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I don’t know about you, but I basically had no transition space for fall. It just suddenly arrived with a downpour and way too cold wind, so I’m hunkering down for the weekend.

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Kpop Friday: Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor”

My neck of the woods suddenly dropped thirty degrees while raining buckets, and it has me missing summer something fierce. So I decided to pull out a song that I think has captured the essence of warmer days–bright colors, energy, and–most importantly–fun. Enter “Red Flavor,” which was Red Velvet’s offering in July of this year.

It’s an upbeat song that makes me wish I could dance. The rhythm is compelling, and even when they mix up the tempo, the slower sections don’t drag the song to a halt. I’m totally in love with the chorus (and the bridge), and this song is likely to be on my running and clean-the-house-fast playlists for the next year or more.

The more I listen to it, the closer it comes to edging out “Dumb Dumb” as my favorite of their songs. It doesn’t wear me as out like “Dumb Dumb” does, and I really enjoy their voices in this one. There’s just something bright and cheery about this song that keeps me coming back.

If you had told me “Red Flavor” was actually a CF for soft drinks or to promote imported fruit, I might have believed you. I’ve got no idea what all this fruit imagery is for, but it gives the MV bright splashes of color that aren’t too overwhelming. Their styling for this video is great (thank god they left their “Russian Roulette” hair behind), but I wish we had fewer interviewing giant pieces of fruit shots and more dance sections instead.

If you’re already missing summer, make sure to give “Red Flavor” a listen. It’s rapidly becoming one of my favorites for the year.

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Save Me, Episode 13

TL;DR: That escalated quickly.

First of all, I’m so grateful that Sang-mi bought herself some time to breathe. I am disgusted, but not surprised, that all it took was for her to point out how powerful Jung-ki is and to flatter his ego by saying she wanted to “accept” him on her own terms. I cannot wait for this bastard to be taken down, and I hope Sang-mi gets to gloat over him at some point. She deserves it after all the times she has had to endure conversation with him.

(Especially after that fruit metaphor. *VOMITS*) Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 13”

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Save Me, Episode 12

TL;DR: You had better fucking not, show.

Episode twelve exists to start moving the pieces into place for the finale. In that, it does its job well, as it neatly stitches together smaller, inconsequential moments that I had honestly forgotten about. Turns out that the grandmother wandering into the police station to report her granddaughter’s disappearance was actually important as it’s providing a way into the Guseonwon for the police—provided the corrupt ones can find a moral line of their own and take a stand.

(I’m not holding my breath.) Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 12”

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Save Me, Episode 11

TL;DR: Look at all these young people calling out their elders and gathering evidence.

Sang-mi was magnificent in this episode, and I’m happy to report that she is doing an excellent job walking the line between complying with her captors and keeping a tight hold on her soul. I adored it when she said she was going to save everyone—and how her father and Eun-shil completely misunderstood what she said to their faces. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 11”

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Two new dramas, plus one I missed

We’ve got a little bit of everything this week, though none of them really speak to my soul.  Are any of these on your to-watch list?

Temperature of Love
40 (mini) episodes, SBS
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

Lee Hyun-soo has spent the last ten years as an assistant screenwriter, and she had been gaining recognition in her field. She goes by the username Jane online, and she strikes up an internet friendship with the username Good Soup. Their chatting turns into flirting, and Hyun-soo finds herself with a crush on Good Soup. Good Soup is really Ohn Jung-sun, a restaurant owner who often clashes with his distant mother. Things get complicated quickly when Hyun-soo’s friend, Ji Hong-ah, falls in love with Jung-sun, and Park Jung-woo, primary investor in Good Soup, falls for Hyun-soo. These four friends will have to sort out their romantic feelings and their friendships when Hyun-soo and Jung-sun meet face to face for the first time.

Temperature of Love is based on Ha Myung-hee’s 2013 novel, Good Soup Never Picks Up the Phone.

Andante
16 episodes, KBS1
Sunday
Available on DramaFever.com

High school student Lee Shi-kyung has earned his antisocial and computer nerd reputation. He’s far more interested in what’s going on in his neighborhood PC room than his family, so his life gets turned upside down when they suddenly move to the countryside. He and his younger sister, hot-tempered cosplay nerd Lee Shi-young, end up being sent to a really weird high school. There they meet Park Ga-ram, a top student who wants to become a doctor, and Kim Bom, a mysterious and shy girl. Shi-kyung will have to force himself out of his comfort zone in order to survive and thrive in this new place.

 

And the one I missed last week:

Borg Mom
8 episodes, MBC
Friday
Available on Viki.com

Seven years ago, Choi Go-bong’s wife died not long after giving birth to their son, Yool. Yool is now ready to begin his school year at a prestigious kindergarten, and because of this, Go-bong believes his son needs a mother. Since Go-bong is a leader in the artificial intelligence and robots fields, he decides to build Yool a mother. This “borg” mother clashes with the other mothers at the school and their obsessions with status and wealth.

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Save Me, Episode 10

TL;DR: Our heroes are preparing for a counterattack, but I’m still extremely anxious about everything.

I honestly didn’t think my love toward and protectiveness of Sang-mi could possibly increase, but this episode proved me wrong. She is easily climbing up my list of favorite kdrama heroines, in no small part due to the opening scenes where she defies Jung-ki to his face in front of the entire congregation. Even though no one is ready to listen to her, I got some immense satisfaction from her rebuking the members and telling them all to go home to their families. There is no salvation to be found here, only corruption and horror. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 10”

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Train collisions, toxic pads, and drama news

It’s not officially fall yet, but my corner of mother nature vehemently doesn’t care about what the calendar says. I had forgotten how uncomfortable rain-soaked jeans are. Also, there are several shows that have canceled filming this week due to the KBS and MBC strikes, which I haven’t named here.

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Save Me, Episode 9

TL;DR: I understand that this is only episode nine and that of course the heroine can’t win at this point, but damn it I want her to win.

In many ways, this was the episode that finally cut off all of Sang-mi’s escape routes. She has incontrovertible proof that it is useless to seek help from the authorities in Muji County. Whether it is the bad guys’ connections or the simple fact that no one besides the boys is willing to believe her when she explains what she has been suffering, the only recourse she has for justice is to walk back into the fire and drag the evidence she needs (and her mother) back out with her. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 9”

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Time to head back to 1979

I feel like it has been ages since dramaland has given us a girl-focused coming-of-age story. Is this drama on your watchlist?

Girls’ Generation 1979
8 episodes, KBS 2
Monday/Tuesday
Available on KoCoWa.com/Viki.com

Daegu, 1979. High school student Lee Jung-hee has a one-sided crush on fellow student Son Jin, who works part-time at a pharmacy. Her life gets more complicated when a transfer student arrives at school. Park Hye-joo is from Seoul, and she instantly catches the attention of a lot of people, including Son Jin. As the school year goes by, Jung-hee and Hye-joo will need to figure out their budding friendship and what they both want out of life.

This coming-of-age drama is based on a 2009 novel Lingerie Girls’ Generation (란제리 소녀시대) by Kim Yong-hee.