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Unexpected Business (2021)

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Variety Show: Unexpected Business (어쩌다 사장)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 11
Air Dates: February 25 to May 6, 2021
Location: Woncheon-ri, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Plot:
Cha Tae Hyun and Jo In Sung takes over a convenience store/bar for 10 days while the owner is away. Every day, their celebrity friends come over to help them run the store.

Main Cast:
Cha Tae Hyun – manager
Jo In Sung – chef

Part-timers:
Park Bo Young, Yoon Kyung Ho, Kim Jae Hwa, Park Kyung Hye, Shin Seung Hwan, Nam Joo Hyuk, Park Byung Eun, Park Inbee, Nam Gi Hyeob, Park Inah, Yoon Si Yoon, Dong Hyun Bae, Jo Bo Ah, Hong Kyung Min

Review:
Just loved Cha Tae Hyun and Jo In Sung even more after watching the show! Totally unexpected indeed, esp seeing Insung in a variety show as the main cast, and I think he did well.

Park Bo Young was the perfect guest to start the show. She is so cute and smart!

My favorite episodes were when Yoon Kyung Ho, Kim Jae Hwa and Park Kyung Hye came over. Their dinner scene was so much fun!! Really felt like the were really close. Teasing each other, singing together as we do with our long time buddies.

Shin Seung Hwan has a huge appetite! I think some people might find him annoying, because he kept eating, but Tae Hyun is so nice, he just laughed and laughed at him. At first I thought he was being rude for eating food that is not his, but then I thought Tae Hyun and Insung has so much food it would be a waste if they don’t finish them all. I also liked how good he was at thinking of food pairings because I do that too!

I also loved the fishing trip and playing in the snow – it made me miss going out so much!

Inbee and Gi Hyeob is couple goals!! They looked so sweet and romantic! And I loved the Thai food they cooked!

I wish the episode with Yoon Si Yoon and Dong Hyun Bae were longer. Maybe they were too busy that day, but I felt like they didn’t have much time to bond.

I didn’t really like Jo Bo Ah in Tale of Nine Tailed, but seeing her here made me see her in a new light. She is sweet and charming! I hope also tries romcom so we can see her funny side!

Rating: 9/10

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Team Bulldog: Off Duty Investigation (2020)

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Drama: Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation (번외수사)
Network: OCN
Episodes: 12
Release Date: May 23 – June 28, 2020
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 22:50

Plot
A detective unintentionally teams up with a gusty TV producer, an ex-NFS turned funeral director, a profiler slash networking sales agent, and former gangster turned bar owner to solve homicide cases.

Main Cast
Cha Tae Hyun – Jin Kang Ho
Lee Sun Bin – Kang Moo Young
Jung Sang Hoon – Lee Ban Seok
Yoon Kyung Ho – Teddy Jeong
Ji Seung Hyun – Tak Won
Park Jung Woo – Min Dae Jin

Review
I’m a big fan of Cha Tae Hyun, so I try to catch almost all of his variety shows, dramas and movies. After his unfortunate (and unfair!) scandal last year, I was excited to see him back and active in kdramaland. And i think Team Bulldog was a fantastic choice for a comeback.

First off, this wasn’t his usual role. He always plays the nice guy and family man so seeing him play a reckless and relentless detective was so much fun! And it helped that this drama perfectly balanced seriousness with light humor/sarcasm that was perfect for Cha Tae Hyun! I didn’t even realize he could do action! haha! i mean, he doesn’t have a lot of suave action scenes but he did a lot of running and beating up some guys that i thought okay, he looks good too! I loved his banter with his boss – like he can just talk so rudely at him but it was so funny and true. good thing his boss is nice (and lazy), and he actually is so good at solving crimes that he gets away with his rudeness. I also loved his character’s funny scenes and rapport with the rest of the cast (i will mention them later). I thought the group was such a ragtag team of misfits and experts yet they worked so well together.

Another thing i loved about this drama are the cases. Instead of episodic cases, they decided to just have 4 cases, so each case took around 2-3 episodes to solve. So there was enough build up of the tension, a lot of investigations and clues that made the cases interesting. The cases were also not the usual affairs or murder cases, but tackled transgender, twin brothers, street kids and a few serial killers. Some of them are also close of the heart of the team which makes the cases important and gives the team more reason to be closer and understand each other.

