Category: TV Shows

Review: Uncontrollably Fond

Posted September 23, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 2 Comments

Uncontrollably Fond

Starring: Kim Woo Bin, Bae Suzy, Im Joo Hwan
Year Released: 2016
Number of Episodes: 20
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Romance
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Recommended By: Kim Woo Bin
Who I Watched It For: Kim Woo Bin

People change but can the heart adapt? Sin Joon Young and No Eul were in love in their younger days. But uncontrollable circumstances separated them and they went their separate ways. Joon Young is now a superstar actor and singer, while No Eul became a producer-director of documentaries. When their paths cross again years later, Joon Young discovers that No Eul is now a very different person than he remembered — materialistic and willing to do anything to get ahead. Is there any hope for Joon Young and No Eul to rekindle their past relationship?
I won’t get into what this show was about, you can read all about it above in the drama blurb. I’m just going to jump right into my thoughts. This was the first drama that I’ve watched Kim Woo Bin as the main male lead. It won’t be the last, at least I hope it won’t. His character in this show pissed me off at least twice in every episode but I couldn’t help but love him anyway. I hated the way that he treated No Eul in the beginning and his asshole attitude made me want to punch him in the nuts many times over but for some reason, I’m sure his good looks helped his case plenty (gah, I’m so shallow!), I still felt for him. I wanted to smack some sense into him and then hug him better. His character was complicated and his story was a hard one to get through but I thought Kim Woo Bin’s acting was fantastic and I ate up every scene he was in.

Bae Suzy was the female lead in this one and she was another fantastic addition to this cast. I loved her character, I loved the complexity that she brought to No Eul’s character and I just thought she was a great noona to her younger brother, No Jik (even though there were times when he didn’t appreciate her efforts). I also wanted to punch her in the gut more than once each episode. I kept giving her a break though because she was dealt a really shitty life hand and I don’t think I could have survived what she did. As each episode passed, I grew to love her character more and more. My heart hurt for her and though she did stupid things that pissed me off in the beginning, I’m glad that I stuck around because she was one of the strongest characters in the entire show and I really admired her.

The second lead made me want to punch a hole in a wall. I don’t think that I’ve watched a drama where I was so adamantly against the second lead. Everything he did pissed me off and it was like every chance he got, he did something else that made me want to punch him in the dick. Even in the end, I don’t know that I completely came to like him but I didn’t hate him either.

Kim Woo Bin’s Mom in this show pissed me off. It’s one thing for her to be disappointed and hurt with his life choices but for her to take it as far as she did? Manipulating and spreading those hateful comments? That’s stupid, immature, and just flat-out mean. You don’t do shit like that to your kids, no matter how disappointed you are in them. When Joo Yeong finally let his Mom have it, after enduring five years of his mother’s manipulation, I was a giant ball of tears…and even after their big blowout, she still pissed me off. She was such a terrible person. She cared more about the man that left her than her own son. She made him feel like an outsider in his own family and considering everything that he was battling in this show, with every episode where she didn’t back him, it made me hate her more and more.

I’m telling you, this show was so damn messy and I’m not typically the audience for that kind of shit cause I can’t get through shows like Penthouse and Sky Castle (though I’ve tried) but as mad as this show made me, I was compelled to continue. I needed to see how everything came together and I needed to see it all through to the end. I ugly cried through so much of this show that I had to keep pausing to catch my breath and wipe my face cause I couldn’t see the screen. There was much to unpack throughout the entire course of this show and piecing each piece together kept me going but it wasn’t without its drawbacks.

This show touches on a lot of subjects that had me sitting up to take notice. There was much corruption in the people that are supposed to uphold the law and seeing the rich feed on the poor made me just as mad as the characters did. Despite all of that, I watched every episode and I’m not sure what that says about me. Haha. Was the show good? Yes. Was it hard to get through? Also, yes. Would I watch this show ever again? Probably not because that ending? I’m still sorting through how I feel about it. So if you’re in the mood to cry your eyes out, and rage watch something then this is probably the show for you.
Final Rating

2.75 out of 5

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The Wednesday Five: My Favorite Second Leads

Posted September 22, 2021 by Rowena in Features, TV Shows | 4 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 five of my favorite second leads.


