Unexpected Business Season 2 (2022)

TV Show: Unexpected Business Season 2 (어쩌다 사장 시즌2)
Episodes: 13
Aired: Feb 17, 2022 – May 19, 2022
Aired On: Thursday
Original Network: tvN
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.

Yay!! Another great season with old and new guests helping Tae Hyun and Insung manage this huge supermarket. Definitely a big step up from the cute and cozy convenience store from season 1.

They were busier this time so most scenes were them trying to serve the customers, although we still get to meet and hear the stories of the villagers. There were also more part timers per episode so less heart to heart conversations during dinner time.

First 5 episodes were centered on Insung’s friends – Kwangsoo, Woobin and Juhwan.

I’m sad the Hyunhee and Eunhyung only spent half day because they had to cut the day short. They were so funny!!

The next group of part timers were also great – Seunghwan, Kyungho, Hojun, Byungeun and Seolhyun. They elevated the dinner service with their own cooking, which gave Insung free time to chat with the guests. I love how they all came to support Taehyun and Insung.

They saved the best for last as Chairwoman Hyesoo, Gyunghye joined the two, and we even got a surprise visit from Hyojoo!! They were so nice and down to earth. Plus Kyungmin is back for his dinner live show.

Curious that majority of the guests are more from Insung’s friends/cast mates from his recent projects and just a few from Taehyun’s side. I want to see Kim Jong Kook or Jang Hyuk help them!

Wishing for season 3 please!! Maybe try a new business like a coffee shop, food truck or something totally different!!

In case you want to read my review of Season 1: Unexpected Business (2021)

Rating: 9/10

Police University (2021)

Drama: Police University (경찰수업)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 16
Release Date: August 9 – October 5, 2021
Runtime: Mon & Tue 21:30
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

A relentless professor/detective trying to solve an illegal gambling case gets the help from his police university students, including a young hacker.

Main Cast
Cha Tae Hyun – Yu Dong Man
Jung Jin Young – Kang Sunho
Krystal Jung – Oh Kang Hee
Hong Soo Hyun – Choi Hee Soo
Lee Jong Hyuk – Kwon Hyuk Pil
Lee Dal – Noh Bum Tae
Yoo Young Jae – Jo Joon Wook

This drama was my happy pill for the past few weeks. I could never turn down watching Cha Tae Hyun.

Yu Dongman and Kang Sunho’s mentor-student relationship was one of the best things in this drama and the reason I kept watching. The drama felt like a classic story yet also felt modern and fresh. I love Dongman as a character. He had integrity, even though he sometimes breaks the rules, it’s because he knows what he is doing and is very certain of his decisions and hunches. I teared up when i found out why he was so keen to crack the case. Likewise, episode 1 and 2 did a good job to show the background of Sunho’s story and why you would want to root for him and the initial encounter between the two. So the two of them growing closer and their journey through out the drama felt so touching. Like they said in the last episode, Sunho found his family and friends because of him while Dongman felt young and alive again after meeting Sunho.

I also loved the relationship between Sunho and Kanghee, from their meet cute, to Kanghee imagining Sunho with puppy face, the red bracelet, breakup and getting back together. The only downside is Kanghee breaking up with him during the time he needed her the most and Park Min Kyu’s character who was wasted here. I initially thought Park Min Kyu would be the annoying character at the start but will end up being part of the team. He did help them a bit but overall, he still was annoying for expecting Kanghee to like him over Sunho just because he saw her first.

But who cares for Min Kyu when Sunho and Kanghee have the best besties in the university — Bum Tae and Junwook!! I love their bromance, the funny love triangle between the girl, how Junwook gave way to Bum Tae (I was so happy when Bum Tae got the girl!!) and how they supported Sunho and Kanghee during the whole drama, even if they almost got expelled from the university.

As I said earlier on, once of the things that got me emotionally invested on the story was Sunho and his relationship with his father. It took a long time but they finally understood how much they loved each other and Sunho realizing that his dad treated him like his own son from the very start.

In the middle, I thought the illegal gambling story dragged and was going nowhere, and it’s mostly because there were too much whodunit teasers like C’mon tell us and take us out of our misery. sidetracked but didn’t mind because then we got more focus on the romance and bromance. I did appreciate that after everything else was revealed bad guy wasn’t that bad at all. Of course, the end didn’t justify the means especially when you’re breaking the law and hurting other people despite good intentions. The villain was also my initial guess even though I had no idea of his motive (just a guess based on the setup of the characters and probably from watching too many dramas)

The final episode was probably one of the best written endings where every one’s story was neatly wrapped up and gave me a warm happy fuzzy feeling that happy ever after can happen!

