Reply 1988 and the Summer Olympics

I adored all the weirdness, the friendships and the antics that made up the show Reply 1997.  By 2012, I’d watched quite a lot of k-drama’s, but Reply 1997 was the first time I recognized the difference in Seoul dialect and Busan dialect. I had finally become so accustomed to hearing spoken Korean, that it was as clear to me as hearing the difference between New Yorker and a person from Alabama speaking. I re-watched it as it aired. That’s how much I enjoyed the story and the characters. So when a sorta prequel was announced, Answer Me 1994, I knew I wouldn’t watch. And then a third in the series was announced, Answer Me 1988. And again I was definitely not watching.

But three things led me to finally give 1988 a try: The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, a teaser video for Love in the Moonlight starring Park Bo Geum, and Ryu Jun Yeol.

Thing #1

The teaser video just cracked me up. It’s full of Park Bo Geum’s charming and mischievous personality. He is part of the ensemble of friends in Answer Me 1988 so I wanted to see his acting chops before I committed to a saeguk during a really busy time for me.

Just for kicks, here’s the video:

Thing #2

reply 1988 Duk Seon holding Madagascar sign The 2016 Rio Olympics was about to begin. In 1988 Korea held the Sumer Olympic games. Which is where Answer Me 1988 starts. The heroine has been chosen to participate in the Opening Ceremonies and has to practice. I was feeling nostalgic about having been at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. One of my cousins was selected to dance at the Atlanta games. I remember her going to a lot of practices as well. And the family sitting all together in front of the one TV in the house watching the Olympics took me back to my own family doing the same. Before streaming and multiple TVs in one house.

Thing #3

Reply 1998 ensemble castI recently finished watching Lucky Romance starring Ryu Jun-yeol. He did such a great job in that show, I wanted to see him in another. That’s how it works with k-drama. You like an actor and then follow he or she down the rabbit hole trying to watch everything they’ve ever worked on.

 

 

I have one more episode to go with Reply 1988 so I’ll be back with a review later. But for now, I gotta watch the Closing Ceremonies at 2016 Rio.

Dear International Olympic Committee

Dear IOC,

You have got to let NBC go. And demand that the next network you partner with joins the 21st Century of digital technology the way people want it.

Take a page from the National Football League. Don’t stay with the same network. Have a different host from the 4 major broadcast networks for each Olympics.

NBC is killing you. Their outdated mentality, annoying morning show hosts, tape delayed coverage and lack of understanding on how to use the apps they have, is a huge problem for true fans. Their model of coverage is not helping to cultivate budding fans of sports other than gymnastics, swimming and basketball. NBC has gotten complacent and lazy in their coverage.

Please, for the love of the Games, break up with them and date everyone.

Sincerely,

A fan from way back who’s losing the will to try to keep watching

PS: It’s 11:25 on a Sunday night. The results for the women’s gymnastics competition have been all over the Internet. The kids who want to watch have to be in bed because, hey, the first day of school for some is tomorrow. Oh well.