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Nice Guy: Series thoughts

12 Dec

This is the only drama that we have successfully managed to complete in the last month or so. We’ll be honest we’re completely surprised that we endured so much melodrama and still found ourselves coming back for more. Let’s be frank this drama is low on laughs and it’s been awhile since we watched so many dysfunctional people in one room. However strangely enough it worked for us, even when we knew it shouldn’t. It had the right combination of crazy and drama quality to keep us hooked till the end and now that it’s over, we’re glad we stuck around for the ride.

Read on at your own risk – major spoilers alert

We had a horrible feeling that we might need to invest in a jumbo pack of ultra durable tissues to get us through the drama finale. Surely, this wretched, very unlucky couple wouldn’t get their happily ever after?  Come on, this OTP had the worst stinking luck ever and frankly we were prepared and ready for the worst, so why do we feel like the rug has been pulled from under our feet with this unexpected drama finale? It must be the first time ever where we would have been more satisfied with a tragic ending and considering how damn sappy we are, that’s really saying something! The ending felt disjointed, far too convenient and yes, disappointing.

What the feck was that last minute stabbing all about????

You’ve been stabbed badly and you still managed to walk around inconspicuously and yes, make out with your OTP without:

  1. Your OTP realising that you’re seriously hurt
  2. Or more importantly not passing out from the loss of blood
  3. Buhahahahahaha
  4. How stupid.

Yes, it added a dramatic turn of events in the 11th hour but surely it would have been more effective if they showed him having his surgery and maybe not surviving? Just saying…

The ending was…sweet. It was shiny and happy but after 19 episodes of dark and moody it felt like the writer had chickened out and decided to give us a happily ever after to satisfy fan demand. It failed to have that impact that the rest of the drama delivered and for that reason alone we were left unsatisfied. Sure, we’re happy that the OTP survived and got together but it felt like we were watching a different drama’s finale. Not the depressing and insane ‘Nice Guy’ we had grown to love.

Nice Guy’s OTP – A complicated relationship for us.

We loved and hated them in equal measures. They had some really beautiful, memorable scenes that kept us tuned in every week but they also had a strange relationship which made us groan and moan A LOT.

Our favourite scene in the whole drama has to be Eun Gi’s love confession in the rain.

It was just such a heartrendingly intense scene that was both tragic and so very romantic at the same time. We saw the best sides of Eun Gi’s character and were reminded why we rooted for this leading lady. She stood there with her heart on her sleeve, totally vulnerable but so brave at the same time as she honestly confessed her feelings to a guy that used her in the worst way possible. We love the fact that we intensely hated Ma Roo but completely adored Eun Gi in that one scene. It’s a real testament to the quality of the script that in that one scene we felt so many different emotions and were so moved by it all.

Let’s talk about THE KISS.

We remember watching the OTP’s first kiss in the first half of the drama and we felt angry with Ma Roo, annoyed by the context and the how fake it all was. We kept wondering what the feck was the writer thinking. Were we really supposed to root for this couple, the deceptive leading man that was clearly taking advantage of a naive  innocent woman??? Hell no. Sorry. So you can imagine how excited and happy we were when the drama flipped everything upside down and gave us a real couple with feelings and heart. We adored the scene in episode 15 where Ma Roo really kissed her. EEEEEE!

‘Remember this, this is our first kiss.’ – Oh yes, this was so worth the wait.

As much as we loved the romantic development between the OTP, was it just us or did the OTP lack that crack factor that makes a great couple? Ma Roo used kid gloves with her; he was too protective and always had such an edge of guilt to all his actions that it was hard to envision them as a real couple. They needed more passion; they needed crazy screaming fights which ended up with them making out violently against the nearest wall. We wanted to believe their love but it all felt so lukewarm that our hearts weren’t 100% in it and that was probably why we weren’t that devastated by the idea of a tragic drama finale. We remember watching ‘A Scent of a Woman’ and dreading pretty much the majority of the drama. That OTP had insane chemistry and we cared so much for them that just the idea of the leading lady dying had us crying our eyes out for multiple episodes straight. We may have damaged our tear ducts after that experience but for us, ‘Nice Guy’ just didn’t do it for us like it should.

