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Missing 9: Episode 1

Missing 9 wastes no time dropping us right into the action, and I have to say, I was gripped from the very first moment. The cinematography is fantastic, and the music underscores and informs the action perfectly without being distracting. The characters are compelling and sympathetic, and the story is as heartbreaking as it is terrifying. I went into this show cautiously optimistic — it’s had a bit of a rough time making up its mind on what it wanted to be — but I think we’re in for an incredible ride.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

On a lonely, deserted mud flat by the ocean, a young girl wakes, filthy and disoriented. She sees a nearby structure and stumbles towards it, frantic to find help.

Elsewhere, a man paces an opulent office, complaining to someone on the phone that “this won’t bring them back from the dead.” He corrects himself that of course they are only missing, then loses his temper. He says “they” may as well be dead, and tells the man on the phone to accept that his son is gone.

The name plate on his desk identifies the man as the CEO of Legend Entertainment, JANG DO-PAL, and he barely gets a chance to sit before his assistant wheels in a television. A breaking newscast announces that a survivor of the Legend Entertainment plane crash was found on a beach in China, four months after the accident.

The news of the survivor sweeps the country, and candlelight vigils for the remaining missing victims are held in front of the Legend Entertainment building. While citizens criticized the government for not trying hard enough to find the crash victims, which included several celebrities, hope is now renewed that they may still be found alive.

A lady diver in Jeju sees the news flash, along with a picture of the survivor. Her face blanches, and she silently screams. And in a dark office somewhere in Seoul, a man calls an acquaintance, PROSECUTOR CHO. He says that he’s found Prosecutor Cho some work.

The survivor, a young girl named RA BONG-HEE (Baek Jin-hee), is released by the Chinese officials and sent home to Korea on a plane. The ride causes flashbacks of the terrible plane crash she recently experienced, but she manages to hold herself together.

Her escort talks about how they didn’t have the budget to do a thorough search after the accident, and that they assumed everyone died, so her being found alive creates an awkward situation. He asks if what she told the Chinese police is true, and Bong-hee’s eyes grow haunted. She ekes out a tiny “yes.”

She arrives at the airport in Korea to a crowd of reporters screaming questions at her, as well as desperate fans holding “Save the Dreamers” signs. But Bong-hee only sees one person in the crowd — the Jeju diver, her mother.

Mother and daughter embrace each other tearfully, both having thought they’d never see the other again. At the back of the crowd, the mysterious man we saw calling the prosecutor watches, and he notices that Bong-hee is wearing a distinctive necklace. It’s a silver infinity charm, with a pearl nestled inside one of the loops.

Prosecutor Cho calls him to report that they’re safe, because Bong-hee told the Chinese police that she doesn’t remember anything that happened after the accident. The mystery man asks if this means they won’t be able to find out what happened during those four months, and Prosecutor Cho assures him that her memory should come back eventually.

A polished woman approaches Bong-hee and her mother and introduces herself as JO HEE-KYUNG, chairwoman of the special investigation commission for the accident. She pulls Bong-hee into a hug, making a show for the cameras while ensuring that they’re photographed from all angles.

But she’s cold as ice in private, only showing cursory concern for Bong-hee before asking if she truly doesn’t remember anything. She’s says it must be a relief to Bong-hee that she’s lost her memories of those traumatic months, but makes it clear that they need her to remember so that they can find out if there are any other survivors.

Chairwoman Jo makes it sound as though, despite her amnesia, Bong-hee owes it to the special investigation commission to remember what happened. She tells Bong-hee that as soon as she remembers, she’ll be expected to tell everything on camera, as if it’s her patriotic duty.

In a halting, tentative voice, Bong-hee begins to tell Chairwoman Jo what she does remember of the day leading up to the crash. She says it was her first day of work at her first job, and her first trip abroad. “I thought that day would be the happiest day of my life.”

Four months ago.

A happier, more cheerful Bong-hee lugs an armful of clothing across town. Nearby, manager JUNG KI-JOON (Oh Jung-se) answers a call from his client, SEO JOON-OH (Jung Kyung-ho). Joon-oh sits dejectedly in the mud, on location filming for a reality show.

Joon-oh is a down-on-his-luck former idol, and though we don’t see his face yet, his body language telegraphs defeat to be degrading himself this way. He orders Ki-joon to come get him in ten minutes, and drags himself up to go back to filming. Ki-joon calls Bong-hee, and says he’ll come get her so they can get to Joon-oh quickly.

Joon-oh rolls around in the mud for the cameras, then stops to text Ki-joon to hurry. He calls to say the same thing and hangs up, and Ki-joon only looks guilty for a moment before blocking Joon-oh’s number. Ha. Joon-oh finally finds an octopus in the mud, and the PDs urge him to eat it. But instead, he screams in frustration, throws it down, and has his assistant call Ki-joon again.

When he realizes he’s been blocked, Joon-oh storms off the set. He heads to a tiny nearby restaurant and orders a bottle of soju, then objects when the only brand they have is one he used to promote, as evidenced by the ratty old poster on the wall.

Ki-joon and Bong-hee head to the shooting location to pick Joon-oh up for their trip. Ki-joon is a friendly guy, and he asks Bong-hee if this is really her first job. Bong-hee admits that she couldn’t find a job after graduating college, so she’s been working with her mother for the last few years. She thanks him for hiring her, and he jovially says that nobody else applied.

Ki-joon explains that the trip is to attend the Legend Town anniversary concert, and asks how much she knows about Joon-oh. She says that he was the leader of Dreamers, a three-man idol band, but that he’s fallen from grace since a drunk driving incident three years ago.

She alarms Ki-joon a bit with her brutal honesty, outlining how the real problem came from a strange comment Joon-oh made as he was leaving the police station. In front of reporters, he’d said, “I did drink, but I didn’t drive under the influence.”

Because of that, his fans deserted him, and Dreamers disbanded. We see Joon-oh and his old bandmates at a press conference, with Joon-oh sobbing dramatically into the microphone while the others look humiliated.

Bong-hee gets a little carried away, talking about Joon-oh’s flopped solo album and calling him an epic failure. Ki-joon defends Joon-oh, saying he’s not that much of a failure, and that he’s releasing a new album soon. He continues that while Joon-oh may not be as popular as he was, Dreamers was a legendary group that topped all the charts, and so it will never die.

He chuckles when he gets a call from Legend Entertainment’s current CEO, HWANG JAE-GUK (Kim Sang-ho), telling Bong-hee that this proves how important Joon-oh still is. He even puts CEO Hwang on speaker phone to prove it, only to have the CEO demand to know why Joon-oh is being difficult on set. Ki-joon tells him that he’s on his way now, and CEO Hwang hangs up angrily.

When they finally arrive, Ki-joon and Bong-hee go inside to talk to Joon-oh, and to add insult to injury, the TV is tuned to a show interviewing one of Joon-oh’s old bandmates, CHOI TAE-HO (Choi Tae-joon). Joon-oh is busy eating and isn’t inclined to rejoin the shoot, saying that the show lied to him about having to catch his own food.

Ki-joon persists, and Joon-oh blows up at him, yelling that he only got this job because Tae-ho couldn’t do it. There’s a long silence, then Ki-joon asks who told him about that. He admits that it’s true, but says it’s a good opportunity for them. He goes on and on about how it could lead to bigger and better offers, and asks Joon-oh to just endure it.

That seems to get through to Joon-oh, and Ki-joon adds that he makes things harder on himself. He reminds Joon-oh that he needs to do this if he wants to revive his career, and Joon-oh looks as if he’s about to say something important in response, but then he notices Bong-hee standing there, looking uncomfortable.

He perks up and agrees to do the shoot, though he insists on wearing just the perfect outfit. He tells Bong-hee to bring his clothes, stressing that the success of the shoot is entirely on her shoulders.

Bong-hee enthusiastically jumps into action, bringing Joon-oh outfit after outfit, while he refuses each one for different reasons (he nixes one shirt for looking like graph paper, and another for having an even number of buttons, HA). It takes so long that Joon-oh orders delivery and eats while declining even more outfits.

Eventually, Joon-oh sighs that they can’t shoot today, because he can’t wear any of the outfits. He starts to leave, but Bong-hee follows him with a pair of sunglasses she borrowed from a friend. Joon-oh takes the case and glares at Bong-hee, and Ki-joon says that she’s new and doesn’t know any better.

Whatever offends him about the sunglasses is enough for Joon-oh to tell Ki-joon to fire Bong-hee. She chases him and accidentally knocks him to his knees, so he grabs the sunglasses and throws them into the sand. Ki-joon informs Bong-hee that Joon-oh’s former bandmate Tae-ho models that brand. Oops.

Bong-hee follows Joon-oh to his van, apologizing for her mistake and begging him not to fire her. When he peels off his jumpsuit to reveal a bib full of baby octopi, Bong-hee sets to removing them while Joon-oh looks at her like she’s an alien.

It takes both Bong-hee and Ki-joon to get Joon-oh out of the jumpsuit, and he tries to shut himself in the van. Bong-hee blocks the door and starts begging for her job again, and Joon-oh grapples with her, trying to shut the door in her face. It goes on forever, and just gets funnier the longer it lasts.

Finally Ki-joon pulls Bong-hee away, and she sits in the sand as Joon-oh’s assistant drives away. Except that he can’t steer the van well, and keeps pulling back up next to her, over and over, so that Joon-oh gets a good look at her face as she starts to cry.

They finally pull away, but before he gets far, Ki-joon calls to argue for Bong-hee’s job. He tells Joon-oh that it’s her first day on her first job, and Joon-oh orders his assistant to go back. He goes to find Bong-hee still sitting in the sand, and holds out a hand.

She looks up at him with those big eyes, and he starts to look uncomfortable. He looks up at Ki-joon standing behind her and demands the keys to his car, leaving Bong-hee to get up on her own. Oh, you jerk.

Bong-hee starts to follow Joon-oh again, but Ki-joon stops her. He says that Joon-oh isn’t firing her, and she falls all over herself thanking him.

Later, the airport is full of paparazzi waiting for the Legend Entertainment stars to arrive for their flight to the concert. Top actress HA JI-AH (Lee Sun-bin) arrives first, though she declines an interview and quickly leaves for the plane. Joon-oh is next, and he mugs for the cameras…

…until Tae-ho arrives a few seconds later and all eyes go to him. Awww. Tae-ho stops for a short interview, and it’s adorably pathetic how Joon-oh wanders around behind him just to get in the shot. Actress YOON SO-HEE (Ryu Won) arrives next, and a close-up shows us that she’s wearing the same infinity necklace that Bong-hee was wearing when she was rescued.

To the side, CEO Hwang and his assistant TAE HO-HANG (Tae Hang-ho) stand by, prepared to travel to the concert with the performers. Next to CEO Hwang is Jang Do-pal, acting CEO of Legend in the present (future?), and he warns Jang not to try any embezzlement tricks this time.

Once on the plane, Ki-joon tells Bong-hee to get Joon-oh something comfortable to change into. She’s impressed by the luxurious airplane, and gets distracted wandering around the main cabin. So-hee pushes past her and mutters in English, “You’re so screwed,” when Bong-hee says she’s Joon-oh’s stylist.

So-hee asks if Bong-hee knows what kind of person Joon-oh is, and warns her not to lose his trust, as if she knows from experience. Joon-oh enters and casually greets So-hee, complimenting her on her recent movie, and she retorts that she’s working hard so as not to turn out like him. Well, ouch.

