Operation: Proposal Thoughts

16 Dec

Operation Proposal

Update: This is now finished and reviewed.

I’m trying something new! I’m watching Operation: Proposal with Stephanie from Crazy for Kdrama, our Facebook friend Laurie ADgirl, and several other ladies we know from Facebook and other web-type places, and we’re discussing it afterward in a Facebook group. It’ll be my first time discussing online with a group while watching a show, and I’m pretty excited about it.

The only thing I know about this show is what the synopsis below says, so I’m going in mostly blind. It doesn’t matter, though, because I’m sure we’re gonna have lots of fun talking about it no matter what the show is like.

We’re starting on Monday, December 17 and watching two episodes a day. If anyone would like to follow along, you can read our conversations in our Facebook group.

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Flower Boy Next Door Christmas Teasers

16 Dec

They released two more teasers for Flower Boy Next Door with a Christmas theme.

They look so cute. I can’t wait to see the show!

Me Too, Flower! [Review]

16 Dec


There are many things I loved about this drama. I loved the main couple and how they were together, I loved the quirky psychiatrist and his odd methods of getting Bong Sun to open up, and I loved Bong Sun’s relationship with her rookie partner and how she dealt with his crush on her. I just wish that the writers had given Bong Sun and Jae Hee a better plot to frame their romance. Just when we’d see how cute they were together, they’d be yanked apart by the over-the-top machinations of Hwa Young. I’ve seen that work in other dramas, but here it felt clunky.

The characters, for the most part, were fleshed out in three-dimensions, even though they sometimes acted a little cartoonish. Bong Sun, with her temper and depression; Jae Hee with his guilt toward Hwa Young and his secret phobia; Tae Hwa with his out-of-the-box psychiatry and his own painful past; Kim Dal with her material girl pretensions with an eventual conscience; even Maru with his crush on Bong Sun. All of them were a little more than you expected, which is why I was so disappointed in Hwa Young. I think they tried to make her more, but she ended up pretty much a one-dimensional evil antagonist, and that was so frustrating when the character deserved better.

This is very rewatchable, which is what I base my ratings on, I just had to knock it down a star because it didn’t live up to its full potential.

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Flower Boy Next Door Teaser

5 Dec

I’m looking forward to watching Flower Boy Next Door in January! They released the teaser, and it looks so cute.

The basic story is that she’s a shut-in type of person (don’t know why) who spys on her cute guy neighbors and gets caught by one played by Yoon Si Yoon — the guy that almost kisses her in the teaser.

According to Dramabeans, the labels on the guys are: Front Neighbor, Next-door Neighbor, Back Neighbor, Side Neighbor, and Across-the-way Neighbor.

I really liked the previous two in the Oh Boy! series — Flower Boy Ramen Shop and Shut Up Flower Boy Band — so I have some high hopes for this one, too. I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll live up to my expectations.

The King of Dramas Thoughts

18 Nov

Well, I wasn’t really looking to watch another show as it aired, but I was bored one day and caught the first episode of King of Dramas, and I was hooked.

From the posters and previews, I wasn’t sure what to make of this show — it didn’t sound interesting at all to me. But watching it is a different story. First we’ll talk about the character of Anthony Kim. He’s arrogant and a jerk with very little saving graces, but he’s played by Kim Myung Min who has a presence that makes you want to keep watching just to see what this guy will do. Second is Lee Go Eun, the idealistic assistant writer. She starts off as a little naive and innocent, but when Anthony Kim throws her under the bus as the crap hits the fan, she stands up for herself as much as she can with her very limited power. It wasn’t much, but it was satisfying. I haven’t seen Kang Min yet, as I’m only two episodes in, but from what I hear, he holds his own.

So, basically, this is a behind-the-scenes look at Korean drama-making, showing the hectic pace of the live shoots and the conditions the stars and crew live under to get the dramas made. But it doesn’t take itself too seriously, balancing on the line between comedy and drama very well so far.

I’m interested to see how this goes. If it continues as it started, I think it could be a favorite.

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Playful Kiss [Review]

5 Nov

There is a heart to this show that kept me watching even when I was annoyed by the storyline. Our heroine, Oh Ha Ni, is very adorable and not the smartest kid in school, but she’s really persistent, which is a good thing because our hero, Baek Seung Jo, the smartest guy in school, runs hot and cold in his interest in her throughout the show.

Kim Hyun Joong, who plays Baek Seung Jo was the b-lead from Boys Over Flowers, and he’s not the best actor, which makes sense because he’s a singer in his day job. It works to a certain extent here because the character is supposed to be really book-smart, but not socially smart. Oh Ha Ni’s attention revolves around him and she fully admits that her goal in life is to be near him however she can (e.g. if he wants to be a doctor, she’ll be a nurse; if he wants to be a pilot, she’ll be a stewardess).

I wish she was a little more independent by the time the show ended. The epilogue they did showed that she helped him loosen up as well, so it worked a little better toward balancing them out as a couple. But it wasn’t quite enough for me to put it on my re-watch list.

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Me Too, Flower!, Initial Thoughts

29 Oct

Update: This is now finished and reviewed.

This was recommended to me by Crazy for Kdrama, and since we share similar tastes I tried out a couple of episodes. And, of course, I liked it. So now I’m officially watching it and will write a review once I finish. If you’d like to see my reactions as I watch, you can check out my Facebook page [edit: Facebook is great for posting thoughts as they happen, but not so great for checking out archives, so I’ll be posting compilations of my Facebook posts to my Tumblr as well].

I’ve watched about two and a half episodes so far, and it has promise. Bong Sun is cynical and angry, but you can see that she has heart. Jae Hee is having fun pushing her buttons, mostly because he’s bored, and she’s good entertainment when she’s angry. I like that once he sees her vulnerable side, he backs off just a little bit, but not too much.

There are some interesting side stories coming together as well. Some connected with him, some with her, some with both. Side note: It’s amazing how all these people are coincidentally connected. Big cities must have a smaller population than I thought.

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