In our first throwback episode we talk about obsessive love and Ji-sung’s kisses in 2013’s breakout revenge melo, Secret or Secret Love. Joining us in examining what makes a good revenge drama is Odessa Jones from koreandrama.today.
00.00 We welcome special guest ODESSA JONES of KoreanDrama.today, and discuss whether we can call Secret a love story.
01:51. That really problematic kiss.
09:16. Is the show dated? We compare our perceptions of heroine Hwang Jung-eum’s character when the show aired in 2013 versus the present, and ask why the relationship is compelling despite such an abusive start.
17:17. Why we watch revenge melos; a discussion of “han” and how we deal with pain and bitterness.
25:30. We talk about villain Bae Soo-bin.
29:45. …and then we talk about Lee Da-hee (who was the sanest character in the show, until she wasn’t), and the show’s reference to Wuthering Heights.
34:33. Did it make sense for Min-hyuk and Yoo-jung to fall in love, and do they work as a couple? We talk (more) about unhealthy relationships.
43:05. We all love puppy Kwang-soo! We also talk about the other secondary characters.
49:52. Odessa reminds us that this was directed by Lee Eun-bok, who went on to do Descendants of the Sun and Goblin. We sum up (love is pain!).
52:05. I loved Secret, what should I watch next?