Episode 27 – Taiwanese drama & BAD drama

By Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7 0

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or a Korean drama podcast we talk an awful lot about Taiwanese drama and Chinese drama in today’s episode.

And not only that… Sofia has watched some drama that has made her cranky. This is going to be a therapy session in the true meaning of the word!

The listeners chime in and give us a list of the WORST dramas they’ve ever seen… and we discuss how to get the bad taste out of your mouth after you’ve been exposed to a bad drama. Don’t miss it!

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The Taiwanese drama and Chinese drama we discuss in this episode are:

Other drama we mentioned:

  • The greatest marriage
  • Playful Kiss
  • Heartstrings
  • Love Rain
  • High Society
  • Fashion King
  • Flower Boy Ramen Shop
  • Jumping girl
  • Full House 2
  • The Lover
  • Reply 1988
  • Moorim School
  • Devil beside you
  • Bromance
  • Descendants of the sun
  • Scarlet Heart

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  • Carolina
    March 16, 2016

    Sofia, if you want to reconcile with Mandarin-spoken dramas, there is only one way to go: Nirvana in Fire (Lang Ya Bang) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sofia
      March 16, 2016

      Oh, I am SO up for trying that. I am by no means discouraged from watching more T- and C-dramas. Just have to find the right ones. This one looks very exciting. Had my eye on it for a while. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Katie
    March 17, 2016

    I watched Live Cuisine and I agree it is pretty dumb but I ended up liking it. I liked the competition part. I thought there were a lot of good lead ins to interesting story lines, but then dumb stuff would happen. I would say it’s a 5. Not horrible, but not great. I really liked the t-drama Marry Me or Not. The chemistry is awesome. The first episode is a little rough, but then it gets really good. You should check it out.

    • Sofia
      March 29, 2016

      You know what? It grew on me towards the end. ๐Ÿ™‚ The start was so bad I almost dropped it. But I understand the higher ratings better towards the latter part.

      I’ve seen Marry me or not. I enjoyed it. Not as much as In Time With You or Bromance… but it had some good bits. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • kittyflumpin
    March 18, 2016

    When watching alone, I tend to drop anything that starts to irritate and/or bore me (too many dramas to name at this point*– seriously, there are too many actually *good* shows out there to waste time completing a bad show just to complete it, imo); so for me, my worst (completed) dramas are generally ones that I finished only because I felt compelled to since I was watching with someone else. These being:

    1. City Hunter: Yep, THAT City Hunter– the action scenes & Lee Min Ho’s hair were great but the rest was so repetitive and I felt zero chemistry between LMH & his leading lady (yes, I’m aware they dated briefly in real life– oh the irony). P.S. See last year’s Angel Heart J-drama for a better take on the City Hunter character;

    2. School 2013: Not even the Lee Jong Suk/Kim Woo Bin bromance (which was cute & should’ve just been its own 4 ep mini-drama) could save that snooze-fest. My friend and I drank so much booze during this show and frankly talked about totally unrelated subjects over a lot of it, we were so bored. But neither wanted to admit defeat to the other, so instead it was basically mutually-assured destruction via vodka to complete this drama.

    3. Hyde Jekyll and I: Uuuuuuuuugh– so many actors that I’ve loved in other dramas, totally wasted on this boring disaster of a script.

    I think the take away from this is that what I hate most is being BORED by a drama. I’ve seen some pretty low-budget dramas that still manage to be entertaining despite their monetary limitations (sometimes genuinely good, sometimes “so-bad-they’re-good”, but either way not boring). So to me it’s basically 95% the script.

    • Sofia
      March 29, 2016

      I agree. Being bored is the worst. Even the dramas that rub you the wrong way are more memorable than the snooze-fests.

      I haven’t quite mastered the art of dropping shows yet though. So I envy you a bit there. I pick the dramas that I start very carefully. So if there is one or two factors in that don’t live up to expectations there are usually one or two other things to keep me interested enough to continue.

      Gab says I’ll learn to drop one day… It hasn’t happened yet. Maybe one day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      PS. Oh, and I understand your number 2 and 3. They WERE draggy. City Hunter I enjoyed thoroughly. But I was so freshly in fangirl love with Lee Min Ho, at the time, that my judgement can’t be trusted. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Tinkerbell
    April 3, 2017

    So I realize that I am about one year late with this comment but I am currently binge-listening to all your episodes (except for the spoilercasts of dramas I haven’t watched), I hope you read this anyway!

    I just wanted to comment about what you talked about concerning ratings. I know that 8.0 is a high rating for a drama as far as the total score goes, but for me – when I give a drama an 8 I don’t always love the drama with ALL my heart. I know I am quite generous with my scores and I always rate the dramas right after I finish them, which is a terrible idea, but if I don’t do it then I never get it done.

    For me everything below 5 is prrrreeettyyy awful and I probably had to force myself through the drama/movie, 5 is okay but not highly recommendable. 6-7 is also alright, but maybe not more than fine. Getting closer to the higher scores of course are the dramas I really liked but I’d say that only the ones I actually give a 10 are the ones I love wholeheartedly. Sometimes I imagine that I need to be a bit more harsh but mostly I give dramas a rating between 7 and 8, even though it doesn’t necessarily mean I would rewatch them anytime soon or recommend them to all my friends.

    Now that I put this in writing I realize I make no sense… I still think it’s interesting to see that different people interpret the 1-10-ratings differently. Gosh, I need to update my ratings…

    Tinkerbell (in Uppsala)

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