Dragging my Buns with “Touch…

Dragging my Buns with “Touch Your Heart” even though I find the main couple awfully cute as they navigate their new relationship. It’s so sugary sweet sometimes that you can’t help but grin till your cheeks hurt

Each episode deals with solving some case or problem, and our actress/ secretary is so honest and forthright in helping that she’s won over the office staff. The fact that she really is an actress, at this point, has almost been forgotten. The men are smitten with her, and the women have come to respect and confide in her. The “secret” office romance between our leads remains a secret, and again, they are super cute trying to keep everyone in the dark.

Still, I find myself taking baby steps, much as I like it…

#lee-dong-wook, #touch-your-heart, #yoo-in-na

Having some serious “Degrees of Separation”

Started watching Touch Your Heart for two reasons. First, I loved Yoo In Na and Lee Dong Wook in Goblin, second, I needed to watch something that is putting out an episode weekly as my life is in super busy, have to meet commitments mode! Lol. I also need down time, and I’ve realized that these dramas provide that for me.

What’s funny, though, is that I started with Encounter and Jang Seung Jo was there — prominently, then he was in Familiar Wife, also prominently along with Oh Eun Sik, another FW prominent character who’s also now a prominent character in TYH. I’m sure that’s probably not all that unusual, but I find it funny in a coincidence kinda way…

Anyhoo, YIN’s character is a has been hallyu starlet who hasn’t worked in two years because of a scandal. She’s also, at this point, getting “older” ( though she looks young as ever) so the demand for her is at an all time low. To make matters worse, she’s not a very good actress, which seems to be an inside joke. She wants this particular role and has to go to “real” work in a law office as a secretary alongside our hero LDW. Of course, he’s not happy at all with this turn of events. The rest of the office staff, aside from one person is enamored with her. She exhibits typical star behavior, but she’s no dummy — just entitled. She knows how to work a room. She’s annoying, but still very cute.

LDW, otoh, is prickly, organized, and expects a certain standard to be upheld where work is concerned. I actually agree with him, especially in a law office, but he really needs to lighten up, if only a little. I don’t find him as handsome here as I previously have, and I really don’t like his banged hair — much prefer it off his face.

I’m really not feeling the current music tracks used in these last three dramas, they just don’t seem to fit, IMO. What I like about this drama so far though, is that it laughs at itself and plays like a movie reel from time to time, with commercial ops thrown in too. Very funny! Hope it continues!

#lee-dong-wook, #touch-your-heart, #yoo-in-na

Life – Series and Final Impressions

I’ve been alternating shows, just to keep things interesting, but once I got into the mid-part of this series, I knew I’d just need to finish it.

I think the writer, Lee Soo-yun, is one to watch, and kudos to JTBC for taking a chance on new writers, because it payed off both on this one and Stranger (Forest of Secrets), both character-driven plots and realistic workplace scenarios. They also benefit from the talents of Jo Seung-woo, Lee Kyu-hyung, and Yoo Jae-myung, in particular.

I think Lee Dong-wook is okay in his performance, but he’s a little too morose much of the time (still reminds me of his Reaper performance) to really be a strong counterpart to the complex President Gu played by Jo Seung-woo. He’s the most unusual agitator ever, in that regards, but he is dealing with the usual exhaustion of long shifts as an ER doc and roommate brother to his younger brother who is paralyzed (from childhood) from the waist down. There’s a storyline about him having an imaginary non-crippled version of his brother who he ‘talks’ too that is one of the weaker parts of the story, except when it actually works. Go figure!

 

I’m glad to see Won Jin-ah up to her role as a pediatrician and moral compass for President Gu; I liked her well enough in her last outing in Just Between Lovers, but I’m glad they were skimpy on romance in this series (for the most part) because they had more serious things at stake than love lives to worry about. I appreciated that she was smart enough to give the new hospital president a chance, even when he’s not a medical man and exposes things that have been done wrong and could be done better. And when he disappoints her, she thinks about why he’s made his choices.

When romance was addressed, at times it felt like it was thrown out there as a way to distract from other topics, kind of a “bait and switch” technique used by one character in particular – the brother, played by Lee Kyu-hyung (who was the surprising investigation team member in Stranger). He’s a little low-key in his role, but it’s a credible characterization. And like all of the other characters, his role is there for a reason and it’s an important contribution.

I think I’ll never tire of watching Jo Seung-woo shoot someone a look of controlled irritation, or a sidelong look of concentrated thought mixed with puzzlement, or assured confidence in having the decisive winning hand (at that moment). I was often reminded of those little drawings of him done by Bae Doona 😉 What was really fun was his frustration in dealing with the new director of the hospital, the female head of neurosurgery; she was incisive and cunning in her own right, but always for the good of the hospital and patients.

The hospital setting was very well done, with modern-day financial issues taking center stage, rather than medical marvels. This isn’t an ER or Grey’s Anatomy, this is Advanced Medical Business studies. When medical sequences were included, they were realistic – at times it looked like they were filming during actual situations – so no complaints there. Of course, once the hospital chiefs and doc with a mission instigator Lee Dong-wook are involved in fighting for their survival as an institution, there is less medical stuff, but that’s okay. This writer succeeds in complex plotting in business scenarios.

To be fair, I think that there are a few moments that the feel is a little slower, and certainly less tension-filled than Stranger, but overall this is a pretty successful sophomore venture. I look forward to what next comes from this team.

#cho-seung-woo, #jo-seung-woo, #lee-dong-wook, #lee-kyu-hyung, #lee-soo-yun, #life, #won-jin-ah, #yoo-jae-myung

Dokkaebi – ep 16, Finale

I’m not sure why a drama that made my eyes well up so much resonated so deeply with me, but this one sure did. I’ve seen it billed as a melodrama (which I normally avoid), and I can see that, but to me this story lived on a different level. So let’s take a look under the covers… Spoilers after the jump.

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#dokkaebi, #goblin, #gong-yoo, #kim-go-eun, #lee-dong-wook, #yoo-in-na, #yook-sung-jae

Dokkaebi – ep 15, Why do I feel so uneasy?

With only the final episode to go, this should be the time when lovers are rewarded and villains or problems vanquished, but is that where we really are? Can we not just enjoy a satisfying dinner of happy pretty?

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Spoilers after the jump, and I’m not going to even apologize for the pic spam.

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Dokkaebi – ep 14, Reset

Even with what transpires in this episode I still need more tissues! Darn you, show! Spoilers after the jump.

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#goblin, #gong-yoo, #kim-go-eun, #lee-dong-wook, #yoo-in-na, #yook-sung-jae

Dokkaebi – ep 13, Monsoon season?

Okay, we’ve still got 3 more long episodes to go and we have to use up our current stock of tissues already? More questions and more answers, but seriously, I’m almost wishing I remained in the dark. Spoilers after the jump.

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#goblin, #gong-yoo, #kim-go-eun, #lee-dong-wook, #yoo-in-na