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 🙂

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Curious about A Poem A Day? – Impressions

Well, well, well… a medical drama that’s not a medical drama (in the traditional sense). I confess that I tuned in because this one takes place in a hospital’s physical therapy facility (with side trips to radiology) and after having spent so much time with my own PT journey I was curious to see how they would treat the practice. Then I stayed for the basically charming, moderately low angst story. And boy howdy! Lee Joon-hyuk plays a character that is the opposite of his smarmy Seo Dong-jae in Stranger!

The main character is played by Lee Yoo-bi (who you may find slightly too sweet and naïve initially), a credentialed PT who is working as a contractor (and desperately wants to be hired as a permanent employee) in the hospital’s PT facility. She’s turned to PT because she needed a career that would pay the bills, instead of pursuing her passion for poetry. She maintains her love for the genre by finding and sharing poems that offer inspiration to those in care, or who are caring for patients. She’s also very tender-hearted and prone to tearing up easily. But surprisingly she’s less annoying as the show progresses, maybe because she’s just a nice and sincere and mostly uncomplicated young woman.

Lee Joon-hyuk is a highly touted PT with a specialty in this weird type of therapy where people are suspended from a series of ropes (think some sort of unconnected hammock/sling) who’s joined the department after issues at his prior hospital. He’s stiff and reserved and hates people prying into his personal life — the epitome of starchy rectitude. But it’s not because he’s your typical #sshole, or ‘geeeenius’ practitioner — a refreshing change of pace. How he comes to fit into the group of characters inhabiting the practice is natural and sufficiently entertaining. It won’t cause you major heartburn, but it’s charming in its own way.

The third leg of the triangle is made up of one spoiled and bratty rich kid who went to school with Lee Yoo-bi’s character and is now come to the hospital practice for a type of internship and to make her life a little miserable until he grows up (a bit).

What I appreciated about this drama was the often realistic behaviors in the workplace — when some get too caught up in gossiping there is stickler Lee Joon-hyuk to appropriately chastise, or when working with patients they do a pretty good job of giving some good advice. While there isn’t the steamy heat of some romances, what there is feels sufficiently genuine (albeit without fireworks). It’s fairly PG, but honestly I didn’t mind that.

I’m not a huge fan of poetry, so the snippets they include in every episode where okay and didn’t work too hard to wedge their way into the plot. It’s not all happy/happy for everyone; some face difficult decisions or lonely futures, but I generally enjoyed the drama as a whole.

#a-poem-a-day, #jang-dong-yoon, #lee-joon-hyuk, #lee-yoo-bi, #lee-yubi