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TV Series Review: Once Upon A Time S07E01 Hyperion Heights

Honestly, I was soooo skeptical about watching this episode. For me, the last episode of Season 6 was a perfect ending for a series. I thought that it was better to end the series that way. So, for everyone who thought the same way I did, I suggest that you give this episode a chance.

Henry left Storybrooke to find his own story. He was warned by Regina that he only has one magic bean so getting back to Storybrooke would be difficult but for Henry difficult means an adventure. With this, I got the sense that the series will offer something brand new. Honestly, I was getting tired after six seasons of OUAT but I guess something refreshing awaits in this new season.

What Happened in the Episode

A New Realm

Years after Henry left Storybrooke, he meets another Cinderella with a twist in her story. Instead of falling in love with prince, she actually wants to kill him. She was really close to doing so but changed her mind. Unfortunately, her stepmother killed the prince and blamed it on her. Henry rescues her and asks her to meet him in the place where they first met. That’s where the portal will open. Henry was actually aiming to go back to Storybrooke through a portal that would appear only at midnight.

Present Time

In the present time, it is shown that Henry is living an unsuccessful and uneventful life. After publishing one successful book, he has trouble starting the next one. One day, he gets a knock on his door and a little girl is claiming that she’s her kid but Henry insists he does not have one. Kid steals his laptop so he has to check out Hyperion Heights to find it. There he meets Jacinda (who was actually Cinderella) and he seems enchanted by her. However, he has no memory of ever meeting her. They both have “curse memories” and forgot their original lives. Henry also meets Victoria Belfrey (Cinderella’s stepmom) who seems to be the main villain. Belfrey wants to tear down the street and remodel Hyperion Heights. Hook, Regina, and Rumplestilskin are also in Hyperion Heights but like Henry, they seem to have no memory of their original lives.

Episode Ends

The episode ends with Henry arriving to the place he and Cinderella first meets but Cinderella wasn’t there. The portal opens but Henry notices that a glass slipper is lying on the ground. He takes this as a sign and chooses not to leave the realm.

My Opinion

With these new characters, I think that Once Upon A Time has a chance to be wonderful again.Well, as long as they don’t drag it out again. The reboot, so far, looks interesting so I guess I’d stick around for the season.

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Netflix Originals Review: Marvel’s The Defenders

I am one of those people who were very excited when the Defenders Trailer came out.  I really enjoyed Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. I was quite disappointed with Iron Fist though so I’m not really fond of Danny Rand. However, the possibility of seeing these four together brought out a different kind of excitement in me. I haven’t felt this way since the Avengers assembled.

I was really thrilled with the first half of the show. Every encounter is exciting and every fight is just awesome. I also liked the encounters between the defenders especially Jessica making fun of the Daredevil suit. I really loved Elektra in this show too. I was always looking forward for her every move. I know there’s more to her than what it’s shown and I got what I expected from her in the end.

However, the second half sort of disappointed me. Their encounters seemed redundant and the characters became predictable. Also, the merging of the four shows meant that other characters from the show were left in the background. The remarkable characters like Karen, Trish and Malcolm were really underutilized. I can’t blame the show though, with its eight episodes, not much can happen.

Overall, the show was thrilling. I guess I would have loved the show if I don’t love each character. I really think that the Defenders had more potential but it was not able to achieve it.

Korean Drama Review: Coffee Prince

Coffee Prince is about Go Eun Chan(Yoon Eun-Hye) who has to pretend that she’s a boy in order to get a job and Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo), her boss who starts to fall for her even when he thinks she’s a boy.

Even if it’s already been ten years after this drama aired, Coffee Prince is still one of the most highly recommended Korean drama which made me very intrigued about this drama. I also remember all the hype this drama received when it first aired a long time ago. With all the love this drama received, I had very high expectations about this drama.

First, I would like to talk about things I liked about this drama. I’ve always liked light-hearted romantic comedy korean dramas. They are very enjoyable to watch and easy on the heart. You’ll find yourself smiling with the characters. I really liked the friendly banters here, it’s quite realistic.

