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365: Repeat the Year: Episodes 1-2

If you had the chance to go back in time one year, and relive that year over again, would you do it? What would you change, and how would you know what to change? MBC’s new supernatural thriller, 365: Repeat the Year, offers this chance to ten lucky people — but are they really so lucky? Or are they just desperate to fix what’s gone wrong in their lives?

  
EPISODE 1 RECAP

January 11, 2020

Somewhere in a deserted field, a limousine speeds down a country road, then hurtles off a cliff. Elsewhere we see several people freeze and fall to the ground, then wake up again.

January 15, 2019

A handsome man enters a jewelry store and chats up the pretty female employee, and we see them looking around a big fancy house. In voiceover we hear: “Ahn Kyung-nam, known as the DiCaprio of Cheongdam-dong. It takes him exactly forty-eight hours to approach a woman and take every penny from her, including her property, real estate, and everything he can take. Then he suddenly disappears, changes his identity, and reappears on the scene.”

The man walks down the street looking at his phone, and another man collides with him. He drops his phone and scratches the screen, and the other guy throws cash in his face and walks away. Our guy follows him and snarkily returns his money, and the second guy takes a swing, but our guy easily twist his arm until he’s writhing in pain.

It turns out that our guy is actually a cop named JI HYUNG-JO (Lee Jun-hyuk), and he and his partner, SUN-HO (Lee Sung-wook) have been trying to catch AHN KYUNG-NAM (cameo by Yoo Geon). Nearby, rookie cop Soon-woo leads Kyung-nam’s girlfriend over. Hyung-jo suddenly remembers something and runs off right in the middle of the arrest. LOL.

At a bookstore, a webtoon artist who goes by the pen name “Maru” holds a book signing event for the latest installation of her popular series, Hidden Killer. Her real name is SHIN GA-HYUN (Nam Ji-hyun), and she’s barely civil to her fans, refusing pictures and insisting that the line be cut off before the event is up so that she won’t have to stay a moment later than necessary.

Apparently, Hyung-jo is a huge fan, but he skids into the store just as the cutoff happens. Looks like he won’t be meeting his idol today, which is probably for the best, considering Ga-hyun’s mood.

Back at the station, Hyung-jo gets teased for leaving in the middle of an arrest for an autograph that he couldn’t even get. He and Sun-ho bicker over who actually caught Kyung-nam — technically Hyung-jo got him, but he didn’t even know who it was due to extensive plastic surgery, so Sun-ho wants the credit because he cuffed him. Okay, they’re so cute together.

Hyung-jo works late, so it’s dark when he finally gets home. He’s met by a man named Myung-chul, who’s freshly out of jail after Hyung-jo arrested him years ago. Myung-chul pulls a gun and informs Hyung-jo that after seven years in prison, he’s been told that he has a brain tumor and only has three months to live.

Myung-chul says that he doesn’t want to die alone, so he’s already killed both the prosecutor who indicted him and the judge who sentenced him. He tells Hyung-jo that he’s his last target, but he decided that he wants Hyung-jo to live in pain for the rest of his life.

He shoots Hyung-jo in the thigh, then grins at him evilly: “Guess who I borrowed this [gun] from?” He tells Hyung-jo to go home, because he left him a gift. Oh no…

Hyung-jo staggers home, but at first it seems as though nothing has been disturbed. He checks in the bathroom, and his face contorts in anguish… there’s blood everywhere, and his partner and beloved mentor, Sun-ho, is lying dead in the shower.

December 2019

Ga-hyun suffers through a painful physical therapy session, then uses a wheelchair to get herself to the nearest bus stop. Whoa, she’s apparently partially paralyzed from the waist down. It starts to rain, then across the street she sees her manager and her colorist walking together to meet her. They run over, worried about her, but Ga-hyun insists on leaving alone, though they follow her anyway.

When they get to Ga-hyun’s home, colorist JOO-YOUNG (Do-hee) seems to feel awkward and makes a store run. Left alone with WOO-JIN (Im Hyun-soo), her manager and fiance, Ga-hyun snaps at him to say what he clearly wants to say. He says that the marriage dinner with his parents for this weekend had to be postponed, but Ga-hyun guesses that they don’t approve of him marrying her because of her disability.

She says she no longer wants to marry him anyway, and lies that it’s because his career is too humble for someone at her level of success and fame. She says she’ll contact his company to send her a new manager, then goes to her room. Hurt, Woo-jin calls after her that she’s not the only one who’s tired.

Ga-hyun holds in her tears, and soon Joo-young returns from the store. Ga-hyun tells her that she broke off her engagement with Woo-jin, and that she’s ending her relationship with Joo-young, too. She snaps that Joo-young is just using her for her connections until she can make her own debut, anyway, but that she’ll still put in a good word for her.

Joo-young fights back and tells Ga-hyun that she’s being cruel after everything they’ve done for her. She says that Ga-hyun’s legs aren’t her only disability, but that she’s even more broken on the inside. She goes, and we see that Ga-hyun is now truly alone — she even lost her dog, Maru, recently.

We switch to Hyung-jo, who’s sitting in his living room with Ga-hyun’s dog. He’s coincidentally given the dog the name Maru after his favorite webtoonist. He hasn’t been back to work since Sun-ho’s murder, and when he visits the station, he’s overwhelmed by memories of his old partner.

His boss, Detective Ho, asks when he’s coming back, but Hyung-jo says that every time he tries, he hears Sun-ho calling his name. He hands Team Leader Ho his resignation, but Team Leader Ho tears it up.

He tells Hyung-jo that Myung-chul had surgery on his tumor, and it was successful, which means that he’ll spend a long time in prison paying for the murders. Team Leader Ho urges Hyung-jo to see a therapist, and even offers to recommend him to the best facility in the country. Hyung-jo walks away, insisting that he really has resigned.

While sitting outside with Maru, Hyung-jo gets a very mysterious phone call. A woman’s voice tells him that a KTX train will derail tomorrow, and that two people will die and fifty-eight will be injured. She says she’ll call him tomorrow and hangs up, and he dismisses it as a prank call.

But in the morning, the news reports the train derailing, with exactly two deaths and fifty-eight injuries. The woman calls Hyung-jo again, and he accuses her of being responsible for the accident. She says that it may look that way, but there’s no way for her to have predicted the number of casualties. She explains, “When a certain date comes, I go back to the past and live my life over again.”

She offers Hyung-jo a chance to travel back in time with her, and instructs him to come to Jian Clinic on Saturday if he’s interested. Coincidentally (or possibly not), that’s the name of the clinic that Team Leader Ho mentioned.

Hyung-jo shows up on the appointed day, curious to see what this is all about. On the way in he runs across Ga-hyun, though he doesn’t know who she is since he didn’t make it to her fan meeting. They’re led to a room where there are nine other people waiting anxiously to see if this mysterious woman’s claims are true.

She arrives last, a well-put-together woman who introduces herself as psychiatrist LEE SHIN (Kim Ji-soo). She tells them that yes, they can literally travel back in time, or “reset” as she calls it.

EPISODE 2 RECAP

Shin tells the prospective travelers that they won’t physically travel back in time, but that their minds will go through a gap in time and space back to their past bodies, but with their current memories intact. Hyung-jo asks why she chose them, so Shin explains that she made calls randomly, and that they’re the ones who showed up to learn more.

She tells them that they can leave if they like, but that they’ll lose the chance to go back in time. She says that they will leave in one week, and that they can only go back one year, to January 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. One man objects, saying that’s not far enough to accomplish anything, but Shin smiles indulgently and tells him that he can change a lot more in a year than he thinks.

She turns on the TV just as they’re announcing the winning lottery numbers. Shin calls out the numbers before each one is announced, proving that she already knew the winning numbers because she’s lived this day before. A couple of the potential travelers start writing the numbers down, but Shin tells them to memorize anything they want to remember, since they won’t be able to take anything with them.

Shin tells everyone to come back on Saturday if they decide they want to go back with her, and that she’ll respect their decisions if they don’t return.

Hyung-jo visits Sun-ho’s grave, and he recalls the day they met, and how Sun-ho once took a knife in the gut to save Hyung-jo’s life. Right there, Hyung-jo decides to take this chance if it means he can go back and save Sun-ho’s life.

On Saturday, ten of the eleven people return to Jian Clinic, with the exception of the pregnant woman who was worried about her baby not existing if she went back a year. Shin tells them that they’re leaving right away, and that she’d like them to come back to Jian Clinic a week after they return to their pasts.

They load up into a limousine, and the ride is silent and awkward as they’re taken out of the city and into the countryside. Some of the travelers sit quietly with their thoughts or listen to music, while others try to memorize things they want to remember. Eventually the limo arrives at its destination, and without warning or preamble, it hurtles full-speed off a cliff, taking Shin and the travelers with it.

Hyung-jo wakes up exactly one year prior, right in the middle of receiving a beating from two thugs, heh. Luckily, Soon-woo and Sa-kyung from his team quickly show up and subdue the thugs, so Hyung-jo heads back to the station. He wilts when he doesn’t see Sun-ho anywhere, but then Sun-ho grabs him from behind in a headlock.

Hyung-jo spins away reflexively, then just stands there staring at Sun-ho like he might cry. With a tiny little, “Hyung…” he launches himself at Sun-ho and hugs him tightly, refusing to let go when Sun-ho complains. (I’m not crying, you’re crying.)

Not far away, Ga-hyun wakes up in a park, her legs burning from the hot coffee she spilled on herself when her body briefly passed out. She leaps up and dances around from the pain, then belatedly realizes that her legs work and starts jumping even harder. Joo-young runs over with Maru on a leash, and Ga-hyun is thrilled to see her dog again, not to mention her friend.

We see little snippets of the other travelers resuming their lives: One woman, who was wearing an engagement ring, looks at her wedding invitation which is dated in February. The security guard fills out a lottery ticket with the numbers he memorized. The man who appeared homeless in the future now wears a suit, back at his high-powered office job.

The young woman with short black hair now has long red hair, and spends her time in class staring at social media posts of a particular handsome young man. Another traveler seems to be taking a test, while the frizzy-haired boy plays video games in a gaming room and the older gentleman opens his cafe.

Ga-hyun holds her fan meeting again, but this time she’s a lot friendlier to her fans. She consents to photos, to Joo-young’s surprise, and instead of closing the line early, she agrees to stay late for anyone who got in line before the end of the event.

The day of Sun-ho’s death arrives, and Hyung-jo is conspicuously missing from the team meeting about catching Ahn Kyung-nam. In the middle of the meeting, Hyung-jo casually walks in with Kyung-nam and his girlfriend in handcuffs, having decided to cut through all the BS and just catch them himself, hee.

He trades shifts with Sun-ho, giving him his night shift. He goes to Myung-chul’s home, and when he sees Sun-ho’s killer’s face, he has to power through the traumatic memories in order to be kind to him. He gives Myung-chul some health drinks and asks if he’s found a job, and Myung-chul says he’s mostly unemployed.

Myung-chul suddenly passes out so Hyung-jo rushes him to the hospital. He stays while Myung-chul is treated, and once he’s released, they go out for drinks. Myung-chul admits that he’s resented Hyung-jo, the prosecutor, and the judge for putting him in jail because it makes him feel better to focus on getting revenge than to take responsibility for his crimes.

Hyung-jo has another flashback, but he brushes it aside and asks half-jokingly if Myung-chul is planning to kill them all. Myung-chul bursts out laughing, then says that he might have died today if not for Hyung-jo, and that he feels like seven years’ worth of anger have been washed away.

Later, Hyung-jo puts Myung-chul into a taxi and sends him home. But once they pull away, Myung-chul tells the driver not to take him home, but to Namyeon-dong, where the judge lives. Craaaap

He breaks the side mirror on the judge’s car and sets off the alarm, and when the judge steps outside to investigate, Myung-chul stabs him in the chest with a knife. But the knife is stopped by the armored vest the judge is wearing, and Hyung-jo steps outside the gate to confront Myung-chul. Yes!!

Thinking ahead, Hyung-jo had Soon-woo pose as the taxi driver, so when Myung-chul had changed his destination, Soon-woo had texted to Hyung-jo where they were going. Hyung-jo had gotten there first and fitted the judge with the armored vest, allowing him to surprise Myung-chul and arrest him, saving three lives.

Hyung-jo goes back to the station where Sun-ho is still working, taking him some fried chicken for dinner. Sun-ho asks how he knew what Myung-chul was planning, but Hyung-jo tells him to just know that he saved his life today. Sun-ho reminds him of the Hidden Killer fanmeet, and Hyung-jo whines that he even traveled back in time and still missed it, hee.

On a later day, Ga-hyun is walking Maru when he suddenly pulls his leash from her hand and runs off. He goes straight to Hyung-jo, who’s walking nearby (almost as if he remembers him… how interesting). Hyung-jo and Ga-hyun recognize each other, and they figure out that in the original timeline, Hyung-jo adopted Ga-hyun’s dog when he got lost while she was in the hospital after her accident.

Ga-hyun asks how Hyung-jo knows Maru’s name, so he says he named him after his favorite webtoon artist. Ga-hyun tells him that that’s her, and that she uses her dog’s name as her pen name. Hyung-jo buys Maru a collar with his name and Ga-hyun’s number on it in case he gets lost again, and he asks for an autograph as repayment, but Ga-hyun says that she doesn’t socialize with her fans.

Because of meeting Hyung-jo, Ga-hyun missed Maru’s vaccination appointment, so she heads home early — and finds Woo-jin and Joo-young making out on her sofa. Damn, I had a strange feeling about them. With Joo-young’s lipstick still on his face, Woo-jin begs Ga-hyun to let him explain, but she just turns and walks out.

She sits in the park, thinking about times that she saw Woo-jin and Joo-young together in the original timeline, and now those moments take on a whole new tone. She returns home and asks Woo-jin and Joo-young whether they were going to continue seeing each other even after she and Woo-jin were married. Their guilty faces answer her question, and Ga-hyun says that she’s grateful to them, because she thought she was the only nasty one.

Suddenly switching to jondaemal, she fires them both on the spot. Before they go, she says, “I hope you two stay together to the end. If you stay together, you’ll always be reminded of me. Stay together with a memory that makes you feel ashamed and makes your relationship uncomfortable.”

Ga-hyun storms up to her bedroom, where she tears down the pictures of herself with Woo-jin and Joo-young. She cries herself to sleep, and doesn’t wake up until her phone buzzes in the morning. It’s a reminder that it’s been one week since the reset, and she’s supposed to go back to Jian Clinic.

She runs into Hyung-jo again on the way in, but she’s in no mood for his bubbly greeting. The travelers all reconvene, most of them looking much happier than they did a week ago, and they exclaim excitedly when they see Ga-hyun on her feet.

Shin joins them, and they notice that one traveler, the deliveryman, didn’t show up. In a sad voice, Shin informs them that he’s dead.

  
COMMENTS

I feel a little strange calling this drama fun, but oh boy, this is fun. I love shows that raise existential questions and set out to answer them, and 365: Repeat the Year has already raised several interesting questions. What would you do if you could go back in time and change something about your life? And if you did, would that change end up for the better, or would it make things worse? Ga-hyun has already learned that going back to regain her health didn’t stop her from losing the two people she loved most, and she might lose even more as she relives this year. One of the travelers even lost his life, and we don’t even know why he went back in the first place. Hyung-jo managed to save Sun-ho from being murdered, but I’m already scared — what will be the cost of those lives?

On a technical note, I noticed a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle things that really impressed me and make me eager to see more. When Hyung-jo found Sun-ho in the shower, everything went to black and white, except for the blood, which blazed a horrifying crimson. Every interesting camera angle at the clinic was gorgeous, and the way the scene where the limo went off the cliff was shot was really dramatic. The acting is really fantastic already, too — Lee Joon-hyuk and Nam Ji-hyun are rock-solid as always, pulling my heartstrings with their grief, then again with their doomed happiness to have a second chance. But even the actors portraying travelers we’ve only seen briefly so far have already impressed me, such as Yang Dong-geun’s intensity and Ahn Seung-hyun’s aloof attitude that’s obviously a wall hiding something serious.

I really, really love the character of Ga-hyun for Nam Ji-hyun — it’s a big break from the kind of character she normally takes on, and I applaud her willingness to play a more nuanced, difficult character. This is the fourth drama of hers that I’ve recapped, and while she showed a lot of range as a child actor, as an adult lead she mostly plays young, upbeat, lighthearted characters. But the character of Ga-hyun is dark and heavy, with her disability and her demons that seem to show up in her art, and I can imagine Nam Ji-hyun will greatly enjoy exercising her acting chops with this one.

And then there’s the mysterious and slightly unsettling Shin, who I do not trust one single bit. How convenient that she just happens to have this ability, and is offering it for free (so who’s paying for that fancy facility, then?). I find it interesting that her name means “god” or “deity,” which makes me wonder if she’s even human at all. We know very little about her, but I’m certain that she doesn’t have these people’s best interests at heart, and that there’s definitely something in all this for her. She’s doing all this for a reason, and I don’t for one second think it’s something the travelers would willingly give if they have the choice.

There are still seven travelers we know practically nothing about, and I’m very curious to see what their stories are — why they chose to go back in time, and what they want to accomplish. On the surface, they didn’t seem to be in situation quite as dire as Hyung-jo and Ga-hyun, more along the lines of money or relationship issues. But I doubt that Shin chose them as randomly as she claims, and I wouldn’t be surprised if their reasons for traveling are why she picked them. All I know is, I can’t wait to find out.

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I really liked it. However, I am honestly surprised that the only person who thought things would go wrong would be the game. Messing with the past is always dangerous. The show is clever in its reveals though. I enjoy that, this is going to be great fun, that is the perfect word for this drama.

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Haven't watch this BUT:

If you had the chance to go back in time one year, and relive that year over again, would you do it?

Well, definitely wouldn't go back to 2020.
Can someone travel back to 2019 and get us out of this mess?

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I too found this first two episodes fun, even with all the tragedy that's involved.

I love Lee Joon Hyuk and he's fantastic: sweet, funny, human. I'm liking a lot his HyungJoo: I could feel his love for his sunbae, and I could feel his sorrow when he was killed, and his relieve when he was reunited with him.

I also agree that this is a change for Nam Ji Hyun. I usually don't really like her acting, but I like her here, although what I don't like it her character. I agree that she's strong and dark, very dark. Although not as dark as Shin...

Anyway. So far, totally in this one.

And regarding going back in time. My answer is no. Not in this way. Not to "relive" a year. Maybe to visit an exact point and relive it, but not go back to change things. I've thought about it lots of times, specially after my mum died, and I know I wouldn't. What I've lived in the past makes me the woman I am now. I like that woman.

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Really loved this - I get the feeling that the travellers are so blinded by their need to change the past that they haven't asked all the questions they need to. How will the memories go back, is this a parallel world, what happens to the last one year, can we return if we don't like it etc etc, and thats going to come back to bite them

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Exactly. They should have done more questions, specially "Why me?" because "I texted random people" does not fit.
I guess Shin needs them to change something in the past according to her plans, whatever they are.
I'm having so much fun so far!!

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I got the feeling specifically picked every single person there, too. "Random"... Sure...

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Their refusal to ask even the most basic questions actually drove me bananas, particularly when one of them is a cop!

"I just randomly asked a bunch of strangers who happen to have something so bad happen to them in this particular time window that they'd jump at the chance to travel back".

Nobody asked what the catch was or what the price was or what the side effects may be?

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@leetennant,
You're right. It's weird that a detective would buy this jive hook, line, and sinker. Except that he is a human being who has been severely traumatized by the murder of the person he trusted with his life.

It's going to really stink if Dr. Mephistopheles Shin shows up retroactively with futures contracts for each of their souls.

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Yeah but even if you've had traumatic things happen to you, this woman gathers these people in a room and says "time travel is real and I know how to do it and I have chosen you all completely at random to travel back in time for absolutely no reason"

and they all go, "okay then".

It's BIZARRE.

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@pakalanapikake I'm friends with enough cops to know that they will make more questions. It's profesional bias.
So I'm with @leetennant on this. It's ODD.

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I am in love with this show, its a perfect blend of comedy and mystery. And at same time it doesn't overload you with tons of information to confuse you with so much plot at once (unlike Memorist).
its intelligent in showing the aftereffects of trying to change your past but with some great twists.

I love how LJH has improved his acting A LOT here, he has all the expressions and smiles (which i always wanted). and same is for NJH she has shown improvement still at some moments she does over act but thats ok.

now back to plot... everyone of us had something (or many things) that we regret doing and want to undo it. But as we dont know what could have happened by undoing.. this show is damn great showing its not that easy to get rid of that guilt of wrongdoing cause one cant get rid of the accountability of the consequences.
Also its somehow reminded me of Nine: 9 times travel, which is my all time fav time travel drama. and I am sure 365 will make me happy and entertain thoroughly.

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here for the mention of Nine: 9 times travel :D it’s not only my all time fave time travel drama, it made it to my top-2 kdrama of all time, with My Ajusshi on top :)
if this show 365 turned up to be 70%_good of Nine, I’m sure I’ll be a happy camper! be good, show!

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So, there is a show called 9 time travel?? Wow....
Although I was caught by your comment because you love "My Ajusshi" (me too) 😅😀
Now this show over here is something else. Early to say it can compete with our Ajusshi, but we will find out

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yes there is 9 times travel.. and if you get time please watch it. you never gonna regret watching it. its well researched, well executed drama with one of the highest mystery quotient in time travel kdrama.

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The show was actually called Nine: Nine Times Time Travel, which is the most convoluted and redundant title I've ever seen.

Fair warning - it's by the writer of W and Memories of the Alhambra, just so you've fully informed going in.

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So far I know, W and memories of Alhambra had a disastrous ending. Even MoA was not so good overall (in general reviews). I can't judge by myself because I didn't watch any of them.
But thanks for telling me!

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agree if 365 turns out to be 70% of 9 Time travel.. it would be an epic time travel drama. but i am still not expecting it to be that great. cause it looks like lacks in research as its just dealing with the tip of the ice berg of time travel (what happens when you try to travel back).. while 9 time travel was damn well researched drama from that very first moment (but you only realized it once you watch the last moment)...

as you prayed... just be a good show.. thats all i am hoping.

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I am very much satisfied about the acting performance of Nam ji Hyun in 365. i also like that NJH is diversifying her roles not to be stuck in one genre.
I like the series, i like how its paced. and the plot is something that i'm interested in so i will continue watching.

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She's such a good actress! She's grown so much since her child actress days.

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I've always liked Nam ji Hyun's acting but some of her characters have been a bit too.... Candy maybe?... for me. Lots of floundering. I'm really glad she's taken a part that will show what she's capable of.

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i am really loving 365: Repeat the year. with only 12 episodes to watch with well played characters, fast paced and engaging and interesting first two episodes, I'm hooked.
I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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How come none of them had any questions or put any thought before deciding to go back in time? The plot moves fast and a huge twist already! Time travel is tricky to present, so many small details! Wow the Maru connection and naming coincidence, thats interesting!
Yeah LollyPip this drama is fun! Excited to watch it!

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Watching 365: Repeat the year because Nam ji Hyun is in this series. i have watched all her previous works from the Great Queen Seon Deok to 100 Days my husband. i must say that her acting performance in this drama is her best to date.

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I wasn't going to watch this but was glad I did! I enjoyed it thoroughly and can't wait for next week's episodes!

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Can't believe I actually caught a premiere recap for once! Thanks for the recap @lollypip. Referred to it a couple of times while I was watching the drama to figure out the timeline! (Have a feeling I may say that several times with this one.)

Liked it so far. Borderline 8/10 at times (though I rated this episode 7 stars overall). The BGM was unexpected to me and paired with some of the (more) interesting camerawork, gave me chills. For example, when Hyung-jo walked out from behind the judge's door to arrest that guy. I wasn't quite expecting it, and it landed so well for me.

My theory/potential idea for a plot line: since this Myung-chul guy is the reason for Hyung-jo going back in time, what if he gets wind of this idea of going back in time. After all, he was told by Hyung-jo to live the rest of his life trying to figure out how he was caught. And then if that lady sends him back in time, it would be before Hyung-jo's year. Nothing would be able to stop his revenge then. At that point, Hyung-jo wouldn't have a future at all.

Anyway, whatever the writers decide to do, I had fun watching this. And I will continue with future episodes.

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@lollypip thanks for the recap!
I have to admit, i was eagerly watched the first ep right after it was available, but I stop watching just after that first meeting of the travellers, I mean I was a bit upset on how they even didn’t question one of the most important things, which is to ask Shin “why do you offer this chance to us? what benefit did you get from offering this? if it’s such a great offer for us, you must get something in return! there’s no such thing as free lunch!!”
(or is it just me who will question that??)

hence after I stop watching that scene of the 1st ep, I decided to just wait for DB’s recap, and will decide whether to continue watching it or not after I read the recap, keke..

Now, your recap made me feel better, and I will just be content to read only recap until ep 3 (out of 12 eps, right?), if the story and plot picked up by then, I surely start pressing the play button again, and bingung and catching up, so that I’ll be able to discuss/squee/rant it together with you guys in the recaps thread, that should be more fun! ;)
#stayathome
#connectmoreonline
#beaniesarethebest

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@LollyPip

Thank you very much for your recap of 365: Repeat the Year. Very much appreciated, i enjoyed reading them.

I read your Recap right after watching the first two episodes . I love the acting, pacing, humor, chemistry between the leads, cinematography of this series. Things that i didnt like, the blood, hospital scenes and screams of pain (sorry) .

Overall, i am happy with Episodes 1 and 2 and will face the succeeding episodes with Exitement.

Hope you are all well and healthy.

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I liked this show for the first two episodes. I'm hoping it still has the comedy and mystery in it.

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General question: what genre is this drama??? Is it a thriller? Is it pure suspense? Is it a comedy/thriller/something else?

Some beanies commented on the humor... hum🤔 I wouldn't say there is none, but there is very little in my eyes. So I. Don't know what to expect from it.

Also, me too.... I felt disappointed the time travelers didn't ask for what would it cost them to come back in time, at least in regard to their relationship with Shin, since she is the one making it possible. Yeah, randomly but why? She should gain something from taking them back into the past.
Now, as crazy as it seems, I understand the method: they dont travel physically, but their memories. In the "present time" is like a dimension where they die (for sure they will), but Shin took their memories to the past (in another dimension) where they are all still alive.
Of course.... logically doing things differently can also put them in the death row, which is what I think it happened to the guy who wanted to win the lotto....
In this new dimension they will have to accept what it comes, that will be different from what they remember, because changing a simple thing at the beginning can create other changes they won't expect. I wouldn't be surprised if they gain new enemies on the way in the new dimension as well...
I hope their explanation to time traveling will be "some quantum physics", because only that can give us a lot of possibilities...

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read all the comments here as how everyone is not satisfied why none of the travelers asked questions like "why me"
but i think one of them did ask and Lady answered "i randomly called many people but only you 12 were convinced enough to come here"

second.. am sure all of them were apprehensive and should have asked about the consequences of the time travel, and how things will change if they do. But then all of them (we hav already seen KJH/NJH desperation and also the lady cause hit n run) were desperate enough to change their wrong doing of the wrongs happened to them which made them to accept the offer.

we have just 2 episodes with us and there are 10 more to go and am hoping ill get some good satisfactory answers by then.

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It was an interesting introduction. I'm really curious about the next episodes!

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This looks intriguing.

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Thank you for recapping 365: REPEAT THE YEAR, @lollypip. The show is off to a strong start. It grabbed me right out of the starting gate, with a nice mix of action and humor as uri hero, Detective Ji Hyung-jo, helps collar an on-the-lam swindler who has had plastic surgery, so the lawman doesn't know what his quarry looks like. But his meticulous footwork pays off – although as the scene opens, it looks as if he is the scammer. Nicely done, Show, even as it confused the heck out of me. I have a feeling that we've been warned that nothing in this show will be as it appears.

I, too, noticed the "doctor's" name. GOBLIN drove home the point that some of the gods don't give a fig about the puny lives of mere mortals. We may be getting more of the same here.

Who's to say that the awful things that happened to our intrepid travelers were not the consequences of yet other time travelers' actions? I trust Dr. Lee Shin as far as I can throw her. I doubt that she contacted them randomly, and suspect that she was in fact betting that they would play ball with her out of desperation over the losses they had suffered. I can't help but wonder if those events had been staged to ensure their unwitting participation, perhaps in some kind of research – in relieving PTSD, for instance. If anything, they may be guinea pigs in a virtual reality experiment – or something less benign.

As for Lee Shin's motivation to extend this "opportunity" to a bunch of strangers, I'm highly suspicious. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Normally I'd say "Follow the money," but I'm not sure what the payoff really is. However, someone has to be footing the bill for the Jian Clinic's swanky premises and staff. I would start investigating that. It strikes me as suspicious that Hyung-jo’s chief mentioned Jian Clinic to him.

As other Beanies have noted, it's disconcerting that the band of travelers don't ask Lee Shin pointed questions or display even a tad of skepticism before setting off on their adventure – aside from the pregnant woman. I interpreted her non-participation as meaning that she wanted to become pregnant, and didn't want to endanger her offspring. I admit my conclusion could be completely wrong, too. The audience is in the dark, just like the participants.

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I'm intrigued and confused by the mechanism of sending consciousness & memories back in time. So where are the time travelers' physical bodies while all this is happening? Still at the Jian Clinic? Walking around in their "normal" lives in 2020 while simultaneously off in the past ozone? The use of Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" strikes me as a clue to the proceedings, perhaps in the relation between dreams and wishes. Or maybe they are all asleep where they were sitting. Were they hypnotized?
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/1017239/
PS: Note Elvis Costello and The Boss in Roy's backing band on the first track.

I have a hunch that the webtoon Hidden Killer is part of the mystery, but I cannot put my finger on how it figures in just yet. I can't help but wonder if it is hinting at conscious intent, and how the way we focus our attention in life can manifest on the material plane. An old metaphysical saw states that “Energy flows where attention goes,” and that may hold a key to the riddle.

It was great fun seeing how Hyung-jo carefully plotted to save partner Sun-ho’s life and that of the judge who had sentenced Myung-chul to prison. But is that all there is to it, or is a shoe waiting to drop somewhere/somewhen? And then there’s the twist when cartoonist Maru regains her physical health, only to learn of the romantic betrayal by her closest friends. The death of one of the travelers also comes out of left field. I’m not sure what to make of it. All I can conclude is that going back in time to change events is not straightforward, and not without its own consequences. Perhaps because of the “Butterfly Effect,” those changes will turn into an unpredictable cascade that adversely affects innocent third parties, both in the past as well as the present time lines.

Dang, Lee Joon-hyuk '84 is all kinds of fine, having just turned 36 on March 13. He has such a lovely smile, and nice comic timing (which wasn’t in play in DESIGNATED SURVIVOR: 60 DAYS, ARE YOU HUMAN TOO, or HOUSE OF BLUEBIRD, as I recall.) His perm is way better than the ajumma mop that Yoon Si-yoon was saddled with in PSYCHOPATH DIARY. Here’s hoping that Hyung-jo will have a happier arc than the one in DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. Bromance is already in the air with partner Sun-ho, who's always putting him in a headlock. That is, until Hyung-jo offhandedly and very smoothly puts sunbae in one after oh-so-causally putting his arm around his shoulder. So sneaky! LOL!

Aside from her voice, I didn’t even recognize Nam Ji-hyun from her turn in 100 DAYS MY PRINCE. I’m tickled to see Yang Dong-geun again after his touching performance in THE THIRD CHARM. Yun Ju-sang is another favorite since seeing him in LOVE LETTER with Jo Hyun-jae early in my Kdrama watching. I’m glad to see Jung Min-sung after his turn in PEGASUS MARKET.

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I'm so late for this!
The guy who died broke the rule! Yang Dong-geun's character was also carrying a piece of paper with something circled, not sure.

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