Author: Rowena

Review: Military Prosecutor Doberman

Posted October 25, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Military Prosecutor Doberman

Starring: Ahn Bo Hyun, Jo Bo Ah, Oh Yeon Soo
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Action, Military, Law
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Recommended By: Ahn Bo Hyun
Who I Watched It For: Ahn Bo Hyun

Do Bae Man became military prosecutor only to make more money and be successful. On the other hand, Cha Woo In, recently joining Bae Man’s team, became one for her revenge. As these two different purposes shows, the two have very different backgrounds and personalities. However, as they work on the same case, Bae Man and Woo In help each other and even grow together as fine military prosecutors.

This drama came on to my radar after I stopped hating Ahn Bo Hyun from Itaewon Class and fell in love with him in Yumi’s Cells. When I saw that he was going to be in a military drama, I was all in.

The first half of this show started off strong. I was interested in everything going on in each episode but the second half lagged a bit. The ending felt like it came super fast and though I was ready for the ending, I wasn’t completely blown away with the ending that we got. That’s not to say that I hated the show at all, it just wasn’t the favorite that I was expecting it to be.

I love me some Ahn Bo Hyun and I thought he delivered a fantastic performance in this one. I loved him, his character, and was rooting for him in the most background romance ever. The romance lover in me wanted the romance to be more front and center but I wasn’t mad about what we got. Jo Bo Ah was a great female lead. I enjoyed her vigilanti ass and loved how kick ass she was. Their pairing made me happy too so that was good.

The overarching story being told here about Noh Tae Nam and Noh Hwa Young was interesting as well. I won’t say that it didn’t come without it’s fair shares of frustration but I was invested in what was going on and I wanted to beat both Noh’s with a bat throughout most of the show but in the end, the one that redeems themselves won me over. I cried in the end (yes, even when I thought things moved a little slow) and that was a testament to how great everyone’s acting was.

Overall, this drama packed a bunch of action, with an interesting story, a colorful cast that moved the story between episodes nicely. Now, if the ending had matched the beginning in pacing then I think I would have given this one a higher grade but still, it wasn’t a bad watch by any stretch.

Final Rating

3.5 out of 5

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The Weekly Recap (180)

Posted October 24, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Happy Monday! I took last week off without realizing I was going to take it off because I was traveling and spending time with my best friend but also with my family. I had a great time, had some not so great times, and I’m back home and ready to get back to my regular degular life.

I first traveled to Utah for a funeral on my Dad’s side, my niece’s gender reveal party, and a farewell dinner for my nephew who reports to the Army boot camp this week. Yep, lots of people I love are getting ready to enlist in the military, haha. My niece Chaylene, and her husband Isaiah, are having a baby girl and I’m thrilled for them even though I was hoping for a baby boy. Our family has a lot of women. We need some men to even things out a bit. Chaylene is so extra too but I loved it. She recreated the dinner party in her favorite movie, Coraline, and not a detail was missed. I felt bad for her because after we got everything set up exactly to her liking, the Utah wind decided to act up that day and blew all of our hard work away. We didn’t even get to take pictures of it and I had the hardest job. I had to make a fireplace that was sturdy enough to hold the desserts and gender reveal chocolates. And I had to make it out of cardboard boxes! It took me most of the day to get it figured out but once I finally did, it came out great and a huge part of that is thanks to Isaiah’s sister, Chalet. She’s a great painter and she brought our fireplace to life in the most spectacular way. It was so pretty.

Last Sunday, after we had dinner for my nephew Chance, who leaves for bootcamp today, I flew to L.A. with my Dad. I spent the week in L.A. before returning home to Vegas yesterday. While in L.A. I attended my niece Meghan’s Recognition Night at her old school for holding the record in Women’s Basketball for every single record. Meg really is the best. But now, I’m home. My introverted ass is super glad to be home too. I’m glad to have all of my things around me again and to sleep in my own bed for the first time in over a week.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…

What I Watched

The Law Cafe: I’m all caught up on this show and the last four episodes were a lot better than the previous four episodes and I’m glad that I kept going. I really like the dynamic between the team members. I love how they each bring something different to each case and I really like seeing them all work together to defend those that can’t defend themselves against the rich people. I can’t believe this series is already ending this week. What a ride it’s been.

