Sometimes 4th gen kpop is on a completely different level. While groups like BTS have an overarching storyline that fans can access with a little digging (me, I’m that fan. I had to get out a shovel), groups like ATEEZ and Kingdom have concepts that are completely in your face. ATEEZ are the Pirate Kings of course, and we’ve discussed that here on the blog. But today we’re gonna take a peek at the lesser-known group Kingdom, whose concepts and music have been solid from their debut. Come see if they’re a group who should be landing on your playlists!Continue reading
Should You Take a Ride with Taxi Driver?
The power of Lee Je Hoon is undeniable, especially when it comes to the appeal of his Taxi Driver character, Kim Do Gi. Paired with the Rainbow Taxi found family headed by CEO Jang (played by a very capable Kim Eui Sung), Taxi Driver 2 took the Korean ratings system by storm, earning a 21% viewership by its finale and becoming the most-watched drama of 2023 so far. Come see if I agree with those ratings, and if this compelling drama should be on your radar.Continue reading
Starry Love and the Power of Moms
With Mother’s Day just around the corner here in the US, it seems like the perfect time to explore the power dynamics of the four moms in the dynamic xianxia Starry Love. Come see if the Heavenly Empress, the Beast Queen, the Empress of the Void, and Consort Xue had any affect on the story and what it all means!Continue reading
3 Reasons Why I’m Watching Our Blooming Youth
There is a specific brand of historical drama that appeals to me, and Our Blooming Youth is shaping up to be that kind of drama. Blessed with a layered story, a whip-smart female lead, and Park Hyung Sik, this drama has me intrigued. Read on to see the 3 reasons that keep me watching!Continue reading
Captivated by Meet Yourself and Hi Venus: A Wang Xiong Cheng Appreciation Post
Good, sustainable writing isn’t always easy to find in dramas, especially long-form Chinese dramas. Since 2020, however, FIVE Wang Xiong Cheng dramas have made their way to the screen, proving that this writer–who has come out of nowhere–has what it takes to make a story worth watching from beginning to end. Come see what makes Wang Xiong Cheng’s dramas special, and decide for yourself if you want to watch his newest works – Hi Venus and Meet Yourself.Continue reading
First Impressions and Unfiltered Thoughts: If You Wish Upon Me
Since he’s gotten back from the military and started acting again, Ji Chang Wook’s dramas have been misses for The Fangirls. His newest drama, If You Wish Upon Me, comes loaded with star power, including Sung Dong Il and Girls Generation’s Choi Soo Young. Will this be enough to get us to watch? Read on to find out more!Continue reading
Trusting Writer Park Hae Young: A 4-Year Journey
You may have seen or heard (or both!) the love letters Drama Geek and I have written about My Liberation Notes, the phenomenally written and beautifully filmed Park Hae Young drama that aired earlier this year. The complexity of the characters and the influence of their environment on their attitudes couldn’t be dismissed, and we reveled in the cinematic experience.
That experience made me revisit another Park Hae Young classic, My Mister. This post could have had so many other subtitles: Never Break the 4-Episode Rule, Why I Went Back and Watched My Mister 4 Years Later, This Writer Knows What She’s Doing, and many more. I wrote My Mister off four years ago, because after 2 episodes, I concluded it was a drama about two sad people and all the bad people doing selfish things to those sad people. I was right, but I was also wrong. Come see why My Liberation Notes made me trust writer Park Hae Young, and whether revisiting My Mister was one of the better uses of my time this year.
Maknae’s Journey: 18 Again Review
I finally got my hands on a copy of 18 Again (happy birthday to meeeeeeeeee!), and to say I was delighted was an understatement. Lee Do Hyun was vulnerable and relatable and amazing, and Kim Ha Neul was a new-to-me discovery I thoroughly enjoyed. Come see if you’ll want to indulge in purchasing 18 Again for yourself!Continue reading
A Love Letter to Happiness
Once upon a time in Korea, a drama was so compelling that I watched it in spite of the zombies, the pandemic mentions, and the terrible people who were trying to stymie our OTP from beginning to end. It was a tale of power and corruption and doing the right thing even when everyone else is out to get you. For Valentine’s Day, with the help of my friends and avid Happiness fans Tina Woelke and WheresWallace, we’ve penned a love letter to this incredible drama.Continue reading
Dark Comedy to the Rescue!
Sometimes I find myself in an absurd place, where I want to watch something that will make me laugh, but that isn’t light and fluffy. Dark comedy to the rescue! Come check out four shows that have filled my very specific humor needs.Continue reading