I’m working away at a sum up of 2013 dramas, but there’s no way it’s getting posted today. However, I’ve made a serious vow to have it up before the end of the year (which is Tuesday *gulp*), and I do like to keep my vows. So — keep an eye out!
This past week has been lovely — filled with more family time than I’d expected and tons less tension than I’d feared. Over all, a very merry Christmas! That even included a small amount of drama-watching!
I’m continuing to adore my re-watch of Sungkyunkwan Scandal. We’re just beginning the great archery tournament — which is totally as cool as a dance off when you have Goo Young-ha matching his bow to his robes. Plus, there’s all the training montages. You can’t not be awesome when there are training montages involved. I’m so, so eager for the next episode!
But not so eager I didn’t get sucked right back into the full on insanity that is King’s Family (previously known as Wang’s Family). It’s an on-going, 50 episode, family drama and I’m watching it in mini-marathons when 10 episodes are available for viewing. (On KBS World TV’s Youtube channel. Which is odd. But handy.)
I’m caught up to episode 30 and hoo boy but did the crazy just come right on out. I’m used to family dramas having a strong “what matters is family” theme. But the central family in this drama was so dysfunctional I wondered if the drama was doing a deconstruction of some kind.
Nope! I was giving them way too much credit. (One story line has left the land of logic almost completely. Which meant the moment of shadenfreude I was expecting shot way past the mark and right into hilariously ridiculous.) I think they’re just going for what will shock and awe their audience. Which is totally pandering and lowbrow and… dear Lord, it’s working! I am so entertained! Yeah, I feel a bit dirty after watching, but no way I’m quitting this train.
(I’m asked so, so often if k-dramas are like American soap-operas. For the most part, they’re not. But King’s Family? Comes very, very close.)
I’m anticipating the grand finale of Answer Me: 1994 — subs come out Monday — and… honestly, that’s about all I’m anticipating as far as new dramas go. I expect that will change as I settle back into life’s usual routine, but right now I’m enjoying the break.
I hope you all had lovely holidays!