Reflection of You | Series Review

Unlike other K-dramas where we watch a character climb from rock bottom to the top, Reflection of You offers the reverse. Everyone here is self-destructive and the real antagonist in their stories are themselves. With the series starting in medias res, it wasn’t at all surprising that it piqued my curiosity right from the very beginning. The…

First Impression: One Ordinary Day

Drama Profile Title: One Ordinary DayMain Cast: Kim Soo-hyun, Cha Seung-wonWriter: Kwon Sun-gyu (The Royal Gambler)PD: Lee Myung-woo (Backstreet Rookie)OTT: Coupang Play, ViuEpisodes: 8Genre: Crime-Thriller, Legal Plot Synopsis:  Based on the BBC series Criminal Justice, One Ordinary Day tells the story of Kim Hyun-soo, an ordinary university student who had been accused of murder. Shin Joong-han, a…

First Impression: Melancholia

Drama Profile Title: MelancholiaMain Cast: Im Soo-jung, Lee Do-hyunWriter: Kim Ji-woon (Doctor John, Hyde Jekyll Me, Cheongdamdong Alice)PD: Kim Sang-hyub (True Beauty, Extraordinary You, The King Loves)Timeslot: Wednesday and Thursday 22:30HNetwork: tvNEpisodes: 16Genre: Drama Plot Synopsis: A competent and passionate math teacher meets a math genius in a highly corrupted and prestigious high school. Grumpy’s First Impression Another drama with high potential has…

The Best of Da-li and Cocky Prince

This drama is typical yet it’s heart-fluttering. Another peek into the lives of the mega-rich, and their power-hungry tendencies. And now that it has come to an end, let’s look back at the best moments that made us fall in love with Kim Da-li (Park Gyu-young) and Jin Moo-hak (Kim Min-jae). The love of art…

One The Woman | Series Review

“Humans are complex and multi-faceted.” Out of all the memorable lines in the drama, this one was my favorite. It’s a kind reminder that people are always complicated and unpredictable. And just like Cho Yeon-ju, we may never understand how some things just happen, it’s important to always keep your ground, know your goal, and…

First Impression: Now, We Are Breaking Up

It’s a known fact in this little space that we’ve created through the years that my all-time favorite actress is Song Hye-kyo. She’s my ultimate star – the first Korean actress I watched and the one that started it all for me. And even though all has been said about her personal and professional life,…

Yumi’s Cells Season 1 | Series Review

Yumi’s Cells is not your ordinary K-drama. Its story might seem familiar and its other elements like characters and conflicts can be seen in other well-made K-dramas as well but Yumi’s Cells has one particular distinguishing element that other dramas don’t have – animation. Since this series was adapted from a webtoon, it opted to…

First Impression: Work Later, Drink Now

Drama Profile Title: Work Later, Drink Now (English title) / Drunk City Women (literal title)Main Cast: Jung Eun-ji, Han Sun-hwa, Lee Sun-bin, Choi Si-wonWriter: Wi So-youngPD: Kim Jung-sikTimeslot: Friday 16:00Network: TVINGEpisodes: 16Genre: Comedy Plot Synopsis: Based on a webtoon of the same name, Work Later, Drink Now is a drama about the life of three women in their 30s, whose belief is to…

First Impression: Jirisan

Drama Profile Title: JirisanMain Cast: Jun Ji-hyun, Ju Ji-hoonWriter: Kim Eun-hee (Kingdom, Signal)PD: Lee Eung-bok (Sweet Home, Mr. Sunshine)Timeslot: Saturday and Sunday 21:00Network: tvNStreaming site: iQiYi, VikiEpisodes: 16Genre: Fantasy thriller Plot Synopsis:  Jirisan follows the story of mountain rangers at Mount Jiri. One of them is Seo Yi-gang, a legend in her field, who at…

Lovers of the Red Sky | Series Review

Lovers of the Red Sky paints the story of star-crossed lovers Hong Cheon-gi and Ha Ram who were caught in the middle of a war between scheming royals and a fight between deities and a devil.  The earlier part of the series' exposition detailed the backstory of Hong Cheon-gi (Kim You-jung) and Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo-seop).…

First Impression: Would You Like a Cup of Coffee?

Drama Profile Title: Shall We Have a Cup of Coffee (literal title) / Would You Like a Cup of Coffee? (English Title)Main Cast: Ong Seong-wu, Park Ho-sanWriter: Noh Jung-wookPD: Noh Jung-wookTimeslot: Thursday and Sunday 17:00OTT: KakaoTV, WeTV, VikiEpisodes: 12Genre: Slice-of-Life Plot Synopsis:  Based on the manhwa by Huh Young-man and Lee Ho-joon, the series follows…

First Impression: The King’s Affection

Drama Profile Title: The King’s Affection (English title) / Affection / Yeonmo (literal title)Main Cast: Park Eun-bin, RowoonWriter: Han Hee-jung (Clean with Passion for Now)PD: Song Hyun-wook (Undercover)Timeslot: Monday/Tuesday 21:30Network: KBSEpisodes: 20Genre: Historical Romance Plot Synopsis: A crown princess during the Joseon Dynasty gives birth to a twin which made the king enraged because it’s…

First Impression: Da-li and Cocky Prince

Drama Profile Title: Dali and Cocky Prince (English title) / Dal-ri and Gamjatang (literal title)Main Cast: Kim Min-jae, Park Gyu-young, Kwon Yul, Hwang Hee, YeonwooWriter: Son Eun-hye, Park Se-eunPD: Lee Jung-sub (Angel's Last Mission: Love, Queen For Seven Days, Healer)Timeslot: Wednesday and Thursday 21:30HNetwork: KBS2TVEpisodes: 16Genre: Romantic comedy Plot Synopsis: A strong-willed rags-to-riches restaurant owner's son meets the only daughter of an upper-class…