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The Ghost Detective: on episode 27~32, final thoughts

My last post on this drama was up later than usual due to procrastination. The non-development was starting to really get on my nerves and it’s hard to find motivation to write ranty posts. And although the final three hours aren’t any better, i decided to just get it done and over with this weekend. So you can already tell the tone of this post, but let’s do it.

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Where Stars Land: first impression on episode 1~8

Fox Bride Star.

The literal title of this drama is so unique it pulls me in to discover its meaning. Well, Where Stars Land may be the more straightforward version of the two, that it refers to the airport following the mention of stars as the metaphor for airplanes, but Fox Bride Star is arguably the more whimsical choice, especially since the reveal that it’s referring to the shape of Incheon Airport, which resembles a fox-face. Continue reading “Where Stars Land: first impression on episode 1~8”

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The Ghost Detective: on episode 5~12

The thing about mystery procedurals is that it’s impossible to guess whether they will be episodic or sequential without checking the first few episodes. Because although most of the time there will be central case/mystery to be solved, it isn’t the focus. And i thought that’s what we’d get here too, given that A Few Good Men is a two-man inquiry agency (on the brink of bankruptcy at that), and it took me around 3 episodes to realize The Ghost Detective isn’t a case-by-case drama. Continue reading “The Ghost Detective: on episode 5~12”

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The Ghost Detective: first impression on episode 1~4

Procedurals are similar to slices-of-life in terms of having vapid synopsis and needing strong execution to keep me interested. The latter is essential in all drama genres but even more so in procedurals since they’re all about solving cases which can easily become tedious and boring that without the extra something, my brain will check out soon.

That extra something usually means intriguing setup/mystery, the character’s special skills, or fantasy elements. In The Ghost Detective‘s case, it’s (the peculiar title and) the ghost stuff. Continue reading “The Ghost Detective: first impression on episode 1~4”

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Are You Human Too?: on episode 25~36, final thoughts

“If something that looks exactly like you showed up, wore your clothes, acted like you, and took your dad. And people say she’s better than you. How would you feel?”

This is it that sealed the deal for me. Shin may be painted as the bad guy in this drama — not as heinous as Seo Jong-gil though is arguably the better villain since he wreaks bigger havoc, exasperates more characters, and hence elicits more hateful comments in the last third of the show than the latter does in the entire series — that i was clearly in the minority for rooting for him. Wholeheartedly. Continue reading “Are You Human Too?: on episode 25~36, final thoughts”

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Are You Human Too?: first impression on episode 1~8

Given my last not-so-good experience with robot drama, i was apprehensive about watching a new robot drama. Those two aren’t related but they share similar premise and basic setup, just swapping the android from the female lead with the male lead and reversing the role-play: we got a person pretending to be a robot in I Am Not a Robot, and we get a robot standing in for its human counterpart in Are You Human Too? However, i have better first impression and fewer reservations of the latter than the former, so let’s see if i’ll be able to watch this one till the end. Continue reading “Are You Human Too?: first impression on episode 1~8”