Answer Me 1988: First Impressions – Episode 1

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It’s finally here~! The long-anticipated third installment of the Answer Me (aka Reply) series. The first episode aired today, and I took a much-needed break from the work week to tune in and assess whether this last portion of the Answer Me trilogy would be worth my time and energy.

It is.

If you’re looking for a place to watch the raw episode, you can view it here. The English-subbed episodes can be found here as they become available. Now…shall we move to my first impressions? 

Musings: I’m foregoing the recap/mini-recap since I’m sure there are plenty of sites in Kdramaland that will cover this series. Unfortunately, despite my desire to spend some quality time writing about Episode 1–because I really do think that it’s deserving of the attention–Real Life is seriously cramping my romps in Kdramaland these days, so…just a short musing is all that I can manage for now. *sigh*

In a nutshell, Twinkles, I found myself immersed in a kaleidoscope of emotions. And when I say kaleidoscope, I really mean kaleidoscope.

There were times when I was nostalgic for the youth of my 1988 days, remembering the tight-knit communal relationships among neighboring families–my goodness! the food sharing was priceless!–the hoopla of the Seoul 1988 Olympics that heralded South Korea’s first true entrance into the international setting after its long struggle to recover from the devastation of the Korean War and other difficulties, and the oh-my-gosh-did-we-really-wear-and-do-those-things-back-in-the-1980s-! moments of self-effacing dismay; times when I laughed out loud to an empty room (except my trusty canine Bentley) at the antics of our newest cast of characters; times when I teared up and my throat tightened because of how the quietly laid out clues of our characters came together to create a visible picture of individuals and families developing in the midst of setbacks and aching pain; and times when I pumped my fist in the air at the joyous moments of victory when the human spirit triumphed in the face of adversity. 😉

Hmmm…yes, I do believe that the above sentence, as distended as it is, nicely encapsulates my emotions and assessment of the episode. 🙂 It took me on a viewing adventure that made me feel things, remember long-forgotten moments, and most importantly, lose track of time. At almost 90 minutes, this first episode felt more like a movie to me, jam packed as it was with so many emotions and events.

Oh, and yes, for those of you wondering if the running gimmick of who does the girl marry return in this third installment, the episode ends with a married Duk Sun (Lee Mi Yeon) hinting at yet another husband mystery. In truth, though, after having watched the entire episode and falling in love with all of the characters–there’s so much depth to the characters already!–I didn’t mind the return of that pesky little gimmick…at least not yet anyhow. Especially not when it is also accompanied by the return of veteran actors Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa. 🙂

Granted, Taek (Park Bo Gum) doesn’t get much screen time in this first episode, but the other characters laid down a solid foundation for what’s to come. Notable among the group is Ko Kyoung Pyo as Sun Woo. I already love his character and can’t wait to see how he develops throughout the series, especially with Ryu Joon Yeol as Jung Hwan serving as a nice foil for Sun Woo.

*happy sigh* This episode was definitely a treat to savor after a long week. I hope you think so, too!

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