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Here’s part 2 of the November K Crunch, on K Dramas. If you haven’t seen Part 1, check our our reviews on Jay Park, Rania, and Clazzi.

Starting with Flower Boy Ramyun Shop!

 

Soooo. I could write a post about Flower Boy Ramyun Shop…or I could abandon you all and watch the show….*Martina sneaks away* (runs into Simon) I’m back!!! Hahaha just joking, I wouldn’t abandon you guise for a tv drama about one girl and 4 super hot Korean guys…*shifty eyes*

But seriously, I thought this drama was going to be a total rip off of Coffee Prince, which is my all time favorite Korean drama, but it takes around 6 episodes for the Ramyun Shop to get its flower boys. The rest of the episodes are focused on character development, which is a great thing, because I think that character development is an important detail that a lot of dramas are missing out on. Sure, you can have a cute plot about hot guys and girls interacting, but to shape the character into someone you can relate with or care about past the point of their looks is something really uncommon in a lot of dramas, and so I totally value it in this one.

Now this drama is not as deep as Coffee Prince, in my opinion. It does have a bigger focus on pretty boys and their ability to manipulate women (just by winking), but it still takes the time to show a slow change in the main playboy character. See, I really hate it when a book, drama, movie, or whatever, pushes a character to behave in a way that is out of their normal behavior just to advance the plot. I don’t want continuity in personality to be sacrificed for interesting plots. Fortunately, this drama does a nice job of allowing the plot to flow by slowly introducing plot changing characters, details, or changes of thought.

I don’t want to spoil much of it for you, which I’m worried I might have already done by talking about the plot a bit (though in barely any detail) in the video. Let’s just say I’m totally hooked on this drama.

Next up, Vampire Prosecutor!

 

Oh Vampire Prosecutor! How a show about a vampire could ever be boring is, really, quite an amazing feat in my books. I’m sorry to all those fans of the show that have to experience me ripping into this drama, but my hardcore vampire bias has unleashed a nasty side of me that should have remained in the deep dank darkness of a vampire castle. Buuu ah ah ah! Bad joke.

So this is supposed to be a CSI type murder mystery show, and I was hoping it would follow the same pattern: The plot to uncover the murderer come first, and character development – though not wholly neglected – comes second.

See, I really like the way CSI does it, which is mostly through the audience observing the CSI members in the field and then forming their own conclusions about their detailed actions. Once in a while, a CSI member’s personal life will spill into the show and reveal a bit of back detail on that member. They aren’t the most profound characters, mind you, but little bits of their personality are a welcome pause from the development of the plot.

Vampire Prosecutor does not do this at all. The show opens up with a back story about the vampire prosecutor, and then dives into the introduction of team members that are just painfully stereotypical. While the team solves their first murder together, the show sprinkles in flashbacks and hints of the vampire’s back story. My major problem is that I dont give a CRAP about this guy because the show has done nothing to help me LIKE him in the first place. He’s not kind, super smart or a playboy. He has little to no redeeming or endearing qualities. He only helps solve the cases via his blood drinking flashback ability (which is sooooo not vampire since the blood is already dead and decaying – but that’s a quibble) and his ability isn’t even that helpful to begin with.

Let me give you an example. In one of the episode the vampire gets a vision of a room with dolls. And so, every person they interview or every house they visit, they check to see if there are any dolls around, all the meanwhile his team is like :what the hell, why are we looking for dolls?” One of the visits they meet with the most suspicious eye-contact avoiding bitch woman, who is soooo unhelpful to the cops, almost to an offensive level. And, even though she was the last person to be seen with the victim, and she knows the victim is dead, she says to the cop, “oh this isn’t really a big deal. I’m busy can you just forget about it?” and she leaves to get a massage. Are you freaking serious? You tell cops not to make a big deal of it? How is this in any way believable?

Anyhow, they notice that she has a small doll keychain on her cellphone. WHOA! SHE MUST BE THE KILLER BECAUSE OF THAT DOLL!!!!! Yes, that’s clearly the most relevant evidence, not her super suspicious behavior, not because she was the last person to be with the victim WHO WAS AN ORPHAN THAT SHE PICKED UP IN A CAR FROM THE ORPHANAGE AND NEVER RETURNED WITH HER! The freaking keychain doll.

Sure, turns out, they’re right, BUT COME ON!!!!! EVERYONE ALREADY KNEW IT WAS HER BECAUSE SHE WAS SOOOOOOO SUSPICIOUS AND UNHELPFUL!!!!!! *nose bridge pinch*

Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by murder shows like Dexter, where dark characters are given loads of depth, and investigative skills are valuable, and so I’m coming at this show with high expectations. And perhaps I’m spoiled by vampire shows where vampires are pretty awesome. I don’t know. I just thought that with such a fresh idea for a show, like a vampire prosecutor, the show should have been immensely awesome. Instead, it was immensely disappointing. Boo-urns.

On a less serious and grumpy note, we have bloopers for K Crunch! Yay for being out of place! And lastly, if you didn’t read our first post on the Kpop section of K Crunch, we’re doing an interview with Clazzi from Clazziquai next week. Let us know what questions you think we should ask him :D

 

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  1. Vamp prosecutor got to season 2 I didn’t watch it

  2. haha watching martina rant to simon is identical to how the conversations are between my brother and : I refuse to stop talking about my current drama, he tries to avoid me like the plague. silly brother, as if he could really hide from a fangirl who needs to talk about her obsession. nice try >)

  3. Try City Hunter it’s really great!

  4. Martina I just have 3 words for you.. Black Dagger Brotherhood!! You must read this books if you are so into vampires.! You are going to love them.. Promise

  5. OMG MARTINA!!!! i got so addicted to Flower Boys Ramyun Shop, I didn’t do anything for a whole day and watch finished watching the drama in one day…aish. 

  6. Try Color of Woman, Me Too Flower, and Tree With Deep Roots as well!

  7.  my previous post dissapeared… oh well

    Oh how I totally agree.. am in awe with FBRS … the many puns and metaphors galore… what a treat.. and now its gonna be with deeper shades but still cheeky, perfect dosage… Vampire Schmanpire.. how dissssssappointing..clichéd.. like you only saw the first which was enough…now I would love your review on Vampire Idols… oh the images that pops in my little active mind….

    how about a top 10 or EYKcountdown of the best this year ?…

    anyway just found your blog here and totally completely utterly addicted to it… so thanks a million billion times ;-) kamsahamnida

  8. Ok, for Martina: If you haven’t seen the drama “Oh! My Lady”, then I seriously advise you to. I laughed and cried. I yelled at my computer a lot. It was also the first time I’ve ever hated Choi Siwon.

    The only bad points I can come up with are:
    1. A few moments of overacting (happens every time).
    2. The fact that in some parts, it seemed like the only reason Siwon was shirtless was just to get ratings. While I enjoy some shirtless Siwon, it actually CAN be distracting to more important things going on in the plot.
    3. A few moments where it seemed like everyone just spontaneously lost the sense they were born with, and made the worst possible decision with the most possible complications. However, that’s sometimes necessary for plot development.

    TL;DR- Oh! My Lady is awesome. Check it, peeps!

  9. oh martina. u soo need to find some companion to watch the dramas xD simon won’t have to listen about it, and u’ll have a great fun with sharing the emotions :D i personally love to watch dramas with ma friends XD
    also i really like the idea of separating the k pop & k drama sections. it gives the chance for not hurrying each of the part because of lack of time.

    and guess i’ll have to add next tilltes to my ‘to watch’ list heh xDD

  10. Martina the fact that you recommended and loved Protect the Boss makes me trust your drama judgment…. But you also seem to be obsessed with Twilight–and I’ll admit, I loved the first book, but as the series went on, my loathing for it increased with each installment and I reached my pinnacle of hate with book four and its tales of biting children out of pregnant women and werewolf child molesters…BUT I digress–Looking forward to Flower Boy. tee hee~
    :-)

  11. Dear Simon, my boyfriend is totally sympathetic to you. I’m obsessed with this drama, it’s a hilarious parody of BOF. Now I’m watching episode 11 of FBRS (in Italy it’s 01.00 AM), but I don’t understand anything in Korean. Getting back to serious matters, Martina, is it possible that Cha Soo and Kang Hyuk are brothers? While I’m waiting for the English subtitles, I can’t do anything except to torment myself with this doubt. One thing is certain: I have to learn Korean.Anyway, I totally disagree with you on VP: original plot, is descriptive of the complexity of human being and with an excellent direction. Good night, guize!

