What I’m Watching

Hi Thundie’s Prattle readers! It’s been a while.

I can’t believe almost a full year has passed since my last post. 2012 has been a year of great dramas, many of which I watched and wanted to write about. Unfortunately this has not been such a good year for me in real life; I spent most of it struggling with my health, repeatedly crashing again just when I thought I might be getting better, and starting the whole cycle again. On the upside I had a lot of time to watch dramas while I was convalescing – and I have a lot of half-finished drafts of drama rants and reviews languishing in my hard-drive.

So I told myself this time I would finish, no matter what! And instead of biting off more than I could chew with my limited energy these days, I decided to do a brief review/first impressions of each of the currently airing dramas I’m watching right now. Also, fair warning: I’m rusty because I haven’t done blogging of any sort for a long time, so please forgive me if this is very rambly and long.

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The doctor is in

Doc: Shouldn’t it be “The Doctor is JIN”?

Ha-eung: Sure, sure. There’s a 100-nyang bounty on your head, but we’re not at all worried about that, are we? Why don’t you just march to the police bureau and give yourself up? Save the officers there the trouble of hunting for you. In fact, I might as well take you there myself now.

Doc: All right, no need to flap; it was just an innocent question. Back where I come from, it’s basic courtesy to tell people your name.

Ha-eung: I don’t know what backward village you hail from, but over here you lie low and stay out of trouble, you hear? You treat the people who come, I collect the payment, and together we…

Doc: But I’m not a psychiatrist, I’m neurosurgeon Dr. Jin Hyuk!

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Falling in love the Queen In-hyun’s Man way

I was six when I first experienced a boy’s interest in me. Jeffrey, a distant cousin and a year older, ran circles around me and after he was all pooped from running, found a live roach and promptly dropped it inside the back of my T-shirt. My shrieks could be heard five blocks away.

Ah, the first flush of love. There is nothing sweeter, which explains why I staggered into my dentist’s office at nine this morning, two index fingers gesturing wildly at my mouth. I could not speak. In just a matter of forty-five minutes last night, cavity after cavity began forming in my hitherto cavity-free teeth. All because I was watching Episode 4 of Queen In-hyun’s Man.

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History of the Rooftop Fashion King: Episode 1

Sit tight. Because what you’re about to read is a tale so fantastical it’ll leave you alternately reeling and hooting. If owls (and diaper-clad chickens) are your thing, and if you enjoy intrigue and romance (and also a spot of comedy, intentioned or not), you’ve come to the right place.

But first, a disclaimer. Any resemblance in this story to old or current TV fare is purely coincidental and should not be misconstrued as mischief (punishable by hard labor on a treeless and TV-less island). If there’s any mischief at all, you’ll find it in this extremely tall tale, all eighty-two episodes of it. And now we begin with Episode 1.

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A Wife’s Credentials: Episode 1

[Softy is back on TP, yay! This time with recaps for a 16-episode cable drama that recently finished airing and which some of my pals claim is one of the best offerings of 2012.

Since A Wife’s Credentials hasn’t been talked about very much, and since Softy is also convinced that AWC is an underrated gem and has been persuading me to watch it, I discussed it with her and the result is… Ta da, AWC transcaps! If you are not familiar with Softy’s work (transcaps = transcripts + recaps), she translates each episode so that you can watch it as though you are watching with subtitles. Thank you for this awesome gift, Softy sweetie! –thundie]

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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 1

I’m in sageuk heaven. First, there was The Princess’s Man, a story that got me reading into the night about King Munjong and his brother the Grand Prince Suyang.

Now there’s Tree With Deep Roots, a new and promising drama about Munjong and Suyang’s father, King Sejong the Great. Eight minutes into the opening episode and I immediately feel at home, the words “General Kim Jong-seo” and “Jiphyeonjeon” (Hall of Worthies) rekindling images from my beloved The Princess’s Man.

As double icing on the cake, guess who are the two actors playing the young Sejong and his father King Taejong, respectively?

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Emperor of the Sea: Episode 1

Why an older drama like Emperor of the Sea? Isn’t that a 2004 production?

Guilt, first of all. That three-volume set sitting on the shelf and looking all forlorn whenever I walk past. How many years has it sat there?

And giddy anticipation. Because ever since I found this when I was looking for a suitable image for the Titans on our screen page, I’ve been antsy. Can’t wait to watch him!

So did he make an appearance in Episode 1?

He did. Even the lizards in my room squealed when he appeared. But you should see the lizards’ reaction and mine when Brad Pitt’s two lady loves, one current and one former, popped up on the screen.

C’mon, be serious.

I kid you not. At first I thought I was seeing things, but when they appeared one after another and then stood side by side (ready to scalp each other), every doubt dissolved and I about fell off my chair. Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston. In a sageuk!

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