Page Turner 페이지 터너: Episode 1 Review

So in attempt to cure myself from the dejection of college rejections and the kiver fever (Joong-ki obsession), I started to watch another drama: Page Turner! I’ve been anticipating this drama for quite a while since So-hyun is is one of my favorite actresses. Although she is young and doesn’t make many roles where she is not the younger version of an actress, I think I’ve cried in just about every drama she’s acted in. And of course Ji-soo’s first drama as the male lead, who wasn’t anticipating that?

Man KBS is really having a good year so far with this and DotS.

The earliest part of the drama that caught my attention was when So-hyun’s character, Yoo-seul, was listening to “Dumb Dumb” by Red Velvet, one of my personal faves. When her mom came into the car, she immediately switched it back to a classical piano piece. HAHAHAH. That’s totally me. So from the get-go, it was definitely at some level relatable. We find that Yoo-seul is basically a piano prodigy (I mean we kind of get that from the trailer but you know) that learns to play the piano without ever being taught. Her biggest rival is Seo Ji-mok, who isn’t even on her level of prodigy but still tries to throw Yoo-seul off during a piano competition by improperly turning the page of the piano piece (he literally knocks it off the piano) but luckily Yoo-seul has all the pieces memorized. The shooting of the piano playing is quite realistic since I doubt that any of the young actors actually play piano. Yoo-seul is arrogant about her piano playing and Ji-mok basically goes to pray that something wrong will happen to Yoo-seul, and it does! Wow he’s so evil. She gets in a car accident and goes blind. However, even after all of that, her mom still wants her to practice piano. We find that Yoo-seul doesn’t actually like playing the piano, but only does it to please her mother.

Ji-soo’s character, Cha-sik, is pretty interesting too. He is a pole vaulter that breaks the Korean record at a price, the pole hurts his private part and the doctor finds that he cannot do sports anymore. His character is fun, he doesn’t have high standards for himself and just enjoys being with others and has a good relationship with his mom. His mom reveals that his father is actually a famous pianist, and Cha-sik decides that he’s gonna try to be a good pianist so he can meet his father who doesn’t even know him.

Cha-sik and Yoo-seul first meet at the hospital, when Yoo-seul is being treated for her eyes and Cha-sik for his bones. Yoo-seul asks Cha-sik to take her to the rooftop and he does. When Yoo-seul prepares to jump, Ji-mok interrupts and Yoo-seul finally says everything on her mind: the fact that she hates his face, that her mother keeps making her play piano, an instrument she doesn’t even like. Oh yeah, I guess Ji-mok felt bad because he even bought Yoo-seul flowers.

Anyway, as Yoo-seul jumps, she is caught on the ground by Cha-sik because they were in a parking lot HAHAHAHAHAH. Cha-sik told her that he knew she would do this kind of thing so he didn’t actually take her to the rooftop. It was sort of funny and embarrassing at the same time.

At first I didn’t quite like the blind plot, but So-hyun’s blind acting really reminds me of Song Hye-kyo’s acting in That Winter the Wind Blows, where she portrayed a blind character. It makes the arrogant female more vulnerable and cute in a way. I got to say, I wanted to pretend I was blind after that hehe.

Anyway, an incredible drama so far and definitely anticipating the next episode next week!

Descendants of the Sun: Favorite Moments Episodes 5-6

These two episodes consisted of surprisingly a lot of english and drama.

So the beginning of episode 5 was a continuation of the kiss in 4, however, we see that Mo-yeon is pushing herself away from Si-jin, probably because she doesn’t want to be affiliated with someone who has such a dangerous job as he does. It was awkward, but at the same time I’m glad that they didn’t kiss because I think it’s still too early for the loving relationship to be at a comfortable level.

The next day, Mo-yeon goes to the hospital to see that the kid, which at the moment she believes is “Blackey”, is gone. Then Si-jin comes in and she is so embarrased that she turns away. AWWW. But in the end she knows that it is her responsibility to find the kid and goes with Si-jin. In the car ride, Mo-yeon is once again a cold woman who doesn’t really want to talk to Si-jin (which personally I like about her because she doesn’t give in to such a handsome guy like Si-jin immediately) and their ride is a bit awkward. They have a conversation, where Si-jin mentions that “I finally did it after thinking about it a thousand times”, and briefly thereafter I had a spaz attack.

After they visit the Blackey village, they go out to eat and Mo-yeon asks Si-jin why he wanted to be a soldier, and Si-jin caMo-n tell that she doesn’t like the fact that he is a soldier. Si-jin explains that when he sees trouble, he is the type of person that wants to interfere and help out. After they leave, we finally see the man who says “you’re more likely to get shot being around a man with a gun” in the trailer. We find out that he used to work with Si-jin and used to be well known, but he changed jobs for the money that comes with being in a gang. He exchanges a not-so-cringeworthy conversation with Si-jin in English (except the part when Si-jin randomly rambles off in Korean lol). He says that Si-jin is too empathetic and then Si-jin says one of the funniest things he’s ever said: “piss off”. LOL.

Not soon thereafter, Mo-yeon is in a dilema: she is hanging off a cliff in a car She was trying to call Si-jin earlier and thankfully he picked up and immediately went after her. The next scene acted out by Mo-yeon probably best shows how great of an actress Hye-kyo is. She cries into a recording what she thinks she will never get to tell her mom and her friends. Just in time, Si-jin arrives and tells her to let go of the brake, but she doesn’t want to. In the end, she is forced to and both of them plunge into the water.

We later find out that Si-jin was actually supposed to die instead of Ryan and Mo-yeon gets a walkie-talkie! When the Mo-si couple is having a good laugh, Myung-joo comes into the picture and tells the two that she will marry Si-jin. Somehow I am liking Myung-joo more and more these days. She is actually a strong girl who hides her hurt feelings.

As Mo-yeon regretfully leaves to let the two catch up on life, she stays outside of the room and attempts to listen to the conversation through a stethoscope. She’s so funny ahhahaha. While Myung-joo and Si-jin talk, we find that in the military, orders are greater than life and we can realize the big sacrifice that Si-jin made for Mo-yeon, signalling his love for her even though he doesn’t explicitly always show it.

The last two scenes I found funny and memorable in episode 5 was when Mo-yeon decided to hold the meeting in the military room and not the medicube because the medicube didn’t have a ceiling fan. When Mo-yeon pretends to be a renown singer and sings for the soldiers through the walkie-talkie and when the sunbae and Onew’s character act out a war scene through the walkie-talkie, it just made me laugh.

The ending scene consisted of Si-jin asking Mo-yeon if he should apologize or confess, to which I can imagine she will ask for the former.

I actually thought episode 6 to be a bit slow, though I imagine many would probably disagree. I loved Mo-yeon’s response to Si-jin’s question in the end of the last episode. Although she asked for an apology, she gave a legitimate reason (stating that he is dangerous) and stood her ground. Since Si-jin has left Uruk in the beginning, the plot slowed. Though I enjoyed the zip-line scene with Si-jin and the later scenes with Si-jin and Dae-young. I like how it showed that Mo-yeon regretted not holding onto Si-jin because she actually likes him despite the dangers. She thinks that she has now missed all of the opportunities with Si-jin…little does she know heheh.

I thought it was so adorable that when Si-jin went fishing alone, we got to see that he kept the stone from the island. The doctors from Haesung hospital are all leaving! Everyone is happy except Moyeon, who has a frown on her face, even as they are taking the promotional picture with the official banner. Oh yeah. I forgot she was here because of that creep Chairman guy. Anyway, I was glad to find out that Si-jin knew about that…sometimes I wish they would have a second lead to make Si-jin jealous. That’s probably just me though, everyone else would probably not appreciate that. I was also wondering why there were showing all these clips of birds, and apparently they stand for danger. Huh. Who knew.

Anyway, danger did strike and a huge earthquake impacted the powerplant, so the medical team stayed behind and started treating the patients, reminding me of D-Day, anyone? It showed that the doctors actually cared and was a nice scene. Then. The Special Forces return. T_T We see Si-jin again in his full glory (I tried to take a screenshot but of course some random dude had to walk right in front of him at that second). And they lock eyes. When they finally meet (in that infamous shoe tying scene from the teaser), Si-jin says “I can’t be with you” and they both wish each other well and leave without looking back. Sometimes I wish one of them would look back. /cries/

Super excited that episode 7 is airing tonight!

I am also currently listening to Red Velvet’s new album, The Velvet, on repeat right now. It’s so good. These kinds of songs are like my jam. I think I’m a slow jazz/R&N kind of gal.

Descendants of the Sun: Favorite Moments Episodes 3-4

This post is way overdue, but after the end of episode 6, the hype that originally came from waiting for a drama for about half a year had officially died down. However, these two episodes (3 and 4) contained some of my favorite scenes thus far, in terms of romance. After episodes one and two, I felt lost, like there was some hole missing in my soul. I was glad that Mo-yeon and Si-jin got the opportunity to meet up once again in Uruk, but I was dying to know how their relationship would move on. It doesn’t take too long, however, for the two main roles to stop the slow-mo, looking at each other from a distance thing, to actually meet and have physical contact. The scene where Mo-yeon steps on the “land mine” is so cringeworthy yet so adorable. Hye-kyo’s acting is so realistic that the parts that seem a bit cringeworthy become cute if that even makes sense.

It also seems that a lot of the other soldiers think Mo-yeon is pretty during the blood drawing scene, when the soldiers line up to have their blood drawn by Mo-yeon, even though she mentions that when she draws blood it’s rather painful. However, before any of those men get a chance to get their blood drawn, she spots Si-jin and insists that the captain should go first. Si-jin is so adorable at this point, writhing in pain before Mo-yeon even pokes a needle in, but the most charismatic part is when he grabs her hand to show her where the vein was, suddenly. Yeah, I almost died.

However, these cute and adorable scenes cannot compare to what occurred at the end of episode 3, when the President of Arab is about to die but Mo-yeon is told to not operate on him. Si-jin asks Mo-yeon if she can do the surgery, and Mo-yeon, after a super long pause, says “yes”, and, defying orders, Si-jin turns off his radio and pulls out his gun, causing ten thousand fangirls to swoon and pass out. At the end of this part, the credits start rolling in, and I can only feel anticipation for the next episode and a sudden craving for Subway. After the episode as I was thinking about DoTS and not doing homework, I had an epiphany. Although this might not be true, I think knowing about this makes the scene cuter and portrays Si-jin as more of a caring and compassionate person, instead of someone who simply follows orders. In the previous episode, we saw that Mo-yeon left Si-jin because she couldn’t accept to be with someone that kills others while she tries so hard to save them. I think the reason why Si-jin gave Mo-yeon the opportunity to save the President is not only to not damage her career as a surgeon but also to show that he didn’t want to win peace through death.

Woah that was a lot for just one episode. I’ve been having dreams about how episode 7 will go, so I wish it would come quicker, but also I need to get these done.

Anyway, in episode 4, the Gummy OST was released and I finally got to see what happened during the surgery. I was so scared from the preview that they weren’t going to save the President because I saw Onew’s character say something like, “if we don’t save him, we’re not going to survive either!” and so I was so scared for them. I was especially scared for Mo-yeon; if she didn’t save the patient, how would that affect her relationship with Si-jin, who risked everything for her? By everything, I mean he disobeyed orders, which is apparently a big deal in the armed forces. Anyway, I was so invested in the scene that I watched the scene roll out in the cracks of my hands; but in the end, all was well and good so hurray! I’m glad that Mo-yeon found out early on that Si-jin was sacrificing his own career for her and then gets to meet him outside the barracks so that they can’t see each other’s faces. Somehow, I find this even more heart moving than if they were face to face. Si-jin repeats his famous line that he must protect all beautiful women, the elderly, and children and Mo-yeon gave him a mosquito coil, which I wonder if he still has, because I know he still has the rock from the island.

Myung-joo comes to Uruk and her father sends Dae-young back to Korea. Yay for happy couples being together. They meet in the middle at the airport, which is like the climax of the Davichi music video, and Dae-young hugs her, surprisingly. At this point, I’m still feeling quite indifferent towards the two.

Myung-joo talks to Si-jin casually and Si-jin sees Mo-yeon going into the military tent. She is trying to defend Si-jin, who got demoted because of her. When they’re in the car together, they both get out, Mo-yeon says “I am very sorry that my concerns got in your ways”, she teleports back into the car, and leaves. I like how Mo-yeon’s words are witty and sharp (I’m guessing it could be from her background–the actress was born in Daegu) and that she’s independent, but somehow not the annoying type of independent. Because of this, I, and a lot of other people obviously, can resonate with her and vicariously live our lives through her. At a funeral that Si-jin goes to, we hear the voice of the man that says “you’re more  likely to get shot being around a man with a gun” in the trailer, but we still don’t know what role he plays in the drama. Mo-yeon and Si-jin meet again in a small house and Mo-yeon has some wine that Dae-young prepared for Si-jin. Moyeon mentions that whenever she saw movie articles it reminded her of Si-jin and then Si-jin goes in for the kiss.

Totally excited for the next episode, but at the same time, the ending obviously isn’t as terrible and heart wretching as the end of 2 so I think I’ll still survive.

Descendants of the Sun: Episode 2 Thoughts

Underwhelming but solid episode. There was cheesy dialogue, but this was countered by the cuteness of the main leads. I’m sad that there hasn’t been any introduction of an overall plot other than the romance (which one would expect, given the “war” drama that this is supposed to be) but we should expect no more from Eun-sook, let’s be real. Heirs didn’t have much happen in the entire drama, so not going to expect DOTS to be fast-paced and action-packed (yes, I will make Heirs comparisons till the day I die).

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Descendants of the Sun: Episode 1 Thoughts

WOW I did not expect the first episode to be as good as it was, considering my super low expectations! It was slow paced, but we really got to know the characters (all of which I love so far). I was hesitant to watch the episode since it was already pretty late starting it (10:30 pm, even though I slept 11 hours yesterday since I was sort of sick), I decided to watch it anyway since Sophie already watched it and might as well catch up. Anyway, my thoughts on this episode are as follows.

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Descendants of the Sun: Favorite Moments from Episodes 1-2

Since I’m waiting for the next two measly episodes of DotS to heir (wow the puns still stay fresh eh?), I decided to just rant about the past two episodes. For these two episodes I sacrificed a lot (mainly just years on my life because I literally watched those teasers until I knew every. single. word). Anyway, the day finally came and it was GLORIOUS. Maybe it was just the hype but it was everything I had expected and more. It started off strong, with a random politician dude who’s facial features strongly reminded me of Ted Cruz, and other old k-drama men who are pretty much in every single k-drama that is worth watching. But the moment finally came. JOONG KI. His voice came before his face. And although his face was slightly masked due to his military attire OH MAH GAWD he looked so good. I think I sort of died in my seat. But I knew I couldn’t just die now, or then how else am I supposed to know what happens to Joong Ki?

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