Genre: Romance, Mystery Origin: South Korea Episodes: 8 Air-date: December 30, 2020 – January 21, 2021 Starring: Yoo Jun as Choi Yeon Woo, Hyun Jun as Go Yoo Han, Yeo Min Ji as Yoo Yi Rang, Min Hyo Ki as Kang Min Jae, Baek Seo Hoo as Jeong Joo Haeng
Happy Gay Month! Of course, as a small budding corporation, I too needed to get in on all this gay goodness. I guess sometime last year, Korea, found out that they can exploit young stars into doing BL and get some buzz. Therefore, I decided that I would randomly pick on of the Korean BL dramas on Viki to watch. Mind you, I was also feeling kinda hopeless because it’s been two weeks and I hadn’t written a review for June as yet. So basically, I killed two birds with one stone.
I have a lot of issues with this drama guys and it is kinda in two different perspective? So first, I want to say that I think it had a lot of potential to be really great. I am not sure if it was the fact that it was a mini drama that hindered it, or if it was due to the story writing, but I really enjoyed this idea of seeing only in shades of grey until you meet your probe which propels you into color. I would’ve loved to see and understand more of that world, but we weren’t really given much beyond that. So from a story perspective in which you want to know about the world, and you want to root for these characters, it was left wanting. It is easy to just say “we’re only here for the gay stares and touches”, but it does pain me to see such a fun idea and concept wasted.
This brings me to my second perspective… As a BL content, it was painful to see the particular storyline that occurred near the end when this took on a more thriller vibe. I feel like we don’t often get to enjoy LGBTQ+ content that is just happy and frivolously gay. It is the same issue I have when it comes to black stories as well. Almost always there ends up being some deep rooted emotional trauma and suffering that is just not a vibe. I also think this drama did a really poor job in distinguishing character motivations that led up to that scene because was it always the plan or was it a second resort? I know I will get some naysayers who will come for me and say that if it was a hetero story, I wouldn’t feel this way and truthfully, you can argue with a wall on that one.
The positives for me were that we did get nice moments and I do think that our main couple had really good chemistry. When it came to the acting, it wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t horrible either. I actually think that Yoo Jun was so much better than Hyun Jun that it made up for some portions. I also really enjoyed the OST as it was very fun. I did end up watching the post credit scene in the movie and thought that was cute as well.
Overall, it is so hard to rate this drama, because it wasn’t horrible by any means, it was just very disappointing to say the least. I would absolutely be interested in watching a season two though.
Can’t believe I was able to dust off my EXO-L outfit for some new music! It was very hard to decide which column to ultimately put BM’s song in.. Yikes. I would say June is doing well with giving bops.
If there is one thing you know about the unnies is that we have a fire burning bright for EXO. It is hard to believe that the last time we got an album from them was back in 2019! Naturally, since Sugar Baby reviewed Obsession back in the day, it makes sense for the both of us to tackle Don’t Fight The Feeling together.
(Lazy Unnie will be colored pink and Sugar Baby Unnie will be purple.)
Don’t Fight The Feeling – Title Track
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
I admit, it’s hard not singing the Justin Timberlake song of the same title, however this stands up to that earworm. This song immediately gives me a vibe if Power and SuperM went to the club and this was playing. But main vocal D.O brings it back to planet EXO. I love how each member puts their own flavor and tone in this song and I’m addicted to Sehun’s rap verse. AND THEN YIXING! I almost give a pass to SM for the bad photoshopping they did putting him in the MV. They get a C+ for effort.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I always say how much I am disinterested in KPOP, but the truth is that I just miss EXO. Ugh this song starting off strong with Kyungsoo’s vocals and then Baekhyun? It was like they knew exactly what I wanted. It is a fun dance pop track that is perfect for the summer and to give a great vibe. I have to admit, I have seen youtube vidders do better manips that what they did for Yixing in the MV, but it still made me feel so happy and proud.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
The build up in this song is one of my favorites. And again, you can actually hear Lay’s lines and it just reminds me that OT9 is real. As for the song it’s a nice contemporary R&B Pop song and it makes sense that it was done by the boys from PrettyMuch because it reminds me of the song they did with NCT Dream but better.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
We always stan a good tropical house and smooth pop sound in this house! Listen, this song just hits different. I love the way the song starts with the very simple cords and the percussion of the pre-chorus. It’s giving vocals and flare that is dare I say… smooth like butter.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
This immediately reminds me of old school New Edition and it is probably sampled from them and I love that. EXO has a knack for taking old R&B sounds and making them their own. I love this song because it feels nostalgic and still current. It makes me wanna do a two-step for sure.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
EXO coming in once again with the vocals and high notes that sound impeccable on this pop funk song. It’s giving let’s chill and vibe out. Which I am here for 100%.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
I’m obsessed. I can listen to this song on repeat and never tire. I am in love with how EXO’s vocals go so well with the hills and valleys in this track. The pre-chorus with just the guitar for song to go back to the heavy beat sound of the rest of the song doesn’t feel as repetitive as you would think. The melody really takes this song to another level. The runs in the chorus… 🙌🏽🙌🏽
Rating: 3 out of 5.
A very beautiful song with great harmonies and a nice sturdy bass. It is not surprising to me to see the producers on the track because it is giving very much Bazzi. I am not sure if this really stands tall amongst their discography in general, but the adlibs and runs are really pleasing.
Just As Usual
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
I think I really like this song because it reminds me of that vibe Zion T would put out there. That smooth Hip-Hop and R&B mix. It feels very coffee shop and it’s a vibe.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Coffee shop vibes. It’s a great way to end the mini album. I love the way that everyone feels very balanced on this track. I love the mellowness of the guitar and the electric guitar.
I am usually one to say that EXO’s discography is a no skip and top tier. I’m glad I don’t need to change that rhetoric because when it’s time for EXO to deliver, they do. They see the assignment and deliver every time. This “special” is no exception. It doesn’t matter what combination of members are left, they show what a true craft is. I loved how engrained this album was in that R&B lane EXO likes to frequent without making it stale. Only thing to wait for now is Kyungsoo’s solo and Lay to be released from his shackles.
I think that this album did what it needed to do. It reminded EXOLs that even though there were a lot of scandals, solo projects and military enlistments, EXO is still those boys. It is by no means the best work that they have put out, but also it is better than half your favs best work. I love that this album explored the sounds that I enjoy and consider the backbone of their music. I also loved that Yixing was there! I missed Kyungsoo’s vocals so much, like sir give us the album NOW.
End of the month and mercury is in retrograde so please take care of y’alls self for the next few days. I know that personally the shadow period, the eclipse and the full moon completely beat my ass last week so please I am begging retrograde to be kind to me.
PS- HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
Sugar Baby Unnie
I am doing this.. Are they great things? TBD…… I did drop a drama and I did watch some other dramas, but we’re only going to discuss the most important ones at hand.. Hehehe.
Love Scenery: I swear I am still watching this I just had other priorities.
Love Like White Jade: Wan Peng is so damn cute! Okay so I have really good vibes and feelings about this one guys. I mean I am pretty early into it, but we shall see.
My Roommate Is A Gumiho: Honestly? Check out my first impressions thoughts here.
So I Married An Anti-fan: OBSESSED WITH EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS. LOVE IT SO MUCH. IT IS GIVING ME MY ROMCOM LIFE!
On the radar
Moonlight: Ding Yuxi is so sexy. Pretty sure Esther is just playing herself….
The Imperial Coroner: I need to check out historical CSI is what I am being told?
I finally finished Vincenzo and High School Rapper 4, I feel like with those accomplishments, I can focus on all the shows I’ve legit started and will hopefully finish within the new month.
Sell Your Haunted House – I somehow ended up 5 episodes behind. Looks like this week is going to be a lot of catch up.
So I Married the Anti-Fan – THIS SHOW IS LIFE AND I’M SO IN LOVE WITH IT! WHY CAN’T IT BE AIRING EVERY DAY?!?!?
Doom at Your Service – Okay, I’m watching this. I think I like it but I’m confused by a lot of it. And I feel like it’s two separate shows with the second leads and their love triangles. Just give me more In Guk and Dawon.
Use for My Talent – I let the new episodes pass me by so I’m playing with a little catch up. But I’m finally in a place where feelings are being confessed!!! EEP!
Kingdom: Legendary War – The finale is this week and I’m waiting for the bittersweet feeling. Glad it will put my boys out of misery but will miss the interactions for sure.
My Roommate Is A Gumiho – Ready for my Shownu doppelgänger and Hyeri hijinks.
Mad for Each Other – It’s been so long since I’ve seen Jung Woo or Oh Yeon Seo in anything. I love the previews so far.
Racket Boys – I don’t know why I want to watch this but it will be getting watched. I support my CLOY peeps.
May came and went and I can say it was a little uneventful except being almost killed by pollen. How’s everyone doing on the allergy front?
Lazy Unnie’s Card
I can say my greatest accomplishment this month was I finished finished watching High School Rapper 4! And I hit Bingo!!! Oh and I started a shit ton of airing dramas. So… just wait for June when I’m on Sugar Baby’s card.
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy Origin: China Episodes: 16 Air-date: May 26, 2021 to present Starring: Jang Ki Yong as Shin Woo Yeo, Lee Hye Ri as Lee Dam, Kang Han Na as Yang Hye Sun, Bae In Hyuk as Gye Sun Woo
Thoughts: In total and complete transparency, I had/have zero expectations for this drama and after completing the first two episodes, I stand by this notion. I read like a couple chapters of the webtoon and so I wasn’t entirely on board for Hyeri to play Lee Dam, I will say that there’s nothing particularly bad about her in this role. Matter of fact, I would say that Hyeri thrives at playing different version of Deoksun. I quite enjoyed this two episodes. I love the ridiculousness of it. I am so into having lighthearted and fun romantic comedies that I wasn’t turned off by all the shenanigans of these episodes. Matter of fact, I quite literally found myself laughing out loud and I had to take a step back like whoa. Hahah. So we have a pretty cast, exaggerated acting and fun sets. I can dig this especially if we don’t go all melodramatic with it. I already think that Hyeri and Kiyong suit each other and I look forward to see if they can develop a romantic chemistry. PS- Inhyuk and Kiyong are styled similarly in this drama and it is making me so trippy at times hahaha.
Recommendations: If you’re into Goblin/Tale of The Nine Tailed, like looking at hot men and enjoy comedic hijinks.