A flashback shows us that So-hee was a rookie when Joon-oh was still a top star, and he’d been kind to her. She’d once asked if she would become as successful as him, and he’d told her that she’d be even more successful. Now he says that she definitely won’t turn out like him, looking more sincere than he ever has so far.

Bong-hee follows Joon-oh to the restroom and gives him his pants, and she cringes when he strips down right in front of her. She hides around the corner and listens as he whines that she gave him a turtleneck to wear. Bong-hee steels herself for a difficult road with Joon-oh, only to get distracted by a fancy bar in the next room. She moves to get a closer look, but instead gets an eyeful of Tae-ho and Ji-ah making out on the couch.

Ji-ah spots her and jumps up to yank her into the room, accusing Bong-hee of filming them. She grabs Bong-hee’s phone to check, but Joon-oh bursts in and shoves Tae-ho and Ji-ah away. But he’s not defending Bong-hee, he just wants to complain about this turtleneck, hee.

So-hee pronounces Bong-hee’s phone clear of incriminating photos, and cheerfully tells Joon-oh that he’s aged. She and Tae-ho leave, and he turns back to Bong-hee to ask about a change of clothes. Ha, her face.

In the main cabin, CEO Hwang and his assistant Ho-hang go over the itinerary, and greet three members of a girl group when they enter the room. The queen bee orders coffee and tells Ho-hang not to get the others anything.

A few of the stars meet in the bar, where CEO Hwang pours them drinks. Joon-oh joins them and is greeted by LEE YEOL (EXO’s Chanyeol), the third member and maknae of Dreamers. Yeol looks genuinely glad to see him, and Joon-oh moves between him and Ki-joon at the bar.

CEO Hwang serves Yeol a drink, a clear slight as Joon-oh is older, and ignores Joon-oh’s request for a glass. He asks Yeol about his newest album, and Yeol mentions that Joon-oh is also releasing an album soon. CEO Hwang ignores Joon-oh again, and asks Yeol to play his new song.

After an awkward pause, Yeol agrees to play the song. He pulls out his phone and plays a file (while staring almost defiantly at CEO Hwang), and the room goes silent when they hear it.

It sends Joon-oh into another flashback, when Dreamers were still together and they’d previewed a song that sounded very like Yeol’s demo. They had praised the songwriter, a man named Jae-hyun, but he’d told them that he couldn’t write for them anymore.

CEO Hwang comments that the songs sound similar, and Yeol says that he’s thinking of making it the main song on his album. Joon-oh objects, but Yeol says it’s the least they can do “to remember him.”

Upset, Joon-oh excuses himself, but the plane lurches and he bumps into a server. The plane continues to shake as Bong-hee tries to find Joon-oh something else to wear. Joon-oh throws his jacket at her and scoffs at her nerves over the turbulence. A few minutes later, Bong-hee accidentally witnesses Ki-joon slipping Ji-ah a bottle of pills, and he tells her not to take too many at once.

Yeol explains to Joon-oh that he wasn’t trying to hurt him. Joon-oh asks why he wrote a song just like “that one,” but Tae-ho interrupts them. He smirks and tells Yeol to tell Joon-oh the truth: that he wrote it to make him feel guilty for the rest of his life.

The pilot is growing concerned about the weather, and decides to fly higher to hopefully get above the approaching storm. But the turbulence increases, and Ho-hang starts to panic a little when he sees lightning.

In the bar, Yeol tries to stop Tae-ho, but he shoves Yeol away and asks Joon-oh angrily why they disbanded, and whose fault it was. Yeol tries again to placate Tae-ho, but Joon-oh asks Tae-ho what he really wants to say.

Tae-ho says that he heard Joon-oh is going to this concert to extend his contract, calling him a leech on the agency. Yeol tells him to stop, but Tae-ho finally says what he’s really thinking about Joon-oh: “This bastard killed someone.”

He means the songwriter, Jae-hyun, and Joon-oh remembers a conversation he’d had with Jae-hyun, who’d told him that the stress of writing songs for Dreamers was killing him. Joon-oh had screamed at him to just die, then.

The storm worsens, and Ho-hang is completely freaking out now. He begs CEO Hwang to put on his seat belt, but CEO Hwang tells him not to be ridiculous, that the plane isn’t going to crash (also, he had all the seat belts removed).

The hail damages the plane’s left engine, and it starts to smoke. Ji-ah finds the former Dreamers in the bar and tells them to sit down. A hard lurch has them all grabbing for something to hang onto, and they begin to realize that something is terribly wrong.

Yeol asks about seat belts, but there are none in the bar. Ji-ah starts to scream, and Tae-ho tells her that the plane isn’t going to crash. Joon-oh calmly tells everyone to sit down and hang on tight, but he loses his temper when Ji-ah screams even louder, and he chucks a pillow at her.

The plane’s damaged engine is on fire now, and the aircraft shifts so hard that everyone in the main cabin is thrown to the floor. Bong-hee is stuck in the restroom, where she went to wash a jacket for Joon-oh, and the turbulence is so bad that she can’t even stand up.

Ji-ah tries to stand, but she’s thrown to the side and collapses. Yeol rushes to her, while Tae-ho just cringes and stays put. In the main cabin, Ki-joon whispers Ji-ah’s name and runs to find her.

Joon-oh notices that the chandelier above Yeol and Ji-ah is swinging wildly, and looks about to fall. He grabs a pillow and throws himself on top of them, shielding his own back with the pillow, just as the chandelier crashes down.

In the cockpit, the pilots struggle to keep control of the plane, but it’s a swiftly losing battle as the left engine starts to break apart. Meanwhile, Ki-joon makes it to the bar and finds Ji-ah still unconscious. He screams her name and tries to wake her, shielding her with his body while the other passengers are thrown about the room.

Bong-hee is still trapped in the restroom, and she resorts to kicking the door down to get out. She finds So-hee huddled nearby, nearly catatonic with fear, and tells her to stay put while she tries to find out what’s happening.

