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Inspiring Generation – Episode 24 – The Finale

What a way to end a show. Completely satisfying and an emotional roller coaster from beginning to the heart warming conclusion Inspiring Generation is a wonderful show. If you haven’t seen this show yet start watching now. After three long months this show has made the beginning of my year a wonderful delight and I think many of you out there will find this to be just as good as I have.

I began writing about this show with a post called Heroes which defined the term and I used it to describe Shin Jung Tae whom I thought would be the sole hero of the show. Oh, how wrong I was. Yes, Jung Tae was an exceptional hero, but he was surrounded by men and women who were also exceptionally heroic. Mo Il Hwa, Jung Jae Hwa, Ok Ryeon, and even Gaya were all incredibly heroic and as a cast made this show epic in every sense of the word.

The finale, as I said was satisfying and it gave us the deaths of our villains.

Wang Baek Sang…dead
Seul Bang Joo…dead

Seeing them perish at the hands of Bangsamtong’s citizens was a completely gratifying way to finish the show. No one deserved to die more than them and I was cheering as they met their end.

Since the early episodes of the show I’ve been calling for the writers to bring Jung Tae’s sister, Chung Ah, back. For me it was a glaring hole that never went answered or explained as to where she went. In the final moments of the show we were left with an awesome moment where Gaya returns Chung Ah back to him. Tears fell. Many tears.

Gaya…thank you for that!

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Inspiring Generation – Episode 23

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I’m going to come right out of the gate and say that Ok Ryeon deserved better. Flat out, she deserved to have a happy ending and for that matter so did all of us. That being said, I did not expect for her to go out like that. In no way, shape or form have I ever seen a lead character leave a show in such a devious and heartbreaking manner. Whoa. The first fifteen minutes of Inspiring Generation this week are intense and you should ready a box or two of Kleenix. You will cry…

Buckets of tears.

Ok Ryeon is an interesting character to me, now in hindsight, because she wasn’t very likable. She was too pure, too kind, and in the end the most selfless person imaginable. That’s a situation that puts many people in an awkward position because Ok Ryeon was a shining light in a cesspool of nefarious people. For most of the show she did not fit in with the rest of the cast and more often than not was in the way of the man she loved, Shin Jung Tae. Honestly, I didn’t particularly like her and in the end I pitied her and cried for her. For a show called Inspiring Generation Ok Ryeon has gone down as truly inspiring. What she did for Shin Jung Tae and the love she felt…that is an inspiration.

I said previously that the first fifteen minutes of the show are intense and will make you an emotional wreck which made watching the rest of the show very difficult. Kim Hyun Jung was excellent. His character has experienced so much loss it’s amazing that he hasn’t crumbled under the massive weight of his grief. Kim Hyun Jung portrayed heavy emotions in a realistic way that made me question if he’s ever lost someone he loved. When you compare his scenes in this episode with the entirety of his body of work this role is going to go down as the role that took him from idol turned actor to full fledged actor. He’s reached another level folks and it’s a terrible delight to witness.

Heads are going to roll and I can’t wait to see how it goes down tomorrow night. I want to see copious amounts of anguish on the faces of Wang Baek Sang and #DonkeyFace Seul. In a happier moment I can’t wait to see Jung Tae reunited with Chung Ah. They’ve been separated for so many years and after watching Jung Tae suffer for what seems like a decade, literally, is it too much to ask to see him cry tears of joy to end this awe-inspiring show?

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Inspiring Generation – Episode 22

What a happy ending…

Wait, did I just watch Inspiring Generation? How can this show end on a happy note? I do not understand.

I think, this was a filler episode…pretty sure I just watched a filler episode. I’m not sure and this confuses Sifu because Sifu is always sure. Two thirds of the episode was devoted to Shin Jung Tae’s plan rolling out without a hitch which was pretty cool to see go down. All the key players executed their roles perfectly and BangSamTong will be better off for it. How cute were So So and Baek Chi Gi as they worked the phones, I was dying!

I really enjoyed this weeks show, but I wish Mo Il Hwa would have had more to do. How cool would it have been to have Aoki show up at the telephone operator and fight Mo? It’s one fight we won’t get to see at this point and it would have been epic.

Who else got excited when Gaya tells Jung Tae, “live so you can receive the one you seek most.”? For the rest of the show I was thinking Gaya knew something about the location of Chung Ah. Sadly, she was referring to Ok Ryeon…who makes me want to pull my hair out. I wish she would have left the show with Kim Jae Wook, drowned on that rickety boat, or something…anything.

With one week left Jung Tae isn’t out of the woods yet. He’s literally in the Dragon’s cave and I suspect that HwangBang isn’t going to let him out easily. There’s but one fight left for Jung Tae and that’s the final showdown with Wang Baek Sang. No problem, Jung Tae has his number.

After three months I’m excited to see this show end. It’s been a fun ride and one hell of a commitment to follow. It’s a beast of a show to get through with all the death and loss our hero has had to face, but a beautifully produced one nonetheless.

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Inspiring Generation – Episode 21

Inspiring Generation – Episode 21
SPOILERS

I can finally wield my sword against you.

– Daeguchi Gaya

Episode 21 of Inspiring Generation was epic in every sense…let me count the ways.

1. Kim Hyun Jung vs. Wang Baek Sang
2. Gaya in the red Kimono
3. Aoki, boss status achieved
4. Song Jae Rim, enough said

We’ve waited weeks to see the events of this show take place. From beginning to end the show was a thrilling and heartbreaking affair. Gaya breaking rank and went into the dragon’s den at HwangBang and saved Shin’ichi. You will die only by my sword. Did you cheer for her courage and cry for her loss? I sure did.

I don’t know what it means between Gaya and Shin Jung Tae, but he saved her at HwangBang and took on Wang Baek Sang and walked away unscathed, identity in tact. This is the fight I’ve been waiting for ever since HwangBang’s assistant leader showed up many weeks ago. Jung Tae held his own and nearly defeated the #DonkeyFace Baek Sang. He’s gotten so much stronger from the kid we met over two months ago.

Aoki won me over in this episode. I’ve liked the character for the role he plays, but he’s done nothing to make me like him as a person until now. He opened the door for Gaya’s survival and for that I’m incredibly thankful. His actions weren’t completely unexpected, but I was surprised by his direct approach.

Shin Jung Tae’s master plan is about to go down and I can’t wait to see how all the pieces fall once these factions go to war. In the end I was hoping to see Jung Tae and Gaya stand and fight together, but I’ve little hope to see that wish come to fruition.

Lastly, speaking of hope…I’ve got none that Jung Tae will ever find Chung Ah. That’s very disappointing to me, but the writers have done such a good job with the show I’m almost okay with this glaring omission.

Episode 22 starts…now!

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Inspiring Generation – Episode 19 and 20

This was not my favorite week of Inspiring Generation yet. Episode 19 felt like a filler episode. I’m not the biggest fan of filler, but after seeing episode 20 it all made more sense. This weeks shows had more synergy between the two hours than previous weeks and these two began to wrap up the series. I’m sad to say, but there are only two more weeks left, it was a relief to see certain plot points come to a head.

The big news of the week was Denkai arriving in Shanghai and disrupting the status quo within this segment of Il Gook Hwae. Gaya and Shin’ichi are in the frying pan and Denkai is not happy. I think I know how this will unfold, but finally Gaya put the red kimono back on…you don’t even understand how had I fan-boy’ed when the red kimono made a comeback. For me, it’s synonymous with Gaya kicking butt and if you’ve been reading this blog you know that I have been eager for some Gaya badassery! Is it strange I’m actually sad for
Shin’ichi? He’s become a rather pitiful character, I do in fact pity him. Next week, I suspect these two will have their storyline wrapped up.

Song Jae Rim’s Mo Il Hwa has become such a important part of this show I think it might be the biggest comeback in a Korean drama ever. The guy was written out and gets brought back and in my opinion is the most enjoyable part of the show. His mannerisms and facial expressions are priceless and his bromance with Jung Tae is too cute.

Jung Jae Hwa. I’m going to miss him.

The next two weeks should be action packed and hopefully well see Gaya, Jung Tae, Il Hwa and a returning Jae Hwa come together…please? It’s not too much to ask is it?

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KDrama Supporting Cast – They Make or Break a Show


After watching Inspiring Generation this week I realized that every show I’ve ever really really liked. Those that are in my top ten, maybe even top five of all time have great leads, but also an amazing supporting cast that makes the show what it is. For many of these actors these roles, in these show, make them stars and leads in their own follow up shows. So, let’s get down to it and list the top five supporting casts.

The first drama I can remember with an all star supporting cast was my favorite drama of all time for six whole years, up until Man From the Stars obliterated my bias list and my feels. My, now second, favorite drama of all time is Iris and two of its supporting casts blew away audiences for their killer performances. Iris had a great cast all around, but Kim So Yeon and Choi Seung Hyun (T.O.P.), became breakout household names in the acting world for their work as North Korean spy Kim Seon Hwa and lethal assassin Vick. Iris is the show that established Kim So Yeon as my favorite kdrama actres and T.O.P. as a action star. If you haven’t seen Iris it’s one not to miss, one of the most thrilling Korean dramas ever made and set the standard for high quality high budget dramas.

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Number two on my list of best supporting casts is Boys Over Flowers. This is the show I suggest every new kdrama fan watch first. It’s a beast of a show and if you can get through it and like it everything that comes after will be a cake walk. Those who love the show…they’re hooked! This shows supporting cast was flawless. Out of any Korean drama I’ve seen Lee Min Jung was the closest I’ve ever seen to actually stealing the male lead from the female lead. How many of us actually wanted Gun Jun Pyo (Lee Min Ho) to end up with her character? I did. I’ll be honest. I thought she was a better match and a way funner character than Jan Di. Lee Min Jung is now a leading actress staring in her very own drama, Single Cunning Lady which is a heck of a lot of fun.

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Wait, whom I kidding…

We all know what made Boys Over a Flowers so awesome, the boys. Can you imagine any other actors playing the F4 flower boys besides Kim Joon, Kim Bum, and of course Kim Hyun Jung? Anyone? Anyone…I didn’t think so. These three along with Lee Min Ho set the benchmark for lovable bitchy rich boys and any chaebol that’s followed takes their lead from one of these four. This is also the show that turned Kim Hyun Jung from one of the hottest idols in the world to a legitimate actor. When Boys Over Flowers started Kim Hyun Jung was just another idol turned actor and his role as Ji Hoo earned him millions of new fans around the world due to his handsome face and adorable portrayal of Ji Hoo.

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The third best supporting cast which made the their show so so good was Shin Sung Rok and Park Hae Jin in the best drama of all time, The Man From the Stars. These two actors lit up the screen in each and every scene that they were in. Park Hae Jin was so lovable and endearing as Lee Hui Kyung he’s now, after many years, a household name in Korea. The charming and gorgeous actor won our hearts over with this role and is now a hot issue as his next drama Doctor Stranger is one of this years most anticipated dramas. His next role airs sometime in April and I for one can not wait to see him back on my screen. Park Hae Jin’s on screen brother, Shin Sung Rok, won over many viewers with his devilishly good looks and scarily psychotic portrayal of Lee Jae Kyung. Week after week we tuned into the show to see just what evil schemes he’d come up with and the inevitable encounter where Do Min Joon throws him off a cliff, or a building, or into space…we really didn’t care. Shin Sung Rok was that good, we just wanted him gone.
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The drama taking the number two spot is 2013’s Fall favorite The Heirs. You knew this was going to be on the list, right? How could it not. This was one of the most anticipated, viewed, and highest rated dramas last year that had an all around awesome cast that established several of the actors as major forces in the acting business. The first to make an impression is another idol turned actor, F(x)’s Krystal Jung, who won us over with her at first cold and snotty, but later warm and fuzzy portrayal of Lee Bo Na. Let’s get real, she had us at “Exscccuuuse Me?” 20140315-154501.jpg
Two other standouts were Choi Jin Hyuk and Kim Woo Bin. This was the second of Choi Jin Hyuk’s major shows in 2013. The first being Gu Family Book which got his name out there, but it was The Heirs and his role as Kim Won that made fan boys and girls go gaga over his perfectly handsome face and that voice…that voice. Choi Jin Hyuk followed up his supporting role in The Heirs with his own leading role in Emergency Couple which is currently airing and doing extremely well on TvN breaking the 5% barrier in the cable ratings.

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Kim Woo Bin made headlines with his portrayal as #DonkeyFace #WhiteKnight Young Do in The Heirs. It was the role that established him as a household name and the perfect bad boy we all love to hate. He was so deliciously, yes deliciously, good at being bad he’ll own the bad boy image for years to come. The model turned actor made this show what it is for his bromance with Lee Min Ho’s Kim Tan and their love triangle with Park Shin Hye. To deny him his turn in the light is just wrong…just wrong.
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Which leaves us with the best, the number one supporting cast in a Korean Drama…

My number one pick for the top supporting cast is the currently airing drama Inspiring Generation. This show has had so many ups and downs in emotions, storyline changes, and actor changes that it’s been a literal roller coaster. One thing that has remained constant is that the immense cast has been consistently good from day one. There are of course a few standouts. Yoon Hyun Min as Aoki has been brilliant. I haven’t quite labeled him #DonkeyFace Aoki, yet, but he’s damn near close to being this seasons number 1 #DonkeyFace with his constant schemes and attempts to murder our hero Shin Jung Tae. He came in early with a great fight sequence against Aoki that left both a bloody mess. Since then he’s managed to capture Shineuijoo and is well on his way to taking over not only Shanghai but also Il Gook Hwae itself…here’s hoping anyway. One of the actors I’ve been most surprised with in the show is Uhm Tae Goo’s portrayal of Do Ggoo. He’s a scheming, sneaky, wretch whose got no backbone, but has always been in the thick of drama. There is a cooky lethalness to the character that only Uhm Tae Goo could adequately show with his outrageous facial expressions and huge eyes. They are huge right?
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These next two players have had the most impact on the show after our lead, Kim Hyun Jung, and could arguably not be considered supporting casts at all, but second male leads. Both Kim Sung Ho and Song Jae Rim have made Inspiring Generation a better show each and every week. Kim Sung Ho is the actor I hope gets the most press from the show. He’s excellent as Jung Jae Hwa and this is the first role I’ve seen where he gets so much screen time. He’s an excellent actor and his work on The Tower and Secret Garden had me cracking up. The first time I had seen Kim Sung Ho, however, was in one of my favorite Korean Movies, 2010’s best film…The Man From Nowhere. Kim Sung Ho played a hideously psychotic and strikingly beautiful (Yes…the dude was pretty, real pretty) gangster who gave me the chills and thrills throughout the movie. Since his character has been introduced I’ve become more interested in his character and admiring him for his intelligence and care for the Korean refugees that live in Shanghai’s Bangsantong.
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Last, we come to the man of the season. A man who many would say saved his show, replacing a departing second male lead and making waves all over Dramaland with his portrayal as Master Mo Il Hwa. Of course, I’m talking about Song Jae Rim. Like Kim Woo Bin, Song Jae Rim is a model turned actor and is the breakout star of his show. After being written off the show after episode eight or nine fans of the show cried out in dismay. How could this amazing character played by a hot actor many had seen, but couldn’t place his face to be written out of the show with such a small role. I even wrote a two part post on Song Jae Rim’s departure as being the number one reason to stop watching the show after Inspiring Generation went through a writer switch at episode ten. The hope if his return was also the number one reason to continue watching the show and all of us Master Mo fans out their got our wish as he’s been the most exciting part of the show since his arrival. Has Song Jae Rim won you over? I’m solidly in his camp and can’t get enough Mo…I need mo’ Mo!
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What are some of your favorite supporting casts? Is there a show I should check out whose supporting cast was so good it made the show for you? Let me know in those comment boxes down below!

