It’s Beautiful Now Eps 1-10

Here I go again, starting another KBS weekend drama! After the messy and makjang Young Lady and Gentleman, It’s Beautiful Now is quite tame in terms of story and plotlines. Three scheming seniors trying to get their three handsome, sexy eligible bachelor sons to get married by offering an apartment to the first one who does so is interesting on paper, and more fun to watch.

We have oldest son Yoon Jae and his budding romance with his noona, Haejun, who is also his younger brother’s boss. I personally look forward to their interactions the most. Haejun is hilarious, although, sometimes cringey, and Yoon Jae may look dense and cold, but is quite quite hot and sexy once he tries to be.

Middle brother Hyunjae is a divorce lawyer and meets his future girlfriend Mirae when she asks his help to have her marriage annulled. Hyunjae has been burned by love before and is not interested in dating, while Mirae is sunshine that makes Hyunjae smile. Will she be able to melt his cold heart?

Youngest son Soojae has failed his civil service exam so many times and feels inferior to his two successful brothers. He strikes a deal with his part timer friend Yuna to pretend to be his girlfriend so that he gets the apartment and he pays her $100,000. Yuna agrees but their pretend feelings are starting to become too real.

There are other storylines in this drama but I don’t really like them so sometimes I fast forward the scenes.
– the adoption story of the dad and the grandpa – dad is such a crybaby!
– the lost daughter of the grandpa (who is prolly Mirae’s mother) – potentially the makjang part of this drama
– Mirae’s parents’ and her mom’s arguments with the mother in law, and her own mother
– the yoga seniors story – why do I have a feeling that Mirae’s grandma may end up with Hyunjae’s grandpa!!! I don’t like grandpa’s sister – she is too annoying
– the family’s cousin’s family – the nurse/wife and the 3 kids and the cousin’s mooching mom
– Yuna’s work and her boss is Mirae’s brother – sometimes Soojae is too smug, I wish Yuna ends up with Jungho instead

The Good Detective (2020)

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Drama: The Good Detective (모범형사)
Network: JTBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: July 6 – August 25, 2020
Runtime: Mon & Tue 21:30

Plot

Years ago, a man was wrongly accused of killing a woman and is now sentenced to death. Two detectives try to catch the real person responsible for killing a woman and fellow detective before it’s too late. But during their investigation, they face a lot of corruption and powerful figures, trying to stop them from revealing a bigger truth.

Review:

Whew! The never ending twists and turns just made the ending satisfying. The first couple of episodes were confusing to me, because it felt like there were too many characters and too many people involved that i didnt know where the story was headed. But once you get past Lee Dae Chul’s case, the story becomes clearer.

There were some moments where it gets frustrating because I wanted the team to find enough evidence to catch Jong Tae and Guk Hyun but they always get away and with everyone not helping, I also felt like them, that i just want to manipulate the case to get this over with.

I really liked the team. They worked really hard to solve the cases (and there were a lot and connected!!). I would say that after everything that has happened, justice has been served to the bad guys (in some way or the other). However, I thought that Superintendent Moon and Yoon Sangmi weren’t punished enough. Just because they repented and moved to the good guys side do not give them a free pass from due punishment.

I also appreciated how the stories and characters were written. Most of the characters were complex. As much as I would like to hate all the bad guys, the writers show us a different side to them, not to like or forgive them, but to understand their motivation. The same way that we also see that the good guys are not always so good. They also make bad decisions that can have great consequences, like when the Reporter didn’t tell the cops what she knew. And then there are people who are neither good or bad, but goes with the flow in order to survive. I guess that’s just how we are as human beings.

The show mostly was dark and gritty, but once in a while there’s some humor that lightens the mood (mostly from the VC team 2), and a subtle romance between Jihyuk and Jin, which balances the story drama. I loved how awkward Jihyuk is with Jin, he’s so adorable, Jin probably found him cute. And his smile is so charming 🙂

I also liked how the story delved with Dochang’s and Eunhye’s relationship. Although i didnt really like the sister and didnt care for her story, i loved how they eventually built their own family in the end.

Overall, this was a solid detective kdrama!

Rating: 8.5/10