Good Ol’ Review: Beautiful and Poignant Love of a Buzz Cut

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

This season’s episodes of KBS Drama Special have all been great so far. But Love of a Buzz Cut (Buzzcut Love/까까머리의 연애) is something special, probably one of the most heartbreaking, poignant, romantic and beautiful Drama Specials I’ve seen. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Engaging Slice of Life in The Reason We Can’t Sleep

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

Slice of life stories can be as engaging and exciting as high concept adventures. And The Reason We Can’t Sleep (우리가 못자는 이유) is definitely one of those. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Ra Mi Ran Shines in KBS Drama Special Madam Jeong’s One Last Week

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

Madam Jeong’s One Last Week (정마담의 마지막 일주일) is a fun, quirky but touching KBS Drama Special entry. But more importantly, it is an excellent showcase of Ra Mi Ran’s exceptional talent. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Beautiful, Heartbreaking KBS Drama Special Dancing the Waltz Alone

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

Dancing the Waltz Alone (혼자 추는 왈츠) is the next episode in my marathon of the most recent season of KBS Drama Special. And let me just say right off the bat, what a painfully heartbreaking yet unfortunately realistic slice of life portrait of today, all told in a beautifully presented hour. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: KBS Drama Special Slow is Strikingly Impactful and Important

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

KBS Drama Specials usually feature some of the boldest storytelling on all of Korean television. But none have ever been as striking as Slow (슬로우). Continue reading

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

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

Good Ol' Review: Middle School Student A Misses Huge Opportunity to Be Something Great

KBS Drama Special Youth

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No Spoilers

Another recent teen-centric KBS Drama Special was Middle School Student A about a transfer student, Hae Joon (Kwak Dong Yun) who provokes the top student in the class after he bumps her from her #1 ranking.

The theme and unfortunate reality of young Koreans being pressured about excelling in school has been depicted in various types of stories from drama to comedy to horror. Teens feeling trapped by their parents’ expectations and the nasty competition between the students themselves, high school life in Korea appears to be pretty dramatic. And the themes are certainly not restricted to South Korea.

It is a worthy theme to explore and Middle School Student A even touches on the growing problem of suicide in Korea.

But while the drama takes a dark turn in the last third, it starts off like a typical and cliche-ridden teen romance. Continue reading