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Nice Guy: Series thoughts

12 Dec

This is the only drama that we have successfully managed to complete in the last month or so. We’ll be honest we’re completely surprised that we endured so much melodrama and still found ourselves coming back for more. Let’s be frank this drama is low on laughs and it’s been awhile since we watched so many dysfunctional people in one room. However strangely enough it worked for us, even when we knew it shouldn’t. It had the right combination of crazy and drama quality to keep us hooked till the end and now that it’s over, we’re glad we stuck around for the ride.

Read on at your own risk – major spoilers alert

We had a horrible feeling that we might need to invest in a jumbo pack of ultra durable tissues to get us through the drama finale. Surely, this wretched, very unlucky couple wouldn’t get their happily ever after?  Come on, this OTP had the worst stinking luck ever and frankly we were prepared and ready for the worst, so why do we feel like the rug has been pulled from under our feet with this unexpected drama finale? It must be the first time ever where we would have been more satisfied with a tragic ending and considering how damn sappy we are, that’s really saying something! The ending felt disjointed, far too convenient and yes, disappointing.

What the feck was that last minute stabbing all about????

You’ve been stabbed badly and you still managed to walk around inconspicuously and yes, make out with your OTP without:

  1. Your OTP realising that you’re seriously hurt
  2. Or more importantly not passing out from the loss of blood
  3. Buhahahahahaha
  4. How stupid.

Yes, it added a dramatic turn of events in the 11th hour but surely it would have been more effective if they showed him having his surgery and maybe not surviving? Just saying…

The ending was…sweet. It was shiny and happy but after 19 episodes of dark and moody it felt like the writer had chickened out and decided to give us a happily ever after to satisfy fan demand. It failed to have that impact that the rest of the drama delivered and for that reason alone we were left unsatisfied. Sure, we’re happy that the OTP survived and got together but it felt like we were watching a different drama’s finale. Not the depressing and insane ‘Nice Guy’ we had grown to love.

Nice Guy’s OTP – A complicated relationship for us.

We loved and hated them in equal measures. They had some really beautiful, memorable scenes that kept us tuned in every week but they also had a strange relationship which made us groan and moan A LOT.

Our favourite scene in the whole drama has to be Eun Gi’s love confession in the rain.

It was just such a heartrendingly intense scene that was both tragic and so very romantic at the same time. We saw the best sides of Eun Gi’s character and were reminded why we rooted for this leading lady. She stood there with her heart on her sleeve, totally vulnerable but so brave at the same time as she honestly confessed her feelings to a guy that used her in the worst way possible. We love the fact that we intensely hated Ma Roo but completely adored Eun Gi in that one scene. It’s a real testament to the quality of the script that in that one scene we felt so many different emotions and were so moved by it all.

Let’s talk about THE KISS.

We remember watching the OTP’s first kiss in the first half of the drama and we felt angry with Ma Roo, annoyed by the context and the how fake it all was. We kept wondering what the feck was the writer thinking. Were we really supposed to root for this couple, the deceptive leading man that was clearly taking advantage of a naive  innocent woman??? Hell no. Sorry. So you can imagine how excited and happy we were when the drama flipped everything upside down and gave us a real couple with feelings and heart. We adored the scene in episode 15 where Ma Roo really kissed her. EEEEEE!

‘Remember this, this is our first kiss.’ – Oh yes, this was so worth the wait.

As much as we loved the romantic development between the OTP, was it just us or did the OTP lack that crack factor that makes a great couple? Ma Roo used kid gloves with her; he was too protective and always had such an edge of guilt to all his actions that it was hard to envision them as a real couple. They needed more passion; they needed crazy screaming fights which ended up with them making out violently against the nearest wall. We wanted to believe their love but it all felt so lukewarm that our hearts weren’t 100% in it and that was probably why we weren’t that devastated by the idea of a tragic drama finale. We remember watching ‘A Scent of a Woman’ and dreading pretty much the majority of the drama. That OTP had insane chemistry and we cared so much for them that just the idea of the leading lady dying had us crying our eyes out for multiple episodes straight. We may have damaged our tear ducts after that experience but for us, ‘Nice Guy’ just didn’t do it for us like it should.

Amnesia – a cliché which we didn’t surprisingly hate.

The role of Eun Gi’s amnesia was handled so well. It was like that giant pink elephant in the room that threatened to reveal itself and ruin everything. The prospect of Eun Gi getting her memories back added such a delicious layer of tension that we sat there at the edge of our seats waiting for the bubble to burst at any moment and ruin their temporary happiness. Like the majority of the drama, we couldn’t really allow ourselves to emotionally invest in their temporary joy because we knew that it would be bittersweet.

When Eun Gi lost her memory the OTP were given a second chance to really be a couple and yes, they were sweet and happy at times but it was also very fake. He was once again lying to her, manipulating her feelings on a daily basis. What’s the difference between the way he treated her pre-amnesia to post amnesia? Yes, he did actually care about her but the way he went about it was wrong and his feelings consisted of  that selfless, martyr love that we HATE with a passion. Why couldn’t he be selfish, why couldn’t he love her so intensely that he confessed his love, his intentions and checked himself into hospital ASAP because he didn’t want to risk even the smallest chance of leaving her??? Yes, all of the above would have been too practical for these crazy characters but it would have saved us a lot of groaning and hair pulling.

Also were we really supposed to believe that a character as inquisitive as Eun Gi wouldn’t have found out as much as she could about the accident that transformed her life so drastically? Yeah right.

We wanted the revelation of Eun Gi’s memory returning to have more of an impact than it did. There was such a build up with excellent tension but it all fell flat at the last hurdle. We wanted her cool, crazy self to return with vengeance but instead it was wishy washy and half arsed in it’s delivery. We remember watching ‘Autumn’s Concerto’ a couple years ago and utterly loving the impact of the leading man’s memories coming back. It was like a tornado had arrived and made a huge mess and we loved every second of it. All of the lies, the sneaking around throughout the series were unmasked and we were left with a satisfying conclusion. What did we really conclude in ‘Nice Guy’? The baddies luckily handed themselves in and everyone got themselves a reasonable drama ending. We hoped for more. Sigh*

Character Thoughts:

Mar Roo – Looked oh so good in clothes but frustrated the hell out of us with his martyr actions and general outlook to life. He made a bad choice years ago and he paid the price. Boo Hoo, deal with it. Who honestly asked him to leave behind his seriously sick sister to rescue his Noona and then take the blame for her actions?? It was obviously an accident! Any reasonable person would have convinced her to go to the police station and explain the situation properly. Arrrghh and he’s supposed to be the smart one.

Eun Gi – She was the only reason why we stuck around. She was at first kick-arse cool, sassy and very much an anti leading lady. She lost a lot of her spark when she lost her memory but she redeemed herself in the last quarter, so all is forgiven.

Joon Ha – We want him for Christmas! He was such a perfect love rival. Generally we don’t like the sweet/ kind love rivals as they tend to be boooorrring but we’ll make an exception for this sweetheart. He was hot, had a good job, shared chemistry with the leading lady and his love for Eun Gi was so selfless and pure that it’s impossible to not to care for him. He just wanted the best for her even if that meant she was with another guy. We loved him!

Oh his tears got us good!

Jae Hee – Frankly we didn’t like her as a person but we loved how complicated, screwed up and damaged she was. She was the essence of a desperate woman and because of that, we could understand and relate to her actions. We really loved the scene in the park where Ma Roo apologizes for ruining her. It was such an emotional scene and so brilliantly acted by both actors. Loved it.

  

Side note: what the feck was up with her terrible fashion and multiple mirror scenes in this drama??

Manager Ahn – Groan* – What a stupid character.

Jae Shik – We actually liked his character a lot. Another character that was complicated and unpredictable. We like how the writer had created so many characters that were neither good or bad but very human. It’s a nice touch of realism in a crazy drama world.

Choco and Jae Gil – Cute. We’re pleased that for once a drama had surrounded one of the OTP with a good support network to get them through the hard times. At first we thought they would be fecking annoying as the writer tried to make them the ‘light relief’ of this drama but they grew on us really quickly. They truly cared for Ma Roo and just wanted the best for him.

Overall thoughts:

As you may have gathered from this post our feelings for this drama are a mix bag. There was plenty to love and hate but that only adds to the fun of it all. It had managed to hold our attention this year when so many other dramas had been shelved. Sure, it wasn’t perfect and at times it drove us mad but it evoked an emotion in us. We cared about the characters and wanted to know what happened next. In our book that’s all that counts and for that reason alone, the drama was a winner for us.

Would we watch it again?? Not likely.

Do we regret tuning? Absolutely not.

How much we liked it: 8.5 /10

How good we think it is: 8/10

Great acting, writing and totally screwed up in the best Kdrama way.

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2010 ~ End of Year Review

31 Dec

We watched far too many dramas this year…it’s a disease, so don’t judge us too much!

