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Dream High 2: Episode 3

It’s time to set up rivalries all around, but to be honest, I found myself struggling to care in this episode, though it did pick up somewhat in the latter half. Most of the hour was spent rehashing conflicts we already knew about, though the rivalry between Hae-sung and Ri-an has hints of promise and might take an interesting turn. And we do get our first glimpse at one pair’s romantic sparks, which probably saved this episode for me.

Dream High 2 isn’t faring very well in the ratings, dropping with each episode from 10 to 9 down to 7.2% with this episode. Light and Shadow led the timeslot with 16.8%, and Salaryman came in at 14.6%.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

JB says it’s annoying to have distractions in his practice studio, and Yoo-jin takes issue with that. Trying to break up the fight that’s brewing, Hae-sung pipes up that it is the agency’s school after all, and Yoo-jin’s squatting here, adding major insult to injury.

It’s enough to break up the standoff though, leaving Yoo-jin fuming at her. She chases him down outside, but he yells at her, asking if she doesn’t have any pride, if she’s just so nice that it doesn’t bother her that they took what was hers.

She hangs her head, and says that well, it’s not that they took, but that she lost her spot (from her own lack of talent). Yoo-jin asks what the difference is, or is it because they’re idols that she feels like it’s a given?

Meanwhile Ri-an confronts Kang-chul about his move to purposely out her from the movie. She asks to be allowed to act, and he tells her that she gains nothing from acting other than critics saying that she acts with her feet. Her retort: what idol doesn’t start out feet-acting? HA. No argument here.

But Ri-an asks what the lifespan is on her group – three years, at most? She muses that the other girls are good singers so they have roads to make it beyond their idol careers, but what about her? Should she just open an internet shopping mall and call it a day? He doesn’t even flinch as he tells her that it’s not a bad idea, since acting is not for her.

Later that night she moves into her dorm room, where Hae-sung and Soon-dong refuse to move out. She sees Hae-sung’s shrine to all things JB, and calls her a stalker-fan. As they fight, Hae-sung finds a picture of Ri-an with JB among her things.

Things escalate into a tiff about whose stuff goes where, and Hae-sung ends up sniffling on the floor amidst her broken trinkets, gluing the pieces back together. Yoo-jin’s words ring in her ear.

Jin-man gets called to unclog a toilet, now demoted to lowly handyman under Tae-yeon’s rule. He complains that she’s changed just because of the new agency, which she doesn’t see as a problem. Aw, it’s too bad ’cause I really did want her to stay nerdy and be one of the misfit teachers.

Jin-man drags his feet back to his attic room, more dejected than ever, and finds Yoo-jin waiting for him inside, with a whole basket of bananas as a housewarming gift. Jin-man can see straightaway that it’s a bribe to stay there, and starts to kick him out.

But Yoo-jin sees how frustrated he is over being the resident handyman, and offers to do all the fixing around here, in exchange for sharing a room. Jin-man considers it.

Hae-sung knocks hesitantly on JB’s door, and asks him out of the blue if he’s seen Dances With Wolves and Avatar. She explains that these two movies have something in common – interlopers come to a peaceful place and take over, stealing the residents’ homes and land. HA.

She says that the same thing always happens in those movies: a hero switches sides and joins the natives, and fights to protect the land and bring peace. He just stares blankly. She says that it’s the same thing that’s happening in the dorm, and hopes that JB will be that hero and take their side.

He just blinks and says it’s her problem and starts to close the door. But she sticks her foot in and looks at him in shock, “But… it’s because of you guys that we’re being kicked out…” He doesn’t think that’s his problem in the least, and shuts the door in her face.

Cut to: Kang-chul’s office, where he reads a report that basically looks like a third-grader’s scrapbook of Avatar, and peers over it to the dorm’s ousted students, standing there with blue feathers in their hair. Pffft.

He barely holds in his laughter as he attempts to understand the situation – so they’re the natives, and he’s the bad guy? He tells them to take it up with Principal Joo, but they already have, and got a big, “What do you want me to do about it?”

Hae-sung says it isn’t fair to compare them with idols, while Eui-bong asks to be given a fair shot against them. Kang-chul scoffs, asking if they really think they can beat them, and no one dares to accept the challenge. They shuffle back to class, defeated.

Kang-chul wonders if Principal Joo is really on his side or not, and decides to keep watch to figure out if he’s really a toothless tiger, or if he’s actually a hyena keeping his teeth hidden.

Tae-yeon gives the students a breathing test in singing class, by taping strips of tissue paper to their noses, and having them compete to see who can keep theirs afloat the longest. The idols win out, with Nana leading the pack.

She announces the upcoming midterm as a duet performance, and tells them to choose their partners and get to work.

Ri-an and Hae-sung bicker while heading into the bathroom at the same time, and then a group of girls comes in after them. Soon-dong is among them, and when her friends ask about her duet partner, she names Hae-sung right away, and then adds that Ri-an will lose some face this time around.

Her group’s got three members, which means there’s no way they’d include her. Ouch. It’s embarrassing enough to know that Hae-sung has heard all this, but then Ri-an is forced to acknowledge her presence when she drops her tissues into the stall next door.

Hae-sung is seconds from helping her out, when she acts like a brat about it, and Hae-sung happily leaves her hanging with the reminder, “You told me not to touch your stuff.” That’s karma for ya.

Kang-chul makes an announcement (though why he felt the need to film it like the five o’clock news I have no idea) that the upcoming midterm scores will determine the fate of the dorms, in response to the protest today. And to make it fair, the judge will be Principal Joo.

The students cheer and thank Hae-sung for her crazy idea, but as soon as talk turns to duet partners, everyone including Soon-dong disappears at the speed of light. Aw, poor Hae-sung. Soon-dong sets out to get on Yoo-jin’s good side to partner up with him.

Ri-an’s suspicions are confirmed when Ailee sidles up to Nana, and JB says he’ll partner up with Shi-woo, as expected. There is the problem of finding Shi-woo, because apparently he’s MIA and due for a rebellion of some sort, and JB sighs.

In the dorm, the bidding starts for Hong-joo as duet partner, and Hae-sung almost succeeds in out-bidding everyone, until Nana shows up and says she’ll bid her voice. They launch into a duet on the spot, as we montage into everyone practicing for the midterm.

Partners it is, and the Nana-Hong-joo pairing throws everyone for a loop – Ailee, who assumed she’d be partners with her bestie, and Hae-sung who’s lost out on her sure bet to score well.

Ri-an is busy watching her drama episode of Dream High where they’ve cut her in as Hye-mi in the Kirin audition scene with Baek-hee. Ha. She’s so terrible that even SHE cringes, watching herself. Yeah, it’s that bad.

She drowns in the online chatter about how awful she is and how it’d be better to make Baek-hee the lead. JB comes by to ask her about it, and she wonders if he still likes her. She cheekily tells him that dating is against the rules, as if challenging him, and he laughs.

Ri-an’s been fielding calls from her mother for days, and finally heads out to meet with mom and a new agency rep, who assures her that if she switches teams, he’ll take care of the back end and make sure that her image remains untarnished, while promising her that her primary career will be acting. But the meeting is discovered by a reporter, and is quickly called to an end.

Shi-woo heads out to a club where he drags one girl out from the crowd. She’s a has-been idol buried in scandals, and pretty much resigned to her fate. He tells her that it’s not the first time, but she says that her life is over at twenty-two, and that she never should’ve become a singer.

JB arrives at the club looking for him (with a tip from Nana) but misses him and ends up walking back alone. The sound of a guitar stops him. It’s Yoo-jin, playing out in the street with a sign advertising guitar lessons.

People applaud, take flyers for lessons, and leave him money, and when he stoops down to collect it, someone tosses in a 10 won coin. He looks up and it’s JB, musing that he hasn’t changed his repertory in years. He tosses in another coin and commands him to sing another.

Yoo-jin scoffs that he doesn’t sing for just anybody, and offers the crowd another song from the soul, not “imitating other people.” He starts, but then the crowd suddenly screams, “It’s JB!” nearly knocking Yoo-jin over to get to him. JB smirks and Yoo-jin is left gaping.

Shi-woo leads the girl to her car, but discovers a pair of guys playing paparazzi and snapping pictures of them. He gives chase into an alley and smashes their camera, which only makes them turn on him.

Yoo-jin and JB head back (though why the sworn enemies are walking home together beats me) and spot Shi-woo getting the crap kicked out of him. Yoo-jin makes a move to help him, but JB stops him with a hand to the shoulder, saying that Shi-woo’s always messing up.

Yoo-jin’s jaw drops, “Aren’t you friends? Members of the same group?” JB tells him to stay out of it. But they both end up heading over anyway, and JB actually pushes Yoo-jin aside to help Shi-woo himself.

One of the guys recognizes him and taunts the little idol boy, so JB gets all ragey and throws punches. Yoo-jin scoffs, “You’re the one who said to stay out of it,” and joins them in the fight anyway.

Hae-sung searches for someone to be her duet partner to no avail, while Ri-an gets presents and offers left and right. Wanting to be alone, Ri-an demands that Hae-sung get out, since she doesn’t deserve to be there anyway, and Hae-sung serves it right back, saying that if Ri-an’s an idol she at least ought to be better than her.

Ri-an tells her the story of her uncle who wasted his life away studying for the civil service exam that he could never pass, and tells her that what she needs is a great big dose of reality to make her give up.

It leads to a hair-pulling catfight, but Ri-an ends it with one big kick to the face, sending Hae-sung flying back onto the bed with a bloody nose. She and Soon-dong end up in Tae-yeon’s room, begging for one night’s refuge from their roommate from hell.

Hae-sung stays up late, solving math problems to relieve her stress (well that’s just loony tunes) and catches Yoo-jin sneaking into the dorms. He scares her half to death, and has to drag her into the kitchen just to keep from being discovered.

They share a pack of uncooked ramyun and she asks how his duet with Soon-dong is going. That’s news to him since he never agreed to be her partner, and Hae-sung perks up, “Do you want to be my partner?” He awkwardly coughs his way out of answering her directly.

She sees the cuts and bruises on his face, and takes some band-aids out of her pocket. She patches him up, covering his nose and cheek with little JB band-aids, which is sure to make him crazy later. Heh.

But the closeness stirs him, and he suddenly becomes shy and smiley at her touch. AW. Okay, first really cute moment of the show.

She gets up to go, but then turns back to say that he was right – she’s not going to let them take what’s hers, and she plans to fight for it. He smiles proudly.

They walk out into the hall together, and run right into JB and Ri-an (because he called her to let him inside the locked door). It’s just a silent stare-off, but Hae-sung’s clearly upset, and Yoo-jin clocks her reaction.

Yoo-jin wakes up the next morning to Jin-man staring at his face (or more accurately, his cutesy JB band-aids). Jin-man: “Do you like guys? But you can’t like me, okay? And put on some clothes around here.” Ha.

Yoo-jin pushes him aside and gets up, but one look in the mirror says it all. He screams bloody murder.

Principal Joo gets an unsettling visit in the morning from some cops, and then the school erupts with the announcement that Shi-woo and Yoo-jin have been suspended.

News breaks of yet another Shi-woo scandal and Kang-chul decides it’s time to cut him loose for good. He tells Ji-soo to leak the story and look for another school for his transfer.

Meanwhile Principal Joo helps smooth things over for Yoo-jin with the police, though he’s still on the hook while JB and Shi-woo have paid their way out with a settlement. He then notices the shiny new guitar Yoo-jin is carrying. He seizes it until he’s in the clear, mostly because having the guitar means he’s got access to perform in the street. But he looks like he’s enjoying it personally as well. Yoo-jin stews.

In the hospital, JB reads about Shi-woo possibly being cut from OZ (Ji-soo hospitalized both the boys to sway sympathy their way) and Shi-woo shows him the list of students to be cut.

He figures he was on his way out anyway, so he expected as much, but didn’t think it’d be so soon. JB wonders why he’s showing him the list, and says it’s totally logical that the agency would cut its underperforming artists.

He asks if Shi-woo expected him to fight on his behalf. Maybe not fight, but not being an ass about it would be nice. Shi-woo tells him he’s changed, and JB rips up the list and counters that he thinks it’s more pathetic when people refuse to change. Uh, okay then.

Ri-an frets over Shi-woo just being tossed to the curb that way, and Kang-chul uses the opportunity to make his point – that he knows more than she thinks, and that he’s got the power to make it so that Shi-woo (and she, by implication) can’t work in this industry ever again. He warns her not to make trouble.

Principal Joo tries to remind Kang-chul that this is a school not an agency, and that they should maybe try to protect the students and grow them, not just cut people at the first sign of trouble.

But Kang-chul declares that he’s going to make Kirin the best art school in the world, and the way you do that is by cutting those who don’t show promise. He says that giving endless amounts of false hope is just as bad, and that they ought to find what they’re good at if it isn’t this.

Principal Joo just asks for a fair chance for everyone, and Kang-chul says that’s what the exams are for. To make it interesting, he decides that out of each duet pair, only one will make it and the other will get cut. Just for kicks? That’s sadistic.

Yoo-jin chases JB down in the hall to confront him, and JB just tells him that he did warn him to stay out of it, and offers to loan him money if he needs it. He turns to go with a smirk, and Yoo-jin calls him a pathetic bastard. JB stops, and has some kind of reaction… I just couldn’t tell you what it is.

Ri-an finds Hae-sung and asks her to be her duet partner. Hae-sung starts to turn her down, but Ri-an guesses that she doesn’t exactly have a lot of choices right now. Hae-sung eyes her warily and starts to consider it…

 
COMMENTS

Sigh. For most of the episode, I found myself hard-pressed to find a reason to care about this show, because none of the characters were really moving me. The setup has potential, but none of the execution is taking full advantage. It’s sadder knowing how full of spark Dream High was, because the reminders of its better, slicker predecessor aren’t doing this show any favors.

Yoo-jin is so far the only character worth following, and though Hae-sung and Ri-an show signs of promise, they’re still barely out of the gate. Perhaps this duet rivalry will bring something a little more interesting for that pair? We can only hope. I’m already really tired of the JB/Yoo-jin rivalry, only because it’s exactly the same in every single episode, and multiple times in each episode at that. I’m confused why they waste so much time repeating the exact same conversation between them, because, uh, we geddit.

At least give them dueling guitars or something to change it up; just something other than that same in-your-face stare-off for the umpteenth time. And it’s starting to feel like beating a dead horse, but man, if JB were played by someone who could act, I might not feel like all his scenes were sucking the joy out of this show. It kind of kills me that his role is just getting bigger.

The thing is, I remember caring a lot more about every little sing-off and dance-off in Dream High, but I’m perplexed as to why I don’t feel the same pull this time around. I think the answer is that the musical numbers aren’t rooted in narrative the same way — there’s no setup and motivation, just a detour for a song, with no stakes. I need stakes, otherwise I’ll just tune out, no matter what the song is.

The one moment between Yoo-jin and Hae-sung with the band-aids was the first time I saw a spark and a connection worth caring about – it was enough to make me wonder why we’re getting so very little of their interaction in favor of the lesser pairings. And I don’t even mean romantically, (though the cute sparks are a big plus) but these two as characters are a great pair. Their scenes together might be my only lifeline to the show, if things stay the way they are.

We’re still waiting for the show to get better and give us a reason to stick with it. We’ve been on the fence for recaps from the start, but now I’m beginning to wonder if maybe the plus side of that fence was all based on residual feelings from Big Brother Dream High. I’m still rooting for you, Dream High 2, but if you can’t stand on your own two legs, I might have to cut you loose.

 
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What we have to understand is that to surpass the first season is very very difficult, since it was so good. DH2 probably won't be better or as good as DH1, but I still have hopes that it will be enjoyable.

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But I feel Dream High 2 as a show where JYP can show his frustrated dream of being an actor and to promote his trainees so they can get popularity and earn a lot of money.

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I vote for weecaps if this show doesn't up its ante (maybe from Santa). Or not. I could imagine how much hatemail the editors are gonna get. Besides, it's not as bad as LTM yet. Or is it? Argh.

Anyway, I'm jumping to the SU:FBB ship and would maybe check out episode 7 if they've increased the stakes.

The writing sucks. The musical numbers are meh. I love Kim Jung-tae as a villain, but hate his Kang-chul role here (and where did Kahi go? yeah, she's irritating too). Tae-yeon's weird and not in a good way. And I guess all things have been said about JB so I'll stop there.

PS: There is potential here but the negative stuff overwhelms the good stuff so it seems it's not worth watching anymore...
Goodbye for now DH2. It's sad but I'm gonna be more sad if I stick with you. ;)

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I haven't watched this yet, only read the recaps. I'm struck by the pictures. Coloured paper on noses? Strawberries in the hair? Feathers? Even the JB bandaids?

Maybe all those serve some purpose, but it makes it seems so... I don't know, like "Look at me! Look at me!" All packaging, but is there anything inside? Doesn't seem so from the recaps so far...

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hmmm...just wondering why does JB seem to have the most screentime? yeah sure he is one of the leads but what about the others? :/

what about Nana & Siwoo? Arent they supposed to be one of the leads too? but they are not appearing much even compared to those small supporting roles.

I cant help but to feel slightly disappointed. Because when I think of the 1st season, it was all kinds of awesomeness. But this one lacks focus. I think that its trying to be too ambitious by focusing on too many characters at the same time.

The 1st season has 6 leads as well but it was able to focus on each one of them perfectly and make us care for those characters. But this one is just so messy as its trying to include as many characters as possible which is just crazy.

I think that most the idol actors are doing okay except for JB.

JB. Where should I start? I have to say he's a good-looking kid but his acting skills is a whole other story. Sorry to say but his acting is kinda ehhh...for me. I think it would be better if he was just a supporting role. but sadly he's not. I really want to like him. I do. But the character and the acting isnt helping.

I cant help but to think that they are just trying to push to promote him as the upcoming idol rookie considering the number of screentime he has.

The writers focuses too much on the idol actors that they are not giving the real rookie actors a chance such as Kang Sora & Park Seojoon. They could have used their time to create more depth to the 1 dimesionsal Haesung character as well as the forgotten Siwoo character. Since both of them are the only real actors in the show, I'm sure they would be able to fill up the lack of acting capabilities of the others and make the show more interesting if the writer builds up those 2 characters more.

Sorry for the rant.

Despite the long rant, I'm still sticking with this drama because I still have hope for it.

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Another thing. I'm impressed by Jinwoon so far. I think he's doing great. & I'm liking his character the most at the moment.

*Sigh* I really wish that the "real" story would start asap. Because for now, everything just seems so random.

Dream high 1 has such a steady and interesting plot.

I know that DH1 & DH2 are totally different and that I should'nt compare.

But still I can't help. Since DH1 is its predecessor, it's only natural to compare.

If only this show isn't a sequel and has a different title, I won't be comparing and feeling disappointed. Infact I might have enjoyed it more.
But sadly there's the existence of its predecessor which happens to be really good.

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Just saw some gifs of the band aid scene.

*sigh* Now I HAVE to keep watching. Why are they so cute?! Wasted on this show, tbh.

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They should have cast better actors instead of Ji Yeon and JB. They are very weak, flat, and wooden and can't act out of a paper bag. They are boring people to death and are given so much screen time. At least Jin woon and Kang sora have some expression and look cute together. They seem to be the ones holding up this drama.

The singing duet is boring. Why can't they come up with something better? Who cares?

The ones who are experience actors and others like Kim Jung Tae is doing nothing in this drama?

This drama is like a slow death. They need some real help in trying to save this drama which had so much potential.

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all i can say is that if i cant remember who is who, then the story line is lagging.

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I'm not nearly as invested in the character as I would have liked other than yoo-jin.

It's a little frustrating because we're three episodes in and it feels slightly empty still.

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Dude!!! if you wanted to comment about what's the bad part or acting on dream high 2 then just state it. Don't keep bringing up the first season. This is the first article that ticked me off. Please be more professional and stop comparing it back to the first season.

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wow.

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I think the production team knew very well they were going to be compared to Dream High season one. And if they didn't consider it, maybe it's time to rethink their career. They kept the title ( + some OST + the cameos + school ) for a reason : Keeping the fans of season 1 ( with the associated fame and success image ) onboard. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the result is not so good. They played and they have lost, it's the game's rule. If they wouldn't want to be compared, the solution was simple : A new title and a clearly new universe. Lucky that GF doesn't compare it to WU ? or to SU : FBB? It would have been far crueler.
Ps : DB contributors don't have to be " professional " : As far as i know it's a personal blog and they don't have journalists or critics accreditations. Correct me if i'm wrong ladies.
That said, i find their opinion valuable because they accumulated thousands hours of drama watching so they know what they're talking about. And their argumentation is solid. If you know a better place or a more professional one : Please share with us.

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Dude. It's right there in the title.

If Dream High 2 can exploit the franchise to its benefit, then surely they are at the mercy of that comparison when it backfires on them. Double-edged sword, two-way street, et cetera.

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Why is comparing it to the first season "unprofessional"?!?

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I didn't start loving Dream High 1 until ep 4 or 5 so I am still waiting for it do move me or make me feel something. I want my drama crack. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow, I see some potential.

I really wish it was the same production/writer team doing this season. I loved how they did it. It felt fresh, fluffy and inspiring to me. I haven't felt that yet. Change the writers, get the old ones back!

Still, last season I had my Milky Couple to squee over before I started to squee over the rest of the show. Here I got nothing. Well, I got Jiyeon (my bias) and I could just watch it for her, but I don't see the point of that.

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I liked this episode though from time to time. But it dragged a little and the music numbers need to have some meaning. I liked it when they were all fighting for that boy as a partner and a little bit of him and Nana singing but after a while I was just waiting for it to end.

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The biggest problem with this drama is that the idols (bad acting aside) aren't sympathetic as characters. I kinda hate them.
And I seriously want to smack Hae-sung. Grow up, girl!
On the upside, Yoo-jin has the cutest smile and goes from rebellious to sweet to bashful so effortlessly, that it's a pleasure to watch him.

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Jinwoon, Sora and Jiyeon are doing a good job as actors, but the story just feels so wooden and out of the place? I also cringed at those dance-off scenes because they are quite pointless and too obviously fillers.

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I really want Sora to end up with JB .. too bad I know it won't happen :(

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me too!!! :(

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with what have happened with season 2 so far, i really dont think that there will be season 3 anymore...i just wish there is still season 3, where the OLD CASTS reunited once again...STILL HOPING FOR IT..hahahahaha...

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The best part was when Yoo-jin and Hae-sung were eating the ramyun together. The rest was a load of crap. None of the other idol actors are that good. They're cute and pretty to look at, but I just don't get that feel good "I'm rootin' for ya, buddy" vibe from them. This show is not as good as Shut Up! Flower Boy Band.

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Totally agree. I keep looking for something to like in Dream High2, but all I care about is what is going to happen next on Shut Up! Flower Boy Band.

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Hahah. What's weird is, that this season is still way better to me than the first one. I think it's just because Jin Woon's character really appeals to me.

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the uncle ri ann was talking about, wasn't he jin suk's friend in season 1 ? the one who tried to commit suicide, and they ended up all singing "genie" for him. idk, i feel like she was talking about him !

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*drops the show*

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I really want to watch this but I'm already bored with the recaps. But I do want to see Hae-Sung and Yoo-Jin. I'll probably fast-foward through some parts. Can anyone tell me who the heck is JB? I don't really know these idol groups.

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As of now I'm only watching for Jinwoon and his acting skills are amazing especially for a rookie <3. But to be honest I feel like it's really not going anywhere and it's slowly losing my interest to even continue.... and also no offense, JB's character is really interesting to me but I wish the actor showed a little more into the role especially with emotions. It's so awkward watching him act sometimes..... Hopefully it's gonna pick up speed and get good!

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Well..in Dream High 1 I cant choose which one is the bitch, which I like. But here,I found myself hate JB constantly despite him being all represent idol with flaws or whatever. I hate to say this..but it seems Im gonna drop this show from my list.

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You know, this drama feels like waste Jinwoon's talent, seriously.

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First off, most of the actors aren't that good at acting.. Don't get me wrong, I love them in general but sometimes their acting makes you cringe....
Second, I still don't understand the plot. It's supposed to be students vs idols but it just doesn't really go anywhere. And lastly, there is just way too much singing. I get how this is a musical drama but it's not supposed to be some High School Musical remake. It's okay to sing for a few seconds but when they turn it into a music video, that's when I think that they're just doing this to fill in extra time space.
I have no desire to watch Dream High 2 but I'm still continuing just to see what happens in the end.

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I am patiently waiting for more plot development...meanwhile...the show haven't lost me yet...just waiting...waiting...

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Oh gawd, how did 'the dream' from aspiring superstar become to saving the school? I don't recall DH1 being this complicated.

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ok I really want to like this drama but its missing something.

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I actually like JB. The actor isn't the greatest, but he's not that bad either IMO - the character is frozen emotionally, and just doesn't emote at all. To me it seems like the frozen-ness is part of the character, rather than bad acting; it works for me with JB, who's clearly extremely stiff, awkward and self-conscious, and mortally afraid of making a wrong step of some kind.

Frozen in place, basically. And the actor does do emotional constipation very well IMO, with some subtle-ish shades.

I've seen some cracks in the ice and expect to see more - it's clear the guy's headiong for a bgreak-down of some kind, which I expect to be spectacular and pretty much turn the character around.

I also loved the intro, of JB being the good little boyband drone, and ending up intentionally breaking the curfew in orderto hush up the bigger scandal of plagiarism (that hits JB very close to home). It's a smart thing to do, very savvy; especially for such a young boy to come up with this plan on the fly is both canny and courageous.

And that we see his emotions like they're separated from us by a purposefully erected wall of ice just makes sense for the guy. I'm willing to wait and see where the character goes, but so far I think he does perfectly ok.

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The only reason I keep watching this is because of Yoo jin (the guy with the guitar).
You know what, through his arrogance and despise for idol groups, I can see some criticism in South Korea about idol bands...or when JB stole yoo-jin's glory moment as an artist in the street.

Also the new director/principle, the way he responded to Ri-an was harsh but interesting.
We get to see that being an idol is hard work but it doesn't necessary mean you are talented to begin with, idols are often limited in what they do, they need a looot of practice to be what they are as artists and are heavily manufactured.

So yeah, they don't have it easy and deal with selfishness and competitiveness with their counterparts. I keeo watching this show because I want to see what Yoo-jin will become...he won't be an idol, well I hope he won't.
I just don't really get why he is in that school if he wants to be an independant artist. He's alreay talented. Will the drama make him the dream high superstar? I don't think so...but I'd like to.

By the way, what's with the absurd goal of becoming the next lady gaga or whoever's the most popular in the world now? The show dosn't hide this ambition but I think it's unrealistic.

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started rewatching Season 1 because this was too painful to go through

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So far , it has been more of a disappointment. I didn't like the first few episodes of Dream High but that was because it seem liked an overdrawn intro for all the characters. But here, too many unnecessary MV-like scenes. And so far, I only care about 1 character, Yoo Jin. This episode was generally boring!

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That solving math problem stuff to relieve stuff is real. I hv friend who did that. Maybe 1 out of 1000 do that..kekeke.

I'm a big fan of Dream High and that is why I'm looking forward for this sequel. think up to ep 3(I'm at ep 3 now) the storyline is still good. I'm sure there's something big store for us seeing how the storyline move fast. I'm anticipating how will it turn out for Jin Yoo Jin and Shin Hye Sung as this 2 name was on the list made by director-the cut out list.

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I really like Rian, NaNa, and Yoojin.

But, I don't really like Hae-Sung. She won't stand up for herself, follows the rules a little too much, and I just don't like her character for some reason. I like the funny parts she's in though.

I like Yoojin because he breaks the rules all the time and is so funny.

NaNa(Bora) is a very good singer and I like her personality.

Rian, I don't know why ,but I like her the most when she and Hae-Sung were argueing, she actually kicked Hae-Sung right in the face.

I liked the first season better though especially
Kim Pil Suk :)

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Did anyone notice that if Eun-Jung was the actor to replace Ri-an (Jiyeon) in the "Dream High" drama then she'd be acting as Hye-Mi as well as Baek-Hee?

(The version i'm watching has kinda weird subtitles but it said that Jiyeon was going to be replace by "Eun-Jong of T-ara")

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when Shi-woo went to the club i heard a song can you please tell me the name of it ?

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