself she’s fine. But then she answers a call from her boss, who informs her that she’s fired. Stunned, she drops her shoe in the stream, to float away unnoticed.

Downstream, Gun-woo fishes it out, ready to return it.

 
COMMENTS

It was a looser first episode than I’m used to from the Hong sisters, but I find that in no way a detractor since they can be a little frenetic. Don’t get me wrong, I love their jam-packed joke-laden zaniness, but sometimes I want to stop and smell the roses a little, and Warm and Cozy allows the room for that. There’s space to breathe and enjoy the moments between the characters, and since these are winsome characters, I’m happy to drink in the mood and the sunny Jeju ambiance.

More than anything, I’m a fan of the two main characters, and the actors in those roles. I was fully expecting a haughty or bratty leading man, so it’s a happy surprise to find Gun-woo to be a nice guy. A total manchild, maybe, but not a jerk, not a cold or stunted robot, not a prickly perfectionist. He’s charming and amiable, but in no way boring. Of course, he had to be filthy rich and privileged, but I suppose I can’t have everything! Maybe the next drama, we can have a nice guy for a hero who’s also in an average-median tax bracket?

I’m also super happy to have Yoo Yeon-seok playing this character, both for the way he adds to what’s on the page and because he’s played such a string of assholes. (Chilbongie was the exception, but he really made a career out of playing mean bastards for a while there.)

But even more than him, I’m really thrilled to have Kang So-ra in this role, because she really makes it work. She makes Jung-joo feel realized and human, with complex and conflicted emotions that play as natural. I was surprised when she recognized Gun-woo right away and then hid from him, because I would have thought she’d be happy to reconnect, but the way she played the aftermath of the restaurant encounter felt so realistic to me. He’s been an untouchable fantasy for the past ten years, one that brings her both pleasure and pain, and I can understand how she’s afraid of letting herself like him, because she’d fall too hard. And since she’s an eminently practical person, she can see that ending a zillion bad ways, and would rather protect herself preemptively.

It makes sense given her disappointment in not finding her mother, of how she’s close up to prevent more of that hurt. She’s a diligent, sensible person, and there’s no room for fantasy in her life. So rather than pursue it, seeing him again actually has the effect of shattering the fantasy. It was bittersweet and poignant, and I believed it because she played it so honestly. I like the hints of sentimentality that we’re seeing, and without a crazy murder or revenge plot to take up screentime, I look forward to exploring the relationships with (maybe? hopefully?) a little more time and depth.

But we’re only getting started, and I also want to see plenty of the trademark Hong sisters comedy, with their love of wordplay (the examples in this episode totally made my day). The actors have great rapport and we’re perfectly set up for plenty of comic hijinks with our lazy hero and our diligent heroine, and I’m crossing my fingers for a good run. *cross cross cross* *cross like the wind*

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I didn't watch yet. But looking at the pictures and reading the recap, this show is kinda old style korean drama with cliche plot XD. I hope I'm wrong.

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Can't wait to watch this :)

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It was fricking adorable! I love the set-up and the characters, the romance looks like its gonna get adorable and it was just really good. Can't wait for the next ep.

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Well I love it. I know many have been complaining that it made no sense. I don't get that? I love both the actor & the actress and I'm going to enjoy this.

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Really? How strange, what's not to get?

It's okay, we can enjoy it together. :)

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Yes I absolutely love it! Thank you for your recaps jb!
I will camp here to read every episode of your recap & also your comments. It was an interesting read.

I also like how the male lead is not the typical rude, cold, perfectionist type in k-drama. Both YYS & KSR did a great job in their leading roles. Looking forward to tonight's episode 2 & your recap.

Warm & Cozy fighting!!!

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I haven't a clue what confused them. Maybe the "are they twins, or not?"
But yes Im willing to love this for KangSoRa & YYS. Plus watching the beautiful island won't hurt!

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Well, in my case it was the sudden jump from "we think we're twins" to "let's flirt like crazy because we apparently suddenly don't think we're related anymore".

I had no idea the "twins" theory had left the building, and so was pretty weirded out by the flirting. I actually went back and looked for any reason why they might have decided they weren't related, and didn't really find anything.

I guess it must have been his mothers claim that she didn't even know the man in the photo? But - that was so obviously a lie! I never for a second took that seriously, or thought the kids would.

So, yeah. Definitely confusion there on my part. :-)

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Forgot to say that I do enjoy it a lot so far! :-)

Would just have preferred a small heads-up, because it was odd to see people who thought they were twins talking about falling hard for each other. ;-)

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Yeah that was weird. I was like maybe you should take those hair samples to get tested before you start flirting and making eyes at each other.

