Archive | October, 2011

Sunday Rambles

30 Oct

As A Thousand’s Day Promise has had such mixed reviews, we’ve decided that maybe it’s best to leave it on the shelf for the time being and see how it plays out. Also, we confess the concept kind of scares us silly, we’re not sure if we can stomach all that angst. The news of this drama did prompt us to finish off A Scent of a Woman– our last unfinished melodrama and boy are we glad we stuck around till the end. We adored it beyond words.

If you haven’t watched A Scent of a Woman– we demand you watch it. It is THAT good.

The Musical: episode 7

Granted we haven’t watched the next episode yet but all we have to say about this episode was- seriously???? We finished the episode and turned to each other dumbfounded by the fact that absolutely nothing happened…NOTHING. It was dull. The OTP were boring together (again), Yu Jin had zero airtime with Eun Bi and yes, they happened to sing the same songs again. For a drama about the production of a musical, you’d think there would be more than one song sung across 9 episodes, just saying.

We know we’ve been generally positive about this drama and that our comments may seem random but we were sitting there and we realised that:

– What is a drama without a decent OTP? Nothing and as we’re shipping the wrong couple that really don’t have a chance of being together- why are we bothering?

What’s Up

Yay!  We’ve wanted to watch this drama forever now and it’s finally been picked up, let’s hope that:

1. it’s subbed – please, someone take pity on us. 2. It meets our expectations or else we’ll cry!

We’ve got our fingers crossed that it’s a winner. We really did think that this drama was going to be permanently shelved after everything that happened with Deasung earlier in the year and the fact that it couldn’t get a slot on one of the main TV stations. However getting aired on Cable is better than not being aired at all, so no complaints from us. Heeeeee, we’re so pleased!

Office Girls: episode 10

He’s finally realised that he loves her! Yay. Watching him come to this realisation was an absolute pleasure.  Plus, we love it when the guy falls for the girl first- we never get bored of that setup.

Ring Ring Bell: first impressions/ episodes 1-4

It’s been a long time since we tuned in to a T-drama, little lone two at once. However now that we’ve dropped The Musical for being BORING and we’re scared of A Thousand Day’s Promise, we’re only really watching Office Girls, which really isn’t enough for our greedy drama addiction.

Ring Ring Bell doesn’t hit the spot like Office Girls but we’re still charmed by how sweet and sentimental it is. Naturally the characters are all messed up and have plenty of issues between them but we love the OTP and think they are wonderful together; natural, sincere and have a healthy spark.

The premise is rather ordinary but that’s okay when we care enough about the characters and their conflicts. So far we haven’t between wowed but it’s a nice, easy watch and it’s definitely a drama worth watching if you’re looking for something pleasant to escape to between your angsty dramas or real life dilemmas.

Final thoughts:

-Me too, Flower boy promo shots are plain disturbing. What were they thinking?

-Thinking about much anticipated dramas- Is the live action version of Skip Beat! ever going to be aired? We want to watch Ren and Sho now!

Office Girls: episodes 2-9

23 Oct

Yes we’ve watched nothing else all week, yes we lapped up Roy and yes we’re very happy musthavesubs girls!

Is this drama technically the best? Hell no but who cares when it’s this much fun.
We’re completely aware that watching a drama in one gulp allows viewers to overlook flaws more easily than say if we were watching on a weekly basis. We can forgive dragged out subplots, repetition and ignore annoying side characters in this case Kai Er.  Our impressions may be tainted and we may look back in reflection and go what were we thinking but for now we’re thoroughly enjoying Roy…we mean this drama! hehe

For us, Office Girls is all about Alice Ke and Roy Qiu as the leads. They manage to take this drama that could easily be quite ordinary and make it fun and so charming to watch. Yes, we’re smitten. Their airtime together is by far the best thing about this drama. We could easily sit and watch them all day long- storyline be damned.

How lovely was the scene where QZQ dressed up as a dinosaur and rounded off his list of promises he was going to keep to SXR.  It was so sincere and so sweet, it was a moment we knew was going to happen but despite this fact it made us very, very happy! Their scenes together have the perfect combination of friendly/ silly banter to really heartfelt moments. It’s so nice to see a drama that manages to effectively present a balanced representation of a blossoming romance. Their relationship doesn’t have that overtly sexual chemistry or a history that ties them together like other dramas- in this case they just happen to be two co-workers that become friends. The drama does well in making us believe that these two characters could fall for each other despite their flaws. It’s so nice to see both characters grow together, especially QZQ, who still has a long way to go but that’s fine with us. We’re happy watching this man-child realize his feelings for the girl he least expected to fall for. We also like the fact he didn’t dispute the challenge and just got on with it. The writer bypassed all the annoying rich boy antics and moved right onto the good stuff like him appreciating his first ever pay check – such a cute moment or him realising that life is less about money and more about people.

 A love rival we really wanted to hate:

Seriously writer, you gave us a love rival that has just the WORST life ever. She’s from a broken family, an abusive father who abandoned her with a comatose mother and to top things off she grew up in an orphanage- that’s too much! If we were QZQ we would stay with her too. Yes, she’s sly, manipulative and an all round nasty bitch but still… her sob story is too much to completely hate her like we want to. The scene where she turned up at SXR’s house in QZQ’s shirt was the scene where we wanted to reach into the screen and throttle the harlot’s throat and the way she casually manipulates situations to get what she wants is annoying as hell but despite her evil antics- the woman just can’t win. Muhahah. We love how QZQ spends the whole time talking about SXR or thinking about her. Oh, how it must annoy her that despite her meddling, she still can’t hold QZQ’s attention for more than a minute. We love it. Hehehe.

Office Girl’s other love rival isn’t fairing any better. James Wen’s Xu Cheng Feng is kind of a letdown. Naturally we love how he makes QZQ so jealous and the way he looks at SXR is pretty hot, but his presence in the drama just doesn’t match up to the awesomeness of the OTP. His character isn’t enough of a threat to QZQ and as viewers we don’t care enough about him to jump ship and root for him. Which is a total shame because if anyone can do it, it would be James Wen after he stole our hearts in P.S Man. Unless QZQ becomes a total meathead or does something completely unforgivable, it’s unlikely that we’ll be rooting for this Old Xu- seriously, who asks people to call them Old anything when you’re under the age of 80? – come on! We hope he either really goes for it or he steps back completely and allows our ignorant OTP to get on with it. We’re not sure which we would prefer at this point because we really do love a jealous QZQ and we wouldn’t want it to be too easy for him to get the girl.

Other than loving the OTP, we love Le Le- she’s so funny. Seriously, how can someone that looks that cute be so fierce? We adore her; she makes us laugh with every scene she’s in. She’s the character that says what everyone else wants to say but doesn’t dare to. Love her.

Random Thoughts:

-QZQ is going to make her a house! Heeee- so sweet! Okay, it’s a doll’s house but still it’s all about the gesture.

-Is SXR ever going to be nice to QZQ again? He spends half the time defending her or thinking about something nice to do for her and she spends most of the time glaring or shouting at him. Poor guy.

-There are still 10 episodes to go. What are they going to do for that many episodes? Don’t ruin the OTP, we beg you writer!

The Musical: episodes 3-6

16 Oct

Damn it, we want Eun Bi to get together with Yoo Jin. Not again. It’s been a while since we shipped the leading lady with the love rival but damn it, the more we watch, the more we want them to be the OTP.  They are just so interesting to watch. Plus it doesn’t help that we think the actual OTP of this drama is as interesting as watching paint dry. Seriously, the whole ‘love at first sight’ scenario just isn’t quite working for us. Jae Hee and Eun Bi have been thrown together too quickly, their interactions are yes, cute but that’s about it. It’s missing that spark, that element that makes you want to root for them. We’re watching Jae Hee with Eun Bi and we’re questioning his feelings for her, we shouldn’t be doing that in a Kdrama! As viewers, we feel uneasy rooting for a OTP that we’re not really convinced by.

Our feelings aren’t helped at all by the fact that Yoo Jin’s relationship with Eun Bi has been developed so nicely as the weeks have past. It’s as if the writer is forming the real OTP with them. We love how they started off misunderstanding each other and slowly they’ve formed a friendship through similar experiences and shared ideas. Their openly hostile relationship was fun to watch but now seeing their relationship change ever so slightly into unchartered territory is even better. We love how Yoo Jin is unnerved by her presence. Its fascinating watching such a cold and serious character be flustered by a girl who he feels is so insignificant in his life. For us, he is by far the most interesting character in this drama, with his moody stares of intrigue and surprisingly spontaneous actions.  He’s definitely elevated the standard characterisation of the cold chaebol that doesn’t get the girl into something so much better.

That said, as much as we’re rooting for a Yoo Jin and Eun Bi romance, we do feel sorry for Ra Kyung. Her position is similar to Sang Won in the sense that both are in relationships with people who clearly don’t love them as much as they should. Watching them see the reality of this fact unfold every week is great viewing because we’re given a perspective from all angles and we know in great detail how all of these characters feel for each other. It’s really sad watching both Ra Kyung and Sang Won’s heartbreak week after week, especially as they are presented as nothing but really nice characters. The way that the drama handled this matter is once developed in a really authentic and realistic manner making us connect and root for these characters even more.

We think that Eun Bi’s role as a leading lady is really interesting. For us, this drama is less about following her journey to success and more about her role as a catalyst that impacts everyone else around her. Her sheer presence has evoked intense jealousy, inspiration and confusion and watching everyone in this drama cope with their feelings is fascinating viewing. It’s watching all of these characters come together and interact in such close proximity that really makes this drama interesting and sets it aside from other Kdramas. It’s less formulated and more natural. The characters actions, thoughts and even their expressions have that realistic feel to it that makes the drama on the whole more engaging to watch because it could quite easily happen in real life.

We hate to admit it but Kang Hee is a great character. She is a total tart but still so fascinating to watch. Her chemistry with Jae Hee is unbelievably hot. Seriously, the way she looks at him is intense and Jae Hee’s barely controlled resistance is great viewing. We like how she’s been presented as this character that is openly well respected and admired but in reality she is as broken as they come. She’s a sharp contrast to the role model that Eun Bi envisions her as. We love how Kang Hee can barely conceal her jealousy whenever Eun Bi is around. It will be interesting to see Eun Bi’s reaction to Kang Hee when she realises that she’s not as perfect as she once thought.  

To sum up:

We’re really enjoying this drama, it’s just a shame that we’re shipping the wrong couple and the leads are deadweight.

Office Girls – First impressions

11 Oct

How lucky is Alice Ke in this drama? She has Roy Qiu AND James Wen falling in love with her character. No fair.

It’s like the drama gods were listening to our fan girl gushes and have finally given us exactly what we want – Roy and James in the same drama. Hooray.

This naturally comes at a price- in this case, it’s the fact that James has some fugly hair problems that need to be attended to immediately and once again he’s the second lead that doesn’t get the girl – Again! When will your time come James? The up side is the fact that at least he isn’t playing a cheater in this drama.  Another downside is that Roy isn’t all broody and hot like he was in Easy Fortune Happy Life – the drama that made us fall in love with him in the first place but hell, he’s still not doing too badly as the adorable/ slightly dorky lead who we can’t wait to see become a man.

