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Vagabond: Episode 1

Lee Seung-gi and Suzy are reunited in SBS and Netflix’s new action-thriller, Vagabond. This is more than just a show full of action sequences and intrigue – though there are plenty of those – it also threatens to break your heart from the very beginning. An uncle’s devastating loss leads to the discovery that there may be more to the tragedy than it seems, and one young woman could be the key to the truth… or the orchestrator of death.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

In a kingdom called Kiria in North Africa, a Korean sniper who goes by the call-name of “Monkey” sits high on a rocky outcropping. His Russian partner, on a nearby rock pile, calls out that their mission is crazy, complaining that he used to be the best but now he’s relegated to babysitting the newbie.

He decides to change the plan and make the person they’re after his target instead of Monkey’s, but Monkey doesn’t respond to the change or the insults. They’re notified that their target is three minutes away, and soon a black van and a white limousine approach on the road.

Monkey’s partner shoots one of the limo’s wheels, stopping the vehicles. A woman steps from the limousine, and Monkey lines up his shot. But when gust of wind strips the scarf from the woman’s head, Monkey sees her face. His eyes go wide and he gasps, then starts to shake as his leader’s voice orders him to make the shot. A gunshot rings out…

Thirteen years ago.

Our future sniper, much younger (and blonder!), introduces himself on camera as CHA DAL-GEON (Lee Seung-gi). He’s auditioning for a stuntman job at an action center, and he lists his skills which include taekwondo, hapkido, judo, kendo, and kickboxing. But when he tries to kick an apple off someone’s head, he knocks the guy out cold, whoops.

He nearly gives himself a head injury by failing to break bricks with his forehead, and at the sight of the blood, a little boy starts wailing at the top of his tiny lungs… awww, he’s Dal-geon’s nephew, Cha Hoon. Dal-geon explains that he’s raising Hoon after his brother’s sudden passing, and Dal-geon’s attempts to make him stop crying only make him sob harder.

Despite his nerve-wracking audition, Dal-geon’s earnestness lands him the job, and in his free time he teaches little Hoon’s martial arts class. It’s obvious that Dal-geon would do anything for his nephew, and Hoon is a sweet kid who takes care of Dal-geon when he’s badly injured on the job.

A woman gives a presentation regarding the future of fighter planes in Korea’s air force to a roomful of military experts. She’s JESSICA LEE (Moon Jung-hee), director of John & Mark Asia, and she and her company’s vice president look unhappy when a rival company, Dynamic System, presents their much cheaper plane.

Dal-geon quits his dangerous stunt job and takes a job driving a cab. He tells his friend that he’s worried he may be killed on set and leave Hoon with nobody to care for him. He gets a call from Hoon, who doesn’t know he’s not working for the action center anymore. Hoon says the water is cut off and they’re about to lose the gas, too, and Dal-geon has to make up some fancy lies to placate the smart little guy.

At home, Hoon sorts the recyclables, complaining that Uncle has been drinking again. He finds a box filled with Dal-geon’s martial arts movies, clippings, and study notes. Hoon starts to call Dal-geon again (who’s saved in his phone as “Uncle Stupid,” ha), but instead he calls the action center and learns that Dal-geon quit.

When Dal-geon gets home later, Hoon insists on ramyun for dinner instead of more expensive meat. He tells Dal-geon that he’s not going on the trip to Morocco with his taekwondo demo team next week. Dal-geon reminds him that the plane and hotel were paid for by the Moroccan government, who specially invited the team.

But Hoon argues that they have to pay for everything else. Dal-geon tells Hoon that at his age, he shouldn’t worry about the money. Hoon yells at him, “Then act like a grown-up!” and stomps off to his room.

The name is on the invitation for the taekwondo team’s trip is GO HAE-RI (Suzy), an intern at the Korean Embassy in Morocco. She’s cheerfully late to a meeting regarding the team’s upcoming visit, which is part of a fiftieth anniversary diplomatic relations event.

She has the grace to look embarrassed when she’s informed that the meeting is over, but when the others file out of the room, she locks the door to take a call, identifying herself as “Elsa.” She starts to retrieve something behind a framed Korean flag, but someone pounds on the door, so Hae-ri quickly rips her hose and shows off some leg to her coworker Ho-shik. When he leaves, Hae-ri takes down the picture and removes the memory chip from a hidden camera.

Mark & John’s Eagle fighter turns out to be lower in performance and a trillion won more expensive than Dynamic System’s F70 fighter plane. Jessica is informed that public opinion is swaying the Korean president despite Mark & John’s aggressive lobbying. She orders her underling to make sure they maintain communication with the Blue House until this is all over.

Switching to English, Jessica tells her vice president, Michael, that she hired him because he worked for the CIA, even though he was a bad salesman. He points out that the CIA fired him, but Jessica counters that he simply hasn’t gotten his big break yet. She tells him to get this deal, “Otherwise, we’re dead. You and me — so fucking dead!” I don’t think she’s speaking metaphorically.

One week later, Dal-geon makes breakfast as Hoon packs for his Morocco trip. Hoon is still angry with his uncle, insisting on taking the team bus to the airport. Dal-geon asks if he’s mad because he didn’t buy him the sneakers he wants, promising to get them when Hoon returns.

Hoon’s attitude pushes Dal-geon into snapping that he can go back to the orphanage if he hates living with him so much. He immediately regrets it, but Hoon refuses to speak to him, even when he apologizes. Hoon slips out the door, and Dal-geon grumbles that they’re definitely related.

