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The Atypical Family: Episodes 3-4

This week, our con artist heroine warms her way into the lives of her target family, and try as he might, our superpowered hero is not as immune to her charm as he thinks. But while our heroine has succeeded in infiltrating the family, she soon finds out that she might have bitten more than she can chew with them.

 
EPISODES 3-4

The good news is: Gwi-ju has regained his time traveling powers! The bad news is: he can only return to the Da-hae moments in his life. Gwi-ju doesn’t understand why Da-hae is the only person in color in his usual black and white time-travel scenes, and when he sees himself briefly smile at her in one of his trips to the past, he wonders if he was indeed happy in the moments he spent with her.

As expected, Man-heum chalks all of this to the power of love, and invites Da-hae to move into the Bok mansion. I never knew I could dislike the forced proximity trope, but here we are. Da-hae’s plan is to become the Bok daughter-in-law, claim that the family is mentally ill — thanks to their superpowers nonsense — and then become their legal guardian to manage their assets. Da-hae moves in with a bouquet which she claims Gwi-ju gave her at a previously arranged fountain date, but as far as Gwi-ju — and I — remember, he stood Da-hae up. He didn’t hold a bouquet as he watched her from a distance, much less approach her for a hug as she also claimed. But if last week taught us anything, she might have met with Gwi-ju’s future self.

Speaking of time travel, we take a trip to Gwi-ju’s happiest memory: the day Yi-na was born. Unfortunately, that also happens to be his worst memory because his firefighter sunbae — who covered his shift when he went to see his wife and daughter in the hospital — died in a high school fire that same day. Afterwards, a grief-stricken Gwi-ju travelled back to his moment with Yi-na in the hospital, and for the first time in his time traveling career, the door of the hospital room appeared in color. Gwi-ju could touch the door and walk out, but despite his multiple attempts over the years, all he can do is run to the burning school. He cannot undo the fire or save his sunbae.

This reveal makes me conflicted because on one hand I want to knock Gwi-ju upside the head for obsessing over the past and neglecting his family and his job. But on the other hand, he couldn’t seem to control his return to the past. “That moment won’t let me go.” Sadly, as Gwi-ju’s wife grew increasingly frustrated with her husband’s frequent absence, poor Yi-na also grew up thinking that her father didn’t like her.

Things got to a head on their way to celebrate Yi-na’s (sixth?) birthday, and Gwi-ju got an ultimatum: his wife would leave with Yi-na if he disappeared again — which he did. Oops! But Gwi-ju was very intentional about not lingering in the past, so he quickly returned to the present. Unfortunately, by the time he returned, he found himself in a wrecked car — and for now, we are made to believe that Gwi-ju’s wife intentionally crashed the car.

Notably, before the accident, Yi-na’s eyes flashed blue when she met her mom’s eyes in the mirror — and this can explain why she’s sensitive about her eyes and wears glasses to avoid eye contact with others. Unsurprisingly, Da-hae capitalizes on the family’s negligence to get closer to Yi-na, and when Yi-na inevitably looks her in the eye, the blue glimmers for a second. Watching Yi-na seemingly stare at her with some level of trust/child-like innocence convinces Da-hae that Yi-na holds the key [to achieving her scamming goals]. “You mean the key to the 50 billion won building?” Yi-na mutters before running off — and this is how we confirm that she has superpowers. Yi-na is a mind reader, y’all!

An upside to this is that a surprised Yi-na finds out that her classmate and crush, HAN JOON-WOO (Moon Woo-jin!), thinks she’s pretty. Awww. But when Yi-na gets the “stay away from my man” memo after reading the school’s Miss Popular’s mind, a nervous Yi-na is forced to say that Joon-woo is a jerk — which he overhears. Nooo!!! It’s mission accomplished for Miss Popular, and it’s a reminder for Yi-na as to why she never wants to read minds.

And now that I think about it, I wonder what Yi-na read in her mom’s mind before the accident — especially since we’re still going with the assumption that the accident was intentional. We also learn that Mom was supposedly pregnant from another man at the time, and honestly, I don’t know how to feel about her in light of all the information we’re being fed.

Moving on, Gwi-ju sees a flower vendor outside the house with the bouquet he supposedly gave to Da-hae at the fountain, and to test his “future self” theory, he takes the bouquet and returns to the past. As usual, Da-hae is able to see him, but he is determined not to hug her or give her the bouquet. Enter: The Speeding Motorbike of Fatal Attraction. Gwi-ju instinctively pulls Da-hae out of harm’s way, and ends up hugging her. She takes the bouquet from him afterwards, and thus, the future self theory is proven true.

Gwi-ju returns to the present in disbelief after using his time travel power to save someone’s life for the first time ever. Going through the family’s archives, he learns that the desperation to save people could amplify the magnitude of their superpowers. You mean Gwi-ju was more desperate to save Da-hae from the bike than he was to save his sunbae from the school fire? Oh well, since this is dramaland where love answereth all things, it is also possible, according to the archives, that the full extent of the family’s powers only manifests when the right person comes into their life. Hmmm.

Meanwhile, Dong-hee and her fiancé break up after she catches him in a compromising position with Grace, and she also has to move back to the Bok mansion after Man-heum sells her apartment. Dong-hee snoops around the family vault for something expensive to sell, and as she stretches to reach a top shelf, she begins to float. A spying Da-hae is shocked at the sight, and she runs upstairs like she has just seen a ghost. She trips and lands in Gwi-ju’s arms at the top of the stairs, but when she looks into the mirror by the wall, she sees herself leaning against the air. Wait, what?! But while Da-hae focuses on the invisible man in the mirror, I’m focused on Gwi-ju’s wet hair — which totally looks good on Jang Ki-yong. Hehe.

Convinced that the Bok mansion is haunted, Da-hae rushes back down the stairs — and runs into Gwi-ju again! This Gwi-ju is completely dry, and Da-hae can’t deal anymore, so she passes out. Man-heum scolds Dong-hee for scaring Da-hae, and ignores Dong-hee’s concerns over what Da-hae was doing in the vault in the first place. She also doesn’t believe Dong-hee’s suspicion that Da-hae puts sleeping pills in her tea. Tsk.

The next morning, Man-heum shares a dream where Da-hae is rushed to the hospital from a sauna, and Da-hae is freaked out when Man-heum name-drops Sauna Mom’s establishment. At this point, Da-hae is done with targeting the Boks, but not Sauna Mom. We come to learn that Da-hae inherited her father’s debt, and Sauna Mom — and Roy — are the loan sharks. Da-hae is forced to participate in their scams to pay off her debt, and she needs to register her marriage with Gwi-ju if she wants out of the arrangement.

