A Man Called Baker King: Episode 1

Once upon a time, there lived a man called Baker King.

Remember that name well because failure to give it due mention (in a year-end review, for example) might incite a stream of Bard-inspired curses such as “A plague on both your houses!” But don’t let the chorus of “What about Baker King?” drive you batty and definitely do not brandish your rolling pin in irate response. Stiff upper lip, there you go.

Baker King was also called Kim Tak-gu and he began life in a mansion so sprawling the resident mice needed maps just to get around. By “began life,” it didn’t mean he was born there, just conceived there. Wait, let’s not get into a “when does life begin” debate because if we must be so exacting, then surely Tak-gu was conceived even before he was conceived because his father was obsessed with the idea of a son and even had a name all readied for the momentous event long before the momentous event. As the Bard wrote, “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,” so Gu Il-jong lived every day hoping for a male heir. The waiting took its toll on his mouth and he spoke little and smiled even less. His hair, however, suffered no ill effects and gleamed proudly atop his pate, every strand in place thanks to liberal dollops of hair cream.

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Mid-Year Report Card (Part 2)

Okay! Now that we’ve sussed out the best/worst kdrama offerings for the first half of this year, it’s time to check out the lead performances and everyone’s favorite topic: the OTPs!

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Really Really Like You

If you like a rural setting, Really Really Like You (a.k.a. Love Truly, 2006) has it. If you don’t, you’ll be glad to know the story moves to Seoul after three episodes. Want something lighthearted? You’ll laugh till your sides ache. Want mystery? It’s here. Not on-the-edge-of-your-seat gripping, but enough to make you curious about the next episode and the next. Finally, want to see some gravity-defying feats? You’ve come to the right drama.

First, let’s take a look at the main characters.

Eugene is Yeo Bong-soon, although one person calls her “hillbilly.” (More on him later.) When the drama opens, Bong-soon is this sunburned and tomboyish character living in a mountain village. A girl of many talents (and strengths, literally), Bong-soon can yodel so loudly the entire valley hears her, she can climb super-tall trees faster than chimps, and she can pull a cow or wagon (the latter with even a man on it!) as if it’s a bag of cotton. She also wins cooking competitions, plants her own produce, and is pretty to boot. Wow.

(Don’t hurt your sides laughing when you watch the tree-climbing. It’s the zaniest thing ever.)

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