Review – Jealousy Incarnate
This show really shouldn’t have been as entertaining as it was. The plot was kinda lame, the territory worn… but due to the amazing cast, it somehow managed to still be an enjoyable show for 20 something long episodes. I think the reason this show appeals to people is because the premise is appealing. Who hasn’t had a crush on someone who just didn’t feel the same way? And how awesome would it be if they suddenly changed their mind – at the exact time someone as equally awesome came along and also liked you? And… let’s shoot for the stars… how incredible would it be to date them both, with their permission, and even set up house together while they generously allow to figure out your feelings? Geesh. It’s so ridiculous and in the realm of fantasy, which is exactly why it was entertaining for twenty episodes.
The love triangle is really the only reason to watch it. There are better shows about broadcasting (Pinocchio) and there are better shows about cancer (Padam Padam), though I will admit the male breast cancer angle was interesting. The side story about the warring moms was funny and I enjoyed their love triangle as well. The side story about the teenagers, eh. I have a serious crush on Choi Hwa-Jung, who played the rich guy’s mom, Madam Kim, so I loved watching her prance around and try to reign in her empire and heir… oh my God, she was rockin’ in this show. Her stylist deserves a special award for fitting those curves to perfection. Damn.
Overall Rating – 7/10. Two Boyfriends Are Better Than One.
Review – Circle: Two Worlds
A well done, high concept sci fi show about memories, responsibility, and identity. The story revolves around two twins who discover a mysterious woman in the woods when they are children. Is she an alien? The woman disappears from their life, only to reappear again when they are in their early twenties. At the same time a string of questionable suicides start occurring at the Health and Science College. Who is she? And how is she connected to these events and the lives of the twins? Rotating between 2017, our time, and 2037, when the country has been split into “Normal Earth,” a wasteland of pollution and dust, and “Smart Earth,” a clean environment where all the citizens are on modified mood controllers and live peacefully.
There are plenty of spectacular twists in this drama and the plot was so unconventional, I had no idea where it was taking me from episode to episode. The acting was incredible, especially from Yeo Jin-Goo… wow, that boy has an expressive face, does he not? Murder, mystery, secret experiments, missing persons and aliens! Who could ask for more? (Uh, I could! sequel, please?)
As with all mystery shows – I won’t do a lengthy review since mystery shows are best enjoyed with the full mystery unraveling as you watch. So… do yourself a favor and check it out.
Overall Rating – 9/10. Blue Worms Are Not Your Friends.
Review – Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon reminds me a lot of iZombie. It has a playful “comic book” style that knows how to have fun. Zap, Boom, Shabang! Those over the top, tongue-in-cheek comics where though good guys fought off villains, no one was injured beyond repair and good humor ruled over seriousness. Think… the bright friendly, child-saving Superman of the 1900’s… not the monotone angsty Superman of the 2000’s. Do Bong Soon is here to save the day, damn it! And you’re going to feel great about it.
<-This NOT That->
I adored this show! It had so much going for it… which I will be discussing with massive spoilers below… but above all else, it was romantic. So, so soooo romantic. Cute romantic. First love romantic. Original Superman romantic. You remember… the big-grin fly me over the city romance of a hunky guy smitten with a feisty girl.
Overall Rating – 10/10. Saved The Day.
Spoilers and Fangirling with Much Discussion Ahead!