End of the Year TV Report (2016): Part 1

I never seem to be getting any better at this procrastination thing.  But I’m officially done with all of my full-length reviews of 2016.  Here’s a better-late-than-never recap of the K-Drama year.

The rating system:

Must Watch – Watch and watch again.
Watch – Entertained.
Just OK – Just alright.  Nothing more, nothing less.
If you’re bored – It’s not the worst but that’s not a compliment either.
Pass – Not worth the time.

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[Review] Monster – 몬스터


Born into a wealthy family, Lee Guk Chul (Kang Ji Hwan) was a spoiled, chaebol heir.  However, he loses his eyesight in a car accident that also takes the lives of his parents.  Shortly after, his aunt is murdered as well and although he survives several murder attempts his greedy uncle, Byun Il Jae (Jung Bo Suk) steals his inheritance.  Having lost everything, he grows up as a beggar, relying on his wit and superhuman hearing to survive the streets.  Years later, he undergoes surgery with the help of a Chinese arms dealer and adopts a new identity as Kang Ki Tan in order to exact revenge on the people who have taken everything away from him.

Cha Jung Eun (Sung Yuri) first meets Guk Chul when she works as his maid.  Though Guk Chul is initially rude to her, he develops feelings for her.  Due to the numerous attempts on Guk Chul’s life, they become separated.  Years later, she also takes a new name and as Oh Soo Yeon she applies for an internship at Dodo Group.  She meets Ki Tan but the two are unaware of their shared past.

Do Gun Woo (Park Ki Woong) is the illegitimate son of Dodo Group’s Chairman Do Choong (Park Young Kyu).  He has lived most of his life in the US with his mother and abusive stepfather.  After a violent altercation, in which Gun Woo ends up murdering his stepfather, his mother takes the blame and commits suicide.  He returns to Korea with Byun Il Jae’s help who intends on using him as a tool to takeover Dodo Group.  Gun Woo develops a mutual rivalry with Ki Tan.

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Late Spring TV Report (2016)


It’s been so long since I last did one of these that I don’t know if I remember how to do one.  I don’t think I did one once last year but I’m going to try to better about getting these out.  It’s nice to be able to talk about shows that are currently running.  There are times when I start off loving a show only to be disappointed at the end.  Also, there are those American shows that I don’t have the time to do full reviews or shows that I’ve given up midway that it’s a nice way to recap some thoughts on those shows.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 4/4/16

The three major networks all started their new dramas last Monday and so begins the ratings race.  I’ve checked in with all 3 and the jury is still out with what I’m going to stick with.  They’re all different lengths but because there are other dramas that I want to watch that will be premiering soon, I know that I don’t want to overwhelm myself.  What are your favorites?

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