Boys Before Flowers 24 and 25 previews and spoilers

Long previews from fan-

Summaries of the previews can be found under the cut(just in case someone wants to get an idea of what’s going to happen without knowing exactly what goes on)

Pickled Tofu meanwhile has spoilers for the last two episodes and tons of BOF-related news, as usual.  I am remaining deliberately(and somewhat desperately) spoiler-free for these last two episodes, so I myself haven’t read them, but if you feel inclined then enjoy!

And an amazing BOF music video.

I must admit, I am going to miss the mingled hate and love BOF has always created in me.

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Boys Before Flowers 23

Download from Arashi-vox(this time I’m linking directly to the file because she has a  huge spoiler in her post right before the link, which I was highly annoyed to have to read before getting to the file). Change the file name from “GBN23.avi.dumb” to “GBN23.avi” so that you can watch the video. Or watch online at Veoh or at Youtube.

I posted a comment in response to the Dramabeans commentary on this episode, and this is essentially what I said-
“It’s very odd because the Makino character is written as a highly spunky, self-sufficient, mentally and emotionally courageous character who doesn’t need anyone else, whether friends or a boyfriend, to get by, but this rendition of her portrays her as almost the exact opposite; she falls apart as soon as Junpyo breaks up with her and doesn’t really get it back together until they’re together again. She doesn’t ever even really stand up to Mama Kang, for heavens sake! Both Junpyo and Jandi are frustratingly and consistently passive however; their relationship is defined and propelled by other people – everything they do, from breaking up to getting back together, is as a result of the efforts of other people, their friends and family. Personally, I find Junpyo’s passivity more widespread and frustrating – Jandi has more reason for it in my opinion – but both are far, FAR too weak in general – I consider them as characters essentially ruined. It’s a pity especially since the manga characters they’re based on are defined by their driving(sometimes even over-done) forcefulness.

I’m all about Jihoo and Jandi in this series
even their reactions to everything show how much better of a man Jihoo is than Junpyo. Jihoo reacts to his grief over Jandi’s absence by throwing himself into work for his grandfather and looking after his grandfather, while Junpyo goes out and starts drinking and toying with girls and eventually ends up arrested. Which is the more mature? Jihoo would be deeply awesome in and of himself – the ultimate best friend/amazing boyfriend material – even without the contrast with Junpyo, but the contrast with Junpyo only highlights even more all of his amazing qualities. He and Jandi have such a warm, deep friendship – so many of their interactions are so Main-Couple/OTP-like. One the one hand, we have Jandi/Jihoo, who frankly have many more scenes together, showing them doing fun, happy, ordinary things and integrating into each other’s world’s perfectly, and on the other hand we have Junpyo and Jandi, out of whom we get a few big splashy scenes(is it must me or is there always fireworks/stars going on around them) and some nice little touches like how they look back at each other as Junpyo leaves their date in this episode – but overall precious little time together and 80% of that time taken up by fighting/bickering/angsting. It’s no wonder, given this and what a disappointment Junpyo’s character is and how awesome they made Ji-Hoo and how much time they spent building up the Jandi/Ji-Hoo relationship, whether friendship or no, that so many of us have gone over to supporting the Jandi/Jihoo pairing”

Lots of caps. And yes, I did cap the Junpyo/Jandi part as it was adorable and I’m not going to miss the chance to cap two gorgeous people in a gorgeous setting, even if I personally am not in love with them.

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Boys Before Flowers Episode 22: Thoughts, Caps, and Where to Watch

I wanted to cry several times during episode 22. Not because of Junpyo, although he and Ji-Hoo have it arguably equally bad, but because Ji-Hoo, unlike Junpyo, doesn’t DESERVE this.

