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 10 – BLACK PANTHER – Deep Dive Special (With Show Notes)

In this episode we take a slight detour from our regular programming to squee about Black Panther, because we love it, and in celebration. Thank you for getting us to over one hundred subscribers on YouTube!



00:00:00. We thank you, our beautiful listeners, for 100 subscribers on YouTube! We love you!

00:01:23. Our initial reactions when Black Panther was announced, and our mounting excitement as we learned more (and after that amazing intro to T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War!).

00:08:50. Anisa recounts how she cried as soon as the credits rolled, and nearly tears up again.

00:09:41. Paroma expounds on the bravery of the writing and themes, and the brilliance of Director Ryan Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole.

00:12:40. We acknowledge the objective truth that Killmonger is the best Marvel movie villain, and discuss how the central conflict of the film speaks to the black experience in real life, and how Killmonger is sort of like Batman.

00:20:02. Why this is the rare case in which the familiar “I’ve come too far to turn back now” trope actually works.

00:21:13. Paroma discusses why the first act initially felt quiet to her, but why it’s necessary for Wakanda to come alive in our imaginations. Also, the way this movie challenges our stereotypes about Africa and African people, and is a revolution in small moments.

00:26:37. SHURI. (As Anisa says in her review, not the guy in the chair, but the girl in the driver’s seat!)

00:28:35. The record-breaking phenomenon that this movie continues to be globally, with every audience, and how it’s especially poignant for formerly colonized peoples.

00:29:54. How Black Panther, like all the best science fiction and fantasy, allows to tackle difficult real-world issues more easily and effectively.

00:32:32. Stolen artifacts stored in the museums of former colonial powers, and THAT MUSEUM SCENE.

00:34:50. How the US military must approve the script of any movie that portrays them. We reference this video. Anisa explains why she feels CIA Agent Ross, ostensibly useless, has an important role to play in the movie.

00:38:36. On Wakanda’s new foreign policy strategy.

00:41:17. The amazing characters, especially the women, who were so integral to T’Challa’s success.

00:47:10. Paroma re-dubs the heart-shaped herb “The Purple Bulb of Life,” and it is the best.

00:47:51. We love how Black Panther is actually Wakanda’s origin story; how T’challa is the hero precisely because he has Wakanda, and how the opposite is the foundational tragedy of Killmonger’s life.

00:49:43. We ponder the idea that Killmonger is the real hero, and reference an article Anisa’s cousin wrote.

00:50:07. The MUSIC! Why we loved it, why it’s so different from generic Avengers themes, and how critical the music is to the storytelling in this film. See Ryan Coogler’s Notes on a Scene video here.

00:54:56. Paroma discusses why T’Challa’s arc, such as it was, felt unsatisfying to her.

01:00:43. Anisa brings up her issues with the movie: the questionable representation of Muslims, and the ways in which the idea of a rightful king with royal blood don’t represent justice. We discuss Wakandan society and how it works.

01:10:24. #WakandaForever

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?

Podcast Episode 2: Fight My Way (with Show Notes)

Hi everyone! We’re back with a second episode of Stars in My Pocket. We’re thrilled to welcome Laica, our new addition to the Stars family!

Warning: Chock-full of spoilers below!

Cast & Characters

Kim Ji-won as CHOI AE-RA
Park Seo-joon as GO DONG-MAN
Song Ha-yoon as BAEK SEOL-HEE
Ahn Jae-hong as KIM JOO-MAN Continue reading “Podcast Episode 2: Fight My Way (with Show Notes)”

Podcast Episode 1: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

Welcome to Stars in My Pocket! We’re starting this podcast with a lot of excitement, trepidation, and love. We hope you enjoy listening to us talk about Korean dramas as much as we had fun talking.

In this first episode, Saya and Festerfaster try to talk about Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, but keep getting distracted and going off on tangents. They also often forget to mention the names of the actors/characters they’re referring to (they each have Vulcan mind-reading abilities where the other is concerned), and so the show notes below attempt to aid bemused listeners in following along with all topic-hopping and speed-talking! Continue reading “Podcast Episode 1: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo”