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Mother, Episode 10

TL;DR: Should I be worried that we still have six episodes left and we’ve already hit this plot point?

In the middle of an episode that was mostly drawn-out tension of the asdfjk;l sort, it was wonderful to take the time for more than one mother to reaffirm her love for her daughter. Soo-jin’s race to find Hye-na was an obviously foreshadowed sequence, but that didn’t make it any less moving when it finally played out. I’m so happy that the two of them got to share a tearful embrace and that Hye-na finally has a parent who will chase after her instead of leaving her behind. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 10”

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Doctors, Con Artists, and Noonas

We’ve got three new kdramas this week, and I am absurdly bitter that Netflix has entered the kdrama market as I’ve been desperately wanting to watch Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food ever since I heard it was first announced. Alas, it looks like I’ll have to skip it. Are any of these dramas on your watch list?

A Poem a Day
tvN
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Availability unknown

Woo Bo-young always wanted to be a poet, but she chose to study physical therapy in order to make ends meet. She joins a hospital’s physical therapy department under Ye Jae-wook. He is a team leader at the hospital and also teaches new therapists. Shin Min-ho is another trainee at the hospital, but he’s only there because his parents forced him to when his grades weren’t good enough for medical school. This drama follows the lives of Bo-young, Jae-wook, and Min-ho, along with the other people in their department, as they try to figure out life.

 

Switch
SBS
32 (mini) episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Sa Do-chan is a brilliant man who could have taken the bar exam and become a prosecutor—but instead he uses his intellect to scam, cheat, and lie his way through life as a conman. Do-chan teams up with several other people, including Prosecutor Oh Ha-ra, to take care of the criminals that escaped the justice system.

 

 

Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food
jTBC
16 episodes (maybe?)
Friday/Saturday
Allegedly on Netflix as Something in the Rain

Yoon Jin-ah works as a supervisor at a coffee shop with her best friend, Seo Kyung-seon. Even though Jin-ah’s life seems pleasant and easy as a single woman in her 30s, Jin-ah feels like her life is hollow and directionless. When Kyung-seon’s little brother, Joon-hee, returns from abroad, Jin-ah’s life and heart get shaken up.

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Arrests, Reaction Videos, and Drama News

Spring is (possibly) on the horizon, so that has put me in a chipper mood. Here’s hoping it lasts.

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Mother, Episode 9

TL;DR: It’s always interesting when you run into the borders of your empathy.

I don’t like Ja-young. I think she’s rather vile, considering all the child abuse she engaged in or allowed. There’s no forgiveness for her for that, honestly, and I’m thrilled that this show gave Hye-na the opportunity to face Ja-young and tell her that she didn’t consider herself Ja-young’s child anymore. Hye-na loved her mother dearly and wanted nothing more than to be loved by her in return—and that wasn’t something Ja-young was capable of. I’m glad that Hye-na has made peace with her decision to learn to live without Ja-young. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 9”

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Mother, Episode 8

TL;DR: We got our answers! \o/ ALSO, warning for domestic violence and talk of suicide in this episode.

Even though Hong-hee’s story was fairly easy to guess, that didn’t make it any less heartbreaking to listen to when she finally told it. A young, single mother, leaving her family behind when they disapproved of her choice to have her child, drifting from place to place and hardship to hardship until she found a man who treated her well—most of the time. It was so painful to hear her say that the beatings he gave her were the price of having a stable home and a normal life, and that what finally gave her the push she needed to try to leave was when he hurt Soo-jin. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 8”

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Mother, Episode 7

TL;DR: Yeong-sin, I worry that you’re slipping into JustNoMIL territory.

Now that Yeong-sin knows that Soo-jin has a daughter, things are starting to spiral out of control in a big way. One of the few good things to come out of this unfortunate sequence of events is Yeong-sin’s confirmation that her daughters are her daughters by simple fact that she raised them. Biology is irrelevant in determining if she is their “real” mother. This gives me hope that when she inevitably finds out that Soo-jin actually kidnapped Yoon-bok/Hye-na, she will be fiercely on Soo-jin’s side and continue to love and dote on Hye-na. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 7”

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Romances and Rich Families Headed Your Way

We’ve got three new dramas on the horizon. I don’t think I’ll be picking up any o f them, but will you be checking them out?

Let’s Look at the Sunset Holding Hands
MBC
32 (mini) episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com (as Hold Me Tight)

By all accounts, Nam Hyun-joo has a good life. She married her college sweetheart, Kim Do-young, and has spent half of her life as a housewife while he works as an architect. But when Hyun-joo is diagnosed with a serious illness, her perspective on her life shifts radically. She asks Do-young for a divorce—just in time for Do-young’s first love, Shin Da-hye, to return from abroad. In addition to turning her husband’s life upside down, Hyun-joo also complicates the life of Jang Suk-joon, her doctor. Hyun-joo and Do-young will have to reflect on the years they spent together while they confront Hyun-joo’s mortality.

My Ajusshi
tvN
16 episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on DramaFever.com (as My Mister)

Lee Ji-han is struggling to get by as a temp worker, but her debt makes it impossible for her to get ahead. She accepts any job she comes across, and her latest one has her learning all about engineer Park Dong-hoon. He is a quiet man, but his cautious and stoic personality has taken its toll on his marriage, and he worries about his struggling brothers. As Ji-han and Dong-hoon get to know one another, they slowly start to build a strong connection—one that may allow them to help each other handle their problems.

Rich Family’s Son
MBC
50 episodes
Sunday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com (as The Rich Son)

Lee Kwang-jae is the immature son of a wealthy family. But he is forced to grow up quickly when his father dies and leaves the family burdened with a mountain of debt. In order to preserve his family’s honor, Kwang-jae decides to pay off all of the debt. While Kwang-jae struggles, Kim Young-ha decides to support him.

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Mother, Episode 6

TL;DR: So we didn’t get any answers, and things got worse.

It’s quite possible that the worst time to encounter your birth mother is when you’re on the run after having kidnapped a child. Soo-jin put on a very brave face this episode when there were others around her, but it’s clear that not knowing why Hong-hee gave her up has the power to wreck her. It was something she could push away 95% of the time when she had her regular life to live, but now that she’s constantly stressed about trying to escape the country with Hye-na and is trying to reconnect with Yeong-sin, the last thing she needed was the abrupt and painful reopening of a massive childhood wound. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 6”

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Bones, Game-Fixing, and Drama News

Next week I should be able to return to eight-hour work days, which I hope means I’ll be able to update more regularly. I didn’t think an extra hour a day could kill my productivity outside of work so thoroughly.

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Seduction and Romance For You This Week

I’ll be honest, neither of these are particularly my cup of tea, but I could be tempted by The Great Seducer if I weren’t just side-eyeing how young they all are. XD Are either of these on your list?

The Great Seducer
MBC
32 (mini) episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com (as Tempted)

Best friends Kwon Shi-hyun, Choi Soo-ji, and Lee Se-joo are a wealthy trio of troublemakers, and both Shi-hyun and Se-joo have unrequited feelings for Soo-ji. After getting spurned by Lee Ki-young, Soo-ji wants to get revenge by messing with Ki-young’s first love, Eun Tae-hee. Soo-ji challenges Shi-hyun to seduce Tae-hee—who is notorious for her opinion on love and romance—and says that if he can, she will marry him. But everything begins to fall apart when Shi-hyun and Tae-hee develop genuine feelings for one another. Will their budding romance survive all of the lies, betrayal, and jealousy?

This drama was inspired by Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

Shall We Live Together
KBS2
50 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com (as Marry Me Now)

Park Yoo-ha has worked hard to complete medical school and her internship, and she wants to make her father and sister proud of her. Her father raised his four children on his own, and her older sister made many sacrifices for the family. She is focused on work to the point where she really just isn’t interested in others—and then her life gets upended when her father marries a very wealthy woman.

Jung Eun-tae is also a doctor who isn’t interested in marriage because he believe he is like his father—a man who placed his career over his family. After volunteering abroad on medical teams, Eun-tae finally returns to Korea and meets Yoo-ha.