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My thoughts exactly. :-)

Hey, if the theory was true and both of their parents had been keeping the existence of the other twin a secret, it's not very likely that Mom would cave at the first sight of the photo and spill all to her other daughter. ("Oh yes, honey, that's a picture of me with your brother's father - we split our kids when we broke up. Did I mention you have a sister? Hm, I don't know if this lipstick color looks good on me, what do you think?")

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Maybe it will go like "The Rose" Fall in love and think they are related

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The first episode made me ridiculously happy. I'm just waiting for the second ep now...2 hours to go till it airs in Korea! :D

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i know its childish of me and everyone's free to voice out their opinions but i wish i could filter out the negative comments and just fangirl with the ones that like it sigh...

i like it and i cant wait to see more of them!

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Woohoooo! Have been refreshing for this all day!

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I don't think this is meant to be fast-paced. It's going to be a boat ride. Since most of the Hong Sister's dramas are like amusement park rides, then this is going to be slow. Javabeans will probably dislike it in the end.

It's not going to have fast pacing and it's definitely going to use a lot of Korean story conventions which Javabeans has historically hated/ignored. (Not saying that's a bad thing--different strokes for different folks.) Since it's slower, they'll be using more literary references and lit techniques.

If Greatest Love was a roller coaster and Big was a merry-go-round, and Master's Sun was like a Haunted House with mirrors (as I predicted)... then this is going to be like one of those boat rides in the amusement park. The ones with two seats and the swans where you go through tunnels.

The scenery is going to be fantastic, the ride is going to be slow and easy. And it'll be warm because you'll like the characters in the end.

The theming isn't quite clear yet, but they will get there, I'm thinking the beginning description of Jeju is pretty much the theming for the drama. People you want to see, but can't see, etc... that's a summary of the drama, which is something that the Hong Sisters tend to do, especially after Fantasy Couple.

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Yes, I get the feeling it'll be like this til the end (tho who knows, lol). You really captured the feeling the first episode gives off!

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so far, i'm loving the show, light breezy and seems to be fun. LOLed with the Best Love and Master's Sun cameo's :)

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i wasn't impressed. but still hope for more.

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is there a second lead guy in these story?

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Yes, kim sung oh.. He plays the town mayor..

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Oh cool! What about the creepy sageuk guy? The one YYS plays golf with in initial cast posters?

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he's geun woo's (YYS) hyung, my dongsaeng.

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Unni! You're heeeeeere! :D I thought Hyung would be the 2nd lead. Haha~ I was just confused.

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Oh yay! So he is the second lead? I'm so glad he gets to be more than the side-kick :D

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thanks JB…I wanted to read you opinion first.
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I liked it. I liked it more than I expected (being a bit underwhelmed by the promo materials, what a change from Master's Sun promos). It's not as funny and zappy as Best Love (yet?), but I'm enjoying the warmth and cozyness ;-) . And as you mentioned, Javabeans, I like that both characters are likeable.
And their teenage parts were played really well.
So far I'm a happy watcher and look forward to episode 2.

PS Wasn't there also a nod to Misaeng at the office with Kang Sora's Rusisch?

PPS And there was on moment at the gathering in the restaurant when Yoo Yeon Seok looked pretty smexy.... I'm now looking forward to future smexy times ; -)))

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I totally spotted that smexy moment too! Ahh his inner white shirt was too distracting :D

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Thank you javabeans! I just nodded with everything you've 'said' and hoped with everything you've hoped for!

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Loved it!

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I enjoyed just as much as I had hoped I would in the weeks leading up to the premere.

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Never using my phone to comment again, I need to stick to my trusty desktop pc. I doubt Jung-joo and Gun-woo are twins but I wonder what the secret about his dad was.

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I got my wish cametrue with both actor and actress signing up for this drama. I was hoping for them to lead ITWY but i am taking warm and cozy with an open arm. It's a good-feeling show, imo and i am not hoping that everybody will like it. Some will do. Some will not. Some will enjoy the ride and some might ditch it. Some will love it by times but some might just hate it with burning passion from the very get go.

I kinna enjoy the first episode, it's not a stellar first episode but the it's not bad either. I will say it's enjoyable. Just like the ride in the theme park that Kim Yoonmi said, i hope it's the swinging ship. Slow at the beginning before building the tension slowly. And like javabeans said, i do enjoy the drama that is character heavy without forgetting the plot. Actually, production team plays well with messing the true plot with audience since the first three teasers are slightly misleading in terms of plot. I kinna enjoy the surprises i am getting after watching the whole episode. Cross fingers that i will get more surprises in the upcoming episodes

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I didn't expect the start.
Few seconds after the titles, the breeding pair meets, and they think they are siblings. Okay, no time wasted here. Somehow they find out that they are not siblings, and they immediately start "flirting" for a few seconds while they bid their farewells (after what feels like less than 15 minutes of knowing each other). That was weird.

