K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Finale

We conclude this fun adventure with an episode full of sweet nothings and happy endings. Manhole ended with pretty low ratings, but that did not stop the fans to appreciate the simplicity that this humble show had offered from the start. It presented a story about a young dreamer who was in pursuit of love,…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 15

What an exciting penultimate episode to this wacky series. I know the show has been taking the dark comedy route, but I'm still cool with it as long as they can pull off the finale in a decent manner. GRUMPY ALLEY I swear all the songs in this drama are daebak! PAST VS PRESENT VS…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 14

We witnessed Manhole's diversion from its original time travelling rule once again, and the logic of it all seemed to be completely lost this time. I never expected the drama to follow one single rule anyway, so I welcome any approach in reaching the finale. We are down to the last two weeks of the…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 13

The search is on for the notorious neighborhood assailant! We take a long rest from the time travelling shenanigans and focus more into the dark side of the story. Pil (Jaejoong) is restless after another assault incident, especially now that the latest victim happened to be Goo-gil hyung. JAE-HYUN'S MENTAL STATE Goo-gil is safe (thankfully!)…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 12

Manhole is shifting to a darker approach as we stay in the future timeline for this week. I can sense a very familiar shift from rom-com to dark romance, but I am welcoming this change as much as I enjoy watching this underrated drama. FROM FIGHT MY WAY TO STRONG WOMAN DO BONG SOON REAL…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 11

And the unpredictable timeline continues as Bong Pil (Jaejoong) travels to the future! We finally have a glimpse to the events of the future as our hero returns to his neighborhood. He is now a full pledged police officer! How cute is that police uniform? GRUMPY ALLEY I am starting to get tired of this…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 10

Another enjoyable episode has aired, and Manhole still has its loopholes, BUT the only important thing is - I still like this show. I am still looking forward to watching it next week and the week after that. Because the show is as unpredictable as ever, I can still overlook the plot holes and not…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 9

The harsh reality of going in and out of the magical manhole has hit Pil (Jaejoong)... that no matter how much he wanted to change the past, everything will just reset when he gets back. And the harsh part of it all is that the uncomfortable truths do not change. Jin-sook (Jung Hye-sung) still stole those letters,…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 8

We return to a more realistic present timeline in this hour, and probably the most hurtful revelations to date. GRUMPY ALLEY Don't you just love Manhole's set of OSTs? THE WRATH OF THE SECOND LEAD Bong Pil (Jaejoong) returns to his old life as an ordinary boy-next-door who is still caught up in a one-sided…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 7

We go back to five years ago before Pil (Jaejoong) enlisted in the military. The truth about our friends' best kept secrets are slowly unfolding, and it's time to face them head-on. So, Jin-sook (Jung Hye-sung) and Pil were about to open the food truck (so she sold skewers originally?). We get a pretty good…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 5

We took a quick break to the show's usual craziness and hilarious antics about time warp and weddings, but the show sticks to its heartwarming nature nevertheless. As Bong Pil (Jaejoong) travels back to the present time, he is greeted with an empty neighborhood and a hospital bed. I swear this show never fails to…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 4

Manhole delivered yet another hilarious episode as our hero tries to save the day (and his friends) from imminent danger that can possibly shape their future. I highly recommend this drama if you are not into heavy melo or looking for a very light and fun watch. Manhole's humor may not be for everyone, but…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 3

This episode is both hilarious and melancholic! I don't know if the show wants us to feel sorry for Bong Pil's (Kim Jaejoong) current state or it reminds us not to take it seriously. Whenever the scenes are getting heartwarming, something happens comically and we are back to our laughing selves. I love how this…

K-Drama Reaction: Manhole | Episode 2

This episode is a complete whack! Kim Jaejoong is nailing his character. He is very successful in shedding that idol skin and turn into Bong Pil. Now that the fantasy element of the story has been slowly building up, I expect him to top his game even more. GRUMPY ALLEY Here are my two cents…