It's the Big Bang!

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“I Hear Your Voice” has won me over so quickly. I was looking forward to it mainly for Lee Jongsuk but I didn’t expect to like the story this much. The synopsis is underwhelming and so generic it hurts: a teenager who can read minds and two public defenders team up to solve difficult cases. It sounds like Law and Order: Magic Hour. And it’s so much more than that.

The first episode was compelling despite mostly taking place in the past, where our main leads stories are intertwined. It was a fantastic first episode that introduced all the characters and set the story in motion without being boring.

It’s difficult not to already love LJS’s character Soo Ha. He’s good looking, smart, brave. He’s special because of his gift but even without the power there is a quality about him that radiates from the inside out. He’s a good guy and already I want him to be happy.

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God damn

7th Level Civil Servant - I tried.

Joo Won, I tried.

This drama was consistently terrible. I gave it my best shot for twelve and a half episodes and then I couldn't take the lack of a plot, characterization, and any attempt to make actual sense. I've watched a lot of bad dramas in my day but there's one thing I find hard to forgive - badly written characters and dumb female leads. This drama was chock-full of both categories.

How do you mess up a drama with Joo Won as a spy though? Unforgivable.

It's the Big Bang!

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So, I started watching 7th Grade Civil Servant because much like Lee Min Ho dramas, Joo Won dramas have slowly become must see for me.

So far the slapstick, souffle quality of the drama is a welcome respite from months of melodramas and angstfests but there's one problem. Choi Kang Hee sort of makes me cringe every time she's on screen.

Problem #1 - Her haircut might be the most unflattering thing I've ever seen and it makes her look sixty-five (okay, forty-ish). This wouldn't be a problem if she didn't already look older than Joo Won to begin with but now she just looks like his mom.

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OTP! (City Hunter)

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I don't have much in the way of meta for Nice Guy's final episode but I am very content with the way it ended for Eungi and Maru.

The finale, like much of the latter half of the season, left a bit to be desired. It felt rushed and the happiness for all ending felt a bit contrived, even unearned. I'm absolutely boggled by the complete erasure of Tae San, which for all intents and purposes was the most important character of the drama.

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It's the Big Bang!

Ojakgyo Brothers, where have you been all my life?

I'm obsessed, obsessed, obsessed! Because of it being a 50 ep, family drama, Ojakgyo Brothers wasn't really on my radar, so when it came out last year, I didn't really pay attention to it. But after watching Bridal Mask I've been meaning to check out Joo Won's other dramas. I had no idea that I'd like this one so much. I've seen a few family dramas and they never get it completely right for me. Even the best ones tend to drag.

But OB is one of those rare family dramas that keeps the kind of pace that you'd expect from a 20 episode drama. And I'm getting a surprising combination of action, romance, comedy and angst in it, all things that I love. But more than anything, the Tae Hee/Ja Eun OTP is absolutely pitch perfect. They have so much chemistry that even when they're angry, or laughing, or just sitting across from each other, it's blatant.

Tae Hee is my kind of hero. It's that sincerity and steadfastness, the way he often tries to do what's right. The way he's dedicated to his job and is sort of a bad ass but has this deep capacity to love full out. I like that he's not your typical "nice guy", that he's imperfect, and sort of broken, but he's got this steady moral compass that makes him a person that you can count on.

It's not perfect - the way the Tae Shik situation is being handled is making me feel extremely stabby and I will never get over how horribly xenophobic and racist the reactions are to The Other on these Korean shows - but I'm hooked.

So much so that I actually haven't finished watching last week's episodes of Nice Guy and Faith. Send help!