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Day 23: Your Favourite Alternative couple

23 Apr

Over the last few years, we’ve seen quite a lot of dramas that have given us some great alternative couples that dare we say it, outshine the main OTP. The best thing we love about altOTPs is the fact that they come out of nowhere and they manage to evoke a response and suddenly you have something to fall back on when the main OTP are sulking and brooding in dark corners. Their romance is usually light and fluffy to counterbalance the angst of the main couple and when they are good, they are really good. Sometimes a good altOTP has the ability to make a rather average drama a little memorable and makes you think that maybe it was worth tuning in for after all.    

Notable alternative couples:

Favourite AltOTP of 2012 (so far)

Wild Romance – Dong Ah and Manager Kim

She was a complete weirdo – socially awkward, completely random and a little insane but we loved her nevertheless.

He was…a robot. Okay, not really an actual robot but near enough. His character is quite similar to Eun Shi Kyung in King 2 Hearts; Stiff, completely by the book and strangely appealing in a odd kind of way… don’t ask, we can’t work it out either.

Yes, Wild Romance was a tad messy and we spent far too many episodes questioning if the OTP would ever get together but luckily for us we had the adorkable altOTP to fall back on. Their moments were spontaneous; you never knew exactly what they would do or say to each other and we loved it. Not only did they share great chemistry together but they made us laugh a lot.

Who else loved the scene where Manager Kim finally asked Dong Ah out?

The whole sequence was so quirky and random – it summed them up perfectly.

An alternative couple that should have been:

Dream High: Jin Gook and Hye Mi

Sorry, Sam Dong fan girls/boys, we were totally team Jin Gook. It’s been a long time since we were both surprised and annoyed by the fact that our OTP didn’t happen. All we have to say is that Dream High’s writers are terrible teases. This altOTP shared soooo many awesome OTP moments and like the romantics we are, we lapped it up happily only to be crushed at the last hurdle.

Call us traditionalists but when you get the following from a couple- you expect a happily ever after:

–         They shared a past

–         Jin Gook rescued her multiple times

–         She sang a song to him (plus, it wasn’t on the toilet!)

–         He gave her a helmet to wear when she wanted to cry – we love that scene!

–         They went on a date

–         They kissed!

Seriously, DH writers – you are cruel, too cruel.

An AltOTP so good, they made you question the need for a leading lady at all:

Can you hear my heart? – Ma Roo and Dong Joo

The title blatantly referred to Ma Roo and Dong Joo and had absolutely nothing to do with Woo Ri at all. Poor girl, one day she’ll walk in on them frolicking in bed and wonder why she didn’t see the signs earlier.

Their bromance was on a whole new level of bromantic. It was often their relationship that kept us completely glued to the screen.  Their love for each other was slightly messed up, obsessive but soooo sweet.

We adored them completely.

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

Can you hear my heart? – Final thoughts

24 Jul

 This drama finished a couple weeks ago and we’re really sad to see it go. Sob*, Sniff* and sob* some more!

We don’t know about everyone else but it was that drama that you knew wouldn’t disappoint when you tuned in every week.  There was so much to love and boy did we fall hard for it. We could go on and on…and on some more about how awesome this drama is. Everyone that’s seen it will know what we’re talking about and if you haven’t seen it- what are you waiting for?!

It’s just a top quality drama and one we would definitely recommend to all. Usually, slightly longer dramas that are family focused lose the plot along the way- it goes mad with its stereotypical family issues or crazy love rivals that needed to be killed off 10 episodes earlier. However, thankfully CYHMH managed to keep a wonderful balance between all of the elements explored and rarely did we feel the urge to want to reach into our screens and throttle half the cast, which is pretty rare for a Kdrama!

Instead this drama managed to make us: laugh, cry and fall in love with these characters week after week.  

We’re so glad that this drama ended on a high. We would have been gutted if the drama had anything other than a happy ending. We must confess that we were soooo upset when Woo Ri’s grandma died. Why does an elder have to die in every long family drama? It’s like a law; the writers can’t proceed unless someone old dies or gets Alzeimers. 

We’ve got mixed feelings about how Choi Jin Chul was punished. One of us, felt that he should have rotted in jail or at least acknowledged an apology to show guilt, seek forgiveness, anything other than pure defiance to his crimes. However, two of us thought it was perfect.  This is better than prison- he’s unable to do anything for himself, he’s alone and he’s pitied by the people he betrayed the most. Genius- loved it. Plus how amazing/ funny was Young Gyu’s confrontation with Choi Jin Chul?!  It’s a real skill to manage to make a scene hilariously funny and then incredibly emotional in a split second but this drama managed it multiple times and it’s one of the reasons why it’s a must watch for anyone looking for a good 2011 drama.   

When reflecting on this drama, we realised that we spent a great deal of time discussing Ma Roo/ Joon Ha’s character and yes, we did get a little obsessed by this very complex character. Plus look at him: he’s hot. Hehehe. Aside from being all hot and broody, we really liked how Ma Roo’s character was handled. We could understand and relate to his mixed feelings and seriously we would be just as screwed up, if we went through half the crap he did.  There was such a vulnerability to his character; he was damaged, insecure and so desperate for love. We were utterly obsessed by pretty much everything he did and said. We also loved the depiction of brotherly love between him and Dong Joo and the very complicated relationship he shared with his multiple parents. We’re glad he wasn’t made into a complete villain and was actually redeemed. It would be a little disappointing if his character wasn’t saved, especially considering how loved he was by everyone in the drama.

Was it just us or did anyone else fear that the writer was going to leave him blind or disfigured as a form of karma? If this was a J-drama that would have so happened.  Thankfully, K-dramas love their cheesy HEA and lucky Ma Roo finished the drama with not one but two mothers, a fake brother, a step sister he got over really quickly (that could have been another type of drama on its own!) and a father that truly loved him.

We would totally love it, if Dong Joo and Ma Roo won best couple at some drama award ceremony- There were far too many bed scenes and all that bromantic brooding between Dong Joo and Ma Roo, come on, they make a very fetching couple….

Although this drama was all about Ma Roo, we can’t forget the lovely Dong Joo. As a character he could easily have come across as a wet blanket, dull and insignificant in comparison to everyone else in this drama but he was so endearing and lovable. He was good, kind natured and a character that took down the baddies, got the girl and ultimately got his HEA with style and class. Plus he totally went against the chaebol stereotype- yes he was rich but he was never cold and bad tempered. He was a sweetheart through and through. Loved him. 

Woo Ri as the leading lady was an interesting character for us. She was vulnerable, tough and very likable. It didn’t matter who she acted opposite, she had amazing chemistry with everyone and definitely was one of those characters that you really hoped got a HEA.

Watch it for…

The writing- consistently good

The acting- AMAZING

The OTP- They were the sweetest couple we’ve seen in ages.

Watch it for characters that you will love- We adored Young Gyu and the Woo Ri’s grandma. They stole every scene they were in.

This is such a gem of a drama that we can’t recommend it enough- we loved it!

How much we liked it: 9/10

How good it was technically: 9/10

Can you hear my heart? Final thoughts

24 Jul

This drama finished a couple weeks ago and we’re really sad to see it go. Sob*, Sniff* and sob* some more!

 

We don’t know about everyone else but it was that drama that you knew wouldn’t disappoint when you tuned in every week.  There was so much to love and boy did we fall hard for it. We could go on and on…and on some more about how awesome this drama is. Everyone that’s seen it will know what we’re talking about and if you haven’t seen it- what are you waiting for?!

It’s just a top quality drama and one we would definitely recommend to all. Usually, slightly longer dramas that are family focused lose the plot along the way- it goes mad with its stereotypical family issues or crazy love rivals that needed to be killed off 10 episodes earlier. However, thankfully CYHMH managed to keep a wonderful balance between all of the elements explored and rarely did we feel the urge to want to reach into our screens and throttle half the cast, which is pretty rare for a Kdrama!

Instead this drama managed to make us: laugh, cry and fall in love with these characters week after week.  

 

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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.

Can you hear my heart? 19-22

18 Jun

For now the bromance is dead and we’re gutted. 
Poor Dong Joo- you could literally see his little heart break at the end of episode 22.

We knew that something major was going to happen once Joon Ha found about being a pawn in evil Madame Kang’s plan but seriously drama- this is cruel. He’s a monster! We’re hoping that this is strictly temporary and it’s just a very believable facade he’s put on to get revenge on his daddy dearest. Pretty please writers.  

This week’s lot of episodes introduced evil Joon Ha and well we have to confess that we like it! This guy has the biggest reason for revenge and watching all the lies and deception finally be revealed and seeing the direct impact it had on his character is brilliant viewing. The faceoff between Madame Kang and Joon Ha was intense. She was literally spitting venom, her true colours were very much on show and seeing it on screen was amazing. How twisted and evil does a person have to be to emotionally manipulate a child for 16 years to get revenge on a father he didn’t know was his?

No wonder Joon Ha joined the dark side- we would too!

One thing about evil Joon Ha we like is the fact that he just doesn’t care anymore about anything. We especially loved the scene where he got his mother kicked out! All we have to say is: FINALLY! Muhahaha. Shin Ae has had it coming since episode 1 and we literally sat there with wide grins of appreciation at evil Joon Ha in action.

Speaking of Shin Ae- how delusional is this woman? After finding out that the child she abandoned since birth was alive, did she really think that he would welcome her with open arms? What a freak. We hope that she continues to be rejected and treated badly for the remainder of the drama. Some character aren’t worthy of redemption!

Woo Ri and Dong Joo still remain perfect as the dramas OTP. For now the drama isn’t about their romance, in many ways it never was, however the way the writer manages to slowly develop their feelings every week is lovely viewing. This week, we got a love confession from Woo Ri and it was so sweet. We just wish that Dong Joo would step it up a gear and admit some of his secrets or at least let her know he loves her too.

