It’s Beautiful Now Eps 41-50 (End)(2022)

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Drama: It’s Beautiful Now (현재는 아름다워)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 50
Release Date: April 2 – September 18, 2022
Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 19:55

Plot: A story about 3 brothers and their parents betting on them to get married.

Main Cast:
Yoon Si Yoon – Lee Hyun Jae
Bae Dabin – Hyun Mirae
Oh Min Suk – Lee Yoon Jae
Shin Dongmi – Sim Hae Jun
Seo Bum June – Lee Soo Jae
Choi Yebin – Na Yuna

Episode Review:

Rating: 7/10

Narco-Saints (2022)

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Drama: Narco-Saints / Suriname (수리남)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 6
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Country: South Korea

Plot:
A businessman who goes to Suriname to import skate to Korea ends up helping the NIS on a mission to capture an evasive druglord.

Main Cast
Ha Jung Woo – Kang Ingu
Hwang Jung Min – Pastor Jeon Yohan
Park Hae Soo – Choi Changho
Yoo Yeon Suk – David Julio Park
Jo Woo Jin – Byun Kitae

Review
This drama feels like an extended movie. Turns out it was supposed to be a movie, but they decided to make it into a short drama. To be honest, the story is nothing new, but it was an intense 6 episodes of anticipation and thrill. There were lots of double crossing, guns, gore, and drugs. Surprisingly, no nudity except for 1 short scene. The stellar cast of Ha Jung Woo, Hwang Jung Min, Park Hae Soo, Yoo Yeon Suk and Jo Woo Jin made the story more larger than life than the usual drug movies/drama.

I love that Ingu as the ML is very smart and capable, quick thinker, calm even when lying, and plays well with the big guys, even outsmarting both drug lords and NIS. HJW made Ingu work very well, and any other actor may not have made Ingu sympathetic. I love that there’s always this doubt if he is really working with NIS or getting tempted by Yohan or if he has his own agenda. That final fight scene with the pastor was a long time coming and felt satisfied seeing him punch and strangle the pastor after ruining his life. (And HJW looked so hot holding the gun lol) Ingu has been very calm and biding his time ever since he got out of prison, so seeing Ingu finally snapped and fight — I was also thinking, that is HJW that I love!! Ingu may not be as buff as the others but he made up for it with his judo moves, smart strategies and fancy suits.

Pastor was so magnetic and powerful. And weaselly enough to not get caught over the years, but he didnt seem as smart as I expected him to be. He was easily played or maybe he trusted Ingu too much and thought they could really be partners. I loved how sick it was for Pastor to create a church, get the blind believers to follow him, feed them drugs and make them dependent on him.

Byun was bad ass and it was obvious he was going to be the secret agent. That fight with the bodyguard was fantastic. Poor David and Chen Zhen.

There’s a lot of conversations so some found the episodes boring but I loved them (or maybe I was so mesmerized with HJW every time he’s onscreen) — yes, I’m completely obsessed with HJW.

Some thoughts on the ending (spoiler alert):
I wonder what happened to the girl and the rest of the cult. I wish there was a short resolution to them. Were they also arrested? Was the girl able to go back to her family?

At first, I thought the ending would be Ingu taking over the coca farm – that would have been fun for a season 2. He is so smart, he can probably do better than Yohan, but I don’t want Ingu to fight with Changho or get arrested and die. But still, I was okay with the ending since they neatly closed the drama with Ingu finally back and reunited with his family. I laughed when Ingu told his wife, “wow you got prettier!” and the wife responded with, “why did you get uglier?” HAHAHA. Ingu learned to treasure what he has and not get too greedy. And also, don’t trust the government. Like seriously, Ingu risked his life to help NIS, but NIS didn’t pay him cash like they promised. Also, interesting thing about the baseball. Yohan really did trust him and wanted him to be his partner.

Here’s fun promotion /game from the cast in case you want to get to them more:

Rating: 8.75/10 (9 less 0.25 for the unresolved cult)

Today’s Webtoon (2022)

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Drama: Today’s Webtoon (오늘의 웹툰)
Network: SBS
Episodes: 16
Release Date: July 29 – September 17, 2022
Runtime: Friday & Saturday 22:00-23:10
Country: South Korea

Plot:
This drama is about a webtoon publishing team trying to find ways to increase their sales or risk getting disbanded within a year.

Main Cast
Kim Se Jeong – On Ma Eum
Daniel Choi – Seok Ji Hyung
Nam Yoon Su – Goo Jun Yeong
Park Ho San – Jang Man Cheol
Ha Do Kwon – Heo Kwan Young

Review:
“We’re all creating our own stories each day. Some days, you feel like you took a wrong turn. A few days later, you realize you’ve managed to turn it into your path. And some of us persevere and keep trotting along each day even if we falter from time to time in order to achieve our longtime dreams. Sometimes we have to make a choice at crossroads. Every day, we are creating our own stories because life is like a full-length book. Just like today’s webtoon, where a new story begins every day.”