The plane goes into a straight dive, and all anyone can do is hold on while they plummet towards the ocean. Bong-hee makes it to a window, and her eyes grow wide as she realizes what’s happening.

Each of the passengers has a moment when everything slows, and they all remember one particular night, four years ago. Yeol recalls a poster announcing Dreamers’ new album, while CEO Hwang remembers talking on the phone to Joon-oh, asking about Jae-hyun.

Ji-ah and Ki-joon were in a car together, and Ki-joon had told Ji-ah that he would no longer be her manager, though he declined to say why. She’d asked if it was because of “that,” but he’d just reached over and buckled her seat belt. Tae-ho and So-hee had been there too, and they had all met up at the Legend building.

Joon-oh had said they needed to talk, but before they got inside, a body had fallen from the rooftop and landed on a car next to them. Everyone had stared in shock to see that it was Dreamers’ songwriter, Jae-hyun, and Joon-oh had screamed his name over and over.

The plane hits the water, and instantly breaks apart. Water fills the cabin, tossing everyone in the violent flood.

 
COMMENTS

Missing 9 had a firm grip on my emotions right out of the starting gate, due in no small part to Baek Jin-hee’s portrayal of Bong-hee, the lost girl who seems to be the only survivor of a tragic plane crash. She played the youthful exuberant newbie and the stricken, traumatized victim equally well, drawing me into her story and making me care about her immediately. From there it wasn’t much of a stretch to grow attached to all of our characters, even the ones we’ve only gotten small glimpses of so far. The premiere did a great job giving us just enough information about each castaway to pique our interest, and to let us know that they all have a story to tell, if we only stay to listen.

I really enjoyed pretty much everything about this first episode, from the film work (it’s strange to say, but the way the plane crash was filmed was absolutely lovely), to the music that perfectly enhances each scene, to the backstory that ties all of our castaways together and binds them through a shared loss. I thought the humorous and the serious moments were very balanced, neither distracting from the other, and I can see now how the trailers sometimes had wildly different tones to them. The show is definitely here to tell a dramatic story, but it doesn’t forget that life can be funny even in the midst of catastrophe, and shifts between the two seamlessly.

Going in, I wasn’t sure about some of the casting for Missing 9, but this first episode really set my fears to rest. Each character was played with careful nuance, and there were so many tiny moments that conveyed so much information just through the actors’ expressions and body language. Even little seemingly throwaway comments, like when So-hee warned Bong-hee not to lose Joon-oh’s trust, felt as if they had deeper meaning. The way Joon-oh looked like he was reaching deep down for some confidence during the media circus at the airport told us so much about him, more than any dialogue did. The scene in the airplane bar is another great example — the way Tae-ho stood tall and his expression seemed to challenge Joon-oh, while Joon-oh stood hunched over and couldn’t hold the eye contact. There was also a moment when Yeol glanced over at Tae-ho, just a fraction of a second where Yeol looked a bit scared, that really telegraphed a lot about Tae-ho’s character. It’s a testament to great directing, to be able to illustrate so much information from unspoken moments.

But the characters, oh my goodness, I’m in love with them all. After one episode it’s obvious they’re well-written with full lives and backstories, and they each have such an interesting uniqueness to them. Particularly Joon-oh, played to perfection (as usual) by Jung Kyung-ho — I just adore his assy, entitled “But I’m a star!” attitude. It’s obvious that it comes from a place of insecurity, having lost his good name and being the only one of Dreamers who hasn’t managed to reinvent his career. But he also showed flashes of the better man inside, like when he was nice to So-hee even though she was rude to him, and the way he selflessly shielded Yeol and Ji-ah from the falling chandelier. I think his prima donna attitude is all an act to save his pride, and that there’s a very good, selfless man underneath all that bluster.

I find the other two former Dreamers members fascinating as well, both Yeol’s gentle manner and Tae-ho’s explosive temper. They’re an interesting trio who obviously cared about each other once, and there’s a lot of anger and resentment between them to be worked out. It’s obvious that several of the castaways have secrets — I wonder what that bottle of pills that Ki-joon gave to Ji-ah was all about, and why he shoots her loaded looks when he thinks nobody is watching. In fact, the entire show seems full of loaded moments and hints of more interesting discoveries to come, and I think we’re going to get a lot more than just “plane crash survivors rough it on a deserted island.” There’s so much more I could go on and on about, but it all boils down to this: Watch this show.

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This was a pleasant surprise. I really liked this! The tone is a bit weird, but it's unique, and it works. The production value is also way better than I expected.

The beige that we were all wondering about must just be an stylistic choice. Besides the present storyline, it's the only color that any of the characters wear.

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The first 10 minutes and the last five minutes made me had chills. The music they used for the flashbacks really made all of the character's current predicaments and potential fate that much more poignant. Seeing this is pre-produced, I'm expecting great things with the cinematography.
So far, this looks like a big atonement story with lots of tensions and emotional twists. I am ready to put myself through all the angsts LOL

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YES. The music was so well woven together with the story that I got a little teary eyed at the poor song writer's suicide scene.
I want to believe all of them are good people at heart, but somewhere along the line fame and greed have blinded them...excited for episode 2!

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This first episode kept me intrigued and I will be back for more!
But the episode did leave me with a couple of questions: 1st, is Bong-here the only stylist on the plane? If so, why would the the least successful "star" on the plane be the only one with their stylist? And secondly, who in their right mind would allow a big hanging/swinging chandelier on an airplane? Talk about total lack of concern for safety.

About everyone wearing the same color palette clothes, my theory is that it must be the entertainment company's requirement. LOL

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Good questions! The CEO is probably the one who allowed a chandelier to be on the airplane. Didn't he say that he was the one to get rid of all the seatbelts? He doesn't seem like a very smart man. How did he become CEO?

I thought the episode spent a little too much time on the variety show set. The pace seemed a little slow. The tone of the show seemed alright. It's a good thing that the comedic tone was introduced from the first episode unlike the K2, which surprised us with the comedy.

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The CEO who removed all the seatbelts in the plane seemed more like another comic relief character than a CEO. He doesn't suit to be a CEO in my opinion.

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I'm not sure about it, but k-netizens mentioned Sewol ferry in this episodes comment section and if I remember correctly yellow was the symbol of this tragedy.
That's why we see beige so often, it's nearly the same color as yellow.

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The color palette is certainly interesting. At first, I thought that the staff and celebrities of Legend Entertainment wore matching outfits especially for the flight. But then, we see that it's a mundane color for them. Yet the only person who doesn't wear it is the future acting CEO Jang Do-pal...

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In fact, The chandelier has a signification in Theatre and Literature: It represent Beauty but also Tragedy(when it swings,or is about to fall; it represent instability, the instability of the characters' fate and maybe even their death).

Also, it is later revealed that there were more than 40 people on the plane and the fact that the story focuses on Ra Bong-Hee point of view (and also those scenes are solely based on her memories)may explain why it seems like she is the only stylist on the plane.

I hope my explanation helped you, and I'm sorry if you spot any mistakes

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Missing 9 had the best 1st episode out of the 3 newly aired dramas. I'm completely hooked and every character has some kind of relationship with others and that might be the reason why bong-hee is the only survivor because she is the outsider in this whole group.

The already gone member of the firm strictly cursed all of them. It felt like those DESTINATION Movies. All coming together for a project and appropriately dealt with a crash blow.

I saw Tae-Joon last week in Puberty Medley and earlier in Ugly Alert. This guy knows how to show the angst and hatred.

Kyung Ho and Baek Jin-hee looked quite natural. Overall, Quite good 1st impressions.

8/10.

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Agreed! Not sure I'll be watching Voice, and I'm not even bothering with episode 2 of Introverted Boss, but I'm in for Missing 9. The first two episodes were great, and I'm looking forward to next week.

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Give Voice a chance, Jang Hyuk is awesome.

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Imho, Voice and Missing are great (so far). As for My Introverted Boss, I dislike the lead gal n some parts are a little illogical.

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I'm so pleased with this first episode. The editing is what made it even better. That final scene when the music stops playing and everyone looks out the window then it transitions to the suicide was great. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens and if they're all still alive.

I really hate this all beige thing. Its so distracting and i don't see the purpose

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It's an aesthetic thing, to look visually pleasing. White/beige could symbolize heaven.

Or maybe it's just the required uniform for Legend Entertainment employees lol.

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Oh hell no, it better not symbolize heaven. If they are dead already, there will be blood. I don't need a repeat of Lost. Hahaha.

It still is an interesting esthetic choice for the show though since the color scheme is so obvious. They aren't going for subtle.

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The beige color palette didn't bother me. I think I got used to it after seeing all the promos. Lol

Maybe the matching colors is to make the group seem like one. Maybe they are all to blame for Jae Hyun's suicide.

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The director or some guy mentioned in the prequel or introductory episode that there's a reason why he made all the actors wear those colors, though he didn't elaborate on that.

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This is a drama that is on my list of 2017 dramas to checkout. I will watch the first two eps when they get completely English subbed. I hope this show turns out good.

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One thing I like about the first episode is there are so many different characters but its so easy to remember them. Korean characters normally on the safe side but all of characters here are bold, and they will have lots of secrets.

I never watched any of them act (the mdbc guy doesnt really count as he role was small) but from so far the stand out are the stylist, the flop star, the actor star. The pair ceo and his assistant gonna be funny to watch. The gf will come trouble (she's sick) but the manger is very care for her. The exo guy is handsome, cute, charming, so eye candy. And the actress seem has gone through some tough time.

They hate each other but now all in the same bad situation, they have to lean on each other then will grow fond of each other. The necklace must mean som [Read more]

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I love your comments I don't even know what to add lol. its a something something for everybody esp eye candy

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two women from 38 Police Unit is enough already for me to cheer. It has the same kind of twisted irony, too. that turning towards the camera, and Miss No (I refuse to call her anything else, she´ll be Miss No for me!) executed it with style.

interesting.

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Actualy the writer is the same too

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I know that. I haven´t lived under a rock.

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I have a very serious problem with this premier:

The first ten minutes are absolutely stunning, but then abandons that particular narrative for the story we got with the rest of the show. The problem I have with this is two-fold:

First, from a narrative POV there was no new information in the rest of the show. We already knew the plane crashed. We already knew who was on the plane. Sure, we got to know them better as characters, but that negates the brilliant set-up of Bong-hee as the audience's window into the mystery of the crash. The narrative stops being about her view of what happened. It is a completely different show.

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Could be the ratings pressure. Looks like Korean TV stations are at war for their drama ratings. No TV channels in other countries experience such pressure for drama ratings. Even FOX and MSNBC news producers couldn't care as much, and they ARE at ratings war.

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I might not be totally agree with you in this case because Yes she survived ......so what, you do not not know how she survived and what happened to her on the island that left her such an emotional scar that she forgot all about it...you did not know what she had to endure to survive there but i would have agreed with you if she had not lost her memory

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It's a stylistic choice to open four months later, in a way it makes me even more intrigued as to what exactly happened over the four months that the survivors spent on the island. Seeing as she is the only non-celebrity among a group of big shots, it makes sense for the show to introduce her first because no matter what happens after that first 10 minutes, she still remains as an outsider looking in. Her being on the plane already separates her from the rest of the missing 9s. It's all about her perspective, that intro was just a style choice made by the writers.

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It is a style choice that is a huge disincentive for me to finish the rest of this series. Choices that would have better:

1. Start the show with the ocean shot at the beginning with the voice over of Bong Hee talking about how her first day was supposed to be great, cut to her running around with wardrobe...that colors the whole episode in dread and when the plane hits the water, it has a much more powerful emotional impact, especially after the suicide flashback.

2. Keep the opening, but don't reveal who the survivor is at all. There was a focus on the necklace Bong Hee was wearing. This could have been used as a huge misdirect as we all looked for the necklace on the survivors to try and guess who the one survivor is. By keeping the one survivor a secret, it opens up so much more [Read more]

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If you dont like it, dont watch it. Simple. No one force you to watch it.

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She is the only one came back doesnt mean everyone else is dead. The present will be many people try to harm her, and even the crash isnt an accident. Her come back has a meaning, purpuse not only to confirm that she is alive.

The necklace belong to the girl that appeantly was murdered today and her brother will try to firgure out why.

If everything is not your cup of tea, drop it. The show is the way it is and everyone else is fine with it.

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Wow, that definitely sounds like a good opening for this drama. It would have been better if they do it per your suggestion, but I guess the writer had something else in mind when they put Bo Hee on the front line as survivor. It's too early to criticize the drama, and so far, it manages to make me crave for more.

P/S: Btw, I really, really hate it when people pull the "if you hate it, then leave it. No one force you to do it" card. It is as if it opens no room for criticism or improvement at all. *rolleyes*

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Thanks for your kinds words. I needed a space to vent with people who love this stuff like I do.

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Couldn't stop myself from seconding your take on the "if you hate it, then leave" card.

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I have no time for this 'if you hate it then why do you watch' mentality either, it's only salty fans who don't like to see the thing they like get criticised.

And not just in kdramas, people are like this about other things too, like the Batman v Superman where fans even accused critics of being bribed to write bad reviews (all this while audiences themselves gave it a low score)

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I dont get the criticize writer part, how many minutes here and there is the directing part. When you read a book is your imagination but the director is the one who decide how to tell the story in his imagination. The writer creates how the character behave, the director create the environment.

at the end its a fantasy drama, if you really ask for logic you are in for lots of anger later... so if you know you gonna not liking it, why continue?

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everyone watch it with a blank page, with messy production earlier, no big name, bad poster, no one knows what to expect.

drama is a journey. if you dont like it at the beginning i advise you not to continue watching it. because you gonna have every post like this every single episode of how bad it is. its not good for yourself and people reading it.

isnt it too early to judge a book by its cover? if you turn on the first page and you hate it already , you already have that mental thinking, i dont think there will be much to change your mind later.

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If you finish watching it, or at least half way, you criticize it, I have no problem.

But it likes meeting someone for the first time and you keep ranting about how much you hate that person, how terrible that person is, how bad that person dress. Isnt it too soon to jump in a conclusion?

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In response to Chi,
(and qualifier: I don't intend to start a war, only a discussion)

There's nothing wrong with expressing criticism or dislike for episode 1. After all, whether people will watch a show is decided on how it opens. I'm sure the producers, director, writers had lots to say - good and bad - about episode 1. Why shouldn't the viewers?

For the record, I loved the opening! And Orion316's views made me consider it again, and decide that, 'yep, it was good the way it was'. In other words, those views made me consider it from another angle, but decide that I liked it all the same. ^^

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Yeah! I am glad my perspective helped. Thanks.

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The problem is his comment isnt criticism, its pure hate. He jumps right in and say the writer is terrible and the show has to go the way he wanted. Its the freaking first episode.

im not a fan of the actors or writers or directors, i dont know any of them. but already jump in conclusion the writer is so terrible right at the door is an attitude i dont want to welcome in later episodes.

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Pure hate? Really? I came here to vent because I thought this story idea was awesome and deserved better. If it was pure hate for this show, I wouldn't have bothered to comment at all. I wanted this show to be awesome because the first 10 minutes are awesome and those 10 minutes deserve a show that honors that awesomeness.

I also asked a question which no one has really answered: why does the flashback opening get used so often?

That is an attempt at understanding. Hate is a complete refusal to understand.

I am sorry if my musings have offended you, but to say that I have displayed pure hate is way off base.

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Say the writer is terrible is pure hate. You can criticize here and there but making the statement already is premature.

The show isnt how you imagine it to be. The problem is your imagination, not the show.

Of course they need backflash to introduce everyone. They did a wonderful job on it. Even just few minutes each but everyone know what kind of characters each person is. Appear early on the show give the character the benefit of people connected to. If they didnt appear at the first episode people wouldnt care who will be on the plane, but after knowing them a little, people starting to care about each character, then eager to find out what happen to them.

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No, saying that the writing is terrible is an opinion. Hate would rise to the level of "this person should never work again" or "anyone who likes this show is an idiot."

Me saying the writing is terrible and you saying the writing is great are both true. They are both opinions. We just happen to disagree.

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@Onion316 and Chi - thanks for replying guys.
Chi, I think we can agree to disagree on this.

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I'm sorry for saying this but I feel like your idea will make the show rather, err, tacky. We already have the suspense and mystery from a) her lost memory so we have no idea what actually happens on the island, b) the detective who seems to investigate the case separately (why didn't he join the team assigned to the investigate the incident?) c) the sketchy Legend Ent itself, d) the relationship between the cast three years ago and what happened to that composer.

Making the viewers also guess who the survivor is is just gonna make everything muddled and lose focus and that's another recipe for disaster (heck, afterall we also still don't know if the other 8 survivors are alive or dead). We know she survived, so now the question is why is she only one, what happens to the others, what h [Read more]

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It's still too early to judge the writer's decision to show that Bong Hee as probably the only survivor. In the first episode yes, she is the only survivor but she lost her memory, and there might be some surprises in there. Also, Lost is not the same as Missing9, and I'd really really hate the series if it's just a remake of Lost pretending to be a new series. For now, I trust that the writer knows what's up. Let's not jump our guns before we even see the meat in this show.

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That's how trump became the president. Any kind of constructive criticism is taken as obstruction. Sadly this has become a norm in political circuits past few years.

@Onion316 wanted something like movie 'Basic'. Whereas Bong Hee's survival has different objectives to achieve. The real korea and the crash island are too different worlds and Writer has specifically set targets for Real Korea. So yeah, We needed a survivor and i will be more than happy if Bong Hee is the only survivor.

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I recommend you to watch the US show LOST to answer your questions.

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The show won more than 100 awards. The past, present, going back and forth, logic will drive you nuts. Missing 9 is nothing to compared.

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The flashback was used differently in LOST, wasn't it? The present was the crash site. The past was their lives prior to the crash. In Missing 9, the present is getting back to civilization after the crash and the flashback is the crash itself. It is a false comparison.

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In LOST there are back to civilization and the past and the crash. It had everything.

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LOST has 121 episodes so dont worry if you dont have enough things to be mad about.

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But not from the beginning. They went back to civilization later in the series, once a bunch of stuff had been established through the flashback I mentioned above. My point still stands.

And yes, I am mad because I really, really want to like this show but because of a lazy writing choice I can't. I am trying to share both my opinion and my pain.

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@Sojuboy your comment makes no sense at all, in fact or in any way. A 2004 drama like LOST influenced by kdrama which doesn't even do fantasy/mystery dramas back then? How much do you have to drink to believe that?

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Only the Second Season of LOST was good. Everything else was garbage. They should have ended LOST after the third season.

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I respectfully disagree. Lost was awesome.

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Actually, I do think Lost and Missing 9 can be compared, and may even turn out to be at par, quality-wise (once Missing 9 is over).

I think that sometimes American shows are assumed to be superior without second thought, simply because they are American. In my opinion, LOST lost its plot by the end. Things got confusing and I lost interest.

An American show like Lost, written by some of the biggest names in screenwriting has the advantage of an insane budget, and a wide, wide audience - large enough to qualify for these 100 awards. The Korean show, on the other hand, even with some of the biggest names in Korea like actor Jung Kyung-ho, most likely has a smaller budget and targets a more narrow audience.

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Korea has far surpassed Hollyweird by a million miles. Hollywood has always produced garbage. LOST was in fact influenced by K-Drama. Without K-Drama there was no LOST.

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I remember when LOST ended, American fans were so pissed off that there were angry articles about how nonsense the show's ending was, for months. Even now if you mention Lost, people talk about the stupid plot and ending and this is 7 years later, people still call the writer names for choosing to end that way.

So yeah, American dramas can definitely be stupid too.

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How did she survive and where are the rest of the people?
Seriously you are not the least bit curious?

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I gotta be honest, no. Once the show used the flashback in such a clunky way, they lost my trust. Without trust I cannot suspend my disbelief. Without suspension of disbelief, I can't care about anything else that happens in the show.

Maybe somebody here can convince me later in the show's run that things get better...but experience has shown me that doesn't happen very often.

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I don't think this show is gonna be too sad losing you as a viewer tbh, and it doesn't really owe you anything to get you interested. I was actually not interested in the show, but decided to watch when I found out she's the only survivor 4 months later. It made me curious about everyone else. Yeah, she's the main character, but there's plenty of other characters I'm interested in and I want to know what happens to them and why she's the only one who survived.

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Tbh, I think the show does not care if you're interested in it either, unless, you're in Korea and can affect ratings.

It stings, right?

Please stop picking on people who have different views and opinions than you. Onion is just clearly stating his/her opinions. He/she is not even rude in his/her statements. If you have something nice to say about this show, please write a nice comment by all means. But if someone doesn't like like a single detail in it or something, let him/her have the freedom to express herself as well just like how you were able to express yours.

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"Tbh, I think the show does not care if you’re interested in it either, unless, you’re in Korea and can affect ratings.

It stings, right?"

That's exactly the point I was making though, so why would it sting? I don't understand why people go on tangents about how shows owe them anything. I was intrigued by the first episode and by no means am I an actual fan yet. I understand that it's painful for Onion to be disappointed, but it is a little too dramatic. Yeah, people are free to criticize or praise a show, but this is a little beyond an expression of disappointment or criticism.

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So, if Onion goes a little dramatic, that does not constitute as freedom of expression anymore? How is it different from people raving and gushing over a show? It's dramatic but we don't tell them to shut up, leave or whatnot. Ahhh, we appreciate them because they give positive responses but criticism is not welcome. My point is, let her be.

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Actually, no it doesn't sting. It just means they haven't written this story in a way that will have be coming back anytime soon. I am disappointed by that fact, especially because I was 110% with the show until the flashback. I don't live in a place where other people talk about KDs, so I came here to vent and discuss. Fortunately my opinion has garnered enough positive response (though not much agreement) that it has helped me get my frustration off my chest.

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Well it's hard to make dramas that cater to everyone, I also have a few on my list which I had dropped because the first few episodes failed to capture my interest, so it's anyone's free choice to drop a series but you just sound a tad too dramatic about it.

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Amen!

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you must be seeing something I don´t cause I had no problem with the flashbacks nor the fact we know the survivor, we already knew before the 1st episode, it was in the premise. To Be fair it makes all of this more mysterious for me. I certainly don´t feel like all questions are answered. maybe some of us just have more questions. Like How did she become the only survivor? why is the investigation so shady? if there someone behind the crash? Why were these people on the plane together? Is there a murder involved, and what or who is the link to the dead songwriter? There is a lot to unravel, though it may seem like we already found the end of the thread.

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As I stated many times, that opening was brilliant! That very scene is why l was so very disappointed by the flashback: it cheapened (and I feel ruined) this very scene and idea.

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You have every right to hate the show, but I'm confused as to how flashbacks are enough to cause someone who is 110% with the show to suddenly dislike it.

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I like the way this is told actually, this whole knowing a 'potential' end-game, bcs this way i can be more focused with what is happening and dont have to worry if the writer suddenly decides to change their mind mid way (i know its preproduced, but still the script/plot changes could've happened while shooting should the writers not make it clear how they wanted the ending to be like - and often this makes the plot go wayward - at least i could be assured that whatever step they take in the writing it should've been carefully thought to ensure everything would blend together in the end)

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I just don't see the dramatic payoff. It's kinda like doing a prequel. It severely limits options for both audience and writers. I think the fact that this is preproduction added to my disappointment. A) I want more preproduction shows because it's better for everyone making KDs and B) writers and editors should have the extra time to make things really sing. Instead, here I am rewriting and re-editing the show as I am watching it. In a way, I fear that if preproduced shows aren't clearly better than why would the networks move to that model?

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I personally think the show did a great job introducing the characters to us and most of them have their stories to tell. As for the survival part am hoping there will be some twist and turns to occur later in the drama but good episode to begin with certainly and am quite afraid to tune in to the next episode cause am afraid it might disappoint but still got to watch it.

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This is one of the best pilot eps I've seen in a while. Even with that many characters, I didn't have any problem remembering them. They all have bold personality and very distinctive relationship with each other. The directional style is 'lovely', even when it depicted the plane crash. And the music, wow, it definitely enhanced each and every scene. Can't wait for more.

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I love it! It feels like a dark comedy to me with rom com elements. I hope the beautiful cinematography and writing continues. *Applause*

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i wished they stopped using flashbacks so frequently. i would like one full hour of what happened when the plane crashed

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I've just finished watching eps 1 and 2, and I can tell you that the back and forth flashbacks continue to happen. However in this case, I feel like it adds suspense, but I wish they would make it clearer when a flashback is happening.

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But isn't that ironic? I mean, if you want the show to use less of the flashback, given that the whole point of the story is Bong Hee's flashback? The plane crash in itself IS a flashback.

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girl is recovering from her memory loss.

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I wasn't really bothered by string of flasbacks in the last 5 or so minutes since it's used to highlight the regret and longing someone feel when death is in front of their eyes. Actually, it even more piqued my interest since it also pointed out the most important thing in each of their lives.

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I've got a question/issue about the title. There were more than 9 people on the plane, like 13 or 14. Maybe only 9 survived the crash (haven't watch 2nd ep yet), bu from the outside world point of view, there would have been more than 9 missing people.

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yess me too! pilot and co pilot, stewardess (at least one), three girl group members, star actress, snarky actress, coordi, three boy group members, ceo and assistant.???

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Maybe it was just me but I got really distracted by the earthy colour tone throughout the show. To be frank, I went into this wanting to know why everyone wear the same colour tone on the poster, but I'm yet to get my answer. And not sure whether I will get one soon heh.

The colour was so glaring but no one even commented or remarked anything about it -which is weird. I want to give the benefit of the doubt that they dress the same because of the anniversary concert, but the stylist too? The assistants? Everyone? It's a weird colour choice given that different colours would add more vibes and strengths whether in the emotions zone or in showing distinctive personalities of the characters.

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Right? I'm so curious as to why everyone is in the same color scheme. It doesn't bother me through, it's lovely really. I just want to know why. Why?

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I want to know why they are wearing the same tone of colour too. Does that mean anything else ??

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Bong Hee the Survivor wears colour. She only wears colour.

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I just finished watching eps 1 and 2 of "Missing 9", and this show is off to a very suspenseful start. The male lead is an idiot so far, but I hope that he will grow-up soon to be a strong and mature leader (since that is his description in the previews). JKH is doing a good job with his character so far, but it is the character that isn't likable at this point The heroine is great and stands out, and Baek Jin Hee is proving to be a great actress in playing the role.

As for the "Missing 9", we know that there were more than 9 people on the plane, but maybe the rest washed up ashore somewhere else were their bodies were found? This is my explanation for why only 9 are missing and not all of them. However this is only speculation on my part, and hopefully this aspect will be clarified by [Read more]

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Danggg, the CG/visuals were excellent!! The whole crash scene was completely gripping and it all looked so realistic.

I'm totally looking forward to seeing more of Ki Joon and Joon Oh's relationship. They bicker and at times, ignore each other, but they still look close.
I'm super curious about Ki Joon's feelings toward Ji Ah and their past too.

I'm pretty sure the 3 girl group members were never mentioned in the promos/teasers.... Hmm.

I didn't mind the flashbacks. That's gonna be an integral part of this drama. Those glimpses into their past looked just like a film to me too. I like that they were little clues into the cast's past and that they revealed how closely connected the castaways are.

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Wow... I can't believe they brought a real incident in the drama.... The "I did drink. But I didn't drive under its influence"...
Daebak... 😘😇👍

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What was that about?

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So-hee pronounces Bong-hee’s phone clear of incriminating photos, and cheerfully tells Joon-oh that he’s aged. She and Tae-ho leave, and he turns back to Bong-hee to ask about a change of clothes. Ha, her face.

wasnt it ji-ah who went thru bonghee's phone? ^^

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You are right. She looked through her phone to make sure that she didn't film she and Tae Ho kissing.

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I'm surprised - seeing the trailer for this that came after the Weightlifting Fairy finale I expected it to be scary all the way through, kind of like how Wanted was. But looking at the latest trailer and the recap it seems like there are some really funny parts too? If that stays true for the rest of the series (it might not, though, I bet the second half will get real ugly), then count me in!

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Lead guy is funny as in he is overly pampered as a star n so is the silly President who remove all the seatbelts in the plane (how stupid he is as a President furthermore !!)

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All I'll say is this: I feel like this show has too good of a concept and format to be ruined with a love triangle. Homegirl already has amnesia, I think that's enough kdrama cliches. However, this cliche is utilized quite well in the drama so A+ to the writer.

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I am deeply in love with this drama. There's something about this drama that makes me more interested. Idk what it is but I don't regret watching it. And the fact that brown is their aesthetic color makes it more interesting.

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