What’s up in the blogsphere? Drama News and Recs

So I’m not really looking forwards to any drama coming out this week (thank goodness because there are already too many lakorns out there I want to watch), so instead I wanted to point out some posts I’ve seen that are interesting to us drama lovers.

I’m going to be busy this week and possibly next week finishing up projects and updates to my other blog so unfortunately won’t be getting to blog about the newly released lakorns until later on. Hopefully, this will give you a good idea on where to go to find more posts on lakorns and more reviews.

Drama News

My Husband in Law aired in both China and Thailand at the same time.
  • Because of the popularity of Asian content as demonstrated in this article, Netflix is pouring even more money and resources into making Asian content.
  • A lot of that will be South Korean of course, but lakorns in particular are gaining in popularity in Asia (see here and here – not in English), and this means more money will go into making them, a good thing if you ask me that should increase the production costs of lakorns, but hopefully also reward good writing, directing and so on.
  • Blobofcolour had a post about the rising popularity of lakorns in Singapore here.
  • Now sites like Viu.com and Dimsum.my have lakorns that are English subbed. It’s like we have viki back, but unfortunately only certain Asian countries can access the sites.

Drama Reviews, Recaps and Recommendations

  • Lovefia has been on a roll recently, taking a look at lakorns like Talay Luang, Mia Jum Pen, and Dao Kon La Duang, as well as doing recaps of a drama on my to watch list, Duangjai Nai Montra.
  • You can also catch Lovefia on twitter.
  • I love it when fansubbers do reviews of the lakorns they watched subbed, so check out Thippy‘s 2020 Lakorn Recap and Reviews. She did a rant on Rahut Rissaya 2020, which I sorta agree about, but I also liked it more than she did. And I still have to finish the last 3 episodes (I heard disappointing things about them so I’m not excited.😟)
  • Want to find more recommendations on 2020 dramas to watch, Chinese dramas in particular? I thought this post by mz4jun was really well made.
  • Lakorn Galaxy recently did a Best Lakorns of 2020 list here.

And that’s it for this post. Do you know of any bloggers I’ve missed? What are you favorite go to blogs?

Watching Now: Rahut Rissaya First Impression and More

When it rain it pours, and it has really been pouring lately. What I mean by that is I have gone from watching very few dramas to watching many. That’s a good thing except that I’m really been neglecting this blog for one thing, sorry about that, I’ll try to keep up more in the future. Instead I’ve been posting a lot on Instagram about the lakorns I’m watching.

Rahut Rissaya (2020)

Synopsis: When the heiress of a billionaire family lost everything including her parents who got murdered…lost all the properties to her aunt and her daughter. Her revenge starts with a businessman who is a fiancé of her aunt’s daughter, as he becomes a chess piece in her game. She uses a confidential document that shows his father’s bad deed as a way to force/pressure him. But their closeness turns to love. Before she starts to see the value in his love and to learn how to forgive, everything is almost too late. (Source: Choi’s_(MY) at MyDramaList)

So first let’s talk about Rahut Rissaya. The 2007 version is one of my favorites and I was really excited going into this. I’ve watched six episodes so far and I’ve got to say, it seems to me more like a reimagining of the lakorn rather than a remake. What I mean by that is that very few scenes are exactly the way they were in the 2007 version, although there are a lot of similar scenes.

So basically the story is about a girl who marries someone for revenge against the people who murdered her parents. Along the way of course, she falls in love with the guy. In the 2007 version, I love the heroine Palai. She was calm, cool, and collected most of the time. She had a sort of icy demeanor that I rarely ever experienced in a heroine before. And in this 2020 version, Palai comes off younger, more vulnerable and less collected.

They’ve also tinkered a little bit with the relationships between characters, there are a whole lot more people who are related and they also know each other before deaths of Palai’s parents.

The first two episodes of the 2020 version show a past that was only talked about in the 2007 version. So we get to see a very different picture of the characters that we don’t see in the 2007 version. I don’t think this is bad necessarily, just different, because it does mess up the pacing. Those first two episodes of the 2020 version basically serve as backstory because the 2007 version just started right in on action and so the pace at the start of the 2020 version is slower.

But I think it would be best just to focus on what the 2020 version is so let me talk a little bit about it. Palai’s aunt Rasika and daughter Junjaraeng take advantage of her mourning to take over control of Palai’s company and house. When Palai starts realizing some suspicious activities have occurred, she starts to investigate and gather evidence against Rasika and Siwa’s father, Sorasak. She marries Siwa and moves to live with him to gain more access to his family, and to get away from Rasika too I suspect.

Just one of many attempts on Palai’s life

This story is very much a slap and kiss, and there is a lot of violence here as well. Servants provide some comedy, but this will be a rather dark lakorn, more so then most I’ve seen if it continues the way it is going. It’s not just that there is lots of physical violence (although there are plenty of attempted killings, deaths and already an attempted rape). It’s that most of the characters are going through a very dark period in their lives where they’ve lost someone close to them, and/or lost their faith in a person, like Siwa has with his father as he begins to realize that his father isn’t the kind of man he thought he was.

Most of best moments of the drama comes from watching Palai and Siwa’s growing relationship to each other that will be their strength in these hard times. They are still at the bickering stage, yet we can see the two are developing feelings towards each other.

One of their sweeter moments, Palai and Siwa

There are some editing problems, I thought the dialogue vapid and weak at times compared to the 2007 version, but overall it is entertaining. Bank Artit is really killing it as Siwa, but otherwise I prefer the acting in the 2007 version. If you loved the 2007 version, I would advise you to just think of this as a different version of Rahut Rissaya, rather than a remake.

Sunya Ruk Sunya Luang (2020)

I’ve watched 2 out of 20 episodes of Sunya Ruk Sunya Luang (2020) and so far, it seems to be a good lakorn, definitely watchable. Our pra’ek Yodsarat is a cop who meets two women at the same time as when weird things seem to start happening. Our pra’ek is very suspicious of Wiwan who always seem to be around when something strange happens, and he’s very enamored of Soadaya. We later learn that Yodsarat had been put under a spell/curse so that he hates the people he would most love (although this doesn’t appear to apply to family, so maybe it’s just directed at Wiwan). So long ago in the past, Yodsarat and Wiwan had fallen in love, but that love was twisted by Soadaya into hate. Since then, in many past lives, Wiwan has tried to get Yodsarat to remember her, remember his love, but she’s failed miserably and his hate has only seemed to grow for her.

