Ongoing drama. Still watching.
Preview: Oh In Joo, Oh In Kyung and Oh In Hye are sisters who grew up poor. They get involved in a case that lead them to fight against the richest and most influential family in Korea.
Ongoing drama. Still watching.
Preview: Oh In Joo, Oh In Kyung and Oh In Hye are sisters who grew up poor. They get involved in a case that lead them to fight against the richest and most influential family in Korea.
Summary: Yoo Se Poong is a genius doctor and works at the palace but he gets blame for the death of the king. He has to leave Hanyang with a trauma that makes him unable to do acupuncture anymore. He then meets a town doctor who becomes his teacher and a widow who becomes his student.
Genre: Period, Medical, Psychological
Stars: Kim Min Jae as Yoo Se Poong
Kim Hyang Gi as Seo Eun Woo
Kim Sang Kyung as Gye Ji Han
Likes: I love the theme of the drama. A psychiatrist during the Joseon era treating people who were sick in the mind and in the heart. I’m always curious how it was like in the olden days, just like how my grandma would tell stories during her times. I like how they made this one so light-hearted despite the psychological theme. It was funny, so relatable and family-focused, that you just wanted to be part of it. Such a heartwarming show!
Medical cases. Every episode focused on someone who has a medical condition, and that becomes the topic. Expanding the storyline by taking on different cases makes every episode richer. And our leads trying to solve and treat every condition, dealing with difficult people in the process, was quite an adventure.
The plague. Seeing how the people in the past would handle epidemic is quite interesting. Harsher definitely. It made me think how lucky we are to be living now. We might have to go through strict lockdowns but at least we don’t get burned alive in quarantine. But that’s how it was like before. Cure was difficult to find. It was definitely a scarier time. And the psychological effect on people was pretty apparent too. However, what made it so different is that people in the past worked a lot as families. Hurdles like health or poverty were overcame a lot by being together.
The family. As I’ve mentioned above, family was very important. The Gyesu Village clinic family was such a happy one. They were not all blood-related but they were a family. I loved the warmth in that clinic. They help each other to treat the sick, they eat together, they joke with each other, protect each member, they all work happily for a common goal.
Our dear cast…
Kim Min Jae as Yoo Se Poong – I loved seeing Kim Min Jae in period dramas, this suits him so well. As a genius doctor who fell from grace due to his involvement in the death of the previous king, he did great! I like his haughty character, who’s also soft-hearted when it comes to people in need and those who are family to him. Just got to love the guy!
Kim Hyang Gi as Seo Eun Woo – she’s not the prettiest but she really fits well in this era. But the more I watched her, the more beautiful she had become. I also like her chemistry with Kim Mim Jae. Although, they were both too coy in this season, I just loved watching them together and I look forward for more romantic scenes next season.
Kim Sang Kyung as Gye Ji Han – I love this guy, he’s great! I like his father figure role here. He’s basically the head of the Gyesu Clinic and the robin hood of the village. He was very funny especially when he met the King but unaware he was the king, he gave him his honest diagnoses 😄.
Veteran’s cameo. Seeing veteran actor Ahn Nae Sang, who took the role of the previous king who died of poisoning in the first episode and Jang Hyun Sung, who took the role of Poong’s father, and also died in the second episode, I thought, wow, we’ve got big actors here, this show would be promising.
Ending. The story of the poisoning of the king has been resolved and the bad guys had paid for it with their lives. Now we’ll move on. Having a second season seems to be a trend this year. Oh well, good news to us fans, we’ll be seeing more of Poong’s medical adventure. Hopefully, more romance too.
Ongoing drama. Still watching.
Preview: Park Chang Ho is a lawyer who barely wins his cases. He gets into trouble when he took a case that involved the rich. He is framed as the most wanted conman “Big Mouth” and get stuck in prison. His wife, Go Mi Ho, who works as a nurse, tries too investigate to help her husband clears his name.
Summary: Seo Hye Sung has been unlucky with her marriage. Her husband left her for someone else only to be tricked by a woman which lead to his tragic death. Seo Hye Sung enters a top matchmaking company called REX and meets the woman who caused her misery. She vows to destroy whatever marrying plan that woman has in mind.
Genre: Revenge, Marriage
Stars: Kim Hee Sun as Seo Hye Sung
Lee Hyun Wook as Lee Hyung Ju
Jung Yoo Jin as Jin Yoo Hui
Park Hoon as Cha Seok Jin
Likes: A glimpse at the glittering world of the rich and its ugly facet. That makes the peasants (like me) curious as hell 😄. Oh well, it was a very entertaining show. As I’ve said, glitters… the expensive cars, luxurious pads and houses, fashionable outfits and accessories, adrenaline-filled hobbies, exclusive parties! Well done for satisfying our eyes! However, behind all the glitters is a big void and loneliness. What a contrast!
REX. I love how they presented this top dating agency. From the choice of the building, the classy interiors of the offices and lobby, the well-trained managers and last but not least, the grand matchmaker CEO Choi Yoo Sun. Oh I loved how she walked – she had a very commanding presence. And how she talked – always calm but never lost an argument, and always had the last say. Her scheming plans were impressive. As she would say, she is a businesswoman. Her ultimate goal is to gain money because that’s where power lies. How about you? What is it that you want? Rex was definitely her! Here, hoping for a season 2!
Quote from grand matchmaker. “Don’t look for the criteria you desire from the person you love. Instead, look for the love in a person who already fits that criteria. That is the wisest choice!”
The masquerade party. I would say Jin Yoo Hui was the shining star here. She was so determined to bring home the crown 😂. Dress in sexy red gown, she definitely lit up the party. Surprisingly, the masks really made each one unrecognizable, that was so exciting!
Wicked OST. This is another favourite in the show, sooo love the song, WICKED! And I love how it would play during very important scenes. Overall, the tracks were quite good, well-suited with the drama.
Kim Hee Sun as Seo Hye Sung – That professor look always suits her well, just like in Alice. Seo Hye Sung definitely didn’t have it easy. She lost her husband because of another woman. She had her hands full raising her daughter alone and at the same time trying to seek revenge for what she’d lost. The character is tenacious and I think Kim Hee Sun did a great job in portraying her.
Lee Hyun Wook as Lee Hyung Ju – that rich image suits this guy perfectly. He looks great, smart and has got money. I love him in Mine, same rich character but here, he gets his happy ending.
Jung Yoo Jin as Jin Yoo Hui – sooo surprised by her transformation! She is finally showing her hidden talent! Quite brilliant as Jin Yoo Hui, the way she walked and talked were impressive. So confident in front of the camera now. I remember her other shows, she was always unsure. I’m glad she’s finally unleashing that talent.
Park Hoon as Cha Seok Jin – handsome guy and I think this year he’ll get my Second Lead Syndrome Award 😊.
Don’t bite off more than what you can chew. This applies to us all always. The downfall of Jin Yoo Hui was her greed. She was almost there, but then she still tried to kill Hye Sung’s daughter. What a mistake! Because of that, her grand plans crumbled.
Ending. I’m not sure about the wedding, but was glad to see a hint of season 2. I guess this was all about REX anyway. So why not? I was curious who that young guy was in the very ending. It’s Park Ji-Hoon! He starred in Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency and he was a matchmaker as well.
Impressive 8-episode show. Very entertaining! I was so hooked. Concise but suspense-filled. Loved the witty dialogues too!
Dislikes: I just find Kim Hee Sun too old for Lee Hyun Wook! And they could have worked more on the romance between the two to at least justify that wedding in the end. Yes, I think the romance was very lacking.
Summary: Attorney Woo graduated with top honors but didn’t get hired right away because of her autism. She finally gets into a reputable law firm in the country and is now one of the rookie lawyers who is making a name for herself despite the fact that she is autistic and possesses some traits that could hinder her success.
