Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bo Joo (Korean Drama, New)
What an insane week of trying to keep up with all the new dramas!
This one is a coming of age collage romance. I find the premise of the heroine (Lee Sung Kyung) being a weightlifting athlete really cool and hilarious at the same time. It is fun to have a heroine that can physically intimate all the boys around her. Nam Joo Hyuk plays the charming hero who would've be a swimming star if he could just get over his psychological hang up during races.
The first two episodes didn't completely win me over but I do think Weightlifting Fairy could be a lot of fun if it will speed up it's pacing just a bit so I am going to give it at least another week.
Behind Your Smile (Taiwanese Drama, New)
I was pretty happy that after a dry spell T-drama is finally starting to churn out some promising shows once again. Judging by the first episode, Behind Your Smile is going to be a fairly dark revenge based romance but it looks pretty promising.
We Fall In Love (Chinese Drama, New)
I usually don't do too well with Chinese angst city romance dramas, but this one is keeping my attention for some strange reason. The story follows three women's friendship as they try to stay close despite the various challenges in love and family that come their way. For those of you who might get excited about this one because of Yuan Hong and Ming Dow then just be warned that they doesn't have a lot of scenes during the first eight episodes.
Best Lover/Best Couple (Chinese Web Drama, New)
I was interested in this one because Lee Da Hae was in it but unfortunately after watching the first episode I really didn't have any more desire to keep going. Lee Da Hae plays a popular actress who ends up having a contract marriage with a newbie male actor. The story itself felt tired and overused. The acting was meh. The voice dubbing was horrendous.
Legend of the Blue Sea (Korean Drama, New)
I was pretty excited for this one simply on the star power of Lee Min Ho and Gianna Jun. Lee Min Ho plays a con artist who meets our mermaid heroine by chance. Taking the innocent and clueless heroine under his wings AFTER noticing the extremely valuable jade bracelet on her wrist, our usually carefree hero finds himself unable to walk away from the child like heroine.
I thought the first two episodes were pretty promising. My only concern is that I tend to lose interest in shows where there are blaring hints of epic trouble ahead and Legend of the Blue Sea is one of those. Still, I liked the first two episodes enough that I am at least planning to give this one another couple weeks.
In true K-family drama style, this one has LOTS of characters milling around. In fact, there are so many characters I was starting to think I was watching a daily...which is not a compliment for a k-family drama. However, there are TWO reasons I am not ditching this show just yet and will most likely be following it: Kim Tae Won & Lee Tae Hwan.
I've liked Lee Tae Hwan since Pride & Prejudice and W so it is nice to see him playing a lead role finally. As for Kim Jae Won, I have always liked him for no particular reason and that's why I was excited to see him in this one as well. The other reason that's making me hopeful despite the too many characters complaint is that at least every scene with the main leads in it were great.
Oldies But Goodies:
Korean Drama: The King 2 Hearts (더킹투허츠)
Aired: May 2012
I loved Cho Jung Seok in Jealousy Incarnate so I was trying to remember the first time I caught onto his charm which brings us to The King 2 Hearts. Cho Jung Seok plays the male second lead who was the hero's right hand man.
While Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won were undoubtedly the stars of the show, I thought Cho Jung Seok did an exceptional job as the tough no-nonsense royal guard that finds himself falling in love with the woman he has sworn to protect.
Synopsis: Set in the fictional modern world of South Korea where the land is ruled by a monarch, our carefree hero suddenly finds himself crowned as the king when his older brother and father are murdered. Left with no choice but to marry our heroine who is sent by the North to spy on him, our hero has to learn how to rule a nation he never expected to rule with the most unlikely queen by his side.