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Neighborhood Hero: Episode 1

There was a burst of new content on cable this weekend, and Neighborhood Hero (also called Local Hero) was OCN’s offering, marking the channel’s shift to the twice-a-week format. They’ve had a number of successes in the once-a-week action thriller format—that’s been their bread and butter—but are trying something new with this Saturday-Sunday scheduling.

Off the bat, I’d say Neighborhood Hero is a promising show. The drama is fast-paced, gorgeously shot, and has a wry sense of humor that really speaks to me; it has the elements of a jolly fun ride, so I’ll be hoping it can keep it up.

Note: This is only a first episode recap.

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

We jump into a mission in the works by Korea’s central intelligence agency, CIO, in Macau. The agency’s attentions are focused on an American businessman named Curtis Brimmer, and a team is on the case, led by BAEK SHI-YOON (Park Shi-hoo).

Shi-yoon’s team has tracked Brimmer’s activities to a Hong Kong paper company, Bay Star Hong Kong. He’s trying to take over a major Korean bank with ill-gotten funds, and they’re determined to prevent it from happening. Shi-yoon and his two subordinates get busy gathering data on Brimmer and following his movements.

While Shi-yoon is on surveillance watch, one of Brimmer’s bodyguard/gangsters, a tattooed man wearing cornrows, notices that they’re being watched. Cornrows sends thugs after Shi-yoon, and they corner him in a narrow alley.

But he plays it cool, drawing them nearer by pretending to tie his shoe. At the last moment, he yanks out the lace and whips it around his attacker’s neck, tosses him aside, then catches Thug No. 2’s wrist with the string and flings him around. It’s both cool and comical how he throws around that shoelace like a deadly weapon, but it’s effective—he neutralizes all three thugs in no time and walks away calmly.

Shi-yoon’s teammate KIM SEO-AHN (Choi Yoon-so) initiates contact with Brimmer, acting the part of a university student who attended one of his lectures. Plying him with flirtatious admiration gets Brimmer to take the bait, and a short time later Seo-ahn is dolled up for a date with the target.

Keeping close watch are her teammates, Shi-yoon and JIN-WOO (Ji Il-joo). Ah, Shi-yoon and Seo-ahn are dating, and he intends to propose after the mission is over.

All is proceeding according to plan until Shi-yoon gets a call from his superior, Team Leader Jang (Jung Man-shik), who’s in charge of CIO’s Macau operation. He orders an immediate stop to the mission without a clear explanation, and Shi-yoon argues, especially since they’re so close to getting inside Brimmer’s organization. His boss barks that no explanation is needed; the agency gave the order, and they have to obey.

But Shi-yoon can’t leave things here and declares that they’ll push ahead—just as the conversation in Brimmer’s car takes a turn. What started out as romantic wooing about love and fate turns ominous when Brimmer insinuates that Seo-ahn approached him on false pretenses. Crap, he even knows her real name—and that she’s an intelligence agent.

Realizing they’ve been found out, the guys speed on in their car to continue following Brimmer. But as they enter an intersection, BAM! A big-rig truck slams into them, crushing their car and sending it toppling. The guys get jolted around and black out.

When they come to, all three teammates are in the clutches of Brimmer’s thugs. Cornrows is their leader, and he lays out their impending fates: One of them will die, and the survivor’s job is to deliver the message back to their agency to stop investigating. He gives them the choice of who will die and orders them to pick.

Shi-yoon orders his subordinates to keep silent and demands to know how they found out about the operation. Was there an informant?

Cornrows ignores him and just counts down, stopping in front of Seo-ahn menacingly as she cries in fear.

Suddenly, sidekick Jin-woo starts screaming at the gangsters that they’ve made the right choice to kill her and keep him alive, because he knows lots of secrets. He’ll deal in those secrets—and then make sure to cause trouble for them.

It’s a confusing outburst, but intentionally so: In Korean, Jin-woo tells Shi-yoon that he means to provoke and confuse them. Then he charges, never mind that his hands are tied and he’s unarmed. It’s a suicidal sacrifice, and Cornrows strangles the life out of Jin-woo while his teammates watch helplessly.

Three years later.

Shi-yoon is now… in prison? He and a fellow prisonmate are about to be released, and the buddy urges Shi-yoon to avoid seeking revenge when he’s out. Shi-yoon assures him he’s got not time for that: He’s got three years to make up for, and he’s most interested in women, liquor, and money. He’s curiously glib and flippant, nothing like the serious team leader he used to be. What have you got going on in your head, Shi-yoon?

The two guys walk out of prison together and promise to be in touch. Shi-yoon finds his sunbae, Team Leader Jang, waiting for him outside, and doesn’t seem exactly thrilled about it. His sunbae tells him that the agency knows he served an unfairly harsh punishment for disregarding orders, but being on foreign soil tied their hands; they had no choice but to sentence him because of diplomatic concerns.

Team Leader Jang also took a career hit, since he was in charge when the Macau fiasco went down. He no longer works in the field, instead managing boring administrative affairs for the agency. He asks what Shi-yoon intends to do with his life now, and Shi-yoon figures he’ll start by spending the money he’d earned over the years but never got to use because he was working. Maybe open a martial arts studio.

Team Leader Jang suggests carefully that maybe Shi-yoon ought to stay away from martial arts, since it’s dangerous for him. Or rather, he’s dangerous with it.

Moving on, we meet Detective IM TAE-HO (Jo Sung-ha) at home as his family readies for their busy day. He has a relatively ordinary home life, with a competent wife and three kids—and all the attendant schooling fees and bills that squeeze his salary dry.

Tae-ho’s wife reminds him that apartment loan payments are kicking in, and says in a half-sweet, half-warning voice that she trusts her husband will figure out how to pay them, because he’s responsible and trustworthy and will see to his family’s needs, right?

So Tae-ho heads to the bank, only to be denied deferment of payments. Embarrassed, he complains about waiting an excessively long time with so few clerks on duty. To which the employee points out a sign posted by the bank’s union that argues that it’s one of Bay Star Hong Kong’s tactics to cut costs and sell high. Ah, so Brimmer’s deal must have gone through when Shi-yoon’s mission failed.

Tae-ho worries about where he’ll come up with all this extra money every month, and rubbing salt in the wound is the discovery of a receipt from last night’s work party where he apparently paid the tab. He doesn’t remember doing it, and heads over to Neighborhood Bar to contest it.

At Neighborhood Bar, the elderly owner apologizes to his young employee because he’s putting the place up for sale. The young woman, aspiring writer BAE JUNG-YEON (Kwon Yuri), decorates the sign indicating that the bar is for sale while assuring her boss that she’s grateful to him—he paid her well and let her work on her writing here.

Tae-ho bursts into the bar, and launches into an elaborate appeal to the owner about his bill. He explains that the owner reminds him of his father and makes him lower his guard so that he gets drunk and orders more than his civil servant salary can afford. Jung-yeon wryly reminds him that they’d warned him five times last night, but he insisted on running up his tab anyway.

But the kindly owner offers to refund the charge, shocking the other two. He says it’s because Tae-ho works hard protecting the neighborhood, and I can see how his bar might be in trouble if he’s always so easy on his clientele.

Shi-yoon drops by to see his mother, and retrieves a black bag he’d stowed in a closet. Everybody must be afraid Shi-yoon is set on revenge because Mom makes sure to tell him that forgiving is winning. Even though his company is full of rotten jerks who treated him poorly, she forgave them for her own benefit. Shi-yoon doesn’t seem convinced, and asks if she’d understand him no matter what he did, because she’s his mother.

Tae-ho and his partner drive past a police scene, and after checking that their department’s crackdown period begins next week, he decides to step in. He offers to take the young robber off the local police’s hands and escorts him away.

But rather than going to the station, Tae-ho takes the robber kid home, where he sees that he’s poor and struggling. He explains that he’s going to let the kid off the hook this time, with the caveat that he’ll drop by unannounced multiple times in the next week. If the kid doesn’t stay out of trouble for the week, or if he tries to run, Tae-ho will have him booked right away.

His partner doesn’t understand why he’d let the criminal go, and Tae-ho retorts that he fully intends to take him in… next week once the crackdown period begins. Ha, so he can bolster his record? The partner shakes his head, but Tae-ho retorts that he’s just trying to make a living.

Shi-yoon walks into Neighborhood Bar and takes a seat, looking particularly interested in the meeting between the bar owner and prospective buyers. Listening in, he notes how the owner doesn’t like hearing that the buyers intend to change the business; the owner asks for time to think, reluctant to sell.

Shi-yoon approaches the owner and asks why he’s selling the place, complimenting its ambiance. The old man explains that he has to retire, and wonders at Shi-yoon’s interest. Shi-yoon replies that he just doesn’t like things changing; he prefers when something stays put in its place.

Tae-ho is called in for a meeting with his sunbae, a former intelligence agent and current businessman who is sympathetic to his financial concerns and makes a business proposal. Sunbae subcontracts for the CIO—ah, his business is a front for this work—and suggests that Tae-ho join him in tracking former operatives after retirement to ensure they don’t violate confidentiality rules. The payday makes Tae-ho sit up and take notice: one year of surveillance for 150 million won.

That requires setting up a false company of his own, and Sunbae assures him he doesn’t have to even have to clear it with police job—he can do it quietly as a side gig. Tae-ho is overcome with relief and gratitude, and Sunbae seals the deal with his first payment. Okay, there’s definitely something odd about Sunbae, right? I’m relieved for Tae-ho’s immediate concerns but worried about his future…

Shi-yoon quietly follows bar employee Jung-yeon as she visits her friend who runs a small cafe. He listens from just outside as she hears out her friend’s business woes: A big shopping center is being planned here, and the investors are forcing shopowners out with tiny compensation payments. If she takes the offer, she’d walk away with less than she put into her cafe.

Jung-yeon consoles her friend, and Shi-yoon takes notes. Hm, his list is titled “Neighborhood Bar Former Agents,” and he lists various people and marks them with either an O (yes) or X (no). The owner gets an O and Jung-yeon an X—wait, the old man was a spy?

Over the following days, Shi-yoon frequents to the bar to observe its various patrons, marking them as either O or X. Curiously, far more people in this bar are designated with an O than not, from the the guy wearing an earpiece to the woman flexing her grip to the guy who slides his glass down the bar sharply. Is this some spy hangout or are you just paranoid?

Shi-yoon entreats the bar owner again not to sell his bar, and if he must, then to be sure to sell it to someone who will keep it exactly as it is: a comfortable place for people to rest when they’re lonely. The old man doesn’t know why Shi-yoon loves his bar so much all of a sudden, and suggests, “Then you buy it.” Shi-yoon uneasily laughs that he’s not in a position to buy.

A dapper young man in full police uniform sips coffee in a park, and is accosted by a host of pretty girls fawning over him. They ask why he wanted to become a police officer, and he answers that he wants to uphold righteousness and justice, and also it gets a lot of attention from the ladies.

One woman says, “Then you’d better get up now. You’ve passed the testing location.”

Poof. The ladies vanish, and the young man—CHOI CHAN-GYU (Lee Soo-hyuk)—wakes up drooling on his bus seat. He gets off and sprints down the street, pausing briefly to protect a little boy who darts into the street into oncoming traffic, then continues to his destination.

Chan-gyu races up to the testing building just as police officers are drawing the gates shut. Detective Tae-ho is one of them, and he watches in amusement as Chan-gyu runs to a different point and hops the fence, leading the cops in a merry chase across the yard as he bolts for the entrance. He calls his officers off, allowing for Chan-gyu to take the police exam.

Sadly for Chan-gyu, the exam doesn’t seem to go very well, and he’s in a bad mood when Tae-ho approaches him in the convenience store. Tae-ho praises Chan-gyu’s impressive athleticism and explains that he’s hiring, offering him a job. Seeing that Chan-gyu is intent on becoming a cop, he says it can just be temporary until the exam results are in. He sweetens the deal with a hefty pay rate and the promise of a pretty co-worker.

So, Tae-ho kicks off his new company with three employees: Chan-gyu, his pretty niece, and a nerdy guy recruited by Sunbae. He outlines the job simply: Follow your assigned person, observe them all day, and report back on their doings. Tae-ho doesn’t give much guidance other than “Don’t get caught.”

Chan-gyu begins his surveillance on his middle-aged target, putting his athleticism to good use when he misses getting on the bus and has to follow it through the city on foot. He makes it on the bus at the next stop, and of course the only seat open is the one next to Ex-Agent Ajusshi, so he sits next to him awkwardly and tries not to be conspicuous. And then falls asleep on his shoulder. HA.

The bar owner meets with the prospective buyers again, heavy-hearted but finally ready to sell the bar. Just as he’s about to stamp the papers, Shi-yoon bursts in and stays his hand, announcing, “I will take the bar over. On two conditions: I will run the bar exactly as it is run now, and I will set aside a place for you in it. Please come every day and see if I’m doing a good job.”

The owner has conditions of his own: His coffee and beer are free, and Shi-yoon keeps Jung-yeon on as employee. He says, “Without the sound of her keyboard, this place is just a bar. Do you know what it becomes with the sound of her keyboard? A place where dreams grow.” Aw, he’s such a sweetie.

Shi-yoon has just enough funds to make the purchase, but admits he had to give up his plan to rent his own apartment. Ha, are you just going to live at your bar?

Chan-gyu keeps following Ex-Agent Ajusshi, ducking around corners to remain unseen, though it seems the ajusshi has clocked his presence. Ajusshi walks into Neighborhood Bar—and immediately triggers recognition in Shi-yoon.

Shi-yoon flashes back to that mission in Macau, when Ajusshi had warned his team not to act hastily. Shi-yoon adds “The sunbae I met in Macau” to his list and marks him with an O.

Chan-gyu enters next and sits, trying to act nonchalant as he continues to observe Ajusshi’s actions. He’s not particularly smooth about it; Shi-yoon notices and tests him out by motioning with a glass, like he’s going to slide it over. Chan-gyu just stares blankly—no automatic reflexes kicking in here—so Shi-yoon X’s out the “Nerdy young man” on his spy list.

Ajusshi and the owner seem like old friends, and Ajusshi explains that he’s been meeting with a human rights lawyer to address the issue of wrongful termination, though it’s not clear whose. He adds that he’s been followed around all day, wryly indicating Chan-gyu down the bar; he even volunteers to pay for Chan-gyu’s drink since he’ll be tired after following him all day.

The owner tells Ajusshi that the bar will get a new owner soon, and indicates Shi-yoon at the far end. Ajusshi calls it quite ironic, explaining that he knows Shi-yoon from his prior work, which had caused a problem and gotten him fired.

A disturbance breaks out when two rowdy patrons pick a fight with employee Jung-yeon and her friend, both of whom refuse to leave with them. The men get loud and huffy, and the situation looks like it may escalate with one wrong word.

Shi-yoon, Ajusshi, and Chan-gyu look over in concern, but it’s the elderly owner who steps in to send the men away, getting them to go quietly when he waives their bill. Crisis averted.

Chan-gyu stays late at the office typing up his report of Ex-Agent Ajusshi’s day, and realizes belatedly that he left his cap behind. It’s Shi-yoon who finds it the next day, when he finalizes paperwork with the owner.

The old man references yesterday’s unpleasant episode with the drunk men and points out that Shi-yoon should have stepped in, adding that he certainly has the ability to stop such situations. Shi-yoon wonders what he means by that, and the owner says simply, “Weren’t you our hoobae? If not, why would you have taken over this place?”

Shi-yoon explains his mother’s philosophy: When something concerns you, you should step in. When it doesn’t, be sure to stay out of it.

Jung-yeon gets a call from her friend at the cafe and goes running over to help her, because the two unruly hooligans from last night are back. They threaten to stick around as “customers,” effectively keeping everyone else away.

That’s their real purpose here, having been sent by the company trying to drive out the local shopkeepers to build that new shopping center. The girls are equal parts furious and fearful, since there’s little they can do.

Shi-yoon walks by and notes the scene inside, just as a sharp-looking businessman pulls up in a fancy car, CEO (of an investment company) YOON SANG-MIN (Yoon Tae-young). He’s attended to by a middle manager who informs him that he’s got this situation well in hand—he’s the one who deployed Dumb and Dumber to drive the cafe owner out.

The two gangsters take one look at Sang-min’s fancy appearance and mock him behind his back for not being a tough guy. Mistake! Sang-min turns to the middle manager with a pleasant smile, then yanks his tie, kicks him violently, and warns him to teach his employees some manners. All the while, Shi-yoon watches quietly.

Later that night, the ladies lock up the shop and head out, tensing fearfully when they think someone’s following them down the street. To their relief, that guy turns in the other direction—but then Dumb and Dumber jump in their path, ready to harass some more.

Jung-yeon threatens to call the police, but they say they’re not doing anything particularly wrong and snatch her phone away.

Then voice calls out from the dark alleyway—aha! It’s Shi-yoon, wearing Chan-gyu’s cap (the lettering is also this drama’s logo) and a mask. He returns the phone to Jung-yeon and does his best not to engage when Dumb (or is it Dumber?) starts slapping his head and swearing at him.

But when they kick him over and grab him violently, he sighs, “I really wasn’t going to—but I guess this does concern me.”

Shi-yoon lets loose, fighting them with ease and knocking them to the ground in no time. The girls hurry away, though Jung-yeon keeps stopping to look back, smiling at their savior.

Detective Tae-ho and his partner return to the home of the young robber to bring him in, but they find the kid helping his grandmother peel garlic to earn money, after spending all night working at a restaurant. This time Tae-ho really does feel moved by the kid’s sad situation, and he leaves empty-handed again, telling his protesting partner that they’re all just trying to earn a living.

Shi-yoon visits the grave of his old teammate Jin-woo, reliving those last moments of their failed mission.

“Jin-woo-ya, this is the beginning,” he thinks. “I’ve finished making all the preparations. I’ll find out for sure who it was who interfered with us in Macau, why our mission was aborted, who it was who did that to you. I’ll find out everything. Trust me.”

Shi-yoon returns to the bar and takes out that black bag he retrieved from his mother’s home. He unpacks it as he takes a call from his prison buddy, assuring him again that he has no plans for revenge. Well, I’d say your bag would beg to differ: cash in multiple currencies, several passports, and a gun.

 
COMMENTS

I think this is going to be a fun, entertaining, stylish show that takes what I enjoy about OCN dramas (slick directing, cool action), dials down some of the violence, and injects a nice dose of humor. I enjoy darker action too, but it can be quite tricky managing a more in-between tone, hitting both light and dark moments without getting too extreme on either end. And the director is good at this, which we could tell from watching a minute of this show or any of his previous ones (Chuno, Runaway Plan B, Conspiracy in the Court; let’s overlook Basketball since we all have our off years).

It’s not so light that it’s brainless popcorn entertainment (which have their place too), and we have hints of more serious undercurrents. Say, for instance, anything involving Shi-yoon’s true side—I wanted to know more about what is driving him, but the show handles his mysterious motives in a way that’s meant to keep us guessing. We know he has to be up to something, and that Neighborhood Bar means something specific—he certainly didn’t wander in by accident—and he’s too calculating and serious for us to believe for a second that his laughing, joking facade is real. It was effective in piquing my curiosity, since I fully expect him to have a multi-layered plan in the works, worthy of the complicated operations he used to enact as a spy leader.

Okay, I’ll admit that there are maybe some points that the show glossed over, like everything in Macau, but I was eager to get back to the neighborhood and its motley assortment of future crime-fighters. I didn’t need Macau to make brilliant sense, and was fine to get the shortcut version where it creates the mystery for Shi-yoon to solve, and sets up his personal vendetta that’ll fuel him in the present day.

The characters are an entertaining mix of offbeat personalities, and this is where the show gets me, because everyone’s quirky and interesting. Chan-gyu seems poised to be the breakout favorite, and Lee Soo-hyuk plays him with this adorable mix of traits—he’s competent in some respects and takes his job seriously, but has a bungling streak that he’s not even aware of, and it makes him super endearing.

Tae-ho’s good-natured in a compelling way, and I like that he’s a decent guy with a good heart, but he isn’t so principled that he isn’t above begging or bending rules. I worry that he’s getting him into trouble with this business front, though hey, maybe it’s exactly as his sunbae said and gives our characters a convenient reason to interact. But when something seems too good to be true, and an answer to all your problems, there’s gotta be a catch. Or some monster strings.

As a main character, Shi-yoon is the classic wounded hero, and while it’s a familiar type, I can’t lie that it’s effective. I just really love the setup of the reluctant hero, and he’s exactly that—he has all of the capability to step in and use his skills to help people, but he’s not the type to put himself out there for some general concept of the greater good. (…Yet?)

He’s our hero in the sense of being our lead character, but he’s not a hero in the sense of being a crusader for the people, and watching that shift will be a fun journey, I think. He’s the opposite of the elderly bar owner, and I hope they’ll strike an interesting odd couple dynamic, because there’s a lot Shi-yoon could learn from the guy.

And speaking of him, what is the deal with all these retired spies hanging around? Is this bar just a comfortable place for them to have a drink, where he can start pinpointing possible leads? Shi-yoon is determined to get to the bottom of the Macau fiasco, so I’m guessing he suspects an internal leak as a possibility, so maybe that’s why he’s here.

In any case, I was hoping Neighorhood Hero would be solid fun, and I’m pleased with its start. It’s the kind of entertaining where you can think about it a whole bunch if you want to, dissecting and speculating and predicting, but you don’t have to if you prefer to sit back and relax and just let things unfold.

As to the elephant in the room, I suppose I do have to mention Park Shi-hoo (do I, though?) making his drama comeback. The trickiness is, regardless of how you feel about his scandal, I’m not sure how possible it is for people to see him onscreen without associating him with it. Some viewers may have no trouble regarding him purely as an actor in a role, but I don’t think many/most can do that, and I wonder if it’s a little too soon for him to be back. It’s a shame since I think he’s perfectly cast from an acting standpoint, yet the show probably won’t be able to fully escape the shadow of his scandal.

Personally, I intend to watch the show, but we’re not going to recap the rest of it, and to be very honest it’s mostly because I don’t think much of the discussion about this drama will be about the drama itself. I don’t blame anyone for having feelings and wanting to express them, but if a drama’s discussion is constantly being derailed, that’s not really very productive either… So we’ll just skip this one and hope for better next time.

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Thanks for your comments. I won't be watching this because I'm one of those who can't dissociate the man from the role, but I'm glad for the cast and crew that it seems to be a decent show. And I don't begrudge those who do plan to watch it if they can separate the art from the actor; but I think you've made a wise decision in keeping this to a first episode recap. Every post that even peripherally mentions Park Shihoo tends to turn into another rehash of the entire case and a did-he/didn't-he argument that people just need to let go at this point, because no one is changing anyone's mind anymore.

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I lika what Laica said.

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Thank you for making one of few reasoned comments. Agreed on how the comments section simply turns into a town hall or screaming match about his culpability.

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Took the words right out of my mouth concerning the problem I have with this drama.

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Thanks guys. I'm just so over the debating and mud-slinging, and I feel it's disrespectful of the OP/recapper's efforts to ignore the actual content of the post and keep beating this dead horse. (See below. *rolls eyes*)

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Hero??? He's a Fucking Rapist

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But he's also an actor. I want to watch him because he makes a good contribution to the drama. I am here to judge him as an actor and not a person.

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And we're off...demonstrating the wisdom of javabeans' one-episode recap. We get it. You are judge and jury. But you still read the recap.

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Rapist? Did you see him do it?Were you there with him? I think some people should judge when it's necessary. Here we comment about dramas and the character of any actors, not their private life, of course if he did wrong he has to pay but it's not the place or our decision to make. Everyone has his work and it's not good to accuse someone just for gossip so in the meanwhile of the process we should just comment on his action . Don't like don't see!

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I agree with you 100%. What one reads does not necessarily mean what actually transpired. I, for one, intend to watch this drama. Park Shi-hoo is a wonderful actor in my book.

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This and Signal are just what I have been looking for to enjoy.
TY.

If the gossip basher crazies want to skip it then that is their loss.

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I'm one of those who likes the character more than the actor so any actor who justifies the role is fine for me...that's why i never say that I'm a fan of some actor....

I know to many trust issue comes.... you know when he does something good in the drama you think " at least you should be 1% good as the character your playing " i never compare actor's personal and professional life... If the plot is not good I'll drop it without second thought....

