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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.

Mary stayed out all night- episodes 15-16/ final thoughts

4 Jan

Was Mary stayed out all night the best drama of 2010? Nope, not even close but was it the worst? No way, we can think of at least couple that were worse or very close. So why were there so many haters for this drama?? People literally tuned in just so they could ‘accurately’ bitch about the show! Seriously it’s amazing reading other blogs, websites ripping this drama to shreds  and the reason, well aside from the crazy writing is that it failed to live up to the expectations of what it could be.

On paper this drama could have been gold:

The drama had a great OTP:

-Moon Guen Young- who is incredibly talented- such a wonderful actress and she’s like 12…okay she’s really 23 but still pretty impressive.

-Then you’ve got Mr. Girly boy himself: Jang Guen Suk- who never really does wrong in our eyes- well aside from blinding us occasionally with his hideous fashion sense but that’s a different matter all together.

-Neither the writer nor the director had any major dramas in their repertoire that were complete duds.

Everything looked good; this was surely going to be a ratings winner, right? In this case unfortunately not; all the hype and those super high expectations hit rock bottom and it appeared that most people were far too disappointed to be rational and judged it strictly on what it should have been rather than what it was. Well that’s our theory anyway…because seriously, we judged it with no expectations what so ever and frankly it really wasn’t that bad. Okay so we’ve said it’s not that bad in practically every recap post and having finally finished it- we completely stand by that statement.

Episode 15 was a non episode with Moo Kyul acting like an unreasonable brat- he knows full well that Mae Ri is all about loyalty, so the fact that he would ask her to pick between him and Jung In after she clearly explained her situation and her feelings made us groan in utter frustration and made us want to pull his girly conditioned hair!

Moving swiftly on to episode 16 and to a final episode that we actually liked- We’ve got a bitter sweet relationship with K-drama final episodes in the sense that we would thoroughly love a drama all the way to the last episode and then wham, bam- the last episode kills the drama for us (Coffee Princes and any drama with an extension!) however Mary’s last episode was not so bad. Yes, it was really predicable –Paint by numbers K-drama style predicable, but there were plenty of elements that made it enjoyable enough and thankfully it was good enough for us not to regret completing the drama altogether like other dramas ahem (I am Legend and Down with Love).

We’re glad that Jung In and Mae Ri went through with their wedding and publically humiliated their fathers- it’s exactly what they deserve. We also really liked how Jung In vowed to love Mae Ri forever…sigh*- what a sweetheart.  

We liked how Moo Kyul ran to the wedding and witnessed their union- after his pathetic behaviour in the episode 15; he deserved some real angst to put his past behaviour into perspective. Is that mean of us? Okay we just like seeing that manly pained look on the leading man face and JGS does man pain really well.


We loved all the bromance!!! Yes, this was what really made the last episode for us. We think that the writer had decided that there was no way of fixing this mess of a drama, so why not give in to fan demand and fill the last 10/15 minutes with really cute bromance. We approve.

Favourite bromance scenes- All of them! Okay, Jung In trying to feed Moo Kyul Kimchi was outrageously cute and Moo Kyul’s secret smirk when he heard that ‘Wonderful Day’ was picked for broadcasting oh and not forgetting Moo Kyul falling asleep on Jung In’s shoulder, we think that Jung In might have enjoyed that a bit too much. 

 

We liked how Seo Joon was resolved as a Love Rival- loyal in a psycho kind of way. We’re just glad a sudden realisation that she loved Jung In never happened. Shudder*- how predicable would that have been? Also we like how her being a bratty diva is who she is- we hate last minute personality transplants nearly as much as we hate last minute love interests.

Although this OTP are as cute as kittens and they practically carried this drama, we’re glad that the writer ended the drama with a semi open conclusion. We had no happily ever after scenario; no wedding, no visuals of future long haired children running around in rags- nothing: thank goodness- we always find that type of ending sooooo cheesy. Instead we got a rather realistic but sweet ending where Mae Ri admitted to having broken up with Moo Kyul around 12 times already but she knew they would make up again.  It was rather refreshing and it was a really nice way to conclude the drama.
 

Things we’ll take away from Mary stayed out all night:

-An unhealthy obsession with JGS’s fashion sense.

-More gratitude for sane rational parents that DON’T push you into a marriage to fulfil a sick twisted fantasy.

-A greater appreciation for Kim Jae Wook’s hair and okay him in general…he’s rather pretty isn’t he?

– A lot of love for the second writer that stepped in. Not because she saved the drama or made it better but because she gave the audiences what we wanted- yes, that’s right more Jung In air time… we think she loved him nearly as much as we did…nearly.
 

Mary stayed out all night- the true OTP?

2 Jan

OMG- this video made us laugh- we speculated for too many hours about Jung In and Moo Kyul being the true OTP of this drama. They shared far too much chemistry and the way they would glare at eachother…well it speaks for it’s self. 

Mary stayed out all night- the true OTP?

2 Jan

OMG- this video made us laugh- we speculated for too many hours about Jung In and Moo Kyul being the true OTP of this drama. They shared far too much chemistry and the way they would glare at eachother…well it speaks for it’s self. 

 

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

Mary stayed out all night: episodes 13-14

28 Dec

Episode 13 made us look at the adorable cuteness that is M&M together in a slightly different light- we went from cooing at them in the same way you would if you came across a basket of puppies or at one of those really fat babies you just want to cuddle to shaking our heads in disapproval for being so insensitive and damn right selfish to anyone resembling a love rival in sight.

-Okay we don’t particularly have any strong feelings for Seo Joon- other than mild irritation at how bratty she is on occasion but getting her to sing your couples song is mean but then to get her to sing it with more feeling is just cruel!

-Jung In on the other hand makes our heart ache a little- every time M&M are around him, we cringe- we want to shout: Run, they’ll only upset you by rubbing their mutual love in your pretty face!

We think that’s the most disappointing thing we’re going to take away from the drama (well aside from well…other stuff but that’s a completely different story) is the fact that this  writer has  made Jung In human and allowed us to care about him. So by doing this the writer has only made the situation worse because we all know that he’s not going to get the girl or radically change – regardless of how cute and lovable M&M are, we’ve still got a character that we actually care about amidst the many we really hate, who is going to live miserably ever after or worse get a last minute love interest which always feels like a cop out to us.

Episode 14 was quite interesting for us in the sense that within the madness that is MSOAN the episode was actually steeped in reality with the fact that everyone was miserable and they were miserable for a good reason rather than traditional K-drama angst. You’ve got to feel for the main three leads in this drama, we don’t know who we felt worse for in that episode…okay Jung In wins but still Mae Ri and Moo Kyul aren’t doing that great either.  

The scene where Mae Ri asked Jung In for a divorce while crying her eyes out was so sad. As a character we know that she’s been backed into this corner with no way out- she’s being loyal to her heart but at the same time she’s hurting a guy who we know she respects and actually likes as a person.


Then you’ve got Moo Kyul who has sold his rocker soul in the aim to ‘better’ himself and make some money all so he can become respectable enough to compete against the likes of Jung In. We have a feeling he would happily spend his days playing small gigs, while writing music when the mood strikes rather than photo shots and radio interviews.

Then there is Jung In….sob*- he’s the likable love rival, enough said.

Things we liked:

We liked the kidnapping…for all the wrong reasons- At least it made us laugh- how random and silly was that attempted kidnapping?! Also Mae Ri screaming from the back window of the cop car was hilarious…once again for all the wrong reasons. Oh drama, you’ve given up caring about that little thing called logic haven’t you?


We still love all the sexual innuendo that the writer has added. It’s so funny watching Jung In over thinking things.


 We enjoyed watching Moo Kyul rocking it out on stage and confessing his love for Mae Ri. He actually looked like a man for once!

Things we’re a little fed up of:

Moo Kyul’s jealously. Okay jealousy can be hot and really flattering but after awhile it’s like come on, get a grip- where is the trust in this relationship. The wedding dress scene was a prime example of that- seriously you know the deal here and still you storm off in a huff- really?

 

Two episodes to go and actually there is still quite a lot to resolve and we’re sure it will be outrageously over the top and make little sense but actually we’re quite looking forward to it all and we don’t care who knows.

Jung In you can give us a back hug anytime you want!

Mary stayed out all night: episode 12

24 Dec

So we’ve a couple episodes behind because life has been sooo busy that literally we get home from working all day and fall asleep, only to repeat the process the next day. Sob* Our thoughts on episode 12 are rather forgiving compared so many other bloggers who declared episode 12 the cut off point of no return and branded the drama unsalvageable- which is a shame and makes us question whether this year of strictly ‘average’ dramas have lowered our level of expectation or standards for a drama because if we’re honest… we don’t think that Mary is THAT bad.

It seems like we’re in the minority here in the fact that we….(don’t judge us) didn’t completely and utterly hate episode 12. In fact we went with the madness and actually enjoyed the cute/ silliness that is this show.

The best thing about this episode was pretty much every scene with Jung In. Yes the new writer must have a soft spot for this LR because he/she has done all they can to transform him from your standard android perfectly boring LR to someone who is rather sweet and endearing and who is in fact human! We loved the scene where Mae Ri and Jung In ran into each other in the morning. So awkward and adorable and they both looked so embarrassed- it was so cute!


Plus we loved every scene with Moo Kyul and Jung In together- they should have added all this competitive, childish rivalry weeks ago, but frankly better late than never. We guess we’re in a forgiving mood because despite the fact that this drama has completely lost its way in regards to the storyline, we can’t be mad at it too much. It is what it is.

At the moment Jung In spends far too much time helping Mae Ri and Moo Kyul be together, we would love it Mae Ri felt a little more for him, a lovely conflicting feel of what if? would be so good and would allow for a little more angst, which is wouldn’t be a bad thing for the last few episodes.

The last couple posts about this drama seem to be more about defending it than actually praising it- so we hope with all hope that by the time we finish it- we won’t be regretting our words too much because we read somewhere that there is an actual kidnap in the upcoming episodes and just the thought of it makes us groan and shake our heads in fear of the madness of it all.

We just hope that it’s not too stupid…please!

Mary stayed out all night: episode 10-11

18 Dec

We weren’t happy about the writer being changed at the last hurdle but it looks like this may be one of those rare occasions when it’s actually had a positive impact (thank goodness).  We enjoyed this week’s lot of episodes and are so glad that it’s focused on what we as an audience really want- that’s right lots of Mae Ri and Moo Kyul time and kept annoying Seo Joon and Jung In’s evil dad to a minimum.

11 episodes in and we’re in for the long haul, we wish people would stop tuning in just so that they can have a bitch about how it’s not lived up to the ‘potential’ of what it could have been. This is what it is- so, enjoy the abundant cuteness that is M&M together or go and actually watch a drama that you like.  

To be completely honest episode 10 really didn’t have much to mention, it was all the same old stuff, so we’ll move swiftly on to episode 11 which we thoroughly enjoyed and which also had some plot development- hurray!

A few things worth mentioning:

-Mae Ri is now living with both Jung In and Moo Kyul. When Moo Kyul suggested that they both live with her and really try out being married, we couldn’t help but think it had less to do with loving Mae Ri and more to do with his male ego. We get that he’s jealous and doesn’t want Jung In anywhere near her but still… sometimes it just comes across like male pride and trying to outdo Jung In (because secretly he wants him- haha). Okay maybe it’s just us on that one…

-Moo Kyul told his mum where to go! Yay- we would have thrown an empty ice cream carton at her and sent her on her way- the silly cow. We love how he’s emotionally developed as a character with Mae Ri’s influence and has seen that despite the fact she’s his mum- family shouldn’t treat each other that way.

-Mae Ri stayed up the whole night and knitted Moo Kyul’s jumper. We know the real reason why she went without sleep and worked so hard to complete the jumper and it has nothing to do with having a cute date at the ice rink.

It’s because she can no longer stand the looks:

Example 1: LOOK AT HIS OUTFIT! That look on Mae Ri’s face is pure embarrassment at the fact that everyone is staring at him because he’s wearing women’s clothes!

-Jung In may be losing the battle to win Mae Ri’s heart but he sleeps well at night with the knowledge that he looks and dresses better than his lady boy rival. Honestly it’s so distracting watching Moo Kyul on screen- Be a man please!

-The ice rink date was sooo adorable. We felt that last week’s ‘perfect’ date where Moo Kyul and Mae Ri ran away and went to the beach was all a bit too contrived for our liking. It was cute but lacked any feeling, where as this week was much better. It was so sweet because you knew full well how much they wanted to see each other, have that particular date and just forget the crap in their life and just be together. Also Mae Ri wanted to see how Moo Kul looked in men’s wear. Hehe. 

-Jung In is such a sweet heart. He’s just so upstanding and such a nice guy that we’re really going to be sad when the drama finishes and he loses Mae RI for good. Seriously, he’s considerate, sweet and looks sooooo hot. Anyway, we like how the writer has added a few touches to his character- like showing him practice having lunch with Mae Ri and then actually get caught in the act- so cute! Also the books- ahhhhh, we’d love that. Then again, we’re complete suckers for smart well read men. Also we like how he tried to get Mae Ri’s dad drunk so Mae Ri would be forced to stay at his house. We know it’s sneaky but come on that guy has played way too fair so far, so we’ll forgive him.

-Final thought- Seo Joon is such a diva! Why the heck would Moo Kyul date her in the first place? He’s all about having an easy life and she’s a prima donna that needs a slap!

Mary stayed out all night: episode 8-9

11 Dec

So they’ve changed the writer for Mary…with 6 episodes to go. Great-NOT.

We hate when drama makers mess with dramas that we actually like. As we’ve mentioned before we can’t stand drama extensions and we hate -hate with a passion mid drama shake ups- It’s nearly never the same, good/bad, doesn’t matter why did it have to change in the first place, we were rather happy watching the drama as it was?

Alright, we confess we found episodes 8 and 9 rather flat- it was completely a paint –by- numbers set up and totally lacked any originality or flair that is needed to take such a stereotypical K-drama scenario and spin it into something better as earlier episodes managed to do. In a way the drama has shifted away from mocking clichés in a funny and cute way to simply just being a cliché…which is really sad to report and we hope that it turns its self around super fast because we really do like this drama and would love to go ‘HA!’ to all those haters out there crying about illogical plots and insane characters- Sorry to sound like a broken record but- hello, you are watching a K-drama- it’s suppose to be insane, random and as far away from reality as it gets.

General thoughts from episodes 8-9

-MSOAN is a lot like the K-drama Pasta in the sense that the drama was rather flawed but we adored the OTP so much that we looked past everything else because we could happily spend hours just watching them interact with one other. Episode 9 had plenty of CUTE from the lovable OTP, which is always good- regardless of the fact that people think that this drama is illogical, blah, blah- you can’t dispute the fact that this OTP are good together- they share really authentic, charming chemistry.

With the arrival of the perfect day out for the OTP, it’s only nature that something horrible had to happen to ruin the happiness and crank up the angst barometer for the OTP but seriously did it have to be Seo Joon kissing Moo Kyul? He may not have been kissing her back but he definitely wasn’t pulling away either…how is he going to explain that to poor Mae Ri who in perfect K-drama timing just happened to arrive at that exact moment? We knew that we weren’t going to get any thing seriously angsty from this drama as it is far too cute and fluffy for that but still…a Kiss is going to be the big crisis, really???

-Mae Ri and Jung In need some chemistry! It’s like watching two moving corpses on screen- their interactions are sooo stiff. If Jung In is going to be presented as a viable LR, the guy needs to return to acting school and work on his skills because although he mastered Android perfectly, he lacks in other areas. So sorry fan girls and Kim Jae Wook but it’s true! KJW-Please take comfort in the knowledge that we love your hair and you look so good in everything you wear.  

 

-It’s not that we dislike Jung In and Seo Joon together but we really don’t want them to get together at the end- It’s all a bit convenient and predicable for our liking.

-All of the parents in this drama have successfully managed to screw up their children in spectacular fashion. Although Mae Ri and Moo Kyul’s parents are terribly dysfunctional, you can see that they do in their own special way love their children. However Jung In’s dad just needs to die already! What a horrible, horrible man. The man has never shown an ounce of consideration for his son- he’s so creepy and perverted with Mae Ri. When Mae Ri went to visit him – we wanted to scream- don’t get too close, he’s a pervert! Yuck.

 Despite our quibbles we look forward to next week and really hope that the new writer stays true to the tone and mood of the drama and doesn’t have the sudden urge to add killers or give Mae Ri a terminal disease. *shudder.

Rambles

9 Dec

Smile, You

Damn you drama makers- how many times do we need to tell you extensions kill good dramas! We ignored the gentle warnings from others telling us, you’ll only regret it and now we see the errors of our way.

Smile, You- episodes 1 to 26 great viewing- lots of laughs, so much cuteness and a OTP that you will adore and because of that we stayed faithful and continued watching until suddenly the drama became this frustrating, annoying THING that needed to end- NOW! Episodes 26 to 38 are a complete and utter waste of time- it’s only out of sheer stubbornness that we intend to finish it. We think that the drama writers have finally dragged as much as they can and it appears that some of the charm of earlier episodes has returned (thank goodness-we’re currently on episode 39) so hopefully we can finish the drama (if we can ever be bothered to complete it) on a semi high and try and block out the horrors of past episodes. Why, oh why do writers of long family dramas think that a good way to prolong a drama is by making the mother of the main characters insane and so hated that you want to watch her be killed slowly by their future long suffering daughter in laws!?

Anyway if you don’t wish to see crazy mothers and really annoying love rivals don’t bother with episodes 26 to 38. Trust us; we’re doing a public service here.

Mary stayed out all night:

We totally don’t get the Mary bashing- yes, it’s not going to be critically acclaimed anytime soon but come on, when you’ve got the words ‘love contract’ in the synopsis- did you really expect to watch a master piece? We can’t believe that people are really moaning about the lack of reality in this drama or the believability of certain characters- it’s a K-drama! Leave all common sense at the door people.
We’re still enjoying it- it’s at once silly and endearing and we thoroughly adore watching every scene with the OTP. It’s just such a shame that the drama has such low ratings- where are all you girly boy fan girls hiding? – Your favourite cross dressing leading man needs your support!

Birdie Buddy:

Yep, we heard that this drama got cancelled and although we’re super relieved that a drama with UEE realising her dream of being a top golfer (yes, you read correctly) didn’t happen. We’re kind of disappointed- how much fun would it have been to mock this drama when it aired!? MUHAHAHA.

Oh well, there is always next time, we hope. J