Hit It or Skip It – January 2022 Week 3

Seems like everyone is back from their Christmas vacations. So many songs came out this week. Were they all good? Not a chance. But I gave them a listen and this is what stood out.

Whee In “오묘해”

Not a bad song. Very her and very chill.

fromis_9 “DM”

Fun little disco-lite track. Might actually learn who members.

DRIPPIN “Villain”

I always forget about Drippin but this is actually really good. Reminds me of something out of the VIXX wheelhouse.

ASTRO’s JinJin & Rocky “Just Breathe”

EVerything about this is just fun. I love this combination of members and a song to match their personality.

YENA “Smiley”

For a solo debut, it’s cute. It feels very late Avil Lavinge.

VICTON “Chronograph”

Was gonna give them a skip for the off beat rap but the SHINee chorus keeps bringing me back.

Moon Byul “LUNATIC”

Usually don’t vibe well with Moon Byul but this is a bop.

Taeyeon “Can’t Control Myself”

Something about this screams Taylor Swift and I hate that for Taeyeon.

AB6IX ” 1, 2, 3″

I don’t dislike it but something about it makes me uncomfortable. Like it’s supposed to be a faster song but they’ve slowed it down .05 speed.

BamBam “Slow Mo”

Love BamBam but this is just a no for me. It’s really not my cup a tea.

LUMINOUS “All Eyes Down”

Feels like it went through the typical BG ringer. Nothing makes it stand out so it ends up being boring.

Mark Tuan “My Life”

Like the lyrics but not the execution.

YUJU “Play”

Sexy but that kind of boring sexy.

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Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Best Mistake Season 2

In the first season that played back in July, a model student named Kim Yeon-doo, who is devoted to her studies, got involved with Ji Hyeon-ho, who was branded as a bully, and went through stages of teenage romance, friendship and growth.

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  • Starring: Lee Eun Jae | Kang Yul | Lee Jung Joon | Park E Hyun | Yoon Jun Won
  • Episodes: 16 (15 mins.)
  • Aired: March 31 – May 21, 2021
  • Network: vLive
  • Where to Watch: VIKI


When I started the first season of this, it was to get more boxes on my bingo. And I devoured it. However, when it was time to get into season 2, that charm and good feeling that I had was quickly replaced with annoyance. Season 2 picks up basically where season 1 ends, our bad-boy and goodie-two-shoes couple, Kim Yeon Du and Ji Hyeong Ho, are going strong. Almost sickeningly well. But that is expected from this high-school love story. Their friends, Seo Ju Ho and Ryu Sol are playing this will they, won’t they kind of relationship and honestly, I wish they would have spent some more time on them because it made no sense to me why they wouldn’t just be together. But what do they do? Add three new characters and so many love triangles, I felt like I was in a calculus class.

Let’s talk about these new characters. The only one I really liked was Kang Ah Hoon. He had no real purpose to any of the storylines other than being this sort of annoyingly cute younger brother type who was Yeon Du’s upstairs neighbor and had a strange connection to Choi Seung Hyun. Who is Choi Seung Hyun? Our star of two of the new love triangles. I didn’t really mind his character but it just felt weird why he was so cold to everyone but automatically fell in like with Yeon Du. But of course, since he was this baseball star and honestly the cuter of the male leads, Yeon Du’s bestie falls for him as well. Hence, love triangle number two. But it was the antagonist of this season that really made no sense to me. Yun Ah Ra popped up out of nowhere and stuck herself into this friend group. She basically took over the role Ryu Sol had in season 1 but instead of being a bitch from the beginning, she had this fake nice appearance and a weird revenge plot. And of course, because this is a typical not deep web drama, all the “drama” is resolved by episode 16.

I think the reason why I didn’t really jell with this season was the conflict felt contrite and a bit more forced than in season one. And because in season one we already did the love triangle thing, I didn’t think we needed to go for that again so soon. I did like the new characters to an extent and I wonder if they will stay around for season 3 but honestly, I would like us to move on from the Yeon Du/ Hyun Ho couple. They’ve had their time, give someone else a shot to be vomit-inducingly sweet.

Acting:7/10
Story: 7/10
Music: 6/10
Overall: 7/10

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Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: My Name

My Name


Genre: Action, Crime, Noir, Action
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 8
Air-date: Oct 15, 2021
Starring: Han So Hee as Yoon Ji Woo / Oh Hye Jin, Park Hee Soon as Choi Mu Jin, Ah Bo Hyun as Jeon Pil Do

Following her father’s murder, a revenge-driven woman puts her trust in a powerful crime boss — and enters the police force under his direction. Yoon Ji Woo, a member of the organized crime ring, goes undercover as a police officer and harbors cold revenge in her heart. Helping Yoon Ji Woo go undercover is Choi Moo Jin, the boss of, the biggest drug ring in Korea, whose true motives are not easy to read. Jeon Pil Do, a police detective in the Drug Investigation Unit. He is a stickler for rules who becomes Yoon Ji Woo’s partner when she joins the police. Cha Gi Ho, the team leader of the Drug Investigation Unit. He and Choi Moo Jin have long been enemies, with Cha Gi Ho vowing to take down his crime ring before he retires. Jung Tae Joo, Choi Moo Jin’s subordinate in the drug ring. Because of his steadfast loyalty, he is Choi Moo Jin’s most trusted henchman. Do Gang Jae, a former member of the drug ring. After causing problems and getting kicked out of the gang, he vowed revenge against them.

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So.. fun fact about me.. I have always thought that Netflix dramas, whether originals or just the ones they get exclusive airing rights to, are always severely overhyped and I have yet to be proven wrong. So yeah I watched My Name because everyone kept saying how amazing it was and I suppose in a way it may have been for a lot of people. Sadly, I am not one of those people.

I think that overall this is an okay drama, but I think that I am extra harsh because of how well liked and highly rated this is because lord knows there is literally nothing new here at all. I felt like I watched this show a million times already and unfortunately this is not my favorite version. Every action, reaction and dialogue was by the book. I can give props where props are due, and say that the acting and soundtrack were extremely good. I am very impressed by Han So Hee here because the things I have seen her in have not done her justice. However, Park Hee Son ate her ass up! Whew! And he was so damn fine here too like gagging. I wanna split on his cock. I will join as your second wife.

Predictable storyline with a lot of inconsistencies aside, chemistry was a big meh here and so I can see the unnecessary sex scene complaints validity. Romance was not necessary here. This though, brings me back to my point that shows that become insanely hyped up are like this because they are on Netflix. I feel like there would’ve been more intense scrutiny to this show if it was on a different network. Like, the showdown was so damn unbelievable lmfaoooooooo. Let’s be honest here, the bloody fights and raging violence were definitely what people looked forward to this most.

All in all, decent show that requires you to suspend disbelief. Uh pretty good fight scenes and acting. Severely overrated. Park Hee Soon call me.


Story: 6/10
Acting: 9/10
Music: 8/10
Rewatch Value: 2/10
Overall: 6.5/10

Lazy Unnie’s Couch: W – Two Worlds Apart

Oh Sung Moo, the father of cardiothoracic surgeon Oh Yeon Joo, mysteriously goes missing while writing the last chapter of his webtoon “W”. Yeon Joo goes to his office looking, but a hand from his monitor suddenly pulls her in, and she finds herself on the rooftop of a building, next to a bloodied man. She manages to save the person, only to realize that he is Kang Cheol, the main character of her father’s webtoon. Yeon Joo later discovers she can only enter and leave the webtoon depending on Kang Cheol’s feelings.

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  • Starring: Han Hyo Joo | Lee Jung Suk | Kim Eui Sung
  • Episodes: 16 (60 mins.)
  • Aired: July 20 – September 14, 2016
  • Network: MBC
  • Where to Watch: VIKI


This will be the 5th year since I got into K-dramas and everything Korean, and I somehow wanted to start off this one with a show from my to-watch list. A show that has been on there from the beginning. I will tell you right now I regret everything about that decision. I assumed that since this was one that I knew a lot of people had watched and the ratings weren’t terrible, I would enjoy this fantasy rollercoaster. Well, we know what they say about assumptions.

Originally I thought the premise was going to be something along the lines of Extra-Ordinary You. Comic book characters and a fracture of their reality. Yes, W had that but where Extra-Ordinary You had a clear storyline from beginning to end, this one lost me pretty early on. We have our female lead, who, I had to admit was actually interesting. Oh Yeon Joo without the aide of our male lead of Kang Cheol was pretty strong. But where she started to falter was when all of a sudden she was head over heels in love with this technically two-dimensional character. Not even gonna lie to you, I have had my share of crushes that weren’t real but this took that idea to the next level. And I think it was that “love” and the idea that she was going to do anything to save Kang Cheol that made the plot derail a bit.

