These days I’ve had to remind myself that I still run a blog and even if my thoughts are not that all significant, at one point I did enjoy writing about dramas. I honestly don’t know what happened this year. School dampened my mood and I’ve gotten really lazy especially with the heat. Although, the Northeast weather has been very generous this year. It’s weird, but it seems I forgot how to analyze and think critically about what i’m watching…and I think it’s because I started to convince myself that I’ll watch a drama without thinking too much about it and save the weighty expositions for another time, and then I stopped thinking altogether. So far there have been a plentiful amount of decent dramas airing, yet I find myself starting shows and not finishing them which I rarely did before. School starts up again in a little less than a month, and I don’t want to leave my blog to the likes of dust mites and cobwebs. I think one reason I haven’t been thinking critically about the dramas I’ve been watching is due to the sheer amount of rom-coms that have been airing this year. It’s one of those situations where you already know how things are going to map out: First the bickering, then the cute, heart thumping moments, then a bit of drama, and tada, everyone is barfing rainbows. I guess you could go on about how the actors are doing and the cinematography and what not..but what about the writing? I can only think of one drama that has really moved me with its writing and that award can go to Secret Love Affair, which I haven’t even finished yet! Everything else seems to be operating on a subpar level…there, but not quite there.
I would usually do a Dramascope post in this case, but I really want to just post something so I can stop feeling bad about my inconsistency and laziness. Hope everyone is finding something they can enjoy to watch this summer 🙂
Secret Love Affair
I was keeping up with this as it aired and somehow fell behind. SLA’s writing and directing is superb, and I have no idea why it’s taking me so long to finish it. It was my first time watching Kim Hee Ae who is freaking amazing as Oh Hye Won. The conflicts feel so real and the characters so alive. Not to mention the music score is fantastic. It’s a a noona-donsaeng drama that is mature and intriguing in it’s own way. I’m pretty much almost done with it but it’s one of the dramas that have stood out to me the most so far this year because it’s execution is spot on.
The best part of this drama was the childhood segment. I don’t blame Goo Hye Sun’s (Who has gotten soooo much better!) or Lee Sang Yoon’s acting, but rather after their characters became adults they took a turn for the worst. Honestly I don’t know what more there is to say about it. After awhile it started getting really mundane and repetitive. I love you, no I don’t love you, I mean I really do love you but I can’t be with you. Ok, I’m back let’s resume our love. Wait, why are you changing your mind? I thought you loved me?… Cry me a river Soo Wan and just marry the man.
At first it was seriously entertaining..didn’t make sense but was fun to watch nonetheless. This drama is BAD, BAD, BAD. All sorts of bad. And not the good kind of bad, it’s the very bad kind of bad. I want to erase it from my memory, quick go get me a man in black! I stuck it out for Lee Jong Suk because I really like him, but boy I didn’t sign up for this! I don’t even know where to begin on explaining how this train wreck managed to remain a disaster for it’s entire run. I guess that’s the only compliment i can give to Doctor Stranger, it was consistently terrible. It was like jumping off a cliff in slow motion, you know the misfortune that awaits you, but it’s taking you so long to get there that the plunge to death feels more painful because you have time to think about it. Sorry for the grotesque thought, but it was just that disappointing. Whatever power gave Park Hoon his magical medical abilities…I think I need to tap into that.
High school King of Savvy
I’m slowly falling behind on this one but I must fight through it! It’s so funny because in reality I see a bit of myself in the female lea. To a certain extent, her ditzy nature and her slouch are things we share in common. I’m actually not weirded out by the age difference which a lot of people seem to have gripes with.. I mean she isn’t even 30 yet so it’s not that terrible. Seo In Guk is wonderful in rom-coms and I’m so happy to see him back again. I was a little wary of watching Soo Hyuk act because he just looks so
vampire-ish model-esqe in anything that he does that I was wondering if he can really tap into the emotions of a character. Well, he’s playing a cold-hearted jerk so it’s kind of hard to mess that up. Lee Ha Na has really brought the quirky character of Soo Young to life. I’m happy I got a chance to see her in this role for the first time because she is totally rocking it. This show reminds me of a cartoon picture I once saw that states: Adults are just kids with money. And to a certain extent it is very true. I haven’t worked in the corporate world, but judging from what I’ve heard, I think a high schooler passing for an employee at a large company can actually work. As for such a high position like director…ehhh you can try your luck.
I am also watching Joseon Gunman, Fated to Love You, It’s Okay, It’s Love, High school Love On and Pleasantly Surprised. All of which I will save to talk about in another post.
HAPPY DRAMA WATCHING ❤