Terius Behind Me eps. 18-22

I really did not expect the story to go this route (which is an actual spy-terrorist story line) – I thought the NIS drama was just all fluff, but i’m so far liking it. We also get to see the tough and quick thinking Bon as a real NIS agent – fighting bad guys and disarming a bomb. Show loves putting Bon in fake-danger as a cliffhanger – but we all know he will never die because he is super sexy and cool secret agent Kim Bon.

My favorite moments in the episodes were:
1. The reluctant bromance between Jin Yong Tae and Kim Bon. Yong Tae keeps calling Bon “brother” (which totally reminds me of the bromance in Man to Man – the actor guy also the agent as “brother”). I’m sure deep down Bon is thrilled to have a “brother”. the hospital scenes were hilarious (i also watched the BTS in youtube and they seem to be having fun filming those scenes). Right now, Yong Tae has to lie low so we don’t get to see him scheming, but we do find out where he hid the bags. i just hope NIS finds them before someone else does. and hope that Yong Tae starts becoming more useful and redeems himself.

2. It’s such a convenient coincidence that almost everything happens in the KingCastle apartments. first, Aerin’s husband unintentionally witnesses a murder, then now one of the housewife’s husband is an industrial spy and everything somehow connects to the case that Bon has been working on for years! i feel bad for Sunmi and i don’t know if it’s really a better idea to make her believe he just ran away with his lover, rather than tell her he is actually a terrorist. If you think about it, had she not become suspicious in the first place, the NIS would never have found out about the planned attack. but I agree with Eunha. I would also love to pull the hair out of that b*tch!

3. Speaking of the neighborhood, I love the whole community feel of KingCastle. Aerin calls Eunha and they were able to rally everyone and evacuate the school before something terrible happens! and they all take care of one another. Even Jiyeon and Dowoo remembers that someone has to pickup Aerin’s kids when Aerin was detained.

4. Slow simmering romance between Aerin and Bon. I think Bon started liking and caring for Aerin way before Aerin. I love how subtle the actor (SJS) is able to convey his feelings for Aerin. Like that nose to nose thing. and i like the slow progression from a neighbor to sitter to friend to potential romance since Aerin just lost her husband. I still think the actors don’t have enough chemistry for the romance to really take flight, so I don’t mind if the romance takes it time. Hopefully Bon can finish his mission first, stay alive and away from NIS before they seriously think of a relationship.

5. Last but the best part is seeing super agent Bon in action. The stakes are higher. More characters are showing up. The possibility of endangering the public is higher. K is still alive and killing people (argh!). We also see who is the Voice. He wants Terius gone. Young Shil is most likely the NIS mole and has been after Terius for so long. The whole exploding van is not surprising.

I’m not sure how Bon is able to escape. Youngshil seemed unperturbed when the van exploded. I mean she has been looking for Terius for so long so I don’t know if she planted that (though it’s unbelievable if both the good and bad guys thought of the same idea). If I were Youngshil I would have gotten angry that someone was able to kill my target before I did. My guess is that Jiyeon’s boss made that slight change so that even Jiyeon will think Bon is dead. Or.. the boss is the real bad guy and Youngshil is the good guy. The show is just making us believe she is the bad one. I rememeber the boss and Youngshil had a conversation that she is way better than hjm but he is the boss because he is good with politics. What do you think?

Oh and that great analogy between Bon and uncle fish dying is great!

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[throwback] Buamdong Revenge Club (2017)

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Drama: Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 12
Release Date: October 11 – November 16, 2017
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:30

Plot
3 women meets by chance and forms the “Avengers Social Club” to seek revenge on the people who have hurt them. Jung Hye is the illegitime daughter of a chaebol family who is in an unhappy arranged marriage. Her husband later brings his son from a former girlfriend into the household. Do Hee is a poor but fiesty fish seller who is not afraid to fight for her family. She wants to seek revenge on the people who is trying to damage the reputation of her daughter and son. Mi Sook is married to an husband who is violent when he gets drunk. She is an orphan, with a dead son and a sullen daughter. She is meek and passive but she slowly gains the strength to fight her husband and protect her daughter.

Cast
Lee Yo-Won: Kim Jung-Hye
Ra Mi-Ran: Hong Do-Hee
Myung Se-Bin: Lee Mi-Sook
Jun: Lee Soo-gyum

Review:
I was looking for a quick show to watch last week and so happy that i watched this show. I had zero expectations since i didn’t know any of the cast aside from Ra Mi-Ran. Overall, i liked the friendship between the 3 ladies and the stepson. The way they met was so random that I did not really expect (and believed) how quick they were to trust one another and become close friends so quickly. But i’ve been in those situations before and i think it is possible if you have a common goal or interests.

Let me comment on the 3 ladies. I thought Jung-hye was too cold and stony faced that it was so adorable to see her and be a happy cute drunk and watch her be amazed with simple things like eating ramen or drinking instant coffee. i wish i had a friend as rich and generous as her though. I really felt sad for her and how she is being treated by her own family. it is true – it wasn’t their fault that they were born illegitimate and they should not be punished for it. I also love all of her crazy ideas because it always worked! Her husband was okay for me, he seemed like a happy harmless guy, but through out the show he just changed to being a pathetic loser. He deserved to go to prison, but i hoped to see him apologize to Jung hye. I also liked Jung Hye’s ending – she got her freedom, she was able to travel and she built her own jimjilbang in her building haha!

Ra Mi-ran seems to always play the fiesty poor lady. and it fits her well. I love her sunny personality – even though her family is poor, she is hard working, happy, a great mom to her kids and great unni to the other 2. I loved how she opened her home to them whenever one is down or in trouble. I loved how she raised her children well. ugh. super hated the rich bitch and her dumb son. glad to see them fall down on their high horse. the principal is also a sleazy scumbag and deserved everything he got. Oh, and the romance with the younger guy is just so cute!! (He’s that guy from My Golden Life – ding ding! found a connection with the other dramas I watched).

I liked Mi-sook the least, and it’s mostly because i felt that she was a doormat. her husband has repeatedly hurt her yet she is still staying with him. No wonder her daughter turned out that way. As i see her slowly open up to the ladies and started fighting back, i started to also admire her and realized that it also takes a lot of courage and strength to try to keep the family together despite the conditions. her husband is just ugly (not in looks, but in soul). these kinds of politicians should be exposed and never be elected to office.

Soo-gyum is an odd kid. Kind of weird for him to be hanging out with ahjummas, but in a way it made sense – he has no family left and these 3 ladies, plus Do-hee and Mi-sook’s children became his family and friends. I like how cool he was, even though he came from the province, he didn’t cower to get intimidated by the city kids. His mom was super annoying and tacky with all the weird wigs and costumes.

The first few revenge ideas were a bit shallow and petty but i still loved it because that’s what they were. I’m sure there are several instances where people get so frustrated with life, situations or with people that you just want to get back at them, even for such a small thing such as harmless pranks, embarrassing them, putting glue on their chairs, strip them naked. These are everyday things average people fantasize in their heads but seldom do. I also love how level headed they were. Despite their need for revenge, they always made sure what they are doing is still legal and will not harm other (innocent) people. I also loved how the writers built the plot from simple silly pranks to bigger and bigger ideas that eventually took down all of them. None of them felt forced or unbelievable and it just flowed from the storyline. For me, the best episodes where between episodes 8-10. I shed tons of tears and my heart broke for all of them.

If you guys ever want to watch a fun yet poignant series, try this one. You won’t be disappointed.

Terius Behind Me eps. 13-17

Best things that happened in these episodes:

Smart Aerin finding out the truth about Kim Bon and her boss. On one hand, I find it hard to believe that she is so good at putting two and two together and is even better than Jiyeon, on the other hard, I remember this is just a drama and it really helps to push the story forward. Now that she knows, she can start helping Bon and his incompetent agents.

Kim Bon and the twins are still as adorable as ever! Bon is acting more and more like a great father to them. I’m scared to imagine the twins in grave danger and separating them from Bon. that scene where the twins played doctor and placed bandaids all over his face and arms were so hilarious!

Aerin’s poor driving skills and seeing Kim Bon’s face are priceless scenes! The usual cool and collected Bon just lost it as he shouted at Aerin and held on the handle all throughout the ride. I’m surprised Bon didn’t just stop and get off the car, and more surprised he wasn’t scared that his car will be a wreck. oh and Bon feeling so thankful when Aerin said she will try to protect him from harm.

The showdown between the lady agent and Bon. Bon jumping from the bridge and getting hit by K’s gun. Aerin making do with her promise to protect him by swimming and saving him (quite unbelievable again but I’ve suspended all common sense and am just enjoying the show). Did K take the usb from the hourglass??

Kooky Yongtae almost getting killed by K, kidnapping Aerin and going crazy. I think he will be crossing over to the good guys team very soon! I’m suddenly curious on the forthcoming bromance between him and Bon. will it be quite as fun as Bon and Sangryeol?

Who is the voice?? Who is the mole in the NIS? How can we stop K? Is Sangryeol’s wife that bad ass lady assassin in the red killer heels? When will the King castle neighbors join forces with NIS? Why is this show so fun to watch? Can’t wait for the next episodes!