Waste of timeAt first I enjoyed this drama, there were some twists and turns and then it became quite repeated and predictable to the extent where I was just skipping many scenes. Although, you can tell what will happen next but it was still a bit enjoyable until they decided to “fix” the viewer’s prediction with an awful ending in a failed attempt to throw people off their tail. My expression at the end wasn’t of sadness but was “Is this what i spent time watching for many hours?”
It’s time to start checking the end of these dramas so you don’t get disappointed. I’m done, it would have have been slightly acceptable if it was just a sad ending but it turned out to be unreasonable. This drama is a total waste of time. If you want to waste your time and piss yourself off at the end...then, watch it.
Just DessertsI was very pleasantly surprised by this off-the-wall Rom-Com drama, which was far better than I expected.
Loved the foodie bits, apart from references to Sharks Fin Soup, which should be illegal due to the cruelty involved and birds nest soup ~ also damaging if wild.
Sound acting from a good cast; I loved Jang Hyuk's portrayal of a likeable gangster-come-loan-shark. Jung Ryeo-won is perfect as the somewhat ditzy but feisty and quietly confident love interest. Lee Jun-ho was the most lovable combination of serious yet cute chef, whose smile completely changed his face.
I particularly like the fact that the relationship aspects to this drama are more grown up than usual. There are few clichés and the female characters in this are all quite strong and opinionated, rather than doe eyed and dull.
The evolving friendships, loyalty and just desserts make for a funny, touching and rewarding watch.
A Mess with good intimate scenesThe writing on this show was a hot mess.
And my biggest sticking point: Why was Zol writing BL fanfic about her own freaking brother and like not even doing it under the radar, like publishing it under her own name for the whole school to read? Well that and all the plot threads the show left dangling. Why did the show never loop back to the fact that Zon wanted to be a writer and give him his writer moment? And like did Zon's grades ever get better? Or were the parents just gonna be like, you can't have a writing hobby if you have bad grades, but a having a boyfriend hobby and bad grades is totally cool with us. Why did Tutors debt plot just fizzle into nothing? And why did they never explain what happened to his family to cause this crushing debt in the first place?
Why do none of the character's motivations make sense? Like Fighter's father established a*hole, has his I won't allow this relationship, but then pretty much immediately having a change of heart. Why can Fighter and Tutor never use their words so they don't have to be as dramatic as possible? Why does Tutor have such a close friendship with Hwahwa as they never establish her redeeming qualities?
What was the point of including the 3rd and 4th tier boy parings? Should have just spend more time with the two main couples.
So many questions.
But I didn't rate it even lower, because Fighter and Tutor do have great bed scenes and I enjoy the enemies to lovers troupe.
Get to know amazing Lee KnowIf you are new to the fandom I highly suggest you to watch all the episodes of "Lee Know Ri Bang". It is an amazing way to get to know Stray Kids' main dancer Lee Know better. He may seem like a tsundere type of a person, but after watching "Lee Know Ri Bang" you will realize how sweet, caring and kind Lee Know is. He cheers fans up, tells interesting stories and facts about himself and other Stray Kids members. Lee Know's LIVEs are always a surprise, because he doesn't stick to a particular schedule, but mostly it's once in a month and is about 60 minutes long.
On another note, since I’m in medicine, I generally stay away from medical dramas since the inaccurate depictions of medicine really irk me. I had a few moments of those, but not as many I would have expected. So I’ll applaud the writers who did their research for this one. Could’ve been been better, but not bad.
As for the actual storyline- very interesting concept. I like how they not only had how useful Tantawan’s gift is, but also how it can cause big problems, both comedic and heartbreaking.
The romance(s) in the story was/were fairly realistic from a certain point. Themes of being in love with multiple people but loving them differently and chasing your love vs fulfilling your needs was covered. It yielded some understandable, if not sometimes frustrating results.
And now my “things that annoyed me” list:
1) character failing to be considerate of other human beings and screaming at them in public for perceived wrongdoing.
2) overly harsh superiors in the hospital who place student doctors in positions of unrealistic responsibilities and then commit #1
3) really bad seniors at work who shame you into creating terrible work life balance. (This does get fixed by the end, but watching them indoctrinate students with idealistic dogma was hard to watch.)
4) serious issues with the damsel in constant distress. Tantawan is definitely infantile until the last episode. I’m not a huge fan of a lady who needs her man to come save her every time. (Paebii was awesome and had zero issues)
5) the ‘villain’ needed mental help, not just justice. Worst, this was acknowledged, but never had anything done about it. Which brings me to-
6) although some of the EM was technically ok (not great, but ok) the psychiatry and portrayals and simplification of diseases like depression, PTSD and depression with psychotic symptoms, was never portrayed properly. And sure, this is the farthest thing from a hard hitting medical drama, but misrepresentation of mental health in media just confuses viewers and misinforms them wan out the real issues people with those diseases deal with every day.
Anyway, that’s my 2 cents.
Underrated / Believable characters/ superb storyUnderrated for sure.
I loved how the characters developed. No cliche love stories. The sisters did not fall in love with first guy they met. .
I liked that the characters were believable. Their behaviour made sense, despite how much I hated them. Specially in laws, so many times I felt like Cheon youngest sister will change after seeing how her family treated her sister in law and her sister. Though she felt bad, there wasn’t a big change in her. Which I liked.
Liked that they did not show that people change after 1 incident. No one else changed except Cheon Woon Tak and the reason was totally understandable. How amazingly he played his character. He was in control all the time. Not a single scene where he did not shine.
Secretary Goo’s character was slow, patient, never boring.
I also loved that the youngest sister did not give up her dream till the end, and did not show that she succeeded with her dream. It makes sense.. she was young and inexperienced..
Every time I predicted the story, I was proven wrong which is but rare in kdrama..
"Unbelievable. Again, again, you're doing it again with that gaze. My heart just skipped a beat"The story takes it's time to develop the characters in the first few episodes, and the situation quickly escalates! You'll be surprised how much you're invested by the time the tragedy begins!
The plot is about one man who wants to find the meaning of happiness for once, after dress rehearsing tragedy, in his entire life before! And a woman who wants such happiness for the man she is head over heels in love with!
After turning over his life, 18 years later in the present, he is pretty much what a perfect husband is expected to be! Doing too well to say! Everything is about to get ruined by a sudden turn of event that leads to uncovering his past! which seems to be filled up with misfortunes more than one way!
The drama takes it's time to develop the main characters in present, while hinting about what could have happened in the past without giving too much spoiler early to fuel our adrenaline secretion, then suddenly we are thrown back to the past to only realize what actually is important is not what we were looking forward to the most! It's a whole different disheartening story that takes a creative take on self-inflicted misery, taking blame, and finding a middle ground for one's well being and happiness!
Acting is top notch! Lee Joon Gi as Baek Hee Sung is top notch! He looks totally dependable, manly and more than anything, a lovely dad! Whereas portraying Do Hyun So couldn't be better executed! He looks so much younger now, and has a gaze that says the world about him, adorable and painfully cool in his yellow hair style!
Moon Chae Won is doing wonder with her acting! She has the kind of shaky, mellow voice that has emotions breathing out while she speaks! Desperately asking for help without even saying the word! She is an amazing actress who wonderfully fills the role of a mysterious woman, Cha Ji Won, seeking happiness above all else for her family! She looks so beautiful and matured, It's so good to see her again in this new drama!
The music complements the drama real well, the score has lot of cool suspenseful music and very dark piano piece which comes together with a mix of violin at times to fully reveal the beautiful heart-breaking moments! It kinda reminds me of Misty which has that perfect mix of melancholic and thrilling music score as well!
I would probably re-watch this drama many times, even before it finishes airing! It's just soo good even tho the mystery element will be gone, it still has lots of suspenseful and dramatic moments to enjoy, and there must be many details missed on the first watch, that will add to overall enjoyment of the drama by the end!
Highly recommended for fans of thriller, psychological shows, and those who enjoy subtle and slower romance plot-lines. and don't let yourself be spoiled! It's such a great show to be ruined!
