Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Ahjumma Reviews: Kdrama Wrap Up 1st Sem of 2023

Over the past six months, I have finished watching five Kdramas namely, The Alchemy of Souls Season 1; The Alchemy of Souls Season 2; In the Interest of Love; Crash Course in Romance and Hometown Chachacha. Yes, mostly romantic comedies. I am a romcom junkie. 

Here are my three sentence review for each.

1. The Alchemy of Souls Season 1 - The first part of the drama treaded familiar grounds. It combined the genres of fantasy and mystery set in a fictionalized Joseon era. It gained its own identity in the middle part when the lead characters unmasked themselves and fell in love. 

2. The Alchemy of Souls Season 2 - Taking off from Season 1's huge success, the season's opening was exciting but the thrill fizzled out towards the end. The story could have used two episodes more to explore the sacrifices and triumphs of the "Four Seasons." The series had a good cast and fans like myself can extend patience to know the back stories that were never told. 

3. In the Interest of Love - Social class and peer pressure affected the relationships of the KCU Bank squad. This is a pretty messy drama with very little joy or comedic turn. I miss Moon Ga Young's quirky portrayal of the girl next door in True Beauty and the squeaky clean Yoo Yeon Seuk in Hospital Playlist.

4. Crash Course in Romance - Hahahaha! Hahahaha! What convinced me to get a haircut with bangs.

5. Hometown Chachacha - This one is too good to be true. Three things that won me over: the ahjumma squad; the halmeoni gang and the seaside town of Gongjin. Friendship; Family; Community.

Right now, I am watching Dr. Romantic Season 3 and Tale of the Nine Tailed 1938. One is a medical drama while the other is a campy urban fantasy set in 1938 Korea.  

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