Patreon Year End Awards: JJ’s Year In Dramas!

If you didn’t already know, we’re doing something special and different to end off the drama year this year! Guests posts, by patrons on Patreon!

You can read more details, and check out Shahz’s inaugural post, here.

After today’s post, there will be three more guest posts by mystery guest writers, whose identities will be revealed when their various posts go live. And then we’ll cap everything off with a poll, where you’ll be able to pick YOUR favorites for the year, from among the gems identified in these posts. How exciting! 🤩

For those of you who’re keeping track of numbers, yes, this means that one of the guest posts isn’t happening after all. However! That same mystery guest writer has offered to bring us a thematic musings post, next month, so you can look forward to that instead!

Today’s post is brought to you by none other than JJ, who’s also known as Shahz’s bestie around these parts. 😉 And if you didn’t already know, you’ll soon find out from reading this post, that JJ’s got lots of love to give, and is effortlessly effusive about it – which is why I picked this picture below, for her post. 😁 Thanks for doing this, JJ!

I hope you guys enjoy!

~ KFG ❤️

JJ’s giving hearts to everybody! ~KFG ❤️

Introduction – Long Winded, Ops!

Hi KFG et al.! 👋 First and foremost before I say anything else, let me thank KFG for this huge honor of allowing me to be a guest poster on your beautiful blog. I am grateful for the invitation to hang out with all of you in KFG’s Kdramaland especially since I am a relative newbie to the magic of Kdramas.  ❤️

KFG, you have created such a beautiful community on your Main Blog and over on your Patreon Account. You are consistently kind and patient with all of us as we share all our differing opinions on the shows and movies we have been gobbling up at breakneck speed. I have had such fun being a part of The Fangirl Verdict community with you at the helm! Thank you. 🥰

As for me, I fell down the Kdrama Rabbit Hole, as I like to call it, exactly a year ago in December because Netflix suggested a Show called Bride of Habaek (BOH) after I had finished a Netflix Series called the “The Witcher”. I saw the picture for BOH and went “oh what is this?.” I think I jumped right in without reading the synopsis, which is something I highly suggest for any Kdrama on Netflix as the synopsis always steers you wrong for some reason, I have found. Always.

But, back to Bride of Habaek – WOW! All the colors! What Fantasy in an urban setting present day? Gods? Another realm? Costumes? What am I watching? Essentially, I was totally hooked. Completely.

After my first Kdrama binge with BOH, I fell right into The King: Eternal Monarch (TKEM) and done deal. I was a cemented Kdrama Fan and could not wait for more.

I tried to get all my friends to join me on this new Journey and well, as many here have had the same experience, I fell flat on my face trying to convince everyone and anyone to join me over here in Kdramaland. Ok, that might be a tiny bit of hyperbole because I did have my Sci Fi Buddy join me (Hi Adrian 👋 ) join me for my 3rd or 4th rewatch of TKEM. Thanks, Adrian. 🥰

Then, one day after binging eight shows in a row based on Netflix’s excellent suggestions, the record scratched. Netflix stopped seeming to know me. GASP! What? How could this be possible? What happened to our magic ride together? Why did you leave me? I left all my Thumbs Up on these past eight shows. How could you do this to me? Sigh.

I thought, well, time to head out there to the World Wide Web to start exploring this “little” genre on my own outside of Netflix. WHOA. Did I say “little”?  Well, that was a big mistake and I deeply apologize to Kdramaland and the Fans! 미안 해요. 🥰  After much digging, binging, reading, exploring around the World Wide Web, I happily found KFG’s The Fangirl Verdict and here we all are happily now. 🥰

Shout-out!

Before I get to my list of favorites, which is the real reason for the guest post, I wanted to give a HUGE Shout Out (can you hear me over there my favorite Aussies 🇦🇺) to KFG’s Patreon Community for a moment because this is how I received the invitation to be a guest blogger. 🥰 Hi Guys! 👋👋👋

I was a newbie to KFG’s well-established group on Patreon, and they welcomed me warmly as I started dipping my toe in the water making some small comments here and there – “YAY! Awesome! Love it! Ohhhh!” Very eloquent I know. 🤭

And then, I became bolder and starting chit-chatting with everyone on all their comments. I. could. not. stop. Then, one day Trent (Hi Trent 👋) asked about a show (Stranger); if anyone had seen this Show and their thoughts.

I went to search for his original comment and could not find it, but knew it was there somewhere. I decided to ask KFG if she would consider creating a space on Patreon where we could discuss other Shows than she had been covering on the different Patreon Tiers. And she said YES! OMO!!! 🥰

KFG created the “Drama Exchange” (ask her why she named the feature the “Drama Exchange” 🤩) on her Patreon Account where those of us on Patreon can chit chat back and forth on the Shows we have been watching on our own or together. Thanks so much again, KFG for creating the Drama Exchange, its been so awesome. 🥰🥰🥰🥰

And the Drama Exchange also led me to my Kdrama Online Bestie – Shahz 🥰 (Hi Shahz 👋), which led to now this guest post because Shahz had an idea for a mini top 10 on the Drama Exchange 🥰 and KFG decided to do this for all of us. 🥰 감사 해요.

Finally, wrapping up my little introduction section here (finally😂), my typical Kdrama fare leans heavily to the fantastical fun fare rom-coms that end happily. Did I mention “happily”? 🥰

I am the resident “Puppies and Unicorns only please” 😳 over on KFG’s Patreon Community. 🥰Yes, I tried and failed with Squid Game. Yes, I managed to get through D.P. with lots of mute and FF; thanks again Trent for giving me all the heads up on the tough parts! (Gosh, I sure hope I used that semi colon correctly!😳)  However, I do not mind the intense ones like My Mister, Secret Love Affair, Lost, to name an excellent few. 🤩

My general rule of thumb, though, is that a Show must have Hope somewhere in the story and at the end. Something redeeming. If you leave me at the end of a Show with my heart ripped out of my chest, we have some things to discuss, Show. 🧐 Everything cannot be bleak and without hope. Shows that are Tough, Complex, sure that’s all fine. But the rest, leave it at the door please. Nope, not having it. It’s Puppies and Unicorns for me, please. 🥰

Off to my favorites for 2021 – 😬😳👋😬🤞🥰

Thank you so much, Shahz for suggesting this next section just for me! 🥰🥰🥰🥰

My Favorite OST – Original Score and Song 🥰🥰🥰🥰

As KFG and my fellow patrons know, I love music and talk about the OSTs constantly with all the shows we watch together. Music can either make or a break a show for me. Music can either make or a break a scene for me as well. And the use of the absence of music can make the experience of a show even more interesting to me. Music is always another character for me in a show. Always.

Some clarification though, before I begin my whole section on OSTs. 😬 I am completely tone-deaf. Completely. My friends can vouch for me and so can their ears! And zero musical talent, which the poor piano and violin can vouch for me as well. One day, piano, we might meet again! Regardless though, I am a fan of music and love a variety of music across many genres.

So, in short, I am just a fan of music. Not an expert, no specific expertise, nothing more than just a Happy Fan of Music. 🥰 With all that said, here we go! 🎶🎶🎶🎶

One of my favorite shows this year, I’ll discuss further down below, Lost, had such a special scene (Shahz knows which one!) that started without music and as the scene built, they introduced a song and the record scratched for me. I panicked! What just happened? What? No? Not in this scene, please! I checked with others and they were fine with the song. What? How could this be? How is it only me? In that moment, I just heard and felt something different because of the music.  I was so happy in the next episode where they picked up that same scene with the same song except they used a different version. Whew! I relaxed happily back into the watch. 😊

Music is usually so key for me in these Shows except when an exception occurs….

One of the most notable exceptions is with another favorite show of mine from 2021, is Hospital Playlist. For some reason, their OST did not emotionally grab me nor did the music take me out of any scenes. Or maybe it just did and I didn’t notice? 🤭 And yet, Hospital Playlist made my list of favorites for 2020 & 2021, because for me that Show is just that good, with our Five Leads and the stories the show told, weaving its magic. Somehow in that show the music became background for me and not one of the main players.

I remember KFG talking about certain songs and how their lyrics fit so well with the show or the theme, and I would scratch my head and go, “Uh, sure missed that one.” The reason I bring this up is that while music generally drives my experience with these shows, sometimes we have an exception. Thank you, Hospital Playlist, for being that exception. 🥰

Best Original Song

The Bond:  生活總該迎著光亮 Life Should Always Face the Light 周深Zhou Shen (Charlie)

I love! Love! LOVE! this song. Everything about this song just works for me, when the song was in the show and when I listen to the song now on repeat. 😊 I am sure some musicians could probably tell me why, but why ruin the magic for me? Sometimes some things are better left unsaid, to just experience the moment. Enjoy. 😊

Original Score

Lovers of the Red Sky : Opening Theme Song 

While Red Sky did not manage to make my favorite list for 2021 (even though I thought the Show started off so strong) and KFG dropped this show (understandably 😭), I listen to Red Sky’s original score the most out of all the Shows from 2021, when I want music without lyrics. My favorite song is the opening Theme Song for the Show. Feels as if we are about to waltz into this story and the song always puts a smile on my face. 🎶😊

Opening Title

Red Sky OST: Full Playlist

Special mentions

To close out the music section, and before you head over to my top 10 Favorite of 2021, I wanted to make sure I mentioned some of my other favorite OSTs for people to check out that I enjoyed from 2021; Yumi’s Cells, On The Verge of Insanity, Lost (Human Disqualification), She Would Never Know, Nevertheless, Bossam, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, and Mad For Each Other.

