My headspace is rather limited this week so this is a cheat post of bits and pieces of interest in dramaland of late.
The worst promo stills ever
The worst promo stills I’ve ever seen were released this week. I ran away screaming trying to poke my eyes out. I’m not gonna post it and I’m not even going to link to it, so just Google “Secret“, “Ji Sung” and “chokes” if you want to see what I’m talking about.
KBS certainly chose to use the most sensational stills to promote the show. They could have chosen any number of shots from the show, why choose these? Marketing your product is one thing, but using violence against women to do it, that’s freakin’ low. These stills should come with a trigger warning. So NOT cool, KBS. It’s not cool because violence against women is a serious global problem, and it’s not cool to use it as a marketing gimmick because it completely makes light of the issue.
It’s also not cool because it denies fangirls the right to fangirl without feeling icky about fangirling. See, if I wasn’t so distracted by his fist in her face and his hand around her throat, I might be inclined to say that this hairdo is working for Ji Sung. But that just feels so SO wrong. And I’m not even a fangirl! Oh pity the fangirls, KBS!
And if I were Ji Sung’s management I’d have these taken down pronto. Why? Because some unsuspecting women’s organisation in this part of the world may come across it and choose to use it on their website (it’s hard to find pictures which are suitable for Asian contexts.) Then poor Ji Sung’s handsome mug will be forever next to the words, ‘DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: BREAK THE SILENCE’ or some such.
Who Are You? reaches the crossroads
As for drama watching, my live-watches are all good and immensely enjoyable, just ever so slightly not addictive. Like any certified addict, I like to be fully immersed in a drama, compulsively clicking ‘next’ to satisfy my fix. So I’m currently searching for my next drama to fill that void.
My most purely entertaining watch at the moment though is Who Are You? I love that it doesn’t try to too hard and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s got the right ingredients–likeable leads, a nice balance of suspense and comedy, and an intriguing premise. It can be silly, but that’s one of things I like best about it!
Everyone seems to be ragging on Taecyeon but I think he’s doing just fine. It’s a role that seems close to his own goofy personality so it’s not one that will stretch him beyond his capacities. He and So Yi Hyun have an easy, playful chemistry that perfect for the roles they play as co-worker cops, but as romantic partners, I’m not so sure. Now that the romance is on the upswing, the show feels a little sapped of it’s usual spark.
However, with the entry of Kim Jae Wook as the saddest-looking second lead, the show should be picking up steam. Who Are You? has reached the halfway mark and it feels like it’s at the crossroads: will it pick up and get better or is it all downhill from here? My bet is that it will keep on chugging.
Dramabeans: the book!
Whoopie! How awesome is this bit of news? It’s amazing how the passion project that is Dramabeans is growing by leaps and bounds.
This makes me wonder what the heck am I doing with my own life? Oh right, watching dramas….
Just curious, has this happened to anyone else? Or is it just me?