23 September 2016

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Old Nine Gates 老九门 - Episode 22 (Recap)

Posted by SakiVI on September 23, 2016
SakiVI: Lots of plotting, planning, and tomb exploring. Er Ye continues to be depressed, Fo Ye continues to be hot, Lt Zhang continues to be pretty, and Ba Ye - is himself. No XinYue, sadly, but we do see plenty of Huo Niang, whom I like, anyway, so I'm good with that.
kakashi: Push, baby, PUSH! Harder! Harder!

22 September 2016

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Ice Fantasy 幻城 - Episode 14 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on September 22, 2016
kakashi: Shit hits the fan in this ep. The Fire King gets really mad and shows us how nasty he really is. Maybe he was just too lazy before or thought he could delegate some of the important stuff like beating Kasuo to his kids? Poor Kasuo, as if it were our gentle prince's fault that Fire Daddy is such a bad parent.
SakiVI: what is with this rage against KaSuo, anyway? The person Fire King lost to in both war and marriage (I won't call it love) was the Ice King. 
JoAnne: Better hair. He can't get past it.

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Old Nine Gates 老九门 - Episode 21 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on September 22, 2016
kakashi: Looooooots and lots and lots of tomb-action! Very weird tomb-action too, but hey, we don't ask questions here. I'm keeping the stuff about the stupid villains as short as possible. Actually, I leave most of it out completely, which you will probably not notice. That's how little it matters.
SakiVI: Okay, I won't ask questions, sulk, sulk.

21 September 2016

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Old Nine Gates 老九门 - Episode 20 (Recap)

Posted by SakiVI on September 21, 2016
SakiVI: In which our gang repeat themselves a lot, Chen Pi is a Poo (no offense, Winnie), and Huo Niang is all dangerous and snakey.
kakashi: What can you expect from a drama that is 48 episodes long... yes, so episodes are getting a bit less crisp and delicious as we move into the 20s, but Fo Ye is still smoking hot, so bear with us.
I've not had this problem with Ice Fantasy, but perhaps not all drama writers and editors are that good.

20 September 2016

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Thumping Spike - Episode 19 (A Squeecap)

Posted by trot wood on September 20, 2016
Trotwood: Special thanks to my visiting daughter who heard my complaint about being exhausted and behind on recapping and how I was afraid to go on twitter since I felt guilty for not even drafting a recap last week. She just said, “Tell me what happened.” While I tried to stay awake on Friday night, she actually listened to me explain to her my malaise about this episode and typed it up for me like a scribe while I was barely keeping my eyes open. Voila! I woke up to a written draft in my email the following morning.
kakashi: That is lovely of her. Mother-daughter bonding over bad KDrama! I like that. But hey, don't ever feel guilty again. That's an order.
JoAnne: Wow - I'm impressed both by her kindness and your ability to recall an episode in enough detail that it could be recapped without having been watched.
Oh, I had rewatched it... Last weekend when I should have recapped it.
So folks, here we are at the penultimate episode. While the episode 18 was full of swoon and bonding, this episode felt like a final exam review session that you feel might be a waste of time because you already know the material, but you need to attend just in case. The plot doesn’t move forward really. Well maybe for anyone who has never watched a sports movie ever. Sigh.
Short episodes, and yet ... they ran out of story. They should come and have a look at Ice Fantasy. They move so fast I don't know what hit me each episode. Anyway, that said, I didn't mind this episode at all. It's a filler, yes ... but cute.
I was tempted to just recap the episode like this:  “They won the championship. The end.”
. . . ok. fine. Here's the real recap
They won? See, I don't even remember that much.
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Ice Fantasy 幻城 - Episode 13 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on September 20, 2016
kakashi: If you're not on the Yan Da - Shi ship yet, this episode will sure get you there. They both seem puzzled by the depth of feeling for each other, but there is no denying it: they have a very strong bond, sealed by saving each other's life. It may not be love, but it's a sort of friendship that comes once in a lifetime. 
SakiVI: And even if they don't end up as lovers, I'll accept them as besties, even if I'm crying in a corner over their missed chance to love and marry and have little fire-ice babies. 
JoAnne: What to do, though, if a prince is willing but his icicle melts?

19 September 2016

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Rants and Weekly Raves #105 (RAWR)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on September 19, 2016
kakashi: To Kang Ha-neul, who grew up so well! And to my unnis who are crazy-busy at work!
JoAnne: I can breathe again for the moment, so I foresee some drama watching in my future! And laundry. Lots of laundry.
Damn, laundry. Also: Damn laundry! 
Shuk: I actually finished a couple of side projects! Oh, and laundry.

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ToGetHer 愛就宅一起 - Episode 1 (A Contest SqueeCap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on September 19, 2016
kakashi: Hello everyone! This is our new recapping project in honor of Sparks of Ember, who won our "alternative endings"-contest. I am sure that this will be fun, because this is the synopsis of this 2009 drama: "Mars is a superstar whose popularity went downhill after a series of negative publicity. His finances went into red alert and he had to find a new place to live. He ended up renting a place from Mo Mo, his homebody landlord. He befriended her and her childhood friend Jia Sen, a swimming captain with the intelligence of an 8-year-old." I can't wait.
Sparks: Hi, all! I'm excited to be here - thanks for the invite! I'm looking forward to sharing my favorite Twdrama with everyone! 
Trotwood; I remember loving this show. I watched it in my early years of watching dramas before i had access to much of anything. Poor quality. Half subbed. Sporadic episode continuity. But I remember really enjoying it. I think I was going through the "I must see everything with Raine Yang" phase.
Jaehyus: It's really good!  And I love Jiro Wang, so I'm happy.
Shuk: This was my second Rainie Yang after Devil Beside You. I saw it after YAB, which gave me a certain immunity for crazy hair and guyliner (thanks JKS!). I loved it! I thought it was cute fluff.
JoAnne:  Funny you should mention YAB, because while I was watching this I kept thinking about my utter bewilderment at the styling in that show - one of my earlier drama watches - and Mars certainly reminded me of Anjell. Like Jaehyus, I like Jiro - so I'm willing to overlook the hair and the clothes.

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