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Memories of the Alhambra: Episode 3

As our CEO turned gamer discovers new elements of the augmented reality world, he gets a glimpse into a certain hostel owner’s life and aspirations. It seems now-missing genius programmer added some personal touches to the game, and while that elevates the game’s charm, it also distracts our CEO from seeing the game with a critical eye. The deeper he becomes immersed, the more he’s willing to overlook the seemingly small flaws of the game.

  
EPISODE 3 RECAP

We return to Granada before the time jump, where investment firm CEO Jin-woo continues to navigate the game through the winding streets of Alhambra. From the Seoul office, colleague Yang-joo monitors Jin-woo’s game into the night and asks why Jin-woo is hesitating. Jin-woo sneaks looks around the corner and admits that he’s scared that something will attack him, based on the patterns he’s experienced.

Now on level 4, Jin-woo cautiously climbs up the stairs and wields his sword, which materializes in his hands. Yang-joo orders him to go ahead, but Jin-woo isn’t keen being bossed around by his subordinate.

Plastered against the wall, Jin-woo smiles at innocent passerby and then argues with Yang-joo that this isn’t your average computer game — he’s running on one ramyun and no sleep, and he’s already died 45 times. Yang-joo says that it’s all a part of the game and provokes hangry Jin-woo by mentioning that Cha Hyung-seok probably went through the same process.

Jin-woo scans his surroundings before taking a step forward, and an arrow immediately shoots at the wall next to him. As multiple knights attack from the rooftops, he flees the area and narrowly avoids an arrow that brushes his side.

The relentless shower of arrows continues to threaten Jin-woo, who runs past confused tourists and into a wide open street. Then, an arrow pierces Jin-woo’s shoulder, and he falls to the ground in pain. He loses vitality from the wound and surrenders to his upcoming death. The archers shoot their arrows, and Yang-joo complains that Jin-woo isn’t physically fit enough to play this game.

Then, Jin-woo opens his eyes and finds that he’s still alive with the surrounding arrows frozen mid-flight. SO COOL. The game is buffering because of poor connection to the server, and Yang-joo yells at Jin-woo to use this opportunity to escape. He runs from the frozen scene and successfully fends off the attack.

Jin-woo walks through the streets with a pep in his step, but dark clouds suddenly loom over him. As it starts to rain, Jin-woo runs under an awning but notices that others around him aren’t affected. He reaches out his hand and finds his hand completely dry. Jin-woo logs out of the game, and sure enough, it’s a sunny day.

After taking a moment to admire the game’s simulated weather, Jin-woo logs back into the game and finds that he’s standing in front of Café Alcazaba, one of the game’s locations. He enters the café and puts his sword in his virtual sheath before flipping through the game’s description of the café: a location where game users can share information, make alliances, exchange weapons, and receive quests.

As Jin-woo walks through the café, he notices a table of pirate non-player characters (NPC), who provide missions or items for users. They eat and talk loudly at the table, which is a funny contrast to the real people in the café working on their laptops or meeting friends.

Yang-joo suggests that Jin-woo approach them, so Jin-woo carefully greets them. The jolly pirates suddenly give him a quiet death glare, and one tells him to get out of his face unless he wants to die. Jin-woo seems offended at the rude encounter and the game informs him that he’s been ignored because one must be at a level 5 or above to engage.

A real man at the café looks at Jin-woo strangely, so Jin-woo smiles and sits down for food like a normal person. Yang-joo tells Jin-woo to order churros, which is what the café is famous for. Jin-woo seems irked by Yang-joo treating him like an avatar, but hears out Yang-joo’s full researched explanation of how to order the famous churros before hanging up.

From behind, Jin-woo hears a classical guitar performance and recognizes the lady performer as hostel owner and game programmer’s sister, Hee-joo. He approaches her and calls her name, but the game introduces her as a new character in the game: Emma, the café’s guitarist. He calls out to her as Emma, and she looks up and smiles.

We flashback to young Hee-joo winning an excellence award for guitar at a music competition, and Jin-woo narrates that she initially came to Spain for classic guitar. In the flashback, we learn that Hee-joo’s overzealous father was a guitarist in a band and suggested that the family move to Spain to allow Hee-joo to foster her talent.

Despite their hesitations, the family sold everything and moved to Spain, where they established Hostel Bonita. But upon entering school for guitar, Hee-joo realized that she wasn’t a classical guitar prodigy. Within a year, her mother passed away and her father drank away his sorrows for a few years before passing away as well.

Since then, Hee-joo had dropped out of school to take care of her younger siblings and run the hostel. She ran multiple jobs and worked diligently without skipping a single day, but her debt continued to grow.

Jin-woo narrates that Hee-joo’s dream became further out of reach and that her life didn’t show signs of improvement, unless some magic were to happen. That’s when Jin-woo entered her life as the abrupt late-night guest at the hostel.

We return to Jin-woo’s offer to buy the hostel from Hee-joo. Apparently, she’s been trying to sell the hostel for the past two years, and Jin-woo decided that morning that he wanted to buy the hostel. Jin-woo signs the contract and hands Hee-joo a ridiculous offer. He’s left the price line blank and offers her 10 billion Won (~10 million USD) in cash straight to her bank account if she signs the contract now.

Of course, a ridiculous offer comes with a ridiculous condition: Starting at 9am, the offer drops by 1 billion Won for every 10-minute delay. Essentially, she has an hour and half to read and sign the contract before the offer becomes void. Utterly confused, Hee-joo asks why Jin-woo would want to buy the wretched hostel for so much money. Jin-woo explains that timing is more important that money right now, but he won’t share why.

Hee-joo dives right into the contract, and Jin-woo tries to cover up his anxiety by bluffing that he could easily find another building to buy. Before Hee-joo puts pen to paper, she suspiciously asks if he’s really CEO Yoo Jin-woo because her father had been scammed in a similar situation before. Jin-woo offers his passport for identification and brags that there are also videos of him online.

After checking the passport photo, she picks up the pen but hesitates again. She gets up from the table, and Jin-woo desperately grabs her. She explains that she’s going to the bathroom and needs to call her family to discuss the offer, since this hostel is both their home and everything they own. He lets her leave and finally breathes out his nerves.

Secretary Seo runs to Jin-woo table and asks why Jin-woo would want to buy a good-for-nothing hostel. Jin-woo looks annoyed by his secretary’s dim-witted pondering, and we jump back to 30 minutes prior. In the car, Jin-woo received a call from his private eye “A” and learned that genius programmer Se-joo filed patents for his game under Hostel Bonita.

Detective A confirms that Jin-woo wouldn’t need Se-joo’s consent because the game’s license, key component, and technology are all filed under the hostel’s name, and the legal owner of the hostel is Hee-joo. Jin-woo smiles at this good news because it makes their business deal much easier.

