On those evenings when I know it’s too late to start watching something in progress (because I have little restraint and will stay up too late watching more episodes than is good for me), I’ve taken advantage of my subscription to sample some of their older titles on offer. I try and find episodes that I particularly loved in shows that I loved, like Damo (2003).
Swoon… Lee Seo-jin (who will ever be “Sawesome” to me) as the Commander Hwang-bo, the protector and love of Ha Ji-won’s police ‘damo’ Chae-ok, and their myriad looks of longing…
Here’s the DramaWiki synopsis for those of you who’ve never had the pleasure of watching this (spoiler warning: tragic) romance:
“This series took place in the Chosun Dynasty. Chae Ok was separated from her brother when her father, a nobleman, was accused of treason. She managed to make her way and becomes a Damo, a low ranked woman detective. Skilled in swordplay, she must not only fight crime but face inequality because of her status in society. Her brother grew up to be a rebel leader fighting against social injustice and both brother and sister faced off against each other on opposite sides of the law.”
I managed to finish Hospital Ship this week, though not without some fast-forwarding. All in all, it’s not a horrible drama, just not a very exciting one a lot of the time. Actually it should be exciting because there are all these Medical Emergencies requiring the medical crew to Pull Together and Fight Insurmountable Odds! It felt more like one of those earnest Japanese dramas that almost come across as inspirational training films.
There’s not a lot of chemistry with Ha Ji-won and Kang Min-hyuk, though I don’t fault him because he’s grown up nicely and comes across well as a young man who’s had to shoulder a few heavy burdens and is naturally sober and upstanding. It works for him. Her prickly hyper-driven surgeon who doesn’t have time to be a human being until she learns about humanity on the hospital ship (yuck, that does sound saccharine, doesn’t it?) is less interesting. Too bad.
I didn’t actually have high hopes for it; I expected it to be fairly forgettable – a time filler – and it was. Obviously I’m not recommending it.
Yes, I’ve not finished Fight My Way (my excuse is that I’m in denial about how I’ll cope with PSJ withdrawal so I’m telling myself I’ll need 4 uninterrupted hours so I can just wallow), but I’m not unhappy with the things I’ve been checking out so far.
I don’t feel great urgency to race through the underdogs vs. corporate goliaths charmer Strongest Deliveryman, but I’m enjoying it when I pick it up. Likewise I feel generally okay with the somewhat oddly cast Hospital Ship (people hate the pairing of Ha Ji-won and Kang Min-hyuk, the formerly baby-faced drummer of CNBlue because she’s 39 and he’s 26) maybe because they’re pretending her character is maybe 2-3 years older than his and it’s just a mildly pleasant diversion in the moment. But I just sampled the first hour (2 eps) of Temperature of Love, with Seo Hyun Jin, who I really enjoyed in her last outings, and Yang Se-jong who is a newbie to me and reminds of of Go Kyung-pyo in a good way, and Kim Jae-wook (looking smexy).
Annoyingly, now the Viki app as well as the DramaFever app seems to have given up the ghost on my DumbTV, boo hoo TT TT, so I have to plug in the iPad to the TV for the big screen experience. Darn…