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While You Were Sleeping: Episodes 1-2

We’re off to a good start for SBS’s new supernatural romance While You Were Sleeping, which is beautifully shot, cleverly written, and full of warmhearted characters. I’m reminded again that I love the way Park Hye-ryun writes her heroines—funny, sassy, prideful to a fault, totally flawed—because the way her character is written is making me like Suzy in this role. It’s not a thriller, it’s not a melodrama, and it’s not a rom-com… but it is all of those things, with a touch of fantasy and a lovely melancholic touch throughout. Whatever you want to call it, I’m in.

 

 
EPISODE 1: “While You Were Sleeping”

On a snowy night in Seoul, time seems to flow backwards. Cars and people move in reverse, and snow falls up into the sky.

A woman with a scratch on her face sees a man walking toward her, blood streaming down his face. She runs into his arms, dropping a hair-tie in the process, and says, “I believe you. Because I’m me, I can believe you.”

As they embrace, time stands still… and then everything begins to move in reverse again.

The same young woman, NAM HONG-JOO (Suzy), wakes up from what must have been a dream, looking very different with longer hair. She writes down what she remembers, muttering at how absurd it was, as Mom comes in and nags her about her pigsty of a room.

Hong-joo says she hugged a stranger in her dream, which is crazy because she’s not the type to throw herself at men. Mom agrees that she shouldn’t, not looking like that anyway.

Mom wants to know if the stranger was handsome, but Hong-joo reminds her that she has a boyfriend. Mom counters that she’s been on two whole dates with him, and keeps prodding about Dream Guy since Hong-joo’s dreams have a habit of coming true.

Hong-joo barks that this one will not… and then freezes at the sight of Dream Guy standing across the street from her house. Mom heard that they’d be getting new neighbors, and wonders if the two handsome boys are brothers.

They are brothers, in fact, and Little Bro shoves a rice cake into his hyung’s hands. Hong-joo’s Dream Guy, JUNG JAE-CHAN (Lee Jong-seok), pouts at his little brother’s insistence that they pass out rice cakes to their new neighbors, calling it old-fashioned.

Hong-joo panics when Jae-chan heads straight for their house, and tells Mom that he’s the guy she hugged in her dream.

Jae-chan puts on his nicest smile for the intercom as he rings the doorbell, only to be met with Hong-joo’s cold reply for him to leave and never come back. He’s stunned at the rejection and yells over at his brother for making him do this. Little Bro (Shin Jae-ha) just guesses that he didn’t smile.

Jae-chan swears up and down that he smiled, and Little Bro decides that if the girl is that rude, Jae-chan should date her because they’re a perfect match. Pff.

Sometime later, Hong-joo sits at the bus stop while complaining to Mom over the phone for taking the car, and then panics again to see Jae-chan walking in her direction. She’s so engrossed in her plan to avoid him and appear disinterested that she ignores the schoolgirls who ask her to move aside so they can sit on the bench.

Jae-chan happens to sit in the seat right next to hers when there are plenty of others available, so she moves one seat over, and he follows suit. She does it one more time just to be sure, and he scoots over again to be next to her. So she’s suddenly convinced that he’s trying to seduce her.

She stands up to give him a piece of her mind and blurts, “I’m not interested in you!” at the exact same time that he stands up and tells the schoolgirls that they can sit together now. So embarrassing.

The schoolgirls snigger at her, and Hong-joo is so mortified that she gets on the wrong bus and just stays on—one that happens to be plastered with a giant ad for He’s Just Not That Into You. LOL.

Jae-chan smiles at her, finding the whole thing amusing, but as the bus pulls away he connects Hong-joo’s voice to the rude intercom girl across the street and yells after her.

Hong-joo tells Mom about it that night at their samgyupsal restaurant, convinced that Jae-chan has fallen for her. When a customer comes up to the counter to pay, Hong-joo is distracted by the sight of familiar objects—the man’s lighter, the bandage on his finger, and even his face, which we see in a flashback to a dream.

Hong-joo says that she dreamt about that man lighting a cigarette on a snowy night with that bandage on his finger, and the moment he did, he caught on fire. Mom takes her seriously right away and runs out to stop the man at his car.

Mom tries to ask for his lighter and cigarettes, saying that they’re bad for his health, but the man just shoves them off. Hong-joo shouts through the window, “Ajusshi, you’ll die if you smoke that!” but of course he doesn’t understand just how literally she means it.

He pushes them into the street and drives off, and Mom shows Hong-joo the lighter she stole from him in the tussle, hoping that it’ll change things. Hong-joo is more cynical and says it won’t: “It’s no use. It’s all his choice and his fate.”

Mom argues that if you know, you have to change things. But at that moment, snow starts to come down, just like in Hong-joo’s dream. Hong-joo: “You can’t change it. Who would believe such crazy talk?”

Hong-joo continues in voiceover as we watch the cigarette man find a second identical lighter in his car before stopping for gas: “That I saw you in my dream, that my dreams always come true, so if you want to live, you have to listen to me—how would anyone believe such nonsense? Even Dad couldn’t believe it and went like that. You can’t change the future. Knowing doesn’t change it.”

And just like Hong-joo says, as if it were predetermined, the man lights a cigarette and ignites the leaking gas all around him, sending his car and the entire gas station up in flames.

In the morning, a group of staff workers from the prosecutor’s office swoon at a picture of the handsome new prosecutor arriving today, who happens to be Jae-chan. His new office manager, MOON HYANG-MI (Park Jin-ju), thinks his looks warrant a cake.

Her former boss, prosecutor-turned-lawyer LEE YOO-BUM (Lee Sang-yub), feigns jealousy over her shifting loyalty, but then pays her tab. He says that he should congratulate Jae-chan on his first day too, and they’re surprised to hear that Yoo-bum was Jae-chan’s tutor when he was young.

Hyang-mi thinks Jae-chan looks too smart to need a tutor, but Yoo-bum says he was always in last place in school. In flashback, we see Little Jae-chan proudly read “justice” as “just ice,” to the horror of his tutor. (Man, is this the third time Nam Da-reum is playing younger Lee Jong-seok?)

The story is a bit disheartening to Hyang-mi, whose coworkers worry that she’s in for a tough time with a new boss who’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. She says optimistically that he’s still a prosecutor, so how bad could he be?

Cut to: Jae-chan posing for a series of selfies in the hallway with his new ID tag, like he’s fifteen and on a field trip to the prosecutor’s office. They cringe, and when Yoo-bum calls out to him, Jae-chan recognizes him right away and calls him “hyung.”

Jae-chan seems less than enthused when Yoo-bum leads him into his old office like he still works here, bragging about the cases he tried. Jae-chan gets introduced to his team’s lead investigator, Chief Choi, who dutifully tends to Yoo-bum’s coat out of habit.

Yoo-bum says he came to congratulate him on becoming a prosecutor, except he makes sure to refer to Jae-chan as a snot-nosed kid. Hrm, looks like you’re here for your ego. Yoo-bum offers his help with anything he needs, calling it a win-win, but Jae-chan doesn’t seem eager to take him up on it.

As Yoo-bum answers a call, he mindlessly rips and rolls up tiny bits of paper, which Jae-chan clocks with interest.

It takes him back to his youth, when Yoo-bum had done the same thing while teaching him the meaning of “win-win.” Yoo-bum had said that Jae-chan’s father offered him bonuses for every time Jae-chan raised his rank in school, and he hatched a scheme to forge Jae-chan’s report cards and split the money.

Little Jae-chan had scoffed that his father, a cop, would throw them in jail if he found them out. But Yoo-bum had insisted that they wouldn’t get caught, and lured Jae-chan with the idea of buying that motorcycle he’d been dying to get. He’d said that Jae-chan would get his bike and his father would be happy about his grades, calling it a win-win.

Hong-joo has another dream, in which she wakes up in the hospital near Christmas time. She holds a letter in her hand from her mother—a list of things to do in the event of her death, including bank accounts and insurance policies. Oh no.

She asks the woman by her bedside if Mom passed away because of the accident she caused, and she begs to be told that this is a dream.

She wakes in tears, and continues to sob as she writes down the details of her dream: “Aunt, long hair, Mom’s will, because of an accident I caused… Mom…”

Mom notices her swollen eyes when she comes out of her room, but Hong-joo lies that she just ate ramyun last night. Just then, a news report shows the cigarette man from her dream dying in a gas station fire.

