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Sisyphus: Episode 2

Our genius engineer discovers a secret that defies all conventional wisdom and shakes his world. As he tries to figure out what happened to his dead brother, his search leads to more questions than answers. While certain forces attempt to stop him at all cost, not everyone wants to see him die. Breaking the law and kicking some butts, our mysterious woman won’t stop until she finds our hero and keeps him safe.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Tae-sool tenses up as he opens the mysterious suitcase, but inside, he only finds an odd assortment of objects. A key grabs his attention, and Tae-sool wonders why it feels so familiar. Continuing his search, he notices the camera and reads his brother’s name written on the bottom. So this really is Tae-san?

Back when Tae-sool was working in his first lab, he teased his older brother for struggling with his old camera. While Tae-san told him about the beauties of film, Tae-sool tinkered with his latest project and jumped in joy when it finally worked. Tae-san cheered for his little brother’s success, and Tae-sool promised to buy him a new camera.

Among the outdated items is a flip phone, so Tae-sool returns to his car to charge it. As soon as it powers on, he notices the hundred missed calls from an unknown number, who happens to call again. Tae-sool answers the phone, and the man on the other end asks for Tae-san.

He introduces himself as Mr. PARK (Sung Dong-il) and talks about strange things like faulty downloads and the Control Bureau. Tae-sool pretends to know what’s going on, and Mr. Park mentions meeting in person to retrieve the key.

He offers to pick him up, but Tae-sool lies about staying with an acquaintance. His last comment gives him away, and Mr. Park asks about the number on his shoulder. Tae-sool realizes his mistake, and Mr. Park chuckles as he hangs up.

On the drive back, Tae-sool sighs when Seung-bok calls him, assuming another lecture about attending meetings, but his friend just tells him to hurry back home. When Tae-sool arrives, he finds police vehicles parked outside and detectives crawling around the house.

The home security alarm went off, and the head detective believes a robbery occurred since the place is a mess. Tae-sool tells him that it’s an organized mess, and to prove his point, he even remembers how he arranged his cans. Pfft.

Scanning the room, Tae-sool realizes that something was changed and points out the artwork that is hanging right-side up. A secretary takes down the picture, and written in red on the wall is a foreboding message: “Don’t look for your brother or you will die.”

The threat spooks Seung-bok, so he increases security and cancels all of Tae-sool’s meetings. He asks if Tae-sool did something weird recently, but Tae-sool keeps quiet about the field and suitcase. Once everyone leaves, he goes around the house trying the key in all his locks, but nothing works.

Giving up on the key, Tae-sool moves on to the camera and discovers a roll of film. With Bong-sun’s help, they build a darkroom, and the photos turn out to be creepy, stalker-ish snapshots… that occur in the future. Bong-sun asks if that’s Tae-san in one of the pictures, but then he goes slack-jawed at a photo of Tae-sool’s wedding.

Tae-sool is equally shocked by the picture especially since he doesn’t recognize the woman who looks exactly like Seo-hae. The scene changes to Tae-sool’s wedding, and Seo-hae falls to the ground from a gunshot wound. A man points a gun at them and asks Tae-sool to choose between the girl or the world. Before he answers, the man pulls the trigger, and Seo-hae jolts awake.

Her nose bleeds again, but Seo-hae ignores it as she stares out at the sunlight streaming through the window. She goes to the roof and marvels at the plants and families laughing outside. It reminds her of Dad, and the lush greens and clean air of this place contrast with her desolate world.

Sun’s boss installs a security camera at the restaurant when a strange man enters and introduces himself as immigration officer HWANG HYUN-SEUNG (Choi Jung-woo). The boss denies hiring any illegal immigrants, but Officer Hwang’s righthand man, Officer Choi Yeon-shik, plays a recording of Sun’s emergency call from last night.

Officer Hwang asks if he made contact since all individuals must be quarantined, but Sun’s boss isn’t easily fooled. He wants to know where they are really from, but Officer Hwang replies, “The important question isn’t where.” He orders Officer Choi to tidy up, and his men close the door as they surround their prey.

Sun (whose full name is Choi Jae-sun) talks over the phone about money again and promises to send his family some as soon as he gets his paycheck. As he returns to his apartment with more bananas, his landlord stops him on the stairs and scolds him for inviting a woman to his place.

Surprised to see Seo-hae roaming around, he runs to the roof where she’s waiting for him. She needs to get to Busan since Tae-sool is in danger, but Sun won’t let her leave without filling out his lottery ticket. He threatens to report her if she fails to uphold her end of the bargain and accidentally tears her sleeve when she tries to leave.

Seo-hae chokes him in response, but she starts flickering again, becoming partly transparent. Sun drops to his knees in fear and begs the “ghost” lady to spare him. He tells his sob story to earn some sympathy points, and Seo-hae relents, giving him one winning number. She offers to fill in the rest after they reach Busan and demands new clothes.

Sun finds a restaurant uniform for her, but Seo-hae prefers his clothes over the tight-fitting dress. When he refuses, she fills out another number, so Sun strips down to his boxers. After she gets dressed, he realizes that the scary ghost lady is pretty and awkwardly averts his gaze.

Sun calls the restaurant to notify his boss about his absence, but unfortunately, the Control Bureau already took care of him. While Seo-hae waits for Sun, she hears cars pull up and spots Officer Hwang outside the building.

As they approach the apartment, Officer Choi orders the others to attach their silencers so they don’t attract attention… which would make more sense if they weren’t waving around guns in broad daylight. Anyhow, the men break down the door and charge into the room, only to find Sun cowering on the bed.

They twirl around when the door clicks, and Seo-hae doesn’t even blink an eye at the intruders. She advises them to avoid guns in close quarters and launches into a flurry of attacks. She takes down the men one by one, throwing them to the ceiling and breaking through walls.

With the rest of the Control Bureau waiting outside, Seo-hae hurls one of their own out the door and uses a stolen gun to keep them at bay. Pushing Sun forward, she directs him to the roof, and luckily, all their enemies are terrible shots.

Sun believes they will spare his life if he surrenders, but Seo-hae knows better than that and chucks him to the next building as their enemies continue shooting at them. They jump across the connecting roofs, but reach a dead end.

Officer Hwang emerges from the doorway and applauds Seo-hae for her flagrant violation of the law. He draws his gun as the rest of his men join him and threatens to kill her. Seo-hae tells him that she won’t die today and pushes Sun off the roof.

The officers rush to the edge and look down at Seo-hae safely sitting in a garbage truck. She gives them the finger, and Officer Hwang stops their pursuit since she’ll die on her own anyways. Officer Choi informs him of a recording they found and plays the message she left for Tae-sool.

Tae-sool stops by the columbarium to retrieve his brother’s ashes, much to the horror of a nearby mourning family. He brings the ashes to a lab, and as he waits for the results, Seung-bok and Seo-jin barge into the room. Seun-bok can’t believe he’s doing a DNA test, and Tae-sool corrects him since it’s actually a paternity test. Heh.

The results come out as not a match, but Tae-sool shows no reaction to the news. Instead, he teases the two for dating, but once he leaves, his expression darkens. At the same time, his friends exchange shifty glances, and in the back, a very suspicious looking janitor mops the floor.

In the car, Bong-sun asks about the possibility of a man falling from the sky and wonders how those people broke into Tae-sool’s house when it’s built like a safe. His comment reminds Tae-sool of his old lab, and he orders Bong-sun to take him there.

When they arrive at the abandoned building, Tae-sool goes in alone, but the door is already unlocked and the safe is gone. He looks around the place and notices a bulletin board with newspaper clippings of various people, including himself.

Tae-san suddenly appears in the room, and Tae-sool forgoes his pills in order to talk with him. He screams at him for answers, but the flip phone rings, interrupting their conversation. It’s Mr. Park again, but this time, he addresses Tae-sool.

He tells him that he has the safe but needs the key since forcing it open will destroy the contents. Tae-sool wonders how he knows his brother and asks why Tae-san is alive. Mr. Park simply says that he never died and refuses to answer any more questions.

However, since they are partners now, he needs him alive and tells him to look out the window for the Control Bureau. Tae-sool sees the vans driving up to the lab and remembers the name from his conversation with the copilot. Mr. Park warns him not to get caught and gives him one last advice: run.

Tae-sool breaks the flip phone and quickly gets to work, grabbing things from around the room. He creates a makeshift trap that connects to the door and hides as far away as possible. Unaware of the danger, the Control Bureau officers open the door, which triggers an explosion that sends them flying.

Though in pain, Tae-sool escapes through the window as Bong-sun brings the car around to him. As he hops in, he tells his bodyguard to escape, but Bong-sun’s head lolls forward. Officer Hwang reveals himself from the backseat and the other men surround the car with their guns raised.

They transport Tae-sool to their base, and Officer Choi points his gun at their guest to keep him from poking around too much. Though they’re part of the Immigration Office, Tae-sool wonders who exactly they are chasing with such fervor and eyes his surroundings with distrust.

He spies the shadows from the locked cells as the officers escort him to a white-walled room with just one chair. With neither signal nor pills to ease him through this ordeal, Tae-sool asks Officer Hwang where they are and why they captured him.

After checking to make sure Tae-sool hasn’t been exposed, Officer Hwang shows him a picture of Seo-hae and asks if he met her. Though he recognizes her from the wedding photo, he tells him that he doesn’t know her.

The officer continues, asking about the suitcase, but Tae-sool doesn’t answer. Officer Hwang explains to Tae-sool that they already made special exceptions for him and asks for his compliance before they are forced to take action. He informs him about an upcoming “Me Too” article and threatens to expose his drug addiction which would remove him from his position as CEO.

Officer Hwang says that everyone starts off like Tae-sool, but in the end, they all comply and ask for death, instead… even Tae-san. His last comment finally gets a reaction out of Tae-sool, and the officers restrain him from attacking their leader. Officer Hwang bids him farewell until next time, and Officer Choi points his gun at Tae-sool’s head and shoots.

Tae-sool wakes up in his bed, and Bong-sun runs into the room, shouting his name. Ignoring his bodyguard’s concerns, Tae-sool checks on the suitcase and sighs in relief when everything is still there. Though still unsure of the Control Bureau and this entire situation, Tae-sool refuses to sit still and leaves to attend the conference in Busan.

At the train station, Sun spends all his money on two tickets for the regular train while Bong-sun waits in the same line and buys two executive seats for the express. Meanwhile, Seo-hae cleans her wound in the restroom, and on the upper floor, Tae-sool looks at the photo of Tae-san in the exact same area.

Tae-sool asks Bong-sun if he thinks he is crazy, too, and tells him that he just misses his brother. Bong-sun worries about the trip since the Control Bureau might be the intruders as well, but Tae-sool thinks that they aren’t the same. As they head towards the platform, Bong-sun finds it odd that Tae-sool isn’t taking a plane, and Tae-sool smacks him for even entertaining the thought.

While Seo-hae waits for their train, Sun comments on how life is not fair. He points out the time difference between the regular and express train which acts as a metaphor for their lives. When he looks over, he notices the blood on her shirt, but Seo-hae doesn’t want to talk about it and hides it with her jacket.

Changing subjects, Sun mentions the Control Bureau and reminds Seo-hae of his breadwinner status. He asks why she’s so intent on finding Tae-sool, mentioning the possibility of an affair, but he shuts up when she shoots him a withering look.

Since she refuses to answer his questions, Sun gets up to use the restroom and leaves his jacket behind. After watching him go, Seo-hae takes the lottery ticket out and fills in the rest of the numbers. Before he comes back, she takes the train tickets and heads out.

Tae-sool walks to his seat with Bong-sun and across the tracks is Seo-hae. As if drawn to each other, the two of them turn their heads at the same time and lock eyes for a brief moment. However, before either side can register what they saw, a train passes between them, blocking their view. Once it leaves, only Seo-hae is standing there, and she stares at the empty platform before finding her seat.

Returning from the restroom, Sun spots his abandoned jacket and runs around the station looking for Seo-hae. Losing track of time, he sees the train depart and chases after it to no avail. He grimaces while watching the train leave, and Seo-hae rides away without him.

 
COMMENTS

As a good rule of thumb for this show, I refuse to trust anyone. There are the more obvious shady characters like the Control Bureau and Tae-sool’s “friends” (not to mention that random janitor), but I wouldn’t cross off Bong-sun or even Sun from that list, either. While the two Suns have not done anything noticeably suspicious, Bong-sun’s rather calm response to the absurd situations comes across as unusual, and Sun’s final reaction seemed more aggravated than need be if he was only accompanying her for the lottery ticket. Though it was less apparent in the first episode, the second made it clear that no one should be trusted. The shifty glances and cryptic phrases weren’t the most subtle, but the big mystery isn’t necessarily about who is behind all this but what. Tae-sool hasn’t even figured out the time travelling aspect of this whole puzzle, and for now, the biggest questions aren’t about who these people are but what they’re doing and why they’re after the Han brothers. Besides the conspiracy surrounding Tae-san, Tae-sool’s position as CEO might be in jeopardy as well, but how exactly that storyline will play into the larger narrative is yet to be seen. Hopefully as the show progresses and the plot thickens, the characters will become more ambiguous as well and the tension will rise.

Surprisingly, one of the aspects that I enjoy the most in this show is its humor—and hopefully, I’m laughing with it and not at it for the majority of the time. There are some unmistakable funny moments that the creators put in for a laugh such as when Tae-sool dumped the fake-brother ashes into a bag, pretending his actions were completely normal to the horrified family nearby. There are also other moments that I’m pretty sure are meant to be funny but am not completely sure because of the tone of the scene. For example, during the interrogation at the Control Bureau base, Officer Choi repeats his superior’s words and gets reprimanded for it. In what was supposed to be a serious moment, the show cracks a joke, making one of the villains try to act cool (Officer Hwang’s cheesy words must have impressed him back at the restaurant), and it made me chuckle since the Control Bureau is already so over-the-top and ridiculous. Scenes like these make it seem like the show doesn’t take itself too seriously, and in a slightly unexpected twist, there’s a sense of levity despite all the intrigue.

While I was expecting a thrilling and mysterious show, Sisyphus is also a bit campy, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I don’t think the sequences are as slick as the production portrays it to be, and the scenarios come across as a tad over-exaggerated. For the most part, the Control Bureau was quite silly, but I found their scenes entertaining rather than off-putting once I adjusted my expectations. They are oddly incompetent, and sometimes, their words don’t match their actions. They wave around their guns like toys, but maybe this contrast is what makes them (or will make them) terrifying. Even if they act like cartoon villains, they have no qualms over killing people and will do it without batting an eye. The only problem is that they’ve been really bad at their job so far. Unless there’s some secret technique that the show hasn’t revealed, I’m surprised the whole time traveling secret and Control Bureau haven’t become common knowledge to the public. They don’t do a good job hiding their presence, and in a place like Korea, they should have been caught on camera and exposed to the world multiple times already.

Though I can overlook all the missed bullets and unnecessary posturing, I do hope the Control Bureau will have a more menacing presence in future episodes. Both Tae-sool and Seo-hae have bested them at least once, and though Tae-sool was eventually captured, he did a lot of damage to, what I assume is, an elite force in charge of capturing illegal time immigrants with a few broken parts in an abandoned lab. Granted, there are probably other villains hiding in the shadows, and the Control Bureau may be the tip of the iceberg. My only quibble is that the current villains don’t add tension to the story because they don’t feel like a legitimate threat. The show wants its viewers to worry about Tae-sool’s safety, but so far, he’s survived a plane crash and an explosion. If anything, I worry about the Control Bureau getting killed by our mad genius scientist and the superhuman future soldier whose protecting him.

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I just want everyone to know that I did NOT in fact watch this episode... ;)

You know it's almost a shame... this drama already has the perfect designated Σh🧳tpost emoji.

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It’s decided. You can’t ignore a perfect emoji.

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... watch me.

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I came here hoping you'd have watched it. Because I haven't watched it, either.

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Babe, I'm so sorry but ... the radio station... it had a technical malfunction after episode 1... it's still not online.

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I'm still hoping for the next episodes of the radio station. lol

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So we won't have Thing 1 and Thing 2 again?
I'm sad.

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Not telling.

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Make that three of us who most certainly haven't watched it (but are still commenting on recaps).

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I’m here too, reading and not watching. The recaps crack me up, my favorite sentence in this one is “with Bong Sun’s help, they quickly build a darkroom” 😂 Assuming there must be more to this time-shifting thing that I’d know if I were watching?

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I made it about 3/4ths of the way through ep 1. No LT @leetennant was spotted on anyone's back.

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Boy I'm glad someone tagged me into this thread of people who have not watched a show that I also did not watch.

Dramaland has only give me one stalker so far, Muggy. But you know the decade is still young.

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😂

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That SOMEONE that tagged you would be ME, LT! Thank YOU! I LIVE TO TAG!

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Two stalkers... two.

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If people start taking their pets with them into the past, it will be raining cats and dogs.

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I hate you. A comment shouldn't be this funny. 😂😂😂😂😂

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HAHAHA Good one 🤣

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That was BRILLIANT.

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I came here, hoping that you'd be here, and here you are. I laughed more at your post than the whole first episode of a certain show about a certain guy from a certain organization from a certain country. Hint: his name begins with V, and, no, it is NOT V**rator Man, @leetennant.

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wait wait I know! I got this... uhm... Velociraptor!!!!

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EHHHH it got accepted... only a day late,...

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I still can't reply to this because of a certain word about dinosaurs... *sniffs*

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And so it begins...

There can be only one Vibrator Man, YY
Thankfully.

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I LOVE this! LOL

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Sun calls the restaurant to notify his boss about his absence, but unfortunately, the Control Bureau already took care of him.

It looked like they hanged him to fake a suicide. So now we know the real reason for South Korea's high suicide rate.

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Laughing so hard. Oh, my goodness. It's Vagabond and Forest all over again.

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But Where Are The Clams?

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Far, FAR BACK IN THE PAST where we can't reach them and they can't hurt us.

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I think it was really a clam that gnawed through the window and then the pilot's neck. The clam was hiding in the suitcase and was sprung free when it hit the window.

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@ndlessjoie the zombie clams have breached containment, I repeat, the ZOMBIE CLAMS HAVE BREACHED CONTAINMENT. RED ALERT. RED ALERT.

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@ndlessjoie Wheezed reading your comment...imagined the clam gnawing the window and the pilot's neck and howled. I can never get that image out of my head now, that with the other image of @leetennant permanently carved on LMH's back.

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The clams are silent. The clams are still.
They wait.

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Oh hoWEVER, I have called dibs on the fluffy puppy, what's his name, Sun? He's going out with me on Tuesday for Bingsu.

Please let me know his fate in-universe, in case he turns into a villain or I have to bring him back to lyfe or something. You never can tell with these things.

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It’s a good thing he didn’t get on that train to Busan then. You would have been out a date.

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👀👀👀
(I can pull a Warm Bodies on him if necessary)

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Are Tae-sul and Seo-hae married in the future because I ship Seo-hae and Sun? Seo-hae bubbling a new lottery number to get Sun's clothes off his back was cute. When she disappeared from the train station, I'd like to think that he was worried she was taken by the Control Bureau. They were really bonding.

Tae-sul is so quick-witted playing along with President Park's phone call. How could Bong-sun, a bodyguard, see men with guns running toward his boss, yet didn't try to save him?

This show requires a high suspension of disbelief but is a barrel of fun. I love it. A big thanks for the recap, @lovepark!

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See things like that make me nitpick the show lol. And makes me second guess my thoughts on what I thought was a solid premiere week. That being said, I'm sure there's a main baddie (That person pointing the gun towards our FL). Thus far, the Control Bureau seem like Mr. Anderson/posse clan vibes from The Matrix. I think they need to up that factor, so we feel our mains are in grave danger.

It gives me ominous vibes ngl. Like a virtual simulation?! Which could explain why the Control Bureau was able to shoot in broad daylight in Korea. Also the suitcase, is it a traveling suitcase (Umbrella Academy?), which could explain why she was able to remain calm. Tsk tsk, for a show that's pre-produced, I'm starting to get a bit frustrated that it wasn't as finely comb picked as it should've been. Like I don't want to suspend my disbelief for silly bloopers, when the writers themselves should've been more careful about it. Sighs :O

Also the sunlight sequence with Seo-hae was stupid lol. I was like "Is this a CF ad?" Like 2 minutes worth it, and the scene where Sun stares at her felt like a cheesy rom-com first meet. Let's focus on the story folks. I'm just majorly worried b/c PSH (Whose known for her silly rom-com roles) might result in a shoe horned romance/sub-plots, instead of the focus being on the story....

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I also think they are in some kind of stimulation in order to find out how to change the outcome. that way the production team could get away with certain unrealistic scenario by saying it's fantasy. I wish they tone down with their over the top, styles over substances because they have enough mystery elements to hook the audiences. I enjoyed PSH fighting scene in the apartment but then they have to do 20 useless guys failed to even shoot her. It's overused in many drama and American movies already. grrr...
It's still so much fun to watch cos I love CSW, sci-fi and mystery.
I think both of them are already in the loop, same timeline. HTS broke his brother phone in the shed but when he checked his safe the next day, the phone was still in the suitcase. I guess every time they woke up from an event, it was actually a new loop. At the beginning of E1, it has Seo-hae first trip to the past when she was nervous but the time when she woke up at the train station was after her first trip which explains why she had fragment of her memory. May be HTS was killed by the Control group before and he was not supposed to wake up from his coma after the flight crashed. It looked like it was a continuous event but actually from different loops. I think....hmmm

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I also believe that and possibly that is why the painting with the message reversed in a way that only Tae Sool knew. Maybe it was a warning from Tae Sool to Tae Sool, they both want to avoid something disastrous and I think they are both already in the loop.
That's why plot errors frustrate me a bit.
They have a very workable story and very good actors and they waste them with unnecessary scenes like the escape of PSH. The fight scene in the room was good.
Because they just didn't leave her like this and allowed her to escape through the window. She could point her finger to her middle from the garbage cart if she had jumped from the room avoiding meeting those twenty inept ones head on.

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I thought the fight scene in the room was bad. Why wouldn't the others attack her when she is dealing with on of them? It was like they were waiting for the chance.

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Yeah if this was a virtual simulation. (I did see VR tech) but that's a preview for EP 3 (So I'll refrain). If they do reveal it as that, it could blanket/mask a few of the shortcomings. JTBC/PD changed this to also include fantasy as well, lol...so either they heard some concerns. But I just hope they don't over do, where it comes to a point, where the stakes don't feel high/waste. There has to be something tangible so we the audience feel like the story is moving forward in a good direction.

The PSH fight sequence was awesome ngl. She did great! But it did feel like it was used to show her bad assery, so its fine. Hey, if our ML had a plane sequence, this is ok too lol. I think its to give this show a wow factor/mainstream ness b/c sci-fi shows need to hook in regular viewers that way...IA, its fun to watch! Plus CSW!! Altho I've to be honest, going from Bae Doona as your FL raises the stakes. Alas, she's doing another sci-fi show :D. He's one of the biggest reasons why I'm rooting for this show, b/c surely if he signed on for it right after Stranger ended/jumped into it, that there's gotta be a reason why. Or else, he'll prob. reside in musicals/film land before attempting another drama again haha ;)?

So this is like Edge of Tomorrow then? Which is a really good film! So is Sung Dong-ill the Morpheus of this show?

Good eye on the loop/scenes! Hoping we get some more clues/answers. Is this time hopping? Or are there doppelgängers? Or is this parallel universes? Oof. I'm already getting flashbacks to a show that shall not be named. If they make it too complex/complicated, and not follow up with it, it'll lose half the audience, and esp. for a 10th anniversary special/big budget show like this. It's vital the ratings/reviews are solid. No one wants a 'bomb' on their hands :O.

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I was gonna comment that this is not a sci-fi but a fantasy show, but then your comment got me thinking hard. I didn't notice the broken phone became an unbroken one after he woke up the next day, so your theory might be true. In that case, it can explain the ridiculous aspect of the show very well. ANYTHING you want can happen in your dream. We all know that the way the ML fixed the airplane was unrealistic; and there are so MANY more of these unrealistic events it even felt cartoonish, for example, the way Soo-hae hopped from one roof to the other and slowly landed on the floor safely when she or even Sun should have died several times already.

Hmmm... I thought I was watching a comedy show but with your theory, it might be something more than I expected...

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I don’t mind some suspension of disbelief, especially sci-fi/fantasy genres. But the writers should have crossed the E’s and dotted the i’s for the basic stuff (like what you both have pointed out).
I also felt the directing of the second episode felt too templatized (for a lack of better word). I went back to look at the directors work and I see why I have a problem.
With good screenplay and direction the show would have looked more slick.

I am hoping ep 3/4 get a bit more serious and we get a good antagonist and start feeling the thrill and tension. Right now the control bureau is a joke. The man behind the flip phone doesn’t seem like a villain.

And romance is so unnecessary in this plot :) but we already saw the marriage pictures!!! Pffttt.

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I think Sun's body is cute. *flushes*

*flushes the second time*

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What’s this with “cute?” It’s HOT. This ahjumma can’t even deny that. This ahjumma could also give you a very thorough anatomy lecture using said specimen with a “hands-on” laboratory elective if desired. 🤗

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😳😳😳😳😳

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This ahjumma also finds him HOT.

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Sic might be angry though ‘cause she is luring him into a bingsu date.

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Hey at least he's my Oppa... :P :P (And excuse me, the date will be entirely consensual.)

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Me in the first chapter: I hope we don't see romance here.
Me in the second chapter: is it the photo of your wedding ?.
I liked the beginning of this drama, it entertains me a lot and I enjoy Han Tae Sool excessively, I have a little problem with the music that he plays in some scenes although I liked the song at the end on the train.

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Tips,the man shooting Seo-hae in Tae Sool's dream is played by Kim Byung Chul in case some were curious...

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I desperately want smart competent baddies. Is that too much to ask?

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... yes

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🤪😂 I was afraid that's the answer. Ok, will turn my brain off and hope my eyeballs can survive all the eye rolling.

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Mine fell out in ep1. I couldn't fix them back in to even read the synopsis for ep2. I'm commenting without reading. (sorry @lovepark - it's not personal)

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why didn't they all attack at once??? why didn't they fire during the truck escape scene when there was so much time??

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Okay, so I want to say fight scenes are bad, esp those involving Park Shin Hye. Her train escape scene last ep and the fight in Sun's apartment in this ep was not done well. I am not saying Park Shin Hye is bad but that it was not executed well and makes the control bureau look very idiotic and as a result, Seo-hae is not a badass because she is but because those chasing her are bad. Esp that fighting inside the room was like they were waiting in line for a chance to get hit by her.

LOL surprisingly enough, the drama was still fun for me. (Memories of Alhambra was fun too for few eps. SIGH!)

I enjoy how JSW doesn't act like a know-it-all exp when it comes to fixing things. He is also clueless abt these time travel things and gives answers to those around him like his bodyguard. Usually, these type of heroes just sent their brooding glare or monosyllables to people like the bodyguard.

I saw criticisms about him not remembering the key. Well, he is a technologically smart hero not the Memory mammoth one. THough in kdramas it is usually all in one for protagonists.

I think the reason why Seo-hae was sent here is not to meet Han Tae sul but to survive(?). She is a refugee who is trying to escape that apocalyptic world she is in, Maybe that is why her father asked her not to meet Han Taesul.

Who knows maybe down the lane Han Tae sul is supposed to meet Park Shin Hye and marry her but the future is working against the past aka TENET?

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Yeah, I forgot to add there is a Men in Black vibe to everything the bUreau is doing.

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I personally found the starting episodes of MoTA was very strong and I was totally sucked into the world. The action and the game was very well choreographed.
I really hope this show finds its groove in the next 2 episodes.

I like the relationship between Han Tae Sul and the bodyguard. But keep worrying they will kill him off eventually (scarrred by Moa). I like how normal he is with him and doesn’t act all haughty. Please don’t kill the bodyguard.

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The other one was directed by Secret Forest director who does new drama every year. This director last work was Legend of the blue sea and it was 5 years ago :| No wonder he insisted to have CSW and popular PSH for his project. I hope he spend enough time to work on his craft. *praying*

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I'm guessing they kill the bodyguard or he turns on Taesul

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I had no idea what this was about when I started it. I’m never looking for PSH’s dramas, but dang if I don’t always like her freakin’
costars. Let’s go back in recent time, shall we:

1. Hyun Bin in Memories of Alhambra. Looks like she wanted to start branching out into action/adventure. Sounds perfect for a first foray into the genre. Play a character in a video game—sounds exciting. Unfortunately, all you do is sit and play a guitar. But Hyun Bin...ahhhh. I really don’t remember anything about her in that show.
2. Jo Seung-Woo in this one: As impressive as her long-take butt-kicking the men in black was, why did I want Lee Si-Young in this scene? I hope she’ll be more memorable. JSW is all kind of memorable already.

With that, I have to keep going on this one. I’ll be watching with rose-colored classes on though.

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1. She was Emma the Glitch. She cried A Lot. Almost as much as Hyun Bin was on the drip. It was a revolutionary time for your's truly. That's pretty much it :P

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Yeah, for being called MEMORIES of Alhambra, I really don’t remember much of her at all in that show.

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I loved her in MoA. I am a mushy little puff inside, I love me a wide-eyed innocent Candy paired with a dashing, bed**pled, handsome, cool hero. That was a pairing I swooned over.

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... oh we know, YY WE KNOW.

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Oh, right, your comment about t****p**** and d**pl*s came from this show! I had almost forgotten. Thank God for that memory at least!

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Thank you for not using THAT word, Ally. I am gratitude.

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Are you gratitude? I’m grateful to not have to compare d**pl*s in this drama. 😜

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Thankfully my post traumatic response to the use of THE D WORD has lessened since MOA aired. It has been two years.
I'm still gratitude.

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I am not smiling, ally. Add my unsmiling face to your memories.

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Check 😚. This will never ever get old.

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What was it? Oh, MEMORIES of Hyun Bin. Still on my fan wall somewhere.

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I'm just here for the duct tape. It will become a major character, maybe even the stuff that holds the world together?? Plus it's all silvery like a good alien.

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DT is actually not just a Hallyu star but also has made it big in Hollywood. Reference - The Martian. Saved Matt Damon's life. I am a big fan.

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Silence is golden..., but duct tape is silver. The Martian got the science mostly right so the presence of the almighty DT is righteous.

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Little do you know - the Duct Tape IS the alien. And they’re reproducing incredibly fast, preparing for the day ....

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The title Sisyphus is actually a hint that a feline character will appear soon. Hissypuss the Cat, the pawer poised to take over the world. @eazal and @bbstl's car are supaw excited about it. Meow if you support more cat representation in the korean dramaworld.

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😺😸😻😼😽

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😼 meeeeee-yow! 🎞

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I don’t have cats but meow! 🤣🤣🤣

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Did someone say Duct Tape?
I'll get the gin...

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Make one for me too!

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I don't like gin but I'll take sake.

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That would make it a sake and soju cocktail @sicarius, which... prepare a soft landing...

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how did this become a "let's knock sic out with alcohol" thread...

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And thus is born a drinking game for Beanies who wonder whether to watch StM. Shall we say the physical appearance - not merely the mention - of silver duct tape (neon colored DT is not cannon) may be rewarded by an adult beverage of choice. Watch responsibly.

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The birth of a new cocktail known as the Silver Duct Tape. Instead of gin and soju with a slice of apple, it is instead sake and soju with a lemon twist and is designed to simulate falling from the sky and hopefully missing planes on the way down.

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@leetennant, and how does this new cocktail taste? The preferred accompanying side dishes? What are it’s after effects? The curious want to know!

And is it served warm or chilled?

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@hebang I have no idea what this tastes like and will not be attempting it until I'm ready to be laid out drunk after one drink. So... Easter?

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Just to catch you (and newer beanies) up on the genesis of the “duct tape.” There was a show (A Poem a Day) in which Beanies gathered for an island party, to celebrate possible ships for our heroine, where the duct tape was born, christened by LT, as many beanies were duct taped to the island of neutrality trees for their own safety in the event one of the ships sank — or the beanie drowned swimming back to their ship. I guess you had to be there. 😂

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Ahh! Thank you Ally for the Beanie Backstory on Duct Tape. Somehow I sensed that 60 comments in 24 hours indicated a deep connection. Here's more history on the WOMAN behind the tape - not even kidding: .

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@jossie4cheryl hilariously, there's a lot more going on here beyond APAD and the OG Duct Tape... pffft

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Bombay Sapphire? Boodles? Tanqueray? What’s your pleasure!

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Bombay Sapphire for a martini.
Tanq for a G&T with lime.
Hendricks G&T with a cucumber.
I'm not a big drinker of Boodles. I should give it a try.

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The Duct Tape holds the key to it all. There is a coded message in there, it is up to deciphering minds like, well, mine, to decipher it.

Are you ready? Take a deep breath.

DUCT, DARK.
TAPE, TRAP.

so DUCT TAPE IS A WARNING! A DARK TRAP LIES AHEAD!

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I hate you guys. Why are you all so funny you made my laugh so hard LOL?

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Waiting for Gorilla glue to make a cameo. You have both then you could save the world.

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Just don’t spray the adhesive in your hair as hairspray.

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Should/May I ask if that warning is from direct experience?

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Good Grief! No, I had not seen this...

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Duct Tape is always in a neck-to-neck battle with that other Hallyu star, the Truck of Doom. We've had two fine representations of the latter in premieres this week already. Duct Tape needs to catch up if it wants to win this season's awards.

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Well, its distant cousin the Measuring Tape showed up in Vincenzo.

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You mean the measuring tape used to hang a man from an upper floor? 🤣

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And miraculously not cut the holder's hand.

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That blue duct tape had a supporting (see what I did there) roll in Sweet Home that was pretty award worthy. I've never seen someone so covered by tape in my life.

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Only two? There were two just in Hello, It’s Me!

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Yeah I counted the two ToDs in HIM as one, but it should have been two, so a total of three. Duct Tape, Measuring Tape, ToD. Phew. So much competition. It's going to be a close call.

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Adding duct tape to list of items to pack in toiletries bag. It’s TSA approved right??

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For the warts, yes.

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I don't know what's going on. I'm still stuck on the hole in the cockpit and how they survived that. I have to watch these episodes again. Mind you, I'm new to KDrama, still figuring out things. I liked that nice kid from the restaurant. I hope we see him again.

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"still figuring things out"- sometimes you never do...

Kdramas have their own rules, much to the premature aging of some us. You either have to just ride with it or defenestrate something as a coping mechanism. ;)

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The last thing you want to do is to figure things out. Trust me, I tried. I sat and stared into space for HOURS, thinking and thinking, and at the end of it all, nothing happened, I was left even more confused than before I started thinking. So the rule is, Don't Think. Just blink for a second, to dispel that compulsion to think, then put it right out of your head. You'll be happier that way.

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Shhh you'll scare off the newbie.
No Don't Blink either cos then the Weeping Angels will get you.

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Now I think so too. It might be a better version of Alice if the rules of time travelling are kept consistent.

The incidents are over-the-top perhaps for a reason: They are not actually happening in real world but perhaps some kind of alternate universes?

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I like how the story is devolopped for the ML less for the FL. She's bad at expressing things and why stripping this poor guy when he had other clothes? Until now, her scenes are messy and it's hard to see her as a badass or to be very scared for her. I'm still curious if she's really in this world physically or not. If not, where is her body.

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why stripping this poor guy when he had other clothes?

Is this question even necessary? *blushed*

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Was it really the good moment for a lustful mind?

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That's why I found it very funny. The scene was so out of nowhere.

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All her scenes feel random. Where did she get her boots, for instance? I don't need the answer, but why were no clothes on the damn suitcase? And if dad told her not to look for Tae-Sul why is she doing exactly the opposite? I mean, I don't know if this is the correct way of making her look mysterious.

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I decided that Lovestruck in the City inspired the stripping scene. Or some of the female writer's from the two shows conferred.

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This drama is definitely interesting.. In conversations about what Tae Sul did to make the future change was build a time machine? I think that Tae Sul built a time machine when his future wife ( Seo Hae ) gets shot and dies. Now there are so many theories already floating with this drama.

1. Tae Sul is the one who broke into his home and he is the one who is trying to stop everything or its his brother. The head of the Control Bureau is Tae Sul or Tae San ... I think this because who in the heck besides Tae Sul or his brother would know that the geometric painting was upside down.
2. The control bureau is more than meets the eye. Its easy to assume that the control bureau is evil especially since they killed two innocents that we know of BUT why didnt they kill Seo Hae? They could have easily shot her and the actually looked concerned when she pushed herself off the building. This leads me to believe they wanted to capture her and not kill her.
3. UNPOPULAR THEORY - Seo Hae father is Tae Sul in the future ( i hope this is not true) but it would explain some things. If you remember her father begged her to stay away from Tae Sul, I am sure we will find out why later but its pretty obvious, this is an ill fated love.

I cant wait until Tae Sul and Seo Hae meet up. It will be interesting to watch this story unfold. I dont trust anyone right now but especially the Co -CEO and the psychatrist. DO you see how they snatched that DNA test out of Tae Sul hand? Its like they want to keep him locked up too. they monitor everything he does and give him drugs. I am hoping the body guard isnt dirty but I cant trust him 100% either. How did the Control Bureau know where to find Tae Sul in the middle of nowhere? So many questions.. looking forward to this drama

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I also thought the father could be Taesul in the future, but dear god I don't want Alice flashbacks

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Good to read some comments from beanies who did watch this drama and actually discussing about different aspects of it, good, bad or hate doesn't matter. It has many flaws but also many questions and characters that I want to talk about.
I read on the internet that the letter from the school girls has the same handwriting as the one on Seo-hae notebook.
I like the relationship between HTS and the bodyguard. Hope they don't turn him into a bad guy.

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I wondered if it was the 6 year old girl too but my question is the name was different.. The little girl name was different from Seo Hae.. I checked..

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Still hasn't make any sense, yet. I wonder with this rate, would it be making sense to me at the end of 16th episode, then?

I am so sorry, @lovepark, I even can't smile all through this episode, I freeze, thinking about those budget... and they know they are advance in technology, they start their self-riding cars.

Hiks... I think I will lurk here and read lovepark's review & beaniers' comments, before watching another episodes. Your review and most the comments here are more fun to read.

If 'Life on Mars' considered as sci-fi, I think that one was the only one successfully entertained me. I've never been this desperate, wishing a drama to be successful.

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Interesting episode again!!!! I enjoyed the confusion and the questions it raised...the fight scenes could have been choreographed better. Another thing that irked me was the DNA test from ashes. Having a profession in the same field it didnt set well with me how easily our ML conducted a DNA analysis. I thought he was an engineer or did I miss a point that hints he has knowledge in forensic and molecular biology field???
Apart from these two glitches I liked episode 2. It will be interesting to see our leads finally joining hands together and unravel the mystery.

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DNA tests from ashes??? eH? jdfljkdfak

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You obviously not aware of the latest technology. If you connect the individual ash grain using duct tape, you'll be able to do meaningful analysis.

Joking aside, if there are bones or teeth fragments in the ashes, you maybe able to do test. How reliable it is considering the heat its been exposed, I've no idea. But then again I've no idea on most of the so called science thingy here.

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It's very unlikely that one might get an accurate result from burned remains unless the source is a house fire. Normally the crematorium uses high temperature so even if DNA is obtained from bones and teeth, it would likely be very short in nature, and therefore limited in utility for molecular tests.
And also there can be possibilities of contamination from the crematorium staff.

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I found our answer!!!! (cc: @kurama and @bbstl)
Caitlin (Ask a Mortician) doesn't have an exact video on this but she does have this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=009dkARgNHg
The answer is, if it is from cremated ashes, then NO. Not even maybe.
As you both implied, the heat from the crematorium destroys all living material, including DNA, and only ground inorganic material remains (primarily Calcium Phosphate).

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Her videos are super interesting!

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Speaking of you Sic, I was reading last night about The Norman Conquest (the way you do) and ran across a word that brought you immediately to mind and I wonder if you’ve heard of enfeoffment? It seems like such a Sic kind of word 👍🏼

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@bbstl flakhfda lmaooo

Ooooh (yes of course, as you do, totally normal)- I have NOT but as soon as I looked it up I feel like I should HAVE because you known, fiefs!, and feoff being from the same root obviously!

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I’ve gotten this far in life without hearing or seeing “enfeoffment” so I suppose I should never expect to be able to use it in a sentence 🙁 but I will live in hope.