Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Family Origin: South Korea Episodes: 16 Air-date: July 4, 2014 – Aug 23, 2014 Starring: Han Groo as Joo Jang Mi, Yeon Woo Jin as Gong Ki Tae, Jung Jin Woon as Han Yeo Reum, Han Sun Hwa as Kang Se Ah, Heo Jung Min as Lee Hong Dong, Yoon So Hee as Nam Hyun Hee
It is so hard to believe that even though I considered this drama to be one of my absolute favorites and a go to recommendation, I have never done a proper rewatch of this drama. Therefore, with my back against the wall, I decided that it would be fun to revisit this and see if I still enjoyed it as much as I did back then in 2016 when I first watched it. So… did I?
The answer is ABSOLUTELY! Yall this drama is still giving what it gave back then and that is why I stand firm in my belief that these new romantic comedies just do not hit in the same way. Like this drama served up all the delicious tropes, but there was just something more to it that gave it heart. As we all know I am a positive sucker for the fake dating trope and that shit hits so good in this drama. I love that it was the type of fake dating where everyone slowly saw their charm and that everyone knew it was real before they did.
This time around something that I really appreciated was the portrayal of the mother. Here was a mother that was simply trying her best to make her son happy and it wasn’t because of greed or a need for money, but simply desiring that someone would love and take care of him the way she wasn’t able to. I loved that even though they had moments where she seemed stern, that there were genuine moments of humanity throughout.
I also loved that friendships that existed in this drama and the fated field trip that they took. Everyone had an agenda, but they also were just having fun by the beach. I SQUEAL AT THAT KISS EVERY TIME. I feel like for a drama of its time, it really did touch on topics that are now more openly discussed in dramas, but still need some work. I also find that I want to see more of Yeon Woo Jin’s filmography because it’s not like Han Groo has much for me to watch. Hahahahahaha. It’s so interesting to me that this writer also wrote Introverted Boss which I did drop after 7 episodes, but I think I may want to give it another go.
Reasons to watch:
No dumb breakup
Couples get to be couples
I think the only thing that prevented this drama from getting bumped to a 10/10 was because I am in the mood right now where I dislike propaganda about working hard and not wanting to be Cinderella!! TAKE HIS MONEY!! TAKE ALL THAT HITTA’S MONEY!!
I don’t think there has been a show that I actively hate watched before. When I went looking for BL drama recommendations, all I saw and heard from everyone was that I needed to watch TharnType. I would like to go back to those people and have them REALLY watch this show outside of the obvious things that worked.
First let me say the things I did like about this show because there are only a few in comparison. I really enjoyed the supporting characters of Type’s friends. Techno was a joy to watch with his busybody self and welcomed comic relief. I also really liked Tharn’s family. His little sister Thanya was so adorable. And lastly what I liked was the obvious sexual chemistry that both Tharn and Type had. I know people have said that these two characters have had amazing chemistry, I just didn’t see it past the lust. There were times where I wished they’d just shut up and kiss because the things coming out of their mouths were so terrible.
Speaking of terrible, lets get into the things I didn’t like about this drama. Type. His charactization of a homophobic person was spot on because he was truly hateful and maybe his reasonings were a bit out there but I felt like he really was suffering from PTSD and trauma from being sexually abused. And what this show did was use it as a driving force to put these two together. It felt forced and false. Because why would someone who is a firm hater of gays from beginning to end say to his gay roommate that he will have sex with him because he owes him something? MAKE IT MAKE SENSE PLEASE! Now Tharn on the other hand should have been a saving grace but the fact that he took the abuse that Type spewed each time made me feel uncomfortable. On top of that, the acting from both these leads felt stiff and robotic at times. I could not STAND how Tharn’s actor would basically tilt his head to the side and act with his chin the whole time. Sir, we know you’re short, you don’t have to do these things.
When these two finally got together and then had a constant back and forth of jealous moments, I started to grow bored and really just hoped for moments when they would bone. There were underlining antagoinistic forces in the form of Tharn’s first lover, ex-boyfriend and even someone who is obsessed with him. These all felt like attempts to deepend the bond between Tharn and Type but when your foundation is rocky, how can your relationship be anything besides toxic?
In the end, this show is basically a look at how humans are now obsessed with toxic relationships. These two characters should have never been together and I really couldn’t get behind supporting their romantic storyline because it was laced in toxicity. The only thing I got out of this was some good sexual chemistry in the form of nice kisses and some funny moments from secondary characters. As a drama it is good to have some angst but please make it make sense. No idea why this was such a hyped drama.
