A couple of months back, it was such barren KDrama-land for me as I struggled to get hooked on a drama… any Kdrama 😩 When I catch myself watching TV series that are not produced in South Korea, I’ve scraped the bottom of the Kdrama barrel.
My instincts told me, it was an impending sign of a major deluge, of a fabulous kind.
I was Right. And I’m in Big Trouble 😱
I need this thingamajig NOW! 지금!!
Let’s begin from Monday- Tuesday line-up.
Temperature of Love
I didn’t immediately latch onto this one. I let six episodes in and only then I began to test the waters.
This drama is about two people who first meet online and later develop a relationship upon meeting each other in person. Hyun-Soo (Seo Hyun-Jin) is an aspiring drama series writer. She uses “Jane” as her username and meets “Chakhan Seupeu” (‘Good Soup’) (Yang Se-Jong) online. From the get-go, they have different careers and just as their budding relationship begins to blossom, they part ways due to priorities they had to make.
There were moments when I felt like smacking some sense into Hyun Soo for selected selfishness, but those cooking scenes by Yang Se Jong are like tractor-beams to me, yo. However, the incoming angst and noble idiocy angles might just cause me to gain more sleep in the early part of the week. We shall see…
Temperature of Love, written by Ha Myung-hee, is based on the screenwriter’s own novel titled Good Soup Never Picks up the Phone, released in 2014.
Last time I watched Jung Ryeo Won in a drama was “The King of Dramas” which also starred the ineffable Kim Myung Min and rising favorite adorkable man-child, Choi Si Won (what a freaky coincidence – his drama takes on the weekend shift!)
Ma Yi-Deum (Jung Ryeo Won) plays a materialistic female prosecutor who will do anything and everything in order to win her cases. Her meteoric rise up the ranks is well noted by her male seniors, and this incites the fraternity to find means to halt her career trajectory. After standing up or what is just, she finds herself re-assigned to the special task force for sexual assault crimes, not one of the high profile departments that may be deemed glamorous.
Jin Wook (Yoon Hyun Min) is a prosecutor who has a background in psychology. His approach to winning cases most often takes into consideration human dynamics and decency, which is usually not regarded at all by Yi-Deum.
A quick nod to Yoon Hyun Min’s riveting performance in Tunnel which was an AWESOMELY written drama too!
Thus far, the grabbage factor of Witch’s Castle has increased after 4 episodes in, and is the major cause of my waning interest in Temperature of Love. And no wonder too as this drama has taken the lead in the ratings game for Monday-Tuesday prime time slot in South Korea.
Because This Is My First Life
Okay, I admit I was SO NOT planning to watch this one at all. Especially when I already have 6 dramas on my radar for the week. A girl needs serious beauty sleep 😲
Aspiring screenwriter, Yoon Ji-ho (Jung So-min), has just wrapped up a successful writing partnership with the lead writer. Soon, she will learn that it is not as easy to make her stamp in the industry without strings attached to so many compromising fine print. I found it hilarious to see the same actor, Hwang Seok-Jeong, playing the same role in this drama and in Temperature of Love! LOVE THE META!!
Nam Se-hee (Lee Min-ki) lives in a meticulous home and is always on the lookout for a housemate who fits his checklist of the perfect mate. A bit of an odd-ball, his eccentricities carries over into his workplace as well. So, on one hand we have someone who is looking for the ideal housemate to share the payment of the gorgeous home, and the other, a struggling writer who needs a place to live. Hence, a unique living arrangement between two persons who have different points of view on careers, relationships and marriage, yet share the same passion in football.
Moving on to Wednesday-Thursday line-up!
While You Were Sleeping
Ahhh! The magic of pre-produced Kdrama (a rarity, but needs to be a standard) allows viewers to soak in the breathtaking visuals and quality of story-telling. I am not a big fan of both leads (*dodges a collective gasp) but decided to give this drama a go since the premise sounded interesting.
A woman named Hong-Joo (Bae Suzy) dreams of unfortunate events that take place in the future. Jae-Chan (Lee Jong-suk) is a prosecutor who develops the same premonitions as hers (only after he made contact with Hong-Joo). Ever since then, the duo strives to do everything they can to prevent bad events from coming true.
This was decent in terms of keeping my interest until…
Dayum Son! When you premiere, you just burst through the gates! 😮
Choi Kang-woo (Yoo Ji-Tae), is a former detective, but now works as an insurance investigator. He leads a team that attempts to reveal insurance fraud cases. From one of the cases, he meets Kim Min-joon (Woo Do-Hwan), a genius former swindler whose brother was also a victim of an airplane crash which robbed the lives of Ji-Tae’s wife and young son. The drama unfolds mysteriously as dots, however unlikely, get connected and reveal just a smidge more for viewers to wait for the next episode with bated breath.
In my books, that’s pretty sick writing. Dayum.
And at time of this entry, Mad Dog has only entered into Episode 4 in South Korea. Double Dayum 😳
We’re moving on to the last leg, peeps!
Omaigad this entry is the LONGEST I’ve posted since my long hiatus! 😂
Song Seung Heon. Need I say Moar? 😉
He plays Han Moo-Gang, a detective who is possessed by a grim reaper. Say whut?
His mortal memories of the world are erased as penance for breaking the rules of heaven – he falls in love with a mortal woman after inhabiting a human body.
Ha-Ram (Go Ara) can see shadows of death, hence the need to wear shades even when indoors. Both struggle to save the lives of people, which means breaking the rules of heaven.
Waitaminute… That sounds like WYWS too 🤔
YAAASS! My adorakable Si Won is BACK!! Dude, did you know I watched She Was Pretty again during that dry-spell of great Kdramas? Omaigad, I LOVED how you played Kim Shin Hyuk! Made me ugly cry when you said goodbye to Hye-Jin 😭
Apologies. I digressed.
Byun Hyuk (Choi Shi Won) is a chaebol (second dson) from a wealthy family who runs a conglometate. He lives an aimless and happy-go-lucky life, but because of his naivete and generous heart, sycophants would leech off him behind his back. Due to unintentional misunderstanding, Byun Hyuk finds himself living in the poorer section of the city where he learns the meaning of earning his keep.
Baek Joon (Kang So Ra) lives in the same area. Despite her stellar lineage of tertiary education, she chooses to work part-time jobs. She does not believe in putting all her eggs in a basket hence her very tight scheduling throughout the month.
And then there’s Gong Myung who I first saw in Bride of the Water God.
HELLO. Where have I been?? 😳
So that’s the line-up I have to keep me excited about life 🤣 🤣
Happy watching, peeps! And don’t forget to slather that eye serum to keep those Gucci bags off your face!