dangermousie: (Cuidado con el Angel)


Just got back into the house so haven't had a chance to watch (or even get) the latest Faith ep or go through the comments. Instead, I am going to talk about the dramas I watched on the plane - Five Fingers eps 15-16 and Glass Mask eps 6-8. While I think FF is excellent and GM not so, they do seem to belong to the same subgenre - protagonist wronged by monstrous family, surrounded by secrets, seeking revenge. Both feature an abusive mother, a somewhat psychotic sibling (though FF's In Ha is all sorts of shades of grey and has hope of overcoming his badness while GM's sister is pure unmitigated evil), birth secrets, and the OTP that is pretty much the sole light of sanity and happiness in a rather tragic world. FF's protagonist is male and GM's female, but other than that, in a lot of ways they are mirrors of each other.

(Five Fingers episodes 15-16)  )

Meanwhile, everyone except the heroine, her OTP and the nerdy sweet glasses guy in Glass Mask continue to be wastes of space. I am pretty much in it for the OTP (at least until Seo Woo goes nuclear) - they are so adorable, I have no words. Plus, the male lead makes the best faces. And since I largely skip everything but the shipping, each ep doesn't take too long :)

Some examples of shippy cuteness - clicking on this will open within main page so if you want to go to the post directly, click on permanent link or leave a comment link instead )
dangermousie: (Cuidado con el Angel)


Just got back into the house so haven't had a chance to watch (or even get) the latest Faith ep or go through the comments. Instead, I am going to talk about the dramas I watched on the plane - Five Fingers eps 15-16 and Glass Mask eps 6-8. While I think FF is excellent and GM not so, they do seem to belong to the same subgenre - protagonist wronged by monstrous family, surrounded by secrets, seeking revenge. Both feature an abusive mother, a somewhat psychotic sibling (though FF's In Ha is all sorts of shades of grey and has hope of overcoming his badness while GM's sister is pure unmitigated evil), birth secrets, and the OTP that is pretty much the sole light of sanity and happiness in a rather tragic world. FF's protagonist is male and GM's female, but other than that, in a lot of ways they are mirrors of each other.

(Five Fingers episodes 15-16)  )

Meanwhile, everyone except the heroine, her OTP and the nerdy sweet glasses guy in Glass Mask continue to be wastes of space. I am pretty much in it for the OTP (at least until Seo Woo goes nuclear) - they are so adorable, I have no words. Plus, the male lead makes the best faces. And since I largely skip everything but the shipping, each ep doesn't take too long :)

Some examples of shippy cuteness - clicking on this will open within main page so if you want to go to the post directly, click on permanent link or leave a comment link instead )
dangermousie: (Cuidado con el Angel)


Just got back into the house so haven't had a chance to watch (or even get) the latest Faith ep or go through the comments. Instead, I am going to talk about the dramas I watched on the plane - Five Fingers eps 15-16 and Glass Mask eps 6-8. While I think FF is excellent and GM not so, they do seem to belong to the same subgenre - protagonist wronged by monstrous family, surrounded by secrets, seeking revenge. Both feature an abusive mother, a somewhat psychotic sibling (though FF's In Ha is all sorts of shades of grey and has hope of overcoming his badness while GM's sister is pure unmitigated evil), birth secrets, and the OTP that is pretty much the sole light of sanity and happiness in a rather tragic world. FF's protagonist is male and GM's female, but other than that, in a lot of ways they are mirrors of each other.

(Five Fingers episodes 15-16)  )

Meanwhile, everyone except the heroine, her OTP and the nerdy sweet glasses guy in Glass Mask continue to be wastes of space. I am pretty much in it for the OTP (at least until Seo Woo goes nuclear) - they are so adorable, I have no words. Plus, the male lead makes the best faces. And since I largely skip everything but the shipping, each ep doesn't take too long :)

Some examples of shippy cuteness - clicking on this will open within main page so if you want to go to the post directly, click on permanent link or leave a comment link instead )
dangermousie: (Tamra by boycottbananas)
If there is one thing watching the first 5 eps of the daily tVn drama Glass Mask confirmed to me, is that Seo Woo is a Goddess. Why she picked a daily drama of all things, I will never know.



