Hwarang: Beautiful Knights, Literally

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While admittedly I do have a full drama plate right now, I am not adverse to lopping a healthy dose of dessert right on top. But if I really need this dessert that is Hwarang still remains to be seen. Hwarang is full of gorgeous eye-candy….but it hasn’t hit that addictive spot for me yet. This is not say it won’t as it continues to air. Set in the Kingdom of Silla (for once, not Goryeo!), this drama tells the story of three main characters. The first is Moo Myung, a lone wolf of sort, who is incredible at fighting. He has a heavy sense of justice and goes around helping his adoptive brother find his real father. However, they must cross into the capitol city where peasants such as them, are not allowed. While they finally sneak into the capitol, they unfortunately get into several spots of trouble to the point where his adoptive brother is tragically murdered. Moo Myung is traumatized by the death of good friend and brother and vows to hunt down the one responsible. Meanwhile, Maek Jong, the future king of Silla sneaks into the capitol and is laying low due to the great number of assassins after him. His mother is the regent of the kingdom, but seems power hungry and does not want to relinquish her power ot him. Maek Jong is bitter and feels powerless as his mother orders the people beside him to kill whoever sees his father. Unfortunately, this is how Moo Myung’s brother dies for which Moo Myung wants revenge for. Our last leg of the trio is Ah-Ro, the sister of Moo Myung’s adoptive brother. Because of her family’s fall from grace and her birth from a servant mother, she has not status in the city and goes around spinning tales to earn money. She not only encounters Moo Myung, but also Maek Jong on her daily adventures. At this time in the kingdom, the queen decides to from Hwarang, a group of flower boys or knights to help inspire the people as well as protect the future king. We will see just how many nobles will clash in this new formation.

Do I need this drama or not is the question. Although I really want to be addicted to this drama, I just can’t seem to get into the groove of it yet. The first episode was slapsticky, whereas the second gave us a heavy dose of melo. The highlight for me so far was actually the cameo by Kwang Soo! He played Moo Myung’s adoptive brother. He is always so funny to watch and reminded me of his Running Man days. His death was definitely a tearjerker for me and I had wished he could stay longer. As for Park Seo Joon, while I was not a fan of his She Was Pretty, I really really want to like this drama. I believe this is his first period piece and who doesn’t love a little angstng from him? His story is compelling enough, but as for the rest of the plot, it still remains to be seen. I feel like the search for “flower boys” feels a little slapsticky and nonsensical to me, but hey, who is to deny the feast for my eyes? I just don’t know what is is, but I feel like our trio is better suited to modern dramas? They are all capable actors and actresses for sure, but something just not quite there yet for me. However, since this is only episode 2, this is one of those dramas where I am inclined to give it another go.

 

 

She Was Pretty – Hidden Beauty

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I am conflicted about this new drama. While Hwang Jung Eum stars in two of my most favorite dramas, Kill Me Heal Me and Secret Love, I am not feeling it right now with She Was Pretty. Even the addition of the amazing Park Seo Joon, who made a splash in Kill Me Heal Me with her, is just not tiding me over yet. For me, I think it was how her character is written that is not attracting my full attention. In this drama, she stars as Hye-Jin who was a gorgeous little girl that puberty turned the opposite way as an adult. Unfortunately for her, she only has a waitressing job and is ridiculed daily for her looks. With a frumpy appearance of frizzy hair and ruddy cheeks, she is not looked upon favorably and people are surprised that she has a really gorgeous best friend. Now her and her best friends have one of the most loving relationships ever, which may be one reason I keep watching the show. You rarely get to see good girl friendships in dramas, but they really watch out for each other.

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A Peek Into DID: Kill Me Heal Me vs. Hyde, Jekyll, Me

Here is two for one deal! I have officially completed Kill Me Heal Me and dropped Hyde, Jekyll, Me like it’s hot (stopped at ep.14). Kill Me Heal Me touched my heart in so many ways and I have never replayed so many parts of a drama. Meanwhile, while I love Hyun Bin and tolerate Han Ji-Min, I can no longer force myself to watch it.

KMHM Plot: I can definitely say, the right plot really breaks or makes a drama, especially if you have a similar airing drama to compare it to. What KMHM has is a touching and very tightly spun storyline following a pair of children from their tragic pass to how this affects them in the future. Add in exciting and unexpected twists is just the cherry on top which kept my yearning for the next set of episodes each week. Much of the time you are kept guessing at what really happened which is the point since the main character didn’t even know himself the true story of his past and could only assume at first what had occurred. The drama is literally about different perspectives and how just one act can be interpreted in so many ways, many facets just like Do Hyun himself. Even the ending was perfect and cathartic, a truly healing completion to a emotional roller coaster for the viewers and Do Hyun himself.

HJM Plot: Everything since pretty, fluffy, and dream like in the beginning which seriously drew me in. However, the drama is like a broken carousel (forgive my circus metaphors!). It spins colorfully in the beginning, but has no substance and soon you hear the slowed down and warped music as it comes to a complete stop. The premise sounded interesting as I was already watching the other DID drama, and I wanted to see another take on it, with fewer personality. While the DID Seo Jin backstory was fine including the tragic past with his friendenemy, the rest was really flimsy. First of all, the cops are SO INADEQUATE, loosing the villain a billion times with their ineptitude. Seriously, it bordered on farcical how stupid they were and how this was suppose to keep Tae Joo in play to add a somewhat interesting item to the plot. All the romance moving plot was really not and much like a parody instead of a romcom. Basically, a carousel that goes round and round and round when you wish it would just let you off and finish at ep16.

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A Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) Episode 13

The break up  makes Ji Yeon feel worse. Why is Shi Hoon acting like the bad guy? Is this the best he can do?! Shi Hoon explains that Ji Yeon’s mother mentioned how happy she was wearing her white wedding shoes back then. Now, she just looks nervous.

Dong Ha is about to leave when he sees a crying Ji Yeon walking toward her apartment. He stops her, but she doesn’t explain what’s going on.Once back in her apartment, Ji Yeon cries harder.

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A Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) Episode 12

Reality is catching up with Shi Hoon. It’s hitting him right in the face… 

Ji Yeon runs to Dong Ha’s apartment but he doesn’t hear her out. Even before she says a word, he explains that he is sorry for pressuring her (OMG why could you just remain silent for ONCE?!). He will move out as soon as possible to make things less difficult for everyone. The following days Dong Ha starts looking at apartments from right to left. Given his income, the choices aren’t top but he wants to move soon. Soo Chul isn’t happy about Dong Ha’s decision to move. Soo Chul even tries his best to persuade Dong Ha not to move.

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A Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) Episode 11

A painful walk down memory lane as both of our characters think about what their relationship could have been if they had met sooner or if other people weren’t involved.

Shi Hoon and Eun Chae both see something that they weren’t supposed to. Eun Chae sees Ji Yeon and Dong Ha kissing when she goes to give Ji Yeon her cellphone. Soo Chul, who closely followed her, urges her to keep silent. And Shi Hoon sees Ji Yeon helping a drunk Dong Ha in his apartment.

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A Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) Episode 10

Dong Ha breaks down in tears once in his apartment (T__T).

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The next day Shi Hoon picks up Ji Yeon. He vows to keep behaving well from now on (Let’s see how long that lasts). What is painful is that Dong Ha sees both of them in the car at a traffic light (Painful reminder… Not like he needed it). Once at work, Dong Ha focuses on getting his work done and nothing more. He doesn’t pay attention to Ji Yeon and doesn’t even try to help her.

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A Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) Episode 9

Take your Kleenex out. This episode was emotionally charged 😦 

Ji Yeon replays the back hug with Dong Ha. Dong Ha is also thinking about when Ji Yeon lived with Soo Chul and him – Dong Ha feeding Ji Yeon sandwiches he made, teasing her while she was watching TV, etc. (Can those two be any cuter?!).

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Yet, when both see each other at work they feel awkward. They don’t know what to say or  how to act around each other. They try to crack up some jokes and it slightly works. Ji Yeon says that she is happy to be home. Still now, she hears Soo Chul’s voice urging her to get out of the restroom.

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A Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) Episode 8

Shi Hoon’s assistant asks someone in the museum to take the picture with Ji Yeon’s face down. The lady refuses. The picture is already up and visitors have already seen it (Shady assistant). Anyhow it’s too late since Ji Yeon saw it.

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After Shi Hoon’s confession, reporters gather around them. The unwanted attention causes Shi Hoon to drag Ji Yeon out. Reporters run after them, but are unable to catch them.

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A Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) Episode 7

Dong Ha gets ready to attend the alumnae meeting. He is seen rehearsing in front of the mirror, which shows that his confession was sincere!

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Shi Hoon’s arrival causes the girls to go crazy! They haven’t seen him in so long; they all want to catch up but that’s not the case for Ji Yeon. She quickly leaves. She goes to cry in the garden and that’s where Shi Hoon finds her. She hasn’t changed. She always pretends to be strong and isolates herself when she needs to cry. Ji Yeon admits that everything hasn’t been great since he abandoned her. She was depressed and even sent to the hospital because she had collapsed. How dares does he show up like nothing happened?! Shi Hoon doesn’t have the time to give an explanation because Ji Yeon is furious and Dong Ha shows up.

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