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KDRAMA Kandy Bites: Too Much Going On in Dramaverse

It’s been a while since I did a Kandy Bites post, but hey, I’m doing one now. This week I had put in a little effort to keep up with some dramas. It’s been hard though. I dropped quite a few and I didn’t want to, but I also didn’t want to miss out. I started two more and sort of studied what is going on in the crazy world of subscription video on demand (SVOD) services and marketing in the Dramaverse. It makes me question why I love Korean dramas, but then I realize I’m still watching after 6 years and yeah… this isn’t a passing phase.

Descendants of the Sun태양의 후예Song Joong Ki
Genre: Melodrama, romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2016-Feb-24 to 2016-Apr-14

I have already written 3 times (here, here & here) about Song Joong Ji and this drama and I am pretty sure I’m just blinded with how much I love him at this point. The first 2 episodes premiered on top over other dramas (12-16%). The direction and filming is gorgeous. The chemistry fast and intense. Sure, we get an 8 month time jump in the second episode, but we also got an emotional shower. Look at the production team trying to freshen up old tropes by throwing them in earlier than usual.

Truth be told, I will watch this to the end because I decided to commit. In the name of enthusiastic Joon Ki, I will do this. Main hang ups are minor, but noticeable. The product placements are WAY too obvious. Not like Yong Palbut really close. The OST songs edited in and out of scenes are odd, but when you know one of the directors did Dream High and one of the writers did The Heirs, this is just, well, expected.
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Oh Yeon SeoCome Back, Mister 돌아와요 아저씨
Also known as: Come Back, Ahjussi / Please Come Back, Mister
Previously known as: Hello My Precious / Goodbye My Beloved
Genre: Melodrama, comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2016-Feb-24 to 2016-Apr-14

I’m going to get this off my chest right away, I HATE that the synopsis that was sent to the SVOD companies had some errors and no one has bothered to update it on their ends. It’s a pet peeve. It happens all too often. With that being said, I also hate the makeup on the actors, except for lead actress Oh Yeon Seo, who looks gorgeous and plays the role pretty well considering her character’s real human self was a man and he was played by Kim Soo Ro. If you know anything about him, he tends to be very manly and over the top in shows and in real life. Yeon Seo, looks like she’s got some of his mannerisms down. I enjoy both of them and it reminds me of Park Bo Young & Kim Seul Gi in Oh My GhostIf you’ve seen that, then you’ll definitely get it.

Rain has a charm with his comedic timing that I think it overshadows his ghost played by Kim In Kwon. His body confidence is through the roof and his face is pretty expressive, so it might be easy to forget In Kwon’s dowdy appearance. I do think the idea that he has to interact with the ghost’s wife (Lee Min Jung) is a great way to throw some conflict in. I have to be honest, I think the young actor that plays their child might steal all of Min Jung’s scenes. It’s not that I don’t like her, I actually do. I just think her choice in roles are very… one sided and basic. I’m over it. I think a lot of other drama watchers are as well.
Watch Come Back, Mister on VIKI and DRAMAFEVER.

Cheese in the Trap 치즈 인 더 트랩Cheese in the Trap
Romance, comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2016-Jan-04 to 2016-Mar-01

Oh, have the mighty have fallen. I just do not know what else to say about this show now. And after 14 episodes! I have expressed it over on my twitter. Had discussions with friends. Here’s the thing, you shouldn’t take a beloved story, involve the creator in the beginning and then stop cold. Did the production team behind Cheese in the Trap ghost fans and the creator? Popular drama site Dramabeans posted about it and it was everything I thought and more.

Honestly, I never wanted to read the webtoon. I think adaptations should be able to stand on their own and even deviate from the original story to appeal to a larger audience. It can be successful like True Blood and Game of Thrones. At the same time, it should be handled with care. These are beloved characters. Do them justice. It is upsetting to me that Park Hae Jin and Seo Kang Joon are pitted against each other in the conflict that is basically borne from the production company. I’ll watch to the end since we’re so close. And I’ll remain fans of both actors because they have done a stellar job. I just wish we got stories that made sense and were resolved in a logical manner. Instead we get drunk classmates and crazed stalkers when we should have gotten more on the broken lives of the main characters. Oh well.
Watch Cheese in the Trap on DRAMAFEVER.

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