Final TV Report (2017)

Happy 2018!  I had initially planned on finishing all of my reviews before summer but that didn’t quite happen as planned.  I know I was long overdue.  However, now that they are done, I didn’t want to leave you high and dry since so many dramas aired between summer and now.  Before I say my final goodbye, here are some short reviews on those dramas I’ve completed since then or am currently watching.

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End of the Year TV Report (2014): Part 1

I realize I’m very late to the End of the Year review game.  Playing review catch up while keeping current with shows has overwhelmed me.  I still have two more reviews to get done before the week is out but I have enough under the belt to get down to business.  This year in K-Drama has been quite a rollercoaster with a series of terrible dramas to mediocre dramas to really great dramas.  When it was bad, it was really bad but when it was great it was really great.  Here are the dramas which completed its run in 2014.

The rating system goes:

Must Watch – And I would watch it all over again
Watch – Liked it
Just OK – Watchable but could have been better
If you’re bored – Just killing time watching my laundry’s rinse cycle
Pass – Don’t waste my time

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[Review] Bad Guys – 나쁜 녀석들

WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU?

After being unable to catch an elusive serial killer, the Deputy Chief of Police asks former police detective, Oh Goo Tak (Kim Sang Joong) to help catch the criminal. Oh Goo Tak agrees to help and recruits a team of incarcerated criminals to his task force. Their hunting team is made up of Mob Boss Park Woong Chul (Ma Dong Seok), Contract Assassin Jung Tae Soo (Jo Dong Hyuk) and Serial Killer Psychopath Lee Jung Moon (Park Hae Jin). Police Inspector Yoo Mi Young (Kang Ye Won) is assigned to keep watch over this pack of crazy, ravenous dogs but she also keeps a wary eye out for Oh Goo Tak, the pack’s leader.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen grittier crime dramas given its chance to shine on Korean cable TV. Certainly, OCN is one of those networks who cater to this genre similar to many of the gritty hits we’ve seen from this network, Bad Guys seems to continue in that tradition. The drama gives us rich character development interwoven in a tautly gripping thriller.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 11/28/14

We’re approaching the end of Bad Guys and oh, it’s so dark and twisty. We finally get some background on Lee Jung Moon (Park Hae Jin) and whether he’s a serial killer. However, it’s also in this past episode in which get into the looming mistrust that’s been hanging over the group and it finally comes to a head. What happens when you unleash the dogs?

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Just Bananas About: Week of 10/17/14

What a fascinating and gritty new drama on OCN.  It’s a weekly drama instead of the bi-weekly ones we’re used on the broadcast networks but so far I’ve been engrossed in the convicts catching criminals drama, Bad Guys.

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Early Fall TV Report (2014)

WHEN YOUR DRAMA LIST DOESN’T SEEM TO GET ANY SHORTER

…you end up with permanent dark circles and never get around to posting about what you watched. I’m well overdue for a TV Report update but felt that I really needed to at least go over the Summer American programs before we get too much into this Fall Season. That post will probably happen later, hopefully not at the end of this year. Continue reading