So the main premise is there’s this reckless Fact Check PD (Kang Moo Young) who likes to solve crimes before the police does and air it on her show for the ratings. And most of the time, the cases she choose coincides with Kang Ho’s current cases. I love that despite the different ways they investigate the clues and evidence, they still end up with the same leads and conclusion, and it’s with sharing the knowledge of the cases that they are able to solve them completely.

To be honest, i didn’t like Moo Young character that much. She was too condescending at Kang Ho, kept scoffing at him and calling him lazy cop when he is so competent at his job! I think she has a lot of hang ups and thinks she is better than the police in solving crimes, which I thought was too arrogant. Plus, most of the time, she ignores the rules and goes into so much lengths just so she can get ahead, all for the ratings.

And i dont understand why she wont share information with Kangho when he is a detective and he can help her? Kang Ho has been quite fair in his dealings with her. He also doesn’t care about protocol and rules, as long as he gets the job done, so i dont think he would turn down Moo Young’s help, esp if it would hasten him to solve the crime. I especially did not like episode 11 when Moo Young enlisted everyone’s help in solving the Lockroom murder, even kidnapping the actual killer – without letting Kang Ho know all about it!! So i super agreed with Kang Ho in episode 12 when he found out and he was pissed off. he said, i can’t believe you kept him when you already know a detective! i could have helped you!! But the good thing with Kang Ho is he doesn’t hold grudges. He didn’t like what happened but he still worked with them to catch the killer.

Aside from Kangho, Tak Won is my second favorite character. Maybe because i have a soft spot for the actor. I loved his role as a NK soldier in DOTS and the husband in Search WWW. And he was deadpan funny in this role! He is an intelligent profiler and his analyses always make sense and are accurate. I dont remember if they ever revealed the reason why he stopped teaching profiling to the police and decided to set up his own (failing) detective agency. and the endless ribbing and jokes about the Good life networking products were so hilarious! I guess it is also very rampant in Korea!

Oh Teddy Jeong! i love this guy and his 2 Red Zone employees! They always arrive at the scene a little late but is always ready to beat up the bad guys! I love that they always have a fantastic grand entrance, with Teddy looking so cool while inhaling his asthma inhaler (haha!) and proceed to punch, slap and kick the guys like they’re nothing. And when asked, he always say, no worries, i have nothing to do because the bar hasn’t opened. LOL.

The other person is the ex-NFS turned funeral director Ban Seok (and his deep dimples). I loved that they used his area as their office, although there are a lot of dead bodies in the freezer (like one of them said, there’s always aircon haha). I just wish he had more opportunity to display his talent other than a few analysis of blood samples here and there. His story about her daughter was also very touching.

Overall, i thoroughly enjoyed this drama and felt that 12 episodes were not enough at all! They spent 12 episodes working separately and only working together in the last leg of the cases. then on the final episode, they finally admitted that they make a great team (Fact Check and Kangho and the others) and decided to name themselves “Team Bulldog” then they find out the serial killer they caught escaped. GAH!!!! I really wish there is a season 2!!! it really felt like season 1 was just an intro on how the team got together but the real action has not started! I wish Netflix picks this up for a few more seasons and I will definitely follow this show! Actually, i wish OCN inks a partnership with Netflix so every one can watch all the awesome OCN shows! Side note – i hope if they ever decide on season 2, that they include Dae Jin into their team! 🙂

Rating: 9/10
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the best hit (2017)

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Drama: The Best Hit (최고의 한방)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 32
Release Date: June 2 – July 22, 2017
Runtime: Fridays & Saturdays 23:00 (35 minutes each / 2 episodes per day)
Country: South Korea

Plot
In the year 1993, pop idol Yoo Hyun-Jae accidentally travels through time to 2017. Discovering that he mysteriously disappears in 1994 and is presumed dead, he begins to investigate into the reason for his disappearance while trying to adjust to life in the future. Meanwhile, Lee Ji-Hoon is an aspiring musician and is secretly enrolled as an idol trainee at Star Punch Entertainment. Ji-hoon struggles to hide this from his parents, who believe he has been studying for his civil service exams.