Past and present love triangle

I don’t know yet the full story behind the lakorn or their relationships, and much to my surprise, we’ve only gotten snippets of their past lives together. The focus has been on weird things that have started happening in the present, unusual deaths, people disappearing and so on. I might also add that while there are 20 episodes, they’re only an hour long so the episodes seem over before I know it. If you like lakorns with past lives, reincarnation, or a story similar to Pidsawat/Blood & Treasures, this seems to be a good candidate so far.

My Forever Sunshine

Synopsis: The story about Paeng, a girl with a tragic life. After losing her father, she has to go live at Artit’s house. The only way for her to be able to stay at this house is to be with him. But no one expected that her approaching Artit nearly costs him his life. He ends up hating her to the bones and she is exiled far from home for four years until the day they come across each other again. One might think that time will lessen hate, but not for Artit. Not only he still hates her, but he also hates her even more than before. But in order to keep her final promise to Artit’s father, she must endure it! (Source: VIU)

My favorite lakorn I’m watching now, outside of Rahut Rissaya is My Forever Sunshine or Trab Fah Mee Tawan. I’m on episode 8 out of 19 episodes and it’s hard to keep up thanks to the unusual airing schedule of the lakorn, where they’re now releasing a episode each day until Dec 15th I think. Based on the first few episodes, I thought it would deal more with solving mysteries of the past, and be dark and tragic, but the lakorn is more like a farm comedy now then dark and gloomy. I don’t… hate it, but I do wish to see more about what happened in the past come up as I suspect it will.

The acting among the main leads is so good that I’m loving seeing them on the screen no matter what they do, Mark Prin as Artit and especially Kao Supassara as Paeng. There are a number of clichés that are making me go, really? Like, we see Paeng as a 16 year old in the 1st few episodes and then she goes away off to school, then there’s a time skip of 6 years, and when Paeng returns to the farm, It’s like everyone is stuck in time, 6 years ago, and they all treat her badly because of her bad behavior in the past. It had me 🙄, like really? There are also stereotypes of servants as dumb, lazy, and needing to be pushed to work. And yes, I’m definitely planning to write more about that aspect, lol.

But I really love Paeng and Artit as a couple and I enjoy watching the other relationships here, father and son, the friendships and so on. I don’t think the lakorn has quite gripped me as it did with the first episodes though, which I feel were the best. Still enjoying watching Artit deny his feelings and Paeng try to keep out of his grasp, literally 😁.

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First Impression/Recap: Trab Fah Mee Tawan EP01

So I’ve pretty much watched everything on my watching list (and more) and will be making a post about my reactions to those dramas soon. But I wanted to make a separate post on Trab Fah Mee Tawan, now known as My Forever Sunshine (2020) because it’s good. Really good. Production wise, directing, writing, acting, this is a grand slam. It’s the only lakorn I’ve watched so far this year that I’ve felt that way about. By the way, I have started posting on instagram as I watch, I might try twitter and/or facebook as well, but my instagram is here, so you can follow along as I watch.

Synopsis: The story about Paeng, a girl with a tragic life. After losing her father, she has to go live at Artit’s house. The only way for her to be able to stay at this house is to be with him. But no one expected that her approaching Artit nearly costs him his life. He ends up hating her to the bones and she is exiled far from home for four years until the day they come across each other again. One might think that time will lessen hate, but not for Artit. Not only he still hates her, but he also hates her even more than before. But in order to keep her final promise to Artit’s father, she must endure it! (Source: VIU)

I’ve watched the only episode out so far, and the airing schedule is really wacko.

I have a feeling this has to do with it being on Viu tv and Tencent, not to mention WeTv. So lots of places for fans to watch. You can watch this on Muse as well.

Our first episode starts with Artit, the pra’ek showing off his soccer skills at a match, then eating with his friends as he moons over the girl of the group, Ling. Next we see our nang’ek Paeng/Fahmai who is getting bullied by other girls, but Artit steps in and helps her. Paeng tries to hid her injuries from her dad, but he seems to know what’s up anyway. Then mom comes home and we get this great shot of a close, happy family in a group hug.

Paeng’s happy family

That happy family? Immediately, immediately undercut a few scenes from now. Paeng comes to eat and learns her mom isn’t there. And she goes off. She goes to a club with her maid and pretends to drink and poses with guys, all to get her mom’s attention. Artit is asked to go after her by her parent and does so, getting in a fight with some guys which lands them at the police station.

At school the next day, Paeng is about to skip school, but is stopped by Artit who tells her he knows what she is doing and asks her if it’s working? He tells her to try being good instead and she takes his words to heart, only to come home to an empty house and she eats all alone.

Meanwhile, we see Artit being greeted by the staff and his parents with warmth and sitting down to eat with them.

What are you doing playing around instead of working? Lah gag. As in this scene made me want to gag.

Later, he goes on a bike ride and passes his servant who’s playing and has the nerve to try to dictate to them how they should spend their FREE TIME and then plays soccer with them. Not sure of the purpose of the scene except to make him out to be a total prick. Writer? Could you elaborate?

That scene was completely typical and awful. But regardless, he redeems himself soon anyway. His father has been fooled by his new business partner and it looks like the family has lost their farm. This lands his father in the hospital. Artit stands up against the lawyer who comes to their farm with hired guns who came to their farm and then Paeng and her father shows up.

Turns out Paeng’s father and Artit’s father are old friends, and Paeng and Artit knew each other when Paeng was just four and Artit was? Not sure how old, at least 8 or 10 or something. Paeng and Artit promise friendship with each other at the same time we see Paeng’s father helps Artit’s family to keep their farm by loaning them money.

Artit and his friends – Love Rival, Comic Sidekick, Ling, Artit

We also see more of Artit’s friends and their connections, don’t really want to go into it, suffice to say both Artit and his friend have a rivalry going on for the only female member, Ling, of their group, and there’s the usual comic sidekick too.

Paeng and her mom mend their fences, for like two seconds, lol.

Paeng and her dad had gone to the farm after Paeng got upset learning her mom went on vacation with friends without telling her first and Paeng and her mom reunite and mend ways after her mom apologizes and gives Paeng one of the matching bracelets she bought.

