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Another marathon completed! Not many drama watchers can say that they marathon watch with a friend who is not 1, not 2 but 12 hours ahead of you (13 during non-Daylight Savings Time)! This is a new feature blog post where I will review dramas that I marathon watched with a friend. So, before we start the next venture (Angry Mom), let’s talk about the last two dramas: Legendary Witch and Kill Me, Heal Me.

Legendary Witch (2014)


Stars
Han Ji Hye as Moon Soo In
Ha Suk Jin as Nam Woo Suk
Go Doo Shim as Shim Bok Nyeo
Oh Hyun Kyung as Son Poong Geum
Ha Yun Soo as Seo Mi Oh
Park Geun Hyung as Ma Tae San
Jung Hye Sun as Bok Dan Shim
Jun In Hwa as Cha Aeng Ran
Kim Yoon Seo as Ma Joo Hee
Do Sang Woo as Ma Do Jin
Byun Jung Soo as Ma Joo Ran
Lee Seung Joon as Park Won Jae


Synopsis
Soo In, Bok Nyeo, Poong Geum, and Mi Oh were cellmates in an all-women’s prison. Though they all came from different backgrounds and had their own reasons for being in jail which later turn out to have a common thread intertwined, they were able to come together as friends through bakery lessons offered by the prison. As they grow closer like sisters, forge a bond based on their common grievances and lean on each other for support and become more talented bakers they make plans together for life after prison: to open their own bakery and challenge a big conglomerate, Shinhwa Bakery, for an exact revenge.


My Thoughts
It has been awhile since I’ve hated a character from beginning until the end as much as I hated Ma Tae San! What an evil, evil man! And what a fantastic job Park Geun Hyung did playing him! This is the same actor who I first saw in Panda and Hedgehog who was the jovial and sweet harabeoji in that drama; the decent father in Assorted Gems; so, you can imagine how hard it was to disassociate those wonderful feelings I had from his character in those 2 dramas to be contrasted with this mean spirited excuse for a human being! The things he did, not only Shim Bok Nyeo but also Moon Soo In, his own daughter-in-law was unbelievable!

Even the things that Cha Aeng Ran did in her pursuit of revenge against this man were overshadowed and discounted because of Tae San’s evilness. It was funny how we were so forgiving of her actions! Even of the things that she did to poor Seo Mi Oh and her son, Ma Do Jin. I did like how they turned Do Jin around from a selfish, rich chaebol to a man willing to give up everything for his wife and son! Great job, writer! Before that, I was calling him all kinds of names and saying how he didn’t deserve happiness in the end with his family! Again, great job!

The side romance between Son Pung Geum and Tak Wol Han had its ups and downs in the interest meter. There were times we enjoyed their comedic interactions and other times we were quick on the fast forward button.


But nothing could prepare us for the awesome chemistry between Han Ji Hye and Ha Suk Jin!! I’ve seen both of them in many dramas and while in some they had decent chemistry, this is definitely the first time that I would rate the chemistry to be “OFF THE CHARTS”! The love and care that these two actors portrayed for each other in this drama made me totally forget that Han Ji Hye is a married woman with 2 daughters! Yes, the chemistry and interaction of their characters makes you believe in their love and care for each other. Totally realistic! Thank you! So rare!

Last but not least was the casting of Kim Soo Mi as Kim Yeong Ok. Who would think that I could watch a drama and hear a character sing Psy’s song “Gentleman” over and over and over again; and totally enjoyed it! Yes, Kim Soo Mi was a great addition to the cast and really should have been on the main poster! She was a pivotal character and on many occasions had us laughing like fools! She’s always a joy to watch!

Overall, it was a decent drama to watch! While I would probably never watch it again, there are many moments that I won’t forget; however, one thing I didn’t like was the extension which brought back the resurrection of the husband played by Go Joo Won. I felt that whole sequence was a waste of valuable time that could have focused more on our OTP!

MDL Rating: 8.5 because when I like the romance, it deserves a high rating!!


