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Drama: Chief Kim (김과장)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 20
Release Date: January 25 – March 30, 2017
Runtime: Weds. & Thurs. 22:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot:

Kim Sung-Ryong (Namgung Min) used to manage money for gangs, but by an accidental opportunity, he begins to works as the chief of an accounting department for TQ Company. He struggles to save the decaying TC Company, fighting against corruption and irrationality in the company.

Cast:

Namkoong Min – Kim Sung-ryong
Nam Sang-mi – Yoon Ha-Kyung
Lee Jun-ho – Seo Yul
Jung Hye-sung – Hong Ga-eun

First impressions:

I’m an accountant and auditor by profession so when i found out the story was about accounting fraud and tax evasion, I was curious. Then I saw that the business operations team were doing expense reimbursements and TQ has a giant accounting department and i got excited (#Nerd lol). Ok, the accountants are not being shown as nice and righteous people in this show but these teams are close to my heart because i work with them practically everyday. Anyways.. back to the show. I love Nam Goong Min! he is such a great actor. he looks so scary as villains in his previous dramas and it’s fun seeing him act like a kooky weirdo! episode 2 where he got hit by a car and blood suddenly came out from his head was so laugh out loud hilarious, my cat was looking at me funny. i like his character, sung ryung, he is obviously smart (book smart and street smart). When he moved to TQ, i could understand why he is hesitating. first the only thing he wants is to pocket enough money so he can go to Denmark. second, he is trying to get passed his illegal past and start fresh but he is getting collared by Yul and the chairman to continue doing illegal things (which he is really good at) or get blackmailed. i love how Gwang sook gave him a smart advice: who won in Titanic? nope, it was not all the people who survived the Titanic accident, it was the guy who lost his ticket to Jack because he never got on the boat in the first place. With that in mind, Sung Ryung tries to find a way to get out of TQ before he gets pulled in even more by the potential crime Yul is asking him to do.

on the other hand we meet Nam Sang Mi’s character who i seriously dislike. she is so judgmental, never smiles and is so self-righteous yet when the Chairman’s son tried to get his expenses reimbursed, she was telling Sung Ryung to let him go. i dont have any sympathy for her, i hope Sung Ryung never falls in love with her because she does not deserve his craziness and charm. Ha Kyung is currently being recruited by the Chairman’s wife to help her bring down her husband and Ha Kyung wants to get rid of the corruption. Now if only Ha Kyung steps down from her “I’m too good for you” pedestal and talk to Sung Ryung, they might be able to help each other!

As for Yul, i didn’t have high expectations of him because every time i see him on screen i think of him as Junho, 2pm member who looks like Rain. but he surprised in the first episode with his good acting – though sometimes i feel like he is acting because he is so boyish and young to be a Finance director, while other times i think he’s so cool. I wonder what happened to him that he crossed to the dark side – i have a feeling that he used to be a goody goody but either got disillusioned or got ambitious. I also feel sad for him – seems like he doesn’t have any friends and it’s interesting to see his blossoming frenemy-bromance with Sung Ryung. i wonder if he will move to Sung Ryung’s side eventually? Oh, and i think his crush on Ha Kyung is so cute. i guess even the toughest guy will melt for a pretty girl. Given their characters, i think a Yul-Ha Kyung romance is a good idea.

Business Operations team – i dont really like them except for the guy who showed up in Sung Ryung’s welcoming party. Especially the small lady and the guy in glasses – i want to fire them. lol. The general manager is fine though i think he should do more work or review the reports more if they are getting mistakes. I hope they finally let Sung Ryung show his amazing math skills and that he is really good. (btw, as an accounting student, i always get a praise that, i must be good in Math. lol. accounting isn’t really about Math, but it’s more understanding the numbers).

Hong Ga Eun – i dont know how old she is, if she is a newbie prosecutor or good at her job but she is as weird as Sung Ryung and they have good chemistry. Wondering what tricks she has on her sleeves.

Kwang Sook – i love her! she is adorable! i hope she gets more airtime and eventually work with Sung Ryung’s team.

Oh i love Nam Goong Min’s outfits – so colorful and his dyed hair, even though it kinda looks tacky. I’m not sure if it’s to show he’s not from Seoul but it nicely displays his quirky and playful character.

Overall, I’m loving the funny scenes and the dark storyline. I know this drama ended a few months ago but i try my best not to watch/read any spoilers. Hope this show doesn’t disappoint!

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the best hit (2017)

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Drama: The Best Hit (최고의 한방)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 32
Release Date: June 2 – July 22, 2017
Runtime: Fridays & Saturdays 23:00 (35 minutes each / 2 episodes per day)
Country: South Korea

Plot
In the year 1993, pop idol Yoo Hyun-Jae accidentally travels through time to 2017. Discovering that he mysteriously disappears in 1994 and is presumed dead, he begins to investigate into the reason for his disappearance while trying to adjust to life in the future. Meanwhile, Lee Ji-Hoon is an aspiring musician and is secretly enrolled as an idol trainee at Star Punch Entertainment. Ji-hoon struggles to hide this from his parents, who believe he has been studying for his civil service exams.

Main Cast
Yoon Shi-yoon as Yoo Hyun-jae
Lee Se-young as Choi Woo-seung
Kim Min-jae as Lee Ji-hoon
Cha Tae-hyun as Lee Gwang-jae

Review

I started watching the first episode without reading the synopsis so I was surprised that this was a time traveling series. The first part was very interesting – Hyun Jae from 1993 time travels to 2017 and he finds out he disappeared in 1994. He tries to find Lee Gwang Jae and when he does, he realizes the one of the kids who rescued him as actually his son. The rest of the series shows his bond with Gwang jae and his family, old time girlfriend Bo Hee, new romance with Woo seung and finding out what actually happened to him.

I had a great time watching the show (took me less than a week to consume all 32 episodes!!). I think it took too long to set up the show – Hyun Jae spent so many episodes doing nothing and just waiting at the rooftop – It was only when he decided to take action that things started moving along. And halfway through the show I realized that the whole time travel and his mysterious disappearance wasn’t the key point of the show, it was more on making new friends and changing from an arrogant and selfish popstar to a sweet and thoughtful friend, father, boyfriend – hence the slow pacing at the didn’t matter as much anymore. Plus, i had a great time watching Hyun Jae’s 90s fashion style and being so shocked at all the amazing gadgets.

Lots of romance did took centerstage in the middle of the series, which i didn’t mind because he was so sweet and had great chemistry with Woo seung. I like that they started out bickering and fighting but then later falling in love and supporting each other. I loved how Hyun Jae was attentive and just knew what to give and do with Woo Seung – and i think that is why he got the girl over Jihoon. I dont think that the only reason that Woo Seung didn’t return Jihoon’s love is that she doesn’t want to lose his friendship, i think she really doesn’t thing of him as a man. Besides, even if Jihoon and Wooseung had been childhood friends, he didn’t seem to understand Woo seung as much as Hyun Jae did.

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As for Hyun Jae and Ji hoon’s relationship, it was strange that they became father-son-friends and I could underestand why Jihoon was angry at him at first. He didn’t know he was his dad, he just saw him as the guy that is stealing his love from him. They eventually made up and while they’re not in the real father-son relationship like Jihoon and Gwang Jae has, it was good enough that became mentor-mentee. and it’s nice to see Jihoon having 2 dads that he can depend on.

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Gwang Jae and Hyun Jae – i loved this team – i wish they had more interactions and more fun scenes. Gwang Jae seems so serious and carried the entire family’s weight on his shoulders. I’m glad they made up too and i loved the ending when they said to grow old together (though of course Gwang Jae will die earlier since Hyun Jae’s body is still 20 years younger than Gwang Jae).

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Something i wished had a better resolution  was Young Jae and Hyun Jae’s friendship. They were a team even for a short while. Even though Young Jae did take advantage of Hyun Jae by using his songs, he did think Hyun Jae was dead anyways. It wasn’t enough that young Jae could just pay him and Hyun Jae continually talk down on him and do anything he wants, I wished Hyun Jae sincerely apologized for treating Young Jae like crap when they were younger. They had a short talk where Young Jae even cried that he was never taken seriously and he was betrayed when Hyun Jae just upped and left him with all their money, but it helped more that the scene wasn’t taken seriously. Hyun Jae just said, really, didn’t realize that, I’m sorry then that was it. While eventually Young Jae was nicer to them, they could have collaborated and Hyun Jae helping him in some of his songs.

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I really felt the whole Bo Hee and Hyun Jae loveline was strange – and i guess it’s because we met Hyun Jae in 1993 when he barely knew Bo Hee so it didn’t made sense that they were secretly dating and even had a son. So when exactly did they start to date?? and technically he left her and their son when he knew he was dying – and now that Hyun Jae knew what really happened, i wished they could have had a better talk. Was it wise to really not tell Bo Hee that he was the real Hyun Jae and just let her think he just looked like him? at least she would have known that Hyun Jae loved her and it wasn’t a waste to wait for him. Though I think it wouldn’t have mattered because by then she already loves Gwang jae and i am sure Bo Hee can answer all of the outstanding questions like how they started dating, im guess she never knew he was sick, even though we saw the 1994 Hyun Jae was so sickly (more on him below). I also liked the relationship between Gwang Jae and Bo Hee, it may not be passionate, but this is a relationship that you know will last a long time.

