The Case for Sobriety: Love is Drop by Drop Episodes 92 and 93

I’m hanging on by a thread. I feared the dreaded derailment, even at the beginning of this show. For more than half of the projected 120 episodes, that looked like an irrational fear. But as LIDD approaches the 100 episode mark, the baddies are getting away with way too much, the OTP is broken up with no sign of being able to reconcile, and once cute and promising side character plot lines with musical loving dentists have sunk into a swamp. Since I can’t and won’t drink like WH, I need to vent my frustration here at the keyboard! However, there might be a few hidden clues left by the Writer/PD-nim to give me a boost of perseverance.  Continue reading

Seeking Justification: Love is Drop by Drop Episodes 69-71

A/N: Before I get started, I want to direct you to the second part of the “Elements of Style” blog post at koreandrama.today which goes into some incredible detail about how a scene is shot and the emotional impact it has on the viewer. I have learned more about how Kdramas are created by watching this show along with the information in the two blog posts than I ever thought possible. And even though the fun and lighthearted scenes that I really enjoy have pretty much disappeared, the messages the writer and PD-nim send through the BG music, PPL, props, fashion choices, and the sets continue to make this show take the top spot in my drama viewing lineup 5 days a week! Continue reading

Pep talks and Evil deeds: Love is Drop by Drop Episodes 67-68

I took a couple of days off from the blog to do some much-needed self-reflection on this show and how it was exposing the worst parts of my personality….the grudge-holding, the anger and negativity, and how incredibly easy it is for me to believe the worst of someone instead of the best…yikes! I don’t like what I am finding here. I am severely lacking in many areas. I think that the writer-nim makes Bang Wool seem extra positive as she looks for the good instead of the bad in every situation; Woo Hyuk’s got a fair amount of that too, as he seems much more reluctant to believe the bad in people after DJ’s heart transplant, and Sang Chul has much less of this characteristic after all the crap he’s had dumped on him. I had also dropped all the other Kdramas I had been watching and fully concentrated on LIDD. That was one mistake. I picked up “Saimdang: Light’s Diary” again (I’m on Episode 9 and love it. I can’t figure out why so many folks hate this show. I hope it’s not about to tank.) and started “Father is Weird” (Very early assessment: Not too bad–and Lee Joon is hilarious.) I had to permanently drop “I’m Sorry Kang Nam Goo” as the level of sheer evil in that show surpassed the need for fangirling my sockless cutie-pie and tall drink of water Park Sun Ho, and I dropped “Golden Pouch” because the birth secrets were so complicated I couldn’t figure them out even with a scorecard! That show had some real potential too, and the cinematography was A+, but a long break in the middle of the show due to the impeachment hearings was a big problem. I might go back to it, but I doubt it. I need some better balance between the negative and the positive in my Kdrama life–and in RL as well. Continue reading

Carnival of the (Scary) Animals: Love is Drop by Drop Episodes 65-66

When I went to KCON this past summer and attended the DramaBeans panel, there was one thing they said that really stuck in my head. It was that at the end of a Kdrama, the families have to accept the relationship between the OTP. They said that was pretty much a consistent thing in Kdramas, although I believe Secret Love Affair broke that rule–well, that and a lot of other ones too! Seon Jae was an orphan at that point, and Hye Won was estranged from her family; they were not even a part of the drama other than a very brief mention of her mother, and her sister’s kids. “Heard it Through the Grapevine” is another one in the rule breaker category; In Sang finally left his parents, and all their wealth and status permanently and chose his wife over them. Continue reading

The Dragon Queen Arrives: Love is Drop by Drop Episodes 63-64

Back when I was watching HITTG, I wrote about an experience I had in my early college days, as I watched a fellow classmate deal with parental objections to a potential spouse. It was jaw-dropping to me back then but only merits a sad sigh and an eye-roll from me today. From my Episode 4 recap…

When I was a freshman in college (circa 1982), a male classmate of mine–a white guy–fell in love with a Vietnamese girl. He was absolutely head over heels in love with her. He even learned to speak and read Vietnamese (no easy feat) so he could communicate better with her and her family. Her family hated him, mostly because he was white, but also because he was a student, and only had a PT job like we all did back in the day. They tried everything to break those two up. I didn’t watch Kdrama’s back then, but it was some seriously crazy makjang stuff that went on–her parents arranged blind dates for her and intercepted their phone calls and letters. Of course, the guy’s parents loved her and were thrilled that their son was dating this lovely young lady. I remember the two of them cried–a lot. She broke up with him once for about 3 days, and everyone who knew these two cried with them, me included. Then they got back together and decided to stick it out no matter what. Her parents offered him a “contract”–I’m sure money was involved–to stay away from their daughter. He was furious…and so was she. I never did find out what happened to them. I graduated and left that college, but they were still together after 2 years of crazy parental antics. I hope they made it.

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In many Kdramas, the OTP would have already broken up by this point. Thank goodness WH and BW are made of tougher stuff–at least so far. How can anyone complain about the stunning level of honesty seen from WH? Continue reading

Patience and Encouragement: Love is Drop by Drop 61-62

A/N:  I wanted to turn your attention to an interesting and thoughtful blog post I saw recently on Kdrama editing. The way a show is edited–the cuts and transitions–can make Kdramas a cracktastic viewing experience. And if they are done wrong–it can be an epic fail. It’s so different than the way US shows are edited, with a much greater emphasis on emotion versus action. Watching LIDD with these elements in mind adds greatly to the overall enjoyment level for me. A similar article on angst, suffering, and tragedy in Kdramas is also recommended–just as this show crosses the halfway point and delves into the more difficult-to-watch elements.  Continue reading

The definition of Smart: Love is Drop by Drop Episodes 58-60

As I look back from the halfway point in the show, I remembered that my biggest concern at the beginning was that I would get on the Melodrama roller-coaster with this show, and then be emotionally demolished when it derailed into some kind of makjang swamp. Nothing like that has even remotely occurred; instead this has been one of the most enjoyable and downright fun (and funny) Kdramas I’ve seen to date. Here are a few of my favorite scenes from this week. Continue reading