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Saturday, January 18, 2014

[Episode 9 & 10] Man From The Stars Review - It Started With A Kiss, Danger Follows

Episode 9 

It started with a kiss! 

The 15 seconds challenged of our vainly Song Yi to Min Joon was almost over when he grabbed her and passionately kiss her. Was she surprised? I think so. She did not see it coming. But she received it with all her heart.

The downside was, Min Joon's heart beat so fast it gave him a high temperature. Song Yi was flustered, restless and could not sleep. Affected by the kiss. Both were having the after effects and to someone like me who is watching them on screen, I could not help but laugh at the humor it gave and the irony of having that kiss. It was like "you can't eat your cake and have it".

Yup, the situation is not good for Min Joon. Guess kissing Song Yi was his explanation of
exchanging saliva with humans which is a no, no for an alien like him. I wonder what will happen if it was body fluids that he will receive? [laughed out loud here!] He said that too to attorney Jang. While Song Yi is realizing slowly what is happening to her, Min Joon is getting weaker by a simple kiss. Not only he had a fever, a fast heartbeat, but his powers as an alien is not working when he tried to close the sliding door inside his room. He needed to get up and walked and manually do it. This is the risk he is putting himself when he opens his heart and falls in love with irresistible Song Yi. Even the plants in the house was like dead when he is weak and alive when he regained strength.  I wonder what's the connection?

While he was in bed, Song Yi was very concerned. She even called her friend in the bookstore to help her on what to do. She put towel on his forehead, opened his shirt and rub towel to cool down his temperature. She thought it was surprising and alarming to have out Min Joon in that state just after kissing her.

Of course Min Joon was still the distant one, not allowing Song Yi to care for him or touch him. But Song Yi never failed to make me laugh with her ridiculous antics. Zipping herself inside a sleeping bag which looked like a caterpillar was really funny. And she could not open it herself after wards. Min Joon was bewildered finding her inside and perhaps looked at her as a crazy one. He picked her up and toss over his shoulders and dumped her in the living room on a couch. He left her there. The next morning, Jang found her and unzipped her at her sweet request. She told him about the fever. Jang was puzzled. He talked to Min Joon if it was like when he was a banker and someone spit on his coffee. Sure, it was really a secret weapon to seize MinJoon into submission or to defeat him. Scary if it will be found out. Hope psycho Jae Kyung won't.

Min Joon never told Jang about the kiss, of course. Too self-conscious to share what he really feels for Song Yi. Jang knew his time is narrowing and it won't be good for him to be found out after 400 years. Or should he stay?

Song Yi told Min Joon that she wished someone will stay with her for a very, very long time. That will be her ideal man. She was sad thinking about her father and how she misinterpreted the argument between her mother and father that they think she was a money making daughter that's why they were fighting the rights over her. Her love for her father hurt her so she hurt him too by saying to never appear before her again. I guess she missed him very much.

A new information about Yoo Ra was discovered. She was pregnant. The investigators are now looking at a possible homicide. They just have to uncover who was the man involved with her. Min Joon is the easy candidate but no direct evidence. Jae Kyung is calling Song Yi again. She was staying still in Min Joon's apartment and when he heard who was calling, he manoeuvre the phone to slipped out of Song Yi's hands. The call never answered. He knew Jae Kyung was in Song Yi's apartment and she was really in danger. Jae Kyung will not let anything disrupt his convenient life.

Min Joon could not help himself but confront Jae Kyung at the elevator. Jae Kyung mockingly told him that he is only letting them both live because he chose to do so. Their lives is in his hands. But Min Joon is not scared. Once again he forgot to be conscious of his powers and when Jae Kyung went down from floor 23 to first floor, Min Joon was there when the elevator opened. Shocked at seeing him when he just left him upstairs. Min Joon told him he can not be killed.

Se Mi met with Min Joon to confirm her doubt and allegations. She was certain it was him 12 years ago. Min Joon was clueless of what's going on inside Se Mi's head. She told Hui Kyung. They both saw Min Joon then. She told about the photo she took. I think both are confused how could have happened since it has been 12 years.

Hui Kyung went to see him but instead found Song Yi opening the door. He became jealous. I think I can like Hui Kyung for his sincerity and care towards Song Yi. But he is just not the man for her. He told her to take a rest in one of their houses. She packed her things ready to go but while throwing a piece of paper in the trash can, she saw a piece of glass with blood. Her instinct told her it was really Min Joon on that night who saved her on the cliff. She stayed to find out.

Hui Kyung and Min Joon saw each other at the lobby. He confronted Min Joon but he denied. He did not believe just told him to stay away. Up in the apartment, same thing happened. Song Yi though baffled was sure it was him. He kept on denying telling her it was delusional. Something Song Yi had no answer because she is really seeking a doctor now.

Episode 10

Danger Follows

Song Yi stayed with her friend. Waiting for a call or even a message. But none came. Poor Song Yi. She is having symptoms of someone falling in love.

