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‘Last Scandal’ mid-view report

I’d only heard good things about Last Scandal, and, as I already had a thing for big star-normal Joe scenarios in non-Korean media, I bumped it up the queue after finishing Stars Falling From The Sky.

The chemistry is off the charts, people. Off the charts. And you all know I love that shit.

As much as I love male modesty. Bless.

Jung Jun-ho was good in IRIS, but he’s fantastic in this – I had no idea he was such a gifted comedic actor. Understandably, he was always going to be secondary to Lee Byung-hun and his teeth in IRIS, so I’m pleased to add him to my stable of Actors I Like In Everything Ever. I’m now looking forward to Queen of Reversals, despite Park Shi-hoo’s inclusion in the cast (more on that another time, or when I recap Prosecutor Princess).

I was devastated, however, to learn that Choi Jin-sil committed suicide soon after Last Scandal wrapped. Part of me was so affected by this that I was reluctant to continue the drama – but I know that, as the last piece of work she completed, Last Scandal stands as a testament to a genuinely talented and charismatic actress. The joy she brings to the screen is like sunshine on my computer monitor, and I’m glad this fun, well-written series showcased her talent before she left us way too soon.

Here’s to Last Scandal, and to Jin-sil.


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Or if they find a cure for deja vu

Sorry about the lack of updates, but my fine household has been in the process of a fairly traumatic move. But we are now settled into our new digs, and have picked up on everyone’s favourite show about terrorists, not tuna – IRIS.

My watching-partner-in-crime, Erin, and I are roughly at the halfway mark and shit is getting real. In all honesty, the show was quite slow in the beginning – mainly because it was an exposition party and-a-half – but slowly, like a creeper bush on a fence, it’s weaving its way through our hearts. Or we’re suffering from something like Stockholm Syndrome.

The most mind-boggling aspect of the first six or so episodes was the pacing, by and far. Remember when there were two montages in a row? And then every episode after that had a love montage that went for way too long? And then there was that creepy kid, Yuki? Now I’m starting to worry about the short-term memories of these characters.

Seon-Hwa – also known as The Fiercest Woman Alive – is captured by Hyun-Jun – AKA Teeth – after she’s sent to kill him. He ties her up, they have a lot of chemistry, he unties her, they continue to have chemistry, they are wary of each other, chemistry, she wakes up in a bed. Then she has a flashback. Simple, right? Normal, considering?

Not when the flashback is to the previous scene.

It’s so amazing, I can’t even. Despite all its flaws and obvious time-filling, I love this show and its obsessive love for flashback-montages so much, I can almost forgive them for the incessant use of that bloody love theme over everything.


(Kim So-yeon:

Sorry, I can’t hear you over her fierceness.)

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Love/Zany, ‘IRIS’-style

We are currently watching IRIS – it was the first KDrama that piqued my interest, and we have so far been a bit slow on watching it due to moving house.*

A more in-depth look at the drama will come soon, but in episode two, I couldn’t help but marvel at what follows the scene where Seung Hee and Hyun Joon have their chat on the rooftop:

That’s right – not just a montage, but a love-flashback-montage (in episode two), followed by – with nary a breather – a ~zany~ work montage.

Two montages. In a row. Two.

Ladies and gentlemen, I love KDrama and everything it chooses to be, even if it looks like the episode was running short and they had to fill those extra minutes with something.

*(Anyone who says I’m watching it for T.O.P. as an assassin is wrong, as I feel IRIS will be a serious and thought-provoking exploration into the inherent struggles between South and North Korea in face of an outside danger; not eye candy in the form of a boybander and Lee Byung-Hun. Honest. I swear.)

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