Amnesia – a cliché which we didn’t surprisingly hate.

The role of Eun Gi’s amnesia was handled so well. It was like that giant pink elephant in the room that threatened to reveal itself and ruin everything. The prospect of Eun Gi getting her memories back added such a delicious layer of tension that we sat there at the edge of our seats waiting for the bubble to burst at any moment and ruin their temporary happiness. Like the majority of the drama, we couldn’t really allow ourselves to emotionally invest in their temporary joy because we knew that it would be bittersweet.

When Eun Gi lost her memory the OTP were given a second chance to really be a couple and yes, they were sweet and happy at times but it was also very fake. He was once again lying to her, manipulating her feelings on a daily basis. What’s the difference between the way he treated her pre-amnesia to post amnesia? Yes, he did actually care about her but the way he went about it was wrong and his feelings consisted of  that selfless, martyr love that we HATE with a passion. Why couldn’t he be selfish, why couldn’t he love her so intensely that he confessed his love, his intentions and checked himself into hospital ASAP because he didn’t want to risk even the smallest chance of leaving her??? Yes, all of the above would have been too practical for these crazy characters but it would have saved us a lot of groaning and hair pulling.

Also were we really supposed to believe that a character as inquisitive as Eun Gi wouldn’t have found out as much as she could about the accident that transformed her life so drastically? Yeah right.

We wanted the revelation of Eun Gi’s memory returning to have more of an impact than it did. There was such a build up with excellent tension but it all fell flat at the last hurdle. We wanted her cool, crazy self to return with vengeance but instead it was wishy washy and half arsed in it’s delivery. We remember watching ‘Autumn’s Concerto’ a couple years ago and utterly loving the impact of the leading man’s memories coming back. It was like a tornado had arrived and made a huge mess and we loved every second of it. All of the lies, the sneaking around throughout the series were unmasked and we were left with a satisfying conclusion. What did we really conclude in ‘Nice Guy’? The baddies luckily handed themselves in and everyone got themselves a reasonable drama ending. We hoped for more. Sigh*

Character Thoughts:

Mar Roo – Looked oh so good in clothes but frustrated the hell out of us with his martyr actions and general outlook to life. He made a bad choice years ago and he paid the price. Boo Hoo, deal with it. Who honestly asked him to leave behind his seriously sick sister to rescue his Noona and then take the blame for her actions?? It was obviously an accident! Any reasonable person would have convinced her to go to the police station and explain the situation properly. Arrrghh and he’s supposed to be the smart one.

Eun Gi – She was the only reason why we stuck around. She was at first kick-arse cool, sassy and very much an anti leading lady. She lost a lot of her spark when she lost her memory but she redeemed herself in the last quarter, so all is forgiven.

Joon Ha – We want him for Christmas! He was such a perfect love rival. Generally we don’t like the sweet/ kind love rivals as they tend to be boooorrring but we’ll make an exception for this sweetheart. He was hot, had a good job, shared chemistry with the leading lady and his love for Eun Gi was so selfless and pure that it’s impossible to not to care for him. He just wanted the best for her even if that meant she was with another guy. We loved him!

Oh his tears got us good!

Jae Hee – Frankly we didn’t like her as a person but we loved how complicated, screwed up and damaged she was. She was the essence of a desperate woman and because of that, we could understand and relate to her actions. We really loved the scene in the park where Ma Roo apologizes for ruining her. It was such an emotional scene and so brilliantly acted by both actors. Loved it.

  

Side note: what the feck was up with her terrible fashion and multiple mirror scenes in this drama??

Manager Ahn – Groan* – What a stupid character.

Jae Shik – We actually liked his character a lot. Another character that was complicated and unpredictable. We like how the writer had created so many characters that were neither good or bad but very human. It’s a nice touch of realism in a crazy drama world.

Choco and Jae Gil – Cute. We’re pleased that for once a drama had surrounded one of the OTP with a good support network to get them through the hard times. At first we thought they would be fecking annoying as the writer tried to make them the ‘light relief’ of this drama but they grew on us really quickly. They truly cared for Ma Roo and just wanted the best for him.

Overall thoughts:

As you may have gathered from this post our feelings for this drama are a mix bag. There was plenty to love and hate but that only adds to the fun of it all. It had managed to hold our attention this year when so many other dramas had been shelved. Sure, it wasn’t perfect and at times it drove us mad but it evoked an emotion in us. We cared about the characters and wanted to know what happened next. In our book that’s all that counts and for that reason alone, the drama was a winner for us.

Would we watch it again?? Not likely.

Do we regret tuning? Absolutely not.

How much we liked it: 8.5 /10

How good we think it is: 8/10

Great acting, writing and totally screwed up in the best Kdrama way.

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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 10: A Drama which made you so sad

4 Feb

There are many dramas that make us sad for various reasons.

For example those amazing dramas that started off so well and then turned into utter crap. Ahem, we’re talking about you: Will it snow for Christmas, I am Legend and Cinderella Unni! Or worse, those bad dramas that you gave a shot despite your better judgement but only made you regret it. Ugh, we hate those dramas.

We have to admit we try and avoid most sad dramas because for us, watching dramas is our way of escaping real life and well frankly who wants to be miserable when you don’t have to be?

People ask us all the time, why don’t we watch historical dramas, you’ll love them and we always say the same thing, we can’t handle them. They are often too intense and far too tragic. The drama won’t just kill a character, they will do it in the most violent, horrible way possible and well, we’d rather avoid that. We’ve watched Brave Heart, we get the picture.

The same goes for melodramas, it’s rare that we would watch a melodrama because we can’t stomach all the crying, the pain and watching a character that we have grown to love die at the last hurdle. No thanks, give us a romcom any day over that!

That said, a couple melodramas how slipped through the net and we confess we really enjoyed watching them, despite needing a giant box of tissues and a mop to wipe up the tears we shed.

The drama that really comes to mind for this topic is MARS.

We loved this drama so much. The only time we would rewatch it, is on one of those dark days where you are so depressed that you need to wallow in your own misery until you feel better.

When you’re feeling like that, is it just us or do you find that watching a happy drama where characters are laughing and in love just makes you more depressed and only watching people worse off will do the trick?  Does that make us sound twisted?

Mars was incredibly dark and the characters were so utterly broken and scarred. It is intense viewing and we adored it from start to finish. It was one of those rare treats where the characters were all written and acted beautifully and your heart just ached for them as they suffered through the drama. The OTP were so different from each other. They were both damaged goods that came together and took solace from the world in their love and watching their romance blossom despite the odds was so fascinating for us.

Yes, it’s depressing and we’re not likely to rewatch it anytime soon (hopefully). However, it’s definitely a drama that all drama viewers need to watch at one point because it’s a standout classic in our opinion that is just brilliant viewing. Trust us, you’ll love it.

Other scenes from dramas that made us so sad:

Shining Inheritance:

There is a scene in the drama where Eun Soo is so desperate and broken that she takes her brother to high wall and tries to commit suicide with him. The scene made us so utterly sad as we watched the leading lady reach her breaking point after trying so hard to keep it together. This scene always stands out in our minds because the scene was so emotionally charged and intense that it impacted us in the way that only a good drama can do.

Scent of a Woman:

This drama made us cry a lot. Come on it’s a drama about a woman dying of Cancer! The scene that nearly destroyed out tear ducts was a scene with the love rival Eun Sook begging the leading lady to live after one of his patients passed away from Cancer. The scene was soooo good because Eun Sook had been trying to keep it together for 14 episodes and so watching him breakdown was heartbreaking for us. The poor guy had so much pressure on him already – the leading lady was not only the woman he loved but also his patient. He doesn’t even get the girl at the end, that’s just cruel!

Loving you a Thousand times:

This drama is just a weepfest of agony. Where do we start… there is her suicide attempt, her baby being taken away from her, her husband abandoning her, her cancer… the list goes on. It’s horrible and will make you cry a lot. Avoid this drama unless you’re feeling miserable.

Oh the tears!

End of Year Review ~ 2011

31 Dec

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

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

Here is our list of completed dramas in 2011:

The crème of the crop:

Keizoku Spec 2: One word: Awesome.

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

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

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

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

Call us suckers for a decent family in need.

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

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

Biggest disappointment of the year:

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

Cruel, just cruel.