For me, things started to go awry when there really wasn’t a clear explanation on why the characters could travel between the real world and the comic world so easily. Yes, a few times it made sense but once Oh Yeon Joo started to really become a character in the comic, the grip on reality was starting to get lost. And the plot REALLY lost me when they wanted to throw in random amnesia plots and backtracking on villain plots.

Speaking of… THE VILLAINS! From episode one when I saw that Kang Cheol was stabbed, I called that it was the lawyer dude who was his nemesis. But do they go with that logical choice? No. They make it the comic creator and then do some more weird shit. Maybe it was there I was done with the foolishness. Or maybe it was the misplaced cute romantic moments. I loved them because the leads definitely had a chemistry that was undeniable but I hated them because when they happened it wasn’t really a time to be all cute and shit. I mean, they are making out in a prison holding room after Kang Cheol gets Oh Yeon Joo out of comic world jail. Priorities people.

However, like I said, I loved their chemistry. The acting was also really good. And I loved the characters. I thought it was cool in some scenes how when Oh Yeon Joo would travel through the worlds and they would be the same place but just different. Like a bizarro world. But with all those things, it couldn’t save me from the mess of a plot. It felt like the writers took a shotgun to the plot and tried to close up the wound with bandaids for the rest of the season. Thankfully I only had to make it through 16 episodes. If it was longer… well, let us not think negative things.

Acting : 9/10
Story : 4/10
Music : 7/10
Overall : 6.5/10

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The Unnie’s Review Couch Corner: Work Later, Drink Now

Work Later, Drink Now tells the story of three women whose belief in life is one drink at the end of the day.

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  • Starring : Lee Sun Bin | Han Sun Hwa | Jeong Eun Ji | Choi Si Won
  • Episodes : 12 (35 mins.)
  • Aired : Oct 22, 2021 – Nov 26, 2021
  • Network : TVN

Nothing beats a nice drink after work…

Work Later, Drink Now Review

Acting : 8/10
Story : 9/10
Music : 7/10
Overall : 8.5/10




Story: 9/10
Acting: 9/10
Music: 8/10
Rewatch Value: 9/10
Overall: 9/10


Hit It or Skip It – January 2022 Week 2

Merry New Year! This week was lame. Also new general rule for me when it comes to this; if I don’t add it to playlist then it’s gonna be a skip. If I do eventually like it well then that happens haahah.

Kim Yo Han ‘Dessert’

We all know I am very basic in my tastes when it comes to male soloists.. hehe

Mirae ‘Marvelous’

So much going on here that is great!!

Hyolyn ft. Jooyoung ‘Laying Low’

FUCK IT UP QUEEN!

Max Changmin ‘Devil’

Cool boy winter! I just wanna sex you upppp.

MOMOLAND X NATTI NATASHA ‘Yummy Yummy’

Yummy yummy loveeeee. its pretty great.

Enhypen ‘Blessed-cursed’

I was fully intending on saying that I need to learn the members of this group but compared to the releases last year this is a certified skip. MID.

Hong Eunki ‘Dear’

Zzzzzzzz.

Swan ‘Road In The Light’

Beautiful voice.. Boring song..

OnlyOneOf ‘skinz’

Eh.. Nice interesting production but no hook to hold on to..

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Sugar Baby’s Review Corner – Girl Next Room: Motorbike Baby

Girl Next Room: Motorbike Baby


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Youth, Drama
Origin: Thailand
Episodes: 6
Air-date: Mar 1, 2020 – Apr 5, 2020
Starring: Mook Worranit Thawornwong as Sundae, Toy Pathompong Reonchaidee as Tankhun, Fluke Gawin Caskey as Mile

Sundae lives in a dormitory that is owned by Mrs. Jam and her son Sky. One strict rule is that no boys are allowed in the dormitory. However, Sundae is torn between her ex-boyfriend and new potential love, who will she choose?

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You know me.. When I am in a drama funk, I gotta go all over and watch a bunch of this. This came onto my radar because I was watching F4:Thailand and stumbled down a rabbit hole of Thai actors once more. I recognized Toy and a bunch of other girls in this season, so I thought why not give it a go. Seemed like a cool enough concept.

The first story in the series centers on Sundae and Tankhun’s love story.. Now, I am not usually one for second chance romances or obvious love triangles in plot summaries, but in this case I allowed it simply because I find Toy to be more attractive than Fluke. Yeah, I am basic we already know this. Anyways, I didn’t really have a problem with this story as I found it to be very typical and easily digestible. The first half of the drama was a bit lighter than the second half and I know the complaint seems to be that the things that happened came out of nowhere, but I disagree and feel like there were a few very subtle signs along the way. I disliked Sundae’s family for the most part, but I really enjoyed Tankhun’s family.

