[Review] Mirror of the Witch – 마녀보감


As Queen Shim (Jang Hee Jin) is unable to have a child on her own, she seeks help from Shaman Hong Joo (Yeom Jung Ah) who convinces her to deceive a young servant to sleep with the king so she can become pregnant.  Hong Joo then uses black magic to transfer the fetus to the queen, which in turn kills the servant, but not before she places a curse on the royal family.  Queen Shim gives birth to twins, Crown Prince Soon Hwae and Princess Yeon Hee (Kim Sae Ron) but the queen abandons the infant princess for fear of the curse left by the servant.

At the king’s behest, Yeon Hee’s life is saved by Shaman Choi Hyun Seo (Lee Sung Jae), who was once Hong Joo’s master.  Yeon Hee is able to grow up as a beautiful, young girl but she’s forced to remain isolated away from everyone, living in a house surrounded by talismans so that her curse doesn’t affect others and so that she can’t be detected by Hong Joo.

Hyun Seo’s son, Poong Yeon (Kwak Shi Yang) grows up harboring more than platonic feelings for her but when he takes her out on a night in the village, they relationship is forever changed.  Meanwhile, a young scholar, Heo Joon (Yoon Shi Yoon), has a chance encounter with Yeon Hee and their fate becomes entwined as they worked together to lift her curse.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 8/29/16

Hit the Stage is a new dance competition show on Mnet.  We are about 5 episodes in but people’s interest in the show began even before the first episode had aired.  Though the show does have a competition aspect to it, its format is not like other competition shows where you are eliminated.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 8/26/16

What is it about love that makes us question ourselves?  Does it get any easier the older we get?  Today’s playlist, here are a few bittersweet tracks about young people who are just trying to figure out who they are and what love is.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 8/22/16

Do you ever get that sense of déjà vu?  As I’ve been watching the latest episodes of Infinite Challenge, that’s exactly what I’ve been feeling as it looks like the members were in LA in and around the days after KCON.

At first, it really just did seem like a coincidence that they happen to come across Kim Jong Kook and Zico.  Then I noticed that that they stayed at the same hotel that I planned on staying at.  I actually stayed at a place only a few blocks away.

But then I noticed that they also visited Joshua Tree National Park.  And it’s a bummer that I really didn’t cross paths with them at all throughout my stay.  How is that possible?

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 8/19/16

You’d think that with all these idols releasing albums, singles and the like, it would be an exciting week in K-Pop but I’ve been feeling very meh about it all.  I’m just beginning to get excited again as we close out this week but more on that later.  However, there does appear theme this week.  It’s all about the tough YG ladies.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 8/15/16

It was one of the best episodes of Fantastic Duo ever that probably did not make you want to go outside.  Not that anyone would want to go outside.  I mean, seriously.  I made a big mistake in thinking I could handle going outdoors.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 8/12/16

It’s been over a week since I’ve returned from L.A. but I still have not adjusted back to East Coast time.  But I finally did get a chance to download some indie music that I’ve been waiting to listen to.  If this summer heat has got you feeling a bit sluggish, then these easy-going tracks might be up your alley.  They’re not lullabies meant to put you to sleep but rather provide a sense of calm and dose of romance.

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