This year’s lot of dramas were disappointing to say the least- We think that’s the general consensus amongst most drama viewers- there were far too many dramas that started off so well and got you completely hooked from the start and then quickly descended into stupidity or frankly crap. That’s got to be the most annoying thing about it all…you get all excited and invest yourself in the drama only to be disappointed even more than you would have if it was rubbish from the start.
So here is a rundown of all of the dramas we managed to watch during 2010 with our general thoughts and feelings as well as our marks out of 10.

2010 Dramas that we completed:
Prosecutor Princess– The most unexpected drama love of 2010. We started it thinking it was going to be completely stereotypical, fluffy and possible annoying but we were so wrong. We completely and utterly fell for the characters- especially the leading lady who could have been so 2D but instead conveyed such sincerity and warmth that you can’t help but root for her. The story was also well structured, so compelling and by the end of it you will be sad to see it finish. Plus the relationship between the OTP was at once sticky, angst ridden and so sweet.

Definitely a must watch:

How much we liked it: 9/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

My Country Calls– Loved this drama so much!!! We hadn’t really seen a K-drama that we could label ‘comedy’ but we definitely found one in the form of this drama. Every episode will have you laugh at something; the script is what really stands out- solid, well written and so very funny.

Who knew that Ryu Jin could be so funny? He has to be the best thing about this drama, he stole every scene he was in.

Why don’t more people know about this gem of a drama? It’s definitely worth watching.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

Cinderella Unni– Oh dear where do we start with this one… First 3/4 episodes were drama gold. So well written, acted and we were utterly hooked. Then they had a time leak and we went from mild disappointment to anger as the weeks past- WTF? Has to be the only response by the time you finish this drama. Don’t watch it; it’s a waste of time- life’s too short to watch multiple crying scenes and pathetic siblings fighting over nothing.

How much we liked it: 4/10- How good it was technically: 2/10

I am Legend– Don’t watch it! Don’t be fooled by the first couple episodes being reasonable good, the majority of it is really rubbish. The drama had elements that could have been really good; like a potentially hot OTP- completed wasted and not even resolved at the end. Really good friendship dynamics ruined by long winded court cases and a repulsive ex husband that gets redeemed. It’s angering just reflecting on it.

Only good thing about it is the OST.

How much we liked it: 2/10- How good it was technically: 3/10

Pasta– Sure nothing ever happened and it had to be the fluffiest drama of 2010 but still… we really liked it. It was the OTP that did it for us. We loved them as a couple- so much chemistry, charm and it was lovely watching them do nothing for far too many episodes. (Don’t judge us too much).

How much we liked it: 8/10- How good it was technically: 3/10

Pick the stars– This was a drama that we didn’t expect to enjoy but we found ourselves recapping weekly and most importantly finishing it. We really liked the leading lady, the kids and eventually the leading man (we hated him for the first few episodes!). However the drama was messy, had irrational love rivals and by the end of it we found ourselves glad that it had finished.

How much we liked it: 4/10- How good it was technically: 4/10

Mary stayed out all night– The most disappointing drama of 2010?? Well it certainly sounds like it from the forums, blogs and ratings. It’s a shame it could have been really good but instead it just missed the mark. We think we were more forgiving than most… we actually liked the lead OTP, fell hard for the pitiful LR and just went with the silliness that was the drama but yes, we too have to agree it really wasn’t that great.

How much we liked it: 6/10- How good it was technically: 2/10

Baker King-We gobbled this drama up like the greedy drama lovers that we are- obsessed, hooked and emotionally invested right to the end. We loved the leading man Tak Gu so much- such a lovely character to root for- strong, lovable and he sure tugged at our hearts. We confess we cried during both reunions between Tak Gu and his mother and father. The drama managed to have the perfect mix of drama, angst and warmth and we were completely satisfied by the end.

This is a prime example of how the classic K-drama scenarios can be done well and even though you’ve seen it all before- trust us, you will still be hooked.

Definitely worth the crazy high ratings!

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 8/10

Down with Love (T)- Oh dear- we know this is a fan favourite and yes it started off cute, funny and very watchable but honestly it could have been resolved in half the number of episodes and it really didn’t need so many flash back scenes from the same flipping episodes.

Pros- Jerry is hot. Neg- every thing else.

How much we liked it: 3/10- How good it was technically: 1/10

PS Man (T)-  We really loved every episode up until around episode 10 and then we suddenly got really annoyed at this stupid OTP- they had no reason not to be together!!! It was infuriating to watch. Plus when you’ve got the most perfect love rival waiting in the wings, it just makes it all the more annoying.

Best thing about it: If you’re looking for a good laugh- check out Blue Lan’s crazy hair and leopard print trousers he would wear on a regular basis. 

