31 August 2016


Thumping Spike - Episode 16 (A Squeecap)

Posted by trot wood on August 31, 2016
trotwood: I initially wanted to call this episode “Stay Away from Soo Bin, Puppy!” but then I realized really that I needn’t worry. I do think things are a bit clarified in this episode, and some of this has to do with the high stakes of the tournament and how that often forces us to see outside of ourselves and what is important to others.
Kakashi: I think this episode should be called "Sweaty Boys in Shorts". The one making these titles really has no clue!
JoAnne: If we name it 'No Sweaty Boy Shorts' will someone remove them?

30 August 2016


Ice Fantasy 幻城 - Episode 7 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 30, 2016
This episode introduces JoAnne's favorite Ice Fantasy character: The Tiger Demon! Sadly, it's only a very short appearance. But never fear! There is tons of excitement again while the first of the ice crystal leaves is found ... and lost again. Oh well, don't be sad. There will be other chances.
SakiVI: This Tiger Demon was very Doctor Who. The old Doctor Who where Daleks were clearly made of tin foil. Okay, maybe it was a little bit better quality than that. Actually, looking at it again, I rather like the eye makeup.
JoAnne: I mean, come on. They didn't even try. Some producer's theater-major kid wanted a summer job and here you go: Cats, WAY off-Broadway!

29 August 2016


Rants and Weekly Raves #102 (RAWR)

Posted by JoAnne on August 29, 2016
kakashi: Real life's a biatch. And is Korea crazy? too many dramas.
JoAnne: Ain't it the truth? I came home last night, queued up Moonlight. Before it even started, I was asleep. I woke up at midnight, watched it (loved it) then went to bed.
Jaehyus: Three 50 episode dramas are starting this weekend. Too much, too much. Okay, one of them has Rim, but it's the one about tailors that's caught my eye.
Three? I know two of them...Rim and the tailor one. What's the other?
Jaehyus: it's called Blow Breeze. Anyway, no subtitles, no care.
Trotwood: Not watching much and already feeling a loss because I know I will get to watch less with the students coming back to school for fall term.
Anyway, welcome to another very red RAWR!

28 August 2016


~Save a puppy, watch~ Soredemo, Ikite yuku それでも、生きてゆ

Posted by MilaOnZeWeb on August 28, 2016

Hellooooo people ! Remember me ? No ? Well, I don’t blame ya. So allow me: my name is Mila, and more than a year ago, I wrote two posts (that, considering the length of them, you probably finished reading right about now, so it all works out in the end, yay) on this website, talking about older dramas, from 2001, and from 2002. Though I only wrote part1 of the 2002 post. Because then life got in the way, I also fell in a drama hiatus that lasted a long, LONG, OMGTHATWASSOLONG time. But I’m back, and being back, I’ve been wanting to write in English again, abusing Kakashi’s and all the good people of PotUp’s hospitality, because I was poorly brought up that way, I guess (no, I kid, my parents were great, I just failed them a lot). But while I wanted to write, I needed a theme, and I wasn’t quite ready to start on 2002 again since I needed to rewatch quite a few dramas before I was able to tell you about them. “Okay” I thought “you could just jump ahead, and go to a year that’s fresher in your memory”. BUT THAT’S CHEATING. And don’t get me wrong, I love cheating, I do it on a daily basis and bathe in the glory of it, but cheating only works if you don’t get caught, and I knew I would get caught this time. So I wondered “what else can you do, Mila ? What are you good at ?”, and stared into the void

26 August 2016


The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 41 FINAL (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 26, 2016
Get ready for the final episode. Yes, you will need tissues. Of course you will need tissues. Did you think we'd get a happy ending? I'm beginning to suspect Chinese dramas never have happy endings.
Damn you, drama. I'm getting all dry from crying... less because I'm stricken with grief though and more because I don't like this ending at all.
JoAnne: On a certain level, I think it's a good ending. But as far as feeling satisfied for people I cared about, no - not a good ending at all, because it's not an ending at all.
Eleanor: I don't think we could have had a good ending without something like this though. I think they sort of went with the least sad ending that they could have. 

