My K Drama Year in Review 2016 PART 2 OF 2

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Okay, let me say this up front, because you know I have to:  This is based solely on the Dramas I have WATCHED.

Best Drama- My Dear Friends-Drama of the Year, hands down

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Most Enjoyable Drama-Let’s Fight Ghost

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Best Female Lead Character- Cheong, Legend of the Blue Sea.  Smart, kind, funny, crazy sexy, cool.  She knew what was important and what she wanted.

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Best Male Lead Character- Go Nan-gil, The Man Living In Our House.  Nan-gil, really, grew up well and was nothing but love.  He just needed to use his words, lol. When he did, pay attention.

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Knock Out Performance-Lee Joong Gi as Wang So.  Cruel, kind, loving, loyal, crazy, evil, broken, strong. A hot lovely obsessive mess of a man.

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Best Bromance-The Ghost Facers of Let’s Fight Ghost

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Best Sisters Friends-The friends in My Dear Friends.  Oh Choong nam was a queen.

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Most Unique Lead-Gong Shim and Ahn Dan Tae-these two darlings, with their own ways of looking at life.

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Funniest Lead-Cheong, Ahn Dan Tae and Louis

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Dumbest Lead-both leads in K2 were pretty moronic.

Most Sassy Lead of The Year:  Note: this exists this year because of one person:

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Special mention from C-Drama-Best tertiary characters that we wanted to be leads-  KO and Beauty in Love 020.

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Characters that need a spin off– See above, KO and Beauty

Memorable Supporting Characters-

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Park Soo Kyung in Another Oh Hae Young-Soo Kyung was outrageous, and while comic relief, she’s also a cautionary tale, the future for Hae Young if she doesn’t stop being outrageous herself and stop living in the past, at the same time she shows a smart capable woman that can get her act together if she tried, and it is never too late.  I am not fond of the pregnancy plot as a wake up call for her and Roof Top Party Jin Sang however.

Yeon Ha in My Dear Friends-God almighty this man.  THIS MAN, such a beautiful soul.

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Biggest Waste of Talent-

The cast of Mirror of the Witch

The cast of Entertainer

Lee Jong Suk in THOSE jeans,  and Lee Tae Hwan,  in W,  my stars  the lost potential for bromance was tragic.

Lee Joon in Vampire Detective.  VAMPIRE.  TEETH.  BITING.  LEE JOON.  What in the blue hell, drama gods?

Freshest Face/Notable Presence-

Lee Se-young  in Vampire Detective until they totally sidelined the character

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Seo Ye-ji in Moorim School

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Breakout-

Do Ji Han as Ban Ryu-maybe not completely fresh, but a stand out in Hwarang

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Nam Joo Hyuk- he was in Cheese in the Trap as a tertiary character at the beginning of the year, then a almost secondary character in Scarlet Heart, and then the lead male character in Bok Joo, where his energy was just lovely.

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Minah in Gong Shim-what a super job being a quirky woman

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Best Sound Effect-

Catchphrase of the year- SWAG!

Fun Fashion-Lucky Romance-Between the cholo shirts and shorts, and the funky denim and the great earrings, such fun visually.  And Lee Soo Hyuk in that one scene in those jeans. Dude.

Iconic Scenes-

Scarlet Heart- I can pick only 2?

Bath Scene-

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Rain Scene-

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REALITY of Lee Joon Gi….

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Most Visually Beautiful Drama- too many, they all get it?

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Scarlet Heart

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And the Gaksital Award Goes to:

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Scarlet Heart- Wang Geon tormenting his family with rigid court laws and marriage and baby making as diplomacy, allowing the crazy wife to be crazy and evil for DECADES,  HANGING the love of his life,  and torturing Hae Soo and then later relying on her and telling her to live for the happiness moment and the future because life is too short.  Fuck you Wang, you set up and enable ALL of that misery.

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Goblin-WHY was Shin being punished SO much?  WAE!? WAE!?

Biggest Surprise-

Lee Tae Hwan being the bright kid in Thumping Spike

How much I loved goofy Onew in Descendants of the Sun

How much I liked DotS

How much I liked Oh Hae Young

That I watched Oh Hae Young and Romantic Dr. Kim because I dislike Seo Hyun Jin as an actress.

Kim So Hyun as an action/fighting scene character

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Wang So-early days, the more messy, the better. Not gonna lie.  It might have been the blood, mask, scar, and/or the crazy all over his face.

Soo-ho-Not gonna lie, it might have been the earrings.

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Best Kisses-

Oh Hae Young

Runner up-Romantic Doctor Kim

Best Use of Guest Stars-Kwang soo, Jo In Sung, and Daniel Henney in My Dear Friends

Person that was in everything-Sung Dong-il

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Legend of the Blue Sea

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Biggest Feels– Scarlet Heart Ryeo-all those poor tragic babies

Goblin-Shin suffered.

Both he and and Wang So ended up alone.  Bothers me so much, just like in Rooftop Prince, even more so that in Rooftop Prince.

This year definitely proved the favorite drama is not always the best, and best and favorites are not always what you might recommend to others.

That’s it folks, see ya next year, hopefully in January instead of March!

My KDrama Year in Review 2016 Part 1 0f 2

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Finally, it’s only March, right?  I decided to wait until Hwarang wrapped so I could wrap up dramas I started in 2016.

It’s been an incredible stressful year. As an American, the presidential election aftermath is a hot mess, and I wrapped my masters in December.  SO TIRED.

Dramawise, it has been an interesting year, but frankly I just do not have the bandwidth for indepth analysis.  My passions for K drama are still kicking but the time and energy to write my thoughts, just are not there.

This installment will address dropped dramas and why, and completed dramas.  I will be frank, some dramas I am just not going to rate, again with the energy deficit.

DROPPED DRAMAS:

Ms. Temper- Great cast, I simply couldn’t get into it.

Gab Soon-Again I just couldn’t get into it.

Jealousy Incarnate-Okay maybe I would have finished this if I hadn’t been gripped with completing my graduate degree. But.  I really disliked the lead male character and at some point I just didn’t care about either one of them.  I enjoyed the Mom’s and the Black Pearl Chef much more.  I actually thought Gong Hyo-jin’s character was one of her most likeable characters and I am not sure why.  That may have changed by the end of the show?

Five Children- Sung Hoon was delightful in his role.  But ultimately I cannot watch a 50 epi drama for 1 character, especially one in love with a lispy baby talker that drove me nuts.

Imaginary Cat-It didn’t pull me in.

Six Flying Dragons-2 episodes and another no.

Doctors-I tried. I didn’t care for the characters except Ji soo’s cameo and the hippy friend.

Ms. Cop 2- Kim Bum’s trouser swagger was on point. However the lead, wow, just as stupid as the first Ms. Cop.  Don’t tell me a char is smart, show me.

COMPLETED DRAMAS

Not Rated:

Hwarang-Damn Beautiful Boys. This was not the right char for Go Ara.  If the showmakers had left the character as the quirky and industrious girl, she would have fared much better.

High End Crush-Cute little typical romance with Jung Il Woo doing what he does best, a bratty chaebol type.  Probably the only drama I’ve not wanted to stab Jin Se-yeon.

Moorim School-Hmm. It wasn’t awful…maybe… but I can’t say it was good. I barely remember it. I liked the lead actress and her character.

Vampire Detective-This drama was an edit wtf.

Wanted- I love a who done it, but man the lead actress was wooden, and it rather fizzled towards the end.

Go Ho’s Starry Night.  I remember I really liked this drama. That said I can’t remember this drama.  It didn’t stick.   If I ever re-watch, I feel I will rate it well, so I will do post on it.

Page Turner-Short little coming of age charmer.

Thumping Spike-Charming little drama, good times, good feels.  Song Jae Rim as a teen was so out there, but okay.  We got to see another side of the young and charming Lee Tae Hwan, and it was super.

Uncontrollably Fond-I do not know why I watched this. Seriously.  I think I had a lull in my schedule. I gained respect for Kim Woo Bin as an actor, and I really don’t get the Suzy hate.  But, wow, it’s a misery fest of a drama.  I love this actor however, gosh, I love him.

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K2-Another WHY did I watch this? I adored the strange and complex Wicked Queen, I really did. Some of the action scenes were terrible and inserted weirdly into the plot,  and  I’m not talking about the infamous nekked shower fight.

The Man Living In Our House-Started out good, and just kind of meandered along.  Cast was great.  Loved the male lead character particularly. If the drama had more oomph and there had been more chemistry between the two leads, he would have had more impact, and could have really rated on the best male drama leads lists.

Squad 38-I enjoyed this drama but didn’t love it.  It’s outside the norm which is cool, but I something was a bit off, I never put my finger on it.

Romantic Doctor Kim-Started out pretty strong and kind of lost me the final leg. Super cast, other than the lead actors, whom I do not love, but they did have good chemistry. GREAT kissing scene.

Before diving into the rated dramas, here is my seriously too complicated rating system. I tend to be rather harsh.  I sometimes look back at my ratings and have kinder perspectives.  I am TRYING to be more flexible this year.  I was thinking of adding a stickiness category but I realized sometimes one doesn’t realize a drama is sticky until a year or so later. Reference:  Girl Friday of Dramabeans once talked about the stickiness of a drama.  In other words, some drama elements stick with you, and some don’t even in really super good dramas. So I might or might not comment on stickiness, but not going to rate.

Coffee Prince Good

Boys over Flowers Crack

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead (is she too damsel like? Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise, and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it  vs How good (quality) it was.

Cheese in the Trap

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Coffee Prince Good 4

Boys over Flowers Crack 3

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 4

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 3  (is she too damsel like? Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise, and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 6 vs How good (quality) it was 6

Controversy/on set drama really tanked this.  It was a decent little drama, and it did not end that badly, but when for whatever reasons, the showmaker’s excluded the lead male for a good portion of the latter half of the drama, it’s difficult to make it flow correctly.

Descendants of the Sun

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Coffee Prince Good 7

Boys over Flowers Crack 8

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 7

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 7  (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise, and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 8  vs How good (quality) it was 7

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I went into this drama  with low interest because the cast was not my cup of tea, and really did not much like the first episode, but went back to it, and found I rather enjoyed it.  The military aspect spoke to me, and the parallels of the service of soldiers and doctors to the nation and the public good was a really nice draw. With KES, one expects engaging male lead chars, and we got this, but she is not known for her fem leads. I think this is one of KES better fem leads.

Some of the drama will stick with me.

And well THIS was awesomely fun.

Come Back Ahjussi

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Coffee Prince Good 5

Boys over Flowers Crack 4

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 6

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead this cannot really be rated for that because it was a male spirit inhabiting fem body (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise, and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 7 vs How good (quality) it was 6

Loved this drama, loved the cast, and just so much heart.   Didn’t love the resolution particularly, but quite an enjoyable drama.  It  is super well done, and Rain is love.  But, it really hasn’t stuck to me. strangely.

Another Oh Hae Young

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Coffee Prince Good 8

Boys over Flowers Crack 5

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 6

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 7  (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 8  vs How good (quality) it was 8

This was another drama I went into with little hope of sticking to, as I super dislike the lead actress, and I don’t care for Eric either. I did not love the fem lead character, and the 2nd fem lead,don’t get me started.  But. This is a very well done drama, with a super cast.  Very, very good to watch.  I however did not like the message of this drama much from a feminist stand point for the female lead, it was tough realizing I really enjoyed this drama and had problems watching her find happiness in her relationship with the former fiance of her high school nemesis. However, her character actually scores well for being fairly independent and having some agency, even though she was totally hung up on the other Hae Young. I did like the exploration of family and friend relationships,  and hey, good kissing scenes.

Entertainer

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Coffee Prince Good 2

Boys over Flowers Crack 2

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 3

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 5 (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 4  vs How good (quality) it was 4

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This another charming feel good drama, but you know, it was really hard to stick with for some reason (school probably), which is hard to say because Ji Sung, and Kang Min Hyuk are love. I wish I could enjoy it more, but it never quite gelled for me. I think I would like it more if I rewatched.

