So… it’s winding down, this year. Guess this’ll be the last Grab Bag of 2016 then.
It’s better than I expected, for a KES drama but can’t say I’m feeling any emotional attachement. I’m already loosing interest and have no real incentive to watch the latest episodes. Best part so far has been the Goblin/Reaper interactions, those two are pretty hilarious when together. Add Deok Hwa and his reaction faces and we get some extra hilarity. All the tried and trusted KES tropes are still there but somehow they’ve managed not to annoy me as much as they usually do. I guess the heroine being a high schooler makes it more palatable to accept her acting cute and childish at times. I’ve got the feeling I’m not going to stay the distance with this one.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Gosh, who’d thought this would be the drama I can’t wait to watch each week!? It gives me the warm fuzzies that have been sorely lacking in most kdramas recently and I feel like squishing each and everyone in it. The OTP is just precious and I’ve loved to watch them grow from somehat reluctant pals to good friends and onwards to a proper couple. This drama is a good example of how to take a bucketfull of tired kdrama tropes and turn them on their head, thus making many of the scenes take an unexpected turn and surprise you, in a good way. Can’t say I was much impressed with Nam Joo Hyuk in his earliest roles but he’s improved SO much that I’m actually thinking he’ll make a proper thespian yet. He is quite solid as Joon Hyung and the way his JH gazes at Bok Joo is making even this jaded old soul swoon. XD I’m enjoying the rest of the cast of characters as well. It’s so very rare to get a kdrama that doesn’t have these overly ebil characters out to get the leads.
Lately I’ve not been in the mood for anything too heavy so I’ve been in the lookout for feelgood dramas. Kdramas rarely have that certain ability to give you the warm fuzzies but I’ve watched plenty of jdramas of that ilk. Cat Street is one of those. It’s a lovely little manga adapatation from 2008 about a former child acting star who became a shut-in at age 9 after a traumatic experience during a stage performance. When she is 16 an accidental meeting with the principal of El Liston, a free school for people with social issues, changes the trajectory of her life and she finally comes out of her self-inflicted isolation. She makes new friends, re-connects with her family and finds the strenth to start anew. Call me overly naive but I loved the positive message of the story. The drama is just 6 episodes long and I wouldn’t have minded a fiew more as I really liked spending time with these characters. There’s a sweet, rather understated romance in it too. 🙂
Candle in the Tomb
This is how you do a tomb raiding drama!! It’s not as pretty as, say Mystic9 but it feels way more realistic. Well, as real as an adventure with supernatural undercurrents can be. Jin Dong is also a several degrees better actor than just about anyone in Mystic9, ha. CitT in set in the 80’s so it looks rather drab and mundane, from the sets to the fashions and hairdos (is that a mullet Jind Dong?) but the story is interesting and the pace just right. By ep 6 we’ve already had plenty of tomb action and one giant murderous mummy, which I just giggled at though. XD By the end of ep 6 our accidental tomb raiding duo had signed on to an archeological expediton to explore the “ghost cave” of Taklamakan Desert. Things will probably get hairy sooner rather than later. Viki has Candle subbed till ep 3 now. \o/ That was uncommonly fast and I was SO sure this would never get subs. Glad to be proven wrong. Looking forward to next 6 epis, which I’ll probably end up watching raw again.
Not really sure what to make of this one yet. It wasn’t as cheesy as I thought it would be and there were surprisingly many serious, even sad moments, especially in the 2nd epi. I didn’t quite get a whiplash from the tonals shifts but I do hope they settle in a more balanced way of moving between the funny and the serious. People are still harping about the wigs but I’ve watched enough period cdramas to be used to hairstyles more akin to these. Long flowing locks everywhere! 😀 Jury is still out on whether to keep it or sweep it. Let’s see after a couple of more epis.