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Inspiring Generation – Episode 17 & 18

Inspiring Generation – Episode 17 & 18

This weeks shows were stellar. I waited till Friday night this week to check out the show. I was feeling a bit thrilled out after 3 Days and God’s Gift 14 Days and I’m glad I did wait to watch Inspiring Generation. Neither episode was as good as the God’s Gift or episode four of 3 Days so, a bit of a breather was required to fully enjoy the show and it was so much better with a short break.

There is so much action and thrilling dramas airing right now that it’s hard, I’d imagine, for most to keep up with it all. Inspiring Generation is unique amongst the overwhelming number of great dramas on tv. It’s got a ton of action, it’s thrilling, it’s got a decent romance storyline, and it’s a period piece. This show stands out from the crowd in all the right ways. I absolutely enjoy the set design and art direction of the show. The budget for the show is one of the largest ever and it pays off. When you’re in Shanghai you feel like you’re actually seeing Shanghai and the same can be said for Shineuijoo and Osaka. Now, the show has filmed in all these places, but it’s set in the 1930’s and that the part that blows me away with the art direction. It’s not that you feel the spirit of the geography, but that she show evokes the spirit of the time. Club Shanghai’s grand opening had the bright lights, music, and feel of the swing era. It’s was believable and for that I think the show deserves a huge round of applause.

I didn’t think that this was the best week of the show. Not at all, but it did get two this right. First, we got the epic showdown between Mo Il Hwa (Song Jae Rim) and Shin Jung Tae (Kim Hyun Jung) which I think was the best fight scene in the show yet. The second also featured Song Jae Rim and was his sequence with Gaya way back when she was still relevant. The other aspect of the show was the storyline developing. Everyone is out to get Jung Tae. He’s a wanted man and it’s been exciting just to see how many traps can be set for him and watch him escape every time. Il Gook Hwae’s Shin’ichi and Aoki have both attempted to take down Jung Tae in recent weeks and failed…this week he did get some much needed help and from a rather unexpected source, Gaya. You’ve got to watch, trying to avoid the spoilers.

Speaking of Gaya, I’m disappointed with what has transpired with her character over the last eight episodes. She was a bad ass, a killer, a heroine easily rallied behind and since her initial arrival in Shanghai has accomplished not a damn thing. This needs to change next week. I would love to see her stand with Jung Tae and fight against Il Gook Hwae. How epic would a Jung Jaw Hwa, Mo Il Hwa, Shin Jung Tae, and Daeguchi Gaya fighting team be? Oh, if only.

After watching my big three shows, next week, I’m most excited for Inspiring Generation. All three of my big action thrillers are excellent, but Inspiring Generation has something special. It’s a head above the rest.

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Inspiring Generation – Episode 16

Inspiring Generation – Episode 16 – The Man is Back!

Drama fans,

It is time to rejoice! Song Jae Rim has come back to Inspiring Generation and has made waves in the Shanghai underground. The writer’s must have listened to us and our calls to bring him back. His role on the show was supposed to be completed as of his last appearance way back in episode eight or nine and has been brought back to train our hero and cause waves at Club Shanghai. Bangsamtong will never be the same.

His presence instantly shakes things up as both the Hwangbang and Bangsamtong are leery of his intentions. He gives nothing up and immediately saves the day helping Jung Jae Hwa and Shin Jung Tae in an epic battle as Club Shanghai is set to open. We do know how he feels about Jung Tae giving him several hugs throughout the episode. He’s shown back up to make a play for Club Shanghai and wants to become Shanghai’s owner. At the end of the episode we’re left with a super cool showdown between Mo Il Hwa and Mr. Baek. The stakes are at an all time high as Hwangbang has left Mo Il Hwa with an ultimatum. Kill Jung Tae or lose his entire family. The sword is out of the sheath and I can’t wait for next week to see what happens!