Alice Ke’s depiction of Xing Ren is likable enough. She’s naturally a penny pinching, hardworking woman who takes no nonsense. Of course, Tdramas don’t have their leading ladies any other way- it’s like a drama law. We already love her interaction with Roy’s Zi Qi. They have the bickering, friendly banter down perfectly and we’re only on episode 1.  They also happen to be quite funny together as well, something we didn’t really expect from either character prior to tuning in to this drama, so that’s definitely a pleasant surprise. More importantly, we sense the potential for HOT chemistry between the OTP. We’re hoping that it’s not just wishful thinking or overactive imaginations on our part. Sadly it wouldn’t be the first time.  Hehehe.

Apart from loving the cast, we like pretty much everything else about this drama so far. We like the concept – its very old school in the: will he/ won’t he succeed scenario? Will he be able to keep his true identity from everyone around him? Plus how will he fall in love with the ordinary but kind hearted girl when the hot girl with greedy intentions is throwing herself at him? 

This drama doesn’t have anything too innovative going for it but the pace, the feel and the OTP keep it floating along nicely. First impressions: So far so good.

Plus, did we mention we love Roy?

Sunday Drama Rambles

9 Oct

Are we alone in our total lack of interest in the upcoming Kdrama Man of Honor? It starts this week and well frankly the hype, the premise and pretty much everything else is beyond lost on our obsessive Kdrama ways.

Despite coming to the realisation that Baker King was to put it bluntly rubbish…we utterly adored it when we watched it the first time. We love to root for a worthy underdog that prevails against bratty, rich half siblings and evil parents. However, having seen the promo shots and the trailer, this looks just like Baker King but with Baseball.

The funny thing is, generally we don’t mind that this is a carbon copy of another drama because let’s face it, most Kdramas don’t really step outside the box too often and when they do it’s a hit and miss affair (49 days, anyone?). However, in this case it doesn’t help when we’re not really fans of Chun Jung Myung. Yep, we said it. How can we not like him, when he’s such a sweetheart, we hear you say? Well, we’re sure he’s a nice guy but his character in Cinderella Unni ruined him for us. Just thinking back to how much we hated that OTP and his character just makes us shudder in fury.

Also, Park Min Young is a great actress and we’ve loved her dramas in the past but there is something about her acting that makes it hard for us to completely and utterly love her/ root for her leading lady character. It’s a strange one. Mentally we know we should love her character but it always feels forced…once again people must think we’re just mad. This post isn’t called a ramble for no reason!

A drama we want to watch against our better judgement: A Thousand Day’s Promise

We know we shouldn’t. It’s a freaking melodrama about a woman that is slowly losing her memory and more importantly forgetting the man she loves but damn it, it looks so good! We might as well invest in a box of multi pack super durable tissues now to mentally prepare ourselves to cry buckets of tears. Our tear ducts have only just recovered from Scent of a Woman but hey, who said being a drama obsessive was going to be easy?

How utterly pretty does this trailer look? Also the OTP look like they’re going to be amazing together.

Currently watching rundown:

Despite our lack of posts in the last few months we have been watching dramas occasionally when we can.  With life being less manic, hopefully we can blog/ recap more often because we sure do miss it when we can’t!

My Love By My Side: This is our long family drama that no one seems to be watching, which is a shame because it’s so good! If you’re looking for a more traditional Kdrama that has plenty of secrets/lies then look no further. It’s a hell of a rid.

The Musical: We’re watched five episodes so far and we still think it’s great.

Protect the Boss: we got to episode 8 and we hit the wall. It’s like all the zany, funny charm dried up and suddenly we fell out of love with it. We plan to pick it again… (hopefully).

Scent of a Woman: We were awash in our own tears as we reached our tolerance level for melodrama. So we decided to stop for awhile and watch something happier like PTB. We definitely intend to return and finish off the last few episodes because seriously we adored EVERYTHING about it. This drama made Lee Dong Wook into a man and made us love Kim Sun Ah that much more. They are definite considers for the hottest OTP of the year, their chemistry was unbelievable.

