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My Fellow Citizens: Episodes 1-2

I’m going to enjoy this one. New conman-policewoman comedy, My Fellow Citizens, is armed with a cheeky premise and a funny cast to guarantee an amusing watch, and if you’re a fan of Choi Siwon’s funny faces, then you’re really in for a treat. This introductory episode shares the background on how our soon-to-be politician with conman roots falls in love with our badass policewoman. While it’s a completely bizarre pairing, they somehow make their relationship work… kind of. That uncertainty on how they make it all work is where the fun begins.

  
EPISODE 1 RECAP

We’re introduced to our hero and unconventional National Assemblyman candidate, YANG JUNG-GOOK (Choi Siwon), at the televised candidate debate, where he makes an unsavvy argument against the extension of subway lines. He mocks his opponents for making these politically advantageous claims and argues that nobody will use these extra subway stations because everyone commutes via car anyway.

Taking the opportunity to speak candidly, Jung-gook divulges that the true reason for subway extensions is to increase the value of real estate. Dropping all formalities, Jung-gook accuses his opponents for being greedy and demands that they share their samgyupsal aka their wealth. One opponent erupts in anger, and Jung-gooks smiles in satisfaction.

Some time before, we see Jung-gook in his conning element. Adopting the persona of businessman Cha Myung-soo, Jung-gook meets with Mob Boss-Loanshark Park and feigns humility about his profitable business in Venezuela. Jung-gook shows Boss Park a sample of Venezuelan Bolivar and agrees to their terms of business in trading currency.

Meanwhile, a man frantically drives his car through an alleyway, but he gets sandwiched in by a moving truck in the front and a car accident in the back. In a mad rush, the man resorts to running through oncoming traffic and gets hit by car. The driver runs out and holds onto the man, insisting that he go to the hospital with her. Behind the frantic man and insistent driver, we see Jung-gook walk out with the keys to his new car with his payment in Korean won.

When the frantic man — a minion of Mob Boss Park — finally reaches his boss, he delivers the unfortunate news that the Venezuelan Bolivar just suffered currency devaluation. In short, they’ve just become victims of a currency exchange scam.

Jung-gook drives to a parking lot, where he transfers the money boxes into another car, belonging to the insistent driver who held onto the frantic minion. They meet up with another duo — the two who staged the car accident in the back to hold up the frantic minion in traffic — and celebrate their new wealth.

After a short celebration, Jung-gook wraps up the money to incubate for six months, lest the angry mob boss sniff them out. CHARLES (Yang Dong-geun) offers to hold the money for safekeeping, but Jung-gook knows Charles’s bad habits and declines the offer. The other scammer, SEUNG-YI, reluctantly decides to trust Jung-gook but remains suspicious of their other scammer partner.

Turns out, Jung-gook’s scammer partner, Hee-jin, is his girlfriend, and he takes out a ring to propose to her. He assures her that it’s not a scam and seems genuine in his confession of love, and she reciprocates his confession. Before the two lovebirds head home together, Jung-gook has someone to meet.

Jung-gook stops by a barber shop to drop off a bag of money to Mob Boss’s right-hand man, who’s getting a haircut to shed himself of his sins. Turns out that the Right-hand Minion is a part of the con crew, and he convinces Jung-gook to get just one drink before heading home.

Of course, one drink turns into too many drinks, and Jung-gook wakes up next to strangers in the bar the next morning. Realizing the time, Jung-gook rushes home and tip-toes through the house, preemptively apologizing to his girlfriend. But he finds the house empty and immediately assumes the worst when he can’t find the money bags.

Jung-gook can’t reach Hee-jin on his phone, so he urgently borrows the next door lady’s phone to call his scammer girlfriend. When Hee-jin picks up the phone, Jung-gook immediately yells in fury but immediately apologizes because she’s got the upper hand. At the airport, Hee-jin confirms that she’s fulfilling his worst nightmare. She thanks him for the money and hopes that he finds true love.

Devastated by the loss of money and love, Jung-gook falls to his knees and grieves. He throws the next door lady’s phone off the balcony in anger, which earns him an ajumma beating.

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It was love for you, it was a con for me

 

In denial, Jung-gook drinks away his sorrows and finds himself at the club. He strikes up a conversation with a long-haired dude that he initially mistakes as a woman, and their buddy relationship is cut short by the dude being arrested for stealing drinks. Ha, Jung-gook looks so done.

Then, a high-heel hits the back of his head, and he turns around to find a badass lady kicking some ass. As she knocks out three men, Jung-gook watches with an enamored look, and they make eye contact.

