Podcast Ep 11 – The Long Yak (Part 1) – Misty | Radio Romance | The Great Seducer | Mystery Queen 2

This month on our Long Yak we cover hot new dramas Misty and The Great Seducer. We also talk about Queen of Mystery 2 and whether it lives up to the promise of the first season. Doctors and some other older dramas come up as we swap recommendations…and then we run out of time. So, you can catch Paroma’s foray into Chinese Wuxia dramas in PART 2!

Time Stamps

00:01:00. Misty (Anisa reviews the first 6 episodes)

00:10:12. Mother (Saya finished it and can’t forget it)

00:18:53. Mystery Queen 2 (Does it live up to Season 1?)

00:26:05. Radio Romance (What went wrong?)

00:34:56. Sirius (A short but compelling drama. Stars Park Hyung-shik, ’nuff said!)

00:42:27. Doctors (Was the age gap really problematic?)

00:48:27. Shall We Kiss First (Anisa tries to convince the other two to give it a shot)

00:55:41. The Great Seducer/Tempted (Gossip Girl meets Heirs? Saya explains.)


Podcast Ep 9 – The Long Yak – I’m Not a Robot | Hwayugi | Just Between Lovers | Mother (With Show Notes)

Shownotes (with all the links):

00:00:00. Paroma introduces our new format, and Laica introduces herself by her real name, so you’ll know know her as Anisa from now on!

00:01:12. I’m Not a Robot, where we also discuss Chae Soo-bin’s and Yoo Seung-ho’s past roles. If We Were a Season is the drama special Chae Soo-bin did with Jang Dong-yoon, which we didn’t name in the recording.

00:07:25. War of the Puppies. Read it and weep.

00:08:40. Just Between Lovers. Also mentioned: Secret (2013); Jun-ho, Won Jin-ah.

00:15:25. We intend to talk about Return of Iljimae (MBC, 2009), but instead take a random digression to Saya’s trip to Bath, and mention authors Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, while Paroma tells us how handpumps are still widespread in Calcutta.

00:21:31. We return to Return of Iljimae—not to be confused with Lee Jun-ki’s Iljimae (SBS, 2008). Also mentioned: Princess’ Man (2011); Lee Hyun-woo.

00:26:17. Doubtful Victory (also known as Mysterious Il-seung/Oh, The Mysterious). Also mentioned: Pride and Prejudice (2014; read Saya’s review here.); Jung Hye-sung, Yoon Kyun-sang.

00:32:38. Hwayugi and the dangerous drama production environment. Can we do anything as viewers to oppose poor working conditions? Bonus: Paroma judges Saya for watching A Cinderella Story more than once.

00:43:30. Paroma actually gets to talk about Hwayugi itself, and the unfulfilled potential of Oh Yeon-seo’s character. Also mentioned: Come Back, Ajusshi (2016), My Sassy Girl (2017); Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Jang Nara, Lee El.

00:50:25. Radio Romance, our feelings about the age-gap casting and how Kim So-hyun is characterised. We also discuss the nature of Yoon Doo-joon’s hero and how it fits into the current drama landscape of nice-guy heroes.  Also mentioned: Ruler—Master of the Mask (2017), Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki; Kim So-hyun, Yoo Seung-ho, Yoon Sang-hyun.

01:09:55. We mention Woohoo Waikiki (also known as Laughter in Waikiki), which none of us have really watched but all of us mean to, because Kim Jong-hyun + baby.

01:12:47. Paroma and Anisa talk about Father Is Strange, which Paroma just binge-watched in like, three hours because she’s insane and also dedicated.

01:15:30. Saya talks about Midnight Runners, a 2017 film starring Park Seo-joon and Kang Ha-neul.

01:18:07 Paroma brings up the trailer of Kim Ok-bin’s The Villainess  vs. Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow, and their respective treatments of female leads. Anisa points out how K-dramas cater to female audiences, and we wonder if ahjummas really do rule the remote control. (Paroma: “How many ahjummas do they have in South Korea??”)

01:23:12. How the changing viewing experience (Netflix etc.) has given writers the creative freedom to tell better stories, and increased the range and variety of female roles available. Brief segues to Big Little Lies, Santa Clarita Diet, iZombie, The Good Place.

01:28:18. Mother, Lee Bo-young’s currently airing drama. Paroma mentions Indian film Kahaani 2 (2016), which seems to have taken inspiration from the original 2010 Japanese drama.

01:37:35. Brief mention of shoujo anime Lovely Complex (2007), a high school love story between a taller-than-average girl and shorter-than-average boy.

01:39:54. Saya talks about… penguins? Why.


Podcast Ep 7 – Secret 2013 (Drama Deep Dive)

In our first throwback episode we talk about obsessive love and Ji-sung’s kisses in 2013’s breakout revenge melo, Secret or Secret Love. Joining us in examining what makes a good revenge drama is Odessa Jones from koreandrama.today.


00.00 We welcome special guest ODESSA JONES of KoreanDrama.today, and discuss whether we can call Secret a love story.

01:51. That really problematic kiss.

09:16. Is the show dated? We compare our perceptions of heroine Hwang Jung-eum’s character when the show aired in 2013 versus the present, and ask why the relationship is compelling despite such an abusive start.

17:17. Why we watch revenge melos; a discussion of “han” and how we deal with pain and bitterness.

25:30. We talk about villain Bae Soo-bin.

29:45. …and then we talk about Lee Da-hee (who was the sanest character in the show, until she wasn’t), and the show’s reference to Wuthering Heights.

34:33. Did it make sense for Min-hyuk and Yoo-jung to fall in love, and do they work as a couple? We talk (more) about unhealthy relationships.

43:05. We all love puppy Kwang-soo! We also talk about the other secondary characters.

49:52. Odessa reminds us that this was directed by Lee Eun-bok, who went on to do Descendants of the Sun and Goblin. We sum up (love is pain!).

52:05. I loved Secret, what should I watch next?

Ep 9-12: While You Were Sleeping (Korean Drama 당신이 잠든 사이에) – WEEKLY CATCH-UP

This week in While You Were Sleeping, Kitten Killers and Crafty Defense Attorneys bring on the heat for our heroes. Jae-chan can see a case derailing before his eyes but he’s unable to stop it because the law must follow its course. Meanwhile, Hong-joo is back on her job and unhappy about her first assignment.

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Ep 5-8: While You Were Sleeping (Korean Drama 당신이 잠든 사이에) – WEEKLY CATCH-UP

While You Were Sleeping has finished its second week, and we return to discuss the story so far. Jae-chan and Hong-joo are joined by a third clairvoyant, Woo-tak, who’s happy to delve into the mystery behind their gift and ferret out the truth. Meanwhile, Jae-chan learns an invaluable lesson at work.

Podcast Hosts ► Saya and Paroma (AKA festerfaster)

First Impression : While You Were Sleeping (Korean Drama 당신이 잠든 사이에)

We discuss the first four (half-hour) episodes of While You Were Sleeping, the latest drama from star writer Park Hye-ryun of “I Hear Your Voice”, starring Lee Jong-suk and Suzy. She dreams of bad things that are going to happen in the future, and he’s an awkward prosecutor who struggles to keep these visions from coming true. Listen to find out if our own dreams of this being our next crack drama have come true!

Podcast Hosts ► Saya and Paroma (AKA festerfaster)

First Impressions: Manhole

First in our series of First Impressions — Saya and Laica do a short review of the first four episodes of Manhole (Feel So Good). This series of video podcasts will focus on shows we start with some expectations and the rising happiness or plummeting disappointment we experience in the first few weeks, as we realise what the true potential of the drama is.