I’m also quite impressed with how Yoon Eun-Hye pulled off playing this tomboy-ish character. Like her character in Goong which is one of my favorite korean dramas, Go Eun-Chan’s character is that of a very cheerful young woman who lights up the room and the lives of people around her. Her character here is very family-oriented as well. Yoon Eun-Hye was adorable but for me, it’s Gong Yoo’s acting that stands out. I can’t describe it either but his acting has a way of moving me. I forget that he’s just acting and I just seen Han Kyul in the screen. For me, he’s one of the best actors out there.

The best part of this drama for me is Lee Sun-Gyun’s Choi Han Seong and Chae Jung-Ahn’s Han Yoo Joo. Even when the characters of Han Kyul and Eun Chan are interesting, it’s Han Seong and Yoo Joo’s relationship I looked forward too. They had a mature relationship with real problems that I rarely see in korean dramas that I’m always looking forward to their every scene. I really rooted for a happy ending for them, even more than the main leads.

Even when I enjoyed the drama and kind of liked it, I’m probably one of the very few people who didn’t love it. I wasn’t able to see the magic that keeps other people hooked in this drama. It took me a long time to actually finish watching because I wasn’t interested in what happens next. I always put off watching the next episode because I don’t really want to start. I guess it has something to do with the pace. This drama is very slow-paced that it was boring for me. I also felt like the supporting characters (the coffee princes) had so much potential that are wasted. I liked them from the start and I really think that these characters could have been utilized more. I also think that the ending was too underwhelming.

Overall, this drama is not one of those that gives me an “I don’t want this drama to end” feeling. I was actually glad that I finally finished it. There were parts that are very lovable but I didn’t see the charm everybody sees. Maybe one day, I’ll try to rewatch and maybe I’ll love it then.

Korean Drama Review: Descendants of the Sun

Descendants of the Sun tells the love story of Captain Yoo Shi Jin, a soldier, and Kang Mo Yeon, a doctor.

Descendants of the Sun was a huge success. When it aired last 2016, everyone I know was talking about it. During it’s airing, it seemed like it was the only thing people were talking about. To be honest, I only decided to watch it more than a year after it has aired. I like to watch famous dramas when it’s popularity has cooled down. Furthermore, with Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo’s engagement announcement, I couldn’t contain my curiosity any longer.

I have to admit that Descendants of the Sun is not as great as I thought it would but I really loved Descendants of the Sun nonetheless. The plot was indeed interesting. Can a soldier and a doctor make it work? I think the plot revolves around this question, at least in the perspective of Doctor Kang Mo Yeon. Throughout the drama, she was very hesitant on dating a soldier because it would really be difficult to be with a man who can one day not come back from work. It’s really interesting but I don’t believe this drama is successful because of it’s plot. I think the strength of this drama is its unpredictability. That time when Yoo Shi Jin told Kang Mo Yeon to save the patient and pulls out his gun. What a shock! Totally didn’t expect that. And when he asked about what he should with the kiss, should he apologize or should he confess? Who would expect that? Swoon-worthy! That is why I think the shock factor is the best quality of this drama. The shock factor kept the viewers interested and hooked them.

The best decision the people behind this drama made is casting Song Joong Ki as Yoo Shi Jin. The charm of this man is undeniable. This drama has lots of moments when delivery is the key just like that “should I apologize or confess” line. These kinds of lines heavily relies on the skill and charm of the actor. Song Joong Ki is very successful in giving us the feels.

Overall, the drama is far from perfect but still, you can’t help but love it!

Korean Drama Review: Two Worlds

Two Worlds is about Oh Yeon Joo, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and Kang Chul who is a main character of a popular webtoon. The conflict starts when Oh Yeon Joo gets dragged into the world of the webtoon and becomes an important character in the webtoon.

With its unique concept, I found this drama very refreshing. The concept of a world apart from where we live in caught my interest from the very start. This drama hooked me from the very beginning. This drama is fast-paced and a lot of things are happening in an episode. The episodes are full of action and thrill that you’ll always ask “What will happen next?”. Not one episode was boring and I was always eager to start another episode. Apart from the thrill, this drama will also make you laugh and make your heart flutter. There are lots of cute scenes and with Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo as the leads, the cute scenes are even more adorable. There are also lots of scenes where you’re just going to cry. Oh Yeon Joo and Kang Chul went through a lot they’re like starcrossed lovers. With every obstacle they face, you’ll wonder how they are going to get through it. You will also constantly wonder how this drama would end. Can two people from two different worlds actually end up happy together?

Now, let’s talk about the leads – Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo. These two are perfect for their roles. Lee Jong Suk’s looks and expressions gave me a vibe that he might be from a webtoon. There’s a mystery and charm to him that seems like a magnet for my affections. Han Hyo Joo, for me, is also commendable. Oh Yeon Joo cried a lot in this drama. With Han Hyo Joo’s acting, I couldn’t help but cry with her. These two are good individually but together, they’re awesome. There’s a strong connection and chemistry between them that every scene felt natural. They really look adorable together, I was rooting for them to be together since the very beginning. I’ve watched behind the scenes as well and the two leads seem to be getting along very well.

Overall, I really liked this drama. Every minute spent watching this is worth it. It was a roller coaster of emotion and I really loved the ride. I highly recommend this to everyone!

Korean Drama Review: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

The drama starts when a woman, Go Ha-Jin played by IU, from the 21st century was transported back  in time during the reign of King Taejo, the first king of Goryeo. She awakes in the body of Lady Hae Soo, a noblewoman living in that time.  Realizing that there is no way to get back in her own time, Hae Soo tries to adjust to living in Goryeo not knowing that she and her knowledge of the future will play a big part in history.

I found this korean drama in a list of korean dramas with the saddest endings. To be honest, I was very hesitant to watch this korean drama, sad endings aren’t really my thing. In addition to that, this drama had low ratings since it’s in the same timeslot as Love in the Moonlight. Nonetheless, I decided to try this korean drama. After watching this drama, I am both thankful and regretful of that decision.

Why am I thankful I watched this drama?

This drama is one of the best korean drama I have ever seen. I don’t think I felt this much emotion in a korean drama before. From the first episode until the last, I was in a rollercoaster of emotions. I was laughing for some time then I will cry a few minutes after. I have not seen a korean drama with so much substance as Scarlet Heart. You’ll just find yourself deeply immersed in the scene because everything is just so good. You’re going to laugh with them, cry with them and love with them. Every episode will really get you hooked. I had to take a break in the last few episodes though. Things got really heavy near the end that I had to watch cute and fun stuff to buffer my emotions. That’s how intense and great this drama is.

Another reason I love this drama is because of the characters. The drama explored every character deeply. As the drama progressed, you will realize that there is more to the character that meets the eye. There’s more than one side of them and the drama showed it to us in such a great way.  The male lead of the drama, 4th prince Wang So played by Lee Joon-Gi, was not the typical righteous hero. He had commendable heroic moments like how he defended the Crown Prince but he is also capable of doing dreadful things. Because he is imperfect, I think he’s a perfect character. The female lead is far from perfect either. Hae Soo actually made a lot of bad decisions until the very end. It doesn’t stop there. I think all characters here are great. I felt like there were more than just characters. Because the drama shows more than one side of them, you can connect to them well and have understanding of the character. I understood even the reasons behind the villain’s action. The well-written characters are then strengthened by the actors playing them. The acting here is commendable especially Lee Joon-Gi. Every emotions is evident in his face that you can’t help but be immersed in the drama even more than you already was.

Why am I regretful?

You must be wondering… If I love the drama so much, why did I say that I am also regretful of watching it? Just because of the ending. The blogger who said this is one of the saddest endings is not lying.Don’t get me wrong, I really think that the ending is beautiful. Still, the ending left me shocked and heartbroken. I feel like Wang So and Hae Soo’s story shouldn’t end like that. I desperately want a Season 2 even if it’s highly unlikely.

Overall…

Overall, I think this drama is close to perfection. I don’t think I will forget this any time soon. I think it will always be one of my favorites.