Sunday, July 16, 2017

Suspicious Partner (Love in Trouble): Drama Diagnosis

So Suspicious Partner aka Love in Trouble had its finale a few days ago. I decided to do a Drama Diagnosis for this drama (which I have not done in awhile) mainly because I realized that many believe if I meme a drama, it means that I highly recommend a drama. Certainly that is the case sometimes, but not always. If I've made a commitment to meme a whole drama, I will follow it through to the end and also I try to keep things positive even when I don't like something. Now I actually did enjoy Suspicious Partner, but I still want to do this blog so if there are those that are looking for a review/recommendation for Suspicious Partners and not just memes, there is a resource. If you like this type of blog make sure to let me know and I will do more.  This post will contain minor spoilers

Brief Summary: Ji Wook is a prosecutor whose life is turned upside after meeting lawyer-in-training Bong Hee who, although has a pure heart, finds herself accused of a horrible crime due to situations beyond her control. Together and with a rag-tag group of lawyers, they work toward finding a serial killer whose murders beginning popping up all around them and interfering with their lives and fall in love in the process.

LoganLand Rating: 4.4 Stars

This drama started out strong right out of the gate with a big shocker before the end of the first week's episodes. The strength continued with new problems arising around every corner. I had high hopes as lately Ji Chang Wook has been really impressing me and this was his first romantic comedy. Nam Ji Hyun has also been making a good showing for herself and the chemistry between the two was really fun. It kept me hooked almost all the way through the drama, but unfortunately did slow down a little towards the end and that is what keeps it from being higher rated in my book. The ending was okay, but did leave something to be desire. By all means it was a "good" ending, I just had really high expectations from the color of the rest of the drama up until that point. I think most people would really enjoy this drama. There were a lot of moments that had me laughing to the point of tears.
Things I Loved
-No Love Second Male Lead Syndrome. I was going to say no love triangle, which isn't exactly accurate because the second female lead was still hella thirsty for the male lead and apparently also delusional thinking that she could win him back after it appeared she cheated on him (she didn't, but still). But the second male lead, Eun Hyuk was not only totally cool, but also ended up being a great platonic friend to the female lead, Bong Hee. Not even a hint of romance between the two proving male-female friendships can be entirely platonic (in fiction at least).
-Amazing Supporting Cast. The supporting cast was arguably just as good or better than the leads. From Eun Hyuk and the other lawyers working with them to even some of the characters you think may be antagonists, they made the drama with their humor and antics. The expressions of Lee Deok Hwa as Lawyer Byeon were hilarious. 
-Ji Chang Wook. Why is it that I always realize how amazing an actor is right before they're about to enlist? Now I have to wait at least two years before another Ji Chang Wook role. Which sucks, because he was so good. He proved that not only can he kill it with action, but I think he was actually even better in a romantic comedy role. Because this drama still had a lot of action/suspense even though it was a "romantic comedy". And he was wonderful. The ideal partner with tons of character development going from a heartless prosecutor to someone who cares for everyone around them. 

-That Plot Tho. The plot is what hooked me and kept me. Plot in Kdramas with serial killers always seem to be incredibly well thought out. I don't think there's one I've seen yet that I didn't enjoy - or maybe that says something about me. Lol. But right from the drama does a really good job at paralleling putting the characters at odds with each other and then bringing them together. The plot was obviously very carefully crafted to keep the momentum going from the begging right to (near) the end.

Things I Didn't Love
-Ambiguous Ending. Y'all know endings are important to me, so I couldn't say I loved this ending. The relationships between the side characters showed potential for the future. But the ending took place a year later and the leads had spent very little time with each other in that time frame and then we get a lame proposal and truthfully they don't really seem that into each other. I mean, technically the drama is showing us that they'll have a future together, but I don't really buy it. 

-Chemistry Fizzled Out. There is SEX in this drama. Lol. Which isn't really that surprising as the drama begins with the female lead asking if the male lead wants to sleep with her. However, I feel like it actually ruined their chemistry. They hadn't had a lot of great skinship/tension building scenes before that. There were only a couple. And there really wasn't much more after they slept together either. It didn't change anything and frankly it seemed unnecessary to the story and somehow made their romance less passionate. I mean it probably was fairly realistic. However, do we really watch Kdramas for realism? 

Resolution: 75% 
The killer gets caught and (presumably) punished. Their work seems to be going okay, but they don't look like they're enjoying it at all. Like I said we do get a proposal, a year later. No wedding or babies, though (which is always the preferred ending tbh. Lol). They fight a lot, but then make up. The side character seems to be doing okay, but everything is ambiguous for them. Everything is left hanging just a bit. It's like a picture frame that is just slightly crooked. It came so close to wrapping everything up, but it feels too open-ended. I'd put it in the "just okay" category for endings.  

I was obsessed with this drama up until the last couple of weeks, so it's hard to be objective. I may have to re-evaluate later but I'd have to say since most of the drama was SO great, that it still evens out to be a good drama. I'd recommend it for anyone who likes an intriguing plot and one that keeps you guessing with twists and turns.  

The Best Hit Episodes 25-28 Memes

The Best Hit is nearly over and the relationships are finally starting to develop in the way I want them. Well, better late than never, right? It's still keeping my attention, that's for sure. Anyway, here are my memes for the week and you can find all of my The Best Hit posts here.



