I have read all the messages about a desire for the ending of the show -- but I do not feel the same. At least with these programs, they do end. I openly confess, I am hooked on this show and cannot wait to see it. I try to see it not from an American's perspective, but from the Korean viewpoint. It makes me inquire more into the culture; trying to determine what is being exaggerated and what is not. Even if there is exaggeration, one thing is certain, I do not have the kind of patience that is portrayed in so many of the situations. I love every minute of it and only wish the shows were an hour instead of half an hour.
Carol, I'm totally hooked too and what I mostly love is learning about Korean culture. For instance, I love the cooking scenes and want to learn the proper way to eat with chopsticks; I wish they had more details on the wedding and funeral ceremony; I love the respectful customs such as turning to the side and tucking your right hand under your left arm when drinking in front of elders; I think they've done a splendid job of depicting the different social classes in Korea today (very wealthy, middle class, etc.); all of it. What I do get frustrated with is the one-dimension I'm seeing in the characters. For instance, the creators have presented only the vice of selfishness in Kijoon's mother, they've given us no area of empathy for her because she expresses nothing else and doesn't grow. Nevertheless, I'm a dedicated viewer hoping to boarden my knowledge on Korea and her culture. Even though they've not done much to advance the reputation of wealthy Korean mother-in-laws. : )
Teresa and Carol5, perhaps we all sound so cranky because this show is really, really bad compared to OTHER excellent Korean dramas. It just does not come up to the mark that we expect from darumas. So, yes, "any" Korean drama is better than "no" Korean drama, but this particular Korean drama kind of stretches that point to breaking, LOL.
From Dae Jang-geum: Sun-dol: "Are you trying to dry me up and kill me? Why do you say the same things over and over every day? Rather, come and hit me once! Aigu!" But then: Dr. Lazarus: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan... You shall be avenged."
This show wasn't anywhere near as bad as 'My Precious Family' (could any show be? ), and I liked it a lot more than I did 'To Be With You' (except for Ja-hee), which I know a lot of other people really liked.
I have the impression that something happened "behind the scenes" around ep 85 or so, and the show deteriorated after that.
Sorry in advance, but because of the plethora of "when will this show be over/what's next"-type threads, I can't remember which one might also contain the following information, but look at the character descriptions on the KBS website:
Even though the synopsis accurately depicts what has happened in the plot, the character descriptions give a different story. As I said, I know we've talked about it somewhere here, but I hadn't looked at it until today. I wonder if the KBS people made a mistake in writing either the synopsis or the character info, or if the theory about the drama playing out in a different way than the writers originally intended is correct. Either way, it's sloppy to say in one place that IY gets pregnant while still seeing KJ after the divorce, and then to say directly below that IY gets pregnant after marrying JM. (which, of course, she hasn't yet, and the show is almost over.)