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Melting Me Softly: Episodes 1-2 Open Thread

Melting Me Softly is finally here, and so far it’s a K-drama smorgasbord. There’s a dash of action, sci-fi, and intrigue, a side dish of romance, a huge helping of comedy — and of course the main dish, drama. Melting Me Softly is funnier and lighter than I expected, but all the more entertaining. In its premiere week episodes, the drama takes its time laying some solid groundwork for our cryogenic couple and their story.

 
EPISODES 1-2 WEECAP

We meet our hero MA DONG-CHAN (Ji Chang-wook, yay!) as the drama opens, and soon learn he’s a popular and successful PD. He’s just won an award for his show Infinite Experiment Paradise (lol) where myths and/or scientific impossibilities are tested on screen. To say he’s passionate about what he does is an understatement; once he’s latched onto an idea he won’t let go, and that’s the point at which we open the drama. He hears about a scientist that has mastered cryogenics, and he’s determined to produce a show on it. For science.

No one will volunteer, of course, so he plans to do it himself. Having every particle in his body frozen for twenty-four hours doesn’t seem to be a big deal — after all, he’s read all the research and is convinced it’s the real deal. In order to create the perfect variety-documentary show about it, though, he also needs a female to enter cryosleep as well. That’s where our heroine comes in.

GO MI-RAN (Won Jin-ah) is a regular participant on Dong-chan’s show, and is infamous for pulling off the most crazy stunts they have aired. And why? For the high pay. Because no one else will will do them, the paycheck is quite hefty. And she’s our quintessential spunky, heart-of-gold heroine in need of funds — with no fear of bodily harm.

Melting Me Softly spends the entire first episode, and much of the second, introducing us to our characters as they were in 1999. Dong-chan has just gotten engaged to his girlfriend, and is on a career high. Mi-ran, on the other hand, is struggling to find a steady job, has a Freud-quoting cheating boyfriend (Baro, hilarious here), and a little brother to look out for. He’s got a disability of some sort, and is bullied relentlessly. He’s also so precious and sweet that you want to hide him in your pocket — so precious, in fact, that I’m spending words on him that could be spent on Ji Chang-wook and his megawatt charisma.

Because that charisma is back, and it has been sorely missed in dramaland. I’m glad the drama looks like, if nothing else, it will be a really fun and well-cut role for him — and he’s really giving it everything he’s got. We’re used to the suaveness, swagger, and swoony looks, which we do get here, but we also have a fair dose of silly. And it kinda suits.

Some of the humor is super loud and crazy, like Mi-ran getting slingshot into the air and flung into a swimming pool, or flying through the air and kicking her cheating boyfriend off a boat. But there’s also a lot of more offbeat and subtle moments of humor too. My favorite of these was probably Dong-chan grabbing the binoculars of the kid next to him to watch Mi-ran’s flying kick. There’s this hilarious moment where he looks at them, pauses, and then puts them back into the kid’s hand. Ji Chang-wook excels at these deadpan comedic moments — and I didn’t know how much I missed them.

In some interviews leading up to the drama, Ji Chang-wook said he was really nervous to do comedy, and was concerned about getting the comedic timing right. But the hospital scene where he keeps fainting and rousing like a zombie were downright hilarious, so I’m not too sure what he was worried about.

While the comedy is a lot of fun, it was a bit unexpected for me. Maybe I was anticipating a drama with a different tone? The plot jumps a lot, often in the favor of comedy. For instance, when Dong-chan and Mi-ran wake up, we don’t see anything that happened in the underground bunker after they opened their eyes and climbed out of their chambers.

Instead, we see them immediately barreling back into real life – and it’s utter bedlam and hilarity as they meet (or attempt to meet) their loved ones. Clearly, something is seriously wrong, and it doesn’t take them long to realize they’ve woken up not twenty-four hours, but twenty years later.

We don’t have a lot of facts around the whole experiment gone awry yet, but that’s what the rest of the drama is for, I expect. What we do have is a very strong set-up, and characters that already feel quite familiar and easy to empathize with. Our frozen couple has woken up, but it’s only the beginning.

 
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It was okay. It was tonally all over the place. We shall see.

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I just about lost it when the distinguished senior actor who played Ma Dong Chan's dad yelled "HYUNG!" and I realized he was his younger brother... who aged terribly and looks just like their dad now. That was hilarious.

