Category: International TV

DryedMangoez recaps, reviews and commentary about international (non-American) television programs.

Good Ol’ Review: Tonal Imbalance and Plot-Driven Story Undermine the Potential in “My Strange Hero”
Good Ol’ Review: “Hit The Top/The Best Hit” a Fun, Nostalgic Slice of Life Adventure
First Impression Review: Charming “My Extraordinary” Rises to the Occasion as a Groundbreaking First on Philippine TV
Good Ol’ Review: Ha Seok Jin and Jeon So Min Shine as “Something About 1 Percent” Sticks to What It Wants to Be and Does It Well
First Impression Review: TV5’s “Fill In The Bank” and “Bawal Na Game Show,” Game Shows in the Time of COVID
Good Ol’ Review: Predictable and Fluffy “Her Private Life” Wastes Potential

There is a lot of wasted potential in the 2019 tvN series Her Private Life (그녀의 사생활). A quirky, refreshing premise and a solid cast get shortchanged by a paint-by-the-numbers romcom plot that doesn’t seem to know where it wants to go or what it really wants to do. It’s a fluffy series that lacks the depth that could have elevated it to something more, even as the foundation was well-established in the beginning.

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Good Ol’ Review: Charming, Familiar Plot Offers Accessible Entry to Important Discussions on “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay”
TV5 to Provide Hope to Filipinos as the “Network of the New Normal” (TV5 Mediacon Highlights)
Good Ol’ Review: Terrifyingly Twisted “Save Me” is Thriller Unlike Anything on Korean Television
Good Ol’ Review: A Story of Healing, Strength and Courage in Beautifully Poetic “A Piece of Your Mind”

It is an outright crime that we were robbed of four more episodes of the tvN drama A Piece of Your Mind (반의 반/Half of a Half). This beautifully poetic and character-driven look at healing, strength and courage most definitely had enough material to fulfill the standard 16-episode order. And with a talented cast at its disposal, the biggest disappointment is not only how it was sadly overlooked by audiences, but how it was inexplicably derided as well.

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