Korean dramas

I have seen the light

At around this time last year, an extremely rare phenomenon occurred: one of hell’s circles froze over. Well, I have crawled out of hibernation to let you know that the deep freeze has extended its reach and if you listen closely, you might just be able to hear the faint ringing echoes of a crazed maniacal laugh.

When word got out that there was going to be a remake of Fated to Love You, I took it as another sign that K-dramas had run out of ideas. There are already 3, 765, 430 co-habitation/fake marriage /girl meets ass rom-coms out there. Why the hell does the universe need another one to add to the tally? (Thankfully for everyone else, the Powers That Be rarely pay any attention to me.)

At any rate, I have no idea what possessed me to watch this drama. Whatever the source of this divine intervention (and I suspect it has something to do with a certain social networking site that rhymes vaguely with “time waster”), I thank you from the bottom of my calcified heart for opening my eyes to the smoking HOT specimen of man flesh multi-faceted thespian known as Jang Hyuk. I once was blind but now I see — and let’s just say that the last few weeks have been nothing short of revelatory, starting with the eyeful I got from Innocent Thing.

This, gentle reader, is the story of my journey to enlightenment.



Drive-by Impressions: You’re The Best, Lee Soon-shin Eps 1-4

Okay, here’s the thing: I really, really wanted to like this drama — if only it wasn’t 50 BLOODY episodes long. From what little I saw, I’m not at all convinced that you can’t tell this story in half the time. If you were to let the Japanese handle this drama, I’m pretty sure they’d be able to whittle the number of episodes down to 10.  (more…)

Gu Family Book Eps 1 & 2


Yes, I am shallow. I was seduced by the pretty visuals.

Just in case anyone’s wondering, yes, I am watching You Are the Best, Lee Soon-shin and yes, I promise to write about it. Today, however, I want to talk about Gu Family Book.

Contrary to what some of you may think, I do like a good romance and when I heard the buzz about the tragic love story that kicks off this drama, I decided to give the first two episodes a go.

It could be that I have a very old-fashioned view of romance but this is definitely not my idea of a love story. Many people have described the relationship between Wol-ryung and Seo-hwa as a tragedy. What they don’t tell you is that a lot of what happened could have been avoided if someone had given the poor lonely gumiho a Tenga and blow-up doll.

Why mythical forest creatures should be given a crash course in the birds and the bees (spoilers and extreme snark ahead) >>>  (more…)

My resistance is cracking…

After sitting through a spate of ho hum dramas and disappointing finales, I decided to swear off K-dramas…and for a while I was making good on my promise to myself until I saw this:


[via a matter of timing]

On the one hand, this drama is FIFTY episodes long. God knows where I’m going to find the time to sit through a long-ass weekend drama.

On the other hand, JO JUNG-SUK ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

I loved him in What’s Up. Dropped King 2 Hearts but I’ll take everyone’s word for it that he nailed his role and left a trail of broken hearts in his wake. And now my intel tells me that he’s all kinds of adorkable in this one…

Dammit Show, if I’m going to make this commitment, you better not let me down, you hear?