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.