Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

I definitely approved of how they used the cat as an excuse for their prolonged tentative flirting. Please keep going, guys. 😉

#DoctorJohn

4
0

Getting my fill of thoughtful,

cool,

cute,

and silly Dr. Lee. 😊😊

P.s. He and Mi-rae looks so cute together. I\’m shipping already.

#DoctorJohn

4
2

Hello there, pretty boy! 👋 It’s a nice surprise to find you here.

#HotelDelLuna

10
2

The first time I saw Park Ji-yeon was in Life as a compassionate yet no-nonsense ER doctor. I almost didn’t recognize her in Haechi afterwards, when she played as a kindhearted and playful concubine (which is a welcome change for that kind of character). Turned out, she is a musical actress with sweet voice. She is reunited with Lee Kyu-hyung in this play as the leading lady whom he secretly in love with. Sigh… How I wish I can watch this performance live.

#MusicalCyrano
#LeeKyuHyungSpam

4
1

Heh. Passive-aggressive much, Prosecutor Sohn?

#DoctorJohn

3
0

Everything and Nothing

This is the kind of youth drama I love. It’s raw, matter-of-fact, with sparse dialogues and lingering shots that made silence has its own voice. It’s scary to watch this and realized that this is probably not too far off the mark of what really happened out there. My heart ached for these kids. They are at that precarious age when they needed adult the can trust, yet it’s a sad reality that some of them are surrounded by adults who easily gave advice to do one thing only to behave contradictorily and shamelessly themselves.

8
1

Omo, Prosecutor Sohn is a scarier person that what I imagined. His rigid view about “taking a life in whatever manner, be it death sentence or euthanasia, is still murder” might come from a good place. But it would be really easy for him to slip into self-justification, doing questionable things for the so-said greater good, to ultimately protect his own belief. It seems that the drama also hinted at a more personal grudge, judging from how the dead kid in eps 1 has the same first name as him.

I can’t wait for his face-to-face confrontation with Yo-han, because Sohn Seok-gi can be scarily intimidating when he wanted to. Like this scene when he cornered Shi-young simply because she is Yo-han’s trainee. (And OMG, I’m so thrilled to see Lee Kyu-hyung playing this kind of potentially grey character!)

#DoctorJohn

3
2

    Definitely its also personal. His sons kidnapper’s suffering was ended by Dr.Cha.
    Also, as a prosecutor isn’t he in the same boat – they can ruin someones life completely due to bad evidence/argument.
    At this point, he is harassing an ex-convict who served his term in prison legally. If he failed to get 10 years for him, then its his failure. He has no business coming here and acting all mighty. He aint no god.
    But, his presence is quite intimidating and he is picking the emotional one.
    Finally, he is getting screen time..

    1
    1

      Yep. When I read the characters description prior to the drama’s first eps, I thought he will be one of the good guys. But from this scene, it’s probably safe to assume that they’re setting Seok-gi up as a potential villain in this story. I need Shi-young to stay far away from him.

      1
      0

I might find a new favorite because of this drama. Dr. Lee Yoo-joon is a perfect combination of kind, goofy, effortlessly cool, and adorably awkward. And it doesn\’t hurt either that Hwang-hee, the actor who played him, is super charming.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C (pfft… it\’s adorable how he always write down Yo-han\’s cool words)

#DoctorJohn

6
11

    He’s also in Arthdal.

    0
    1

    Is Doctor John worth watching? JS is one of my favorite actors except when he acts dramatically cool and aloof. And also I’m not a doctor but I can’t tolerate medical shows presuming I’m dumb… So with all those rants without even having watched it… you wouldn’t recommend it to me, would you?

    1
    2

      I wouldn’t!! He does play the dramatic cool doctor who scans patients in 10 sec.
      The medical community is portrayed as black and white – its appalling that they show so many doctors in such a light just to show John in good light. A lot of things bother me in the show, yet am watching it.. don’t ask!

      1
      1

        Haha thank you. Guess I will stay away, but hope you enjoy it to the max.

        1
        0

      I… wouldn’t recommend it.
      The super rare illness that appeared every 2 eps actually irritated me too, but I’m too invested in all the characters and their criss-crossing relationships to quit. I actually like that this drama asked about difficult thing like euthanasia, but I wish they dialed down the dramatic flair a bit. But, you know, Lee Kyu-hyung is the sole reason I’m hanging on till the end.

      3
      1

        Not to mention the immediate cure after Cha Yon injects the medicine to the boxer!

        0
        1

          I know nothing about medicine and that still made me face-palming. Good thing I care about these characters.

          1
          1

            That seals the deal. That is actually a pet-peeve/catnip-in-reverse for me: shows that make me face-palm without having the slightest knowledge about medicine. I will pass, but hope you enjoy it as much as possible.

            2
            0

    He is FUN just so much fun that i am ignoring all the plot holes, repeativeness jist to see him and his awwdorable goofyness…

    3
    0

It’s been so long since the last time I heard Lee Kyu-hyung sing. This is him and actor Song Won-geun promoting their newest musical “Cyrano”. What a sweet voice.

#LeeKyuHyungSpam

5
0

I can\’t believe I spotted Lee Kyu-hyung in another variety show after Life Bar. Hi there, oppa! 👋

And I swear, this group of friends probably has the weirdest, most unexpected topic of conversation for broadcast. 😂😂😂

#HowDoYouPlay?
#LeeKyuHyungSpam

6
3

Doctor John first impression:

I have no knowledge about medical and law field, so I\’m blissfully ignorant of the possible mistakes they make in those 2 areas. One thing I really like in the first eps is how non-dramatic everything is despite the dramatic nature of some of the events (which I mostly contributed to the director\’s strength). There\’s a sense of matter-of-factness in what everyone did, and I like that.

I enjoyed all the leads. Si-young isn\’t the naive-and-always-bright heroine I expected her to be, which is a plus. Her no nonsense and unflappable attitude in front of the inmates who tried to lied their a** off was my fave scene this hour.

It\’s a pity that she won\’t spend the rest of the drama as a doctor in prison, because I like her various interactions with the people there. Meanwhile, both Yo-han and Seok-gi seemed to stand on the grey area. I\’m not sure if our pain doctor is as crazy as the rumor made him to be. And yes, we need more Lee Kyu-hyung!

So far, I like the acting and directing. Here\’s hoping that the writing will hold up as well.

4
3

My final thought on Lookout
Beware of spoiler!

I was too busy being angry at the stupid execution in this final eps to cry over Do-han’s death. I could get behind that conclusion in his chapter if only the way toward that end is as good as what we’ve seen in the earlier eps. But this eps is messy with too many glaringly inconsistent details. And personally, the villains in this drama (even Si-wan, whom many beanies found fascinating) just didn’t do it for me. They lack personality, any human quality, and comprehensible motivation to be compelling. And the fact that the little creep is going to live while our antihero isn’t just made me angrier.

But despite all that, I can see that this is an inevitable ending for Do-han. Even since the downfall of Yoon Seung-ro, it felt like he lost some spark that we can usually see in his eyes. It’s as if his exhausting charade for the last 10 years finally catching up with him. (And is it just me or did he agree to jump a bit too easily?) I wish the writer did things differently, but I still love that last scene to bits. It’s somehow fitting that Suji and Priest Lee, the two person Do-han had hurt and helped the most, will sit together at least once a year to reminisce about Jang Do-han and share anecdotes about his life.

5
3

    It’s a minor consolation that Sic rewrote the ending. It’s so good up until the end when the writers left early for vacation.

    1
    0

    Yep. You felt the same as 99% of us. I think that I mentioned on a recap that kdramas really have no idea how to stick the landing.

    1
    0

    Thank you for tagging me, @gadis! I’m so glad you finally got to see what the live-watchers were jumping up and down about when LOOKOUT was airing — the good as well as the underwhelming.

    Perhaps the father-and-son villains lack personality because they’re supposed to be sociopaths who blend into the woodwork? More likely a failure to flesh them out in the script. This was my first time seeing Choi Moo-sung that I’m aware of. I’m so glad he got to play truly heroic characters in MR. SUNSHINE and NOKDU FLOWER. He was terrific in both, but I especially appreciate his portrayal of Jeon Bong-joon, the Mungbean General.

    Do-han’s ultimate fate didn’t bother me anywhere near as much as the lobotomies that were seemingly performed on the pair of cops. They were suddenly and inexplicable rendered too stupid to live, and that rankled me. — It also bothered me that the other two members of the team didn’t bother to show up for Do-han’s anniversary. Maybe they’re getting on with their lives after coming to grips with the murders of their own family members, but still…

    1
    0

I was watching Naked Fireman because I need something light after sobbing my heart out because of Nokdu Flower and, lo and behold, look who did I found here. It’s Park Hoon as the charming (and probably dangerous) ex-con. Well, nice to see you here. 👋

7
4

    Park Hoon is lovely. I’ll remember him as the tour guide in Spain (refer his Life Bar episode with MotA cast 😆)

    2
    0

    @gadis, we really must be on the same wavelength. πŸ˜‰

    I rewatched NAKED FIREMAN about a week before you did — while waiting for DESIGNATED SURVIVOR: 60 DAYS to premiere. I had forgotten that Park Hoon was in NF, and tuned in for Lee Joon-hyuk. It was a pleasant surprise to see him again. After watching him in action as Jung Il-woo’s intel-gatherer in HAECHI, he really grew on me. Although I watched SIX FLYING DRAGONS, he didn’t catch my eye, perhaps because I marathoned it and was mesmerized by a whole bunch of guys fighting with swords. I liked his performance in TWO COPS with Jo Jung-seok and Kim Seon-ho (who were hilarious and touching).

    Park Hoon’s cameo in last week’s DESIGNATED SURVIVOR was top-notch. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing two Navy SEALS over the years. The vibe he projected as Operations Commander of Troop 707 reminded me very much of them. His character, Dal-moon, in HAECHI had been conflicted over his former lover, but he ultimately did the right thing. Major Jang, on the other hand, was nothing but quietly competent and all business. Bravo!

    1
    1

      He is so mesmerizing in Haechi and super charismatic in Alhambra despite not talking much. I never realized how much I like him as an actor until I watched his wonderful cameo in Nokdu Flower and found myself screaming like a die hard fangirl. I’m waiting for his comeback in dramaland (and hopefully not in another special appearance).

      1
      1

        @gadis,
        I didn’t recognize Park Hoon in NOKDU FLOWER. Boy, do I feel dopey! I hope I’m not catching prosopagnosia. He was terrific as Donghak commander Kim Chang-soo, the future resistance fighter Kim Gu.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Koo

        Then again, I couldn’t place Choi Dae-hoon, who portrayed Queen Min’s brother, craven Minister of War Min Young-joon — whom Song Ji-an bribed with gold to put in a good word for the Jeolla peddlers’ inn she proposed to open in Hanyang. He looked vaguely familiar — but wore glasses in his previous two roles: former military officer Secretary Hwang, aide to CEO Oh in CONFESSION, and Mayor An O-joo’s loyal-to-the-death henchman Seok Gwan-dong in LAWLESS LAWYER. He also was in DOUBTFUL VICTORY with Yoon Kyun-sang. What a chameleon in NOKDU FLOWER.

        1
        0

Finally, Oppa’s poster for Doctor John is out. Hmm… His tagline sounds intriguing. I wonder if he was going to stand opposite Jisung’s character here.

“A doctor’s hand is a double-edged sword, it can be a God’s hand and it can be a Reaper’s hand.”

10
3

    So excited for this show. Two of my favorite actors!!

    1
    0

    Oh I like the poster. He looks good.

    Interesting tagline. I hope the writer can handle this topic well.

    1
    1

      I hope so too. The premise sounds interesting (and it could be a deep, meaningful drama), but I’m not too confident about the writer given her previous work was Hyde Jekyll and Cheondongdam Alice. I hope the long hiatus improve her writing.

      1
      0

Lookout eps 29-30

Oh Show, and you were doing so well for the past 14 hours. This should have been an emotionally touching and strong penultimate eps, given the many goodbyes and talks about a more hopeful future, and the last confrontation with a certain creepy kid. But everything else about this eps is frustratingly stupid.

I can understand Se-won’s naivety given how lonely she was, and she probably deluded herself that she is the only one who can understand (and change) Si-wan. But her mother’s sudden stupidity made me face-palming and yelling in frustration so many times this hour. I don’t understand why she didn’t tell Do-han about the threat knowing that he was already at school and probably has the best chance at finding and helping her daughter. I don’t understand why she thought Si-wan would fulfil his end of the bargain given how creepy and slippery that kid was. And I definitely don’t understand Suji who kept urging her to do what Si-wan ordered, when she is the one person who refused to believe Si-wan’s charade from the very beginning. Where did my capable and cool-headed detectives go??

Oh Show, surely there’re many other ways to get into this conflict without dumbing down your protagonists. I’m pretty sure I was as astonished watching this eps derailed as Jang Do-han realizing that Si-wan is even sicker than his delusionally twisted Dad.

3
3

    Ah yes. Welcome to the end of this show, or as I like to call it “fire extinguisher window” in which everyone who was doing so well in their arcs suddenly went OOC and everything lost the plot.
    I fully blame the director and the production for this because the writer knows what she’s doing with her characters otherwise.

    1
    1

      The director shouldn’t put the fire extinguisher there, because I couldn’t believe that the girl didn’t use it for any of her escape attempt. And the window! I’m pretty sure she fit through that window if she stacked something under it. The worst though, is how they make her fainted (and dramatically at that) when I’m pretty sure she was only in there for no more than 4 hours. Whew… Apparently I’m still super frustrated with this eps.

      0
      1

        You wouldn’t believe how mad I got about the fire extinguisher window issue… I was very mad Gadis. Still am and it’s been two years!!! Two years. This drama could’ve ended so well it had all the ingredients and they had to go screw up the execution on the ending! Argh!

        1
        0

This confrontation and their respective contemplation afterwards is everything I wanted and more.

Do-han looked like someone who didn’t know what to feel and how to react after he poured out one of his deepest secret to the whole nation. I don’t think I’ve wanted a character to simply break down right then and there as much as I did in this scene. I swear, anything is infinitely better than this numbness I can clearly see in his expression.

My heart went out to Suji this hour. Compassion never hurt this much. She is one of the most empathetic person in this drama. Someone who always fiercely protected her family and friends, who never hesitated to help, to understand, and to give tough love. It was a great inner conflict how she hate what Do-han did as much as she hate the fact that she can perfectly understand the motivation behind it.

#Lookout

7
6

    It’s brilliant isn’t it? Most shows would have made him a straight up villain at this point.

    3
    1

      I have to admit that I’m a bit disappointed with the way the writer handled the villains in this drama. It’s too black-and-white to my taste. But then again, they already gave us one of the best antihero character in k-dramaland, so I guess I have to cut them some slack.

      2
      1

        The villains have potential but they’re not developed as much as the anti heroes and heroes. Si Wan would be fascinating to know more about… Alas his development is rather cut short. There is definitely strong implications of daddy issues tho.

        2
        1

          Yep, I was hoping for a more thorough exploration for Si-wan’s character. But everything he did seemed to boil down into a simple ‘the kid is born evil’ which didn’t make him into an exceptionally fascinating villain.

          1
          1

            I think there was definitely more to him, like knowing his father and his home issues I think (I wrote more about it in the essay but from memory) to me I read it as he acted out to try and get his father’s attention and then kept doing it.I thought the kid acted it very well though, I just wish we got a bit more than the stuff tagged on the end.
            His father though… Like even less motivation and development there.

            1
            0

    The fact that she knows she understands him and therefore can’t properly hate him just makes this like ten times better. Like the heroine gets the anti hero, and doesn’t just rant and rave at him. Ah so juicy.

    2
    0

This is Do-han saying goodbye, right? It’s basically him telling Suji that it’s entirely her choice now whether or not he’ll have her friendship to go back to after he revealed his secrets to the whole world.
(I wish I was as innocent as those beanies in recap comments who can still hope for Do-han’s happiness. The thing is, I know exactly what’s coming. Spoiler never hurt this much γ… γ… )

#Lookout

5
4

It’s fascinating how Do-han visibly softened whenever he talked with Suji. It’s almost like he let himself to be vulnerable around her, to be as honest and real as he could be. And judging from Suji’s reaction, it doesn’t seem to escape her notice either.

#Lookout


9
5

    He desperately needed someone he could trust and understand him and that person was her. I don’t know where this is in the story and don’t want to say too much, but it’s also because he wants to be trusted as well. Being vulnerable with a version allows them to sympathize and empathize with your point of view, getting them on your side as well. He’s still the calculating Do-han, after all, and that part of him is never too far away.

    3
    2

      Yes, I guess he has been doing and expressing things according to what he wanted other person to do far too long for him to be able to show others his honest feelings and thoughts. He simply couldn’t stop himself from calculating and gauging others’ reaction and whether it would be advantageous for him. And that’s probably why I appreciated his effort to be truthful to Suji even more.

      3
      0

      I admire your restraint Ally. KYK is so good at this complex role. So, so good.

      2
      0

    I always thought one reason he was like that was because of his guilt. Like he felt he owed her his truest form because of the wrong he’d done to her.

    2
    1

      (Which is why I didn’t want to say too much. 😉)

      3
      0

As expected of Suji the mother hen. She simply couldn’t look away from wounded souls, Do-han included, even when she still can’t forgive that person.

I always love a good killing-with-kindness move, even if the one doing it didn’t realize it. And this eps is no exception. It made for a very delicious conflict that what pushed Do-han’s guilt over Yoona’s death to resurface was Suji’s tentative kindness and concern for him. Her gratefulness after he gave her a way to meet her mom, the way she told him to be careful (he looked like someone who hasn’t heard a well-wish in a very long time, which probably true), how she asked him about his dad and gave him a time to reminisce about those innocent days.

Sometimes, I wonder if receiving good words and sincere care from others (like Suji and Eunjoong) hurt Do-han so much because it reminded him of the kind of person he was once. A person he couldn’t turn back to after everything is said and done.

#Lookout

10
2

    “Sometimes, I wonder if receiving good words and sincere care from others (like Suji and Eunjoong) hurt Do-han so much because it reminded him of the kind of person he was once. A person he couldn’t turn back to after everything is said and done.”

    Oh undoubtedly.

    Also I absolutely loved how the background of this shot matches their outfits and character juxtaposition aahhhhh

    2
    0

    I’m loving that you are watching Lookout because I can relive watching it live with you and I get to hear your thoughts too!

    1
    0

I realized that I never fully understood just how severely Do-han’s long-period of evil masquerade ate away at his soul until I watched this scene. His maniacal cackling showed a man on the brink of his sanity breaking down, a man who has compromised much of his morality that he barely remember the person he used to be. Witnessing that, I’m glad his team members were too stubborn and impatient to wait for him to make a proper introduction. Yes, they might presented him with more hindrance to his master plan, but I believe that their presence and questions and protest were the exact thing Do-han needed to remind him of his better self. Besides, I think it’s a good thing that now he has 3 other people with whom he can interact as his true self.

#Lookout

9
6

    Yes yes yes!!!!
    It feels a bit self pluggish but when you finished I’d love to share the mile long thing I wrote on this show with you. It’s not my best write up if a drama and it’s a bit cheesy but I still agree with everything I wrote in it, especially his character breakdown. Anyway.
    Yes his laughing is spine chilling and how far gone he is is so important

    3
    1

      Ooh.. I would love to read that. I know he is a rare character, but he is even more fascinating that what I imagined. Usually antihero character in many other dramas turned into cartoonish villain by the end, or shoved into hasty redemption act. So far, it doesn’t seem to be happening here, so I’m excited to see what the writer has in mind for his character.

      4
      2

        Yay! I will link it to you when I’m finished.

        This writer is very good at character writing and KYK just propells Do Han Into another level ontop of the writing with his acting.
        I’ll say more when it’s finished but yeah.

        2
        0

        Definitely! You have hit the nail! I think you’ll enjoy the ending more than we did. The last recap with comments should be read as wellβ€”after you’re done, or course. Are you reading the recaps as you watch? They’re quite poignant as well. (And then there are liveβ€”who can’t keep gushing about KYK. 😂)

        2
        2