Dropped: Taxi Driver

Ok, so I know this is a controversial drop, because by and large, drama fans seem to love this show. Which is why I’d like to state upfront, that my decision to drop this one, has nothing to do with Show’s quality, per se.

In fact, I can see why lots of people would enjoy this one. I, however, only managed to watch one episode of this one, before eventually making the decision to call it quits.

It’s just.. not for me, personally. This is absolutely a case of, “It’s not you, Show. It’s me.”ย ๐Ÿ˜…

MY MAIN STRUGGLE WITH THIS SHOW: THOUGHTS FROM EPISODE 1

Mainly, the bad stuff that the bad guys do, is so awful, that I find it hard to stomach.

Given that Show’s structure is such that we get multiple cycles of bad stuff followed by rogue justice, I immediately felt daunted by the idea of watching lots of different bad things happening to innocent people, particularly since Show is known to be inspired by real events. Ack.

Somehow, knowing that these terrible things had happened to real people, makes it even harder to bear, for me.

I know Vincenzo also used the idea of rogue justice, but that had felt easier to digest because, 1, Vincenzo’s tone is a lot more farcical, and 2, we have one set of baddies in Vincenzo, compared to multiple sets in Taxi Driver.

A comic book lens helps with this show, but I think the disconnect for me, is that Show uses cases inspired by real life events. Those two ideas feel at odds with each other; it’s hard to use the comic book lens effectively, when Show keeps reminding us that the stuff on our screens is more real than average.

This is the biggest hurdle, for me personally.

This first episode, it was so very hard to watch the awful factory owner torture his intellectually disabled employees. Ugh. To make it worse, even the police officer is in cahoots with the factory owner.

And even worse than that, is the fact that the police officer seems very familiar with the torture methods being used, and even participates, to a degree. ๐Ÿคฎ That made me want to gag, honestly.

MY THOUGHTS ON EVERYTHING ELSE IN EPISODE 1

Otherwise, the rest of Show works pretty fine, especially with a comic book lens on. Because then it doesn’t matter so much that this episode’s client goes from falling off the bridge after seeing the revenge call service number, to magically sitting in Do Ki’s (Lee Je Hoon) taxi, relating her story.

Logically, that doesn’t make any sense. Logically, that whole thing where she has to make her decision via a dinky little token-operated arcade type game machine, also doesn’t make sense. But with a comic book lens on, it’s fine.

The whole Batman flavor of our revenge set-up and crew is pretty fun, even if it’s not realistic. Again, comic book lens. I kinda love that the deluxe taxi is pretty much a Batmobile, and there’s even a Bat-cave, where everything gets prepared and where the Batmobile gets serviced.

On that note, Lee Je Hoon’s pretty badass, with his ability to singlehandedly take down a bunch of bad people, with his bare hands. This is arguably the most badass I’ve seen Lee Je Hoon, and that is most definitely a plus.

We don’t yet see how Esom’s character Kang Ha Na fits in with the Rainbow Taxi Revenge Service, so I don’t really have anything to say about her outing in this, based on just this one episode.

SAYING GOODBYE

I’d contemplated giving this show another try, but conversations with some of you (hey, Sean!) led me to conclude that if I’d struggled this much with the bad stuff in episode 1, I would essentially continue to struggle even more, with all the rest of the bad stuff, in all the other episodes, as Show introduces more cases.

This sounded like it would require a lot more fortitude than I feel able to muster, which is why I decided, in the interest of closure, to officially drop this one.

I’m sorry Lee Je Hoon-sshi, that I’m too much of a wuss to enjoy your badassery in this show. ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜… But at least on the upside, everyone else loves this show, and you in it?

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Lee Tennant
Lee Tennant
9 months ago

If this is a controversial opinion, then I am right there with you. I absolutely hated this show.

I hated how it used graphic torture porn of female characters to justify the male lead’s violence. I really hate crime shows that deliberately and cynically use voyeuristic violence solely against female characters so that viewers excuse or even demand male aggression. It perpetuates a patriarchal gender structure whereby women are reliant on violent men to protect them from violent men, thereby normalising male violence generally and disempowering women into victims who need protection.

I actually watched the first few episodes of this on an inter-city bus ride when it was airing and forget I was in public and yelled, “Are you kidding me with this shit!” at my laptop. Excuse my French. I have no diplomacy for this particular set of crime drama tropes – as an unfortunately large number of fellow bus travellers discovered.

Anyway – Dropped!

Lee Tennant
Lee Tennant
9 months ago
Reply to  Lee Tennant

Haha someone below commented that you dropped this graciously, which I… did not. I apologise for my decidedly ungracious drop.

Annette Chung
Annette Chung
9 months ago

Awww! What a pity. This is a good show. I respect your decision on this one… and hope that one day, you might feel that you’re ready for it again. I think I’m too jaded by this world, that in the end, we do get that “let’s just burn the world” mentality creeps in and this vigilante justice drama might be just what we need to sate that oh-so-wrong-but-why-does-it-sound-so-right appetite.

Deepa
Deepa
10 months ago

This happens to me with a lot of Indian OTT platform shows. The stuff is soo real and soo different than the world I live in and acknowledging – knowing that this world on my screen also exists, gives me nightmares. Soo yeah ..Rom Com and Soft thrillers genre is what I stick too!

Girija Kalakrishnan
Girija Kalakrishnan
10 months ago

I dropped it too! Sometimes when I drop shows, I feel so guilty and then I see your post and all the guilt washes off! I have even dropped Hospital Playlist 2 ( because I had to sift through all the medical stuff to get a wee bit of their personal lives!) Devil Judge ( Don’t ask me why. I love both the male leads) and some other shows which most people like. I recently enjoyed Lost , which was not a popular show.

Antonio
10 months ago

I, on the other hand, found “Vincenzo” ridiculously stupid and abandoned him after just one episode! Taxi Dirve was a pleasant entertainment.

Deepa
Deepa
10 months ago
Reply to  Antonio

Yeah, I don’t get the appeal of Vincenzo either. I remember I finished the first episode, but didn’t get back to it..

Natalia
Natalia
10 months ago

I love it that you drop a show but still explain its main attributes. By your description, it sort of feels that this could be a show that I will like, although I am not so sure about the vigilante justice. I might give it a try at some point – I have my plate full right now with Yumi and Happiness. Thanks for dropping Taxi Driver so graciously!!

Trent
10 months ago
Reply to  Natalia

@Natalia — Ooh, what do you think of Happiness? I’ve had my eye on it, but wanted to let a few episodes build up, see what people’s reactions are… So how is it?

Jiyuu
Jiyuu
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

Want to add my two cents here. Yes yes yes. Watch Happiness. Show does an awesome job of being refreshing considering weโ€™ve had enough โ€œzombieโ€ shows to last our whole lives with. Itโ€™s not bleak. The lead characters are quite pragmatic and blasรฉ. The bits of deadpan comedy are gold; and the barely-there romance is worth rooting for.

I enjoy Jirisan but Happiness eased itself easily into my most anticipated watch these days.

Trent
10 months ago
Reply to  Jiyuu

Ahh, thanks for the input! I hadn’t originally been thinking about trying this one, but then I saw a few things about it that made me think it might be worthwhile to check out. I think as soon as I finish off a couple of current shows, I’ll jump in and give it a try.

Jiyuu
Jiyuu
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

It has such a chill vibe. Yea, thatโ€™s the closest word that I can think of. Definitely you can get started already (6 out of the 12 episodes are out), it rarely ends in cliff-hangers too.

Natalia
Natalia
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

Trent, my personal view is that it is a very entertaining show if you are someone that usually has fun watching zombie shows (well this is rather a zombie/virus show). It also gives some Sweet Home vibes (residents of a locked down apartment building). As Jiyuu says, the leads are cool (albeit a little reckless at times) and the acting on the whole is good. It does have its flaws though, mostly script-wise. Some choices the writer made are pretty weak, as far as I am concerned. And also, it feels a little bit cheap, in the sense that there are 15 floors in this building and only about 15 persons locked in (including some people who were visiting). For some reason, this bothers me, but I am more than certain that other viewers would never mind something like that!
Anyway, as much as I enjoy watching this show, I only recommend it if you are someone that finds this particular genre entertaining!

Trent
10 months ago
Reply to  Natalia

Hmm, I did like Sweet Home a fair bit, so that could be a good omen… Thanks for the insight!

amc
amc
10 months ago

Fair enough. I almost dropped it for the same reason but stayed for the Batman-like flavor. I was watching this Show along with DP. So two dark stories were sorta heavy.

Trent
10 months ago

I think this is probably the right decision for you for this show. I finished it, and have mildly positive feelings about it, although I didn’t love it. It feeds a certain itch to see rough justice visited upon vile people, the problem is, you first have to watch the vile people being vile, and also you kind of have to wink at the fact that “rough justice” is really just “private revenge” by another name. I don’t think the cases get any easier, in fact for me they got worse in at least one instance that I found really difficult.

Also, show takes a turn toward trying to grapple with the ethics/philosophical angle at around the two-thirds mark, but does so fairly clumsily, in my opinion, and then doesn’t even manage to arrive at a particularly sound resolution to any of the issues.

It’s true that Lee Je-hoon is an absolute bad-ass, though, so there’s that.

JJ
JJ
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

@Trent – The way KFG described the vile sounds pretty horrible. I really adore Lee Je Hoon so he would have made me peek. I am soooo glad I didnt. So so glad.

reaper
reaper
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

So they where trying to justify private revenge with an ethical and philosophical angle?

Trent
10 months ago
Reply to  reaper

No, the (mostly implicit, although not entirely) justification came up front, in the earlier episodes. The show eventually got around to trying to address, or at least acknowledge, the ethical and philosophical problems with “justice” achieved through vigilantism. I give them points for at least recognizing the problems exist, but I felt the treatment and resolution were muddled.

Webfoot
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

Yup, this. I feel like they did a pivot about 3 episodes in and wanted to deal with the ethical struggle, but ..didnโ€™t know how. Leaving the good guys unsupportable.

Georgia Peach
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

Trent, if Iโ€™m not mistaken the writer was replaced somewhere around the spot you mentioned. Seems the drama was falling deeper into darkness and Iโ€™d have to agree. Only liked Lee JiHoon and not much else of theirs drama. Move To Heaven is really really well done. Recommend the watch. LJH again is very good.

Trent
10 months ago
Reply to  Georgia Peach

I think I remember that; the articles just said that the writer and PD-team had encountered “creative differences” or something like that. Probably did have something to do with the muddled feel to the last stretch..

JJ
JJ
10 months ago

GAH! I am glad this one wasnt even on my radar. GAH! Sean suggested Young Lady and a Gentleman which I have been thoroughly enjoying ๐Ÿ™‚ Or there is always Jirisan. Or. Or. Or. Or. Just more time for you for another Show on your List ๐Ÿ™‚

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
10 months ago

Hello kfangurl, I am in your corner 100% ๐Ÿ˜Š The show to watch right now is The Red Sleeve. It is an โ€œoh wowโ€ and I could rave on about it, but I wonโ€™t ๐Ÿคฉ

Trent
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Red Sleeve pretty good, is it? I’m a definite Lee Se-young fan after The Crowned Clown…I’ve been hesitant to jump into another romance-centered sageuk at the moment, but if you vouch for it that strongly, might have to consider giving it a go.

Jiyuu
Jiyuu
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

If you like Lee Se Young, I liked her (along with the execution of the drama itself) in Kairos. I wonder why Kairos doesnโ€™t get mentioned as much as I would expect for itโ€™s quality. Though there was one point where I was getting as โ€œfatiguedโ€ as the characters in the drama but it resolved itself that same episode.

I liked her two characters in Hwayugi too (this, I enjoyed for all the side characters which included her).

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

Yes, Red Sleeve is very good, Trent. I think you will appreciate how it handles things. Lee Se-young is forever Zombie Girl to me after her outstanding performance in Korean Odyssey. She is playing a blinder here as is Lee Jun Ho as the crown prince. We see a wonderful development from when they are children through to adulthood, which also interweaves with their respective relationships with the king. They are both clever, hardworking and thoughtful.

I canโ€™t fault the other actors either. It is beautifully filmed too. The show delves into what it means to be a palace maid and at a level and scope you would see in a cdrama. The meaning of the red sleeve is explained and we get to see many more intricate details regarding some of the sacred rites and celebrations regarding the maids and so on. For me (along with Inspector Koo) it is the standout short form drama leading up to yearโ€™s end ๐Ÿ˜Š

JJ
JJ
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– YAY! I love Zombie Girl as well!!!! Someone and I were talking her up the other day on KFG’s post about Supporting Characters that stole the Show. I love Lee Se Young. I AM SO IN!!!! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Trent
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Cool, I will have to jump Red Sleeve up the priority list.

Curious now about your take on Inspector Koo; when I first heard about it I perked up, but then on further inspection it looked like tonally it was going for a little more “wacky off-beat humor” which is always a bit of a tough sell for me, and particularly in a serial killer context. Does the tone manage to thread the needle?

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

The tone does thread the needle, Trent re Inspector Koo. I am not a big fan of Korean wackiness per-se, but with this show they have got it right. It is a very clever show about two adversaries:IK herself, is a former police inspector who has columboesque tendencies, does occasional work for an insurance company and who just wants to play on-line games; and a former student of her husbandโ€™s who has a unique sense of justice.

Trent
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Ah, that’s good to hear, thanks. I will give it another look then. I admit I was curious to see what Kim Hye-jun would look like in a modern series/setting (she was the young queen in Kingdom…).

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
10 months ago
Reply to  Trent

Well, she is awesome. A talented, young actress up against the very talented LYA (who, as it turns out is also the voice or โ€œguideโ€ in Taxi Driver).

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Well there you go Sean – I will also watch Inspector Koo! “I trust your feelings” as Yoda would say…

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

I hope you like it, phl. I do subscribe to Yodaโ€™s “pass on what you have learned.”

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phl1rxd
phl1rxd
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – I just realized I made a big error – that was Obi Wan… Jeez-O-Man. Can I blame old age? ๐Ÿคฃ

Grogu is stinking adorable! We bought a stuffed one. You can even buy outfits for Grogu. Ours is presently wearing a Ravenclaw outfit.

j3ffc
j3ffc
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Oh, there’s a Zombie Girl in Korean Odyssey? I hadn’t really been all that interested in watching the show but is it a worthwhile show from your perspective?

Also, dumb question for today (actually, just dumb question for this half-hour of today): YLG?

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
10 months ago
Reply to  j3ffc

Korean Odyssey is a slick production by the Hong Sisters. It has some great aspects, and memorable characters aka Zombie Girl. I felt it went on too long. I gave it a decent score, but far from what I have rated in terms of many other shows. My family really liked it. Itโ€™s worth a look.

YLG is A Young Lady and a Gentleman. It is the best 50 ep weekend family show for some time, with an excellent cast. It has all the tropes that Scarlett from WWW loves, but turns them on their heads very quickly ๐Ÿ˜Š

j3ffc
j3ffc
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Thanks so much! I have also never witnessed WWW, which also has its followers. Right now, I’m sorta stuck, just keeping up with the group watches and frozen with indecision about what to add as my “optional” watch….

JJ
JJ
10 months ago
Reply to  j3ffc

– I LOVED, I mean LOVED, Search WWW. Fantastic music. I have seen it three times. First watch, I was just trying to keep up with all the dialogue as it was in the beginning of my Kdrama rabbit hole experience. The second time was in order to pay attention to the details in the dialogue and the third time was just to enjoy now that everything came together for me.

Oh I have been there in that frozen indecision place! I generally just punch through knowing something will stick eventually. I have lots of Shows I start with plans to go back. I am determined not to ever drop a Show, but just not to start a Show I will drop ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, except SQG. I started that one and then, I ran for the Hills on that one ๐Ÿ™‚

On The Verge of Insanity is an excellent Show on Viki right now. Sean gave it a thumbs up and I agree!

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  j3ffc

The group watches are fantastic, but I can’t keep up with them, except for the comments. The other aspect is I rarely rewatch a drama. I was so/so with WWW, but Scarlett was a stand out ๐Ÿ˜Š I can also understand the indecision re what your optional watch should be, because there is always a very fine list to choose from.

JJ
JJ
10 months ago
Reply to  j3ffc

– I really enjoyed Korean Odyssey and I agree with Sean’s quick review of it. For me, the start was rough, but I hung in there and I really loved the ensemble cast. I laughed a great deal in this one. Ah, Zombie Girl…

Ops! Sorry my fault. Should have included the Show’s full name. I had been eyeing Young Lady and a Gentleman, but 50 episodes seemed daunting. No more! Its hysterical and so good.

j3ffc
j3ffc
10 months ago
Reply to  JJ

No worries, JJ, thanks a lot! I had thought about Korean Odyssey in part because I liked Li Seung-gi in a Netflix reality show “Twogether” – he is one charming dude (and of course in Gumiho). And, coming into the “My Ahjussi” and “Someday or One Day” era, maybe a little laughter would be good.

JJ
JJ
10 months ago
Reply to  j3ffc

– You are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ I saw Twogether as well, but after I saw Korean Obdyssey. Seunggi is one competitive dude as well as being so charming!

