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Memories of the Alhambra: Episode 4

The more our gaming investor gets immersed into the “augmented reality” game, the more he begins to notice that all in the game is not as it seems. The program was created to merge game and reality, and at first, Jin-woo is excited by the possibilities. But what happens if the lines between game and reality become so blurred that it’s difficult to discern which is which?

  
EPISODE 4 RECAP

In her hotel room in Granada, Hyung-seok’s wife (also Jin-woo’s ex-wife) Soo-jin wakes and finds herself still alone in bed. She grows worried when she sees that Hyung-seok hasn’t checked his messages, and he’s not answering her calls, either. His secretary tells Soo-jin that he’ll look for Hyung-seok.

She can’t stop thinking about Hyung-seok asking her about running into Jin-woo, which also reminds her of an argument she once witnessed between Hyung-seok and his father. Hyung-seok had yelled that he’d never come back, adding, “Who would think you’re actually my father? Only when Jin-woo dies…”

In another memory, Soo-jin and Jin-woo stand in the rain, Soo-jin crying as Jin-woo asks her in a voice devoid of emotion, “Shouldn’t I be the one crying?” Yet another scene shows Hyung-seok smashing a glass of wine against the wall, scaring Soo-jin, then telling her that she’s the only person in the world who understands him.

Last night, Hyung-seok had called Soo-jin after leaving their room to tell her he was meeting someone, but he wouldn’t say who. She guesses that he went to see Jin-woo, so she gets his phone number from her sister.

In the early hours of the morning, Hyung-seok is found sitting on the same bench where Jin-woo left him, dead.

Hee-joo’s grandmother has a nightmare that their new windfall was stolen, so she wakes Hee-joo and frantically tells her to check the bank account. Hee-joo groans that Jin-woo is too famous to be a con man, until Grandma yells that all con men seem trustworthy.

Thankfully the money is all still there. Grandma grows tearful, telling Hee-joo that she knows how hard things have been for her, and they hug and sob with happiness.

In a great mood, Hee-joo invites the hostel guests to help themselves to the sirloin and alcohol in the fridge, on the house. She drives Min-joo to school, cheerfully turning away reservation inquiries about the hostel, which she says will be shutting down soon. She even decides to splurge on a new van once Se-joo returns from his trip.

She heads to work at the guitar shop, stopping to buy a huge armful of flowers on the way, just because she can. She thinks about Jin-woo’s advice to start playing guitar again and wonders how he knew she played.

When someone walks into the shop, the last person Hee-joo expects to see is Jin-woo himself, and she drops her phone in surprise. He picks it up to see that she’s been watching videos of him online, ha.

He’s vague about his reasons for being back in Granada so soon, and he tells Hee-joo that he needs her help with something. He leads to to his taxi waiting on the curb, and Hee-joo’s friend Sang-bum, who was on his way to visit her, sees them leave together.

Jin-woo tells Hee-joo that he needs a translator, and she chirps that she’ll even do it for free now that she’s rich. He gives her an odd stare, amazed at how much one day and ten billion won have changed her. She says she was joking as he finally tells her curtly that he’s back because someone died, effectively killing all conversation.

He takes Hee-joo to where Soo-jin is staying, quickly outlining that the deceased, his wife, and her sister were on a trip when Hyung-seok was found dead. He accidentally calls Soo-jin “my wife,” so he explains to Hee-joo that Soo-jin was his wife first. Evidently, Soo-jin fainted and a doctor was called, but there’s a language barrier, which is why Hee-joo is needed.

Soo-kyung bursts into tears as soon as she lays eyes on Jin-woo. He goes to Soo-jin’s room where she’s sleeping in bed, one hand curled protectively over her pregnant belly. Jin-woo volunteers to go to the hospital and find out what he can about Hyung-seok, planning to leave Hee-joo behind to translate.

But Soo-jin wakes and asks Jin-woo what he and Hyung-seok talked about last night (“What did you say to him that he ended up dead?!”). She seems half out of her mind as she cries that she sensed something bad would happen after seeing Jin-woo at the train station.

She accuses Jin-woo of wanting this to happen, screaming at him and demanding to know what he said to Hyung-seok. She wails that Hyung-seok cried every day, wanting to reconcile with Jin-woo, and that they weren’t always happy.

Jin-woo doesn’t react at all as Soo-kyung drags Soo-jin back into the bedroom. Instead, he asks Hee-joo if Sang-bum is her boyfriend. She says he’s just a friend, and Jin-woo tells her not to get married, because he’s done it twice and he can assure her that it sucks.

After he leaves, Hee-joo recalls him telling Sang-bum that his first wife left him for his best friend. She puts the pieces together and figures out that Soo-jin is the wife who left him, and that her deceased husband must have been Jin-woo’s friend.

Secretary Seo is already at the hospital when Jin-woo arrives. He tells Jin-woo that he actually jogged right past the park this morning and had recognized Hyung-seok. He’d been the one to identify Hyung-seok’s body, and he says there was nothing to indicate violence so the police are assuming he had a heart attack or something similar.

Jin-woo is allowed to view the body, and he thinks about the last time he saw Hyung-seok, as he was “killing” him in the game. Afterward, he’s introduced to the Korean consul, who tells him that the police want to talk to him since he was the last person Hyung-seok called.

He’s quick to reassure Jin-woo that they don’t suspect him of anything since there’s no evidence of foul play. Jin-woo tells the consul that he did see Hyung-seok last night just before his flight out of Spain, and he says that he’ll answer any questions they have for him.

He tells Director Park on the phone later that it’s best if he’s honest, and Director Park advises him to be back in Seoul before the articles about Hyung-seok’s death are released. But Jin-woo decides to stay in Granada a bit longer, ignoring Director Park’s concerns about how it will look if he stays.

After they hang up, Yang-joo tells Director Park that after the fight last night, Jin-woo said that he “completely destroyed” Hyung-seok, finding his wording disturbing. He’s worried that Jin-woo used physical violence on Hyung-seok while playing the game, which could get him in trouble for assault or even murder if discovered.