Earlier that day, we find the badass club lady walking up to a honking truck behind her and identifying herself as police officer KIM MI-YOUNG (Lee Yoo-young). At the truck driver’s sexist comments, Mi-young responds that she was too bad at housework, so she resorted to beating up gangsters as a police officer. I love her already.

As she reenters her car, Mi-young answers a call from her boyfriend and says that she’s staking out somewhere for work. Her stakeout partner asks if she’s planning on marrying her boyfriend, and she responds that she’s not dating for fun at this age.

Mi-young and her partner spot their gangster targets and decide to call for back-up. Then, Mi-young spots a familiar car entering the parking lot and excuses herself to deal with this situation with a baseball bat in hand. As she walks through the hallway, she mercilessly beats up a gangster in her way, and the other gangster immediately retreat when they recognize her name.

But Mi-young isn’t chasing down the gangsters just yet. She gets to the end of the hall and breaks into the room to find her half-naked boyfriend with another woman. Mi-young’s cheating boyfriend trembles at the sight of her, and the other woman walks out, annoyed by the dramatics of the impending break-up.

Cheater Boyfriend drops to his knees, begging for forgiveness, but Mi-young isn’t giving him another chance. She notices that he’s wearing the underwear that she bought him and finds this whole situation mortifying and infuriating.

Incredulously, Cheater Boyfriend somehow tries to convince Mi-young to give him a second chance on the mere supposition that she won’t be able to date anyone else as a police officer. He claims that he’s anxious because she chases down murderers, doesn’t come home most nights, and could get killed. He cries that he’s always worried sick about her, but Mi-young isn’t falling for his pity game.

Mi-young tells Cheater Boyfriend that he was wrong to cheat and says that she can’t wish him any happiness. With that, she walks away, with Cheater Boyfriend pathetically following her before he trips over his own feet.

That night, Mi-young glams up to go out to the club and seems to be enjoying herself until she discovers that the man she’s been dancing with all night is married. She immediately throws a punch at this unloyal man and gets in a fight with two of his friends. She throws off her heels, and this is where Jung-gook first lays eyes on Mi-young. She knocks out the unloyal dude and consequently gets kicked out of the club.

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Head over heels

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Outside the club, Jung-gook hands drunk Mi-young her one heel and asks if she wants to get a drink. Over drinks, Mi-young complains about her pathetic cheater boyfriend but seems sad when she remembers that he always observed her parents’ memorial ritual. Mi-young urges Jung-gook to disparage his girlfriend so they can talk trash together, but Jung-gook insists that he had no complains about Hee-jin.

Cut to: Jung-gook yelling complaints about Hee-jin never making sense to him and asking if all women are so cryptic. HA! Mi-young passes out on the table, so Jung-gook lifts her up and rests her head on his shoulder. Drunk but still conscious, Mi-young asks what Jung-gook does for a living. He lies that he runs a family business, and she also lies that she works at a corporate company.

As heartbroken souls, she suggests that they date each other at least until they forget their former lovers and then see if they’re still interested in each other. Mi-young gives him until sunrise to decide, and when morning arrives, Jung-gook agrees to the dating arrangement. That’s when they finally introduce themselves. Love it.

Through beach dates, movie dates, and more, the dating arrangement turns into something real. It appears that they’re happily and adorably together, but they’ve kept their respective jobs under wraps. Mi-young tells her mom (adopted mother maybe?) over the phone that she plans on telling Jung-gook the truth about her job soon, but she’s clearly fearful of the consequences.

That night, Mi-young enters their regular spot — the late night spot where they first had drinks over heartbreak — and the owner lady turns off the lights. When Mi-young sits down, Jung-gook puts a ring box on the table, and the owner lady brings out a cake. Jung-gook gets on one knee and proposes, and Mi-young looks conflicted about not revealing her lie.

Mi-young hesitates and ultimately chickens out about revealing the truth. Instead, she says yes, and the two formerly heartbroken souls promise to make each other happy. They kiss in celebration of their newfound love.

On the wedding day, the families — con crew and all — celebrate the marriage, and on the way to their honeymoon, Mi-young finally drops the truth bomb that she’s a police officer. Jung-gook initially thinks she’s joking, and then comes to a sudden stop when he realizes that he actually just married a police officer in the violent crimes unit.

Jung-gook asks if she also catches conmen, and she brushes that off as the responsibility of another unit. She tries to assure him that she won’t be doing anything dangerous, as she’s just requested transfer to desk duty, which will allow her to have regular hours like any other salarywoman. Jung-gook shakes in shock and asks again, “So do you capture conmen?”

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Do you catch conmen or not?

 

Two years later, our couple quietly eats breakfast and seem strikingly distant as they head off to work. Our couple complain to their respective sounding boards — Mi-young to her mom, Jung-gook to his Con Hyung — about the difficulties in their relationship.

Mom takes Jung-gook’s side, and Mi-young pettily accuses Mom of not having her back because Mom isn’t her real mom. Mi-young recalls one night when she reached for Jung-gook’s face out of affection, but Jung-gook freaked out and begged for forgiveness. LOL.

Venting to Con Hyung, Jung-gook recalls the wise words of his father — that a conman can have a successful career as long as one doesn’t get caught by the police. He’s playing with fire by living with a police officer and seems restless in his anxiety. Con Hyung tells Jung-gook to relax since Mi-young won’t be in the field, so she wouldn’t run into them.

Unbeknownst to Jung-gook, Mi-young just transferred back to field police work because she was dissatisfied with both her job and marriage. Both Mi-young and Jung-gook reject the option of divorce and simply ask their respective venting sounding boards to just hear them out.

When Mi-young arrives at the police station, we see that Mom is actually the newly appointed police head. Before Mom enters the building, she calls out Mi-young to reach out if she ever needs help and playfully sticks out her tongue at Mi-young. We learn that Mi-young is the team leader for the new unit, which is hilariously the fraud intelligence unit.

Mi-young gets briefed on a new fraud case, in which the swindlers use their sources to identify undeveloped land that would be soon released from the green belt policy. Then, the swindlers convince these landowners to sell that land.

We see Jung-gook’s con team targeting the weakest link of the land owners — a lady who desperately needs money to feed her gambling addiction — and staging a conversation with false information for her to overhear. The lady takes the bait and asks how she can sell her land to their fabricated real estate company.

Mi-young catches on quickly and leads the team out to the field to catch the swindlers before they make their final move. Meanwhile, at the fabricated real estate company, Con Hyung leaves Jung-gook briefly to celebrate his regular barber’s birthday. Jung-gook calls con crew member Seung-yi and warns her not to overdo her role, since they can’t afford any mistakes. Both Jung-gook and Min-young seem determined to pull off their respective missions, unknowingly at odds with each other.

When Con Hyung enters the barber shop, he finds himself sitting next to a familiar face: Mob Boss Park’s minion. Con Hyung tries to flee the shop, but it’s too late. He’s surrounded and beat up by the mob, and a lady walks toward Con Hyung. Seeking her revenge for her father, the Lady Boss, who we’ll later know as PARK HOO-JA (Kim Min-jung) demands to know the whereabouts of Con Hyung’s partner scammer: Yang Jung-gook.

  
COMMENTS

I found this premiere surprisingly hilarious, capable of making me chuckle for longer than I’d expected. I was thoroughly amused by the story and enjoyed how the swift pace of the first episode rode on the momentum of the humor. I enjoy the leads and find the characters endearing and likeable, which is a solid feat that should never be underestimated. The show did a good job of introducing us to our leads with just the right amount of relevant background to keep us curious but invested in how their dynamic will unfold. The concept of a conman falling in love with a policewoman is funny, but them getting married and unknowingly living as enemies is absurd and hilarious. I love that the show owns that it’s completely unrealistic, and hence gives itself the freedom to be playful with this ridiculous concept.

I’m personally a fan of Choi Siwon and his funny faces, so I enjoyed seeing the variety of faces in this first installment. The faces can seem over-the-top, but I’m just so amused that such a handsome guy can make such ugly faces. He has such flexible face muscles, and he’s willing to contort his expressions in the name of comedy. I think he prefers more comedic roles over serious ones because he has the aptitude and commitment to make people laugh. He also balances out the funny faces with a sweet charm that melts your heart just a little bit, and I think that really makes him a very appealing actor on screen.

I appreciate Lee Yoo-young’s character in this and loved her comeback line at the misogynist truck driver. She embodies the concept of the strong female heroine with a solid head on her shoulders and the ability to kick your ass, which is the lady I want to be when I grow up. But while she’s this strong female character, she doesn’t necessarily own her career and abilities with pride, which is a relatable struggle — trying to meet and break societal expectations. I’m curious to see how that struggle manifests on screen, and I’m excited to see the comparison with our other (hopefully) strong female character in this show, who will surely learn more about soon.

I enjoy both characters individually, but they also work well together. They’ve got a good chemistry, and I found it adorable that these two heartbroken souls found each other and filled the void of each other’s heartbreak. Of course, they also filled that void with sprinkles of lies that are too late to amend now. I’m looking forward to seeing how they both dig themselves into deeper holes with each additional heaping sprinkle of lies and how they creatively dig themselves out.

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Liked it too.

Show deserves credit for moving things along instead of wasting episodes on dating and marriage gradually souring.

But meanwhile

profitable business in Venezuela

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Quite a red flag for anyone who has been following the news... Just sayin'.

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Loving this show so far. The fact that there's two strong women is a plus. Thanks for the recaps and I find Siwon hilarious as well

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Hello Mr. Cobol, how are you?... Venezuelan here, from Caracas.

We say "río revuelto, ganancia de pescadores" (turbulent river, profit to fishermen). I am not in any turbulent business, but I can tell you that, for example, you could find a cozy little apartment in a pretty neat part of Caracas (like El Cafetal) for merely 10.000,ºº US$ until December 2018. People flee my country everyday, so it is a golden opportunity to get at a discount everything that can't be taken with them. As far as I know that is the price of a relatively new but already depreciated car in the US.

And if you are in, well... more shady businesses like uranium ore, coltán (sorry I don't know that specific ore name in English), gold and drug smuggling or even human trafficking then you have a state that doesn't exists except to save itself, so you have free reign.

Hell, you can get your own gorilla group, control some territory, enslave the people in the area, make them extract natural resources, and sell them with a heavy discount to specific brokers.

If you have an exporting business here, giving your employees 20 US$ a month for professionals with experience means that you save a lot on staff.

And well, the conned man was already a loan shark, so already in shady business.

It is horrible, but it makes more sense that you would think... if you are into high risk investment.

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Thank you for the real-life background on conditions in Venezuela, @fgb4877.

Coltan is the name of the strategic metal ore containing columbite (the old name for niobium) and tantalite. It is made into batteries and capacitors, among other uses.

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Thanks for your post!. It is also used for extremely powerful natural magnets, if I remember correctly. With all the advancements in nanomaterials and the potential rise of nanocapacitors to replace batteries, it is becoming more and more a strategic ore.

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I still remember I had a fight with one of the Beanies, I asked for resources to improve my English, she generously sent me some links, and then... I dissapeared. She was mad at me for doing so (she probably felt used), and even if I apologized profusely, she didn't forgive me.

It is very hard to express how much energy (both physical and mental) is required just to work and get your most basic needs in such an environment, and how oblivious one can get into other things not surviving-related.

For example, I am getting the most of an "alumbrón" (lighten-up) to do several online chores before electricity fails again, and I am also heating water. I hope tonight we will have both rationed water and electricity to wash our clothes. I guess you could never imagine something like this in your countries.

My point is, dear Beanies community, try not to judge so easily other people, especially if they are online or living in another countries. You never know what those people are dealing with. If possible, take your time to judge other people and don't rush into conclusions.

Be kind.

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Thank you, @pakalanapikake and @fgb4877, for the info on coltan. I am always thrilled and floored at the amazing breadth and depth of knowledge Beanies have and share.

@fgb4877, you are right that we who have not experienced something like what you are going through now will never be able to imagine it. And your point about not judging others online so quickly and harshly is really, really important.

We should be kind in big and little ways, and this is one place we can all start.

What you are going through is heartbreaking. Best of luck and thank you so much for sharing info about Venezuela and your particular situation with the rest of us!

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@fgb4877,
You're most welcome. I try to help answer questions about English. I wanted you to know that someone read your post.

You are right. I cannot imagine what everyday life is like for people living in conditions such as exist in Venezuela at this time. It sounds like a cross between the wild west and the Depression.

The nearest I have personally experienced is being without electricity for a week or 10 days after a freak early snow storm (just as freezing weather was arriving) uprooted huge numbers of trees that still had their leaves. It wiped out electrical and telecom lines on a massive scale here in the NYC area. Because our oil-fired furnace needs electricity to run, I was worried sick over the thought of frozen water pipes bursting.

I recall the rationing of gasoline in the mid-1970s when I was in high school and college. It was like something out of WWII. My parents forbade me (a teenage girl) to wait in line at the gas pumps on our appointed days.

My high school class had an exchange student from Argentina. I sometimes wonder how he fared in the upheavals that wracked his country a few short years later.

In this day and age of deceptively-easy communications (thanks in part to the niobium in smartphones -- extracted from coltan mined in places like the Congo and Venezuela), we can converse with folks from all over the world here on DB. But we have no idea of what our Beanie friends' daily lives are like. Some have health challenges. Some are elders. You are right. We need to be patient with each other.

Take care, Chingu. I hope you were able to get your laundry done. ;-)

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Dear @pakalanapikake and @isbjorn, it is a pleasure to have a Forum like this. It is said that Internet is a Level 1 communication network in the Kardashiev scale, and sometimes it shows.

KDramas (I don't see them as often as I used to) is just an excuse to reach to each other and to share our passion and life views, for what is a comment but a reflection of our own life experiences and sometimes biases?.

Dear Ms. Pikake, if you are referring to the Dictatorships in the "Cono Sur" (South Cone), I encourage you (if you have a strong heart) to look for your Argentinian friend in Facebook, for it was so horrible that to this day the "Madres de la Plaza de Mayo" (Mothers of the May Square) are still trying to find the remains of their offsprings, or to see if a DNA test reveals that they still have their grandsons and granddaughters alive. It is possible she has been long gone.

Please be well.

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@fgb4877,
I've read a couple of articles on las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and that terrible time in Argentina's history. I'm almost afraid to look for our classmate, after learning that something like 30,000 people were disappeared.

I think our exchange student's name was Carlos, but I do not recall his surname. It may be in one of my yearbooks, which are not handy at the moment. He wasn't in any of my classes, and my very introverted younger self did not speak with him. But I do recall him. Carlos may have been in New Jersey during our junior year (1972-73). His hair was longish, which would have been bad news back home, as I understand it.

Would you happen to know if there is a searchable online database of the Disappeared with names, ages, and photos? I've been looking around online, but don't see anything like that. Alas, I do not understand Spanish (despite 2 years of conjugating verbs).

Thanks... Take care. ;-)

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@isbjorn April 5, 2019 at 5:29 PM

<3 It's so good to "see" you here. It's been a while. ;-)

Thanks for your comments to @fgb4877. I cherish DB because it is a "virtual watercooler" where folks from around the globe gather to discuss their common love, Kdrama. It's amazing how a goofy comedy show can lead to discussion of social, political, and economic conditions in other parts of the world. But because it's DB, it's not surprising. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake , it is my pleasure to be able to help. Also, if your friend and its parents were as cosmopolitan as I think, it is very possible that they saw it coming all along and moved away on time.

Don't worry about your Spanish, after I started learning German I truly discovered how hard, capricious and complex our grammar is, and gave new appreciation about how simple English is in comparison.

As for your story about having 10 days without electricity, it makes my hair stands (scares the hell ot of me). For me it is hard to imagine being in such a cold, because at the end of the day, climate here is prety mild. In mid May we will enter the mango season and a lot of poor folks will be able to eat them. I don't know how people in cold climates could cope in an emergency except if they were prepared beforehand.

It is interesting how a little yoke about currency ultimately showed that there was human suffering involved in this part of the world... but it is important both to be able to laugh about it (to be able to cope with it) and also to reflect upon it.

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@fgb4877 April 6, 2019 at 5:29 PM
Ich arbeitete as Übersetzerin. Leider hab' ich viel Deutsch vergessen. I went bananas over word order in Spanish class because of the nuances it could convey. Aigoo! Give me German's nice, mostly-law-abiding grammar any day. Even if you have to wait until the end of the sentence to find out what the verb is. English's big downfall is its spelling, which can be truly mystifying -- unless you enjoy reading about word derivations. ;-)

Thanks again. I suspect that you are right about Carlos's family keeping an ear to the ground and having Plan B at the ready.

Only on DB could a Korean TV show about scam artists lead to a discussion about the South American coups and hyperinflation half a century ago. We see the same stuff in sageuks. ;-)

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Dear @pakalanapikake , my German is sadly solidly behind me. I learned it more than 15 years ago and never used it. At that moment I hoped to do a MSc and a PhD in Germany, but alas, that didn't happen. For example I know that "arbeit" is the "to work" verb, and that the "-rin" suffix denotes a female subject, but that's all for me. At this moment I am just bilingüal (Spanish and English only).

And well, I have this idea (I know it doesn't soound funny) that we human beings have elected a limited set of answers to the same problems over and over again (that is, those answers are the closest to, shall we say, our human nature), so in every story the history of humankind is reflected. So if you tell me that some sageuks reflects current events, I am all in.

Sorry for this late post.

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@fgb4877 April 9, 2019 at 3:35 PM

Sorry to throw you a curve ball. I used to work as a translator (Übersetzerin), but like you, have forgotten (vergessen) a lot of my German. Use it or lose it.

I agree that there are "universal themes" that are endlessly examined in all their permutations in literature and drama. What I appreciate about DB is the discussions they occasionally trigger when they crop up in Kdramas. Thanks again for your kind thoughts. Here's hoping our paths cross again while watching another show. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake, thank you so much! I didn't realize how long it had been since I was last on DramaBeans until I saw my notifications.
I've actually thought a lot about what @fgb4877 said regarding the Beanie who was angry at her after not getting a prompt response. When I first sort of dipped my toe into the Beanie world, I asked you soooo many questions about poetry and music (I think it was in an old discussion of Voice) and your replies were so inspiring and so rapid-fire.

