Rants and Weekly Raves #31 (RAWR)

Hello, hello! ^____^
Hello, Hello! I see I am not alone in not knowing what to rant or rave about this week. I am down to one drama as I have just finished Date. Which was a crazy, enjoyable marathon. Otherwise, not much to contribute at this point. 
Hi! What DID I watch this week?
I watched nothing.
You had 4711 birthday parties to coordinate for Tiny Cute.
I watched waaay too much, and now my brain is full of plot twists and kissing scenes. And with the end of HJM, I've got nothing active on the SK dramalist.
And heroes to come to save the day! At the last minute, of course.

HoGu's Love

Still loving this show and everyone in it, but like almost everyone I talk to, I AM curious how they will resolve Kang Chul's situation. All these years he thought it was Ho Gu who made his heart race, and he's finally come to accept that he's gay (sort of accept)... except it was Ho Gu's sister who really kissed him, so he'll have some adjusting to do when he discovers that. Personally, I think he fell for the personality and spunk of that person, and that would have been true regardless of their gender. What it does, for me, is show that he's open to loving a human being and that gender might not matter. What I'd like to see is him become more comfortable with the idea of it being Ho Gu, so that he doesn't feel ashamed of himself. And THEN I want him to find out it was the girl who's been helping him figure all of it out, and realize that their budding friendship is the beginning of true love for him.
One idol who can act his butt off - Im Seulong

Persevere, Gu Hae Ra

Nice ending - they bring down Emperor Entertainment, they get the credit out there for Hae Ra's dad, Ray is actually okay about the sacrifice he made - and really, through out the series he was a generous, fair person. He was never underhanded, he was above board with his intentions, he waited patiently when Hae Ra wasn't sure, and he can't be blamed for moving forward when she encouraged him. Given the choice to be a selfish dick or help Se Jong when he needed it, he always, always, ALWAYS chose to help.  Even when it hurt.
Se Jong and Hae Ra did their dance all over a few hearts, if you think about it... but I was always rooting for them, even if the conflicts just kept coming and no one would say what they really felt until the other one was bound to say the opposite. Looks like all our little side couples will do well, too, and I had to laugh at Scarlet's new career as a golf pro with a completely thrilled Ki Joon as her caddy. I would have liked them to actually turn and help the good guys toward the end, but I can't have everything!
Come back to us soon.  We miss you already.

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Funnier every week, but I'm liking In Sang's mom a lot less than his dad, at this point. Dad is genuinely thrilled that Seo Bom is smart and he is completely besotted with the baby. Mom is a jealous bitch who can't stand that Seo Bom might be smarter than her son and doesn't really want much to do with the baby - and she somehow manufactured a huge snit out of what can't be NEW news that at one time her bitchy friend was interested in marrying In Sang's dad. I didn't get that whole blow up at all, but at least I know why they dislike each other.  As for Bitchy Friend's daughter, I suspected she either liked In Sang or just didn't like having another girl have a claim to one of 'her' boys, but I wasn't expecting a suicide attempt. And yet, it doesn't feel out of place either. This show is good at mixing real issues in with ridiculousness.
My one and only drama that I'm watching - I am lighting candles and doing penance to beg that this one is worthy to be finished. So far, so good. I hope we get to see more of the servants, though, as they are becoming some of my favorite people to watch.
These kids are alright

SuperDaddy Yul

I love it. Yeah, Mirae is an odd mix of adorable and inhuman. I'd like to know why. Why is she so insistent on 100% or nothing, going back to before she broke up with Yul in the first place?  But I get her desperation now - she has next to no time to protect the rest of her daughter's life and no family to fall back on. I'd be a little crazy too. I worried ALL the time about whether my daughter would be okay if something happened to me, and I have TONS of family who would have fought to take her in - but no one is like your mom, and it was always the two of us, as long as she could remember.  So yeah, I get that, loud and clear.
I know what's on MY grocery list...

Angry Mom

I haven't watched it yet, but I'm hearing that it's not the show we thought it would be. I'm also hearing that isn't necessarily a bad thing - so I hope to check it out soon
They grow up so fast...and it pisses me off

Unkind Women

I am behind, and so now I am confusing the story that I am making up with the bits I hear on T-list, and I have no idea what's going on except that somehow the two young men are related. I am not sure if they know it, but I know MaRi doesn't. It doesn't affect the Rim-only version because, you know, Rim-only.
Honestly, Rim


This finished and I hear Oh-face hardly ever moved. I wanted to watch but maybe I won't after all.
After raving about it for, oh, 15 episodes, it got really, really unbelievable and I dropped it. I mean he's dead, he comes back, no one is surprised! An army chases them, they get away, but her maid finds them no problem. And she'll just hang with them while she's at it. No, I am truly sorry that this went south. And with the exception of one crying scene, by episode 17 Oh-face still was dead-pan as ever. Another drama I won't finish.
Frankly, this expression would be enough for a good long while
Ok, now I see why I was obsessed with him in my early drama years.

