If I Keep Starting New Shows How Will I Ever Finish Any?

Or, “I’m going crazy with my viewing list and greedy watching habits (and I don’t mind one damn bit)!” Mood: Unrepentant.

Is it really a problem if you’re watching over 8 different dramas at the same time? For me, it’s definitely the right thing right now. I’m going to paraphrase the (highly sexist) King Mongkut from “The King and I” and describe it like this: “Because it is natural. It is like old Siamese saying. A girl drama is like a blossom, with honey for just one man any viewer. A man is I am like a honey bee and (that will) gather all she can. To fly from blossom to blossom a honey must be free.”

This means that I’m sipping a lot of honey! Like the delicious Tale of Nokdu, with Jang Dong-yoon a surprisingly effective kkot-minam (flower boy) hiding out from assassins with Kim So-hyun in a village for widows. I’m halfway thru and it’s entertaining and a feast for the eyes. What’s not to love about that mix?

When I want something fluffier (yes, even fluffier than that, because: assassins), I turn to My Roommate Is A Detective for a dose of Republican(ish) era mystery/comedy and Zhang Yunlong (yes, I know Hu Yitian is the main lead, but really, watch an episode and you’ll know what I’m talking about!) The cases are fairly lightweight, the tone puts me in mind of Tientsin Mystic in some ways, and it’s fun to watch them work around Shanghai Film Park (ah, the nostalgia!)

When I’m looking for something more thought-provoking I turn on another episode of the too-short (13 episodes) Some Day Or One Day which happens to be the first Taiwanese drama in a while, and it’s very good. It’s a very clever blend of mystery, transmigration, loss and love and friendship. I’m parceling out each episode because I don’t want it to end.

I’ve started Sleuth Of the Ming Dynasty but it’s not a sure thing I’ll continue with it at this time as it’s tonally similar in a case-solving episodic, young genius, hot police muscle-type partner (albeit different time period) to Roommate. Maybe later?

After all, there’s the new drama coming out with Lee Min-ho, and Hyena has uploaded all of its episodes and oh yes, there’s a new police drama AND period drama with Wang Kai! I’m most interested in the former, Hunting. Can you blame me?

And these are just a few (really) of the shows I’m watching! Like I always say, “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t!” Or, sometimes you feel like a Joseon cutie, sometimes you feel like a brainteaser, sometimes you feel like fluff, and so on.

On a site note for our writers, I’ve uploaded a number of show images for current and upcoming dramas to illustrate your posts, so remember to check out the media gallery for options 🙂

#alice-ke, #greg-han, #hu-yitian, #jang-dong-yoon, #kim-so-hyun, #my-roommate-is-a-detective, #patrick-shih, #sleuth-of-the-ming-dynasty, #some-day-or-one-day, #tale-of-nokdu, #xiao-yan, #zhang-guang-chen, #zhang-yunlong

New charmer: A Love So Beautiful

Avenue X has strongly recommended 3 dramas from the same author/team and one of these is on Viki and Netflix, that is, A Love So Beautiful. I’m hoping that the others find their way to availability because this one so far is a delight.

I say this after having only watched the first 2 episodes, but it reminds me in a very good way of the best moments of dramas like It Started With a Kiss, but without the extreme aspects of the characters. It’s a high school-based drama, so if 17-year-olds aren’t your thing, it might not be for you, but it is also an interesting study of what life is like and the leads are very appealing. I’m looking forward to the rest of it because it’s a nice change of pace.

#a-love-so-beautiful, #hu-yitian, #shen-yue