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Forest: Episodes 1-4 Open Thread

The tale of man, woman, and forest is finally here! It might not be the story we were expecting (yet?), but we’ve met our hero and heroine, and have become intimately familiar with their respective traumas. Be it circumstance, stubbornness, fate, or gumption, our characters soon find their lives connected in the mysterious forest… and maybe that will start to mean something as we get deeper into this story.

 
EPISODES 1-4 WEECAP

Forest seems to begin at its climax — there’s a terrible forest fire, and our hero ropes in to save the heroine, with flames coming from every direction. It’s a rather high-pitched start to the drama, but if anything else, we know we’re in for flames, danger, and shrieking people in the near future. But first, the story that gets us to that point!

Our heroine, JUNG YOUNG-JAE (Jo Boa) is a surgeon at a hospital in Seoul. But, like most young, beautiful, and competent female surgeons in dramaland, she needs a tragic flaw of some sort — or at least a trauma — to keep her from being too boring. For Young-jae, we see a scar on her chest, get flashbacks of a terrible accident when she was a child, and we learn that she’s on meds for a panic disorder.

Young-jae is flighty and frizzy and kind of annoying (especially for Jo Boa whose performances I usually really like) — but she’s also got some nerve. She zaps a psychotic father trying to murder his young son, and rather than be thanked, she’s effectively fired and shipped off to a deserted hospital in the middle of nowhere: Miryeong Forest.

For those who are watching Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2, this sounds awfully similar to that heroine’s storyline, though both treat a similar situation quite differently. One is about getting over yourself and becoming a competent and caring physician, and the other? Well, I guess we’ll find out what’s in store for Young-jae as we go — and right now, it doesn’t look like that will include swinging from the treetops (whether that’s a plus or a minus is up to you).

At the start of her story, Young-jae runs into our hero an awful lot — under the requisite amount of odd, contentious, and even serendipitous moments. My favorite of these revolve around a stolen americano from the hospital coffee bar. So much argument; I’m sure the coffee there isn’t worth it.

Our coffee-stealing hero is DIRECTOR KANG SAN-HYUK (Park Hae-jin). He looks to be your typical arrogant and competent businessman. He’s as smart and successful as he is handsome and fit, but like Young-jae, he also has a tragic flaw.

San-hyuk not only has no memories before the age of ten, but when we meet him, he’s having the weird psychosomatic experience of his right hand being on fire. I can get behind the psychosis, but the execution is a bit much. I’m not sure which is worse: Park Hae-jin’s freak-outs or the CGI flames engulfing his hand. Perhaps the forest can help.

Either way, this phantom fiery hand is a huge detriment to his serious business dealings, and even though he can do laps around his competition (and will do whatever it takes to win), he’s at a severe disadvantage with his psychosis + repressed memories.

It takes Forest its entire opening week to get the story where it wants it to be to really begin. Young-jae starts taking her stint at the hospital seriously, so we’ve got her living and working in Miryeong Forest. As for San-hyuk, he gets the project he’s been clamoring for at work — but, it requires him to become an emergency worker in the very same forest he’s aiming to turn into a lucrative development project.

Forest made us a lot of interesting promises with its early synopsis and promotional material, so I’m not going to let it off the hook easy. I can see where the show wants to go, trying to make Miryeong Forest into a mysterious presence that’s hanging over not only our characters, but our story, too.

I think I’m okay with anthropomorphized woods, so long as everything else is appropriately crazy to match. For now, we have a strong location-centric setup, a lot of weird characters (and none that I really like yet) — and, if nothing else, some really gorgeous shots of Gangwon Province.

 
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I tried, I really tried, but realized I didn't care when the viki subs weren't up fully for episode 4. AHHHH, well I hope it does well for Jo Bo Ah, I'm a fan of hers.

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She is so loud. She talks to herself when she's alone in the office. I prefer her in her quiet moments. Like the scene where she catches the boyfriend cheating. I want moments like this, quiet and emotional.

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Jo Bo Ah is not ready for lead role. The character is exaggerated the acting is exaggerated. I hope she tones down.

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I kinda thing this is directing issue because almost everyone is OTT, including that forest doctor.

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Maybe, but she stuck out like a sore thumb to me especially in the Seoul scenes and her interactions with Park Hae Jin.

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? She's already been a lead in My Strange Hero, and she was fine there. She was also one of the lead characters in Goodbye to Goodbye.

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I could only manage the first two episodes of the former and none of the latter. The only drama I liked her in was Surplus Princess.

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She's had one of the most freaky growth spurt in a girl. She was so tiny in Shut Up Flowerboy Band. Not too sure exactly what happened .

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Forest has a 2.0 rating in Dramabeans already?

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When they revealed the reason why he becomes an emergency worker at the end of episode 4, that's when I lost all hopes.

We aren't getting a tree house and no Tarzan and Jane. Instead, we're getting Hot Cold CEO with Cha Eun Jae v.2. And that Forest? Gorgeous as it may be, I am not interested in the corporate shenanigans that evolve around it. I am out. Better luck next time, oppa!

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And we all know that just anyone can waltz in and become an emergency worker in a day or two. No Tarzan, no Jane, but I think we have some monkeys...

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Every time they pan to the trees, we hear a creepy echoey sound. Kinda sounded like KE KE KE. I thought it was the birds, but now you mention monkeys, it could be them. At least five. I counted.

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Cha Dal Geon, you minions are everywhere! 😱

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What reason was it? I FF to the end, where he suddenly appeared in rescue gear. So I have no idea why he's suddenly an emergency worker. And no, please don't ask me to rewatch. I can't go back there.

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And why is that helicopter dropping water INTO the creek? I am just hoping for rabid bears at this point.

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Wanna bet that an owl will fly into the house, and the heroine screams, and runs, shrieking into Oppa's hard chest?

On a side note, do you notice that Oppa's chest precedes him in every scene?

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Nobody has noticed this but you. Like, literally, not one other person.

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🤣🤣🤣 Thanks for the laugh. I needed it.

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I don't know why she screamed at the slightest sound in that Forest. 🙄 It's broad daylight and not a danger in sight.

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@leetennant Someone is bound to notice Oppa's chest sooner or later. It is just a matter of time.

#CheckOutOppa'sChest
#WorkThatChestOppa

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And I am pretty sure a real emergency response team worker will not find the need to embrace a lady like that just to shield her from flying dry leaves.

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Business reason. They are planning to develop that land and the Rescue team station sort of got in the way. So the M&A expert decided that he would infiltrate and make them disappear. 🙄 I am not even interested in knowing how

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Oppa is going to infiltrate the rescue team and destroy it? Gasp.

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Make them move, YY. Destroying them would be a better plotline.

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I watched the 4 episodes without FF'ing, Oppa will be proud!

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It's utterly tragic that we aren't getting any of this. And here we were conjuring up all kinds of things...

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Yea I just blur out at the company mumbo jumbo

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This is not a GOOD show by any measure and Jo Bo Ah's character is supremely annoying but I still kept going back to Viki, waiting for subs, in order to watch it. So the show certainly has SOMETHING. I'm not yet sure what - maybe the potential for it to go batcap crazy at any moment?

I did laugh out loud at the ghost story scene though. That was cute.

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I laughed at the ghost scene. Now, that was funny. It got worse in Episode 3 and 4. I had hopes in Episodes 1 and 2.

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Agreed but I think the contrivances required to get them to keep meeting were pretty bad even in 1 & 2.
Like the casually created fact that somebody tried to MURDER him because he took over their company?!

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If you're going to make trope salad at least toss those ingredients up good and put some new dressing on it. Otherwise what you get is boring; like a green salad with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. Toss it all you want - it's still just a mixed up green salad with generic ingredients.

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Mostly, I was really hoping this show would be a dumpster fire or at least a trainwreck. I wasn't expecting it to be a Sunday arvo stopping-all-stations to snoozeville.

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Dumpster fires are at least fun to watch. I can only assume that the next episodes will involve dramatic rescues and miracle saves by the lady doctor.

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The scene at the hospital discipline committee where our FL admits to her mistake- and gets "fired" was actually bang on. We had previously seen her make a mistake during surgery (and it was not the first time) due to her disorder so when our lead character is treated unfairly -the usual trope- the twist on that trope is that she has NOT been treated unfairly- because the committee's concerns are quite accurate. Nor do they actually fire her- instead she is simply sent to a place where she will do no harm, so in a way they are actually trying to do right by her as well. It is exile but not punishment.

In the same manner the company Chairman also has a very legitimate concern regarding out male lead as well. Again the 'unfair' treatment really is not- and, if anything, the chairman's manipulation could even be seen as his attempt to get the male lead to face his problem (which male lead refuses to do).

So we begin our story with a 'usual trope' that has actually been turned on its head. Interesting. I am not really sure where this story is actually headed but it looks like we may see some unusual twists.

It is kind of fun to see tropes turned upside down. For instance, the Chaebol-poor girl set-up usually has a significant problem with the rich family accepting the 'unsuitable' girl. But in WHAT'S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM the parents of our male lead do everything short of hanging a neon sign over the poor girl's head- on that would read MARRY OUIR SON, PLEASE- and probably wonder what is wrong with their son that he cannot see what is right in front of him. In ONE PERCENT OF SOMETHING the Chaebol Grandpa is actually the one who is shoving a reluctant Cinderella in front of his grandson. Trope reversals like these make the story more fun.

This particular reversal of a trope is probably not as central to the story, but probably does tell us what the story will NOT be about: This will not be about our leads somehow triumphing over their unfair treatment. There is a mystery to FOREST but that is not it- and I for one am puzzled as to what it is.

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I agree about the disciplinary committee. It was one scene I really liked. When she attacked the father with the ECG I was really annoyed. Like - she could have killed him. It's the kind of scene we're normally supposed to cheer on and that I hate because it's violent and disproportionate. When she copped to it in the disciplinary committee I was impressed.

The thing is - and this is my problem with the first two eps as a whole - any character scenes like this are swamped in bad romcom tropes. Her dancing before surgery turns out to be wildly out of character. The Cold-Hot CEO meets Candy moments are too tonally jarring. And the corporate machinations are zzzzz....

I wish the whole thing had been a flaming dumpster fire of Good Trash. Having flashes of a decent drama now and then just highlight all the times they resort to a Trope Checklist to drive the plot.

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Or was her dancing before surgery actually In Character- as in an attempt to put herself in a happy place to ward off the panic disorder?

Is our heartless Chaebol actually a Chaebol? Or does he come from a humbler background and that is why he has to fight so very hard? We actually do not know that much about him yet.

I am not entirely sold on this show yet. But it is my hope that in fact our characters are not as advertised but rather are both very intelligent and complex people with a traumatic past.

The one trope that is guaranteed is that their pasts were intertwined- for the rest it is my hope that we will see other tropes up-ended.

Do not get me wrong. I too am a an avid fan of Good Trash, which can be enormously entertaining on an occasional basis. And I am definitely not sold on this show yet.

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What I would like to see:

x Young-jae put on some sensible shoes for walking down forest roads; time to lose the stiletto boots
x Young-jae put out some chairs in the waiting room, turn on the heat, and change the channel so all the elderly folks will line up for care
x KSH realize that he actually likes flying around in a helicopter, saving lives and forests, more than finance.
x KSH decide to save the forest from development

Meanwhile, just wondering, who kept the forest house clean and the plants green and growing? How does Dad fit into all this, since he has a firefighting suit? Did Mom and Dad adopt Young-jae after her birth parent tried to commit suicide with her? Was it Dad who pulled her out of the submerged car? And last but not least, how far into the story do we have to get before we find out their childhood tragedies were connected, and they even (gasp) were friends long ago.

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What I would like to see:
x Guy falls from tree and has severe cuts and is bleeding to death. Young-jae finds a nearby badger, cuts it's open with the scalpel she always has on hand, rips out the tendons with her bare teeth uses that to stitch up said bleeding guy.

And then a tree falls on them.

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Do not hurt my Oppa. It's bad enough you want to make him fall from a tree. Now you want to stitch him up with badger tendon. As if it's not enough to have him die from blood poisoning, you want to have him felled by a tree. *SCOWLS*

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cuts it's open with the scalpel she always has on hand

Eh, not toothpick?

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Not. Funny. *GLARES*

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I think nice dad with rescue suit is likely the man who pulled her out of the water. Her dad pulled a murder/suicide (despicable). I think her brother (? There looked to be another child in the car) died. Her biological mom wasn’t in the car. Maybe biological dad was out for revenge against the mom or had some psychosis. Nice dad may have been the rescue worker who pulled her out of the submerged car. Her mom remarried him. Her mom died later leaving just her step dad and her.

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Well so far I have decided that Young-jae is an arrogant, self centered, stupid, and clueless person. And the writing is just SO bad. As someone noted in another thread, she is a candy without any redeeming qualities. Will give it one more try next week, but so far the show seems to be nothing but a collection of over used tropes and cliches from the last 10 years of k-dramas.

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do you think PHJ picks his own dramas? Used to be a time in India when a good actor did a really crap movie they used to say maybe it was mafia funded. What’s PHJ deal?

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@missvictrix Thank you for recapping. Love your snarky insights. Can you stay with us till the end? Oppa would be grateful.

Oppa.

Sigh.

I'm so sorry, Oppa.

This drama marks a first for me where you are concerned, Oppa.

First, I laughed at your fire hands. I'm so sorry, Oppa. I tried, I tried so hard to hold it in, because you were in pain, but I started to laugh. I couldn't stop. And when you shrieked aloud, "My hand is on fire", that was it, Oppa. I fell off my chair, wheezing. I have never laughed at you before, Oppa, not unless you wanted me to. But I did it this time. I feel so bad, Oppa, but maybe if you toned it down, I 'll stop laughing. I can't promise, but I'll try.

I fastforwarded your scenes, Oppa. There. I have admitted it. I'm so sorry, Oppa. I have never fastforwarded your scenes. Never, ever, ever. But I did it this time. It was the part you droned on and on about your business thingy and whatever with that group of shady men in suits in a darkened office, and I just zoned out. They talked so long, Oppa. I had to do it. I feel so bad. The show made me do it. Not you, Oppa.

Other things that grated were the heroine's brash, loud, feisty over the top antics. I found her annoying. The side characters just kept coming and coming. There were scenes that were supposed to be funny, but I wasn't laughing. The coffee PPL. The switch from Cold Oppa to Cute Oppa, from Confident Oppa to Needy Oppa. Too many Oppas. It makes my head hurt.

The scenes I liked were the stunning visuals of the mountains and the forest, and Oppa. The best part of the drama so far was the skimpy bathrobe. Rocking those legs, Oppa!

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The bathrobe was from a different drama. A more salacious drama. The one, maybe, where I rewrote Doctor Stranger to be a polyamorous love story between PWJ, LJS and KSR's characters. (Don't tell me he and LJS don't have chemistry. Both have chemistry with inanimate objects and passing motorists. Putting them in the same scene was also going to lead to this. )

I'm mostly just here to remind you that you have an Obligation to Oppa. A very real contractual Dramaworld obligation. You are not allowed to drop. It is illegal for you to drop. The Oppa Law is clear. You must keep watching, although ff'ing is allowed.

Let me know how it goes...

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*BRACES SHOULDERS* I will soldier on for Oppa. I had a dream last night. He appeared to me in THAT bathrobe. He sighed, and said sadly, "YY, watch me for my legs. I cannot promise for the rest of the show, but these legs will never let you down." Then he evaporated into mist. I sat up in bed, shaking. Oppa needs me. I will not abandon Oppa.

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I think your wish will come true in the next episodes when cohabitation kicks in. I am sure there's gonna be walking into the shower and seeing naked body scene somewhere.

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I know what you mean. Super excited to see Oppa's bare chest. It will debunk @azzo1's "Oppa is shy" theory.

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"seeing naked body scene" shower scenes. *BLUSHING*

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I remember my first cohab "walking in on someone in the shower" drama trope. LMH, Personal Taste. The FL is telling her friend about it the next day and the friend asks how big he is and starts moving her hands apart. LMH can see their silhouettes as shes moving her hands. I could try this drama again for cohab hijinx. Yes, yes I could. Even though the first two were so very boring.

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The switch from Cold Oppa to Cute Oppa, from Confident Oppa to Needy Oppa. Too many Oppas. It makes my head hurt.

if you can't handle this many oppas, how will you handle the 4 Oppas drama that is forever in-making?

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She doesn't have to if the making is forever....

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I wish it hadn't been canned. That sounded way more interesting than this.

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I can see from the comments that this is just the drama comeback that PHJ need to reignite his hands career. Or maybe not.

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Also, I did read the weecap, and maybe it's just me, but I still don't really get what this is about. Did he become a firefighter because he Hwayugi style fire hands and he also want to tear down the forest and develop it? And are all female surgeons in SK traumatized and then sent to small rural hospitals as punishment for some wack-a-doo moment in which they do something counter to all medical standards?

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But now I wonder if this forest is your woods and all your animal visitors have just come to warn you about the man with the fire hands.

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I think this drama has a better storyline.

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Would it help if I tell you that Oppa is as confused as the rest of us? Remember Oppa gave a hint in the poster: I NEED TO KNOW. Oppa is clueless, too.

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Too bad I DON'T WANT TO KNOW.

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Everything in this drama is weird... Poor forest, it will have a lot of work to do!

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Reading the comments made me realize, whatever I watch that makes me go, "Hmm..." makes everyone else go, "This show freaking sucks!" Apparently I have a much low key reaction to trash.

But I was annoyed for the first 10 minutes thinking "great, how am I supposed to barrel through all these overused Kdrama troupes?" I'm not hooked but I'd most likely watch the next episode when it comes out. Cuz I am BORED.

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I think everyone’s snarky comments are going to be the best thing about this show 😉

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Seeeeee....he has fire hands!!! 😆 @yyishere @msrabbit

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I don't know if I should be happy or sad that you're right. 🙂

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When his fire hands appeared, I thought of you at once. And the second and third time. Was there a fourth? 🔥🔥🔥🔥

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That first scene is extremely difficult to watch after watching months of savage fires on news in Australia.

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Preach

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This is why I bailed on the first ep. I love PHJ, but I just can't do fire rn. I registered here so I can watch vicariously through recaps.

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In ep 2, Young-jae was fired from her job for saving the little boy [ even though police cleared it as self defense] and because she ate medicine for panic disorder?????? It was a board of doctors so clearly they should understand doctor Young-Jae isn't "mad", just has a mental health issue which is easily fixed with medicine.
Just couldn't understand the fundamentals of Hospital management. This type of firing of doctors is shown often in Korean dramas, is it really the norm in Korea? Just firing doctors at whims of management? OR is it just for drama?
In my country doctors aren't easy to get so any hospital would fire a doctor only in case extreme need to fire for negligence/malpractice/corruption. Are there too many docs in Korea??? Or is it just whim of Drama writer to show that way??

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In initial episodes character of San-hyuk comes across as extremely obnoxious megalomaniac in the hospital and even in front of the psychiatrist. Let's see if he becomes bearable in later episodes.

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Lesson learned 1:
If a surgeon gets sever panic attacks and nearly causes death of a patient, the ideal job for her would be in a desolate forest hospital. You don’t need psychological evaluation or therapy/medication. You can perform surgeries without any supervision.
In case something goes wrong, don’t worry you are surrounded by the forest. It is perfect job site for a part-time serial killer.
Lesson learned 2:
If you have serious issues and you get sever panic attacks (I am not sure about exact term here) that needs you to be sedated,
I have bad news for you- You cannot do business deals but upside is you can totally become rescue worker.

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Kdrama logic. Which really isn't logical at all. *sighs*

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It's called positioning. Because the writer couldn't come up with a better reason, these stupid things had to happen to get our surgeon out to the woods and to get our finance guy up in the helicopter, so their destinies could collide. This is what happens when the writing process starts with, "I'm going to write about a (female) surgeon and a high finance guy, and how they meet in a forest and their lives are forever changed and entwined. Well, actually, they've been entwined since childhood, but they just don't know that yet. And they both have traumas, so let's make this a healing drama. The forest does the healing. I'll figure that part out later."

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"He comes out of the sky and she is stuck on the ground and he's able to help her ascend but only by being stuck herself."

~~Premise of every Candy/Chaebol drama ever

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being stuck HIMself
Me type good

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I guess that's what makes CLOY different! Yoon Se-ri's a chaebol, so she came out of the sky. Does that make RJH a candy?

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He's already an eye candy

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LOL!!!!!!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Why is the serial killer only part time? Not enough people there for full time, or is he just lazy?

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There are couple of reasons. First as you said it is lack of people. Second - unless he is Tarzan or Mowgli, he needs to work for living.
As for our FML, she needs to be a doctor, damsel in distress and facilitate development of other people around her. She only has potential to be quarter time serial-killer.

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I watched till the middle of episode 3.... Here's a transcript of me trying to make heads & tails of it with @yyishere

Yaya your Oppa is boring me with logistics & revenue inflation
But first why did he have to be a genius linguist who can listen to French & one other language & just roply back in Korean
Yet another traumatised professional
Do your damn job people!!
If you have a fire trauma how can you be allowed to be a fireman?!

He's like the head of a logistics company. It delivers 🚚 parcels. Now for some reason,A huge conglomerate is interested in buying a piece of forest land & hiked up its price from 30 million won to 100 million KRW.
The drama doesn't tell us why your oppa is interested.
Because he wasn't eyeing the land - He literally got market gossip/spy report from his employee.

For some reasonHe decides to go to the forest to check out the reason he thinks the land is triple its price & why the conglomerate is so after it to get it.
I dunno why.

Is he a botanist? Horticulturist? Geologist?
Your oppa is the rich guy.
Anyways he decides with his big commerce brain that he'll go & survey the forest to make it spill its secrets

Now there he meets a guy in orange who is part of a special rescue team & is running an operation or drill there so the orange 🍊 guy tells him to stop clicking pics & move back.
He's oppa so he can't take No, So he talks about suing etc.
The Orange guy laughs
In the midst of this argument, Your oppa lands in dung

So now he's unsatisfied but interested in the mysterious rescue guys *for some reason*
Because it's totally odd for a thick forest to have a special rescue team.... Its not like people live nearby or anything, Or don't trek or hike 🙄

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It was in the middle of episode 3 that I realized that the ML isn't the top dog of his company like I thought he was.
At least now I know vaguely why he is surveying the forest.
But I still don't get things.

Why is he interested in the forest that the conglomerate is interested in? Because of Director Han? Because he was kicked to the curb by the CEO? To regain favour? But didn't he show interest in the forest even before visiting the logistics company?

Now he's making shady deals & investigations to topple the Han guy. I guess it's revenge for taking his thunder or something. I don't knowwww.

@leetennant @msrabbit @kurama @bdxpelik @lindag @anybody & everybody ! Somebody help! 😫

I finished ep 4 too but still don't understand much. Both the characters are unlikable for now. His sudden need for the FL doesn't make sense. Like why would he look towards her for help? They aren't close yet & it's not like he thinks she's a competent doctor.

LMAO him patting her & singing that lullaby made me laugh 😂😂😂

I was thinking the 911 rescue guy might be the 2nd lead & provide good laughs, but now I think the unintentional comedy of this show will make me laugh more.

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I mean... are you trying to make sense of this? Why?
This (forest) path leads only to madness.

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I mean.... Usually its fun to poke how non sense these things are... But I can't be confused while doing it right?

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A giant step on the road to madness!

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I am mostly zz-ing through the corporate parts, so this is the best of my understanding...

Oppa works as an executive in company named RLI that deals with Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). The Logistic company (Geosung), where he momentarily worked as deliveryman to gather information (read: spy) on them, was his introductory success project. Director Han is his rival in the company.

When Oppa was hospitalized, Director Han tried to snatch away his project (with the approval from CEO, who only cares about who can bring him the big bucks). Oppa was pissed. He tried to dig up dirts on Director Han and found out he's trying to buy some cheap land in the Forest with very high price, which smells fishy to Oppa.

After much digging, that piece of land will be much more valuable once they build a resort on it. The only obstacle is the Emergency Rescue Team station. The noise from the helicopters will make that land unsuitable for resort. Hence, like the hands-on genius that he is, Oppa is now joining the Emergency Rescue team with the agenda to move them out of the Forest.

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'Cause ordinary rescue team members can make big things happen.

Not.

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Gosh, ms rabbit. Thank you so much. You explained everything so well. I understand the business part now. The other parts are still weird.

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You're welcome. I don't think they explained the other parts yet. That's the secret I supposed. So far, we just know he has trauma. Doctor thinks it's psychological. He insisted it's neurological, even though he doesn't remember anything prior to 10.

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Oh my god thank you! I got some of this by ep 4 but still not eniugh without your explanation!

ILY 😭💚💚💚💚

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*enough

Typos 싫어 😑

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You're welcome. This is as far as I can help you though. Good luck!

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@msrabbit are you going back to the urban life away from the mysterious anthromorphic forest? Won't you stay for the ghost stories & the swaying branches & scenery & potential of a campy survival night out in the forest?

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Nope. I've seen enough. I'll be checking recaps just to read comments. I might tune in to the last episode if I am bored.

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Oppa speaking Korean and the other guy answering in French was so ridiculous.

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It was. Even before that the woman in the room spoke another language & he gesticulated or mhmmmed something as a reply.

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You described it perfectly with "unintentional comedy".

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Lol

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@missvictrix Thank you for such fun recap. Please continue to bring sunshine into my life with your witty words and pictures of oppa with fiery hand.

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I watched about 50 minutes of this drama and hated every moment and got stress headache, so, decided to first see if it is worth it by coming here.

Looks like it is going to be really worth it. Not the drama but the comments. I really really hope some of you will watch and continue to comment or weecap...

I had such a blast reading the comments. Relieved my headache.

First 50 minutes of the drama really were terrible. If some of you said second ep is worse, I can not even imagine it.

But I will be here to read comments if it gets weecap'ed again.

Thank you all. You are a fun bunch.

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I want to stop but I can't. The Oppa Law decrees I have to continue watching this.

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Yes it does, YY. Yes. It. Does.

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Yes, that's right - you have to keep watching and commenting and causing others to comment. I desperately need to laugh out loud.

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But I am running out of funny things to say. Soon, I may have to borrow @leetennant's One Single Joke.

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I should have stopped at that galaxy 🌌 nebula overlay-esque type fire within the first 30 seconds but I wanted to see forest shenanigans. Why? I almost blame you.

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Did you see his bathrobe?

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Ofc I did. Hmm almost slinky 😏

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Fighting YY!!!

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So far, my favourite thing in this drama is the house Young-jae is brought to to live in. Best doctor digs ever.

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Yes the house was so nice, I wanted to see more of the design.

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I really tried.
Well, really may be too much to describe it. But I tried.
I didn't make it to episode 2.
I've already watched Melting Me Softly and Fox Bride Star.
Enough for me.
I wanted to like this, but I don't. At all.
But I love your comments. You're all great.
I'm gonna visit every post.

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And I thought Melty was bad, this drama didn't make any sense and it was boring premiere. I'm not holding out much hope for the rest of the series.

Isn't anyone going to live in a treehouse and climb trees?
Where are the people? Did ghosts eat the villagers?

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I wondered why there was over 100 comments already - surely this show is good. But no, it seems ya'll are having a great time trashing it. And I thought it was only full of predictable tropes because I've seen so many that they're easily recognized.
But it's been great fun reading the comments. Does this mean I can look forward to more laughter next recap??
Poor predictable show - I'm sure they all worked very hard. Wait, didn't I read somewhere 2020 was going to be more quality, not quantity? Epic fail already.

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Technically...it's not a 2020 drama. It's fully preproduced and filming wrapped up around Aug 2019.

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So that's their excuse then? Not quite 2020 yet so we don't have to do "quality" just yet - ?

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Me, I didn't have great expectations, that is why I am not utterly disappointed. Of course, I find the business plot boring and the reason why he wants to be part of the rescue team stupid. But I am willing to watch this weeks episodes and see what they bring.
For the premiere we all can realize this is not exactly a great drama, but, if we keep on watching, maybe there will be some surprises. I doubt it could be as bad as "Abyss" or "Meltly me softly".😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂..

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@missvictrix I have to confess I read the comments before I read your Open Thread - and now I get it, where all the ahem "snarky" comments came from.
Very nicely done, keep up the good work! Enjoyed your thread immensely.

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I persisted in watching. And for me (like most here) Ep1-4 was haphazard and slightly crazy with flash forwards and flashbacks. But I stuck with it in spite of the cringey second leads and weird business politics. I stayed because PHJ intrigued me...in his softer moments. When he spoke to his carer at the memorial. When he stood there with his coffee cup catching the sunbeams. When he hugged FL and sang a nursery rhyme (?). When he recounted ghost stories in the rural hospital. Moments when he connects with her. Ep5/6 for me is where the drama hit its groove (It is billed as a rom com)...when much of the action happens in the forest/rural area. It slows and I can sit back and revel in the misty magic and the 2 leads start to emote at their best so I am withholding judgement till later. I like the 2 of them together. In their moments of quiet apart from the hullabaloo of their professional lives and the bizarre side plots/characters.

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“ When he spoke to his carer at the memorial. When he stood there with his coffee cup catching the sunbeams. ”

I also thought those scenes were his best ... I haven’t made it to the others that you mention.

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I skipped the first four episodes and started watching at ep 5. Guess I'll have to quit this complaint forum, because I discovered I like the drama.

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So, I should stop my slog through the first 4 episodes?

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Ha! Depends. I normally start at the first scene that looks interesting to me (usually a dangerous situation or a kiss...), whether it's the first episode or the 10th episode. Since the tropes are all pretty much the same, skipping around doesn't usually affect anything, imo!
If you're the type person who has to deal with everything linearly then skipping wouldn't work for you. Personally, I just can't do linear.

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It really does hit its groove in Ep5. Although I still find the side plots, other cast members and business shenanigans boring. I just skip past them to the main leads and their interactions. Their stories and how they intertwine intrigues me enough to stay on board for more. PHJ in his moments of tenderness turns me to mush. 😂

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I read all of your comments, start to end, without skipping. I wish i could say the same about Forest. You guys are way more fun and entertaining than this drama. Bye bye Oppa... one of these days I'll enjoy watching you like i did before. Please fired whoever it is that helped you choose your new projects after Cheese.

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Hi,

I came to the thread because I was confused about a weird editing transition that didn't make sense.

Now I know, it's not me, it's the show.

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I thought to myself, 'Maybe you should give it a few more episodes. Maybe you aren't getting it??' But after reading the comments here I realize it's not me. I tried so hard to like it and to follow along but it honestly makes zero sense.

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