As you may have guessed from all the posts and my little intro ‘bout myself, I LOVE dramas and the whole entertainment world. I’ve watched enough – okay, maybe too many – to appreciate good stuff when I see it. I used to be a lot less picky about what I watched, but I’m realizing that it’s just plain dumb to watch shows that make my brain hurt – or sprain my eyeballs from the uncontrollable rolling. Example: Time Slip Dr. Jin. I know, I know, there are those of you out there who love Song Seung-heon, Lee Bum-soo, Park Min-young, Lee So-yeon, and Jae-joong enough take the show in stride. But I just ain’t doin’ it no more. I checked out after the first 2 episodes. The madre occasionally watches it – on fast-forward – and I’ll sit with her, but that show is just all kinds of crazies. Anyhoo, enough trashing on the poor show. As they say, no one starts out wanting to make a bad movie/drama/show… it just kinda… happens.
So, back to my acquired love for the finer things. Why did I even bring this up to start with? Because of my deep, dark secret: I’ve had a long-time love affair with daily dramas. Well, maybe it’s closer to a love-hate relationship. They’re addicting in the worst way, and I keep telling myself they’re so dumb while my brain and eyeballs throb, but I just can’t leave ‘em. My dearest whitecarrot can attest to it. The last daily I watched was My Daughter, Kkotnimi. I stumbled upon the drama by accident, and when I found out my lovely Choi Jin-hyuk was starring in it, I looked it up on the ever-resourceful Korean search engine Naver. Then I found out that the awesomely awesome Jo Min-soo was one of the leads, as was Park Sang-won. It was an Hourglass reunion! Another secret revelation here: I have a weakness for middle-age romances. So I found Episode 1 and watched 20-some-odd episodes that Friday night. Then more the next night. By the time I saw whitecarrot on Monday, I had nearly caught up – the show was on Episode 50-somethin’ at the time. Long story short, I ranted and raved for the next couple of months as I watched Choi Jin-hyuk and Jin Se-yeon: fall in love, break up when they learned Jin’s stepmom was Choi’s biological mom, get back together again after Jin Se-yeon got preggers (she, of course, kept the secret to herself for several episodes), fight about the pregnant Jin giving a kidney (was it a liver?) to her (step)mom, and finally end up happily together foreeever. Yeah. I know, textbook. Why do I do this to myself?!?
When Kkotnimi started winding down, I went looking for my next fix. Unfortunately, the previews for Kkotnimi’s follow-up were too makjang for me – it says a lot if a show’s too makjang for the makjang-fests that are daily dramas. So I hopped on over to the finale of If Every Day Were like Today, starring the amazing Kim Gab-soo and my other-other-other crush Lee Jae-yoon. (Both Kkotnimi and Today ended within a couple days of each other or something close to that.) And there I found Can’t Live Without You. Sucker-punch.
So there you have it. A little (looong) intro into Korean daily dramas, or what I call My Daily Fix. Look out for the next installment of My Daily Fix, in which I introduce Can’t Live Without You.