As for the romance, like I said, I didn’t really have a problem with her going back to Tankhun, but what I did have a problem with was how they had to make Mile a jerk all of sudden to make it easier for her to go be with Tankhun. Writers, it is okay to have your female lead choose the ‘lesser’ guy, I promise you it is better than giving the second male lead a personality transplant in the end. As far as acting goes, I thought that everyone did a good enough job. There were no glaring holes which meant that everyone was more or less on the same page.

Overall, this did make me want to watch the other parts in the series so look forward to my reviews on them. I recommend this as something easy to get through. I wonder which will be my favorite… Stay tuned!


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

Lazy Unnie’s Playlist: ENHYPEN – DIMENSION: ANSWER

TITLE: DIMENSION: ANSWER

ARTIST: ENHYPEN

LABEL: Belift Entertainment

RELEASED: January 10, 2022

Let me start off by saying, I thought this was going to be a new album. So when I started listening, I was wondering why it had the same tracks from Dimension: Dilemma. Then it dawned on me that this was a repackage! Enough of my blonde moment, let me get into this album because I have a lot of feelings.

Blessed-Cursed – Title Track

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am really liking this song. It feels like a mashup of something current with an air of older K-Pop vibes circa B.A.P. It also helps that this MV is something out of an *NSYNC fever dream. The song could have been a little longer for me but I really enjoyed it.

Intro: Whiteout

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Weird and the vibes don’t really set up the feel of the album. Just… weird. But nice to hear Jake’s Australian accent.

Tamed-Dashed

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Originally I didn’t like this song. It felt like a short story in the sense that it was starting in the middle and came in hot. But it grew on me. The song really stays at a 10 the whole time but I guess that is the charm of it.

Upper Side Dreamin

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a party R&B track and I love that for them. I could have seen this kind of song done by TXT but the groovier vibe is good. It feels like an upbeat version of Fever.

Just a Little Bit

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I LOVE THIS! I keep coming back to this soft acoustic R&B vibe track. I love a falsetto when it’s done right and this song is filled with them. Their tones and harmonies make me fall in love with them over and over.

Go Big or Go Home

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

We know I’m obsessed with songs that give me that 90’s club vibe. And when I say this song is just that, I mean this should come with a couple of glowsticks to really rave out to. It’s a fun dance track that is great to just jump around to.

Blockbuster (feat. Yeonjun of TXT)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I love when groups add a little rock influence to their songs. This feels like a track that would fit in a videogame perfectly. Also… anything with Yeonjun is good so, I like it. The chorus is my favorite part.

Attention, Please!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Another track that has a ’90s-’00s influence. This time it is more pop-punk, think Avril or Blink-182. The more rock sound makes this song sound very youthful and age-appropriate for the group.

Interlude: Question

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Better than the intro but still like a weird stock sound.

Polaroid Love

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

This actually doesn’t fit with the album. I get that it is a repackage track but it feels displaced with the sound of the others and feels like it was just thrown in the mix. It’s very lite f.m corny.

Outro: Day 2

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Best of the three terrible tracks. I don’t think they were really needed.

FINAL THOUGHTS

At the end of the day, I feel like some of the best music coming from the HYBE camp is from Enhypen, TXT, and Seventeen. What Enhypen is doing is similar to TXT in the sense of being a new group with a sound that is nostalgic but not dated. There were times when I wondered if these kids were ready to debut but I’ve noticed, especially with this album and repackage, that on the site training seems to be working for them. They get better and better at performing.

PRODUCTION : 3.5 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 3 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 3 / 5
OVERALL: 3 / 5


Favorite Track(s): N/A

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Shadow Beauty

Shadow Beauty


Genre: Thriller, Psychological, Romance
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 15
Air-date: Nov 20, 2021 – Dec 29, 2021
Starring: Shim Da Gil as Koo Ae Jin / “Genie”, Choi Mo Bin as Kim Ho In, Lee Na Gyung as Genie /Sun Mi Jin, Hyo Jung Hee as Yang Ha Neul

Because of her looks, Koo Ae Jin is bullied at school and even insulted by strangers. But after school, she leads a secret life: with heavy makeup and hours of photo editing, she lives as Genie, a social media star with 770K followers. While Koo Ae Jin is toeing the line between her true self and Genie, what will happen when a boy from school discovers her secret?

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Happy New Year! My first review of the year! Boom boom! Now as stated in Whatcha Watchin’, I’m in a drama slump and the only thing that was helping was rewatching Yanxi Palace. I was curious about Shadow Beauty and waited until it was complete so that I could binge it. I managed to not lose interest, but I’m not sure if my drama slump is over yet. Anyways, I thought this had a very interesting premise and was similar to True Beauty except that I liked the whole concept of her being an entirely different person online and this was promised to have some psychological elements to it. I also had read the True Beauty webtoon and was like meh about the drama. That being said, I think what this drama has managed to do is make me infinitely curious about the webtoon especially since I’ve heard that it wasn’t just high school but spanned her going into college too.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed watching this even if I did find that there were some plot holes and inconsistency. I felt like we were missing vital pieces of the story that were condensed down into these thirteen episodes and since it is still a currently releasing drama they had to do their own ending. This was probably one of the few dramas where I was able to really and truly sympathize with the bully character. The arc for Ha Neul was fantastic and I will give props where it is due! Heo Jung Hee did an excellent job. Similar to how Shim Dal Gi did wonderfully. I know a lot felt like her acting was OTT or out of balance but she owned the scene and the role. The variations in the way Ae Jin would seem like a poor, sad protagonist but also completely unhinged and vindictive was wonderful. I also liked that although In Ho and Ae Jin were so similar and for a while it seemed like they would become a love line, they didn’t, which was refreshing.

Unfortunately, I do think the story could’ve done a better job at really enforcing the way the beauty standard keeps society in a chokehold. The way the children kept bullying each other as soon as the other fell out of popularity was very typical. I know that the scene of having Sae Hee throw the hot water into Mi Jin’s face as the catalyst for the story, was a defining moment, but I personally believe they could’ve done a better job at character motivations. Then again, I don’t know if this is something that exists in the webtoon or not. I also think that they could’ve done a better job exploring Ae Jin’s relationship with her mother and that’s why dare I say it, this should’ve either been a longer drama? I also wonder about the fall out of all the brands and sponsorships.

Overall, I enjoyed my time with this piece of work and I wouldn’t reject the idea of a season two if the ending wasn’t the way it was. I am definitely finding the webtoon and reading it. I imagine that if you liked True Beauty this would be right up your alley except it’s not as fluffy.


Story: 7/10
Acting: 8/10
Music: N/A
Rewatch Value: 7/10
Overall: 7/10

First Impressions: F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers

When in doubt, go back to plots that never change.


F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers

Gorya is a simple girl who works at a flower shop. She passes an exam and gets accepted into a prestigious and luxurious school attended by the wealthy, which is ruled by an elite clique known as the F4, consisting of 4 rich, handsome, and spoiled boys. Gorya is the only one that stands up to their bullying ways, leaving all the boys in awe, especially Thyme, the group’s leader. Almost instantly smitten by Gorya, Thyme romantically pursues her, but she has no interest in him because of first impressions. She then falls for his best friend Ren, but Ren is in love with his childhood love, Mira. In all the chaos of school, Gorya can’t help but find herself falling for Thyme because of his generosity to her and her family, and his change of character.

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  • Genre : Youth, Romance Comedy
  • Origin : Thailand
  • Episodes : 16 (1 hr. 5 mins.)
  • Aired : December 18, 2021 – April 9, 2022
  • Where To Watch : Youtube
  • Starring : Tu | Bright | Win | Dew | Nani


Thoughts: This is a story I feel I’m way too familiar with at this point. This is my third adaptation of Boys Over Flowers. And with each one, I say it’s better than the last, but this time I REALLY mean it. Even though the story isn’t different, certain aspects feel fresh and seen in a different light with these new actors taking on the iconic roles. There are already 3 episodes out but I can already see that this might be my favorite one. However, I am nervous about how they are going to fit everything in only 16 episodes whereas the Korean and Chinese versions have been a bit lengthy. For now, I can just fangirl over how amazing everyone looks and how Bright and co. are really handling F4. I think Bright’s acting abilities are a right fit for the immature Thyme. But standouts for me right now are Dew as Ren, our broody second lead, and Tu as Gorya, our steadfast female lead. She is a little annoying but not as much as her Korean and Chinese counterparts. For now, you can catch me each Saturday morning, waiting for the subbed version to be loaded on Youtube like a crazy person.

Are You Still Watching? : ADDICTED

First Impression Score: 8/10