A Village, Flying Dragons and Sassy Cheerleaders

The Village: Achiara’s Secret
Based on all the promo material, I expected Village to be a bit more suspenseful but somehow there’s more of a resemblance to the traditional murder mysteries Γ  la Agatha Christie. A small community, deceptively tranquil on the surface but with all sorts of things percolating underneath and just about everyone has a secret or two. Well, there is that serial killer thingy as well and some supernatural overtones. So, a mixed bag with different aspects that don’t seem to clash but neither are they quite seamlessly incorporated either. It’s early days yet and time enough to make the parts fit properly, hopefully. The characters are quite interesting and we already got some hints about what sort of persons they seem to be. I’m sure there’ll be a few surprises along the way as in this type of stories you can’t really trust first impressions. πŸ™‚ I don’t think there’s much doubt about who the dead lady is and I was pretty sure quite early on how she connects to our heroine So Yoon. I also believe that the village head honcho, Assemblyman Seo is somehow involved in what happened to So Yoon’s family.

Not excactly a strong start but good enough to make me interested in seeing how the story continues, how all these different threads are connected. Directing could be tighter though. With mixed bags there is always the danger that they come undone at the seams, making an unholy mess.

Six Flying Dragons
Now, this is more like it! I’ve been waiting and waiting for a sageuk that wouldn’t either bore me to tears with all the tired, done to death tropes or just turn all out disappointing plotwise. I can’t even remember when there was a sageuk which I genuinely enjoyed watching from beginning to end. Guess I should have trusted the crew behind Tree With Deep Roots would deliver. Well, at least the start was very promising. The writers are obviously taking some liberties with the written history, so anyone expecting a totally authentic story that sticks with known facts will probably be disappointed. This doesn’t bother me though, as long as the story makes narrative sense and is presented believably, I’m good. I know Tree was based on a novel but I haven’t seen any mention about this being the case with Dragons. So, a story based on history? Alternate history? AU Korea? Be what it may but I did like the first couple of epis a lot and I’m looking forward to what the next weeks will bring. Can I also say how much I love that for once the adult actors are not overshadowed by their younger counterparts (as far as I can tell). It’s not once or twice I’ve lost interest in the characters once they grow up because the youngsters did their job so much better.

Six Flying Dragons is 50 episodes so TPTB will have to bring on their a-game to keep the show on track for the duration. There are very few kdramas that avoid the dreaded drag and it’s an even harder feat to achieve in a long drama. A lot hangs on the writing as per usual. I do hope Dragons has a solid frame which to build on.

Sassy, Go Go/Cheer Up!
I was quite hesitant to start this as the past few Korean school dramas I tried all ended up being disappointments in one way or other. But, I like Sassy! Yeah, I was kinda surprised too. XD The kids are all ok, though acting prowess varies, thus the amount of investment in the characters varies too. That said, I’m finding even those less blessed with acting talent quite passable because the characters are well enough constructed to make me care and none of the young cast is so good as to totally act rings around everyone else. Despite of some of the more serious themes in the show, I’m hoping Sassy will be more about overcoming obstacles, bonding and friendship than all out gloom and doom. It can be done; see -> Twenty Again.^^

13 thoughts on “A Village, Flying Dragons and Sassy Cheerleaders

  1. I wanted to start SFD…but got scared at the last moment by its 50 episode length…lol…and Bubblegum is starting soon in a few weeks for the same slot, so I skipped it for the time being.
    I watched ep 1 for Sassy…and found it okay…The negative environment of school and everyone just turned me off. I don’t know why. And I also found it a bit all over the place.
    I didn’t read anything about The Village as I’ll be starting it tomorrow!

    • I’m probably going to watch Dragons in something like 6-10 episode batches. It’s alot easier to gague the quality and see what direction things are going when you have a larger pool of epis to sample.

