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Please Enlighten Me
6 people found this review helpful
Oct 17, 2021
Completed 1
Overall 1.5
Story 1.5
Acting/Cast 5.5
Music 1.5
Rewatch Value 1.0
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I was just that desperate and not i regret

Well...that sucked really bad.
Too fast, the relationship makes no sense, they all have the same 3 outfits, it just sucks.
- what did the surgeon show after the surgery to the FL's family ?the father's stomach ?
- if yes , why did the girl cry ?
- how did people enter so easily to hospital and why was there a fight ? What is security doing ?
- Why did he fall in love so quickly and why is he being creepy about it ?
- How many days passed for her to graduate and start uni ?
- how did she get his number ?
- How did the best friend and the ML's cousin know each other ?
- WHEN did they forgive each other ?
- So many questions i have,so little motivation to write them down

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Cupid's Last Wish
9 people found this review helpful
Mar 23, 2022
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 4.5
Story 1.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
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"What's most important to know?" Idk, "WISH YOU A SAVE JOURNEY" ig

I'll start with the good because it won't take as much time as the bad.
Earth and Mix are honestly really good actors and I'm blown away by their chemistry everytime I see them together.
Korn looks at Win with so much love and lust and Win does the very same, it's both beautiful and frustrating to see two characters who love each other that much but can't seem to realize it. It's been what ? 15 years (just guessing) of those looks and Dr.Non is just 'there', wondering when they'll jump each other. Lin not knowing how those two feel made me so unimpressed I slowly started to lose interest in her character.
Oops I started with the bad. Let me go back on the good - the music ! They had budget and it shows, the songs were all beautiful as well as the scenary. It did make me think of ATOATS but unfortunately it means we can't help but see the differences with the plot and how the characters were written, and think badly of A Cupid's Last Wish.
I was told to think of it as a trope : mutual pining + immature character + misunderstanding + food
Unfortunately they've been pining for almost twenty darn years. TWENTY. YEARS. I thought they were dating since episode 1 first minute but apparently it's normal to stare at your CLOSE FRIEND when they sleep, live together and brush their face in their sleep. I have to reevaluate my friendships, i'm obviously doing something wrong.
I really wanted to love Win, but he was immature and hot-tempered in a really abusive way with his family and it's just impossible to be supportive of his actions in the first part of this drama. Korn...was... really 2007 seme gay character. Wise and cold and seemingly unaffected. I think that's why I can tell I'd have dropped the drama if it wasn't for those actors. This dynamic is exactly like how 'healthy relationships' were written back in the days. An uke or powerful bottom who refuses to THINK and a seme who never speaks. That misunderstanding was so stupid I'm still shocked it took so long to deal with it when they've been adressing it since episode 1 - it's been a bit more than a year. ONE YEAR of not taking ONE SECOND to even consider that you might not see the bigger picture. Win has been friends with Korn for 15 years and he 'dumped him' after one meeting with the lawyer.
If you want my opinion : give it a try because the drama is indeed beautiful and ALL the actors deserve some fame. Jan's acting unfortunately didn't shine but it doesn't mean she isn't a good actress so i'll defend her to the moon and back. The scenery and music also deserve some claps. But honestly the plot and characterization... It was bad. Really bad.

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3 people found this review helpful
Feb 28, 2022
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

NOT a romance

I'll repeat again to anyone who is checking the reviews before watching the show: This is NOT a romance drama. I know it's the first tag but IT'S WRONG !!! Don't expect fluff and angst related to feelings, or clichés. This is a political thriller and a MELOdrama.

Is the romance nice ?
Meh. But it came as a savior for me because the start of this drama was SO boring. It was also really pure and it might not make much sense but it kept me hanging.

Is the rest worth it ?
There were so many plot holes... There were situations they should have adressed but decided to dismiss in order to tell us more about side characters you don't care about.

It is worth watching it ?
Yes. The songs were beautiful, the filming and editing too. The amount of work they put in everything but the plot was amazing. I know it sounds mean, but it was impossible for me to relate to anyone.
I originally wanted to give it a 5.5/10 but I did appreciate the main characters, acting, songs and filming.

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Not Me
3 people found this review helpful
Mar 21, 2022
14 of 14 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10

The power in realization

This drama was probably the discovery of the year.
High budget, interesting story about corruption, multiple characters finding themselves and fighting for what they believe is right.
I didn't expect to love it this much. Usually my level of expectations is rather low when it comes to BL - usually when the acting is great the plot gets annoying at one point. This was absolutely not the case here.
White and Sean were amazing in their differences, as White slowly starts to see the bigger picture his feelings for Sean change but while he understands him, he still continues to stay true to himself. The same thing happens to Sean with White. I truly appreciated this because the character development was done right.
I was hesitating between a 9 and a 9.5 for two reasons. First, I didn't like what happened with Dan and Yok. Their story was interesting at first but then I felt like the writers didn't know where this was going. Then, I wanted to know more about Todd and Black. I feel like we need more about those two because Todd was truly interesting and we might not get a spin off or a season 2 but I'm praying for more.

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Jun & Jun
1 people found this review helpful
Sep 7, 2023
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 5.5
Story 2.5
Acting/Cast 5.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 6.0
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Putting candles on a birthday cake you haven't baked yet

Honestly I do not know how to rate this drama because it wasn't bad but it wasn't good ?
The story is pretty simple, two best friends who meet again once they're adults. It could have been so good and instead it's like they left the essence of a great trope in the bottom of an ocean of despair. I thought people were supposed to have a personality, but god was I wrong. From the plot to the leads to the relationship, everything is just...shallow.
It's like watching TV after a tiring day and you end up on a program that numbs your brain so much you find no motivation to change channels. I didn't hate it ok ? I was really curious to know if they'll ever get deep at one point and i'm not against hurting myself every now and then.
And then.. The last 20 seconds of the last episode happened.
The leads making out on the bed yet fully dressed and then....then... One of them gets a condom and squeezes it in his hand. Why man ? WHY ? You're both fully clothed what are you going to do ? Use your mind to get both of you naked ??
It's like trying to put candles on a birthday cake you haven't baked yet. It makes no sense at all.
This entire drama makes no sense at all.

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My Strange Hero
0 people found this review helpful
Mar 6, 2022
32 of 32 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 4.5
Rewatch Value 3.0
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A good watch

I completed this drama quite fast, to be honest. It wasn't bad, some parts were boring and I fast forwarded them, but it wasn't *bad*. Nothing made me scream my disagreement, I didn't send vocals to my friend to bitch about a character even if I'll punch my baby's mother if she ever speaks to him again.
We all know how much Korea loves corruption and it was interesting to see it in a school, but i think they lost themselves between the love story and this 'plot' if you can call it like that (it was...quite far fetched). I was happy to see such a nice romance between the main leads and I absolutely despised the lack of depth in the relationship between the three best friends. They told us they were really good friends, showed us 5 takes of their highschool days, and that's it. It doesn't make any sense. I honestly don't get why they chose to put some dialogues and moments we didn't care about, and sacrificed the time the viewers could have empathized with the leads.
Also, and it won't be a surprise to anyone who has been around me during Vincenzo, but I ADORED Kwak Dong Yeon. His character was so interesting and I'll be forever pissed that they gave him this ending.
To conclude, I had nothing to watch and wanted some romance with eye candies, and it was served on a plate. I appreciate this.

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Dropped 5/24
The Flaming Heart
2 people found this review helpful
Jul 29, 2021
5 of 24 episodes seen
Dropped 1
Overall 1.0
Story 1.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 1.0
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What you made me do

After having read multiple comments and reviews, Ithink we can all agree that we have been waiting for this drama for Gong Jun.
He has made a tremendous amount of progress in his acting, but unfortunately there is no chemistry with the FL.
It's less weird than in Flavour it's yours, i would even say that it's as good as in The Love Equations,but the plot and editing were just so bad i could not continue after half a dozen episodes.
We're all familiar with those action and romance dramas, we have had My Dear Guardian this year after all and You are my hero not that long ago. However, The Flaming Heart could have brought something new...something better than nonsense.
I often had to watch some parts of the episodes because i did not follow what was happening. For example, ML is at a coffee and he walks away from the FL who recognizes him..and next episode another day has started. No conversation whatsoever . It's only one of the numerous examples of what is wrong with the cuts and while it's a running joke in Advance Bravely, the drama has an excuse since it's a BL.
I'm annoyed at the shaky camera, and my poor eyes were suffering so much i almost got sick .
Finally, the plot.
What plot ?
No plot.
Their romance makes no sense,the FL is annoying because she spends her time doing 'medical stuff' even a 5 year old would do better,and when she's not killing people,she is making fun of the ML. There's one thing i hate,it's how she reacted when she learned about his phobia. She spends her time depending on others to do stuff and then do something really reckless like leaving her group and searching for honey pot or something. SHE DID NOT EVEN GET THE HONEY AFTER ALL THE TROUBLE SHE PUT EVERYONE THROUGH . WHAT A JOKE.
The other doctor ends up on a date with her crush for absolutely no reason, the female firefighter is as clumsy as a drunk toad...
I have not been able to relate or even appreciate the female characters. At all.
Even Gong Jun's hair,smile,voice,moles,eyes,uniform and body could not make up for the hell those first episodes put me through.

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