While my entire stay in kdramaland for 2013 was not as faithful as I have been for 2012, I enjoyed it just the same, and I even added one drama to my all time personal favorites.
I hope I can find time next year to wrap up all my half-ways and quarterly done series reviews before 2014 first quarter wanes.
The deft writing and skillful directing of Nine Time Travels was a runaway hit for me sending me to pulsating “damn-this-drama-is-so-good moments. There was no wasted episode and the characters and the time-voyaging plot harmoniously achieved an almost perfect production where conflicts and loose ends are tied and untied all throughout the story and then managed to climax in a euphoric scale where I was left marveling and renewing my kdrama addiction contract yet again.
The ghost-seeing heroine and her adorable shield chaebol heir managed to etch their drama poster to my wall of kdrama favorites. Joong-won and Tae-yang has had me really enjoyed the feeling of being in love just by watching how their romance blossomed. True, that there were moments when the plot was trying to catch up with the romance but Master’s Sun notched a fun and yet epic love story of Harry&Sally proportion. Refreshing and caffeinated, you will find yourself loving the main couple here.
Reply 1994 worked its way to me and never looked back after once it felt that I’m hooked and addicted. This drama rounded up the remaining spot of my top 3 dramas this year alongside Nine and Master’s Sun. There’s just so much warming and reassuring feeling I felt while staying hooked at the cast ensembles and each of their stories. And while I’m still waiting for Na-jung’s guess my eventual husband contest, I vouched that men and women of my age would really enjoy it as it is a reminder of us 10 years ago. Sweetly nostalgic, I highly recommend this in your watchlist.
I also enjoyed the love tearjerkers early this year… I Miss You That Winter The Wind Blows and When A Man Loves had made me forcedfully used up tissue rolls with the amount of weeping I spent stalking them through ups and downs, craziness and annoyance and heart flutters and bliss.
I am sorry I didn’t really enjoy I Hear Your Voice and Gu Family book. The former didn’t hit the yellow chakra in me, the latter being not able to sustain the hype of the promising storyline. Heirs was surely overrated but I loved the two lead boys there, and the pantry kiss though the lead girl acted stoic was one of the best kiss Lee Min Ho has ever given in his career. Marry Him If You Dare less the wtf ending would have been nice. I mean I was all waiting for Mirae’s choice, but at the last minute the writer gave me the power to choose for Mirae, what’s that about?
Joo Won didn’t wait for next year and worked on redeeming the disappointing and madly done Level 7 Civil Servant through his savant Good Doctor character which made me feast on heartwarming feelings and some new found medical knowledge. I consider this a family drama that your mom would surely love. Another drama mom would like is School 2013, although centered in the High Schooler’s life, the friendship and simply narrated but neatly acted story was a winning performance.
Safely finishing their dramas, Cha Tae Hyun oppa lifted Jeon Woo Chi to a decent ending as my crush Yoo Ah In melted me over and over again to his King Sukjong role with the infamous Joseon concubine Jang Ok Jung. Show me some magic and Tae Hyun oppa’s impeccable comic and winning performance and I’m on the ride babe. And that swaying from the history book depiction of Jang Ok Jung story admittedly diminished my once felt angst towards Joseon’s femme fatale. After all I’m a sucker of a two-way romance.
Mandate of Heaven following a Joseon fugitive plot who proved his innocence while saving his sick daughter against the court and Royal family conspiracies and the niftily done King of dramas which reminded me painfully of my once dream to become a TV drama writer were bubble wrap dramas which comforted me and made me feel good after watching them.
Cheongdamdong Alice, Dating Agency: Cyrano, and Monstar gave me the after sweet taste of an afternoon in a park munching ice cream and cotton candy while The Great Seer and Flower-boy next door fairly amused me but certainly will be those forgettable dramas on my list this year.
Two Weeks and Heartless City were the underrated but rockstars and dark horses in kdramaland for me this year. The action packed thrilling plot had me most of the time on the edge of my seat anticipating the next badass move and powerplays that will unfold.
Unfortunately I’m still trying hard to finish War of Flowers, Empire of Gold, Secret Love and Empress Ki so I can’t say much about them yet. You From Another Star, Pretty Boy, Golden Rainbow, Miss Korea, Prime Minister and I will be on my 2014 list as it crosses over the Horse year.
True this year was not as fabulous as last year. It was mostly mediocre and passing dramas but there are a few good finds and 3 stellar dramas for me. As my love time can only permit me for this quick recap, I am closing this with my pink lightsaber favorites this year.
Nine Times Travel
That Winter The Wind Blows
King of Dramas
Jang Ok Jung
Mandate of Heaven
Hello 2014! I’m looking forward to my kdrama treats from you! ^_^