Friday, July 6, 2018

308. Lawless Lawyer 무법 변호사 (2018) Korean

Lee Joon Ki, Seo Ye Ji, Lee Hye Young, Choi Min Soo

Drama Rating: 7/10     Neck Score: A+++

Maybe this doesn't deserve a 7, but the cast does. It's been a while since I've seen such a well casted show. Or maybe I should say, it's been a while since these cast members have been able to shine this well in their roles. I absolutely love Lee Joon Ki, but he has been in a lot of not my favorite dramas, and this was the role he was born to play. He still got to do all that angsty tragic backstory stuff, but he also got to be a goofy goober AND show off his beautiful, beautiful martial arts. Seriously, he's the sexiest thing alive when he fights (fans self). His chemistry with Seo Ye Ji was off the charts too. I love her as well, but she also sometimes stars in not my favorite dramas too (I'm looking at you, Boorim School), so to have her in a good, strong role, rocking the pants suits and as a part of a power couple. I love that.

And then we have the villains. Choi Min Soo. I'm in love with him, basically. But I couldn't bring myself to watch his last drama, because yeah.... not going there. But he shined like gold in this. He's always a delight, and his conflicted gangster was just the best. His role wasn't the best written... or was it? I don't know, I can't tell, he played it so well no matter what. And his dynamic with Lee Hye Young was just awesome. Their power struggles, her detailed controlling, his crazy wildcard, it was just great. She was so classy that even though she was just despicable you had to love her all the same. And hate her, just loving to hate her and love her. She was a worthy villain.

Friday, June 22, 2018

310. The Love Knot: His Excellency's First Love 结爱·千岁大人的初恋 (2018) Chinese

Victoria Song, Huang Jingyu, Li Shen, Li Jiaming, Jiang Qilin, Zhang Baijia, Xu Kaicheng

Drama Rating: 7/10     Neck Score: A+++

I knew it was going to be bad news when we caught up and had to wait a whole week for just the last episode. Especially when the second to the last episode slowed the pace down a lot. It just made everything so very anti-climatic. Maybe if we had watched the last three or more in one shot it could have helped, but really, the ending was just anti-climatic.

This show was very watchable though. Curdy and I needed to start a show that we could watch while Lizabreff was super busy and couldn't hang out with us. So we would be less lonely. So we needed to pick a show she didn't mind missing as much. At first we started Rich Man Poor Woman, but we couldn't even get passed one episode. Yuck. Then we tried a Taiwanese drama that had looked interesting but proved boring- The Ex Man. Then, third times a charm, we randomly started this one because we had heard some people tweeting positively about it. I admit, the English name Moonshine and Valentine used in some places was stupid enough that I hadn't considered it before. But don't let bad English names fool you, sometimes the shows are still really good. In the first five minutes we were already hooked. It helped that it has several very nice looking young men.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

303. Meet Me @ 1006 1006的房客 (2018) Taiwanese

Lego Lee, Hsieh Nikki, Xie Kun Da

Drama Rating: 9/10     Neck Score: A

This is the highest rating I've ever given a Taiwanese drama, and it 100% deserved it! (Well, my love for Lego Lee might have inflated it a tiny bit.... maybe...). It was a mystery crime fantasy drama that actually surprised me and had me guessing. There were plot twists that I couldn't foresee that were actually good. It was a bit mind boggling, and that was awesome. Plus all the actors were really good and had good chemistry, and there was a wonderfully progression of our OTP. It was a very fun and watchable show. I'm sad it's over, but also glad that it ended so well.

So, it is about a time and space merging that happens in this one apartment every night from 10:06-10:52. The tenant who lives in the apartment 4 months ago, a rookie reporter, and the just suspended lawyer who takes over the apartment 4 months later, suddenly find their two versions of the apartment united making them "roommates" for 46 min every night.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

304. Tree in the River 动物系恋人啊 (2018) Taiwanese

Mike He, Gillian Chung, Ray Chang, Sonia Sui, Ken Hung, Lin Yu Pin

Drama Rating: 5/10     Neck Score: A++

I know that this show was going for a more realistic feel with all the relationships, and it might have started out that way, but I was soon just rolling my eyes at all the couples lack of communication and how contrived their resolutions were. Also how flip floppy they were. It was a bit too much for me. So while I never hated the show, it was never compelling for me. I just watched it because it wasn't annoying enough to stop, but I never looked forward to it every week or anything.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

300. That Man Oh Soo aka Evergreen 그남자 오수 (2018) Korean

Lee Jong Hyun, Kim So Eun, Kang Tae Oh, Heo Jeong Min, Park Geun Hyung

Drama Rating: 2/10     Neck Score: B

When we finished Radio Romance and we only had this one left in terms of less good dramas, we all assured ourselves that this one would be much easier to finish... You might have then noticed that Radio Romance was scored a 3, while this one is merely a 2. That's right, this was awful. It was always a little bit off in the fact that while I'm a fan of Lee Jong Hyun, he's not a great actor, and this was definitely testing him too much. Because when you're not amazing, bad writing and directing will just do you in. In fact, I should say that all 2 of those points exist because of Beautiful Beautiful Man (Heo Jeong Min). He is the best person alive, and single-handly saved us from dying by his sheer presence in this drama. I hope they paid him well for wasting his talents so. Does OCN Romance own him and Choi Dae Chul? Why do they keep appearing in these not good OCN romance dramas???  Ahem.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

302. Switch: Change the World 스위치 - 세상을 바꿔라 (2018) Korean

Jang Geun Suk, Han Ye Ri, Jung Woong In, Jo Hee Bong, Shin Do Hyun, An Seung Hwan

Drama Rating: 6/10     Neck Score: A

So, this started out really great and then kind of fell apart near the end, and maybe redeemed itself a bit, but not enough to be as amazing. The most amazing part is Jang Geun Suk playing two characters to the point that we believed he was two different people. Having tender moments with himself, aw. The worst part was that the subbers were extra slow and even when the episodes aired on Wednesday and Thursday, some weeks we didn't get to watch it until the following Monday, and even then that might be at the 94% (which means more like 76% for how relevant the information in the unsubbed scenes is).

So we have Sa Do Chan, the con artist, and then we have Baek Joon Soo, the prosecutor. Then we have a common enemy, Geum Tae Woong, and a balance between what the law can do and what a conman can. That premise alone was pretty good, and I was so excited to have Jang Geum Suk back on my screen that I was willing to watch pretty much anything for him. I had/have a serious love for him (as is shown in the fact that I watched Pretty Man, Mary Stayed Out All Night, and You're My Pet- twice- just for him).

Sunday, May 20, 2018

301. My Husband, Oh Jak Doo 데릴남편 오작두 (2018) Korean

Uee, Kim Kang Woo, Jung Sang Hoon, Han Sun Hwa

Drama Rating: 8/10     Neck Score: A+

I would say that this restored my faith in a good romantic comedy, but I can't say that without saying that it also has a murderer in it, so that's pretty consistent with the current romcom trends. However, it will restore your faith in good men who don't play stupid games and are super honest about their feelings. Jak Doo never messes with her feelings and is just the best man ever! He doesn't get bogged down with stupid first loves either, but it just so pure and perfect!