25 August 2016


Ice Fantasy 幻城 - Episode 6 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 25, 2016
kakashi: Healer Boy Huang Tuo finds his twu wuv, Kasuo finds Shi, and then, everybody goes chasing the ice crystal, which - surprise!! - isn't as lost as Healer Boss wanted everybody to believe. I love how Kasuo and Li Luo totally ship Healer Boy and his twu wuv, even though she doesn't even know she is the twu wuv. Everybody is so awwwwww.
SakiVI: Yay for Twu Wuv!  Looks like it might be on the cards for Yan Da and Shi, too, though not in such an emotionally healthy way.
JoAnne: This guy looks like Siwon-light. It was very distracting.


The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 40 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 25, 2016
This penultimate episode is Ah Cheng's episode ... and Liang's. Ah Cheng keeps cleaning up mess after mess and finds a rather unexpected helper in Liang. More danger is averted and more people die, but the Mings are never safe. Should we be glad all three brothers are still alive at this point - or does that mean we should fear the end of this show?
JoAnne: I keep waiting for one of them to die! Not that I want them to...but could it really happen? Could they all survive?
Eleanor: Maybe they will all die. Noooooooooooo!!!!

24 August 2016


Ice Fantasy 幻城 - Episode 5 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 24, 2016
The quest for the ice crystal begins! First up, the Healer Tribe. As their name says, they're all healers. There is human tragedy too, because the young son of the Healer Boss is about to be forced into a marriage with a woman he does not want. Oh, and Prince Shi surprises us all by ... well, turning into a hot namja.
SakiVI: A lot of Prince Shi's existence is a mystereeeeeeeee! The hot namja part doesn't hurt, though.
JoAnne: Both brothers are attractive but yeah, Shi... yum.


The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 39 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 24, 2016
Ming Tai is in for a surprise on a grey rooftop - a surprise and a tearful goodbye. There seem to be a lot of goodbyes recently, but we're still not sure who is going to walk out of this intact. As we all suspected, that tape recorder survived the fire (*note to self: hide valuable things inside a big clock in case of raging fire*) and of course, it means the Mings still won't get their well-deserved peace and quiet.
JoAnne: Plus, either I misunderstood something or my mind is genuinely blown. But no biggie.
Eleanor: Well hopefully things get sorted out for all of us but especially for the Mings. *sigh* I think I am going to need to get some tissues soon. 

23 August 2016


Old Nine Gates 老九门 - Episode 11 (Recap)

Posted by SakiVI on August 23, 2016
SakiVI: So many shenanigans! Fo Ye and Ba Ye are crafty, our Miss is thirsty, and the servants at Xin Yue Hotel are interestingly scary. We focus on the hotel and the characters within it in this episode, which gives some much-loved variety.
kakashi: I think I used to be an auctioneer in one of my previous lives. Why else would I love auction-action that much?


Ice Fantasy 幻城 - Episode 4 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 23, 2016
Kasuo and Li Luo finally meet face-to-face in this episode and it's very, very cute. He should be grateful for such a bodyguard, because without her, he'd be a bit lost in the mortal realm. Oh, he also gets a different hair color, I don't like it, it doesn't go well with his skin. And can we at least get the side-braids back?
SakiVI: Actually, I like his new look. I found the white hair rather gloomy. Or maybe that was his mildly emo personality?
JoAnne: I was watching, he had white hair; I looked away for a second, he had black hair. I don't much care either way but I don't think he looks bad with the dark hair. And no to side braids, since they show off the glue to his wig so well.

22 August 2016


Rants and Weekly Raves #101 (RAWR)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 22, 2016
kakashi: Sadly, I haven't picked anything up. I'm KDramaless. I don't care much about it though, I am confident I will get back on the wagon.
JoAnne: Drinking Alone starts soon, you might like that. Or Fantastic. (That one has Joo Sang Wook!)
Yeah, well ....... TEN, anyone? I really don't want to see him in another of his funny-funny roles. Anyway, I'm too busy recapping Chinese shows with an insane amount of episodes, so I don't have time to watch Korean drama.
Trotwood: I was wondering how you could miss anything now that you are caught in the Ice Fantasy world with little Miss A.
What worries me more is that I wrote that sentence above last Tuesday, and now (Sunday), I'm all caught up with Ice Fantasy. What happened? Did I get sucked into an ice hole of infinite time? 
Shuk: I'm just happy with W and Cin And The Boys as my SoKor dramas. 
cherkell: What is this thing you call Drama Watching, hm?


