Review – Go Ho’s Starry Night
Okay, so… I watched this show last weekend. All 20 episodes. And then I completely forgot that I watched it… until a week later, when I was checking to see if new episodes of I Am Not A Robot are available. Yeah. So, I guess we can safely say it didn’t make an impression on me. The leading lady was okay. I wasn’t charmed by her, but I did like her enough to hope she hooked up with her hunky boss. I didn’t much care for the eight hundred dudes who were all smitten with her angle… seriously… there’s a point where four guys are all fighting over her and there’s only about six dudes who work in her office, so basically everyone had a hard on for Go Ho. Why?
I was on a Kim Young Kwang kick, so I checked it out. It’s nothing new. It’s a predictable, reasonably entertaining piece of fluff with lots of cute moments but not a lot more. This might be a good drama to watch after you’ve just finished something intense and amazing… like Liar Game or Remember or Bad Guys… when you just want a fluffy bunny to cuddle with, even though you know rabbits are terrible pets, cause for a few hours they’re kinda awesome and that’s all you need – a little time with a soft, fluffy diversion.
Overall Rating – 6/10. Cute And Forgettable.
Review – Six Flying Dragons
This drama was outstanding. It’s about the end of the Goryeo period and the beginning of the Joseon period – in particular, the revolution leading from one to another. And it’s the best historical Korean Drama I have ever seen. Ever. After the second episode, I was pretty sure it was surpassing my favorites. And after the epic 3-Prong Rescue Sequence from the Biguk Temple in Episode 6… I was hooked. By the end of the loop to the opening scene in Ep 1 closing in Ep 10, I thought… wow… holy crap… that’s extremely good writing. It’s by the same writing team that brought us Queen Seonduk and Tree with Deep Roots… this male/female team, Kim Young-Hyun and Park Sang-Yeon, know their stuff. And they have been perfecting their craft. Tightly woven plots in each episode, building on each other throughout yet changing enough to keep you enthralled, extremely complicated but fulfilling character development, action, historical significance, and even some romance.
Seriously. BEST HISTORICAL DRAMA I HAVE EVER SEEN. Just… mesmerizing.
Overall Rating – 10/10. The View Is Only Better From the Moral High Ground If You Don’t Look Down.
More about characters – spoilers spoilers spoilers – thoughts and more…. please watch the show before treading into these waters, you don’t need to muddy up your experience by reading details first.
Review – Legend of the Blue Sea
A profoundly unspecial fantasy romance. Oh, how I wanted to love this show! But every little thing about it was so enormously contrived and flat. The “romance” was just a nonstop series of cliches and ridiculousness. Just like in the show Tomorrow With You, the writers and director seemed to think that putting two attractive people opposite each other is all it takes for everyone around the world to collectively sigh. Well, this gal groaned. Loudly. And because I wanted to like it, it just made it worse. It was like forcing yourself to enjoy a treat way past its expiration date… it was just dry and a bitter reminder of all the other dramas that have done this better in the past. You know, the fresh ones.
Plotline, basic version: A mermaid comes to land following her one true love… but if she doesn’t win his affection in return, she will die.
Overall Rating – 5/10. A Can Of Anchovies When You Ordered Fresh Salmon.
More Grumbling and Ranting and Spoilers follow….