Stephanie Asks: Is It Worth It?

Posted by Stephanie on May 11, 2015

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I’m not sure about you guys, but my drama-watching time is precious. Is there something more precious than a diamond? I’m thinking precious like it barely exists. Here we go…

My drama-watching time is like a precious, sparkling unicorn who poops out Skittles.

Keeping that in mind, I just don’t have time to waste on disappointing dramas. This is mostly the reason why I don’t simulcast. You get all excited for a drama and then… nuthin’. Or worse? A horrible ending. An ending that is so bad it makes you want to throw your computer to the ground and swear off Kdrama for good.

Or at least until the next drama hits.

The last time I was really looking forward to a drama’s ending, was the smaller drama, Sweden Laundry. Then, just as it was ending, someone burst onto the OKC boards and vented about how much she hated the ending, how it ruined the whole drama, and she said if we ever caught her watching another Kdrama then we were to throw away her laptop. (Okay, that last part was a gross exaggeration—but she was really, really upset.)

So, as quaint and quirky as the drama sounded—it had to get crossed off my TBWList.

It had me thinking. There were other dramas I was thinking about watching, which are ending, and it’s time to decide whether they merited a coveted spot on the list—so why don’t I throw it to you guys. I know for a fact you guys watch way more Kdrama than I do. (How do you do it??) I’m going to list a drama, and you tell me if it’s worth my time. (As spoiler free as possible please, for the sake of others who may be reading the comments.)

super-daddy-yeol

Superdaddy Yeol—this just ended like 2 seconds ago. I wanted to see this originally because I have some love jones for Lee Dong Gun. I didn’t watch it on the outset, because the sick mother tricking the hapless ex-boyfriend into marrying her so her daughter would have a father storyline squidged me out. I don’t like such trickery and I’m on doctor’s orders not to watch dramas where anyone has some sort of sickness, as I’m highly suggestible, and there are only so many times she can say, “Stephanie you are not dying.”

Once the drama started, I didn’t really hear any buzz about it at all—nothing good or bad. But isn’t it a bad sign when you don’t hear about anyone who is watching it? Kdrama fans are a chatty bunch, and radio silence is odd among us.

birth of beauty

Birth of Beauty—this drama caught my eye from the beginning, as I’m a big Gook Ju fan, and I heard that the story about a woman who gets whole body plastic surgery starts out with Gook Ju as the ‘before’. I do wish that we could just see Gook Ju as a main lead heroine, but since I know that will never ever (ever) happen, I guess I’ll settle for this. I like the idea of a plus-sized woman trying to restart her life over in a skinny body—as just because your body has changed doesn’t mean your mind has, and I hope they address that.

Besides that, I know nothing about the plot of the drama, and I look to you to let me know if this is worth watching.

angry-mom

Angry Mom—this actually seems like a dumb question, as I feel like I know just what your answer will be. I know from comments on another post just how many of you are watching the drama and loving the bejesus out of it. But then again, just because you liked it before doesn’t mean you like where it ended. Does the end live up to the middle?

legendary witch

Legendary Witch—I caught the first episode of this drama and liked it, but I put it on hold because it was simulcast, and I was afraid of where it might go. It has an interesting premise, and I like the girl power/attack of the underdog feel of it. I am not sure, but I think I heard bad things about the ending?

So help a fellow Kdrama watcher! What do you think?

5 Comments

  • Reply Amber Kmuse May 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Out of those 4 I think you would really like Angry Mom. Solid writing, solid characters, and very little annoying cliches. The other three all had things that made me dock points on MDL… But you never know, you might like them.

  • Reply Joyce May 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    i’ve only watched Super Daddy Yeol. I liked it and don’t regret watching it. However, the female lead was kinda irritating. LDG and the little kid were the best.

  • Reply Brenda May 12, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I watched the first three episodes of Super Daddy and then dropped it. The main character was so awful, I didn’t care if she lived or died. Some people in the discussion group liked it quite a bit, though. I didn’t watch Legendary Witch, but boy were there some pissed off people in that discussion group after the last episode!

  • Reply Wallis May 12, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I haven’t started any of these yet, and yes the ending for Sweden Laundry was weak but it overall was a cute fluffy drama that I enjoyed overall. Bad/messy/confused endings are pretty common unfortunately. They suck when you are watching it but hopefully shouldn’t ruin the hours of content you already watched. you could just not watch the last episode for ones that you know will let you down. That’s what i did with Harry Potter haha.

  • Reply Lady G. May 12, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I’ve only seen Birth of a Beauty from this list. It’s good, but it kind of sags in the middle and doesn’t really pick itself up so much by the end. Happy ending tho. The hero and heroine are great together, but as the show went on their relationship became cloying and too much aegyo from Joo Sang Wook. Her character is really sweet, but she starts making some noble idiot decisions too. The whole plot is preposterous, but most times it works.

    JSW’s little Mexican mariachi scene was great, so cute when he sang!

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