.datkDramathatwasworth2x. — UPDATED

Greetings Mortal! Errr… I guess we’re on equal footing then…

Anyways, here are some dramas that were good enough to watch a second time! (These, I legit watched twice):

  • Sungkyungkwan Scandal: Squee~ (once again, not a pig!) Song Joongki, Yoo Ah In + Park Yoochun + Park Minyoung + crossdressing – the works.

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    The weird whirlwind is clearly (?) Song Joongki.

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datWhile You Were SleepingReview.

Despite what people said about Suzy’s performance in “Uncontrollably Fond,” I was not deterred from sinking my teeth into this drama. Personally, I’ve experienced multiple déjà vu moments in my life, and these carry more meaning for me because I don’t really dream (or I just don’t remember them), so a story that revolves around people capable of dreaming future events and working hard to prevent them and change the course off the event? Hook, line and sinker!

***ALL TEXT IN RED FONT ARE SPOILERS!***

While You Were Sleeping
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Genre
Network SBS
Original Release September 27 – November 16, 2017
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 32[a]

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.dat Criminal Minds – Korea.

Don’t worry, unlike certain Chinese dramas, this remake is legit, in the sense that tvN bought the rights and consulted with the producers of Criminal Minds for this production. Let’s get right to it —

Criminal Minds
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Promotional poster
Original title 크리미널 마인드
Genre
Based on Criminal Minds
by Jeff Davis
Network tvN
Original Release

July 26 – September 28, 2017

No. of Episodes

20

Starring

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.dat Knowing Brothers Thoughts.

A new show for me again! This time, it’s cable channel, JTBC’s ‘Knowing Brothers’ — a super crazy variety show. Crazy, because the cast is made up of crazy peeps that are not afraid to dig into each others wounds (don’t worry, they’re still buddies offscreen…I hope) and give no mercy to the guests. Airing since Dec. 2015, we have now just reached episode 90.

Knowing Bros
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Knowing Bros poster
Genre Reality television
Current Airing Time Slot Saturday at 08:50 pm.
Original Release December 5, 2015 – present
Format Brother School: High school concept where the cast members are students in a classroom while the guests would come as newly transferred students.

  • “Entrance Application”: Guests have their application form read by cast members and the others would comment on them. A highlight of this segment is the guest’s preference for desk buddy among the cast.
  • “Guess About Me”: Guests ask prepared questions about themselves and members would have to guess. Usually reveals previously untold stories.
Starring Kang Ho-dong (강호동)
Kim Hee-chul (김희철)
Lee Soo-geun (이수근)
Kim Young-chul (김영철)
Min Kyung-hoon (민경훈)
Seo Jang-hoon (서장훈)
Lee Sang-min (이상민)

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.dat Legal Mavericks TVB Thoughts.

TVB is back again, with another “blockbuster” following the success of My Unfair Lady (不懂撒嬌的女人) — sort of, since both were technically pre-produced as always with HK dramas. Vincent Wong is definitely in for his second heyday (if heydays do technically exist with TVB), but his role as Hope Man/文申俠 the blind lawyer is quite a performance.

Legal Mavericks
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Genre Legal
Crime
Detective
Superhero
Starring
No. of Episodes 28
Directed by June 20th, 2017 (iQiyi)
June 24th, 2017 (TVB Jade)

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.dat Refresh Man Review, .

I typically don’t watch Taiwanese dramas because they make me cringe. Aegyo can make someone cringe, but the Taiwanese version is on a whole different level — the way Taiwanese girls speak tho -_-. Refresh Man is a 2016 Taiwanese drama starring Aaron Yan, Joanne Tseng, Lene Lai and Jack Lee, and it follows the story of how an underperforming department finds their motivation again and the success they once had.

Refresh Man
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Refresh Man promotional poster
Genre Romantic comedy
No. of Episodes 17
Original Release March 6 – June 26, 2016
Origin Taiwan
Starring Aaron Yan 炎亞綸
Joanne Tseng 曾之喬
Lene Lai 賴琳恩
Jack Lee 李運慶

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.dat Triumph in the Skies II .

Okay. So I am old enough to have watched the original run of Triumph in the Skies (2003), but in my defense, I was still a kid. Triumph in the Skies  is one of the best dramas that TVB has ever had to offer, boasting intricately woven stories of pilots working for the fictional airline, Solar Airways (based on Cathay Pacific). With its success, obviously TVB wanted to make a sequel in 2006, but this did not happen until 2011-2012, when TVB finally found an airline willing to do this partnership, thus producing Triumph in the Skies II that aired back in 2013 — a whole 10 years later.

Triumph in the Skies II
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Triumph in the Skies II Promotional poster
Episodes 43
Starring Francis Ng
Julian Cheung
Fala Chen
Myolie Wu
Ron Ng
Kenneth Ma
Nancy Wu
Elena Kong
Him Law
Locations Hong Kong
Sanya, Hainan
Qingdao, China
Paris, France
Bath, Somerset
Kenting National Park
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Blurb Samuel Tong (Francis Ng) puts his career as a pilot on hold after the death of his wife, Zoe. After encountering Holiday Ho (Fala Chen), he finally succeeds in recreating the cake he promised his late wife, and he returns to Hong Kong to Skylette Airlines and flies again. He meets Captain Jayden “Captain Cool” Koo (Julian Cheung), and the two become rivals in love and in style as pilots.

