[throwback] Misaeng

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Drama: Misaeng (미생)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 20
Release Date: October 17 – December 20, 2014
Runtime: Fri & Sat 20:30

Plot:
Jang Geu-Rae played the board game Go since he was a child but he failed to become a professional go player and had to look for a real job. He had a chance to work on One International as an intern. The story revolves around Jang Gu Rae’s life inside a company and dealing with his team, his fellow interns and his work.

Cast:
Siwan: Jang Gu Rae
Lee Sung Min: Oh Sang-Sik
Kang Sora: An Young Yi
Kang Haneul: Jang Baek Ki
Byun Yo Han: Han Suk Yool
Kim Dae Myung: Kim Dong Sik

Review:
Heard so many good reviews and awards for this show, even my friend kept telling me to watch this show. I’ve been wanting to, but the name of the drama alone gave me an impression this is a depressing show. and i’m right. i started watching the show as early as May but i was only able to finish all the episodes in September. Yes, took me 5 months to finish because:

1. it is depressing. and so damn boring. i dont know if it was intentional but i keep seeing the 4 interns go to work with no zest, no lively background music, that it feels like they didn’t even like working for the company. The entire mood of the show was dark and gloomy. If i were a college student watchingthis i will probably dread the day i graduate and start working. especially if it’s a company like One International.

2. One international, as a company is a really bad company. I dont know if this is entirely fictional or is based on actual korean company culture, but wow, i wouldn’t want to work in this company, even if it paid me a million dollars an on expat status. the management culture is terrible. Too much discrimination, sexual harrassment, managers being violent and rude to the interns and corruption.

3. the storylines started out great. the interns, we have the smart Young Yi, tech whiz Baekki, smoothtalking Suk Yool and meek Gu Rae. they had so much potential when they were interns but as soon as they entered the company, they just got swallowed by the system. Felt like the writers put the worst managers and created the worst situations for the interns that the story fell flat. i didnt feel like they grew up and matured in the company after 2 years, they became average.
Suk Yool had to tolerate a credit grabbing lazy boss who kept putting him down and not recognizing his worth. Young Yi was being praised as an intern but when she joined the all male team, instead of utilizing her skills, they just ignored her and put her down just because they feel threatened by her. in the end, she got accepted by her team but she wasn’t the same strong fighting Young Yi. felt sad seeing her light dim a little. Baekki had a tough no nonsense boss, which i appreciated and he was the perfect manager to teach Baekki to stop being so confident and arrogant when he hasn’t even proven himself. In the end, he just learned to be less of a show off and more of a team player.

4. Sales team three just kept getting the worse deals. i’m not sure why they are being ridiculed by the rest of the teams. it seems like they were hardworking and results oriented, while the rest are lazy, and yet they are being hassled and called the worse team that gets stuck in front of the smelly toilet. i love Manager Oh and Kim Dong Shik – they were the perfect mentors for a rookie-does not know anything about life and work- Gu Rae. Of the 4 interns, Gu rae had the best team and great coworkers, and i think that’s also why he was able to shine.

The company was too messy that until episode 12 or 13 i kept thinking, why the hell are they still trying their best in that company and why the heck does Gu Ree want to become a regular employee that such a company that treated its employees so bad? I also thought Manager Oh should go say f*ck you all i’m leaving”” and put up his own company. Holy cr*p! that’s what happened! like they just read my mind! (i didn’t read any spoilers fyi so i really did not know the ending) they were such misfits in that company – which is ironic since the team had integrity but were considered rulebreakers in the company — who was not so good in the controls department in the first place. The company needs these guys to inspire and set an example to the rest of the people, yet they were just too good for One International. I’m so glad they formed a new company and happy to see Dong sik resigning and joining them as well.

Overall, this drama, as a drama is well written and deserving its raves and awards, but if you think about the characters, the story and situations, it didn’t feel right for me. And i say so because i’ve been working for 14+ years now for different companies, cultures and meeting different people and this is not a company i would want to be in. and it also made me appreciate the company i work with a whole lot more.

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Terius Behind Me eps. 7-12

So many things to love!

I love that Aerin is one smart cookie! She was able to crack the code of the forbidden door, had the sense to take pictures of the bags, go to the PC and find that excel spreadsheet and create her own analysis of the numbers. On the downside, she gave it all up to yongtae when he had her kidnapped. Oh man i wonder how and if she will ever find those files again. It is definitely a critical data for NIS.

Likewise she is starting to get suspicious of Bon because of his strange habits. I was thinking until when can Bon sustain his double cover life when Aerin is slowly discovering more things and putting the clues all tigether. I love that the show is fast paced. In just 6 episodes his cover is almost already blown.

I still find Jiyeon and Dowoo quite dumb NIS. So far they havent really done anything except backup Bon. I guess theyre real purpose for niw is to give Bon a team and try to search for the mole.

I also love how we slowly learn more about what happened to Bon after candy got killed through flashbacks and conversations with Jiyeon that is proving to be relevant. And it is akso answering my questions. Like how did he know about the tarot card website? Or why did he ran away from NIS? Surprised to see the lady NIS chief . Is she really the mole? Or maybe its that head of NIS guy. So far he just justbeen showing up in one scene or another but im sure he will prove to be more crucial later on.

Im still confused with Yongtae’s role in all of this. Who is giving him orders? Did he really have plastic surgery? Who did he used to be? Why does he keep calling Aerin? Does he like her? Will he remain a bad guy or will he move to Bon’s side?

Im also thinking that pretty soon NIS and KIS might merge once Bons cover is down. I mean KIS has been more successful in getting intel than NIS. The lady boss seems oretty competent to me and Sangryul used to be an army guy. He knows planes too. I think they will be quite useful to Bon.

The kids are still so adorable! Super loved the kids cafe scenes where they were sliding down. SJS looked so cute and happy! And his reaction when he did the slide with Sangryul is hilarious!

This is such a fluffball show – it has comedy, action mystery, family. It doesnt take itself too seriously. I dont thunk this will win any award for best drama but it’s a feel good show worth checking out!

Terius Behind Me eps. 1-6

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Drama: Terius Behind Me (내 뒤에 테리우스)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 32
Release Date: September 27 – November 15, 2018
Runtime: Wednesdays & Thursdays 22:00 (35 minutes each / 2 episodes per day)

Plot
Kim Bon used to be a NIS secret agent. 3 years ago, he was involved in a secret operation gone wrong, where his lover died and he is accused of stealing an important document. Since then, he has been quietly living in an apartment, away from people. He lives next door to a harried young mother, Go Ae-rin. One day, Ae-rin loses her husband, leaving her to fend for herself and her two kids. Kim Bon ends up helping her try to uncover her husband’s mysterious death, which may be connected to his case, all the while juggling as a babysitter to Ae-rin’s unruly kids.

Main Cast
So Ji Sub – Kim Bon
Jung In Sun – Go Ae Rin
Son Ho Jun – Jin Yong Tae
Im Se Mi – Yoo Ji Yeon

First impressions
I normally watch a drama after it has finished because I can’t wait every week for new episodes. For the first time I’m making an exception because I just missed So Ji Sub on screen! At first, i thought the plot was just ordinary. He always plays a super cool guy but i was hoping for lots of cute scenes with the adorable kids after seeing the BTS pictures. I also didn’t like the girl he is being paired with so I didn’t mind if there was no romance. I think the last time he was in a serious drama was in Phantom.

Anyways, back to the drama. The drama has a mystery and a case but it didn’t feel too heavy. The drama feels lighthearted, alternating between the dark mysterious NIS agents and the missing document and the fluffy with Kim Bon as a babysitter and interacting with the neighborhood moms and the kids. Super super love So Ji Sub and his deadpan expressions — just too hilarious! He also seems like he is having a fun time shooting the scenes with the kids. Looking at him interacting with the kids make me think he will be a great dad someday. Ae-rin is not bad, i like her personality and spunk. I don’t understand how she can have such unruly kids when she seems like a great mom – she knows how to balance disciplining her kids and loving them so much. I still don’t feel like Ae-rin should end up with Bon because she just recently love her husband who she loved very much. For her to fall in love with Bon that quickly just doesn’t seem so realistic. But I think they need each other – Aerin and her kids can thaw that self imposed wall on Bon’s heart and let him learn to trust and get close to people again while Bon can be a great friend to Aerin and good father figure for the kids.

The neighbor moms and dad are also funny!! I have a feeling they have a better network than the NIS agents. They don’t need cool and advanced gadgets, they just need caring and nosy moms who will fight hell to keep their children safe. There were several scenes where the neighborhood mom were trying to get the handsome babysitter’s attention by giving him drinks, or saying he looks like So Ji Sub (heehee) and that scene where they cued a background music while he drinks soda, as if he’s filming a CF, and the two moms’ reactions were priceless!

I still dont know what to think of Yong Tae. He seems too inexperienced to be the villain – esp against the hot and cool So Ji Sub, but i dont mind. I dont want this drama to take itself too seriously – just enough mystery to keep the adventure going yet light enough that it wont drag the story down. I’m curious what happened 3 years ago and who is the real mole. and if it has anything to do with Yong Tae. and that badass assassin – who is that guy? he looks Chinese. I want him and Bon fight man to man on screen. haha!

If you’re still undecided if you’ll watch this drama or not.. i’d say, what the heck are you waiting for? So Ji Sub alone is enough for you to tune in!