Drama Review: 1/29/17

I’m still reeling, and not quite over the Goblin syndrome. I am having a hard time starting a new drama after this show’s magnificent run But, somehow I need to move on, so I tried to keep up with what I had already started and try new shows.

As of this post, I’ve watched:

Missing 9: 3-4

In the present time, So Hee’s brother is very much intent on finding out who killed his sister. In the meantime, the Special Investigative Commissions agenda is to bury the whole thing and have the public forget. Politics play a role here although it hasn’t played out yet. It’s becoming a Making A Murderer vs Survivor inside the organization. The investigation continues on Bong Hee who still struggles to remember events they needed from her. She went under hypnotheraphy only to unconsciously confess to killing So Hee. Which was confirmed when Bong Hee returned to the island, and strolled through nice memories of her time there until she remembered So Hee’s death, and she was the last person with her.

We get to see more of what happened to our castaways on the island, that are not of Bong Hee’s recollections during the investigation. Our castaways are learning or should I say struggling to survive outside their natural element. Eventually, the survivor groups formed into one. Even though he was met with opposition, Joon Oh led our team inland to find better shelter while waiting for rescue, to find proof that there were others before them. They’ve been met both separately, and as a group with a few challenges aside from figuring out what to eat. They dealt with dangers of a storm, snake bite, landmines, finding a cure for Ji Ah’s injury, falling in bunkers, and a thief in the night who happens to be the pilot and he has a lifeboat that can only take four people.

The highlight of this week’s episodes were the comedic breaks during their time in the island. It’s a bit refreshing to see the lighter side of things in a survival situation. From the seniors bragging their military experience but still not doing any of the fishing – it is funny. Standing for hours on end on a landmine, that turns out to be dead, it would make me repent for my sins too. I have a fear of snakes, but the scene where the secretary was bit, and he was trying to be heroic by asking to be left behind, yet Bong Hee looks paler than him. Ha! How about Ki Joon hunting for bunnies, but can’t get the courage to turn them into meals because they’re so cute. Good thing too. I would’ve stopped watching the show if they had given the slightest impression that bunnies became dinner.

Character wise, there were some character contrasts: From Tae Jo wanting to survive alone and Joon Oh wanting everyone to survive, So Hee wanting to die and Bong Hee wanting to live as long as he can, Tae Jo taking credit for Ji Ah’s survival, and Ki Joon being the secret hero. There was one similarity which is Jae Hyun and So Hee’s death – both fell. Although it’s too early to say if So Hee’s was really murdered, or if Bong Hee was trying to stop her from jumping and ending up pushing her off the cliff anyway. As a group, the cast with the exception on Bong Hee still act privileged even though they know they’re stuck in an island. We have two strong characters here. Bong Hee is the obvious one since she’s the one mostly working to get them to somewhat settle in on their island life even temporary. Ji Ah is another one, there was a scene where she was weaving leaves, the defining scene was when she chose to go inland with Joon Oh instead of agreeing with Tae Jo’s opinion.

We were kind of given a hint of what the theme of this show – TRUST NO ONE. We saw it in So Hee’s dream right before Jae Hyun jumped – he said don’t trust people. Same goes for Tae Jo saying out lout towards Joon Oh that after Jae Hyun’s death, he doesn’t trust him.

I believe that Bong Hee remembers more than what she’s been revealing to the investigative team. I think that’s pretty smart of her. Until she knows who’s really on her side, it’s best only to reveal the happy-we-got-along somehow memories. But, I won’t be surprised if she does turn out to be the bad guy in the end because she is that kind of person that will do anything to survive.

I’m obviously tuning in to the next episodes. I don’t understand why So Hee didn’t say anything after witnessing Tae Jo commit actual murder. I need to know who was in that hospital with the CEO of Legend Entertainment. Where did Bong Hee find the necklace and how she ended up with it? What is Jae Hyun’s story? Did the hypnotherapist manipulate the session to make it look like Bong Hee killed So Hee? Is Bong Hee a survivor or murderer?

Chief Kim: 1

We only get to see the background of Seong Ryong’s life as an accountant and expert embezzler. First, he’s a math genius. His dad is/was friends with his now or would be previous  employer. He’s popular enough that other business owners come to him for advice on their tax returns, which he gives with something in return like free food, or extra money. Corruption is his game, and his goal is to profit from it. His life goal is to live in Denmark – which is why he embezzles from his boss, and his boss knows turns a blind eye due to the money he saves the company. But in the end, you can only embezzle from your employer for so long especially when jealousy creeps in, and the fear of losing your business to an expert is real. Then comes the opportunity for him to work for a reputable corporation which was to be his “last victim”.

Then we see the side of the corporate and corrupt world of TQ Group. From suicide attempts, to whistle blowing, and hierarchy within departments. It reminds me a little of Misaeng- but it’s definitely not the same story here.

First off, Nam Goong Min should do another historical for his next project. I would definitely watch him this time. As for this show, maybe because I’ve only seen him as a villain, and a single dad, I didn’t get to watch him in his other projects that I didn’t connect with him or any of the characters in this episode.I felt like the comedy part was overacted. It didn’t feel naturally funny to me, and I don’t think it’s Nam Goong Min’s fault, rather, it didn’t come out on screen the way the director had it in mind.

I’d still recommend this show if you’re looking for a comeafter watching Goblin, and not wanting suspense like Voice, or mystery like Missing 9. Who knows, you might connect to the show faster than I did. Personally,  I’m not in a huge rush to watch the next episode –yet. It usually takes me at least six to eight episodes for me to decide if I’m going all the way or just ending it here. There were other shows that premiered this month that I’m going to try.

Stay tuned.

Flashback Friday: You Are My Destiny [2008]

Editor’s note: I’m out of blogging hiatus thanks to the Goblin Syndrome. It’s been a week since this show has ended, and like many of you, we’re starting to move on. I thought that I should start a regular blog series to help me focus on other things aside from missing this drama so so so much.

You Are My Destiny was a weekday drama that aired on KBS for 178 episodes. The story surrounds Jang Sae Byuk, an orphan who had an eye transplant, who was accepted by the organ donors family as their daughter.

Main Cast:
Yoona, Park Jae Jeon, Lee Ji Hoon, Kong Hyun Joo, and Lee Pil Mo

This was my first Korean drama. I watched this drama not knowing who Yoona was. It’s been nine years since I watched this series. When I stumbled on this show as I was channel surfing, I had no clue about Kdramas, and the addiction attached to it. I didn’t know the title of this show, when it aired since I was on episode 42 when I first found this show, what time it really airs since I seem to always miss the first 10 minutes of it on DVR, what kind of Asian drama it was. I knew it wasn’t Chinese though. All I know is how beautiful the language was, and the story arc got me wanting to watch more.

I found myself “researching” more and more about this drama, and started to look where I can watch the episodes I missed, while the ones that are airing I can record on DVR and save on DVD for future viewing. This drama was the beginning of a beautiful addiction.

Drama Review: 1/22/17

As of this post I’ve watched:

Goblin: 14, 15,and 16
2016 ended and 2017 started with Goblin. What an AMAZING series. I know that it will take me sometime to get over this show, like 939 to 200 years. Some viewers might still be upset at how it ended, but I still believe that it’s an appropriate way to end the show. I absolutely loved everything about this drama.


Missing 9: 1-2
This show reminds me of the US show LOST, but I like the fact that I’m not going to wait 6 seasons/years to see how this played out. It caught my interest, and I’m curious how/when the flashbacks will end, and if Bong Hee IS the only survivor.

Voice: 3-4
I think what kept me from coming back to the show is because of the cliffhangers in the end of episodes. They got me at the edge of my seat, then bam! I won’t know until Saturday what happens. I absolutely need to know if they will be successful in their rescue in 10 minutes. That, and I also want to know who the killer is that they’re both trying to look for. OCN – really likes their crime thrillers.

Need to catch up on:

Hwarang: 5 – current episode
I haven’t connected to the show as of yet, which is normal. I usually get hooked halfway if the plot progresses.

Rebound Drama: Voice

I’m starting a new blog series called Rebound Drama. These are the drama’s that I’ll be watching right after a crack drama to ease my withdrawal symptoms. Will these be a new crack drama or will it stay as a rebound drama…only time will tell.

I’m anticipating a MAJOR withdrawal symptom when Goblin ends this week. I’m treating this like a breakup. The best way to get over a kdrama relationship is to start a rebound one. So, I started to give a new drama a try. I watched this as it premiered while waiting for Episode 13 of Goblin. I had to choose between The Naked Fireman, and The Voice at the time. I chose the latter in case 4 episodes of Fireman isn’t enough to help me move on from my soon to be ex- Goblin.  That, and OCN hasn’t disappointed me in the shows that I was able to stream like Vampire Prosecutor, TEN, and TEN 2.

Voice is about Moo Jin-Hyuk (Jang Hyuk)who was a successful detective, but after his wife was murdered, his career went downhill wanting to find the murderer and bring him to justice. Kang Kwon-Joo (Lee Ha-Na) works at the 112 emergency center who happened to hear the the murder of Moo Jin’s wife, and her father who is also searching for the same thing.

So far, I like the premise, but I have already found myself skipping scenes to move on to the next. So much for a rebound drama! I don’t know if I’m going to commit to watching this show until the end since I haven’t seen anything that Lee Ha Na and Jang Hyuk dramas/movies.

Stay tuned.

Goblin: God of Kdrama Addiction

Viewers around the globe has been swept up with the Goblin syndrome. The series has finished its run, and most of us are now suffering from MAJOR withdrawal symptoms. I mean, who wouldn’t? This show – it’s a perfect TRIFECTA.

First, they blessed us with a GODLY ensemble that’s Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook, Yoo In Na, and Yook Sung Jae

The chemistry between these actors have with each other is unbelievable. No matter which actor is paired up with, the scenes just come to life. I personally don’t think they were acting at all. I felt like they were having a natural, normal conversation.

The supporting casts are just as beautiful. I think everyone will agree that it was a fun surprise to see the actor in this show that played Secretary/CEO Kim. The cameos by Kim So Hyun brought elegance to the show.

Second, there’s the script, cinematography, and special effects that are nothing short of AMAZING. Just look at these…these are just from episode 14. I almost felt like I’m watching a movie. I’m actually now convinced that if this was made into a movie, would it have the same frenzy.

As far as the script goes, the writer had everything in mind from beginning to end. The cliche’s are there in any romance drama, but somehow she wrote it naturally, and acted out perfectly.  Although some viewers beg to differ, I really did appreciate the ending. Everything does come full circle. I knew going in when I started to watch this drama, that God-Human relationships are bittersweet. Kim Shin is still a God, his punishment was over, made amends with Wang Yeo – that’s why he was able to have his happy ending even for a moment. Eun Tak is a human, she got her happy ending – though she can’t live forever. Kim Shin witnessing everyone dying has never been his punishment, it seems like it is, but when we lose anything in our lives, we tell ourselves it’s our punishment. It’s not. It’s a way of life for a God. It’s the cycle of god/human life. Round and round.

I’m sure Kim Eun Sook thought about possibilities of Shin becoming human, or Eun Tak to somehow get immortality, but it wouldn’t make sense. It would just raise more questions. At least this way, Kim Shin lived up to the show’s title- The Great and Lonely God. Again, everything was perfect.

Finally, the soundtrack – all the songs played the right time, nothing was overplayed [think “Almost Paradise”] and brought the right emotions out. Nothing seals a drama the way a track plays in a very important scene. This show nailed it.

On a side note – it did help that this show aired in tvN. I think that the world would still end up in a Goblin syndrome, but the quality wouldn’t be the same if it were to air in any of the three major broadcasters towards the end because the network would be succumbing into fan service.

Since this show has premiered, it has taken over my mind, if not my entire being. I can’t stop “googling” about anything Goblin related articles. I’ve followed everything Goblin in all social media outlets. I ended up buying a new desktop so I can watch it on a bigger screen instead of my phone or ipad, and because I couldn’t wait for my Apple TV to be set up on Christmas.  Goblin has overtaken any lists that I have as far as preferences. This show set the bar so high, that I’d have to redo my favorite drama, leading man, leading lady, and OST of all time. Sad part was, that I didn’t even get to blog about the original lists that I have since I started watching in 2008.