Prince of Wolf 狼王子 - Episode 3 (A WTFCap)

Posted by JoAnne on August 22, 2016
JoAnne: Re-entering society can be painful. So can re-watching Pain in the Ass Zi Zi and Pouty Mi Mi. It's not hard to watch Wolfie though, and Wolf Dad can throw major shade. I take my pleasures where I can.
kakashi: Zizi and Mimi, seriously?! These people don't speak French, that much is clear, or you wouldn't call someone Zizi. Even though I know someone who would totally love flashing his Zizi, as we learn in this great episode. 

21 August 2016


Ice Fantasy 幻城 - Episode 3 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 21, 2016
Fire beats Ice in this episode. Actually, I don't see how the Ice Tribe ever got the upper hand. Their asses are whooped so badly! It takes a bit of convincing, but in the end, Kasuo realizes that he really has to go look for those leaves.
SakiVI: Plus, Fire found out Ice's secrets so easily. Makes you wonder why they didn't do that before.
JoAnne: No one was filming them before.
I like the Fire King's nose.
He reminds me of Godfrey Gao somehow.


Cinderella and her Four Knights - Episode 2 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on August 21, 2016
Shuk:  It's no great secret that I don't have a lot of patience for Kang Ji-woon / Han Ji-woon / Crybaby Emo Biker. It only gets worse I'm afraid. But this episode isn't solely focused on him. Our heroine gets a few arrows to the heart, too.
Trotwood: I feel sorry for her. I also feel sorry for him because the writer has made him so unlikable and not sympathetic at all. Being an orphan does not excuse self pitying behavior or sarcastic condescension. 
Jaehyus: What I'm finding weird is how our heroine is just out of school, and looks like she should still be in 7th grade, by which I mean 7th grade back in the 1970s, and our Emo Hero looks 30, but is also the same age since they use first names, right?  I don't know, I'm confused.
JoAnne:  I think he has a chip on his shoulder but I in no way think he's as bad as you guys make him out to be.
And to make things more fun, we are bringing in a Guest Squeer! DramaNoona has agreed to come on in and join! But you can't touch PA Lee; he's mine (no matter what Jo says).
DramaNoona:  Hello Squeecappers!  I am so excited to be here as a guest squeer! I’m a long time fan of these posts. I run the Asian Drama blog The Drama Noona. Thanks so much for taking me along for the ride!
She is sadly mistaken, but this much is true: Touch him and die.

20 August 2016


Ice Fantasy 幻城 - Episode 2 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 20, 2016
The Fire King is looking for a reason to start a new war with the Ice Tribe - and he gets one. He wants to be ruler of all the three realms: the gods, the mortals and the spirits and he wants to live somewhere nicer than in that "barren place" the Fire People have been forced to live after the last war. I don't know, but why does it have to be a place full of ice and snow of all places?
SakiVI: and he seems to like things hot, so why an ice castle? Plus, the ice and snow all look pretty barren to me. This is all about his hair. I'm sure of it.
JoAnne: Do you think the hair comes off when the headpiece does?


Thumping Spike - Episode 15 (A Squeecap)

Posted by trot wood on August 20, 2016
Trotwood: This episode confirms what I’ve been thinking for a while: Climbing Tree Puppy has the absolute worse timing ever. Poor thing. Why must he see and hear things that will only drag his heart through the wringer?
kakashi: You know, timing is everything in KDrama.
JoAnne: Do you think he will always be a second lead/supporting character actor? (I do, a little bit.)

19 August 2016


Ice Fantasy 幻城 - Episode 1 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 19, 2016
kakashi: Some shows just have to be recapped - this is one of them. I feel lucky that I have just finished a major recapping project (Nirvana in Fire) and will very soon finish a second (Disguiser) because it means: I can pick this up. 62 episodes in total, which is insane... and this show isn't even good. I mean, if you take Nirvana and it's on 95 points (out of 100), then this is ... 40? Or less? But it does not matter. I have to date seen 18 episodes and I'm an addict. 
SakiVI: It's so bad, it's good! And, I'm going to repeat myself: I told you so!
JoAnne: I just... *glares at Saki*
Ice Fantasy (幻城) is based on a bestselling novel by Guo Jing Ming (郭敬明), a somewhat controversial literary superstar and movie director. If you want to read the novel, here is a page with the translation. Beware of spoilers. Haha.
You found it! I love you!
I do not love either one of you.
It was one of our readers who left it in the comments of one of the RAWRs, just for you! We all love you! 
Anyway, you know how the first few episodes are there to introduce the characters to us and gives us a feeling for the world we're dealing with - this one is no exception. Off we go then. I'm so excited!


Old Nine Gates 老九门 - Episode 10 (Recap)

Posted by SakiVI on August 19, 2016
This is Fo Ye. I like the work you ladies do. *winks hotly*
kakashi: Fo YEEEEEE! 
*blows french kiss*
*French kisses back*
SakiVI: Then let's talk keys and access code to the palace, QiShan dearest. But, it looks like we have some competition, and one that even a diehard fangirl can't resist, Xin Yue! Hello, Ya Tou Antidote! Lubbyu, lubbyu, and lubbyu some more, and a good part of that is for not being Ya Tou.
kakashi: She is the cutest of the cute and she spices everything up like delicious chili. We are getting to my favorite episodes now! Her in connection with the auction-action: a dream come true.  

18 August 2016


The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 38 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 18, 2016
Wang Manchun continues her rampage and she threatens to unravel everything the Mings have fought for for so long. Who will live and who will die?! What a nailbiter so close towards the end! You would think we would be starting to tie up loose ends, but there are so many, I can't stop worrying.
JoAnne: Can we possibly make it to the end with not one Ming dying?
Eleanor: YAAAAAASSSSS!!!!!! This episode!!!!!! Oh my heart!!!! 王凯‬boom!!!!

17 August 2016


The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 37 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 17, 2016
Of all the characters remaining alive in this drama at this point, Wang Manchun is by far the craziest one  - having her loose in the streets, out for blood, is a damn scary thing. But YAY for some excitement, the previous episode was just too boring.
JoAnne: I was just thinking how this was actually one of the most exciting episodes for me of the whole series -I would actually love an entire drama about Wang Man Chun.
Eleanor: Ooh yes! She is such an interesting and fascinating character! And it certainly ups the ante to have her roaming around about to cause havoc. 

16 August 2016


Cinderella and Her Four Knights - Episode 1 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on August 16, 2016
Shuk:  After telling myself I would never ever ever have anything to do with the tiniest infinitesimal link with that execrable Blood, along comes Park So-dam, and all that flies out the window. Never mind that The Scheduler is in it, she's so adorable I had to watch the first one. And that, as they say, is that.
Jaehyus: is this a remake of a Japanese drama? The story seems familiar.
Trotwood: It reminds me of that story as well. I never remember it's name but I remember being angry. Maybe that's why I don't remember the name.
JoAnne:  I have no idea what either of you are talking about, but I'm here to be fluffed.


Thumping Spike - Episode 14 (A Squeecap)

Posted by trot wood on August 16, 2016
I’m sort of afraid to post this, knowing of Kakashi’s growing distaste for this show when she’s sober. But I feel like I need to keep going until the end since I started.
kakashi: Duh. Don't mind me. And no, I don't hate this show. It does not move me much at all.
JoAnne: It's like potato chips. Pringles. Not that great, but at least no grease on your fingers.

15 August 2016


Rants and Weekly Raves #100 (RAWR)

Posted by JoAnne on August 15, 2016
JoAnne: I am a bit sad. I think we used to be a bit wilder in our youth, and we've gotten more sedate now that we are OLD.
kakashi: It's a fact. 
becca: *wonders what it's like to be young*
Wait until you get old(er), you'll know then. 
Jaehyus: you mean the blog was wilder in its youth?
cherkell: I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now.
Shuk: Wow. It really has been a long time. We may be less wild, but we have a lot more Subtle Snark Skills.
mary: I like re-discovering your old crazy posts.

