K-Drama Review: Prison Playbook (2017 – 2018)

PRISON PLAYBOOK FULFILLS ITS INITIAL PROMISE OF SHOWING AN INTERESTING DARK COMEDY ABOUT LIFE OF THE CONVICTS INSIDE A JAIL HOUSE.

A sweet, funny, and at times, painful daily isolated life is sketched vibrantly with ample life pep talks in tvN’s high-rated dramedy, Prison Playbook.

Up to its finale episode, Prison Playbook maintains its pragmatic tone. Although I wished for a happy reunion outside Wing 2 Room 6 brothers, I am happy that each personal issues of the characters are neatly tied up in a realistic fashion.

I highly enjoyed the small screen visits at Seobu Penitentiary that I cry at those scenes when one by one, the jail birds are set free  to the outside world. *chuckles

Prison Playbook lets you understand how mistakes are not supposed to define you as a person. It teaches you that personal battles are given to be won over, and that having a good heart is a blessing at all times.

Read my FULL REVIEW at hellokpop.com!

 

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K-Drama Review: Nothing to Lose (2017 – 2018)

NOTHING TO LOSE DISPLAYS GRACEFUL COMPOSURE AMIDST ITS EMOTIONAL COURTROOM SETTING, BUT FAILS TO SEAL A SATISFYING CLOSURE DUE TO AN ILLOGICAL LATE MINUTE TWIST.

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I was made to believe that Nothing To Lose would be a tranquil and rationally executed drama that won’t let me down. It did for the most parts until the crowning chapters kicked in. I got disappointed on how the ending neglected the poignant flow centered on the focal conflict of the narrative. I stay tuned because the placement of the side problems consistently coincided to the thrilling bends of the story. But just when you anticipate the culminating point, the excitement was shut down disappointingly without any apology.

Nothing To Lose pushed me to a love-hate relationship with its story. The superb cast and laid back attitude are the strongest charms of the drama. It is ironic how the patient story progression lost balance at the last hour, leading the viewers to feel stoic after the conclusion.

This drama requires forbearance and maturity since you would feel like going to courtroom each day, hearing pleas and analyzing verdicts. There are some cutesies here and there, romance teasings from east and west, but the majority of the picture leans on the lead girl’s endurance to all the emotional setbacks thrown at her.

If we can crop the rushed and misaligned ending, this courtroom drama is still worth your watch list – if you like that genre.

Read my FULL REVIEW at hellokpop.com!

K-Drama Review: Jugglers (2017 – 2018)

JUGGLERS IS A SWEET PILE OF LOVE AND OPTIMISM. IT EASILY WINS THE HEARTS OF THE VIEWERS BECAUSE OF THE ADORABLE LOVE COUPLE AND CAREFREE SETTING.

The office romance narrates the story of a diligent woman, who takes on her secretary role seriously so much. She vows not to ever cross the line of having romantic feelings with her boss, until she meets her new boss who makes her eat her words.

Flowing on a familiar set up, the bait for this KBS’ romantic comedy stems from the on-screen chemistry between the love couple, who get caught up in an unexpected romance. The mushy frames, which show the love trajectory for the lead couple, feast on endearing scenes that will push you to cheer for them in their you-and-me-against-the-evil-corporate-villains battle.

Jugglers celebrates career dreams, acknowledging self-worth and finding love. Although it takes the long winding path to clear the simple problem, the sweet direction makes up for it.

Read my FULL REVIEW at hellokpop!

K-Drama Review: I’m not a Robot (2017)

I’M NOT A ROBOT SKIDS TO A BIZARRE LOVE TALE THAT GETS BETTER WITH EACH STORY CHAPTER!

Arguably a collective favorite of rom-com followers from 2017 tail-end K-dramas, I’m Not A Robot is a happy and easy watch with graspable direction and endearing romance on the side.

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Pacing to an interesting love milieu, the story of a man who stumbled on the peculiar cure for his extreme human allergy, confronts the reality of how his newfound liberty to interact with people, comes with the price of admitting that he is in love with a robot. To complicate his situation, he learns that his reservations are pointless since the supposed android he can’t love, is actually a woman, who is commissioned to pretend that she is not a human.

