Dramas and Choices in these strange times

Hello everyone; yes, I’m still here! But I confess to being all over the place when it comes to choosing the things to do, whether it’s things I should be doing, or want to be doing (or even can do) — in other words, pretty much like everyone else! This has resulted in me suffering from a rash of completion issues, to the detriment of posting and updating posts on this site. I definitely need to have someone take a chancla to me (perhaps).

What have I been doing? Well, I was still obsessed with Joy of Life, so much so that I found the source webnovel and inhaled all 746 chapters (which I figure has to be equivalent to about 3500 pages). It’s massive, yes, but I didn’t regret a single moment. I often found myself holding my breath as I was reading — is reading apnea a thing? It just might be! I particularly enjoyed comparing how the novel was adapted to the small screen — a long, spoilery post will follow for those who have not seen the series (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?) — and contemplating how they will adapt the balance of the novel.

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This led me to reading a totally OTT BL webnovel (smut galore) that too was over 700 chapters! I might add that The Untamed still won’t let me go, so let’s just add in the source novel as well as pages and pages of fanfics for that. Not gonna lie, I’m more than a little obsessed with that series and its cast. (cough* Xiao Zhan), so sue me, I have eyes, don’t I? I even watched Xiao Zhan’s scenes in the forgettable and cheesy Oh! My Emperor (just because), his movie Jade Dynasty, and I’ll probably watch Fights Break Sphere too (bonus: little Fei Liu from Nirvana In Fire, Leo Wu is the lead).

I am watching dramas too, but haven’t been motivated to write about them, and that’s no reflection on their quality because if I’m finishing them and enjoying them, particularly XX, aka Dear My Ex, a short, 5-episode gem available on Kocowa (maybe Viki too). How can you not love a drama featuring a cocktail maker who names a drink “Adios, bitch” for her frenemy? I’m starting a lot of dramas and liking them, which means that hopefully I will finish them. I like Tale of Nokdu and My Roommate Is a Detective, so far, but nothing is making me lose sleep over them the way that reading those novels has. There are some dramas, like the Taiwanese short (13 episodes) time-travel(ish) Some Day Or One Day and the Chinese murder mystery Day and Night that I’m watching that fit this slow-watching mood; they are mood pieces or too gritty for big doses.

I am hopeful that a crop of new dramas will scratch that itch, but I’d like them to get a little closer to being completely finished on air, namely Hyena, Hospital Playlist, Rugal, I’ll Come to You when the Weather Is Nice, and so on — and let’s not forget Lee Min-ho’s new one coming up!

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Which brings me to Crash Landing On You. I’m on “stalled” right now and I’m not exactly sure why. I like it well enough, plot-wise. I find Hyun Bin as ever easy on the eyes. But it’s just not what I’m pressing “play” on at the moment. I have 3 other in-progress dramas that I was watching when all the news starting getting grimmer and grimmer and I’ve yet to return to any of them. It’s like they’re infected somehow too and I’ve put them into a viewing quarantine. I plan to finish them, but time will tell.

Let’s hope we all have the chance to finish the things we want to do, and spend our days doing things that are meaningful and that bring us comfort. Take very good care of yourself and your loved ones, my friends, and here’s hoping that things improve soon!

 

#crash-landing-on-you, #day-and-night, #dear-my-ex, #joy-of-life, #my-roommate-is-a-detective, #some-day-or-one-day, #tale-of-nokdu, #the-untamed, #xx

Finished ‘Life on Mars’

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Gotta say I enjoyed it!

This drama is based off a UK series of the same name, which I watched 10 minutes of like 10 years ago, but couldn’t get into, mostly because the protagonist ends up in the 1970s, which is the decade I hate the most, hahaha. The protagonist of this one goes back to the 80s, so it’s better. Also, 1980s Korea much more interesting than 1970s Britain!
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#go-ah-sung, #jung-kyung-ho, #life-on-mars, #park-sung-woong, #police, #time-travel

Finished One Spring Night

Enjoyed it immensely, and yes more than “Something in the Rain.” I found this couple and their situation much more realistic, especially today with people’s lives not being as “traditional “ as they used to be. These two communicated very well, and her bluntness was somehow softened by his calm cheerfulness. They both accepted their challenges with frankness and commitment even though their insecurities and vulnerabilities came to the forefront. Even so, they were very loving and shared some of the sweetest kisses ever!

I loved the family bond between the sisters and their Mom throughout, and their support for one another was phenomenal! The abuse the eldest sister received at her husband’s hands was disturbing, but she never wavered in her resolve to end the abuse for once and for all. I also think that the writers handled this particular storyline well. It could’ve been so much more draining, taking away the strength that was needed to get through it.

The ex got to be a real PITA (pain in the azz), but I was able to sympathize with him to a point because breakups are not easy, especially when one party is not ready to let go and accept the loss.

Our hero’s son was adorable, and both the ex boyfriend and heroine’s father’s were a TRIP! Definitely worth the watch! Thanks for recommending this one Camelia!

#han-ji-min, #jung-hae-in, #kim-jun-han, #one-spring-night

Crash Landing on You – Episode 14

A couple in love can be in a world of their own..and our couple prove it over and over and over again..so sweet..and I love how he took ownership of her safety and put on his bodyguard hat..and wasn’t it a blast to see those pests as they tried to fire him..lol?

Manbok strikes again..how ingenious of him to put that mic under her bed..people feel so free to speak their minds when a comatose patient is in bed don’t they?

Our conman is certainly turning on the charm and she’s not resisting. These two are so good for each other..each one drawing those hidden qualities from within. Its kind of sad to think that she’s practically wasted 10 years having an unrequited crush on a man who doesn’t spare her a thought while right beside her she’s got someone who truly sees her for what she is and isn’t afraid to tell her so..unfortunately he’s got lots of baggage that can’t be ignored.

#crash-landing-on-you, #ha-suk-jin, #hyun-bin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #son-ye-jin, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin

Crash Landing on You – Episode 13

ok..so I ended this episode shouting..”CALL 911..she’s bleeding to death!!!”. I know..I know..it was for effect but I couldn’t enjoy it cause I wanted them to hurry..lol!

Could we be more relieved that Manbok didn’t go back to old habits and actually TOLD about the threat he was under?? That was a nice little manipulation there..I was ready to fall for it while disappointedly shaking my head..so good for him! Also love it that Seri was able to do her part..even more than she expected to do! Shall we hope that her recovery is as miraculous as that of her lover?? If memory serves, he was out taking a dozen goons down the day after surgery….fingers crossed!

#crash-landing-on-you, #ha-suk-jin, #hyun-bin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #son-ye-jin, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin

Finally got to One Spring Night…..

Been wanting to watch this one since Camelia’s review last summer, and I’m glad I am! Complex adult relationship where the main couple so far, only up to ep 4, are really having a difficult time trying to navigate exactly how to move forward with their feelings for one another. Their relationship feels so raw and real, atypical yet not so much in today’s blended society. They’re both so candid, she to the point where you almost think she’s mean and standoffish, and him with heartfelt honesty, and eyes that speak volumes. He told her from the git go that he can’t be “just” friends with her even though she’s practically married to her long time boyfriend, and he has a young son. And frankly, even though her feelings for her current boyfriend aren’t the marrying kind, I think that she would’ve permanently broke it off with him if she wasn’t so torn and conflicted about these new feeling’s she experiencing with our hero. He’s bringing out feelings in her that we’re long dead with her boyfriend, and she’s made him want to love again after heartbreak.

An appropriately murky scene from One Spring Night

Strong sister bonds here, and I like that! Their Dad is an ass so far, but I get the feeling that he’s in for some eye opening moments—— at least I hope so. I like their Mom and our hero’s parents are supportive. I don’t hate the boyfriend yet, but he’s starting to get manipulative and clingy, so if I do end up hating him I won’t be surprised, lol. The Eldest sister’s husband needs a serious beat down, and I’m admiring the way she seems to be getting her life and over all well being back in order. The youngest sister is carefree and moves to the beat of her own drum—- love it!

And YES Camelia, her wardrobe is unflattering, unbecoming and downright UGLY!!! Lol….

#han-ji-min, #jung-hae-in, #kim-jun-han, #one-spring-night

Crash Landing on You – Episode 12

Yolette’s comments appended below.

Great episode! First of all..I really love the way Seri is using her money. She’s not just a rich empty headed woman..she’s someone who has worked real hard to get where she is but now..obviously after her time in Korea..she is doubly aware..not only of  the power of status and money..she already knew that but of the good it can be used for. We don’t know enough about her previous life but I”m guessing she is a changed woman who wouldn’t relate to the girl she was previously. So..smart girl that she is..I loved it when she went to see those goons and promised them free rent if they worked for her..awesome!

And..all I’m going to say is..Tomato Cultivator..I’m going to use that phrase from now on..I loved it so much..so cute the way they introduced the music from his previous fiasco of a drama too..and earlier on we got to see snippets of Chuno too…

But..of course..the highlight of this episode was the Duckling Reunion with Mom and Dad..wasn’t that the most precious thing in the world..just so heart melting that it just brings a smile to your lips..

I have to say that I really felt for our girl though..walking into an empty home when you never expect to see a loved one again is one of the hardest thing we can ever do and she had not reason to think that they hadn’t left..heavens..they’ve said enough goodbyes to last a life time!

Also reminds me that I really don’t like surprise parties..I will never forget one that we planned many years ago for my mom..everyone pretending to forget so that the surprise would be even better..but what we didn’t think about was the miserable long birthday she had during which she felt abandoned and forgotten..and that surprise party at night did NOT make up for a terrible day.

#crash-landing-on-you, #hyun-bin, #son-ye-jin

#ha-suk-jin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin

Crash Landing on You Ep 11 comment

This site is refusing to let me reply-to-post. it says I need to log in. I’m ALREADY logged in. Then when i try to do it it says someone already has my log-on. Yes, that’s ME, bitch. Dafuq.

Anyway…

It was pretty fun seeing our Hyunnie get the “Pretty Woman” treatment, this time with our wildly wealthy heroine flexing her plastic. HOW MANY times have we seen this scenario play out where it’s the poor, unfashionable girl who has to trot out in various outfits for the stoic (but inwardly squealing) man to choose. It was so refreshing! And I love that she bought him one of everything though he might only be in the country for a few more hours and he had warned her so. It brought her so much happiness to shop for him and take care of him.

And he was adorable reading the comments on his video online, too! He’s so easily pleased by compliments hahaha. You would think he’s be used to it by now. The women in North Korea ALSO have eyes, come on.

I have to say, though, that considering Capt. Ri dug through a tunnel for 20 HOURS to get to the South because Se Ri’s life was in danger, how did he leave her side so abruptly without even making alternative arrangements for her protection?? There’s no way Se Ri should be walking around in an empty building and parking garage by herself! She has a security staff, for God’s sake. They couldn’t have assigned one to shadow her? I mean even if it turned out to be useless because our villain had already infiltrated, at least it would show the intention to safeguard her was paramount.

But I have to say this villain perplexes me. He has escaped to the South, where he apparently has extensive connections (given the number of goons who attacked Capt Ri on his behalf) or plenty of money to hire them, yet his only purpose in life appears to be to kill our girl who has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to him!! All this in a bid to get “revenge” on Capt. Ri, a man whose brother he killed FIRST. His motivation is so “how DARE you duck when I throw things at you!” that I have to roll my eyes. Was Captain Ri such a nemesis that he needs to be made to suffer in perpetuity? Isn’t he ALREADY grieving the undeserved loss of his hyung?? Does this villain have no thoughts of just living large (and peacefully) on his ill-gotten gains in freedom and BB-Q Olive Chicken houses? I hope we get some more insight into why he is so deranged and hateful. He makes no sense at all.

Yeah, the ducklings are useless. But we knew they would be. Even Captain Ri’s plan of wandering around until he bumped into her was better than theirs. Hahaha!

It was fun to see Con Man suddenly start to catch feelings for Dan; he was cute. Though I still can’t stand him.

Oh and let’s all thank KitKat for their sponsorship of this episode. Eat a pile of them when you are sad, kids!

#crash-landing-on-you, #ha-suk-jin, #hyun-bin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #son-ye-jin, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin

Crash Landing on You – Episode 11

You’d think our smart heroine would have a bit more judgement..I mean..she had proof that people she mistrusted have entered her home while she’s gone..so what’s the first thing she should have done?? Change that code for heaven’s sake! It’s not much use doing it now..though it won’t hurt. What was she thinking?

And…finally..a makeover for our guy..because it’s Binnie I endured his Mr. Spock visuals but when I saw the new look I realize how much I’d been suffering all along..hated that hair! He looks so much more handsome and really much younger now don’t you think?? No wonder the saleslady was drooling all over him..lol..he must have presented a lovely sight up close.

The ducklings are cute but they can’t keep wandering all over the place with no purpose..what is their plan? Methinks that they don’t have one and probably at the end of the day it will be they who will need saving and not the other way around. They are definitely running out of money..

I’m loving Dan and Con Man..it’s so nice to see him so insecure ..so unsure of himself..like a breath of fresh air and really he and our heroine are mirror images of each other in a way. Both came in as somewhat flawed individuals who are being changed by the two North Koreans..conveniently so..but I don’t care..I’m a sucker for happy endings and keeping my fingers crossed that we get it. Would it be too much to expect that everyone will live happily ever after..probably yes…

#crash-landing-on-you, #ha-suk-jin, #hyun-bin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #son-ye-jin, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin

Crash Landing on You – Episode 10

Considering our girl came back from the dead in this episode, I gotta say the hour for the most part was pretty dull for me.

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#crash-landing-on-you, #ha-suk-jin, #hyun-bin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #son-ye-jin, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin