Great Seducer Episodes 1-2

Great Seducer Episode 1

We meet our trio.

Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do Hwan) is a player who enjoys using women.

Choi Soo Ji (Mun Ka Young) is beautiful and popular.

Lee Se Joo (Kim Min Jae) is their best friend.

Soo Ji was hurt in the past when her music teacher developed a relationship with her that her mother squashed with cash to the teacher. Ick! Her dad is in jail and her mother runs the hospital her father formerly ran.

Shi Hyun’s past isn’t defined but there’s pain there.

Se Joo appears to have a relationship that is not warm with mother or stepmother.

It is graduation. Se Joo plays a video embarrassing the music teacher that Soo Ji garnered. But she gets rudely dumped and is told her mother initiated the relationship. Soo Ji is hurt, gets drunk with her two buddies. There is chemistry between Shi Hyun and Soo Ji, but they’ve never acted on it.

Summary – pretty pampered rich people that use others for their own enjoyment. But they have pain that drives them.

Great Seducer Episode 2

Shi Hyun’s graduation present from his father is a house and one week to move out. Ouch! His father gives him DNA results that show they are not related. Ouch! Shi Hyun realizes this is why his father was always cold to him. His “father” tells him to seek answers from his dead mother. Ouch! Upset he goes for a walk and ends up on a bus stop bench next to Eun Tae Hee (Joy). Shi Hyun makes a signature paper airplane out of the DNA, something his mother taught him to do. The paper airplane falls in front of her. She picks it up and tries to return it. Tae Hee is kind to him. He tells presses the paper airplane into her book and tells her to keep it for a couple of months then destroy it. Tae Hee drops a card with her business name as she walks away. Shi Hyun picks it up.

Soo Ji gets a gallon of ice cream and support from Se Joo.

Shi Hyun gets support from Se Joo too.

Soo Ji decides to get revenge on the woman her jilting ex-boyfriend will marry and the friend (Tae Hee) he freely laughs with. Soo Ji asks them to help. Se Joo agrees. Shi Hyun walks away.

Shi Hyun and She are shocked when his father and her mother announce their engagement.

Summary – painful revenge is the currency Soo Ji wants to deal in. Shi Hyun was shaken to learn that his father isn’t his biological father. Se Joo is not as developed but devoted.

My Thoughts

This trio of friends have undercurrents. They support each other. Se Joo is the glue. Shi Hyun and Soo Ji are the powers that be. No one seems to have won the parent lottery which caused scars.

Decent first episode for this series based on the book Dangerous Liaison by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos brought to kdrama form by writer Kim Bo Yeon.

Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do Hwan) is a mix of bad boy user and little boy lost. His cocky veneer was stripped by the DNA test results revealing his father isn’t his bio-dad. Shi Hyun was unsettled and chose not to share with Soo Ji. That shows a reserve to their relationship. The second episode had no hint of longing for Soo Ji due to the pain of the rejection by his father.

Choi Soo Ji (Mun Ka Young) got a humiliating breakup and wants revenge. What woman wouldn’t want a man that declared he only saw her because her mother facilitated it? But Soo Ji has power, money, and a dogged determination to impale the two victims in her sights.

Lee Se Joo (Kim Min Jae) is appealing and obviously in love with Soo Ji but he is frozen in the friend zone. He could be showcased as much as the other two to strengthen his character and the trio’s bond of friendship.

Eun Tae Hee (Joy), the good girl, doesn’t realize that Soo Ji is out to get her and Shi Hyun appreciated her kindness. Her life is about take a turn as she’s sucked into the vortex of this trio of friends.

Ranking the episode (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as good. My episode ranking chart is below.


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8 comments on “Great Seducer Episodes 1-2
  1. Beez says:

    Wow. Head spinning. I feel as if I just watched one of those saeguk’s where there are so many characters introduced in ep1, they all need placards to explain who everybody is.

    Kudos kjt for keeping everybody straight in that jumble of scenes.

    And stupid me, I’ve seen a few versions of this, story but somehow when the summary said high school, I thought this would be a light-hearted version. Yeah. I actually thought it would be re-worked as a rom-com *embarrassed*

    The worst part is, I don’t fine any of the characters likeable. The feeling is so bad, that I feel just how I felt about the lead male character in Robber. I only stuck that out for Hyuk-a-buck. (It was worth it.) But this show’s going to have to turn these people around a lot faster for me to be able to stand it.

    The Girl seems like she’s helping to facilitate Kwon Shi Hyun’s behavior. I know in the original story the female lead is the one who sicks Kwon Shi Hyun’s character on another woman but this, instead of her singling out one woman,it seems as if she’s part of the ongoing “con” for lack of a better word. Not that singling out ANYONE would ever be right, but I thought in a show about high schoolers they’d give us a reason to root for the downfall of a rotten brat-snob who had done something horrid to her. (Not that that would make it morally okay but…)

  2. Jane Tilly says:

    This was a lot to take in for two short episodes. Like Beez I’m not sure if I like any of the characters, yet. I do feel bad for Shi Hyun happy graduation 🎓 day, I’m gifting 🎁 you the DNA results that prove you are not my son, now get out of my house. It seems Shi Hyun’s “dad” doesn’t want anything to do with him, but does not want to publicly acknowledge Shi Hyun is NOT 🚫 his son, as it might affect his reputation. Is Shi Hyun still considered the heir of JK Group?

    Since Soo Ji’s mom and Shi Hyun’s dad are getting married 💒, by Korean 🇰🇷 standards does that mean Soo Ji’s and Shi Hyun cannot date 🚫👫?

    It’s early, but I hope there will be some character development soon, so I feel like I can root 📣 for SOMEone.

    • Beez says:

      I thought it was really dumb to say, after giving the DNA test to the girl on the bus – “keep it, don’t look at it, and throw it away after a few months”. ?????? Who tells a stranger that? If she’s a stranger, and you think you’ll never see her again, why does it matter WHEN she throws it away? All too convenient writing to allow for that secret to come out later. And what’s really stupid is, they could’ve had her come along at the bus stop after him and pick up the paper, see it’s important and stick it in her book, or she needs a book mark and sticks it in there without looking. Anything! I hope it’s not a portend of the writing to come.

      And I had some messed up subs. As he sits at the bus stop, and the camera zoomed in on the DNA test it said “DNA test 20% chance of success”. Can anybody tell me if their subs had something that made more sense?

      • Jane Tilly says:

        Beez, I agree with you that Shi Hyun saying “keep it, don’t look at it, and throw it away after a few months” is dumb. I hope the writing gets a little tighter.

        Maybe 20% match is more distant relative match than father – son. My subs said 2% chance of a DNA match, or 98% chance they are NOT father – son. It makes a little difference.

        Why is Shi Hyun mooching off his friends when he received a house 🏠? I would think that if Shi Hyun did not accept to stay quiet 🤐 about his paternity, he would be going crazy 😵 making trouble for his “dad” but maybe he is still processing 🤔💭 the revelation or he is afraid 😨 his chaebol friends will not accept him if he is not a chaebol’s son.

        • Beez says:

          I thought maybe he didn’t want to accept something from a man who just treated him so shabbily (at that moment and apparently all his life) or, I think his “dad” told him his house would be ready in a week and Shi Hyun stormed out saying “I’m leaving now”. So maybe he just needs somewhere to crash until his house is ready.

          Thanks about the DNA test. Two percent makes more sense as that’s usually the difference they show when it matches. Usually 1.999999%. Although, that also raises the question: Did Shi Hyun have the actual test “dad” had because that was in a plastic binder like it was a college essay. Based on the paper Shi Hyun had, did he have a separate test that said he IS the son but “dad” has some crazy agenda? I know that sounds far-fetched but something seems strange/off to me about the whole DNA test scenario.

          • I’m reply to this thread so you’ll see comments from Beez and JT in this reply.

            Beez “The worst part is, I don’t find any of the characters likable”.
            JT “I hope there will be some character development soon, so I feel like I can root 📣 for SOMEone”

            I felt empathy that they lost the parental lottery. I liked their friendship with each other. But they seem utterly selfish and spoiled.

            Beez “I thought it was really dumb to say, after giving the DNA test to the girl on the bus – …Who tells a stranger that? … All too convenient writing to allow for that secret to come out later.
            JT – “I agree…that Shi Hyun saying “keep it, don’t look at it, and throw it away after a few months” is dumb. I hope the writing gets a little tighter”

            Agreed, that was clunky by Writer Lee.

            • Beez says:

              What was the deal with Shin hyun dropping that one woman saying “she laughed”? Dramabeans seemed to think he saw her laughing with another guy. Whereas, I thought that was what attracted him to her was her laugh. Whatever the case, it’s obvious his goal is to have them, then drop them. It’s bad enough when men break women’s hearts out of their own weakness but not necessarily intentionally, but to see men purposely going about it… I can’t even work up sympathy for him over his mom and “dad” because in real life these are the guys that I wish all kinds of malicious malfeasance on. (Well, not so much anymore, now that I’m reformed. But y’all know what I mean! 😉)

              And another thang – why is Si joo getting mad at the jerk who broke up with her? She’s just getting a dose of what she participates in. At least he broke up with her face to face and didn’t send a female friend to do it for him!

          • Jane Tilly says:

            While I do have an itty-bit of pity for the spoiled trio due to having 💩 parents, they are cruel to others and cannot take even close to the maliciousness they dish out, Soo Ji is a case in point. The direction they are headed, they will NEVER find happiness. Revenge 🚫 = Happiness.

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