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Will utbhollywood be able to finish this season before they collapse down to 90 minutes per week in September? I am going to miss it very badly.



Yes, according to a recent e-mail communication I had with them, they plan to finish airing the remainder of Partners 14 before 18.2 goes off the air in September. This also applies to Midnight Diner 2 and Amachan.

Please check this thread for more updates on this developing situation of 18.2 switching to a 1.5 hour programming slot on 18.1.
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Personally, I already feel like I need to emotionally distance myself from the show knowing the end of UTB is near. I just don't think I can enjoy it as much now as I have in the past.

I've watched Conan ever since it started airing on UTB. As I watched it this past Sat I thought to myself, what will Conan do about the Black Org? I'll probably never know since UTB 18.2 will go off the air and English-subbed DVDs of the show aren't available (beyond the limited episodes aired on cable here).

It's sad such quality shows won't be available in the foreseeable future.
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<EPISODE 16>

A great and unique episode - it wasn't just the usual run-of-the-mill murder mystery. As Partners continues to air, the writers experiment with more and more plots, and they have succeeded once again! Excellent episode.

The immigration issue is an interesting one, and I noticed that the writers might have been giving the audience a tiny bit of a negative critique on Japan's extremely tough immigration and visa laws. It is true that illegal immigration (especially from South American and Southeast Asian nations) is a major issue in Japan today - with visa overstay for the purpose of working and sending money back hom being one of the manifestations of this.

Many of the laborers in this episode spoke pretty good Japanese, but it makes sense, considering that many of them work in the service industry and have day to day interactions with Japanese people.

Another reason I enjoyed this episode was because after 14 seasons of Partners and learning virtually nothing about Ukyo's past, I take every little bone they throw at us with the utmost appreciation. LOL! Looks like Ukyo always had a kind heart - even when he was a kid. The fact that he was the only one who came to say bye to Ms. Doctor after she was ostracized by the entire class says a lot. Not to mention he remembered her after 40 or 50 years - especially since they had never really spoken and only were in the same class for a few days!

What a shame that the nasty culprit got away, causing for everyone else involved to be charged with various crimes. I suspect Ms. Doctor will have to serve jail time for her part in helping others violate immigration law. As for Mario, the young man from Eldovia, I wonder if he will have to be deported now that he has been caught and charged with abandoning a dead body. Or, will he have to serve jail time in Japan, first?

I don't trust Kaburagi's mentor - the Department of Justice guy. Something seems off about him...

Episode 17 airs next week! I am enjoying every episode as much as I can, knowing it may very well be the last episode we see for a while...
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Stories like these are the reason why Partners never goes stale. They always add in episodes like this one where you don't have your regular, run-of-the-mill murder case. J-drama needs to take a lesson from the writers of Partners. Not everything has to follow a generic formula, unless you don't want your show to last 14 seasons (and counting!).

That being said, I had a headache by the end of the episode trying to figure out if the events were actually taking place, or whether or not we were living in an alternate reality in Mr. Professor's head. Wouldn't it be funny if we heard another snap after the ending credits rolled, making the entire thing simply a figment of Mr. Professor's imagination, or his own parallel universe?

Wikipedia article on Schrödinger's cat

I had no idea the above phenomenon existed. But, I guess it makes sense, considering all of the research and talk recently about alternate or parallel universes. It puts every decision we make into perspective - for every choice we make, there is a completely different reality that could come about. In this episode, we saw about 4!

The real star of the show was the adorable black cat, who was either altering the professor's realities or giving Ukyo & Kaburagi clues - except, the Ukyo and Kaburagi we saw for most of the episode didn't really exist... they were just in the alternate reality of the Professor's imagination. (Or, was it just part of his imagination? Hmm...)

Since the cat only came around after the female professor's death (which turned out to be a suicide) and since she (?) disappeared after the professor found closure and decided to abandon his plans for revenge, can we presume she was either sent by or was even a reincarnation of the late female professor? She wanted to make sure her colleague would continue her work and not become a criminal, so once her job was gone, she returned to wherever she came from.

I guess the professor won't be brought up on any charges, since he was able to stop his devious schemes without having them discovered by Ukyo and Kaburagi (in the version of events that took place in this reality, that is). Still, though, imagine how slowly life could go by if you go into a daze every time you are faced with making a decision. It is like he was living two lives - predicting every single outcome of every potential choice he can make!

It almost seemed like Ukyo and Kaburagi, along with all the other characters, were supporting cast members in this one. The one running the show was the professor... or maybe, it was the cat!

Great episode. This season has truly been fantastic. Episode 18 airs next week!

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I found this entire episode to be a bit anti-climactic and so was extremely surprised by the cliffhanger at the end. Could this perhaps be the lead-in for the big finale? UTB has completely stopped updating their website after news broke of the impending format change, but I think we have two more episods left after this one. The episode airing on September 1 (#20) will air from (9:00p to 10:50p) so I'm presuming that will be the season finale.

UTB has made it extremely hard to keep up with their programming schedule over the last few months, and now that they 18.2 is going off the air, it is almost as if they have completely checked out of updating their website (and the viewers) of program schedules. Enough of my rant, back to the episode. LOL!

