Hit It or Skip It – April 2021 Week 2

We are heading into the second quarter of the year and everyone seems to be coming out with music. I thought I wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed but damn, slow down. But I even shocked myself with my opinions this week.

WENDY “Like Water”

New face but same amazing voice. I am in love with this ballad. Her voice is truly soothing.

ASTRO “ONE”

This is a different sound and concept for them. Astro went down that sexy generic BG lane. But the song isn’t terrible.

Mirani feat. pH-1 “Daisy”

First lady of AREA!! I love how addicting this song is and even though it’s all autotuned, I love her rap style. And I’m probably the only one shipping her with pH-1.

D-Crunch “My Name”

The MV doesn’t match the vibe of the song but I really love the rock ballad undertones.

Chanyeol “Tomorrow”

SM should have just let him debut as a rock soloist because this is the tea here.

LUNARSOLAR “DADADA”

They give me a SNSD mixed with new school sounds and I like it.

OnlyOneOf “libidO”

This song is becoming viral and I can see why. Outside of the sexy performance, this song has a nice futuristic R&B vibe.

STAYC “ASAP”

This feels like a cute springy song. A bit of a bop. The pre-chorus and chorus sell me on this song.

SuperM “We DO”

Even though this isn’t even going to be on any one’s album… this is a BOP! I can already feel the haters coming for them but that’s just because they do things better.

Moon Sujin feat. Moon Taeil of NCT “The Moon”

When you have people who can really sing, the song is magical. When Taeil came in, the song was elevated 10X. Love this jazzy ballad.

ROSE “GONE”

I tried but this has to be a pass for me. Her voice becomes annoying really quickly.

Lee Jin Hyuk “5K”

I wanted to like this but Jinhyuk doesn’t have the skills to keep up this solo career. He’s not that good of a rapper and this song shows it.

Kim Jae Hwan “I Wouldn’t Look For You”

I absolutely adore Jaehwan’s voice but this song isn’t it. It just falls flat.

BAE173 “Loved You”

This sounds like a bad europop song. Like I need to be on a boat to enjoy this, maybe.

Amber Liu feat. Peniel of BTOB “Neon”

I wanted to like this but it just feels like Amber is a youtuber who knows how to sing. The song felt hollow.

2Z “O@SIS”

They have done better things in the past. This just feels… lacking.

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Whatcha Watchin’ – April 6th: All By Myself

So this trick left me alone for a week! How dare she… either way, I was true to my name and hella lazy and forgot about this. If you don’t tell, I won’t either.

Lazy Unnie

I’ve had a bit of watch ADD and have been jumping around from show to show, not really finding my groove in what to watch. I need to make April a month where I just finish all the shows I have half watched so come May, I can watch all new things. But we will see.

Dramas

Hello, Me! – It’s the final week! I can see them start to wrap up some storylines but I still feel like 2 episodes isn’t enough for me to be satisfied with it. I guess we’ll see.

The Brightest Star in the Sky – This had been on my list for a long time and I finally started it. It’s probably going to be a slow burn because it’s entertaining so far but there are a lot of parts I find extremely boring. They need to hurry up with the romance.

18 Again – Have I mentioned I love Lee Do Hyun? Cause if I didn’t… now you know. I am not the biggest fan of the American source material, sorry Zefron. But I am liking this so far. So much second hand embarrassment.

Varieties

High School Rapper 4 – After I sped through SMTM9, I had to start HSR4 and now I’m anxiously waiting new subbed episodes.

Kingdom: Legendary War – I don’t know why this season is causing me anxiety. Maybe because all the groups, except SF9, all have members missing or scandals surrounding them. I love each group and am anticipating some amazing performances. But it does make me a little sad.


Hit It or Skip It – April 2021 Week 1

I know I’m late but since this is technically supposed to be Sugar Baby’s week and she’s away, I feel like I deserve a pass. And my last week’s prediction was right, everyone decided to release music at the end of the month because holy shit, so many songs.

Kang Seung Yoon “YAH”

I didn’t know what to expect but I didn’t hate it and I love the rocker feel.

pH-1 “Antisocial”

It is really hard for me to hate when pH-1 does anything really. Then he makes songs that are always so on brand for me.

Kim Sejeong feat. lilBOI “Warning”

I liked this more than I thought I would. It is cute and the lilBOI feature gave it the edge the song needed. Well done.

Baekhyun “Bambi”

New King of KR&B is just doing everything right. He is trying to give us some babies before he goes away for 18 months.