And somehow the girl has deep, lingering crush on her almost-brother TEN YEARS LATER. Wow.

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"the breeding pair" :D
*adds term to vocabulary*

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I absolutely agree that was soo random and weird that they thought each other as twins and then all of a sudden having a crush on him. I really want to enjoy the show so I'll give it a try.

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Yep, the twins-to-I-might-fall-for-you was weird, borderline creepy. Did they definitely confirm they are not siblings? (I didn't get that... maybe I missed it? I mean, I doubt they are siblings but they didn't do the DNA test, did they?)

<And somehow the girl has deep, lingering crush on her almost-brother TEN YEARS LATER.

Never makes sense to me.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one confused!

I hope in episode 2 they explain clearly whether or not they are bio-sibs.

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That setup was just awkward and stilted, I can't even blame the actors for being awkward because it just felt like someone forgot to give them any real plot or direction.

And yeah, the twins-to-flirting thing was so awkwardly shoehorned in, I can't even deal with the secondhand embarrassment.

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It was the strangest meet-cute I've ever seen.

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I thought it was pretty slow-paced episode, but it's meant to be all warm and cozy neways. I'm a little confused with the plot though, so are they supposed to be just two people who were born on the same day? And KSR's character already knew YYS' character's existence, liked him and went all the way to Jeju to look for him despite 'assuming' him to be her twin? I must be missing something lol :o

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Awesome acting by the leads!! YYS is so natural... That moment where that butterfly song is playing and LJJ is dreaming about BGW while he is in his car all depressed and they dont see each other.. That exact moment won me over!! Dont know why, found it bittersweet..

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Can't wait to see this! I'll peek later during lunch.
Thanks for the recap!

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I'm glad KWB turned this down... Not impressed with the pilot.

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You had to mention KWB didn't you!?? The drama looks awesome just from the 1st ep.. But if not impressed just say that, why mention another actor??.

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+1 just criticize the drama, no need to bring other names in..............

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On hindsight glad KWB turned it down too cos the role is more suited to YYS.

If the male lead is the typical jerk, arrogant type then it suits KWB well but this manchild type of male lead needs a more experienced actor rather than a hallyu star type of actor. So it turns out that they pick the right guy for the role in the end.

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AMEN TO YOU SISTER!!

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stop this right there. 'cause someone mentioned KWB to put down YYS, doesn't mean you can do the same to KWB. That's immature and childish. YYS played his dozen arrogant, jerk, villain characters. Without seeing Replay 1994 should i have type cast him and badmouth as someone who can't do nothing expect playing jerks? No. The Hong Sisters and PD first went to KWB, then that means the saw him as BGW (they're writers and BGW their character). End of story. I like both YYS and KWB and I'm glad their carrier progress. Good luck to this drama. I will keep watching it, even if story sucks, for pure chemistry between leads.

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Er, I don't think the original poster has criticised YYS at all...

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damn, so hard to know to whom was that replay? if to me, i said it only 'cause some YYS fans a bit overreacted.

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I am a YYS fan, *don't run away I'm nice, I swears! *but I can say with very unbiased eyes, KWB is the last person in Kdramaland to play KSR's fauxtwin no?

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Is he Go Kyung Pyo?

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Yup... that's Harbard Guy alright..

but why is he such a jerk to his noona? it doesnt really make any sense when a character does this. Which sane person would swindle a relative/friend/etc knowingly and expect everyone to be cool with it?

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So far, the thing I like best about this is the reusing of songs from the OSTs of previous Hong Sisters dramas. Soooo nostalgic. They used Sunny Hill’s “Dugeun Dugeun” (Greatest Love) and Yoon Mirae’s “Touch Love” (Master’s Sun) in the first episode. I’m waiting for ANJELL’s “Promise” to make an appearance. Hahaha. Also, the So Ji-sub cameo is everything. I’ve missed you, Joo Joong-won!

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Agree that was quite fun to watch & hear hahaha.
Not bad for first episode.

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YES to the OST cameos! I knew to expect So Ji-sub (and he is so, so, SO FINE) but I did not expect him to come with Touch Love as the background music! That did make me smile.

