Mother, Episode 13

TL;DR: I knew it had to happen, but that doesn’t make me any less upset about it.

With fewer and fewer places to hide, this episode felt remarkably claustrophobic. Perhaps because of this, the scenes between Soo-jin and Hye-na were especially raw. While Soo-jin held onto hope that they could escape the police search and make it to a boat, she also knew that there was a possibility her time with Hye-na was running out. The last scene at the hotel was particularly moving because Soo-jin was honest with Hye-na about their chances and about giving her the opportunity to decide to risk it all with her. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 13”


Guess Who Had an Anniversary?

And completely forgot?

April 7th was the second anniversary for this site, which I had forgotten about, oops. Me and dates just really don’t get along all that well. Time to rectify that now if I can!

I looked over last year’s anniversary post, and to no one’s surprise, this year was pretty much the same as the last. At least I’m consistent? I feel a little bad that DL has basically been abandoned again and that there are so many ambitions of mine that have gone unfulfilled because I haven’t been putting in the effort. (Or have felt too burned out to be able to muster up the effort as the last two months have shown me.)

But spring may actually be here now I’m ignoring the snow forecast this week, and it seems as good a time as any to set some new goals and contemplate some new ambitions for the year:

I need to finish Mother. Emotionally taxing shows are always difficult to watch, but doing so on top of professional and familial burnout is a new level altogether. I’ve been procrastinating because it’s clear that our heroines are going to be caught and torn apart sooner rather than later, and I haven’t been ready for the heartache. I need to just sit down and knock this out in the next week or two.

I want to watch more movies. I watched a movie and a special (and re-watched a special) with Gwynne when I visited her, so I need to write up some commentary on those. Besides that, I have made exactly zero progress on the list of movies I wanted to watch from last year. There are also several drama specials I should get around to. In theory, these should be easy to get through because the lower time commitment, but I never end up reaching for them when I have the spare time.

I want to do a recap. And right now I’m facing a gap of dramas I’m interested in (until mid-May), so if I can finish Mother in a timely fashion, I may turn to that for my next project. Time to resharpen my summarizing skills.

Thanks for sticking around for another year with me! Here’s hoping I can provide you with even more (and better) content in this next year. <3


Workhouses, Syringes, and Drama News

We’re coming up on the anniversary of the Sewol ferry sinking, so there will be even more links about that next week.


Jail Terms, Memorial Stones, and Drama News

The biggest news item, of course, is that Park Geun-hye has been sentenced. Now if only…


One Miracle Coming Up

We’ve got just one new drama this week, which is a bit of a relief after all the premiers that happened in March. Will you be checking it out? If you ask me, the real miracle would be if we ended up with a poly family in this drama.

The Miracle We met
16 episodes
Available on

Song Hyun-cheol is a branch manager at Shinhwa Bank. Even though he’s doing well in his career, he is a terrible husband. When Hyun-cheol dies in a car crash at the age of 42, another man’s spirit enters his body. This other man is also named Hyun-cheol, and he winds up struggling to support two separate families and his two wives.


4 Hopes for Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food

So, even though it still doesn’t look like there’s a legal way for me to watch this show, I’m going to be bitter post my hopes for it anyway. I have been dying to watch it ever since it was first announced because I absolutely adored the cinematography in Secret Love Affair and Heard It Through the Grapevine. Plus, the premise speaks to the core of my soul. In any case, here are four hopes I have:

  1. Joon-hee respects Jin-ah as much as he has feelings for her. Look, nothing ruins a noona romance faster for me than when the guy is arrogant or stomps all over the lady’s boundaries. *snarls at I Need Romance 3* Basically the shy/eager vibe he projected in the teasers? I need that, always, coupled with him listening to her and not thinking he knows best because he’s the dude. She’s got several years of life experience on him, so don’t just dismiss her because she doesn’t think/feel/say what he wants her to.
  2. Joon-hee defends Jin-ah should anyone make “too old”-esque comments in his presence. Again, this boils down to respect. Perhaps the second-fastest way for me to sour on a romance is if the guy won’t stick up for his love interest in front of his friends/peers/family. With Joon-hee’s experience abroad and white-collar career, I can just imagine the kind of snobbery that could be lobbed Jin-ah’s way. If anyone dares to imply that he could “do better” than Jin-ah, then I want him to shut that down immediately.
  3. Jin-ah has a life outside Joon-hee. She built a life without him in it, and I want that life to continue existing even after he shows up. I want other people and things to continue to be important to Jin-ah because a romantic relationship isn’t the end-all, be-all of a person. Yes, Jin-ah, get swept off your feet, but remember in the morning that you’ve got a life to live that isn’t centered on Joon-hee.
  4. Jin-ah and Kyung-sun have a great friendship. Things can be a bit awkward after the initial what do you mean you like my little brother shock, but I want their friendship to survive and thrive even if romantic feelings are brewing between Jin-ah and Joon-hee. I need more female friendships, please!

Will you be watching the show? What are your hopes for it?


Textbooks, Massacres, and Drama News

You know, just a little light reading.


Kpop Friday: Suzy’s “SObeR”

My life has been a ridiculous lately, so I haven’t been in the mood much for high-energy, adrenaline fueled songs. I need something chill. Something that I can put on in the background and just let it percolate. Enter Suzy’s “SObeR,” which immediately won me over.

“Sober” has very little instrumentation—it’s largely Suzy’s vocals and synth bubbles, plus a bit of a beat and some snapping. The sound gets fuller in the chorus as more instruments/synth swoop in, but I really like the pared down instrumentation with Suzy’s voice. It suits the song since it makes it feel like she knows she is just drunk enough to (try to) be careful about picking her words during the verse but starts to get more worked up in the chorus, only to pull back again when she remembers she’s trying to be cool and direct about all this.

The lyrics paint a straightforward picture of a girl saying that since she’s already drunk, they should just have an honest conversation about their feelings because she’s tired of all of their meaningless talks:

No, not like this anymore
Tell me your heart today
I’m not sober
Mom, if you think I’m crazy, I don’t care
Cuz I’m not sober

The MV is cute and colorful. Suzy and her backup dancers look like they’re having fun in the bar/hotel, though we got less of the choreography than I’d hoped. (Here, have a stage performance.) The dance goes back and forth between cute/flirty and sexy, and I think it fits well with the drunk-and-wanting-to-be-enticing vibe of the song. There is a lot of drunk vision going on in the MV, though, both with filters and wonky camera angles and transitions, so be prepared for that.

I’ve already listened to this song a good two dozen times, and it’s made it on my list for the next time I’m on a music buying spree. You should give it a listen if you haven’t already.

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Mother, Episode 12

TL;DR: Good riddance to you, sir.

Look, I’ll be honest, there are some villains that I really just want to watch suffer. If they don’t come to a proper bloody/humiliating/ruinous end, I feel cheated. I’m feeling rather cheated right now, especially since we got more of that I had a terrible childhood framing interspersed with Seol-ak’s ending. And it’s entirely unsatisfying that he got to escape accountability for the many monstrous things he did. I don’t care~ And I super don’t care that he texted an apology to Ja-young~ I’m just glad you’re not on my screen anymore. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 12”


Mother, Episode 11

TL;DR: I really don’t care about your sad childhood.

(Note: This episode contains flashbacks to a suicide.)

Just in case you didn’t think that Ja-young and Seol-ak could get any worse, they raced each other to rock bottom in this episode. (Seol-ak won, of course, because he is a two-time child-killer, and Ja-young hasn’t yet murdered anyone.) Ja-young might have gotten a tiny bit weepy over the dark turn to Seol-ak’s plan to ransom Hye-na, but in the end she flat out told him that she didn’t want to know what he would do to Hye-na and that Hye-na could never come home. You lose all right to complain about how much pain you were in over the possible death of your child when you basically tell your boyfriend to murder that same daughter. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 11”