Category: TV Shows

Review: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Posted January 5, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 2 Comments

Review: It’s Okay to Not Be OkayIt's Okay to Not Be Okay
Starring: Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Ye Ji
Year Released: 2020
Number of Episodes: 16
Recommended By: Nobody
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Format: Online Stream
Source: Netflix
Buy It: Amazon
five-stars

A story about a man employed in a psychiatric ward and a woman with an antisocial personality disorder, who is a popular writer of children's books. The drama tells the story of Moon Kang Tae, a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who doesn't have time for love and Go Moon Young, a successful children's book author who suffers from an antisocial personality disorder and has never known love. After meeting one another, the two slowly begin to heal each other's emotional wounds.

This drama was the first one that I watched while it was releasing episodes each week. I was so used to binge-watching all of the k-dramas that I watched so having to wait a week between episodes took some getting used to (I was so spoiled) but oh my holy shit (in Jungkook’s voice), this show was so stinkin’ good. Like, one of my top shows of 2020 good.

This show was a lot darker than I’m used to but I was here for every single thing that went down. In the beginning, I was super confused about just what was going on and why we were supposed to root for a freaking crazy lady but once I was all caught up and not confused anymore, I was all the way in. I was Team Moon Young all the way. I ugly cried through every single episode from like the third episode on.

This story follows Ko Moon Young, Moon Gang Tae, and Moon Sang Tae as they finally deal with old wounds and work to overcome a dark past. Gang Tae has grown up taking care of his autistic older brother Sang Tae. After their mother died when Gang Tae was twelve years old, he and Sang Tae have lived on their own. They’ve moved from place to place, trying to stay out of the system and stay together. For so long, it’s been just the two of them but when they come across a girl from their past, Ko Moon Young, she worms her way into their lives and starts wrecking Gang Tae’s carefully crafted life. He works and then he goes home and takes care of his older brother. He doesn’t have any time for anything more but Moon Young is making him want things he hasn’t let himself think about or want ever. He’s all filled up with responsibility and he’s been holding all of those day-to-day burdens for him and his brother for so long, he is not willing to add another person to his life to care about. Staying away from Moon Young proves to be difficult because for the first time ever, he wants a life just for himself.

The romance between Gang Tae and Moon Young was such a hard one to get through because just when they were finding happiness, something would happen that would yank Gang Tae back to reality and every single time that it happened, it was so much harder for him to readjust. He went from feeling nothing and living his life for everyone else to feeling strongly for a girl that is part of the dark past that he is running from. Gang Tae was the very reason that I ugly cried my way through this show. Every time he was yanked back to reality, my heart broke for him. Every time he smiled, something bad happened and because of that, he stopped smiling. So with Moon Young coming into his life and showing him what he could never have, makes him mad. He’s mad at her for making him feel, he’s mad at his Mom for dying, he’s mad at Sang Tae for not being able to take care of himself and he’s mad at himself for feeling the way that he feels where Sang Tae is concerned.

There was a lot going on and I thought that every single part of this story was handled well. The character development between each character was well written and the romance between Gang Tae and Moon Young was handled so well and don’t even get me started on the relationship that blossomed between Sang Tae and Moon Young. They were at the top of my favorite parts of this show. With how dark this show was, there was still a surprising amount of humor throughout. At least for me. I cackled just as loud as I ugly cried. Each episode felt like a season finale where I was blown away time and time again. This show was extremely well written in my opinion and the cast did such a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life. I enjoyed every aspect of this show and can’t recommend it enough. This show was damn good and I highly recommend it. Just…chef’s kiss.

Final Grade

5 out of 5

five-stars

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Eye Candy Friday: Cha Min

Posted October 30, 2020 by Rowena in Features, TV Shows | 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 Ahn Hyo Seop as Cha Min in the Korean Drama, Abyss. He’s another great actor who did a fantastic job in Abyss. His character accidentally dies and is brought back from some aliens using this ball called the abyss. Only thing is, he comes back as a gorgeous man and spends the length of the show trying to find out who killed his best friend, who also dies but he uses the abyss to bring her back and they ride around Korea chasing clues on who killed her and why.

I’m not lying. Ahn Hyo Seop acted his ass off in this show but as great as he was, I keep coming back to this. He’s freaking gorgeous and that’s probably the real reason that he’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday. Seriously, enjoy.

Until next week…enjoy!

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Eye Candy Friday: Moon Gang Tae

Posted October 23, 2020 by Rowena in Features, TV Shows | 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 Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Gang Tae in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. Gang Tae was a very compelling character that I completely adored and ugly cried getting to know. He was like a single father who took care of his autistic older brother, Sang Tae. His Mom was a single mother and when she died back when Gang Tae was 10 years old, Gang Tae had to grow up and be the caretaker for the both of them. So they moved around a lot until Gang Tae was old enough to not be in the system anymore. He shouldered so much responsibility at a young age and spent his entire life living to take care of his brother. He never had a life of his own and nobody has ever cared enough to want to make him happy. Until Ko Moon Young came back into their lives.

He hardened himself against developing relationships because relationships came with more responsibilities and he had enough already. But man, seeing him fight his feelings for Moon Young and shoulder the burden of caring for his older brother all alone hit me every single episode. It was hard to see him push everyone away until there was only him and Sang Tae but he had a great support system in his squad that wouldn’t leave him alone and he had a great supporter in Moon Young.

He was also so stinkin’ gorgeous, I mean check it out…

This guy is someone you guys should know. He’s everything that we love in our heroes in our books and his story was equal parts heartbreaking and joyful. Gang Tae had me captivated from episode one and by the time episode 16 came around, I was a complete mess over this guy. Absolutely loved him. And that kiss in that last picture? MOOD!

Until next week…enjoy!

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Eye Candy Friday: Ri Jung Hyuk

Posted October 16, 2020 by Rowena in Features, TV Shows | 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 Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk in the Korean drama, Crash Landing on You. Man, here’s another example of that get you a man that loves you the way that Ri Jung Hyuk loved him some Yoon Se Ri. She literally crash-landed on him while paragliding. She went up in the air in South Korea, got caught up in a hurricane thing and landed on Ri Jung Hyuk in North Korea. LOL, only in K-Dramas.

I fell head over heels in love with Ri over the course of the show because he really did try everything under the sun to sneak Se Ri back into South Korea. He hid her in his house, protected her from his nosy neighbors and got shot trying to protect her from those that wanted to harm her. He also searched for her when she got lost at the market and I cried during that scene. There are many reasons to love Ri Jung Hyuk and that’s why he’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday. It didn’t hurt at all that he was very easy on the eyes, as you can see from the pictures above. Haha, Happy Friday!

Until next week…enjoy!

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Eye Candy Friday: Sung Joon

Posted October 9, 2020 by Rowena in Features, TV Shows | 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 Park Seo Jun (haha, yes…again!) as Sung Joon from the Korean drama, She was Pretty. This was another fantastic character for Park Seo Jun. I’m convinced that he can’t play a bad character as far as I’m concerned. I’m biased, I know but since this is my blog, I do what I want. LOL.

In She was Pretty, Park Seo Jun plays a young professional who reunites with his childhood best friend, only things are a lot different. When he moved away when they were teenagers, Sung Joon was a chubby boy that didn’t get any girls while his best friend, Kim Hye Jin was gorgeous but a little nerdy and liked him anyway. Over the years, they lost touch but when Sung Joon comes back to Korea, he looks Hye Jin up and wants to meet up. Sung Joon is gorgeous now while Hye Jin has frizzy hair and acne, thanks to her father’s genes. Shenanigans happen but seeing Sung Joon struggle to find the best friend he adored back in the day made for a great viewing adventure. I loved seeing him grow into his feelings for the Hye Jin as she is now and I loved that when he finally realizes his best friend was right under his nose the entire time, I loved seeing him rejoice in her. That’s why he’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday. *swoon*

Until next week…enjoy!

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