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While You Were Sleeping

Been quite into Korean dramas recently, thanks to my friends egging me on non-stop. One person recommending me something is one thing but when multiple people recommend the same show… of course I gotta check it out 😀

The last K-drama I finished was While You Were Sleeping. I was told to just watch the opening and I wouldn’t be able to stop, and geez I really didn’t stop until I finished all 16 episodes in a week. So here’s me unloading all my feels.

While You Were Sleeping wallpaper

It has all the usual elements of a successful K-drama (e.g. good-looking cast, gorgeous setting, bomb soundtrack etc) and I like that it’s very fast-paced since the beginning.

Another reason why I enjoyed this show so much is because the female lead (Suzy) is a journalist and the male lead (Lee Jong-suk) is a prosecutor so romance aside, there are a lot of crime elements and courtroom drama scenes. They also touch on the whole law vs. press vs. public opinion debate which is super intriguing and satisfying to watch.

I know it’s sensationalised and there’s suspension of disbelief because it’s fiction, but still… makes me wonder what I’m doing at work. There was a scene where Suzy fought so hard to have a story told even though her supervisor didn’t want to cover it because it would make the news station look bad. She got her way, of course. Can’t say the same about here 🤪

“When you go the wrong way, the GPS reroutes the directions. Can you drive with a GPS that keeps saying the wrong way is the right way? If we were wrong, we must correct it. Who would believe the news that keeps arguing it’s right when it’s wrong?”

I also like how they didn’t make Suzy’s character overly-pretty to fit a conventional standard (if that makes sense because she’s SUZY and already beautiful to begin with). Loved her with her glasses and short hair and I wish they didn’t get rid of her glasses after the first few episodes. Luckily there was no makeover scene like those Hollywood nonsense 🙄

While You Were Sleeping Suzy

Suzy While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping Suzy Bae

Hello how do you perf?!?!?! She looks pretty even when she cries 🥺 And I need to control myself or this will end up being a spam post of Suzy gifs.

One of my favourite scenes was when she was nervous about returning to work after a long hiatus and just standing at the traffic light in front of the news station, afraid to walk in.

While You Were Sleeping scene

I could already predict what was going to happen next (standard K-drama cliche) but that didn’t stop me from swooning when he suddenly appeared and took her hand in his and reassured her 🥺🥺🥺 Damn feels. It‘s such an underrated scene but I love it.

I also love how she’s always using his tie to wipe her tears or smudged makeup HAHA.

While You Were Sleeping couple

Funnily I don’t feel like they have sizzling chemistry (maybe just lukewarm?) like the couples in other shows (e.g. Crash Landing On You, Descendants Of The Sun). Still very cute though!!!

The only thing I found annoying was when Suzy’s character was wishy-washy and unsure about the relationship. It’s just very frustrating when one person is so sure of the other, but the other person isn’t for very dumb reasons. Thankfully it didn’t last long.

But I love how this show does not have any evil third party or ‘extra’ female character to hate. That’s why I say it’s fast-paced without unnecessary drama. There is only one villain and he’s hot too 😂

While You Were Sleeping Yu Beom

I wish the show had developed his character more because he’s such a complex villain. Like he’s a defence lawyer for criminals but in actual fact he despises them. And they keep showing scenes of him disgustedly washing his own hands (the whole ‘blood on your hands’ trope) but they never really explored it. His ending was so… lame for such a complicated character.

Anyway, I was naively thinking, eh for once there’s no second male lead syndrome in a Korean drama. Until it came full force in the last two episodes wtf. Stop messing with my feels!!!

Another cliche: Everyone knows the second male lead is in love with the female lead except the female lead 🤦 Loveee his arc though, it was super well done.

I haven’t watched that many K-dramas but I realised the format is usually the same. And there’s always the same cliche scenes which we know are cliches but love anyway. I think I’ve seen these in Boys Over Flowers / Crash Landing On You / While you Were Sleeping / Goblin:

• When female lead is in trouble and male lead comes to the rescue in time despite not knowing her location, but it’s ok because they are so ~connected~ 🤣 (see video below)

• When female lead is sad and crying alone but insists she isn’t, though male lead knows better and magically appears right in front of her

• Male lead and female lead have actually met before years ago but don’t remember it yet

• They will always find each other, no matter what. It is pretty much a rule.

On a whole, I enjoyed the show very much. It was hard to stop watching especially when most episodes ended with a cliffhanger. The plot is very solid because the characters deal with a new crime every few episodes, each one more intriguing and clever than the last.

My favourite storyline was when they had to decide between 1) doing an autopsy on a brain-dead victim to identify the cause of death and therefore bring the murderer to justice, or 2) to not do the autopsy so that the victim can donate his organs, thus giving 7 other people a new life but letting his murder get away scot-free. I’m not revealing what happened!!

