Quarantine viewing No. 7: The World of the Married.

Random Thoughts from watching The World of the Married, for which I will try to make it as spoiler-free as possible for those who haven’t seen it or haven’t finished it yet and don’t want to be spoiled:

1. This drama revolves around three words: Men. are. trash. :idea: Coincidentally, just the day before, I also finished watching a drama series that revolves around the concept that guys just date girls for the experience; if they want to be in a serious relationship, they’d choose another guy. (Then again, said show is a Boy Love drama.)

2. Anything broken – trust, for instance – can never be brought back to what it was before.

3. In a family conflict, it’s always the kids who suffer the most.

4. Some viewers are shipping the lead female character with the second lead male character and want them to be together in the end. For me, after seeing how things unfolded in her life, it’s better that she remained single. I mean, who says that a woman should have a man beside her to make her life complete? Of course, I’m a single woman who feels complete despite that fact, so my views are certainly different on this matter.

5. Having said that, I’m happy that in the end, this drama showed that women could be perfectly ok even if they’re not in a relationship. In fact, the ones who are single seemed to be happier. ;)

6. Marriages don’t always last a lifetime, but chismosang kapitbahays (gossiping neighbors) are forever.


I’m often asked if The World of the Married is any good. My answer is: yes, it’s good. The pacing is just right, and the ending will make you feel shell-shocked that it’s over (which could be good or bad depending on how the viewer takes it). But have your hypertension meds or anything that makes you calm in handy, just in case. Otherwise, don’t blame me whenever you feel like strangling a character or two every episode. :aargh:

This drama featured some prolific acting performances, but two of them really stood out for me. One, of course, is Kim Hee Ae who plays the lead character Dr. Ji Sun Woo. She literally carried the entire thing from beginning to end, and carried it with style. :clap: The other one is Jeon Jin Seo as Dr. Ji’s son Lee Joon Young. The kid was able to effectively portray the inner turmoils of a son caught between his warring parents with so much restraint and maturity in his performance. Not once did he over-act. By the end of the final episode, you just want to adopt him to protect him from all the crazy-ass adults around him. It helps that he’s very cute, too. :hihihi:

Not sure if I can recommend this, though. There are viewers who watch K-dramas to relax and de-stress. If that’s your agenda, this won’t help at all.


Quarantine viewing No. 6: Moon-Sun, revisited.

(Note: The English translation of the drama’s title has many incarnations, but for this blog I’ll be using the Netflix version since I saw it there.)

Out of the many new and not-so-new but I haven’t seen Korean (and non-Korean) series out there, I ended up watching Moon Embracing The Sun again. For some reason, Back in Time (시간을 거슬러) from the Moon-Sun OST kept playing in my head for several days even if I’ve never listened to it since what… 2012 or 2013? It’s weird, but I took it as a sign that I should go and watch Moon-Sun again. It’s been about eight years since I last saw it, after all. Thankfully, the show is on Netflix so I didn’t have to rummage through my old files anymore.

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Quarantine viewing No. 5: 2gether, The Series.

I won’t be categorizing this as a review, because it’s not.

I wasn’t planning on watching another series after spending several sleepless nights watching Itaewon Class and Hyena. But this Thai BL (boy’s love aka. yaoi) drama called 2gether has been trending on Twitter for quite some time now, and I’ve been seeing some friends on FB who are posting about it. I’m familiar with BL, having watched some Thai movies and lakorns of the similar genre in the past. In fact, my first foray in the world of Thai entertainment – and my introduction to Mario Maurer – was the movie The Love of Siam, a film that is often cited as the first LGBTQ-themed movie that was accepted by mainstream audiences in Thailand. Also, the yaoi concept is quite common in J-pop and K-pop. Therefore, watching a rom-com lakorn where the main protagonists are of the same gender will not freak me out anymore.

Well, I’m not freaked out. I was actually amazed that the concept of homophobia is totally absent in 2gether. This is a world where genders are practically non-existent. Everyone is totally fine with boys getting attracted with fellow boys. Girls don’t get depressed when they learn that their crushes are crushing on someone who is not a girl. (Actually, I was told by fan-friends that this is exactly the reason why the yaoi concept is accepted by East Asian fangirls. It’s totally ok for them if their male idol is being paired with another male because they don’t consider a guy as their rival. They can still go on with their illusions that their idol is available because no way that he’ll fall over a fellow male. But once their male idol gets involved with a female, it’s game over. Of course that’s not really necessarily true in real life, but you get the drift.)

