Jive Monkey Playlist: 2/3/17

Oftentimes, I think when you see a track with rappers you expect to hear something edgy and tenacious.  But sometimes, rappers are able to show their sensitive side.  And that’s what I see in the case of the tracks on this week’s playlist.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 1/2/17

Happy New Year!  It’s been a mad dash for me to complete my reviews before I can put out my End of the Year TV Reports and I still got a few more to go.  If only I was better at not procrastinating… well, I suppose that’s what new year resolutions are for, right?  And still, that didn’t stop me from adding another program to watch on top of what I’m already watching.  Last year, I attempted to watch a web drama, Splash Splash LOVE, and loved it.  Each of the episodes are about 10 minutes or so in length, they don’t require much commitment and they’re often silly and entertaining.  So during the break, I was interested in doing that again and came across Seven First Kisses.

Ji Chang Wook – KISSING YOU


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[Review] It’s Okay, It’s Love – 괜찮아, 사랑이야


Jang Jae Yul (Jo In Sung) is a popular mystery writer and radio DJ. Ji Hae Soo (Gong Hyo Jin) is a psychiatrist at a University Hospital. The two first meet through a TV debate program but their relationship sets off on the wrong foot. As they grow to like each other, they discover they must overcome various obstacles like their neuroses, anxiety and mental issues.

I would say that this drama is a difficult one to describe off the bat. I can’t really do a proper review without disclosing some spoilers but there are a lot of layers to uncover here. Yes, the drama deals with mental issues; and yes, the drama takes liberties with psychiatry and its treatment but there’s more than meets the eye for this drama.

Twin Forks(트윈 폭스) – Cross My Mind

Twin Forks(트윈 폭스) – Cross My Mind

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Just Bananas About: Week of 9/5/14

So the cat is finally out of the bag.  Last week on It’s Okay, It’s Love, we left off with Jo Dong Min (Sung Dong Il) and Lee Young Jin (Jin Kyung) about to tell Ji Hae Soo (Gong Hyo Jin) about Jang Jae Yul’s (Jo In Sung) schizophrenia.

And slowly, all the characters learn about Jae Yul’s condition.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 8/4/14

I am still reeling over the last scene of Episode 4 of It’s Okay, It’s Love from last week and have been replaying that episode over again in my mind. Although it didn’t come for a shock to many watchers, I just didn’t see it coming. Upon seeing the trailer for this drama, I was expecting a silly, modern and urban romcom. What I wasn’t expecting (but always hope for) was the depth and this drama is hitting all the right notes for me. I didn’t quite understand the motives of many of the characters and thought it was odd to see that the drama start off its first episode with a prison scene but now it all seems to fit.  I sincerely hope that this drama doesn’t break my heart because it has so much potential.

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Monkey Poo: The Kris Exo-dus

If you follow SM’s latest mega-member band, you’ve probably heard the news about EXO’s Kris wanting to break with his contract. Right now, there’s a lot of speculation out there and we’ll probably never know the truth but I’m hoping they will be able to work it out without dragging it out.  I think the biggest blow this news may have had is to the group’s fans as Kris was the leader of the EXO-M and the news came right on the heels of the group winning a major music award in China.

Yes, SM is a big entertainment company and I could see it running like a big machine but by being with SM, there are some comforts in knowing that they have the money and the resources to help promote the talent.  I’m not here to vilify either party simply because there are not that many facts to go on but wanted to share a few thoughts.

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