Lazy Unnie’s Couch: My Holo Love

“Me Alone and You” is about the events that occur when a lonely woman meets the artificially intelligent “Holo.” The drama is filled with stories of heartbreaking loneliness and tear-stained love. Go Nan Do is the owner of an IT research company. As a genius inventor, he started the company, and all projects were created through his hands. However, the only people who are aware of his existence are his stepsister and the official CEO. He was a hacker in a major case 10 years ago and supposedly died while being pursued. Han So Yeon is an assistant manager at a glasses company. Whether it is working on brand marketing or the logistics of the launching party for the company’s flagship store, she shoulders on her work and stays ahead of the industry’s trends. She meticulously takes care of her clients and her work. However, when it comes to her personal life, she keeps her distance as she suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces.

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  • Starring: Yoon Hyun Min | Go Sung Hee | Choi Yeo Jin | Hwang Chansung
  • Episodes: 12 (55 Min.)
  • Aired: February 7, 2020
  • Network: Netflix


When I first saw this added to the Netflix line up earlier in the year, I had the intention of checking it out, but I wasn’t in a rush. That’s why on a whim and in the need of some fluffy romance, I started this. What I didn’t really expect was the constant pockets of sadness that was thrust upon me. Along with that, this show required a lot from the viewer, that by the time I was more than 3/4 done with the show, I was kind of over some things.

Let me go back, the plot is about a girl, Han So Yeon, with traumatic caused face blindness, comes across these magic glasses. Well, they’re not really magic but they might as well be. They are prototype of holographic glasses that basically gives you a real life (holo life) siri. But instead of some lady in your phone, it’s a hot man who is hyper aware. It’s AI on crack. Now this isn’t some random man either, the holo is designed after the creator, Go Nan Do. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Sprinkle some tragic stories about a dead mom, an almost gangster sub plot about the thievery of the holo technology, and even had time to throw in a side character love story. Like I said, the plot had a lot of things that the creators really wanted us to believe and trust.

However, the fact that the characters were believable in the unbelievable circumstances, it made me continue on with watching. The acting wasn’t horrendous that I wanted to stop. What I liked the most had to be Yoon Hyun Min’s portrayal of Go Nan Do and Holo. Even though both characters shared a face, that is where it ended. He did a great job at giving each their own flare they needed to be distinct in their worlds. I didn’t really believe the love story between Nan Do and So Yeon but So Yeon and Holo were adorable.

Speaking of So Yeon, she wasn’t a leading lady I hated. He was adorable and I really liked the way she carried herself. Having face blindness was probably a hard thing to portray but it didn’t feel cheesy but at the same time, she never acted as if she had gotten completely over it. With the help of Holo, that made sense.

In the end, it was basically a nice little drama to watch when you’re trying to kill some time. The plot was as holey as Swiss cheese, but it was like high quality cheese.

Acting : 7/10
Story : 8/10
Music : 8/10
Overall : 7.5/10
Recommended For : Sci-fi nerds who want a relationship


Fave Song : ‘You Are The Only One’ by Elaine

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Love For A Thousand More

Love For A Thousand More


Genre: Music, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 10
Air-date: Dec 5, 2016 – Dec 23, 2016
Starring: Kang Seung Yoon as Yoo Joon Woo, Hwang Seung Eon as Pyeon Mi Jo, Kim Hee Jung as Yeon Ji, Jang Ki Yong as Jason

Pyeon Mi Jo is an immortal woman who does not wish to fall in love anymore. Nearly a thousand years old, her experiences in love tells her all men are “bastards” one way or another. But what’s her current job? A Love Counselor. One day, she gets a new noisy neighbour, Yoo Joon Woo, a hip-hop crew leader.

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Sometimes I find random dramas to watch out of boredom and thus I ended up on this YGE propaganda. I mean, I kinda also felt like I wanted to see how YG’s idols who turn actors turn out given the news of Jisoo taking on the lead role of Snowdrop. Also, this was one of the few ones that I hadn’t seen.

This story was very average and uninteresting. As short as this drama was it took me a while to finish because it was so boring. It’s hard to really sort this into a review of what I liked verses what I didn’t like because I don’t think there was anything in particular that I liked. As far as average mediocre dramas went, this was the perfect example.

Acting wise, I have nothing to say except that it was kinda weird for me to see Jang Ki Yong as Jason because he’s so much more seasoned now and we know what he can deliver. That being said, he was by far the more interesting part of the story and I wouldn’t have been as bored if the story centered around him instead. I wasn’t too fond of the female lead as her style here reminded me of another actress that I’m not entirely fond of. As for Seungyoon, well … Yeah. Pretty sure he was just playing himself.

Honestly, just skip this because there’s really nothing there. The story is boring. The acting is average. The OST is forgettable. I guess I expected more for this type of fantasy drama, but I should’ve remembered that this was a YG production.


Story: 5.5/10
Acting: 7/10
Music: 6/10
Rewatch Value: 5/10
Overall: 6/10

Fave Song:  None

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Backstreet Rookie

Backstreet Rookie


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: June 19, 2020 to August 8, 2020
Starring: Ji Chang Wook as Choi Dae Hyun, Kim Yoo Jung as Jung Saet Byul, Han Sun Hwa as Yoo Yeon Joo, Do Sang Woo as Jo Seung Joon

Choi Dae-hyun runs into a group of female high school students, including Jung Saet-byul, who look like troublemakers. Saet-byul asks Dae-hyun to buy them cigarettes from a convenience, But he bought them candies instead and gave Saet-byul his number but she never called him.

Three years later, Dae-hyun runs a small convenience store after resigning. While looking for a part-time worker to work the night shift at his convenience store, Saet-byul applies for the job and starts working there.

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Yes, I completed this very very controversial drama. We don’t ask questions when it comes to me, we just accept whatever I do. So anyways, I didn’t hate this drama tbh and it wasn’t the devil incarnate like everyone was making it seem. Yes, it had terribly problematic elements, but it really just seemed like a lot of the criticism was trying to dig for woke points to me? I especially think that it was fans of the actors being very upset about the age gap? Whatever.. This drama’s biggest flaw was the execution of the funny sidekick trope. It wasn’t funny.

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What I liked: The one thing I really enjoyed about this drama was the family aspect. I can’t explain it, but I have always been fond of shows that show hardworking families that care for and supported each other. I even felt my heartstring tug a few times when Saetbyul and Daehyun’s mother had their scenes. I also enjoyed the way Saetbyul’s character was portrayed—there seem to be complaints that she was a bully and that clearly wasn’t the case at all. I also thought that Changwook and Yoojung had a really nice and easy chemistry even if it didn’t entirely feel romantic. There was a comedic nature to the first few episodes that I liked to see that was genuinely funny, but then it disappeared.

What I dislike: THE BLATANTLY DISGUSTING CULTURAL APPROPRIATION. I was not amused by any actions and quite frankly I am beyond disgusted. I didn’t like the character Yeon Joo at all and not just because she was his girlfriend, but such a fickle simple minded individual. I didn’t like the way it ended or the way they tried to convince us of them having feelings and growing into each. We knew that Saetbyul liked him all this time, but I wish there was a realization to Daehyun’s feelings and if there was maybe I missed it which meant it wasn’t good.

Overall, a very skippable drama. Out of the 16 episodes I would say that a solid 8 were pretty decent, but the ending was long, boring and kind of a waste of time.


Story: 6.5/10
Acting: 8/10
Music: 7/10
Rewatch Value: 5/10
Overall: 6.5/10

Fave Song:  Treasure – Colde

Lazy Unnie’s Playlist: Han Seungwoo – Fame

TITLE: Fame

ARTIST: Han Seungwoo

LABEL: PLAY M Entertainment

RELEASED: August 10, 2020

I guess this is the summer of the soloists. Since X1 disbanded, we’ve had a lot of content from its members. Now it’s Han Seungwoo’s turn. The leader returned back to his group VICTON, which I was extremely happy for. Now, we’re getting a chance to see what kind of music he can put out alone.

Sacrifice – Title Track

Rating: 3 out of 5.

