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Musings about Joo Won (Shockingly)

25 Mar

So it wasn’t a shiny blue tracksuit this time but instead a face full of noodles and multiple kicks to the family jewels that made us go from being indifferent to suddenly appreciating Joo Won as an actor.

Frankly we thought this day would never come. For ages now, it felt like everyone had been fangirling about this actor and we just didn’t get it. He found him shouty and infuriating in Baker King and subsequently since, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to watch him overact his way through his later projects.

However, we had come to a dry patch in our drama viewing and this drama seemed right up our street. After finishing School 2013, we needed something light, fluffy and on the stupid side. We found Flower Boy Next Door far too lightweight for our liking and so we dubiously tried out Level 7 Civil Servant. With no expectations what so ever we found ourselves enjoying the setup and most surprisingly Joo Won as the most endearing but stupid leading man on screen. The more we watched, the more we found that we liked him. He soon became the only character we liked as he was the only sincere, honest character in the whole drama. Everyone else was lying or using him and well, we admit we can’t resist an underdog and Joo Won’s character was in a league of his own.

We watched up to around episode 8 before we went off to Malaysia and found that the drama was already waning. The plot was moving super slowly and the cute spy school set up had disappeared and had been reduced to the usual spy setup full of clichés and repetition. We had every intention of watching more but then we returned from our trip and it felt like everyone in the blogosphere had trashed the second half and had written the drama off. 

The combination of our own hesitation and reading other bloggers thoughts has completely turned us off and it seems like another one bites the dust. 

It’s a shame about the drama, as it was good when it was good but at least we managed to get over our Joo Won aversion and can officially remove another actor off our black list. Now if only we could get Kim Soo Hyun off the list, today would be a great day. 

Come on 2013, give us drama lovers a winner! Yes, it’s only March but we need our drama crack. We need a drama that keeps us up all night, makes us obsess over it and yes, inspires us to fangirl about it on a blog. 

We’ve shelved far too many dramas this year, we need a keeper. 

Is it just us feeling like this? Does anyone have any recommendations for current dramas worth checking out?

Day 25: Dramas that made you change your mind

16 May

We confess we can be fickle at times, we get swept up in the moment and find ourselves passionately loving or hating dramas/ characters ect and then we do a complete U-turn and wonder what the hell were we thinking.

In honour of falling in love with our lastest drama obsession – Queen In Hyun’s Man and giving Yoo In Na a shot despite our aversion to plastic faces, here is our random rundown of drama related U-turns from over the years:

An Actor we once hated: Hyun Bin

Boy, did we hate him so much after watching him in My name is Kim Sam Soon. The ego, the weasel like face, the frustratingly infuriating way he treated Sam Soon, just everything about him made us mad. He left a really bad taste in our mouth and we avoided his dramas like the plague. Then one day, we stumbled across a trailer for Secret Garden

We went from scowling at a face we deemed weasel like to looking at him and suddenly realising what all the fuss was about. He was hot. He had unbelievably good chemistry with his leading lady, he cried beautiful man tears and he could sing. Also there is the fact that he sacrificed his life so she could live…

All it took was one over the top, shiny tracksuit and all was forgiven.

An Actor we once loved:

Kim Soo Hyun

This will upset a lot of people and even as we write this we’re preparing to hide for cover but it’s just how we feel.

We adored him in Will it snow at Christmas? His portrayal of the young Kang Jin was amazing. He was broken, intense but still so vulnerable. We confess he stole our hearts in that drama and apparently many others as well. There is no denying he is a great actor but as soon as something becomes overexposed or loved too much, it’s game over for us. A switch is turned off in our heads and suddenly, everything about them and their dramas are completely lost on us.

The nail in the coffin was his role as Sam Dong in Dream High – sure he’s cute but when people start claiming that he could be idol star with those dance moves, you know he must be overexposed.

We love this scene in Dream High, it’s so sweet.

A drama that we once loved and now wonder wtf were we thinking:

Baker King– we actually wrote a retraction post about this matter.

We remember being choked up at points, marathoning the drama because we just couldn’t get enough of it and gushing endlessly to anyone that would listen. Then we re-watched it and realised that we must have been insane because it was just ridiculous.

Damn those tears, we just can’t resist good man pain!

Even with the incentive of pretty man tears, this drama turned out to be long winded, repetitive and plain stupid at times. Hello, pretending to be in a coma to lure your enemies out is silly!

An Actor we want to change our minds about but never do:

Blue Lan

Why did it take our beloved Roy Qiu so long to become a leading man when Blue Lan clearly isn’t in the same league of awesome???

Strangely enough we’ve seen lots of Blue Lan dramas. At one point it felt like he was the only leading man available for a Tdrama. Sadly for us, every time we finished one of his dramas, we would say never again but like fools we return only to regret it later. It’s a vicious cycle and one day we’ll learn… hopefully.

The thing about Blue is that he’s not a bad actor, he can generate a decent amount of chemistry with his leading ladies and he’s not bad to look at either, (even the moustache was kind of working for us). It’s just that he plays annoying, frustrating characters that we want to punch in the face and he finds himself acting opposite love rivals that are just too perfect not to love.

We think that if he can get himself a decent role, he may turn it around and that is why we return in hope and anticipation that he won’t disappoint us again.

We guess, if it doesn’t work out, we can return to bitching about him and his fugly clothes and problem hair, we never get bored of that. Muhahah Seriously, what the hell was going on in P.S MAN?

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.

Drama rambles and realisations

3 Sep

Recently we introduced the world of dramas to our brother- strictly for selfish reasons of course. Bringing someone else over to the dark side means one less person moaning about our unhealthy obsession! Clearly a practical and smart move on our part. Hehehe.

His first drama was Boys before Flowers, perfect drama crack in our opinion. Sure, it was a mess but it was fun, addictive and had all the best elements that make up a great Kdrama. Naturally, he loved it and so we found ourselves with another drama fan in no time.  He followed Boys with Dream High and You’re Beautiful– two dramas that were good but lacked that crack factor that you got with Boys.

When you start off with such a heavyweight drama, where do you go from there to satisfy your new found obsession without feeling disappointed?

How glad are we that we started off with Full House, a rather average drama on the grand scale of things. At least with an average drama, the only way is up –for us it was anyway. Honestly, new drama viewers in 2011 must read all the hype around Full House and think:  ‘yes, this is going to be good’ – how disappointed are they going to be when they realise how dull and repetitive it is compared to recent dramas!  Before people point out the fact that FH is older, there are plenty of older dramas that still outclass newer dramas today- take: Hana Yori Dango, Mars, My name is Kim Sam Soon to name a few.

Anyway, we desperately wanted to find a drama that he would love. Not only to justify our drama habit but also to prove that it wasn’t just a onetime anomaly, where he too turned into a drama obsessed addict that needed to see Lee Min Ho’s perfectly formed curls and hot…ok that was just the girls then! Heheh.  We thought we could try Spec 2 – which is hands down AMAZING or Pride= LOVE but realised that the first was too different for a newbie and Pride was at times too grown up for a viewer that has only really watched youth dramas. So we thought long and hard and decided to watch Baker King.

What a mistake…for us! Honestly, watching Baker King the second time around made us realise two things:

1. We must have been obsessed, easily impressed viewers watching with fandom goggles. –We HATE drama viewers that watch with fandom goggles!

Fandom Goggles: similar to beer goggles but instead your judgement is clouded by being intoxicated by fandom all claiming that something is good/bad and as a result you too believe the masses and fail to form a realistic opinion of your own.

2. What were we thinking????

 

Don’t look at us like that Tak Gu, we still love you!

Of course our fandom goggles weren’t as bad as others but watching Baker King the second time around made us cringe when reflecting on all our gushes and praises from last year. *shudder
Why didn’t we realise that there were large chunks of the drama that was repeated over and over again in every single episode?

Why didn’t we switch off the moment we realised that the father was going to ‘sleep’ his way through 6+ episodes as a way to lure his enemies to the surface? Seriously???

Why didn’t we switch off when we realised that Yu Kyung wasn’t going to pick Tak Gu but instead go for Ma Jun- a stupid idiot of a character that we would have happily seen be killed off after episode 2???

So confused. So very confused. Half a nation of viewers + the musthavesubs girls couldn’t all have been wearing fandom goggles, could we?

We comfort ourselves with the knowledge that we really can’t stand anything that is overly hyped as a rule. As soon as something is crazy popular a switch in our minds goes off and suddenly we dislike it and anything related to it. Take: Twilight, Glee and Jennifer Aniston. So we’re hoping that we haven’t been swayed too much by irrational fandom but still… it makes us wonder how many other dramas we’ve watched wearing the dreaded fandom goggles?

Oh dear.

Baker King – Awards acknowledgement

6 Jan

We know we’re really delayed and this is old news but we stumbled across this video of Yoon Shi Yoon’s acceptance speak for winning: Best Actor in a miniseries at the KBS Awards and OMG- Joo Won who played evil eyed Ma Jun in Baker King cried his eyes out like a big fat baby- AMAZING!

First off – Woop, Woop to Yoon Shi Yoon for winning the big award- We adored him in Baker King– such a great actor and those tears- beautiful.

Second- there was absolutely no love lost between the ‘brothers’ in the drama what with Ma Jun being completely screwed up but it appears that bromance has well and truly bloomed in really life between Joo Won and Yoon Shi Yoon.

So sweet!

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

Baker King final thoughts

21 Oct

Considering the majority of our posts lately have been about BK, it’s a clear indication of how much we enjoyed watching it and well when you’re sitting through a great episode of Scandal and you find yourself completely not interested because your thinking about Baker King and wondering WTF is going to happen next- you know it’s time to put aside any other dramas we’re watching or plan to watch (MUST WATCH DAEMUL  ASAP!) and finish this beast of a drama.

 So we finished it and we’re happy to report that we enjoyed it and can completely understand why it captivated a nation’s attention. Of course we must point out that it wasn’t perfect it and as we mentioned before it got a little silly towards the end but overall we adored this drama and would definitely recommend it to all drama obsessives out there.

Things we didn’t like:

-Ma Jun as a character- There is so much love for this guy and frankly its beyond our understanding why; because for us he played a villain right up to the very end and then he was ‘redeemed’ in the last couple episodes. Sorry, too little too late in our opinion. The guy spent the majority of the drama hating Tak Gu or scheming to do something evil, all so he can maintain his ‘rightful’ position as the head of Geosung Food. He threatened, blackmailed, cheated, lied, poisoned and stole his way through the drama and not once did he show any regret for his actions and we’re supposed to relate to a guy like that?! Really?

-Ma Jun and Yu Kyung as a couple- Once again, so much fan love for this dysfunctional pair but seriously we don’t get it at all. We would have been more than happy to ship this couple if we actually felt anything for them as a couple- it’s like the writers went from A- C and completely missed out B- where all the good stuff happens; such as any flipping development in their relationship!  Their relationship was rushed and difficult to understand- because aside from sexual chemistry- we were given very few romantic moments and definitely not enough for us to believe that these two will live HEA. Seriously, we wouldn’t be surprised if Ma Jun cheated on her again for some petty reason or Yu Kyung decides to abandoned him after taking his crap one day too many.


 

Yes, we get it- they’re both broken characters brought together through mutual misery but for us their relationship was missing vital substance to make it believable or even relatable. His relationship with Yu Kyang should have been that one redeeming factor that made all of Ma Jun’s evil doings in the past forgivable because he truly loves this one very broken person but he managed to screw that up too with his cheating and staying out most nights after their wedding- Which was completely an ego factor (again). These two as a couple  really needed to see a Therapist rather than a Vicar!

-Tak gu’s mother got so annoying in the middle- It was completely an UGH! moment- when she decided that maybe she shouldn’t reveal herself to her son because she might ruin his chances of success! Despite having a brilliant mother/ son reunion- which we loved, but we have to say, it was seriously dragged out.

-Tak Gu’s father spent multiple episodes ‘sleeping’ to find out the truth- really, that’s the best the writers could think of? 

Highlights from the drama:

-Tak Gu as a character- simple as that. We didn’t think we could love his character as much as his younger version but grown up Tak Gu managed to convey the innocence and charm of his younger self as well as add that rough edge exterior from having spent so many years by himself. He had great lines in the drama- managing to make us laugh and cry all at once and when we watched him on screen we could understand why everyone loved him. He definitely lived up to the expectations of being named after the drama. Yoon Shi Yoon and Oh Jae Moo both did a great job considering they are both relative new comers. We definitely look forward to seeing what they do next.  

-This drama had by far the best reunion between a parent and child we’ve seen in a drama in ages. Both separate reunions with Tak Gu and his mother and father were utterly perfect- so heartfelt, poignant and it made the wait well worth it. Loved it!

-The Yang family- Tak Gu’s adoptive family. We have nothing but total love for this family. The drama just kept knocking Tak Gu down and then suddenly the Yang family were introduced and finally someone was around to watch his back and take care of him for once.

Special mentions have to go to:

Master Pal Bong- what a sweet relationship Tak Gu shared with this old man. The man took him under his wing when he most needed someone and as a pair they shared some really touching scenes together. We dare you not to get a little misty eyed while watching their final scene together.  

Mi Sun- Adored her relationship with Tak Gu- For us this drama wasn’t about romance at all, so we’re not disappointed at all that more wasn’t made of their relationship. She was his constant friend who was always around through all the madness that surrounded his life. They were so cute together as a couple and we were more than pleased with how their relationship was handled at the end. Not cheesy but satisfying enough for all those romantics out there who may have felt cheated.

