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Day 21: A drama you have watched more than once

7 Apr

Having seen our fair share of dramas over the years now, we love nothing better than to sit down and rewatch a classic drama from our back catalogue. Well, that is when we’re not obsessing over a currently airing drama or dealing with real life. When the mood strikes, we are more than happy to sit down and revisit a drama that takes us back to a time when we were obsessive fan girls and reminds us exactly why we adore watching dramas so much.

Dramas we have re-watched just because they are pure awesome:

Hana Yori Dango/ Boys before Flowers, Secret garden, City Hall, Pride, Que Sera, Sera, Soulmate, My Country Calls… okay this list could go on and on!

Our silly/ sweet pick – Nodame Cantabile

 

We’ve re-watched this drama so many times over the years, it’s a classic. This is one of our favourite Jdramas and is up there on our list of all-time favourites- that’s how much we love it. The drama is funny, silly and has plenty of heart. The musicality is fantastic and the OTP are adorable. If you haven’t watched this drama before, watch it and then rewatch it because it’s that good!

 A drama we rewatch but have no clue why – Pasta

We adore the OTP, the easy breezy tone of the drama and the fact that absolutely nothing much happens other than the OTP making goo goo eyes at each other for 20 episodes. This is the epitome of a ‘fluffy drama’ and despite its flaws, we could happily watch this drama again and again because once in a while it’s nice to see a OTP that just love each other with zero problems in their lives and when they’ re this cute, how are we to resist?

A drama we watch when we’re depressed – Mars

 

When we’re depressed we like nothing more than to wallow in that misery and well Mars does the trick perfectly.

It’s dark, twisted and there are multiple scenes that will make your heart ache with pain in the best way possible. It’s hard to think of a drama that tops this one in regards to how dark and angsty it is and that is the reason why it’s scattered all over our 30 day challenge posts.

An episode of a drama we have watched multiple times – Yukan Club: episode 8

 

This is our random pick… really random. Let’s call it what it really is: A guilty pleasure.

If you have seen this episode you will know what we’re talking about, if you haven’t – you will probably wonder what is wrong with us. Hahaha.

Overall, this series was just okay but we remember watching this episode the first time around and we thought it was soooooo funny. We laughed nonstop for 45 minutes and by the end of it, we had the biggest, goofiest grins on our faces. The actual episode is beyond ridiculous but it was so silly and over the top that we were charmed from start to finish.

It has all of the following: A vengeful heartbroken gay villain, a seriously bad case of diarrhea, a bomb and plenty of cross dressing. What more can you ask for?

  

Why does he look so good as a woman!?

We watched it again a few times over the years and still we laughed at how outrageous it all was and despite knowing we shouldn’t love it… we still do.

Some dramas stay with you more than others. Elements like; your mood, when you watch it and how much time you have to dedicate to it, all factor in on how much you will love a drama. For us, the dramas listed above have made us very happy over the years and they are the reason why we continue to tune in because we hope to add to that list of dramas that make us fangirls that forsake sleep and real life to obsess religiously over a drama…well that is until you find the next one anyway!  

Mid Week Rambles

7 Mar

General rambles on upcoming dramas:

Rooftop Prince looks unbelievably gooooood! We confess that we find Micky Yuchun’s acting to be a tad wooden. Also on a superficial note we don’t particularly think he’s good looking either, we just don’t get it. He is like Lee Seung Gi – everyone thinks he’s hot but we just don’t see it. Putting our reservations aside, the promo material looks hilarious and we love the scenario – there is so much to love about watching people out of their comfort zone.

Also Ryu Jin is back and doing a comedy in Standby– Yay. Ryu Jin made us fans after he stole the show in My Country calls and we’ve got our fingers crossed that this will be just as good. We’re so pleased that he is finally playing a leading man and isn’t playing his trademark rich, boring love rival that never gets the girl.

Another favourite love rival of ours, Lee Kyu Han is also finally getting to play a leading man in the upcoming drama The Marriage Plot.

This drama caught our attention for a couple reasons, first off – forced cohabitation is always fun to watch. Secondly, forced cohabitation orchestrated by the leading lady’s mother sounds even better. Hehehe. Sounds like something our mother would plan.

Also we like the idea of your standard headstrong leading lady who is independent and smart falling in love in such a situation. Hopefully it will be interesting.