Also a love rival that got viewers so excited that there was even a public vote to get the writers to change the end. Love fan power.

How much we liked it:  (up to episode 10: 9/10) the rest of the drama 4/10- How good it was technically: 3/10

Autumn’s Concerto (T)- We were completely hooked with this drama, it had everything that we can’t resist: an OTP who shared amazing chemistry and a drama that loved to bring in as much angst that was physically possible per episode! The sad thing with this drama is that it was so good up to about episode 6 and then that dreaded time leap occurred and ruined it! From episode 6 onwards the drama slowed down and cut the hot angst, which is a total shame because it was sooo good at the start. That said- do we regret watching it? No way- definitely one of the better T-dramas of the year.

How much we liked it: 7/10- How good it was technically: 7/10

 

Previous year’s dramas that we completed this year:

Que Sera, Sera– LOVED IT!!! It was all about the OTP- so intense, angsty and addictive. Watch it.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

Loving you a thousand Times– We were hooked from the start. Melodrama at its best. We avoid melodramas like the plague but this was done so well- Such a tight script, well acted and intense. We cried so much- our feelings for characters were so turbulent we went from hate to like in literally half an episodes- now that’s good writing.

How much we liked it: 9/10- How good it was technically: 8/10

Save the last dance for me– One of the older dramas we watched this year but it was really good. Although the drama had many predicable elements- we fell hard for the OTP- they were so sweet together and when you’ve got a OTP that you like enough- you can get past ridiculous memory loss scenarios and the fact that the end was pretty a complete rip off of the Hollywood movie- An Affair to remember.

How much we liked it: 8/10- How good it was technically: 7/10

Thank You– We cried so much! We were emotionally invested from the start- the story was so compelling and pulled at our heart strings so much. Not your standard K-drama- it’s got so much more depth, heart and it was steeped in reality.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

Lawyers of Korea- It’s a nice way to past the time. It was funny, romantic and had a very sticky love square.

How much we liked it: 7/10- How good it was technically: 7/10

How to meet a perfect neighbour– We enjoyed it while we watched it- if you’re looking for a dramatic OTP (concubine bracelet *shudder), cunning Love rivals and greedy evil people- look no further, my friends.

How much we liked it: 6/10- How good it was technically: 8/10

Smile, You– Curse you greedy drama makers- you ruined this drama by adding a 15 episode extension! Seriously, we really enjoyed this drama with its adorable trouble free OTP, annoying but funny love rivals and entertaining family dynamics.

How much we liked it: 7/10- How good it was technically: 6/10

Pride (J) – We loved everything- that’s right everything! From the music, the bromance and the lovely OTP. For a 12 episode drama- they managed to get so much packed in.

Definitely a much watch J-drama.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 10/10


 
 

2010 dramas we shelved for various reasons:

Sungkyunkwan Scandal– We definitely plan to finish this drama- we got to episode 12 and we still loved pretty everything about it. Then Baker King entered our lives and every other drama became a distant memory.

Queen of Reversals– We shelved Queen of Reversals because we didn’t like Tae Hee’s husband, we thought he was a complete idiot that didn’t really love his wife and the idea of watching this OTP was far too off putting BUT….news of an extension and Park Shi Hoo as a love interest, we may just need to tune in again. *giggles.

PSH must be a leading man’s nightmare- they must fear it every time he’s added to a drama list because seriously the guy managed to make himself a lead with sheer screen presence- man he’s good. We realised that Jung Joon Ho and Kim Seung Woowho was the leading man in How to meet the perfect neighbour are best friends in real life and if PSH gets upgraded to leading man (again) – that would mean that this set of best friends would both have been pushed aside from leading man because they can’t compete with the charms of PSH. How unlucky!

The woman who still wants to marry– We really enjoyed watching this drama when we were tuned in. It was hilarious at times, depicted great friendships and made us laugh out loud multiple times. However even though it was all of the above, it just didn’t hold our attention enough to complete.


 

2010 really was the year that could have been. So many dramas that had so much potential to be amazing but failed to deliver the goods! It wasn’t all bad we found dramas that were unexpected loves that have a special place in our drama viewing hearts. Here’s hoping that 2011 will be filled with more tear jerkers, angst filled, laugh out loud funny dramas.

Happy New Year! Love the MustHaveSubs Girls XxX

Autumn’s Concerto- Final thoughts

2 Mar

After 21 episodes, it’s all sadly over and you know what-

we’re going to miss it.

Autumn’s Concerto, how we hearted this drama.

At first we were like giddy school girls obsessed by the angst, the drama and of course the HOT OTP. Then it was the case that we fell for the cast, the story and really hoped that they finally get to live happily ever after, which they do, hooray!

