Panda Impressions #22: A Korean Odyssey & My Dear Boy

Happy Friday! This week's entry is a K-drama and a TW-drama. I'm missing my regular C-drama fix though. What are you watching? 

A Korean Odyssey

First Impressions A Korean Odyssey Hwayugi
Given all the hype, I feel bad seeing how things have turned out for A Korean Odyssey what with their post-production issues and subsequent accidents on the set. After watching two episodes, I honestly think that I like it more than I should in that it's not the typical Hong Sisters writing that is often so instantly addictive but it still has that appeal that's entertaining and definitely unique. It probably helps if you're a fan of the fantasy genre, Lee Seung Gi or Cha Seung Won (yep, that's me). 

My Dear Boy

First Impressions My Dear Boy
My Dear Boy may have a simple premise, but it seems to have the right hooks to make it an endearing watch. At ages 41 and 25, Ruby Lin and Derek Chang are perfect for their roles as a jaded career woman and an earnest college student experiencing what may be his first real heartbreak. They end up as each other's dates for the night after being asked by the waiter to share a table, and you already know that it's going to be the start to one helluva story. Sure, I think that she will probably eat him alive, but then that'll be fun to watch too. 

First Impressions My Dear Boy

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  1. I really like Hwayugi, but apart from all the behind-the-scebes mishaps, I think it's also affected by poor production values. I like the show because I like the story of Journey to the West, I like Lee Seung-gi, and I LOVE Oh Yeon-seo. The writing is good, and the acting is great. But the epicness of scale we are supposed to feel (by by all means, this is an epic drama/journey) is just not there. Unlike, say, Goblin, or Empress Light, or NiF, or TLTWTMPB, where the cinematography alone communicates the scale of the drama.

    1. I think it could have been epic if they hadn't rushed production so much. If they had just delayed this at least a month so they had a reasonable number of episodes ready for airing and could have taken more time for special effects, action scenes, stunts and the like. There is no way they can make this kind of fantasy production look polished and epic on that type of tiny production timescales they are working with.

      Where is empress Light from? I haven't heard of that drama.

    2. It is a typo! Lol. I didn't notice at first but now I can't remember what I was trying to type then. Empress Ki, maybe?

    3. OK! I've heard of Empress Ki lol. I so need need to watch it. You are the third person to recommend it in the last couple of weeks

  2. I am currently watching K-Drama Jugglers thanks to the recommendation in a previous First impressions article on DramaPanda. It has turned out to be a delightful surprise and I'm enjoying it more than any other romantic comedy I've watched in a while.