Review – King 2 Hearts / The King 2heart
Ah… King 2 Hearts… a hit from 2012 that is still great. It imagines a constitutional monarchy in modern South Korea, but with the same divide between North and South. Our male main character is the second in line to the throne, but reluctant to step up to the demands and responsibilities of his title. In an attempt to help him “grow up,” the King sends him on a peace-making mission to work with North Koreans for a military collaboration. There he meets our female lead, a North Korean assassin. Throw in a maniacal global arms dealer determined to crush the monarchy, a motley but lovable group of soldiers, royals, and all the family and political intrigue of mixing two long-separated countries… and you have an amazing show that is sure to entertain.
Overall Rating 9/10. A Fairy Tale Romance With North Korean Cuteness. Who Knew?
More discussion, ramblings and spoilers follow….
Review – Can You Hear My Heart?
This is “old school” k-drama done right. A small but incredible cast in one fantastically complicated knot. We’re talking tropes, tropes, tropes – birth secrets, evil moms, love triangles, revenge plots, stolen children, all-people-with-disabilities-are-angels, family feuds, memory loss and more! It’s surprising how difficult it is to try to summarize this 30 episode trip to quality, emotional trauma/drama. It’s about family – the ones we are born with but more importantly about the ones we create for ourselves – through friends, through neighbors, through marriage, through fate.
A true gem and worth the watch, when you’re feeling patient and understand that a four course meal takes time. I liked it a lot. I didn’t love it, necessarily, but I enjoyed it.
Overall Rating – 8.5/10. Dumb People Are Happier In Life… So It Sucks To Be You, Smarty Pants.
Read More… in which I try to explain this ridiculously unique plotline about intelligence, the hierarchy of needs, and familial love (major spoilers ahead!)