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Memories of the Alhambra: Episode 1

This is amazing! From the director of Forest of Secrets and the writer of W-Two Worlds comes a thrilling drama that leads us on an adventure between a virtual world and reality. We’re given a gripping introduction to our characters, who’ve found themselves at the junction of this virtual reality in Granada, Spain. It’s a conglomeration of a magical reality, some impromptu confrontations, and enjoyable humor that all mesh to create this intriguing introduction to the story. Let’s dive right in!

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

In Barcelona, a frazzled young man urgently speaks to someone on a pay phone. We’ll later know him to be JUNG SE-JOO (Chanyeol of Exo), and he suddenly looks around with a frightened expression. He quickly tells the person to meet at the hostel in Granada before dropping the phone and running off.

Se-joo runs for his life through the night streets of Barcelona, seemingly being chased by someone or something, but we can’t see what he’s running from. Out of breath, Se-joo finally boards the train and seems to be safe from the pursuit.

When Se-joo reaches his cabin, one of his cabinmates asks Se-joo to wake him when they reach Granada. Still shaken, Se-joo nods and hugs his knees on his bed. Se-joo wakes up the announcement of their approach to Granada and wakes up his cabinmate as promised. The cabinmate nods and turns around, still dozing off.

Then suddenly, the sunny weather transforms into a storm, and Se-joo looks at the dark clouds and rain with worry. He opens the cabin door, and his eyes widen at the sight of someone. A gunshot fires, splattering blood on Se-joo’s bed and piercing the train window.

When the train arrives at Granada Station, the weather has transformed back to sunny and clear skies. As the cabinmate leaves, he notices that Se-joo left his backpack on the train. In a narration, we hear that this was the last official sighting of this young man.

Bonita Hostel owner JUNG HEE-JOO (Park Shin-hye) wakes up to the doorbell ringing. It’s past 1 a.m., and she sleepily lugs herself off the couch to greet a guest at the door. We’ll soon know him as YOO JIN-WOO (Hyun Bin), and he asks if she has any open rooms. He narrates: “This is where the story begins. That person sought me, and I sought that person, here in Granda.”

Hee-joo checks in her late-night guest and notes that most people make a reservation. Jin-woo explains that he was on a business trip in Barcelona and needed to make an impromptu trip to Granada. She offers their two options — a double or quad — but Jin-woo wants a single room.

She comments that most people who want singles go to a hotel and then remembers that she does have one single room on the sixth floor. Jin-woo gladly agrees to take the room before realizing that the hostel doesn’t have an elevator. Hee-joo offers to refer him to a hotel, but he insists on staying at the hostel.

Hee-joo offers him the open space in the quad dorm on the second floor, but after seeing the mess of the room, Jin-woo decides to haul his luggage up to the sixth floor. Hee-joo apologetically leads him to the sixth floor as Jin-woo carries his suitcase on his shoulders because he doesn’t want to scratch up his suitcase.

Once they arrive at the sixth-floor single, it turns out to be a long untouched storage room with furniture piled in a corner and dust layered all over. Hee-joo hurriedly tries to open the windows for fresh air and apologizes that she didn’t get a chance to clean the room yesterday.

Jin-woo implies that she must have skipped cleaning for much longer. Hee-joo once again suggests that he move to a hotel, but he tackles the stairs with his luggage again.

When Hee-joo returns to the ground floor, her grandmother asks about their late-night guest. Hee-joo describes the guest as rich person, dressed in high-end brands from head to toe, and wonders why he wouldn’t just stay at a hotel. Grandma figures that he could be dressed in counterfeit accessories, and Hee-joo nods in agreement.

Looking disgusted, Jin-woo tries to clean the cobwebs in his room with a broom and runs into one mess after another. He pulls off the handle while trying to open the window, stuffs crumpled up toilet paper into the mouse hole, and deals with a toilet that won’t flush the toilet paper he used to wipe the heavy layers of dust on the nightstand. Ha, this is somehow really relatable.

While trying to plunge the dusty toilet water, Jin-woo picks up a call from his secretary at the hotel in Barcelona. Secretary SEO JUNG-HOON (Min Jin-woong) finds it absurd that Jin-woo left for Granada when their flight to Seoul is that morning, but Jin-woo tells him what’s really absurd: When he tried to wake his secretary for an impromptu trip to Granada, his drunk secretary wouldn’t budge and even cursed Jin-woo in his sleep, so he came to Granada on his own.

Secretary Seo sheepishly falls to his knees and explains that he was celebrating their last scheduled night in Barcelona. Jin-woo orders Secretary Seo to submit his resignation letter upon reaching Seoul and hangs up. Secretary Seo looks crushed, but he immediately receives a call from Jin-woo ordering him to get to Granada on the first morning flight.

After Jung-hoon successfully clears the dusty toilet water, he tries to charge his phone into the outlet in his room, but of course, it’s blocked. All the other outlets are taped off, so Jung-hoon resorts to outlets on the ground floor kitchen. As he charges his phone, he texts someone named Choi Yang-joo asking how much longer, and Yang-joo responds that it’ll take about 30 more minutes.

Jin-woo cooks himself ramyun while waiting, and a young girl enters the kitchen. She introduces herself as JUNG MIN-JOO (Lee Re), and Jin-woo incorrectly assumes that she’s the hostel owner’s daughter. Min-joo corrects him that 27-year-old Hee-joo is her older sister.

She tells him to ignore her dance practice for her audition next week, and she proceeds to jam out around the table while Jin-woo slurps his ramyun. When Jin-woo leaves his pot in the sink, Min-joo tells him to clean his dishes right away, so he reluctantly follows the rules. Then, he finally receives the notification from Yang-joo that he can check the thing he’s been waiting on.

Jin-woo exits the hostel and walks through the night as he narrates, “Most people come to Granada for Alhambra Palace, but I’ve come to see something else — something more mystical than the Alhambra.” He reaches a fountain in the middle of a plaza and notices buildings on a faraway hill burst into flames. Then, a rock fires towards him and explodes in the air, crumbling to the ground around him.

Jin-woo ducks and looks closely at the approaching figure behind the dust. It’s a medieval knight with arrows piercing his back, riding toward him on a horse. Jin-woo stands up cautiously as the knight stops before him, and then the knight rears the horse, much to Jin-woo’s surprise. The dead knight topples to the ground, and the horse runs off through the streets, but no other passerby seems to notice the ruckus.

After taking a close look at the knight, Jin-woo looks up to the statue in the plaza as it suddenly turns into a real warrior. The warrior leaps off the pedestal and slams his sword to the ground, causing an explosion of dust. Jin-woo falls to the ground and looks terrified as the warrior approaches him with the sword.

Then, the warrior slices his sword at Jin-woo, who just barely saves himself by bearing a cut on his arm. He sees blood dripping onto the ground, and we’re finally clued in that he’s wearing special contact lenses. We see the world from his perspective: A computer program notifies Jin-woo that the warrior killed him and logs him out.

Upon logging out, the blood and rubble disappear, and Jin-woo breathes heavily in relief before cracking a smile. Through his earpiece, he talks to his colleague Yang-joo, who’s blown away by this augmented reality (AR) game. Yang-joo fumes in jealousy when Jin-woo confirms that it felt so real that he believed that he was dying, which is a funny thing to envy.

Jin-woo takes out a contact lens, still hot from the program, and Yang-joo predicts that this form of AR could take off in the market within the next year. They wonder who this crazy genius could be.

Flashback to 4 hours prior — Jin-woo wakes up in the middle of the night to pick up a call from an unknown number. It’s runaway pay phone caller Se-joo, who nervously explains that he received an offer from CEO Cha Hyung-seok (seemingly Jin-woo’s friend) but doesn’t want to sell his game to a bad guy.

He needs to make a decision by the next day and tells Jin-woo check his email. He urgently tells Jin-woo to meet at Bonita Hostel in Granada before running off. Jin-woo seems confused by the sudden call and tries calling back, but nobody answers. His eyes widen when he opens the attached file and immediately gets out of bed to dig deeper on his laptop.

Jin-woo makes a call to a mysterious person saved on his phone as “A” (cameo by Park Hae-soo) and asks for details about Cha Hyung-seok’s stay in Barcelona. It seems like someone has wiretapped one of their phones and monitors the conversation. As Jin-woo packs his suitcase, he tells “A” that he’s headed to Granada to check out the program himself.

Back to the present in Granada, Jin-woo tells Yang-joo that they can only wait for their mysterious programmer to appear. Until then, Jin-woo says that he’ll keep trying to level up in the game to find any potential flaws. Meanwhile, at the Seoul office, Yang-joo shares this mindblowing AR game with his superior Director Park, all three of them keeping this on the down low.

Putting the contact lens back into his eye, Jin-woo logs back into the game, taking place in Granada in year 1492, during the war between the Aragon and Nasrid kingdoms. He swipes through the virtual screen, and the game instructs him to follow the map to find the basic weapon provided to all level 1 players.

Jin-woo follows the virtual reality navigation to his destination: the bathroom of a bustling restaurant. He’s charged with finding the weapon there, so he searches the mirror and sink for any sign of the weapon. Then, he pulls at a random chain, and that opens a virtual window from the ceiling to reveal a sword.

The sword lowers from the ceiling, and Jin-woo grabs it in awe. The program informs him that this is the only weapon available for level 1 and that he must level up to upgrade his weapon. From the other end, his colleagues Yang-joo and Director Park marvel at the realistic weapon, and Jin-woo confirms that it feels real.

In the bathroom, a drunk man at the urinal looks at Jin-woo’s gestures curiously and presumes that he’s drunk. As Jin-woo exits the restaurant, he waves his sword, which is invisible to everyone else.

He returns to the statue at the plaza with his virtual sword, and just like before, the warrior leaps down from the pedestal. This time, Jin-woo defends himself with his sword, but he’s knocked down by the mighty force of his enemy. When he looks around, his enemy has disappeared, but the warrior jumps from above and attacks him, much to his colleagues’ frenzy. The Nasrid warrior kills Jin-woo once again, and he’s logged out.

Adjusting to the game, Jin-woo takes on the challenge again and fights his statue enemy once more. But this time, his rusted sword breaks, and he loses his life and weapon. As they watch, Yang-joo and Director Park mock Jin-woo for his poor performance, saying that it’ll take him a year to level up at this rate.

Jin-woo logs in for the fourth time — this time with no weapon, so he returns to the restaurant bathroom to retrieve the virtual sword. The waiter who greeted him at his first visit looks at him strangely and wonders if he comes in just to use the bathroom. Jin-woo faces the Nasrid warrior multiple times while his colleagues now watch his repeated failures while munching on popcorn.

All night, Jin-woo fights, dies, and revisits the restaurant bathroom for his virtual sword while his colleagues shake their head at his incompetence. His level 1 battle seems repetitive and predictable until he switches up the fighting ground and stands by a car. At first, he doesn’t see the warrior anywhere, but suddenly, the warrior lands on the top of the car, shattering the glass and denting the top.

Jin-woo and his colleagues freeze in shock and awe that this program just incorporated a real-life item into the game in real time. The warrior kills Jin-woo and breaks the weapon once again, but Jin-woo smiles in excitement.

When Jin-woo returns to the restaurant to retrieve his weapon, it’s closed. He waves over the workers to let him in and hands the annoyed waiter some cash to remain open for one more hour. That’s some addiction commitment.

As night becomes day, a confused elderly couple watches Jin-woo continues flail and roll around against the invisible enemy. From Jin-woo’s perspective, he’s fighting with his all against the Nasrid warrior and finally manages to wound him with the sword. He breathes heavily in this final faceoff and slices his sword at the warrior flying toward him. The warrior collapses in defeat, and Jin-woo finally levels up! Woohoo!

The dead enemy disappears, and Jin-woo is charged with a new mission: Find the Warrior’s Key. He reaches into the fountain and obtains the key, which the program instructs him to use to find his new weapon. Jin-woo looks accomplished and collapses to the ground in satisfaction.

Through the earpiece, Director Park tells him that they can’t find any flaws — only that it’s too addictive. He warns Jin-woo not to lose the bet on this AR game, and Jin-woo assures him that he has no plans to let this slip through his fingers.

Lying on the ground, he imagines how this game could be the future all over the world and how Granada will become famous — not for Alhambra Palace but as the magical city, the mecca for all users. He admits, “As soon as I imagined this future, I became fearful and dispirited at the possibility that I could lose this game.”

Jin-woo returns to the hostel just as hostel owner Hee-joo arrives on her scooter. She tells him that she plans on cleaning the sixth floor first, and he tiredly agrees to this. As he climbs the stairs, he worries that the mysterious programmer already signed over the game to CEO Cha Hyung-seok.

Jin-woo grumbles as he heads back down the stairs to the kitchen to charge his phone. He agrees to watch over another hostel guest’s cooking ramyun and picks up a call from investigator “A,” who reports that Cha Hyung-seok cancelled his whole schedule for today. Jin-woo worries that he’s already lost the game to his rival, but “A” doesn’t think so.

“A” shares details on the mysterious programmer: 17-year-old Jung Se-joo. “A” has also illicitly hacked into his emails. Jin-woo seems alarmed that this programmer is a minor, and the call is interrupted by the fire alarm, triggered by the burning ramyun on the stove.

Annoyed by the sound, Jin-woo turns off the stove and opens the window before going outside to continue his call. But the call gets cut off from the poor Bluetooth connection, and Jin-woo can’t bring his phone outside because it’s low on battery. He finds Hee-joo trying to turn off the sensitive fire alarm and barks at her to turn off the alarm faster.

Jin-woo tries to return to his call, but Hee-joo confronts him for his rude burst of anger. As the alarm shuts off, Jin-woo decides to call back later and addresses Hee-joo. He explains that he’s blaming her because she’s the owner of this wretched hostel.

As a businessman himself, he says that he detests mediocre business owners like her. He belittles the hostel for having nothing to offer other than some free ramyun and yells complaints about the clogged toilet, mouse hole, broken window, stairs, and broken outlets. Hee-joo nervously squeaks out her disclaimer that she did suggest moving to a hotel.

Jin-woo sternly warns her that if this deal worth one billion won goes wrong, it’ll be her fault. Hee-joo apologizes but also accuses him of bad manners. He finds it funny that she’s seeking manners after treating her guests without any and walks into the lobby to return the call to “A.”

Hee-joo crouches down and sobs at the harsh words while Jin-woo learns more about the mysterious programmer, who needs his guardian’s consent because he’s still a minor. “A” tells him that the programmer’s parents have passed away, so his legal guardian is his older sister: Jung Hee-joo, the owner of Bonita Hostel.

Jin-woo pauses in realization that he’s been staying at Bonita Hostel and looks back at a sobbing Hee-joo. “A” says that Hee-joo doesn’t seem to know anything, based on the emails she exchanged with her programmer brother. Jin-woo looks at her from the kitchen entrance, and Hee-joo shoots back a glare.

Jin-woo narrates, “This is how the magic started in Hee-joo’s life. Hee-joo had authority over the technological innovation of the future. And like all fairytale princesses, she didn’t know her identity, lived in a wretched house, and let in a wolf.”

  
COMMENTS

I’m sold! I was happy to find that this show met the hype and my anticipations, as expected from this production team. The sci-fi fantasy element is right up my alley, and I’m excited to see how the two worlds mesh through this show. As an inexperienced video gamer (read: I can maybe figure out Mario Cart), I find the concept of virtual reality and augmented reality overwhelming but fascinating — meaning I could never excel in the game, but I am so intrigued by the idea that I would love to be good at it. I’m not sure how exciting this show was for those who’ve been immersed in the world of VR and AR for a while, but for me, this was quite an exciting watch. I think I may finally understand why people watch videos of other people playing video games.

W-Two Worlds really blew me out of the water with its creativity and exhilarating twists and turns, so I’m excited for how this drama unfolds with this writer at the helm. I can already see the parallels — in a good way — with how the two worlds of reality and AR overlap and interact. Even though Jin-woo’s level 1 failures were repetitive, it didn’t feel trite or boring thanks to the multiple perspectives and angles possible with this concept. This director knows how to get those angles and portray the clear points of view of the people privy to and unaware of the AR game. This director-writer combo already had me excited, and this was a strong first episode to showcase their potential.

I had forgotten how much I had missed Hyun Bin (and his dimples), and I think he chose a great project for his dramaland comeback. He’s a natural at the likeable ass with a sprinkle of cheeky humor, and I can’t wait to see how he tries to recover from putting his foot in his mouth. I’m not too keen on Park Shin-hye’s character being characterized as the clueless fairytale princess, as she’s played these types of characters before. I hope her character transcends that archetype and proves that she’s more than the “princess” that Jin-woo sees. I’m eager to dive deeper into the virtual world of Alhambra and as excited as Jin-woo looks when he finally conquered level 1. Level/Episode 2, let’s go!

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This drama seems very fresh and new to me. I really enjoyed this first episode and it definitely intrigues me.

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Totally awesome right. Anyway I'm not very fond of Hyun Bin, but i really love PSH, although people keep saying she can't act duhh. But here they're both rock!!! I really hope that this drama will keep our anticipation high and hit daebak.

p/s: I can't watch Encounter/Boyfriend because of PBG, i don't like him since Reply 1988, i know it's just some drama @ acting whatsoever, but what can't i do. sigh

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Thanks for the great recap! I had a lot of reservations about this drama before I saw it, but I was totally blown away by this episode. I absolutely love the premise; it's been a while that I've been so captivated by a first episode alone. I'm hoping for some depth with PSH's character, too--hoping that just as the show is turning "reality" on its head, it will also turn the ideal of a "princess" upside down, and give us a really good, complex heroine. So far I'm 100% hooked, though.

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I went into this open-minded, without having watched any teaser whatsoever or any plotline. I've only seen Park Shin Hye in Youre Beautiful and no other actor. Ep 1 pleasantly impressed me. I loved the scenery and the passing of this episode. I hope this show continues to give out slow revelations (at the perfect moments) because over exposition or exposition at wrong times really do kill a drama.

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Wait... you never watched Hyun Bin in anything before? 😮

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Indeed I have not!! I've only started watching dramas in the end of 2016!

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This drama is very riveting with a fresh new concept that I'm hooked!

Hyun Bin is just so charming that he can actually carry this drama alone on his broad shoulders.

Cheering for this Kdrama to end my lull in Kdramas which I thought have gotten stale or too predictable.

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He's so charming he made me swoon in that last scene.

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Agree, I've never been a fan of Hyun Bin, but I'm finding him quite charming here. I like the choice of actors, I just hope PSH's character has some backbone and is able to intervene in the adventures by herself, not only to be rescued but being an active player too. :)

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Okay but I really just wanna know HOW he logged into the game slash found it in the first place... I presume instructions were in the Mysterious Email from Chanyeol I mean whatshisface ... but still.

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I too think its in the email. The game is hosted in a server and they have been setup as users and he received instructions of his user/login!

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Where did he get the contacts from? I think I missed that.

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Hyun Bin's company is the maker of the contact lens. It gets clarified in Ep 2 (though in Ep 1 he comes on TV while PSH is sleeping and the details get lost there)

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My question is are these special contact lenses already widely available on the market for programers like Se-joo to develop his game using this technology?

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I wondered that too. I hope they can explain well how a teenager could develop such a great technology (the game keeps changing, because it interacts with the surroundings) by himself and with zero investment and why he could include the special contact lenses when they seem to have been launched recently at the Barcelona's fair. I love science fiction but I need a little bit of sense to be able to enjoy it.

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well if the contact lenses API was published before the lenses were launched (unlikely!), that's possible, but kimbap (and Aniss below), I think you forgot something: checking your logic at the door :P

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(shhhh I too am watching this just for fun but I know if I knew more about gaming I'd be having an aneurysm hehehehe)

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Hahaha @dokutokunaneko, what am I thinking (or not thinking)? This is after all not Iron Clad Logic of Alhambra but rather Memories which is easily alterable which I will do so with whatever inconsistencies the show may throw at me in future episodes. 😆

But your explanation of API being released for programers before the product launch makes sense. Thank you for getting me over this one logic hurdle!

