It’s August, and for me, that means it’s Back to School time. I’m a full-time student and a mom, so I’m currently caught up in finding obscure sizes of paper and lamenting the end of my free time when school starts next week. Every school year starts with the same question: What did you do over the summer? Let’s talk about what I watched this summer and what fell by the wayside.
What kept me glued to the screen all summer long
Life on Mars
In June, I agreed to recap Life on Mars with Kmuse. I watched this one with Kmuse and with Karie the Maknae. I was unprepared for how much I would love this drama. I’m a huge mystery fan and this drama gave us a great mystery to solve. Every week I fell deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole as Tae Joo tried to figure out why he was transported to 1988. I need some good suggestions for dramas like Life on Mars to help me get over my lost feeling since this drama ended.
Come and Hug Me or as we call it, Come and Hug a Psycho
Come and Hug Me was one of those dramas that wasn’t even on my radar. The other fangirls wouldn’t stop talking about it and I came onboard about episode 4. I watched this drama every week with Kdrama Jen. I hope all of you have a good friend to watch dramas with because it really makes the whole experience so much better. As Na Moo and Nak Won reunited and the world kept crashing down around them, Kdrama Jen and I would cheer and groan and scream in terror. This drama had so many opportunities to go in the direction of all the typical revenge tropes, but every week our OTP stood strong. I think all the Fangirls were satisfied with the ending of this drama. I’m really hoping this writer has something new for us soon.
What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?
I can’t gush about What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? enough. I also watched this one with Kdrama Jen. Every week I coveted Secretary Kim’s clothes and her perfect ponytail (even though I’m pretty sure those fabulous locks were half extensions). I liked the side stories and I cheered so hard for Secretary Yang and Chief Bong. Our narcissistic leading man is what really sold me on this drama though. He wasn’t mean, he was just the most confident person I’ve ever seen on my screen.
Legend of Fuyao
As you probably know, we have a great Chatty Recap of Legend of Fuyao going on where all the Fangirls talk about each week’s episodes. Y’all, eight episodes a week for an ongoing drama has been exhausting! That said, this is the first ever Chinese drama that has more than 20 episodes that I have ever stuck with. I now consider Fuyao to be one of us, and my girl crush on Yang Mi is as strong as ever. I’m INVESTED in what happens to her and this drama had better end well with Fuyao and Smirky Wuji riding off into the sunset. If you read our recaps I’ll tell you a secret, we message back and forth all week long as we watch as a group, those chatty posts are how we really are.
Dramas that I finished, but I kind of want those hours of my life back
Something in the Rain
This drama ended in May, but it still counts for summer. I want those hours of my life back after about episode 12. I stuck with this drama all the way through and felt completely betrayed. It was the best drama up until all the angst kicked in. It had everything, a great cast, great plot, toe-curling love scenes… And then the angst kicked in and ruined all of it. I’m not sure I trust this writer anymore, to be honest.
Are You Human Too?
I stuck with this drama till the end, but it started to fizzle out for me when Human Shin woke up. I won’t say too much about this one because my fellow fangirl, Telzytalks, is doing her final recap.
Dramas that fell to the wayside
I started this drama with all the excitement that a girl who loves a fantasy twist could have. Actors I liked, check. Interesting concept, check. Strong storyline….. oh hey, where did the strong storyline go? I ended up losing interest in this drama around episode 6 and never went back. I just couldn’t stay interested in this drama.
I started this drama without realizing it was going to be a million episodes. I liked it and I may go back to it, but it was abandoned several weeks ago. The plot started to recycle and I just wasn’t feeling the leading man. I want to like him, but after about twenty episodes I moved on to other shows. This is my viewing pattern with most Chinese dramas though, I hit about episode twenty and get deja vu from a recycled plotline and I wander off to find something new and fresh.
There you have it, my summer in review. These are the high and low points of my drama watching. Let me know what you thought about these dramas, do you agree with me or am I way off? I love to hear different views and perspectives.
Wishing summer was beginning instead of ending,
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi