385

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 12

It has now gotten to the point where I need a packet of throat lozenges next to me when I watch this show, as I’m about to lose my voice from either happy squeals or terrified shrieks. As usual, Strong Woman has us waffling from one end of the spectrum to the other, with no breaks for a little grey area downtime. Between our swoon-worthy main couple and the psychotic kidnapper, I never know what this show is going to throw at us. All I can say is: Hang on to your emotions, kids, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride…

 
Episode 12: “Help Me”

Backtracking a bit, we pick up earlier that night when Bong-soon and Min-hyuk are having dinner together. Min-hyuk adorably switches noodle bowls with Bong-soon, giving her his untouched food and taking her nearly empty bowl. Bong-soon immediately switches it back though, wondering just how many women he’s switched bowls with before. This of course leads to bickering over the existence of any previous girlfriends. Oh, you two.

Min-hyuk changes the subject, grumping about how she still calls him CEO Ahn. He cutely says that they should call one another something else when they’re alone together, but Bong-soon casually asks, “Why do we need a name for each other? Are we in some special relationship or something?”

Hahaha, Min-hyuk’s face immediately falls and he starts ranting (loudly) that they’ve already “done” everything together and there isn’t much left to do. “If this isn’t dating, then what is?” The mortified Bong-soon tries to shush him, but Min-hyuk scandalously gasps at her wicked views on dating and modestly crosses his arms over his chest like he’s afraid she’ll jump him at any moment.

Bong-soon’s dad closes up shop while Mom counts her precious money. She still feels uneasy even though the police (claim to) have caught the culprit, so Dad suggests she call Bong-soon to make sure she’s alright. Mom dismisses the idea that they have to worry about for their daughter, and Dad immediately takes issue, calling Bong-soon his precious girl. Awww, such a great dad.

Oh no. Kyung-shim gets off a bus with her red suitcase and starts wheeling her way, unaware that the kidnapper, Jang-hyun, is right across the street. She continues to walk through the alleys, oblivious to the danger until Jang-hyun pops out in front of her. He gives her a chilling smirk before grabbing her.

With Kyung-shim’s screams echoing in our ears, we return to Gook-doo and his men as they close in on Hee-ji. At the last minute, the hooded man following her takes a different turn — just an innocent bystander after all. Hee-ji instead turns a corner and screams… but it’s just Gook-doo rushing to an unnecessary rescue. The rest of his team converge, and they yell in frustration to realize that the kidnapper isn’t here.

Bong-soon and Min-hyuk walk home, and Bong-soon pauses when a police car races by with its siren wailing. At the same time, the kidnapper drops Kyung-shim’s tracking bracelet on the ground and stalks off with Bong-soon’s unconscious bestie over his shoulder.

Min-hyuk stops Bong-soon outside her house, worried about hearing police sirens in her neighborhood. Taking her hands, he tells her, “No matter how strong and unique you are, you are still someone I want to protect.” Bong-soon smiles and counters that it’s her job to protect him, then the two engage in a cute round of, “You go in first,” “No, you go first.”

In the alley where Kyung-shim was taken, a homeless man happens across her belongings. He grabs both her suitcase and police tracker, sneaking off with the evidence and conveniently cleaning the scene for our villain.

Gook-doo’s team returns, agitated over missing the bad guy. They make the connection that Jang-hyun was targeting Hee-ji due to her relation to Gook-doo, and the team captain instructs his men to quickly wrap up any other cases that they’re working on so they can focus on catching this guy. Heh, Cap gives Gook-doo an assignment as well: “Calm down.”

Gook-doo overhears his sunbaes saying that it feels like they’re being watched, since the culprit is always one step ahead. He remembers seeing the bugging tech in Jang-hyun’s office and looks around the station house, suddenly suspicious. Finally!

Cap and another detective stake out the junkyard. Jang-hyun’s single employee is hard at work, and Cap wonders if the man really has nothing to do with his boss’ crimes. He asks the detective about a tracker they put on Jang-hyun’s phone, but it looks like he’s either turned off his phone or is using one they don’t know about.

As the two swear at the kidnapper’s cleverness, Jang-hyun drives in through a secret entrance and carries Kyung-shim down into the Dungeon of Doom. He unties her legs and she immediately tries to crawl away, but stops when he yells, “Do. Bong. Soon!”

Jang-hyun slowly backs Kyung-shim into a corner, asking if she thinks her friend will protect her now. He finishes untying her hands and she scrambles away, but he snaps that he didn’t untie her so she could escape, shouting, “Kneel down. Kneel down and beg for forgiveness!”

The terrified Kyung-shim sobs heartbreakingly as she kneels before him. She raises her hands and whimpers through her gag, begging desperately. Jang-hyun just grabs her hair and yells at her to beg harder. You sick, evil bastard.

In stark contrast to that horror, Bong-soon happily gets ready for bed. She eagerly texts Kyung-shim to tell her about Min-hyuk’s confession, and oh crap, Jang-hyun texts back using Kyung-shim’s phone, pretending to be the very girl he just traumatized.

Fishing for info on the super strong heroine, Jang-hyun uses Kyung-shim’s “voice” to text that “she’s” always been jealous of her strength. Bong-soon buys it hook, line, and sinker, and completely reveals her weakness to the psycho, reminding “Kyung-shim” that she loses her strength if she hurts an innocent person. (Argh!)

Jang-hyun smiles ever so slightly to find a weakness. Thankfully, his response to Bong-soon’s text doesn’t sound very Kyung-shim-ish, and Bong-soon notes that something is off. In a nearby subway tunnel, the homeless guy rifles through Kyung-shim’s suitcase and puts her tracking bracelet on his own wrist.

Gook-doo finally puts on his smarty pants and asks his teammates why Jang-hyun would have come into the station to report himself. Answer: to place a hidden camera. The whole team scrambles to search the office while Gook-doo slowly walks over to the TV monitor, realizing it’s the most likely place. In his lair, Jang-hyun smiles as he watches Gook-doo find his hidden camera, smirking, “You just found it? Idiot cops.”

Oh double crap. Jang-hyun’s employee comes into the secret lair, and the kidnapper hands him an envelope of money for the man’s mother’s hospital bills as well as a handful of loaded syringes. He is in on it.

Jang-hyun instructs his minion to start starving the women tomorrow: “Since they aren’t exercising, their bodies are becoming uglier.” He gives special instruction to starve “the new girl” for a week, as she’s too fat. (That is just sick.) Minion is apparently a junkie and starts shooting up with one of the syringes while his monstrous master grins at the monitors, “The police know I’m the criminal. Now the game begins.”

Min-hyuk is hard at work designing an upgraded character for Bong-soon’s game. Heading to bed, he sends Bong-soon an adorable snapshot video of himself (complete with pink hearts) saying, “Good night, Bong Bong.” Bong-soon scoffs a bit, but she does send one back, “Good night, Min Min.”

“Min Min” loses his mind at her cuteness and ends up rolling around on his bed and giggling into his pillow. Heh, he replays the video over and over, then tries to smack himself out of it since he has to go to sleep, “So that I can dream about my Bong Bong.” He lasts about five seconds before pulling out his phone to play it again, beaming.

Sadly, when Min-hyuk does fall asleep, he has a nightmare of Bong-soon getting attacked in her bed. He calls out to her to use her strength, but Bong-soon can only choke, “My strength has disappeared!” Please don’t be a premonition of things to come.

At work the next morning, Bong-soon is thrilled at the new character design for her video game mini-me. She delicately suggests that the character’s eyes are slightly too big, but Min-hyuk doesn’t see it, “Your eyes are big. They are bigger and prettier than this anyway.” Secretary Gong rolls his own eyes at the pair of them.