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You can't sell a product without apps/games. So many companies do release API's for developers to build games/apps so more people will buy product.

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I think the pitch for the Iron Clad Logic series has never been heard because they're still arguing over the basics of their first show.

"Hey, in the first scene I think he should..."
"Yes, but how?"
"Oh, damn. So, he should..."

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I can't comment on the logic of the AR API and such, but there is another fundamental logic flaw that the director overrlooked: how did Jin-Woo make it from Barcelona to Granada in record time?? Make that impossible, unless he can teleport himself. If you watch episode 1, from the 37-40 minute mark, you can see that he got the call around 11:30 pm, he checks the e-mail at 11:34 pm, checks it more on his laptop form 11:34-11:40 pm, calls "A" at 11:40 pm and talks and packs- let's say for 5 minutes at most. That's 11:45 pm - he then has to get to the airport, fly to Grenada and make it to the Hostel Bonita''s front door all by 1:15 am? Last time I checked, flights from Barcelona to Grenada are about 1.5 hrs long. Let's even give him the benefit of the doubt and say he flew by private jet. Still....don't think you can cut that trip short in time to get to Granada at 1:15 am. And the thing is....they could have easily shown him arriving at 2:15 am instead...would that have retracted from the rest of the night's story much? So why did they not try to fix this flaw in break in logic??

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Obviously genius programmers are not restricted by funds or technology ;)

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Chanyeol only created that game. Jin woo's Company already created vr lens. in press conference Jinwoo say that they couldn't launch vr lens because they need to develop program for it

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Yeah but that doesn’t explain how Chanyeol made it compatible and working with those lens?

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Someone already mentioned possibilities above. It could be Jin-woo's company released API to developers to encourage them to make software for their new computer/lens. Or it could be the Seoul team is just beaming data into the lens, and the program is runnable on their normal computers/servers.

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yes to what @mary said below. FOr e.g. apple IOS has enabled software for AR for developers to build games/apps on top if it.
https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/ios/system-capabilities/augmented-reality/

AR glasses are a thing even today but they are huge. (you can google). So Jin-Woo's company has made a giant leap in building the first contact lens and am sure they would have got few people for alpha/beta testing. You have to entice developers to build games/apps for you to sell your product.

Yes, he needs money to run server etc, buy the lens but its not that expensive. It the idea and effort behind developing it that would have taken time and genius.

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This is the whole point of this drama isn’t it? You take a technology in its beginning years and project a future based on where you think that technology can potentially take you. I think the writers have done this well. Take elements of gaming and project it to a futuristic platform. If you notice, it’s not just AR but has some AI capabilities too (using real life objects to create situations). The possibilities are endless and only your imagination is your limit.
As long as they can explain the rules of the game convincingly we are in for a fun ride. Most importantly they can't break the rules they create. They get to make the rules in this fantasy but they have to adhere to it for us to believe in that world and get sucked into it. Am ready!

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Like I said, I'm not sure what to make of this drama so far, but I am interested to watch more for now.

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Yah! Hyun Bin!! Hello handsome, welcome back ; ))

Totally excited about this drama. I was pleasantly surprised to see the AR game (I did not see any previews). And it was fascinating!
I love the concept so far.

I really don't want this show to do a standard romance. Please writers please no. I hope PSH's character has more to offer to the plot. This is what I want - PSH is aware of the game and she is one of the Beta testers of the game (come on, his brother needed someone to test this for him!!). She is a more experienced user in this game and thus has something to offer (I have more on this topic but it may be a spoiler for Ep 2)

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<This is what I want - PSH is aware of the game and she is one of the Beta testers of the game (come on, his brother needed someone to test this for him!!).

Because she's a tour guide, I was wondering maybe she's the one who provided all the knowledge about Granada. Because someone needs to know the city in and out to design such a game. So even if she doesn't know to play the game now, she could become a super player with that knowledge. Let's see...

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If PSH is the location scout for the designing of the game, she must have real beef against that restaurant owner because that restroom will get some serious gamer stampede when the game is available to the public! 😂

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She may have provided the knowledge, but not know how her brother used it. I'm totally guessing anyhow – but just seeing that according to the emails between them, she apparently knows nothing about the game.

But yeah, I feel sorry for that bar/restaurant! Because people are going to breaking in when the place is closed (not all of them will have a wad of money to offer!).

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ah yes! i forgot about the email hack.
bummer - I really was hoping she is someone with the game knowledge.

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I read a theory that PSH could even be a part of VR, like she’s not real and Chanyeol programmed her.

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ha! but then she could not have been introduced prior to Hyun-Bin playing the game right?

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My bf's theory is that PSH might be an NPC. Tho it's an alien word for me. Hahahaha

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but she was introduced well before he started playing the game. if not I would have totally loved this twist

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Thanks for the recap, dramallama! I loved this as much as you did. For some reason I thought this would be another contemplative travel show a la Encounter -- boy, was I wrong. So exciting, and Hyun Bin seems perfect for this part. That last screenshot is perfect!

A bit of trivia for any rap fans -- the guy playing Choi Yang Joo is Mad Clown's younger brother.

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Liked the 1st episode, but it didn’t give me the same wow that W did on its pilot episode. Loved W on its first half then went down when the story decided to reset itself. I didn’t really enjoy the part that he went crazy, did not sleep from “needing” (note: not wanting) to finish level 1. It doesn’t give a good message to anyone watching it. But I guess that’s the point of the drama, isn’t it? It will test the boundaries of virtual vs actual reality and where the lines actually start to blur.

Also I don’t play games, so I guess I cannot relate much from his obsession. Then again, I binge K-dramas like there’s no tomorrow, so I guess it’s kind of the same thing? 🤔🤷‍♀️

The highlight of this episode for me though was the cliffhanger - after he bellowed at her for half-arsing running her business, it dawned on him that she is the most important person for his 1 billion won investment. And oh boy, look at that “killer” smile at the end. He knows he’s doomed lol.

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Imagine if someone told you that you can't watch episode 2 if you don't solve a puzzle in episode 1!!
LOL. I don't play games anymore. But the levelling up is a big deal. For him, he needs to know the potential of this game he wants to invest in and he can't know it until he plays more levels. The first level is very basic with one old rusted sword, so it's very frustrating if you can't complete it.
I do see the need to reacquire the weapon each time you logon after your death, as a potential issue in the game.

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Oh crap, yeah I’d be damned if somebody stops me from moving onto the next episode of a drama and I do get highly invested in some dramas that I end up barely sleeping. Lol. It’s same difference I guess.

Ep2 was a much better episode for me since there was actually something I can follow aside from the game. Ep 1 was heavy on showcasing the AR, (not my forte/interest) that’s why I just liked it enough to keep me going. Looking forward to reading your theories for the 2nd episode once its recap is up! I have some too, but they’re not going to be as grand as your guys’ as I don’t play and my imagination doesn’t run that wild with any games-stuff related 🙈😣

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I am counting on the writers to disclose the rules of the game as we play on! am so ready for this ride!

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<I didn’t really enjoy the part that he went crazy, did not sleep from “needing” (note: not wanting) to finish level 1. It doesn’t give a good message to anyone watching it.

I think that's very, very realistic though. That's the level of addiction of those sort of games. The message is actually great – because they'll precisely show the danger that lies in that.

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Yes, It is realistic and that’s why it burns - it showed the effects of obsession - whether it’s games or something else. That’s why I didn’t enjoy that part 🙃 Truth always burns and leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

That was my bad on my part tho - when I said it doesn’t give a good message. When I said that I meant, even if you showcase the dangers of AR, people would still try this (ie the Pokémon craze). It’s like you’re showing them the dangers of it, at the same time, you’re giving feeding them this idea. Sorry! I don’t make sense. The more I explain my point, it just comes out more wrong 🙈😣

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Thank you for a great recap 👏👏👏

I love MoA for the fresh idea of AR and the beauty of old cobblestone streets/buildings around Albayzen which left a nostalgic feeling to anyone who has been there.

PSH's character in ep. 1 doesnt leave an impression but lets look forward to her character development! HB is HB and it is entertaining watching his almost-40-something's character trying to hold his grip onto a youngster's games.

The 1st ep was like a tutorial ep 😉 of a game and i'm really excited for the next game. I like ep. 1 and cant wait for more.

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And Chanyeol in a role of a minor; he's almost unrecognisable i need to rewatch his mv several times to just to confirm 😂

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He was in Missing 9. I am still filled with rage thinking what happened to him there.

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The premise of this is interesting, something refreshingly different in the world of kdrama. I did bow out of W-Two Worlds halfway, so let's hope this one stays fairly solidly written till the end.

I'm sure the gaming theme won't be everyone's thing, and I'm not a gamer myself, but I think it's a fabulous topic (lots of ethical issues too – playing AR in cities, someone is bound to get hurt. And definitely many people annoyed – the people from that bar were too nice actually, hahahaha). The Chinese Love O2O managed to pull of a drama with a lot of gaming, though one (of two) reservation I had about Love O2O I do already have about this one – that the gamers' world is essentially a guys' world. (Yes, in Love O2O she was an excellent gamer, but rather than becoming a genius team member in her boyfriend's company... she was essentially a secretary ordering food and beds for the boys to sleep on. Despite the fact that we were constantly told she was super smart).

Anyhow, Hee-jo is definitely not part of the gaming world and sadly also presented as typical hardworking, poor girl with a gazillion jobs. I'm not fond of that characterisation of "And like all fairytale princesses, she didn’t know her identity, lived in a wretched house, and let in a wolf" (not helped by her friend's comment in ep. 2 *in front of her* that she's not that sharp, seriously!!!!), though maybe, as you say, the drama will prove us wrong and they will turn her character into something less of an archetype. The drama will have to work hard at that though, – PSH's acting is still lukewarm to me (no, that crying scene was not compelling).

My overall hunch is that there'll be an overlapping between game and reality – the brother may well be stuck in the game world already and/or the game world is bound to start affecting the real one.

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"playing AR in cities, someone is bound to get hurt"

That was my thought also! I mean, I know this is not meant to be real and once we start applying logic/common sense, all the fun goes out of the drama, but we definitely do NOT want AR games in the cities like this. It was bad enough when everyone was walking into walls trying to find those Pokemon thingies.

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that's right, and some people got hit by cars, right? crazy....

but this concept is super interesting -- too bad the whole drama won't stay in spain... so pretty.

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gamer's world may be essentially a guys world but my daughter certainly watches the guys on YouTube play a lot of games. and makes me watch. Maybe that's why it meant more to me.
Please, please continue to be so good!

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I know it's a male-dominated world and with all kinds of issues because of that (misogynistic treatment of some female gamers to the point that is terrifying) – but the drama can play into the stereotype that it's a guy's world, or it can give visibility to the female gamers that do exist (yay for your daughter!)

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I didn't really think so. I mean, her "friend" was saying "she's not so sharp" with her listening and not responding to that at all. And even if she hadn't heard it, the writer is still presenting the character as naïve with that comment, which is so off-putting. There's other reasons the writer could have used for the friend to say he wants to be there for the conversation.

And, I didn't think PSH's acting was any more compelling in ep 2 either. Just ok.

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That scene was awful, two men argue if she is capable to discuss buisness matter without male supervision and she just stand there, waiting for their decision like she has no will of her own.
Her character is so weir, on one hand she supposed to run a buissnes in foreign country, being the head of the family, plus having plentiful of side jobs, but on the other hand when she is actually on the screen she is unable to make independent decision and need a guy opinion to guide her?

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This was my biggest takeaway from ep. 1. Yes, it was thrilling, and sometimes funny, and the AR game was very real and intense -- but who did he become when he was playing? He walked into the bar over and over as though he had a right, even though he never ordered anything (OK, he stuffed a wad of bills in the owner's hand at the end). He was grabbing and wielding a sword that was invisible to everyone else, falling down, getting up and charging -- totally out of sync with the reality in the square around him. I hope part of the message of this drama is that AR sucks you away from reality, and in the end that hurts you. Exciting, addictive, dangerous, like a drug that goes from giving you an unbelievable high to someday leaving you friendless, homeless, bankrupt, maybe even dead.

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This sounds like watching kdramas! except for the part that it hurts you...

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"except for the part that hurts you..." Yeah, but it doesn't hurt you only if you're on the treadmill while watching.

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Woah, that sounds like a bit of foreshadowing "maybe even dead..."

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When you consider that this is the same writer from Queen Inhyun's Man and W, then you have to know that when the worlds collide, people cross over the boundaries, fall in love, and risk death. I would guess that Hyun Bin's character is more likely to be in danger of his life than PSH's. And more deservedly.

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Oh, I never watched either of those dramas. I mean, I tried to but just didn't like them. Interestingly I love this one. I think it's because of Hyun Bin, heh. So this writer does blend reality/fantasy/alternate reality in her other dramas?

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Yes, in Queen Inhyun's Man the boundary was between the past and present. They were filming a sageuk in a palace, but with the help of a talisman, a real person (from the past that the sageuk was about) kept crossing back and forth from past to present.

In W, they moved back and forth between this world and a manhwa world through a computerized drawing tablet.

The interesting thing is, in both of those dramas, the hero and the villain were in the alternate reality and the heroine was from the present. But in this drama, hero/heroine/villain all seem to be from the present.

