Blade Man/Iron Man – Episode 1 Recap and Review

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Today begins a glorious journey. The road will be paved with anxiety, angst, anger and many, many spines. Cactus Man will be mad and you won’t like him when he’s mad. Or maybe you will. Regardless, the first episode of “Blade Man”, also known as “Iron Man” and tenderly called “Cactus Man” by yours truly has just seen the light of day and I was brave enough to recap it thoroughly and review it.

Without further ado, here we go! You know the show is promising when it starts with a National Geographic moment of a dragonfly wandering around and someone (oh come on, you know who!) murdering a remote control which breaks like glass. That was your slow-mo HD moment of the day!

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Cactus Man is defying laws of physics as he is cutting furniture from miles apart, without his blades being visible at all. Guess someone put the invisibility cloak on them. So much for not airing the episodes if the CGI is subpar. As if murdering gadgets wasn’t enough, there goes the fish bowl. As rain beings to fall, trees are being cut down by that mysterious invisible blade. Someone is SO NOT eco-friendly. Not cool dude, not cool.

When the calm after the LITERAL storm arrives, our resident maid Mrs. Yoon (Lee Mi-sook) complains about her miserable life, since chairman Joo is having those rage fits again. Because of course, even though she feels she is totally undeserving of her fate, she won’t quit her job. Admit it, lady – you’re in for the money.

As she goes to check if her master is awake, Secretary Go (Han Jung-soo) tells her not to bother, since he won’t eat any breakfast. But she insists to make sure that’s what he wants, since according to her, people need to eat a good breakfast to have a good day. My nutritionist agrees.

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Secretary Go unsuccessfully tries to shoo her away. Mrs. Yoon explains that the last time she skipped his breakfast, he threw a fit over it. As she enters the room, we see that Iron/Blade/Cactus Man seems to be quite…nosy. And yes, that has to be taken literally as well. Uh-oh, something is rotten in the state of Denmark! As she tries to convince him to tell her what he would like to eat, CEO Joo Hong-bin (Lee Dong-wook) suddenly stands up and has a Grammar Police moment, asking Mrs. Yoon why she would use “please” three times in the same sentence. Matinee CEO issues, y’all!

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He spares her to go through what’s on the menu, by accurately being able to tell what they are cooking downstairs, as well as what she did in the morning, just through his enhanced sense of smell. And by what she did, I totally mean “I know what you washed that mouth with”. For real. He even knows that the marmalade has to go down the dumpster. How does he do it, she wonders.

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It’s all in the eyebrow!

What could have been a great product placement moment is ruined when Joo, going through his closet, complains about the strong smell of his clothes. Sorry, Cotton Clean Warm, you will have to join the marmalade. Secretary Go shows us he’s got the skills, avoiding a hanger thrown at him not-so-accidentally. Chairman Joo wonders why is his nose so sensitive lately, but unfortunately, I haven’t read the script, so I can’t help him out with that.

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And is that a human reindeer shirt? What the…

At the company, secretary Go is waiting outside the office, just like the faithful watchman he is, either trying to avoid yawning or sneezing. But chairman Joo screams behind the door and quickly shuts him up. Wait, now he can see/hear behind closed doors at well?

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Things are not pretty inside, where our Cactus Man is in the midst of activating his Hulk mode. He is angry with two men about the game sales which dropped because they changed Super Cape to Super Collar and to make it all up, they want to switch back to Super Cape. Sorry, I have no idea what they are talking about. Is it a videogame name? Is it a character? Is it a…*gasp* SUPERPOWER? Existential questions. Hey, maybe they should create a character based on Cactus Man’s powers. You can have the idea for free.

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As he is fully immersed in his rage, he randomly throws a laptop at one of the employees. And shockingly, not even in slow motion is the guy able to avoid the impact. Cactus Man is super proud that he managed to score that hit. This is followed by more material murdering, as we hear chairs, screams and more gadgets being thrown around behind the door. Secretary Go wastes no time to order replacement laptops and chairs and prepare the reconstruction of the walls and floor. For real! Seriously, dude, you are complaining about the sales drop, yet you are doing more damage than Super-Man in Metropolis??

