As I wait for the final episodes of Alice in Cheongdam-dong to arrive (with subs, of course …and while I’m speaking parenthetically — I’ve reached a point where I can write Cheongdam-dong without the usual long pause and google check to make sure I’ve spelled it right, which I find kind of cool…) Where was I? Oh yeah. So here’s what’s up in my current drama-watching life.
Flower Boy Next Door continues to be awesome. In that way where I wish I wasn’t watching live because the week-long wait is so, so hard. And also in that way where I’m having a hard time putting a post together that isn’t one giant gush. (Maybe I can manage something for next week?)
I watched the first two episodes of Level 7 Civil Servant and… I wasn’t wowed. But I wasn’t horrified either. At the moment the storyline feels very workmanship-like. Which makes it seem a bit outdated after all the ground-breaking dramas of 2012, with their flowing storylines and cool cinematic touches. But there’s some cuteness there (and Joo Won) and I did watch Fashion King for Yoo Ah-in. I think I can stick to this drama for Joo Won’s sake. (Though, the way he shoots a gun seriously bugs me. Mainly because I don’t think you’re supposed to close one eye to aim. I could be wrong. I shall have to research.)
And then there’s The Return of Iljimae. It has been such a long time since I’ve watched that one. I think it was my first serious sageuk (I’d seen Sungkyunkwan Scandal, but I don’t think that counts) and it really felt like entering another world. Thing is, second time around, tons more k-dramas under my belt, and it still feels like I’m entering another world.
Part of it is the way the story’s being told. Full of flashbacks and flash-forwards, some of them centuries wide, it gives the narration a sense of weight and history. Like this is a story that’s been told many times before. The narrator helps with that. The tone she uses, a little arch and amused, like this is a story she’s told many times before, makes me think of a slightly intimidating grandmother or librarian slowly pulling you into her world. (Afterwards, there’ll be cookies and hot-cocoa and she won’t seem as intimidating anymore. Until the next visit anyway.)
Or thi– hang on… there’s more than nature going on in here!
…oh well. I suppose our little Iljimae counts as beauty you don’t run across in your normal day to day.
So overall I’m a happy k-drama watcher happily looking forward to next week. (With the slightest twinge of worry over Level 7 Civil Servant.)