I’m not a Robot communicates how the heart believes what the situation tries to conceal. It affirms how reciprocated love is felt even if it is not vocally declared. It is  easy to love due to its quick pacing and endearing cast.  Less the corporate world related conflict attached to the hero’s character, everything in the drama sails smoothly.

If you like saccharine stories, this drama is perfect for you. It notches well the bullet points of addictive romantic comedy. Light and sassy… sweet and steady.

Read my FULL REVIEW at hellokpop!

K-Drama Review: Andante (2017-2018)

Andante is the first drama to reach the finishing line from 2017’s last quarter K-dramas. I initially considered skipping it, but I ended up gravitating to its uncomplicated storytelling. Commencing on a laid-back tone, I was not expecting anything at all, except dreamy moments with Kai of course. So I am gleeful how the story reached a gratifying closure, given its tamed premise.

For a youth drama to mark on a viewer, it needs to raise nostalgic feeling from one’s old memories. Andante accomplishes that part with flying colors on the bonus pep talks of how to live life to the fullest, no matter what painful events you have to go through in the course of your life.

Andante is definitely not the brightest bulb among the youth-campus dramas that have aired so far. But the approach to teaching life lessons from young people’s perspectives is commendable and refreshing. The slice of life narrative lets you walk into a TV experience showing how genuine human interaction should be. It deviates from exaggeration and gives us the taste of life, dreams, friendship, family bond and love lessons without sugar coating.

Read the FULL REVIEW at HELLOKPOP.

2017 Best Korean Dramas

 

This is by far my busiest year watching and writing about K-dramas. I put up a lot of patience in finishing dramas even if some dramas struggled to stay in the finish line direction. *chuckles Nevertheless, it was a great year since I got one drama to add on my all-time favorites list.

Here are my Best Picks For 2017 Korean Dramas!

 

Chief Kim (KBS)

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Workplace comedy-drama Chief Kim delights with Nam Goong Min’s impeccable attack on his unique underdog role seeking to take down corporate politics through his keen mind and elaborated grasp of turning problems to opportunities. The upbeat tone and cast synergy fuel the quirks and lessons of the narrative.

Defendant (SBS)

2017 Korean Dramas

Carving a commanding impression as a legal drama to beat for 2017, the outwitting game of the hero and villain in Defendant triumphantly gifted its followers with nerve-wrecking mind games in a good versus evil theme. With solid performances from the hero and villain, Defendant deserves a spot on 2017 Best Korean Dramas.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (jTBC)

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The quirky fantasy rom-com secured immense following through the love couple’s endearing chemistry. Amidst the noticeable plot fillers, the love frames are what made Bong-bong and Min-min couple’s impressive social media branding.

Voice (OCN)

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Chasing a clever psychopath was brilliantly executed by the dauntless detective team of Voice. It is always at a high note, and not taking a chance to rest the grit and vigor of the story-building.

Circle (tvN)

Circle leans to an amazing sci-fi story perceptive to viewers, who may or may not be a fan of the genre. It never went wrong for being ambitiously inventive.  It never showed any signs of defiance, and was always sure of the track it was taking.  The brave movement of the story plus the incorporation of brotherly love would just blow your mind away.

Fight For My Way (KBS)

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What made this modestly written K-Drama a hot topic can be credited to the unadorned narrative that describes what regular people do and feel in their mundane living. It incidentally creates its own kind of beauty by presenting a cheerful cast, who channeled the honest storytelling to a good-humored spectacle. This leaves lingering lessons on chasing dreams while finding true love.

Chicago Typewriter (tvN)

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Chicago Typewriter defies creative boundaries as it switches the past and present timelines without losing the brilliant writing and fascinating characters that moved in the story. It takes pride on balancing romance and friendship. The ingenious weaving of the fictional thread sets a basic rule that the viewers have to accept — the dynamic reincarnation plot that involves a life affirming friendship between two friends who love the same girl.

