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[throwback] Let’s Eat 2 (2015)

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Drama: Let’s Eat 2 (식샤를 합시다 2)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 18
Release Date: April 6 – June 2, 2015
Runtime: Mondays & Tuesdays 23:00

Plot: Popular food blogger and insurance agent Koo Dae-Young moves to Sejong City and meets his new neighbors including Baek Su Ji, a childhood friend and freelance writer and Lee Sang U, a public officer whom Suji has a crush on.

Main Cast:
Yoon Doo Joon – Ku Dae Young
Seo Hyun Jin – Baek Su Ji
Kwon Yul – Lee Sang U

Review: I started watching this show right after Another Miss Oh and simultaneous with 20th Century Boy and Girl since I wanted to watch more Seo Hyun Jin. I did try to watch Let’s Eat 1 but I couldn’t make it past episode 2 because I didn’t like how cringy the lead girl in the 1st season was. I didn’t like the way she looked at the food, it didn’t feel like she was really hungry or ravenous for the food, she looked more like sexually deprived (i’m sorry for the term) and felt uncomfortable watching her.

On the other hand, I love watching Seo Hyun Jin gush over the food and how delicious it is. It made me so hungry watching all the food they eat which sometimes take more than 5 minutes per episode that I fast forwarded some of the food eating scenes.

In some ways sometimes Seo Hyun Jin’s acting is similar to Oh Hae Young, particularly on the overacting parts but she didn’t get as melodramatic as Oh Hae Young. I could totally relate to her character who is always watching her weight, counting calories, thinking of ways to lose the calories after eating good food. I also loved the slow burn between Suji and Dae Young from being bickering friends to lovers. one thing I noticed is that Suji is so passionate with food that she often argues with Dae young on the right way to eat the food. and most of the times, she gets her way. there were very few instances where they split the food so they can cook their own way and very rare that she admitted that Dae Young’s way of eating was good or even better than her sometimes. I found this annoying because it seemed like Dae Young always kept giving in while Suji keeps insisting she was right when Dae young seems to be more “worldly” or had experienced more food and eating in different places than her. After all, Dae Young came from Seoul while Suji mostly just stayed in Sejong city. thus, I found it funny that when Sang U treated her to a fancy dinner, she didn’t even know half of the time how to eat or what she was eating, considering that Sang U didn’t really seemed to eat much but knew good food when needed.

I could understand how Suji felt when she started dating Sang U. it’s like a dream when your long time crush finally notices you, but when reality sets in and you realize that you only liked his idea of him and not really him. that you end up spending more or doing more effort to please him and end up feeling more miserable and inadequate. from Sang U’s point of view, I know money is no object to him but he should have known or realized early on that she can’t afford to buy those expensive things. he should have either also compromised or let her rent or borrow stuff. I think had the two been on equal footing they could have matched well but probably be a boring couple. I like that in the end, Sang U was able to let go of his cautious personality and learned to be free with his words and gain more friends. Love his potty mouth and in the end where all the guys in the office where at his office where they spent the night drinking and playing games.

As for Hong In a, I normally love the actress, but she was so arrogant and mean in most scenes, even to the point of being horrible to Suji that I couldn’t even feel empathy for her when we find out her husband divorced her. I was surprised to see the show tackle cheating – not that they are justifying it, but just showing consequences to the actions. I also feel bad for Taek su – he seems to be neglected by his own family. we never even get to see the wife or daughter. I was actually hoping he also divorces and end up with In ah.

The grandma, at the start, was endearing, but later on she just kept nagging at Ju Seung and being too nosy that I started to dislike her. it’s not just about being concerned for your neighbors, it’s also about learning to respect the boundaries of being neighbors. just because you are a grandma doesn’t mean you can just barge in unannounced and rifle through the things of other people like Ju Seung’s ID or Hye-rim’s cosmetics and expect people to be okay with the complete disregard and invasion of privacy.

I like Hye-rim and how the show didn’t portray her as being mean just because she is pretty. On the other hand, she was super nice and took care of the grandma and was friends with all her neighbors. I didn’t really like her with Ju Seung, mostly because Ju Seung just looks too suspicious and so not her type. I hope Hye rim will also study part time aside from working so she can get a better job. Or become a popular beauty blogger.

I also liked how they inserted Dae young monologues about korean cuisine history and how they put some flavor on challenges of living alone..like no one to eat with, missing your family, living away from home, not having to cook for anyone etc and also subtly including some tips and tricks on doing things.

I also liked how they started eating Korean food then in the latter parts branched out to other food like Mexican. I was hoping Dae Young and Suji meets at the Mexican resto so I was a little sad they just missed each other. but that scene was beautifully shot. the end where Dae Young came back to Sejong and they kissed was sweet but I was hoping for more passionate romance from them. I wonder how they end up – will they take turns visiting each other and trying out more food? we will never know. coz they just announced Let’s Eat 3 and Dae Young has a new girl!!

Overall i loved the cast and the story, while there were a few flaws in thr characters it was okay because that’s life. We dont get to meet the perfect neighbors and even if we are faraway from our families, your neighbors can also be your family.

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splash splash love (2015)

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TV Movie: Splash Splash Love (퐁당퐁당 LOVE)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 2
Release Date: December 13 – December 20, 2015
Runtime: Sundays 24:05
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
Dan-Bi (Kim Seul-Gi) is a senior high school student. She has a special ability which allows her to transport to anywhere on rainy days. For her university entrance exam, Dan-Bi can’t deal with the pressure and runs off to a playground. Without knowing why, she goes into a puddle and finds herself transported to the Joseon period. There, she meets Lee Do (Yoon Doo-Joon). He is a young King of the Joseon period. Lee Do is in a difficult situation due to droughts and the spread of an epidemic.

Cast
Kim Seul-gi – Jang Dan bi / Jang Yeong sil
Yoon Doo-joon – Lee Do

 

Review

Wahh…i loved this tv movie! i wished this was an actual kdrama with 16 episodes so that i can savor the relationship between Lee do and Dan bi. What i loved most was not only the relationship between the two but also the friendship they shared. i thought they were the perfect match – to think a future king would listen to a high school student in the modern times. The movie focused on the past times and how Dan bi helped saved ancient joseon from drought using her high school math skills. if you think about it, we really have come a long way, technology is so advanced that a high school kid failing math can actually become a renowned and respected genius in Joseon. as for all time traveling shows, as much as we want them to have their happy ever after, it’s impossible so the next best thing is to see Lee Do lookalike in the modern world. I see what they did there, the guy at the bus scene was actually the lookalike but Danbi never noticed him. What could have been better? if the modern Lee Do actually had a crush on her before or will it be creepy if he was an actual descendant to Lee Do?

Kim Seulgi, as usual, is so charming and effective in her role as Danbi. And Doo joon has improved and looked so handsome.

I am too late to wish for a second season but i guess i can just rewatch this movie.