1. Nam Seon Ho from My Country: The New Age


Watching this beautiful man act his ass off made my viewing experience of this drama, all the more pleasurable. This man is fine as hell and his character was much more interesting to me than the first lead. This was the first drama where I was actively cheering for the second lead over the first lead to get the girl. I loved the first lead and felt for him and his hardships but for me, Seon Ho won me over. It was so easy for the viewer to hate Seon Ho because of what we’re given of his character but as the show progresses my love for him grew and grew and grew. I absolutely loved this guy and that is why he’s my top favorite second lead.


2. Kim Jung Hwan from Reply 1988


Man did I adore this guy. I loved his character and how he quietly took care of his loved ones. He wasn’t always easy to understand but he was absolutely always easy to adore. Even though I didn’t cheer for him to get the girl, that didn’t take away from how much I loved him. I loved him, his family, and I loved seeing him care for those around him. His personality was fantastic and though I felt bad for him in the end, I still loved the hell out of him.


3. Han Seo Jun from True Beauty


Han Seo Jun was my introduction to Hwang In Yeop. Even though his character annoyed me in the beginning, he did his very best to turn things around and absolutely did. I loved the hell out of him and my heart for him when things didn’t work for him with the girl. I think he knew that it wasn’t going to end the way that he wanted though. He had so many sweet moments throughout this show and I just loved the hell out of him.


4. Baek In Ho from Cheese in the Trap


This guy was the second second lead that I actively cheered for to get the girl. He deserved her so much but in the end, I didn’t think that she deserved him. He was too good for her and I wanted to punch the girl in the vagina for not seeing the gem that was right in front of her. Man, I loved this guy so much but just take my word for it because the drama itself was trash.


5. Han Ji-Pyeong from The Start Up


Oh man, this was my introduction to Kim Seon Ho and I’m super grateful because holy hot damn I love this guy. He got on my nerves in the show and I wanted him to be more upfront with Dal Mi but I can’t deny that his character appealed to me because the lengths he went to keep his promise melted my heart. His relationship with Dal Mi’s Grandma was such a wholesome ass relationship and I was here for it all. I love love love this guy!

So which second leads did you fall head over heels in love with? Share your favorites in the comments!

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Review: My Roommate is a Gumiho

Posted September 14, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 4 Comments

My Roommate is a Gumiho

Starring: Jang Ki Yong, Lee Hye Ri, Bae In Hyuk
Year Released: 2021
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki, QIY
Recommended By: Lee Hye Ri
Who I Watched It For: Lee Hye Ri

Shin Woo Yeo is a handsome and smart writer, who is actually a 999-year-old nine-tailed fox. To become a human, he collects human energy in a bead. One day, the drunk friend of Lee Dam, a university student, falls asleep on top of an expensive car whose owner is Woo Yeo. While Lee Dam struggles to take her friend away and Woo Yeo trying to help her, Woo Yeo’s bead accidentally falls out of his mouth, and Lee Dam unintentionally swallows it. The bead can exist inside of a human for no more than 1 year and, afterward, the bead will break inside of that person causing the person to die. Not wanting to lose his chance in becoming a human, Woo Yeo explains to Lee Dam their predicament and suggests living together until they figure out a solution. Lee Dam, who has never had a boyfriend in her life, now lives with Shin Woo Yeo.
I started this show because I’ve become a big fan of the female lead, Lee Hye Ri. I loved her acting and her character in Reply 1988 so I was looking forward to seeing what she brought to this new character, Lee Dam, and I wasn’t disappointed. My girl can act and she’s funny as hell. She plays the goofy heroine extremely well and I was here for all of it in this show.

This was the first show that I saw Jang Ki Yong front and center and holy shit, this man is beautiful! He plays the loner immortal role really well too. Seeing him bring Shin Woo Yeo to life was a delight and a half. I loved seeing him fall in love with Lee Dam, even when he didn’t know and understand that was what was happening to him. Lee Dam was the perfect match for him and I completely adored their romance.

This story was complex and it was full of baloney but holy cow was it a lot of fun. I laughed, I smiled, and I cried throughout much of this show and through it all, I was entertained as hell. I loved the friendship between Shin Woo Yeo and Yang Hye Sun. The way that they both tried to live as humans and how often they got everything so wrong made me laugh so much. Their chemistry was fun and seeing them interact with all of the young college students, when they were hundreds of years old just made this show all the more fun. I also really loved the friendship between Lee Dam and her crew. They were so ride or die for each other and every single time that they got drunk together or fought together had me cracking the hell up.

Lee Dam was my kind of character. Someone I wanted to be and someone that I wanted to be besties with. She was a lot of fun but her moral compass was screwed on tight in the right direction. She was weird and she made no apologies for that. She liked what she liked and to hell with what anyone else had to say about it. She was also extremely loyal to those that she loved and to those that loved her. She was honest and just an all-around great person and I adored the hell out of her.

The second lead was someone that I had never heard about until this show and though I liked his character well enough, I wasn’t rooting for him to win Lee Dam. I did feel bad for him though because he had it bad for her and no matter what he did to win her over, she would not be swayed from Eoreushin. Even when outside forces did whatever they could to help his cause, she would not be moved. When we first met the second lead, I didn’t care for him and he really grew on me the more episodes that I watched. In the end, my heart really hurt for him and I wished him well. I hope he’s happy, wherever he is now. Haha.

The story started off strong and though there were times when things moved at a weird pace, I enjoyed every single episode. I enjoyed the main romance, the secondary romance, and I supported the hell out of all of Lee Dam’s loved ones. I was rooting for everyone and everything to work out in the end and I wasn’t disappointed. The beginning started off strong and I respected that since a lot of books and dramas have that weird beginning hump that you have to slog through to get to all of the good bits. The cast was delightful and the acting was great. Overall, this was a fun drama that didn’t take itself too seriously and I have every confidence that you’ll like this drama if you give it a chance.

Final Rating


4.25 out of 5

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Eye Candy Friday: Han Joon Hwi

Posted July 16, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 2 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 Han Joon Hwi from Law School. I watched it on Netflix and really enjoyed his character. He was smart, he had a great moral compass and he protected those that were having a hard time protecting themselves and that he was super good looking didn’t hurt either, haha.

I shipped him hard with Kang Sol A because their chemistry was a lot of fun. If you haven’t watched Law School on Netflix yet and are in the mood for something suspenseful and smart, check it out.













gif credits: love compass on tumblr

Until next week…enjoy!

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Five K-Dramas That I Quit Recently

Posted July 14, 2021 by Rowena in TV Shows | 2 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, I’ll be sharing the latest five k-dramas that I quit recently.

I used to be the kind of person who would not DNF anything. From books to movies, and TV shows, if I started it, I would stay loyal to it no matter what. It’s why I finished Dawson’s Creek long after I stopped caring about who was on the show and who everyone ended up with.

Well, those days are long gone. Life is too short to stick it out on things that just aren’t working for you. I’ve been DNF-ing books left and right and I figured that it’s going to be the same for k-dramas. I’m not a huge fan of the beginning of anything. The beginning of books takes too long to introduce characters, plots, and all of that other stuff and it’s the same with k-dramas. I’m always super anxious to get to the middle parts even though I understand that the beginning is needed so I’ve always had a hard time stopping a series.

Let’s get into this week’s top 5 list, shall we?

Five K-Dramas I Quit Recently

1. Sky Castle


Starring: Yeon Jung Ah, Lee Tae Ran, Yoon Se Ah, Oh Na Ra, Kim Seo Hyung, Jung Joon Ho
Year Released: 2018
Where I Watched It: Viki
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably Not

I’m not going to lie. I started watching this show because of a Run BTS episode where J Hope, feeling betrayed at all of the lies and acting going on with the other members, says, “Wow, we should all be in Sky Castle”. Now, I’d heard of the show but it just seemed like a Dynasty type of show and that’s not normally my speed but because Jin said that he liked the show (in another Run BTS episode) and J Hope said that he liked it, I checked it out. I got about 10 episodes in before I started getting bored with the apartment politics, the main mean girl in the apartment building, and just all of the dumb drama that the main mean girl in this show kept bringing up just to stay on top. The lengths that they all went through to keep up with the Jones annoyed me so I stopped it for good and I’m probably not going to pick it back up any time soon, if ever. It’s seriously a me thing. I saw and heard that it was a pretty popular show but again, it ain’t my cup of tea so I’ve moved on.

2. Youth of May


Starring: Lee Do Hyun, Go Min Si, Lee Sang Yi, Geum Sae Rok, Oh Man Suk, Uhm Hyo Sub
Year Released: 2021
Where I Watched It: Viki
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably Not

I really liked these two characters in some of the other shows that I’ve watched them. I enjoyed both of their characters in Sweet Home and seeing them playing love interests in this show after playing siblings in Sweet Home made me laugh but it didn’t stop me from being excited to watch them both in something new. I’ve always wanted to see Go Min Si in something where she wasn’t playing the mean girl cousin or the selfish piece of shit that she played in Love Alarm so seeing her as the main lead in this one, with an interesting story was one of the things that I looked forward to the most.

However, this show moved really slow for me. I spent more time wanting to watch something else while I was watching this one and after about 6 episodes, I called it quits for good. I’m sure the story picks up and things come together really nicely, but I just couldn’t finish this one out and that bummed me out.

3. So I Married An Anti-Fan


Starring: Choi Tae Joon, Choi Soo Young, Hwang Chan Sung, Han Ji An, Kim Min Kyu, Kim Min Kyo
Year Released: 2021
Where I Watched It: Viki
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably Not

I went into this show, not knowing anything about what it was about. I wanted to watch it because I enjoyed Choi Tae Joon so much in Suspicious Partner with Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun. He played that role exceptionally well and he’s great to look at so of course, I wanted to support him in his new show. Sucks that I couldn’t stick it out because the actual show itself, just wasn’t for me.

The story, the main female lead, and just that first episode didn’t work for me. I wasn’t a big fan of the set up and the main female girl annoyed the snot out of me so I barely finished the first episode and just…noped right out of it.

4. Encounter


Starring: Park Bo Gum, Song Hye Kyo, Jang Seung Jo, Ko Chang Seok, Shin Jung Keun, Nam Ki Ae
Year Released: 2018
Where I Watched It: Viki
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably

I’m a huge Park Bo Gum fan so I was bummed that I only lasted one episode of this one. I think this one suffered from the dreaded beginning info dump and I just wasn’t all that interested in what was going on. I’m pretty sure that it was a mood thing on my part so I’m probably going to go back and finish this, just not now. I want to say that this is the show that Park Bo Gum won an award for but I can’t be sure. In my head, I’m seeing him tearfully accepting his award and thanking Song Joong Ki, who was tearing up as well. Hmm. Anyway, I will say that Park Bo Gum with long hair is…yum.

That man is so good looking and I’m always happy to see him on screen. I can’t wait for him to finish his military duty and come back and make more dramas and movies. I’m ready for more content from him.

5. Reply 1994


Starring: Go Ah Ra, Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Sung Kyun, Baro, Min Do Hee
Year Released: 2013
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Will I Go Back and Watch?: Probably Not

I wanted to watch all of the Reply shows after finishing Reply 1988 and…it didn’t work out for me. I wasn’t all that interested in the 1994 after the first couple of episodes. The yelling and the fighting between the two siblings of this show drove me right up the wall. Now, it drove me up the wall in 1988 and was one of the reasons that I didn’t like Sung Bo Ra for the longest time. I felt like she always picked fights for no damn reason so getting more of that in this 1994 Reply show sealed the deal for me. Noped right the fuck out. I couldn’t go through that shit again. Plus, I just wasn’t all that interested in the characters, the boarding house deal so yeah…I probably won’t come back to this one either. There are too many other shows that I’m interested in watching.

Do you watch K-Dramas? Are there any shows that you’ve quit recently? Share in the comments below!

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