The Night Watchman's JournalThis drama is currently my absolute favorite flavor of drama crack! If you can get past the crazy overuse of CGI in the first two episodes and make it to the adult storyline, then you will get to enjoy a fun romp through the magical history of Joseon. Does it always make sense? Nope. Do you sometimes feel like mocking all the characters ? Yes, it is almost mandatory (with the exception of Jung Il Woo's who is wonderful with his cheestastic smirks and knowing glances). But despite all those aspects, you will thoroughly enjoy a cult classic style story where you cheer for the good guys, boo at the bad guys (Kim Sung Oh in all his horrible campy villain glory), and laugh at the ghosts. It is a must watch for someone who just wants to be entertained and maybe does not mind a story that does not always make a ton of sense.
Jang BoRi is HereI can't believe that I am actually doing this, but I must recant to everyone that I told to skip this drama. (Hanging my head in shame that I was both hasty to judge, as well as the for the fact that I am recommending a drama all about the cutthroat thug world of Hanbok sewing). Yes you heard right. Behind the whole accidentally amnesia, losing and adopting of children, birth secrets (a turnip cart full of birth secrets), and goofy leading male antics, is the burning question of who will become the head seamstress of all Korea. Because there can only be one! It is Rocky in traditional Korean garb. But don't be put off by the really odd background world, because every character in this drama does an amazing job of telling their story and making you invested in their lives. It also contains one of my all time favorite villains, Min Jung. The fake orphan, adopted daughter, social climbing psycho Min Jung is a bad guy that others should study and aspire to. For once the evil character in a weekend drama is not over acted (at least not too much) and Min Jung's abilities to create lies at the drop of a hat are beyond impressive. Min Jung puts every ounce of herself into every lie and you can tell that she has left reality so far behind that she believes her own trope. By episode 42 I have to admit that I am watching for the joy of seeing Min Jung get what she deserves, which happens to be a lot of forceful slaps (could not happen to a more deserving person). Oh and there is also the leading girl who has amnesia, lives as a Cinderella type life and becomes the genius of all things Hanbok (but I am really watching it for Min Jung).
Endless LoveIf you like epic historical dramas such as Giant and East of Eden, then this is the drama for you. With a stellar cast and a pretty solid storyline (albeit a bit on the slow side so you have to be patient for the payoff) it keeps viewers engaged in a "who will she pick" roller coaster as we follow our leading lady Ae In (Hwang Jung Eum - Secret). I recommend this drama with reservation. If the heroine, Ae In, ends up with the brother I want her to end up with (the always sexy Jung Kyoung Ho - Heartless City) then all is good. However if she ends up with the cowardly jerk brother (Ryu Soo-Young- 2 weeks) who is her first love I will downgrade this drama to the depths of "I summon you gold" level. And for those of you who have followed my posts for a while, know that for me, there is no greater level of negative feelings for a drama that I can go too. So if you are hesitant, wait a bit for my green light of approval, which is hopefully forthcoming.
ResetWhen did Chun Jung Myung suddenly become so sexy? I vaguely remember him being the young boyfriend in "What's Up Fox" where he was cute enough, but somewhat forgettable. The years since I last saw him has obviously been spent maturing because he is super smexy as a genius prosecutor who uses hypnotism to get confessions (sexiest use of a pen that I have ever seen in a kdrama). He runs across a young delinquent played by the always talented Kim So Hyun, (The Suspicious Housekeeper) who is the spitting image of the leading man's dead girlfriend. With high school hookers, havey cavey legal practices, and lots of sexy pushing of Woo Jin's pen (you will know what I am talking about after watching episode 1) this drama is chock full of mystery and potential.
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