Big is quite honestly one of the worst shows I’ve ever seen. Watching bad entertainment is such a big sport these days there’s a vernacular which surrounds it- “It’s so bad it’s good!”, “trashtastic” etc. We enthuse about being entertained despite ourselves, about being moved to tears and laughter even though what we’re watching is sometimes objectively terrible. What we’re really saying is that we’ve enjoyed being swept away, that some magical combination has allowed us to experience a show or a movie viscerally, from the gut, often throwing ‘good taste’ and logic out the window. Enjoying something to the degree we can forgive its many flaws is often more rewarding than being unmoved by Read More →
I’ve enjoyed writing recaps for Big (this has been an entirely new experience for me), because the time it takes to write out every scene gives me a chance to process everything I’ve seen in different way. Today, unfortunately I’m too swamped with work to manage it, but I figured since Dramabeans and Koala’s Playground do such great recaps anyway, there’s no reason to put one out a couple days late.
I did want to write my thoughts on the episode however- although as I said, I’ve had less to time to process it all. My thoughts here aren’t a critical assessment of the quality of the episode, as much as it is me spewing ‘I have too many feels!’
This was a very sweet episode. Da Ran finally does something, although in the most passive way imaginable, and Kyung Joon of course, is as awesome as ever.
We start where we left off: Kyung Joon, being badass as usual, states since they got married to protect him, if they separate, he’ll be the one to take responsibility for it. Further, as long she wears Yoon Jae’s ring he’ll never break his promise to her, but if she takes that ring off and comes to him, he’s going to immediately steal her away. I love him.
Since last week, I haven’t been able to find anywhere that streams KBS live anymore, so now I have to choose between watching Big or sleeping, and predictably, sleep has been winning out (ironically however, I should be asleep now instead of posting this). So, recaps for this are going to be up later (well, later than usual anyway), especially with work being sort of nuts and long-hour-y right now. Onto the episode! Read More →
Okay, we’re back! This episode felt like the show finally found its feet, which makes sense given that Da Ran finally, properly has to confront her own feelings for Kyung Joon. At this late stage of the drama, they needed to banish any ambivalence the audience felt about the central couple, and they did.
I was too full and tired to watch the episode live, but weirdly, as if my body knew I hadn’t had my Big fix, I woke up at 3am, watched the episode and fell back asleep with a big smile on my face. It was a sweetly angsty episode that turned out to be quite fun to recap. Read More →
*Crap! I didn’t mean to post this until later tonight. The recap part is finished, but I haven’t put in pics or thoughts yet, which is what happens when you go on long tangents about green frogs. But since I already hit ‘publish’, I’ll leave it for now and update later. Now I have to run and meet a friend for dinner. Whoops!
Updated with screencaps.
In some ways we still got some repetitive narrative, but those parts went down a whole lot sweeter than in episode 8. This was a far less draggy episode, with one major reveal and Da Ran perhaps realising her feelings for Kyung Joon aren’t as uncomplicated as she thinks…
We open on Da Ran and Kyung Joon driving back to Seoul from the airport. Kyung Joon definitely feels he returned to his body- for at least 3, maybe 5 seconds. “If I felt something, my body definitely would have felt something too”. Read More →
Warning: I’ve been nursing a crazy headache for over a day, and it has possibly coloured my reaction to this episode (also why this post is so late). Grain of salt and all that.
The pace of this episode was a problem for me. If the dialogue was crackling, if I was laughing my butt off, if the show captured a mood and an essence, if there was anything interesting happening at all, I wouldn’t complain.
However, I really think it’s a concern when you’ve set up a plot with as many possibilities as Big, and it feels like the show keeps repeating the same scenes and themes several times over. When you have a finite number of episodes to tell your story and you waste significant amounts of time on story-lines that go nowhere, or re-tread a point you’ve Read More →
This episode was rather slow, traversing much of the same territory as episode 6, waiting for Da Ran to make a decision about what degree she’s willing to enter into a fake relationship with Kyung Joon. Considering it’s a big decision, the episode gives Da Ran the space to come to terms with it, but other than this, nothing happens to further the plot. Episode 7, thy name is filler. It did however lay the groundwork for a romantic relationship between Da Ran and Kyung Read More →
Although the time jump at the end of episode 5 was game changing, this episode returns us to much of the same formula as before, albeit with a more mature version of Kyung Joon that blurs the lines between him and Yoon Jae, and ups the chemistry between Kyung Joon, and well everyone really. Thoughts on the episode are at the bottom on this post. Read More →
Guys, GUYS. Oh.my.god. I have no clue where this drama is going, none. Forget everything I’ve said about Big, I bow down to the Hong sisters because I’ve never been so blissful about being so ignorant about who I’m supposed to be rooting for.
I generally refrain from doing recaps because I think other people/sites do them much better than I could attempt, but since we need to discuss this episode, now, I’m going to attempt a run through of episode five. Disclaimer: My Korean is Read More →