Podcast Episode 43: Kdrama Plotting

Posted by Cherry Cordial on January 20, 2016



This is our second half of our new endeavor of a weekly podcast, so as mentioned before we aren’t talking about what we’re watching, check out last week’s episode for that! In this episode, we’re talking about the New Yorker article which talked about Love Sick, then we head to our ranty corner, where we complain about the downside of being at the whim of the people who decide to sub or willy nilly edit programs, and then finally, we’re trying something completely new! In the spirit of ‘what would you do if you won the lotto’ we, of course, would produce a kdrama—which leads to some interesting questions, who would we cast and what would our drama be about? And then proceed to plot out our new and potentially awesome kdrama which may or may not be a rehash of the Mummy—but Korean!

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If you have a listener question you’d like to ask us, be it drama related, casting, recommendations, really anything you can think of, please let us know. We can be reached via our website contact form, podcast@kchatjjigae.com, or if you’d like to leave a voicemail we could play on the air give us a call at 1-347-674-9310. For those of you outside the country (or who don’t want to call long distance), you can record your question on your phone or computer and email the file to us at podcast@kchatjjigae.com.

Dramas Mentioned

Love Sick
Like Love
Doushitemo Furetakunai
Counter Attack
Playful Kiss
Love O-net
Sassy Go Go
Cheer Up
The Technicians
Marriage Not Dating
Chilling Romance
When It’s at Night
Running Man

People Mentioned

Woo Bin
Han Groo
Kang Sora
Go Ah Ra
Choi Min Soo
Moon Hee Kyung
Choi Jin Hyuk
Lee Sung Min

Links Mentioned

New Yorker Love Sick Article

Stephanie should apologize to the following
  • Anyone who was super bored by our drama plotting. We understand. It was fun for us but might not have been your cup of tea.
  • To anyone who was looking for that diet soda she promised was forthcoming and yet did not recieve. #sorrynotsorry she drank it all herself.
  • Love Sick anti-fans. Yep, we went there again.
Thanks for listening! See you next time. 


  • Reply humbledaisy1 January 20, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Glad to see that others have fond thoughts about The Mummy.

    Since Korean dramas are notorious for grabbing plot lines and re-using them, I’d say your plot point for how the hero meets the heroine (he needs her father and thinks she can find him) is very close to how Indiana Jones meets up with Marion in the seedy Asian bar she owns for Raiders of the Lost Ark. He needs the medallion she has. She is the daughter of his mentor as well as his ex-girlfriend.

    If I was writing a drama, however, I like ones where the leads meet hot – with a hot date/night that leads to regret or a secret later on – like in Witches’ Romance or Shine or Go Crazy or that one where the heroine sleeps with her best friend’s younger brother and then has to hide it. This is a plot point that pops up a lot in Thai lakorns as well.

    My least favorite plots have to do with the Romeo & Juliet plot of battling families with “I can’t love you because you are the daughter of my enemy”. This only works in a historical drama. Instead, I’d like a plot where the leads – although not good friends initially because of that hidden hot meeting – have to work together despite their secrets. Think All About My Romance where the two leads (from opposing political parties) go into a room and close the door. Everyone thinks they are having a huge political fight – but instead, they are smooching and having to pretend their heavy breathing is from fighting. Keep up the good work – can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • Reply Rebekah Roberts January 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Okay, first… I really like this new format. I work at night twice a week, now I have something to fill the time during at least one of those nights.
    Second, I LOVED the plotting. Please do more. I was having so much fun with you, and now I want to see this drama. 🙂 Great job ladies!!
    P.S. Your guy needs to have some motivation for why he wants to be part of the family business. If he is ultimately a nice guy, I need to have some really good motivation as to why he wants to be a part of the mobster life… If he is a good guy wouldn’t he want out, not in? Not saying you need to change that point, just give me a good reason.

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