Episodes 7-8 of Encounter Ratchet Up the Romance and Separation as Rating Goes Above 9% Again

I felt like this week’s episodes 7 and 8 of tvN Wed-Thurs drama Encounter (Boyfriend) felt like one very long episode, or at least the meat of one dense episode spread a tad too thin into two installments which is why I’m writing about both together. The romance between the OTP Jin Hyuk and Soo Hyun has started in earnest with front hugs, back hugs, consistent calls and texting, and of course the classic end of episode 8 first kiss. Soo Hyun announces her interest in Jin Hyuk but he gets transferred to the Sokcho branch of Donghwa Hotel before they can even get much traction in.

This leads to the pair moving faster than expected but then Soo Hyun feels like a pent up dam that’s burst and she can’t hold back feeling alive any longer. Jin Hyuk remains practical yet swooningly romantic, and it’s not hard to deliver textbook romance when Driver Nam is on his side and picks him up to go back to Seoul and sweep Soo Hyun off her feet just in time to ring in the New Year with a kiss. Episode 7 got ratings of 8.592% and episode 8 with the kiss went back up to 9.166%. Next week tvN is preempting the drama for both nights due to the Christmas holidays so episode 9 won’t air until January 2. Continue reading

K-viewers Select Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri as Top K-drama Actors in 2018 Gallup Poll

The cast of tvN period drama Mr. Sunshine continue to win accolades and this time the two leads top the just released Gallup poll of Korean audiences’ favorite K-drama stars. Lee Byung Hun came in first followed by his costar … Continue reading

Drama Posters Show Encounter OTP Returns to Cuba in Later Episodes as the Friend-mance Goes Public at End of Episode 4

I’m so in love with tvN Wed-Thurs drama Encounter (Boyfriend) and it’s telling how I really didn’t pay too much attention to the details pre-premiere that I totally missed narrative cues. The first posters for the drama show the leads … Continue reading

Song Hye Kyo’s Fashion and Accessories Trending in South Korea After First Two Episodes of Encounter

I’m not surprised Song Hye Kyo‘s character’s outfits are hard trending in South Korea after two episodes of tvN Wed-Thurs drama Encounter. I was unexpectedly noticing all her clothes, shoes, and accessories as well when I was live watching. In … Continue reading

Encounter and Sky Castle Lead the Good Data November Drama Rankings While Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo Top the Acting Side

Korean polling platform Good Data provides weekly buzz rankings based on search words and this past week was worth a visit since there were three new dramas premiering and four total dramas released in the last two weeks. Topping the … Continue reading