Fashion King doesn’t interest us in the slightest. Not even Crazy horse himself could tempt us to tune in. Also King 2 Hearts hasn’t captivated our hearts like it seems to have for everyone else. Yes, we’ve seen the trailers and the posters and still…nothing. We know what you’re thinking, are they insane or do they just not have any taste – probably, yes to both! Heheh.

Switch Girl

We’ve been watching Switch Girl sporadically whenever it’s subbed which is hardly ever – someone take pity on us and sub this drama please because we’re really enjoying it! It’s very short at 25 minutes an episode and the scenarios are focused around something really small and silly but it’s got a certain charm to it that keeps us coming back for more. We like how the drama is actually quite cheeky in its content and the conversations between the OTP are really frank.

Switch Girl is like Hotaru no hikari on acid – we mean the transformation from the leading lady’s on to off mode is yuck- at least Hotaru looked reasonably acceptable when she was in her loungewear and to certain degree we could believe her OTP falling for her. However, in this drama Nika looks so gross that we just can’t believe she can physically allow herself to leave the house looking so bad.

The leading man is played by Kiriyama Renn and well he’s hot in a brooding, angry kind of way. The glasses he wears on his apparent off mode are hilarious, something you might find in a joke shop but still we’re willing to ignore his appearance because we like his character. Anyone that can still like a girl that dresses the way Nika does on her off mode is okay in our books. He’s a sheltered, damaged character that finds himself thrown together with Nika and their moments are just so engaging to watch. They have an easy chemistry together and their interactions are so cute that 25 minutes just doesn’t feel long enough.

Episode 4 was the best yet – the scene where she told him that she would eat her meals with him whenever he was lonely made our hearts ache. It was such a lovely moment for this OTP that are nowhere near admitting their feelings for each other.

Finally, now that we’ve finished Wild Romance, we’re thinking about watching Me too, Flower to fill in the gaps while we wait for all the dramas listed above to come out in a couple weeks. Despite the crazy promo material, we’ve heard good things about the drama, so we’ve got our fingers crossed it’s a winner.

Day 15: A drama not loved by many but you seem to like

14 Feb

My Country Calls

If poor ratings are anything to go by, it’s clear that this drama wasn’t watched by many people. It appears that this was a drama that came and went without much fuss made of it. Which is such a shame because it is pure awesome!

Personally we can’t blame people, the promo material looked awful and yes tacky and no offence to Kim Sang Kyung, he doesn’t really make your heart race as the leading man…

Come on seriously, did the marketing department really think this was okay?

Anyway, we tuned in hoping for a laugh and that is exactly what we got. This drama was hilarious. From start to finish we laughed our butts off and were completely and utterly charmed by everything and everyone in the drama.

My Country Calls never took itself too seriously, it was just funny, cheeky and yes totally silly most of the time.

Watch it for Ryu Jin who stole the show in every scene he was in. He played quirky, anal freak perfectly! We dare you not to fall for him or at least laugh at his expense multiple times in the drama. 

This drama had a solid script, great characters and will leave you with a big fat grin on your face by the end of it. We totally loved it and hope that more people will give it a chance because it’s so worth it!

Day 9: Your Best Actress

2 Feb

We’ve been picking off the easier questions for the past 8 days now and suddenly we’re left with just the tough ones. Damn it!
We thought about this topic for ages as we tried to establish who we would class as our outright favourite actress and you know what? We’re stumped. We naturally like a lot of actresses as a good leading lady is vital for any drama but to pick one out of so many is tricky. As a result, we decided to break the question down and list a few actresses that we have grown to love for a range of reasons.

Our Consistently Great Actress: Kim Sun Ah

KSA is one of those actresses who appears to divide an audience, you either love her or you hate her. We are firmly in the: we love her camp. We think she rocks. She is such a wonderful actress and has proven her acting chops in every drama she has done so far.

Out of all her dramas, we fell hard for her in City Hall. This was the drama where we went from appreciating her acting to loving it. She has the ability to make us laugh our butts off one moment and make you feel like someone has gripped your heart tightly the next. Regardless of whether it’s a political drama or a melodrama – she can turn her hand to any role and in the process make you really care for her character.

Then there is her chemistry with her leading men…We’ve said this before but KSA can generate chemistry with a dead poodle, she is that good. How does she do it every time?!  She just radiates intense chemistry with her leading men and naturally being OTP shippers, we are obsessed by them every time. Then again, you better believe we’d be making it work if Lee Dong Wook and Hyun Bin were playing our leading man. All we have to say is – how lucky is this lady?

Other actresses that should be mentioned include:

Moon Geun Young: One word: AMAZING. She was the only thing worth talking about in that that car crash of a drama called Cinderella Unni. She played damaged, intense and lonely soooo well. She delivers her roles with the grace and experience of a seasoned pro and she’s only 24!!! Hurry up and return to dramaland, we miss you.

Other actresses we love: Kim So Yeon, Inoue Mao, Horikita Maki, Nakama Yukie, Ady An…

Our Favourite Girl Next Door: Lee Soo Kyung

People may look down on this choice but we really do love this actress. None of her dramas are particularly groundbreaking but strangely enough we’ve seen a lot of them and we have always liked her in them. She kind of reminds of us of Sandra Bullock in that sense. Sandra is a good actress that does okay movies but she remains popular because she’s so likable and has that every woman appeal about her. Girls want to be like her, guys want to be with her… 

We like the fact that she’s not afraid be over the top and be silly, we hate when actresses take themselves way too seriously. She also knows what she’s good at, in this case romcoms and we appreciate that. Come on, two times Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank was just plain weird in P.S. I Love you. We’d rather see leading ladies do what they’re good at then completely freak us out by doing something different when frankly they may not have the capabilities to do it justice.

LSK made us laugh a lot in My Country Calls. It was this drama which firmly placed her on our favourites’ list because she was just so funny in it. Aside from having great comic timing which is often highlighted in her dramas, we also think that she’s fantastic in her dramatic roles. Trust us, when we say that the woman can seriously cry. Her performance in Loving you a thousand times was amazing. She played her character with so much sincerity that you really felt for her emotionally despite how outrageous the scenarios became in the drama and believe us when we say they became extreme. 

Our Favourite Actress of Many Trades: Gong Hyo Jin

A single mother, a teacher, a washed out pop star, a chef… you name it she has played them and yes, we confess we’ve loved her as every one of them.

We like how she doesn’t shy away from doing a wide variety of roles and in each one of those roles she managed to successfully make us believe her character. Come on, who really believed that Park Min Young could be a bodyguard in City Hunter or Gu Hye Sun could be an actress in anything? (Muhaha, yes that was mean but true.)

She can turn her hand at any role and she will/ has been fantastic in them all. We first watched Gong Hyo Jin in Thank You and we confess she has held our hearts ever since. She was just so wonderful in that drama. She played a character that was brave and strong but at the same time was incredibly vulnerable. It’s hard to portray a character that is so complex in a natural manner but this actress manages to do it every time. Drama writing is of course important but the delivery is vital to ensure a good character. It always feels like GHJ transforms herself into the character she is. She always presents well thought out characters that are very human.

She is just effortlessly good at delivering unique and relatable characters in her dramas and that is why she is on our list of favourites. We look forward to her future dramas and hope she remains as awesome as she has been in the past.

Our drama love would be nothing without amazing leading ladies to root for, so thank goodness for the great actresses playing them. We salute you – you ladies all rock!

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

My Country Calls: 14-16/Finale

11 Jul

Totally gutted it’s over, we adored this drama so much and will miss it a lot. The thing that made it better was that fact that we weren’t expecting to love this drama as much as we did. It’s probably the first time we watched a K-drama that was in the genre of a spy comedy with a splash of romance and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The drama never took itself too seriously and right up until the end credits we found ourselves laughing at something or another- the drama had just the sharpest, funniest script we’ve seen in motion for ages.  It was obvious that there was a possibility for a spin off and boy would we have loved to see this group of actors return and get themselves into more trouble.

 

We really wish that this drama was more popular because people are really missing out on this little gem of a show. Yes it’s not wildly original or anything that will make you think years later but you know what we loved pretty much everything about it; from the script, the acting to just a great assembled cast of characters- there wasn’t a single character in this drama that we didn’t like and that’s rare for a K-drama!

 

Our favourite character / the best thing about this whole drama:

Yep, we completely and utterly adore Ryu Jin’s depiction of Han Do Hoon. Okay we’re aware that we’ve already gushed about this guy, oh like a zillion times already, so forgive us this once because seriously he was just so brilliant as this very eccentric, outrageously hilarious and very lovable character. This character only got better as the drama progressed, which made his ultimate downfall and love rejection by Oh Ha Na that much harder to watch. Why did the writers have to focus on his character in the last four episodes, making it impossible not to fall hard for this love rival!? Damn our weakness for love rivals that have no chance of getting the girl.

 

The development of his character and his relationship with Ha Na was done so well. We loved how Ha Na had grown to like and trust the ‘big bad’ of the drama and that her faith in him never wavered even when all the odds were against him. We loved their honest, strange relationship and practically every scene that they shared together was either outrageously funny or very sweet. 



We knew that this character wasn’t going to get a happy ending or the girl at the end of the drama but once again the writers handled it in a manner that made it heartfelt but also made it feel like justice had been served. We’re so glad that the drama ended with him being his outrageously funny self. It’s only right considering he really was hands down the best thing about this drama.

 

Noteworthy mentions:

 

We’re so pleased that the final showdown lived upto the hype; the drama would have totally ended on a low if the showdown was disappointing because pretty much every episode was leading up this one scene where NIA took down the baddies and it definitely delivered the goods. We loved the heartbreaking standoff between Han Do Hoon and Joo Soo Young- it was just perfect.

 

Ha Na and Jin Hyuk’s relationship was rather grown up for a K-drama in our opinion. They got together really quickly and openly discussed their problems in a mature manner…we know it sounds completely un-drama like, right. However it worked and they were a really good OTP; we actually like how the writers turned the stereotypical scenario on its head by having our leading lady slowly be swayed by the love rival after she has officially got together with her OTP. It’s nice to see that although she loved her OTP, she cared enough for Han Do Hoon that she was willing to defend him at all costs and ultimately try and prove his innocence.

Okay who are we kidding this drama was all about Oh Ha Na and Han Do Hoon’s relationship!

 

We’re also glad that Eun Seo’s role as a love rival was cleaned up pretty quickly, we hate too much love rival angst, but this drama managed to make it both funny and endearing at the same time. Also we really liked Eun Seo as a character; especially when she was beating the crap out multiple men in the final showdown! She was a worthy love rival and one we really couldn’t help but like- once again another rarity for a K-drama.

 

Favourite quote from practically everyone in the drama:

 

‘Team leader Go promised me a chicken franchise.’

 

If you like…

Crooked cops turned good(ish), shockingly bad love serenades, a bit of cross dressing, granddad smack downs and the funniest trash talk/ girl on girl fight your likely to see in ages then this is the drama for you. 
 

 

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

My Country Calls: 11-13

6 Jul

 We think we may have found our favourite Love rival for 2010’s currently airing dramas in the form of Han Do Hoon played brilliantly by Ryu Jin. He is most definitely the best thing about this drama! 

 

MCC writers have done so well in manipulating our feelings for this eccentrically entertaining love rival. At first we didn’t quite know how to take him: is he a villain or a love rival and if he is the love rival, how the hell are they going to make him a plausible one- when he’s so damn insane!? However as the drama progressed we found ourselves accepting his quirky but hilarious nature and by episode 12 we had fallen for him big time. We think it may have something to do with the fact that he is unapologetically himself- half the stuff he comes out with is completely delusional and the other half is plain stupid. As a character we can definitely count on him making us laugh, of course it’s usually at his expense but that just makes it all the more fun. He-he

 

   

 

 

Also it’s so nice to see a love rival that wasn’t instantly in love with the leading lady- on the contrary he was a little repulsed by how unrefined Oh Ha Na was…well for his taste anyway but slowly we watched him be swayed by her pushy, blunt nature. We loved how he was completely mesmerised by Eun Seo but completely turned off by the end of their date. What a nice twist in revealing his feelings for Ha Na plus it deflated Eun Seo’s giant ego a bit. We respect that all is fair in love and war but this girl is too much: she needs to get a clue- Jin Hyuk is taken, get over it and there was us hoping we finally found a female LR that we could respect a little.   

 

 

 

Other thoughts:
 Aside from gushing about the LR, we really like Ha Na- usually by this point in the drama, the leading lady tends to become a tad irritating because: 

 

 

 a. She’s completely irrational/ insane because of her OTP, making her do really silly stuff that make you go: what the hell?!

 

b. She’s busy crying her angst ridden tears in a dark room due to her OTP acting like an idiot.

 c. Both a and b respectively but add- she’s also lost much of the strong, self-sufficient charm that we loved from the start of the drama just because she’s been worn down by all the crazy drama surrounding the OTP.

However, Oh Ha Na has remained faithful to her character; she is honest, up front and strong. She’ll tell her OTP if she’s upset with him or if he’s acted like a prat that needs a beating and for that we still love and respect her 13 episodes in. She rocks, simple as that. 

 

My country calls- 7-10

30 Jun

Yep, we finally found a steady stream of links for this drama- yay and yes, it’s true we couldn’t wait until the drama ended as we’d rather be watching this drama slowly than not at all.

 

We read on Dramabeans website that MCC failed to do well in the ratings with only 6% on average, which is so sad to hear because the drama is far more enjoyable than half the currently airing dramas and a damn sight more entertaining! It’s a shame that it’s gone under the radar and has failed to draw attention from the start. What is it with us falling for great dramas that no one seems to watch- take Alias and Veronica Mars?

 

The drama is still standout funny, as its progressed the humour has dimmed a little to allow for more progression in the story however there is atleast one scene in every episode that will make you laugh out loud, it’s that funny. It’s a combination of little jokes, along with the obvious funny scenarios that makes this drama so hilarious to watch. We are not surprised at all that this drama won an award for its script because honestly it’s really well written and rather sharp and witty in its dialogue. The pace as well has moved quickly and you can understand and believe the relationships formed within the drama.

 

Contrary to other people’s opinions regarding the lack of focus at the start of the drama, we actually found it refreshing to have drama mainly focused on character development, especially when they are as likable as the characters of MCC are. It’s great to see such an assembled cast bounce off each other so well and share such lovely chemistry together- we hate when dramas are held together only on the strength of the OTP. 

 

As we’re picking the drama up after not recapping for a while here is a quick rundown of major events that have taken place over the course of 10 episodes:

 

-Oh Ha Na is currently undercover as the Assistant to the drama’s villain/ love rival – Han Do Hoon who is played so brilliantly by Ryu Jin. Their relationship is most definitely the most entertaining thing about this drama at the moment; it is so hilarious to watch! He is eccentrically comedic, and happens to be completely delusional about most things especially Ha Na’s ‘feelings’ for him. We love how they are each other’s confidantes, what an unexpectedly funny twist to their relationship- especially when he was the one who pointed out that she was in love with Jin Hyuk.  

 

-The drama has slowly started to unravel why Eun Seo left Jin Hyuk three years earlier. For Horan’s first acting role, she’s not bad at all; she’s channelled the character really well and has managed to present a well rounded character that you can understand and respect. The return of the past love is a rather stereotypical storyline in K-dramas and could have been handled in a tired and predicable kind of way but in MCC, Eun Seo is actually a really interesting and compelling character. The best scene so far with Eun Seo had to be the cat fight with Ha Na. It could possibly be the funniest girl on girl fight we’ve seen in a K-drama to date. It had the lot; hair pulling, childish insults and being caught by the man of their affection- classic scene.  

 

-How could we forget that Jin Hyuk and Ha Na are now officially dating- she might get her chicken franchise after all. The writers didn’t waste much time dragging out the; he likes her; she likes blah, blah- thank goodness. We hope that the comedy level doesn’t completely disappear now that they are a couple. We’d hate it if they injected too much romance into this drama, just because with romance naturally comes angst, dilemmas and romantic squabbles and this drama happens to be the first drama in ages that has been (so far) consistently funny. 

 

Heres hoping for more of the same, because at the moment we have no complaints what so ever with this seriously underrated drama.

Que Sera, Sera- episodes 1-3

11 Jun

With the dreaded License pending notice for My Country Calls, it looks like we’re going to have to put this drama on the backburner for now, which is an absolute shame for us because we were thoroughly enjoying MCC and found it to be funny and very charming. Naturally being the drama enthusiasts that we are, we got over it quickly and picked something new to watch…of course!