P.S. Please, please, please let me know some of your favorites for OSTs, OST Musical Scores and OST Songs. I would love to hear about them. 🥰🎶🥰

My Favorite 10 of 2021

Before I get started on this section, let me tell y’all something. Blogging is no joke.  Annnnd, it’s hard for this novice. KFG makes this whole shindig look super easy. Let me tell ya, she’s got some skills on her! 🤩 Well, we all knew that already and it’s pretty evident since we all have been here for some time reading what she has to say about Kdramas. I just had to say all that though and give her some huge props. 🤩🤩🤩

As you might already be able to tell, I love me a good run on sentence or two or three or four. Punctuation? Who needs it really at the end of the day when we have fun emojis these days? 😇 I draw the line with spellng though. Gotta have good spelling and good vocab. Here’s hoping I achieved both! If not, don’t tell me! 🤭 😜😂

P.S. – All grammar mistakes and foibles you may find are intentional until they are not.. 😂 😇

As you will see shortly, definitely, I am definitely not a blogger; no expertise in Film or TV. Just clocked way too many drama hours to admit (nobody else has this problem, right? 🤪), like to talk about, chit chat about, comment on and tell more people about why Kdramas are so awesome. So, now that everyone has their expectations set, shall we begin with this section finally?!?!! 🤭

My wheelhouse and where I prefer to hang out is Fantasy and Sci Fi, which everyone probably guessed when I mentioned TKEM! The ones that I tend to avoid though are the dystopian fare which has become increasingly popular everywhere. Oh! And Horror Fantasy and Sci Fi. No, thank you. I keep asking for Dragons, Unicorns and Puppies. So, if you see any of them, please let me know. 😳

For 2021, though, my favorites include mostly realistic (some with a dash of the fantastical) shows. And the way I set up this section is that I am calling this part “My Favorites of 2021” because whoever likes being picked last at the playground?! 😬

Everything is in no particular order except the first one. 😬 This means I will definitely rewatch this one and it will be the first one to come to mind to suggest to everyone and anyone listening to me talk about Kdramas. Or in this case Cdramas. 🤩

🌟 1. The Bond (C drama) – My Absolute Favorite of 2021 🌟

Well, this one is all because of Shahz. 🥰 Thanks, Shahz!!! Shahz kept mentioning this one over on the Patreon Drama Exchange and finally I decided to jump in and join her for the watch. First, though, I had to catch up with her and I thought, “Ok this might take some time since this Show has 30 episodes.” Little did I know I had set myself up for a deep dive into a complete binge. What was supposed to be a nice, paced marathon turned into a flat out Sprint to catch up with Shahz! WOW oh WOW!

With the opening music 🎶 I. was. in. Thankfully, Shahz gave me a heads-up that child actors were in the first several episodes and that it was a bit tough, but to hang in there because the Show had some good things to come including some hope. OMO! Was she right!

Anyone deciding to start this one, hang in there if you are typically not a fan of child actors carrying a show for more than one episode. These kids are flat-out amazing and the best I have seen so far in my Kdrama experience. I really missed them when they left our screen as we moved into the adult stories. Warning though, as Shahz gave me, some tough emotional stuff to watch with these kids. Hang in there!

Thankfully, KFG is in the middle of watching this one on Patreon so we get all her episode notes, which has been amazing. She has added so much depth and information to my initial watch, and that just makes me fall in love with this show all over again, while following along with her episode notes.

So, I will just let the expert handle this one and ask you to check out her review once she has finished her watch. I’ll leave you with this one fun fact – “The Show is adapted from a novel  called “Qiao Jia De Er Nü” (乔家的儿女) by Wei Xi (未夕). The Children of the Qiao family”. If anyone can find a legit English Translation let us know, please 😊

🌟 2. Yumi’s Cells 🌟

I’ll tell y’all, I had no interest in watching this one based on Viki’s picture at all. Zero. Zilch. Nada. The picture did not grab me at all and looked a little too goofy for my taste. I am ok with humor and comedy, but this looked a little out there for me.

Then, I think my fellow patrons Trent and Shahz kept talking about this one and FOMO started to set in a bit for me. I think I peeked at the first ten minutes and had terrible fremdschämen (secondhand embarrassment) and I stopped. I think someone (Trent) started talking about this terrible fremdschämen experience as well, so I thought, “Ok I am not alone and I will press on with this Show.”

Have to tell ya, I wasn’t keen on a show with animation either. Nothing against animation at all. Love it in the right setting, but just ugh.  A mix of live acting and animation? How will this work?

I so, so, so love when I am totally wrong about something and that something turns out to be such a Joy! I think this became a bonding experience for those of us watching over on KFG’s Patreon Drama Exchange. We kept talking, laughing, grimacing, giggling, crying (ok maybe that’s a stretch, but go with it 😊), getting frustrated; just the whole swing of emotions with this one. True Kdrama style – experiencing all the emotions in one Show.

And now, can we talk about those Adorable Cells?!!!! Seriously folks. How wrong was I? So wrong. The animation is fantastic. So fantastic that every time they left the screen, I went, “Wait, no come back! Why did you leave?”

They had me in stitches. They had me crying. They had me smiling. They had me glued to the screen. We all started to use the cells to describe other shows at one point, in our group chats. And we had to relive certain scenes with the cells even though we’d all just watched them together, just so we could all laugh together. Pure genius, y’all. Pure genius.

🌟 3. Mad For Each Other 🌟

I would love to be able to wax poetic about this show. And I just can’t, except to say I love this show. So much. ❤️

I went into Show not knowing much, which I think is best with this one. I won’t say much except this one moved me, such that I am pretty much at a loss of words.

The Show is only 12 episodes of around 35 minutes each, and says so much in such little time. A true gem in my opinion, and a must see. Hang in there through the beginning episodes until things calm down a bit. A GREAT example of the Netflix synopsis and picture not doing any justice to this gem. Watch it if you can! Special show. ❤️

KFG’s review is here.

🌟 4. Lost (Human Disqualification) 🌟

Once again the credit goes to Shahz ❤️ for getting me to watch this show. Another bonding experience for us on the Drama Exchange! We talked about this one at length every week nearly every day. Ok it was EVERY Day; morning and night, during the course of Show’s run, along with Paulina (Hi Paulina 👋).

KFG describes this Show so beautifully in her episode notes that once again I am leaving another one up to her review. 🥰 She used the best term to describe this Show’s emotional tone, as “a melancholic ache.”

Normally, this would not be my pick for a show because of the absence of dragons, unicorns, AND puppies. I am glad I decided to trust Shahz once again and just went on the Journey. I found this one to be deep, thought-provoking, moving, emotional and beautiful. I am glad the three of us watched this one together so we could discuss everything we saw or felt between the episodes.

Once again, I did a binge on this one to catch up with Shahz, but I do feel this one is better as a slow thoughtful burn. ✨✨✨Sending you the Galaxy✨✨

KFG’s review is here.

🌟 5. The Long Night (Cdrama) 🌟

Many thanks goes out to phl1xrd for suggesting this one to Shahz and I. Y’all. I’m telling you. Just watch this one cold. The less you know the better, if you like a good mystery. What I did not expect was for this one to stay with me, as we found ourselves discussing this one a good deal after the final episode, for many days and weeks.  Even now, I could go back and talk this one over with Shahz. Hey Shahz, remember that part…… 😊

*Ok, so technically this was released in 2020, but since I watched in 2021 I am going to make up my own rules here 😇 *

🌟 6. On the Verge of Insanity (OVOI) 🌟

Well, once again Shahz found a gem while I dragged my feet on this one, mightily. Who wants to watch a Show based in an office setting? Would watching paint dry be better? Even though Shahz had a proven track record with me by now, I could not get past the whole human resource thing, people at work, all about being in an office. Paint still needs to dry so maybe that’s my better choice here? 🤔

I think Sean (Thanks Sean!!) pushed me over the edge to join Shahz (Sorry Shahz 🙁), and whaddya know, I started the show completely hooked and puzzled all at the same time. When a show hooks me, generally it’s because of the music. And the opening music had me hooked, or else I would have left in the beginning. My usual rule is to give a new show a three episode chance. *Random Side Note for a favorite show – Familiar Wife took me five episodes*

Shahz kept saying that this one was so funny. And I wasn’t finding the funny 🤔 until Episode 5 with my first watch. I went back though and watched the beginning again and finally found the funny. 😂 This is a special show y’all. Just jump in and go with it. Amazing soundtrack, too.

🌟 7. Hospital Playlist 1 & 2 🌟

How do I explain this Show? Warm fuzzies all over with a dollop of Happiness? This is one of the shows I mentioned in my music section that while the music did not work for me, the show totally held my attention. From the fantastic ensemble leads, to the supporting characters, to the bit players, to the writing, the stories they told, the everyday occurrences; everything came together like magic for me, in Season 1.

Season 2 was a little bit rougher for me and well, I groused a little (ok a lot😅) about a couple of episodes, but I forgave the show anyways because sometimes its me, Show, not you. 😬

While these are definitely longer than usual episodes, for me, I did not notice as I was happy to be ensconced in this world of our Fab Five. They left a hole once they wrapped. Sniffle. 😢 What was very nice to learn was, the ensemble leads felt the same way and went on to film a special together called Mountain Village Playlist (article is here). See, its not only just us the fans who miss these magical shows. The cast misses them as well. 🥰

KFG’s review of Season 1 is here, and her review of Season 2 is here. 

🌟 8. The Rational Life (Cdrama) 🌟

I am sitting here trying to remember why I watched this Cdrama. KFG suggested another drama Finding Yourself and I think this one as well? Or maybe Netflix suggested this one? Oh come on, Memory Cells, kick in here, who went on break and didn’t tell me? 🧐😂

What I do remember is that the music with the opening credits sucked me right into the story. I do remember that I enjoyed The Rational Life very much and did a week-long binge because no way you can binge this one in a weekend with 35 episodes, even if they are roughly only 45 minutes long, which includes the intro and ending song credits. If you skip those you can shave off some minutes, but not enough for a weekend binge.

My point is, my week-long binge means this show was the only one where I watched multiple episodes at a time. I think this is the best way to watch this show, because of the number of episodes, the pacing, and some parts that you will avoid focusing on, with a binge in mind. Just dive in and watch this one quickly. 😁

I have two favorite parts to this Show and both are about characters. 🥰

My first favorite part of this Show is our female lead – Ruoxin, who is just tough as nails in a corporate setting while being completely feminine. I just loved how she navigated her personal life with her mother, her friends, her hobby (it’s an awesome one ✨), her relationship, and her career. 🥰

My second favorite part is Ruoxin’s relationship with her best friend, who is another strong independent woman, who completely supports and loves her best friend. And vice versa. We get to see two very different strong females with independent lives be there for each other as they both meet difficulties in life. 🥰

As for the music, even though I covered the music section already, I do have to mention two songs from the OST here. I love the intro song which routinely pulled me into the next episode. And then, fun fact: both Female and Male Leads sing one of the songs from the OST, and the song is called “Understand” (懂) by Qin Lan & Wang He Di.

KFG has the Full OST in her review. 🎶

🌟 9. Dali & Cocky Prince 🌟

This Show appears twice in my post because I can do that, right? I am in charge of my favorites and its MY list so I get to make the decisions and write the rules, right? Right! 😂😂😂 Once here and once somewhere else. 😬 While we did not come to consensus on this show over on the Drama Exchange, I still love this little Show, flaws and all. More details in that “other” section. 😇

🌟 10. My Roommate is a Gumiho 🌟

Here is my one and only show with a Fantasy Element 😭 to make my favorite list for 2021. Sniffle. 😢  How I so wish I had more Fantasy Shows for 2021!  I love this genre of Urban Fantasy which is where Bride of Habaek would be categorized, I think. 🧐 I did wish for more CGI (Hello, White Fox), but I soon forgot all about my need for more fantasy because I found this story to be so engaging, with a strong female lead taking us on her journey with her friends.

KFG’s review is here.

Other Awards

My Favorite Female Lead – Jeon Mi Do

Jeon Mi Do from Hospital Playlist. Love how they made her character completely tone deaf (hello me!) and she pulls this off amazingly. And in real life, this actor can “sang”. No, really, she can sing beautifully. Omo, she has such a beautiful voice. 🥰 I have heard out there in the ethers that it is very hard for good singers to sing badly. Obviously, the complete reverse is true as well. 😂

Besides nailing it for being tone deaf (I “guess” this is how I sound to my friends because to myself I sound GREAT! 😂), she holds her own in this show with four male leads, playing a strong independent working woman, without batting an eye. You show them how that’s done Jeon Mi Do! You go, girl! 🥰

My Favorite Male Lead – Bai Yu & Ahn Bo Hyun

Bai Yu aka Big Brother (Yicheng) from The Bond.

Y’all I do not even know where to start with this actor whom I have now seen, unintentionally, in three shows in 2021. Ok, once again I am invoking hyperbole. 😬 I watched a second show because of him, but the third I had no idea he was in THAT Show.

I really am astounded by his acting that I am at a loss for words. I used them all up with Shahz going over his role in The Bond over and over and over. And over.  And over. Trust me, he is my favorite male lead for 2021. ❤️ Ask Shahz, she will tell you. 🥰

Ahn Bo Hyun from Yumi’s Cells.

I am so impressed with his role in Yumi’s Cells, with his comedic turn as Woong, as I first saw him in Itaewon Class as the broken “villain”. I have a personal rule of thumb; if an actor can do comedy they can act in anything, especially dramas. I have the same rule for Sci Fi/Fantasy. If you can pull off some of those lines in Sci Fi and Fantasy, you are golden as an actor in my book. Beam me up, Scotty!

I really hope he continues to get offered a multitude of different roles, and does not get typecast as a villain or in the dark roles. He has proven his comedic and drama chops here in Yumi’s Cells, in my opinion. I look forward to more of his um, yeah, well, more of his gratuitous shower, ops, I mean shirtless, ops I mean……..more roles to stretch his acting “muscles.” 🤗

My Favorite OTPs (One True Pairing)

I am going to go WAY outside the box on this category because hey I am writing this post! 😇

My non-traditional pick

I am picking from The Bond’s Big Brother & His Siblings 🥰

Through all their trials and tribulations that began in childhood, they have managed to stay together as a family weathering all the storms together and separately when need be.

At the end of the day, they continue to be there for one another and respectful of each other’s lives even if they tend to be overly involved in each other lives. The Siblings respect Big Brother (Yicheng) instead of ignoring him as they get older and find their own families. They continued to maintain the core relationships that bonded them as a family and let each other know how important they are to one another until the end of the Show. I love them, plain and simple. ❤️

My more traditional pick

For an inside the box definition of OTP, I am going with my favorite couple in Hospital Playlist who make you smile, laugh, tear up, cry and just plain Happy 🥰

[SPOILER ALERT] Chae Song-hwa  & Lee Ik-jun – friends with secret crushes to best friends who never say anything to finally OTP. Whoever knew a scene in the car in the rain over coffee would be so special? 🥰 [END SPOILER] 

My Favorite Female Supporting actor – Kang Ha Na

Can I tell you how many shows I have seen Kang Han Na in, before I saw My Roommate is a Gumiho (MRIAG)? LOTS! Ok more than two for sure! Familiar Wife, Start Up, and Rain or Shine (Just Between Lovers). So, when she appeared on screen I was ready for her usual role of pretty girl with slight attitude, or just plain mean. 🙁

OMO ya’ll! Can I tell you she blew me away with her comedic timing in MRIAG. Seriously. How is she so funny and how have we not seen her be so funny in other shows? Ok, well, how have I not seen her be funny in other shows? She stole several scenes for me and made her whole character just work.

And her cute little [SPOILER ALERT] romance [END SPOILER] aww come on. 🥰 Too cute for words. I’ll say it again, I have this theory about actors those who can pull off Comedy, Fantasy and/or Sci Fi; they can basically handle any role, even the heavy dramas. I will watch her in anything now especially if Unicorns and Puppies are there. 🥰

My Favorite Male Supporting Actor – Lee Sang Yeob

Lee Sang Yeob in On The Verge of Insanity does such a good job as the character Han Se Kwon. He was part of our favorite trio that Shahz called The Unholy Trinity 😂

[SPOILER-ISH] While his character frustrated me and infuriated me most of the time, with his always questionable judgement, the actor did such a great job with his role that I could not help but love his character and want to see him on my screen more. And let me tell you, some of the things he did were so maddening that you wanted him gone. Yet, somehow, for some reason, we kept getting swayed by him, and that’s all because, I think, of Lee Sang Yeob’s acting. Shahz – remember the bathtub scene that was shown three times?!?! 😂😂😂 [END SPOILER]

My Favorite Ensemble – Yumi’s Cells & Bossam Family

Once again, making up my own rules here and picking two. 😬

Yumi’s Cells

Seriously. They stole the Show and had me in stitches, constantly. We discussed them so much over on Patreon and they became how we described other shows as well. How can you not love any of them – Love Cell, Rational Cell, Sensitive Cell, Naughty Cell 😂,  Naughtyasaurus 😂😂😂, Writer Cell, Travel Cell, Fashion Cell, Hunch Cell, and so many more.

Bossam Family

Ah, Bossam. Had me hooked from the beginning and then the palace politics wore me out. Seriously, why is it always the Left State Councilor (LSC) in all the sageuks? Can someone please explain this one to me?

The best bright spot in this whole Show, for me was the found-family dynamics between the five of them: Ba-woo, Princess, Little One Cha-dol, Court Lady Jo and Chun Bae! Thanks Natalia for reminding me about this little family. 🥰

I wanted them on the screen ALL of the time. Their chemistry as an ensemble was fantastic as they wove between the silly and serious moments. Can we have a Bossam 2: Family Edition only please? 😬🤞🥰 

🍓 Razzie Award: Show that promised so much…….. 🍓

While I would love everything to be Puppies, Rainbows and Unicorns at all times, always, sometimes we just have a show that we saw all the good parts try to come together so hard, and just, well, we love them anyways for their effort and say, better luck in the future and thanks for giving this one your all – Dali & Cocky Prince.

This one hurts lots, y’all. LOTS. I LOVE, I mean LOVE Park Gyu Young. Her role in Romance is a Bonus Book is so fantastic, I kept thinking, “Wow I hope she gets a lead role one day.” AND SHE DID! OMO! She was just lovely in this role as Dali; I wish the show could have done the same in its entirety.

I did though, watch the Show to the end. I even watched the episodes pre-subs and with subs completed, so I saw each episode during its run twice, all for PGY! Did I mention I love her? 🥰🥰🥰🥰

My Favorite for a Rewatch

Um. All of them ? 😉 Seriously. No, really. All of them 🥰

Closing Thoughts – Finally! 😂

Well, we made it to the end, y’all! Whew! 😅 I did not think I would get to the end AND I did not realize I had so many words to write about 2021 Kdramas. I thought I used them all up with Shahz et al. over at the Drama Exchange. 🥰

Thanks for hanging in there with me as we went through my List of Favorites for 2021. Hope everyone enjoyed. And, if you didn’t, well, don’t tell me! 😂

Thanks again to Shahz for this very fun idea for 2021. Another Bonding experience for us. 🥰🥰🥰

Most, most, most of all, many, many, many thanks to KFG for this time and space to do a guest post. Deeply grateful and honored. ❤️ 

~JJ

P.S. Shahz – what are we watching, next?

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phl1rxd
phl1rxd
5 months ago

JJ – I just wanted to jump in and do two things – up your views 😉😉 and let you know you are not alone in your 💖 for Zhou Shen (Charlie) as he sings my favorite song of the year – Cocoon.

JJ
JJ
5 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– Ahhhhh, you rock phl1rd!!!! Thank you ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️

OMO! Isnt Zhou Shen AHMAZING?!!! Ill have to go look for the song you mentioned as I have not heard that one of his, yet. Thank you for telling me 🥰🥰🥰

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
5 months ago
Reply to  JJ

JJ – I totally agree with you that Zhou Shen is extremely talented. Besides having a gorgeous voice he has the ability to emote the feelings of each song he sings. That is a gift as you cannot teach that. There are many wonderful videos of his talent but this one is my favorite – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUVPzifJRCA as when he switched styles to operatic, it shows just how talented he really is.

Ele Nash
6 months ago

Great list – I’ve literally only seen My Roommate is a Gumiho. These posts are making me feel so behind the times! Thank you especially for the c-drama recommendations. I do love a c-drama when it’s done right so will check those out. And grammar shammer, you nailed the blogging schtick! xx

JJ
JJ
5 months ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

@Ele Nash – OPS! SO SO SO SORRY I missed your message until just now. Thank you for commenting on my post! Oh dont worry, there are so many kdramas I have not seen, yet. We all have that never ending not ever going to see them all in this lifetime list, no?

