Where Stars Land (KDrama Review & Summary)
- Genre: Romance, Aviation, Thriller
- Release Date: October 2018
- Origin: South Korea
- Kdrama: 16 (32) Episodes
- Lee Jee-Hoon as Lee Soo-Yeon
- Chae Soo-Bin as Han Yeo-Reum
- Lee Dong-Gun as Seo In-Woo
- Kim Kyung-Nam as Oh Dae-Ki (policeman)
- Kim Ji-Soo as Yang Seo-Koon
- Lee Soo-Kyung as Na Young-Joo (policewoman)
- Ro Woon as Ko Eun-Sub (Yeo Reum’s male friend)
- Jang Hyun Sung as Kwon Hee-Seung
- Jung Jae-Sung as Kwon Hee-Seung
- Lee Sung Wook as Choi Moo-Ja (Head of Security)
- Choi Won-Young as Han Jae-Young
Bionic man meets annoying woman at the busy Incheon International Ariport.
Despite having worked at Incheon International Airport for more than a year, Han Yeo-Reum, is still technically a newbie because she does not last in any department.
She is enthusiastic enough but lacks common sense, rather willful and loud. Plus the fact that her time-keeping and sense of direction are atrocious.
Anyway, her latest assignment was at the Passenger Services, where she complained that her mentor was even more of a newbie than her.
This mentor was Lee Seo Yoon, who is a bit on the mysterious side. He is perfunctory and cold. Despite this, he was popular because of a rumour that he is super strong. He was able to save a young child from being crushed by a trolley full of pieces of luggage. Seo Yoon is rumoured to have held off the trolley with just one hand.
There is actually a truth in this rumour as witnessed by Yeo Reum herself when they were on a mission to find a passenger with schizophrenia who forgot to take his medication. This passenger was already going berserk and was about to strike Yeo Reum with one of those crowd control posts in chrome :), which would have been deadly to her had Seo Yoon been not in time to fend off the post with his bionic arm.
At that moment Yeo Reum realised that she had met Lee Seo Yoon before. He once saved her from a free falling car from hitting her, covering her with his body and holding off the car with just one bionic arm.
Yeo Reum tried to talk about this with Seo Yoon but he blanked her telling her he’s never met her before.
There is no such thing as coincidence. Everything happens for a reason!
This drama has huge potential but they need to tighten up the script better, the stand-off between airlines was rather boring; Yeo Reum was super annoying and on the stupid side. Surely if you have been working at the airport for a year, you would more or less know the layout no matter how huge it was, she should have known that there are super annoying people everywhere and therefore prepared at how to deal with them and not engaged in a brawl. She is giving women and Incheon airport a bad name by being such a bird-brain employee. I can see now why Park Shin Hye and Suzy turned down the role.
I thought I was a bit harsh with Yeo Reum but actually, she is even stupider than I thought.
She saw a suspicious character dropping a plastic bag in a trash can, this is after there was an email for employees to be wary of suspicious bags as a bomb alert was currently in place.
This Miss Stupid blatantly ignored the warning and went to have a look at the bag. Ok, it was not a bomb but gold bars.
She then reported the matter to the anti-terrorists police. She later harangued them for taking the crowd control posts without her permission. She really made a song and dance about it. She does not care that barrier posts were used for something emergency like to control damage to persons and properties. Ok the call was a hoax, there were no bombs, it was just an overactive imagination of a petulant teenager who does not want to go to Japan with his amateur smugglers parents.
When she was told by Seo Yoon, her mentor, to focus on advising retailers to remove their cutout placards outside their shops, Miss Stupid lectured him about priorities. She would not have it that a child falling over with one of the cardboard cutouts is enough of an emergency for her to stop her pseudo-Miss Marple investigation and meddling.
As to her investigation/meddling, she was told that next time she sees contrabands, to report it to the customs rather than the anti-terrorist police. She did not get any thanks for her effort.
Once again a cardboard display almost fell on another child but thank goodness Miss Stupid caught the display just in time. Then she finally realised the danger of these displays.