Wind Mill- okay not technically a Yang- but how great was his complicated relationship with Tak Gu?! The guy went from villain to saviour through the course of 30 episodes and managed to definitely become one of our favourite characters in the drama.

-We absolutely loved how the writers handled Seo In Sook and Manager Han’s punishment at the end of the drama- so good! The evil pair spent far too much time on top  carrying out crazy plans to make sure that their precious son kept the company as his own. We particularly loved Manager Han’s downfall. He started off as bad but with some compassion but by the end of it he was stark raving mad! Brilliant viewing.

For us, this drama had some of the best elements that we look for in our K-dramas-

It was well acted by all, excellent writing (except for a few hiccups here and there), outrageously addictive and so very OTT. More importantly it had plenty of heart- the drama managed that rare ability to make you laugh and cry in the same episode and get you so emotionally invested in the characters that you will no doubt want to carry on to the very end and see how it all pans out. We thoroughly enjoyed this drama and if you’re not one of the 50+% who haven’t already watched it- what are you waiting for?!

Baker King

12 Oct

Sorry, we really wanted to ship you but it’s just not going to happen anytime soon.

We’re really sorry all you Ma Jun and Yu Kyung lovers out there but we refuse to ship this couple. We get it- they’re both crazy screwed up and when crazy and crazier are in a room together their chemistry is super HOT and Ma Jun looks like he just wants to throw her against a wall and take her there and then but as individuals we can’t stand them, so watching them together just turns us off completely.

Okay we don’t actually dislike Yu Kyung- we think she’s a pretty great character; she’s completely damaged, complicated and as a character she does the tortured look of desperation so well- she constantly looks like she’s trying to reign in all the anger and hate within her and be ‘good’ but it’s hard when you’re

 a. mentally screwed up from years of abuse and

 b. You’ve literally got someone just as messed up as you, telling you to get revenge.

We loved that scene where she went to Evil in carnet aka Seo In Sook and asked her to apologise or live with the consequences, Brilliant- so twisted and smart. Our only problem with her is the way she went about it all. She should have broken up with Tak Gu and made it clear she chose Ma Jun rather than allow him to ever have the opportunity to find out the way he did. After all Tak Gu happened to be the only good thing in her life- why on earth would she risk it and allow the one person who actually cared about her get hurt? We get that she’s messed up, but she’s smarter than that and she obviously knows how rare a guy like Tak Gu actually is.

The thing about Ma Jun we can’t stand is the fact that- yes, he’s life is/was pretty rubbish but it’s nothing in comparison to what Tak Gu and Yu Kyung have suffered in the past but in this drama he is the most screwed up and regardless of the number of times Tak Gu has forgiven him or taken his crap- Ma Jun will always throw it back in his face and go out of his way to do something worst to the guy!

He’s turning into such a villain that we find it near impossible to even allow ourselves to relate to him and let it slide just because we understand why he’s so messed up.

Ma Jun not telling his father about Tak Gu is pretty bad but we’ll let that slide, snatching Yu Kyung away from him is completely rotten considering he knows full well how smitten he is about her BUT buying poison to remove his sense of smell is EVIL! How could he go out of his way to do such a thing!? Then when Tak Gu is fed some of his poison he calmly claims that: IT’S HIS FATE! What a villain- what a rotten, crazy loser. UGH. It sounds harsh but we really can’t stand bullies who take it upon themselves to bully those weaker than themselves just because it will make them feel better.

So regardless of how compelling their OTP relationship is, we can’t bring ourselves to ship this couple at all. They can both get together and live miserably ever after with matching evil glares and twin couple T-shirts (designer of course) which read: How can we hurt Tak Gu some more?

So aside from hating on pathetic Ma Jun whenever he’s on screen we have to mention Tak Gu and his father’s reunion! Oh, it was so heartfelt and emotional- we absolutely loved it and we sat there with a lump in throats completely loving this perfect reunion. The last time we were so touched by a reunion was Eun Soo and her Brother/ father reunion in Shining Inheritance– just perfect but seriously, we think that Tak Gu and his father’s reunion may just rival that reunion because it was that good. The thing that made it so heartfelt was the fact that they both thought that the other didn’t want anything to do with them but as individuals they loved each other dearly- so for them to come together when Tak Gu was probably at his lowest point was perfect, not to mention the fact that his father sat their crying his eyes out while trying his bread! Ahhhhh, it was sooo good.


This drama sure knows how to make you laugh one minute and then want to cry your eyes out the next…  we bow down to you drama writers, you did good, now don’t ruin the end!

Quick Drama ramble

9 Oct

Aside from Baker King, we’ve really not had a chance to watch anything else- which isn’t a bad thing because BK pretty much rocks and is outrageously addictive. However we found some stead-ish links for Sungkyankwan Scandal with English subs- so yay, we can return to fan girling on this gem of a show. More people need to watch this drama, it’s so good and well considering this year has had so many promising dramas which fizzled out super quickly, people should know about the dramas that are actually worth watching rather than the overexposed ones- ahem… Playful Kiss and Oh! My Lady.  

Speaking of such dramas, it looks like Runaway has an all round poor first episode review for practically all sources;  the dramas said to be- all looks, no substance, lacks soul ect ect. Also the negative reviews/ opinions seem to be reflected in the ratings for episode 2 as it dropped drastically- yikes! Poor Rain, better luck next time.

However more promising news is the fact that Dae Mul is doing well both in regards to the ratings as well as the actual drama- hurray. Although we’ve been harping on about watching Dae Mul for months now, if we’re honest, we were a little put off by the promo material, especially the trailer. Maybe it’s because it wasn’t how we envisioned it and KSW in the shiny gold suit was…weird and tacky. Also we really don’t like the idea of watching Lee Soo Kyung as a conniving love rival (we love her- we adored Soulmate and My Country Calls). However we’re always ones to cheer for substance over star power, so we’re pleased that it’s doing well and as soon as we get a chance we intend to watch this drama. Seriously, there is not enough time to feed our outrageous obsession!

Shame about Runaway– we won’t get to watch Lee Jung Jin in action- we like him J

Okay, a quick mention of the only drama we actually watched in the last couple weeks:

Baker King- Everyone knows we can’t resist a bit of Bromance-

What’s a girl to do when bromance is thrown into the works? Oh dear we were resided to the fact that we would dislike Ma Jun wholeheartedly and then the writers go and throw in tonnes of bromance making it impossible not to soften to the scary eyed illegitimate heir/ son of evil in carnet!

Just look at the follow shots- Hello, there is a double shower scene, PLUS a very intimate bed shot, hahaha.- drama makers we salute you for giving us exactly what we want.





Shame all goods have to come to an end and Ma Jun has to return to being a complete git to Tak Gu. It was nice while it lasted.

Baker King: 9-12

6 Oct



How squeal worthy was the scene above! Sigh* – Yes we’re aware that they aren’t each other’s OTP and that Yu Kyung is undoubtedly going to have a ridiculously hot and screwed up relationship with evil eyed Ma Jun but for that moment it was perfect! Seriously it combined all the best and OTT K-drama elements that we love. Not only did we get the sweetest declaration of love without actually saying the words but we were given a kiss as well. How good was the kiss, hey? – He ran back grabbed her and they kissed, all the while he was crying his eyes out- perfect.

Also we have to mention Tak Gu blasting Édith Piaf’s Non, je ne regrette rien from the car while Yu Kyung was in jail- such a romantic scene.  We adore their scenes together and you can believe that they care for each other as much as they do. For her, he is the only person to ever care about her and protect her against her father. For him, he’s probably loved her, his whole life and she’s the only person that actually matters after his mother. Their history and bond is so strong and when they throw around declarations like: he’s my everything and you’re my reason for living– we believe it and although they will eventually find love with others -for now it’s lovely to watch them together because it means that neither of them are completely alone in the world.

Although we will no doubt fall hard for Ma Jun and Yu Kyung as a OTP, for now we’re a little lukewarm towards them as a couple, mainly because we find it hard to like Ma Jun. His inferiority complex against Tak Gu is insane; he has zero compassion for the guy and instead spends far too much time obsessing over how to ruin him. He knows better than anyone how much Tak Gu must have suffered in the past 12 years but still he wants to ruin a guy who has absolutely nothing to his name- does that make any sense at all? Also what’s with the Bond Villain like flashes of him in a dark corner glaring at Tak Gu?

The thing about his relationship with Yu Kyung that we can’t connect with just yet, is the fact that although he may be attracted to her, the main reason he wants her as ‘his woman’ is because she likes Tak Gu and he wants to take everything he has away from him- it’s blatantly an ego thing. Also Yu Kyung has suffered enough, so the idea of Seo In Sook being her mother in law is just cruel! Anyway we hope that Ma Jun falls really hard for Yu Kyung and has his heartbroken by her at least once before they get their HEA. We really can’t resist the good woman reforming the damaged and bad man scenario in dramas- so we definitely look forward to further developments in their relationship.   

So far now we’re still outrageously obsessed and can’t believe all the twists and turns taking place in this drama. Oh it’s good!