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Cactus Man, still wondering how it occurred to them to switch back to Super Cape, even after one of the data analyzers received a 250% salary raise, utters some lines that….I can’t even comment on that!

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I decline to comment on this!

Because the laptop hit only one of the two guys, more beating and screaming ensures. BEST. JOB. EVER. Secretary Go is waiting outside without even blinking, while Cactus Man talks about how he hates “singers who can’t sing, technicians who don’t know technology, intelligent people without intelligence and game developers who can’t develop games”. Oh, I feel like my head is ready to explode! What’s with the “singers” randomness? Is this a game of “Find the intruder in the list”? And how on Earth can someone be intelligent without having intelligence?? My IQ is unable to handle all this.

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Cactus Man offers me some solidarity, since he is having a headache as well. Oh no, wait, it’s just another rage fit on the verge of happening. To spare them of even more misery, he asks them for their resignation letters.

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50 Shades of Crazy

The two men lick their wounds (Relax, it’s figuratively this time!) and one of them can’t believe his boss did…ehm…it’s that thing I have no words for.

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Still refusing to comment.

They are lying on the floor, unable to move, wanting to go straight to the hospital, then quit their jobs. Because of course, YOU ARE NOT FIRING ME, I AM QUITTING. As the two curse chairman Joo Hong-bin and wish him to die, they wonder if he would pay them a visit in hospital. Then, something magical happens. Something unexpected. Something wonderful.

DING DING DING!! Right on, it’s the awkward bromance moment of the day!

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Cactus Man is in his car, being taken by Secretary Go and another employee to a merrier place. Well, one can only hope. Because it’s impossible to keep a calm atmosphere for more than five seconds, he asks if the two are a thing, since they both have the same cologne on them, which, of course, smells like spit. *What is this? What is this? Smells like piss*.

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Sorry, I couldn’t contain myself. Being the awesome CEO he is, he gets them out of the car and drives it himself. Secretary Go realizes that the other employee was stealing his cologne and he’s not happy about it – that thing was expensive and it cost him an arm and a leg (Chill, once again, it’s figuratively!). But dude, why whine about it, if it smells like spit? Because the CEO said it does!

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BREAKING NEWS ON THE RADIO, as Cactus Man is driving his super-fancy-and-expensive-as-hell car! SOMEONE CUT DOWN TREES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! I REPEAT, SOMEONE CUT DOWN TREES. And whoever is responsible, did it vertically. THE TREES WERE CUT VERTICALLY, y’all! We learn that Cactus Man isn’t pissing tree huggers for the first time and that both times it happened, it was raining. Then, suddenly…RANDOM KELLY CLARKSON SONG ON THE RADIO. *SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE, I CAN BREATHE FOR THE FIRST TIME!*

Son Se-dong (Shin Se-kyung) enters the scene with a bang…SCREAMING HER LUNGS OUT, of course! Her landlord is trying to enter the apartment where she lives, because he suspects she is sharing it with a man. Well, make it MEN, because five lovely lads are trying to be stealth, by going out the window and standing on the ledge. Se-dong keeps begging me to click on the mute button with her screech. My eardrums have a limit, you know? As one of the boys forgot to take the shoes with him, he goes to recover them and makes a noise, as he hits the floor in a failed jump. The landlord enters and looks for any clues. As he is on the hunt for Red October, Se-dong sees a loose hand at the window and catatonically stares into the glorious abyss, attracting the landlord’s attention. But all is well, as he leaves without finding them.

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They can’t breathe easily though, as the boy who got back in is stuck in the kitchen undersink drawer. Yeah, this time he is LITERALLY in there. With everybody trying to get him out, SURPRISE SURPRISE, the landlord returns and catches them red-handed.

