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Still in the middle of a heatwave here, and I am so very over it.

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Naked Fireman, Episode 4 [END]

TL;DR: Awww, that was cute. Good job, everyone.

It’s just so refreshing when a show doesn’t fail you in the finale. This episode kept its focus squarely on the two most important things: taking down the bad guy and getting Cheol-soo and Jin-ah together. Everything else—Seong-jin and Song-ja’s relationship, Kwang-ho’s cancer—all took a back seat. There were more important things to tackle, and the episode was all the better for it (while also giving us just enough to be content with its happy ending). Continue reading “Naked Fireman, Episode 4 [END]”

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Naked Fireman, Episode 3

TL;DR: Who said you were allowed to almost make me cry twice?

Look, two of my absolute favorite character-related things are loyalty and found family, and Naked Fireman just delivered both of those things to me when I was not expecting them. This episode had some of the best bromance and surrogate father scenes I’ve seen in ages, and I’m both astonished that it happened and upset that I don’t see this quality of relationships in shows that are four to five times as long as this one. Continue reading “Naked Fireman, Episode 3”

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The movies on my to-watch list

Like I said a couple days ago, I have been compiling a list of drama specials and movies that I need to watch at some point. The drama specials list is short and easily managed, but I’ve got eighteen movies on my list. Frankly, I’m not even sure where to start.

So help me out! Tell me (in comments, via tumblr, or on twitter) which three movies on this list you think I should start with:

The Admiral
Apartment
Architecture 101
Death Bell
Dongju
The Face Reader
The Handmaiden
Hot Young Bloods
Like for Likes
Monster
My Annoying Brother
Penny Pinchers
Silenced (The Crucible)
Sunny
Time Renegades
Train to Busan
A Werewolf Boy
White

You can even suggest movies that aren’t on this list, provided they’re available on Viki, DramaFever, or Amazon. (Sorry, I don’t have a Netflix account.) Whichever movie gets the most votes will be the one I watch first!

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Student unions, HIV tests, and drama news

I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are, but I’m melting. We’re in the middle of a two-week heat wave that I sincerely hope will end soon. Many thanks to whoever invented ice cream and air conditioning because I don’t know how I’d survive otherwise.

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The next ten days

Now that Circle is over and I’ve dropped SDQ, I’ve got a bit of a gap in my drama-watching schedule. I’ve got two episodes left of Naked Fireman, which I ought to finish this weekend, barring unexpected ridiculousness. That still leaves me with ten days before anything I’m interested in actually starts.

Luckily, I’ve kept a list of movies and drama specials for just such an occasion. I’m hoping to make a significant dent in those or Running Man (now that I’m seven months behind…) and maybe catch up on some music rec meme stuff and other miscellaneous items. Maybe if I get my shit together, I’ll be able to write the next chapter of DL.

The first half of the year has been kind of bleh when it came to kdramas, though at least I managed to finish two currently airing shows (Solomon’s Perjury and Circle) and one non-current drama special (Splash Splash Love). That actually puts me right on track to finish four currently airing shows this year. A low goal, I know, but I do hope that the second half of the year is much better than the first.

What upcoming dramas are you looking forward to in the second half of 2017? How many have you finished this year?

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Naked Fireman, Episode 2

TL;DR: Turns out there was enough time for a red-herring!

But first off, this show is doing a great job of convincing me that Cheol-soo and Jin-ah ought to be a thing. There’s no time for dilly-dallying about building a relationship when there are only four episodes, and the two of them got to have several charged moments in this hour. Continue reading “Naked Fireman, Episode 2”

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Naked Fireman, Episode 1

TL;DR: This drama special is definitely trying to live up to its name.

With two weeks to go until the next drama I want to watch, I decided now would be the perfect time to try tackling the drama specials and movies on my to-watch list. I decided to go for Naked Fireman first because I still giggle whenever I see its name. And honestly? The first episode is pretty damned good for what is essentially the awkward mating of a screwball comedy and a murder mystery. Not only did it make me laugh, but it also made me care about the mystery that needs to be solved. Continue reading “Naked Fireman, Episode 1”

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Seven Day Queen, Episode 5 [DROPPED]

TL;DR: We have a fundamental incompatibility in regards to what can and cannot be considered romantic.

I’m going to make this short and quick: wow, did I hate this episode. Enough that, coupled with the warning that even more forced kisses will be showing up later on, I am dropping the show immediately. Show, you only had one job: convince me that Chae-gyeong and Jinseong/Yeok/Nak-cheon were the romance for the ages and then tragically separate them. Instead, I spent this entire episode being bitter about all the emotional labor Chae-gyeong was preforming for Yeonsangun and then wanting to claw out Yeok’s eyes for the historical equivalent of sex-shaming Chae-gyeong and then force kissing (AKA SEXUALLY ASSAULTING) her as a punishment.

And the damned music director decided that would be the best moment to play one of the romantic songs. NOPE. Continue reading “Seven Day Queen, Episode 5 [DROPPED]”

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One modern adaptation of a historical fantasy coming right up

My corner of the internet has been…not enthused by this one, but I’ll admit that I’m intrigued by it (she says, not having actually watched any of the teasers). It has been years since I’ve read the first couple volumes of the manhwa, so I remember very little about it (other than the impression of it being gorgeous) and don’t really have any nostalgia to ruin. Plus, it has the Nine/QIHM PD and the Misaeng/Arang and the Magistrate writer, so I kind of want to give it a chance just for them. Will I? We’ll see how much SDQ irritates me.

Bride of the Water god
16 episodes, tvN
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

Summary: Psychiatrist Yoon So-ah doesn’t believe in the legends that say her family is cursed to be eternal servants of the gods. She has a life to live and debt to pay off; ridiculous superstitions aren’t worth her time. At least not until Habaek shows up at her practice, claiming that he is a water god and that she is his bride. Habaek needs her help to find a magical stone that will give him the power to take the heavenly throne.  Soon even more gods walk into So-ah’s life: Hoo-ye, a demigod and resort CEO who falls in love with So-ah; Mu-ra, a water goddess in love with Habaek; and Bi-ryum, a wind god who is in love with Mu-ra .

This drama is a modern adaptation of Yoon Mi-Kyung’s historical fantasy manhwa Bride of the Water God.


Are you a fan of the original manhwa? Will you be watching it?