As an apology she bought a sandwich and a drink for her mentor, who she noticed had to cut his lunchtime short because he was being disturbed by a curious chief of security, who noticed his special power when apprehending the teenage hoaxer.
She went to look for her mentor, who she found in the kitchenette boiling a kettle for his ramen. Miss Stupid tried to be helpful and poured the boiling water on the ramen cup. Being such a stupid clutch, she drops the cup on the hand of her mentor. She went to apply ice to his hand but was assured that he does not feel pain, she gave him a good slap in the face to make sure he was telling the truth. He felt the pain, I felt the pain too of her stupidity. He said he does not feel pain in his arms and hands.
Seriously, she is super annoying.
The end of the episode shows Soo Yeon entering a shop called Fox Bride Star, which is actually the alternative title for this drama.
Thank goodness this drama is actually improving. Though Miss Stupid is still as annoying. I wish they don’t focus too much on her as the side stories that go on in the airport are much more interesting.
In this episode, Yang Seo Koon team has moved to Terminal 2 and before they can unpack their things, Miss Stupid has already created mayhem.
What I don’t really get is that she apparently allows the higher ups to tell her off for things she has not done wrong, be sexist towards her and yet we saw her character from episode one that she has not stopped complaining, she is not a team player, she is loud, she is bolshie, etc.
How can the script then say that she is a poor, abused woman, a victim of sexual harassment and sexism that she doesn’t have the nerve to complain about how she was being treated?!!! She did say that she only works for herself? She has no qualms in going against the airline protocol to be of service and get the glory.
So it does not make sense for Miss Stupid to be portrayed as someone who is so bolshie and be a victim the next!
Miss Stupid overheard some commotion at the women’s toilet. Upon investigation, she saw a passenger having an altercation with an off-duty female security officer. Their squabble was about the passenger removing the yellow stickers from her suitcases which the security officer stopped her doing.
The passenger aggressively dropped the stickers into the loo to flush but Miss Stupid stopped her and got a slap for her trouble.
Miss Stupid just stood watching, not calling for back-up, while the security officer tried to subdue the hostile passenger until the on-duty police arrived.
The passenger it turned out was a daughter of a minister and she was complaining about injury to her face.
Miss Stupid was told to apologise on her bended knees to the passenger which she ultimately agreed to do.
At the last moment, she asked the passenger to apologise to her instead for the slap. Thank goodness Bionic Man was there and had secretly recorded the phone call of the passenger to her lawyer. Apparently, she does not want her father to know her airport trouble, she just wants to frighten the airport management just a little bit using the threat of a potential lawsuit so that they waive the airport tax for all the designer bags, etc, she brought into the country.
Seo In Woo was shown starring puzzledly at Bionic Man as they knew one another a long time ago and In Woo was a witness to Bionic Man’s accident where he was all broken up. In Woo was thinking how possible it was that Soo Yeon had fully recovered?
Bionic Man once again went into the Fox Bride Star and the bartender tended to his bionic arm.
Miss Stupid did say in the end that her father used to tell her that the airport runaway was like a fox bride star, where stars fly out and land in.
This episode tackles being humane and the plight of an illegal immigrant.
There was a very pregnant Filipina (played by Lauren Young, younger sister of Philippines’ first ever and still only Miss World winner, Megan Young) at the Terminal 2 waiting for her husband’s flight from the Philippines.
The wife’s water broke and was taken to the medical emergency room to give birth. Between contractions, the wife is begging for her husband.
Her husband was refused entry to South Korea because he was using a bogus passport. He was then about to be sent back to the Philippines and waiting to board a plane.
He asked if he could use the toilet first before boarding.
By this time Miss Stupid is in their case. She was just about to go plead for the situation of the Filipino husband and wife when she was stopped by her boss, who was reminded by a senior colleague that she was also a once upon a time, a Miss Stupid clone.
So Dumb and Dumber went to the immigration boss and beg for the Filipino husband to see his wife and newborn daughter.