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As we move forward, Seung-hwan (Shin Seung-hwan) is on the run to get to the hospital and join Se-dong and the boys. But they are not the only familiar faces there. Our lovely Cactus Man pays a visit to the employees he mistreated, all bruised and collared up. Wonder if they are using…SUPER COLLAR. *Ba-dum-tss. He lets Go (Do not be mistaken, it’s Go as in “Secretary Go” – It’s not like Cactus Man can let it goooooooooo) take it from there.

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Cactus Man (Joo Hong-bin, in case you forgot) is having a bad case of nausea. While they are at the hospital, they might as well do a pregnancy test for him.

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As it turns out, the two injured men get both a promotion and a salary raise. If they could, they would do the snoopy dance. Guess all those death threats are in the past.

Secretary Go is clapping frenetically – BRING THE CONFETTI! BUT – Cactus Man is sensing something, as the two men profess their love for Global Games.

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The smell leads him to none other than Se-dong’s room where the boys at. Wonder if her Eau de She-Hulk attracted him. Sad-looking Cactus Man is fearfully approaching the curtain. I can bet my entire DVD collection that it’s the smell of his lover from the past.

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Yup, it’s someone called Tae-hee that he remembers, while removing the curtain in loop, from 434234 angles. Seung-hwan interrupts the angsty moment, storming in and asking what happened. Se-dong leaves him in charge and as she departs, Cactus Man is trying to put as many labels as possible to the odor, from fruits to flowers. This feels like going through a supermarket catalog. I am quite positive he would get intoxicated with all those smells combined. REMEMBER, his nose is sensitive. Did I already mention how random this show is?

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But…DUN DUN DUN, not everything smells like roses. Seung-hwan just interrupted his olfactory fantasy.

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Is that shirt stained with blood? Hmmm…although, I probably shouldn’t invest too much thought into it. This is not one of those shows.

Se-dong is waiting to enter the Global Games company, to get Monstro back, which I assume is a game developed by her and the dream team, which somehow ended up in the wrong hands. Se-dong’s entire company has been taken over by Global Games – still, she only wants Monstro back. But for Seung-hwan, her mission is impossible, since it is said that Cactus Man has a reputation of being the worst of the worst. So bad in fact, that apparently, he looks like the devil, since there aren’t pictures of him available on the Internet to prove the contrary. Nobody ever interviewed him either. Hey, Hollywood celebrities – this is how you keep a low profile.

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And what do you know, Cactus Man eavesdrops on the conversation. As Se-dong takes the bus, there is only one question on his mind: DOES HE LOOK LIKE THE DEVIL?

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Cactus Man calls Secretary Go for confirmation and demands him to bring the car and take him to the company before Se-dong arrives, otherwise nasty things will happen to him. Because Secretary Go takes his threats seriously, he gets there in five seconds. LITERALLY five seconds. Go must be some kind of a human Google Maps, because he can tell exactly how much time will it take him and Se-dong to arrive.

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Drawings included on the windscreen, to prove his point.

But all this wonderful chain of exact calculations is interrupted by a car crash. Cactus Man gives Go exactly 30 seconds to solve the problem, while he twitches and hurls in the car. SO MUCH ANXIETY!

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The reckless driver is none other than Joo Jang-won (Kim Kap-soo). Those omnipresent drama coincidences! Time’s up for Go, as he tries to deal with the awkward encounter. Cactus Man looks like he’s either having a seizure or a bad case of constipation, as a knock on the car window surprises him. Knock-knock! Knock-knock….

*43434 knock-knocks later*

Cactus Man still won’t open the damn door to talk to his father. He’s one stubborn cactus.

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Meanwhile, Se-dong is informed by Seung-hwan that Dong-geun is about to take a plane and leave the country. Dong-geun is her business partner (or, well, he was) who sold the company over to Global Games without her knowledge. With no time to waste, she rushes to the airport.

Cactus Man’s father is still knocking on devil’s door. STAHP IT ALRIGHT!! Even I would get annoyed. Finally, Cactus Man leaves the car and as the two are facing each other, they are avoiding the eye contact at any cost. Sadly, there be no intense staring contest. Cactus Men tells his two employees to get his father a new car and be done with it. But wait, there’s more!

