[webdrama] EXO NEXT DOOR Episode 3 & 4


Okay – I was kind of 50-50 about recapping this but decided to do it anyway. No promises about future episodes!

After watching 4 episodes, I’m kind of doubtful of the story line and if it would still be interesting to watch. Acting wise, it’s hard to judge because there aren’t enough screentime for everyone – and probably I will only be able to judge after a few more episodes.

I’m not sure if there are even any non-fans who watch this – because I think only fans are watching it at the moment? Maybe non-fans could watch this after it finishes airing, after a proper review if it is worth the time watching.

I’m just going to do a short recap/summary.


vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h58m43s50vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h58m56s177vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h58m52s142Yeon Hee dreams of Chanyeol who asked her if it was fun peeking and her mother asked the brother why is she acting like this. Her brother says that maybe she experienced something major last night.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m20s165vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m22s187vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m17s139vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m05s21vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m22s190D.O prepared breakfast for all of them, and Baekhyun talks about Yeon Hee and if she would spread what happened the night before. He asks if they should let the manager know, but D.O mentions that if she did, it wouldn’t be so quiet right now.

Baekhyun mentions that Yeon Hee was blushing last night and looks like she enjoyed it. Sehun wonders if she had seen something else.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m14s104vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m28s242vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m31s18Chanyeol mentions that it’s her own doing and she’s probably too timid. The rest look at him and asks if he knows her. He denies and changes the topic.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m49s198vlcsnap-2015-04-21-13h59m44s154Yeon Hee’s mom tells her to work as a housekeeper at EXO’s place and threatens with renting out her room. She tells Yeon Hee not to enter one of the rooms on the second floor.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h00m20s0Yeon Hee’s friend came by and gives her fangoods with exo’s faces plastered on them. Yeon Hee says that she got busted for peeking at them, and her friend convinces her that if she’s sorry, she should work harder as this is for them.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h00m44s238vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h00m53s76vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h00m55s94vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h00m50s45vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m01s148Sehun walks out and saw Yeon Hee’s brother and asked him if he knows a place to get coffee nearby, drip coffee. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m09s234vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m11s251vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m30s191Her bother is confused, and Sehun tries to explain using hand motions. He says he don’t know, before asking Sehun is ground coffee is fine.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m43s62vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m38s9vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m41s35vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m52s146vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m53s162vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h01m59s221vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h02m04s14vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h02m05s25vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h02m11s83vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h02m14s115vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h02m22s195He invites Sehun inside his tent, and started grounding coffee. Sehun is pleased and tells Yeon Hee’s brother that they should be friends.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h02m28s255vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h02m47s191vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h02m52s240vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h03m08s143Yeon Hee starts to clean the place. She gets excited seeing their cups, smells Baekhyun’s shirt and tried on D.O’s cap, while taking a selca.

She wonders if she should enter the forbidden room, but decided not to and started to hang the laundry outside. While hanging the face masks, she remembers the night when the boys moved in – and she wonders where did they hide Matilda.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h03m20s9She enters the forbidden room, and realized that Matilda is a guitar. A cockroach starts to run around, and Yeon Hee chases to kill it, while messing the place.


vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h03m47s15vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h03m48s31vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h03m50s49vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h03m51s63Chanyeol walks in, and find his room in a mess, and Yeon Hee on his bed.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h03m53s80vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h03m58s134He asked her what is she doing in his room, and when she doesn’t reply, he asked her shouldn’t she be explaining herself. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m13s20vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m20s96vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m21s100vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m25s142Chanyeol screams at her to get out – which the other members downstairs overheard.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m36s0vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m39s28Yeon Hee runs out, upset.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m42s55D.O came out and puts a coat over her. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m46s100vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m47s111vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m49s133He returns her, her apron with his face and jokingly laughs that it’s his face, though not a very flattering picture. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m51s151vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h04m53s167vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m13s110He knows that she is here to help them clean and asks her if there was a misunderstanding with Chanyeol. Yeon Hee says she’s didn’t mean to and her face started to blush.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m17s153vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m20s184D.O looks at her face and smiles. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m26s239vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m28s6He touches her cheek slightly and Yeon Hee looks at him, her cheeks becoming even brighter. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m38s108vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m40s127vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m47s195D.O says that her face looks like it’s going to burst so without knowing he just touched it. He apologizes. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m54s14vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h05m43s159Chanyeol who was about to pass Yeon Hee her phone, stops at the door and looked at them.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h06m52s82vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h07m04s198We hear Chanyeol’s voice-over that everything started to go wrong from a year go. We see a short clip from EXO’s concert, and then after the concert, Chanyeol finds out that his grandfather passed away.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h07m07s230vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h08m01s254vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h08m04s30vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h08m17s162vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h08m20s186His pendant dropped and he accidentally broke it. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h08m39s126vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h08m40s137vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h08m51s243The pendant was a gift from his grandfather, who says that as long as he has this pendant, it will ward off bad luck. He also mentions that he have two of them so Chanyeol doesn’t have to worry.

