I’ve been trying to get to more dramas lately. Unfortunately with a busy schedule and a hectic life, watching is usually the first thing to go. Or, I should say, watching something that has subtitles where I can’t do anything but sit there and focus on the tv is the first thing to go. But I do love watching dramas and despite the time constraints I keep adding more and more onto my TBWList. Stuff I want to get back to and finish, older stuff I always meant to watch, and now new things that are coming out, catching my eye. Here is my top 5 list of upcoming shows I’m most excited for!
D.P. Dog Day
Private soldier Jun Ho is a confused youth who served in the military normally like other Koreans. One day, he suddenly becomes a member of the military defector arrest team. As such, he is tasked with capturing deserters and must grapple with the more troubling cases of why some soldiers feel they have no other choice but go absent without official leave.
Stephanie’s Note: Just the start of all the Netflix shows on my list. This one looks like it’s going to be funny with action and some heart…and probably a fair amount of angst too. I think it’s an interesting premise and my guess is it’s going to end up being a very missing guy of the week set up with an overarching bad guy plot? While not my favorites, I don’t care, since the first mention of it, the show caught my attention and I’m here for it. Or will be in front of my tv for it.
Love Is Science?
Yan Fei is the CEO of the Love Science Marriage Agency. She uses Big Data to help countless singles find a well-suited life partner. Fei reunites with a friend whom she has always seen like a brother, while he’s been pining after her for years.
His timing could not be the worse, as Fei’s handsome ex-husband arrives unannounced, seeking reconciliation. Is China big enough for the two of them?
According to Big Data’s analysis, just who might be the right guy for Fei?
Will she bravely choose her brotherly friend next door, who makes her feel beloved, or will she opt for her ex-husband, who is quite temperamental?
May the most romantic and healing relationship be the beginning of love’s redemption.
Stephanie’s Take: If this show has been out for a while and Stephanie has already seen a couple of episodes of it, why is it on this list? Well, unfortunately, the show was put on hold due to COVID. We were all worried it wasn’t going to come back it had been so long and I wouldn’t let myself continue on with watching. (Just like I won’t let myself read fanfics that are unfinished, sure the writer could have a good track record of finishing stories, but what if this is the one that they bail on? Not worth the time investment.) But it was recently announced that they have gotten back to filming and will begin airing at the end of this month!
It tells the story of ordinary people who have worked hard all their lives to see the spotlight, but suddenly realize that “nothing has happened” in the middle of the downhill road of life. Boo Jung, a 40-year-old woman works as a ghost writer. She hasn’t achieved anything in her life and she doesn’t know where to go with her life. Kang Jae a 27-year-old man running a role service business who becomes afraid of himself out of fear that he won’t be able to become anything.
Stephanie’s Note: Is this show going to be a depressing weep fest? Probably. Is it going to be dark and angsty? Absolutely. But there is something about this show which just reaches in and says “THIS IS YOU”. Like that time when I was 26 and Garden State came out and it was a movie about a bunch of lost 26 year olds and I just sat there and cried while watching every night for a month, I feel like Lost is going to hit me in my “I FEEL THAT”s. Can’t wait to put myself through that pain.
The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim
Na Woo Soo is the very picture of high school perfection: He comes from a wealthy family, is outstandingly handsome, is every teacher’s favorite student at Seoul’s most prestigious high school, and unfailingly tops the class with his sky-high grades. But his life is about to turn on its head: The student with the lowest grades in his class is found dead in what at first appears to have been a suicide, and a girl named Ga Doo Shim transfers into his class. Ga Doo Shim longs to be a run-of-the-mill high schooler, but she is fated to become a mighty, evil spirit-chasing shaman. The only problem is she struggles to see spirits, both evil and benevolent. Her grandmother once told her that if she could survive being 18, she would be able to live a normal life. But the death of the student with low grades soon turns out to have a supernatural link. And furthermore, she soon learns that Na Woo Soo has suddenly gained the ability to see spirits. Together, they realize, they have the power to fight back against the powers of evil, which are now threatening to overrun the school. But could their ghost-busting partnership one day blossom into romance?
Stephanie’s Take: Like Love Is Science?, this one is a bit of a cheat as the drama is actually currently airing, but the show is so short, I am waiting for the whole thing to be done in order to binge it all at once. I keep peeking at Viki…is it done yet? No? How about now? Now? What about now?
People hear predictions on when they will die. When that time comes, a death angel appears in front of them and kills them.
Jung Jin Soo is the head of the new religion Saejinrihwe. He speaks about the phenomenon when death angels from Hell come and state it’s a revelation from God. Jung Jin Soo has intense charisma and a mysterious aspect.
Bae Young Jae is a program director for a broadcasting station. He tries to dig out the truth about the religious group Saejinrihwe. Min Hye Jin is a lawyer. She stands up against the group “Hwasalchok” (‘Arrowhead’), which consists of people who blindly follow Saejinrihwe.
Song So Hyun is Bae Young Jae’s wife. She collapses in emotional pain, which she can not deal with. Jin Kyung Hoon is a detective and investigates cases involving the appearance of angels of death.
Stephanie’s Take: Hot mamajama this looks awesome! They’ve got a budget, an interesting concept, and a lead actor who is both alluring and one I could totally see running a crazy cult. Like he’d be GOOD at it. I’m not a cult person and I think Yoo Ah In could come to me and simply say ‘I’d like to talk–” And I’d be all in, sign me up. It’s going to be interesting to see how they pull this all together.
Controlled by a complex network of cells, each and every human on the planet is kept running by an unseen operating system that is, for the most part, completely ignored. Though humans never give much thought to how they manage to function, day in and day out, the cells within the human body are constantly at work, doing their part to keep their human alive and well. This is why on the outside, Kim Yu Mi may appear to be just like every other single working woman in the world, but underneath that ordinary exterior lies something truly extraordinary.
Having recently suffered a painful breakup, Yu Mi’s love cells have fallen into a deep coma. While the surrounding cells work hard to revive their fallen compatriots, Yu Mi spends her days stuck in the grind of everyday life. With a heart still broken and no romantic prospects, Yu Mi’s love cells might have been in serious trouble had it not been for the sudden appearance of Goo Woong. An emotionally stunted game developer, Goo Woong has no idea how to express his true feelings, but after meeting Yu Mi, he finds himself wanting to try. With his own love cells unexpectedly sparking Yu Mi’s back to life, things between the two start to get interesting. With both Yu Mi and Goo Woong’s cells working overtime, the two find themselves drawing ever closer. But will the efforts of this small collection of cells really be enough to bring two hearts together forever?
Stephanie’s Take: I keep wavering on this one between this could be hella cute or crazy annoying. In 100% honesty, I think it’s the hero and his ‘hot guy you wish lived next doorness’ that might be what is actually making me go back to this time and time again. While I think the cells are an interesting idea, I’m afraid how they did them is just going to drive me away. And I don’t want to be driven away! If not for the cells, I’d be fully on this. So I think I’m going to give it a try either way.
I really wanted to add this show onto the list but where there isn’t a date, a trailer or even a poster, seen a little premature to be pinning any hopes on it, but the upcoming Netflix drama, Courier starring the much loved and missed Woo Bin that takes place in a future dystopian society? Oooh, this one may be exciting. It’s built off a webtoon so, all we have is this:
Something to look forward to, right? What are you most looking forward to?