For some reason, I was shocked when I heard his voice. It wasn’t like I don’t know what he sounds like but maybe it’s because I haven’t heard it in this K-Hip Hop and R&B vibe before. Seungwoo has a higher tone than most so his falsetto is nice. The song is a haunting electronic R&B pop track and the stand out for me is the chorus. The hook of sacrifice is addicting and gets stuck in your head. I’m not blown away by the track but it definitely has its moments. As for the MV… marry me. Han Seungwoo, wife me up because I will treat you ALL the way right. I mean, man is gorgeous with a body and face that is mesmerizing. I don’t know what it is, but the way he makes you fall for him and he could just be standing there, is powerful. I couldn’t tell you what the hell the plot of the MV was. There was some cars, questionable hair and clothing choices, but honestly, he could have been standing in a potato sack and I would have thought it was a masterpiece.

Fever

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Another R&B track that is a little on the haunting side. It feels more of an intro to Sacrifice in a way. Basically it doesn’t stand out on its own. The difference between the two songs is that Sacrifice has a more catchy hook.

Reply

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I really like this one. It showcased how Seungwoo isn’t just a visual and that he can actually spit some bars. The versatility between his raps and vocals all in one song was nice. I almost thought he had a feature on the track with how different his voice is between the two styles. The track is upbeat and another hook that is catchy as hell.

I Just Want Love

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Boy I will give you all the love! Out of all the tracks so far, this one is the one I vibe with the most. It is another track that shows how Seungwoo is talented vocally and lyrically. He hit a note post bridge that gave me pause and his adlibs make me want to throw a shoe at him Boy you better get it.

Forest

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This track feels like it could be a DEAN track. Speaking of, their tones are in the same wheelhouse that I can see a lot of DEAN influence in the tracks. This haunting ballad in particular. The song doesn’t really go anywhere until the second chorus where the beat comes in and drops with more drums. I can see myself adding this to my chill playlist for sure.

Child

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

You want me to give you a child? Boy, yes. No? Anyway. Another track where I swore it was a DEAN track. But what I like most about this is the acoustic feel the beginning the song has. Just his voice and a nice guitar riff. By the second chorus, we’ve added a light drum and the song grows. The progression of the song is nice and by the time the bridge kicks in, I’m swaying with a drink in my hand. Let’s vibe.

FINAL THOUGHTS

On a whole, it was a decent debut. There were no fireworks, but honestly, I didn’t expect any. Seungwoo is a visual powerhouse and he is wildly talented, but it makes me wonder if he stands out most when he’s surrounded by others. As a soloist, he would have a nice stint in the KHH and R&B world as DEAN’s lil bro. Their sounds are similar but I’m not saying that in negative to Seungwoo. Just didn’t expect this to come from our VICTON leader. He gave just enough to make me wonder what he has in store for a follow up.

PRODUCTION: 2.5/ 5
VOCALS / RAPPING: 2.5/ 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT: 4.5/ 5
OVERALL: 3/ 5


Least Favorite Track(s): Fever
Favorite Track(s): Reply, I Just Want Love

Lazy Unnie’s Playlist: Kang Daniel – MAGENTA

TITLE: MAGENTA

ARTIST: Kang Daniel

LABEL: Konnect Entertainment

RELEASED: August 3, 2020

There was a point and time where I didn’t like Kang Daniel. It was short lived and I realized he is a precious kitty and needs to be protected from the world. That being said, I wasn’t sure what he was going to give us part of the second installment of the Colors Trilogy. But if the first two tracks that we heard and saw are a taste, we’re in for a nice meal.

Who U Are – Title Track

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Usually I quickly grow bored of the latin, 808 beats but the combination of them with Daniel’s vocals worked. As a title track in the height of summer, this was the smartest move. It makes you want to dance away the covid blues and jam. The switch up at the bridge with a trap bass drop was sudden but it didn’t last long enough to mess up the vibe of the track. As for the MV, it was the sexy that people expect from Kang Daniel and I appreciated it. It was nice to see this side of him again because it’s so commanding of your attention. It’s not wonder he was center for WannaOne because his charisma is in your face. The color palette for this was also pleasing to the eye as well as the dancing. A+ for this Danny boy.

Flash

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

To me, Daniel isn’t really a vocalist. But what he does well is work within his parameters. Flash is a song on the R&B side of hip-hop infused Pop. It’s sexy in moments that need to be and Daniel’s falsetto is nice. The verses aren’t strong but the transitions are where the song shines. The beat is what carries this song to where it needs to be and I can fucks with it.