Mirror of the Witch

Coffee Prince Good 2

Boys over Flowers Crack 3

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 2

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 3  (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 4  vs How good (quality) it was 4

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This drama starts out strong albeit some of the special effects are cringe worthy, and it descends into a, hey, they are making this shit up as they go along. It should have been a glorious, dark, fairy tale. The fem chars drive the story, they have agency, even though most of them are evil, and that I suppose is worth something. But the execution and what makes it on screen, it’s not worthy of the wonderful cast and characters,  and they throw everything away in the end, including the fem lead’s struggle. Uri Donggu and Kim Sae Ron are much better than this.

Age of Youth

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Coffee Prince Good 7

Boys over Flowers Crack 3

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 6

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead this is an ensemble cast with flawed characters, yet very modern, so let’s give them a 9 because I said so.  (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 8  vs How good (quality) it was 8

GREAT FEMALE CAST and  a super little drama, super charming. It is not perfect, but the moodiness, and the mature contemporary look at young women set it above par.   It’s uneven, and has a plot bunny that goes nowhere. The last episodes go off to the left, disrupting mood and flow which causes dissonance but in a way work with the themes and stories, but I didn’t quite love that dissonance.

Let’s Fight Ghost

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Coffee Prince Good 5

Boys over Flowers Crack 5

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 7

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead this is difficult to rate due to the nature of a murdered  ghost character but I will give her a 6  (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 9  vs How good (quality) it was 7

I enjoyed every minute of this drama, it’s one of my favorites for the year.  I have no complaints.  None.  Scary huh? Taecyeon totally levels up, and he and had a great chemistry.  Net chatter dissed the drama for the actors age gap.  Too bad.  People missed out on an extremely compatible and enjoyable lead pairing, and an engaging drama in whole.

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Cinderella and the Four Knights

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Coffee Prince Good 5

Boys over Flowers Crack 5

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 7

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 4 (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 6  vs How good (quality) it was 5

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Park So Dam was adorable, but you know, “they”  totally ham-stringed her character just has happens in many k dramas  A kick ass justice girl who beat up dudes and brooked no nonsense, was bullied and physically assaulted by…a group of mean girls so that she could be rescued.  Total negation of her entire char development. The other big problem in watching it was the second fem lead literally sucked the life out of every scene she was in.  But. Who knew Ahn Jae-hyun could be such a charmer? He really stole the show.  Jung Il Woo took on a character outside his norm, and man did people complain about him being angsty, emo and boring,  (do not get me started on that it is 2017 yet people still conflate actors and characters).  This drama was not as big as Heirs, but one could compare JIW’s effort to portray a serious angsty guy to LMH’s Kim Tan effort.  Kim Tan was not the right char for LMH, Tan was just too damn sad to someone who is not good at sad. However, JIW had a char that was angry rather than just sad which came off better.  The parody of Boys Ever Flowers was pretty funny, I particularly liked the snippet of instrumental OST in the graduation scene when walked across the bridge.  The drama totally fizzled in the end, but the first part was way fun.

I had a lot to say about this, maybe because of net chatter, more than the drama was worth.  This tells you how much fun it was in the beginning.

Scarlet Heart

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Coffee Prince Good 6

Boys over Flowers Crack 10

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 7

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 6 (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 8  vs How good (quality) it was 7

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MY CRACK DRAMA.  I haven’t had a crack drama since I Can Hear Your Voice.  Lee Joong Gi slayed as the beautifully broken Wang So.  Really I just love So, so so so much.  I loved IU in the Soo role but good  grief what was the point of the body switch, really? This drama hit all the feels for me, and I really, ah, did I say how much I loved Soo and SO?  The deserve all the screen caps, sigh, so beautiful.  Lots of problems with this drama, from pacing to edits, to the common k drama, let’s really not explain the supernatural aspect. I admit it just went into snail pace in the last 5 episodes, and I suffered through it. I cried for the last 4 episodes nearly the entire time. No I didn’t love the ending.  I think people question the ending, why the last parting of the happy faces.  I see this as what might of been, if they could just be, the promise of another try in another life, and So did not have to be political, and Soo could have been well and strong. Those poor lovely babies. However, the premise of the beginning, was that one cannot always change ones life, just because you want to.  However, the drama also showed us that Soo did impact So’s life.  This drama just gave me so many feels, makes me tear up as I type.

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My Dear Friends

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Coffee Prince Good 10

Boys over Flowers Crack 5

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 5

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead- The halameoni’s and Ahjummas were tough cookies. They get 9’s just because just liked the Age of Youth women  (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise, and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 10  vs How good (quality) it was 10

This is a stellar drama, wonderfully cast, and beautifully done.  Some people can’t handle the sadness of confronting the lives of older people, and how family and family needs impact our lives,  but really, they need to, and this drama does it with as much dignity as possible. I  will say that Wan absolutely did not deserve Yeon-ha.

Shopping King Louis

Coffee Prince Good 6

Boys over Flowers Crack 5

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 8

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 7 (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 8  vs How good (quality) it was 7

This is simply a charming, lovely, lovely, fun, drama.  I’d probably kill Louis in really life, but in drama world, he’s so much fun. Great cast.

Bok Joo

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Coffee Prince Good 5

Boys over Flowers Crack 5

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 8

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 6 (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 8  vs How good (quality) it was 7

I super disliked the lead actress going into this.  I came to respect her skills more. I did not find Bok Joo likable, she was not actually a very good friend or team mate to her besties.  She had heart,and loved, but she was a lot like Bella in Twilight in that she REALLY wasn’t that into her friends.  Bok Joo was a habitual liar and the male lead called her “fatty” as an endearment, and her friends “uglies”  throughout the drama so they both could be assholes. That boy was just so visibly in love with her it was even difficult to dislike him for his stupid mouth. Other than trying to make an extremely thin actress look bulky (fail) the drama is pretty well done and so bloody charming.  A big part of that is a great cast and the male lead character and actor.  He really brought such joy and love into the portrayal of the character.

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Beautiful Mind

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Coffee Prince Good 1

Boys over Flowers Crack 1

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 2

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 6 (is she too damsel like?  Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise, and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 2  vs How good (quality) it was 3

This drama would have been much better as a medical who done it than whatever it was supposed to be. It had possibilities but it  just never gelled.  The Jang Hyuk and Park So Dam pairing and dynamic was very awkward and weird-and I’m a person that likes weird and unconventional  It was like the showmakers couldn’t decide what to do-actually the entire drama was like that. Some of it was intentional due to the plot, looking at the world through a different lens, which was interesting but did not make it a good drama.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds

Coffee Prince Good 4

Boys over Flowers Crack 2

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 5

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 4  (is she too damsel like? Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise, and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 5  vs How good (quality) it was 5

The drama is lovely to look upon.  Park Bo gum being utterly charming is always a win. He’s so sassy.  Cute moments.   None of the characters really spoke to me except the Crown Prince and Nari.   Not gonna lie, Bo Gum’s sass in his flash mob video was as much or more fun than anything else.

Lucky Romance

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Coffee Prince Good 6

Boys over Flowers Crack 4

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 6

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 7 (is she too damsel like?  Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise, and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 7  vs How good (quality) it was 7

I really enjoyed this drama, until a certain incident in the street.  I enjoyed the characters and the cast and the fun fashion.  And then that poor boy was left lying in the middle of the road.   I am sorry, I am not as forgiving as some. I was totally, absolutely, done with the female lead at that point, and it ruined the drama for me.  I am a little bitter over that, it bothers me.

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Coffee Prince Good 5

Boys over Flowers Crack 4

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 5

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 6 (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 6  vs How good (quality) it was 5

Lee Jong Suk is awesome as ever.  This show started out WOW and went WTF to the point of no return by about the 6th episode.  It had a lot to say, a lot of meta about writers as god and so forth, but you can’t make the writer, who was a side character, the lead character in the second half of the drama when LEE frigging JONG SUK is the lead actor, viewers are not going to have that.   Pile that on a wtf no logic- the only consistency was in the logic breaking its own rules.  So much potential, so much waste of Lee Jong Suk, and Lee Tae Kwan too.

Beautiful Gong Shim

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Coffee Prince Good 7

Boys over Flowers Crack 4

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 8

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 7 (is she too damsel like?  Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise, and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 7  vs How good (quality) it was 7

Again, started off the start with quirk, charming, and with a great, fun, fem lead and male lead  ANNND in the last quarter of the show totally focused on the male lead and second lead and Gong shim became a secondary character.  WTF show, WTF?

Goblin

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Coffee Prince Good 7

Boys over Flowers Crack 6

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 7

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 4 (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality.)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 8  vs How good (quality) it was 7

Moody, weird, funny, some wtf moments, beautiful, and sadly charming. A decided lack of character development for the female leads. However Kim Go Eun just glowed, this actress just became this character.  But we all know to expect a focus on the male leads with KES, it is what she does best. The symbolism and themes were wonderfully incorporated (and made up a lot for the messiness of the symbolism and themes in Heirs). I never quite understood WHY Shin had to suffer so much.  SO MUCH. I enjoyed this drama tremendously however.  The last two episodes were an emotional rollercoaster, and I am not sure how I really feel about that.  That needs time to process.  Life is beautiful, bitter, and heartbreakly sad and not fair, we cry for a vengeance, yet we endure, find some measures of forgiveness, peace, and joy in small moment, and I guess that really speaks to Korean Han. I felt the ending was cheated somehow.  It left me as bereft for the male lead as did Rooftop Prince.

Legend of Blue Sea

Coffee Prince Good 5

Boys over Flowers Crack 3

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 5

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 8 (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 5  vs How good (quality) it was 7

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Lee Min Ho really has become comfortable in his own skin, or either his co-star and he really worked well together.  The drama wasn’t in your face crack, but it was solidly entertaining and charming, even though at some points it ventured too close to being “am I watching a daily?”  when it spent to much with Jeong Joon Amma’s employers.  There was however something missing, or perhaps there was a certain quietness to this drama that was intentional, it seemed to lack verve, but it moved along well enough.   I did not like that they had this dual running across time story that just fell off inconsistently in the second half. I also felt that they dropped continuity of Joon Jae’s character as suddenly his ability to read and hypnotize people disappeared mid run.   The 16-18 episodes dragged a bit for me.  It did have a few wtf moments, but most cleared up okay.  I especially liked the use of green and blue in the drama. I think this drama is better than my enjoyment of it.  And that sneaky damn tongue, how did they get that on air?

Note:

I actually watched quite a few Taiwanese and Chinese dramas this year.

Bromance-Sexy, kinda.

My Amazing Boyfriend-WTF did I just watch? Lots of euphemism. LOTS.

Ice Fantasy-WTF did I just watch and man was the make up for the lacefront wigs bad. It was a hot mess but I loved that weird little Shi and this character is my heart twin.

Love 020 –A video game romance, guy was cute, girl was super creepy.  Not enough Beauty and KO.

When A Snail Falls In Love-I liked the moodiness and pacing, loved the lead fem char, and then it just got stupid and ridiculous in the last few episodes.

Prince of Wolf-Wow,  this drama was bad.  But so fun in the first half, with the cutest puppy boy ever. The malamute was the best actor in the drama.  Along with Wolf Prince’s adam’s apple, which needed it’s own time zone.

Part 2 will be the best of 2016 picks.

Seven First…mind effing in progress

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Oh look, I’m blogging!

 

Beautiful Boys, a Sadistic Seraphim…mind effing in progress!

Apparently never been kissed Soo-jin,  customer service clerk at Lotte, meets a sadist angel?  Sadistic Seraphim sends Soo-jin on her own little spin through what could be  with 7 lovely men who offer a kiss…but yanking Soo-jin back to the present before the lips meet.

Lucifer was an angel too, you know. Just saying.

Soo-jin has met six bachelors and all we have left is Lee Min ho’s character. With LMH being the last character that’s a big clue, but there’s no harm in a little speculation on who would she choose out of the first six?

Note:  The characters are using the actor’s real names which is super weird and crosses into real people fan fiction which is a big NO for me, BUT this is also basically a  really long Lotte Duty Free ad using Lotte CF spokespersons.

