Misty 미스티 | First Impression

Oh my god…I love this drama so far. The female lead (played by KIM Nam Joo) is AH-mazing. I’ve never seen such a strong female character before in a Korean drama. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. She doesn’t let anyone or their opinions stop her. I don’t know if this is considered a spoiler…

 

 

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the fact that she got an abortion so that she could get the position she wanted–that’s incredible. It’s neither good nor bad, but it takes courage to do what she did–knowing the consequences she is going to face.

I’m still a little confused with the plot, but that seems to be what the writer/director wants. It looks like they’re going to be jumping back and forth in time to reveal more and more details. All the characters in this drama are wonderfully written…so far. No one is purely good nor evil. They’re real. Humans can be extremely selfish, and this drama is not afraid to show that.

I feel that the romance is also going to be very real. As in, there is the good and the bad. The person you love may have made bad decisions, yet you can’t help but love them and project them.  I am excited to see how Hye Ran (the female lead) is going to fall in love with her husband, Tae Wook (the male lead). I do feel a little bad for him, but at the same time, as I’ve watched a little further, he made the decision to marry her despite Hye Ran telling him that she doesn’t love him. So he put himself in this position.

I wouldn’t say I’m hooked on this drama, but it is interesting. I’ll probably take my time watching it.

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I’m Not A Robot 로봇이 아니다| Thoughts

Oh my gosh, I’m in love with this drama. It’s got me hooked. There are definitely flaws to this drama, and there are things the characters do that are questionable, but it’s easy to overlook these flaws, because of the chemistry between Kim Min Kyu (YOO Seung Ho) and Jo Ji Ah (CHAE Soo Bin). They are so cute together. It’s ridiculous that Min Kyu hasn’t figured out Ji Ah is not a robot, but it’s what makes everything so funny. He’s already falling for her, and Ji Ah is so far gone. Like some people have said, she does have to put up with a lot of stupid stuff from him, because she has come to like him. But I’m okay with this, only because I expect him to make it up for her once he finds out the truth.

I do feel a little bad for Min Kyu though, now that he’s starting to fall for her, and there’s definitely going to be a lot of angst in the next feel episodes, but this is what I like to see in dramas: the moments of sadness before the main couple actually get together. I’m curious to see how he’s going to find out about Ji Ah. I’m assuming he’s going to see her when she’s not in Aji 3’s get-up. I can’t wait for that moment. I hope the writers don’t mess the story up and do something unnecessary.

It also looks like the plot is starting to move along and include some problems at the company of which Min Kyu is the chairman. I’m curious to see how he’s going to deal with these issues too. With his human allergy getting better because of Ji Ah, will he be more aggressive in facing his enemies? But then, this could be an issue once Ji Ah disappears. I wonder if the real Aji 3 will still have the same affect on Min Kyu if he thinks that nothing has changed. Also, they have been talking about resetting Aji 3 (Ji Ah), so I’m wondering if that will be Professor Hong and the research team’s excuse when they replace Ji Ah with Aji 3. She’s not the same, because she’s been reset to factory mode and lost all of Min Kyu’s input? That’ll be interesting if they go down this route.

I hate having to wait for the next episode, especially since I’m not really into any of the other dramas that are currently airing…hopefully I’ll get into at least another one…

 

The King’s Woman | Random Thoughts

I’m really starting to like this drama now. Things have started picking up, at least between the main leads. Although I still find their relationship problematic, they have incredibly sweet scenes together. Ying Zheng is beginning to understand that he should respect Gongsun Li. He listens to her and takes her advice into consideration. Li remains a strong individual. While she does love the King now, she doesn’t bend to his will. She will still do what she needs to do. She even uses the King’s feelings for her to influence his decisions; not in a bad way, but sometimes it’s necessary to do so.

From what I’ve seen of Chinese dramas, all characters are well-rounded. They have an existence outside of the main romance. While love is important, sometimes other matters take precedence. In this case, the King may love Li, but there are certain things that he cannot overlook. Yes, he is cruel and ruthless, but it’s also understandable in these circumstances. They’re living during a time when there were continuous wars. I’m curious to see how this drama turns out. I hope it’s not a disappointing ending. I don’t mind if it’s sad or tragic, as long as it makes sense.

Lost Love in Times | Random Thoughts

Yay! They’ve increased the number of episodes per week to 6 episodes from 4. I’m so addicted to this drama, it’s not even funny. The English subtitles are coming out a week behind the airing of the episodes and it’s driving me crazy. I’m still watching the raw episodes as soon as they come out. I haven’t felt this way for at least 7 years now, when I first started watching Korean dramas.