Genre: Legal, Romantic Comedy
Stars: Park Eun Bin as Woo Young Woo
Kang Tae Oh as Lee Jun Ho
Kang Ki Young as Jung Myeong Seok
Ha Yoon Kyung as Choi Su Yeon
Joo Jong Hyuk as Kwon Min Woo
Likes: So many reasons to like this drama! It was highly entertaining with some sense of depth plus, I’ve got to say, artistic presentation. Definitely, one of my favourites this year! So, shall we go through the most important points…
Cute Intro. The intro itself is a treat! I love the scenes, the music, the whale and the editing of that short piece was simply awesome. I normally skip intros if they are not worth the time but this one, I would always watch. It just gave every episode a good and happy start.
Autism World. I know, it doesn’t represent all, but the show gave us an understanding about the word autism and the people affected by it, the autistic and the people around that person. It teaches us to be more emphatic towards them. Attorney Woo was of course exceptionally genius, but she represented hope and acceptance.
Case Stories. I love how well-crafted the stories behind every legal case were. They really made every episode interesting. They were a brilliant addition to the already-captivating romantic story between the leads. If I were to choose, I love the case they took in Jeju. Aside from showcasing the beauty of the island, it became the healing case for everyone, realizing what really matters in life. There was a lot of turning points like for the sick Attorney Jung, who discovered he had stage 3 stomach cancer. Attorney Kwon, the tactician, who had a change of heart. Unfortunately, a break up had happened but overall, it was a good trip and a good case.
The Awesome Cast. Everyone really did a great job!
Park Eun Bin as Woo Young Woo – she was brilliant as Attorney Woo! This lady can take any role and I thought last year’s The King’s Affection was her best, but looking at this drama, I think she topped that performance. She was immersed in this role! The facial expression, mannerism, the walk, the talk were perfectly mastered. Hands down for such a brilliant performance! I would love to see her more in the future!
Kang Tae Oh as Lee Jun Ho – finally, a leading man role for this handsome, charismatic, young man! Watching his past dramas, Kang Tae Oh was always undoubtedly a great actor. Though only taking supporting roles, he would always shine. As Lee Jun Ho, he was so admirable because of his kindness towards Attorney Woo. He would look at her with so much love. Who wouldn’t fall in love with this guy?
Kang Ki Young as Jung Myeong Seok – wow, I think this role will bring Kang Ki Yong to places. He was just awesome as Attorney Jung! I would want him as my mentor too! The passion in working as a lawyer was all written on his face! He looked great in suits too!
Jin Kyung as Tae Su Mi – I’ve got to mention this lady. She was so classy as Tae Su Mi, Attorney Woo’s mum! The way she talked, walked and dressed, just gorgeous! Her entrance to the court made everyone acknowledged her presence, just so much class and power!
Supporting Love Team. The budding romance between Attorney Won and Choi was so cute. These two were fighting like cat and dog from the very start. Slowly, at the end, they were getting closer. I knew it! Jeju island will do that to you, you know? Seen it all in past kdramas!
Attorney Woo’s Amazing Friends. I love how she managed to have great friends! The close friend from high school Dong Geu Ra Mi was a gem! Loud but super funny and he was like a big sister/protector to Attorney Woo. And my gosh, that viral “Woo to the Young to the Woo” replied by “Dong to the Geu to the Ra Mi”, was just amazing!
The other friend is Attorney Choi Su Yeon, from university who was always there for Attorney Woo. For her, Attorney Choi is “Spring Sunshine Su Yeon”! So sweet!
Quotable Quotes. They’re mostly by our dear Attorney Woo…
“If I were a whale, would my mum not have abandoned me?” – after she was talking about mommy whales never abandoning their babies during a hunt (heartbreaking 😢).
“You keep on popping in my head even if you’re not a whale.” – Attorney Woo to Jun Ho during her confession
“What you see isn’t everything. Don’t be blinded by what you can see. Keep in mind the essence of what lies beyond that.” – Abbot of Jeju temple
“I’m like a narwhal in a pod of Belugas. I live in a unfamiliar ocean with unfamiliar belugas. Because everyone’s different from me, it’s not easy to adjust, and there are lots of whales that hate me too. But it’s okay, because this is my life. Though my life is unusual and peculiar, it’s valuable and beautiful.” – Attorney Woo to her mum Tae Su Mi
The Ending. I really love the ending! They could have not done it any better. The last case with Attorney Woo’s half brother involved was the perfect wrapping up to her story. There was definitely reconciliation but never in a cheesy way. It was all well done! Such an awesome ending!
Summary: Jang Wook is the successor of a powerful mage family, the Jang. However, his energy source was closed by his own father preventing him to do magic. Jang Wook meets a girl Moo Duk, who has the soul of a powerful assasin and thinks she will be her master.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Kings & Princes, Flower BoysMagic, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Stars: Lee Jae Wook as Jang Wook
Jung So Min as Moo Duk Yi
Hwang Min Hyun as Seo Yool
Shin Seung Ho as Go Won (the crown prince)
Likes: I’ve been longing for a gooood fantasy drama in a while now, and I think my prayers have been answered by this. This drama didn’t just fed our lust for fantasy stories but all in one treat of period, supernatural, magic, and even comedy. It’s one big, fantastic show and it didn’t disappoint!
The Story. I’m a big fan of the Hong sisters’ style. This, one once again has that similar pattern to their previous work, Hotel de Luna. At times dark, at times funny, and it involved some soul swapping, although Hotel de Luna was more on ghost. I love the story of Alchemy of Souls, it’s somewhat unique and intriguing. And I love how the beginning of the show mainly focused on the background story. How detailed it was which made it clearer and gave all characters weights as the story progressed.
The World. The story is set in a fictional country called Daeho and it looked magical. I love the beautiful sceneries and of course the beautiful people that lived in it. I won’t complain about the men’s eyebrows being too perfect. I think they have blended so well with whole set up 😁. The old world was captivating and mesmerizing. You just want to be part of it.
The Costumes. They were gorgeous! A magical period setting showcased a more enhanced period costumes for everyone. The mages wore these robes that made them looked like above everyone else. Of course, the luxurious types were worn by the leading mages. The ladies dresses were beautiful and accessorized nicely. They wore jewelries just like in Silla Kingdom (at least the one I saw in another drama). Anyways, what I’m trying to say is there’s so much emphasis on the costumes which made this a truly top show.
The Awesome Effects. I’ve got to say, they really did a great job with this. The first scenes capturing Naksu at the frozen river was quite impressive, such iconic fighting scenes! I also love all the cloud effects when alchemy of souls is being performed. The fighting scenes doing Tansu, Chisu and all the Sus 😄 were captivating. So much power, magic and looking good!
Naksu & The Four Seasons Intro…
Naksu – the beautiful assasin called Naksu, for wherever she goes heads fall to the ground.
Jang Uk – the successor of the Jang family who is as dazzling as the winter snow.
Seo Yul – the genius of the Seo family who is as noble as the sunset in fall.
Park Dang Gu – the heir of the Park family who has the energy of a hot summer.
Jin Cho Yeon as Spring – the daughter of the Jin family who has the vitality of spring.
The BOF Vibe. I can definitely see a lot of Boys over Flowers here. Although our poor girl used to be a fighting goddess, she lost all of her power and became a damsel in distress. Naksu trapped in another body is rescued by the heir of the Jang family, Jang Uk, who’s of course rich and handsome. Then we have Seo Yul, another heir, not only genius but also good-looking, who happened to be Naksu’s first love. The crown prince who’s heir to the throne showing some liking to our girl but gets turned down a lot. Oh memories!
The Beautiful OST. Oh my, I’m missing the show just listening to the OST. The songs are beautiful with a tinge of sadness. Check it out Alchemy of Souls OST!
Words of the Heart. The poem was written by the founder and leader of Seongrim, Master Seo Gyeong, but not known to many it was a love letter for his beloved, the first Jinyowon leader, Jin Seol Ran.
“You can not grasp water, but it is inside the soil.
You can not touch fire, but it is inside the tree.
You can not hold the wind, but it is resting on the rock.
If you let them be, they will exist everywhere.
The faint, blue light makes me sigh.
My white breath turned into snow,
and tears I could not let them drop and hid them.
Despite knowing that they will fill up once again,
I am a fool who dares not shed a single tear.”
Gorgeous cast. Lots of eye candies here with some fighting skills…
Lee Jae Wook as Jang Wook – tall and slender and really good-looking in his robes, my gosh, Lee Jae Wook’s career has definitely lifted up. He always showed a great potential in his old dramas but I think as Jang Wook he’s in his road to being a Hallyu star.
Jung So Min as Moo Duk Yi – I never really warmed up to her in her past dramas, but as Moo Duk, she was perfect! Short but cute and if you look at her longer, she is actually really beautiful. I just wish she had more chemistry with Lee Jae Wook.
Hwang Min Hyun as Seo Yool – oh my gosh, such a pretty face! Seo Yool, the genius and the noble, whoah, who wouldn’t fall for him? Well, except Naksu, who had a change of heart. But to be fair Seo Yool has more chemistry with Moo Duk.
Shin Seung Ho as Go Won (the crown prince) – poor guy, he always gets rejected by Moo Duk, but I love his looks and personality. He’s haughty, yes, but he’s not evil. Oh well, let’s find out in season 2.
My Favourite Love Team. Well, it has to be between Park Jin, the Songrim leader and maidservant Kim. These two were a comical relief and they had such an impressive chemistry. Glad they had so many scenes together. Couldn’t stop laughing on how dense Park Jin was!
The ending. Well, it left everyone hanging but it was a good closure to the first season. When Moo Duk stabbed Jang Wook with the sword, I thought, oh no, is this going to have a tragic ending?! I hope not! I was kind of disappointed that it didn’t end but at the same time glad we have some hopes for a happy ending. Can’t wait for December!
Summary: Eun Gye Hoon is a respectable chef who used to share his emotion with his twin sister. That connection ended when the sister went missing and believed to have died. Eun Gye Hoon meets a girl called No Da Hyun whose feelings and emotions he could also feel just like his sister.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Melodrama, Food, Psychological, Mystery, Serial Killer
Stars: Yeo Jin Goo as Eun Gye Hoon
Moon Ga Young as No Da Hyun
Likes: It’s an interesting combination of fantasy, romance, food and mystery drama. I like the storytelling, it uniquely blends all this genre together.
Fantasy. I guess feeling someone’s emotions fall into this category. Eun Gye Hoon feeling Noh Da Hyun’s emotions always left that surprised reaction on his face. It must have been a truly daunting experience feeling someone’s fear and anxiety. However, I like the connection and the true reason why they had that link.
Romance. I find these two cute. The chemistry wasn’t that strong but they just look great together. It’s was nice to see that although the characters were ill fated, the attraction was strong enough to stay and protect each other until the end.
Food. I thought I won’t see that restaurant open at all! Anyway, all the testing menu and food Eun Gye Hoon prepared for Noh Da Hyun, especially when she could not sleep, were all mouth-watering! We all wish to have a partner who can cook, don’t we?
Mystery. It was nerve-racking as everyone was a potential suspect. But love how it came out. The real culprit was really that someone you least expected. The title of the episode was called “An Ordinary Evil”, revealing the killer’s identity.
Episode Titles. And yeah since we’re just at it, all episode titles were very well-thought of and truly represents the happenings of every episode. Link, The Connection; Lies; Confession; Cheesy, But Destiny; The Child Returns; Fluttering; Poke; The Children of Jiwhadong, Don’t Turn Around; The Red Gate; The Witness, The Premonition; Mom’s Secret; An Ordinary Evil; The Link and Eat, Love, Kill.
Scary and Funny. I like how they managed to make this show scary and at the same time funny. The fact that there’s someone stalking you and the killer of long time ago is still out there, that’s pretty scary. But we’ve got scenes like the mom and the grandma carrying tools around ready to hit someone when their daughter / granddaughter is in danger. Scenes like Eun Gye Hoon’s friend coming inside the restaurant on inconvenient situations. Or both scary and funny like Lee Jin Geun being put in the fridge, then able to escape only to be hit by a taxi. He survived after that and still able to blackmail the taxi driver.
