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East of Eden, episode 13

Dong Chul tries to get photographic evidence of Attorney Kim’s betrayal. Meanwhile Kim tells Tae Hwan that he thinks DC is on to him.

Dong Chul comes to talk with his Aunt. She tells him to go see DW and make sure he doesn’t desert the army on Ji Hyun’s behalf. She also tells him to come to his mother’s birthday the next day. She also tries to get him to get her a job at the casino. Guk Ja is there and finds the Aunt very amusing. I find the aunt amusing as well (in this scene anyway), when Guk Ja excuses herself, the aunt says ‘you should have done that earlier, can’t you read a situation’. The aunt tells DC that Guk Ja was asking lots of questions about him, and to be careful as casino girls don’t make good wives (Guk Ja was dressed as a dealer). 

Min Hye Rin’s english is excellent. Best on the show, which works out because she apparently teaches english as a second language. She’s teaching them useless things about American football though. Anyway, HR’s mother comes to see her. I think she really cares about HR, she’s putting in too much effort otherwise. It kinda makes HR’s behaviour a little harsh in retrospect. So, HR’s mum has learnt about Ji Hyun, as in that DW already has a girlfriend.  I love Lee Da Hae in this scene (her later scene too actually, subtlety suits her) especially her expression when her mum mentions DW’s girlfriend. Poor HR, for once she can’t retort as she knows DW is indeed in love with another. 

DC visits Ki Sun at her work. It’s nice to see some brother/sister bonding. Ki Sun says that DC and DW share a mind and body. DC corrects her and says the three of them are like one, but he’s just being nice, all his actions prove that Dong Wook is his one and only.  

DC then goes to visit Ji Hyun. She tells him about the baby (aka. his enemy’s blood) and her decision to give up Dong Wook. She also tells him about her mother’s rape. She gives him a letter for DW. She asks whether he will seek revenge on her if she joins Tae Hwan’s family. He doesn’t answer. She then asks if he will seek revenge on her baby. He says the feud will end in this generation. I can’t believe the way DC averts his eyes and can’t even say he won’t hate the baby. Anyway, DC went there to tell Ji Hyun not to give up DW, but leaves thinking it’s best if they separate. 

The Priest takes Ji Hyun to Myung Hun’s house. That priest sucks. What is Ji Hyun thinking? Certainly not of her baby. Last episode I had begun to change my mind about Ji Hyun and now…sacrificing DW and her child for what? Revenge against Chun Hee? Or does she hate herself that much? 

TH doesn’t want JH in his family. Everybody else reminds him of how they let lowly him marry into their family, but it’s Ji Hyun who changes his mind. I still don’t get where Ji Hyun’s mind is at, I hope she’s not going to be like Suzaku from Code Geass, whom continued to make decisions that weren’t logical extensions of his motives. Also, Nurse Yoo really did the Lees a favour by swapping Myung Hun for Dong Wook. 

So, DC visits DW. It’s like when DC visited DW after school that time. Except, DW now wears actually military clothes. The brothers visit their father’s grave and DC flashes back to that tear-inducing funeral. DW’s so adorable, and so in love with his hyung. Anyway, it seems like DC wants to build another Las Vegas over the mining village where they grew up. When they get back to DW’s base, DW asks DC to look after JH. DC tells DW to give her up, but DW says he won’t. DC gives him the letter. Later, DW reads it and is heartbroken. Personally, I think he could do way better anyway. 

Meanwhile, Wang Gun is getting ready to enact his  revenge on Guk, with help from Attorney Kim. DC finds out but is too far away to help so he calls Dok Sa and co. They manage to save Guk but not before he sustains a severe beating. (Q. When did Wang Gun depart ways from the gang? He was the leader and now he’s left by the wayside?). 

So, DC finally arrives and Guk Ja goes off at him for letting this happen. Guk sends them to President Min for some reason. Also, DC finds Guk Ja’s audio diary and hears the entry she made after they first met, unfortunately, he doesn’t hear the more obsessive messages about him that she’s made since.  So Guk Ja and DC go to President Min’s house. Guk Ja stands up quite nicely to HR’s mother, and something DC said convinced Min to cancel his association with Tae Sung Construction. 

Hye Rin rocks up just as they’re leaving. So, it turns out Guk Ja and Hye Rin were friends a long time ago before Guk Ja went overseas. Guk Ja calls her ‘unnie’. The girls exchange pleasantries, but Hye Rin’s eyes are on DC (but despite being obvious about it, Guk Ja doesn’t notice). They don’t get introduced, but it looks like HR’s been thinking about what her mother said about her being a fool to wait around for someone who’s in love with someone else. So, if she can’t have DW, why not that nice boat guy who fixed her shoe and gave her a lift. DC returns her meaningful looks as well. I’m still behind Guk Ja and DC though. 

The episode ends on a random shot of President Guk in hospital. He’s still badly injured, but he manages an evil grin. Is he evil?

East of Eden, episode 12

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The reunion continues when DW brings DC home. DC has lead feet again when he sees Chun Hee. CH sees his silhouette and thinks of Ki Chul, but not only is DC’s face completely different, so is his body shape. I simultaneously loved and hated this part. I mean, they drew it out way too long and my head was saying ‘for god’s sake, run and hug each other already’ while I was openly weeping.

The reunion is interrupted by Myung Hun and Wang Gun who have come to demolish the village. Luckily, President Oh (Myung Hun’s haraboji) was ordered to cease the demolition. However, Wang Gun accuses DC of abandoning the gang and fleeing Korea with stolen gold bars. He also says how DC’s been working for professional gamblers. CH hears this and her initial joy at seeing DC again has turned to shame. Also, they cut to a shot of Ki Sun when Wang Gun introduced himself, which was very interesting. Oh, and Myung Hun mentioned how he was always jealous that DW had a brother like DC.

Guk Ja’s really cute. She’s been waiting up for DC and records an audio diary. Today’s entry: I’m so weird, why am I wasting my youth obsessed with a beggar hunting dog.

Hye Rin has another convo with her mother. HR is happy she still gets to live independently. Her mum tells her DW is going to be forcibly enlisted. How random.

DC has a nice moment with his daddy’s birdcage. Also, I love the way DC touched Ki sun’s face when she talked to him. So cute. Anyway, Chun Hee is unhappy with DC. Then the beans are spilled about how DC broke out of prison so he could get the money that saved Chun Hee’s life. CH hates that she’s the reason DC’s life was ruined. The others try to convince her that his life isn’t ruined, but DC pretty much tells her that he’s not going to go back to a straight life. Power is money. Money saved Chun Hee and money saved DW. Money is going to bring down Tae Hwan. Chun Hee disowns him again and tells him to stay away from DW. DW meanwhile, has been dragging his injured self around the house for these convos, and it’s hilarious.

DC returns to Guk’s house and is attacked, but fends off the goons with some nice moves. I really like DC’s fighting style. He was awesome during the almost-demolition scene as well. Anyway, DC sees Guk’s traitor minion, Attorney Kim, right after the attack, which was odd, because Kim wasn’t even trying to hide or anything. It’s like Kim was saying ‘please become suspicious of me Dong chul’.

Meanwhile, the priest comes and tells DW about what happened to Ji Hyun. DW runs to see her, but she ignores his cries. Then, the army turns up to forcibly recruit DW. How did they know to go to wherever the hell Ji Hyun is?

Anyway, then there’s a fight scene. I’m not really sure what’s going on, I think DC’s rescuing members of his former gang, oh, and DC likes to dress in nice suits when he beats people up. After that, he goes and springs (legally, kinda) Dok Sa from prison. Dok Sa’s also being played by the same guy (I wonder if the rest of the gang are also being played by the same guys, because they called DC ‘hyung’, so that’d be odd). Dok Sa calls DC arrogant, and he totally is coming off that way. Don’t be so smarmy DC!

Meanwhile, Ji Hyun is feeling crappy (and pregnant), and DW ‘s in basic training. Then JH talks with the priest. I cannot believe it when the priest calls MH’s rape a misguided act of love. A sin that came from not knowing how to express his love. I was so afraid that the priest’s words were setting up JH’s forgiveness of MH. Thankfully, when she confronts him in the next scene she stands strong. I am so proud of JH. Unfortunately, JH is pregnant, and the priest insinuates that JH, herself, is also a product of rape.

I hate MH. I don’t even find him good-looking anymore. I wish he would stop insisting that he raped JH out of love. I can’t believe he asked JH, while begging for her forgiveness, to save him as he was in pain too and a beast who wanted to be human. I wanted to scream.

