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Again My Life: Episodes 2-4

Like any good adventure story, our hero must first recruit his adventure party, and with new friends on his side, our time traveling lawyer begins laying the groundwork for his future battle with our Bad Guy. But before he can win the war, our hero finds himself fighting small battles that will ultimately change the future bit by bit.

Editor’s note: Drama coverage will continue with weecaps.
 
EPISODES 2-4 WEECAP

While I can’t say that I love everything about Again My Life, I’ll admit that it successfully surprised me a few times. Not only were there a couple of plot twists, but even when I knew the drama was lying to me, it had a way of drawing out certain scenes just long enough that I began to second guess myself.

For instance, I was pretty confident that Hee-woo’s parents would live through the accident (why cast veterans like Kim Hee-jung and Park Chul-min if you’re just going to kill them off in the second episode?), but when Hee-woo cried for Mom and Dad for an inordinately long time and we saw no sign of them, I started to worry.

Thankfully, they lived, but the drunk driver — Tae-sub’s son — was not as fortunate this time around. Hee-woo finally finds the answers to the questions that had been plaguing him all these years, and he realizes the sloppy investigation into their accident was all a cover-up to hide Tae-sub’s son’s drunken vehicular homicide. Hee-woo suspects this change in the timeline will cause Tae-sub to become more ruthless, but I have to say, Tae-sub seems remarkably unaffected by his son’s death.

The rest of Episode 2 is pretty much a systematic introduction to a large cast of characters — namely Hee-woo’s harem — I mean, his fellow Hanguk University students and future allies in the fight against Tae-sub.

First up is KIM GYU-RI (Hong Bi-ra), a top student who got a perfect score on her CSAT, but despite all her academic success, Hee-woo can’t remember ever seeing her in his past life after she collapsed from overexertion. He later discovers that her family fell on hard times, which prevented her from attending college.

KIM HAN-MI (Kim Jae-kyung) is another one of Hee-woo’s academy classmates. She hangs out with a group of thugs who dress like a wannabe idol group and beat up on Hee-woo (in his past life, before he learned MMA). But after Hee-woo rescues Han-mi from an attempted sexual assult, she decides to focus on her studies and receives tutoring from Hee-woo. Oh, and she’s also Seok-hoon’s illegitimate daughter.

Hee-woo is accepted into Hanguk University, where he meets LEE MIN-SOO (Jung Sang-hoon). Min-soo is something of a professional student, given that he’s bounced around a few majors and is currently starting over again as a law student. On the surface, he seems like an annoying slacker, but behind his affable personality is a keen intelligence and ability to read people.

And finally, Hee-woo meets KIM HEE-AH (Kim Ji-eun), a computer science do-gooder who delivers meals to the elderly and works part-time at a restaurant. She’s also secretly the daughter of a chaebol family, and the suspicious guy who’s been following her around is her bodyguard.

And speaking of creepy stalkers, Hee-woo has an unexpected encounter with Tae-sub’s hitman… who seems to know who Hee-woo is! And once again, I doubted what I thought I already knew about the rules of Hee-woo’s time traveling shenanigans. Did the hitman somehow follow Hee-woo to the past? It didn’t make sense to me, but the encounter led to an epic fight scene was abnormally long for to be just a dream… or so I thought.

After the hitman pushes Hee-woo off a bridge, Hee-woo wakes up from a nightmare that spurs him into reconnecting with his MMA instructor from his previous life. While he’s no longer starting as a novice, Hee-woo needs to kick his training into overdrive if he wants to one day defeat Tae-sub’s hitman.

While Episode 2 introduced us to Hee-woo’s personal Avengers squad, Episode 3 was all about setting the groundwork for Hee-woo’s future financial success — because he will also need a lot of money in addition to his butt-kicking skills.

He decides that the best way for him to make some cash is to invest in real estate. He begins attending court property auctions, but he’s not savvy enough to understand which properties to buy. So Hee-woo latches onto WOO YONG-SOO (Lee Soon-jae), who is a pro at buying up real estate at auction in order to resell them when the area undergoes redevelopment and their value skyrockets.

Yong-soo warns Hee-woo that real estate turns people greedy and causes them to do immoral things, like evicting tenants from his newly acquired properties. Hee-woo remembers that the Woman in Red warned that the path to defeat Tae-sub might mean becoming a bit of a monster himself, so Hee-woo readily agrees to be Yong-soo’s disciple, seemingly prepared to develop amoral attributes in order to enact his revenge.

It quickly becomes apparent, though, that this is more of a “know thy enemy” type of situation. He intends to learn all the Bad Guy tricks of the trade, but he will enact them justly and maintain his white knight virtue. Hee-woo even takes the skills he learned from Yong-soo to purchase Gyu-ri’s family home, which allows her to attend her classes again.

Hee-woo’s professional knowledge from his previous life makes him the star student at Hanguk University, and he’s invited to join a top secret club comprised of the supposed best-of-the-best among the law school’s students and alumni. Among the members are Hee-woo’s sunbae CHOI KANG-JIN (Kim Jin-woo), who was a prosecutor and piece of trash assemblyman in Hee-woo’s past life, and JANG IL-HYUN (Kim Hyung-mook), a successful alum of Hanguk University who’s currently still trying to make a name for himself in the prosecutor’s office.

It is through this club that Hee-woo finds out that Tae-sub is scheming to steal Yong-soo’s properties by forcing him to default on a bank loan, which would bankrupt Yong-soo. Hee-woo warns Yong-soo, and he’s able to sell all of his properties before Tae-sub can swoop in and ruin him. To repay Hee-woo’s kindness, Yong-soo gives Hee-woo his bankbook and asks him to manage and invest the money he earned selling his properties. (Well, that’s an awfully convenient way to set Hee-woo up for future financial stability and riches.)

And a potential first investment practically falls in Hee-woo’s lap when Min-soo introduces Hee-woo to his friend MOON SUNG-HWAN (Kim Do-kyung), who developed a program called Haha Talk. In Hee-woo’s past life, Sung-hwan lost his intellectual property case against the company that stole his program.

Turns out, he submitted his project to a contest being run by Chunha Group, the company owned by Hee-ah’s father Chairman KIM GEONG-YOUNG (Jeon Gook-hwan). Chunha’s CEO, who Geong-young hired at Tae-sub’s recommendation, saw the potential in the program, and with Tae-sub’s backing, plotted to defect to another company and steal Sung-hwan’s code. It was also this series of events that led to the downfall of Chunha group and Geong-young’s subsequent death in Hee-woo’s previous life.

Luckily, in this timeline, Sung-hwan met Hee-woo, who immediately concocts a plan to protect Sung-hwan’s intellectual property. Sung-hwan trusts Hee-woo and follows his advice to record his meeting with Chunha’s CEO, both because Hee-woo seemed like a fortune teller — and one must listen to fortune tellers — and because Min-soo vouched for him.

But there was also a third reason. The day he was set to meet the CEO he received a similar warning via an anonymous text. The text was traced back to a convenience store employee who loaned his phone out to a customer.

Hee-woo and crew take a peek at the convenience store’s security cameras, and it turns out their anonymous sender is the Woman in Red… who also happens to be Tae-sub’s right-hand woman HAN JI-HYUN (Cha Joo-young) in this timeline. And if she’s still alive, that must mean she died and became a reaper before Hee-woo fell to his own death. Dun dun dun!

Not going to lie, that twist got me, but it certainly makes it more understandable that a reaper would be invested in Tae-sub’s downfall. Although, now that the secret is out, I think it’s safe to assume she died because Tae-sub found out she was working against him.

In addition to some nice surprises and gratuitous fight scenes, I found that the pacing was better this week as the episodes became a bit more episodic and each covered a different mini case that was loosely connected to Tae-sub. Is it awfully convenient for the plot that Hee-woo just so happens to know the fate of all these people thanks to random news reports in his past life? Yeah… but I’m just going to go with it. When we’ve got grim reapers and timey-wimey stuff happening, who am I to quibble over Hee-woo’s photographic memory?

 
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All the women in Hee Woo's life have a crush on him, lol. I still find KJE incredibly bland as an actress, I like of course KJK the best, she is so talented I hope she gets a lead role soon and HBR seems to be doing fine with what she has been given. All in all the drama is fine. I appreciate that the actual genius is perpetual student Min Soo. Also I need them to move to the present because LJK is not giving 20 year old student, lol.

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Episode 2 to 4 made me the easiest watch for me. I found this Kdrama had grim reapers but Tomorrow seems had a grim reapers too. We felt that since Again My Life premiered on April 9 (maybe up to May 21), the weekend had a competition with this Kdrama and Tomorrow non-cable timeslot for Friday-Saturday Kdramas due to both grim reapers' themes on both Kdramas. I felt a little bit of embarassed how SBS and MBC was coincidentally gave the 22:00 timeslot at the same time of both of Kdrama grim-reapers series but Korean viewers either nothing to giving complaint on this timeslot. On the ratings-wise, both gave them a low (and sometimes poor) ratings due to other Kdrama rivals for Saturday slot made them higher ratings but let promise that both shows were seemingly OK and gradually improved in the ratings for the next coming weeks.

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I'm still liking it but mostly because of LJG. The pacing/editing of the show is a tad bit off. We spend too much time on not-so-significant events and not enough on others - did we really need almost 5 full minutes of opening screen time on a fight sequence that was a dream?

The female characters also seem to be painted with a very broad brush. I'm not sure if that's from the source material webtoon or if the lack of screen time is making them seem half-baked.

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Favorite part of ep 4 was when Heewoo realized that in this timeline he'll have to serve in the military again--ahahahahaaa!

I don't quite follow how Kakao Talk developer is still at risk of losing his rights now that Chunha signed him instead of Jeil. Heewoo and Minsoo got him to submit patents, so why does Heewoo think he wasn't able to change the future in this case?

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Because the big bad "owns" Chunha so even if he didnt get the FULL control via JT communications like before, he still has some control now. I think in the past the Chairman is definitely murdered so having Chunha own it now is moot point because it would be his eventually.
So yes, the dev on this timeline is probably properly compensated via a fair contract BUT the way it will be used/abused will be the same (as of now).

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Ahaa, that makes sense. Thanks!

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"but even when I knew the drama was lying to me, it had a way of drawing out certain scenes just long enough that I began to second guess myself."

This was literally how I felt when I watched that fight in his dream 😂

I loved this week's episodes and how things seem to be moving forward. It looks like he will become a prosecutor in next week's episodes which is great.

Hee-woo realising he will have to enlist again was priceless 😂😂😂.

The grim reaper twist was a good one

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Yup! That dream fight got me too. I thought somehow the guy could track Hee Woo on a separate mission instead of just being Tae Sub's henchmen, but that didn't make sense.....

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Hee Woo's harem indeed. It is all convenient that he got the chance to assemble the group. So looking forward to how he will topple Tae Sub.

For his ladies, I am biased towards Kim Jae Kyung so I was hoping to see more of her character, HanMi. I actually like her better than the FL, who is the typical goody-two-shoes.

I didnt want to pick this up because my weekend dramas will be full once Shooting Stars and Now Its Showtime premieres this weekend. But its Lee Joon Gi and I can't seem to resist checking it out.

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It's too easy that he came back with everything, now he's the perfect hero. He fights so much for a prosecutor, or a futur one... at this point, being a cop would have been more credible.

As a completely biased opinion, I don't understand why he acted so cold with KJK who was great and so nice with KJE who is completely boring as usual, except the fact the FL... This man has not taste.

It's me or is always the same boxing gym in KDrama?

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Lol I recognized that gym place was also in Fight My Way.

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Are You Human ? Snow Queen, Dream, I think they all took place in this gym.

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Snow Queen came to mind for me also, but it was so long ago that I wasn't sure. Also whether anyone here would have watched it. Hi.

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Yeah, I wasn't sure neither. I watched only once this drama, it was too sad for a second one :p

Hi 😄

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Hee woo was a prosecutor who was looking to take down the bad guy in his past life, of course he knows who these people are. If he did not see it on the news, he would have read about it. That is just a odd comment to but in this recap when it was made obvious from the beginning.

I am loving Jung Sang hoon in this so far. I was interested in Min ho and Hee woo could have known each other in the past and then I remembered that Hee woo was a introvert with a lot of anger built up in him. With him altering his repeats, he has met someone whose life he does not have to make for the better. He finally just has a friend who will be there for him.

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I was referring specifically to Yong-soo and Sung-hwan. Hee-woo was not aware -- in his past life -- that they were Tae-sub's victims, so they were not a part of his original investigation into Tae-sub. Hee-woo even says that if he'd known Sung-hwan had had his software stolen by Chunha's (former) CEO that he would have issued more charges against the CEO when he prosecuted him. And Hee-woo's only memory of Yong-soo was when his death was covered on the news. Yes, if they were names mentioned in his case files, he would more likely remember them, but they weren't. So I think it's pretty fair to say that these were not names with enough significance that any normal person would remember them years later.

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There are people with great retentive memories in real life, so I don't think Hee-woo remembering the cases of Yong-soo and Sung-hwan is too far fetched as they were of some significance to have appeared on the news.

Plus, the drama wouldn't be what it is if it follows the trials of a normal person.

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I'm finally caught up on this drama. I was anxiously waiting for the recaps to be confirmed too. XD Thank you!

EP 2 was better than the premiere. Still an intro of the cast, but it was more interesting. EP 3 and 4 were pretty good. Easy watch, going with the flow.

Hee Woo's parents are precious. I hope they survive. I'm worried that they will be targeted later, especially his father when he chose himself to be the accident witness over his son.

The successful opening day of their restaurant made me smile. Had to google jjimdak lol. Looks tasty.

Very curious about Director Han Ji Hyun and her personal story/motivation in betraying Cho Tae Sub.

So far, Hee Woo's been real successful in changing people's lives around and stopping some bad guys. It makes me tense for when he gets caught. I'm nervous when characters go undercover or try to butter up with the bad guys pretending to be one of them. The tension can be good, but also stresssssss.

I thought Jang Il Hyun was a corrupt prosecutor already, but I guess not yet. Hee Woo made me nervous when he provided all that handy evidence. Shouldn't Il Hyun have been suspicious on how or why Hee Woo had those incriminating photos, etc.?

I think Kim Hee Ah will stay a good character, but I feel like Kim Gyu Ri could go to the dark side~ Fangirled over Cho Tae Sub. Got a second chance at going to law school so she may feel more pressure to do well. Maybe she will have fierce ambition and greed to be successful and high ranked.

Haven't paid too much attention to Min Soo, but getting wary of him. He's playing off as a silly, easygoing guy. He inserted himself into Hee Woo's group quickly and almost immediately. He doesn't have his own story or past shown yet like Gyu Ri, Hee Ah, and Han Mi.

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I think that the success for Hee woo is because of the changes he made in himself with the second life. He was emo and not talking to his parents because they were true working class people. Then when they passed away, he became even worse. He studied and got into law school and went on the become a prosecutor, well, it seems out of spite and not much else.

With the changes in his second life, he has to think of a long game, and that is the change in his attitude and it seems to be for the better.

And I like Min ho. I think that it is nice that Hee woo now has someone who is his friend and will be there for him and not the other way around. I think that he is there just so that Hee woo can have someone to lean on. I also think Min ho is going to play a bigger role in the second life. He wasn't introduced just to be background comic relief. Jung Sang hoon is good in this.

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Good point that Hee Woo has changed compared to before.

It would be nice for Hee Woo to have a regular friend. I've seen Jung Sang Hoon in one role before which had been a comedic one in a funny crime show. I liked him then. I just hope he'll be different here. The genius bit about him was a little intriguing.

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Jung Sang Hoon was amazing in Love Affairs in the Afternoon where he played against type. He's a comedic actor (he's on SNL Korea). I find him to always add humor into the shows he's in. Judging by one of the teasers, we'll see more of our team up soon.

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Thanks for the recap. I'm totally convinced that Minsu is yet another time traveler or time master...or maybe a demi-god servant of Hades. That mythology book wasn't there by accident. Minso knows way too much about time? Is he Chronos or the JAde Emperor?

Big question: Why must big bad suffer on earth? Suffering in hell isn't enough and hell can't wait for him to suffer. That's what Hades told hui wu when she met him. The denizens of hell want big bad to suffer on earth. A person whose sins are so bad that punishment in hell is insufficient? That's pretty bad. Why is a bad human suffering while alive worse? Are even his enemies on earth behind this?
The second thing is something i'm not sure about. Big Bad does a lot of ends-justify-the-means kind of evil. Will our hero become a monster to justify his destruction of Big Bad? He's seriously "good" but is it because we're preparing for a fall?
Third thing: I have no problem with a dead human becoming a grim reaper, but this is the first time where we see no Jade Emperor (yet) ruling morality. So, are these dead folks playing fast and loose?

I like it that our hero has friends and possible lovers in his new timeline. But he also has a family, which could be his Achilles heel. What to do if Big Bad threatens them? It's easy to be fearless when you have no one to worry about.

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Interesting about your big question. Tae Sub is a typical corrupt politician and businessman in kdramas right now. He doesn't stand out. At the moment, he doesn't look like a huge monster. The grim reaper was serious about wanting him to suffer on earth. He mostly likely had a hand in her death. How much more evil will he be....

Wonder if the show will expand on the mythical aspects and if there'll be other supernatural characters.

I think Hee Woo is such a good, decent guy right now, but he's going to change again. Maybe he'll balance between being good and being savage in taking down enemies. If Tae Sub is going to be worse and become monstrous, then we'll see how far Hee Woo will go to beat him.

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As long as ouri hero doesn't go full on monster, i'm cool. The writing is quite good so i figure the writer will not do anything carelessly

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"I'm totally convinced that Minsu is yet another time traveler or time master...or maybe a demi-god servant of Hades."

Me too :-) He just laughed when Hee Woo slipped and said that he had to do military service "again", and he has been behaving all along like he knows more than he lets on. He seems to be putting on an act.

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