Lisbon, Portugal

Michael, Jessica’s right-hand man, runs through the streets, desperately poking at his phone as he’s pursued by a shadowy figure. Two more menacing shadows begins chasing him, so he ducks through a crowded club then hops on a moving tram.

He loses his pursuers and tries to call the Incheon airport, but their lines are busy, so his warning that tonight’s flight to Morocco will crash goes unheeded. He hangs up, and a message on his phone informs him that the call was monitored, so he tosses the phone away.

Most of Hoon’s taekwondo team are being fussed over at the airport by their parents, but Hoon pouts alone. He starts to call Dal-geon but decides against it, still feeling upset about his old, grungy sneakers.

A passenger surprises her husband with the news that she’s five weeks pregnant. One of the taekwondo instructors gets fussed at by his sister for almost forgetting his passport, but their bickering doesn’t hide an affectionate relationship. Hoon eventually calls Dal-geon to leave a message that he’s about to get on the plane. He tells Dal-geon to check the cloud if he misses him, because he’ll upload videos of his trip.

A dispatcher at Incheon airport gets a call from Michael, who’s found a pay phone and says that they need to stop the flight to Morocco. He says there are terrorists on board who are planning to crash the plane, but before he can explain further, he’s dragged away.

An alarm sounds, and the airport’s surveillance equipment goes haywire. The room is evacuated and the dispatcher who took the call tries to use her cell phone, and someone (a woman) thumps her in the neck before continuing on. The dispatcher makes her call, but she barely gets any information out before she collapses with convulsions.

On the plane, Hoon takes a video of his rowdy team. He drops his phone when he bumps into a man wearing all black, and the man returns Hoon’s phone and ruffles his hair, but Hoon seems to find him strange. In the cockpit, the copilot takes a call which he answers in Spanish, assuring the caller that the pilot can’t understand him.

Michael is taken to a car and forced to drink alcohol. Someone places a gun in his hand and points it at his head, then pulls the trigger. The killer slips out of the car and into the rainy night, wearing a black raincoat, while a short distance away, someone in another car watches.

Tangier Port, Morocco

On her way back from a trip to Portugal, Hae-ri runs into her coworker, Ho-shik, on the dock. He asks if she’s heard about the NIS arresting their consul for receiving bribes from a drug gang and allowing drugs to be smuggled into Korea. Hae-ri’s shocked response is a bit forced, but the ditzy act works on Ho-shik.

He asks why Hae-ri was in Portugal, mentioning the secretive calls she’s made from the office, but luckily he just thinks she’s got a boyfriend. Hae-ri rolls with it, going on a murderous rant about men who cheat.

She makes her way to her apartment, then calls someone to tell them she’s back from Lisbon. She mentions something about “suicide with a pistol,” and that an autopsy won’t show anything different, as she pulls her own gun out to inspect it. She removes a black raincoat from her bag and drapes it over a chair. Uh-oh.

The pregnant passenger looks at a picture of her husband as she excitedly writes down potential baby names during the flight. Most of the passengers, including taekwondo team, are asleep in their seats.

Suddenly, the man in black gets up and makes his way to the front of the plane with his backpack. He enters the restroom immediately after the copilot exits it, and takes some sort of metal container from under the sink. He leaves the bathroom, then drops his entire backpack through a hatch in the floor.

There’s a second terrorist in the area below the passenger part of the plane. He retrieves the backpack and takes out its contents. He works his way to the oxygen compartment and straps the metal container down, aiming it at one of the oxygen tanks. It’s freeze spray, and in seconds, the oxygen tank explodes and blows a hole in the bottom of the airplane.

The plane lurches wildly, and the passengers panic at the sight of fire billowing from one of the engines. They’re instructed to fasten their seatbelts and put on their oxygen masks, but the pregnant woman is thrown across the cabin and knocked unconscious as she’s trying to help one of the children. The pilot tries to regain control of the plane, but the terrorist uses his phone to scramble the instrument panel.

The plane goes into a steep descent, and in the cabin, Hoon seems to understand what’s going to happen. He types out a text: “Uncle, I love…” but he drops the phone before he sends it. Hoon mercifully passes out just before the plane explodes.

Hae-ri is at the gun range when she gets eleven frantic calls from Ho-shik, all of which she ignores.

Dal-geon is having lunch in a restaurant when the TV displays breaking news about a plane crash over the ocean near Morocco. He watches with dawning horror as the announcer says that the entire crew and all passengers were killed, but the truth that Hoon is dead doesn’t fully hit him until Hoon’s name flashes across the screen.

At the news of the tragedy, President Jung travels back to the Blue House and prepares for a press conference. Prime Minister Hong informs him that the plane that went down was manufactured by Dynamic Systems, and President Jung shows more interest in the fact that the plane may have malfunctioned than the fact that over a hundred Koreans, including twenty-five children, just died.

Dal-geon finds the video that Hoon made of himself with his teammates in the cloud, just where Hoon said it would be. Hoon had continued filming after taking his seat, and he’d apologized for getting mad at his uncle. He’d said that he found the books and movies Dal-geon threw out and brought them back home, and had asked why Dal-geon quit the action center.

Tears stream down Dal-geon’s face as he watches the video, and when it’s over, he bows his head and sobs.

Dynamic System also holds a press conference to apologize for the crash. A crowd of bereaved and furious family members of the crash victims bursts in, demanding answers. While the crowd screams and clamors for justice, Jessica calmly exits the room, a satisfied smirk on her face.

She attends Michael’s funeral, and as she looks down into his casket, she says, “Finally, you proved yourself after all. You saved all of us. Thank you, Michael. Goodbye.”

Dal-geon joins the other family members on a chartered flight to Morocco to hold a mass funeral, since it’s been deemed impossible to retrieve the victims’ remains. Hae-ri and Ho-shik greet them at the airport, and as the others head for the bus to take them to their hotel, both Dal-geon and the husband of the pregnant passenger, PARK KWANG-DEOK (Go Kyu-pil), excuse themselves to the restroom.

Dal-geon notices a man in the restroom who looks oddly familiar, especially when he turns his head and reveals a scar on his left cheek. He’s the man in black from the doomed flight, who Dal-geon saw on Hoon’s video. Dal-geon follows him, yelling for someone to grab him, but Scar gets into a taxi and rides away.

Dal-geon jumps into another taxi, then follows on foot when Scar enters a busy marketplace. Scar leads Dal-geon into a deserted alleyway, then faces him, saying in English, “Wheels turn on their axis.” Now Dal-geon is sure that he’s the same man from Hoon’s video, and he gasps, “It’s you! But how did you…?”

Scar pulls a gun, but Dal-geon’s quick reflexes allow him to grab the gun and point it into the air before it goes off. He knocks the gun from Scar’s grip, and they fight until Scar pins Dal-geon to the wall by the throat. Gripping his shirt, Dal-geon gets a look at a small symbol tattoo’d on Scar’s collarbone.

Scar asks who Dal-geon works for, but Dal-geon asks how Scar survived the plane crash. He screams, “Why did you kill my Hoon, you bastard?!” then starts throwing punches again. Scar picks him up, throws him into a pile of garbage, and kicks him in the face, but Dal-geon is able to grab a nail-studded board and rake Scar across the stomach.

He goes after Scar again, but Scar grabs a vase from a windowsill and smashes it over Dal-geon’s head, then limps away. Dal-geon staggers to his feet, then he scales a wall to the roof, and he somehow spots Scar in the busy crowds below. He parkours across the rooftops until he sees Scar get into a truck, and he leaps off the roof to land on the truck’s hood.

He screams at Scar to get out of the truck. Scar hits the gas and swerves wildly, trying to dislodge Dal-geon, who just twists around until he’s hanging onto the truck’s roof. When they get to the highway, Dal-geon punches out a window and slips into the cab, kicking and punching Scar for all he’s worth.

Scar finds something sharp in the console and stabs Dal-geon in the leg, but it only makes Dal-geon angrier. Scar deliberately turns into a guard rail, sending Dal-geon flying through the windshield and rolling down an embankment, allowing Scar to drive away.

The other family members gather in a convention room at the hotel to wait for representatives from Dynamic System. Kwang-deok notices that Dal-geon isn’t with them, but when Hae-ri tries to call him, he doesn’t answer his phone. She says he’ll make his way to the hotel on his own, but she doesn’t look so sure.

Dal-geon pulls himself back up to the road and screams in frustration at having lost the one person who might have been able to tell him what really happened on the plane.

 
COMMENTS

Well, that was wild! I’m cautiously optimistic about this show, and I say only “cautiously” because too many dramas recently have started out strong, then turned out to be very different than I expected. That isn’t necessarily bad, but it does make me want to wait another episode or so before declaring Vagabond a winner. I do like the premise a lot, and the fact that there’s not too much political maneuvering as of now, because I can only stand so much of that before it gets too complicated and I lose interest (~side-eyes Arthdal Chronicles~). For me, Vagabond struck a good balance between action and intrigue, and with Dal-geon’s loss of his young nephew at the heart of it all, grounding the story with the simplicity of an uncle’s grief for what seems to be his only family, I’m looking forward to seeing where we go with all this.

Although it broke my heart, I find Dal-geon’s motivation for justice and revenge — the loss of his nephew Hoon, who he’d raised since he was very small — compelling and relatable. As a very involved aunt myself, I know what it’s like to love a child who isn’t yours biologically, but to know that you’d happily destroy anyone who hurts them. I knew what was going to happen to Hoon from the show’s description, but I hadn’t expected Hoon to be so young when his plane went down, and it just makes his loss that much more tragic and heart-wrenching. That said, thank goodness “Uncle Stupid” has the skills and training he’ll need to find out what really happened, and teh blinding good luck to recognize Scar when he did. The only thing that worries me is that this entire episode happened thirteen years ago, so I’m very curious to see what happens in the intervening thirteen years, and why Dal-geon is so shaken to see Hae-ri in the sights of his rifle. (I had to laugh though, at his sniper call sign being “Monkey” — I see what you sis there, Show).

One of my very first sageuks was Gu Family Book, so I’ve been excitedly anticipating Suzy and Lee Seung-gi reunited in another drama. I’ve never thought Suzy was terrible, I just think she’s better with lighthearted rather than serious roles, so I’m a bit concerned about her portrayal of Hae-ri. It’s not that I think she’s incapable of a role like Hae-ri, and I think she’s doing fine so far, but let’s be honest — Dal-geon is going to be a very angst-ridden, intense character, and Lee Seung-gi is going to bring his A-game. My concern is that Suzy won’t be able to match his level of intensity. She could always surprise me, but from what I’ve seen in this first episode, I’m still skeptical, because she didn’t have many lines at all. She’s doing okay for now, but only time will tell if she can do this role justice.

Naturally, this first episode raises a lot of questions about what really happened on that plane, and why. Who arranged for the plane to crash? Was it Jessica, whose company stands to benefit from the blow to Dynamic System’s reputation? What did Michael know, and who killed him, and why did Jessica say he “saved all of us”? Was Hae-ri involved in Michael’s death, since she was in Portugal at the time and had a very similar raincoat to Michael’s killer? If not, what is her deal, anyway? And perhaps the most interesting to me, how did Scar survive the plane crash, and is it possible that there might be other survivors, too?

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Given the story to date, the question for me is why is Suzy’s character the target in the opening scene? What is she going to do that makes her the worth the effort – in that part of the world, today, taking out everything and everyone in the no security convoy with IED’s would have been fairly easy, especially since they had the intel to preposition assets and were precisely tracking the target. So we have a scenario where someone that in the opening episodes looks to be a field agent is sometime in the near future going to be a target that needs to be hit without collateral damage…hmmm, a puzzle.

That’s assuming of course that Suzy is the target, and we haven’t been fed a red herring. Looks like a big IF to me.

And the mission control sounded to me like American English. So our hero ended up being a shooter for an American group of some kind? The other shooter had a Slavic accent, perhaps pointing to an international mercenary group? Interesting trajectory for our hero…

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One unlikely/impossible interpretation is that the opening scene is actually filming a movie, and instead of LSG becoming a mercenary sniper, Suzy became an actress :)

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🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Actually, she was quite believably the attractive woman of mystery in the cross hairs for a few seconds.

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Since I knew from previews and Show adverts that LSG was stunt man in this drama, I really thought the first few minutes were clips from a movie he was shooting! :)

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@lordcobol I needed this comment after watching the first episode and I got it! Thanks for making me laugh😄

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Obviously LJG is going to point his gun at the Russian and shoot him instead. But we won't find that out until egads, the end.

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Oops, wrong actor - Lee Seung gi

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I agree the opening scene is most likely a Red Herring.

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Yes and also if a car is being shot at would you get out of the car yourself in plain view of the shooter? So, either it is a writing issue or there is someone else more important hiding in that car.

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GHR (Suzy’s) character could be a beacon ... saying this car has the real target in it. This would be one way of getting around the tactic used in some action movies where multiple identical convoys head off in different directions to confuse those trying to track the High Value Person.

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One of the possible reasons why she is the target it is because she's one of the antagonists. And I think she's the one who killed Michael (the VP of John & Mark Asia) and make it look like a suicide.

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It would make for a more interesting plot if she turned out to be a triple agent or some such villain.

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Some timeline:

Sniper LSG is assumed to be present time aka 2019.
Blonde hair LSG is 2006.
Morocco LSG is in 2012.

So...there are several years to cover from how he went from running-around LSG to sniper LSG. Ahahaha

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Ohhh..And I'm kinda sad that SSR did not appear but I really enjoyed the premiere, even with the lack of his presence!! Hahahahaha.

Hoon and Dalgun broke my heart. I knew Hoon was gonna die, it was in the teasers and description. But watching both Dalgun and Hoon bond, and they fought before his flight...it was so sad. Dalgun must have felt responsible. One of his last memories with Hoon was their fight. 😢

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Scratch that. I was sad SSR did not appear. Ep 3 come faster! Haha

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Doing multiple, nested times is a little tough to follow! It's not too weird to start a show and then go into a long flashback but they went waaaaay back and then came partially forward. This can either create great dramatic tension or create exhaustion if you wait too long.

Remember Misaeng? It actually started with those action sequences overseas and didn't get back there until the very last episode? That was kind of annoying! I don't think this one is going to pull that though.

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Unfortunately I didn't watch Misaeng, so I can't relate with the situation. Hehe

Albeit a little confused, generally I'm okay with the timeline in VB. It hasn't bothered me so much yet.

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@alessar,
Yes! I recalled the scenes from MISAENG, but confused them with TIME BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF w/ Lee Joon-gi -- which was set in Bangkok. At any rate, the action scenes in all of them were great.

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Thanks for that! I didn't realize there were three timelines and was confused about Hoon's age and look.

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And, @sicarius is right. Reminds me of old B adventure movies with swashbuckling heroes...enjoy the ride for what it is, and don’t think hard while watching it.

Watching this show will require huuuuge doses of suspension of logic, and disbelief. Especially if you have any idea how physical security, operational security, IT security, communications security, etc. or much of anything works irl.

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Haha..I choose to suspend logic for this. He should have been shoved in jail for wrecking havoc also being a nuisance in a foreign country to boot. But that's no fun. Him running around and chasing bad guys is more exciting to watch lol.

I guess as long as the story flows and the connections make sense I'm okay with suspending logic. 🤣

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So far, LSG’s character should have been...
1. In a hospital, most likely in a full body cast, with of course the kdrama mandatory IV drip, after the MRI and CAT scans with the most amazed looks from the doctors looking at the scans
2. In a jail in Morocco getting abused by the local gangsters after they hear what a foreign person had been doing
3. In cuffs on the first flight back to Korea with an armed escort

Anything else?

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Dead. Every time someone falls on top of a running vehicle and survived I roll my eyes.

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lmao
and...vagabond just become a one ep drama special
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That and that him going through the windscreen face first LMAO

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He, and every other hero character in dramaland have supernatural self-healing abilities. We all know that, no surprise there. What's really amazing is that this beat up old truck the terrorist (or whatever he is) picked up is also self-healing. The huge dent in the windshield left after Lee Seungi crashed into it has shrunk into two small cracks by the time they are wrestling inside the truck.

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Nothing else for him, but come to think of it, every fight in every drama ever, in reality they would have died. One sucker punch is all it takes.

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Dalgun could have died in 2006 when he whacked his head into bricks during the stuntman audition.

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And also he will be deported. Immediately. What tourist can come in and mess up a citizen, without reason, and expect to stick around to enjoy the view?

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Not to mention he should have been in the hospital for weeks recuperating.

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No, he should probably be dead lol.

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Then woke up with amnesia in somebody else's body or floating around as a ghost. Ooops, wrong drama.

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Can you tell me the name of this drama, thanks x

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I think from the start they already pointing out to us, they won't goes with real world accuracy. Well action genre in general used to ignore all this kind of logic even in a movie anyways. Kkk

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One hopes that at least the story will be internally self consistent.

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Logic takes away the fun lol.

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*side-eyes ARTHDAL*

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What's LOGIC I ONLY KNOW MAGIC HORSE MEMES

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What logic it abandoned any in ep 1 itself. *vampires*

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Lol.... I still like it. It's still well produced show.

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I agree, it's well done. Just don't look too closely at the (stunt)man behind the curtain. ;-)

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So maybe we can look forward to zombies, robots, and clones. And defrosted cryonics patients.

Don't forget the Neantal mercenaries.

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Do you remember Airplane! The movie? An update version done kdrama style could be fun! And it would have room for everything you mentioned, and more. I mean we could even write in a Magic mini-Horse as a support animal brought on board...

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@hebang,

Amazingly enough, I've never watched AIRPLANE, although I meant to as I love Leslie Nielsen's deadpan. I'm agog that it came out in 1980.

Don't forget SNAKES ON A PLANE. I haven't seen that, either. But pythons in the overhead bins and cobras rearing up out of the beverage carts could be "mesmerizing."

The Magic mini-Horse as a support animal is inspired! And torn from recent headlines here in the USA.

*pages "Magic Horse" coiner @sicarius*

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I agree on "huuuuge" part ;) I enjoyed first episode but will dread the moment the show move seriously onto spy/politics stuff, because what we saw so far was not so good.

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Lee Seung Gi is a magical leprechaun from North Korea with a steel spine. That's how I'm watching the show. How are you watching it? :P

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I like your logic

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Distant relative of Wolverine from the X-Men series. Our hero still has the amazing recovery powers of Wolverine without the claws or the personality issues.

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Well Idk about the personality issues...

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@sicarius,
LSG is the ROK Seja reincarnation of the Monkey King who married the kickass commando from DPRK in THE KING 2HEARTS. Now all we need is cameos by EarnestBot Jo Jung-seok and Ha Ji-won.

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Oooh, I like how you think. A Ha Ji-won cameo would be perfect. As the “cleaner” tying up the loose ends, perhaps?

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LSG is Kenny and the real NIS undercover agent. Suzy is the red herring.

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I consider myself a master at suspending belief but this show has finished me!! I realized I wasn’t enjoying the show when the guy who blew up the plane ended up in the airport! HOW SWAY!?!?!? Did I miss something? Didn’t he jump of a plane that blew up in the middle of the ocean?!? I think for this drama i’ll be reading the Beanie comments for the jokes and alternate universe lol

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The airliner was relatively close to land over the Mediterranean Sea. It would not have been difficult to arrange for a pick up. The unknown would be why the heck the pick up boat would bring the bomber to the destination city of the flight just bombed.

This may be due to the “there is only one of anything in a kdrama” feature...

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"I just blew up a plane and will now hang around airport bathrooms waiting to be recognised".

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I really enjoyed this opening episode. Not everything needs to be logical and sometimes, I just want good action and silly fun. Not that the episode itself was always fun. The plane crash was heartbreaking to watch. My heart stopped, and now I'm sure I'll think of it every time I am - or a family member is - on a plane taking off for somewhere.

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I laughed my head off at his audition tape and his stunt days, especially the cameo by @sincerelytod. It reminded me of Gene Kelly's "Dignity, always dignity" story from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952). He did some pretty crazy stunts before becoming a silent film star in the rip-roaring 1920s. 😂

Overall I enjoyed everything except the horrid Netflix subs. A character just rolls their eyes and the subtitle inserts swear words instead, really unnecessarily.

The fact that the drama is being recapped is another incentive for me to keep watching. Thanks @lollypip! I was also waiting for the GU FAMILY BOOK reunion.

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Shouldn't he have at the very least ended up in the hospital for weeks, or maybe even the morgue? Good grief, ten minutes of air time spent on him getting banged up, hit on the head, thrown from cars - what, is he a robot or superhuman? Probably an ordinary super-hero.

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Clearly he is a relative of Wolverine of X-Men fame with incredibly fast recuperation.

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I suspect that @sincerelytod and relatives will enjoy full employment during the run of this drama, although they will have to pull their punch when the hero is in their sights.

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The first few scenes did a wonderful job of making his character just the right mix of earnest, adorable and ridiculous. It was really great writing, which suggests the show's level of extreme silliness is entirely deliberate - they wanted to make and off-the-wall action drama and so they have.

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I thought the action scenes were nicely choreographed. Not always logical but made for pleasant viewing. Suzy isn't the most convincing yet but I'm willing to give her the benefit of doubt. Seunggi was better in the emotional scenes but the drama is promising with a movie like feel.

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Anyone old enough to remember ye olde cartoons where the villain twirls his mustache and says "Rats, foiled again!" That's the villain here.

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Actually LSG reminded me of those cartoon characters...taking incredible hits and still continuing on...

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I don't remember - was that the Roadrunner?

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Anyone BUT the Road Runner character... I don’t recall the bird actually getting hit by anything. The Wile E. Coyote, on the other hand, Took the hits and kept on ticking. Sylvester Puddy Cat is another one who took hit after hit going after Tweetybird. Elmer Fudd vs Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck vs Bugs. Tasmanian Devil vs. Bugs....ah, such memories!

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Lol posted before I read your comment. Yup, Looney Tune vibes. I do love a good action flick but there's a fine line between James Bond and Bugs Bunny and maaaaaybe they crossed it.

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Yes, don’t other action heroes in movies such as mission impossible, Taken etc. do that too?

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@Fave IKR??? hahaha, i guess this is a pretty common logic applied to other action films.. why can't we turn off the logic and just enjoy the show.

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Lol, I think that those of us watching will do exactly that.

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Tom in Tom & Jerry

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@pakalanapikake: Off subject but I wasn't sure where to comment. Remember how I convinced you to watch Mawang? I'd give almost anything if you would try Untamed. The themes of courage, chivalry, helping the weak with a clear conscience, there are so many beautiful morals to this story. It isn't a bromance drama but a drama full of love and emotional journeys. See either my fanwall or @outofthisworld or @kimbapnoona fanwall for more info. Please try!!

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Does it not have any bromance? From the fan wall posts I thought it did.

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Hard to answer whether or not it's a bromance, because it's so much more. Nothing physical, but the love is obvious in other ways. The two had made vows to each other to help the weak with a clear conscience. So beautifully done by the makers of the drama. But it isn't just about the two of them, but also about love between siblings.The first 15 episodes are light, the next 15 angst to the max with so many emotional beats.

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@pakalanapikake All I can say is this is the best drama I've ever seen - though you wouldn't realize it the first dozen episodes, not til the payoffs start. I can't imagine another drama taking its place as #1.

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Aloha, @linda-palapala!

I added UNTAMED to my ever-expanding to-watch list back in July when @vespertyne put a bug in my ear. Just haven't gotten to it, and now I'm really booked up. I haven't live-watched this many shows simultaneously in a spell. ;-)

Thank you for describing UNTAMED. It is enticing. I appreciate your encouraging me to watch MAWANG -- which is one of my top dramas. One of these years I'll get around to RESURRECTION from the same team. ;-)

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You could take Untamed either as a shallow bromance, or the ultimate thinking person's drama that explores so many issues, such as mob mentality, taking the lonely road to think for yourself and follow your beliefs with a clear conscience. There's a side story full of emotion and heart wrenching sadness where the evil guy who is similar to the hero, even in appearance, is shown love by someone, but isn't able to overcome his past. Another arc in raising a child that is beautiful. Hard to not go into detail here!

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@linda-palapala,
I'm still letting the dust settle after meeting Mei Chang Su in NIRVANA IN FIRE. It sounds as if UNTAMED is similarly thoughtful and deep, and will be a good watch when I'm ready to move on. MCS and his confreres made a lasting impression, and still reverberate. (A piece of me still isn't over NOKDU FLOWER, either.) I've got to pace myself. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake Untamed is way different from NIF. The cast is young, way younger, with a young person's more emotional reactions to things. The CGI in Untamed is laughable but not nearly as important as the characters' micro-expressions. They didn't spend a lot of money on gorgeous landscapes and cinematography, but the camera work was (again) on the facial expressions. Since c-dramas tend to beauty, both NIF and Untamed camera work was both beautiful and harmonious.

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@pakalanapikake (I never think of everything in one comment). I'll bet both NIF and Untamed have similar themes, but just told in an entirely different manner.

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@linda-palapala September 24, 2019 at 12:53 PM

How well I know that feeling of remembering that one last point -- right after I've hit "send." LOL.

UNTAMED sounds like an emotionally satisfying drama, even if it takes a different form from NIRVANA IN FIRE. It's certainly something to look forward to. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake Okay, I'll leave you alone now!

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I disagree that it could be taken as a shallow bromance! Ha! Yes, it does have a comedic aspect that NIF doesn't have, but The Untamed is, as you said, has deeper themes. It's about greed and power, betrayal, intolerance (the intolerance for Wei Wuxian's dark magic, after he was creatively developed it in order to survive, after sacrificing his own spiritual energy/golden core/ability to cultivate for his honorary brother, reminded me of the religious persecution that the faux "Christian" evangelicals, inspired by the Orange POS currently in the WH, are waging against Jews, Muslims, and any other non-"Christian" group. It's also a story of abiding love between men, who come to see one another as not just brothers, but soulmates. Even without the overt sexual connection, the relationship between Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji (and also, in the background, the deep friendship between Lan Xichen and Jin Guangyao).

Male friendships and relationships are probably my favorite aspect of C and K dramas, and both NIF and The Untamed (and Guardian, too) really deliver the goods there.

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@vespertyne I finally figured out why male brotherhood, bromance, bl, whatever you want to call it, is so good. Guys can be more natural and themselves with each other, don't have to put on a false front to impress a girl.

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@pakalanapikake: "I'm still letting the dust settle after meeting Mei Chang Su in NIRVANA IN FIRE."

As it should be. I still - STILL - think about him and that drama, and had Viki not replaced the original version with an English dubbed version, I would have already rewatched.

The Untamed is very different - yes, there is pain/angst, but a lot more laughter and lighthearted moments.

I cried constantly through the last two episodes of NIV - that gut-wrenching, from-the-soul crying that is both sad and sweet and cathartic. It's still the best drama I've seen, including all the BBC, Masterpiece Theater, HBO, A&E, and K and C dramas I've watched. Top of my list. I found it on YouTube, and unless there are ads that I can't get rid of, I'll be watching it again soon.

I'll also rewatch The Untamed, but after reading the novel twice and watching the Cdrama, I'm now watching season 1 of the donghua on Youtube, as Tencent Video has re-released it.

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And @pakalanapikake: Here's the thing - NIF is one of a kind. Untamed is also one of a kind.

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Does it bother anyone in Korea that their political leaders are routinely written as sociopathic monsters incapable of basic human empathy? Such as the natural emotional reaction to something like a airplane full of children crashing?

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Korean history leads inevitably to those characterizations. For just the most recent bit of callous disregard for children’s lives, read about Former President Park Geun Hye and the ferry disaster.

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I was thinking about those children when the plane crashed 😢.

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You know I actually googled searched the impeachment story of their last President. The political makjang was chillingly scary!

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I've never quite gotten Suzy's appeal, which I find very generic. To the point where I nearly broke out laughing when she tried to flash a leg and look "sexy." She should leave that to Ji JyHyun. Hopefully future episodes will give her a chance to doing some physical acting. Her face just isn't expressive.

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Oh just when you point it out, JJH would be perfect for the role of an agent like this. That's the last bit that would make this show perfect for me. Not that I don't like Suzy. She is beautiful though. Hope she improves here.

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As Hyeri showed us in 'reply 1988' and BoA showed us in "My wife Is Having An Affair This Week", girl group pop idols are people too. I'm unacquainted with Suzy beyond the series "While You Were Sleeping" so I have no expectations. I do recall the recaps of that show giving Suzy back-handed compliments about her acting being better than they expected

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Popular idols and CF princes and princesses have the advantage of being front runners in lead roles even with poor acting skills.
This show had a high budget and she attracts ads and investors.

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I don't see the problem with that. Shows need money to run they don't survive on oxygen. If actresses don't have the popularity to bring in cash go to the ones who do. From a business point of view it makes the most sense and people love Suzy. Not just her but most top idols are beloved by the people and they have excellent work ethic so why not cast them. The era of acting being priority for casting ended several years ago. Yoona has more acting awards than Kim Taeri so I'd say a lot has changed.

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It makes sense from a business point of view but it sucks for talented actors and viewers who prefer good actors.

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The landscape of dramas have changed and we just need to accept it. I also don't believe most idols are bad actors anymore. They take longer to become good but they all have the potential to be good. Its also a misconception that all rookie actors are good or even that some of the current generation of actors are better than their idol counterparts. Some just happen to start as idols while some start as actors but most have the same chance of being good or bad. I would say lets give everyone a fair chance or several fair chances whatever is necessary. As long as the viewer experience isn't greatly affected its fair enough.

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Yes it has changed and has been for quite a while and most likely will stay that way for a very long time.

I know that some aspiring actors prefer to be exposed through the idol route first for a better chance at getting roles in dramas.
I know that all idols are not bad but most of them are inexperience as leads in dramas.

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There are also many inexperienced rookies taking lead roles recently so I'd say the balance is fine. We just tend to notice idols more but if you look at at some of the dramas over past 2-3 years many have rookies as primary or secondary leads. As viewers we need to be less harsh and remember no one starts out being talented its built over years of hard work and commitment. A lot of actors I previously discarded as being bad actors for many years have eventually grown on me and have become decent actors over time. Suzy and all the other idols work very hard to improve their acting as do the rookies. Luckily these days there are equal opportunities for rookies and idols to take on lead roles.

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This is a brutal industry, everyone works hard, not just idols. Some are clearly not made for acting no matter how long and how many opportunities they have been given.

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....I find it hard to give idols like Suzy a pass for their "hard work" when

a) she has never had to audition for a role in her life

b) countless accommodations are made by scriptwriters and PDs to make her acting look at least better, even if she can't stretch to "good"

c) it's nearly nine years since her acting debut.

She has had chance after chance even when her projects flop or don't do that well as expected, keeps being offered high-profile jobs that far more talented actresses have to wait years before being offered, and at best is on the lower end of mediocre even with all that. How many "several fair chances" do idol fans think she should get, when even you yourself seem to agree with @kiara that she's only hired because of the PPL money her advertisements get, and not because she can act?

If she was actually good after all this time, drama fans would not have so many snide/sceptical things to say about her acting.

And it's not like we condemn all idol-actors - IU debuted in the same drama as Suzy and is considered an actually good actress since the last few years, look at the comments on her in Producers or My Ajusshi or Hotel del Luna or even Moon Lovers. Jung Eunji gets positive comments, so does Nana. People absolutely give idols a 'fair chance', it's only after they keep showing poor acting that we become sceptical and get annoyed that some CF girl keeps getting roles even when she can't act for toffee and isn't some massive hitmaker like Gong Hyo Jin either.

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But I am not about to pick up a show anyway where a pop star gets berated for their acting so thanks for the warning .
Aghh what the ... Fine I will pick it up in 2 weeks from now depending on the ratings 🇰🇷.

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As far as I can tell, when the bomber assassin (not terrorist) went into the cargo compartment, the first thing he did was get a parachute and related high altitude jump gear that had been staged there.

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The reason I want to watch next week is to find out how did this dude survive? The thing is, the only reason he was recognized was because he was in that video. Which means, he was a passenger. Are planes designed to have access to Cargo? Suspension of logic is one thing but there has to be plausibility.

Anyways, I believe however bad the writer is, it would be difficult to convince that the dude inside that plane actually survived.

My theory is - may be plane did not crash OR the terrorist has clones/twins.

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A common theme in airplane movies is that any passenger can get from the passenger compartment into the cargo area and move around at will.

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I am inclined to totally believe that the hero may not break bones or die... I understand how hero stuff works.

But for some reason, I find it difficult to rationalize with plot points. I wanted to know if it was plausible for Brad Pitt to do space walk in Neptune's ring. I love hero stuff and believing in the impossible but I still need plausibility.

I sincerely hope there is some scifi stuff or fantasy stuff or major red herring going on. But if they are going to say, the plane actually crashed and that dude survived, then I know the writer has lost his marbles.

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@lollypip because I'm too curious, I rewatched the scene hehe...but I still think it was only one passenger baddie + one pilot baddie. The editing made it look like there were two black clothed baddies instead of one.

What I saw: scarface got up from his seat, went to the toilet, took a can of (i assume) nitrogen, and goes into the cargo/control panel compartment. He checks out the place. Prepares his breathing app and parachute in control panel area. Then he goes to the cargo compartment and preps for the explosion and he goes back to the control panel area. Explosion happens. He was in the control panel area and controlled the plane using his phone there. He was not in his seat. His seat was near Hoon and it was empty when they showed the shocked passengers.

Unfortunately...I do think the explosion happend. I hope the people on the plane survived but scarface blew up the oxygen tank....they could have died due to lack of oxygen before even crashing. But....it's a drama. Anything can happen...maybe they are alive somewhere on an island ala Missing 9. Heh.

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@lollypip I have to disagree with you on the 2 bombers. If you look at the frame at 23:44 left, you’ll see that the guy with the cell phone is dressed in a high altitude jump outfit. Face cover, oxygen mask, thermal suit and gloves... It’s one guy, with the scar on his face, and he did a high altitude jump out of the hole in the belly of the aircraft. And these guys are not terrorists. They are mercenaries, killing a bunch of people for money.

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I think he and the co-pilot had everything carefully timed. I think from when they were on the phone it was early in the flight and the sabotage actually happened hours later. The plane crashed very near Morocco, so he slept for several hours in his seat, then went to the bathroom and snuck into the maintenance access and did his dirty deeds...

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That was the pilot.
Co-Pilot to Pilot: my girlfriend is calling. *changes to Spanish* It's ok the pilot doesn't understand Spanish, my co-conspirator. We can talk freely about synchronizing our watches and planning to do The Thing in about 14 hours when we're close to Morocco.

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we are all in the same boat, at last thanks to the recap we discovered that there were 3 bad guys in the plane at that time of the incident.. so i'm expecting to see the other 2 bad guys to appear on the future episodes..ofcourse i'm expecting them to be alive as they survived on that plane crash, simply because bad guys won't let themselves plot an incident if they will end up dying right?

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i went into this drama being full aware that the nephew was going to die but still cried buckets when the plane crashed, didn't expect to be so emotional for both episodes, really excited for the future episodes.

if i had one complaint about vagabond it would be the camera-work for the action scenes, i felt so dizzy watching it

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That reminds of director Greengrass's Bourne movies.

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@kiara,
The action scenes in Morocco gave me a THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM vibe.
Kudos to LSG if he is doing most of the stunt work. One stunt (a la TBU I think) they did not try was to have Dal-gun jump from one building across an open space and through the window of an apartment opposite.
Anyway the action scenes in episode one were terrific.

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I love the Bourne trilogy. I was so sad when it was over.

You are talking about this scene right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLt7lXDCHQ0

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Right @kiara that’s the scene particularly the jump at 1:15. Matt Damon was in great shape. I enjoyed the Bourne movies.

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@bong-soo.
Matt Damon was awesome! One of my favorite scenes.
It won 3 Oscars for best sound editing, best sound mixing and best film editing.

I still watch this series from time to time.

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Yeah I thought it was like his older brother when I started then I realized actually the young nephew was going to die. UGH tough watch at that point!

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I liked first episode a lot and Seunggi was great, my favourite was stuntman audition scenes and his everyday life before crash, but NIS stuff made me cringe and give me flashbacks to My Secret Terrius, I like Suzy in light stuff, and I'm not sold on her as secret agent and writing doesn't help her at all and why Korea is so enamoured with revolvers, when no one else use it.

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Watched the first Ep anc I think the Dramabeans comments are better entertainment. Anyone watched Mystery Science Theater which was all about people commenting on B movies? We need a Kdrama version.

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Mystery Science Theater - YES!
There were some beanies who watched dramas together on Rabbit. I took part and it was really fun. But I don't know if they are still doing it.
Is anyone still group-watching shows like you used to? And if so where are you watching? This sounds like it would be a fun one to group-watch...

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Yes, there are still group watches. I think some people have successfully used Discord, and I've participated in some on Kast.

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The first episode was epic. I liked the action scenes even if he survived a little too much :p

The fact the villain was in the airport seemed pretty stupid from him... (and too much lucky for the hero) If you crached a plane, I think you should avoid airport where the security is stronger than ports...

I have more doubts about the second episode...

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I really wanted to like this drama, I really really did. I've been watching so many emotional shows that a mindless action flick seemed potentially cathartic. Maybe it will still be cathartic, but only with complete suspension of disbelief. You know, the kind you use with Barney videos and that purple stuffed animals LOVE you and child actors are innocent forever😂

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Lol! Barney the purple dinosaur was my childhood 🤣

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K-dramas ALWAYS turn emotional by the third act, even the slapstick comedies and mukbang shows.

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Honestly, I don't care if it makes sense, but drama continue to give me more of LSG in that horrible blonde hair interacting with the adorable child. Films and dramas with "regular" people falling into the world of spies rarely are logical, so I'm just gonna grab tight to the bumper of this speeding car and hope my road rash isn't too terrible.

Note: Shin Sung Rok better show up soon. Bonus points if he's wearing glasses and drinking coffee.

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I'm with you. I'm in for action scenes that make no sense and enjoy the ride. But I do hope the story flows nicely though despite being OTT action spy killing weapon double agent extravaganza.

And SSR better show up soon! There's not much shared about him. I suspect he's actually RH undercover.