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Day 26: A drama that surprised you

17 May

Call us boring or unadventurous but one of the things we like about watching dramas is it’s general reliability.

You usually have a OTP, a big bad to hate on, a couple of  love rivals and a HEA. It’s like a drama law to ensure that the above list happens and we’re totally comfortable with that fact.

However, there have been a few occassions over the years where we’ve been left totally surprised, sometimes not always in a good way.

Here is a quick rundown of dramas that made us sit up and take notice…even when we didn’t want to:

A drama that surprised us so much, we wanted to beat the crap out of the writer: 49 Days

Worst.Ending.Ever.

Yeah, yeah we get it – it’s poetic and wise and blah, blah, blah but killing off the leading lady and leaving her OTP heartbroken was not something we thought we’d end up with.

Also wtf was the long lost sister crap all about?

Yes, we’re still mad but only because we care.

A drama that pleasantly surprised us with how awesome it was: Prosecutor Princess

Come on, it’s called Prosecutor Princess, obviously we didn’t expect much from it!

How wrong were we.

Okay, the first couple episodes took a while to find it’s groove but as soon as it did, we were hooked and so in love.

Despite the ridiculous title, the drama was smart, romantic and just a complete delight to watch from start to finish. Also, this drama surprised us by making us fall head over heels for Park Shi Hoo. We previously watched him in How to meet the perfect neighbour and well, he overacted his little heart out and made us groan endlessly. However in this drama he delivered the goods. All that heartache, angsty man pain and have you seen that smile? – We were sold completely and have become PSH fangirls for life. No regrets at all.

A drama that surprised us by being so bad:

Mary Stayed out all night

When you have Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Suk as a OTP in a drama you just expect it to be magic. They are so freaking talented as actors that we didn’t expect anything other than poetry in motion but seriously, what the hell was going on in that drama????

 

They are so adorable but honestly what a mess.

Who would have thought that everything except for the OTP’s acting would be totally terrible and ruin a drama so completely?  Sadly, not us.

A drama that surprised us in such an AMAZING way that we feel spoiled for anything else: Keizoku Spec 2

Whoop, Whoop, Keizoku Spec 2 Special is finally subbed and waiting for us. It’s on Dramacrazy for those who have impatiently been waiting for it as long as us.

http://www.dramacrazy.net/japanese-drama/keizoku-2-spec/ 

For those who haven’t been tempted already by our gushes about this drama, read our pimp post – this drama is just tooooo good to miss. It will surprise you in the best way possible. It will lure you in slowly and then by the end of it you will be desperate for more.

Perfection.

It’s okay, Daddy’s girl:1-4

24 Jan

We are currently watching Dream High (utterly adore) and My Princess (meh), so naturally being the drama obsessives we are- we needed to add something to our watch list that would balance out all the fluffy, breaking out into song cuteness that we’ve been submerged in since Secret Garden finished and so we decided to check out It’s okay, Daddy’s girl. Frankly we wanted to watch something seriously angsty and OTP centric but we couldn’t think of any dramas that we haven’t already watched…if anyone has any suggestions, we’d love some recommendations please.

Anyway after drawing a blank we thought we’d check out this drama and we’re really pleased we did- we’re only four episodes in and yes, there is plenty of time for the drama makers to screw things up but we’re really enjoying it for now and everything looks hopeful.

For us the drama has a very similar vibe to Shining Inheritance and How to meet the perfect neighbour in the sense that the drama is centred on a family and their trials and tribulations. Like Shining Inheritance and How to meet the perfect neighbour– the drama has a clear cut divide between the goodies and the baddies- naturally this being a K-drama, the baddies are really bad and the goodies are pure hearted and kind, which we don’t mind, especially if the writing makes up for it.  So far the drama has had a decent pace- it has managed to introduce the main set up really well as well as clearly presenting a family dynamic that is both believable and very likable. The thing that made us really connect with the drama was the main family- they are so similar to ours -it’s eery. Aside from seeing a lot of our own family reflected in this family, we were seriously relieved that Moon Chae Won’s character Eun Chae Ryung wasn’t completely annoying or outrageously bratty…just a little spoilt but she’s got her family priorities right and she truly does love her dad.

Her father played brilliantly by Park In Hwan has stolen the show so far- He’s a lovely father that does the best he can by his family and others. His relationship and general personality was presented really well and developed quickly so even though we’re four episodes in, we are already emotionally connected to the character and really, really hope that nothing bad happens to him!

As well as being family centric, the drama has a clear mystery/ hidden crime that needs to be solved and thankfully the right people are already asking the right questions- we can’t tell you how utterly frustrating it is watching dragged out mysteries within K-dramas (it’s so boring). So we’re glad that this drama isn’t wasting too much time laying out small clues here and there but instead getting key characters to use their brains instead- hurray!

Apart from the Eun family- every other family in this show is seriously screwed up and needs mental help ASAP. As soon as the drama introduced the Choi brothers we knew that we’d fall for them pretty quickly. How could we resist two brother that obviously really care for each other but are stuck with horrible parents in terrible living conditions just barely making a living and despite their grief and heartache they manage to think of others and do all they can to help the Eun family…? Oh K-dramas we do love when you us give us men we can fall for!  We haven’t really been given must of an impression of the leading man’s character but his younger brother- Wook Gi is so sweet and considerate.

Although the drama is rather rough around the edges- the acting is occasionally laughable- especially Jun Tae Soo, who plays a villain (again) and it appears that he only knows how to glare or scowl in a really over the top fashion. (We think he might have gone to the same acting school as Kim Hyun Joong.) Also the actual story and directing is very standard but still…we’ve really enjoying this drama but it’s strange because we don’t why! Okay we have an inkling it may have something to do with the fact that the majority of the characters are all very likable and are decent human beings and well frankly it’s rare to see a K-drama where the majority of characters are so appealing. The drama manages to suck you in and make you really root for the characters on a very basic level. They are so likable, you want them to be happy and overcome all the crazy evilness that surrounds them. So although this drama may not be particularly well produced or very flashy- it’s accomplished the most important challenge faced by any drama- it’s made us connect and want to watch more….and more!

For now we’re happily hooked and pleasantly surprised by how much we’re enjoying this drama. Heres hoping it keeps up the good work.

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

How to meet the perfect neighbour: episode 20/ finale

26 Jun

We finally finished this drama and we’re glad we stuck around because the last episode wasn’t half bad. We’ve got a complicated relationship with this drama- on one hand we enjoy watching it when we can be bothered to tune in but then again we find some of the issues addressed rather annoying to watch. The thing that kept us tuned in rather than dropping it midway through was the fact that it provoked an emotion regardless of whether it was good or bad. We were never indifferent to the storyline and for the majority of the drama; we were very much engaged and very pleasantly surprised by how much we liked it.

For a drama that changed its OTP and practically the majority of its storyline   due to fan demand, the writing was actually quite impressive and yes a lot better than other dramas that had no issues during production. After we got over the fact that we weren’t going to get our first choice OTP, we learnt to accept Joon Suk and Yoon Hee as a couple. We won’t be too upset because this OTP did actually share really good chemistry together and although it made little sense why she stayed with him at the start, the writers did a good job in presenting the development of this very complicated relationship.  

Considering there was so much to wrap up, we’re so pleased that everything was covered and nothing was missed out or rushed, we guess that’s another sign of solid writing.

The best thing about the finale was Yoon Hee and Soo Chan’s goodbye- we adored it completely. Although they were not the OTP of this drama, they happened to share just the most wonderful friendship, which never wavered throughout the 20 episodes and we’re glad that the writers decided to focus on their friendship rather than ending it with a OTP moment, which would have been both predictable and a bit of a cliché. It was lovely because it was so heartfelt and there were so many mixed emotions attached in their farewell- just a great scene.

We loved how the Go family were punished, just perfect; we like when justice is served appropriately! It was on the same level of satisfaction as when the mother and daughter duo in Shining Inheritance were punished- we waited patiently all the way through and when justice was served, it’s was oh so good!

Thoughts of the drama:

Our favourite character is Soo Chan aka the Gigolo of the drama. We loved his character; he started off as a conceited womanizer but had to quickly change into a decent human being, worth respecting and rooting for. We loved his relationship with practically everyone on screen, especially his bromance with Duk Gil! What an adorable relationship these two men shared- love, hate, the works.  Duk Gil was a combination of a naggy housewife/ angry older brother; they definitely shared some of the cutest scenes together as they raised Go Ni as a couple.

