Beauty Inside – All finished!

I have to say that though there were quite a few holes in this drama on the whole I’m glad that I watched it. Would I recommend it? Hmm… maybe, and only if you’re like me and really love Lee Minki, but don’t get me wrong, there were some real positives.

I can’t say enough about the excellence of the main group of actors..especially Lee Minki and Seo Hyun-Jin. They had amazing chemistry, but were also really comfortable with each other too. From the BTS videos on YouTube I saw that they seemed to have lots of fun as they shot the scenes and that’s definitely reflected on screen. Though his robotic performance felt very familiar… his face was able to convey a sentiment or reaction very well in a subtle way (and let’s face it I was studying him VERY closely, LOL!).

She really is a very skilled actress, a powerhouse full of energy. I’m thinking that Yolette would have especially loved her because she took nothing from anyone. She gave as good as she got and she enjoyed her bad girl image. She wasn’t perfect and she made me really mad at the end but I won’t soon forget this character.

But, this wasn’t only about the main couple. I also really enjoyed the scenes where the secondary characters interacted because they were able to really feel like individuals who were just spending some time together (and not always peacefully). They even had an adorable miniature dog who was passed around like a little treasure. LOL What more can I ask for?

As expected there were many questions for which we got no answers. I felt that the writing really failed especially in the last couple of episodes. The final episodes felt rushed in one sense and very slow in another. I think that this drama could easily have been much shorter. It didn’t need 16 episodes for this plotline at all, though it was nice to see the guest cameos.

#ahn-jae-hyun, #beauty-inside, #lee-da-hee, #lee-min-ki, #seo-hyun-jin, #series-review

Haven’t done this for a looong time but

I was just surfing channels a couple of days ago and saw “Jugglers” on the guide along with the word Premiere!  Hmm… I did remember that this was coming up, but I figured that even if it was the same drama it would have no subtitles – well I was wrong! And I like the fact that it’s not a delayed showing either which means I can watch in real time and avoid spoilers, so why not? I will use a bit of patience and pace myself a bit.

I used to subscribe to KBS but then they changed to same day programming and removed all subtitles so I had to drop it.  Thankfully at that time DF and Viki filled the void. I imagine that there must have been real pressure on our local multi-cultural channel from the non-Korean audience to provide this so I’m happy to have found it.

I also found the Filipino version of My Love from the Star but it’s a pale imitation of that excellent drama.

#baek-jin-hee, #choi-daniel, #jugglers

Beauty Inside – Up to Ep 6

Well, having almost lost the chance once, I wasn’t going to lose it twice so as soon as all episodes were available I dived right in!

Ah… it feels sooo good to get caught up from the opening minutes (lately have needed a lot of patience and a number of episodes till I was really committed)… I think probably everyone knows the story line by now since it’s based on a movie (her transformation to another body once a month and his inability to recognize faces) but the opening episode hit you right in the face with it… no real buildup and it was great!

Loved the opening scenes where she’s dressed in a beautiful white Cinderella dress… moving up the stairs to accept a Best Actress award when… boom… she sense change coming and turns around to run out of the theatre… looking very much like Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride… LOL! She even manages to lose one very expensive slipper too!! Another scandal to her name.

Admittedly this character is a very familiar one… Ditzy and scandalous actress with a heart of gold who is misunderstood… but this actress is doing a good job of giving her additional layers and I’m quite enjoying her performance. Despite her obstacles she has SPUNK and though Lou Grant doesn’t like spunk… I DO! She can’t stand it when she sees something wrong… for instance when she sees a lecher fondling a poor girl and nobody having the nerve to intervene… she goes in protection mode and tells him where to go… publicly!! She’s got a couple of good friends around her … the typical manager to who looks out for her but also a would-be priest friend she’s known since childhood to help her along. Ahn Jae-hyun is doing a good job in a deadpan sort of way.

Lee Minki… I’m basking just looking at his deadpan face and when he has a glimmer of a smile it’s amazingly attractive. Of course there are familiar vibes from his character from his past drama but I’m ok with that since I enjoy it so much. BTW… he looks great in expensive suits… just saying… Interesting how he handles his handicap… trying to memorize mannerisms or physical details in order to know who he’s talking to… since he doesn’t recognize faces. Kind of sad really when he walks by his own mother. I’m not sure how consistently his disability is handled cause at times I say to myself… wait a minute… how does he know?? But truthfully that isn’t important at all really… I’m very much enjoying his scenes together with our poor girl… crisp dialogue exchanges are a pleasure to watch but you know the strange thing? Even when she’s transformed and it’s another actor in her body… I’m still enjoying the scenes… lol… must be Lee Min-ki’s magic… when you get to watching this… look for the shaving scene… that’s all I’m saying…

Even our “villain” isn’t really a villain… his ambitious and snarky step-sister out to best him at the company… she’s just as cold as he is but the poor girl has her insecurities and in a way we can definitely relate so I don’t think that label even really applies to her… obviously since this is a different type of drama then the rules are different and we don’t need a traditional villain at all. I’m actually fine with that.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how these two people… each with a serious handicap… come together and look out for each other… two soulmates brought together for a purpose and yet to discover a twist that we, the audience, already know.

I’m taking it slowly… as I do when I’m enjoying something… no wish to rush at all… taking the time to savor instead.

#ahn-jae-hyun, #beauty-inside, #lee-da-hee, #lee-min-ki, #seo-hyun-jin

Feel Good to Die – My impressions

Well, after reading Robin’s thumbs up review, I pushed this one up my list and dug right in. I always try to check out his (Kang Ji-hwan’s) dramas and Robin is so right, he hasn’t really made the best of choices in recent times but I’m not giving up on him!!

I’m at Ep 22 and am really loving these shorter episodes. It feels like they are just flying by, the premise was intriguing, and I love dramas that have storylines intriguing enough to want to check out. This one was no different. How bad does he have to be and what does he have to have done in order to make another person wish the worst possible for him I wondered?? And is it so farfetched to think that there are such bosses out there who treat their employees in such a horrible way?

Well, let me just say that he would probably give me nightmares too, LOL! He seems to have no humanity in him at all, but, while I wouldn’t want to work under him I can respect his intelligence, his drive, his efficiency if nothing else, and surely such a character has only one way to go, and that’s up and up and up????

My next question then is, what will be the trigger for him to actually begin the change at all? I love it when a drama makes me curious enough to ask questions!! I don’t know if I will be completely satisfied with the resolution at the end, but I have enjoyed so many moments so far. There were scenes where the reason behind his actions are not the reasons that everyone assumes them to be and I find that refreshing, after all I don’t think I would enjoy it half as much if his path was easy!

I also am enjoying her (Baek Jin-hee’s) portrayal, and you’re right Robin, this actress comes across as strong, determined, kind and resourceful and she does it very well, and I like the fact that they sort of mirror each other in a way, both are on a journey to self-awareness but for totally different reasons. I also like that they’ve given the secondary characters, on the whole, substance and they are not just fillers sitting at the next desk. There is something so satisfying about watching a “work” family in progress isn’t there?

#baek-jin-hee, #feel-good-to-die, #gong-myung, #happy-if-you-died, #kang-ji-hwan

Last Empress… Last words…

So, it was kind of like that merry-go-round where you’re just itching to get on that rocking horse but then when you do, you enjoy the first few rounds and then you start getting dizzy and you just can’t wait for the ride to end!! Well, I will confess, I didn’t wait for the ride to end, I jumped off, LOL!

I needed to get away from the circus and back to sanity, but hey, I lasted for 30 episodes, so I didn’t abandon ship right away! I was reminded how irritating I find the OTT dramas and this one was endless. Too much screeching going on for my liking.

I don’t want to paint it entirely with a black brush however, I did enjoy the performance of Shin Sung Rok a lot, he took a crazy character and ran with him, all the way to touching your heartstrings at times, even though he was clearly the evil guy who needed punishment. Jang Nara was consistent in her portrayal and it’s familiar territory for her so no surprises there. I felt that Choi Jin Hyuk was badly treated, or should I say his character certainly was and it didn’t help the fact that, because they extended the drama, he had conflicts and that led to the problem. There was even a cute little girl who looked like she could have stepped out of the miniature Stepford Wives, a little creepy at times that’s for sure but hey, she did belong to a crazy family, so you know what they say about the apple not falling far from the tree!

#choi-jin-hyuk, #jang-nara, #shin-sung-rok, #the-last-empress

Hymn of Death – Series

Don’t ask me why but I watched this last week. It was only three episodes which is probably why I considered it. Normally I would never watch a drama where I know the ending. My spoiler phobia won’t let me — 😆 — and I think everyone knows the ending and just in case, the title speaks for itself.

In spite of that I found myself clicking the play button. I don’t regret it at all. I thought that the leads had really nice chemistry. The clothing was amazing. The beginning even had moments of lightness which I wasn’t expecting but all that doesn’t impact on that feeling of doom that we can’t avoid.

I don’t know how much this story really reflects the true story of the real people but I think it was a really good production – very well done and our hero still has one of the sweetest smiles around!! I seem to be on a roll lately regarding the harshness of Japanese rule in Korea… hmmm…

#hymn-of-death, #lee-jong-suk, #shin-hye-sun

Decided to check out the Last Empress

Mainly because of Jang Nara… I had no idea what this was all about except that it was about a mythical royal family (much like Goong). The 50 episodes gave me pause but they are just whizzing by since they are shorter. So far it’s been lots of fun. It’s zany… silly… evil… crazy…nothing to take too seriously kind of drama, and I guess that’s just what I’m in the mood for right now. lol!

The one I’m really impressed with so far is Shin Sung-rok. He’s nailing it as the Emperor with evil intentions who is forced to marry the naive commoner Sunny in order to save his “real” love. Jang Nara is impossibly naive and innocent and trusting and optomistic, a real Pollyana. Who knows how long this will last? There are alot of knives in the palace…

It’s nice to see Choi Jin Hyuk again – it’s been awhile. So far his character hasn’t been given that much to do except look solemn and handsome (easy peasy!!)

I might be changing my tune as time goes on but for now thumbs up for a bit of fluffy time – it had better not go dark on me…

#choi-jin-hyuk, #jang-nara, #lee-elijah, #shin-sung-rok, #the-last-empress