    PS: welcome back my little Spudgy! :)

  12. Oh, Martina, you don’t know what you’ve done by mentioning this drama! I was looking for an excuse to try my first K-Drama, so I looked this one up, and have been manically following all the episodes. Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is painfully addictive. *watches compulsively*

  13. Anonymous

    ohmygosh. i was kind of offended by how you compared cha chi-soo with goo jun-pyo. it’s just, no. jung il-woo’s acting is too awesome to be compared to (then) lee min-ho. jung took chebol to a whole to level.

    as for over-acting, i agree that it exists. however, it’s never bothered me because i grew up watching them in dramas. actually, over-acting is sort of common in korean comedy genre. as well as those comical/embarrassing situations that happen frequently to the protagonist. idk, it’s just part of korean drama culture. similar to this would be countless scenes of people eating on the dinner table and talking in family dramas (or just korean dramas in general).

  14. Just shown Simons painful ‘drama moments’ to my long suffering other half, he understands completely, even though he has never seen a single drama hed be able to discuss the story line of loads of Kdramas in just the same way :D

  15. Flower Boy Ramyon Shop? Aren’t they trying a bit too hard to appeal to the female crowd? It just seems that they are trying to project that image. Vampire Prosecutor? Well that sounds like something completely different from the usual drama fare. Anyways whenever I miss episodes I tend to go to sites like asiancinematic.com which has uploads of these dramas. But I”m not quite sure if you can do that in Korea unless you want to risk SBS, KBS or MBC going after you for downloading them. 

  16. thisisjustforfunval

    Have you seen Lee Min Ho’s Toyota Camry commercials. That is my least favorite drama this month. It is just wonderful he is so hot, because the mini commercial drama is full of cheese, overly dramatic story lines, and plot/story line holes. Plus I love how the American cops happen to understand Korean. You can see it here:
    http://www.toyota.com/oneandonly/film.html

    • You should check out the KiA commercials with hamsters. It’s pretty hilarious. Just look it up on youtube. But this is going a bit off topic but I had to mention it. 

      • thisisjustforfunval

        LOL yeah I have seen those commercials. I’m a graphic designer for our local newspaper and had to but the hamsters on the local Kia dealers ads for the weekend. My co-workers want to dress up as the hamsters and dance Party Rock Anthem. :D

  17. Simon, my husband completely sympathizes. I’ve dragged him to a JYJ concert and he loved it. But Kdramas are so not his thing. I wake him up if it’s really sad and replay the funny scenes. He makes the same faces I make watching him 10 man Shannox (that’s not sexual, btw, it’s a video game). Painful.

    Thanks, Martina, for the heads up on Vamp Pros. I loooved Protect the Boss but I can’t get into FBRS. The characters seem like cheap knock offs of BOF. Tons of overacting. If you say it’s really worth it I’ll try to drudge on. Any other favorites?

    • Anonymous

      knocks offs of BOF? FBRS parodies BOF. seriously give FBRS a few more episodes. i for on the other hand, sort of got over protect the boss. watched up to10 episodes then had no desire to watch futhur :(

  18. Peggy De Bodt

    Dusting a vampire is also something that Buffy uses a LOT.

  19. I actually haven’t started watching neither of the shows. Though I hear people saying that Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is so good, I’m still kind of hesitant to watch this. Usually, the shows that are so popular don’t really work that well for me. But then again…some dramas have a way of surprising you.
    I didn’t start watching Vampire Prosecutor because I’m quite over vampires for some time. Aside from you guys, however, I have been hearing that it is actually worth watching. Maybe I’ll check it out anyway and let myself be disappointed like you, Martina. Or…it will be my favourite new show (not likely, don’t have enough vampire love in me).
    Oh and what’s up with those ridiculous drama titles!? Flower Boy Ramyun Shop? Vampire Prosecutor? Please, I know they could do better…

  20. Flower Boy Ramyun Shop?…hmm…I know which K-drama im going to watch next :)

  21. BTW there are a couple of sites that you can go to download dramas. one is Asiancinematic.com and if you understand spanish go to Asia-Team.net 
    Asia-Team.net are crazy. They have uploaded even variety shows. 

  22. You should send the bit about overacting the SBS, MBC, and KBS. 

  23. jericho98

    martina a little too much CSI MIAMI

  24. irritablevowel

    I cannot agree more about FBRS.  Though I persistently call it Flower Shop Ramyun Boy  (which I think would be a show about a
    college student who works part time for a florist. )  Anyhoo, Kang Hyuk. 
    Yes, let’s talk about him. 
    Are you telling me that any woman would go for the bratty rich kid over
    the gorgeous, sexy, flirty chef who seems really thoughtful and attentive to her
    needs?   Really?  REALLY??!  But, but, he cooks for her!  I already know this is going to be the Boys Over Flowers trauma all over again.  

  25. I started Vampire Prosecutor, and I was sooooo excited for it. I got a few episodes in and I started noticing the same things you were noticing. I also don’t like how it doesn’t really have a continuing story line, it just is case after case. But I’ve only seen like three episodes so…. Tell us if it gets better! And you guys should do way more videos on K-dramas.

  26. flower boy ramen shop is AWESOME!!! Cha Chi-Soo is Awesome, Ba-Wool soo cute, Kang-Hyuk is tall… ^^ Love this drama (and the preview for chapter 11 is GREAT!: ” -… do you think I’m going to close my eyes? -I’m not finished yet.” AAAaaaH it just makes me want to see  it *-*

  27. cloiebuggeater

    OH.MY.GOSH. “flower boy ramen shop” is like the worst Kdrama Crack out there! I love it! I find myself reading the recaps on dramabeans while waiting for the subs to come out, watching the show and then reading another blog’s recap afterwards. WAAAAY too addicting! 

  28. I’ m big fan of the “Vampire prosecutor” Mainly because i have watched too much of those too cute characters and I need some cool ones. I’m in love with the dramatic vampire character  :) Of course there is those stupid mistakes that makes you roll your eyes but I pretend to be blind… ;)

  29. punkyprincess92
    punkyprincess92

    I FREAKIN LOVE THE PORORO PART!!!!!!

    truthfully i only started watching it because of the SHINee references!! but know i really like it!
    i completely agree with the over acting! that is the one thing i hate about dramas! i just wanna go to the characters and shake them from all their dumb emotions! (if that makes sense) but i still love watching them!
    hahahaha JYPee in the toilet!…or poop! heehee sorry!

  30. Seriously guize!!!!
    No Tasha/Youn MiRae??!!!
    Her song is epic!!!
    WHyy?? why? =/
    =(

    ='(

  31. Anonymous

    Ughh… I totally agree with Martina’s review of Vampire Prosecutor. I mean I haven’t watch K-Drama’s in a while since most of the dramas starts feeling the same for me. No character depth, slow progress of drama then abrupt change in character then boom the drama is done. An example of this is Lie to me. I mean I’ve been watching K-drama’s for sometime already. They use to have this depth in character even though the story is a really slow progress ie something like Autumn in my heart. But as time progress the drama plots and characters seems to be more focused on idol popularity and getting good viewership. And apparently Vampire Prosecutor is no exemption. I had such high hopes of a CSI, Criminal Minds, True Blood esque story. And I was kinda disappointed I mean I know I’m one of those Hardcore Mystery lovers but I think even a Middle school kid or even Elementary kids can obviously see who did it. I mean seriously their shifty eyes and really poor alibis and their overly obvious character hints. I wished it was different but sadly Vampire Prosecutor was just one of those overly done dramas.. I’m so disappointed I thought it was gonna be a new and awesome completely different drama but… its a big disappointment. :|

    • Anonymous

      I agree-I saw the ad and thought ‘hmm might watch the first episode’ and I did hope it would turn out like Criminal Minds (one of my favorite shows) with some True Blood-but no it didn’t turn out like that. And I slightly laughed when he ”discovers what happens” through drinking blood (which looks alot like Kool-aid) and his “I’m a vampire now cuse I got my blue eyes now!’ =p Although I must admit I’m curious to know if anyone else finds out that he’s a “vampire” =0

      • Anonymous

        I know.. I was like yes!!! No more ditsy protagonist and say hello to cool and awesome crime solving. Apparently, it wasn’t meant to be. I mean his only “cool”, if you can call it cool characteristic as a vampire is his blue eyes, the elongation of his canines, his slo-mo fighting skills and his overly gross ” is that a kool-aid with too much powder” blood drinking last moments flash back thing? I mean blood scientifically doesn’t carry any information or cells that can be used to get a flashback. I mean get real? seriously. This is such a disappointment. I’d rather watch variety shows than putting up with this drama. 

        Seung-gi fan have you heard his new album.. its awesome.. sorry that was way off topic.. haha.. 

  32. Anonymous

    Martina! Heck yes Flower Prince Ramyun Shop is AMAZING!  So true, days and night just blur away! My friend introduced me to it over the weekend and I’m already addicted.

  33. Anonymous

    I think you went into Vampire Prosecutor expecting too much.  See, with any television show I watch, from any country, I expect that the characters will do some stupid things.  Why does she turn her back to the rape suspect?  Because she is the typical naive rookie who wants to be taken seriously, that’s why.  There is character development, but it is verrrrry slow, and takes several episodes to get to.  We do see him struggle with his vampire side, they just don’t make it super obvious until later.  I really wish you had been a little more forgiving and just waited it out because I am really enjoying this show, cliched characters and stupid mistakes and all.

    Also, I have to severely disagree with you guys on the vampire characters lack of interest.  His mystery and apparent lack of change are very vampiric in nature, and much more interesting to me than a certain vampire currently popular among teenage girls.

  34. María Constanza Rodríguez Garc

    I’m totally acord with Martina about Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, jeje… when I saw the first chapter doesn’t catchme, but when I see the second and the prewiev of the third, OMG… jajaj really, I love this drama, and yes, with Protect the boss are the best tvdrama that I saw in this months.
    Good job guys, I really like your Page and you videos… they make laugh soo much, even my sister and my brother saw your videos… =)

  35. Anonymous

    i really like Flower Boy Ramyun Shop! i’m totally in! it has a really carefree feeling, and i have to say that when i watch it i really get my stress out ^^ plus the main male characters are definitely hot! hehe i would seriously recommend it! =)

  36. omg!! i totally love Protect The Boss + Flower Boy Ramyun Shop too!!!! PTB (love the r/ship btwn the JiHun + his dad + EunSeol = ice cream girl + EunSeol ) and FBRS is really funny (esp d dad + Pororo thingy..lol~) and sad at d same time..btw, i was looking forward to watch Vampire Prosecutor after FBRS but after listening to ur reviews don’t feel like watching anymore~ oh..Martine..what bout City Hunter and Scent of A Woman? did u watch em?

  37. I agree with you on Vampire Prosecutor. My main issue that caused me to stop watching was the super-wrong police work in every episode. Main detective breaks into a suspect’s business to collect evidence? Whats-her-face keeps giving him vials of blood from every victim without it being logged and checked up on?  Let’s use kindergarten painting skills to outline all these cameras and find out which one matches this spot in the blood!  I’m not a big crime drama fan (Korean or American), but I just felt…..do they really think I’m that stupid?

  38. faeriedoust

    I agree that Vampire Prosecutor was a little bad originally, but if you watch the more recent episodes i think they’re quite good! The last ep on Jung In and her past was quite character depth inducing…..but I do agree that they need to involve more of the vampire plot in the drama ^^” Hopefully Vampire Idol will be good?

    Anyway, I LOVE FBRS~~~~~ Its def one of the crack dramas of the year! xD

  39. muggledore

    Random JAY Y PEEEE from Simon was hilarious~~!!!!!
    kkkk~

    and Flower Boy Ramyun. OMYGOD!! 
    Jung-Il Wo and his Pororo dad is &^%*&^&$^&!!!!!!

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