I love the first half because the workplace issues and challenges are so relatable. I would love to have On Ma Eum in my team because she is passionate, diligent and optimistic. However, sometimes she is too emotional. Great job for the editors to see her potential even though she didn’t have experience. I think her love her webtoons was a good skill to have that set her apart from the others. To be honest, if I were to choose between Jun Yeong and Ma Eum for the intern/contractual role, I would have chosen Ma Eum.

On the other hand, Gu Jun Yeong was a terrible character for most of the story. He was super moody and always felt like he was above Ma Eum and everyone else in the team. Like who the hell are you to act that way? You’re a new hire, who has no working experience or even no knowledge webtoons, but you think the work is beneath you. Instead of learning from the team and sharing his skill that made his the best hire, he just sulked all day. And the worse is he was even helping the enemy ruin his own team!! WTH!! I can’t believe the writers tried to pair him and Ma Eum together. No way, Ma Eum deserves a guy so much better than Jun Yeong! I prefer Ji Hyung over Jun Yeong as Ma Eum’s potential boyfriend. Maybe even Sin Dae Lyug (once he gets better). He did redeem himself in the end and grew more mature so that’s okay.

I love both editors, they were great mentors and support to the team. In that episode when Ji Hyung was choosing whether to leave or stay, I thought, if I were in his position, I most likely would have made the same decision because I want to stay and complete the year before I move. I also like to know I left the team in good hands or else I wouldn’t feel good about moving on. And also, PD Kwon and his story. I agree too that we don’t always have to work long hours — as long as you get things done, then the company shouldn’t hold it against you if you went home on time. I wish the girl editor also had her own story.

However, I also felt that the editors gave the 2 rookies too much free hand in handling their artists. That’s why in the second half of the show, they, Ma Eum kept making mistakes one after the other. Although it’s good to let the rookies handle the issues and learn from them, Ma Eum shouldn’t have kept significant problems to herself, but instead escalated them to her bosses. When reputation or lives are stake, the editors should step up and take over.

I love the different webtoon artists – loyal Gangnam and his crazy girlfriend, the senior and very respected Mr Baek who continues to learn and upgrade his skills despite his age, and Oh Yoon who wanted to try something new. Special mention to dimpled Donghee and his story in episode 7. It was brave of him to try to achieve his dream of being a webtoon artist, but he is even braver for facing the truth and letting go. I wish Pomme had a better storyline other than the stalker which was unnecessary – I was hoping Pomme and Jun Yeong would get together. There was also Go Seul Ah and her dream of becoming a webtoon artist at her own time.

Finally, a chunk of the story was spent on Sin Dae Lyug and I thought it was too long that it got boring. It was so obvious that he needed help/therapy so I was frustrated that Ma Eum didn’t do anything much to help him. He dislikes touching, yet Ma Eum continued to do it, or even let others do it (she could have warned people or intercepted their touches). She also never tried to ask him if he was okay or if he needed help. Instead, she mostly cared about whether he can submit his episode on time. The editors also didn’t advice or do something too. I also didn’t like how it was just so easy to resolve his issue with just an apology from his mom. It didn’t justify chaining him and traumatizing him forever and coming back because she’s sick.

Last, Director Heo should have been fired earlier. I honestly don’t know what his gripe with Man Chul. Is it just because his deal with Youngtoon didn’t push through before? If yes then it was such a shallow reason for trying to harm the entire team. I also don’t know how he gets to do whatever he wants and bypass the MD by making a deal all on his own. I know this is a drama so it’s very unrealistic to even be so disrespectful of you own boss.

Rating: 8/10


It’s Beautiful Now Eps 33-40

We’re more than halfway through the drama and one brother has gotten married!

The second brother also proposed to his girlfriend!

Unfortunately, the adoption secret was also revealed which caused the postponement of HyunMi’s wedding plans.

Meanwhile, Soojae is still trying to work hard to pay back the money. While Yuna has been spending a lot of time with Mirae’s brother. I honestly want Yuna and the brother to get together instead. It will be interesting since Soojae and Juho will now be future in-laws.

I didn’t like the adoption story at all and how Grandpa and Mirae’s mom have been acting, but I understand how devastating and frustrating this must feel for them too. I just hope they soon realize that they can have a relationship even without changing the family register. and it’s even better that their extended families will be connected through Hyun Jae and Mirae’s marriage.

I feel so bad for Hyunjae’s dad. I think he’s is probably one of the best characters in this show. I don’t know why the writer has written most of the women characters badly but the male characters are good.

Almost there. Last 10 episodes left! they need to resolve HyunMi’s wedding, Dolt couple’s pregnancy, and Soojae/Yuna/Junho love triangle.