Posted July 19, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments
Starring: Park Ji Hoo, Yoon Chan Young, Jo Yi Hyun, Lomon
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 12
Genre: Contemporary, Horror, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Jo Yi Hyun
*** SPOILER ALERT! The following review will have spoilers (though I’ll try to avoid them as much as possible) so please don’t read on if you haven’t watched this drama. ***
A high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped students must fight their way out — or turn into one of the rabid infected.
The premise of this drama is pretty easy. A zombie outbreak happens in a high school and the students that haven’t been infected are trying to stay alive by fighting back against the infected zombie students but it ain’t easy. The uninfected are scared, teenagers, and no matter how hard they try, the zombies keep coming, making staying alive harder and harder with each episode.
In the past year or so, I’ve become a huge horror nerd. I used to hate all things scary and horror fell under that category for me. But these days, I love all things supernatural, all things horror, and I especially love zombies. I binge-watched this entire season in one day and I felt all of the feelings while doing so. I was entertained, I was annoyed, and I wanted to fight so many characters but I was invested in the main character’s journey and I was invested in trying to figure things out right along with the students in the high school.
I really connected with pretty much all of the main characters and though I wanted to smack the shit out of On Jo a time or two, I only wanted to push her out the window into the hungry zombies waiting down below like ten times, tops. I didn’t hate her in the end. If there was anyone that I wanted to kick into the depths of hell, it was this motherfucker:
No matter how many times those poor kids killed his ass, he just kept right on coming back time after time again. His determination to stay as alive as he can be and kill Cheong San would have been admirable if it wasn’t so damn annoying. He was a huge factor in why the uninfected would take two giant steps forward in their survival and then be pushed back ten steps. Between him and On Jo, I don’t know who I was more annoyed with. Because On Jo? Yeah, her heffah ass stayed on my damn nerves. The lengths that Cheong San went to protect her from the zombies, going above and beyond a next-door neighbor should have gone, pissed me off because did On Jo appreciate him or his efforts? Of course not but while I didn’t quite forgive her in the end, I didn’t hate her.
Overall, this was a fun way to spend the weekend. I was invested in everything going on. From the students trying to make it out of there alive and in one piece to the side romances that kept the story alive and running. I was rooting for Soo Hyeok and Nam Ra the most but I wanted On Jo for Cheong San, even though she didn’t deserve him, because she was who he wanted. I loved seeing Nam Ra (who I hear is in deep drunk driving trouble in real life, yikes) come into herself. The way that she kept everything at bay and did what she could to do the right thing warmed my zombie-loving heart. I definitely recommend this drama if you’re in the mood for some wholesome zombie-fighting fun. Even though it felt like everything was burning to the ground every episode, it’s a good one, I promise.
4 out of 5
Tags: 4.0 Reviews, Contemporary, Horror, Jo Yi Hyun, Korean Dramas, Lomon, Netflix, Park Ji Hoo, Romance, Yoon Chan Young
Posted July 5, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments
Starring: Kim Yo Han, Jo Yi Hyun, Choo Young Woo, Hwang Bo Reum
Year Released: 2021
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: , Contemporary, Drama, Romance
Where I Watched It: Viki
“School 2021” is the story of students attending a specialized high school and seeking their ambitions, rather than going off to college. It will delve into how these students learn about love, friendship, true passions, and growing up in an intense environment.
Kong Ki Joon is a hardworking student who assumes work and school simultaneously. He is a person who loses his 11-year-old dream of taekwondo due to injury and is unsure of knowing what to do. Jung Young Joo is a transfer student with a hidden story and a past connection to Kong Ki Joon.
Jin Ji Won, a confident high school girl with a solid dream, confidently communicates her opinion though she is in conflict with her mother about going to college. Kang Seo Young is a gifted student who is preparing, by herself, for college entrance exams. She is aiming to enter one of the top five universities in Korea.
Lee Kang Hoon is a teacher who values a work-life balance. He gradually grows along with his students. Koo Mi Hee is the chairman of the board. Lee Jae Hee is the twin sister of Lee Jae Hyuk. She is a quiet person and strives to make many new changes. Lee Jae Hyuk is Lee Jae Hee’s twin. Unlike Jae Hee, Jae Hyuk is the person who receives support from the foundation.
I’m not sure what prompted my desire to watch this show. I didn’t watch any of the other school shows and I don’t remember watching any of the characters in anything else but for some reason, I wanted to watch this and I’m glad that I did. This drama had the right amount of cuteness, the right amount of romance, and the right characters to really bring the story together. I enjoyed each character and though I enjoyed the secondary romance more than the main romance, I still rather enjoyed the drama as a whole and am already on the lookout for more dramas to support and watch each actor/actress in this show.
The main romance was cute but there were times when it moved a smidge too slow for my liking. There wasn’t anything wrong with either character, I just enjoyed other characters more and that’s not supposed to happen with the main couple. Of the two in the main romance, Ki Joon was probably my least favorite character. I felt bad for what he was going through with his grandfather but I couldn’t connect with anything else where he was concerned. I didn’t hate him or anything, he just wasn’t my favorite character. I liked the female lead well enough but she wasn’t my favorite either. I did like her though. My heart hurt for the way that she was out there chasing her dream, even though she was going through her shit with her Mom.
My favorite part of this show was the secondary romance. Every week that I tuned in, I was waiting to see if there was any more development between these two. I knew that Young Woo had a thing for Ji Won but man, Seo Young, my favorite character in this entire show had it so bad for him, and seeing the two of them come into their feelings for each other had the right amount of push and pull for me to tune in every single week. I loved their background stories and I really enjoyed their characters as well. I’m not normally one who pulls for the secondary characters as much as the main couple but in this drama, it was all about Young Joo and Seo Youn for me.
Overall, this was an easy show to watch. It wasn’t bogged down with too much shit and I really appreciated that. The characters were interesting, and seeing them have to deal with a bunch of shitty adults and tackle each problem that came their way as a team made for lots of heartwarming interactions and while this isn’t my favorite drama of the year, I appreciated their efforts in delivering a satisfying drama that kept me interested and invested in what was to come. I recommend.
3.5 out of 5
Tags: 2021 Dramas, 3.5 Reviews, Choo Young Woo, Drama, Hwang Bo Reum, Jo Yi Hyun, Kim Yo Han, Korean Dramas, Romance, Viki, Watched in 2021, Watched in 2022