It’s a rare moment where you are able to introduce someone to Kdrama, isn’t it? Oh, the power! Oh, the responsibility! What do you choose? Will they like it? Will they laugh? Will they sneer? Or worse, will there be that awkward moment at the end of the episode where your friend looks at you and says, “Well that was interesting…” followed by the “no, no I liked it, I really, really did.” The pressure is almost too much and one finds themselves almost attempting to talk them out of it. “Oh, no, that’s fine, we can watch whatever.”
Or maybe that’s just me.
This weekend, I had an unexpected visit with my friend Azy, Azy if you’ve been around for a while, you’ll remember from her posts about her Japan trip, ‘Azy Asks Is This A Kpop Star‘ and ‘Japanese Whimsy ‘. Anyway, after a catch up, dinner and work session (sorry not sorry, Azy) at her house, she looked over to me. “Want to watch some tv?” Which to me seemed like a silly question. Choosing what to watch she gave a few options and then threw out the loaded question.
“OR you could introduce me to kdrama.”
Not gonna lie, I panicked just a smidge. What to choose? Our options were limited. Netflix. It had been so long since I’d used Netflix that I wasn’t even sure what their options were. And their app for whatever we were watching the tv on wasn’t exactly user-friendly.
Scrolling through the options, I wasn’t super impressed, or perhaps it was the idea of seeing it through the eyes of a non-fan. What was going to be good turned into what was going to embarass me the least? I literally couldn’t decide. There was Boys Over Flowers, and Azy was all — we could start with the one everyone starts with– but I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t have her sit through that. And honestly, I didn’t think I wanted to watch it again.
There was Desendants of the Sun which, we all know as being hugely popular and, of course, Song Joong Ki is a thing that lives within those episodes. But I hadn’t seen it. I’ve been meaning to, I even have it loaded on my tablet. Do I take a chance on an epsisode of a show I’ve never seen?
There was D-Day, which I loved the first half, and I’ve been meaning to get back to, but though I found the first episode amazing, is it really a good example of a kdrama?
I was flustered. I couldn’t make up my mind. Azy’s one request in a tvshow, that a hero be hot, really wasn’t working for me. Netflix had Noble, My Love. We could probably plow through a couple of those episodes before the night was done.
Flailing I tried to put the decision back on her. Descendants of the Sun or D-Day. We looked at the description. “They kind of sound similar.” Shit. They did. WHY Gods of Kdrama, why would you do this to me? Why couldn’t you have placed the easy answer right in my lap, or right on netflix? Some of the things there I couldn’t even figure out what they were (a rant post coming to a blog near you).
Finally. I did it. I bit the bullet. I put my faith in Kim Eun Suk’s witty banter and layered characters, put my faith in Song Joong Ki’s adorable/hot charm. Descentants of the Sun it was. Crossing my fingers I pressed the play button and hoped for the best.
Coming Soon: Azy’s take on her very first Kdrama episode.
So, I’m sure you’ve been put in this position–how did you handle it?