Young Actor’s Retreat: I need to watch more variety shows. I’m thoroughly enjoying this show. I loved seeing the poor guys being ejected from their seats into the pool, while it was pouring rain and everyone laughing their asses off.

Love in Contract: Things are definitely light and fun in this one and I’m really enjoying it. I like the three main leads and though I feel bad for the second lead and wouldn’t be mad if he got the girl, I’m really rooting for the first main lead. I adore him in this one.

Gaus Electronics: This show is warming up to me. I didn’t care for the first episode because I detest bullying but I’m glad that I stuck it out because this has been a surprising delight for me each week.

What I Reviewed

The Sound of Magic | 3.5 out of 5
My Liberation Notes | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (179)
The Wednesday Five: K-Dramas I Dropped Recently
Eye Candy Friday: Lee Jun Ho from Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Eye Candy Friday

Lee Jun Ho

Extraordinary Attorney Woo

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Eye Candy Friday: Lee Jun Ho from Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Posted October 14, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Eye Candy Friday is something that I’ve been doing since I first started my personal blog way back in 2003. That first personal blog is long gone but I’ve never really grown out of the eye candy phase. I’m always up for some eye candy. Whether it’s a character from a book (male or female, I don’t discriminate), a character from a movie or TV Show, if I loved them and want to gush about how much I loved them, you’ll find them here. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

This week, I’m featuring Lee Jun Ho from Extraordinary Attorney Woo. Jun Ho charmed the socks off of me right from the very beginning of this show. With each passing episode, I adored him more and more. I loved the kind of person he was. I loved the way that he was with Young Woo. I loved the way that he loved her. I loved the way that he supported her and learned how to be with her instead of wanting her to change to make things easier for them to be together. This guy was everything and we should all want us a man who loves us the way that Jun Ho loved Young Woo.

Here are some Lee Jun Ho moments captured from the show that made me love him oh so very much.

If you want the context for each of these pictures, I highly recommend you watch this show. This is definitely one of the highlights for me in 2022 Korean dramas. Such a great show!

Watch Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Park Eun Bin, Kang Tae Oh, Kang Ki Young
Year Released: 2022
Genre: Drama, Law, Romance

Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, 27-year-old Woo Young Woo graduated at the top of her class from the prestigious Seoul National University for both college and law school due to her high IQ of 164, impressive memory, and creative thought process.

Working as a lawyer, she finds herself struggling when it comes to social interactions.

Until next week…enjoy!

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Review: My Liberation Notes

Posted October 13, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

My Liberation Notes

Starring: Kim Ji Won, Lee Min Ki, Son Seok Koo, Lee El
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Drama, Life, Melodrama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Kim Ji Won

Set in Sanpo Village where more people leave than remain, the three Yeom siblings, Chang Hee, Mi Jung, and Ki Jung, wish to escape from a life rife with uncertainty.

A mysterious man, Mr. Goo, moves into their neighborhood. He is a drunkard with the look of someone with many burdens and secrets. His cautious personality and preference for keeping to himself make him the subject of gossip. Mi Jung, the youngest and most timid Yeom sibling, decides to approach him.

I’m not sure why I wanted to watch this show, other than I’m a big fan of Kim Ji Won, but I’m so so glad that I did. The show moved at such a slow pace and while normally, I would have lost interest in the show, that wasn’t the case with this show at all. This story benefitted from the slow pacing. There were times when it moved a smidge too slow for my liking but after all was said and done, I could see why it was done that way. The show follows three siblings as they live their lives. They’re all unhappy and trying their best to stay afloat and you could see them all splintering bit by bit.

The oldest sister is unhappy with her dating life, with her home life, and she’s chasing happiness with every fiber of her being. She keeps striking out and the chinks in her armor are cracking but she keeps getting up every day, ready to tackle the next bullshit that comes her way. There were quite a few times when I wanted to smack some sense into her but the more you get to know her, the more that you feel for her because no matter how bad things got for her, she just kept getting back up to face things head on and I admired her for that. I enjoyed her storyline and thought her romance was the right kind of slow burn kind. It worked for me. I loved seeing her really come into her own and made me realize that you’re never too old learn and grow.