Kill Me, Heal Me (2015)


Stars
Ji Sung as Cha Do Hyun / Shin Se Gi / Perry Park / Ahn Yo Sub / Ahn Yo Na / Nana / Mysterious X
Lee Do Hyun as child Do Hyun
Hwang Jung Eum as Oh Ri Jin
Kim Amy as child Ri Jin
Park Seo Joon as Oh Ri Ohn
Kim Ye Joon as child Ri Ohn
Oh Min Suk as Cha Ki Joon
Kim Yoo Ri as Han Chae Yun
Kim Young Ae as Seo Tae Im
Shim Hye Jin as Shin Hwa Ran
Ahn Nae Sang as Cha Joon Pyo
Kim Yong Gun as Cha Gun Ho
Myung Se Bin as Min Seo Yun
Kim Hee Jung as Ji Soon Young
Park Joon Gyu as Oh Dae Oh
Lee Shi Un as Dr. Park Min Jae


Synopsis
A romantic comedy between a third-generation billionaire with Dissociative Identity Disorder and a first-year Psychiatrist resident who treats him secretly. After a traumatic experience in his childhood, Cha Do Hyun suffers memory lapses and his personality then fractured into seven different identities. He tries to regain control over his life with the help of Oh Ri Jin, a first-year psychiatric resident who treats him secretly. But Ri Jin’s twin brother, Oh Ri Ohn, is a famous mystery novelist who investigates about Do Hyun and his family.


My Thoughts
If there ever was a drama that its intent was to send a strong message out to the world, I believe that Kill Me, Heal Me did an excellent job in putting it out there. Not only does it showcase the effects of child abuse but also the effects of familial expectations! What does that mean? Keep reading.

Overall, this was a very good drama. I felt that the drama actually would have been better served with 16 episodes instead of 20. There was a period between episode 16-18 when we felt more compelled to fast forward than to watch. Call us lazy watchers but there are times when the story dragged out too long.

The acting of Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eun was simply stellar! I’ve officially named her Ji Sung’s “drama wife”. This is now the second drama together (Secret being the first) whereby the chemistry was amazing! As Do Hyeon, the patient to her Oh Ri Jin, the doctor, their interactions were amazingly realistic! As the story unraveled and you became aware just how much their lives had crossed, it definitely added value to the story.

Hands down and like everyone else, there is no question that Se Gi was my favorite personality. His dark demeanor and super tough guy persona was a nice change from the usual and obedient Do Hyeon. Of course, my second favorite was Ahn Yo Na! Ji Sung had that female persona down to a tee! He had the mannerism, right down to running like a girl! You couldn’t help but smile when Yo Na was on the scene!

And how could I not mention our second favorite OTP: Oh Ri Ohn and Ahn Yo Na! No doubt, the two fellows had a great time with these scenes as they definitely got the biggest laughs from me.

I also liked the nice blend of characters and the fact that the evilness was nothing compared to what was perpetrated against the younger versions of Do Hyeon and Oh Ri Jin. The fact that poor Do Hyeon, in his pursuit to save his first love, Oh Ri Jin was the main cause of his split personalities, I thought the writer did a good job in bringing this to the forefront. I always like the fact that there were enough twists in this story that it became unpredictable. Thank you writer for that!.

Another reason I liked this drama was the fact that the writer showed us not only the abuse but also the ultimate cause of it. To watch the younger years of Do Hyeon with his father and to see a loving man who because of his circumstances that he didn’t want but was basically forced upon him (yes, he was a weak man), that part was very sad to see; however, this never excuses taking your frustrations out on a child. His mother used the worse means to “blackmail” her son to come back to the company and her son, in his retaliation, became a monster that not only effected himself, his own child but also another child under his care. No, I didn’t come away making excuses for the sick man but it was nice to see that a weak man can be made into a monster for some of the most trivial reasons. I did like the drama in total but I think it should have been less episode; it would have made a way better drama; way better!

MDL Rating: 9.5 because Ji Sung in guyliner is what I’m all about!

So stay tuned to our next Coast to Coast marathon where we will be watching “Healer” and “Angry Mom”!

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