Que Sera, Sera- episodes 1-3

If it wasn’t for the fact that life seemed to get in the way this week, we swear we would have watched a lot more than three episodes of this drama already but there you go. As we’ve mentioned before, this drama was always on the radar, add all the great feedback and very intriguing trailer it was a done deal that this was going to be next on our list.

As of yet nothing has happened that has grabbed us enough to start raving about the drama but we’ve got to admit we’re really enjoying it. The story consists of one of our favourite types of scenarios- the classic transformation of a bastard to human usually at the hands of a good woman – honestly we can never resist this story, especially when it’s done well…. which we’re hoping this drama will do.  

The ‘Bastard’ in this drama is Kang Tae Joo, who is great and is currently our favourite character (at least for now anyway). We’ve got to confess we expected him to be more of a bastard than he has been but we’re glad about this because we really can’t stand when one or both of the leading characters are unlikable or you just can’t relate with them because they are THAT different. Sure he is a player, has a bad temper and is morally ambiguous at times but he is also very human, a quality which seems to appear whenever the leading lady is around.

The OTP are already a couple we’re looking forward to watching, just because they are as different from each other as it gets. She’s a good, innocent girl from the country and well he’s a bastard who dates rich women for the perks but when they are on screen together its exciting because they not only share great banter together but they also have that simmer of chemistry between them which is desperately waiting to explode on the screen.

Oh we can’t wait for her to make him a better man and teach him the errors of him player ways. Giggles*

My Country Calls- episodes 5-6

29 May

 We Love, love, love this drama! Six episodes in and we can happily report that we are still hooked and can’t wait till the next episode. It’s just so funny, it doesn’t take its self too seriously and it’s written really well.

 

The best thing about it is that drama doesn’t depend solely on the OTP like other dramas do; this drama has a great assembled cast. Damn our inability to hate the love rival Choi Eun Seo! We really wanted to dislike her, just because it’s in our nature to do so but seriously, she’s a very human type of character; she has a career ambition that you can’t help but admire, she makes mistakes, can be irrational and she gets jealous- all of which she admits to. Very often in K-dramas, the female love rival is presented as desperate, insane or pathetic- in many instances all of the above. This can be fun to watch, especially when they’re getting into mishaps but having seen our fair share of dramas we can safely say, we’re seen it all before. So we’re hoping that the writers continue like this and make Ha Na and Eun Seo odd friends.

 

 We also happen to love the male love rival/ villain Han Do Hoon, who is brilliant opposite Ha Na; he’s rude, eccentric, possibly evil and just really interesting as a character. As they have just introduced him, we’re unsure on whether he’s a love rival or not but so far we’re getting vibes from his end- either way villain/ love rival, it should be interesting to watch considering it involves Oh Ha Na- who is still hilariously insane!  As well as the love rivals, we really like the rest of the Intelligence team that have to deal with Ha Na- the writers have managed to really inject some individuality into the cast, all of whom are funny and smart together and apart. We especially love Kim Byung Hoon with Ha Na, they are so funny together- it was so hilarious when Jin Hyuk found them on the bed together!

 

The romance between the OTP is very much at the beginning phase of the drama; Ha Na is still thinking with her brain and all the money Jin Hyuk can bring her- or in her case the chicken franchise she’ll be able to give her mother if they were to marry, she is so unbelievably delusional that you can’t help but like her. Go Jin Hyuk being a nice upstanding man, has so far only shown concern for her as a person having got to know her, rather than in any other way.  We’re really glad that he told her straight about the agency using her as a scapegoat if the mission is deemed a failure, we really hate when dramas have a secret that hovers over the OTP throughout a drama until its revealed once the couple are happy and in love- it’s been done a million times over, so boring. Aside from being rather stroppy at times when he doesn’t like something, he’s a really easy going leading man- we love how he’s constantly disapproving of something Ha Na has got herself into- he’s got a great look of disgust/ outrage.

 

Aside from character development, episodes 5-6 built the foundations for the drama, by diving right in and putting Ha Na undercover as a really rubbish secretary for Han Do Hoon. So far he has insulted her dress sense, called her old looking and she in return has tried to strangle him with his own tie! We sense their relationship is going to be far from smoothing sailing- we can’t wait!