They sure rushed through the 20 year freezing setup quickly and there's still some shady things we don't know involving the mysterious folks who sabotaged the doctor's work in the past. So, I don't think we're really going to get a true feel for this show for another week or two.

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The dad was saying the piano son looked like him the mom said no. I thought the first episode was slow. But glad for him to be back.

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thanks for this @missvictrix!! <3 Honestly, the show as it's described here is what I came for---that mix of charming and fantasy and comedy and lightheartedness... but the show sort of missed the mark for me. Maybe I knew too much about the premise going into the show, but the first two episodes felt anti-climatic (like: yes, I know they won't wake up in 24 hours...you don't need to build up to that reveal). And unless the show intends to spend a lot of time back in 1999, I'm not sure there's a reason to show us *those* actors as fully as it did. (Also: is it just me, or did the show seem to be trying a little *too* hard to make the whole cryogenically-frozen-and-woken-in24-hours thing believable? Like, I feel like anyone who is watching this show has already agreed to suspend a little disbelief about the freezing process...but the show seemed to think we could not and that it had to prove something to us...which felt a bit tedious at times.) Anyway I fast-forwarded a lot, to be honest.

But there were also a few moments when I felt like the actors *really delivered* (JCW's comedic timing as he wakes up, definitely; also JCW watching WJA at the police station; WJA with her brother; WJA and her friends in the pre-instagram photoshoot in the park), so I'm going to stick around for another week. Plus, we didn't get to see much of the older cast yet, and they were a big draw for me in the first place.

Maybe this drama was slow to take off but will redeem itself in the next week? I certainly hope so! But if not, I'll just follow along via these recaps and imagine a show that's living up to its potential :D

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I haven't watched this yet but I saw your comment.
I have thought about this published synopsis versus the first one or two episodes MANY times.
Really, it's about time directors learn how they are wording the synopsis they give to the media, and how they are building the show setup so as they don't bore the viewers.
I remember when I was quite a novice in drama watching, I watched Resurrection. It took SEVEN one-hour episodes to go through the events of the few lines of synopsis given in the sites. At that time I thought it was my mistake for having read it beforehand, but if it happens now I will FLIP!

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yes to this!

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“JCW watching WJA at the police station”

I rewatched that so many times. I was cracking up!!

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I have a peculiar taste in dramas. I don’t want to cry or be upset. I never watch a drama that isn’t rom com. I want swoony romance, lots of laughs and a happy ending. It is kinda like if you read books to expand your horizons and really grow or you read for pure entertainment. I watch dramas for pure entertainment and so this is right down my alley. But I get what everyone is saying. It definitely wasn’t perfect. And if you didn’t go in expecting a “strong woman do bong soon” vibe then you are definitely disappointed.

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I have a low angst threshold, too! I can watch well-written open-ended dramas but only simultaneously with a happy show. I need my daily dose of butterflies and rainbows! Curious about your favorites/happy drama playlist. Any recos?

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recs please!!

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Giving Kdrama recommendations is such a serious responsibility. I literally went to the Rating page of Dramabeans and wrote them down as I saw them (hence alphabetical order). lol

Let's see...

1% of anything
Arang and the Magistrate
Best Love
Bottom of the 9th with 2 outs
City Hunter
Coffee Prince
Descended from the Sun
Fight My Way
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop
Healer!!
Let's Eat (all 3)
Love & Marriage
Marriage Not Dating
Master's Sun
My Girl
My girlfriend is a Gumiho
My Name is Kim Sam-soon
Oh Hae-young Again
Oh my Ghostess
Oh my Venus
One more Happy Ending
Personal Taste
Queen In-hyun's Man
Secret Garden
She was Pretty
Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Suspicious Partner
Sweet 18
The King 2 Hearts
What's wrong with Secretary Kim
Witch's Romance
You from another star
You're Beautiful

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You are awesome @anne-mitchell❤❤❤ thank you!

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awesome thank you!!!!!

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I agree with a lot of what you said. The good and the bad. I also fast-forwarded through quite a few scenes towards the end. Like when WJA wakes up from cryo and stumbles in the street right after JCW and the scene plays out EXACTLY how JCW's did and goes on for the SAME amount of time... *facepalm* there were too many scenes like this where it felt like the writer and director don't think the audience is intelligent enough to figure out what's going on. Scenes tended to go on for too long as well. As soon as the scene made its' point I was expecting it to move on, but then the actors would throw up like 2 more paragraphs of unnecessary dialogue and the scene would lose its' spark for me.

But the writer already had these issues in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. The gag scenes ESPECIALLY. Now, don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed many of the gag scenes. But I honestly kept thinking I'd prefer these scenes to be in a separate drama because their tone was soooo different from the lovers and serial killer storylines. It felt like the show cut to a commercial break that had an ad for the next Gag Concert several times an episode... I was getting tone whiplash all throughout that drama EVEN though I still enjoyed it. So I'm hoping this show isn't nearly as whiplashy as SWDBS. Cuz I reaaaallly wanna like it. And I reealllly like Ji Chang Wook... and Hongki... and I kinda wish he had been frozen too so we could keep him in the show.... *tears*

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I think this was pretty well the worst premiere for 2019 - or maybe the worst premiere ever.

Regardless of all the writer's usual idiosyncrasies - genre confusion, a tendency to slapstick - I just don't know what the show is about. For all its flaws, SWDBS at least attempted to be a discussion about power and misogynism. This show? So far I don't know.

I could talk about how a lot of this didn't make sense, I could roll my eyes at just how excruciatingly Candy the Candy was or how painfully Genius Chaebol was the Genius Chaebol. But what I can't get over is that the show has no heart. There was no emotional resonance to the things that happened in these episodes, no feeling of connection to any of the characters. Even if someone's being shot in the air or flailing around shrieking, I should cringe but I should care. I just don't.
Any moment that could have been powerful or even truly funny was undercut by weird tonal shifts and bizarre musical choices.

I can shitpost all I want (and for the moment will continue to do so) but this show was just... bad.

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Mind you, if you're a huge Wookie fan you might like it anyway? The PD loves JCW's visuals to the point where it's a little... fetishistic? The camera caresses him lovingly at all times.
Oh and there's a female lead in here somehow idk. She's poor, that's all you need to know.

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This.
"I think this was pretty well the worst premiere for 2019 - or maybe the worst premiere ever."

What can I say, but now I read this, I will have to take the time to watch it - if nothing else, to see how bad it is.
Thank you for the weecap @missvictrix! It is so much fun to have this place to read about the shows and what people think/hate about them!

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Some of it is painfully bad. I feel sorry for the actors so far.

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I wish I could like your comment like a 1000 times, the PD def knows the plot is trash so he just throws JCW in our face like "I know youre not here for the plot but for your Wooka so here he is!"

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I probably fall in that category of fangirling LOL. I sat through the trainwreck of Finding Mr. Destiny for Gong Yoo, so you can see how low my standards can go, LOL.

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Then I hope for everyone's sake they get his shirt off soon and often because I'm sure people are only watching for some post-army choco abs. Although I'd be surprised if he managed to get more ripped than he did for the K2 - he was already pretty ripped.

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I have always believed that the best way for a lead to show inner conflict and character growth is to stand in the shower while the camera pans for different angles.
It's in the manual.

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Wookie is my favorite, so no matter how terrible it remains, I'll at least fast forward to see him.

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couldn't agree more, well said. Dullest premiere, I am somewhat sad, that JWC chose this project to come back. The silly parts are as bad as austin powers can get.

On a side note: ist silly a new kdrama trend? right after Melting me softly I watched the tale of nokdu and was bored out immediately by the silliness.

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I watched the second episode in 10 minutes. It was surprisingly better that way. Unfortunately, some writers would never agree on a 15 minutes long web-drama, even though they have nothing to say.

I agree with everything you said. I feel cheap he writer's main problem is that she tries to write emotional scenes just because she has to, not because it fits the story or the context. In the end, it comes out as a cheap emotional manipulation without any depth.

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Lol ... harsh

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You should see my fanwall. This is me attempting to be reasoned.

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The writing isn't good agreed, but I thought it was the directorial decisions that were even worse. The extended time spent in the past, they way they intercut it with the frozen bodies, the drama dramatic cuts away from a scene but right into a comedic one. I skip watched a lot but overall I felt the director made it even worse than may already have been.

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With the possible exception of the loving, haloed JCW pron and that one small scene with the brother and his whistle, this is the only premiere I've watched where nobody involved did anything right - not the writer, director or PD. Every decision they made in the first two episodes was wrong.

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Even the styling is wrong...

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I'm going to give it a few more episodes to see if it finds some heart and some decent directing. The slapstick was terrible especially given that most of the actors are top notch so I'm blaming it on directing.

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JCW, so glad you're back...just wish it was in something better. I honestly went into this drama with low expectations, and it was better than I thought, but still super slow and wonky storytelling. I personally loved Strong Girl Bong-Soon - there was sometimes outlandish comedy, but the romance and the story were serious and really well executed. I feel like the writer is now focusing too much on the comedy and not the storytelling. I will probably keep up with it because of JCW; I am interested to see how he does in a comedy (as missvictrix said his deadpan comedy and timing is fantastic). However, I have a feeling I won't be anxiously waiting for it to be translated as I did with "Her Private Life" - I might wait a few weeks and binge a few episodes at a time.

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Maybe it is my unconditional love and excitement for Ji Chang-wook, but I have been waiting for this for a while, and I was not disappointed. I thought the premiere laid a solid foundation of characters and heart.

There was the girls' friendship. (Love those!)

There were moments for a protective, big sister and her little brother. (I hope they explore her reasons for doing the project because of her little brother. And the fact that this very reason made DONG-CHAN not want her to do it. ~ swoon. This means that DONG-CHAN is not one minded and can have some perspective.)

Then THANK YOU drama land! We finally had a realistic family/parent reaction to losing their children. So many times the parents are killed off so the hero and heroine are more alone, but a lot of times it seems like lazy writing.

They covered who these people were and what makes up their world. Then they showed the reactions to these people suddenly disappearing and what that meant for those around them.

Now there is so much story to tell. Why and how they got left for 20 years? What has happened while they were gone? Who are they, what are their goals/dreams as their life starts up again in 2019? And of course, how will the two main characters find each other?

I can't wait! It was everything I was looking for, and the cast is some of the best that K-dramaland can offer. Let's do this!!

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Although I didn't love these episodes (and generally agree with the more critical comments here) I am really happy to read such a positive reaction!! I wanted to like the show more, and I'm strangely...hmm...relieved? encouraged?...to hear from someone who did <3 Fingers crossed that I can get more into it in upcoming episodes.

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I have a peculiar taste in dramas. I don’t want to cry or be depressed. I never watch a drama that isn’t rom com. I want swoony romance, lots of laughs and a happy ending. It is kinda like if you read books to expand your horizons and really grow or you read for pure entertainment. I watch dramas for pure entertainment and so this is right down my alley. But I get what everyone is saying. It definitely wasn’t perfect. And if you didn’t go in expecting a “strong woman do bong soon” vibe then you are definitely disappointed.

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i am with you. Wookie is the perfect one for this and he keeps it going for me. he is perfect with his facial expressions and timing and everything! and yes i really love his acting. the heroine is quite cute too. i think they do well in their roles and can build it around all the bad things.

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glad to see someone enjoyed the premiere but the criticisms are definitely understandable, i liked the second episode much more because i was just very impatient for them to get to the future and the story also progressed more, this is one of those dramas that need a couple of episodes to settle into the story, really liked the way our characters stories were set up, especially the sibling relationship between WJA and her brother, i actually teared up during the scene where her brother was tied up to the pole, really looking forward to next week because there's a lot of things since they only just now entered 2019, looking forward to some fish out of water moments haha

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Someone mentioned it in the comments here but it is almost like the previews give too much info. So now we are bored cuz we know all this information. It is a hard line to walk when promoting a drama. Give us enough to get people excited but don’t give away your first 2-5 episodes. Then it is really difficult to keep your viewers from being bored and impatient. I guess I could always skip the previews... But that is like saying “Don’t spoil your dinner” then handing someone a piece of cake and a fork.

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i'm not sure how i feel about this one yet. i am a HUGEEE ji chang wook fan, and i know this drama was billed as a "rom com" but idk....the humor just seemed way over the top. i mean his last drama, suspicious partners, was also a rom com...but the comedy was just so so different lol

the first 2 episodes were a bit slow, way too much unnecessary flashbacks in my opinion. esp the scene where her ex boyfriend imaged her pregnant on the plane. lol

and i know dramas usually dont make sense (i mean come on- shopping king louie is one of my faves but the plot would never ever happen in real life) but for some reason i'm like really rolling my eyes at the logical-ness of this plot.....like how could they cover something up like that....how could the PD's girlfriend just keep quiet knowing what happened....how could mi ran's parents not know where she is....how did they just wake up from the chambers and go back to life like that........lol

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BUT i did <3 the scene with wookie walked in slowly as his soon-to-be-girlfriend stared mesmerizingly lol

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hehehehehe the wookie bait will bring you back.

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the bait is real. hahaha

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how did they just wake up from the chambers and go back to life like that

True, that. I wonder how did they manage to find their clothes and purse and how did those things survive the explosion. Not the right kind of questions I should be asking in those scenes, me think....

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That was a really weird transition. I kept thinking they were still dreaming. One second they are staggering out of a capsule and wondering through the “secret lair” then they are fully dressed and staggering through downtown Seoul. Uhhhh... wasn’t the secret lair off the beaten path when the shady young scientist hurried back. Did they call an Uber? Where were they going? The TV station? That part was totally messed up and unbelievable. Unlike all the rest of the believable parts of the first two episodes. .... wait...

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Except there won't be Uber in their time. And it was awefully nice of the young scientist to take such a good care of their belongings for 20 years! Again... not the sort of things we should be discussing right now. 😀

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I totally agree. The suspension of belief is STRONG in this drama. I am still trying to figure it out they both managed to not just find their clothes, but also to get out of the building and make it to the main street.

Why they didn't take the female lead to the hospital despite the fact she looked like death?

etc, etc. I'll give it another episode or two.

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And all through the ways there should be many red flags that gave them the clue that they are not in 1999. Won Jin Ah's character had to paid so much more for bus fare and all she did was [shrug]. Then she went to a cell phone store where nothing displayed there even close to the phone she owns. How could both of them be so clueless? 🤷

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Those are exactly the reasons why I felt I didn't like this drama so much. It made me felt upset they didn't care for things that are basic. It makes me not to care also for our characters. Like, I felt sorry (even though it makes no logic) his family kept distributing pamphlets on the streets looking for him, but the scene at the hospital made me not to care anymore... too much histrionics in one or two minutes. The dialogs are terrible as well.

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It felt like the script for the show was frozen for some time, because a lot stuff seemed a little bit dated, especially execution and acting, it was pretty meh to me.

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I think I don't have the same humor than the writer, I had the same issue with Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

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Same. I thought SWDBS's humor wasn't humorous. It was OTT and slapstick and nothing even laughable but irritating as they tried so hard to be funny. I have generally no issue with slapstick humor (Jealousy Incarnate is one of my favorites) but SWDBS just tried too hard to be funny. That is probably one reason, I didn't even tune in to watch Melt Me.

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Just have to chime in seeing Jealousy Incarnate being mentioned. Jo Jung Suk and Gong Hyo Jin banter when they first realize that she love two men was just so ridiculously funny... him forcing her to score her feeling to found out who would win, even if it's just by 1% is just gold.

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Haha exactly! Now that is slapstick and also OTT but in correlation to the characters and it also had a fine line where it stayed funny rather than lame.

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If I tried really hard I could spin these eps as a metaphor for how plot points and character types keep coming back unchanged after 20 years...

... but I enjoyed it, especially the fortune teller bit and when she told her boyfriend she would find true love after 20 years. Those parts are better if you see the FL's face -- see my fanwall or (gasp) watch episode 1.

I rate shows mostly by how good/fun the good parts were, not by consistency or plot logic or... let's just say some shows go 16 hours without anything I enjoy as much as I enjoyed the FL's facial expressions in day 1 here.

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I'm with you - I enjoyed the first episode (haven't had a chance to see the second yet) and I liked the female lead. I think the writing is a bit of a mess and the characters are pretty much your stock drama characters, but the actors make them more interesting. I wasn't sure what to expect from Won Jin-ah in comedy, but she's wonderfully expressive here like you you said. I think this writer goes for over-the-top comedy that doesn't work for everyone, and I get that. I couldn't make it through Strong Woman but that was me.

It'll probably be the first to drop if I get busy, but I'll stick to it for now. I think this drama looks more fun and even with messy writing this could be an amusing ride, even if it's not a particularly good one. As long as I'm entertained, I'll keep watching.

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Unfortunately, I'm not sure the cheating boyfriend bit added anything to this.

On the positive side, Ji Chang-wook's absence from dramaland did not affect his ability to give "the look" and the director made sure we saw that.

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It added a flying kick.

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but we got to see Baro in all his cuteness... i've missed him.

