I started off the new year pretty great for the most part. I had one not so great drama with the crime thriller Kill It, but then I had two amazing dramas with the rom-com thriller When the Camellia Blooms and the comedy thriller Psychopath Diary:
Kill It turned out to not really be my cup of tea. For being a crime thriller, I found it to not be very thrilling. The first half was a bit a hard to follow, I never got very emotionally invested in the show, the overall tone didn’t illicit many feels, and the story execution was lacking.
On the plus side, the production quality was very good, the series looked terrific, and there was a decent mystery. Jang Ki Yong and Nana have interesting characters and put out good performances too.
Honestly, by the time everything really started coming together, the drama was two-thirds of the way through, and I had kind of lost interest. The story seemed to kind of drag along, and it didn’t feel like much was happening. I mostly hung around since it was a shorter series. (Kill It Review)
When the Camellia Blooms
I loved When the Camellia Blooms! The drama is so incredibly heartwarming, and the story is populated with so many quirky and interesting characters. Kang Ha Neul and Gong Hyo Jin made such a sweet couple, and I so enjoyed watching their relationship play out.
There are lots of little story lines going on and plenty of relationships to explore in the drama. It tackles a lot of interesting topics too. There’s also a nice dark side to the drama with a small town serial killer lurking around. That added in some nice thrills and a mystery to spice up things up a bit.
At its heart, When the Camellia Blooms is a feel good drama though. I laughed so much and loved these characters. The show is written incredibly well, and it handled everything so beautifully. This drama held my attention and charmed me from start to finish. (When the Camellia Blooms Review)
Psychopath Diary hooked me immediately with its unique twist of a pushover thinking he’s a serial killer. The drama leans towards the comedic side, but the comedy and thriller elements are integrated well and stay nicely balanced throughout the series. The comedy is a bit dark at times, but it’s so absurd that you can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous the scenarios are.
Yoon Shi Yoon was absolutely hilarious with his wannabe serial killer shenanigans and really brought the series to life. We also had excellent performances from our real serial killer, Park Sung Hoon, as well as our dedicated police officer, Jung In Sun.
The pacing was great which kept the drama engaging all the way through. There are some nice little twists and surprises throughout too. Psychopath Diary was a whole lot of fun that made me laugh a lot. It’s always great to come across such a fresh concept and see it executed so well. (Psychopath Diary Review)
So how was January for you?
Happy drama watching to everyone!
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