This doesn’t last long of course, as her mom reneges on a dinner promise she made with Paeng and Paeng goes to find her. Paeng does find her mom after asking around, but when they get in an argument, Paeng accuses her mom of not caring about her and runs away. Artit is tasked with finding her and does so, finding she’s safe and sound, if not a bit hungry. She doesn’t want to go home though, and Artit agrees.

At end, Artit finds Paeng, whom he briefly feared jumped after seeing her backpack on railing.

My thoughts: This is good. It’s been one episode, things can change, but this lakorn really surprised me with the strength of its acting, writing and directing. I loved how we see this picture of a big happy family that Paeng desperately wants, and that is immediately undercut as we see Paeng’s desperation to keep her mother close and how she tries to get her family together (in one scene, she orchestrates an elaborate date for her parents, telling them she wants a sibling.)

Paeng eating alone.

I also loved the way the director (I’m assuming it was a directing choice) chooses to layer scenes together and ties them together. For example, the picture of Paeng sitting alone is cut by scenes of Artit with his family. Then we have Paeng and Artit promising to be friends while we see their parents SHOWING their deep friendship to each other. The directing reinforces the previous scenes, giving both more weight. That’s what good directors do, give more underlying meaning to scenes.

And can I just say how much I appreciate Kao Supassara’s performance as a 15 year confused and vulnerable teen? She nails it! The deep yearning in Paeng for a real family, the desperation she feels when she thinks that family is slipping away from her. The relationship between Paeng and her mom makes me uneasy. I can’t tell if its because of the acting (and I’m not talking about Kao) or that their relationship is supposed to make me anxious, because it’s so unstable and fraught (on Paeng’s side) at least with emotion.

I also appreciate Mark’s performance here as well. It’s not just that his character is much more likeable than in My Husband in Law, his caring scenes with his father, his brotherly advice to Paeng and how he looks after her feel very nature and realistic. Maybe this has something to do with the directing as well.

I was unsure based on the synopsis, which seems to suggest Paeng tries to get Artit by seducing him, that I wanted to watch this because, yuck. That’s more a nang’rai’s action then the nang’ek. But now I totally understand and get it. Of course Paeng would do ANYTHING, ANYTHING to have the warmth and love of a family forever. We’ve seen how loving Artit’s family is and I can imagine Paeng wanting to hold on to that by any means necessary. Definitely will be watching more. In terms of recapping, this will have back to back to back episodes, so I don’t know about more recaps, that would be alot to do in a timely fashion. But who knows? We’ll see.

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Meeting Monday – Dropping/Put on Hold Dramas 2020!

I’ve been trying to kickstart my rewatch campaign, but it’s been slow going as there’s so much new stuff out there! Plus, when I’ve looked back at my pile of dramas put on hold/dropped, I realized it may not be as easy to pick up where I left off. And series? Forget about it. Some tips and thoughts about dropping dramas and what dramas I dropped in 2020 (hint, hint, there were a lot of them!)

Dropping Dramas

There have been some recent articles on dropping dramas, like this very nice article here I could totally relate to. I found I paused and/or dropped dramas a lot depending upon a variety of factors including time, mood, what’s going on in the drama and so on. Here’s some questions to ask yourself if you’re not sure you want to drop and drama or not.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

To Drop/Put on Hold a Drama or Not?

  1. Are you ever planning on finishing the drama?
  2. Will you regret not finishing it?
  3. Are you at a place in the drama where you can easily resume it and still know what’s going on?
  4. If the drama’s plot is getting you down, like there’s a case of noble idiocy you can’t stand or a big misunderstanding, what about just watching 1 or 2 more episodes and then that plot point should be over.

If you answer yes or maybe to any of these questions, I would look at the amount of episodes left and see if I can just watch a couple more episodes if that would help me pick it up later more easily and/or get me past a part in the drama I don’t like, or find boring or stupid.

2020 Dropped Dramas


The King: Eternal Monarch
 (2020)
– was a drama I was sooo looking forwards to. I love the main leads, Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun and wanted to see them together. I watched 2 episodes and it was all rather boring and predictable. I was not impressed by the slow pacing of the plot, which barely started to move in episode 2. And the romantic chemistry between the two leads – ugh, no. Just no.

Why you might like it anyway? If you’re a big fan of the main leads, or you’re craving more dramas about parallel universes, fantasy and mystery, the production values are great here. If you’re craving epic romance, eh not here.

Tawan Arb Dao 2020 – I watched 3 episodes of this lakorn out of 18. I don’t think it’s bad, but it is rather mediocre in most areas. I liked the plot, the premise, however Kem Hussawee as the male pra’ek just came off as too young and not experienced enough to pull off the gravitas needed in the role. I mean, his brother is dead and he’s pretending to be him as he investigates his death! That’s… a whole lot of emotion there. You really need a seasoned actor who can make this role his own.

Why you might like it anyway? Hmm, that’s hard to say, if you’re looking for a revenge lakorn about twins, well this is the only one that came out this year, 😂. No seriously, I think if you watched it, you might watch the whole lakorn to find out who the main villain(s) were.

Dance of the Phoenix (2020) – This Chinese drama had a favorite actor Xu Kai Cheng in it, and a forced marriage, so it was catnip to me!!! Until I watched the first episode and saw the lead girl using a disguise which made her uglier (and that involved having darker skin.) At that point, I said, sJ*i4npi& or something like that and moved on to other dramas, and there are a ton of them out there!

Why you might like it anyway? It definitely has colorism in it, so if you’re fine with that, then I don’t know what to say. The idea that having darker skin makes you ugly is such a no starter for me. Plus, there are tons of other Chinese dramas out there that have come out with similar plots that it makes no sense to me why anyone would still want to watch this. No point wasting time on a drama with colorism in it when you could be watching The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020) and tons of other Chinese dramas set in historical times with marriage in them like Marry Me (2020), Fake Princess (2020), The Sleepless Princess (2020), and Oh! My Sweet Liar! (2020).

Older woman/younger man

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First Impression – Mia Archeep

Like with most office romances, the romance takes center stage in Mia Archeep, a new romantic comedy starring Mai Warit and Prang Kannarun. I’ve watched the first two episodes and have enjoyed myself for the most part. This lakorn is being English subbed by both Neko and Muse.

