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Forest: Episodes 25-28 Open Thread

The big reveals we’ve been waiting for are here — all of them. And while they don’t exactly inspire all of the awe they’re intended to, at least we’ve got the requisite backstory, breakups, and baddies before this drama comes to a close.

 
EPISODES 25-28 WEECAP

So, here we are in our penultimate week, trying to pull our ragged plot together. I’m starting to feel sorry for this drama. While everything is passable on paper, it’s practically unwatchable in drama form. It might have worked under better storytelling conditions, but here, everything is just poorly handled, dragged out, and badly paced (need I go on?), so it loses all the bang it’s been saving up for.

Speaking of things getting dragged out, we found out the mountain water was highly toxic what feels like ages ago… but nothing developed on this front for the longest time — until San-hyuk finally hears about it too. You’d like to think all these environmental tests would be part of the development process, but not so. When he finally finds out, that’s when the plot starts to move (for better or worse).

But first, even though we’re supposed to believe that it’s gonna hit the fan soon, there’s time in the plot for a dopey double date with our couples, and some weird foreshadowing with the so-called “goblin bird” and the myth that when that bird cries, a goblin fire starts on the nearby mountain. I love foreshadowing, but it has to mean something to work.

Anyway, there’s a ton of tangents in this week’s episodes before the onslaught of reveals — things like Young-jae’s father’s retirement, the Team Leader’s alcoholism, Young-jae’s wrongful imprisonment and release, the trauma center trap, the random gas leak accident that further helps to jog San-hyuk’s memory, and more.

There was also some confusing editing (more than usual) in between this week’s episodes. At the end of Episode 26, Young-jae is arrested while simultaneously, San-hyuk is attacked by a backhoe of doom (yes, I just wrote that) and thrust into a chemical puddle. However, at the start of the following episode, he’s at the police station with her, and we’re left to wonder when/where in the timeline that actually occurred.

In fact, this might just sum up a chunk of this show’s problems: the sad editing and pacing (and even storytelling) keep things happening in a sequence and flow that has no continuity and does the drama no favors. But I digress.

To his credit, San-hyuk quickly realizes it’s all a trap to cover up the pollution of the mountain — and the precious metals within. The corporate shenanigans continue, but San-hyuk learns about the highly pollutive mining method that was used 25 years ago, around the time of the fire, and that the precious metals are why the mountain has been so “protected.” He’s got a lot to uncover and it’s supposed to be very exciting and all — but I don’t understand where San-hyuk is coming from at all at this point.

I thought he was giving up on the development project for his forest love, but he’s clearly more invested than ever. By the end of this week’s episodes, he’s campaigning for mining rights in addition to all the land he’s just taken over. But then he takes Young-jae for a piggyback into a pretty fast-moving mountain river to help her to get over her water trauma. Nothing about this seems wise, plausible — or romantic. In fact, if this show were a Thomas Hardy novel, they would have walked into the rapids and drowned and it would all be over by now. But here we are in dramaland, where this kind of scene only exists as a goodbye premonition.

But wait, it’s not goodbye yet. We need some broken hearts first. It takes the idiot doctor and some left behind paperwork (and 14 hours of show) for Young-jae to realize that San-hyuk isn’t all he’s cracked up to be. However, he buys her Song-yi’s sparkly pumps from You From Another Star and asks her to come back to Seoul with him.

Of course, they break up instead, and him being deceitful, not who he said he was, and purposefully hiding the Miryeong’s secrets to make money, are a pretty good reason for Young-jae to be heartbroken. I believe they’re sad, I just don’t feel sad myself.

San-hyuk might be heartbroken, but he’s got shiz to do, and he goes to see Papa Choi, who he’s been bribing like crazy. The scene goes bad fast, and ends with San-hyuk getting clocked on the head by Choi with a 2×4. As we know, head injury is the fastest way to restore repressed memories — and the more blood and trauma, the better the drama.

