Rec of the Week: The Last Stretch Pt. 1

A new drama comes out almost every week it seems and there is never enough time to stop and take a breather or even assess what may have flown underneath the radar… So that’s what I’m here for!

I have to be honest and say that I’ve been in a bit of drama rut, for one recent drama, just sucked the life out of me and I haven’t completely  recovered. However, just because I am not as eager to watch every drama release, doesn’t mean that I don’t know what’s out there. That being true, I had to drop a line and give you a few choices to add to your weekly schedule. I suggest you take a gander when your favorite drama is lagging or you just need a whiff ofsomething new.

Hidden

A four-part conspiracy miniseries that currently airing on the UK’s BBC One. It stars Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) and tells the story of a murky solicitor who is forced to confront rather surprisingly criminal past.

Thoughts: This drama isn’t innovative but it definitely lives up to the thriller genre. From what I’ve seen Harry Venn blurs the lines of personality in the “law upholding business.” If you’ve had the privilege of seeing Glenister in LoM then you know he has a remarkable way of making grumpy, gruff and grey, believable and endearing. His performance in Hidden is no different. It’s a drama filled with questionable motives and human conundrums which makes for a fascinating and bumpy ride, worth every second.

Hidden airs ends it’s run Thursday @ 9pm on BBC One.

Vampire Prosecutor

Korean Cable Networks are definitely giving the mainstream a run for successful and intriguing dramas, with last year’s Joseon X-files and now a plethora of  solid dramas including Vampire Prosecutor. Though the title and premise sounds a bit laughable, Yun Jung Hoon plays intense Prosecutor Min Tae Yeon, who also happens to be a vampire. Thankfully, he uses his vampire status to solve crimes, instead of create them. Each episode surrounds a criminal case, but also gives one clue closer to finding the source of Tae Yeon’s vampire status. The drama doesn’t however, delve too far into the vampire myth, rather it addresses it as a fact connect to a larger crime.

Thoughts: I’m actually loving this drama. VP is a breath of fresh air in the K-drama world of sageuks, melodrama and fluff, for it gives rise to the thriller/suspense drama, takes advantage of the vampire fandom but also stays within a crime procedural sequence, without reliance on complete and total idiocy.

VP airs Sundays @ 11 pm on OCN.

Bu Bu Jing Xin

This the second live adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步惊心), the novel, by Tong Hua (桐华). It depicts the story of a 21st Century girl (Liu Shishi) who time travels to 18th century China and finds herself entangled on one of the most bloody battles for power in Qing Dynasty history.

Thoughts: Right now this drama is the talk of the town. It covers a gamut of emotions, political endeavors and the epic love stories of one woman. I won’t gush about the drama (here) but it is a must see, if only to understand the hype.

This drama was a daily drama airing throughout September in China (with critical and crack-tical acclaim) but slated to air in Taiwan next month.

Nazotoki wa Dinner Ato de

Starring Sakarai Sho and Kitagawa Keiko, NWDAD is exactly as the title suggests. The drama is the screen adaptation of the novel by Higashigawa Tokuya which depicts Hosho as an heiress who day jobs as a rookie detective. Sho plays Kageyama, Hosho Reiko’s new butler who helps her solve (gives laymen insight) on her criminal cases.

Thoughts: After the first episode, I wasn’t sure how I feel about the drama, beyond, I will definitely watch more. Though it is on the verge of trite, it’s entertaining and fun. It may be a crime drama but it’s a drama with an anime twist, therefore, I haven’t really been drawn into that aspect of the drama, but more for the “feel” of the drama proper. The dynamic of butler and heiress is more interesting to me at the moment but who doesn’t love a little “whodunit?”

NWDAD is light and fluffy, with a little crime-solving to boot, what’s not to love? Plus, Sho does a wonderful job as Kageyama, clearly a Japanese spin on the wonderful Reginald Jeeves.

Airs on Fuji TV Tuesdays @ 9pm.

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2 thoughts on “Rec of the Week: The Last Stretch Pt. 1”

  1. I just got VP 2 downloaded last night, took me a whole 6 hours! o_0 thanks to my slowly improving but sometimes fickle internet speed ack. Did I mention that I’d watched Ep 1 a few weeks back but didn’t really like it that much? It’s slick and cool, but lacks a certain punch? YJH’s doing good tho. I’m gonna check out 2 to see if it’s worth the time… I just have too many on my plate sighs.

    1. I totally get the “punch” factor but I’m also really ok with it. I don’t feel I need it. It’s not a drama that seems to promise punch, then renege, you know?
      To me, it’s pretty straightforward– and I like that.

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