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Lovepark End of the Year Awards V

Welcome to the fifth Lovepark End of the Year Awards: where the awards don't matter, and nobody cares!   Judges: Me (as always)   It has been years since my last "awards" post—mostly because these things take way too long to write—and while I have been watching dramas (and enjoying them immensely) in the time I haven't given out awards, there were a couple of shows this year that compelled me to recognize them in some capacity. With the influx of channels and streaming services jumping into the money pool known as Korean dramas, there are more shows being made than I can count or care to remember. The increase in supply does not always guarantee quality, and in fact, there were probably more duds than gems this year if anyone had the time or desire to watch everything that aired. While most dramas go unnoticed, a deserved few garner attention, and in some cases, created an irrevocable impact on the landscape. Without further ado...
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A Letter From a Disappointed Fan

When I first heard the news about Bae Seong-woo's scandal, I was shocked. However, as reality sank in, I was left with disappointment. Drinking and driving is a crime. End of discussion. It might have been a one-time accident, but that can't serve as an excuse. Bae's actions have left his fans hurt, and I'm sure his family is suffering even more. His brother, a vocal supporter from the beginning, apologized on his older brother's behalf and promised to never mention his name on broadcast again. That's how serious this crime is. Bae Seong-woo was reaching the height of his career, getting lead roles in dramas and movies, yet now his future is undetermined. I'm sure after a period, Bae Seong-woo will eventually return like the other celebrities who have been charged with DUIs. While I'll still love his past performances (and in all honesty, still like him), I don't know if I'll be able to go around and call myself his fan anymore. While I'm

Farewell, Stove League

Much like the team they portrayed, Stove League rose from the bottom and shattered all expectations. Though the broadcasting station clearly tried to capitalize on this sleeper hit by dividing it into smaller episodes to shove more commercials in between and the production side weighed down some of the fun by inserting a ridiculous amount of PPL scenes, luckily the show ended with its intended 16-episode run. Thus, it's now time to say goodbye to our underdog team, Dreams.

Scene Spotlight: The Crowned Clown Episode 8

**SPOILER ALERT** (The following has major spoilers for episode 8 of The Crowned Clown.) Marking the end of the first half of The Crowned Clown , Chief Royal Secretary Lee Kyu does the unspeakable: he murders the king, Yi Heon. Episode 8, the halfway point for the series, begins the clear divergence from the original source as Chief Royal Secretary is forced to choose between his king or his ideals. It's a quiet affair without much fanfare which only emphasizes the destitute state of the fallen king.   It's a brilliant scene: shot, scripted, and acted beautifully. My favorite scene from the show thus far, capturing the complexity of the characters and the moral ambiguity of their choices.     The episode starts with the king's unexpected return to the palace which throws Chief Royal Secretary's efforts out the door in a matter of seconds. Forced to face reality, he finally sees what the throne looks like with a rampant king. The man he once

Bae Seong-woo Photo Dump (Esquire)

After finishing Live , I have become a huge Bae Seong-woo fan, and to fuel the flames, his photoshoot with Esquire was released at the end of July. His company also posted some behind the scene cuts recently, and I cannot thank them enough. Seriously, he's so amazing, and this photoshoot is beyond words! And here's a wallpaper I made. (Design inspiration from https://kpop-wallapapers.tumblr.com/) Also, more pictures of Bae is always a good thing, so a few more screenshots of various variety shows, interviews, and movies.   Though it's not a photo, here's Bae Seong-woo's recent commercial. ...and last but not least, the teaser for his upcoming movie, The Great Battle (안시성) .

Drama Review: Live (라이브)

Live is a brilliant drama about people and the workplace. It tells the stories of patrol officers, and explores how individuals make choices in environments not of their own choosing. It humanizes the people behind the uniform but doesn't shy away from criticizing society and the police force. The characters are deeply flawed, and the situations they encounter are unjust. However, Live is never hopeless. The characters continue struggling against the system, and despite the challenges and injustice they face, they don't give up. It's a story of human resilience, a tale of repentance and forgiveness, a journey of finding oneself in this crazy world, but ultimately, it's a drama about people.

Lovepark End of the Year Awards IV

Welcome to the fourth Lovepark End of the Year Award: where the awards don't matter, and nobody cares! Judges: Me (as always)