Review – Who Are You: School 2015
Oh, what to say, what to say? It was… tolerable. A story about a bullied girl who gets into an accident, loses her memory, gets mistaken for another girl, who also got into an accident, and gets to suddenly live a new life as a pampered rich girl at a fancier school. It’s just one dumb plot device after another. Secret twins! Near Death Experiences! Amnesia! Imposters! Generic Love Triangle! It still managed to be slightly enjoyable though. The cast was solid, the cruelty and kindness of teenagers adding drama to each episode. But overall, I wouldn’t recommend it. Watch School 2013. It’s better.
Nam Joo-Hyuk proves he’s got leading male capabilities. Kim So-Hyun beguiles us with her big eyes and expressive face. And Yook Sung-Jae gets pushed to the side in the generic role of second male lead. I really enjoy Yook Sung-Jae, but have yet to decide if he’s strong enough to pull off a lead in a drama of his own yet. He’s a bit too idol for me, a bit too hammy, a bit too adorable. Super adorable as a blonde.
Our second female lead, however, is amazing. The bully. The villain. She’ll never want for work. When she’s old enough, she can easily migrate into the “evil mom,” “evil boss,” and “evil ex” roles. She delivered some blood curdling coldness. Jo Soo-Hyang is amazing, but I’m not delusional enough to expect her in leading female roles… she’s lovely, but the beauty standards of South Korea are as strict as Hollywood’s. And that’s a whole other post.
Overall Rating – 5/10. Ridiculous Plot Devices & Attractive Teenagers.
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 – Cheese in the Trap
What an awesome character study! Hong Seol and Yoo Jung may be the most interesting couple I have watched fall in love in a K-Drama. I thought this was going to be a cheesy college romantic drama, but it turned out to be complex study on individuals coming to terms with their own personalities by observing the actions of the people closest to them.
Overall Rating – 9/10. Sociopaths Make The Best Boyfriends.
Let’s talk about the main characters! (spoilers follow)
Review – Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
One of most feel-good of feel-good dramas out there. I’d like to give a standing ovation to this show for presenting one of the healthiest relationships I have ever seen in a K-Drama. Could there be two more likable leads? I’m struggling to think of anyone I’ve liked together more than this adorable pair. Watching them together was magical. It was such a fun, feisty, genuine romance. It was like eating sunshine.
Plot, Short Version: While two college athletes slowly fall in love, this show will wrap you up like a warm blanket and snuggle you.
Overall Rating – 10/10. This Drama Takes Home All The Gold Medals.