Of course we can’t forget Soo Chan with Yoon Hee. At first we didn’t get their relationship at all and was certain that the drama writers had gone mad by making them a OTP but as the drama progressed, we totally got it, they were so sweet together and had just a very natural and believable chemistry. – We were actually very disappointed that the writers changed the script. We completely aware that we’re probably in the minority with that opinion but there you go.

Joon Suk was a little disappointing as a character- frankly he was a bit of a coward. We understand that his situation was difficult but although he tried to fight for his love he always ended up giving in and yes asking the love of his life to be his mistress!! (soooooo frustrating to watch). Even at the very end of the drama, he only got his happy ending because circumstances dictated it rather than him taking the incentive and fighting for what he wanted.  Also what was up with Park Shi Hoo’s acting in this drama!? The guy was unable to squeeze a tear out of his eye, we‘re so glad that his acting has much improved since this drama or else he may have ruined Prosecutor Princess with his wooden acting skills.

Although we practically worked out the murder mystery of Yeon Soo Yeon from the start, we like how the drama slowly unfolded the mystery through the eyes of the Police Investigation team and of course with the help of nearly everyone else in the drama. It never over powered the storyline but was present enough to hold our attention, so it had a nice balance and was a nice distraction from the angsty OTP aspects of the story.

Overall this drama was one we don’t regret tuning in to. If you like your K-dramas more on the soapy and slightly dramatic side this is the drama for you. Well acted, written and you will no doubt laugh, frown and feel for these characters by the time you finish this rather surprisingly good drama.

How to meet the Perfect neighbour: 18-19

25 Jun

We’ve been watching this drama on and off and just haven’t had the chance to post about it, what with falling head over heels in love with Que Sera, Sera and trying to fit work and life in as well but as we don’t like to leave things half finished, we intend to complete this drama…hopefully!

One thing we really like about this drama is how much they manage to fit in per episode- There are so many dramas where you sit down and watch an episode and realise that absolutely nothing happened during the whole hour, it’s insane and really annoying but this drama manages to cover multiple stories while keeping us as viewers very much engaged.

Joon Suk- unlucky in love and pretty much everything else:

Joon Suk’s luck just seems to get worse as the drama progresses- it got so bad that he went on a drinking bender until he ended up in hospital- not so great when you’re a recovering alcoholic.

The guy finds out that his mother murdered a woman he thought was his half sister but turns out to be his father’s mistress. We don’t know what’s worse…okay the mistress who is probably the same age as Joon Suk is far worse.

He thought he had a nephew but turns out that he actually has a six year brother.
(Side note- how cute was Go Ni and Joon Suk’s play date?)

His father dies, his mother goes crazy and he still has nutty Hye Mi and Daddy forcing him into marriage or else they intend to turn his mother into the police for murder- oh yes and all this in the last three episodes!

Regardless of how horrible life is for Joon Suk, we still can’t believe the way he broke up with Yoon Hee- it was unforgivably cruel and so unnecessary!

How could it be that bad we hear you ask??

Joon Suk betrayed everything he ever promised when he coldly told her that he intends to marry Hye Mi and then asks her to be his Concubine AGAIN! How could he, the bastard! The way he said it as was so wrong aswell- if you put your bracelet back on…personally we would have gone psycho on him and beaten him up until he regained his sanity. If we were Yoon Hee and have gone through as much as she had just because of one man, we would seriously consider cutting all ties just to maintain our sanity as well as our self esteem. One minute she can only be his mistress, the next he’ll never part with her…it was heartbreaking to watch him break up with her because essentially all she ever wanted was him- rich/poor didn’t matter and all he ever manages to do is hurt her.

Other thoughts:

Mi Hee and Duk Gil are getting married, yay- such an adorable couple! We love this odd couple so much; even though they are polar opposites, the writers did really well in developing their relationship and you can actually believe why they ended up together. How funny was it when police inspector Kang Yeok Gae found out that they were engaged- we could literally see his heart crumble.