The Top Leads.
Yeo Jin Goo as Eun Gye Hoon – I love Yeo Jin Goo! I’ve watched this guy grow up in kdramas. He is consistently a brilliant actor. As Eun Gye Hoon, I could feel his pain, guilt and loneliness. His face was painted like that. Then he fell in love, and love was there trying hard to thrive in the midst of pain, guilt and loneliness. Seeing the different emotions pouring out of him, even not his own, was brilliant. This guy can cry, even without trying hard. He’s so natural!
Moon Ga Young as No Da Hyun – such a pretty face! I don’t doubt her talent in acting, she’s quite good too. Her tears were just flowing naturally all the time. Not much effort there. I just don’t feel a strong chemistry between her and Yeo Jin Goo.
Ending. I love how all story lines had reached a decent closure. I especially like the happy endings. There were also background stories which shed light to a lot of things like the story of Noh Da Hyun’s grandma. As for our lead characters, it just shows that not all grim pasts can darken the path to happiness and love.
Dislikes: I really don’t understand why Noh Da Hyun kept on walking on dark alleys at night, even after being stalked. That just didn’t make sense!
Chemistry wasn’t that strong.
Summary: Hong Ye Sol has a special ability to see her future once her lips touch someone. One day, she accidentally kisses her boss Cha Min Ho’s lips and she sees their happy future together. She can’t believe it, as she always find her boss as a cold type of guy.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Boss Romance
Stars: Yoon Kye Sang as Cha Min Ho
Seo Ji Hye as Hong Ye Sol
Kim Ji Suk as Lee Pil Yo
Lee Joo Yeon as Oh Ji-Young
Likes: I got so hooked in this as the chemistry between the leads was just too goooood to ignore. Also loved the two’s supernatural abilities, Hong Ye Sol, being able to see the future and Cha Min Ho’s extra hearing ability. Combined with an office romance atmosphere, I thought the story was one of a kind, exciting and definitely kept me entertained all throughout.
Our sexy top leads…
Yoon Kye Sang as Cha Min Ho – I’ve watched one of his older shows, gosh that was too long ago. He still looked young then but already had a crush on him. It must be those eyes 😍. He’d aged definitely but still really handsome! I loved his character here, Cha Min Ho, I thought it suited him so well. Very OC, cold, too good in his job, tough boss but then he’s got that undeniable charm.
Seo Ji Hye as Hong Ye Sol – she’s gorgeous as usual and looked great with Yoon Kye Sang. The character has that haughty feel like Seo Dan in Crash Landing in You who I really adored. Hong Ye Sol though went through a trauma so she wasn’t all that tough, but her connection with Cha Min Ho made her see the future with a positive light. I love the dependency between these two lead characters, it made the love story more interesting.
Ad World. This gives us a peek on how ads are made. A lot of people are involved before a short ad, which sometimes doesn’t even capture our attention, is finally out there. I personally appreciate a really good ad, but I never thought of how much work it really involved. I like how the show sheds light on the industry.
Intro Music. I always looked forward to this every week, “I see the future…”. It is sooo good and it made Yoon Kye Sang really looked hot in the trailer too. Check it out… Kiss Sixth Sense Intro Song!
Jackson! If you watch the show then you’ll know who Jackson is 😊. Jackson, sorry darling but you shouldn’t be on the way. We’ll get you fixed later.
Blood Moon. Hah, that almost killed me! Our Min Ho looked like he was transitioning into a werewolf! Why did they give that wrong message?! Anyway, the blood moon was magnificent!
Other loveteams. I thought Hong Ye Sol’s cousin and Cha Min Ho’s doctor’s love team was so cute! I loved how clingy the doctor was, he was adorable! Lee Pil Yo, Hong Ye Sol’s ex got another shot in love, and that’s with the actress Oh Ji-Young, who was after Cha Min Ho all the time. I’m good, looks like happy ending awaits everyone!