The consul had told Jin-woo that the doctor who examined Hyung-seok’s body found something strange — that despite the lack of external trauma, Hyung-seok’s body seems to have been drained of blood. The consul said that it’s unlikely, but and this might turn into a murder case and they planned to do an autopsy.

As Jin-woo sits at an outdoor cafe mulling everything over, he spots a man playing a guitar nearby. He ignores Secretary Seo advising him to go back to Korea right away, instead asking Secretary Seo the name of the song the guitarist is playing (the same one Emma was playing in the game). Secretary Seo recognizes it as “Memories of the Alhambra,” a song that only experienced guitarists are able to play.

Secretary Seo goes to put some money in the guitarist’s case and listen to him finish the song. When he turns back, Jin-woo is gone.

He ends up at the last place he saw Hyung-seok, where they dueled last night. He puts his smart lenses in, logs on, and looks around, and in the game Hyung-seok’s lifeless body is still sitting on the bench.

There’s so much blood that it’s certainly plausible that Hyung-seok died of blood loss in the game, but that doesn’t explain how he lost enough blood to kill him when there wasn’t a scratch on him in reality. Jin-woo reaches out, but Hyung-seok’s body glitches and flickers when he tries to touch it.

He recalls Soo-jin’s accusation that he wanted Hyung-seok to die, how Hyung-seok had looked haggard when he called him out to duel, and how he’d called Hyung-seok a coward and a traitor.

Suddenly, the game alerts Jin-woo to an enemy nearby. He sees that Hyung-seok’s body is gone, but when he whirls around, a bloody Hyung-seok is standing in front of him. Hyung-seok attacks, but Jin-woo manages to pull out his sword and slash him for a critical hit.

Hyung-seok falls, defeated; then disappears. Jin-woo gains Hyung-seok’s experience points again, which boost him back up to level four.

In Korea, Yang-joo learns that the tabloids are already reporting Hyung-seok’s death. Jin-woo calls to tell him that the game somehow turned Hyung-seok’s image and stats into an NPC (non-player character), and he asks Yang-joo to find out if it’s a game function or if Se-joo is somehow messing with him.

Jin-woo gets a call from an employee at Granada Station asking if he left a bag on the train yesterday. He says that he didn’t take the train, then realizes that she’s talking about the train that Se-joo never disembarked from, so he says he’ll come pick up “his” bag.

That evening, Hee-joo talks to Sang-bum on the phone while making porridge to take to Soo-jin. Sang-bum finds it odd that Jin-woo would get Hee-joo involved in taking care of his ex-wife. He thinks it’s suspicious that someone as rich as Jin-woo would buy a run-down old hostel, thinking that Jin-woo is trying to seduce Hee-joo.

On Hee-joo’s end, Jin-woo hears Sang-bum on speaker phone and says that that’s not his intention, but he does admit to having an ulterior motive. He thanks Hee-joo sincerely for making Soo-jin porridge, then asks to borrow her computer.

He frowns at it and asks if she’s got one with better specs, and when she mentions her brother’s much nicer computer, Jin-woo asks to use that one instead. He casually asks after Se-joo, but Hee-joo says that he’s late coming home from a trip and she’s not sure where he is. She tells Jin-woo that Se-joo will be thrilled to hear who bought the hostel, and warns him that Se-joo’s room isn’t exactly clean.

Grandma goes nuts when she sees Jin-woo, even grabbing him in an impulsive hug against his will. She thanks him for his generosity, hugging him over and over again until Hee-joo manages to peel her away. Min-joo asks Jin-woo point-blank why he’s divorcing the famed actress Go Yu-ra, so he quickly escapes to Se-joo’s room.

It’s a pigsty, but Jin-woo is only interested in the computer and the notes and drawings all over the walls. He borrows Hee-joo’s phone, surprised when she just hands it over without any worry that he’ll snoop through it, then gives her a look that clearly says, “Thanks, you’re dismissed.”

As soon as Hee-joo leaves, Jin-woo locks the door and gets to work. He checks her text messages to see if Se-joo has said anything interesting, taking screenshots and sending them to himself.

He’d picked up Se-joo’s bag earlier, proof that Se-joo intended to go home, but it’s a mystery why he never got off the train and left his bag behind. He’d called Director Park, who speculated that someone was chasing Se-joo, and based on the things Se-joo said on the phone, Jin-woo wondered if it was Hyung-seok who was after him.

Flipping through a notebook, Jin-woo finds a note in Se-joo’s handwriting mentioning someone named Marco. He gets on the computer, and the real research begins.

He’s in there for quite a while, and when he returns Hee-joo’s phone, he warns her not to let anyone borrow it or they might take advantage of her. With a smile, she thanks him for his concern, which throws him off a little.

He stares at her for a long, charged moment, then grins and grumbles that she’s asking for trouble. He tells her, a little sadly, “Don’t trust me too much. I’m not as decent as you think. I’m worried you might hate me someday.”

On his way up to his room, Jin-woo calls “A” to ask him to find out what he can about this Marco from Se-joo’s notes. He tells A that Se-joo is missing, and A asks if Jin-woo thinks Hyung-seok’s death is related to the game.

Jin-woo says that he needs to find out why Se-joo turned down the ten billion won offer from Hyung-seok, because the reason may indicate that Se-joo is in trouble. As he lies in bed, he wonders if Director Park was right, that he should have waited until Se-joo returned to sign a deal.

He takes a call from Professor Cha, Hyung-seok’s father, who says wearily that he’s on his way to Spain now. Jin-woo asks if he’s coming alone, and Professor Cha says yes, that he “doesn’t need that woman” anyway, and that she’s probably happy about the Hyung-seok’s death.

He asks if Jin-woo saw Hyung-seok, and Jin-woo says he did, and that there were no visible wounds on his body, so they’re doing an autopsy. Professor Cha says that Hyung-seok was drinking a lot and wasn’t sleeping before he left for Spain, and that he recently threw a drunken tantrum at his father.

