Korean Drama – ‘Do You Like Brahms?’: First Impressions

Do You Like Brahms? is an ongoing Korean series that stars Kim Min Jae and Park Eun Bin as leads. It started airing on August 31st and will run for sixteen episodes.

Synopsis: In defiance of her family’s opposition, Song Ah gets accepted to the same university’s music school, where she previously majored in business. As she’s seven years older than her classmates, she finds her new academic life daunting and struggles to find strength. One day, she hears Joon Young playing “Traumerei,” which comforts her. Joon Young is a talented pianist who started playing the piano when he was six. He’s been friends with Jung Kyung, Kyunghoo Group’s CEO’s granddaughter, for a long time, and is in love with her. When he decides to keep his distance from Jung Kyung, he meets Song Ah. (source – Viki)

Expectations: I saw the trailers for this drama all over Instagram. Plus, I enjoy the acting of both leads. Hence I decided to check it out and see if it’s worth my time.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

First off, I adore the serene atmosphere of this show. The calm nature makes for a relaxing watch. From what I’ve seen, Do You Like Brahms? is going to be a slow burn romance story. I don’t mind this because we are getting quite realistic interactions. Chae Song Ah and Park Joon Young are so awkward and overly careful around each other. Hence why it will be interesting to watch their relationship progress out of that stage. I’m super excited to see them become friends and gradually fall in love because the subtle glances at each other, in just these two episodes, are screaming chemistry!!!

Another thing I genuinely appreciate about this drama is that Song Ah and Joon Young are friendly and also respectful to others. We all know that a male lead that starts nice is quite rare in the K-drama scene. That’s why when I meet these occasional gems, I remain tuned. Also, the OST line-up is promising. The one from Punch – “Close To Me” is simply beautiful –

Now let’s discuss the existing love triangles holding our leads back –

  • Chae Song Ah Vs. Yoo Dong Yoon & Kang Min Sung: I don’t think this triangle will get messy, but there is tension to unfold. Chae Song Ah lacks confidence due to her academic standing, but she’s brave for pursuing her dream. Maybe the writer plans to use this situation of being in love with her friend’s ex-boyfriend to impact growth and boost her confidence level.
  • Park Joon Young Vs Lee Jung Kyung & Han Hyun Ho: Now, this one will not end well. This triangle is the literal definition of – “it’s about to go down.” Park Joon Young has always done things to please others and provide for his family, hence why I believe this situation might be a device to let him out of his shell. The major problem here is Lee Jung Kyung. She seems quite jealous already, and I’m not looking forward to what will cook up once Joon Young starts shows vital interest in Song Ah.

Although this drama does not have many funny moments, I laughed out loud when Song Ah asked Joon Young – “Do You Like Brahms?” at the airport. I instantly had a flashback of the iconic line from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo – Do You Like Messi? 😂😂😂

I am very excited about the upcoming episodes, and if anyone else is interested, new episodes of Do You Like Brahms? are uploaded every Monday & Tuesday on Viki 👉🏼 https://www.viki.com/tv/37214c-do-you-like-brahms

I Just Discovered My Favourite Web Comic Character Ever!!!

Honestly, I have not been this excited about a comic character in such a long time. I somehow stumbled on this webcomic titled ‘Beware Of The Villainess’, and I am utterly in love with the female lead. She is a certified girl crush. Her attitude and narrative give me life on a big scale. img_0801-1This webcomic tells the story of a unique villainess who has been reborn into the word of a novel to overthrow everything! Why? Because she could not stand by and watch the female lead get manipulated by all four shitty male leads. This is the story of a pragmatic villainess, Melissa Foddebrat, who intends to eradicate all the jackasses, the friendly heroine, Yuri, who is equally irritated at the said idiots, and a wolf named Nine that only yearns for the villainess.

Just from the synopsis alone, anyone can tell that is about to be a weird story and hands down, ‘Beware Of The Villainess’ is the most refreshing ‘reincarnation into a novel world’ comic that I have read. Our villainess, Melissa Foddebrat, is an odd and intriguing character. She does not intend to change her fate or impress any of the male leads. She simply wants to live her villainous life as she dims fit, and I am here for that mindset. She is smart and also not a damsel in distress. My new found favourite character ensures that anyone who looks down on her either gets a well-deserved beating or thunderous words of wisdom. 

This story even goes further to give us a nice and genuine heroine who is also not tolerant of cliche and annoying male leads. img_0883Another exciting factor is that the potential romantic interest for Melissa Foddebrat is not the typical prince or duke. Nine is an adorable and somewhat clingy wolf. 

Plus, the dialogues and facial expressions from the characters are really hilarious. The writer and illustrator surely have a unique sense of humour. Like for real just looks at these – 

WHAT’S UP WITH MELISSA’S FACE???😂🤣🤣🤣🤣😂

Every narrative for this story is new and exciting to me, including the novel’s four male leads. On the surface, they all look dashing and perfect, but they are actually the most annoying folks on the planet. 

Kudos to the writer for taking a different route with a known story troupe and making it work like this. I will definitely continue reading ‘Beware Of The Villainess’

To avoid more spoilers, I will stop my rant here. If anyone is interested in this webcomic, head to the Tapas website or app. It is titled “Beware The Villainess’ on there. Now, like many other webcomics, this story is based on a Korean novel, but unfortunately, there is no translated version yet, hence why I do not have a link.

I hope everyone has a great start to their day. I will meet you all again in a few hours.💕💕💕

 

First Impressions of Taiwanese Drama – ‘Lost Romance’

Lost Romance is a 2020 Taiwanese drama that stars Marcus Chang and Vivian Sung. It started airing on June 7th and comes on every Sunday. This drama is set to run for twenty episodes.

Synopsis: Zheng Xiao En works as an editor of romance novels at a publishing company and secretly dreams about falling in love with a CEO. When she isn’t working, she spends her time daydreaming about He Tian Xing, the handsome chief executive of the company that occupies the building opposite her company’s office. One day, Zheng Xiao En magically finds herself transported into the pages of a romance novel – and comes face-to-face with her crush He Tian Xing. However, she soon discovers that in this fictional universe, his name is Si Tu Ao Ran – and his personality is very different. She hopes to use all the tips and tricks she has learned from the romance novels she has edited to help snare his heart. But she soon discovers that in this fictional world, she isn’t the heroic female lead – and instead is an evil side character! Can she flip the story on its head – and end up with the man of her dreams? (Source – Viki)

Expectations: The story is nothing new, but I decided to give this drama a shot because of the main leads. Marcus Chang has done great with most of his shows, while Vivian Sung always gives her best in every project. So why not?

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

Personally, I think this episode started out a bit weird with Vivian Sung’s novel narration, but I got used to it after a few seconds. From what I’ve seen so far, everyone’s acting is kind of okay, but Vivian’s style was too animated. I know her character is meant to be cheerful, but the acting style made it difficult for me to flow with her properly. That aside, I love the look for Marcus’s character. He looks fantastic with the black slicked hair and great fitted suits. In my opinion, the outfits department for each character is well suited.

Moving on to the story aspect, I can’t wait to find out more about He Tian Xing’s family dynamics. Right now, I think he’s either an illegitimate child or from his dad’s previous marriage. I seriously need more clarity on why He Mingli hates him so much. It’s only the first episode, and her character is already vile and crazy. With all the stunts she was pulling, I was more shocked about her eagerness to take over the family business even though her dad was still well and breathing. Like girl, calm down. HE AIN’T DEAD YET😒. Plus, she does not have excellent business skills. I foresee her running the company to bankruptcy. My hope is that their uncle is only pretending to support her just to keep his eyes on the company.

Overall this premiere was alright, but I feel it could have been better. A few scenes in this first episode felt quite lacklustre to me, most notably when He Tian Xing fell from the building. They didn’t do an excellent job with the direction and sequence of that scene. I know they meant not to reveal how exactly he fell down, but this omission left a lot of questions for me. Like how did he fall without pulling Mingli down, and what sort of weird fall was that? I couldn’t take it seriously. They also need to do better with the background scores.

Now one thing, I am really looking forward to is how they will tie together the novel and the real world. I hope that when He Tian Xing regains consciousness, he remembers all the time he spent with Zheng Xiao En.

In conclusion, since I do see potential in the drama, I will continue watching. All English subbed episodes of this show will be updated with this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance on Viki.

 

Meet The Most Frustrating Emperor Ever In Remarried Empress

Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing great. I have been emotionally low recently, but I’m starting to feel better now. Last week I started reading a manhwa called Remarried Empress, and I feel like exploding from anger.

This manhwa is based on an ongoing Korean web novel of the same name written by Alpha Tart.