Acting : 5/10 Story : 4/10 Music : 6/10 Overall : 5/10 Recommended For : If you like that toxic shit
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Fantasy Origin: China Episodes: 30 (1 alternative ending) Air-date: Mar 8, 2021 – Apr 4, 2021 Starring: Jing Tian as Si Teng/Bai Ying, Vin Zhang as Qin Fang, Zhang Yi Chi as Yan Fu Rui, June Wu as Wang Qian Kun
I just need a moment… or two…. or three. Wow. Hard to believe that this show has ended. I am at a loss of words because damn did I enjoy this one a LOT. I remember following the news for this show and I was skeptical because I didn’t really see how this could’ve been adapted well or how China would have allowed this to pass their broadcast airing criteria. I was shook that it did, but as I started watching it I realized that they changed a bit of the original concept to comply which I am not mad about.
I honestly have no idea where to start with this one. I honestly was so satisfied with everything that we received with this show. Even the fact that they gave us an alternative ending wasn’t even necessary imo because the original ending was very satisfying as well. I thought the story was very engaging and that the actors really brought life to the characters. When I tell y’all that I was texting my friend with all my theories and was like I NEED TO BE RIGHT at every option to the point where I am pretty sure she blocked me. LMFAO. There were a few plot holes, but they were on the scale of like putting too much orange juice in your mimosa, not putting salt in the place of sugar for your cookies.
I think something that I found to be an interesting point of this story was how the women in the Yi Clan were portrayed. Although almost every woman/girl in this show suffered a form of trauma or disservice in some way, it was these pieces that truly showed the strength of their characters. Si Teng was an amazing lead character, she was so beautifully layered that it was impossible to consider her as anything other than exceptional. Also, all the freaking outfits that we were blessed with Jing Tian you damn queen!
Of course something that made this drama stand out on the level that it did was the chemistry between Jing Tian and Vin Zhang.. Listen.. LISTEN. I CANNOT BLAME CHINA FOR TRIPPING OVER THEM THE CHEMISTRY WAS SCALDING. Like they were rude! Out of order! Detrimental to my health. The audience (me) NEED the reunion in another drama and we NEED KISSES. That would be my biggest complaint of this drama, WE DIDN’T GET ENOUGH KISSES.
I definitely recommend this drama to watch especially for people who enjoyed Goblin/Tale of Nine Tailed because it really gives the same vibe, but the leads actually have chemistry. Also the cinematography here is absolutely stunning. I was in awe in almost every shot of the scenery and along with the styling? It was mesmerizing.
It’s May and who is shocked that I started another show? Just me? Yeah… here we go.
So I Married an Anti-Fan
Genre : Romantic Comedy, Idol Drama
Origin : South Korea
Episodes : 16 (1 hr. 20 mins.)
Aired : April 30 – June 19, 2021
Where To Watch : Viki
Starring : Choi Soo Young | Choi Tae Joon | Hwang Chan Sung |Han Ji An | Kim Min Kyu
Thoughts: Gotta admit, I watched the original movie with Chanyeol way back when and really don’t remember much about it besides the bad dubbing and how hot Chanyeol looked in a suit. So I went into this with an open mind and some anticipation. Let me be honest, this is probably going to be cliché as hell and I’m going to eat it up with a huge ass spoon. I love how Taejoon’s Hae Joon is really showing the duplicity of being a celebrity. I’m really interested in seeing how the chemistry between Taejoon and Sooyoung progress. This is the first thing I’m seeing her in as an actress and I’m liking her comedic timing. Also, I love a hate to love dynamic if done well. So, I’m excited.
Can’t believe we are already in the month of May! The year is almost at its mid point and that just seems wild. We hope yall are still staying safe! Masked up and vaxxed up! The panoramic is still happening.
Sugar Baby Unnie
I said that I was going to do better and I did so what’s good fam? No, but forreal. So many things to watch so little time. Happy May!
Rattan: The end is upon us and I am so sad. So very very sad. I only have three more episodes to go and I am savoring it a little.
Storm Eye: Not much progress on this one since our last update, but with me almost being done with Rattan, I shall be back to the binging glory of this one.
Love Scenery: WHY ARE THEY SO DAMN CUTE? OHMYGOD. Naurrr.. IQIYI should definitely put this on Netflix or Viki soon.
