This is probably the closest one’d get to posting anything political as one can’t hold it back any more… !@#$%^&! Yours truly’s delicate sensibilities just can’t handle the noise.

Right. It’s the packaging and delivery that matter.

Oh, and editing…

And framing…


That’s all there is to it.

Now. Can we just fast forward and get this done and over with? Or just leave one alone to attend the more pressing matter of 1s and 0s?!

Afterthoughts on Forest of Secrets, and Its Biggest Mystery…

This is courtesy of dearest pal Al whose claim that Forest of Secrets (비밀의 숲/Secret Forest, or Stranger on Netflix) is on par or even better than Signal nudged one to succumb to temptation. Now that one has finished it (twice!), one should get these thoughts out of one’s system before one starts swinging axe to kill bug #29. Coherence be d@#n3d!

There is a scene in episode 14 that reminds one of a shot in Pacific Rim’s closing credits sequence. In a rather wierd way, it makes a handy shorthand for a summary of one’s impression of this drama. Forest of Secrets among kdramas is like Mr Del Torro’s Pacific Rim among Mr Bay’s Transformers films. And one agrees with the following sentiments: (0). Well-written and well-executed story; (1). Jo Seung-Woo and Bae Doo-Na take it to another level; (2). Those smiles! (3). More adventures of Hwang Shi-Mok and Han Yeo-Jin, please —they definitely can pilot a Jaeger together. Because this is one of those rare cases in which one actually digs the (non existent) romance in a non-romantic crime mystery thriller drama, indicated by the lack of need for palate cleanser afterwards (it’s Mitchellian rants and outbursts these days). In short, Forest of Secrets is a Kdrama done right.

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Going Rogue #2: Hwarang, Penultimate Week’s Afterthought

One doesn’t usually bother writing about kdramas one finds less than satisfactory. So this must be a lunacy, possibly with a capital L, on one’s part. This drama must have caused one’s wiring to short-circuit. Otherwise, how should one explain the following baffling experience…

At the end of episode 18, Sam Maek Jong walks into the Royal Court, interrupting whatever debate the court is rolling, and introducing himself as the King. Yet, one’s brain played a different game: “7 things Sam Maek Jong might be thinking whilst strutting…”

One came up with these initial possibilities…

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Lost in Fiction-land

This won’t do. !@#$. What’s with this blogging block one is currently in: unable to string words into coherent sentences; dreading the publish button so much that one is stuck forever drafting. So one looked up last year’s first post for inspiration, which was about a korean drama. Yet that line of thought goes nowhere since one has been in a state of dissatisfaction with kdramas after “Signal” ended in march 2016, which needs a separate post.

One needs to re-calibrate one’s expectation and keep in mind that “Signal” is the exception to Kdrama laws. This re-calibration will probably take years, judging from previous “Misaeng” effect. Or until both dramas’ director, Kim Won-Seok, comes with a new one.

This really won’t do. Yet one insists on conjuring something to post that one shall just do this the haphazard way then…

*cue for Bob James and Nathan East’s “Turbulence”*

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Three Takes on Thunderbolt Fantasy

It doesn’t matter who started this. We’ve been spoilt. We couldn’t unsee it now that we’ve seen it.

Someone tipped the alchemist off that there was this weird puppets on TV. The alchemist told a friend and me. And before you know it, emails are flying around discussing Thunderbolt Fantasy.


First reaction…

the alchemist: “…” *and ended with a resounding HAHAHAHA!*

sloe: “!!!!@$@^!!!!”

moi: “Whatta…” *and then chuckled all the way through these episodes…*

You know that certain figure or figurine is a villain because…

the alchemist: “He or she recites poetry on nihilism and has deathblow called ‘absolute annihilation’…”

sloe: “He or she wears dark eye shadow and heavy eyebrows and mascara…”

moi: “He or she has got maniacal laughs and speaks in riddles and metaphors…”

You know that you’ll be following this series because…

the alchemist: “There is a sword called ‘Heavenly Retribution’ that intrigues you as to what it can do that other swords can’t. And then there is a place called ‘Seven Sins Tower’ that gets your imagination running wild. You gotta know ’em!”

sloe: “Puppets get bloody and explode… You don’t do that to a puppet in real life without raising suspicion that you’re a psychopath…”

moi: “There’s that ‘Code of The Umbrella’ one has to follow..” And there are voices of Sephiroth and Chiaki-senpai.


Glove puppetry has been around for as long as storytelling. But I’ve never seen anything like this recently on TV, telling an epic with CGI and fireworks. So, yup, we’re in this together! We vowed.

And for that, I need to free up hard disk space. Let the ‘epic cleaning biennale’ begin!