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Kill Me, Heal Me // Kdrama review

It’s official. I have found my new #1 Kdrama. Kill Me, Heal Me has replaced W: Two Worlds as my top Kdrama.

I watched this Korean drama on the recommendation of my friend’s sister, who raved about it. And I’m SO GLAD. I had college going on when I watched this and I binged it every free moment I got. Two episodes in and I loved it already.

I actually watched this several months back and made notes as well, but just never got around to reviewing. Even though it’s been months, I’m STILL hyped about it. In fact, my friends (who also watched it after I raved) and I recommend it to EVERYONE. It’s THE Kdrama to watch if you’re looking for mystery and thriller.

What is the drama about?

This drama has a lot going on and in the centre of it all is Cha Do-hyun, heir to the Seoju group companies and diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. He has five alternate personalities—Perry Park, Ahn Yo-na, Ahn Yo-sub, Shin Se-gi, and Nana. After some coercion from his family, he returns to Korea to start working for the family business. The drama follows Cha Do-hyun as he deals with family, responsibilities, his past and his alters.

The drama also focuses on two other characters—Oh Ri-jin and Oh Ri-on. Oh Ri-jin is a psychiatrist resident who ends up being assigned to Cha Do-Hyun after he returns to Korea. Oh Ri-on, twin brother of Oh Ri-jin and writer under an alias called “Omega”, also becomes interested in Cha Do-hyun’s diagnosis and family.

Cha Do-hyun, Oh Ri-jin and Oh Ri-on’s lives become intertwined in the present, and it brings up the past as well.

Kill Me, Heal Me is thrilling, mysterious and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

My thoughts on the drama

  • Okay so IT WAS BRILLIANT. I got so wrapped into the show that I ignored pretty much everything else those few days. Even now when I think about the story, I get caught up in it in my head.
  • There was never a dull moment. The 20 1-hour episodes were jam-packed with events that kept making me increasingly invested.
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Source: Lee Jin’s drama croner
  • Ji Sung, the actor who played Cha Do-hyun & the alters DESERVES A BIG AWARD. I was completely BLOWN AWAY by his performance and acting skills. I could not stop praising him and being wowed throughout the drama. It was more than the alters’ clothes that made the difference. It was the look in the eye, the gaze, the posture and so much more that makes a person unique. Ji Sung acted as multiple personalities down to the core. It was good that I could recognize which alter is currently on screen without knowing the name, even if they’re wearing different clothes.
  • Oh Ri-jin, the female lead, was easily likeable. She’s strong-willed, smart and puts all her might into her work. She genuinely cares for her patients and is pretty good at what she does.
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  • Oh Ri-on, the other male lead, was very captivating on screen as well. He is a famous author under the pen name Omega, and is a dutiful brother to Oh Ri-jin.
  • The three main leads commanded the screen with their presence and I didn’t stand a chance of not liking them. Not only did the acting seem seamless, the chemistry between the actors was perfect for the drama. I got immersed into the story and did not think about how this is not real.
  • The plot itself was BLOODY BRILLIANT. I cannot imagine any other show or drama topping this one in mystery. It was just. too. good. I applaud the writers for coming up with this intriguing and captivating story line.
  • There was a twist in almost every episode. First of all, that is HARD to write and orchestrate. And two, they caught me off guard every single time. My friends who watched the drama were the same. We couldn’t stop talking about the twists and the amazing plot.
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  • The drama also includes SO MANY THINGS. It’s not just multiple personalities or just mystery. It’s way more and we get a lot of focus on each of those things. Let me list out the most prominent topics which we follow:
    1. The multiple personalities, which are highly interesting and intriguing on their own. I had never seen a show on multiple personality disorder before so this was new and amazing.
    2. Cha Do-hyun’s life as an heir/chaebol. The struggles of keeping an image, family politics and business politics being the same thing, fighting for power and inheritance etc.
    3. Romance. I actually REALLY liked this! And it really fit in with the plot.
    4. Mysterious pasts that come together in a way which will leave you speechless.
    5. And comedy! Every Kdrama has a comedic element, and I loved how Kill Me, Heal Me had humorous scenes without ruining the vibe of the show. It felt smooth and natural.
  • I LOVED THE SOUNDTRACK. I will talk more on this later.
  • Initially I felt like 20 episodes were too long for me to make time to binge. I even told my friend that I’ll take a couple weeks. But I finished it in FOUR DAYS. With college and everything. It’s THAT good.
  • I was dreading the ending because I didn’t want the drama to end. And, to be honest, I thought the ending was lackluster. For all the amazingness the drama was, the ending did not live up that. I can name ways in which it could have been better. That is the ONLY complaint I have. A brilliant Kdrama should have an equally brilliant ending.

The Characters

Oh my goodness, I’ve been waiting to talk ALL about the characters. Here we go.

Cha Do-hyun.

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Cha Do-hyun is the heir to a big and powerful company/business but due to a past unknown to him, he has multiple personality disorder. For the longest, it did not surface, but one day when he was in college, an alter took over him. And it happened again, and again, until he realised something is up.

His plan was to get treated and, at least, be in a compromising/acceptable state with his alters before returning home but gets called back early. He looks for a therapist to see in secret and ends up seeing Oh Ri-jin.

I loved Do-hyun’s journey throughout the drama. The highs, the lows, the struggles, the happiness, the resolve, his acceptance of his condition—all were portrayed damn well. He keeps going around correcting his alters’ actions/wrong doings. He is kind, really nice and somewhat lacking in confidence. He’s also always serious and somber.

Shin Se-gi

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Shin Se-gi is one of Cha Do-hyun’s alter personalities, and he is the most prominent one whom we see. He’s the exact opposite of Cha Do-hyun. Se-gi is rude, unapologetic, and bold. He does not hold back from violence and doesn’t care about what people think of him.

Se-gi was really interesting, especially in contrast to Do-hyun. His ultimate goal is to take over Do-hyun completely and not be repressed inside. So, he’s basically against Do-hyun. That was so cool to watch.

(Did I mention what a brilliant actor Ji Sung is? Even if I did, it’s worth repeating. He is SO TALENTED.)

Ahn Yoo-na & Ahn Yoo-sub

These two alters are siblings. I have no clue how this works but after researching a few real stories, it happens in reality as well.

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Source: dramabeans

Ahn Yoo-na is a teenage girl obsessed with boys. Her top priority is to go after cute boys and fawn over them. It’s so funny, oh my gosh.

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Ahn Yoo-sub is the suicidal alter. He’s a depressed teenager and keeps trying to kill himself. He also always keeps to himself. Not introverted but just sad and alone.

Perry Park

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Perry Park is the most fun alter. He is carefree, would rather drink away his days, is very into fishing and is really fun to hangout with. He is also a genius with bombs which is so funny. Like, if you put all the alters into one body and they take turns controlling the body, it’s a recipe for a funny disaster.

Perry Park has his own issues which is very under-the-surface. I did not consider him as interesting but he grew on me.

Nana

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Nana is the last alter and she is a young girl. Probably around the age 5. She is always with her teddy bear and draws the bear on paper a lot and writes Nana. She is the young and innocent alter who is stuck at that age.

Oh Ri-jin

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Source: Asian Wiki

Oh Ri-jin is a first year psychiatry resident. My first impression of her was that she is a strong character. She is stubborn, bold and determined. I really liked that she is tenacious and determined to see through any commitment of hers. She’s also really cute.

Hwang Jung-eum acted and portrayed the character very well. She was perfect for the role.

Oh Ri-on

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Source: Amino Apps

Oh Ri-on is Oh Ri-jin’s twin brother and super famous author under the pen name Omega. He writes mystery books so when he has a puzzle, he becomes very intent on solving it.

Oh Ri-on is kind, is a protective and good brother, and a good person in general. He is attentive yet jolly so he is the perfect company. I really liked his character. Park Seo-joon, the actor, was the perfect person for this role. No one else could have executed it better.

What actually captivated me the most about his was his emotion. I really liked how his inner struggles and emotions were shown. He tries to be a happy go-lucky guy but underneath all that, he is so much more. They way he continues on while struggling internally in secret grabbed me.

The Soundtrack

The entire vibe of the drama was matched so well with the music. The music really ENHANCED the scenes and the vibe.

While all of the songs were good for the drama, one particular song stood out.

Auditory Hallucination by Jang Jae-in MADE the drama’s vibe. And I’m not saying this lightly. It was used very often throughout the 20 episodes but IT FIT the drama like no other. I fell absolutely in love with the song. Now, whenever I listen to it, I remember scenes from Kill Me, Heal Me.

Also, apparently, the meaning of the song is taken to be like the title. The rap parts of the song are supposed to convey or mean Kill Me, while the melodious vocal part is to mean Heal Me. And I FELT THAT. Even before I knew the lyrics, I could relate those emotions with the music, and I could relate the emotions and music to the drama.

So yeah, Auditory Hallucinations is hands down my favourite song from the OST.

Overall

GO WATCH IT.

This is one Kdrama which you WILL remember. Not only was it captivating and intriguing, it also portrays multiple personality disorder SO WELL. I actually did some research and watched some videos after I finished Kill Me, Heal Me.

The drama still has a strong impression on me, several months later, and I’m someone who easily forgets stories. So yes, this is a must-watch. I definitely recommend it.

Have you seen Kill Me, Heal Me? Or is it something that you might like? Have you seen multiple/split personality disorder in any other show/drama/movie? Tell me in the comments!

