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End of Year Review ~ 2011

31 Dec

We thoroughly enjoyed writing our end of year review last year. We were happy in the knowledge that we had found some real gems, along with a couple stinkers but this year we can’t help but feel a little disappointed by the drama offerings. Nothing really stole our hearts and made us feel like we’ve found a drama that would stay with us for the long run and be on our all time favourites list.

However that doesn’t mean that we didn’t enjoy what we did complete and like a true a drama addict would say… there is always next year.

Here is our list of completed dramas in 2011:

The crème of the crop:

Keizoku Spec 2: One word: Awesome.

It lulls you in with the first couple episodes. Then bam, you are hooked and before you know it, it’s finished and you’re desperate for more.

Someone tell us there is a second season in the works? We’d be sooooo happy.

We know we shouldn’t have liked it but we did anyway:

It’s okay, Daddy’s girl: Technically a complete mess, the plot, the acting, the romance, okay, okay it was all a tad on the ugly side but strangely we enjoyed it nevertheless. 

Call us suckers for a decent family in need.

The prize for the worse villain of the year goes to Jun Tae Soo:

Oh dear, the over acting was bad, real bad.

Biggest disappointment of the year:

49 days: Yes, we’re still mad at you drama, we may remain mad for quite some time too. The drama strung us along for 19 episodes, only to trample all over our betrayed hearts in the end.

Cruel, just cruel.

We did enjoy watching Jung Il Woo as the cutest Scheduler in town. Also, despite the fact that our beloved Bae Soo Bin overacted his way through all 20 episodes with his glares and ‘scary’ eyes, we found him strangely hot as a baddie. Heheh.

Our typical Jdrama of the year:

Buzzer Beat: It was totally underwhelming. The ending was so predictable and cheesy. We haven’t a clue why we bothered watching it in the first place.

Was it Yamapi and his giant purple rucksack?

Another over hyped Hong Sisters’ drama?

Best Love: We almost gave us on this drama multiple times throughout its run. The OTP consisted of an overgrown man-child that needed a good slap and a washed out pop star desperately clinging on to show business. Let’s face it the characters were REALLY annoying, the gags were the same old over the top gags the Hong sisters have been peddling  for a while now and once again, no other character other than the OTP had much substance.  However, the drama eventually found its groove and before we knew it we were rather charmed by how much the OTP cared for each other. Damn it.

 

Our old school drama of the year:

Baby faced Beauty: We think we watched this during our drama dry spell; it was familiar in a comforting way. It had a cute OTP, a leading lady we hoped would get a spine and she eventually does…sort of and of course evil villains who get what they deserve by the end of it.

What more could you ask for? It’s a nice way to past the time, also Daniel Choi is rather adorable in it. It might wash out the bad taste he left in your mouth from his horrible performance in The Musical

The drama that made Lee Dong Wook a man:

A Scent of a Woman: Yes, it became that stereotypical melodrama in the second half but we were sold from the first episode. Watch it for the hot OTP, watch it for a love rival who will break your heart and watch because it was the drama that reminded us why we became drama addicts in the first place.

Also did we mention the producers gave us plenty of fan service? Enjoy.

Another Mike He drama under our belts:

Sunny Happiness: In reflection we can’t really remember much about this drama… which is never a good thing.  It had something to do with a marriage contract right?

Oh, who cares we blatantly watched it for Mike He!

The sweetest drama of 2011:

Can you hear my heart? : Our favourite Kdrama of 2011.

 Loved it.  

Favourite Alternative couple: Dong Joo and Ma Roo – Come on, all those bed scenes, the flashbacks of romantic moments from the past and of course the smouldering stares they gave each other throughout the drama. Their children would be beautiful…

The Idols that made good in the end:

Dream High: We really enjoyed this drama despite rooting for the wrong OTP and hating broody Sam Dong. Is it the best drama? Hell no but its lots of fun. There is a scene which involves an MC Hammer dance, if you don’t laugh at that; there is something wrong with you. Just saying…

 

2011 dramas may not have been what we hoped but hey it could have been a lot worse!

Here’s hoping that 2012 delivers the goods.

Happy New Year to everyone, love the Musthavesubs Girls xox

The Musical: 1-2/ First impressions

19 Sep

Reasons we tuned in:

Daniel Choi- yep, Baby faced Beauty made fans out of us for this Kdrama actor. Plus if he’s half as lovable in this as he was in his last drama- we’re game.

Who doesn’t like a drama where people are striving to make their dreams come true? A bit of cheese is never bad for the soul.

It’s only once a week and its pre -recorded.  A Kdrama that is pre-recorded is a rare thing but one we hope proves to be a winner. Seriously, it can’t be just us that find major production changes mid recording a nightmare to stomach. We hate drastic personality changes for the leads, a bright cheerful drama suddenly becoming a weepfest and who likes watching the actors looking like zombies by the end of it….? shudder*  We’re hoping that The Musical manages to survive some of these issues and maybe just maybe other dramas will follow suit and take the risk with a pre-recorded drama.

 
First impressions:

The first episode was rather slow if we’re honest. It’s understandable as it has the enormous challenge of establishing the storyline, introducing the characters and most importantly making a viewer want to tune in the following week rather than the next day like most Kdramas. Despite it being a tad slow, we liked it and we tuned into episode two without much hesitation. We have to say that episode two was much better.

For us to like this drama we needed the following things to happen in the first couples episodes:

  • We needed to care about the leading lady- her desire to be an actress was the key factor that would make or break this drama for us.
  • We needed to like the OTP together and apart.
  • We needed to see the potential in the storyline.

We’re happy to report we got all of the above and more!

Go Hye Sun as the leading lady is quite endearing, we worried that she would be unbearable and overact but actually we like her as this character a lot. Unlike other Kdramas where the lead is incredibly talented and just hasn’t got her chance to shine yet- Eun Bi could be you; her story is so much more relatable and realistic than the typical Hollywood story. This girl has a lot going for her already; she’s smart and from a loving family- she could be a doctor if she wanted, it’s not the case that her talent is all she has. We really like the fact that it’s not come easy for her. She is neither outrageously talented or had the chance to show what she’s got. She’s been rejected in every audition that she’s had and her singing is nothing to write home about but the thing that makes us root for this character is her desire. She wants it so much and despite risking everything that she has she’s going for it and we really want her to do well.

Daniel Choi is a refreshing change in this drama. We expected him to be all cute and adorable like he has been in the past but actually we like what we see.  He has this air about him that makes him intriguing- he’s smart, talented and has an honesty about him that’s interesting because you just don’t know what he might say next.

 

The scene we knew we wanted to continue watching this drama was the first real scene with Jae Yi and Eun Bi at the piano. They bounced off each other real well and despite being in a strange and unexpected situation you can already see the potential chemistry between them. We like his reason for helping her; the idea that she feels the same way he does/did for musicals.  Also the fact that he knew straight away that her love for musicals was pure and not sullied by money or fame.

We also felt that the scene where she explained her love for musicals was great. It felt natural and honest and it felt like something that we would say if someone asked us a random question about something we loved. A little embarrassed, unsure and half hoping that they don’t laugh at your explanation. We liked the look in his eyes as he listened to her talk. You could see him relate and connect to this person he didn’t know because they share the same love, even if he’s unwilling to admit it just yet.

Random thoughts:

Why did GHS take sheers to her beautiful hair?? She looked so pretty at the start of episode 1 and then she decided to literally become a boy. It’s such a shame!

We wonder if Yoo Jin will be a love rival- we’d love that. His character has a heart of stone and so far he’s come across as rather stereotypical but we’re hoping that he has more to show and that maybe he will surprise us.

Kang Hee is such a tart! Please tell us that she’s not going to be that annoying love rival you want to watch get run over by a truck?

Final verdict: So far so good.

Baby faced Beauty- 19-20/ final thoughts

11 Jul

This post will be short and sweet simply because let’s face it; this drama was unlikely to be blow us away with its genius or mentally challenging storyline. That said, we really enjoyed it and thought it was beyond cute. Yes, we confess to giggling along with this adorable OTP who we loved watching and for once it was charming to watch a rather trouble free romance blossom in a Kdrama. Plus BFB successfully managed the impossible task of handling two of our pet peeves in a manner that didn’t make us want to groan with frustration or throw our screen out the nearest window.

1. It survived a successful drama extension. We hardly felt it at all, thank goodness. It’s a small miracle and we’re so pleased, because seriously fluffy dramas hardly ever survive the dreaded drama extension- think: Pasta and Smile, You (shudder*)

2. Noona Love- Groan. How dull and boring is watching this scenario play out, it could have been BAD. Really bad. However, we’re pleased that it’s hardly touched upon and for once other factors aside from the leading lady being an old maid got in the way of the OTP’s HEA.

If there was one word to sum this drama up, it would be: CUTE.

Reasons to tune:

Daniel Choi- Yep, he’s made a fan out of us. More precisely his character, he’s such a sweetheart! He’s childish, sweet and so smitten by So Young that it’s impossible not to like him. He was definitely a standout and one of the main reasons we tuned in every week.

Like we said don’t bother watching this drama if you’re looking for anything other than fluffy/ cute. This drama is sweet, funny and has a great OTP that you will fall for quite quickly. Like a true old school Kdrama; the baddies are really bad, the love rival is far too perfect and the leading lady really suffers, but hey it’s all worth it when there is a happily ever after. We always feel a little uneasy when we get to the final couple episodes of a drama we have actually enjoyed, simply because Kdramas are always hit and miss with their endings (49 days anyone?), but we’re pleased to report that everything is wrapped up in a nice bow and we were left feeling satisfied by how it all panned out. 

The good far outweighed the bad in this drama. If we did have any criticisms it would be that the drama was at times repetitive- what was with all the competitions??? One, even two was exciting to watch but seriously every episode!?  We didn’t mind so much as we relished the chance to see Yoon Seo aka hateful love rival lose to So Young Muhahaha but we have a feeling that others may find the process rather annoying.  Other than that, it’s definitely one to tune into, especially if you’re looking to balance out your viewing from a more angsty drama like City Hunter.

How much we liked it: 8/10

How good it is technically: 8.5/10

A touch of everything…

5 Jul

Sadly life has been hectic and as a result we’ve had zero time to blog, which is such a shame for us because we like nothing more than gushing endlessly about our favourite obsession.  As it’s been awhile we thought we’d write up a mini-mega post about pretty much everything we’re watching/ watched in the last couple weeks.


City Hunter:

We’re going to sound like a broken record when we repeat what most of fandom have already said but we don’t care- we loving it! The twists, the turns, the oh so lovely romance- we can’t fault it! She took a bullet for him! Ahhhhhh.

Can you hear my heart?

The drama only has a couple weeks left and we’ll say it now- we’re going to miss it so much. *cries

It can’t be just us that cringes at every scene between Ma Roo and Woo Ri? Dude- get the hint, she only sees you as her brother! Honestly the scene she stayed over at his house was creeeepy.

With a just few episodes left, we really hope that crazy Madame Kang aka Dong Joo’s mother just lets her son be happy and be with the woman he loves. How cute is every scene between Dong Joo and Woo Ri, they make such a lovely couple. *Sighs



Baby-faced Beauty:

Jin Wook and So Young have to be the sweetest OTP this drama season. They are so adorable together! Sure they lack any angst and they behave like love struck pre-teens but they are so utterly charming and sweet together that we don’t care at all.

We haven’t really had the chance to blog much about this drama but we have thoroughly enjoyed watching it every week. It’s a very easy going drama with all the traditional Kdrama antics. It could have been a mundane drama but the OTP and the sweet natured charm of the drama lifts it up and makes it better. We literally groaned when the drama introduced a colour blind storyline – oh the angst and unnecessary misery for a leading lady that has suffered enough. However it was handled in a very sensitive manner and in the end allowed for the OTP to romantically develop further and enabled the leading lady to be stronger and more determined to succeed. Ultimately it was a pleasant surprise and a plot twist we thought we’d never approve of.   




With two episodes left, we’ll be sad to see it finish. Also we must confess that our hearts have soften towards the love rival over the weeks and surprise, surprise the musthavesubs girls have found themselves feeling sorry for another drama love rival…damn it. It’s just that we like how he’s so upfront and sincere about his feelings but at the same time he manages to remain manly and cool in the process. How is that possible? 
 

Other drama thoughts:

We’ve been thoroughly engrossed in My love by my side– which we love but sadly for us, no one seems to be interested in subbing this drama. Please, someone hear our cries for subs because we want more! If anyone else is watching this drama, we’d love to hear your thoughts because we’re hooked.     



We also watched the first episode of Heartstrings and really enjoyed it. We definitely plan to watch more…we just have to work out a way to get more hours out of a day! If anyone has any ideas about how to do that as well, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Hehe.

Baby Faced Beauty: 11-12

14 Jun
Episode 11 was the episode where So Young felt the fallout of her lie being exposed and all we have to say is finally! Episode 11 was so good and we’re so glad that she can at last get her true identity back and she can build a real relationship with the people around her without freaking out that someone is going to find out that she’s an old ahjumma!  
   

The scene that did it for us was the confrontation between her and Jin Wook. The poor guy, we felt so sorry for him. His love for her was so earnest and sincere and for him to find out that it was based on a lie was too cruel. The biggest shock was actually So Young’s admission of love. For a character that is so reserved, we were surprised to say the least but so pleased as well.  His rejection of her was really sad to watch- So Young always comes across as so pitiful and for her to not only admit but also put herself out there was brave. It was nice to see a little angst between the two characters as they are usually surrounded by lots of fluffy cuteness. At least any progress made in the future will be based on an even playing field rather than the idea of a one sided love.

We think that the foreboding of everyone finding out her lie was scarier than the actual results. We literally spent 10 whole episodes squirming in our seats and now that it’s been revealed we can’t tell you how happy we are. Although the confrontations were horrible to watch, we’re glad that it wasn’t as evil as it played out in our minds- shudder* If anything So Young took it with dignity and grace and her return to the company just made her appear more fearless and determined to fulfil her dream to be a designer. Also we loved the impact it had on revealing her true feelings to her mother and sister about how she felt about her upbringing and her general treatment. The scene where they’re fighting over the sewing machine was so intense and angry. It was a great way to enforce a change in dynamics and allow for progress to happen both in their relationships but also as individuals.

We’re glad that the writer didn’t allow the characters to wallow too long from the aftermath of the confession and the storyline moved along quickly to the next phase. We love the idea of the competition between good and bad / sensible vs fashionable- so excited.

Quick thoughts:

-We’re glad that Jin Wook couldn’t stay mad at So Young for too long. We can’t wait to see their relationship properly develop in the upcoming episodes.

-We can’t wait for everyone to find out how manipulative Yoon Seo is- seriously for a split second we actually thought she was going to be a love rival with some creditability. How wrong were we!?

 -The drama has been extended by two episodes- groan* -We hate drama extensions with a passion but we’re hoping that it was extended earlier enough that the writers can actually do something worthwhile with it. Fingers crossed.