This episode was both brilliantly and frustratingly self-aware. First off, the exchange between Jaekyung and Ji-Hoo was AMAZING, definitely one of the things the kdrama has thrown in that’s a great improvement off jdrama and twdrama, and it did, in a sort of shutting-the-barn-door-after-the-horse-has-gone way address the problem it has set up of how well the Ji-Hoo/Jandi pairing has been covered. As Jaekyung says to Ji-Hoo, in one of the few bits of absolutely brilliant(within context) dialogue I’ve heard this series, “They say people get what they’re greedy for…neither you nor I have enough greed.” This is a very good way of explaining/justifying why Ji-Hoo, after all the scenes between he and Jandi and all the focus on how amazing he is, doesn’t get the girl – he’s too good, too noble in a way, he didn’t ask from Jandi more than she could give and so he didn’t get it. It still feels like a cop-out, however – if this explanation had come, say, 4 or 5 episodes earlier and all Ji-Hoo/Jandi interactions, particularly OTP-type reactions, had stopped immediately, this would have made perfect sense. As it is, it feels a bit like a sop thrown to us to justify the irrational Ji-Hoo/Jandi focus over the past 6 episodes or so, and does anyone else think this perfectly rational conclusion was a tad undermined by the incredibly warm and OTP-like interactions which follow between Ji-hoo and Jandi IN THE SAME EPISODE?? No? Maybe that was just me.

Download Episode 22 at Aja-aja, at Arashi-Vox, or watch online at Veoh

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Boys Before Flowers Episode 20


A semi-satisfying episode; they’ve returned to the main OTP pairing of Junpyo and Jandi, which is in some ways a relief even though I prefer Ji-Hoo/Jandi, but Junpyo/Jandi are the main couple and I always knew they’d end up together so it was just a matter of time until they started having scenes together.

Overall, however, I’m still dissatisfied: Goo Hye Sun and Lee Min Ho have oodles and oodles of chemistry together, more than almost any other couple I’ve ever seen(they seem to have more as the drama goes on, actually). But it’s not the actors I object to – it’s their characters. Jandi is an emo, passive mess without Junpyo, unlike Makino who was awesome with or without Domyoji, and Junpyo, as always, lacks mental and moral self-control and is uber-passive about LIFE – not just his romantic life. The two are adorable together, but I’m just so over their whole story. It’s been ruined for me gradually but surely over the course of this drama. But maybe they’ll fix is so amazingly well that I actually fall for them again over the course of this drama. In turns of unilateral love though, this drama will never become one of my favorites now – it’s just too messy, too incoherent, too stupid. They should never have made me stop loving Junpyo’s character because now it’s really hard to respect him again – indeed, almost impossible. The main highlight indeed was the Ga-Eul/Yi-Jung interaction, in which Ga-eul showed approximately ten times the spunk and awesomeness that Jandi has been showing for the past ten or so episodes combined.

Not a long post tonight because I’m tired and my interest in this drama is hitting an all-time low, but here’s a few caps and a Ji-Hoo/Jandi spoiler for episode 21.

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Boys Before Flowers episode 18

Episode 18 continues the same trend of messiness prevalent in the plot and writing of the last few episodes: it’s as if the writer, Yoon Ji Ryun, is trying to imitate the dysfunction of the main character, Junpyo, in her writing, in a sick version of structure reflecting content.

After the last few episodes, I keep thinking that I’m over being emotionally invested in this drama, and definitely I left the irreversibly-committed boat a few episodes ago and can’t ever make it back, but every time I watch a new episode I’m surprised by how intensely about it I still feel.

However. I’ve never been so bored with the Domyoji character/disgusted at the overall acting/heartbroken over a fairy-tale OTP that will never come true before.

Download Episode 18

Episode 18 Liveblog

Jandi/Ji-Hoo Music Vid, + “Thank You” by Kim Hyun Joong

Lovely Ji-Hoo/Jandi vid.

I really like this song, and I’m glad to see that Kim Hyun Joong can actually sing; he hits those high notes effortlessly, and the song itself is highly confident musically.

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