If I stick with GM (undecided as of yet), it will only be due to my love of her. Dailies, with their millions of episodes, are not normally my thing, and this one is very very makjang, with birth and other secrets by the bucket. More importantly, I don't think I could stand to watch Seo Woo's family any longer - her stepmother is evil and abusive and should be shot out of a cannon, her stepsister is a sociopath (I mean that literally - she drops Seo Woo off a cliff in the prologue and as we learn during childhood portions was always a pyromaniac, thieving bad seed), and her adopted father seems to love her yet doesn't prevent the rest of his family from abusing his supposedly beloved daughter (his wife dumps heroine on some far street in the rain and he still doesn't divorce her or anything. Instead, he offers to return Seo Woo back to the orphanage for family harmony. Some loving parent you are!)




Watching that sort of thing any longer is going to give me ulcers. About the only thing that is ulcer-free is her interactions with (I think) her future OTP because they are cuter than puppies and make me wish he and Seo Woo were instead doing a 16-ep romcom together. I mean, she sees him climbing over a fence, assumes he is a thief, yanks him back, he falls on her and this happens:




I mean, we know they are the OTP now :) And then she roughs him up and slaps handcuffs on him:



And drags him to the police station:



I ship them already.

Now, if only her family would all die in a freak chainsaw accident, I could watch this in peace.

Instead, I bet they will abuse her some more, she will realize her adopted Daddy shot her birthmom and framed her birthdad for murder, her stepsis is a psycho (though why she hasn't figured it out yet, I don't know) and I bet, I just bet, the stepsis will want the same guy. This is how it always works!

I don't think I could put up with a 100 episodes of 'let's mistreat Seo Woo' show. I am sure she will eventually go Terminator on their ass, but I don't think I could hang on that long. I might tune in once she goes around getting her own back, though.
dangermousie: (Tamra by boycottbananas)
If there is one thing watching the first 5 eps of the daily tVn drama Glass Mask confirmed to me, is that Seo Woo is a Goddess. Why she picked a daily drama of all things, I will never know.



If I stick with GM (undecided as of yet), it will only be due to my love of her. Dailies, with their millions of episodes, are not normally my thing, and this one is very very makjang, with birth and other secrets by the bucket. More importantly, I don't think I could stand to watch Seo Woo's family any longer - her stepmother is evil and abusive and should be shot out of a cannon, her stepsister is a sociopath (I mean that literally - she drops Seo Woo off a cliff in the prologue and as we learn during childhood portions was always a pyromaniac, thieving bad seed), and her adopted father seems to love her yet doesn't prevent the rest of his family from abusing his supposedly beloved daughter (his wife dumps heroine on some far street in the rain and he still doesn't divorce her or anything. Instead, he offers to return Seo Woo back to the orphanage for family harmony. Some loving parent you are!)




Watching that sort of thing any longer is going to give me ulcers. About the only thing that is ulcer-free is her interactions with (I think) her future OTP because they are cuter than puppies and make me wish he and Seo Woo were instead doing a 16-ep romcom together. I mean, she sees him climbing over a fence, assumes he is a thief, yanks him back, he falls on her and this happens:




I mean, we know they are the OTP now :) And then she roughs him up and slaps handcuffs on him:



And drags him to the police station:



I ship them already.

Now, if only her family would all die in a freak chainsaw accident, I could watch this in peace.

Instead, I bet they will abuse her some more, she will realize her adopted Daddy shot her birthmom and framed her birthdad for murder, her stepsis is a psycho (though why she hasn't figured it out yet, I don't know) and I bet, I just bet, the stepsis will want the same guy. This is how it always works!

I don't think I could put up with a 100 episodes of 'let's mistreat Seo Woo' show. I am sure she will eventually go Terminator on their ass, but I don't think I could hang on that long. I might tune in once she goes around getting her own back, though.
dangermousie: (Tamra by boycottbananas)
If there is one thing watching the first 5 eps of the daily tVn drama Glass Mask confirmed to me, is that Seo Woo is a Goddess. Why she picked a daily drama of all things, I will never know.



If I stick with GM (undecided as of yet), it will only be due to my love of her. Dailies, with their millions of episodes, are not normally my thing, and this one is very very makjang, with birth and other secrets by the bucket. More importantly, I don't think I could stand to watch Seo Woo's family any longer - her stepmother is evil and abusive and should be shot out of a cannon, her stepsister is a sociopath (I mean that literally - she drops Seo Woo off a cliff in the prologue and as we learn during childhood portions was always a pyromaniac, thieving bad seed), and her adopted father seems to love her yet doesn't prevent the rest of his family from abusing his supposedly beloved daughter (his wife dumps heroine on some far street in the rain and he still doesn't divorce her or anything. Instead, he offers to return Seo Woo back to the orphanage for family harmony. Some loving parent you are!)




Watching that sort of thing any longer is going to give me ulcers. About the only thing that is ulcer-free is her interactions with (I think) her future OTP because they are cuter than puppies and make me wish he and Seo Woo were instead doing a 16-ep romcom together. I mean, she sees him climbing over a fence, assumes he is a thief, yanks him back, he falls on her and this happens:




I mean, we know they are the OTP now :) And then she roughs him up and slaps handcuffs on him:



And drags him to the police station:



I ship them already.

Now, if only her family would all die in a freak chainsaw accident, I could watch this in peace.

Instead, I bet they will abuse her some more, she will realize her adopted Daddy shot her birthmom and framed her birthdad for murder, her stepsis is a psycho (though why she hasn't figured it out yet, I don't know) and I bet, I just bet, the stepsis will want the same guy. This is how it always works!

I don't think I could put up with a 100 episodes of 'let's mistreat Seo Woo' show. I am sure she will eventually go Terminator on their ass, but I don't think I could hang on that long. I might tune in once she goes around getting her own back, though.
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Some of you may remember my obsessing over period cdrama Four Women Conflict back in the spring.

I finally had to stop midway through because it was too angsty and overwrought even for me to take in one sitting. I mean it. FWC makes the most overwrought, makjang kdrama seem like a cheery slice-of-life romcom.



But of course, I cannot stay away for long, so I continue my foray in the world of the angstiest, most star-crossed lovers ever, the whole town full of psychos (I literally want everyone in this dead except for Playboy/Heroine) and, especially, Puppy Killer. We cannot forget Puppy Killer!



Also, I'd say that this drama gives me the worst, miserable wedding ever (courtesy of the psycho mom of Playboy) but that is not true because the winner for that title is heroine's first wedding. At least she is not married off against her will to a disgusting abuser who sells her off to a rapist on the wedding night.

Yeah, it's that type of cheery drama.

What I really want is for the heroine to snap and go on a murderous rampage through the town. I am sure Playboy will help.
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Some of you may remember my obsessing over period cdrama Four Women Conflict back in the spring.

I finally had to stop midway through because it was too angsty and overwrought even for me to take in one sitting. I mean it. FWC makes the most overwrought, makjang kdrama seem like a cheery slice-of-life romcom.



But of course, I cannot stay away for long, so I continue my foray in the world of the angstiest, most star-crossed lovers ever, the whole town full of psychos (I literally want everyone in this dead except for Playboy/Heroine) and, especially, Puppy Killer. We cannot forget Puppy Killer!



Also, I'd say that this drama gives me the worst, miserable wedding ever (courtesy of the psycho mom of Playboy) but that is not true because the winner for that title is heroine's first wedding. At least she is not married off against her will to a disgusting abuser who sells her off to a rapist on the wedding night.

Yeah, it's that type of cheery drama.

What I really want is for the heroine to snap and go on a murderous rampage through the town. I am sure Playboy will help.
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Some of you may remember my obsessing over period cdrama Four Women Conflict back in the spring.

