First Impressions

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
I came to the end of Ep 3 and suddenly realised what had been bothering me all the way through – I don’t particularly like this show. Well, there are parts I was ok with. Some of the comedic moments managed to get a guaff out of me and I like our male lead, who is a bit strange in a fun way but that’s about it. Not feeling any of the other characters, though I guess the gangsters will turn out to be more significant than just passing comic relief. I also think that Bong Soon is rather annoying, too cutsey and dim. I don’t see any real depth in her. I don’t think Park Bo Young is at fault here but rather it’s the way the character has been written. Gook Doo is supposed to be rather stoic and by the book but unfortunately he just comes off stiff and sort of ‘beige’. A better actor would probably have been able to infuse some life in the character.

I was pretty much on the fence already after the first 2 episodes as I felt the plot to be a bit too ‘busy’. There’s already someone targeting Min Hyuk, so adding a creepy killer/abductor into the mix seems like an overkill. I could understand if they played the crime part for laughs but this isn’t the case here. Kdramas seldom manage to mix genres in a satifying way, especially if the said genres are at opposite ends of the spectrum. I couldn’t shake off the feeling that I was watching two different shows.
Dropped

Father is Strange
I haven’t watched a weekend family drama in ages but I like what I’ve seen of this one so far. It’s rather funny with surprisingly poinganant moments here and there. And it isn’t just the father who is strange but the whole main cast of characters is a bit zany, ha. There also doesn’t seem to be any makjangy baddies, the only antagonistic char is more to be pitied than despised. The plot is rather predictable but oddly comforting at the same time. In a typical kdrama way the drama’s world is also sort of condensed. Everyone is connected in some way. We skipped the birth secret this time but there is a false indentity thingy going on instead.

It’s a 50 epi drama so the first fiew episodes have been mostly set up and character introductions. I’m looking forward to Lee Joon’s char inserting himself into the family and the highjinks that’ll ensure. Joong Hee is a hoot. A former idol turned (bad) actor with an overblown ego, underlaying insecurites and a bad temper. It’s a character that could easily be very one note but fortunately there seems to be more to him than meets the eye at first glance.

It’s early days yet so no guarantees I’ll stick with this till the end. The start was promising though.
On the roster – for now

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A Totally Random Kpop Post^^

Gosh, I LOVE this song! It’s been on repeat since yesterday, I just can’t stop listening to it. Love everything about it, even the lyrics are meaningful. But then, B.A.P are know for social commentary in their songs.

Annnnd, Bang Yong Guk is back, bless him. Hope he doesn’t overextend himself this promo round as panic disorder is not something you can just casually shrug off.

They’ve also released the dance version and needless to say I love the choreo too. πŸ˜€

Drama Grab Bag


Life is still sort of busy but I have found time to cram in some drama watching too. I just haven’t felt particularly inspired to write about them. In fact I seem to have spent unpropotionally many hours reading what other people think about the said dramas, LOL! The Problematic of the Unproblematic seems to have become The Place to park myself at, as the ladies there are recapping several of the cdramas I’ve recently watched or that are currently on my roster. I’m also throughly enjoying my “re-watch” of our delish Wingkind Emperor & Co through the recaps of Novoland. Ah, Zhan Ryo Yun – why so fine.^^
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Drama Grab Bag

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. πŸ™‚ 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.
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Favourite Drama OSTs

I love music, always have. A good soundtrack can enhance a show’s appeal and when thoughtfully used, adds an extra layer to many of the scenes. Just as a bad one can throughly spoil the whole experience. We all know a drama or two with the bgm so grating that we’d like to strangle whoever made the musical choices. It may be just me, but the kdrama soundtracks of recent years have been kinda meh, filled with generic, syrupy ballads that fade from memory as soons as the drama has ended. Pretty much like the dramas themselves. Which is why most of my faves are from dramas from several years ago. Those OSTs were often themed to go with certain scenes or characters, which I personally love. The music pieces also seemed to be more varied in genre and sound.

I’ve been thinking about doing a post about some of my favorite drama soundtracks for a while now, but there never seemed to be a good time for it. So, I’ve been collecting the material to be used “some day”. Guess that day is now. πŸ™‚ The “samples” are arranged in loose categories, just to keep them in some sort of order. Beware, it’s a loooong post!