I felt really guilty when I then dropped out for a while, but when I later got in touch with you, you were so understanding. I think I've picked your brain on several issues and you are always very generous with your responses, your amazing wealth of knowledge, and those quirky, deeply significant, or just fun things you spot in the world of kdramas--and extend to the world of German poetry, American folk music, etc.
We all have different lives. We all have different challenges. Very few of us have the tribulations of @fgb4877, but a lot of people are trapped in difficult situations of one sort or another. And hopefully on a forum such as this, everyone's life is respected and everyone is welcome, whether she or he is a) voyeur at the edges, b) a regular participant, or c) someone who just jumps in now and then when it's possible. And it would be wonderful if everyone had a big enough heart to help others out (whether it's sending links, replying to a question, or whatever) without expecting anything in return. Of course, that's easier said than done, but this conversation--and the info that is shared between you and our friend in Venezuela--is a great example.

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@isbjorn April 27, 2019 at 6:44 PM

Aw, shucks. Welcome back. ;-) Sometimes time just slips away. It is my pleasure to converse with you any time, but it won't necessarily be as promptly as in the past. You got me at a good time back then. ;-) The beauty of DB is the fact that we can leave messages for each other for whenever we can get to them. Like messages in bottles.

I have to admit that sometimes I run out of steam or stress out and drop off the face of the earth myself. But when I'm feeling up to snuff, I get a kick out of our chats.

Which shows are you watching now? I've had to put MY FELLOW CITIZENS on hold, but enjoyed the first couple of episodes. HER PRIVATE LIFE also on hold owing to time and energy crunch. HAECHI and KILL IT are wrapping over the next few days. I'm still tuned in to CONFESSION and DOCTOR PRISONER, and just started NOKDU FLOWER. Plan to watch ARTHDAL / ASADAL CHRONICLES.

Laters!

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@pakalanapikake, how is Kill It? was thinking of starting it. Ditto Hokdu Flower (where are you watching it? not on Viki or Netflix. Dramac**l, maybe? Pretty sure I'm in your area so could probably get it wherever you do).
Yep, I've left Fellow Citizens for now, but love Siwon so plan to go back whenever . . . Do keep going w Private Life. The idiotic fangirl stuff started to recede a bit and Tae Woo's had a chance to show us his amazing acting.
Been on a sageuk freakout over past few months: Chuno, Deep Rooted Tree, Shine or Go Mad (yep, get the connection--Jang Hyuk, of course). My hubby has watched them all with me, a few episodes a night. DRT was soooo good. I really like anything about Great King Sekong (sp?) and development of Hangul. Started Great Queen Seondeok, but have taken a break. Just went back to Haechi, which I also love, with my husband last night, who wanted to wait till near the end so we didn't have to wait a week for new eps.
Just finished Possessed, and I think I'm also finished with really dark supernatural, serial killer dramas for a while. Had to watch it cuz I discovered Song Sae-byeok (?) in My Ajhussi. It was a bit too farfetched--and sad--for me. I thought Hand: the Guest was much better for that genre.
BTW, I really enjoyed Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter--which you'd suggested--also farfetched, crazily so, but somehow more consistent within its world than Possession. Or maybe just lighter so you don't need to care about such things to keep going. Also watched Arang and the Magistrate at your suggestion. Very glad I did.
As always . .

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@pakalanapikake , I am sorry to jump to conclusions. In Argentina the people that dissapeared is around 30,000.ºº . The population of that country is around 44 MM inhabitants, so the biggest possibility is that your friend is OK.

On the other hand, a quick search in Spanish gave me this webpage:

http://www.desaparecidos.org/arg/victimas/listas/

Try to find your friend online first (with Facebook I have been able to reconnect to a long lost friend in Spain). Use that webpage as a last resource.

Hope the best.

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@fgb4877 April 6, 2019 at 12:42 PM

Muchas gracias for that link to the Proyecto Desaparecidos website. It is exactly the kind of search tool I was hoping to find. God bless you. I still have to excavate my high school yearbooks to verify his surname, and if I'm really lucky, home address.

As you note, 30,000 abductees (out of nearly 28 million citizens in 1980) is a small percentage of the population, so the odds are good that he's okay. Again, thank you for you help. ;-)

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love siwon's and the two women's characters! this will be a fun ride...
*three thumbs up*

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Thoroughly enjoyed these two episodes. Lee Yoo Young is always one of my favs, so jopefully this stays fast paced!!!

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loved the first two episodes. for a show about deceit it’s sincere in its humor and sweet moments and i like the way the cast works together. the characters are all charming in their own ways and siwon’s comedic timing is impeccable as always but even moreso this time as the show doesn’t rely on it and it’s so naturally funny you can’t help but be amused the whole time. can’t wait for episodes 5-6.

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That opening scene was genius. Reminded me that Siwon's acting is still no joke.