I hope you enjoy the C-dramas Shahz and I loved 🙂

LOL! Love it – “grammar shammer”. Thank you so much for the compliment. ❤️ I had such fun writing this one ❤️❤️❤️

Shyama
Shyama
6 months ago

Loved reading every word of this post! I love rainbows and unicorns and puppies and fantasies! Do share when you find one that checks all those boxes!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Shyama

@Shyama – Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️ I had so much fun writing this post, so love hearing you loved the words in my post ❤️❤️❤️

YAY! Another person who loves Rainbows, Unicorns AND Puppies along with Fantasies. I definitely will share when I find one!!!

Have you checked out the C drama Miss the Dragon – has dragons 🙂

j3ffc
j3ffc
6 months ago

Terrific post, JJ! I especially enjoyed your attention to music, always a big draw for me.

Thank you for sharing, and may 2022 bring you puppies and unicorns galore.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  j3ffc

– Thanks so much for reading my post 🥰🥰🥰 Thank you! As you know now, I love Music and the OSTs or OST Song can make or break a Show for me, usually. Do you have any favorite OSTs or OST Songs you wanted to mention? Woud love to hear them 🙂

Awwww, thats soooo awesome j3ffc, I love it ❤️ – “may 2022 bring you puppies and unicorns galore.”❤️❤️❤️

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

– I forgot to say Thank you for this – “may 2022 bring you puppies and unicorns galore.” ❤️❤️❤️

I was moving too fast and hit post way too soon!

So kind of you ❤️

J3ffc
J3ffc
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

No worries! You know, thinking about particular songs, I don’t find all that many that rise to the top. I’ll mention a couple, though: 

For a classic, I just love “Fox Rain” from “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho”, although when I first heard it I thought it sounded old-fashioned. Now, I consider that part of its charm. Honorable mention: the new “Roommate = Gumiho” has a nice OTS, mixing cute modern stuff with more orchestral things.

An OST that I love from beginning to end, and the only one that I listen to regularly is “Be Melodramatic”, which I think has a well-written modern-pop feel to it. Besides the sorta-famous “shower” song, I really appreciated that they actually showed actors singing and playing songs in the show, especially the bit at the end of (I think) episode 2. 

Another song worth mentioning is the theme for “Someday or One Day” (the one that rolls over the credits by Shi Shi, not the magical tune “Last Dance”, although I like that too). I went looking for more Shi Shi music but her normal stuff is very different for this. I also think the incidental music for SOOD is nicely done.

And of course we all talked about the music in “Secret Love Affair”, but that’s sort of a given considering the subject matter.

 Thanks for asking and, once again, for the fun post.

lotusgirl
lotusgirl
6 months ago

I loved your post. It’s so nice to get to know you better! I could sure see the rainbows and feel the puppies snuggling in with your words. I loved the music from Lovers of the Red Sky as well. Music is big for me too. I pay a lot of attention to it as well. I think we have a fair amount of things in common. I hope I can do as well as you!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  lotusgirl

@lotusgirl – Thank you so much 🥰 Awww, thats so awesome you could see the Rainbows and Puppies ❤️❤️❤️ YES! Another fan of the OST from Lovers of the Red Sky ❤️ I have to say how surprised I am at how many OSTs I love with all these Shows. Its been a wonderful discovery. Oh, I know you will do an excellent job 🙂 You always have such beautiful comments on Patreon 🙂

JJ
JJ
6 months ago

Hey Everyone! You would think I would have run out of words by now !!! 😂 But alas, I have MORE.🤭 I completely forgot (Memory Cells once again took an unscheduled break 😬) to include The Bond’s Full OST. For some reason, the Show only include four songs from this masterpiece 😭 😭😭 If anyone finds the full album somewhere with the musical score, please let me know ❤️

电视剧《乔家的儿女 The Bond》歌曲合集 Full OST 电视剧片头曲、片尾曲、插曲 生活总该迎着光 周深 灯筒 野鸟 留白https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDN8I85Ma0&list=PLXInv7a5PbW5RycNsOJE_cGXvQf7YJoKH&index=7&ab_channel=%E8%B6%85%E5%A5%BD%E8%81%BD%E7%9A%84%E9%9F%B3%E6%A8%82%E7%B2%BE%E9%81%B8%E9%A0%BB%E9%81%93

Thanks again for reading my post on my favorites for 2021! ❤️❤️❤️ I have had so much fun with all your comments and responding back to them.❤️

Thanks again to my bestie Shahz ❤️for this fun idea and thank you to KFG for giving us time and space on your beautiful blog. ❤️ You have built something so beautiful ❤️

Antonio
6 months ago

The Bond had escaped me. I hope it’s as good as Go Ahead.
Human Disqualification, if half of My Mister is really good, I hope to find it sooner or later on Viki or Netflix.

OTVOI is the mystery of the year in my opinion. Everyone liked it, but I found it incredibly boring and I dropped it after 3 episodes

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Antonio

@Antonio – I have not seen Go Ahead so I cannot compare at all. I have heard great things about Go Ahead and its been on my list. Maybe The Bond wont work for you if Go Ahead really worked for you? I dont know and dont want to steer you wrong. As you can see from my post, I loved The Bond as did so many others. Maybe someone here has also seen Go Ahead and The Bond and can tell us?

Human Disqualification (Lost) and My Mister are so different that there is no comparison in my mind. They are equally great for different reasons and both set a different mood and tone. I saw My Mister first and loved it even though KFG and Trent had to do lots of convincing to get to finally watch it because I am not a fan of really intense moody Shows. However, I loved My Mister and glad I finally jumped in with everyone.

Human Disqualification is slow and thoughtful and beautiful in its own right. As KFG said there is a melancholic ache that runs through the Show. And again something I would not pick in general to watch. However, I trusted Shahz and the Show turned into a beautiful watch for all of us. Paulina called it Art. So as good as, in my opinion, as My Mister, but entirely different.

As for OVOI – right? Wouldnt watching paint dry be better one would think in the beginning! Took me five episodes to settle in and I am glad I stayed. The Soundtrack really kept me there though from the start. I probably would have bailed as well if not for Shahz and the Soundtrack. And after some really intense Shows, I found OVOI nice and slow paced worked for me.

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

OVOI?

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – On The Verge of Insanity

https://www.viki.com/tv/37897c-on-the-verge-of-insanity

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

Ah that one

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Yes 🙂 Are you going to give it a try?

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

No not my style

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – LOL! Ok 🙂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

I just suck at abbreviations :DDD

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – So do I! Shahz likes to use them and sometimes I have to ask what is that one? 😂

Antonio
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

I haven’t seen The Bond yet, I expressed myself badly because English is not my first language. The intro song is wonderful

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Antonio

@Antonio – I thought you expressed yourself beautifully! I knew what you meant when you said The Bond Escaped you 🙂 I loved how you put it that way. I was just trying to encourage you to watch it 🙂 Would have never known English is not your first language if you had not said something 🙂

I so agree, I love the Intro song so much 🥰

Timescout
6 months ago

Such a fun post! Oh, I’m rather envious of your infectious enthusiasm. It’s been a longish while since I was a “bright eyed and bushy tailed” drama noob and I can barely remember what it was like. 😀 Now I’m just a hard to please grumpy old gurmudgeon who can’t seem to properly settle with any drama I try anymore. Sigh. I kinda miss those halcyon days when everything in drama world was new and shiny.

I like SciFi and especially fantasy too, though I can get rather picky with my choices. What suits me might not land well with others, and vice versa. Anyways, one of my fave dramas with fantasy elements (though I guess it’s technically mostly wuxia) in recent years is Ancient Detective. Still available in YouTube with eng subs.^^ It has a lovely OST as well. And talking about OSTs, I did list some of my faves in a comment @ KFG’s OST post. 🙂

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Timescout

@Timescout – Thank you so much !!! 🥰 LOL! Hopefully, I reminded you of how it use to be for you with Kdramaland 🙂 I think a grumpy old curmudgeon post would be awesome, I would so read it 🙂 What Shows have you watched lately? Nothing worked? So sad 🙁

Thanks for the suggestion about Ancient Detective! I found it on Viki but its looking for a Channel Manager. Fingers crossed!!!! I am always for a lovely OST 🙂

YAY! I will have to look for your comment on KFG’s post on OSTs. So exciting!!!!

Timescout
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

I’ve taken a break from dramas and blogging most of this year. Well, mostly from bogging as I’ve actually managed to watch some dramas. I may try to do a year end post, but I’m afraid it’ll end up being sad rather than grumpy. 🙂

Oh gosh, what have I watched recently till the end?! Black Sun (The Veil), which wasn’t too bad but in the end it had lot of the flaws most Korean acton shows seem to have. Guess I finished it for Namgoong Min, ha. He was mesmerising! At the moment I’m watching Move to Heaven and enjoying it a lot. I might even manage to finish it befor the year ends. There are gzillion dramas on my List of Doom but no idea when I’ll actually feel like tackling any of them.

Here’s the official YT playlist of Ancient Detective , all 24 episodes with subs. Not sure if it’s geo restrected or not. It’s available in my region (northern Europe) at least. I love the opening credits! ❤️

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
Reply to  Timescout

@Timescout – Ancient Detective was the sleeper hit of 2020 for me.

Timescout
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Yup, for me too. It also ended up being my favorite drama of 2020.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– So good to know! Must tell Shahz we need to add to our every growing will not ever end list you give this one rave reviews 🙂

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

I am finally underway with it, phl!

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

@Sean – I tried my hand at creating a post last night, trying to squeeze it in amongst other holiday preparations. After I read it I was like, no one wants to read this offal. Ha! A daunting task which I can only assume you made light work of considering your years of experience in communication.

I am quite curious Sean, to see your top picks. I am guessing that our lists may contain some similar dramas…

kfangurl
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

I hope you didn’t delete your draft! You can still share it over on Patreon, along with everyone else who isn’t sharing their lists here as guest posts! 😃

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

– I so agree with KFG!!! Share on Patreon Please 🙂

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Ah – Fangurl. I did better than that (or worse if you consider my writing). I just sent you the entire thing including all the graphics and links to make your life easy. All you have to do is copy and paste.

Sean inspired me to take the plunge (as he does with all his drama suggestions).

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Woo hoo, phl – that is awesome! You have a great writing style and I can’t wait to see your post 😊😎😊

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Ah dear Sean – promise you won’t laugh too hard. Oh wait – if I make you laugh I think that is a good thing, right?

Anyway, the last transport is away!

I was planning to work on my ex’s Christmas present today but that will need to wait until tomorrow. Ha! Fangurl got me all day today.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Lololol, phl. Good on you. I am sure it is a very worthy post. Yes, making me laugh is a really good thing, phl. I will always laugh with you. Linda came home the other day chucking a complete wobbly, and in part re something I had done. I began to laugh. Of course, I got in trouble for doing that, but I was almost in hysterics at this point – then she ended up laughing too 😂🤣😂

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – that Linda is certainly Lovely. Lovely Linda and let us not forget the bodaciously delightful FS! Now FS talks my kind of humor. Deadpan zingers get me every time, and she never forgets the glitter.

kfangurl
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Thanks for sending it! I’ve just emailed you back! ❤️

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– YES!!! We want to read it 🙂

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Yeah, we do want to read your post, phl! Thank you for your faith in my communication skills. My submission is straight forward, no bells and whistles and nothing too exciting – which is a major departure from how I usually do things.

I am glad you are curious re my top picks as I am starting to sweat a bit now 😅 Hopefully we do have some similar dramas in our lists!

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – I know of at least one that I believe we share a love for. Let’s see if I am right.

Also – I guarantee that whatever you have on your top ten that I have not watched will go directly to the top of my Never-Ending List.

Last edited 6 months ago by phl1rxd
seankfletcher
seankfletcher
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Yes, I think there is at least one, phl. You’re very kind re my suggestions. I looked at my never ending list the other day – 115. I may need to do a bit of pruning 🤔

Last edited 6 months ago by seankfletcher
JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Timescout

@Timescount – Oh I did not know you did blogging as well! I just went to look at your page. Sometimes we all need a break 🙂 Sad is ok, too 🥰

Sean mentioned Black Sun (The Veil) and I have been waiting for Shahz to get access to this Show. Sounds up her alley and not mine at all 😂

Oh I am still trying to get up the courage to watch Move to Heaven. I didnt follow along when KFG covered it on Patreon. Probably would have been better to have watched with everyone. I heard its a very good Show.

Ah thank you so much for the link to Ancient Detective, the opening music and opening shot in the credit had me hooked completely. Cannot wait to watch this one!!! Thank you!!!

Shahz
Shahz
6 months ago

Adored this! I couldn’t be prouder of my bestie❤️🤗. Loved each and every minute of our bonding. And yes what shall we watch next 🤣

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Shahz

@Shahz – YAY! Thank you, bestie ❤️❤️❤️. Its been so much bonding morning, noon and night hasnt it 🤗

I hope you enjoyed all the little surprises I left you for you. Gosh, this has been so much fun! 🥰🥰🥰

Yes! What shall we watch next?!!!😂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago

Nice one JJ!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Thank you 🙂

Have you seen all the ones on my list?! What are some of your favorites for 2021???

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
I watched The Bond, Yumis Cell, Dali & Cocky Prince. I am watching My Roomate is a Gumiho now. (As you know thrid try ^^) Haven’t seen and heard about most of the other shows.

I only started watching agian towards the end of the year so I haven’t seen too many dramas of 2021. I was on a drama break because I lost my excitement for them.
And even after coming back I was very focused on C-Dramas.
I liked “To Fly with you” , “My little happiness” , “Please feel at ease mister Ling”

Favourite Webdrama: Ga Doo Shim
Fave male lead: Kim Min Jae (Dali & Cocky Prince)
Fave female lead: Song Zu Er (To Fly with you)
Fave female support actress: Kang Han na (Gumiho roomies)
Fave male support actor: Kim Do Wan (Gumiho roomies)

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – I sure hope My Roomate is a Gumiho works this time for you 🙂

Ah yes, sometimes that happens when you need a break. When I get into a tiny kdrama slump, I just rewatch a favorite 🙂

Thank you for sharing your favorites!!! I have not heard of any of these Cdramas, so Ill have to check them out and let Shahz know as well 🙂

Oh yes, the roomies from MRIAG are fantastic. I am sooo glad you mentioned Kim Do Wan, I did love his character 🙂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ Yes it works very well this time 😀
Yeah Kim Do Wans character is my fave so far ^^

Yes check them out but I have to say they are mostly romancy :DD

Ah I wanted to recommend this song from “To Fly with you” it is not the Ost but gets played when there is a competition.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puph62NgDVM

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Whew! Its always nerve wracking when you suggest a Show to someone if they will like it or not 🙂

Romancey works. If they have Dragons, Unicorns or Puppies even better 🙂

Oh thank you for the song recommendation. I love learning about new songs 🙂

Oh thats an intense song. I am looking forward to checking out this Cdrama!!! Thanks for the suggestion for
“To Fly With You”. Oh wait I just looked it up!!! Its the one about Ice Skating and I thought you said you did not like sport themed dramas?

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Yes recommending dramas triggers anxiety 😀

Ah a scifi fan. Me too just not in kdramas ^^

Yes the song is awesome. True I did say that but I couldn’t resist Song Zu Er to be honest. And it is really well made nothing over the top. Sports and storyline was also well balanced. I haven’t seen it like that before.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – doesnt it though. Gah! I tried suggesting a couple to Shahz and that didnt go so well 😂

Most definitely Sci Fi Fan! Woo Hoo! I do not think Kdramas really have an established yet for true Sci Fi as I think of it the ones out in Space. They did do that movie Space Sweepers which I have not seen, yet.

Oh thats good to know about “To Fly with You”. Ill have to let Shahz know as we were considering that one 🙂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Oh it didn’t go well? 🤣
True there is no real scifi in Kdrama yet but I can’t really picture it 😀

Yes you should definitely give it a try ^^

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Not so much, LOL 😂😂😂 So, I just generally let Shahz suggest them because right now, Ill hang in there for the not so great ones.

However, I did suggest to Shahz Rain or Shine (akak Just Between Lovers) and she loved it. So that was a relief! Have you seen this one?

Right! I am sure hoping though we get a real true Sci Fi one from Kdramas one day. However, they do fantasy really well.

Its been on our to take a peek. Ill remind Shahz and let her know you saw it and liked it 🙂 Her go to for Cdrama reviews is Avenue X on YouTube. Do you know about Avenue X?

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
I see that is your relationship with Shahz :DD

I did see it. I think I watched it twice.

Yes a real Sci Fi would be cool but I will probably stick to Hollywood Sci Fi.

That is good to hear. No I don’t know AvenueX. The only reviews I look at are KFGs.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – LOL! I tried to suggest several with Shahz, but learned my lesson 😂

Oh thats so awesome you have seen Rain or Shine. I just finished my 3rd or 4th watch with Shahz’s first viewing. Love that OST so much.

Oh Hollywood Sci Fi….its just gotten too violent for me lately.

Same here, I stick with KFG only as well. Shahz told me though KFG suggested Avenue X for Cdramas. Only reason I brought it up 🙂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ :DD Yeah sometimes keeping the things you to yourself is better 😀

Wow third or fourth watch :O

Yes recently I liked Tomorrow War. But yes it gotten a lot more violent.

I see. If KFG recommends it must be good.

Dropping Dramas
Btw is it weird to drop a drama halfway through episode 14 even tho the drama only has 16 eps?

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Lol, yes!

Yes, the OST is so good in Rain or Shine which makes a rewatch super easy.

Havent heard of Tomorrow War. Ill look it up, but I am sure its too violent for my tastes these days.

Dropping Dramas
Not at all! If you have hit your limit with a drama, I would stop it. I have done the same except I pause and the say Ill go back at some point 🙂 Which one is it?

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
True a good Ost makes everything better.

It is Aliens vs Humans but not tooooo bad 😀

Dropping dramas

Yeah well at the moment I really don’t care how the story ends.
It is True beauty

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Oh, I think I might to pass on Tomorrow War then, lol!

Dropped Dramas
Ah, I had wanted to see True Beauty. Maybe now, Ill just wait a little longer.

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ Yeah it is not everyone piece of cake but very well made.

Dropped dramas

Well I didn’t want to stop you from watching it. Maybe you will love it.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Good to hear its well made at least 🙂

Dropped Dramas
Oh you are not stopping me watching it, I just wont rush towards it. I do have a very long list of other dramas to watch 🙂 Its all about prioritizing, right? 😂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

Dropped dramas

You have a entire list? Damn that must be nice

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Yes, I have lots of lists to keep it all straight because several people keep mentioning Shows that sound interesting 🙂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

Sounds nice

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Does tend to get overwhelming though and we miss many things and forget them even though they are on the list. And then go back and remember what we missed, lol. It adds to the fun!

How do you keep track?

I just read Sean has 115 on his list. WOW!

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Haha I think forgetting about stuff on the list is just a clumsy personality trait of yours ^^

Well my list is never longer than 3-4 dramas. I am very picky so not that many dramas interest me.
For example yesterday I tried 3 shows. The red sleeves (watched 2 eps), Jirisan (1 ep) and Mr. Queen (1 ep). Only Jirisan made it (kind of semi) on the list. It just seems different that is why I will try it.

Okay Sean can’t be compared. The man lives in the Stratosphere 😀

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Hysterical – “clumsy” LOL!!! I love it. I used to before finding KFG and being on Patreon would watch one whole Show at a time from beginning to end before moving onto the next. This whole new world of watching whats airing live like YLG is new for me. Sometimes I take a break and just binge a Show.

How is YLG going? I am still waiting for more episodes to load and get past that epi 30 mark you mentioned 🙂

Oh wow a list with only 3-4 Shows. Very impressive.

All good picks to try 🙂 Trent and I finished Jirisan 🙂 Shahz and I are knee deep in Red Sleeves, Sean highly suggests that one and I usually do not watch sageuks. They just dont work for me usually. Some gems out there. I am still trying to get to Mr. Queen!

