Dazzling or Radiant or whatever title you prefer – Series Review

All I can say is…wow!

You know by now that I always like to check out dramas with unusual twists..like time travel..like body swapping..like returning from death to get a second chance..you get the idea..so when I came across this drama I naturally had to check it out. It’s only 12 episodes which was a plus and not a huge commitment. It also starred Han Ji Min whom I really love and Kim Hye-Ja whom I’ve never seen but read good things about. Oh..and of course Nam Joo Hyuk – not a star as an actor but definitely eye candy material.

So the synopsis is: a young girl..through the use of a magic watch- in trying to save her father – suddenly finds herself robbed of her youth and wakes up in the body of an old woman.  Very inconvenient, especially when she was on the verge of a beautiful love story with our hero (who btw has his own sad past to deal with).

Watching this drama was a wonderful gift. I loved almost every aspect of it. I loved the shifting perspectives..especially the unique perspective of a young girl experiencing the difficulties of aging and not being afraid to share those frustrations. I loved how this drama explored deep friendships..how it explored complicated family dynamics. I loved that alot of the cast were older actors who were such fun to watch. I was especially impressed with Kim Hye-Ja who was able to make me feel the young girl supposedly within her. I loved that I got much much more than I was expecting. There were funny moments..there were light moments..there were sad moments..there were heartbreaking and unbearably dark moments.

I’m so sad that it’s over but I’m hunting for more from this writer and director..that speaks for itself doesn’t it??

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Go Back Couple – Final Impressions

I finished this shortie before the flu and Christmas ran away with my time and energies and thought I would come back and try to do the 2 episode summaries, but I find that I can’t muster the enthusiasm to go back and figure out what happened in those final 6 episodes so as to avoid spoilers! 😊 I’ll just have to lump it all together below (spoilers after the jump), but I will say that in general I enjoyed this drama and the couple and was surprised on a number of points — all good things!

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Go Back Couple – Eps 6-7

You know what I especially love about this drama? I love the fact that there are no filler characters. Even the 2nd layer secondary characters are given a unique role and piece of the fabric of the overall drama. I’m sure that in a lot of other dramas that cheating creep of a doctor and his jealous girlfriend/wife would act just as background, over the top noise, but yet here we get to see what’s going on behind her actions… her insecurities… her painful smiles and pretense… aw, how painful it is to contemplate the humiliation she was willing to endure to keep that idiot by her side. Bravo for giving her a new future thanks to our couple!

Course we have no idea what the consequences will be because of all this tampering do we? I know that time travel rules are made to be broken but at least they have to make sense. I’m all confused. LOL, but it doesn’t really matter. I’m so glad that the couple is finally talking to each other and clearing the air.

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Go Back Couple – Eps 4-5

The more I watch this drama the more I’m struck by how this is the saddest romantic comedy I can ever recall! You know going into something like Dokkaebi that there is heartache on offer, but here I was not expecting the depth of sorrow and loss they’re exploring.  More spoiler-ish content after the break.

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Go Back Couple – eps 2-3

I’m continuing to enjoy spending time with these guys. The side characters are showing more substance and individuality too and I look forward to getting reacquainted with the adult versions now that we’re getting to know these younger versions. Spoiler content after the break.

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Go Back Couple – episode 1

What a great start! I really enjoyed that first episode and it flew by so fast. I’m not sure I knew what to expect though I had a hazy idea about what it was about. It had a bit of everything..lovely comedic moments but really poignant ones as well which I didn’t expect.

Mild spoilers after the jump.

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