Thru episode 6 of ‘First Life’

I will try to avoid anything that will spoil this for you because this drama is all about discoveries (in a good way!) But 6 episodes in and I love everything about it, but especially the writing and the development of the characters.

I was charmed and intrigued by the lead couple – how could I not be with that cast? – but the secondary story of the best friends of the leads has grabbed me almost as hard. You know how you get annoyed with the story shifts to anyone other than Him and/or Her story? Well I am just as invested in the story of her friend Soo Ji and his friend and boss CEO Ma and how they intersect. It is stunningly contemporary to what is going on in the news these days and there is a scene that happens in this last episode that is just so now and so un-Korean in the way it voices out what women (and the men who support women’s rights) around the Western world are rightfully exposing.

I love the way this show has made me shift from outrage to glee to sadness to sweetness so effortlessly and so well. This one is one I want to watch again; the perfect solution to waiting for the newest episodes!

#because-this-is-my-first-life, #esom, #first-life, #jung-so-min, #lee-min-ki

I’m really looking forward to this one

I’ve missed seeing Lee Min Ki. His last drama was in 2012 and that was only for a short run so it’s already a plus to have him but the rom com he’s starring in. Because This Is My First Life looks like it’s going to be such fun — not necessarily original— after all we’ve seen a whole bunch of enforced co-habitation haven’t we? But with him in the mix I’m sold.

Also I loved the clip I just saw; at the end of which he is is so relieved because she’s not his type (HA!!). It’s going to be such fun watching him eat his words. I also like his co-star though I’ve only seen her in Mischievous Kiss. A strange name: Because This is My First Life but there have been worse names — lol — oh..and he’s a cat lover who features prominently in the stills…

I’m going to have to be sooo patient till I can check it out.

#because-this-is-my-first-life, #jung-so-min, #lee-min-ki

Father Is Strange – Impressions

Here is why I watched this drama:

Yep, I watched it for Lee Joon and Jung So-min. They are a very cute couple and I especially like his natural acting style. I think he manages to capture a very authentic, nicely underplayed young man, who goes through quite a bit to get to his happy ending. (He is looking for his birth father, thinks he’s found him, can’t seem to shake his affection for his new ‘half-sister’, and has the emotional rug pulled out from him.) I loved his immature youngster Romeo daddy character in Heard It Thru the Grapevine, and it’s almost as if we see how that lad has become a man. Sadly, this is his last role for a while as he starts his military service next month (or maybe October). She’s a little awkward and virginal at times, but she’s given some sound reasons for her insecurities (though not for her horrible eyewear – jumbo glasses).

I will admit to doing some heavy FFing thru some most of the other plots just to get to the good stuff, but there are some redemptive moments for most of the other plot lines, enough for me to recommend this with my blessings to FF too.

#father-is-strange, #jung-so-min, #lee-joon

Sidetrack Dramas: D-Day and God’s Quiz

Whilst I was stalling on Suspicious Partner and Fight My Way (and I blame Secret Forest because my head was so filled with that one that I wanted only to watch shows I didn’t really care about while I was awaiting the next installment of the fabulous Shi-mok show), I dallied with 2 dramas available on Netflix: D-Day and God’s Quiz.

D-Day is a slightly hokey medical/disaster drama with Kim Young-kwang (that broad-shouldered strapping lad from Lookout) and Jung So-min (currently in Father is Strange). The premise is simple: He’s the rebellious genius ER doc who is also gifted at emergency surgery and is trying to keep his vegetative-state mother alive and piss off the hospital establishment and she’s the 3rd-year ortho resident up from a Busan hospital who’s not pushed herself to be a better doctor and together they hold together the patients at a specialized hospital with hardly any doctors working there that only grudgingly has ER services but focuses on high profile cancer & robotics surgery cases after a huge earthquake devastates major chunks of Seoul. Ha Suk-jin contributes as a former best bud of his and is the prickly surgeon who’s sold his soul to the company store (greedy hospital chief) and is the usual cold jackass (until he has his usual epiphany). Can you tell that it’s chock-a-block with stereotypes? It was moderately enjoyable, a time-waster, and when the predictableness of it all got to me I started hitting the FF button. Not horrible, he’s easy on the eyes (though I desperately wanted to Cut His Hair!), but TC you will roll your eyes right out of their sockets if you watch any of the medical stuff, so take a pass unless you need a laugh!

God’s Quiz, which I think is on Netflix as Quiz of God, is summarized on Dramawiki as follows: “Han Jin Woo, Korea’s top medical examiner, leads a team of experts in conducting a medical crime investigation after strange events and mysterious deaths occur in a hospital. He first clashes with but is later aided by Kang Kyung Hee, an attractive female detective who possesses excellent skill in martial arts and a strong sense of justice.” IOWs, the brash guy is brought into a top forensic unit because he’s got genius-level diagnostic skills, something that will keep him from using those skills when operating on live patients, and a juvenile personality and he’ll clash with and later grow fond of the female detective who seems to pull every case in Seoul and has a short-ish fuse and good legs for kicking bad guys. She’ll come to see he’s not as bratty as she thought he was and comes to respect his intelligence and care for him in return. Again, formulaic, some “interesting” forensic cases and autopsies (hah!), and not a bad timewaster as far as timewasters go. This is a 4-season drama that ran on cable. I wasn’t going to get invested in all 4 seasons so I finished season 1 and then skipped to the final episode of season 4! I’m thinking it was the right decision. BTW, Yoon Joo-hee, who plays the female detective, was a helpful nurse and 2nd female lead in D-Day. Ryu Duk-hwan, the doctor, is a charming shrimp of a guy who mostly does movies; not a looker, but personable.



#d-day, #gods-quiz, #ha-suk-jin, #jung-so-min, #kim-young-kwang, #quiz-of-god, #ryu-duk-hwan, #yoon-joo-hee