Micro Drama Reviews: August 2017

August Drama Review 2017

End of July to August is a pretty meh times. Took me forever to complete this. Several times I wanted to trash it, but didn’t want the effort to go to waste. I’m watching these dramas, but find it really hard to get into them. Some episodes I could be totally into it, and the next week, I’m out. None of them are really crack drama material, but I’m soldiering on till next month and hope I’ll find a crack by then.

Secret Forest

by Jo Seung Woo, Bae Doo Na, Yoo Jae Myung, Lee Joon Hyuk, Shin Hye Sun, Yoon Se Ah.

Stellar casts. Stellar performance. Stellar script. Stellar directing and editing. Great dynamics between everyone. Did I miss anything out? I can’t do this show justice with words, so I’ll keep it short.

The show could have scored a 10 out of 10 if we didn’t start off episode 1 on the wrong foot i.e. Si Mok contaminating the crime scene. Fans or viewers may have forgotten this, but it’s still fresh on my mind. Other than that, it is a very enjoyable drama. Although it took forever to reveal the murderer, but the plot is tight and with happenings in each episode, it was never boring. This is the sort of quality all post-production drama should aim for. It’s just unfortunate Secret Forest didn’t beat its predecessors in ratings due to tvN changing the slot from Fri – Sat to Sat – Sun. It still may not beat Signal or Answer Me 1988, but it definitely is another Best Hit of 2017. One last thing, I’m puzzled why there are shipping going on for Jo Seung Woo and Bae Doo Na when their characters are not even romantically linked.

– 9.8/10

 

Code Blue 3

by Yamashita Tomohisa, Aragaki Yui, Toda Erika, Higa Manami and Asari Yosuke.

Ahhh~~ this show brings back good old memories, and goodness; everyone has aged so much apart from Aragaki Yui. I’m especially concern of Toda Erika because she looks malnutritious with heavy eye-bags; she’s so skinny that I worry she may collapse any time whilst filming.

Nine years have passed since our main leads first began their residency in Emergency Medicine/Doctor Heli (aka. Flight doctor) in Shohoku Hospital. Shiraishi (Aragaki Yui) and Fuikawa (Asari Yosuke) continued to work in the Emergency section, whilst Aizawa (Yamashita Tomohisa) specialized in Neurology and Hiyama (Toda Erika) in Gynaecology elsewhere.

The department hasn’t been the same since Kuroda, Aizawa and Hiyama left. The three new interns are hopeless. As former couple Tachibana and Mitsui’s son’s health flashing red light, Mitsui resigned so that she could spend more time with their son. The department became short of experienced staff. Before Mitsui leaves, she has begged Hiyama to return and help. Getting desperate, Tachibana and Shiraishi also ask Aizawa to return. Aizawa eventually agrees to help out with the reason that he is accumulating experiences so that he could be sent to the US further his career in Neurology.

It’s been so long since I last saw season 1 and 2, and to be honest, I can’t remember much of the storyline anymore. Episode 1 was pretty boring, but luckily episode 2 got better and had a few touching scenes and topic. My only gripe with the first 2 episodes is that the drama used up too much screen time showing the interns freaking out. It’s exaggerating and unrealistic during a life and death situation; the patient would have died by the time the interns make a call.

I can’t say I am fully invested into the show yet, which is a bad sign, considered I used to really like season 1 and 2. Now it seems my expectation has risen to a level where I’m harder to please. Currently the show seems to lack the adrenaline rush and suspense it used to have when the doctors rescue people and deal with the life and death situation on site. It also didn’t help this season’s interns are uninteresting and lacking. I miss the times when the original 4 are the interns.

My Loser Husband

by Nikishido Ryo and Matsuoka Mayu.

Also known as Uchi no Otto wa Shigoto ga Dekinai (Literal title: My Husband Can’t Work). It’s a breezy light, romantic comedy about the mundane life of newlywed couple Kobayashi Tsukasa and Sayaka.

When Sayaka (Matsuoka Mayu) was young, she has set her mind on marrying an ideal man like her father. She and Kobayashi Tsukasa (Nikishido Ryo) fell in love after they met in the forest and recently gotten married. Sayaka thinks she has found the perfect husband — good looking, impressive educational background and a stable job. But little did she know that Tsukasa is infamous in the company, for the past 7 years, he’s been moved around the departments due to incompetency. Being branded as incompetent is an unfair judgment and misleading title. I first thought he really is incapable of doing work. However, I come to realize it may be the positions he was in that were unsuitable for him. From a businessman’s perspective, they needed him to be quick, flexible and sneaky, but Tsukasa is a naïve, kind-hearted, honest and a hard working person—which is why he kept getting pushed around in the company.

As for Sayaka, she is also a naïve young woman, who’s after marriage; is devoted to be a good wife to Tsukasa. As a modernized career feminist, I cringe as I watch her play housewife, and wonder if there are still women out there whose dream is to be full-time housewives. Do drop me a message if there is. I don’t believe I’ve seen any of Matsuoka Mayu’s works, but I find her really cute in this role. Some of her cluelessness comes off too unrealistic, but other than that, I actually enjoy this show and thought this pairing is really cute. As newlywed, they are at the stage of getting to know one another, and each episode; they learn new things and strengthen their love. This is a show design to send positive energy, strength and encouragement to the audiences.

Blanket Cats

by Nishijima Hidetoshi and Kichise Michiko

Cats and Nishijima Hidetoshi.

End of story.

Is it good?

Hmm… so so.

It 100% could have been better.

Not something I would recommend if you don’t care about the actors.

School 2017

By Kim Se Jeong, Kim Jung Hyun, Jang Dong Yoon, Han Joo Wan, Han Sun Hwa, Park Chul Min, Seo Ji Hoon, Park Se Wan and Z.Hera.

Took a while for this show to become interesting to me. Glad I stuck around and got to see the boys’ charm. Kim Jung Hyun reminded me a lot of Kim Woo Bin, except he’s a mellow down bad boy version. The show is getting a little bit slow in the sense for X. So many people are in on it and still, no one got wind or find proofs. That makes everyone else looks stupid. It’s a huge difference to School 2015, where it focuses more on what’s happening in school than Kim So Hyun. I don’t mind, except do people really put up with spoilt brat that constantly pushes others around like Z.Hera’s character? Bully is no joke, but I didn’t like how no one does anything about her, or at least not yet. Other than that, I’m happy the boys and the girls are making more friends, amending broken friendships and fighting for justice.

Reunited Worlds

by Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Yeon Hee, Ahn Jae Hyun, Kwak Dong Yeon, Kim Jin Woo, Lee Si Eon.

I like Yeo Jin Goo. I like Ahn Jae Hyun enough, and I even like Kim Jin Woo (because he’s another cutie pie who always play second lead) to sustain myself through the ridiculous story development. I’m not quite sure where / what’s the point of this story, but I’m willing to go to the end because I’ve nothing better to watch, and since I already started, I’ll just finish it off. I didn’t mind all the main characters anyway, and would love to see Tae Hoon and Young In get their happy ending if Hae Sung and Jung Won aren’t.

It’s a pity. This is a show that Yeo Jin Goo plays a lead and it’s such a huge contrast in terms of quality in comparison to Circle.

The King Loves

By Im Siwan, Hong Jong Hyun and Yoona.

Song Ji Na and Im Siwan. They are the two reasons I would go through another sageuk, Goryeo period at that too. At this point, I’m not quite sure just how much input Song Ji Na had in the script, it sure doesn’t seem much because I’d recognise her signature touch because I love her writing. She is good with characterisation, but I don’t think so far the characterisation is very successful. Song Ji Na tends to build up her story very slowly but steadily, so it can take some time for viewers to really get into the story, or get to know/love the characters. But once we do, we always end up falling deep.

As this is an adaptation of the novel, it’s hard to predict whether we’ll get the novel’s ending or we will get a new one. I’m pretty sure viewers are already split into two ships by now, arguing their heads out on who’s the man. Usually, I would root for the main guy, but knowing the novel ending, I’m not putting any bets. Though I think her future may be happier being with Rin than Won, because being a king’s lover will never truly be a happy life.

Strongest Deliveryman

By Go Kyung Pyo, Chae Soo Bin, Kim Sun Ho, Go Won Hee, Kim Ki Doo.

Strongest Deliveryman turns out to be the drama I now most enjoy (at least this week is). At first it appears ridiculous, especially seeing 200-300 delivery boys taking delivery so seriously.

I enjoy watching the four main leads. They are all cute in their own very unique way, and yes, even the annoying and naive Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee). I love watching her and Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) annoy the hell out of one another, but somehow is starting to enjoy each other’s company they did not know of, LOL. Jin Gyu’s story is the most interesting, and he is one character that I’d love to see it flesh out more and show his character growth.

I adore Lee Dan Ah’s spicy personality. Love it when she’s kicking ass and to the point of knocking out Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) dead cold so he could catch up with sleep. Yeah. That’s my kind of girl. Chae Soo Bin is doing a fantastic job showing the strength of Dan Ah and her vulnerable sides. This girl is going somewhere with her acting career, I like what I see. As for Kyung Pyo, he’s doing really well on his own and as the male lead—Kang Soo is a very likable character. I’m happy that he’s finally got to this point. I wish him all the best with all future projects.


Oh my god, I’ve finally finished this and I just realise I am at least 1.5 months late in posting because it’s already September. @$#&*@#%!

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