Oh we can’t wait for justice to take place in regards to the evil Go family! Every single member is crazy- so obsessed with money and power that they are willing to do practically anything to achieve their goals. We can’t wait for Hye Mi to get her comeuppance for letting her ex boyfriend drown to death and well Daddy Go is such a nut job; he’s got blackmail, murder and god knows what else on his C.V, as a result we really hope that the writers deliver a worthy punishment for this nasty father and daughter team.

With one episode to go, there is so much to wrap up and although it hasn’t grabbed us like other dramas, when we’re tuned in we thoroughly enjoy watching this drama, so we look forward to seeing how everything plays out.

How to meet the perfect neighbour: 15-17

13 Jun

After coming to terms with the fact that Yoon Hee and Soo Chan weren’t going to end up together in this drama, we tentatively grew to except the ‘real’ OTP – Joon Suk and Yoon Hee.

We were so relieved when Yoon Hee returned the Concubine brace in episode 15! Seriously, it took public humiliation and far too many tears but the girl finally woke up and realised that she couldn’t be his mistress. We’re even more pleased with the pace of the drama after their break up. It took her walking away for good to realise that he couldn’t live without her, we couldn’t be more pleased with his swift action.

If we’re honest, we found the OTP to be cute but dull to watch mainly because Joon Suk was such a weak leading man. We like him fine but honestly he was always so hesitant to rock the boat, he never really stood up for himself. We spent the last 15 episodes waiting in anticipation for him to stand up for his love, leave everything that’s been holding him back and just say: screw you all- I love her and you guys can just feck off if you don’t like it. 
(Of course in a more gentleman like manner, He-he) – Thankfully he has done it now, if we had to watch this loser OTP cry about how hard their situation is any longer, we would have had to say goodbye drama because frankly Joon Suk should have  stood up for himself a lot earlier and said –Hell no, I’m not getting an arranged marriage. Plus Yoon Hee really could have said- If you love me, you’d fight to keep me and only me. That’s one element about Yoon Hee that we’re finding hard to understand- yes we understand that love is a powerful thing but as humans we also have pride and self worth, so how can she put that aside and be ‘the other woman’? She grew up in a middle class household raised by two strong women, so does it really make sense that she would accept such a situation? We know that the mistress issue has been resolved but whenever we watch her on screen fighting for her love now, we can’t help but think what an idiot because literally two episodes earlier she was willing to be just a mistress.

Anyway like we’ve said before we’ve accepted this OTP but really wished that the writers stuck with the original OTP. We’re all for Fan power, it’s a great thing but in this case we think the writers were correct in their pairing because we still think that the way the writers transformed Yoon Hee and Soo Chan’s relationship was brilliant, so well written and overall their relationship could have been a really great story.

Other news:

The prize for the cutest couple goes to Duk Gil and Mi Hee, how adorable have they been? Still can’t quite believe that they slept together ha! The prison scene had to be the funniest scene in ages, of course after the Ahjumma beat down that landed her in jail in the first place. 

Second prize for cutest couple has to go to Soo Chan and Duk Gil; they act like such an old married couple. How sweet was the scene where Duk Gil was taking care of Soo Chan’s wounds after he got beaten up by the gangsters, they have such a lovely bromance.


 

How insane is Joon Suk’s mother!? Honestly how can someone that cute be so evil, we know we shouldn’t but we sat there laughing when she threaten to hurt Yoon Hee again.

‘I heard that you had some of father’s women disfigured…’

-So funny, really this cute old Ahjumma? 


How to meet the perfect neighbour episodes 10-15

8 Jun

Take off that concubine bracelet!

We are completely rooting for Soo Chan (the Gigolo) and Yoon Hee to get together, how pointlessly frustrating are the OTP in this drama? It would be one thing if they had a dramatically wonderful connection during the drama which explains why they love each other so much and are willing to do whatever it takes to be together but nope that’s not the case here.

Yoon Hee is ‘in love’ because Joon Suk happened to be the first guy EVER to take an interest in her, so she doesn’t have anyone to compare her feelings against but even so, are we to really believe that she loves this guy enough after two minutes that she’ll willingly give up everything for him, seriously? Credit to Joon Suk, he appears to like her a lot more than she likes him but he is now coming across as very needy and unappealing…well he does have it cushy with a wife at home and a mistress elsewhere.

