Sunday, July 27, 2014

Drama Review: Tsuma wa, Kunoichi

  First a little explanation: this drama is a two-part series, consisting of 13 episodes. The first part is called Tsuma wa, Kunoichi, and the second is Tsuma wa, Kunoichi Saishusho.
  This drama is set during the Edo period (1824-5), decades before Commodore Matthew Perry helped open Japan to the Western world with the Convention of Kanagawa. This historical event has some significance in the story of Tsuma wa, Kunoichi because the male lead is involved in a plot to build a ship that can sail farther than Japanese ships had sailed before, which was a huge deal for a country determined to remain isolated from the West. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

An Explosion of Cute in Trot Lovers (But, Sadly, That's not All. . .)

  (Major spoilers for episode 10 of Trot Lovers.) 
  I saw it coming. Honestly I did. There was just too much cute happening. But I still had hope that maybe, just this once, all that happiness and cute wasn't just the calm before the storm, the sweetness of sugar before the bitter pill, the joy of freefall before the reality of gravity sets in.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Deja Vu, or Why Do They Keep Trying to Throw Lee Jun Ki off a Cliff?

  I know that we see the same things over and over again in kdramas—I mean, I have already dedicated posts to tropes and cliches. But this is one trend that I find especially worrying. There are many, many instances of dramatic cliff-edge cliffhangers in Dramaland, and especially in sageuks, but something is definitely amiss with my beloved Lee Jun Ki. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Master's Sun Review

  It has been so long since I've written up a drama review. (Okay, so I've been pretty bad about writing anything lately.) And really, that's why I started this blog in the first place, to review dramas and share with others my love and hate for certain dramas (mostly love, though). I also want this blog to be a resource for people searching for a new drama to watch, and so I'll return to the beginning and start some more reviews.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Delightful Silliness of Prime Minister and I

  Only in Dramaland could you find the following, and completely unironic, conversation. (Spoiler alert: this happens in episode 11 of Prime Minister and I.) 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Did I Really Just See That?!

Trigger warning: discussion of sexual abuse.

  If you've read my blog before, you may be wondering why I'm writing about such a serious subject, especially since I haven't written anything in such a long time. I mean, my blog is all about analyzing tv shows in a lighthearted and probably much-too-invested manner. I try not to spend too much time on serious issues, and I really try to avoid controversy. But this is something that I want to write about, because it's something I feel is important. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Only in Dramaland. . . or Dramaland Cliche Game Ideas

You're Beautiful (So many cliches in one shot.)
  Dramaland. A world where no cliche is too overused, no kiss too thematic, and no character too cookie-cutter. It's a place where no idea can ever be overdone, even if it is a horrible idea/cliche, because if "they" use it enough, "they" will either gain popularity by association with those who have used it well, or they convince themselves that SOMEDAY, someday they'll find a way to make it awesome. This is the Land of Dramas. 
  The Land of Dramas is a special place, where we can lose ourselves for a time in the characters and stories we come to love. We can even predict many of the things that are likely to come up in any given series with a surprising level of accuracy. And it's not just the Asian branch of Dramaland—some (many?) of the cliches I've listed here can be found in movies, stories, and tv from all over the world.