Review – Witch’s Court
God, I hated this show. I’m usually a big fan of characters that break that mold – and our leading female certainly did – but unfortunately all that emerged from the mold was a jerk. I found the lead female to be annoying and groan inducing. I’ve read a lot of praise for this show for having a strong female protagonist… and I feel like they were watching a different show than I was. This is exactly the kind of person I can’t stand in real life, so it’s no wonder I didn’t care for this show. Even with the handsome Yoon Hyun Min playing the altruistic shrink turned prosecutor. Even with the much needed social commentary on sexual assault, misogyny, and personal responsibilities. Even with the pretty compelling mini-plots, aka the cases that were being solved as we waited for the “big case” to be solved. Even with all this going for it… I just couldn’t get past episode six.
Hey, not every show is for everyone. That’s why there’s so many of them. Something for everyone. This one just wasn’t for me.
You wanna see a show with a strong female protagonist? They’re out there. Remember. City Hall. Let’s Eat. Queen Seon Duk. Healer. It’s Okay, That’s Love. Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Signal. The K2 (the evil queen, not the princess). There are plenty! I usually don’t even bother writing “reviews” for shows I’ve abandoned, but this one compelled me to complain.
Witch’s Court final verdict: Abandoned to the Graveyard.
Review – Tunnel
There’s a lot to like about this show. The unusual plotline. The adorable cop shenanigans and bromances everywhere (all the main cops are dudes in this show and they’re all extremely lovable). The tangled web of time travel. The serial killer(s) and their damaged childhoods. I enjoyed the whole thing. A quality drama, highly recommended.
Overall Rating – 8/10. Grumpy Time Traveling Detective Solves An Old Case.
A little bit more about characters follows (very, very mild spoilers)
Review – Falling in Love with Soon Jung
I just didn’t get this show. I watched it. The whole freakin’ thing. Cause… I don’t know. Why did I keep watching it?
Soon Jung is boring… sooo, sooo boring. Why did all these people fall in love with her in the first place? It’s not Kim So Yeon’s fault – she can be wonderful in shows but apparently she forgot to read the script before she agreed to make this drama. The haircut did NOTHING for her. It made her look like an expressionless mannequin… and her face has always looked a little manufactured to me anyways, so that didn’t help. They should have made a little effort to give this character some depth or dimension, cause she was as flat and dry as cardboard.
Jung Kyung Ho played the asshole businessman who gets a heart transplant from a nice guy, magically transforming him into a decent human being. He was cute in this. Not amazing, not even necessarily memorable, but cute. At least he brought his character to life and had fun with it… and with his hair. Plus he had an adorable male secretary.
Yoon Hyun Min played the most interesting character – the dude who’d been in love with Soon Jung forever but had always stepped aside. But after her fiance died, he thought he finally had a chance. Wrong! Her fiance’s heart ended up in his business rival’s chest and the next thing you know, he’s playing the entire sad story out again. Except this time he’s not gonna bow out gracefully. Nope. This time he’s gonna go bat shit crazy and see if maybe scaring his crush to death might be a more successful romantic approach. While normally I would say “What were you thinking?” this method has actually worked in other dramas… so… you never know. He was a complicated mess of a man, though, and the most fun to watch.
The plot is dull. Some people are trying to save some vague cosmetic business while other people want to sell it off to make money. You won’t care. You’re supposed to care, I think, but they forgot to tell us why. Cause, uh… people work there? Whatever. And then there’s the mystery of how Soon Jung’s fiance died – which is revealed to the viewer about halfway through the show so we have to sit around until everyone figures it out. The two dudes fighting over Soon Jung aren’t interesting as a dynamic because she only likes one of them and not the other – so there’s no real triangle at all, just this sad unrequited love from this sort of sad, pathetic dude whose lost his marbles.
I really should have dropped this drama. I’ve been watching it in chunks for weeks, just going back to it when I had a little time here and there. I don’t know why, honestly. It was not worth sixteen hours of my time. The “romance” sucked.
Overall Rating – 5/10. Why Does Anyone Fall In Love With Soon Jung?
Review – Discovery of Romance
This romantic drama featured the reunion of actors Jung Yoo Mi with Eric Moon. I love these two together. They were fantastic in Que Sera Sera. And they were good in this drama as well. Sung Joon is also in this show, and he’s another of my favorites. But I’m just gonna stop you now before you get excited by the quality line up of actors…
It just wasn’t that good.
Discovery of Romance is love triangle plotline, but with a bit more weight on each side for once. Eric Moon’s character is the former lover of Jung Yoo Mi’s character. They were together five long years before breaking up. Now she’s with Sung Joon’s character, in a strong, healthy relationship. That is… until her old lover turns up again and wants to try again.
Despite loving all the actors and the exploration of the complexity of relationships, I didn’t think too much of this drama. I finished it, though I confess I started to skim towards the end.
Overall Rating – 5/10. When The Heart Is Involved, Honestly Is Easier In Theory Than In Practice.