Like many of you, I’m wondering what to do next, how to heal from the withdrawal symptoms. I mean we all have jobs to go the next day, or school, or this thing called reality….but you understand the dilemma. I tried a “rebound drama” when episode 12 just aired to slowly cushion my fall when the series ends, but it’s not working out. So now, I’m gearing myself of binge watching this drama again. Mind you, I’ve watched this as soon as the episode is available in English subs – twice- each episode. This time though, I’m taking notes on episodes, scenes that made me laugh, cry, mad, confused – if/when my questions were answered. I’ll blog about it for a while until I run out of content.

For now all I can say is this: Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook are the Gods of Kdrama Addiction. Kim Go Eun, Yoo In Na are the Patron Saints of Drama Heroines.

Goblin: Not ready to let go, Are you?

We’re at the finale weekend of Goblin, and we will get treated to 3 episodes. Unfortunately, it is the LAST 3 episodes. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I don’t know what crack drama you’re on. You still have days away to marathon the entire series before the finale. Be warned: you will look and sound like a lunatic throughout the series because as you watch an episode, you will laugh, then you will cry, then you will laugh some more, and cry harder, get mad, then go crazy wanting to watch the next episode – repeat for the next 13 episodes.

If you’re on this crack drama, are you as anxious as I am? I mean, I’m really curious how this will play out. Since they delayed episode 14 because they want special effects to be of quality, I cannot imagine what else needs CGI editing. I’m still excited nonetheless. I think I can foresee a time jump happening – it’d be nice if they have a montage of how they’ve been living the last 9 years, instead of hearing it in the dialogue. More importantly, I just want answers – how will Sunny find out her brother died? Will ET live or die of a heart attack? Will GR and Sunny have a happy ending? Will ET and KS have a happy ending? –I’d be quite disappointed if their reunion is one of the reincarnated kind, to be honest. But I’ll take what I get – another passionate kiss,

this time though the camera needs NOT to be behind GY’s shoulder. Also, where is the OST for Never Far Away?????

Then here comes the reality – the major withdrawal symptoms. I know I’m going to get it pretty bad. I’m pretty bummed that I went with the Goblin craze watching it raw, with subs, again and again, going through every social media post about this show, and not to mention shipping KGE and GY to date in real life. The last time I was like this was when Master’s Sun was airing, SKKS a few years before that, and City Hall. I should’ve just waited for the whole series to air then watch it in 2 days like I always do. But no- I freaking fell in love with ET and KS right off the bat. So, here I am, more afraid of the withdrawal symptoms rather than how the series will answer all the questions, seal every loophole, and wrap the entire show in a neat bow.

I’ve actually found a rebound drama [will be blogging about it soon] and I’m already skipping scenes to get to the ending, so it’s pretty obvious, that I’m not ready to let go of this drama anytime soon.  I’m going to need a Goblin Anonymous just to help me move on.

Goodbye 2016 – Hello 2017

2016 has come and gone. I’m seriously still cleaning up after my cancelling all my 2016 blogging plans. I still found time to watch my kdramas, although I wished I could’ve spent more time in actively volunteering to hard sub files, or create memes, calendars and actively participate in forums.

I promised to myself that 2017 will be the year that I take care of me. Don’t worry, I’m not abandoning my motherly responsibilities. I’m just going to make sure that I find time to watch Kdramas, doing my DIY’s, sewing, and blogging all about it.

I don’t have a year in review so I’ll just list all the dramas I’ve watched in 2016.

Cheese in the Trap
Madame Antoine
Marriage Contract
Mrs. Cop 2
Another Oh Hae Young
Mirror of the Witch
Police Unit 38
Cinderella and the Four Knights
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds
Jealousy Incarnate
One Percent of Anything
Goblin – currently obessing
Hwarang: The Beginning – currently watching

This is the first year that I watched Cdramas: The Interpreter, and When A Snail Falls In Love.

I don’t know when I’ll be “officially” back to blogging. Let’s hope soon.