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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.

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End of Year Review ~ 2011

31 Dec

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

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

Here is our list of completed dramas in 2011:

The crème of the crop:

Keizoku Spec 2: One word: Awesome.

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

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

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

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

Call us suckers for a decent family in need.

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

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

Biggest disappointment of the year:

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

Cruel, just cruel.

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

Our typical Jdrama of the year:

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

Was it Yamapi and his giant purple rucksack?

Another over hyped Hong Sisters’ drama?

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

 

Our old school drama of the year:

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

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

The drama that made Lee Dong Wook a man:

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

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

Another Mike He drama under our belts:

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

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

The sweetest drama of 2011:

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

 Loved it.  

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

The Idols that made good in the end:

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

 

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

Here’s hoping that 2012 delivers the goods.

Happy New Year to everyone, love the Musthavesubs Girls xox

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.

Keizoku Spec 2: Series Review

10 Mar

We finally watched the last two episodes of Keizoku Spec 2 after fearing that they would never be subbed, however all we have to say is:
OH MY GOD- HOW AWSOME WAS THAT!

Our jaws are still literally on the ground after finishing the drama. Please, please tell us that there is a second series on its way?

We’ve pimped this drama before but having completed it- we can’t recommend it enough.

Incoherent ramblings ahead- spoiler alert

Keizoku: Spec 2

22 Feb

 

More people need to watch this drama- it’s so good and so underrated!

This drama falls under the category of: Unexpected obsession.

Unexpected because it’s a crime drama first off- which we avoid like the plague because we always work out the crime way before the leads and spend the rest of the episode shouting- HURRY UP, DUMBOS!

Second, it’s a Jdrama and well… recent Jdramas have been rubbish to put it bluntly.

Sunao ni Narenakute, Tsuki no Koibito anyone?

Spec 2: think-  Fringe meets Sherlock Holmes:

The leading lady Toma played brilliantly by Erika Toda in this case is our Sherlock Holmes- she’s an eccentric genius with no sense of social etiquette. She has an abnormal appetite (don’t they all), wears a sling and drags around a suitcase where ever she goes. As a character she is so much more than the crazy nutcase she presents. Her character has layers, a mystery surrounding her past and the more you watch, the more you can’t help but care about her and want to know what made her the way she is. 

 

Then we’ve got Sebumi played by Ryo Kase as our Doctor Watson. For us, he is the stand out star of this drama and a character that transforms this easily mediocre drama into something so much more. His character is demoted from SIT and sent to work in the Unsolved Cases department where he finds himself partnered with Toma. Although Toma is obviously damaged, it’s Sebumi’s dark, tortured character that makes him fascinating to watch. J-dramas really know how to make their characters realistic and so human- love that. Kase portrays Sebumi with such intensity that he manages to effortlessly present this really cool character that is so very appealing to watch on screen. Strange how we don’t find Kase attractive at all but his character is pretty impressive that we found ourselves looking at him differently and thinking…hello, ello Detective Sebumi. Giggles* 

Toma and Sebumi are great together. He’s stern, serious and as by the book as you can get and well she’s completely insane. Despite their differences, they accept each other for who they are. They move from minimal interaction to suddenly relying on each other. We love when odd couples are produced well and these two are great together. The drama did really well in showing the development of their relationship in really small but important actions across the series. We really like watching these two seriously damaged characters come together and find themselves forced to trust and rely on one another while solving cases that are beyond logic and nothing like anything they’ve previously seen before.

Aside the writing and directing being a stand out, this drama is visually stunning at times and the way music is used is perfect. As well as the leads, this drama has solid assembled cast of very interesting characters who are far from simply being labelled as good or bad. As we mentioned before this drama has layers and more layers and you start questioning everything and everyone- There are some actions and scenes in this drama that will literally have you gasp in utter shock/ amazement of it all. It’s brilliant!

Don’t judge this drama from the first couple episodes- give it a chance and like us you will be pleasantly surprised at how great it is. Trust us, it’s so worth it!!