Hong-joo is numb with shock, and then suddenly runs into the bathroom and starts cutting her hair in wild desperation. Mom pulls the scissors out of her hands and asks what’s wrong, and Hong-joo cries that it happened just like in her dream.

Mom says that they couldn’t do anything about it, but Hong-joo is inconsolable as she wails, “It doesn’t change! Mom, what do I do? What do I do?” Mom hugs her in worry as Hong-joo sobs.

She ends up telling Mom about her dream, and Mom just laughs sweetly and asks if that’s why she cut her hair. Hong-joo says she had long hair in her dream, and vows never to grow it again.

Mom says teasingly that Hong-joo’s looks were mostly due to her hair, and tells her with a comforting hug that she won’t die so easily. Hong-joo says in a tiny voice, “You’re all I have in this world. So don’t leave me alone, okay?” Ohgod, now I’m terrified.

Despite what she says to Hong-joo, that night Mom takes out her bankbooks and starts writing out a will. Noooooo. The calendar behind her says it’s February 13, 2016.

The next day, on Valentine’s Day, Yoo-bum buys a bouquet of flowers and is surprised to run into Jae-chan outside the restaurant (in the middle of taking more embarrassing selfies, naturally).

Jae-chan says he’s here on a date as well, when Hong-joo runs up to them and greets Yoo-bum. Er? She and Jae-chan turn to each other in a mix of surprise and antipathy, and Jae-chan is extra shocked that she and Yoo-bum are dating.

Yoo-bum suggests that Jae-chan and his date join them, and Hong-joo and Jae-chan nix that idea in unison. As they head inside, Yoo-bum makes sure to patronize Jae-chan as usual, patting him on the butt and acting proud that he’s all grown up and has a car, when it seemed like just yesterday he was buying him a motorcycle.

Flashback to 2003. Dad had discovered Jae-chan’s motorcycle because he’d gotten into an accident, and accused him of stealing it. Jae-chan swore he didn’t steal it, and ended up confessing to forging his report cards with Yoo-bum for the money.

Dad had been so proud that he’d framed every one of Jae-chan’s report cards to display on his desk, but at Jae-chan’s confession, he threw them all in the trash, heartbroken.

Jae-chan sighs in the present thinking of that memory, and then notices the snow begin to fall.

Hong-joo is distracted through dinner when Mom doesn’t answer any of her text messages, and she thinks back to having blown out the candles and checked the stove before leaving, but then realizes that she left the front door open.

The worry is too much for her and she bolts up to go check on Mom, and Yoo-bum offers to drive her car for her because she’s never driven in snow before. Gack, I just realized she’s wearing the same outfit from the opening dream sequence.

Meanwhile, Mom is on her way home as usual, except a young man in a baseball cap is on her tail the whole way, like a creeper. He follows her all the way to her front gate, and Mom jumps in fright when he calls out to ask her something.

Hong-joo calls Mom repeatedly as Yoo-bum drives, and she sighs in relief when Mom finally answers and says she left her phone at the coffee shop, but a nice young man brought it to her. Phew.

Hong-joo can finally rest at ease, but she asks Yoo-bum to take care of her mother in the event that she causes an accident. He’s confused, but he promises to protect her and her mother.

He looks over at her, and in that instant, a figure tumbles over the hood of the car and falls to the ground in a bloody heap. Oh shiiiiiit. Agh, it’s the young man in the Batman cap who returned Mom’s phone. He lies in a pool of blood, not moving…

The car careens into a lamppost and Hong-joo’s eyes flutter open for half a second, and then when she wakes again, she’s in the hospital. She can barely focus her eyes and searches the room for Mom, but the only familiar face she sees is her aunt’s.

She fades again and then wakes up for good this time, and is shocked to see how long her hair has grown. Craaaap. Aunt says it’s Christmas Eve, and the other ajummas in the hospital room say that she’s been asleep for months.

Hong-joo asks for Mom, and Aunt says tearfully that Mom held on for so long just waiting for the day that Hong-joo would wake up. She explains that someone died in that accident that she caused (interesting that no one ever mentions Yoo-bum in all this), and that in order to pay damages to the young man’s family and to cover her hospital bills, Mom had to sell the restaurant and the house, and work night and day without rest.

One day she collapsed in exhaustion, and fell down a flight of stairs to her death. And just like in her dream, Hong-joo opens up her mother’s will, which lists her accounts and ends with: “Don’t blame yourself.”

She begs her aunt to tell her this is a dream: “I have to wake up. Why can’t I wake up? Tell me this is a dream, please! I don’t like this dream!” Aunt urges her to keep it together, saying that she might be facing trial for the accident. Hong-joo doesn’t understand why when she wasn’t the driver, which is news to her aunt.

 
EPISODE 2

The prosecutor arrives to question her about the accident, and of course it’s Jae-chan. Hong-joo thinks back to how he’d held her in her dream, but in the present he’s cold and formal.

He’s obviously skeptical of her account—that Yoo-bum was the driver that night. Jae-chan tells her that Yoo-bum testified the opposite, and we see him telling Jae-chan in flashback that he regretted letting Hong-joo drive in her worried state, when the roads were so slippery. Ugh, you asshat!

Hong-joo says he lied, but Chief Choi shows her the evidence that’s in Yoo-bum’s favor, like her blood on the driver’s side airbag, and the blackbox footage from the ambulance that shows her being rescued from the driver’s seat, and Yoo-bum being rescued from the passenger’s side.

She says that Yoo-bum must’ve changed seats with her while she was unconscious, and wiped the airbag clean of his blood before putting hers on it. Jae-chan doesn’t bat an eye and says that’s just conjecture, and he believes in evidence over conjecture.

She asks what she’s supposed to do then, and he advises her to confess so he can deliberate the outcome, because the victim’s family is pressing charges.

Hong-joo tries calling Yoo-bum, but of course he doesn’t answer. All she can do is think about how she’d asked Mom not to leave her all alone in this world, and the next thing we know, she’s standing precariously on the edge of the hospital roof, as her aunt and Jae-chan try to talk her down.

Jae-chan asks to talk things out, but Hong-joo doesn’t see the point when she already told them what happened, but no one will believe her and nothing will change. Jae-chan calls out, “I’ll believe you!” and begins to walk toward her.

Hong-joo says, “How nice would it be if this were a dream… if it were your dream… Thank you for saying you’d believe me.” A tear falls as she closes her eyes, and then she lets go.

Jae-chan leaps forward and grabs her hand, but she slips through his grasp. He watches in horror as she falls away from him…

…And then he wakes up in bed. WHAT? Wait, no seriously, what?

It’s the morning of Valentine’s Day, 2016 (ohthankgod), and Jae-chan wonders what kind of a dream feels that real. He tells Little Bro that he had a weird dream about the neighbor, and Little Bro says he called it when Hyung said she was rude that first day: “That’s the start of a typical rom-com!”

He asks what genre the dream was, and Jae-chan says she died in it, which puts a chill in the air. But they look out the window and Hong-joo’s mom is alive and well, so Little Bro says it’s obviously not coming true.

He asks why Yoo-bum appeared in the dream, and Jae-chan says he ran into him recently. Little Bro gets fired up and asks why he didn’t punch his lights out and spit in his face. He decides that Hyung’s dream went makjang by romantically connecting the two people he hates most—Yoo-bum and Hong-joo.

Jae-chan takes note that today is Valentine’s Day, and makes plans with Little Bro for after he picks up his new car.

That morning he runs into Hong-joo at the bus stop, and decides to just ask if she knows Yoo-bum. She’s alarmed at that, thinking he’s stalking her (to seduce her, pfft), while he’s alarmed that his dream is turning out to be not so crazy.

She gets up to hail a cab and get away from him, so he says he knows it sounds crazy, but that she shouldn’t meet Yoo-bum today, or drive in the snow, or go anywhere near a car. He frantically tries to get her to listen, but she just storms off in the cab.

Something about the way he talked makes her think of the cigarette man and how he hadn’t listened to her warnings, but when she asks the cab driver if it’s supposed to snow, he says the forecast is sunny.

That night, Jae-chan is startled when everything happens like his dream: While waiting for his brother, he runs into Yoo-bum instead, and Hong-joo arrives to meet him. Jae-chan scrambles to intervene and asks Yoo-bum to buy him dinner right this instant, but Yoo-bum says he has a date.

This time, Hong-joo isn’t even that surprised to run into Jae-chan, and without preamble he tells her to go home like he said earlier. She asks why, but Jae-chan doesn’t have an answer. Yoo-bum’s guard goes up and he asks if he’s the only one who doesn’t understand what’s going on, and leads Hong-joo away.

Little Bro arrives, and Jae-chan gives up and agrees to go. But when they’re about to leave, snow starts to fall and he can’t shake the feeling that his dream is coming true. He says he has to check one last thing, and waits in the car. Just like in his dream, Hong-joo gets up in the middle of dinner, and at the same time Mom leaves the coffee shop without her phone and the young man follows her out with it.

Jae-chan watches as Yoo-bum follows Hong-joo to her car, and takes her keys to drive. He realizes that Hong-joo was telling the truth in his dream, but by the time he runs out to stop them, they’ve driven away.

He tells Little Bro to call the police and report the accident, which Little Bro calls insane because it hasn’t happened. He wonders why Jae-chan is so concerned about this woman, but Jae-chan says he just doesn’t want her to end up like him, back then.

Little Bro thinks that Hyung must just be overwhelmed with stress at seeing Yoo-bum again. Jae-chan tries to listen to him and go on his way, except he can’t get the image out of his head of Hong-joo falling out of his grasp to her death. He stares at his hand and decides to just do the crazy thing, and leaves his poor brother stranded in the parking lot.

Yoo-bum promises to protect Hong-joo and her mother just like in the dream, but this time he asks what that was with Jae-chan earlier.

But before she can answer, a loud crash sends their car spinning through the intersection. They’re both conscious but hazy, and Hong-joo looks up to see Jae-chan walking through the snow to get to her.

He opens her door and asks if she’s okay, and then in the distance we see the young man in the Batman cap standing just a few feet away from where Jae-chan’s car rammed right into Hong-joo’s at full speed.

Jae-chan pulls her out of the car gently and asks if she isn’t hurt, and then checks on Batman Cap, who’s stunned but fine. Yoo-bum asks if he hit them, and Jae-chan says he skidded in the snow and lost control of his car.

Yoo-bum doesn’t believe him though, and accuses him of hitting them on purpose, perhaps because he needs money. Jae-chan says that if it weren’t for him, Yoo-bum would’ve killed someone tonight. Yoo-bum asks if this is because of that motorcycle accident.

We flash back to 2003, the night that Jae-chan got caught for having a motorcycle. We learn that it was Yoo-bum who had caused the accident, then a college student at Seoul University, and he’d told Jae-chan to take the fall.

Jae-chan had insisted on telling the cops that Yoo-bum was driving, so Yoo-bum turned icy cold and said he’d testify the opposite, since it was his word against Jae-chan’s. Then he collected his bag and just walked away, leaving Jae-chan to take the blame.

In the present, Yoo-bum calls him crazy, but Jae-chan insists that he did this to save them, because otherwise Yoo-bum would’ve killed that man and framed Hong-joo for it, her mother would’ve died, and then she would’ve taken her own life like a fool. He says that Yoo-bum is capable of that and worse, and Hong-joo listens to all of this in shock.

Yoo-bum asks who on earth would believe him and expects Hong-joo to agree, but she can’t take her eyes off of Jae-chan.

Jae-chan says in voiceover, “Who would believe me? That I saw you in my dream, that you were so sad in that dream that I came here to change it—no one would believe it, the future I changed.”

But of course, one person does. Hong-joo’s eyes fill with tears and she takes a step forward. Just like in the opening dream, she marches right up to Jae-chan and throws her arms around him as she says that she believes him, because it’s her, because she can.

He’s startled and tries to pull away, but she grabs tightly and won’t let go as she says, “Thank you.” He tentatively reaches up and pats her softly as he hugs her back.

 
COMMENTS

What a fake-out! They totally got me by setting up Hong-joo’s premonitions in one specific visual style—by letterboxing anything that’s her dream—because I then automatically trusted that anything fullscreen was happening in reality. I never expected that the hero would have premonitions too, which opens up a whole wide world of what-ifs and crisscrossing fates. Not to mention jumbled timelines.

It was lovely to see how their dreams converged, but already I’m wondering what happens if they ever have conflicting futures. The ability (or curse?) seems very clearly to be Hong-joo’s, so I wonder what made it possible for Jae-chan to suddenly have a dream premonition, like if they’re psychically connected somehow, or if his dream was just a fluke. Was it really Hong-joo’s wish in that moment before she jumped off the roof that made it possible? Does that make it an alternate reality? Are we back in W–Two Worlds and I don’t know it yet because I’m not real?

Now I’m suddenly interested in her supernatural ability, whereas initially I’d assumed it would just be a straightforward curse to see the future. But then again, where would the drama be if there weren’t a way for her to change the course of Fate, right? Or maybe she only sees the future, and he’s the one who can change it…

I’m immensely thankful that we didn’t have to begin the series with tragedy either, because the moment we met warmhearted, loving Mom, I knew her days were numbered. It was a nice surprise for Jae-chan to save the day so quickly, because I expected to go through a whole series of horrible incidents before Hong-joo had convinced him of her premonitions. Of course, I’ll still be spending the entire series terrified for Mom, Little Bro, and anyone else who seems remotely kind and lovable, because I know better than to rest easy. Every episode they survive will be one more than expected.

The drama moves through timelines and dream/reality in a very fluid way, so it felt pretty seamless and I never questioned the flow of the story, even though it seems like a risky move to repeat timelines in your premiere episodes. But because the opening incident set the stakes so high—Mom’s death and Hong-joo’s on top of it—I was on the edge of my seat as Jae-chan relived the day and tried to change the future. It was full of purpose and emotion and easy to get invested in, and I can only hope that what they face together from here on out will be the same.

 
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OMG yes! So happy you're recapping it, girlfriday! <3

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Also LOL at "Are we back in W–Two Worlds and I don’t know it yet because I’m not real?". My thoughts exactly. Just like W, all this could get very screwy and confusing if the writer doesn't pull it off. Here's hoping things stay smooth throughout.

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My thoughts too? Is this drama similar to W?
Because they both have dreams but in different scenarios and different feels. Two dreams? Two worlds? Hahaha. Have you observed also beanies that the situation changed after Jae Chan had his dreams, no more selfies. no more surprises when the three of them met. We need more theories and more rules. Writernim Jang! Can't wait for the next episode. 👌😁🤣😍💖

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Yup! Is it alternate reality in some way? I'm so invested so far! ♥♥♥

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I don't know what to think now kaye! LOL. I'll just wait for the next episode. Then we have a week to list all the possibilities. Lets see! 🤣🙃😅🤔

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Definitely has some W vibes, but I actually feel the drama echoes "I Can Hear Your Voice" much more, especially since they're from the same writer. It is pre-produced tho, which means it won't get complicated along the way bc the writers messed up, the ending would've already been written before anything else was shot; so hopefully it SHOULD for the most part fit together like a puzzle.

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I'm so happy too! I was hoping she would recap it because it's Lee Jong-seok hihihi

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I knoow! It can only be GF for a LJS-Park Hyeran drama :) ♥

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count me happy too, i love GF's cheeky sense of humor

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I knowww i don't know what made me happier... The show or the fact that girlfriday is recapping this. I love your recaps @girlfriday, thank you!

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I have different opinion from most of the viewers. The dream sequence is good but i rest wasn't upto the mark or maybe i expected too much.
The 1st episode has much freshness but at the same it lacked in other places. Direction, screenwriting as well as music demands much more.

1st episode 7/10 . I'm being too generous here.

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Opinionated as always, CatoCat.

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Agree... it was nothing mind blowing awesome.. yes it was nice to see some "twist".. but nothing gripping..

i don't know i was in more awe of UF's cinematography.. or is the error of my internet/laptop and pixels?

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No...the cinematography in UF was better!!! But this was not bad.

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UF 1st episode snow scene and here snow scene direction have good difference. Director messed up the scene. I wasn't impressed with the way characters were introduced either.

It was pretty normal kdrama episode.

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I watched the first ep on my tv, and it looked absolutely stunning. I'm not sure about how it compares to UF, but I thought the whole episode had this sweet, soft whimsical tone to it. The entire episode felt like a dream and it was just beautiful to me.

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I respectfully disagree. Though, I actually had lower expectations going in because I wasn't really into the trailers.
I personally thought that everything transitioned smoothly. The small moments in the beginning, "he's just not that into you" were cute without trying to hard. everything felt whimsical. I wouldn't say the writing is perfect--I personally felt that they could have done the motorcycle backflash a little bit better, but I got emotionally engaged in the show very quickly. the first ep almost felt like a stand alone film to me.