Most important a drama doesn't involve only one person.. its an effort of many ,so judging it for one actor's personal life is just unfair so I'll give it a try....

PS: Its my opinion and it may differ from others so i don't mean anything bad...

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I personally like PSH as an actor, and regardless of his scandal will enjoy this drama. It looks promising enough. Drama please don't disappoint....pls.

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exactly my sentiments!!

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Won't be watching. I try to dissociate actors with their private lives, but there has to be a limit somewhere.

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Cool..nice to know that I'm not the only one

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Won't be watching either

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Hey hey !! Can you please recap this drama !! I really look forward to reading it !! And i cant really find other websites that stream this show :-( Please author -nim !!

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It'll be on dramafever tomorrow.

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Love Director Kwak. Everytime his name is mentioned I thank the Heavens for "Conspiracy in the Court."
Waiting for his next sageuk.

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I wish he'd been able to go for jTBC instead of signing on with CJ E&M, honestly. jTBC takes big, established talents and lets them do whatever they want for a lot of money, whereas CJ E&M pays them a lot of money to toe the company line and do safe, uncontroversial projects that fit their brand. The days of things like Joseon X-Files are long gone, sadly.

idk, personally I think he'll have to go back to the big three to do another sageuk at this point. I could be dead wrong, but that's the feeling I get.

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This is like waiting for Jung Ha-Yeon to come out with another project :(. If only I was born 20yrs earlier.

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:(

There are some directors who would do amazing stuff if they got their hands on a higher budget sageuk with a good cast and script--PD Kwak, Kim Jin-min, Kim Yong-soo, Kim Heung-dong...but so many of these guys are given projects so far beneath them it's not even funny. This seems like an okay show, but he's capable of so much more it just feels like a waste. Ahn Pan-seok is the only director I can think of who gets to do whatever he wants.

Oh well. At least most of these guys are a lot younger than Jung Ha-yeon--they'll be around for a long time to come.

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Thanks for the recap... and still hope that DB would continuing to recap this drama.
I wait for this drama for a long time and finally it's here. OCN rarely fail me to present such entertaining drama. So I will stick to watch this drama.
About scandal, actually I don't have any interest on it. I watch drama, I enjoy it and that's it.
It's pleasure to find kdramaland blossom again...

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Love it. Glad he's back and am going to ignore comments that don't focus on the drama.

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And comment 2 is exactly why you've made the right decision not to recap the show.

Thanks for the first ep recap. I think I'll probably end up watching this, mainly for Lee Soo Hyuk. I've never had the opportunity to see him in a role like this, and i do love watching his work :P
I've actually never really been a fan of PSH, even before his scandal. There's something about him that just puts me off and I cannot for the life of me figure it out.

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Damn it, I really wanted to watch this show, but having re-read the allegations against the lead I just don't think I can do it.

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Well, I very much appreciate your objective opinion on the drama and also your hard work in recapping this episode, even though negative comments [about the actor] were certain to come about.
I'm not sure yet what I will do. At the very least, I will see what other people say as more episodes come out, but I do that for every show. I generally don't watch for the actors anyway.

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"He's serving jail time in the drama to make up for the jail time he didn't serve in real life"

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I love your recap!! Thank you even if it will only be just for the first episode.

I am definitely going to watch this drama. So far so good!

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I am sad that you guys will not recap this show but I understand your reasons because they are right. For me the only reason I will try to stick with this show is because of LSH I enjoy his acting and I think it will be fun to see him in this type of role. I am not a fan of PSH even before I learned about his scandal, which was when the casting for this show began, because I never saw any of his shows, except maybe the first 4 episodes of The Princess' Man but I didn't really get engaged with him as an actor. Although I admit that it is kind of awkward to see him onscreen after learning about the scandal.

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Will watch this drama 'cos so far OCN dramas are not too bad. Pity this is only a 1st episode recap though.

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Yeah, I don't think I can comfortably watch Park Shi Hoo anymore but I really do want to watch Lee Soo Hyuk in a different role than before so I'm still on the fence. It's a point I keep coming back to. I skipped "Scholar" so I feel like I am missing out on an actor's growth I am really interested in, lol.

Maybe I will skip entirely or maybe I will end up giving it a go but I am glad it seems good anyhow. I'm sure there will be other places for discussion if anyone wants it. It's a big wide internet.

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Talk about double standards, if you hate Park Shi Hoo, then hate Lee Byung Hoon and Kim Hyun Joong too. At least he didn't hit a girl, and she's not give birth to his child like KHJ did.

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I don't think Dramabeans has expressed any opinions on LBH and KHJ so who's double standards are you talking about?LBH and KHJ have not done a drama in recent years, therefore dramabeans doesn't have to give their opinions.

This is a drama that involves PSH not LBH and KHJ. By the way those actors are also on my list for avoiding if possible. KHJ is in it big time and LBH is on it to but his crimes are less than KHJ's and PSH's. Yes he had a relationship with another woman while he was married to LMJ and I truly felt bad for her through that ordeal but at least he didn't rape or hit a woman. I never had a good feeling about KHJ and as I was and am neutral about LBH because I had never seen any of his movies or shows.

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What an odd mix of actors in just one sentence. We can certainly avoid mediocre TV actors because of their projects and their not-so-good acting but, for the love of God, how can we avoid LBH, one of the most talented Korean actors ever? And what for? His marriage? His wife? His blackmailers? An actor's private life has absolutely nothing to do with his/her artistic choices. Even Sean Penn got his Oscar statuette regardless of his public image (and behaviour). Artists' family lives should remain private and irrelevent to the audiences as well as to their work. Online communities sometimes are part of the "internet paranoia" and the so common "projection by bashing a public figure for whatever reason possible".

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...Lee Byung-hoon had dalliances outside of his marriage and was blackmailed over them. This guy is an alleged rapist. As for Kim Hyun-joong, I don't think many people on here would disagree that he's a piece of shit...but why do we need to compare the two in order to condemn one or the other? And as for preferential treatment, afaik Dramabeans doesn't comment on this kind of stuff, period, and are well within their rights to do so. This is a drama site, period.