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I totally loved this episode and YYS and KSR are so pretty, in fact everything about this drama is so pretty. When they flirted with each other it was so heartwarming and this is what a drama needs for me to be interested in it cos I got exams next week and studying for exams is intense enough so I got no time for serious dramas, just a warm and cozy drama I can relax with after hours of studying. And did I mention that YYS is so pretty? I guess I did but am saying it again, YYS is so pretty.
YYS oppa saranghae

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YYS is indeed very pretty..a cutie pie!!

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The highlight of the episode was SJS cameo tbh

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I looove SJS but IMO his cameo was fun and all but definitely not anything exceptional..it was ok!! By the way he will appear on ep 2 as well..

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Had a bad feeling within 2 minutes of watching - already at the very start got the sense that it was going to be full of K-drama cliche-filled scenarios and it turned out to be even worse than I thought.

The whole 10 yrs before scene was not only one bad cliche after another, it didn't make sense (only way it would make sense is if Jung-joo was lying about it, but for a HS kid to come up w/ that scheme and the funds to fly down to Jeju and then there's the issue of how Jung-joo got the photo).

The whole polo reunion scene w/ Gun-woo being in a one-sided love was again cliche-filled and tiresome - (it's one thing if it had some real sounding, witty dialogue (like in Reply 1994) but nothing just flat, insipid writing).

The newlywed couple fighting scene at the airport ticket counter/check-in was beyond stupid (really bad, lazy writing).

And the rest of the scenarios were so beyond the realm of belief (cousin back-stabbing Jung-soo and then boyfriend got married and is on his honeymoon) and just convenient and lazy - that this might be beyond "Big" or "Secret Garden" bad when it comes to writing.

It's while fantastical/supernatural things that the Hong sisters wrote about (a 9-tailed fox come to life in human form; an over-the-top, egocentric but ultimately lonely and insecure top star; a woman who can see/hear ghosts) were, well, fantastical/supernatural - they writing made it seem grounded in reality.

I suppose meeting the boyfriend/new husband of some other woman and the whole imagined scene w/ the horseback chase and the spear was supposed to be funny, but it was just stupid.

Aside from the So Ji-sub use of "Master's Sun" catch-phrase (which merited a chuckle) didn't find anything in this ep to be funny, witty, memorable or interesting.

Think JB was being too nice, b/c this was simply AWFUL.

Now that the Hong sisters got the 2 seemingly back together again on Jeju after using these ridiculous scenarios, maybe they'll settle in w/ better scenarios and wittier dialogue.

But if not, W&C will be another arrow thru the myth of the Hong sisters being such talented script writers (and I liked "Best Love", "Master's Sun" and parts of MGIAG - well, Shin Mina's part).

YYS lost too much weight - he looks too skinny and drawn out.

Hard to judge the acting since the writing is so bad.

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One other thing - the production values thus far has been very impressive, as is the video quality.

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The Hong Sisters' dramas are my very very guilty pleasure, but this 1st episode was so stuffed with silliness, implausibilities and cliches that it wasn't even pleasurable. Great scenery though.

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I cannot disagree with most things you wrote. There are many writer-specific weaknesses visible already, but that was to be expected. What I miss are the Hong Sister strengths so far. You mentioned the lack of wit.

And then there is this feel of "Tell, Don't Show". So many scenes don't show anything, they are characters talking about their character traits, about the premise character conflicts and so on.

It's the first episode, and maybe they were just extremely lazy with the setup (it's never been their strength in the first place).

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Definitely agree with you, i'll watch more episodes to see if they got better but i don't have much hope.

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Yep, I would agree with all that. Never a fan of lazy writing and contrived scenarios for the sake of fake plot. The cliches I'd expect from newbie writers, but they've written so many dramas you'd think they would know better.

Mostly I felt if I had never watched that episode, I would not have missed anything!

Well, I'll give it two or three more episodes to see if it improves.

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I have to agree with almost everything you said...
I used to enjoy their dramas but things got repeated and have become boring/cringe worthy somehow...

Let's hope it will get better

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It's really cute and I loved the characters. I can't wait to see the bickering (or more likely, Jung Joo bicker with Gun Woo) that slowly turns to romance.

Also Jung Joo's ring tone is the same one that Kang Sora's character in Ugly Alert had.

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I may be am not as impressed as javabeans, but I do enjoy it. KSR breathes the drama and YYS is pretty good, but the writing...... it's all over the place. I think Hong Sisters want to try something new without cold-arrogant-filthy-rich jerk and somehow LJJ is not as pitiable as the previous female leads in HS dramas (in a good way). Yes, she is conned and laid off but she has this positive tough aura around her so that's a good thing. But it's hard to catch up the plot, not to mention why LJJ would fall for BGW when she only met him once (because it's dramaland of course), and I even couldn't understand why the cousin is a con at first. It's jumping here and there without a room to breathe.
On the other hand, I like the pun. Misaeng's Russia project, SJS and Taeyang, Dugeun Dugeun, and whatever else HS will bring in upcoming episodes.
It's too early to judge an entire drama but I'll watch it for fun, without thinking too hard, and with an open mind because I seriously want this to do well for their first lead roles.

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And also one thing that bothers me: how can LJJ sneaks into BGW's party and getting close to the mother that easily? Assuming it's a private party where they use invitation card and in a hotel/resort where there are big walls and securities, I see the chance of LJJ to sneak in is very slim.

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The scene where GW met his first love reminds me of Reply 1994...Especially when the guy showed up, and the girl explained it is her "Neighborhood Oppa", and GW gave that Chilbong look again :))

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Haha true!

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Honestly my heart sank on learning that girl is the second lead, her acting is just......awkward.

Hong sisters second lead women are almost always annoying, but sometimes you get actresses like Kim Yuri who can transform that annoyance into comedy gold. Seo Yi An is not one of those actresses.

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So Ji Sub stole the first episode for me.. I miss this ahjussi so much. Hope he has a new project this year.

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Thanks for the recap. I didn't notice the Duguen duguen song playing - I have to rewatch! I completely melted seeing SJS. That's the star power at work again. He just radiates cool and beauty. Sigh.

As a fan of both leads, I am looking forward to the heavier scenes they will play together. We already saw some intensity from them in all the lightness, and that makes me happy.

The Russian "Da" part was hororshow, espcially that she had to explain why she said it to her boss. A far cry from the Misaeng office.

She is a fast thinking chick, and the speed she processed all the info coming at her in the second half impressed me. We can see that she WILL survive, maybe with a little reluctant help from GW. Now that he will be trapped in paradise. How ironic is that? Sure, there are 270 flights a day, if you can afford them, kid.

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I squealed a lot in this first episode:
1. Yoo Yeon Seok
2. Amazing view of Jeju Island
3. Go Kyung Pyo
4. Jinyoung
5. Seo Ji Sub

this drama is super light (despite the deep mystery of the parents). LOVE IT (...so far)

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but hey, it may be cliche to find the rich male lead got crush on our poor girl,
i love the concept that the rich boy doesn't really the city boy who inherit a chaebol group and stuck in his office thinking about the girl, but here he's pretty 'busy' making food in the island he loves so much>.<
and the confusion of 'she's my sister i shouldnt love her' theme.

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So..... Are they siblings or not? The (faux?) twincest is already driving me nuts. Why would you flirt with your long-lost brother minutes after meeting him?

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Considering that they are the lead characters, they cannot be siblings.
It's still strange how they switched from "let's be siblings" to "let's flirt" to "10 year marriage vow" in a couple of minutes. There was zero romantic (or sexual) chemistry between them at that point.

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because it wasn't supposed to be really flirting, he was joking with her to make her smile, of course, she, believing him not to be her brother and finding him to be cute and hot and nice as hell entertained a little fantasy (who never) about the whole thing.
Really, i didn't see it as real flirting at all, he was trying to cheer her up.

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I enjoyed the pilot, but worry about the show relying on setting at the expense of plot. The Jeju scenes were lovely, but the plot setup (twins, birth issues) didn't seem all that developed.

Like javabeans and other posters here, I think an interesting takeaway is the Hong Sisters' different portrayal of male characters. YYS's character seems like a combination of the nice guys we've been seeing in dramas recently and the old-school chaebol heir throwing money around. I'm curious to see what that will mean for the chemistry between the leads moving forward.

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Honestly I don't have much of an opinion in the show so far. I think it was fun but sort of brainless....but it's really more of a setup episode so I don't really know how the show will be overall. But some thoughts I did have:

1. I forgot some of the actors that were going to be in this! Smaller roles are often some of my favorite. And also yay for SJS cameo!

2. Was anyone else bummed that you didn't get to see him cook?! Granted I love food porn in general but one of the few things that I remember from the promotions is how he's able to cook anything you want. I was already drooling at the food images in my head. Sigh.

3. Based on previews (not spoiling), I think the next episode is going to be mostly setup as well.

I'm not as bothered by the cliches as others, although I hope they stop after this setup. But I also really liked Secret Garden (the first kdrama I completed) and Master's Sun so I guess I can't talk.

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yeah, I loved seeing Go Kyung-pyo, that was such an unexpected surprise.

I've enjoyed quite a few of the Hong sisters' other dramas so I am not willing to give up on this yet. They've always had weak first episodes, Master's Sun actually had one of the stronger ones in a while and that imo was largely down to the leads being veterans who vibed excellently together. Because I remember being put off almost to the point of stopping by the first episodes of You're Beautiful and Gumiho, but I ended up really enjoying them.