 

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I must admit I found the Lee Joon Gi and Park Hae Jin arcs a bit awkward, if not creepy. Especially Joon Gi the church oppa that secretly took pictures of Soo-jin as a child – WAY neighborhood creeper, sorry my lovely man.  Park Hae-jin was his trademark cold but compelling character.

 

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Ji Wook’s episode was exciting, a tad silly,  but could he really settle down?

 

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She was super thirsty with Taec, but that was escalated as  she’d been cockblocked by the sadistic seraphim with 3 super hot men. I mean seriously her panties were probably on fire after meeting Taec.

 

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I felt she was most comfortable and had the most chemistry with Kai. Certainly the most sweet and charming arc.

 

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Despite her happy arc with Kai, Soo-jin seemed the most honestly “herself” with Lee Jong Suk, I think, and almost as engaged in the kiss as with Kai.  But Jong Suk would have kiss chemistry with a light post so possibly I’m getting a false positive.

 

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Based on comfort and chemistry, I  totally pick Kai.

 

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Based on the Soo-jin character as a department store customer service person, I can see her being attracted to a hard-working middle management guy like Park Hae Jin’s character, but she never seemed comfortable with him.

Jong Suk’s arc was different from all of the others, he was not pursuing her but rather, it was an “Acting” kiss- but yet arguably the prettiest almost kiss.

So, best almost kissed? For me, Kai and Lee Jong Suk. As stated, LJS always performs.

I was most surprised that I disliked Lee Joon Gi’s arc, and that I really liked Kai’s arc and his chemistry with the actress.

 

What do you think?  Which arc did you like the best?  Which almost kiss?   And where will Lee Min Ho fit in as the wildcard?

So Me Something Good. No, Seriously.

I’m not convinced that Ha jin/Soo is actually a 21rst century woman because seriously how could she not come back at THIS:

 

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I mean really wouldn’t she be more like…

 

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and then…

 

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annnnd she get’s this…

 

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Maybe this is why it’s take TWO years to get a kiss.  Just saying.

Seriously, our kokoros can’t take this.  If you two are going to have miserable lives and die tragically can’t you guys at least have a MAJOR make out session?  So was always so passionate, and Ha Jin/Soo deserves to have passion.

They both deserve to burn madly for each other.

My Year in Review 2015-Part 2 of 2…annnd now it’s May?

 

 

 

Better Later than never?

Best Drama

As always a tough decision, but this year I have a much wider field of dramas to choose from  than usual, so that means it was really a good drama year for me!

Contenders:  Hogu’s Love, Reply 1988, Producer, Kill Me Heal Me, Angry Mom, Mask, Heart to Heart, all lovely dramas.

It narrows down to Hogu’s Love, Reply 1988, Producer, and Angry Mom.  Producer was just technically so sound. All are worthy.  My ratings boils it down to Hogu’s Love, and Reply 1998. I enjoyed both of these dramas immensely.   Reply 1988 is very very good, solid and rich, and blends the warmth with the absurd.   Hogu’s Love is an important little underrated drama that had a lot to say. Gender role subversion, it had a beta male lead, it tackled subjects that you don’t see many k drama female leads tackle-ambition and career, rape, unwanted pregnancy, how the personal life affects a career, what to do when you are alone in the world, etc., done in a heartbreaking and warm way, right along with the wacky and crazy of Hogu’s nerdiness and family life. Not to mention the inside jokes and references on k drama, the puns, and art parody, it was a win for me.

 

I dearly loved Reply 1988, but I have to give this years ‘ nod to the quintessential underdog because it’s rich as Reply with some tough subject matter we don’t see addressed in a progressive way in K Drama:

Hogu’s Love

 

For my favorite drama…

ahh, another hard call from that same field.  What’s sticky?  Hogu’s Love, the themes are important. Angry Mom resonates.   Kill Me Heal Me rocked me, so damn entertaining and I loved the color themes and small things in the drama as well.  Producer was charming. Mask was delightful. Reply 1998 could easily be best and favorite drama, and deservedly so. All of these dramas I could easily sway towards and put in this spot.   However my favorite drama was not even a great drama, but I enjoyed it, because the weird and dark and crazy was all there for me. I Remember You has a lot of wtf, and the fem lead is really not what I would want her to be, she’s so overshadowed by the charisma and chemistry between the male characters, but the drama is oh so engaging.

I Remember You

 

 

With a Special Mention of oomph, and heart feels and crazy enjoyment of:

Kill Me Heal Me

 SeGi, so heartbreaking

Best Female Lead

One of the great things about 2015 were the female characters.   My ratings give it to Young Shin in Healer and I agree with myself haha.   She can support herself, even though she lives with Dad, hey, culture, she pursues a career, and she’s no shrinking violet.  And I want her shearling coat.

 

Knock Out Performance

Ji Sung in Kill Me Heal Me

A true fangirl

 

Kim Hee-sun in Angry Mom

 

Jung Kyung Ho in Falling For Innocence

 

Special Mention:

Siwon

Best Bromance

Yo-na and Ri-jin

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Ji-an, Hyeon, and Min

 

 

Most Lovable Characters:

 

Ahjussi Unni Appa

 

Taek

 

Min-what’s its say when a sociopath is lovable?

 

 

That’s a lot of Bo Gum.  I’m okay with that.

 

Let’s Hear it for the Beta Males Leads, yes plural:

Hogu

Healer-Yes, seriously.

Choi Joon-ki -High Society

Park No-ah-Angry Mom ?

Joon-mo and Seung-chan – Producer- argue over which one was lead if you want, both were beta males really.

 

The Guy that is in everything:

Choi Won-young

 

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Best Female Friendships-Can I say how excited I am for this category?

