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First Thoughts

August 20th, 2012 (04:58 pm)

Saturday was finally the premiere of Donghae's new drama, Miss Panda and Mr. Hedgehog. Unfortunately for me, the episode airs at 7:30pm Korean standard time, which means I have to stay awake until 3:30am pacific standard time to watch the live stream of it. Saturday was fine, the excitement of finally seeing the drama made me forget how tired was and I watched it to the end at 4:30am. But that was a mistake also because I spend the next hour or so spazzing over what the heck I had just watched. The cruelty of watching a drama without subtitles and not understanding a single thing except for a few words is agonizing. Still, just to finally see the drama and have a visual confirmation of what the drama's tone, production value, plot and characters would be was worth it.

Then Sunday approached and I crashed. I had to get up Sunday to meet an elderly couple I had befriended when I was in college who were visiting me from Texas. I completely forgot episode two was also airing Sunday. So after seeing them, I spent Sunday night marathoning the english subs of both episodes. Let me just say, those subbers are insane and amazing. Within a day of the episode airing they've already got it subbed. I am seriously grateful to all the subbers at viki for their hardwork. This time, it won't be like Skip Beat / Extravagant Challenge where I could afford to watch the raws and understand what was going on without subs. With subs truly makes a world of difference. Without subs, I thought I was watching crack.

Before I jump into my opinions of each episode, I wonder if this means they'll be release two episodes a weekend or if this two episode weekend special was for the premiere only. It makes more sense to release two episodes for the weekend premiere and then subsequently one episode a week after that since there's only going to be about 16 episodes. Apparently, it's too episodes a week, yay! Either way, it's good to see Donghae acting and hear him sing for the OST again.

Speaking of the OST, I'm loving that Donghae's singing the ending theme song, "Plz Don't," but I have to be honest, I'm a smidge disappointed he didn't have a hand in writing or composing the song. It's understandable why he didn't with preparations for 6jib and filming the drama, but we've been spoiled by his amazing collaboration with Chance for "This is Love." After all this time, I can't believe that song is still my jam. I think it's my favorite Donghae co-composed song thus far. For the record, I'm side-eying the spelling, but I'm loving "Plz Don't." Aside from "Daydream" and "Haru," I'm loving it more than any of the filler ballad songs in Super Junior's current album.