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TV Review: Something About One Percent

Episodes: episode 16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaListDramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Drama

No Spoilers Edition!

After many months, I just finished Something About One Percent, a remake of a series made nearly a decade ago. Quite a few people that watched both series have spoken of liking the early series more. As I’ve only watched this recent iteration, I can’t really comment. What I will say is that Something About One Percent is an adorable yet flawed series.
The casting was spot on but I felt time and time again that the actors and actresses were let down by some odd choices. Sure, the plot was a little contrived but it was meant to be silly. However, the music seemed out of place at times. We see a bizarre image of what people view as the lifestyles of the rich. Some of the sets also seem a bit mundane.
As for the characters, I found it rather easy to watch their story unfold. The drama wasn’t unnecessarily drawn out either, though I found that some characters vanish when their arc is over. This latter feature resulted in me feeling little in the way of gratification but is common in some drama series. There was the occasional bit of foreshadowing but I found one of two events in the last couple of episodes could have been foreshadowed because it would have allowed them to make more sense.
In spite of the numerous flaws in Something About One Percent, I came back episode after episode. The fact is that I tend to weigh character more heavily than plot as a general rule. Sure, the plot is important, but the most basic component of any story is the character. If you fail at having characters that the viewer or reader can identify with and/or care about then the storyteller has failed.

In conclusion, whilst this series is flawed in some respects the characters are likeable. If you are looking for a romantic drama with some comedic elements then you should give this series a watch. However, isn’t necessarily a good entry point for KDrama.

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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 15

Episodes: episode 15/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaListDramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

After a long hiatus, I have returned to finish the remaining two episodes of Something About One Percent. Today, I will be discussing the fifteenth episode of this series and will try to finish up next week.

After Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) and Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin) finished up their contractual dating period in episode fourteen, we see them dealing with the emotional fallout of no longer being together. With some mild deception, Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) is blackmailed by Dada’s best friend Hyun Yin (Im Do Yoon) into getting Lee to address his feelings for Kim Da-Hyun who happens to be showing a brave front but is actually quite depressed. It also leads to a decision on Lee Jae-In’s part.

Episode fifteen spends a lot of time showing us what Kim Da-Hyun and Lee Jae-In internal musings via flashbacks. We also see Dada falling prey to misunderstandings of how Lee Jae-In was dealing with their separation. All the while, Lee has been set up on various dating interviews. It finally comes to a head with Lee’s decision.
This latter part also avoids the “last minute dash”, wherein the story tries to finalize the main arc and every single loose thread in the final episode. It appears that our couple’s own relationship status has been acknowledged on the part of both of the main characters. How the remaining threads play out is predictable, but I am looking forward to seeing a happy ending for Kim Da-Hyun and Lee Jae-In.

Until next week!


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 14

Episodes: episode 14/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

*slides in from the left* Hello, again! I am back with a review of the fourteenth episode of the weekly TV series.

Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) and Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin) share a few more dates before the end of their dating contract but both appear to be grieving the time when they won’t be together anymore. The day of their last date, Jae-In’s grandfather collapses and is rushed to the hospital for that nasty medical problem that has been “hinted” at for the past few episodes. Now acting as Executive Director of the SH Group, Jae-In feels himself slipping in a cycle of misery again and misses Da-Hyun greatly. The feeling is mutual. Da-Hyun has her own medical emergency and is helped by her best friend Hyun Yin (Im Do Yoon) who enlists aid from her brother Jung Sun Woo (Choi Sung Jae). When Hyun Yin goes to confront Jae-In about Da-Hyun, she mistakes his cousin that he just retrieved from a dancing audition for a new girlfriend. More feels ensue.

This is what one can easily view as a “feels” episode. It does this by also making good use of flashbacks. However, there was not anywhere near enough Attorney Park Hyung-Joon (Kim Sun-Hyuk) in it. In any case, we now have two episodes left in the series to give our main couple the happiness that we want for them. I am curious as to how cheesy they will make it.
At least the writers have pointed out what living with a director of a big company such as SH Group will mean for their spouse. Yes, it does sound like a crap experience and one that I am tackling with a fiction series that I am currently plotting. Living with somebody with money has a cost in time, privacy and security. This will no doubt impact the level of happiness of such a coupling. So, is there a way to make it work?

Anyway, I look forward to seeing you guys again for the final reviews of the series over the next fortnight.


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 13

Episodes: episode 13/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Hello again! Sorry about missing last week. You guys probably already know why I had a brief hiatus from blog last week. So, I won’t rehash the details. What I do have is a review for the next episode of my weekly TV show.

In the aftermath of Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) being kidnapped by nefarious people employed by Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae), Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin) and Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) begin to get their houses in order leading to investigations into the business dealings between Tae-Ha and HanJoo Chemicals. Da-Hyun has her own issues as she deals with her own trauma at being kidnapped. Joo-Hee tries to get Da-Hyun to forgive her in order to avoid blowback from the crap that she did. We also see Ji Su meet up with Jae-In’s female cousin, the one that attended the event at SH Mall with Da-Hyun a few episodes ago. There seems to be some chemistry there. Da-Hyun and Jae-In later enjoy some lovey-dovey time in the park with a picnic.

Well, we are well and truly into the final stretch of the show now with three more episodes left after this. Some of the ongoing side arcs are now being addressed in a meaningful manner. I don’t mind this aspect but I am guessing that some folks might be annoyed with games of business.
There are still a few technical things that I had to ignore but these don’t impact heavily on my enjoyment of the series. However, those weird sound stingers made more of an appearance again this episode, irking me a bit in the process. Seriously, they don’t match the overall feel of the series and feel like they were purchased at the last minute rather than with careful consideration as to the content.

In any case, I will continue watching the show until it is finished. I will have to consider which of the other longer-run series to put as my weekly watch, however. I suppose that this will be addressed in a week or two. In any case, feel free to post any recommendations that you have. I will consider each one based on the synopsis initially and then available sources to watch it online.


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 12

Episodes: episode 12/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Sorry for being a day late again. I spent some quality time with hubby yesterday evening and wasn’t able to watch this week’s episode on time. >queue schmoochy face<

Prepare for spoilers in 3… 2… 1…

We continue on with the annual meeting from last week, with Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) once again weathering an onslaught from Lee Jae-In’s (Ha Seok-Jin) ex-fiancee Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae). Da-Hyun decides to make her first public with Jae-In soon after but is also harassed by Aunt Whats-her-name. Unfortunately, the continual harassment is taking its toll on Da-Hyun. After Joo-Hee is told to back off by Attorney Park Hyung-Joon ( Kim Sun-Hyuk) the following day, she decides on another ploy to “get her man”. After having Da-Hyun kidnapped, she attempts to set up an alliance with Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) but this seemingly backfires when he snitches to Jae-In. Jae-In seemingly agree to an alliance of sorts in order to rectify the trouble within the SH Group.

This episode feels like it did a lot to set up the conclusion of the second major conflict of the series, the competition between Jae-In and Tae-Ha. We did have Da-Hyun questioning her place in Jae-In’s life, however, the regular barrage of mean-girls Joo-Hee and Aunt Whats-her-name putting her ability to walk beside Jae-In into question. This is certainly believable from the psychological standpoint. After all, you aren’t necessarily meant to continually deal with people harassing you all of the time. In any case, I feel good about where the series is headed and look forward to seeing some horrible people eat their own poop.


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 11

Episodes: episode 10/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

It is that time of the week again, where I go over the next episode of the weekly Asian Drama. I know that it is a day late. Oh, well. I’ll blame it on the numerous adorable animal videos that I watched yesterday.

In this week’s episode, Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) tortures the idiotic Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin) over the lie that was revealed at the end of the last episode. Whilst short-lived, it at least dealt with that. Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) discusses it with his dad Min Hyuk-Ju (Kim Min-Sang) who is none too pleased that his plan hit a roadblock. However, Tae-Ha has his own reasons for not wanting Jae-In together with Da-Hyun. Da-Hyun finally gets Jae-In to set up a meeting with his grandfather Lee Kyoo Cheol’s (Joo Jin Mo), who agrees so long as it is at an annual meeting that Tae-Ha hasn’t attended in years. And in the midst of this, Jae-In’s ex-fiancee Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae) is still trying to mess with the blossoming relationship between our main characters.

Not a lot happened in terms of intrigue compared to last week, but the story seems to be moving noticeably forward nonetheless. We see Da-Hyun now more aware of what the will contains and Jae-In having to step up a bit more into the role of heir-apparent. We also see the perplexing character of Tae-Ha, who it appears has a separate agenda from that of his father. The story seems to be lining things up nicely. On a good note, the annoying song stings from episode ten were nowhere to be heard this week. Thank goodness for that.

Things that we learnt this week:

  • Deputy Han’s father owns a butcher shop
  • Balloons fix everything
  • Whenever a ladder is involved, somebody is destined to fall off
  • Dress-ups are fun
  • It seems that all of the wildlife has long since evacuated the city. I’ll blame it on that dog that Da-Hyun tried to save a few episodes ago. It was clearly evil

With only a few episodes left, one wonders how the last few threads of existing conflict will play out. I am kind of looking forward to it, and don’t have the same level of separation anxiety as I do with the manga Love So Life. I have my theories but I will keep them to myself for now.


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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 10

Episodes: episode 10/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

I am back for another review of my current weekly Asian drama. I did try to get it posted earlier, but I had to deal with the weekly manga that I wasn’t able to post yesterday because I wasn’t feeling well. In any case, here it is.

In this instalment of the series, we see Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) meet with bitchy Aunt Whats-her-name, get harassed by Lee Jae-In’s (Ha Seok-Jin) ex-fiancee Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae) at Hyun Yin’s (Im Do Yoon) boutique, and has numerous pleasant run-ins with Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min). Tae-Ha is growing more and more suspicious of his father Min Hyuk-Ju’s (Kim Min-Sang) business dealings with Chairman Han. Things get even more complicated for Da-Hyun and Jae-In when somebody leaks a false story about Jae-In and Joo-Hee being engaged, affecting stock prices and potentially hurting Da-Hyun’s trust in Jae-In in the process. Finally, we see Tae-Ha drop Da-Hyun off at her place and we end with a potential run-in with Jae-In who was waiting for Da-Hyun to get back from her moral support of Ji Su at an orphanage gig.

This episode had a lot going on in it. It is finally at a point where Da-Hyun will learn about that other piece of his grandfather’s will that he conveniently left out when discussing it with Da-Hyun earlier in the series. This lie-by-omission will likely create friction between our two lead characters over the next few episodes.
The episode also brings us closer to Jae-In and several other players discovering with Hyuk-Ju and Chairman Han are up to. This is a somewhat curious arc, but it certainly does gives us room to learn about the character of some of the other figures in the series and what they are willing to do to get what they want. Tae-Ha’s own arc is somewhat interesting in of itself. This particular character really does seem torn between his family and some semblance of ethics. However, he still doesn’t have confirmation of what his dad and Chairman Han are up to yet, which means that we have to wait for at least a few more episodes to see how his own character arc plays out.
My main complaint in this episode was some of the audio stings used for some of the dramatic moments. It was a weird cross between old Charlie Angels stings and something one would expect from the Six Million Dollar Man. It seemed oddly out of place compared to some of the other music used in the series so far. It was used minimally last episode, which was bearable. However, the frequency in which it was used in this episode was highly irritating and took me out of the moment somewhat.
So, what did we learn in this episode?

  1. Ji Su only seems to know one song
  2. Han Joo-Hee is a bit of a bitch and somewhat territorial when it comes to Jae-In
  3. Chairman Han may very well be just as dodgy as Min Hyuk-Ju
  4. Kim Da-Hyun likes to torture Lee Jae-In

With six episodes left, I am somewhat curious as to how the various arcs will resolve and how each of the characters that I have come to appreciate will find their own piece of happiness. I will be royally pissed if this series has one of those bittersweet endings as it really wouldn’t fit with the vibe of the series thus far. In any case, I have six episodes to see how it all plays out. Until next time!