There are two ways, I’ve realized, that I drop a drama. One is very dramatic and impossible to miss. The story has managed to make me mad, it’s not worth the emotional toil involved, I declare, “I am done with you!” and there you have it. The drama is dropped. Level 7 Civil Servant was felled by that sword. So was You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin.
2013… the year of unfulfilled expectations. But! It wasn’t as depressing a look back as I feared. Sure, the writers I expected to shine had a tendency to fall on their face, but there were some lovely little gems hidden behind the bigger names. And even those dramas that stumbled a bit in execution had a certain charm to them. Continue reading →
I am officially throwing in the towel with Level 7 Civil Servant. Which makes me sad on one hand — because it’s Joo Won and the premise was promising and I did laugh at times — but mostly I’m relieved. Because oh my God, the sexism!!!
Seriously, I thought I could skate by it. It’s not like the drama was a screaming ball of misogyny or anything. But as the show has gone along it seems that more and more of its humor relies on “Oh, women… you know how they are” for the punchline. And with everything else that was going wrong (pacing, plotting, horrifically bad spy-craft that went past funny and into just plain stupid) the sexist jokes became the final grating piece of straw that finally made me bolt.
So, so long Level 7 Civil Servant. Let me know if you ever get remade. With a different writer.
I’m still taking a lovely, leisurely stroll through the world of The Return of Iljimae. Watching it again, not being breathlessly pushed on by the plot, is a lot of fun. More than I’d expected it to be.
(Spoilers for Return of Iljimae, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, and Level 7 Civil Servant ep. 10 below)
A whole lot of life stuff kept me from my drama-watching. (Really life, why you got to be like that?) So I didn’t get much viewing in. Flower Boy Next Door continues to be awesome. We’re three episodes into Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and so far the husband likes it. And Level 7 Civil Servant has managed to keep me amused.
As I wait the long, long wait for the next episode of Flower Boy Next Door (made even longer with no more Alice in Cheongdam-dongloveliness to fill in the weekend) I’m once more surprised by The Return of Iljimae‘s break from K-Drama norms.
Mild spoilers for Return of Iljimae through ep. 8 below cut
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.