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Pops needs an apology, making his son go all ballistic. As he uttered those magic words, Cactus Man instantly entered his Hulk mode and high-kicked the shit out of whatever-that-guy-is-called , in an extremely acrobatic slow-mo scene. THIS. WAS. RANDOM. And since we are talking about randomness, I totally thought Cactus Man’s shirt had a cannabis leaves print. Oops, my bad! Our VERY ANGRY MAN tells to that employee to apologize immediately, if he did wrong. Guys, relax, it was probably just a scratch! Secretary Go should totally schedule an appointment at the Spa for his boss.

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What’s supposed to be some intense dramatic analogy of the wounds of his soul for which no one apologized, turns into hilarity, as he throws a tantrum: “YOU SON OF A BITCH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARERGHHHHHH”

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Look how much I care about your air fist

Dark clouds begin to hang over Cactus Man’s head. No, this is not a metaphor. They LITERALLY do. LITERALLY. You see, apparently, not only do his blades come out when it rains, but he is the weather commander as well. Yo, guys, he LITERALLY brings the rain with his anger. I am so saddened by all this, that I need to wipe my tears off the keyboard.

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As the thunder’s coming, Secretary Go knows that he has to keep his boss and his secret safe. Meanwhile, the father’s face seems to be frozen in time.

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Because Go unsuccessfully tries to calm Cactus Man down, he urges his colleague to apologize quickly to the father. Cactus Man kicks Go in the butt (Yes, literally!), because his other employee didn’t do anything wrong to apologize. Wait a sec show, you are confusing me. Moments ago, Cactus Man was telling the guy to apologize and now he hits Go for trying to convince him to? Should we add bipolarity as well on his already very long list of issues? Cactus Man is the offended one!

And guess what comes next. Secretary Go apologizes. To the father. For no apparent reason. Mindblown.

Go realizes that the best way to deal with Cactus Man’s anger issues is to…no, not to take him to anger management classes, but to…grab him by his butt and run. LITERALLY!!

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RUN FORREST, RUN!

And yes, they are still talking about that damn apology while running. Cactus Man begins to hit his secretary and apparently, his punch is so strong, that judging by the sound, he literally broke him a rib or two. Or three.

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He is taking him to a boxing gym and throws him into the ring, asking him to unleash his fury on him. Cactus Man happily obliges after a couple of screams, of course. He is punching the crap out of him, throwing him into the cords, only to snap his neck with the power of his fingers. Yes, he is channeling Hulk Hogan right now.

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More random senseless punching and shouting. The only thing that makes Cactus Man come back to his senses is the reminder that Se-dong must probably be at the company. Dude, you could have told him this, like, before being beaten down to a pulp.

NOW EVERYBODY STOP FOR THE MANDATORY INTENSE OLFACTORY BREAK.

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Of course, flashback incoming, because we haven’t seen that curtain long enough. If you believe that the appointment made him rush to the company – BEEP BEEP BEEP! WRONG! He resumes his punching, because Go didn’t tell him this earlier.

Se-dong arrives at the airport finding Dong-geun right in the nick of time. She can’t believe how he was to leave secretly, since the two of them got a bank loan together for the development of the program. The reception was good and all they needed to do was to wait for the profit to come, but TOUGH LUCK, since he sold the company. I am puzzled at how is this legally possible if one of the parties is not informed about the transaction, if supposedly, they were partners. All he can say is that he had reasons to do what he did…like $$$?

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Shin Se-kyung, WAE WAE WAEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE??? What have I done to deserve your screaming/crying/shouting/screeching torture? Feels like the mute button was invented for you. Girl, decrease two levels from your neurosis, mkay? Se-dong moans and complains about how all the boys were staying at her place and how Je-gil (Kim Jae-young) even got a herniated disc. Dong-geun feels embarrassed, yet still tries to leave, with Se-dong following him.

