Category: First Impression

DryedMangoez First Impression Reviews written after a premiere episode or premiere week of a television series.

First Impression Review: Choi Min Sik Powers the Intriguing First Season of Disney+’s “Big Bet”

Disney+’s Big Bet (카지노/Casino) is a fun and intriguing ride. Split into two eight-episode seasons, this first group of episodes introduces us to its anti-hero protagonist Cha Mu Sik played masterfully by the legend Choi Min Sik. The series is a fascinating character study of a man who from humble beginnings in rural Korea becomes an influential kingpin in the Philippine casino world.

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First Impression Review: Fierce, Yet Good-Natured Competition Power “Physical: 100,” Netflix’s Potential New Korean Hit
First Impression Review: Song Hye Kyo Leads Netflix’s Refreshingly Unflinching “The Glory”

Netflix’s The Glory (더 글로리) wastes no time in setting the stage for what has to be one of the most refreshingly unflinching revenge dramas in a long time. Through these first eight episodes, Song Hye Kyo leads an excellent cast as the series chronicles one woman’s painful journey from being a victim of high school violence to now having a chance to exact revenge on the perpetrators.

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First Impression Review: Season 2 of “Single’s Inferno” Still Fun Despite Emerging Flaws

Netflix’s very own Korean dating show returned last month and I was finally able to catch up on the first six episodes. Season 2 of last year’s surprise hit Single’s Inferno (솔로지옥) introduced the new group of sexy singles. And it’s been another fun, juicy ride so far. But at the same time, there’s been some interesting cracks in the glossy façade of the series.

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First Impression Review: A Strong Start for GMMTV’s “Never Let Me Go”
First Impression Review: GMA’s “Maria Clara at Ibarra” Delivers a Creative, Timely and Thoroughly Engaging Twist on Familiar Stories
First Impression Review: Netflix’s “Money Heist: Korea” a Fun, Character-Driven Thrill Ride
First Impression Review: How “Mano Po Legacy – The Family Fortune” Got Me Excited About Filipino TV for the First Time in a While

It’s been a while since I’ve regularly followed a Filipino teleserye. Biggest reason for that is we unsubscribed to GMA Pinoy TV back in the early days of COVID. $14.99 is $14.99, after all, and there wasn’t exactly new programming airing on Philippine TV at the time to warrant the extra expense. There is also an alternative to subscribing, but we weren’t about to watch low quality pirated episodes on sketchy blogs. Watching short, bitin clips on YouTube is never appealing either.

But one new Filipino series has caught my attention. And that is the GMA Network-Regal Entertainment co-production Mano Po Legacy – The Family Fortune.

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First Impression Review: I Don’t Watch Reality Dating Shows, Yet I Have Somehow Fallen in Love with Netflix’s “Single’s Inferno”
First Impression Review: TV5’s “Encounter” a Faithful Philippine Adaptation So Far, but Is That a Good Thing?
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