Monday, January 2, 2017

My Year in KDramas + 2017 KDrama Wishlist

This has been an interesting year for dramas. Many dramas I had high hopes for fell flat, for no reason other than bad writing and my own personal pickiness. Other dramas blew my expectations out of the water and gave me an amazing, lasting experience. Let's take a look at this year in dramas.

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (Source)
Scarlet Heart: Ryeo: Biggest letdown of them all.

The K2: Second-biggest letdown.

Sweet Stranger and Me: Cute and adorable until it began to lag, with a 'meh' ending.

Cinderella and the Four Knights: I grew too furious with one character to finish it.

Mirror of the Witch: I actually LOVED this drama right off the bat... but I couldn't get over the fact the male lead is in his thirties while the female lead is a minor.

Neighborhood Hero: Lee Soo-Hyuk suffers from the particular calamity of being the One Great Thing in an otherwise lackluster drama, and sometimes even he can't make up for everything else.

Goblin: I actually shouldn't put this drama here, since I've only seen the first episode, but it was 95% meh with 5% beautiful potential, and I'll give it a few more tries.

W: Two Worlds (Source)
Bad Guys: I was late getting to this one, but it's now one of my absolute favorites.

Oh My Venus: Just... so cute and strangely inspiring.

W: Two Worlds: Incredibly tight writing, wonderful plot twists, and delightful characters.

My Love From Another Star: Adorable.

Descendants of the Sun: It took a while to grow on me, but grow it did.

Legend of the Blue Sea: Lee Min-Ho as a con-man and Jun Ji-Hyun as a mermaid? Flawlessly adorable chemistry? Yes, please.

Beautiful Mind: In spite of its shortened ending, this drama was beautiful and kept me hooked.

 The Girl Who Sees Smells: This one lagged slightly but remains dear to my heart.

Vampire Detective (Source)
Vampire Detective: An intriguing drama with a cast I adore, but fairly slow storytelling style that doesn't particularly grip me.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: This drama is gorgeously adorable, but I took a break after my favorite minor character left because I missed him.

Warrior Baek Dong Soo: This drama is 70% 'I don't care' and 30% 'HOLY COW THIS IS AMAZING' so... yes. Slowly but surely.

Entertainer: This drama is touching and I want to see where it goes, but the writing of Ji Sung's character is extremely awkward sometimes and makes it a little difficult to watch.

I Remember You: This one has a good plot and a good cast, but is also quite slow.

It's an incomplete list as I don't employ MyDramaList or any other nifty tools to keep track of which dramas I've watched or dropped, but it's a colorful list in any case. I have high hopes for several upcoming dramas (mainly Man to Man, starring my man Park Hae-Jin), but I also have a personal list of things I would love to see in 2017.

  • A comedy/action drama starring Kim Woo-Bin.
  • Anything starring Kang Dong-Won. (Literally anything, although urban fantasy would be incredible.) 
  • Another drama starring Jang Hyuk and Park So-Dam as the romantic leads.
  • Any drama where Park Hoon has more than a three-minute role.
  • Ditto for Sung Chang-Hoon.
  • A drama starring Han Hye-Joo in serious, non-comedic role.
  • A thriller starring Shin Sung-Rok as the hero. (PLOT TWIST!!)
  • A drama where Lee Soo-Hyuk has a role as epic as Gwi from Scholar Who Walks the Night, but with a story that deserves him.
  • A drama starring Xiah Junsu. Yes, I know he's a musical star. Yes, I know he doesn't do dramas. That doesn't stop this from being my biggest drama dream.
  • A drama version of Dracula.  
  • A thriller starring Yeon Jung-Hoon.

I don't ask for much, right?

What's YOUR drama wishlist for 2017?


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