Is Alice K-drama worth watching?

Alice (2020) is a sixteen part Korean science fiction drama that should have been a twelve parter. It starts out very strong and degenerates into an illogical mess. I think it would’ve been a much tighter story with fewer episodes. Having said that, I don’t regret watching it. I love the characters and appreciate the... Continue Reading →

Bulgasal: good but not great

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls arrived on Netflix last December seeming like it might be as amazing as Hellbound or Squid Game. The first episode is set 600 years ago and looks absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, from episode two onwards, when the story moves to modern times, Bulgasal feels like a very different drama. That’s not to say... Continue Reading →

Is Bulgasal any good? Episode 1 response

Hooray! There’s a new Korean drama on Netflix. This one’s called Bulgasal: Immortal Souls. It’s hard to say exactly what it’s about yet. Netflix is only releasing two episodes a week. The first one premiered on 18th December, 2021. From what we know after the first episode, it seems Bulgasal is a 600-year-long revenge story... Continue Reading →

The King: Two Koreas in parallel universes

K-dramas on Netflix often have rather uninformative English titles. The King: Eternal Monarch is no exception. For a long time I assumed it was a biopic set in the Joseon period. But it’s not. The King: Eternal Monarch is a modern urban fantasy set in South Korea and its parallel universe counterpart, the Kingdom of... Continue Reading →

Is My Love from the Star too cheesy?

My Love from the Star is credited with popularising Korean drama outside South Korea. The 21-episode romantic comedy first aired on SBS in 2013 and 2014. It now has classic status and is a must watch for K-drama fans. So, why is My Love from the Star so good? I resisted watching it for a... Continue Reading →

Fantasy K-drama recommendations

We all know how Netflix works. Watch one show about cars and it suggests you see all the other shows about cars. The same happened after I saw Hellbound, My Holo Love and Abyss. Netflix is now advertising all its other South Korean fantasies at me. So this week I tried four I hadn’t seen... Continue Reading →

Is Hellbound better than Squid Game?

Stuart Heritage of the Guardian newspaper thinks Hellbound is “insanely good” and better than Squid Game. He says, “It might currently find itself swept up in Squid Game’s wake, but I guarantee that, of the two, it’s the show that will still be talked about a decade from now.” Stuart Heritage is a professional reviewer... Continue Reading →

TV: Holo the nice Artificial Intelligence

Minor spoilers I’ve just finished watching My Holo Love. The 12-part South Korean drama deserves a lot more attention than it receives. I think it’s one of the most original shows on Netflix. It’s a lovely romance and an interesting take on Artificial Intelligence. I first blogged about My Holo Love when I was only... Continue Reading →

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