With one month left of the show I am beginning to wonder if Jung Tae’s sister, Chung Ah, has been completely written out. I hope the writers at least explain where she went if she’s alive at all. This is one loose string that needs to be tied up.

Inspiring Generation was an incredible two hours of content once again this week. Did you see the show? If not, all I have to say is…Kim Hyun Jung shirtless doing pull-ups. Go watch.

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Inspiring Generation – Episode 15

Inspiring Generation – Episode 15

What an episode! It’s hard to imagine that three weeks ago I was ready to walk away from this show. Tonight’s episode was fantastic. Visually there was a ton to look at. From Gaya and Jung Tae at the memorial hall, Shin’ichi and Aoki at the lake and the father-son ceremony the night was filled with beautiful imagery. It hasn’t been this beautiful since episode five when Gaya walked across a railing 1000 feet over a cliff. I was blown away by the crisp bright colors. The producers must have wanted to capitalize on Man From the Stars ending and grabbing some viewers before we all head over to 3 Days with Yoo Chun. Anyway, the action tonight was…pretty good. Not the best, but good.

The sequence of Jung Tae remembering his fight with Baek Sun struck me as a unique way to show how Jung Tae’s mind works. I liked the black on fun metal effect as it added a special quality. It was nice to revisit the Baek Sun – Shin’ichi fight as well, these two were spectacular together…I want more. The boxing scene was also very well done. I loved the red gloves, mural on the wall, and the ads. It all felt very authentically 1930’s. That was probably the best set design we’ve seen in the show yet.

Ok…why isn’t Gaya doing – anything – at all? Am I the only one annoyed that we have a kick ass female lead, who kicked serious ass the first 10 episodes of the show and then has done nothing since? A bit of a let down. I expect more from her.

Speaking of expecting more…that cameo of Song Jae Rim as Master Mo was not enough. There had better be mo’ Mo on my screen tomorrow night. This was my favorite character until they wrote him off and then so wisely listened to me and brought him back.

The show didn’t inspire me like it has with previous early episodes, but that’s ok it is a thoroughly entertaining hour of television.

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Inspiring Generation – Episode 14 – Hero

Inspiring Generation – Heroes

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a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities; a person who is greatly admired; he chief male character in a story, play, movie, etc.

To say that Shin Jung Tae proved to everyone in Episode 14 that he is a true here, by definition, is an understatement. This selfless man took on an entire corrupt police force and came out on top. Twenty four men’s faces met his fists for oppressing a people who have no land, no real home to call their own. He put himself in harm’s way once again to stand up for those weaker them himself. This is the Shin Jung Tae we know and love. This is the Shin Jung Tae that made me fall in love with Inspiring Generation. Congrats to this show for having an awesome, action packed, and thrilling week.

Episode 14 was a show that got the ball rolling towards some epic showdowns. Some action oriented, see Shin’ichi…yes he’s back and as always on a one track. I like this character, but seriously Wang Baek San needs to give this guy an epic beat down next week followed by another. My favorite scene was with Hwangbang’s leader and Gaya. These two have such animosity towards each other it’s palpable and their scenes are intense even without any action. Their words are weighted, pointed and lethal. I love it. Speaking of loving things…I will cherish the beatdown that Jung Jae Hwa deserves. He needs to eat dirt and taste the iron in his blood, am I right?

With the show no longer competing with Man From The Stars I hope the ratings begin to rise. The show really is phenomenally produced and this week the beautiful clothing and sets were back. Leader Seul’s costume was a standout for me. The gold, brown, and yellows of his clothing were impeccable and tasteful. The grey scarf gave his look a sense of modernity that balanced the classic Chinese robes he wore. Since were on the topic of impeccable clothing. Did you catch Gaya in that jacket and hat? Wow, if she is not a beautiful woman…I don’t know what is. The 1930’s had such great fashion, its a time whose class we won’t see again any time soon.

I am beyond relieved that this show got back on track this week and delivered the most action packed week since the show started nearly six weeks ago. Did you see this weeks show? I’m curious what everyone out there thought of the show. Let me know if you liked the show as much as I did in the comments down below!

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