Queen For Seven Days (KBS)

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Queen For Seven Days efficiently maximizes the staple government intrigues and character motivations to balance the frustrating love line. While you grieve with the love couple who are forced to love each other from afar, you will accept that true love is kept in the heart with the best memories you have with someone, even if you cannot have future moments together.

Stranger/Secret Forest (tvN)

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Stranger bravely dissects the cover ups happening in the police organization along with the corruption in the Prosecution Office without tiring the audience with pointless stop-overs. The series gives no more than what is required to story building, yet it makes sure how every detail conspires to present a comprehensible picture. It showcased sleek showdowns where intellect and power function as chess pieces proving how excessive tears and evil doings need not to be elaborately shown on-screen as long as it is neatly narrated.

Duel (OCN)

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The mystery solving plot unravels the details of the story that are traced to a prohibited medical research of 24 years about human cloning and a sort of cure-for-all vaccine. The ambitious medical plot about stem cell therapy and human clones seem awkward to a crime drama, but the moment your attention is settled, your brain will become busy processing the what-ifs and OMG’s of the story.

Because This Is My First Life (tvN)

Because This Is My First Life

Powered by a vibrant cast, the heartfelt writing reinvented the trite rom-com cohabitation premise to a whole new level, leaving traces of feel-good love affirming moments that would make you smile after each chapter. If you want to deviate from the standard romance stories, with a relaxing drama that is intuitively penned, an overnight marathon of Se Hee and the gangs’ love journey will make you sigh and ponder about the sweet little moments of being in love.

While You Were Sleeping (SBS)

While You Were Sleeping

Bringing together the thrills of the legal drama premise and the fated love frosted story is the strength which mobilizes the addictive surge of the drama. Thumbs up to the clear delineation of the heroes versus villain showdown that does not exaggerate. The quick-witted main leads maneuver the tale through their shared visions and are never stubborn to think ahead of the imaginary conflicts thrown at them. They patiently tackle together the maze-like answer to the final conflict.

Deserving of the Name (tvN)

Deserving of the Name

The smartly written time-slip drama of a celebrated Joseon acupuncturist transported in the modern times achieved the neat placement of time bending element on its supernatural stage. The medical plot fuses well to the intricate comparison between technology based and traditional medicine due to the winning performances of the main leads.

The Package (jTBC)

The Package

The fleeting romance of the lead couple in The Package radiates a resonating message that you can love instantaneously, fall out of it and love more at the right time. It is a romantic gift that is ironically spirited while running on a wistful narrative. The supporting chronicles appear like puzzle pieces meant to complete the entire picture of the plot. It results in an excellent capture of the drama’s ultimate message – how personal relationship, romantic or otherwise, won’t reveal apprehensions due to a man’s self-sacrificing nature.

 

 

 

 

K-Drama Review: Black (2017)

Black bribed me with an entrancing opening week by picturing a crime drama about elite grim reaper 444 who hosted on a human’s body – Han Moo Gang so he can find his rebellious mentee wandering in the mortal world.

As the story unfolds, Black presented interconnected murders from the past and present that intertwines the lives of Ha Ram and GR 444. I had a hard time constructing my thoughts about Black because I like that it braved the odds of its complicated plot, but I really suffered a painstaking journey to finish it. *chuckles

There were a lot of rules set, characters placed and events incorporated that you have to watch it on a binge to avoid getting lost along the way. There were also writing inconsistencies that I usually overlook but then again I was so patient with this drama so I deserve to whine a little. I think the focus on bringing in a plot that is hard to unhinge pushed the disconnection of its initial position to fuse fantasy and crime. It was bombarded with violent frames that I begin to question if the story is just wanting me to guess who the ultimate villain is.

But the strange thing about watching Black is how I feel so exhausted in the process but I remained steadfast in uncovering the pieces of the mystery. I did not write a full review of Black anymore because of time constraint with a lot of pending activities that I need to do. But before I forget my thoughts about it, I have to store it in here for future reference.

Black requires a lot of patience and understanding. I won’t recommend it to teens since it has plenty of crime scenes. I would have appreciated it more if there was a balance treatment of the fantasy element and detective story. That’s what I thought I signed up for in the first place, sadly though it circled on the arduous investigation of the cold cases manipulated by the villain. The extension I thought would give more light to some confusions, but it became just a half-hearted attempt to salvage and to explain all the lengthening nonsense of the story.

The messy story building is why Black failed to have a lingering effect on me. But if you can bear to plunge on a maze-like-find-the-villain sojourn out of love for Song Sung Heon oppa, then pocket this drama. 

KDramaland Weekly Round Up – December 2017 Second Week

Happy Holidays everyone! 

Yes, this segment I summoned from hiatus since I am proud to announce that I only have one pending kdrama to review.  Although I still have 3 dramas that I need to finish.

Please clap for me since I am updated in watching 7 dramas weekly these days.  *wink  Credit that to my stomach flu at the start of last week which put me on bed rest and marathon time.  ^_^

My notes for #Black looks thesis-like already and I still have 4 episodes to watch… aigoo  If not for the effort I have given and detective notes I scribbled already, I would have given up.  So many characters, so many things that happened.

I will skip watching Just Between Lovers and Untouchable.  Both dramas I really struggle connecting so I decided to give up on them.
 
Meanwhile #JudgeVsJudge #DobtfulVictory #ImNotARobot  #BlackKnight #TwoCops #Jugglers #PrisonPlaybook are on my active watchlist. 

“Judge vs Judge” treads on two court misrulings by former judges which intertwine the fate of their sons and the woman they both care about.  The legal drama smartly utilizes a low key villain and subtle display of wickedness which is a breather from the exaggerated antagonist parade this year.

“Doubtful Victory” never fails to give me mini cardiac arrest each episode with its sneaky twists.  The gripping cliff-hangers made me anticipate where the story is heading each week.  Who would have thought that a bag of $100 million dollar as a plot catalyst would propel an engaging crime drama.  As expected from its genius PD, I am getting what I expected of it right now.

“I’m Not A Robot” is like R2D2 clueless among the jedi and sith war happening in kdramaland this month.  *chuckles  That being said, it’s a delightful oasis among the crime and courtroom kdramas currently airing.

“Black Knight” bribed me with its soothing music and Kim Rae Won oppa.  The opening week hurriedly unleashed a little bit of everything that might happen in the story.  So I look forward to unravel the bittersweet fusion of fantasy and romance befitting to its melodramatic tone even when its premiere week seemed a bit hazy.

“Jugglers” is surprisingly engaging with its workplace platform.  Probably because the roles are perfect for the actors portraying the cast.  It is also helping that the characters are saddled with insecurities that matches their age range.  So yes, Daniel Choi’s post army drama as reflected on its decent Tuesday ratings lead over “Two Cops” and “Doubtful Victory” is inevitably on a triumphant note.

“Prison Playbook” endearingly hooked me because of its production team but I am not at that point yet where I am immersed into watching it.  Throw me some dark comedy bone here.  That’s what you promised.  That’s what I am waiting.

“Two Cops” is leaning to disappoint me with its unstable narrative but I promised to finish watching it and refused to whine about it since I have vowed to live a positive kdrama reviewing life.  lol

#BadGuysCityOfEvil premiered over the weekend and I’m still waiting for the subtitles.

KDrama Review: The Package (2017)

THE PACKAGE HEALS YOUR HEART WITH THOUGHT PROVOKING LOVE LESSONS WHILE LETTING YOU INDIRECTLY TRAVEL ALONG WITH THE CHARACTERS IN FASCINATING FRANCE.

The Package top-billed by CN Blue front man Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Yeon Hee (Reunited Worlds) is a rejuvenating romance drama that will calm your mind and warm your heart. With picturesque France as the designated setting, you will get what you never asked for in this comforting drama about travelers who embark on a premium package French tour. As the journey unfolds, they reflect on their current life and love situations resulting in overdue disappointments that need to be forgiven and new beginnings that need to be accepted.

The Package is a romantic gift that is ironically spirited while running on a wistful narrative. The supporting chronicles appear like puzzle pieces meant to complete the entire picture of the plot. It results in an excellent capture of the drama’s ultimate message – how personal relationship, romantic or otherwise, won’t reveal apprehensions due to a man’s self-sacrificing nature.

Read my FULL REVIEW at hellokpop!

KDrama Review: Go Back Couple (2017)

Go Back Couple sends you to a whirlwind of emotions with its pensive mood of the joys and pain of being in love.

The trip back to 18 years with the cast is a sweet nostalgia of what it feels to love the first time, and a bitter melancholia of the romance you painfully have to let go because it can’t work anymore.

Staged in a wistful retro vibe, the engrossing love journey of Ban Do and Jin Joo pushes you to ponder how you react if you would be given a chance like them to work on a relationship you have already given up.

Go Back Couple presents a gravitating picture through the lead girl’s mother’s story arc, which starts the initial breaking of their relationship which they tried to ignore through the years.  That same overlooked grudge is what they discovered to work on the fantasy borrowed time given to them, to realize how they vowed to be with each other.

If you are looking for a swift rom-com drama that highlights friendship, family relationship and recounting the good old days of being in love, then pick your favorite pillow and a marathon date to watch this gleeful cast.

Read my FULL REVIEW at hellokpop!

KDrama Review: Because This Is My First Life (2017)

BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LIFE PROVES HOW PREDICTABLE DRAMA PLOTS CAN BE REINVENTED TO CREATE AN ENDEARING LOVE STORY OF MINIMALIST APPROACH, YET FILLED WITH LOVE RETROSPECTION.

Armed with equally captivating side romance stories, the heart-fluttering affair of two people who found love through a marriage contract is my highly-recommended rom-com drama for 2017.

Who would have thought that Because This Is My First Life would pull off a unique attraction based on its familiar tune? Surprisingly it did, and I think followers of Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min’s adorable love story agree on the sweet highs the story brings each week.

No self-help books can teach how life can be lived perfectly the first time. In this emotionally perceptive drama, we are given pep talks on how to burst happiness on our faces by living and loving to the fullest.

Read my FULL REVIEW at HELLOKPOP!

KDrama Review: While You Were Sleeping (2017)

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING CLEVERLY FUSES ROMANCE AND FANTASY IN A THRILLING COURTROOM DRAMA THAT WILL LEAVE YOU WANTING MORE.

What the rest of supernatural themed dramas missed this year, While You Were Sleepingaccomplished in full marks consistently.

At some point, I imagined the writer meticulously penning the script with a big board of connecting scenarios similar to how detectives work on criminal cases. The heedful writing contributes to the seamless linking of the mini conflicts up to the eventual climax.

Lee Jong Suk, Bae Suzy and the rest of the gang put up a superb collective performance. It highlights the stable storytelling and unswerving focus to present the inventive picture

While You Were Sleeping proves it deserves the hype it got prior to airing. The polished storytelling reflects why they lead the midweek drama race considering it was pitted against impressive dramas on the same time slot.

It switches from comic highs, courtroom thrills and heart-fluttering moments while treading on the exciting fantasy landscape.  If you are up for a binge, this is the perfect Kdrama for you.

READ MY FULL REVIEW AT HELLOKPOP.

K-Drama Review: Age of Youth 2 (2017)

AGE OF YOUTH 2 KEEPS A GLEEFUL SECOND SERVING OF FUN-FILLED FRIENDSHIP AND ROMANCE.

Age of Youth 2 sustains the feel-good vibe of sassy dorm sisters, who seize the days of their lives by chasing dreams and romance.  It maintains the soothing tone which it is known for. That is why you would end up choosing to watch it over dramas with smarter storytelling. I refuse to compare it with its predecessor because the charm of the former is the friendship buildup while the sequel is strong on the love stories told.

Belle Epoque girls mark a small screen sisterhood that fans would dearly miss.  If you intend to have a chill weekend with your family or pyjama night with your girlfriends, Age of Youth 2 gives you a lot of reason to laugh and grin.

READ MY FULL REVIEW AT HELLOKPOP!

KDrama Review: Save Me (2017)

It took a while for me to finish Save Me because the depressing tone kept battling with my usual sunny disposition. Nevertheless, as expected for OCN’s trademark despondent themed dramas, it made me cringe on how the sinister villains and irrational conflict were pictured in the plot.

