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


Penthouse Season 3 (2021)

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Drama: Penthouse 3 (펜트하우스 3)
Network: SBS
Episodes: 14
Release Date: June 4 – September 10, 2021
Runtime: Friday 22:00-23:10
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
The final story of the tragic lives of the people in Hera Palace.

Main Cast
Uhm Ki Joon – Joo Dan Tae
Kim So Yeon – Cheon Seojin
Eugene – Oh Yoon Hee
Yoon Jong Hoon – Ha Yoon Cheol
Shin Eun Kyung – Kang Mari
Bong Tae Gyu – Lee Kyu Jin
Yoon Joo Hee – Go Sang A
Kim Young Dae – Joo Seok Hoon
Han Ji Hyun – Joo Seo Kyung
Choi Ye Bin – Ha Eun Byul
Kim Hyun Soo – Bae Rona
Jin Ji Hee – Kang Jenny
Park Eun Seok – Logan Lee
On Joo Wan – Baek Jun Ki
Park Ho San – Yoo Dong Pil

Review
This drama finally ended after a year of craziness at the Hera Palace and will likely go down as one of the legendary Korean dramas ever to air.

I loved The Penthouse S1 (2020) and Penthouse S2 (2021) and was looking forward to the two new characters Jenny’s dad and Baek Junki. Thought the idea of Joo Dantae stealing Junki’s identity was genius plotline and was always curious about why the dad was in prison. I thought the first few episodes were great but their characters and stories were disappointing and didn’t add anything to the story. Wasted potential seriously!!

The first few episodes were strong and kept the momentum from season 2 but until they killed off Yoonhee and the story went downhill. I know Penthouse story is already crazy but the next couple of episodes just went off kilter outrageous. Logan surviving the explosion, Alex showing up played by the same character, Seojin under a chandelier yet surviving, Joo Dantae escaping from Japan, dying but showing this beggar looking like him. Blech. Too much.

I always thought that Seojin is worse and more intelligent than Dantae and I was right. And i wondered how they will face off so I laughed in evil glee when they attacked each other after Logan Suryeon exposed them in public. I personally loved Joo Dantae as the villain but his sexy evil charisma was gone in season 3. And his sad story came too late for viewers to feel sad for him.

I could never understand why Suryeon and Logan were loved by the viewer and were branded as the “good ones” when they were equally bad. If Suryeon never plotted the revenge against Dantae none of this would have happened or it wouldn’t have ended so tragically for so many people. She could have just hired an assassin to kill him or poison him. She also has a lot of blood on her hands so to me, her suicide does not make her a hero. It just shows she was as flawed and selfish as the others.

It feels so long ago but even from season 1 i thought the parents were so toxic that the best thing was to kill them all. Well the main baddies died alright and they all died appropriate way. If they were in Squid Game, I’d say Kang Mari played her cards well and she was the ultimate survivor/winner.

The kids were all terrible even Rona the brat but I liked how they all got their second chances. Goes to show that parents highly influence their children’s behavior and adults should not include their kids in their own fights.

It was also very very satisfying to see Hera Palace crumble. The whole gold appearance and the lady statue with wings were too ostentatious and tacky to be “luxurious”.

Despite the middle part being too crazy, I still enjoyed the “happy” ending.

Rating: 8/10

The Call (2020)

Movie: The Call (콜)
Release Date: November 27, 2020
Runtime: 114 min.
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Main Cast:
Park Shin Hye – Kim So Yeon
Jun Jong Seo – Oh Young Suk
Kim Sung Ryung – So yeon’s mom
Park Ho San – So Yeon’s dad
Lee El – Young suk’s mom

Review:
Scary!! The movie is about a girl who is able to communicate to a girl who used to live in the same house using an old wireless phone. Just when she thought she saved her from being killed by her stepmom, turns out she unleashed a monster.

I was loving the movie until that gas explosion scene and the story went downhill very very fast.

I’d blame this with the main protagonist who I thought was dumb. Everything that happened to her happened because she made too many stupid decisions.

And the while parallel universe logic was too simple and unbelievable. Everything changes in the future but its only physical. She never gets the memories from the past and that knowledge to help her win against the girl.

And that final twist at the end was too much. I almost didn’t see it because I thought the movie was over and wasn’t paying attention. I’d say they should have scrapped it.

Rating: 7.5/10