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I really can't say Kim Hyun-joong is a piece of shit. He's troubled and odd as all get out, but that means he needs therapy. Not that he's a piece of shit. Hitler is a piece of shit. Stalin is a piece of shit. But troubled humans doing troubled stuff shouldn't be vilified to such an extreme. No one is perfect.

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I think we just disagree on the magnitude of being a "piece of shit." I think it's a mildly offensive way of saying that someone does not seem like a good person. There's no need to mince words about Hitler or Stalin--they were just evil, plain and simple.

Also, I agree that no one is perfect.....but there are a lot of troubled people who don't resort to violence, as well. We all make choices, and we deserve to be held accountable for them.

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DID YOU JUST READ WHAT YOU WROTE?? YOU WROTE ALLEGED RAPIST. ALLEGED. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.? NEVER PROVEN. MANY MEN ARE RUINED OVER ALLEGED RAPIST ALLEGATIONS. GO TALK ABOUT SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY RAPED SOMEONE.

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This actor should be in jail
What's wrong with ppl in Korea

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He's innocent until proven guilty. What's wrong with you?

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Oh God yes. I guess people forget the 'innocent until proven guilty' part when they are itching to take out their pitchforks.

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You can't get through to opinionated people. They will never back down no matter what. How can you persecute someone as ALLEGED when it was never proven. I will stick by PSH.

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Legally speaking Park Shi Hoo is not a rapist. He and the girl were both drunk. The law has a double standard if the girl is drunk she can call it rape. But what about the guy? If the guy is too drunk he is a rapist?

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If a guy deliberately gets a girl drunk to have his way with her it's one thing; if a guy and a girl are partying and get drunk and someone has regrets the next day I think it's a different thing. What it comes down to was the case A or B? A lot of people seem convinced it was A, but after I read all the evidence online it sounded more like B to me. In the end, they settled and since none of us were personally involved I think we should just move on.

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awww...i was so looking forwards for this being recapped. But thank you for recapping the first ep.

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I think I intend to give this a shot but I am a bit worried I won't be able to overlook the scandal. I have a rule for celebrities don't murder and don't rape other than that it's their personal lives and frankly couldn't care less.

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Thanks for the recap.

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DB im not sure if i can ask this....will uu please recap madame antoine alsoooooooo

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*snort* I just can´t. I can´t believe THAT THING was Gwi.
I am cracking up here, oh lord. This is so funny.

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ahahahahaha I KNOW RIGHT!!!

I'm imagining him as gwi and losing my shit!!

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I'll skip on this one .....

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I'm surprise that you recap this drama. I thought you gonna skip it because of Shi Hoo's scandal. Well I personally enjoy this drama. I'm not gonna lie, I'm always a fan of Shi Hoo's dramas since Illjimae. Whatever he do in his life it's none of my business.

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To see that the victim of the rape case is now living a luxurious life in UK with her new bf I think I can move on with the scandal already. She looks happy, it make me more comfortable to watch PSH acting again. I like his past dramas and this one seems good too. I'll watch it when the sub is out.

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I am glad that she has been able to put her life back together, even if living in Korea is now not really possible for her. Money will not compensate, but I hope she has found someone who she can trust and who will care for her.

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She seem super happy. Having good time with her bf, updating her insta. She didn't seems effected by the scandal. If I didn't know that she's the victim of the case I wouldn't even think that she went through all of that. That girl from not so well-off trainee to living a really luxurious life right now, I think people should start forgiving PSH. Only they know who's telling the truth. Whether she lied or he lied, I think there must be some truth in both of their statements. Well, who am I to judge them. The victim withdraw her lawsuit so technically she's not "victim" anymore. When there's no more case so technically he's not guilty. She move on, he move on, it's the time for netizens to move on too.

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Hm. I'm not happy for her because I think everyone has moved on and we can all just forget about it because it 'seems' as if they have. I am happy for her because she has managed to put her life back together; who knows if she has really gotten over it or not. I expect that every time she sees his face, the sordid details resurface: they certainly do for me, and all I did was read the news reports and watch her drunken body being carried into an elevator.

Some people can divorce a performer from what they know about their private life; I cannot.

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Get Over IT People!
He Was Dashing!She Was Beautiful!Both Got Horny!
But something got loose in Her head..He Tried to shake it off but couldn't...Then something-something happened and all that's left is Us Arguing!!!
Also..I was wondering if he was so dumb enough to not notice the CCTV camera...i mean almost each and every corner of every building has them..isn't it?

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what kind of rape apologist comment is this? ew.

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i dont understand why are people so hell-bent on making her so Pure and Innocent..after seeing her pictures on internet i believe she's anything but a Virgin and i don't mean it in a bad way..Sex is a need and she pretty much had her experiences before also and i dunno about their real situation but its pretty much the Fact about the generation we're living in right now..People get attracted..have fun and some mess up..thats the Reality!
Now regarding the rape allegations,i dont believe a word she said because all the so called Evidences were not strong enough to prove him the culprit..infact those proofs actually throw shades on her too..like who the hell keeps on texting with her own rapist?and with Emoticons and 'kekeke' and all?
BTW..currently that girl is in Europe with her bf happily while he has to bring himself up from that pit of shame...

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Yes, agree with you. If everyone read carefully all published details and evidences regarding the case, I think at least no one would have been certain he raped her. Even her friend who at first on her side, got confused and then back off when she found out other details. And if she was really a victim, she would have not settled the case.

Too bad he (and this drama) would be shadowed by his past scandal...
I think he's good actor and I was waiting so long for his comeback. I watch the first 2 eps and its so good.
Netizens seriously need to move on and stop saying harsh comment towards him especially saying he's rapist, because it's same as cyber bullying.

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Thank-you!
It means a lot to find someone on the same page!
And BTW..this drama is Awesome!!
Wish they could've recapped it!

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These people judge him as they were there at the "crime scene". And maybe they were with their dirty minds ;)

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You don't have to have a dirty mind to recognize an incapacitated person. You don't have to have a dirty mind to know victim blaming when you see it.

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Wise decision JB. Every time PSH's name pop up, suddenly our discussions are always end like a war.

I personally won't watch this drama, the main reason is because PSH in it. Thus i find the story is just so-so ( typical ), nothing new. From the video promos, i've seen only Jo sung ha who acted well though i must say that LSH is very handsome and cute..

