New Eras, Mistranslations, and Drama News

So, just in case you missed it, the big news item this week is the meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un where they signed the Panmunjeom Declaration.

Mother, Episode 15

TL;DR: You’re going to need tissues for this one.

I spent the first half of this episode being horribly confused by the family dynamics. I must have missed some crucial information along the way because I spent all the episodes prior to this assuming that Yeong-sin had adopted all three of her daughters and that they all knew they were adopted. Looks like I guessed at the existence of birth secrets way too soon—and that also means that some of my interpretations about Yi-jin were wildly off-base. Sorry, Yi-jin. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 15”

Mother, Episode 14

TL;DR: …so what are we supposed to do with the last two episodes?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we haven’t been subjected to three entire episodes of courtroom drama, but I’m not exactly sure where we’re supposed to go from here. We got verdicts for both Ja-young and Soo-jin with all the requisite moralizing (more on that later), so that means the plot is basically wrapped up. I suppose we don’t yet have character resolutions for Hye-na and Soo-jin, though I’m concerned by Hye-na’s question at the end. Just what exactly are the terms of Soo-jin’s suspended sentence, and how much will she be willing to risk (again)? Continue reading “Mother, Episode 14”

Evading Customs, Memorial Ceremonies, and Drama News

So, that “water rage” incident with the Korean Air chaebol? It has gotten so much bigger than that. Yikes.

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?