I have watched The Immortal Yi Soon Shin drama for over a year. The last episode was last night (6-29-2006) on WYBE PBS station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have watched over 100 episodes and they never ran a banner that read they had to test the emergency broadcast information during any of the episodes. Last night I taped the last episode. When I watched it, during the last 20 minutes of the final episode a banner ran across the bottom of the screen, reading they were performing their weekly testing of their emergency response. The banner blocked out the bottom line of the subtitles and I couldn't read what was said. I can't believe they are that dumb to block out the subtitles to the final episode, but they never blocked out any of the other 100+ shows.They never blocked out any of the subtitles before. How stupid can they be??
Wasn't that unbelievable the very last episode, the very last 10 - 15 minutes! It reminded me of that long ago occasion where one of the three major T.V. companies had accidentally cut into the Super Bowl to air "Heidi." Unspeakably cruel! Why couldn't WYBE have run their emergency test during "In Bed with Butch?"
WYBE must have had some extraordinarily angry responses to this because they reran the final IYSS episode the next day (I hope you got to watch it Pizza Man!), sans the emergency test crawl.
It doesn't look like we'll get the two specials on IYSS like Chicago and other places. We're going right into the series "Seoul 1945."
I was able to tape the final episode the next night. I remember when this started. My first reaction was, it may not be as good as AOW. But now, it was more enjoyable. I guess Yi Soon Shin had no choice but to sacrifice his own life for the sake of that unworthy, stupid, insecure King. I liked the moment when after they realized he was dying, his commanders were stunned and being in a state of shock they kind of froze during the battle. After a while, maybe they realized he was dead, but they each remembered their own moments with Yi Soon Shin and how he effected each of their lives. Then they became even more determined to destroy the enemy. The Japanese generals always said if they could kill Yi Soon Shin, then his remaining commanders would not be able to continue the fight without him, his death would result in chaos. Maybe this was true near the beginning of the war, but it definitely had the opposite effect near the end. Very enjoyable. I'd like to buy the DVD and watch it everynight, but even if I never see it again, I will always enjoy the memories I have of watching it.
He who seeks death shall live, and he seeks life shall die!! (Yi Soon Shin)
Post by seven stars on Jul 5, 2006 12:26:49 GMT -5
I was also shocked. Thanks to WYBE for showing the episode on Friday as well.
Personally, I found it to be a rather abrupt ending. Having said that, the story begins and ends with Yi Soon Shin and that is probably as it should be.
Theresa, are you sure that we are going to Seoul 1945 next? I thought that there was a possibility for rebroacasting of IYSS. This is what WYBE did with the great show Emperor Wang Guhn a few years ago.
Seven Stars, I saw the schedule on the WYBE site and it indicates "Seoul 1945" where IYSS used to be. WYBE usually features the entire month's schedule, but they aren't featuring the entire month of July's schedule yet. I would love it if they rebroadcast IYSS, but they didn't do that with the previous Korean historical drama, Age of Warriors.
Chigirl, I wish you had Seoul 1945 too, and that they broadcast it simultaneously with ours so we could all compare notes. Philly is so far ahead of Chicago on the Bizarre Bunch, I don't dare go on the Chicago boards for fear of spoilage!
Post by CaptainVideo on Jul 6, 2006 22:47:26 GMT -5
Hey Pizza Man, Actually, there's a thread somewhere else on this board which may shed some light on the Admiral's death. If you recall, he had been ordered to let the Japanese return home unscathed, but for reasons including his own vengence (although, I think he was above such pettiness), he realized that when Chosun had previously allowed the Japanese to leave and regroup, they came back to attack again. In order to prevent a repeat performance, he realized that the only course of action was total annihilation of the Japanese navy. Anyway, if he were to return home after this battle, he more than likely would again have been subject to the wrath of the king for disobeying orders (the king was also wary of the immense popularity that the Admiral had with the subjects of the kingdom and feared a possible coup); think about the fate of Douglas MacArthur for disagreeing with Truman (at least he wasn't tortured).........for that matter, think about what happened to the Admiral the first time this became an issue. There is also speculation from the Admiral's diaries that he was in very poor health and great physical pain from the beatings he received from the previous round of torture and accompanying demotion; gee, I hope you guys get to see those special episodes.
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I was hoping to see the two IYSS specials last night, Captain. Alas, we did not and likely never will. WYBE began the broadcast of the series Seoul 1945. I promise to keep my mouth shut regarding it as you in Chicago are not seeing it as well.
Thanks Tersea, Seven Stars, Captain Video, Arthasvsleon: I guess I got spoiled watching Age of Warriors and Yi Soon Shin. The music alone was great. I enjoyed listening to the theme songs, viewing the costumes and time period, and the cultural aspect. I even started to read some korean history. I watched the 1st episode of Seoul 1945, it didn't seem to hold my inetrest like the 2 previous series. I'll watch it again.
I'm curious. Whatever happen to that character (I can't remember his name), whose father died and he left his village with a younger Yi Soon Shin. He was trying to start a new business and eventually he broke away from Yi Soon Shin. He still appeared as a ruthless businessman. He considered money more important than being a patriot. He eventually sold goods to the Japanese. He kept popping up in some of the episodes, and then he was gone without an explanation. Anyone know what happened to the actor? Did he quit or was he just written out of the series?
In case you did not get the answer- He was just written out of the series because time and budget issue in film making. In the novel which the drama was based, he became a good guy and helped (financially) Yi Soon Shin to build the turtle ship, I hear.