Summer heat and kdrama watching….never the twain shall meet (almost true in my case!)
My kdrama obsession has curtailed somewhat lately….chalk it up to summer lethargy from the unseasonably dry mini heat wave rarely experienced in the Pacific Northwest and a slew of other factors; real life and (honestly speaking) dramas that haven’t exactly hit the chords with me.
But one habit that I haven’t let go of; reading first impressions of new shows. Thanks to our very active and very lively community these posts never take a hiatus (unlike yours truly)
Reading these posts have kept me connected with the going ons in the kdrama sphere. Over time, I’ve also gotten to “know” each blogger, his/her taste and preferences. The ones that I follow, though each uniquely different and talented, is a pro and inspiration in his/her own right. All are passionate about kdramas but each lends his/her own individual voice to the process.
After perusing through countless first impressions and early reviews I have settled on two current summer offerings: My Beautiful Bride and Oh My Ghostess; coincidentally both produced by the independent cable networks.
My Beautiful Bride
This one has overwhelming support across the board. I have yet to come across any negative early reviews. The consensus is almost unanimous that this is one show worth diving into.
In a nutshell, it is a crime thriller which OCN is well noted for; backed by writer Yoo Sung Yeol of Heartless City and PD Kim Chul Gyu of Emergency Couple.
The overarching story line is about Kim Do Hyung (Kim Moo Yul) whose betrothed, Yoon Joo Young (Go Sung Hee) has vanished on the eve of their wedding. Shot between flashbacks and present day, this show is focused on Do Hyung’s unusual character and his quest to find his lost bride. He is helped by Cha Yoon Mi (Lee Shi Young), a female kick-ass detective tasked with uncovering the disappearing bride mystery.
This is not a love story so for those looking for puppy eyed love triangle or melo, we will have to wait for another show.
The common theme I keep reading from my fellow bloggers is that this show demands your full attention….meaning no multi tasking! Put that laundry away, get the little ones to bed, finish that dreaded homework and lock yourself up in wherever you do your kdrama watching and tune out all other distractions……it is that kind of show.
If you blink, you might miss a key clue or emotion or sub-plot. And…for those of us non Korean speaking fans, watching subbed version alone may not suffice…reading recaps from our favourite re-cappers the day after is probably a must. This complex story might also just work better as a marathon option. It has certainly intrigued me! And all thanks to these early posts, stills and teasers.
In the words of Dramabeans it is all dark, slick, and grimly beautiful.
Oh My Ghostess
This one also seems to be garnering good first impressions from the blogging community. Unlike The Beautiful Bride, it pulls at the opposite end of the emotional feel-o-meter. It is described as cute and outrageously funny; and there are tons of positive comments from readers.
The synopsis sounds like a classic love story of a female nobody falling for a handsome guy in the position of power. Na Bong Sun (Park Bo Young) is the young woman possessed by a virgin ghost, Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul Gi) and she also happens to fall for chef Kang Sun Woo (Jo Jung Seok). And it is not a kdrama unless he is also an aloof and arrogant boss, right?
I am normally not into ghost stories or paranormal tropes but this one has a few things going for me; tvN, the leads, food backdrop and romance. After Misaeng, tvN has proven to me that it can deliver masterpieces so sold! To top it off, the casts are promising actors and who can forget Jo Jung Seok as Eun Shi Kyung in King 2 Hearts?
Like my fellow bloggers, the one common theme everyone is nervous of is the Jekyll and Hyde personalities of Bong Sun. Which personality is Chef Kang going to fall for? The real Bong Sun or that of the Ghostess?
This is one show we can sit back and relax with a big bowl of our staple kdrama snack and wait for the laugh fest to invade our body. 🙂