I finally had to stop midway through because it was too angsty and overwrought even for me to take in one sitting. I mean it. FWC makes the most overwrought, makjang kdrama seem like a cheery slice-of-life romcom.



But of course, I cannot stay away for long, so I continue my foray in the world of the angstiest, most star-crossed lovers ever, the whole town full of psychos (I literally want everyone in this dead except for Playboy/Heroine) and, especially, Puppy Killer. We cannot forget Puppy Killer!



Also, I'd say that this drama gives me the worst, miserable wedding ever (courtesy of the psycho mom of Playboy) but that is not true because the winner for that title is heroine's first wedding. At least she is not married off against her will to a disgusting abuser who sells her off to a rapist on the wedding night.

Yeah, it's that type of cheery drama.

What I really want is for the heroine to snap and go on a murderous rampage through the town. I am sure Playboy will help.
dangermousie: (Default)
Yeah, judgmental 'best friend', why don't you go die in a fire? Seriously, you see the lady you consider your best friend being mauled by a guy and automatically assume she's committing adultery and won't listen to her explanations and decide she's the worst evilest blah blah blah.

First, even if she has been, she's your friend! She comes first, ahead of some man you barely know. Second, listen to her freaking explanation, witch! And then she tells it to childhood love so of course he misunderstands. Ugh, witch. And childhood love goes and tells heroine how disappointed and ashamed he is in her blah blah he's not her friend any more and that now he can't blame her husband for beating her. Ugh, prig, go die! How about you trust her or listen to her explanation or stop freaking judging her? You and former best friend deserve each other - go hook up and preach at each other noon and night. Yeah, and then they learn the truth and are very sorry and are also so sorry she was so depressed and abandoned by her friends she tried to kill herself. Whatever, freaks, I hope you roast in hell. I am glad you never get her, childhood love, because you suck! And her best friend sucks worse! I love watching her pine for childhood love who is only fixated on Lanyun.

And then childhood love promises to get her a divorce and marry her (rapist has been disposed of by that point) but when her disgusting husband, who beat her and let her get raped, was all "but I loooove her, can I have her?" he just bailed. Ugh, first love, you really suck. There are no words for your sucktitude.

Oh God, I basically hate everyone in this drama except for heroine and Playboy, who asked her to marry him, again (because he assumed she turned him down earlier due to not wanting to deal with rapist's potential rampage and now the man is gone), got his heart crushed to bits when she told him she loved someone else, and took it like a man, wishing her a happy life and leaving her the hell alone, like she wanted.

Also, seriously, whoever made this has some sort of a whipping fetish. Heroine has already been whipped twice and from vids, Playboy gets whipped at some point too. At least they keep their clothes on? That's a small mercy?

Man, this is written by someone with issues. Honestly, I am enjoying this but all that unending heaping of misery on heroine has basically made me detach and numb for my own self-preservation because it's so over-the-top. I mean, past a certain point, it just makes you suspend disbelief that the character isn't just sitting in the corner rocking back and forth and banging her head on the wall (same reaction I got with Ou Chen in Summer Desire - past a certain point you just can't believe a character will go on being functional). I understand that they have to make her married life hell to justify her committing adultery (even emotional adultery) due to societal mores deciding what is acceptable for the heroine and what is not but still - tone it down.

I am glad the rapist has got punished though and became an imbecile. OK, that sentence basically encapsulates the awesome, glorious, addictive awfulness of this drama. Now I know how [livejournal.com profile] lesbiassparrow felt when she watched Stairway to Heaven - I feel dirty yet I cannot stop.

Have a MV:

dangermousie: (Default)
Yeah, judgmental 'best friend', why don't you go die in a fire? Seriously, you see the lady you consider your best friend being mauled by a guy and automatically assume she's committing adultery and won't listen to her explanations and decide she's the worst evilest blah blah blah.