Yoona and Ji-yi

 

Mi-ran, Il-hwa, and Sun-Young

 

Ahjussi Eunnie Appa and Jin Joo

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Gang-ja and Su-hee

 

Joon Sung and Ji woong

song and heny

 

Most Unique Lead

Poor sweet Hogu

 

Funniest Lead

Kang Min Ho

 

Dumbest Lead

Poor sweet Hogu

 

Kim Soon Jung

 

Best Second Leads

Ji-yi and Chang-soo

 

Gang-chul and Ho-gyeong

 

Best Supporting Characters

Everyone in She Was Pretty

Everyone in Reply 1988, what a great ensemble cast

Everyone in Angry Mom

Wendy and The Secretary

Min ja

Diver Ahjumma, The Black Pearl, and The Mayor

Joon Sung and Ji woong

 

Best Supporting Characters that were really the lead characters

Ji-yi and Chang-soo

Noona and Sun woo

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Diver Ahjumma and The Black Pearl

 

 

Characters that need a spin off

The Mayor and his family in Warm and Cozy

 

The I can’t even, facepalm scenes

Healer

Uneven Bars Routine and jumping through a glass window for no apparent reason-still never getting over the Stephen J. Cannell is punking me feeling

 

Biggest Personality Transplants

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 What the hell happened to these awesome female characters after episode 8?

Biggest waste of talent

Lee Jun Ki and Lee Soo Hyuk in Scholar

Lee Jong Suk in Pinocchio

 

Most Over Used Trope:

Childhood Connection/Fated To Love You

This list is ridiculously long, for just from my viewing list.  Stop it K Drama!

Hogu’s Love

Reply 1988

Kill Me Heal Me

She Was Pretty

Healer

I Order You

Producer

Heart to Heart

I Remember You

Let’s Eat

Pinocchio

The Girl Who Sees Smells

 

Most Beautiful Clothes

The Scholar’s

 

Biggest Moral Flexibility Question -Do We Want Them To Use Their Powers For Good Or Evil?

 

 

Gaksital Award

And the winner is…

Blood

 

Sexiest Drama…That Somehow Wasn’t

Scholar

 

Breakouts

Sung Hoon

Kim Seul Gi-not really, but she leveled up to show she can carry a lead role

 

Ryu Hye-young-not really, because she’s moved from film into some tv roles, but yay for us in kdrama

 

Freshest Faces

(My fresh face from last year was Park Bo Gum.  Just saying…I have more choices this year, so who is having a banner year in 2016?)

 

Lim Ji-yeon -Not really a newbie either, but she’s been in more film roles but another win for kdrama.

 

Ji Soo-if I had to pick only one….

Nam Joo-hyuk

 

Lee Tae-Hwan

 

Lee Won-keon

 

Tae Mi

Sungjae?

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Bitches NEED to Die:

Kang So-young in School 2015 –she needs to burn.

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Kwon Soo-ah in Sassy GoGo –I really disliked this redemption of this awful character.  You can say I have no sympathy for the pressure she was under to her parent and culture, but pressure from parents did not make her mean, which she was,  and doing a personality transplant at the end of the drama doesn’t change that she was calculating and vicious, and violent, for the majority of the drama.

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Lee Joon Hee in Falling for Innocence, just shut up and die.  You know, by a  slow moving Fiat of Doom, so it’s ultimately fatal but you linger and suffer from your injuries.

 

Most Overrated

Healer and Oh My Venus and Pinocchio

Most Overhyped

Healer…and most over squeed and people would not shut the hell up over it, breaking into other conversations on various sites and blogs to bring up Healer.   The OTP was great, Minja was great, Dad and the gangster ahjussi’s were great,  but the drama in whole was not great, or entertaining.  In fact, a lot of the backstory was boring as hell.  I rate good on if I pay attention and how much I skip, and wow, I skipped or didn’t care about a LOT of this drama outside of the OTP from at least the halfway mark of the run.

Most underrated

Hogu’s Love

 

Biggest Disappointment

Let’s Eat 2

You are cute but you are not Barassi.  Go home.

 

You are no Noona and I do not like you, go away.

 

Biggest Surprise

Mask

 

Best Kisses

I Order You

 

Noona and Sun-woo Reply 1988

 

Healer

 

Guilty Pleasure

Noble My Love, or as I tweeted when I first watched it, Noble? My ass.

 

Shower Scenes of the Year:

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Girl broody shower scene, hey, would you look at that.

 

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And Last But NOT Least, Best Accessory or Real Star of the Show:

Hyeon’s Wardrobe, er, hair, er body, forearms, everything okay pick something okay, his Trousers?

Seriously, the Wardobe, Hair, and Make-up People along with Seo In Guk’s Genes and Plastic Surgeon/Skin Person and Trainer deserve all the awards and we thank them very very much.

 

Runner up:

Bo Gum’s Pout, Smile, Bottom Lip, Eyes, Face?  All of it, just take our friggin money, okay?

 

Thanks for viewing!

End of Year Review 2015…in April? Part 1 of 2

 

Anyone that knows me knows I prefer to do my End of Year reviews in January.  I like to wrap up that lingering drama that I am inevitably watching. So, yeah, well it’s APRIL.  Better late than never?

This has been a banner year, I think.  An interesting year.    I watched a lot of dramas.  I dropped a lot of dramas.

I am changing my format this year.  I will still have ratings, but I am drastically reducing my commentary and critical analysis.  I’m at the end of a grad school semester, and that I’m actually doing this review is kind of insane timewise. Anything to avoid actually completing my coursework.

I’m going to start with the dropped drama, and just briefly acknowledge why.  Then I will begin with viewed dramas, and in a second installment I will talk about best of and favorites and such.

DROP IT LIKE IT IS NOT HOT

Blood:  It was awful.  And not because of Ku Hye Sun.  I cannot believe the same people that wrote The Good Doctor wrote this terrible drama.

Oh My Venus-They lost me when 2 grown men acted like a women weighing probably 150 lbs was heavy. They lost me when they excused her weight gain with a disease.   I loved Sung Hoon and Henry’s characters.  Henry’s code switching is something to behold.

Unkind Women-They were not just unkind.  They were unlikable. The matriarch was unwatchable. Not even for Song Jae Rim.

Spy-This started out strong with Jaejoong masquerading in the lead role when it really was much about the mother.  Then they turned her into an idiot that would have never survived as a spy.

Orange Marmalade-It was disjointed and boring.

Warm and Cozy-More like lukewarm and wimpy-I really disliked the male lead character.  Diver Ahjumma, The Black Pearl, and The Mayor.  That is all.

