First Impressions : We Watched 7 Upcoming KDramas

by | Oct 10, 2020 | Drama, Korea | 0 comments

This Fall, South Korea submerged us with amazing dramas and Camille and I have struggled to keep up and choose which drama to watch next. We thought you might have some trouble too, everything’s so exciting! This is why we watched and reviewed 7 upcoming kdramas. We picked 7 ongoing or freshly finished dramas and watched the first episode to make up our mind. We didn’t really rank them but here are their grades, the order is the one in which we watched them.

You’ll also see that we created badges that will follow every review we do from now on: they identify the type of the drama reviewed.

1. 18 Again (JTBC)

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This is the same plot as 17 Again, one of the great Zac Efron movies out there. If you are not a fan of my first man, here is the synopsis: Jung Da-Jung (Kim Ha-Neul) is married to 37-year-old Hong Dae-Young (Yoon Sang-Hyun). They had twins when they were 18 so they did not pursue their dreams. In the midst of their divorce Jung Da-Jung gets drunk and wishes to go be 18 again (what a horrible wish, I would never go back…) and his wish is fulfilled. He is now 18 again and has to navigate high school in the same class as his kids.

Our thoughts : We were both expecting to be very meh but the first episode surprised us in a good way. Sure, it’s a remake and it’s very faithful to the Zac Efron movie (for now) but the actors are good (especially Lee Do-Hyun , whom I loved in Hotel Del Luna). It actually brings an extra flavour because teenage pregnancies and parental expectations are very different in Korea compared to the USA. The only minus would be the old cast is way older than 34 and it shows.

Camille’s Grade : 8/10

Valentine’s Grade : 9/10

In short : We are excited to watch this when more episodes are out.

2. The School Nurse Files (Netflix)

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Now, I didn’t get anything that was going on so here is the recap as I can best describe it. Ahn Eun-Youngg (Jung Yu-Mi) is a new nurse teacher at school. She has a special ability to see jelly-like monsters that are made from residue of human desires and she can also eradicate these jellies. She teams up with the Chinese language teacher (Nam Joo-Hyuk, one of my husbands) to protect students against jellies and there might be a curse on the school?

Our Thoughts: Camille was reaaaaally into it and this is our next binge. I liked it but was more confused than when I watched Tennet. We didn’t really get it but it’s so different from other dramas that it really gets to you. All I could say was “WTF ducks?”. It is very quirky and picks up at the end. The quality of photography is great and the colours are great. Characters are all weirdos and we like that.

Camille’s Grade : 8.5/10

Valentine’s Grade : 8/10

In short : We will be catching up on the episodes this weekend.

3. Record of Youth (Netflix)

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This is a drama I was dying to watch. This is the story of Sa Hye-Jun (Park Bo-Gum) a model and aspiring actor who is trying to make it big in the industry while dodging his military service and surviving to his shark agent. Meanwhile, An Jeong-Ha (Park So-Dam, she was in Parasite) is a make-up artist and a big fangirl.

Our thoughts : The first episode is SLOW, but it does pick up in the end. I’m honestly a bit disappointed because I was expecting so much, with all the Insta reals I saw about this show… But the story is good and the last scene makes you want to watch the next episode ASAP. It’s also good to see that becoming an actor in South Korea isn’t all glitter.

Camille’s Grade : 6.5/10

Valentine’s Grade : 6.5/10

In short : We’ll wait until all the episodes are out on Netflix to watch that one.

4. More Than Friends (JTBC)

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This is basically the Love Rosie of South Korea and it hurt my soul. Lee Soo (Ong Seong-Wu) and Kyung Woo-Hyn (Shin Ye-Eun, my babe from He’s Psychometric) have had a crush on each other for 10 years and we get to witness them being DUMB.

Our Thoughts : I mean, it was great but hit a little too close to home for me (we all laugh but if anyone has ever been friendzoned, this is your story). I liked that we get to see different period of their lives but the first episode is mainly focused on their high school years and we’re a little too old to appreciate that. It’s a promising rom-com.

Camille’s Grade : 6.5/10

Valentine’s Grade : 7/10

In short : I’ll be watching this when Camille’s busy and yell at our homeboy for being so obtuse.

5. Flower of Evil (TvN)

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Did you know I was obsessed with True Crime and detective stories? This is the perfect example of kdramas I like to watch but this one has a twist that made me push back the time I watched it. This is the story of a married couple Cha Ji-Won (Moon Chae-Won), a detective and Baek Hee-Sung (Lee Joong-Gi) a jeweler. They seem to live the perfect life with their young daughter but we soon discover that Baek Hee-Song has a very dark past and is possibly a psychopath.

Our Thoughts : This was so gripping but there are some confusing areas regarding Baek Hee-Sung’s past and family. If you like detective stories with serial killers, this is for you! The drama is even better because Baek Hee-Sung is so sweet to his family that you really want this to be a big misunderstanding.

Camille’s Grade : 7.5/10

Valentine’s Grade : 9/10

In short : This is going to be the drama we watch after The School Nurse Files.

6. Alice (SBS)

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The story revolves around Park Jin-Gyeom (Joo Won) who is born in the 1990s. His mother Yoon Tae-Yi (Kim Hee-Son) comes from 2050 and discovered she was pregnant while on a mission to the past and decided to stay in this era so she wouldn’t expose the baby to further radiations from time travelling. When Jin Gyeom is in his late teens, his mother gets murdered and he decides to become a policeman. He meets his mother again when he’s older and we are left to wonder what is happening.

Our Thoughts : The beginning was really fast but then the middle was SLOW and then we are left with a huge cliffhanger. This basically means you need to get through a big chunk of meh but the drama has a good story line and is intriguing. I saw a lot of good critiques online so I think it must really pick up after that.

Camille’s Grade : 6.5/10

Valentine’s Grade : 6.5/10

In short : We’ll be watching this when we need some good Sci-Fi.

7. Do You Like Brahms (SBS)

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Our last kdrama had a very different vibe from the other romance dramas. It’s not a comedy. Do You Like Brahms? tells the story of 28 year-old Chae Song-Ah (Park Eun-Bi) who decided to become a violinist after a business degree and has to face the consequences of being older and less experienced than her younger classmates as well as her parents’ disapproval. The male lead is Park Joon-Young (Kim Min-Jae, you saw him in Goblin, Tempted and Dr Romantic 2). Park Joon-Young is also 28 but he’s a piano prodigy and revered by his peers. However he’s in a horrible love triangle and you can feel how lonely he is. This drama will be centered on their romance but also on the classical music field.

Our Thoughts : This is a very calm and comforting drama. We are excited to hear good music and watch this under a blanket and drinking hot cocoa. I’m a fan of Kim Min-Jae and I’m happy to finally see him as a lead character.

Camille’s Grade : 7/10

Valentine’s Grade : 7.5/10

In short : We’ll be preparing the hot cocoa soon!

Let us know which drama you are excited to watch or if you already watched these!

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