From Now On, Showtime (2022)

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Drama: From Now On Showtime! (지금부터 쇼타임!)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: April 23 – June 12, 2022
Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 20:40
Country: South Korea

Plot: A magician and policewoman reluctantly work together to solve crimes.

Main Cast
Park Hae Jin – Cha Cha Woong
Jin Ki Joo – Go Seul Hae
Jung Junho – Choi Geom
Lee Dong Ha – Hae Chun Moo
Jung Suk Yong – Nam Sang Goon
Ko Kyu Pil – Ma Dong Chul
Park Seo Yeon – Kang Areum

Review:
This drama had everything I love in a Kdrama – romcom, comedy, ghosts, murder, creepy killer, new found family, magic, and they managed to squeeze in a little sageuk in the story too. Whew! Too many things happening but I loved the seamless transition of each scene. The sageuk went for 2.5 episodes if i remember correctly, it was like watching a drama within a drama. 2.5 episodes were too long though, they could have kept the past life story at 2 episodes max and more time for the last episode.

Great ensemble cast, from the grumpy ML, charming FL, funny ghost gang and fanboy spirit. I loved their interactions and team work. Esp when they were showing how they did their magic tricks. The drama also showed the background story of the 3 ghosts and I was crying when they finally had to leave and enter Nirvana. I was also surprised at Choi Geom’s story – didn’t expect it all and Cha Woong was just right to get angry at his betrayal and secrecy!

I also loved the romance between Cha Woong and Seulhae, I guess sharing the past, they just knew they were meant to be together. I actually sometimes like their past selves more than their current selves because their love was just so tragic. and Princess Chunhwa was so pretty, no wonder Hae Chunmoo felt in love and couldn’t let go even after 2,000 years!

The episodic cases were light while the initial villain (Ahn Chang Hwan) was so creepy and scary. I mostly ignored Hee Soo, i think he wasn’t a good SML as he could have been. He was just there but didn’t really do much.

Yeji was mostly irritating for being too money hungry but she made up for it by helping Cha Woong in the end. Wished her character was given more chance to shine as a great shaman in the making rather than showing her being petty. I thought the boyfriend deserved a nicer girl than Yeji but Yeji also turned out to be super nice when she dropped her money hungry act.

The final episode wasn’t as much fun as I was hoping it to be since it felt rushed. The evil spirit was so annoying at this point with his obsession for Chunhwa when she was never his. And him jumping from one body to another was too much. But I got it — it made sense he jumped to Heesoo (SML turned bad), to Heesoo’s dad (he finally got the what he deserved for lying all these years), then to Seulhae (to test Cha Woong).

Rating: 8.75/10 (9 minus 0.25 for the bad guy)



Hwayugi eps. 6-8

Of i can name the pairing of Ogong and Seon mi, i would name them the Wishy washy couple. Im getting confused with their feelings.When one goes in, the other moves out.this happened in the 3 episodes.they both can’t admit that they like each other and i understand why but it’s getting a bit frustrating when every other scene is of them brooding.

The addition of a new guy didnt really help as he didnt have enough charisma and power to tore the wishy washy couple apart. Seonmi remembers Jonayhan but she didnt really like him she is just happy to hear a human actually likes her. I’m not sure where the storyline will go..is this jist a tool to force yhem to admit their feelings for each other or if it’s just a funny way to refetence okja.

Likewise i also didnt see the point of Devil king drinking Samjang’s blood. Im thinking it is just a great cliffhanger for the previous episode because they were able to fix it in the next one by Devil king drinking an antidote to neutralize her blood.

Im getting more curious with Zombie girl’s story. Turns out she was accidentally ran over by the politician i thought she did something bad has having an affair. Nonetheless i guess the monster group will be helping her later on avenge her death and bring down the guy (and maybe expose more corruption and evil things)?

The episodic ghost cases are just okay.it did introduce us to another character the jade prince or something who is an octopus that possessed Alice’s body. Bora was kind of hilarious trying to act like a guy. The mermaid story was also chilling.shows that even humans are bad to monsters.

Im not sure if there will be a love triangle between PK Alice and zombie girl. But im rooting for PK and Zombie girl.just dont know how coz Zombie is rotting everyday.

