Review – (Suffering Through) The Bride of the Water God
I am a sucker for supernatural stories, so of course I signed up for this show the minute it started. Even though the first episode was lame. Even though the second episode was lame. Even though it never got better… it just… middled around towards the bottom. But I kept watching it. Every Tuesday. Two new eps at a time. Like an idiot. Because I kept expecting something to happen… which is ridiculous, because after a certain point, you just know nothing is going to happen because if the writers knew how to make a good story, they would have been giving you one the entire time.
So, idiot me, watched this entire dumb show. About the most boring, lifeless, and dreadfully uninspired divinities EVER. Have there ever been more boring gods? NO. They have zero personality. They don’t really do anything, apparently – they were as boring in the Realm of the Gods as they were in the Human World. Just… dreadful.
As was our lead female. What a low key bitch, right? And her annoying habit of rambling out her self autobiography showed a sad lack of insight for a therapist. I mean… didn’t she have a degree in psychology? No wonder she didn’t have any clients.
Did the actors not read the script first? I honestly can’t believe this show got the green light. It’s so bad! Plot holes, pointless characters, storylines that go no where, seemingly important things that turn out to be utterly meaningless, and bad fashion. The romance was stupid, too. Childish, annoying, insipid, awkward. Eck. I hated it.
Overall Rating – 2/10. Drowning In A Plate of Water.
Review – Oh My Ghostess
Can I just say now right now that my favorite thing about this cute little show was the epic girl-friendship between the professor the shaman? How adorable were they? I loved that we had two older women coming together as friends with no common ground whatsoever other than the fact they were both lonely and needed a buddy. Sometimes that is all it takes. Their friendship made the entire story better, like having home made icing on a cake instead of store bought. Sure, we were gonna eat that cake regardless… but now it’s just so much yummier.
Oh My Ghostess was a cute, supernatural romance about a shy young girl who gets possessed by a horny extroverted ghost – which both makes her life better and worse. The horny ghost is convinced if she can lose her virginity to man of vitality, then she will let go of the grudge keeping her from crossing over to the next world. When that man of vitality happens to be the shy girl’s boss and secret crush, hilarity ensues.
Park Bo-Young was so adorable and funny in this show – jumping back and forth between a wide eyed innocent and a shameless rambunctious hussy with ease – that’s great acting prowess, right there. Cho Jung-Seok played the male lead, a persnickety chef who’s a bit of a narcissist but also a surprisingly sweet romantic at heart. His character transformation over the show was as just as impressive as the female lead. Throw in a bunch of playful restaurant coworkers, a gigantic cop with a little boy’s smile, the dead girl’s family, and a murder mystery or two… and you’ve got a nice way to spend sixteen hours.
It was a fun little romance and I can see why so many people have recommended this show over the years. Add me to the list. I recommend it too.
Overall Rating – 8/10. Don’t Die A Virgin In Korea.
Review – Uncontrollably Fond (of Melodramas!)
In which a romantic melodrama causes me to become very philosophical about life and spend too much analyzing a show as a microcosm of the problems of the world. But before we jump into that mess, let’s just say this was a cool melodrama with a bizarre plot line about justice and personal responsibility that I quite enjoyed. We had the battle between the economic classes, the battle between lovers, the battle between exlovers, the battle between spouses and extended families, and the battle for your life. Lots of little wars going on in this show with lots of little twists and turns to keep you entertained.
Do not be fooled by all the happy smiling faces in the promos and title images. It’s a melodrama, not a romantic comedy. I get very frustrated with viewers who want to criticize a melodrama for being a melodrama, with comments like “it’s not realistic!” and “why does she keep apologizing!” and “oh my god, I hate his hot and cold treatment of her!” I mean… what? What do you think a melodrama is? They’re sensationalist madness. They’re emotional rollercoasters. They’re a giant trainwreck and when you bought the ticket to ride it said, “WARNING: THIS TRAIN IS GOING TO EXPLODE, THEN IMPLODE, THEN PROBABLY RECONSIDER, HOLD ITSELF HOSTAGE WITH DYNAMITE STRAPPED TO ITS CHEST, CHICKEN OUT, START CRYING, AND FINALLY SETTLE FOR TURNING INTO A BLACK HOLE AND PULLING THE ENTIRE WORLD INTO ITS VOID. We hope you enjoy the ride.” Your ticket was very clear, my pretties. Melodramas don’t mess around with your reasonable business, go elsewhere if you want a fair shake down and rational decisions.
I am a huge fan of melodramas; it’s exciting, perversely, to watch everyone’s lives crumble to pieces despite their best efforts to keep it together with lies and manipulations. Oh, the drama! The drama, the drama. You will gasp and shake your head and bite your pillow and cry. Even the most stoic of viewers will probably melt down in ep 19 about 38 minutes in… if you have dry cheeks after that scene then I fear for the state of your soul. It would be stripped away of its melodrama title if it didn’t make you ugly cry at least once, though, so embrace the hard earned tears.
Overall Rating: 8/10. Broken Hearts Are Easier To Mend Than Broken Families.
Now for lengthy philosophizing and ranting and raving….