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!

305. A Poem a Day 시를 잊은 그대에게 (2018) Korean

Lee Yoo Bi, Lee Joon Hyuk, Jang Dong Yoon, Seo Hyun Chul, Lee Chae Young

Drama Rating: 8/10     Neck Score: A+

A beautiful slice of life drama that can make even this poetry hater appreciate the poems. Probably because each poem was so poignant and healing as it was read, at first by just Bo Young (Lee Yoo Bi) but then by each of the characters. Because while this was primarily about Woo Bo Young, each character mattered and it was about all of the health professionals as they went about their daily lives in the hospital, with their own set of worries and pains.

The fact that it was a medical drama held me back for a bit, because I have an aversion to hospital dramas, with their super high stakes, with the surgeries every episode, all life and death. It just doesn't appeal to me. I have a hard time caring about surgical dramas. But this one appealed to me a lot because it wasn't about the surgeries, it was about the recovery, as it focused on a team of physical therapists and a couple of radiologists. This fit in really well with the poetic theme of healing. It was all about the struggles and hardships of life, with all the deep emotional struggles as well. Looking at people who don't have hope because they may never walk again, or no matter what they do they can only barely pay the bills. It was heartwarming and you just end up loving everyone, because they were all relatable and beautifully human.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

299. Radio Romance 라디오 로맨스 (2018) Korean

Yoon Doo Joon, Kim So Hyun, Yoon Park, Yura

Drama Rating: 3/10     Neck Score: A

Also known as Ladio Lowmance, aka Too Many Bitcas, aka She's Too Young/a minor. Honestly, I started this one against my better judgement. The age gap was squicky and the plot seemed cliche. However, Curdy had just finished watching Splash Splash Love, so she was on a Doo Joon high, and Lizabreff loves Yoon Park, so they were planning on it. I joined in because of fomo. By the end, I was forcing them to finish it, because I am a finisher, while they aren't necessarily. It was torture. We literally could only watch one at a time, and only if we had something else to watch to bring our spirits up, because it was so badly written. It was all over the place. It was super draggy too. The plot didn't actually start moving along until it was almost over. It was just the same nasty bitca fighting, hurting our main girl, and the two male leads having constant weenie wars EVERY SINGLE EPISODE. Seriously, dudes, put them away. No one cares about either of your feelings, just let the girl do what she wants!
Thanks for making this, Lizabreff, haha.

296. Grand Prince 대군 - 사랑을 그리다 (2018) Korean

Yoon Si Yoon, Jin Se Yun, Joo Sang Wook, Ryu Hyo Young, Son Ji Hyun

Drama Rating: 4/10     Neck Score: A+

I knew what it was going to be like when I started it. I saw all the warning signs that said: "this is not going to be a good sageuk" and yet I watched it anyway. Why? Because I will watch anything for Yoon Si Yoon. I know, that's not wise. But I've already done it for every other of his dramas, why stop now?

The acting wasn't really the issue. While I'm not a huge fan of Jin Se Yun, I'd say it was never her fault that she show sucked. It was 100% the writing and plot. It just kept getting more and more ridiculous. People fell for the stupidest traps, it was pretty bad. It was also that I hated Joo Sang Wook's smarmy character, Jin Yang, so much that I had to multitask every time his character got any screen time at all. Which meant that I couldn't watch it during my lunch break on my phone, but only at home where I could Duolingo or puzzle game it up, especially during Jin Yang's smarmy yucky pitty parties of nasty justification. He did too good a job being a yucky boy. He pissed me off all the time.

Friday, May 11, 2018

306. You Drive Me Crazy! 미치겠다, 너땜에! (2018) Korean

Lee Yoo Young, Kim Sun Ho, Sung Joo, Kwon Doh Woon, Ryoo Hye Rin, Park Hyo Joo

Drama Rating: 9/10     Neck Score: A+

I never know where to put these drama specials.  Are they mini dramas? Or are they TV movies? Oh well, I'll just make it number 304 and have done with it. I had been looking forward to watching this since it got announced because I love Maknae (Kim Sun Ho) and I love Lee Yoo Young. Although I have to admit that I didn't recognize her because her character was so polar opposite from her character in Tunnel. She was the impulsive, outspoken, feisty, and cheerful one. It was also interesting to see Maknae being more of the straight man to her craziness, which he also did superbly. He just has a way of making his characters so real and relatable. His expressions! Ack!

So it's about some best friends who "accidentally" slept together two months ago, and are still avoiding it and pretending it never happened. Basically it is the most angsty, chemistry filled show I've seen in a while. The tension between them was wow. Needing to talk about what happened, not wanting to. How do you cross that line from friend to lover without ruining the relationship? Now that they already have, how do the save their relationship and in what way should it be saved?

Monday, April 30, 2018

297. Prison Playbook 슬기로운 감빵생활 (2017) Korean

Park Hae Soo, Jung Kyoung Ho, Krystal Jung, Lim Hwa Young, Kim Kyung Nam

Drama Rating: 9.5     Neck Score: A

I started this much later than most people because I had to wait for it to come out on Netflix, and then by the time it did I had half forgotten it and was too busy. But everyone kept talking about it, and going on about how much the loved it, and could watch the antics of the Cell 2-6 boys for another season, so I kept it high on my list. I didn't 100% believe that I would fall in love with everyone to that extent. But how right everyone was. It maybe took me a couple of episodes, but especially by the end I was watching them with every minute I could space. It was hard, because the episodes are longer than an hour. Some being closer to 2 hours. But it is so worth it. I really could watch another season of my babies.

Omo! The feels! I have never cared so much about a cast of characters! My babies! No! Don't hurt my babies! They were all in prison for a reason, and yet I cared about them so much. Everyone was lovable. Even people you didn't think would be. From the prisoners to the guards to the family members. Everyone was just so lovable.