Sunday, August 25, 2013

Her Legend: Episodes 5-6 Turnaround

If you read my previous HL review, you would have seen I was about frothing at the levels of ridiculous makjang in the first four episodes and a mere hair away from dropping. But the adult cast had just started up, and I decided to give episode 5 a shot. And who would have guessed, but it suddenly turned the corner into cute and sweetly addicting. After 5-6, I’m more excited to see new episodes of this than any other airing drama.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Master's Sun: Episode 5 Thoughts

Episode 5 drew me back-and-forth and left me conflicted on my love for this show. It's probably my least favorite episode so far, but for reasons completely unrelated to the leads, who continue to be gushing chemistry. I've come to the conclusion that the biggest reason why I like this show is the PD, who does magical things with music and shots (everyone's gushing about that glass window ending sequence, and for good reason). If someone other than he had gotten a hold of it, I highly doubt I would be enjoying this even a fraction as much. Because the script is utter crap and the Hong Sisters need to retire as far as I'm concerned.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Her Legend: An Angsty Mess as of Episodes 1-4

For a 20-episode drama, Her Legend sure had a long ass childhood sequence. I wish it'd gotten to the point faster; they spent almost four episodes on the past when all I wanted was to see the story finally get underway. This is old-school makjang at its worst, which surprised me because TVN was on such a non-angst streak of good dramas in this slot. You get everything thrown in and poorly stuck together; a naive, upbeat orphan girl, evil adoptive parents, truck of doom, amnesia, villainous step sibling, all within the first three episodes. It's a horrible drain but at this point I want to at see how the adult cast is before I make a final judgement.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Liar Game: Series Review

I had an intense marathon catch-up session on the past 70 or so chapters of the Liar Game manga, and thought I'd go ahead and review both the comic and the popular J-drama/movie from a few years ago. Liar Game's an ongoing manga series and finished drama (with two seasons and a movie) that's quite possibly one of the most intelligently-written and suspenseful stories I've read. I can also safely say the drama adaptation ranks in the top 10 of my all-time favorites and is both riveting and sexy to watch.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Who Are You: Early Impressions

Ghost-seeing dramas are indeed the craze now. I've never understood ghostly love stories, and it's not a genre I'm especially keen on. But Master's Sun was a pleasant surprise, and Who Are You has been interesting though far less impressive. I'm midway through episode 6 and have found that it's about what you'd expect - some jumpy moments, lots of mystery-solving involving tragedy and misunderstanding, and of course that tragic ex-boyfriend lurking in the back. It's not an addicting watch, but is entertaining and low-key.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Nonfiction Book Review: Your Network is Your Net Worth

This won't be to everyone's taste, but I wanted to go ahead and review a nonfiction book that I recently chipped away at, the cheesily titled "Your Network is Your Net Worth" by Porter Gale. I read this while watching several fantastically dull old dramas (ahem Goong), and have to admit I'm becoming increasingly more keen on the act of multitasking with something productive while watching shows. Truth be told though, this book was only somewhat more substantive than the drama on my screen. It's a business book after all, which I've learned tend to be painfully obvious and more or less a rehash of common sense. If you're trying to become a great networker by reading books, well, that's probably not going to work out. (Rant ahead - click away if you love this book).

Friday, August 9, 2013

Initial Impressions of Two Weeks and Master's Sun

Whew, after the stressball that's Two Weeks I feel like I need to sit and calm myself down (and vent a little, as you'll see). I went ahead and checked out the two new premieres, and while this will suck for my time, found that I'm now hooked to both. In terms of pure viewing experience, I like Master's Sun more. It has all the elements of a light but engaging rom-com, with great humor, likable leads, and surprising chemistry. Two Weeks isn't quite as pleasurable - in fact, I kind of wish I hadn't started it because it pissed me off like no other, but it's addicting and admittedly well-crafted.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Good Doctor: Episodes 1-2 Early Impressions

Joo Won is on a roll for me. I'm probably one of 5 people that actually liked Level 7 Civil Servant (though admittedly I stopped at about episode 10), but that drama really showed me his capacity to go cute and sweet-natured, free of his popular (?) aggressive, shrieky, violent roles of past. He's kept up the positive turn and raised it about 10 notches for the innocent, intriguingly immature hero in Good Doctor. Combined with Moon Chae Won, one of my favorite Kdrama actresses as the leading lady, this drama now has me fully invested, though I do hope they start toning down the angst and dramatics.