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Reply 1994 – A risk we dare take?

30 Sep

We’re super excited but scared at the prospect of watching Reply 1994

We remember watching Answer me, 1997 last year and loving it so much. As many of you may know we picked that drama as our favourite for 2012. It just owned us completely. It was funny, sweet and most of all we felt like we were watching a drama that was made with real heart. It felt like a script that was really thought out and written with care and love and like complete suckers we were sold – hook, line and sinker. As a result the idea of tuning in and watching a drama from the same makers makes us want to do a happy dance and cheer in excitement.  

The big question is: can they strike gold twice? Will we be sitting there disappointed because it’s just not as good and also what’s with the basketball??? Okay that was three questions. Hahah. 

We’ve noticed that quite a few people aren’t pleased by Go Ara being the leading lady. We’ll be honest we’ve only ever seen her in Who are You? and the girl made us cry our eyes out when her father passed away, so obviously she made us connect. Personally, we think she has massive shoes to fill after the wonderful performance by Jung Eun Ji in Answer me, 1997 but frankly whoever took the lead would have their work cut out. Jung Eun Ji did a great job acting the part but it was her character that everyone fell for. She was just awesome. Considering Answer me, 1997 had a cast of mostly unknowns, we’re hoping that the producers know what they’re doing and have selected their new cast for a reason. We’re got confidence, so fingers crossed that Go Ara does a good job and makes her haters find something else to moan about.

We want it to be good sooo much…but

We’re scared by the fashion, the sports, Go Ara’s hair and most of all our expectations.

Seriously, what is up with Go Ara’s hair? She deserves props for that alone! 

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End of Year Drama Review – 2012

31 Dec

Another year down and another end of year post – Thanks for everyone that dropped by and read our fangirling, ranting and rambles this year. We thought this post would be short and sweet but by the time we had gathered all of our thoughts on 2012’s drama offerings we had somehow created this mega drama post that sort of took on a life of it’s own, so we hope you enjoy it and of course, please feel free to add your own thoughts, it’s always more fun with company!

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2012 was a really busy year for us. We didn’t watch as much as we wanted and certainly didn’t blog as often as we wish we could. Which is a shame because we adore nothing more than sitting down and fangirling our way through dramas. Having less time to dedicate to our habit and becoming more picky over the years has meant that we have physically watched fewer dramas this year and have found that we have shelved more dramas than ever before.

This years offerings have been a lovely combination of the good, the bad and the dramas you wish you could erase from your memory. With cable dramas holding their hold and giving the mainstream networks a run for their money, we’re pleased with the vast number of options we’ve had this year as well as a positive shift towards dramas pushing the boundaries in terms of genres and plots on offer, which is always a good thing in our book. With two of our favorite dramas of 2012 coming from cable networks, we certainly look forward to see what they can offer us next year, so come on cable give us some goodies in 2013!

Below is our list of noteworthy dramas we’ve assembled from everything we’ve seen and shelved in 2012.

Completed dramas in 2012:

Korean dramas:

Answer Me 1997 – The jewel in our 2012 drama crown

Despite completing this drama very recently it still finished off the year as our favourite drama of 2012.

For us Answer Me 1997 felt like it was made with so much love. The writing is heartfelt, seamless and by the time it ended we knew we had finished something special. Something that would stay with us for a very long time. As drama viewers we watch plenty of dramas throughout the year all in anticipation that it will be ‘the one’ and guess what folks, Answer Me 1997 is it!

Funny, romantic, sweet and old school in the best way possible. Watch it, you will love it.

Wild Romance – the prize for the worst hair cut goes to….

Okay, this drama was all over the place. At first it was pee your pants hilarious. It was wacky, zany and so much fun to watch. We didn’t know that Lee Dong Wook was capable of being so funny and more importantly who knew that he could work a porno moustache but he did! Sadly, the drama took a dark, moody twist where the lead lost her spunk and became all needy and pathetic and the story went from silly fun to downright creepy with a crazy stalker.

The genre change gave us a little whiplash but despite that, the drama is well worth checking out especially if you’re a Lee Dong Wook fan.

Me too, flower – Our messy pick of the year

Technically this drama was a mess. The plot fell apart towards the end and the characters lost their spark. However, the OTP kept us coming back week after week. We loved them, they felt like a real couple to us. They were two very screwed up characters that came together and were somehow functional as a couple. When everything else was a mess in this drama, this couple somehow made it alright. Both actors were brilliant, especially Yoon Shi Yoon. He was all wrong for the part but  he managed to carry this mountain of mess and made it work.

If you’re looking for an unexpectedly good OTP then look no further.

Nice Guy – The prize for the most screwed up couple goes to…

This drama was dark, depressing and intense. The writing, the acting and the way it was filmed was brilliant. That said, what was wrong with every single character in this drama???!!! Our heads hurt trying to rationalize their insane actions and there were multiple times when we wanted to punch a few of these characters in the face.

Reasons to tune in: Song Joong Ki

We’ve waited for so long to see him as a leading man in a drama and he delivered in spectacular fashion. Of course he was all kinds of hot but his acting was also wonderful. We look forward to his future projects where hopefully he doesn’t annoy the hell out of us.

If you like your dramas dysfunctional and screwed up in perfect Kdrama style, this one ticks all the right boxes.

Queen In Hyun’s Man – A nearly perfect moment in time

Nearly but not quite there.

2012 is most certainly the year of the time travelling drama and this drama is definitely up there as one to watch. We loved everything about this drama, it was beautifully executed, the OTP owned us completely and the plot was excellent throughout its run and then came that ending. Sighs* It was almost too good to be true and we were hoping that this would be that rare drama that was perfect but sadly the ending left a distinctly bitter taste in our mouths.

A lot of people loved the ending but for us it felt like a cope out. It was far too convenient and it killed some of the magic for us.

Don’t get us wrong, we gave this drama 9.5 out of 10, so we’re not going to complain that much, it’s just that it was sooooo close to being that perfect drama for us. The rare gem that we would love forever and having seen so many dramas of the years now, it’s no easy challenge to fall in that category.

Watch this drama, you won’t regret it, in our opinion it is one of the best romantic dramas to come out in a long time.

A Gentleman’s Dignity – Overgrown boys, bratty sisters who needed a slap and the realisation that we have no idea why we bothered tuning in…

Seriously, thinking back now, we don’t know what drew us to watch this Ahjussi drama where pretty much nothing happened across 20 episodes.

All we can really remember about this drama is our very strong desire to murder Im Me Ah Ri. She was a freaking grown woman that acted like a spoilt brat that cried and stomped her feet throughout the drama’s run. Groan*

The drama has left no real impact on us as viewers and there are no real moments that stick out from the dramas run.

Would we recommend it??? We’re not sure, we can’t actually remember.

Japanese Dramas:

Rich Man, Poor Woman – Our unexpected crush goes to…

This was our favourite (and only completed) Jdrama of 2012. It reminded us exactly why we love Jdramas and that maybe we shouldn’t give up on them just yet.

As well as being our favourite Jdrama, it also opened our eyes to Oguri Shun – why, why have we failed to notice this guy before???

The winner for unexpected crush of the year most definitely goes to Oguri Shun. He oozed chemistry, charm and strangely worked dodgy haircuts. Trust us, this drama has made fangirls out of us. heheh.

Back to the drama – the story was a simple love story between a socially awkward millionaire genius and a smart graduate who happened to end up working together and of course falling in love. The plot and the execution of the story was nothing to write home back but it was a pleasure to tune into every week. We were comfortable in the knowledge that the drama would make us smile and satisfy our  fluffy drama needs in the best way possible.

If you’re looking for a decent Jdrama look no further, this one will steal your heart.

Taiwanese Dramas:

Skip Beat! – Our surprise delight of the year

Who would have thought that this would be the only Tdrama we completed in 2012? Definitely not us!

The drama had so much going against it – a very loyal and obsessive fan base for the manga, two Korean actors in a Tdrama – wtf?, terrible dubbing and our expectations in the gutter before we even began.

The drama wasn’t a ratings winner but we adored it. Once the drama fixed the dubbing issue and found their feet, this drama was great fun. Ivey Chen was fantastic as the crazy but lovable leading lady and Siwon made us even bigger fangirls after his brilliant performance as Ren/ Du He Lian. He played cold and damaged so well. Considering he could only act using his facial expressions, he was pretty wonderful.

When a drama has a broody Siwon and Donghae looking hot being bad – what are you waiting for?

Shelved Dramas:

Miss Rose – Another Roy Qiu drama we just couldn’t finish..

We know, we know, what is wrong with us? It’s not you Roy, it’s just everything else that ruins it for us!

Why are all of Roy’s leading ladies so hesitate to fall in love with this HOT HOT man? Why do we have to sit through so many episodes watching these annoying leading ladies cry over past loves or cry over the fact that they are scared/ poor/ stupid???

We were so excited by this drama but it got draggy so quickly. We wanted to love it but we just couldn’t.

We have no doubt we will one day finish a Roy drama but until then we’re more than happy  to keep watching perving our way through all of his dramas until we find one. heheh

Shut up flower boy band – The best cameo in a drama goes to…

Oh, Lee Min Ki you came and went so quickly but we’re pretty sure that you made everyone that watched miss you just a little bit.

Not completing this drama is strictly an oversight on our part. All of the ten episodes we completed were brilliant. The drama was so good we made a freaking GIF out of the famous hug scene and considering we’re incredibly technically challenged that’s definitely saying something!