Here is a rundown of why we fell for this drama:

-The OTP were perfect together and apart.

-We loved the hockey rink scene, where he used his body as a shield to protect her against crazy people.(seriously crazy people with a grudge, honestly T-dramas have so many nutcases, it makes Korean dramaslook super tame)

-We loved the scene where he rescued her from the sea- man, the car scene where he cradled her soaked body was hot!

-Of course must mention whenGuang Xi escaped from the hospital, chased a car which was moving shockingly slowly and then ends up getting stabbed for his troubles- me thinks dramtastic is an understatement!

-We loved the transformation of Guang Xi’s mother! Seriously we hated that evil hag at the start of the drama – most evil line- ‘Get your filthy hands off me!’ ahhhr she was so evil. What makes her transformation even better is the fact that she remained completely the same as a character throughout the drama (I hate when important characters get personality transplants mid season)

-Xiao Le- The boy is such a great actor, seriously where did this kid learn to act? He is brilliant. He was such a great addition to the show- I partly tuned in to watch him- Yes I admit it, the boy is that cute and the lines he got- he was definitely not just a prop like other shows. (So glad we can watch him in Down with Love)

-Xiao Le and his grandma’s relationship- the transformation of Guang Xi’s mother was completely down to the sweetest, often funniest relationship between a grandmother and grandson we’ve seen on T.V for ages. She was constantly uncomfortable, cold and sometimes rude to him, which was funny anyway but add his wise, smart mouth comments and it was just adorable.

-Tuo Ye- He was a completely hopeless love rival and really should have got a clue years ago that he didn’t stand a chance with Mu Cheng- but oh he was so good to her,

We really liked how they wrapped up his story- so much last minute drama for him- we screamed when they ‘cut’ his hand off.

-We loved that he was the one to bluntly tell Guang Xi why Mu Cheng left him six years earlier.

– Guang Xi getting his memory back- so well done seriously loved it. There were lots of parts we liked about this:

– He texted Yi Qian‘the photo’, as well as put it up as his computer background. I know it’s not suppose to be funny, but come on, you regain your memories and that’s what you do lol.

– He drove Mu Cheng to the spot where he was stabbed/ where she abandoned him and revealed the truth, all with a look that could kill- oh so good. The moment you waited for the whole season definitely did not disappoint- not at all.

-We loved how after all his mother went through to keep them separated, not to mention the fact that he lost his entire memory ect. ect- he ended up right back to where he started – He ended up with Mu Cheng- Now that’s soul mate territory.

– The ending was a slight bit cheesy, but not Fated to Love you cheesy- thank goodness. It was like an epilogue for a romance novel, satisfying after a rollercoaster adventure.


Even though the show slowed down it’s pace and insanity in the middle, when it counted it had all the best things we look for in a drama- a great OTP- one you root for, cheer for and sometimes if they’re that good even cry for. It had action, angst and a little comedy for good measure.

Would we recommend this drama? – Hell yes.

                                                   

Quick mentions about Autumns Concerto and Down with Love

1 Mar

Far too sleepy to elaborate but just a quick mention:

 

 What the fork??? Autumn’s concerto finale was only 30 minutes long!! 

 Are we disappointed? No! They finally reunited and lived happily ever after what more can you ask for. 

Should they have just added another 30 minutes to the last episode? Yes but I’m not complaining.

Overall we loved this drama.

As Autumn’s Concerto was only 30 minutes long, we ended up watching the latest episode of Down with Love and seriously still loving it. Yu Ping is completely smitten by Yang Guo ahhhhhhhh soooooo good! He handed out period Pads for her!! LOL.

Autumn’s Concerto- non finale

22 Feb

AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH it wasn’t the last episode of Autumn’s Concerto!!!

-Sooooo glad it’s not over, it had zero Mu Cheng and Guang Xi time in the whole episode; we would have been gutted if they did a last minute reunion for the OTP.

-Seriously we had no clue that there was still one episode left. So glad that Guang Xi finally knows why she left him six years ago, FINALLY. 

-Also loved the mother/ son moment, oh the tears and the hug- so sweet!  

Loved everyone’s individual monologues, especially Tuo Ye’s speeches: what a sweetheart, if I murdered someone I would want him on my side 🙂

Can’t wait till next week.  

 

Autumn’s Concerto

20 Feb


Autumn’s Concerto last episode (sob!)

Just a quick mention Autumn’s Concerto finishes tomorrow, soooo sad!! Shams and Shaps favourite T drama since Mars.

 

Two is indeed better than one! LoL