Dazzling or Radiant or whatever title you prefer

all I can say is…wow…

You know by now that I always like to check out dramas with unusual twists..like time travel..like body swapping..like returning from death to get a second chance..you get the idea..so when I came across this drama I naturally had to check it out. It’s only 12 episodes which was a plus and not a huge commitment. It also starred Han Ji Min whom I really love and Kim Hye-Ja whom I’ve never seen but read good things about. Oh..and of course Nam Joo Hyuk – not a star as an actor but definitely eye candy material.

So the synopsis is: a young girl..through the use of a magic watch- in trying to save her father – suddenly finds herself robbed of her youth and wakes up in the body of an old woman.  Very inconvenient..especially when she was on the verge of a beautiful love story with our hero (who btw has his own sad past to deal with).  Watching this drama was a wonderful gift. I loved almost every aspect of it. I loved the shifting perspectives..especially the unique perspective of a young girl experiencing the difficulties of aging and not being afraid to share those frustrations. I loved how this drama explored deep friendships..how it explored complicated family dynamics. I loved that alot of the cast were older actors who were such fun to watch. I was especially impressed with Kim Hye-Ja who was able to make me feel the young girl supposedly within her. I loved that I got much much more than I was expecting. There were funny moments..there were light moments..there were sad moments..there were heartbreaking and unbearably dark moments.

I’m so sad that it’s over but I’m hunting for more from this writer and director..that speaks for itself doesn’t it??

I was living in hope that I would have positive things to say about The Abyss

Unfortunately it’s just not turning out that way.

I’m up to Ep 9 and so far it’s pretty much a mess. LOL I’m disappointed because I was really looking forward to it, it looked really quirky and fun and I always enjoy those kinds of dramas, but most of all because it starred Park Bo Young who is one of my favorite actresses. Her co-star is a very young and very handsome  Ann Hyo-seop whom I’d never seen before.

I gave up trying to figure out the plotline a while ago because they keep changing the rules. There’s a creepy villain or two who just make me yawn at this point – not good. Anyway, what interests me is the relationship between the leads who, in their previous lives and bodies, had known each other all their lives – he suffering from unrequited love – or so it appeared… though we find that it might not be so unrequited after all.

I find it a bit uncomfortable when they make all those references to how ugly our heroine is. HUH?? I can’t buy into that cause I think she’s adorable, not tall and willowy as she was but cute as a button!! AS for him, his old body was played by another actor who, I will not lie, wouldn’t win the best looking award but I hate to hear him described as ugly. It seems like such a personal insult (makes me wonder how he auditioned for the “ugly” role in the first place??

Anyhow, I can’t honestly recommend this drama but I’m sticking with it, just for the eye candy.

#abyss, #ahn-hyo-seop, #park-bo-young

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

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

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..

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

Possessed – Final thoughts

Somewhere along the way the lightness that served to balance the heaviness of the main plot just faded away and it went unbearably, heartbreakingly, agonizingly DARK! This has to be one the cruelest drama that I’ve seen and the last few episodes were so hard to watch… and yet I had to see the final outcome. I felt that the writers started out really well but I don’t believe that they delivered what they set out to and it just left me very angry and dissatisfied with the whole thing!! You have been warned!!!

Having said that I thought that the actors did an excellent job with what they were given..our hero was so real and so fragile and so human that you just wanted to give him a hug..but at the end of the day..these characters were brought to a breaking point and the utter bone crushing weariness that they were feeling came right through the screen..now THAT’s a job well done!

 

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#go-jun-hee, #possessed, #song-sae-byeok