Review – When A Man Loves
Deep satisfied sigh. What a cool melodrama! Talk about an unusual plotline that hooked. I was completely swept up into this romantic entanglement. Not quite a love triangle, not quite NOT a love triangle. There was more nuance and character development in this drama than most shows. You’ll be hating someone in one episode and completely understanding them and sympathizing with them in the next. Shades of gray, my friends. It’s a show about how your life experiences define you, even when you’ve changed your life.
Plotline Short Version: A gangster falls for the daughter of the man he’s terrorizing and a series of events leads him to change his ways and give up his life of crime to reemerge several years later as a successful businessman. When he runs into the daughter again – he sweeps her into his new life, with promises of financial security and his heart. However, our young lady is wary of her new suitor. He’s over a decade older than her, excessively smitten, and… ya know… a bit scary. While she’s attempting to let this man into her life, she meets another man – her age – whom she shares natural chemistry with. Unfortunately, his life is equally tied to the reformed gangsters. It’s a struggle of will, of families, of obligations and of fear as these three circle around each other. And it’s really great tv.
Overall Rating – 9/10. One Person’s Love Is Not Enough To Carry Two Hearts.
LOTS OF SPOILERS, life musings, dating advice, and rambling follow…
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 – (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 – 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 – Sensory Couple
First of all… very misleading title image! This is not a fairy tale romance and neither character runs around in beautiful clothes throughout the show. This picture is more accurate of what to expect:
The show about a girl who sees smells (by the seashore) and a guy who feels no pain. Throw in a serial killer and you’ve got an unusual, yet surprisingly cute drama.