Review – Save Me (from people!)
Is this show a dark commentary on humanity? YES. Was it awesome? Yes… but it’s very, very dark, so light a few candles and pray for the soul of the world before you start viewing.
This is the story about how a family got sucked into a cult. It’s also a story about growing up, and realizing your parents aren’t the gods of our childhood. It’s a story about society, and how the struggle for power changes people. Power over your own life, power over circumstances, power over others. It’s a commentary on politics, religion, government, and the basic needs of humans – to be useful, to be happy, and to be safe. And at its heart, it’s a story about friendship. There’s a lot packed into this drama.
It’s not a pleasant experience, though. The drama tackled quite a few uncomfortable topics – from police corruption to political corruption, violent school bullying to murder, unbelievable cruelty to cold manipulations of others – both emotionally and physically. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m not sure I want to again for a while, either. You’ll want to give your brain a rest after this intensity… maybe watch a Disney movie or something. Cleanse the palette, cleanse the soul.
Overall Rating – 9/10. Getting To New Heaven Is Hell On Earth.
Thoughts on religion, my personal opinions on the matter, and various musings follow…
Review – Sungkyunkwan Scandal
I recently rewatched Sungkyunkwan Scandal, for… what? Maybe the sixth time? It’s an adorable romantic comedy. It is, in my opinion, the best historical romantic comedy. Still standing strong since 2010. It has it all. The best of all the tropes. All your favorite things. All the things you hope to see in a romantic comedy. All the tricks of the trade done just right. And for some reason, it’s impossible for me to write a review about it. Every time I try, I just end up wanting to watch it again. Sometimes you just have a to watch it. When everyone agrees that it’s awesome – how many reviews do you need to read, anyways? Trust the crowd. It’s true. It’s really, really freaking good.
The cast is perfect. The lead male is the most delightful stick in the mud nerd… and let’s face it, how often is the main character an uptight, mega nerd? But it works! It works because they paired him off with a equally smart lady disguised as a man, who has a sense of humor and a flair for drama. It works because they balanced him off with polar opposite friends – a carefree, socialite who is interested in fashion and flirting (Yeorim! Oh, how I love him!) and a misfit, rebel who is interested in fighting and social justice won through actions over words. They’re all awesome. I wanted to be bestie with all these besties.
Just watch it. You won’t be sorry. You’ll laugh and be entertained and smitten and charmed. It’s unavoidable. It’s so well written – the cast is large and memorable.
Overall Rating – 10/10. Nerds in Love.
The Other Guy – 4 Favorite Second Lead and Bit Part Actors
There are faces that show up repeatedly in dramas: you know, the ones that don’t inspire teenagers to buy stickers of their faces, the ones that aren’t turned into banners for blogs and desktop wallpapers. The other guys.
Just like in American cinema, these side actors never go hungry. Their resumes are long. Pages and pages and pages of roles played. They must know everyone by now. The mailman hates them at Christmas time. I love them all the time.
My Top 4 Other Guys are an easy pick.
Park Chul-Min – Comic Relief. Just looking at him makes me feel better.