Waves (feat. Simon Dominic & Jamie)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is what I wanted from Daniel!!! Who knew all he needed was to throw the Busan daddy, Simon, on the track to get it poppin. Even though this dancehall hip-hop track isn’t the title, it was the perfect choice as a pre-release. I mean, it made me interested in what else there was to offer. The addition of Jamie in it was the icing on the cake. The beat makes me want to dance and the melody is nice to follow. The MV was a nice companion to the Who U Are visually. I mean, Simon looked like a whole meal and then some. Feed me daddy.

Runaway (feat. YUMDDA)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

For some reason YUMDDA makes me laugh and he was a nice addition. The song isn’t really dynamic though. The moment I stop listening to it I forget what it sounds like. It’s in that island pop house but not really special.

Movie (feat. Dvwn)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

At first I though this was a Dvwn song. His voice was the prevalent one and I almost forgot it was a Daniel song. He came across as more of a feature. That being said, the song is a bop. I like the groovy hip-hop vibe it brings. There is a line that is like “bouncy” and I’m def bouncing with it.

Night

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I guess this is the closest thing we’re getting to a pop ballad on the EP. When you hear the guitars you know they’re about to get sentimental. I think it would work better if Daniel was a stronger vocalist. It honestly sounds like a song he could have done with Wanna One but was rejected and now he’s doing alone but in reality he needs to support of the others on it. Basically, I’m meh about this.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As Simon Dominic said in Waves, “Shit makes me some type of way”. Welcome back to the sexy, Kang Daniel. When he released Cyan, I wasn’t really impressed and thought that all the legal problems he had prior to his solo debut had messed up what we loved about him while he was in Wanna One. But with Magenta, he showed his charisma is intact and his sound can be more for the grown and sexy. It’s why he’s a noona killer, his sweet face, busan accent and ability to hide his shortcomings as an artist (his vocals) that makes people just fall at his thicc thighs. I see you Kang Daniel, keep bewitching us all.

PRODUCTION: 3/ 5
VOCALS / RAPPING: 2.5/ 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT: 3/ 5
OVERALL: 3/ 5


Least Favorite Track(s): Night
Favorite Track(s): Who U Are, Waves

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay


Genre: Drama, Romance, Psychological, Melodrama
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: June 20, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Starring: Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Kang Tae, Seo Ye Ji as Go Moon Young, Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae, Park Kyu Young as Nam Joo Ri

The drama tells the story of Moon Kang-tae, a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who doesn’t have time for love, and Go Moon-young, a successful children’s book author who suffers from antisocial personality disorder and has never known love. After meeting one another, the two slowly begin to heal each other’s emotional wounds.

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It is so rare where writing a review makes me cry, but damn this drama made me cry so much. I remember asking for a drama between Seo Ye Ji and Kim Soo Hyun a while back and then I was very excited to see that one was on the horizon. If you recall, I did do a first impressions post on this drama where I gave it a 10/10. I thought for sure it would be a highly rated drama for me, but it absolutely took my breath away.

When I heard the plot of this show I was excited and nervous about what the outcome could be. It isn’t the first time that we have had healing romances in a Kdrama not to mention the backdrop being at a psychiatric hospital and people with mental illness. I was afraid that we would have “love” magically cure everything. I am proud to say that this drama did a really good job in its portrayal and the incorporation of these topics. This wasn’t a drama that glorified mental illnesses or romanticized it, but rather it explored how some mental illnesses you are born with and other can be a product of your environment. The intricacy of this story and they way they wove the tale made it worthwhile to watch the way our main trio evolved throughout these sixteen episodes. This drama may have one of the best story telling I have witnessed in a Kdrama in a long time. The little things always matter and connected so well. After every episode there were so many theories of what could and couldn’t be and I loved that this drama provided me with this because it really has been a long time since a Kdrama has done that for me.

This drama was so beautifully shot and the cinematography and symbolism behind everything was very polished. I was especially fond of the animations for the fairytales that were told and I loved the way they all connected to the story or theme of the episode. I enjoyed that these fairytales were all twisted and dark in some senses because it provided the life lessons that we needed. I will never forget when Moonyoung said she always makes her witches beautiful, as it is so often we see in society that the prettiest/shiniest things are not always good. If I had to pick my favorite tale from the bunch that were told it would be Zombie Boy with a special nod to the story told during the Father and the Two Sisters.

