Good Ol’ Review: KBS Drama Special If We Were a Season a Realistically Ethereal Love Story

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Very minor spoilers.

The KBS Drama Special If We Were a Season (우리가 계절이라면) is a wonderfully realistic fairy tale of a love story. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Surprising Twists in KBS Drama Special You Are Closer Than I Think

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Very minor spoilers.

The KBS Drama Special You Are Closer Than I Think (당신은 생각보다 가까이에 있다) is the biggest surprise of the four episodes I watched from this season so far. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Amazing Chemistry in KBS Drama Special Let Us Meet, Joo Oh

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Very minor spoilers.

Let Us Meet, Joo Oh is the first KBS Drama Special I watched this season. And it was definitely a great one to start off with. Continue reading

Hindsight Review: GMA Network's Destined to be Yours -Almost- a Complete Disappointment

TYPE OF REVIEW : HINDSIGHT REVIEW
No spoilers. Click here for the First Impression Review.

To the relief of many, including maybe its stars, GMA Network’s Destined to be Yours is finally over. Once the most anticipated series in the Philippines, it has mercifully come to an end after a laborious 13 weeks.
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Good Ol' Review: TV5/D5 Studio's Suspenseful The Complex Opens Up Intriguing Possibilities

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

D5 Studio, the digital studio arm of Philippine network TV5, debuts a new scripted series this weekend in The Complex.

The suspense drama stars Albie Casino as Alex who settles into a Manila apartment complex after moving to the big city from Tacloban. Here he meets the beautiful, but mysterious Anj (Emmanuelle Vera). But she isn’t the only mystery Alex encounters as he begins having vivid nightmares while strange occurrences begin happening at the apartment complex around him. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: My Happy Home and Legendary Lackey Again Prove Why the KBS Drama Special is Essential Viewing

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

The KBS Drama Special has been home to some of the most excellent and unique storytelling on Korean television. Basically short films on television, the KBS Drama Special usually touches on stories and concepts that may not be as mainstream as primetime or daily dramas. Or they may take on a familiar concept in fresh and different ways.

My Happy Home and Legendary Lackey are two recent examples of why KBS Drama Special is essential viewing. Continue reading

First Impression Review: Maine Mendoza Carries Slow First Week of Destined to be Yours

AlDub

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
Minor first week spoilers/discussion. Click here for the Hindsight Review.

That it took so long is a discussion all its own. But finally, the Alden Richards-Maine Mendoza loveteam, aka AlDub, made their teleserye debut this week headlining the romantic comedy Destined to be Yours.

AlDub took the Philippines and the world by storm. Their unexpected and rapid rise in popularity and social media’s role in it will be the subject of future Media Studies courses in the country. But for now, most are concentrated on them finally making the jump from noontime and Eat Bulaga to primetime.

Pop culture and entertainment in the Philippines is driven by loveteams. Whether it’s soap operas, movies, TV commercials or even reality shows, Filipinos are drawn in by the idea of love and romance. So the next logical step for AlDub was for them to headline their own daily soap opera. For their many fans, it provides the opportunity to see them regularly in considerably more romantic situations than they may have opportunity for on a noontime variety show. For their managements and especially the network, it’s a chance to finally cash in on their record success with a primetime slot.

However now that the time has finally arrived, AlDub’s primetime debut has mostly been flat and uninspired. Continue reading