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@sukstan
It feels like this drama is a little schizophrenic.

The opening shows its confidence, but quickly the story structure breaks down and lacks the same quality.

I am worried that the fun, sure moments will be swamped by the issues as we head deeper into the drama. pieces trying to drag the drama over the line.

KDrama has developed a trend where so many dramas start strong out of the blocks only to languish. Already, my fear is we will get 6 episodes of well paced drama followed by 10 episodes of contrived set pieces trying to drag it over the line.

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I love how he actually thought hard and used up all his time before deciding to agree with dating each other.

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so. much. fun. I'm completely hooked.
I love how Mi-Young and Jung-gook both refused to get a divorce for seemingly no good reason (the reason is looove <3)

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Right, they nitpick at every thing they hate about each other, but at the end of the day they can’t find a reason to divorce! Love and their attraction to each other are really what’s holding them together for the past couple years.

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It was a solid pilot episode for me! One moment I was laughing at the irony that the con man got conned by the love of his life, next I was feeling sorry for the detective and her heartbreak. Then they met and it felt like the missing pieces slowly fit the longer they were together. Two lonely people who needed the assurance of marriage and forever to be happy. Then bam! the biggest obstacle of their love story - they are exactly the ones who shouldn't have met and fell in love, but did. LOL

Ep 1 was very fast paced. I`m quite worried how it will hold up the next 15 episodes, but hopefully it will be good enough to stick around. At the moment I`m really liking the dynamic of this unmatched couple. Looking forward to see how they find their spark back again.

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I'm not gonna lie, I was scared...after Siwon's last drama, I was scared but maybe cause I had literally no expectations I loved it so much!!!!!!!??? It's so good, I also never watched anything with Lee Yoo-young either and I'm loving her as well so :)) and episode 3 and 4 only got better so I can't wait for the recap on that.

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Thank you for your recap, @dramallama. I haven't seen the episode yet, but now I'll take a gander. I was so traumatized by REVOLUTIONARY LOVE that I was going to give this a pass. I loved Siwon in SHE WAS PRETTY, and had to bail on his comeback project after only a few episodes because I felt my brain cells shriveling.

MY FELLOW CITIZENS sounds like a much better show. I'm currently watching HAECHI and CONFESSION, DOCTOR PRISONER, and KILL IT, so a little levity would be good right about now. ;-)

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Its a fun (if messy) ride at the moment. I wouldn't be banking on 16 ep of this quality. However, I think it may still really work as a mini drama for those who choose to abandon if it circles the drain.

Sadly, I think Siwon is being type cast by productions trying to recreate his role in "SHE WAS PRETTY". That persona was brilliant as a side character - but as a lead its so hard to pull off. At a min it requires a strong ensemble cast and tight writing. Just one of those factors is becoming uncommon - both at the same time is now so rare in KDramas.

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@ SadKdramaLama,
I agree that many, if not most, Kdramas crash and burn before they cross the finish line. Some of them don't even make it out of the starting gate in one piece. I'm cautiously optimistic that MY FELLOW CITIZENS will be an enjoyable diversion.

I agree that many shows run out of plot well before the finale, and resort to tail-chasing or nonsensical subplots to fill the time. I've often gotten the feeling that a given drama would have been better if it had 12 tightly-written episodes instead of 16 stuffed with filler. I don't know why 16 is the magic number. I've watched a number of Jdoramas that were 10-11 episodes, and they moved along at a good clip and didn't drag.

HYANGDAN was my introduction to Siwon's comic timing, thanks to being tipped off by the DB recaps I happened across. It was only two episodes, but it was plotted and acted well, with a great cast and terrific music by Infinity of Sound. I loved how it stood the story of Chunhyang on its head, and twisted Shim Chung into a pretzel while it was at it. It was a memorable romp. (IIRC, some of the production staff went on to do ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE, one of my favorite fantasy sageuks.)

In SHE WAS PRETTY, Shin-hyuk was a memorable character, especially as I was not all that keen on the OTP or the female second lead. I don't think I had encountered a tsundere before, either. (I started out as a sageuk fan, so other genres -- and their tropes -- were terra incognita.)

I think you're right about typecasting and trying to make the goose lay another golden egg. You've hit the nail on the head re: the need for tight, well-plotted scripts with consistent characterization and continuity. A good, solid ensemble cast of experienced actors can elevate a fair-to-middling script, but if the writing is mediocre, what is needed is a miracle. I'll keep my fingers crossed that MFC gets its sea legs pronto, and gracefully goes the distance.

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@pakalanapikake
Short dramas are a treat. Have you seen the 4 ep JDrama "My Life as a Girl". One of my favourite dramas of last year.

If you are after a current diversion drama...you might what to try "I Picked Up a Star on the Road". It starts out like a reworking of "Tie me up! Tie me down!" but looks to be transitioning into a much lighter second part of the story.
Kim Ga Eun and Kim Jong Hoon are knocking it out of the park. I am so enjoying seeing Kim Ga Eun's range on show in this lead role after her supporting in BTIMFL.

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I am loving it. Now that Reach of Sincerity is done I was afraid of a drought but this show is fun. Plus we have the second season of Waikiki. Things are looking good.

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I guess Siwon WAS what the youths now call "my bias", and even though I'm a little chilly towards him these ... this drama seems so tempting... 🙃

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Who else is happy that we didn't read "This is just a first episode recap"?

I was like what the hell is he saying during a debate and what's with the ring? He's married? Then as the story unfolds, opening scene makes a lot of scence.

Thanks for recapping this! I don't want to be negative about this drama, but recaps are my go to when I don't like where the drama is going but still wants to know whats going on.

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I just finished watching the first hour of MY FELLOW CITIZENS (formerly FELLOW CITIZENS), and am happy to report that I laughed my butt off while thoroughly enjoying the background music. I'm hoping the lively piece that plays as Jung-gook cons the cigar-smoker out of $6 million is an OST. It cracks me up, and even reminded me a little of Song Chang-sik's "Tobacco Shop Lady." I've posted a number of pieces on my fan wall, starting with Harry Nilsson's Grammy-winning 1971hit, "Without You" http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/751761/.

I love the show's vibe and slightly oddball characters. It's off to a much more auspicious start than REVOLUTIONARY LOVE, for which I am grateful. Siwon is in fine form, and I'm really enjoying Lee Yoo-young's feisty detective. (But will this town drama be big enough for her and Kim Min-jung's character -- who's out for blood, and Daddy's conned cash?!) In earlier comments on the show, I had wondered whether LYY would be convincing as a detective. I'm happy to answer myself in the affirmative. ;-)
http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/12/kim-min-jung-lee-yoo-young-to-join-choi-siwon-in-fellow-
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@pakalanapikake,
Somehow I missed that MFC was Lee Yoo-young’s next project after YOUR HONOR. (I missed your referenced thread because I was in Germany.)
I have not seen any of Siwon’s work. I skipped down the recap to @dramallama’s final comments to get her vibe and it is all positive. So like you, I can use some humor so I will take the plunge and catch up this weekend.

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo,

I finished the first 2 hours, and it was good. Alas, the gangsters showed up.

If you'd like a short & sweet intro to Choi Siwon, HYANGDAN in a 2-episode saguek. Very funny.

Or if you're in the mood for a wuxia movie, check out A BATTLE OF WITS (2006). Siwon plays the crown prince. I found the Mohist defense through superior engineering to be very interesting. I could easily follow the plot.
http://chinesemov.com/2006/A%20Battle%20of%20Wits.html

Martial artist Yu Chenghui was in it. He was also in the SHAOLIN TEMPLE flicks back in the '80s, including the first, which launched Jet Li's career, IIRC. They are both amazing to watch. ;-)

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Thought I wasn't going to enjoy this and tried episode one only for me to like it and watch the next episode. It's really funny though I felt siwon was exaggerating his actions during the NA debate.

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I liked this first two episodes but I'm not a fan of Siwon rubber gum OTT face expressions, at certain scenes it was out of place and jarring, I agree with beanie above that this type of acting is more suitable for side characters. But both actresses were great and I ready for more from them.

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Honestly, all the plot is kind of ridiculous (how they started to date, how they dated during 3 years without knowing their respective job, etc.).

But it was funny and I really liked the both actresses, they're pretty badass!

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It. Was. Fun! I wanted only to give a look, and stayed for the whole hour.
I like the fact that the show clearly doesn't take itself seriously.

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Without any spoilers -- since episodes 3-4 are already out -- some Korean news media are wondering if this is going to be a second "Chief Kim." I can say this drama echoes motifs from Chief Kim. And I can see more echoes ahead. So as a comedy and parody of more serious dramas, the questions for me is when and how Siwon's character turns to the good side. I can imagine Siwon, and eventually the entire con team working for the fraud intelligence unit...it takes cons to catch a con. Don't expect this to be a replay of Chief Kim but the team seems to be veering back and forth between deadly serious and hysterically funny.

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I've been suspecting that we may see a variation on PLAYER, in which con artists take down other crooks. I just hope it doesn't get as dark as that, and retains more of a STEAL MY HEART vibe.

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I am loving this as well and growing in my admiration for Siwan. He can be so funny at some times and yet so tender at others. My other fave in this is our villainess. She is soooo good! Thanks for the recap.

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