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Twenty Five Twenty One: Episodes 1-2 Open Thread

Heartfelt and hopeful, Twenty Five Twenty One sets us on a journey with two young people whose big dreams for the future are trampled by circumstances far beyond their control. Despite the age gap between them, they come to recognize each other as kindred spirits against the often-cruel realities of life.

 
EPISODES 1-2 WEECAP

We’re introduced to each episode by a glimpse into the life of our heroine’s daughter, KIM MIN-CHAE (Choi Myung-bin), who’s a high schooler in the present day. After walking out of a dance competition (because she sized up her competitor and decided she had no chance of winning), Min-chae evades her mother’s disappointed questions by running away to stay at Grandma’s house for a while. There, she discovers her mother’s diary from 1998, which chronicles the beginning of our main story.

Judging from this setup, I’d wager we’re in for a Reply series-esque guessing game of “Who’s the Father?” But the framework also gives us more insight into our characters – particularly our heroine, NA HEE-DO (Kim Tae-ri), and her mother (Seo Jae-hee), whose relationship has always been rather strained.

In the 1998 storyline, Hee-do’s big love is fencing, and in fact she was once touted as a fencing prodigy. Though she’s since hit a plateau, her one dream in life is to rival the local Olympic gold medalist, GO YOO-RIM (Bona), who’s also still in high school.

Hee-do worships the ground Yoo-rim walks on, to the point that she runs over to Yoo-rim’s school every Saturday just to watch her practice through the window. In one adorable sequence, she secretly gives Yoo-rim her umbrella and giddily runs home through the rain.

But when Korea’s IMF crisis forces Hee-do’s school to cut costs, the fencing team is dissolved. Devastated, Hee-do determines she’ll have to transfer to Yoo-rim’s school and train there. The problem? Her mother doesn’t see fencing as an important enough reason to transfer schools, especially since Hee-do isn’t performing as well as she used to.

So Hee-do decides to get herself forcibly transferred through delinquency (as one does), but she’s laughably bad at it. For example, she tries to get herself arrested by joining a gang fight… only to end up saving one of the girls from being assaulted, and to be completely ignored by the police when they arrive to break up the fight. (It doesn’t help that she runs up to the cop grinning from ear-to-ear to tell on herself for fighting.)

But her naivety takes a more dangerous turn with her next plan: getting herself caught as a minor at a nightclub. Thinking she’s in perfect control of the situation, she has no qualms about being sent into a room with a group of young adults, one of whom seems particularly eager to prey on her innocence.

Fortunately, she has an advocate in the form of our hero, BAEK YI-JIN (Nam Joo-hyuk). By this point, the two have already met a few times, because he’s picked up a couple of part-time jobs in her neighborhood. The skeevy guy is Yi-jin’s former friend, but it seems said ex-friend never quite showed this face to him before, and Yi-jin quickly and firmly ends what’s left of their friendship and removes Hee-do from the building.

She’s incensed that he’s foiled her perfect plan, and he’s equally angered – and horrified – that she has no idea how badly her plan could have ended. As someone who no longer has the luxury of asking his parents for help pursuing his dreams (more on that in a bit), he urges her to use that luxury and talk to her mom.

His words get through to her, and she takes his advice. It makes things worse before it makes them better, though, as the initial confrontation leads to a screaming argument that culminates in her mother ripping pages out of a rented manhwa and tossing it out the window into the water fountain.

The argument starts because Mom found out about Hee-do sneaking out to the nightclub, and Hee-do finally pours her heart out and explains that she was far less afraid to go to that club than she was to talk to her mom about transferring schools. That hits hard, and Mom initiates the transfer after all.

She doesn’t tell Hee-do this, however, until after Hee-do goes to Yoo-rim’s fencing coach, COACH YANG (Kim Hye-eun) to get permission herself. Coach Yang puts Hee-do through a few tests, some based purely on luck – which Hee-do fails — but she’s passed on merit of Coach Yang’s luck instead (well, and the permission Mom already got, but that’s beside the point).

