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Unnie Recommends: Heart Thumping Action in Vagabond

Every action star is a superhero, someone who can withstand an immeasurable amount of hits and thuds, and survives the most impossible situations imaginable. Especially those who have a clear drive within them, may it be revenge or finding clarity, a man/woman will do what they can to finish what they started.

I was blown away with the first 2 episodes of the show! Not only does it highlight how gorgeous Morocco is with its cool beaches and cascade of color roofed houses, but the action sequences and chases are of Hollywood movie quality👌🏻

Current Impression

Lee Seung Gi (Odyssey) stars as Cha Dal Geon, an ex stuntman who is now a cab driver raising his nephew (Hoon). He quit that line of work so he can ensure his own safety to be able to raise Hoon alive. He absolutely loves his craft with a montage showing several of his jobs (Getting beaten up, experiencing a car crash, being engulfed in flames) but also ending up hospitalized or needing care as well.

When news breaks out that the plane his nephew along with 200+ people rode in crashed leaving no survivors, he and the parents of Hoon’s judo team go to Morocco to pay their respects. Hoon uploads videos of his life and Dal Geon watches him laughing and goofing around with his judo teammates on the plane. Things get dicey in Morocco when he spots a man who he saw in Hoon’s video as someone on the plane and wildly chases after him. This is the catalyst that echoes throughout the show as it jumpstarts a game of cat and mouse to see who catches each other first. The man is backed up by a powerful corporation hellbent on landing a trillion dollar deal to have their fighter jets purchased and probably entangled with future conspiracies.

He meets Suzy Bae’s (While You Were Sleeping) character, Go Hae Ri, in Morocco as an intern for the Korean embassy who helps the parents with the memorial. Initially setting her up as part of the evil side, she clears her name as an NIS agent stationed at Morocco. She plays her character of being undercover well and is the breadwinner of her family. I like her role here so I hope this catapults Suzy into further stardom as an actress.

Lee Seung Gi portrays Dal Geon as an intense man who would hunt down the truth even if it costs him his life. His desperation to get to the bottom of things is evident and proves that he has great instincts when he concluded that the plane crash was not a systems/machine error. His chemistry with Suzy is electric, being at odds with each other due to Dal Geon’s brash personality and Hae Ri’s reluctance to believe him but ends up helping him in various situations. She does discover the truth thanks to the video clip Dal Geon provided her proving that the plane crash was an act of terrorism. It’ll be interesting to see how their romance (IF there is) will blossom given their not so great first impressions but I know it will amplify their connection further⚡️

Vagabond follows the normal formula for an action genre TV show — Money hungry powerful person/company bulldozes anyone who gets in their way, a protagonist victim seeking retribution, plot twists, a looming romance on the works with another lead fighting for the same cause. But formulas can be rearranged to get the same end result. Given the characters, action scenes, and story, expect the variables of this kdrama to be bold, feisty, and explosively good!💥

Unnie Recommends: My Absolute Boyfriend in 3 Sentence Recaps

What happens when a robot develops human emotions? Are we heading to a society where robots can actually become our companions who display real feelings? My Absolute Boyfriend tickles our fancies with this idea as it tells the tale of a male robot and a human female falling in love with each other and what can ensue between this kind of connection.

Current Impression

I’m not too keen on another robot/AI kdrama because the last one I saw (Are You Human Too?) had an unsatisfying ending for me and I’m beginning to worry about this one too. Nevertheless, My Absolute Boyfriend’s first 4 episode’s romcom vibes and gorgeous visuals are just impossible to resist 😍 And I’m not just talking about the actor Yeo Jin Goo’s oozing aura here! 

1. Girl gets dumped by boy.

Eom Da Da (Portrayed by Bang Min Ah) is a special effects make-up artist who happens to be in a relationship with a famous actor, Ma Wang Joon. They’ve been in a secret relationship for 7 years and the first scene they had together fake fighting about Da Da getting rid of his make-up, I had a hunch that something was up and I was right.

Their brief playful interaction was really sweet though but Wang Joon joked about breaking up and it turned out to be his true sentiments. Like he claims, he has changed over time. I believe that he still cares for Da Da very much but the pressure of being a rising star and the fact that they can’t declare their love has taken a toll on him.

2. Girl meets Zero Nine (Robot).

Da Da is devastated and there was even a scene where she hid in Wang Joon’s house’s bathroom because she wanted to surprise him one night. She didn’t anticipate that he would be having guests over and when she got busted, Wang Joon said that she was his stalker. It was a heartbreaking scene and it was such a bad blow to Da Da. Separating her from a love life perspective, I love her character here — she’s smart, creative, passionate, and a loyal person (Not only to Wang Joon I believe). But I like that she’s not all that put together, meaning she’s still trying to find confidence and maybe a little more self love in the process.

When she meets Zero Nine (Yeo Jin Goo), it was an accidental activation of his system as she happened to kissed him on the lips (1st picture above is reference) when he toppled over her.

3. Zero Nine becomes (rather insists) to be girl’s boyfriend.

The titular boyfriend stars Yeo Jin Goo, he is initally called Zero Nine (His serial number) and eventually named as Young Goo (by Da Da), is a romantic partner robot designed for dating. In order to save him from going to an abusive owner, his guardian stowed him away but instead got delivered to Da Da’s house by mistake. Women fawn over him and find him very attractive so for Da Da not to have this “natural” reaction is proof that humans indeed have unique & different interests and that programmed things can still encounter errors.

Last week’s premiere gave us a glimpse of how Da Da will influence Young Goo’s robotic senses and develop human emotions. It’s not yet explained how advanced the technology is and if the humanistic tendencies is a natural evolution for Young Goo but I am intrigued on how this kdrama will address the issue.

I don’t know what kind of relationship, realistically speaking, a human and robot can have so even if the chemistry between Da Da and Zero Nine is nice, I’m still a bit skeptical of the end result. Even if Young Goo’s purpose is to be a boyfriend to someone, anticipate more than just romantic sparks to fly between our main characters. If a machine can learn to have human emotions, what more can humans produce if not the same or a higher level of knowledge and understanding? 😉