Life happened and we just never got around to finishing the drama. Maybe this drama will be in next year’s review or may be not…

I need Romance 2012 – When love rivals make you switch off

We switched off for one reason only – the loval rival made us want to vomit into the nearest waste basket. He was so sickly sweet and was such a soppy puppy that we just wanted to kick him. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that he shared ZERO chemistry with the leading lady. How is that possible – two attractive, young actors and still they failed to generate any chemistry between them- none, zero, zilch, how???

The King 2 Hearts – We know what you’re thinking, are we mad???

Yes, yes, we hold our hands up and question our sanity and poor taste in dramas for not having the desire to complete this drama. It just didn’t click for us. We didn’t have that emotional connection with the characters and as a result didn’t really care what happened to them.

Plus, watching the leading man shot his OTP in the chest sort of kills the romance for us. Just saying…

Big – The biggest disappointment of the year?? Possibly, maybe, yes…

How is it possible that the Hong Sisters could make such a boring drama???

Why did Gong Yoo  have to look so damn hot in this drama?

 (you’re welcome)

For that reason alone, we’re gutted this drama was a complete waste of time. Sob*

Other notable dramas for 2012:

Rooftop Prince – The other time travel drama

 

What is with his horrible hair???

It was a toss up between this and Queen In Hyun’s Man at the time and we picked the latter. Frankly was there any point starting another time travel drama after you’ve completed something that was so nearly perfect? Anything we watched after that epic, romantic drama would have just been crap.

Gaksital/ The Moon that embraces the Sun – When leading men turn you off…

Sorry Kim Soo Hyun and Joo Won, we’re just not fans.

 

 

– We’re sorry!!!!!

It’s the strangest thing. Pretty much everyone loves these guys with a passion but we just need to know their name is attached to drama and it’s a pass from us.

Maybe we will grow out of it like we did with Hyun Bin but until then it will take something seriously special to make us tune in or a shiny sequined tracksuit…

Time Slip Dr. Jin – We found the car wreck of the year

Thankfully we saved ourselves from this nightmare. We confess that it was endless fun reading the hilarious bitching and disgust at this poor excuse of a drama. Muhahah.

Final rambles for 2012

As you can probably tell from this post, this year hasn’t treated us too badly but of course heres hoping 2013 gives us a few more drama gems worth fangirling about.

Thanks for popping by and joining us in our rambles this year, we hope you return in 2013.

Happy New Year everyone!

Love,

The Musthavesubs girls, xoxo

Answer Me 1997 – Series thoughts

12 Dec

Three words to sum up our thoughts on this drama: WE LOVED IT.

This is by far our favourite drama of 2012.

We gobbled it up in a week and half; happy to say goodbye to our social life and farewell to sleep because this drama rocked! It made us laugh, cheer and fall in love with every single character on screen.

As much as we love Kdramas, they can be sloppy, rushed and the writing can suffer due to live shooting and ambitious producers riding on popularity. However this drama achieved the rare feat of remaining awesome all the way through. The writing was so tight. Every action had a purpose, every speech had an impact and the quality of the script remained outstanding from start to finish. Dramas are a dime a dozen these days and they can feel like you have seen the same story told a million times over but with this drama it felt like we were watching something special. This script was so well thought out, planned to perfection and it felt personal. It achieved the lovely balance of remaining heartfelt, humorous and engaging without ever dragging. It never got bogged down in the details or killed us with angst, which is frankly a rarity for a Kdrama and one we are thankful for.

The plot could have easily been complicated, messy and confusing to follow what with the multiple time jumps back and forth throughout the drama but it was handled seamlessly. The script made us feel like we knew these characters. We had watched them grown up and find themselves both  individually and romantically as people.

After we had finished the drama it felt like we were saying goodbye to long standing friends who we had grown to love over the course of the drama. How many times have you watched dramas over the years where the leads, love rivals or random sides characters annoyed the hell out of you??? Too many times is our short answer. However, this drama managed to develop a really rich selection of characters that were all very human. None of them were perfect and they all made mistakes but we think we rooted for them more because of those flaws. We’re totally over watching the perfect, kind, selfless leading lady that sacrifices all for the people around her. Sure, she’s great and we wouldn’t mind being more like her but as a person can we relate to her on that basic level? No chance. This drama’s leading lady owned our hearts like no leading has in a long time. She was just so freaking awesome! She was that girl you would want to be friends with, get smashed with at a bar and get into a shit load of trouble while doing something completely mental. We loved her crazy fangirl ways, her sharp, poison tipped tongue and the fact that she always followed her heart. Once she knew what she wanted she went for it. Sung  Shi Won is by far our favourite leading lady of 2012.