First, even if she has been, she's your friend! She comes first, ahead of some man you barely know. Second, listen to her freaking explanation, witch! And then she tells it to childhood love so of course he misunderstands. Ugh, witch. And childhood love goes and tells heroine how disappointed and ashamed he is in her blah blah he's not her friend any more and that now he can't blame her husband for beating her. Ugh, prig, go die! How about you trust her or listen to her explanation or stop freaking judging her? You and former best friend deserve each other - go hook up and preach at each other noon and night. Yeah, and then they learn the truth and are very sorry and are also so sorry she was so depressed and abandoned by her friends she tried to kill herself. Whatever, freaks, I hope you roast in hell. I am glad you never get her, childhood love, because you suck! And her best friend sucks worse! I love watching her pine for childhood love who is only fixated on Lanyun.

And then childhood love promises to get her a divorce and marry her (rapist has been disposed of by that point) but when her disgusting husband, who beat her and let her get raped, was all "but I loooove her, can I have her?" he just bailed. Ugh, first love, you really suck. There are no words for your sucktitude.

Oh God, I basically hate everyone in this drama except for heroine and Playboy, who asked her to marry him, again (because he assumed she turned him down earlier due to not wanting to deal with rapist's potential rampage and now the man is gone), got his heart crushed to bits when she told him she loved someone else, and took it like a man, wishing her a happy life and leaving her the hell alone, like she wanted.

Also, seriously, whoever made this has some sort of a whipping fetish. Heroine has already been whipped twice and from vids, Playboy gets whipped at some point too. At least they keep their clothes on? That's a small mercy?

Man, this is written by someone with issues. Honestly, I am enjoying this but all that unending heaping of misery on heroine has basically made me detach and numb for my own self-preservation because it's so over-the-top. I mean, past a certain point, it just makes you suspend disbelief that the character isn't just sitting in the corner rocking back and forth and banging her head on the wall (same reaction I got with Ou Chen in Summer Desire - past a certain point you just can't believe a character will go on being functional). I understand that they have to make her married life hell to justify her committing adultery (even emotional adultery) due to societal mores deciding what is acceptable for the heroine and what is not but still - tone it down.

I am glad the rapist has got punished though and became an imbecile. OK, that sentence basically encapsulates the awesome, glorious, addictive awfulness of this drama. Now I know how [livejournal.com profile] lesbiassparrow felt when she watched Stairway to Heaven - I feel dirty yet I cannot stop.

Have a MV:

dangermousie: (Default)
Yeah, judgmental 'best friend', why don't you go die in a fire? Seriously, you see the lady you consider your best friend being mauled by a guy and automatically assume she's committing adultery and won't listen to her explanations and decide she's the worst evilest blah blah blah.

First, even if she has been, she's your friend! She comes first, ahead of some man you barely know. Second, listen to her freaking explanation, witch! And then she tells it to childhood love so of course he misunderstands. Ugh, witch. And childhood love goes and tells heroine how disappointed and ashamed he is in her blah blah he's not her friend any more and that now he can't blame her husband for beating her. Ugh, prig, go die! How about you trust her or listen to her explanation or stop freaking judging her? You and former best friend deserve each other - go hook up and preach at each other noon and night. Yeah, and then they learn the truth and are very sorry and are also so sorry she was so depressed and abandoned by her friends she tried to kill herself. Whatever, freaks, I hope you roast in hell. I am glad you never get her, childhood love, because you suck! And her best friend sucks worse! I love watching her pine for childhood love who is only fixated on Lanyun.

And then childhood love promises to get her a divorce and marry her (rapist has been disposed of by that point) but when her disgusting husband, who beat her and let her get raped, was all "but I loooove her, can I have her?" he just bailed. Ugh, first love, you really suck. There are no words for your sucktitude.

Oh God, I basically hate everyone in this drama except for heroine and Playboy, who asked her to marry him, again (because he assumed she turned him down earlier due to not wanting to deal with rapist's potential rampage and now the man is gone), got his heart crushed to bits when she told him she loved someone else, and took it like a man, wishing her a happy life and leaving her the hell alone, like she wanted.

Also, seriously, whoever made this has some sort of a whipping fetish. Heroine has already been whipped twice and from vids, Playboy gets whipped at some point too. At least they keep their clothes on? That's a small mercy?