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PSK onscreen acting reminds every time his shameless act.i cant't see or feel any remorse on his part.guess life goes on and not everyone has to suffer for wrong committed. regardless convicted or not no one should forget the heinous nature of the accusation.such a shame to observe a person without tiny bit of moral sense to act in highly righteous character. so lame n funny.

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Watched the first episode-loved it so far!

*I don't know if he's innocent or not. None of us do. But I've been falsely accused before- a girl I worked with actually tried to frame me for theft, to get me fired (I was up for promotion- she was jealous). Luckily, during the time she claimed I stealing from the store, I was actually getting a ride from campus security back to my dorm. But by the time I'd proven my innocence, I'd already been taken off the work schedule and everyone at my job had heard about my "theft." I ended up quitting a few days later. No one wanted to hear the truth-the frame up was more interesting.
Have been on THAT side - I strongly believe in innocent until proven guilty. Which he wasn't.

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I second what Harukogirl said! Innocent until proven guilty. In the US, our celebrities do horrible things all the time and still go on about their jobs - especially athletes - if we screened out watching anything these people did, we'd just be staring at blank TV screens. I'm not saying that makes it right or that it's a good thing. But I can separate Art from the artist. Heck, our politicians are even filthier and more horrible and get away with all kinds of crimes, but I don't start a revolt because of it. It sucks, but that is the world we live in.

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there's video footage showing him carrying her as shes unconscious and taking her to a house. he failed the lie detector test whilst she passed. they settled out of court that's only why his ass isn't in jail lets not be delusional and say we don't know. the proof is there if you want to know, now do you want to see it or not- that's a different matter..

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It's a shame, this drama seems quite good and worth watching but...like others above, I'm having a difficult time dissociating the actor from character. It's hard for me to see him as the 'hero' while knowing about his scandal...so unfortunately I have to skip this since I tend to rate dramas based on my emotions as well :(

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Thanks for the recap. I'm waiting for the eng subs. I really like the ahjusshi actors and of course Soo Hyuk-shi. I'm not a super fan of Park Shi Hoon. But I don't dislike him either, and am glad the entertainment industry and Korean public seem to have put their trust in him.

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Thanks Carol for your reasoned opinion. This might be a conspiracy theory but Ive always thought that his former agency set him up because he was leaving them.

Anyway I hope to enjoy the show, it looks very entertaining.

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That's possible. 'm really just glad folks are more forgiving of scandals. Whether a movie star is guilty or not, I balk at the idea of "punishing" them indefinitely.

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It does raise an interesting point - to what extend can we disassociate ourselves from the actions of a person and their work?

If you are a fan of the French musician Jean-Baptiste Lully (court musician to Louis XIV) how do you square that with his pedophilia?

Or if love the artist Degas or Ezra Pound how do you square that with his anti-Semitism and proto-fascism? Gener was a thief, Rimbauld a smuggler, Byron committed incest and Flaubert paid for sex with boys.

I would point out the Jewish Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim who is a champion of Wagner's music and has made a point of playing it in Israel where it is not particularly welcomed. His defence is that whilst Wagner may have been personally reprehensible, his music is not. And there is a disconnect between art and morality which goes further than that; not only can a "bad" person write good novel or paint a good picture but a good picture or a good novel can depict a very bad thing e.g. the novel Lolita which is a very good novel but is about the sexual abuse of a minor and yet it makes the protagonist seem almost sympathetic.

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I think music and writing is one thing. Seeing the person's face might be different. When we are personally angry at someone, it is their face that bothers us most. And many folks are personally angry at this actor. He also, unfortunately has a smile that some might find bothersome. It's a bit of a smirk. That, connected to his presumed guilt and preferential treatment, could be an obstacle. When we listen to music and read books we don't see that. In the same way, I can watch a movie by a pedophile but if the pedophile appears in that movie as an actor I find it difficult to watch because he's before my eyes.

When it comes to evils like anti-Semitism, I try to see how powerful and destructive that anti-Semitism was. The effect of Hitler's anti-Semitism is wide. Ezra Pound's was more private.

As for art that makes protagonists sympathetic, that is what art is for. If films make me understand folks involved in incest, pedophilia, etc, then I'm cool with them. I still can feel uncomfortable with the actions but at least I know where they're coming from.

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Really excellent point, you put into words exactly what I am feeling. I can listen to Wagner (for short periods of time, LOL) and I can enjoy the overwrought lulz of Byron, but it is something about seeing their faces... I can't watch LBH, or KHJ or Woody Allen or Roman Polanski, either. When I see the face, everything comes back to me. And it isn't just people with skeevy private lives - I was halfway through Attic Cat when I found out that the female lead had committed suicide...I had to drop it right then and there, every time I saw her I felt like I wanted to cry, especially when she was treated so badly in that show.

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@Carol

I think you've explained that double standard very well, Carol, about being able to enjoy music or writing, even if the author has been capable of great ill, but being aggravated by the face of someone that offends.

However while it is perhaps a "natural" reaction, surely, it is precisely a double-standard that we should be questioning within ourselves? If we believe to hold ourselves to some moral standard, then surely, we should have enough integrity to deny ourselves the music or writing that we enjoy, just because we're able to pretend it's not there?

Otherwise, it feels like we're just doing the flip side of justification which thugs do - like I just hate him, will hit him, because I hate his face.

As for the smirking - isn't that a well known stylistic element in creating a male lead character? When I think of all the k-drama leads - don't they all smirk in one way or another? In most cases, the smirk is aligned with a kind of masculinity and sexual attractiveness. Isn't he thus just doing his job in the k-drama?

So while a knee-jerk reaction could react to him that way, I'd like to believe we are capable of reflecting beyond that to see the context for why he's smirking?

I also would find it hard to differentiate between public and private anti-semitism. It is the composite of many people's private prejudice that gives rise to giving as much power to someone like Hitler. Even small acts done in private prejudice aren't right - surely, Hitler started small too, and as all snowballs go - they can get bigger really fast.

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You make fantastic points. People really do have strange ways of approaching art, though part of me thinks it's all about interpretation. For example, I think it would be easy for people to love any of the examples you listed above when they don't know the history of the artists behind them, but once they're privy to the "behind the scenes" info, that knowledge may color how they approach that work in the future. Or it may not. Like most things, I think it's all up to the individual. Nothing is ever black-and-white, especially when it comes to art.