 

Our favorite moments: Too many to be honest but…

Yoon Jae’s love confession:

Oh boy, we loved this scene so much. We sat there with our hearts in our throats as we watched him bare his soul to Shi Won so honestly. They shared such wonderful, natural chemistry leading up to this moment that we eagerly waited his love confession. It was going to be the moment that changed the dynamics between the OTP and allow us to see their relationship development into something more. The build up to the scene was just so brilliant. So much tension, so many unspoken feelings between the two characters and then Tae Woong destroyed all of Yoon Jae’s plans in one simple sentence. We adored how the writer had built up such a warm, supportive relationship between the two brothers by this point. It added such a wonderful layer of angst and conflict for Yoon Jae as he chose between loyalty for his brother and his love for Shi Won. You could feel the whirlwind of emotions going through Yoon Jae as he simultaneously confessed his love and let her go all in one moment. So perfect and completely heartbreaking. Loved it.

 

Yoon Jae rescues Shi Won:

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The majority of the drama was heartfelt with lots of humour throughout but the snippets of drama scattered across the show was brilliant. The scene where Yoon Jae rescued Shi Won was intense. We loved how he ran on pure adrenaline to save her. For us this was one of the major turning points for thickheaded Shi Won to realise Yoon Jae loved her. The scene could have been over the top and predicable with the leading man swooping in and rescuing his OTP. Maybe with him shouting at her/ beating up her would-be attacker ect ect but it was the muted intensity of the moment that made the scene more intense. He held her close as he walked her to her door, made sure she was okay and then left. She needed few words to realise that he had run out like a mad man when she called or that he had obviously hurt himself badly trying to save her. All she had to know was that regardless of whether they were talking or not, he would come immediately if she called. Sighs*

HOT fangirls VS. Sechs Kies fangirls:

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How funny was the face off between the two rival fangirls in the rain??? Who else loved the childish, petty fangirl trash talk between the two leaders. The whole scene was so over the top dramatic that we sat their laughing our heads off at how silly it all was. The thing about that scene that got us most was that we’ve all obsessed over stuff when we were younger or even now and so you can relate to how seriously they all took it all and reflect back on our actions and cringe.

Joon Hee secret crush on Yoon Jae:

Ahhhhh, we adored Joon Hee so much. He was such a sweetheart. His character was portrayed so realistically and sensitively without stepping into stereotypical territory. We loved the scene where the drama revealed when he started crushing on Yoon Jae. Watching the smartest guy in the school stand up in front of everyone and start a fight with the teacher over the elitist results system was so good. We turned to each other and said; we too would have a serious crush on Yoon Jae after that scene. Smart, good looking and brave, what more do you want? heheh.

Critiques…okay but only if we must:

As you may have guessed for our endless gushes, any criticism for this drama is minimal and trivial because frankly it’s been a very long time since we watched such a well assembled drama. 

Guessing who Shi Won’s husband was in 2012 got old really quickly. At first it was exciting to guess who it was but after we watched the OTP declare their feelings for each other, it was game over and really unnecessary to keep up the charade in the future scenes. Also this would have been a angry rage post if Shi Won got together with Tae Woong! They shared NO chemistry together and he was too old for her. 

Our only other criticism of the drama was that the second half wasn’t as tightly scripted as the first half, which was simply outstanding.

Overall thoughts:

This drama is our favorite for 2012 for lots of reasons but for us, it was the wonderful way the writer had captured reality so well. Obviously, not the two brothers fighting over you scenario (we wish) or the crazy fangirl business (we draw the line at blood pledges!) but everything else was spot on.

The relationship between Shi Won and her family was portrayed so authentically. The crazy, screaming fights over petty matters have happened in our house a million times. The friendship was also a major highlight for us. Fighting over something as stupid as liking a rival band happens. It’s trivial and not at all dramatic but it’s realistic and something we can relate to.

Then there was the romance. Oh the romance owned us completely.The OTP’s scenes oozed chemistry and made us giddy like the worst type of fangirls. We love the fact that they knew each other so well and were best friends even if they fought like cat and dog all the time. We loved how Yoon Jae hesitated for so long because of that friendship and his love for his brother and that Shi Won didn’t automatically realise that she loved Yoon Jae. She took so long to realise her feelings for him and yes, it drove us mad and broke us hearts when he was rejected but it was realistic! We can totally understand why she wouldn’t want to leave her comfortable bubble of friendship with him and risk losing it completely but seriously how awesome was she when she declared her feelings? For once we get why two smart/ good looking brothers would fight over one girl, we would too.

Generally we fear drama endings. It’s often disappointing or leaves us sad to say goodbye. However, this drama was so damn satisfying and ended on such a high, that we could happily finish it and say goodbye to a drama that will remain fondly in our memories for a very long time. 

How much we liked it: 10/10 – that was as obvious as finding out who Shi Won’s husband was!

How good it is technically: 9.99999/ 10