 They say love conquers all but in this case it just isn’t working for us:

-Yoon Hee is constantly miserable, she has given up her entire life for this man and frankly we are totally not buying their love.

-Also, we would NEVER be a mistress if our father had left our mother to live with his mistress- if we were her mother, we would have to give her a few slaps for her stupidity, honestly someone would think that she had no other chance of ever falling in love-she’s young, beautiful and kind, it’s beyond illogically!

-Joon Suk has revealed himself to be rather petty and controlling towards Yoon Hee- he doesn’t like her having male friends eg. Soo Chan, he picked out her clothes and arranged classes to ‘improve’ herself. There goes the theory he liked her kooky self the way she was.


When we compare her relationship with Soo Chan, the OTP appear to be really boring and their interaction wooden. Like we mentioned earlier, Yoon Hee and Soo Chan have a really lovely relationship filled with lots of laughter, teasing and sweet moments- we totally get why the writers wanted to make them the original OTP- their development from hostile enemies to friends was done so well, it’s hard to believe how far they have both come individually and together.

In our opinion if Joon Suk truly loved Yoon Hee he would let her go. He’s acknowledged that he’s being selfish by keeping her by his side but if he really did love her, he would never allow her to sacrifice everything just to be the ‘other’ woman. That’s the biggest difference between him and Soo Chan, Soo Chan always has Yoon Hee’s best interest at heart, all of his actions and words are for her alone, where as Joon Suk is still very much wrapped up in the idea of thinking of her as his possession- which is yuck and we really do want to hit him really hard.

Other news:

-How cute is the budding relationship between Duk Gil and Mi Hee? We love how she is completely jealous of his match making dates and he is completely oblivious to it all. Plus how sweet was their kiss!!!? We adore them together; they have to be the oddest couple in ages.  


 

How to meet the perfect neighbour: 8-10

4 Jun

We know they say the road to romance is never a smooth one but come on this is just harsh!

So episodes 8-10 were the foundation builders for introducing romance between the OTP and dear oh dear it’s far from pretty.

 

First we saw Joon Suk confess his interest in Yoon Hee, only for her to literally get up and run away, well not before telling him he must have heat stroke! At least one MusthaveSubs girl has used this tactic of literally running away after such a confession so we completely understand the embarrassment that Yoon Hee must have felt when she had to face him the next day.

We wish this was the worst part about it: Okay so after getting over that cringe inducing moment- he decides to fulfil her lifelong ambition of going to watch a musical in a beautiful outfit with a handsome man just like Pretty Woman.

Yes, we too gathered that her aspirations are a little low in life but we’ll forgive her.

 

Signs of a bad date:

 

-So just like Pretty Woman she acted like an uncultured country bumpkin with no sense of social etiquette at all, which drew the attention of practically everyone in the theatre.

 

-Joon Suk’s ex- girlfriend/ famous actress happened to be there with a smug look on her face, which we wanted to slap off her face!

 

-As soon as the play finished Joon Suk jumped out of his seat and left without saying a word to Yoon Hee.

 

-Yoon Hee proceeds to follow in outrageous heels, crying the famous words-
‘wait, let’s go together!’ of course not before breaking her heel and falling over in front of everyone.

 

-Joon Suk doesn’t help her up, but instead just looks at her in disgust! – Pig.

-He refuses to talk to her on the drive home before abruptly pulling over to the side of the road and telling her he has an appointment to go to so he can’t take her home.

 

Okay we get it; Joon Suk is a reserved, rich boy with unbelievable poor social skills, so yes we understand that he was probably mortified by her behaviour but he should have acted like a man and at least taken her home before giving her the big freeze and possibly transferring her to another department just so they could both forget that the evening ever happened. Poor Yoon Hee! The girl has ZERO experience in romance, little lone with someone like Joon Suk and so the one time she dared to dream big, she gets her heart crushed, so cruel!

 

 

At least she had Soo Chan to help pick up the pieces. Although we weren’t fans of these guys being a OTP, we do adore their friendship together- they share really great banter; funny, charming and at times sweet. Who would have thought that a Gigolo would be such a good confidant, plus he carried her home on his back.

