I got in four dramas for the month of February, and a couple of them were fantastic. They included the endearing romantic comedy My Strange Hero, the over-the-top melodrama The Last Empress, the hyped up romance melodrama Encounter, and the zombie saguek Kingdom:
My Strange Hero
My Strange Hero is fairly simple in terms of story, but where it shines is with its characters and their personal journeys. It’s got a very quirky side combined dash of angst and a lot of heart. I loved the high school portions of the drama and watching Bok Soo and Soo Jung’s romance blossom.
The emotional beats were also very strong concerning the big incident that happened between Bok Soo, Soo Jung, and Se Ho. I loved that our villain Se Ho had his back story fully intertwined with them and that we were able to dig deep into his character and motivations. Kwak Dong Yeon was simply amazing in the role!
So My Strange Hero was quite a fun drama. It never felt heavy despite some of the serious topics, and it always had a very feel-good tone to it. Yet, it still delivered plenty of very emotional moments from the characters that really touched my heart. The entire cast was just fantastic and made for an all round wonderful experience. (My Strange Hero Review)
The Last Empress
I knew I was diving into some serious makjang with The Last Empress, and it really was all kinds of crazy! There was scheming, murder, cover ups, revenge, seduction, and lots more. And I was there for all of it! It’s over-the-top and over-dramatic in every way, and there are plenty of convenient plot devices, cliches, and loopholes. But if you just go with the flow, the craziness is quite thrilling. This is the kind of show you just have to roll with and not think too deeply about. Just enjoy the crazy!
I loved getting to experience the mixture of a historical and modern drama in The Last Empress. We get all the intrigue of a historical in a modern day setting. Things were so messy and twisted that I was always excited to see what new crazy and angsty goodness was about to head my way! It also boasted a star cast that I completely loved with Jang Na Ra, Shin Sung Rok, and Choi Jin Huk.
The Last Empress is far from being technically perfect, but it was perfect for me. It delivered deliciously over-the-top melodrama and angst at a thrilling pace that never left me bored because of the intrigue and constant plot developments. Leaving me completely entertained is all I could ask, and it did that perfectly. It’s makjang at its finest, and for those who like the genre, I wholeheartedly recommend it! (The Last Empress Review)
Encounter had some really great points mixed with some not so great for me. The romance between Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo was the main selling point by far. I enjoyed the role reversal with the woman being the rich CEO of a company and the man as the newbie employee. The drama most excelled at telling their story. It was a beautiful relationship filled with healing, and they are what made the drama enjoyable enough.
Everything outside of them was fairly dull for me though. Everything and everyone felt average, and my interest in the story waxed and waned. Most of the obstacles our couple faced were resolved fairly quickly and that took away most of the tension.
Overall, Encounter was a bit slow and lacking punch, but the romance makes the show. For lovers of romance especially with a bit more maturity to it, this drama is a great fit. But personal taste is likely to be heavily at play as to whether Encounter will be a love it or hate it kind of drama. (Encounter Review)
Being that I’m not a big fan of horror or zombies, Kingdom didn’t quite fit my overall tastes. There was definitely a lot more gore than I would care for. While it had some negatives for me, there were also some positives.
After an initial slow set up, the pace really picks up with lots of action. There’s a pretty great story in place too involving a conspiracy around the king. The production is also very high quality and feels very cinematic.
Kingdom really is a pretty solid drama. With a decent story, thrills, and plenty of zombie action, I think lovers of zombies and the horror genre will be pretty pleased with it. (Kingdom Review)
So how was February for you?
Happy drama watching to everyone!
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