So, Guk Ja’s set herself up as a dealer in the casino. Also, DC’s made an unnecessary play against Attorney Kim as it seems Guk’s already on to his dodgy ways. Also, DC’s aunt shows up at the casino to speak to him, but Guk Ja meets her first.

Now it’s to Chun Hee being a stone cold bitch. She tells JH to marry MH and leave DW alone. I don’t blame JH when she tells CH that one day she’s going to feel all the pain that she’s caused JH, and I hope JH succeeds, unfortunately that means cursing DC and DW as well.

I don’t get Chun Hee’s feelings towards JH regarding her parentage. She doesn’t hate Ki Sun, so it seems like she puts a lot of stock into bloodlines, if she is wary of JH simply because she doesn’t know who her father is then it does not look good for DW. Also, JH has an unknown father, Hye Rin has an unknown mother: could they be twins?

East of Eden, episode 11

Myung Hun rapes Ji Hyun. Myung Hun then wants to marry Ji Hyun. Ji Hyun attempts suicide. Also the old station master shows incredible restraint when Myung Hun tries to apologise for said rape and proclaim his true love for Ji Hyun.

Dong Chul arrives back in Macau and Guk Ja is waiting on his boat. (What? They just skipped Nurse Yoo? Damn it). DC gets slapped twice, but he doesn’t back down this time. Guk Ja is disappointed that her short love affair is over and walks away. DC watches her walk away (oh, if only he wasn’t honour bound to avenge his murdered father). Anyway, it seems DC has decided to return to Korea and he says goodbye to his Chinese family.

Meanwhile, Hye Rin gives her eyes a workout (she was a little scary, I thought Lee Da Hae was a supposed to be a good actress, I guess popular doesn’t equal good, but I’ve liked her in all her other scenes, so maybe she just had an cruel director that day) when she goes off at her parents for not getting Dong Wook released. Oh, and Hye Rin wasn’t adopted, she’s the product of her father’s affair, hence the tension between her and her mother/stepmother. She believes her mother hates her, and her mother doesn’t really deny it, but she still doesn’t seem as bad as Hye Rin makes her out to be.

Dong Wook and Tae Hwan have a father-son chat. Once again bloodlines are insulted (it doesn’t get old). Then Tae Hwan learns that DC is alive (he’d been calling DC a water ghost, which is pretty) and back in Korea. He’s not happy about it. Guk Ja’s not happy about DC rejecting her to become her father’s pet, and so acts really rude to him. The Guks’ also aren’t happy about how chummy their pal President Min (turns out he owns a newspaper, which was probably mentioned earlier) is with Tae Hwan.

Anyway, later on DC learns where DW is being held prisoner and P. Guk helps him secure DW’s release by bribing, or something-or-other, the chief prosecutor. So, DC goes off to deliver the bribe or whatever to the chief prosecutor, whom is attending a party held my President Min.

DC runs into Hye Rin, who is also going to ask the chief prosecutor to release DW. These two share several moments (while remaining oblivious and apparently indifferent to the other’s identity, seriously, it’s simple courtesy to ask a person’s name!), which are very cute but DC’s kind nature only reminds Hye Rin of DW’s kind nature. Meanwhile, Guk Ja at home obsessing over DC.

I don’t know where this DC/Hye Rin/DW, or GJ/DC/HR thing is going (I’m curious to know how close HR and GJ are considering GJ calls HR’s father ‘uncle’), but I’m more interested in that than the drama of the MH/JH/DW triangle.

Dong Wook gets released and is dumped on the side of the road a la Nurse Yoo, except that it’s not raining and Dong Chul is there waiting for him. Well, he’s waiting about fifty metres up the road, and seriously, it took so long for him to cross it that I started to think there was a giant quicksand pit between them. I mean, never mind the fact that he hasn’t seen him in ten years, DW’s just been tortured, and yet DC lets him struggle to stand on his own, and lets him limp and run over to him. Anyway, the old hand signal makes a comeback and I’ve realised that it’s just not the same when the adults do it. I’m little disappointed that DC didn’t shout DW’s name as per usual, at least DW remembered to shout his name. I always appreciate a Kim Bum flashback though, even microsecond ones.

I’m over Ji Hyun and Myung Hun. Is MH really essential to the story? Surely letting DW remain alive is enough. Also, I keep forgetting this show is set in the past, then strange set pieces–like five telephones–remind me.

