Preview: Han Tae Sul is a rich, genius engineer who owns Quantum and Time, a successful company in Korea. After a plane accident, he discovers traces that leads to his brother death. While investigating, he meets Kang Seo Hae, an elite soldier from the future who travels back in time to help him. “Time-travel with Park Shin Hye, sooo exciting!”
Summary: In the modern times, the soul of a male chef finds its way into the body of a Joseon royalty, Queen Cheorin. He has to live in the palace as the newly crowned queen who has to deal with her new husband, King Cheoljong. Luckily, the king becomes fond of the queen’s new personality and even gets fascinated of her use of the future vocabularies. They become close and support each other against the powerful families that tried to harm them both which are headed by the queen and grand queen dowager.
Genre: Period, Comedy, Fantasy, Kings & Princes
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin
Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong
Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin (King Cheoljong’s concubine)
Likes: Such a light-hearted, downright funny, colourful historical drama packed with action, twists and talented, good-looking cast. Enjoyed every episode of it and glad they stretched it to 20, with each episode longer than an hour. My period drama craving this year has been almost satisfied but won’t complain if there will be more coming ahead especially with this caliber.
Brilliant story. Whoever came up with it should get an award for making all of its fans laugh and forget our daily miseries. A male celebrity chef stuck in a female body and not just anyone’s but a royal in Joseon era. I was so curious how it would turn out. And absolutely impressed how the story broke boundaries and at the same time keeping it traditional.
Colourful costumes. The attention to costume details was superb. I love all those gorgeous Mama outfits! The colour, the material, the embroideries! Queen Cheorin wasn’t the only one privileged to wear those royal Hanboks, we also had the Queen Dowager, Grand Queen Dowager and even Jo Hwa Jin, a royal concubine, who were all looking grand in their respective Hanboks. And not to mention those lovely and intricate hair accessories they all wore! King Cheoljong’s royal attire wasn’t lagging behind. He had quite a showdown actually. From the red robe (he would normally wear inside the palace), purple (when visiting Queen Cheorin at her home), black ensemble (fighting and hunting mode), noble man (when he was undercover) and those sexy nighties for those special nights ;-).
The Joseon era set. I was again taken back in time to this fascinating world where electricity, cars and concrete roads were non-existent. I love the palace. Glad they put a lot of effort on the different sets inside the palace. From the King’s Hall, Queen’s Chamber, Concubine Jo’s Villa, Grand Queen’s palace, Queen Dowager’s place of worship, to the royal library and of course the most important, the royal kitchen. Like the costumes, they put a lot of attention to details.
Man trap in a woman’s body. Jang Bong Hwan, a playboy chef suddenly trapped in a queen of Joseon’s body was the most entertaining plot I have this year! I will always remember “No Touching”, the moment when he was having his mentruation, his first kiss and night with the King, when he was flirting with the other concubines, his first time with embroidery. Nevertheless, he remained what he was good in doing and that was cooking, he was the master of the royal kitchen!
The Queen’s charm. Who would not fall in love with the queen with her knowledge of unknown-to-that-era vocabs (that the King made an entire dictionary of her language), her unrefined manners, her sweetness to her court ladies, her mastery in the kitchen (after all he came up with Mac Donaldu, Fortune Jelly and Yongsu potato), her wits using k-food and k-beauty to win allies, her tactical knowledge on battles and fights. King Cheoljong was such a lucky man!
Favourite Queen’s Vocabs. “No touching”, of course, is number one! I also like “anti-fan”, “all-in”, “lotto” and “brunch!” She always made my day!
Brilliant Cast. This drama is packed with good actors. The leads were already daebak so as the support. The antagonists were brilliant, from the Grand Queen (played by Bae Jong Ok), her brother Kim Jwa Geun (played by Kim Tae Woo) down to those scheming government officials. But let me go through the list of lead cast and their roles…
Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin – She’s done it again! Shin Hye Sun is such an amazing actress. Her role here is so funny and she’d done it with ease. She seems to be a naturally funny person. Love seeing her as queen for once. Her beauty is regal fits perfectly as queen of Joseon. Her Jang Bong Hwan character won everyone’s heart even the King’s.
Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong – I’m glad Kim Jung Jyun landed a lead role after Crash Landing On You. As the gentle King Cheoljong in this drama, he looked somewhat different but always dashing in his royal robes and outfits. I love his voice especially when he talks to the queen. His chemistry with Shin Hye Sun was undeniably top!
Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin – this girl is so pretty! She looked amazing in her royal hanboks especially that orange ensemble. Fighting with the queen over the king’s affection was somehow cute especially when she lost her temper and shot an arrow on the queen’s head.
Choi Jin Hyuk as Jang Bong Hwan – I think Choi Jin Hyuk found his genre, and that’s comedy! After Zombie Detective, then this. This guy definitely knows how to make everyone laugh.
The OST. Loving the full Mr. Queen OST but Here I Am is my favourite.
The Ending. I knew the show would come to an end and I was worried they would mess it up but it came out okay. Okay but not great. Refer below…
Dislikes: Like King Cheoljong in the last part, I miss Jang Bong Hwan’s personality in the Queen.
Kim Byung In, the queen’s famous cousin was so annoying with his entitlement. Good thing he was able to redeem himself at the last hour.
Summary: Lee Yun is a thousand year old gumiho who used to be a mountain spirit who could control the air and the rain. In return for the reincarnation of his human first love, he gave up being the ruler of nature. Lee Yun now lives in the present world dedicating his life getting rid of evil spirits roaming around the human world. He meets Nam Ji Ah, a TV show producer, who totally looks like his past love.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Action
Stars: Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yun
Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah
Kim Bum as Lee Rang
Kim Yong Ji as Yoo Ri
Likes: I’m always in for a good fantasy drama and I really liked how this one started. It had a “Goblin” feel to it. That tragic love story between a mountain spirit and a human girl and set thousands of years ago when the world was different. I love how good-looking our mountain spirit was, a nine-tailed fox who had power over his forest. Beautiful, untouched world which was set to be abandoned because of his love to a human girl.
Background stories. Kind of contented and satisfied with the throwbacks to that forgotten world. Not just the tragic love story of our hero Lee Yeon, who’s a nine-tailed fox but also his severed relationship with his half brother Lee Rang. I also liked the detailed background story of the existence of our villain, the Imoogi, who, later in the present kept on pestering our hero.
Foxly bromance. Lee Yeon and Lee Rang’s relationship was turbulent but no matter how bad it was, they would always end up rescuing each other. Love the brotherly chemistry between these two! On the other hand, Lee Yeon’s bromance with his right hand Shin Joo was also something admirable.
Daebak first episode. I have to give that episode a ten! The introduction to the characters especially Lee Yeon, and how it was filled with daebak actions which made our hero looked super cool, definitely left me super excited!
Episode titles. Love the titles of each episode. They were creative and nicely summarizes the episode and gives a heads up on what’s going to happen.
The sister of King Hades. I just love her character, her world, her job – she was this stuck-up manager of the Afterlife Immigration Office, who has the power to decide when a human dies and lead him or her to the afterlife by crossing the Samdo river. Although she was that stuck-up, she also possessed a humanly character who is capable to love and grieve.
Love teams. Lee Yeon and the reincarnation of his first love, Nam Ji Ah – their story goes back to the ancient time which ended tragically but both got another chance in the present. Or Shin Joo, the right-hand fox of Lee Yeon who falls in love with the rescued Russian lady fox of Lee Rang, Yoo Ri. The second team is adorable too!
Bok Gil twist. This was a twist at the end and I didn’t see it coming. It surprised me, that’s why I really like it.
Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yun – I just couldn’t stop swooning over his fox looks. This is definitely the sexiest looks Lee Dong Wook ever sported. I loved his reddish fox hair, his eyes when they gleamed, his sexy smile and his slank figure! He could give Gong Yoo a run for his money when it comes to sword swinging!
Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah was her normal pretty self but did two challenging roles. I’m not such a big fan of her but her performance here is definitely a level higher than her past roles.
Kim Bum as Lee Rang – I liked Lee Rang’s character. Angry little brother who actually just wanted to be clingy and he had the most dramatic ending. It was good to see Kim Bum again! It’s been ages since I watched Boys Over Flowers!
Lee Tae Ri as Imoogi – I love this guy. I think he’s underrated. Glad he was given such an important role.
Dislikes: Honestly, I’m not a fan of Jo Bo Ah’s acting. I don’t know what it is but I never warmed up to her.
What was with the ending? It was confusing! I thought Lee Yeon turned human but what was with the wielding of sword???
Summary: Park Jin Gyum is a police detective finding out about people traveling from the future through a place called Alice. The main purpose of Alice is to provide healing for clients in the future who had some bad experiences in the past. So they get to travel back to fix it. While investigating, Park Jin Gyum meets a woman who totally looks like his dead mom.
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Time-travel, Science Fiction, Romance
Stars: Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young
Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum
Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk
Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun
Kim Sang Ho as Go Hyung Suk
Choi Won Young as Suk Oh Won
Likes: It started so well! I love the action-packed first and second episodes. They gave a fantastic impression of this 16 episode- show that waiting for the next episodes was like a torture. It was fast-paced and very well done! I was filled with curiosity.
I love time-travel genre even though it confuses my already confused brain. Alice was clear from the beginning about parallel universes. So I thought, it would be like The King: Eternal Monarch. It was consistent for a couple of episodes and I was holding on to that.
The book of prophecy added to the mystery. I kind of like it although there was no need of it at the end. Everyone would figure out eventually what would happen. But yeah, the Alice in Wonderland thing was very mysterious to me :).
Mind-boggling twists! Lots of them in this drama. Some of them were shedding lights (love those kind) but some of them just led to confusion.
Love the cast!
Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum – he did a great job! And if I were to choose which was his best look: is it the 2010 highschooler Park Jin Gyum, the 2020 detective Park Jin Gyum or the old teacher/mastermind Park Jin Gyum? I would go for the old one! Joo Won looked great as an old man, no doubt about that! Talking about his acting skills, he was brilliant doing all three selves. He was even exceptional when he turned to a psycho, creepy highschooler.
Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young – what I like most about her was her voice and it fit nicely with her character as Park Sun Young, Park Jin Gyum’s mom. She did so well as the mom especially on her dying moments. I don’t know how many times she died, I lost count but yes every time she was dying, she was so convincing.
Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk – he’s such a good-looking guy and I wonder why I didn’t see him in other kdramas before. What’s even better is he can cry! Oh Min Hyuk ssi, my heart was torn seeing those tears.
Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun – I love her character as Kim Do Hyun… very chatty, caring, loyal and I wished so badly that she would end up with Park Jin Gyum. I thought the two looked cute together.
I commend the stylists in this drama for making everyone looked great. I kind of like the combination of heels and rolled-up pants, made the ladies look taller. Also loved Joo Won’s everyday detective look, simple but looked good on him. And he looked exceptionally handsome in that police uniform!
Talking about chemistry, there so much of it in this drama. I love the chemistry between Park Jin Gyum and Kim Do Yun, Tae Yi and Min Hyuk and even the police chief Go Hyung Suk and his wife. But Tae Yi and Park Jin Gyum, hm that’s one thing that would go to my dislike.
I love the OST! Here are five songs from this drama I love listening to right now… Alice OST. Love The Star best. Somehow, that song reminds me of the Faith OST where Kim Hee Sun also starred with Lee Min Ho.