Thriller K-Dramas get most of the ideas through psychopath characters and steadfast heroes on a quest to end the vicious ways of the villains. Save Me is a safe bet to watch, but it is not as strikingly done as its predecessors that came in this year. I watched it for Taecyeon, but Woo Do Hwan presented a more memorable character.

For bravely delving on human greed, lunatic cult following, high school bullying, government corruption, and the rest of negative plot pieces of this eerie tale, I say watch it at a pace that will not drain you emotionally.

read my full review at hellokpop.

Loving 2017 Fall Korean Dramas

I finally managed to free myself from the year-end strain thanks to the rom-com treats which premiered recently.

Yes, I’m talking about “While You Were Sleeping” and “Temperature of Love” which are currently what I am not missing to watch each week.  

8 Dramas will premiere next week, yes full force 8!  So good luck everyone.  I have skipped reviewing Manhole because there’s nothing to review anyhow.  I feel apologetic towards Go Kyung Pyo since I dropped his drama halfway not because it was not good but because I was on a writing slump when it ended.  And I had to decide which dramas would matter.  I will update my review list here by Monday.  But the last dramas I reviewed thru hellokpop – “Save Me” and “The King Loves” are available for reading.  I am now working on “Deserving of the Name”.  If my oppa love to Lee Jun Ki will sustain my will to finish Criminal Minds, then I might write it as well.  

Of the 8 drama premieres next week, I only look forward to “Mad Dog”.  The shower of thrillers this year has turned my heart cold I don’t like romance anymore.  *chuckles  So I am waiting if the new dramas will surprise me.  I hope this batch will since we only have November dramas to look forward to and I can finally work on the year end recap spree.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

KDrama Review: School 2017

I think all the followers of School 2017 would agree that not much happened on this coming-of-age drama, except the sweet boy crush we all felt towards Tae Woon. *wink

I want to say, I was put on a cute school boys’ trance, that’s why I ended up binging on this youth drama.  But it is really because the predictable and light dramas are sometimes more therapeutic to watch instead of the heavily conceived ones.

School 2017 lacks story depth but the light premise and the young love progression easily melt the hearts of the viewers. Following the recurring elements of its predecessors, it painted a picture of students along with their woes, dreams and bliss we can all relate to.

Read my full review at hellokpop.

KDrama Review: Bride of the Watergod

Brode of the Water god

Bride of the Water God is my kdramaland heartache for 2017 since I am rooting for its artistic promise – only to be disappointed for failing to achieve it. There are a few addictive runs, but the cliff-hangers and direction of the supernatural plot kills the budding love, just when you think it is finally settling to a decent narration.

I keep hoping for a miraculous spurt, but the writing remains unaware of its sporadic trajectory.  Savor the sweet moments and sigh on the nonsense events. Bride of the Water God gives you sufficient reasons to enjoy the love affair, yet the picture as a whole leaves you bereft of emotions.

There are a lot of poignant events in Bride of the Water God which are overshadowed by the lapses on the story framework. The central problem of the romance impossibility between a human and an immortal is unreasonably amplified by throwing in fragments of character driven conflicts that do not involve the love couple. If truth to be told, those side stories and unnecessary supporting characters turn the plot messier.

It is not visually unpleasant, to be honest. However, the narrative requires the viewers to be understanding of the plethoric ideas which happen recklessly in the story. That has been my big complaint for the series. But then again, I applaud how they settle on a romantic fix that works well, with how they lean firmly on the pragmatic belief of the drama.

I question why they pace back and forth when they can crown Habaek as a King. Then since he is infamously powerful, he can visit So ah at his will. But when the resolution is revealed, the disarming of Habaek’s supernatural abilities finally makes sense to me.

Bride of the Water God is hard to deconstruct as a viewer. It does have good and bad points, so you have to rely on your patience to finish it.  If Nam Joo Hyuk is your cup of tea, it is still a tolerable watch.

Read my full review at hellokpop.  

Queen For Seven Days Is A Bittersweet Love Tale That Will TUg Your Heart

Once in a while, you witness a beautiful love story that you want to tell everyone about it because you want to share that stunning experience with them.  That’s the exact feeling I had when I was watching Queen For Seven Days.  It brought me to the sweetest highs and despondent lows as the story lured me in a web of doubts, betrayals and love.

Queen For Seven Days pushed me to the limit of my tears.  I usually avert melodramas, but KBS’ historical offering has this interesting visage that draws you in as a viewer at the moment you meet the lead characters.  Staged in traditional background, it narrates a breathtaking chronicle of a woman, who relies on love but falters on trusting that love which eventually leads to her misfortunes.

I smiled, melted, wailed, begged and a lot more on my drama journey in Queen For Seven Days.  When you think of those tragic love stories, you will remember them only as a sad tale. But not in this drama. While you grieve with the love couple who are forced to love each other from afar, you will accept that true love is kept in the heart with the best memories you have with someone, even if you cannot have future moments together.  This drama, though not achieving a happy ending fully, is still a satisfying romantic tale, which will appeal to people that knows love waits, love goes on, and love endures.

Read my FULL REVIEW at hellokpop.

New KDrama Premieres: Save Me, Strongest Deliveryman and Manhole

We will get to the extremes of reality and fantasy for new Korean dramas that will kick off in the next two weeks.

Save Me (OCN)

Ok Taecyeon will rescue a damsel (Seo Ye Ji) trapped by a creepy cult following in OCN’s new offering.  I have pretty much been loyal to OCN this year and have enjoyed most of their dramas so I trust in this new project.  “Save Me” will replace “Duel” on the weekend slot.

Manhole (KBS)

Kim Jae Joong’s post army comeback drama has released adorale teasers so far that I have already added it on my weekly watchlist.  The promise looks like “Operation Proposal” to me where the lead guy travel back to the past to prevent the wedding of his long running one-sided love.  KBS is chirpy with their drama line up this year so we can fairly look forward to this new romcom.  “Manhole” is slated every Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.

Strongest Deliveryman

Go Kyung Pyo sports a crazy hair for his breakthrough lead man role.  He rises from the bottom to become a CEO after delivering a hit app he developed.  KBS has been successful with their undedog stories this year so let’s wait and see where the deliveryman will take us.  “Strongest Deliveryman” will ride his motorbike every Friday and Saturday.

KDrama Diary:  KDramas I’m watching

July 4th Week 2017

Annyeong yorabun!

Two dramas kick off this week as one will end over the weekend.  I ended up missing to write my reviews for Ruler and My Sassy Girl.  I will move them to join Defendant, Whisper and Chief Kim in the parking lot of my reviews-to-do.  Hopefully if time allows me I can really get to write a full review.  Next week will welcome Manhole and Save Me for our weekly roster so Yay!  Dear life, when will I have time for you seriously?  Seven Day Queen will hit the finale next week so I will slate it for a marathon.

Bride of the Watergod (TVN) Ep 7&8

I want to fall in love both on the romance and mythology but the story is really distracted to a fault.  The vague romantic notion by now should have gone to a thorough understanding for the lead couple, instead they throw in another conflict.  I mean we have not solved yet the missing powers of Habaek.  He is in a limbo on his road to being a King task.  So why throw another punch?  sigh

The King Loves (MBC) Ep 5-8

I’m still addicted to the cinematography and Im Si Wan.   I’m not expecting a lot from Yoo Na just a little less scenes which I know is impossible.  I’m cheering for our mudblood Silla prince to whatever will make him happy.

Falsify (SBS) Ep 1-4 “Premiere Week”

Chief Kim is back in a serious face.  I like happy-go-lucky Nam Goong Min and his vein-popping villain face.  So I don’t have any doubt that this drama will drain me even if it’s another legal drama for SBS with the same corruption conspiracy plot on the side.  I will trust my fondness towards anything journalistic in honor of my failed dreams so I’m going to give a trial period for this drama.

Reunited Worlds (SBS) Ep 5-8

There is something thought-provoking on this drama.  And no, it’s not because I have a hangover with Circle still.  It is the character interaction that makes me like this drama still.  Wven with a probable sad ending, I am willing to take the risk just like how I watch The Best Hit each week when it was airing.

