Fox Bride Star (aka Where Stars Land)

Had no idea what this was about and just clicked the play button out of curiosity but I must say that so far it’s quite enjoyable. No..it hasn’t slapped me in the face with it’s excellence..but neither has it put me to sleep so that’s a good thing..lol..

The setting is Incheon airport..the inner workings of the different sections behind the scenes, security, patron relations, immigration — all those folks that makes an airport run smoothly. We are introduced to our heroine (Chae Soo-bin) and find that she is a girl who can’t seem to keep her emotions in check and has been transferred from section to section because of it. This has made her fearful and overly eager to please but hasn’t dampened her enthusiasm. Unfortunately she acts before she thinks and soon finds herself in the usual hot water.

Our “hero” (Lee Je-hoon) is a man of mystery, deadpan, calm, isolated, keeping to himself and wanting only to do his job and be left alone. We soon find out that there is a real mystery about him..centered specifically on his feats of heroism that he’s displayed..the focus is that he seems to have a “bionic” arm which bends metal..can support the weight of a falling car..you get the idea! The more the guy wants to be invisible the more people talk about his strangeness!. You can imagine that these two are like chalk and cheese and have different viewpoints in life. What I’m enjoying is that, through their interactions, they are slowly changing each other. I’m really curious as to what the mystery is and what the outcome will be.

Now..unfortunately it has its share of OTT secondary characters which I could do without and sadly there are still instances where it’s expected that an employee gets on her knees in apology to a rich troublemaker..even if she is the one who has been assaulted..but there are also very human moments that make us smile and that makes up for the other.

Fingers crossed that it continues along this lovely path!!

#chae-soo-bin, #fox-bride, #lee-je-hoon, #where-stars-land

Remembering one of the most influential actresses – Edith Gonzalez

Today Edith Gonzalez, actress in countless telenovelas and other works, lost her battle to cancer at the too-young age of 54.

For me, the most memorable role she undertook was that of Mónica, in the brilliant adaptation of Caridad Bravo Adams’ novel, “Corazón Salvaje.” The scenes with her costar Eduardo Palomo (also gone far too soon) were perfection and epitomized romance for me in the telenovela genre and beyond. The wedding night scene remains one of the best of any drama sequence I’ve seen in countless years of watching telenovelas and other serialized works.

Years ago, a group of dedicated aficionados (shoutout to our old companion, Telenovela-World.com) did a group watch when “Corazón Salvaje” was re-aired on Univision in the wee hours — locally it was from 2:00 to 4:00 am. I began by recording it and watching the tape the next day, or a few days later a couple of episodes at a time, but that was not good enough. Soon I was recording it and setting my alarm to wake up early before my normal time to watch it before work because I had to know what would happen next! His mesmerizing green eyes and her delicate beauty captivated me as much as the story did — but that was not enough! Soon I was setting my alarm to watch it as it aired, then went back to sleep to dream of the love story of Juan del Diablo and his “Santa Mónica.” I watched those old VHS tapes over and over again, and selected favorite scenes to replay and discuss on the phorum with other devoted fans. Those were the glory days of telenovelas!

I hope that she and Eduardo are cast soon in some heavenly creation, entertaining their adoring fans above.

First impressions of Romance Is A Bonus Book

In case it’s slipped your radar, this is a drama starring Lee Na-young and Lee Jong Suk — another “noona” romance! The background is that they have been friends since they were children, when she saved his life way back when and got injured enough to need hospitalization for a year and he practically became her arms and legs — both in gratitude and in true friendship. Now they are all grown up, have started upon their lives and presumable remained as close as ever, and that’s why I had a real problem from the very beginning! She undergoes a real crisis in her life and can’t get much lower – in all ways..and yet we are expected to believe that he is oblivious to it all and has no clue what has been happening to her? Either she’s a very good liar or he’s become suddenly unobservant..lol..now..to be fair they might explain this in a perfectly plausible way..I hope they do or it will become one of those “holes” that we need to put up with.

