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.

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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

Mid Year KDramaland Thoughts

Can’t believe we are going to cross the second half of 2017 very soon.  It has been an exhausting ride in trying to keep up with all the dramas.

I was supposed to give time for “Defendant” last week but I had an urgent matter to attend to.

So far prosecutors, serial killers and time slip plot still dominate kdrama land.  I am disheartened why TVN is appearing to be on slump even when I like their recent offerings.  The Big 3 Networks are alternatingly throwing dramas that drew a strong fanbase – Defendant (SBS), Chief King (KBS) and Ruler (MBC).  JTBC delivered a strong stride for the Fri-Sat slot with “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” and “Man To Man”.

I am still mustering strength to focus on “Father is Strange” due to the rating it is getting recently.  But I cannot promise a lot since I am watching and reviewing 10 dramas at present.  *kdramagods guide me lol

So far, I have placed “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”, “Voice”, and “Chicago Typewriter” for my favorites this year.  Among the currently airing ones, I am enjoying “Circle” and “The Best Hit” immensely.  The latter for the hilarious tone while the former really just blow my mind.

I am looking forward to the second half because of Im Si Wan and Nam Joo Hyuk drama.  What k-dramas have you liked so far this year?

Happy Weekend Everyone!

K-Drama Diary (May 4th Week – June 1st Week)

I feel like I deserve to watch ‘Wonderwoman’ to be more inspired in unleashing my strength.  I had and still having vigils for my father who is currently admitted in the hospital right now.  So I will make my kdrama diary update really quick.  I decided to rename this K-Drama Diary as having 10 dramas on my plate right now would make me skip some episodes which I will try to race through before the drama ends.  I learned not to complain ever because kdrama gods are spiteful and they will shower dramas more if I whine about hallyuland or something.  lol

We had 6 dramas that premiered in the past two weeks and 3 that ended from the past batch premieres.  I have to make this quick and will make up for my next update because I have to catch up with the dramas I have to watch really fast.

 

Chicago Typewriter (Finale Week)

I feel like I will remember this drama everytime I see an old typewriter.  There are a lot of good things to say about this with the review that I’m about to write after this.  But all through its run I like how the we transitioned from real to imaginary owing to the switching of timelines.  I like the trips to 1930’s and how the writer stayed focus in uncovering the details simultaneously with the events of the past and present while binding both the conflicts to the fictional novel that triggers the characters to redeem their unresolved issues.  Here’s my full review published at hellokpop.

chicago typewriter

Queen For Seven Days (Pilot Week)

The opening week stuns me with the poignant frame of telling me that I will be up for a weep fest, but I don’t care if I do I’m still gonna watch it.  I love Lee Dong Gun’s character already, he just fit in right away to a messy character that I want to love and hate.   As the adult versions of the other two main leads have not appeared yet, I’m preparing my heart well for this tragic love story.

My Sassy Girl (Pilot Week)

Now I understand the part when they say it will be like a quasi adaptation.  I drowned in amusement remembering the original film and how they transcribed it in a Joseon period drama.  Man this rom-com will make me feel good and will parade an interesting story to my taste.

Suspicious Partner (Ep 13-16)

That I was not expecting!  The villains twist surprised me but the last minute kiss calmed my heart right away.  Good job for still keeping the romance and story Ji Wook.  Please don’t turn ‘My Secret Romance’ on me.

suspicious partner

My Secret Romance (Finale Week)

Dear Sung Hoon, I still like you warts and all about the drama.  Here’s my review for Secret Romance

The Best Hit (Opening Week)

Love love love the hilarious hijinks of this show.  It promises to be my comic relief each week.  Don’t have second thoughts adding it to your list.  I wrote an opening week preview of ‘The Best Hit’ at hellokpop.

Till my next kdrama entry!

-abbyinhallyuland

 

 

 

Liplocks and Fated Love on ‘My Secret Romance’

I thought this drama will be at 16 episode so I was surprise that it was really set at 13 Eps.  But given the lengthening job they did to finally end Sung Hoon’s kissing prowess spectacle, I think reaching the 16th episode would have really made me furious and no amount of Sung Hoon’s hot self can appease it.  *chuckles  

Here’s my full review for ‘My Secret Romance’ published at hellokpop.

‘My Secret Romance’ follows the traditional make of Korean rom-coms without any embellishment.  If truth be told, on a woman’s point of view, you will really stay because of Sung Hoon’s handsome face and his vacuum kisses.*Wink  There is really not much going on as the story gives away the surprises, not with twists and turns but with predictions if they will kiss or not.

If you need a drama that will require you to just rest, and bask in honeyed moments while sipping a hot chocolate on a rainy day, then this short drama will serve the purpose.  But be warned that the barren storyline is borderline cathartic that you might feel like you are watching it only because of the liplocks.

my secret romance

 

New KDramas Alert: ‘Lookout’, ‘Circle’, and ‘Fight For My Way’

We had new dramas that hit the small screen last week.  In case you have not checked on it yet.  These are the initial drama premises that you should look forward to.

 

Lookout

“Lookout” exhibits an interesting mixture of characters that the audience can look forward to.  The editing is clever as the story pace attracts the viewer’s attention immediately.  It goes straight to an emotional moment, where the lead girl gives all the reasons why we should root for her to avenge the death of her daughter from a young psychopath, hiding behind his parents’ wealth and power.

A woman vigilante in the making, a cunning prosecutor with an ulterior motive to take down the corrupt office he belongs to, the adorable CCTV genius girl, and diligent field worker team are what made up the cast of these neighborhood heroes.  They don’t possess any super power but their joint skills and abilities in solving crime and raising righteousness flag will make you cheer for them.

‘Lookout’ is all business in its promise to provide an exhilarating ride in pursuing redemption with the ultimate verdict that no man is above the law.  Here’s the link for my complete article in hellokpop.

 

Circle

‘Circle’ effortlessly drops an auspicious chronicle that is unafraid of possible limitations along the way.  As an avid K-Drama follower, I am scared and happy at the same time on how TVN pushes to present this cutting edge plot, owing to how deft writing and intelligent scene-execution would make or break the story.

‘Circle’ energetically runs on establishing the seamless connection of the characters, the timelines, and the past, present and future events.

If you are in search of an interesting K-Drama to stimulate your brain and thrill your heart, ‘Circle’ is definitely up to your challenge.  Here’s the link of my first impression on ‘Circle’ at hellokpop.

 

Fight For My Way

‘Fight For My Way’ tosses a reality check that features characters who are failing at their current adult life after missing their chances to work on their young dreams.

The unidealistic vibe of the friendship circle in ‘Fight For My Way’ affirms an engaging invitation to sit in for a drama that is coated not with the most fancy things, but remains beautiful just the same.  Here’s my take on Fight For My Way’s initial episode at hellokpop.

The Dark and Creepy Path of Deciphering Criminal Minds in ‘Tunnel’

For my objective review on crime drama ‘Tunnel’, please check it at hellokpop.  Since this is a genre that I have grown to love because of my attachment to Criminal Minds, at some point I joined the highs and lows, but the safe and neat narrative felt lacking in the end because it was always leaning on a safe side in explaining the links presented in the story.  The trite flow and complacent writing that circled to the villain overshadowed the heroes and gave an imbalance on the character dimensions of the story.

I wish they had explained the catalyst of the time jump but they just sort of let it happen in the story.  I know that it was laid as part of the plot framework, but in kdramaland everything has to be explained.  lol

Overall, ‘Tunnel’ is still an exciting drama watch.  The unexplained time element is the only thing that set it apart from the crime dramas focusing on serial killing and also my minimal complaint along with the predictable storyline.

KDramaland Weekly Round Up (May Week 2)

We had three new dramas opening this week and some more in the coming weeks.  Hopefully this will be a start of a lively weekly drama line up.

My Secret Romance (Mon-Tue) Ep 7

Episode 8 was preempted just when the romance plot is thickening.  argh  The appetizer kiss scene in Episode 7 surprised me.  I just felt that coming from their one night stand and meeting after, the awkwardness if will not be discussed should have at least drawn some line or urged Yoo Mi at least to question Jin Wook’s right to just kiss her as he pleases.  I will still give the love plot in this drama a chance to redeem the story since we will be crossing the middle part so hopefully we can balance the romance and comedy.  Technically they are trying to insert mushy scenes more than yarning the story, and even if it is acceptable in rom-com dramas I got a bit disappointed because I like the director’s work in Something About 1% last year.  Give me a story next week, I like Jin Wook’s vacuum kisses but I want us to talk as well.  *chuckles

The Liar and His Lover (Mon-Tue) Finale Week

So Rim and Han Gyul wrapped up their story on a safe landing.  I have written the full review for hellokpop so if you want to watch it soon, check my recommendation.  Overall I like the story before the pandemonium of conflicts in the closing sprint.  It would have been nice if So Rim and Han Gyul were not pushed behind because of unresolved problems that they had to fit in the dying episodes.

the liar and his lover

Suspicious Partner (Wed-Thurs) Premiere Week

I signed up for this of course because of Ji Chang Wook oppa since they bribe me with his “first rom-com role” premise.  What’s strange was that it felt weird seeing him slumped on a chair with paperworks.  lol  The love vibes with his lead girl is not yet settling in me, but I like Nam Ji Hyun so I’m positive that she will win me over.  Here’s my opening thoughts for Suspicious Partner at hellokpop.  

suspicious partner

Ruler Master of the Mask (Wed-Thurs) Premiere Week

I skipped Rebel and Saimdang period dramas because I was not drawn by the initial premise and the actors playing on it.  I like how the water system exploitation conflict will be the basis for the story’s premise.  It is reminiscent of Flower in Prison and Tree With Deep Roots so I have picked up this drama on my list.  Here’s also my hellokpop first impression for ‘Ruler’.

Ruler Master of the Mask

Man to Man (Fri-Sat) Ep 7-8

Ghost Agent K feels like Healer all over again and it’s making me feel so in love.  *giggles  Everything about this drama is perfectly executed so far.  I like the placement of the conflicts as the spy missions for the hero, and I like how his character is showing amusing facets that is making the story more adorable.  The bromance with action star Woon Gwang is also commendable along with the heroine’s intuitive nature.  Friday and Saturday dramas are what’s keeping me happy weekly.  If you are still considering watching this drama it won’t disappoint you.

Chicago Typewriter (Fri-Sat) Ep 9-10

Se Ju and the gang never looked back and keeps throwing on cryptic puzzle pieces little by little as the picture and connection of their past lives is reaching clarity at present time.  What I am anticipating is whether the mistakes from their past lives will finally be atoned in their present lives.  I think the limbo situation of ghost Jin Oh will be unraveled soon as well as the backstory of Seol’s trauma.  ps.  That 1930’s kiss scene was so hot.  lol

chicago typewriter

Bad thief, Good Thief (Sat-Sun) Premiere Week

For a 50 episode drama the first two episodes are not enough for me to understand the intention of the production team.  So I’m going to give it 10 episodes to prove its worth.  The premiere week displayed back story that I did not feel entwined at all so come on drama entice me! 

bad thief good thief

Chasing Dreams and Young Love in ‘Liar and His Lover’

the liar and his lover

I think I fainted to sleep after my full review of this drama which I already published at hellokpop so you can view the full review from there.  I did love this drama from its onset because I look forward on how the heroine’s character will progress and because her character is such an endearing watch.

the liar and his lover

‘The Liar and His Lover’ sans a complicated story is heartfelt at the very least, in conceiving relatable characters for the audience to cheer and be inspired.  The age group, which this drama targets, would enjoy the budding romance, quirky and cute boys of the idol band and the music, tailored to the setbacks that they encounter in pursuing romance and life achievements.  For the young-at-heart viewers, the immature scenarios and the shallow narratives might test your patience, yet it will also remind you about how being young has ventured us for life experiences, and how all those memories will always stay special in our lives.

the liar and his lover

‘The Liar and His Lover’ showcases catchy music that befits the angst and ardor of the characters as they navigate working on their personal issues and the central discord which binds all of them. The music industry setup is projected less chaotic and more inviting to inspire young people, who are fascinated in pursuing their music dreams.

the liar and his lover

The storyline seeks to depict an impressive lingering effect out of a simple narrative by strongly preparing moments for all the characters.  From its onset, ‘The Liar and His Lover’ is sensitive to the harmonious link of the plot and the characters moving inside it. The lessons shared on each hurdle being solved, leave encouraging wisdom on achieving personal goals and loving faithfully with an unfeigned heart.

the liar and his lover

The strength of the first half fades at the second half. While conflict is an integral part of the drama, it is carelessly placed to a position where the narrative is rushed, causing a timid impact of the dispute bombarded at the latter part of the story.  The conflict matches the light tone of the tale, but the timing and length of the problem-solving strides has almost hit the finale episode without serving fan-service moments, which is a standard rom-com staple.

If ‘The Liar and His Lover‘ is a symphony, the first part of it reflects bright tones before surging to a sporadic interval, and then cautiously landing to safe notes.  That being said, the drama fails to keep the consistency of the bouncy setting to make its run enjoyable.  The closing episodes at some point feel lethargic because it is not befitting to the initial sketches of the love couple that appears to have lost their vigor after being swarmed by adversities.

Photo Credit:  The Liar and His Lover Facebook Page

KDramaland Weekly Round Up (April Week 3)

April 3rd Week (April 17-22)

I’m back with my snippet servings!  I hope everyone is happy following dramaland these days.  Though not explosive, I’m enjoying the variety of themes I am getting.

My Secret Romance (Mon-Tue) Ep 1-2

This TVN offering promises to give us the romance vibes.  I like the fast pacing.  I hope to see the relationship progressed to a more sincere manner since the premise of their love story was a bit sporadic.

The Liar and His Lover (Mon-Tue) Ep 9-10

I marathoned this cute drama and I was so drawn to the lead girl’s optimism.  Less the music, it gave me the “Izatura na Kiss” vibe.  I’m happy that it is an easy breezy watch for the young cast and the adults take care of the convoluted music industry related conflicts.

Queen of Mystery (Wed-Thur) Ep 5-6
I’m not a fan of the main leads except Lee Won Geun who can stun me with his flirty smile. *lol  But there’s something refreshing on this comic police investigation drama that had me invested.  Maybe it’s the quirk since I mostly am drawn with it and romance.  *chuckles


Chicago Typewriter (Fri-Sat) Ep 3-4

Finally I was given what I signed up!  The bleak opening week I was unsure of made me sad, but I bear with it because of Yoo Ah In oppa.  Thank God it came more clearer and adorable for this week’s episode.  And yes the premise of a real ghost, ghost-writing for a famous novelist cracked me up.  I like the mingling of the serious tone and the humor so far.  I think the production team is intent to make us not give up on it this time.

I am catching up with “Whisper” and “Man to Man” So I will include them on my list next week.  I will let “Radiant Office” end and will just do its series review.  -jediprincess

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Ep 15 Recap

It’s D-day for the heroes and villain, but prior to the climax sealing, Bong-Bong and Min-Min treated us to a great fan service.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Episode Recaps

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Min Hyuk takes Bong Soon in his arms after the firework blast.  She worries about the wound on Min Hyuk’s hand as they exit the building and promises to buy him a new outfit one she gets his paycheck because his clothes were ruined.  Min Hyuk smiles and is about to say something, but her tummy growls so he just grins and leads her to a restaurant for dinner.  
 
 
Bong Soon slurps some noodles when she receives a message from aboji to hurry up in going home.  Min Hyuk asks who texted her and replies it was her father.  She casually mutters if she can just stay at his place that night so he snorts the food he was eating as his thoughts roam to an intimate night with her.  Bong Soon teases him of what he was probably thinking and denies not thinking anything while secretly smiling.  He gets up from his chair flapping his clothes feeling warm mumbling how she always make him crazy.  aigoo these two how can I not miss you guys *sniff *sniff
 
 
Bong Soon offers to drive due to his injured hand as he tries to open up if she can just really stay with him that night.  However his phone rings and he answers it impatiently, but changes his tone immediately and responds to aboji that they are heading home in a moment.  Min Hyuk lazily opens the car door as he is left no choice but to postpone his sweet evil night plan and drives her home.
 
Bong Soon tries to appease her pouting boyfriend and reminds her to rest and sleep well.  He frowns and murmurs how he can possibly sleep when she said those things earlier.  She takes his hand and smiles at him.  She looks in his eyes and tells him how that day is the happiest day of her life.  Her sweet words melt his sullen mood as he waves goodbye to her.  He sighs and goes back to his car mumbling how it will be a sleepless night for him.
 
 
Bong Bong and Min Min are both recounting the earlier events.  He realizes how she desperately pleaded earlier to save her just as she ponders on how he chose to stay with her even when his life will be in danger.
 
 
Min Hyuk is haunted by Bong Soon’s should-i-not-go-home dinner teasing in progressing flirtatious tones so he had to relieve the steam by doing some midnight work out until he exhausted himself.  Min-Min and Bong-Bong are both tossing and turning on their beds trying to sleep.  He gets up and go to the dining room to drink some water just as the doorbell rings.  He walks to check who rang it and was surprised to see Bong Soon in front of him.
 
 
She gropes for the right words to explain her appearance and blurts that she misses him.  A love trance envelops them as they gaze at each other.  Min Hyuk inches closer to her and gives her a passionate kiss.  Bong Soon was pushed to the piano as he positioned her on top of it.  Their eyes lock again and they move closer to share a love filled kiss.
 
 
The next day Min Hyuk takes her hand from behind as they arrive in the building.  They are on their own world as she dotingly checks on his hand injury. They peer endearingly at each other unaware that Secretary Gong was with them in the elevator until he makes them notice his presence.  Min Hyuk feels relieved that his head from the psycho’s attack is okay and goes back to his romantic session with Bong Soon.
 
 
 
Gwang Bok and Dong Byeong meet in the hospital and are both perplexed why they were looking at the same face.  Meanwhile at a staircase, Bong Soon’s high school minions are busy reading poetry written by Baek Tak.  Secretary Gong briefs Min Hyuk about the police investigation that will happen in the company and how Jang Hyun escaped the scene after the fireworks commotion.  He advises to cooperate with the police and wonders where Bong Soon is.
 
 
Bong Soon goes to the rooftop and picks up the metal chain that was binded to her the night before.  She vows to catch Jang Hyun with her own hands now that her power is back.  National security was even more tightened and Jang Hyun’s wanted poster are scattered all over the country.  The police are lost for words and how Jang Hyun survived the cliff fall.  They discuss how the statement of Min Hyuk throwing the bomb to the night sky does not seem viable per the bomb squad’s assessment.
 
 
Gook Doo meets up with Bong Soon at her workplace.  He confirms if she really lost her power and she smiles as she responds how she did lost it, but regained it when she was in danger with Min Hyuk last night.  She affirms throwing the bomb and reveals that the miracle happened because she was desperately begging for her to save someone.  She nods when Gook Doo asks if it was Min Hyuk she was saving last night, and inquires if he stayed with her even when he knew that a bomb was wrapped on her.  Gook Doo sighs and utters he won’t be able to report the incident since no one will believe it and stands up to prepare to leave.  Secretary Gong spots them in a friendly embrace and tries to sneak a picture evidence but failed to do so.
 
 
Min Hyuk stares at Jang Hyun’s wanted poster and is interrupted from his thoughts by Secretary Gong’s report of how the police investigation went well.  He tells him to add a special pop up of the psycho’s picture and reward information on their games to help with catching him up.  Secretary Gong hesitates if he will disclose what he saw earlier so Min Hyuk orders him to spill it out.  He carefully mumbles that the police who came for the investigation was Gook Doo and he saw him hugging Bong Soon.  Min Hyuk is enraged at the thought of his Bong-Bong embraced by her first love as Secretary Gong trembles in giving details to his upset boss who keeps cursing on how dare Gook Doo touched his woman.   Min Hyuk demands him to do a simulation of the hug so he gladly obliges while mentioning that he was so manly taking her in his arms.  Min Hyuk’s blood boils up picturing the moment just as Dong Byeong opens the door and fumes at Secretary Gong for being at Min Hyuk’s arms which he so wanted.
 
 
Omma snorts as she reads a note from aboji of him wanting some space.  The employee at their coffee shop comments that they don’t have pies and tarts anymore.  Aboji is cheerfully camping at the woods enjoying his lone time without his nagging wife.  Bong Soon finds the room empty and is alarmed by Secretary Gong that depunim might be roaming around because he feels upset.  
 
 
Dong Byeong calls Bong Soon for a coffee fix from her and he does his usual childish picking on her commanding her to go back to her planet.  She pleasantly gives him the cup of coffee and places the tablespoon she used for the sugar and creamer on his hand for her new bracelet gift to him while teaching him to be nice to newbies that will be entering the company.  Dong Byeong screams out of annoyance and seconds later he faints on the ground.  Min Hyuk calls Gook Doo and asks him to meet up for a quick chat which the latter agrees.  Gook Doo blurts he will text him the place and time and hangs up right away. 
 
 
Bong Soon finds her Min-Min and cutely invites him for lunch but he takes her to a corner in an effort to discuss the do’s and dont’s of their relationship.  Bong Soon beams and whispers his name stopping his thoughts midway.  She asks if it is okay to call him that when they are alone making him smile faintly so he musters his strength to make sure that he will be in control of their relationship.
 
 
 He attempts to lecture that her term of endearment for him is not important but Bong Soon attacks him with a peck on his cheek and follows it up with her sweetly calling him Min-Min.  Our crazy in love depunim was knocked out right away falling on his knees submitting to his girlfriend’s fingertips.  She asks about what he was about to say but he disregards it citing how hugging is but a normal thing and he does that even with his employees.  love love love how Min Hyuk is such an easy boyfriend to please
 
 
Secretary Gong teases Dong Byeong on his weird bracelets.  He explains getting those souvenirs from Bong Soon but Secretary Gong laughs at it.  Dong Byeong asks why he was hugged last time by depunim so he responds that they were trying to do a simulation.  He pinches Dong Byeong’s cheek and teases him if he is being jealous so he gets flustered and picks on a nearby foreigner for looking at their direction.  Min Hyuk struggles cutting on the pork cutlet so Bong Soon holds it for him to take a bite.  Butterflies in his tummy attacks Min-Min again as he beams gleefully at his girl.  He advises her that he will be meeting someone annoying later.
 
 
Secretary Gong presents prospective models for the company to depunim like a military guy visited by a kpop girl group.  They are unaware that Bong Soon is back in her space while he is urging him to pick the pretty girl whom he liked a long time ago.  Min Hyuk agrees and finally realized his Bong-Bong’s presence intently looking at them.  He straighten out his self right away and hits his secretary blabbing why he said he liked that model and how he wants a male model for the project.  Secretary Gong is still oblivious of the situation and responds how they never had a male model before since he claimed they are expensive for nothing.  He insists on going for the model he has been liking for a long time as depunim rejects the idea citing the model has long legs for nothing.  Min Hyuk senses a looming trouble so he forced him out of the room and he finally realized that his boss’ girlfriend is already there.  He tries to salvage it by muttering how his boss likes male models but she just pouts at him.  
 
 
The boys settle their Bong Soon related dispute through a soju session.  Gook Doo lets Min Hyuk open the conversation but fusses when he noticed that he dropped the honorifics.  The two banters at each other because of the honorifics when they were just really annoyed at each other.  There was a moment of ceasefire until Gook Doo breaks it by asking Min Hyuk if he likes Bong Soon.  Mim Hyuk points out how daring he was to ask the question and establishes his boundary by warning him not to stay close with his girlfriend.  He stands up and motions to leave but Gook Doo blocks him and holds his collar so depunim does the same.  They both agree on how a brawl match has long been overdue for them as Gook Doo cautions him not to whine when he beats him up to a pulp.  
 
 
Thankfully Bong Soon arrives to stop them from being immature boys.  She reveals her plan to catch Jang Hyun together but reschedules it to another day since it was not a good time.  She attempts to join their drinking but they both stop her so she just poured them the drinks.  She ends up carrying her drunk boys and settle them on the sofa.  The next morning Bong Soon chirpily advises her parents that she is off to work, but goes back inside when her mom mentions that her father ran away from home.  The twins chide their mom for hitting her husband which she denied.  She sighs how even her children blames her for aboji’s rebellion.
 
 
Our Min-Min wakes up groggy from the soju aftermath.  He checks on his surroundings and gets another crazy-over-bongsoon attack upon realizing his jacket and socks were removed and was warmly covered by a blanket by his girlfriend last night.  He suddenly remembers Gook Doo so he hurries to check on him and finds him laying on the sofa uncomfortably.  Min-Min beams muttering how he got a bad hang over but he feels great knowing how his Bong-Bonh did not give his friend a blanket.
 
 
Bong Soon enters his house and was greeted cheerfully by him.  She utters about curing their hangover but he worries why his baby is in a sullen mood.  She divulges her father’s situation surprising him just as Gook Doo wakes up after falling from the sofa.
 
 
Bong Soon prepares a soup for the boys and Min Hyuk is now happily sitting beside her.  While the boys eat, Bong Soon discusses her plan about Jang Hyun.  On cue, the psycho is at a room frustratingly shouting staring at his wanted for murder flyers.
 
 
Bong Soon opens up her plan on catching Jang Hyun by not involving the police since they have to do a different approach this time.  The boys who are like gasoline and flame cannot stand being in the same premise bicker again so she referees and begs them to forget their personal feelings.  Bong Soon is forced to declare she will do it on her own when they won’t listen to her so Gook Doo agrees as long as she will not be carelessly actinon on her own and Min Hyuk seconds it as long as she will tell everything to him first.
 
 
They sit properly again so she resumes with their trap plan of making Jang Hyun come to her since his obsessive streak will definitely crave a revenge.  Gook Doo shares how the police deduced that he will probably escaped by riding a boat so Min Hyuk calls Baek Tak to move his connections in securing which vessel he will probably board.  Bong Soon calls her minions to upload Jang Hyun’s information on their blog so he will be taunted to call her.
 
 
Jang Hyun’s popularity surges so it is making hard for him to go to public places anymore without being noticed.  He proceeds with his retreat plan and visits an underground store to purchase a sniper rifle.  The gun seller alerts Baek Tak that the wanted man was spotted so the latter reports to Min Hyuk the information they gathered about Jang Hyun’s cargo boat details including the gun bought by him.  Min Hyuk receives a call that the psycho was spotted at a nearby convenience store so they conclude how he will be in contact with Bong Soon to shoot her before he leaves.  Bong Soon voices out how they should lure him at a place where they can trap him as Min Hyuk scolds her for being fearless when she is not Wonderwoman who cannot be hurt by a gunshot.
 
 
Gook Doo coaches her to step on Jang Hyun’s ego when he calls since the psycho can’t stand being looked down by women.  From there, they can suggest the place and will throw the bait to catch him.  Gook Doo’s team works on their police operation from the tip they got from Bong Soon’s team.  
 At the walnut coffee shop, omma tries to appease a customer complaining on how the egg tarts taste egg.  Omma insists on not giving a refund but turns warm and pleasant when she sees her future son-in-law entering the premise.  She gives the customer a refund and sits with Min Hyuk and her friends to ask what brought him there.  He promises omma that he will bring aboji back due to Bong Soon’s worrying about him so omma replies that she gives her husband freedom once in a while but assures him that they are very much in love.  Omma takes the opportunity to ask for his birthday details so he asks the reason why she needs it.  Omma is caught off guard and just smile.  They both laugh together as Min Hyuk figures her intention and gives her the go signal to check his love fortune with Bong Soon so he will know it as well.  He urges her that if she gets a bad love fortune reading for them then she has to go to all the fortune tellers in town until they get a positive answer.  They exclaim hurrahs as omma and her friends dote on Bong Soon’s charming boyfriend.
 
 
Bong Soon writes an entry on the superpowergirl diary and narrates how she rescued her friend and three innocent women in the hands of a bad man.  She makes a pledge to catch the psycho with her own hands.  
 
 
The next day, Bong Soon goes to work unaware that Jang Hyun peers at her secretly.  She finally receives a call from him so she starts throwing the bait by taunting him on how he might be afraid of a little girl like her.  She tells him to meet her at the construction site if he is not scared of her and hangs up the phone following Gook Doo’s instruction.
Bong Soon informs Min-Min that their operation will happen that night and not to be perturbed about it since she will not get hurt.  Min Hyuk admits that although he understands her special case, he needs time to prepare himself for their plan.  She takes his hand and reassure him that everything will be fine so he agrees to follow her lead.
 
 
The night comes and we see Bong Soon walks in to the construction while her boys are secretly hiding.  Jang Hyun positions himself at a vantage point ready to shoot the sniper gun at Bong Soon.  He pulls the trigger and she falls on the ground from the impact of the deadly bullet.  Gook Doo spots where the psycho was perched and chased him to where he is heading.  Min Hyuk goes to his wounded girlfriend and tries to revive her to consciousness.
 
 
The boys follow the psycho to the port and successfully traps him using the storage units.  Min Hyuk uses his drone to guide Gook Doo in pushing Jang Hyun to the designated place as Bong Soon appears from nowhere leering intently at the psycho.  We go back to Min Hyuk handing her a bullet proof vest earlier and how she feigned dead as part of their plan.  
 
 
She retrieves walnuts from her pockets and throws it at him.  He runs for his life while Bong Soon poses to carry a steel cage which flew in the air and lands exactly on the villain imprisoning him just like what he did with his victims.  Min Hyuk praises his girl for a nice shot while Gook Doo smiles in finally capturing the elusive psycho.  The police siren wails as the three walk away from the scene.
 
 
Episode 15 Quick Thoughts
 
Where can we buy a robot boyfriend like Min-Min?  hahaha I love his reactions when Bong-Bong attacks him wwith cuteness, and how his happiness evolved around making his girlfriend happy.  He will definitely include my kdrama starter pack for dramas with best boyfriend ever list.  *chuckles  So we finally caught the psycho!  Manse!  It was an arduous journey to beat his criminal mind, but I’m happy just the same.  We are expecting a fan service for the finale episode.  So I have to jump on writing it now.
 -jediprincess
 

The Strong Woman who Stole Depunim’s Heart

 

“Fated love is seeing your happy face in the eyes of the person you love”

And that’s how you tie up the loose ends, execute a heartfelt closure for a love that missed its timing, and celebrate how true love happens when you are patient enough to wait.  If you are on a k-drama slump, this will hook you up back to oppa-land.  The fast paced quirky rom-com promised an addictive run and delivered it in flying colors with a riveting thriller plot incorporated on the side.  

It was a whimsical love ride with thugs, a psycho, a police, a gaming company CEO and a woman with extraordinary strength.  The labyrinth was a whirlwind of cuteness and mirth and everything a fan would ask k-drama gods for a gift. Consistently endearing with amusing surprises along the way, “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” is a steady delightful drama that deserve all the raves and hype it has been getting from k-drama followers.

I was always in a trampoline of stimulating emotions while watching Do Bong Soon’s story.  From thrills to laughter to poignant bliss to heart flutters and to sweet tears, I already placed it in my all-time k-drama favorites.  What made this drama so endearing was the perfect blend of the engaging love couple/triangle chemistry, the warranted humor even the slapstick travesty, and lastly, the charming tale of the heroine who bloomed to become a woman who acknowledged her strengths and frailties.  Hers is a story that any girl can relate to.  From those love confusions, career-where-I-am-going-questions and finding her worth as a person.  “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” might have been coated in chocolates and marshmallows, but it gave a tangible encouragement especially to women watching it.  

 

Cast, Storyline and Conflict

I usually pick k-dramas to watch based on the history of the production team. There are a few that I chose because of the actors like how I signed up for “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”. This is my no-reservations-i-just-love-parkhyungsik-so-im-going-to-watch-it drama.  So, I was surprised that the premiere week gave me more than I expected and steadily raised my anticipation all throughout my devoted trailing.  The energetic pacing, the charming CEO zooming on a hoverboard, the small framed heroine with herculean strength and the uptight hot detective, are some of the reasons why this drama has charmed and chained me in so many ways.  Because of its intriguing plot, knee-weakening sweet moments and cute bickering, Bong-Bong and Min-Min’s love ride has been so invigorating.

We sure had a second lead syndrome with Ji Soo playing Bong Soon’s long running one-sided love, and it was a relief that the transition given to us so we can move on along with Bong Soon was well enacted in the narrative.  Bong Soon’s one sided love to Gook Doo was cute as hell.  Gook Doo’s line of how he was so overwhelmed with his emotions towards her that he missed knowing that she felt the same way made me sob and sigh as his pain attacked me in the finale episode.  I liked how that scene properly sent off the alternate love pairing with a breathtaking moment which you rarely see from past rom-coms once they hit the culmination of the main love line.  Usually the second lead will be disregarded like he never helped in highlighting the main love tale.  The right love at the wrong time story of Bong Soon and Gook Doo was established well propelling an exciting race for the lead girl’s hand and perturbing heartache for the second lead that we also want to keep in our heart.  The love triangle premise broke my heart when it has not even happened yet, so when we got to the steamier love plot it made everyone happy and confused at the same time since we have an equally adorable second lead.  

My shameless noona romance with Park Hyung Sik was rewarded well, and I’m so happy for him landing a drama that was loved so much by the viewers.  I love how our hero has figured out all the answers to his illustrious life and how he lives to his gaming company owner persona and treating every life setback as a challenge to overcome for him.  Hyung Sik was awesome in projecting the same bread and butter rom-com element of bickering with the lead girl that seeing him caught in a love bug was quite a delightful watch. What’s amusing about his character was how he diverted from the lead man prototype by being soft-hearted and crazy over his girl dummy.  It’s hard to put it in words but his interaction with Bong Soon cracked me up a lot because we got to see him hilarious without the love connection, so when we hit the romantic rope, he was a bundle of gaiety since he was drawn to rationalizing everything about their relationship and literally translating it to how his weird mind perceived it.  Park Bo Young who has always been known for her brilliant portrayals owned her Bong Soon character by giving it a unique resonance even when her image was sketched with imperfections.  And her stunning connection with Park Hyung Sik along with the ardent gazes and heart-stopping kisses has made me hug my pillow so hard while squealing like a highschool girl watching her crush shoot a basketball from afar.

The love progression turned so effective in inducing laughter fits because Min Hyuk’s one-of-a-kind hubris was always at lost, as his lady love knows what buttons to push to make him surrender at her fingertips.  The dynamics of Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s reversal of roles are clearly defined thanks to Park Couple’s committed portrayals.  As a cushion for my weak heart, I did not give my all in trusting the production team, but I have a big faith to the awesome actors playing in the tv stage.  

15 years of Korean drama following will give you a power to predict stories from its onset and a liability to easily give up on dramas showing no kick off promise.  In a way, “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” resurrected my old fan girl spirit, and made me reminisce when I was at that stage of being so forbearing with any kind of drama given to me regardless if it was good or bad.  I found myself watching the drama without subtitles and scavenging YouTube for any drama related uploads available to kill time while waiting for the next episode to happen.

I only have a minimal complaint on the narrative.  There were scenes I wish did not linger more or were used as fillers like the excessive thug frames.  But overall, I am mostly satisfied with its simple premise and gleeful romantic realization.  On this note, the only 1% pout I will give the story was how the writer should have capitalized more to Bong Soon’s power’s back story anecdotes or how Min Hyuk established his company, or any love couple’s mushy moment, than placing those gangster scenes that I am already not interested about after the 1 vs 30 encounter with Bong Soon.  Bong-Bong and Min-Min’s story gave us a hybrid of fantasy and reality characters that helped in making the vibrancy of the story conspicuous.  I like how our creepy conflict functioned as a neutralizer to the witty love interlude and the satire comedy we were high on for the most part of the story.  We had a solid love triangle, a vivacious main cast, a cute storyline, and an exciting pacing that encouraged my usually swaying heart into 8 weeks of faithfulness in this series.  The uncomplicated resolution of the side conflicts and the gripping chase of the focal problem were achieved reasonably without giving us the run arounds.  Strong Woman Do Bong Soon sprinted an amazing spectacle with the stunning and lively depictions and comical storytelling.  It was technically bare, but the simplicity and the fascinating cast synergy accompanied by the palpable humor kept the viewers warmly sedated and feeling good after watching it.  While providing the gist of the background of our characters, “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” presented the love premise and conflict in a smooth way.  The ratings justified everything that we got from the narrative.  Sometimes there are stories like Bong Soon’s that we all need a taste of each week to relieve life complications and uncertainties.

“Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” marked everything required on a k-drama rom-com checklist.  It was also the brightest and most cheerful bulb that opened K-Dramaland 2017.  The thing about first quarter k-dramas is that you tend to forget it if another beautiful drama comes in like what happened with “Descendants of the Sun” and “Goblin”.  Both are equally amazing but we remember Goblin more.  Now I don’t think it would happen to me.  There were two points I know for sure I will still do after the finale.  That it will stay on my phone to function as my cheering up pill and that I will rewatch it again this year and the next years to come joining my resident drama rejuvenating playlist.  That’s what I did not do with the top two dramas last year.  The hype was high while it was airing but the rewatch value is not that strong.  That’s the advantage of feel-good rom-coms, you see it again because it is easy to watch and will just make you smile and giddy-ish even if you have seen the heart fluttering moments a lot of times already.


2017 K-DramaLand is so far not as explosive and busy compared to 2016 KDrama Parade so you have ample time to dive in this exceptional and amusing love tale.  I rave on dramas that deserve to be praised, and that’s the case for me with Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s story.  I’m sure you will enjoy it the same way I did.  

-jediprincess

 

Summary

“Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” highlights the tale of Do Bong Soon who inherited a superhuman strength that is passed on from her maternal ancestors. Her incredible strength cannot be used for personal interest though, as it would cause an inevitable misfortune for her. An incident involving saving a bus driver bullied by thugs made her crossed paths with Ahn Min Hyuk, a pompous CEO of a gaming company who offered her a job to become his bodyguard. Bong Soon agreed considering the huge amount of money tied up with the job offer.  The strange working agreement opened a connection for them, but he must wait for her to end a long running one-sided love with her police friend – Gook Doo.  Complications arose when a neighborhood psycho abducted women and ended up taking Bong Soon’s best friend – Kyung Shim.  She could rescue Kyung Shim, but the psycho’s failure triggered an obsession to punish Bong Soon.  Min Hyuk promised Bong Soon that she will be transferred to Strategy Development Team if she will do a great job protecting him as well as uncovering his secret stalker.  She managed to unravel the culprit and soon after she revealed to him her secret power.  The thugs who cannot move on from the humiliation they got from Bong Soon’s hands tricked her to going to a place where they staged a 30 vs 1 combat with her.  She pulverized the gangsters but failed to punish the big boss when a hiding thug zoomed to attack her with a knife but Min Hyuk ran to take the hit for her.  From there, Min Hyuk who has been interested with her from the start escalated to being officially smitten as he recognized the girl from his dreams who once saved his life was Bong Soon.  Bong Soon’s heart who has harbored a secret adoration with Gook Doo soon realized how her heart already changed who it beats for.  Bong Soon’s friend was taken by the psycho again and in the process of saving her, she lost her power.  During her most vulnerable moment, Min Hyuk stayed by her side.  When he asked her to love him back she finally admits how she also have him in her heart.  The villain who was chased by Gook Doo and fell on a cliff survived the fall and went to plan another revenge game with Bong Soon and Min Hyuk.  He disguised as a reporter to enter the office and drugged Bong Soon who regained consciousness and a ticking bomb attached to her.  Min Hyuk finds his girlfriend at the rooftop through the tracker necklace he gave her but was unable to open the door that separated them.  Bong Soon begged with all the love she had for Min Hyuk and the heavens opened to give back her power enabling her to throw the bomb for an amazing firework display.  Bong Soon who wanted to catch the psycho with her own hands asked Min Hyuk and Gook Doo to help her and they managed to trap him in a steel cage which Bong Soon threw in his escaping motion.  Bong Soon who has been working on a game successfully got the nod for the first game she developed and officially entered the Strategy Development Team she so wanted to join.  But working to save and help the weak people was causing her attendance issues at work so she ended up being sent back to Min Hyuk’s office as an intern.  Min Hyuk proposed marriage when all the ruckus was settled and just when he thought that it will be an ever after, they got a twin daughter who took after their mother.

Chicago Typewriter Ep 2 Musings and Summary

So the other half of premiere week gave a much more elaborated background of the past timeline.  I have a slight issue on what the catalyst is for the time transition though.  You see I’m used to incense sticks, talisman or subway to transition to a past setting, but that we cannot seem to grasp yet in the story.  The narration as what I’ve mentioned last time is easy to follow, but the rules that are being introduced felt like coming from nowhere.  I mean are we going to have a ghost hunting party here?  Dear Drama, I signed up for you so please give me a good run for the next 4 episodes.  Please enlighten me and polish the time element execution because I’m close to saying that Chicago Typewriter is a story of a best selling novelist who seems like Disney’s Beast with enchanted objects in his house serving him.  *chuckles
Chicago Typewriter Episode Recaps
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Chicago Typewriter Episode 2 Summary
Se Ju tries to process how the girl in his dream becomes his life saver now as Seol trembles as the flashback jinx when she is holding a gun emerges.  The assailant senses her faltering and attempts to attack her, but she subdues him no sweat with her martial arts skills.  She orders Se Ju to call the police and they came to get the crazy stalker.  
Se Ju’s critical mind is suspicious of her connection to the attacker so she tries to explain how she entered the door and how the dog led her to the place.  She mumbles how she is feeling dizzy but he refuses to talk inside so she eventually faints in his arms.  She wakes up happy realizing she is at Se Ju’s guest room and gets up to find her way to the main door.  Seol is amazed at his extensive book collection and enters his writing room when the door opened as if it was inviting her.  She spots the typewriter and as she reaches for it, flashbacks of a woman who looks like her living in another era plays in her mind.  
Se Ju appears and escorts her out just as she is about to get a glimpse of the man she was about to kill in her epiphany.  Seol stops herself from furthering her excuse that the door just opened as he blabs on why doors just open for her magically.  He lets her eat while he works on his writing and she furtively beams for that amazing fan girl moment.  He shatters her illusion by telling he is sitting there because she might wander around and not because he does not want her to eat alone.  He quips that he still suspects her and replies that he did not bring her to the hospital not because he cares, but he can’t be in the gossip section of newspaper too because he is already filling it out all the sections well.
 Seol pouts how cold he is as a person but responds yes to his question if she learned shooting since she had a great form from the early debacle.  She refuses to answer why she stopped shooting as people tend to stay away from her whenever she told that top secret.  He mutters he would never learn it then and urges her to go home when she is done eating.  Seol offers her help in typing his rough draft to call it even for letting her rest and breaking his Tiger Woods golf club.  She goes through varied emotions while typing the story as Se Ju is amused at her reactions.
Seol types in silence while Se Ju observes him, and we go to a deja vu of the two in the same scenario bickering about her typing speed as she whines that his poor handwriting is slowing her down.  1930 Se Ju (let’s call him that since he is not yet introduced properly) falters on his bike and hits a hay stack so he threw his writing at Yoo Su Yeon to rush it to the printing press.  He bribes her with money so she hurries to follow his command only to throw his writing back at him and escapes with his bike.  She mentions how she told him to write valuable writing only fuming the writer helpless and in hays on the ground calling her name to go back.
We go back to present time and Se Ju asks if she was in a strange feeling too like time and space collapsing to which she nods exclaiming that it felt like an earthquake, and on cue an earthquake erupts only in Se Ju’s house so they cower beneath the table snapping at each other scared at what is happening.  The shake stops so they motion to get up but the mystical cupids in the house shuts the power down so they stay at their position as Seol takes advantage of the darkness to move closer to Se Ju.  He asks her when they supposedly met before, but before she could answer his publisher arrives looking for him.  He coaches her to escape before that man finds out that they were together and rushes to divert his attention.
Se Ju argues with his publisher on giving money to the assailant but the latter is insistent that if the rumor mill catches on how his novels inspire criminals it will have a negative impact on them.  Seol gropes her way out but she screams in pain after falling on the ground disrupting the two’s conversation.  Se Ju pretends he did not hear anything and shouts at his publisher so he can forget the scream while Seol gets up dizzy from her fall.  
True to the publisher’s words, the assailant’s Se Ju novel inspired crime hits the news in the morning as Baek Tae Min’s mother smirks on how Se Ju creates criminals and makes innocent person looked bad just like what he did to her.  Tae Min counters how it was not Se Ju’s fault that the culprit based his crimes on the novels Se Ju wrote.  He leaves his mother and she goes to where her husband is who was busy checking on the news about his estranged son – Se Ju.  Tae Min’s father denies having a son like Se Ju and replies how they already test it with DNA, but she retorts that test like that can be manipulated.  She blabs about why Se Ju built his mansion in the neighborhood so he tells her to stop her obsession as it is not doing good to their children.  He walks away knowing their conversation will not go anywhere and meets Tae Min who informs him that he will be working in the same publishing house as Se Ju.
Se Ju cannot seem to focus on his writing as he recollects Seol and the woman from his dream.  He heads out to notify the keeper of his mansion’s ground to take out the deers he just capriciously requested recently blaming their sound as the reason why he cannot write efficiently.  Se Ju’s bad day continues as a known third-rate reporter writes a scoop on how his recent novels are based from the culprit’s letters that he has been sending to him in the past three years.
 
