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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[Review] Orange Marmalade – 오렌지 마말레이드


Baek Ma Ri (Kim Seol Hyun) is socially withdrawn teenager who only hopes to make it to graduation day.  However, as soon as she transfers to a new high school, she gains the attention of Jung Jae Min (Yeo Jin Goo) when she accidentally kisses his neck.  Jae Min believes that Ma Ri is interested in him, after all he is the most popular boy at school, but he’s taken aback when she wants nothing to do with him.  Little does he know that she is a vampire.  In a world where vampires and humans co-exist, Ma Ri keeps her identity a secret out of fear of being discriminated. The drama is based on the webtoon of the same name.

Monsta X – 끌리는 여자 (Performed By 기현, 주헌) (A Girl I’m Drawn To (Performed by Ki Hyun, Joo Hun)

몬스타엑스(Monsta X) – 끌리는 여자 (Performed By 기현, 주헌)

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Just Bananas About: Week of 2/28/14

I’m back from vacation.  The Winter Olympics are over and the hopes that preempted programming would help me catch up by now… and I’m still working on that.  I’m almost caught up and I know I owe you some reviews which I hope to get to in one fell swoop this weekend.  However if you’re confused about seeing a Bananas post today, no, the world hasn’t gone upside down.  I mentioned on Monday that I am trying a new schedule out.  I’m wrapping up the week now with my fangirl item(s) of the week and hoping the playlist posts would jumpstart your week with a new track.  As for this week, let’s talk sitcom and dramas…

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[Review] The Strange Housekeeper – 수상한 가정부


Park Bok Nyeo (Choi Ji Woo) is hired by the Eun Sang Chul (Lee Sung Jae) after the loss of his wife.  Bok Nyeo is the perfect housekeeper with the exception that she’s unsociable and never smiles.  She helps the family through their grieving process and to become a family once again.

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[Review] Mandate of Heaven: The Fugitive of Joseon – 천명 (天命) : 조선판 도망자 이야기


A royal physician, Choi Won (Lee Dong Wook), is mistakenly accused of poisoning King Joong Jung and killing a fellow royal physician.  On top of that, he faces the risk of losing his daughter, Rang (Kim Yoo Bin), from a fatal disease only he can cure and goes on the run in order to find evidence proving his innocence.

Also working in the royal court assisting the physicians is Hong Da In (Song Ji Hyo).  When she learns of his innocence, she makes the decision to help him and his ailing daughter.

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[Review] Gone with the Wind – 바람과 함께 사라지다


In the Joseon Dynasty, ice is a commodity that’s more precious than gold.  Blocks of it are harvested from the frozen rivers in the winter and put into storage protected by royal guards who distribute and sell it throughout the year.  When corrupt officials conspire to form a monopoly and fix its price, a gang of 11 plot to steal the ice right underneath them.

I feel like these days if you’ve seen one caper movie, you’ve seen ‘em all.  But this Ocean’s Eleven takes us back in time to the Joseon era.  The English title is actually The Grand Heist which they changed from the original translation because of that other little known movie with the same title.  Looking at the cast, you know they’re more than capable of bringing the funny but the measure of a good caper flick are the twists.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/30/12

This has got to be my new favorite K-Drama at the moment. I was confused by the fact that they were only going to air 8 episodes and that it was called a sitcom but it seems that they will be airing 2 short format episodes back to back on Tuesday nights.  Each episode should run about 30 to 40 minutes in length and so far I think it’s working for the plot.  The first two episodes were tightly written and edited so that it connected several unrelated character stories within each episode.

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