I cannot believe that the year is coming to an end already! It feels like it was only just the start of 2013! Oh, how time flies! It just makes you look back and appreciate all the goodness that has come out of this year. It comes to the time for an end of year review and I really do appreciate the goodness that dramaland has given this year.
2013 has been one drama year for me (every year is a drama year for me!), though it was definitely much slower than 2012. I was actually quite slack with my drama watching for the first half of the year and only began to intensely drama during the second half of the year. With a heavier school load, I had no choice but to lighten up on my drama watching and this also meant choosing wisely with what I wanted to watch, which didn’t work out quite so well with some drama choices. But I did manage to do a lot of live-watching this year, which is something that I am very proud of. I also managed to watch a 73 ep drama, which is another thing which I am very proud of. I looked back at my 2012 End of Year Drama Review where I said that one of my resolutions for this year was to watch more dramas outside of hk-dramas but I don’t think I accomplished that. Anyhoo, I’ll just blame this on school which, really, is just an excuse to make me feel better of not achieving my goal.
There were quite a number of misses rather than hits this year which is quite disappointing but there were also a number of great hits. I didn’t get to see all the dramas that I wanted to see this year but I can always catch-up on it once I find some time in life. However, in generally, I think this year was quite a miss in terms of dramas. The reason why I was quite slack in terms of drama watching for the first half of the year was that there was any dramas that called out for me to watch it and furthermore, I have read reviews which have not been so positive about those dramas. It was during this half of the year that the dramaland picked up its game, especially in the k-drama verse.
I am going to have an even heavier school load next year which means less drama time for me but it won’t stop me from dramaing! Obviously school will be my priority but nothing is going to keep me away from dramas and blogging!
For this review, I am rating all of these dramas together for this year so the ratings will vary to the ratings on my ratings page. The ratings will be out of 5 stars. Continue reading
“Two Weeks” finally comes to an end after eight weeks and what a whirlwind of a ride it has been not only for us as avid watchers catching the drama week after week but also for our hero, Jang Tae San (Lee Jun Ki) who is risked his life to save his daughter, Seo Soo Jin (Lee Chae Mi). This was one of the better written dramas in recent viewing. The storyline was very solid from start right down to the finish line. It was very tightly-knitted and filled with action. There was not a point in the drama where the action plummeted; the drama successfully maintained a steady pace of intensity throughout its run. This intensity is what made catching the eps week after week so fun, because I knew that each week will bring about something very different, and it delivered! Continue reading
It’s quite rare that you will find a drama that progressively gets narratively, emotionally and mentally better with subsequent eps. However, I have found it with Two Weeks; this drama ticks all these boxes and more. Each ep is filled with love, anxiety and curiosity. It really plays on your emotion because it keeps you in the loop of what is happening but it doesn’t give everything away entirely to leave you guessing and doubting. It constantly makes you worry about whether Jang Tae San (Lee Jun Ki) and Seo Soo Jin (Lee Chae Mi) will survive their ordeal despite knowing that they will survive. This is what really works well for the drama; it presents a sense of uncertainty despite leaving viewers knowing that the ending will be a happy one (hopefully). I just really like the play on emotions because it is one of the many many things that keeps viewers invested into the drama. Continue reading
Two Weeks just keeps getting better and better! I just love it, especially the pacing of it! It continues to mess with the normal pacing that everyone is used to with k-dramas by throwing in a good kick of highs and lows in every single ep. It is like a roller coaster ride, except with more extremity. There has yet to be one ep that has not triggered some sort of extreme emotion from me. The highs and lows come with great tension, filling you with nervousness and worry all at the same time. It also leaves you with great feeling seeing Jang Tae San (Lee Jun Ki) safe in the sense that he is safe from infection. I just really feel his character; I breath when he breathes, smiles when he smiles and laugh when he laughs. This drama doesn’t drive you to ship certain couples or watch them fall in love with each other; it drives on the survival journey that Tae San and Seo Soo Jin (Lee Chae Mi) are chasing after as well as the fight for justice that Park Jae Kyung (Kim So Yeon) has spent her life working towards. There is great satisfaction in watching as Tae San and Jae Kyung take steps leading them closer the reason for their persistence. Continue reading
Oh this is
good awesome spectacular terrific ground breakingly amazing! I absolutely love it! These first two eps really had me on the edge of my chair. It was very fast paced and really sets up the entire premise for the drama. It left me in awe and very eager for the next week to come! I just want more! From recent memory, the all of the k-dramas that I have picked up have quite the melo theme and they all involve some sort of murder and fugitive. Hehehehe, and with this drama it continues my trend.
The theme song/the anti-hero’s song is now my new music addiction. It’s currently on replay! Hehehehe! Continue reading