Hyde, Jekyll, Me

So, it's done. Episode 19 had the stupidest, skeeviest ending I have ever seen. Marrying someone with no corporeal body and then getting down in his officetel made me feel slightly unclean.  Like I needed a young priest and an old priest for a exorcism or something. The writers managed to pull a decent ending out of their hats in the end, using an amalgamation of the two personalities so HaNa could have everything perfect and pretty.  After all, if GSJ could draw her after the wedding, then he probably had the memories of the wedding night, even if he didn't have the wedding itself in his head [shudders] Still, overall, I didn't feel like it was a complete waste of hours. Props to Hyun Bin for his one-man-show and his Adam's Apple, which kept my staring through much of the production. I can only surmise that with the loss of the Chinese money, the writer chose a hundred monkeys to write the script instead.
We lost the Chinese money?  That explains SO much.

Missing Noir M

It started! It's on viki! I will watch. Because it's going to be a little bit like TEN, isn't it.
Oh me too! I was interested in this but keep forgetting to include it in lists!
Wait, the thinking girl's puppy is in this, too?


Where the heck are we with the FakeCaps? Oh right, with me. [sobs, grabs for the soju]
Shuk.  If it's not fun, don't do it.
Ever ripped a scab off? It hurts right, then why do it? Answer: I DON'T KNOW.  I will finish this gawd-awful thing if it kills me. [dragging myself back onto my feet, swaying]  Must...finish.
Adorable Friend's face is the best thing about this drama


I just inhaled Season 1 of Community and began Season 2. I saw something the other day that mentioned a show starring Colin Hanks as the son of a recently deceased musician, and somehow he gets pulled into his dad's world of magic. I realized just now that it might not mean an actual magical world... so I might not watch it, after all. Still on with Vikings, BlackList, Jane, Dead, - oh, I need to watch 2d episode of iZombie.

I have a question: Where the fook is Kim Ji-hoon hiding these days?! And please, darling, don't sign up for another weekender. Please. Please. 
Wait, wait! I just read somewhere that he's going to be in something! I think starring actually. As a father? Teacher? No, it's a "cantankerous, blunt judge" according to Dramabeans, and it will be a KBS drama special with Moon Ji-in called Funny Woman. So while it's nothing huge, kakashi, it may be enough to hold you over until something bigger comes along.
Ah, yes! Well, I guess I should read stuff at Dramabeans from time to time! Typecast in a drama special. Better than nothing, right?  

I've been chillaxing after days of desserts and huge amounts of food, It's sad when you have eaten so many sweets that you reach past the lemony cupcake for a banana. And since I took a birthday day off from work, I managed to marathon the entire Pin Anong; the first 5 episodes of Leh Ratree 2015 (all that was available); the first two of Khun Chai Ronnapee (I may not finish it since it's not really holding my interest); the first one of Mia Teuan; finished recapping episode 14 of Winter Sonata; added another chapter to my Kim Woobin fanfic; and together with becca, posted Ngao Jai ScruffCap for episode 12. Okay, so maybe it wasn't exactly chilling out, but it was relaxing for me!


aafa83 said…
Angry Mom is really good. The "bullies" have depths and I can't believe that I have a crush on the main one. He's gotten more screen time than Baro so far and I feel that he's an actor to keep an eye on.
wujkli said…
Girls! Its been a while since the last RAWR....
M behing on Heard It Thru the Grapevine as the Viki subs are slow to come out...but thats okay as i can just have little mini marathons as the show progresses... there are 32 eps yo!
Glad i skipped the HJM and Blood train!
Angry Mom is not what i expected but that isnt to say its not good. In fact i think its the best show m watching right now...its so good and the realism makes it oh so much better.
Started watching Tree with Deep roots with the intent of having that be my filler drama while m watching all the live-airing ones but between the three that m watching (Heard it Thru the Grapevine, Superdaddy Yeol, and Angry Mom...all spread out thru the week :)) and catching up on my American Tv shows, its been put on the back burner.

PS I saw that Sleepy Hollow has been renewed for season 3....i dunno if i shall ever pick this show back up....i stopped midway thru season 2 but i shall hope for the best
oozzeee said…
@kakashi, I saw you KJH at the most recently subbed Infinity Challenge ( a korean variety show) where he was trying to sell himself off as an additional member for the show... Only it was only around a minute (??) of exposure though.. Plus I believe the interview happened at his apartment unit..
alexe said…
I Heard It Through the Grapevine should be watched by every one who wants to understand Korea .

Your comment on Maids is so harsh . I liked that drama up to the end . Oh wasn't that bad . Kim GapSu was to die for , as in every sageuk and all the ladies were leading the show so well . It has such a swift pace that there is no boring moment .
I am waiting so eagerly for Missing NoirM and for Paksa , of course .
trotwood said…
I am caught up with Unkind Women, and I actually like MaRi's mom now, a woman I was losing patience with for all her suffering about her past and her horrible teacher. The only reason I didn't lose patience completely is because the teacher "is" so horrible that I too just want to beat her up whenever she appears. Anytime a woman dying of cancer wants to kick your ass, you really should be rethinking some life choices. Anyway, both guys are brothers. Rim is estranged from his mom--no surprise since she probably wants nothing to do with a trouble-making martial arts master--since that is not cool enough. I LOVE the uncle character; he's basically playing the same character he played in Glorious Day and i would be fine with him playing the same character in every drama if that would guarantee that every drama had a character like his:) I think the brothers get along, but i wonder what will happen when they see they are in competition with each other? I also like how the women will tell anybody off. I don't think they are "unkind" at all but truth tellers.

I am watching Shine and Go Crazy and the Taiwanese drama Someone Like You. I can't start anything new until the semester is over (41 days!). Maybe by then all the subs will be out for M Noir, so I can marathon it.
S@ki6 said…
I don't know if you saw, but that hot abs guy, Shinichi, is starting on Real Men next week. Check jjen and deepsharper on dailymotion for raw eps since no one subs this show.
S@ki6 said…
Maids was 4 eps too long. But it ended well, schadenfreude all around, and, basically, I was happy.
S@ki6 said…
Rim is the horrible teacher's son? Oh noes.

Also, although I get Mari's mum has a grievance, I find her really annoying. Not funny, and not cute. I liked her in the first eps, but now I'm dying for her to straighten her hair and get a facial.
Guest said…
Any idea where I can watch Date with English subtitles? I just can't seem to find it.
trotwood said…
It's funny that you say this because I have really disliked her up until ep 10. I had some sympathy for what happened to her, but she is a grown woman and has a grown daughter, so her focus on her own insecurities. Her going to beg her daughter's boss to her her daughter her job back? I was ready to disown her. I have two daughters, and I know what it feels like to desperately want things for them, but that was not about MaRi but about herself and her own failings not about MaRi at all. However, the close of ep 10 with the confrontation and the quietness with which she discussed the aftermath? This probably will not last long once she realizes that her ideal "husband" for MaRi is "that woman's" son, but it is a glimpse of what she could be. I think that is why her husband doesn't really leave her and clearly still loves her; it's "that" person he sees and loves.
Manin said…
Yay! My university wifi has decided that this blog is no longer a safety risk! That makes me happy. So much to catch up on! I have missed the squeecaps (and other caps) As for drama watching I am behind on everything. Sad to hear about maids though, I was really looking forward to that drama
Guest said…
Thanks. I'd tried that site, but the subs hadn't been appearing...but now that I try again and skip ahead, I do see subs.
S@ki6 said…
She still annoys me, but when her strength comes out, I see the main character of the Iron Empress (same actress). And I bet the teacher sensed that too, and so wanted to crush her all the more.
nomad_dreamer said…
*spoiler galore on Hogu's Love*
Where can I rave about Hogu's Love? It ended last night, and I LOVE THE ENDING!!! Sure, I can't exactly pin point how Kang Chul ended up falling in love with Ho Kyung, but I love it anyway. I love that the drama sticks to its points, that Ho Gu stays true to loving those cute babies no matter what. That they try to stick it back to the rapist and lost, but you know what? They have each other, all of them. Screw it, she's still competing after 2 kids! I'm sooooo happy about this dramaaaa!!!!1
John said…
Guest ,

I would suggest Myasiantv for Date. They have it in HD.
John said…
I'm glad to see Date get some more love.

I Heard It Through The Grapevine is so juicy. Lots of laughs with just enough intrigue. I did get to see some hair pulling but not with the combatants I was hoping for. Bom is Da' Bomb. You go girl. I think she's going to be the one that helps Min Joo-Young.
Geru said…
Kim Ji Hoon is gonna guest on Crime Scene Season 2 in the 2nd episode, coming out this week. It should be fun because he's role playing as a 'guard with six-packed abs'.