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Reflections on Asian Dramas
Created 18 Apr 2021
  • Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) Halfway Ramblings
    23 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 6 7
    A rant… read at your own risk Sitting in the dentist chair this afternoon to get a crown replaced and a tooth extracted somehow reminded me of this drama. The fact that the female lead is a dentist ha...
  • The Veil (2021) Early Review
    20 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    The always reliable Namgoong Min assumes the lead role in this fast moving mole hunt involving an elite but troubled National Intelligence Agency field operative Han Ji-hyuk who returns to the fold a ...
  • The Devil Judge (2021) Final Comments and Review
    19 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Coming off the final act of this drama immediately took me to George Orwell’s great diatribe against totalitarianism — Animal Farm. In this classic allegory of the Bolshevik Revolution he charts the e...
  • Hospital Playlist Season 2 (2021) Episode 12 (1)
    18 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 20 118
    After a series of preemptions and movie length episodes, Hospital Playlist S2 is done. I managed to get to it yesterday my time and I’m still wondering how to put words into how I feel. It had all the...
  • My Bargain Queen (2021)
    16 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 6 4
    Although I like all kinds of well-written romances as much as the next person, it’s always been the case that my favourite kind of romance (as I keep saying like a record that’s broken) is the type wh...
  • Hospital Playlist Season 2 (2021) The Seoul Boys
    11 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 22 18
    While interacting with regular readers here about various aspects of Episode 11, a thought struck me about Jeong-won in his current capacity as a professor of GS/Pediatric Surgery. Prior to him making...
  • Hospital Playlist Season 2 (2021) Episode 11: First Look
    10 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 21 89
    I was struck once again while watching this episode, at how clear the Shin-Lee team have been about their goals and what they’ve been striving towards all throughout. Whatever else the showrunners cou...
  • Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021): Early Impressions
    06 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 7 14
    Shin Min-ah plays a prickly but competent dentist who moves to the seaside town of Gongjin after a series of unfortunate encounters leading to the seachange. In Gongjin Yoon Hye-jin meets the enigmati...
  • My Relationship with Hospital Playlist
    04 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 23 24
    One thing regular readers will notice about this blog that I seldom expend time on dramas that I don’t enjoy. I watch more dramas than I blog about because while some dramas are entertaining enough as...
  • Stand By Me (2021) Final Comments
    03 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 5 7
    Everyone has their favourites and it is after all only the third day of September but I don’t think there’s much doubt in my mind that I’ve stumbled onto a unexpected gold mine with this series. So mu...
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