Also sharing two of the OST that I loved:

Rating: 9/10 (8.5 for the story +.5 for how this drama made me feel)

Along With The Gods: Two Worlds (2017)

Movie: Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (신과함께-죄와 벌)
Release Date: December 20, 2017
Runtime: 139 min.
Distributor: Lotte Entertainment
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

This is about a fireman who died saving someone from the fire and was guided by the 3 guardians. If he is able to pass the 7 levels in 49 days then he will be reincarnated.

Main Cast
Cha Tae Hyun – Kim Ja Hong
Ha Jung Woo – Gang Rim
Ju Ji Hoon – Hae Won Maek
Kim Hyang Gi – Duk Choon
Kim Dong Wook – Kim Su Hong
Do Kyung Soo – Won Il Byung
Lee Joon Hyuk – First Lt Park
Ye Soo Jung – Kim Ja Hong’s mom

I already watched this in 2017 and rewatched it today. Mainly because I’m been binge watchinging Ha Jung Woo’s movies and also watching Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Dong Wook’s current dramas (Police University and You Are My Spring).

I loved the action and the effects. I was bawling the first time I watched this but this time around I only cried at the last level. Some of the situations maybe dramatic and emotional but it made me think and reflect about my own life. If I died and had to go through the same levels will I pass or fail?

Sometimes I feel like the levels were unfair. It’s hard to judge a person because of 1 incident in the past or when you were younger, it’s not as if Ja hong was a repeat offender. Let’s face it, every human has lied, stolen, felt greedy and jealous, had evil thoughts at some point in our lives. That doesn’t make us evil and go straight to hell, that’s what makes us human in the first place. If everyone was perfect then we will all be robots and the world will be paradise. But then what’s the point of living if it gets too boring?

i also loved the cameos of top movie stars acting as the gods in each level. This movie also had some light and funny moments, mostly from Ju Ji Hoon’s character, who reminded me of his Hyena character. I super love Ha Jung Woo, he just looks so cool the entire time with his long black coat and those eyes and voice 🥰

Now i’m off to watch the sequel. I’m looking forward to Kim Su Hong’s story (although not sure what other story there is if we already know what happened to him?)

Rating: 9/10

Unexpected Business (2021)

Variety Show: Unexpected Business (어쩌다 사장)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 11
Air Dates: February 25 to May 6, 2021
Location: Woncheon-ri, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Cha Tae Hyun and Jo In Sung takes over a convenience store/bar for 10 days while the owner is away. Every day, their celebrity friends come over to help them run the store.

Main Cast:
Cha Tae Hyun – manager
Jo In Sung – chef

Park Bo Young, Yoon Kyung Ho, Kim Jae Hwa, Park Kyung Hye, Shin Seung Hwan, Nam Joo Hyuk, Park Byung Eun, Park Inbee, Nam Gi Hyeob, Park Inah, Yoon Si Yoon, Dong Hyun Bae, Jo Bo Ah, Hong Kyung Min

Just loved Cha Tae Hyun and Jo In Sung even more after watching the show! Totally unexpected indeed, esp seeing Insung in a variety show as the main cast, and I think he did well.

Park Bo Young was the perfect guest to start the show. She is so cute and smart!

My favorite episodes were when Yoon Kyung Ho, Kim Jae Hwa and Park Kyung Hye came over. Their dinner scene was so much fun!! Really felt like the were really close. Teasing each other, singing together as we do with our long time buddies.

Shin Seung Hwan has a huge appetite! I think some people might find him annoying, because he kept eating, but Tae Hyun is so nice, he just laughed and laughed at him. At first I thought he was being rude for eating food that is not his, but then I thought Tae Hyun and Insung has so much food it would be a waste if they don’t finish them all. I also liked how good he was at thinking of food pairings because I do that too!

I also loved the fishing trip and playing in the snow – it made me miss going out so much!

Inbee and Gi Hyeob is couple goals!! They looked so sweet and romantic! And I loved the Thai food they cooked!

I wish the episode with Yoon Si Yoon and Dong Hyun Bae were longer. Maybe they were too busy that day, but I felt like they didn’t have much time to bond.

I didn’t really like Jo Bo Ah in Tale of Nine Tailed, but seeing her here made me see her in a new light. She is sweet and charming! I hope also tries romcom so we can see her funny side!

Rating: 9/10