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon // Kdrama review

This review has been pending for AGES. I have all the notes, I spoke to my friends and gathered their opinions on the show and got all the points ready. All I had left was to actually write the review.

Anyway, hi y’all! I absolutely ADORED Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and I can’t wait to completely dive into this review. So let’s get to it.

What is this drama about?

Do Bong-soon comes from a line of really strong women and is SUPER strong herself. She can lift cars and throw people into air with ease. The legend is that if the women use their strength for selfish reasons, they lose their power. They’re supposed to use it for good.

Until now, Bong-soon has only been using her power to the minimum, working mostly on being normal.

This drama is about Bong-soon who is now losing control of her powers, has taken the job to protect a CEO, and is crushing real bad on her high school friend.

While Bong-soon works as a bodyguard or the cute AF CEO of Ainsoft, Ahn Min-hyuk, romance buds between the two and it’s THE CUTEST THING EVER.

But there’s also a thriller element with women being kidnapped & disappearing without a trace. The police team, which includes Bong-soon’s crush In Guk-doo, have a hard time finding clues. Bong-soon gets involved with the case and vows to find the culprit.

What I loved:

  • DO BONG-SOON. What a cutie. Few minutes into the show and I was already laughing to tears. She’s short & cute but when she uses her strength it’s so contradicting that it’s bloody hilarious.

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  • Ahn Min-hyuk, CEO & cuteness extraordinaire. He is the PERFECT romantic interest for Bong-soon. It didn’t take long for me to become invested in him. He was equally prominent on screen as Bong-soon.
  • The romance, though. Even though she likes In Guk-doo in the beginning, she starts having feelings for Min-hyuk (who already liked her loads by then) and it was TOO ADORABLE. My heart could not take their relationship. Too good.

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  • Amongst Strong Woman fans, the two are knows as the “puppy couple”* and it describes it all.
  • In Guk-doo was second to only Min-hyuk. I would have had a major crush on him right from the start if Min-hyuk was less prominent.
  • The kidnapping storyline made the show more than just romance. Guk-doo, Bong-soon and Min-hyuk all follow the serial kidnapping incidents and try to find the culprit.
  • Other than that, there was also a minor storyline of Min-hyuk receiving death threats and being the victim of murder attempts.
  • One thing I really liked was the emotions shown in the drama. They came out well. Specifically, I loved the portrayal of emotional vulnerability. It was done really well, in all of the characters.
  • Every Kdrama I’ve watched so far have had comedy elements, big or small, and Strong Woman was no different. But I do want to mention that the comedy is a HUGE part of the show. It takes up a lot of the time and it’s hilarious.
  • The ending scene in 15th episode, which is THE MOST IMPORTANT scene, was done damn well. I loved all the badassness (yes I’m making new words now).

*point written specifically for my friend Sabby.

What I did not like:

  • While the thriller part was a good addition, the scene & the vibe changes weren’t handled well. There would be dark and creepy vibe and suddenly when the scene changed, we got happy and cutesy vibes. So sudden that it was disconcerting.
  • In fact, the vibe change was a recurring thing. Every time there’s a thriller scene, it suddenly ends and we’re back to cutesy AF things.
  • Bong-soon’s mother. Oh god I HATED this character’s existence. At least the villain is required but WHY HER. She’s very partial towards Bong-soon’s twin brother Bong-ki, only gossips with her “friends”, leaving her husband to manage their store alone and also abuses him. She also talks bad about him.
  • There was some explanation (if you can call it that) about her behaviour at the end to kind of “redeem” her, it wasn’t enough. She is a bitter woman who lost her powers due to selfishness.
  • While Bong-soon liking Min-hyuk was cute and all, we didn’t actually get to see her feeling for him develop. We saw him like her and suddenly at one point she liked him too.
  • The plot line following Bong-ki, Guk-doo and Guk-doo’s girlfriend was VERY UNNECESSARY. I hated it.
  • I also didn’t like how the drama ended for Bong-ki and Guk-doo. Was dissatisfying.
  • There were TWO love triangles overall and BOTH got on my nerves.

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  • I’ve noticed that a lot of Kdramas focus at least a little bit on the supporting characters. It makes the story wholesome but is sometimes wasteful. In Strong Woman, almost all focus on supporting characters was boring. And unnecessary. There were RANDOM characters just thrown in. I was completely uninterested.
  • The drama would have been much shorter and to the point without all the unnecessary things.
  • There was one “Indian” character and he was SO NOT ACCURATE to facts at all, starting with his name. I was so annoyed by that. Shows how much research was done.
  • Some parts too damn cheesy. I mean, my bar for extra cheese is low but I do think that they could have been low. The dialogues did not come out well too.
  • The intensive romance parts were weird. I’m assuming they tried for a sexy mood, if I can it that, but it was weird in the middle of all cute vibes.
  • The police team who were investigating were useless. It was supposed to come out as policemen who lazed around but got things done in the end, but I saw nothing get done.
  • Even Guk-doo was like “I’m such a good detective” and felt superior to the lazy ones but couldn’t think straight and get work done.

The Characters

Do Bong-soon, played by Park Bo-young, was THE BEST. She cute and small but super strong and has a very out-there personality. She was awesome as the main character.

She’s damn strong, not that smart academically, is bold sometimes and very shy during other times. She’s also SUPER CUTE when she’s crushing. It’s all stars, heavenly backlit crushes and romantic music.

Her dream is to design a game character who’s like her, and that’s the reason she ends up guarding the CEO of Ainsoft, a game company.

Her personality growth throughout the show was really nice as well.

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Park Hyung-sik acted brilliantly as Ahn Min-hyuk. I cannot imagine any another actor in his place.

Ahn Min-hyuk is the CEO of a game design company called Ainsoft. He has an estranged relationship with his family, who are also rich. His dad is actually head of a string of companies and is powerful but Min-hyuk left and started Ainsoft from scratch. 

I’m sad that Min-hyuk’s determined and resilient personality was not brought out much. It could have added so much to his character.

He’s also damn cute and funny, setting well with the drama’s main theme. For the first time I actually saw a guy head over heels for a girl and act like it. That was refreshing.

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In Guk-doo, played by Ji Soo, was a compelling lead. He wasn’t another cute character. He was more edgy and rude. I actually went on to watch another drama starring Ji Soo because I liked his acting so much.

Ji Soo is a policeman and is transferred to the department that is assigned the serial kidnapping case. He tries to be a good policeman and a good boyfriend. The main reason I like his character is because his vulnerability was brought out well at the right points.

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There were SEVERAL supporting characters, and I cannot get into all of them. They were fine enough but as I said before, way too much focus on unnecessary characters.

The Soundtrack

The music SET THE MOOD. The selections were perfect for the show and the scenes. I really like the soundtrack.

Here are my favourites:


Discussion (INCLUDES SPOILERS)

If you don’t want to get spoiled, click here to skip to the “overall” concluding section.

Okay FINALLY. I have so much to talk about in this section.

What a stupid ending for Bong-ki and Guk-doo! They just end saying that people like them drift from people to people while really few people find their happily ever after and ?? that’s so negative ??? At least have hope?! What shit.

I did not give a hoot about the goons/construction workers. WHY did we have so much focus on them?! That too they had to make it worse by adding Nizamuddin, an “Indian” monk, and making him throw water on them to cleanse them. Ugh.

I’m disappointed that we saw Bong-soon showing way more feelings for Guk-doo than Min-hyuk. With Guk-doo, she was always melted and crushing hard but that wasn’t much with Min-hyuk. It was mostly Min-hyuk crushing on her and having butterflies. It’s true that she was crushing on Guk-doo for most of the show, but still.

I have mixed feelings about Min-hyuk’s complicated dynamic with his family. The part about his favourite brother and him forgiving him was nice but the rest of the family could go off. Okay maybe the dad can stay but overall it was so-so.

The bomb scene gave SO MUCH EXPECTATIONS and ended very lame. It was also immediately followed by a cute scene, which was a weird and sudden vibe change.

So yeah that.

Now, let’s get to plot holes.

  • It was a BOMB. How did it explode into FIREWORKS when Bong-soon threw it into the sky. It should have been only one explosion.
  • How the hell were there no repercussions? The whole building had to be evacuated due to the threat and it was a huge thing. Yet there was no extra security added the next day or news coverage etc. There wasn’t even concern from Bong-soon’s family.
  • The legend said that the strong women cannot be selfish and hurt innocent people otherwise they’d lose their powers. But in the first episode Bong-soon hurt Min-hyuk’s assistant and BROKE HIS TAILBONE, which caused him to be in the hospital for a long time. How did that not count.

Oh also, the epilogue!

That was damn stretched. We had the epilogue for a WHOLE EPISODE. It was cute and all but it went overboard. I agree that they wanted to give a happy ending but I could have done without a lot of it. It felt very filler.


Overall

Despite there bring more negatives than positives, I actually really liked the drama.

You should watch it because it

  • does a real solid on comedy and
  • is super cute.

A friend asked me why the show is so popular if it has many bad points. It’s because even though the direction hadn’t been done well, the main characters themselves and the main plot (on it’s own without the several small supporting characters) were pretty good.

If you’re in the mood for something really cute that’ll give all the happy feels, watch this. It’s kinda similar to the chick lit genre of books.