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

Our typical Jdrama of the year:

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

Was it Yamapi and his giant purple rucksack?

Another over hyped Hong Sisters’ drama?

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

 

Our old school drama of the year:

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

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

The drama that made Lee Dong Wook a man:

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

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

Another Mike He drama under our belts:

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

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

The sweetest drama of 2011:

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

 Loved it.  

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

The Idols that made good in the end:

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

 

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

Here’s hoping that 2012 delivers the goods.

Happy New Year to everyone, love the Musthavesubs Girls xox

Scent of a Woman – final thoughts/ push post

6 Nov

For some strange reason it was difficult to write this post. There was far too much to talk about, too many thoughts and feeling about how awesome this drama was but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do and in this case it’s push this drama until we manage to make at least one person want to tune in and watch. If we can achieve that, we’ll be very happy Musthavesubs girls.

This drama was an unexpected treat for the soul. Don’t be discouraged by the bleak subject matter- in this case cancer because this drama is so much more than that.

 The romance will knock your socks off. It’s a rare thing to find a drama where you are engrossed solely by the OTP and their every move. Que Sera, Sera and more recently Secret Garden come to mind but Scent of a Woman delivered big time in making us fall hard for this couple. Hot tango scenes, intense chemistry and a love rival worth rooting for- what more do you want? Read more

Sunday Rambles

30 Oct

As A Thousand’s Day Promise has had such mixed reviews, we’ve decided that maybe it’s best to leave it on the shelf for the time being and see how it plays out. Also, we confess the concept kind of scares us silly, we’re not sure if we can stomach all that angst. The news of this drama did prompt us to finish off A Scent of a Woman– our last unfinished melodrama and boy are we glad we stuck around till the end. We adored it beyond words.

If you haven’t watched A Scent of a Woman– we demand you watch it. It is THAT good.

The Musical: episode 7

Granted we haven’t watched the next episode yet but all we have to say about this episode was- seriously???? We finished the episode and turned to each other dumbfounded by the fact that absolutely nothing happened…NOTHING. It was dull. The OTP were boring together (again), Yu Jin had zero airtime with Eun Bi and yes, they happened to sing the same songs again. For a drama about the production of a musical, you’d think there would be more than one song sung across 9 episodes, just saying.

We know we’ve been generally positive about this drama and that our comments may seem random but we were sitting there and we realised that:

– What is a drama without a decent OTP? Nothing and as we’re shipping the wrong couple that really don’t have a chance of being together- why are we bothering?

What’s Up

Yay!  We’ve wanted to watch this drama forever now and it’s finally been picked up, let’s hope that:

1. it’s subbed – please, someone take pity on us. 2. It meets our expectations or else we’ll cry!

We’ve got our fingers crossed that it’s a winner. We really did think that this drama was going to be permanently shelved after everything that happened with Deasung earlier in the year and the fact that it couldn’t get a slot on one of the main TV stations. However getting aired on Cable is better than not being aired at all, so no complaints from us. Heeeeee, we’re so pleased!

Office Girls: episode 10

He’s finally realised that he loves her! Yay. Watching him come to this realisation was an absolute pleasure.  Plus, we love it when the guy falls for the girl first- we never get bored of that setup.

Ring Ring Bell: first impressions/ episodes 1-4

It’s been a long time since we tuned in to a T-drama, little lone two at once. However now that we’ve dropped The Musical for being BORING and we’re scared of A Thousand Day’s Promise, we’re only really watching Office Girls, which really isn’t enough for our greedy drama addiction.

Ring Ring Bell doesn’t hit the spot like Office Girls but we’re still charmed by how sweet and sentimental it is. Naturally the characters are all messed up and have plenty of issues between them but we love the OTP and think they are wonderful together; natural, sincere and have a healthy spark.

The premise is rather ordinary but that’s okay when we care enough about the characters and their conflicts. So far we haven’t between wowed but it’s a nice, easy watch and it’s definitely a drama worth watching if you’re looking for something pleasant to escape to between your angsty dramas or real life dilemmas.

Final thoughts:

-Me too, Flower boy promo shots are plain disturbing. What were they thinking?