Gwi-ju is worried that his mom’s dream would come true, so he tails Da-hae to the sauna. “I thought you said you had no family,” he says to Da-hae when he sees her with Sauna Mom, and Roy hits the fire alarm to distract them. Da-hae’s fire trauma kicks in, and she ends up in the hospital. Sauna Mom introduces herself to Gwi-ju as an acquaintance of Da-hae’s late father, and Gwi-ju smiles as he listens to Da-hae’s life story. Maybe it’s because I’m attracted to Jang Ki-yong’s smile, but I’m just noticing that Gwi-ju is dressed in brighter colours — and he’s been like this since the flower vendor scene. Lol. Looks like our hero has stepped out of his dark closet of depression.

On the drive back to the Bok mansion, Gwi-ju tells Da-hae that the “Gwi-ju” she saw at the mall and the fountain, was him from the future. As to why Da-hae is the only one who can see and touch him in his time travel moments, Gwi-ju has no idea. But one thing is for sure: Da-hae’s past is Gwi-ju’s future.

Gwi-ju quits drinking now that he has found a purpose for his superpower: saving Da-hae. He returns to the past in an attempt to save her from the sauna accident, but he ends up in the women’s changing room at the sauna. Lol. Gwi-ju hurries back to the present to wash the X-rated images away from his head in the shower — and this is the wet-haired Gwi-ju who goes back to the past again to save Da-hae from tripping on the stairs. Gwi-ju is still wet when he returns to the present, and when Da-hae sees him now, she connects the dots.

Since Gwi-ju has no idea of what transpires between his future self and Da-hae until much later when he experiences the moment, Da-hae lies that his future self gave her a marriage registration form. Gwi-ju highly doubts his future self would go that far, and Da-hae tells him that his future self did something else: he saved her from the high school fire. Smh. From all indications, Da-hae was indeed a student at the time, but this is clearly her way of manipulating Gwi-ju. Da-hae succeeds in fanning the flames of hope in Gwi-ju that he’ll finally be able to save someone from the school fire that sent him into depression for years, and this just makes the manipulation worse — even though there’s a high possibility that he indeed saved Da-hae.

Anyway, if Da-hae thinks the marriage registration will result in wedding bells immediately, she needs to think again. According to Gwi-ju, they have to fall in love first for them to reach the “future” where they registered their marriage. Next thing you know, he grabs Da-hae and kisses her, and the week comes to an end. Pfft. I have never been more uninterested in an OTP as much as I am with Gwi-ju and Da-hae. While their backstory makes me understand them a little more than I did in the premiere week, I’m still not fond of them as individuals, much less as a soon-to-be couple.

More than a love story, I’d like to see Gwi-ju bond with his daughter, especially since he’s out of his depression funk. I also want more Yi-na and Joon-woo scenes as I find them wayy more interesting than the OTP. Dong-hee refusing to allow Grace to get under her skin was my favorite thing this week, and I totally loved the drama-free nature of her breakup. Dong-hee deserves better, and I can’t wait for her to regain her powers completely. As a whole, I’m not enjoying this drama as much as I’d like, but maybe that’s a me problem. Thankfully, I’ve got Yi-na and Dong-hee to keep me coming back each week, and hopefully, I will grow to like our main characters in the coming weeks.

 
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Thank you for the recap. As usual your recaps are much more fun than the actual episodes. "The Speeding Motorbike of Fatal Attraction". Well the episodes do anything but speed, however the end is indeed like that forced tight hug which makes us come back for the next. 🤭 😊
Let's see if the drama's future self gives us tulips or a wedding certificate. Just hope we innocent audience are not hurled by the drama into a "dark closet of depression".

I really want to know how are the returning powers of Man-heum and Gwi-ju's linked to the presence (scam?) of Da-hae.

I really liked the Bok family history and the powers of the ancestors. It gives so much depth to our soon to be scammed family and makes us root for them.

"I have never been more uninterested in an OTP as much as I am with Gwi-ju and Da-hae". TBH any OTP will seem bland and flavorless after Baek-Hong but yes this drama is not doing any work to make us invested in, leave alone root for this Bok-Da couple.

Sorry that you are having to recap a drama that is uninteresting to you. No worries we'll keep you company. 🫰

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I’m with you. Very slow going and the plot is vey thin. I’m afraid they will run out of interesting things to do in the middle of the show. How many times can he open that hospital sliding door?
Still. I’m not dropping it.

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I'm really curious how / why Da-hae triggers their powers. Man-heum may have tried sleeping pills before but she hasn't dreamt in a long time. At least we are warned by the title itself - it is atypical. 😂

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I’m sure the explanation will be much simpler than we think. She is that little girl whose dog he was trying to save. Or she is the reason his sunbae firefighter died? Or the combination of two? The complicated one will be: her ancestors cursed his family. lol

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Opps ... you're right. Perhaps we're just overthinking and it may be a simple or no explanation by the drama. It doesn't seem like the Bok family was cursed, but one never knows with K-drama. It is entirely possible.

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Of course she is the girl the sunbae died for. That's where she got her PTSD (remember her crawling on the floor of the café during the fire alarm?)
It's not at lie that she was saved, but she has lied to two men before ML and said the firefighter looked just like them.
She has been told to use that same story again - but this time, of course, it's true.
And how will ML get to her in the building?
How about his sister help him?

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Sleeping pills don't work THAT well. It has to be a placebo effect.

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Or maybe it's something a bit more powerful.

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They say she is strictly against sleeping pills.
And remember when she dreamt about the sauna, i.e. something that we know was indeed about to happen: It was when Da-hae had drunk the tea with the sleeping powder in it to prove it weren't drugged. While Da-hae fell into unconscious sleep, Man-heum dreamed an actual prophesying dream. The other dreams she has talked about were blurry, she has said. I actually thought Da-hae might have shown borrowed a ring and showed the half-sleeping drugged woman a ring that she mixed up with dreams, but since Da-hae only by and by found out about the superpowers, maybe it wasn't so.

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I think it's a drop.

I don't like the ML, he's acting either like a dead man either as a child. I don't understand the logic behind his power, it doesn't look like he went in his past but in Da-Hae's past. The first time, he wasn't with her in the mall anymore, he wasn't up the stairs neither. I don't like Jang Ki-Yong's acting neither. At least, Chun Woo-Hee makes her characters grey and not totally awful.

Yi-Na is the only character I care for and she isn't lucky between her family and school, she deserves at least one happy place.

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I think it's a no start for me from all the comments.

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I am at a loss as to why their powers are called super. If anything they seem to be pretty worthless powers. Enhanced abilities would be a better term. Dong-hee and Yi-na are really the only ones I am interested in so far.

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I'm out.
I would say this show is a modern illness itself. The typical "2024 and we're still doing this" kind of sad reality.

1. Da Hee still has no story. No explanation for her situation.
She said that now she's going to start taking care of herself and that she's going to get back what's hers, but I don't know what's hers and I'm not sure if I care. She's charming, because the actress is doing miracles with this character. But that's it. The show refuses to give her anything.

Does she do anything besides being at the gym all day? Is being a model even her true passion? she seems more interested in getting money/a building from her mom.

She's just there being as greedy and self centered as anyone else in this show.

2. But even if Da Hee only cares about herself, it's wild that her mom believes a complete stranger over her.

Halmoni never suspecting Da Hae is the weirdest thing. It makes no sense for her to actually think anyone would be interested in her son. And worse, moving in with them to babysit them before getting married? With the way everyone treats Da Hae?

Da Hae can make her sign any weird document and halmoni would still be like "oh, but it's okay because I saw her in a dream with my ring". Of course she has your ring, she'll probably stole it from you.
Halmoni's logic is hurting my brain.

Trying to win the lottery? What if instead of giving her useless son the gym, she actually hires someone competent for it? We already saw how he runs things in episode 1. Of course they're going bankrupt.

And what is Da Hee doing about the place she got for her ex boyfriend? Is he really paying her back? Why isn't she kicking him out?

3. Da Hae... All she does is cook for In Ha, be scared of fire, and tell Gwi Ju exactly what he has to do when he travels in time (superpowers have never been more boring than in this show).

Has she ever had a scene that isn't about Gwi Ju or that family? She's just one of those female leads that exists only for the male lead. No real identity whatsoever.

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4. Gwi Ju. Aka. why is a guy like this the main character of any tv show. Aka. women deserve better.

Watching In Ha go to school without eating breakfast AGAIN, while her dad was just standing in a corner giving zero fcks, made me want to punch my phone.

Is the random woman they know from a few weeks ago the one that has to give In Ha a banana, and tell her to have a good day at school?

No wonder the kid sees Da Hae as the victim even when she knows she drugs her halmoni and wants to steal from them. Her meals are instant ramen?
WTF?

Obviously, as an excuse Gwi Ju would say "I want to do something for my kid, but depression is a b". The thing is that he forgets about that when it comes to the FL.

As far as I know, this guy never went to In Ha's school to talk to her teacher and give him the papers needed. But we saw him put so much effort on anything related to "the one".

Oh, man. "The one". Da Hae is "the one"? The disrespect to his late wife was insane in these episodes. The flashback where halmoni casually tells us his wife was cheating on him ta make her the bad guy, or the haraboji casually saying that Da Hae is his one and only love, as if his first marriage was a joke... Hilarious stuff.

I'm just sad In Ha's mom didn't run away earlier. He hasn't done anything for In Ha for her entire life. That explains why the first and last "happy memory" involving her was her birth.

But the worst part is that we see how this guy has been doing nothing for 13 years because he's obsessed with the past and has a hero complex, and what does the show do? "Oh, look. you can actually save someone!!!! You know, with the power of romantic love. And that person you save will raise your kid for you!! Ain't that great?".

Good for him he has to do no efforts in life. His mom got him a job and someone to feed him and his kid. And even fixed his stupidpower. Be happy, man. It's all about you at the end.

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@unit, I'm sorry recapping this drama isn't more pleasurable for you.

As for me, I wasn't sure I'd continue after the premier week, but after these two episodes, I appear to be all in. There's something about this show's quirky, dreamy story landscape that has captured my attention--if not my heart quite yet--and made me want to know how these characters all fit together. Even though my viewing experience was very positive, I also concede that this drama is not for everyone. Many of the characters are either emotionally remote or flat-out unlikeable. It sends problematic messages about weight and alcoholism and depression. And sometimes, what I might see as clever, others could just as easily call gimmicky.

Yet, here I am, saying that I'm starting to really love this drama.

There's something about the tragedy of having special abilities that gets me: the ability to go back in time and re-experience happy moments, but not to be able to change the inevitable tragedies occurring at the same time and thus making it nearly impossible to find a purely joyful experience; the ability to see the future in dreams, but only certain aspects of it; the ability to read people's minds, only to discover that most of the time, it's simply better not to know; and finally, the ability to fly, but in exchange, to believe you have no control over your own body. Of course these characters are universally miserable.

At the same time, the show has a very hopeful tone that suggests there is real love and joy to be found, but these people need to get out of their own heads already to find it.

This week, I loved how Dong-hee handled herself after the breakup, especially when she refused to hate and punish Grace for what had happened. At the same time, and more problematically, I didn't agree with her point that she ultimately needs to blame herself. I mean, I get what she was saying--that sometimes in life you have to take responsibility for your own choices and learn how to fix what you wrought--but No, Girl. You are not to blame for the fact that your fiancee treated you differently when you gained weight and then cheated on you. That's allllllll on him.

I'm still not sure how I feel about the main couple, but I do like the swell of music that comes whenever they have a past/future encounter. I am hopeful that we're not speeding towards the typical moment of extreme conflict when the ML finds out the truth about the FL's plans and feels horribly betrayed. Maybe this is naive of me, but I think the show will do something more interesting with the reveal of Da-hae's initial motivations.

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I like it as much as you do, although perhaps for a different range of reasons. The music is entrancing. I keep noticing it, and normally that would be distracting in a bad way, but here it's making every scene better.

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Share your different range of reasons, please :)

Agreed about the music. It's definitely an enhancement rather than a distraction.

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I’ll share mine: Jang Ki Yong visuals AND I find the FL’s acting is not bad. Hey. All the females out there went crazy over Sun-Jae’s visuals and sweetness. Can’t we do the same here over ML’s visuals and anguish-ness?

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It's impressive how he manages to be so attractive while being dressed so schlubby

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A lot of it made me laugh, definitely AT the characters and not with them. I wouldn't mind if this remained a black comedy about terrible people - except that I can't see how Yi-na would fit into one. She's too vulnerable and sad to be the usual precocious mini-Greek chorus character. Dong-hee is also not a totally terrible person, and I hate the fat suit and the suggestion that losing weight is her magical solution - but she’s starting to show some dark side and that only makes her more interesting. So far these characters, like their powers, are more symbolic than real. Da-hae and Gwi-ju are both caught in cycles created by the actions of others in the past, but for which they feel responsible and guilty - and to which they have responded far less than perfectly, adding to their guilt. Dong-hee lacks self-confidence. Mom/halmeoni is an avatar for greed. Dad/harabeoji seems nice, but his motivations are opaque. I do think Da-hae was victimized by both of her husbands as well as the loan sharks and that makes me willing to suspend condemnation of her for now.

Because I don’t care about these characters, it’s easier to dispassionately observe their often horrid emotional neglect of each other. (The supernatural physical beauty of the two leads sure helps.) I have a weird impression that they’re all pieces being moved around a chessboard, and I can’t yet be sure by whom. Dad/harabeoji, maybe? He may not have powers but he knows more than the rest of them put together about the family’s abilities and history. Yet he has huge blind spots, or maybe just doesn’t care, about Da-hae and about the interior lives and suffering of his family. He’s too good to be true and seems to treat them with the off-hand familiarity masquerading as affection of a researcher toward the subjects of a long-term experiment - or of a con man running a scheme. The mechanics of the time slips and JKY’s compelling portrayal of PTSD (thanks, @vienibenmio, I think you’ve nailed it) and wet hair are more than enough to keep me in it for now.

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I feel the same way. I like the melancholy vibe, and I really love how the time travel is interacting with the romance (I loved that about Time Traveler's Wife, too). I actually think the ML's power is a metaphor for PTSD. He's forced to relive the situation over and over again, not able to change it, and feels guilt for both his role as well as being happy on that day.

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In fact, if this story is nothing but a dark tale or a fable, all the powers could be read as metaphors.

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I agree with you. I'm interested in this show even though I don't like most of the characters (being Yi-na and Dong-hee my favorites. They are more relatable than the others). What I find interesting is the way this story is being told, the visuals, the music, the slow pace... I already know this is not a typical k-drama, that was clear already in the first episode, and I'm ok with it. I like variety in my dramas.
I guess in this drama it's more important "how" the director and the screenwriter are telling the story than "what" they want to tell.

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This kdramas is not spoon feeding the audience anything so far, which may be difficult for those Kdrama watchers that see mostly beautiful characters with clear motivations in other KDramas.

I think this drama will make us work for the things we want to know. And to understand why something is the way it is in this story.

I know everyone watching has a right to their opinion, but what is the motivation for the detail of why they don’t like it or why they are ending watching TAF?

I read dramabeans to find answers for things I don’t understand in the drama or discuss what is so good (or potentially good) about the show.

If you don’t enjoy something why waste time with it? The show is already produced and people disparaging the plot, actors or whatever won’t effect the show, just those who like it. Just my opinion.

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These two episodes were much better than the first two. I still find most of the characters extremely unlikeable, but at least I understand FL and ML a bit better now.
At this point, I'm also not very interested in the OTP. That may also be because I find an alcoholic who emotionally neglects his child totally unappealing.

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Yes, I also find that very off-putting in real life and in a romantic lead. For now, I'm liking the show well enough to see how it resolves these very unflattering aspects of the ML's personality. But it'd be easier to root for him to find love if we saw more of him trying to reach out and get to know his daughter, especially now that he's sober most of the time.

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I know it isn't sympathetic or likeable, but it's realistic. Part of PTSD is feeling disconnected from people and like you aren't capable of love anymore. In fact, I wonder if he thinks he is just going to hurt his daughter like he thinks he hurt his wife and boss.

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The last two episodes have explained very well why ML has become the way he is now. It doesn't make him any more attractive as a love interest, but it has ensured that I'll keep watching.

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I just don't like the FL.. if they make them a romantic pair, I would be so disappointed. she is a con artist, forced into it or not,,,not looking forward to them being OTP.

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I don’t understand anyone here nor I find them the least bit likeable. Except for In Na. Poor kid! Imagine being born into such a shitty family. Does anyone even care about her? Her dad is a dead beat. Her grandmother terrible. I don’t think I have seen her aunt speak to her once! I hope she finds her place in the world really soon.

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After 4 episodes I don’t know what to make of this drama. It was nice to finally see the FL get scared of the super powers but it lasted shortly. And she is back to scamming.

Also, I don’t understand how he can be in the future of her present. Does it mean he can time travel both ways yet he doesn’t know it??
I feel bad for I Na. She is struggling both at home and school. The family is not atypical but dysfunctional.

I should probably drop it. But on a Sleepy weekend afternoon I might end up clicking play again.

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“… I don’t know what to make of this drama.”

Exactly what I feel, but the ambiguity (or abstractness(?)) of it pulling me in for now instead of pushing me away. I still like it though I don’t understand it “yet”.

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I think when the FL (suggests or tells) the ML that he did something, that becomes a kind of self fulfilling “prophecy”…

And then he does what she said he did.

Like he found out that he held her hand in the mall, the day after it happened. She challenged him that it happened and to try to go back the next evening. He tried and it worked.
He even had the cuts on his knuckles from where he hit the helmeted guy from the day after the mall event when he went to hold her hand.

Sorry if this doesn’t make sense, time travel is difficult on paper….lol!!! 🫣😂🤞🏻

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that was a stretch for me too.. but lets see where it goes

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I don't like that they have that creepy uncle of the FL following her and keeping tabs, this just cringy for my liking.

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This is a drop. This is the most literal and figurative forced romance I have ever seen. There is no why for anything in this drama and everyone sucks everyone. In Yi Na's story they could have made that girl a good friend to her, but instead nasty jealousy. It is so SIGH. I am sad because I want to know what happens with Yi Na, but not enough to finish this trash drama. Thank you for the Recap and I am sorry you are recapping this.

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"In Yi Na's story they could have made that girl a good friend to her"

Thank you. This would have been a much better direction in her story. Imagine her friend finding out she can read minds and the both them deciding to have fun with it. But K-drama writers have this unhinged obsession with creating unnecessary love triangles. And I guess even literal children are not off-limits.

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Right like as Yi-Na a big rival / threat to her against the boy in the class?

All we can do is hope the writer has a plan…

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Thanks for the recap @unit. If for no other reason, your shout-out to Moon Jin Bin made me sit up – with the saved head, I did not recognize him.
I’m enjoying the show for the same reasons I enjoyed QoT – it’s a roller coaster with twists and turns in the characters, the classic two families, and their respective histories. I like Da Hae more than Gwi Joo, know nothing about the actors and not interested in their romance. I am hoping that Gwi Joo’s kiss is totally calling her bluff and not some sort of “OMG, I’m falling in love with her.” A few episodes of cat-and-mouse would be fun to watch.
I’m worried about Grandfather Eom Soon Gu and as I looked up his name I realized that in THIS family, the kids were named after Mom, not Dad. The one character who seems to really care about I-na and his own children, but no powers? Writer has some sort of garbage story for him and I suspect it will be Da Hae’s “Mom” trying to seduce him or some other potential betrayal – hope he comes through it unscathed and my overall rating for the show will depend heavily upon his outcome.

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I like the weird and fresh tone of the story. Everyone is flawed except Yi-na (yet). I'm watching this to see them how they will find happiness.
Chun woo-hee's acting truly appeals to me and Yi-na is cute.

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I was interested in following Yina's journey but not enough to watch the whole thing.

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Gwi-ju doesn't have depression, he has PTSD. His symptoms are far better accounted for by that diagnosis. I really find it interesting what the drama is doing with both storytelling and the characters. We find out now that So-yeon was not only about to leave Gwi-ju, but was pregnant with another man's child (how does grandma know that? No idea). I don't agree with that Da-hae has no motivation, the show established that she's essentially trapped. We don't know how she really feels because she doesn't know how she feels, and she won't let herself - but you can see glimpses, like when she told her "mom" that they should find another family to target. I also think she does genuinely care for In-ha, you can see glimpses of that, too. I hated the glasses thing, but hey.

I thought it was interesting too that Dong-hee's boyfriend claims he lost interest in her not because of her weight, but because of her mental state. Which would fall in line with the theory that she can't fly because of that, not the actual physical weight gain.

I just really like the time travel stuff, and how the show is hinting that there is some deeper, more cosmic connection between Gwi-ju and Da-hae.

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Agree with all your points but want to highlight a few.

First, I appreciate that you see Gwi-ju as suffering from PTSD (and seeing his power as a metaphor for being trapped in that cycle of reliving the shame and guilt over and over again) rather than depression. I hadn't thought of it that way, but it makes perfect sense. I also agree with your point about Da-hae; some may not like or understand her, but the show made her motives very clear, especially in these last two episodes. I know why she's doing what she's doing (because she feels she has no choice but to pay off her father's debt to Sauna Mom), why she feels she has to (because they won't ever leave her alone and she has nowhere else to go), and what she wants to gain (freedom to live her own life on her own terms). The only thing that's hard to know at this point is exactly what type of person she is and how she might grow to feel about this family. But that's the whole plot of the show, lol, so we'll eventually get answers on that front.

Finally, like you, I really like the time travel element. As someone else pointed out, it's not so much what story they're telling here (or in any drama, really) because there's only so many stories to tell. It's the how and why that matter, especially with this drama. I'm very curious about the connection between Gwi-ju and Da-hae, and although it will certainly hinge on love or being the "right person" for each other, I also believe it'll go deeper than that.

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I noticed the thing about the boyfriend's reason, too, but I still think he seems like a sh*tty guy and that she should do way better and not be controlled by her mum dangling that building in front of her children together with marriage. It's disgusting.

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Oh yeah, and either way it doesn't justify how he's been treating her.

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I am glad you explained it this way because it fits more with what is being shown and it explains why he said it just wouldnt let him go. I do like this show precisely because all the characters are flawed and I want to see how their progression from there.

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I'm really enjoying this drama! I don't mind that most of the characters are unlikeable. I'm still drawn into the story and intrigued by the psychological aspects.

I think the primary problem is that this production needs an ML who can generate sizzling chemistry with the FL while still carrying a believable level of trauma and disassociation from his real life/responsibilities. Unfortunately, I don't think JKY is quite up to that task. He's doing a great job with the PTSD, but is less believable with the fated and magnetic connection with CWH.

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Chemistry is something magical because it's even subjective. Sometimes I have read some couples don't have chemistry but I thought otherwise. And vice versa.
In this case I agree with you, I can't see the chemistry in this couple yet. I that kiss came too soon (so I felt nothing watching it).

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This wasn't a "regular" right-on-schedule mid-season kiss. We weren't meant to feel anything. Neither was he. He wasn't kissing her because he was attracted to her, he was conducting a test. But in the strange nature of this show, present-day ML feels a certain way but we don't know how that perspective will shift once his future self comes back to observe his old self. It's strange and intriguing.

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1) He seems okay fated and sizzling to me.
2) About the kiss being too soon: It's meant to be too soon. Because he is told he has a future to live up to, he sets out fulfilling that, and it happens in the wrong order and somewhat forced. He is attracted to her, but he wouldn't have kissed her if she hadn't said he had already proposed, and his mum hadn't pushed for it with her dreams as the reason.
He is doing this while part of him is angry and feels manipulated, and part of him feels, maybe, lucky, and part of him is just stumbling like someone who as just been pushed onto a stage and had a spotlight directed at him. "OKay, this woman is the love of your life, and you will soon ask her to marry you aaaand ... Action!"

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I see your point. We could think he is being quite naive, because he has believed what she said, no second-guessing.
He is totally convinced that he will propose marriage.

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He has disbelieved her a couple of times already, so he is tired in his suspicion muscles, so to speak. And his mum is so obsessed with him marrying her so ... I also imagine he is always a little bit beside himself, having been sad and confused for ... how many years was it?
So just the fact that he says he needs to fall in love before he marries her and can't just order himself around like that from the future is already him rebelling, insisting on part of himself being whole.
But he kisses before he is really ready. There is chemistry, but actually less when he kisses her, because the moments you feel that chemistry is when there is an invisible pull force. But here, he is pushing their relationship towards emotions he has been told to have rather than stand there, wanting to kiss her for some time before letting it happen.

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Okay I am totally repeating myself for no reason because you already got what I meant.
Sorry.
I get frustrated with all the negative reactions that I don't think are justified.
So far, I like this show a lot.

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@ceciliedk I really enjoy reading your comments because you have such depth of observation plus a beautiful way of describing those observations. I'm feeling a lot of things when I'm watching that I don't do a great job of explaining. It seems I'm just satisfied to feel them. So I very much appreciate having your thoughts put into words to reflect on. 🤗

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Thank you very, very much for that comment, Zindigo.

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There was a lot more chemistry in his somewhat contemptuous look at her when she challenged him by downing a whole glass of soju, just like that.

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So far everything the FL told the ML happened > eventually happened!

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But the handholding and the flowers were honest from her side and she was surprised to be called a liar for it.
Whereas the proposal was something she made on her computer, when she found out he wouldn't necessarily know about their interactions until later.

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@ceciliedk She's definitely conflicted.

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I really like that perspective on the ML's character. I'm going to watch with fresh eyes next weekend 👍

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This is very well put, and this is what is making this drama interesting and different from your regular run-of-the-mill rom-com

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I, for one, love this show. It's dark and whimsical, but it's got a lot of heart. I can't wait until Gwi-ju grows closer with Yi-na. I expect to shed many tears over our repaired father-daughter relationship. I'm proud of him for overcoming his depression and quitting drinking, at least for Yi-na's sake.

Future Gwi-ju travelling back in time to save past Da-hae is a great twist like my favorite Harry Potter instalment Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Most of us already guessed that he was the man who saved her life whom he reminded her of, so clearly, she wasn't lying. It's hard to see how a con artist can win us over, but I do believe that Da-hae is genuine in her interactions with Yi-na. I loved when she reassured Yi-na that her dad didn't try to kill himself, and I teared up when she tied her jacket around Yi-na's waist. Obviously Da-hae saved Gwi-ju from drowning, so deep down, she's good person. Even our con artist family doesn't seem inherently evil, especially Uncle Roy.

Offensive fatsuit aside, Dong-hee is my favorite character. I love the blunt way she speaks and the way the siblings fight like cats and dogs. I cheered when Dong-hee caught Da-hae putting sleeping pills in her mom's tea since Yi-na would have never exposed Da-hae. Claudia Kim (Soo-hyun) is such a good actress. Her acting is so natural, and she's so tall, almost at Jang Ki-yong's height. Dad is precious. Please protect him at all costs.

Yi-na has the most useful superpower, but at the same time, knowing people's true thoughts must be extremely burdensome. I had guessed that her power would be invisibility like her teacher said. Yi-na's life is so sad, so I can't completely hate Da-hae because she's at least feeding her proper meals. Yi-na's mom better not have killed herself with her daughter in the car; it better have been an accident. Thank you, Moon Woo-jin's agency, for continuing to get him cast in these heartbreaker roles. He was the best thing in Castaway Diva.

Thanks for the weecap, @Unit!

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Thank you, panshel!
Of course Gwi-ju was the one who will have saved Da-hae, but I don't think she knows, or recognised him (yet). It's the third time she is using that story to trigger someone's Knight-in-shining-armor-ego into marrying her, but I think maybe she feels less fine about it this time. It's kicking someone who's lying down, and she knows it.
And my guess (as I've said a couple of times to anyone who might or might not want to hear) is that Gwi-ju got help from Dong-hee in saving Da-hae. Maybe he can take her back into the past, or maybe he has met her former self on that day and they haven't talked about it because ... sue me. But Dong-hee can have brought him to the floor in the last minute before it collapsed.
Also: His firefighter sunbae said that in time, Gwi-ju would know the feeling of not wanting to go home to his family. It was said in jest, but still an odd thing to say.

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I am saying "thank you" because I am loving the drama too, and Dong-hee, though not her fatsuit. Also not that she smears food around her mouth, as if fat people couldn't successfully find their own mouth. Also sceptical about the "always look inside for the fault" though sometimes it's a good idea. But not if your fiancé is being an A**hole.

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She is so funny to boot. Can't wait until she loses the fat suit though.

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Would be even better if it was actually a chubby actress that just stayed fat for the rest of the show, but picked up her self worth along the way. They could manipulate the flashbacks like they did when they told the story of Captain America being small and skinny before being scientifically magicked big and strong.

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@ceciliedk Yes I really would love for Dong-hee to stay overweight (but I do hate the fat suit, so it would be nice if they'd hired a bigger actress to begin with). I want her to have Ji-wan's storyline from Love is for Suckers!

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But backstory is that of a runway model. Would a chubby actress actually work?

I wish K-dramas had the budgets they deserve. People mock product placements but, I am not against them at all if it gets the budgets to pay the actors, build quality sets and quality wardrobes.

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The backstory is that of a model, but if the story did not need her to lose weight to have a HEA, she would only need to be slim in the flashbacks. That could be made with a mixture of cgi, trickery (making things around her big), someone else's body, or just an actress with similar features playing the younger, more slim Dong-hee. I mean, whether a fat suit "works" is open for discussion. It rarely looks like an actual fat person, can we agree on that? And also, it inhibits expression with those thick layers of silicone or whatever it is that is glued to her neck and cheeks.
So a fat/chubby actress could be cool.
I am dreaming myself back to Rebel Wilson's fat days - she just had some unshakable power charisma that is so rarely seen with a fat person, especially a fat woman.

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@DK-Drama, I agree with you on the CGI. However, it can be time-consuming and then become expensive to use. I would much prefer that. My opinion is it's not a matter of a fat suit working but what the production team could afford. This is why I wish Kdramas could get the budgets they deserve.

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I am not sure a better budget would make the fatsuit disappear. The HappyEnding™ and Narrative™ of a fat girl is that the Real Version® her is the slim version, and therefore a suit that can be taken off fits in. She is wearing a fatsuit because she is going to drop it at some point and her Real Life® can begin. 🙄
This drama is laying the grounds for her being able to fly regardless of her weight (it's magic anyhow, so, like Yoda, I'd say: "Size doesn't matter") I would insert a gif here, but I can't, so I'll put the link in the end of this comment.
Even that is a great improvement. (We saw, when she dreamt of flying, that she didn't fall because she became fat, but because she saw that she became fat.
But when that has been shown, she will lose weight, because it's normal to count being fat as an exception, and for the fat years to be years where she doesn't really exist other than as something waiting to become slim again.

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"Most of us already guessed that he was the man who saved her life whom he reminded her of. . . . I do believe that Da-hae is genuine in her interactions with Yi-na. . . . .Obviously Da-hae saved Gwi-ju from drowning,"

My problem with the fire-rescue connection is that it is SOOOOO obvious. Writer-nim is practically hitting us over the head with it -- which means no gigantic plot twist? no big surprise? I, for one, will be disappointed if the most obvious connection happens to be THE connection (and, of course, there is some connection/fate - no question about that). I'm crossing my fingers that Da-hae also has some sort of latent super-power that explains why Gwi-ju can touch her.

I like the character of Da Hae more than Gwi-ju and it doesn't bother me that she's a con artist because there would be no story if she was Cinderella with evil "step-family". Her scenes with I-na are lovely but I-na also knows that Da Hae is using her ("She's the key") but has apparently decided not worry it.

Finally, just why was Da Hae strategically placed at the ocean that day - dressed in decidedly non-beach clothing?? Obviously a set-up, but she wasn't there to rescue him - that was serendipitous ("fate").

I never watched Castaway Diva, but Moon Woo-jin has had my heart ever since WWWSK and then in Kiss Sixth Sense.

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I did consider at one point that she might be an angel, and as it is, maybe an angel that doesn't even know it herself.
It seems she doesn't actually remember anyone actually coming for her. At other times, she has seen him before he did it, so unless he carried her unconscious from the locked storage room, she ought to have seen him.
And also, I think maybe the fireman who died could be her father, since he said that in time, Gwi-ju would learn about not wanting to go home to your family. So the troubled family she had could be that fireman's family.

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We saw the fireman sunbae family during a flashback. He had a wife and young son, so no, that wasn't it.

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And Moon Woo-jin is lovely, that's true. I loved him in Castaway Diva, too, in all his haunted seriousness.

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The con thing, I cannot overcome it. But what I would love more to see is the healing relationship not just between father and daughter.. even the grandmother and her children. she has hurt and may have contributed to their issues with her absurd expectations. she made them, 'grow' up quickly to se their powers, it reminds me so much of Abuela in Disney's Encanto.

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The OTP is supposed to feel off, since they are not only forced to live together, but eagerly pushed towards being in love - that is, Gwi-ju is supposed to be in love, and he is just not there, and less so for being expected to fall. And Da-hae is just expected to go through the motions, while on the side of her scamming she is a lot more confused than usual. But not in love, as yet.
Actual love will have all that forced proximity and all those lies to overcome. Mixed with some sexual attraction, that would still not have made Gwi-ju kiss her, if he hadn't just been told he had proposed to her with retroactive effect.

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This drama could have just been fine without a romance element. she could just have been the con and nothing more. now it looks as though that will be whitewashed and the FL made to be a victim of circumstance.. I don't know. I am just here for Bob In-ha

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I will stick with this for a little longer but as Unit pointed out in her review I too was expecting to like this so much more than I do. I'm not hating it however I am finding myself feeling utterly exhausted by the episode's end. No need to slip a sleeping pill into my tea.

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I got so confused by the whole time-travel thing in these eps, my brain hurt at the end from trying to figure it out. So now... I've decided to shelve the deciphering and just watch the show at surface level until I can catch on.

It's still all a bit perplexing to me though, as to what they actually used their powers for earlier. Did they do any good with them, or was it just a skill they had, like swimming - you can do it, but don't go out rescuing drowning people just because you know how to...

All said, there's something mesmerising about the show that I can't look away from... Is it the absolutely trippy background music, watching Da Hae's change of heart, or I Na coming into her powers, or last but most importantly, Jang Ki Yong with dripping wet hair? Whatever... Colour me entranced for now.

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I have not seen them be able to do anything good with their abilities.

Man-heum - Dreams. Stock and lottery I guess.
Gwi-ju - Can go back in time. but not do anything once there.
Dong-hee - Fly, but can do nothing else once she gets someplace.
Yi-na - Can read minds, but the rest of the family does not know she can.

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To show the power of Dramabeans, or at least my susceptibility to powerful Dramabeans influencers @laurensophie @elinor @vienibenmio and @ceciliedk , I had seriously contemplated dropping this show, but watched these two episodes after reading the comments. And, although I am very sympathetic to those who dropped it, and still don’t appreciate Jang Ki-yong’s acting, and certainly don’t like the character he is playing, I’ve swung around to those who find this show really interesting and very much worth continuing.

Its not that the concept itself is stunningly original. Obscure superpowers are pretty commonplace in comic books, as is the idea of superpowers as metaphors for real life characteristics. Even the Disney Film the Incredibles did that pretty well (the Mom stretched thin, the daughter built a protective shell, the toddler was energetic, etc.)
Others have mentioned how it draws on Parasite, in the idea of a conning poorer “family” (although in this one they are actual criminals rather than poor people whose invisible labor allowed them to insinuate themselves into rich people's lives, so its not quite the same powerful social commentary as the movie.)

But this show definitely puts a commenting spin on the atypical powers, with idea that the superpowers are both representative and weakened by diseases of modern life-roles. Since I don’t have @vienbenimo’s expertise, I would not have pegged the ML’s “power” as a specific disorder. But I do think at the very least his time traveling is a metaphor for misguided, and somewhat arrogant male sense of “responsibility” that is in fact is more damaging than protecting-- along with, (to give men like this credit)-- a more positive desire to make a difference in the world. The Grandmother, who’s future dreams became focused simply on providing money for her family, after she concluded it was no use trying to use them to change things; the daughter, who is weighed down by her sense of failure in a society that judges women by their looks and charisma; and the granddaughter, an adolescent so sensitive to what other people think of her that she hopes to be invisible and not reveal herself or her powers to anyone-- all are recognizable modern characters even with superpowers aside. The fact that narcissistic self-absorption has undermined their powers is also I think, a modern malady.

As far as the romance, I agree there is not much chemistry, for which, (again I’m sorry, Jang Ki-yong fans) I blame the acting. However, that an exploited victim of criminal loan sharks might awaken a sense of responsibility and revive powers because they will be used for less self-centered ways, is again, an idea that I like. (Also, just to show why I have lost my analytical powers because of a self-centered weakness: Chun Woo Hee is pretty beautiful in this one!)

Also, like @elinor, I like the backing music. It adds a great deal to the individual scenes of the show, so and creates a...

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somewhat unreal and at times disquieting mood.

So, unfortunately for those perusing threads on this show, my future self will be back writing long comments on these recaps. My comments will be self-absorbed, boring, and in black and white, unlike the colorful comments written by others, but don’t let that fool you—my thinking can be changed!

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I'm so glad to read this! I also agree with your take on things, including Jang Ki-yong's performance (also sorry to his fans, but he's never been a fave of mine) and Chun Woo Hee's almost unearthly beauty. They're pretty tepid together at the moment, but maybe that'll change down the line.

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I actually have been pleasantly surprised by JKY in this. The only other thing I've seen him in is My Roommate is a Gumiho, and he was pretty awful in that, I thought. He at least seems intelligent in this.

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Certainly his character here is more interesting in this one. Also I admit, I might be prejudiced by my memories of his performance in My Roommate is a Gumiho.

But then its also true that I have trouble with monotone acting personas. Kim Dong Wook's lack of expression has always left me cold, and then, just to show its not just male lifelessness that bugs me, recently Kim Ha-neul's detached performance in Nothing Uncovered made it almost impossible for me to sympathize with her character. I don't mind deadpan, but I like to see some sort of flicker of emotion behind it, and I'm not seeing that here. But obviously a lot of this is subjective perception.

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I do like the second two episodes better than the first two. I’m already getting a massive headache from the time slip piece. Although, it is fun to see when in the future he goes back to the past. I’m super invested in the kids’ crush-line. So I’m staying for that. Also, the cinematography of this show is so well done. In episode 3, time stamp 1:02:38-1:05:39. It’s only 3 minutes long. But it tells a huge part of the story.

This scene’s music is just so charming and the cinematography is crazy good. So I took French in college and we watched a lot of French films and learned about French film-making in the process. I say that because I’m pretty sure this director is channeling all the French film-making industry in this scene. The colors are muted, but the brightness of our main leads is supposed to be obvious due to the plot (he can only go back in time where she is, and she’s the only person who can see him and interact with him, and he and only change and manipulate objects that are in color). But it’s still so beautiful. And I can’t get over the music. It’s manifesting this adorable fantasy quality in an otherwise very dark and moody show. I just love the juxtaposition of all of it. And the symmetry of him walking, then her walking, then him being just enough off center to see him following her, but then the end where she is centered and he’s right there next to her gives the viewer the sense that she will “center” him and give him balance and purpose. It’s just great. Anyway, some shows (like this) I watch for this type of thing. And if anyone here actually took film making at some point and can add more, I love this kind of thing. And Jang Ki-Yong is one of my favorite actors too. He’s crazy good. His whole body acting depressed, the slouch, the blank stares, it works for me. His shock at the end of episode 1 in the car and shaking like a leaf emotionally left me in shambles.

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I loved your comment. The visuals and the music are very meaningful in this show.
The director (a veteran, btw) knows what he is doing.
And the Art Director is a woman who had worked in Wedding Impossible. I think she is doing a better job here.

https://mydramalist.com/748581-although-i-am-not-a-hero/cast

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"I think she is doing a better job here" Yes! It's not that I think Wedding Impossible was bad, but I never thought that it was impressing me in an artistic way, TBH.
This drama has so much mood in the pictures and the music.

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Thanks for the analysis of that scene! Even the first couple of seconds, when Gwi-Ju opens his eyes and the color slowly leaches out of the greenery in the background, from the center to the edges as the camera pulls back, is fabulous. And it is very French - I'm sure the resemblances to Amélie specifically, both the palette and the music, are intentional.

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Yes, Amélie was what came to mind for me too.

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Amelie is one of my favorite movies, so no wonder I love this drama so far

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Thanks for the recap @unit though I will probably skip your commentary from now o n, but I am still grateful there is a recap. I like this show now, the last 2 eps more than the first. I think it is a fresh storyline and an unconventional, somewhat grey romance (the only type of romance drama I will watch). All the characters are flawed and thus I am eagerly waiting how the show will address that later. Also, since the characters are flawed, all actors have to work hard, and even if a few are not up to the mark, i still appreciate that an effort is made.

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I see there is quite some divide on this drama. Whatever you think of it, I am enjoying the freshness of it all. I have been in quite a k drama slump with tired cliched rinse and repeat plots so I will continue to watch and hopefully it won’t go off the rails.

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I'm confused about this one..I wanna drop it but can't seem to..I'm not interested in their romance for some reason but curious about their super power.. I know that the reveal won't be that good so I don't know if I should keep watching it. I do like the teenager romance in this. Also this reminds a lot of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY.

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The Umbrella Academy is a great show. I'm looking forward to watching the last season.

The first two episodes of Atypical Family reminded me A LOT of another Western series: White Lotus (HBO).

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Yes it's a great show..I haven't watched White Lotus.. will try
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I didn't like much the first season, but the second one is better and funnier, imo. All the characters (but one) and stories are different, the locations too (Season 1 is Hawaii and Season 2 is Sicily, Italy).

But I would recommend watching both seasons. I'm sure the director of Atypical Family did it.

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curious about the powers. not a fan of where the romance is going. This drama has some potential to shine light into mental health struggles and societal/family pressures, and address PTSD, especially around men, that is rarely talked about. The show could have went on fine without the romance.

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I love this show! The characters are nuanced in a way that makes sense to me -- I understand why they are acting the way they. I think it's doing black comedy more effectively than QoT attempted in its early episodes.

I'm genuinely interested in how all the characters will grow and change through the series and I'm rooting for them. This is more appealing to me than perfect characters in dramas who have superficial flaws - these guys actually do need to change and see the world differently.

I think Chun Woo Hee is doing a fantastic job of someone acting in a particular way because of their circumstances, but who is conflicted about what she has to do because of her debt. Her sister (the trainer) is a bit more amoral but also has a good heart deep down.

Like others I love the music as well. It reminds me of the film Challengers, which uses music in a really interesting/incongruous way.

Can't wait to keep watching and see how it all progresses.

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Yes, I saw comedic elements too! It wasn't just me, then!

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A black comedy tone is there since the beginning.

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I might be borderline insane, but I do like both Gwi-ju and Da-hae's characters. I'm not sure why but there is something I find appealing in both their stories and their flaws. So, I'll be invested even if nobody else is :)

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Given that Woo-Hee is the FL, I am inclined to believe that she'll have been forced into this situation, and that he will indeed have saved her from the school fire by the time we get to the later episodes. If she's had considerable agency and has been lying about almost everything then she'd be hard to redeem. She didn't lie when she said he gave her the flowers, although the wording does imply a higher level of enthusiasm from his side than what actually went down.

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Hm, I meant Da-Hae, not Woo-Hee (who is the actor). I have Covid-day-4 brain.

I think one thing that makes the character a bit tricky is that the role Dae-Hee is playing (i.e. the con) is mild and meek, so we don't get the sketchy but charming and lovable rogue who turns out to have a big heart in the end. Instead, she comes across as sneaky and manipulative.

To the extent I want to like her, I'm hoping she didn't have any (real) choice in the matter, and that it was genuine when she said he reminded her of the person that saved her, i.e. that a lot of things he hasn't done yet (will) have already happened to her.

Roy doesn't strike me as much of an enforcer. Sure he's big and looks kind of scary, but half the time he just stands around looking mildly concerned about the well-being of the neglected child in the oversized glasses.

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I don't mind if she is a con artist. She lives a tough life and the Bok family lives a totally UNEARNED life of wealth. They "cheated" to become wealthy. She is no more sneaky and manipulative than they are. 😂

The most unrealistic part of the drama (if one ignores the "super-powers") is that a family that gains enormous wealth from multiple lottery winnings and prescient stock market choices would be a big red flag in the real world. But, I don't let that bother me because to the best of my knowledge, we aren't intended to believe this is a real world.

I continue to be worried about Grandfather's role in all of this, but since I-na trusts him more than anyone else in the family, I hope that means she knows his heart is good.

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Getting a whole bunch of winning lotto tickets would be a red flag, but is not necessary. All you need is a big win or a series of smaller wins and then you can invest. Having success on the stock market would not be a red flag at all, it would just make you a successful trader.

The fact that they are struggling financially because she has lost her power is only for the sake of the plot. In the real world, it wouldn't happen. The hard part is accumulating the wealth. Once you have it, you don't easily lose it unless you are being reckless. However, the situation should be explained if the way she made their fortune was through day trading.

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Insider trading (investing based on advance knowledge) is illegal pretty much everywhere and I assume in Korea. If the mother is always picking stocks that sky-rocket later, it's a big, huge red flag. Now, proving that they relied on insider information would be difficult- but it would be a noticed - and investigated.

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She was forced into this situation - she's essentially in debt bondage with her "mom"

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Exactly. I won't rush to judge her, because I trust we'll come to see her differently once more of her backstory comes to light. These are all meant to be morally flawed characters anyway (well, except poor I-Na perhaps).

I also don't know that it's trying to be a romance drama, or at least not primarily. Therefore, if I'm not feeling the romance part just yet, I'm not sure I'm that bothered about it, because there are other aspects I'm plenty invested in.

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Sorry I am late for the party. I don't know if it is just me, but I think the drama is trying to do too much at the same time. I can see it is more like an ensemble drama featuring the stories of the Bok family members.
But too much is going on. The scam, the complicated timetravel, the mystery about the fire accident, Yi-na's mother, Dong-hee's arc, Man-heum hopefully realizing she is wrong, lastly Yi-na's story which is by far the best thing in the show.
The way I see it either the story will fizzle out and shift the focus on Gwi-ju and Da-hae, ignoring the rest of plotlines or give an unsatisfactory ending.
Maybe it is just me, but I hoped the timetravel wouldn't be that complicated. Da-hae past being Gwi-ju future gives Da-hae more window to con him like we saw this week. And that is definitely not what I signed up for.

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I don't know if I can get over that she is a con,,forced into it or not. If the focus was on Gwi-ju and In-ha. I would definitely not fast forward scenes like I am rn. :/

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I-na is my favorite character too. Actually she is everyone's favorite.

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I'm a week behind because, well, I'm Late as Always.... but I'm in the I-kind-of-love-this-show camp. Particularly love Dong Hee, who is so very smart. And i think the storytelling has been excellent, with information getting dribbled out at just the right pace. I can't tolerate shows where the audience is in on the secret long before the characters are, but this one seems to be doing a good job of letting us find things out fast but not too fast. Agree that the chemistry between ML and FL isn't quite there yet, but I am willing to wait to see if it happens. I also found the eventual reveal that Gwi Ju was unable to stop looping back to the trigger event a pretty convincing explanation for his present condition, though again, I agree that it would be better for him to try a little harder to be a parent. But hey, this is drama, not RL, so i think I Na will be able to forgive and forget once he gets his act together. Also, hooray for Moon Woo Jin!

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