The publishing house office is in ruckus as the news goes viral and the publisher answers to calls denying the allegations citing all Se Ju’s mails are monitored.  Se Ju arrives at the office and discusses the issue who is getting out of their hands and why he was kept in the dark that those letters were really received by the company.  The publisher reasons how they just shred nonsensical letters and reaches a conclusion of a possible informant and remembers the woman who saved Se Ju last time.  Se Ju walks out muttering he will finish his deadline and eavesdrop on the office workers gossiping about the reality of the rumor and how ghost writers are really working under him.  He lets them know of his presence shutting them up on their lowlife prying.
Se Ju heaves a sigh as he drives to confront Seol who is at a vet clinic worrying about the dog that just disappeared.  Tae Min walks to the clinic calling Seol’s name which surprised Seol so he explained that his cat’s name is the same as hers.  She introduces herself as Jeon Seol and he heads out once his cat is safely tucked in his arms.  Seol’s vet friend confirms that he is indeed writer Baek Tae Min and she smiles how he also lives in the neighborhood.  She sees him unable to drive his car out because of another car blocking his way so she offers help with her do-anything-errand service and starts looking for the owner of the illegally parked car in a cute megaphone.  The owner apologizes upon hearing the announcement as Tae Min thanks her for the help.  She asks him for an autograph instead of paying for the service to which he gladly obliges.  
Seol gets a call from Se Ju asking her to meet him so she heads to the meeting place excitedly.  They met at a gym and she mumbles how his dating preference is a bit odd.  He corrects that it was not a date and go straight to business confronting her if she told the media what transpired with him and the psycho assailant on the night of the attack.  She is surprised that he still suspects her and denies it sternly.  She snaps at his baseless accusation and demands the reason why he even thought about it.  He answers her that three people only know what happened that night and she has the highest probability of blurting it.  He adds how he would have understood if she admits and apologizes for doing the deed, but then it was also his fault for not doing anything about it.  He warns her that he cannot forgive her twice so she hits her patience point and chides how ungrateful he is and how when he reaches a dead end in his life, no one will be there to help him.  He proudly replies how he will not reach a slump nor will there be a day that he will ask help from other people.  Seol marches to his direction and slams him on the ground angrily muttering how she should have not saved him and vowing that she will not save him again in the future. 
Seol sobs ending her 10 year fan girl pledge on Se Ju.  She officially declares it with her friends as witnesses for her fan girl break up.  Se Ju visits the psycho fan and learns how his sister might have reported it to the media.  He feels bad suspecting Seol but is enraged when the psycho fan insists on their unique connection of having been abandoned by people.  Se Ju threws incriminating words at him so he fumes madly at his unreasonable claim.  Psycho fan vows that he will make him die through his writing as the police subdues him.  Se Ju heads to Seol’s house and is answered by her friend’s psychic mom who informs him that Seol is wandering around and she is taking care of the customers in the mean time.  He motions to leave but she strings negative emotions lurking around him and heeds him to survive a looming danger that will happen to him.
Se Ju struggles to write because of the recent stress he is getting.  He wakes up to answer his publisher’s phonecall and orders him not to watch the news or go online in the mean time.  He learns that the culprit committed suicide and left a note blaming him for everything.  A sea of reporter waits at Se Ju’s gate when he opens it and remembers his last conversation with the psycho culprit.
After a month, nosy Reporter Song spots publisher Gal Ji Suk and sniffs some scoop on how Se Ju is reportedly having a slump.  Ji Suk denies it and bribes him with money while answering a call from Se Ju.  He heads to his prized writer and was told of the doctor’s diagnosis of PTSD on him.  Ji Suk drags him to his writing room and forces him to write.  Se Ju shouts at him to stop if he will not help him write.  Ji Suk takes that note and suggests hiring a ghost writer until he recovers from his slump.  Se Ju orders him to step out and shuts his blabbing by telling him that he will write and hand the manuscript to him before the deadline.
Ji Suk summons his connections looking for ghost writers while Se Ju attempts to write to no avail.  He clears his table out of frustration as Ji Suk meets with the ghost writer.  Se Ju falls asleep and goes on his recurring dream of his doppelganger.  This time a new character appears while he is at a bar writing for his upcoming deadline.  His friend wheedles him to disregard work and they end up dancing on the floor with Su Yeon.  
Ji Suk of course wakes him up again to check on the manuscript and bargains about the ghost writer again, but he declines and hangs up the phone.  Se Ju picks his broken laptop and sighs.  He peers at the typewriter and flashes of his dream appears as he is about to touch it.  Then we see the trio coming out from the bar drunk and silly and singing happily.  Se Ju is perturbed on the sudden vision but quickly ignores it to carry the typewriter on his table.  He sighs and preps up to write but no letters can come up from his creative juice.  He gets a cinnamon stick to calm him down but throws it and finds his cigarette case.  He fumbles for a lighter and sees an antique match on the ground.  He lights the match and as the flame flickers he gets another vision scaring him to the hilt.
He leaves the house and drives to a rainy road thinking if he is crazy or has gone crazy already.  He debates if he will just end his life since a writer who cannot write is non existent anyway, but his other mind reminds him of all the effort he made to get to the top.  He skews to avoid a deer on the road which leads to his car hitting the roadside gutter while refuting his initial wish since he has not yet decided if he wants to live or not, but the car crushes and rolls on to a cliff eventually.  Se Ju leers at a frame coming to the car’s direction and calls for help.  He gasps when Seol’s beaming face appears remembering how she promised to not help him when he will face a grave danger again.  He closes his eyes as she raises a shovel and motions to smash something.  At that same moment, a man enters Se Ju’s writing room and starts working using the old typewriter.

Chicago Typewriter Ep 1 Musings and Summary

 

Chicago Typewriter opens up with a lot of snappy story projections.  We got a glimpse of the main characters – an eccentric reasonably proud writer and a jack-of-all-trade legendary part-timer who almost became a shooting olympian, if not for the trauma of seeing her past life sniping and killing someone whenever she holds a gun.  We were also presented with tidbits of their past timeline history.   It is not giving me the hook yet, but I like how the narration tone is not confusing me so far given that we might be going to shifting past and present timelines.  I’m not supposed to say a lot since I am on my Day 1 here.  But anything with swerving timelines is something that I really buy.

 

Chicago Typewriter Episode Recaps
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Chicago Typewriter Episode 1 Summary
A famous writer Han Se Ju goes to Chicago Illinois for a book signing event after his recent successful novel.  There he unlocks the mystery of a haunted typewriter made in 1930 Gyeongseong.  Strangely enchanted by the typewriter he found, we delve to Seoul circa 1930’s where his past self also a writer chats with a charming girl about a gun coined as Chicago typewriter.  The coffee owner breaks his trance and he offers to buy the typewriter from him, but he refuses mentioning he paid a hefty amount for that in an auction.  When the cafe owner woke up one night to the sight of moving objects in his cafe, he was forced to send the typewriter to Han Se Ju following the message written on the paper inside the typewriter. 

 

 

The package is commissioned to be delivered by Jeon Seol, an avid fan of Se Ju who is a famous part-time job worker.  Seol heads to his house and marvels at the extravagance.  She is known to be good at almost anything.  Whatever she puts her mind to she does not have any problem succeeding.  Se Ju refuses to open the door and orders her to leave the package.  A stray dog approached Seol as the door opens.  Seol thinks the dog is Se Ju’s and follows him to the main door.

 

 

She rings the door bell and Se Ju politely acknowledges the package.  She explains how the door opened because of his dog. He fusses when she reveals his dog entered the house since he does not have one because of his allergy.  The dog-from-nowhere checks in the house and was about to eat the USB stick of Se Ju’s writing materials.  They plead for the dog not to do it but he munches on the bone shaped USB stick. 

 

 

They chase on the dog who ran away and Seol successfully tame him.  The neat freak writer learns the dog pooped the USB so he asks Seol to email the files to him and reformat the computer which he gives to her after.  Se Ju is fixed to the idea that she is a stalker and cites the usual lines he got from his psycho fans which typically starts on we have met before.  

 

 

Se Ju dreams of him a vintage setting talking to a girl. His dream is interrupted by a phone call from his publisher discussing business the minute he answered.  He cuts the chat quickly by responding how he is always on time with his pendings.

 

 

Se Ju works on his new novel materials and bumps with a familiar face from his past he was not happy seeing.  They head to a cafe and his orphan background was revealed as he hinted on an unpleasant experience he had with the man’s family when he was living with them.  

 

 

The next day Se Ju denies getting the dog when the vet clinic notified him through his secretary. Seol tries to appeal by going at his house that night, but his recent stalker related happenings made him deny her request so Seol and the dog heads home.

 

 

She stops at a sandwhich store and remembers when Se Ju was just a struggling writer who frequents the sandwich store where she was working and incessantly writes on his notebook.  Just then the dog sensed a danger and barks at her to follow him. 

 

 

At Se Ju’s house a stalker fan confronts the writer and blames him for making him kill the people who made life harder for him.  He claims that Se Ju sent a message to him from his recent novel but gets enraged on why he killed the character whom he thought to be him.  The light flickers in the house as Se Ju is in a gun point. 

 

 

They brawl and race to the gun as the light fades in the room, and when the light comes back, Seol intently points the gun to the intruder as Se Ju recalls the woman he has been dreaming lately who is the subject of his new novel.