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Review: My Country: The New Age

Posted August 20, 2020 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 0 Comments

Male Lead: Yang Se Jong
Female Lead: Kim Seolhyun
Secondary Lead: Woo Do Hwan
Also Starring: Jang Hyuk, Hong Ji Yoon, In Gyo Jin, Ji Seung Hyun, Young Nam Jang, Ahn Nae Sang, Kim Yeong Cheol, Yu Oh Seong, Park Ye Jin, Kim Seo Kyung, Lee Hyo Je, Lee Yoo Joon, Shim Wan Joon, Kim Dong Won, Kim Dae Gon
Year Released: 2019
Genre: Historical, Political TV Shows
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: Chance

At the end of the Goryeo period there are those who lead the charge to proclaim a new age, among them two friends who become enemies when they disagree on the direction of their country.

I watched this show at the recommendation of my nephew, Chance. He’s different from Chase. He’s more into political thrillers, historical movies, and what not so because I had such a great reaction to Chase’s recommendation, I thought I’d give Chance’s a go too. While I enjoyed this one, Chase wins in the recommendation department.

This show is a period piece that follows our main lead, Seo Hwi, and his best friend, Nam Sun Ho, as they struggle with the cards that life has dealt them. The show centers on them, their friendship and the different directions their lives take them. The power of friendship is seriously tested in this show and I was here for it.

My boy Hwi really went through it. After his father dies in disgrace, Hwi is left to care for his younger sister and it’s just the two of them. They struggle through life because they’re poor and they’re banking on Hwi getting into the military so that he can really start making money to care for his sister. She’s sick too so that’s another obstacle that he has to figure out every time she runs out of medicine. Through everything that Hwi goes through, you can see him struggle with his dignity and at times, his integrity. It would be so easy to let his guard down and really do whatever it takes to, shady or not, to get what him and his sister need but that’s not what he’s about. It’s not the son that his father raised so with his head held high, he deals with whatever hardship comes his way as best as he can.

My other boy, Sun Ho wasn’t poor, he actually grew up rich but his life wasn’t a walk in the park. For one, he’s the bastard son of a high ranking member of the military and Sun Ho spends a whole lot of time trying to win his father’s approval but he always comes up short. His friendship with Hwi and Hwi’s younger sister are the highlights in his life and he thought that they would always be by each other’s back but fate wouldn’t have that and the older they get, the further the distance between them becomes but you can see that though Sun Ho means well, his actions don’t always come across that way so the connection between him and Hwi is tested hard. It wasn’t enough for their lives to divide, they had to fall in love with the same girl to further complicate their already complicated friendship.

This was my introduction to Woo Do Hwan and Yang Se Jong and I was super happy about that. They acted their tails off in this show and I really connected with both of their characters. I really loved Hwi in this show so he was the one that I rooting for to get the girl but Woo Do Hwan won me over completely that I made a list of shows/movies he was in and I’m making my way through them.

This show is filled to the brim with political thrills and a whole lot of suspense that had me at the edge of my seat but it also left me frustrated through a good portion of the episodes because damn, they really kicked Hwi down and held him there with their foot on his neck. I got so mad at the bad guys and super frustrated with Sun Ho’s actions throughout the entire show. I did enjoy the romance and thought the female lead was a boss who was a perfect fit for Hwi. These Koreans are loyal as hell to their loved ones and I really dug that in this show. No matter what was going on between Hwi and Sun Ho, their shared love for Hwi’s sister was never questioned and Sun Ho did his best to care for her while Hwi was away and I really dug that. This show really engaged my emotions because I happy sighed just as much as I ugly cried and while it wasn’t my favorite show, it was still an enjoyable one and one that I would recommend to those looking for a historical political thriller. Lots of eye candy, too. 🙂

Listen to the OST

Final Rating

3.5 out of 5

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The Weekly Recap (149)

Posted August 10, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments

I’m really late with this update but it’s been a pretty weird last week so it couldn’t be helped. But better late, than never right? I hope everyone is okay and that you guys are enjoying your weeks. I’m still not reading but I’m powering through these k dramas. I think I have a problem guys. I don’t actually see it as a problem since I’m really loving the heck out of all of these dramas. So let’s get to the last couple of weeks in what I’ve been watching.

What I’m Currently Watching

Dr. Romantic

Starring: Han Suk Kyu, Yoo Yeon Seok, Seo Hyun Jin, Kim Min Jae, Jin Kyung, Im Won Hee, Kim Hong Fa, Jang Hyuk Jin, Lee Young E, Byun Woo Min, Yang Se Jong, Choi Jin Ho, Kim Jung Young
Year Released: 2016
Genre: Medical Drama, Romance

As an emotionally charged, uplifting medical drama, “Dr. Romantic” probes into seemingly cliched values regarding what makes a meaningful life. The story centers around a once-famous surgeon at the top of his field who suddenly retired to a secluded, countryside hospital. Those who cross his path learn about the values of life and comforts of love.

So recently, I watched Abyss on Netflix and came across Ahn Yeo Seop. I really liked his character, Cha Min, and thought he did a great job portraying him. So while I was browsing for a new show to watch, I came across Dr. Romantic 2, which he stars in. I’m interested in watching that show but first, I thought I’d get to know the world that Dr. Romantic 2 is about so I started this one. I ain’t gonna lie, I wanted to beat the shit out of the two main leads (Kang Dong Joo and Yoon Seo Joeng) in the early days of the show but they’re coming around. I’m really, really liking their character growth and I’m really enjoying the main character, Boo Young Joo. He’s the best doctor ever!

What I Watched


Abyss | 3.75 out of 5
Life | 3.75 out of 5
Suspicious Partner | 4.25 out of 5
My ID is Gangnam Beauty | 3.5 out of 5
Save Me | 3.75 out of 5
Tempted | DNF
One More Time | 2 out of 5
The Witch | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

The Divine Fury | 4 out of 5
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (148)

What’s On My Radar for Next Week

Dr. Romantic 2
While You Were Sleeping
The Great Battle

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

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Review: What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim

Posted July 30, 2020 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 2 Comments

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim

Male Lead: Park Seo Jun
Female Lead: Park Min Young
Secondary Lead: Lee Tae Hwan
Also Starring: Hwang Chan Sung, Jun So Min, Hwang Bo Ra, Pyo Ye Jin, Kang Ki Young, Lee Min Ki, Kim Byeong Ki, Jung Yu Mi, Kang Hong Suk
Year Released: 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Watched It For: Park Seo Jun

Can you be so self-absorbed that you have no idea what’s truly going on around you? Lee Yeong Joon (Park Seo Joon) is vice president of his family-owned company, Yoomyung Group. He is so narcissistic that he doesn’t pay attention to what his trusty secretary, Kim Mi So (Park Min Young), is trying to tell him most of the time.

After nine years of making Yeong Joon look good and stroking his very large ego, Min So decides to quit her job. Yeong Joon’s older brother, Lee Sung Yeon (Lee Tae Hwan), is a famous author who is in love with Mi So.

Can Yeong Joon accept the fact that Mi So no longer wants to work for him or will he get the wrong idea?

“What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim” is a 2018 South Korean drama series directed by Park Joon Hwa. It is based on a novel by Jung Kyung Yoon. A 2016 webcomic by Kim Young Mi also was based on the same novel.

Going into this show, I was expecting something light and fluffy and while a lot of this show was that, it was also a little dark at times. This show centers around Lee Yeong Joon and his secretary Kim Mi So. Kim Mi So has worked for Lee Yeong Joon for nine years, she’s supported her different family members through school and job losses but there’s no need for any of that anymore since her sisters are grown and working and supporting themselves. Kim Mi So can finally breathe a sigh of relief as all the debt she’s been paying is done and she is finally going to start living her life for herself. First thing on her to-do list? Quit her job.

Lee Yeong Joon has become used to having Kim Mi So by his side. She’s been his right hand woman for the last nine years so he’s fond of her. He’s also completely spoiled by her so when she tells him that she is quitting her job as his secretary, he’s thrown for a loop. As the story progresses, we see that Kim Mi So is much more than Yeong Joon’s secretary. It takes a while for that story to come out and a lot of the hype that I felt for this show was due to the fact that their real story slowly unfolds with each passing episode.

Yeong Joon is not a normal person. He’s got issues from a traumatic past that we don’t really know everything about and he doesn’t even remember most of it himself. The one person who has stuck by him and helped him through different episodes that he’s had is Mi So. Now that he feels like he’s losing her, Yeong Joon decides that he’s going to try to keep her. He’s going to woo her back to his side. The lengths that he went to try to win her over made me laugh and the arrogance that he has at every turn had me laughing even more. There were just so many sweet scenes, followed by some super swoony scenes and a whole lot of funny ones thrown in for good measure. The romance between Lee Yeong Joon and Kim Mi So was sweet and just all around cute. I really liked it.

There’s a strong cast of characters in this show. I liked everyone at the company that both Lee Yeong Joon and Kim Mi So work at. I thought the secondary romance between Kim Mi So’s coworkers was fun too. Both of the secondary romances were cute and even the romance between Yeong Joon’s friend and his wife was adorable. There are a lot of ups and a lot of downs in this show, lots of times when I thought I had something figured out and was wrong but this show was a lot of fun to figure out. Seeing everything come together was a good time and though this isn’t my favorite Park Seo Jun show, it’s a solid show with a solid cast and a super swoony romance that I was here for.

If you’re looking for a good time, this is the show for you. 🙂

Listen to the OST

Final Rating

4.25 out of 5

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Eye Candy Friday: Kim Shin

Posted July 24, 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 Gong Yoo as Kim Shin in the Korean drama, Goblin. If you haven’t watched Goblin, aka Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, you should fix that. This show was everything that I love and the romance between Kim Shin and Eun Tak was one of the absolute best romances that I’ve watched in like…ever. I put this entire post together, choosing the pictures and everything with a giant smile on my face because I loved this character that much.

I’ll never not think about Kim Shin when it rains. I’ll never not smile and think of Kim Shin when I see Cherry Blossoms. I’ve recommended Goblin to my friends and every single person that watched it, loved it and loved Gong Yoo as Kim Shin. His character is an unforgettable one and Kim Shin is someone everyone should know and that is why I chose him for this week’s Eye Candy. On top of being an amazing character, Gong Yoo is FINE AS HELL.

You’re welcome.

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TV Tuesday: For the People

Posted June 11, 2019 by Rowena in TV Shows | 0 Comments

This week’s TV Tuesday post is a farewell post to one of the only shows that I watched religiously every week since its debut…For the People.

For the People (2018)
Network: ABC
Genre: Drama
Starring: Hope Davis, Ben Shenkman, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Wesam Keesh, Rege-Jean Page, Ben Rappaport, Britt Robertson, Susannah Flood

Set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, brand new lawyers work for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high profile and high stakes cases in the country – all as their personal lives intersect.

This show followed a bunch of lawyers on both sides of the court as they handled big time cases and it also showed the relationships formed between all of the lawyers. Friendships, relationships, etc… This is one of the only shows that Brenna and I watched together. We don’t like a lot of the same shows since she likes a bunch of those stupid ass reality shows (like Paradise Island, The Bachelor, The Ace Family, etc..) and I prefer my entertainment scripted. We both watched For the People every week and we had discussions about what happened and I’m going to miss that.

A few weeks ago, I read online that this show was canceled and here is the conversation I had with Brenna right after learning the news.

We’re both pretty hurt because even though the writers gave the show a pretty solid ending, there was so much potential in the stories and the relationships forming between all of the different characters. We’ll never see if anything ever blossoms between Leonard and Kate Littlejohn. We’ll never see the friendship between Sandra and Kate Littlejohn grow and solidify. We’ll never know if Seth and Allison ever get back together or if Jay finds love. We’ll never see Judge Byrne on another jury duty adventure and we’ll never see Tina hand out another case again. Wahhh.

This show was good and I enjoyed the hell out of it so I’m going to miss the hell out of it. Damn you, ABC, damn you.

But thanks to the wonderful cast for bringing this show to life every week for the last two seasons. It’s been a fun ride.

Did you watch For the People? If so, are you going to miss it the way that I am? If not, are there any shows that were canceled that you’re sad about?

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