However, as a single female who recognizes the existence of the LGBTQ+ community, I got depressed seeing all these good-looking men getting involved with each other. I mean, c’mon, females have outnumbered the males 2:1. Do we have to compete with the male population over the man of our dreams, too? :cry: :lmao:

If you want your dose of kilig, this one’s for you. The two leads, Vachirawit Chiva-aree aka. Bright as Sarawat and Metawin Opas-iamkajorn aka. Win as Tine, will provide loads of it. Assuming that you don’t frown over the fact that they’re both men, that is. Make that REALLY GOOD-LOOKING men. With abs and all. :drool2: The story is quite simple. It’s typical teen-age romcom, except that the protagonists are of the same gender. But as I said, their universe seems to be gender-less so just try to grapple with that concept if you’re not familiar with it.

My only problem now is, I made the mistake of starting with this drama while it’s still airing. The latest episode is Episode 9 out of 13, and I finished all nine in literally an entire day. The next episode is on Friday. Waiting for it is torture.

While waiting for Friday, I aimlessly clicked on 2gether-related videos on YouTube. Big mistake. I chanced upon random clips of Bright and learned that, true to his Sarawat persona, the guy can play a mean guitar and that’s really his voice singing in the drama. Charismatic guy, and musically-inclined. Deadly combination. I must stop researching before I get hooked. :err: As for his sexual preferences, he said in a recent interview that he has never been attracted to a man but he’s not closing his doors to the possibility. Regardless of whether he’s straight or not is not an issue for me. Remember: I’m a Ricky Martin fan.


Quarantine viewing No. 4: Hyena.

There’s always that one moment when someone recommends something out of the blue, you decide to check it out with no expectations whatsoever, and you end up with a pleasant surprise. Hyena belongs to that category.

Out of the many recommendations from various friends, two people mentioned this K-drama to me: one is a colleague who said that she and her daughter liked it; and another from a friend from the K-entertainment (and at some point, Alden) fandom who bravely described it as, “better than the popular ones”. This second one piqued my interest. I know her taste. She won’t recommend something that’s not, at the very least, interesting to watch.

Another factor: Joo Jihoon is in this drama. I’m still on Joo Jihoon Fangirl Mode after Kingdom 2 and the Along With The Gods movies (I’ll devote a separate blog for the movies I saw during ECQ) so Hyena really should be next on my list.

The premise might not sound too attractive for the general viewing public. The story is about lawyers, so the automatic reaction is, “legal drama = too serious = BORING.” At least, that was my initial apprehension. First of all, it’s not a serious drama in the sense that it’s actually a comedy to some extent. Half of the scenes are light and oftentimes cute. May kilig factor rin, but not in the usual Rom-Com fashion. It’s Rom-Com for adults. No pabebe kissing here, folks. :naughty: Which should be expected because, hello, Joo Jihoon AND Kim Hye Soo. If you’re familiar with their work, you should never expect to see dead fish kissing in Hyena.

But since it’s a legal drama, it requires a lot of focus and concentration from the viewers, especially those of us who heavily depend on subtitles. I lost count of the number of times I had to hit ‘Rewind’ because I mistakenly checked my phone for incoming messages and missed a crucial line or two. And in this drama, every freakin’ line or two MUST be understood because you will miss the plot twist, you’ll end up asking yourself WTH just happened. Each episode is filled with that, and you must remember everything they said, who appeared in what episode and how did they fit in the story because it will all come back again at some point in the series. They won’t even help you with the usual repeated scenes in flashbacks which are, surprisingly and a pleasant one at that, quite few here.

I know it doesn’t sound attractive right now (of the ayokong mag-isip variety), but I sometimes think we need these types of dramas that stimulate our brains. Especially when we’re on quarantine.

Anyway, I’m amazed when I did my research and found that the writer is a rookie (although Hancinema listed two projects and her first one was another legal drama in 2015). :shock: I can’t believe that a rookie can come up with something as polished as this. She probably has a legal background, given that her two dramas are both about lawyers?

I also read that Hyena was first offered to Song Hye Kyo, who declined it. I’m glad that she did. :razz: Don’t get me wrong, I’m an SHK fan. But I simply don’t think she’s fit for the role. She could be feisty (see: Full House and Descendants of the Sun) but still a bit… sweet? On the other hand, Kim Hye Soo is just PERFECT for this. She’s a great actress, she’s sexy – at age 50, no less! – and she has electrifying sexual chemistry with Joo Jihoon. Well, both of them, individually, have electrifying sex appeal, regardless. It just blended so well on this drama.

As for Joo Jihoon, what can I say. That man has now entered my list of competent Korean actors who are not just pretty faces. The guy can really act. :clap: Such a dashing debonair, too. When women swoon over him, you just understand why. That innate Royal Aura still works even if it isn’t a sageuk drama.

Viewers of Kingdom would be delighted to know that the actor who played the bumbling Beom Pal is in this drama, too.

So. Dare I follow what my friend said and say that Hyena is better than the popular ones? I say, HELL YEAH.