      With Sassy you need to go beyond the first 2 epis. There’s more to it than you get at first go. πŸ™‚

  2. Ooh, yay that you’re enjoying some dramas, Timescout!!! I’ve got both Six Flying Dragons & Sassy on my list.. Just haven’t gotten around to them yet. Since you’re enjoying both shows, that means they’re both off to a solid start, which, YAY! πŸ˜€

    • I’m enjoying plenty of dramas, most of them ain’t Korean though. XD These three seem quite promising so far. Dragons is a lot darker than Tree but I guess with young Taejong at the center of the story, it’s bound to be. I’m finding the characters right intriguing even after just the first two episodes.

      • It’s darker than Tree? I found Tree quite dark (if memory serves).. All that killing and blood πŸ˜› But, if it’s good I’m signing up for sure! Such a strong cast! πŸ™‚

        • Well, Tree had parts that were ligher and tinted on humour but Dragons is rether bleak from get go and the little levity we get has ‘teeth’. πŸ™‚ Yup, the cast is great.

  3. Is this not a drama grab bag? πŸ˜‰

    I’ve been eager to start Achiara and was dismayed upon hearing that it wasn’t licensed yet… so stoked to see the first ep’s subs is up! Is it okay to watch it at night though?

    Same thoughts on Sassy. I didn’t think i’d watch another high school drama this soon after School 2015, but am pleasantly surprised to find it really engaging thus far. I’m proceeding with caution though seeing how many dramas took a dip after a strong start…

    • Heh, guess it’s a “first impressions grab bag” then. πŸ™‚ I didn’t have enough to say about any of the three to merit a full post each, so short and sweet it is.

      Yup, I noticed Viki got the licence, which is great. I don’t think The Village is particularly scary but then, I don’t scare easily.^^

      Sassy has been quite endearing and entertaining so far, and I’ve seen eps 3-4 as well now. It seems to be moving on in a pretty fast clip too, maybe because it’s only 12 epis.

      • Oops! I belatedly realized the word “first impressions” on the picture you used. My bad!

        For some reason i got a feeling that The Village would be really creepy and chilling, but i’ve watched the first 2 eps and found them not as scary as anticipated (it’s mainly the eerie music) although i’d keep watching in daylight just to be safe ^^ I wish it weren’t as slowly paced though.

        Yes, a lot seems to happen in an episode of Sassy and i truly hope the shorter length would be an advantage instead of a disadvantage…

  4. Hihi Chingu! Ohhh great to see a few kdramas grabbing your interest! Finally huh?! I am keeping an eye on Dragons too YAI still owes me a good one fr what I endured for his hotness in FashionKing/ JangOkJung

    • Hi there! Nice to see you around too. πŸ™‚ How’s life treating you?

      Yup, it’s been a loooong while since I’ve come across more than one or maybe two kdramas to follow. I’m being tentatively hopefull about Dragons but as so often with kdramas, I’m not holding my breath. We’ll see how it truly shapes up. Didn’t watch neither FashionFail nor Jang Ok so at least I was spared of wanting to poke my eyes out for those. He was grand in Secret Love Affair though, pity it wasn’t your kind of drama.

      • Life’s better, trying darn hard to make it so w short vacays… nth like chilly Fall in snow country and lesser daylight by the day pushing a lazybehind not to laze around ever! πŸ˜‰

        I mightttt give SLA another try, i was at halfway. It wasnt what i expected to be, i guess i wanted stylish high brow potboiler, lol basically gimme tasteful makjanggg (such fallacy heh)! I want it to go nastier messier darker when just going w the ride should do.

        • I was pretty good until few weeks back, now I’m just overall tired and probably coming down with something. Figures, as I really don’t have time to be sick.

          Ah, unfulfilled expectations can burn. But expecting Ahn Pan Seok to do makjang, even tastful one was your first mistake, chingu. XD Stylish and highbrow though… Give it a nother go, without any expectations. Maybe it goes down easier 2nd time around.

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