I absolutely love the romance in this drama. Qing Chen has the upper hand in the relationship, which is rare to see, especially in period dramas. Yuan Ling shows her the respect she deserves. He didn’t push physically intimacy until she made the first move (besides that first forced kiss, which he learned quickly that was a no-no). Like I mentioned in my previous post, the women in this drama are shown as intelligent individuals with their own thoughts and priorities, and it’s so awesome.

The romances between the other characters are also playing out nicely and showcase how relationships differ depending the character’s personality; how some can be harmful and others are lighthearted.

Now that it is getting into the 30’s (episode count), the political plot is starting to drag. I can’t say I’m interested in the plot between the 3rd and 9th prince or the Crown Prince and Luan Fei, the youngest daughter in the Feng family. I’m starting to skip a few of those scenes, but I hate how I can’t skip too much, otherwise I’ll miss out on cute moments between Qing Chen and Yuan Ling.

 

Chinese Dramas vs Korean Dramas

I haven’t had too much exposure to Chinese dramas yet, but these are some of my thoughts on differences between Chinese dramas and Korean dramas, in particular, historical dramas.

What I love about Chinese dramas are the strong female characters. Whether they are good or bad, they make decisions for themselves. Some can fight and even if they can’t, they hold their ground against the men. They’re intelligent and speak their mind. In Korean dramas, I don’t get the same feelings. The female characters are very much like damsels in distress and require men to save them.

Now this concept exists in both Chinese and Korean dramas, but I feel it’s more apparent in Korean dramas. For example, the recent Ruler: Master of the Mask: Ga Eun, the main female lead, got herself into trouble more than she helped the Crown Prince. In Scholar Who Walks the Night, they tried to pass off the female lead as someone who was strong and worked hard to care for her family, but once she met the male lead, she became weak and couldn’t protect herself.

In Lost Love in Time, the female lead sacrifices her happiness in order to set things straight (this is a whole other issue that I could on and on about). But she makes decisions to help those around her. She can fight to protect herself, and she tries hard to protect those she cares about. From what I watched of General and I, with Angelababy and Wallace Chung, the female lead was portrayed as a very intelligent individual who was a military strategist. She was able to win battles against armies of thousands. It’s amazing to see these types of characters.

Chinese dramas also have characters that are morally questionable, whereas Korean dramas tend to have very straightforward characters. They’re either good people (who sometimes may have to make hard decisions-but that doesn’t make them bad) or they’re bad people who deserve punishment. Whether it’s known to the characters in the drama, we–as the audience– know if the character is good or bad.

This is harder to determine in Chinese dramas. It’s not as black and white. Characters can sometimes treat their loved ones with great care, but be absolutely evil towards others. Some of the decisions they make are harmful towards many, yet makes sense when one thinks from their position. This makes the stories more interesting and less predictable.

For those who are more familiar with Chinese dramas, what are your thoughts? And what are some other differences you see?

 

Currently Watching

So many good dramas just ended this week, 3 of them being: Lookout (파수꾼), Fight My Way (쌈 마이 웨이), and Ruler: Master of the Mask (군주: 가면의 주인). So the list of dramas that I’m currently watching has shrunk down. Right now, I am watching

  • 7 Day Queen (7일의 왕비)

7dayqueen (Sports Chosun)

(Pic from Sports Chosun)

  • The Best Hit (최고의 한방)

The Best Hit Poster2 (Dramafever)

(Pic from Dramafever)

Although I’m pretty close to dropping the Best Hit. I don’t really have a criteria for when to continue a series and when to drop it. It’s just whenever the drama loses my interest, whether it’s due to the story line or the characters, or sometimes I lose interest while waiting for the next episode. But as of now, the Best Hit is turning into the typical romantic comedy story line and losing the unique aspect that drew me to the drama in the first place.

When I lose interest in a drama, I might still stick around if the actors interest me, but unfortunately, none of the actors draw me in enough to want to continue. But I’ll see. If there are no other dramas that pop up, I may continue with the series.

First Post

Hello! As an avid watcher of Korean dramas, I want to share what I’ve watched with everyone. I will be working on providing reviews and commentary on past and current dramas, and hopefully some episode recaps as well. So if this is something you are interested in, please stay tune for updates.

**the photo above is a poster of the drama, Ruler: Master of the Mask (군주 가면의 주인). It is a historical drama and just recently aired its last episode.