dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
I think this season is literally untenable for me.

Here is what I want to follow:

Mon/Tues - Faith
Tues - Answer Me 1997
Wed/Thurs - Bridal Mask
Wed/Thurs - Arang and the Magistrate
Sat/Sun - Five Fingers
Sat/Sun - May Queen

That is 11+ hours of TV a week (probably closer to 13, seeing that a lot of eps are 1:10). Considering I have a family, job, other hobbies, and need to sleep, this is untenable. (
I used to follow 5 dramas at a time - Big, Bridal Mask, Dr. Jin, I Need Romance 2012, A Gentleman's Dignity, but not for long before they got modified to a more manageable 3. Plus, Bg and Dr Jin were ff-central).

Yet, how to cut it?

Come hell or high water, Gaksital is staying in - I obsessed over 20 eps, I am unlikely to ditch the last 8.
I am keeping both Arang and Faith unless either unexpectedly sucks. (Please don't!)
I could probably wait to finish AM1997 until it's done, only it's the drama with the smallest time commitment (an hour a week) and if I leave it out, I am left with three heavy-duty period dramas, which might be a bit much - one needs variety.

That leaves May Queen and Five Fingers. Between the two of them, I am more likely to keep FF, as Joo Ji Hoon is back and I love makjang, yet MQ looks good and oddly Giant-like.

What to do, what to do?

I think I might stable both the weekend dramas until Bridal Mask (and possibly AM1997) end in a few weeks - there is a good chance they might have barely just gotten out of kid portions then, and I always skim those anyway.

Dilemmas...

So, likely to keep, from most to least:

1. Bridal Mask
2. Faith
2. Arang and the Magistrate
4. Answer Me 1997
5. Five Fingers
6. May Queen.
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
I think this season is literally untenable for me.

Here is what I want to follow:

Mon/Tues - Faith
Tues - Answer Me 1997
Wed/Thurs - Bridal Mask
Wed/Thurs - Arang and the Magistrate
Sat/Sun - Five Fingers
Sat/Sun - May Queen

That is 11+ hours of TV a week (probably closer to 13, seeing that a lot of eps are 1:10). Considering I have a family, job, other hobbies, and need to sleep, this is untenable. (
I used to follow 5 dramas at a time - Big, Bridal Mask, Dr. Jin, I Need Romance 2012, A Gentleman's Dignity, but not for long before they got modified to a more manageable 3. Plus, Bg and Dr Jin were ff-central).

Yet, how to cut it?

Come hell or high water, Gaksital is staying in - I obsessed over 20 eps, I am unlikely to ditch the last 8.
I am keeping both Arang and Faith unless either unexpectedly sucks. (Please don't!)
I could probably wait to finish AM1997 until it's done, only it's the drama with the smallest time commitment (an hour a week) and if I leave it out, I am left with three heavy-duty period dramas, which might be a bit much - one needs variety.

That leaves May Queen and Five Fingers. Between the two of them, I am more likely to keep FF, as Joo Ji Hoon is back and I love makjang, yet MQ looks good and oddly Giant-like.

What to do, what to do?

I think I might stable both the weekend dramas until Bridal Mask (and possibly AM1997) end in a few weeks - there is a good chance they might have barely just gotten out of kid portions then, and I always skim those anyway.

Dilemmas...

So, likely to keep, from most to least:

1. Bridal Mask
2. Faith
2. Arang and the Magistrate
4. Answer Me 1997
5. Five Fingers
6. May Queen.
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
I think this season is literally untenable for me.

Here is what I want to follow:

Mon/Tues - Faith
Tues - Answer Me 1997
Wed/Thurs - Bridal Mask
Wed/Thurs - Arang and the Magistrate
Sat/Sun - Five Fingers
Sat/Sun - May Queen

That is 11+ hours of TV a week (probably closer to 13, seeing that a lot of eps are 1:10). Considering I have a family, job, other hobbies, and need to sleep, this is untenable. (
I used to follow 5 dramas at a time - Big, Bridal Mask, Dr. Jin, I Need Romance 2012, A Gentleman's Dignity, but not for long before they got modified to a more manageable 3. Plus, Bg and Dr Jin were ff-central).

Yet, how to cut it?

Come hell or high water, Gaksital is staying in - I obsessed over 20 eps, I am unlikely to ditch the last 8.
I am keeping both Arang and Faith unless either unexpectedly sucks. (Please don't!)
I could probably wait to finish AM1997 until it's done, only it's the drama with the smallest time commitment (an hour a week) and if I leave it out, I am left with three heavy-duty period dramas, which might be a bit much - one needs variety.

That leaves May Queen and Five Fingers. Between the two of them, I am more likely to keep FF, as Joo Ji Hoon is back and I love makjang, yet MQ looks good and oddly Giant-like.

What to do, what to do?

I think I might stable both the weekend dramas until Bridal Mask (and possibly AM1997) end in a few weeks - there is a good chance they might have barely just gotten out of kid portions then, and I always skim those anyway.

Dilemmas...

So, likely to keep, from most to least:

1. Bridal Mask
2. Faith
2. Arang and the Magistrate
4. Answer Me 1997
5. Five Fingers
6. May Queen.
dangermousie: (Iljimae: Shi Ho hat by alexandral)
It almost seems incredible, seeing how we are in the midst of an amazing May season, but this season will shortly come to an end and leave way to a new batch of dramas. Below, are my Top 5 most anticipated kdramas for the early summer season, from most to least.

1. The Princess' Man (July 20, KBS) - my most anticipated drama of the year, this one stars Moon Chae Won and Park Shi Hoo as fusion sageuk's Romeo & Juliet. Why am I so obsessed? For one, fusion sageuk is my favorite kdrama genre. All the more so, when it is romance-centric, which period kdramas almost never are (I always wish they'd borrow some of the swooning romanticism of period cdramas). Moon Chae Won is lovely and strong and I am ecstatic she is getting a chance to be a leading lady and Park Shi Hoo is one of my all-time favorite working kdrama actors and a chance to see him in sageuk again, as a lead this time, is a dream come true. Plus, I love the name - so much better than if it was Prince's Woman or similar. Somehow, more doomed and romantic. Ahhhhh.

2. Heartstrings (June 29, MBC) - romcoms and I have a checkered history but this drama is billed as a 'youth melodrama' instead (whatever that means) and Park Sin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa look adorable, with chemistry enough to burn (I was rooting for them in You're Beautiful - secondary guy revenge ahoy!). The stills are fresh and I am a sucker for 'upper-class classical musician falls for bad boy rocker with a crush on an older woman' set-up. So excited!

3. Myung Wol the Spy (July 4, KBS) - Han Ye Seul plays a North Korean agent who infiltrates South Korea in order to kidnap a top Hallyu star played by Eric (from what I know of Kim Jong Il, not that far-fetched, actually). Insanity ensues. Think less IRIS or Shiri and more My Girlfriend Is a Secret Agent. I am pretty excited because it sounds like it could be a great deal of fun, plus I adore the cast (it also includes my favorite, criminally underrated Lee Jin Wook). However, mixing adrenaline with comedy is a risky proposition and, in a worst-case scenario, this can turn into another Fugitive. Plus, I much happen to prefer Eric in more intense fare - I thought he was incredible in Que Sera Sera - but his lighter roles, like the one in Super Rookie, make me cringe. So we'll see.

4. Warrior Baek Dong Soo (July 4, SBS) - or "Baby Sageuk" as I like to refer to it, due to the fact that the cast is young enough to be kids of the regular sageuk protagonists. I am normally a sucker for fusion sageuks, especially of the Robin Hood-type variety, but I am unfamiliar with the cast except for Yoo Seung Ho, for whom I have an inexplicable dislike (probably due to his rabid fangirls). Plus, honestly - they are all much too young. Choi Min Soo, undoubtedly playing a wise mentor or similar, is the only one who's even legal. (OK, OK, I kid, but barely)

5. Gaebaek (July MBC) - I know very little about this one, except that it's a period drama starring Lee Seo Jin. Which means I am in in in in in in in in!!!
dangermousie: (Iljimae: Shi Ho hat by alexandral)
It almost seems incredible, seeing how we are in the midst of an amazing May season, but this season will shortly come to an end and leave way to a new batch of dramas. Below, are my Top 5 most anticipated kdramas for the early summer season, from most to least.

1. The Princess' Man (July 20, KBS) - my most anticipated drama of the year, this one stars Moon Chae Won and Park Shi Hoo as fusion sageuk's Romeo & Juliet. Why am I so obsessed? For one, fusion sageuk is my favorite kdrama genre. All the more so, when it is romance-centric, which period kdramas almost never are (I always wish they'd borrow some of the swooning romanticism of period cdramas). Moon Chae Won is lovely and strong and I am ecstatic she is getting a chance to be a leading lady and Park Shi Hoo is one of my all-time favorite working kdrama actors and a chance to see him in sageuk again, as a lead this time, is a dream come true. Plus, I love the name - so much better than if it was Prince's Woman or similar. Somehow, more doomed and romantic. Ahhhhh.

2. Heartstrings (June 29, MBC) - romcoms and I have a checkered history but this drama is billed as a 'youth melodrama' instead (whatever that means) and Park Sin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa look adorable, with chemistry enough to burn (I was rooting for them in You're Beautiful - secondary guy revenge ahoy!). The stills are fresh and I am a sucker for 'upper-class classical musician falls for bad boy rocker with a crush on an older woman' set-up. So excited!

3. Myung Wol the Spy (July 4, KBS) - Han Ye Seul plays a North Korean agent who infiltrates South Korea in order to kidnap a top Hallyu star played by Eric (from what I know of Kim Jong Il, not that far-fetched, actually). Insanity ensues. Think less IRIS or Shiri and more My Girlfriend Is a Secret Agent. I am pretty excited because it sounds like it could be a great deal of fun, plus I adore the cast (it also includes my favorite, criminally underrated Lee Jin Wook). However, mixing adrenaline with comedy is a risky proposition and, in a worst-case scenario, this can turn into another Fugitive. Plus, I much happen to prefer Eric in more intense fare - I thought he was incredible in Que Sera Sera - but his lighter roles, like the one in Super Rookie, make me cringe. So we'll see.

4. Warrior Baek Dong Soo (July 4, SBS) - or "Baby Sageuk" as I like to refer to it, due to the fact that the cast is young enough to be kids of the regular sageuk protagonists. I am normally a sucker for fusion sageuks, especially of the Robin Hood-type variety, but I am unfamiliar with the cast except for Yoo Seung Ho, for whom I have an inexplicable dislike (probably due to his rabid fangirls). Plus, honestly - they are all much too young. Choi Min Soo, undoubtedly playing a wise mentor or similar, is the only one who's even legal. (OK, OK, I kid, but barely)

5. Gaebaek (July MBC) - I know very little about this one, except that it's a period drama starring Lee Seo Jin. Which means I am in in in in in in in in!!!
dangermousie: (Iljimae: Shi Ho hat by alexandral)
It almost seems incredible, seeing how we are in the midst of an amazing May season, but this season will shortly come to an end and leave way to a new batch of dramas. Below, are my Top 5 most anticipated kdramas for the early summer season, from most to least.

1. The Princess' Man (July 20, KBS) - my most anticipated drama of the year, this one stars Moon Chae Won and Park Shi Hoo as fusion sageuk's Romeo & Juliet. Why am I so obsessed? For one, fusion sageuk is my favorite kdrama genre. All the more so, when it is romance-centric, which period kdramas almost never are (I always wish they'd borrow some of the swooning romanticism of period cdramas). Moon Chae Won is lovely and strong and I am ecstatic she is getting a chance to be a leading lady and Park Shi Hoo is one of my all-time favorite working kdrama actors and a chance to see him in sageuk again, as a lead this time, is a dream come true. Plus, I love the name - so much better than if it was Prince's Woman or similar. Somehow, more doomed and romantic. Ahhhhh.

2. Heartstrings (June 29, MBC) - romcoms and I have a checkered history but this drama is billed as a 'youth melodrama' instead (whatever that means) and Park Sin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa look adorable, with chemistry enough to burn (I was rooting for them in You're Beautiful - secondary guy revenge ahoy!). The stills are fresh and I am a sucker for 'upper-class classical musician falls for bad boy rocker with a crush on an older woman' set-up. So excited!

3. Myung Wol the Spy (July 4, KBS) - Han Ye Seul plays a North Korean agent who infiltrates South Korea in order to kidnap a top Hallyu star played by Eric (from what I know of Kim Jong Il, not that far-fetched, actually). Insanity ensues. Think less IRIS or Shiri and more My Girlfriend Is a Secret Agent. I am pretty excited because it sounds like it could be a great deal of fun, plus I adore the cast (it also includes my favorite, criminally underrated Lee Jin Wook). However, mixing adrenaline with comedy is a risky proposition and, in a worst-case scenario, this can turn into another Fugitive. Plus, I much happen to prefer Eric in more intense fare - I thought he was incredible in Que Sera Sera - but his lighter roles, like the one in Super Rookie, make me cringe. So we'll see.

4. Warrior Baek Dong Soo (July 4, SBS) - or "Baby Sageuk" as I like to refer to it, due to the fact that the cast is young enough to be kids of the regular sageuk protagonists. I am normally a sucker for fusion sageuks, especially of the Robin Hood-type variety, but I am unfamiliar with the cast except for Yoo Seung Ho, for whom I have an inexplicable dislike (probably due to his rabid fangirls). Plus, honestly - they are all much too young. Choi Min Soo, undoubtedly playing a wise mentor or similar, is the only one who's even legal. (OK, OK, I kid, but barely)

5. Gaebaek (July MBC) - I know very little about this one, except that it's a period drama starring Lee Seo Jin. Which means I am in in in in in in in in!!!

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