Next Time: Dong Wook joins the army? I hope that doesn’t last long.

Terminator Salvation: My Thoughts

Terminator Salvation

So, I finally got to see Terminator Salvation. Here are my thoughts, spoilers ahoy: 

 

TRAPPINGS

  • The opening credit sequence was crap. And I didn’t like the Marcus/Helena Bonham Carter bit either – give me a kiss? What was that?
  • I wish they had incorporated the original score more. It would have made it feel more like a terminator film since it didn’t really look like one.
  • Sound was great though, I could feel the helicopter blades reverberating through my chest. I don’t know if that’s the movie or just the cinema though.
  • The picture was too clean somehow. It did remind me of the look of other McG films, so I think McG was a bad choice.
  • The script was lacking too. Lots of plotholes. Not enough character focus. Poor dialogue, and the editing in dialogue driven scenes was poor too.

CAST

  • Sam Worthington was very good, although I noticed his real accent appeared quite a few times. I wasn’t quite so disappointed with the Marcus character as I thought I would be. He was still extremely cylon-like though.
  • Moon Bloodgood’s character was worthless though. I liked her, but her actions seemed too reckless. She knew Marcus for two days, she knows what the machines are like and she still risks everything to save him?
  • Anton Yelchin was perfect. He was better than I thought he would be, and I thought he was going to be pretty good. I didn’t expect him to follow Biehns’s portrayal so strongly. His diction was great. He reminded me not only of T1 Reese, but also T2 Connor, which was great.
  • Christian Bale was okay, but not as effective as I’d hoped. It took me a long time to accept he was John Connor. It wasn’t just Bale though, the character of Connor was just off in this. Also, there just wasn’t enough Connor as I’d hoped. He really should have been the main protagonist of the movie, not shared with Marcus and not subordinate to Marcus.
  • Kate Connor was a non-character. And I don’t know why she showed up at Skynet at the end considering how very pregnant she was.  Why was she pregnant anyway? If it’s simply so they can have little Connors in the sequel, they didn’t need to show her pregnant for that to happen, besides, I really don’t want there to be little Connors in the sequel.
  • I didn’t mind the little girl as much I thought I would when she first appeared. It was a good move making her mute.
  • I liked the Sarah Connor and Arnie bits. Although I wish they used the original recording, and that the CGI Arnie was a little better.

STORY

  • I wish there were more character moments. Particularly with John Connor, instead of just action action action. I mean they stopped the action for that long exposition scene, they could have done it to show stuff the audience actually wants to see.
  • Also, how’d they know Marcus would randomly bump into Kyle Reese, or was that a lucky fluke? Also, wouldn’t it have been easier to have Marcus kill Connor instead of luring him so different Terminators could kill him? Marcus actually actively saves Connor’s life in the river. Skynet sucks.
  • It was interesting that John Connor wasn’t the leader yet, but everybody except the people actually in charge acted like he was.
  • I did like that most of the movie was about Connor trying to find Kyle Reese, although it did push back  the most highly anticipated moment in the film for me: Connor meets Reese. I did hope that it would be a surprise meeting, like Connor rescued a bunch of people and Kyle just happened to be one of them, but I did like the meeting as done in this film. It was my favourite scene with Bale in the film. I love how he sees Kyle, knows him, and is all ‘what is your name?’
  • I wish the story existed in a stable time loop. Little things like the machines knowing who Kyle Reese is, and Kyle seeing the T-800 annoyed me a little. However, I am a little hopeful that this means we’ll see a ‘kyle finds out John’s his son’ scene in the sequel.
  • Some of the Terminators were a bit Transformer-like, and a bit too people friendly.
  • Why is Connor going around telling Terminators his parents’ names? Also, why wasn’t Marcus like ‘hey your dad has the same name as this kid I just met’, rather than seemingly understanding that that kid he met was Connor’s dad.
  • The heart transplant ending was stupid, but since I read what the original planned ending was, I am now extremely glad they decided to go with a simple heart transplant. Connor dying and being switched with a Terminator is about the worst possible ending they could have come up with. It would have destroyed the series for me.
  • I wish they’d shown Reese going through the pockets of John’s jacket and finding Sarah’s picture. That would have been awesome.

