Let’s talk spoilers

I love being surprised. I love watching a drama or movie with no inkling of what is coming up or who is appearing next.

Take my current crack drama, The Princess’s Man. When the villain of the story first appeared in Episode 1, he seemed vaguely familiar but I just could not remember where I had seen him. (Maybe years ago, I thought.) It took six episodes before it suddenly clicked. Good grief, this was Kim Young-chul, the same actor who played the sweetest father ever in Life is Beautiful – a drama I had watched at the beginning of this year. That realization bemused me to no end; even now I still grin when I recall that moment when the light bulb in my head switched itself on.

Continue reading

When we disagree: K-bones of contention

It began innocently enough.

Someone tweeted, and also clucked disapprovingly, that Kim Bum had been added to the cast of the upcoming Noh Hee-kyung drama, Padam Padam. That announcement set off a twitter debate that Serendipity has aptly christened The (Fifth) Noona Wars. Poor Kim Bum’s ears must have itched like crazy yesterday as we argued about his acting in The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry, whether he was smirking, why he dyed his mane silver, and if he was dialing up his sexiness. His good pal got dragged into the fray and soon the debate veered into Is Lee Min-ho Hot? territory, among other things (and I shan’t elaborate on these “other things”).

Continue reading

Best (and worst) of 2011’s first half

With June drawing to a close, it’s time for us to look back at the dramas that aired in the first half of this year.

What were your favorites? Which ones made you paw the walls? Whose acting caused you to weep, whether out of delight or despair? Which couple did you watch ad nauseam, till your eyes glazed over permanently?

Continue reading

The I-don’t-want-Best-Love-to-end polls

We blinked and seven weeks sped past just like that? And now only two episodes of Best Love remain, waaahhh!

What a ride this has been, yes? This latest Hong Sisters offering has so far exceeded all my expectations. Barring a stupid ending to end all stupid endings (crossing all my fingers and toes against that possibility), Best Love will be my most-loved Hong Sisters drama yet.

And now the nail-biting begins as we count down the days to Wednesday and to Episode 15. Never mind, nothing like some crazy polls to keep us sane as we wait. Eighteen polls in all; have fun!

Continue reading

Seven years of drama crack: A Hong Sisters poll

Since this blog has been jiving of late with the Best Love recaps, I thought it would be fun for us to revisit the Hong Sisters’ body of work.

From their first drama in 2005 to the seventh one that began airing a month ago, which have you watched and enjoyed? Whose acting left the deepest impression? Which pairing made you hyperventilate? Who rocked the house with a cameo for the ages?

Jolt your memory with these polls. Lots of categories so prepare to be here for a while! Also, for an excellent insight into the sisters and their writing, do check out this post by javabeans.

Except for the last poll which allows you to pick three answers, all the rest are single-answer polls. So as not to skew the results, you may only vote once per poll. Happy voting!

Continue reading

Taking stock of May

Eagerly anticipated and now coming to an end. Yes, we’re speaking of the month of May.

In the past four weeks, a slew of new dramas began airing. Have you had a chance to watch all or most of them? If yes, how did the dramas fare? Granted it might be too soon to form a verdict of the last one off the block, namely Miss Ripley, which aired its first episode just yesterday. That’s okay, though, because the following set of polls is all about transient first impressions, not final ones. You could hold off voting for now, or go ahead and vote anyway and come back later (if necessary) to post a comment about changing your mind!

Continue reading

It’s Monday but where’s my Sungkyunkwan Scandal?

Are you like Soon-dol above? Clinging hard and refusing to let go? Wailing your head off because you’re back to hating Mondays?

Well, if it’s any consolation at all, here’s a post-SKKS poll to assuage (or aggravate) the pain somewhat. I call it the SKKS Silly Poll because… well, I hope its silliness will make you giggle a little and forget (momentarily) that Joseon Crack is over! Waaahhhhh!!

Continue reading