[This hug makes me cry. Here’s a woman who has just received the biggest blow from the two persons she least expects to hurt her. Yet she reaches out with warmth and affection. Her hug is genuine, as are her words. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be in her shoes at that moment, and to respond the way she does, with so much grace and class. To read more of my and Softy’s thoughts on our Teacher Hong, scroll down to the end of the recap. Thanks for watching this amazing drama with us! —thundie]
[Witty, whimsical, and also wicked (oh yes, how I giggled at the double and triple entendres, the innuendos and irony), this episode was a blast. I can’t believe how fast things are moving for my two favorite couples: Seo-rae and her dentist, Seo-rae and her Yudo master… Wait a minute. Seo-rae and who? Yup, you read that correctly. ‘Tis a beautiful friendship that’s blossoming right before our eyes between Seo-rae and Hong Ji-seon; they are even spilling beans and all. Uh oh.
For translating this drama with so much love, Softy, even with a cut finger and four blood-soaked bandaids, thank you! —thundie]
[After this episode, I can never look at tugboats in the same way again. Neither can Seo-rae and Tae-oh. Perhaps Softy, too. This whole episode left me breathless and then a little teary. Not tears of sadness, no, but tears of gratitude. Often when I watch a drama, I just want things to speed along. Not so for A Wife’s Credentials. I want to bottle each moment; I want to pour out the exquisite storytelling, drop by drop, and gaze upon it as it shimmers on my palm. There is such courage in this drama, and also such foolhardiness, and for all of it I’m humbled and grateful. Thank you for your labor of love, Softy dear! —thundie]
[Softy wrote the following paragraph in her heartfelt and personal comments at the end of this recap, but I’m extracting and moving it up here because it encapsulates my own feelings watching this drama. There’s just such an infectious warmth about A Wife’s Credentials. Do watch it along with us! –thundie]
It may come as a surprise to most of you who know me when I say this because I am not a “fist bump in the air” kind of person, but that’s what I wanted to do countless times during these 16 episodes. You never suspect from an overlooked cable drama to have so many thoroughly satisfying moments, but this drama is packed with them – moments that stand out in your mind so clearly that you find yourself either grinning about it or feeling moved again as you recall those lines. In the end, isn’t that why we all watch great kdramas? For temporary escapes from our own reality to vicariously experience what’s on the screen. As someone who has already gone down this road, trust me when I say this, you won’t regret the little adventure you are about to embark on with A Wife’s Credentials.
[Softy is back on TP, yay! This time with recaps for a 16-episode cable drama that recently finished airing and which some of my pals claim is one of the best offerings of 2012.
Since A Wife’s Credentials hasn’t been talked about very much, and since Softy is also convinced that AWC is an underrated gem and has been persuading me to watch it, I discussed it with her and the result is… Ta da, AWC transcaps! If you are not familiar with Softy’s work (transcaps = transcripts + recaps), she translates each episode so that you can watch it as though you are watching with subtitles. Thank you for this awesome gift, Softy sweetie! –thundie]
Or, as Serendipity (who wrote the Comrades first-impressions review) prefers to call it,
An Epic Review of an Epic Drama.
“Epic review” because six fans of the drama (daheefanel, GangstaKitteh, langdon813, nycgrl, Serendipity and thundie) come together to rave about why this is the best drama of the year. And “epic drama” because… Well, I’ll let the panel of reviewers tell you why. Five questions, thirty answers.
[Other Comrades-related posts can be found here.]
Some dramas you watch and can’t wait to forget. Some you will never forget, no matter how hard you try.
Eyes of Dawn, Shin Don, Winter Sonata. Dramas that continue to haunt me, for reasons I love or loathe. Yesterday I added one more to the list (of beloved dramas); I know this one will reside in my heart for a very long time. Dramas that blow you away tend to linger, we accept that.