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The Mindy Project

Over the last few weeks I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. I found both books hilarious and impossible to put down. (They are, however, occasionally crude…so I don’t necessarily recommend reading them.) Because I enjoyed her writing so much, I decided to give her TV show, The Mindy Project, a try. So far, I have watched the first 8 episodes of Season 1.

To be honest, I almost didn’t make it past the first two episodes. They were so dumb. This entire show is like one long, HR nightmare. In fact, if I worked in human resources, I’d be tempted to make everyone in the company watch the show to learn what NOT to do. Those doctors are just begging for a lawsuit. 

However, each episode is only like 20 minutes and it is so easy to just click on the next one…

I’ve actually started  to…to sorta enjoy?…the show. I’m ambivalent to Mindy’s character and tend to dislike the other doctors in her office. I do – cautiously – like the characters of Morgan, the office nurse, and Mindy’s current boyfriend, Josh.  However, when I actually start thinking about the plots of the episodes, I couldn’t tell you what I’m enjoying. It is mindless fluff. I’ve got Season 1 so I will probably finish it, but I can’t imagine myself actively seeking any of the other seasons. 

Splash Splash Love

I finished the most adorable Korean drama yesterday! Despite its weird name, Splash Splash Love, the drama was really well made. It was super funny and romantic. It is also only 2 episodes long! Most k dramas are around 16-20 episodes (and thus 16-20 hours.) Splash Splash Love is roughly 2 hours. It is short but still manages to convey all the emotional depth of a 16 episode show. 

The plot follows a high school senior who is horrible at math. She falls into a puddle and finds herself in the Joseon period where she decides to stay because she is convinced she won’t have to do math there. However, the young king has other ideas…she can teach him math, or be put to death. 

I expected this drama to be super silly…and it was….

But it was also super romantic

Combined with an adorable, satisfying conclusion, Splash Splash Love just went high up on my favorite drama list!

You can watch this drama on Viki!

Reuniting with the Legion

My Dad got Amazon Prime a while ago, but it wasn’t till today that I discovered how many movies and TV show he has access to through it! (And by he I mean me.) Old movies, new movies, chick flicks, even Korean movies. I’m pretty excited. Best of all, Amazon Prime has Legion of Superheroes! This was one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons. Just looking at pictures brings back ALL THE FLASHBACKS! I’m pretty psyched to re-watch a few (*cough* all) of the episodes.

EXO Next Door

My sisters have recently started watching (or rather, re-watching, for the third time) EXO Next Door.

Lost siblings ㅋㅋ ㅋ.. Chanyeol ♥:

EXO Next Door, for those of you who don’t know, is a Korean drama featuring the members of EXO, a Korean boy band. In the story, EXO K ends up moving next door to Ji Yeon Hee, an oddball EXO fangirl who becomes their housekeeper.

It is a mini-drama so all episodes are under 15 minutes and the entire story is told in 16 episodes. The EXO members play themselves, but otherwise this is an entirely fictitious story line. 

EXO NEXT DOOR | behind the scenes preview photos~:

This show is one of the most brilliant marketing pieces I have ever seen. It is a fangirl’s dream come true. It has all the merits of a regular drama, with the added benefit of “real people.” It is quite a decent, fun, little drama in its own right. However, from an EXO PR/marketing standpoint, it is genius. 

Fans of EXO will love the plot because they already know the band members. It provides plenty of cheesy, funny inside moments that members of EXO-L (EXO’s fan club) will love. 

EXO to put their acting skills to the test through mini series 'EXO NEXT DOOR' in April | allkpop.com

However, the real merit is in how it presents EXO to people who know nothing/or very little about the band. It humanizes them. It manages their image and presents them, quite literally, as the boys next door. It is great brand management and a clever way to increase fame. Chances are, if you enjoy the show you will listen to their music. Even if you don’t like their music, the band and the singers are now familiar to you.  

Exotics (fans of the incredibly popular K-pop group EXO) will not be at all surprised to hear that the new web series EXO Next door, starring Chanyeol, D.O., Baekhyun, and Sehun, has officially broken records for web drama views!:

I knew nothing about EXO going into the show but quickly grew to appreciate them. I am not a fangirl. However, I now know who Park Chan Yeol, Do Kyung Soo, Byun Baek Hyun, and Oh Se Hun are, and I take a lively interest when I hear they are coming to the U.S. or come out with a new album. They gained a new “fan.”

The show was really a brilliant way to get fans. I wonder if American bands could pull it off with the same merit. The closest equivalent I can think of that Western artists do are documentaries about themselves – like Bieber’s “Never Say Never” and “Believe” or 1D’s “This Is Us.” (Which rarely attract new fans, IMHO, and seem to be aimed at current ones.)

Another gif showing this boys undervalued talent. I do wish to see more of Oh Sehun's acting skills.

(My sister just pointed out that Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush” might classify as a somewhat similar real band/TV show.) 

I don’t know that American culture is quite ready for the fangirl humor of something like EXO Next Door. However, I still think EXO is genius for doing it. I hope we see more like it coming out of Korea, at least! 

If you’re looking something tongue in cheek and decidedly quirky but fun, the drama is available at DramaFever – https://www.dramafever.com/drama/4712/EXO_Next_Door/

I wonder... I thought it was Lay because everyone in the LMR M/V everyone was wearing a shirt except for him...: