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!
I’ve seen about 4 episodes so far. It’s a little bit all over the place but in an interesting way so I don’t mind.
The main story focuses on a musical group called the Dreamers who were on their way on their private plane to an event. The plane had issues and crashed into the sea (btw I had to close my eyes during those scenes or I’ll never get back on another plan again!!) The first episode opens with the fact that – after 4 months – one survivor was found and was coming home – our heroine, who was a stylist for our lead singer (and hero). The problem is she doesn’t remember anything that happened and why she’s the only survivor. Hmm… intriguing. Little by little, via flashbacks, we all learn what really happened but they are pretty stingy with the info.
I like the way they slowly introduce all the back stories and sketch out their characters. Our hero is the spoiled little star who has fallen down in luck and is treated with contempt by his group – seems like they blame him for the death of another member and his career tanked. Our girl is the usual industrious and earnest girl who hasn’t been able to find a job and is determined to hang on to this one – difficult as it may be. There are other shady characters who have their own agendas – and now a murder is also discovered…
It’s definitely got the Lost vibe to it – no doubt about it and truthfully some really funny moments (surprisingly). Our star is really such a good actor that he can do drama and comedy equally well. And he wouldn’t be my first pick to be stranded on a desert island with! It’s also got some plotlines that make me laugh they are so unbelievable but hey, it’s easy to go with the flow in this environment.
Enjoying it so far…
New Dramas/Movies Of Interest
My Netflix alerts just let me know that Prison Playbook is going to be available on the 24th. That’s the one about a baseball player who’s convicted of some sort of crime (fraud?) and sent to prison where he meets Jung Kyung-ho and life (bromance?) happens. I keep seeing some good things about it on my social media feeds, and I really like Jung Kyung-ho and have since I first saw him in I’m Sorry I Loved You.
Queen of Mystery 2 is a thing and it’s coming soon! (February) I’m not sure if it will be before or after the Olympics, but I can’t wait. The promo pics for it look just as adorable as the original ones.
I had a chance to go see Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds last week (because I love Ha Jung-woo) and was not disappointed! I particularly enjoyed the mixture of relationship development and mythology building as they created the roles of the guardians. Plus, just about every character actor working in Korea today is in it. AND there is a “part 2” coming later this year which will feature the others who they couldn’t squeeze into the first part! It’s still playing in select theaters, but maybe not much beyond this week.
There is also a new Japanese movie opening this weekend (details and show locations here) starring the yummy Oguri Shun — Gintama. “Based on the best-selling action comedy manga by Hideaki Sorachi, GINTAMA takes place in an alternate Edo-period Japan, where an Alien race has taken control, forcing Samurai to lay down their swords. Once feared as the “White Demon,” former samurai Gintoki Sakata now works as an everyday handyman – until a master swordsman tasks Gintoki and his friends with finding the cursed sword Benizakura to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Packed with the sword- swinging sci-fi action and offbeat humor that have made the manga a classic.”
Music and Other Stuff
I know I’m not the only one who loves Park Hyo-shin here, so I know my fellow fans will want to pick up his new single Sound of Winter. I love his voice… so mellow!
I found out about it because I’ve been spending (far too much) time watching a YouTube channel called “Classical Musicians React to Kpop”. It is the perfect way to validate my/your addiction to Kpop; a group of youngsters at a music academy/college in Canada (Eastman) watch MVs and react to what they see and hear. It’s fun listening to them analyze things like the beat, the shift between major and minor, tonic scales, etc. Oh, and have their minds exploded by the productions! I’m pleased to see that one of my favorite acts is one of theirs: AKMU, or Akdong Musician.