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] Mirror of the Witch – 마녀보감

MIRROR, MIRROR, MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR

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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