DKB “ALL IN”

I wanted to skip it based on the MV but the song is really good and it reminds me of older BGs. Wish the concept matched.

WJSN “UNNATUAL”

TALK ABOUT A BOP!

3YE “STALKER”

Low key but high key love this. This is a great dance track and the hook is addicting.

SEVENTEEN’s Hoshi “Spider”

I immediately get Taemin/Wonho vibes but that isn’t really a bad thing. It’s groovy and the performance makes it better.

Moti Feat. CAMO “WHENEVER”

I live for PLT members and this song is exactly what I wanted and expected. I’m not crazy about the autotune but thats hip-hop.

CHECKMATE “YOU”

KARD 2.0 just didn’t bring it this time. I just kept waiting for the song to… do more and it just felt one note.

Kim Sung Kyu “HUSH”

Kind of wish it would have stayed more of a ballad and didn’t go more upper tempo.

Park Bom Feat. Changmo “Do Re Mi Fa Sol”

The song isn’t actually bad but it isn’t one that I can listen to again. I don’t know if its because of all the work she had done but Bom’s voice kinda fucks this song up.

T1419 “EXIT”

This had the potential to be good but it’s not catchy at all. And legit forgettable.

BTS “Film Out”

As a fan I’m disappointed as fuck. Like… I legit fell asleep listening.

2Z “O@SIS”

They have done better things in the past. This just feels… lacking.

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To All The Oppas and Unnies We Loved – First Quarter 2021

Happy 2021… the sequel to 2020. This first quarter is a little different because instead of forcing opinions, we decided to each take a half. So Sugar Baby has the Oppa and Lazy has the Unnie. Maybe next quarter we get floored by some more people and will have 4 again.


Sugar Baby’s ‘Oppa’

Gong Jun

Dear Gong Jun,

I would like my eggs to be cracked and scrambled. What a man! What a man! I need to go on record and say that I was trying to have you spread me wide like butter on toast long before you became the phenomenal star that you are now thanks to Word of Honor so basically I should get first dibs on the cock. 😇

It’s been so great watching your rise to fame and I love that there are more offers coming your way. I thought you were so adorable, cute and freaking fine in Begin Again and even though I saw you in things previously that was the one for meeee. I can’t wait for the best for you that is yet to come. I love you, husband.

Lazy Unnie’s ‘Unnie’

So Ju Yeon

Dear Cabbage Patch,

I adore you. Everything is just perfect. When I saw you were casted as the lead in the Korean version of A Love So Beautiful, I knew that you were the perfect choice. Sadly you weren’t gifted with a suitable lead costar, but I know you probably were a shining star.

Just like you were a shining star for me in Lovestuck in the City. Your character was so relatable and I believe that is because of your portrayal alone. You know how to do sweet and quirky without being annoying. Now you have me wanting to binge Dr. Romantic 2 just so I can see your dimpled smile on the screen. You are definitely the kind of leading lady that I look for in dramas and I can’t wait to see you in many many more.


Asian Drama Bingo : March Check-In

Melanated March and Women’s History month… went by in a blur. But I have to say that having been a year since being in quarantine has really put life in perspective. Anyway, I hope you all watched more dramas than we did.

Lazy Unnie’s Card

I will say I’m not disappointed with the amount of dramas I got done this month. I did watch a lot of Show Me The Money and High School Rapper… but that don’t count.

Sugar Baby’s Card

It’s been a year of WFH for me… what.


Hit It or Skip It – March 2021 Week 4

Is it just me or did March feel like it was both long and short? Or maybe it was just me waiting for the third round of stimulus payments. Either way, we’ve made it to the end of the month and with that a brand new crop of songs. As far as a month goes… pretty lack luster. Maybe next week Baekhyun’s release will save the month.

YOUHA “zzz”

The vibe is definitely one I love. Like early 2000’s coffee shop music.

CLC’s SORN “RUN”

I wanted to hate this but this is very Hilary Duff and I think it somehow works.

IU “Coin”

I love this as a pre-release. I am here for the funky retro sound and her lower register is nice to listen to.

Jackson Wang “Leave Me Loving You”

This was so close to a skip but upon second listen, I realized how cute this actually is and it’s nice to hear Jackson’s husky singing.

Kangta “Freezing”

I don’t know why I expected something good. It wasn’t.

IU “LILAC”

I wanted to like this as much as Coin but I couldn’t do it. It just pales in comparison.

RODA (M.O.N.T) “ANXIOUS”

This could have been good but it sounds really jumbled and no clear sound. Just noise.

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Least Favorite SOTW:

The Longest Road to Kingdom

Road To Kingdom

Annyeong! With Kingdom right around the corner we have decided to bless you with our 100% biased and definitely true ranking of the performances. Sugar Baby’s rankings are of course more valid since she is a misandrist! Heheheh. Once again…

Road To Kingdom is seven “nugu” groups battling for a spot in Kingdom which is Queendom’s counterpart and is just proof that Mnet hates women. Change my mind.

The seven contestants were:

  • Pentagon – Originally a ten member group that is now nine, was created through the Mnet survival show called Pentagon Maker. They debuted in October 2016 under CUBE Entertainment.
  • ONF –  Currently a six member group under WM Entertainment, debuted August 2017 as seven members and divided into two sub-units.
  • The Boyz– An eleven member group after their twelfth member departed in 2019, debuted under Cre.Ker Entertainment in December 2017. Has members that were in Produce 101 Season 2 and High School Rapper.
  • Golden Child– Dubbed INFINITE’s little brother group, the ten member group debuted under Woollim Entertainment in August 2017. Their leader is the actual younger brother of INFINITE‘s Sungyeol.
  • VERIVERY – Jellyfish Entertainment’s second boy group consists of seven members and debuted January 2019.
  • ONEUS – Debuting the same day as VERIVERY, this RBW Entertainment six member group are a mixture of members who have had their time on survival programs which include MIX NINE and Produce 101 Season 2.
  • TOO – This ten member group was created through the survival show WORLD KLASS. They were co-managed by n.CH Entertainment and Stone Music Entertainment.

Unlike Sugar Baby, Lazy Unnie actually watched the show in its entirety. Since most of our rankings differ, we are just going to post our top two and link the rest. Let’s get into the rankings! xx


90 Seconds Performances

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Sugar Baby’s Top Pick
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Song of King

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Sugar Baby’s Top Pick
Lazy Unnie’s Top Pick

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My Song

Lazy Unnie’s Rank

Sugar Baby’s Top Pick
Lazy Unnie’s Top Pick

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Collaboration & Your Song

VERIVERY & TOO “On”
Pentagon & ONF “Kill This Love”
The Boyz & Oneus “Heroine”

Lazy Unnie’s Rank

  • Rank 3 – VERIVERY & TOO “ON”
  • Rank 2 – The Boyz & ONEUS “Heroine”
  • Rank 1 – Pentagon & ONF “Kill This Love”

Sugar Baby Unnie’s Rank

  • Rank 3 – VERIVERY & TOO “ON”
  • Rank 2 – The Boyz & ONEUS “Heroine”
  • Rank 1 – Pentagon & ONF “Kill This Love”

Lazy Unnie’s Rank

Sugar Baby’s Top Pick
Lazy Unnie’s Top Pick

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Finale Live Comeback Stages

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Sugar Baby’s Top Pick
Lazy Unnie’s Top Pick

Sugar Baby Unnie’s Rank


Since this is being posted right before the season of Kingdom airs, spoiler…. The Boyz won and will be participating in the male version of Queendom. They will be going up against ATEEZ, Stray Kids, SF9, iKON and BTOB. Let’s see how biases MNET can be this time around. Good luck!

Until Next Time! 😉

Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Where Stars Land

Where Stars Land follows the lives of workers at Incheon Airport, and in particular, the interactions between a clumsy, yet bubbly, woman named Han Yeo Reum and a prickly and mysterious man named Lee Soo Yeon. Han Yeo Reum is a first year member of the Passenger Services team and is anything but ordinary. She wants to be a perfectionist and get everything right but her very clumsy and reckless nature goes against this dream. She has a good heart and strives to do the right thing even if it means going against the rules. Lee Soo Yeon is also a first year member of the General Planning department. He is a perfectionist who wants nothing but to be ordinary. He graduated from KAIST and dreamed of becoming a pilot. He seems cold and aloof when in fact he is lonely, but a mysterious secret he hides causes him to distance himself from everyone he interacts with. When these two polar opposite individuals interact, they start off at the wrong foot. But over time, can a love develop?