Holiday arrives in HK for pilot training (PPP — Pre-pilot Project), after resolving her lingering regrets about her boyfriend who died in an aviation accident.

Jayden’s younger sister Summer Koo (Myolie Wu) is an aircraft maintenance technician, and she bears  20 yr grudges against her brother. Samuel’s younger brother Issac (Ron Ng), due to Summer’s uncanny physical resemblance to dead his sister-in-law Zoe, takes special interest in her and helps repair the relationship between Summer and her brother. They fall for each other, but the resemblance to Zoe causes problems for them.

First Officer Roy Ko (Kenneth Ma) is unable to find his path in love, even going as far as dating two girls simultaneously. After finding a confident in Heather Fong (Elena Kong), a senior purser, Roy and she become close associates, and their relationship even takes a more romantic turn.

Jim Jim (Him Law), who used to be a star HK swimmer retires and decides to enroll in PPP to find a new passion while he is in his youth. He falls in love with CoCo Ling (Nancy Wu), who is to be a surrogate mother for her friend.

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.dat New Journey to the West Thoughts .

If you’re aware of the following, don’t give yourself a pat on the back because if you watch kVariety you should know of this man: “Na PD,” “Na Young Suk”.

Yep, he’s the famous, or should I say, infamous PD behind hits “1 Night 2 Days,” “Grandpas Over Flowers,” “Three Meals a Day,” “New Journey to the West” and the spin-offs.

I’ll be talking about New Journey to the West (mainly the 3rd and ongoing 4th season) in this post because I by chance just got into this show and once again fell for the ruthless charms of Na PD.

New Journey to The West
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Official poster for New Journey to the West
Genre Variety show
Locations Xian, China (season 1)
Chengdu, China (season 2)
Lijiang, China (season 2)
Guilin, China (season 3)
Xiamen, China (season 3)
Vietnam (season 4)
Directed by Na Young-seok
Shin Hyo-jung
Starring Kang Ho-dong
Eun Ji-won
Lee Su-geun
Lee Seung-gi (season 1)
Ahn Jae-hyun (season 2-4)
Kyuhyun (season 3-4)
Mino (season 3-4)

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.dat The Best Hit Review .

I usually don’t list the directors in the little chart I grab from the Wikipedia article, but ‘The Best Hit’ aka ‘Hit the Top’ has directors that are noteworthy; actor and 1N2D member Cha Tae Hyun, 1N2D PD Yoo Ho Jin, and Kim Sanghoon.

Given the Variety element, The Best Hit promises fun 🙂

Hit the Top
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Also known as The Best Hit[1]
Genre
Network KBS
Episodes

32 (30 minute episodes)

Directed by
Original Release

June 2 – July 22, 2017

Starring
Synopsis In the year 1993, a 90s idol travels to 2017, where he finds out that he will mysteriously disappear and be pronounced dead in 1994. Then the unexpected twists begin.
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.dat Running Man ‘I GO STICKER RACE’ Thoughts.

 


SPOILERS ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU WISH TO AVOID SPOILERS FOR EPISODES 355-359


Running Man ‘I Go Sticker Race’ EP 355-359 (?) Thoughts

Recent episodes 355 to 359 that have been airing after the conclusion of the ‘Most Dangerous Tourism Sites’ Race, the splurging on plane tickets by the RM production team seems to be continuing with the ‘I Go Sticker’ Race, where the member and his/her selected buddy who has acquired 3 I-Go stickers will have to go to a destination recommended by 1% of viewers who submitted an exciting attraction. These attractions are not only fairly unknown, but also guarantee a frightful adrenaline rush  — with the exception of the Crater of Diamonds Park in Arkansas. Is all this money being spent on such global races worth it?

355: Find no.1 places, complete the missions and obtain as many stamps to avoid receiving I-Go Stickers

356: Complete missions by being discordance with other members to retain as much money as possible and avoid receiving I-Go Stickers

357: Get the most amount of money by completing missions to avoid receiving I-Go Stickers

358: Prevent the thieves from eliminating the sheriff and acquiring 2 ‘I Go Stickers’ that can be assigned to any member(s) upon their discretion.

359: N/A

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.dat Medical Examiner Dr. Qin Review.

I normally don’t watch Mainland Chinese dramas because the ones I see around are based in time periods that are so out of touch with me (be it the 60’s, WWII era, or 1910-ish) and also I have heard that some of them are blatantly forms of propaganda. However, I came across ‘Dr. Qin’ on YouTube, and I was like – wow, forensics? Chinese? This is different. So, I gave it a try, and here’s my

‘Medical Examiner Dr. Qin’ Review

Medical Examiner Dr. Qin
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Chinese 法医秦明
Genre Police procedural
Crime
Suspense
Based on The Eleventh Finger by Qin Ming
No. of Episodes 20
Original Release October 13 – December 15, 2016
Starring Zhang Ruoyun
Jiao Junyan
Li Xian
Ending theme Wont Perish (不灭) by Zhang Ruoyun
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin

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