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

With 6 episodes to go on Devilish Joy…

I’m actually enjoying Devilish Joy (or Devilish Charm or whatever).

Our hero is very believable in his quest to remember his past, especially the events leading up to his accident 3 years prior. Those events are not rushed, which frustrates me at times, and it seems like there’s much more to the story, which doesn’t surprise me at all given K dramas. Our hero has lead a kind of sad existence since the death of his parents as a young child, and although he has 4 aunties, who should’ve showered him with nothing but love, he’s the heir to the Sunwoo Group, which makes for plotting his downfall a daily agenda. He’s also a doctor of neuroscience, so he’s very meticulous in controlling how he remembers all previous events. His brain resets after 24 hrs and the only thing he remembers is the heroine, so he has journals for the past 3 yrs and daily post its that he uses to remember appointments and such.

The heroine is now committed to him after learning of his accident, and she’s also committed to her father, younger brother and sister. She’s determined to restart her career and make the best of it even though there are dark forces that want to see her go down too. Her and our hero share some really nice kisses, and at this point in the story, she’s the strong one, and he’s the vulnerable one…

There are a few things that ring false though, and it takes away from the reality of my enjoyment and mocks my common sense and trust in humanity. First, the condition our hero suffers from is called “Cinderella amnesia,” and it’s one where the more he remembers the more his chances for dementia increase (eyeroll), he also has episodes of selective memory where his recall shouldn’t be there based on his condition. Second, in his car accident with his parents, his accident 3 years ago, and more recently he had an episode of obvious distress while in a crosswalk. Each time, cars just whizzed by, and people kept about their business as if nothing happened. I just can’t believe people just do that…

#choi-jin-hyuk, #devilish-charm, #devilish-joy, #lee-ho-won, #lee-joo-yeon, #song-ha-yoon

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