Sean definitely is in another realm 🙂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Ah I see I never watch shows that are still airing. I like to binge a show in one go like you do.

YLG

Well episodes 23-26 are a real pain in the tushy but at least at the end of ep 26 he starts to remember some things.

Yes it is never longer than that… too picky ^^

Jirisan seems definitely promising.
I also don’t like sageuks. And after 2 eps of Red sleeve I was bored.
Mr. Queen is very special that entire bodyswap thing is just not funny to me. Didn’t even giggle once during the first ep.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – But wait! Arent you watching YLG and thats airing now, right? 🙂

YLG Spoiler
Ah good to know about YLG as I was getting ready to dive in again bc the whole amnesia thing was so annoying and then some.

Hope you enjoy Jirisan. Let me know 🙂

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ and Reaper re YLG I enjoyed eps 25 & 26 😊

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

@sean – Ill be coming back to it soon. I just have to have multiple episodes with this one to roll into 🙂

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– I just jumped to Epi 26 and enjoyed very much. Made me smile. Ill go back to Epi 25 and the ones I missed now that more episodes have loaded 🙂

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ – that’s great re Ep 26 😊 I just survived the eps prior to Ep 25 😂 However, I get the feeling show is back on track!

JJ
JJ
5 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– Brave man to survive those episodes prior to Epi 25. I hope it stays on track so much fun 🙂

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
5 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ – Ep27 – SK loved it and Scarlett would be jumping out of her skin. It was delightful. This ep had a nationwide rating of 32.9%. Just need to erase eps 17-24 from the memory bank 😂🤣😂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Only because it would take forever to wait for 50 eps to drop 😀

YLG

I think if you wait for the next 2 eps to drop you can come back ^^

Thanks yes I will let you know.
Melancholia

How is Melancholia? Still a bit boring?

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Just “checking” how your logic works 😉 Teasing!!!! Yes waiting for 50 to drop would be way too long!

YLG Spoilers
Perfect, I will ! Like you said before 30 epis

Melancholia
Melancholia just rubs me wrong even though I keep watching it. I dont like much about it at the moment. I am just trying to figure out how they will end this and how they will get there.

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

Melancholia

Rubs you wrong? In what way?

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper

Melancholia Spoilers
Melancholia Spoilers
So the Show lets us know early this is about a boy with a crush on his female high school math teacher. Ok, thats fine as long as its one sided because he is a Junior and I think considered a minor. He is a Math prodigy and she his known for teaching gifted math students well. All fine. He has struggled with math because of an incident that happened in the States, so he has given up trying. She coaxes him back. All still good, right? Well, one day they work on a math proof throughout the night and the Show thinks this is the perfect time to add a romantic ballad sung by a female using the word “boy”. Uh…..no thank you. And then for me, it goes downhill from there. If they had used a different song maybe sung by a male the tone would be different for me. And they continue to use the song. And then the show turns into a revenge melodrama and I am really not into those type of Shows.

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

Melancholia

so the show is all over the place
I don’t mind the age gap. Actually a fan of noona dramas.
To me the dealbreaker was her coaxing him back into math.
And her entire teaching method is so dumb.
But I can totally get why you don’t like the teacher Student relationship. Also it turns into a revenge melodrama…. ugh I hate those. Revenge is so boring.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper –

Melancholia Spoilers
Melancholia Spoilers –
Oh I love a good noon romance for sure, but not with an underage minor and a person in a power position in this case a teacher. No, thank you!

LOL, thats right! You are a math whiz yourself.

Right, isnt revenge so boring. Im tired of them and thats the other problem with Melancholia, two nasty sisters from a chaebol family fighting over who wins the money. Even if the one sister gives a fine performance. I just get tired of watching people act badly on screen.

However, I did jump back into YLG for epi 26 and enjoyed it very much 🙂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

Melancholia

Totally get that.

Teachers like her is why I hated school.

Wait chaebol brats are fighting over money? How much do they need….

What I realized recently is that I like a lot less new dramas and the biggest problem usually is the over the top acting.

That is great to hear ^^ Hopefully it stays like that.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper –

Melancholia Spoilers
Melancholia Spoilers

LOL, so funny – “how much do they need” They also want to be Daddy’s favorite. ITs really insulting to women I find to continue these type of stereotypes constantly in dramas, in my opinion. And gets very boring.

And yet, I continue to watch Melancholia to see if the Show will redeem itself.😂.

Did you see Search WWW? I cannot remember if I have asked you or not?

Ah yes, the dramas lately seem to be a mixed bag. We shall see what happens and what other gems we can find. Did you watch TKEM ? The King Eternal Monarch?

Oh wouldnt it be awesome if YLG stays this way, buuut I doubt it. We still have 24 episodes to go!!! lol

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ

Melancholia

Stereotypes are everywhere. It is hard to get rid of them.

I tried WWW but not my style at all. The FLeads are the type of women I stay away from 😀

After King Eternal Monarch was mocked on so many sites I decided not to watch it.

Yes Let’s hope. But you are right – our refound happiness won’t last long I guess…

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper –

Ugh, I know Stereotypes are hard to get rid of them. Luckily, we do see some Shows do new and fresh things which is always a welcomed relief. Like in The Rational Life 🙂

LOL! Ok, about Search WWW. GREAT soundtrack.

I loved TKEM, so much. My 2nd Show. So well done in my opinion. Its a bummer it did get mocked. It works for some and no others. Worked for me 🙂

Maybe YLG will surprise us?!!!!

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Also I feel like when they are trying to get rid of them they are overdoing it.
Like Stereotype: “Women need protection”
Getting rid of stereotype: “FL takes down 500 armed men”
Never watched rational life but the summary sounds exactly like what I just described.

I will look into the soundtrack ^^ Sorry for not liking the show.

True everybody as personal preference whether it is about looks, shows or beverages ^^

About YLG… I will keep my excitement in a drawer until I am certain they won’t f it up

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Ah interesting point about the overdoing it! Yes, we are seeing some Shows go that route. Although, I didnt feel that with The Rational Life 🙂

Thats ok! It seem TKEM really has no inbetween for some reason. Shahz did start it today and liked it, so YAY 🙂

They sure do 🙂

As for YLG, time will tell.:-)

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Yes a lot shows go that route. Maybe I will check out out The rational Life but I am not very convinced I will enjoy it.

You and Shahz have a lot in commen ^^

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – I enjoyed Rational Life even though its many episodes and has it flaws 🙂 It was a nice a change of pace.

Yes, Shahz and I do have lots in common, but we also have several Shows we watch on our own that neither one enjoys 🙂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Can’t watch it anyway its on netflix :DDD

Yeah of course you can’t be identical ^^

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago

JJ – you knocked it out of the park – a solid home run with the bases loaded. Excellent job! I laughed all the way through. You are positively hilarious. I relived the Bond while listening to Life Should Always Face the Light. I also LOVED the opening title from Lovers of the Red Sky and I often found myself humming this at random times during the day.

You and Shahz have lit up Patreon and I am all for it. I enjoy the posts over there. Some of them are truly epic.

Looks like we have to get you a good fantasy drama to watch…let me think, let me think…

Shahz
Shahz
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Thank you!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– Thank you so much 🥰🥰🥰 A baseball reference! I LOVE it! Reminds me I really need to watch Hot Stove League soon. I keep saying that….. 🙂

Awwww, thanks, Rita. I told KFG I was so nervous to do this, so I went for the funny instead. 😇

Isnt that song so special with The Bond they just go hand in hand. ❤️

YAY! Someone else who loves the opening title of Red Sky. Thats another for me after the first listen, I have to do a repeat 🙂 Ah so you must be able to carry a tune since you can hum 🙂 I think even my own ears must protest when I try to hum 😂

Gosh, phl1rxd – thank you!!! Shahz and I have so much fun and all of you on Patreon are so patient with us when we go back and forth morning, noon and night ESPECIALLY when we find something we love so much. ❤️ Always love when you pop in to share your favorite Shows, what you have seen or just join the fray !!!!

YES! Please! I need a good Fantasy watch even though I am enjoying Miss The Dragon. Shahz told me Miss the Dragon made Viki’s Top 10 for Fantasy. Wow! Maybe I did find a gem 🙂

kfangurl
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ How about The Devil Calls Your Name? It’s fantasy, and the music is excellent. The songs are performed mostly by the cast themselves, and the songs appear to be written for the show itself. 😃

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

@KFG – Thank you!!! I added this one to my Watchlist. What couldnt be better than Fantasy and Music combo 🙂 Ill let you know how it goes 🥰

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Good one Fangurl!

MC
MC
6 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Another vote from me for When The Devil Calls Your Name! I love Jung Kyung Ho and Park Sang Woong (they’re also excellent in Life on Mars) and the soundtrack is one of my favourites – till my spotify end of year unwrapped told me that my top 5 songs were (gulp) ALL from that OST lol. but those songs are really good and there’s Sondia!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  MC

@MC – Oh sooo good to know 🙂

Natalia
Natalia
6 months ago

Great job JJ! Up until you mentioned it I hadn’t realized that there were so few Fantasy shows this year. It’s funny how the industry works, one year we get a ton of fantasy, the next it’s all about serial killers, then it’s cross-dressing time and so on!
(By the way, the second season of Witcher has been released, in case you’re still interested in it).

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Natalia

@Natalia – Thank you so much!!! 🙂

Right, total bummer so few Fantasy Shows this year 😭 Or at least what I consider real fantasy. Oh maybe next year then, we will get more Fantasy Shows. One can hope, right?!!!!

YAY! I totally forgot that its already out. I have to figure out how to switch my brain from Korean to English or maybe Witcher has been dubbed in Korean and Ill just watch it in Korean with English Subtitles 😂😂😂

Natalia
Natalia
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

THAT WOULD BE SO WEIRD!!!
There’s a show coming on Netflix called Bulgasal, you might want to check it out too.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Natalia

@Natalia – Happy to report I started Witcher and its good so far!

Oh yes, I have been hearing about Bulgasal from Trent and Shahz. I am hoping its not too dark for me!

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

The synopsis of Bulgasal sounds painfully overcomplicated and at the same time doesn’t tell you anything.

For me watching a drama without a proper synopsis is hard.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – I love you put that very much, very funny and spot on all at the same time 🙂

I found for me I avoid synopses because they generally steer me wrong especially Netflix as I mentioned in my post. However, Viki’s are better but even then I do like to jump in without knowing much so I do not have too many expectations.

Bulgasal Spoiler
Just finished Epi 1 & 2 of Bulgasal and that basically sums up the first two episodes in my opinion 😂😂😂

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ At least somebody gets my humor. ^^

Yes true they sometimes don’t match the drama. But to go in blind that is not for me. I am too logical and very unspontaneous

Bulgasal Spoiler

As I expected :DDD

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – Definitely 🙂

Just like Shahz – heavy Rational Cell 🙂

We are hoping Epi 3 & 4 bring better clarification. However, in the Shows defense, we determined Netflix did not do a great job with the Subs and because of the mythology set up we really need good Subs with this one. They even did not translate large Korean Text the Show shared to explain some of the definitions better. Among the four of us watching on the Drama Exchange we figured it out 🙂 Ill keep you posted!

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

Ah yes without proper subs it is definitely difficult.
I really hate when shows don’t transalte stuff on the wall or text messages. And now they don’t even translate vital points for the story line? ….

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  reaper

@reaper – I reported a problem on Netflix for the subbing issue. Not sure it will do anything, but here’s hoping.

Viki seems to have the best Subs though as they generally give more information if its needed on a particular joke or historical reference. I hope Netflix improves its Subbing work for the Kdramas. I am sure all international Shows have the issue as well and I am sure the translating from English Shows to other languages suffers as well.

reaper
reaper
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ
Yes Netflix needs to improve. Even tho I don’t care anymore because my Netflix account is history.

learjet1
learjet1
6 months ago

Thanks, JJ. I really enjoy your post. The Bond was one of my top three of the year (Move to Heaven, and Word of Honor were the other two). I also loved that song from the Bond.

Bai Yu is amazing. I saw him in Love O2O earlier in the year (such an unlikeable character!) but then saw him in Guardian (amazing!) which lead me to the Bond and the Long Night. He does seem to choose interesting roles in more demanding (for the viewer) but worthwhile dramas.

Also a newish drama watcher, it started with Netflix. Next thing I had a Viki subscription. Then iQIYI subscription. And a bit of free WeTV thrown in. Feel like I need to be part of Drama-watcher’s Anonymous….

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  learjet1

@learjet1 – Thank you so much for reading my post and so glad you enjoyed your read of all my words. There were soooo many 😂

Isnt The Bond amazing?!!!!! I am glad to hear its in your top three 🙂 I have yet to see Move to Heaven. I really need to watch that Show. I was so scared about the heavy topic even though KFG wrote so beautifully about the Show.

YAY ! Someone else who loves the song from The Bond. So beautiful, right?

Oh I havent heard for Word of Honor, must go check that one out 🙂

Did you see Bai Yu in Suddenly This Summer? Shahz started there and my first exposure was The Bond 🙂 Oh I had started the Love o2o, but havent gotten far, yet. I also have Guardian on my watchlist. Maybe I will just finally start Guardian since you said he was amazing in that one. I am still not willing to let Big Brother go, yet 🥰 I completely agree with you that he picks interesting roles that demand a good amount from his viewers. Pretty special actor.

Hey ! We followed the same path ! I went Netflix, Viki and IQIYI. I held off for a long time on Viki because I knew I would not come up for air if I went down that route with Viki and I was HAPPILY right 🥰 Best decision ever!!!

You are already part of Drama’s Watch Anonymous since we all hang out here 😉

learjet1
learjet1
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

He was great in Guardian as was his co lead Zhu YiLong. And my other favourite Chinese OST song is from Guardian. But the drama was a hot mess in many ways (sound editing, some supporting acting, story was at time totally confusing). But totally worth it for the leads and that song!!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  learjet1

@learjet1 – Oh did you mention a favorite OST song! Yay! I definitely have to check out the Guardian. Thanks for the fair warning that it is a mess in many places. Sometimes those can be the most fun 🙂

Leslie
Leslie
6 months ago

Well done, JJ! So much fun, and you brought your usual enthusiasm to your insights. It’s infectious. (Also, good on you for putting yourself out there!)

So many of your favorites overlap with mine, but there are a couple I haven’t seen yet (On the Verge of Insanity and The Long Night). They’re both going right onto my ever-lengthening to-watch list. Also, I didn’t watch Lovers of the Red Sky, so I’ll be listening to the OST very soon. I couldn’t agree more about The Bond’s “Life Should Always Face the Light.” It is the perfect atmospheric music to accompany a beautiful show. I have “feelings” every time I hear it. 😢

Can you say more about why Dali and Cocky Prince is on both your favorites list AND gets the Razzie Award?

Leslie
Leslie
6 months ago
Reply to  Leslie

P.S. Kang Han Na was a total hoot in My Roommate Is A Gumiho, wasn’t she?
P.S.S. I LOVE the picture KFG chose for you!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Leslie

@Leslie – She was so fantastic in MRIAG! I couldnt believe how much she made me laugh 🥰

YAY, thank you🥰🥰🥰. I do to 🥰🥰🥰 KFG is just so awseome ❤️

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Leslie

@Leslie – Ah, thank you so very much 🥰 The only way I could get through writing the post was to pretend I was talking to Shahz as I wrote the post. That helped me so much and my fun gotta make Shahz laugh went into overdrive 😬 I was sooo nervous after I said,” Yes, Ill participate”. I had a moment of “well, this sounded like a good idea in theory….lol. I am sooo glad Shahz went first 🙂

YAY ! We have similar favorites. I always love what you have to say about the Shows we watch with KFG on Patreon 🥰 OVOI is a MUST. A total must. Oh and Long Night. So deep. So moving. Still stays with me and I know Shahz as well. You know you can find us both at the Drama Exchange if you decide you need to talk to someone about Long Night when you start the Show.

I hope you enjoy Red Sky’s OST as much as I do. 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 I listened to it lots when writing my post.

I am the same with “Life Should Always Face the Light”. Always gets me and listening to it once is never enough. Usually I am listening two to three times in a row while watching the scenes from the Show ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

I know isnt that odd that Dali & Cocky Prince made two lists for me and one was Shows wanted so much more from ! I loved Dali out the gate I really did. I was so in. And when discussing the Show over on the Drama Exchange with Shahz and Trent and seeing from their perspective some stuff I just could not let go.

Dali Spoilers
Such as KMJ (who definitely is a cutie) character’s yelling so much. It was funny in the beginning and then I thought it would settle down. And it really didnt. Fine when his Dad did because he wasnt on screen so much. Then, Trent had a big issue with him being a little too physically romantically aggressive with Dali and that gave me pause. I kept going though because I kept hoping for it to get better and more depth to the characters especially our leads. The big mystery annoyed me to no end how they kept dropping tiny breadcrumbs and I thought it was not right since her father was such a kind and nice man and a huge influence on Dali.

But, this and more, I kept watching the show with Glee without Subs and then again with Subs. I just love PGY! Did I explain that well? Probably not, 😂 PGY had to be on my list of Favorite Show of 2021. 🥰🥰🥰

Leslie
Leslie
6 months ago
Reply to  JJ

@JJ – Yes, this helps. Thank you! And… bwahaha. I did, in fact, watch Red Sky (the OST sounded familiar, first clue 😉), but apparently not memorably so. 😆 Oh, dear.

Leslie
Leslie
6 months ago
Reply to  Leslie

@JJ – P.S. The OST is fantastic.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Leslie

@Leslie – Right!!!!❤️❤️❤️

I have it on right now while I am responding back to you ! ❤️❤️❤️

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Leslie

@Leslie – LOL! Thats sooo funny you did watch it but didnt remember, LOL! Did you make it to the end with Red Sky?!!! I skimmed the last two episodes and promised myself I would go back with my full attention. Still waiting for myself to fulfill that promise to myself 😂😂😂

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Leslie

@Leslie – I wanted to say more about Dali 🙂

More Dali Spoilers
The other huge irritation was Skeevy 2ML. Oh I didnt like him at all and what he did to Dali’s father. Grrrrr. Argh. Grrrrr. Creepy from the get go.

The cousin didnt sit well with me either with his acting until he got serious then his acting blew me away at the end. But up until that point he really annoyed me. Maybe that was his goal as that character?

And when PGY and KMJ had kiss scenes they seemed so super awkward and unnatural I started feeling bad/embarrassed for both actors. I thought maybe they dont like each other in real life? Maybe its a height difference so awkward angles? Maybe ?Maybe? Maybe something. I even went online to see if they had any behind the scenes together and to my surprise they looked like they were truly having fun. So who knows. But when they kissed, etc I was so embarrassed for them because to me they had zero chemistry in those “passionate” moments. It was so odd to me because they did great together at the other moments

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
6 months ago

I enjoyed every word and every moment I spent reading your post, JJ. That’s great music is so important to your watch. Yes, Netflix does need sorting out re its algorithm. It does have a ♥️ button now, so I have changed some of my likes to hearts as I make my way thorugh the endless list of shows 😂 Mad for Each Other is certainly in my Top 10 for 2021, and obviously OVOI 😊 A big yes to Bossam 2 – Family Edition. That would be awesome.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

– Awww, thank you so much, Sean 🥰🥰🥰 Did you even enjoy the spellng mistakes ??? 😂😂😂😂 Teasing. Thank you just means so much to me you enjoyed my post 🥰

OMO! Let me tell you I went back as well and changed so many to hearts! And still Netflix DOESNT get it, Sigh. LOL! Oh well. But for you going back with your endless Shows. WOW, that must have taken some time 🙂

Oh I wish I could talk about Made for Each Other. Shahz asked me for my thoughts after the Show ended and I still sit here going how can I explain how much I just loved that Show. I think she is still waiting 😂

Thanks again for OVOI!!!! Shhhh, dont tell Shahz it was YOU who convinced me to watch it 😂

Gosh wouldnt that be awesome if we could make Bossam 2 – Family Edition happen?!!?!!!!!🥰

Thanks again for reading my post, Sean!

Trent
6 months ago

@JJ — what a great post!! I love your enthusiasm for your faves (some of them are my faves too!), and especially how much you love your OSTs, especially since I don’t tend to notice whole OSTs that much myself.

Now, what are the great dramas we’re starting the new year off with?!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Trent

@Trent -Thank you!!!! But you basically knew all of it since we have been hanging out on the Drama Exchange discussing all of these Shows. I bet you were NOT surprised The Bond was my Favorite, Favorite 🙂

Yay we have similar FAVES!!!

Oh yes, I do love my OSTs. Thats right, you do not discuss much about OSTs. Hmmmm, does any song stand out to you? Hey, wait didnt you tell me about an IU song when I was watching My Mister? So you do love music, but doesnt really impact your Show experience, right?

You and Shahz need to tell me what Shows we will be starting the year off with!!!Both of you do a better job at picking them out 🙂 Shahz hasnt seen TKEM and said she might watch that one soon. Hello, REWATCH!!!

MC
MC
6 months ago

Hey JJ that was a great post and I love long posts so no issues on the length!! Another pick for Lost – I need to watch this STAT maybe after My Mister but not sure if I can cope with 2 serious/ heavy shows back to back! But the vibe is totally me! Yumi’s cells is also on my list…

I love My Roommate is a Gumiho!!! It made me laugh and swoon and cry. I didn’t like the last ep as much but it was lovely. So strange to see Jang Ki Yong as a nice guy here cos my first introduction and lasting impression of him is our resident moneylender Kwang il in My Mister! He’s got range though I must say.

Hey like you I didn’t love the HP songs. Some were good but none so outstanding that I added it to my playlist sadly. But the show is wonderful and so is every other Shin Won Ho show!

Music is so important to me too (it does elevate a watch) that KFG’s post on OSTs partly came out a question I asked her, lol. Favourite soundtracks of mine (not necessarily favourite shows, though some are same) are My Mister, Misaeng, Money Flower (that swirling menacing vibe!) The Smile Has Left Your Eyes, Cheese In The Trap has a good indie OST, When The Devil Calls Your Name, a few others. I have a long list reply on KFG’s Dear KFG post on OSTs so it’s all there too!

Once again thanks for this lovely post I enjoyed it!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  MC

@MC – Hey MC – OMO!!! Thank you so much for the compliment and reading my seemingly never ending post 🥰🥰🥰

Oh yeah, I would not suggest My Mister and Lost at the same time at all. I think Shahz would back me up on this one. Both are so thoughtful and deep in their own different ways. They need to be honored independently in my opinion. When you start up Lost let us know on the Drama Exchange. We will be there for you 🥰

Maybe watch My Mister, then Yumi’s Cells for some levity then Lost. Lost is so beautiful.

Yay someone else that loved My Roomate is a Gumiho! KFG really had fun with the Show and I had so much fun reading her episode notes on Patreon and commenting and going back and forth. Holds a special place in my heart. 🥰

Right! Wasnt that odd about HP especially when the characters were so focused on music. I might have to go listen to the OST without watching the Show and see what I think 🙂

Oh wait, KFG has a post on OSTs? YAY! I have to go find that one and then look for your comment. So awesome you loved OSTs as well!!!!!

Thank you for sharing your OSTs, I have to go check them out 🥰 The only Show you listed I have seen is My Mister 🙂

Thanks again, MC 🥰🥰🥰🥰

kfangurl
Admin
6 months ago
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@JJ My post on OSTs is here! ❤️

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

@KFG – Ohhhhhhhh YAY!!! Thank you!!! I have bookmarked this page and cannot wait to read your post! YAY ❤️❤️❤️

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
6 months ago

Another awesome year review! Since you asked about music, here are some of my favorites:

Background music: Move To Heaven, Red Sleeve
Pop songs: Bossam

Favorite OTP: a fierce battle between Bossam and Youth Of May

Favorite character, female: Princess Soo Kyung, Bossam
Favorite character, male: Bad Uncle with a heart of gold, Move to Heaven

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

@SnowFlower – Thank you so much 🥰 I had so much fun and kept adding so many words better than me singing though 😂😂😂

Ohhhhh, thank you for sharing your musical favorites! YAY!

I have not watched Move to Heaven yet, but knowing you love the background music is pushing this one up the list. Oh right, isnt Red Sleeve’s background music amazing. I wanted to add it to the list, but since the Show hasnt finished, yet and I dont have access to the Full List, I decided to wait. Have you check out Red Sky’s background music. So good!

YES! I loved the Bossam opening song has a bluesy rock vibe. Sucked me right into the Show. This one right? 정홍일 (Jeong Hongil) – 모난 돌멩이 | 보쌈-운명을 훔치다 OST Part.4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGV5Hm6mGxY&list=PLDLGNKMy0ZGV67qJEdg4Ognuyc3M-eyqt&index=5&ab_channel=DanalEntertainment

Oh Snow Flower, I totally forgot to include this Song from Bossam. In the Show, they did more of a pansori version of it. ❤️

JUNG IN – Love Song (BOSSAM: STEAL THE FATE OST) lyricshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezhg40TlCm0&ab_channel=LotusD

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
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@Snow Flower – Sweet! I found the Pansori version of the song!!! Thank you so much for reminding me about Bossam’s Music !!!

황애리 (Hwang eri) – 바우가 | 보쌈-운명을 훔치다 OST Part.6https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPnlO9QSITI&list=PLDLGNKMy0ZGV67qJEdg4Ognuyc3M-eyqt&index=8&ab_channel=DanalEntertainment

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
6 months ago
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The Love Song and the Pansori one are my favorites from Bossam. I always like the mixing of traditional and modern sounds. If you are looking for a historical drama with addictive music (both vocal and instrumental), I highly recommend Rebel: Thief Who Stole The People.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

@Snow Flower – Yes! Arent they fantastic. I found Lee Seung Gi doing a pansori song on Master of the House with a theatre pro. It was amazing. Have you seen it?

Always looking for addictive music 🙂 Oh yay! Thanks for the suggestion. I just found it on Viki and moved it to my Watchlist!!!! Thnak you so much 🙂

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
6 months ago
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Listening to the Lost OST right now and totally loving it. Will the show ever come to Viki or Netflix? I want to see it, but I don’t to pay for another subscription…

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

@Snow Flower – Oh wow! You can listen to an OST before you see a Show. So impressive 🙂 I have to wait generally. I am sure there are a few exceptions, but for Lost. Wow!

I keep hoping Lost will come to Viki or Netflix. I had to finally give in and get IQIYI to see Lost, but I am soooo glad I did. We (Shahz & I) have had fun with some of the Shows over there – Day Becoming You, Hikaru No Go, Long Night, Lost and Miss The Dragon (ok, the last one is just me watching it, but it has DRAGONS!!!!).

Here’s hoping though that Lost makes it to Viki or Netflix. 🙂

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
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JJ – I never miss an episode of Master in the House and yes, I saw the one you are referring to. While they have been less exciting lately the boys (looking at you Yang Se Hyung) keep me involved in the watch. They are at their best when they dance. I roll on the floor laughing,

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
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– Oh you are soo good! I always just catch the highlights. Maybe I need to start watching the full episodes! Yang Se Hyung is hysterical. He always makes me laugh.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
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JJ – my favorite episodes are 12/13, 25/26, 68/69 (💖 those firefighters), 85/86, 124/125 and 133 but my very favorite was 112/113 (Samul nori performers).

Yang Se Hyung is hysterical. They are best when they dance. I cannot get enough of them dancing especially when poor Lee Sang-yoon had to perform.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– Thank you for sharing your favorite episodes! Ill have to look those up 🙂

I think I only saw them dance in the Musical Theater episode and the All That Jazz number cracked me up.

I dont think I have seen any episodes with Lee Sang Yoon, yet 🙂

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
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JJ – There have been cast changes. Lee Sang Yoon, that doll, left after E111 to do more dramas. I remember when watching E25/26 (when Lee Seung Gi still had his Korean Odyssey Haircut which I loved btw) I laughed so hard that my neighbors came over to see what the heck I was laughing at. They dance (dance is to me what music is to you 😉).

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
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@JJ – I must be having a senior moment – I meant to say E12/13 not 25/26. The episode with BoA.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
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– Found it! I forgot this was available on Viki. YAY!!!

https://www.viki.com/videos/1124614v-master-in-the-house-episode-12

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– Oh good to know! Hope he did well in dramas?!

Lee Seung Gi was so much fun in Korean Odyssey! Oh that haircut, lol!

Thats hysterical! I l have to find that episode 🙂

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

Snow Flower – thanks for posting the link. As soon as I heard it I remembered how much I liked it. Here are the lyrics – https://www.kpoplyrics.net/hwang-eri-song-of-bau-lyrics.html

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
6 months ago
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Move To Heaven has a very minimalist background music, plus an awesome selection of classical music one of the main characters listens to.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

@Snow Flower – Thank you for letting me know. I even like the absence or minimalist use of background music. In the movie Contagion, I think Stephen Soderbergh does this brilliantly, he is not afraid of silence at all making his use of sound or music that much more impactful, I feel.

And I do love hearing classical music. 🙂

MC
MC
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

Hey Snow Flower, I must say that on the topic of OSTs I immediately think of your cover of Money Flower’s OST. that was fantastic! You are amazing!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  MC

@Snow Flower & MC – Oh do share Snow Flower’s cover please 🙂

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
6 months ago
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phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

Love this, Snow Flower!

kfangurl
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

@Snow Flower Still gives me chills now, even though I did listen to it the first time you shared it! SO well done!! 🤩🤩

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
6 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Thank you, @KFG! Here is some shameless self-promotion: Before The Flowers Wither, my composition inspired by Youth of May:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxhpaDc4ulc

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

@Snow Flower – WOW! This piece is gorgeous, I actually have it on Loop right now. Amazing you are a composer. So special ❤️ Thank you so much for sharing!!!

JJ
JJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

@Snow Flower – Wow! This one is gorgeous, too! ❤️