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The K2: Episode 5

Ruling the political sphere takes an iron fist, but when all the world is made of trust funds and unfaithful relationships, Yoo-jin begins to realize just how fragile her life could be. As her enemies encroach on her lifelong goals, protecting what’s hers will only become more important to secure her future. And while gaining someone’s trust is never easy, she at least has one bodyguard she can depend on, even if his presence makes her both safe and scared for what may come next.

EPISODE 5 RECAP

Upon noticing a shadow on the rooftop, Je-ha tries calling Mi-ran. There’s no answer, so he hops across and peers over the roof… to see Anna nibbling on uncooked ramyun. She isn’t alone either, as the kitten eating by her feet paws at her for more food.

But Anna denies the petite feline of the noodles, replying that it’s too dry—the same words Je-ha told his stray kitten in Episode 1. She eventually gives in and offers up some chewed-up noodles, to the kitten’s delight.

Je-ha watches on with a warm smile as Anna sends the kitten off to its mother. But then Anna immediately breaks down sobbing, recalling her mother’s final moments, and Je-ha sits and waits where he is.

He follows Anna back inside as the latter checks the camera before collecting the thermal blanket acting as a heat mass. She carefully slips back into bed, leaving Je-ha struggling to crawl into the attic.

He first checks on Anna, and upon seeing the thermal blanket, he quietly chuckles at the brilliantly simple switcharoo tactic. Among the piles of books in the room, he picks up an old photo of a young Anna in happier times with both of her parents.

The following morning, Mi-ran kicks herself when she realizes that she’s missed Je-ha’s call last night. She wonders what hurry he could’ve been in on his very first night, then rushes into the kitchen to fix him a homemade meal.

Unfortunately for her, Je-ha is long gone when she drops by the security room all dolled up. Which means she has to watch the other bodyguard (the Special Forces hoobae) K1 wolf down that food instead.

Mi-ran worries that Je-ha will be tired after his night shift, which prompts K1 to ask if she’s still feeling hot from last night because he saw her on the computer monitors. Oh no, dude—that makes you sound like a perv.

And that’s exactly how Mi-ran takes it, reeling in disgust before storming out.

Following a post-soccer game lunch, Representative Park sends each assemblyman off with a box of vitamins which are filled with wads of cash. His secretary informs him about the recent death of Yoo-jin’s aunt, Choi Sun-ja, whose husband runs an international finance conglomerate.

Representative Park believes attending the funeral will be a wonderful opportunity, and his departure is witnessed by Je-ha, who watches from above.

As Secretary Kim does Yoo-jin’s makeup for the funeral, the latter wonders if her aunt’s death sets a precedent for those who die childless. Despite her great wealth, her aunt died alone in a sanatorium, and Yoo-jin claims she only looked after the old woman in her final years in order to acquire her JB Group shares.

Secretary Kim disagrees, believing that both Yoo-jin and her aunt cared for one another. Yoo-jin sees their relationship as a “misery loves company” situation, chuckling to herself that she has no niece of her own. Her deceased aunt will look so pale today, she notes, though that will be of use to Yoo-jin today.

Je-ha is pulled back onto the road by Chief Joo when he arrives at the office. In the car, Chief Joo remarks how Je-ha’s revenge against Representative Park will be a slow play. Right now, they’re headed to pay their respects to their employer and the death in her family.

All the JSS agents are barred entry per the family’s request, though Representative Park drives on in. Yoo-jin and Se-joon are on their way as well, as the latter comments on how happy she must be to acquire her late aunt’s shares.

Yoo-jin isn’t so sure since her aunt leaves behind a husband and son whom she knows won’t easily hand over that stock. It doesn’t matter to her if that son isn’t related to her aunt by blood, since she thinks all sons tend to be pathetic. Oof, burn.

Chief Joo fills them in once they arrive and expresses his concern that the stringent security doesn’t allow the JSS to protect them during the funeral. Yoo-jin doubts that anyone would dare to attack them while Se-joon is with her, but since she is allowed two employees, Chief Joo sends in Je-ha and Team Leader Seo.

After Yoo-jin and her husband pay their respects, Je-ha grabs a moment with Yoo-jin alone to slip an item into her purse. He instructs her to press it once if she thinks something is off so he can listen in, twice if she’s in danger. When she asks, “And if I press it?” Je-ha replies “Who knows?”

We learn that the aforementioned item is a specialized pen with a limited range in reach. Inside, Yoo-jin sits in a locked room with the bereaved family along with her half-brother Sung-won, his mother, and his father-in-law. The attorney presents a briefcase containing Choi Sun-ja’s will, though confesses that someone present here has the key.

Everyone in the room turns to Yoo-jin, who realizes that the entire family was aware the key was in her possession. While the attorney reads the will aloud, Yoo-jin takes out the pen Je-ha had given her.

After the attorney is sent away, Yoo-jin presses the button once so Je-ha can listen in. It turns out Choi Sun-ja left her entire fortune to Yoo-jin’s non-profit organization, and Sung-won’s mother remarks how Yoo-jin can’t have everything, notably the presidency and JB Group.

It’s an open secret that Yoo-jin is using the JSS to monitor JB Group, though Sung-won jumps to his noona’s defense saying that she’s just looking out for him.

But we know that Sung-won would want those funds to circle back to the troubled JB Group, and his father-in-law is prepared to see that happen. How about Yoo-jin sell both the JB Group stock she’ll acquire from her aunt and the shares her scholarship foundation already holds to him? If she does, he’ll give those shares to his son-in-law.

He’s offering double the stock’s current value, believing that should be more than enough to pave the way into the Blue House.

Yoo-jin can hardly believe her ears as Sung-won’s father-in-law ups his offer to triple the stock’s worth. Se-joon thinks it’s a good offer, but it takes all of Yoo-jin’s willpower to reply in a level voice that she has no right in selling off a non-profit organization’s shares.

Her smile drops as she’s threatened how her scholarship foundation will soon call for an urgent board of directors meeting where they will appoint a new CEO. Yoo-jin angrily rises from her seat, accidentally sending the pen into Sung-won’s hand.

Sung-won clicks the button, which cuts off the feed to Je-ha’s radio. Back inside, Yoo-jin says any decisions made during a board of directors meeting without the CEO present is null and void. To that, Sung-won’s father-in-law replies that they plan on dismissing her from her position first, then seek to reinstate her after they sell the JB Group shares tucked within the scholarship foundation.

Furthermore, Sung-won’s father-in-law will financially support Se-joon’s presidential campaign. Yoo-jin grabs her phone, only to be told it wouldn’t work in this room. As the situation sinks in around her, Yoo-jin bursts laughing, dumbfounded by the absurd trap she’s stepped into.

She declares that her father worked to the bone to build up what JB Group is today, and outright argues against Sung-won’s mother whom she feels is no better than a former secretary her father took in as his mistress.

Outside, Je-ha worries that something might be going awry, though Team Leader Seo believes it’s your run-of-the-mill chaebols fighting over an inheritance. But Je-ha can tell that Yoo-jin is too proud to let her ambitions be bought, so he climbs out of the car with an umbrella in hand. Tell me he’s about to stir some shit up in here.

While Je-ha pretends to be on his phone while assessing the security detail outside the locked room, Yoo-jin is hit with more pointed barbs: “Do you know why your father didn’t choose you as his successor?”

“Because you’re a woman?” Sung-won’s mother continues. “No… because he didn’t love you.” She claims her father found out just how horrible a person Yoo-jin actually is, and knew what would happen to the company and Sung-won if he’d left JB Group in her hands.

Her father knew that Yoo-jin was trying to instate her husband as the President so that she could eventually have JB Group for herself. Sung-won’s mother can own up to her identity as a mistress, but that’s nowhere near as awful a person Yoo-jin has become. “Are you even happy?” she asks.

Sung-won finally intervenes, but the emotional spikes have already lodged into Yoo-jin, who fights to hold back angry tears.

Je-ha walks back to the hallway looking like a man on a mission. So when he’s stopped by the first bodyguard, he responds with a hard punch. He uses the umbrella to bring the next guard to his knees and sends him to the floor with a kick to the end.

He moves on by kicking down two more guards before plunging the pointy end of the umbrella into another bodyguard’s sternum. He whacks down another, then uses the umbrella to strangle a guard and then put him down with a few punches.

Lastly when Je-ha is kicked away, he responds with a final flip, dusts himself off, and picks up the umbrella.

Next thing we know, the fire alarm is going off, thanks to a bin on fire. The automatic sprinklers turn off before the guards can unlock the doors, though when they do, Je-ha is waiting with the umbrella. Aha, how convenient.

Everyone but Yoo-jin and Je-ha rush out of the building, and Je-ha opens the umbrella over her head. She looks up at him with wide eyes as he tells her that he’s called off the board of directors meeting. His lip curls up slightly as he tells her that they should get going, and Yoo-jin returns the smile.

He hands her a handkerchief, a thoughtful gesture that isn’t lost on her. With that, they step out together, and Yoo-jin thinks to herself how Je-ha had come to her aid even though she didn’t press the button twice.

“He knew that I needed him anyway,” Yoo-jin says to herself. “No one has ever made a move without my command before. But he… didn’t need an order from me nor my permission. That’s right, he wasn’t a hunting dog. He was a wolf. How dangerous. I’m sure I won’t be able to tame him.”

She stops abruptly when Je-ha places a hand at the small of her back. He tells her to straighten her posture and keep her chin up because her enemies are still watching her.

Yoo-jin walks past the family with her head held high, and her uncle finally speaks by calling off his security guards so she can pass. Se-joon makes some belated complaints, but Yoo-jin will have none of it today, telling him to take a separate car and make nice with Sung-won’s father-in-law.

Not too far away, Representative Park tsks over how some people are too greedy for their own good.

Yoo-jin sheds silent tears in the car before gruffly telling Je-ha to never act without orders again. He gives an apathetic yes, and they head back to the JSS headquarters.

Upon her arrival, the head of JSS proudly explains how he put an end to the board of directors meeting. He leans back when she draws near, and she gives him an uncharacteristically enthusiastic compliment. She’s here to check in on Cloud Nine, a secret Je-ha isn’t privy to.

Master Song walks out of the doctor’s office looking resigned after having to listen to the blow-by-blow account of Je-ha’s fight and rescue earlier today. He takes Je-ha out for a meal, feeding him handmade wraps.

The JSS doctor who couldn’t stop gabbing about Je-ha earlier is Doctor KIM MI-KYUNG, who counts down the last seconds of her shift. As soon as the cllock strikes six, she heads downstairs just in time to witness Master Song and Je-ha awkwardly act out a fake argument. Ha, is this an effort to try and impress the doc?

Je-ha worries how flat the floor is before Master Song flips him over. But then Doctor Kim rushes over to Je-ha’s rescue, hitting Master Song repeatedly with her purse. Although Je-ha is perfectly fine, Master Song gasps at the bloody tear on his bald head.

Turns out Doctor Kim’s purse is full of self-defense metallic objects, and she berates them both for putting on the act. When Je-ha stammers that he was just trying to be Cupid’s helper, she says a woman doesn’t fall for a man just because he’s a good fighter.

She softens when Master Song apologizes to her and Je-ha, and then runs after him, leaving Je-ha utterly bewildered. Ha. Next thing we know, Je-ha is celebrating with Master Song for successfully winning over the doctor. He jokes that the martial arts master owes him another round of meat, and smiles at the man’s concern for Doctor Kim.

When Anna emerges from her room to take a shower that night, Mi-ran and the housekeeper sneak into her room for their daily inspection. They don’t think much of the thermal blanket, and the housekeeper is concerned about how Anna hasn’t been eating much lately.

She sets a spread for Anna as usual, and a moment later, we see Je-ha entering the dining room and rolling up his sleeves. Are you going to make ramyun for her?

He runs back to the security room in time to watch Anna head downstairs. He waits with excitement as she makes her way to the dining room… and he proudly tells the monitors: “Ta-da!”

Sure enough, there’s a pot of boiling water on the stove, and both of them pump their fists. Je-ha kicks his feet up and watches with pride as Anna happily cooks her own ramyun. Both of their feet tap with giddy excitement.

And then, Anna suddenly stops dancing and looks up toward the security camera. She grabs a chair and climbs up on the counter and peers into the camera before covering it with a tissue.

Alarmed, Je-ha switches over to a different camera and spots her from a different angle. He jumps up excitedly as Anna continues cooking and starts dancing as if no one is watching. Her reaction has Je-ha utterly ecstatic and he’s beyond proud of himself for making Anna smile.

He keeps watching as Anna prays over her meal before joyfully digging in. His smile stays on his face as Anna bounces in her chair. He’s still in a good mood when he takes a smoke break—that is, until Mi-ran comes running in her not-so-athletic skirt and heels.

What follows is an awkward conversation with Mi-ran apologizing for not picking up his call last night. She lies that she was torn, and she blushes when Je-ha sighs that his number should’ve been a priority.

She takes every opportunity to cop a feel, and shares how it was so hard watching over Anna in Barcelona, especially when the girl was pining over her dad. That’s why Anna took every opportunity to escape and go find her father, which reminds Je-ha of his first encounter with Anna in Spain.

He smoothly slides away from Mi-ran when she shuffles toward him, asking why Anna’s father hasn’t come to see her then. She believes Anna’s father had no interest in seeing his daughter, especially since her relayed requests went unanswered time and time again.

She thought there might’ve been a slim opportunity when Se-joon had a business trip in Madrid, but he didn’t come see Anna then either. Anna ran away that time too, and her team had the unpleasant task of collecting her.

Je-ha comments on how sad that is, and Mi-ran misunderstands his words, thinking that he’s showing her sympathy. A moment later, Mi-ran takes a call and tells Je-ha that he’s off-duty tonight.

That’s followed by a call from Chief Joo, and Mi-ran gasps when she learns that Je-ha has been called to the ninth floor of the JSS headquarters. “You’ve been summoned to Cloud Nine!” she exclaims.

He has no idea where her astonishment is coming from, and when he climbs into the front of the car that picks him up, the bodyguard instructs him to sit in the backseat. But Je-ha insists on staying put, and he is suddenly met with respect by the other JSS agents.

He climbs into the elevator and presses the button for the ninth floor. He presses it again when the number indicating the floor doesn’t change, then the speakers asks him for an access card.

So he places his ID badge over the sensor which now grants him access. His eyes grow wide as the numbers tick upwards but the elevator descends underground and the doors open to an empty hallway.

 
COMMENTS

No matter how stellar the newest recruit may be, I think we can all agree that letting him in on the company secrets on the second day of the job probably isn’t the wisest decision. So while I’m torn over how his access to the secretive project keeps the plot moving and yet no rookie would ever be allowed to see behind the veil even on his best day, I’m willing to accept that in this world, Je-ha is being rewarded for going above and beyond in protecting Yoo-jin.

And despite Mi-ran’s excitement, we don’t know what Cloud Nine actually entails. At the very least, I’ll be happy if his entry comes with an increased emphasis on more serious narrative territory since I didn’t care too much for the comedic antics in the JSS headquarters. It’s hard to say whether joining this project will put Je-ha further from his personal revenge or get him a step closer to it, though Chief Joo’s remark that revenge is a slow burn makes me think we won’t revisit that plot point right away.

I’m more than willing to wait as long as the writing doesn’t spend too much time away from Je-ha’s personal aims and goals, or drama gods forbid, drop it altogether. If there’s anything these cliffhangers have taught me thus far is that they can build suspense, only to cut it down moments later. Even with the odd choices in writing so far, I still enjoy watching some of the minute details weave themselves back into the story, such as Se-joon’s previous lover as Yoo-jin’s new staffer (thanks to everyone who pointed that out!) as well as Anna’s claims about her father being in Madrid were in fact backed up with the truth.

That brings us to Yoo-jin, who continues to be a wonderfully compelling villain. Everything about her aunt’s death and inheritance made for an amazing watch—her inner fear that her aunt’s passing may say something about her own future or how her half-brother’s father-in-law threatened to cut her down in one fell swoop. Having her ambition exposed by the people she despises the most left her incredibly vulnerable, and we could see the mix of emotions washing over her as her tactics were spelled out before her.

And that makes her growing to Je-ha that much more important. Even in these handful of episodes, Yoo-jin and Je-ha have moved leagues beyond their initial stand-off at the estate. Her opinion of him began to change once he saved her from the burning car, and now Je-ha has given her another reason to ponder who he is to her. I loved her inner monologue of how he simply knew he needed to come to her aid and yet recognizes that the young buck will likely never be tamed.

She likely has no idea that Je-ha has now become Anna’s personal cheerleader at home, helping her cook ramyun and watching her from his monitor. Speaking of whom, we haven’t made much headway with Anna either, aside from learning that she continues to escape for a literal breath of fresh air. She may have won part of Je-ha’s heart, but I think we all know who has really won over ours: the hungry hungry kittens.

 
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Is this good?
I'm afraid because of yongpal writer.

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i second that, the first 6 episodes of Yong Pal blew me away, and then it became the revenge of Han Yeo Jin.

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Yong Pal was so good the first few episodes and then it all went downhill!

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It's not a perfect show but the main leads are worth the time to give this show some love.

If you like watching a kickass, swoony, sweaty, abs defined person like JCW, then go watch this show! You won't be disappointed with so much JCW goodness.

There's also an adorable kitten to look out for.

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Main leaders are rocks. Here i mean JCW and SY, but not include Y. I find her not quite manage to deliver a character with social problem very well. I'm afraid she hasn't succeed to be all out about her characters. I don't sense her fear, her panic disoder, or her awkwarness around crowds. I just sense her as a mere upset daughter.

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Funnily i also think JCW character is a little bit inconsistent. So maybe not all Y's failure but mostly because the writing failure. I don't know about Yoo Jin, but maybe because of SYa's acting is really excellent i almost see no flaws on Yoo Jin. The act makes up it all i guess..

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To be fair, though, she hasn't actually been around crowds all that much that we've seen. When she ran into traffic in Spain, they explained that away by her reaction to sudden flashes of light.
And, in any case, I'm beginning to suspect that Anna's anxiety disorder is just an excuse to keep her away from the public eye and behind lock and key and not an actual condition.

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Agreed. She's been brain-washed to 1) believe she was responsible for her mother taking the pills (rather than discovering her mother on the floor, with pills around her and a man waiting behind the door). Plus, the intentional use by a staffer of a camera's flash to keep her in line (2nd episode?) makes me think they did a psychological number on her to keep her cowed. She's started to figure it out (she said as much from the wheelchair when they first wheeled her into the house in Korea -- [SPOILER]).

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Depends - are you the type to watch ramyun adverts on a loop, smiling giddily at the screen?

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I'm just glad she ate it... I can't take another episode of ramyun cooking...

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I second that!

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The difference between this and Yong Pal, at least YP was good at first. This is really bad and as someone else stated I'm only watching out of loyalty to Ji Chang Wook.

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I feel that too.just waiting it finish and see viewer comment

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I like it so far. The acting is good from the main actors, and the story is interesting enough.

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The only good thing I gained in Yong Pal- different and rare female lead in kdrama.I wanted the same thing in K2 and so far Song Yoon Ah exceeded the expectation. Nothing else really matter for me, although many flaws here and there.If Yong Pal left you a bitter feeling, better wait until this drama finish.

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Okay so this episode was kind of a filler episode. That said I still enjoyed it!

Today's theme: Je-ha makes waves in the development of his relationships with his two new girl pals.

Let's go over the highlights:

First, the memorial service and will reading. I'll admit, I didn't quite understand everything about the scene at the reading of the will. They seem to have been trying to play the scene like Yoo-jin was under some potential physical threat, but all I got was that she was under emotional (and political) threat. Anyway, the scene did work in that it resulted in Yoo-jin realizing two important things regarding Je-ha. Je-ha taking matters into his own hands without prompt from her demonstrated his inability to be controlled. At the same time, it positions Je-ha in Yoo-jin's mind as a potential romantic partner, at least in her eyes. His anticipation of her needing him in the will room and his decision to act in her interest without command really moved Yoo-jin. Je-ha's subsequent behavior towards her during their exit from the memorial grounds also emphasized the fact that Je-ha is not some servile underling, but a man standing as her equal. Notice her pause and momentary confusion when Je-ha placed his hand at the small of her back. It suggests genuine concern and dare I say affection on his part, and I think really sealed the deal in Yoo-jin's mind in how she views him. Even if Je-ha's actions are not motivated by any romantic interest, they are being interpreted by Yoo-jin as at least showing Je-ha to her in that light.

Second, the interaction between Anna and Je-ha at the house. I thought the roof scene was touching in that it successfully baited Je-ha's protective instinct. Anna's innocence and kind nature was showcased through her feeding and playing with the kitten. The scene also effectively showed Je-ha (and us) Anna's vulnerability. Her statement to herself when the kitty was meowing for food, "I'm hungry too." seemed to mean much more than those stated words. It seemed to speak to her deep desire for more, more than the life of captivity she's been forced to live. Her subsequent breakdown into crying evidence of her longing and despair.

(Cont'd below)

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Finally, the ramen scene. I'm sure Anna's ramen scenes are becoming a highlight for all you beanies lol. As indicated by many of past comments I've read, it seems the common assessment of these scenes is that they're more "ramen CF" than any real scene. Many take issue with Yoona's acting, characterizing it as overdone and fake (I even heard suggestions of lunacy). I'll respectfully disagree. My interpretation is that Anna's character is kind of an odd duck anyway. Hell, she's been held in captivity her entire life. During that captivity, she's had to be alone without emotional or intellectual interaction with basically anyone. Small inconsequential things, like being able to make ramen, would take on huge importance in someone's life under those conditions. Such an event would also function much like a proxy for the things Anna is unable to do given her situation. Faced with the despair of being unable to live her life, being unable to do the things normal individuals do, Anna focuses on some simple pleasure within her ability and means. Thus ramen becomes a manifestation of her longing for more.

Well, that's all I've got for now. I hope everyone is enjoying the show as much as I am (probably doubtful judging by past comments lol). In any event, I'm excited for what comes next!

Take care!

(P.S. The usual fanboy aside. The previews of Yoona singing Amazing Grace in the church in Episode 4 and this episode... Wow... So beautiful. So heartachingly beautiful. Never was there a more beautiful woman in a habit. And to think before this I never had a thing for nuns lol.)

FIN

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the drama has so many flaw but I think it because lot of the scene happen for too long,
I really like the story of this drama anyway.

RE ANNA x YOO JIN X JEHA
I think Je ha fascination by Anna is because he already saw her depressed life and everything around it but she is just a simple girl, she can take the small happiness to smile while Je ha and Yoo jin hardly can.
Anna has nothing to be proud of or power but she seems to always try her best and just do what she liked, she never harmed anybody, and just like the ramen scene, when she can't cook it, eating dry ramen is okay for her.

Then Jeha also resonated with Yoo jin cause he understands what he feels, like comrades and he knew that she'll try to fight and she needs his help. But in her point of view, it's something that really leaves deep impact, she obviously impress by him and fall for each time when he seems to did cause that's the right way.

I think many scenes happens for too long to leave a good impact, the thrilling scene happens long but left many people impressed by it, the ramen scene is cute but too much cuteness can be cheesy

I think ep 6 is good,

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Thank you Emanresu! You said most of what I wanted to, but was to lazy to type!

Seriously though, I totally agree with the points you made. Yoo Jin may interpret Je Ha's actions as romantic, but I think he sees them as doing a good job and protecting the person who will enable his revenge.

Regarding Anna and the ramen, she has almost nothing in her life to be happy about. She has very little control over anything, even what we eats. So to be enabled to not only eat what she wants but also to be shown how she can make it for her self in the future would be a tremendous boon. Even that though does not come without some element of resentment however. She is well aware that it is because Je Ha saw her on the camera, hence her need to cover the camera.

Last week, I know that some people were complaining that Je Ha seems to have fallen for Anna way too quickly. At this point, I don't see his interest as being at all romantic. I think that it is a mixture of pity, sympathy, and guilt for not helping her in Spain. We have been shown that Je Ha has a strong drive to help those in need. He also has the insight to see what the person really needs or wants despite what may be said. Witness his care for the Orchard rather than destruction that the old man said but didn't really want. Also, Je Ha seems to get not just satisfaction but some measure of happiness by making someone else happy. I think that if life hadn't dumped so much cap on him, Je Ha would have be a happily married husband and father who spent time helping others.

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I think you missed the point of ramyan noodles completely. She has been living in a nunnery in Spain. In Asia, kids consume noodles all the times, especially when their parents work a lot, and they don't have time to cook, or when money for food is scarce. Anyway, I am betting that she has not have any noodle since living in Korea as a child.

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She could've just asked the Ahjumma to cook her ramyun. She doesn't have to meet her. Just write it on a note.

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Okay....let's talk about the ramen. She gave up the night before because she couldn't get the gas stove to work, but here we are the second time around only to find her cooking on a flat-top electric stove 3 feet behind the defunct gas stove! A total breach in logic (not to mention intellect) there.

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I'm with you, point by point.

if the "annoyance of obvious product placement" didn't exist or was not ever coined, you'll appreciate the ramen scenes as it is.

[SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS]

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Wasn't [SPOILER]?

I get confused when I watch the subsequent episode before commenting on the prior.

[SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER]

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Yes, tsinita's comment was a spoiler. And please, if you find someone commenting spoilers, don't reply to them with even more spoilers.

Just because a spoiler comment wasn't moderated doesn't make it okay. It could be that the moderator just missed it, or is resting, eating, etc. Moderators can't watch the comments 24/7. But let's not add even more stuff for them to moderate when they come back.

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My bad.

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Sorry if it sounded harsh. Thanks for understanding... :')

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Oh me too!
I watch the raw at 11pm and the eng sub the next day and read recaps and comments in between.

I feel so embarrassed being flagged down with a red card!

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oh so so sorry!
I hope i didn't spoil it for anyone!
Will not happen again!

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My heart broke for poor Anna in that rooftop scene. I think it was able to capture her loneliness at losing both her mom (to an apparent suicide) and her dad (who she believes is being held captive against his will by Yoo Jin) and the current "imprisonment" that she is in. She has no family and friends around, no close aide that she can trust, probably has no belongings that she can call her own and unable to cook a proper ramyun for herself . She even considers the kitten luckier than she is for having a mother to go home to.

I guess Je Ha's fascination with Anna stems from the fact that their previous encounters have been under very strange circumstances, with Anna running around barefoot, disheveled and in a white night gown in Spain, and the other one where she was ordering him to go ahead and kill Yoo Jin. I agree with @BossyPixie also in that what Je Ha probably feels for Anna is a mixture of pity, sympathy and guilt. As he has not had a proper interaction with her yet, Je Ha is obviously intrigued and curious about her, too.

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@Doublefault +1

I agree with your analysis. Well said.

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+1 I don't think it's romantic attraction yet. Anna seems like another lost kitty at this point. If I were Je-ha I'd probably cook ramyun for her too.

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All of this.

I also think Jeha is intrigued by the two sides of Anna: her "pure innocence" (seriously, director, the frilly gowns and choral music and nunnery background and kittens...) and the darkness we saw when she was trying to run away and when she was screaming for Jeha to shoot Yoojin.

It's kind of like he sees himself in her - he is unable to kill anyone and has a strong sense of justice, but when he's in the thick of things you get a glimpse of this deep rage, which he covers with a cold expression.

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Good point Jora16. I hadn't thought that Je Ha might see some of himself in Anna. There is a side to both of them that is hard and angry. Then there is the more hidden side that is part hurt and part what they would have been without the terrible events that have happened to them.

I honestly think, or maybe hope, that this drama is going to explore the struggle to be the person you want rather than the person circumstances or other people try to force you to be. It would be nice if it would also explore if a person can come back from "the dark side", so to speak, after being forced/choosing to go there because of the events of their life. I think that there is a great setup for this.

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Exactly! Now that you mention it, this is a good setup for a sort of redemption arc, and also a good way to bring the two of them together, beyond the initial interest Jeha has shown.

Obviously you can never change the past, so that dark side won't go away, but I think it would be possible for them to fill in the gaps - "make each other whole", if we want to be cheesy. Jeha could be the stable, caring presence Anna craves, and Anna could be Jeha's anchor, a reminder that the entire world isn't against him.

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When je ha had the ramyun prepared for Anna was probably my favorite part in this episode *sigh* I wish he could make my ramyun *looks at ramyun bowl*

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Me too! there should be an increase of the Ramyun Sales. Imagine if that was Subway instead? :D

Anyway, love their expressions esp. Je Ha`s. Oppa I want ramyun too.

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The whole Ramyun Interludes thing is completely bizarre to me. It's tonally off, Je Ha is a completely different person, and I'm actually weirded out by the apparent crush he has on a woman whose actions so far are on par with a clever 11 year old.

It's bizarre to think that he spends his days with a woman who could give Machiavelli and Caesar a run for their money, then moons over footage of a woman who can't get ALL of her hair in a towel turban after a shower and doesn't notice the induction cooker RIGHT BEHIND the gas stove. AUGH.

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"I’m actually weirded out by the apparent crush he has on a woman whose actions so far are on par with a clever 11 year old."

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I don't want to ruffle any feathers here, but many men are on some level attracted to women who behave in a "helpless" or child-like manner. Not to say they aren't attracted to strong, independent women as well. But there is definitely some base level attraction to women who display what are traditionally seen as feminine characteristics. Being vulnerable. Being somewhat ineffectual. Acting in a child-like manner. Being or at least appearing submissive in some respects. Giving the appearance of being innocent and/or naive. Women displaying these attributes can trigger in many men a protective instinct (and also predatory) that is very much intertwined with their sense and conception of their own masculinity.

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I'm just curious - does this actually happen in real life or is this a trope in dramaland only??

Because I remember in my undergrad college most of the guys hovered around strong, confident, speak your mind, type of girls of the batch. I was this shy introvert kind and i used to wish that i could be as kickass as the popular girls

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Honestly, I don't have the exact answer,
strong persona attracts people attention faster so it easier to see that the people fawn over them because people saw them, people hear about them and they are active,
shy persona or introverted girl also has their fair share of fan imo, but tbvh you need to also consider the appearance and their involvement on anything, if the shy girl didn't go anywhere or involve in many activities, no one really knew her so no one will like her either,
I think it's like the confident persona is more open so people can form their opinion on them while shy but passive just make people don't have any impression

in my experience,
the normal girl, the one who is not so overly confident or too shy actually got the most love letter they saw something unique and they like every interaction they had,

in this drama, not everyone attracted to Anna, her other bodyguard doesn't so I think jeha attraction to her is based on their interaction and his personal "feeling"

Tl;DR I think people attracted to others they can relate and most people with strong persona have spoken or displayed their thought and looked more easy to approach than people who usually not in the spotlight,
and this is just my opinion at this exact moment,
I may changed ..haha

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I'd say it differs geographically. Like I grew up in the Bay area and true to your observation, guys flock like seagulls to girls that are confidently beautiful as opposed to the cute but meek introverted ones. However, some of my co-asian guy friends are often attracted to the feminine shyness of some girls. So my conclusion is that, yes it does happen not in kdrama land but it really depends on where you're at.

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As I alluded to in my comment, the attraction to girls of this type is not at the exclusion of attraction to more aggressive, confident females.

However I will qualify that there are a whole slew of other possible factors that would come in to play. The most important of which is physical attractiveness. Personality takes a higher importance at a later stage.

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"I was this shy introvert"

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You will also notice that neither being shy nor being introverted were characteristics I mentioned in my original comment as being attractive in that particular sense.

Avoidance is not an attractor in the way those behaviors I listed are.

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As someone who has a knowledge of psychology and has serve the army, oh and iam a guy too all I can is this, 1 of the reasons why armies don't let women serve in the front lines is this, men instincts to protect women becomes more apparent in dangerous situations in when we see a battle bro fall/hurt we can still retain a cool but revengefull manner, but when we see a battle sis fall/hurt our instincts kick in and prioritised on protecting that female and that's not good in a battle..now iam not degrading females here but males and females evolve differently, studies on this although it's still controversial shows its an instinct from our ancestors, men go hunt and fight to protect or conquer (it's litterally imbended in our psych, even males of different species shows this trait)while women tend for the kids and other chores..

Now I know this a romantic drama but I don't see Jeha falling for Anna yet, it's more on the sympathetic side and instinct to protect Anna and maybe even feeling guilt from their previous encounter, the whole ramune thing although sweet, is not necessarily on the romantic live side of things yet..

A little spoiler: in episode 6 you can see how Jeha's psych on this while talking about Renova to Yoojin..

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Why am I laughing when you said Yoo Jin could give Machiavelli and Caesar a run for their money? LOL
Anna at her best is still teenager in mind and actions.. I think Je Ha is interested/infatuated with Anna because he never knew someone like that.. Someone so pure and innocent.
Well y'know in dramaland pure and innocent woman is a must for every heroine to get Oppa's love, while smart, cunning woman will be portrayed as evil and therefore not suitable for Oppa. P.S: may not applicaple for some dramas.

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tbh I don't see Anna as "a woman whose actions so far are on par with a clever 11 year old"

well YoonA does look young and has the features of the child-like or soft feature, not the sharp one but I think Anna is quite clever,
she didn't raise any suspicion, she eats well, she can disguise her sleep state with electric blanket and realised the CCTV, she can climb to the roof and she runs away a lot in Spain,

I think the way it film and the length make it looked childish but she is quite normal imo, I don't get that she is displaying an 11 years old child,
she seems to knew what she wants and we have no scene about it, so I think she is okay,

and about a crush, I don't think it can calculate because all we see is Jeha one side crush on a girl and it wasn't that weird when a lot of people can have a crush on 1-minute appearance of a celebrity, especially if it make them laugh or feel happy so they anticipated the celebrity appearance in other show too

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While her actions are on par with an 11 year old, she could just grown into a cunningly, devious, self-serving brat because its in her blood and if she does become one, that would make this show perfect as she could butt heads with Yoo-jin and we'll see who ends up being the better evil.

Most second female leads are often the cunning ones, so its not far fetched for Anna to reinvent herself and start acting like she really wants to make something out of her life and put a stop to her need to go find her dad because that's a wild goose chase and it gets tiring to keep watching her fail at it.

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"she could just grown into a cunningly, devious, self-serving brat"

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While I do want to see Anna's character grow, I personally hope it is not in the direction you describe.

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>>While her actions are on par with an 11 year old, she could just grown into a cunningly, devious, self-serving brat because its in her blood and if she does become one,<<

I am sorry but I honestly don't get this,
I don't think Anna act like 11 years old,
she just lived there and we have no screen time of her to know better, she acted perfectly fine, even when we consider her mental state and her locked away life,
then become cunningly, devious, self-sacrificing is not the sign of someone mature either,

ofc anna needs to step us his game but I don't think she needs to change her "real personality" cause we don't even sure what is her view on the situation right now,
what if she is right and she just powerless

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Would I prefer Anna as a cunningly devious self-serving brat than a one dimensional Anna whose's purpose in life remains to be seen? I would definitely pick the former than the latter.

When you talk about character development, you want to see how the character emerges from his/her own identified opportunities. In Anna's case, she's been imprisoned from the world for so long which makes it challenging for someone like her to suddenly become socially interactive. It makes more sense that she grows into someone fueled by revenge than one that merrily dreams away that life is ramyun and carnival rides.

It would be intersting and unconventional if the show takes us on Anna's darker side because the psychological impacts of her imprisonment shows more versatility for her character. The ramifications of Yoo-jin's actions, her mother's death, her emotinal scars and distress really work up a bowl of hot revenge goodness. Rather than we get Anna to be just another damsel that needs to be saved, can we not get a vengeful Anna that can face her nemesis, get over her past, heal her emotional wounds and live the life she wants with minimal muscle support from Je-ha? That's a fair trade if you ask me.

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Can someone? Just someone tell me the background soundtracks used in every tensed and action scenes?

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The song isn't officially released and I'm not sure if it'll even be part of the shows OST. But, our fellow beanies decoded the song clip and its an interesting read. Click on the link below:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2016/09/the-k2-episode-1/comment-page-2/#comment-2466592

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The real Machiavellian move would have been to take Anna in and raise her like your own daughter. So many political brownie points to be won there.

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Exactly-
You know, THAT is the biggest mystery to me.

Whatever deal was made about Anna, alienating her makes no sense. And I don't believe that a vulnerable 10 year old girl would be able to hold onto hate against a person if the person showed any warmth and affection towards her.
Stockholm syndrome and all.
OK, I do understand keeping her out of the public eye, but why not visit with her? Teach her the way you want her to be, make her a friend. Use her loyalty later to your own end?

I know this is a K drama with nuns in it, and not a story about nuns, but nowadays, a convent school wouldn't be like a prison. They would not agree to locking her up against her will. I do wonder if the only reason they dropped the religious aspect into the story was an OST choice.

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the reason for her imprisonment is told in ep 6,

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Anna's actions and behavior seem to be characteristic of someone who didn't have exposure to the outside world. Her emotional growth still remains that of a little girl's. Her only interaction for the past decade was with the nuns; and it was not a normal environment either because she didn't want to stay with them. I feel sympathy for her and don't have the heart to pick on her for not being unable to light the stove.

Anna reminds me of Louie in Shopping King Louie. His maids and butler took care of everything for him since he was a child. He doesn't even know how to wash a plate. It's frustrating to watch as a viewer but thinking from their viewpoint, it's understandable. If you don't do something ever, how are you gonna know how to do it?
And honestly, Anna is much better than Louie in that she can at least try to cook ramen by herself.

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Oh thank you @Miranda. I think I just didn't know how to express what I was feeling during this scene. I'm glad I was not the only one feeling..."weirded out" by the entire Ramyun plot (since episode 4). It felt flat and disconnected from the story to me. And it was so long too. I don't know, dramagods I just really need more from Anna, and I really want more from JeHa and Anna, if their (probable) romantic story is to be believable. K2 please don't disappoint me!!

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Thank you so much so well said.

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Oh, also, if I'm not completely wrong: the first night Anna couldn't make ramyun because the gas was switched off, but the second night Je Ha set everything up on an electric cooking surface.

I am having a hard time seeing Anna as smart, and I have a VERY hard time with heroes who have crushes on dumb women.

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hush hush miranda ... its not dumb women .. She is sweet, naive, innocent virgin. And she likes animals too. The perfect kdrama heroine. Also helpless to boot. What more do you want? A nun? Oh! wait she is almost one. Jackpot!

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To add, she's got the crying and running (escaping?) part all figured out so what more does she need to fit the role of the perfect kdrama heroine?

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God forbids heroine who is actually independent, smart, sassy, and doesn't need Oppa's help every 5 seconds. How else would the plot moving if every heroine won't break her heels, running away from villains, or needs saving from every situation?

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This one is a step ahead .. forget heels, she does not even bother with shoes everytime she runs .. she wears white, whispy, fluttery nighty and runs around with bleeding feet. How can oppa NOT fall in love?

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But....she hasn't had to be saved so far at all. She IS independent. Well, as independent as a prisoner can be. She has made countless efforts to escape ALL ON HER OWN. She has half succeeded but when you have bloody trained security after you, how long do you think you can last? She is not military trained, unlike alot of the JSS people but she still manages to out smart them and at least make an effort to escape. She has been living in isolation. An 8-year old that was taken prisoner. She never had a normal childhood so the fact that she doesn't know a lot about how the world operates is VERY believable. It makes sense that she is naive in her belief that her dad wants to look for her but can't. Seriously, I don't understand the critque here.

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and at the same time, the confident girl looked like a bluffed praise since yoo jin get help by jeha almost every ep too,
he saved her by not spreading the rumour,
he saved her from the bike killer,
he saves her from the car crash,
saved her from the building on fire (with umbrella)
work as his personal bodyguard,
and that's from 5 ep, how long that she needs to be saved?
he helped her a lot and we can't call her helpless cause she has a fire glares and can fire people since she his father is so rich,
god forbid getting attracted to someone who is nice and makes her a ramen

ps: if you can see how is this bothering you, then you'll know how your comment bothering people too

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Nah, @dena and @Curious I actually speaks for majority of kdramas not The K2 in particular.. I'm sorry if my comment offended you, but I actually recalled and noticed how so many Kdramas have portrayed the heroine as pure, angelic, innocent virgin who needs help from the hero, in almost every situation. Anna is portrayed as such (she's fragile, sensitive and has social phobia), and oh a cutie that steals hero's heart.
He still helps her in some way, in Barcelona when she's running away, boiling water and preparing ramyun for her and even checking her every 5 seconds as her bodyguard. And if you see ep 6 you'll see he saves her once again.
My point is, I don't actually criticize Anna as the heroine of this show, I criticize how Korean dramas usually paint heroine as innocent, sweet, and sometimes dumb person. Most of the time the heroine is painted as someone strong and independent but as the show goes on it becomes too easy for them to fall over and needs help from the hero, sometimes becomes meek and weak.

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@Curious +1

You said what I'd planned on rebutting with rather nicely.

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@kanz oh thank you for the clarification,
but if the heroine usually gets more help after they met the hero,
it seems like yoo jin's path cause Anna kind of starts as a weak character,

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Idk...but i think writers tend to start with characters such as anna's so there can be a chance char growth and dev't. A char who struggles from the beginning and rises to the top by the end of the series

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"She is sweet, naive, innocent virgin. A nun?"

You are more that welcome to go and watch western series where 99,9% of female characters are promiscuous want to be men, fake ass Lara Croft. But from what i see, you and other here commenting with such a condescending tone about Korean females heroine, can't seem to stop watching these dramas.

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You do realise that she has been locked up in a convent for...years, right? So no ramyun or fancy kitchens to practice her cooking skills in. Like she has been forced into isolation and pretty sure she didn't have access to tv while at the convent. Yes, she has been watching informercials since she moved to Korea but they don't exactly have tutorials on how to turn gas on. Plus didn't you see that blanket scene? She is not dumb. Just doesn't know her way around a kitchen because thus far in her life she hasn't had to.
But I do agree that Je- Ha's character goes through this complete change but from what we have seen so far, he is a simple man who would have much rather preferred to be left alone until he was dragged into this fight. So her simple pleasures giving him a moment of humanity, at least for me, is very believable.

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OMG, so much yes. Thank you so much for typing this.
I haven't been able to understand all the people critiquing Anna's inability to function like someone brought up in a normal home either. She's been shut away for a large part of her life and kept under constant watch, obviously she wouldn't know her way around a modern kitchen. Not to mention, she was in Spain, where ramyeon isn't a staple at all.
There was also one comment that mentioned Anna running worse than Forrest Gump when she was running away from her bodyguards in Spain and I just wanted to say, she ran away from an apparently isolated nunnery because she had to hitch a ride after already running quite a bit down a mountain in her bare feet trying to evade capture. Since she is not a trained marathon runner, I thought the way she ran was quite believable.
Sorry, this kinda turned into a rant, but I couldn't help but get it off my chest. Sorry :)

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"Yes, she has been watching informercials since she moved to Korea but they don’t exactly have tutorials on how to turn gas on."

You would be amazed how much you learn from TV. Just based on your drama watching, if you were dropped in Korea right now you'd be shocked at how much you've picked up. And she's not showing any hints of being observationally clever either - she's not watching or processing, in Spain she's running through streets in a nightie and not talking to people when she knows the language!

The character is not written as clever, and the actress is not adding anything to elevate the role.

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Sure...if she was watching educational shows or dramas. But she watches informercials. You know, ovee acted ads.
Now i am just wondering where you expect any character growth if she is already able to do everything? What would be the point of having lived isolated in a nunnery if she already knows about modern tech? How would they portray a childhood truama of she isnt trumatised at all by people or flashing lights? She did ask for help remember. Je-Ha tried. And then we found out that her chasers are cops. So she is clever because she knows people cant help her, her only escape is to get as far away as possible. I guess we have different empathies for this chacter and may have to settle on: agree to disagree.

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There would be a great amount of character growth in watching Anna practically apply things she only knew from observation.

My favorite example of this is Queen In Hyun's Man where Kim Boong Do is an observational badass. You see how he interprets things and then applies them.

Running through the middle of the street in a white nightgown is not smart, it's attention-grabbing, and if she gathered a crowd and asked for help that would make sense but that's not what she does. She doesn't seem to PLAN. It's frustrating.

As for infomercials, they're surprisingly informative, especially about functioning kitchens. We can disagree, that's fine - but the root of my frustration with this writer and character is that things have not been realistically thought through. So the character we end up with is representative, not real.

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Yoo-Jin is the BEST kdrama villian ever. Like ever. I really shouldn't like her especially after what we learn about her past deeds in episode 6 but GAAASH she is so awesome. Now it makes sense why she has so many loyal employees despite her tendency to be...ah evil. Yoo-Jin's secretary is totally in awe of her and now I understand why. I am not saying I have a crush on Yoo-Jin but I have a crush on Yoo-Jin. Cold, ruthless, manipulative, resentful with a pinch of vulnerability.

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I watch for Yoo Jin, love the character, well played by this actress.

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Me too! Song Yoon Ah FTW!

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I'm in agreement with you Miranda. As a military trained person who battle-harden, I would think Je Ha would be inclined to strong women. Not docile, fragile and submissive women. It seems so uncharacteristic of him to jump around after finding her on the cctv. That's pretty juvenile for a brooding hero.

To claim tt Anna is independent as some of the beanies have suggested, one must also take into account the circumstances Anna and Yoo Jin is dealing with.

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I'm not sure I understand your reasoning here.

That's like saying, "As a tall, broad-shouldered man, I would think he'd be attracted to tall, imposing women. Not short, petite women."

I mean he could be (attracted to tall women). Or not. Or anything in between. You can't really conclude anything regarding preference on such limited info.

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IMO, just bec he is a mercenary soldier does not mean he cant have a crush on "docile, fragile, submissive women" it's a matter of personal preference.

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This is true, you can't really judge other people's preferences. Although after watching episode 6, his love interest does seem to have the mental capacity and behaviour of a child which is...somewhat concerning.

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This is really weird reasoning. I mean, what does military training have to do with preference? Are you really implying that preference changes based on occupation? How head-strong was Rania? She was a sweet and pure woman, although given she worked in a men-dominated job, but Je-Ha was in love with her as well. Anna has been out-smarting and escaping largely trained MEN on her own. (At this point I am refusing to ackowlege Mi-Ran. It just doesn't make sense she is still employed given her incompetency despite the importance of her task). So how is Anna not strong? Seriously, she is constantly trying to out-do her captors without a soul on her side. She has been alone with no friend for so many years and she still manages to hold onto her strength. I am genuinely struggling to grasp this critque of her. I mean I was actually expecting her to struggle more when speaking with people given her social-phobia but she seems to have been portrayed stronger than expected. The only conclusion I come up with is that may be you just haven't seen episode 6 yet.

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Let me chime in...

First of all, Anna isn't physically strong but her will is. She's both mentally and emotionally unstable so her actions are dictated by her own circumstances. Take the several attempts she's made escaping the convent, its always been driven by her belief that her dad can save her and that Yoo-jin is the devil herself. Her failed attempts to escape is proof that she's not entirely capable of releasing herself from her captors but her will to see her father makes it possible. Then we also see Anna as an obedient prisoner who patiently waits for her day of freedom. We see both sides of the coin and its just apparent that her character is often stripped and watered down by her own fears. However, if something triggers her senses, she acts upon it and ends up doing something really reckless and spontaneous. That's why she's unstable and bringing Je-ha into the picture doesn't really resolve everything but it paves the way on how he can help her get past her own fears.

Secondly, Je-ha's drawn to Anna because of 3 things. 1. His military training which is ingrained to his core triggers his "hero" instincts. You know, saving a life and all that. 2. Her innocence and her captivity. I would say its more of sympathy than empathy given the circumstances. 3. The loneliness and emptiness they both feel might just be in the same level of sadness.
So there's this urge for Je-ha to help Anna because it still bugs the life out of him that he never did get help her back in Spain.

Lastly, when we talk about the Je-ha/Yoo-jin and Je-ha/Anna pairing, I think its Apples and Oranges. While I have to admit that I prefer any romanticisms involving Je-ha with Yoo-jin because it breaks the cute pattern, there's an obvious lineup that Je-ha ends up with Anna. I can't deny that Anna pales in comparison to how Yoo-jin's character has been strongly set up. It would be hard for Anna's character to achieve the level of maturity and fierceness that Yoo-jin portrays. But I'm just as excited to see how the pieces will fall and who gets the last move and wins the game.

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I am sorry @Yoyo but you are actually contradicting yourself. Is she "waiting patiently for her days of freedom" or is she "reckless and spontaneous" in her "several attempts" for freedom?

Sure, maybe its his saviour-complex that is drawing him to Anna but its the same saviour-complex that is making him help Yoo-jin as well...so? He has saved Yoo-jin multiple times so far and saved Anna once in Barcelona (well tried his best to). I am just curious as to why people keep expecting Anna's character whose fear of people and triggering effect brought on by flashing lights (which by the way is integral to her character development) to be this strong willed woman despite her never having had the chance to learn that yet. Nobody is denying the badassery of Yoo-jin but her role isn't as a lover to Je-Ha but rather a worthy adversary.
Honestly, I think I am so serious about championing for Anna at this point because I just feel the critique to be baseless and unfair. Comparing her character to Yoo-Jin really is like comparing apples to cars rather than apples to oranges. They have different experiences, different roles, different pain, different motivations, different levels of understanding of the world, different expectations from their father/husband. Comparison makes zero sense.

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@Curious, I feel like Yoyo just made a good case for why Anna is an interesting character in her own right and is strong in other aspects so I'm *scratching my head* why you seem to disagree with her. O_o

She says that Anna is weak in some aspects and severely crippled by circumstances against her (grew up isolated in a foreign country and guarded almost 24/7 by her enemies.) But the fact that she never lost hope and keeps escaping despite having zero support shows there's an iron will inside that scared clueless girl.

In fact, her will overpowers Yoo-jin's (supposedly) highly organized/systemized attempts to imprison her. She's fighting an army with almost nothing but the fact that she still manages to escape occasionally speaks volumes about how strong her will is.

And the part where Yoyo explains Je-ha's connection to Anna isn't to disparage Anna. She's actually trying to point out why the connection is organic and not just a "OMG why does he even like that girl???"

I hope this clears some stuff up. :| I feel sad when beanies are actually saying the same thing but miss each others points.

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The fact that so many of you guys would rather not see a woman who has grown up in a pitiful condition, and has suffered emotional instability as a result of it getting love is disconcerting. And the fact that you feel a character who brought about her torture (because that is what it is) and has continuously made cruel decisions since then is more deserving because that's "badass"? You guys really have no conscience, do you?

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@curious

You question was: is she waiting patiently for her freedom or is she reckless and spontaneous in her several attempts for freedom?

My answer: As I've mentioned previously, Anna's actions are dictated by her circumstances. If she chances upon an opportunity to escape, she will and that's where she becomes recklessly spontaneous. On the flip side, she stays trapped in her confinement with that sliver of hope that her dad will come and rescue her. So its not being contradicting but rather noting that Anna is an opportunist patiently waiting for a chance at freedom. It's really how she manages to achieve it and when she gets it will probably be a testament on how her character evolves.

The same savior complex you mentioned applies to Yoo-jin. Well in fact, he has saved her more times than he did Anna. And because of those interactions, it created more depth and texture to their relationship. So while Yoo-jin seems to be favoured by many, it is also hinges the acceptance that the likelihood of Yoo-jin finding a romantic interest in Je-ha is close to nil. I just find their relationship having more substance than I do now with Anna since they have yet to fully establish that storyline.

I also want this show to take a different route and break the cute pattern. It would be nice to see Anna go the darker vengeful path and extract revenge at Yoo-jin while Yoo-jin exploits her vulnerability with Je-ha. This show has the potential to explore that side and be a little more different than the usual dramatic flare we've all been used to.

I understand where you're coming from in terms of the critiques but I also hope you see things in this perspective. We all know that Je-ha and Anna ending up together is set in stone, I'm just another hopeful entity wanting something new.

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Ah! My bad. We were kind of saying the same thing about Anna. I messed up. I am so sorry @Yoyo.
Still I would much rather nothing romantic happens between Yoo-Jin and Je-ha. She is too badass and too ambitious and I want her to remain that way and not become all reliant on Je-Ha to come save her all the time. She survived in that croc infested pond before he came along and i just feel it would be a disservice to her to have her become someone who needs him.
Again my apologies, i just kept reading so many negative things about Anna (that really dont make sense) and my girl-power instincts kicked in lol i promise usually I can read and comprehend. I just feel that often females are critqued much hasher here than their male counterparts.

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And agree, the show has a chance to take Anna to a much darker place so hopefully the cute (but cringy) scenes at the moment are building her up as innocent to make her turn to the dark side more dramatic. Hopefully.

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@curious

It's all good! After all we are all part of this wonderful beanie community ???

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Maybe it's just me, but it feels like watching two shows:
-- the first half of the episode is like an action thriller, "The Bodyguard", with K2 and Madam as the OTP
-- and the second half is like a rom-com kdrama, "Ramyun Secret Lovers", with Bong-Soo... no, I meant Je-Ha, and Anna as the OTP , waiting to adopt a little kitty soon.

Can't wait for the storyline involving Anna...

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I meant, I can't wait for the storyline to involve Anna more...

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Anna's character gets more development in Episode 6.

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"Ramyun Secret Lovers" featuring Kitties - is a show I will watch for the kittehs.

I could totally go either way with the OTP because I like em both. But for now, I have to eat ramyun.

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I'm probably the only one who thought the Ramyun scene was an overkill. I like seeing cheesy Je-ha but Anna...not really.

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You're not alone mate. I too feel the scenes were cringe worthy. Not subtle or layered as his scenes with Yoo Jin.

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I totally agree with you guys. I'm shipping Je-Ha and Yoo-Jin. I wrote a whole post about it LOL: https://thedramafilesblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/file-no-the-k2-ep-05/

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Moar kittehs :)

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Yes, this. The tone switches wildly for all these shows packed into one... it's a hot mess, but our villain is just too compelling, and I think our girl in the attic is going to become more interesting. (I hope so, though I'm enjoying Dances with Ramen despite my better judgment. ) I was trying to explain to my spouse why I keep watching and it does boil down to Song Yoona. Though that hallway at the end gave me real Bond vibes. Is Yoo Jin really Goldfinger?

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"Dances with Ramen"....oohhhhha hahahahahahaha! Got me!

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I'm torn between two OTPs because the two set of pairs give different vibes and feelings.
Je Ha and Yoo Jin is like in their own revenge melodrama & bodyguard action thriller.. The looks Yoo Jin gives to Je Ha.. oh gosh!! She's falling deeper for him. And I don't know how I'm gonna rooting for them.. I'd love to see Se Joon's reactions if he knows his wife has some feelings for her bodyguard.

Je Ha and Anna.. probably they're shooting "Secret Ramyun Affair" or "Flower Boy Ramyun Lovers"... They're so so cuteeee.. even with minimal interactions between them and so far only via CCTV and first meeting in Barcelona.

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I only look forward to JCW and Song Yoon Ah scenes..Those two burn my screen with their scorching chemistry...

I feel like everytime they look at each other, they are just dying to tear each other's clothes off...

Now...that's what I call amazing acting.
I'm a sucker for noona romances...and I wouldn't mind for one between those two.

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Thank you. I'm liking yelling at my screen - just kiss already! ... The best part of the episodes are when these 2 are together. The chemistry is off the charts and more importantly the story moves... There is so much push and pull between the 2 for dominance without the words. Fantastic!

In decreasing order of interesting-

JCW & SYA scenes
SYA scenes
JCW action scenes
Random JSS comic scenes
Husband scenes
Weird female bodyguard scenes
Anna scenes

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Yes to all of this. I fast forward all the Anna scenes. And my list looks exactly the same.

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There are fireworks when JCW and Song Yoon Ah are both onscreen.

There is nothing, zero sparks, between Je-Ha and Anna, even in episode 6.

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Here I am reenacting my utter dismay and objection to the Je-ha and Anna pairing. This is Cinderella all over again wherein Hyun-min got paired up with the very flat and useless Hye-ji.

Throw in the Ahjumma love for Soong Yoon Ah and JCW!

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If it was an american show they would have torn each other's clothes by now. We would have him supporting her against all the odds and by the time the half-way mark rolled in, his blinders would be off. He would realise that not only she is a control freak but has done beyond terrible things and then they would turn into worthy foes trying to outwit each other ....

except this is a kdrama and we are stuck with ramen dance for romance .. urghhh ...

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I would love to see that!! Much better than now.

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I wouldn't mind if this show threw in a little Scandal-ish vibe. I'm not asking for full on Samantha in Sex and the city, but there's just too much Dawson's Creek going on here.

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ME. The massive amount of chemistry in just ONE look shared between them is insane. This episode was going so well in the first half. The trap Yoojin falls into and the "wolf" who knew her well enough to know, implicitly, when she needed him. The scene when he opened the umbrella for her and they just stared at each other, holy crap, that's how you do chemistry folks! It was raining down on them but that room was ON FIRE ya feel. Her inner monologue as they walked down that hall was superbly acted by Song Yoona. Her expression was blank, but the emotion in her "voice"/thoughts and in her eyes, ugh just wipe the floor with me already. Her delivery of the "How dangerous" line, just wow. My heart soared and broke at the same time. And then, as if I wasn't already an ugly mess on the floor..."Straighten your back." THE WAY SHE COMPLETELY FROZE. And the way he GETS IT, he gets HER, he understands the position she is, how she's constantly targeted, constantly watched by her enemies for any sign of weakness, any opening for attack. He knows and he's taken it upon himself to watch her back. How can anyone not ship this after these scenes??

Anyway, then the second half of the drama happened and I went from drama heaven in which the writers and actors were giving me everything I wanted and more, to drama WTF land in which I had to actually force myself to watch unfunny filler material/characters that I couldn't care less for. And, to top it all off, another ramen scene that was, incredibly, ten times more cringe than the first one. Not only that, but Jeha's enthusiasm was so over the top and just not believable at all. Are these really the same writers of the first half the episode?? It didn't even feel like the same character/drama, and it was all just so frustratingly inconsistent, both characterization-wise and tone-wise. I'm upset, frankly. I love love love love everything Yoojin-related and Yoojin-Jeha is giving me so much life. But apparently I can't trust the writing/characterization.

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@El +10000

My thoughts exactly! It felt really disconnected.. and those attempts at comedy were rather annoying! I did not like one bit those scenes of the JSS personnel, Mi Ran (I cannot describe how annoyed I am at her character), I mean all of them. It was believed that JSS was a serious company with competent personnel, but it really does not seem so at all. I really do not understand what the writers were aiming for. with those attempts at "comedic relief" I feel like K2 would be an awesome action-thriller-romance if the writers would just stick to the first part as you explained it. Anna and JeHa: not believable at all so far.

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That water dousing scene was awesome. The best scene of all 5 episodes and 2nd best scene is another monologue of Yoo-Jin after the Car Fight.

Je-Ha's reactions in 2nd half were exaggerated but still made some sense.

3rd People are missing that Yoo Jin has done many terrible things too.

The most interesting people are Yoo Jin and Je Ha and Mr. Park from opposition. That husband is despicable. Whenever he shows up i want to punch him.

I also feel That Chief of JSS and That Lesbian female secretary can betray or go against Yoo Jin in future.

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I for one realise that YJ has and will do terrible things, but that in noway negates the very real chemistry she shares with JH, it is palpable. I agree with another poster it is like they have two simultaneous stories going on, one very intense the second lighter but grating because it seems to take the lead down the rabbit hole. He's cool and in control the first part then he's hyper excited about watching s/o cook ramen... not working. Anyway I'll enjoy the scenes I like and skip the other ones, back to the rain scene spot on it rocked.

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One more ramyun scene and I will drop this drama like a hot potato.....

.... that I don't think I can do it because I love Yoo Jin so much. I love to see what her story is and where it is going. I love to see the sizzling chemistry between her and Jeha.

Just please cut down the whole "Anna is so pure an innocent, we all need to root for her" things. It's not cute, not heart fluttering, definitely did not add up anything to the story. If anything those scenes completely left me wandered about Jeha's character. He's so uncharacteristically become a fool who exaggerate her acting everytime Anna is around. A silent and small smile would be enough.

K2 is like two drama forced to be combined. One is a mature badass scene and the other is fluffy cringey antics.

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"I will drop this drama like a hot potato…..

…. that I don’t think I can do it because I love Yoo Jin so much. I love to see what her story is and where it is going. I love to see the sizzling chemistry between her and Jeha. "

My dilemma as well! I really want to drop this drama to spare myself lol because I can sense that YJ and my otp will get screwed over despite all the amazing build up, development, and chemistry that I have been blessed with thus far. The more invested I get in YJ and the otp, the more painful it'll be when it all comes crashes and burns, smh. BUT. Like you said. I can't drop it. I'm on this burning ship (burning with chemistry, HA /shot) til the day it sinks! And I'll be Team Dark Queen YJ til the bitter end.

Shameless self-promo of my fanvid for them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVK9hF_LXuk

If I love myself, I'd quit this drama today. But I don't love myself, so I'm working on another Jejin vid :^)

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Je-ha and Yoo-jin have so much chemistry together. That scene when he told her to straighten her back and lift her head, I was screaming! I honestly don't even know why he's so interested in Anna even though it is cute how invested he is in her getting to eat ramen.

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I'm a sucker for noona romances too... Well you know I Hear Your Voice and 49 Days (Scheduler's camp) are two of my favorite dramas so I won't mind seeing a full on noona romance here.
It also proves Ji Chang Wook has better chemistry with older women/noona than otherwise. Ha Ji Won, Wang Ji Hye, Oh Ji Eun & Park Jung Ah (Smile Donghae), and Park Min Young, not to mention the actresses who play his mothers like Chae Si Ra and Do Ji Won, he's on fire with every one of them!

It's crazy, but I ship him with Song Yoona, eventhough I feel JCW and Yoona is cute together. With Song Yoona it's all SPARKS AND FIRE!!!! And I want them to have more time together!

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And it's not only me who want more screentime for Yoo Jin X Je Ha..
Apparently Ji Chang Wook also praised Song Yoon Ah and wanted to act more scenes with her.
See this video, around 15:55 mark
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPLJ1jIM-kE

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#noonaLOVE

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Waah!!! Thank you for reminding! I've actually watched the video before but I forgot that part..whahaha

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That's a good point. I already loved JCW's chemistry with Ha Ji Won to pieces. He does it so well, maybe it is because he looks so vulnerable, and liking an awesome noona is like desiring something that might be out of your reach, she will not be easy to impress...
yep, definitely I want to see him in more noona romances. :D

Talking about the K2, I am feeling the frustration. I want the show to focus in the awesome pair Yoo Jin - Je Ha. I would love to see some tormented romance even knowing that it will not end well, but damn, that would make an awesome watch. Anyway, even without romance, the relation between these two is the best part of the show by far, so I would not mind to focus on more thrills and machinations, as long as these two are bound together.
Regarding Anna, as much as I like Yoona, her character disappearing could be a good thing for the show. It's not bringing anything good so far, except for playing an empty love interest (and we already have a better alternative). Moreover, all her scenes are simply over the top and cringy. It's not her fault but the writers I guess, but it's going to ruin the show's potential.

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And here I am, I hate noona romances, still shipping JCW with SYA. Really, noona romances are not my thing, and I especially avoid them. But I watch K2 just for their chemistry. Their chemistry is off the charts.

The lack of interaction between Anna and JCW is not really helping either. Could've ship for them if they could at least speak with each other. So far, their only interaction is this weird ramyun scenes, which make me cringe only.

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I totally ship JCW & SYA, too! They really have amazing chemistry!

I'm just jumping right in here, haven't read all the K2 posts, so forgive me if I'm repeating what others have already said...

[1] I LOVE how SYA and IY are two sides of the same coin. Both of them have deep, unmet longings for protection and love - and interestingly, both betrayed by the same man (although, one as a wife, the other as a daughter). The only real difference between SYA and IY is that SYA has a lot of power, and has played Game of Thrones for longer than IY.

[2] I am seriously in awe of how well SYA acts her all-powerful fearsome side, but then lets the "mask" crack and shows us just how wounded, alone, lonely, and powerless she really feels. If she were as heartless as people around her things she is, she wouldn't cry at her father's mistress' words; she wouldn't be stiff when the photographers asked for a lovey-dovey shot of her and her husband. She would have just stoically done the shot. But, it touched her deepest longing to be loved by her husband - it hit too close to home.

[3] I think it's suffice to say that SYA and JCW's characters are being written with a certain amount of ambiguity. We don't expect them to be romantic. She is his employer, he is a reluctant, but terribly effective bodyguard. But, there's already so many layers to their relationship.

ENEMIES: When they turn on each other, that spells danger; but when they are in-sync with each other: that spells danger (but for their enemies)!

LOVERS?: If this were a powerful chaebol woman JCW's age, we would already be calling out the wedding bans. He offers the protection that SYA longs for from her husband. The umbrella, the hand on the back (notice the position, not high: between the shoulder blades, but low, by the small of her back): it's a lover's touch.

MASTER/SLAVE: It's obvious that SYA would feel more comfortable having control over everyone in her employ. And she tries to do this with JCW, like she does everyone. Yet, I think we would all agree that there's a certain amount peace and relief (however uncomfortable) she feels when she realizes her "hunter dog" is actually a "wolf." Dangerous, true - but oddly reliable to get the job done. I always feel like SYA is holding up the entire sky with her bare heads, and JCW gives her a moment's reprieve.

COMRADES: But, JCW isn't portrayed consistently as a lover, a father, a son, not even a subordinate.....but an equal, just in a different guise. They are in some ways: soulmates. They understand each other, which is the revelation SYA comes to after the will-reading scene.

I like watching them interact the most. :)

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Thoughts:

1. The female bodyguard, aka J4, is still annoying. Can't stand her character.

2. They need to bring Anna's character to life more. I am not emotionally invested in her at all. They had me a bit during the first episode, but they left that momentum in the dust. At this point she is just a depressed damsel in distress who craves ramen.

3. Je-ha was REALLY happy she ate ramen.

4. Song Yoon-ah is the life of this show. She is killing it! Yoo-jin is such a complex character! She started off as a purely evil character, and now she has all these varying motivations and layers that really help to make me sympathize more with her. I am kinda rooting for her over her husband. The situation is totally reversed from that of the beginning, where I was cheering for dad.

5. The chemistry between JCW and SYA is off the charts. Is there anyone else out there that thinks the romance should be between these two instead of with the daughter? That scene with the umbrella? There seemed to be some serious sexual tension going on (or is it just me?) Will this be some sort of perverted second lead syndrome destined never to come true? Even though I guess she is first lead since her name does come before Yoona.

6. Kitty!!! This show needs to stop with the kittens, I can't handle the cuteness overload.

7. I somehow imagine Cloud Nine to be some sort of Tron-esque club. The elevators open to Daft Punk playing and bodies writhing to the beat, basically a giant orgy. Weird huh. Hahaha. My imagination left to its own devices apparently goes crazy.

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5. You are not the only one. Wait for the comments to pour in and many of us are wishing for a noona romance. And in all fairness, i think the production is hinting at something if only from her end given how SYA was staring at him.

Though not preproduced, i think they must have shot 4-5 episodes in advance so they didn't introduce this "attraction" based on audience feedback. It was already in the script.

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"The chemistry between JCW and SYA is off the charts. Is there anyone else out there that thinks the romance should be between these two instead of with the daughter?"

Sooo many of us. Shippers, I summon you! :^)

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I was waiting for someone to comment about the umbrella and was too impatient to comb through all the comments. So i i just Ctrl+F "umbrella" and your comment popped up in the search....haha...cz you're umbrella man! (Is it in honour of this episode or has it always been your ID?)

Anyways, the umbrella action scene was epic, but even more so was Yoo-Jin's reaction to it all...the monologue killed it!

But was i the only one who expected K4 to whip out a machine gun from the trunk and go all RAMBO style? The artistic shot from inside the trunk when opening got my hopes up...lols

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