Okay, I think this is like my fourth or fifth K-drama that I’ve watched and its definitely cemented as one of my favorites.
Suspicious Partner follows No Ji Wook, a hard-to-do prosecutor and Eun Bong Hee, a judicial trainee. The two meet incidentally on a subway, where Bong Hee falsely accuses Ji Wook of being a pervert who grabbed her butt. The pair meets again later that night after Bong Hee gets into a fight with her boyfriend for cheating on her and Ji Wook overhears and comes to her rescue, as he himself was once cheated upon. Ji Wook and Bong Hee end up sharing a drink (i.e. several drinks) and Bong Hee wakes up in Ji Wooks house the next morning, unable to remember anything. Thoroughly embarrassed, Bong Hee flees the scene and heads to work where she finds out Ji Wook is her mentor and new boss.
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I love The Mindy Project; I remember when I first started watching the show several years ago. I stayed up two nights straight binging the show because it was so good. So, with that love in mind, I decided to postpone putting my Hulu account on hold last week when I found out the new and final season was premiering.
Sadly that might’ve been a mistake. The first five minutes got a few quiet chuckles out of me, but that’s about it.
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Come for Lee Min-ho, stay for Kim Woo Bin.
The Heirs is the second K-Drama I have watched and my experience with this one was very different from watching my first, The Legend of the Blue Sea. The two shows share their male lead, Lee Min-ho, but that’s about it. The premise of The Heirs centers around Cha Eun-Sang and Kim Tan. Eun-Sang’s mother is the housekeeper to Kim Tans wealthy family; Eun Sang and Kim Tan meet in America when Eun Sang visits her sister in America to give her money under the belief she is getting married. Eun Sang hopes to stay in the States to find a better life, but finds her sister is not getting married and instead she takes the money and runs, leaving Eun Sang devastated.
Kim Tan watches the heart-wrenching exchange of Eun Sang fighting with her sister and after an unfortunate disaster feels compelled to help her. The two grow close over the next few days, but Eun Sang eventually returns to South Korea and treats her time in America as a dream. Kim Tan, who was exiled to America by his elder, half-brother, Won, decides to return to South Korea a few months after Eun Sang leaves. His return causes great disturbance amongst his family and for Eun Sang, once he realizes she lives in his home. He consistently pursues Eun Sang, causing much strife for her particularly from their classmates at Jeguk High, a high school filled with wealthy and cruel elites.
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Altogether, I loved Legend of the Blue Sea. The characters were well established and the chemistry between the leads both as their Dynasty and Modern characters was palpable; the pair were well-casted. There were some weak spots, but not enough to damage the story for me. I would rate it 4.8/5 stars.
“Everything is repeating.”
Legend of the Blue Sea has two parallel storylines, one set during the Joseon Era and the other in the modern world. A major theme of the show is history repeating itself and the desperate attempt to keep this from happening. In the Era timeline, the newly appointed townhead, Dam Ryeong, releases a mermaid who was captured by the local innkeeper back into the ocean. Before the mermaid, Se-hwa, swims away, she turns around and reaches her hand to Dam Ryeong, “which he briefly holds.” This connection sets off their intertwined destiny for both storylines.
In the present world, Joon-Jae is a conman, who works with Nam-Doo and Tae-oh. After completing a large con, the three separate on vacation, where Joon-Jae heads to a seaside resort. It is here, where mermaid, Shim-Cheong, is caught up in a tidal wave and washed ashore, and breaks into Joon-Jae’s hotel room. Despite Joon-Jae’s attempt to get rid of Cheong, she refuses to leave his side.
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