Review – Black Knight : The Man Who Guards Me
This show started off unsteady, but by episode four I was totally hooked and in love. Why? Cause the villains of this show were so mesmerizing!
Without any spoilers , the plot is simple: It’s a super sweet love story between a rich business man and a woman who works for a travel agency. They’re childhood sweethearts who are reunited as adults, and clearly meant to be together. Unfortunately, there’s a beautiful witch who wants to break this couple apart and have the handsome man all to herself.
Our adorable re-incarnated lovers
I admit, I was charmed by the cuteness of the main couple, but it was the devious witch dressmaker with her eerie pale shop and colorful assistant that won me over completely! It’s quite possibly the best, weirdest work environment of all time… it’s like a David Lynch dream of stark interiors and bright, bizarre characters. If you aren’t sure whether or not this odd little show is for you… watch this clip. There is basically no context for this dance sequence… it just happens. If you’re thinking to yourself “How cool! What’s happening?” then you will enjoy this show. If you’re thinking, “That’s too weird for me” then don’t bother with Black Knight.
The jumps through time are especially awesome, as we got lots of flashbacks of the two immortal ladies in various decades, fully decked out in the latest fashions. It’s the one thing I am usually disappointed with in other shows that deal with time travel, the lack of “inbetween” years. Not Black Knight, though! We get plenty of glimpses through the two hundred years these ladies have roamed the earth. Between the time jumps, the atmospheric sets, the location shooting, the sickeningly sweet romance, and the calm deviousness of our witch made Black Knight awesome. It’s a surrealist fairy tale for grown ups.
Overall Rating – 8/10. Hell Hath No Fury Like A Witchy Woman Scorned.
More about the actual plot – with SPOILERS galore – follows…
Review – The Sound of Your Heart
I HAVE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD OVER A K-DRAMA! Ever. This show is Archer funny. Arrested Development funny. Bojack Horseman and South Park funny. I literally laughed so loud the cat jumped off the couch and hid under the bed. I’ve never seen anything like this before – and I’m loving it! All star cast, all star comedy.
If you have Netflix – start watching this now. If you don’t… well… call up your friends and borrow their passwords, cause this show is golden!
Okay… so this is a situational comedy. And in general, I loathe situational comedies. They are the reason I love Korean dramas so much – they have plotlines that run a course, have narrative, wrap up at the end. This show may or may not EVER wrap up. Just like South Park or The Simpsons, this show may never end. It has it’s set up – which is a struggling webtoon artist trying to break into the industry (played by Lee Kwang-Soo) and his family… which consist of his father (Kim Byung-Ok) who runs a chicken restaurant that rarely sees customers, thus he seeks additional part time employment often and hilarity ensues – his mother (Kim Mi-Kyung) and her stern, but genuine affection – and his adorably awkward older brother (Kim Dae-Myung), who is low on the ladder in the Korean business world and a ridiculous playboy who targets the most unattractive women he can find, seduces them, and quickly throws them aside for the next conquest. He is your quintessential manchild… a selfish, heartless ass… who thankfully is funny, or we would all hate him. And of course we have the extremely attractive woman (Jung So-Min) who has a personality so quirky it has chased away all the extremely attractive men who would pursue her (apparently?), who is the love interest of our sweet, dorky webtoon artist.
Overall Rating – 9/10. Who Doesn’t Love Stupid, Low Brow, Fart Joke Humor?
Mild spoilers & Discussion Follow….