Finally, Hee-do gets her wish to train at the same school as Yoo-rim. But, contrary to her hopeful expectations, Yoo-rim gives her the cold shoulder. Though Hee-do has no idea why, we eventually learn that the two actually faced each other in competition many years ago, back when prodigy Hee-do was the reigning champion. Yoo-rim had lost soundly, and still carries those feelings of insecurity alongside the pressure of being undefeated professionally.

Coach Yang has the two fight a practice match as part of Hee-do’s initiation to the team, and when Hee-do wins, Coach Yang pointedly tells Yoo-rim that it’s always more difficult to win against an opponent you don’t know, especially when that opponent knows everything about you – a dynamic she’s bound to face more and more since she’s so famous. But Coach Yang doesn’t diminish Hee-do’s win, and privately tells her she’s stronger than Yoo-rim.

Woven alongside Hee-do’s fencing and school-transfer quest is Yi-jin’s reason for taking those part-time jobs that put him in Hee-do’s orbit. He originally comes from wealth, and before the IMF crisis hit, he was on track for an engineering degree, with which he hoped to work for NASA one day.

His father tried to protect the family from the impending disaster by splitting them up – even divorcing his wife on paper so as to keep her from incurring his debt – and his company was eventually forced to declare bankruptcy, making their already shaky circumstances even worse.

That’s why Yi-jin had to drop out of college and move out on his own, even getting an exemption from military service so he could theoretically provide for his family. Now he has no one to lean on as he tries his best to find a stable job, only to be turned away time and time again because he’s seen as overqualified for anything that doesn’t require a degree.

We don’t learn a whole lot about this just yet, but it seems his and Yoo-rim’s families are close (or were, before his family had to disperse), and that his family even sponsored Yoo-rim’s fencing pursuits in some capacity. Of course, that’s no longer possible now.

The full, crushing reality of Yi-jin’s situation hits both us and Hee-do when she overhears a confrontation between him and two of his father’s former employees. The men are at their wits’ end, and though they know Yi-jin can’t possibly help them, that doesn’t stop them from taking out their desperation on him. All Yi-jin can do is promise with all sincerity never to be happy again – and goodness, Nam Joo-hyuk killed me with his acting in this scene.

Throughout these episodes, Yi-jin and Hee-do have developed a budding friendship, and as Hee-do does her best to cheer him up after the above encounter, he admits that he sees his younger, carefree self in her. She radiates innocence, ambition, and hope – everything he’s lost.

In response, she gets him to smile again by taking him to her old school and showing him how to turn the outdoor sink’s water faucet into a sprinkler. A new joy lights up in his eyes, and he excitedly turns all the faucets on, much to her awestruck delight. Referencing his promise not to be happy anymore, she proposes he limit his moments of happiness to when the two of them hang out – it can be their little secret.

So far, the relationship between Yi-jin and Hee-do is a wholesome, supportive friendship between a discouraged young adult and a teenager who’s determined to take on the world. But I can certainly see how that connection has potential to blossom into something more than friendship once Hee-do grows up a little more. Beyond that, I don’t really know where Twenty Five Twenty One will take us from here — but these two have already captured my heart, so I’m eager to find out.


 
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This show grabbed me in the post gang-fight scene when Hee-do realised "I should have run if I wanted to get caught!" 😂.

I like the story and characters so far and I especially like the setting. I was a child in the 90s but the music and fashion seems very much on-point!

Nam Joo-hyuk was very good in the Ep. 2 scene where he promised never to be happy again. He has that perfect wounded puppy face for this role. And how cute was it to discover that it's actually Kim Tae-ri who's four years older!

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I had to rewatch that part with Na Hee-do because it was too hilarious! Kim Tae-ri is doing amazing in this role!

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I loved that gang fight!!

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The gang fight is what made me like the show but it was the ripped manga scene that made me LOVE this show. Priceless!

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The ripped manga 'repairs' were hilarious. For some reason the teeth on one of the characters she drew just seemed SO big to me, I couldn't stop laughing. Just like Yi-jin lol.

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I need to re-watch that scene again. I was laughing so hard, I had tears in my eyes, and didn't see it as clearly, but I do remember a (turned) |-| drawn on the paper. 😂 And for the first time, Netflix "creative" translation titles actually served their purpose and were hilarious - the way they misspelled "liek" - I'm weezing 😂

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that overqualification thing really is a bitch, in my own twenties I temporarily starved and lived on the street because I was unemployed 4 and a half years and no matter what I did, I couldnt earn anything. I had to live overwinter on my aunts´ porch.

I like that we are at an era where people had to - horror- talk to each other, meet up, move school to see someone practice - no internet, no Youtube, no texting.
and realistic problems, young people desperately trying to make a life for themselves cause you only get 1 shot.

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I love the two characters- both of them are smashing it. I also think they’ve generally got the tone right considering her age - I love her funny tantrums about nothing and general awkwardness. I’ve said before, it reminds me a lot of Reply 1997 - and that’s a good thing!!

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Mmh...it was fine, for me, but I'm not really feeling it (yet..?).
Clearly I'm not seeing what everyone else is seeing here, I wish I did...I miss being hyped about a show I'm live watching and discussing it with everyone tbh!

I don't like being negative, but just one thing: I think Kim Taeri is too old (not really her looks, she just has a mature vibe to her) to play a teenager, it feels like they're trying too hard and it's not really working imo...just me?
I'm assuming at some point they will be 25/21 years old like the title seems to imply, so that might work better.

Let's see how it goes!

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Totally agreed with you. I had almost the same thoughts while watching the first episode. Hope their older sequences have a better vibe.

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I think it's her voice for me - it's so mature sounding. Also her previous roles were very mature too, kind of hard to see her as a teen. *hopes the timeskip is soon*

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Yes! That's a factor too, for sure!!

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That's what it is for me as well. She's trying hard to make it high pitched and youthful, but it really takes me out of the moment.

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I really liked Kim Tae-Ri, she reminds me a lot Kim Soo-Hyun, I find they have the same dorky energy when they want. Her character has so much energy, it must be exhausting to act. But she was great and it's hard to think there is a 12 years difference between Kim Tae-Ri and Choi Hyun-Wook.

Back Yi-Jin's story is really interesting and when we got no clues in the trailer about how the economical crisis was playing a role, it's an important one for him. He was safe in the army after all but they sent him back to help his family. It's funny like he's connected to the 3 girls being the oldest one of their futur group? I'm not a fan of NJH, he has an ungainly side that is difficult to conceal, but it was ok.

I loved the color palette, so beautiful greens and blues with some warm touches.

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Agree totally on Kim Tae-Ri similar to Kim Soo-Hyun, at least they have a very similar way to smile (to my eyes), so much they could pass for siblings.
I have only seen Kim Tae ri in Mr Sunshine so now in a modern setting, it will be interesting.
I need to watch this show like... now!!!!

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I love Hee-do. She's so pure and full of life. I was laughing out loud during the umbrella fight and when she was trying to tell Yi-jin about Full House. Her solution to draw the missing scenes herself amused me as much as it did Yi-jin.

I did think Kim Tae-ri overacted a bit in Episode 1 and shouted a bit much for my tastes, but either I got used to it or she settled into the role by Episode 2. In any case, I think she's doing a great job as Hee-do.

I've been critical of Nam Joo-hyuk's acting in the past, but I like him a lot here. He was really really good in the scene where he promised never to be happy again. Yi-jin is very mature and rational, which is a nice contrast to Hee-do.

The other characters didn't have a lot to do, but they all seem interesting.

I'm a 90's kid, so I love anything set then. Having the IMF crisis as a backdrop is interesting.

So Hee-do's daughter's last name is Kim and Yi-jin's is Baek. Hmmm. I'd actually like it if a first love was simply a first love but who knows what twists and turns are in store.

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Honestly, going into this I had low expectations based on previews. In fact, for the first 40 minutes or so of the first episode I was like: Reply vibes, check, "who's the father", check, "and the award to the best anchor mother goes to", check, "manga-loving teen brat" check, you get it. But. I have to say, that umbrella-fencing gang fight was absolutely hilarious, after which I started muttering, "uhmm, not bad, not bad." And then that sidesplitting hysterically funny scene with ripped manga and misspellings (don't we, adults, remember our theater-worthy reactions to mundane things and disastrous attempts at repairing the situations like these as teens?!) was a moment that won me over. The show is not tonally jarring (oh-so-surprising for a k-drama) - it's always focused on the (aspiring and failed) dreams and turbulent personal happenings of our young adults (and the adults surrounding them), and the chaos of the world does not distract as much as it highlights their dreams and sufferings while providing a respite here and there courtesy of hijinks of our main leads.

Nam Joo-hyuk stunned me with his acting. I was already getting impressed with him in Start-up, but here it seems like the role is just for him to do what he, as an artist, allows himself to do (without the distraction of charismatic second leads or directorial interference.) I can see how he's getting more confident with knowing when to pull back to let the scene play itself out, and when to flash his acting chops.

And Kim Tae-ri? Oh what a delight! Her interpretation of an innocent, airy-headed but obtuse teenager with a big dream could have been annoying and grating-on-nerves but she came across as such an endearing character, that I almost wished I had a feisty daughter like that, and I cannot wait to witness her journey of "growth".

I'm so in for the ride so far, for sure. Show, don't get too suffering, too "who's-fathering" or too melodramatic, and you might just be the next Ssam, maiwei!

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I totally loved this one, laughed with HeeDo so much. I read comments before I watched that she was too noisy, but I found her being loud (not just shouting for no reason) totally fitting the role. HeeDo is trying to find her place and doesn’t really know how to express her frustration but out of being loud.

Her relation with her mum is interesting. She feels neglected and she’s probably been neglected. Why didn’t her mum tell her she never sold the rings?

I loved also all the characters we were introduced: the dynamics between JiWoong and SeungWang, the way YuRim protects herself, the little brother…
And above all the excellent job both Taeri and NJH are doing.

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I find the daughter-mother relationship fascinating. There are these hints of mystery that I'm curious to untangle too. Clearly, there's some history with the coach, and there's something going on in the past with her diseased husband. Regardless of mystery, Kim Tae-Ri and Seo Jae-hee are absolutely killing it as actresses in the scenes between them. I'm glad that they have great lines to work with, but honestly I feel like even if they'd be reading the phone book to each other with these emotions, I'd be re-watching it, because there's beauty just observing their acting craft. And isn't the mom actress has just started acting recently? I could not find anything about her. If so, amazing.

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I've only seen before the actress playing the mum in Run On, and she was really good (who wasn't in that drama?).

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I think dramaland needs a loud and chaotic FL once in a while. It’s refreshing. That first meet when she admitted to him that she was just yelling cause she needed to vent was so satisfying for me.

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I love how Baek Yi-jin and Na Hee-do balance each other. She's loud and impulsive, he's quiet and thoughtful. She's impulsive and reckless, he's careful and understated.

I felt like in the last scene of ep.2 he was struggling with their age difference as much as with the right to be happy. How do you not fall for the person who helps you to glimpse happiness again, but how can you when you're very conscious she's just a kid?

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This is a very warm premiere.

That line on picking between sleeping a day jail and talking to her mom. I am happy they hit this point and I hope it gets more awareness. The home needs to be a haven for everyone involved. A haven so they do not need to panic if they need to talk things out. So many conversations out there haven't been said on the basis of panic and fear.

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Well said! Parenting is not for everyone because many of my friends who well past mid twenties and are earning individuals, still lie to their parents than have an open talk about their desires. This habit is cultivated from childhood and it is really difficult for such people to overcome it by trusting their parents.

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It is hitting the right buttons for me so all I can do now is pray to dramagods to please please continue to be good!

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What a great show so far! I remember my own financial troubles during the IMF crash and really felt for the older adults who were trying to keep their spirits up.

And the pager/beeper era. Classic! I'm looking forward to to the next 2 episodes.

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guessing game of “Who’s the Father?”

In a Reply-free context, this could be problematic. Especially in a show with nightclub scenes :)

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I hope the show does NOT descend into "who's-fathering" "whether-they-ended-up-together" types of speculation. I remember back in Reply days that "guessing game" was so exhausting and distracting, like I was thinking, guys, let's just discuss the actual show, not the endless guessing game. I still can't fathom whether that was a fault of Reply writers or just some manufactured hype around the mystery.

(I love the nightclub scene, btw. It wasn't just there to show how our lead was once really rich and oh-so-cool, but also serves to underline the character differences between the leads, he, more measured and cautious, and she, naive and clueless. And, yep, no one should be playing guessing games with that "asshole-friend"... unless dashingly handsome NJH is there to rescue you, teehee.)

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Was excited for this drama because of the 2 leads, but wasn’t sure what to expect, and I still don’t know for sure from the first 2 eps. It’s a little quirky and offbeat, but so full of heart. The cast all looks solid - from Bona who’s finally/really impressing me with her hugely improved acting; to Choi Hyun Wook who’s more than a decade younger than most of them (!!!) and yet holds his own! Had already noticed him in Racket Boys, n he’s giving off serious young Park Seo Jun vibes here! Nam Joo Hyuk is so so lovely as always… and Kim Tae Ri is clearly having a ball of a time playing this role, it’s so nice to see she can do comedy as well as her other more serious/artistic earlier roles. It’s so nice to have a drama to look fwd to again (after Our Beloved Summer ended, bawl), I really hope the story stays on track and ends well, fingers crossed ❣️

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I like it. Kim Tae Ri is a bit shouty for me and I am shallow-ly having trouble with her seeming older to me and . . . those bangs. I want her to grow up and get a new hairdo 😕 Then again, I don’t even remember what kids styles were in the 90s ☺️
I really love how NJH’s character is written to be so mature beyond his years. Every reaction he has to her histrionics is so cut-the-crap logical that I laugh.

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I’ve fallen for this show and Nam Joo-Hyuk all over again, which says a lot since I’ve really not cared for him since WKBJ. I’m also always impressed with KIM Tae Ri. Their relationship is sweet and I’m anxious to see them grow a bit and get this romance started. I loved the comic book scene. I gave my husband the play by play of it. He’s turned off by the shouting, so looks like I’ll be watching this one on my own! Bring it on!

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I love that the show even poked fun at the yelling a little bit when NJH wondered aloud why everyone in that town yells so much. :D She is shouty, but I'm hoping that's being played for effect to show her clumsy youthfulness and she'll grow out of it.

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I even pointed that out while we were watching! I did go back and show him the last scene in episode 2, so maybe he’ll be back.

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I love this drama! Kim Tae Ri is really delivering it for me. I have only seen her in The Handmaids Tale. I wasn't that interested in Mr. Sunshine.

My favorite part honestly was the comic book scene. That was hilarious!

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So far so good! I love how they set a 90's drama here. The leads had a character straight out a japanese manga or live action especially Na Heedo. I feel like I was watching an old j-drama in the pilots rather than the reply series. The comedic parts got me most. Also the part of fencing was really interesting.

Kim Taeri was doing a good job for this role. I really never expected that she could act well in romcom. btw,I can imagine some actresss like Park Eunbin as Na heedo. I have nothing to say much about Nam Ju Hyuk, he's handsome but he didn't show me much emotional or range of acting.

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I’m SUPER happy with these first two episodes. I was looking forward to this and Park Min-young’s new drama and this was far and above the better of the two. Kim Tae-ri is ALWAYS excellent, and she’s so talented I had little doubt she’d kill it. That she can pull off being an 18 year old kid is just impressive.

Our FL is super relateable and charming and I felt for her immediately. Her fight with her mother in the first episode hit me right in the feels, where I’ve had other shows not accomplish that after more than half their run.

And everyone is gushing about the scene in episode 2 with Nam Joo-hyuk, and for good reason. Dude has really stepped it up lately and he really nailed that downtrodden good guy. We’ve only seen brief flashes of his previous lifestyle and he projects that pain and sadness after life tore his whole family apart. Despite that he’s still a good person who works hard. Impossible not to root for!

It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed two premiere episodes this much. Usually it’s one or the other, or I can see the potential. I’ll be seriously disappointed if this one ends up taking a downturn. It’s humour, heart and characters have really grabbed me, and I can’t wait for more.

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Surprisingly I did not like the first episode. It seemed so forced. I struggled a lot to finish the first episode. I loved KTR in Mr Sunshine but I didnot find her character hilarious here. I am resorting to reading open thread atleast the next time period.

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Struggled to finish Ep 1 which lodged in my brain as "screechy". Will dive in to ep 2 today, hoping for less shouting and more character development.

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It was a very beautiful opening week. Great story telling but some how I found ML is so weak. OK he is cute but that's all. I ve never liked his previous dramas either. Luckily FL is amazing. I hope she can cover up his lack of acting akıl.

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Apart from the Husband/Father guessing game which is never fun the drama is quite good. The future storyline isn't necessary though.

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By future storyline I mean the daughter reading her mom's diary. It's not adding anything to the story.

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Finally I show I'm excited about it's been a dry period. I can't wait to see them grow but I'm equally enjoying where we're at right now. On another note NJH is making me feel things, something I've never gotten from him before...I'm excited. KTR is SELLING her teenage role I forget she's already past 30. Again I'm excited

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Nam Joo Hyuk really fits in these kinds of roles...no doubt he has some great acting skills also, which I noticed in Habeak drama.

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This show is making me want to go back to my youth days. I'm actually not a fan of Nam Joo Hyuk, but he won me on this show. Is it just me or not, I'm seeing Kim Rae Won on his acting and mannerism - even imagining he will grow as a hot ahjussilike Oppa Kim Rae Won.
I love this show - its making me nostalgic of my younger self.

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what a delightful 1st episode! and on to the 2nd!

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I love the maturity of the show so far. though I’m not sure I understand the storytelling device that has the daughter in the present reading a diary. When I started watching the first episode I thought I was watching the wrong show with the present-day storyline going on too long. But once it got into the heart of things, I really started to connect with it. It balances slightly kooky things (the redrawing of the comic book, the gang fight) with very serious things (the ML’s familial and financial situation, the FL’s relationship with her mom) without losing balance or straying off tone. That’s a hard thing to pull off.

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>>I’m not sure I understand the storytelling device that has the daughter in the present reading a diary.<<

Let's see, I guess the big-reveal is going to be the daughter discovering her father's identity. And going by the trend of it all, she's likely been lied to for whatever reason. Na Hee-Do is an unreliable narrator, and that has been proven twice already in the span of 2 episodes via encounters with the girl's Halmeoni.
The diary also serves as an interesting parallel between the two pairs of mother-daughter relationships, one during the IMF-crisis and the other during the covid (& it's likely fallout on the youth). Hee-Do & her Mom are both single mothers, raising adolescent girls who are pursuing non-academic interests. I think since the diary has already humanized Halmeoni to a large extent for us viewers... once Hee-Do receives it in the present day (which I think it will)... she'll be forced to re-evaluate how childish & misplaced her perceived-indignation at her mom was. :D And maybe, Hee-Do's daughter will too, once she realizes she is being as childish as the teenage Hee-Do was (in her diary!) :')

Diaries are also common 'time-travel' devices, without needing to go into the sci-fi route! ^^

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Or maybe it is there to serve a purpose of "teaching" the daughter in present that dreams are worth pursuing even if they don't come true? To me that would the most obvious lesson -- regardless of hardships and disastrous circumstances (e.g. IMF in the past), we should still preserve our humanity if we hold something intangible within us (e.g. dreams) dear.

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I like this interpretation.

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Oh that’s a good point about the parallel between the two crises (IMF and pandemic). Obviously I recognized the parallel but was thinking it was just because i’m living through it! (I forgot that the show referred directly to it).

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I also thought that the present-day part was not a good choice to start the story ... the biggest disappointmt for me was the adult version of Na Hee-Do in 2021 (and the actress choice?), which I can't connect with our heroine of 1998. I can understand than times change people and feisty teenage can become wiser, but her attitude, clothes, and way of speaking was way too serious, classic and restrained (even for the special occasion of her daughter competiting).. Kind of boring, even if the screentime was a little short for a proper judgement. I feel not very motivated to follow our young FL, thinking of her future self at 41 (my age ;')). Motherhood, life and responsibilities can't change so much the base of a personality. But the drama was really fun and well-written in the 1990's, so I will try to forget the present-day intro.

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Dabbled in some fencing in college. This was back when I was in really good shape having lettered in three sports in high school. Fencing seriously and truly kicked my butt. How can chugging up and down a short linear strip of cloth be harder than running all over a hockey pitch?
Now that the screeching has dissipated, I'm enjoying the show.

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I think my favorite scene is you broke peeing boy, and her response of how she just wanted to be mad for no reason, at that point I was like yeah gal.....we have all been there, I look forward to the next episodes.

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I haven't seen much dramas lately but isn't it the first drama showing people wearing masks in accordance to Covid19?

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There was Happiness. The characters wore mask at the beginning too.

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Two episodes in and I am loving this show. I normally do not care for histrionics, but strangely I did not find Hee-Do over the top. I think Kim Tae-ri did an excellent job of portraying the enthusiasm and emotional roller coaster makeup of a teenage girl. I know I was a mess when I was that age.
Some favorite scenes: the gang fight scene was hilarious! I also loved the look on Yi-Jan's face when Hee-Do cried about the comic book her mom destroyed. Priceless. But when Hee-Do told Yi-Jan he could be happy with her, it would be their secret . . . wow! That's not only a solid foundation for friendship but for a budding romance. I look forward to their story and only hope this show does not break my heart. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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this is my Absolute Favorite among all on air shows.
Kim Tae Ri as 18year old girl... is such a fun thing to watch.. the way she enjoyed the "i love co ed school" moment gahhh i was goner at that moment..
then her fencing with umbrella and disbelief "i should hv run to be caught " this girl has my mind, eyes, soul with her.... Na Hee Do my latest girl crush....

I wasnt happy with NJh in first episode found his acting underwhelming but 2nd epi had me crying with him, and his hardships... how much this boy is keeping inside all locked and not letting anyone his hardships... so i could relate the NJH i saw in last episode.
and 2nd epi ending... Tap Scene.. wow kdramas are being so good creativity showing such new ways of OTP bonding.. it wasnt romantic even a little but had soooo much Impact on me.. seeing how much this small gesture touched Baek Yi Jin's ... he was in awe looking at NHD all this while..... as if he finally had a hand to pull him away from the sadness, gloominess he was keeping around...
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in short I LOVE THIS SHOW sooooo much.. and KTR n NJH together giving me a fantastic ride for next 2 months... so happy.

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I am definitely hooked up with this drama...
Loved it since minute 7.
Although, it kind of makes me sad the thought of Yi-Jin and Hee-Do not ending up together.
Based on Hee-Do's mom statement of "I met him last month" on episode #4 minute 46 and adult HeeDo's reaction, it gives the impression that they don't end together. (I understand it's rare that you end up with a -happily ever after- with your first love, but HEY, anything is possible, right?)
Whatever the case may be and I hope not to end with a broken heart, I can't wait to see what the following episodes will bring...
Last but not least, I must say I'm beyond fascinated with Joo-huyk's AMAZING skills, totally love him!

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The guess game will be the death of me. Her daughters surname is Kim and the main lead's surname is baek if he were to be the father then it would have been the same I'm not gonna keep my hopes up and be heartbroken .

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Wait that’s not how I remember watching it a couple weeks ago; Minchae is in middle school as far as I know. Edit: double checked and at 2:35 they say Middle School 중학교 high school is 고등학교

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