Fingers crossed that that happens here too.

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I was loling when the drama introduced both leads had probability becoming a twin right away since a lot of people had comment that Yeo Yeon-seok and Kang Sora look alike and they can be passed as sibling before the drama began. Ha ha ha they got you, people!! Hong sisters :D

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I'm not hooked yet. Mostly, I just don't know what to make of it. And I found the characters a little dumb? Fraternal twins are not the same as identical twins, they'd look alike as much as brothers and sisters do – and often brothers and sisters don't look alike at all.

And how did they go from "maybe we are twins" to "I might fall for you"? I mean, if someone tells me they might be my twin, then I'm going to make sure as hell that I'm not before I utter such a phrase. Maybe they were just bantering... but I didn't get the joke.

I have yet to love a Hong sisters drama – they are usually okay, but never must-watch for me. But I have a soft spot for Kang So-ra (well, the whole Misaeng cast) so I want to watch this... but not sure yet if I'll last. Not because it's bad but because it seems fairly run-of-the-mill so far.

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yeah, not hooked here either, and I LOVED Master's Sun. Mostly because of So Ji-sub and Gong Hyo-jin getting to make it everything a romcom should be.

It's early days yet for W&C but I hope they improve on both the rom and the com factors, since I am rooting for this for Kang Sora's sake. I didn't find that 'you're-my-twin-oh-now-you're-not-so-I'll-fall-for-you' bit romantic at all, and quite honestly the comedy needs to pick up because right now it isn't that funny.

I rather wish they had chosen a PD with more finesse too, I miss PD Jin Hyuk's style on Master's Sun.

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Master's Sun is the one I haven't seen.

Hong Sisters just have been so average to me... but I'll probably end up watching it one day, because I like Gong Hye-jin so much.

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I feel like Master's Sun had a touch more style in its visuals and general treatment than their other dramas, which is why it might suit the taste of someone who isn't into the Hong sisters' usual brand of corny OTT stuff.

It's still a romcom with a ton of plot holes but imo on the leads front, it's the strongest of all the Hong sisters dramas. There's a lot to be said for hiring veteran actors who have fantastic chemistry, because So Ji-sub and Gong Hyo-jin really did elevate the material they worked with.

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Thanks, it's definitely on my watch list – but certainly not because of the Hong sisters but indeed because of the leads.

(I even bailed out on them in the Gumiho one which a lot of people seem to like. But I just couldn't get into it?)

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Hong Sisters don't control the visuals though... ^^;; That's a director/cinematographer thing... The script is pretty limited in that.

And they've lately been aiming for literary slice of life kind of shows with less corniness and less blunt edged swords, which is splitting the audience in the US, but making them more ratings popular in Korea. Big, for example, was hugely popular in Korea. ^_^ Which used a ton of Korean story telling conventions.

I'm still saying this is going to read like a boat ride at an amusement park.

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@Kim YoonMi - the added sophistication in Master's Sun compared to their earlier work wasn't just in the visual department, I did mention the general treatment of the show. Even set on paper, MS isn't quite the pure cheese of some of their earlier dramas, if they brought one spoonful of finesse to the writing then Jin Hyuk bought a lot more to the execution onscreen but that doesn't mean the HS didn't tone down some things in the first place.

As for Big being popular in Korea, the ratings (back in the day when the Hong sisters and tv in general could easily make 20 percent) simply do not hold up to that statement, and to the best of my knowledge it didn't set off mania trends like You're Beautiful either. So I don't know whether Korean viewers took a kinder view of the whole plot than most international viewers did.

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The strength of "Master's Sun" was the relationship btwn the 2 leads - how they were at the start and how it changed over time.

The episode-specific "ghost story" varied (was hit or miss) and like most Hong sisters dramas, the overall story-line was weak, as was the secondary characters - but that was alright since the most impt. thing to a romcom is the relationship btwn the 2 leads which they got right.

"Best Love" is probably the Hong sisters' best work when it comes to overall-story line and secondary characters, but though the best relationship was actually btwn Dokko-jin and the kid ("Ding Dong").

MGIAG also had a weak over-arching story line and secondary characters, but the character of Miho (and Shin Mina's portrayal) basically saves it for the 1st two-thirds before it really goes off the deep end.

As for "Big" - not much good I can say about it other than stating that Gong Yoo did a pretty good job despite being given crap to work with.

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About the Twin-thing:

I think the trope that was in play there was "half-identical twins". For some reason, fraternal twins in fiction are very often displayed as some kind of clones that only differ in sex.

About the Twincest:

That WAS weird. I thought that he was just trying to be funny, but she, oh boy ...

I actually liked several of their shows, but mostly because they got actors and -- maybe even more important -- actresses who were able to transcend the weak character writing.

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It was a disappointing episode to say the last. I love the two leads, but the acting by the two leads seemed stilted. The rest of the acting by the supporting cast is downright terrible.

But it's the first episode and chemistry builds, so here's to hoping!

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It's the first episode, way to early to call anything.

But I agree, I was very uncomfortable with some of the acting. YYS was good enough for me, it's mostly the rather dull dialogue that bothered me about him. KSR, on the other hand, "stilted" seems to be an appropriate term. I also suddenly came to appreciate Park Shin-hye's comic timing. I hate myself ...

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Oh really? I actually thought KSR did slightly better than YYS.

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I so agree. As much as I like Kang Sora, her acting was pretty awkward and strained. Comedy seems not to be her forte.

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I agree... I like Sora but she doesn't seem to fit comedy... The way she delivers her lines is... off somehow
Hopefully it got better

And PSH always did well on comedy, especially in Pinocchio and You're beautiful even most of her roles aren't the best

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The most boring first episode i saw in a while in kdramaland, and i've never expected to be bored with a Hong sisters drama.
The plot was all over the place and the leads meeting plus their romantic line was so forced i cringed, seriously the girl thought that she had a twin brother and 30 minutes later after finding they're not related she just flirts with him? awkward.

I hope this show to get better 'cause i love both YYS and Kang Sora.

Please Hong sisters don't disappoint me!

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Not an amazing beginning honestly.I had too high hopes maybe thats why I didn't quite enjoy the first ep as much. It was bizzare that the leads wanted to hook up the minute they thought their twin theory was crap. Lol. I didn't get why they would introduce the lead pair's respective love interests only to wipe them clean off the slate minutes later. Just their old pictures followed by sad(hot!) times in the shower would have been enough. Most of the time I found the writing lazy and directionless rather than crisp and intriguing. Very slow plot movement. Wait, was there a plot? Haha. The scenery was a hoot though. Makes me really wanna escape to Jejudo...
Let's see there's more to come.

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I found it odd how they started flirting even before they confirmed they were not twins. Just because his mother claimed to not know the man in the picture doesn't mean she wasn't lying. Hopefully, whatever his mother told him that we didn't get to hear was confirmation.

Out of all the Hong Sisters's signature meta this episode, my favorite was Ahn Young Yi speaking Russian.

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I know! I was like 'office, Kang Sora in business clothes, Russian.......bring back Ahn Young-yi!'

It ties with that sighting of So Ji-sub (with trademark Joo Joong-won 'get lost!' hand gesture and Touch Love playing in the background) for my favourite.

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this is a perfect show to watch on weekends! im gonna keep this til the weekend. aaah, makes me feel warm and cozy indeed!

i agree not the most exciting first hour. and yes, looks like its going to be a cliche kdrama, but thats what hong sisters do best. and thats exactly why i watch their dramas.

because shows these days are sometimes too much with trying to invent a new interesting plot, i mean, why bother when a good old kdrama will do? pair up the cliches with awesome chemistry then im in.

also damn i wish it was summer and i was in jejudo.

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Thank God for your recaps, JB, because I was surprised how fast that "twin" plot was disposed of and thought I missed something in the translations. You'd think, after spending so much money on a plane ticket, that she would've confronted her "Mom" before giving up?

I'm disappointed that this 1st ep was so cliched-filled and nothing special; I really wanted to like this drama for YYS and KS but don't think I'll be sticking around unless I hear that it gets better.

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I also had a problem with how quickly they gave up on confirming whether or not they were twins, and then immediately started talking about falling for one another. Jung-joo had several reasons to believe that she and Gun-woo could be twins, and I couldn't buy her giving up on the idea so easily just because the mom said she didn't know the guy in the photo. Especially since she heard Gun-woo's sister asking her mom why she was saying she didn't know him before she'd even looked at the picture. Jung-joo seemed to think that she and Gun-woo shared enough physical features and mannerisms to believe that their being twins was definitely possible, and she'd invested so much in her pursuit of discovering the truth, so how could she just give up and shift gears so quickly?

All the outdated cliches didn't really bother me because I hoped it was just the Hong Sisters poking fun at their overuse- (I realize that the twins plot could be included in that, but if that was the intention, I'd say that it was very poorly executed.)

I do like that Gun-woo seems to be a genuinely nice guy, and I think I'll really like this pairing, so I'm optimistic that I'll enjoy the drama a lot more as it progresses.

