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KDMEO Episode 164 - Winter 2021 First Impressions

K-Drama My Eyes Out

Release Date: 01/20/2021

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OOF. Judy and Linda were pretty disappointed by the scant selection of K-dramas this winter. We did find an unexpected gem, though! 

 

Digressions:  

1:08 – Listener E-mails! We get listener feedback on “Bridgerton”, and the terrible dramas we watched for Episode 163!  

18:46 – Linda started watching "Youn's Stay" (윤스테이), a spin-off of the variety show, “Youn’s Kitchen” (윤식당) . We hope it becomes accessible to non-Korean speaking viewers soon!  

25:21 – Judy scratched her H.P. Lovecraft itch by watching "Color Out of Space" (2019) starring Nicolas Cage.  

27:30 – Judy continues her Nicolas Cage run with the Netflix series, "History of Swear Words"!  

 

29:16 - "Run On" (런온) is a JTBC romantic comedy (???), starring Im SiWan, Shin SeKyung and SooYoung (Girl's Generation). As predicted, SooYoung is the best part about this drama, but we're not about to watch hours of something just for 5 minutes of catty fun. 

39:43 - "True Beauty" (여신강림) is a godawful TVN drama based on a webtoon (sigh). It stars Moon GaYoung and Cha EunWoo. It's basically "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" all over again, but makeup instead of plastic surgery! We HATED all the characters in this. 

48:05 - "The Penthouse" (펜트하우스) is an absolutely bonkers drama from SBS, starring Eugene (S.E.S) and Kim SoYeon. Can you believe this was our second choice?

1:04:39 - "Lovestruck in the City" (도시남녀의 사랑법) is a uniquely crafted drama from KakaoTV, and stars Ji ChangWook and Kim JiWon. Judy liked the natural acting in the slice-of-life flashbacks of the characters, while Linda was annoyed by the forced premise and lack of plot.

1:15:03 - "The Uncanny Counter" (경이로운 소문) was a last minute addition to this episode. It's an OCN supernatural comedy, starring Jo ByungGyu, Kim SeJeong, Yoon JoonSang and Yeom HyeRan. The news that the writer dropped out in episode 13 is very concerning to us, but so far we are enjoying the chemistry between the characters!

   

Some Korean terms:  

한옥: [han-ok] traditional Korean house.

구미호: [goo-mi-ho] nine-tailed fox.

발연기: [bal-yeon-gi] bad acting; literally "foot acting".

  

Audio credits:  

Colin Stetson - "Color Out of Space" OST - "Contact" 

"Guardians of the Galaxy" - Literal Drax scene 

  

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