Updated my current drama list and the Horror!!! It’s a monster! In truth, I’ve not kept up with much of anything. Drama-watching has been so sporadic, never have I experienced being stressed beyond a point to even watch stuff as background noise but I’m there. Does it make sense blogging/brain dumping about the anomaly is cathartic when I can go watch me some drama instead but somehow my mind can’t even shut down enough for my oldest habit?! I’m keeping a watching list mostly as a sticky note to self like for groceries.
Big Bang Theory: My long time geeky guilty pleasure which is reminding me of my Friends days. The LeonardPenny ship is akin to RossRachel (ie I don’t freaken care). Thankfully the nerdery is back in shape, S6>>>S5. I’m only asking for a bit of witty geek-speak and a few lols the half hour a wk I’m unwinding and it does the trick.
Elementary is surprisingly watchable as a typical cop procedural (ie not!Sherlock) with the blatant UST that is the white elephant of the series till it decides to jump the shark. Brain work is not a requirement at all. There’s good acting, great acting on Lucy Liu’s part (I’m susceptible to anything w/ LucyLiu, was sad when Cashmere Mafia got cancelled)
My Reason to Live is a 1997 Kdrama, starring every veteran K actress under the sun I’m crazy for. Even though it’s clearly done on a budget of garlic skins, the ensemble cast is a feast to watch. I’m most pleasantly surprised with the young Lee Young Ae (of DJG’s fame) playing a feisty low-life bargirl, pretty but never getting what she wants in life, ie typical fate of the residents of Mapo, the poorest most destitute neighborhood not moving forward much from post Korean war in 70s Seoul. These are real people in the gutters, not the shabbychic ones shopping at A&F nor tearing off labels of sparklings got fr Lotte Mall. I’m just relieved midway into the 40+ ep saga, I don’t have to put on my snark-cap and tolerate warts and misgivings like watching our usual current fares. Good Old Days.
Can We Get Married is the best written, best directed Kdrama of the current airing. I love it, but I haven’t caught up with it since ep3 which is the episode doing me in. I’m not raving at the acting as much as other fans, I have a few rants here or there, I’m not as invested with the characters nor the OTPs as the norm but it doesn’t hamper on the fact this is just a solidly lovely drama with lovely writing and directing. I’m still not on the SoonJun fanwagon yet and it disappoints me because there’s nth I like more than the incoherent spazzing.
King of Dramas is the kdrama I’m up to date since I’m watching with fam. The characters are all interesting and imo very nicely laid out and fleshed out. Even with a bit of outrageous OTTness with the plot, somehow at the back of my mind I’m ringing this can so happen in RL Kdramafactory. This is not a shipper heaven but it’s refreshing to watch a kdrama not all caught up in romancing the leads. I’m a fangirl of KMM who is his usual brand of perfection as his Anthony, JRW is fascinating to watch on her drastic improvement in control and nuances since MNIKSS alone, and this may be the very first time I’m watching sth partly because of SiWon. He is the most entertaining thing amongst true guns.
I Miss You is the most curious case. It is obviously written by K-melo addicted, traumatized chimps. It is the acting elevating it so many notches above what the script is entitled. The directing and cinematography is good. However, YSH is not gorg enough to my eyes to be just smizing and selling his ‘sex appeal’ and calling it promising acting hitchhiking the fanbus of SJS. I groupwatched it as a drinking game and hubs insisted we’ve watched an entire YSH drama together we both adored and it was highly entertaining. I was drawing blanks and was snerked at watching too many to remember, an hour drive later, my hair pulled out, the dude realized he’s a dumbo and I’m always right when he’s referring to WHIB and YSH is NOT!SJS. I think my problem with YSH/SJS brand of acting is they are emoting intensely…something…the same bunch of whatever in every emotionally charged scene…but it’s never clear to me whether it’s pervie thoughts, constipation, sniffing some salted fish stuck inside his nostrils, or neverending brow spasms or just I’m too sexy for my walking stick. Meanness aside, I can never pinpoint what’s translated to me with his expression(s). So it’s frustrating me to no end having to pick one of a kitchen sink of intentions behind his face, sticks it onto his Harry and hopefully it’ll work cohesively to his characterization. Tt doesn’t help when I think he has paltry chemistry with YEH, and he’s still wayyyy too wet behind ears coming across as a teen in a shoe many sizes too huge faking it unsuccessfully. He can so play the baby Harry and it’ll work better appearance wise (though I’ll be more annoyed by his vapidness against truly great GiveTHEMTheAwardssss! YJG and KSH) I’m also never a fangirl of YEH, both in talent and looks, I’m shallow and sorry her face and features are droopy and I can’t see the pretty everyone is so gaga about. She’s doing a serviceable job, better than I expected actually, she’s effective in the fragility and her scenes are moving, but I’m seeing more solidly great surface work, and too much thinking than true vocation to the character. Chun is still green but he’s the one that really put in his all without abandonment and somehow he’s the only one I can connect with all the time in the adult cast of the triumvirate of idols. I love his wordless, more poignant scenes: at the gate, in the shower, in the car handcuffed, end scene covering face…although his comical turns r cringely funny, it’s too typical Chun, snapping me out of his JW. His scenes with surrogate Mom Song OkSook is so sweet and enjoyable, I can’t think of anyone horrible enough to not wanna squeeze and hug and kiss and love these 2 characters based on those snippets alone and want them together forever hopefully very happily as one family unit with or without Zo-e.
Going My Home: Abe Hiroshi+Tamaguchi Tomoko. Abe + TAMAGUCHI TOMOKO!!! Other than these lovely actors being superb, there are no risible bells and whistles, just real characters, real happenings of life, nice subtle touches dispensed through out. It tucked my heartstrings while I’m having a chuckle when Abe’s salaryman is taking a train back home, peeling a mandarin just like he did as a child watching ski jumping and for a moment, while biting into a juicy segment of fruit, lost in reminiscing his childhood, aspired and posed as a ski jumper taking the great leap….on the train, in his seat, jumping the lady in front. It’s for savoring and serene afternoons. I’m only an ep in, but it can very well be my favorite Jdorama this year. It’s my fav thing of current drama potpourri.
Kodoku no Gurume 2: It’s as lovely as the original, truly for a gluttonous escapist. It is an hour when I feel like I’ve put on the grey suit transported to all the nooks and crannies never trekked by tourists and allowed to soak my senses in life of a white-collar Japanese dude enjoying the highest delight of his typical day: eating the most lovely as close to home-cooked meal. Life can be as simple as we wish and I wish for food and location porn in Japan.
Kekkon Shinai: I adore all the actresses and Tamaki Hiroshi is back to a healthy looking, but really half an ep in can we stop the Kekkon Kekkon Kekkon Kekkon Kekkon droning in every line every character had to say?!?!?!?!?!?!?! But my Amami Yuki girlcrush is growing alarmingly despite the annoying bkgd music and all the cheese.
Monsters: WB, P, being ur adorkable self!!!! Even though dorama is my sleepaid. Please makers an order of NwP the HS reunion next PLEASE!!!
I’m watching Ooku~Tanjou like everyone else, for what else but MASATOsama?! I’m only 1 ep in and he is giving me more than I can ask for.
The Confidant is the only thing watchable fr TVB lately and an obligation with all my closest kin watching. It is War of Beauty rererereredux this time centering around eunuchs instead of concubines. The acting is as good as it gets in a TVB, the actresses are all very pleasing to my eyes for a change, 2 eps in, it’s actually better than my expectation, I thought it would be tiresome, but sth new I’ve learned of myself lately, I’m an acting fiend. Gimme some and I’ll lap it up like child in candystore. It’s guaranteed warts-a-coming in the middle section when the ratings will surely hit a certain satisfying the sponsors mark, still, a very solid, promising beginning.
Drama GoGoGo is really watchable considering Jiro is now frankensteinian’ed face of no return (and tbh his acting has never been impressive). I don’t think this is anything extraordinarily fresh, but it has thoughts and efforts written in the script and I’ll take any decent writing in a C/TW modern like a drop of water in a desert.