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wow im surprised by the negativity of the comments. i feel so dumb enjoying a "brainless, all over the place, nonsensical" drama lol.

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Ah, dear! Count me in for I'm also a dimwit myself! I feel like a pre-school child attending a university seminar. Some of the comments sound as if we've been watching a Ki-Duk Kim's film...maybe we have but it's me who doesn't get it. However, an overanalyzed rom-com ( especially if it's a Hong sisters' baby) has lost most of its charm! Are we still watching episode 1 or not? *holding my head in despair * Can I enjoy it now or not? I'm confused...:-(

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haha but don't be dumb alone @alcoholicbubbletea, let's be dumb together, cos I also enjoyed it.

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lol me, three

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So I'm not the only one who found this first episode a bit of a wash, then. That high school 2005 portion was a weird combination of a complete slog and the most perfunctory meet-cute ever - I was hoping to god they wouldn't drag it out, but it was fifteen minutes too many. And it all felt weirdly disjointed, like a series of random events that had to be done to get the OTP to meet, rather than an actual story (also, wtf is up with going from 'we must be twins with the same mom!' to 'maybe I'll fall for you' in, like, ten seconds flat?).

The Hong sisters aren't generally great at first episodes but this was especially weaksauce. There's old-school, and then there's outdated, and I really hope this one turns it around.

For what it's worth, I do like Yoo Seon-seok and Kang Sora once they're grown up and they are fun to watch together, but you can almost see them struggling with the cheesier parts of the script. Like that first fifteen minutes or so. I think they have good enough chemistry even if they're not combustible (think more Shin Mina/Lee Seung-gi than So Ji-sub/Gong Hyo-jin), so it would be a shame if they didn't get something to work with.

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Well, I didn't like. KSR and YYS seemed like the perfect match but... I'm not liking the way his character is, and the way they make Kang Sora overacts. She doesn't need it imo.

And they look really alike, they could be sibling LOL I mean, even their hair color is similar, and I don't now, so far not feeling their feeling.

The drama editing was a bit weird too. It is like they threw everything they could on the pilot, and some cliche plots that made me ugh

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I don't know what the story is going to be all about. There doesnt seem to be an exact plot point which is kinda weird. It seems like an everyday slice-of-life type of story with slapstick comedy and with not much of an eye-catching plot to it. It kinda sounds boring and uninteresting from reading some of the comments here but I'm just gonna give it a try. It might just wow me. Like how Misaeng kinda sounds boring on paper but when I watched it, it totally won me over. Hong sisters dramas has always been my guilty pleasure. Well except for Big because that show is just pointless. Lol. So I'm hoping...please show don't be as pointless as Big!

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I love slice of life but I didn't get that feeling here at all. More like the usual story and clichés but not yet much plot in the first episode.

Misaeng had me fascinated from the first episode.

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They mostly did what Hong Sisters do... which is a ton of drama subversion.

So the whole secret twins plot is a drama subversion. The whole knight on a horse riding in the streets and instantly recognizing her is a drama subversion. The whole delighted to meet each other again and it not working out is a drama subversion. They used to do it front and center, but since Master's Sun they do it more in the plotting and background.

I think you're right that it will settle into a slice of life since they've been crushing on that genre for a while and been trying to nail it. It's going to take next week to get there though.

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By principle I never watch the first episode of a Hong Sisters drama. I never liked any of them. Weird I know! And yet I find myself all fired up by the fifth episode. I cheat reading javabeans' recap. It's not the same as watching, right? And it looks promising. Having said that, I need to comment on our javabeans about "some of their less successful moments have been when they’ve overloaded on plot details at the expense of character". If you mean the one we all know and no one names, the overcomplicated plot may have been the result of a not so great cast and no, I don't mean Gong Yoo, I mean everyone else. When the actors do not deliver, the writer is usually forced to ravel the plot. If you add to that a ratings-raged channel and actors who do not know their limitations, the thing is bound to get sour. There I finally said it after three years!

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It's not weird at all, Hong sisters drama's first episodes tend to be very weak in general. The fun really begins by the 5th or 6th episode, so your approach is actually the smart one - get all the boring setup stuff out of the way and go straight for the fun.

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I don't really know what to think after this episode. I didn't really like it but I don't think I was as disappointed as a lot of other people. It is only the first episode so while there are some disappointing/weird moments I am still hopeful that it will turn itself around. I have been anticipating this drama for so long I can't just give up after the first episode.

And can I just say.... So Ji Sub!!!!! The episode was totally worth watching just for his scene.

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Boring. I expected more from Hong Sisters.

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