You might have noticed that I have been quiet or should I say completely gone over the past weeks. Unfortunately (aside from life giving me lemons) I have gotten into yet another dramas slump. Even Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, which started pretty well, wasn’t strong enough to keep me away from the slump. The good news is new dramas are coming and I am really hoping it will change everything, so here are 5 dramas I am waiting this spring.
Man to Man (JTBC) - April 21st
Okay, at this point it isn’t even a surprise for anyone that I am waiting for this drama. And in about two weeks my wait will be finally over! I am trying not to get too hyped cause it has not been working my way lately but damn Park Hae Jin is back on my small screen and the trailer looked awesome! Now I am hoping he will sign on Bad Guys season 2 planned for later this year.
Fighting for My Way (KBS 2) - May 8th
Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won, two of my favs, in the same drama? Add to that a story of best friends turned lovers and of course it took a spot on this list.
Suspicious Partner (SBS) - May 10th
Set in the prosecutors world (this year’s trend apparently) the drama is about an amnesic murderer who targets Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun’s characters. Now, I don’t know how it will turn out but I am very excited to see Ji Chang Wook in something else than an action role.
The Best Hit (KBS 2) - May 2017
Following Yoon Shi Yoon and Kim Min Jae as a top idol and an aspiring singer respectively, this drama is said to take a similar approach on filming as The Producers. In between the drama and the documentary, The Best Hit will be directed by former 1N2D’s director Yoo Ho-Jin and actor Cha Tae Hyun. I was really weirded out by The Producers but for some reason this drama is very appealing to me.
Secret Forest (tvN) - June 2017
Bae Doo Na in a drama. I repeat. Bae Doo Na in a drama, after 7 years!! I just cannot not watch it. I love her. She is such an amazing actress. The drama will be following the current trend of crime, police, thriller as the story revolve around a prosecutor, played by Cho Seung Woo, and a police lieutenant who partner up in order to resolve a murder. However, the prosecutor is left emotionless after getting a brain surgery.
Like I said earlier I am trying not to get my hopes too high because this slump was pretty violent! Still, as an eternal optmistic I can’t help but think they will all be great. And you which drama are you waitng for?
It all ends the way it started. With grown men getting a beating from a tiny little woman, but this time around there’s two of them and the mobsters still run in fear and tears. Also, they were their babysitters.
Personally, I through-fully enjoyed the mobsters storyline from beginning to end, and it’s so like them to get conned and end up in embarrassment yet again. In their defense, they are like a phoenix that keeps on rising from the ashes, again and again. And despite their ways, they were kind of good guys once you got to know them and kept them in line.
Another incredibly funny storyline were the neighborhood kids, who I was sorry to not see at Bong-soon’s wedding, and just kept brining laugher with every scene they were at. Their journey was equally enjoyable as the mobsters, sometimes even more because theirs was a love story with their Noonim. And I love how they went to have a little talk with Min-hyuk to know more about his intentions with their boss. I love even more than he had no idea Bong-soon had this group of high-school kids patrolling the neighborhood too. HAHAHAHA!
Also, it was good that the show clarified that Mom didn’t use physical violence against Dad *that* time around. I still believe that the show didn’t portray this woman in the right way and that her journey wasn’t all that. She’s still the bully she was at 19, the only difference is that she doesn’t use her fists. Should I be applauding this? And I would have like for Dad to make an stand other than to leave the house, for example, how about a real talk between them? He was such an endearing, honest and good character thorough out the show that I grew to love him as I love our leads. He is precious. It gives me hope that the last scene between him and Mom was much more peaceful than usually when Gook-doo’s mom was involved.
Speaking for which, can we all agree that it’s time Ji-soo starts getting leading man roles? I enjoyed him as a second lead but I didn’t connect with his character more than I did today. Ji-soo it’s at his best when he has an actual emotional storyline to work with, and in this episode Gook-doo was earnest to a fault, which made me feel all he was feelings. I love that despite being heartbroken he put his friendship with Bong-soon before anything else, because that’s what truly mattered to him. It wasn’t about winning over the girl, but about keeping her in his life because the friendship they shared is that important to him.
I’m also happy awesome bro Bong-ki got some screen time too. This was such a good character, just like Dad, and I was sorry we didn’t get to see more of him. I also think his storyline with Hee-ji was a little rushed at the end. And it doesn’t seem like it because Bong-ki spent a lot of time healing broken bones (thanks to his sis) but this relationship was really put to a test: Gook-doo found out not only that he had been lying through out their entire lives by keeping Bong-soon’s secret but also that his girlfriend was attracted to his best friend. So I appreciate how their friendship remained strong even after everything they went through.
As for other characters like Secretary Gong and Mr. Oh, they were another great comedy act. Especially when they were together and I love how their bromance was born by getting to know each other better through their shared experiences with Bong-soon’s abilities. Pffft!
Finally, Min-kyuk really changed through the story: started as a lonely guy looking for protection from his own family and ending up as a man with a family to protect. He was smart, honest and assertive from day one, and not once he tried to change Bong-soon into something she wasn’t. The greatest attribute Min-hyuk had was that he never made Bong-soon feel that she had to hide from the world, what’s more he even encouraged and helped her to be more like her true self and come into her powers. He always tried to be there for his girl but was more than willing to be a proud onlooker when the time called for it and let Bong-soon do what she had to do.
Bong-soon’s journey was also something to witness. When we first met her she was hiding from the world, afraid of her powers and by extention herself. These abilities she was born with had made her an outcast despite her spunk and outgoing personality, she was confident but had insecurities. Some of them born out of crush and others from the idea society holds on how a woman should be and behave.
I liked how the show connected her personal life with the city’s problems, because in a way they are one and the same, by having her best friend being kidnapped by the resident psycho. It was a good move since she was already gaining the confidence to do more with her powers by watching the news, her interactions with the mobsters and the neighborhood’s kids and Min-hyuk, who knew from day one about her powers and didn’t rejected her. He thought she was sexy! All of these factors made Bong-soon want to become the heroine of her life (beyond a video game) and I really loved to see her grow into a truly strong woman ready to take on the world.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon wasn’t a perfect show but it was really entertaining and sweet, made me swoon and laugh out loud more than twice per episode, and I’m going to miss these characters and their shenanigans!!
PS: Did you guys catch how the Mobsters were shook at Mr. Oh’s resemble to their former associate -Gwan-bok- through the wedding photoshoot? LMAO!!
Cast: Lee Cho Hee as Choi Ji Woo Lee Jong Suk as a top star Ji Chang Wook as a sexy secret agent Lee
Jun Ki as a chaebol and church oppa Park Hae Jin as a romantic coworker EXO Kai as the adorable younger male friend Taecyeon as a naive rich kid.
Lee Min Ho Choi Ji Woo
Another week I wouldn’t want to be Gook-doo. Poor guy found out his ex is being stalked by a serial killer/kidnapper because of him, that his childhood bestie is dating said ex-girlfriend and he got utterly friendzoned before he could even say a word about his newfound feelings to Bong-soon. Ouch!
I wish I could say my heart breaks for him but I never truly connected with the character on a emotional level. He just came across as nearsighted, dense and even controlling at times, and I think that’s all blowing up in his face right now. I do feel sorry for him because I know he is a good, decent and honest guy, so I wonder what the screenwriter is planning for him in the long run. What will be his character development other than realizing his feelings for the leading lady? I mean, come on!, you got Ji-soo playing this character so you might as well give him something to work with.
And what is going to happen with the mobsters from now on? Is the show putting them aside now theirs boss resign from the organization? Say ain’t so! These guys, along with the neighborhood kids, have been the running joke that keeps on giving. They are comedy gold and I still want them in our lives. Even if they show up through a different storyline.
Now, moving on to what we all really want to fangirl about: Min-hyuk and Bong-soon. *sopreciousguys* *mustbeprotected* *sodarncute*
I was worried for a minute there when Bong-soon seemed unsure whatever or not to start a relationship with Min-hyuk because she was worried about how her powers could affect their potential relationship if they started dating. I would like to highlight that Bong-soon never wavered in regards of her feelings, on the contrary she seemed to be very sure of with who her heart was. So, it wasn’t much a decision of how strong her feelings were for him but how strong she felt in order to involve Min-hyuk in her life, powers and what those entitle.
Thank God, Min-hyuk is the kind of leading man I love to watch. He talks about what’s troubling them and looks for solutions with the leading lady, as a team, instead of making all the decisions by himself and ultimately having them gone wrong. I love he always gave her a choice, even when he was taking the lead by asking her to take his hand or talking about how her powers are not a negative factor in his point of view. But that’s the thing: he asked her. It was always her choice to make whatever or not she would take his hand (literally and metaphorically). And he behaved like such an Oppa around her by taking care of her. When she felt uneasy, he reassured her. He clearly adores her and I’m happy Bong-soon isn’t shy about her feelings either, even if she still has to get used to his open displays of affection.
I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s episode, and the others to come, because now that several storylines have been closed (mobsters, the romance, etc.), we only have the serial killer/kidnapper case to solve.
Bong-soon has been training in order to do good in the world, and Min-hyuk has supported her through it, now they are a (power) couple I want to see them work as a team in order to achieve these goals…. wouldn’t mind a kiss or two, or a thousand thrown in the mix either. Can’t wait!!