However, when he broke that pendant, misfortune keeps on coming. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h09m24s60vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h09m20s19vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h09m25s76When he was rehearsing with Suho, he accidentally dropped a bottle which caused Suho to trip while dancing.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h09m29s111That’s why he came back here – to find back the precious thing he lost and to start anew, but it wasn’t as peaceful as he thought it would be.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h09m37s192vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h09m40s226vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h09m46s30Yeon Hee calls her mobile, trying to recall where did she left it. She realized that she left it at Chanyeol’s room. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h10m02s186vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h10m05s212vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h10m21s116vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h10m15s62Chanyeol is scrolling through Yeon Hee’s picture when he receives a message from Yeon Hee’s friend who asked how did it went and asking random questions like the members poop too right – Chanyeol tells her to get Yeon Hee to get her phone now.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h10m32s233vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h10m33s241Yeon Hee tells her friend to pick it up with her, but her friend refuses as the members might view her in a different way as well.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h10m43s89They wait for the van to leave, and thinks that the members are out. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h10m54s195Yeon Hee sneaks in to get her phone.

vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h11m19s186vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h11m23s231vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h11m22s218She finds her phone and is about to leave, when Chanyeol comes out from the bathroom. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h11m26s6vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h11m31s50She says that she is here to find her phone and tries to leave. vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h11m36s106vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h11m41s149vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h11m42s166vlcsnap-2015-04-21-14h11m46s197Chanyeol pulls her back and asks if she really doesn’t know who he is.



So much Chanyeol in this two episodes! I’m not complaining because he is my bias in the group – but it would be nice if the screentime for the members are equal or at least of similar duration, so that the pace of the drama doesn’t seem off or jumpy throughout its run.

The talk of the town when the episodes aired was obviously when Kyungsoo placed a coat over Yeon Hee, laughed awkwardly and touched her cheek. SO MUCH FEELS.

I would like to have more Kyungsoo scenes, because out of all the members, he seems to have a natural flair for acting and he doesn’t look bad acting. Even though Chanyeol is my bias, I have to admit that his acting throughout this two episodes was just awkward. He needs to improve on his facial expressions when he gets angry. When he screamed at her to leave – it was somehow hilarious for me. So awkward.

He does the puppy face really well though but that’s what he does every time so… ahahaha.

Sehun didn’t appear for very long, but it feels like he also have a natural flair for acting. I would be looking forward to more scenes. Where is Baekhyun, anyway?

As for story wise… honestly when they mentioned the pendant story, I was trying to stop laughing. That is so….lame. Sorry! They showed the concert clip and mentioned how everything went wrong a year ago, and we all know happened a year ago. Though it was not mentioned directly, and what ‘happened’ was that ‘Chanyeol’s grandfather passed away’ – I just cannot take this in without feeling that it’s pretty lame.

So Chanyeol came back to look for the other pendant? And that pendant would probably be with Yeon Hee? I noticed she was wearing a necklace, but of course, this is just my own speculations.

I hope the story is more interesting than just this and cliche plots thrown around here and there –  I need a proper justification on why I’m watching this, taking out the fact that I’m a fan.

I don’t expect the webdrama to be a runaway hit – or a solid plot, because, it is not exactly a drama. I mean – it is, but it’s not those prime-time dramas. It’s a webdrama – so what I expect from it is actually very simple. I don’t want it to be dramatic like prime-time dramas – I just want it to be simple and unique. Something light and easy to watch.

If you watched After School Bokbulbok, you would know what I mean. Each episode focuses on a certain thing, and usually by the end of the episode it would have been resolved – but as each episode goes by, the characters bond gets stronger and closer. It’s hard putting it in words – but something like how japanese dramas work.

They don’t drag a single plot throughout all the episodes. There will be many little small subplots, but all of it contributing to the overall plot. Dreamknight story was okay honestly – but the acting was just too cringe-worthy I couldn’t sit through watching it.

Imagine if you’re watching something of one single plot and it spreads throughout 26 episodes, 10-15 minutes each, twice a week. That’s kind of irritating. It feels like every time the episode ends, it’s breaking the flow. Unlike prime-time dramas which has a running time of about 1 hour (enough time to built up tension, or etc and ends on a cliffhanger), webdramas only have 10-15 minutes and every minute should be treated preciously!

So that’s about it – I hope the pace picks up, or the plot gets a little more interesting – and I need the other characters to appear as well!

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