P.S. shoutout to my friends Divya, Sabby, Shikha and Vignesh for their inputs for this review. Sarangheyo chingu ❤

Have you watched Strong Woman Do Bong Soon? What did you think of it? What do you think about plots where ultimate cutesy scenes and creepy thriller scenes are mixed up? Have you seen anything that does it well? Discuss with me in the comments!

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Doctor Stranger // Kdrama review

It’s time for another Korean drama review! Let’s hope I didn’t forget everything about this show because I actually watched it months back lol. Thank goodness I had the foresight to make notes so this review might actually have some details.

I watched this Kdrama only because of Lee Jong-suk. After watching three shows of his and loving all of them, I decided I’m bingeing the shows in which he’s a lead. I tried watching I Can Hear Your Voice because I saw a blog post that said he’s amazing in it. I liked him well enough but I HATED the other main character. She was very annoying and Lee Jong-suk’s character still pined over her. Yeah, no.

So then I decided to try Doctor Stranger and I went in with low expectations because I hadn’t heard much praise for this one. I did take a while to get into it.

The Plot

We start off with Park Hoon’s dad Park Cheol, a brilliant heart surgeon, being called to North Korea. He took Park Hoon along because Hoon’s mother refused to care for him. But they were tricked and the father-son duo weren’t allowed to return to South Korea.

Years later, with Hoon as a budding genius surgeon, Hoon and his girlfriend Song Jae-hee try to escape to South Korea. The plan goes awry and Hoon crosses alone. Ever since, he’s been looking for Jae-hee.

Through chance circumstances he gets hired as a surgeon in Myungwoo University Hospital and meets an anesthesiologist by the name Han Seung-hee who looks exactly like Hoon’s Song Jae-hee. She adamantly refuses that she’s Jae-hee but Hoon refuses to accept that, believing that she is Jae-hee.

Two people cannot have the same heartbeat. And I know yours, Jae-hee.

The rest of the plot is centered around two other leads— Han Jae-joon and Oh Soo-hyun, also doctors at the hospital. Other than the romance, there’s plot about political corruption, revenge, secret assassinations and medical drama. In fact there’s more of all that than romance.

My thoughts on the show:

I’m going to be doing this point-wise so that you know exactly what I liked and how much I liked it.

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Lee Jong-suk as Park Hoon was the highlight of the show. Park Hoon is eccentric (and his hairstyle matches), playful and a genius. He’s been trained well by his father and is a great heart surgeon. While this show isn’t as compelling as other shows of Lee Jong-suk’s (that I’ve seen), it’s still good enough in terms of characters. If Lee Jong-suk wasn’t the lead and someone else played Park Hoon, I don’t think I would have liked the show as much.

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I also liked that Hoon used to picture and practice his upcoming surgeries before-hand. Whenever things went wrong in his head, he started over again until he’s sure that he can perform the surgery successfully.

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I found one recurring thing unbelievable. Hoon, just by touching the patient’s chest, was able to picture the heart and immediately determine what’s wrong. It’s not realistic, especially since it happened ALL THE TIME.

I don’t know much about the heart from a medical point of view but I don’t think that you can find out exactly what is wrong just by placing your hand over the patient’s chest, no matter how skilled you are.

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The mystery and thrilling underlying plot line related to politics and disagreement between South Korea and North Korea was pretty good to watch. We got some action and mystery, which I’m all for.

While not a focus point, it influences Hoon’s life and it’s addition made the show more interesting.

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But at some points, the plot I spoke of above, did seem unnecessary and stupid. I have mixed feelings about it because of those random pointless things.

The whole thing revolves around Hoon and requiring him to do the heart surgery of the vice president, which was weird for a long time. I was so confused as to why he was chosen and why they need him. Honestly, by the time the backstory and reasons were revealed, I still didn’t care. There were so many elaborate plots and set-ups for a seemingly small thing.

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I liked the “is she Jae-hee or is she Seung-hee?” debate I had throughout the show. Once I decided on something, another clue or fact would pop up and I was thrown into a loop again. It kept me interested, wanting to know her identity and reasons no matter what her is identity is. If she’s Jae-hee, why did she hide herself from Hoon? If she’s Seung-hee, how come she looks exactly like Jae-hee unless they’re twins? I kept cooking up theories.

(below is a picture of Song Jae-hee)

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Unfortunately, what I mentioned above was the ONLY thing I liked about the character. I pretty much hated Han Seung-hee and did not care about her at all.

Okay, but truly.

I kept trying to like her, or at least be meh about her because she was Hoon’s love (assuming she’s Jae-hee) and I liked Hoon. But I just could not like her how much ever I tried.

Song Jae-hee, in the small amount of time we saw her, was shown as a vibrant girl and I thought I liked her instantaneously.

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Han Seung-hee (shown in the picture above), on the other hand, was just BLANK. I did not see any emotion in her. I did not see joy when she was supposedly happy and didn’t see her upset when she was supposedly sad. It was the same expression throughout her screen time in the show.

Only a few times did I see her smile and look sad but that also didn’t look genuine, somehow. I don’t know. I found her weird.

It’s obviously not bad acting because the same actress played Jae-hee, whom I liked in one minute. I just do not like the way Seung-hee’s character was written and directed.

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Oh Soo-hyun, on the other hand, was a really good lead. I really liked her.

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She tries very hard to be a good doctor even though she “doesn’t have the talent” so that she can prove herself to her father, who’s the chairman of the hospital.

She was also really entertaining to watch while simultaneously being someone I related to. She’s vulnerable and under confident but tries to do well and handle herself in situations. Not only was she clumsy in feelings and had funny expressions, she was a determined doctor.

She’s the only doctor I’ve seen studying hard in dramas (and shows and movies). She legit sat with medical books and tried to understand the problem and all of the theory. She worked hard.

Soo-hyun ends up liking Hoon and her journey on that plot line was pretty interesting to watch as well. I was actually rooting for her and Hoon even though I kinda wanted Hoon to get his one true love back? I was very confused on the shipping side of things.

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Source: Korean Daydreamer

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Coming from a completely different story line, Han Jae-joon held his own on screen against Hoon and Soo-hyun.

He’s a gifted surgeon who graduated as a top medical student from Harvard. Why’s he in Myungwoo, you ask? Well, it turns out that when he was a teenager, his father passed away during surgery due to medical malpractice. The head surgeon (currently the chairman) did not apologize at all. Jae-joon also lost his mother to grief.

He’s back in Myungwoo to destroy the hospital, and the chairman with it, to get revenge. That’s his aim. But while pursuing that and using Soo-hyun for his goals since she’s the chairman’s daughter, he ends up falling in love with her and tries to suppress it.

I really liked watching his character development and all the obstacles he had to go through in terms of his heart. On one hand, he’s very angry about his parents but on the other, he’s now in love with Soo-hyun. If he pursues one side, the other isn’t possible.

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The plot holes were annoying as heck. Since most of the show was medical-related, I knew nothing. But the plot holes that I did pick up annoyed me so much because explanation was NOT given. The story seemed very incomplete.

I will mention the details of the plot holes in a spoiler section below.

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The supporting characters were okay but not that impressive. Some were funny, some helped the main cast but overall I’m not impressed by them.

I only liked Lee Chang-yi (who’s like a younger sister to Hoon in present day) because she was cute and level-headed, and Moon Hyung-wook (Hoon’s direct boss in the hospital) who was there mostly for humour purposes.

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Lee Chang-yi. Source: DramaPopuler

-1.5

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to give this -1 or -2 so I just went with -1.5.

There were a series of surgical competitions set up by the hospital’s authorities for Hoon and Jae-joon. It was to decide who would be performing surgery on the vice president.

I didn’t like that they made a competition out of important surgeries. I didn’t like that they chose patients based on the level of difficulty of the surgery and not from a doctor’s concern.

I know that it’s supposed to show Hoon as the only good doctor who cared about the patients and Jae-joon as someone willing to do anything to climb ranks and destroy the hospital, but still. I do not approve of it. There were multiple (four, if I remember right) such competitions held over several episodes.


Since I did not really notice the songs in this show and don’t care to listen to them specifically, I don’t have a favourite songs section.


Discussion (INCLUDES SPOILERS)

If you don’t want to get spoiled, click here to skip to the “overall” concluding section.

Okay so let’s see the plot holes that annoyed me so much, it almost ruined the whole story because these don’t make sense.

One, how did Hoon finally reach South Korea from Budapest? There was just a time-jump resulting in him being South Korea with no elaboration whatsoever.

Two, how did Jae-hee survive the fall the first time in Budapest? How was she saved in time because she was shot and she was in water. I’m sure Hoon would have stayed there for a long time staring or would have tried to save her as well.

Three, how did that North Korea military captain whatever guy survive? He also got shot and fell into the lake. Searches were done to search his body pretty soon.

Four, how did Hoon and Jae-hee survive the fall the second time in the last episode? Soo-hyun and Chang-yi ran over and saw them fall. They were standing right there. I’m sure even the police would have been called and searches would have been done. How did they escape and why didn’t they tell anyone??? Surely the people close to them would have been happy to know they’re alive and would have kept it as a secret.

There seems to be a lot of surviving in this show with no explanation.

Five, Jae-joon knew that they survived. Of all the people, why him? And how? One side would have had to reach out or Jae-joon would have saved them and I don’t see how? IT was not explained as well??

Oof what stupid plot holes. They’re so obvious! How did the writers or anyone else in the making of the show not notice??


Overall points =  1

Do I recommend it?

