Evolution of A Monster: How ‘Weak Hero’ built a villain right before our eyes

Those to whom evil is doneDo evil in return. W. H. Auden, September 1, 1939 Spoiler warning: This post contains spoilers for 'Weak Hero Class 1'. Rating warning: This drama is rated R and the content discussed in the following paragraphs reflect that rating. Trigger warning: child abuse, bullying The moment I realized what Beom... Continue Reading →

‘The Golden Spoon’ character vignette: Why we love a morally gray protagonist

Spoilers ahead for episodes 1-4 of The Golden Spoon. Lee Seung Cheon -- as one sharp Asianwiki commenter put it -- is a morally gray protagonist. By that, I mean that his actions are not always what one might consider noble or conventionally good. His motivations are sometimes flat-out questionable; for instance, a couple of... Continue Reading →

Second Lead Syndrome is back, people: How ‘The Golden Spoon’ is breathing fresh life into a stale archetype

Episodes 1 and 2 of The Golden Spoon are hands-down the best premiere episodes I've seen recently. Which says a lot because I watch a...perfectly healthy amount of dramas, I swear. Honestly, it's doing too many things right to talk about all of them, so I've picked only one element of the drama to talk... Continue Reading →

‘Bad Genius: The Series’ would have been perfect if not for this sequence

<<This post contains spoilers for Bad Genius: The Series.>> In my previous post, I heartily praised the Bad Genius franchise, specifically the series. At the end of the post, however, I did tease me writing another post explaining the one element of the series I hated. Well, ladies and gents, the nail-biting wait is over.... Continue Reading →

First Impressions: ‘Through the Darkness’ Pulls Us Inside The Minds Of Killers

In crime dramas, the element I typically find most compelling is the criminal him- or herself and the reason behind their actions. So, an entire drama dedicated to that very idea? Forget about signing me up, I'm already there. In general, everything about this drama -- acting, cinematography, all that -- is excellent. If you... Continue Reading →

Drama Battle: ‘Solomon No Gisho’ (Japan) vs. ‘Solomon’s Perjury’ (South Korea)

<<This post is spoiler-free except where clearly marked otherwise.>> Welcome, readers! Today, I'm going to be comparing the South Korean drama Solomon's Perjury (2016) to the brand-new Japanese remake, Solomon No Gisho (2021). I have watched the original Japanese films as well, but we'll just be focusing on the two dramas because it's been years... Continue Reading →

Abusing Jun: The Way This K-Drama Deals With Domestic Abuse Hits Different

Spoiler warning: This post contains spoilers for the drama At A Distance, Spring Is Green. Trigger warning [TW]: This post contains mentions and discussion of physical abuse and psychological abuse. I wrote on At A Distance, Spring Is Green when it had a mere two episodes out -- and as much as I casually enjoyed... Continue Reading →

Familiar Yet Refreshing: 7 Reasons ‘At A Distance, Spring Is Green’ Is The Perfect Watch For K-Drama Fans

I was excited for this drama back when Seo Kang Joon was in the works for a main role. However, as the years passed, I eventually forgot about it. So, when I saw it had begun airing -- with tons of fresh new faces -- I couldn't hit 'play' fast enough. ...And I'm already head-over-heels.... Continue Reading →

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