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Drama Addict Diary: Uncanny Queens, Uniforms and More Jo Seung-woo

Friends. I think you will regret asking for more of these. It is untidy inside my brain. But with the overwhelming 100% POPULARITY of the last one, I felt like I had to at least let this one out. But don’t go thinking this is regular! I am a woman of limited and finite thoughts, and the holes in the sieve are large. Also beware spoilers. One spoiler. Or three, for the price of one.

Okay experiment: I’ve hidden some spoilers below, hover over the bold text to see them!

 

DEAR DIARY,

I am (wo)manfully working my way through half-finished dramas as an exercise in discipline and perseverance. Who knew that that is what K-dramas would teach me. I finished TWO SHOWS this week! *pats self on back*

One was God’s Gift—14 Days, the other was The Uncanny Counter. I have lotsa thoughts on both, the former of which has been whipped into a treatise on the ending, and the latter of which I may try to slap together into a pretend-review, but also, let’s face it, it probably won’t happen so let me give you five on it right now:

1. I really, really liked it!

2. If you didn’t, I don’t want to know!

3. Sohn Ho-joooon!

4. What!! They’ve already confirmed a second season? YES!

5. Look, I don’t care that it did this. I can love people before they are dead and so should you.

Mr. Queen episodes are too long. I’m enjoying it but they make me TIRED which feels like being bored even though I am actually not bored, just tired, and SHOCK it makes dull errands inviting! Guess how much cooking and housework I get done when trying to watch this! Clue: more than usual.

Somebody please tell the network it is okay for a show to be 20 episodes that are an hour long or even 24 episodes that are 45 minutes long! Oh, tvN I miss your brief flirtation with short runtimes back in 2012/13. What happened to you? Who hurt you?

…oh it’s because you killed Byung-hee isn’t it? Well that’s on you, I certainly did not vote for that. In fact there are still hordes voting against it RIGHT NOW. If there were a petition for people Dramaland has to resuscitate, Byung-hee is up there in the Top 5.

Got tired (not bored! tired!) in the middle of Episode 7 of Mr. Queen, just as it was about to get REALLY INTERESTING. Took a youtube break and watched a bunch of recommendations because I want the algorithm to know everything about my taste, choices and preferences and then use the information to later kill me because that is what all AI does in the end.

It’s weird to hear people still describing BTS as a foreign band instead of a global or international one. Little word, big difference. There’s a touch of small-world insularity in insisting on using “foreign” and it feels deliberately minimising. Also stop sounding so surprised by it. Come on, you work in entertainment, you do not live under a rock.

BUT ANYWAY the fruit of my soul-selling labours: I just discovered John Cena is a BTS fan, and not in a condescending way. I also just discovered who John Cena is.

Don’t you just LOVE what Shin Hye-sun is doing in Mr. Queen though? How is she so good. I swear I see Choi Jin-hyuk the entire time she is doing her thing. Which actually I resent a little because I did not sign up for a Choi Jin-hyuk drama.

Still trying to convince a (different) friend to watch a K-drama, specifically Signal. ACTUALLY I smoothly slid in with the suggestion when she told me she was bored except it maybe wasn’t as smooth as I thought because she had to ask me not to be offended if she didn’t like it.

“I would never! 😱” I told her. Which was a lie because obviously I would. 

But I am patient. I also watched two things she recommended so now she OWES me. And if she can watch a 59-episode Turkish drama, 16 hours of magnificent nailbiting heartbreaking television is CAKE. The kind you pay an obscene amount for but do not regret one bit as long as someone else is paying. Man I am thinking of one specific cake but I don’t give my PPL away for free.

I think sometimes people get resisty because they can see your crazy eyes they detect that you want it too much and it sets off their inner alarm bells. However! I have been VERY COOL so I do not think she knows how MUCH I want her to K-drama.

Look, even cute white halmonis are coming on BBC saying K-drama got them through lockdown! It is Officially Mainstream…however we feel about that.

When I first watched Rooftop Prince (my third ever K-drama), I could not FOR THE LIFE OF ME tell the four main men apart. I just couldn’t. I had a sad little notepad with their tracksuit colours tagged to their names and a brief description of their characters. Ridiculous, isn’t it? 😅 😂 I look at that cast now and I find it ridiculous.

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