I don't have much to say about this episode, other than the fact that I found it a little bit boring. Almost every episode this season has been excellent, so I suppose there was bound to be one mediocre one. Ukyo "getting lost" reminded me of an episode from last season where he had was kidnapped and kept hostage by his old professor, until Kaito came to the rescue. This one seems a little less suspenseful, but I got the same 'feel' from the case.

There were two entertaining moments to the episode:

Kaburagi's fear of the forest after seeing a ghost was hilarious. For all his tough guy/playboy act he is quite the scaredy cat. He has quite a few quirks, doesn't he? I'm definitely finding Kaburagi one of Ukyo's more dynamic partners. He definitely has more aspects to him than Kaito did.

I love me some Ukyo, but boy is he annoying! I almost felt sorry for the couple when Ukyo kept popping up and asking annoying/probing questions. When Ukyo has a hunch about something, he just keeps on going without any consideration for others or even embarrassment for himself. I guess that's what we love about Ukyo. Seriously, though, you could tell from the wife's face how irritated she was getting with Ukyo's nosiness. I bet they regretted saving him! LOL.

The addition of the guy with the curly-ish hair and his (ex-?) wife seemed a little random at first. I wonder what role they will have in the case, if any? Now that the jewel thief has been found dead, I wonder if they are somehow involved? My guess is that the elderly couple living in the mountains were hiding the jewel thief for the 3 years he was missing, but, what role does that younger guy have in all this?

I certainly hope this isn't the prelude to the finale. It just feels a bit too 'ehh' to end a truly outstanding season. Maybe they'll resolve this case in Episode 19, and then 20 (the finale) will have its own case.

Episode 19 airs next week!
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I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this episode, Hiroshi. It was one of the most interesting I've ever seen and I can hardly wait for the next episode! emoticon
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I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this episode, Hiroshi. It was one of the most interesting I've ever seen and I can hardly wait for the next episode! emoticon



Haha, glad you liked it, Nchristi! Maybe I'll change my mind after we see the conclusion of the case next week. You know I always feel differently after Ukyo solves the case for us. emoticon
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I was kind of surprised by the long, drawn-out brawl between Ukyo and the ceramics guy. Usually, we see Ukyo make a quick grappling maneuver and the suspect is subdued.

Edit: Then again, Ukyo did have an injured leg. So maybe that was why he had trouble subduing this guy.

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I was kind of surprised by the long, drawn-out brawl between Ukyo and the ceramics guy. Usually, we see Ukyo make a quick grappling maneuver and the suspect is subdued.

Edit: Then again, Ukyo did have an injured leg. So maybe that was why he had trouble subduing this guy.



Yes, that guy certainly was a tough opponent, but we've seen Ukyo take down more formidable foes before. You're right, perhaps it was a result of his injury.

I actually feel sorry for the wife - she seems like a kind woman who might have only been harboring the criminal (assuming the couple was indeed doing so) out of the kindness of her heart. The husband, on the other hand, has some anger issues! LOL.
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<EPISODE 19>

See, I just knew I would like this story more when we saw the conclusion. Partners works best when we see the entire story resolved in one sitting, but even with two-parters, the conclusions are always better.

They pulled all the 'suspense cards' out for this episode, didn't they? I was afraid Ukyo was going to get caught at some point, especially since the telephone repair guy kept making so much noise. I was actually impressed with the guy for successfully running through the forest and calling the police - he was so clumsy that I thought he was going to mess it up somehow. LOL!

It was somewhat a relief that the elderly couple wasn't involved in the murder. I got the feeling that they were kind deep down and somehow got dragged into this mess. It was true! Boy, did Ukyo take a giant risk when he stood still as the husband came at him with a knife. Ukyo trusted his theory that the couple was not capable of murder - by not moving, he was able to prove that the husband was not capable of killing another human being and thus wasn't responsible for any of the murders.

I had a feeling the crooked village chief guy was the culprit. He didn't seem sorry at all for what he did - he was of the conviction that if it was for the sake of economic revitalization, then everything is okay and gets a pass. Um, not exactly. It doesn't work that way!

The saddest moment was when the elderly couple were getting arrested. The husband told his wife that they could "finally go down the mountain" and into the city - it is just that they will be incarcerated. I wonder what charges they will face? Murder isn't going to be one of the charges, but I suspect they will face charges of harboring a criminal and keeping a police officer hostage!

The only aspect of the episode I didn't like was the addition of the young couple - it felt a bit random and didn't really make sense to me until the end. Also, it was a bit hard to believe that the woman survived that fall from the top story of the building. We've seen other characters die from such falls, but the fact that she survived was a bit extreme. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy she survived, but it just felt a bit convenient for the writers to have her survive.

I loved the ending, where Kaburagi realizes that he might have seen a real ghost after all! LOL.

The season finale, Episode 20, airs next week. UTB is airing it in one sitting, so it will air in its entirety from 9:00p to 10:50. The encores will air for 1 hour and 50 minutes, as well.
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