I spent about 2 hours yesterday zipping through various episodes of The King 2 Hearts on Viki.com purely so I could read the comments that pop up on the top of the screen. I don’t know how anyone can watch the drama the first time through and concentrate on what’s going on with all the noise, but for a second viewing it is stupidly fun. The vast Read More →
I didn’t want to leave my last post as the last word on The King 2 Hearts, because as sad as I was that it was the end (sob!) and little disappointed that the last two episodes weren’t perfect (my expectations were way high ok? When I re-watch the finale I’ll probably be much more enthusiastic about it), I really loved this drama. I fell hard for these characters, who felt so real because they were truly written and acted so well. Although the plot sometimes tested my patience, it was the characters who never failed me, it was the characters that grounded the show and kept me laughing, crying and pumping my fist. Waiting for the next two episodes to air each week was near torture, but oh t Read More →
The last two episodes of The King 2 Hearts were a mess. In a rush to reach the finish line it was tonally uneven, the pacing was downright bizarre, and the emotional intensity that carried the show for 18 episodes was tellingly absent. I’ve had a chance to watch episode 19 a couple of times now, and knowing what is to come I was able to appreciate that without the death of Shikyung, which takes you too far with one emotion without pulling you back into the story, it was a strong enough episode on the strength of Jae Ha and Hang Ah’s reunion date and later their possible separation. It would have been much stronger had the show enough time to set up the impending war plot, and I dunno, had an Read More →
In all honesty I haven’t seen that many Korean dramas. The ones I have watched I began because I was sick at home, or on holiday. They have been my go to happy place, a lovely little bubble removed from reality, full of romance and comedy and a little angst to round it all out. K-dramas in reality, span genres of all kinds, but historically the ones I have been drawn to have been wish fulfilment exercises parading as rom-coms. When done well, they’re incredibly satisfying- the closest approximation I can think of in western media oddly enough, are BBC mini-series. K-dramas it turns out have a lot of affinity with adaptations of Dickens and Austen; wicked mothers, absent fathers, spunky penniless heroines, Cinderellas in waiting trodden on by truly villainous villains. Likewise, the smallest of interactions between the Read More →
Hayley and I started this blog an age ago, and we chose a time when both of us were really too busy to commit to it, and too busy even to meet up as often as we would like, so it essentially fizzled out as soon as it began. I’m only reviving this because if I send Hayley one more crazed email or sms about the K-drama “The King, 2 Hearts” (currently airing- 2 weeks left) she is going to murder me in my sleep, and she doesn’t even know I’ve been spectacularly restrained.
I’m not going to explain what a K-drama is, all anyone needs to know is K-dramas at their cracktastic best, will make you laugh, cry and wonder desperately why you have so many feelings. K-dramas are an emotional commitment western media has not properly prepared you for. First encounters with K-dramas, and Korean entertainment in general actually, go along the lines of: “Eh, what the fuck is this?” Two days later you haven’t slept, eaten or showered while marathoning the whole drama, and upon completion, instantly start looking for your next hit. Typically K-dramas only run Read More →