I don’t know if it’s due to a somewhat sombre patch I’m going through in RL or just that I’ve the reached the sturation point for ‘gritty’, but I’ve not been in the mood for anything too heavy or dark lately. I don’t seem to be capable of watching stuff that demands any brain power or is too serious either. This has effectively pushed dramas like Defendant or Voice to the sidelines. I’ve been having this totally uncommon craving for lighthearted fun and fluff, not my go to drama specs by a long shot. 🙂 Even a fantasy adventure like Candle in the Tomb seems to fit the bill. Things like leaps of logic, plotholes, inconsistences etc are no obstacles atm. Just as long as the drama leaves me feeling contented and happy I don’t mind. Strange.
A new drama cycle has started but nothing much has awakened my interest. I skip watched the first two epis of Voice but didn’t really like it. Something was off enough for me to decide to shelf it for good. Defendant seems pretty decent but I’ll have to leave it for a later date, when I perhaps feel like watching a gritty crime show again. Provided it doesn’t go off the deep end at some point.
So, in line with by my current mood, the new drama I actually enjoyed the heck out of was Chief Kim! Not the one I’d pegged to pick up, if anyone had asked a month ago or so, LOL! It’s whacky, almost OTT in places but has a more serious undercurrent running through, which I liked. I just hope drama doesn’t go totally maudlin at some point, the way most kdramas with a humorous bent inevitably seem to do. Jdramas are a lot better at mixing fun and serious all through till the end. It’s funny but I used to find Namgoong Min really annoying in all the dramas I’ve seen him in before Beautiful Gong Shim came along. I loved him as Dan Tae and he’s wonderfully nutty as the titular Chief Kim too. I’ve got the feeling there’s more to the character than meets the eye at first glance and he’s probably quite a bit smarter than he lets on. Looking forward to him finding ways to derailing all the plans the eebil higher ups cook up. I especially want him to pull the overly cocky Seo Yool down a peg or two. I’m also amused how Lee Jun Ho (Seo Yool) went from playing a wet-behing-the-ears, righteous attorney in Memory to a jaded and bent prosecutor in Chief Kim.^^
I quite enjoyed Candle in the Tomb, despite of the stuff that was worth an eyeroll or three. Things like inapropreate clothing for mountaineering/desert didn’t tick me off the way they seem to do many of the ladies @ The Problematic of the Unproblematic (their recaps are hilarious btw). I do admit to FFing through all the talk when I watched the raws, because ‘no can do Chinese’, but I found many of those parts pretty interesting when I could actually understand what was being said. Not enough tomb-action but what we got was mostly good, albeit non scary. I even liked the ending. Oh, and Jing Dong is a fine, fine man indeed and I love his voice. XD
Thaks to Junny @ Yey, panda! I finally watched Nodame Cantabile. I’ve no idea why I never picked it up while drama was current but that’s how it sometimes goes. I certanly heard plenty about it way back when. I rather loved it! It’s totally trippy in places in that special jdrama way and I’m sure it’s too manga-like to suit everyone. I just smiled large at the silly. Gosh, Tamaki Hiroshi was SO dreamy! That was probably the prettiest I’ve ever seen him on my screen. 🙂 Ueno Juri was a perfect Nodame. I’d totally forgotten that Eita was in the drama too and didn’t at first recognise Koide Keisuke under that ridiculous afro, ha. I skip watched the Korean version and it didn’t leave much of an impression, but I understand now why people were disappointed at it. The Jdrama brand of kooky just don’t translate well to a typical kdrama and I think Joo Won was miscast, he’s just not ‘Chiaki’ in my eyes.
That’s about all I’ve watched recently. Well, I have been FFing through the episodes of the new Legend of the Condor Heroes. It’s not bad per se but the story just doesn’t really grab me. How long I’ll continue with it remains to be seen. Over the past year I’ve tried several wuxias without much success. I tend to loose interest with most of them as the plots are so similar and feel too repetitive. Why are many cdramas so darned long? I’m still tentatively interested in several upcoming ones. Whether I’ll actually watch any is anyone’s guess though.^^ With only 2 dramas on my current roster I’ll probably need to dig into my to-watch stash to see if something there grabs my fancy. Unless some of the soon-to-air kdramas manage to woo me. Hmmmm… almost forgot, there’s Quartet (jdrama) and the 2nd season of Seirei no Morbito. So, maybe I don’t need to turn to my stash just yet. 😀