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Cheongdamdong Alice: episodes 7-8

29 Dec

We really didn’t enjoy episodes 7-8 and we definitely didn’t like Se Kyung’s behaviour!

We’re confused by her tears and her list. She was always herself in front of Secretary Kim and not this gold digger/ ‘Candy’ character that Yoon Joo coached her to be, so whats the problem???? Secretary Kim turns out to be the guy she wanted and more importantly he likes her for her, no fake charades needed, she has indeed won the lottery, so what the feck was with the tears and her stupid list???

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She doesn’t need to act or be this horrible manipulative character that she feels she needs to be because he already likes her and she likes him – end of story and they live happily ever after.

Why did she write that hideous letter to ‘the president’ and why did we have to listen to her inner monologe where she’s faking it to make it? Don’t the writers realise how unpleasant it is to watch the leading lady go from kind/ harding working girl in a romcom to this horrible gold digger in a melodrama, especially when they make the leading man so damn lovable?

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Seung Jo’s character is such an innocent and his feelings for Se Kyung are so earnest and sweet that it makes her treatment of him  harder to watch. The poor guy has already been through this situation once before, he doesn’t deserve this treatment again, especially when he’s been nothing but lovely. Ggggrrrrr.

Other thoughts:

Watching Tommy Hong make sense of the situation was so much fun, especially when he dresses as the Devil himself! Seriously, what is with this outfit?? Also it’s great to see a secondary character that isn’t a complete dumbo.

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We always liked Yoon Joo but this week really made us see her in a different light. What will she do when she finds out that Se Kyung and Seung Jo like each other? She caused an accident to avoid a dinner date, so we’re scared of what she might do next. Shudder*

Is it bad that we wouldn’t mind Yoon Joo and Seung Jo getting together now??? Yes, we realise it is. Hahah

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Cheongdamdong Alice: episode 5-6

22 Dec

Okay, until we watched episodes 5-6 we didn’t get the hype surrounding the OTP. Se Kyung was completely indifferent, if not a little freaked out by Seung Jo and he was frankly crazy but we all knew that already! This was the one element of the drama that gave us doubts as to whether this drama would be a keeper or not. We don’t care how good the writing is or how amazing it looks, if the OTP don’t click for us, its goodbye drama. So you can imagine how excited and happy were after finishing episode 6! Heeeee.


We love the fact that Se Kyung is falling for Secretary Kim despite her better judgement. We adore the fact that we spent four episodes wondering how the hell Se Kyung was ever supposed to fall for this complete weirdo and more importantly how we were supposed to buy it as viewers. However it appears to be working and we’re loving it.

The slow but realistic change of opinion by Se Kyung is refreshing. Kdramas love to go from 1 to 100 in the feelings barometer, so to see it subtly develop across six episodes was a delight to witness. They have nice banter between them that makes it easy to believe that they have become friends and that they could be more. Also how is a girl to resist a guy when she finds out he poured Soy Sauce over an idiot that humiliated her in a crowded room? Then there is that mega watt smile and his general sweet persona… okay we admit it, we judged them too quickly but we’re more than happy to be proven wrong once in a while.

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Having read posts in the blogosphere, it appears that we are strictly in the minority who actually liked Tommy Hong after completing episode 4 and viewing the famous Soy Sauce attack. Yes, yes he was sleazy and offensive but we loved their instant spark and who doesn’t like watching the reform of a bastard? Episodes 5-6 had limited airtime between Se Kyung and Tommy but what little we saw was as expected great viewing.

In our opinion the main element of their relationship that sets them apart from the OTP is the fact that their relationship is formed on honesty and doesn’t have that fake charade surrounding all of their conversations like Se Kyung and Seung Jo’s does.  Watching her return and asked for an apology was unexpected and then to watch him turn the conversation on her was even better viewing. We really hope that the upcoming episodes have more airtime between these two characters and that they remain as awesome as they have so far. We would be gutted if Tommy suddenly turned into that annoying, soppy love rival after all of their heated exchanges.

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Favourite moments:

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The hospital scene was hilarious! Seriously, Park Shi Hoo is killing it with his comedy acting. The whole scenario was crazy but so funny. We loved PSH facial expressions as he tried to keep his identity a secret. Don’t get us started on Secretary Moon, his facial expressions are brilliant viewing. The poor guy has to put up with so much madness thanks to his crazy boss.

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We can’t forget the accidental hug/ almost kiss between the OTP. Whoop, whoop for progress.

We loved how the scene felt real in the sense that it was awkward and unexpected but you could sense the tension and the confused feelings radiating off them both. Yay.

Other thoughts:

It’s going to get so damn messy isn’t it? We’re going to be drowning in angst by the time Seung Jo finds out Se Kyung is a gold digger and she finds out that the whole time she’s known him he’s been lying to her. We’re scared. We were literally biting out nails when Seung Jo was holding her gold digger’s manual.

Who else loves Papa Cha and Seung Jo scenes?  Their moments make us laugh every week with their juvenile bitchy remarks to each other and the fact that deep down you know they love each other deeply.

What are the other two crises that Se Kyung will face??? Surely, love would be the hardest one to overcome. Or is that just our hopeless romantic hearts talking crap again?

Cheongdamdong Alice – General rambles

13 Dec

After two episodes we were ready to throw in the towel and declare this drama a strange bipolar creature that didn’t know exactly what it wanted to be. Did it want to be a wacky/ crazy comedy or a serious and frankly depressing drama about poverty and the hardships that life throws at people??? The strange combination of both wasn’t working and we were getting ready to regrettably say farewell to the lovely Park Shi Hoo and Moon Geun Young. However somewhere between the leading lady saying goodbye to her ex boyfriend and the leading man getting his revenge on his ex girlfriend, we found ourselves totally engaged and eager for more. Yep, we’re still recovering from the shock of it all as well.

As much as we utterly love Nam Goong Min (yum, yum) his character in this drama was completely wasted and out of place. The writer failed to strike the right balance of his hardship with the rest of the drama and instead veered down the melodramatic root. His departure from the drama was more than welcome from us as it will allow the drama to move forward and give us some much desired OTP time.

Farewell our darling Nam Goong Min, we look forward to seeing your beautiful man pain in a Kdrama in the hopefully not so distance future.

Okay back to the drama – while watching it, we realised that it’s quite reminiscent of Kdramas of the past. It’s got the traditional components that you get; rich, prickly chaobel leading man meets kind, thoughtful but poor leading lady. Their worlds collide due to a series of coincidence (of course!) and after lots of bickering and misunderstandings they fall in love and live happily ever after. Sigh*

Naturally as Kdrama lovers, we’re all for something old school and this one ticks all the right boxes. Park Shi Hoo is brilliant as the completely insane leading man. He has the right balance of portraying a character that is utterly nutty but still manages to maintain the small amount of humanity for us to connect with him and hope he gets a happy ending. Plus, he made us laugh a lot. Seriously, we didn’t know he was capable of being so funny. Who would have thought that watching a man try and cry would be so hilarious?

Moon Geun Young is as always excellent. We love watching this genuinely good person’s journey down the dark, slippery slopes to wealth. Her antagonistic friendship with So Yi Hyn’s Seo Yoon Jo is fascinating. We love how they have this strange friendship where they openly hate each other but at the same time are each other’s confidants in a world that they desperately want to be part of or remain in. At first we feared that Yoon Jo would be that annoying, frustrating secondary lead that we want to punch in the face as she gets away with far too much and makes the leading lady’s life miserable. So you can imagine how pleased we were when we realised that she was going to play Se Kyung’s guide and mentor. Their conversations are refreshingly frank and we never really know what to expect when they are together. Their relationship was definitely an unexpected highlight for us.

The other major highlight for us is Kim Ji Suk’s role as Tommy Hong aka Se Kyung’s White Rabbit. How great was episode 4??? We’ll be honest Kim Ji Suk annoyed us to no ends as the love rival in ‘I need Romance 2012’ but we’re loving him as Tommy Hong. Oh, we can’t wait for him to fall head over heels in love with Se Kyung! Their interactions have been awesome so far. They have a lovely sizzle between them and we like the way he looks at her, it’s a hot combination of intrigue/ lust.

We loved the scene where she threw the glass of water at him and he immediately threw soy sauce right back at her. We literally gasped and cheered at the same time. It was so unexpectedly brilliant. Watching him immediately retaliate made us sit up and take notice and yes, we were impressed. We’ve never been fans of the passive secondary lead. At least now Se Kyung and Tommy have a nice level of hostility between them. As they say, there is a thin line between love and hate and we look forward to watching their relationship develop further. Is it wrong that we look forward to this more than the OTP’s romantic development?

In our opinion we think the drama is currently all over the place in terms of content and delivery, so we’re not sure what to really expect for the remainder of the drama. For now we’re happy to go with it and hope for the best. If anything, mocking a drama is just as much fun as loving it. Muhahaha.

Day 30: Your Favourite Drama Moments

21 May

It’s the small moments that make up a drama for us. They are the things that stay with us long after the drama is over and the reason why we are addicts in the first place. The small moments are the things that make us gush and fan girl our way through this blog. Without them there wouldn’t be an obsession and there certainly wouldn’t be a blog.

Despite this 30 day challenge taking far longer than we anticipated, we have thoroughly enjoyed completing it. We’re so glad that we finally made it to the last post without throwing in the towel. Yay.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our challenge posts as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them and hopefully in the process you’ve found a couple dramas worth checking out…or avoiding.

 Here is a quick rundown of some of our favourite drama moments:

The moment our expectations of true love went up:

Coffee Prince’s Choi Han-Gyul played by the lovely Gong Yoo has ruined us for any guy in real life. His love confession in this drama is still a standout even after all these years.

He didn’t care what she was; all he knew was that he loved her. Sigh*

The moment we knew that Hana Yori Dango would be one of favourite dramas of all time:

There are so many awesome moments like; watching Makino fly kicking her OTP, their first date, their break up in the rain but the moment that sealed the deal for us will always be the phone scene.

You know what we’re talking about. We’ve gushed about it on a number of occasions so forgive us if we’re on repeat but we just love that scene!  The scene was just drowning in angst and longing and we adored it so much. It was the scene that made us realise how much we love this OTP and despite all the crap that came their way, we were more than happy to watch it all just to witness their HEA.

The moment where we knew that we would love Jang Geun Suk for life:

You’re beautiful – watching him dancing around a field while a wild animal is charging at him was the funniest moment in You’re Beautiful but it was also the moment that made us JGS fan girls for life. It’s an irrational feeling; we try not to think about it too much.

The moment we wished we had our very own stalker:

Who wouldn’t want Park Shi Woo as your very own stalker? Yes, yes, he had sinister, vengeful motives but still…look at him, he’s so cute.  

How funny was the fishing rod scene in Prosecutor Princess? We love that scene.

The moment a trailer made us want to tune in:

Que, Sera, Sera – OMFG was exactly what we thought after we watched that trailer. It was the first and only time where we watched a trailer and had to immediately watch the drama because it was just sooooo intense and…wrong. We loved it and are so glad that our bad Youtube habits led us to one of our favourite Kdramas.

The moment we realized that Kim Hyun Joong still hadn’t found a decent acting coach:

Like fools we didn’t learn our lesson and we once again gave Kim Hyun Joong a chance even though we knew it was a mistake. Who thought it was a good idea to give him a leading man role in Playful Kiss? Seriously, did they not watch Boys before Flowers?

A moment that broke our hearts:

Scent of a Woman nearly destroyed our tear ducts with the amount of crying we did while watching that drama. However it was one particular moment that nearly did us in completely. The moment we’re talking about is where; Chae Eun Suk aka Doctor Poopie pant’s patient died and he totally lost it and broke down in front of Yeon Jae. Our hearts ached for him soooooo much as we watched the weight of his responsibility finally hit home and he realized that the woman he’s always loved may die regardless of how hard he works to save her. His desperate begging for her to live was so intense and hard to watch that it feels like it’s engrained in our memory as one of those moments that will always stay with you. Uhm Ki Joon was so brilliant as the love rival in this drama, he totally stole the show.

A moment we laughed so hard we almost peed ourselves:

Pretty much the whole first episode of Wild Romance made us laugh from start to finish. If you’re ever feeling down, watch it, you will feel so much better.

There are far too many moments to ramble about, so we’ll stop while we’re ahead!

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:

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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.