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Just Between Lovers
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2 days ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 7.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 6.5
The story and screenplay combined with the consistency in character development portrayed by awe-inspiring acting by most of the major showrunners created this tear-jerking (sometimes) drama with a boat-load of romance.
The chemistry between the main leads is one of the slam-dunks of the show. The zeal to follow one's love no matter the circumstances is quite well-written. The transition between episodes is fluid enough to not cause a distraction or end-up in major plot holes.
Although the drama hit many home rums with respect to relationships overall, nonetheless we find a lack of gradual sibling bonding between the male lead and his sister. The final arc of the season, especially the last 2 episodes show major sibling bonding.... which is closer to a real-life scenario..... which is kinda welcome.
Like most romance dramas, the existence of cliched misunderstandings and sacrifices is present, but not to the point of being a hindrance to the overall flow of the story. All-in-all, this is a refreshing portrayal of pain, love, regrets, memories and all of them being the reasons to live.

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Life on Mars
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11 days ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
When I started watching this drama albeit with a bit of skepticism towards the already overused time travel plots, it did surprise me with a thought-provoking storyline and amazing acting by almost all the characters in a consistent manner. There was no sudden shift of characters' essence for driving the plot rather a smooth transition of screenplay enhancing the entire experience of watching the show.
I would certainly recommend this to people who are interested in criminal procedural dramas with a pinch of science fiction and a lot of food for thought. The main role going through the constant struggle of facing the reality (?) of his situation makes the audience more empathetic towards his cause. The question of how to return to his original timeline (?) and not being able to give in to his feelings towards the female lead... all make for good character development. The group dynamic is emphasized quite a bit and improves over the course of various investigations carried out.
Background music is another crucial part of this show. It is serene, smooth and flows with nostalgia. All-in-all this was a pleasant surprise to me. Thumbs up for all associated with this show.

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Prime Minister and I
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15 days ago
17 of 17 episodes seen
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Overall 5.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 2.0
I felt that most Korean dramas start well but can't keep the pace to achieve a satisfactory ending, which is further debatable. This one falls directly into such a category. One can't exactly point out how this drama was received when it first aired, but now that I've watched it, it does not seem to have hit the points it initially set out to complete.
The pain experienced by the characters throughout the series was not fully evident from the performances on screen. The music associated with the main lead was the only consolation prize to an overtly exaggerated dramatic past of the MC which never really hit a chord for the audience to sympathize the least. The cliched version of the female lead to not be able to realize her father's wishes beforehand was well within the bounds of the creative block that the writers could have avoided, arriving at a better ending..... can't know for sure, but maybe it's just alright.

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Revolutionary Love
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18 days ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 2.5
Story 1.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
It is not an exaggeration to say that this drama has failed to meet the essentials of any sort of a romantic comedy. The chemistry between the main leads does not seem to progress at all. The business plotline was rushed in without yielding any fruitful/satisfactory conclusion. The main lead is naive to the core and almost always needs someone's help to move the plot forward. The female lead initially starts out great with a quirky attitude but soon succumbs to the lack of depth in the character.
The friendship arc shown between the three main leads is quite absurd and does not do much justice to the overall plot. There is the classic dilemma of the indecisive female lead. The sheer abuse/violence by the main lead's father is a bit too much even for a drama. No one in the family even addresses such violence and it is brushed aside as if it does not exist. There is no concept of sibling bonding anywhere. The mothers of the main leads are cool and consistent with their performances. It seems the story would have moved mostly in similar lines without the need of the third main lead.
Although the actors have tried their best to bring out their respective characters, the severe lack of a coherent screenplay coupled with the ineffective sub-plots leads to a drama neither good for a comedy nor romance. At the end of the day, there is not much to remember about this show.

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