The 2011 year-end review that couldn’t write itself

As has been said by many already, this year was a rough year for Kdramas. We saw a lot of piss poor, mediocre crap — even more so than the last three years – and also less than a handful of dramas that stood above the rest. For the most part, I was sorely disappointed with what I watched this year, despite being quite selective in what chose to watch, and even more nitpicky about which dramas I chose to finish. Call it the year that I turned into Oscar the Grouch or whatever, but there were certain moments throughout this year that I almost forgot why I loved Korean dramas in the first place. I almost lost the passion I had for dramas. It wasn’t until after I took a break and watched a few mind-blowing oldies that my interest was revived again. Continue reading

The end of Witches and Wizards and the age of Muggles

One of the things I looked forward to doing as I stepped off the airplane coming back to the States was catching the final movie for the Harry Potter series. I made it a priority to watch it in theaters as soon as possible. How does one bid farewell to a childhood series? Well, time for a review/discussion! Joining me in this post is the lovely Arwen, whom I’m sure many of you have missed on this blog. Rest assured, you’ll see much more of her on DBJ in the upcoming weeks ahead because LOTR recaps will be coming back soon. Read on only if you’ve watched the movie or if you’re not afraid of reading a post that’s filled with spoilers on what happened in Deathly Hallows Part 2.

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Musings on Romance Town Episodes 8-12

Since I’m behind on my commentary, I thought I should just talk about all the episodes I’ve seen thus far, and try to catch up with the series. This isn’t going to be a gigantic post, though, and I’ll try to keep my thoughts brief.

Romance Town is interesting in that it’s a show I enjoy and really like, but there are several factors that keep it from becoming an awesome drama that I love. And based on the poll, it seems as if a lot of you feel the same way. At this point, it also seems to be another one of those dramas I may watch once, but never want to rewatch later on because it’s not a drama that I could probably watch a second time and still enjoy it.

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Musings On Romance Town Episode 7

Sorry for the delay in the commentary series! But hooray for plot movement! Finally! And I was beginning to get worried that we’d still be stuck with the Soon Geum-Shi Ah lie for another couple episodes. The last two episodes felt like the show was stuck in limbo with the plot moving at a snail’s pace, albeit filled with fluffy fillers in between, which made the time go by a whole lot faster. I’m relieved that we’re now slowly getting past the lie, because the longer the lie remains as a main plot point, the bigger consequences there will be.

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Musings On Romance Town Episode 6

It’s come to my attention that another fellow blogger by the name of Thundie is doing a first impressions poll on all the May dramas on her blog, and that Romance Town is trailing far behind Best Love and Lie To Me in all the polls. It’s actually not just Romance Town, but the same goes for the rest of the May dramas that are not BL or LTM. So how about a few more of us Romance Towners get our voices heard out there! Go vote if you haven’t already done so by clicking the link above! At this point, the results aren’t going to change much, but let’s give the other dramas a run for their money, yeah?

Sorry it took so long for this particular post. Truth be told, I was finding it hard to come up with things to say right after I finished watching this, only because the plot movement was even slower in this one than in episode 5. And I’m not talking about how there wasn’t as much going on in this episode — there was a lot of filler scenes, just not a lot of plot that I was interested in. Which is interesting because the romance is really settling in already. Personally, there was also less cute scenes in this episode compared to episode 5, but all of that aside, I still enjoyed it enough to want to continue writing about it. Having said that, however, I admit that I’m also waiting for the drama to throw some curveballs at us, to keep us on our toes. Because all the hints and teasing we get must mean that something greater is bound to happen ahead.

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