Over at Global Games, Cactus Man is in his usual screaming mode: ON, asking about whether or not Se-dong came to see him. SPOILER: She didn’t. So of course, he asks his slave/dog/servant/secretary to go fetch her. Who, by the way, is probably not human, because he doesn’t have a single scratch or bruise on his face. I mean, the employees were looking pretty rough and this guy nothing?? So unfair! WHAT ABOUT THE RIBS? I HEARD THE BONES BREAKING! Not cool show, not cool!

And Shin Se-kyung, we discussed something earlier, didn’t we? If you care about my tranquility, please stop with that shouting. Please, I am begging you. Anyway, Se-dong is still following Dong-geun through the airport and Seung-hwan also arrives to assist her.

As if the three-way chase wasn’t enough, Cactus Man decides to bother Dong-geun with a very opportune phone call.

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RANDOM thought: are they licensed to use Spider-Man’s image in the series?

Dong-geun locked himself in the bathroom and uses to his advantage the fact that Seung-hwan is outside, hearing the phone conversation. Dong-geun makes it seem like Cactus Man didn’t want to hire the team. Effortlessly, Dong-geun manages to piss Cactus Man off. HULK SMASH!

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A child is dragged into the airport by a lady called Elisa Park (Ra Mi-ran), stopping right alongside Se-dong and told to go to the bathroom. We get to hear a perfect “Hello!” in English by Elisa. Yay for accurate English pronunciation! The kid runs into some difficulty trying to piss, namely with his zipper. I swear I am not making this up and Seung-hwan offers to help. I mean, I know it’s not what it looks like, but it still makes me feel uncomfortable. Was this the only diversion they were able to come up with??

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Told ya!

Elisa is caught off-guard by some men who accuse her of being a crook. The chasing begins in 3…2..1…except the guy stumbles over a suitcase. And this is how the RANDOM BOOB-GRABBING ATTEMPT took birth. Yeah, it was totally accidental.

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Oh God no, not again, NOT AGAAAAIN!! I seriously need earplugs to save myself from the wrath of her screams. Even Cactus Man hears her over the phone – now he looks quite normal in comparison, for a change. Se-dong feels the need to keep screaming even when she wrestles with the totally innocent guy. Because she is SO BAD-ASS, of course. STOP STOP STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP SCREAMING!!!!!!!!! Oh God and now Seung-hwan is screaming again. Lord have mercy!

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They are all dragged to the police station, with Se-dong passionately trying to convince the police officers that the man tried to grab her boob. No need for that, apparently, since they wanted to arrest him anyway for threats and blackmails and now sexual harassment. Suddenly, she remembers about Dong-geun and returns to the airport, despite Seung-hwan telling her he’s probably on the plane. There, they meet with the kid who, just like everybody else 2 minutes before, starts crying. As an airport employee tells him he will take him to his mother and asks him to come over, he has a flashback of a police officer about to enter a house, telling him the same thing (“Come on, come on!”), except in English. Yeah, that guy is totally American. The child cries over the trauma, making associations even if the two were telling him those things in two different languages. Just when you thought the show couldn’t get more annoying, they try hard to convince us that English sounds just like Korean, by overlapping the two callings.

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Se-dong tries to calm him down, but since it’s not quite working and they don’t know where the mother is, she piggybacks him over to her place.

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Ok, now we’re talking. Cactus Man is sitting in a fancy suspended tent, watching images on his laptop. GAH, I already fear for the life of it.

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He watches pictures of Tae-hee and if you think this is going to be some emotional scene, try not to laugh at this line:

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A flashback reveals us that his father didn’t accept her into his family, because…SHOCK! She is poor and he is rich. Whoa, that was unexpected!

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Mary had a little lamb…

As Cactus Man’s fist is clenching in the flashback, the same happens in real life as well. OH MY GOD, somebody save that laptop!

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The windows start to shatter as he is getting angrier. His anger is so big, that he actually manages not only to provoke a thunderstorm, but also to cut the electricity in the whole city. Yeah, intense Cactus Man is intense. Secretary Go, while on the lookout for Se-dong, understands what’s happening and goes to his rescue.

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Please tell me the blades are finally coming out.

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BINGO!

He is trying to do…something, but eventually passes out. Elisa calls Mrs. Yoon to tell her that Cactus Man has a six-year old child who she left at the airport. Despite her insistences that Cactus Man does not have a Cactus Jr., Elisa tells her the magic words Kim Tae-hee and how he’ll understand. Before giving more details, Elisa hangs up as someone is knocking at the door.

Cactus Man eventually wakes up and is freaked out to see Secretary Go watching him sleep. I am more freaked out wondering how did that Mickey Mouse shirt get on him.

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What did you do off screen, Go? Go explains that had a fever and Cactus Man blames a nightmare he had, on Go’s pervertish stalking (his words, not mine).

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Se-dong is getting tired from all the piggybacking and I don’t know why didn’t Seung-hwan help her. Dong-geun calls her to let her know that Cactus Man is trying to get in touch with her and BAM!, Prince Charming is right at her door waiting.

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Nothing prepared me for this EPIC SHOWDOWN. Camera over to Se-dong surprised that this guy called her by her name. Camera back to Cactus Man, who is about to have an olfactory orgasm. Back to Se-dong looking pretty much the same. Back to Cactus Man, who now has his eyes closed, to take more pleasure in her smell – LITERALLY HER SMELL! Back to unchanged Se-dong. Back to Cactus Man who now LITERALLY brings her smell to his nose with her hand. Again, back to Se-dong. I am not even joking, although I really wish I was. The camera switches back and forth for about an eternity, as he tries to hold on to the smell using just his hand and a RANDOMLY lifted foot in the air. CAN’T. STOP. LAUGHING. As the previews for the next episode show up, I am still dying. Probably the best first episode ending they could have ever come up with. Random, just like everything else.

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MY COMMENTS

It’s still early in the game, but so far, this show is pretty much exactly like I was imagining it to be. Often hilariously bad, often bad and sometimes voluntarily funny. The only scene which was meant to be funny and got a mild smile out of me was the one when he asks the secretary if he looks like the devil and tells him to bring the car RIGHT NOW and he is LITERALLY (Yes, I know!) there in 5 seconds. With the other funny scenes (according to them) – NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. It’s driving me nuts just how LITERAL and how random everything is, from the soundtrack til the vertical tree cutting. While the supernatural elements of the story doesn’t anchor it to a certain kind of realism, meaning they can get away with stuff, even in the world that it creates, it has to adhere to its own rules and still feel somehow grounded; otherwise, instead of being a fantasy story, it will become a ridiculous one and once it’s ridiculous, you won’t be able to connect to the characters. Being a fantasy doesn’t give it a free pass to stretch the suspension of disbelief to the maximum. His superpowers – OH MY GOD, I thought I had seen everything in the teaser, but no. Let’s recap.

When he gets angry:

  • Rain/Thunderstorm begins
  • Electricity falls in the whole city (and it’s magically restored 5 minutes afterwards)
  • He passes out with fever
  • Blades come out of him
  • Needs to beat people up to stop the blades from showing

Other powers:

  • Enhanced sense of smell
  • Parkour skills
  • Fighting skills

Of all his abilities, it’s the smell that I see as the most useless, since it only serves for comic relief and to make him interested in the female protagonist. Regarding the comic relief, after two-three jokes about how clothes/people/food stink, it starts to wear thin. Just how long can you keep using the same joke? And as for Se-dong, frankly I would have preferred for him to have an interest in her for what she is and what she stands for and not for the way she smells. Seriously. What’s more, she smells like his (possibly deceased) ex-lover, so he first sets eyes on her for being a reminder of his past and not for her own merits. Yeah yeah, as time will pass, he will probably start to appreciate her bla bla, but this first impression was not the best choice, in my opinion. Cactus Man has just way too many powers – it truly is a salad and I expect the writer to lose track of his abilities and mix things up as the story progresses. Simply put, they make the whole story way too bloated.

Regarding the characters, so far I fail to understand several psychologies. It left a bad taste in my mouth how the two employees were beaten to the point of being hospitalized and they are suddenly won over by money. Same with Mrs. Yoon – she says she is feeling miserable, yet she is staying by that man’s side? I don’t understand why the Secretary is so caring either, since Cactus Man is treating everybody like a piece of shit and those people are not in a romantic relationship with him or anything like it, which would shed some light on why they won’t leave him. So far, he’s an abusive CEO who doesn’t feel any regrets whatsoever for his actions, nor does he want to change what he is. Sure, he would like to get rid of that fever and blades, but that’s about it. What’s more, he actually ENJOYS randomly causing other people pain. While I do love a comedic beating, I was actually disturbed by the fact that here, they looked quite tough, yet supposedly, I had to laugh at the display of violence. Not. Gonna. Happen. I have no idea how the story will unfold, but it will be very problematic if he is not putting up a fight with his inner demons and continues to be a loose cannon without any remorse. It’s still unclear if the anger came with his superpower package or if the anger is what caused the superpowers to suddenly appear in first place. At this point, I am really starting to believe that they will simply justify all his zillion superpowers by saying he just suffered VERY VERY MUCH. SO TRAGIC. I mean, look at all the Marvel/DC Characters – they all have an origin story.

Se-dong doesn’t seem to be such a bad character per se. Apart from her naivety in regards to Dong-geun (although I really don’t know how he was able to sell a company behind her back) and her stupid reaction in the airport, she is fairly normal. With “stupid reaction”, I mean the ACCIDENTAL BOOB-GRAP ATTEMPT. Firstly, she was looking at the guy, how did she not see that he tripped? Secondly, she flat-out lies when she says he touched her. For God’s sake, she even slapped him so that he doesn’t do it, even though he had no intention to. I can close an eye to her not realizing it was an accident, but claiming he touched her chest when we all saw something different is a tad outrageous. And why oh why does she have to perform any action accompanied by a loud and loooooooooong scream? Shin Se-kyung is bringing the character down with her overacting – her way of shouting and crying is unbearable, she really makes my ears bleed. I feel an urge to throw bricks at the screen and I doubt that’s the intention. Lee Dong-wook is a better actor, but he is problematic as well in his shouting scenes. Instead of feeling for the guy, he makes me laugh whenever he has one of those hissy fits. He’s best in scenes which require him to be reflective. Actually, to be honest, he’s best when he’s not talking, like in the hospital scene. Speaking of the dialogue, RANDOM RANDOM RANDOM and even creepy at times (Why was that zipper scene necessary again? Just so he can make a joke later to Se-dong that it’s not what she thinks? And that-one-line-I-refused-to-comment ?). People contradicting themselves, saying the same thing over and over again or simply saying things that don’t make any sense – GAH!!

At least the episode ended with a BANG, with the best unintentionally hilarious scene so far – and it’s going to be hard to top. Cactus Man LITERALLY bringing her scent over to his nose and that elevated foot, as he was about to take a bow, all this while she is giving him an empty glare – GLORIOUS!

I will say this though – if there was something entirely spot-on in this episode, it was that police officer’s American accent and that lovely “Hello!” over the phone.

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17 thoughts on “Blade Man/Iron Man – Episode 1 Recap and Review

  1. mylovebuggeroos says:

    Omgosh…I literally died reading this recap. I might just wake up my whole family laughing. You know…I have never seen this side of recap from you. You have always been so serious in IOTL that I figured you must have a very “serious” demeanor in real life but after reading this recap…you prove me wrong! Ah hahahaha! Okay I am restraining myself. I think this is a must watch for me! Thanks @dramapenchant

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    • buticut says:

      Waaaa, I hope you didn’t LITERALLY die though – leave the “literally” to the show 😀 hehehehe. Well, this might sound like a disappointment, but you’ve never seen this side of DramaPenchant, because this is not DramaPenchant. Don’t tell her I told you this, but she just isn’t this funny 😀 😀 :D. It’s buticut here with my first real recap on the blog (you can check my other small contributions here: https://dramapenchant.wordpress.com/author/buticut/ ). DramaPenchant was kind enough to take me under her wing and allow me to write whatever I wish to. Awww, I’m so happy I put you in a good mood – thank you so much for reading and enjoying my recap. Also hope your family didn’t scream too much at you for waking them up :D.

