Recapped!: My Mister (Episodes 15-16)

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Well! The time has finally come and gone. The end of our hero Dong-Hoon’s story. These spoilers are coming fast and furious so get ready:

  • Resident snakes and all-round villains, C..E.O. Do Joon-Young  and his lackey, Director Yoon are fired from the company for their scandalous ways.
  • They are ultimately taken down by Lee Ji-Ahn’s biggest enemy who actually seems to like her alot–Lee Gwang-Ll. SURPRISED!? Kinda. The show had been hinting at his turning into a ‘good guy’ a couple of episodes in a row now. So him doing the great thing he did was only a matter of time.
  • With his senior’s blessing, Dong-Hoon is able to keep Lee Ji-Ahn from going to prison herself! Director Park decides not to press charges against her and her ‘brother’ Song Ki-Beom.
  • Lee Ji-Ahn’s grandmother (Bong-Ae) passes away, and EVERYONE IS AT THE FUNERAL, AND ITS THE SWEETEST, SADDEST MOMENT OF THE SERIES
  • Dong-Hoon takes his wife Lee Ji-Ah’s advice and quits the company to start his own business. All his company pals that look up to him, leave as well and work for him. It’s an inspiring moment in the show, but I couldn’t help but feel like things worked out almost too well
  • And also, they work on their relationship too.
  • Choi Yoo-Ra and youngest brother, Park Gi-Hoon end up breaking up. Not too stunned by that one! They probably have the least healthiest relationship in the show.
  • Monk Gyeomduk finally visits his ex, Jung-Hee. It’s this moment where they’re finally able to move on from their past.
  • Lee Ji-Ahn respectfully moves out of town to a new job, then moves back, and greets Dong-Hoon as an old friend…even though it’s been probably a few months to a year. It’s rushed, it’s cute, it’s a wrap.

 

Honestly a very neat bow tied around an otherwise turbulent, hectic, crawl of a drama series. I didn’t feel like any loose ends were left on cutting room floor. But I can’t shake the feeling that things were wrapped up a little too neatly, considering.

Series Overall: 8 out of 10

Recapped!: My Mister (Episode 14)

YOOOOOO…hold on! Hold On!

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Okay, okay! YOOOOOOOO! Listen….

Alright so I love the structure of this episode tremendously. I’m sure the show as a whole has followed this sort of format, and I only now have caught on but—today we got the sort of emotional victory for secondary characters like Jung-Hee and Director Yoon (with his PUNK Ah). Without further ado guys–

1. We kick things off with a lot of calls and text messages this episode. But after the digital traffic slows down. The owner of the company Dong-Hoon works for, commands his underlings to decide on a new director by the end of the day! Long story short,

Dong-Hoon wins the vote and becomes the newest director!

2. The celebration at Jung hee’s gets awkward (as they do) and she’s finally able to emotional and symbolically toast away her past twenty-something years of resentment and utterly devastating anguish. In short, Jung-Hee finally moves on!

3. Dong-Hoon’s superior who was fired early on in the show, finds and captures (police do) the young man (Ki-Beom) working in cohoots with Lee Ji-Ahn. With Ki-Beom being captured and questioned, it’s only a matter of time before Ji-Ahn is arrested as well. What’s most interesting about all this is WHO wants WHAT to happen. Acting CEO of the company, Do Joon-Young, seems to have resigned to his destiny of being ousted, fired, and possibly even worse, but He refuses to go down alone. Which leads to biggest, messiest reveal yet…

4. Dong-Hoon learns of his phone having been wiretapped by Lee Ji-Ahn and the World is coming to an end. Give Thanos the go-ahead to snap his fingers! So now that he knows. What Lee Ji-Ahn knows. What Do Joon-Young knows. What Lee Ji-Ah knows. We can all perish in utter anguish…alone…but knowing that it’s also happening to the people all around you as well. I mean the show is SO GOOD at revving up the stakes in this steady, thumping…like a headache slowly, but viciously transforming into the kind of migraines ya’ gave your parents when you were young. Yes, you!

5. Dong-Hoon’s thrashing of CEO Do Joon-Young HAS to come up at some point right? Is their culture so accepting of people getting punched in the face (LOL) Like, I wonder if Do Joon-Young like complained about it to someone and was told to man-up or block next time. LOL. Alright, I’ll leave him alone. But seriously, the deconstruction of Do Joon-Young is a magnificent, glorious scene of a train-wreck. Actor Kim Young-Min is good in nearly every scene he’s in and I really wanna see where they take his character!

Who knows what the last two episodes will bring to the light, but one thing’s for sure: I AM NOT PREPARED FOR WHAT THE TEASER TRAILER SHOWED US. I AM NOT.

Because if what I think I saw happened. HAPPENED. I’m gonna be a bawling mess by series end. Like for real though. But what about you? Give me your thoughts on the show so far at thenexcrewteam@gmail.com!

 

Recapped!: My Mister (Epi.13)

WOW! The emotional feels and connections we got in this episode of My Mister! As we dive headlong into a season ending explosion of which no one will emerge unscathed from; here is the obligatory–

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Thing we got from this episode:

  1. I’d like to take this moment in time to focus on an aspect of the plot I’ve sort of left on the cutting room floor: That being Ji-An’s brother? Or Her friend? I think he’s actually a close friend that she considers a brother? Not sure. For the sake of this spoiler: Ji-An’s brother’s cover has been BLOWN AF! And now he’s on the run, with Ji-An sure to be next! Which leads me to the next reveal here,
  2. Ji-An is screwed SIX WAYS TO SUNDAY! She had been the literal embodiment of “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” for quite sometime, and was even (eerily) comfortable in that chaos. Now though, it feels like she’s really at the point where she can either spill the beans and come clean on her part in this whole scandal, or risk being ousted another unceremonious way. With only a matter of time before Ji-An’s scheme is blown open by detectives; Should she expose the company’s CEO and take him down with her? Or should she continue to play things by ear?
  3. Dong-Hoon and his wife are in a weird place. Like relationship wise. It’s like their bond died and went to this weird, awkward, but somehow dignified, phony place where they still make sure to sip their tea while perpetually side-eyeing one another. It’s rough. Are they gonna divorce? Also—
  4. Dong-Hoon’s brothers now know about him being cheated on and their reactions are pretty much what you’d expect. The oldest weeps and blames it on his failing business. The youngest swears a lot and literally wants to fight..someone! Anyone! He even yells he wants to fight his brother to keep from beating up his sister-in-law! Dude’s temper is something else!
  5. Yoooooo….Jeong-Hee (owner of the bar that Park Dong-Hoon and his buddies practically live at) confronts her ex (The monk that is Dong-Hoon’s best friend) and WEEPS OUT ALL HER FRUSTRATIONS WITH HIM! For me it was easily the most emotional part of the episode and I REALLY wanna see them back together somehow! Jeong-Hee is a wreck without him. Although, realistically I’d like to see her (with emotional support from friends) pick herself back up and slowly begin to move on past the failed relationship. It’s just not healthy, Jeong-Hee!
  6. Executive Director Wang is trash. And yes this episode was full of moments where Ji-An and others were putting him in his place (indirectly and directly). I feel like after awhile, living like such an insufferable piece of trash will undoubtedly catch up with you. And I cannot wait to see this guy get the ultimate comeuppance if and when Dong-Hoon wins the Director position!

Alright, next recapped! of My Mister should be out this Friday, so stay tuned! Lemme know your thoughts about the show by sending them to thenexcrewteam@gmail.com

Recapped!: Meet Me@1006

Okay, so really quick I needed to update my progress on this particular drama series, along with how I’m DROPPING IT! Yes, this show is poorly written, dully paced, and full of the wrong cliches. I’ll explain in a minute, but first:

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  1. Alright so our leads, Zhen Yu and Jia Lee are now past the point of surprise and disbelief about the time merging and are now trying to live relatively normal lives while searching for a solution…
  2. The disintegration of Jia Lee’s character from a “young, upstart reporter trying to prove herself” into a one-track minded, petty and daffy leading woman with a lot of annoying quirks like her propensity to call Zhen Yu a pervert.

Here’s why I’m dropping the series:

Jia Lee’s character is almost an entirely different person between episodes 1 through 3! It’s so frustrating trying to give the character the benefit of the doubt when instead of trying to assist Zhen Yu in solving their own, personal mystery she focuses on how long it’s been since she’s dated. The writers have made her more concerned with how they were accidentally caught in the same shower as one a other and how y’know–that’s incredibly uncomfortably. Yeah, we get it. Why do we need references to it throughout the entire (40-minute) run of the third episode.

Ironically, I may gave a petty reason for dropping the series, but when one of your leads is seemingly rebooted not even five episodes into the series; there’s cause for concern. I dislike sacrificing coherent storytelling for the sake of silly gags and poorly done physical comedy. Not only was their chemistry forced and unwelcome–there was a completely unearned “romantic and dreamy” flirty scene in the rain with umbrellas that was beyond corny. I get the age range here, but bad writing is bad writing. What is good writing for young adults isn’t necessarily bad writing for adults. And for those reasons I’m dropping the show. Hopefully I find something to take it’s place!

 

 

Recapped!: My Mister (Episodes 10-12)

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Alright so after another handful of episodes, My Mister continues to stand the test of time! The story of Dong-Hoon and  Ji-Ahn continues to delve further and further into a singular one, albeit with shared friends and foes alike. Here’s a breakdown of really the biggest revelation we need to know:

  1.  At this point in the story: PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY EXCEPT DONG-HOON’s BROTHERS AND MOM!
  2. Dong-Hong’s fight with Ki-Yong ended in a draw (more or less) but it made Ki-Yong think twice about confronting Dong-Hong directly.
  3. Dong-Hong and his wife FINALLY sit down and try to talk things out. It doesn’t seem to go horribly well though, as they still seem bent on divorce.
  4. Ji-Ahn, on Dong-Hong’s insistence, has begone to integrate with her co-workers and Dong-Hong’s family as well at Jung-hee’s bar. It’s really a joy to see her really get to be a human and not a cold, calculating swindler.
  5. The race for new director really took a strong turn after Dong-Hoon PUNCHED THE CEO IN THE FACE!

We won’t get episodes 13 and 14 for a whole nother’ week which hurt me a lot more than I’m willing to admit! It does give me a chance to seek out other shows and movies to digest though!

 

Eye in the Sky (2007)

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a crack squad from the Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CIB), the most secretive and elite branch of the Hong Kong police force, uses sophisticated surveillance equipment to observe, follow and track down the most dangerous of criminals. After a high stakes jewelry heist was successfully carried out by an ultra-professional criminal gang led by mastermind Shan (Tony Leung), what follows is a tense and intricately plotted game of cat-and-mouse between CIB chief Matt (Simon Yam) and members of Shan’s gang. But it is the rookie agent Bo (Kate Tsui) who is dramatically thrust into a situation where she must prove herself, including coming face-to-face with the dangerous and charismatic crime leader himself…

Okay so the biggest thing you need to know is that this film is mostly a series of tracking shots. We see a lot of people walking around, looking over their shoulders and doing double takes. This mixed with music is suppose to drum up some level of suspense and intrigue; and it although it does a little it’s certainly not enough.

The lead is a woman looking to make the surveillance unit, and the ‘story’ is mostly her kind of being the junior partner of the unit’s head. Their relationship is noble, quiet, and utterly dull. As efficient as they are at their job, the movie is ironically just as inept at being anything other than a low-powered, action-thriller. It really is the most one-note picture of this kind I’ve seen in years. And it’s a shame because the first half hour of the film sort of shaped the film to be something the last two-thirds couldn’t live up to.

This definitely isn’t a bad motion picture, but it isn’t great either. Watch it to see stars like Simon Yam, Tony Leung ka-fi, and even the lead actress, Kate Tsui. The supporting cast were all fine and effective as well; I just wish they all had a little more to do. Even the action here was sparse and uninspired. A disappointment to say the least, and also disappointing outing for a movie produced by Johnnie To.

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