No time no see

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I haven’t put together a legit post since November, but I’ve come out of semi-retirement b/c of Exo’s Overdose. I don’t know whether to be impressed by the former or the latter.

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Exo’s “Overdose”

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I expected worse.

I really like the concept, styling, and how it goes with the song. Everyone’s griping about the white blouses, but I like how they look like highly stylized straitjackets, which goes with a song that’s about addiction and trying to find a cure. (“Someone call the doctor, I need that girl.”)

Putting aside whether or not the listener should be romanticizing this kind of love, I like that the song is dark(er) and that there’s this unhinged quality to the singer, who has a dramatic and urgent obsession. He’s a flawed hero, if that, with his shades of megalomania and narcissism. (“Oh she wants me, oh she’s got me, oh hurts me.”)

But I dig it, I dig everything from the song to the presentation. The song beckons you to come in at the beginning … into the mental asylum where its reigning overlord is your song’s protagonist/antagonist. I love the way the verses build up before going into the chorus — the “Oh she wants me” verses are so striking — then the chorus actually tries to say something and doesn’t rely at all on one word/two words/three syllable hooks.

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Thrice Married Woman, episodes 1-31: Why am I watching this?!

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This is a “Thrice Married Woman” post. Yes, I’m still watching this ish. Yes, this show I am all caught up on, despite being weeks behind on “I Need Romance 3″ and “You From Another Star.” Believe me, the completely unnecessary 8-episode extension is doing nobody any favors, but I think there are some important takeaways from the story, which is why I keep watching.

Discussion touches on plot points up to episode 31.

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Answer Me 1994, episodes 1 to 12: And the husband will be…

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Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers, and more spoilers: my take on Chilbongie vs. Oppa.

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Heirs, episodes 11 and 12: That one good scene

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Sorry, this blog has become an “Heirs” blog.

Let’s cut right to it: Choi Young-do, I, what? Huh??? He was my biggest gripe at the start of the story: there were sparks of something interesting in his character but he was just too terrible and frightening to justify whatever interesting qualities he might have as a love rival to Tan. “Heirs” is a G-rated drama but if Choi Young-do were a movie character, I’m sure he would’ve killed some peoples and those people’s moms and/or puppies by the 30-minute mark, and that doesn’t make a good, realistic romantic interest to root for, no matter how sometimes charming the bad-boy facade.

But 12 episodes in and Choi Young-do might be the most interesting of our three leads and developing nicely in layers, too. I read some general conspiracy theory-ish spoilers that I’m hoping will prove false, because I don’t really care about the plights of anybody on this drama anymore (except Lee Bona! I wuff her), and I’d rather Choi Young-do continue developing, even if he ends up being the loser of this whole triangular spectacular.

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