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Memories of the Alhambra
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21 days ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 5.0
Story 4.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
So I was really hyped about this drama. I couldn't wait for it to start airing. What a letdown..
It started out a bit interesting, but as the plot progressed the entire story turned into a mess. (not that virtual-real interactions were realistic from ep1 onward) Almost nothing makes sense in any way. It reminds me a bit of the disappointment I felt, when I watched The Matrix Revolutions, it has similar, but more pronounced problems. To summarize the script is just bad. People criticize Park Shin Hye for bad acting, but honestly I think she was fine here, it's not her fault that the writer made her character a 2d persona with very little substance, sure I admit that she isn't the best when it comes to crying in kdramaland, but come on .. Technically this is a tragedy/melodrama, but it's difficult to take it seriously, so the melodramatic moments lack impact for that reason. As I said the story is a jumbled mess and I cannot take it seriously despite me being rather tolerant for nonsense, I loved SaO season1 for example.

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Something in the Rain
2 people found this review helpful
Dec 1, 2018
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
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The first 7 or so episodes were really special, out of this world good romance, beautiful cinematography,excellent acting performances by the main pair and annoying, but tolerable side characters. Unfortunately by the time we reached the last episode the writers ruined almost everything & also some really tedious & annoying sub-plots were used.
So in my opinion the best way to watch this is to watch the first 9 episodes & then jump straight to 16. ~~ That way you all will see something truly remarkable.

My disappointment in episodes 11 > 15 are comparable to what I felt watching Jealousy Incarnate, when they all lived in the same apartment...

Still I will remember this show for a long time to come, rewatching the first 7 episodes is something I will probably do, when the pain of what followed has become a faint memory. Objectively I should probably give this something like 4-5 stars, but the first half of the show is good to the point that it's insane, hence the 8 stars rating..

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Just Between Lovers
2 people found this review helpful
Oct 30, 2018
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 6.5
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I'm extremely surprised that this is getting so much praise, nearly as surprised that I did not drop this early on around EP 4-5. I think my biggest gripe is that up till episode 7-ish there was nothing but pain & suffering. I realize that this is a melodrama, but in order for me to feel the value of this genre, in order to feel a sense of loss the characters' lives need to be introduced before everything went to oblivion for them. I'm giving this a 5 instead of a 1, because the main leads had great chemistry and the acting on their part was outstanding and their romance was well written too I guess. The cinematography was decent & the OST is quite memorable too. Usually I like the 16 episode format, because the writers don't have a chance to overdo fillers & they can just freely use their best ideas to full effect, there is no need to hold back for further seasons, but here I felt that 16 episodes were too condensed for all this borderline sadistic writing. That's not all, there were so many characters I felt apathetic about. Mr Shifty-eyes Architect, or that CEO? that always shouts, why did I have to see his pointless attempts at romance, just why? I like Kang HanNa, but her character made little sense to me, so I guess her acting talent might've been wasted here.
I've been reading the comments under the final episode & everyone was like "Thank God it's a happy ending, like this it's 10/10" etc, but I'm just not that forgiving. Literally 5 minutes of moderate happiness before the ending credits isn't enough to forget all the bad things, feels like the writer was pressured into changing her originally planned ending too.. Naturally there is no way that I would ever rewatch this drama. On the upside watching good melos mess me up for quite a while, but since I did not become emotionally invested in this one I'm already over it :-)

edit: For reasons unknown I kept missing the show, so after rewatching it I liked it a lot more than for the first time, so changing my rating to 6.5 stars. :-)

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Boss & Me
1 people found this review helpful
Sep 18, 2018
33 of 33 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.5
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The first 12-15 episodes were fantastic. There was so much humor, that I had a hard time watching the episodes in a single go, because my brain just couldn't take all the positive stimulation, it was just perfection in the romantic comedy genre. (even the gossipy coworkers were fun)Unfortunately what followed up until episode 25? (the episode, when FL got hospitalized) had barely any humor, quite a bit of boredom & many only slightly melodramatic, but still extremely frustrating scenes. The second female lead's character was one of the worst I've seen in a drama. The story felt repetitive & it also crawled to a near complete halt until that really stupid moment when SS found the bookmark and 2 minutes later she saw the second FL's "move". I mean come on, even for a romantic Cdrama this was rather terrible. After the reconciliation in e26? I expected to return to the fun times of the early episodes, but unfortunately I was disappointed once again, because I had to witness one of the most unreal plot twists in a drama with that 10kk RMB debt thing, the resolution of that was kind of acceptable I guess & the last 2-3 episodes were also okay, but nowhere near as satisfying of an ending as it could have been.