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People piss me off at times, so his career should be over because of some stupid accusation that is not even proven to be true, koreans can be shallow with their thinking sometimes *snort* smh

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Not just Koreans

I'm not Korean and he creeps me out

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i gave it like two minutes and i just felt so creeped out looking at him that i just knew i wouldn't be able to look past him. so i'm not going to bother with the show. it's not about it being too soon. considering what he did no amount of time can make you feel comfortable seeing him on your screen. every time he tries to woo the actress you'd just be grossed out.

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look at all of you, if you are creeped out, you are creeped out, but why do you come to the recap then? if you are not interested, dont watch, dont read. we get it. I dont approve of his behavior, but I wouldnt be as two-faced as to watch it just to come say how I can´t watch it....and then still keep watching and reading the recaps. cause most people already said they wont watch with them promo stills and preview

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I would watch this show to see the pretty writer/bartender in the show, Jung Yeon. She looks vaguely familiar -- maybe she's been on other shows as well.

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She is Yuri - a member of Girl's Generation k-pop group.

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I actually looked forward to the drama due to the plot description and tuned into the show on Saturday for Ep 1 and found it to be slickly shot, with lots of action.

Characters are all interesting. Many familiar faces of actors/actresses.

Ep 2 was even better as the plot develops.

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I find it ridiculous that people are commenting here just to say they refuse to watch this because of his scandal. WE GET IT. You all are so much better than us. Now kindly move on with your lives and save us all the acrimonious BS. We're here to read about the drama, not to hear your bias stance on his personal life. And even if we were interested, I would've thought all the OTHER threads/related posts (of which there were MANY), would've been enough for all of you to air your grievances and move on, but apparently we're not that lucky.

That being said, thank you so much for the recap, Javabeans. I understand the reasoning behind not recapping, but this sounds great, and I can't wait to watch it subtitled, and hopefully hear all about it on a future podcast!

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+1. they do it every time, every single post connected to this. a drama thread is a drama thread, and for judgments there are courts. like an angry mob, sheesh!

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Yeah, I read Javabeans' comments first and thought she was just being cautious and surely the discussion wouldn't be dominated by that - and then the comment section. The show is a show, and it's kind of a shame a wider conversation can't be had. I don't think talking about the show necessitates absolving PSH or the opposite. Whether he is guilty or not, the show remains what it is.

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thanks for the first episode recap..I've really enjoyed this drama so far...and I loved all PSH's other dramas....he's a brilliant actor and all the cast is good too. so I'm going to watch this drama for sure.
And I think it's the right decision not to recap the rest eps, if you can't control the annoying comments that come about and ppl can't stop themselves from becoming judge and jury, so it's really better not to put anything about this drama here. Those who like the drama will surely enjoy it no matter what.

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but really I think it's really unprofessional of dramabeans not to be able to control the comments.you can easily do that by reviewing them before posting them, many site do. and by doing this prevent the site from becoming a chaos.
since this is a drama related site and note a modern cyber version of traditional gossip gatherings.
I'm saying this because I like dramabeans and will be happy if it improves

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I bet they'd even get volunteers. I'd gladly moderate a thread in order to make sure it stays on topic. I have no life and that sounds like fun LOL.

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you have no life enough to come write and read hateful comments but there is no enough time to control the comments to stick to the topic. I've seen it in other blogs they review comments before confirming them to be seen as public..instead of using the bitter mocking tone in your words you could just take it as a suggestion which doesn't concern you but those in charge of running this blog

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Umm, yeah. I wasn't being sarcastic. I would genuinely find moderating this sort of topic fun. I'm just as sick of all the off-topic ranting as you are.

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They are not the soup Nazis. You have a right to comment here just like everyone else. If you don't like a comment, skip it. It's that simple.

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That's true. But how sad for those of us who would like recaps, that we're subjugated by those who can't stop de-railing the comments section for their hatespeak.

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People are quick to dismiss rape huh?

Some comments here are either "well i don't care for his personal life so i'll continue to support him *shrugs* (even if hes a rapist)" to "we can't judge him, you were not at the crime scene!!11 stop being bias towards oppa, let's forgive him already!!1"

I hope you all enjoy your drama, nice to see some priority here.

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Thank you so much for posting a comment that had absolutely nothing to do with the drama or recap in question. Your opinion (well, personal attack, really, on people who want to watch this show) has been noted and deemed bitter and pretentious. If you want to discuss the case/scandal, please find an appropriate avenue to do so - this isn't it.

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I admired PSH as an actor for he played every role well in the past and am sure this another good drama for him. I don't care what an entertainer do in his private life that is his life. SO thanks for the recap..I like it already. CHILL people.

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English subs are out for both episodes now.

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Thank you so much for the recap, I wasn't able to watched it but I read it anyway.,spoiler doesn't bother me.I'm about to close this page but I see some harsh comments about PSH,.up until now I still can't believe my self that she raped someone,I don't think he is capable of doing it, w/ his good looks and celebrity status he doesn't need to forced someone to sleep with him,.He is just a victim of someone who wants money and fame,if the girl was really a victim then why did she stopped fighthing for it,she was very brave to claimed that she was raped but when this was publicized she dropped the case at the end.,after ruining someones image and life I just hope she gets what she deserved.karma is a bitch!!

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I deleted your following comments because they were such extensive copy-pastes about the scandal. This isn't really the place for that.

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Another PSH delulu fans !!!!!! PSH was also counter sued her, then why he's dropped the charge against her ???? LOL

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I thought that rape allegation that ended up by settlement in court while also release in media is reaally fishy. I mean who want their face to be shown for rape victim, her identity is leak ofc.
In the other side no celebrity would want to be on court spotlight for such a bad rumor. That's why idk why settlement clear it up, his loss already being made and she can go all out or he also go all out.
It also questioning for me if they do a proper investigation cause afaik if you already being process, and even went to court, you can't take back your case, it need to be solves like the demand from victim
Since it ends up that he is innocent, I take that. I've seen people throw to jail 1-3 days just for an allegation that never prove but since the "victim" reported, they get taken.
The drama seems so interesting, park shi hoo related or not

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