The ending was very satisfying too with no loose ends and I loved how everything came full circle 😌

While You Were Sleeping scene

I would rate it 7/10 (Crash Landing is a 9/10 for me hehehe I think that’s still one of the best shows I’ve ever seen this year). Thanks for the tears and laughs and 5am nights!!! 💖

Currently watching Goblin which has rave reviews everywhere and is highly recommended by everyone but it’s moving so slowly that my attention span is screaming.

Obsessed with whodunits, death & murder

Shut up and take my money

This is how I feel about Netflix because it is so therapeutic after a tiring day, their UX is amazing and they make binge-watching so effortless wtf. I don’t have to Google and click endless links just to find a HD subbed version because they have thought of everything.

And while they have loads of titles available, all I ever feel like watching is horror. Especially slashers and whodunits, which have always been my favourite genres. Same for when people recommend me stuff to watch (and I do plan on watching them, really… eventually), I always end up on a horror binge.

Here are some whodunit shows I have been binge-watching on Netflix recently. I swear I started slow and tried to savour them… like one episode per day. Then the plot picks up and I can’t stop because of all the whys and cliffies #noshame ?

1. The Sinner

The Sinner

Okay, this is more of a #whyshedidit than a #whodunit. But WOW.

At first the synopsis had my curiosity (how do you stretch a murder that Jessica Biel’s character clearly committed for an entire season?) but barely halfway through the pilot and there came the insane stabbing scene. NOW YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION.

Anyway this was surprisingly good and the best part of it all was the satisfying ending! I felt so content and rewarded as the audience. The Sinner has a wonderful pay-off and this is something many shows fail to achieve despite boasting of a strong plot in the middle.

Verdict: ★★★★★
Highly recommended and you will get hooked on the iconic song like me lol.

2. Slasher

Slasher Season 1

I don’t know why I took so long to finally watch it when the title already says Slasher. It’s like a wet dream for me and made up of everything I love omg. People getting stranded and being killed off one by one as you try to figure out who the killer is. Wooo!

I accidentally watched Season 2 before Season 1 cos I mixed them up but they are standalone anthalogies so it doesn’t matter. Plus it’s a good thing cos Season 2 is heaps better. I correctly guessed who the Season 1 killer was in Episode 3 ?

I don’t want to be correct, I want to be shocked and mindblown.

Which is what Season 2 did to me. I never saw the ending coming!!!! It was also damn brutal, gory and graphic (even worse than the Hostel and Saw films) but the deaths were actually quite creative, plus it isn’t gory just for the sake of being of being gory.

There was a male character that got the shortest end of the stick: frostbite, isolated, abducted, raped in the ass by a gay ex-convict, burned alive, choking on blood… WTF the writers must really hate him.

I also love how Season 2 pays homage to/reminds me of so many classic horror films. Season 1, on the other hand, is like the bastard sibling of Se7en (1995) despite some interesting moments. With pedo rape and minus the famous box.

Verdict: ★★★★★
Season 2 is one of the best whodunits ever (to me) so highly recommended for horror fans, but not for the faint-hearted.

3. Riverdale

riverdale diner

Yes Riverdale, based on Archie Comics, has turned into a whodunit too in Season 2. Not that I’m complaining cos I enjoy it so much more than Season 1. But it’s quite dark and psycho. When I was describing scenes to my colleagues, they were all in disbelief because it sounded nothing like the comics.

Sadly the serial killer’s identity was revealed mid-season and very disappointing after so much tension, but hopefully it picks up again! One month without Riverdale cos they went on break so I had to turn to other shows.

Verdict: ★★
Honestly it is not fantastic and I don’t ship any couples (everyone is quite irritating) but I just like following it (mostly due to the serial killer element)

4. Guilt

guilt netflix

I only watched this because I finished everything else of interest and Netflix recommended this, but their algorithm is really always on point.

On a critical level, this is probably just so-so. But I watch stuff for entertainment so I seriously enjoyed this because it is fast-paced, has lots of plot twists and hot characters, the soundtrack is killer (no pun intended), and it’s all wrapped up in a whodunit!

Initially I felt quite meh by the killer’s identity (lousy pay-off)… until the second reveal. And the final scene is insane. Would have been an awesome lead up to Season 2… except there isn’t one because the show got cancelled ? But what a ride!

Verdict: ★★★
Really fun to watch!!!

5. Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars girls

If there is a show for being the biggest waste of time, PLL would win. I marathoned this nearly every night and was in time for the finale when it aired. I finished all 160 episodes in 3 months because I was desperate for a reveal that didn’t come until the last episode.

And it really sucked.

The only character I actually liked in the whole show was Hanna, her mother Ashley and her OTP Caleb (wanted to puke when he was with Spencer… their ship name is Cancer which pretty much sums up how all we fans feel).

I also really detested Ezria despite my penchant for forbidden romances. In fact, everyone got on my nerves except for Mona who is the only one with brains.

Verdict: ★
Terrible pay-off, damn pointless, a disgrace to the whodunit genre.

Currently I am reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn which is another whodunit and a great page-turner HAHAHA CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP.