Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Man the show really took a turn after Itaewon Class left Itaewon…(more thoughts below)…

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    So, I def came into the show thoroughly enjoying Park Saeroyi and his steadfastness and just behavior. There is really no one quite like him in Dramaland and I was really appreciated that.
    I loved that against the mustache twirling villains he was always grounded, raw, and cool. I think however he began to become an afterthought in his own story.
    I really wanted an underdog take with a man who was going to get revenge simply by being successful and a respectful and great leader to his small crew of misfits and outcasts just like him. The show really lost that going full on into a revenge that didn’t turn out to be anything more than two dudes trying to knock each other down just to say they did it and I’m really sad about that.
    I could have left the romance behind…I wanted to see how they built DanBam up, how their popularity grew, and how Saeroyi continued to touch and be a shining influence to those around him.
    Instead he kind of fell off becoming a yes or no man to Yi Seo’s every business call and while that’s not a bad thing at some point it stopped feeling like a partnership and became forced way for the audience to see how Saeroyi’s feelings were changing (even though we didn’t see jack s**t lol). I really feel robbed of a real come-up story that could have had a lot more heart taking on issues of gender and race and even classism.
    Instead I got the usual Korean revenge.
    That’s not to say this became a bad show. But it definitely became something else and I’m pretty bummed about that. On to the finale…

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What I am most dissatisfied with is that the reason Saeroyi started his revenge in the first place—his Dad—has gotten lost in the sauce somewhere. Where is the just and principled Saeroyi I loved?

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    I mean I get it. But his anger seems displaced now. And I’m not sure what he’s mad about anymore.

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I’m so tired of this romance. I would have been more interested had it been a perpetual crush on Yi Seo’s part and in many ways that is v realistic. But…

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I’ve long sensed that Soo Ah may think of Jang CEO as a father figure w/o realizing. I think her crying in this ep. is solidifying that for me. A gray relationship for a gray character.

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    Jang CEO’s speech about servility is also correct. It’s like a twisted Stockholm Syndrome with Soo Ah and him.

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Saeroyi in a turtleneck is nice but I’m starting to miss the baggy pants and various bomber jackets.

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This time skip…hmmmm. I can’t help but feel disappointed in everyone which is the opposite of what you want to happen. The IC logo/building is cute tho.

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    I was fully expecting Soo Ah to let Saeroyi go but remain friends. Why is she still so complacent? Was Yi Seo’s 2 year plan to annoy the man she loves into liking her? Or is this the new 2 yr plan since it’s been 4 yrs? Will these damn coffee shop pissing matches never end? Where was Toni? Cancer? Oh. Geun Soo…what does he even want now? Geun Won looks like a Hitman and probably will become one soon enough.

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      On ep.14 and glad the show made it a point to show and tell that what Yi Seo is doing is not OK. We all know Saeroyi will fall for her because she’s smart and she’s come to be so caring. I get she doesn’t know that but it sure was frustrating to watch her do all that.

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        Mmm spoke too soon. Yi Seo just let it slide right over her head. Still used to being a winner.

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Anyway, I mostly came to say that of all the relationships on this show. I really cherish Saeroyi and Hyun Yi’s. The fact that he makes it a point to tell her she’s pretty because she often worries about how she looks and that she’ll always tell him the truth. When she’s down he’s there and he’s always got her back and how she is the Mama to all of DanBam without trying and just gets him. It is just so SWEET and when will another show? T_T

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Geun Soo nooooooo! Ugh. You did the worst thing in the worst way. But I like that Soo Ah gets to pay witness to your rapid decline in character because I think it makes her privy to what she can be.

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Itaewon Class is really out here yelling at everyone that behind every great man is like six different women telling him he’s an idiot.

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And the investors are a bust. Can’t say I didn’t see that coming…

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So…I think one thing about Yi Seo, despite how smart and intuitive she can be, is that she doesn’t always consider the big picture. Like, OK. I know she is trying to help Saeroyi with his revenge and to become big enough to take on and topple JangGa….but with this franchising and investor opportunity in ep. 11…Saeroyi is right to want to open locations one by one. DanBam and IC Inc. is still a business and now a corporation…he has to create a good business first and if he’s just running after JangGa that will never happen. Longevity, stability, trustworthiness is all needed. The work it would entail to rebuild the brandname if a bunch of shops fail at once and the investors pull out. Yikes City. Yi Seo, sis, please.

Soo Ah showing Geun Soo his privilege was harsh but necessary. Maybe if someone would have showed Geun Won that side of himself, he would have turned out a much better man for it. It really helps you understand her more cus she knows she doesn’t have all those chances or connections and for all the stability she gets at JangGa, it takes one slip to have that all come crashing down. I still think she doesn’t make good choices and that she needs to trust the whip-smart woman that is HERSELF but she’s not wrong. And Geun Soo will be smarter for it.

And yes, I’m on my computer now. Hi! Lol. (I realized I probably should have turned my other posts into threads by leaving comments on them. I’ll do that next time.)

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    Going forward with a huge corporation is no easy thing to do. Leave it up to Saeroyi to do it big each time. Although I still agree with his one-by-one approach and want Yi Seo to see the bigger picture not just of success but of failures too I do admire the gumption. But just like when the crew was trying to anticipate if Jang CEO was going to abandon Geun Won or not, I just want Yi Seo to use that big brain for a Plan B as well as Plan A (remember she said to just give up if he does and she didn’t think about buying a building before either). I guess that’s why her and Saeroyi make a good team though. He is the big picture thinker.

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      A two year plan?! A Plan B?? Little Yi Seo is rapidly growing right before my very eyes. LOL, it’s funny how all the things I’m critiquing her on are things she’s taking on this episode. Sure, it’s more internal and not business but I kinda like it happens in her personal life first and it makes sense. Also for the first time, I think we see her hurt by some harsh words. I hope she takes note and learns to be not less honest but more thoughtful in her approach and phrasing of certain things!

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And Soo Ah…I don’t think she really cares about JangGa Co. or has any loyalty to anyone. This is her bag and she’ll be damned if ppl mess w/it. But to what end, sis?

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Hyun Yi stepping in the pub fabulous and fly after her surgery. Yesssss honey. Slay.

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Ep.11 of IC: I’ve been in admiration of Geun Soo and his sepeartion from his family. I hope that this isn’t the start of a dark path for him. If anything I never know where these characters will go.

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    Before you decide to jump into the recap comments, be aware that some of them became a little toxic.

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      Oh I’ve been! And I’ve seen lol. I wouldn’t think this is a show to inspire that but I’ve been scrolling past. 😆

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Anyways sorry that’s all sprinkled amongst a bunch of posts. I’m on my phone lol. But everyone in the show is so interesting. I’m rooting for the DanBam Team/Soo Ah together + individually. ☺️

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She doesn’t always make the best choices and I am waiting the moment she really takes a stand in her life and stops being so scared. She can make it too. I’m rooting for her.

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Soo Ah is interesting. She wants/needs the stability but also wants personal and business to be seperate. She’s frustrated that isn’t the case but also understands her needs and other’s.

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Also loving how Geun Soo actively breaks away from those bad behaviors and influences. The scene where he stands up to J w/ Soo Ah and Geun Won present..they are so in awe. They wish to be that way.

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Jang CEO…it’s a bit late for him lol.

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On ep. 8 where Yi Seo + Jang CEO are about to meet. I think they are similar. Clever, powerful but have gone thru life with bad behaviors unchecked. Yi Seo will learn some empathy I’m sure…

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