It goes without saying that the acting in this was superb especially that of our three leads. I was able to connect with each of the leads in different ways. I have always talked about how outstanding I have found Seo Yeji to be ever since I saw her in Save Me, it is therefore no surprise that her portrayal of Ko Moon Young was magnificent. Now, I do not know on a personal level what someone with antisocial personality disorder behaves like, but I think she did a good job showing us her interpretation. This is also by far the most attractive Kim Soo Hyun has ever looked to me and I always wanted to cry whenever he did. The person who I have a new found appreciation for though is Oh Jung Se. This is now the second drama I have completed with him and he did a phenomenal job of portraying someone on the autism spectrum. It didn’t feel like a mockery or exaggerated in the least. I want to watch more of him tbqh.

The soundtrack for this drama was sensational. I am not familiar with the curated or distributor, but I do know is that they did great with gathering the voices. I haven’t enjoyed an OST this much since Hotel Del Luna’s which is funny as that is a drama that this drama is always being compared to. The songs amplified the scenes to a level that would not have been achieved otherwise.

I strongly believe that I could go on and on (and I probably will on my podcast) about this drama because it is truly something special. I have always enjoyed found family tales and this drama is no different. Yes, Yeji and Soohyun have AMAZING chemistry, but it was more than that for me. I truly felt like I was going on a healing journey myself. Please don’t miss out on this drama, it is very highly recommended.


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

Fave Song(s):  In Silence – Janet Suhh & In Your Time – Lee Suhyun

Latest to Greatest: TWICE and SEVENTEEN

I like to stay on brand, so I’ve been completely lazy about keeping up with this feature. However, I’m back at it again, bringing you two more groups to walk down memory lane with. The year is 2015 and the groups are huge, in member size. This time, I have two groups who are very active currently.

SEVENTEEN

(PLEDIS Entertainment 2015 – Present)

GREATEST
Adore U (2015)

I swear, if I had discovered them through this MV and this era, I would be stressed with trying to keep them all in track. SO MANY OF THEM! The song is addicting and the MV is so silly. I don’t really understand the concept except showing how silly and adorable they are. But I love the outfit choices. The white really suits them and you can definitely see how they would be kings of synchronization.

Overall Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Iconic Moment: So many funny moments but I can’t get over Jeonghan with this long hair and in the beginning when he’s in the car and Woozi is just playing with it. MOOD

LATEST
Left & Right (2020)

5 years later, Seventeen is still giving us campy MVs coupled with amazing vocals, visuals, and tight dancing. You can see the glow up in some of the members, puberty hit ya good Dino and Hoshi. Woozi still a mini mighty powerhouse. But I love how the group pretty much have stayed loyal to their brand and each other. You can really see their connection just through the way they work together. Even though this song is the Korean Cupid Shuffle, it’s a bop.

Overall Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Iconic Moment: In the end when they stuff S.Coops in a car and shoot him off to space but only to crash land some meters away. And when he comes out, he’s still doing the dance. Hilarious.


TWICE

(JYP Entertainment 2015 – Present)

GREATEST
Like OOH-AHH (2015)

It makes sense that this MV had a zombie theme to it. One, The Walking Dead was huge during that time. And two, Asia basically turned into brainless followers when Twice is involved. This song, just like most of their title songs ended up being, is addicting and gets stuck in your head. The MV did a great job letting you see how each girl is different from each other. They weren’t going to be cookie cutter and their styling proved that.

Overall Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Iconic Moment: I have two. The first is basically anything Sana did. She was hilarious. The second was seeing baby Bang Chan from Stray Kids play a zombie. How adorable. Just like when Dahyun and Sana were in GOT7 MVs.

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MORE & MORE (2020)

The 9 ladies have absolutely matured in the last 5 years. The songs are still catchy and poppy but this track felt different from their others. I liked the experimental tropical fantasy pop this had. However, I just don’t think it was as long lasting as their others like Fancy or Dance The Night Away. Maybe it’s the almost 95% green screen MV that made me feel I was on the set of AVATAR and not the last airbender.

Overall Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Iconic Moment: I think the only iconic thing is the choreography. I am feeling it the most.


