K-ent Television Critic Picks Song Joong Ki’s Vincenzo and Shin Mina in Hometown Cha Cha Cha to Lead Off Top 5 Drama Characters of 2021 and Beyond Evil to Start List of Most Binge-able Drama of the Year

The 2021 year end best and worst of lists have already started to come out but this is a cool and different criteria. A famed South Korean magazine television critic picked the Top 5 Drama Characters of 2021 and also curated a list of Most Binge-able K-dramas of 2021 (to watch in one go). The drama characters are Song Koong Ki as Vincenzo, Shin Mina as Yoon Hye Jin in Hometown Cha Cha Cha, Shin Se Kyung as Oh Mi Joo in Run On, breakout of the year Koo Kyu Hwan as Han Ho Yeol in D.P. (Deserter Pursuit), and the grandpa of the year (not) Oh Yeong Soo as Oh Il Nam in Squid Game. I have no problems, these five characters are definitely memorable to varying degrees coupled with the right casting so the acting was on point all the way to on fire. The other part of the list was the picks for most Binge-able K-dramas of 2021, the ones that are perfect for watching in one go and the selection was Beyond Evil, Racket Boys, and MBC drama On the Verge of Insanity. I feel like all the drama gods since this summer have been nudging me to watch Racket Boys so this may be the push I needed.

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Joynews Poll of Over 200 K-ent Insiders Selects Hospital Playlist 2 as Best Drama of 2021 Followed by Hometown Cha Cha Cha and then Vincenzo

Korean newspaper Joynews is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year and during the week of October 12th-19th it commissioned a poll of over 200 Korean industry insiders to vote for what drama they think was the best in 2021. The … Continue reading

2021 Baeksang Awards Releases Votes Received and Informative Behind the Scenes Discussion

Well this will put naysayers and conspiracy theorists to rest (I hope). The 2021 Baeksangs Awards released tons of behind the scenes information related to the voting for the winners and hold your horses because this stuff is super illuminating. … Continue reading

2021 Baeksang Award Nominations are Out with a Murderers Row of Nominees in the Drama Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Categories

The 2021 Baeksang Arts Award nominations came out five days ago but I didn’t have a chance to write about it since the news was overshadowed by the hullabaloo that was the production of MBC drama Time and things surrounding … Continue reading

jTBC Fri-Sat Thriller Beyond Evil is a Masterclass in Brilliant Male Lead Acting and a Shaky Story Construct

I’m ambivalent about newly arrived jTBC Fri-Sat drama Beyond Evil (Monster) because it feels like it’s trying to be smarter than it actually is. Sometimes a good thriller is about following the breadcrumbs instead of feinting left, right, and all … Continue reading

Shin Ha Kyun and Yeo Jin Gu Team Up to Solve Past and Present Murder Cases in jTBC Drama Beyond Evil and One of Them May Be the Evil

The posters and teasers for upcoming jTBC Fri-Sat drama Beyond Evil (Korean title Monster) definitely wants audiences to be uncertain going into the drama whether the male leads are good or bad. Coupling up veteran Shin Ha Kyun with youngster … Continue reading