Drama Grab Bag

🎢It’s a beautiful skyyyy… There is not a cloouuud…🎢 Ah-hem. Sorry, been listening far too much GOT7 in the past fiew weeks. So, let’s get on with it then… After a mini drama slump I managed to find several kdramas to watch. Lo and behold, the age of miracles is not over yet! ;D

Buam Dong Revenge Club
What a delightful drama! It’s poignant and funny at the same time, giving me lots of ‘feels’. The three ladies are awesome! Different in temperament and from different backgrounds but at the same time there is an underlying odd similarity that just draws them together. It seems like all of them have a piece missing and with the other two they become a whole. If it makes any sense. ;D Lee Yo Won, Ra Mi Ran and Myung Se Bin are great in the roles. It’s a joy to watch them as they bring Jung Hye, Do Hee and Mi Sook alive. Love ’em! Do Hee is such an unni for the other two. Jung Hye is so starved of love and affection that it’s no wonder she ‘imprints’ on Do Hee. Rounding out the Reveng Club is Lee Joon Young’s Soo Gyum and despite of being a highschool senior, he fits right in too. Lee Joon Young seems like a promising noobie actor. I wouldn’t have guessed he’s an idol (a U-Kiss member). Just goes to show that not all idols are useless at acting right out of the box. That’s why I never write off anyone before I’ve actually seen them act.

The way I see it, Revenge Club isn’t really about revenge at all but rather about self discovery and finding your own voice. The revenge is a sort of a side character that has it’s place in the story and acts as the vehicle for the foursome to bond. Just as well, as they rather bad at it, heh. Their attempts do work at times but not because of any competence and other times they just get it oh so hilariously wrong. The end of ep 6 gave me a good dose of 2nd hand embarrasement. πŸ˜€ I was in tenterhooks, waiting for them to get caught. I’m still rooting for them to get the best of the horrible husbands, Jung Hye’s equally horrible family and associates. Jung Hye and Mi Sook should just find a way to ditch their hubbies. The ladies and the kids can then form one big happy family unit.^^

The Package
I like how contemplative this show is. There is this odd whistfullness to it, which is lovely. It’s also surprisingly funny in places, which is not something I expected initially. I’m sure the story moves too slowly for some viewers but for me the pace is just right for this particular story. I also like the gradual introduction to the characters, giving us peeks into their lives, at appropreate moments. How we see them in the beginning proves to be only surface. As in reality, there’s always more underneath. It seems to me that more than one of them is ‘running away’ from something, but as a saying goes – “what you leave behind, you’ll find up ahead”. Unresolved business has a habit of catching up with you, no matter how far you go to avoid it.

I love how The Package has been filmed, through this soft lens that gives the whole thing a sort of dreamlike look. Which also balances the more real parts. Show has a habit of making me tear up at odd moments. Needless to say, the scenery is beautiful and acts as another character. πŸ™‚ The stories unfolding in a foreign country give them a different flavor than if this was all happening in Korea. Take people out of their familiar surroundings and the patterns change, most likely resulting in something new, or at least newly realised. Sometimes a journey really is a journey into yourself.

Black
OMG! The first two episodes were SO confusing and WTF. I’m not surprised if people quit right there. The flow of the episodes was oddly choppy, story jumping here and there, none of it making much sense. Adding to the confusion was the way they introduced a bunch of characters without telling us who they are or what their function is. By the end of ep 2 I was scratching my head and wondering “who the heck are all these people?!” Then there was the rather lame attempt at humor, which had me rolling my eyes instead of finding it funny. What is it with Koreans and their fondness of toilet humour and things akin to it?

If I hadn’t found the premise quite interesting I’d probably bailed meself. Thankfully things got much better starting from ep 3. We finally start getting the skinny on most of the characters and begin to connect the dots. It’s all one big ball of interlinking threads that lead back to something that happened in the past. The same something that is still getting people killed. Couple of posters @ DB also pointed out some interesting possibilities, that’d certainly clarify a fiew things if they turn out to be true. I didn’t spot any of them, LOL! Show also managed to get genuinely hilarous, instead of the humor being just cringeworthy. I’m not sure if Show is consiously attempting to be a black comedy but it does somehow resemble one. I think Mr Handtowel should stick to comedy, he’s pretty good at it. His deadpan delivery is rather spot on and I just love Black’s utter disdain of the human race. He is a bit of a prick though and arrogant as hell but I’m sure that will start changing once he spends more time immersed within the humanity. Go Ara is still the weakest link but at least her character is not annoying. Black’s reaper side-kicks are loads of fun and often act like the voice of reason. Imma gonna call them Joseon and Hip-Hop as well. πŸ˜€ Nothing much to say about the rest of the characters. They all seem to be rather on the ‘stock’ side, so far anyway.

I just watched eps 5-6 and things are getting intriguing. I know that others have wondered about this too, but what if Black’s detour into humanity was actually ment to happen? Something in the preview seems to hint at it. Could be wrong, of course.

Because This Life Is Our First
Six episodes in and I’m still not sure how I feel about this drama. While checking out 20th Century Boy and Girl I realisd that fluffy, traditional romcoms really aren’t for me. I loose interest after a fiew episodes. A romcom has to have something beyond the romance. Some kind of “hook”, like a slightly different take on the overused tropes, to keep me interested till the end. This Life is tethering somewhere in between traditional and slightly different. It’s quirky but not quirky enough and yet it’s not boring, at least not yet. I find the characters interesting and pretty realistic, plus… Lee Min Ki is back! Still, this might not be enough. We’ll see, I guess.

Andante
I had no expectations for this one but ended up liking it lot better than School 2017. It’s a rather lovely little drama that actually handles heavier topics than just your usual highschool stuff. It’s quirky but down to earth, which makses for a somewhat unusual mix in the kdrama genere blender.^^

The story is set in a small rural village/town where life kinda revolvs around a hospice. Death is ever present but that also demystifies it, makes it part of the cycle of life. As it should be. I like all the characters, even the cranky halmoni. The kids are great and there’s not a horrible parent in sight. The school also seem the nicest I’ve encountered in a kdrama, with teachers on top of things. Even if there is a ‘school jjang’ he’s quite vanilla, compared to those in the Big City. I love the vice principal, she’s a hoot. πŸ˜€

The whole drama has this youthfull, fresh feel. Despite of the more sombre themes, I feel that Drama is actually celebrating life. Reminding us that we should strive to live more in the present, without being bogged down neither by past nor by future.

15 thoughts on “Drama Grab Bag

  1. It seems Because This Life Is Our First is heavily inspired by Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu, which would explain its strong run. How’s it going for you so far?

    • It is laugh-out-loud funny in places… and then it goes all introspective on you, but without giving you a whiplash from the transitions. Not always a given when it comes to kdramas.

  2. I definitely have 3 out of your 4 dramas on my list (except Andante).
    It’s great to find so many shows watchable these days when we drop dramas like hot potatoes!

  3. Wow! I feel like you’re on a drama roll, Timescout! πŸ˜€ I see shows on this list that I hadn’t expected to see, like Black, and The Package. I mean, I saw some screenshots of SSH in Black on Twitter, and it was all a mashup of having him undressed, but with a toilet humor related sort of angle. It was hilarious, but, I didn’t feel more drawn to the show coz of it. In fact, I am now studiously avoiding it, haha!

    I’ve heard good things about Because This Life Is Our First, and I’m cautiously hopeful I’ll like it, coz I’ve heard people comparing it to Jdrama We Married As A Job, and I liked that one a lot πŸ™‚

    Andante sounds quite lovely, I just might have to check it out after all πŸ˜‰

    • Black is actually better than the first two episodes with toilet humour would let you think.^^ It’s unfortunate that they started it that way. I say, give it a go, starting from ep 3 and then go back. I dare you! πŸ˜€

      The Package was another surprise, it’s rather different than I originally thought. There’s more substance than you’d expect, for once. I really like it.

      I haven’t yet watched NigeHaji but I’ve read enough about it to think that only the premise is similar to This Life. The execution differs, it’s a kdrama after all, and they have a different angle to it. Like someone at DB pointed out, it’s based on Korean way of life, which imho is more “rowdy & robust” than the Japanese one. πŸ™‚ The dramas reflect on the countries they are made in.

      Andante really is quite a lovely little drama. I think you might like it too.

      • OMG that is quite a dare, haha! I don’t know if I want to! πŸ™ˆ See how much the screenshots have traumatized me?! πŸ˜‚ But because it’s you, I think I might have to at least dip the tip of my little toe in, just to see, heh 😁

        That’s a great point, k-life does come across as more rowdy while j-life seems more restrained & understated. I’ll keep that in mind for when I check out Because This Life Is Our First. I’ve heard so many positive reactions to it that I’m really really hoping to like it. Although, I’ve crashed & burned on other widely popular shows before. Like Beautiful Gong Shim, which just didn’t work for me, even though it was very well-loved by a lot of other folks. Oh well. I guess there’s really only one way to find out! πŸ˜‰

        Looks like I need to add The Package to my list as well.. it sounds surprisingly more appealing than I’d originally imagined!

        • Haha… Well, take a peek, even if it’s just to see SSH in a role that suits him. His Black is hilarious. πŸ˜‰

          I think NigeHaji is more of a feelgood drama, where as This Life feels almost painfully real at times. Acting is pretty good all around but Lee Min Ki and Jung Soo Min are really great as the leads. They both convey so much with just their expressions.

          Heh, I keep adding to you list. πŸ˜†

          • I love that you keep adding to my list! πŸ˜€ Although, it’s gonna take me a while to actually get to everything you put on my list! πŸ˜†

            I love Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min, so I’m eager to check out This Life! And.. I do have a soft spot for SSH, and I did enjoy him very well in Wonderful Nightmare coz I felt the role suited him, so.. I guess I need to check out Black now! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

          • It’ll probably take forever to get to what’s on my list. It’s been so long since I’ve even had time to check what I’ve actually got on it. πŸ˜„

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