Imaginary Cat-I don’t know what happened but I just stopped watching it.

Mrs. Cop-Don’t tell me a character is strong and smart and show me an idiot.

Lets Eat 2-If you told me I’d drop this, I would have laughed at you.  I didn’t like the characters, and I did not like the lead fem character. I didn’t like the actress, period.  Give me Noona and Barasii, not fake asses.

Bubblegum-I loved the cast, I really just didn’t care about these characters.

Ex GF Club-Bored now, not even that lovely boy kept me.

Pinocchio- The drama peaked with Dal po and Grandpa in the bathtub.

Yong Pal-It was so bad.

 

Completed Dramas-WATCHED IT CAUSE IT MIGHT BE HOT?

My rating scale is seriously too complicated but here it is.

Coffee Prince Good 1-10

Boys over Flowers Crack 1-10

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Fun 1-10

Kim Sam Soon Rocking Female Lead 1-10  (is she too damsel like?   Ability to take care of herself financially and otherwise,  and owning her sexuality)

Dramabeans Scale:  How much I enjoyed it 1-10  vs How good (quality) it was 1-10

Healer

CP Good 5

FBRS Fun 6

Female Lead 8

6/6

The OTP and Hacker Ahjumma sell the show.  The backstory was zzzzzz.  The WTF is strong  -The guy jumps through a glass w-window for NO reason.  I’m not sure I will get over that. But Young Shin’s coats, I NEED.

 

School 2015

CP Good 5

FBRS Fun 3

Female Lead 3

The Puppies.  The End.

The mean girl needs to burn in a pit with the sister from Rooftop Prince.

6/5

I Remember You

CP Good 6

FBRS Fun 7

Female Lead 4 That’s generous.  She was just kinda there.  But a stalker, so ha.

9/6.5

It hard not to love Socio-Min and Hyeon but the real star of the show was the costume person.

 

 

Sassy GoGo

CP Good 6

FBRS Fun 8

Female Lead 6

7/6

The cute overdose is awesome but the mean girl redemption put me off.

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Producer

CP Good 8

FBRS Fun 7

Female Lead 6?

Ensembly Quirky awesome fun.  IU really stole the show for me.

7/8

Late Night Diner

Rating:  Warm and wonderful rating all it’s own.

This was a quiet little “Nighthawks” type drama about the locals and their resident sage in a diner cook form.  Enter the story and guest star of the week.  Wonderful.  Watch it.

 

Pride and Prejudice

CP Good 5

FBRS Fun 4

Female Lead 1 Eww.

5/4

This show sucked but puppy power was STRONG. Also I think possible Attorney Moon’s bobby pin game outgunned Mike He in The Devil Beside You.

 

Kill me Heal me

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CP Good 7

FBRS Fun 8

Female Lead 6 ?

10/7.5

I loved this.  More.

 

 

Angry Mom

CP Good 8

FBRS Fun 8

Female Lead 7

10/8

This was a super quirky dark drama that was wonderful.  It almost derailed the Angry Mom and sabotaged her char dev but it made up for it with greatness over all.

 

 

The Scholar That Walks At Night

CP Good 4

FBRS Fun 4

Female Lead 2

6/4

Kdrama struggles with the vampire drama.

Lee Jung Ki is pretty.  Lee Soo Hyuk is hot as fuck.

This drama was bad.

 

 

 

She Was Pretty

CP Good 5

FBRS Fun 6

Female Lead 5?

6/5

This was a drama had a boring lead male character, and wtf char dev for him that went off on a bunny trail.  The fem was okay, but all of the secondary and tertiary characters were extra super duper MOST like.

 

 

High Society

CP Good 6

FBRS Fun 5

Female Lead 5

8/6

This started strong, with a fem char with potential and lead subversion.  Then about E8, the two leads went flat, and the second leads stole the show…and then the show gave everyone a personality transplant in the end.  And no one knows what the hell Handsome Oppa was doing but apparently he was as crazy as the rest of the family.

 

 

Jekyll, Hyde, and Me

CP Good 4

FBRS Fun 4

Female Lead 3

5/4

 

Based on the camera work Hyun Bin’s hips rock.

 

 

The Girl Who Sees Smells

CP Good 5

FBRS Fun 6

Female Lead 5

For a drama with a ton of trauma backstory, the lead characters were high level adorable.

7/6

Mask

CP Good 7

FBRS Fun 7

Female Lead 6

9/8

I loved this wacky makjang show.

 

 

The Village

I’m not rating this

Sunjae. The end.

 

 

I Order You

CP Good 6

FBRS Fun 7

Female Lead 7

8/6

 

This little drama was so enjoyable and likely wins make out scenes of the year awards.  Yunho totally upped his game.

 

 

HO Goo’s Love

CP Good 9

FBRS Fun 7

Female Lead 7

10/9

This drama is awesome. From lead subversion to heart, it’s a total gem.

 

 

Hidden Identity

Not rating this

This was bad.  Kim Bum made me do it.  I’d do it again for him.

 

 

Heart to Heart

CP Good 8

FBRS Fun 5

Female Lead 7

8/7

Lovely wacky heartbreaking drama that started off with me ready to kill the male lead, but did some wonderful things in its run.

 

 

Oh My Ghost

CP Good 6

FBRS Fun 7

Female Lead 6

7/7

Kim Seul gi is my home girl.  She was great.  Lots of heart.

 

 

 

Twenty Again

CP Good 7

FBRS Fun 5

Female Lead 6

7/8

This is just a solid, across the board,  GOOD drama.

 

 

Reply 1988

CP Good 9

FBRS Fun 9

Female Lead  All the women were leads so this gets 8

10/9

 

Wonderful, it has everything and your heart will explode.

 

 

 

Dr. Frost

Not rating this

WTF was this? Was I drunk?

 

 

 

Falling For Innocence

CP Good 5

FBRS Fun 6

Female Lead 4 Wow I disliked this character

7/5

 

Great Cast. This drama was not so good in whole.  Kang Min ho, Secretary, and Wendy should run away and run Neverland together.