Fairy tale about healing journey"Psycho but it's okay" tackles issues such as mental health disorders. And it does it pretty well. In a world where mental disorders may look as "weird" "crazy" etc this drama does a great job at showing that it's okay! It's just an illness and that with the help of others and your own courage to heal you will be okay!
To be honest except the stunning visuals i didn't like it that much at the start. Maybe because thee female lead was acting like the type of male leads i don't like. And i kept forgetting that she is ill too. The "forced" romance didn't come at me at first too. Later though I started to like them and see that they were meant for each other because both needed help, and both received it though each other.
It was a very healing story and i liked the small sub-character's stories too. The darkness that surrounded the characters and how they were fighting with that darkness. However I was expecting much more from the "big reveal" and the last episode. Maybe because it was building up really intensefully throughout the drama and after all that build up the revelation, the big secret wasn't as big and special as it may have seemed. Maybe it was just because my expectations soared too high in the sky. Same with the ending. But it was a quite satisfying and healing one. Plus i think it is not my place to judge the pain that all these characters had. Because each and every person's pain is big and it is not to be ever compared.
As i said, i think this is a character driven story. The interesting characters were really charming and enchanting. Starting with Moon Young and Kang Tae ending with the patients in the OK hospital.
A character that really had an impact on me was Sang Tae and his growth. Autism is an illness too and a really hard one to be portrayed in a drama, but the actor did an amazing job. Sang Tae's growth was really something I enjoyed a lot. He also said a lot of wise words! Even naive and innocent with a mind of 8 year old, sang tae could see through a lot and say things that grown-ups may have not noticed because of overthinking :) . I was also surprised at the actor Kim Joon Hwon who played the president of publishing company Lee Sang In. He was really different here so at first i didn't even notice that it's the same actor who played doctor Park Min Gook in Romantic Doctor 2. I also really like Kim Chang Wan who played director of the OK hospital Oh Jee Wang. He is a great singer and i love how they used his songs in here too. Also his character was very wise and i loved each word he said :) Of course there is also Kim Min Young who is as always the best mom :)
Music was very enchanting especially the opening theme and the opening scenes :) though i couldn't make much sense of the English lyrics xD
Of course Go Moon Young's wardrobe is something to look forward too.
The cinematography is stunning.
For me the highlight of this drama were the fairy tales, the drawings and animations. :) That is what i liked the most in this drama. :)
...."So don't forget it and overcome it. Only the ones who overcome have the right to be happy. If you don't, then you will become a child who can never grow up"....
What i liked:
Fairy tales, Cinematography, healing, side characters with their illnesses, Hospital director, the castle aesthetics, Sang tae.
What i didn't like:
mostly the problems were because i expected too much from this story :) It had such a strong start that my expectations flew into space lol :)
If you are hesitating to watch it or not i suggest to try it a little then decide :) It has a nice share of comedy and suspense so you might not be bored :) Plus the nice messages :) so it will definitely go to my list of dramas with good messages :)
Written by a real judgeI was not surprised to find out the drama was written by a real judge (but how do they have the time?). The work culture felt very realistic although it's not like I know a judge's workplace, especially in Korea.
I was on an L appreciation binge when I decided to try tackle this drama again for the 3rd time. I'm glad I finally got to the end. It has an exciting start with the juxtaposition of L & Go Ara's characters but there's a few episodes in the middle where it's not exciting enough with either the characters or the cases/drama but then it picks up again and finishes strongly. Apart from the first episode, the last few were the best episodes. Also I got to the end of the slow-burn romance and to me it seems people have been throwing that term around lately for slice-of-life dramas but this one really was a slow-burn romance, I kind of forgot about it until it appeared again it was that slow. The drama gives slice-of-life vibes but it's completely unrelatable, how many people are judges?
This drama aimed to tackle many issues in society today and luckily was able to tackle issues in the workplace, civil law and criminal law in one go. They don't explain this until the end of the drama but the name Hammurabi derives from the Code (Law) of Hammurabi which was one of the first law codes to place greater emphasis on the physical punishment of the perpetrator and have a presumption of innocence, according to Wiki. The Miss in the name refers to Go Ara's character which I found interesting since Im Ba-reun (L) is really the main character. But she was a very exciting character, one that doesn't stop to think or consider, sometimes taking things too far in one direction and forgetting about the balance of the other direction. Which Im Ba-reun had to then drag her back from and try find that middle ground. This drama is the perfect example of compromise, change, and trying to see the both sides to every story.
It was interesting though how in their highlighting of how terrible the sexualisation of women is in the workplace they disregarded it happening to men (just one man really). However while I found the female character who intentionally flirted and gave mixed signals then got offended an odd character (if she was real I'd be annoyed no matter how hot she is, really, what does she think would happen?) she did help strengthen them highlighting the issue of sexual harassment of women (at the detriment to the man?). Also I found the rich vs poor mentality in this a bit too much, it certainly highlighted it as an issue but the mentality was so strong, or really it was Go Ara's character that had such a strong mentality.
I really loved the 3 main characters, the juxtaposition between them were what made this drama. It was as serious as Sung Dong-il and Go Ara could get but they were still hilarious, especially together. L as Im Ba-reun's indifferent distaste for other people narration was so appealing. His uncaring indifference of just dealing with society. Although I think if he was real he'd be depressed.Honestly though what really got me through the drama was L in a suit, he got me through all those middling boring moments. L's improved so much in his acting skills.
I looooove the OSTs, most are in my playlist. Most importantly I love how at the end of every episode, matter how sad I was feeling, it would play "It's alright, It's alright...it'll all be fine, someday." and that comforted me so much.
There's so many good quotes from this drama but I'm going to end with:
"When wearing this judge's gown you should erase your face but not your mind. I couldn't see it, if I'd tried to see with my heart I could've seen it. " - L
"After 30 years here I still don't know what's right or wrong. Please become a judge who listens. Before you make a judgement listen carefully to others." - Chief Judge Han's mentor
But i must be fair right? Lets talk about positives points too.
This drama learns you to be grateful for things that u already have who knows what would happen in future maybe you lost them very early. For example "Mother " mother always protects her children and she always wants best things for them. But unfortunately we wont have this angel for enite of our lives. We should always respect our mothers and never break her heart with our words.
All life problems caused by mis / non communicationStory unfolds too slowly as each and every scene is like going back/forth to explain the estranged relationship between HXT & LT. Format is worse than Missing Persons 2020. Had to keep checking timestamp on the side to know whether lady gardener with HXT is present day or current past! And it's not just tracking one past but two timelines - recent past in office/business and school days past. The present is sandwiched between these two past timelines.
Lost total interest & patience after Episode 6. Revisit today 13Aug for finale, and voila! just by watching ep 16 can roughly know what happened in the past that led to XT tumultous present. Good thing i skipped the draggy episodes 7 to 15!
Morale of the story: Miscommunicaton or non communication is a serious disease that can do great harm to friendship, including relationship between best of friends...
XD a fun watchHey, you should watch this because it's so funny and cute! The story is interesting in it's own way, but also a little mixed up. Everyone's acting was on point, just trying to get a feel for the type of person the main character is-is a little difficult because of what he pretending to be in the beginning compared to later mixed, emotional & adorably whinny/pouty prince. Though I wonder if they could have gotten a real cat to play the part... the animated is cute in it's own way. I'm looking forward to season 2 :)
First half is worth itI really thought this drama is going to be something different and special, and it was... until it wasn't. Others have gone into that, so I won't, but suffice to say, it went from a solid 9 in the first half to completely unwatchable for me in the last few episodes.
The soundtrack became annoyingly repetitive as well.
As for the acting, I think it was great, nothing mind-blowing but nothing bad either. I don't get why some people disliked the female lead, I thought she did great with what she was given to work with.
Both characters had their annoying moments but ultimately it was the need for more and more drama that killed this series for me.
I also found the other characters plot lines quite boring, despite the characters themselves being interesting.
Overall I'd still recommend and praise the first part for its impact and execution, but I advise against wasting your time with the rest unless you don't mind the shortcomings.
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