How many Korean dramas do you know that are named after animals? And a carcass-loving, bone-crushing one at that.
Like most people who watch K-dramas, I feasted (and sometimes choked) on the offerings from the three main Korean TV stations: KBS, SBS and MBC. It never occurred to me that I could sample other cuisines until a good friend raved about a certain cable drama and even offered to translate it for our fansub group. So that was how I was introduced to Hyena (tvN, 2006).
Likened by some to Sex and the City, Hyena subverts the premise of the famous American version by having four men (Kim Min-jong, Oh Man-seok, Shin Sung-rok and Yoon Da-hoon) in the lead roles. The drama is frank, funny and smart. Okay, the honesty and humor can be rather risque at times and we don’t even have to wait a whole episode to see a few bed romps.
But you know what? The drama isn’t just about sex. Far from it, in fact. It’s about (male) bonding and falling in love, friendship and family, trust and forgiveness, hopes and fears. You’ll laugh often, but prepare the tissues because you’ll need them. Sometimes you may even find yourself crying and giggling at the same time.
So yes, I love Hyena. Not the spotted version roving the plains and scaring the birds with its blood-curdling laughter, but the one that I savored for sixteen episodes, smacking my lips all the way. Come revisit the first episode with me.
What “altercation” was Teddy privy to in this scene?
Why does So-mi look so shocked?
Is Jin-beom really grinning here or gritting his teeth?
Figure out the rule or stare at the questioner?
What is tickling Jin-sang’s funny bone this time?
(And would Mom approve?)
Quiz time! How many cups do you need to contain all the
Oh Man-seok awesomesauce overflowing in this episode?
Anyone remember what was Lesson No. 1?
“Conch” asked “Leech” to rip what up in this scene?
Emperor Qin Shi and Caesar ate a lot of what?
(Hint: Look at what Seok-jin is holding.)
What does Cheol-soo need to confess?