Dislikes: The ending was so confusing! First, the story didn’t stick to its parallel-universes-rule which was clearly explained in the beginning. It ended up explaining the ending with a single timeline rule which was even not consistent. Like how come Park Jin Gyum, the architect did not even recognize professor Tae Yi considering she still looked like her mom. I don’t know but the ending sucks. What a disappointment. And the fact that the scriptwriters insisted till the very end on the romance between Park Jin Gyum and Tae Yi gives me creeps people. Excuse me, but she is still his mom, right?! Why insist on this Oedipus complex kind of scenario – creepy! I would have loved to see Do Yun ended up with Jin Gyum! They have more chemistry than the Tae Yi and Jin Gyum team.
And uh that shameless ad placement of a weight loss product Prof. Tae Yi was promoting, I couldn’t take that scene, it was just too much.
Summary: King Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea, a parallel world of the Republic of Korea, crosses dimension chasing after a person who he thinks was his savior when he was a little boy who was about to get killed. He finally meets Jung Tae Eul, a detective in the other world, who he thinks was his saviour but she doesn’t have a recollection of him. In his constant trip to the other side, King Lee Gon realizes the two worlds are messed up due to the doing of his traitor uncle Lee Rim. So he is finding a way to fix it.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Time-travel, Kings & Princes, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Stars: Lee Min Ho as Lee Gon
Kim Go Eun as Jung Tae Eul / Luna
Woo Do Hwan as Jo Eun Sub / Jo Young
Kim Kyung Nam as Kang Shin Jae
Jung Eun Chae as Goo Seo Ryung
Lee Jung Jin as Lee Rim
Likes: I absolutely love this fantasy/romance with time-travel genre! Although I knew time-travel would always confuse me but I was willing and all ready to be confused before I started the first episode. And talking about it…
The first episode. That was a mysterious, intriguing and nerve-racking first episode. Everything was perfect! It started so well. I love the storytelling as if someone was reading a legend to me. “And so there once this legendary bamboo flute which allows the owner to travel between parallel worlds. Of course, because of its power, one soul wanted to get hold of it and use it for his plans and that to take control of different worlds and live almost immortal. Unfortunately or fortunately, the flute got snapped into two and he only got half of it. The other half went to our guy, the King!” That was a good introduction to a complicated storyline combined with a remarkable action scene when the crown prince was about to get killed but then shooting began and broke the glass roof. Following the shattered glass, came down the powdery snow onto the dead King and the hurt young crown prince. Yeah, what a scene! I thougt it was brilliant!
The promising cast.
Lee Min Ho as Lee Gon – It was good to see LMH back in the drama world, I’ve missed him! Although, I know in my heart he’s not the best actor out there, he’s still a favourite of mine and it was good to see him taking the role of King Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea. He looked dashing in his kingly outfits and very knightly on his white horse, Maximus!
Kim Go Eun as Jung Tae Eul and Luna – I like both roles but my favourite is her Luna character – lonely, dark, sad, scary and even dying. Jung Tae Eul on the other hand was the likeable type – brave, smart, happier and healthier. I would say Kim Go Eun did well especially with Luna.
Woo Do Hwan as Jo Eun Sub / Jo Young – Woo Do Hwan was awesome! Upstaging the lead actor is definitely a feat. As Jo Young, the very handsome bodyguard of the King also known as the unbreakable sword, he could pass as the next Bond! But his Jo Eun Sub character would give Woo Do Han the best acting award. He totally pulled it off! Jo Eun Sub was such a funny guy with a very heavy Busan accent. The show was light-hearted because of him.
Kim Kyung Nam as Kang Shin Jae – He’s not your typical Korean cutie but omo this guy can act. I was very impressed with his crying moments.
Jung Eun Chae as Goo Seo Ryung – two words, intimidatingly beautiful! Young but she looked very mature in acting. The Prime Minister role suited her so well.
Lee Jung Jin as Lee Rim – oh this guy is a veteran, I could tell. Such a brilliant actor. I think the show would have struggled more without him as the villain.
Awesome OST & score. I love the score most, very powerful! But here’s a link to both OST and score… The King: Eternal Monarch OST + Score.
Set Design. There was an obvious effort on the sets but my favourite was the King’s office. That library / office was just impressive. Lee Gon always looked kingly in that room. Well done!
Costume Design. Of course, the king’s wardrobe was the best. I love his outfit when he went to see Jung Tae Eul for the first time and he didn’t have money so he had to sell the precious buttons on his coat. That was lovely coat! Runner up is the Prime Minister’s wardrobe.
Epic Scenes. Aside from the first episode’s epic scene, there were some more like the almost battle with Japan, the rescue of Jung Tae Eul on the streets of the kingdom headed by the king himself, the king’s New Year walk on a snowy night meeting Lee Rim and everytime when the TIME stops.
The Ending. Not so bad actually. I was kind of getting ready for a sad or tragic ending. But it ended well, giving closures to most of the threads.
Dislikes: It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t a bad script, it was just simply poor execution of the script. After the first episode, it was a total mess. Confused the hell out of me! It took it until episode 11 to finally take off but even then I wasn’t completely satisfied. Such a waste, it could have been done better.
I’ve never seen so aggressive ad placements in my kdrama watching history. Really onto your face ads! Too much chicken, milk tea, ginseng, coffee… and more! Ruin the whole thing.
So disturbed by Lee Min Ho’s perfectly done lips especially on the earlier episodes. Too much makeup!
The chemistry wasn’t just there.
Summary: Ma Dong Chan, a successful and handsome variety show producer goes overboard with his next project and that he himself will get into a freezing chamber to be frozen for 24 hours then he will get thawed and come back alive. The experiment should be a scientific breakthrough that will also benefit his career. He has to convince Go Mi Ran, a part-timer, to be his female counterpart in this freezing experiment. However, something went wrong and the two of them get thawed after 20 years.
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Ma Dong Chan
Won Jin Ah as Go Mi Ran
Yoon Se Ah as Na Ha Young
Likes: Cryonics, an interesting topic! Makes you think what if this actually is possible? I like it that the writer explored not just the positive effects but also the negative consequences when someone gets frozen for a very long time. Is it even possible to catch up with the trends and lifestyles when one becomes kind of obsolete. In this drama, they were easy with the top characters catching up pretty quickly but well yeah, it’s a kdrama afterall. That’s what we love about it, right?
I like our top leads! Of course I know Ji Chang Wook. I’ve been waiting for his comeback drama since his military discharge so an open-arms welcome to mah man. As usual, very handsome and good in his craft. I like his character, Ma Dong Chan, a talented director-producer who does things his way but I fell in love with him when he broke down when he almost lost the girl he loved. I think Ji Chang Wook did so well portraying all those sides. Won Jin Ah, on the other hand, was a newbie in my eyes. First time to see her in a drama and I would say she’s a great actress. Petite and pretty and quite natural in acting. Her chemistry with Ji Chang Wook was awesome!
Kissing scenes! I love the first kiss as it came as a surprise. Our 2 leads, as expected were professionals to deliver such a natural outcome. How about the shower kiss? Well, it was fun to watch, lol! See for yourself! The fact that the top leads had a top chemistry, it would follow that their kissing scenes would turned out great.
Supporting character, Na Ha Young. They did a great job choosing the actors to play the young and the old Na Ha Young. The two actresses are very much alike and both are good in acting. But I was just impressed a lot by Yoon Se Ah. She’s a great actress I know but in this drama she looked awesome! The hair, the makeup, the outfits, they all looked great on her!
It was one not-so-serious drama and I like it like that. Although there was some heavy drama in the end, it was mostly light and funny. Also, putting closures on sub stories and characters was a great plus. I like a lot of supporting characters and their stories in this drama and they all deserved that closure.
I’m a big fan of Got7 and was surprised to see Jin Young in a cameo role!
Ending. It was quite draggy towards the end but glad they came up with that freezing-again twist in the finale. A bit of drama but all good! It was a great show!
Dislikes: Never liked the villain. I thought he was trying too hard to be bad.
Lots of ad placement. Was that Fitbit? Longines was also there. But oh well, we need sponsors.
Summary: Hotel del Luna is owned by Jang Man Wol who has been around for over a century, stuck in between the world of the living and the dead. Her hotel caters to the needs and wishes of those souls before they would proceed to the afterlife. Hotel del Luna gets a new manager who is a living human to manage all the paper works and other things which deals with the world of the living and he is no other than Goo Chang Sung, a well-sought manager in his field.
Genre: Fantasy, Revenge
Stars: IU as Jang Man Wol
Yeo Jin Goo as Goo Chang Sung
Likes: Let me start with the story itself… Intriguing in the beginning, lots of loose ends, it was hard to say where it was going, background of the story was blurry then I was also questioning the chemistry between the two great leads but I think what kept me going was the various cases of the ghost guests of Hotel del Luna. Each story was interesting, funny and scary sometimes. When everything wasn’t so clear yet with the main story, these sub-stories pushed me to watch more and more episodes. Without those, I would have given up on the whole thing and missed all the sweet-bitter goodness that came later on, plus of course that cameo bonus that shaked the whole kdrama universe lol!
So among the sub stories, which one was my top favourite? Hm, so hard to choose. I like the story of the bride ghost and the twist that came with it but nothing came near the story of Sanchez and his girlfriend. Wahhh, I bawled my eyes out!
How about the main story, what to say about it, hm… so beautiful, so painful, so sad, so revenge-worthy that our main lady had to stay neither alive nor dead for a thousand of years just because of the grudges she’d been carrying in her heart. Such a wonderful, heartbreaking story of love, betrayal, resentment, anger and later on forgiveness and letting go. Everyone can learn from it!
Bitter-sweet torture, it’s quite addictive! And this drama is full of it! From beginning to end! If you can’t in any way stand such thing, I would advise you not to watch. Only for those who likes this kind of torture, lol!
The twists and cliffhangers were so good, it was so hard to wait another week for two more episodes.
Excellent outfits especially those worn by Man Wol! IU carried them all with such grace and beauty. I love the tiffany one! She looked adorable!
What a beautiful OST: nice mixture of happy and sad tunes… Hotel del Luna OST.
How about chemistry? Yes there was chemistry between our top leads but got to be honest, I think Man Weol had more chemistry with her first love!
And the brilliant cast…
IU as Jang Man Wol – Don’t be deceived by her baby face. She is a fierce one and deserved to be “the” Jang Man Wol! She looked so young but her voice was that of a grown up. Of course, a brilliant actress. She always get an A+ from me not just for her acting but also her choice of roles. Well, just like this one.
Yeo Jin Goo as Goo Chang Sung – love this guy, he’s consistently an awesome actor. And as Chan Sung, he was this firm personality who would always try to correct the stubborn boss. He looked like the type of guy who would sympathize with everyone including ghosts. And yes, have to mention that he was getting so handsome at the end! phew, I almost fell for the other guy!
Lee Do Hyun as Go Chung Myung – what a level up role for Lee Do Hyun and I’m glad he did so well. He was sooo handsome here! Really to fall in love with, just like Man Wol did. Looking forward to see him in a lead role.
The main staff of Hotel del Luna: Shin Jung Geun as Kim Seon Bi, Bae Hae Sun as Choi Seo Hee and Pyo Ji Hoon as Ji Hyun Joong, I love them all and their tear-jerking stories.
I shouldn’t forget the amazing supernatural beings, Mago and Grim Reaper! Seo Yi Sook who played Mago but like 6 different personalities of a diety, she was amazing!
The ending, as I’ve mentioned earlier, was bitter-sweet. But a great ending nevertheless. I wouldn’t ask for a different one. It was perfect that way.
Cameos! Lots of important guests here including Lee Jun Ki who was IU’s leading man in Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. But what shaked the kdrama world and made us begged for a season 2 was Kim Soo Hyun’s cameo at the very end! Ommo, ommo, please make it happen! Why’s KSH gone for too long, we’ve missed you dear! Please come back soon!
Dislikes: If I like the drama so much, my ability to remember dislikes is impaired :-).
Summary: Eun Sum and Tanya grow up in Wahan tribe which is conquered by the Daekan troops led by Tagon, Arthdal’s war hero. The Wahan people are brought to the city of Arthdal where they have to suffer and struggle until Tanya gets hold of power as the highest priestess of the land and that is by the help of Eun Sum’s long lost twin, Saya, who is the adopted son of Tagon. Eun Sum who is on the run is slowly getting a large follower of his own and is ready to go back to Arhdal to save the Wahan people and see Tanya again.
Trailer: Arthdal Chronicles
The Storyline. It’s definitely not your everyday kdrama. The storyline is super intricate, you’ve got to pay attention to every details. At the start, it was quite chaotic for me. Some stories started at the same time without the clear connections. You’ve got to wait for more episodes to get a better overview. But once you’ve got them all together, what a solid story you’d get. I like it that they divided it into 3 parts which helped a lot to better understand the complexity of the story.
The Worlds. There were a lot of worlds and all the main worlds were nicely presented in details. I got so immersed into the once peaceful and beautiful world of the Iark region with the tribes all living in harmony. Couldn’t help fantasizing on those vast, lush and green lands. Do they still even exist in our world? Well, probably not. The bustling, congested but advanced world of Arthdal is like our big cities, right? Crammed up but people would still want to live and be part of it. The worlds in this drama may look different but actually very similar to our own. We all could relate.
The People. Same with worlds, the people reflect our own different nationalities, races, religion, beliefs and skills. We’ve got the Arthdal people which were the most advance in politics, economics, metal works, construction and even medicine. They iradicated the Neanthal people, who were very strong but lacking the ambition. They controlled a lot of remote tribes and conquered some of them bringing those people back to Arthdal to be slaves. Does it sound so familiar to you? Within the world and the people of Arthdal, everyone seemed to struggle to be the most powerful because only then you’d get things done.
The Languages. Although most spoke Korean, there were other languages spoken in this drama. I don’t know if they were Korean dialects or just made-up ones but they all sounded wonderful! I love the Neanthal language, it was so exotic! The Momo tribe spoke an own language as well that made Xabara (their leader) looked even cuter :-).
Titles and Gestures. I minded this a lot. I love the way the Arthdal people greeted their leaders and would mention the Niruha title after the names like Sanung Niruha, Tagon Niruha, Tanya Niruha. I don’t know what it exactly means but it for sure commanded highest hierarchy.
Cultures, Traditions and Beliefs. So beautiful to see the unique cultures and traditions of each tribe but then somehow they were all bounded by a similar belief.
The Brilliant Cast…
Song Joong Ki as Eun Sum / Saya – He’s undeniably a great actor. I love his portrayal of Eun Sum, an honest, simple-minded being who has a big heart to always help others. He looked really good buffed but still with a pretty face. Eun Sum’s chemistry with Tanya was pretty top. Now, as Saya, damn, he was just so sexy! His beautiful face, although I would say, even prettier than the female lead, still commands masculinity. Loved Saya’s devious personality, it made him stood out.
Jang Dong Gun as Ta Gon – I thought this was JDG’s best role yet. It suited him so well… the looks, the personality, his war hero character, his Igutu blood weakness, everything really, even the costume! Undoubtedly, he was the star of the show, well, at least in this season (if there’s gonna be another one).
Kim Ji Won as Tan Ya – She did well as Tan Ya. I love her compassionate character and her rising into a powerful figure was something I enjoyed to watch.
Kim Ok Bin as Tae Ha – Now this lady was just so impressive. First time to see her in a drama and I was just impressed by her superb acting. Tae Ha was an intelligent and powerful lady which made her the perfect match for Tagon and I think Kim Ok Bin delivered that role very well.
Dislikes: Two things only and that made this drama dropped 2 levels from being a perfect 10. First, I dislike the time gap when they were showing the third part. I was so immersed when I was watching the first 2, then I had to wait for a month. I didn’t have that same interest and excitement when I was continuing. Now for the second reason. There was basically no ending since it was originally made with more season in thought. What a disappointment! I don’t think I would ever see a proper ending to this knowing the drama didn’t do well in the ratings.
Summary: An angel messes up his last mission. Instead of taking the soul of a ballerina, he saves her from the brink of death. He is given though another chance, a mission to make the ballerina fall in love. However she is one difficult soul and that gives our angel a hard time. In the end, she falls in love but no other than with the angel himself.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Lee Yun Seo
L as Dan
Lee Dong Gun as Ji Kang Woo
Kim Bo Mi as Geum Ni Na
Likes: What a wonderful and graceful intro with our prima ballerina on the spotlight and our gorgeous angel looking good on all-white flapping his wings going for his next mission. It looked such a very promising fantasy drama I had been waiting for. But how did it fair for me? Let’s find out…
Beautiful story on how the soul of a young boy who went to heaven early and became an angel got reunited with the girl he liked when he was still alive. Their fate got entangled when he couldn’t resist saving the girl from the brink of death. As a punishment, cute as it may sound, he became part human and make the girl fall in love with somebody. It’s just cute, really.
I love the cast! Shin Hye Sun was awesome! Her role in this drama… a bratty, rich heir slash prima ballerina fits her so well. I wonder if she really is a ballerina. There were some dancing scenes when she didn’t require a double. Her lean physique looked like a top ballerina to me and she was so looking great in all her outfits, so intimadatingly rich! Her facial expression was always good, always full of emotion.
L’s acting improved a lot although he’s not yet there but it’s good to see him as a main lead. He looked too young for Shin Hye Sun at start but his appearance towards the end kind of improved, making him looked more mature and handsome especially when he was sad.
Lee Dong Gun’s series of supporting leads gives him an edge again. Honestly, he had more chemistry with Shin Hye Sun here. Especially during the scenes when they were still together in the story. I thought he connected so well with her.
Kim Bo Mi wasn’t that bad. She could dance too but found her too thin. Well, that fits her role well as someone who has an eating disorder.
The kissing scenes. I’ve got to admit, some were awkward but I love the final kiss of life. I thought that was beautiful. L was not looking too nervous when he did that so it went really so well.
The saving scene. I held my breath when she fell and I held it even more when Kim Dan appeared as an angel catching her from that fall. It was a beautiful scene! Well, everytime his wings were out, it became exciting!
Giselle. I loved it that they were so detailed with the show. It wasn’t just all practice but they actually really did a good performance on stage.
Angel’s Last Mission: Love OST. Beautiful songs! You’ve got some sad tunes but remember the drama is not a romantic comedy.
Love the ending! I didn’t want to ask a lot questions but I liked how it ended. It was good. A great compensation for all the tears I shed for this drama.
Dislikes: I don’t totally agree with how the writer perceived how all this divine providence works. Misleading for Christians like me but tried to come up with an objective review anyway. Didn’t want to make it complicated, it’s a kdrama afterall.
Summary: Go Se Yun and Cha Min are good friends. They both died and were revived though the power of the Abyss. Although they’re up and alive, their looks are different from before. Together, they’ll try to live knowing each other’s secret and hand in hand solve the murder case behind Go Se Yun’s death.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Legal, Fantasy, Detective, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Stars: Park Bo Young as Go Se Yun
– Kim Sa Rang as Go Se Yun (before death)
Ahn Hyo Sup as Cha Min
– Ahn Se Ha as Cha Min (before death)
Lee Sung Jae as Oh Young Chul
Likes: Unusual story that involved dying and resurrecting with the use of a big marble-looking object called the Abyss. I was willing to plunge into it obviously. Although there were some holes in the story since the start and left unanswered questions, I found it cute, charming, funny and I admire the effort on the gruesomeness part of the story. Yes, not the usual combination and that’s what made it interesting.
Park Bo Young as Go Se Yun – she was great! Park Bo Young seems to like strong woman roles and what can I say, it suited her very well. It’s also admirable of her to take a role which is actually making fun a bit of her looks.
Ahn Hyo Sup as Cha Min – he really looked so good here! I’ve been comparing his looks from Thirty but Seventeen, he had grown so handsome! I’ve been wondering if he had plastic surgery but I think not, just maybe a bit made up in this drama. His Cha Min role was a more mature one which he also delivered well.
The chemistry. This is one of the points that I extra like in this drama. Never mind the hollowness of the story when the leads had an amazing chemistry. Park Bo Young is for sure older than Ahn Hyo Sup but that didn’t affect the spark. It was having lots of sparks in fact!
The kissing scenes. And because of that chemistry, the kissing scenes were cute and awesome! It was never awkward.
The villain. I thought Oh Young Chul was brilliant! The first episodes were interesting because of him.
Supporting couple. Detective Park Dong Chul and Lawyer Lee Mi Do cheesy scenes were ice breakers. I love this couple! They were always there for our top leads.
The OST. I especially love Shalalalala. Funny scenes normally has this as background music. Fallin and Into the Abyss are also great to listen to.
The Ending. This had my tears flowing, it better be a happy ending. And I think they heard me.
Dislikes: The second to the last episode was quite cheesy but still bearable to watch.
Hae Jin’s screaming was really irritating.
Seo Ji Uk was sill lacking as villain.
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Summary: Yoo Jin Woo, a CEO of an investing company travels to Spain for a business and gets hold of a mysterious game worth investing millions but little did he know that he’ll get suck into the game. He finds help from Jung Hee Joo, a hostel owner who happens to be the sister of the game developer.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Action
Stars: Hyun Bin as Yoo Jin Woo
Park Shin Hye as Jung Hee Joo
Likes: It took me until the 4th episode to get really into it but yes it was worth the wait because since then I couldn’t stop watching. Waiting for the next 2 episodes the following week was so much torture! It was that addictive!
The storyline was quite a mess, got to admit that, but if you pay attention to the explanation at the start of every following episode, you’ll get a grasp of what’s going on or what went on the previous episode. I think there’s an artistic attempt on the storyline but just came out always a bit chaotic. Just pay attention and you’ll be fine :-).
Getting into the game genre was new to me. It was a strange kdrama topic but got hooked as soon as I understood how it worked. Of course, couldn’t help notice a lot of logic holes but holes aside, it was a heart-pounding, thrilling game!
The chemistry came later but it did come, thank you! I thought I would never see Hyun Bin as a likeable man. Finally, he’s back. It’s been a long while oppa! Glad he was paired with Park Shin Hye.
Story – The Ingredients. Definitely an ambitious attempt to combine…
AI – the game idea was awesome although it’s hard to imagine it in reality filling streets and corners with strange gamers trying to hit someone who’s not there.
TRAVEL – Spain’s definitely on my bucketlist now, just look at that beautiful Grand Alhambra Palace, mesmerizing! I love the atmosphere of the place, it was a great intro to the connection that was building between the leads.
MUSIC – we’re going classic with this one. I knew the tune but never knew the title Memories of Alhambra by Francisco de Asís Tárrega. My association to this music in the future will be Hyun Bin haha :-).
POPULAR LEADS – I never had doubts with Park Shin Hye but with Hyun Bin’s last kdrama flop, I was fervently hoping this would be a good come back for him. Well, it bloody should be. This was more focused on Hyun Bin’s character. With this, Hyun Bin oppa is back on my list of top kdrama actor. To be fair, he also really did well. All those silent crying at the very end was very convincing. I’m missing him already :(.
ROMANCE & HORROR – It was romantic at times and scary most of the time. Rare combination for me to watch but just worked out well.
Story – The Crumbs. There were some bits and pieces that make this drama remarkable…
EMMA – she was like an anti-virus. Stabbing bugs with a dagger. So exotic Emma!
OST – Check it out! It’s as powerful as the drama itself… Memories of the Alhambra OST.
Park Shin Hye fluent in Espanol!
Marco looks like G-Dragon, isn’t he?
Cool usernames: ZINU, City Hunter…
The Kiss! It’s a crumb because it was just once.
Dislikes: Swarmed by ads! They tried to integrate them in the story but there were just too many of them. Too obvious! Hello Breitling, Swarovski, Subway… to name a few.
LOGIC HOLES, the big ones! I could ignore the small ones but the big ones, NO. What are they thinking, we won’t notice?
The Ending. I’m still bitter about this. They could have made it more satisfying, really?
But because this made my heart raced and longed for more every week, I will still give it a…
Summary: Present day Korea monarchy with the emperor marrying a commoner, Oh Sunny, to hide his flaws and crimes. Oh Sunny, a small-time musical actress and a huge fan of the emperor, becomes the empress and suddenly gets in the middle of the chaos inside the palace.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Revenge
Stars: Jang Na Ra as Oh Sunny
Choi Jin Hyuk as Na Wang Shik (Imperial Family’s Bodyguard)
Shin Sung Rok as Lee Hyuk (Emperor)
Lee Elliya as Min Yoo Ra
Shin Eun Kyung as Lee Hyuk’s mother
Likes: Love the plot! We get the chance to see how the Korean monarch would have looked like in the present – well it looked as chaotic as that of an ancient monarch. Everyone wanted to get hold of that top position and would do everything to get it.
It’s not so serious monarch drama. A bit of comedy has been added as well so it was actually fun to watch. Sometimes though, it was hard to tell when the story is still a joke or it’s becoming serious. Thin line!
I love the costumes and how the costume designers preserved the traditional designs on hanboks but would totally looked modern. I specially love the emperor’s costumes like the intricate golden embroidery on his outfits that commanded rank, power and wealth! It’s also nice to see the modern outfits of the royal servants. Prim and proper just like the old ones.
Top cast! We’ve got Jang Na Ra and Choi Jin Hyuk for the main roles and the supporting are brilliant actors as well! Shin Sung Ruk is awesome, such a good actor. And I’ve got to add Shin Eun Kyung and Lee Elliya who were both so brilliant in their annoying roles.
Remarkable Roles! Who’s my favourite? Let’s see…
Oh Sunny – the small time theatre actress, daughter of a fried chicken restaurant owner, who was used by the emperor as the perfect alibi for his crime. She took the palace by storm and became a favourite not just by the people but by the grand empress dowager who later bequeathed her wealth to the young empress. After so many attempts to kick her out of the palace dead or alive, she survived slowly unraveling the truth behind the deaths in the palace. Later on, the emperor fell for her but it’s a bit too late.
Na Wang Shik – this got to be my favourite transformation! I mean yeah from a big, fat guy with a heavy accent to a super handsome, good-built guy who looks pretty much like Choi Jin Hyuk! Oh wait, it’s Choi Jin Hyuk everyone! I love it! It was like a fairy godmother waved her wand and ta raaan… I must just have missed that fairy. But yes, Na Wang Shik, survived after getting hit with a bullet in the head and determined to take revenge on the emperor for his mother’s death.
Emperor Lee Hyuk – I love this guy! He’s got to be my favourite! Why? Because he’s sexy when he’s evil and he’s cute when he’s not, lol! I even love his voice. I was rooting for him at the end especially taken Na Wang Shik out of the equation. I thought there was hope! Anyway, he made his mark. He was so kingly in those outfits, shared sweet moments with the empress, tried his best to be her knight in shining armour and he actually had a change of heart.
Min Yu Ra – this girl was a leech, a very pretty leech. She bullied everyone, she changed sides a lots, she was heartless, ruthless but turned out to have a very pitiful story. After getting dump, tortured, chased out, she survived! Such a tough lady!
Empress Dowager – greedy for power and wealth that she would even sacrifice her own children in return. So heartless, vain and down right crazy! To stay in power, she had to control everything and she was damn good at it. But got to admit she was also funny especially when things don’t go her way.
The Ending. I’ve got to settle with it just like that. I think it’s the best way to end it anyway. The closure was good except for one thing, and that’ll go to dislikes.
Dislikes: Na Wang Shik just didn’t show up anymore then after browsing the net for an answer, realized that Choi Jin Hyuk couldn’t do the last four episodes due to scheduling conflict! Wutt! He was supposed to be the main lead! That was disappointing.
The drama was still extended by four episodes and I found it already draggy when I was still half-way! The story kept going back and forth.
Conclusion: Even if it became draggy and the main lead was no show in the last episodes, the plot was great and the roles were brilliant, so I give it a…
Summary: Oh Soo is a successful IT specialist but also the descendant of a family who was fated to tend a mysterious tree that releases magic pollens. Oh Soo, while trying to give a drink to somebody with pollen to fall in love, his police officer neighbor accidentally drank it. They fall in love with each other but one is put in danger, as it is the curse of the tree.
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Stars: Lee Jong Hyun as Oh Soo
Kim So Eun as Seo Yoo Ri
Likes: I love the idea of a cupid tree. It gave the drama that whole msyterious feel. Like, you don’t know if the tree is going to love you or devour you. It was changing from being colourful to dark then back again. Pretty unpredictable. The set – the traditional house with the tree in the yard – was also quite charming! Glad someone so handsome was living in it :).
Lee Jong Hyun looked great and his melancholic role here suited him well. I also liked his chemistry with Kim So Eun.
Kim So Eun has become a better actress since BOF. She looked pretty and well-toned as shown in the beginning when she was doing fitness. I like her bubbly role here. She didn’t seem to run out of something to say.
Kang Tae Oh as Kim Do Yun, the second lead. His being a secret chaebol didn’t help him getting the girl but he won my heart. He’s a good actor, very natural and charismatic.
The kiss. We had the first teaser on the first episode but the real one happened on the 9th episode. I was about to complain but the kiss was great so I’m good :). As I have mentioned above, the two top leads had a great chemistry so kissing scene was to look forward to.
Aside from our main couple, we’ve got here two supporting couples which were cute and entertaining. Honestly, it would have been completely boring without these diversions.
Dislikes: It was the most disconnected storyline I ever watched of a drama. Lacking a lot of explanations, like something just happened that way and this way. The pollen mystery hadn’t been explained properly until the middle of the drama. It was quite confusing. Even at the last episode, there was no clear explanation how he lost his memory and how the two leads reunited. So are we expected to come up with our speculations?
The story was quite slow and in the end, it failed to progress. The roles failed to progress as well. Such a pity because I had the impression that it had a great potential.
Summary: Son Oh Gong, the monkey king is bound to protect Jin Seon Mi through a powerful bracelet called Geumganggo. The geumganggo has the power to enslave him by making him fall in love with the person who let him wear the bracelet and protect that person wholeheartedly. So Son Oh Gong has been following Jin Seon Mi around and protecting her from all evil spirits which are bothering her.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror
Stars: Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong
Cha Seung Won as King Wooma
Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi
Lee Hong Ki as P.K
Jang Kwang as Yoon Dae Sik
Lee El as Ma Ji Young
Likes: The Story – at first it was confusing and the storyline was somewhat chaotic. I didn’t have a background of the original so I was quite lost. The beginning was like Alice in Wonderland with ghosts, evil spirits, demons, then even came a zombie. It was like a fantasy-horror roller-coaster! Lost but quite enjoying the adventure. Later on, our leading man was clear – handsome, mischievous, powerful – well, basically a god. Our leading lady, the girl in distress didn’t and leave our handsome god a choice but to protect and love her. With that, I was happy, we’re back in a kdrama world, lol!
The Characters and the Cast – It took me a while to get used to the characters and understand how important and powerful each one of them as most of them were immortals but as soon as I got the hang of it, everything made more sense.
- Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong – he is definitely most handsome in this role! I think he did so well as the rude monkey always teasing his girl but then always giving in to her. Among LSK’s kdrama, this is the first one he really connected and had an awesome chemistry with his leading lady which made him more handsome. I love how arrogant, angry, rude and hot-tempered Son Oh Gong was! A change to our normal sweet and polite kdrama leading man.
- Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi – She’s always pretty but she never really had a proper chemistry with his leading men in the past, maybe because of those strong and brave roles she was in. However, as Jin Seon Mi, Oh Yeon So became like a little girl who was a having a crush on someone older. She was more vulnerable which suits nicely with Son Oh Gong’s rough character. Her moments with Son Oh Gong were always something to watch for.
- Cha Seung Won as Ma Wang – this guy is not just tall and handsome but a good actor as well. Cha Seung Won didn’t disappoint me as the vain, powerful, funny but carries sadness in his heart – Ma Wang, the bull King. Cha Seung Won’s acting was commendable, he would go from funny, quirky to sad. All with impressive facial expressions!
- Lee Hong Ki as P.K – the naughty and mischievous Dwaeji! Suits Lee Hong Ki so well!
- Lee El as Ma Ji Young – I love her, she’s gorgeous and she can act too!
The Kissing Scenes – Is it me or they’re very generous with kissing scenes these days. After I’m Not a Robot, this drama comes next to having an elaborate kissing scene this year. Not that I’m complaining, I LOVE IT! Bring in some more of these scenes! Our 2 top leads did a great job! They looked good and in love when they kissed, very convincing ;). I specially like the kiss at the bookshop. It was the famous reactivation kiss!
Bromance – my favourite is the bromance between Son Oh Gong and Ma Wang. It’s like they don’t like each but they like each other. They were so cute to watch especially when it comes to Son Oh Gong’s coat which he always hung on Ma Wang’s bull statue. The latter would get annoyed but then later missed him when there was no one anymore doing that.
The OST – I so love the song When I Saw You! Check out the rest of the OST as well.
Bizarre Stuff – The Winter General and the Summer Fairy were one person! It was more bizarre than the black dragon! Honestly, it took me a while to realize that haha. Also, the rotting smell of Bu Ja was successfully conveyed (at least to me) by how rotting she looked. Great acting and great job makeup artists!
The Outfits – This has a high probability in bagging the best in outfits/costume award which I’ll give later this year. Everyone looked good in their well-fitted outfits! I can imagine a lot of money went to this one.
The Ending – since the start of the show, the ending was always pointing to a sad one. However, I like how I got my consolations. I can deal with that ending! It’s all good then :).
Dislike – the only complain I have here is how Son Oh Gong was pushed into that super “rich” character. It was unnecessary. I found it trying hard somehow.
Summary: Grim reaper #444 is after an apprentice who wants to live again using someone else’s body. The only way to capture the runaway apprentice is also possessing someone’s dead body. Grim reaper suddenly has a new identity and after meeting a girl who sees shadows of death, he’s becoming more and more human.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Crime
Stars: Song Seung Hun as Black
Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram
Kim Dong Joon as Oh Man Soo
Lee El as Yoon Soo Wan
Likes: I always wanted to watch something different from the usual romantic comedy so I picked this one without knowing the level of “grim”-ness this drama had to offer. So, what a surprise! I liked it that it went beyond the usual expectations. Of course, it started as something intriguing, sometimes cute, sometimes funny, oftentimes sexy (thanks to the leading man of this drama who was consistently sexy-looking in black suit)!
The drama was at first vague and had lots of disconnected plots. Very confusing! But every new episode shed light to the some few initial confusions in the first episodes. As the drama developed, it gave answers to a lot of questions until all the puzzles were solved. This type of drama, you definitely have to pay close attention to everything. You miss a piece, you won’t be able to solve the puzzle. So, very challenging and therefore a reason to like it.
I also like the consistency on the mood. Although, there were some light moments but the mood was gray, dark and somewhat heavy. As if there was something… something more shocking that is bound to unravel.
A twist-filled story. If you like twists, this one’s for you! I would get shocked all the time something unexpected happens. I was like… “Omo, she actually did that!” or “What, that’s him all the time!” (complete with ghost bumps!). And when you think you’re done with one shocking revelation, there comes another one.
I like the emotional ending, how Black tried to bring closure to everything. Sad moments but good ones! It ain’t called BLACK for nothing!
Comic reliefs were plenty but my favourite are the detectives especially when they tried to reenact the rape scene. That short-legged grandpa got some waxing in no time!!! LOL!
Song Seung Hun as Black – so sexy and handsome in black suit! I don’t think I can top that first statement, lol!
Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram – Go Ah Ra’s acting is always not bad. This type of role: clumsy, a bit ignorant, suits her pretty well.
Dislikes: I like Go Ah Ra as I just mentioned above but she couldn’t always establish a good chemistry with her leading man. All so good with the acting but I always miss that romantic excitement.
All were good with the ending except for this one annoying glitch. I really don’t understand how Black managed to appear in the end after receiving that maximum punishment! Duh! Of course, no further explanation given because it was the very ending.
This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2017. Watch video…
Summary: Nam Hong Joo dreams a lot about what is going to happen in the future and that includes deaths of people around her including herself. She is trying to prevent such unfortunate events to happen but unsuccessful until she meets Jung Jae Chan, a prosecutor who just moved to her neighbourhood.
Trailer: While You Were Sleeping
Genre: Fantasy, Legal, Romance
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan
Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo
Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Bum
Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak
Go Sung Hee as Shin Hee Min
Likes: A pretty simple love story turned complex with all the branching stories and twists which are related to one another. Every episode always ended with a surprise twist making it hard to wait for the next one. Every legal case was an own thriving, though short but rich substory. So what was my favourite case-story? I loved Do Hak Young’s case, the guy who was accused of killing the professional archer. It was mind boggling, full of emotions and we’ve got our handsome prosecutor siding with him and the equally handsome police officer defending him.
I like the concept of dreaming the future happenings of someone that once saved your life though it has its consequences. But in the drama, I’m glad they take the consequences in a lighter way like seeing how dirty the person lives when they are alone :).
The melodrama, comedy, fantasy, legal and romance genre-combination in this drama is well-balanced. Not too sad, not too silly, not too unreal, not too serious and not too cheesy. Just right!
The cast. What can I say, this drama is this year’s Lee Jong Suk’s anticipated. I was definitely waiting for it. So of course…
Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan – our handsome, a bit clumsy, newb prosecutor is here to make your heart ladies, thump :)! Although his prosecutor character is not his best, he still did a great job. As expected his kiss is a talent. I always get carried away when this guy kisses his leading ladies. Suzy you’re sooo lucky! And yes his tear-jerker scenes were excellent!
Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo – hm, not a big fan of her but she did her best. I think this is the first more mature role I’ve ever seen of her and I must say, she exerted effort to fulfill it.
Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Bum – I’m surprised but this guy was brilliant! He’s a natural, a very good actor. He took the role of the sneaky, corrupted lawyer with ease. Hands down! He has a bright future in acting.
Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak – damn, he’s so fine in uniform! At times handsome, at times cute, brave and smart but unfortunately didn’t get the girl but gives us girls impression, he’s available! Haha!
Kim Won Hae as Choi Dam Dong – honorable mention to this guy who’s always brilliant in every role he takes. He’s a must-watch in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon!
Kim So Hyun cameo – love her! She’s a grown up lady now and a brilliant actress. Short role here but she made an impact.
Kissing scenes! Watching Lee Jong Suk kisses his leading ladies is the icing of his drama cakes. I’m glad there were plenty of icing on this one.
I shouldn’t forget, that green umbrella! It’s been with us viewers from the beginning to end :). A nice, twisty touch!
The bitter-sweet ending. As I mentioned above, it’s a well-balanced drama. The last episode has its share of sadness and happiness. I like how it ended, it was good.
Dislikes: Well, although Suzy tried her best here, I didn’t see much chemistry between her and Lee Jong Suk. In fact, she never established a good one with her leading men in the past as well.
I like how Lee Sang Yeob acted his role but the role itself was quite off. For someone who was smart and intelligent would go down to killing not just another person but his ex-girlfriend to correct his past mistakes, hm…
Summary: Sung Hye Sung died when he was in high school and his special friend, Jung Jung Won blamed herself for that. 12 years later Sung Hye Sung comes back to the living world and looks for his family and friends who have all aged 12 years older. He is reunited with Jung Jung Won who is now working as an assistant at a restaurant.
Trailer: Reunited Worlds
Genre: Fantasy, Melodrama, Mystery
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Lee Yun Hee as Jung Jung Won
Yeo Jin Goo as Sung Hye Sung
Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon
Likes: Interesting story! Someone actually came back to life and didn’t age a bit! The plot makes one curious… why is that, what happens now and how long is that gonna last. At least, those were the questions that bugged me all the time as I was watching the show.
I love the flashback setting… countryside, high school life, simple living, riding bikes, young love… simply very relaxing to watch. I like the young Jung Jung Won… pretty, a bit flirty and sparks a good of chemistry with Hye Sung! The 12 years ago flashbacks were given much weight which were vital foundation to the present-day story.
The love of Hye Sung and Jung Won defied age and worlds. I think this was the most important message of the story. Their love story was very touching and it seemed to go on just like the ol’ Titanic couple :).
The mystery on the death of Yang Chul was nicely unraveled giving me another good reason to watch this drama. Thrilling enough to keep me hooked.
Noona-love is new to me and loving it. That’s all thanks to Yeo Jin Goo‘s confident acting. Very good acting and not at all intimated considering he was next to Lee Yun Hee. Definitely, a very talented young man.
I like a lot of characters here but I love Shin Ho Bang and Hong Jin Joo the most! The comical relief of the show! I liked it when it would get melodramatic then this couple would come up with something funny like the unforgetable “brazilian waxing!”. So funny!
Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon – although awkward sometimes, I still like him. I love his voice. His quiet and lonely character here is not his best but good to see him trying out a different role.
The ending, although it was bitter-sweet, I liked it! Well, I couldn’t think of a better way to end it, so it was good. The epilogue was a bonus!
Dislikes: Lee Yun Hee was not as fierce as her other roles in the past. Was it her acting or her character that was dull?
Summary: Habaek, the water god, leaves the realms of the gods for the human world to look for the divine stones. He then meets So Ah, a psychiatrist who is the descendant of the servants of the gods. While looking for the stones and staying at her place, the 2 fall in love with each other.
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Stars: Nam Joo Hyuk as Ha Baek
Shin Se Kyung as So Ah
Im Ju Hwan as Hoo Ye
Krystal Jung as Moo Ra
Gong Myung as Bi Ryum
Likes: It was exciting to have yet another fantasy drama this year. I love the setting and the characters. The 2 worlds looked great! It started with showing some details of the realm of the gods with Habaek himself in his godly appearance. It was followed by the introduction to the human world and what could be prettier than a cherry blossom naturally-decorated Seoul :).
After some impressive intro to both world, we got a taste of Habaek’s on and off power in the human world. I thought that rescue scene: Habaek rescuing So Ah from a fall, looked awesome. I got very excited and waited for more scenes like that.
I love Habaek! I think the character was very charming. He might have lost his power but he kept his charm. His looks was charming so as the way he spoke. I loved it when he talked seriously but always came out funny like when he said, “A guy can’t love without a car” or “Candies shouldn’t be eaten at once”. And how can I forget his description of the mug he gave to his girl, “This is me (referring to the guy on the mug) and this is you (pointing to the dog on the mug which represents So Ah). And of course (even if he overdid it a bit), I love all his shirtless scenes :).
Best actor in this drama was Im Ju Hwan, hands down! He upstaged everyone! And all I thought, the director was simply bad making most actors here looked quite sloppy. But hey how come there was one who really stood out! Im Ju Hwan did really great. In the end, he was the only I was looking forward to watch. This guy deserves a leading role next time!
Forget the acting although she wasn’t that bad but Krystal Jung probably had the best part for trying out all those gorgeous outfits! Well, she gave them all justice as she has the body for them. The entire drama was like a runway for her.
OST is love! Bride of the Water God OST.
The sunset and bride scenes at the end were both lovely. Habaek and So Ah looked really good together!
Dislikes: The storyline was a mess. A lot of informations were lacking and/or unsupported. I have the impression that some were left for the audience to figure out or the writers simply expected us to read the manhwa.
Bad acting everywhere. Aside from the 2 excellent actors in this drama I mentioned above, the rest were so-so. But will have to concentrate on Nam Joo Hyuk (sorry fans), he was very lacking. There was no facial expression! It’s awkward to watch that while Shin Se Kyung was giving it her all, everytime the camera shifted to Nam Joo Hyuk, nothing as in nothing. It hurt to watch. There’s still a room for improvement, no rush for top lead roles if you’re not yet ready. Nam Joo Hyuk, you were very promising in Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.
The ending, wahhh! So poor. No one bothers to improve anything. It was like… Ok folks, not doing well in the ratings, let’s just get it over and done with. I thought it would compete with Goblin but nahhh!
But because of Im Ju Hwan’s performance, I’m still giving it a…
Summary: Do Bong Soon possesses super power that is only passed down the women in her family. She has the strength to stop moving vehicles or move heavy obstacles, can crush and bend anything with her bare hands, can fight strong and trained gangsters but doesn’t have the ability to control her powers until she meets Ainsoft CEO, Ahn Min Hyuk. With her desire to work as a game developer at Ainsoft, she takes the offer to be the bodyguard of the CEO.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Stars: Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon
Park Hyung Sik as Ahn Min Hyuk
Ji Soo as Gook Doo
Likes: What can I say… I like everything in this drama! It’s super fun to watch when the…
- Story is a cute romantic comedy but mixed with some crime-solving mystery. A romantic comedy with Park Hyun Sik is most-awaited but adding a well-thought crime story on the side adds icing on the already-delicious cake!
- Leading man is Park Hyung Sik! I’ve been waiting for him to get the top lead. He’s super charming! And with his previous top performances like in Hwarang, he’d become one of the new anticipated leading men in kdrama. I think the CEO role, Ahn Min Hyuk secured him a place in our heart (at least he’s in mine). I loved his character here, and of course his swagger!
- Leading lady is super cute but not annoying. First time to watch Park Bo Young and I’m loving her! She’s not just cute, she also knows her craft. Do Bong Soon role suits this lady pretty well!
- Chemistry is over the top! Oh my gosh, I was giggling all the time. Our 2 lovebirds were just fun to watch! The sparks were everywhere! I totally love the first kiss on the beach. I thought it would turn out cheesy but it really wasn’t. The piano kiss was also daebak! How about the almost-kiss at Do Bong Soon’s room which got interrupted by her brother, that was super funny! And last but not the least, the wedding kiss!
- Supporting lead is such a waste (in a good way)! Gook Doo oh Gook Doo, why oh why?! Oh well, I bet I’ll see him as lead next.
- Thugs and colleagues are super funny! I just couldn’t stop laughing at everything. Where do I start… the gangster boss who always tried to look bossy but drank the poo wine or one of his subordinates who first got beaten up by Bong Soon, then got beaten up by Gook Do then got beaten up again losing his teeth and breaking most parts of the body. How about the office with the always awkward secretary Gong but I think nothing beats Dong-Pyung, he was the best!
- Dong-Pyung kills it! Yes he did and for that I have to give the best actor award in this drama to this guy (which real actor name, I don’t know haha). And he even did 2 roles, the other one is the “beaten-up thug”. He did awesome!
- Villain is super handsome! Yes he is and he can even pass as a model with that physique and well-chiseled face but well, he opted to be an actor, a villain to our super Bong Soon. Surely, everyone will remember him.
- Catching the dangerous villain becomes super fun! I love Do Bong Soon and the boys’ plan in catching the elusive Kim Jang Hyun. With police Gook Do chasing him through ship containers and Min Hyuk following him with a flying drone, and of course Bong Soon moving heavy containers to trap him. Finally, checkmate!
- Pink hoodie becomes a sign of super strength! I bet, I bet… super fans will be wearing the pink hoodie. Love how it represented our petite but strong woman, Do Bong Soon!
- Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon loves Jo In Sung! I so love her for loving my beloved Jo In Sung! It’s funny how she sets her screensaver to Jo In Sung and Min Hyuk would change it to his own photo :). Jealousy so cute!
- OST is as upbeat as the drama! I’m gonna miss Super Power Girl!
- Bonus scenes are cute, funny and over the top! I’ve got to give it to the Romeo and Juliet scene. Lomeo oh Lomeo! Lol!
- Cameos are super funny! Yoon Sang Hyun as Charles Go was I think the best!
- Ending is all what we wanted! What can be better to a proposal under the cherry blossoms but then we still get to see the wedding and when you thought it’s over, here still comes the babies!
Dislikes: I can’t think of any right now. I’m still enjoying it!
Summary: Yoo So Joon, a time-traveler made his fortune through real estate by investing on properties that are gonna be a hit in the future. When he thought the ability to time-travel gives him all the success that he’s raking, it also gives him the chance to see his grim future, an early death. In order to avoid that, he takes the advice of a fellow time-traveler to marry Song Ma Rin, a former child star and a struggling photographer.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Time-travel
Stars: Lee Je Hoon as Yoo So Joon
Shin Min Ah as Song Ma Rin
Kim Ye Won as Lee Gun Sook
Chae Dong Hyun as Hwang Bi Seo
Likes: I’m getting addicted to time-travel and I enjoyed this one… a lot… especially towards the end. The first episodes left me confused, with all the unexplained situations and branching stories waiting to be picked up at a later episode. Had to be careful and watch out for any paradoxes. That would make it easy to mess everything up. But at the later episodes, when things were starting to unravel, it all made sense.
Beautiful love story that sprung from a twisted fate. The what ifs and what nots. Do we have to change our fate if we have the ability to or just let it be because once you meddle, you might actually mess everything up. In this one, still love conquers all (well, a kdrama afterall!). If you love each other beyond your own time, your love will survive! Cheesy part but I like it!
I love the atmosphere of the drama. It had this silent, less colorful feel throughout the entire show. It’s like watching a quirky Japanese movie (not so quirky, just before you say weird).
Lee Je Hoon and Shin Min Ah’s chemistry was undoubtedly strong. As if these 2 were a real couple. They were very comfortable with each other. This makes it really enjoyable to watch. Kissing scenes were top!
Though the couple fights were a bit repetitive, it was made realistic. Sometimes too realistic that Song Ma Rin became so annoying and Yoo So Joon became too much of a liar.
I love the wedding scene. I thought it was a beautiful wedding… in the rain, with the yellow umbrella, Ma Rin beaming with happiness and So Joon with pride and confidence.
Did I say I love the main couple? Yes they were terrific but love the supporting couple too, Ki Doong and Se Young, both So Joon’s bestfriends. And I’m glad there was enough story about how their love developed and how they ended up together in the end. I thought, if the writers won’t give me a happy ending for the main couple, I could settle for the support.
Villains are really important and this one had a great one. Baek Hyun Jin as Kim Yong Jin was brilliant! His voice alone was already villainous! Good character development.
Good ad placement for Ohri Ramen, don’t you think? Hm, futuristic taste, must be really good!
We have a glimpse of the looks of the future smart phones and they look really cool!
Last 2 episodes were so thrilling! Bitter-sweet ending with a realistic epilogue!
Dislikes: It slowed down in the first episodes. I was close to getting bored. No answers to mystery, fights kept on repeating, characters getting annoying. Oh please, I thought, don’t waste an excellent cast! Happy that they didn’t :).
Summary: Kim Shin, a brave warrior during the Goryeo era and was a loyal servant to his king met his end at the hand of his master. Due to the number of people he had killed in the battlefield, he was punished and was given the task of a Goblin, fulfilling desperate people’s wishes and for the punishment, he will live in a very long time and will get to see people close to him die before him. Due to his fervent request, the divinity gave him a chance by providing him a wife who is destined to end his misery.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Stars: Gong Yoo as Kim Shin
Lee Dong Wook as Wang Yeo
Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak
Yoo In Na as Kim Sun / Sunny
Likes: A totally wonderful fantasy drama with countless beautiful scenes! Aside from its remarkable fantasy genre, the writer made a perfect balance of melodrama and comedy in one – really, a job well done! Expect to cry, laugh, fall in love and be in awe when watching it.
Beautiful scenes and sets. From the wonderful world of Goryeo kingdom, beautiful autumn scenes of Quebec, mystical Goblin’s secret garden to the classy interior of the Goblin’s house, the creators of this drama obviously put an effort on the details of the sets.
Fantastic story. Romanticizing the legend of the Goblin except that our Goblin is a very handsome man who doesn’t age but is stuck with a curse to live forever and see everyone dies. Of course our Goblin finds the love of his life but has to stick to having that curse – he will have to see her love go. Sounds sad, isn’t it? But it isn’t. That’s the one making this drama fantastic. The creators manage to give us hope without being too corny.
Remarkable characters. Everyone here has a story and is following their fate but everyone’s fate is intricately intertwined. In the end, past life or next, everyone is still very much connected. Moreover, I love the combination of Goblin and Grim reaper. They totally made a great team. And I love that these characters are not really grim but charming and funny. I thought it was a brilliant idea!
The love teams. We have 2 great love teams here and not to forget with very important backgrounds.
Kim Shin & Ji Eun Tak – cute and giggle-worthy! This team brought happy and adventurous memories. I love how they spend their precious time together. The kiss scenes were great, I would rate it 8 out of 10 :).
Wang Yeo & Sunny – funny, sexy but sad! These 2 brought out lots of funny conversations and meetings. They also have an incredible chemistry. The kiss scene, though sad, I would rate it 9 out of 10!
The beautiful cast. Everyone’s good looking in this drama but I’ll focus on the main cast. Here I go…
Gong Yoo – finally my man is back!!! And his more handsome than his Coffee Prince days! Tall, gorgeous even with his sad Goblin’s face.
Kim Go Eun – first time to see her in a drama and I think she’s a natural. I like her cute acting, she never overdid it. She was likeable throughout the drama.
Lee Dong Wook – actually surprised to see him in a supporting role but after watching the drama, I understand why he took it. Also tall and handsome, and his role as grim reaper made him look mysterious.
Yoo In Na – super sexy as usual, flirty in a good way and very natural in acting.
The scary ghosts. They were everywhere as Ji Eun Tak could see them but the scariest of them all is Park Joong Won. He was the ultimate villain here!
The heart-warming OST. Beautiful tracks accompanying lovely, memorable, thrilling and even sad scenes of this drama. Worth checking out!
2 Bonus Scenes. Just add-ons really.
- I thought the cinema scene was hilarious where our two main characters were watching “Train to Busan”, a horror movie with Gong Yoo in it :).
- That scene when the Goblin and the Grim reaper made a mysterious catwalk after buying spring onions then greeting the viewers Happy New Year!
Sad but beautiful ending. I’m glad that the writers were true to the story. I had fully accepted the impending sad fate of the characters but I’m glad that it still ended beautifully. I thought it couldn’t have ended as beautiful as that. Bravo for a drama well done!
Dislikes: Minor thing but still worth mentioning. A lot of you might have not noticed it but I did. I just dislike the Subway and Tag Heuer not too well integrated product placements.
Summary: Born in the present time as Shim Chung and Heo Joon Jae, this couple who had an ill-fated love in the past meet again and are destined to fall in love again. Since Sim Chung is a mermaid and has a limited time on land, she has to capture Heo Joon Jae’s heart so she could be loved by him in return and will make her stay on land possible. The couple is facing a possibility to repeat all things in the past including their sad end but will a happy ending possible this time?
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Stars: Jun Ji Hyun as Shim Chung
Lee Min Ho as Heo Joon Jae
Lee Hee Joon as Jo Nam Doo
Shin Won Ho as Tae Oh
Lee Ji Hoon as Heo Cha Hyun
Shin Hye Sun as Cha Shi Ah
Likes: This is another great fantasy drama to love this year! A mermaid falling in love with a human is sure will capture everyone’s attention but adding a parallel story which happened during the Joseon era which is slowly giving answers, unraveling the mystery of the present time adds to the mystic of the whole show. It’s simply a beautiful, quite well-done story-telling!
We’ve got two of the most sought actors in Korea doing the show so this makes its anticipation quite high. But how did they do? Quite well, I would say. Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun’s chemistry was just over the top! The two were relaxed and comfortable with each other. And both are extremely good-looking!
Lee Min Ho – though his English pronunciation is still the same, his Joseon accent has improved a lot. Gorgeous in whatever he wears in this drama, he had the chance to showcase his huge wardrobe. Of course, he looked prim and proper in his Joseon outfit but his fashionable outfits in the presents days were outrageous, he looked every inch a model! He’s obviously younger than the leading lady but he successfully able to develop that strong chemistry with her.
Jun Ji Hyun – she’s intimidatingly beautiful and fashionable! Very natural in acting as if she’s just acting herself. She’s quite funny as well but what impressed me more were her underwater scenes. Very graceful and comfortable in water. She might have used a double with the mermaid outfit but did obviously some water scenes. Impressive!
The breathtaking worlds we have in this drama…
The Joseon period – beautiful mountain and coastal sceneries but my most favorite is when they released the lanterns. It looks so romantic!
The underwater world of Sim Chung the mermaid – colourful corals and caves, the water world is just wonderful!
The Spanish charming towns – the first few episodes were shot in Spain showcasting the beauty of the place. Scenic coastal views, beaches, beautiful town architecture add to the romantic feel of the show.
The present Seoul – shot in winter season, a very cold Seoul becomes the place of our lovebirds. Namsan tower, skiing place, even the beach side is full of snow. Brrr, cold but ramained romantic, thanks to our hot couple!
The outfits! Everyone is very fashionable. Well-chosen outfits for every character. Lee Min Ho was very fashionable here especially that he had to change into several outfits due the nature of his job. But I was always looking forward to what Jun Ji Hyun was wearing. This lady can wear everything and will still look great!
The kiss scenes! All of them are good. I took note of them all and surprisingly always labeled it the first kiss. It’s how good every kiss was! But boy, that one french kiss that says all… so passionate, so sexy and so sad as it was saying goodbye. Never seen Lee Min Ho kissed like that.
Most funny scenes! I was mostly entertained by these two…
- Hae Joon Jae hearing whatever Sim Chung was thinking.
- Shi Ah thinking Tae Oh really is in love with her.
A family of villains! And they were great villains. Transcending their villainous fate from the Joseon period to the present day Seoul.
Happy ending. I’m glad Shi Ah had her happy ending after desperately chasing Hae Joon Jae for years. The notorious family of villain was brought to justice. Joon Jae finally reunited with his mum. And lastly, after 3 years, Sim Chung coming back healthy to her Joon Jae after recuperating under the sea.
Dislikes: It has uncanny similarity to Goblin. Too bad Goblin ended first so that kind of spoiled the ending for me.
Summary: A girl in the present time gets transported to the Goryeo era after drowning in the river. She wakes up in the past as Lady Hae Soo, who’s related to the wife of the 8th Prince. Because of her status, she easily gets befriended with all the princes including the mysterious, scarfaced 4th prince who later claims the throne and becomes the 4th king of Goryeo, King Gwangjong.
Genre: Period, Romance, Fantasy, Kings & Princes
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Wang So (4th Prince)
IU as Hae Soo
Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook (8th Prince)
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo (3rd Prince)
Kim San Ho as Wang Mu (Crown Prince)
Yoon Sun Woo as Wang Won (9th Prince)
Byun Baek Hyun as Wang Hyun (10th Prince)
Nam Joo Hyuk as Wang Yoo (13th Prince)
Ji Soo as Wang Jung (14th Prince)
Likes: There so much to like about this drama but the main thing I think is the perfect balance between richness in characters (everyone is interesting), stories (everyone has each own story), picturesque setting, the heavier focus on the main couple and the bittersweet ending (it’s afterall the Goryeo era).
Now for the characters, I will focus on the princes (of course) and their relationship with our main lady Hae Soo…
Wang So (4th Prince) – though the first episodes were not much about him and Hae Soo but there were promising scenes already that he would be Hae Soo’s destiny. Take for example when he rescued her from falling off the bridge. Wang So wearing his famous mask, wearing black outfits all the time, riding his horse and known for his wolf stories exudes mystery and darkness. To top that all, he has his famous facial scar that no one would dare to look at and touch… except Hae Soo. That defines their connection and the chemistry between the two was undeniably great! He first fall for her, there was resistance from her as she was into someone else but isn’t this the best part! Their love was definitely difficult. In order to keep the love, they would have to be separated. It’s tragic but it’s Goryeo era, it was kind of expected.
Wang Wook (8th prince) – if I were Hae Soo, in those circumstances, I would also fall in love with this prince. Wang Wook though married to Hae Soo’s cousin, had the looks, the intelligence, the calmness and the love he didn’t hesitate to offer. Aside from that, he was backed up by a very powerful family that could easily make him the successor of the throne. Hae Soo and Wang Wook had some beautiful scenes when they were falling in love like the walk on the snow, the meeting at the cave, the writing tutorial and more. But Wang Wook wasn’t the luckiest, he lost the throne and the woman he deeply desired.
Wang Mu (crown prince) – the crown prince entrusted Hae Soo with his important secret, his skin illness. Because Hae Soo came from the present, she had an idea about the illness and how to manage it. So when Wang Mu became king, Hae Soo became the Damiwon lady who was responsible for everything like tea and bath for the king
Wang Yo (3rd prince) – he rose to the throne by plotting an uprising and kicking Wang Mu out (by of course killing him). Wang Yo became insecure of who his real supporters were. He never liked Hae Soo but kept her as a bait for Wang So’s loyalty. He was the queen’s favorite son and him as the king was like a trophy for her. Good-looking (Big Bang TOP’s deadringer) but too greedy and lacking support, he failed to keep his position.
Wang Hyun (10th prince) – his playful attitude drew Hae Soo’s attention though their first meeting wasn’t really that pleasant. He was a boy at heart who loved toys, plays, games but started having a crush on Hae Soo. His dream of marrying Hae Soo didn’t realize when his father King Taejo married him off to the general’s daughter. He was of course sad but ended up in love with his wife till the end.
Wang Yoo (13th prince) – he was the only one who was into music and drawing, the artist. A good friend and confidante of Hae Soo. They were very close that even Wang So thought Hae Soo liked him. Wang Yoo became Wang So’s loyal people when the latter became king and Wang Yoo’s closeness to Hae Soo became deeper when she became friends with Woo Hee (Wang Yoo’s love interest).
Wang Jung (14th prince) – he was the most gentleman of them all. Having an unrequited love for Hae Soo, he waited until Hae Soo wanted to get out of the palace and took his chance to have her with him. He was the last man Hae Soo was with and the man Hae Soo entrusted his daughter to. A former general, tough and good in fighting, full blooded-brother of Wang So – the king, he chose in the end to live his life loving the lady he love most.
Wang Won (9th prince) – the sneakiest prince. He supported whoever was in power. He took for granted the love of a servant, Chae Ryung whom he manipulated to help him poison the bath of Wang Mu, the former King. Chae Ryung was like a sister to Hae Soo. Hae Soo was so devastated about her death punishment that she despised Wang Won so much that after her own death she left a will punishing Wang Won to his death.
The kisses! Who would forget Wang So’s forced kiss on Hae Soo and Hae Soo’s first-move kiss on Wang So? These 2 made me crazy!
Beautiful dating places of Wang So and Hae Soo. My favorites, the boat ride on that picturesque lake and the 2’s walking place which was adorned with giant trees. Just beautiful scenes!
Don’t forget the awesome OST! I love listening too all of the songs… check out Moon Lovers OST.
The costumes were daebak! They all looked good, the princes specially. Hae Soo’s lady outfits were really beautiful.
The ending! It’s bittersweet but I like it like that. There was a closure to every important story. As I see King Gwangjeong at the end acknowledging that the life of a king is afterall fleeting and vain, seriously I have to hold back my tears! It’s sad but I accepted it as a beautiful sageuk ending. But come on, the ending screams part 2! Give it to the fans please! I’m one of those who wants to see both of them in the future.
Dislikes: Some scenes were too touchy to pass and some punishments were to weak for the Goryeo era.
Summary: Our surgeon heroine, Yun Joo went into the webtoon world to save the gorgeous and super rich Kang Chul of W webtoon series that her own father created. She was able to return to the real world but would always be summoned back especially when Kang Chul needed her.
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Thriller, Fantasy
Stars: Lee Jong Suk as Kang Chul
Han Hyo Joo as Oh Yun Joo
Likes: I rarely give a perfect 10 but when I do it’s only given to the best of the best, to the most awesome, to the most heart-pounding, most nerve-wracking, most daebak kdrama I watched. This year, it’s happening again. This is the reason why I keep on watching knowing that one day, I will get to watch another masterpiece. W, this year is no doubt the best kdrama! But what makes it the best?
- the concept – I wouldn’t say it’s unique. Maybe this kind of story already existed in books or manga or comics or music videos (oh yes I know one and that’s the MV of A-ha Take on Me ) but in kdrama, it was my first time to watch it and it was very exciting!
- the worlds – the real colourful world and the fictional black and white comic world which were not so different from each other, well, except for the time.
- the characters – oh oh oh Kang Chul my love, why so handsome?! Yes Kang Chul, the rich, gorgeous guy in the comic has that effect on everyone that even a lady surgeon from the real world would be attracted to. Oh well, he was made that way by his creator, a simply perfect guy. And this perfect antagonist is paired by a pretty surgeon from the real world, Yun Joo who happened to save him when he was wounded and dying. A perfect heroine for our gorgeous hero!
- the actors – I love Lee Jong Suk playing as Kang Chul. His face looks like it just came out of a manga. Han Hyo Joo (though her acting needs more improvement), she is so pretty to pass as our perfect antagonist’s love interest.
- the storyline – great order of events and impressive twists that make every episode full of suspense and totally unpredictable.
- the length – 16-episode long is just perfect. No dragginess, no unnecessary extensions to suit sponsors.
- great villains – what makes a great story is the presence of a great villain and W has 2! First Oh Seong Moo, the creator of the novel W who became the protagonist of his own novel. Second one is Han Cheol, the politician inside the comic who was always after Kang Chul. 2 great actors but I would give the best actor award to Kim Eui Sung who played 2 characters Oh Seong Moo and the killer in webtoon.
- best kissing scenes – yes they were the best kissing scenes. Jong Suk oppa appears to be a great kisser. And I’m glad the writers were so generous to shower us viewers with these super exciting scenes. We’ve witnessed a surprised kiss, romantic, goodbye, hello and a sunset kiss. Thank you, very generous indeed.
- super cool scenes – lots of them! Will mention a few… Kang Chul riding a super hot red car, sad goodbye at the rooftop was even super cool, editing on-going happening in the comic world using the tablet, Kang Chul making it to the real world for the first time and so on and so forth…
- best comical relief – Park Soo Bong, the author’s assistant brought lots of laughters especially whenever he was scared. And Yun Joo’s boss in the hospital Heo Jung Do was also super hilarious even in a bossy way. It was a fantastic idea to mix comedy in a suspense drama. You know, when you’ve got this feeling when everything becomes creepy then our funny guys pop up, what a relief :).
- the OST – lovely songs played throughout the drama. Check out W OST playlist.
- the ending – I love it! It’s a sad-happy ending but I got over the sad part very quickly because of the awesome happy part!
Overall, I’m very much contented. Nothing to ask for, nothing I dislike. Even the promotional ads for KIA wasn’t an eyesore at all. It was the best ad in a kdrama I’ve ever seen. Great integration! Really very well done!
It’s a terrific drama and I highly recommend it to everyone. Enjoy watching!
Summary: Moorim school is not an ordinary school. It’s hidden and protected by a seal in the depth of the forest so not just everyone could enter. But one day, someone broke the seal and the person who was deemed responsible is a famous idol seeking to cure himself from a physical suffering. He then meets other students and developed a close relationship to them.
Genre: School, Fantasy, Action, Teens
Stars: Lee Hyun Woo as Yoon Shi Woo
Hong Bin as Wang Chi Ang
Seo Ye Ji as Sim Soon Duk
Jung Yoo Jin as Hwang Sun Ah
Likes: Having a teenie, action and school drama in one is definitely new and I enjoyed it a lot. I love the school setting, reminds me of my school days and it reminds me well of one of my favorite school dramas, Boys Over Flowers. Not only that, they even use the same place (as seen in BOF) as the entrance hall of the school. I also like the choice of the leading cast. They’re all good-looking (your typical crushes in highschool, definitely!) and tough (convincingly able to fight)!
Lee Hyun Woo as Yoon Shi Woo – he was a total hottie and a G-dragon deadringer! He totally nailed the idol look. Loved his blonde haircolor in the first few episodes. He was the absolute highschool crush.
Hong Bin as Wang Chi Ang – this idol (in real life) wasn’t bad at all though there were moments when his face looked too frozen. His character was funny and he pulled that off pretty well. I don’t wonder why he was half-naked a lot, he definitely had the body to show off.
Seo Ye Ji as Sim Soon Duk – I loved her already in a previous drama but my first time to see her as the leading lady. Pretty like Arielle (the mermaid) and also simple like her character Soon Duk.
Jung Yoo Jin as Hwang Sun Ah – she’s got to be my favorite. Her beauty is cool and her acting has improved a lot. Action drama could just be the right genre for her.
This drama features a very beautiful birch tree forest as pictured above. Something to see when you’re in Korea.
Love the OST, Alive – powerful and catchy and just realized it’s by VIXX! Aja boys!
Lots of foreigners who could speak perfect Korean in this drama. Just impressive.
Cute and cool scenes like the scooter ride, dressed-up party exam, Soon Duk saving Wang Chiang in the sea hence her nickname Arielle, Yoon Shi Woo and Wang Chiang fights and the Moorim peak challenge.
The best-looking of them all is of course the dean! He always looked good in his suits, even in winter coats.
I loved the first kiss! Shi Woo made the girl’s knee absolutely weak!
Dislikes: I was disappointed to see Shi Woo’s hair turned black. I know it was necessary for the change of character but I had a big crush on the blonde idol wahhh!
Too much drama and face offs in the last episodes. It became a bit draggy towards the end. Thankfully, the drama had only 16 episodes.
They pulled off a Kungfu Panda ending. “There’s no secret ingredient” kind of ending.
Summary: Kim Sung Yeol together with his best friend, the crown prince Junghyun tried to get rid of Gwi, the vampire who was ruling the palace… but failed. He got bitten and turned into a vampire himself and went into hiding. After a century, he found the secret on how he could get rid of Gwi. With the help of the ruling royals and unfortunately with the woman he loves, he’ll take the battle that will end it all.
Genre: Period, Fantasy, Romance
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Kim Sung Yeol
Lee Yoo Bi as Jo Yang Sun
Shim Chang Min as Crown Prince Lee Yun
Kim So Eun as Choi Hye Ryung / Lee Myung Hee
Lee Soo Hyuk as Vampire Gwi
Jang Hee Jin as Soo Hyang
Likes: Vampire Overall Looks: These drama has the prettiest vampires I’ve ever seen! Kim Sung Yeol and Gwi turned Joseon into a runway. Who’s the fairest of these two? I’m always a fan of LJK (Kim Sung Yeol). Omo, omo, those looks could melt a million chocolate ladies, lol! Those eyes and his perfectly crafted face topped with a superb talent in martial arts. He’s a winner! Gwi (Lee Soo hyuk) is not lagging behind. Oh those curly long locks, sophisticated nose and a tall lean figure. Gwi’s gracefulness and power could always win the ladies.
The Voice: It’s not that Kim Sung Yeol failed in this department. His voice was actually really sexy in this drama but I think Gwi won this part hands down. Gwi’s voice was absolutely shiver-worthy!
Best Dressed: I totally loved Kim Sung Yeol’s Hanboks especially the one with the flowers. Just sooo beautiful! But Gwi’s outfits were gorgeous as well. Long and flowing and dark! Suits his character very well.
The Characters: I just loved both! Kim Sung Yeol’s charm is his good-nature, his love, belief and loyalty. Gwi on the other hand is the power, strength and in the end his weakness.
The cast is well chosen. It’s good to see ChangMin here. Lee Yoo Bi though super cute didn’t really disappoint as the leading lady of LJK. Kim So Eun has improved a lot and Jang Hee Jin was just so pretty.
I love the OST. There’s a song that I particularly like and it was always played in the beginning when the leads were just falling in love. Then later on, played again shortly in the epilogue.
Vampire fights were awesome! Very well choreographed.
Kim Sung Yeol’s library was lovely! I could imagine the smell of all the books in there. It was very well thought. This is just one example of the production’s effort on details in this drama.
Though the chemistry between the leads wasn’t top, the first kiss was heart-stopping!
And that hair of Kim Sung Yeol’s bad vampire concience.
Dislikes: Argh that secret plan (recipe) wasn’t that clear! After a long time looking for it, they only got information on ingredients without the proper instruction. Hm, quite useless.
Crown Prince mum who was staying in the monastery was too made up haha! Sorry couldn’t help.
The ending wasn’t explained properly. I just don’t understand why Kim Sung Yeol disappeared after defeating Gwi? And they pulled a Faith-like ending without much sense! Hello the tree!
Summary: A pretty young vampire, Ma Ri wanted to experience life with humans so she attended highschool where a smart and talented student Jung Jae Min also attends. They got along quickly for they’re both fond of music but Jae Min changed as soon as he learned that Ma Ri is a vampire.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, School, Teens
Stars: Yeo Jin Goo as Jung Jae Min
Seol Hyun as Baek Ma Ri
Lee Jong Hyun as Han Shi Hoo
Gil Eun Hye as Jo Ah Ra
Likes: Concise and direct to the point! I’m glad they didn’t drag the story to fit more than 12 episodes. It was good that way.
Cute! Teenage vampire in love with teenage human and they made music and everyone seemed to be happy about it ;).
I’m liking the title “Orange Marmalade”. It’s as sweet as the story.
But my favorite part is the Sageuk part though it’s hard for the 2 leads to end up together in that era. The vampiric atmosphere just suits well during those times. The storyline was also richer as if they put a lot of effort on it. So even if it just lasted for 5 episodes, it was those 5 episodes that matter most.
I like the songs the band was playing. They’re all very catchy.
Yeo Jin Goo has grown into a good-looking young man. He did great portraying the smart, talented and sometimes snubbish Jung Jae Min.
Seol Hyun is a sweet surprise. She hit the mark portraying the shy, innocent, isolated young vampire Ma Ri. Definitely a surprise from an idol.
Lee Jong Hyun has improved a lot. He had more facial expressions. Happy to see that very handsome face.
Learned a new term “vamming out”, vampire coming out!
I like the ending though it looked very much a cliche ;).
Dislikes: 1 episode per week! It’s hard to remember what had happened in the previous episode.
In comparison to the sageuk part, the present (school setting) was very lacking.
Summary: After a tragic accident, Choi Eun Sul later known as Oh Cho Rim lost her memory but gained something extra-ordinary in return. Her one eye turned colourful and she could see smell through it. She later crossed paths with the young policeman Choi Moo Gak and helped him solved crime cases using her ability to see smell.
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Detective
Stars: Yoochun as Choi Moo Gak
Shin Se kyung as Choi Eun Sul / Oh Cho Rim
Nam Goong Min as Kwon Jae Hee
Yoon Jin Seo as Yum Mi
Likes: It’s refreshing to watch something a bit different. I love how they visualize smell… all those cute icons floating in the air :).
Two funny and bubbly main characters are great addition to what’s already an interesting plot. It’s great to see Yoochun doing something funny again. I think it suits him better than doing serious roles. Nothing to dislike about Shin Se Kyung. I think she’s a great actress and she did a good job portraying Oh Cho Rim.
Though I love the 2 main characters, the supporting roles and the actors themselves are no small time. Nam Goong Min is wow in this drama! Watch and you’ll find out why :)! Yoon Jin Seo, I thought I’ve seen that lovely face before. Oh yeah I was right, she was in my favorite “Old Boy”.
I love crime solving stories. It’s no Sherlock Holmes but it’s a good break from my usual kdrama love stories. They put much thought on each murder case which made an episode interesting to watch.
The police force was very entertaining. I like that guy who had a Russian girlfriend. Him saying her name was always cute.
I like how the lives of our 2 main characters entertwined. Sure, it was tragic but these 2 made a way to be together in the end.
Dislikes: There were just scenes that I found silly. Like practicing and performing that skit. Once would have been okay but I think they did it thrice. It was too much!
Some obvious clue that there might still be trouble. Underestimating Nam Goong Min’s creepy character. Of course he’s Kwon Jae Hee, the very handsome, hot, sexy, celebrity chef in the drama. He won’t die that easily.
Summary: Park Ji Sang is a popular surgeon who just started working at Taemin Cancer Hospital. He’s young, good-looking but he keeps a secret. He’s a vampire! Son of both infected parents, one of its kind. Ji Sang meets Yoo Ri Ta, the heiress of Taemin and also a surgeon. Together, they’ll find a way how to stop the scientific experiment that is being conducted in the hospital.
Genre: Medical, Fantasy, Romance
Stars: Ahn Jae Hyun as Park Ji Sang
Koo Hye Sun as Yoo Ri Ta
Ji Jin Hee as Lee Jae Wook
Jung Hae In as as Joo Hyun Woo
Likes: The whole story wasn’t that bad and thanks to a very good director for a very snappy execution of the script. I would have gotten bored if it wasn’t fast-paced. Well vampires do move very fast :).
The notable side characters or cases in the hospital like the little girl Na Jung, Sister Sylvia, the father who had liver cancer whose wish was to walk her daughter to the altar on her wedding day and the secret of the chairman and lady director. I may have missed some more but my point is there was some diversion that made the whole show less boring.
The chemistry between the leads wasn’t that bad. It was awkward at first but it was justified by their kiss.
Koo Hye Sun, I just love her. She has improved a lot since her BOF days! That pale skin of hers is vampiristic! (Though she wasn’t the vampire).
The villain’s acting is superb! It made the lead’s lack-of very obvious.
I lurve LUVVY! I want one too! Omo, omo… And I love his creator too, Hyun Woo! He was always energetic, bubbly and happy.
I love the OST. It gives the vampire chills but at the same staying true to kdrama :).
The ending that I like though I didn’t understand how he made it… the Kochenia epilogue!
Dislikes: Ahn Jae Hyun, I know his looks could pass as a vampire but the acting was just too poor. He needs to practice more on his facial expression. It didn’t help that he was surrounded by good actors and even a good director couldn’t hide his lacking. He’s got potentials but too early to be a lead star.
The ending that I didn’t like… why oh why they have to kill Hyun Woo! Now LUVVY is an orphan. Eottoki!
And that stupid move of Ji Sang to avenge Hyun Woo, leaving Ri Ta behind and ended up being cornered by the vampire director. Argh, so annoying!
Summary: Geo Seo Jin, an heir and the CEO of a theme park Wonderland is suffering from a multiple personality disorder. The other personality he possesses is called Robin, a very talented artist who always helps him whenever he’s in a difficult situation that could be triggered by his traumatic past. On the other hand, Jang Hana who works in the Wonderland circus got to know Robin and fell in love with him.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Stars: Hyun Bin as Goo Seo Jin / Robin
Han Ji Min as Jang Ha Na
Sung Joon as Yoon Tae Joo
Hyeri as Min Woo Jung
Likes: The most anticipated return of Hyun Bin to the small screen made everyone (I’m sure not just me) very excited! Love Hyun Bin! Who doesn’t?
Paired with Han Ji Min sealed it to be a great drama! (Wait, not too quick. Just read the dislikes below.)
No matter what happens, I still love the 2 leads. I think they’re great actors. Hyun Bin was great in portraying both Seo Jin and Robin that sometimes I forget that they’re the same actor. Same goes to Han Ji Min, she’s a melodrama princess.
Who would I choose? Hm, difficult question.
Seo Jin – I love his cold personality. Rich and cold to be precise :). I also prefer his looks (minus the glasses) more than Robin’s. And he get’s to wear suits all the time which is Hyun Bin’s specialty (as per Secret Garden experience).
Robin – I love the way he smiles, it’s contagious! His talent in drawing makes him sexy. His happiness is also contagious (at least before he became very sad). He’s just very likeable!
So who wins? At the end, I was leaning towards Robin. I think the show was made focused on Robin’s character before he disappered making him very special. A tragic love, a tragic ending (I was howling!).
I like the last 2 episodes. I think these were the only times when I got so serious watching it. Taking all the sadness the drama might bring in (so I had Kleenex by my side).
Have to mention how I like Hyeri. She was fun and cute. She’s got potentials, just need to be in a good drama.
Dislikes: Gosh, where do I begin? Simply said, a very bad script! How on earth did Hyun Bin fall for this. Now you have a bad script which was badly executed, how do you call that? A disaster! It was hard to watch, my heart was bleeding. These great actors looked like amateurs in this poor drama. Poor Hyun Bin oppa, I hope you do a followup soon!
So bad that it made the police look very stupid. They just couldn’t catch the psychiatrist. When they were close, they got hypnotized instead. So laughable!
Nothing much about the circus really? Aside from the Gorilla in the beginning. To make that kind of intro, it make viewers believe that there’s much to it. But nothing.
The drama reminds me of 3 great dramas which made this one not up to par…
Kill Me, Heal Me – for the multiple personalities disorder theme.
It’s Okay, That’s Love – for being a radio commentator.
Rooftop Prince – for disappearing in the end and for having Han Ji Min in it.