Marriage Not Dating: I forgot how HILARIOUS this show was! It is just so funny and great. It is helping me out a lot.
No Boundary: I started this because of the comment that Darren made and I am so happy I did! It is very fun and cute.
On The Radar
So I Married An Anti-fan: Sooyoungie!!!! I have been looking forward to this because I have read the manga and watched the movie. Hahah. So I gotta give it one view.
Youth of May: You know I am properly obsessed with Do Hyun after watching Sweet Home, plus we have Go Min Si too?? Come on!
Love Like White Jade: I’ve been hearing good things and I am intrigued! Plus I have enjoyed both the leads in dramas that I have seen before.
The Romance of Tiger and Rose : I think it is time that I figure out the hold that Zhao Lusi has on twitter because listen….
Octogenarian and the 90s: Bai Jingting and Janice Wu. #EnoughSaid
I have legit started and stopped so many shows in the matter of days! But lets see if I stick with any of them. All I really want is something romancey, damnit.
Sell Your Haunted House – I fucking love this show. It’s funny, scary and Jang Nara is KILLING it in this role. I don’t even miss the fact that there isn’t any romance… yet. I just love the dynamic of the characters.
TharnType – I’m hate watching this at this point. This show is highly recommended in the BL world and I keep asking myself why. Who fucking likes these men?
So I Married the Anti-Fan – FINALLY THIS SHOW IS HERE! I feel like it’s been years since I decided I was going to watch this. I loved the first two episodes so much and really can’t wait for the next two.
Still 2gether – I loved the fully original and of course I had to start the sequel. I’m still waiting for some more skinship.
18 Again – This is the week I go back to watching this, I promise.
High School Rapper 4 – Legit waiting on the finale to be subbed. I’ve surprisingly haven’t spoiled myself with the winner. This is a test in patience.
Kingdom: Legendary War – They are really milking the shit out of these episodes. Part of me loves the behind the scenes stuff and the other wants more performances and interactions with the groups. Either way, MNET is doing The Boyz dirty. And that’s fact.
Law School – From the posts I’ve seen on tumblr, I really wanna start this one. But I am still scared it might be boring.
Taxi Driver – Not gonna lie, I legit just wanna watch this because of Lee Jehoon. He is so underrated, I love him.
The Sweet Blood – I really wanna watch something with Vampires, so I’m just waiting for this to be closer to ending.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama, Sci-Fi Origin: South Korea Episodes: 10 Air-date: Nov 10, 2020 – Jan 12, 2021 Starring: Song Ha Yoon as Seo Ji Sung, Lee Jun Young as Jung Kook Hee, Yoon Bo Mi as Moon Ye Seul, Gong Min Jung as Tak Gi Hyun
Sometimes you’re in the mood for a little fluff with nothing too serious and if that is what you expect when you pick up Please Don’t Date Him then you shall be satisfied. I know I wanted something that was nonsensical to watch while I waited on a few subs from other dramas. This story sounded harmless enough and I found it to be quite adequate for what I desired.
Something that I really enjoyed about this drama was how it explored the concept of how technology influences our lives and the limitations of going completely off the radar. I also really enjoyed the women’s relationships with each other because you know I am a proper sucker for any drama that gives me female friendships in which the women have personalities and don’t only exist to make the female lead better. I liked that each girl had their own stuff that they were dealing and that their conversations didn’t only center around their relationships. I also enjoyed seeing the portrayal of a woman in STEM and the stigmas that we have to go through. However, with all that being said, there are a lot of flaws in this story especially in the way a lot of the stories were concluded. Fortunately, I was not here for a well thought out story so I really don’t give a fuck. I think that 10 was more than enough even though it did seem a little rushed at the end, but like anymore and I would’ve hated this drama.
I thought that the acting was pretty decent. The roles didn’t require much and everyone was believable. I think this may be my favorite performance of Ha Yoon even though she did have moments where she was a bit annoying. Also, Bomi, was really fun in her role and I am looking forward to see more of her because I enjoy her as a secondary character. As for Lee Jun Young, he is so damn fine! So damn fine! I also enjoyed the sets used for the work and the cafe. The multiple use of the cafe setting was really good cause it felt like a center for almost everything. One of the biggest disappoint of this drama sadly lies with the OST. It just wasn’t memorable in anyway and it definitely isn’t due to the not very popular people but just the overall curation of this soundtrack. It was hard picking a favorite song because it was all so lackluster.
Overall, this drama gave me what I required of it and therefore I wouldn’t rate it any differently. I don’t think it would be a mid tier recommendation, but if you’re in the mood to pass the time then go for it.
It has been a trend now for us to joint review Baekhyun’s stuff. We couldn’t let him go to war without reviewing his third mini! Hehehe. You guys are welcome. xx
(Lazy Unnie will be colored pink and Sugar Baby Unnie will be purple.)
Bambi – TITLE TRACK
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I purposefully ignored all the teasers and things that came out for this because I already knew that anything Baekhyun puts out is going to be amazing. I wasn’t disappointed because even though this song isn’t the same vibe that he put out previously, it’s still in that same realm. This is just a different side of the current R&B King. It’s haunting and sensual. This song felt like it was laying me down and giving me an erotic experience. That’s a lot for a song.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
This is a very melodic and sensous R&B style that we have come to enjoy with Baekhyun’s music. Unlike previous title tracks this one doesn’t immediately get stuck in your head, but it holds a very high replay value. As for the music video I enjoy the way it holds the subdued tone of the song. I feel like in certain frames, Baekhyun channels his inner Rain. Very nice.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I am in love with the guitar solo intro of this song. This truly feels like it sets up a whole romantic movie in my head between the lyrics and actual song. Like I can imagine walking down a street and bumping into this man and bam, love. That’s what this song does. It’s a vibe.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
A nice song to vibe with. Not too much to it beyond a simple beat and a nice electric guitar string, but it is still quite calming. It accurately portrays the lyrics in slowly falling for someone as the song slowly creeps into your mind.
All I Got
Rating: 5 out of 5.
THIS IS HIS BEST SONG HANDS DOWN! I know I say that a lot when it comes to Baekhyun, but he is channeling some Maxwell and giving us one of the best R&B songs in recent years. Between his falsettos, the heavy bass… sexy. This song makes me want to get on my knees and accept any confession that he is giving. I will take all you got.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Baekhyun is really into telling you how much he wants to fuck. He swears he’s a 90s R&B King and you are not sir. His harmonies and falsetto over this bass is very delicious to listen to. This can be added to the “begging for head” category. He’s on his Tevin Campbell ‘can we talk’ grind ahhaha.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
When this came out, I can admit I was a little bored. It reminded me of something Dean would have put out. Not to say that is bad but it just felt like it had been done. It was more a song where Baekhyun is showing, yeah, I got skills. Just let me serenade you.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
This is still absolutely one of my favorite songs on this mini. It is UN Village’s cousin and in this house we have to stan. His emotional vocals really elevates this mid tempo track.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
This is definitely a song about secret dating. And I’m here for the narrative. It’s jazzy and on brand with the whole vibe this album is giving. It is the quickest paced song out of the bunch but still makes you feel like he is singing only to you.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
A good jazzy vibe that follows up Amusement Park quite well. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that particularly stands out with this song. It’s enjoyable in the moment but forgettable in the long run.
Cry For Love
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
This is my second favorite track off the album. It’s a more contemporary R&B track and a bit of Baekhyun showing off his range because those high notes are down right sinful. But what I love about this the most is that the whole album was about getting someone, being with them, and now this song is the end of that relationship. My heart cries.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
If there’s one thing LDN Noise is gonna do, it’s give you a banger. We really had to stan this one. Kenzie is a lyricist and LDN Noise are great when it comes to arranging upbeat R&B tracks. It reminds me of a classic EXO sound and you can’t go bad there. His voice sounds so heavenly.
Leave it up to Baekhyun to drop something this good and this well thought out before having to leave us dry for 18 months. It feels like I know what to expect when a Baekhyun album comes out because he has established himself as such a great soloist thus far. Even though we know we are going to get some great R&B tracks, he hasn’t become stale. Each track off of this was just an example of how versatile as an artist he is and how much of a lover of music he is. It felt like pure joy being able to listen to this.
This is not my favorite project by him. That being said it is still better than what your dusty ass favorites could ever do. I felt like while vocally this has been his best, there really isn’t a stand out to me like there was on his other minis. I do think that when he comes back from the military he will bless us with something that is fresh and addictive. Tap into his Giveon bag. Hhehehe. Until then my R&B King! mwah!
PRODUCTION : 4.5 / 5 VOCALS / RAPPING : 5 / 5 VISUALS / CONCEPT : 5 / 5 OVERALL : 5 / 5 Favorite Track(s):All I Got | Cry For Love