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April 17, 2016

Marriage Contract Poll Redux

An anguished Hye Soo looks heavenward as she pleads that she still has a lot to do in lifeRemember that poll I posted when the Marriage Contract plot and casting was first announced?

As you can probably tell, I am a bit cynical about plots that capitalize on extreme situations. However, Marriage Contract has earned honestly every tear and smile it has wrung from me, and there have been plenty of both.

With only 3 episodes left, it’s time to revisit the poll.

How Will They Save Her?

  1. MISDIAGNOSIS. She was never sick in the first place.
  2. SPONTANEOUS RECOVERY. It’s a miracle! Love conquers all!
  3. A DONOR APPEARS. A relative she never knew she had!
  4. THEY WON’T. But we’re OK with it, because she becomes a sympathetic ghost watching over her family.
  5. He makes enough money to send her to Duke University for the new treatment that has cured people with terminal brain cancer.

We can throw out the misdiagnosis option. That ship has sailed.

Ditto for the donor solution. Stop laughing at me – how could I know the affected organ was her brain?! The initial announcements weren’t that specific. And even so, if this was a horror drama… But since it’s melodrama, I think brain transplants are out.

As for resolution number 4, 절대! Don’t ever bring that up again.

Most interesting is the final option on the poll, which was not one of my originals, but was added by a viewer. That’s my favorite, though I wouldn’t say no to a spontaneous remission either.

Going to America is a solution for so many things in Kdrama that it’s an awful cliche, but Marriage Contract has successfully overridden many cliches already. I’m sure they could make it stick. And LSJ just spoke English in episode 11, so there you go.

Meet you at the airport.


Related:
Lee Seo Jin to Star in Upcoming Drama – Poll
Marriage Contract Off to a Strong Start
Marriage Contract – I Do
KDrama Word of the Day: Bison (Hand Rubbing)
Dramas with Lee Seo Jin

December 31, 2012

English or French subs needed for KBS Drama Special for World Cancer Day

A young woman in a hospital gown with an IV looks on as  her sister in school clothes plays a guitarOne of my readers is trying to put together French subtitles for a two-episode KBS drama special in time for World Cancer Day on Feb. 4th. She is in Algeria, so her access options are limited. She is hoping to find English subtitles so she can do the translation from English to French.

The drama was entitled The Most Glorious Moment (in Life) when I saw it on KBS America/World last spring. It also goes by the name of The Highlight of Life or The Shining Hour of Life. It is about two sisters, and how a family copes when one of them is diagnosed with leukemia.

If anyone can help out, please post a comment here, or you can reply to her comment directly, at the bottom of this review page.

Thanks, folks, and Happy New Year!

April 2, 2012

Now watching: The Most Glorious Moment drama special

The latest KBS World Drama Special is called The Most Glorious Moment (in Life). I don’t know how many more episodes it has, but one was really enough. It’s a story about a mildly dysfunctional family that is united by a medical crisis (three guesses which disease). The acting is quite good, but the hardworking actors deserved fresher material. The Most Glorious Moment has all the originality of an after school special, and all the tension of a 10-year old rubber band, with the Valuable Lesson revealed in the opening scene (not to mention the title). The predictability of American TV is what I turned to Korean TV to get away from, but in this case I could’ve stayed home.

Update: Watched the second episode of The Most Glorious Moment drama special today. Two is all there are, thankfully, since it is every inch the tearjerker it promised to be. If you decide to watch, pull out the tissues. It’s a two-boxer.

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Here’s a song by one of my favorite YouTube artists that may be of interest to people who watched this drama. It has nothing to do with Korean drama, but it’s my blog, so I can be off-topic if I want to…