Drama catch-up

I am so late with this! I’ve already started and finished dramas that weren’t even mentioned in my last post, whoops! Lets get into it quick, hey? Continue reading

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Drama catch-up

Bhuppae Sunniwat – This was craaaaaaaazy popular, both in Thailand and overseas. This is the first time I saw Channel 3 be so gungho about shutting fansubbers down, it was nuts. I do understand why though; the lakorn was very sweet, well acted, and well written. I’ll be honest, I did get bored when the episodes were heavy on the politics, and I did fast forward through some of Constantine and Maria (I think we were meant to feel sympathetic for him at the end, but no), but Por Date and his family were beautiful and fun, and Karakade was awesome and sassy and hilarious, and their relationship was adorable. Plus, every episode had bloopers, which are always my favourite part of any show. It helps that Bella and Pope are both awesome in real life.Pope laughing.gif

History 2: Boundary Crossing (aka Crossing the Line) – The cutest and best History series so far. No complaints, just watch it, it’s beautiful and short and there are two couples and they’re both cute and argh, I am so in love with this series. It’s only 8 episodes, which makes it even more perfect.

Khun Mae Suam Roy – Pop and Bua! This show wasn’t primetime, so it was 31 episodes of 45 minutes each, which is always preferable to the almost-2-hour-long primetime lakorns. There was a bit of a twist at the end, which was pretty funny, and Pop was just lovely. The relationship between Pop and Bua developed very naturally, going from people who basically hated each other, to learning to trust each other and becoming solid friends, and then eventually lovers. It was well done and much appreciated. 31 episodes didn’t even feel too many; I would have kept watching if there were more. It’s going on my “Lakorns to recommend” list.

Flames Daughter Vic Zhou.pngFlame’s Daughter – I actually did like this for the most part, but it went off the rails in the last third. This guy was so pretty though >>>>

Love Bipolar – This was only 4 episodes but felt like it had been written for 6. So the last episode felt rushed. Other than that, it was fairly sweet.

Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food (aka Something in the Rain) – The first 8 episodes were basically just cuteness all the time. So cute. So so so cute. The second half of the series is darker. I mean, they still have cute but now we’ve had too much of the cute so we’re a little bit over it, and her Mum is being ridiculous and annoying. Jung Haein is a delight though, and everyone is doing a great job with their roles. I could NOT CARE LESS about the office politics, I tune out whenever that’s on screen.

Suits – 6 episodes in, and I’m bored with the legal cases sometimes but I do like Park Hyung Sik and his friendship with his boss. I don’t know why he has to be so close to his friend’s ex-girlfriend. She’s a nice person but a bit pathetic and is causing a misunderstanding between him and the paralegal (through no fault of her own, I know).

Kabadin – Matt and James Ma aren’t a couple I would necessarily put together, they don’t really suit each other that much, but it worked for this show. It was maybe a bit long but a solid drama with a solid relationship that went rocky at the end only because they had episodes left that they had to fill with drama. They also pretty much let the elephants do what they wanted, which made for some funny moments.Kabadin elephant.gif

Wok of Love – Just started so not much to say other than that Jang Hyuk is the best thing about the show. Well, his character. It’s awesome.

Idol Producer – This was the Chinese unofficial ripoff of Produce 101, and I voted every day for my boy Nong Nong and my boy You Zhangjing, and they both got into the top 9 and are now hugely popular everywhere (including in the US, where they were crushed by fans at LAX airport when they arrived for training).

The Great Seducer – Wow, Woo Dohwan just needs to always be sad or sexy or cute, he does it so well. I enjoyed this show, even when Sooji was being cray cray or when Sejoo was betraying his friend, or when the parents were being boring. And I got my happy ending, which is what I wanted and expected since before it even started. One couple I ended up really loving was Hyejung and her bartender boyfriend. They were freaking adorable! I do wish it had rated better, it didn’t deserve the 1.5 ratings it was getting. When Ryu Junyeol did a low rating show, he went to movieland and hasn’t come back yet so I’m hoping Woo Dohwan doesn’t follow suit.Puppy Seducer.gif

You Drive Me Crazy – This was just a special, so it was only 4 episodes. Kim Sun Ho is a star on the rise and I luff him.

Youniverse – This was a little GMMTV web series with Chimon, Nanon, Jan and Saisee. Nanon is only 17, playing against 23 year old Jan, but somehow they look almost the same age, which is actually amazing. The episodes were about 10 minutes each, and at only 4 episodes, it obviously didn’t go too in depth into anything. It was cute enough but nothing overly special.

Nueng Dao Fah Diew – I’ve only watched one episode so I have nothing to say. I’m mostly putting this here as a placeholder. Taew and James Ji.

OffGun Fun Night – I’ve said before that the only reason I have this blog is because I need somewhere to put my gifs. Here are some more, lol

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End of Year review – 2017

If I include web dramas and the shorter Thai series, I watched 62 dramas that aired this year, and 12 dramas that aired in previous years. Thailand really stepped up this year. Not necessarily with quality, but just with more dramas that I actually wanted to watch (GMMTV is my favourite channel, they sub their own shows!). China was the same although on a much lesser scale. As per previous years, I watched very few Japanese doramas (when I say ‘very few’, I mean 1, and it aired last year…) and Taiwan fell behind as well (I only watched 5 Taiwanese dramas this year and 3 of them were BL web series). Korea obviously dominated, and I don’t see that changing in the future despite my Thai obsession.
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Drama Catch-up

20th Century Boy & Girl – The main two characters didn’t get together as soon as they should have but they’re cute together. I love love love the friendship between the three women. All three of them would drop everything if one of the others required them to. They’re so supportive and so caring, it’s beautiful. I also love Flight Attendant and Doc, they’re adorable together, and the two lawyers are also very sweet together (that’s a slow burn, that relationship), and Jin Joo’s Mum is lovely. It’s one of those shows that isn’t overall a great show (and it’s rating very poorly in Korea) but it has a lot of individual things going for it. Hyung realised his little bro was dating Jin Joo and is trying hard to protect her and their relationship as well as himself. He’s a good guy, is Hyung. The fact that Jin Joo keeps calling him Oppa and treating him like her favourite idol despite the fact that she is above him on the entertainment scale and has worked with him as equals does make me laugh.

Black – Paused at episode 4. I don’t want to drop it but I just don’t have time to watch everything at the moment. So it’s on hold until I have time. I like the premise and I want to watch Grim Reaper fall in love with Go Ara. I know a lot of the cast too.

Revolutionary Love – Dropped after ep 5. Sorry Siwon, sorry Kang Sora, sorry Gong Myung. I love you all but I just found I wasn’t anticipating the next episode, and with everything else I’ve been watching, I had to give up the shows I didn’t care for.

Because This Is My First Life – 14 eps in, so one week left. This is one of those slow, static dramas. You know, when the main characters don’t raise their voices or fight or show much emotion. All of that is left to the other characters. Without a doubt my favourite couple are Sooji and Ma CEO; they can be unrealistic but they are also very genuine and honest, which I love. Horang and puppy are the most annoying pair but saying that, I understand where each of them is coming from and how they got to this point. They were both basically living single lives together, and hadn’t properly discussed their future. When Horang got to 30, she feels like she should be settling down now, but puppy isn’t ready for it. It’s unfortunate because both of them do love each other and don’t necessarily want to leave each other but when you’re not at the same place in your life, sometimes a break is what you need. I do want them to end up back together in the end though. The main couple are sweet though, and they don’t tend to let things hang over them. I’m not sure if it’s okay that Sehee shows his love for main girl by being violent towards people he thinks are hurting her because we don’t see that in any other aspect of his life so is he just hiding that part of himself? I know what the show is telling us but I don’t think it’s healthy.Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 19.11.26

Go Back Spouses – This was only 12 episodes so it’s finished already. Everyone was likeable in this drama. There wasn’t anyone you hated except the douchebag Doctor and he got his comeuppance (and how lovely was it that his wife ended up with someone who really loved her?). Second lead was adorbs, we loved him. What was with the weird fantasy scene right at the very end of the last episode though?

Temperature of Love – Now, this lost what was good about it about halfway through, and then got happy and light again near the end. There was a solid 6 episodes which I wasn’t thrilled with. Main couple were still talking but it was angsty talking and I never fully understood why they were acting like that. And why did second lead turn into a jerk for a while and then just switch back to a non-jerk? I mean, it was appreciated, but it’s not like he learned anything new while he was trying to get the girl while knowing she didn’t love him… But anyway, I still keep the main pairing on my Best Couple list. They didn’t even break up for long, and then got back together and talked about everything and sorted themselves out. Jung Sun gave up a career opportunity in Hong Kong for her and I don’t even care because it was within character. He’s a romantic. He cares more about her and their love than he does his career, he always has.

Mad Dog – Paused at ep 8 while I try to find time for it. I fast forward straight past the insurance company stuff and just watch the gang and Min Joon, and that’s all that you have to watch anyway. Min Joon is delightful; one minute he’ll be all tough and then the next he’ll be scared of cockroaches. Love him.

While You Were Sleeping – This was nice. It was just nice. And apparently the point of the show was to put the douchebag lawyer down, so that happened. I mean, we weren’t watching for that storyline, lol, so at least the romance developed organically. They just kind of got together. No big confessions, just a natural progression from friends to lovers. Her mum had a genuine reason for not wanting them together but she listened to them and trusted them and that was all good. There was never really an explanation for why Hong Joo had powers though, was there? Huh.

Tieng Narng Mai – This is a sweet Thai series. The episodes are only an hour, which is much appreciated. The main couple are beautiful and caring and love each other, and the other characters aren’t even that evil. I skip past a couple of the characters but mostly just because they don’t really add much to the story. I know we’ll get a bit of angst coming up as the main pair have to be separated for the sake of the forest, but with this show, even angst is light so it’s still going to be fine. They just need to look at each other and my heart melts.

Waiting for Prison Playbook to be subbed. I started Judge vs Judge but stopped after the first episode. I’ll think about it when I have time. Man in the Kitchen has been dropped. Just, again, not much time and I was fast forwarding half the eps as it was. It’s a pity because I like the cast.