Main Cast
Yoon Shi-yoon as Yoo Hyun-jae
Lee Se-young as Choi Woo-seung
Kim Min-jae as Lee Ji-hoon
Cha Tae-hyun as Lee Gwang-jae

Review

I started watching the first episode without reading the synopsis so I was surprised that this was a time traveling series. The first part was very interesting – Hyun Jae from 1993 time travels to 2017 and he finds out he disappeared in 1994. He tries to find Lee Gwang Jae and when he does, he realizes the one of the kids who rescued him as actually his son. The rest of the series shows his bond with Gwang jae and his family, old time girlfriend Bo Hee, new romance with Woo seung and finding out what actually happened to him.

I had a great time watching the show (took me less than a week to consume all 32 episodes!!). I think it took too long to set up the show – Hyun Jae spent so many episodes doing nothing and just waiting at the rooftop – It was only when he decided to take action that things started moving along. And halfway through the show I realized that the whole time travel and his mysterious disappearance wasn’t the key point of the show, it was more on making new friends and changing from an arrogant and selfish popstar to a sweet and thoughtful friend, father, boyfriend – hence the slow pacing at the didn’t matter as much anymore. Plus, i had a great time watching Hyun Jae’s 90s fashion style and being so shocked at all the amazing gadgets.

Lots of romance did took centerstage in the middle of the series, which i didn’t mind because he was so sweet and had great chemistry with Woo seung. I like that they started out bickering and fighting but then later falling in love and supporting each other. I loved how Hyun Jae was attentive and just knew what to give and do with Woo Seung – and i think that is why he got the girl over Jihoon. I dont think that the only reason that Woo Seung didn’t return Jihoon’s love is that she doesn’t want to lose his friendship, i think she really doesn’t thing of him as a man. Besides, even if Jihoon and Wooseung had been childhood friends, he didn’t seem to understand Woo seung as much as Hyun Jae did.

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As for Hyun Jae and Ji hoon’s relationship, it was strange that they became father-son-friends and I could underestand why Jihoon was angry at him at first. He didn’t know he was his dad, he just saw him as the guy that is stealing his love from him. They eventually made up and while they’re not in the real father-son relationship like Jihoon and Gwang Jae has, it was good enough that became mentor-mentee. and it’s nice to see Jihoon having 2 dads that he can depend on.

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Gwang Jae and Hyun Jae – i loved this team – i wish they had more interactions and more fun scenes. Gwang Jae seems so serious and carried the entire family’s weight on his shoulders. I’m glad they made up too and i loved the ending when they said to grow old together (though of course Gwang Jae will die earlier since Hyun Jae’s body is still 20 years younger than Gwang Jae).

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Something i wished had a better resolution  was Young Jae and Hyun Jae’s friendship. They were a team even for a short while. Even though Young Jae did take advantage of Hyun Jae by using his songs, he did think Hyun Jae was dead anyways. It wasn’t enough that young Jae could just pay him and Hyun Jae continually talk down on him and do anything he wants, I wished Hyun Jae sincerely apologized for treating Young Jae like crap when they were younger. They had a short talk where Young Jae even cried that he was never taken seriously and he was betrayed when Hyun Jae just upped and left him with all their money, but it helped more that the scene wasn’t taken seriously. Hyun Jae just said, really, didn’t realize that, I’m sorry then that was it. While eventually Young Jae was nicer to them, they could have collaborated and Hyun Jae helping him in some of his songs.

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I really felt the whole Bo Hee and Hyun Jae loveline was strange – and i guess it’s because we met Hyun Jae in 1993 when he barely knew Bo Hee so it didn’t made sense that they were secretly dating and even had a son. So when exactly did they start to date?? and technically he left her and their son when he knew he was dying – and now that Hyun Jae knew what really happened, i wished they could have had a better talk. Was it wise to really not tell Bo Hee that he was the real Hyun Jae and just let her think he just looked like him? at least she would have known that Hyun Jae loved her and it wasn’t a waste to wait for him. Though I think it wouldn’t have mattered because by then she already loves Gwang jae and i am sure Bo Hee can answer all of the outstanding questions like how they started dating, im guess she never knew he was sick, even though we saw the 1994 Hyun Jae was so sickly (more on him below). I also liked the relationship between Gwang Jae and Bo Hee, it may not be passionate, but this is a relationship that you know will last a long time.

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Grandpa and Malsook were a sweet addition to the family. I loved their cute scenes together. Malsook was so cute – even though it was weird that she had a boyfriend  and was thinking of love at such a young age. i thought 1993 Grandpa was a jerk but he has since mellowed down. I felt so sad seeing him when he got lost and he hallucinated and talked to his daughter and Gwang Jae finding him in the police station. and I love Grandpa’s fighting spirit! i believe that he can overcome his illness!

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and speaking of illness — probably the most WTF moment in the show is finding out what happened to Hyun Jae. i will say it again. WTF. that storyline came out of nowhere and didn’t really make a lot of sense. there are a lot of unexplained timeline and it’s mostly because the whole trying to find answers started too late in the series (probably almost episode 24 or 25). So arrogant Hyun Jae left the agency, took everything and went away. we still dont know what happened for almost a year. then we find out he was actually sick.. so does that mean he knew he was sick so he left with the money for treatment? or did he leave because he was arrogant then later on found out he was sick and undergone treatment? and i still dont understand how the 1993 Hyun Jae can go to 2017 and “split” his body and meet the 1994 Hyun Jae? that also didn’t make sense. like he became two persons – in one of the episodes, Gwang Jae said to Hyun Jae (or was it the other way  hearound) that he had to go back or else the future will be changed. so did go back and didn’t change anything (mostly because 1994 HJ didn’t want to) but then how can 1993/2017 HJ came back alive – so i guess that really meant that he became two persons. And his 1994 disappeared, looks like it’was because 2017 HJ took 94 HJ to the rooftop and 94 HJ never showed up anymore – he either dead or lived a private life. It was surreal seeing 2017 and 1994 HJ talking to each other. and kudos to Yoon Shi Yoon -such a great actor – i was amazed that he can play 1 character but totally different from each other – it was like watching two different actors.

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Finally, another lost opportunity is MJ. at first i thought he was a jerk, but he turned out to be a really nice guy. I’m happy he had the courage to tell everyone that he didn’t write the songs. But then nothing happend to him in the end. he moved to World Entertainment but was just taking a break. i was hoping by the end of the show he would have written a song and released it and redeem himself but all he did was wait for Hyun Jae. also, i thought Hyun Jae and MJ were so similar to each other – i was even hoping that he was his actual son, not Jihoon.

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Well, we eventually found out that Jihoon was  as talented as his father – and i would have loved to see him on stage with MC Drill – they only showed the two heading to the crowd and not the performance. and what’s up with Hyeri? i also thought Jihoon and Hyeri would get together in the end but that didn’t happen too.

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As for Woo seung, i loved that she had her own romance (after her pathetic ex boyfriend). I thought she was just so so during the first part and it was a bit unbelievable why 3 hot guys would like her – she wasn’t that great, very clumsy, always needed help, etc. but the actress was super pretty and sincere and that is why the guys probably fell for her. Honestly, i was ok if Hyun Jae died in the show and Woo Seung and MJ got together in the end. I thought the two were also cute. and i love how the 4 of them ended up being really good friends.

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But of course, i would prefer alive Hyun Jae than dead Hyun Jae. I think he was the best part of the show. I loved how his character really changed and became mature. and I was so happy that he eventually found the family that he so longed for. and the intro was right – he was like a man from the future – he was ahead of his time and probably that’s why he was so at ease with living in the 21st century. He adapted to his surroundings, was very smart and thoughtful. However what i wished we had more of? it looked like Jay 2 only had 1 hit song (Tell Me), they won their first Golden Cup and he disappeared yet he was remembered by everyone 20 years from now. they should have made me super popular to be more believable. And i wished they could have shown more (rather than tell) how musically good he was! We only got to see him write/produce a few songs – i wish they had more and i wished that he got credited for MJ’s songs. Young Jae could have said it was Hyun Jae’s unreleased songs and gave him the proper farewell and credit for his fans’s sake (since everyone else thinks he died).

And Hyun Jae’s so hot .. whether he was the 1993 version or the  2017 version.

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I admit, the show had a few flaws but overall, i loved it! i wish there is a season 2 because i’m not yet ready to say goodbye to the whole gang! Dabong!!!!

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So cute that they actually showed the music video for Tell Me.

And they even performed it in Music Bank. lol.