Source: Channel3 Thailand’s yt channel

Cast of Characters

Synopsis: The Plan is a business that turns women into perfect ladies for a man, which is managed by Mr. Robert. He calls these women the “Ideal Wife”. Chollada is from a middle-class family who became a perfect and educated lady by The Plan. She was considered to be a great product from the company. Mr. Robert thinks she’s perfect for Kasidit and tries to invite him for this service many times. Kasidit starts to think of this as a fun game, so he accepts it and meets Chollada. It’s no longer a game for him when he falls in love with her, but he doesn’t know if she truly likes him or if it’s a set up by The Plan. (Source: MyDramaList)

Summary

Chollada makes a deal with the devil, aka Khun Robert as her friend looks on.

In episode 1, we are introduced to the main characters, the nang’ek Chollada and her sick dad who needs expensive treatments she has to find the money for. Her friend tells her her boss might be able to help her and so the nang’ek signs a contract with Khun Robert, only to find out she has a target she must try to capture, the pra’ek Kasidit.

The first meeting! They will meet again accidentally on purpose several times.

Our pra’ek is a bachelor, a state of affairs his parents in particular wish him to change and his mother is especially eager as she seems to have a rivalry with the other members of her family in regards to Kasidit securing his inheritance. Kasidit is a successful businessman who is looking for a secretary and Chollada is hired on the spot and starts working immediately.

A glamorous Chollada again bumps into Kasidit, this time on purpose.

We also meet Anna, who is Kasidit’s friend, but she wants to be more than that and she and Chollada immediately dislike each other and trade barbs. Then there’s Mahanati, a competitor of Kasidit who also likes Chollada and Kotchakorn, Kasidit’s sister who likes Mahanati and dislikes Chollada.

In ep 2, a change of scenery as Kasidit takes Chollada with him on an overnight business trip, although this is apparently unusual behavior for him to take a woman with him. A busted pipe has Chollada sharing Kasidit’s suite while they fix her room. The whole episode revolves around Kasidit and Mahanati taking pot shots at each other and trying to outmaneuver themselves to get closer to Chollada.

Our nang’ek dresses like no real secretary ever would dress, but who cares?

And guess who fabricated an excuse to come along and join in the fun? Yep, Anna, who seems to be the nangrai here and she brings along her friend/partner to help her capture Kasidit or at least, prevent Chollada from her evil attempts to win Kasidit’s heart bank account. The episode ends with both Kasidit and Mahanati winning awards at a banquet, but still fighting to win Chollada’s attention.

My Take

I enjoyed this alot. The episodes are 1 hour long and they go by fast. I do hope this lakorn keeps up the fast pace because it keeps things moving. It reminded me a bit of kdrama What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018), which was also a boss-secretary romance and had a light, airy romance that was also happened pretty quickly. Right from the start, it’s apparent that Kasidit is interested in Chollada, along with Mahanati. Chollada seems to like both guys, she went on a date with Mahanati, but Kasidit is her boss, so that gives him an advantage. Right now, it’s unclear what the motives of Khun Robert are exactly, so there is a little mystery here as well as romance.

In regards to our nang’ek, she’s strong, gives the nang’rai back exactly what she gets and is also caring about her father. She already seems to regret tricking Kasidit, as at least one of the meetings with him was planned, along with her becoming his secretary. Kasidit seems like he’ll be the possessive, passionate male lead that knows what he wants and goes after it and I like that as well. They look very good 2gether as well.

However, there was one scene in episode 1 that made me cringe, when Anna explains her love of Kasidit to her friend. Apparently, they grew up together and Kasidit stood up to a kid who was bullying Anna about her looks. The main objection to them? She was darker skinned as a child. Thankfully, Anna grew up to be fair skinned. Honestly, this example of colorism is nothing new in lakorns, or other dramas. It was a short scene and I do want to point out that our pra’ek Kasidit says she is beautiful to her bully, so I continued watching the lakorn. Outside of that scene, which may have said more about Anna then the lakorn, this is definitely a solid lakorn so far.

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Also screenshots based on Neko’s subs, many thanks to Neko for subbing this!

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay – Recap 1

I debated whether I should write about It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) at all, as I’m sure there will be many people (some who actually know Korean, I will be depending upon English subbed version at Netflix), who will be recapping this. But the quality of the production is a master class in so many ways that I wanted to write about, to talk about it. I could discuss the characters, the bromance, the music, the directing, the writing, but in the end, I want to focus on two things, fairy tales and cinematography.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Synopsis:

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020): The story of a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who lives on 1.8 million won (approximately $1,520) a month and a storybook writer suffering from an antisocial personality disorder. A man who denies love and a woman who doesn’t know love defy fate and fall in love, finding their souls and identities in the process. Moon Kang Tae is a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who was blessed with everything including a great body, smarts, ability to sympathize with others, patience, ability to react quickly, stamina, and more. Meanwhile, Ko Moon Young is a popular writer of children’s literature, but she is extremely selfish, arrogant, and rude. (Source: Soompi & Koreandrama.org)

Episode 1 Recap

The animation sequence ends with a shot of Moon Young (played by Seo Ye Ji), who hears a different voice (her mother?) saying no one will ever stay by your side and then we hear Moon Young’s voice saying yes, mother.

“No one can ever stay by your side because you’re a monster. Do not ever forget that. Do you understand?”

Shadow of death

“Yes, mother.”

Moon Young replies.

Back in the real world, we see a book called The Boy Who Fed On Nightmares by Go Moon Young that is beloved by Sang Tae (Oh Jung Se), the brother of Kang Tae (Kim Soo Hyun). Sang Tae had an incident where he caused a ruckus at the Daun Vocational School he attends and his brother came to talk to the people in charge. He wonders if his brother is angry, and seeing Kang Tae’s face, knows he is. Kang Tae sees Sang Tae is upset and reassures him beautifully, saying Sang Tae was never meant to stay there long anyway and they’ll find somewhere else.

Our first view of Kang Tae’s face. We saw a back view of him on the bus and walking to the school, but the first view of his face is through Sang Tae’s perspective.

Next, here’s our heroine Moon Young eating in a restaurant, dressed to the hilt. Moon Young’s lunch is interrupted by a young fan and her mom and Moon Young writes an autograph for her, but when the young girl babbles about being a princess cuz they’re pretty, Moon Young says cutting words to her, suggesting that the girl must not have read her books, because in her books, the witches are the pretty ones. She suggests the girl tell her mom she’s going to be a pretty witch, which sets the girl off. The CEO of Moon Young’s publishing company, Lee Sang In comes in as the girl and mom run off and he immediately knows what’s up as it seems like a situation he’s very familiar dealing with. As they leave, Moon Young casually steals a knife from the restaurant and puts it in her purse.

Moon Young is often set apart from others in public.

At Kang Tae’s workplace now, we get a view of various scars on his upper torso as he dresses in scrubs for his work in a mental hospital. He has to deal with a woman who is gobbling up food on the floor and elsewhere and he tries to talk to her. Eventually she hugs him, she thinking he’s her cheating hubby, but then the woman makes herself vomit all over him (presumably because said cheating hubby left her for a skinny woman). A flight of metaphors appear in place of actual vomit, an image of a waterfall and others. Kang Tae is also told of a new case, a man with an anxiety disorder who tried to kill himself and his daughter Go Eun, who is fine because she threw up the pills, but the father is being restrained.

Back to Moon Young who is headed to the hospital to do a reading of her story for the kids and their parents there. Sang In (CEO/manager) gets a call from another hospital that Moon Young’s dad stays in. Apparently, a nurse there by the name of Nam Juri (Park Kyu Young) is trying to get in contact with Moon Young to get her to sign papers as her father’s guardian so he can get a surgery. But Moon Young just says her father is dead and asks why are they trying to resurrect the dead? Juri is told by her supervisor to visit Moon Young to get the signature and we see a scene of the dad who get upsets when Juri mentions his daughter visiting him, talking about death.

A coworker asks Kang Tae about why he’s worked at so many different hospitals, changing them every year, but Kang Tae just shrugs it off. He notices that his brother Sang Tae’s favorite author is coming to the hospital and calls his brother, who immediately gets ready to go see her, but Kang Tae tells him it’s only for kids and that he’ll try to get her autograph instead. He asks his brother who’s better, he or Moon Young, but his brother hung up already and went back to his drawing.

The first meeting. Or is it? Moon Young wonders if it is destiny.

There’s a beautiful scene when Kang Tae sees someone smoking and asks them to stop. It’s Moon Young, who of course, isn’t about to just obey orders, but makes a scene of stubbing out her cigarette in his cup.

Moon Young’s reading

Moon Young starts her reading and things go beautifully until the patient Kim Seung Cheol who tried to kill his daughter tricks a worker into letting him loose and comes looking for his daughter Go Eun. As the hospital workers shut down the reading and ask families to leave, the father finds his daughter and manages to shuffle off with her and Moon Young sees them. She follows after them, taunting the father he’s too cowardly to die alone and smacks him with her purse. The knife she took falls out, and both reach for it, but she knocks it away.

Eventually, the father manages to get her in a chokehold, and we see Moon Young remembering? another scene of a young Moon Young and her dad choking her. Kang Tae comes to the rescue and ties the father up, but then he has to stop Moon Young, who has the knife now and is trying to hurt the dad. Kang Tae stops the knife with his hand around the blade, cutting himself, and Moon Young tells him he overreacted, she was only going to hurt the father a little. She tells him that there are people who kill vermin like the father without most people being aware of them.

In another frame of his horrible, no good, very bad day, Kang Tae learns he’s to take the blame for the incident, and well, he probably would have left soon anyway since he doesn’t stay in the stay place long, so he’s fired. He’s waiting for the bus, when his old friend Jo Jae Soo (played by Kang Gi Doong) comes by on a motorbike and gives him a ride. His luck being what it is, of course, it breaks down and they have to push the motorbike to his home.

“Fake.”

Kang Tae then remembers the autograph he never got, thankfully Jae Soo makes a forgery, which Sang Tae takes only one look at to denounce it as fake and goes off in a huff.

Moon Young and Juri

Meanwhile Moon Young gets an unwelcome visitor in Juri, who is trying to get her signature so Moon Young’s dad could get his operation. There is something uneasy between the two, Juri and Moon Young, who seem to have known each other in the past. After much verbiage from Moon Young about her father being physically alive with a dead soul and her mother dead, but her soul is alive, Juri gets her to sign and collapses outside the apartment, talking about how much she (Moon Young) pisses her off.

And in an almost throwaway clip, we get a brief shot of news saying someone died in solitary confinement. Go Eun’s father, the man who caused the incident at the reading. Interesting, no?

Bedtime, with both thinking of each other. Kang Tae starts to read Moon Young’s book, The Boy Who Fed On Nightmares. Basically the story goes as follows (paraphrasing here.) A boy was besieged by bad memories and nightmares that he wanted to forget so he went to a witch and she helped him. But the boy grew older and noticed he wasn’t happy. He meets the witch again to pay the price, his soul and tells her that, and she replies that the bad memories are what makes you grow stronger, more passionate and without them, you don’t have happiness.

The Boy Who Fed On Nightmares

In other words, what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.

We see the little girl Go Eun, unable to sleep, looking at the autograph of her book, in which Moon Young wrote to the girl, “Never forget today.”

Another person has nightmares as well, Sang Tae, where he’s younger and is being chased through the woods by butterflies. His screams wake up Kang Tae and his friend Je Soo who spent the night.

In the morning, Kang Tae heads out to get the autograph. He meets Moon Young of course, and she wonders what’s he’s there for? Money or even… sex? He denies it, saying he came only to see her again, her eyes that reminds him of another girl he knew, one without warmth or conscience. Moon Young asks if he was afraid of her and he tells her it was just the opposite, he liked the girl. And we see flashbacks of a boy drowning and a girl, picking flowers with the boy trailing after her. And the two stare at each other, the boy with the beautiful eyes, the girl with eyes lacking warmth.

My Take:

From the opening sequence.

When I was young, I discovered fairy tales. I would go to the library and check out swathes of Andrew Lang’s fairy tale books. I would go on to become a fan of Disney movies like The Little Mermaid and TV shows such as The Storyteller. But along the way I discovered something, that there was and is a big difference between the Disney versions of fairy tales and the Grimms Brothers original tales which contained more violence, sex, and many other facets of society. I started to watch more Hayao Miyazaki films such as Princess Mononoke, which contained multiple scenes of violence and gore as well as a more nuanced look at good and evil.

It’s Okay to Not be okay is such a tale. It is the darker side of fairy tales, the Grimms Bros version, that wants to remind you that there are always things hiding in the dark and it is better to face them, rather than pretend they’re not there.

We could argue about who is the princess in this drama, who is the villain, the Big Bad Wolf, the evil witch (Moon Young obviously wants this role 😁) or the prince (Sang Tae perhaps?). I could debate whether Kang Tae is the fairy godmother, the wise old man who sets the characters on the right path. Or whether he is the Big Bad Wolf. Because of all the characters in the drama, the most closed up and less unknown one is Kang Tae. He appears framed as if closed in a box, from the first shot we get of his face, to another frame shown below. Perhaps he is the sweet brother, competent worker he appears to be. Perhaps not. From fairy tales, we should know by now that the sweet old grandma could indeed be the wolf in disguise, or the beautiful polished apple is also a poisoned one.

Another image of Kang Tae framed by the drink machine, looking a Moon Young’s poster.

But what is clear is that it is the fairy dust sprinkled around, the visual flights of fantasy that make this a fairy tale. What is a fairy tale that is just reality with no fantasy elements? So for vomit, we see waterfalls, we see animated trash, milk. Think of these visual flourishes as Tinker Bell’s pixie dust.

Fairy tale vomit.

The main character, Moon Young, is a pure wonderful, glorious fairy tale creature. She wears clothes that mark her as such, acts as if she’s a princess (she claims to be a witch or monster, but only a princess is that entitled). What or rather who is the shadow of death that follows her? What parts do her parents play in this? And why do those around her end up dead? To be continued…

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My Husband in Law – Recap 1

Director Aew Ampaiporn is responsible for many of the best lakorns, Kleun Cheewit, Sawan Biang, Game Rai Game Rak so when I heard about her new lakorn, My Husband in Law (2020), it made me all the more anxious to watch it. Plus, it also stars Mark Prin and Mew Nittha in a marriage of convenience story, so what’s not to like?

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Synopsis:

My Husband in Law (2020): Muey is a young girl who lived with her mother, who has a very close friend. Muey also has a crush on Thien who is the son of her mother’s close friend. Although Muey loves him, Thien never seems to love Muey, instead, he always teases her, messes with her, and sometimes bullies her. Muey never got angry or responded to Thien when she got bullied because she loved him too much.

One day, Thien was forced to marry Muey just to get rid of the wife of a powerful man. As Thien never looked at Muey as his life partner, he was not really okay with the marriage. In addition, Thien wanted a perfect woman as his wife, but Muey was never perfect in his eye. Will Thien fall in love with Muey at the end? Will Muey be the perfect wife for him? (Source: Collin Hypercuz at MyDramaList)

Cast of Characters

Episode 1 Recap

Muey’s wedding outfit

We begin with a voiceover of our nang’ek Muey as she describes an incident when she is saved from being bullied by a boy whose face she doesn’t see. And now a quick peek at the beaming Muey (Mew Nittha)on her wedding day to Thien (Mark Prin), our pra’ek and her rescuer? But will Thien even show up to be married? This seems to be the main question on his family’s minds, as he goes off the last minute to the bathroom and doesn’t return for a while. His brother starts looking for him and Thien finally shows up, a reluctant groom. We see why as we flash back to two weeks ago.

Two weeks before the wedding, we see Thien with a woman named Yada in a heated embrace. They have a night together when the phone rings and Yada’s husband Pon-Det learns about their affair. Thien didn’t know she was married and basically says screw you to Yada and takes off to his home, where we see that Muey is there as a housekeeper?

Flashback

Muey and Thien slip easily into a bickering conversation that seems to be their forte, as Muey manages to throw as many adoring looks at Thien as she can, while he seems oblivious to her adoration. We see another flashback to when a young Muey, high schooler maybe, meets the pra’ek and his family for the first time as his mother announces she will live with the two boys as their sister, and Thien’s like ‘What?!’, but mom persists.

Thien goes out to meet Yada again, and Muey sees he got a threatening message on his phone and follows him. Yada wants to continue their relationship and says she’s divorcing her hubby, who beats her (another flashback to Yada’s and Thien’s first meeting when she’s distraught and he saves her from stepping in front of a car), Thien sympathizes with her, but tells her he doesn’t want any problems. With that he leaves.

Thien is followed by Yada’s husband Pon-Det and a car chase ensues. Pon-Det manages to drive Thien’s car off into the water and drives off, but Muey arrives to save the day. His whole family visits Thien in the hospital, including an unwelcome vistor, Yada. Yada says she’s divorcing her husband, but Thien just says he has no feelings for her. Yada answers that he doesn’t have anyone, so Thien replies that he does have a fiancee, Muey. Pon-Det shows up then and implies the marriage better happen or else. Another eavesdropper was Thien’s mom, who tells him he must make the lie the truth to avoid being killed by Pon-Det, to save Muey’s reputation as well and to avoid facing other consequences as it appears Pon-Det is related to a well connected family.

Before: Our beautiful couple.
After: A smirking Thien after a storm disrupts the wedding.

So the marriage is on and we’re back in the present now as Thien reluctantly shows up to his wedding. Then things start going downhill, as the dog runs off with the ring, only to poop it out, and the rain and wind starts and we see Thien enjoying the chaos.

Wedding night sees an ecstatic Muey and a complacent Thien, where an argument over who gets the bed ends with Thien getting the bed, and Muey sleeping on the floor. Thien attempts to continue life as normal, but his mother basically leaves him no choice but to stay with Muay. At the end of the episode, we see the two moving in together and a little story about their pets, a cat for Thien and a dog for Muey.

My Take:

Really this is all Director Aew Ampaiporn‘s show right now. Aew’s has directed a number of romantic comedies before, Oum Ruk and Soot Sanaeha and there are a number of comic moments here handled with a deft touch, namely the wedding chaos scene.

Mew Nittha is sure to win hearts as the cheerful, optimistic Muey. Yes, it’s very much a stereotypical Mary Sue character, but in spite of that, I still can’t help but root for Muey. Muey tries to live in the present, and makes things easy for her love, but she also attempts to be close to him, tries to sleep with him and make them share the same room. In other words, she doesn’t seem as passive as some nang’eks are.

Thien, played by Mark Prin, isn’t supposed to be the villain of the piece, but he is smug, self adsorbed and it’s obvious that he’s due to get knocked off his pedestal, like so many other spoiled, entitled pra’eks. His view of Muey is skewed of course, he sees her as a nuisance, and not getting stressed over things. But Muey is in the perfect position to start getting stressed over things, as she is closer then ever to the one she loves, yet must still stay away from him.

Good start to the series, and I can’t wait to watch more.

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First Impression – Who Are You?

It’s no wonder we got a Thai remake of Who Are You: School 2015, since there are a number of components in it that reminds me of lakorns, the twins thing, and the amnesia definitely takes it into lakorn territory. There is also supposed to be a love triangle as well, though that, and the school bullying aspect as well as being set in high school are more like a Korean drama.

WHO ARE YOU (2020) started airing on GMM on May 2 and currently airs two days a week, Saturday and Sunday, you can watch it with English subs on Youtube.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Synopsis:

WHO ARE YOU (2020): After enduring vicious bullying, orphaned student, Mind, attempts to take her life in hopes of escaping her problems. Miraculously, she survives with the loss of all memory and wakes up with a new life as she takes on the identity of Meen. Mind and Meen couldn’t be more different, of course, besides the fact that they are identical twins. Living as Meen, Mind is granted the opportunity to meet Natee, a young swimming athlete who is Meen’s close friend, and Gunkan, a mischievous handsome boy at the school who later comes to help her recover her lost memories. But, as time passes, unveiling the truth causes her to feel more pain than she had ever experienced. (source: GMMTV)

Cast of Characters

I recently watched two episodes of the Thailand remake of the 2015 kdrama Who Are You: School 2015. You can actually watch both versions on YouTube with English subs, the original Korean drama and the Thailand remake. Also, you can look at the recaps of the Korean drama online at Dramabeans.

Mind being bullied.

There will be lots of spoilers here. In Episode 1, we are introduced to the characters and in particular the main character, of which there are two, twins Mind and Meen. Mind is an orphan who is the subject of much bullying by her vicious classmates. She’s very sweet, nice type who apparently can’t fight back. The one spot of joy in her life is the gifts she receives from a mysterious donor we later find out is Meen.

Then we get a glimpse of our male lead Natee or Na as he is swimming in a competition. He wins of course and we see him presenting the medal to Meen, who seems like she could care less about it and him. 

Instead, Meen is focused more on an ominous text she receives from someone named June, which says “You seemed to have been happy ever since I died.” Whoa. That’s not the only message either. Meen is going on a school trip and she’s distracted the whole time. She goes off by herself and it turns out she’s in the same town as her twin, and she seems to know about her twin, but Mind doesn’t seem to know about Meen. Meen goes to the bathroom and while she’s in a stall, she hears her twin come in, followed by the mean girls who beat her up, but Meen hesitates to do anything until she finally bangs on the bathroom stall and the bullies run off.

Next we see that Meen is missing, and no one seems to know where she went. Around the same time, Mind is facing a charge from the main bully Tida that she’s the one who was bullying Tida, not the other way around. Tida and her gang took pictures in the bathroom when Mind fought back a little and Tida takes it to her mom and the school. So the school forces Mind to resign. Mind goes back to her classroom where she was bullied some more, and we see her? in different clothes at the edge of a bridge, remembering all of the bullying, and she jumps off into the water. All is well as we see her or her twin? in a hospital bed and she’s fine except for a few bruises and a head injury.

Ep 2 is mostly about Meen? (probably it’s Mind) having amnesia and reuniting with her friends, Natee in particular is taken aback by this kinder, nicer Meen. Meen? also meets Tida in hospital, who’s about to lay down some more bullying on her, but is stopped by Meen’s mom. Later Meen? looks at different photos from her? youth, but notices there are no baby pictures, so Meen’s mom tells her they met when she was ten.

Meen? and her friends party thanks to rich girl Koykaew, who seems to have a particular dislike of Meen, although they used to be friends? At the end of the episode, Koykaew can’t pay for her friends when they party at her expense and it turns out she’s been stealing things from home. Koykaew says Meen? has been making her steal, and asks them to look in Meen’s locker. Which they do. And they find Koykaew’s mom’s diamond necklace. (By the way, we saw Koykaew place it in Meen’s locker previously in ep 1 I believe).

My take

WHO ARE YOU (2020) has a number of mysteries that interest me enough to continue watching, with some caveats.

I’m not particularly engaged by any of the characters and the whole weak twin, strong twin thing, that’s sooo like Raeng Ngao or Song Naree (1997). Mind seems weak as anything, while Meen isn’t particularly likable either, witness her treatment of Natee and how she hesitated to come to her sister’s aid. It’s obvious Meen knows a lot about what’s going on too, and that’s one of the things I’m interested in watching to find out. Where is Meen? What does she know and why? The trailer also makes me want to continue watching to find out.

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First Impression – Tawan Arb Dao

I’ve been working towards my April watching goal I listed here to watch more lakorns. I’ve been watching Japanese doramas mainly because they’re shorter and I’m finding my attention span is shot for the most part. But I have watched 3 episodes so far of Tawan Arb Dao (2020) that Thippy is subbing. Thank you Thippy! Here’s my thoughts on it.

MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

Tawan Arb Dao (2020) started airing on Channel 7 on March 26 and currently airs two days a week, Wednesday and Thursday.

synopsis:

Tawan Arb Dao (2020): Siwakorn disguises himself as Siwath, his twin brother in order to investigate his death. He tries to avoid sleeping with Chorprae who is Siwath’s lover and meets Daopradub, Chorprae’s daughter who was called out from abroad to help with the family’s company. (Source: MyDramaList)

Cast of Characters

Our main couple. Kem Hussawee who plays twins, Siwakorn, Siwath. Thisa Varitthisa plays Daopradub

In episode 1, we are introduced to the characters, with the main couple meeting in a battlezone. Our pra-ek Siwath is a reporter who happens to save the nang-ek from gangsters when he covers a story about gangs. They meet again in Thailand as Dao returns from school overseas, a very common trope.

Yui Chiranan is Chorprae – married to Daopradub’s adopted father and Daopradub’s aunt (and rival)

There’s an award ceremony going on for Chorprae that Dao interrupts and we can see there is no love lost between the two though they are aunt and niece. But Dao definitely loves her adopted Dad, who was married to Dao’s mom before her death. Dao hears of a rumor that Chorprae has a lover and starts investigating who it is around the company her dad owns.

There are other characters, most of them are servants of Dad, and we also have another relative of Dad who works at company, but these are the main characters for these episodes.

Meanwhile, we see the pra’ek has amnesia, but… not really. We learn this early on, Siwakorn got to Thailand in time to see his brother die and he pretends to be him, saying he was in accident and has amnesia as a result. He’s determined to find out the truth about his brother’s death and starts at the company EVERYONE in this lakorn seems to work at, lol.

In ep 3, there is a big welcome home party for Dao, which Siwath uses as an opportunity to spy more at the company his brother worked at. The nang’ek works there too now and of course she finds out Siwath is the rumored lover of Chor and sparks fly between the two. Siwakorn learns from Chor the real relationship between her and Siwath.

my take

Tawan Arb Dao is mildly entertaining, but nothing special. The characters follow the usual formula, with one exception, the main villain of the piece, or is she? Chorprae. Chorprae is easily the most complex character of the lakorn, she openly shows her disdain for her husband, but her acting avoids much of the standard nostrils flailing stereotypes of most ‘rai characters. Yui Chiranan endues her acting with enough vulnerability that makes me wonder who the the real villain is, her or her bratty niece Dao who always tries to show her up.

Apart from her, the most intriguing part of the lakorn is the mystery of Siwat’s death, who’s behind it, but there are also other things I want to know. Why is Dao’s dad in a wheelchair, what happened to him and Chor, and why is it poor people are often such caricatures?

Which leads me to my main critique. The writing is very pedestrian in most instances, and that was shown in cringe worthy detail in one scene. The nang’ek is sent by Chor to handle workers who are protesting and demanding a wage. What follows is a scene sooo awesome in its awfulness, its tone deafness and complete lack of empathy for the working poor that, well, I’m gonna be writing more about. What I want to say is way too long.

In conclusion, the mysteries in the story may drive you to watch further, but I’m doubtful whether I shall bother.

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What I Watched in 2019

So I’ll be talking about what I watched dramawise in 2019, and giving little mini-reviews along the way, so if you want something to watch, stick around. By the way, some of these dramas I started in 2018 and I just finished them in 2019. Also, not all of these dramas were released in 2019, I just watched them in 2019. All in all, I found a lot of dramas l enjoyed.

THAILAND 2019

Pitsawat
  1. Pitsawat 9.2/10 – Honestly, this blew me away in every category, from the acting, the directing, the costumes, practically everything. Just parts of the ending I didn’t enjoy. This is one of those reincarnation lakorns, with past and present lives.
  2. Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2019) 7.5/10 – A marriage of convenience lakorn, with pra-ek having a girlfriend by his side most of the lakorn. Honestly, the fighting got so annoying and I’d really wished they’d cut out some of it in this remake.
  3. The Stranded 7.5/10 – So kids are stranded on an island. Production values was the key here. Outside of some fakea** CG, the photography was awesome, and best part of story. In fact, that and the music fooled me into thinking something grand and of value was going to happen, but as a few episodes went by, I slowly realized nothing much was happening. At end, we’re left with more mysteries then we started with, maybe a couple were solved, but that was really annoying.
  4. The Sand Princess 7.5/10 – A girl marries the brother of the man whose child (Moji) she’s taking care of. Best part about it, the little girl Moji. She did absolutely no acting, they acted around her, it was hilarious! I loved her! Most of the rating was for her.
  5. Tunnel 8.5/10 – I really liked this, hard for me to choose between which version I liked better, the Korean version or this one?

Chinese/Taiwanese Dramas 2019

I’m a Pet At Dali Temple

I watched a lot of long Chinese dramas last year, so this year because I lacked the time, I basically stuck to a lot of web dramas.

  1. Oh My Emperor Season 1 – 7.0/10 Short and forgettable drama about a girl traveling to Ancient China. You know the drill.
  2. Princess at Large 7/10 – Another time travel drama. And yes, I set out to find all the shorter time travel dramas and watch them all, 😄. Mediocre.
  3. I’m a Pet At Dali Temple 8.3/10 – This drama was actually good compared to the other time travel dramas. Good acting, nice chemistry. Enjoyable.
  4. Rules of Love 1 & 2 – 7/10 I watched this because it was about a merperson falling in love, it was okay but nothing special.
  5. Unique Lady (2019) 6.5/10 – This was disappointing. A girl gets thrown into a game world and has lots of suitors.
  6. Well Intended Love 7.5/10 Of course I had to watch this since it’s about a married couple. And the couple moments were the best! It’s just all those other little plot details I wish were improved.

JAPANESE DORAMAS 2019

Soredemo, Ikite Yuku
  1. Boku, Unmei no Hito Desu 8/10 – This is a cute romantic comedy that is about how the threads of fate bring us together.
  2. Soredemo, Ikite Yuku 9/10 – Powerful drama with lots of quiet contemplation, but also moments of intensity as two people fall in love, the sister of a murderer and the brother of a murder’s victim.
  3. Tantei no Tantei 8/10 -After her sister’s murder, a detective goes after bad detectives. I liked this, but I’ve forgotten most of it as I watched it near the beginning of the year.
  4. 3 Nen A Kumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu 2019 8.5/10 -This was strange. A teacher takes his students hostage and proceeds to teach them a lesson about life in the digital age they’ll never forget.
  5. Rike Koi 7.5/10 – Just a cute romantic comedy based on manga I watched for giggles.

KOREAN DRAMAS 2019

I Picked Up a Star on the Road
  1. Tomorrow With you – 8.3/10 Really sweet romance with a time travel twist.
  2. Signal – 7.5/10 I watched this after Tunnel and I was sooo underwhelmed by everything about this, the relationships compared to Tunnel, the mystery, it just didn’t impress me much. Good performances by actors.
  3. Tunnel – 8.5/10 Time travel drama that I lurved! This was about a serial killer, but more importantly, the relationships between people is what stood out for me.
  4. Kingdom – 7/10 Overrated. Honestly, you’ll thinking fighting off zombie hordes would be more interesting, but no. The twist fell flat too. And it ends in a cliffhanger.
  5. I Picked Up a Star on the Road 8.6/10 – This was the big surprise of all the dramas, but warning, lots of black humor. This isn’t the light romantic comedy I expected of a star and ordinary girl falling in love, it was much better.

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