Not So Serious Review – High School King of Life Conduct

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Thank you very Kamsa HSKoS! Finally, my belated review on the surprise show of the summer, oh my how I will miss this world, the characters, and SIG!  Perhaps my want to still be in this universe is why I am a week late in writing the wrap-up for the show (though it probably more to-do with life conducting my lack of blogging time, but, shhh that sounds much too boring).

Before I turn into a mushy puddle of complete and utter Seo In Guk Teen Beat fangirling, let me say this drama boasted one of the all-around greatest drama ensembles I’ve seen in quite some time.  Not only were they crackling with chemistry, able to bounce off one an other,  and featured people who were human instead of the too-perfect saint devoid of personality or the equivalent of Hitler’s spawn.  Most all characters were given more than just one trait and often had their own side arcs that ran parallel to the main story, which is easier said then done, especially with your typical K-Dramas.

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But enough with this actual review nonsense, considering Soo Young (Lee Ha-Na) was always overly stretching her bungee jumping metaphor, let’s add to the amusement park ride analogy by delving deeper into these side-characters, or shall I say side-show characters…

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Review: Day 1 of KCon (Or why I didn’t attend Day 2)

Note: Hey Y’all. Muenchabench here.  Exciting news here at the eastwest dram comm blom blah – a new blogger to the site!! Bringing some clout and actual television know-how. She has been slaying DVR’s and fighting for television truth, justice, and the dramaland way for many moons.  So before I delve down deep into some Pocahontas/Wind the Winter Blows references, I will just say, “Welcome Caitlin!” and look forward to getting to know her and her blog postings (such as this) in the coming weeks 🙂

KCON

KCON looks great on paper. A two-day festival where fans of Korean pop culture can meet each other, attend panels, buy fun souvenirs, and watch concerts. It’s bound to be a great weekend, right?

No. Just… No.

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School 2013 – Not So Serious Review

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Ahhh! I am upside down on this roller coaster of emotions.  Which can only mean one thing? I doth finished School 2013: the pains, the gains!, and what the neighbors thought edition.  School 2013 went a really interesting route by pretty much solely focusing on the bonds of high school friendship, with perhaps the least emphasis on romance I have seen in a drama yet.  (Is that a Top 5 I smell? Mmmm..) But really it made this show all the more special.*

Also. THIS DRAMA CHANGES EVERYTHING. Seriously folks, how many top 5 lists are now ruined by my lack of School 2013’s inclusion.  Why didn’t y’all tell me?!? Let’s see we’ll start with the obvious: Best Alt-couple, which honestly could be made up of 5 pairings from this drama alone and I’d be satisfied.  Second is Soccer in K-Dramas. Why did I include stupid Boys over Flowers pandering to their viewers with soccer shorts, when I could have had Kim Woo BinLee Jong Suk angsty tension over the sport that led to dashed dreams and broken hearts. Seriously even saying the word “soccer” created an almost pavlovian response of ill from our two leads. My bad you guys… Even my favorite usage of English songs list should undergo construction for the lack of “Happy Together” School 2013 edition, which used several remixed versions to great effect in the 1st half of the drama.  Now does this mean I will retroactively change these lists? BAHAHAHA #way2lazy. But consider this my apology for it’s lack of representation. Sounds like I need to go back to school to learn how to make these lists correctly. Daniel Choi will be my teacher in life and love right!?

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*And also, I would argue more realistic.  This is obviously coming from my own personal experience but during those years we may have had our first whiff of guy craziness, but the bond of friendship was oh so much more influential than any high school crushes, dates, or boy/girlfriends. This seemed pretty universal for the school.  Then again, my school was designed by an architect who previously created prison blueprints, so we all might have gone a little mad from the lack of windows.

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A New Leaf – A Not So Serious Review

Note: Basically around the time of the episode cut announcement, I was checking out on the show. I did finish the episodes, but literally for the rest of the series I multitasked when watching in forms of online chores, folding clothes, calling Australia, looking at smexy world cup athletes…Sometimes at the same time! The not speaking Korean part means I missed some corporate shenanigans, Dad forgetting things, and more legalese than you can shake a gavel at.  So my apologies for any incorrect assumptions or plot points, but I made my choice, and it just happens to include abs… so many abs 😉

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Shit Kaka How I miss you so!

And it’s over..!

My less than subtle way of saying we may have had some good times, but much like autumn my colors changed with you show, and I’m rather glad I don’t have to pretend to be interested in legal jargon and bloody court receivership anymore.  Which isn’t to say I didn’t expect some actual law with my legal drama, and was glad cases weren’t taking extreme jumps in logic to become a much too on the nose metaphor of its main characters issues. (I’m looking at you I Hear Your Voice, which basically had me seriously considering the merits of Korean anarchy if that dramas legal system resembled real life.)

But I don’t believe I’ve ever become so nonplussed with a drama that had so many interesting characters. Maybe it was just because the writer follows the philosophy of never showing your hand too early.  Girl would probably lose less money at poker than I, but left me annoyed at all the untapped potential.

Let us count the characters given short shrift shall we.

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I Watched So You Don’t Have To: June Drama Premiers – Savvy Trot Gunman

Joseon Gunman Trot Lovers

So this last drama cycle should be deemed a  disappointment, with no crazy successes (MLFTS), cult obsessions (SLA), or even so bad/crazy its good (God’s Gift, though for a couple weeks Doc Stranger was vying. Then the complete suckiness took hold).  So with the next cycle gearing up, I figured I would try watching the first weeks worth and deduce the critical and popular reaction.  Then three months later we can all see how wrong I’ll be, Yay!  I will try to keep everything organized so people can use this as a guide if need be.

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