Down memory lane..

So exciting to see that they just had a reunion of our beloved Coffee Prince gang and I was all set to watch it but then I thought…wait..it’s time to see it again before I do that..so I started up again and am enjoying it just as much..love these guys..it’s a bit sad to know that one young man is gone but honestly..seeing these future leading men at the beginning is so interesting..seeing a younger version of My Mister with his sexy voice..btw..the man has one of the sexiest walks as well..just saying..and of course Gong Yoo and Kim Jae Wook…sigh…how can anyone doubt that these guys were going to be around for a long time?? And..looking not much older??

These kinds of dramas are the ones responsible for our kdrama obsession…that’s for sure!!

Oh My Baby

I can never pass up a Jang Nara drama of course!

As you might know this is a familiar story of a 40 something woman who is fighting the biological clock and decides that she really wants a child.

I did enjoy it at the end of the day. I thought it was quite balanced in that it touched upon various issues relating to..not only this specific issue..but also to related issues. It was almost as if the writer said..ok..we will have one character representing a working mother..one character representing a divorced mother..one character representing a single mother..etc..this enabled us to get different points of view and also served as a lesson to say that NOTHING is perfect..that choices have to be made..that we must all live by our choices. THe three men did a great job I thought..one a childhood friend..one an irritating one and the last a young, purehearted guy who honestly seems much too good to be true.

Probably one of the strongest relationship in the drama was between Jang Nara and her mom..lovely moments between them. I was also super excited to see that Go Joon was one of the potential fathers. I had never even heard of him before until I saw him as a very minor secondary character in Save Me – noticed him right away..but had no idea he was in this drama!! Let me just say that Mr. Voice has a very serious contender..lol..his low voice is awesome..as is the rest of him of course….

Thumbs up!!

Save me….Please!!

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I was really charmed by Woo Do-Hwan and I wanted to see more of him. Many people have mentioned Save Me as one of his earlier dramas so when I accidentally came across it I decided to check it out. My heart sank when I saw that the lead was Taecyon..as you know he is not one of my favourites..though he might be a sweet boy he’s a terrible actor in my view and I just can’t understand why he keeps getting such plum roles..but nevermind..I decided to overlook it. One other thing that made me hesitate was that I saw that it was about a cult and all it’s  activities in the small town..didn’t relish watching such obvious manipulation but I do really like the actor who plays the cult leader. First thing to stand out was that they gave him totally white hair and it just visually shocks the eyes and gives you warning that this isn’t an ordinary villain. He says and does all the “right” things but you can just see (unless you have already joined his cult) that there is something dark behind those eyes…

Back to our main characters..the group of highschool friends who like to hang out..who obviously care about each other but who carry different baggage as well.. Do-Hwan’s father being the town drunk..Taecyon’s father being the governor..each with their own pressures but basically good guys..

Then we meet the main family…consisting of the parents and a teenage son and daughter.down on their luck..scammed out of their savings and left without even a home or job..they come under the radar of the cult and little by little..in the most innocent of ways..especially after the suicide of the son who is bullied..the family falls apart and are at their most vulnerable..perfect victims to unscrupulous villains.

But..it’s not only about the obvious villains..it’s about others who aren’t above putting ambition and their own well being above justice and aren’t afraid to corrupt anyone who will help them do it.

I’ve only watched three episodes but I’m not sure I will continue..it’s toooooo creepy for me right now..and it’s unbearably sad and I know there is more to come before..hopefully..things get better…It’s not the first time of course that we see the rich man getting  away with murder but it’s especially hard to see it here!!

 

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Had no intention of watching this but I needed some reprieve from the disappointment of the King and this one was short and sweet at only 12 episodes.

Enjoying it so far – half way through..I love the main characters..each one is doing a great job of keeping me entertained..you have your sweet innocent young man who is cursed with the fact that whenever he touches someone they immediately need to share their thoughts..then you’ve got the two supernatural beings..she is able to go into people’s dreams  and fix their problems (he does all the grunt work) but she is being punished and must fulfill a quota of clients – that’s where our young man comes in..he brings them in and she fixes them..sounds like a yawner but each case is interesting and as they work with each other they become closer too. Think a condensed version of Hotel de Luna without Iu’s wardrobe..lol..

King: Eternal Monarch – half way through…

Sigh….so disappointed so far..I can totally see why the ratings were so low..I’m up to episode 7 right now and the one and only highlight is the eye candy that our King provides..he’s never looked better in my eyes..but that’s not enough to last through 16 episodes!! I like the main actress but they have no wow factor during their scenes at all..I think it’s suffering from very bad writing..the love story just has no real substance and definitely no progression..the plotline is convoluted and hard to follow (at least for me)..and to tell you the truth I don’t  care about following it at all. It’s not the first time that I gave up on trying to understand the twists and turns but I was always compensated by the rest of the positives but I can’t say the same for this one. There are quite likeable secondary characters (like Woo Do hwan in a duo role for instance) but I keep nodding off while watching this…not a good sign..I hope that it improves..fingers crossed!!

Yolette..this is all your fault!!

After bringing up My Mister I suddenly felt so very nostalgic with a desire to see it all again and so..here I am..with one episode to go…how did I feel the second time round?? Exactly as amazed as the first and feeling the same dread upon reaching the end as before!!! I don’t want to let these characters go..I really don’t. The benefit of watching the second time round of course was that I knew where I could easily fast forward..and there were really very few scenes where I actually did..but for instance..I didn’t feel the need to watch the monk again..I never did like him to begin with actually..lol..the drama was just as excellent without him and I really resented the screen time that he took away from the rest of the characters!!

I also really enjoyed reading the huge amount of discussions and thoughts on this drama – opinions were totally different..depending on viewpoints but there was always total agreement on the excellence. I just adore dramas which give so much to the viewers and get them feeling and thinking long after an episode is over..the kind that stay with you for a very very long time..I can’t wait to watch it again one day. I just know that I’m going to enjoy it all over again..for the third time!!

 

Hi Bye Mama

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I don’t know how I keep getting myself into watching these kinds of dramas but it seems like I am a magnet for them..lol..actually I think I do know why..I try not to read any information about  a drama before I start..I like to go in with a fresh canvas and (hopefully) no spoilers. OF course this means that I find myself watching dramas that I might not have really chosen..had I known more about them..this is the case here. I knew that it was about a woman who returns from the dead (that sounds so weird…lol) but given the other outlandish plotlines in other dramas (body switching, reincarnation, ghost possession etc) it didn’t really give me pause. What does take me aback is finding myself in a continuous valley of tears..I swear that these actors must have felt so drained..not to mention dehydrated..at the end of many scenes. Having said that..I enjoyed watching a new actor (Lee Kyu-Hyung) as the grieving husband..I was really impressed with his ability to use his facial expressions so effectively to show us what he was feeling..he played the guilt ridden and damaged man really really well…this drama had no villains of course..but there was another woman and I felt myself really falling in love with her as well..there’s just something to be said about decent human characters that just pull at your heartstrings..but the main theme in this drama is not necessarily about reincarnation but rather the definition and power of motherhood..and the writer gives us more than enough to confirm that a mother’s love will drive her to almost anything..Kim Tae Hee did a great job as well and fit really well in a sense since this is her first drama since she had her two little girls. Speaking of children..a perfect example of why I try not to read spoilers..lol..and this isn’t about the drama itself but I accidentally read that the child who plays the little daughter was actually a little boy..and it really threw me..every time I saw her I instantly kept remembering that this was a little boy in a beautiful frilly dress and I kept wondering why on earth they would do that..they could have made the child into a little boy and it wouldn’t have made any difference to the plotline..it’s those small things sometimes…

Anyway..a cautious thumbs up when you are in the mood but be warned…

just finished When the Camellia Blooms

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On the whole I did enjoy it..though for me it wasn’t without it’s hiccups..it stars Gong Hyo Jin as the single mother who runs the bar called Camellia and Kang Ha-Neul..an almost childlike man/cop who falls in love and keeps trying to wear her down to accept him. The background is the typical (I assume) small town filled with critical neighbours who have yet to accept her into the fold even after having lived there for years. She is forever an outsider of dubious character and they let her know it.

To tell you the truth I started up on it and dropped it for a while but then decided to give it another chance. One main reason for me was that I truly dislike dramas where the love story is at the beginning and there is no journey I can take along with them as normally would be the case. It was almost love at first sight for him and seconds later a public declaration..so where does one go from there? It had none of that delicious tension that I so love..the only difference is that it was all on his side!!  I think Kang Ha neul did a great job with this because at times his character bordered on an over the top innocence that would have been hard to take. Perhaps this is why I had a bit of issue with seeing them as a couple..at times she appeared almost maternal and I couldn’t see them together at all.

Also sometimes I really disliked her character and her attitude about things (for instance..being righteously indignant towards her child’s father because he wasn’t there for his son..when all along she NEVER told him about him in the first place!!)..it was her choice to be a single mother in a society that didn’t take it lightly but she seemed to not understand that her decision had consequences for herself and all around her.

And what is it about those poor orphans in Korea???? THis fact shaped her whole persona and resulted in her terrible lack of confidence..one of the pleasures was seeing her journey into a strong woman..I could have done without the serial killer plotline since I don’t think it added that much to the drama at all…in summary..while there were things I didn’t like..as a whole it had pretty strong, interesting and human characters..the secondary characters were more than fillers and..while I didn’t get to see the growth of romantic love..there was an abundance of love of other kinds…

Chocolat..some thoughts

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Just finished this drama and on the whole I enjoyed it. It stars Yoon Kye-sang and  Ha Ji Won as the main couple. I have to also put a word for the secondary lead actor Jang Seung-jo who I really liked as well.

THe basic story is that these two characters met at different times in their lives and totally impacted each other and, in true kdrama fashion, realize that fate does have the upper hand at the end of the day.  After a few twists and turns, both find themselves working at a hospice where people live the end of their lives and the drama does a great job of showing each case in a very sensitive way. I won’t lie..it’s very sad to get fond of them knowing that they will soon be gone but I tried to focus on the positive and brightness they brought…as the heroine said: They are not here to die but rather to live the final days of their lives..emphasis on “live”. I loved the reminder that at the end of the day making a person happy can be as simple as making someone a special dish..it’s the little things.

I really loved the way there was so much healing in this drama..if not physically then emotionally ..and these people really need it. They carry alot of scars. Even more than the main couple I loved the up and down relationship between the two men (who were cousins taught to hate each other)..love how they slowly realize that what they’ve been taught to do is not what they want to do at the end of the day. Even her annoying brother was given character growth..lol..though there were a few that were left intact..and that’s life too..some people are beyond repair.

Some might consider it slow..maybe even depressing at times.. and I had a bit of quibble about the ending but overall I’m not sorry that I watched it. I felt a certain comfort in watching the heroine approach life and  realize the reason why and the beautiful scenes in Greece were the icing on the cake!!

I’m going to miss my Misaeng

I totally enjoyed and appreciated all these characters (with obvious exceptions of course!)

I have so many favourite scenes, but the obvious highlights are any between Team 3 and our four newbies. One thing I found a bit jarring though was the change of location during the last episode — it just didn’t seem to fit this drama and I didn’t really see the necessity. I would have ended it at another appropriate scene, but that’s just a minor thing and didn’t detract at all from my enjoyment.

I’m so grateful that this drama was 20 episodes. I started to get sad when I approached the 16th episode and was delighted to learn that I had a few more ahead of me. And I finally got to see our dear boy with an actual forehead! 😂 Okay, I do have one complaint — I hated with a passion the helmet hairstyles we were forced to endure for the whole drama — is there no PERFECT drama?? 😂