The brother was going through his own shit and seeing him trying to find his own happiness and watching him come to the realizations that he did over the course of this show was interesting. I really enjoyed his character and though there were times I wanted to strangle his ass too, I never hated him. I was rooting for him from beginning to end and seeing him struggle to live the kind of life he wanted, with his parents blessings and seeing him with his friends endeared him to me. I was definitely satisfied with the way that his story wrapped up.

The younger sister, that was my dawg. My spirit sister. I connected with her character the most and I rooted for her the loudest. She was struggling through her own issues, her own choices, and on the outside, she looked fine but on the inside, my girl was a hot mess. She was a giant ball of emotions and she got up every day and did her part in helping her family while trying to figure out her life. The romance that blossomed between her and the guy that worked for her dad was different from what I’m used to but it was seriously compelling. I loved that she was able to find peace and that she was able to give him some peace in return. Seeing him drink himself to death was hard but it made me very curious to know his story. To know why he was so hellbent on destroying himself.

Overall, this drama packed a serious punch. The slow storytelling worked at making me come to love each and every single character. It wasn’t easy to watch it, that’s for sure, but sticking with it totally paid off because I wanted each of these characters to find the peace they so desperately wanted and needed. There were times when I had to step away from the show but I knew that I would always come back and the peace I felt when it all wrapped up let me know that I really enjoyed this show. I definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a solid story about family, about life, and about finding your peace.

Final Rating

via GIPHY

4.5 out of 5

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The Wednesday Five: The K-Dramas I Dropped Recently

Posted October 12, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

I’m a list person. I have a list for every single thing in my life from a to-do list, a list of books that I want to read, a running shopping list, and in the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing different k-entertainment lists that I’ve been keeping track of. You’ll be seeing my top 5 lists of stuff like my current celebrity crushes, my favorite k-drama female protagonists, my favorite k-drama male protagonists, my to-be-watched k-dramas, and you know, stuff like that.

This week’s Wednesday Five will feature the K-Dramas I Dropped Recently.

1. Dear.M

Where to Watch It: Viki
Starring: Park Hye Soo, Jeong Jae Hyun, Roh Jung Eui

I went into this drama wanting to support Bae Hyun Sung since I had just finished Our Blues and enjoyed his character and acting in that show. However, the storyline for this drama (all of them) didn’t interest me and all of the college shenanigans just weren’t for me. At first, I thought it was a mood thing but nah, I just didn’t care for this drama.

2. Welcome to Wedding Hell

Where to Watch It: Netflix
Starring: Lee Yun Hee, Lee Jin Wook, Hwang Seung Eon

I started this one because the male main lead interested me but not even an episode into the show and I was ready to call it quits. I’m not sure if I just wasn’t in the mood for it or the premise didn’t interest me. Either way, I hopped into this drama and hopped right back out.

3. Ghost Doctor

Where to Watch It: Viki
Starring: Rain, Kim Bum, Uee

I got about 6 episodes into this drama before I called it quits for good. I was halfway through the drama and I still hadn’t connected with any of the characters, the plot, or just…anything. It just wasn’t for me.

4. Today’s Webtoon

Where to Watch It: Viki
Starring: Kim Se Jeong, Choi Daniel, Nam Yoon Soo

I was so excited to start this one because it looked so cute and just my speed. So I was really bummed that I couldn’t get into it. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. I didn’t care for a lot of the shit going down and after about 5 episodes, I called it quits.

5. Age of Youth

Where to Watch It: Netflix
Starring: Han Ye Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Park Eun Bin, Ryu Hwa Young, Park Hye Soo

I got a huge chunk of the way into the first season of this show before I dropped it. I’m not even sure why I dropped it, since I was enjoying it. This was definitely a mood thing. While I was enjoying this, and while I was coming to enjoy each of the roommates, I wasn’t in the mood for this kind of show so I dropped it. Of all of the shows on this post, this is the only drama that I have tentative plans to pick up again. Maybe. For sure.

What are some shows that didn’t work for you? Have you dropped any shows recently?

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