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That was fantastic!

As expected, the show is beautiful with wonderful shots of Granada and the AR looked stunning.

Second half of the ep really took off. Laughed so hard at Hyun Bin going back and forth to the bar to get his sword.

Btw why was the toilet clogging scene so long? 😂😂😂

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Exactly my thought on the toilet clogging scene! 😆

I kind of want those mice to be part of the game! One would get experience points when befriending those little creatures and they will lead you to secret treasures hidden in that wall. It is totally possible! Se-joo lived there when designing the game! 😂

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I am hoping that all this -- toilet, rats, windows that wont open etc -- could be part of the game somehow... like some feature that will matter in a higher level. id LOVE it if the writer brings it back around to them for whatever mysterious reason!

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Haha yes @anothernicole to rats and windows but I am not sure if I want to watch any more toilet scene unless something really really cool comes out of it.....would it be too far fetched for an alligator to make an appearance in this part of the world?

Now I really want those taped up outlets in the room to mean something....maybe those are the secret power sockets for one to boost life/energy level?

I wonder if one advanced to the ultimate level, the gamer will be gifted an elevator......

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Oh my goodness! what are you smoking these days.. LOL
loving all the creativity here in this thread.

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Between MoA and Clean with Passion, I watched two long clogged toilet scenes in a row. We can be done with toilets now. Please.

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Seriously, @egads. Potty humor is already not my thing, now two potty scenes without humor is unbearable. 😒

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If you've ever lived very high up you know clogged toilets are rare. Gravity sucks everything down the drain.

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I didn't know that. I learn all sorts of things on DB!

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I wondered if rats wouldn't be rare on the 6th floor as well . . . Lots more action closer to the ground for them, no?

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I have seen them on 30th floor, so..

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Thank you, my wondering is answered!

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actually my toilet once got clogged and we were on the 22nd floor.

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Actually, I wasn't sure. My apt was up on the side of a mountain as well as on the 7th floor and so maybe that was high enough to pull down anything. I guess under certain circumstances (ahem) anything can clog a toilet.
But we nitpick and this is fantasy, so anything goes.

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I love how everyone was affected by one clogged toilet in this drama.. its hilarious.

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I can't believe I forgot how addictive Song Jae-jung's dramas could be. It's been so long since the last time I felt this giddy when we're only on the 1st eps.

The AR world is all kind of exciting, with breathtaking visual and great directing (I knew I can trust FOS director). But it's the awesome yet hilarious contrast between what Jin-woo saw and what other people saw him doing that makes this opening eps memorable. Also, Jin-woo might want to be careful with his wish of magic, judging from the high possibility that the young programmer was killed in an AR world and somehow vanished without any trace.

All in all, a satisfying premiere. Onward!!

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I really didn’t know that the central plot was revolved around AR games so imagine my surprise when all that fantasy aspects all turned out to be a game. This is such a fresh plot as expected from the writer and it also has mystery to keep the story going. I already like both the leads Hee Joo, as a timid and kind hostel owner and Jin Woo as a slightly temperamental and honest business man. The outburst was somewhat justified because even I felt exhausted watching him walk up & down those darn stairs but she did tell him to go elsewhere so she has my sympathy. I have so much questions about Se Joo’s disappearance but I’m gonna wait for the writer to reveal that. I hope she doesn’t screw this one up because I love the story and the cast. Fingers crossed.

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Curious about your choice of the word "honest," because that smile he turned on Hee-joo after learning that she's her brother's legal guardian -- that smile was like one weapon in the arsenal of a guy who would do anything to get his way, and is pretty insensitive to the people around him. More on that in ep. 2. So I would say ruthless, not honest.

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Yep, my first thought was, "So, you treat people nicely only when you want something from them?"

I don't think he's a nice guy. He has had bad experiences (see ep. 2) so his lack of trust in people and thirst of revenge have an explanation, but his little explosion was nasty and his sudden-turn-to-niceness and his plan to woo her makes him pretty flawed. I get the impression (also even more so from ep. 2) that real life is rather like a game for him too.

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That was my take too, his smile by the end of episode was a smile of the predator. He’s going to use whatever it takes to make her sign the contract.

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The VR part of this drama is badass, no joke. I was super impressed. I could see all the ways it could go wrong and I'm glad they seem to be noting it. As for the rest of the drama, we can but wait and see.

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well, technically this is not Virtual reality, its augmented reality.

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Knowledge is power, I didn't know the difference. I had to google. Very cool.

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Forgive my ignorance, but where can I watch this with English subs? I have a Viki subscription, but I'm missing the vacuum created when dramafever shutdown.

TIA

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It’s available now on Netflix for most parts of the world. My friend lives in South America and was super bombed that her region of Netflix doesn’t air this drama until December 11th! The horror! So hope you are in the right region. 😰

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It is available on Netflix in my country (Europe). And I love Netlix for this!

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Thanks @dramallama.
I came into this show with no expectations, and was so impressed! What a surprising aspect of plot, and how it immediately gets us anticipating loads more great CGI and unexpected battles. The best part is that we never know when what we see is real or AR. We're in for a lot of thinking and re-thinking as we go along.

I'm thinking/hoping of course that Se Ju's train disappearance has to do with AR, ie, that he's not been shot in RL and that he lives to play again. One clue to this is that there was no blood on his mattress when his bunk mate looked around. It thought it odd that no one 'heard' that gun shot but now it all makes sense. But then, what happened to Se Ju and why did he leave his bag behind? (I didn't recognise Chan Yeol. He's so much better in that short sequence here than I've seen him before.)

I do so like a show that offers us interesting mysteries and sets up a clear quest, just as if we are game playing along with the 'hero' (or may be a semi-antihero). We're going to be eagerly watching if he can get his hands on the source of the game while facing obstacle after obstacle.

Once again, even outside Korea, we get another Candy, Hee Joo, to Jin Woo's rich, powerful male character. But this may hopefully work out differently, because Jin Woo needs something from Hee Joo, so it will be less of a one-way street.

I like that despite the intensity of the fight and flight scenes, show remembered to interject some humour and human aspects, ... some family and casual relationships. I wish I could live watch this all the way, but I'll definitely be watching and reading! 😆

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RE: didn’t not recognize Chan Yeol. Honestly I thought that was Hyun Bin lol. And then the more they zoomed into his face, the more he looked like Ji Chang Wook to me! And I thought to myself - wow I didn’t know Hyun Bin and Chang Wook have some resemblance. And then Hyun Bin showed up at the hotel and was like YEAH! THAT’S HYUN BIN! I had to google who that guy was at the beginning and was like OH THAT WAS CHANYEOL Hahahahaha

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LOLOL @13infamyss I thought I was bad at recognising people. Once you've seen them separately I can safely say it's not easy to mistake Chan Yeol for Hyun Bin. There was a look of JCW about someone's features though. Could have been Chan Yeol's, ... or I was watching something else and got confused.

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Yes. The lack of blood and the bullet-hole-less window call for some sort of special explanation. Either AR or a time jump (?)

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Exactly! So the question is - if he was shot in AR, then why is he missing in real life, and why did he take off so fast that he left his backpack behind? Also, how is he experiencing this AR? Is he wearing these contacts too? Or has AR become stronger than reality for him?

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@13infamyss I guess as these are 'gaming' lenses, they are worn anyway whether or not one has spectacles on. In fact, I'd imagine that one would need to not wear one's own contact lenses unless the gaming ones were specially made to rectify one's 'bad eyesight' and for the game at the same time. So more likely one would put on the gaming lenses and have spectacles over them.

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Actually that doesn't have to be real blood..we saw Jin-Woo bleeding but he was all good after logging out of the game..personally I think at the moment Se-Joo's blood is one of the mysteries of the drama :)

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@cubely unless the show gives us a flashback, I assume it was real blood. He was clutching his side and you could see the stain right after he hangs up the payphone, before he even boarded the train and before the sudden storm/AR glitch happened.

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I'm open to both possibilities at the moment...but I get your point!! :)

...though I just remembered some spoilers I (inadvertently -.-) saw before, that are making me question a few things...

We just have to keep watching, I guess ^^

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I thought he was kidnapped by the other guy (forgot his name) and is held somewhere until he becomes a major ; )

But now I think he has more story to tell where his game is causing dangers in real life.

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I think the whole 'blur' between AR & reality is where the show is going. Hope we get answers in a few episodes!!

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Even if it was real blood, remember the car window, smashed in AR and in reality.

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@linda-palapala hmm.. Which episode? I think I missed this detail

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I think even Se Ju's running in Barcelona is related to AR.

It's set up to look like he's running from gangsters in real life or something, but I bet he was running away from something in the game.

And on the train, definitely AR. There's obviously a spot just before reaching Granada where the train passes through some AR hole...

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Re: blood. I think those are early signs of game getting out of control and seeping into the real world... we'll have to see how it plays out, but I hope they do this well. When the line between reality and fiction becomes blurred & it's done well (i.e. the writer has through it through), it can be thrilling!

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@alua I believe you're right. Se Ju was in the game from the very beginning. The problem, I'm guessing, is that he can't get out of it or he's so immersed in it that he has forgotten what is real and what isn't. Unlike Jin Woo who fought without fear, Se Ju was actually frightened when he ran for his life. The game seems to have gotten out of hand for him.

And if we go a step further and suggest that the game itself or it's programming is so advanced that it can develop itself and has learnt from and taken on reality (for eg when learnt from it's environment and could interact with the car), then maybe the game characters have become real enough in RL, so as to have abducted Se Ju even!!! Shades of W again!

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Yes, I think this is exactly where the story is going!

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Methinks episodes 1 and 2 require a re-watch to look for more missed clues.

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Beautifully shot, effects were decent and location is great. Plot wise, it was alright.

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Very interesting drama. I went in with not much expectation, and i'm hooked because of how different it is. The game may be addictive but also dangerous. In ep 2, i think the line between game and real life seems to be blurred.

Plus Hyunbin is eyecandy, dimples and all~ ☺

Anyways, where did he get the lenses to log into the game 🤔

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Episode two explains that Jin-woo's company produces the smart contact lenses, and that they're slated to go on the market within a year.

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Actually, if you listen the TV news when Park Shin Hye is sleeping, it said that the CEO Jin Woo will release lenses.

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Yes, that's what I said? His company makes the lenses and plans to begin selling them next year.

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But it's in the episode 1 :)

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I'm not saying you're wrong :) I'm just saying that it is also discussed in episode 2 in a bit more detail.

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As night becomes day, a confused elderly couple watches Jin-woo continues flail and roll around against the invisible enemy.

And the men in white coats come to take him away???

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Seriously, wouldn't you think after a whole night of that, at least a police officer would want to have a word with him?

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I thought they assumed he was drunk and weaving around. In the background you can see a couple of homeless people in that alley. So maybe they thought he's one of them too?

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With two kids in the midst of the Pokemon Go craze and seeing hundreds of people out in my own city playing the game, I totally get the hype of AR/VR. However, this takes it up a notch to first-person shooter games and totally being immersed, while being set in the real world. I have some theories already about what happened to the game developer who we know was “playing” the game, but maybe getting too immersed in it and becoming paranoid. Which, with all the ethical and moral dilemmas of being addicted to a video game, then adding in real paranoias and psychoses, you now have a whole segment of society needing a lot of psychological treatment. I wonder if the show will go there. Besides for this, I’m really intrigued by the game personally. I’ve not seen either of the leads in full dramas, and Hyun Bin is certainly handsome with those dimples, so I get the draw. And Park Shin Hye just looks so normal to me. I’m not really drawn to her yet, so I hope she shows me some range.

Last complaint, the time line is really hard to follow. I thought in this whole first episode that the developer was going to Grenada prior to Hyun Bin’s character even getting there. But that was wrong. I don’t know if I like the way the flashbacks are happening or not happening.

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Yeah, maybe, but I saw Legion, which had me on the edge of my mind trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t, and I think this one is more obvious (as far as what is AR vs RL) and the time jumps (and flashbacks) just make the show less cohesive without adding to the overall mystery of it. I’m not quite sold yet.

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Only time will tell, eh? It is worrisome there have been very few kdramas of late that stay excellent until the end. Most seem to start falling apart around midway or sooner.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention, that both my kids played Pokémon Go when we went to Rome and Venice last year (not while in the Vatican or anything) which was crazy to see that you could play it anywhere in the world really and it still works. So, it’s understandable that people would actually go to Grenada, Spain just for a game and then spinning it off to other cities would be the next logical step. Jet setting across the world to play video games may be your next luxury vacation. Not me, give me a beach and an umbrella any day.

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What a great start! It's definitely got those W vibes too.

I actually enjoy video gaming, though enjoying it is very different to being good at it. I'm that person who gets wiped out by the terrain/fall damage or who wanders blindly into obvious traps. In MMOs I get stuck in holes in the ground and have to beg teammates to put me out of my misery so that I can respawn. I would love an AR game of this level, even as I would be endlessly (and publicly in this case) defeated by it.

All of the potential is amazing, too. Think about what games like this could do for fitness, for example. There's also potential for scary aspects. I found myself wondering if your mind could get too tricked by the virtual reality, to a degree where dying in game could carry over to real life in some way.

I'm a little disappointed that PSH seems to be playing a very familiar kind of character for her, but I'm hoping she'll change with more time and development. I enjoyed HB, especially his eternal struggle with the Room From Hell. Her hostel seems a little too neglected...what are the chances it's just a front for something, and her interests lie elsewhere?

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Once upon a time a was philosophically pondering: what kind of computer game could make people move a lot, instead of just staying bound to the screen? And this series finally provided a solution :-))

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I remember being told that Wii Sports would be a great way to keep fit, but I think games like this would be far more effective.

But it worries me that the real world would be forced to be involved in someone's game (I was thinking that if I was in that street and HB nearly clotheslined me with his flailing, I would be more than a little pissed). It would be far better to create a separate 'world' (like Westworld), a closed off location, to project the game into

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I can see it now: Universal Studios, worldwide.

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It's coming for real.

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i watched the first 2 episodes and it gave me major W vibes, in a good way.
i haven't seen HB in a long time but wow, this guy has a whole lot of charisma and can really act.
i feel like the writer took the criticisms they got from W, improved on that, and gave us this. one qualm i had with W was the superficial characterization. the characters in this drama definitely do feel a bit more developed and unique. PSH didn't leave a big impression in the first ep but i did really like her character in the second one.
the story is so riveting and i can't wait to see where it takes us.

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I'm wondering if this will go the route of them eventually being so addicted they won't know if they're living reality or in the AR world. Especially with the car windows being broken - that was like, woah! This could go so many interesting ways. Such possibilities.
But, please, aren't we all a little worried we might be getting our hopes up too much? We've been so disappointed before. Keep it real...or enjoy living in your fantasy world...

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Well, now I'm really glad that they managed to keep nearly everything about this show a secret! What a surprise it all is. Knowing nothing about VR and gaming, I hope I'll be able to follow along and don't envy dramallama's course for the next two months. I couldn't wait to see who was taking this drama on and girl - you are brave!
Love the views of Granada, hope to see much more although the repeated march to the same cantina was hilarious. Glad to see HB in his movie-action mode. 😍
I laughed out loud when "A" said the programmer had a guardian sister, as you saw the kdrama plot spill out in front of you from that comment (and HB's change to his charmer's smile was both funny and cringe-inducing).

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The game sure looks like Greed Island from HunterXHunter

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I loved it. Hyun Bin at his best. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed his performance in both film and tv. This writer needs to steer clear from all romance. I did enjoy the frank romance in Nine though, but the mushy romance is just no.
Sigh at PSH.

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So I came here just to do a PSA that kids, please don't put your DIRTY FINGERS that you used to pull a handle in a PUBLIC BATHROOM and to propped yourself up after falling down ON THE GROUND to TAKE OUT YOUR CONTACTS. That's just asking for eye infection. Both my husband and I wear contacts so we were twitching harder as we watched that scene than the toilet scene. We think the main story conflict here is when he will get a serious eye infection, and how severe, if he keeps taking contacts in and out (which will cascade to him not being able to run his business, play games, etc.).

On a more serious note, the CGI is impressive, but just from ep 1, I can't get a sense of how big of a stake this whole thing is (the end of ep 2 made that much clearer). Let's say the main conflict is solving some sort of mystery relating to this game, and concurrently fight the real-life bad guy aka the other CEO, doesn't that mean real-life stakes center entirely around money? Do the injuries that they sustain in the game world eventually carry into the real world? Or is it a message about how crazy you'd look if you play AR on the street? Hope ep 3 & 4 give us some more answers!

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They should do a disclaimer about the contacts. But other than that, this is fantasy so just suspend disbelief.

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🤣I definitely cringed when he touched those contacts without first washing his hands. Let's just say that for such high tech lenses, they are now designed to be self-disinfecting or anti-bacterial!

I was even more concerned when HB stated that the lenses ran a little hot while playing the game......if they malfunction and overheat, ophthalmologists everywhere have to deal with a lot of burnt eyeballs in the future 👁👁👁

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Times have changed. If I popped out a contac but didn't have any solution with me I just used saliva.

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Hey a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! 😆

But in regards to the times changing, I thought the society is actually more germaphobic than ever before!

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So much thrills in this drama that it seems like I watch movie instead of drama. This PD and writer combo is doing very great job.
Agree that I seems not really like PSH character in here, it's like her other roles before. I would love her to be some tough woman who can't fall with Hyun Bin charm. It could be a long journey for Hyun Bin to get the contract.

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It took me until just now to realize that the brother probably isn't dead, and I watched the episode yesterday.

Also, would that mean the brother has access to those contacts? I was under the impression it was still in the prototype phase.

Anyways, intriguing start. There are so many ways the writers can go plot-wise. Hopefully they won't go with the sudden romance like they did in W.

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So it was Chanyeol!!

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Absolutely fresh -I like the concept - it may crash and burn but let’s give credit for trying something unique.
The CG looks great and I have confidence in the PD writer combo.
And can someone just stop and say : Hyun Bin! Damn does he look fresh.
I’m grabbing my popcorn for this.

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My questions about the game were burning me and I didn't even know how to respond to any of the people who responded to me above... so I went and pestered my software engineer hyung about how it all COULD work…

The bad news is is that I now know that AR doesn’t actually work at all irl life like this. So right from the get go the set up is flawed af lmao.

The good news is is that with a lot of in theories, hypotheticals and plot devices (and some magic contact lense material that can apparently render black) this set up (the lenses with the magical connection to the magical separately developed game) could potentially … probably… maybe work…
Ofc we have to bear in mind that this game probably also sucks people into it.
So all this goes to show that if I was watching it with no technical hat on at all before, I am even less so now. Logic? What’s that? Micro game engineering? Dunno what that is either. Fantasy Sci Fi Kdrama that will probably go up in flames? Definitely know what that is. This is gonna be fun. lol XD

Is the game on Steam though, that's the question... (jk :P)

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I have been in doubt since day 1 that AR doesn't work like that in real life at all lol, but I still left my logic box at the door while watching this drama. :S But still certain W keeps coming back to mind and I really really hope this drama at least doesn't go that sinking route. Also sigh, I kept wishing that the writer will write something mysterious, magical like Nine again, but alas, here we are again with the convoluted, illogical types of the previous drama. I mean like come on, if you say it's all game I can still try to buy it, but magic? Do they mean magic is also existent in Alhambra which gets people trapped in that other world? W also seemed so immature and absurd that I had a hard time to believe the theories the writer planted so I'm kind of scared that I would be having a hard time here too, very soon. :/ Here's to hoping that I am proved wrong.
Last time it was the writer killing off his creation and this time the creator of the game is trapped in his own game. I don't see much difference lol. But anyhow, hyun bin and park shin hye are still making it work and I'm here for their chemistry. Also thinking, in a good romance writer's hand they could turn out to be a great couple in making. That could be a drama I would really watch.

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