Go for the show if you really like Lee Jong-suk and want to see more of him. Otherwise, just skip it.

Do you like dramas/shows featuring medical fields? Have you seen doctors studying in any?

W: Two Worlds // Kdrama review

Welcome back to another Korean drama review where I talk about another one of my favourites so far! This was the fourth Kdrama I watched and I did not expect that I would like it this much.

My luck with Kdramas was so good in the beginning, though? Out of 4, I really liked THREE. That’s a very good number. Amongst the Korean dramas I’ve reviewed till now, I rank them as:

  1. W: Two Worlds
  2. While You Were Sleeping
  3. Pinocchio
  4. It’s Okay That’s Love

W: Two Worlds and While You Were Sleeping are very close because I love them both equally and the only reason W is #1 now is because it’s in the genre that I’m totally into at the moment.

What’s the drama about?

What if you went into your favourite fictional world? What if you met your fictional crush and fell in love with him/her for real? What if THEY fell in love with YOU?

OKAY SO GUYS THIS DRAMA IS AWESOME. I have absolutely no clue how to describe it properly so forgive me if I’m confusing.

It  starts off with the author of a VERY popular webtoon called going missing. The people working under him were right outside his room and even they don’t know where he’s gone.

His daughter Oh Yeon-joo, our female lead, starts looking for clues in his room. While doing that, a bloody hand caches hold of her jacket and pulls her. Next thing she knows, she’s in the rooftop of a building next to a man lying on the floor with stab wounds. Being a doctor, she does something to make him better and runs to call for help.

And after a few minutes, she’s suddenly back in the real world, in her father’s room, where she finds out that a new episode of W has gone up. And the episode describes EXACTLY what happened when she was in the rooftop.

That’s how she figures out that she was IN THE WEBTOON. She got pulled into the webtoon through her father’s drawing tablet in his room. The injured man was the main lead of the webtoon, Kang Chul.

What the heck, you say?

The drama is about two worlds—real world and the webtoon world. Oh Yeon-joo gets dragged into the webtoon world again and again and eventually becomes a part of it. Whenever the episode ends (with a big scene like episodes usually end), she’s back into the real world.

And so began their love story.

It is way more than romance, though! It was sci-fi, thriller and romance all rolled into one with twists every where! Within 16 one hour episodes, SO MUCH happens that once the show ends you’re just blown away by thinking what all happened.

Honestly, I can’t even begin to explain all the details about the show because I could write a whole post just about it.

What I loved

  • It’s FANTASY, y’all. And it’s the BEST fantasy.

It’s an amazing story about murder, villains, love and it takes place in TWO worlds. So you go back and forth, you get to know both worlds, you see how complicated it all becomes and you are at the edge just waiting to see what happens next.

devoured this drama as fast as my mind could keep up and still stay sane. Because let me tell you, you won’t even feel like all of the story happened in ONLY 16 episodes. There’s so much.

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Source: Hello Asia!

  • Have you ever imagined what it would be like if you met your fictional crush? Because that’s exactly what happens in this show. Kang Chul is the fictional crush of many in the show’s real world, including Oh Yeon-joo. So just imagine yourself in Yeon-joo’s place getting to meet Kang Chul, who is the BEST to have a crush on.
  • Han Hyo-joo acted SO WELL as Oh Yeon-joo. I loved the parts when Yeon-joo is confused what to do when she’s in the fictional world, what to say about herself whenever Kang Chul asks and how to get back. It was quite funny to watch her.

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Source: Dramabeans

  • The drama also asks questions you ask yourself about every fictional world. And at those moments I really started thinking myself and fell in love with the show more because it’s literally our dreams.

What happens when the story ends? Does the world stop, frozen forever? Or does it go on?

  • The plot is just CRAZY. If you don’t watch the show for anything else, just watch it for the plot. The are so many ups and downs and twists. By the end all you can expect is that there will be more unexpected things happening, right until the end of episode 16.
  • In fact the plot is so good, I actually even missed some details which I thought were plot holes simply because I was too into the main story and was waiting to see what happens next that my attention wasn’t on the details.
  • Kang Chul’s relationship with Oh Seong-moo—his maker—was so complex and fascinating. At one point Kang Chul comes into the real world and meets Seong-moo and everything that follows got me so interested.

The relationship started out with Seong-moo wanting to kill the character that he made and end the webtoon. To Kang Chul, Seong-moo is the one who gave him a tragic life story but it became so much more including Seong-moo being the father of the woman Kang Chul loves. Honestly, I cannot say much without spoiling something.

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Source: Dramabeans

  • The father-daughter relationship portrayal was so nice. Oh Yeon-joo and Oh Seong-moo’s love for each other kept driving them to save the other. Seeing Seong-moo’s love for his daughter made me so emotional. I don’t see this much focus on parent-child relationships so that was really nice.

I cannot say anymore because spoilers but just know that if I could, I would rant for 3000 words.

What I didn’t love so much

  • The plot holes. I caught quite a few plot holes in While You Were Sleeping but they didn’t bother me much unlike here where all of the plot holes bothered me! Especially the big ones that are the catalysts of the plot. They’re the reason the plot exists and they aren’t explained at all.
  • I’ll admit, at one point I got pretty bored by the show. It was all fast-paced and fantasy elements then suddenly all we saw was romance which I was NOT into. But they did recover fast—within one episode! Right as you think everything will end well, BAM, another twist.

There are things that aren’t explained well. The plot might seem far-fetched in some points.

BUT.

It’s fiction and it has the freedom to break barriers so just enjoy it.

The Characters

I LOVED Kang Chul. This character is very different from other roles I’ve seen Lee Jong-suk play. In the others, his character is unsure, clumsy and can mess up. But here, he’s the PERFECT male lead—strong, confident, rich, with a tragic past and a life quest. Lee Jong-suk played him better than I thought he could.

Kang Chul is an award-winning sharp-shooter who pursued Computer Science in academics. His whole family was murdered by a sharp-shooter (and by the same gun Kan Chul used during the Olympic competition) so the blame came upon him. Everyone thought he killed them after having a fight with his dad for wanting to study CS.

He’s now the CEO of a company and has also started a broadcasting station called W where people solve unsolved cases. He thought this might help find the person who killed his family.

W. Who and Why. Who killed them and why did they kill them.

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Source: We Heart It.

Oh Yeon-joo, played by Han Hyo-joo, is a doctor and daughter of the artist of W. Her parents are divorced and hence she doesn’t get to see her father as much as she would like. In the beginning, she’s meek and shy and wasn’t very captivating. Even though she had more screen time than Kang Chul, I didn’t like her then.

But later I grew to like her because I could clearly see character growth and growth is what I like. She grows from the very uncertain and jumpy girl to one who deals with villains, death threats and doing anything to keep her loved ones safe.

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Source: Dramabeans

This next character isn’t considered a main character but to me he is one because his role is as big as Kang Chul’s and Oh Yeon-joo’s. Oh Seong-moo, artist of the webtoon and father of Oh Yeon-joo, was played brilliantly by Kim Ui-seong. His role was complex and included multiple personalities. Just, wow.

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The other supporting characters were played really well too. My favourite supporting characters are Seo Do-yoon, Kang Chul’s bodyguard and Park Soo-bong, one of the artists under Seong-moo.

 


Discussion (INCLUDES SPOILERS)

If you don’t want to get spoiled, click here to skip to the “overall” concluding section.

Okay so can we talk plot holes and things that weren’t explained??

Plot Holes

  1. The screen to the real world. The explanation we got later was that the screen appeared in front of Kang Chul when he realizes that he’s a fictional character. So then he can step through the screen into the real world. But that doesn’t explain how the screen appeared in episode 1 when he did NOT know that he’s a fictional character.
  2. Talking about the same scene, why was Kang Chul dying? All the previous times he rejected death by changing the scene so why couldn’t he do that here? What’s the logic?
  3. We were told that Oh Yeon-joo gets dragged into the webtoon world (after the first time) whenever Kang Chul thinks about her. But what about after they rewrote the story? How did Yeon-joo get dragged into the world when Kang Chul did not even have memories of her? It’s said that she probably remained in his head unconsciously but it still doesn’t make sense because it was more like time rewind than memory erase.
  4. Oh Seong-moo disappeared in the webtoon world. He didn’t actually die. So Yeon-joo could have just drawn a little more and changed her father’s fate? Why wasn’t that thought of. He just disappeared! Plus, Seong-moo wasn’t even really a webtoon character so how did he disappear like a webtoon character that’s not required anymore?

Other things

CAN WE TALK ABOUT SEONG-MOO BECOMING THE VILLAIN? The actor changes roles so fast and brilliantly played both roles that I just? was blown away??

I also loved that a villain was made as the webtoon progressed? It’s not a simple find the villain, catch the villain and happily ever after. I found it interesting with the prosecutor/politician’s addition and how he gradually became a villain because he’s against Kang Chul.


Overall

I loved the show! So much is packed into 16 episodes that I got so sucked into it, I didn’t even notice the background songs much. I binged it as fast as I could and was taken on a roller coaster ride.

Definitely recommended! Especially if you love fantasy and would love to see fictional and real worlds getting mixed.

 

Have you ever imagined meeting your fictional crush? About going into your favourite fictional world? What comes next in that story? Tell me in the comments!

It's Okay That's Love poster

It’s Okay, That’s Love // Kdrama review

This was the second kdrama I ever watched, and it was completely different from what I expected. After I finished While You Were Sleeping, I searched for kdramas to watch which are like WYWS and this popped up in a list along with Pinocchio.

If you’ve read my review on Pinocchio, you’d know that I really liked it. But I actually watched this before that and I didn’t like this one much. Probably because of it’s story and theme, which I didn’t bother to find out before watching it.

What’s the drama about?

The drama mainly centers around two people—Jang Jae-yeol who is a writer and radio DJ, and Ji Hae-soo who is a psychiatrist. We explore their pasts, presents, relationships and also follow along their love story.

The drama is heavily influenced by neuro-psychiatry. In almost every episode we see a case or something related to mental illnesses. I liked it a lot because I learnt so much more about this field that I had only a small idea about.

I also liked that they somehow normalized mental illnesses—which is what I felt. Even psychiatrists have their own issues that they have to work through and almost every individual who has been through something has issues including both of our main characters.

The reason I didn’t like this drama much was probably because other than psychiatry, the other major part was romance, which I wasn’t interested in. Nowadays I don’t have much patience for romance and I should have checked out review of the show before starting.

Nevertheless, I did finish it in a week and stuck through the end.

For the first few episodes, I kept comparing It’s Okay That’s Love to While You Were Sleeping and considering how good WYWS is, this one fell short. It took me those few episodes to judge the show on it’s own and not compared to WYWS.

My thoughts on the show:

  • Ji Hae-soo is really guarded and as a result comes off really rude to people. But she’s also a really open and caring psychiatrist who cares about her patients a lot.

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  • Ever since seeing her mom cheat on her dad when she was young, Hae-soo has been uneasy with physical intimacy. In the beginning of the show, she’s been dating a guy for 300 days and has only ever kissed him because that’s as far as she’s able to go without having panic attacks.
  • What I found unbelievable was that after she started dating Jang Jae-yeol, she slept with him pretty fast and without much work. If she’s so much held up by her issues, how was she able to dispose of them so quickly with Jae-yeol??
  • Jang Jae-yeol is the typical male stereotype I’ve seen several times in romance books/movies—rich, confident, playboy who doesn’t have emotional relationships and with a tragic past. This made me dislike the show a little because I’m so done with this stereotype.

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  • His tragic past storyline was pretty sad, though. That really made me emotional.
  • Jae-yeol got interested in Hae-soo right from the beginning because she’s the only woman who said no to him and is rude to him. SO. DONE. WITH THIS CLICHE.
  • Hae-soo was also pretty cliche in the terms that she wasn’t at all interested in his money and she gets it across pretty clear and that made him want to spend money on her.

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  • The best part of the show was the neuro-psychiatry focus, for me.
  • The second best part were the supporting characters. We saw a little bit individually about most of the recurring characters and tbh I was more interested in them than the main characters.
  • I also liked the relationships between all the characters, especially the slowly formed ones.

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  • Okay so I’m most frustrated about the epilogue. I felt like everyone broke character in the epilogue, especially Hae-soo. She’s really rude and doesn’t come down easily if she’s pissed. But in the epilogue, she switched into happy mode too soon for me to believe it and hence breaking character. I get it, they tried to make it a happily-ever-after type of epilogue but I didn’t like it.

Overall

It’s okay. I didn’t really like it. Probably the only reason I completed it was because I watched most of it during the time I was bored like during commute.

Not impressed and not recommended since there are much better kdramas to watch.


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Pinocchio // Kdrama review

I didn’t think I’d find a show as good as While You Were Sleeping this soon, but I did and it’s Pinocchio. I searched for shows to watch after WYWS and I found this so my friend and I started watching it together.

I took a few episodes to get into it but I LOVED it once I did. I must have watched Pinocchio about two weeks after WYWS (yes this review is really late) and it instantly got me obsessed about it instead of WYWS.

What is the drama about?

The drama starts off with a fire accident and mis-reported news which leads to the family of a fireman, who is allegedly hiding after being the only survivor from the explosion, being targeted. The wife, eventually having enough of being blamed all over media and by the people she meets, jumps off a cliff into water with her younger son Ki Ha-myeong.

They both are reported to be dead but the son, Ki Ha-myeong, is survives  after being saved from the sea by an old man. The old man, still scarred from his elder son drowning in the sea, believes that Ha-myeong is his son returned. Therefore from then on Ha-myeong lives as Choi Dal-po, leaving behind his previous life along with his name. 

Coincidentally, the daughter of the reporter who mis-reported the news is Choi In-ha, the granddaughter of the previously mentioned old man through his other son. Therefore Choi Dal-po becomes Choi In-ha’s cousin and he hates her because of her mother.

Dal-po and In-ha grow up to become reporters and we follow them as they try to report right and also deal with what happened in the past. Most of the drama takes place when they’re reporters.

This drama is based on how much impact reported news makes since people believe that all the news reported is true even if it’s not, and it shows how things can go wrong because of it. Ha-myeong’s life was destroyed, his mother killed herself and his family’s name was ruined because of a reporter who jumped to conclusions.

Why is it named Pinocchio?

There’s something called “the Pinocchio syndrome” in the show. 6% percent of the population have this syndrome which causes their body to involuntarily do some action when they lie, therefore making it hard to lie.

The female lead, Choi In-ha, has the Pinocchio syndrome and hiccups whenever she lies. Until she tells the truth about it after lying, her hiccups don’t stop.

It’s an interesting concept but there’s not much focus on it for the drama to be named after it. The drama is a lot of things and the Pinocchio syndrome is not one of the most important factors.

What I loved about the story

  • The double identity of Ha-myeong/Dal-po made the story SO DARN INTERESTING. Especially because, at every turn, he encounters someone from the past but can’t say anything since he left that life behind. Multiple times throughout the show I was cheering him on to just reveal his real identity but he didn’t. It did lead to huge reveal scene which was P E R F E C T though.
  • There’s also the storyline between Ha-myeong and his real older brother. For a decade the older brother, Ki Jae-myeong, thought that his brother was dead as well and held rage in his heart. The two brothers meet because of another reason and it KILLED me to watch them be strangers. I love family drama and any plot related to family so the two brothers and their story was the highlight of the show for me. I swear I cried so much for these two, it’s not funny.

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Source: Korean Drama Fashion

  • Another family-related plot which I loved was the bond between Dal-po and his adoptive father. Through the show they go through ups and downs but the love between them is pure even though they’re not related by blood. I love them so much I could cry.
  • The romance was slow-burn and really adorable! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that slow-budding romances are my favourite and the romance between Dal-po and In-ha was SO NICE.
  • But I wasn’t very into the romance because rest of the plot grabbed my attention more. It was cute and all but it didn’t give me any feels like the rest.

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Source: Drama Fever

  • All the characters were brilliant! Each part was played perfectly by the actors and I couldn’t find anything lacking. The characters were a major reason why I love the show so much.
  • The rivalry between the two main news broadcasting channels YGN and MSC was fun to watch.

The Characters

Ki Ha-myeong is the most important character and Lee Jong-suk played him so damn well, I was blown off. Because of his acting in Pinocchio, I became obsessed with him and pretty much stalked him online. I’m a Lee Jong-suk stan now.

The most defining factor of Ha-myeong was his past, his hatred towards reporters and how he eventually becomes one just to show how reporters are supposed to be. He hated In-ha because of her mother but eventually he ended up liking her even though he didn’t want to. He liked her for YEARS before others got to know about it because he hid it so well.

What I also liked was seeing a few scenes where Dal-po was playful and boyish, which was hella cute.

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Source: Kdrama Star Recap

Choi In-ha on the other hand, was mostly just clueless. She loves her mother even though her mom doesn’t even talk to her. She wants to become a reporter because of her mom. In fact, she’s been texting her mom for YEARS without getting a reply but she continues as she believes her mom reads her messages.

I didn’t like In-ha character specifically but she was portrayed well by Park Shin-hye. I liked the acting. In-ha was adorable and childish at times but also sacrificing and determined. What I liked most about her was that she thought about others first and if she’s determined, she tries very hard and doesn’t give up easily.

I did have a problem with In-ha though. She sometimes felt like a supporting character instead of a main character. She tried to do things but she mostly just went along with the flow while all the impactful actions were done by Dal-po.

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Source: Drama Blooms

Seo Beom-jo is a reporter along with Choi In-ha and he’s a major character in the show. The texts that In-ha used to send her mom? Well turns out her mom forgot her phone once and Beom-jo took it. For a DECADE he’s been reading In-ha’s messages and falls in love with her.

Played by Kim Young-kwang, Beom-jo becomes a reporter to meet In-ha and in the beginning. I though of him as only a sidekick. I didn’t find much depth in his character until a little before the end. All I could see about his was that he liked In-ha and he was a spoilt rich child. It’s only later that we see more to him but overall I didn’t like his character much.

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Source: Drama Beans

Now, onto my favourite character of the show—Yoon Yu-rae. Played by Lee Yoo-bi, Yu-rae is the CUTEST, MOST ADORABLE character in the show. My friend and I talked about her so much after finishing the show.

Yoon Yu-rae is childish, vies for the best, works hard and is a really good friend. I smiled pretty much every time she was on screen.

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Source: Lockerdome

Even though he’s not considered a major character of the show, to me Ki Jae-myeong was a huge part of the story. I loved this character, played by Yoon Kyung-sang, because of his storyline.