Summary: Navier was the perfect Empress; however, the Emperor wanted a wife, not a colleague. So, he neglected her and placed a slave girl beside him. That was fine until Navier heard the Emperor promise the slave girl the Empress position. After many ups and downs, Navier decides to accept a divorce from the Emperor on the condition that she would be allowed to remarry. 

I kept on seeing this manwha everywhere on Instagram, so I decided to check it out. Now the character I am about to rant on is the black-haired guy in the left image above. This is going to be like a first impression of the manhwa, but I’ve also started the novel with this link 👉🏼 https://novelfull.com/remarried-empress.html. You can read chapter 1 – 174 on that site. The manhwa is available on the WEBTOON app or website.

Now there might be a few spoilers from here on, so read at your own discretion.

Basically, in this story, there’s the Eastern Kingdom and the Western Kingdom. Navier was trained from a young age to be the Empress of the Eastern Kingdom. Also, she and her husband, Emperor Sovieshu, are childhood friends, but suddenly he brings home a slave girl called Rashta. He then instructs Navier’s ladies-in-waiting to cater to Rashta. Mind you, these women are all concubines or wives of high ranking noble families allowed to serve only the Empress. This was the number one red flag that made me realize that Sovieshu was out to disrespect Navier’s position as Empress.

On the other hand, we have Rashta, who enjoys using her innocent looks to play the victim and manipulate others around her. She is super annoying, and Sovieshu always falls for her ‘crocodile tears.’😒😒😒img_5578Personally, I feel that Emperor Sovieshu is someone who needs an ego boost regularly. Since our dear Navier isn’t the most expressive or submissive type, he requires an egg, which is Rashta, to make him feel in control. He expects Navier to be happy whenever he gifts her precious jewelry. The lady in question here is clearly from an affluent household. Hence buying her jewelry will not necessarily make her excited. Also, from the montage in chapter one, I can tell that Navier was trained to be practical and logical. So if Sovienshu wants her to show more emotions, shouldn’t he have tried to spend more personal time with her? Maybe start with casual conversations because true affection can’t be bought with expensive jewelry.

Now, I know this is just a story, but because these characters affect my emotions after every read, I AM HENCEFORTH TAKING IT PERSONAL. I have my bet on Sovieshu regretting his decision to divorce Navier. And by that time, Empress Navier will have herself a new and better man in Heinley, Emperor of the Western Kingdom. I won’t go into detail on how Navier and Heinley met because that would spoil the one beautiful part of this story. So if you haven’t started Remarried Empress, go check it out now because these two have chemistry😍. Also, read the novel to go further in the story. 

I have a strong feeling that Sovieshu and Navier actually have some underlying feelings for each other. However, due to Emperor Sovieshu’s way of handling things, he will lose his wife. SO PLEASE PERMIT ME TO LAUGH AHEAD OF TIME.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

That’s all I have for this post guys, I’m stopping here to avoid giving too many spoilers. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on Remarried Empress if you’re reading it.


It’s been so long since I did something manga/webtoon focused on this blog, so maybe I’ll start doing more of these first impressions. Please continue to stay safe, everyone.💕💕💕

First Impressions of ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’ – Korean Drama Review

The King: Eternal Monarch is a 2020 NETFLIX original TV series that stars Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun as leads. This drama is from the star screenwriter Kim Eun Sook. A few of her other works include Secret Garden, The Heirs, Descendants of the Sun, Goblin, Mr. Sunshine, etc. In this post, I’ll be sharing my opinion on episodes one to four of this series.

Synopsis: Lee Gon is the emperor of Corea. His citizens regard him as the perfect ruler, but behind his impeccable appearance, he hides a deep wound. When he was eight, he witnessed his father’s murder and was nearly killed. One day, while chasing after a young lady, Lee Gon gets propelled into a parallel world and meets Lieutenant Jung Tae Eul. The duo would later team up to defeat criminals and close the door between both worlds.

Expectations: This is one of the dramas I was looking forward to watching this year. The screenwriter has created a reasonable number of excellent shows. Plus, the cast seemed promising, so my expectation is off the roof for this one.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

From what I have seen, The King: Eternal Monarch definitely has potential. The story progression so far is ideal. If they continue with this momentum, things will sail smoothly. It could even be better once they start intensifying the plot from episode five. That would take the story to another level and also entice more viewers. We’ve seen the foundation of the story, so now bring in the action. You all get what I mean???

Okay, now let’s dissect episodes one to four properly. Everyone’s acting has been standard, and the cinematography is absolutely beautiful. It’s like I’m watching a movie premiere. I always get this classic cinematic vibe from Kim Eun Sook’s works. I still remember Mr.Sunshine, which was such a phenomenal show from beginning to end. These two dramas have different vibes, but similar picture quality. That aside, I am also enjoying the few comedic scenes we got. The characters have great chemistry. Lee Min Ho and Woo Do Hwan as a duo give me life. Also, every outfit so far has been on point. Most notably, the king and his bodyguard, they always look regal. Plus, Woo Do Hwan is sexy to me no matter what he wears.😍😍😍img_5013Currently, I am not feeling Prime Minister Koo. She is too entitled and seems like a factor for future problems. Lieutenant Jung Tae Eul’s cop friend Gang Shin Jae is another character that I think might follow the villain path, but I’m hoping and praying that he proves me wrong. Also, Prince Buyeong is giving me sketchy vibes due to his unwillingness to tell Lee Gon the truth concerning the autopsy report.

The horse, Maximus, is such a beautiful specie. I think I am in love😂😂😂. He’s as white as snow and very majestic. Befitting for a king.img_5056

Based on what I’ve watched, there are a few questions that I want a resolution to as the series continues.

  1. At the beginning of episode one, Jung Tae Eul and Gang Shin Jae were interrogating Lee Gon’s uncle. I’m interested to know what point of the timeline that scene falls into.
  2. Also, why doesn’t the uncle age? Right now, I’m assuming that it’s because he continually crosses between both worlds. So he’s cheating time in a way, but I still need more clarification.
  3. Why does the king feel pain whenever the thunder strikes. Is it because he crossed into the other world, and if so, does his uncle experience the same? In episode four, it looks like some sort of energy bolt is growing on his back.img_5057
  4. How did Lieutenant Jung Tael Eun save the younger Lee Gon? Does this mean that there’s time travelling involved? We’ve seen the parallel worlds, but there’s been no mention of moving through different times. So I hope that will be explained later.
  5. Can actions in one world affect the parallel character in the other world? In episode four,  Yeong makes himself a hot cup of coffee and mistakenly spills it. At the same time, Eun Sub also spills his ice tea latte claiming that it’s too hot. They also had the same exact reaction. What’s going on here???? Am I reading too much into things?

Moving on to two of my favourite scenes, which all happen to include Woo Do Hwan.

  • Horse Rant with Eun Sub –This was such a chill but funny scene to me. From the way we Lee Gon’s face changes once he realizes that this isn’t his Yeong to how he falls into complete dismay after Eun Sub’s horse jokes. I was dying.😂😂😂
  • “I Can Hear You,” said the Captain –This lady completely mirrored my fangirl reaction to Woo Do Hwan as Yeong. He is too hot, and I wouldn’t mind if she ends up with him as a couple.

In conclusion, we’ve established that time stops when either Lee Gon or his uncle crosses over to a different world. Also, Lee Gon is suspicious about his uncle’s presumed death, and the traitor still has plans to usurp the throne with all his new followers. Things are looking good, so I hope that this drama doesn’t disappoint me.

That is all I have to say concerning The King: Eternal Monarch. What do you all think of this drama?

 

 

 

First Impressions of ‘The Light In Your Eyes’: Korean Drama Review

Expectations: I expect to see very relatable life experiences from this drama because the story plays around two characters who are at that critical career point, and I know that life hits like a storm for many people during that time. So I expect some tear-jerking moments. Rather than romance, I am looking forward to the personal growth of all characters, and once I see the potential for that, I will be sold. I am also hoping for great acting from the leads. I know that Han Ji-Min has been in the acting game for a while now, but not all her projects impressed me. The few that I loved absolutely showcased great acting prowess from her, so I am hoping for the best.

On the other hand, Nam Joo-Hyuk is relatively new in the game, but he has the potential to perfect his skills with time. So since this drama seems to have a good storyline and the lineup for the cast are majorly veteran actors/actresses, I believe he will showcase excellent acting. With that said, here is my review for the opening episodes of The Light In Your Eyes.

(Warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: The first thing that I noticed is that the characters in this show are “raw.” That is the only word that came to my mind to describe how the characters came off to me. By “raw,” I mean that there is so much growth needed for each character to get to their best self. I sincerely hope that the room created by this said “rawness” has been fully utilized by the writer to create some well deserved and grounded development for each character as the story progresses. Now the characters being raw does not take away from their complexity. For example, there is a scene where Hye-Ja tells Joon-Ha that she is fully aware of the fact that she is not fit to be an announcer, but she is also too scared to let go of her dream. She also talks about feeling inferior to the other applicants once she enters the interview room, so that is why she no longer sees the need to apply for any announcing positions. Life puts a lot of expectations on us. These expectations may be from our family, society and even our own dreams. Now, if by chance we get to that point where we cannot achieve what we hoped for, we find it so hard to let go. Letting go at this point does not even have to do with disappointing others. But instead, it has to do with stepping down from the pedestal that you once placed yourself on. It feels like you have been stripped of your pride, and you are always at a fight with yourself. Change is hard. So that scene really renounced with me because it showed how fragile and complex we are as human beings.

Along with that, I also loved the simplicity of the drama. I think it had to do with the way it was filmed because every scene flowed so naturally. It felt real, no super flashy cars, dresses or houses just a simple neighbourhood with relatable individuals. Now, this is not to take away from the effort that is put into the more flashy productions. But I mentioned it to point out how this drama felt like a walk on a chilly night away from the norm of Korean dramas. I also loved that we got a really close insight into the family dynamics of both leads. I enjoy whenever families are actively showcased in shows because it gives me a good background of why each character is the way they are. This is one of the reasons why I absolutely adore the TVN Reply series, most notably the recent one. Also, the chemistry between the leads was easy going. I like the approach of letting them become friends first before crossing into the relationship phase. And from what I have seen so far, they both represent strong support and realization grounds for each other. This is great as it is the necessary foundation for every relationship, but I am not really sure of how it is going to play out from episode three since Hye-Ja is now much older in appearance compared to Joon-Ha. I am excited about how the writer plans to deal with this change. Will she let him know who she is or will they just come to be friends along the line and then he finds out some way or another, who knows? No matter how it plays out, I just wish for it to be done in a well-explained manner. I am not going to be accepting any extreme form of drama logic this time around. I know it falls into the fantasy genre, but it still needs to make sense.

Now about things making sense, I still cannot seem to understand how the watch works.  Because in episode one, when the watch is introduced, we are just shown how Hye-Ja was able to change a few minor things over the years and how it led to her ageing faster than she was supposed to. At least I know a factual consequence of using the watch at this point, but I am still not clear on how far back in time it allows her to travel. In episode two, this is seen as a problem for a few viewers because they expect her to just go back to the night before her father’s accident to save him, but can she really go back that far in time? I am not sure, so I am waiting to get more explanations regarding the watch in the upcoming episodes. I need to know the origin, how exactly it works, why was she the one who got it, and why does it age the user faster than usual? There will be severe loopholes if these questions are not answered.

Another major thing I have noticed with a lot of Korean dramas is the constant drinking. I understand that the drinking culture is very different based on each society, but I fear for their livers. I also wonder if this is what they want to continually promote. Drinking is not harmful, but I personally believe that it should be kept at a minimum and not every day. Honestly, being drunk is not the best feeling, and I am saying so from experience, so when I see them drink almost every day, I sincerely question how they feel waking up in the morning. JUST SAYING.

Okay, back to the drama. So far I am enjoying the presence of a good number of the characters shown at this point and here is my take on them:

Notable Characters Introduced So Far:

#1. Han Ji-Min as Kim Hye-Ja img_2017She is someone who really cares about her family. I love the self-awareness of this character, she knows her strengths and weaknesses. I feel she has yet to gain the self-confidence to excel. I can also tell that she is a determined person from the scene where she tries to save her father. The only flaw is that she falls in love too fast, but I can validate her emotional actions for her. I mean, we have quite a handsome male lead, he is also cute, caring and he listens. Now, who would not fall for such an adorable person? So I will cut her some slack in that aspect.

#2. Nam Joo-Hyuk as Lee Joon- Haimg_2029At first, he came off to be quite insensitive. Most notably, during the scene where he questions Kim Hye-Ja for wanting to become an announcer. I know that it was a needed reality check for her, but it could have been said less arrogantly. Anyways, later on, that misunderstanding is cleared up, and we get to see his more caring and considerate side. I love that he is straightforward and also opens up to the female lead, so it a two-way conversation and not just one person pouring out their heart.

#3. Son Ho-Jun as Kim Young-Soo (Hye-Ja’s older brother)img_2018So far, I see him as the comedic relief for the drama, and I love that, but I have a feeling that his character has been set up for so much more than that. At some point, he might need to get his act together and find a job or start up something of his own. I would not mind if he even starts helping around the house instead of merely sitting at home all day and asking for meat. But for now, he is a great comedic character.

#4. Ahn Nae-Sang as Hye-Ja’s father img_2028He is a taxi driver and a loving father. Right now, I see him as the good cop towards his children, unlike his wife. He is their protector, constant supporter and the one who always catches them in case they backslide a little, but I can tell that he has a softer spot for Hye-Ja. I guess that is why he had to be the catalyst for Hye-Ja to use the watch again, although this caused her to age so suddenly, I am still happy that she was able to save him.

#5. Lee Jung-Eun as Hye-Ja’s mother img_2025She is a certified hairstylist and the “bad cop” parent in the family. I still love her. There has to be someone in your life to provide a well-needed reality check, and she executes it on a timely basis. She is also the harsh encourager, she pushes you to see the best in yourself and not settle for less. I know that her expectations for Hye-Ja are very burdensome, but I like that she does not want her to end up as a hairstylist. At the same time, I see nothing wrong with being a hairstylist because, in this generation, everything can be capitalized on if done correctly.

#6. Kim Ga-Eun as Lee Hyun-Joo (Hye-Ja’s friend)img_2036First things firsts, I have a feeling that she might still end up dating Hye-Ja’s brother again. I do not have much to say about this character for now. I am waiting to see more of her before I decide on how relevant she is to the story.

#7. Song Sang-Eun as Yoon Sang-Eun (Hye-Ja’s friend)img_2037Now she is another comic relief to me but a very laid back type. The scene where the girls were discussing her contract with the management company is just funny, and I hope that as the story progresses, she also gets smarter with her decisions. And just like the other friend, I have nothing much to say about her for now.

#8. Kim Young-Ok as Lee Joon-Ha’s grandmother.img_2032 Grandma is one of my favourite older actresses, she really shines in every other drama I have seen her in. She is the captain of our leads’ ship, but unfortunately, she dies by the end of episode two. I was saddened by her death because it meant that Lee Joon-Ha was now alone because his father is not reliable. I was also really disappointed in her decision to side with her alcoholic and abusive son over her grandson with an actual future, but I guess that is the unconditional love of a mother.

Most Memorable Scenes: 

#1. Brother Rides The Ambulance.img_2020img_2022img_2024Now, this was pure comedy. The brother is simply a character, and I am here for it. At first, when he began taping the door, the first thought that came to my mind was if he was going to be able to breathe with no air coming in and out of that room. But I guess he was too hungry to think it through. And the fact that even when he was being carried away in the ambulance, he still reminded the paramedic to help him flip the meat was pure gold. Like excuse me, sir, but you nearly died, is your meat really that important at this point? He also did not seem to learn from that experience because the next day, during breakfast, he still had the guts to speak about grilled beef. He got a good beating from his mom. He is definitely the comic relief, but I also need to see him adulting up at some point.

#2. Friends in Unisonimg_2040img_2054img_2055This was a funny and cute scene for me. It has been stuck in my head for a while now. The fact that they simply just analyzed the flirty announcer’s character in a few seconds was utterly hilarious and doing so in unison made it even better. I love Kim Hye-Ja’s friends, and I hope to see more of them. I know that she had her mom tell them that she left for Germany after her sudden change in appearance, but I really want her to let her friends know and see how they deal with it. I honestly feel that they will help her relax a little bit more throughout this ordeal.

#3. Lee Joon-Ha’s Drastic Move Against His Dadimg_2049img_2051img_2050Okay,  I was really shocked when Joon-Ha came back into the room, all bruised and bloody. The first thought I had was on how long he must have held in that resentment towards his dad for him to make the decision of injuring himself to that point. That was a really drastic move, but I could understand the drive behind his decision to do that. Honestly, no one wants an alcoholic and an abuser for a father and the fact that his grandmother encourages such behaviour really disappointed me. Joon-Ha made that move to get his dad away from the peaceful space that he had living with his grandmother. Unfortunately, all his effort was ruined by the very person he was trying to protect. I get that a mother’s love for her child is undying, but at what expense are you willing to support such a son like Joon-Ha’s father. By helping her son, she might have just jeopardized the career of her grandson. I just hope Joon-Ha finds someone to talk to soon because, by the end of episode two, he was alone and lonely.

#4. Kim Hye-Ja’s Race To Save Her Dadimg_2046img_2047img_2044img_2045This part of the drama really proved the determination of Kim Hye-Ja’s character. Although she might say, she has given up and feels inferior to others, this scene showed that there was still this little fighter in there waiting to exhale. I love that she did not give up, no matter how many times she fell, she was quick to stand up and try again. This was an empowering scene because it shows that sometimes life throws things at you that you cannot seem to unravel in one go, it takes time, but you just have to keep on moving forward and not looking back. Even if you lose something along the way like Kim Hye-Ja lost her youth. Suicide, like she might be thinking of in the next episode, should not be your only option. I remember a quote from my favourite animation series ever, Avatar: The Last Airbender. It goes like this “when we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change”, but it all boils down to if you have the faith and the patience to fight for your situation to change and I know that Kim Hye-Ja’s character has just taken the first step towards her most significant change.

Overall, The Light in Your Eyes exceeded my expectations to a certain level. It was at the very bottom of my list for the dramas I was looking forward to watching in 2019. If you need to see that list, here is a link to it: My 2019 Drama List. It showcased the real-life situations I desired, and I love how it was done. I also got to see very emotional and fragile moments from our leads and their respective families, so Kudos to the actors and actresses for doing a fantastic job with their characters. Like I mentioned already, the characters are quite raw to me, so there is a potential for growth, which gives it another check from me. But since there is still a lot of information that I need to fully understand the time travel and ageing aspect of the drama, I will have to give this some time before I can be entirely sold on this storyline. As usual, I got my fingers crossed, hoping for the best.

My rating for this premiere will be 9/10. I will continue watching, and by the end of the show, the final verdict review will be posted for you all to know my thoughts on this drama. If you have not seen the first two episodes of this drama already, go check it out and tell me if we have any similar views. Till my next post, take care.

 

First Impression of ‘The Crowned Clown’: Korean Drama Review

As promised, here is my review for the first episode of The Crowned Clown.

My Expectation: Going into this drama, I definitely expect intense scenes and well-planned execution of the proposed plot. I believe I can trust the chosen actors to deliver an entertaining show from start to finish. Plus, I love historical dramas, so I sincerely hope that this does not turn out to be a letdown.

(Warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: As expected from the stunning young actor, Yeo Jin-Goo. He really impressed me with his portrayal of two completely different characters. I have followed him for a long time as a child actor, and I know that he is going to become an even bigger star as he grows. The very first scene of episode one showcases the death of the previous king. To me, this was a brilliant way to start the drama because the intensity of that scene immediately solidified my approval of the show. screenshot (29)screenshot (25)From the dialogue during this scene, I could predict the troubles that were about to come, and I knew that the little prince’s life was in danger. At this point, I honestly had no strong feelings concerning Lee Hun’s character, but as I watched to the end of episode one, I discovered that our king was quite bloody. He seemed too confident in his ability to manipulate others for his benefit without having any setbacks. Also, he refuses to listen to people that are actually looking out for him. In conclusion, he is a weak and muddled King. I mean, do not kill someone, if you cannot deal with the guilt and consequences, period. Anyways, throughout episode one, we get introduced to many characters. I love the balance between the new actors and veteran actors for this drama. This gives me great hope for future episodes to come. Here are few of the notable characters:

Yeo Jin-Goo – Ha Sun(the clown) / Lee Hun (the King): Like I mentioned, this actor does an excellent job in portraying the bloodiness of the King and the naiveness of the clown. It will definitely be hard for the clown to be a perfect imposter of the King right from the start, but I have a feeling that at the very end, it will be hard for anyone to point out who the real King is.

Lee Se-Young – Yoo So-Woon (the Queen): So far, the queen seems like a calm and reasonable person. She is fully aware of what she desires and does not settle for less. I like that she can see through the petty tactics of the royal concubine and also stand up to the King.

Kim Sang-Kyung – Lee Kyu (King’s trusted aide): He’s trustworthy and always has the King’s best interest at heart. I predict that at a certain point, he might switch sides and support the clown fully because the King seems like a letdown so far.

Kwon Hae-Hyo – Shin Chi-Soo (War Minister): A very dangerous individual. At first, I thought he was controlling the King, but then I realized that the King actually used him as a weapon to get rid of his competition. Although the fact remains that a well-sharpened knife can also hurt its owner, if not handled carefully. The king’s recklessness in pushing power towards the wrong person will cause massive frustration for the viewers. Because we will be stuck watching such an annoying character for a long time.

Min Ji-A – Court Lady Kim: Honestly, I have concluded that she is a spy. I do not know who she works for yet, but I have a strong feeling that she has a purpose for being placed so close to the King. There is a scene where she hands him a pipe to smoke, and right after that scene, we cut right to the King’s bedroom. We can see that he deals with hallucinations. I feel She might be drugging him.

Shin Soo-Yun – Dal-Rae (Ha Sun’s sister): She is part of the performance crew and also a little sister to Ha Sun (the clown). I know she will be a significant factor in him taking his position as the King’s replacement more seriously, and this has been proved in episode 2. Since I am just doing a first episode review, I will not reveal the upcoming events.

– Seo Yoo-A – Sunhwadang (King’s concubine): She is definitely a sly one but does not seem too smart about her plots. She is the niece of the War Minister and of course, aspires to be queen by conceiving an heir to the throne. She gets to spend the night with the King and gets caught using charms. She then tries to put the blame on the queen. That particular scene was really intense but also funny. I honestly did not know if to laugh at her failure or be angry about the way the king treated her.

– Jang Young-Nam – the King’s mother: Honestly, she is the most justified villain I have seen in a long time. She lost her son and wants revenge, quite simple. But I do not think that she was utterly a saint even before losing her child. There is definitely a back story to this mess, and I am looking forward to it.

Most Memorable Scenes from this Episode :

#1 –Little Prince’s Death

screenshot-34.pngI honestly did not expect his death. I know that he was accused of treason, but I did not expect our King to go through with the killing. When he decided to send him away, I had some hope that he was actually protecting his little brother. Sadly, I was left disappointed. It was a shocking scene for me. It broke my heart to see the little prince dead.

#2 –Killing Of Assassins

screenshot (55)The King is attacked by assassins, but he manages to escape, and the killers are captured by his guards. Now during the questioning, the king gets agitated and decides to kill one of the assassins. His facial expressions at this point gave me chills. I was lost for words, and the only conclusion that I could come to was that he was psychotic. Clearly, it looks to me like he was enjoying the slaughter of another human being, and that is very scary. I honestly do not know how the writer plans to redeem this character. That is if there is even a plan for such a development.

#3 –First Shown Interaction between King and Queen

screenshot (82)I found this scene very interesting because it represented to me a glimmer of hope for a change in the King’s personality. I can tell that he sincerely cares about the feelings of the queen, but because of all his other bloody and violent actions, the queen has refused to have any form of intimacy with him. This also shows that she’s a woman with her own values and opinions, even though she always seems calm and collected. I predict that the future relationship between the queen and the clown will be the wake-up call for our wonderful King to act more appropriately.

#4 –The King and The Clownscreenshot (102)

screenshot (101)A well-executed scene for the first meeting of Lee Hun and Ha Sun. I just simply loved the way it played out, starting with the king getting closer to see for himself, to the transferring of ropes and the perfect imitation of command by the clown. The writer and director showcased excellent skills in setting the mood with the use of dim lighting. Once again, a big thumbs up to Yeo Jin Goo for an extraordinary performance. I honestly look forward to seeing more great works from him.

Overall, the first episode definitely met my expectations. I got the intensity I desired, and I was immediately pulled into the world of these characters. The cinematography was perfect for me, I really enjoyed the simplicity because it fitted well to the story. Also, the background instrumentals for each scene were well placed. So far, the chemistry between all the characters seems natural and kudos to all the actors for that. I also watched episode two, I like that it started out with some comedy as compared to the intense first scene from episode one. It was an excellent strategy to relax the watchers and make the show more inviting because life cannot always be dark, there should be some light moments. I have not been able to keep up with all the released episodes because of school, but I will do so by this coming weekend. So if you were looking forward to the show as well, please feel free to share your opinions with me. I need some discussion partners to keep me going.

My rating for the first episode is 10/10. I will continue watching and see how things turn out, so stay tuned.