San-hyuk has an extended flashback of his family drama, and we see him and his little sister getting abandoned by their mother (the little boy here acted way better than any adult in this drama so far — just saying). While little heartbroken San-hyuk is in the woods burning family photos, he’s suddenly engulfed in a huge fire, and then accosted by Choi. Choi immediately blames him for the fire even though the dude is running away from the fire with a gas canister (lol).

Then we learn about the death of San-hyuk’s little sister, and The Three Baddies — the two guys from Taesung and Choi, all in cahoots from the dawn of this story. And there you have it. Though many mysteries have been solved here, many remain — the biggest one for me being why in the world Papa Choi holds the phone against his eyebrow, not his ear.

 
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Thanks @missvictrix - you have worked hard to recap this show and try in vain to make any sense out of it. You worked hard - thank you!!
I'll add my two cents - I too have wondered why he doesn't hold the phone to his ear - maybe he doesn't clean his ears well and hates to see all that gunk on the screen? Or else he's afraid of the microwaves coming from the phone.
Also - did anyone notice that we had a clam cameo in these last episodes? When they were in the stream looking for rocks, there was a weird shot up from the water at them. All I could think was
The clams! The clams are back!!!!!
and then someone might have gotten a clam bite on their toe or something...
will now sit back and wait for all the other oppa fans to weigh in.
Again, thanks for being strong and re-wee capping this show.

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Do you think someone told the Director the Clams were important but forgot to tell anyone else?

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I think the clams slunk back without the camera crew knowing. They may be silent, but they're not dumb. Unlike the humans in this show. The clams came - clam, came, kinda rhymes - to deliver a message: HE WHO PIGGYBACKS ON A FAST-FLOWING RIVER IS DERANGED.

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The white-haired old guy listens with his eyebrows. Duh. Isn't it obvious? His ears are fake. He removes them when he sleeps.

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I remember that X-Files case!

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I came here to not make a comment so I will not make it. I think everyone's still reeling from Oppa and all the holes he keeps either falling into and/or filling. This show is so full of weird visual double entendres, I can't work out if it's deliberate or not. But since I'm not even watching but just laughing my head off at @missvictrix hilarious and heroic recaps I'll leave it at that.

I hope the Clams make their move soon before the mountain is overrun by Clam Zombies. It's a matter of Clam survival at this point. Not because of the rampaging zombies. From boredom.

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Thank you for your 'notacomment' @leetennant!

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And by god, clams are used to boredom. Forest, though, takes boredom to a new level.

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It is an epic snoozefest. I mean it in all honesty. Like The. Best. Just the thought of it makes my eyelids droopy.

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May you dream of Oppa traipsing across the sky in a fluffy white towel while vibrating at that perfect frequency for you!

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Bioremediation- the Clams will be the ultimate saviors of the Forest by sucking all the toxic chemicals up into their flesh and shells. Becoming inedible, they will flourish in great numbers. Unfortunately, they will become Zombie Clams from absorbing all that toxicity.

The real question is whether they end up with strange super powers. For examples, some clams can shoot jets of water. Will we see super clams shooting a supersonic jet of water as they go shooting through the sky, or better through our villains’ plans? Or will their tongues become as sharp and hard and fast as the spear thrust of a Spartan?

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If they shot jets of water, they could join the firefighting team. They wouldn't take up much room in the helicopter.

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I think they will acquire the Gift of Speech. They will start talking, through a convulated series of snaps and clacks and hisses. Think the Morse Code.

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Ummm....the first pic. I thought oppa fell into a sewer.

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It's chemical waste. How is it he's not being tested for radioactive poisoning? How is it he's still alive?

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Oh, wait. I got it. He became Vibrator Man. Thanks, @leetennant. You makes things so much clearer.

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I'm here to help.

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No worries, it is non-toxic chemical waste, because the toxics have been filtered out by the clams.

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My poor head.

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I laughed way too hard and way too much during this recap. Thanks really

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So, our hero falls into a toxic chemical spill. If this was a Hollywood drama, he would wake up with some superpower, and next thing you know, he would be zipping around in a colorful skin tight unitard doing heroic things.

This being, a kdrama, what super-feature will our hero get? And will it have anything to do with the so called plot?

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Probably not....

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His superpower will have something to do with resonance and he'll have the ability to change his resonant frequency depending on circumstances...
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His name will be Vibrator Man.

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With a V, emblazoned in pink, on his suit. When the goblin bird calls, the V glows red. And Oppa's fireball bursts into flames. Fly, Oppa, fly.

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I thought he’d be summoned by the tuning fork...

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Such imagery! I. Cannot. Get. It. Out. Of. My. Head!

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Just think of it, Vibrator Man would be very popular with the women. He could forget his other jobs and ride his bike around as VM.

umm I think I may be going into places I shouldn't go with this, right?

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Laughed my head off imagining Vibrator Man pedalling furiously on his bike.

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Would give new meaning to the term “biker’s high”... for those riding with him @yyishere?

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He will get many superpowers, but due to the evil toxics he will also get amnesia and not have any clue on how to use them.

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He sounds useless. So what does he do if he doesn't use his superpowers? Stare at that blasted cookpot? If I see it one more time...*grits teeth*

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What if Oppa decides to go for a more cutesy image? The skin tight unitard sounds sexy - can't help but imagine Oppa shimmying across the dark skies in lurid orange and pink leopard-like stripes. But wouldn't it be sweet if Vibrator Oppa takes to the skies in that fluffy and very long white towel we saw a hundred years ago?He could make a suit out of it...like a dress or a skirt, or something.

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The bathrobe seems perfect. And I'm sure his boyfriend will like it too.

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There should be some sort of caution about taking a drink of anything while reading this thread.

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By the way, @missvictrix, I have to disagree with callIng the backhoe the backhoe of doom. Surely, he is no more than a Backhoe of Harmful Intent? I mean our hero stood there dumbstruck like any candy or deer in the headlights of dear old ToD, but what happened? Not even a decent whack - our hero just slipped down a hill. I think the appellation Doom has yet to be earned.

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The Truck of Doom had a day off, and the Backhoe of Semi-Doom is still a rookie at this. I hope to see more of him in future shows though once he gets more skilled.

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I almost stopped breathing when the dastardy Backhoe of Doom appeared. I had seen that jaw before! So huge. So clunky. So - toothy.

No way, I thought.

But it was.

The ToD in Crash Landing.

The family name was a dead giveaway. Doom.

They. Are. Brothers.

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*imagines the props crew checking the props department and seeing just what they need*

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BoD is Bike of Doom. So Backhoe is now BhoSD.

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😂 what a lovely recap!!! HAHAHAHA! I actually tried watching (with brain suspended) but stopped at ep 8 - sigh!! Need to continue if only to see what absurdity @missvictrix might have missed 😂

Oh and papa Choi has been holding the phone like that since King 2 Hearts

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Giggled so hard at the weecap. @missvictrix deserves an award for the hell she's putting herself through week after week. I've been FFing this drama in a fog this whole time - it feels like an eternity of numbness. It's ending!!!!! Yay!!!!

This week, the bizarre gets even more bizarre.

Oppa to Dr. YJ's dad, over dinner: SHE COOKS ME WELL Hm. Are you man or meat, Oppa?

Oppa reads a page from a Harlequin romance. Aloud. HE PUSHES HIS HAND INTO HER BLOUSE, AND ELAINE STARTS TO MOAN. Dr. YJ squirms. Magnificently, of course. I clamp my jaw hard at her aw-stop-teasing-me-I'm-so-cute-so-innocent face. And...next scene. What was that? Could be the most random scene I've ever seen in a drama.

Two couples on the lawn. Grownass woman sticks out her tongue at ex enemy the metre maid. Wow.
They drink beer till night falls.
A bird is calling. I repeat, a bird is calling. Woo woo. Woo woo.
Oppa says cleverly, IT'S A GOBLIN BIRD.
His bf (Oppa has a gay thing going on with him at work) says: IT LIVES DEEP IN THE MOUNTAINS.
WHEN A GOBLIN BIRD CRIES, A FIRE STARTS IN THE MOUNTAINS. A GOBLIN FIRE.
WHEN I WAS LITTLE, MY FATHER SAID TO NEVER GO OUTSIDE WHEN THERE'S A GOBLIN FIRE.
Oppa goes all still and mutters, Goblin fire.
Oppa stares at the moon.
Everyone stares at the moon.
I stare at the moon.
We stare at the moon for like five beats.
Is that the sihloutte of a goblin bird in the moon? You know, like the bat in Batman.
Scene changes. Well. Guess I'll never know.

Dr. YJ is in prison for doing something. No idea what. Since I FF.
She says to Oppa when he comes visit, unscathed despite his brush with the Hoe of Doom, I'M ON VACATION. I'M IN A HOTEL THAT LOOKS LIKE A PRISON.
She says this with a silly smile on her face, looking around the four walls. What???? I can't even.

A grownass woman hops and skips and jumps into Oppa's arms.
Oppa: I WANT TO TAKE A WALK WITH YOU.
Me: NOOOOOO.
Oppa: I WANT TO DO SOMETHING TO YOU.
Me: In the forest? You're such a beast, Oppa!

They're in the stream.
I can't believe my eyes.
OPPA IS PIGGYBACKING HER IN THE FREAKING STREAM. Wait. Isn't it poisoned or something? Hey, Oppa, get out. Your skin's gonna start peeling off soon. You've just been dunked in chemical waste. Are you crazy, Oppa?

Oppa: SAY, "BALL".
She (cutely): BALL.
Oppa: LEAF.
She: LEAF.

And he's standing and talking about ball and leaf and float and crap and she's on his back.
Oppa starts wading into the water.
Deeper and deeper.
You crazy, Oppa?
Oppa: YOU WANT TO STOP?
She: NO. I WANT TO GO DEEPER
First, her boobs. Now, her ass.
This is too much, Oppal
She: STOP. THAT'S ENOUGH...FOR TODAY.
Oppa: OKAY. IF THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT.

Seriously, what was that?

Oppa and Dr. YJ in her room.

Oppa: DID SOMETHING BAD HAPPEN?
Duh. Can't you see her face, Oppa? Seriously, you're so dense sometimes, Oppa. But hey, I still love you. Mwah.
She: YOU'RE FAITHFUL TO THE DESIRES THAT YOUR...

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She: YOU'RE FAITHFUL TO THE DESIRES THAT YOUR EYES CAN SEE.

Oppa is almost in tears. Don't cry now, Oppa. Or I will smack your head with them sparkly shoes. However did you guess her shoe size, Oppa? Good thing you're breaking up. Or you'll be buying her bras and stuff next.

Oppa: YJ, COULD YOU FIX YOUR EYES ON ME? (Because she can't stop staring at his vibrator parts)

They break up.
Oppa is wheeling his luggage bag over the grass in the night.
I am laughing so hard. It's so funny because he wheels it SILENTLY very, very long, very, very doggedly, all the way to the car. Hahahahaha.

Wildlife Count
Goblin bird. One. Invisible. Somewhere out there.
Rabbit. One. Unseen. In a song. @msrabbit wants everyone to know that Oppa is actually singing about her twin.

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Through a diligent (22 seconds) I found some actual photo of some goblin birds. Here is one with a couple of his friends, just waiting to pounce as soon as the fires start. https://web.500px.com/photo/179584499/Three-grimly-Goblins-by-Michael-Milfeit/?utm_medium=pinterest&utm_campaign=nativeshare&utm_content=web&utm_source=500px

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They look like owls. It's amazing, despite this shit I'm watching, I've learnt so much, from slimy clams to drop bears and now grimy goblins. Thanks, guys. You're awesome. Couldn't have gone through this nightmare without you.

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Oops. Missing a line. The Piggyback Scene.

She: I WANT TO GO DEEPER.

Oppa pushes up her ass with his strong arms.

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“ Are you man or meat, Oppa?”

Of course, you know that “meat” is a euphemism for a part of the male anatomy?

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Now, now. You are making poor Oppa blush.

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And after I showed such restraint

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Oh yes, throwing *just* the right amount of gasoline on the fire is the definition of restraint.

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I have been putting off watching these episodes, because there is better stuff to spend time on, like cow videos on YouTube. But I might be forced watch, with the usual extensive fast forwarding just to make hate comments...

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You are not allowed to stop. I noted your absence last week. This will not do, not do at all. The clams are not happy with you. You have been warned.

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Sorry, but I finally reached my limit at EP26. I simply cannot watch anymore of this barf-fest. I will probably miss the clam revelation, but I am sure it will be in the next recap. I... Just... Can't!
My brain was turning into mush.

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BTW I was out last week because my computer died and went to Forest Heaven. Got my new one up and running, and it's all setup to watch full screen 4K clam videos like this https://youtu.be/trlvvsB9D9U

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I am not watching this show, but reading and enjoying the hilarious weecaps and the zany comments. Just chiming in to say thank you to @missvictrix and the rest of you (shout out to @yyishere!) for keeping this going and providing much entertainment! I bow to you for being able to sit this through and write all this out (I suppose this is some kind of an outlet for all the frustration though :D).

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Thank you. I need all the support I can get. The things I do for Oppa.

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Keep it going! You will receive your reward from Oppa surely, someday, one day. And just desserts will come to those who deserve it. Maybe even special clam-flavoured ones!

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Thanks @missvictrix for braving through the drama for this recap. I know I'm in for a treat in the recap and comment section when the post is up in the home page. Really, the thing I enjoy about this drama is the recap and beanies' comments 😂

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Thank you for a great recap missvictrix :) Oppa is still very hot and I just watch it because of him i have no idea about the politics !!I also don not like his business outfit tough :))

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*raises hand* Papa Choi uses phone telepathy and doesn't even have the sound turned on.

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At last- a good explanation!

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Thank you for recapping this show @missvictrix!

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Yes. She deserves a medal.

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She does,I'm in awe at everyone that is still watching!!

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@missvictrix Best. Review. Ever.... thank you! I needed that laugh today (didn't we all, dealing with all the other real life issues). Wait, that must be what this drama is for.
Thomas Hardy novel...ha!

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I actually thought it was a great idea- paving the way for us to enjoy the enjoy the real (and actually believable) One True Pairing between Choi-chang the brave and dedicated rescue team member/firefighter and Oh Bo-mi, the plucky but equally dedicated female forest ranger. These two were made for each other.

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I wouldn't know since I fast forwarded thru their scenes. I was afraid that anything believable might take away from the show's reason d'etre.

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I had not thought of that angle- Surrealism comes to Kdramaland through the scrip for FOREST. As if Salvador Dali had been reincarnated as a Kdrama writer. In which case a truly realistic romance between people who are clearly well suited to each other would indeed be clearly out of place.

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Indeed.

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Salvador Dali as a Kdrama writer! What a concept. Being a fan of his paintings, I would be really interested in that script!

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And for this weeks physically impossible event: Our hero is apparently intentionally hit by a big backhoe- and gets nothing more than bruises?

Do the writers have any idea just how powerful a backhoe is? Or hero should be dead with a broken back at this point- or at least have broken bones if it was just a glancing blow.

Why is there a backhoe there in the first place? Like it could do something in secret- while making noise that in that kind of country can be heard for miles?

Am I asking too many questions here? I am all for suspending disbelief- but give me a reason for doing it.

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But didn't you realize this drama takes place in an alternate reality?

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Exactly. One where a backhoe can sneak up on our hero in the middle of a deadly quiet forest. Clearly in this universe, the physics of sound isn’t what we’re used to. Which may explain all the screeching by our FL. She isn’t in that universe.

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Obviously there are no atmospheric molecules to carry sound waves in this universe.

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This is why Vibrator Man is the superhero this universe needs.

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They live in a vacuum...

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I just watched these episodes and yeah ....

*shaking head*

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