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      • mylovebuggeroos says:

        I woke up this morning and I read the first few sentences, by the way, half awake. I blinked a couple of times and I could feel like cheeks turning red. HA HA! I honestly thought I posted my comment on your blog and not dramapenchant. Then I went back and read the first of your comment and realized, oh hahahaha! I got another good laugh. I was wondering why the profile picture changed too. Ah, damn wordpress. Well you guys are both awesome! I am excited to read your recaps.

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    • buticut says:

      Thank you so much for reading me and for complimenting me like that :D. Hope to keep the good momentum going, but in the end, it all comes down to what the show will be throwing at me (hopefully not laptops!).

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  2. Elles says:

    Great review, and I had a good laugh reading it. 🙂

    Maybe it’s because Hotel asking is still so fresh in my mind that I find Lee Dong Wook’s acting so awkward in this drama, especially in those ‘random’ moments that you speak of. I feel as if the writers wrote Joo Hong Bin with Ji Sung’s character from Protect the Boss in mind (I guess it would make some sense since he was considered for the role).

    I don’t know how I feel about this drama to be honest — it’s definitely not what I was expecting though. It’s a bit too early to tell where this is going, but I feel as if the show is trying too hard to be funny. I guess I’ll give episode 2 a try, but for now, I don’t think I’ll be following this drama.

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    • buticut says:

      Thank you!! He fares better in the quiet moments, but when he has to let the “rage” go, it’s way too over the top to even be considered funny. The second episode was a huge improvement. It’s as if the writers got drunk, wrote episode 1, then continued writing after the hangover.

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  3. jomo143 says:

    Thanks for the hilarious recap!
    You are very brave to tackle the cactus. I love those little guys in their little clay pots, btw.

    Sooooo very much to hate, isn’t there?
    I hate when violent spoiled immature characters are PROTECTED by their people.
    Why be afraid to put him in his place? He is going to hurt people either way, how about a little tough love for a little bit? If he is going to throw laptops at his employees, ARREST HIM!

    And SSK? People hate her, really can’t stand her, from her recent roles, so why make her even more insufferable? Why does she have to scream and do that STUPID innocent, “oh a man almost touched me” whimper? She should have hauled off and decked him. Soo stupid.

    Still, I like some of the side characters. I would totally enjoy it more if I never see her wimpy face again, but I am afraid that is a pipe dream.

    I will be watching as long as I can take it. For Mr. Secretary. He is my latest crush.

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    • buticut says:

      Thank you!! Too bad I got scared when I started to actually like the show. Not. Making. Any. Sense. The approach regarding the violence was completely off – it took itself too seriously to be funny and it tried to be too funny to be taken seriously.

      SSK was borderline insufferable, but she improved along the way. Mr. Secretary was awesome. Secretaries always are. And I am always in for bromances.

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  4. dramapenchant says:

    Wow. Just wow. Still cracking up at that last scene!

    Cactus man is one abusive dude. He seriously needs an anger management class! LDW has mastered the “crazy eyes” down to a T.

    This show sure seems random and those lines make no sense whatsoever: “b*itch’s dandruff…” Like WTH? I just can’t…

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  5. Blu Rei says:

    Watching half of the 1st episode is dragging but reading your hilarious blog helps me finish watching LDW bipolar character. Well it’s not his fault but the writers. Thank you for writing an awesome, accurate and funny review. I enjoyed it a lot and helps me diminished my headache while finishing episode one. Please continue writing reviews for this awfully made failed marvel like superhero “Cactus Man.” The titler you gave him fits him to a “T.” I see Cactus Man as one of the psycho guest in Dr. Phil lmao.

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    • buticut says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! The first episode was batshit insane. Problem is, I really started to like it – it’s like episode 2 was a whole different monster all together and that demoralized me a bit, since I was hoping to make fun of him LOL.

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