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  • Starring: Lee Je Hoon | Chae Soo Bin | Lee Dong Gun | Kim Jee Soo | Kim Kyung Nam | Lee Soo Kyung
  • Episodes: 32 (30 Min.)
  • Aired: October 1 – November 26, 2018
  • Network: SBS
  • Where to Watch: VIKI


There are times when I’m completely wrong about a show. Before starting this, it was never on my list even though I find Chae Soo Bin adorable and Lee Je Hoon dreamy. Something about the poster and the synopsis didn’t really feel like the show had any depth to it. Oh was I wrong. This show had some depth, sometimes too much. What I thought was going to be a boring show about airport employees turned out to be a story about the inner workings of blended families, navigating a hectic workplace and those relationships, and self identity as a person with a disability. Throw some romance on top of that, and you have this underrated drama.

What I think I liked the most about this was it didn’t seem to shy away from the seriousness of Lee Seo Yoon’s feelings since his accident. He went from being a healthy and somewhat happy teenager to not being able to move half of his limbs. It was shocking and of course he had some anger and resentment. But it was his depiction of how he felt being in the wheelchair that really touched my heart. What also touched my heart was the one part when Han Yeo Reum basically asks him if he likes her and he is like yeah. No ifs, ands or buts. It was as if he couldn’t lie! I think that made me fall for him a bit. There were times when I was frustrated with him but in the end, I understood why he made some of the choices he did. He just wanted to live a “normal” life and love who he wanted to love, can’t fault a guy for that. He had some of the best lines too! My favorite was :

“If could take a person 3 weeks, 3 years or 3 seconds to suddenly start liking someone. Every person can have a different memory of when they first met someone.”

– Lee Soo Yeon

AND HE SAID IT TOOK HIM 3 SECONDS TO FALL FOR HAN YEO REUM! SWOON

Now Han Yeo Reum… I didn’t hate her. There were moments when I wanted to. Especially when it came to her and her friend Go Eun Seob, but in the end, I understood it too. Sometimes the heart just wants what it wants and you can’t force it just for the sake of it. Speaking of Go Eun Seob, Rowoon had the puppy dog second lead face down. But boy was his game weak. If a girl is basically telling you that you have NO chance… and you still hanging around, you deserve whatever happens.

The part of the show that I thought was going to be the most boring ended up being the most interesting. I loved seeing the inner workings of the airport and all the things that went wrong and the solutions. There were sub plots about the airport being privatized but that kinda went over my head. I felt that they could have done better at that and dealing with the relationship between Seo In Woo, Lee Soo Yeon’s step brother. Honorable mentions definitely go to the second romance of the show, between security personnel Oh Dae Gi and Na Yeong Joo. It was nice to see the push and pull between them and the little moments of budding romance. I could have done with a whole spin off of them.

In the end, I really liked this drama and really don’t understand why it doesn’t have a higher rating. I thought that it had great moments of comedy, romance, action, and even melodrama. Surprisingly, it is one that I would probably rewatch again.

Acting : 8.5/10
Story : 8/10
Music : 9/10
Overall : 8.5/10
Recommended For : Anyone looking for a nice filler drama

Fave Song : Gravity of Love – JOONIL JUNG

Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Lovestruck in the City

Lovestruck in the City is a realistic portrayal of young people who pursue romance and happiness, while struggling to get by in a busy, competitive urban environment. Park Jae Won is an honest man, a passionate architect and lover of city alleyways. His hobby is collecting new hobbies. A romantic at heart, he cannot forget a certain woman. This thief of his heart, and his camera, has disappeared, much like a fleeting midsummer night’s dream. Lee Eun Oh is an ordinary woman who temporarily re-invents herself as the spontaneous and free-spirited Yun Seon Ah. On a whim, she heads to parts unknown, where Jae Won falls in love with her new identity.

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  • Starring: Ji Chang Wook | Kim Ji Won | Kim Minseok | So Ju Yeon | Ryu Kyung Soo | Han Ji Eun
  • Episodes: 17 (33 Min.)
  • Aired: December 22, 2020 – February 16, 2021
  • Network: Netflix
  • Where to Watch: Netflix


From just a glance at the trailer, I really thought this was going to be a snorefest. A friend of mine kept begging me to watch it and she said I wouldn’t regret it. I’m really glad she made me start this because my assumptions about this were completely wrong.

At the base, this is just a show about different couples and their approach to relationships. It is presented in as if all 3 couples are on a documentary style reality show. When it was first shown to be that way, I was a bit confused because it just seemed like they were breaking the 4th wall and talking to the viewers. But that ambiguous character of the “documentary” was actually genius. It allowed us, the viewer, an inside look to what these characters were truly feeling and how they behaved without prejudice.

Speaking of the characters, I loved and hated them at the same time. The more episodes I watched, the more I felt like they were my own group of friends. I’ll go couple by couple. Starting off with the obvious main of Ji Chang Wook and Kim Ji Won’s Park Jae Won and Lee Eun Oh/Yoon Sun ah. This couple was the most annoying because some of the choices they made had me questioning their sanity. I really was torn with liking Jae Won because the fact that he was so about Yoon Sun Ah that he legit said I love you when they fucked. Like bro! Calm the hell down. But what annoyed me the most was how Eun Oh was obviously in love with Jae Won, but everything was a big secret. Even from her besties for life, Kang Gun and Seo Rin Yi. A lot of their turmoil could have been avoided with some communication.

Second and third were the relationships between Jae Won’s cousin Choi Kyung Joon and Seo Rin Yi and the off and on one of Kang Gun and badass Oh Sun Young. These were my favorite couples and I wish there was more time dedicated to them. Kang Gun and Sun Young seemed like the most realistic relationship of the three and I really hope for a second season to see more of them. But the stand out was obviously So Ju Yeon’s Seo Rin Yi. She was an adorable free spirited part timer who was content in her life. But Choi Kyung Joon played by the oh so sexy Kim Min Seok was the straight guy who loved her forever. He did come off a little stalkery and I was not here for that. But it was refreshing to see how their relationship started in the beginning of the show and where it ended up by the end.

What I liked most about this show was the fact that these characters were behaving in a way you would expect 20 and 30 somethings to behave. They lusted, loved and really showed it all. The ups and the downs of falling in love were all present. I also loved how small the world was. Everyone was connected in obvious and random ways at the same time. The realness and the sexy ass chemistry is definitely a perk with this drama.

Acting : 8.5/10
Story : 8.5/10
Music : 8/10
Overall : 8.5/10
Recommended For : People looking for a more adult romantic comedy

Fave Song : Love and PainLee Suhyun

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: He Is Psychometric

He Is Psychometric


Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Comedy, Romance, Drama
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: Mar 11, 2019 – Apr 30, 2019
Starring: Park Jin Young as Lee Ahn, Shin Ye Eun as Yoon Jae In, Kim Kwon as Kang Sung Mo, Kim Da Som as Eun Ji Soo

After losing his parents in a fire, Lee Ahn acquires the power of psychometry, the ability to read a person or an object’s past through physical contact, and he decides to use it to take bad people down. While he does not know how to control his power yet, he meets Yoon Jae In who tries her best to hide her painful secrets. Together with his foster guardian, prosecutor Kang Seong Mo, and the latter’s colleague, investigator Eun Ji Soo, they team up to solve an elusive case that has been haunting the lives of Ahn, Sung Mo, and Jae In. The case revolves around the life of prosecutor Kang’s mother and father who were the main cause of the fire. Jae In and Lee Ahn heal each other through their past present and future and find the culprit.

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Honestly.. I am still trying to figure what was the story that the writer was trying to tell in the end? I could say this is a drama about trying to seek justice and uncover the truth behind a case from years ago. Or it could be a drama about how Alexithymia and psychopathy intersect. Or it could just be a story about a young man learning to control this ability that he found. Or it could be all of these, but simultaneously none? Idk I just feel so incomplete after finishing this drama.

The Good: Okay acting overall from everyone. Some were stronger than others. The sets were also nice to look at and there was a nice energy between Jisoo and Sungmo that allowed for certain things that later occured to be impactful. It was nice to see Lee Ahn develop his powers as the story progressed.

The Bad: Characters were story driven rather than feeling as if they were palpable human beings. Useless scenes were amplified and the plot does a lot of tell then show, implying that users are not big brained enough to notice the hints along the way. There was no romantic chemistry between Lee Ahn and Jae In.

The Ugly: Killing Jisoo for no reason but to increase everyone’s man pain. Watching this drama during Women’s History month almost felt like an insult.

Overall, I can’t say I enjoyed this, but I don’t detest it. I feel like Korea drops the ball often on these type of crime/justice shows and it is almost never done correctly. It felt to me like the drama took parts of other shows without anything that was unique or a charming point for itself.


Story: 6/10
Acting: 8/10
Music: 7/10
Rewatch Value: 1/10
Overall: 6.5/10

Fave Song: With You – Fromm