For a decade, Jae-myeong has been living with the hatred towards Song Cha-ok (Choi In-ha’s mother) in his heart, believing his whole family to be dead. Every scene of his was intense with my heart either beating like crazy or very slow, just waiting to see what happens. The time when Jae-myeong and Ha-myeong/Dal-po met? I was ON A HIGH. That time was the most intense period ever when I sat on the edge of my seat.

Jae-myeong was such a perfect older brother, my heart couldn’t take it. I can’t say more because of spoilers but yeah, I loved him.

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Source: A Koala’s Playground

The other recurring characters, especially Ki Ha-myeong’s adoptive family and his boss at the broadcasting station, were also really good. We focused at least a little bit on each of them and that made the show more than just the main characters.

My favourite songs from the soundtrack

Although there aren’t as many songs I fell in love with, there are a few which I loved a LOT.

This is the theme song of the show and I fell in love with it only through the few seconds they played at the beginning. I had listened to this song on repeat for a while. It’s such a feel-good song!

I didn’t like this song in the beginning but a few days back it came on shuffle and I FELL IN LOVE. It’s been playing on repeat for the last couple days and I find myself humming it throughout the day. It’s a really soothing song.

This is an instrumental but I love it because of the scene it played in. THAT SCENE OMG. I must have watched it on repeat about a dozen times, both when I came across it first and after I finished the show. Even now when I listen to it that scene plays in my head.


Discussion (INCLUDES SPOILERS)

If you don’t want to get spoiled, click here to skip to the “overall” concluding section. 

[1]

I found quite a few plot holes in While You Were Sleeping as I mentioned in my review but in Pinocchio I only found one plot hole. And it’s a BIG one.

In the beginning they explained the fire explosion properly. Two members of staff set the fire and ran away, their boss didn’t know and asked the firemen to go inside and save those two (who weren’t actually inside). Nine firemen died inside and to avoid blame, the boss lied to the police that the captain took his men inside the building for no reason. That’s why Ki Ha-myeong’s father, the captain, got blamed for it all. Only one building exploded.

BUT.

Later while the plot was about the corruption and about how Beom-jo’s mom made Song Cha-ok report wrong to divert the blame and prevent the real reason coming out, there was a different story. That time they told that the explosion in which Ha-myeong’s dad died was actually a FACTORY explosion and that over 40 people died. Beom-jo’s mom diverted the news towards the fireman captain but HOW??? How does it make sense to blame him? If he had gone in to save the FORTY people, it’s not his fault for the deaths?

I got immediately confused when they brought it up in the later episodes because HOW? I got so confused and thought I was remembering wrong. I asked the friend I was watching with about the story and she said the same thing that I remembered!

So yeah even though I found only one plot hole, it’s a huge one.

[2]

I was also frustrated about another thing.

In the epilogue, there was a character who looked EXACTLY like Jae-Myeong from his earlier days. How? Why? Why add that when there’s nothing done about it? When it doesn’t mean anything?

If there was some underlying plot about that boy being Jae-myeong’s unknown son, I’d accept it. But there was nothing? And it was the EPILOGUE where they’re wrapping up everything?? It did not make sense AT ALL.

[3]

Okay so CAN WE TALK ABOUT EPISODES 10 AND 11???

The scene where Jae-myeong realized his brother is Dal-po BROKE. MY. HEART. I cried so much for that scene, y’all. It made me bawl like a baby.

I also cried when Dal-po reported the news about Jae-myeong. He reported about his own brother and the brother took it and… good lord. These two brothers made me have so many feels.

To be honest, there was a lot of crying in this show. Especially by Ha-myeong/Dal-po. He cried so much.


Overall

This show gave me so many feels and I love the characters. I didn’t really like how the epilogue was done but watching the show was definitely worth it. I totally recommend watching it!

Have you watched Pinocchio? If yes, what did you think of it? Did you notice the plot hole I mentioned?  Have you watched any other Korean dramas which are similar to this one? If you haven’t watched it, do you want to watch it? Let me know in the comments!

While You Were Sleeping // Kdrama review

I am obsessed. Completely obsessed. I wasn’t really interested in watching Korean dramas before but after a LOT of insistence from my friend (thanks Sabs!) I finally agreed to watch it, and I fell in love with it.

I binged this show in two days and did NOTHING else. I don’t think I could have even if I tried because it completely drew me in and I could not stop watching it.

First of all, I am NOT talking about the movie While You Were Sleeping starring Sandra Bullock, neither is this a Korean adaptation of it. While talking about it to my friends, a few thought I was talking about the movie. So I’m putting this out there.

What is the drama all about?

The drama mainly stars Nam Hong-joo, Jung Jae-chan and Han Woo-tak who have dreams of the future. It all started with Hong-Joo but later the other two it as well. Throughout the show we see them trying to change the future to a better one.

I got into the show right from the beginning because it starts with Hong-joo dreaming about hugging this guy she’s never seen before, and then he shows up in real life. The first two episodes properly get you into the concept of predicting dreams, changing paths and get you attached to the characters.

What I loved about the story

  • Since Jae-chan is a prosecutor, we follow all of the cases he works on. I absolutely LOVED the mystery and thriller aspect it gave to the show. My favourites of it all were the court scenes. They were so intense that it kept me to the edge of my seat, especially in the last few episodes. I didn’t even move when watching the 31st episode* and I felt like I had to work out to get my limbs loosened up.
  • The relationships in this show were BRILLIANT. I adored Hong-joo’s relationship with her mom right from the start. I also really liked the familial, friendship and work-place dynamics that was shown. Not only did I get invested in the characters individually but I also adored their relationships.

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Source: Dramas with a side of kimchi

  • The small details paid to the characters’ personalities and habits was really interesting to watch. Especially in Lee Yoo-bum, a lawyer who covers up the crimes of his clients.
  • The PERFECT soundtrack. Just listening to the songs after the show ended gets me into that mood. In fact, I’m listening to the soundtrack right now. I’m completely and utterly obsessed with the songs. They were perfect for the scenes and accompanied the emotions really well.
  • There were also MANY funny scenes which made me laugh out loud. The day-to-day weirdness of characters and embarrassing moments made the characters more realistic.
  • It made me cry multiple times. The show gave me so many darn feels that I just could NOT hold out against the feels. Stories that make you cry are THE BEST.
  • Okay so THE ROMANCE WAS HELLA ADORABLE. I loved that it was slow paced. There was relationship growth and cute moments and aww moments and just… the romance was everything. I rooted for the couple right from the start. You can’t not love them.

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Source: Dramas with a side of kimchi

I also want to mention one scene done towards the end of the show. It showed parallel scenes of two different times and it was done SO BLOODY WELL.

*there are 32 episodes totally

The Characters

Nam Hong-joo was a very entertaining character to watch. The character played by Suzy is pretty weird, especially in the beginning, which made her endearing. But as the show goes on we see how she tries to change the bad future which she reads, how she tries to keep her morale up when she’s down and how she pushes through the bad dreams.

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While I really like Hong-joo, watching Jung Jae-Chan was the highlight of the show. Lee Jong-suk plays this character SO DAMN WELL that I was blown off by it. Jae-chan is silly, foolish at times and also quite slow in doing his work but he’s determined to bring justice, dig until he finds the truth and is VERY supportive of everyone. I especially loved watching him as a prosecutor at court. He’s really adorable and I might have a slight crush. Just slightly.

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Now, ALLOW ME TO TALK ABOUT MY BAE. Han Woo-tak was the cutest. We don’t immediately recognize him as a main character but he becomes important pretty soon and I just LOVED watching him. There are many layers to his character which we see as the show goes on, and all of it just made me love him more. During the last few episodes every time he came on screen I made a heart and said “bae”. That’s how much I like him. Jung Hae-in played him superbly.

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Now let’s move on to the other really important character who is played by Lee Sang-yeob. Lee Yoo-bum is “the bad guy”. I didn’t like him as a person but I loved his character and the depth to it. Throughout the show we watch him playing on the other side of the law against our main three, being cocky and confident.

As I said before, I loved the tiny details to his character like him rolling bits of paper when he’s thinking, putting aside his watch when consulting with a paying client and scrubbing his hands with soap vigorously when he’s afraid.

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Source: Dramabeans

As for the recurring characters, they were played really well as well. I could go on and on talking about the characters of the show but then you’d here all day reading this post.

My favourite songs from the soundtrack

After that talk above about this show having the PERFECT soundtrack, obviously I have to mention some of the songs which I loved the most. After I finished bingeing the show, for about three weeks I was listening to the soundtrack with my #1 favourite changing every few days. All the songs are amazing but the following are the ones I listened to on repeat sometimes.

The above song is sung by Lee Jong-suk who plays Jung Jae-chan in the show! I actually did not make the connection because I kept calling the actor by the show name and not his real name. But since I watched another show with him in it, I figured I should call him by his real name and only then made the connection. Y’all, this song is SO GOOD.

In fact, Suzy who plays Nam Hong-joo is also a singer and she’s contributed a couple tracks to the show as well.


Discussion (INCLUDES SPOILERS)

If you don’t want to get spoiled, click here to skip to the “overall” concluding section.

Okay so now that I’m done with the spoiler-free part of the review, I really want to talk about a few things.

Especially..

Plot Holes

Here are a few things I wish was spoken about or was elaborated:

  1. Jae-chan’s dad’s death was spoken about a lot but what about his mom? How did she die? We never really saw her except in one flashback scene and they never told how she died.
  2. In episode 10 Hong-joo saved a girl at the university from being badly burned. Just like Woo-tak still felt as if he’d been hit when he didn’t after Jae-chan saved him, she also felt as if she was burned even though she wasn’t. Why didn’t she get any dreams about Hong-joo?
  3. Did Mr. Choi never get any dreams about Jae-chan and Hong-joo in those several years? We all know those two were in a lot of trouble but why didn’t he go to save them any of those times before the fire?
  4. On the same note, why did Jae-chan not get any dreams during those 13 years before he met Hong-joo again? How come they started only when they met again?
  5. How did the dreams start for Hong-joo in the first place?
  6. And now for a very important question: why did Jae-chan have blond hair when he was younger??????????? That looked SO BAD. He could have just had black hair!

I’ve been thinking about these ever since I finished the show about three weeks back. Let me know in comments if you have any theories about these!

Also, what about those parallel scenes in episode 31??? The one at the funerals from 13 years back and presently. When Hong-joo and Jae-chan cried. It was done so perfectly just to make us bawl like babies?!

Did anyone else also bawl when Hong-joo cried while Jae-chan was in the hospital room being recovered because I DID. Even though I love Woo-tak and wished that she chose him just so he’ll be happy, Hong-joo and Jae-chan were meant to be. That scene almost killed me. If he had died I wouldn’t have recovered for a long time.

Overall

I definitely recommend this show! In fact I’ve already told quite a few of my friends to watch it (let’s hope they do). Because I loved WYWS so much I got into into Kdramas now. Instead of reading books all my free time I’m now binge-watching Kdramas.

Have you watched While You Were Sleeping? If yes, do tell me your theories related to the wonderings I mentioned in the discussion section. If not, have you watched any other Korean dramas? Which did you love the most? Have you seen any other movie/TV show where the characters dream of the future? Let me know everything in the comments!

Jane the Virgin season 1 review

This post has been a long time coming. I watched season 1 so long back, I’m a little worried I hardly remember anything. I’m currently a few episodes into season 3 and have lost the interest I had in Season 1 so.. I don’t see myself binge-ing it further just yet.

I asked on twitter last week which post to do and this got the most votes, so here we are. I’ll only be talking about season 1 to avoid spoilers, even though I’ve seen season 2.

What is the show about?

Jane Villanueva is in her 20s and a virgin because she made a vow to remain chaste until she’s married. She has a steady boyfriend named Michael, whom she’s about to marry, and a happy family with her mom and grandmom when The Incident occurs.

The Incident is Jane getting accidentally artificially inseminated with sperm, hence making her pregnant, without her knowledge because the doctor screwed up. Jane went in for a pap smear and got a baby. Every woman’s nightmare.

The father Raphael (unwilling sperm donor) finds out and offers to make a deal with Jane. He and his wife will take the baby after he/she is born, allowing Jane to go back to her life. Only, does she want to?

We follow Jane and other characters in her life as they navigate waters after The Incident. 

What makes the show really interesting?

The drama.

The show has a humourous, entertainingly cringy and drama-filled storyline that kept me hooked in. I loved the way all the characters tied together, the backstory to all of them and how they all got connected in various ways.

Although we start off with the pregnancy and that’s the main thing, there is SO MUCH MORE to the story. We have Jane’s relationship with her family, her relationship with Michael, her evolving relationship with Raphael, a drug crime thing on the side whose leading detective is Michael, Raphael’s relationship with HIS family, and a lot more. A lot a lot.

My absolute favourite thing about the show is the narrator. The narrator is an off-screen character who’s basically overlooking all the events and also provides us with comments as if he’s human and is watching the show with us.

The recaps at the beginning of every episode is really fun as well. The narrator tries to recap everything really fast but considering all the drama and cross-linking ties in the story, after a few episodes it becomes a little too much and the narrator himself gets overwhelmed. So every episode we’re recapped with everything related to that episode and we move on because recaps themselves could take a whole episode, if elaborated.

My reaction to Season 1

I loved the whole storyline. It’s different, quirky and made me laugh a lot. Season 1 takes place over the time period from when Jane gets pregnant to when she delivers the baby. It’s a WILD ride.

I really liked the show, overall! Gina Rodriguez is a wonderful actor and she plays Jane perfectly. I love the rest of the cast as well. You can feel the chemistry. Also since I’ve taken to following a few of them online and see them hanging out with each other, I can see how their bond translates onto the show.

My take on the characters

Jane is a determined and well disciplined woman. She sticks to her schedules, is responsible (because she wants to be the opposite of her mom who is very irresponsible) and loves writing. Her passion is writing—specifically romance, and she doesn’t give up on her dream no matter what. She loves her family, is loyal and is pretty much the golden child.

Xiomara, Jane’s mom, is the complete opposite of Jane. She got pregnant at 16, has been chasing the dream of becoming a popular singer all her life (without finding success) and is pretty irresponsible. Sometimes it’s easier to view her as the 20s girl and Jane as the mom.

Alba, Jane’s grandmother, is the typical wise woman. She came to America with her husband Mateo and even though he passed away a long time back, he is always in her thoughts. What I liked most about her is how she’s done with Xiomara’s nonsense and is basically the all-knowing grandmother giving advice and support all the time. She’s a good sport. Oh and she always speaks in Spanish. No English, ever.

Michael, Jane’s boyfriend, is a little boring. He’s a detective and all but I found him boring. He’s really perfect for Jane, though. He’s understanding, supportive, always there to listen to her and gets along well with her family. He’s also won approval by dating Jane for TWO years without having sex with her. I mean.. what dedication. He waited.

Raphael is the hot, rich hotel owner who was very wild back in the day but has toned down since he got cancer. He’s now married, but is in confusion about his feelings toward his wife Petra. Because of the cancer, he cannot have kids and the only way he has is if they use his sperm sample that was taken way back. He’s.. okay. He’s a less popular stereotype with the “stuck in marriage with a woman who only wants him for his money”.

Petra is the number one villain of the show. She’s two-faced, does whatever it takes to live well-off and is always thinking about herself first. She’s also got a very mean mother. I think over the two seasons, I liked her character arc the most. Her character goes through SO MUCH and she goes through multiple personality and life changes, it’s very interesting to watch.

Other small things

I LOVE that this show’s main cast is diverse. Five of the main cast are people of colour and I love that a diverse show has become so popular. We need more of this.

Not only that, the show also shows the life of an aspiring writer who’s trying to manage various things in her life and also stays true to her passion. She works hard for her writing and it inspires me.

Overall

I totally recommend the show if you want to watch something funny, light and really entertaining.

Have you watched the show? What do you think of it? Or is it something that you’d like to watch? Do you prefer shows with action, mystery or drama? Tell me in the comments!

Orphan Black season 1: review and discussion

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I’ll be honest, it’s been a wee while since I watched it. And by wee I mean more than two months. I have actually binged four seasons, and am waiting for the fifth to finish so I can binge that as well.

I’ll be talking only about season 1, though, because it’ll be easier to avoid any spoilers. And plus, I love season 1 SO MUCH more than the others.

What is the show all about?

We start off with a woman called Sarah witnessing another woman’s suicide by jumping in front of a running train. And if that wasn’t shocking enough, the other woman looked EXACTLY like Sarah.

long lost twins?

Sarah steals Beth’s purse and investigates. Beth’s ID could TOTALLY pass for her, and after talking to her foster brother (and awesome sidekick) Felix, she decides that she has to check out Beth’s life.

Now, Sarah’s only goal is to get some money and get away to a nice life with her daughter Kira and Felix. So when she looks into Beth’s accounts, she finds that Beth was sitting on a huge lump of money. Sarah decides to impersonate Beth by dying her hair, watching videos to get how Beth acts and quickly puts things in motion at the bank.

But it can’t be that simple.

Later, she finds out that Beth is actually a cop who is on suspension due to unreasonable civilian shooting. Oh and Sarah’s ex-boyfriend returns looking to make Sarah payback for the drugs she stole from him to sell. On top of that, Beth’s husband Paul returns home and starts being suspicious. If all of this wasn’t enough, she finds more women who look exactly like her.

She learns from them that all of them are clones as part of an illegal experiment, and things get messier when someone starts killing them off.

So the basic concept is..

Cloning. There is a LOT of biology and science facts, lots of new information we learn as viewers about DNA and genes. The women also try to find out who actually made them and this leads us into a pool of so much more science and theories.

But the show is also about identity. It revolves all these women who look exactly like each other and are only different by the world they lived/live in. It’s about owning yourself and being individual even with other versions of YOU running around.

My reaction to season 1

I think it’s BRILLIANT.

  • I loved the idea of cloning and versions of one person in different settings. It’s almost like parallel universe lives, in the same world.
  • I also loved the science. It was so interesting to listen about all these topics that I wouldn’t have bothered to read on otherwise. Quite a few times I went online to find out more about the theories and how it all works. It fed the nerd in me.
  • It also had a danger element with the killings, which added the action factor into the show. When they find out the identity of the killer? It’s even better.
  • The interactions between the clones was SO FUN to watch. It’s like long lost sisters meeting each other, forming bonds and becoming family. There comes a point when you’re really unsure who to trust, but you can always count on your sister clones.

Tatiana Maslany is one BRILLIANT AF actress. She plays half the main cast. Every time I see her listed in the cast list, or an award nomination, it’s so different when you see it written like, “Tatitana Maslany as Sarah/Allison/Cosima/Beth…..etc.” The way she tries to keep the characters distinct and how we KNOW which character is really on screen even when one clone is impersonating another—brilliant. I can’t stop saying that word.

My take on the characters:

  • Sarah grew up in the foster care system and her life is mostly in the shady parts of town. She absolutely LOVES her daughter, and pretty much doesn’t think of anyone else. On occasion, Felix, but not very often. One thing that bothered me about her was how she treated Felix throughout the seasons. He’s always there for her, but she doesn’t give him some slack when he wants time of his own. Every time there’s a problem, she drags Felix into it and expects him to leave all else and help.
  • Felix is the BEST. SIDEKICK. EVER. He’s always there for Sarah, and later for other clones as well. It’s like he’s the honorary member of the Clone Club. He’s badass, fun, loyal, caring and everything awesome. I absolutely loved him.
  • Allison is the soccer mom version of Sarah. Honestly, the hair, makeup and mannerisms are so different in acting that I might have realised she’s a clone only a few minutes later, if they hadn’t said it themselves. She’s a mom of two, living in the suburbs with her picture-perfect, white-picket-fence family. On the surface, she seems as a simple person, with only one face. But as we go, we find out so many layers to her character. I don’t love her, but she’s interesting to follow.
  • Cosima is probably my most favourite clone. It’s a tie between her and another clone (spoiler so I’m not saying the name). She is a genius and I love her nerdiness, science mind and how she’s damn good at what she knows and does.

You might like the show if you love

  • science stuff
  • interesting theories and conspiracies
  • shows that have a LOT going on
  • and getting hooked into shows with new ideas

Now for the actual discussion part (INCLUDES SPOILERS):

If you don’t wish to be spoiled, click here to skip this section

I liked Paul! But I also didn’t? I’m someone who loves a romantic aspect in every story I read/see and he gave me that so yeah. I don’t think I particularly like him for anything other than how he refused to betray Sarah and fell in love with her. But as the seasons went on, I started hating him. Especially in season 3. I was so done with his character. I’m glad he died.

Helena was AWESOME. I LOVED seeing her on-screen with her complex personality. It’s a tie between her and Cosima for my favourite clone. I really loved her interactions, how she’s almost like a child, but can turn into a badass killer when needed. Throughout the seasons, I always loved watching her.

I did NOT like Siobhan, Sarah and Felix’s foster mom. I always felt like she has some hidden agenda. Always.

Donnie was dumb? Like, I never liked his character. Maybe he’s suitable for Allison but honestly, I just felt like he was dumb. And very gullible.

Dr. Leekie (is that how to spell his name?) was freaky. With his evolutionism and stuff. So weird.

I liked Cosima and Delphine’s romance! It was nice to see. They’re probably my most favourite couple of the show. But then, I didn’t like them that much either. The romance really takes a backseat in this show.

Overall

I absolutely loved it. I DEFINITELY recommend it to everyone. It’s not that popular, and I’m quite surprised! I think it should be popular.

To be honest, my interest started waning as the seasons went. Too much was added in and it became so complex and out of hand. I’m kinda glad the show is ending after season 5. But season 1 will always be gold.

Have you watched the show? If not, would you? Are you a science nerd? Do you know anymore shows with really cool storylines? 

Gossip Girl (season 1): review and discussion

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My classes are over and exams are looming ahead, which makes it the perfect time to binge-watch some shows! So I googled for lists and decided to give Gossip Girl a shot, especially since Aditi absolutely LOVES the show.

To be honest, I never thought the show would be my thing because I usually don’t like shows with drama, elitist circles and all of that. But you never know until you try, right?

What is the show all about?

Revolving around the lives of Manhattan’s elite, Gossip Girl is a blog which reports on all the juicy gossip and drama occuring in their lives. No one knows her (or his, let’s be open-minded) identity. Most gossip comes from “tips” submitted by sources who happen to spot or hear something. And many times, Gossip Girl is used as a weapon of revenge against enemies by revealing secrets.

My reaction to season 1

It’s not bad! This would be my reply. I’m not overly attached with the show because as I said, it isn’t my usual cup of tea. But I didn’t hate it.

The main storyline of season 1 revolves around Dan and Serena falling in love. Yes, there are other main characters as well, but this was the only constant throughout.

My take on the characters:

  • Serena Van der Woodsen: the reformed bad girl who suddenly comes back home a year after disappearing into thin air. I didn’t like her that very much. I could see her efforts to change, but she relapsed a few times. And I hated how she kept a lot of things secret from Dan assuming he’ll judge her. She never gave him the chance.
  • Dan Humphrey: goody-two-shoes from Brooklyn going to the elite school through a partial scholarship. Smart, isn’t like the others in the school, quite judgemental, really sweet guy, and has had a crush on Serena for two years.
  • Blair Waldorf: two-faced scheming “Queen of the school”, throws a lot of parties, loves getting even and revenge plots, worries about image. Childish at times. Definitely my least favourite character.
  • Nate Archibald: poster boy for the elite. Good looking, gentleman, cares about everyone’s feelings, clueless about choices a lot. He’s the boy who’s being forced into a future he doesn’t like by the family who have a certain reputation to uphold.
  • Chuck Bass: billionare bad-boy. Spends most of his nights with girl(s), careless most of the time, has daddy issues, the perfect scheming partner for Blair and Nate’s best friend. Signature dialogue—”I am Chuck Bass”.
  • Jenny Humphrey: Dan’s little sister, social climber, runs around most of the time doing Blair’s bidding in an effort to be in Blair’s inner circle. Also is Blair 2.0 when she decides to go against Blair.
  • Vanessa Abrams: Dan’s best friend, homeschooled, really cool girl to hang with, loyal, and can I just mention that she looks amazing even in casual wear?
  • Eric Van der Woodsen: Serena’s younger brother. Apparently has mental health issues but I never saw any trace of it throughout the show except mentions to the past. That was unrealistic. You don’t just become alright and have no trace of earlier struggles.
  • Lilly Van der Woodsen: Serena and Eric’s mum. Totally screwed up love life. Not a model mum.
  • Rufus Humphrey: Dan and Jenny’s dad. I LOVED him. Such a cool dad.

Why you might like the show:

Drama. If you love

  • watching drama unfold, especially in the lives of (mostly) rich people
  • all the undercurrents of love affairs
  • plotting and scheming
  • lies and cover-ups, and
  • secrets being revealed in a very public way which sets off ripples,

this show is YOUR THING.

I think what I liked most was watching the reactions of characters and further actions when secrets were dropped like bombs. I LOVE big reveals.

Now for the actual discussion part (INCLUDES SPOILERS):

If you don’t wish to be spoiled, do NOT read further. 

I liked this season mainly because of Dan and Serena’s relationship. They just fit, you know? But always the problem of the difference in their lives was something they COULDN’T get past. Dan with the easy judging and Serena with her secrets—they were P.E.R.F.E.C.T. excluding these issues. I really loved them and shipped them hard though. So in the end when they broke up? I was heartbroken.

Nate and Blair were only together because of their families but were NOT right for each other. I was so glad when they broke up. And Blair and Chuck are definitely a better couple.

I did NOT like Jenny. The way she just wanted to be part of the high crowd instead of staying true to herself,even though she kept telling Dan that she would never lose herself. At least in the end she decided to stop and give up. Better than fighting more and ruining things more.

Georgina was a bitch! Sorry for the cursing, but she was. I hated her. I’ve seen the actress previously ​on screen in the movie Ice Princess, where she was as innocent as you can be, and it was a little weird to see her playing the devil. The two-faced thing really worked here. Blair shutting her down in the end was the BEST. I loved how it occurred.

The Lilly-Rufus thing was pretty weird. At one point I thought Jenny and Eric would get together as well, and I was slightly grossed out by the idea that Rufus and Lilly’s love for each other was passed down to their kids. Although I did think Lilly and Rufus were best for each other, I really shipped Dan and Serena. When the kids broke up in the end, I was pissed! Serena asked her mom to not go with Rufus only to screw it up with herself and Dan. No one was happy in the end!

Overall

The show wasn’t bad. Not entirely my thing, but I enjoyed it a bit. It’s not like the usual shows I watch.

Have you watched Gossip Girl? What’s your take on it?

Anyone else have an obsession with first episodes?

Because I do.

We all watch TV shows and we watch many. The thing is, it’s hard not to watch many because most of them are amazing. The 100, Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Arrow, Teen Wolf, the whole SuperWhoLock.. and various others.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched any of them completely. I haven’t watched even one of Doctor Who. I’m so behind but I know that if I start, I will get sucked into it and it will take a huge chunk out of my daily life where I read, do some activity or go outside. It will also cut into my time with the fangirling and possibly stop me from doing something productive.

At times when I am free but I have things and dtes looming up, I can’t start watching new shows. Therefore, I end up watching first episode of old shows.

I loved first episodes. The 100 starting with Clark sketching on the floor and narrating the history; supernatural when we see Sam’s life and Dean barrelling in; Once Upon A Time with Emma’s lonely life and Henry knocking and dragging her to Storybrooke; Shoadowhunters with the introduction theme song and Clary bumping into Jace; and I could go on and on.

I replay these episodes. I love seeing where it all started, what was the catalyst and how they go on with it. First episodes are definitely my favourite.

I know this post is slightly on the shorter side but if I have to continue, I’ll just be saying the same thing.

Do you like first episodes like me? What shows are your most favourite?