OVERALL

  • So, I loved it, but it wasn’t nearly as good as it should have been. Actually, the more I think about the film, the less I love it. It still had enough of Terminator about it to make it not completely crap though.
  • Though I liked Marcus, I still wish the character had been omitted and the film focused on John Connor and the resistance. Seeing more of the power struggle between Connor and the legal leaders, and seeing how the Connor prophecy was spread, and seeing the day to day lives of the resistance fighters would have been good.
  • The film seems clearly set up for more movies, so hopefully all the stuff that’s missing from this one will be in the next couple and make this film work in retrospect. 

East of Eden, episode 10

Short summary:

This episode features an extension of the craptacular Dong Chul flying shot. It’s long enough to insert in some poignant father/son moment flashbacks. After that, the next time we see DC is in hospital, looking fully recovered, and chatting on the phone to DW about the recent demolition happenings.

Meanwhile, Tae Hwan, looking only slightly worse for wear, is feeling pretty good about DC’s apparent death (TH clearly is not hooked in to the fact that DC is the hero of this show). He’s also happy that his bid for the Macau Harbour project was accepted. He meets with Janice and Guk later to discuss terms. Janice wants them to work together, but Guk wants no part of that and leaves. TH looks like the cat that ate the canary and returns to Korea to loud applause (literally, I hope his employees were paid extra for that).

Back in Korea, we learn that Chun Hee has a psychic bond with DC, as she wakes from a bad dream at the same time he has his accident. Anyway later, during the night, Myung Hun has DW’s village demolished, but DW and co. fight back and win. Yeah! But, poor little Yo Sub, a kindergartner, was crushed during the fight. He dies. DW blames MH, but MH refuses to take responsibility and turns the blame back on DW. DW seems to take it to heart as he’s all self-pitying when on the phone to DC later on, but he’s also very excited to hear that DC plans to return to Korea.

Meanwhile, Guk Ja’s all sad that DC is nowhere to be found. She even goes to Mike to help her find him. She does find him and brings her back to her place where DC finally accepts Guk’s offer to work for him (the deciding factor: Guk tells DC he wants to destroy Tae Sung Construction). So, DC is sent to find some hedge fund manager in Hong Kong, who turns out to be Nurse Yoo. WTH? Unfortunately, that’s all for the DC portion of the show, and the rest is DW’s boring story.

MH has Ji Hyun arrested. Ji Hyun then signs a document saying DW instigated the illegal demolition protest or something, so MH has evidence to have DW arrested. MH has JH released and she’s not happy that he was before everything, she causes a car crash and it looks like she might bee severely injured, but it turns out she’s quite fine, and she has an intense fight with MH later where he gives her permission to kill him and she doesn’t take it.

Elsewhere, Hye Rin asks her parents (who are also involved in business with Tae Hwan), to help get DW out of jail, but her mother, seeing how passionate HR is over DW, decides it’d be better to keep him locked up. DW, meanwhile is being tortured.

Comments:

• Myung Hun seemed confused when he learnt that the villagers were given notice of the demolition. He’s not very bright, and unfortunately that’s a genetic trait that you can’t blame Tae Hwan for.

• I loved how Ki sun went off at MH. She’s someone he actually might listen to, and she calls him oppa.

• DC and DW seem unable to hold a conversation that doesn’t degenerate into impassioned calls of ‘Hyung!’ and ‘Dong Wook-ah!’.

• DC sends mixed signals again. He holds Guk Ja’s hand instead of shrugging her off, then later tells her to go to Mike again. Never get involved with a guy with a grudge. He’ll always chose revenge over you.

• Mike and Guk Ja. The men on this show are so possessive. Still, who goes to the guy whose marriage proposal you rejected to help you find the guy you’re in love with. If Ji Hyun acted this way towards MH all these years, no wonder he’s so confused.

• I thought a whole hospital blood match type thing might happen when MH and JH got in that accident, but it was not to be. Luckily Nurse Yoo’s still around to move this plotpoint forward.

• Nurse to hedge fund manager. Okay…

• MH’s mother is awesome, or she could have been is she hadn’t married and raised such arseholes. Props to her for trying to teach to her son the true meaning of love.

• Was Hye Rin adopted? Potential to help DW down the line when his parentage comes to light.

East of Eden, episode 9

In Macau:

Lee Dong Chul saves Guk Ja, even taking a bullet for her. Guk Ja overacts. (I still want this couple together, but it’s moving a little too quickly, but then I guess a kidnapping would heighten emotions, plus she’s young and he has guilt and honour issues). Mike’s part of the rescue party, and observes Guk Ja crying over DC’s beaten and shot arse.

Shin Tae Hwan knows Janice or Jae Hee. He recognised her wrist cutting scars (emo scars not suicidal). I’m guessing she’s his first love. She ignores him at first, and he seems very sad about it. I’m not feeling very sorry for him. Later he sees her again and it looks like he rejected her a long time ago so he could marry the daughter of the owner of Tae Sung Group (Janice also remarks on Tae Hwan’s seemingly eternal appearance). He then makes a huge mistake and tells Jae Hee that him betraying her worked out well for her in the end because she married Steve Packer’s (Mike’s dad) son and became the head of the Macau Harbour project. She’s amazed at his gall. Then he pleads for her to help him get in on the Macau harbour project by reminding her that he gave her up for Tae Sung, and that the company’s all he has. Janice just walks away.

Zhang Mei has a baby boy. I wonder what she and ken named him. She shows DC a newspaper article about Tae Hwan. So now DC knows TH is in town and beat up ken, kidnapped ZM and got DC to kidnap Guk Ja, not to mention how TH ordered DC to kill GJ. (All this and DC still lets TH go when he had him under his metal pole thing?) Dong Chul later muses over Tae Hwan. I guess he’s plotting revenge, or is annoyed at the article’s typeface. I’m very disappointed in Seung Heon in this scene. He needs to work on his eye acting, they often seem dead. So, Zhang Mei asks DC to be her son’s godfather, and she also asks him not to seek revenge on TH. DC, of course, then goes and plots his revenge (ie. the events that occurred at the beginning of episode 1).

Guk and Guk Ja arrive to Steve Packer’s birthday party. Mike proposes to Guk Ja. Mike’s looking rather dapper. I hate it when guys refer to themselves as playboys. At first, I thought the propensity for korean dramas to use the word ‘playboy’ was just a translation thing, but in East of Eden they’ve been using the word in English. Anyway, Mike seems to think Guk ja should be happy that he’s never proposed to anyone before. Surely he should have followed that line with ‘and my last proposal’.

So, Guk Ja comes to see DC. He’s an upstanding fellow so he tells her he wants nothing to do with her. She tells him she turned down a marriage proposal for him (poor Mike), and reminds him of the promise he made her back on kidnap island (that if they both survived, they would love each other). DC then submits to her request that he meet her father. I think Guk Ja’s sweet in this scene, but I wonder what DC’s thinking. Is it of Guk Ja or someone else?

So, Guk Ja takes DC to Steve Packer’s bday party, the second half I guess, as it’s now on a cruise ship instead of at a house. DC then learns that President Guk (Dae Hwa) is Guk Ja’s father, and just as I hoped, he has a beautiful, but too short, flashback to when Wang Gun first showed him President Guk. Guk Ja says she is superrich and that DC (she calls him beggar ahjussi again, which I like) can pretty much right his own cheque for saving her life.

Guk talks with DC. What I wanted them to talk about, but they didn’t: that TH was the one behind the kidnapping, that DC hates TH and that he killed his father, also that DC used to work in Guk’s Korean casino. Anyway,Guk likes DC and wants to help him progress in the casino game. Guk will also help DC with his illegal immigrant status and criminal record. Guk only has one condition: hands off Guk Ja. DC says he can’t promise that and turns down all that Guk offered him. Guk Ja eavesdrops and is happy about this. (I’m still not sure whether DC’s affections are already that strong or if he’s secretly planning something. I feel like he should be planning something, but who knows). He leaves and plots the TH revenge. Guk Ja comes up to him and tells him that he should have listened to her dad. He tells her that she should listen to her dad (and marry Mike). DC then says that they shouldn’t see each other anymore. Guk Ja’s sad. Also, he says that the words that come out of her mouth aren’t beautiful, but her eyes are. Is that a compliment? I choose to believe that he’s thinking of eyes as the window to the soul, so he’s not so shallow.

Then comes a replay of the opening scenes of the drama, when Dong Chul confronts Tae Hwan and doesn’t kill him. The scene plays further after DC is trapped by the truck. His bike catches on fire and explodes, then there’s this craptacular shot of Dong Chul flying through the air away from the explosion. It has to be seen to be believed.

Meanwhile, in Korea:

Myung Hun and Wang Gun trash Chun Hee et al’s home. They also destroy all preparations for a local haraboji’s birthday party. What arseholes. I guess Ki sun’s regretting that angel remark. When Dong Wook arrives home, Chun Hee, once again, places the world (ie. The family’s honour, future, hopes and dreams) on his shoulders.

Myung Hun shows Ji Hyun pictures of Dong Wook and Hye Rin, then later when Wang Gun comes in, MH refers to JH as his lover and JH says nothing (I do not get this couple. Is MH just delusional or what is JH been doing with him? ). Myung Hun plans to destroy DW’s village, JH hears and despite MH’s warnings, she goes to warn DW. She runs into Chun Hee on the way and they have their usual argument, which ends in JH declaring her love for DW and running off to find DW hanging out with Hye Rin (DW’s so puppy dog cute). JH reacts just like you’d expect from a girl who dresses like she does. She’s jealous, and afraid for DW, but she’s just ridiculous in this scene. She asks him to give up the fight for the poor and storms out to be confronted by Hye Rin. Ji Hyun is very threatened by how much Hye Rin and DW have in common. Hye Rin does act superior in this scene, so JH’s defensiveness isn’t entirely unwarranted. Still, she’s only a few octave’s short of hysterical. She runs off and DW follows her and reaffirms his love. JH later tells Chun Lee that if she stands between her and DW, JH will hold a grudge against her to the height of the grudge CH holds against Tae Hwan.

Next time: Still no word from Nurse Yoo? DC’s coming home? Yeah!

East of Eden, episode 8

Short summary:
Dong Wook and new love interest/fellow law student, Min Hye Rin, are arrested, then released. They bond. Tae Sung Group is trying to demolish DW’s village, but he (and Hye Rin) take up the cause. Chun Hee further warns DW off JH, but DW’s all ‘I love her. I don’t care if she’s two-timing me’ (she isn’t, although Myung Hun probably feels differently).
In Macau, Dong Chul gets that job at the casino. He also gets in deeper with Guk Ja as she pretends Dong Chul is her boyfriend to get out of any potential arranged marriage with Myung Hun. Tae Hwan has Guk Ja followed and attains pictures of her with Dong Chul. TH doesn’t immediately try to kill DC, but instead blackmails him into kidnapping Guk Ja (TH took his pregnant lady friend, Zhang Mei?, hostage). So Guk Ja is kidnapped and she feels betrayed, and sings a beautiful song, before DC decides to help her escape. She decides that he must love her, or is falling in love with her, to suddenly backtrack on kidnapping her. She says she’ll escape without him if he promises to also survive and live to love her. There’s a kiss.

Comments:

• So,Dong Wook’s new love interest, Min Hye Rin, is the famous Lee Da Hae. Why did I assume she was going to turn up as Dong Chul’s love interest? I stopped myself from being too hopeful for the Guk Ja-Dong Chul romance as I thought Lee Da Hae would come and mess it up. I guess she still could, but that’d be way in the future if ever.
• I liked how DC told Guk Ja to leave, then all of a sudden decided to show her his awesome body. Mixed signals, Dong Chul-ah!
• I’m getting my Kim Bum fix via Dong Wook, as every time he thinks about Dong Chul, he’s thinking about Kim Bum.
• DC’s storyline is far more interesting than DW’s at the moment.
• Tae Hwan ordered some girl to rape his son? Myung Hun is so pitiful, but it’s hard to continue to feel sorry for him when he treats Ji Hyun so badly. He needs to learn the true meaning of love.
• I had hoped Dong Chul would see Tae Hwan first instead of what happened. Still, I’m looking forward to his blow up when he discovers Tae Hwan’s in Macau and behind that whole kidnap business.
• The whole love confession thing between Guk Ja and DC was a bit much. My estimation of her went down a little. They’re still my favourite hetero coupling on the show though.

In other news, a possible but unlikely to be, 24 season 6 or 7 spoiler.

Tony Almeida just killed Larry Moss. What the? I need to rewatch season 1, I’m having a hard time remembering Tony as a love struck junior agent. I can’t believe they brought my favourite character back from the dead just to make him evil. The shaved head was bad enough. What would Michelle think of you, Tony?