Overall the storyline is very slow. i still don’t know where everything will lead to. we keep hearing that samjang has to finish her mission (we dont know what and when) and we dont really know what happens after and when the Geaumgango disappears. For now i’m just enjoying the ride.

Hwayugi eps. 1-2

I have to admit. I was hesitant to start watching this show – i don’t like Lee Seung Gi that much, i have never watched Oh Yeon Seo and i don’t like her mean looking face. I do love Cha Seung Won but lately his overacting comedic style is not as funny anymore. However, I was intrigued by the story, the trailer and I heard that the show is getting high ratings and..it’s a Hong Sisters drama. Thus, I stopped watching Black (which was getting boring and confusing) and started to watch this show. And I’m glad I did!

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Drama: A Korean Odyssey (화유기)
Network: tvN
Release Date: December 23, 2017 —
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00

Plot
Son O-Gong and Woo Hwi (Devil King) are in conflict with each other and they look for a true light in a dark world where evils exists everywhere. Both meet Jeon Seon Mi, who became a Samjang as punishment after releasing O-Gong from the Marble Mountains because of an errand that Woo Hwi asked of Seon Mi.

Cast
Lee Seung Gi – Son O-Gong
Cha Seung Won – Woo Hwi / Mawang
Oh Yeon Seo – Jeon Seon Mi

First impressions – episodes 1-2
I love that the show just went straight to the present story and didn’t dwell too much on the past. The history on how they met and a little of Seon Mi’s past was enough to understand what happened but not too much to waste tv time. The first episode I wasn’t too sure about the adult Seon Mi – i preferred the young Seon Mi who was brave and sweet. The adult Seon Mi always has a sour look on her face and her ugly ponytail isn’t helping. I’m surprised that her yellow umbrella is still working even after 25 years! That must be magic! I’m curious who made her Samjang and her knowing that she is a Samjang – I wonder how she will be able to harness her power (does she have one?) to fight the evil spirits. For now she seems to be really weak and she gets bitten a lot – I’m surprised with the amount of blood she has shed in two episodes why she does not collapse and does not have scars. Maybe her wound heals? I’m not sure. I hope they explain more about being a Samjang in the next few episodes.

I dont particularly like Son O-Gong. I can’t decide if he’s a jerk or a nice guy. or maybe he is just too full of himself and hasn’t made a person or spirit that can tame him. I’m also getting mixed signals on his character – he wants to eat Samjang/Seon Mi but he keeps helping her out. On the other hand, Seon Mi says he is angry at him but feels so touched and grateful everytime he helps her out – either she is infatuated at him or she really needs more friends.

I love Devil King for now more than O-gong. He has more control of his power, he seems to be more strategic. But i also dont know if he is the bad guy or not. He has to protect Seon Mi too (reason I still am not sure) but he seems to hate O-gong (i also dont know why). Is this supposed to be a love triangle between the 3 of them or is this more of a O-Gong vs Devil King for deity?

Another thing is the hierarchy – i dont know who is higher, who that guy in white is, and who the cellphone chairman is. of course it’s only episode 2 so im sure these will all be explained later on.

I still dont feel like this is a Hong Sisters show – the usual cheeky dialogues are references are not there. but their trademark catchphrase seems to be “You passed” (the one that is being uttered by Devil King. Also, what’s the point of the Superstar show – is it just a sideplot or is Devil King recruiting people for his main plan?

I love like the mini story arcs in every episode. the first episode featured the wooden puppets – dang, the bride puppet was hella scary. imagine if that was chasing me at home i would probably scream. second episode we have the bride stealing spirit – this was pretty interesting as they were able to go inside the picture to the realm. but how come Seon Mi went inside the picture but the other bride was just sick?

by end of episode 2, Seon Mi has kissed O-gong, O-gong got trapped in the picture and Seon Mi was able to help him by slashing her own palm, luring the evil spirits then calling out O-gong’s name, who was able to escape the picture. another big HOW.

I wonder what O-gong will do once he finds out it was Devil King who almost trapped him in the picture. Also, i’m curious what their relationship is. If they are enemies, why have they lived together for years and why does Devil King want O-gong out of the way?

Can’t wait for the next episodes!