Suspicious Partner (Love in Trouble) Episodes 37-40 Memes

 Suspicious Partner is over. I have mixed emotions. This drama was so great for most of time, but the ending left a little bit to be desired. Those of you have read my reviews in the past know how important the ending of a drama is to me. This ending was okay, but really too ambiguous for my taste. Still, an overall good drama. What did you all think? You can find all my Suspicious Partner posts here.

Suspicious Partner (Love in Trouble) Episodes 33-36 Memes

 Sorry I'm a bit delayed on posting Episodes 33-36 but on the plus side, I've got the rest of the drama complete too. Find all my Suspicious Partner posts here.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Best Hit Episodes 21-24 Memes

I'm definitely feeling me some second lead feels during this drama, and it's painful but nevertheless I meme on. Here are some thoughts I had on this week's episodes and you can find all of my The Best Hit posts right here.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Bride of the Water God: First Feels

It's been awhile since I've done a First Feels. For those who may be new to my blog or my first feels posts, a first feels post is where I stop to give my opinion on a drama after watching the first couple of episodes. This way I don't have the entire context of the drama to spoil it, but at the same time I'm far enough into the drama to get a feel for it.

The reason I chose to do a First Feels for The Bride of the Water God was because I knew I couldn't commit to watching the whole drama if it isn't good, (especially when there are several other dramas that I am juggling right now) but I know many others will be watching and asking me if I'm doing the same. To be honest, the trailers and promotions for this drama haven't really pulled me in. But to say that I gave it a shot and to give my insight, I watched the first two episodes which aired yesterday and tonight and give you my opinion on the drama so far.

After watching the first two episodes it feels like I should...Put it on the far back burner

A quick summary for those who don't know the plot. Habaek is a water god who's pretty important and up to be king. He has to go to earth to arrange some sort of deal with these godly stones, but something goes wrong and when he arrives he finds that he no longer has his powers. So he's unable to use his powers to inform the woman who's supposed to be his servant, So Ah, of her nature and obligations. As a psychiatrist at a clinic that's about to go under financially, So Ah, has problems of her own to deal with and if dealing with mentally ill people at work wasn't enough she now has a man following her around claiming that she's his servant and he's a water god. But maybe he isn't all bad. And maybe she can be of some help to him after all.

Spoiler-Free Thoughts: I hate to say it, but I was bored a lot of the time during the first two episodes. And when I wasn't bored I was often rolling my eyes or cringing. The scenes that took place in the land of the gods were so cheesy that it seemed like I was watching old school Power Rangers. The dialogue was not as fresh as I'd hope and parts of it felt very forced. It was like they were trying to make the drama epic and hilarious when it really isn't - at least not yet. And neither of those things can be forced. Now, there were a few funny scenes, I will admit that. Also, I just did not feel any chemistry between the leads. Another complaint is that a few of the dramatic scenes, I felt no emotion from. I didn't buy them one bit and that just left me feeling awkward about the characters interactions in those moments.

This drama could turn it around and I hope for the sake of all the money invested and the fantastic cast that something happens to change the tone of the drama right around. I never truly give up on a drama until the 3rd episode, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make myself get that far if I'm being honest. All the comparisons this drama has had to Goblin and one thing I can say is that out of the gate, this is no Goblin. If you have seen the first two episodes and want to know more about the whys I liked it and some of the parts I did like, you can see below for my Spoiler-laden thoughts. Warning, these are pretty much the uncensored thoughts I had while watching these episodes in the order I had them.

***Spoiler-Filled Thoughts***
-If this drama is going to be about gods, you've got to compare it to Goblin and when it comes to OSTs, so far Goblin wins by a landslide.

-The cameo by YDG was unexpected and made me very happy to see.

-Whales are my least favorite thing on this planet. But flying whales - straight up traumatizing.

-Nam Joo Hyuk is just so pretty, though, isn't he?

-Why does he have to have a mullet? Is that really necessary? Is that really what the kids are considering fashion these days. It's so painful for me to see that.

-The fact that  Soo Ri finds him a blow-up castle as a house. That's so amazing. I really want one.

-I love the line about if money is what you need because money is happiness, then what you really need is happiness. That's actually pretty deep.

-Why on earth would you let a mentally ill stranger kiss you like that? And let's be real, she kissed back. It doesn't matter how pretty you are, if someone that crazy tried to kiss me, I would have none of it.

-Of course she's got a trauma with water since he's a water god. This is a kdrama after all, isn't it? Lol.

-I was really touched when So Ah slowed down to walk with the grandpa across the street but act like that wasn't what she was doing. I thought it was an awesome scene, until they made it weird by having both Habaek and the CEO try to hold it against her as evidence of her character. It was a cool thing to do, but not such an amazing thing that it warranted being brought up twice in the plot as proof she was pretty much saint-like.

-The CEO seems genuinely kind-hearted and I like Lim Ju Hwan as an actor, but I'm just not buying him as a CEO for some reason.

-The ending scene of episode 2 where So Ah has a breakdown after seeing her patient jump in the water - that was cringe city for me. I don't know if it was the writing, acting, directing or what but it was over the top and not believable at all to me. Especially when it's this super dramatic scene and there is Habaek holding a friggin' drumstick and then asking her to hold it. Um...really?

So there you have it. I hope that some of you have enjoyed the drama, even if I was just a teensy bit bored. Lol. Let me know what you think. Anything that you noticed about the first two episodes that is worth mentioning to those that haven't watched that I didn't mention?