Posts Tagged ‘Secret Garden/시크릿 가든’

Dramas of 2010

Let’s wrap this up, procrastinator style!

2010 was a really good drama year for me. I tend to do this thing where when I get really bored with Kpop, I deviate to dramas. Last year was a relatively decent year for music, so my drama list was a little shorter. This year, in contrast, was a really bad year for music, so I found it easier to concentrate my energy on watching dramas.

I watched a lot of dramas this year. I’m usually not a person who keeps up with every single new drama, but this year I did manage to watch a new drama every time an old one wrapped up, so I’ve developed a pretty good sense of how the year in dramas flowed together.

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Best of Kpop 2010

If 2009 was the year of American crossovers, 2010 was definitely the year of scandal and bad music. Not that there isn’t always bad music in Kpop, but there seems much more of the bad this year than good. Still, not all was drab, there were some releases that felt nice and different.

I can’t complain about the dramas. I watched a buttload of dramas this year and it was a pretty satisfying year of dramas. It wasn’t all great, but there was enough good all around to make this a pretty decent year in dramaland.

This post will be divided up into music and dramas, though I concentrate mostly on music, since I will go much more in-depth for dramas in my upcoming monstrous review post.

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Secret Garden, episodes 5 to 8

This body switch makes me appreciate that Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won are good at what they do.

The story itself and the gender dynamics between the couple aren’t necessarily the most original (rich boy/poor girl, man leading/forcing woman) but the pair’s chemistry is pure FIYAH. The two are so good at transcending the situations given to them that they singularly make this drama worth watching.

Case in point: every other scene that doesn’t feature some combination of Hyun Bin or Ha Ji-won, whether together or by themselves, is essentially a scene I don’t care about. And it’s not because I love the two so much that I don’t care about the rest of the cast, it’s really because their style of playing the characters is completely compelling (and maybe Hyun Bin moreso than Ha Ji-won). Yoon Sang-hyun’s scenes with Kim Sarang are so, so, so boring and drag on forever. I don’t understand the stuff that goes on between Oska and the younger boy and I don’t care to either! The inner family rivals in the Kim clan are uninteresting to me.

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Secret Garden, episodes 1 to 4

YES! Guilty pleasure drama!

Lemme preface by saying that this story is flawed in many ways right from the get-go, but it’s really fun to watch, mostly due to the chemistry between Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won. Oh and, HYUN BIN! I’ve forgotten my massive crush on you. What the hell happened to your face, though? Why is he so gaunt, bone-y and skeletal? It’s upsetting!

I’ve never watched Ha Ji-won in anything, but I expected her to be great, and so far she hasn’t been a letdown. Not the most challenging scenes, but she’s holding her own and I’m sure her character will get better as we go along.

Baek Ji-young’s “That Woman” from the soundtrack:

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I think the song is a little too heavy and hovers on being downright misfitting in meaning, but it’s such a pretty song.

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