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Black eps. 6-7

These two episodes were a bit boring. Episode 6 mainly featured Mansoo’s Halloween party as the backdrop for the episode. Lots of little things happened during the party, such as:

Cute costumes that they wore. Haram wore Fiona, who unknowingly, matched with Mansoo’s Shrek costume. In the first place, why would Mansoo asked to wear an ugly costume while he is the host of his own party is beyond me. He should fire his stylist. Though thr glow in thr dark makeup was cool (but not worth 2million).

On the other hand, Haram made Black look like Joe Black complete with suit with the peanut butter on hand. Harams jaw dropped when Black came to the party looking so handsome, but why would she be surprised. He looks so damn hot in his black suit every day!

We see Mansoo getting a little jealous of Black and Haram, furthet cementing his budding crush/attraction to the oblivious Haram. Haram, on the othrt hand, saw how Soo wan kissed Black at the balcony also felt jealous

Speaking of Soo wan, she resigned from the hospital and was on her way to thr airport when Assassin guy took Blacks phone and lured her to the party. She was able to stab assassin with a small knife and the assassin ran away.

Black teleported on top of the assassins car inside the tunnel and we see them fighting until assassin stabbed Black and threw him off the bridge.

Black survived and he teleported back to his home. However to his surprise, he can no longer get out of Moogang’s body. So looks like he is stuck inside Moogang for the time being.

I’m a little confused by this new rule. Before they said if moo gang double dies then he also dies inside his body. But looks like thats not the case, as he is merely stuck in that body forever. Or is it a way for him to be with Haram at the end since he will be the real Moogang?

Assassin kidnaps Soowan after “killing” Black.

Episode 7 featured mostly the story of Moo gang’s childhood best friend, Seungchul, who died in the collapse of the Time Mart 20 years ago, and his parents. I didnt like this storyline much. Turns out the Time Mart owner, Woo Byung sik, who everyone thought died in a car accident 20 years ago, merely faked his own death and escaprd to thr Philippines. He has a mistress and son living there.

Seungchul’s mom became a maid in the Philippines and when Byung sik found out, he had her pushed off a cliff and was hopsitalized in Seoul.

Seungchuls father tried to take his revenge by kidnapping Byungsiks son and blowing him up in front of a live audience but Byungsik is one step ahead as he had assassin guy switch dad’s wife and Byungsik’s son and the dad unknowingly killed his own wife.

Dad eventually died after and Byung sik tried to escape via a small boat (maybe going to china). But assassin guy, who Byung sik hired to help him, betrayed him and killed him. So much for escaping 20 years ago when he gets killed anyway .

The main takeaway from this story is that there are other people who has the butterfly watch. I am guessing its a secret society of something and now someone is trying to silence the members who are proving to be a liability.

Last piece of vital information is introduction of Leo. We saw him before in the first episode with Mansoo. This episode we find out that met with old Moogang and he is confused why Black doesnt remember him. He received a threatening letter, which Black thinks was sent by Loser (the guy he is chasing after). I dont like Leo, mostly because he is such a jerk and he sulks alot. Maybe we just need to see him in thr next episodes to unravel his story.

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Kahogo no kahoko ep. 3

Loved this episode so much that made a lot of gifs for my favorite scenes.

For the first time Kahoko likes a guy and doesnt know what to do. She acts so awkwardly to the clueless Mugino. I loved that scene when Kahoko was asking Mugino the type of girl he likes. Shes so cute!

She also keeps asking different couples how they got together and even tried to learn how to make bento for Mugino.

She googled how to confess to your crush and tried to do it with Mugino as practice partner, but Kahoko horribly failed at her attempt.

Mom is trying to prevent Kahoko from seeing Mugino but of course the more you forbid, the more the person will want to do it.

I find it endearing that Mugino can easily understand Kahoko’s feelings and predict her actions.

I also loved how Dad encourages Kahoko and helps her buy clothes. Kahoko looked pretty in her green dress.

Her mom, on the other hand, is annoying. But then she is like every typical mom who wants the best partner for their child. But they also have to remember that whats important is the compatibility of the couple not just what looks good on paper. Also in the end, it will be the couple who will have to live together, not the in laws so the couple should decide who is the right one for him/her.

Two big scenes at the end perfectly capped this amazing episode.

First is when Kahoko finally stood up for herself and told her mom to stop badmouthing Mugino.

Second is that shocking confession! So cute and Mugino is definitely surprised. Albeit the confession is so fast considering it’s only the 3rd epiaode and we havent seen enough relationshop build up but hey the show only has 10 episodes so i dont mind.

I hope to see more shift in the dynamica in Kahoko’s home where the mom stops dominating everything and the Dad starts speaking up. Am also curious how and when Mugino will come to like Kahoko.

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Black ep 5

Todays episode tackled two cases.

The first one is about a boy that Haram rescued in the previous episode. She foresaw his death by being buried alive by a person with bandaged hands. She goes to the boy’s house to spy on him and realized that the teacher is the would-be killer!

We later find out that he has a history of child porn, kidnapped the boy’s friend and the boy tried to rescue his friend.

Good thing Haram was able to stop the teacher, with the help of Black, who unintentionally showed his power.

At the start of the episode, it was mentioned that black cannot help save lives or he could be meddling in human’s affairs. In the end, while he helped catch the teacher, we still see thatthe boy will still die (thr shadows are still following the kid and looks like it’s the boy’s father who will kill him).

The other case that took the other half of this episode was the case of the frozen girl and the old captain. Turns out what happened to soo wan, the frozen friend, Moo gangs past, Royeol chairman and Haram’s dad”s friend are all connected, as i have predicted earlier. This time we see a flashback when the Royeol chairman was caught with a minor girl much to the dismay of the police chief, who was thr chairmans friend.

I’m guessing he did not do anything to stop him then as his job was in jeopardy and maybe fearing he might suddenly squeal now, he was killed (by the same killer in thr previous episodes)

I like how this episode slowed down to actually focus on a few cases and close some of the storylines. With 2 cases down and more connections coming up, maybe we can move forward to the real meat of the show, which i feel is the Moo Gang case and what happened in the past.

I am getting annoyed with the killer..he seems to be everywhere and anywhere and no one has really identified him, but it also shows that the main antagonist is mostly just one person. I’m assuming its the Royeol insurance brother that is ordering all the murders. The question is why. Is it just to clean his father’s mess? Or is he somehow personally involved in all these cases?

The whole grim reaper thing and their sets of rules are still confusing, and doesnt really make sense right now, given as we still dont see any threat to Black’s existence in the human world. The romance between Haram and Black which is the second meaty part of show is also slowly bearing fruit, though i can see that Black is slowly more receptive to Haram. I hope the the grim reaper rules dont go overboard like how W’s rules (that Lee Jong suk drama that started so well) completely got messed up in the end.

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Black eps. 2-4

A lot of answers to our initial questions were revealed in the next 3 episodes.

We found out a little bit more about the grim reaper life – a person who commits suicide becomes a grim reaper, whose job is to collect the souls of the dead.. And they are actually the shadows that Haram sees. We are also introduced to 2 of 444’s buddies.. 007 who is an old guy and the rapper who looks alot like tablo (i didnt catch his number).

We also found out why 444 had to possess Moo gang’s body – to look for the loser who went in hiding. The loser is coincidentally that guy who committed suicide at the bridge.

The next few episodes also took us through how 444 is trying to adjust in Moo gang’s body (quite hilariously) and to the confusion of the people around him. He is bolder, braver, smarter, colder, but i am loving this new Moo gang vs the old one.

With 444 possessing Moo gang, he is now also being hunted by the death squad, which so far has not shown up and remains unthreatening.

Haram is still abit of clueless and doing nothing much except sulk, think of her first love Joon, getting to the new Moo gang, arguing with her estranged mom and work on trying to find out more about her father’s death after she meets cutie guy who seems to be very helpful is finding the spider tattooed guy. I would love to see her be more active and using her unusual gift to help solve crimes.

On the other hand, we get a bit of a background on cute guy.. Turns out hes the bastard son of the former owner of Royeol Insurance. Who is now run by his coldhearted half brother. Seems like the dad had some shady dealings as allided by the brothet who is trying to clean up the mess that his dad made.. Im guessing this has to do with the old Chunso insurance, which may also be connected to Haram’s father’s death. For now im happy just seeing Harama and cute guy together. I think they are more suited together.. They look like theyre of the same age and have the same lost lonely puppy look. Im also looking forward for cute guy to dig up something on his brothet, redeem himself and save Royeol insurance. Im just worried he will fall in love with Haram.

Im still confused with the story of Moo gang and Soo wan. Soo wan is hiding something. Maybe related to a gang. We finally see whats on the tape that she was hiding. Too bad moo gang didnt wait long enough to watch it as it sure is going to be interesting and vital to his survival.

In the mean time, aside from the murder in episode 1, we get to see 2 more murders, one is of director of hope mental hospital where the murderer is missing. The othet is theat lady who Haram predicted in thr first episode will freeze to death, and who happens to be Soo wan’s friend) and may be connected to what Moo gang is trying to investigate. Im not sure if the 2 murders are connected. Or if theyre also connected to Harams fathers death. Coz we are now looking for a guy with a hook scar, misisng middle finger and spider tattooed hand.

So far black hasn’t really cared much about Moo gang’s body and his relationship with other people. But when he ound out that someone is trying to kill Moo gang, he will have to continue Moo gang’s investigation before he gets killed. As a rule of the grim reaper, if Moo gang dies while Black is inside Moo gangs body, he will also die since then Moo gang will have died twice.

So far im loving the show but theres too many stories unfolding at thr same time that os is getting hard to follow.. Esp that almost everyone is connected with one another. With every scene and new character we get more queations than answers. But of course after 4 episodes the show is still trying build up thr suspense and the slow revelations. I wouldnt be surprised of thr entire thing is connected to one bigger case.

I am surprised that song seung huns acting in this show. Very different from his usual acting and shows different range of emotions. I cant say the same for Ara though. I think she should be given more material so she can step up and do better.

I would love to see more case working skills from the detectives so they can prove themselves.

The inevitable storyline is the romance between Black and Haram.. Im not yet sure how i feel about it but lets see how it goes.

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Black episode 1

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Drama: Black (블랙)
Network: OCN
Episodes: 18
Release Date: October 14 – December 10, 2017
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 22:20
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
Black is a detective possessed by the Grim Reaper. Ha-Ram can see shadows of death. These two struggle to save the lives of people, breaking the rules of heaven.

Cast
Song Seung-heon – Han Moo-gang (Detective) / Black (Grim Reaper #444)
Go Ara – Kang Ha-ram
Lee El – Yoon Soo-wan
Kim Dong-jun – Oh Man-soo

Recap/Review

I didn’t expect this show to have a bit of comedy despite the dark mood. Show started great with the detectives going to a crime scene and black throwing up all over the body. LOL.

Then come next scene we see black and haram meet at a burger shop. Thought its gunny she was wearing double shades. Then that brutal death of her ex boyfriend. I guess this is what i should expect from the show. A mix of comedy and horror.

Hello to my current favorite manager/team leader.

Black is hilarious. He is weak and throws up alot. Anywhere. Everywhere. Song seung hun really suits comedy more than drama.

The next scene of Ara predicting the plane will crash is eerie. And she gets accused of being a terrorist. She says she can foresee death. I feel so bad for Haram. Her ability sucks a lot.

And this cutie (who looks like Han Ga In) heard her say she can foresee death. And hes from an insurance company. Who has to make his dad proud and make Royeol the best insurance company in Korea. Hm.. Im sensing he will use Haram for his company.

I like that we got this conversation at the start of the show. Now all we need is another prediction for black to believe Haram.

And a good prediction she made as she sees a shadow at the back of thr guy who is known in the neighborhood for crying wolf for the past 2 years.

So looks like she can see all sorts of death, not just gruesome murders. And she sees it just a few minutes before death. I wonder if she can really help prevemt death if the person believes in her. Or is it like final destination where you would really die if youre destined to die.

I like what black said to Haram. “the fact that you can foresee death. It’s really cool because that means you can save people’s lives. You should prove it to yourself. That what you have is actually a blessing. Not a curse.”

By now i still dont know what black’s real name is (intentional?). So i will continue calling him black.

Now on to the original murder case. They found silicone on the body and black went to the doctor to find out the patients name. Surprisingly doctor said hes a guy who underwent sex reassignment surgery. When black saw who it was, he looked shocked. I wonder if he knew her. And why did he lie to the captain that he didnt find anything from the doctor?

Then next we see black going to an adandonment warehouse where we see him remember his past. He was outside seeing 2 girls fighting. He goes inside and sees an old school id pin. He was also looking at a 20year old fire case.. Hmm wonder if its related to his past and if he decided to be a cop because of this?

He went back to the station and looked for the girl with the school id from old yearbook pictures. And looks like he recognized her as one of the girls fighting.

And OMG!! Its his friend!! So whats in that tape that Moo gang is looking for?

Haram is now standing bravely and touching shadows on purpose to see how theyll die. First one the mom will die of illness so she couldnt help her. The next guy she touched..she saw something and called up Moo gang, who was preoccupied and told her it was just drunk talk. Lol just when she made the effort to cut her bangs.

Nice guy Moo gang eventually showed up and they were able to arrest the guy. Now lets see if she has prevented death of the guy or not. Turns out she saw a hostage crisis in the mall where the guy was taken hostage and killed.

But wait a minute the hostake taker can just take any other hostage right? And someone else can get killed? So they decided to try to prevent the hostage. And catch the guy before he does anything. Should i be scared that he gets jailed with the would be hostage?

On a side note, which i think would be a central part of the story is that haram and moo gang used to be close classmates. Dont know how they dont recognize each other. People dont stop looking like themselves even after a long time, unless one undergoes drastic surgery.

I knew it was too good to be true! The caught the wrong guy now Moo gang is the hostage!!!

Turns out the would be hostage was the one who was supposed to meet someone in the mall. And now his fate of dying moved to Moo gang as the new hostage!! He got shot, rushed to the hospital and his friend tried to revived him but Moo gang flatlined.

Then he wakes up from the dead!!! With a new fierce attitude and looking like a hot Terminator.

Comments: im intrigued with the show’s premise but there seems to be a lot of things going.. From the murder case of the transgender, to the Mujin fire, to the warehouse friend, plus im assuming we will get weekly cases for Haram and Moogang to solve. Plus add the romance factor and whatever drama Haram has to face. Oh and the cutie insurance guy and the actor. The drama looks ambitious as it tries to tackle all these different storylines and i hope it works.

I also like that the mood isnt too dark, with bits of humor and drama to minimize the darkness of the murders and death.

I like both characters i think they have good chemistry together.

Cant wait to see the next episode!