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I liked your review on the show “Romance is a bonus book”. I was wondering if you know who the wrote the book of poems read by Eun-ho and Dan-I to each other are. I would like to see if I could purchase it in English version.
I’ll try and find out for you. In the mean time, let’s get our Heart & Seoul readers in on this. Anyone out there have an answer?
I highly recommend Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung. Fantastic!
I’ve had that on my list and plan to see it soon. Thanks for the tip.
Of course there are many actors and actresses who are fantastic but was surprised that neither Lee Jong-Suk nor Park Seo Joon is on your list of favourite actors
I agree that both of your picks are wonderful actors! I want to explain the two ways a person gets onto my “favorite” list – how many times (different shows) that person’s acting has impressed me OR one supremely excellent performance that makes me believe that particular character was written solely for that actor/actress because no one else would have done as well in that part. Do you have any other favorites that are not on my list?
Hi, I notice that you’ve mentioned the drama, “On the way to the airport” think that you might be interested in it who is a lovely one to me.
Have a nice day!
Sorry, correct the previous comment, “you haven’t”
It’s been in my watch list since it first came out (simply because it stars Lee Sang-Yoon, who is on my favorite actors list) but I’ve just never gotten around to seeing it. With your kind recommendation, I’ll move it closer to the top and try to get to it in the next few weeks. One review on On the Way to the Airport coming up, and thanks for supporting Heart & Seoul.
I enjoyed reading your review of the ‘Alice’ as I recently watched the series. I like time travel stories. This is actually the first South Korean show I’ve watched. I would like to give my thoughts on the show and ask you some questions about it if you don’t mind.
This was an entertaining series with good production quality. I found it interesting that Jin-Gyeom had alexithymia, a condition I had never heard of before. I liked his character. We only saw 2050 at Alice and a few flashbacks. I would have liked to have seen what 2050 was really like with all the technology. I would have preferred it if they didn’t have the romance vibes between the two leads. I’m pleased that they never kissed or began a romantic relationship. I didn’t like how they kept giving shocking twists which often contradicted the time travel rules established. It seemed silly with Captain Go, how they went on with him being good, then he’s bad with it changing to him not really being bad. The time travel ended up being confusing. I wasn’t keen on the Book of Prophecy and did not like the dark, disturbing direction it went with Teacher being an evil alternate old version of Jim-Gyeom. The final episode did not make sense with topics including Tae-Yi remembering what happened despite waking up in a reset timeline. I was puzzled as to how Jin-Gyeom couldn’t recognise Tae-Yi who he surely would see the resemblance to his mother. Despite those things not making sense, I liked the second half of the final episode as it moved away from the Teacher stuff into a happy place and ending. I’m giving it a 7/10.
I was wondering, how did Jin-Gyeom travel back in time the first time in episode 5? Later, he was suddenly able to time travel at will which didn’t make sense.
I’m curious as to how there are two Tae-Yis. They only half explained it. The original Tae-Yi from 2050 would have been much older if she was the same Tae-Yi as the 2020 Tae-Yi. I wonder if the original Tae-Yi invented time travel in 2020, travelled to 2050 or some year close to it, met Yoo-Min Hyuk/began working for Alice and time travelled together to 1992. What do you think?
What were your issues with the ending?
You mentioned the person who was 5 in 2020 and time travels back from 2050 would be at least 55 in 2050. I think he would be 35 instead of 55 in 2050. I found out the actor was born in 1990 (the same year as me) which would probably make him 29 when they filmed it and I think he could pass for 35.
I watched the similar ‘Sisyphus: The Myth’ after ‘Alice’. I notice you have reviewed that show as well. I’m going to read your review of that show soon. I recently finished watching the first season of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series ‘Loki’ on Disney+. While it’s very different being a Hollywood production, it has things in common with both ‘Alice’ and ‘Sisyphus’ as it relates to time travel and the multiverse.
I’m so sorry it took so long for me to get back to you.
It’s been eight months and 36 Kdramas since I saw Alice so my memory of it isn’t very fresh but I’ll do the best I can to answer your questions.
All I could come up with was that Jin-Gyeom was “special” because he was in the womb when his mother time traveled. I thought maybe he absorbed some of the radiation from the worm hole his mom had traveled through and that gave him some special ability to be able to time travel at will. Also, in episode five, when he time traveled in the car accident, he was carrying with him that special electronic card-type thing from Alice and that might have had something to do with it as well.
You said you were curious about how there were two Tae-Yis. Your hypothesis – “I wonder if the original Tae-Yi invented time travel in 2020, traveled to 2050 or some year close to it, met Yoo-Min Hyuk/began working for Alice and time traveled together to 1992.” – sounds plausible to me except I figured she had invented it a little later than 2020.
My problem with the ending was, if I remember the rule correctly, he was supposed to no longer exist but he showed up again anyway. I was glad he came back but that shouldn’t have been the case.
Thanks for correcting my math concerning the 5-year-old kid in 2020. You’re absolutely correct that the person would have been 35, not 55. Math has never been one of my strengths. I’ll definitely take that part our of my review.
When you’re done with them, please let et me know what you thought of both Loki and Sisyphus: The Myth. I haven’t seen Loki. Posting a new Kdrama review each week forces me to spend every bit of my viewing time on Kdramas, but I don’t mind at all.
If you enjoy time travel shows let me suggest Nine: Nine Times Time Travel. It’s the best show dealing with time travel that I’ve ever seen. I’ve written a review of it if you’re curious.
I hope I was able to answer your questions okay. Again, sorry it took me so long to respond to your comment. Thanks again for correcting my math and let me know if you have any other questions about any Heart & Seoul reviews. Happy Kdrama viewing!
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