Greetings from the middle of a heat wave! I’m sitting here in as little clothing as possible and I’m still sweating buckets. Temperatures here reached a high of 37°C this week and dams are drying up.
And speaking of heat, that teaser from Secret Love Affair certainly didn’t help cool things down for me, just saying. I don’t think I’m over it. Clearly I can’t seem to stop talking about it–I won’t tell you how many times I’ve updated that post with additional info.
1. I’m not sure how everyone’s coping now that the alien and the starlet has left our screens but it sounds like My Love From Another Star went out in style, if not exactly with a bang. I wasn’t watching but I know I’m an outlier here. While it didn’t crack 30% ratings the drama has been a bonafide hit from pretty much the get go, even sparking off a craze for chimek further a field in China, I was tickled to read. With the first drama sensation of 2014 slot filled, what’s next?
2. Wonderful Season aka Very Good Days is off to the races clocking in at a hefty 30% for only its second episode. Lee Seo Jin and Kim Hee Sun’s comeback drama is owning the weekend slot, and deservedly so. In my very limited experience with family dramas, and from the one episode that I’ve seen, this one looks pretty (thank to the Nice Guy PD’s touch) and feels like it will be bittersweet and substantive. Coming from Lee Kyung Hee I expect nothing less. And I am not going to say a word about Taecyeon. Yet.
Subs are an issue, but I hear Viki is on top of it and it will debut next weekend on KBSWorld for those fortunate enough to have access to those channels. For others, check out Darksmurfsub.
3. The most horrendously unnecessary non-news news item of the week has got to be Park Shi Hoo’s non-return to dramaland. Seriously folks, it was utter NONSENSE and the less said about it, the better.
4. Ask a Korean! had a very insightful piece on Viktor Ahn’s victory on Sochi, who despite competing under the Russian flag was overwhelmingly supported by most Koreans. He argues that contrary to popular analysis, Koreans supported Ahn not because of ethno-nationalistic pride but because he stuck it to the man. And that is something anyone can get behind.
5. Finally, I stumbled across this little treat of a web animated series called Kimchi Power by a Korean-American comic artist about her family. I giggled. You might too!