Year End Special: Let’s Go to School!

High school/college could have been the times of our lives or the depths of hell. Now that I am finally finished with both, it’s an odd feeling to be reminiscing about those experiences. This year brought a barrage of school related dramas and whole bunch of feels. Just how I like them.

Geography Class: School 2015: Who Are You?

Part of the famous “School” series, “2015” tries out the long lost twin sister game. Separated by just a few towns over, these girls encounter countless obstacles preventing their reconciliation. However, they have one common factor, a villainous bully who can’t wait to wrap her arms around both girls’ necks. This bully who seem to have no morals and that we would love to see her eyes get poked out. Lukily, we get to see an awesome transformation from a once meek twin to one who’s heart seems to be made of ice. Well, revenge is always best served cold…with a warm Sungjae smile on the side! Whispers: and let’s all agree that the writers messed up the ending when the OTP proportions were already on point for 15/16 episodes.

Physical Education: Angry Mom

Odd and seemingly unrealistic premise, but fantastically riveting. Kim Hee Sun is surprisingly passable and very engaging as a mother pretending to be a student where her daughter goes to. A illjin nonetheless and actually the very top! Set up like a comedy, this drama actually made me cry every other episode. The hopelessness and darkness that the poor and disadvantage experience at the hands for upper class corruption is sickening and raw. But of course, we will also get our heartstrings tugged by bad boy (but softie at heart) Ji Soo who finds himself with puppy crush on an ahjumma.

Music Class: Sassy Go Go

While the cheerleading part is just so-so, I really did feel warm and cheered up every time I opened an episode up! Its got so much energy and it builds as each character becomes closer to another. It balances light angst and comedy well. Eun Ji is a naturally lovable actress and makes the drama feel more down to earth. And of course we add a dash of our favorite kpop some of those routines!

History Class: Twenty Again

Let’s go back….way back into college. An ahjumma who already has a family and son takes that brave step forward to get the education she missed as a teen mother. Again, this is a wonderful transformation from a submissive wife who breathes her pompous husband’s words like air into a confident lady who knows what she wants in life even though she is now in her forties. Its a fresh start in life, love, and outlook.

Homeroom: The Flatterer

Based on a webtoon, each episode is only 10-15 minutes long. If you enjoyed doramas like Gokusen, a bit repetitive, but high in the pretty boys fighting and angsting, this is for you. These kids don’t really seem to go to class as they keep on getting caught in fights with each other. They just can’t seem to get the pecking order down. Kwak Dong Yun, not a very well known young actor, but really an amazing actor who should get more mainstream roles, plays a smart student who get expelled(?)/transferred to a new school. Even though he knows how to fight, he is outnumbered by the sheer numbers of highschool dropouts and iljins at this new school. He becomes prey, before using his brains to find a way out. Be Warned, webtoon is not finished so the drama seems to end abruptly.

-phoenix

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