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Korean Dramas April 19, 2016

Posted by General Zod in KDrama, Television.
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Not many people actually know this about me, but… I’ve been addicted to Korean Dramas since 2011.  You see, … many years ago, I realized that I was becoming increasingly bored with American television.  Every show seemed to be either a teen drama which depicted the title characters acting inappropriately for their age or yet another uninteresting reality show wherein the participants were constantly bad-mouthing and backstabbing one another.  I yearned for something different…

With the exception of the news and a beloved cooking show,  I was struggling to find anything that would hold my interest and keep me entertained during the downtime.

At first, I retreated into the past.  I spent more than 6 months taking solace in watching wonderful older TV shows from the 1950s – 1980s off of channels that provided nostalgia programming, such as MeTV.  (Old westerns, like Bonanza and The Rifleman, were always a favorite!)

Eventually, I started wanting to find something “new” again, so I started looking around.  I spent the next few months experimenting with various online streaming services.  Then, sometime in 2011, I happened upon a TV show called…

PastaPasta  파스타
2010, 20 episodes

This series is about a young woman who is struggling to become an Italian cuisine chef.  (I didn’t realize it then, but this was to be my first exposure to Gong Hyo Jin, an incredibly talented actress.)  See Yoo Kyung has been working as the kitchen’s assistant for 3 years, and is about to be promoted to junior Pasta Chef, when a new Head Chef, Choi Hyun Wook, is hired.  Hyun Wook is determined to fire all of the female kitchen staff as he refuses to work directly with women due to his own personal baggage.  Yoo Kyung has to dig in her heels and find a way to hang onto her job in order to fulfill her dreams.

As strange as it sounds, watching this program felt like I was breaking the surface from the sea of entertainment monotony, and was finally gasping in desperately needed oxygen.  It started me upon a path which has given me a new appreciation for foreign television and film.  Over the next few years, I’ve experimented with various programs from several eastern countries, including Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, etc… but I keep coming back to the dramas of South Korea.

Now, I do consider myself fortunate to have started with “Pasta”, because not all Korean Dramas (or KD’s, as I refer to them) are good.  Had I began with a bad series, I may have never gone back for a second look.  There are definitely some real stinkers out there, but there are also some real gems that shouldn’t be missed.  Whenever I discuss them with a newcomer, I always make suggestions to good shows that I consider to be worth the effort… because I wouldn’t want to waste anyone’s time.

Anyway, very recently, a work colleague found interest in watching KDs and asked that I make her a list of programs which would be worth her time.  I took this very seriously, and did so.  Mind you, I’ve only seen so many, so there are probably several favorites out there that I still haven’t seen… so I could only assemble such a list from my personal experience and opinions.  There’s no countdown here.  The following list of the Korean Dramas (which are in no particular order) are simply some of those that I’ve enjoyed the most over the past few years… with the exception of “Pasta”, as I’ve already mentioned it as my first.

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Zod’s Top 10 Doctor Who Companions January 25, 2011

Posted by General Zod in Heroes, Sci-Fi, Television, Top Lists.
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I’ve been waxing nostalgic over Doctor Who lately… mostly by reading various articles off of Wikipedia.  Yesterday, I was discussing the show briefly with a work colleague who asked…

Which of the Doctor Who companions do you like the best?

Well… this grand question was demanding to be answered!  So I put together a Top 10 list of my personal favorites.  Please, read on…

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Lost’s Biggest Unanswered Questions May 25, 2010

Posted by General Zod in Sci-Fi, Television.
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lost I’ve been following Lost since the beginning, and was very interested to see how the series finale may resolve a few storylines.  I had DVR’ed the final episode and didn’t the opportunity to watch it until last night (so I had been avoiding all discussions of it for the 24 hours in between the airing and my viewing of it).

Now that I’ve seen it, I can say that I’m impressed.  The writers managed to write a final episode that not only kept me asking questions, but also gave me a sense of conclusion for the series.  While I would have appreciated a few more answers, I can accept that not everything must be revealed… and all in all, I found the final episode to be a rather satisfying conclusion to the story.

So this morning, I was searching around this morning and found an online article written for Alabama Local News that talked about the big questions that I was hoping for answers to, but will most likely never come now.  So I decided that I would respond to this one specific article.

Here are the unanswered questions as stated in the article:

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Desslok’s Top 10 Anime March 13, 2010

Posted by Chad in Movies, Sci-Fi, Television, Top Lists.
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Just a… well, not a rebuttal, since I agree on a lot, but my response to Zod’s list of his favorite anime.  I’m not sure I’m going to put mine in any order except to flag a few as favorites.

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Zod’s Top 10 Anime Favorites March 10, 2010

Posted by General Zod in Movies, Sci-Fi, Television, Top Lists.
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A few days ago, Desslok and I were talking about trying out some new anime, which led me to browsing around Amazon in hopes that my “recommendations” would lead me to something I’d not seen before.  (In case you’re interested, I eventually ended up borrowing Samurai Champloo from Netflix… which I’m in the midst of watching at this very moment.)  Anyway, this also inspired me to do what so many before me have done and share my Top 10 anime favorites with the world.

Now I prefer my anime to have some action in it.  Stories of Mecha are the best, but nearly any science fiction anime will do as far as I’m concerned… and I can get into some Samurai tales from time to time as well.  I’m mostly impartial to comedy and horror anime, but I may give one a chance if it’s heavily recommended to me.  I’ve no real interest in romance features.

So anyway, here’s my Top 10 list…

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Poll: Car Shopping with Top Gear February 22, 2010

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Reboot TV: The Amazing Spider-Man February 15, 2010

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It’s time for another TV fantasy reboot!  There aren’t too many people who actually remember this, but there used to be a live-action television series (starring a young Nicholas Hammond) based on the famous wall-crawling web-head back in the late 1970’s.  When I was a kid, I absolutely loved this show.  By today’s standards, the effects were very low budget and cheesy… but I didn’t care then and I wouldn’t care now!

I’m forever a loyal Spider-man fan!

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Reboot TV: The Greatest American Hero February 7, 2010

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After my last Reboot TV post, I got to thinking about another old TV favorite of mine… so another re-casting was inevitable.  Woot!

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Reboot TV: Space 1999 February 3, 2010

Posted by General Zod in Reboot TV, Sci-Fi, Television.
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Having been a child during the 1970’s and 1980’s, I can honestly say that I was around to witness some of the all-time best that television has ever had to offer.  To be honest, most of today’s TV leaves a lot to be desired… and even the good stuff is usually a re-hash of stuff from yester-year.

However, that is not to say that I’m not a fan of re-imagined television.  I was glued to my TV during the first few years of Battlestar Galactica and the V series premiere.  I don’t always consider myself a purist, and can enjoy a re-imagined show from time to time… especially if it means there’ll be new science fiction to enjoy!

So in keeping in that theme, I got to thinking…

  • What programs would I like to see rebooted?
  • How would I change the show’s premise?
  • Whom would I cast?

So I’ve decided to post a few of my dream Re-Imagined TV wishes, starting with…

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Alton Brown and his Meatloaf January 19, 2010

Posted by General Zod in Food, Heroes, Television.
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alton_brown Alton Brown (aka A.B.) is best known for his humorous food science TV program, Good Eats on the Food Network.  (There is no doubt in my mind that it is simply the best damn cooking show in television history!)  He is also known as the main commentator on Iron Chef America.

On an individual note, I salute Alton as one of my personal heroes.  You might ask… “Why?”  Well, let me tell you that the answer is the same as the question.  I shall explain.

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