Hui Kyung's concern for Song Yi's safety made him someone fix her door and alarm. He also instructed a cctv to be set up. Her mother and brother went to her. Her brother volunteer to stay with her. I think despite what's happening, he loves his sister in his own way.

Jae Kyung was thinking about what happened in the elevator. His right hand told him it was impossible for anyone to run down the stairs and be there. Jae Kyung made him tail Min Joon. I think he was the one who got his things at the office, too.

Jang is very concerned to Min Joon. He learned what happened. He cautioned him to be careful in front of Jae Kyung. He can die this time for real. Omo! So, Min Joon if not fast can really die. And the psycho is on the loose and searching and waiting for the right time. The USB he was looking for was in Min Joon's hands. He watched what's inside and saw Yoo Ra with him. He called the investigator that he will meet with him.

The weird thing was that when Jae Kyung asked Hui Kyung if he finds Min Joon strange, he denied. I wonder why? There was a scene where he was in his brother's room and answered his phone hearing a woman's voice. Jae Kyung snatched the phone and a bit scary reprimanded him. I think the scene made Hui Kyung realize something about his brother.

She even got jealous of Se Mi when she hold Min Joon's hands in the coffee shop. They met after she talked to her agency [former] with Min Joon acting as legal consultant for her. The coordi who brought coffees on the tables was so clumsy it poured on both of them. But they went to see if Se Mi was okay leaving her or neglecting her presence which was somehow another betrayal for Song Yi. Then Se Mi got hold of a napkin and tried to dry his hands which did not escape Song Yi's lazer eyes. She was already a bit angry to Se Mi being concerned in the presence of Min Joon which irritated her. She told her to speak the way she spoke the last time they met. So her jealousy sparked.  When she stood up Min Joon shed off his coat and draped it on hers and put his arms on her as they walked away.

Since Song Yi keeps thinking of Min Joon and the kiss she was flabbergasted by what it could mean. She was attracted to him and it was all his fault. She told him so. Even embarrassed but courageously confess what she feels. But at the same time afraid of what he might say so she told him not to answer. Silly girl. She really makes me laugh. She has opened herself to him but he remained silent. Of course, our alien won't say anything, will keep it inside and control his feelings. He can't even if he wants to.

Jae Kyung has thought of something to eliminate both Song Yi and Min Joon. The investigator he was supposed to meet was hit on the head. Jae Kyung was at the scene knowing Min Joon will go there. He rode his car and confident Min Joon will follow which was what happened. My heart was beating fast when I saw this scene. Then there was Song Yi who wanted to see Min Joon so went to his apartment. The irony of remembering his passcode when she can't remember her own is something she could not fathom. Me either. lol!

And my instinct were right. The right hand man was in there waiting by the shadows, hiding maybe bidding his time as to when he will kill her. And just about the same time at the cliff again Jae Kyung holding a gun pointing at Min Joon. But he never anticipated that Min Joon can or disappear and be in another place in an instant. When he pulled the trigger Min Joon vanished in the air. He stood there dumbfounded. Alone. But not very long for Min Joon appeared on his back.

Our alien is laying himself open to this kinds of danger. He can't control his actions all because of Song Yi. She will be his weakness.

Another hanging episode. Will he have enough time to get to Song Yi before something bad happens?

Falling in love in the middle of danger. I am waiting for romance to start but afraid of the outcome. Ah... the story is fascinating. Chincha!

mslee1107 sharing her review and thoughts.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Episode 2 Inspiring Generation Review - Shin Jung Tae Showed A Fierce Character

Shin Jung Tae faced one of the toughest fighter in Dobi Nori gang led by Hwang Bong Sik. He was second in command Poong Cha. Jung Tae accused the group of stealing his hard earned money he was saving for Chung A's medicine. He showed that he was not scared and that he would fight. Poong Cha gave him what he came for and he was just to tough for Jung Tae to beat. I think his passion, his strong character impressed Bong Sik. He was seeing Poong Cha when he was also the same age as Jung Tae. A fighter.

The incident made Dobi Nori interested enough to take care of his wounds and make him one of the boys. Poong Cha, although a gangster showed that he can be gentle and human. In the hospital where Jung Tae recuperate, Poong Cha visited him and fed him and advised him.

The  most worried of the situation was of course Jjang Ddol. He went to Ok Ryeon and told her about what happened. The young girl was so agitated and worried she took the money from the box in the store and run away to Jung Tae. He woke up with her by his side. I think the relationship although suggesting affections, but Ok Ryeon was really the one in love with Jung Tae. For his part, she is the constant female friend he grew up with and love. But I will still gauge how he really feels for her in the story.

Meanwhile, Gaya is doing the illegal stuff of selling smuggled goods. Her way of easy money and supporting herself and her father. She is not an easy one. She knew the ins and outs of the business. She knew the danger but she has no other means. She met with a man who swam his way to the place they must meet. He then gave her packs of imported cigarettes.

I wonder where is Jung Tae's father all these years and my question was answered. He was in prison the whole time but what happened before then was still a mystery. When Ok Ryeon slept with Chung A because Jung Tae did not come home, she was asked by Chung A if she knew their father and she said yes. She heard stories about him that he was a great fighter and that people are afraid of his presence. I gather that Shin Young Chool, Jung Tae's father is not an ordinary character but an intriguing one. He was released from prison. He visited an ahjussi by the streets who tells fortune of people.

Ok Ryeon is  a mischievous one. Because she slept out she tried sneaking in without noticing by trying to jump on the high wall. But she failed because her mother, Kim Sung Deok and her maid saw her so her attempt at jumping failed. She was hit many times in her legs as a reprimand. Sung Deok knew about the money she stole in the store.

Gaya was bargaining her packs of cigarettes to a man when a group of smugglers found her. They were pissed at her for doing the deals alone. They were interested at the goods she has. She tried to escape but she was surrounded and the scary man hit her and kicked her until she was down on the floor. She was in a difficult situation but the sudden appearance of Sinichi [Jo Dong Heok] finished the men. He was a good fighter. His skills is something he must have mastered. I don't think he has yet to loose in a fight, considering he is the right hand of Denkai Doyama [Kim Kap Soo] the Yakuzi leader. Sinichi was sent to deal with Gaya's father. 

He told Gaya that this is only the beginning of a much hard life for her. That many will still come her way and that she needs to face them all and endure. Gaya asked who he is but he never responded and walked away.

Dobi Nori gang helped looked for the one who stole the money form Jung Tae. It was the two men Jjang Ddol had a deal with. The transporters. Jung Tae could not hold back his anger and punched them.  

Another gang, Bool Gom gang who collects money from the rickshaw pullers headed by Bool Gom, Omogari and Do Ggoo who is in charge of collecting also had an incident with Jung Tae when he hit his nose. Bool Gom is also having a word war with Bong Sik but he won't fight because he knew the business will suffer. Dobi Nori is a ferocious gang as well and I take it that more vicious than Bool Gom gang. Besides, Bool Gom is also relying on the smuggled goods from the Dobi Nori.

But Do Ggoo wanted to get even with Jung Tae and Jjang Ddol. His group entrapped them and even if Jung Tae is a strong fighter, they were outnumbered. The fight was witnessed by Sinichi and he was fascinated by Jung Tae's skills. But he said, he is not looking for a fighter and left the scene. Do Ggoo was holding a long steel bar and ready to hit Jung Tae when Poong Cha appeared. He told them not to mess with their men, because Jung Tae and Jjang Ddol are Dobi Nori and that is their territory. But Do Ggoo was so arrogant he did not heed. There's no other choice for Poong Cha but to take the group down. He left with Jung Tae and Jjang Ddol. He gave them his wallet and told them to buy suits and eat.

That night, Jung Tae arrived home and only saw Ok Ryeon waiting for him. That afternoon Chung A fainted and Ok Ryeon saw her. She  shouted for help. Shin Young Chool, the father was nearby and when he heard Ok Ryeon's cry, he ran towards the house and saw her daughter. He brought her to the hospital. Ok Ryeon hit Jung Tae in her frustrations of his absence. Perhaps it was because she was very scared that something bad would have happened to Chung A and he was not there.

He went to see his sister and asked for forgiveness. He faced his father and all his pent up emotions he hurled at him. He told him to get lost and that his sister doesn't know he is still alive. He really hates his father. The father never bothered to explain the unanswered questions but received Jung Tae's anger. 

Jung Tae told Jjang Ddol that they will really join the Dobi Nori gang. But he wanted to be the one who jumps on trains passing on the bridge. Poong Cha already told him before that it is not an easy job and many are killed for taking the chance. He must muster jumping on the bridge onto the waters below but that also is a huge risk because the current will sweep his body so fast.

Jung Tae is hard headed and determined. Telling Jjang Ddol his plans of jumping from the bridge, the loyal friend ran to Bong Sik and Poong Cha. A member of the group, Gang Gae is someone to look out for. He was not showing friendliness to Jung Tae becoming their member. He also went with the group to the place where Jung Tae was. He was sarcastic and skeptical.

At the same hideout/office, there was Gaya with other transporter maybe collecting their goods and money. She heard about Jung Tae and with fear and anxiety for his safety, she went to where he was. She was looking at Jung Tae, and she was very concerned.

Bong Sik and Poong Cha while seeing if Jung Tae will really jump showed uneasiness, admiration, and fear for his life. In the end they all called out to him to get down. But when he did not hear them but proceed to stand there waiting for the train to pass by, they called out to him to jump. 

Jung Tae was really scared but holding on. At the last seconds he jumped.

Jung Tae has a heart of steel to face whatever challenges he will encounter and at the same time a heart full of gentleness towards the people he loves. Friends matter to him. And I guess, loyalty will be given to people he trust.

The story is taking shape. Background details are already laid. More characters to be introduced but for now, I am looking at a group of gangsters that will be even more ferocious and vicious and scary as the story progressed.

Episode 2 showed some scenes that definitely filmed with caution yet magnificently. And of course, the fight scenes are something to watch out for.

Episode 2 - Inspiring Generation Screen caps

will add more tomorrow..net connection is very slow.