Bong-soon grins that the character does look just like her, but suggests they shorten the legs a little bit. Heh, Secretary Gong mutters that they’d need to erase more than just a little bit, then Bong-soon glares daggers at the guy and he literally slaps himself in penance.

Boss Tak continues on his poop-inspired journey of self-discovery. He gets a message from his subordinate, Jaws, warning about Bong-soon’s kiddos who are out for revenge in honor of their noonim. Apparently Jaws gave the kids his Boss’s phone number, and they choose that moment to call him to yell with all their adolescent fury.

Boss Tak hangs up on the teenagers as his bus comes to a stop, but — as luck would have it — all the other passengers disembark to reveal that the irate youngsters are on that same bus with him. Thankfully, the kids don’t immediately recognize the white-robed Boss Tak, but when they call him back, his ringing phone raises suspicions. He quickly calls out for the driver to stop and makes a getaway before the kiddos can connect the dots.

The office doppelgänger, Dong-pyung, gets a bit of revenge on Bong-soon by jumping out from behind her desk to startle her. He picks on her “lame” game, saying that no one would ever play it, then he starts muttering that he can’t understand why Min-hyuk chose her over him.

Dong-pyung orders her to get him coffee, but Bong-soon sweetly threatens, “If you really need me to make your coffee again, shall we have the same talk from back then, that day, in the conference room?” He rages ineffectively at her nerve, but Secretary Gong comes in just then and he leaves in a huff, but not before slapping the secretary’s butt on the way out.

Gook-doo’s police chief fumes over the hidden video camera, but the team has no proof that it was placed there by Jang-hyun. Cap tries to reason that they have the wrong criminal locked up, but Chief orders him to just let this go.

Boss Tak’s journey ends at a backwoods temple. He respectfully bows to a tree, and we pan up to see a monk perched waaaay up in the branches. The Boss’ loyal underlings have followed their leader to the temple and try to convince him to come back, but to no avail. He’s decided to start a new life under the teachings of his new master, the tree monk: Nizamutiniz. He reverently states that the man is an immigrant from India, but Jaws and his buddy stare at the very Korean-looking monk, “Indian?”

Just then, the kiddos – who have also tracked Boss Tak to the temple – arrive, spouting swears and toting the near empty jug of poop alcohol.

The kiddos and injured gangsters face off in the temple yard as Wild West music plays in the background. The two sides posture dramatically, until Boss Tak instructs Jaws to use his “dangerous” martial arts.

The boys back up nervously, and the two men unleash their… skills? Pffft. In their condition it’s more like Crouching Crutches, Hidden Bandages. The kids jump in to fight back, and it is one big mess of flailing high schoolers and limping gangsters.

Before anyone can get (more) injured, Monk Nizamutiniz comes running out, yelling at them to Shtawp it and banging his mystical gourd for emphasis

Bong-soon goes hunting around the office for Min-hyuk. He pops out from an auditorium and tugs her back inside with him. Bong-soon looks around at the empty room, and Min-hyuk slyly points out, “Nobody will come in here today.” She laughs, asking what he’s going to do if they’re alone, but he teases right back that it looks like she’s expecting something.

Min-hyuk slowly walks towards her, and Bong-soon backpedals up against a wall. The two are still joking with one another until Min-hyuk puts his hands on either side of her, bringing their faces close together. Hubba, hubba.

His arms caged around her, Min-hyuk softly promises to protect her, just like this, so the rest of the world can’t hurt her.

Min-hyuk reminds her that she said she needed time to sort out her feelings, then hesitantly asks her to answer him now. Bong-soon replies, “Ah, about that…” then she smiles happily up at him, her answer clear. Min-hyuk’s nerves melt away, and he gives this beautiful smile as he says, “No, you don’t have to say it. I can see everything.”

So happy he that can’t contain himself, Min-hyuk jumps away, all jittery and giddy as he alternates between clutching his heart and making grabby motions towards her. He eventually settles on petting her head. You cutie. Bong-soon chuckles at him and Min-hyuk bursts out, “Don’t laugh like that! I’m getting flustered!” Rawr!

Bong-soon tries to tug him out of the room, but he pulls her back, suddenly serious. Min-hyuk starts to slowly lean down as though to kiss her, and Bong-soon timidly closes her eyes, but he seems to sense her hesitation and pulls back at the last moment, kissing her forehead instead. They both smile adorably and head out together.

Back at the temple, Boss Tak and the kiddos line up and kneel before Monk Nizamutiniz as Boss Tak gets, uh, baptized? Nizamutiniz gives him the most passive aggressive baptism ever, splashing water at the man while instructing him let all the trash flow out of his heart and let go of his awful deeds, previous convictions, and rude behavior.

Heh, the leader of the kiddos wags his finger at Boss Tak as all his misdeeds are listed, until Nizamutiniz moves down the line and starts throwing water and insults blessings at the rest of them. He “cleanses” them all, admonishing Jaws for his previous jail time and yelling at the kiddos for cussing, ditching class, and disappointing their parents.

Boss Tak rises up to give a dramatic speech about being reborn, but Nizamutiniz offhandedly interrupts to tell them that it’s lunchtime. Oh, the reverence.

As Boss Tak, his men, and the kiddos are introduced to Naan bread (a traditional Indian food), Min-hyuk steals Bong-soon away for a team building workshop. He gives a complicated spiel about how a change in location is great for idea generation, but clearly the boy is hankering for some alone time with his lady love.

When they arrive, Min-hyuk opens the curtains for Bong-soon (with some Michael Jackson flair), and smiles when she squeals at the ocean view, but the smirk quickly falls when Bong-soon wants to get right to work on her game presentation.

The “workshop” commences, and as Bong-soon moons over her character, Min-hyuk moons over her. He has to be snapped back to reality (twice!) and gets adorably flustered, asking if it’s hot in the room as he flaps his jacket to cool off. Hee!

Claiming that it’s too warm, Min-hyuk wants to go outside. Bong-soon points out that they’re supposed to be working, and he stares disbelievingly at her. He asks if she’s really thinking about work right now, but she completely misses his point and reminds him that he brought them there to get new ideas. The frustrated CEO saccharinely orders her to come out with him, then walks away muttering “’Ideas,’ my butt.”

The two go exploring in the small seaside town, and soon they’re laughing and joking as they wander around. They take a few super-cute selfies together and end up on the beach, playing in the waves.

After splishing and splashing, Min-hyuk grows serious. He picks up a stick, and Bong-soon watches as he draws half of a giant heart in the sand. Standing at the base of the heart, he calls out:

“Bong-soon-ah! I’m going to stand here. Will you come to me?”

(Oh. My. Gawd. This is it. Shush! Everyone be quiet!)

With his heart in his eyes, Min-hyuk stares almost pleadingly at Bong-soon, waiting for her answer. She waits barely a moment before smiling slightly and grabbing another stick. She walks over to the top of the giant heart and draws in the other half, completing the heart and meeting Min-hyuk at its base.

The two gaze at one another and simultaneously take one tiny step towards the other. Min-hyuk finally bridges the gap, reaching out to gently cradle Bong-soon’s face before slowly leaning down. Bong-soon’s eyes flutter closed, and the two kiss. It’s a sweet and perfect moment, and as the waves crash, they kiss again, standing where their two hearts meet.

As Min-hyuk and Bong-soon share their lovely smooches, Mom crows to her ladies-in-waiting that she believes her daughter and son-in-law are officially dating. She’s decided to start one hundred days of prayer, since she still thinks the best route is for the two of them to sleep together immediately. (Ugh).

Min-hyuk drives Bong-soon home after their “workshop,” opening the car door with some more MJ flair. They engage in another round of who will leave first, when he suddenly calls her back. Bending down, he stares into her eyes and tells her that he always misses her when she leaves. He asks to just look at her for a moment so he can remember this when she’s away.

Bong-soon smiles back at him, and he softly adds, “Thank you for coming into my life.” Then he gently cups her face before sending her inside. Once she’s out of sight, Min-hyuk sighs that he misses her already. Oh my heart.

Bong-soon can barely hold in her smiles as she boots up her computer. Bong-ki comes into her room, and she mildly freaks him out with her lovey-dovey good mood. He asks if his sister has heard form Kyung-shim about when she’s coming to visit again, and Bong-soon remembers that she hasn’t spoken to her friend in a while.

She texts Kyung-shim a “What’s up?” and “Kyung-shim” (aka creepy, evil bastard Jang-hyun) texts back, “Hi Bong-soon-ah.” Something about that reply triggers Bong-soon’s spidey senses, so she calls Kyung-shim. Of course, no one picks up.

Bong-soon starts to panic and calls Gook-doo to ask if he can locate Kyung-shim’s tracking bracelet. She worries that something seems off since she had left for Busan a while ago, but she’s not sure if she made it there. Gook-doo immediately calls in for the location of Kyung-shim’s tracker.

Jang-hyun reads through Kyung-shim’s previous texts and we see that Kyung-shim had always responded to Bong-soon with “Hey yo, Bong Bong!” Bong-soon texts her friends to please call, but “Kyung-shim” answers she’s busy right now. Bong-soon sends a final message, asking if “Dol Kong” is doing alright. She nervously waits, barely breathing, until the response comes that Dol Kong is doing fine. Bong-soon gasps and runs out the door.

Meanwhile, Gook-doo traces Kyung-shims tracker, finding it adorning the wrist of our evidence snatching homeless man. He brings the guy in for questioning, but all he can give them is a rough estimate of when he found the suitcase. Cap has had enough and yells that they’ll go catch the bastard themselves.

At that moment, the police chief comes in and warns everybody to leave this case alone, or they’re fired. Gook-doo doesn’t even hesitate for a moment, charging out with Cap and his entire team following right past the sputtering police chief.

Min-hyuk gazes up at the game room’s starry ceiling, missing his Bong-soon. His calls and texts go unanswered, and he wonders if she’s still working on her game presentation for tomorrow.

Cap and the guys go to the junkyard and comb through the place. Bong-soon also runs to the junkyard, and Gook-doo rushes forward to stop her. Bong-soon frantically yells that she sent a message to Kyung-shim’s phone asking about her dog, Dol Kong. Apparently her dog died last year – she and Bong-soon had even held a funeral for him – but Kyung-shim’s message had responded that he was just fine.

Bong-soon swears that if the bastard has touched one hair on Kyung-shim’s head, she won’t stay still, then she races past Gook-doo into the junkyard.

The cops question evil minion, showing him Kyung-shim’s picture, but the man plays dumb. Running out of options, the cops figure that Jang-hyun probably wouldn’t have hidden the women here at the junkyard since it’s too obvious.

Bong-soon dashes past them, but pauses when she catches a whiff of the odor she smelled on Jang-hyun. She peers into the corner and sees a storage container (the one we know contains the secret entrance to the Dungeon of Doom). Before she can investigate further, Gook-doo manages to drag her away. No! Go check it out! Argh!

Bong-soon returns home a shaking, nervous wreck. She gets Min-hyuk’s texts, but she’s too worried to respond.

Min-hyuk gets pouty about his unanswered messages and worries that she might have gone out on her own again. He takes out a special key necklace (presumably for Bong-soon) and replaces the center jewel with what looks like a tracking device. Normally, I’d say that’s creepy, but this is Min-hyuk, so let’s call it endearing.

Oh god, no. Bong-soon gets another message from Kyung-shim, but this time it’s a prerecorded video, and Bong-soon’s hands shake so badly she can barely hit play. Immediately on the screen is a crying and terrified Kyung-shim in the Dungeon of Doom.

Bong-soon screams, and Kyung-shim desperately calls out through the camera that she’s fine as she begs Bong-soon not to come here. In response, a masked Jang-hyun kicks Kyung-shim in the face, knocking her down, then settles himself in front of the camera.

Jang-hyun taunts Bong-soon, “You want to save your friend, right? Then don’t report it to the police.” He warns that the moment she reports this, he’ll kill Kyung-shim. Kyung-shim continues to whimper out for Bong-soon not to come here, so Jang-hyun jerks her up and slings an arm around her. Smiling at Bong-soon, he goads her, “Try and come here. Or else your friend will die.”

Jang-hyun pulls up his shirt to reveal the bruise that Bong-soon gave him, then he leans into the camera, “You have to come here and apologize to me.” He laughs like the psychotic freak he is as Bong-soon sobs in terror for her friend.

As the video ends, Bong-soon grips her phone, calming her trembling hands. Slowly, her fearful expression grows angry and determined. She runs out of her room, and the next thing we see is her standing in front of Min-hyuk with tears streaming down her face as she pleads, “Help me.”

 
COMMENTS

Oh man, I need a hug. Gah! What more can this show do to me!? So many times during this episode I felt my heart drop as we repeatedly see-sawed from cute and cuddly to oh-god-I-want-my-mommy, and it seems like it’s intentional. I can’t deny that there’s a definite sucker punch aspect that comes from the rapidly switching extremes. However, my emotions are nearly shot, and if the show is doing this on purpose, then I honestly can’t tell if it’s genius, or sadistic. I didn’t sign up to be a guinea pig!

Ok, let’s back away from the terrifying and rewind to what was possibly the best romantic moment I’ve ever seen. I simply cannot say how much I loved that beach kiss, and how relieved I am not to be disappointed by it. I never doubted the chemistry between these two, so I knew the eventual kiss itself would be great (which, ermahgawd, it was!), but I was concerned that the story wouldn’t give the moment justice by forcing it on us instead of letting it flow naturally. It seems I worried for nothing.

This was such a great scene in so many ways. Min-hyuk stayed true to his nature in pushing Bong-soon just slightly into the next level, but then respectfully waiting for her answer. Bong-soon was also true to character, making her decision and standing by it, never wavering as she walked to his side. And then the heart in the sand, such a simple yet perfect way to show how they’re treating one another as equals in this relationship. Each is one half of the heart, neither compromising to complete the other. Finally, there was the simultaneous single step that they took toward each other. It was a lovely callback to Min-hyuk’s comment about how it takes just one step to change from friends to lovers, and they took that one step together. It was beautiful, and touching, and I’m so happy to be able to recap it — if for no other reason than it provided a convenient excuse to re-watch that scene over and over. (But I HAVE to watch him kiss her again, you know, for recap integrity, and all that…)

Unfortunately, the other side of the coin is that I then have to watch the creepy kidnapper parts over and over as well. There are definitely a few nightmares in my future after this. I’m now terrified about Jang-hyun learning Bong-soon’s secret — is there a way he could trick her into harming an innocent? I had assumed that Bong-soon would lose her powers at some point, since the show was heavily hinting at it from the beginning, but I thought it would happen earlier so she’d have time to then gain them back at a crucial moment (ala Disney’s Hercules). But with only four episodes left, that’s a lot of plot to try and cover, and I’m worried that she’ll lose her powers without time to earn them back. Then she’ll have to accept her life without them — like her Mom. I’m not saying that she has to have her gifts to be special, but so much of this show has been about her accepting and learning to love her own strength that it’d be tragic for her to lose her power forever.

I used to be really curious about Jang-hyun and his backstory, but after this episode, I straight-up just don’t care. There is no redemption, no “Mommy didn’t love me” or “Daddy beat me” story that can justify what he’s done to these women. And now he’s forced our wonderful and spunky Kyung-shim onto her knees, terrorizing her into begging him. Nope, that’s it. I don’t need the psychoanalysis. Just give Bong-soon a real life version of that giant walnut hammer and let her have at him.

The one thing I’m still interested in learning is who his seventh bride will be. In the scene where Jang-hyun pays off Minion, the seven bride picture frames are in the background, and he’s pinned Bong-soon’s picture into the sixth frame. If she is number six, then who the heck is seven? Did he have a final, special girl in mind all along? Also, Hee-ji’s picture is still up there, so will he try for her again? So many questions, and the only thing I know for sure is we still have a long way to go. The one comforting factor is our main couple. It’s almost like dealing with the criminally insane Jang-hyun is payment for getting the insanely lovable duo of Bong-soon and Min-hyuk. I suppose that as long as they make it through to the end, then I can hyperventilate my way through the darker scenes. Though I really could still use a hug…

 
RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , ,

385

Required fields are marked *

How does anyone not fall in love with MH? With the low "nobody's using this room today" and the backing up against the wall (Must admit I LOVE this drama cliche)... and promising to protect her? Those geeky reactions to her smiles and the way he smiled right before kissing her on her forehead? My heart...

He looks like he wants to eat her up. Though BS's only interested in thinking about upgrades for her walnut hammer, sadly LOL. And BS, bless her soul, I love her smiles - she looks as though she can't help it when she's with him, and this makes their scenes together golden.

The beach scene: The fact that he gave her time to think, and reminded her that he was waiting there. And when he finally asked if she would come to him, she came knowing that she definitely, really liked him. You could see it in her eyes. And the way he was so careful and tender with the kiss... these 2 do funny things to my heart. (And ok now that this first-kiss thing is out of the way, can they kiss like every 10 minutes or something?)

AND THEN he thanks her for coming into his life. Like he's so grateful she decided to come to him and he can't believe how lucky he was. He didn't feel self-entitled to her feelings/assume that she would have to like him back. This way, you just know that she's somebody he will definitely cherish and love. And this is very important to me.

Also I must have replayed the first few minutes more times than I should have. "What do you mean not dating? You've done almost everything with me!". Ragey MH is the cutest thing ever.

- The police officer in the blue uniform.. just... ugh. Letting go of the case quietly just for a promotion? Ignoring the fact that there are still a bunch of missing women? That's just sickening.

- Just when I thought the whole Baek Tak + highschoolers was over... there's more. I get that it's supposed to be funny but...it's getting old. It's a subplot that doesn't seem to serve any purpose any more. To me it's just a lazy filler scene and isn't really needed. Or, do they have any future purpose? Will they team up to catch the criminal like we'd predicted in the first few episodes? I don't know.

- MH's large drawing tablet makes me so jealous because I'm currently drawing on my small basic tablet (a picture of him + BS together). I want something like that too!

4
34
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
13
reply

Required fields are marked *

Please let's pray that it will be solve by episode 14 he is so creepy that I can't enjoy 100% with the cuteness of our OTP coz of him.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I mean episode 13 kidnapper should be dead please lol

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I also hope that the kidnapper subplot will be wrapped up quickly, so that we get a good episode of BS accepting her strength, embracing it, and learning to live with it (and with MH). I want some good, cute scenes because they've been the saving grace of this show!

The thing is, I would like for the high schoolers/gangsters to actually play a part in the rescue. BUT the way they've been written portrays them as mostly inept and... without a purpose. So far, all the high schoolers have done is get into trouble, get rescued by BS, worship their noonim, and then beat more people up. Aka they've really done nothing to endear themselves to me. I thought they were cute the first two times, but now they're just... annoying? Same with the gangsters - they just spend all their time bandaged and in hospital and adding no real purpose to the plot.

Oh my - Yoo Inna has a bias in my heart from Goblin, but I have to agree that PBY is just adorable. (Sidenote: From the BTS I realize that height difference is difficult to film because Hyungsik always has to stand with his legs spread open, LOL.)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree I am getting bored with the gangsters and high-schoolers.
They are used as a tool to show her strength and for comic relief but is getting over done.
I also agree the dual role gangster was pretty fun.

My big problem is her friend was kidnapped and saved by her and in the night when she is leaving to go home no one (police or friends -BS or her parents) went with her to keep an eye on her.
She was a victim and the culprit is still out there.
Than she gets kidnapped. That part I find stupid since BS is always telling her don't go anywhere alone.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Didn't the wrong guy get caught by the other police team and detained for these crimes? I just assumed that it was because of this that everybody reverted back to pre-serial killer/ kidnapper behaviour.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

BS has warned KS that the real perp has not been caught yet, so she shouldn't be wandering about at night. KS is the one who ignores the warnings and persists in doing so.

0

I like the kidnapper, he's the only one with agency and purpose left. In fact he's the guy who's saving the show from falling into 'plot-what-plot' category

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just wish the police had been quicker on the game! It's already Ep 12, and the "game has only just begun"? I think part of my frustration lies in the fact that the kidnapper was just too good. You always see the police at least 5 steps behind him, bumbling around the police station and doing absolutely nothing while the criminal was running loose. This made the plot move so slowly that by this point, I'm already tired of the kidnapping plot.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It just underlines how much the police needs BS's help to resolve the kidnapper issue. The police are not smart enough to capture him because he keeps all his tracks covered. They can't even find the girls, for goodness sake, despite searching the junkyard so many times. BS, with her strength, might be more successful in finding the girls and beating the kidnapper at his own game.

0

yeah i like the kidnapper as well, in terms of him being a really good bad guy and everything you basically said. he could be a good addition to one of the criminal minds ep. i wish we got more insight into him, whilst i like the cute romance, im not to heavily into it since im not very into cute/sweet fluffy types of romance in the first place. i kinda wish the show did a better job at blending all the plot lines together in a more cohesive way. so far it feels like bong soon has been pretty distant from the kidnapper story line, which i wasnt expecting after her friend nearly got kidnapped.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, he is the only guy with what semblance of a plot left. The rest are merely fillers and what not.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

LOL! I have to say, good point!!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yoo Inna stole my heart in Queen In Hyun's Man and damnit if you didn't remind me just how much I loved that OTP.
Do Bong Soon and Ahn Min Hyuk get a happy second place to them in my list of favorite OTPs.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

When before, BT's scenes are necessary to tie up the gangster issue BS has to resolve, now they are just fillers and for the laughs. Except it's no longer as funny anymore. I can't stand the fillers anymore. They are taking away time from our OTP and kidnapper. I want BS to deal with the kidnapper fast!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah! I don't think the laughs (or rather, lack thereof, since they aren't funny anymore...) are necessary at this point, not when there are serious things on hand to deal with, aka criminal and saving the girls. What was the POINT of the whole temple and enlightenment/baptism thing?

(Besides the fact that it could potentially anger a lot of people due to cultural and religious portrayals... I didn't talk about it because it's not my culture/religion and not my place to be angry, but I expected there to be some sort of backlash about it. And seeing the comments below...)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

That beach scene was the sweetest confession I've watch in a while. Now it rivaled the snowman family scene from Jealousy Incarnate. Min-hyuk is so tender, but at the same time also bold. He never felt pushy because he always match his timing with Bong-soon's slower pace, and I love that.

That being said, it was extra cute when in bts those two were busy bickering about the lopsided heart they made on the sand right before they shoot the kissing scene. I'm glad though, that they decided to use that lopsided drawing since it added a touch of reality. After all, it's hard to draw a big perfect heart with only a branch. ?

1
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, the BTS was extra cute! Both bickering over how the other couldn't draw a heart properly, haha!

It might be the hopeless romantic in me speaking, but I liked that a lopsided heart shows that no love and no couple will ever be "perfect", but the two lopsided halves still come together to form a whole heart. And that describes BS and MH - they both have their own flaws but they're willing to accept each other complement each other's shortcomings.

1
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Now that we're talking about the lopsided heart, it's all good that it has a touch of realism and represents the not-so-perfect relationships, but it's seriously trigger-ing my ocd...lines, or not straight ones...seriously...triggered...
Sorry i just have to say that...?

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

@GedSkaiKru, if I was Bong-soon, I would have had sketchlines and multiple takes just to make it perfect

0

@kakakash, I know! If that was me there'd be hell of a lot of takes, and now that I think about it. I'll abolish the idea altogether...why make myself suffer from sleepless nights having nightmares about crooked-hearts?..hahaha...

0

Lol yess why have the most romantic and meaningful moment of your life if it means crooked hearts??

0

i loooove the bts more than the actual scene lol.. pouty hyungsik is just so adorable.. and the way they needled each other about the lopsided heart is just lmao. and i swear the director is their biggest shipper haha

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ooo really? Must go watch now...

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Can you guys please give me any link to any recent BTS? Haha I don't know where to find them. XD

0

@Taebi Just go to Youtube and search for "JTBC Drama"! They post all the BTS on their channel with Eng subs.

0

Where are you watching the BTS? I wanna watch them so bad b/c these two are just SO cute.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

https://www.youtube.com/user/jtbcdrama/videos

jtbc's official channel. some kind fans put subs on the clips. dramafever also sub the bts in their own channel

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanksss!

0

I am supposed to submit no more than My master thesis tomorrow! (Ok. It could also be wednesday or thursday, but for what it matters: is the same). Sooooooo i have no time to comment.
Therefore: i agree with you 100%

Wish me succsess!

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Fingers crossed for your success! Hope it went well!

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Waking up in tuesday. I will let you know.
Today i still must write and correct the whole day.

Stress ?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hey, @Lezah!

I submitted my master Thesis today!!
Just because i promised I would tell...
now I just have to wait...

Oh... and watching already ep. 13, but the subtitles are not still ready... i won´t spoil anyways!
oh my... so much stress!!!!!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I second the every 10 minute kiss! lol . I don't know how I can get over these 2 when the show ends in 2 weeks. I must have watched the episode and BTS a hundred times.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

U said everything what I wanted to say about Bo young and hyung shik ,??

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

AMH dream feels like a preminition.

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yessss the Korean drama premonition dream of doom. The moment I saw it I was like NOOOOO is something going to happen to BS? And then there's next week's trailer (which I won't talk about because of spoilers) that makes me so scared.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

the first thing really came to mind even when i was watching episode 12 raw that it's a premonition..I hope if ever BS lose her power she can still redeem it but we only 4 ep left arrggghhh

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

How is she going to lose her power though? I don't want another filler about how the kidnapper goes through one huge round to make BS lose her powers, then what?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0

I think the kidnapper will do something. And then there were those glowy books that her grandma gave her? The ones that got shut up in her cupboard? (Aghh see, BS, you should have studied those books! Has MH taught you nothing? LOL)

There are only 3 more episodes though so I hope there won't be useless filler scenes and more about her power/maybe losing it/something to do with those books.

0

Ya ! But from starting I was knowing that something will happen to bong soon coz the way it use to say that if she'll use her power wrongly then smnthng might happen to her ;all her power may disappear but after min hyuk premonition it's confirmed tht episode 13 is going to give us something like that!!!
Waiting for episode 13 it's not even Friday yet

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

is no one gonna talk about that loopsided heart? HAHHAA

0
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

YES HAHA exactly what I was thinking!! I watched the BTS and they were bickering over it... so adorable <3

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

LOL! That's what you get when you make two people draw a heart. <3

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

yeah coz Minhyuk doesn't know how to draw heart hahahah..they are too cute is all

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

LOL yes! Thats all I can think about! And @Lanlan I thought Min-hyuk's side was better drawn!

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

@kakakash i said this after watching the bts and they were making fun of hyung sik not knowing how to draw a heart and he was pouting like a baby ???

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lol! I must go watch it now then. I'll bet he practiced...

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Really? But I thought MH's side of the heart was better drawn.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

"they’ve already “done” everything together and there isn’t much left to do"

i loved this! the way he raised his voice and "accused" her. HEHHEHE

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ahn Min-hyuk always says the best one-liners. That particular line also felt like a slight nudge to the ever increasing number of "some" couple between young generation. They who already did everything, but didn't want to call it dating. Thankfully, Min-hyuk didn't feel the need to play that game with Bong-soon. I love how straightforward he was about their relationship.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

i feel for bongsoon- you really can't take him anywhere! XD
looove that scene, probably my fave this ep. minhyuk is such a drama queen

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Two comments:

1. It's impossible to not love Ahn Min Hyuk.

2. The Punjabi ringtone caught me by surprise. And then all the India references. I didn't know whether to laugh or to scowl - they were all so strange and senseless. It's clear that the writers/director/actors know absolutely nothing about my country, yet I know so much about Korea because I consume their entertainment. This kind of one-sided love is very depressing.

0
54
reply

Required fields are marked *

@CandidClown - the monk's name was Nizamuddin, after the Sufi Saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin. Sufism is a sect of Islam - with the most beautiful poems and devotional music in my opinion.

Nizamutiniez was the underlings getting it wrong.

0
21
reply

Required fields are marked *

@greenfeilds I think you are giving the drama writers too much credit regarding this.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Haha you think? >_< i was hoping the writer's intern had done a basic 'holy men of india' search and picked a name without looking at the religion.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

i think they choose the name Nizammudin purposely to show that he was a fake...
Actually Daler Mahendi 's tunak tunak is pretty popular in India..i remember this song was featured in the drama..You are beautiful as well
PS:I am an Indian too

0

YES THIS ICK-ED ME OUT SO MUCH! Nizzamudin is a Muslim name, and the monk was Hindu right? Could they not have done a basic google search before stereotyping?

Aside from that BS AND AMH ARE SO CUTE! I JUST CAN'T EVEN WITH THESE TWO! SO PRETTY AND SO ADORKABLE!

Also, I feel like the rom-com cops are wayyyy out oftheir league here. But i'm glad GD is finally working with his team instead of frolicking around alone and unprotected.

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yup a Muslim name on a Hindu monk. Only in dramaland.

Though I have to say - it would be great if it were reality.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Religion is such a sensitive issue in India especially between Hindu and Muslim (many have died due to this)and they made a joke of it... they should do proper research (5 mins google search atleast)if they are going for non-violence aspects of India..
I do wish I could find a Muslim monk wearing bindi... I would be happy too

1

@zenith The only issue is that there is no concept of a monk in Islam...

0

I do know there is no monk concept in islam I just wished the writer would know that too..

0

I think the production was aiming for a comically exaggerated imitation of something. Sort of a parody.

The monk is playing a character out of this world, just like Dong Bong Soon (a petite girl with enormous strength).

So, instead of a traditional image of a Korean Buddhist bald-headed monk, he represents different cultures and religions that do not condone violence. And his purpose in the show was to enact discipline on these bunch of unruly gangsters as well as to reconcile these two opposing teams.

0

How did they come to think Nizamuddin was a Buddhist monk? I have to agree with both of your points. ;-)

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Isn't Buddhism founded in India?

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sidhharth Gautama Buddha was born inthe city of Lumbini in modern-day Nepal

0

Yeah Buddhism was founded in India.

0

Buddhism was founded in India but Buddha was not born in India. He was born in modern day Nepal.

0

Nothing was funny from ring tone , watersplashing to nan jokes .. I hated it all..I didn't get what they were trying to convey..

0
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well it's just one more offensive thing that this show has done. At least it's consistent with trash writing.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think it's played for laughs, but I didn't think it funny one bit.

0

I think the point was to show that the guy wasn't a legitimate monk, but a random quack that the gang boss stupidly believes in. The gang leader's whole "revelation/spiritual awakening" is portrayed as a huge joke and his underlings think he's acting crazy. When they first find him at the temple, one of them even points out to their boss that the supposedly Indian monk does not look Indian at all, but Korean. The boss insists that they're wrong and he's a real monk, but everything the monk does is sketchy, like swearing at them while hitting them with water, mispronouncing religious terms, and offering them curry and naan which isn't even real curry and naan.

My take on this scene wasn't that it was trying to be racist through ignorance of other cultures, but that it was trying to show that BT is an idiot who can't recognize an obvious sham.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ Salma

I felt the same way
I don't think anything in the show was meant to be taken seriously..but it does attempt to stretch your beliefs and imaginations, like,
- a super strong cutie pie
- poop wine (and why not since there's "poop" coffee in Bali, Indonesia)

And it deals with some issues like bullies. And I thought it's very interesting coz it highlights what exists in the society:

- domestic bullies
- sibling bullies
- school bullies
- work bullies
- street/gang bullies

And while it takes away some OTP moments, it's trying to highlight what persists in the society and workplace. And how we should address them because many times these bulllies are not dealt with and they cause misery for others.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

since there’s “poop” coffee in Bali, Indonesia

i hope you meant Luwak coffee and not literal poop coffee XD

0

Yes...Kopi luwak which includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the toddy cat or Asian palm civet.

0

I felt the same. Those scenes were not funny at all. I mean, I don't want to take things too seriously but nevertheless it was so annoying.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am not Indian, but I also didn't find it funny. I cringed and fast forward it.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hi,

I am a Pakistani residing in Punjab, and I have a serious bone to pick with Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. The drama was amazing in the beginning with the basic premise of challenging gender stereotypes. I was so glad that a drama was going all out and challenging it...

BUT!
Episode 12 had serious racial insensitivity and cultural misrepresentation. Firstly the use of Punjabi bhangra music was a huge no-no. Bhangra music is not spiritual and hence I did not appreciate the use of Daler Mehdi to convey a kind of spiritual enlightenment for Baek Tak. Also, showing the Brahmin priest as a sort of effeminate character did not establish a good premise for South Asian spirituality... Reminded me of the 'sulky darky' label I read in The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing. I absolutely hate it when people say 'all Asian look alike', but I would appreciate this scriptwriter to have at least put in the effort to know a little about our culture and the importance we lay in names. Our names often represent our religions in this part of the world and Nizamuddin, is well... a) a Muslim name b) the name of a sufi saint revered by many. The moment I googled Nizamuddin, the first result was Nizamuddin Aulia, who I am referring to over here. They made sure to use a name of spiritual value but I did not appreciate the feeling I got as if me and my fellow South Asians were being mocked... I wish I could communicate my frustration to the makers of a show that was supposed to challenge stereotypes and ended up reinforcing them so severely.

1
20
reply

Required fields are marked *

A thousand times YES and agree to ALL. I found the Bhangra funny at first because there was no context of the monk, but then THAT happened and I found myself ick-ing out. :(

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too. I played the bus scene about five times before the monk happened.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same Nizamuddin I'm referring to as well. Like bluegrass, I try not to take it seriously, but it was certainly reflective of a complete and utter lack of knowledge. And, as you say, of laziness - 10 mins on Google will tell you all this, including the cultural emphasis on appropriate names. Punjabi bhangra might take a little longer.

But what made me sad was the realisation that it truly is a one sided love.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Asiya, Thank you so much for your explanation of what is wrong with those scenes. Although I did cringe because it felt off and this is dramaland so I knew they were getting it wrong, I'm just a white SoCal chick without the background to know what all was going on. That is one thing I appreciate about dramabeans...the coherent non-ranty explanations of how dramas misappropriate or wrongly stereotype. Your post and many others have helped teach me specific points of cultural awareness and sensitivity. Thank you!

It does seem like this show has picked one stereotype (female gender roles) to explore and talk about while completely ignoring or grossly over-exaggerating other stereotypes. While I would be tentatively willing to forgive ignoring because one show can't address all of society's ills, I cannot overlook the reinforcement of the other stereotypes that over-exaggerating creates.

But I wonder. Is this on purpose? To balance out the female gender role topic of Bong Soon's character? We can't talk about the wrongs of one ill without saying other stereotypes are ok (which is really what is happening)? That is just too much cultural change at one time for people to take? Or is it on accident? A somewhat subconscious, misguided attempt at lightening the serious mood of showing a girl with strength without realizing how damaging it is to those other stereotypes? I'm frustrated to the point of only recommending this show by scenes not whole episodes, but I still want to know why.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

JC,

I'm going to go ahead and make a broad generalization which may be hard for some Asians to digest... when people say 'it's an Asian thing', I like to believe it covers South Asia and East Asia... we have a lot in common than what meets the eye, though maybe some basic physical differences may say otherwise. Culturally, we are all made of the similar stuff. The idea of a female lead who is super powerful is hard to fathom in Asia. Being mocked, told not to pick a fight with a boy, and being told you are weak is something we experience 24/7. Had Bong Soon just had her strength just like that, the public would have had great qualms with it. But showing things that can make it kosher for her to have these superpowers is the reason why the scriptwriters probably did what they did.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I understand that you are upset and you have every right to be but are you really surprised that this show has done another offensive being like this. This show has made a joke out of domestic abuse, sexuality, and has been sexist. I understand that people enjoy this drama but I feel that even if you enjoy something you can still call out it's problematic behavior instead of turning a blind eye.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Maybe rather than complaining on the internet about how South Koreans view you (which I think is rather ridiculous considering the inclusion of Christian baptism in the scene) your time would be better spent trying to eliminate the caste system and address the horrific violence against women in India. Worrying about stereotypes other people hold about you while gross social injustice is so widely accepted seems a bit like cursing at the neighborhood kids for walking through your garden while your house is burning down behind you.

1
13
reply

Required fields are marked *

whoa first of all, everyone has the right express their anger and disappointment in the show? second of all, what you're referring to as a Christian baptism is actually a common Hindu practice where the priest blesses you with holy water after the prayer is over, while chanting. this is certainly not the type of response I would expect from anyone on DB.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

So what you're trying to say is that it is pretty much exactly the same as a Christian baptism from an outsider's perspective, complete with cleansing of some sort of sin. Or trash, as the case may be. Which is kind of the whole point of the scene. The specific religion doesn't matter, the only thing that matters is the gangsters are supposedly having some kind of spiritual epiphany. It's a spoof of the gangster conversion cliche. I Is he Hindu? Is he Muslim? Is he Christian? Who cares! Let's poke fun at all of them for good measure.

As a Native American there's nothing that irritates me, personally, more than people who live in glass houses trying to stone their neighbors. Just like how the reservations need to clean up their act before pointing fingers, the outrage here is laughable. By all means, keep throwing stones at Korean producers for not being properly reverent towards your specific culture. It's not going to hurt the broadcasters anyway. But meanwhile the lower castes and the female victims of abuse aren't getting the justice that they deserve.

1

Completely agree with @shalu here.

1. You'll notice people are expressing a variety of opinions. Dramaninja and Rie below found it quite funny, for instance.

2. Are you saying that we are not allowed to express our views unless our country is perfect? Why is that? Because your country/culture is perfect so you alone are allowed to express your views?

3. Nobody is spewing hate at Korean producers 'on the internet'. This is a recap page for the episode of the show that referred to a particular culture. I don't see how you can tell the people of that culture that they cannot comment on how it was handled. That's like telling gay people they cannot comment on how homosexuality has been handled by the show.

I don't mean to sound aggressive, but this is a strand of the 'if you don't like it, leave' - school of thought, that gets me very worked up. >_<

0
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

Nope. My country was far from perfect, which is why this irritates me so. It is so ridiculously common for people to throw around buzzwords like "cultural appropriation" to make themselves feel good while ignoring the very real, systematic abuse and corruption in their backyard.

Want an example from my own culture? I have seen people pitch fits over the popularization of dream catchers and headdresses. It's all a show to make them feel like they're a good person. These same people will willfully ignore widespread addiction, domestic abuse, corruption, and subpar education on native reservations. But hey, they made a big stink about some celebrity wearing a headdress! Clearly they are a upstanding, contributing member of the community.

Another good example would be a dysfunctional family dynamic. Focusing on perceived stereotypes outside of India is like a mother going after another kid for picking on her child after the child was beaten by his father, but not bothering to do anything about the abuse going on in the home.

1

@crazycatlandy

I could tell you exactly what you've said to us: Instead of complaining on the internet about how South Asians feel about how their culture was portrayed on South Korean TV, your time would be better spent trying to resolve the problems of "widespread addiction, domestic abuse, corruption, and subpar education on native reservations" prevalent in your country.

Again, I am not trying to sound aggressive. Just making a point. Will not comment on this topic anymore.

1

Yikes. Sorry for the typo - 'crazycatlady'

0

I have. And I also have the good sense not to try to make an issue out of every stereotype I see, because I know we have bigger fish to fry. Not to mention it makes us, as a demographic, look like petulant children who would rather sit around calling other people mean for using red skins as a team name than address the problems in our community.

1

And no worries about the typo or the aggressiveness. I tend towards the aggressive style of communication, too.

It's been my experience that this whole culture of white knighting and perpetual victimhood has done nothing but hurt the people who actually need help the most. It redirects attention and resources towards petty, inane nonsense. And the privilege it shows in the face of real poverty and desperation, while presenting itself as a savior, is maddening. I can pretty much guarantee that an acid attack survivor or a Dalit who has been lynched and relegated to his terrible social position cares that a South Korean romcom poked fun at spiritualism about as much as a Native American boy who is beaten by his abusive father every night cares about the name of a sports team. Which is to say not one iota.

1

None of these examples mean that a person should not try to reclaim their identity. Understood that a starving poor person might not care about this, but it does not mean that we do not try to make people writing about us know who we really are. Every society has a darker underbelly, but while we shouldn't ignore it, we shouldn't even focus on the darkness so much that we completely forget other aspects of the society. One thing I love about kdramas is how they communicate concepts like financial corruption in chabeol groups and show us the violent machinations that lie under the surface of some of the most hilarious scripts. But while they see themselves through various tinted glasses, the reason for all the anger is feeling that we were being viewed from a single tinted glass, which is not a true representation of a people...

0

Adiya- I spend a lot of time with abused women and children so maybe I'm just jaded. But this is an honest question: Why should it matter? Why would anyone allow their identity to hinge on another country's media? Why would your identity not hinge on yourself and your community instead? Mine does, which is why I make a point to address those before I even consider trying to control what other people think about me. Instead of complaining about drunken native stereotypes I try to help with efforts to reduce the rate of alcoholism. Instead of looking for reasons to feel indignant and offended when someone misunderstands or misuses a cultural artifact I focus on improving the quality of life for the people around me. Speaking out on behalf of your people and making this your big issue seems insanely disrespectful to the people who are truly desperate. If anything should be considered a blight on your identity it should be unchecked violence in your community, not a minor character in a television show produced in a different country and targeted towards a completely different dynamic.

The producers of this show aren't trying to create a representation of India. They made a ridiculous character of questionable heritage and religion to create a caricature of the reformed criminal trope.

2

@crazycatlady
I understand what you are trying to say. Had they be making fun of poverty in the subcontinent, or maybe terrorism or something, I might have reacted differently. The issue I'm having with all of this has more to do with the fact that the spiritual leaders of this region have been misrepresented, when theis is not what they would behave like. This idea has nothing to do with the numerous social evils that may persist in our societies. It has nothing to do with domestic abuse, but it is simply the way spirituality is viewed in our region. Misrepresentation of thisis not fair...

0

Not to sound like a really typical jaded old lady, but life isn't fair. No religion is ever truly represented in any drama because people are not going to tune in for a weekly theology lecture. It happens to every religion. Imagine how ridiculous it would sound had Catholics started having fits over the inaccuracies of a character that was actually supposed to be a postulate in You're Beautiful. She didn't go to mass or have a confessor because it's a drama, not because Korea secretly has it out for Catholics.

As it stands this character is very obviously a joke. The writers and producers aren't asserting that all religious leaders are phonies, they're mocking the well established trope of "bad guy finds religion and suddenly becomes a decent human being." And I honestly don't know how they could have been any more equal opportunity about it, unless they had hyphenated the name to include Jesus and Moses and maybe a few minor Norse and Shinto gods, and then created an acronym. Which would have been hilarious.

2

For all intents and purposes, your practical suggestion makes complete sense, which is why I referred to an Asian outlook. We do, as a people have an interest in creating mean labels and making fun of people, on their appearances and basic mannerisms. I have always found it offensive, and considering that South Korea has developed, I expect some element of sensitivity for them. Suggesting how they can improve their writing has not negative consequences for anyone. Just like we can't resolve all the social issues plaguing us in one day, I don't expect the Korean scriptwriters to magically stop reflecting what they see around them. I just want them to be aware of the negative repurcussions, since there's a huge fan base in South Asian. Pakistanis and Indians alike are unhappy with this episode

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

An Indian here too. I unlike you guys found the scene surprisingly funny. They had a Korean guy, wear a bindi , and act like a bhuddist monk, with a muslim name, giving a Christian style baptism and serve naan. There was nothing accurate about the entire sequence, which was hilarious to me. I don't think the intention was to offend or stereotype, but rather they played at India's rich cultural diversity. But the bit about Indian govt. exiling him, that was totally Tibet/China conflict and in no way linked to India! Still the scene though unneccessary, it was hilarious to me as an Indian viewer.

0
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with you.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

If you didnt get the naan joke... 난 (nan) = I
basically, what the monk said was
"do you know me / do you know naan?"
"in India, i eat / In India, we eat naan"
"i just eat / (we) just eat naan"

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Sobriety Thank You for the Naan explanation ! It's actually pretty sad that I didn't get it, as Korean language borrows a lot from a South Indian language(Tamil), of which I'm a native speaker, due to the influence of some settlers way back in time. The way they use nan in korean is the exact way they use it in Tamil too, yet I failed to get the joke.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Good to see a Tamil speaker here.. I am basically from Kerala but brought up in TN so quite fluent. And one of my friend told me that Korean and Tamil has many similar words. Like "appa", not exactly Amma but "omma" and many more maybe..

0

@FellowTamilSpeaker Hey Chingu! Glad to meet you here too. I believe that I'm also quite well versed in Malayalm if I say so myself ;).
There are many similarities between both the language which came as quite a surprise to me when I first started watching Korean shows! It adds that extra element of familiarity with the culture.

Other examples of the similarities are:
Sister In Law -Anni/Eonni
Snake- pambu/paem
Grandfather - Appuchi(old usage)/Abeoji
Surprised Expression - Aiyo/Aigu
Little Bit - Konjam Konjam/ Jogum Jogum
Day - Naal/ Nal
This - Ithu/ Igo
Happy Wathching! :D

0

The Viki subs I read said "do you know naan?" Which I took to be a reference to the famous Korean movie (or was it a commercial?) quote, "Do you know xxxx?" ... which I can neither recall specifically nor identify at this moment, auuugh! So this is a fairly useless comment unless someone can fill in what that real quote is and if it makes the reference any funnier.
At any rate, the whole gangster thing is beyond tired out for me and I wish they'd all get religion, go straight into a monastery and never be heard from again.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same dude. I thought the point of the scene was to be so absurd that there was no connect to reality. It is not meant to be offensive, tbh I was more put out by the domestic abuse.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yea. I'm a Muslim and i didn't find those scenes to be offensive. There's nothing in a name really; in my place there's a Catholic with the name Noor, and a Muslim that maintains his/her family name e.g. Lee.

I also found the naan pun funny. Haha. and I reallly loove naan especially cheese naan.

Please guys don't take those jokes seriously.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap, @CandidClown!

Bong Soon's Strength

I am also curious to know how this will play out. While the Show hints that Jang-hyun now knows Bong Soon's "Achilles' Heel", I have to wonder "Does he really?" She said it was if she harmed an innocent. But, that isn't entirely true.

The different examples we've had is when the women in her lineage have MISUSED their powers for personal gain. I wonder if Jang-hyun will attempt to make her harm someone innocent, but realize her strength doesn't leave with just accidental touches. If that were the case, she would have lost her strength already from the different Ainsoft employees she has hurt, including the CEO.

Also, as @CandidClown said, the show is about Bong Soon EMBRACING her strength as her destiny. I think this is where my Second Lead Syndrome comes in, because I think Good Du and Bong Soon are similar in the fact that they are champions for justice, but in their respective capacities/jobs.

I would be curious to see the following:

[1] If Bong Soon does lose her powers, how. And if so, will she get it back, and how.

[2] I would really like resolution with the Mom abusing Dad issue. While I won't join everyone else who thinks the abuse was "done for laughs", given the premise of the Show "might FOR right" not "might MAKES right", this issue needs to be addressed.

0
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think the accidents with the employees are different as she did not want to hurt them and she was still holding back. Maybe the kidnapper will do something crazy and put someone else in his place (someone unrelated, not the other guy who is an accomplice anyway) and Bong Soon will mistake the person for the kidnapper and attack?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

But that would mean it's a mistake, and not intentional? From what I understand, the powers will only be lost if one intentionally hurts an innocent.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I doubt there will be any resolution for Mom abusing Dad. That scene is just played out for laughs. Even the track played in the scene tells us so. Frankly, I don't see Dad asking for a divorce any soon. Maybe we will see him standing up for himself more often, but nothing more than that.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agree with you! The way the scenes are played out seems to me that they're purely for comedy. Mum is just portrayed as the typical bully mom and Dad as the typical henpecked husband cliche that is often used for comedy. I'm honestly not extremely offended by their scenes (though I drew the the line at legit physical abuse) to the point that I need a proper resolution (aka divorce) because I think that would take up time from our main couple. I don't think they'll get a real proper resolution except for Dad standing up for himself.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't find it funny anymore when mom abused dad repeatedly actually. Mom should get a consequence.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

AWw, really? I thought the scene with moms friends where the one lady told her her treatment of dad was unfair was a hint that the show would address her abuse. Plus they showed his bruised face multiple times in different scenes rather than just immediately afterward he got beat up. I'm going to hold out hope!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was actually glad that her friends brought it up to her about how badly she treats her husband... but seeing the way she shut them down about it by saying that "he should have expected it when he married me" kind of shows to me that she really doesn't care. She feels self-entitled to his "devotion" to her and doesn't think twice about what her friends said. We'll hold out hope that she might repent, but I doubt there might be time/space to write it in!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like the parallel you drew between GD and BS. GD has always been portrayed as the charcter is always inclined to do the right thing. He does not care for his job security/relationships, etc. His sense of Duty and Justice is what powers him and makes him act like a bulldozer at times. Maybe that is the point of having a character like GD in this Show. Maybe it was GD who has inspired BS to defend the weak just like he has inspired all those unmotived cops around him to also 'do the right thing'.
Also, those 2 points you highlighted, what if they both are integrated? I would love it, if the Show depicts BS loosing her power accidentally but then regaining them again because of her sense of Justice. What a metaphorical slap it would be to Mom when she realises that since she has bullied people around her all the while, she could never get the second chance with her strength that BS would get.
Am I thinking too ahead ? Yes. Do I think that the bullying is played out for joke? No way.
The show has emphasised that bullying is wrong and addressed it again and again.
•One with mom being the bully but loosing her powers because of it.
•With MH being bullied by his brothers, but poetic justice in the form of the victim coming out of it stronger
•BS saving a kid in the alleyway which eventually lead to the Gang becoming better and reformed(atleast with the neighbourhood clean-up drive).
•Also BS does not take office bullying by the TL and puts him in his place. Senior or not, qualified or not, employees 'should not' be bullied. Atleast that is the moral standards that we aspire to reach, as an evolving progressive society. Hence, ODP rather deserved the treatment he got from BS.
In that vein, i sure hope that Mom's bullying is not overlooked and justice of some form or even repentance from her side is depicted.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

It should be.
But this writer is showing incompetent.

Honesly, like Lezah said: i am not expecting mom abusing dad an issue to be fixed, not even at the end.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

You put it I words that I could not express! I'm holding out hope that some of the problems will be addressed.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too! Finger's crossed.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

the title of the movie is "Strong Woman Do Bong Soon", it is weird if she lose her power. because for me the title should no longer strong woman. lol.....

on aside note, since episode 1 the writer makes us see how over power Bong Soon are. but as her father and brother said in previous episode, bong soon still able to get hurt. my prediction in the next episode, bong soon might get hurt cause jang hyun will try make use weapon like in the trailer he ask his working to burn the area.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I can't remember the last time I liked an actor as much as Park Hyung-shik. He has a kaleidoscope of facial expressions that are like riding a roller coaster.

It's also nice to see the behind the scenes videos that show that Park Hyung-shik and Park Bo-young have a great chemistry off screen too. He just stares and stares at her like Min-hyuk would stare at Bing-Soon.

0
15
reply

Required fields are marked *

Every time I look at Park Hyung-sik, I am reminded of how when one cutie leaves dramaland (be it for military service, films, or laziness), 5 more show up and keep our eyes happy! Ah the beauty of youth!

I remember him from Heirs, where he didn't necessarily stand out (Kim Woo-bin took the spotlight in that shit show). But I was instantly interested when I saw him in the train wreck called High Society. He was the best thing about that show. And I am plodding through Hwarang, only to see him.

0
13
reply

Required fields are marked *

so i guess i was the only one fangirling over him in the Heirs lol but then maybe because i love zea and he's my bias :)

0
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am sure you weren't the only one! I know of ZE:A, but never heard their music. From ZE:A everyone knows Kwanghee and I do recall Dong-jun in "Aftermath" and of course his old shining days from Idol Athletics Championships (before the fresh batch of young un's came in took his spot)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Originally, the only thing I knew about ZEA was KwangHee but because of Hyungsik I went to listen to their songs and ahh, I actually really like them? I've never really been into KPop (more of a drama person) and the only boyband I listen to is Big Bang, but I've been listening to a lot of ZEA's old songs recently!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I loved him in Heirs! He was a scene stealer in an otherwise mostly lackluster drama (I don't even know why I watched basically the whole thing). Particular loved the scene where reporters came to the school to find LMH's character and Hyung Sik pretends to be the maknae daughter of his family. So adorable.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

+1
?❤

0

+1 more. He was really memorable in Heirs.

0

And I was the only one falling for him in "Sirius"...

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

+1000

I already fell for him a long time ago. And rediscovered him in High Society.

0

I didn't watch Heirs but I watched WHTMF and PHS was quite adorable in that show. I really hope he can play a more serious role after SWDBS ends to reach his potential in acting.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *