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Three Days: Episode 2

Now that our world has been set up the action gets going, and it turns out that what we really have on our hands is a fugitive drama. I guess don’t mind, since I prefer a good wronged man runaway plot to a straight-up secret agent show, but it does feel a lot like Two Weeks and Mandate of Heaven before it. Perhaps that’s why it wasn’t advertised as such.

While that does take away some of the freshness in the conceit, there’s potential for it to make me more engaged on a character level—a principled secret agent man is one thing, but a principled secret agent on the outside of the law can be much more interesting. Let’s just hope it takes us somewhere good.

 
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EPISODE 2 RECAP

In the woods, a SWAT team sweeps the area with dogs as a man flees for cover.

Inside the presidential villa, Security Team Leader Ham sits with his shirt off after bandaging a wound in his arm. He growls that the suspect in the assassination attempt against the president has been spotted: “It’s Secret Service agent Han Tae-kyung.”

And back in the woods, we see that it’s Tae-kyung who’s being chased by the army of agents. Crud.

90 minutes earlier. March 5. 8:00 PM.

We go back to the moment of the blackout, this time from the Secret Service agents’ perspective from inside the villa. They scramble to get communications back up to check on the president’s status when the shots ring out: one, two, three.

The leader at the control desk interprets the flashlight signals that come from the fishing dock where the president was, just moments ago. He repeats in a shaky voice: All personnel dead.

Team Leader Ham rushes down to the dock. He finds two agents down, each with a bullet wound. That’s two shots, with the third unaccounted for…

Another agent spots the president’s shoe floating in the lake, which bolsters the first thought they all had—if President Lee was shot, he’d have fallen out of his fishing chair and into the lake.

Team Leader Ham orders a search and tells them to keep things under wraps until they confirm the president’s status.

That’s not really how the Blue House rolls though, because as soon as they send signal flares up to aid in the lake search, the central security team at the Blue House receives satellite images that send off warning bells.

The security planning team sends Cha-young to the chief secretary’s office to deliver the report, though he receives a phone call that beats her to the punch. Or was she here to deliver different news altogether? Hm.

Twenty minutes later, Team Leader Ham gets status reports from each division. The blackout was the result of an EMP that took out the entire city’s power. Ballistics show that Agent 1 went down with a sniper shot to the head, which sent Agent 2 jumping in front of the president to shield him. A shot to his chest takes him down.

In the replay according to the report, the sniper then gets the president in his sights, looking around in the dark and frozen with fear.

The team in the woods finds the bunker the sniper used to conceal himself—just a shallow hole dug into the ground with leaves for cover.

One of the agents suggests that the EMP is the greatest cause for alarm, because it means only vast military power could be behind this. The natural conclusion they jump to is the most dangerous one: that North Korea just assassinated their president. Crap, don’t start a war!

(Okay, I know this is a drama where everyone is meant to be shifty, but the security team’s second in command (Ahn Gil-kang) looks extra shifty. Stop punctuating everything with that side-eye.)

Meanwhile, Tae-kyung fiiiiiinally manages to break through the guards at the gate (though if an unarmed man can get past your security, how good is your security?) and rushes into the command room.

They’re confused as to why an off-duty agent on probation is doing here, but then he asks them first—did someone attack the president? They’re dumbfounded that he came here knowing this, and then he relays the army colonel’s dying message that someone would attempt an assassination on this day.

Tae-kyung is sure that the colonel was killed to keep him from being able to warn them, and says that finding the colonel’s killer is the key—he’ll be connected to this assassination plot.

Team Leader Ham doesn’t waste any time ordering them to follow up on the colonel’s case, but then Chief Secretary Shin storms in with Cha-young in tow. The already tense relationship between the security team and Chief Secretary Shin gets dicey when Team Leader Ham has to admit that the president has gone missing on his watch. He makes sure to add that they still have no evidence that President Lee is dead. Well that’s not exactly comforting.

It turns out that Cha-young already followed up on the colonel’s murder after she spoke with Tae-kyung, but the results of her investigation are alarmingly different from Tae-kyung’s version of events.

The CCTV outside the colonel’s house shows only one man entering the house that evening: Han Tae-kyung. Uh-oh. Tae-kyung swears he saw another man leaving the house before he entered, but the footage shows no one else, and there was no USB drive either.

They also checked on the security cameras for Tae-kyung’s place, but there was no evidence that the colonel was ever there, and the security ajusshi claims that Tae-kyung never came by to look at the footage. What.

Chief Secretary Shin doesn’t beat about the bush, and claims that it would be near impossible for someone to infiltrate their perfect security system (ahem, says the guy who missed the part where a blackout incapacitated them) unless it was an inside job by someone who knows every inch of their protocol… someone like Han Tae-kyung.

He points out that Tae-kyung is the prime suspect in the colonel’s death, and asks if Team Leader Ham is going to protect him again out of loyalty. Tae-kyung is floored at the sudden wave of suspicion directed at him, but swears to his boss that it wasn’t him.

But the situation is too serious to let it go at that, so Team Leader Ham orders Cha-young to take Tae-kyung into custody and begin an interrogation. Tae-kyung takes a step closer to argue, but Shifty Second Ahn Gil-kang whips out his gun. The whole room freezes over.

Tae-kyung takes a moment to process, and then just steps closer to the barrel until it’s right up in his face, without so much as flinching: “Go ahead and shoot. What Secret Service agent is afraid of a gun?” Okay, that was badass.

Thankfully Team Leader Ham intervenes. He remains focused on the most important task—finding the president—and orders everyone to comply, including Tae-kyung.

Thirty minutes after the shooting, local police officer Bo-won stirs awake after her fall from the EMP blast. As she gets up, she hears a man’s voice speaking in English. It’s the same duo from the white truck she stopped earlier, now packing up the EMP device.

The problem is they hear her too, as the leaves rustle beneath her. One of the men approaches, gun drawn. She’s injured and limping, but she runs and tumbles down the mountainside in a breathless panic.

She manages to get to her police car, but it’s no safe haven—the radio is out, and the engine won’t start. Gah, every time she looks behind her it sends a chill down my spine. She ditches the car and limps away, but the man in the woods stops when he finds her police badge with her name and picture on it. Ack. There might as well be a bullseye stamped on her forehead.

Despite following protocol when it comes to Tae-kyung, Team Leader Ham firmly believes that he’s innocent, and calls Tae-kyung a person who isn’t capable of that kind of betrayal.

Cha-young remains friendly and casual even as she escorts Tae-kyung to interrogation, saying that she can’t just take his side blindly when all the evidence says otherwise. Tae-kyung points out that if he wanted to kill the president, he wouldn’t have needed an EMP—he’d have walked right up and shot him.

He adds that he’d have no reason to also kill the colonel or his own father. Right? She argues that there’s no proof of those deaths being linked to the assassination attempt, but he’s more convinced than ever that his father’s death is connected to all of this.

He stops to look out at the signal flares on the dock, and wonders aloud why the shooter bothered with an EMP—it’s hard to acquire and unnecessary for the operation. She assumes it was to make the getaway easier.

But Tae-kyung says the blast came before the shots, which only makes it harder for the sniper, so why cripple your own assassination attempt? He goes to the compound map down the hall and draws the trajectory of the shots fired, from one dock to the other.

A light bulb goes off and he runs down to the dock. Hey, guy who’s under arrest, maybe tell people where you’re going before running away all suspicious-like. No wonder you get chased by dogs later.

He reaches the gate to the other dock and finds a mark in the sand. He thinks to himself that if this gate is unlocked, the attack could’ve taken place from anywhere inside the compound. He pulls on the chain… and it comes undone. He scans the area and the first building within his sights is the Secret Service dormitory.

By now Cha-young and the guards have caught up to him, and he yells at her to get Team Leader Ham. “Somebody opened this door! Chief Secretary Shin was right—there could be a mole on the inside.”

In an unknown location, a man covered in shadow (and the giantness of his cell phone—convenient, that) makes a call to the EMP duo as they drive past an accident on the side of the road. He reports that there’s been a hiccup but they’ll take care of it, as he looks down at Bo-won’s ID.

Bo-won has made it down to the village, where the local townspeople tell her about the shots fired and worry that it’s war.

Thankfully Cha-young is trusting enough to give Tae-kyung the chance to meet with Team Leader Ham as requested. He asks to speak to him alone, and Ham gives him five minutes to talk. Tae-kyung asks him to consider what he’s about to say as the ramblings of a madman:

March 5. 7:45 PM.

We revisit the events based on Tae-kyung’s narration. The EMP is set up to go off at exactly 8:00 on the hour. When the lights go out, shots one and two are fired killing the two agents. Then the third kills President Lee, landing him in the lake.

The gate to the other dock is opened and then re-chained. (To hide the weapon? Or set up the dock as the decoy shooting area?) But Tae-kyung’s point is this: the shots actually came from inside the compound—from inside the security team’s dorm no less.

Team Leader Ham listens to his theory with a skeptical look—it’s already been determined that the shots came from the dock, and this is just a theory. But Tae-kyung explains that the EMP wasn’t set up to conceal a getaway, but to give the shooter the chance to attack from within.

The blackout sent all agents running to priority one: the president. That left the shooter alone in the agents’ dormitory, the last place anyone would care to look for suspicious activity.

As he says this, he approaches the window and steels himself before opening it. He looks out from the vantage point and sees it in his head: the sniper rifle aimed at the dock from this very window. “The shots were fired here, from this window.”

Aaaaaaack. Tae-kyung says tensely that he doesn’t believe that Team Leader Ham would’ve done such a thing, and asks who was in here at 8:00 tonight. But strangely, Team Leader Ham jumps to dismiss it as a baseless theory.

And then Tae-kyung hears the faintest sound coming from inside the room: tick-tock-tick-tock.

They exchange a charged look, and Tae-kyung says that an EMP wipes out everything, including clocks. One look at the wall clock confirms that it stopped at 8:00 PM, just like all the others. But he says that the Russians developed a wristwatch for just such a purpose, to keep running in the event of an EMP blast.

He follows the sound of the ticking clock to Team Leader Ham’s jacket hanging on the coatrack. The wristwatch is still ticking away faithfully. Tae-kyung: “You must’ve had a personal interest in EMP bombs…”

We go back to the shooting, and this time it’s Team Leader Ham behind the sniper rifle. Tae-yung: “Or… you already knew that there would be an EMP blast.”

He barely finishes the sentence before a gun is cocked. Crap. Team Leader Ham raises his pistol: “The president doesn’t deserve to be protected. That person did something that should never be done.”

Tae-kyung asks if he really killed the president and two of his own agents, and Team Leader Ham just calls it a sacrifice to prevent an even greater sacrifice. He adds that he can’t let anyone else get hurt because of Tae-kyung, and moves to pull the trigger.

Tae-kyung screams, tears pooling in his eyes: “And my father?! Did you order that too? Confidential 98—is that why you killed my father?!”

Before Ham can react, Tae-kyung lurches at his throat and disarms him swiftly. He leaps out the window and tumbles to the ground for a getaway.

Team Leader Ham fires out the window, and everyone runs toward his office in a panic. Cha-young is nearest to the scene, and when he hears her approaching, he fires off another shot into his own arm. Damn.

Tae-kyung races through the woods in the scene that opened the episode, and Team Leader Ham names him as one of the culprits in the assassination attempt. Tae-kyung stops to take a breath and takes out Bo-won’s card, determined to get answers.

He makes it down to the road and jumps out in the path of an oncoming car, and hijacks it just seconds ahead of Cha-young and her team.

March 5. 9:30 PM.

Bo-won makes her way to the police station, but it’s eerily empty inside. She finds one landline that still works and makes a call, but the line suddenly cuts out. She looks around and then stops in her tracks when she sees a familiar white truck parked outside. Ruuuuun!

She gets to the back door but one of the men is already there trying to get inside. They struggle with the door and he clamors to get in, but she barely manages to lock it behind her. The other man is headed in the front with a gun at the ready, so she locks herself in the back room with a window as her only escape route.

Once he starts shooting at the door, she has no choice but to jump. Ow, she lands on her already injured leg. A man comes up behind her and covers her mouth before she can scream, and ohthankgod it’s Tae-kyung.

He asks if she can run and gets her to the car just in the nick of time. She asks if he has a phone or a gun (I love her cranky complaint: “What kind of Secret Service agent has no gun?”) and he asks about the men—he thought at first they were following him, but it’s clear they wanted to kill her. She tells him that they’re suspects in his father’s murder.

Back the villa, Cha-young is wary enough of the accusation that Tae-kyung shot his boss that she asks Team Leader Ham point-blank if Tae-kyung shot him.

She relays what he found out about the gate being open, and watches on edge as Team Leader Ham reaches for the gun in his holster… but goes for his pocket instead.

He says unconvincingly that he must’ve left the gate unlocked during a routine check earlier today. But he’s saved by the bell when an agent radios in from the lake that they’ve found the president.

Meanwhile, Bo-won takes Tae-kyung to the site of his father’s crash. He walks down to where the car landed and pictures his father still there, looking back at him. He swallows back his tears.

Bo-won looks on sympathetically as he asks if the ambulance came right away, and if his father was in a lot of pain. At the sight of his tears, she thinks back to the moment she first saw him sitting alone at his father’s funeral.

The security team heads down to the lake as the search boat reaches the shore. The president’s body is hauled out in a bag, and the agent tells Team Leader Ham he should see for himself. They open the body bag, and everyone’s faces freeze in shock.

Tae-kyung and Bo-won come back up to the road and he asks if she’s sure about the two men behind his father’s accident. That’s when she repeats Dad’s dying words about the file they’d be after, and Tae-kyung makes her repeat it to be sure: “Confidential 98?” She’s positive—that was the name of the file, and now it’s gone.

A bright light suddenly flashes in their direction from down the road. God, not the truck again?

Back at the lake, we finally see the body in the bag… it’s not the president. No one is more surprised than Team Leader Ham, who can barely contain his twitchy reaction. “Who is this man?! Where is the president?!”

In the woods, President Lee struggles to stay conscious, bleeding from his head down to his hand.

A flashback reveals that Tae-kyung’s father was in on something with the president, who asks, “On March 5, will all this be over?”

Dad answers that his trip to the villa will be his last opportunity, so they can’t lose this chance. He warns that it could be dangerous, and tells the president to trust no one.

President Lee starts to fade out of consciousness…

And back on the road, Tae-kyung and Bo-won look toward the light and see the truck of doom coming straight at them.

 
COMMENTS

They sure are getting a lot of mileage out of one truck o’ doom, hur hur. I’m going to pretend that those long seconds while they just stand in place waiting to be roadkill aren’t in real time, because then I’d start to seriously question our hero’s abilities as an agent, especially when it seems like he’s endowed with some kind of superhuman hearing. (I know it’s just being dramatized for our sake, but I’d like it if they came up with a side story about how his freakishly keen sense of hearing was passed down from his father or something, just to root it in his character.)

When you cast someone like Jang Hyun-sung in your drama, it’s pretty much a waste of an actor if you don’t make him the double agent bad guy, though hilariously enough, with Sohn Hyun-joo and Yoon Je-moon included, there are so many possibly shady vibes coming off of everyone that it muddles the instincts. Is he evil, or is he meant to seem evil, which means he’s good?

At this point I’m wondering if I’m giving the show too much credit because I want it to be that twisty, because so far the story is rather straightforward. In any case, despite Team Leader Ham’s declaration at the beginning of the episode that Tae-kyung was the bad guy, I still trusted him because of his repeated faith in our hero’s moral fiber. I was all prepared for him to send Tae-kyung on a black-ops mission to find the mole, but in a story sense I do prefer that our hero is on the outs with the law. Now we have a classic fugitive story: he’s framed for high treason, stripped of his credentials and all the people he trusted in his life, and the only way to clear his name is to uncover the conspiracy on his own.

I hope the show learns to make better use of its time conceit, because so far I see little use for it. There’s nothing in the telling of the story that makes it dependent on that structure, and I think someone needs a reminder that what builds urgency into the story is a looming threat, not the presence of a clock. I felt the tension mount when Tae-kyung first discovered the assassination plot and had to race to stop it, but then today we’ve already skipped to its aftermath, and the clock is useless in a narrative tension capacity. I still cared because I care what happens to our hero, but I want another threat looming overhead, stat.

The one thing that has me excited is Tae-kyung’s brains—I’m going to have fun rooting for him to outsmart everyone, because he’s clearly capable of it. It’s nice that his great failing is his principled nature and his faith in people, because that blinds him to shifty people like his boss. Now he’s got some moral quandaries to shake his black-and-white view of the world, which is a good thing, as long as the show wants to answer the questions it raises.

 
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I did like this ep., and I personally like the pacing, maybe because I can follow what is going on (or most of what is going on). PYC continues to impress me with his emotional and crying scenes. I really loved his crying scene in the 1st ep., when he was sitting at the bus stop. I could feel his pain. And in this ep., I loved the moment when he went on the field (to be by himself) and have a moment. That scene, when he imagined his dad, in the car, hurt and with his face bloodied up… That tear he had. I appreciated that BW gave TK the space he needed at that time.

I did not expect TK to find out who the shooter had been so quickly. When he was talking to BS, and slowly revealing that either someone had shoot the president from BS’s office, or as he figured out, that BS was the one who shot, I kept telling TK, “you are in the lion’s den, and you are talking to the lion. What are you doing in there?” And when BS pointed his gun at TK (and the camera spent some time on both guys), I had to remind myself, “TK is the hero, he cannot be dying now.” Another suspenseful moment for me was when they opened the bag, once they brought the body back from the water. I was hoping it would not be the president, and I was relieved when it wasn’t him. Again I told myself, “I really hope SHJ is not in this drama for only 2 ep. No, he can’t be. He is on at least one poster.”

It has been interesting to me how lasting an impression some of those actors have had on me. When I saw YJM in ep. 1, I expected him to be one of the bad guys (which he could still turn out to be), because it is in that role that I had seen him in TK2Hs. I am really looking forward to seeing how his character is like, in this drama. And JHS, who I remember from Goddess of Marriage, is so different here, and I love seeing that side of him. We know that BS is one of the bad guys (among the president’s men), and I wonder if there might be others with him.

The president and HKJ (his economic advisor), I am looking forward to finding out what it is that they were concocting. Would KDJ have something to do with it? Hum… I like that we now have a clear connection between TK and BW, and I am anticipating their collaboration, to solving the pieces of the puzzle we are given. I know that some of the main computers had something in them that still allowed them to function, even with the EMP bomb going off and cutting off all communication, however I was expecting to see some generators being mentioned or being started, when the blackout happened (as a plan B). I think it was also BS who asked that all communication devices be taken away (when they were looking for the president), and I remember thinking, “then how are you supposed to communicate with each other?” But then again, maybe that was his goal at that time.

I am very interested in BW, now that her life is at stake, and she has some information about HKJ’s death. She doesn’t seem to scare easy, and I like that about her (I guess otherwise she should not be a policewoman). I really like the suspense in this drama, it has me vested. Thank you for the recap!

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Re: PYC's bus stop crying scene - I was impressed too. There was subtlety in it but you can totally feel his grieving. And maybe I'm thinking too much of it, but it kinda showed yoochun's own vulnerability since it was somewhat similar - his father passed away while he was on a plane cause of a trip due to work.

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Aren't we all glad that both PYC and KHJ improved in their emotional scenes and general acting skills?

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Hello kooriyuki~

Yes, I am definitely glad that both PYC and KHJ have improved in their emotional scenes and general acting skills. I am really liking PYC here, so far. And I have seen a few ep. of AoF, and I have loved and appreciated KHJ's transformation over the years. I liked him in BOF (yes, I actually did), I didn't like his character too much in PK, and I have really liked what I have seen of KHJ in AoF. That manly look/physique looks good on him, and his eyes are so soulful, love that. You can read what he is feeling in his eyes. Are you enjoying AoF?

I am really loving the veteran actors in this drama. And the fact that quite a few of them could be shady characters (we already know that about the president, and BS) makes things more interesting to me. As I have mentioned earlier, I find PYC's crying scenes to be powerful, they move me. Lee Cha-Young seems to respect TK and believe in him, to an extent. I think that she could be a great ally for TK, and I am hoping that she will be on his side, for most of the drama. I can see how some obstacles could be thrown in her and TK's way (as far as their communication, working together, etc...) because that will make things more dramatic. However, I am really hoping that she will start to question things, and see things through TK's eyes/TK's way.

As some of the commenters have said, I am liking BW a lot as well. I am wondering if the village/small town people will play a role in helping solve some of the mystery, and I think it would be cool if they played a part in it, somehow. I love how they (the villagers) treat BW as if she were their daughter. Could be because they feel that way about her.

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Gala, yup that scene reminds me of what he went through before..kinda similar..his heart must be so pain acting in that scene..but his silent tears really touched my heart..I feel u Han Tae Kyung...I feel u...

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Hello bluesky, and well said...

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Hello Gala,

This was so well said, "There was subtlety in it but you can totally feel his grieving. And maybe I’m thinking too much of it, but it kinda showed yoochun’s own vulnerability since it was somewhat similar," and I agree with you about that. I actually agree with your whole post. I love that restraint PYC has been showing so far in his crying. He has not gone into the "ugly cry," as Oprah Winfrey would call it. At least not yet. I think the way TK shows his grief (and therefore the way he cries) adds to what we know of him, that principled (and disciplined) secret service agent, as JB described him. It makes sense, given his training and his profession, that he would show his emotions and his grief in that manner. I like that you were impressed as well, you saw what I saw, it seems. I don't always connect when an actor cries (or has an emotional scene), however, I have been feeling for TK so far.

Thank you also for bringing up PYC's dad passing. I mentioned that in my notes, while I was watching the ep., however I forgot to bring it up. I remember some of us discussing his dad passing on Open Thread when it happened. I had brought up a question about something I had read in an article, related to the responsibilities and the role of the 1st son during a funeral in Korean culture. I also think that his dad passing happened around (or at the time) he had to film for Rooftop Prince, and he went back to work shortly after, if memory serves me right (or something of that nature).

You know how in interviews, actors and actresses talk about going to a mental place (or some kind of place within themselves), to draw from for a particular scene? I thought about PYC's going through his grief when his father passed away, and maybe pulling from that experience and those emotions to portray TK's pain and grief. TK also said in ep. 1 that he had been away (on a trip I think) for a while (a month maybe?), and so he had not seen his dad nor spent some time with him in a while. I can't help but wonder if there was not some guilt (on TK's part) added to how he felt, because he had not had some quality time (or made the time to) with his dad before his passing.

Having lost my own dad, and having been away for a while until he passed, I could relate on a personal level to TK's grief and experience. It is always interesting, when characters in a movie or a series can make you relieve some moments, isn't it? I am not glad that PYC lost his dad, however, I can appreciate that that experience might have contributed to his growth as an actor.

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Hey Ivoire,

*This is off topic, but I'm sneaking in here to follow up on a previous conversation we had about complicated titles and honorifics in families. There was an interesting real life discussion of this on Screening Humanity: The daughter-in-law over flowers - ep 5. I thought of you. Have you seen this about a small family business chrysanthemum farm?

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Hello owl~
Very good to hear from you! No, I have not seen that ep. or program. Do you have a link maybe, that you could share or post? That way I could see it when I have the time. Is Screening Humanity on KBS? (I am just curious about that).

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Hi Ivoire,
I don't know if you'll see this, but I'm the jerk that replied really rudely to you on the INR3 Finale. I wanted to PM you, but I don't think that this site has that. I was skimming through the recaps and realized that what I said was really rude and uncalled for. I don't know why, but for some reason I was frustrated just because you had a long comment. I didn't reply to you to get likes, and I am just really, really sorry that I commented something like that. I read a reply that said I was cyberbullying, but of course I didn't mean to do anything of the sort. I didn't realize my comment was that off-putting, and I feel horrible for it. I know you might not read this, but I just really had to apologize to you...Whether you read this or not, I hope you forgive me. I'm so sorry for being rude.

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I'm also sorry to have to comment like this on the Three Days recap. I didn't know how to contact you privately.

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Hello wannabean~

I really appreciate your comment, and yes, you are forgiven. How could I not? I am sorry that you were so frustrated that day, and yes, I am also sorry that I took the brunt of it. It's OK though, that's called "life," I believe. We all do some things we come to regret later.
If I may ask you a favor: I would like to have your opinion on something I wrote, and I would love it, if you would please read some of my comments on the ep. 21 of You From Another Star (I was the 2d person who commented). That way, you could tell me what you think. I also appreciate that you looked for me, and that you found me here. Thank you for having the courage to apologize here. That meant a lot.
And please let me know if you found the comment I am referring to. Thank you!

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Hi Ivoire,
in fact, i did see your comment, but to be perfectly honest, I have no idea. I as well was left with many questions at the end of the drama but I guess I just let them slip by as typical Korean drama plot holes/ slip ups. I noticed that the writer tends to write things just for the sake of the moment, but not really to follow through into a bigger or deeper meaning.

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Hello again wannabean~

I am glad you took the time to read my 1st comment (the 1st one I wrote), however that was not the one I was referring to. I was referring to this one:

2.1.1.1.6 Ivoire March 5th, 2014 at 10:47 PM

in the "YFAS" 21st ep. recap comments' section. There is an email address there you could email me at. I would like to communicate with you privately as well. I hope we can make that happen.

I am glad you had some of the same questions I had at the end of that drama. Even if we don't always get all the answers, I like asking the questions, and I think they are worth asking. Maybe because I like to think my way through a drama? Thank you for coming back here, and reading my latest response.

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even though we find it quite uninteresting since we find the real culprit in just 2 ep but actually that's the way the writer usually do in her drama. just like in SIGN n GHOST but what makes it interesting is how to catch the culprit... since even evidence are very clear but they keep escaping in every episode. and that's what makes it unexpected an unpredictable. and make me hook to the drama till the end.....

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Jang Hyun-sung, Sohn Hyun-joo,Yoon Je-moon, Ahn Kil Kang... The usual suspects.. I'm having a hard time picking out the bad guy!

On the other hand, I'm just really curious about what happened between mr president and Yoochun's dad. I think this will keep me engaged with the series until the second half(?)

Love Park Ha Sun here!

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I love these ajussi actors. They've so much experience under their belt and can act circles around flower boys (tho flower boys are appreciated for other reasons). Jang and Moon were in End of the World together. Loved Moon in that drama, as he was given a chance to be the lead. And then there is Sohn, who is greatly popular in SK.
These, Ryu SR, Lee Beom Soo, and the guys in Miracle in Cell #7! Wonderful!

President and Micky's dad were cooking up a scheme to smoke out some double agents would be my guess. And it went wrong on them, which got Micky's dad killed. It's now up to Micky to uncover the layers of conspiracy and avenge his dad, w the help of the earnest young policewoman. I like ParkHS in this role. Suits her to a t!

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Great show, suspense...keep it coming

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I'm happy you guys are back to recapping as a duo =D

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Did I missed something from the first episode? What usd drive? I know there's a white folde with Confidential 98 on the cover. But what USB drive that they're referring to? I rewatched first episode, it doesn't mention anything about it. Hm....

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yeah, I only saw a floppy disk. Surely these characters are not young enough to *not* know what a floppy disk is and confused it with usb drive no?

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the floppy disk even made me think that it was 1998, but thought wrong, maybe the files are from 1998, but the scenes are present.

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The opening scene, where the floppy disk first showed up, was set in 1998, but the rest are present

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But no one knows about that floppy disk. When the dad died in the car accident, he didn't mention about a floppy disk to the Bo won. When the president asked Micky, he only mentioned article(no floppy disk or usb mentioned whatsoever.) When Micky arrived at the Colonel's home right before he died, Colonel didn't mention about floppy disk or usb drive either.

Is this an editing error? I hope this is not a major editing error where the USB drive is a major evident down the road which was cut out from ep1 by mistake.

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Thanks for the recap, GF!

Agree with your take of the clock conceit. After watching all of 24's seasons, that digital countdown became a secondary character - it lent as much gravitas to the plot as did the actors. You knew that as the clock ran down it was to guarantee a heart-stopping cliff hanger when all the 00:00's were hit.
3 Days has way too much time jumping and the writing doesn't show the fluidity needed to smooth the way for the clock conceit. I wouldn't be surprised if it was phased out by eps 5 or 6.

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Wow! I really really love ep.2 so much! What a nice twist episode!
I love our brainy HTK and keep shouting run HTK run HTK..pwahaha..It's a good decision to track back Bo Won coz only her, he can trust at this moment..

But I still believe the Chief [Jang Hyun-sung] was HTK's side..He believes him and helped him to escape and at the same time to solve the case/mystery..Come on show! surprise me more!

BTW, Eunji's song "It's You" really fits the scene of HTK visit his dad car crash..I can't help but cry with HTK together..auw...such a sad scene..

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uwaaa .. keep writing... HWAITING!!!

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This is really random but I am so damn distracted with the name Han Tae-kyung because it just reminds me of Hwang Tae-kyung (JGS's character from You're beautiful). I admit it's totally ridiculous, but... I guess this drama isn't doing me much if I remember something of 5 years ago and want to watch that instead of this.

Like GF, I find it rather obtuse for them to keep flashing the time instead of building momentum from a scene to create suspense. I just think the thriller aspect is mundane and I know episode 1 is all set ups, but even here, I found it a little slow for my liking. Admittedly, I never really loved Two weeks; but that in the very least kept me at the edge of my seat. This one is a little dull, but I'm expecting (hoping?) for them to up the ante soon... Its too early for me to judge, or drop. I'm really hoping for a turnabout soon.

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now i'm getting more and more excited.

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I couldn't quite get over "Team Leader Ham.....". I'm sorry. *giggling continues"

Thanks for the recap ! Off to continue reading....

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Love this episode. I start loving PHS as well through this. Here's hoping the writer would woven then unfold story splendidly and keep enticing me till the end.

Thanks for the recap, GF!

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hope against hope each episode will get better and better. i know it will. regardless, it's always a joy to watch yoochun's dramas.

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The direction and screenplay is slow paced but the plot itself is progressing pretty fast. We already found out who the murderer is. I hope we have more suspense moments and not just the hero's hunt to find hints to prove his innocence. That was all 2 weeks. I guess an additional variable here would be to protect the president. I really like the writer and director of this series so I hope this turns out to be wonderful. Im gonna watch the 2 episodes next week to decide if Im on board or not.

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EP 2 is really interesting. Looks like everyone working in the blue house is now a suspect. A big conspiracy on 1998 event.
I advise all to watchwith subs since there is a lot of thinking involved with the plot to enjoy it.

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Man I wasn't planning on watching this... but after reading this recap I really want to!!

Especially after PYC says "What Secret Service Agent is afraid of a gun?" Badasssss

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Absolutely love this drama!

PYC is a great actor, and I love that I had such hard time figuring out who the bad guy was. I mean, yes, all three actors usually play the evil arch-nemesis but the writer did a good job making sure that the audience was left guessing.

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I should really watch this or any vid of Yoochun talking normally.

Because when I read your recaps, I imagine him talking in sageuk (just finished rewatching Rooftop Prince haha)

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You know...now that I think of it, the only dramas I've seen with him are sageuk-ish!! I don't know what he sounds like otherwise

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Or listen to his heavenly voice in tvxq or jhj he's a great singer :3

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I hope they do realize that any automatic watch (e.g. a rolex) will keep running if an emp blast goes off. its not some special russian invention.

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TRUE automatic watches do not get affected by EMP. But i am not sure if there are many out there that are TRUE automatic aka no electric components...

Sorry for being ignorant, but i don' know if Rolex is that TRUE as an automatic watches, I do think in case it has ANY electrical component, it would get hit as well.

In this case which was so precisely plan and you can't go wrong w it, ofcoz the chief must be so sure about anything. In case an "automatic watch' could do him wrong, it would be stupid. Therefore, probably he exaggerated a bit. HTK only said "That person would use sth that do not get hit by EMP" then he took out the watch in the pocket and realized it was a Russian watch. Noone said only that will work.

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Good catch!
But a civil servant, special agent or not, who can afford a Rolex would be suspect too. ;)

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I do think that we are not sure if his boss is the bad guy here. He said he did that to avoid much bigger loss. Seems like the president did someone or planned sth that can kill thousands ppl and stopping him means stopping more people to die. Maybe, maybe the pres and HTK's dad are the real bad guys here. After watching ep 2, i think the conspiracy has the whole system going, if not for some legit reason, i so doubt everyone would follow that.

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I would like to offer a piece of advice to Tae-kyung, Bo-won and every drama character ever. When you see a car or truck coming towards you, moving is good, staring like a deer in headlights is bad, let's go over this again, moving good, not moving bad.

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Haha..good advice..

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I'm totally with you on this one. And this happens almost all the time, I wonder why. And only in KDramas you'll find this kind of scenes, funny.

But I won't blame the actors though, coz obviously, they are just following instructions.

And oh, the second funny thing is, in KDramas and only in KDramas, you'll find they don't lock their doors. Everybody can walk in and out as and when they like, I wonder if that's actually the case in Korea, anybody?

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Omggg!!! just finish watch the 2nd ep with eng sub. For those who still not watch it..pls watch it only with sub. I find it quite bored without sub cause 2 ep to much talk..not really action.. Really suspense especially when the part HTK confront with the Security leader and when BW been chased by the English man. Its like watch horror movie. I really love the lead YC and HS. Cant wait to watch they work hand to hand to solve the crime. I hope HTK is the one who will find the president first. I can imagine this will be epic drama if the President, Agent and Policewoman work and run together :)

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I'm not watching, only reading, but the recaps have me on edge!!! Love it. Hope they can keep up the mystery. I'm usually bad with figuring out whodunit so as long as they aren't obvious, I should have some fun :) thanks for the recap!!

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Thanks for the recap! My, my..I haven't watched it yet but your recap sure entices me to do so. Reading how the story is going from your recaps, the vibe feels a little like the Bourne series, which is a good thing.

When you mentioned Ahn Gil-kang in this episode, all I could think of was his bad-ass goofiness in 1N2D Actors' Special. It has definitely ruined for me the bad-ass agent image he's portraying here :D

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Wow I am just grateful that DB is recapping this series, since both JB and GF seemed not too satisfied with the drama.

Slowly but surely, we get to see parts of the puzzle being revealed but not how each puzzle fits. This is what intrigues me and keeps me coming back for more.

A kdrama in this genre is usually not as popular as say a romantic comedy or melo, in Korea. So to me, how the viewership rating turns out is secondary and maybe even less important. But the acting skills, overall execution of the MOOD/story/visuals must be good. I'm happy with 3Days for now.

WHO is the actual villain?

That's already very intriguing!

Fighting, 3Days!

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it seemed boring without subs. i first watched it raw due to impatient, but yawn halfway and bored.

i was just finished rewatching it with subs, heh, the different is 180"
lol its not boring at all. the music, some said distracting and too much, but it help building the tension honestly, i was on edge most of time.
if you say the music is too serious, well, its about the assassination of the president, its a serious thing. so the music must be exaggerating just as long not too much.

what make this drama good is the acting. non of them half assing it, not even the bunches of bodyguards, it really help to focus and make you believe that it actually happen, not just acting.
kudos to all the actors in this drama.

and i'm totally anticipating the next episode!
its fugitive chun! >_______<

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Well, I loved the first two episodes. Action and scenario are both great.

I personally believed Jang Hyun Sung was the bad guy since the first episode. In Ghost, the last work of this drama's screenwriter, he was always sending out bad guy vibes but turned out to be innocent. So in Three Days where he was sending out good guy vibes (as opposed to say Yoon Je Moon or Ahn Gil Kang), I was expecting him to turn out guilty.
I never thought it would be revealed this soon though!

Guess that means there is at least another one villain hiding in plain sight. My money would be on So Yi Hyun this time but who knows really...

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Need to whach this one, but for teh recap it seems already more interesting the ep1. I have faith in this dram so please.

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I started watching episode 2 and gave up in the middle of it...but now that you say it's turned into a fugitive story, I might force myself to watch it...even though all that security jargon was making me roll my eyes. Will see. I hate thrillers when they feel cold. So maybe I should give this a chance.

Thanks so much for the recap.

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You are not alone! I started drifting somewhere in the middle of this episode, then perked up when Jang Hyun-sung's character pulled the gun on Yoochun's character. THEN it started to get interesting.

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A much better episode than the last one. I enjoyed it, and why does Jang Hyun-sung's character have to be the bad guy!? Can't he be good for once?

Anyway, I don't trust any of these characters, only Tae-kyung and Bo-won. I still think the president is up to something BIG. So we can't discount the possibility that he ordered the EMP discharge to use it as a getaway. In that case, he probably didn't know about the assassination attempt. Unless he did know and Team Leader Ham is just a great actor. Hmmmm. Too many possibilities. Hope next week is better!

Thanks for the recap, GF!

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Still haven't found COURAGE to watch it ?

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I don't know what to watch, I'm reading only the comments for this and God's Gift and still can't decide both seems good :/

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To me , God's Gift is better . I just really can't get into this , maybe I need to watch some more episodes to decide. But I'm hooked on God's Gift.

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Always willing to cut Yoochun some slack when it comes to acting because he does try so hard. But while the plot as a whole is interesting, it's the lack of attention to detail that makes me shake my head. They're the Secret Service for gosh-sakes! Also not impressed with So E-Hyun. For all the parts she get, her acting just doesn't improve.

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You are a gifted storyteller and your writing cleared up some confusion for me. But verdict that this drama is rather straightforward is too harsh for me. How do you want TK to find out that his boss is the bad guy?
Still, thanks for this daebak recap.

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I didn't think that this would be a drama in which the hero quickly becomes a fugitive. I thought that this would be something different. I will continue watching and hope for the best :).

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That's what I thought too, so I'm wasn't prepared for how this was gonna go, which annoys me.

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"Jang Hyun-sung, Sohn Hyun-joo,Yoon Je-moon, Ahn Kil Kang… The usual suspects.. "

They need to do a Korea SNL film in which these four actors are all running an ice cream shop together. Or maybe a day care center.

"Sinister Ajussis Over Flowers", anyone want to watch this?

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About this, “Sinister Ajussis Over Flowers”, anyone want to watch this? I would...

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The show did itself a favor by turning our hero into a fugitive if they want the audience to be on edge. Otherwise it'd be a very average run-of-the-mill action/crime show with some mystery and secret servicing. The excitement factor is not quite there (for me) and that's often because there's alot of people (who we don't know anything about or even care about) standing around talking. Our hero is the smartest (of course), but everyone else is incompetent.

Also, how did the envelope just randomly disappear? If i was the heroine and a dying man puts in his last efforts to point out the envelope as being VERY important, i would dam right keep my eye on it. Hopefully there are more answers regarding dad and his murder and how they managed to snag the envelope. I am looking forward to how they'll manage to fill in the blanks, because another thing that is lacking is the surprise factor.

The show could rid of the clock and it would not make a difference.

I think what's missing here for me has alot to do with our characters. You sort of have to create intriguing characters that the audience can root/feel for, not just create an exciting world around those characters. Otherwise we're just going through the notions without really caring what happens to the characters. Yoochun is doing fine ( i like him ) but i can't help but wonder if i'm trying harder than i should to like tae-kyung just because he's our hero or if i should just acknowledge that there was barely any foundation established for our hero before all this happened.
An easy fix for that would be flashbacks or developing his character, show us his dreams. Why is he so dedicated to the president? Where exactly does he get the sense of duty to protect the president to the point where physically he had chosen to be with the president rather than be with his dying father in his last moments? Eun Shi Kyung(bodyguard) from K2H had that same sense of duty and we all cried buckets when they killed him off.
There is alot that needs to be drawn out from tae-kyung that i think might flip the switch from "like" to "love" for this show.

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I 100% agree with your comment, I need some more to really be into this drama.

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“Go ahead and shoot. What Secret Service agent is afraid of a gun?” ****___****
waa...sorry lady I'm in ^___^

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2500ft +1250ft =1007m ?

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I honestly was not expecting the show to reveal the shooter this early, nor the president being still alive. That surprised me, in a good way, it just means they won't spend extra time finding it out and focus instead on why the attemp on the president was made and who are behind it aside from team leader Ham. I had a suspicion he was somewhat involved in the assasination attemp from the beginning. The reason behind it is what I am itching to know.
Thanks for the recap.

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Suddenly becoming a Fugitive drama kinda threw me off but I was much more into the second episode than the first so I'm glad.

But.....Jang appa, I was so happy to have you as the good guy. T_T Thanks to Superman, your villain image is ruined.

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After the second episode, I'm definitely hooked.
I love all the actors and their acting
The direction in cool, and the soundtrack is nice
The suspense makes watching it exciting
I'm enjoying every minute

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park yoo chun is one of the few idol actors that have actual acting chops and I think he's shown a natural knack for acting since his skkscandal days but shallow me just doesn't find him attractive at all and it kind of keeps me emotionally distanced from his dramas. There's been other actors that I haven't found attractive at first glance but grew to like but sadly he's just not one of them
I have conflicting feelings about so yi hyun too so this drama just seems like a no-go for me which is a shame because I really wanted something to fill that void left by my love from another star and miss korea.

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I wanted to comment right after you and say how shallow I am for mostly enjoying Yoochun beautiful face, haha

tastes differ for sure =))

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I understand you in that, for me Lee Seung Gi's face is something that I can never get over *not being mean here* but yeah it affects my ability to enjoy his performance and the show
Yoochun on the other hand is a complete eye candy for me, I can look at him all day

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I actually like this drama way more after watching it with subs =)))

I still do not understand what is going on, but at least it gets interesting =))

and may I say that Park Yoochun is really beautiful here, like when they show just his eyes, urgh, some frames are so pretty^^

I also don't think that bodygurds are required to be smart... as a lot of people claim here.
they are supposed to be live shields, not some secret agents.

so I'm more surprised that such brainy guy as HTK would choose to be a mere executor and be satisfied with it.

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Here are the current questions in my mind:
If there's a dead body in the lake who is not the president was he the fisherman? Does he have a gunshot wound?
Was the president actually the one fishing or did he escape out of the complex in the car that left without being checked? Are his wounds from the sniper and if so how did the sniper miss and not kill him. Or perhaps the sniper was only to wound him putting sniper in on the president's plot.
Are foreign governments involved, particularly U.S. because truck passenger had American accent?

I can't wait for the next two episodes!

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Wow! I'm curious too, a lot. Goo thoughts :)

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I think it's good! I didn't watch many action genre before so I can't compare with or give comment like others. But I do liiiiike this drama..

I don't know who is wrong and who is right or what actually happened or what will happen, ah, I'm not at that level yet. And I didn't expect that the sniper, found at this eps too.. so fast.. what will happen on the rest eps? Ahh.. So it's interesting for me.^^

Han tae kyung is so cool! Park yoochun's acting improved and that lines... wuhhh badass
Yoon bo won is no joke too, very brave and didn't get scare easily. At first I didnt like her bcs yoochun is my bias (that's normal right) but only in one episode, I like her~ keke

Thanks for the recap! Can't wait for the next eps :)

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Somehow I get the 24 vibe from this drama. All we need is the split screens & I will start calling Tae Kyung Jack Bauer. Also, I find Cha Young shifty for some reason. Could be because the last drama I saw her in she was a baddie. LOL

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After watching this episode, I was like.... ??????? I get the point of the episode, but it somehow left me confused. The flashback times are also confusing me, I literally had to write down notes. Lol.

Did the president himself plan his own "assassination" or something? Was he planning on running away because of the charges against him?
Wasn't it too early for Team Leader Ham (heh, I still find this name funny... and it made me hungry too) to "admit" he was the one behind the shooting?
Does the second leader of the Secret Service has something to do with the incident, because he always snickers everytime the camera points to him?

Tae Kyung reminded me of Lee Byung Hun's character in IRIS, though. You know...being labeled as a fugitive and a suspect and everything else in between, when in fact, he's not.

Well, considering this is just the second episode, I bet there'll be more revelations and explanations in the succeeding episodes.

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