Hey, surprise surprise, this post is not ALL rant.
1. Love Trouble
I bet the four gorgeous actors signed up because the production gave them first 10~ eps the script all written and set to go, and per normal logic 1/3 of a drama is good enough to gauge. Better luck next time. I guess the production team is as confident as me and many fans of the 4some with them aboard and they sent the writer(s) off to enjoy the beautiful SanYa resorts. The later 2/3 of the drama give new heights(lows) to the silliest makjang (and makjang by definition is nonsensical to begin with). A taste? There is murder, and murdererlady is entitled to accuse the victim’s grieving wife the sin of not honoring past verbal agreement: your son who is the blood son of my husband must donate a life-saving kidney to my husband but have to swear not to tell the world and fake it as my son, the bastard son whom I had with my lover, is donating. That is after I have killed your husband who must die because he got in my way of things and threatened my usurp of husband’s company I should ‘rightfully’ own because I have worked hard for the company. Then we have pregnant heroine with hero missing a brain 1/3 into the drama in the mix, keep pushing away his OTP at times physically for various dumb reasons, the shoving of a pregnant lady climax to our hero in knee deep ocean except the spot he is drowning and the heroine(and her unborn child) has to go rescue him and thus moved him to some sense to end the histrionics, marry heroine, all the while the two friends stood by the beach and let the preggie lady do all the heavy-lifting. And that is just what I could not scrub from hurting my brain.
All in all I have no bad words on the acting, it is just a pity they have finally riled up a rare foursome of affably gorgeous and promising young actors and this is what they wasted them on. Lin YoWei has moved up several notches squarely in my manrem, there is not one screencap of him I do not droolz all over the place, even when his character is at its dumbest. Both the ladies are very pleasing on the eyes and did a commendable job with all the ridiculousness served on their plates. I have no problem of Loverboy wanting to try out something so different from his repertoire. He’s lovely in the best scenes of the drama with his OTP and his scenes with the veteran Paul Chun (<333) had some meat to them and they have a lovely father/son vibe all along. Loverboy has weibo’d several times of meeting up with Mr. Chun off screen, and the adorable biker uncle has visited him on the set of Secret Passages, and they must be getting along fine and that makes me very happy. His crying is much improved, but he has none of his fire when his character is not making much sense and the script is deep in crapbasket. It’s either something he has to overcome delving in C modern fluffs, or he has to be very stringent, picking the super rare better script in C modern romance. He would be wonderful in the social commentary Dama’s/Aunties’ C moderns like what Tong LiYa is transitioning to these days (yes I’m just willing a Tong LiYa/Yuan Hong vehicle happening). His kind of pretty is a bit old fashioned more to the auntie’s aesthetics ( proud to be one) anyway and that genre at least have some start to finish scripting going on. I have given up entirely on C/TW collabs. And *sigh* there is still the SiWon+YuanHong time traveling heroine given a second chance as a younger self Fall In Love With You Again coming up and other than Office Girl, that PD, or writer team are responsible for a handful of the worst TWdramas (Summer’s Desire, Miss No Good…my head hurts remembering!) I’ve ever set eyes on.
But why fight with yourself when you look so much more gorgeous in periods?!
* this is a new still of him in Chang Ge Xing with his first wife/queen who is in unrequited love with him. And the black and white was from his snippet in Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio/聊斋志异 ~10 years ago*
2. Mirae’s Choice
Speaking of time traveling second chance heroine, I liked ep1, not expecting much and it exceeded my expectations many folds. The hour zipped by and I picked up a few clues knowing our quite intriguing characters. It’s nice we have a chaebol who is mentally and chemically balanced, chill and works for his keeps because he has a care. This is the most vivacious I’ve seen of our CNBlue leader venturing into acting. LDG’s character is also not the usual need a chill pill patronizing peacock, he’s a hard ass because he’s deadly serious and passionate about his vocation. He is believable as a successful anchorman that is perhaps too anal to do himself good, loves his swear words, has a temper and puts getting along with people a low priority. I am just not sure I care about MiRae and all sorts of her choices though…why does she deserve a rewind button in life?! I do not find YEH convincing as a 32 yo Dammit Doll with even sorrier hair. She’s better than I expected of her which is nothing much these years since CP, and it’s nice to see her heart is at it, but she has lost that spontaneity/it factor as an actress for me, every emoting comes across as solid but too eager to please, which I admit is a tad nitpicking of mine but it is not convincing for me when a character is supposed to be content as this milquetoast for 30+ years, suddenly grows some feisty backbone, a drive, a spirit, with the animated cutesy faces in her arsenal. Ep2 deflated a bit because I was expecting to be given more to invest on both the MiRaes especially the back from the future 50+ Mirae. She should know her agenda, leashing it out on the guys who’ve just met an off kilter ajumma/’Mom’ of a 30sth woman they’ve also just got entwined with is quite a bit off. I hope the guys will be informed participants and have some input when their fates are meddled with as well.
3. Ando Lloyd
Kou is more womanly gorgeous than ever, but I’ve never been enamored by her romantic chemistry with KT. KimuTaku is still KT, ie he will never convince me he’s nothing but KT trying out his young Einstein impersonation with the hair and glasses, so not buying he is a Sheldon-like geeky brainiac clueless with the ladies. BUT as a preening I’m too smexy for my hair my suit my glasses my blood on my face of a Terminator-esque an-dr-i-od? Thumbs up! I did ask hubs what the heck is a 5D printer and I googled and I made him watch that part most attentively but he was loling so miserably with real tears at the logic lapses, lynching everything onwards being such a spoilsport I stopped thinking over anything and just be dazzled and tune into the cool CGIs, action, and grateful of the simple little things like the music to my ears perfect droid english, so good that I can forget that loveydovey homecooked meal has the most cringeworthy music I’ve heard in a long while. I like the texture of some authentic real action scifi anime thrown in. It is not worth cracking the head making sense of everything but as an escapist fluff, I hope we get to travel to the futuristic cyberpunk world or at least the factory these droids are made ( nikkid KT, yo~!)
Yes, I am still watching with half an eye, and this is why:
Scenery p0rn and Cali/Highway1<3333
It is brainless white noise to give me a chuckle unintentionally with a huge side of mindless snark to pull me through tedious overtime work stuff. A case of the ‘right’ thing coming along at the opportune timing. I do not care about any of the idols/hot things on board, none of them are my kind of interesting pretty to stick with a drama for one and how KES moves her plot more of the same old clunky aggravating full of convenient contrivances after contrivances, but none of it is that unexpected for me. There is the schadenfreude and a pity of seeing her taking up more than she can chew worldbuilding in L.A. when for a writer not as perhaps egoistic as she is, a little more research or just asking a few rich gyopo pals would make it not so laughable. I feel like a zen master instead of the usual rant monster because this is shaping up to be the least successful of KES’ dramas, but I’m curiously less offended by it than most. 5 mins of ep3 hubs brings up a whole discussion on the CN slangy term I taught him lately: GTB (more CN urbandict in english on the term here) describing PSH’s EunSang. Yup, both of us do not own a heart because the character (and the acting) continues to grate on our nerves the most out of all the sillytwats. Often the jezebels do not realize they are brazen, of course KES has no intention of ES to rub anyone the wrong way but I just could not see her having the real intent to not twirl around BOTH Tan’s and ChanYoung’s lives in everything she does and says when they are taken and decorum should require a girl to be more cautious leading ‘platonic’ friendships with guys very engaged or having a very jealous controlling gf whether you approve or not. Moreover, I am sporting such a b8tchface when Rachel is disclaiming ownership, spelling out loud and clear the engagement anniversary, that is they are very engaged so buckle off and PSH gives her and me another wide-eyed pouty woe is me again face. And yeah, if I were Rachel I would’ve accidentally thrown a full stack of blueberry pancakes with whipped cream and syrup on her lap, and while PSH dons her usual Omo! face and grasps the same ‘oh! Why world is unfair to me again’ and LMH will yelp on why I’m horrible with CNBlue harmless face cutie sniding with a fake smile, I would’ve finished scene off with a mimosa on Tan, color-coordinating with his outfit.
It hits home why KES has never worked for me, because she can not write earnestly likable AND genuine young ladies. Her brats are lively and breathing though even in the hands of idols, ha, perhaps very telling of her. I did pause a bravo at the above scene with Rachel at Tan’s favorite pancake place for their engagement anniversary celebration and our oh so innocent ES just happens to take her spare tire chaebolboy there. KES delivers her first sharp line of the drama: Isn’t you the worst out of the lot hanging out only with guys who are taken (with fiancee and steady girlfriend)?! NTW and I am nodding my head off. A sensible line! From the mouth of a rich brat! I don’t think my interest could be most piqued with Rachel amongst all the characters but I do, because she also said the darnest thing Tan would be most jealous of her when Won, his frigid big bad halfbro is harmlessly suggestive if Tan would be jealous of him for taking her out to visit his Mom’s grave. In theory, there is a lot of juicy drama in the pot to stir, ’tis a small world where everyone is squished into a messy dysfunctional family, our guy1 and guy2 have dated/is dating the same screechy richprincess back in Korea, and paying too much attention to the Cinderella atvm; Won could be protecting Tan from the blunt of the ugly inheritance warfare, turning poor lil lonely richboy into a sad sensitive pawn of the moms and he must LURVES Tan more than Tan LURVES him. Borrowing the allegory of ill-fated Kdrama OTP, throwing in oh~incest forbidden BL at that, the more you lurve a bro, whom you need to off later out of filial piety/revenge for dead Mommy, will only hurt more. Would we also have the histrionics of Won secretly loving Rachel all the while? OR be smitten by our ES *<_< how not surprising and mehhh*? I insist CY is not as innocuously cute as he seems, same for his Daddy. If I care more, the older gen’s love web seems to worth a gold gilded print of Encyclopaedia Britannica Chaebol Edition. I expected this to be full to the kilt craptastic but it feels like it’s lulling itself to sleep, everything is just not hitting its full potential even in being crappy, ineffective because of the zoned out directing, again, that 4some brunch could have been honestly FUN!
5. Neko Samurai
Kitamura Kazuki! nuff said.
6.I Live in CheongDam Dong
Because the forevercutie Lee Sang-yeob has tweeted ILICDD is currently airing in Japan and Unni rocks a spec with similar hairdo better than KT. And try as I might, I could not sit through Ugly Alert till HyunWoo made his appearance and even with a Hello~GORGEOUS lure like this:
If you have been missing out on this perfect gem, can make do with hopefully decent Japanese subs and have access to mnet jp: