Sep 032020
 

alice kdramaSummary: 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.

Trailer: Alice

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Time-travel, Science Fiction, Romance
Episodes: 32
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 parralel-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.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 272014
 

faith kdramaSummary: A female plastic surgeon in the present was kidnapped by a Woodalchi general from the Goryeo era as per command by the King in order to save the wounded and dying Queen. The doctor was stuck in that world of conflict and politicking between the King and his enemies but found herself liking and falling in love with the General.

Genre: Romance, Time-travel, Period, Medical, Fantasy
Episodes: 24
Stars: Lee Min Ho as Choi Young
Kim Hee Sun as Yoo Eun Soo
Yoo Oh Sung as Ki Cheol, the freezing prince
Lee Philip as Jang Bin
Ryu Duk Hwan as King Gong Min
Park Se Young as Princess Nogook
Park Yoon Jae as Duk Heung, the poison prince




Likes: Lee Min Ho in period drama, I was really curious and excited!
I love how they introduced characters in the beginning using animation!
The time-travel mystery was solved properly. It made sense in the end!
Got to love the 2 villains: the Freezing and Poison Princes!
Commendable acting of the young prince!
The romance between the King and Queen. These 2 were just too cute!
OST is great! “Carry On” by Ali is my favorite!
I love the ending! Hands down! It compensates everything what it was lacking of.

Dislikes:  Costumes, makeup and styling didn’t just fit the period drama. They all look so flawless! The warriors look always spotless and our doctor lady was always sporting a perfect hairstyle that all Gangnam ladies would be jealous of, lol!

The drama was too stretched that some parts became redundant towards the end. Could have ended at episode 20 or even 16.

Honestly, I didn’t feel any chemistry between the main actors. The lack of was saved by the King and Queen.

The Great Doctor’s character, that very frantic Eun Soo especially in the beginning, I didn’t like her at all.

And omo, not to forget when they killed the character of Dr Jang Bin played by Lee Philip, they didn’t even show a corpse or something. Frustrating! They could just have dressed someone else to look like him lying there dead. I knew they killed his character because of an accident but just a disappointment how they killed him. So he wasn’t important at all. Sad.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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