I’m still not totally sold on the characters I must confess. She, who is the most challenged at this moment and her character seems to be the most developed and nuanced while he is still really an enigma..stunning to look at but more superficial at this point. Would like to know more about him..other than he wears beautiful coats in stunning fashion..lol!

Half of the drama takes place at a publishing company and so we are introduced to a whole set of secondary characters..each one seems to fit the usual mode..overworked..constantly yelled at..having ideas “stolen” from them..moments of brilliance..perseverance and more. We’ve seen it all before..but I don’t mind that..especially if the end result is a “family” of sorts..can’t beat that!

I can’t decide if the leads have chemistry or not since I’m not totally committed to their adult relationship but I might feel differently after a few episodes. Of course he can be one sexy dude..but one thing I’ve always had a “problem” with in his case is that in one instance he’s extremely attractive and in the next instance, when he turns his head, all I see is this boyish face and he literally seems like a young boy in a man’s clothing…he’s just got that type of face I guess..

I’m not going to say that it’s won me over..yet..though I will enjoy the scenery while I make up my mind..

#lee-jong-suk, #lee-na-young, #romance-is-a-bonus-book

He Is Psychometric – Series Review

This is one of those series that, while you’re watching it you suspend a good chunk of disbelief because you enjoy watching some young talent with bright futures — namely Kim Kwon (as Kang Sung-mo) and Park Jin-young (Lee Ahn, the titular ‘psychometric guy’) as the two “brothers by fate” male leads. I should also add Jo Byung-gyu to this short list too (he plays the teenage Kang Sung-mo) because he is pretty darn good too.

There is also some nice work by Kim Da-som as their friend, Eun Ji-soo, and I appreciate the fact that the female lead played by Shin Ye-eun (Yoon Jae-in) is not the hysterical type in spite of some of the circumstances in which she finds herself.

But once all is said and done I felt that the early promise of the story is let down by the “kiddie cops” nature of the latter half of the plot.

In short: Lee Ahn develops psychometry after the traumatic loss of his parents in an apartment fire set to cover a multiple murder, ostensibly involving Kang Sung-mo’s mother as a victim. He cannot touch a person or things people have touched (including dead bodies) without picking up those memories of recent events. (Because this is based on a real thing… hah!) If such a thing were possible you could certainly understand how overwhelming it could be to come in random contact with the millions of stories of those near you as well as passers-by. Kang Sung-mo becomes like a brother to him after the fire, but has to place him in an orphanage while he completes his studies. Eun Ji-soo meets them during Lee Ahn’s time in the orphanage and becomes their friends, developing a massive one-sided crush on Kang Sung-mo. She follows in her dad’s footsteps and becomes a police detective, Kang Sung-mo becomes a prosecutor, and Lee Ahn skates by on life until he meets Yoon Jae-in and feels a connection. Turns out her father was unfairly blamed for the murder and fire and sent to prison for it. During the story, she and Kang Sung-mo independently work to find the real murderer. Lee Ahn is used to tap into the memories of various victims encountered along the way.

Kim Kwon is not the official lead of this story, but in truth he really is because he’s so compelling in his portrayal — he’s got the aloof, guarded, and mysterious thing down pat in his gaze. And he’s so damaged, life has been so hard for him (I’m not revealing the specifics here because to do so would diminish there impact), that his is a character you can empathize with and yes, even applaud his actions even when they go to extremes. The personality traits and how they’re portrayed by both Kim Kwon and Jo Byung-gyu are so in sync that while they don’t look like adult and teen versions of each other they do feel like it.

Park Jin-young also manages to convey the immaturity of a teen and young adult (there is a child actor who plays him as the boy in the story) who does his best to slough off the responsibilities of his “gift” and for a while does so by getting into fights and avoiding school. But once he realizes that his talent can really truly help get to the bottom of the crimes that orphaned him and so harmed the girl he’s fallen for, he tries (not always succeeding) to become more responsible. He’s boyish and enthusiastic and wears his heart on his too long sleeve (to protect those hands) and he’s very appealing.

The weak part of this all is that Yoon Jae-in may be a gifted student and a top-scoring rookie at the police academy, but it’s silly to think that she’d have the capacity to be involved in the crime-solving incidents that happen in the latter part of the plot. It definitely felt like a “kiddie cops” / Scooby-Doo gang shift and there is no way this could happen. But, if you’re going to believe in psychometry you might as well believe in rookie cops heading up investigations too!

All in all, in spite of those weaknesses, there are plenty of moments of genuine emotion and sufficiently compelling acting to make this worth your time. And keep an eye out for our leading men; they’ve got places to go!

#he-is-psychometric, #jo-byung-gyu, #kim-da-som, #kim-kwon, #lee-jong-hyuk, #park-jin-young, #shin-ye-eun, #that-psychometric-guy

I love the decision time

How lucky are we..so many dramas available to us..the only thing holding us back is deciding what we’re in the mood to watch..comedy? Drama? Mystery? Romance? None of the above? There’s something for all of us..I love that..feel very fortunate indeed!!

I will report back..once I’ve made my final choice..lol!! Sometimes there are almost too many choices..not that I’m complaining at all..it’s a problem I love having..

Well Intended Love – Series Review

I began this drama with some cautious optimism because I’d had a pretty good experience with another Mango TV production (I Hear You) and someone in my Twitterverse had enjoyed it, but I also was curious because of some pretty adamant negative remarks on MyDramaList.com — people abandoned ship fairly early on and never looked back. So what inspired these conflicting viewpoints? Well, a lot, it turns out.

Frankly, I think most people stayed for Xu Kai Cheng, because he frankly is very appealing. I actually found Wang Shuang (aka Simona Wang) likable as well. But oh, the drama tropes they put these two through! It’s only because I was shallow enough to enjoy their performance together that I followed along with the various obstacles thrown into their paths willy-nilly (with a judicious use of the fast-forward button), but I won’t say say that I especially enjoyed much of what I saw along the way.

Let’s see, we’ve got a high-powered wealthy CEO 👍🏻, who’s a domineering control-freak 👍🏻, who does things for the heroine’s love that are supposed to be romantic but really?, really? 🤔 There’s a “terminal” illness and medical malpractice… We’ve also got a contract marriage, and the requisite cohabitation hijinx. Then there’s the “but they’re gay, right, and we’re cool with that, right?” sub-plot which falls incredibly flat. Let’s toss in a rich girl who won’t take “no” for an answer, a rich boy who is the type who probably enjoys pulling wings off flies but is nice to his dog (but not above using it as a pawn), and mommy abandonment issues. There are probably a half-dozen more I’m forgetting… oh, like amnesia!

When a drama is one long inter-connected string of cliches after another, what is there to like or admire about it? Well, I did say that I found Xu Kai Cheng and Wang Shuang appealing, and it is true, but hardly enough to stick around for if I’m to be honest. I liked his “I only have eyes for you” intensity and I liked her breezy playfulness with his best pal and dedication to making her career as a “D-list actress” on her own merits without cashing in on his name and influence. This, like I Hear You, places value on earning your own way in the world, and I can’t dislike that. But the rest of this is a mess. What’s even more astounding, though, is that they’re purportedly working on a sequel!

Oh, and there is a turn of events at about episode 11 that put most people off for good. You can read what this is after the jump if you want to save yourself the trouble of watching that far!

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#boss-wants-to-marry-me, #ian-yi, #simona-wang, #wang-shuang, #well-intended-love, #xu-kai-cheng

Arthdal Chronicles

The more I see news of this drama coming up the less interested I become. It’s just NOT grabbing me at all. I’m a big fan of Song Joong ki but frankly every time I see his picture in character I just want to burst out laughing, he looks like a kid who is playing dress up!!

I’m not writing it off completely of course but I just wish his next drama had been something different… sigh…

#arthdal-chronicals, #song-joong-ki