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Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Take My Brother Away

Take My Brother Away


Genre: Comedy, School, Youth, Family
Origin: China
Episodes: 30
Air-date: Jun 28, 2018 – July 29, 2018
Starring: Joseph Zeng as Shi Fen, Sun Qian as Shi Miao, Wang Xu Dong as Zhen Kai Xin, Hu Yong Tao as Wan Sui, Rain Lu as Miao Miao Miao

What’s your brother like? To Shi Miao, her brother Shi Fen is someone who would tease her and make her explode 100 times a day; not a peaceful day as the two are fighting every single minute. However, when troubles come, Shi Fen will become a caring, loving brother who protects his little sister at all cost.

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I went into this drama not expecting much, but came out pleasantly surprised. I had never seen the anime nor the movie which the drama is based on titled Go Away Brother, so I had nothing really to compare it to. I just thought that it seemed a simple enough drama about sibling relationships to watch. Plus, I was kinda missing Sun Qian a little bit.

The overall focus of this plot is to show the somewhat codependent relationship between these two siblings. As someone who has an older brother it was quite easy to place myself in Shi Miao’s shoes. Right off the bat, I was laughing at the scene where they were babies and he stole her bottle because it brought up traumatic events of someone stealing my candy from me and then telling our parents I took his and then I was left with none….. GRRRR… Anyways, I found the story to be funny and engaging all the way through even when it had the very cringey moments for example all the horrible english that was spoken during their english class. I found the way that the episodes were formatted to be refreshing and remnant of the source material even if it could be a bit messy.

As for the acting, I have obviously seen both our leads in different roles already and I will say that Sun Qian definitely has strength in these comedic type roles. Joseph was really so cute as her older brother even if he seemed a little dim at times. I actually ended up liking his character a lot because you were able to see how biases alter our perception of others. I think that this is my favorite role of his that I have seen and it is a stark difference to his Heavenly Sabre role. So.. I’m just gonna say it yall… These two needed to tone down the chemistry a little bit… Like it was getting a bit you know… cough cough.. How Sun Qian best chemistry with the guy who is supposed to be her brother?? I HATE IT HERE. hahah

Overall, I did enjoy this drama for what it was and I would recommend it as a nice drama to just chill out and enjoy. It had a really believable sibling dynamic and was definitely meant to show how these two siblings navigate the world with just each other to depend on.


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

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Fake Princess

Fake Princess


Genre: Historical, Comedy, Romance
Origin: China
Episodes: 27
Air-date: May 17, 2020 to June 1, 2020
Starring: Eleanor Lee as Chang Le, Zhao Yiqin as Li Che, Garvey Jin as Li Heng, Cheng Si Yu as Gong Sun Mo, Sun Xue Ning as Zhu Yang, Wang Yi Tian as Nong Ying

So what if she loves money, don’t all mountain bandits love money? For a chest full of gold, the mountain bandit offers herself up to the black-bellied prince thus marking the start to a beautiful romance.

Chang Le (Eleanor Lee) was once a free and untamable female bandit. However, she becomes a fake bride in a marriage to crown prince Li Che (Zhao Yiqin). Stepping into the confines of the palace, Chang Le finds it difficult to adjust after being repeatedly humiliated.

Despite her situation, she learns to adapt like a feral cat showing her true stripes. Li Che who has treaded every step vigilantly finds himself gradually attracted by Chang Le’s liveliness. Each wearing a mask to hide their own motives, the two people find comfort in each other. 

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I think I have made it known that I am Eleanor Lee trash? I can’t help it, there is just something that is positively endearing about her as an actress. I was immediately drawn to this show because it was an historical drama and I hadn’t had the chance to see her as the main character in one yet, and I always had a soft spot for a story surrounding a good switcharoo of the female lead and arranged marriage. I can’t help that I have things that I gravitate towards!

The plot wasn’t unique by any means, but it got the job done. I was immediately entertained with Changle and her actions. Throughout the twenty-seven episodes, I found that the first eleven or so episodes were more entertaining as it didn’t dwell on the politics too much. We were able to see the characters and therefore saw the shift and growth with the varying personalities. While the story was predictable and a little irritating in the latter portions, it still had a certain charm to it that didn’t make me feel exhausted like a certain drama. This is why historicals do not need to be more than forty episodes.

What I believe was one of the strengths of this drama was how well the females leads were written. Many dramas boast a “strong female lead” and it is limited to someone who is physically strong, but with this drama we had these three women who had differing circumstances, but were strong in their own way. They each had their own very distinct personalities and knew what they wanted, they had ambitions and didn’t become shells of themselves when they fell in love. I was especially fond of Changle (duh) as she maintained her integrity throughout the entire show. She was always authentically herself; a wise, intelligent young woman even though she was pretending to be someone else. I loved how her and Nongying grew a bond and helped each other. It would have been nice to see them all together at the end.

Another strength of this drama was undoubtedly our lead couple. I enjoyed the refreshing take of seeing a male lead that did not shy away from showing how much he cared about his female lead. I loved that they trusted each other and was loyal to each other. Li Che truly loved Changle and he believed in that love which in turn allowed the viewers to do the same. I will give Eleanor props because I ship this just as much as I did Nuannuan and Han Che and that’s on CHEMISTRY. I even enjoyed Gongsun and Nongying’s relationship as well. Also this is coming from me who believes that cdramas love giving everybody and their momma’s love lines too much.

Typically I would have rated this drama closer to a 7, but I think that it truly deserved a .5 extra for how lovely the main couple was. This drama is certainly a gem and even though it kinda flopped in China, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with recommending this as something breezy to watch. If I were to rewatch it would definitely only be the couple scenes.


Story: 6.5/10
Acting: 8/10
Music: 7.5/10
Rewatch Value: 7/10
Overall: 7.5/10

Favorite Song: Eleanor – Ordinary People

Monthly Roundup – July

Well … Here we are at the end of July. You know I realized that I haven’t been doing my favorites and worst and updating as I go like I said I would in January but have you considered that I am still doing these and that should be enough? LOLOLOL. I did a lot of nugus this month cause I was feeling generous ya know.

Black Lives STILL Matter and please arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor.

All By Myself

Zico – Summer Hate (feat Rain)

Initial: I think we should label Zico as a terrorist.. In other news, why is RAIN SO DAMN FINE. KIM TAE HEE SHARE THE COCK???? 🥺👐🏿

Now: GUYYSSS LET US CELEBRATE!! ZICO HAS ENLISTEDDDDD WE ARE FREE FOR 21 MONTHS!! YASSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

Chungha – Play (feat Changmo)

Initial: Before I go onto the song, Chungha, girl.. Delete your surgeon’s number right now!! Enough… Now onto the song, I actually like it. Like its nice to see her back to her latin roots a bit. It’s fun! Something for the summer!

Now: This is such a bouncy and fun song.. When is the album gonna come though?

Ash Island – Error (feat Loopy)

Initial: I never realized how… not very attractive Ash Island was until now. The song is like a moody autotuned boy group song, that would have benefited from some charisma. Still, it’s not bad.

Now:

BIBI – I’m Good At Goodbyes

Initial: Very chill vibe. Easy to listen song and overall vibe is nice and I could go for a blunt.

Now: I added this to my chill out playlist and listened to it recently in my car. It was banging.

CRUSH – OHIO

Initial: The song with Joy was so boring this is a welcomed improvement. Also he doesn’t look butt ugly in this one.. Just medium ugly. Nah but I actually stan the lyrics too??

Now: Ugh I am pretty mad that I vibe so well to this song hahaahah. It’s actually really good and has grown on me so much.

SOMI – What You’re Waiting For

Initial: I know birthday is controversial but like stockholm. syndrome is real. I hate that it just ends ya know? Also Teddy needs to try some new structure for production… Too much predictability isn’t good. Still, I love the early 2010s feel of the song.

Now: The chorus gets me every single time. I hate hate hate how the song just ends like booooooo.

HYO – DESSERT (feat Loopy and Soyeon)

Initial: You know oomf said that sometimes all you need is a bad song and yes that’s it haha. I thought she would have served given her hair is black for the first time in a decade!!

Now: I was so faded that I kept replaying this but sober omg this shit is trash.

Lee Hi – Holo

Initial: The lack of surprise I had seeing that she signed with AOMG hahaha. Anyways I love her vouce. I don’t say this enough. TO FREEDOM BABE.

Now: Yeahhh Yeahhh. I AM A LITTLE OBSESSED WITH THIS ONE.

Kang Daniel – Waves (feat Simon Dominic and Jamie)

Initial: For once in his life he looks cute. Here is someone who actually delivered a decent song after dying their hair black.

Now: Kinda in the same vein of Chungha’s in which it is a fun song when you listen but overall forgettable.

Soyou – Gotta Go

Initial: Did she get a new face? Mmm… Anyways idk nothing really special in one way or the other.

Now: Eh.

Jessi – Nunu Nana

Initial: So here is the thing with Jessi.. her entire aesthetic surrounds copying black culture and black women and it is so tired. Like how are you from Jersey and so clearly influenced yet there is never a black person anywhere to be seen. It bothers me a lot tbh.

Now: I refuse to play this again lol

Three’s A Crowd

SF9 – Summer Breeze

Initial: Let’s take a moment guys.. Wow.. I have not liked a SF9 song in a while but this is actually so good wtf. I like it a lot. Like wow. WOW. Also the MV is so good. The boys look so hot. Ohmygod.

Now: They are so hot. Hahaha. This choreo stages elevated this song so much for me. I am a thirsty hoe.

VERIVERY – Thunder

Initial: Actually not bad. I kinda dig it? Mmmm… Weird.

Now: x2

EXO-SC – 1 Billion Views (feat Moon)

Initial: This is a chill song. I think Chanyeol looks so fucking cute.

Now: We were gonna do a full album review but we didn’t so.. LOL. Sighs I guess I need to give back my Yeolmae card.

(G)-idle – I’m The Trend

Initial: This is a poor man’s Devil. So lame.. How Yuqi produced this and didn’t give herself any lines? Dumb bitch. Soyeon does not need to be singing.

Now: x3

Gfriend – Apple

Initial: psy_newface.mp3. The song is actually not bad at all. I like how straightforward it is. Mmm.. We shall see as time goes on. Labyrinth still that girl.

Now: Anyways Labyrinth outsold.

ONEUS – Come Back Home

Initial: I am not gonna lie. I kinda can dig it.. please don’t @ me. Am I drunk? Yes, but idk its working…

Now: I am sober and still bopping so I think that means something????

ATEEZ – Inception

Initial: I am an atiny adjacent ya know. I have accepted this. It’s a grower.

Now: Yeah I knew this was a grower! I haven’t picked a favorite off the album as yet though hehehe.

April – Hello Summer

Initial: I am actually genuinely happy that Naeun kinda reboosted their career. I was gonna say this is decent but then the chorus came and it was like “ah okay I see” LOL

Now: I know people hate the chorus, but it is legit my favorite part of the song hahah.

New Kidz On The Block

Red Velvet Irene & Seulgi – Monster

Such a dumbass motherfucking unit name. I swear. So anyways here is the second official female subunit from a SM Girl Group and arguably the most anticipated. The fact that they dropped the ball and didn’t deliver the MV until a day later? Lameos.

Initial: LESBIAN RIGHTS. Hahah. Anyways full review of album found here.

Now: SO LIKE WE ALL AGREE NAUGHTY IS SUPERIOR RIGHT?

XRO – Welcome To My Jungle

Hiphop duo from some nugu company. They were on like Produce and Mixnine. Let’s call em “fake MOBB”..

Initial: I was getting my life then I scrolled down to the comments…………. LMFAO.

Now: n/a

Heo Chanmi – Lights

Chanmi is like that bug that keeps getting squashed but wont die. Everyone remembers her from this famous video. And I think she has joined like 90 reality shows too. Anyways the “almost girls generation member” has finally debuted under FirstOne entertainment.

Initial: Reminds me of Chungha but less presence or personality.

Now: n/a

Chic & Idle – 3!4!

They are under liz entertainment.. I don’t think I know any of these girls. Apparently they are a combination of two groups that I have also never heard of before.

Initial: I like that it is not girl crush noise but it is still lame.

Now: n/a

Yoo Doojoon – Lonely Night

Member of Highlight formerly Beast returns from the army with a solo debut;. You go Glen Coco.

Initial: It’s chill. Kinda a vibe. Video isn’t too bad either.

Now: n/a

Blastar – One Way

A five member girl group from VH Entertainment. Idk any of them.

Initial: Damn talk about no budget.. idk what I was expecting but it wasn’t this… I thought it would be more dance based since quite a few were backup dancers but Mmm.. Anyways.. it’s not bad at all.

Now: N/A