Panda Impressions #2: Seven Day Queen, Stairway to Stardom and My Sassy Girl

Oh my goodness, how bad is it that I only took screenshots of the men? It wasn't on purpose, at least I don't think so, but they sure are pretty. Below are our first impressions of Seven Day Queen, Stairway to Stardom and My Sassy Girl.

Seven Day Queen

Queen for Seven Days
I really like this, maybe even more than Princess Agents even though both are entirely different creatures that watching one shouldn't really affect the other. Even so, I may be just a little more addicted to this one because it is pretty close to perfection with a great story that is thoughtfully crafted and engaging. 

The cast blew me away especially Lee Dong Gun, whom I wasn't a fan of initially. I tend to fast forward through the younger leads of whatever show I'm watching but teenage Yeok really shined. Big brother is using all his strength not to kill little brother while little bro has to die trying to prove his loyalty. It's poetically tragic and touching at the same time. I binged watch until the moment Yeon Woo Jin showed up and of course, that ended with a cliffhanger. 

Stairway to Stardom

Stairway to Stardom
The show starts with a bang, like an edgy spy flick featuring Song Yi on the run from a killer until she falls into the arms of ha, you guessed it, Orlando Bloom. Is it weird that I would much rather watch that? Anyways, the heroine wakes up from dreamland and she's back to her ordinary life as a personal assistant, working for a rather difficult celebrity.

There's a sympathetic arc, a bickering relationship and a whole lot of meta, which is actually very interesting to see if you happen to be a fan of Chinese entertainment. Believe it or not, the character that kept me going was the self-absorbed diva who caused all sorts of troubles on set. I definitely think there's enough material here to make this a fairly watchable show though I probably won't be coming for the long haul.

My Sassy Girl

My Sassy Girl
Am I the only one who didn't like this because I'll be honest with you, I couldn't get through the first episode, and I tried twice because I love My Sassy Girl, I love Joo Won and I love Oh Yeon Seo. Individually, they're amazing but altogether, it just didn't work. The straight up sageuk opening didn't establish a strong enough reason for me to care about why everyone was crying and why the whole world was falling apart and the fusion part later on just seemed too offbeat to take seriously. 

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  1. I gave up on my sassy girl, even though I adore Oh Yeon-seo. The heroine is just too abrasive for me.

  2. The fusion parts of My Sassy Girl remind me of Diary of a Night Watchman and that didn't do very well either xD Neither did Hwarang. My question is, why a historical at all for this remake?

    P.S. Glad you're liking Seven Day Queen because it's too tragic for me :"( even the trailers!

  3. Love love love Seven Day Queen. It's on the way to becoming one of my favourite K-dramas of all time if it keeps up the superb quality. I'm so disappointed it's not doing well in the ratings in South Korea.

    1. no.. which show is beating it? It cannot be My Sassy Girl right?

  4. No, My Sassy Girl is on Mon-Tue although it is getting better ratings too :( Seven Day Queen is on Wed-Thur and airs at the same time as another period drama Ruler and a romantic comedy, Suspicious Partners and so far it is in last place. I think the main thing that has hurt it was KBS scheduling it at the same time as Ruler which targets the exact same demographic, both Ruler and SP had already been airing for 3 weeks so had established an audience, Ruler has bigger stars (Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun) and has been heavily promoted since last year. 7DQ barely had any promotion and doesn't have any big stars. Seven Day Queen is such a great drama and deserves better ratings and recognition for the amazing job everyone is doing on the show :'(

  5. I have to say, I am glad that I am not the only one having problems with "My Sassy Girl". I kept forwarding and forwarding..I love the actors..but the characters are so over the top..I just can´t connect with them or with the storyline...

    I have yet to watch "Seven Day Queen" or "Stairway to Stardom"..I am not really a fan of sad endings..and I believe "Seven Day Queen" is one of those dramas that support the tissue industry..I have to see how it ends...the same counts for Stairway to Stardom..I love Push´s acting and most of his lakorns..but I have to see if I can get comfortable with his dubbed voice.