-Thinking about much anticipated dramas- Is the live action version of Skip Beat! ever going to be aired? We want to watch Ren and Sho now!

Sunday Drama Rambles

9 Oct

Are we alone in our total lack of interest in the upcoming Kdrama Man of Honor? It starts this week and well frankly the hype, the premise and pretty much everything else is beyond lost on our obsessive Kdrama ways.

Despite coming to the realisation that Baker King was to put it bluntly rubbish…we utterly adored it when we watched it the first time. We love to root for a worthy underdog that prevails against bratty, rich half siblings and evil parents. However, having seen the promo shots and the trailer, this looks just like Baker King but with Baseball.

The funny thing is, generally we don’t mind that this is a carbon copy of another drama because let’s face it, most Kdramas don’t really step outside the box too often and when they do it’s a hit and miss affair (49 days, anyone?). However, in this case it doesn’t help when we’re not really fans of Chun Jung Myung. Yep, we said it. How can we not like him, when he’s such a sweetheart, we hear you say? Well, we’re sure he’s a nice guy but his character in Cinderella Unni ruined him for us. Just thinking back to how much we hated that OTP and his character just makes us shudder in fury.

Also, Park Min Young is a great actress and we’ve loved her dramas in the past but there is something about her acting that makes it hard for us to completely and utterly love her/ root for her leading lady character. It’s a strange one. Mentally we know we should love her character but it always feels forced…once again people must think we’re just mad. This post isn’t called a ramble for no reason!

A drama we want to watch against our better judgement: A Thousand Day’s Promise

We know we shouldn’t. It’s a freaking melodrama about a woman that is slowly losing her memory and more importantly forgetting the man she loves but damn it, it looks so good! We might as well invest in a box of multi pack super durable tissues now to mentally prepare ourselves to cry buckets of tears. Our tear ducts have only just recovered from Scent of a Woman but hey, who said being a drama obsessive was going to be easy?

How utterly pretty does this trailer look? Also the OTP look like they’re going to be amazing together.

Currently watching rundown:

Despite our lack of posts in the last few months we have been watching dramas occasionally when we can.  With life being less manic, hopefully we can blog/ recap more often because we sure do miss it when we can’t!

My Love By My Side: This is our long family drama that no one seems to be watching, which is a shame because it’s so good! If you’re looking for a more traditional Kdrama that has plenty of secrets/lies then look no further. It’s a hell of a rid.

The Musical: We’re watched five episodes so far and we still think it’s great.

Protect the Boss: we got to episode 8 and we hit the wall. It’s like all the zany, funny charm dried up and suddenly we fell out of love with it. We plan to pick it again… (hopefully).

Scent of a Woman: We were awash in our own tears as we reached our tolerance level for melodrama. So we decided to stop for awhile and watch something happier like PTB. We definitely intend to return and finish off the last few episodes because seriously we adored EVERYTHING about it. This drama made Lee Dong Wook into a man and made us love Kim Sun Ah that much more. They are definite considers for the hottest OTP of the year, their chemistry was unbelievable.

We’re off to check out the first episode of Office Girls (T) because apparently it’s super cute and has catapulted our beloved Roy Qiu into a superstar.

One word: Finally! Hehehe. We love Roy.

Drama update

30 Aug
We’ve been completely MIA for the majority of August, real life has kept us super busy, and so we haven’t had a chance to really blog. However we’re back and more than ready to gush/rant away our thoughts on all things drama related. Yay!

Dramas that we dropped:

Heartstrings: we got to episode 10 and found that you know what? – We don’t like this drama enough to bother watching it. Aside from the OTP sharing unexpectedly hot chemistry together, the rest of the drama was just meh for us. We cared very little for the characters, the storyline was on a downward swirl of boredom and frankly we don’t know why we stuck around for so long. Maybe because it had so much potential; the first couple episodes were fresh and had a laid back feel to it but there are only so many episodes that can ride on that vibe before people get bored and demand some substance. Take Mary stayed out all night– on paper it sounded brilliant, the first couple episodes were quirky/ music centred and charming. It made us sit up excitedly in hopes that this was a winner but then it crashed and burned fast. Such a shame.  Despite Mary being a disappointment, we stuck around till the end and forgave it for the most part because Jang Geum Suk and Moon Geun Young are so awesome but sadly for Heartstrings- Park Shin Hye and Yong Hwa have awhile to go before they can carry a drama with just their presence.
One thing we’ll take away from Heartstrings is the fact that Yong Hwa found himself a decent acting coach and can finally put behind him the embarrassment that was his awful performance in You’re Beautiful. Shudder* He gave Ji Hoo sunbae a run for his money in the worst actor category. Muhaha. 

City Hunter: We’ve got a really weird relationship with this drama. When we’re tuned in, we’re hooked but as soon as it’s over, we have very little desire to sit down and watch it ASAP. It makes no sense what so ever.  Especially when you consider how much fandom there is for this drama. For us it just doesn’t have that crack factor that makes us drama obsessives. We got to episode 11 before it was shelved, simply because life got really busy and we had to make cut backs. We definitely plan to finish this drama off and will probably be watching the OTP more closely now that we know that they are a real couple. Good for them- We wouldn’t say no to Lee Min Ho either. Heheh.

Seriously, Park Min Young is such a lucky girl. So jealous.

Myung Wol the spy: How glad are we that we didn’t stick with this drama. We sat down and watched episode 1 when it first aired weeks ago but we swear we were completely and utterly bored by it. The drama felt stilted, the comedy just missed the mark and most importantly we didn’t care for any of the characters. Also from what we’ve followed through recaps- leading men that are still arseholes when you hit episode 10+ aren’t worth watching, leading men that slap their OTP definitely aren’t worth watching and well as we haven’t seen the infamous episode 13 with that bed scene- we’ll reframe from commenting.

We feel sorry for Eric, we have a feeling that he’ll be glad when filming is over. Not to mention he’ll probably be relieved to see the back of Han Ye Seul. The off scene antics seem to be more interesting than the actual drama, which is never good.  In-house fighting, accidental murder, dramatic departures to the other side of the world…come on you can’t make this crap up. 

 Dramas we’re watching:

Scent of a woman: it’s love!  This is our crack drama at the moment. It’s soooooo good. Aside from the fact that we’re going to be completely and utterly heartbroken by the time it finishes, it’s completely worth it. We can’t think of a single thing we’d change, it’s that good.

If you haven’t watched it yet- we demand you watch it NOW!

My love by my side: The drama appears to have completely lost the plot. The writer must be smoking the wacky backy because the drama has truly gone mad. Despite this fact we’re still tuned in, engrossed in the crazy antics and the twisted rationality of the majority of the characters. We know it’s wrong but still we’re obsessed.

Episode 23 was amazing but still twisted. We don’t know what is worst- the fact that we liked it because it was twisted, or in spite of that fact. Either way it’s bad. We need help.

Dramas we want to watch:

Protect the boss:  It looks fun and silly, plus goofy guy with tough girl is always great viewing- see Hana Yori Dango. Also we’re hoping that this will be a great drama to balance out the angst fest that is our current drama list. Also Ji Sung and Hero had us sold on this drama before we even knew what it was about. They are both soooooo purrrty. Giggles*

Office Girls (T): We don’t really want to watch this drama- it sounds completely crap BUT it has not one but two of our favourite HOT Tdrama love rivals. Roy Qiu and James Wen in the same drama- thank you drama makers- we salute you!

Scent of a Woman: 3-4

7 Aug

We are loving this drama. It leaves us feeling warm and happy and as soon as it’s finished we want to watch another episode. Episode 3 and 4 only cemented our feelings and now we’re hooked and we have our fingers crossed that the rest of the drama will be just as good.

We love how Ji Wook can’t stop thinking about her, his feelings clearly based on a strange combination of attraction and curiosity. Plus we like the fact that he’s interested in her despite her appearing like a complete stalker. Episode 3 allowed us to fall hard for the leading man, who manages to be all cool and spontaneous but at the same time sweet and vulnerable. We love how he ditched the real Miss Lee and decided to go with his heart. We like how he gradually changed through the course of the episode through her influence. He went from stiff and indifferent to playing in the rain and taking part in drinking competitions. Despite their unique and yes, contrived circumstances, we can totally believe their chemistry and the fact that they had such an impact on each other.  Plus it felt natural and easy to watch this odd couple interact even when they were doing unbelievable things like running away from gangsters!

As you probably guessed – we give this OTP- two thumbs up!

Although we would have liked more OTP time in Okinawa, we’re glad that they have both returned to Korea, back to reality. We like how despite being back to his everyday life, he’s constantly thinking about this woman that he barely knows. Also we like the fact that what he does know from others completely contradicts the opinions he’s formed for himself. It’s always a pleasure to watch the hot, rich guy obsess over the ‘ordinary’ leading lady and this drama doesn’t disappoint one bit.  

Eun Seok is going to be a love rival that we may just love too much. (Not again!). It’s that flicker of vulnerability in his eyes when he’s being a cold hearted bastard that gets us every time. He could have easily have been that standard stereotype but instead we’ve got a love rival that is complicated, emotionally stunted and far from perfect. We’re really looking forward to seeing how Yeon Jae’s presence in his life will change him for the better. We love how despite his cold ways, he can’t refuse her and that is bound to get him in a couple embarrassing situations in the future. Heeeee, can’t wait.

Maybe we spoke too soon about liking the love rivals because we went from mild intrigue to annoyance at the characterisation of Sae Kyung. Seriously episode 4 transformed her character into a completely stereotypical female love rival- crazy, jealous and bratty. Groan*

Quick random thoughts:

-The scene where Yeon Jae danced the Tango in Okinawa was so heartbreakingly sad but at the same time a lovely scene to watch.

-Why did Yeon Jae have to cut her hair?  She’s practically gone back to her Ahjumma ways.

-Thanks drama makers for giving us that very nice shower scene with LDW. We really appreciated it!

Scent of a Woman: 1-2/ first impressions

1 Aug

We managed to catch the first couple episodes of Scent of a Woman and we really enjoyed it.

We want more!

Aside from the drama looking very pretty and we’re not just talking about the return of the lovely Lee Dong Wook (heheh) and the acting being solid- it’s the characters that really sold this drama for us. The love square all bring something interesting to the table and the more we watch them on screen, the more compelling they become.

Take the leading lady for instance: she’s the standard Kdrama leading lady- dumpy, hardworking and always taken advantage of. We love how this drama allowed her to stick two fingers up at everyone that has mistreated her and enabled her to truly be herself. As a character we have to confess, it was near impossible not to love her after she stood up for herself in spectacular fashion and seriously that slap was amazing! The position she’s found herself in is of course tragic but watching a very repressed character throwing caution to the wind and doing everything she never got the chance to do is exciting viewing. The scene where she decided to seduce Ji Wook at the bar while being completely drunk was hilarious. We can’t wait to see exactly how far she will go in her attempts to live life to the full.

We carefully scanned the drama synopsis and nowhere on it did we see the words melodrama, so we’re hoping that the terminal cancer element of the drama is very much a misdiagnosis and that the OTP get their HEA after. Fingers crossed*

Lee Dong Wook’s character hasn’t really been explored that much but we like what we’ve seen so far. He’s smart, charismatic and has that element of compassion that is often lacking from a chaebol leading man. We seriously can’t wait to see more scenes between him and KSA’s character as we’re hoping that they will be really great together, plus it helps that KSA can produce chemistry with a dead corpse. Love her or hate her- you can’t dispute the fact that the woman can act.

The love rivals are surprisingly great. We know- shock horror. They are both well developed and have enough of an edge to their personalities that makes you want to see what they will do next. Plus both characters managed to generate a healthy dose of chemistry with their love interests that it should be interesting viewing to watch how it all pans out for them.

We’re hoping that Uhm Ki Joon’s recent DUI doesn’t impact his role in the drama as we really took a liking to his cold, awkward character and would love to see more of him on screen. Also sudden script changes never have a positive outcome for anyone. Bad Guy anyone?

Random Thoughts:

-KSA is looking gooooood in this drama. Who doesn’t love a good drama transformation?

-Who else cheered when Yeon Jae slapped Se Kyung? muhahaha

-How many episodes do you think we have to wait until LDW gets his top off? Giggles*

If this post didn’t sell the drama to you…maybe this will: