Happy Memorial Day! There are a lot of new dramas out and there has been one that I have been particularly interested in watching. Circle is a sci-fi drama starring Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Kang Woo. I was particularly drawn to the fact that this is a double track drama in which the episodes are split into two parallel storylines. One takes place in 2017 and the other in 2037. Unlike the time-traveling dramas we’ve seen before, it’s not clear what affect the storylines will have on each other which I think makes the drama unique.
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?
Baek Ma Ri (Kim Seol Hyun) is socially withdrawn teenager who only hopes to make it to graduation day.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)
From the team that brought us the High Kick series, Potato Star 2013QR3 (or Potato Star for short) is a tVN daily sitcom. When a comet falls to Earth in 2013, all sorts of weird things happen to the Noh family and their neighbors.
It takes a lot of commitment, at least for me, to watch a daily but I was intrigued by the promos for Potato Star. From the people who brought us the High Kick series, they bring us into a world of wacky characters.
Currently, the sitcom is only airing on Mondays and Tuesdays due to Ha Yun Soo’s on-set injury. Since the injury caused her to twist her ankle, she has to stay off of it for a couple of weeks which put the sitcom behind schedule. Considering she’s a main character and that she’s peppy and active, it would hinder the sitcom to have her sit around and film her scenes. So for a couple of weeks, the production decided it would be best to keep her off her feet so she could be 100% when she returns.
The story is based on the book about a fictional Joseon king-to-be named Lee Hwon (Yeo Jin Goo) who falls in love with Heo Yeon Woo (Kim Yoo Jung) when they are teenagers.
Jealousy and political rivalry cause their union to be separated and Hwon believes Yeon Woo to be dead.
Saved from death by a shaman, Yeon Woo returns to court as Wol (Han Ga In) with no memories of her former life. Still mourning the loss of his first love, a bitter Hwon (Kim Soo Hyun) grows curious about the shaman.
I suppose what with Big Bang’s release of “Blue”, it would be assumed that I’d feature them this week. But I want to wait and see what the rest of the album sounds like before I do. It’s out next Wednesday. Leap Day!
I really couldn’t make up my mind this week and so my indecisiveness gets you a twofer. And these two artists do completely different genres of music. A new band from the Hongdae indie scene called OK PUNK! and ballad crooner, K.Will.