Podcast Ep 7 – Secret 2013 (Drama Deep Dive)

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.

Shownotes:

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?

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