 At times both men treat Woo Ri like a toy that they like to fight over. It’s less about her and more about them, which as a viewer isn’t so appealing. Despite the fact that Woo Ri knows pretty much everything, neither Dong Joo nor Joon Ha ever confide in her about their issues, which we think is a shame because it would present a more realistic representation of love. Take Joon Ha- all he wants to do is feed her or dress her like a doll. As soon as she says something he doesn’t like, he spits his dummy out and has a tantrum. Then there is Dong Joo, who appears to be content smiling like a lovesick fool whenever she’s around. He never reveals anything deeper than what he likes to present to the outside world. We think it’s time that the drama took a leaf out of Dong Joo and Joon Ha’s bromance and injected some of that sincerity and heart in the romance between the drama’s OTP.

Other thoughts:

It can’t be just us that felt that Young Gyu’s reunion with Joon Ha felt…anticlimactic? When are they going to properly meet already!?!

Can you hear my heart? 17-19

8 Jun

Seriously drama- you are killing us with how awesome you are at the moment!

How is it that this drama manages to hit all the right kinks? – It has such wonderfully romantic, funny and dramatic moments all put together in such an effortless manner.

Episode 17-19 gave us lots of love confessions, revelations and the sweetest OTP moments –Thank you drama makers- we love you. Ramblings ahead

Can you hear my heart? episodes 14-16

26 May

Dude, that’s your sister!

We really didn’t want Joon Ha to have romantic feelings for Woo Ri. Yes, we should have seen this coming a mile off but we’ve been in ignorant denial. He’s her Oppa, why complicate matters!?

This is some seriously messy love triangle- The drama has two fake brother’s loving the same girl- one of whom is her step brother. Yikes, this isn’t going to be pretty.

Joon Ha needs to be exposed as Ma Roo already- the guy is playing with fire. He doesn’t actually deserve them as a family (right now).  Even though he knows that his family have been looking for him for 16 years and that his grandmother is sick, he still doesn’t care enough to return or at least reveal his true identity. Now he’s gone and betrayed his brother by making a move on Woo Ri -when he knows exactly how Dong Joo feels for her. The fool! We sense lots of man pain ahead, which we don’t mind at all because Joon Ha looks hot with his angsty, guilt ridden tears. Hehehe.

Dong Joo and Woo Ri still remain super cute together. K-dramas never fail to make us laugh with their lame arse displays of public affection- Seriously that kiss was so pathetic but sweet. Then there were all the awkward ‘accidental’ hugs and hand brushing- so funny. If real life was a K-drama, the country would seriously be under populated. Despite their tentative steps to becoming a couple, they still remain very sweet together. It’s the small moments that make them such a lovely couple to watch. The scene where she sang a song to him with sign language and he watched from outside was soooo sweet.

Our hearts break a little more every week as we watch the grandmother’s health gets worse. The scene where she didn’t recognise her son or Woo Ri was so sad. Seriously- drama that’s just too cruel! We know that she will ultimately be the factor that makes Shin Ae become a decent human being but still… it’s horrible to watch her be bullied by her nasty excuse for a daughter. How can a daughter be so despicable to her own mother? Why do K-dramas love to redeem their nasty characters? We would have far preferred it if she was punished along with her disgusting partner in crime.

Other thoughts:

-Who is the mysterious Mi Sook? What an interesting twist getting Woo Ri’s mother to come back as a different character that shares the same name as her. How sweet would it be if she was a sort of mother figure for Woo Ri?

-Seung Chul still remains outrageously lovable. In many ways it would be so much better for Woo Ri, if she just loved him back. This is Ji Hoo Sumbae all over again…damn it!

Hopes for next week’s lot of episodes:

-We want Choi Jin Chul to suffer! We would love to see that villain be brought down a peg or two.

-We’re hoping that the grandma totally loses the plot and accidently shaves off Shin Ae’s hair- just kidding- although that would be funny. Muhaha

Can you hear my heart? episode 11-13

19 May

We’ve got nothing but love and praise for this drama. We utterly adore it and it is hands down our favourite currently airing drama.

If you’re not watching this drama, what are you waiting for???
It’s so good.

It’s all good but here are a few noteworthy mentions from the last few episodes

Can you hear my heart? episodes 3-10

6 May

This drama was put on the backburner for ages simply because life’s been busy and we’ve been obsessing over other dramas – such as 49 days and Crime Squad, however thanks to the Royal wedding, we got to enjoy a four day weekend (yay) and naturally being the drama obsessives that we are- we’ve caught up on what we’ve missed.

How glad are we that we didn’t shelve this drama for a later date?
We utterly adore it- it
has all the elements that made us fall in love with Kdramas in the first place:
it’s funny, romantic, has all the K-dramatic traits- secrets, lies ect but most importantly it has heart.

10 episodes in and we are still very much in love and obsessed and can’t wait for more.
> Read on for further ramblings…