Scanned through some parts of Tale of the Nine Tailed while it was screening after dropping it. Liked ep 9. Liked the part where Ji Ah and Lee Rang are trapped in a world they fear. They have to overcome the fear to exit. Lee Yeon only can choose to save one of them and he chooses to save his half brother. Liked how Ji Ah is smart and observant. She manages to see through Lee Rang’s disguises and is able to catch Lee Yeon. Admired how Ji Ah is so daring. She jumps off the building just to test if Lee Yeon has supernatural power and check if he is the one she is looking for. Liked the development of relationship between Lee Yeon and Lee Rang. Liked the chemistry between Ji Ah and Lee Yeon. Liked the other characters: the vet, the gumiho that follows Lee Rang, the couple who lost their son’s soul, the Snail Bride. Liked Lee Tae Ri’s/Lee Min Ho (1993)’s acting as the evil Imoogi. Saw him in Extraordinary you too. Wonder if I will see him as lead character in a drama I watch.
Dropped Sweet Home as there is too much smoking and violence at the start. Dropped My Roommate Is Gumiho and Doom at Your Service due to lack of interesting plot development, even though they have fantasy. Dropped The Witch’s Diner as it feels negative and it reminds me of 365: Repeat the Year that the female lead acted in. Started Police University because of the scene I saw in Instagram about Sun Ho who is good at hacking helping his adoptive brother/best friend with his love confession but ends up confessing himself. However, the pace of the drama is too slow and there is not enough tension. I tried scanning through it again but ends up still dropping it after a few episodes. Scanned through the rest of the drama at a very fast pace after that. I dont think I saw Sun Ho’s adoptive brother/best friend appear in the last episode. He seems to be quite important in the first episode but he doesnt appear in most of the drama. I expected that he will at least appear towards the end of the drama. I also dont feel that there is enough tension or danger for the lead characters, even though the villain is portrayed as powerful and can kill people easily.
For Lovers of the Red Sky, I was more interested about what would happen to the lead characters at the end than the process due to foreshadowing at the first episode. However, when the last episode was screened, I had lost interest in the drama. I dont find stealing peaches romantic haha. Scanned through The King’s Affection at a very fast pace. Dropped it towards the end. The plot somehow doesnt make me want to continue watching. Maybe because I have watched quite a number of historical dramas on twins and twin girl. The plot feels common to me. I dont know why but the childhood lovers part doesnt work well for me for Lovers of the Red Sky and also slightly for The King’s Affection. It is a bit boring to me. I didnt feel that in the past. Maybe watched too many similar ones.
Nowadays, kdramas have become quite slow-paced. Unlike in the past, I have to forward the dramas. I used to only do that for China dramas. Luckily I still manage to get a hold of some kdramas (one at a time) that I dont need to forward since some time ago.
Dropped Forecasting Love and Weather and Melancholia after some episodes due to lack of interesting plot development. It is cool how Song Kang’s character is so good at predicting the weather in Forecasting Love and Weather. It is cool how Lee Do Hyun’s character is a Mathematics genius in Melancholia. Dropped Moonshine and Secret Royal Inspector Joy after the first episode. Didnt like how Kim Hye Yoon’s character started as a married woman in Secret Royal Inspector Joy. Scanned through The Devil Judge. Finished watching The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Ghost Doctor, and Twenty-Five Twenty-One. Too many reviews not done… Currently watching Tomorrow and Sh**ting Stars. Currently scanning through From Now, Showtime!. I happened to chance upon Confession, a 2019 kdrama, on YouTube and currently scanning through it too.
Kept postponing this review. I am not sure when I will have the time to write a long review again haha.
Extraordinary You (2019) 偶然发现的一天
starring Kim Hye Yoon as Eun Dan Oh, Kim Ro woon as Ha Roo/Haru, Lee Jae Wook as Baek Kyung, Lee Na Eun as Yeo Joo Da, Jung Gun Joo as Lee Do Hwa, Kim Young Dae as Oh Nam Joo, Lee Tae Ri as Jin Mi Chae, Kim Ji In as Shin Sae Mi, Kim Hyun Mok as Ahn Soo Chul, Uhm Hyo Sup as Eun Moo Young (Dan Oh’s father), Choi Jin Ho as Baek Dae Sung (Baek Kyung’s father), Yoo Ji Soo as Ra Hye Young (Baek Kyung’s step mother), Bae Hyun Sung as Baek Joon Hyun (Baek Kyung’s half brother)
Didnt expect much from the drama. Watched the drama due to the plot involving fantasy. The plot is refreshing.
This drama explores the topic on free will. As they are characters in the comic book, their fates depend on the writer and they will need to be on stage/at the place and say and do what they are supposed to. However, when offstage/in the shadow, they can do whatever they want and are not controlled by the writer. Dan Oh tries to change the fate of her character. Haru tries to help her. This makes it interesting to watch and I chase the drama to find out if Dan Oh will successfully make changes and later successfully change her fate. As the drama goes, I feel that there is actually no free will which makes me feel like dropping the drama. The past events in the historical comic book are just repeating themselves in Secret, no matter offstage or onstage. Some of what the characters say and do offstage in Secret are the same as what happened onstage in the historical comic book which makes me wonder if their characters offstage are also created by the writer. I also cant see what is supposed to be in the book Secret so I am not sure if changes really happen. The pace also dropped. I eventually dropped the drama at ep 25-26 and scanned through the last few episodes quickly. The second last episode was more worth watching than the last episode.
My favourite characters in the drama are Dan Oh and Do Hwa. Liked how they are kind-hearted and funny. Liked how the emotional struggles are being portrayed by both characters. They are both persistent in achieving what they want. Dan Oh is persistent to prevent her death. It is sad when Dan Oh thinks/talks about her impending death. Do Hwa is persistent to pursue Joo Da. He does not want to be the second lead. It is sad when Do Hwa is forced to be there for Joo Da and also to witness her with Nam Joo. Liked his violin playing and multiple confessions to Joo Da offstage, even though Joo Da will not remember later. Found it sweet. Liked how both characters add humour to the drama. Dan Oh is crazy at times, doing crazy things, especially since she knows she is a comic book character and her death is approaching. Laughed at the scene where she uses her back to bump into every guy’s back quickly to find the character who can change her fate. I still laugh at the scene after watching it many times. Her reactions are fun to watch too. Do Hwa is forced to play the violin for Joo Da to cheer her up. It is funny how he anticipates Joo Da’s appearance whenever he plays the violin and he dislikes it. Laughed at the scene where Do Hwa realises that he is a comic character and his exasperated reaction. He says that it is difficult to find the cafeteria. Every time he goes near it, it disappears. He is chatting with his friends and suddenly he is playing the violin while crying at the next moment. It is funny how such exaggeration of emotions is felt when he reads the comic book about them. Liked the interactions among Dan Oh, Do Hwa, and Haru, individually and as a group.
Somehow only felt neutral about Haru. I somehow could not feel the emotional struggle in Haru which makes the character plain. I am not sure if it is the acting or the character is supposed to be like that. At least at the last quarter of the drama, there should be emotional struggle of Haru portrayed but it is a pity that there wasnt. I didnt watch the part that Dan Oh loses her memory so maybe I didnt see it. I think the only time I can feel some emotional struggle is when Haru changes the stage but it ends up with Baek Kyung’s confession to Dan Oh. It is cool how Haru can make changes to the stage. It is cool how Haru stands up against Baek Kyung or wins Baek Kyung sometimes. It is cool when Haru says that there is no point telling Baek Kyung who he is as the scene is changing soon and Baek Kyung will not remember him. Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Haru and Dan Oh. Liked how mysterious Haru is at the start. Liked how there are two purposes of the heart rate monitor of Dan Oh’s watch. It is funny how Dan Oh says that it is broken and tells it to keep quiet when her heart beats faster because of Haru. Liked how Haru evokes jealousy in Baek Kyung. Liked the night sky Haru made for Dan Oh. Liked how they play around with the word “extra” and “extraordinary” you.
Didnt like the character Baek Kyung, even though many people seem to like him. He is bad to Dan Oh and does not care about her feelings. When he knows about the stage, he tries to change the stage to suit his liking, without caring if Dan Oh wants it. The only part that makes me change my mind about Baek Kyung is the part towards the end where he chooses to help Dan Oh and Haru get together. Felt heartbreaking at the scene where Dan Oh says that Dan Oh of “Secret” wants to thank him while Dan Oh of “Trumpet Creeper” forgives him and Baek Kyung cries. It is also a little heartbreaking when Baek Kyung finally realises how important Dan Oh is to him which he didnt in the past. Liked how Baek Kyung’s emotional struggle is being portrayed in those scenes. Found child Dan Oh and child Baek Kyung cute. Found Oh Nam Joo good-looking haha. Nam Joo is arrogant, from a rich family, powerful, good-looking, aggressive and with a cute side, a typical male lead in stories/dramas. The character would have been overshadowed by the other more unique characters. The good thing is I dont feel that Nam Joo is an extra in the drama haha. His presence still can be felt. Found the scene that he talks to a soccer ball funny. Felt neutral about the character Joo Da. I think my sister didnt like Joo Da who friend-zones Do Hwa. The interesting part about Joo Da is that she does not want to go against her character’s fate when she realises that she can make a different choice of who she wants to be with. She thinks that it is easier to just follow what the writer wants so that she can suffer less. I am not sure if that changes later on as I dropped the drama.
Liked the fantasy in the drama. When the characters are onstage and they know about it, there is a book flipping sound. Found it cool when Dan Oh is being transported to another place and doing different things when there is a book flipping sound. It is nice how Dan Oh doesnt need to study or do what she is supposed to do as she will end up getting the same results or doing what she is supposed to do onstage. It is interesting how there is light being shone on the lead characters and special effects which the characters can see after gaining awareness. It is funny how so many things that Dan Oh needs to do are to help Nam Joo and Joo Da get together. It is funny how Dan Oh has to act as a pushover/someone who likes Baek Kyung in front of Baek Kyung but in her mind she is thinking differently and wants to do different things but cannot. Later on, she just changes her attitude towards Baek Kyung straightaway once it is offstage. It is fun to watch Do Hwa being forced to play sad music on his violin. He chooses to play happy music for Joo Da when offstage. It is funny how the characters feel that they have memory loss after gaining awareness. It is funny how Kyung loses his memory in the blink of an eye. It is interesting how Baek Kyung’s real feelings is being leaked out at times offstage. He has been looking all night for Dan Oh and is worried about her, even though the stage has been changed by Haru already. It is interesting how Dan Oh can see the future while Haru can see the past later on. Liked how the stage can be changed, even though there are times it changed for the worse. It is cool how some of the furniture are upside down or in the air. It is cool how the characters can do what they want when they are not onstage since the other characters wont remember later on.
I shipped the Sae Mi-Soo Chul couple haha. Some of the small characters in the drama are good-looking. Didnt like the character, Dried Squid Fairy, who is mysterious and seems to know a lot but actually he doesnt know much haha.
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