Jin-woo calls Director Park to discuss their plan of action, and they decide to push forward to acquire the hotel without mentioning Se-joo in their contract terms because Hee-joo will want to wait for her M.I.A. brother to return. They can supplement their contract with Se-joo’s requests when he returns. Since the offer becomes suspicious the more one thinks on it, Jin-woo’s strategy is to pressure Hee-joo with time and money so that she has no room to think. Sneaky!

Back to the time/money pressured contract, Hee-joo runs into a bathroom stall and tries to call her family, but no one answers — Grandma is busy haggling at the market, Se-joo’s phone is supposedly broken, and Min-joo is busy playing soccer at school. She receives a text from Jin-woo notifying her that she’s 1 billion won down, and she freaks out at how fast 10 minutes passed.

Hee-joo calls real estate agent Elena and asks about the prospects of neighborhood increasing in property value. Elena says that won’t happen for the next 10 years and then shares the news of her engagement. She leisurely shares her proposal story, but Hee-joo doesn’t have time for that. She receives a notification from Jin-woo that 20 minutes have passed and hangs up.

Hee-joo calls the guitar shop owner next, but the owner is busy handling a guitar. Just as she panics that another 5 minutes have passed, Hee-joo receives a call from her younger sister Min-joo. She quickly shares the offer, and Min-joo yells at her to hurry and sign the deal. Finally receiving some validation, Hee-joo agrees and decides to head out to sign the contract.

But when she tries to open the bathroom stall door, it’s locked. She knocks on the door and yells for help, but there’s nobody there. She steps onto the toilet seat and waves for help with phone in hand, and when she slips off the toilet seat, the phone plops into the toilet. RIP.

Unaware that Hee-joo has locked herself inside a bathroom stall, Jin-woo continues to wait past 10 a.m. and tells Secretary Seo that Hee-joo must be crazy. Secretary Seo wonders if she’s talking to Cha Hyung-seok over the phone, and when Hee-joo doesn’t answer her phone, Jin-woo heads to the bathroom.

Jin-woo knocks on the women’s restroom door and slowly enters. As he walks in, he hears thumping against the door to the last bathroom stall, and suddenly, the door collapses to the ground, along with Hee-joo. Secretary Seo looks alarmed by the sight, and Jin-woo orders him to call for help.

Jin-woo approaches an unmoving Hee-joo and holds her in his arms, trying to shake her awake. When she opens her eyes, Jin-woo asks if she’s okay but she immediately asks for the time. Jin-woo tells her that it’s 10:23 and worries about the scratch on her forehead, but Hee-joo can’t believe that she lost 7 billion won.

She asks Jin-woo to forgive the three minutes because she was locked in and requests his benevolence because he’s a chaebol. Smiling in amusement, he agrees to forgive just those three minutes, and Hee-joo thanks him before fainting in his arms.

When Hee-joo wakes up, Secretary Seo hands her the contract as proxy for Jin-woo, who was busy with work (playing the game). Hee-joo reviews the contract and can’t believe her eyes when she sees that Jin-woo agreed to the full 10 billion won. Secretary Seo explains that Jin-woo got rid of the time/money condition because she was locked in the bathroom, and Hee-joo readily signs the contract.

Secretary Seo congratulates Hee-joo on her new wealth and informs her that she still has six months to figure out a new place to live before handing over full ownership. He also fixed her phone and left it by her bedside.

Hee-joo’s hands shake at this unreal situation, and she receives a call from Grandma. She won’t tell Grandma about the contract until she gets confirmation, which arrives in a text notification just as she mentions it. The bank notification of a 10 billion won deposit sends Hee-joo running out of the hospital, and she tells Grandma that they’re not just rich — they’re super rich.

As Hee-joo happily runs through the streets of Granada, Jin-woo narrates: “After coming to Granada, nothing good happened to Hee-joo for 12 years. For that Hee-joo, magic happened today.”

Hee-joo passes by Café Alcazaba and sees Jin-woo inside. He’s just discovered Emma (Hee-joo’s classical guitarist alter ego in the game) and looks captivated. Unfortunately, the game tells him that he needs to be at a level 5 to engage.

Emma fades into the air just as Hee-joo arrives in front of Jin-woo to thank him. He congratulates her for accepting the offer and claims that he bought the hostel for the full offer because it had that much value. Hee-joo doesn’t believe him and says that he was unbelievably benevolent.

Jin-woo changes topics and asks if Hee-joo played classic guitar. She seems surprised that he knows this and shares that she gave up guitar a while ago. He says that her performance sounded nice, and that throws her off even more. Jin-woo spots a glitching game warrior passing by the café outside and reminds Hee-joo that Granada will become a magical city.

Jin-woo excuses himself to tend to “work,” and Hee-joo offers to buy him dinner in gratitude. He says that it’ll depend on how early he finishes work, as he needs to obliterate a few people. Jin-woo draws his sword as he follows the warrior, and Hee-joo smiles in relief as she watches him walk away carrying an invisible item on his shoulder.

But Jin-woo’s narration implies that her happiness may be short-lived: “That day, the magic that started in Hee-joo’s life wasn’t just money.”

That night, Jin-woo’s ex-wife Soo-jin approaches her current husband Hyung-seok as he waits for a late-night call. He tells her to rest up, since she’s been traveling all day, and he asks about her encounter with Jin-woo. She says that they ran into each other at the train station by coincidence, and when he presses on about anything else he mentioned, Soo-jin defensively erupts in anger that there’s nothing other than pleasantries to discuss between them.

Hyung-seok approaches his wife and assures her that he wasn’t implying any suspicions. He merely asked because Jin-woo’s company is his competitor. He continues to inquire about Jin-woo and why he was at the train station, but Soo-jin doesn’t know. Their tense conversation is interrupted by the awaited call, and Hyung-seok steps aside the answer.

Over the phone, Hyung-seok’s assistant reports that the room in Barcelona seems to have been empty for a few days. It seems like they’ve been working with Se-joo through an acquaintance named Marco to figure out a deal for the game, but they have no information on Se-joo. Hyung-seok angrily orders his assistant to report back with more useful information and misses an incoming call from Jin-woo.

Hyung-seok calls back Jin-woo, who says that he’s ready to fight, now that he’s on the same level. As Hyung-seok heads out, Soo-jin calls him worriedly, but he says that he’s just heading out to meet someone. He waves to Soo-jin on the balcony in assurance, but that doesn’t ease her concern.

Drawing his sword, Hyung-seok walks through the streets of Granada and approaches Jin-woo, who massages his sore calf on a bench. He admits that he’s exhausted from upgrading two levels in one day and wields his fancy new sword as he approaches Hyung-seok. It seems that he stole the sword from the warrior he followed from the café.

