Hwayugi – Final Impressions

Don’t know if you’ve finished Robin, so I’ll just keep them (my opinions) general.

I’m not sorry to see the drama go, but I will be very sorry to say goodbye to the characters that’s for sure. Truthfully it was never the plotline that was my reason for watching and as time wore on I paid less and less attention to it, so in the end, it was a non-issue for me (thank goodness!)

I do love dramas, though, where the side characters are just as important and entertaining as the main ones and I thought this was the case here. Aside from our main couple there were such cute relationships throughout. The bromance was fun — as they all are in the end.

While I doubt that this drama will remain in my memory for very long, I will definitely have a lingering smile for the characters and monkeys and bulls and loyal dogs from now on… so it’s not such a bad thing after all I suppose!

#cha-seung-won, #hwayugi, #lee-seung-gi, #oh-yeon-seo

Started a more seasonal drama – Hwayugi first impressions

So many of the shows I’ve watched lately have been firmly grounded in real life that I felt that I needed to switch things up a bit and introduce a little more fantasy into the mix, so what better than one that has been on my list for a while now…Hwayugi.

Let’s get the shallow out of the way first. While I’m never gonna fully embrace that V-front hairstyle on the very dishy post-army (special forces, btw) Lee Seung-gi, I gotta say, he put his time in service to good use because he’s more appealing than ever. Rowr! I’ve always found him very appealing, and that attraction has not dimmed in the least. He’s naughty, and nice. 😉 He’s the Monkey King who cons a little girl, but he’s also unable to break certain rules, like eating said little girl because of a contract made with her. (A bad boy, but he’s nice… haha)

Cha Seung-won is big, bad, bold, and often over-the-top, but I’m never gonna complain about time spent watching that face and figure in action. One of my original Top Ten, he’s still up there. And, because he’s a lot closer to me in age, I never feel like a bad, bad girl when doing a little swooning. 😁

Oh Yeon-seo has had some good roles in the past, and some that were “okay,” so fingers crossed this falls into the former category. I just wish that they would never, ever use matte lipstick on her; the girl needs something more moisturizing!

As for the plot, gods and demons and ghosts are all perfect for this time of year, don’t you think? I don’t know much about the original Chinese story that inspired this (very loosely), The Journey to the West, but that shouldn’t matter much. I just want to sit back and enjoy Lee Seung-gi’s bad boy Monkey King (a fallen deity) struggle with being in love (a magic bracelet may or may not be involved) and wanting to acquire his lady love’s powers and getting back to Heaven as a full-power deity again. And I want to enjoy seeing Oh Yeon-seo make him work for it (but not the getting eaten for her powers option, of course). And I’ll happily let Cha Seung-won, get in Lee Seung-gi’s way all he wants. Oh, and Lee Hong-gi is in this too, as a pig demon masquerading in the real world as a celebrity idol singer – win/win!

#cha-seung-won, #hwayugi, #lee-hong-gi, #lee-seung-gi, #oh-yeon-seo

My Sassy Girl – 2017 style

Last week I was kind of at loose ends and surfing the drama titles and came across this one. Of course it’s Joo Won’s last drama before enlisting so I was kind of curious. I’m three episodes in and still on the fence about it. It’s historical, which is fine with me, though truthfully I never pay attention to the political plotlines. I just love them for the costumes. 😁

Anyhow our heroine plays the strongminded and strongheaded Princess who isn’t content to stay within the palace walls and sneaks out whenever she wants to do her thing. Our hero has been hired to be a tutor for the small Crown Prince. Truthfully I missed a few chunks of the beginning episode and so missed some details but it seems that she blames him for losing a  jade ring and is determined that he deliver it to her. Their relationship is super antagonistic right now and I don’t mind that at all. However, I do mind the silliness. It just seems a little too forced to me and the jokes aren’t really that funny.

While I like a strong heroine of course, she is irritating me because she’s overdoing it and has turned into a bossy shrew who kicks at random – lies easily, shouts easily, and is just plain rude. His character is not quite on equal footing and he must be black and blue by now with all the physical attacks – don’t know, just not my thing and so undignified.

I’m hoping that all will calm down soon and that I can see some worthy chemistry soon, if not I think I”m moving on, much as I don’t like to abandon Joo Won to his fate.

#joo-won, #lee-jung-shin, #my-sassy-girl, #oh-yeon-seo