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Jong Suk I am already in love with you! His intensity is amazing! Suzy was good as well, the cinematography, pacing, music was amazing. Especially loved the end, when he crashed into their car and subsequent scenes, all in all good start...also its 2016 in the drama, so will there be a time jump and we will be in 2017 later? I wonder...

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Yesss!!!! Thank you @girlfriday for the fast recap.

The cinematography is just beautiful.
Heres to an amazing ride lee jong seok!

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Ooo... great observation. Ep1 ended back at 2016 not 2017.

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Suddenly I am terrified about whats to happen next. What if something will happen to mom? I can't help but be worried

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'What if something will happen to mom?'

Thinking the same thing...the guy who is saved...so who will die in his place?

Because in Hong Joo's dream she didn't dream about the guy dying just her mom because of an accident HJ had caused...so could there be someone in the house?...or did Jae Chan's act of kindness (avoiding the fatal accident), by showing up to just before the "exact time and scene" of the "seat-switchy-accident", somehow reset everything?

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This feels like Goblin all over again T.T Like it's their fate to die

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Hey. It's LJS in a drama. I love that man, but any moms in his dramas are doomed; usually the doomed ones are his moms, but he's already mom-less here, so onto possible mother-in-laws? Still, I love this first episode(s)! It's been too long, LJS.

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Absolutely loved the first ep - the visuals, the music and LEE JONG SEOK!!

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The music.
The ost is so effing beautiful.
And kim sohyun in next ep preview.

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First OST's out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=115&v=rDw1ZV5CL1k I loved this since trailer

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Sameeeee I've been waiting for this track like crazy!! Its on Apple Music and iTunes too!!

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Thanks for the recap @girlfriday!

In addition to what girlfriday points out, I'm curious about the fact that Hong Joo saw conflicting futures - the one in which she is told her mother is dead because of the accident she caused, and the one in which she hugs Jae Chan as she believes his version. I wonder if that means her dreams of the future are even less trustworthy than one would think.

Other thoughts: Suzy seems to be pretty good in this role. And I can see why the cast is so confident. I've already picked While you were sleeping over Hospital Ship just after episode 1. So excited about what's to come!

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Maybe it's quantum physics for Hong Joo's dreams. They tell you the possibilities but choices you make lead you to different parallel universes.

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Hahahaha you won't know which future it is unless you look, and until you look, both futures are taking place at the same time. ^^

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I would think so, alternate realities

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It's very interesting that Hong-joo's dreams were able to show her what happened due to Jae-chan's interference before even showing her what would happen WITHOUT his interference.

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i was wondering why during the first time the accident happened Jae-chan wasn't there so I had a feeling that her suicide would be a dream but never thought it would be Jae-chan's dream instead of Hong-joo

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You are quite observant. That possibility didn't occur to me at all. ^^

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Good catch. Perhaps her second dream showed her Jae Chan's dream, one which he presumably had after she saw it?

That's a possible explanation.

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Oooh yes, that is possible!

Whatever the reason, I'm not really complaining. Narratively speaking, the way the episode was set up with it starting and ending with the same scene was very satisfying. You can tell it was a carefully planned episode, and some shows don't have that much forethought in their script writing and just start and stop seemingly whenever, maybe with a "cliffhanger".

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That potential explanation makes me feel a lot better, thanks!

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I'm a bit confused about which dream starts and stops when, and what the rules are. I *guess* Hong-joo can see the future (often) but only Jae-Chan can change it (rarely, under special circumstances).

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His dream starts when the scene goes to the calendar and focuses on the date. Very clever, show, very clever. I’m easy to fool, and believed everything was unfolding as seen—and loved the twist.

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As am I. I agree with Ally though - it seems that everything that happened on the 14th was happening only in Jae Chan's dream. And we have no clue yet as to why he dreamt it at all.

He also took some drastic measures to change the future. Hong Joo only tried to stop the man from smoking - the mother and daughter duo honestly looked crazy. But Jae Chan went and crashed his new car at considerable risk to his own life in the hopes of preventing the future he saw. If that's what it takes to prevent those horrid things from happening, I'm almost scared for the leads and what the show has in store for them.

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The prosecutor arrives to question her about the accident, and of course it’s Jae-chan. Hong-joo thinks back to how he’d held her in her dream, but in the present he’s cold and formal.

I am wondering how in Jae-chan's dream he is aware of Han-joo's dream about him holding her after the accident.

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I guess what the viewers saw is what would have really happened in the 'future' if Jae-chan hadn't changed anything, and Jae-chan only dreamed about a (big) part of that 'future'. - so he did not see & hear things like Hong Joo's thoughts.

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"and the one in which she hugs Jae Chan as she believes his version."

Jae Chan 'somehow got her gift' 'because' Hong Joo dies in the dream, which was Jae Chan's dream - it is the last contact scenario - the 'premonition-gift' jumps to the last person who the clairvoyant has contact with, I guess. He remembers things like a set of changeable events. But Hong Joo is adamant that her dreams are never wrong.

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The problem is Yoo Bum, can you imagine how manipulative Yoo Bum would be of Hong Joo and Jae Chan once he learns of this. He will probably push Jae Chan to the edge by making him feel guilty about the past or something, and make sure to have contact with him before he dies, can you imagine what scheming Yoo Bum will get up to if he has such a power because? Lee Sang Yeob is doing an excellent job at portraying this elusive villain. Elusive because neither Hong Joo or Jae Chan can explain Yoo Bum is evil because now there is no proof, there is only evidence that selfless-JaeChan caused an accident.

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This theory makes sense though!
He only got the 'dream' or managed to change things or whatever happened because Hong Joo died, and he was the last one to try and save her.
Maybe that's the only way she can change things? If she dies herself?

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An explanation could be that what she saw in her dream might still happen. It is technically possible that both her dreams materialize. But I don't think it will be the case, my guess is that he has the ability to interfere in what happens in her dreams, so they are somehow connected and will need to work together to change the future.

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I don't know if anyone caught this but when they were talking on the ambulance and at the hospital Hong Joo said that they only changed the course of the flow and fate will find a different path.

We then watch the young police officer get ready for his job. I believe he was killed that night and we haven't been shown to buy into the ideal that the dreams can be changed. I believe the young policeman died the night he was destined to die and Hong Joo's mum will die around Christmas as she was destined too. But how they die would be different this time around.

I believe our OTP will find out this fact when they both get a premonition of each other's death or one of their deaths and realise all the work they've done in the entire series did not save anyone, it only bought them some extra time to die a different way, meaning they won't be able to save each other. I would put my money on Hong Joo dying, because the gift is hers.

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I think this will show her that there is a chance to change the future. And her whole attitude will probably change as well. Before she was not really doing much to prevent what was supposed to happen because of what happened with her dad (I guess). The guy that was burnt at the petrol station was a good example: she only tried to stop him because her mom pushed her to do it and even in that instance she did not do any crazy thing to stop the guy. Her mom stealing the lighter showed more guts.

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I don't know why but I love how that hair band fell into the snow and reminded us that we know what is gonna happen next. Goosebumps.

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Full-circle awards for this writernim. Skillful writing, because I see the blood on the side of JaeChan's face, and I was like but there was no blood before...right? {Goes back to watch that scene...} The bruise-mark on Suzy's face though, that I remember...well maybe it is because I had been researching the Korean-10-step-face-care-routine recently. Because normally the first thing I check in a scene is if the lead guy has any bruising on his face from a recent fight...or something...lol...my timeline.

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I couldn't understand the connection. Anyone willing to explain to me , please?

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YAY it's here. I'm just gonna paste part of what I said on @isa's wall here, because...well I can't type it all out again.

I think Jae-chan’s dream was a one off. A fluke. It was required because it was a catalyst for their fates to intertwine. It was the universe pushing them together. He gets a one-off dream, while she has always had dreams that tell the future. He needed to have this dream so that he would be the only one to believe her. That’s why that dream was so vivid.

But that doesn’t mean Hong-joo’s dreams can’t be stopped. Remember: she says she couldn’t save her dad because he didn’t believe her dream or something like that. My theory is that she was going the wrong way about stopping them, he’ll show her the right way. We don’t know yet if she’s ever had success. She may have. Maybe it was a smaller one, not one that ended in death. Or maybe she needs Jae-chan to end them. I want more rules before I commit to anything.

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Also, I'm totally prepared to eat my words, but I can't decide if I want Jae-chan to keep having premonitions as well. I'm leaning more towards not liking the idea, but honestly if the story works I'll be there for it.

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I think whatever he dreamt really happened but when she she said I wish you could dream too everything went back in time and he thought of it as a dream. This is my assumption. There is some evidence for it though. When he wakes up we can see date changing back on the clock. Also his dreams were full screen whereas Suzy's dreams were not which could signify that what he dreamt was real and what Suzy dreamt was the future.

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That is a very good point. And it would explain why we got insight on Hong-joo's thoughts in Jae-chan's dreams, which didn't make sense to me.

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Have you ever watched Mop Girl the Japanese Drama? Keiko Kitagawa had premonitions of peoples death when she touches their body or object after their deaths and ends up repeating the days leading up to it to try and stop it. She eventually learns that she needs to get involved and even if it's unsafe dhe has to pit herself in danger to change the future. I think this drama is doing the same thing, Hong Joo couldn't/didn't know how to intervene more while Jae Chan is someone who can and will use his all, willing to go to great lenghts, and because luckily for him, Hong Joo is who she is that she's able to believe him.

I fear the only way out of their cycle is for Hong Joo to die.

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the cinematography blew me away, the opening scene was so stunning. the director has really outdone himself.

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Except I can't say the same for the camera movement. There are a few scenes which I found rather irritating due to unnecessary jittery movement. Hope this will improve as the story goes by.

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It's the same director as You From Another Star and I think you can tell. I'm also very impressed by it!

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THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD!! LJS Is good a usual *cough handsome.. I really enjoyed Suzy more than I enjoyed LJS,I seriously saw a huge improvement on suzy's acting, Suzy's scene with her mom was tear-jerking. i cried:( Ottohke:(

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I cired to my own surprise when she cut her hair in a frenzy. So good.

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this is fast.. nice first episode with its twist (unless they revealed it in the premier)..
So, she sees definitive outcomes and he sees floating situations???

But I am impressed with the director, wherever it is required off Suzy to act, the camera never captures her whole being.. but just some b'ful shots (e.g of eyes or tear trickling down etc) that totally cover for lack of emotions on her face..

Although disappointed.. she was much better in UF (comparatively)

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I found the story confused.

Why the hero had dreams too ? And why can he change the futur and not her ?

And the villain is not interesting.... I like LSY but his character is meh.

I'm curious about the character of Jung Hae In. He gave back the phone and was the victim of the car accident.

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Watch it again

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i think he' s the real villain...

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"Why the hero had dreams too ? And why can he change the futur and not her ?"

Jae Chan, Lee Jong Suk's character, our hero here, only started his dreaming: exactly 10 months after the accident. Which is when Hong Joo, Suzy, commits suicide. Right? So that was 14 December 2016...? But when Jae Chan wakes up it is 14 February 2016 again, he notices everything is familiar...this is called Déjà vu. In déjà vu the rules are different. But I am not writernim.

I think Lee Sang Yeob is doing a good job here, if he was too over the top I would have dropped this show immediately because villain's with a tick and no sense of ethics and morals are just more interesting.

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Oh yes, Hong Joo has a tendency to write down her dreams, thus 'setting them in stone' as it were. When Jae Chan Wakes up from a dream, he just sees the similarities, recognizes the injustices that occurred and sets out to make them right. He also doesn't have to write anything down because he already knows what exactly happened as it was in the case file.

I love seeing what Hong Joo writes in Hangul though. Even though I don't understand it immediately without reading subs!

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When she got the scissor...I thought...oh what a neat way to cut up the 'bad-dream-note' instead she cuts off her hair...lol!!! But I loved how the long-hair-short-hair drama-troupe was used here.

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That first episode blew me away! It was a nice decision to stay away from all the promos and just head in to the show with no idea what to expect because that first episode was just crazy good. All the emotional beats hit all the right notes for me that I teared up for at least three times just on that first two episodes. I think my drama slump is finally ending. I'm one happy kdrama watcher again. 😊

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LJS is back!! with good storyline,script, Suzy is improving, She was better this time... her previous drama just meh.Looking forward for tonight episode..

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Awesome pilot episode! Hong Joo sees the future and Jae Chan has the ability to go back in the past and tweak things. It's amazing how Hong Joo cries that her ability to see the future is useless because there's no changing to it, but little did she know someone can actually travel back in time and change the tragedy she sees.

Once these two figure out their ability, they`ll work together solving crimes and saving the day! That will be so much fun to anticipate. But of course, as Jae Chan is changing the past, their future is very much uncertain now. How much would they really want to change the past to get a better future?

Ahhhhhhhhh can't wait to see more from this series! I've been really burned by the dramas I've seen lately. Nothing seemed to catch my attention since Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. I was thinking maybe I just needed another Lee Jong Suk drama to get me out of this drama slump. And he did not disappoint! He knows how to choose his drama well. I like how Korean netizens seem to have a love-and-hate for Jong Suk. They hate his gut, but they love his drama and acting chops. lol. I`m really liking the reactions they've given him for the pilot episode. Looking forward to fall in love with this drama! :)

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What are they saying about LJS? Also I'll never understand why knetz hate his guts, he is such an adorable guy, all coz of some stupid airport misunderstandings.

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They simply just hate any thing Lee Jong Suk does outside drama. lol. Did you see the comments K-netizens left when he won the Daesang for W-Two Worlds? They're saying how he's rude at accepting the awards, did not thank a lot of people, he looked awkward yada yada yada. This boy is just so misunderstood :( But every time he comes out with new drama, K-netz seem to be coming back to loving him. Watch, by the time this drama ends, you`ll see hate comments about him again ahhaha

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It's seems like the people that work with him really like and respect him, so netizens need to chill. I don't think he's suffering too much since his international fan base is so strong. In the words of Taylor Swift "haters gonna hate. Hate . Hate . Hate." Lol
Nice premiere - looking forward to the next episode!

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Now I could be off on this, but from my observation, from the little I've seen in awards shows and interviews, k-netizens like pandering.

This is the reason why I don't watch k-actors and k-actresses being interviewed, because I can just tell how guarded and fake they are being. Even though I don't understand the language, there is a certain tone of voice and intonation they speak with (that sounds so different from the natural sound you hear in dramas). Some even cry when receiving awards (and it looks so fake). I don't blame them for that though, because k-netz seem to like that, and will rip them to shreds if they are natural and honest.

LJS during that speech felt a lot more natural to me, so they didn't like it. He doesn't seem to be the type to do a lot of pandering. He also has a manly aura, where I have noticed that they like male actors to be more sweet and playful during interviews.

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He went back in time? Is that what happened? I thought that he was dreaming at the same time that she was dreaming. His dream was just incredibly vivid.
And why on earth would anyone hate Lee Jung Suk (don't tell me he's in a cult. After this Park Bo Gum blow my heart is not ready).

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What is this about Park Bo Gum and cults??

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There was a rumour that Park BoGum's involved in a cult. Or his popularity is the workings of a cult. That cult may be related to Choi Soon Shil, the former president's rumpelstiltskin.

Well, how much of that you believe is up to you.

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Ah thanks. It sounds like complete hogwash to me. ^^

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Sadly it's been proven :( PBG was pretty much born into a cult

NB may not exactly be very reliable but: http://netizenbuzz.blogspot.sg/2017/09/will-park-bogums-religion-controversy.html

This cult is pretty scary and people are liking PBG and his "Jesus-Centred Church" to Tom Cruise and Scientology. The stuff they do are really creepy but PBG seems really close to the leader (I read that the pastor named him?) so he may not actually realise he is in a cult :o

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Woot?...Huh?...What?...Hoot?...I had him on my watch-closely list...but this?...is just too much for me. I have delisted him. But he is number 1 Hallyu star for this year isn't he?

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It's a very weird situation and I can't deny that it has changed the way I view Park Bo-gum. Although I'm not a die-hard fan of his, I used to be happy whenever I saw him. He has a very positive energy about him. Ever since reading more in-depth into his "church", though, I can't help but think of it every time I see him. But I guess we will never know the whole truth, or what he has truly experienced.

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hmmm. Maybe this is just my imagination running wild, but this is how I interpreted the 1st episode:

Perhaps they're saying they're "dreaming" when in fact they're actually travelling into the future (Hong Joo) and past (Jae Chan). They think they're dreaming, but that's how they time travel.

He thinks he dreamt that Hong Joo died, but it's possible that he really did go back in time to save her, her mom, and the victim. He already knew the outcome of the accident because he was living in the present, but was able to change the past through "dreaming". If that makes sense? lol. It's possible too that he doesn't know he went back in time and just assumed it was all one big dream.

I just don't think he was only dreaming from the time the car accident happen to the moment Hong Joo jumped off the building, does he? I mean whatever is happening between Hong Joon and Jung Chae can't be just one big dream in the end, can it?

I believe the scene where Hong Joo jumped off the building was Jung Chae and Hong Joo's present time. You would notice too that when we went back to Feb 14th, some of the scenes have changed. Jung Chae wasn't taking a selfie of himself with his new car and he wasn't that surprised to ran into Hong Joo at the restaurant. He was waiting by his car for them to show up at the restaurant instead and trying to change the future. So yeah, I think at some point something was happening at present and these two are playing with the past and future.

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Wow. What you said totally makes sense.

I once read a fiction where the hero goes back in time by accident and wakes up in his old bed 5 years ago. At first he thought he just had a long long dream of 5 years in the future.

So from his own perspective, he can't tell the difference between dreams or time traveling.

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Hm... By that line of thinking, Jae Chan should be aware of everything that happened during those 11 months. The cases he took on, their outcome, events around him?

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Also regarding K-netz hating on Lee Jung Suk - they simply just hate any thing Lee Jong Suk does outside drama. lol. He just comes off as the bad guy in real life.

Did you see the comments K-netizens left when he won the Daesang for W-Two Worlds? They're saying how he's rude at accepting the awards, did not thank a lot of people, he looked awkward yada yada yada. This boy is just so misunderstood :( But every time he comes out with new drama, K-netz seem to be coming back to loving him. Watch, by the time this drama ends, you`ll see hate comments about him again ahhaha

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Premonition (foreseeing the future) + Time Travel ( to change the past) = Daebak!!! I think that makes sense, it seems to be leading that way!! Woah!! It would be mind blowing if that is the case. One of the best novels I have read about time travel was written by Dean Koontz entitled "Lightning." Because of that, time travel has been one of my plot catnip. I also really, really love the movie "The Butterfly Effect" too. Is this leading that way?! With this "time travel" trend that is going on in the Kdramaland these days, this drama would be more interesting because I see the hint of using the principle of Paradox here or even the Butterfly Effect phenomenon. Changing a thing in the past would create a ripple of impact in the future, however, as Dean Koontz puts it "Destiny struggles to reassert the pattern that was meant to be." So, no matter how the leads try to change what was meant to be, they will always go back to that predestined future. Paradoxical eh?

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▪her pigsty room is totally like mine lol. the difference is my mom does not do the cleaning and the one who nags is my dad.
▪i really hope nobody dies, especially the family. but changing one future means someone else future will change. so probably someone else will die in place of mom and that batman cap.
▪lee sang yeop is one twisted man in this. i guess this why he chose to be second lead again. his younger version has some crazy eyes. does the boy a sweetheart in GG 1979?
▪that twist on Jae chan. what trigger it? knowing park hye ryun. everyone is connected. so, how Jae chan and Hong joo connected in the first place?

lastly thank you @girlfriday for the recap. ♥️️♥️️♥️️

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RE;his younger version has some crazy eyes. does the boy a sweetheart in GG 1979?

Yes, he is.

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ohh, cool. his eyes are so dead in this series. 😟😟😟

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The first episode of While You Were Sleeping was good!! At first i thought it's only Suzy who can dream of unfortunate events but it turned out that LJS also can dream about the future? the writer never fails to deliver! looking forward for tonight. i gotta stream!

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Oh show, I think might have just fluttered over you. That hasn't happened in months. Totally down with the he dreams too twist. I'm actually hoping it's not a one off. But I do think it may be cased because he's part of the OTP with HJ to show that they are linked.

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Oh my goodness! Yay for the fast recap @girlfriday. Thanks for the recap at all--really.
I think this had a really strong first ep and I really hope it can stay this good for the duration. For my part--I was kind of over W well before we reached the midway point. I kept going with it because of the actors, funny character moments and NoFace (creepy mofo). So the comparison to the drama makes me a bit nervous because I didn't love it.
I am intrigued by the theory that she has the dreams but he can change them. Because it already answers the question that the drama set up. They had two conflicting dreams in this ep: She dreamed that her mother died. She was adamant that her dreams cannot be changed no matter what happens. Maybe that can't be changed no matter what she does because only he can change them and why would that be? Eh. Who knows.
He dreamed the same thing--that her mother dies but he saw more of what happens after the death of the mother and he was able to use all of the information to change it.
So, why are the brothers living together? Do they just super like each other? Where is Dad? I have so many questions! Did Hong-Joos father not believe her when she warned him about his death because he was a skeptic? Was he always? I'm hooked (for now. the drama slump is too real) this is for the first drama that I've seen in awhile that had me biting my fingernails and refreshing the page because I was ready for the recap and the discussions that would ensue. (And for once I'm not late!)

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Watched the first two episodes. it turns out I'm hooked on the drama already. loved the cinematography! Suzy give her best... I thought her acting would be cringe but it was a lot more natural than I thought

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OMG I totally feel like they could end the drama here. make it 1 ep long, because I just felt so full from this
...but hey if they want to give us 30 more episodes I won't complain. I'm more than ready <3

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They can't end the drama here when our OTP hasn't even gotten together yet. 😄

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"Or maybe she only sees the future, and he’s the one who can change it."

That's make sense in order for them to stick together.

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I didn't expect that he would have premonitions too! That was an unexpected turn of events. I think now the heroine will see that he can change the future or fate (whatever the show is calling it), and trust him with her secret. However I wonder if he will continue to get dreams as well?

Anyways this show has a lot of potential, and I really hope they play up the part about choices, because it is our choices that shape our future not fate. In conclusion, I am looking forward to see where this goes, and Suzy was not bad in this first episode she was actually decent/good, so I hope she doesn't falter later on, and I feel for Hong Joo. LJS is great as usual, and I can't wait to see the dimensions of his character!

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I love love loved this first episode. The acting, cinematography, and directing is just improved all the way around by the awesome writing. I was literally in tears when I saw Suzy realize that Jong Seok was a kindred soul, that there was hope to change her dreams -- it was such a beautiful scene.

Perhaps the only thing that isn't perfect is the title, I think "I'll See You In My Dreams" is a better title. Still, I was mesmerized by this first episode. It made me feel so many emotions and just leaves me wanting more!

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That moment when Hong Joo realized, that moment when his words clicked in her head. It is so beautiful.

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I loved that scene as well, she finds a kindred soul, some else who understands...I loved it so much, so beautiful. I was truly amazed by this episode and it is the first drama that has seriously drawn me in for a while.

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Nam Da-reum ❤❤

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SBS is really upping their game.
Both temperature of love and while you were sleeping have a movie feel and I was engrossed in them so much that I even forgot to drink the coffee that I kept beside my laptop. Well the drama drought is over with these two and hospital ship. Hopefully upcoming witch's court will be good too. These two months will be jam packed with dramas and I like it.

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But...but...there will always be consequences for those trying to mess with time and fate, especially in K-dramas.

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The Butterfly Effect Final Destination.

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I agree. I think this is going to me mind twisting like W. And now the guy who was supposed to die originally will turn out to be evil or something. Hahah just theorizing and i know it's wild but i love the twist they threw...made it so interesting!

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I’ll still be spending the entire series terrified for Mom, Little Bro, and anyone else who seems remotely kind and lovable, because I know better than to rest easy.

Guess the girl has watched a kdrama or two. Imagine that :)

Meanwhile, the name "Yoo-bum" sounds like "you bum". Coincidence?

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Wow, recap come so fast! Thankyou
And I'm more happy because its sub come very fast too. I guest it means much people really anticipated this drama.

It's been awhile since I was this excited after watching a drama premiere, I think last time is... Do Bongsoon.

I already love Jung Jaechan and his little counterpart. Nam Dareum as Lee Jongsuk's younger version for 3rd time! I haven't seen his other drama, but I'm convinced he is a very talented child actor.

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Seems like dream-Mom died from the fall down the stairs, not directly just from stress & exhaustion (?). Also seems that in kdramas a fall down stairs is always fatal. Wonder what happens if you fall down stairs into a river?

BTW, I know from personal experience that it is possible to go head over heels down stairs with no damage to anything but one's pride. Fortunately, there was no-one around to laugh at me except my cats.

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Ha, you had better luck than me, then. I slipped on some icy stairs in uni (literally head over heels) and had it witnessed by both a friend and a group of students. I've never wished I had hit my head and been conked out before that moment. Also, I had a magnificent bruise on my hip for a week.

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Besides my adventure-filled trip (in both senses of the word) down the stairs at home, I once did a magnificent slip-on-a-banana-peel type of fall on my ass at work, in front of (human) witnesses. Seems there was this ramp outside of our computer room (it had a raised floor to make room for cabling, like all civilized computer rooms) and the owner noticed that it looked a bit dirty and had the maintenance guy do a bit of floor-washing. When I needed to leave the room I KNEW the ramp was wet and slippery and tried to be extra careful. Just not careful enough. Yes, I too had a big bruise on my hip.

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So, I'm super clumsy and slip a lot. My old roomies used to joke that I could literally slip on a patch of ice the size of a quarter and I have. Last month I skinned my knee spectacularly after slamming it into some asphalt. It was glorious. And then I tripped this weekend again (I was in heels), and so can't kneel just after getting over those bruises and cuts. I'm pretty sure gravity hates me.

My mother, on the other hand is convinced I have a neurological disorder and refuses to believe that the combination of me never paying attention and having two different sized feet is the real issue. (I had a club foot when I was born, it was corrected when I was 8 mos old, but my left foot is half a size smaller, so my shoes are constantly too big on one foot.) She doesn't believe me when I say no doctor thinks anything is wrong with me. I'm going to get it in writing next time.

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When dating my future wife, I was walking her to her car from my house when I missed the last step to the sidewalk, my momentum awkwardly threw me down my sloping sidewalk where I briefly got caught in that awful position where you are running downhill and leaning too far forward so you can't stop without taking a tumble. So with my arms flailing, I hit the concrete. My wife still laughs when she remembers that evening.

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My coworker fell down stairs, was in a coma for months, and has a scar down the whole side of her head - so falling down stairs can be treacherous.

I do think though, it was pretty crappy of the aunt to frame a complete accident with "she basically worked herself to death all because of what you did" She could have omitted that whole part completely. Way to lay on the guilt. How hard is it to say "she had an accident at work and fell down some stairs"...

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I was trying to cross a small drain when I missed my step, ended up kneeling down on the other side and I also sprained my ankle (as I was wearing wedges) . It was painful, I heard someone asked me if I was okay, but I couldn't look up at that person because not only I was hurting, I was so embarrassed I ran away just like that, pretending I was okay. I never learnt my lesson anyway, and still wearing wedges and always slipped down some stairs

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I was contemplating to drop the show (or at least consider to watch it only after it’s over) once I saw that Yoobum managed to put the blame on Hongjoo for that fatal car accident (I really hate all those false accusations stuff, argh), UNTIL it turned out to be just Jaechan’s dream. WOW, just wow. Only the 1st hour & they are giving us such a twist. I can’t help but to be excited on how the story will progress from here. I was like OMG, they both have the same ‘superpower’?! Holy~ I ended up covering my mouth with my hands while I repeatedly saying ‘Daebak~’ all the way until I finished the episode LOL.

I was also surprised by Sangyeob’s despicable character. I didn’t know he’s playing the bad guy (for now at least). I still remember scanning through This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair just for his scenes with Boa. I really hope he don’t get worse as the drama continues. Can we have another bad guy instead? X:

& Jongsuk was right. Meeting the writer Park Hye Ryun was certainly the best choice he made in life.

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That twist was the only thing that kept me watching. The storyline itself is really intriguing. We shall see if it is enough to keep me watching.

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As somebody who studied etymology I was laughing so hard by "Just Ice". Wait, I'm still laughing. It's so funny!!! He was a genius ;-) He made one root morpheme into two of them. Originally latin "justus - justitia" word mixed with originally germanic word "Eis" - hilarious...

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I've only ever taken one linguistics class, but I'm teaching efl right now and this part hit soo close to home I had to pause and laugh!

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I'm still learning french (6 years already) and I'm still making mistakes and especially the pronunciation ones, but it's amusing to find the origin of words and there're plenty of them taken from french or other languages. Tinsmiths, masons, wars and students were the best for development of my native language and I was so ignorant to them until I learned other languages. I'm so glad there're so many. The magic of destruction of the Tower of Babel is to be lost in translation. It can be so much fun or disaster.

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Thanks @girlfriday for the recap ❤ I loved the first episode and feeling glad that I have something to watch after "Live Up To Your Name" ends this weekend 😭 Looking forward for your insight on this drama and sincerely hoping for a great drama run 😇

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Everything about this drama so far is amazing. The story is creative, fresh, exciting, original, and absolutely enthralling. The direction and cinematography is beautiful. The music and Lee Jong Suk were perfect. Even Suzy, whom I had my doubts about, was good! Lives up to the hype. Best drama of 2017 so far.

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I got interested in this drama because of Lee Sang-yeob. I'm not even a big fan of him. Only saw him in two dramas. I don't even think he's THAT great of an actor (but he was good in Signal?). But something about his eyes just makes me want to watch him.

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This premiered already? Wow!

"W – Two Worlds" remains my favorite K-drama of all time, despite the mess it devolved into at the end. Lee Jong-seok as Kang Chul is just the charmingest devil I ever laid eyes on in my life. And now this looks like a worthy follow-up.

I've read people's complaints about Suzy's acting, but she's so beautiful that I just enjoy having her onscreen. I had no problem with her in "Uncontrollably Fond," and I liked her in "Dream High."

Now I have to go watch this drama. I hope Lee Jong-seok will make me fall in love again!

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I had a laugh at the line where Mom said all of Hong-joo's dreams come true, with the non-standard meaning of dreams coming true. But come to think of it, along about episode 32 I'll bet her dreams do come true in the traditional sense.

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suzy bae cannot act

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I still think she has potential. She showed improvement over Uncontrollably Fond. Though, I think what's really holding her back is her unwillingness to look ugly (not that she really could look ugly). She always looks like she's holding back because she won't look as good if she wrinkles up her face to really look anguished or something. I would love to see an actor like Suzy really go there, like Lee Sun Gyun in My Wife's Having an Affair, where snot was dripping from his nose.

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You're right! That's it! I was wondering what it was holding some actors back, and that's probably it!

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you are hatters so goodbye

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come on tell me a reason she can't?you are hatters so goodbye...

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Well, the people who decide this are casting her so she's delivering what they want. And she is not bad in this at all. Loving the show and the cast ❤

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This is going to be long........
First 10 mins and i am in ...
after the first half i was scared and sad of mom's death...
after the first episode i was hooked......
LEE JONG SUK was great his emotions were perfectly described on the screen and i can say he is now more nuanced than before.Acting as sociopath has really helped him.
love him and will always love him.
SUZY was the factor for which i wanted to skip the drama but she did an outstanding job..Her crying scenes were great and i loved her haircutting scenes.
DIRECTION was spectacular the writer has really given this movie feel .
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART THAT HAS REALLY CAPTIVATED US IS PARK HYE RUN 'S brilliant writing...

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I had to rewatch the entire dream sequence because I was so confused! Just like girlfriday, I trusted that full screen means reality. What a great way to start the story! I am fully onboard. Just hoping this won’t be another W. 😂

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I didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did. I know, sacrilege. I haven’t seen these actors in anything yet, and Suzy was engrossing, mainly because she looks just like a good friend from high school. I loved the twist. With him also having dreams. I’m also waiting for their dreams to intersect, and be contradicting. The cinematography is nice. But why does it always have to be a car accident? Do people not die any other way in Korea? And I agree with lord cobol, falling down stairs usually isn’t fatal either. Mom could have died from sheer heat exhaustion as well, which I think would be more plausible. But I’m glad she’s still alive. I hope The chemistry between our leds gets better. I don’t know if it’s just the heroine’s character, but she’s too victimized for me to really like her yet (and therefore hard for me to see someone else liking her as well). I hope she starts owning her dreams soon and actively tries to change them instead of just crying about them. And cutting your hair doesn’t count as trying to change your fate. This will get old fast for me if she ends up in the fetal position every episode. I do love her relationship with her mother, and more of their moments would be nice.

I’m interested to see if other “villains” show up in the story line, because the attorney is annoying as all get out! And if his character doesn’t have a redemption arc, and is just there to foil our heroes, it’ll be a hard watch for me. I’m also not really interested in seeing the prosecutor’s back story with his hyung. Maybe it’s just the actor that plays his hyung, or the bleach blond wig that they have on the younger one—who I actually really like as a young actor. His hair is horrid and distracting though. I don’t care to see that timeline at all. I fast forwarded that part at the end.

I know I have a lot of criticism for something that I did enjoy most of, and especially that fake out. I really thought that was done well. And anytime I can admire roses is good too (see my avatar). That calendar transition between reality and his dream starting involved roses and that caught my attention. Good job, show.

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Omo you ff-ed the teenage flashbacks? you did not. I wasn't that excited to see any actors in this drama but when that cutie Nam Da-reum showed up my mood was instantly brighter. He's done well so far.

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I really need to learn that kid’s name because he’s going places. The last two things I’ve seen him in, I’ve loved not just the drama, but his role in it (Goblin and The King Loves).

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I almost feel sorry for you when you say you haven't watched any of Lee Jong Suk's dramas. To this day, I can hear your voice is still a gold standard to me in terms of noons romances. Anyways, I wouldn't worry too much about the villains lack of character. As someone who has watched a tonne of the writers drama's I would confidently say we can trust her

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Not seen anything with the writer either, so I do have that apprehension as well. But I’m new, I’m so forgive my ignorance. The first episode didn’t give me much of a feel of the writing yet, or the trajectory of the plot, which is why I’m cautious. But it’s reassuring everyone is so complimentary of this writer.

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I'm still stuck at the top of ur post that u've not watched anything with LJS.. how is that even possible?! Why have u done that to urself?! he is such a cuttee puppy! Don't deny urself the awesomeness LJS is especially as I know how much u appreciate the pretty too! He isnt the standard pretty boy u fall for.. but something about him combined with his really good acting skills just makes him soo endearing! (it's not yet that obvious in this one episode).. so goo and binge watch when u have time! :)

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I did try Pinocchio for a minute, but can you believe I’ve not seen anything with Park Shin Hae either? *as all beanies’ jaws drop in in shock* So, the issue I have with LJS is that he doesn’t look human, but he does remind me of a perfect human android. So, the entire time I’m watching him, I’m thinking, is this guy real? Is he even a guy? You know how C3PO (and any other robot you’ve ever seen) doesn’t have a nose? LJS’s nose is so small compared to his face in my opinion, and that’s where I start drawing the comparison. Couple that with how fair skinned he is with other feminine features and Voila! Humanoid! I pay way too much attention to these things. I just saw the kiss scene in Pinocchio early when I was looking for kdramas to get my feet wet, and it was kind of robotic for me as well, not having any frame of reference to compare it too, so that didn’t help either. I’m looking forward to see this as my first foray into LJS’s world, and the white snow and muted tones do play off of him well. He is beautiful, but more in an ethereal or otherworldly dimension and still not really human to me.

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OMG! You've expressed everything that I could not articulate, much less put my finger on. LJS' shows have been exciting to watch but like you explained, there were always those thoughts floating around in the back of my mind as I watched him. I'm just happy to see that the premises of his shows (the ones I've watched) have interesting twists through them... "perfect human android" + his nose = I so get where you're coming from.

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Hahaha! I totally get you since i had pretty much the same reaction initially.. even the super famous Park Shin ye feels rather robotic.. but give these actors a little time and watch their esp LJS's performance.. they sneak upto thou so perfectly in there roles that you are left in amazement that you ever thought of him as a ethereal humanoids..and can only think of a cute puppy asking for love!

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finally! after a year of waiting, my fave combo is back in my screen! oppa will save me from this kdrama drought <3

(still pm confused over the story but i trust this writer-nim)

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Finally, a cracktastic drama to get me out of my rut! Lee Jong Suk is virtually incapable of picking bad dramas, while Lee Jong Suk + Park Hye Ryun is the ultimate dream team. Lee Jong Suk has never not had chemistry with his co-stars, and Suzy is no exception. I want Hong Joo and Jae Chan to be together yesterday. I can't help but notice that they are wearing the same coats in the car crash as they are in their almost-kiss in the promotional poster. Does this hug lead to a kiss?

What a wretched superpower, but I was really glad Hong Joo told Mom about her dream instead of keeping Mom's impending death a secret. I hope Jae Chan has Hong Joo's gift curse in reverse where he dreams about future events but unlike Hong Joo, he can prevent them. Or do all his dreams concern Hong Joo only? Thank goodness Mom didn't die (yet), but shouldn't the blackbox in Hong Joo's car have proved her innocence?

Do not redeem Yoo Bum, Show; that snake is past the point of redemption. I hated him ever since he tried to belittle Jae Chan in front of his new coworkers. I feel sorry for all the criminals he put behind bars as a prosecutor. And there is no way Lee Jong Suk is not a genius, so I bet Jae Chan is secretly smart. Of all people, Hong Joo should've been more understanding when Jae Chan tried to warn her about Yoo Bum, since she knows she sounds crazy to other people too. I was surprised Jung Hae In died this early in the drama, so I'm relieved Batman Cap lived to see another day.

I predict While You Were Sleeping will beat Hospital Ship in ratings by tomorrow. A huge thanks for the recap, @girlfriday!

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According to Episode 2, this hug did not lead to a kiss, which worries me A LOT.

Where the promotional poster scene would come from? HELP.

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YES! totally cracktastic! I am loving this! *waves hi to Elle and Maryxiah* totally my drama crack enablers. haha.

I'm currently on the Only-he-can-change-the-reality-from-her-dreams theory train. And the Yoo-bum-is-an-asshat train too. (I cannot wait for his down fall.) 😝

It's amazing how the writer made me totally root for the OTP immediately after just 1 episode, by giving them a shared past and understanding that feels real and perfect and yet so confusing and exciting at the same time.

Seriously Show, I am ready and waiting for you to take me wherever you want to go!

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DAEBAK!!!! This first episode was fantastic! I hope this continues :D

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I'm still in awe....Every single scene is so beautiful and the story is intriguing. I think people are forgetting that LJS and Suzy both have done bad dramas in the past, the amazing thing about this drama imo is Writing and Direction above all and that should be praised more than Acting. It's unique and fresh.

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Perhaps the motorcycle accident and father's death had something in common?

I was blown away by the revelation that the tragic events were a dream as well... well done show! Also... the cinematography is so beautiful...

(And I noticed the director is trying to work his best with Suzy's acting limits...keeping my fingers crossed he gets the best from her!!)

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Oh! After having a dry drama spell, this, Temperature of Love, and Girl's Generation 1979 is definitely reviving my love and excitement for kdramas. I haven't watched airing dramas in a while, and now I'm (anxiously) excited for each week to come and bring new episodes!
This definitely got me hooked from ep 1, and loving everything about it! I can't say anything against Suzy so far, shes doing awesome! And Lee Jong Suk is always amazing...

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I liked that when LJS's character, Jae Chan, touched Suzy's c., Hong Joo, hand before she slipped out of his ability to save her...that when she dies, he then gets the power to dream, but it is more like in deja vu fashion. That deja vu together with his knowledge of the case being the prosecutor, he can pin point where something bad will occur.

Anyone else got the feeling that guy that who would have died would have been a burglar had he got to Hong Joo's house before her mother got there since Hong Joo did in fact cause some type of accident. Or has Hong Joo's 'premonition gift' now left her and is now with Jae Chan?

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Omg the relief that went through me when I realised it was just a dream😓 and I already hate Yoo Bum, what an ass. Also girlfridays recapping yasss.

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True Yoo Bum is getting on my nerve, but unlike other times, Lee Sang Yeob's theatrics is more muted and limited to only the nervous-tick written for him when he pulls paper like that, making small clippings.

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Thanks for the recap, Girlfriday!

Watching this episode is like having a whiplash twice or thrice, it was dizzying I actually lost count but absolutely loving it! Thank goodness the coma, mum's death and the probable jailtime is just Jae-chan's dream! I didn't realise he also dreams of the future which is really a blessing for both characters...."maybe she only sees the future, and he’s the one who can change it"… you could be right, you know...couldn't wait for tomorrow's episode (well, technically tonight but subtitled tomorrow)!

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