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It was a good start for my opinion especially JI Chang wook is back and I really love his acting. He changed his voice tone and I think that is how the way PD's speak to make him believeable that he is a real PD and I like it. I haven't watch any Wo Ji Ah's movie or drama but I think she is a good actress.. Can't wait for next episode all for ji Chang Wook :D

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fully agree with some of the comments/remarks! always love JCW but so far the show feels uneven. i’m definitely not feeling the chemistry or spark betw the 2 leads yet. fingers crossed it does better soon

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Wow, what a mixed reactions. I'll check out the first 2 episodes myself before making any decision then.

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Like I said on my wall before some were brave enough to venture into ep 2. Not me. It was bad. Really really bad. Not those kinds of bad that you can roll your eyes through and watch anyway. Just unwatchable bad. Sorry Wookie and Jian. You guys deserved so much better.

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Nothing is too bad if JCW is in it.

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To my ears Won Jin-ah has an unusually low voice for a petite Kdrama heroine, to the point where I started wondering if they're over-dubbing her. Did anyone else get that impression? On American TV we're used to some actresses onscreen dropping their voice half an octave for more 'gravitas'. But the Mi-ran character is hardly Hye-ran from 'Misty'.

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She has a lower voice than most Korean actresses. She reminds me a lot of Soo Ae. I found WJA’s voice really soothing in JUST BETWEEN LOVERS.

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Yes she does have a husky timbre to her voice. I loved it in JBL!

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she's definitely a younger Soo Ae!! i love the low buttery voice, also! really hate squeeky women voices....

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It hasn't got me. I love the deadpan humor but slapstick can be a hit-or-miss, personally. I understand why they spent so much time in the past but I can't wait till they explore the negative side-effects of their experiment and how they adapt to the changes of 20 years. That is what was interesting to me about this show (and JCW)(a bit WJA).

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I quite like the 1st 2 episodes so far. Now I have laid off Kdramas for awhile cos I now prefer watching Cdramas. But cos it's JCW, I gave it a shot. Frankly I was not excited after watching the teasers and wondered if it would be a disaster. But after watching the 1st episode, I didn't mind watching the 2nd. And after watching the 2nd, am quite looking forward to the 3rd.

I went into the show knowing that it will have the SWDBS vibe so I'm good with what I've seen. As long as they up the warmth and tone down the slapsticks, I'm okay. So far, it was the chaotic hospital scene where people were falling all over that made me cringe some but otherwise, I'm good with the rest.

I think everyone expected more cos it was JCW's premier after MS, but it wasn't THAT bad that some have said. It's just a differing taste in watching dramas. I think the direction is weak currently...let's see if it gets better.

I want to say this...if you watch this with your right brain and not activate your left brain, you may just like it. Haha.

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I thought Ep 1 didn't capture me. It just didn't strike me as a good set-up episode to introduce the characters, the premise and the setting. The pace was slow and uneven, with some unimportant scenes being dragged out while some more important ones (at least to me) which were needed to set up the premise were skipped over quickly.

Nonetheless I gave Ep 2 a chance. Ep 2 did set up some anticipation for what is to come when both leads realize it's 20 years later, but alas the whole of Ep 2 was the opposite of Ep 1, in that everything was jumping around everywhere. Agree that the transition from the leads waking up in a lab in a remote place to somehow appearing clothed and in downtown Seoul was just head-scratching... surely more could have been explored there.

And... drama-watching requires some suspension of logic yes, but was anyone really bothered by the fact that the crazy-haired professor who was not cryogenically frozen somehow managed to stand up and walk immediately after so many years of being bedridden and unconscious? Muscle atrophy helloooo?

I do like both leads so far though, we shall see how it goes...

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I have so many questions already. Why don't I care about anyone except our Candy? Why were only two of the frozen people awakened? Why am I watching this? Oh yeah, Wookie.

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Alternatively that question becomes: why did they have so many cryo pods when they only froze two people?

I don't care about anybody because I don't know who they are. Right now, all the characters are a broad selection of characteristics rather than people; like paint by numbers. Oh, the instructions say to paint this bit green - okay, green! Oh, this bit should be puce? Really ? Okay, then, who am I to argue. Puce it is!

Oh, she's good-hearted, down-to-earth, poor and not very bright? Colour it in! He's rich, brilliant, focused and hot? Between the lines now!

I still don't even know why she changed her mind about being frozen - or why he then pivoted 180 and tried to talk her out out of being frozen. I've watched two hours of this - longer than the average film - and have no idea how these people will respond to anything.

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He hooked with a line about how it will help people by finding "cures".

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This?

This is the script that caught Ji Chang-wook's eye when he was considering his first post-military project? This?

I don't know man, but you need some better guidance for your future work because this is not good. Not good at all.

All the very things that I didn't like about SWDBS were here, in spades, without any relief. The only thing missing was the offensive caricature of a gay man, but I suppose there's still time for that.

Anyways, I'm out. If you liked this, I will not be raining on your JCW parade anymore, so enjoy, and I'm sure you'll get a glimpse of those Army-toned abs soon. Gotta wash off 20 years of frozen gunk while mulling over this strange turn of events.

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Won Jin Ah's previous dramas have been good, so I still have a tiny bit of hope that this will improve.

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Imagine the other scripts...

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Tbh JCW isn't that huge in Korea so perhaps he doesn't get all the big projects too. Other than that he hasn't been all that good at choosing scripts either. Empress Ki and Healer are his only better projects and for Healer too if I remember he was chosen by the writer when she met him in an event and the writer is well big deal.

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I like the idea, somehow, but I feel the show is trying to be serious while trying to be a comedy at the same time, and it is failing. Either is serious, and the topic is serious, or it is a comedy.
I don't say it cannot be both, we have tons of dramas with a serious plot and yet bits of good humor here and there, but this is so far not working too much for me.
Nevertheless, because of Wokkie and Won Jin-ah, I will keep on watching.

I really hate incongruous storytelling (the same happened to SBDBS, so I am not surprised), but I would still watch, again, because of the main leads.

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Ta for the weecap. I haven't watched yet, but I seem to be in a minority that really liked Strong Woman despite its jarring genre-bending, so am wondering if I'll like this one. Strong Woman had a great core fluffy and quirky romance plot, then a group of slapstick thugs and their guru, which I ended up laughing out loud at despite my initial doubt, then a really brutal and disturbing kidnapping plot - all at the same time. I should never have enjoyed this as much as I did, and have to say I think the actors and the director carried a really messy script to fruition. So I will be giving this tour episodes to prove itself to me. Nothing else is really appealing much to me anyway.

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Oh, I was hoping this would be recapped. At least there is an open thread. Thanks Missvictrix!

As I wrote on the weekly ratings I think this show started quite slow. Getting the leads to wake up 20 years later then going with flashbacks would have been a better strategy. I did like Episode 2 better than 1 because it was funnier so got better ratings and I realized how much I missed Wookie. I am so happy he is back.

I do like the general concept and story. However, my logical mind asks why anyone would risk of getting frozen when only one person can thaw you? But I see it as a vehicle to get us where we are going – getting the leads to skip 20 years of their lives.

I did enjoy the meta of 1999 Dong Chan talking about variety directors one day directing dramas. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

I am glad that the exes are not in a position to create too much conflict. Mi Ran’s ex is a two-timing sleazeball, Dong Chan’s gave her boyfriend up for her own gain. Something I didn’t give much thought before the drama was how their situation would affect their family but I guess I didn’t expect them to disappear without a word. And who sent that message to Mi Ran’s family and why didn’t Dong Chan’s get anything? It did seem like one family got richer, the other poorer in the last 20 years (was it due to their search for Dong Chan?). I did like the fact that Mi Ran didn’t agree to the experiment for money but for the hope of helping her brother. Unfortunately this meant her brother had to live without her for 20 yeas. I did feel the most sorry for him.

Dong Chan’s 1999 family and his father’s birthday party were hilarious. Baro’s fantasy of Dong Chan and Mi Ran running together. 😂😅😂😅 How did they that shot that with a straight face? Wookie with that moustache!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 And the spaghetti western music. 😅 Dong Chan discovering he is 52 years old 🤣.

The things that sort of annoyed me:
- 1999 fashions were not historically accurate. I didn’t see any difference than today
- Lee Hon Ki’s changing hair color from scene to following scene was distracting (and he just went to the army last week!)

Of course many actor changes happened between 1999 and 2019. I prefer 1999 versions as Mi Ran’s brother and Dong Chan’s hobae (Lee Hon Ki). For Mi Ran’s ex, I definitely prefer Shim Hyung Tak to Baro. The plane fantasy scene would be even funnier with him. I remember him in his hilarious role in Reach of Sincerity. I am indifferent towards the actresses playing Dong Chan’s exgirlfriend. They have the same exact vibe.

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Birthday party scene had me in stitches! Dong Chan’s family is so funny! 😂

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Honestly, I still can't seem to wrap my head around Mi-ran coming out of the den wearing a dress so clean and crispy like what even? And then Wookie comes out with his tux like how..??!!

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and her hair!!! my hair needs serious TLC after three days... I can't imagine what it would be like after twenty years.

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leads so cliche.. story is all over the place.. then i see it's strong woman's writer... lol. it is up to the director and actors to save this mess.

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Two (hour long!) episodes that could have been 30mins? Maybe? Tone all over the place, pacing? what pacing?... I skipped all of the lab scenes in both eps because they weren't needed.

I'm on the point of just watching it raw because you hardly need a word of Korean to understand what is going on... If it doesn't improve next week, I'm dropping it.

So far my only joy is from the support characters and cameos.

JWC is a bit more mature as an actor than I was expecting but his acting is, unfortunately, too subtle for the writing.
WJA is doing an admirable job with what she has been given... which is close to nothing.

I'm a little concerned about how the writing is going to bring the leads together... unless it basically scraps how they set up the relationship in ep1 --the dynamic was weird and not convincing for future romance... I have second female lead syndrome which has never happened before. Nevertheless, I trust the leads to pull the chemistry off...

I might just consider next week's episodes as 1 and 2, consigning last week to dark recesses of terrible starts to dramas that redeemed themselves.

(also, sorry, but this whole "JWC!!! is back!!! OMG!!! OPPA!!!" as a reason to watch is getting on my nerves. I get it, I really do... but this might just prove to be JWC's Heirs... rather than his DOTS soz, not soz)

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I haven't started this drama yet but your comments make me want to asap lol

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Ohmagahd, whhhhyyyyyyyy JCW! Was so disappointed in the first eps. Had to fast forward a bunch. After being a bit skeptical of the plot but willing to keep an open mind, it was shockingly bad. WJA is a fine actress but is struggling with the comedy. So much of it seems forced and kind of meta in that she's made to do all these outlandish stunts to land a lead in this hot mess of a rom-com (?). Am feeling bad for both leads and hoping against hope the writer grows a brain, gains focus, finds a story, something! JCW, duh K2 and now this, you need a new agent, friend.

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I watched this while my roommate was sleeping...bad idea. Stifling laughter is not fun at all. I did get lost every now and again especially when Mi-ran and Dong-Chan started wandering the streets when we weren't shown how they escaped the bunker. Maybe they'll bring it up later but for now I'm staying for the laughs...and Wookie Oppa. I missed him on my screen.

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I thought I would drop after EP 1. I didn't. I like it so far

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Hongki! I wasn't planning on watching this, but stopped by to see what the Beanies were thinking. And after reading the comments, my plans are not changing. But I will definitely watch the first episode for this Hongki cameo that I wasn't expecting. He sure squeezed in a lot of activity before enlistment.

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Thank you for the weecap @missvictrix. ☺️

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Despite it's deeply cringey moments (genre issues, awkward comedy, etc) - this is by far not the worst drama I've seen. Didn't even realize it was the same writer as Strong Woman, but after reading that, it does make quite a lot of sense.

Ultimately, it's basic, mindless fun with pretty strong leads (seriously, I suspect they'll be carrying this whole thing on their shoulders), and enough nuggets of intrigue that could theoretically keep the flow of a story going.

Is it perfect? Nah. Award-winning? Def not. Third-part-shame inducing? Maybe more than generally acceptable. But it does have enough redeeming qualities that I'll be back for a little more to see where it plans to go.

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That's "third-party-shame". Urg.

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As much as I love JCW this was a total washout for me-the melodrama & overacting was just too much-after the first 2 episodes I won’t even bother with the rest—So disappointing!!
I love
A good laugh but I did not find this show even entertaining—he must’ve done it for the $$.
Guess I’ll go watch Healer again.

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Yes,the shifts were quite jarring and I am 1week behind. But in hands of veteran comedic actors I do hope show improves itself in upcoming episodes.

I want to see how the characters react to it being 2019 and older by age and not body. #awkward.

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this is my first time use dramabeans . How to catchup episode of this drama?

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