Little Jisub

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He may be 19 now, but I will always remember him best as that boy who looked so much like the first actor to own my heart. In fact, for years I only knew him by his nickname.

Little Jisub.

Was it ten years ago? As one child actor was making waves internationally for his role in the runaway hit, The Way Home, another wave had crashed ashore on my small screen. I was just minding my own business that day in 2002, but a monster called Hallyu grabbed me by the neck and threw me inside a dungeon where I was fed a stream of chaste dramas with stars whose names sounded like Bae Yong-joon, Choi Ji-woo and Lee Byung-hun. Two years later, Hallyu smacked me hard with a force called So Ji-sub. Life would never be the same again.

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Hairy distractions

Some TP readers think I have a hair fixation since I tend to harp on the subject in my recaps or reviews. But the truth is I don’t notice hairdos unless they are weird or downright awful.

Take Emperor of the Sea which I’ve been watching spellbound the last two days. Nine episodes in (and forty-two to go), I’m in love with the story and soundtrack, and awed by the production values. But then Choi Su-jong appears (and the guy has a lot of screen time since he’s the lead) and I’m once again distracted by that THING which is supposedly hair but looks more like shredded rags hastily stitched together.

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Road No. One: Episode 2 – A Shorter Recap

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I think I now understand why some bloggers continue recapping dramas they disdain. Some strange bond forms between recapper and drama, even the risible drama. (Stockholm Syndrome? Morbid fascination?) So it is that no sooner had I recovered from the exertion of recapping Episode 1 of Road Number One (or R#1) to death than I watched Episode 2.

To save my sanity (and yours) however, I have sworn off the compulsive, anal nearly-12,000-words-and-topping-150-screen-caps recap. Instead, I present to you: The 2,222-word Recap of Episode 2!

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Road Number One Recap: Episode 1

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This is a recap of the first episode of Road Number One (“R#1”) in that I shall be doing my best to describe the episode as it unfolds. Do be warned, however, that it will be much in the nature of a review in that I’m not going to be holding back my opinion. Just so you know. If you think you may be offended by opinion, read no further. In point of fact, any re-telling of a story must come from a subjective viewpoint, and for me the whole point of a recap is to see a show through someone else’s lens. If I wanted a pure and unadulterated version of the show I’d just watch it!

All set? Here we go!

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Mid-Year Report Card (Part 2)



Okay! Now that we’ve sussed out the best/worst kdrama offerings for the first half of this year, it’s time to check out the lead performances and everyone’s favorite topic: the OTPs!

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