The Immigration said NO. Explaining that one good act could start a volley of corruption. There is a reason for having a border and it is more than an individual.
I think there is a reason to have these borders, you do not want troublemakers inside your realm. At this instance, the Filipino guy went berserk with a pen. He was practically unstoppable. He was a nasty thug who was beyond reasoning. He hurt Bionic Man badly in the arm. The use of a very good-looking actor to play the thug was very conducive to wring sympathy for the flight of the Filipino family. Just saying!
Anyway, Bionic Man was a very forgiving man and was Ohhhhing and ahhhing at the newborn baby.
He strategically arranged that the Filipino father gets to see his wife and child even if it was between a glass pane.
I would have not been so surprised if the Filipino husband had gone berserk once again when he saw his newborn daughter who was obviously Korean. Aha! His wife had been playing around while in South Korea! 🙂 🙂 🙂
The chief of immigration had a change of heart as well. Though he will deport the Filipino family, at least he will let them stay together before they board the plane back to the Philippines.
This episode ended in a cliff-hanger where Miss Stupid mother’s plane coming from Africa will be crash landing due to an engine being on fire.
It is getting better, the drama, I mean!
I hope the succeeding episodes are not too schmaltzy.
Miss Stupid has calmed down a bit so I will now be downgrading her to being Miss Drama Queen.
Anyway, this episode is a bit of anti-climax. It was really sedate compared to the trailer where the plane was supposed to be on fire with passengers in a thrilling peril. Nothing of that happened. The plane landed without much trauma, despite the tears and shock of Miss Drama Queen.
Bionic Man suffered damage to the circuits, causing his arm to look like he had a stroke. But despite the problem, he went surreptitiously inside the plane to save Miss Drama Queen’s mother, who was the only casualty of the emergency situation. A megalomanic passenger who wanted to get out first shoved the mother who was restraining him from racing to the plane door ahead of everyone. So finally we know where Miss Drama Queen gets her nosiness and bossiness
Bionic man tended to the mother secretly.
When all the drama was over, Miss Drama Queen arranged to meet up with Bionic Man as he left work without his rucksack.
When they met in the pouring rain, Miss Drama Queen just have to ask him why he looked after her mother? Was it because he likes helping people in need? Was it because of his hero complex? Or was it because he likes her?
He said no immediately to the first two and then after some camera angles here and there, he unemotionally said … “Yes” and then he walked away.
Ok, I shall review my perception of Miss Drama Queen yet again and I am finally going to call her Yeo Reum.
She is beginning to redeem herself in my eyes. Don’t let me down, Yeo Reum.
Her reaction post-confession by Bionic Man was stellar. Chae Soo-Bin gave a good performance of showing a mixture of being very flattered, confused, stupified and uncertain at the same time.
She did not expect Bionic Man to confess to her after all most of the time, he treated her like the dimwit that she was. Rightly so. 🙂
But they seemed to have a history together that is alien to her. He first saw her a year ago at the Fox Bride Star bar/restaurant.
During the first 3 seconds, he fell for her. It was love at first sight. Ahhhh
This episode reveals more of the mystery between Bionic Man and Seo In Woo. It sounded like they were step-brothers, who did get on well as youngsters until that horrendous accident, which saw Lee Soo Yeon all broken up.
Seo In Woo is flabbergasted to see that Lee Soo Yeon is functioning perfectly until he got an inkling that he is part metal.
It appears that Yeo Reum’s father may have lent a hand in turning Soo Yeon into a Bionic Man.
Yeo Reum is currently homeless and had been illegally storing her suitcases at the airport which caused a bit of a commotion.
Bionic Man invited her to stay at his place for the night.
Yeo Reum got as far as the inside the door of his apartment then she changed her mind. But she was persuaded to stay by Bionic Man.
He was a good host, he fed her and then allowed her to use the couch to rest for the night. He then made her sandwiches for breakfast but he has already gone to work.
She was just leaving when she encountered the airport policewoman, Young Joo, right in the doorsteps. She was lost for words as Young Joo was just moving in almost next door to the Bionic Man’s apartment. Yeo Reum doesn’t know how to explain that she stayed at Bionic Man’s house rather chastely.
Meanwhile, Bionic Man had to go to work early in order to meet up with Choi Moo Ja, who had been coersed into investigating Bionic Man. He gave Bionic Man a week to decide whether to resign or allow him to investigate the appliance he has got in his arm if it might be contravening airport security.
As you have probably guessed, I have yet to watch episode 8-14. The initial interest I had with this drama had drastically waned because try as I might, I just can’t warm to Yeo Reum. I just find her stupid!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Like in this episode as well, having seen her boyfriend, the bionic man, all battered and bruised and obviously unwell, she wasted precious minutes to contact security when she saw with her own eyes that some rather suspect characters had him surrounded in the toilet.
Not only as a devoted girlfriend but as part of her job as a member of the Passenger Service, she should have contacted security as soon as she saw that other airport customers were scared to go to the toilet because of the men in black suits.
She has her walkie talkie, why did she not use it to call security?!!!
Anyway, it seems that a nasty businessman who has In-Woo and Hee-Seung as his airport bitches has the ambition to take over the airport.
With his bitches, who are high up in the management of Incheon airport, he wanted the airport to be privatised.
Thank goodness, Seo-Koon got to find out before the bitches progress the proposal. Seo Koon said that privatisation will not be good for Incheon.
In-Woo said that privatisation is not bad, it is already adopted by Heathrow, Frankfurt, Sydney, etc. To which Seo Koon said that Heathrow is 6 (60?) per cent more expensive than Incheon. Too right! The privatisation of public transport/airports and essential amenities in the UK is so bad. Fares in the UK is one of the highest in Europe. Private companies usually foreign-owned increase prices without batting an eyelid and the poor people just have to grin and bear it. So bad idea, I a with Seo Koon. Go! Girl! No to Privatisation!!!
Eun Sub finally got his confirmation from Yeo Reum that he will never be more than a friend with her because she already has a man in the Bionic Man, who she did not know is nearing his expiry date. He might be dying.
The end of this episode is that the men in black frogmarched the weakened Bionic Man outside to presumably beat him up for unfinished business due to the hard drive that his brother, In-Woo had stolen years ago.
Episode 16 – Finale
Oh ho as the 100 Days My Prince would exclaim in disgust!!!
What a sorry, messy ending, thought so too by the Bionic Man, who refuses to show his face anymore 🙂 🙂 🙂
Three-quarters of this episode was really not bad.
In-Woo had some sort of reconciliation with Bionic Man, they reminisced that despite being stepbrothers only for three years In-Woo and the Soo Yeon were really family to each other. Later on, In-Woo pushed Soo Yeon/Bionic Man away from him, cut all ties to protect Soo Yeon because In-Woo is still under the radar of the corrupt and nasty businessman, Mr Joon.
Bionic Man, however, is deteriorating fast. He actually wanted to just perish and disappear into nothingness. But there is still a way to save his organic body from being consumed by the virus within it.
A serum had to be plunged into him to stop him, his body from its normal function. Yeo Reum had to do it.
One year later….
Young Joo and Dae Ki are not even officially dating yet! WTH?!!! This must be the slowest courtship in the modern age!
Yang Seo Koon had become the director replacing Kwon Hee-Seung.
Ko Eun Sub is still hanging on Yeo Reum but he has become a consultant and was on his way to the Middle East for a job.
Yeo Reum has finally become more competent and has a lovely dress towards the end of the episode. The perfect outfit to wear as she reunites with…
The Bionic Man, who is back at breaking airport barriers, literally, once again.
He was so ashamed to show his face because he realised that the writing, directing, which lead to poor acting, over-acting most of the time for poor Chae Soo Bin was so embarrassing.
We are all passenger in each other’s life. We are just passing by, some stay longer, some ready to get off…