Man, this is written by someone with issues. Honestly, I am enjoying this but all that unending heaping of misery on heroine has basically made me detach and numb for my own self-preservation because it's so over-the-top. I mean, past a certain point, it just makes you suspend disbelief that the character isn't just sitting in the corner rocking back and forth and banging her head on the wall (same reaction I got with Ou Chen in Summer Desire - past a certain point you just can't believe a character will go on being functional). I understand that they have to make her married life hell to justify her committing adultery (even emotional adultery) due to societal mores deciding what is acceptable for the heroine and what is not but still - tone it down.

I am glad the rapist has got punished though and became an imbecile. OK, that sentence basically encapsulates the awesome, glorious, addictive awfulness of this drama. Now I know how [livejournal.com profile] lesbiassparrow felt when she watched Stairway to Heaven - I feel dirty yet I cannot stop.

Have a MV:

dangermousie: (Spring Waltzez woobie by scanky_chops)


And flist faints that I am watching something that is not a period cdrama.

But I really liked the first ep.

Make no mistake, TB is definitely makjang. A darker, more grown-up take, but still...It also reminds me of my favorite old-fashioned melos, with a saintly strong heroine and a completely ruthless and ambitious evil other girl, multiple birth secrets, revenge, men as pawns to the ladies etc.

So if you are looking for a romcom, this is probably not a drama for you. But as it is, it appears crisply written (it drew me in with the first five minutes) and, at least, if the cast has got to do some emotional acting, they got a bunch of heavy-hitters with Han Hye Jin as the protagonist, who seems saintly but with a spine of streel (she's secretly raising nemesis and hero's baby, people!), Kim Min Jung as her former best friend and now nemesis, Joo Sang Wook as a man involved with both of them, and Seo Do Young as the marginally saner second male lead.

More importantly, this got me emotionally involved. I am already rooting for the heroine to demolish her nemesis, to kick the male lead in the face, and to triumph over everyone.



KMJ is a truly underrated actress and I love seeing her on my screen again. Once again, she was barely on-screen (most of the ep was childhood flashback) but even in those minutes she left quite an impression on me - of selfishness and awfulness but also a certain kind of desperate mental fragility. Oh, she is going to be fun and complex to hate!



The male lead. I sort of hate his present-day character already even though we've only seen him for two minutes. I am spoiled from the trailers/promos because he was seduced away by the nemesis and while the nemesis is evil for doing it because she knew heroine liked him and probably did it because of it, it takes two to tango - he's the one who enthusiasticaly shoved his tongue down nemesis' throat after all. And even now he doesn't seem to want to look for heroine but is nemesis-fixated. His childhood self was kinda sweet though and if Giant is any indication, JSW is perfect at playing bastards you start out hating only to make you love him madly later. Good casting, drama!



Seo Do Young hadn't had much to do yet other than to be gorgeous but I am just glad to see him on my screen. I have no idea why he as leading man didn't take off - Spring Waltz is my favorite romantic kdrama of all time - but I'll take seeing him any way I can get.



So yes, first ep is definitely good and this goes on my "watch watch watch" list. I'll probably try to hoard at least first 5-6 eps to binge but we'll see how long that resolution holds.

Now I am off to try to find some version of Royal Family subs.
dangermousie: (Spring Waltzez woobie by scanky_chops)


And flist faints that I am watching something that is not a period cdrama.

But I really liked the first ep.

Make no mistake, TB is definitely makjang. A darker, more grown-up take, but still...It also reminds me of my favorite old-fashioned melos, with a saintly strong heroine and a completely ruthless and ambitious evil other girl, multiple birth secrets, revenge, men as pawns to the ladies etc.

So if you are looking for a romcom, this is probably not a drama for you. But as it is, it appears crisply written (it drew me in with the first five minutes) and, at least, if the cast has got to do some emotional acting, they got a bunch of heavy-hitters with Han Hye Jin as the protagonist, who seems saintly but with a spine of streel (she's secretly raising nemesis and hero's baby, people!), Kim Min Jung as her former best friend and now nemesis, Joo Sang Wook as a man involved with both of them, and Seo Do Young as the marginally saner second male lead.

More importantly, this got me emotionally involved. I am already rooting for the heroine to demolish her nemesis, to kick the male lead in the face, and to triumph over everyone.



KMJ is a truly underrated actress and I love seeing her on my screen again. Once again, she was barely on-screen (most of the ep was childhood flashback) but even in those minutes she left quite an impression on me - of selfishness and awfulness but also a certain kind of desperate mental fragility. Oh, she is going to be fun and complex to hate!



The male lead. I sort of hate his present-day character already even though we've only seen him for two minutes. I am spoiled from the trailers/promos because he was seduced away by the nemesis and while the nemesis is evil for doing it because she knew heroine liked him and probably did it because of it, it takes two to tango - he's the one who enthusiasticaly shoved his tongue down nemesis' throat after all. And even now he doesn't seem to want to look for heroine but is nemesis-fixated. His childhood self was kinda sweet though and if Giant is any indication, JSW is perfect at playing bastards you start out hating only to make you love him madly later. Good casting, drama!



Seo Do Young hadn't had much to do yet other than to be gorgeous but I am just glad to see him on my screen. I have no idea why he as leading man didn't take off - Spring Waltz is my favorite romantic kdrama of all time - but I'll take seeing him any way I can get.



So yes, first ep is definitely good and this goes on my "watch watch watch" list. I'll probably try to hoard at least first 5-6 eps to binge but we'll see how long that resolution holds.

Now I am off to try to find some version of Royal Family subs.
dangermousie: (Spring Waltzez woobie by scanky_chops)


And flist faints that I am watching something that is not a period cdrama.

But I really liked the first ep.

Make no mistake, TB is definitely makjang. A darker, more grown-up take, but still...It also reminds me of my favorite old-fashioned melos, with a saintly strong heroine and a completely ruthless and ambitious evil other girl, multiple birth secrets, revenge, men as pawns to the ladies etc.

So if you are looking for a romcom, this is probably not a drama for you. But as it is, it appears crisply written (it drew me in with the first five minutes) and, at least, if the cast has got to do some emotional acting, they got a bunch of heavy-hitters with Han Hye Jin as the protagonist, who seems saintly but with a spine of streel (she's secretly raising nemesis and hero's baby, people!), Kim Min Jung as her former best friend and now nemesis, Joo Sang Wook as a man involved with both of them, and Seo Do Young as the marginally saner second male lead.

More importantly, this got me emotionally involved. I am already rooting for the heroine to demolish her nemesis, to kick the male lead in the face, and to triumph over everyone.



KMJ is a truly underrated actress and I love seeing her on my screen again. Once again, she was barely on-screen (most of the ep was childhood flashback) but even in those minutes she left quite an impression on me - of selfishness and awfulness but also a certain kind of desperate mental fragility. Oh, she is going to be fun and complex to hate!



The male lead. I sort of hate his present-day character already even though we've only seen him for two minutes. I am spoiled from the trailers/promos because he was seduced away by the nemesis and while the nemesis is evil for doing it because she knew heroine liked him and probably did it because of it, it takes two to tango - he's the one who enthusiasticaly shoved his tongue down nemesis' throat after all. And even now he doesn't seem to want to look for heroine but is nemesis-fixated. His childhood self was kinda sweet though and if Giant is any indication, JSW is perfect at playing bastards you start out hating only to make you love him madly later. Good casting, drama!



Seo Do Young hadn't had much to do yet other than to be gorgeous but I am just glad to see him on my screen. I have no idea why he as leading man didn't take off - Spring Waltz is my favorite romantic kdrama of all time - but I'll take seeing him any way I can get.



So yes, first ep is definitely good and this goes on my "watch watch watch" list. I'll probably try to hoard at least first 5-6 eps to binge but we'll see how long that resolution holds.

Now I am off to try to find some version of Royal Family subs.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I have just discovered that

a. Ady An and Feng Shao Feng starred in a drama together as an OTP
b. It is a period drama set at the turn of 20th century
c. With looooooooots of angst and dramatics and makjang craziness - evil cowives! (only in a period cdrama - it's my biggest hurdle to checking this out, though I have much less problem with it in purely period context than when a modern person travels back into the past and decides to follow that sort of thing a la A Step Into the Past. I may get over it because supposedly he only loves Ady. We'll see), OTP interlopers! attempted murders! scary hairpieces!
d. He's hired to seduce her but falls for her and misery and make-outs follow
e. THERE ARE SUBS

If you know me, this is sort of like a fanfic-type dream come true. (Even cooler than my discovery that Ady played Peter Ho's OTP in a period drama which also starred Blue Lan and which has subs - someone is saving her pennies).

It's called Four Women Conflict and here is a pretty dramatic MV:



Here is another, which is a little less dramatic but still impossibly pretty:



There are both official dvds and youtube-subbed (I think) links available.

I sense an obsession about to start. If I ever finish the rest of my insane backlog that is.

In news of other potentially interesting dramas, I never realized that Vincent Jiao was one of the two protagonists in Wind and Cloud 2. I have a big crush on him. Hmmmm (it also stars Peter Ho, my current obsession, but his haircut in that one is scary so that detracts. Yes, am very shallow).
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I have just discovered that

a. Ady An and Feng Shao Feng starred in a drama together as an OTP
b. It is a period drama set at the turn of 20th century
c. With looooooooots of angst and dramatics and makjang craziness - evil cowives! (only in a period cdrama - it's my biggest hurdle to checking this out, though I have much less problem with it in purely period context than when a modern person travels back into the past and decides to follow that sort of thing a la A Step Into the Past. I may get over it because supposedly he only loves Ady. We'll see), OTP interlopers! attempted murders! scary hairpieces!
d. He's hired to seduce her but falls for her and misery and make-outs follow
e. THERE ARE SUBS

If you know me, this is sort of like a fanfic-type dream come true. (Even cooler than my discovery that Ady played Peter Ho's OTP in a period drama which also starred Blue Lan and which has subs - someone is saving her pennies).

It's called Four Women Conflict and here is a pretty dramatic MV:



Here is another, which is a little less dramatic but still impossibly pretty:



There are both official dvds and youtube-subbed (I think) links available.

I sense an obsession about to start. If I ever finish the rest of my insane backlog that is.

In news of other potentially interesting dramas, I never realized that Vincent Jiao was one of the two protagonists in Wind and Cloud 2. I have a big crush on him. Hmmmm (it also stars Peter Ho, my current obsession, but his haircut in that one is scary so that detracts. Yes, am very shallow).
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I have just discovered that

a. Ady An and Feng Shao Feng starred in a drama together as an OTP
b. It is a period drama set at the turn of 20th century
c. With looooooooots of angst and dramatics and makjang craziness - evil cowives! (only in a period cdrama - it's my biggest hurdle to checking this out, though I have much less problem with it in purely period context than when a modern person travels back into the past and decides to follow that sort of thing a la A Step Into the Past. I may get over it because supposedly he only loves Ady. We'll see), OTP interlopers! attempted murders! scary hairpieces!
d. He's hired to seduce her but falls for her and misery and make-outs follow
e. THERE ARE SUBS

If you know me, this is sort of like a fanfic-type dream come true. (Even cooler than my discovery that Ady played Peter Ho's OTP in a period drama which also starred Blue Lan and which has subs - someone is saving her pennies).

It's called Four Women Conflict and here is a pretty dramatic MV:



Here is another, which is a little less dramatic but still impossibly pretty:



There are both official dvds and youtube-subbed (I think) links available.

I sense an obsession about to start. If I ever finish the rest of my insane backlog that is.

In news of other potentially interesting dramas, I never realized that Vincent Jiao was one of the two protagonists in Wind and Cloud 2. I have a big crush on him. Hmmmm (it also stars Peter Ho, my current obsession, but his haircut in that one is scary so that detracts. Yes, am very shallow).

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