I hope you give Korean Odyssey a chance. I usually give Shows 3 episodes before I decide if its a continue on or not for me. For Familiar Wife, I had to give it 5 episodes and I am glad I did. LOVED IT!

JJ
JJ
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

@sean – Are you still watching YLG? I am so hooked still and now annoyed I have caught up and have to wait for more episodes to drop ๐Ÿ˜‚

Did you give Jirisan another chance? Did you see the Snow? The Wildfire episodes?

Ill have to jump into The Red Sleeve, then as I wait for more Young Lady and a Gentleman episodes to drop.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
10 months ago
Reply to  JJ

Yes, I am, JJ. YLG has continued to be an absolute delight. I like how it keeps sending up the established tropes.

I havenโ€™t got back to Jirisan yet, but I will. The wildfire episodes will be of particular interest to me.

I think you will find The Red Sleeve enchanting. It has a bit of everything and the OTP are acting their socks off. And as I have mentioned to Trent, try Inspector Koo ๐Ÿ˜†

reaper
reaper
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

What genre is The red sleeve? Can’t find the genre.

Is Jirisan as good or as bad as people say? Opinions are very split about this one….

JJ
JJ
10 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Its a sageuk if thats what you are asking? Viki has it under these genres – Idol Drama, Romance, Costume & Period.

I am one of the people who is in middle of its good enough to keep watching. Had a great start! The cinematography is amazing throughout. The Leads are both excellent. Ensemble is great, too. The story got a little lost and meandered in my opinion, but has come back on track enough for me. I would say give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

JJ
JJ
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

@seakfletcher – I am so happy to hear that because I am grinning from ear to ear when watching YLG. I am pretty impressed with the ML’s acting with the most recent turn of events. I looked him up and he is also a serious musician! And he has a long list of acting credits and musical theater as well.

Jirisan really seemed to get back on track in my opinion. So I hope you get back to and stay with it. Not that its fabulous, well the cinematography always is amazing. Its really enjoyable and I love both our leads and ensemble cast. Really happy with what they did this wknd.

I am excited for The Red Sleeve, thank you! I had asked some on Patreon (ahem Trent) about Inspector Koo and they informed me thats its loosely based on Killing Eve. Im the one in the group who cannot do dark for the most part. YLG is more my lane in general. Eating up Reply 1988 right now. Even though I did make it through the Cdrama Long Night which I loved even though its tough.

Thank you for all your suggestions! Let me know when you get back to Jirisan ๐Ÿ™‚

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
10 months ago
Reply to  JJ

YLG is a happy place to be ๐Ÿ˜Š They really pulled out the stops in terms of the cast. It is a good mix of main stream, daily and weekend specialists.

I am trying to get back to Patreon, JJ ๐Ÿ˜‚

I think Trent and I might have an interesting discussion re Inspector Koo. There are opinions/reviews out there calling it the โ€œAsianโ€ Killing Eve. I would say, at best, it is a very, very, very loose adaptation. So, it is nothing like KE, is far from dark (but I know we all have a different definition on what dark is), but a good fun cat and mouse story, in the Columbo tradition (yes, I love those old detective shows). Perhaps take a look at Because This Is My First Life, if you havenโ€™t seen it yet.

I think Jirisan might be this weekendโ€™s challenge, although we will be putting up Christmas lights ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ„

JJ
JJ
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– Thanks again for suggesting a Happy Place to be because I am sure am Happy when watching YLG. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you get over to Patreon soon and the Drama Exchange. We have lots of fun over there, too ๐Ÿ™‚

Ohhhhh, I will check out Inspector Koo, then. I have seen Because This Is My First Life and loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the suggestion!

YAY for Jirisan. As I said, not great not bad, but good enough with must see cinematography ๐Ÿ™‚

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ Are you guys still watching YLG? The recent turn of events from ep 18-20. what do you think about it?

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Hey there! Yes, I am still watching YLG. I have been waiting for episodes to build, but I havent seen 18-20, yet. Ill catch up this week. But go ahead and tell me as I dont mind spoilers with this Show. Just use a spoiler tag ๐Ÿ™‚

Young Lady and Gentleman Spoilers
I wasnt happy, but saw it coming with the amnesia trope and putting him back into a relationship with “Sarah” as my Subs call her, unfortunately. So I was so annoyed with this new line, I have been waiting for more episodes to see if they resolve it quickly.

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

Young Lady and Gentleman

Well the amnesia thing will probably go on for a while. It is still strong in ep. 20 and he only had 1-2 tiny meaningless “warflashbacks” (Fells like it because it looks painful)
But the more annoying thing is FLs mom being all sneaky and somewhat flirty again with her father.
I just hope when this will be revealed they feel resentment towards her and don’t start singing “We are family”. At least we have some cute scenes with Hi-Rim and Joon-Oh.

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Thanks for much for the details! I think I will hold off until more episodes though because I am not happy with the current trope and will be easier to get through without cliffhangers.

Young Lady and Gentleman Spoilers
Oh that is annoying with the FL’s mom being sneaky and flirty. I was wondering what they would do with these two. I do love our second leads though!!!

Have you found any other Shows that have worked for you, yet?

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
yeah I feel the same way about YLG at the moment.
I finished the bond and it was good even tho I wanted to drop it around the ep27 mark.
I will definitely watch Melancholia and I have a few others in mind.

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Well, you have saved me some extra Drama watching time then.

Oh really?!! Why did you want to drop around Episode 27? I am glad you thought The Bond was good though. Its one of my favorites of the year.

I only watched 30mins of Melancholia and plan to go back after more episodes load ๐Ÿ™‚

Any plans to start Red Sleeve?

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
I thought after ep 25 it was just too much of everything and it peaked at ep27. Divorce and cheating, etc. It didn’t feel real anymore and was quite annoying. So from ep25 to abut ep30 I just clung onto Simeis’ beauty :DD

So after watching 1ep of Melancholia I am already thinking about dropping it (I will give it a chance until ep3).

I read the premise of Red Sleeve and I don’t think it would be my style. And Lee Se Young is definitely not an must watch actress at least for me.

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts !!!!

The later episodes did get a bit tougher with lots happening. For me, it stayed real even though they were tough episodes. Simei sure is a beauty ๐Ÿ™‚ She is in a new Skating Show! Did you see that one ?

Havent started Melancholia, yet. Maybe it will pick back up?

I am not a fan of sageuks I am finding and wasnt going to watch this one at all. Sean convinced me and I loved Lee Se Young as Zombie Girl in Korean Odyssey so I had to look ๐Ÿ™‚

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

You are definitely right. They were tough episodes.
No I haven’t heard about that skating show. I am not a fan of sports dramas.

Well after watching the second episode of Melancholia just now. I dropped it.

Ah yes sean can be convincing ^^
Never heard of korean odyssey sorry

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Very tough. I found the Show over to be beautiful even with the tough episodes.

Ah ok! Ill make a mental note of that. I am not sure what else she has been in recently. But she is definitely one to watch, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh wow! Well, sometimes we just know when to drop a Show. Ill let you know if I drop it as well.

A Korean Odyssey is also known by Hwayugi. Its not great, but has a great ensemble ๐Ÿ™‚
https://www.viki.com/tv/35620c-hwayugi

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

I see you liker her ^^

Yes true. I just couldn’t watch it and it is quite boring. I mean it is about math :DDD
But please keep me updated about your experience.

Ah just read the premise. Hwayugi is not really my style.

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Sure do ๐Ÿ™‚ She was pretty awesome in The Bond. ๐Ÿ™‚

LOL! I failed the opening Word Problem while others shared they solved it! If we do a math word problem an episode I might be out as well soon, lol! I will keep you updated though ๐Ÿ™‚

Thats ok about Korean Odyssey. Its definitely different ๐Ÿ™‚

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

Ah yes the opening word problem didn’t make any sense because the starting point could have been anywhere. I say complete bs.
I aced math in school and uni never heard any of what they were talking about.
I was so good that teachers came to me like FL came to ML that is why I intentionally started to get Cs instead of As so they leave me alone…

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – So funny! So smart – ๐Ÿ˜‚

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

Little update on YLG

Amnesia is still strong in ep 21 and 22.
No flashes of memories.
Amnesia caused him to think he is 22 but acts like he is 10.
Writing feels lazy.
Even more clichรจs are used (example fragile girl (FL) with a insane hard head.
Story is going nowhere. Just running in circles
My guess this will drag on to ep 30 at least.

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Thanks for the update. ๐Ÿ™‚

YLG & Melancholia
What a bummer! Show started off so strong and funny. Maybe it will find its footing again? GAH Epi 30. I will wait for more to load.

I started Melancholia and watched several episodes. I am not liking it at the moment, well actually since Episode 2. I will see what they do with the Show because I am trying to not start anything new at the moment.

Have you found anything new that you like?

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

YLG and Melancholia

Yes defintely ep 30 ^^ because the entire thing will have 50 eps.
Wow you made it through the first 2 episodes that is better than I did ๐Ÿ˜€

Yes I watched “My fated boy” which was lovely (Cdrama)
And growing season which was very fun (short kdrama)

I dropped “My roommate is a Gumiho” in ep 1. I think it was my second attempt of watching it.
I also dropped “You raise me up”.

The newer kdramas don’t speak to me at all but I have a few Cdramas on my watchlist.

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper –

YLG & Melancholia
Ugh, I am going to hang in there with YLG even if its with FF! Ugh, Melancholia is so odd. Started off strong and then just got bogged down too long, I think in the High School years. Kept waiting for time jump to appear. I might see it through though.

Oh good! Glad you found some stuff. I added My Fated Boy to my list, thanks! Have not heard of Growing Season.

I loved My Roommate is a Gumiho!!! Sorry to hear it didnt work for you ๐Ÿ™ You Raise Me Up was definitely rough, but the ML was fantastic., I thought. He is in a Mystery Thriller Sci Fi Lite one called Train. Have you seen that one?

Are you watching Jirisan?

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

YlG & Melancholia

Letโ€™s hope they donโ€™t screw up YLG.
Sounds like it was the right choice to drop Melancholia. Thanks for the update.

Hyeris and Kang Hannas acting is not really my cup of tea.

I donโ€™t really watch thrillers and I like the male lead from โ€žyou raise me upโ€œ better in comedies.

No I am not watching Jirisan and after watching the trailer I definitely wonโ€™t.

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – you are welcome! Fingers crossed as they say about YLG. Yes good choice on your part with Melancholia ๐Ÿ™‚

I cant do thrillers very well either. Ah yes, the ML from YRMU is in some comedies. I started The Best Hit a little bit back and made it to Episode 4. Ill go back to it soon.

Jirisan has some amazing cinematography. Its finally finishing this wknd.

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Yeah “The Best Hit” was really bad I dropped it in ep 2 :DD

I heard all the hype about Jirisan but I also heard that the opinions about it are very split.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

I am still watching YLG, but the recent events require a huge lens adjustment. I think Writer Nim is writing those particular scenes with an absurdist lens, but I find myself reaching for the ffwd button…

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Exactly!
The ffwd button was my best friend for the last three eps.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ I must say, the three ahjummas at the karaoke bar were hilarious!

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

True! The only time all of them were likable ^^

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– UGH! UGH! UGH! Maybe the Show will come back to it senses ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Pun so intended ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ – love it!

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– ๐Ÿฅฐ

Are you still watching YLG? I am waiting for more episodes to load since they love to do the good ‘ole cliffhanger every episode, lol! Reaper has been kind enough to give me updates though ๐Ÿ™‚

I am LOVIN Red Sleeve ๐Ÿฅฐ

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ, yes I am still watching YLG. Show is now feeling more like a daily drama watch rather than a weekend family bonanza.

I am glad you are still enjoying Red Sleeve. “Zombie Girl” is really hitting it out of the park now ๐Ÿ˜‚

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

@Sean Oh good, I am glad you are still watching YLG! I havent gone back, yet. After this next set of episodes get subbed this wknd, I watch the ones I have missed this week for something nice and easy.

Zombie Girl is AHMAZING ๐Ÿฅฐ

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – you rarely steer me wrong so I will start this.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
10 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Lol, phl ๐Ÿ˜‚ You will enjoy some of the imagery and attention to detail, I promise!

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

I am up to date and enjoying it- I pay attention when you mention a drama! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜… I was even more pulled in as this is about Prince Sado”s son.

I enjoy watching Lee Jun Ho and yes, Lee Se Young tore it up on Korean Odyssey and left it all out there. I appreciate her minimal makeup. I am also enjoying Court Lady Seo. It must be court lady season as the court ladies have been gaining a lot of attention lately. But most of all, I am enjoying Lee Deok Hwa as King Young Jo. He has a reputation for being extremely ‘concerned over his hair’ (that is said tongue-in-cheek ๐Ÿ˜) so for the first 2 episodes I kept staring at his head. ๐Ÿ™„ As always big thanks Sean!

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Isnโ€™t Lee Deok Hwa fabulous? He steals every scene. I just love how well he conveys that look: โ€œI know you are lying to me, but can you at least be a bit more clever about it. Let me show you how itโ€™s done.โ€ He was made for the part, or vice versa. Yes, his hair is always amazing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ Lee Se Young continues to impress ๐Ÿคฉ

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

& – Now I know who you both are talking about since I finally started Red Sleeve! Funny, I saw him in an interview with the adorable KMJ – Kim Ming Jae for their Show The Best Hit and he talked all about his hair ๐Ÿ™‚

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ – take a peek at LDH in Hotel King. He portrays a character that you want to love and hate at the same time. It also has Lee Dong Wook (Touch Your Heart – I won’t mention Tail of The Nine Tailed – except they are making seasons 2 and 3) and Lee Da Hae (Chuno!)

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Another person who doesn’t like “Tale of the nine tailed”? :DD

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

Reaper, you saw right through me!

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Well I think most people agree with you including me ^^

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– Will do! Thanks for the suggestion ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved Lee Dong Wook in Goblin ๐Ÿ™‚ And on his little Show he has or had when he interviewed Gon Yoo. That was fun.

Did you like Touch Your Heart? I have been eyeing it for some time.

Oh whats wrong with Tale of the Nine Tailed?!!!

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ – Touch Your Heart is one of my absolute favourites and one of the few dramas I am actually considering rewatching.

As for Nine Tailed, it had some interesting characters, but I found it ran out of puff, or more to the point, I did. So, I just stopped watching it at the end of ep 6 which seemed filler after how good ep 5 was and I have never felt compelled to go back to it.

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– WOW! Now thats saying something if you have been considering a rewatch! Ill add it back to my watch and see if anyone over on Patreon wants to do a mini group watch ๐Ÿ™‚

Ah good to know about Nine Tailed. My preference is always Fantasy or Sci first. I got sucked into this adorable Fantasy Cdrama called Miss The Dragon. Not great just enjoyable and making me smile lots. And I finally got to see a dragon! People have been comparing this to Ten Miles of Peach Blossom, unfairly it seems. I have not seen TMPB so I cannot say. But, I am enjoying the lighthearted tone and the acting by some younger actors.

https://www.viki.com/tv/37840c-miss-the-dragon

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ – a mini watch might work ๐Ÿ˜Š Yoo In Na is lovely in this. I did laugh at all the pink ๐Ÿ˜‚

Well, I am a fantasy and sci-fi enthusiast. I haven’t watched TMPB either, and I don’t feel compelled to. I will try MTD (looks like there is a special too). I like Dylan Wang, however, I have watched Zhu Xu Dan in a number of cdramas and dropped each one ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– Here’s hoping as I just suggested it over on Patreon to see if anyone is in to watch it together ๐Ÿ™‚

Awesome! Another fellow Fantasy & Sci Geek. So few of us around it seems.

Oh I am not saying MTD is anything special. Its a first for me for Cdramas in this genre. I just am happy to see a Dragon ๐Ÿ™‚

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

JJ – You really must watch TMPB as it is true classic.

So…I check out the first trailer for Miss the Dragon and I was cracking up. Imagine a man who can change into any form that you like. I may check this out JJ if only for that. ๐Ÿ˜

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– I so answered you in my head and not ever here. Ops, sorry!

TMPB looked like it had some violent intense fight scenes? Yes? Can they hold up to LOTR ? I think that is as much as I can take with intense battles these days.

YAY! You checked out Miss The Dragon. I watch a couple episodes here and there. Nice and easy.

LOL!! So fuuny – “imagine a man who can change into any form that you like”๐Ÿ˜‚

reaper
reaper
9 months ago
Reply to  JJ

I thought touch my heart was amazing until episode 11 when it turned a bit weird.

Tale of the nine tailed was actually quite interesting. But the FL is a type of woman I can’t deal with.

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Oh good to know about both Shows. Ill keep your comments in mind when I look at both Shows ๐Ÿ™‚

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
10 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – I recently watched 5-9 (quick 10 episodes) and you may enjoy this if you can get past the first two episodes… It was quite a lark.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
9 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

I will take a peep, phl ๐Ÿ˜Š

JJ
JJ
9 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– Did you manage to take a peep yet at the Jdrama 5-9? Thanks again, Rita. It was a fun and different watch ๐Ÿ™‚