Legal Mavericks Season 2

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I am surprised TVB and iQiYi decided Legal Mavericks should divide into two seasons. Usually TVB would produce a series 2 long after series 1 is over and got excellent feedback. A completely produced series only splits because of logic, and usually would be labeled with named parts, such as the The Legend of the Condor Heroes was split into three parts: The Iron-Blooded Loyalists, The Eastern Heretic and Western Venom, and The Duel on Mount Hua. The words “Season 2” is never used in completely produced series.

I need to go back to re-watch a few episodes because I’m more or less on iQiYi’s schedule, and the time split was a little long for me to regain my watching momentum. But, this is one of the shows in recent years where the writing is thoughtful and thorough, the actors are putting in serious effort. I am hoping TVB would be kind to this drama during awards season.

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My thoughts on: Doctor Who, Season 10

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This is a rewrite of the post.

I declare Season 10 of Doctor Who Revival to be the best season. I am serious. Christopher Eccleston started the revival, David Tennant brought the series to UK popularity, and Matt Smith brought the series to US audience.

Honestly, I think Seasons 8 and 9 was a little lost, as if the writers don’t know what to do with Clara. So the writers got really, really smart about Bill and her story line in the finale (no spoilers) and I really like writers’ treatment for her.

Season 10 is different from Seasons 8 and 9, and it is not just about the new companions. The writing is much tighter and the story arc is actually the entire season. You can have great actors, but the script…the script sets up everything. BBC, whomever the writers are you brought on board this season, keep them.

I’m gnawing my teeth until the Christmas Special.

Legal Mavericks

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To be honest, I’ve lost faith in TVB drama years ago. I lost interest in watching TVB dramas back-to-back some time around 2003, and some time around 2007 I’ve lost track on what’s TVB’s newest offerings, only down to one drama every other year. This is in contrast to the 80’s and 90’s when I know every show like the back on my hand. I will dig around and share the first show I ever watched on TVB.

So I was cautiously optimistic when I saw Legal Mavericks. Vincent Wong was pretty good in Over Run Over. Sisley Choi was hard to watch in Speed of Life, but it was probably her first or second drama, so I consider this checking back in to see if she made progress.

I like the back stories so far. Hope Man is a litigator who is also blind. Vincent Wong did his homework and make sure his portrayal of a blind person as a sighted person is convincing. Sisley Choi is better, though I think she’s not taking advantage of how much room she can work with Deanie, a buck tooth, scar-faced paralegal who has feelings for Hope Man.

I will keep watching this show.

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I must confess, I have a few guilty pleasures when it comes to books. Most girls have Danielle Steele. I have Anthony Bourdain.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, I enjoy reading things that are honest. Bourdain is as honest as writing can get. His emotions are raw (all puns intended), he gave away a piece of himself between the lines. The epilogue that came after the credits reads like an 80’s movie epilogue with updates on whatever happened to people he wrote about in Kitchen Confidential.

Maybe it’s time to go back to re-read Kitchen Confidential and write about it…

P.S. I’m so proud of myself finished reading this as an eBook via public library within the borrowing period. Yay!

Tunnel

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It’s really weird where things go. I swear up and down I’d watch more K-dramas and ended up watching none, now I swear up and down I’d watch less TV and ended up watching my 4th drama this year already.

My #1 complaint with Korean shows in general is, the premise is fantastic and promising, and ended up flaming out towards the end of the show. The running joke is, the writing is enough to fill 12 episodes of plot but need to stretch out for 16 episodes. Honestly, Introverted Boss is one of those dramas where it leaves me wonder without the drastic rewrite in the middle, would it have been a better show. Do Bong Soon has her own plot holes but not enough for me to question the writing philosophy behind the show.

I just finished watching Tunnel. It is up there with The Goblin as one of the well fleshed-out, well thought-out dramas on the screenwriting front. The pace is tight and adrenaline-filled in the necessary spots. The emotions and relations are well explained and well used as plot devices without feeling too odd of how people are related on the timeline. It slowed down just a little at the end, but not enough for me to call it dragging out and milking things at the end.

I am not surprised that this is one of the highest rated shows on OCN. I don’t think there’s going to be a season two with this original ensemble, but…I’m all for a spinoff or sister show with similar plot devices should OCN want to plan for season two.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

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2017 has been a good year so far for Korean Dramas. To be honest I watch very few dramas in the last three years, so to watch three in a row before March is over is quite a record.

The actor to watch in this drama is actually Park Hyung-shik. Ji-soo and Park Bo-young brings their A game as always, but Park Hyung-shik really takes the cake with all his swooniness and craziness to the show.

I hope the subplot of stolen brides will add and not hider the show’s tone. That is something hard to do.