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Chip In (2020)

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Drama: United Effort to Accomplish One Thing (십시일반)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 8
Release Date: July 22 – August 13, 2020
Runtime: Wednesday & Thursday 21:30 (35 minutes each / 2 episodes per day)

Plot
Inho’s family came over for the weekend for celebrate his birthday, but he ended up dead the next day. Now each one tries to figure out who killed Inho before they get framed for murder and lose their inheritance.

Main Cast
Kim Hye Jun – Wang Bit Na
Oh Na Ra – Kim Ji Hye
Kim Jung Young – Ji Sul Young
Nam Moon Chul – Yoo In Ho
Han Soo Hyun – Dokko Chul
Choi Kyu Jin – Yoo Hae Jun
Kim Si Eun – Dokko Sun
Lee Yoon Hee – Moon Jeong Wook
Nam Mi Jung – Park Jin Sook

Review
Only 8 episodes but every episode was so good! I love murder mysteries so it was so much fun trying to solve the mystery! I’m happy that my initial guesses were almost correct, I got the people right, but not the motive and how they did it.

The family members started off as distant and sometimes antagonistic (that’s why money is the root of all evil!!!) but they slowly bonded (or at least learned to understand and tolerate each other) after everything that has happened. It took the death of the most powerful and toxic member of the family for them to “unite”.

I appreciated the relationship between Bitna and her mom, Bitna and her cousin. I was hoping that Bitna, Sun will end up closer with Haejun, who also suffered a lot.

I love that in the end, it didn’t matter who killed Inho, what mattered was he was exposed for the kind of monster that he really is. It felt like they were finally free of him when they decided to let go of their inheritance. I mean, getting the money doesn’t feel all that great anymore and to me, it’s always better to earn your own money. You dont have to beg for it or suffer humiliation just to get some money. The final episode was so much fun and felt like a caper movie!! The brother will always be a con artist and glad to see his family finally putting him in his place.

I did feel bad for Mr. Moon and what happened to him. I wish he got (and felt) the recognition he rightly deserved, but then it was his own choice to follow and stay silent all these years and allowing Inho to take advantage and abuse him. But he didn’t deserve the painful suffering at the end.

Overall, super breezy drama and i’m glad my family is not rich to fight over money. LOL!

Rating: 8.5/10

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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay (2020)

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Drama: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay/ Psycho But It’s Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: June 20 – August 9, 2020
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00

Plot:
Set in a psychiatric hospital about a children’s book writer meeting a caregiver and his brother.

Main Cast:
Kim Soo Hyun – Moon Gangtae
Seo Ye Ji – Ko Mun Young
Oh Jung Se – Moon Sangtae

Review:
The greatest part of this drama is the wonderful story about Sangtae and Gangtae, especially the fantastic performance of Oh Jung Se. I love the progress of the brothers (personal growth and their relationship with each other and the people around them) – from being bitter and holding past grudges, to letting it all out and starting to have honest conversations – to finally realizing they need to support each other, but at the same time, they can live separate lives. Sangtae belongs to Sangtae. Gangtae belongs to Gangtae.

More than the romance between Munyoung and Gangtae (which i didn’t really care for – i know how much their fans loved their chemistry together but it was not interesting to me), I loved how the three became their own family. How Munyoung learned to open up and start feeling for other people. I liked her when she’s being a badass for standing up to people or defending them, but I didn’t like when she was being obsessive (bordering on harrassment) to Gangtae, but I understand she has an illness and it will take time for her to heal (if that’s even possible).

There were a lot of characters in the drama, I particularly like Juri’s mom, Director Oh, CEO Lee and Jaesu. As for the rest, I didn’t really care for, so I thought there were lots of boring episodes and scenes that I fast forwarded some of them. The stories of the patients didn’t leave a last impression on me, except for the old guy and Kwak Dong Yeon’s cameo. They could have totally removed the patients’ stories and the drama can still survive. (Note: Chocolate had really good episodic patient stories that will make you bawl at the end of every episode).

Instead, I thought the secondary characters were underutilized. Juri and CEO Lee were relegated to a secondary love line when they could have better stories. Why is CEO Lee so invested in Munyoung? I wanted to hear more about his past and his struggles as a book publisher. Juri looks so nice and sweet on the outside but has an inner bitchiness that I also hoped will be explored, but she was just Munyoung’s childhood friend who got traumatized growing up. It also didn’t mention how Gangtae knew Juri.

Seungjae seemed more like a comic relief and didn’t really do much to add value to the story. I was interested in Jaesu and his story, which again was not explored. Why did he end up following the brother arounds and where does he get his money to be able to open his own businesses? Instead of exploring his story and potential growth, he only shows up to be Sangtae’s babysitter or when Gangtae needs a shoulder to cry on.

The drama also suffers from the terrible writing of Munyoung’s mom and what happened in the past. How did the brothers survive on their for 20 years? Where and when did they meet Jaesu? With both parents gone, who took care of Munyoung growing up?

Nurse Park turning out to be Munyoung’s mom (Do Hui Jae) doesn’t make sense at all. They teased this twist so much but ended in just 1 or 2 episodes without sufficient explanation on how she survived or the backstory why she turned psycho. Also, the reveal of younger Hui jae’s face was disappointing. For all the mystery about her face and the talk of Munyoung’s dad falling in love with her because of her beauty, I was expecting a super elegant and gorgeoud looking lady but she was not. She even looked older than the current Hui Jae.

Overall, I’m probably one of the few who didn’t like this drama as much as the others who were raving about this (even one month after the drama ended).

Rating: 8.5/10

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Lawless Lawyer (2018)

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Drama: Lawless Lawyer (무법 변호사)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: May 12 – July 1, 2018
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00

Plot
Bong Sang Pil goes back to his hometown after 18 years to avenge the death of his mother. More than revenge, he seeks justice and tries to take down the two people responsible for his mother’s death and the countless crimes they’ve done.

Main Cast
Lee Joon gi – Bong Sang Pil
Seo Ye Ji – Ha Jae Yi
Lee Hye Young – Cha Moon Suk
An Oh Ju – Choi Min Su

Review
What I liked about this drama is that it went straight to the plot from the very start of the show. The flashbacks were effective in setting up the background and motive why Sangpil wants to go back and avenge his mother’s death. What I didn’t like was how the plot stayed and dragged on until the end and the middle part felt like nothing was really happening. I was tempted to fast forward some scenes but stopped myself because Lee Joon Gi is such an eye candy and his team is too funny!

The relationship between Sangpil and Jaeyi came out of nowhere in the earlier episodes. Like, one minute Jaeyi didn’t like him, but when she found out her mentor killed her mom, she and Sangpil had grieving sex (is that what you call it?) and the next day they were a couple. i guess having a similar experience really makes you closer. I didn’t mind the rushed romance because the story focused more on their revenge and they work well together. I like how their minds clicked and how they discussed things as a couple and colleagues. I also loved the lawless lawyer team, esp Kwangsoo, Geumja and Geun Gang. They may have an unorthodox way of investigating but it still worked.

Just to go back on what i said about the plot dragging for the entire duration of the show, for a show about lawyers and prosecutors, I expected episodic cases where Sangpil and Jaeyi accepts some cases and helps people with theis legal problems, but there was none of that there. The story really focused on the key players of Moon Sook’s past schemes and showing how her and An Oh Ju are so powerful.

I really hated An oh Ju from the start, but the actor was so good that I actually felt bad for him in the end. All he did was follow the instructions of his boss (Moon Sook’s equally corrupt father) and become loyal to the daughter (Moon Sook), yet Moon Sook treated him like a lowlife. Yet he did some terrible things and I liked that he died in his hometown (well I preferred that he pay for his crimes through jail time but I guess death is also not a bad way to go.

As for Nam Soon Ja, she got what she deserved, which is jail time, but I feel like her daughter didn’t learn anything. Like she is still power hungry like her mother, and didn’t apologize or acknowledged that what her mom did wa wrong. I dont even know why Moon Sook likes her when she doesn’t even look like she’s a great prosecutor.

Cha Moon Sook was so evil I wanted someone to please slap her face (and pull out her hair!). I dont understand why she wants power so much but I guess there’s no rationale for greed. I feel bad for the citizens for being duped into thinking she is this amazing woman when all along she schemed, and killed to get her way. The finale was not that impactful for me, since there were no big twists or shocking reveals. It is more like – will An Oh Ju or Nam Soon Ja betray Cha Moon Sook or not? I expected more dramatic turn of events that will publicly humiliate Moon Sook but there was none. Still it was satisfying to see Cha Moon Sook wearing prisoner clothes for a change.

Rating: 8/10