Criminal Minds (TVN) Ep 1&2 “Premiere”

The Korean adaptation will require a lot of convincing for me to appreciate their take of my favorite police procedural drama ever.  They know very well how to do it, and that is by showing Lee Jun Ki oppa all intense and handsome on the screen.  hahaha  I like the opening salvo, but I’m expecting them to find something unique that will make the remake a lot like the original yet with a little something of their own.

Secret Forest (TVN) Finale Week

Review Coming Up!  If you haven’t hit on this drama yet, it’s about time you do.  

 

This is abbyinhallyuland reporting how KDramas has drowned me each week.  *grin

“The Best Hit” of Your Life is Yet To Come

 
So there goes my favorite feel good drama this year.  The Best Hit has made my weekends zippy recently that I wish it was converted to a family drama that I would definitely love.
 
 
The Best Hit is like meeting your drunk treasured friend who would blab about insane ideas, and you would stay by his side listening patiently to all those crazy things.  My favorite outtake from this drama is how we won’t be having a time traveling chance like Hyun Jae to settle the mistakes we have done in our lives.  So we can avoid choosing the wrong thing or take the long route of fixing what has been broken.
 
Here is my FULL REVIEW of THE BEST HIT.
 
 
 

At the end of it all, it is still thanks to Ji Chang Wook

As a Ji Chang Wook fan, I suffered a rebellious jealousy while watching Suspicious Partner.  *grins  When it got to the sweet kiss scenes where he glided his lips luxuriously on his lead girl, I squealed along with all the girls around the world, but I slept with tears in my eyes. *lol

So when he went to giving her morning kisses as the story progressed, I rested my case, and decided to cool off my one-sided fictional romance with him. *giggles

On that note, Suspicious Partner soared up on how the romance inevitably happened between a man and a woman, who found themselves trusting each other.  The love declarations are impulsive outburst, which gives a relatable nudge for people, who at some point in their lives, recklessly chase a relationship that just beat excitedly in their hearts.

Here is my FULL REVIEW at hellokpop

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

suspicious partner

K-Drama Review: Justice Well Achieved By Team Lookout

Dear Lookout,

I have no regrets staying beside you since Day 1.  Warts and all, I enjoyed the thrilling ride.

Love, abby

I am still shookt and recovering from the gripping finishing kick of Lookout.  But as a rational KDrama fan, I have moved on because I have no choice left since I am bound to review a few dramas until next week.  lol

Here is my LOOKOUT REVIEW at hellokpop.  

Hope you will include it in your list if you are catching up with 2017 KDramas.

Fight For My Way” Threads On Loving Someone Who Has Been A Friend For A Long Time

Fight for my way

Yay!  It will be a busy week that will extend until next most likely.  I only have good words about the Fantastic Four’s story.  

Having a simple narrative in a way made me enjoy it so much because I get to focus on the individual stories of the main cast. I mostly basked in bliss and laughter fit while Dong Man and Ae Ra’s friends-turned-lovers paraded before my eyes. The humble rom-com premise breaks the predictable reputation of K-Drama rom-coms.

I say you catch up on this drama soon if you have not watched it yet. There’s a scarcity of charming love dramas this year so make the most of those that will be worth your time.

Here is my FULL REVIEW through hellokpop.

Happy Wednesday everyone! -jediprincess

The Spy Who Loved Her and Him: Man To Man Review

It’s Monday and I kinda miss Man to Man’s slot for my watch list today.  I pray that Woman of Dignity will continue the lucky year of jTBC.

There are a lot of things that I like about Park Hae Jin’s recent spy drama.  It totally obliterated the nightmare he gave me in “Cheese in the Trap”.  So I guess Kim Go Eun and him are forgiven for that abysmal definition of plot turn of events.  

What I will remember most about “Man to Man” is the rightly mixed concoction of story, humor and amusing cast… not to mention the bromance.  I was not that swayed in the romance, but I appreciate that it added more layers to the hero.  Anyway here is my hellokpop full review.

Happy Monday yorabun!  ^_^

-jediprincess