First Impressions: Quarantine Lockdown

Well.. Well… Well… This pandemic has been WILD AF. Idk guys, this shit is crazy and idk what I am doing with myself!! I haven’t left my house since I returned from Aruba. It has been a whole week. I am so happy liquor stores aren’t close because Lordy knows what I would be going through if I couldn’t drink. So anyways.. Due to some self-isolation, social distancing and quarantine, I have been sleeping, eating, working from home, reading and watching tv. The watching tv portion has allowed me to check out a few dramas and thus we shall venture below!


Memorist


Genre: Crime, Mystery, Fantasy
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: March 11, 2020 to present
Starring: Yoo Seungho as Dong Baek, Lee Se Young as Han Sun Mi, Jo Sung Ha as Lee Shin Woong

When Dong Baek was a high school student, he suddenly gained a supernatural power. Whenever he touches somebody, he can read that person’s memory. Dong Baek reveals his memory reading ability to people and he becomes a detective. He is gung-ho to catch as many criminals as possible. He encounters a mysterious serial murder case.

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Thoughts: Okay so I mainly decided to check this out because I have a super soft spot for Seungho! The concept seemed interesting especially given the fact that this super power was already known to the public. That being said, I am not feeling it y’all.. I am sorry. I just wasn’t really interested in any part of the story. It felt familiar to what I’ve seen already, but without the same charisma.. I am willing to give this a try later when it has ended as it may just be a binge type of show.

Recommendations: If you’re into thriller shows and enjoy seeing a seasoned cast.

Where To Watch: Viki

First Impression Score: 6.5/10

Skate Into Love


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sports, College
Origin: China
Episodes: 40
Air-date: March 19, 2020 to present
Starring: Wu Qian as Tang Xue, Zhang Xincheng as Li Yubing, Zhou Lijie as Yu Yan, He Xuanlin as Xia Menghuan, Qin Tianyu as Liao Zhenyu

A speed skating girl crosses paths with the ice hockey god of their school. Despite starting off on the wrong foot, they start on a journey to chase after their dreams.

During elementary school, the timid and cowardly Li Yubing (Steven Zhang) had to endure his seat mate Tang Xue’s (Janice Wu) constant bullying. Even so, they share one thing in common, a dream on the ice. When they meet again at Lin Da University, Li Yubing has become the school’s ice god while Tang Xue’s future remains hazy.

Li Yubing pulls a few strings to turn Tang Xue into his helper with the goal of getting payback for everything that she did. The more they spend time together, the more Li Yubing notices Tang Xue’s good qualities. He realizes that his courage on ice is inspired by Tang Xue herself. In turn, he helps Tang Xue rediscover her dream in speed skating.

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Thoughts: I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR THIS DRAMA. I love the novel so much. It was a great read so imagine how psyched I was when I heard that it was getting made into a cdrama! Add to it that Janice was about to be my Tang Xue it was like it was made specifically for me!! Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed the first five episodes that I watched. Yes some things were different from the novel, but overall everything was nearly identical. I am nervous that they’ll drag out the triangles though because that wasn’t the case in the novel and they gotta fill 45 episodes somehow. Anyways I am giving a predication that’ll be a 10/10 drama for me because it was produced by Ashes of Love production team and that drama was pretty good even though I never finished it. Also I loved the book and like how can you fuck it up? No way no way.

Recommendations: If you like Ice sports, cute ass relationships and all the shamelessness!

Where To Watch: Viki

First Impression Score: 10/10

Find Me In Your Memory


Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 32
Air-date: March 18, 2020 to present
Starring: Kim Dong Wook as Lee Jung Hoon, Moon Ga Young as Yeo Ha Jin, Kim Seulgi as Yeo Ha Kyung, Cha Kwang Soo as Lee Dong Young, Gil Hae Yeon as Seo Mi Hyun

The story revolves around a man with hyperthymesia, a condition that gives people the ability to remember an abnormally vast amount of their life experiences in vivid detail, and a woman who has forgotten the most important moments of her life. The two people with similar scars fatefully cross paths one day and come to love each other.

Jeong Hoon is an anchor of a news show which has the highest ratings. Jeong Hoon’s handsome face and perfect body figure make him look good in a suit. Unlike his gentle appearances, he becomes a tyrant all of a sudden and starts asking aggressive questions to whoever it is. Because of hyperthymesia, he remembers every single thing happening in 365 days a year ever since his childhood. He can’t forget the memory of the woman he loved, Seo Yeon, who disappeared 8 years ago. A rising star who attracts everyone’s attention, Ha Jin, appears in front of Jeong Hoon at that moment. Despite all the attention, Ha Jin doesn’t waver and keeps her confidence. However, she has a secret that her memory is fading away. The man who cannot forget and the woman whose memory is fading away. Will they be able to overcome their difficulties, understand each other, and fall in love at the end?

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Thoughts: Of all the dramas in this post, this was the one that surprised me the most. I wasn’t really feeling this initially because the 13 year gap is a lot. However, I am a fan of Moon Ga Young and Kim Seulgi so I always want to support the girls. I ended up being really interested in the story and I want to keep up with this one. I enjoy the concept behind this story a lot. The age gap doesn’t feel very apparent and I like that there are some humorous moments to break up the high tension. I do find it unbelievable that Ga Young is supposed to be the older sister though, but I will ignore that. Heheh. I also do have a problem with the repetition of the “memories” hope that doesn’t happen too much. Yeah.. Imma actively watching this.

Recommendations: If you don’t mind age gap and wanna see Moon Ga Young in fly ass fits.

Where To Watch: Kocowa

First Impression Score: 8/10

I’ve Fallen For You


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Historical, Crime
Origin: China
Episodes: 24
Air-date: February 14, 2020 to March 22, 2020
Starring: Esther Yu as Tian San Qi/He Jin Xin, Liu Yu Chang as Zhao Cuo, Jack Lok as Bai Yi Fei, Anna Hollen as He Ruo Yao

A story that follows the quirky female investigator Tian Sanqi as she searches for her long lost ‘brother’ and cracks many cases along the way.

Growing up, Tian Sanqi (Esther Yu) had a strange liking for performing autopsies. She had an older ‘brother’ who would always be by her side and they spent many good years together. One day, he mysteriously disappears. Sanqi as a child promises to find her true love and vows never to marry unless it’s him.

In her search, she comes across many potential candidates and forms new friendships. The gang accidentally becomes involved in several cases in the area one of which seems closely related to the disappearance of her ‘brother’ all those years ago. A shocking conspiracy that is 10 years in the making comes to light.

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Thoughts: I am watching Idol Producer 3 aka Youth with You and so I felt an obligation to finally watch something with Esther Yu as she is very clearly and heavily being pushed on the show. She is an established actress, but she also was a rumored sasaeng fan. So yes, I came here to judge.. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall vibe and found that it was kinda enjoyable. The character she plays reminds me of her attitude on the show; take that how you want. I find the rapport between the leads to be good. I just hope that the main female lead does not stay this ditzy for all 24 episodes because I am not with it. Also bonus points to this drama for having Anna Holden because I loved her in Lucky’s First Love.. Hehehe.. I may give this a few more episodes tbh.

Recommendations: If you like simple rom-coms, don’t mind airhead leads and need something light.

Where To Watch: iQIYI App

First Impression Score: 7/10

A Piece of Your Mind


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Melodram
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: March 23, 2020 to present
Starring: Jung Hae In as Moon Ha Won, Chae Soo Bin as Han Seo Woo, Lee Ha Na as Moon Soon Ho, Kim Sun Gyu as Kang In Wook

A drama-romance between Ha Won and Han Seo Woo. Ha Won is an AI programmer and he is the founder of M&H Company. He is a consistent person with a good heart. Meanwhile, Han Seo Woo works as a classical music recording engineer. Her life is unstable without a family or house, but she is a positive person.

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Thoughts: This is the sole reason this first impressions post has taken so long… SHIT IS SO MOTHERFUCKING BORING. Like I am 93% sure that Jung Hae In just goes “mhm which boring ass drama should I choose?” It felt like a chore to finish episode 2 and so I didn’t.. Don’t get me wrong though, I do enjoy these type of shows but like there was no charisma or chemistry anywhere. I wanted to like Jung Hae In’s character because hello self-insert!! However, he was just so dull and uninteresting. Chae Soo Bin’s character feels overdone. I feel like we’ve seen her play this tenacious character in every show. Where is the range? The only person that was mildly interesting was Lee Ha Na, but it wasn’t enough. I just legitimately didn’t care about a single thing. I think that cast chemistry is so important and they do not have this. I will NOT be revisiting this.

Recommendations: If you like boring shit and appreciate slow burn, healing romances.

Where To Watch: Viki

First Impression Score: 5/10


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Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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