We’re off to check out the first episode of Office Girls (T) because apparently it’s super cute and has catapulted our beloved Roy Qiu into a superstar.

One word: Finally! Hehehe. We love Roy.

My Love By My Side – episodes 26-29

8 Oct

The one of the main reasons why we love a good old fashion Kdrama is the fact that it never disappoints in how outrageous it promises to get. We love how MLBMY has cranked it up a notch and suddenly everything has become incredibly messy with secrets and lies all being revealed in one giant gulp and you know what- we want moooore!

It's been ages since we last saw a drama where we literally finished one episode, squealed for glee at the madness on show and wanted to watch the next episode straight away.

We always loved the fact that everyone in this drama were so nicely connected but seriously, watching the prospect of Mi Sol and Seok Bin becoming family is going to be AMAZING. Especially now that Seok Bin knows the truth about his secret son. The confrontation between Seok Bin and Mi Sol didn't disappoint one bit. The tension was off the charts- all that anguish and pain was sooooo good. As much as we love the sweetpie that is So Ryong, he doesn't touch the angsty, slightly off centred Seok Bin that is in desperate need of a shrink and a shot-gun to murder his obsessive mother.
The moment where Mi Sol and Seok Bin confronted each other about their secret son was the scene that we've wanted to see from pretty much the start of the drama and luckily for us it was a good one. For us, Mi Sol’s response was vital in determining whether this drama was worth sticking around for. If she was even the slightest bit weaker or pathetic in the confrontation we would have to say goodbye drama, we didn't stick around all this time to see our leading lady wimp out on a loser that abandoned her when she needed him most. However thankfully for us, she was awesome! She was brutally honest when she proclaimed that he had no right to call himself Yeong Hoon's father when he was such a weak spineless idiot back then. Also how glad are we that she told him exactly what an evil, nasty bitch his mother was. Thank you drama writers for not making our leading lady all righteous and forgiving to those who have wronged her! We hate when leading ladies are like that- seriously, forgiveness in a drama is so dull.

We have to give it to Seok Bin's mother, just when we thought she couldn't out do herself in her evil meddling, she does something worse that makes you want to throttle her for being so mad but at the same time, she still makes us smirk at her sheer villain-like genius. The woman is on another level when it comes to scheming mothers. She makes Madame Kang in BOF look positively angelic. That said, we wondered how long she would be able to ride on the tide of evil prevailing over good in this drama. She was getting away with far too many of her evil schemes and it was getting to the point where we found ourselves groaning as we watched her getting away with something else but the fact that all of her evil plans are unwinding in one go makes it all the more exciting to watch.

OMG, how utterly great was the scene where Mi Sol stormed into Soek Bin's house and confessed to being Yeon Hoon's mother? We loved the physical tussle as Seok Bin’s mother literally tried to keep Mi Sol’s mouth shut while trying to throw her out of the house. It just added to the urgency of the situation as she realised what was going to happen. This was the scene where we went from liking the leading lady to really loving her. She risked everything to protect her mother's honour and her future happiness. As a character she was brave and reckless and it was soooo satisfying to watch Seok Bin's mother's world crumble around her as the biggest secret of the drama was realised. Loved it.

In regards to Mi Sol’s confession, we really liked the unexpected reaction from Seok Bin’s grandmother. Her reaction was grown up and rational and frankly for a Kdrama those words are hardly ever used to describe any character’s response, so it was definitely a pleasant surprise. Also her response once again highlighted the fact that this is one tightly written script and that all of the characters in this drama are connected in a manner that makes it impossible for them not to relate to one another, even when they don’t want to!
 
With just over 20 episodes to go…and most of the major secrets revealed already, what madness is going to be introduced to keep this drama afloat? We'll be happy as long as Mi Sol and her family avoid any life threatening illnesses or worse …death. Also if the writer happened to kill of some of the more annoying character in the drama ahem So Ryong’s grandma and Yun Jeong, we wouldn’t disapprove too much. Hehe.