Jin-woo says that he’s headed back to Seoul the next morning, which indicates that he’s been successful with the business deal that they were both after. Hyung-seok’s face hardens at this news, and Jin-woo goads that he’s giving Hyung-seok a chance to beat him in the game, even though he lost in real life. He prods, “That’s the charm of games, right? Escapism and denying reality — a world where losers can become heroes.”

Jin-woo continues to jab at him by saying that Hyung-seok should have just taken his advice and spent time with his wife. That’s the last straw, and Hyung-seok attacks. The two rivals engage in an intense sword fight, and they both manage to slice each other’s arms.

Hyung-seok paces as he catches his breath and says that he always wanted to tell Jin-woo something when they met one-on-one. He clarifies that he didn’t steal Soo-jin from Jin-woo and claims that he saved her from him because she seemed so miserable. He says that he was worried that Soo-jin would deteriorate next to Jin-woo.

Hyung-seok warns Jin-woo not to reject reality and points to him as the problem, since he’s failed in his second marriage. He advises Jin-woo to reflect on his failures unless he wants to continue to fail in his future marriages. Jin-woo smirks and calls Hyung-seok a bastard. He notes that all traitors justify their deeds with the same excuse — that it was for the people. Jin-woo points out that Hyung-seok’s justification is evidence that he’s a true traitor.

Jin-woo knows that behind all the excuses lies a truly inept person and reminds him of their company break-up. Hyung-seok split to create a company with greater vision and blamed Jin-woo as the problem, but Jin-woo sees the new company as an imitation of J1, Jin-woo’s company.

Jin-woo provokes the bastard to attack and successfully slices more points away from Hyung-seok’s game vitality. He also accuses Hyung-seok of unfairly venting his grudges against his own father by playing Jin-woo dirty and fooling everyone of his great love story. Jin-woo says that he could have understood if Hyung-seok came clean about his grudges.

Hyung-seok punches Jin-woo, and they grab each other by the collar. The game notifies them that physical contact is prohibited and warns them that they will level down. At the warning, the two enemies release each other and both drop to level 3 in punishment. There’s nobody to stop this fight, as even nagging Yang-joo is sleeping instead of monitoring in Seoul.

The two rivals continue their sword fight, and Hyung-seok manages to fling the sword out of Jin-woo’s hands. Jin-woo just barely avoids Hyung-seok’s swings and runs to grab his sword stuck in the ground. He sees the shadow of Hyung-seok approaching behind him and times his attack to stick his sword right into Hyung-seok’s abdomen.

Hyung-seok freezes in shock as the sword pierces him, and he seems convincingly in pain. Jin-woo pulls out the sword and slices at Hyung-seok a few more times before the final blow that sends bloody Hyung-seok limp onto the bench. He looks at Hyung-seok, and the game congratulates him on winning and earning his enemy’s experience.

Also covered in blood, Jin-woo smiles in victory and leaves defeated Hyun-seok on the bench. He receives a call from Secretary Seo about their approaching boarding time and heads on his way. While walking through the park, Jin-woo calls Yang-joo to brag about his victory. Unfortunately, Yang-joo slept through the whole thing and can’t quite believe that Jin-woo won.

As Jin-woo passes through the end of the park, we get a glance of a dark statue with a supposedly dark aura. Jin-woo doesn’t seem to notice and happily boards a taxi for the airport.

At the airport, he’s greeted by Secretary Seo and Hee-joo, who’s there to see him off. Jin-woo apologizes for missing their dinner, and Hee-joo asks if he completed his job. He smiles and confirms that he completely obliterated his enemy. Jin-woo whispers to Secretary Seo to call him as soon as Se-joo shows up, and as he runs to catch his flight, he tells Hee-joo to continue playing guitar.

Hee-joo asks Secretary Seo if Jin-woo will return to Granada, and he responds that it’s unlikely that Jin-woo would need to visit again. Jin-woo finally returns to his luxury hotel room in Barcelona and texts Secretary Seo to call tomorrow since he’s beat.

The next morning, Jin-woo wakes up to his phone ringing and sees that he’s missed 16 calls from Secretary Seo. He leisurely calls him back and complains that the wake-up call was too early for their flight time. Secretary Seo urgently explains that it’s an issue with Cha Hyung-seok. He was found dead on a park bench in the morning — dead with his eyes wide open.

Jin-woo freezes at this news, and we see a runner try to wake Hyung-seok, only to watch him fall over on the bench, dead as a doornail. Jin-woo looks shocked as he finally realizes there may be a defect in this genius game.

  
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Ahhhh what the?! I did have an inkling about the defects when we started seeing the glitchy game warriors, and I had my suspicions when Yang-joo called the buffering game a blessing. But I didn’t think we would go so far so early in this series. At this point, “defects” and “glitches” are understatements for the fatal consequences of this game, and I’m thrilled and chilled by how we’re already seeing the blending of reality and fiction.

While I enjoy Jin-woo’s character as a game player — he’s obsessively committed to the game and it’s quite entertaining — I have my reservations about him as a person. I don’t agree with his shady business tactics to buy the rights to the game. The time/money pressure for the contract was amusing to watch, and I thoroughly enjoyed the bathroom antics (bravo to Park Shin-hye’s semi-fluent Spanish). But it wasn’t the right way to approach business, and the lack of transparency makes Hee-joo’s happiness feel incomplete. I’m glad that she’s finally escaping the depths of despair and debt, but I’m sure it will come at a greater cost — for her and Jin-woo.

The shady business to acquire the game is bound to return as karma for Jin-woo soon, with the death of Cha Hyung-seok giving us a sense of foreboding. I don’t think Hyung-seok is actually dead, though he may be physically dead in the real world. I suspect that his existence crossed over to the AR world, just like Se-joo, and I think the quick cliffhanger scene from the previous episode serves as a dark omen for that transition. While it’s dark and insane, I’m so on board for the twisted realities of this game and how the fantasies are already bursting out of their realm.

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This game is getting interesting. I never saw W (or anything else this writer has written) so I don’t know how far into the fantasy world we’re actually going. I also have seen episode 4, so can’t say much here. But I will say that this show has me intrigued and I’m looking forward to the ride!

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Oh, I would recommend that you watch "W"! ... I feel that the setup for this drama is more elaborate (since the writer now has more practice with such concepts, and was probably given more time to write this drama), but "W" is the original drama with a similar concept. So watch it when you have time... if you are enjoying this show, you will enjoy "W".

Also I wonder if in the end, this drama will serve as a warning against video games.

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+ 1 to that:
Watched QHM, Nine and W and W is by far my favorite. I liked Nine though it's not among my favorite shows and QHM was okay for me... but too romance focused. Never could get the hype. Never could understand why the second half of W was criticized so much here ( but again there are many dramas that got lots of praises on dramabeans which I found utterly boring or not worth the hype). If you like thrillers and fantasy in general, well, you're in for a treat with W especially if you like manga and comics.

Anyway this one is on par with W, I just hope she doesn't bother to "force the romance" like she did with W because the drama would have been better without it but Koreans need their corny dose.

(How ironic that Hyun Bin's character is the super handsome CEO who just can't meet his romantic match... just like in real life?)

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You should really watch this writer's other shows... I highly recommend Nine: Nine Time Travels and Queen In-hyun's Man. If you do, you'll see that she's willing to go VERY FAR into the fantasy world. I love her for that - she'll go there and back and then go there again, and it's all a great adventure!

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You could do worse than watch Queen In-hyun's Man. A lot worse. Most of us here do worse several times a week.

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Nine was amazing!! That's the only reason I'm still giving her a chance after the debacle of W. Anyone who can write a 'Nine' is bound to come back someday.
I don't know what's it about nine, but it was not just the magic, the mystery, the setting of the mountains, lee jin wook's acting, his brother, his younger years played by a young park hyung shik, everything just clicked. Also the incense mystery. It was truly an adventure drama.

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Hahaha. I was disappointed in Nine and thought she fixed her writing flaws for W.

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Hahaha. For me, W didn't work when the writer made the lead girl fall in love with her dad's creation. That just seemed incestuous to me. :/ Also the game logic was too unrealistic even in the context of the game. I just couldn't buy it.

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It was her creation, not her Dad's. I mean, I had issues with her drawing her perfect man. He was literally created to love her, which raised serious philosophical issues about free will for me. But he was not an avatar of her father's.

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@leetennant yeahh the fact that her dad created him for her, that's what I had issues with too. In some way, it's like a creator/ someone related to the creator falling in love with the creation, and that didn't feel right, or ethically correct.

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I love Nine too. Nine is one of the few drama I will recommend to friends who wants to try Kdrama, but don't want mushy romance stuff. Nine is an all rounder adventure time travel theme story with a dash of romance.
Queen Inhyun and W, I would categorize them as romance theme.

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Feel exactly the same way about nine!

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Nine was amazing and the best show from this writer

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Oh! I actually have seen Queen In-Huyn’s Man! That was pure fantasy. Right? Time travel and all. Being with a man from the past who can travel the future. I was prepared to watch this show as a dystopian take on the future of AR, which I still think it is, but now that I know that the fantasy portion might take over, I’m not so sure where this is going. I guess that’s a good thing! And does the game have a will if it’s own? Hmmm. I’ll have more to say next recap.

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I'd watch Nine then QHM then W. I feel like she has been honing her writing skills through those dramas and it's better to watch them in that order.

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Watched W, Nine and QHM. My favorite by far is W though I was not convinced by the romance, I liked Nine and was hooked watching it... as for QHM never could understand the hype.

By far W was best as far as I am concerned... Never could get why people disliked the twists and turns in the second half of the series. It personally rocked my boat and I though the second half was just as good as the first. Anyway, This series is killing it. Thank God because 2018 really sucked dramawise.

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I hope you read these reply and watch W. But for me Nine is still the best followed by QIHM and W, if only the final part of W was solved more neatly it would have been my favourite. QIHM lead man for most loved character for me.

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Wow @dramallama this came out so fast, thank you! I can already see how this drama is going to turn out like W, which I found to be really inventive and unique with fiction and reality blending together. Using virtual reality instead of manhwa makes MoA much more relevant to current technology, so I'm super excited to see how the writer blurs the lines this time.

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I know he bought the game in a shady way, but I'm thinking that she would probably have sold the game to him anyway, for 10 million bucks. I would have, if my brother had written it and then put it under my name.

Did he ever get that churro dipped in chocolate? Because I want one.

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The whole business deal is very shady, but I agree that at least Jin-woo is decent enough to give her an appropriate amount of money for the patent of that game.

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I'm not sure he is that shady, it's the same amount the brother stated he had agreed to sell it for to Hyung-Seok but he preferred to sell to Jin Woo. And he gave her the original offer with none of the time reductions (even though the first thing she should have done was to call him and report that she was locked in the bathroom, gaaah 🤦🏻‍♀️).

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~Isn't he shady
~Isn't he sha-a-dy
~Isn't he shady, that's what he gets

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Loved Ep 3, and I've fully warmed up to this drama now, and that cliffhanger right there put me on the edge of my seat. Totally didn't see that one coming. Perhaps that was the main flaw of the game that left Se Joo bothered, but Hyung Seok brushed it off. How ironic it is that he became the victim of the game he pushed Se Joo to keep going.

Totally loved the bathroom scene - was laughing out so loud at Hee Joo's desperation and her asking for 3 min discount which made Jin Woo smile genuinely.

She knew it was too good to be true, but heck how can you say no to that big amount of money especially when really you're losing everything. Also loved that poker face that Jin Woo had as he pressured her with time and money, yet that poker face breaks everytime she wavers, or she does something he's not expecting - ie. her going to the bathroom to give somebody a ring. That impatient expression he's got that she didn't see, like "stop dillydallying and just sign the fffffffing papers!!!"

Also Jin Woo pulling out that sword always gives me Goblin vibe whenever Shin does it.

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Also I wonder............. (my imagination running wild and weird) if somewhere down the road Jin Woo would lose all the money he's got) and would then rely on Hee Joo's fortune. I feel like that money she`s got is too good for HEA. I don't think it's something that she can easily close a chapter in her life. I feel like that money is gonna come back and bite him.
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murdered in the game.

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Murder is the wrong word. Dr. Cha came out to duel with him in the game, and they both were fighting to win. But no one could have expected the results to carry over to the real world. JW had every intent to win the game duel by inflicting mortal wounds on his enemy's character, but that's not murder, because the character can get up and play again, just like JW did 45 times in the town square.

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But I think that’s the point it tried to come across right? Both didn’t expect the end result, but at the end of the day, somebody still died as a result. I don’t know the language of law, but police are def gonna take into account the fact that Jin Woo was the last person he was with and if they have enough evidence, it could be a second degree murder. If they did the autopsy, they might find Jin Woo’s fingerprints on him as a result of assault. They did stop cuz it lowered their level, but the fact remains he had his hands on him. (This is me and my imagination going wild again) I think it’s a good thing that the game has a restriction of use of physical assault, as people can get really passionate about this, as what we’ve seen with their duel.

Whether Hyung Seok resurrected from dead or not is another issue. But at this point in time he’s dead in the real world, and it was a result of their virtual reality battle.

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I don't want to crossover to the Ep 4 territory. So at this point, Cha died after the game. He could have been killed by someone after Jin Woo left the park or could have had a heart attack. I cannot logically conclude that he died as a result of the virtual reality battle.
There is no commonsense realworld logic by which Jin Woo killed Cha.
But he is the last person to see Cha and he had a verbal and physical confrontation with Cha. If there were CCTV's in the park, he is so screwed. Will discuss more in next episode ; )

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@mayhemf yes exactly! He’s really screwed if there was really a cctv in that park and they could see that there was some assault happening. Police might not understand the world of AR just yet (they’ll catch up on this eventually as I’m sure this won’t be the first and last case), but they’ll deduce whatever is reasonable which could lead to a charge against him. It’s tough too that he died in a foreign country.

Anyways yeah that’s all that leaving me bothered. That he ended up killing somebody in real life because things got heated up in the game. And I think that’s what leaving him dumbfounded too. Just how much of what happened was real or not real.

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I agree that it could be someone after JW left the park. Anything else involving direct or indirect involvement of JW in the death...somehow does not sit well with me.

I feel that there is another player in the game too who is after the game...my guess is Se-Joo’s friend. He would know the value of the game too.
He found this too good an opportunity to finish one contender from the game.

HS has to be dead else why would they pronounce him to be in the real world.

But, then this is a fantasy by SJJ ...there could be other variables that we are not aware of

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Absolutely mindblowing. My favourite parts were when Emma appeared, and Jin Woo's face filled with awe, and he looked enchanted by her, and the end scene....omg, he killed Hyung seok. I find the chemistry between the leads sooooo romantic and swoonworthy. She's fallen for him. And Hyun Bin continues to charm me. When he smiles, I smile right back.

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I loved their chemistry! I really hope they do another proper romcom someday. Just watched their BTS and they look so adorable with the bickerings lol.

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They're such an attractive couple. I get giddy watching Hyun Bin smile that slow smile of his, and those dimples. He just switches on the charm so effortlessly, and she's a goner. Like me. 😍😍😍😍

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😍😍😍😍
'He just switches on the charm so effortlessly, and she's a goner.'
So true! This is my first time watching hyun bin in a drama. So anything he does is new to me, and I don't know, I really like his acting style. It's not on your face, he gives low key expressions and I loved that scene when he said, this girl is asking for trouble[ that's from episode 4].

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I can relate to you about the last sentence.

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What a drama! What a drama! DAYUM!! Millions of hearts for this drama.

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What makes me super excited this eps (besides the game consequences bleeding into the real world, which everyone already raving about), is the possibility of Park Shin-hye playing 2 different (and hopefully equally important) characters.

Tbh, I'm still not completely sold on the romance front. Yes, the leads have a cute chemistry, but the huge power imbalance between those two prevented me from being fully onboard. Especially after he was being such a sly wolf and coerced her to sign a contract without telling her the full story about Se-joo and his AR game. But with Emma as the newest addition to the story, I wonder if it'll make the romance plot a bit more fun and complicated. Jin-woo seemed ready to be enamored by her presence alone, and it's intriguing to see him behaving a bit differently around Hee-joo after his meeting with the mysterious guitarist. Will we see him falling for a non-existent person down the series? And will there be a deeper connection between Emma and Hee-joo besides them sharing a face?

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waaaaaahhhh.. it's getting more interesting! I got the "W" feeling all over...

On Hyung-seok's death, did he die because he couldn't log-out from the game?

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No, Jin Woo killed him and since the game is bleeding into the real world, the consequence became real (in ep 4 this becomes clear, when they discuss the cause of his death, it is chilling). It also looks like the game has turned his character into a soulless game character (which becomes clear in ep 4). So in the real world he is dead, as far as we know.

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I know.. But did Jin-woo also has a small bleeding in a couple of game before? But once he logged-out, the bleeding disappeared....

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I'm thinking/guessing that since Jin Woo's bleeding was small, it had no visible effect on him in the real world (because in the real world it would've been equivalent to a bit of blood loss).

However with Hyun Seok, his wounds were severe (because Jin Woo slashed him over and over), and so he bled out to death in the game... which translated into the real world even though the stab/slash wounds didn't appear in the real world. So the cause of death that was determined in the hospital, *slight spoilers* was that he had somehow bled to death, even though he had no visible wounds.

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Perhaps that's because he fought with NPCs then. Every wound he had might just dusappear when he logged out and logged into the game again. It's evident that that's not the case when he fights with some other 'players' who logs into the game. It's clear in Ep.4 even when we still have no other clues about how the game really works..

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nope, dr. cha also struck him multiple times during their duel but after he logged out they all vanished. my thinking is that although the wounds don't show, the bleeding actually crosses over to real life.

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My thinking is that he didnt have any physical effect crossing into real life because he won the battle, as he also gained the HP and experience and other points from Dr.Cha once he waz defeated. The answers and rationale are sure to be revealed in the next episodes though.

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Actually, Hyun-seok's death got me thinking about Jin-woo's health after playing that game. Like what you said, the slash and bleeding disappeared once he logged out of the game, and he seemed none the worse after each of his death (which were dealt by NPCs). But I wonder if the slashes he got from Hyun-seok, who is a player from real world, actually resulted in some blood loss. What if each blows dealt by a player, no matter whether it's mortal wound or not, is actually transferable to the real world (and Jin-woo just didn't feel it because there's no external wounds to show the damage actually done to his body)? That would be scary...

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To be honest, the bleeding thing was annoying me less than him acting as though he was physically hit by things like the arrows. He's wearing a contact not a full-body suit so I don't know what he thinks is happening when he's hit and falls over?

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That was bothering me too!
My theory is that the headpiece he wears, which seemed to have a small needle like attachment to it, is a sort of sensor emulator. Otherwise, how would he be able to even hold the sword to begin with?

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We see him being thrown to the ground and propelled forward by being hit with arrows. I mean, we know the game is bleeding through somehow - or maybe it's intersecting with the past or with a parallel universe - but he doesn't. I don't know why he's not freaked out by things like that.

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If you're looking for a rationale for why HS died and JW didn't, I think you're going to continue to be frustrated. Just as in W, where the rules of the universe supported the story at the moment and didn't apply in other situations. Why would HS die and JW walk away without any wounds? Because the writer needed it to turn out that way, not because the universe works that way.

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LoL.. because the writer is the "god" here...

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I'm on board too but I might not read others' comments because they're either going to be comparing it to W in a bad way or comparing to the screenwriters other dramas in either a bad or good way and I'm inexperienced with the screenwriters other dramas. So far I'm loving this drama and I don't want outside influences.
I will say right now Hyun Bin's character is more of an anti-hero and we should be wary of him at this point. I smell a redemption arc coming after he reaches the bottom. I love this kind of show! And I do like her character, I think she's very realistic and has genuine reactions to the things happening to her and her family.
I don't know if this is fantasy, alternate universe, magic or supernatural, or a really bad manipulative dad pulling the strings and setting things up. Looking forward to many twists, turns and hopefully answers. And a love story in the end. Right now they're not attracted to each other romantically so I'm curious as to how they will play this out (the directors and the actors, I mean).

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I don't know if it's going to be that romanticccc love line between the leads but I kinda have a feeling that HJ will be the one who will help YJ redeem himself. I'm not very sure how this will turn out but there should be a genuine, almost kindred relationship between them at the end.

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I had read somewhere it's a love story too, but genuine, almost kindred relationship between them sounds really nice.

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Hehehe I dont know thats just my guess. Im ok with either one of them, or both of them though. But pls dont let it turn out to be enemies too.

There's actually one thing I'm particularly curious about, HJ's brother told JW that Dr.Cha is a bad person. Up to tbis point we still haven't seen that kind of thing. I think there's a lot more that the show will play with us.. Hmm

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I thought that was typical kdrama stuff, the "bad guy" has his own pov too, and isn't necessarily evil (but has a sad story). But you do wonder why the brother said he was bad.
Another kdrama trope of this type is the "evil" dad who's behind everything. I wonder if Dr Cha's dad will fit into that trope.

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After the latest ep, I wouldn't mind them romancing.

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I don't think you're supposed to feel it - yet. But why his voice over talking about her as if she isn't around anymore? That's a bit worrisome.

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This was a great episode and the setup for the game is going in such an interesting direction. After all those theories about the AR world I figured that the slumped body on the bench meant something horrible but wow it actually went there.

I’m glad to see more Hee Joo and that whole contract scene was hilarious but the poor girl has no idea what sort of craziness she’s going to get involved in. I was surprised by her rapid Spanish which is impressive since I haven’t heard anyone speak as long as she has but wondering how good her pronunciation was.

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Yes, she really sounds impressive with her Spanish, I am wondering how accurate she is too. Anyone Spanish speakers can comment on this ?

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She impressed most Spanish speakers based on twitter reaction

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I don't speak Spanish (I understand it a bit), I speak Italian, which has some similarities...to me she was good!! It's ok for her character to have some kind of an accent, given her backstory, she is not supposed to be a native speaker, but I think she acted the part well, it was convincing to me!! ^^

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I'm not a Spanish native but I can speak Spanish and I must say her Spanish is quite good. I could not understand all of it, because it was too rapid (good job!), but the pronunciation is very good. She is credible as a person who lived in Spain for 12 years. In other dramas there are characters who supposedly lived and studied in the US and then utter with great difficulty 2 sentences in a very cringey English. Or a very cringey French in Madame Antoine or even Oh Hae Young again (it made me laugh when the drunk lady spoke an unintelligible French and then she found someone who understood her and could even talk to her, in the same unintelligible French). And they completely butchered Romanian in the first episode of Blood. (The same happens in American movies when they supposedly speak a foreign language very well). So this is why I found Park Shin Hye even more impressive in Spanish. It also makes this aspect of the drama more credible. A million kudoz to her!

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Lots of Spanish people on twitter applauded her Spanish with just a little accent when pronouncing the ‘ r’...which they say is difficult to do.
So, yes...it’s very impressive to see an actor take that much pain in making their character come across authentic and real.
Kudos to PSH for this

I agree it was a great episode...somehow balancing the virtual by down to earth reality of Hee Joo’s life in Spain

The whole contract scene was well executed by HB, PSH & MJW...in keeping with their characters....hilarious end result and at the same time moving the story forward.

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absolutely thrilling episode. my eyes were literally glued to the screen.
i must say, the actors are doing fantastic. the flashback on hee-joo's life was really touching.
as questionable as jin-woo is, i can't help but root for him. i can't imagine how i'd feel knowing i might have murdered someone without even intending too.
was surprised to see that the ratings dropped for this episode because it was breathtaking, but glad it got back on track and reached its highest yet on ep 4. that episode surpassed this one, amazingly.
the W writer has definitely upped her game, and i'm so excited to see where this fantasy world will take us. the realms she creates are boundless, and that's what i really love.
directing felt so impactful and smooth so it was not much of a surprise when i discovered he helmed FOS too.

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I knew it he's dead when I saw he limp on bench but hoooowww????
I like seeing Jin Woo as a clever businessman even though I don't like how he win the contract, it's too sneaky. I think the this is the first time the hero of this writer who is not really a princes charming hero with no flaws, I'm still like it though ..

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'shady business tactics' is prevailent all over the commercial /business world. Its all about survivor. The current well known brands out there could have indulged in it when they just started out to gain a foothold. They must be still at it even after getting some measure of success. Hence karma is the last thing on the mind of pple like jjin woon who is investing into a something new. My take is that pple with pure innocent souls could not be in the business world. We should continue to see him being manipulative down the road.

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I mean he paid her a fair price. He just knew he was in a race and that she wouldn't sell if she knew what she was selling was her brother's work. Not without talking to her brother first. It was manipulative to trick her into selling something when she didn't know what she was selling. But given time she would have and for that price. It's just that he needed it done quickly.

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I had three issues with Alhambra:
1) The narration
2) Park Shin-hye's lack of screentime.
3) It wasn't as exciting as the last few minutes of episode two.

I'm happy to say these aren't issues any more! 🎉🎉🎉
1) The narration is mostly being used for an interesting purpose now - him telling us about her life is interesting because it highlights how close they became in the gap between the past and the present whilst potentially foreboding that she's gone now.
2) I still can't say that I expect much of Park's character (the only issues I've ever had with Song Jae-jung's work is that her heroes have always been amazing, and I've never been satisfied with her heroines) but the fact that she was actually involved in this episode is no bad thing. I'm fascinated with Emma, too!
3) I saw that ending coming, but I loved it anyway! Only this writer would be bold enough to go there! 😂

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I do have an issue with the time jumps. It happens so often, and sometimes it really doesn't make sense. Eg. In episode 3, why did they show the Emma scene, went way back in time, then continue with the Emma scene much later ? In episode 4, the scene where YooJin retrieve the brother's bag is shown in flashback, when it makes more sense to show this small scene in present time. Well, so far the logic is holding up, but when the reality and AR starts to merge, hope it doesn't starts confusing viewers.

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The whole thing with Emma probably just shows the writer wanting to clarify why Se-ju would have put his sister in his game as a classical guitar player?

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THANK YOU FOR THE VERY FAST RECAP, @dramallama

I enjoyed this episode! And the one after it! I'm itching for the moment Heejoo finally realizes that Sejoo isn't returning anytime soon. How long can a rebel, weird teenager be gone until his family finally realizes that he's gone for real? He's got all the answers you know...

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"Hyung-seok calls back Jin-woo, who says that he’s ready to fight, now that he’s on the same level."

Had Hyung-seok also been playing all this while, he would have upped his level and still wouldn't be a match for Jin-woo. Haha!

About the lens, did he have to put on both eyes or just one?

K-dramas really have clean toilets. I'm amazed that the characters have no problems just sitting on the seat or floor even... I'd be wiping the seat first... Clean with passion! Haha!

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Oh gawd yes. When she sat down on the toilet without even putting the lid I completely grossed out

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That was so dumb, who does that even if they're addled by a 10 billion won deal and a ticking clock? That whole scene was really lacking on the logic side of the ledger 😒 Unless we're supposed to find her a complete ditz.

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Well, the script calls for her phone to be dropped into the bowl, so...

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You must be new to korean toiler humors

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I am scared to watch the 4th episode. I hope all is well is Jin-woo's world! I know it isn't but one can hope right!!

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I like how we have to be focused to watch this drama. The story is really appealing.

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The moment he stuck his sword in Cha’s chest I screaming Nooo !
I knew this was for real. The twist was predictable in that sense but impact was chilling

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I dont understand this drama at all. Maybe it's because I'm only reading the recaps

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You should watch it...
Because it's a bit complicated

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I am so on board with this drama! I haven't been this excited about a show for it's plot for long!

I have a love- hate relationship with this writer because I love her shows but usually end up being a lil underwhelmed by the ending. Still, the parts she does well are done so brilliantly that all her shows have made way to an 8/10 ratings in my books. I was also going to definitely check MoA for Shin-Hye cuz I missed her so much in dramas.

What I didn't expect was to be completely bowled over by Hyun Bin. I was never a fan but he is just so so charming here! Like the character is shady af but HB himself is doing great!

Thanks so much for the speedy recap @dramallama! I really hope I can get back to commenting on recaps with MoA!

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Your comment about Hyun Bin: I agree 100%!!!
He confuses me, actually!! He does questionable things, but why am I still rooting for him?? XD

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i really like this drama soooooo far :))))) very exciiitingggg cant wait for next week.

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Was anyone else struck by the things HS said to JW? That he wants to blame other people for what happened, but really he is the problem, and if he doesn't change, his third and fourth marriages will be as bad as the first two. I think those words were honest and accurate and will come back to haunt him.

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No kidding, he didn't come across as a stock villain in those moments.

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Yes, I think those were true words. Also, how he was concerned for the wife’s well being, like she was being at least emotionally abused in that marriage. But then it bothered me that prior to this scene when Cha confronted the wife about meeting Jin-woon and when he got up and walked towards her she flinched and pulled back. So, has he suffered abuse from him as well? Or does he have a temper to match? Anyway, I’m wondering what happened there for her to divorce him for his best friend and partner. I’m sure there’s more exposition coming about that.

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I really liked that interaction between those two. He is right. His wife left him and he hasn’t thought as to why? Instead he keeps saying his friend stole her. Like she is an object!!

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I agree - I think his friend was probably right. He does seem to have an inflated ego and no self awareness or worse rather prefer to blame others than to reflect upon himself. What was unexpected for me was that he really did enjoy “killing” his friend virtually and when he died physically, i think he was more overwhelmed abt the possibility of what’s happening at the game than to feel sorry abt his ex-friends death

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Not sure about that. I don't want to spoil ep. 4, but there was a moment that suggested he really did still care despite everything.

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I think Hyun Bin is pulling off this role effortlessly. As a sly businessman full of himself but not exactly evil he sashays through this role effortlessly.
When Cha sat on that park bench we knew something was off but still it hits you when it happens.
The discussion (between the swords clashing) between Cha and Woo was interesting. We got some details on their background. Woo doesn’t realize his wife left him because she wanted to. Blaming his friend for stealing his wife shows how little he has introspected his own behavior.

And we still have no clues on the missing brother.

I may be the minority here, am absolutely not buying the romance angle. I don’t see any reason this story needs a romance. I hope it stays in the background, if they go that route (well this is Kdrama). Am ok if he falls for Emma and the romance is crossing over the AR territory - that may be interesting.

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Yes, I think they are showing him to be so full of flaws so he can get his redemption later but I don't even care, I love realistic complex people. I was sorry his frenemy died, he seemed interesting too.
I don't think you're in the minority about the romance, but if you are I'm there too. :) And yes, what if one of the quests is to conquer Emma's heart ehehhe?

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Any guesses as to what was that JW got right? By the end of ep 2 when he says he only got half what he said right, what was he talking about? We know the game didn't become a real game like he imagined so maybe it was about her?
It was nice knowing more about her family and how they got there. I feel the brother should have had a bigger role if he was to be such a genius later on.
Also, she has been living in Spain for a long time, why does she want wons instead of euros? :)

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And she use SK bank account. She left SK when she's 15 and never back home, yet she still actively use SK bank service?
When did she open the account? Is it possible to open an account without going to the bank, handing out copy of your passport/driving license/tax number?
Is there SK bank operating in Granada?

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She left SK when she was around 5-6 yrs old, they live in Spain for some 12 yrs now, and she admitted she don't follow current events in SK, but evidently SK banks are superior to those in Europe ;)

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yeah lot of weird things about the contract. Firstly, it was a nasty strategy. Then its all in wons. Then, there was no witness to contract signing. And she actually signs it in the hospital after a head injury ( which can be debated later and make the contract void).

"Any guesses as to what was that JW got right"
End of EP 2 is probably coming back in Ep 8 or its the climax.
The tunnel to granada is part of the game. May be he got that right. But he did not meet or find SeJoo - may be thats what he got wrong. No idea! And it appears his leg is hurt in real life and not in AR. There is this whole concept of 'death' in AR which might be the puzzle he has to solve to come back to real life alive.

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I knew something was wrong as soon as he didn't get up after dying in the game. I literally yelled, why isn't he getting up? I also found it odd that Jin -Woo didn't find it odd that he didn't get up.

Also I think people die and or feel pain in the real world while in the fame because of transference. It's similar to when people are scared to death which is a thing. You are so into the game that you consciously and subconsciously "forget" that something isn't real so you feel something even when it's not there. (Real World example: A woman was scared to death when she thought she had been bit by a poisonous snake, when they checked in her autopsy there was no snake bite). That seems to be what is happening with Hyung Seok's death and Jin Woo feeling the hits and being injured.

I was literally cheering when Hee-Joo didn't sign. As a lawyer I kept saying don't sign the contract, don't sign the contract, and then she signed. That made me sad, it was super duper shady. Jin Woo is not a good person, in fact he is pretty much trash, charming, dimply trash, but trash. His wife clearly left him for a reason and what Hyung Seok said was full truth. As for why his wife flinched when he neared her, I am not really sure.

Anyway this drama is getting curioser and curioser and I love it!!!

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Am I the only one who worries about Se Ju (Chanyeol)? I don't want him to be dead... And there is probably another developer apart from him who is meddling with the game causing all these problems... Because he definitely didn't want the fight to get to real life as he has set up the game to reducing the level and points when they attempted it...

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Interesting theory! That would make sense, especially if the other developer is the one who came after him on the train. I'm also wondering what caused SJ to say that he would never sell the game to HS because HS was evil. If he would not have approached HS, who did? And what did HS do to make SJ think he was evil? Maybe it's related to your theory.

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When Hyun Bin smiles I can’t help it too ... I just have to smile back like an idiot
LOL
I think everyone should step back and appreciate how well maintain he looks - it must be hard work - considering how fast k drama male leads burn out and get replace with the next young thing.
he’s just so on form visually here!

When he told her : she’s lookign for trouble when she thanks him for being worried for her. I had to pause and take a breath - that was like tuning the charms up 100 notches in a millisecond and effortlessly. It’s shallow but more of these moments plus the tight story - I think we have a winner here.

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When he said she is looking for trouble he just upped his sexiness a million-fold.
Not shallow at all.

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How sexy was it that he knows he’s trouble! and it was how casually and low toned he said that I literally swooned - I think this scene deserves a post of its own... hahahaha

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I agree I agree. I never wanted to fall for Hyun Bin's charm (I never even thought he was attractive) or fangirl him but then this drama happened. There are a lot of video cuts of that moment going around in twitter and all. I am watching it again and again. The low tone in which he said it, the way he tilted his head, his noonpich, and the way he bit his lips...........I am floored.
Always thought I was a sensible person but these days I am really vulnerable to handsome guys.

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I think it's ok to be vulnerable to handsome guys. Totally fine. Yes.

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This is me. I never get his attraction in the past. But as Yoo Jin-woo...
I love that he's
-Twice divorcee
-A ruthless tech billionaire
-Married to an idol (how cliche yet realistic)

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Good to know that I'm not the only one who feels it. I cannot really put my finger on what was really happening.. Was it his dialogue.. or was it something in it .. or the way he spoke those words.. I just felt like that moment.. that very moment.. he was incredibly charming. Yet I think he's super dangerous without him having to say that.

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I went on twitter and saw others also cut that scene and exclaim his majesty sexiness hahahahaha ok at least I know I’m not the only one and I’m pretty normal. He kinda like bit his lip? Oh gosh hahahaha I rewatched those clips like 10 times.
This was the exact moment I feel the romance may be ok for this drama because i think Hyun Bin can romance anyone he wants. It would only take a millisecond

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How weird or wonderful or weirdly wonderful that we are having this long conversation about that particular scene!
Having some company assures me that I am normal.
This drama has a tragic wind in it but I hope at least once in a while we will get to see such scenes. Let Yoo jin woo maintain his sexy charm until the end.
If he is this charming when he is having a normal conversation how will he look when he flirts with her or during their kiss scene. Noooo, I won't go there because expectation leads to disappointment.

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Just that would have sold me on proper romance !
But, HB-PSH visuals and off and on chemistry made me definitely want it anyways...

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Yes I think Hyung-seok was created as a character in the game to torment Jung Se-joo, but just because he died in real life, and Yoo Jin-woo was somewhere being held by someone to create chaos in Yoo Jin-woo's life. But I like Hyu Bin very much, he's more handsome now :)

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“And she opened the door to a wolf.” Yes. Please. By all means. The wolf can be predatory, but you can also hunt him down. It was really funny: “Emma can answer your questions when you reach Level 5.” Seeing how painfull and slow it was for him to reach Level 2, and then being kicked back to the Level 3, I suspect “Emma” won’t talk to him until final episode.

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He has went back to Level 4 after killing (undead) Hyung-seok for a second time! So just one more level lol.

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If I remember correctly, it said above 5. That mean 6 and up. So 2 more?

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Oh, damn...
And he's in the hospital for at least one more episode lol.

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No.. in most games if they said level 5 and above, it usually means level 5 is the minimum level. This isn't a Maths question haha.

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they did it again in this episode....why is no one on the production team watching the clocks in this drama? i know this is a scifi show, and I have no problem with any of the AR stuff, because i know jack about it, so I can let my imagination work (it's like saying, "ok, we believe in aliens, but have different ideas of what they look like"...there is no right/wring answer in this scenario). But when you are dealing with the human world and laws of physics, please get those details right. Back in episode 2, Jin-woo calls his secretary and asks to give his business card to Hee-Joo around 8:47 am (I am guessing, since he took the call from A about the patent being under the hostel business name according to his phone time at 8:46 am). Assuming that we are watching the dialogue delivery time to be concurrent with real-time, the secretary probably took at least 5 minutes to explain who his CEO was (which was an awesome scene BTW!). so, that put them at 8:52. let's also assume this new outdoor cafe when Jinwoo meets Hee-joo and her friend is only around the corner from the hostel, let's say it took them about 1 minute for all of them to get there (8:53 am). And again, assuming the dialogue delivery time=real time passed, there is no way Jin-woo finished saying all his explanation about the contract to start the countdown clock at 8:55 am! Again, the writers could have easily started the countdown at 9:25 am or 9:55 am. Why are they making these time -skip issues for no real reason????

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Thank you for the recaps! This show is captivating I am hooked! The story is complex and really leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. Unlike so many other dramas this year.... I have my fingers crossed hoping there is no truck of doom or amnesia in upcoming episodes.

I think it's already been shown at the end of ep 2 that Jin Woo will be on the receiving end of some of that bad karma he put out there so I take all his shadiness with a grain of salt. It could also be that Hyun Bin is just too swoony for words (sigh! the dimple) even in his most a-hole moments he doesnt make me hate him. This is my first HB drama so I'm also in the honeymoon stage and am watching Secret Garden while I wait for new episodes of MOA.

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I honestly have no idea where this is going and I am delighted to be on this wondrous, ridiculous, confusing journey.

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The only thing I love in this episode is PSH as Emma. However, I saw the pictures of her and she looks beautiful as Emma in the future episodes. However, that is about it for her character in the game. The AR/VR game is more like a guy game so far. Unless, we have some badass women warriors in the game. I did watch episode 4. I will post my thoughts of that one then this one because it seems that I like even episodes then odd episodes of this drama. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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nice going mystery was there

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I'm having a difficult time getting into this. (And I loved Nine and Inhyun's man.) However, there have been a couple of other dramas that I watched and then stopped watching and later started back and really enjoyed them. I'm hoping this will be like that. (But I am stuck on the first half of episode one.)

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The premise overall is fascinating (and I'm loving the direction we're heading), but I could care less for any of our characters. That's a big problem for me, as the characters in a story are the most important to me. Plus, the impact of anything that happens to them or whatever actions they take are just very much reduced.

I imagine I'll grow to care for them by the show's closing, but this lack of interest in them is taking away from the experience.

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I never dreamed that I would be interested in any way in a gameing-themed K-drama. Boy, was I wrong! This drama is amazing and if I can follow it, anyone can. That’s to say it’s so well done. But, when will we see Chanyeol again?

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Glad to see that the "you are in trouble" scene has gained significant attention.

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