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 with Best of, favs, and trends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Descendants of the Sun Finale

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My reactions to Episode 15 and 16.

Don’t expect much from me lol I can be surprisingly shallow 😂

 

Episodes 15 and 16

Wtf is this with no kissing or sex shit?

Wtf is this no kissing as he’s deployed shit?

Damn you show

Damn you I have something in my eyes

My Kokoro

This show is trying to kill me

Wtf is …omg why aren’t you kissing every inch of him?

Forget Rachel lite I never liked her.

I ship Dae Young and Ki Bum

Why aren’t they playing doctor on that damn cot? Forget that video chat, girl.

Wtf are they doing back in Seoul not having sex?

Why aren’t they having sex?!?

That’s cute but why aren’t they having sex?

Is she dead? Why isn’t she riding him like a pony?

Red Velvet? Wtf? Why aren’t they at home having sex?

The white shirt white sweater are nice but why aren’t they having sex?

Who cares about the car?

Is it me or is Mo Yeon increasingly unlike-able in this episode?

Couldn’t they go through a car wash? And have sex? Make out at least? Seriously!

Awww happy ending…but wow I wonder if everyone else realizes that no one in the damn drama got a ‘happy ending’ except Chi-hoon haha

 

 

 

 

Second Lead Syndrome?

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In light of Reply 1988 and the recent second lead syndrome is She Was Pretty, I kind of felt  second lead syndrome discussion was relevant. With the very puppy power popular Park Bo Gum NOT in a first or second lead cast listing spot in Reply 1988, this could get, um, crazy?  I was going to do a new SLS post but I simply did a slight update to An Exercise In Futility mostly to clean in up a bit.  No sense in reinventing the wheel.

Here are related offerings:

She Must Have Saved The Country

The Problem With Sun-mi

Vitality, or not?

So, Oh My Ghostess is stirring up some negativity and frustration on the part of viewers.  Once again, I’m on a completely different page than many of my peers.  I just do not get the Soon Ae hate.  Wow.  I get frustration with the writing but not hating on a perfectly entertaining character.  It’s like viewers think she is the mean girl second lead cock blocking Bong Sun lol.

It was obvious from the first few episodes this drama had something out of the norm going on.  We had two female lead characters and one male, instead of two male lead characters and one fem.  Everything in the story is circling around Soon Ae rather than Bong Sun.   People are wondering if Soon Ae is end game OTP with Sun Woo instead of Bong Sun.   We have Soon Ae, the ghost, inhabiting Bong Sun, portrayed the majority of the time by Park Bo-young. Soon-Ae is getting much more time than Bong Sun.  The question is why?  And why are viewers hating a perfectly wonderful character instead of enjoying that the drama is not following normal tropes or looking at why the writers have Soon Ae as such a prominent story line?

So what do the cast lists tell us?

Park Bo-young is the lead actress.  Okay, we got that.  That doesn’t help sorting out which character is the lead fem CHARACTER?  The Title is Oh My Ghostess.  Is that a clue to how important Soon Ae is in the plot?

But what about the characters?  Bong Sun is listed FIRST.  Not Soon Ae.  That’s a clue right?

What about the poster?  Another clue.

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And lastly, Soon Ae is DEAD.  Do the math here.

Okay so now we can logically have some reasonable consideration that we are still confused and Soon Ae is important but Bong Sun is likely end game OTP?

I’d love to know the context of the character name meanings.  I’m pretty sure Ae is love. Anyone with insight on this?

But what about all the plot revolving around Soon Ae?  We have a dead girl that is more alive than the living girl, who lives a ghost like existence.  We have a dead girl with a life interrupted that wants to have fun and experience life.  We have a living girl that tries not to be noticed and is afraid of her own shadow-her life is being interrupted by Soon Ae, and it’s having a positive impact.  We have a ghost that in order to resolve her grudge and move on, is looking to have sex.  Sex is the creation of life.  But is she looking for life or to be loved as she would love? Will having someone love her resolve her grudge?  Why is the Soon Ae story more important than Bong Sun’s? Because Soon Ae GOES for it, and Bong Sun doesn’t?  What is the message here?  We also know that Soon-Ae once had a one sided crush on Sungjae, just as Bong Sun had a one sided crush on Sun Woo, so that is a parallel in their lives but they are more polar opposites than reflections of each other.  Was Soon Ae more like Bong Sun before she died?

I really wish viewers would focus on the interesting questions rather than why Bong Sun isn’t getting more Sun Woo time.  It’s not unimportant but we cannot change this,and hello,  what begs question is what are the writers doing?  What are they saying?  Or are they just using the more entertaining fem personality?  This also is not tightly written as it should be, which is normal with k drama unfortunately. We only have 6 episodes to resolve the death mystery, the evil spirit mystery, resolve Soon Ae’s grudge/why Soon-Ae is the dominant female character, when endgame OTP is Bong Sun. and to resolve who is Sun Woo in love with?

The answer as of Episode 9 (I’ve not finished 10 yet).  Sun Woo doesn’t really know Bong Sun, but he likes the real her he gets to see outside of the boss-employee roles.  Sun woo loves Bong Sun’s blog, which a part of her personality he’s never met in person.  He sees his former self in her, the bullied child.  But Soon Ae is full of life, and he finds her as annoying in a different way, and she draws him out of his shell.   The end game will likely be Bong Sun but how do we get there and is it going to make sense or is she simply a consolation prize?   This has been my concern from the first few episodes.  But I stayed because I liked the two fem characters juxtaposition of vitality in the dead girl and the lifelessness of the living girl. I decided to watch so I’m dealing with the likely rushed and wtf ending, which frankly is what happens with most dramas lol.  I’m loving that we have a little drama here that is pushing buttons to my brain, I just hope it doesn’t just drop themes like so many dramas do in the end.

[Important Message] ~ The Art of Copy/Paste and other Dramaland Stories.

Dramajjang has brought attention to my little k drama world that apparently blatant recap and blogging ‘appropriation’ is going on from a blog calledv zkpop.com. Materials that are being copied from various blogs and loaded to the zkpop site with out proper citation and credit. Please read Dramajjang’s post and then verify for yourself, of course.

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