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Grandpa and Malsook were a sweet addition to the family. I loved their cute scenes together. Malsook was so cute – even though it was weird that she had a boyfriend  and was thinking of love at such a young age. i thought 1993 Grandpa was a jerk but he has since mellowed down. I felt so sad seeing him when he got lost and he hallucinated and talked to his daughter and Gwang Jae finding him in the police station. and I love Grandpa’s fighting spirit! i believe that he can overcome his illness!

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and speaking of illness — probably the most WTF moment in the show is finding out what happened to Hyun Jae. i will say it again. WTF. that storyline came out of nowhere and didn’t really make a lot of sense. there are a lot of unexplained timeline and it’s mostly because the whole trying to find answers started too late in the series (probably almost episode 24 or 25). So arrogant Hyun Jae left the agency, took everything and went away. we still dont know what happened for almost a year. then we find out he was actually sick.. so does that mean he knew he was sick so he left with the money for treatment? or did he leave because he was arrogant then later on found out he was sick and undergone treatment? and i still dont understand how the 1993 Hyun Jae can go to 2017 and “split” his body and meet the 1994 Hyun Jae? that also didn’t make sense. like he became two persons – in one of the episodes, Gwang Jae said to Hyun Jae (or was it the other way  hearound) that he had to go back or else the future will be changed. so did go back and didn’t change anything (mostly because 1994 HJ didn’t want to) but then how can 1993/2017 HJ came back alive – so i guess that really meant that he became two persons. And his 1994 disappeared, looks like it’was because 2017 HJ took 94 HJ to the rooftop and 94 HJ never showed up anymore – he either dead or lived a private life. It was surreal seeing 2017 and 1994 HJ talking to each other. and kudos to Yoon Shi Yoon -such a great actor – i was amazed that he can play 1 character but totally different from each other – it was like watching two different actors.

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Finally, another lost opportunity is MJ. at first i thought he was a jerk, but he turned out to be a really nice guy. I’m happy he had the courage to tell everyone that he didn’t write the songs. But then nothing happend to him in the end. he moved to World Entertainment but was just taking a break. i was hoping by the end of the show he would have written a song and released it and redeem himself but all he did was wait for Hyun Jae. also, i thought Hyun Jae and MJ were so similar to each other – i was even hoping that he was his actual son, not Jihoon.

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Well, we eventually found out that Jihoon was  as talented as his father – and i would have loved to see him on stage with MC Drill – they only showed the two heading to the crowd and not the performance. and what’s up with Hyeri? i also thought Jihoon and Hyeri would get together in the end but that didn’t happen too.

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As for Woo seung, i loved that she had her own romance (after her pathetic ex boyfriend). I thought she was just so so during the first part and it was a bit unbelievable why 3 hot guys would like her – she wasn’t that great, very clumsy, always needed help, etc. but the actress was super pretty and sincere and that is why the guys probably fell for her. Honestly, i was ok if Hyun Jae died in the show and Woo Seung and MJ got together in the end. I thought the two were also cute. and i love how the 4 of them ended up being really good friends.

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But of course, i would prefer alive Hyun Jae than dead Hyun Jae. I think he was the best part of the show. I loved how his character really changed and became mature. and I was so happy that he eventually found the family that he so longed for. and the intro was right – he was like a man from the future – he was ahead of his time and probably that’s why he was so at ease with living in the 21st century. He adapted to his surroundings, was very smart and thoughtful. However what i wished we had more of? it looked like Jay 2 only had 1 hit song (Tell Me), they won their first Golden Cup and he disappeared yet he was remembered by everyone 20 years from now. they should have made me super popular to be more believable. And i wished they could have shown more (rather than tell) how musically good he was! We only got to see him write/produce a few songs – i wish they had more and i wished that he got credited for MJ’s songs. Young Jae could have said it was Hyun Jae’s unreleased songs and gave him the proper farewell and credit for his fans’s sake (since everyone else thinks he died).

And Hyun Jae’s so hot .. whether he was the 1993 version or the  2017 version.

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I admit, the show had a few flaws but overall, i loved it! i wish there is a season 2 because i’m not yet ready to say goodbye to the whole gang! Dabong!!!!

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So cute that they actually showed the music video for Tell Me.

And they even performed it in Music Bank. lol.