kdrama: Jeong Yak Yong (2009)

May. 27th, 2016 04:09 pm
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Something about Jeong Jo's reign seems to inspire short sageuks. Or at least, 3 that I've watched (maybe 4...I can't recall when Joseon X-Files was set). Jeong Yak Yong is an 8 episode procedural sageuk about the titular Joseon Scholar. Framed for charges of corruption, JYJ is stripped of his official title and sent to by a minor official in a small province, where he promptly proceeds to start coming across murder investigations and helping/annoying the local police.

The cases tend to focus on social ills and abuses, and should probably include warnings for rape and suicide, and spousal abuse in the first episode. Nothing close to most US procedurals or "grim and gritty" shows in these regards, but moreso than most sageuks. I should mention it ISN'T a "grim and gritty" show-it's lighthearted when it comes to character interactions and serious with the cases and social issues. Aside from JYJ, the main characters and his partners are Seol Ran, a female police officer who is a baby social activist (and who JYJ has a crush on) and his bodyguard Moo Young, who doesn't actually have a lot of personality. His main job is to look pretty and save JYJ from getting killed a lot. And Seol Ran, sometimes, but she's less prone to needing it. There's also Seol Ran's boss, and thief JYJ occassionally employs, the mother and daughter who runs the inn he stays at, and a mentally ill young man who has latched on to JYJ. The supporting characters are largely used for comedic relief, sometimes well, sometimes not so well.

Since it's episodeic in nature, almost all the usual sageuk faces show up at some point. My favorite is the not-so-regular-in -sageuk guest appearance of Yoon Ji Min, who I loved in both Chuno and Warrior Baek Dong-Soo. I really wish she got more sageuk roles, or major roles in general. I found it hilarious that she was playing a well known and respected investigator here, since she played an assassin in her other sageuks, even though they came after.

Overall, I thought the series was pretty good, though I did briefly think I'd have to anti-rec it after something in the last episode, but it fixed that at the last minute.

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May. 25th, 2016 05:22 pm
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So, I haven't picked up a superhero comic that didn't involve Jubilee in...I don't know how many years. Well before she became a vampire. When I did read more superhero comics, I sometimes read Captain America (I have most of the run with Rachel Leighton/Diamondback, Brubaker's run until sometime after Buck became Cap, and a bunch of odds and ends).

Even if I hated the character as opposed to being relatively fond of him, I would Marvel's "well what's the worst Dramatic Reveal we could ever make?" was one of their most disgusting moves to date. And that's impressive.

spoilers for Steve Rogers #1 )

It makes "Professor Xavier is Onslaught*" look like a minor misstep in comparison. (Though it was VERY quickly rewritten to be the evil literal brainchild of Xavier and Magneto's minds combining to spawn a new entity, so maybe the'll trip overy themselves to fix the Cap atrocity too..)

*mid-90s Onslaught. I know nothing about the 10 year Onslaught anniversary thing save that it existed.

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May. 24th, 2016 07:56 pm
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Quick reminder that I will not be at WisCon this year thanks to the cruel twist of having no money. Will be avidly following tweets & posts.

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May. 24th, 2016 06:31 pm
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I'm glad Netflix added Dramaworld, viki's kdrama fangirl self-insert fantasy series, as it's hopefully an indicator that they'll be adding more viki content soon* but I found the first episode almost unbearably bad, and thought the main character was a horrible stereotype and not remotely sympathetic. (I know the stereotype was deliberate, but I think they went too far and landed straight up in "obnoxious narrative pov" territory with their portrayal.)

Did anyone watch? Does it get better?

Actual kdramas I'm currently watching, if anyone cares:

Airing and up to date with:

Another Oh Hae Yong

Beautiful Gong Shim

The Flower in Prison (current favorite)

Completed dramas:

Seodongyo (5 of 55 episodes watched)

The Village: Achiara's Secrets (2 of 16 episodes watched)

*Dramafever seems to have packed up and moved everything to amazon, where they want me to give them extra money every month on top of Amazon's fee, and I have an eternal objection-called "my thin wallet"-for paying an extra fee for a subscription service I already pay for.

Paging Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans

May. 23rd, 2016 08:38 pm
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A friend is looking for a ladies-heavy, Anakin-lite guide to SW:TCW. I've connected her to the Ahsoka primer and given her episodes numbers for Satine's appearances, as well as a few episodes for more minor characters.

I could use some help, though, with Ventress and Padme episodes, since they have more episodes than Satine but less than Ahsoka, so some can be skipped.

(I'm on the fence about Shaak Ti episodes, because she's secondary to the clones in all of those, but those episodes contribute a lot to my clones-related feelings.)

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May. 18th, 2016 10:20 pm
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 One of the kdramas I bingewatched recently and keep getting sidetracked from writing up is Healer. Thankfully, I eventually remembered that [personal profile] skygiants did a writeup that covered about 90% of what I would have said. (The other 10% involves things like shouting KOREAN SUPERMAN and talking about how no one outside of anime REALLY does all that Parkour stuff, and non-awful-if not 100% consistent-handling of autism, anxiety and depression.)

So go read their post here and then watch the show.

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May. 14th, 2016 12:25 pm
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 Quick reminder for interested parties that Hulu added all 3 series of The Musketeers today.
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