 

Our favourite line from Soo Chan:

‘Julia Roberts is beautiful, so when she acts like that it looks cute, whereas when you did it, you must have looked disgraceful!’

 

Also- ‘Stop crying, you look like Shrek!’

 

The funniest scene in episode 10 had to be Yoon Hee’s mother trying to give her a beating for missing her match making session, so funny on so many levels. The drama is really good at shifting the mood from a really sombre moment with tears and heartache to laugh out loud funny moments usually involving Yoon Hee and Alcohol or Yoon Hee getting a beating from her mother.

 

Other news:

-How much are we loving Soo Chan’s transformation from care free gigolo to a responsible and caring male. The writers did really well in teaching him a lesson and redeeming his character- he suffered enough for us to care about what happens next to him in the drama. We loved that scene outside the station when the manager told him nothing else matters in life other than your children. It was the sweetest scene of realisation that he now had responsibility to someone other than himself in this life.

 

-Mi Hee and Duk Gil better get together at the end of this drama! How cute are these two and the best thing about it is, we didn’t see it coming at all!

 

-Aside from Yoon Hee’s mother, is every other type of parental figure in this drama, totally evil/ screwed up? Yikes Joon Suk’s mother and Hye Mi’s father are NAAASTY! No wonder their children as cold icicles, we would be too, if we grew up in their households.

How to meet the perfect neighbour: 1-7

1 Jun

We can’t actually remember why we started this drama a few weeks back but seven episodes in, we’re still watching and enjoying it. We were very hesitant about this drama as we assumed that we would drop it pretty quickly when we found out the full plotline- TWO WORDS: Gigolo and Concubine.
Okay it’s really not as bad as that but we fear the murky waters as the storyline progresses.

We were thinking about it and this drama is a cross between Desperate Housewives Wisteria Lane and a Korean historical drama. It has lots of factors that are propelling us to continue despite being a tad unsavoury for our liking.

-You have your traditional OTP couple: cold rich male and lowly kooky and kind hearted female- of course it starts off  to a rocky start but soon love blossoms.

-BUT WAIT! Insert a forced marriage for our leading man to a woman of his status. The wife in this drama is a nasty piece of work who allowed her lover to drown to death and will do practically anything to maintain her status. 

-This leads to the leading man asking his leading lady to be his concubine- yes you read correctly!

-Add a lovely side storyline of a gigolo love rival who learns the errors of his dirty ways.

-Plus a murder mystery to boot.

What more can you ask for in your K-drama?

It’s all a bit sordid but surprisely the characters are all really engaging, the OTP are awfully sweet together and at times it’s rather very funny.

We really like the leading lady, Yoon Hee- she is a tad typical in the respect that she is kind hearted, a bit ditzy and gets herself into lots of embarrassing situations. However despite all that she has lovely chemistry with everyone in this drama, especially her OTP and her Gigolo friend/love interest. Plus the girl speaks her mind all the time despite who she is talking to- a quality we can’t help but admire.  
Also it’s got to be the first time that we looked at
Park Shi Hoo and thought he was HOT! We’ve seen him in both Prosecutor Princess and some of Family’s Honour (we gave up pretty quickly with that drama) and he was strictly CUTE nothing more but we’ve got to confess he is hot in this drama. Giggles*

Plus Son Hyun Joo  is great- we last saw him playing the eldest son in the Sons of Sol Pharmacy House. He has great comedy timing as he plays a cross between a typical Ahjumma and a kind hearted hopeless loser.
(The guy has been type cast for sure)

As we said, the drama is so far really interesting to watch, so we’re sticking with it…for now- we’ll see how the concubine scenario pans out…if we feel the urge to punch Park Shi Hoo hard in the face for asking his OTP to be his mistress we’ll stop. However the writers have achieved a really difficult task of adding a realistic touch to the drama. In many ways you understand why the characters are individually crazy/ screwed up and although the drama explores some really insane issues, it’s done quite well, keeping a balance of drama, romance and comedy throughout.
Hey, if it turns out to be a complete dud, we guess we’ll have fun mocking it endlessly! MUHAHAH.