I’ve been on a bit of a Thai fix for the last month or so, watching several airing dramas and finishing several older or recently aired dramas. I basically need somewhere to put my screenshots for my GMM TV shows (although I restrained myself anyway because otherwise it would just be too much. As it is, this is a stupidly long post…). Continue reading
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Duel – 4 episodes in now, and I’ve decided I’ll stick with it. Mostly for Yang Se Jong but also because I want to find out the whole story. Why did they clone this man, who is the man who killed him, why is that Journalist digging into all of this, what did her mother do? All of those questions, I look forward to having answered. While getting to watch Yang Se Jong act as two different characters while looking oh so pretty. They get points taken off for not giving them different hairstyles though. When you have good and evil twins, clearly one of them has bangs and the other doesn’t. That’s the unspoken rule and it isn’t being followed here!
Circle – We now know who everyone is and now just need to learn the secrets of the Human B experiment thing. It’s all very interesting, although not really a crack drama. But interesting. I do love the idea of Smart City. No bad memories, just a nice peaceful life. I could handle that, I reckon.
U-Prince Series: Crazy Artist – Probably the nicest of all of the dramas. They just met, hung out, fell in love. Very sweet. The characters were rather natural too. She wasn’t over the top, neither was he, they were just normal. I wasn’t expecting that ending but I guess it was realistic. Or, as realistic as a GMM TV teen drama can be?
U-Prince Series: Single Lawyer – Another one. The main pair were cute enough. Pretty as a couple; I loved taking screenshots of them, they look so perfect together. The main guy’s brother (played by one of the boys from SOTUS) was a problem though. He said he was gay but then got drunk and tried to sexually assault the main girl, his best friend. And then she forgave him pretty much instantly. No, he terrified you and had you running away crying “Rape!” He doesn’t just get to say sorry and be forgiven like that! I know he was confused and upset about his boyfriend but that doesn’t excuse it! I will say though, that the actor does an “I’m upset and apologetic” look really well. Oh, and there was a weird moment where the brother’s boyfriend acted like a douche and he was forgiven immediately as well, but the whole storyline was so unnecessary that I don’t even know why it was in the drama in the first place. Very frustrating.
Fight For My Way – Wow, we’re really getting somewhere now. We’re halfway through and the romance is beginning, and we just had a major twist from Choi Woo Sik who turned out to just be a long cameo. He did such a good job, I hope we get to see him as a lead again soon. And Dong Man is a top fighter but would choose Aera over his dream if he had to, and there’s something going on with their landlady which should be fun to watch, and the secondary pair are possibly going to break up soon (and then get back together, obviously). Great show, I’m enjoying it.
Chicago Typewriter – I cried in the last episode, when Shin Yul received Hwi Young’s letter. It was so heartbreaking! Definitely Top 5 of the year, without doubt. And everyone should win an award.
Lookout – Kim Young Kwang looks so good in this, wow. And is a great actor too. Two thumbs up from me, Young Kwang. And everyone else as well. Brilliant cast, and I’m really enjoying the story and looking forward to when the bad guy gets his comeuppance. And it should be fun watching Soo Ji find out who the leader is.
Suspicious Partner – Ji Chang Wook, adorbs. Choi Tae Joon, so pretty. Nam Ji Hyun, also adorbs. That’s pretty much the show. And, I’m not happy about the paralegal. Don’t hurt me like that, Show.
Best Hit – I’m so curious to know why Hyunjae was in 1993 when he went forward in time but history says he disappeared in 1994. So, that means he went back to 1993, lived there for a while, and then disappeared again? Hopefully back to the future? But why would we learn that so early, if that was the case? Anyway, he’s such a little douche but in a harmless way, and he does these kind things every now & then as well which reminds you that he’s not quite as bad as he seems. Watching his romance with Woo Seung grow will be fun, as will the relationship between Ji Hoon and the female idol trainee, and Ji Hoon and Hyun Jae, and Hyun Jae and Kwang Jae, and finding out Hyun Jae’s history with Bo Hee. Oh, and next week we get to see more of MJ (played by Astro’s Cha Eun Woo), which I can’t wait for. He’s cute and there’s more to his character than we know. Yoon Si Yoon is love, of course. Check out this video of him performing at Music Bank in character, alongside his co-star in the drama Hong Kyung Min (who also wrote the song!)
Ruler of the Mask – I dunno, it’s fine, nothing to write home about but Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun and even Myung Soo are doing a great job with what they’re given. I don’t necessarily want to drop it but if I get a job and run out of time for dramas, this will be the one to go.
My Only Love Song – A cute little web series that was filmed last year but only aired on Netflix recently. It’s produced by FNC, I think, or they had something to do with it because Jonghyun from CN Blue and my boy Jaejin from FT Island star in it alongside Gong Seungyeon. It’s very silly, although does calm down as it goes on. Main girl is rather annoying at first but she settles as well. 20 episodes at 30 minutes each, so it’s not a difficult watch.
SOTUS The Series – 2016. This was based on an online bl novel and apparently was pretty loyal to the book. I quite enjoyed it, it’s probably one of the better GMM TV dramas I’ve watched. Obviously it’s for teenagers and it’s Thai so they kissed twice in the entire series and it was really just a peck but their mouths were actually open so, that’s a win. They’re making a second season which should air later this year so I’ll watch that when it starts. I love GMMTV because they subtitle their own shows on Youtube. It’s delayed so they don’t upload the subbed version until about 4 episodes have already aired, but that’s better than nothing. Significantly better than most other networks. For a lot of the cast, SOTUS was their first drama (the two main actors in this were 20 and 21 at the time of filming, coincidentally both studying Economics at the same uni), and then they’ve started doing other stuff for GMM TV this year, so that’s nice to see. I’m following the main pair on Twitter and Instagram now. Singto won some kind of popularity award at an award show and they’re both touring around Asia doing fanmeets. So that’s cool.
Make It Right The Series – 2016. Another series based on a BL novel, produced by the same network that did Love Sick. It’s the same novel writer as Love Sick as well, I’m pretty sure. Anyway, Make It Right was not as good as Love Sick and I won’t be watching season 2. There were two main couples and in the first couple, the guy was cheating on his girlfriend with his male friend, and in the second couple, the guy basically forcibly had sex with the other boy. And they’re all in high school both in the show and in real life. The actors were all around 15/16 when they filmed it, which is likely why the kisses weren’t even real. As in, they shot it with camera angles to make it seem like they were touching but they really weren’t. Well, the main pair did actually touch lips maybe twice. So, in Love Sick, Captain was only 16 at the time and he had a proper open-mouthed make out session with White in season 1, but it didn’t air because his parents vetoed it. We only saw it in uncut videos on YouTube afterwards. I’m wondering if the network got stricter after that with minors. What I find fascinating about Thailand restrictions though, is that they can have a drama where someone gets raped, but they can’t show alcohol on screen so they have to blur it out. So in this drama, they had 15 year olds getting drunk and one of them practically raping another one but it’s the alcohol they can’t show on TV. There’s no logic to that whatsoever.
Okay, I’m going to get back into updating myself on what I’m watching. I like having that record, especially because I have such a bad memory. It helps when I’m trying to make a Best of list at the end of the year. So far, I think I only have two dramas on that list! I also want somewhere to put the gifs I make. I haven’t figured out how to properly format these posts though so I can’t put them next to paragraphs like I could on Blogger. There must be a way but I’m a noob.
Note: there will always be spoilers in all of my posts about dramas. Beware.
What I’m currently watching:
Suspicious Partner – Cute, I like it, main pair are adorable, Ji Chang Wook is lovely, I’m totally a fan of Nam Ji Hyun when she’s not doing aegyo (that is not fun. Don’t do that, Ji Hyun-ah), and the other side characters are enjoyable. Choi Tae Joon is mighty fine and I actually don’t hate him at all for what he did to his best friend, which actually means I’m not overly invested in the show. So, I like it, i like the characters, but I’m not fully there. It’s a superficial drama.
Circle – Only watched 2 eps so far, it’s interesting but would probably be the first drama to go if I had to drop one. Which I won’t have to, but it’s the most different out of all of the dramas I’m watching. I like the idea of it, I just need more things to fall into place. It’s bit confusing this early on.
Fight For My Way – Only 4 eps in, it’s one of those “Not bad, not great, cute enough, I’ll stick with it” dramas. I don’t really dislike anyone enough to quit, but it’s not must-watch tv. I really like Kim Ji Won and Park Seo Joon though so it’s worth watching for them. It’s Kim Ji Won’s first lead role, as well, so I want to support her.
Chicago Typewriter – Love everything except for Taemin’s storyline in the present timeline. Love the romance, love the bromance, love the mystery, love the 1930’s scenes, love how the actors look in the 1930’s gear, love the unexpected comedy. Love the OST covers.
My Secret Romance – Just finished. If they hadn’t padded it out with so many flashbacks, it would have been a much better drama. As it is though, it was a nice bit of fluff. And some great make out scenes. Sung Hoon knows what he’s doing.
Lookout – Amazing cast. Only early days but I think it will pick up in time. I’m not quite sure what the deal is with Kim Young Kwang. I mean, I know that he’s trying to get revenge but, is he letting bad guys escape just so he can climb the ranks? He sent that guy to confess in the police station knowing that the Prosecutors would let him go. Why? So until I fully understand what’s going on, I don’t think I’ll be fully invested.
What I have watched already:
Eternal Love (aka 3 Lives, 3 Worlds, 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms) – Chinese, ridiculously addictive after episode 11, beautiful and heartbreaking romance, frustrating if you like the side romances that lead nowhere, some very very funny moments, excellent sex scenes. Most watched Chinese drama ever, and well deserved. It also introduced me to some new Chinese actors who I will be following in the future (Gal Wei Guang and Dilraba, and I was already following Yu Meng Long after his stint in Go Princess Go).
Because Of Meeting You – Also Chinese, good, watchable as long as you fast forward the evil bitch and the mothers. But the main pair are adorable and stick together the entire show. No silly misunderstandings, they just love each other. And the main girl doesn’t put up with anyone’s shit (okay, except for the first 20 eps or so, but then she totally stands up for herself from then on).
Introverted Boss – I don’t even remember how this ended. I wanted it to be better.
Missing 9 – I started watching for Chanyeol and then realised the very talented Jung Kyung Ho and a pretty Baek Jin Hee were in it, and Choi Taejoon was looking lovely as well, so I kept watching. I enjoyed it too, almost for the whole show. It did get too ridiculous by the end though.
The Liar & His Lover – So. Cute. Okay, it lost something of itself in the last few episodes but we got some cute OST’s out of it, and Joy suited the role even though she’s massively green, and the lead singer of Uniq did a pretty good job (I even want to learn his name now), and I am definitely following Lee Seo Won now (after this and Uncontrollably Fond, he is my boy). All of the characters were fairly well developed, and you understood why they did what they did, and there was only one character that you really disliked and she disappeared after her stint was done.
Queen of the Ring – Little cute web special with Kim Seulgi. I do love her.
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People – Leading role for my boy Yoon Kyun Sang :-). Not a bad show, I watched and enjoyed it to the end, but not a show I’d rewatch. Mori was a character they could have given more screen time to, I felt.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon – Definitely did not deserve the ratings and the praise it received in Korea, however the actors did. So I can’t bemoan the attention it received because it meant Park Hyungsik became more popular and I do love him. Park Bo Young was already popular but this launched her a bit higher. The romance was the only thing people cared about, it’s the only thing that kept the show bearable. Why did the gangsters have so many scenes in the later episodes? And some episodes were 100% filler!
Hwarang – Jidwi, my love! Park Hyungsik rocked it as the brooding King. Park Seo Joon and Go Ara did what they could with boring characters. I loved the pretty, and I loved the little side romance between Ban Ryu and Soo Yeon (they were my favourite thing about the whole drama, in fact), and V was god damn adorable even though he really isn’t the greatest of actors. It was a drama with such potential, it’s a pity the writer didn’t know how to capitalise on it.
Goblin/Dokkaebi – This finished in January so I probably didn’t mention it in my 2016 list. Pretty. Heartbreaking. Sweet. Funny. I never did understand why he was punished so severely though, they never explained it.
Dramas aired in earlier years that I watched in 2017:
Waiting For You – A Chinese drama with Wang Kai that aired in 2015 that I helped segment on Viki this year. Not really worth watching but there were some totally adorable Wang Kai moments.
Love020 – Was a 2016 drama. Cute. I liked it. They could have done so much more with the gay storyline but I guess a.) it’s China, and b.) they followed the novel.
Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu – A 2016 Japanese drama, the only one I’ve watched this year, I think. It was sweet and odd. Very Japanese.
Novoland: The Castle in the Sky – Another Chinese drama that came out last year but that I think I watched this year. A web series, I think. Hilarious CGI. I’d say it’s one of those dramas that isn’t actually good, but for some reason you keep watching anyway. I liked the main pair, for the most part. Another drama is coming out at some point set in the same universe. I might check that out.
U-Prince Series – There’s a series of 12 mini-dramas that started airing on GMMTV last year, a Thai network. Each series is around 4 episodes (except the first which was 8) and each series is about a member of a different major at the University. The first ‘Prince’ was studying agriculture, the third was a geologist, etc. I haven’t watched them all but I have watched Handsome Cowboy (the first and the worst; the main guy was an abusive cheating douchebag pretty much right to the end), Badass Baker (boring but watchable), Extroverted Humanist (with my favourite boy Captain), and the Gentle Vet (I honestly don’t even remember it. I think it was cute). In this show, Captain played the brother of White, and the reason I know the two of them is because they played boyfriends in Love Sick. From lovers to brothers ;-). They’re actually friends in real life now.
Oh, I’m also watching the Norwegian drama SKAM, and I’m solely mentioning that so that I can put these gifs here:
Did you know the Australian passport is ranked 7th on the Global Passport index, along with New Zealand and Iceland? Why is that? Why are there some countries that Australians can’t enter without a visa but passport holders from Sweden, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and 19 other countries can? What are we lacking? Genuine question.
Anyway, I have two passports. I have my flashy new Aussie passport, which I needed to get renewed before I move to Canada, and I have my British passport (ranked 3rd on the GP index), which used to be so much more valuable before Brexit happened. Now, it’s fairly useless as all it gets me is the right to live in the UK without a visa. With my UK passport in Europe, I could go through the EU line instead of the Everything Else line at Immigration; it was honestly one of the best things about travelling with my Mum because I could tease her every time I got through quicker than she did (yes, I am that childish).
The current British passports still say that it’s part of the EU; I wonder if we’ll need to replace our passports soon…
In Korean, the word for ‘ordinary/normal’ is “potong” (보통). In Chinese, it’s “putong” (普通). The Korean word comes from the same Chinese characters but I wonder if they always pronounced it with that slight difference (‘o’ instead of ‘u’), or if it changed over time.
Whenever I’m watching Chinese dramas, I always love hearing a word and realising “Oh hey, that’s another one Korea kept from the old Chinese”. Korean people originally spoke their own version of Classical Chinese until one day King Sejong created hangul to make it easier for his people to become literate. I’ve watched 3 dramas with King Sejong in them and he’s always portrayed as a good King. Seeing as it was hundreds of years ago, he probably also killed a bunch of people. Who knows. Anyway, Potong is one of the first words that I learned was a carry over from the old days, so whenever I think ‘ordinary’, I think of ‘potong’.