12 Episode-Show. It would have ended up boring if they dragged it longer. It was straightforward, as soon as we reached the climax, it was done!
Dislikes: Although, it ended at 12th episode, I have the impression that there was a struggle with the story line on how to end it. That last episode was a bit unimpressive.
Summary: Gong Tae Sung and Oh Han Byul know each other since they were in college. Tae Sung becomes a popular actor and Han Byul works as a PR team leader at the agency where Tae Sung is signed with. These two have a love and hate relationship.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Lee Sung Kyung as Oh Han Byul
Kim Young Dae as Gong Tae Sung
Yoon Jong Hoon as Kang Yoo Sung
Likes: This drama gives us a peek on how these talent agencies work. It’s interesting how they find talents, groom them and handle them. Moreover, how they clean up after these said talents mess up. It’s a million dollar business and there’s a lot of work to be done!
The Actors. They’re the most obvious people in the industry because they’re the one appearing on films, ads and interviews. They’re the stars! They’re beautiful, shining stars, giving the impression that they’re reachable and having a twinkling happy life, but oftentimes they’re not. Gong Tae Sung, our main character’s story in this drama is like that. Such a big star but lonely! Even having a girlfriend was such a challenge.
The Talent Managers. These people are admirable due to the fact that their job is not the easiest, especially when they’re handling a difficult talent. They might work behind the scene but they do work a lot. They have a wide range of job to do, from the discovering of talent, grooming and handling them. One needs a lot patience and passion to be a manager of a star. In this drama, I love Kang Yu Sung’s dedication and passion for his work. I think he was the “perfect manager” example. He was like a friend, a parent, and a bodyguard to his talents.
The PR Manager and her Team. This team can get really busy depending on how well-behaved the stars are. They’re the ultimate cleaner. They clean up the mess of stars, may it be scandals, rumours, gossips, and even just honest mistakes. Like the talent managers, they work behind the scene but they do a lot. They do a lot for one goal, and that’s to make their stars shine.
The Starforce Office. I like how they made it have that family and team vibe. Real entertainment office might not be as friendly as that but Starforce was all about working together in harmony. Everyone seemed to get along with each other. I love the camaraderie of the show.
Multiple loveteams. Who’s your favourite?
Oh Han Byul and Gong Tae Sung – They look great together but just lacking chemistry, don’t you think? But I just love how that friendship they have since college blossomed into a real relationship. They were always near yet so far. It took it a long time to get there, but they made it in the end.
Kang Yoo Sung and Park Ho Young – Okay, I love these two. I think this team had the best chemistry. They were always so cute together. But best was when Ho Young made that confession. Lol, Yoo Sung’s face was just priceless!
Jo Ki Ppeum and Do Soo Hyuk – The romance was a bit too late but I like their chemistry. Their personalities were just a match, a bit stiff but both professional in their line of work.
Yuna and Jae Hyun – the cat and mouse but ended up marrying each other. I love their wedding, it was a great end to the show.
Byun Jung Yeol and Hong Bo In – these two were also so cute! Not so much cheesiness but Byun Jung Yeol (Tae Sung’s driver/manager) is just adorable.
Ending. It was a bit cringy with all our love teams being with each other. But it made it a happy and fun ending. I also like the Jeju setting. Glad kdramas are going back to Jeju once again.
Dislikes: Kim Young Dae wasn’t ready as top lead. He was very lacking. His acting wasn’t at par with Lee Sung Kyung. He’s definitely has the looks and maybe in a couple of years, with more workshops, I’ll be ready to watch him again.
Poor story. Nothing much between the main characters that they had to introduce a couple more love teams to keep it interesting. It was such a struggle to finish this drama.
Summary: Kim Hee Woo is a tough prosecutor who is after a very powerful person. He gets killed, but given another chance to live his life again to fight for justice and go after the same person who caused his death.
Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Action, Legal
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Kim Hee Woo
Lee Kyung Young as Jo Tae Seob
Kim Ji Eun as Kim Hee Ah
Jung Sang Hoon as Lee Min Soo
Likes: Love this kdrama from beginning to end. It’s like a piece of cake, so good, I wanted to enjoy it slowly. So what made it really great for me?
The mixed genre. I like how its reality got mixed with fantasy. It would have ended it right there, right then at the very first episode, but like our lead, we were given a chance to see how it’s like to live life again, always being ahead of the game, always winning, but then still making us anxious when things are going wrong. I love Kim Hee Woo’s determination to go through the most difficult path, playing his cards in the game of politics to defeat one person who was on top of them all. Of course, it gave him an upper hand to know what was ahead, but still his path remained challenging and dangerous.
Impressive political drama. The pulling of strings, the strategies, the smart moves, the indefensible attacks, wow, it was like a war, no, in fact, it was a war! The assemblyman Jo Tae Sub had it all, hands down. He was definitely power! Everyone bowed to him. He controlled everything. He could see through people and the future. He was the absolute puppet master! Then, we have our young prosecutor Kim Hee Woo, who started doing what the master had been doing for years. So young and inexperienced, but knowledgeable and definitely knew how to play the game. Such a good fight!
Kim Hee Woo’s greatest strategy. It was I think investing time to befriend and learn from people. That was later on, his source of strength. Those people around him did not just hand him over resources, but they have become his army. They have fought for him. For example, I like his relationships with the old guy who was into real estate, the righteous chief prosecutor he met in his first assignment, the fight and fitness instructor, they have all become his mentors! His friends and acquaintances early on, they have been his great support and have paved his way to get to the top to defeat the ultimate enemy.
Kim Hee Woo’s three ladies. I was so torn between these 3, Kim Hee Ah, the Chunha Group heiress; Kim Han Mi, the pretty journalist; and Kim Kyu-ri, the brave lady prosecutor. Kim Hee Woo had a pretty good chemistry with all of them.
The 2 Powerful Elders. Just love the scenes between Jo Tae Sub and the chairman of Chunha, Kim Gun Young (dad of Kim Hee Ah). These type of people are just above normal, the way they talk, negotiate and even fight. It’s good to see two talented veteran actors handling the job, simply impressive!
The awesome cast. This drama is hands down filled with talented actors, but I would only focus on two, and that’s…
Lee Joon Ki as Kim Hee Woo – Lee Joon Ki never failed to amaze me, he’s always worth the watch. This is another great drama from this guy. As Kim Hee Woo, I love his grit and perseverance to stand against a giant in power. He exuded intelligence (to get through law school and became a prosecutor), charm (to win over a lot of very important people including the ladies), strength (to fist fight), courage (to stand against the powerful) and luck (to live his life again).
Lee Kyung Young as Jo Tae Seob – oh my gosh, I love his guy, he’s just brilliant. So perfect choice for the role! I have watched some of his dramas in the past but this is where his acting really shone. As Jo Tae Sub, he was extremely powerful and this power, he worked meticulously for years to attain. Super wise and calculating. Calm and well-spoken. Impenetrable, unreadable, he always does the right move, he was scary, it was hard to win against this guy. And I think Lee Kyung Young was just awesome in the role, hands down.
Death and birth of power. The ending marks Joe Tae Sub’s downfall. Our hero Kim Hee Woo might not have brought him to justice the way he liked it, but the old guy got the punishment that he deserved. Being alone in that house, considered as the heart of power, with no one to assist him, was the death of him. Sad scene which was beautifully done!
And of course the bonus epilogue, the birth of new power, and a lady this time! What did she say as to why Jo Tae Sub didn’t succeed? It’s because he wanted everything, money and power! Whereas her, just wants the money.
Dislikes: Cringy ending with Kim Hee Woo finally marrying Kim Hee Ah and gathering everyone around including the other two ladies who obviously had a liking to him. This part could have been left out.
That stupid mistake Kim Hee Woo did that almost cost the life of his dear friend Park Sang Man.
KAHI ad placement all over the place!