I will definitely rewatch the first half of the drama though, those early episodes were very memorable.

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Something About 1 Percent
1 people found this review helpful
Sep 8, 2018
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 3.0
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I wanted to watch something without love triangles & forced melodrama, so picked up this drama having read comments & reviews about SA1%. I ended up being mildly disappointed, the light romcom part lasts for the first 10-11 episodes, but the humor isn't very strong, nor is the romance that interesting by itself. The leads have chemistry, but the whole dating situation felt, for a lack of a better word odd. The contract kept generating unnecessary tension all "Sword of Damocles" like and following the inevitable breakup we had 90 minutes of pointless melodrama, I'm sure the writers wanted to conjure some onion ninjas there, but I just wasn't invested enough in the characters for that to work. At least the ending was nice, although grandpa giving away his fortune like that made the entire plot semi pointless.

So far I've only seen 3 dramas that provided a nice frustration free experience, that I kind of crave in between melodramas, they are Oh my Venus, What's Wrong With Secretary Kim & Love O2O. SA1% does not play in the same league. (Especially the separation plot in Oh My Venus was done so much better, I really enjoyed the episode after the car crash...)

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Strongest Deliveryman
0 people found this review helpful
1 day ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 7.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
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I liked the romance & the main leads, the second leads and many misc characters as well. The OST was also okay. I liked it that they didn't overdo the triangle in this one. The reason why it's not 10/10 is because the surrounding story is just not very interesting. This whole delivery business vs. big evil corp thing was extremely typical & for the most part boring and 50%+ of the drama was about this. Other reviewers mentioned that they could empathize with the problems that these youths had to face in "helljoseon", but I found many of these outlandish and unfathomable, it's a bit too much drama logics for me. It's not really slice life, but fantasy, which is fine, but they tried to sell it as slice of life.. The ending was also a bit unsatisfying & although it was a happy ending, it was extremely rushed.

For comparison's sake SooBin's most recent drama "Where Stars Land" is very similar in structure & the level of the comedy & flaws in general are also similar, but the life at the Inchineon Airport was WAY more interesting, I liked that show a lot more for that reason.

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Eulachacha Waikiki
0 people found this review helpful
8 days ago
20 of 20 episodes seen
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Overall 7.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 5.0
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Reading the other reviews I was really looking forward to this one, but it does not seem to live up to the hype. Someone said that it's as good of a sitcom as Friends, but this is definitively not the case. The show is certainly funny & cute, albeit it has a lot of boring moments, especially in the early episodes. There were a few baby gags, but having seen the american Tv show "Raising Hope" I was not overly impressed. There was a lot of for the lack of a better word "anime" humor, you know the kind of humor where some event repeats 3-5 times during an episode with minor changes, when repetition is used as a tool for extra comedic effect, I'm on the fence whether it was good or not. I liked all the characters, the furry girl was especially awesome. There were some unnecessary kdrama cliches that shouldn't have been required in this genre, such as Sol's father appearing in the last episode, or Yuna having a second love interest for that "sweet" triangle......
Despite all this I had a pleasant time, but I will probably not watch it again, nor am I interested in season 2, because as usual over half of the cast is changed & for the sake of continuity they completely destroyed the story & happy conclusion from season 1. (just like with Let's eat 2~)

People learning Korean should watch this show, because the pronunciation of this group of actors seems to be unusually easy to understand.

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Encounter
0 people found this review helpful
11 days ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 5.0
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I enjoyed watching this show very much, that said it's not as light as I thought it would be, based on the reviews I've read on this site. In fact I think the melodrama tag is completely justified, yes there were no major tragedies, even so there was a melodramatic vibe throughout the entire drama. (melodramatic music, many ppl being perpetually unhappy etc, cinematography)
Song Hye-kyo was really amazing, maybe this was her best acting performance to date. Usually in kdramas I really hate interactions with foreigners, because both the foreign actors (seriously where do they get those ppl?) & the Korean actors speaking English all embarrass themselves so much, that I find it hard to watch, here however the Cuban scenes were surprisingly good. The foreigners spoke English naturally with a normal-ish Spanish accent & our main characters were also speaking like how I would expect a normal Korean to speak English in real life, it was actually believable. The secretary lady & that fat driver were also awesome!

I could go on and on about the positives, but the other reviewers already mentioned all the important points, so I'll just list what I did not like:
1, The ML looked like a female version of Matt Damon. I'm completely used to effeminate looking male Hallyu stars, but this was on another level. (too heavy on the lipstick YO!)
2, There is an insane amount of twisted logic, like that retarded clause ..
3, I didn't like any of the 3 mothers
4, The end of episode 13 was unnecessary & for me that alone made episodes 14 & 15 meaningless fillers.
5, There is that side character that only has one role, which is to recommend that W drink to his coworkers (and to us obviously).
6, The second ML hasn't had a single scene without having teary eyes, I hated his character even without this but ..
7, The ending could've been longer & more satisfying. (still it was ok)

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Reply 1997
0 people found this review helpful
18 days ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
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This drama is just awesome. There are so many great things about it:
-Many memorable scenes
-The retro feeling
-The 90s kpop
-The amazing cast
-Everyone had great chemistry with almost everyone.
-Amazing parents (this is a first for me after 30+ kdramas)
-Gay storyline in a kdrama that feels almost natural
-Good cinematography, especially outstanding for a slightly aged show
-Amazing ending

The biggest negatives for me were the mandatory love triangle and the older brother, despite the older brother's amazing flashback romance I just couldn't accept his predatory behavior as a teacher. Normally I don't care about age gaps at all, but this just irked me. Also they dragged on this semi dating bullshit for way too long.

(I really like the Chinese drama "A Love So Beautiful", I feel that it was strongly inspired by R97.)

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Let's Eat
0 people found this review helpful
Jan 17, 2019
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
This is going to be a short review. Basically this is like a (very high budget)cooking show with some mystery and a little romance. It was at times a little cute, a little interesting & there were some boring parts, I liked the entire cast. Yes there is a love rectangle, but it's nowhere nearly as bad as usual in other kdramas. Overall I enjoyed my time watching this, but there is not much rewatch value. The OST was fine, but nothing too memorable.

Not going to watch Let's Eat 2, even if it's not bad it would destroy Let's Eat 1 for me..
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Where Stars Land
0 people found this review helpful
Dec 17, 2018
32 of 32 episodes seen
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Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 3.0
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I enjoyed watching this show, but now that I'm trying to write a review I'm having difficulties trying to describe why. I guess I liked the main couple's romance, the lack of a second ML and the OST, but honestly WSL is pretty mediocre for the most part. Maybe it's because I ALMOST felt like that the Incheon airport is a magical place, perhaps I should rewatch some Ronningmen episodes that were filmed at the Incheon airport XD

Anyway there are lots of negatives:
I could go on and on how stupid our ML is doing the kdrama equivalent of "burning his life" for nonsense reasons, or how certain characters completely change mid way, the lack of pre-production obviously shows. The most interesting characters on the show barely had any screen time, like that pregnant woman at the control tower, or my favorite supporting actor of all time Kim Wonhae only had like 5 scenes where he did practically nothing.
There were so many missed opportunities, like there were those mini crises at the airport, they could have made some really interesting ones, but all of them were boring. The ending was rather underwhelming, it's one of those "50 minutes of melo followed by 4 minutes of chill & 1 minute of actual happy ending" endings, I'm not impressed, I would have felt more satisfied had they all died in a nuclear attack at the airport... Oh I almost forgot that there were gangsters too, waste of screen time they were...

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The Beauty Inside
0 people found this review helpful
Dec 7, 2018
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 8.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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What a year 2018 has been for kdrama, we had What's Wrong With Secretary Kim & 30 but 17 and now The Beauty Inside. TBI doesn't quite match up with the other 2, but it represents the same trend, doing away with tedious love triangles & instead using other tools to generate tension and I do love a good mystery... (even if everything is obvious about it on day2)

I felt that Lee Minky's acting was a bit off in this series, it was nowhere near as good, as it has been in This is my 1st Life. Still very decent ofc, just that he felt off here and there. I really liked the rest of the cast, especially Lee Dahee, she was really awesome here. Na Younghee is an "ajumma" actress I never liked before in any of the dramas I've seen her appearing in, but this time she was a good fit. The OST was fairly pleasant too, but not very memorable.

Now why am I not giving this 10/10? Well there are some issues. Probably this wasn't pre-produced, the way how they dealt with the rival actress's character was super strange, like the writers wanted to use her as a tool to mess everything up, but changed their minds half way. Episode 14, well this was really just a plain bad episode. I realize that they felt that a work labeled as "drama" needs to have drama in it, but oh man this was pretty badly executed in my opinion. For reference, Oh My Venus had an episode with the same writer intent, but it was SOO MUCH better in every way. Let's not even mention the time-skip part.. The assistant writers(interns?) responsible for product placements were definitely not very good, too obvious boys and girls..
There were some missed opportunities too. They could have done so much more with Segye's alter egos. I mean sure I liked it when she turned into a kid spending time with mom, but there could have been so much more. Remember how memorable Goblin's ghost stories were?

So yes, overall I was entertained, will watch it again someday. I hope that in 2019 we will have more dramas like this one.

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The Girl Who Sees Scents
0 people found this review helpful
Nov 17, 2018
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 6.5
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 2.0
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This is a procedural drama with some cute romance. This pretty much sums it up, the romance is reasonably okay, but you won't be floored by the main leads' chemistry. Big positive though that there is no love triangle, or forced separations. Shin Se Kyung did well compared to some of her other works, ML? his acting wasn't very convincing.. The comedic skits for the troupe were meaningless, I did not find any of them funny.
The aspect of seeing scents is a bit interesting, but the CGI showing mini leaf etc. symbols floating around is just dumb, it should've been some random shapes & colors, because this is just unacceptable even with drama logic.
The majority of the time is spent on the procedural police stuff and honestly some of it is really boring, some of it is really stupid, the side characters at the station were not that interesting either. One notable example is that moment when our ML shows his genius in rotating a barcode, well newsflash drama writers, it doesn't matter how you rotate or mirror a barcode, the numeric value won't change. Police tends to be really really bad in kdramas in general, but this is a new kind of low.
Park Jinjoo is the best part of the series, I would love to see her in a main role one day..
The killer, well I didn't really care tbh, the actor did a good job, the sub par script wasn't his fault.
The OST was okay, nothing too memorable though.

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I Hear Your Voice
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Oct 15, 2018
18 of 18 episodes seen
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Overall 9.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10
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I watched this after seeing Pinocchio & While You Were Sleeping. IHYV is very similar to these two, it's written by the same writer who seems to specialize in these procedural supernatural romance dramas, so no surprise there, I wasn't disappointed, for the most part. What's interesting that While You Were Sleeping feels like an improved version of the same underlying story, we even had precognitive dreams in IHYV too, so in originality naturally IHYV wins big time.

So let's begin with the negatives. I really didn't like the love triangle, especially around episode 9-11. In a mystery/procedural drama there is no need for this, since there are plenty of tools to keep the viewer on edge, this defo felt out of place. (Pinocchio & WYWS also had triangles, but those were very weak & benign in comparison) Sungbin's story felt unnecessary once her trial was over. I like the actress, but there was definitely problems with her scenes in the second half of the drama, maybe she served as a tool for some clever product placements that I've missed?! The amnesia plot was annoying & unnecessary,it was a low point in the drama. Also there are problems with drama logic, like can the Korean police be really that incompetent...
Positives are aplenty. I really liked the unusual main couple. Especially Lee Boyoung did an excellent job. I also loved the judge character that is played by the guy I already knew from Running Man. The ending was one of the best I've seen so far in a kdrama. Also the bromance between the female leads was really good, even better than in DoTS. I liked the OST, though it's obviously nowhere near as good as in WYWS. The plot (except around ep9-11) had a nice flow & I liked the theme of the show overall. There are more positives, but there is not much reason to talk about them, overall this is a very pleasant watch with forgivable flaws. I think Pinocchio is still the best in this genre, out of those that I've seen, but this is not far behind.

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My ID is Gangnam Beauty
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Oct 7, 2018
16 of 16 episodes seen
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
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The first 6 episodes were really slow, even compared to "A Love so Beautiful". I'm not into watching the ugliness of society (be that Korean, or American) for extended periods of time, I was ready to drop the drama multiple times for that reason, but the entire plastic surgery thing kept me interested just long enough to reach episode 7 and then things turned for the better. I realized that I really started liking the cast & the romance was getting more and more interesting. There was no humor at all in the first half, but there were quite a few funny moments later on too. As usual in drama like this I expected the worst from the love triangle, but that never happened, that's always a giant plus. I don't really care about bromances, but this one here was not much worse than in Goblin. I also like how it ended. Yes others have commented on how many secondary plotlines are unfinished & how great a second season would be, but I disagree. I'm genuinely afraid of what the plotline in that hypothetical second season could be. I feel that they followed the still ongoing webcomic too closely up until the ending, that's why we had all that melodramatic setup in the beginning that couldn't really lead anywhere in 16 episodes and honestly I'm not that curious about their resolution, feeling that it's better not to know, I'm content that I got the happy ending that I wanted & the topic of plastic surgery & the psychology of plastic surgery were sufficiently explored.
The OST was just there, here I am writing this 8 hours after finishing the series & I don't recall a single song, or track. Not memorable at all.

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