A Poem a Day, Episodes 15-16 Recap

We have come to the end of our story. Our sweet little comedy has turned into a look at a variety of personalities with problems that many of us have. There are tough times for everyone, but each episode has light and fun moments. Most of our characters have learned and improved, but not all of their problems have been solved. Bo Young in particular has gained a lot of confidence and is not the same girl who used to let herself get pushed around. Come see how everyone is doing! THERE ARE SPOILERS!

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A Poem a Day Episodes 13-14, Recap

This is really an ensemble show in that every week different characters are highlighted. Last week Yoon Joo had an important storyline, but she doesn’t do much this week. The radiology guys have an interesting story one episode and not the next, and we get more about the Chief in one episode and Dr. Park in another. Not much happens with the main couple, and we still don’t really know much about Dr. Ye, but Min Ho regresses badly to fifth-grader status this week. THERE ARE SPOILERS

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A Poem A Day, Episodes 11-12 Recap

We have three love affairs going on in these episodes. There is the main triangle of Bo Young, Min Ho, and Dr. Ye, as well as a new triangle with Yoon Joo, Dae Bang, and his hospital roommate; and then there is Nam Woo and a girl he knows from school. The first gets some resolution here, the second is the most entertaining, and the third is perhaps the most touching. Come along with us to see what happens! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.

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A Poem A Day, Episode 7-8 Recap

Although we have some cute moments today, we are coming to the part of the story where our characters are getting into more difficult times. Min Ho, Yoon Joo, and the Chief, in particular, are running into their shortcomings and the consequences of their past. They come out of this episode with flying colors, however, and we get to see them at their best. SPOILERS COMING UP.

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A Poem a Day, Episode 5-6 Recap

This really is an ensemble show with several interweaving storylines, and we find out a lot about our characters’ backgrounds in these episodes. We meet the families of Bo Young, Min Ho, and radiologist Joo Yong. We also find out about a past connection between roommate Yoon Joo and radiologist Dae Bang, as well as something about what happened to Dr. Ye at his previous hospital. Through it all the silly side of our characters keeps the thought-provoking side from becoming too heavy. I won’t tell you everything that happens, but WE WILL HAVE SPOILERS FOR THESE TWO EPISODES.

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A Poem a Day, Episode 3-4

I keep thinking about this drama. I have gotten interested in how the poems fit into the story. Even though some of the people are rude, even though some of them are crazy, the poems bring them together in an endearing way.  By this time we are starting to expect our characters’ annoying behaviors, and sometimes getting surprised with them. I’d like to talk mostly about the high points, which means THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.

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A Poem a Day: First Impressions

A Poem a Day is being sold to us as a slice-of-life drama, with stories of physical therapists and other support staff in a hospital. I think whoever labeled it that way has only seen the first episode. It is clearly a comedy, and I think it would interest people to know that. The show has a kind of dry humor that comes from the personalities of the characters and all their quirks, but in the first episode, they are mostly annoying. It’s not slapsticky and so far we haven’t gotten any poop jokes, although by the second episode someone has holed up in a bathroom stall to cry.

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Taking on Japanese Taiga: Ryomaden

Ryoma-den, as it is sometimes spelled, or The Story of Ryoma, is about the life of Sakamoto Ryoma. It encompasses his childhood, his kendo training in Edo, seeing American steamships arrive, and getting mixed up in efforts to protect Japan from the foreigners. He was a real person and one of Japan’s most famous national heroes (who I had never heard of before). Can a westerner who doesn’t know much about Japanese history enjoy a taiga drama? Let’s find out.

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