Jin-woo hangs up as it begins to storm, but the rain doesn’t seem quite natural as Jin-woo looks out the window. There’s a knock on his door, and at first Jin-woo can’t see his visitor’s face — until a flash of lightning reveals Hyung-seok, still bloody and holding his sword.

Keeping calm, Jin-woo turns away to get his phone and call Yang-joo. He quickly tells Yang-joo to check his monitor and find out how this new Hyung-seok NPC can show up whenever he wants, but Hyung-seok swings his sword and slashes Jin-woo’s arm, interrupting him.

Jin-woo drops the phone, writhing in real pain, and Hyung-seok swings again, this time connecting with his abdomen. Jin-woo manages to avoid Hyung-seok’s next few attacks, stumbling out to the landing as he finally summons his sword. He counters Hyung-seok’s attacks, but Hyung-seok pushes him until he’s bent backwards over the railing, nothing between him and the floor six stories down.

Hee-joo is down in her office when she gets a call from an unidentified number. She listens to what the caller has to say then goes to the lobby to look up the stairwell, but she doesn’t see anything. She heads up to the sixth floor, getting about halfway up before something heavy falls past her.

Suddenly terrified, Hee-joo slowly looks down, then up to the sixth floor. She calls out to Jin-woo in a scared voice, then looks back down to see Jin-woo’s body lying on the lobby floor.

  
COMMENTS

I know I ask this a lot, what, WHAT the heck is happening?? How did Jin-woo manage to kill Hyung-seok in the game when he himself suffered no ill effects from their duel? How is the game reviving Hyung-seok and sending him after Jin-woo over and over again, even when Jin-woo isn’t logged in? Was it Jin-woo that fell (it looked like Jin-woo in his white shirt, in which case, oh noooo)? And most importantly, why is all this happening?! I suspect that Soo-jin was onto something when she accused Jin-woo of wishing Hyung-seok dead, and although Jin-woo would deny it, I’m guessing that part of him did wish Hyung-seok dead for stealing the woman he loved. So are Jin-woo’s secret desires affecting the game? If they are, how did the game manifest his in-game desires into reality? I’m incredibly confused, but it’s fantastic, and I’m so excited for next weeks’ episodes so that we can learn even more.

I love the theme of magic that runs throughout this show — it’s been mentioned by Jin-woo in every episode so far, but referring to different things. He’s called the game magic, but he also called it “magic” when Hee-joo received the life-changing sum of money for selling the hostel. He’s not talking about magic as in potions and spells, but the kind of “magic” that happens when someone’s life is irrevocably changed. The money is magic to Hee-joo because it will allow her and her family to vastly improve their circumstances, and even go home if they want, after being stuck in Granada for over a decade. The game is magic to Jin-woo because it’s a technological breakthrough that will bring him and his company fame and fortune. And the game (if it functioned safely) would be magic to the world, because the kind of things that can be done with augmented reality, including but also in addition to gaming, could change the world in ways we can only imagine.

I rewatched the first two episodes and I noticed a few things that escaped me on first watch, particularly in the scene where Jin-woo fights on the train a year from now. The most important thing I realized was that when the storm kicked up, Jin-woo was surprised because he wasn’t logged into the game — just as Se-joo didn’t appear to be logged in when he disappeared. Combined with Hyung-seok’s death after dying in-game, I’m forming a theory that somehow, the game is actually pulling people into itself, and that future-Jin-woo is the game’s latest victim, but how and why this might be happening are still unclear. And it still doesn’t explain a lot, like why Se-joo’s body wasn’t found when Hyung-seok’s was. So many questions!

So far, I’m still enthralled with this drama and the incredible story it’s telling. It’s unique and exciting, and I love how, every time we get some answers, something happens that just leads to a lot more questions. The deeper we go, the more excited I get. The writer’s storytelling style is confident and detailed, and I feel assured that she knows exactly where she’s taking us and how she wants to get there. I’m along for the ride, wherever this train is going!

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i think i'm going to have to rewatch each episode numerous times to try to figure out what the heck is going on...

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I'm already doing the same. But I miss a lot the first time anyway with having to read subtitles and all. But we all could probably see more and ask more questions and notice more foreshadowing. Another good discussion coming.

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I was rewatching Eps 1-2 this morning with my mother, and having MAJOR revelations I missed the first time! My mom isn't even into kdramas, but after Ep 2, her first question was "When are you coming back over so we can watch 3 and 4???" I think it's the combo of the exciting plot and Hyun Bin's dimples - even people who aren't into dramas can't help but fall into those dimples! LOL

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I agree abou5 the dimples I noticed that even in the bright sun of Spain he looked amazing.

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My mom too who doesn’t know about video games or watch k dramas got hooked into this drama

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i asked my daughter to watch the first 2 eps, she said if it was Pokemon GO that it'd cause "hella dangerous situations if it had PvP".... (yes, i had to ask her what that meant)...

btw, she likes this drama.
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Person vs person? I’m just guessing.

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Player Vs Player.

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I'm already doing this for this week episodes and tempted to do it for episode 1-2. But, I'm struggling to contain myself from getting too excited. But who am I kidding? I wake up in the morning seeing Yoo Jin-gook and going to bed at night thinking about this drama too. I'm already living in AR now.

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Can I have my own AR game where I can interact with Hyun Bin & his dimples?

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Same!!!
I plan to rewatch all 4 episodes to make a sense of this!!! Otherwise I'll be confused later on!

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Here is what I think is happening. Marco to Sejoo is like Hyungsook to Jinwoo. Marco is Sejoo partner in making the game. I think he is also the one who is contacting Hyungsook to sell the game, so when Hyungsook and his subordinate mention his name when knowing Jinwoo got an info about this game, they called him "traitor". I think Sejoo disagree with Marco because he thinks there's bugs in the game that has been overlooked so the game is not ready to sell yet. He thinks the bug is in the PvP (Player vs Player) mode. So Marco challenge Sejoo to PvP to prove it. Unfortunately, Marco died in the process the same way Hyungsook later died. He became the ghost NPC that running around to chase Sejoo with grudge. Sejoo later met Hyungsook to discuss about the game that Marco already offer to him and he told him about the error and the bugs and everything, he asked for time to fix it first. Hyungsook seem doesn't care and insist buying it right away because he wants to prove something to his father who recently fought with him. That's why Sejoo go to Jinwoo (who he thinks would understands him the best), and called Hyungsook a very evil man in the telephone.
Later Sejoo disappeared because of Marco (I think).
And I think when Hyungsook later fight Jinwoo in PvP mode, he knows already about the consequences of the fight. But Jinwoo provoked him and called him about their past which is anger him and he intended to kill Jinwoo in the game. That's why in the flashback with his father he seem wishing Jinwoo to die. So Jinwoo in the end is not a murderer, he actually saved himself from being killed by Hyungsook.

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Interesting theory. I just thought of Marco as someone who was helping out with negotiations since Se-joo was underage (although Hyungsook was unaware). I like your theory so much more.

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I like your theory too!

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I love this drama a little too much. It's like pulling me out of reality into the screen.
[SPOILERS REMOVED]

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damn - preview spoilers. I should stay away from recaps!

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I apologize. I thought everyone got the same previews that I see and I didn't realize you shouldn't talk about previews. Won't make that mistake again.

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No Worries Linda. I knew it was an innocent mistake. Many of us choose not to see previews and i believe DB commenting policy also says not to disclose anything beyond the current episode recap.

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On the other hand if I see a preview I watch it 20 times to try and parse any info I can get. It's usually misleading...
I don't ever remember reading the DB commenting policy, just like how I never read any policy since everybody in the world has a "policy", ha, ha. So thanks for the input.

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I was confident that I would try my hardest to keep up with this writer's shenanigans but honestly though, what the heck is happening?? Everything got way too confusing way too fast, and I'm not too sure if next episodes will clear anything up. I do appreciate how beautiful this drama is though. Granada seems really gorgeous, and the lighting is always perfect.

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It really begs watching more than once. I love when things get confusing and go way too fast, yet with such lovely details.

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@lollypip, thank you very much for your recap and I am looking forward to your future observations as well as to next episodes of MoA.

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Even just the title "Memories of Alhambra" seems magical.

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Yeah it is magical and does bring a lot of meanings. What is most shocking is that they used this soothing, calming song as an entourage to the AR world! That is soooo freaky.

I feel like I’m back to the hunger games world.

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Before the drama started I listened to the song and had envisioned a drama about love and loss. I was completely taken aback with its actual premise. Then the song started playing while in AR and it now has a sinister connotation for me. I can't help but fight back the desire to bite my fingernails when I hear it come on since I'm afraid of might what happen next!

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Oh, wow, "love and loss" sounds so much like this drama. Though we'd all wish for a "happy ending" love and loss sounds so very rich.

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@linda-palapala I guess I meant that I originally felt like it would be the type of loss and love in a melodrama dealing primarily with a romantic relationship. But, yes, "love and loss" does sound like this drama, especially with the recent turn of events!

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Unrelated, but is your username a reference to Doctor Who?

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Yes, you are good! :-)

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I thought that was a given.

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It has been a while since I watched any Dr.Who but I miss certain Doctor incarnations 😊

And I know it was a given but I still thought it's better to ask first 😊😊

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Another observation about the “magic” that’s been mentioned. I had thought the magic they referred to when Hee Joo got the money was the fact that she was falling “in love” (or at least increasing attraction) towards Jin Woo. I mean, who can blame her (dimples!!!)... but I’m hoping she realizes his schemes soon because I don’t want her to become the naive girl in love when she can be so much more as a character!

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Jin-woo has warned her not to ask for troubles (that could mean to be in love with him), and not to trust him too much... Wondering why Ji-woo stared at Hee-joo for a long time? It could be Ji-woo was touched by what Hee-joo has said; or the thought that Emma character just looked like Hee-joo...

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I don't think anyone of them is entertaining the possibility of a love relationship. Both of them are aware of the power imbalance in between them. For her, he is a generous and handsome chaebol who helped her by buying the hostel. She is just happy to help him and seeing that he warned her to be more cautious she must have thought that this person is her well-wisher. Though Yoo Jin-woo is taking advantage of her he is not an evil person. It is possible that he is little guilty of what he is doing but he has got no choice. It is like attacking an unarmed person, there is no feeling of triumph.
When she said thanks for worrying about her, he must be screaming in his mind "girrrrl get your senses together, I am not worried about you but actually deceiving you" That's why he said that he is worried that she will hate him later.
In his mind at least, he is not doing any 'harm' to her. It was se joo who offered to sell the game to him and even sent him an email stating the same. He knows if he tells this to Hee-ju, she would want to wait for his brother. He even gave her a fair price for the game. So it is possible that he may have a soft corner to her, much like "I wish I was not doing this but I am sorry I have to" thing.
It is possible that he was worried that she will get scammed by others also.

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He may have been touched but my initial thought was that he recognized her growing interest/awareness of him for what it was and was warning her(himself?)off.

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I agree with you Katrina, it seemed obvious to me in that scene that he was aware of her growing interest/awareness of him and the way he knowingly gazed at her (she is terrible at hiding her feelings). He was warning her (and I agree, by extension himself as well) against asking for trouble.

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Did anyone notice that Jin-woo's outfit today was what he was wearing in the future on the train??

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No, another reason to re-watch....

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Maybe I noticed it wrong, but it looked pretty damn similar.

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Is it? I noticed the Navy coat, but he's wearing different shoes in the future. I remember he's wearing converse sneakers in the future. In the present (last week episodes) he's wearing brown suede shoes. I didn't really pay attention about his shirt.

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Hmm, I thought I saw him wearing converse when he was in Se-ju's room. There was so much happening though so I can't be sure.

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I have to check it again. I find a new reason to rewatch it again 😄
Thanks Naela

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I think he wore different coat (even though the color is similar) and shoes in the future timeline. I remember thinking that the clothes he wore then isn't really his usual style.

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Really? I thought his clothes in the train were more dark/sad and casual than usual...

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I felt he looked more haggard in the future train scene, he had sneakers on instead of loafers, which may had had dried blood on them? Also, a hoodie, maybe? He didn’t have the CEO flare that he had in the past scenes, and reminded me of Se-Joo’s appearance when we saw him initially, except a little less paranoid looking.

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Definitely really haggard and paranoid looking.

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oops sorry ally! i thought i’d read all the comments here before posting but it looks like i skipped over yours. (i’m on my phone with a mediocre connection, too)—but yes i def noticed this.

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Wasnt he wearing a green long parka kinda coat in the train. May be the shirt inside was the collarless linen white shirt. Should check

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Okay everyone, I just went back and checked episode 2 and he's wearing a green coat, black shirt, and converse on the train scene. Totally different clothes.

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i’ve been thinking a lot about what he wore on the train at the end of Ep2… did anyone else notice how eeerily similar it was to Seejoo’s outfit on the train? Same color jacket (although not a hoodie), same kind of shoes but in diff color. it’s making me wonder if he somehow “stepped in” as Seejoo to try and retrace his steps somehow. to find him i mean

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I also re-watched several times the last scene on the Ep 2 when Jin-woo was in the train a year later.... So much questions, even what's really happen between Jin-woo, Sujin, and Hyung-seok in the past.. What actually happened between them, and also the relationship between HS and his father - Prof Cha ... I'm waiting for the story to unfold...

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It's like he knew when he heard the thunder and the storm was coming that he'd be pulled into the game.

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Yes... It's obvious when Se-joo heard the thunder, he became cautious.. and when he opened the train compartment door, "someone" was there and looked like to shoot Se-joo. But then again, there was no blood stain in Se-joo's bed.

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There was blood in virtually reality form and the bullet went through the window, but no blood in real world and the window was fine. Hyunk-soek also did not have any wounds in real world but had wounds in virtual reality version which makes me worried for Se-joo. Hope the kid manages to walk away with his life amd health intact; though I highly doutb it.

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In there preview for episode 5-6, Prof Cha said to someone, "Does Jinwoo know about this?" "No, just me and Jung Hee-joo ssi". What is the thing that need to be hide from Jin-woo. Is it something related with how the game works? And how suddenly Hee-joo have a strategic information?
I know K-drama love to receive us with the preview (a scene narate by characters from different scene), but still I'm curious...

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I noticed it too. Is it something related to CHS's autopsy? What can Hee-Ju hear in that hospital that Yoo Jin Woo doesn't know?
I am waiting for the next ep.

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Yeah now Hee Joo’s Life is more tangled in this that she would like. she knows something that most likely she wasn’t supposed to.

I feel that it was that call she received.

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yess!! same here. several things stood out to me when rewatching the end of ep2:
- HB isimping in real life but not in the game—and that almost seems to surprise him.
- all the passengers screaming as he’s shooting up the train. we think he’s in the game but why are so many ppl reacting.
- the guys he’s fighting aren’t like soldiers from the alhambra glory days. its modern day.

maybe he starts the train ride in the game and the thunder actually switches him OUT? into a crazy chaotic real life?!?

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I also rewatched the last scene of ep2. He was limping, favouring his left leg, the side where he fell on in this episode, I think. The camera angle when it showed his gun (in the toilet) was like the one in a game. Then when he left the toilet, he's suddenly alright, no limping as he walks straight and pauses to look down, as the camera pans down to his supposedly bad leg. Hence, he knows he's in the game (well, aside from the sudden onset of a storm). However, the civilians weren't oblivious at all, as compared before. They were all screaming and cowering. I'm thinking he's so advanced in the game and that it's one of those things when you're in that level, whatever that level is (hence, the people are may be part of the game). I guess he's been trying to be alive for a year now. Warding off characters/users who are trying to kill him for real for whatever reason, and yes, as someone mentioned, maybe he's trying to retrace SJ's steps before he disappeared. He looks prepared with that bullet-proof vest and probably so has garnered plenty of points as he has those guns and ammunitions. Gosh, so confusing!

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I there's some evidence of people on the train not reacting. Right at the end of the scene when JW is facing the last gunman there is a scene where you can see someone reading a newspaper. And potentially someone asleep with a neck pillow, although I'll concede they could also be unconscious for other reasons...

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Oh yess! I've been waiting for ep 4 recap. Off to read. Will share my thoughts after this. Thanks @lollypip!

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It took me 4 episodes to realize that Zinu =Jinwoo 🙈
Seeing Hyun Bin after My name is Kim Sam Soon. He was clearly very green there but I am understanding his hype or charms now.

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boy am i SLOW!! i was wondering why the other guy had his name "Dr. Cha" and Hyun Bin's name was "Zinu"....
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gotta read it with the korean pronunciation...

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Haha yes that was the scene that made me realize it. Netflix has been playing with the translations here and there, why not just leave it in Korean.

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That moment when you realise Hyun Bin was in in MNIKSS... Oh my gosh no wonder everyone is talking about him asdfghjkl I am officially the worst hahahaha

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It's been looong to that. If rumors are to be believed then he probably got a PS too. But yes he has groomed a lot for the better. He emotes way better compared to 13 years earlier.

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It took me your comment to realize it! XD
I've been wondering since ep 1, so, thanks a lot!! ^^

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You're welcome :) It bothered me for 3 episodes too.

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I have more questions.

1. Was Jin woo wearing his contact lens when he was about to sleep? It should be no, right? Who wears contacts to sleep? And, if not, how did the ghost appear?...that knocking on the door sent chills down my spine.

2. Jin woo suddenly had the sword in his hand in the last scene...which means that he was logged in, which means that he was wearing contacts to sleep. Scratching my head here.

3. When he hears the thunder and rain, is he logged in, or have the two worlds merged? It's so chilling, to log out, and find that the game still plays on in real life...which I think is what's happening.

I love Hyun Bin here. He continues to charm Hee Joo and me. But he's going to get his just returns....I think that a year on, he's in love with Hee joo and she's disappeared, and he's looking for her.

That last part was confusing. Did he fall ? How's he going to survive such a fall?

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1. I thought I saw them in his eyes and was a bit surprised he still had them on. Wouldn't they be uncomfortable?

2. Yes, this. Maybe we missed something that they'll fill in at the beginning of the next episode?

3. I don't know but I can imagine there's a situation coming where he can't take the lenses out for some reason and is permanently logged into the game. I was thinking about that possibility during this episode and it was a little bit terrifying.

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I'm confused about him being logged on or not.. but I think he was.. cuz why else would he call his programmer with such confidence to check on the appearance of the NPC-like Hyung-seok ? Also yes.. the sword pulling which Jinwoo did.

Cuz if he werent logged in, then wouldnt he be super confused & worried bout dreaming hallucinations, rather than the super lucid way he called the programmer? But then again.. why was Jinwoo stupid enough not to pull his sword out the min he saw him? Why wait till he got attacked? Cuz he didnt expect to actually hurt in the game? & was more interested in finding the bug in the game? all points to him being logged in..

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Excuse you. Logging in and not saying hi. Tsk.

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Aww sweetie! I thought u would surely catch onto me crying buckets on missing chatting with u guys on the beanie count post !

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@irishrah ANI NOOO I HAVEN'T READ THROUGH IT ALL YET BECAUSE I WAS LATE TO IT. I will go there now

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But in the BTS it was shown that he fell down.

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He did fall I think, hence the hospital scene on the preview.

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How is it possible he's alive?????

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He's a mutant. Invisible sword appeared when it's needed. So, similar case happened when he fell. Maybe invisible mattress saved him.

On a serious note, I think six stories old building is not that high (usually it has lower ceiling). It's likely he is safe and alive but with some serious injuries.

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Maybe this is the source of his limp walking one year from now.

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Unless she was one of the masked attackers on the train. The eyes were blue though...does her "Emma" version have blue eyes?

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i wondered this too

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Yes, he was definitely logged in. I am not sure why @lollypip is saying he wasn't logged in. That is why he walked away when he saw Hyung Seok again because he was still in the game. It is also why he was able to pull out the sword. The biggest question is Why didn't he log out of the game? The question to come after is as you said @YY and @leetennant, why was he going to sleep? However, he wasn't actually sleeping, he was just thinking with the lights off.

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About the contact lenses, well, he doesn't even bother to wash his hands before putting it on...gee, users might go blind with infection, and the lenses appear so dry, must be very uncomfortable to put them on. But who cares about those things aeh? It probably has a self-cleaning mechanism of some kind, who knows?

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OMG!! This drama is giving me heart attack. I swear I could feel my heart dropped when Jin-woo's body hit the floor, and I couldn't imagine how terrifying that must be for Hee-joo.

Now, on to the wayward AR game world. That odd storm must be some sort of dimension warp that let players feel the 2 worlds merge together. So now, not only we have a condition where the game consequences bleed into the real world, but also a condition where game characters can step into the real world (or maybe that's only because Hyung-seok is originally someone from the real world?) and hurt the player for real. Judging from the haunting music that suddenly can be heard during the storm, seems like Emma will be one of the key to solve this unexpected problem. Can I hope that she is one of the 'gray' character, because it'll be awesome to watch Park Shin-hye playing something different.

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I also hope for the same! I hope that he trusts Emma because of how he trusts Hee- joo and then Emma turns out to be misleading him! It will make for such a fun watch... Jin-woo deserves to be mislead and lied to 😄

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Ho ho.. Yeah, I want Emma to be the female version of jin-woo. Utterly charming, but also dangerous. Let him taste his own medicine.

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Dimension warps have all been done before though. We might as well just consider this the beginning stages of Silent Hill.

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omg! Hyun bin is absolutely and ridiculously charming in this episode! When he said that 'This woman is looking for trouble', he bit his lips! I knew he was handsome in secret garden but in this drama he is so sexy and think his image matured as well.If he is showing this much charm now imagine what will happen when he goes on full romantic version! THIS BETTER BE A ROMANCE DRAMA OR ELSE......!

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I never liked him much in any of his previous works that I have seen but here he is so charming. He is cute, charming, confident, cunning and hurting, all at the same time. The way emotions flicker through his eyes are sooo smooth. Was he always this charming and young looking?
It feels like I can see layers of acting or whatever it is in him. Like when Yoo-Jin is being all sweet and cheeky to Hee-Ju, I can understand that it is only his facade because that attitude works best in dealing with her. He is probably taking advantage of an unsuspecting girl but still, I trust him with her. More than that he is so calm at this extremely unsettling and unprecedented situation which makes me feel secured also.
Hee-ju also deserves some applaud. In the beginning, I didn’t like her character or PSH’s acting. The way she cried on top of that kitchen counter, the way she dealt with other people all screamed that it is not Hee-ju but PSH acting as a character named Hee-ju. But as I am at the 4th ep her character seems to have completely settled into the story. Her naivete and the trusting nature also seems to have a purpose. I have some respect and regard for the writer so I was wondering about her reasoning to introduce a one-dimensional candy character in this drama.
Usually, I feel irritated when each character act like they are in a different drama. For example, when one character is in a thriller the other character acts like he/she is in a rom-com. This usually feels very disconcerting for me (yes, I am looking at you “Last Empress”) But here I had a Melo feeling every moment.
Though at first, it felt like Yu-Jin was entering into Hee-Ju’s life by coming into Granada and also to her hostel the moment Yu-Jin brought her to his ex’s home it was she who was being part of his complicated life. Memories of Alhambra is Yu-jin’s story and Hee-ju is an NPC here. Maybe because he is the one actively taking decisions here and propelling it forward. It also helps that Yu-jin is the narrator and from what I have seen yet, a reliable one.
That is not to say that Hee-ju is just a prop in this drama and this is in no way a criticism. I liked what I saw and I really hope that the writer can keep the momentum until the end.
BTW, is he slowly falling for Hee-ju? Or is he just curious? I know she was breathtakingly beautiful during that guitar playing scene and I also had the same expression as Yu-jin at that moment. Why is he so occupied with the guitar? Is it because he has an intuition that it is going to be important to the game? Was Emma the reason why he suddenly went to level up and fight with Cha Hyeong-Seok? Unlike Hee-Ju, Emma seems like an enchanting and seductive character and the contrast is really clear compared to the too-nice-to-be-true Hee-Ju.

The preview shows that she is going to get more and more entangled with Yu-jin. I liked the way they set up their dynamics. Her unsuspecting nature will make her the best person for him to trust at this...

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At this point I think he's curious about Emma. I haven't seen he's slowly falling for Hee-joo. He's probably curious about Hee-joo since Emma's character is taken from Hee-joo.

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He is attracted, but falling in love is the last thing on his mind. I predict it is going to be a slow fall, and even when he has fallen, he will suppress his feelings due to previous failed marriages. My favorite kind of romance !

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at this place. For some reason, it feels like Hee-ju is holding on to the key to everything. Maybe she will log into the game or something.

I pity the actor playing Cha Hyeon-Seok. Is he going to keep appearing in the same bloody suit? Can't he get a costume upgrade?
Also, did he really called Soo-Jin as "his wife"? I know it was like that in the subs. But I think what happened was Soo-Kyung called him "hyumbu" When he pressed the doorbell. Hearing this Hee-ju raised the question and he explained that it was like that once and it seems like that girl/friend doesn't change her habits. I hope I am not imagining things.
I had goosebumps when Kim Eui sung (not sure about the name, no face from W) was introduced. And the preview also makes it seem like he is a little shady.

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That's what I heard too! Soo Kyung called him hyungbu through the intercom when he pressed the doorbell.

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Yeah, so it could be a translation mistake. It will be odd if he called he "wife" when her husband is in the morgue.

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I think his talent has been building but I've always thought of him as talented. I've heard positive reviews on some of his movies, I think some of his other drama characters didn't give him as much opportunity to show it.

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I find it odd and I guess interesting too that the sister always had to correct herself on how to address Jin Woo. There is no animosity between them. This implies not everyone hates Jin Woo’s guts.

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Well I think his wife had an affair with his best friend and left him. So unless we find out he was unfaithful or abusive then that makes him pretty blameless in the situation.

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I assumed he was abusive in that he was negligent in their marriage since he totally focused on making money. But who knows. I wouldn't say he's entirely blameless.

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One thing i find weird is a programmer did not put a password on his computer. Even normal people use computer passwords. It was so easy to access SJ's computer. And he left his harddrives out too 😅

Anyways. This drama is so confusing. But i do find it interesting. And its a reason to watch more Hyunbin who is making Jinwoo's somewhat bad personality likeable. Haha

I dont believe he fell until ep 5 shows he really fell. The teaser made it look like his injuries were so minimal. If he fell, i suppose he would be dead and joins Mr Cha in the game. How can he could survive a fall like that, even more if he fell from the 6th floor on cold hard tiles 😣

I need answerssss~

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Well, the computer immediately went into the home screen when HJ or JW turned the computer on. Or HJ knows the password. Regardless for someone who is a programmer developing a game, one would assume his computer would be a brick wall to access. Haha 🤣

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Lol you never watch it carefully he saw the passwords written in the notebook of seejoo..just rewatch it if you miss something.

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Thats even worse. Might as well don't put a password if someone else can easily find it.

Anyways, i did went and rewatch. But nope. There was no password. The computer was already switched on when he found the notebook. The numbers look like a phone number and an address in Austria.

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I saw that too. But I think it was the name of the street "Juan de Austria" in Barcelona, and it was together a phone number/email address too (??) and the name "Marc". I suspect there is someone else that helped Se Joo with the development of the game, so that person can give some clues later if they find him.

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About SJ's password, Jin-woo might have known it from A, who actually hacked SJ's files, mails, etc.

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Insert comment about this writer's female characters.
Move on from the issue.
Wait for next week.

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Don't you dare.
She's like me. Or I'm like her. We'd have the same reactions in the same situation. I've moved on.
Wait.

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So should I move on or not move on? I'm so confused.

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Move on...
Discuss dimples instead.

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I like how he can turn them on at will. Like they're a light switch.

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@leetennant I like how he uses them to manipulate the females.

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They should sell Hyun Bin figurines. Bobbing head Hyun Bin with dimples. Or Ken doll Hyun Bin. Press him and the dimples flash. Pat him and he pouts.

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I am hoping to escape from his charm once this drama is finished. I would like to believe its Yoo Jin-Woo I have fallen for and not Hyun Bin.

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*sigh*

Lucky the romance is always the least-important part of this writers' works.

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@leetennant: Back to the drama...I get the feeling this might be sf and the "glitches" are people coming in and out of an alternate universe/reality. Would this writer do that?

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Short answer is yes. Slightly-longer version below.

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I'm hoping Hee Joo actually knows something about what's going on. Maybe not the full idea, but something. And we' just don't know it yet.

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But, but what I'm gonna complain about??? Honestly I hate female doormat characters with burning passion, complainin about them is mandatory ;)

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Good for you. As for me, guess I was a doormat at one time because I can totally relate to her.

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So do I, it's a little bit of self hate ;)

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To be clear, I never used the word doormat. I don't think she's a doormat at all.

She's a Candy and I'm super tired of Candies. And she did annoy me in this, bouncing around acting as though he'd bought her hostel out of some kind of altruism when it's clear he's the kind of man who would only do it out of self-interest.

My issue is that both of her manifestations - in game and out of game - are passive and beautiful and waiting for the male lead to bring them to action. They are accessories to the male lead's story, not actually a main character. This is my main complaint with all her shows.

But, as I've said, I already knew this would be the case when I started this show. It didn't stop me from loving W. So I'm doing my best not to be annoyed by it.

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@leetennant: As a person who has her own business (me) and barely scraping by, I can so relate to how she has to act. Some clients are nice, some (especially those with tons of money) tend to treat you like a servant and you have to put up with it if you expect enough money to eat and juggle bills.
As far as the female usually having to be an accessory to the male lead's story, well isn't that the way of storytelling 99.9% of the time? My friend the sf author once said for women to have power in storytelling they either have to be an alien or have a position of authority such as a cop. I guess I just don't expect anything more these days. But I also can't stand how most women are portrayed in American film/shows, with such an attitude and having to act more like a man. Drives me nuts. My favorite female in a film lately was Wonder Woman because not only was she strong and able, she didn't have the "FY" attitude. My favorite female character in Chinese drama is the lead female in Nirvana in Fire 2 because she wasn't bouncy but quite serious. Of course she was a doctor. So that's a position of authority.
The female in Alhambra has no power. She's neither an alien (at least not yet revealed) or in a position of authority.

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This is so exciting, Alexa play Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble'.

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It's 1:50 AM and instead of sleeping, I'm staring at my phone to read you all's theories. What an amazing feeling it is to be utterly confused, considering how rare that is. I'm also confused why it took me so long to notice Hyun Bin. I was watching some of the bts videos and I couldn't help but be charmed by him. 😂😅

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Ooh, I haven't watched the BTS yet. It's only 11:00 pm here but still past my bedtime...
I sometimes think the BTS are just as scripted as the drama, for maximum benefit.

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I don't know how you can script BTS.
This isn't variety show and it's why many actors get close after spending months together.
However editing can be dangerous.
Sometimes they hide a lot of things they don't want you too see. Other times they purposely show you certain thing to sell the drama. Not that it's not real.

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It was just some footage of them filming certain scenes. nothing major. I just thought he looked handsome in them. lol

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"like why Se-joo’s body wasn’t found when Hyung-seok’s was"
I think it may be because Se Joo was killed/drawn into the game by an NPC? Whereas Hyun Soek was killed by a Player Character - Jin Woo. Or these could all be "glitches" in the game.

Also - I wonder if Hee Joo knows SOMETHING about whats going on. Can she really be entirely oblivious?

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Yes, she can be entirely oblivious. Most wives don't have a clue their husbands are having an affair, etc.

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In that case, lets say I hope she knows more than we're told. >_<

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Who knows maybe HJ is a programmer too. Maybe she made the game together with SJ. And JW got strung along by both of them in this elaborate plan to get money and also test their game.

Well thats too makjang-ish i think hahahaha 🤣

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You mean she's a geeeeeeeeenius? I thought she was a genius classicial musician and Se Joo was a genius programmer.But MAYBE its all Hee Joo - she just doesn't know it because she's been possessed by the (spirit of the) game!

OOOOH are we entering horror-makjang terriotry here? A genre defining drama, this one.

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I would actually watch a horror makjang. Like if the Perfect Wife was a creepier? That.
Bonus points for being fantasy horror makjang like Arang and the Magistrate but more.
Sounds fun lol.

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Well, *clears throat in anticipation of producing what is probably nonsense*

The show is called Memories of Alhambra and the song her character plays is Memories of Alhambra and music is maths and she is a classical guitarist by trade and music can be seen as a magical cue and people keep using the word 'magic' and...

Even I don't know where this is going. But musical keys are often used as clues in games I think (gamers?) so I wouldn't be surprised if her music becomes a part of controlling the game.

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Hahaha. You took it to another level 🤣. HJ possessed by the game.

For all we know, maybe that could happen 😆

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This show is definitely crazy enough. :D

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“He stares at her for a long, charged moment, then grins and grumbles that she’s asking for trouble. He tells her, a little sadly, “Don’t trust me too much. I’m not as decent as you think. I’m worried you might hate me someday.”

When he says “You’re asking for trouble”, I feel like he’s actually telling HIMSELF that, and not exactly directing the words to Hee Joo. Dammit, I melted right there and then.

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Nahhh. She’s too innocent to understand. She looked more puzzled than ever.

Not me though.

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yup, for her he is this generous cum handsome chaebol in front of her. Her incognizant nature is a plus point here. She is oblivious to everything even to his charms.

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I feel you. That "you're asking for trouble" sounded like he's willing to give her that kind of trouble if she insists. He seemed a bit smitten and the look in his eyes made me swoon.
I hope the story ahead is good because now I'm on board with the romance, haha!

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My take on this is that he was smitten by Hee-joo. After seeing Emma, he sees Hee-joo differently now. He even mentioned that she looks charming when playing the guitar. When he said, "You're asking for trouble", means he is attracted to her, after seeing the sweet, warm smile of Hee-joo (her smile and angle of the camera is similar as how Emma smiled at him when he was mesmerised) and that he knows He IS trouble. He even said it himself, that he is not as decent as she thinks he is. Someone mentioned here that he wants to have her babies right then, LMAO! It's funny but I reckon it's true! I even do think that when he smiled while he was listening to the street performer, he was thinking of Emma or probably Hee-joo, or both.

Also, why bother to ask if his oppa (the friend from the shop) is his boyfriend. Why just not tell her not to marry anybody for that matter, after that scene with his ex-wife. It just means he is (consciously or subconsciously) interested.

Now, Hee-joo is beginning to like him because she looks at him as her saviour and probably feels sorry for his relationship status. Also, he looks like he cares for her, from her end. Not to mention his looks. I mean who would not fall for this guy?

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I have just realized: if Jin woo started the game a year ago facing 15th (?) century threats (soldier, swords and arrows), hasn't been able to log out since and is facing very modern terrorists (and weaponry) in the train a year later, does it mean that he had to face 5 centuries' worth of ennemies within a year? Does it mean that leveling up updates the time of the era of the game?
Shudder.... 🤤

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If he was sucked in the game leveling up is the only way to survive. Maybe the game is AI, it learns and updates itself to modern times?

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Who's updating this game? There must be someone behind the updates. Even pokemon go has continuous updates and the current level cap is level 40 😅

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The game is updating itself since the game is the drama's main character... or so I fear!

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