Review – Sweet Stranger & Me
Welcome to backflash city. The heavy handed, overuse of backflashes in this show reminded me of K-dramas of old… when you’d have a backflash to something that literally happened in the same episode. It’s K-dramas for goldfish.
With that said, I still enjoyed this light drama. The side characters were particularly enjoyable. It’s one of those rare dramas that fully develops its side characters, so that they’re not just around as a plot device to add conflict as the two leads find love. Oh no, these side characters get their own stories and you’ll be rooting for them to find happiness too. In fact, I liked the side characters more than the lead characters. A lot more. The two second leads, the stalker sister, the goofy side-chef, the young gangster guy… I found them all to be more interesting and complicated than our reformed gangster turned chef and the grumpy stewardess. My biggest qualm with this entire series is that it didn’t firmly wrap up the endings to these people – after laying all that foundation for them, giving them walls and windows and doors… why leave us hanging? Give those people a roof, damn it, and complete their stories.
The simple version of the plot: A young woman comes home to rest shortly after her mother dies and she catches her fiance cheating on her. Once home, she discovers her mother secretly married a young man and this handsome guy is now her stepfather and owner of her family house, business, and property. Her family turns out to be full of secrets, including tons of massive debt. An extremely handsome and feisty local “Robot Museum” owner wants to buy the land to develop it into a resort… and he’s not only interested in the property, but also our leading lady. On top of all this, the girl her fiance had an affair with keeps hanging around, bringing all her drama and shenanigans with her.
It was cute. You have to suffer through the flashbacks for it, but it’s still a nice romantic show. With two very handsome leading men.
Overall Rating – 7/10. Kneading Dough… Better Than Crossfit For Upper Body Strength.
More on Characters, Spoilers, Complaints and Musings follow….
Review – Mask
A delicious melodrama full of betrayal, secrets, and pain! I loved it. Soo-Ae looks beautiful when she cries. Ju Ji-Hoon is marvelous as the mentally unstable heir. And Yeon Jeong-Hun has NEVER LOOKED BETTER. Oh my gosh, no one plays devious quite like this guy… and no one has ever looked so hot when they’re being so evil.
The story is relatively simple. There are two women who have the same face, doppelgangers. One is wealthy and the other lives in poverty and debt. When the wealthy woman drowns, a sinister man sees an opportunity and puts the poor woman in her place. The poor woman goes along with it because Mr. Sinister says he will settle her families debts. Suddenly the poor woman finds herself getting married to a stranger and caught in a web of lies.
I loved it! This is pure melodrama. If you’re feeling rational, don’t watch it. If you’re one of those people who screams at the television “Why doesn’t she just tell him!?” or “Why does she keep trusting him?!” then don’t watch it. These people are going to make the same mistakes several times before seeing the error of their ways. There are lies on top of lies on top of lies. People are out for blood. There is distrust and suspicion everywhere. No one has the common sense to plant an audio recorder somewhere or actually accumulate evidence of any kind. Oh no. These are fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, emotional decision making types. And it’s 20 long episodes of this… so if you’re not in the mood to soak in some moody, irrational stew, then do yourself a favor and steer clear.
If, however, you are in the mood for deception and dark desire and, honestly, ridiculousness… then get comfortable on the couch and clear your calendar. There will be tears! There will gnashing of teeth! There will be anguish and blood and fear and chaos! There will be desperate kisses followed by mistrust and confusion! There will be backflashes to something that happened only ten minutes ago! The house is on fire and no one can see the exits through the smoke… we’re all going down in flames together. And it’s so much fun!
Overall Rating – 9/10. Mr. Sinister Serves Up Some Moody, Broody Blackmail to a Doppelganger.
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