12 August 2016


The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 36 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 12, 2016
Pretty much absolutely nothing happens in this episode, except for an extended farewell scene between Big Sis and Ming Tai, which includes the washing of some hair. There are also some Manchun scenes in which she has her hair down (that happens when she is in prison, normally), and some utterance of truths between Big Bro and Big Sis at the end.
I'm going to have a hard time getting back into this, maybe, because I'll keep seeing their past lives...
Eleanor: Oh man, yeah, it's a total adjustment. It almost feels strange to be back. haha. 

11 August 2016


Old Nine Gates 老九门 - Episode 9 (Recap)

Posted by SakiVI on August 11, 2016
SakiVI: Crikey, this episode is exciting! The Gates we know so far team up on a mission to save Ya Tou from whatever it is she thinks she has, and boy oh boy is it exciting! For one thing, Er Ye comes alive. For another, Ba Ye takes a risk. Two risks, in fact. For a third thing, Fo Ye beats up thugs. And let's not forget our gorgeous Visual Zhang. Of his many, many talents, his best one is looking pretty, and he did that a lot today. Finally, we are getting a sassy new crossdressing heroine.
Oh yes, I almost forgot because he was a bit of a bore: there is a new villain. Hopefully we'll kick him to the curb soon.
kakashi: The best episode yet. I'm so excited, I'm squeeing inside!!! And outside! And above and below!

10 August 2016


Old Nine Gates 老九门 - Episode 8 (Recap)

Posted by SakiVI on August 10, 2016
SakiVI: We get Ya Tou and Er Ye's love story's background in this. Their story isn't just Twu Wuv, it's Heroism and Fate and a Maiden Saved.
Also, Ya Tou and Er Ye do couple fist clenches. They must be Meant To Be. 
kakashi: I'm a bit anti-maiden, I had to realize during this episode. But I'm very much pro auction!! I'm already very excited about the upcoming episodes!!!!! T-action and auction-action! I'm also pro 9th Gate.

09 August 2016


Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 - Episode 54 FINAL (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 09, 2016
kakashi: Tissues ready, my friends? Loads and loads and loads? We are at the end of this show, the end of our recaps of this show, and to top this, we also get an episode that shreds out heart to pieces. It is bitter-sweet, because Lin Shu gets to live his life to the fullest at the end, but the loss is almost unbearable. Never forgotten. Almost remembered. It is hard to forget someone who has given you so much.
JoAnne: I don't think I can share my tissues this time, Eleanor.
Eleanor: Don't worry Jo, I brought loads of my own T_________T

08 August 2016


Rants and Weekly Raves #99 (RAWR)

Posted by JoAnne on August 08, 2016
JoAnne: Wow, the week after you come back from vacation can really, really suck.  I barely watched anything during the week, so I spent my weekend trying to at least get semi-caught up.  For YOU, readers. For YOU.
kakashi: I'm BAAAAACK! From vacation in Scotland. I dread my first day back at work. And I haven't watched a single second of Kdrama for two weeks. Oh wait, that's a lie. I watched Thumping Spike for the Squeecaps. But that's it. I watched Fo Ye though. .... you know what I realize? I have to pick something up that is airing or I will be senza Kdrama. 
becca: We missed you, Fearless Leader!

06 August 2016


Thumping Spike - Episode 13 (A Squeecap)

Posted by trot wood on August 06, 2016
Everyone’s favorite character is baaaaaack! I know everyone missed Soo Bin, aka Crazy Dog, right? What? There isn’t cheering in the stands?
kakashi: Oh no, why is this called "misunderstand". I don't like misunderstandings. Go away, misunderstandings. And no, I'm not drunk currently (though still in Scotland).
JoAnne: How can we trust you to know? You're in Scotland, ergo you are drinking whiskey.  You've been in Scotland a while so you've been drinking a while, ergo, you're probably more drunk than you were the last time we checked this space. It's okay though, because it works for us!
Look at Rimbutt! He's been drinking too!

05 August 2016


Old Nine Gates 老九门 - Episode 7 (Recap)

Posted by SakiVI on August 05, 2016
SakiVI: Lots of Ba Ye being useful, a bromance scene for people who like that sort of thing with Fo Ye and Ba Ye, and two villains, both horrid. But I'll forgive one, Lu Jian Xun, a bit, just because there's less of him dominating scenes than the other villain, Hendry Cox. We also get two prescriptions: one seems fake, although it's given by a man in a white coat via injection, but the other seems oh, so real, despite only telling someone to change their behavior.
kakashi: Oh, I hate the "new colleague" so much! Of course, I hate Hendry Cox even more. I think I'm getting allergies from just seeing his stupid face and from the way he's screwing it up.

04 August 2016


Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 - Episode 53 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 04, 2016
kakashi: The penultimate episode is slow, slow and absolutely excellent. It contains of basically two extended scenes - the first in which the people of the court, one by one, unite to force the Emperor's hand. The second in which a defeated man is made to look, to truly look at what he has done. Those two are connected through a middle part, in which the Emperor looks at a game of Go and realizes that the world around him has fundamentally changed and that he has lost a game he never knew he played. It's the victory episode. We waited a long time for it!
JoAnne: It is glorious and very, very sad. For everyone.  
Eleanor: This drama in many ways is like a long, mournful, and tragic dance, all leading up to this grand finale. It's so beautiful, it hurts. 

03 August 2016


Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 - Episode 52 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 03, 2016

kakashi: The biggest victory of them all is won in this episode, but there is so much sadness ... with Lin Shu's time running out quickly, he is tying up loose ends and says his goodbyes quietly. It is very satisfactory, but also very sad.
JoAnne: Watching Lin Chen prepare Fei Liu was hard.
Eleanor: I'm not sure if I can handle the sadness *takes deep breath*

02 August 2016


Old Nine Gates 老九门 - Episode 6 (Recap)

Posted by SakiVI on August 02, 2016
SakiVI: We start with Chen Pi and Ryouko Tanaka showing off martial arts skills where Chen Pi is winner by a hair. Then Er Ye and Ya Tou go on a date because they live dangerously like that. But then, a Tomb Action! A T-Action! In fact, we see two Tomb Actions, one present and one past. However, this tomb is a dangerous place, and even our amazing Fo Ye can suffer there.
kakashi: Loved this episode! Because we get T-Action. And because Fo Ye is so damn hot, especially when he is swining his torch.

01 August 2016


Rants and Weekly Raves #98 (RAWR)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on August 01, 2016
kakashi is not currently watching anything, hello goodbye!
Jaehyus: I may be able to write more this weekend. I hope to start Ice Fantasy then. Uncontrollably Fond will have to wait for a holiday weekend.
JoAnne: Ice Fantasy is never going to happen in my world. Never ever ever. Ever. There is one that I'd like to watch, but no subs - Wanderer at the Edge or something like that. Sigh. Update: It's now called Border Town Prodigal - it's on Viki, but not subbed yet. They're looking for people, so if you like Wuxia with at least one pretty, pretty man - they want you!
Trotwood: I'm only watching Beautiful Mind and W. Trying to catch up with Old Mystic Nine, but I'm excited about the new Kim Hee-ae and Ji Jin Hee in 2nd Last Love. I really (really) need to be able to watch a show with 40somethings having a life at least once a year (Do you hear me drama gods--we don't go from sweet 20 to sassy 60s with nothing in between!)
becca: Choi Ji-woo and Joo Jin-mo have an upcoming drama, too, which I'm looking forward to. I'm still not watching a lot of shows, but I've managed to catch up on a couple. And I'm excited about them!
Darlings, the Waterstones' free Wifi thinks we're "inappropriate". Can't take moobs or what?
He has nice moobs.

New East

Second to Last Love

I watched the first episode - it was a bit...frenetic? shall we say?  But I think when this settles out it's going to be a lot of fun to watch.  It will be really hard to go wrong with Ji Jin Hee and Kim Hee Ae, that's all I'm saying.

Age of Youth

I'd heard this was boring, but I don't agree. In fact, in just the first two episodes we cover ground you rarely see in a Kdrama - sexually active young women, for starters. It just builds and builds from there, adding layers of complexity as it peels back the curtain on each woman's life.  It's frank and has a good feel to it - emotional without being maudlin, bold without being trashy. The women are all likable once you give the characters a minute to flesh out, and I am very curious about their stories. For those who complain about the restrictive characterizatons allotted to women in KDrama, this should be a welcome antidote - it takes the archetypes and then gives them flesh and bones and blood. I'll be sticking with this.
Okay, so after reading the above, I tried it, and within the first ten minutes, I threw up a little in my mouth.  I was eating dinner, and one character gets on the toilet and goes plop, plop, plop, plop, plop, and the damage was done.  I'm sure this is a lovely show, but I cannot look at it without feeling sick now.

Old East


SOMEbody learned how to KISS. Hot damn! A thought occurs to me: what if Park Shin Hye has historically been the most terrible of terrible kissers because she is, in fact, a very good kisser? *scans the horizon for fans*

Beautiful Mind

This show is so good, and I'm not just saying that because I'm already missing it and the idea that we have only two episodes left. Jang Hyuk is excellent in this and it really uses these "patient of the week" stories to show character growth and change. I loved, loved, loved, the Nurse Jang subplot. Not just because I always love this actress but because the story is so true and real. It is a fact that many hospitals in Korea "request" their nurses to take turns getting pregnant so as not to disrupt the rotation. It is fact world over that many companies still try to remove or hide away or force into retirement or downgrade a woman's job position once she gets pregnant. She is and has proven to be throughout series a really good nurse--not just because she knows her stuff but because she knows her patients. Anyone working in the medical field knows that nurses make up the backbone and often the heart of any hospital. Ironically, the man without emotions gets that. And Min Jae. Oh Min Jae. How I want to punch your "I am the victim and full of pain and even though I betrayed you in the worst way I want to start over with you so I will try to make you feel better by making you hate your father more than you hate me" face. Go away. Just. Go. Away.
Not that I'm not enjoying the twist and happy that there's a chance for LYO and his Wi-Fi, but, ummm...what about the test results showing damage to the lobe?
becca: I love this show. There's something rather soulful about the way it treats its characters and explores their relationships. Well, except when hospital politics are going on without LYO around, but even then it's pretty easy to ignore. I wish the show hadn't been cut - those two extra episodes would have been nice to flesh out some of the side characters and conflicts a bit more. As for the ending of episode 12... I was tired, so I feel like I missed something. Did the other doctor do the damage or was LYO truly "normal" before his father's "training"?

The Mystic Nine

OH my, it did get a little warm in the room when Fo Ye had his shirt off. And when he smiled. And when he felt awkward. And when he was frustrated. And when he fought all those guys to save Xie Yue. Other stuff happened. Ya Tou died, I think. She wasn't really sick, it was all in her mind.  If she'd thought, "look at all the walking and stitching and gardening and noodling I do, I'm fine," she'd have survived.  I'm sure of it.  They all forgot about Chen Pi for a really long time and I think that will probably be a problem later. But Fo Ye. Damn. I now actually LIKE him in emu. I'm thinking we should institute an emu test for future puppies: Would we still be into him if he was wearing head-to-toe emu? For the record: I would like Woobie in emu. And probably Rain.
Let's be honest. Is there anything that you wouldn't like Rain in?
becca: I'm pretty sure Rain has made worse fashion choices than emu, and JoAnne still loves him, so that answers that question. (^_^)
I need to go watch the shirtless scene again, though.
Fo Ye Foyever. 

Bring It On, Ghost

The newly formed Blood Sausage Soup Club really warms my heart while I'm laughing at them, how about you?  And I'm dying to know what kind of demon the professor is, especially now that we know he's there specifically because of Bong Pal.  We've now confirmed that the monk and Bong Pal go way back and may even have a family connection, and I'm curious still to know why the monk can no longer sense ghosts - although he DID pick up on the professor's aura, didn't he...and then, of course, Bong Pal and Hyun Ji just kill you with the sweetness and the youthful innocence and the growing attraction, don't they?  I like this little drama a lot.
I tried this after the failed AoY attempt, and I'm loving it.  Only in the middle of ep 2, but it's really good. I especially like these two boys. 
Rang and Sang are the best, aren't they? SO FUNNY.

Ice Fantasy

Not even if you promised me a night with William Chan would I watch this. I think. Well, I might if you promised me the night with William Chan. I need to go watch that shirtless scene again...he's so damn STERN it's just too sexy.
Told you so last week, and you went "lalala Woobie is much hotter lalala"
Who knew that was coming?  I mean, I'd seen him shirtless.  It's not that impressive.  But wow, the total package is something for sure.
Saw episode 1.  Was amusingly crazy.  I'll continue for now.
Wonder Woman's Midlife Mustache

Uncontrollably Fond

*sobbing* I love him so muuuuuch!  She's going to feel so bad that she wasted any time pushing him away!  Next recap will have to be 4-8...maybe 4-7 and then 8 on its own because it deserves a LOT of squee.

W-Two Worlds

This is fun. I need fun. Strife at work, home, country, and world. I can't take much more. Need fun. If this keeps being fun (unlike Squad 38), I'll stick with it.
becca: I'm in love. All throughout each episode, I can't stop giggling and gasping, and when it's over, my heart has that tingly, fluttery feeling that only my favorite dramas can give me. It's a feeling that I will forever associate with Queen In-hyun's Man - and that is a very very good association in my book. Song Jae-jung jakkanim! Saranghaeyo!! *shoots hearts*
I'm not squeeing with everyone, mostly because I do find it hard to accept a puppy as an action hero (those fight scenes don't help) - but the story is first-class and I can't wait for episode 5, especially now that he's gone to HER.
I can't help thinking that Lee Jong Seok was a casting misstep, too. If I think about what manhwa characters look like, it makes sense, but still.... I'm hoping that he steps it up on the acting front soon, so that I won't be distracted thinking about his puppy-looks. Han Hyo Joo, on the other hand - I find her absolutely adorable in this. Her freak-outs are hilarious, and I'm enjoying her quieter moments as well. All that said, it's honestly the writing that really has me excited. I want to know what happens next!
His acting is weird this time.  He's better than this.  Someone said it could just this first portion, when he's actually a manhwa character, and that when he crosses into her world it will change.  I hope so.

Whirlwind Girl 2

I am so painfully bored that not even Wookie's amazing arms can hold me to this show.
That was the problem I had with the first Whirlwind Girl, and thus I'm not in a hurry for this one.

Five Children

Anyone watching this still?  I gave up, I think for good, finally.
Hell yes, still watching.  I still have one ep to watch for this week's run, but it's been picking up a lot of speed on the brothers front with that deceitful mom, and Mi Jung is handling her 'extra' in-laws with her normal brilliance - man, I love that lady.  I'll be sorry when this ends, honestly, I like (most of) these people.
Aaannd, now I think I'll go back to it...

Squad 38

The bromance is still alive!  YES!  This is the longest of long cons, I swear - two years in the making, but could have been TEN if Jung Do hadn't gotten parole.  And now So Hee is in the mix, too? YES, finally. Take those badgood guys down hard, my goodbad guys.  I love you all!

Prince of Wolf

I'm going to push the little sister off a cliff, but I'll watch my little Wolfie adapt to village life happily. Man, what a cheesy show!  So much fun.  Episode 3 recap probably later this week?  


Stranger Things

This was a good, quick, marathon.  Kakashi I think would like this, too. For me, it's a combination of things: a nostalgic look back at what my world looked like when I was 20; an homage to King, Speilberg, others - all of whom I enjoy, AND an absorbing paranormal/sci-fi mystery, well-acted by a cast of talented people who include actors I've liked for years. I've watched the whole first season (8 episodes) and enjoyed it quite a bit. There's no word on whether there will be a season 2, and the first season is complete on its own although it does leave bread crumbs for future exploration. It's not that scary, although you will be startled at times and a bit anxious at others. There's not much blood at all, either, but there is occasional violence. The monster is effective and The Upside Down is creepy as hell. It's a Netflix show, so if you have access, check it out.

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