End of the Year TV Report (2016): Part 2

I’m finally getting around to Part 2 of this review.  However, it looks like I won’t be able to complete Part 3 until after I return from vacation.

The rating system:

Must Watch – Eyes glued… To the chocolate abs.
Watch – Well, heeeey there good lookin’
Just OK – Mildly entertaining at times but I’m here for the pretty boys.
If you’re bored – Sorry, you’re pretty but I’m just not that into you.
Pass – You might be pretty but not that pretty enough

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/11/16

I literally finished the American drama, The Good Wife, a few days before the Korean remake began.  The dangers of looking forward to a new show is that you’re just not sure what you’re going to get but so far, I’m optimistic about the drama.  I will say that the drama makes me think a lot about the original American series as there are so many similarities.  There are some differences as well but the characters are generally the same and even seem to have the same backstories which I’m not totally against as long as the story is compelling.  And so far, it’s been pretty compelling.

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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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Jive Monkey Playlist: 3/25/16

There are a lot of people that are prejudiced against K-Pop music beyond the fact that they may not understand the language.  Sure, it can sound too poppy.  It’s too electronic.  What’s with the costumes? However, K-Pop is often used to generalize the music of all of Korea, regardless of genre.  Just to put the shoe on the other foot, a few weeks back when Miljenko Matijevic from the rock band Steelheart was on King of Masked Singers, one of the first songs he sang was Radiohead’s “Creep”.  They called it a pop song and in my head I was thinking, ‘This isn’t a pop song.  It’s alt-rock.’  The fact is that they were just calling it pop because it was a popular Western song, hence “Pop”. I think the same thing happens when people refer to “K-Pop”.  Because of that label, even many of my Korean-American friends were biased about listening to Korean music and I made them change their minds with this band.

In the mid-90’s wave of the colorful and poppy number one hits that were making their way to the top of the charts, Juju Club was a band that embraced a different song.  Their sound was more like The Cranberries which was popular during the 90’s grunge era.  I’ve covered Juju Club before but it’s worth bringing up this band again because they were so unique.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 1/18/16

I don’t often write about King of Masked Singers because the thing that makes the show great is finding out who the person is behind the mask. So I can totally understand the show for wanting to keep a tight wrap on the identity of the singers between the filming. However, last night’s episode had some amusing singers and a few surprises that made it this week’s fangirl of item of the week. SPOILERS Ahead!

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End of the Year TV Report (2015): Part 2

Next up, currently airing K-Dramas and K-Variety programs.

The OST rating system is:

Must Watch“네게 줄 수 있는건 오직 사랑뿐 (I Can Only Give You Love)” by December from Answer Me 1988
Watch“Darling U” by Kim Tae Woo, Ben from Oh My Venus
Just OK“괜찮아요 (It’s Gonna Be Alright)” by Orange Marmalade from Orange Marmalade
If you’re bored“잊혀져간다 (Becoming Forgotten)” by Lee Jung from Last
Pass“Love Lies (feat. 짙은) (Love Lies (feat. Zitten)” by Tearliner from Heart to Heart

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/24/15

I got into King of Masked Singers only a few weeks back but even I couldn’t help up but get swept up into guessing the singers behind each mask. One question that’s been plaguing audiences is the identity of CBR Cleopatra. The answer has finally been revealed this week. If you haven’t seen the episode or don’t want to be spoiled, be warned. Spoilers Abound.

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