I’m back! Not… that I actually went anywhere. But the husband had some time off (finally!) and we had a cozy, nesting vacation wherein we went shopping and cooked things and watched various television shows together. It was so, so lovely!
And, under the heading of “even better!” — we watched I Hear Your Voice. Which was kind of hilarious in that I’d just finished my own personal rewatch. But we wanted something with an ending (which is such a huge attraction with k-dramas — seriously, one of their main selling points for me) and something funny and exciting and I Hear Your Voice fit the bill beautifully.
My husband’s an attorney and he did some criminal law back in his general practice days and he was highly amused by both Hye-sung and her “get ’em in, move ’em out” factory-line philosophy and Attorney Cha’s uber-idealism. Especially when Attorney Cha’s rose-colored bubble got well and truly burst.
And actually, that goes towards why we both found the drama such an entertaining and addictive watch. It set up problems and then solved them almost immediately. There wasn’t a ton of mystery to the drama — the husband guessed most of the plot points before they happened — but the story wasn’t dependent on one particular mystery for its tension. Or at least — if you consider the romance the main mystery (will they get together and stay together?) — there were several different mysteries and plot beats supporting the overarching one. So there was neither the need, nor the time, to drag a particular beat (like Soo-ha’s trial) on and on and on.
I suspect that is a truth about all the good dramas — they keep their plots moving by providing a healthy amount of mini-complications within the overarching storyline. More work for the writer in coming up with all those ideas, but it’s so noticeable when that work isn’t done. *cough* Heirs *cough* (I think it’s how some otherwise notably bad dramas become a crack-o-licious watch. Sure, nothing makes sense — but there’s a whole lot of something going on.)
Looking forward into the new year… I’m eager to dive back into my Sungkyunkwan Scandal rewatch. And I think I’ll be following that up with A Wife’s Credentials (sadly unavailable on my usual streaming sites) because I’ve decided I’ve waited long enough.
I’ve been hearing really good buzz around You From Another Star so it’s earned a place on my “to marathon” list. I haven’t been hearing a lot about Miss Korea… I hope the silence stems from it being a little too quirky for the mainstream? It’s not letting viewers down, I hope?
And! I’ve decided (or, more honestly, “realized”) I’ll be live-watching I Need Romance 3. The hype has done its thing and I’m so incredibly easy (and it’s Sung Joon and Kim So-yeon — come on) so I’ve bought my ticket and climbed onboard. Be worth it, show!
I hope you all had a great New Years!