K-Drama Hits or Misses: August 2018 Watch List

K-Drama Recommendations August 2018


I'm back at it again with another list but sadly (or maybe this is a good thing for my dark circles) there's not as many dramas occupying my time. Instead, I have three solid shows worth sharing while others only have me partially invested...or not at all.

Absolutely love everything about this show. Unlike my First Impressions where I assumed things would get really melancholic and messy, the drama has done a great job of making sure things remain light while keeping excessive melancholy and tragedy at bay. There is emotion and when delivered, Shin Hye-Sun and Yang Se-Jong leave a lasting impression. Their chemistry is also unparalleled, creating memorable characters and a romance we'll all be talking about even after the drama has ended. I'll be a complete wreck by then, I just know it but my adorable Mr. Gong and Ahjumma pair are simply one of my favourites of the year!

K-Drama Recommendations August 2018
This has turned out to be quite the show that handles its subject matter with the right amount of sensitivity. Discussing cosmetic surgery and having such young characters that are vulnerable and facing growing pains gives this show a great sense of depth without it having to try too hard to connect to viewers. At times, I do find myself becoming frustrated with the timid Mi-Rae or the stoic Kyung-Seok but these flaws make the characters more realistic and the drama balances out their need for growth with moments that make them shine, and has me rooting for these 20 year-old kids. What I didn't except however, was to fall in love with the OST and I rarely mention those, so take my word for it. Musicality at its finest.

K-Drama Recommendations August 2018
As much as people complain about vulgarity and violence I think the show is doing a great job, and I also think these viewers haven't seen Bad Guys or other more gory OCN dramas. I like the shaky relationship between our leads and the lack of trust and suspicion they have because its far more believable in a crime thriller than a romance drama for instance, but their teamwork and dependence on each other when solving crimes is mesmerizing to see onscreen. 

Kang-Woo also seems to psychoanalyze criminals easily and there's an undercurrent of bad blood that might possibly run in him, he even thinks he's a bad guy whose restrained himself and this new arch to the story is extremely intriguing. I'm a little sad that they've revealed our twisted villain already but since one of our protagonists has hungry inner demons, the show is compensating its viewers nicely.

K-Drama Recommendations August 2018
Now that the show is over, I have a lot to say about it. First off, why so much seafood? I mean I get it, it's healthy and fish is a lean meat but there wasn't enough food porn variety in this season as the last two but that's a minor flaw for my personal tastes. My other complaint has to be in regards to the plot and Seo-Yeon; the drama was steady with a solid if not typical story but it somehow managed to be led astray and became stodgy. Seo-Yeon on the other hand, was a character that was unbelievably aggravating with hardly any character growth whatsoever. 

I kept questioning the Writer's logic in trying to sell us a stuck-up brat as a 30 something year-old career woman. It's a good thing I like Yoon Doo-Joon but even he couldn't prevent the disappointment I felt once the drama concluded. The show was better off portraying college days of nostalgia instead of the mediocre present. There was so much potential that somehow fell flat, making this a case of good beginnings and bad ends.

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And that's it for me guys! I haven't been into anything else lately, although I have been trying to catch up on some Korean variety shows now that most of my week is looking pretty barren with a few shows to keep me occupied. Let me know what dramas you'd be interested in reading up on a First Impressions or what you're excited to see next month!

K-Drama Recommendations August 2018


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5 comments:

  1. same here. Went from having dark circles to watching just one drama (technically 2) which is probably the healthy thing to do:) maybe dramas will pick up again in a few mos?

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    1. I've already complied a decent list of dramas that are set to air soon, keeping track of their progress like a hawk xD I'm so looking forward to some more binge worthy dramas that'll have me tuning in every week

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  2. Love “My Id is Kangnam Beauty”, I got very low expectation for this drama but it is so addictive. I think it creates a small fan base for the drama itself through word-of- mouth. Definitely one of August gems for Korean dramas. I wish it gains more attention from domestic audiences as I can see international viewers love this drama.

    I also like Voice 2 a lot, very dark and gritty.. ��

    Wait for “30 but 17” to complete airing and I will watch the whole show without waiting.. the wait for those above shows every week is killing me already and I can’t handle more on-air shows.

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    1. My I.D. Is Gangnam Beauty really is a gem of a show and one of the best Korean college dramas. It is sad that domestic audiences aren't paying attention to it because the issues regarding cosmetic surgery and beauty are so real. There's just something very authentic about the show yet its still somehow dreamy and wistful.

      Voice 2 won me over with episode 3. They way they portrayed and handle the case of child molestation and victimized children left me speechless at the end and the drama earned my respect. And yes! I live for the dark and grittiness of it all :D

      You might have made a smart choice in waiting because the wait is killer for Thirty But Seventeen! Preemptive episodes meant only 1 episode would air for the past 2 weeks because of the Asian Games and everyone's struggling to be patient xD

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