TV shows with unique concepts

I love K-Pop. I love TV shows. And this post is gonna be about my second interest…TV shows. This time I’m gonna present a list of TV shows I think have a unique concept or unique perspective which make the shows great. I will also include shows that started new trends in the TV world even if there were some following shows that copied some storylines. Let’s not spend so much time writing stuff here but let’s get right on the list!

Note: I’m gonna ignore most of the streaming site shows, mostly because I don’t like them, yes, even if they have unique concepts sometimes. I just think the editing of those shows is a nightmare and makes them hell on earth to watch, so leave me be. This is my list and not a general opinion, so I can do what I want 😛

Once Upon A Time

or “Fairytales meet flashbacks and the 21st century”. So it’s not that much of a new concept to use old stories or fairytales in a modern context. Look at all the “A Cinderella Story” movies, or the Barbie movies which also incorporate some fairytale background. There are just a lot of projects out there, that use that kind of approach, but we all have to admit that never did anyone go as far as Once Upon A Time. The used so many stories everyone knows and so many stories we didn’t even know about. OUAT brought fairytales into 21st century TV and it looks so good, that you can’t put down the remote after you started watching.

Also give credits to the writers for being able to connect the stories all together in a way no one thought is possible…you know Rumpelstiltskin (or was it Killian?) wasn’t so wrong when they said it doesn’t come as a surprise anymore at how many people are related to each other in Storybrooke.

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Breaking Bad

or “I never thought a show about drugs could be so captivating it seems”. I’m not gonna say much about this show since I didn’t actually watch it but I wanted to include it because Breaking Bad opened the door for so many shows afterwards that include a story about illegal activities. And we all have to give compliments since writing a show about illegal stuff is pretty hard since you have to write and end the show in a way that people love it and enjoy it but also don’t go out on the streets and say “that guy didn’t face any consequences so I don’t have to either”

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Supernatural

or “Supernatural just put the game on a whole different level”. There have been supernatural TV shows long before Supernatural itself, but most of them were about mysteries or about vampires. Supernatural was one of the first shows that incorporated supernatural beings of every kind with folklore and some captivating characters. Also the show pushed the whole genre into the new century and set a new level for supernatural shows.

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The Vampire Diaries

or “Vampires were never better”. I mentioned before – there have been a lot of vampire shows before TVD, like Buffy. And let’s be honest, Buffy was big, even if I didn’t watch it, I know about it. The reason I’m naming TVD and not Buffy here? Because TVD is like “We want a show about vampires but how can we adapt that to the new trends in TV?” While TVD and Buffy have a lot in common, both about vampires and the main character in high school in the beginning, the producers managed to give the show a whole different and more modern feeling. The producers adapted the show to the modern TV trends and I mean – TVD became really big, so they did a good job I guess.

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Arrow

or “The start of the superhero trend”. I don’t have to say much here. Before Arrow most of the superhero game was done in the cinemas and as blockbusters. Then came Arrow and whether it was an attempt by DC because Marvel took over the cinemas I don’t care…Arrow started the whole superhero TV trend and took the whole thing to another level.

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Ugly Betty

or “The ugly duckling meets the modern fashion world”. The story of the ugly or mistreated girl becoming a princess or the ball room queen has been around for a long long long time. But Ugly Betty managed to really push the ugly outsider term and put the whole thing in a different context. While everyone has to admit America Ferrera is a 100% beauty the producers of the show managed to give her everything to maybe not make her totally ugly but…well, different?…actually the worst thing about her was her fashion style I think (in the first few seasons, of course). What I admire about the producers and writers is the fact that they kept Betty’s look going for a few seasons before the slowly changed it. Most of the time TV shows give you a good looking lead and claim the lead is ugly for the other characters in the movie or show while everyone with eyes can tell, the person is beautiful af. In Ugly Betty they at least managed to keep up the appearance until later on and captivated the audience with story and character likeability.

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The Originals

or “Bad guys never looked better”. Like with the ugly duckling trend, the the bad guy is a good guy trend has been around for some time now too. The reason why I still included TO? Because it was a first, that a show didn’t say “well, the bad guy is not so bad because he may do bad stuff but he has a good reason” but they included A LOT of scenes and storylines where the main characters just do bad things because they want to or because they are the kind of people who wouldn’t think of a “good” way to do things but just go for the worst kind of way out of habit. But we have to be honest, TO just amazes with those characters.

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Glee

or “Music just opened a whole new door for TV”. I don’t think I have to say much about this show. I mean nearly every other show that aired at the same time as Glee or afterwards suddenly included an episode where everyone was singing…enough said?

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Lucifer

or “We had enough vampires and werewolves. Angels…how about angels?”. When they actually used an actor to portray God in Supernatural I was like “Wow, they really did that, hm?” and I’m not really that religious. And when I heard there was going to be a show about Lucifer himself? Oh I could not miss that. We have had vampires, werewolves, angels, all other kinds of supernatural beings…we even had Lucifer but always as the antagonist and bad guy. This time he is the protagonist and not entirely a bad guy, you could say. So, I’m very curious where this is gonna go and if the show opens some doors for new stories.

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Grey’s Anatomy / Scrubs

or “The era of doctor-shows”. The TV show ER was pretty big and pretty long and made a lot of people famous but, and I’m actually really sorry to say this, ER is so last century. Scrubs was one of the first shows that started the whole serious and story but actually a comedy show trend (and had following shows like How I Met Your Mother, also influenced by Friends of course, or Big Bang Theory). And Grey’s Anatomy brought the whole drama genre in TV (and that is a lot of shows) to a whole new level with all the drama going on (seriously, a hospital shooting, nearly drowning, a plane crash, explosions, what hasn’t the main character been through already?). Both those shows didn’t just set a new standard for doctor shows but also for drama and comedy shows in general.

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Degrassi (all seasons, all shows)

or “You thought Pretty Little Liars was a dramatic teenie show?”. If I had to name a teenie TV show that impressed me the most it would definitely be Degrassi. There is pretty much no serious life topic they haven’t at least mentioned yet, I think. And while they sometimes use the general approach to a topic they also show new perspectives sometimes (like Lola’s abortion in the Next Class season. She thought it was the best decision and didn’t cry afterwards like most people in abortion storylines).

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So, of course there are a lot more, but I’m mostly too lazy to think about more shows now, so I’ll leave it at that. But you can comment down below and mention your game changers and I’ll mention them in Part II ^.^

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My all-time favourite songs

If you looked at my posts once you’ll immediately realise: I’m a KPop fan (and I’m proud to say that I have been since 2008/09 and before Gangnam Style).

But there is something you may not know – I can listen to some songs for 3 days in a row and NOT GET ANNOYED. I call these songs my all-time favourites and I thought about it, I have it with a few non-KPop songs too, but well, not as much as KPop. So here I present a list of songs I can listen to like for such a long time and not get annoyed.

Note: I realised there are no girl groups or female singers in there. I don’t really know why that is. Women usually have a higher voice and there songs are usually in a higher key or all high and scrinchy…so yea. If you still want me to add some female touch in there…I think the closest would be Mamamoo or Lee Hi with their songs

EDIT: I did add the duo recently so finally some female influence ^.^

VIXX – Eternity

VIXX is one of my alltime favourite groups so of course I have a song from them in this list…no actually being one of my favourites doesn’t really have anything to do with it, since there are VIXX songs where I just cannot click replay after listening. Eternity though is when I really knew VIXX is my total doom and I just really like them.

Note: I really did listen to this song and nothing else for 3 days and it was awesome ^.^

U-Kiss – 0330

This was my first all-time favourite K-Pop song and my second all-time favourite song in general. U-Kiss was one of the first K-Pop groups I found out about and I just love 0330. The music video, the song, the choreo, the piano, just everything. It is a ballad mixed with some upbeat parts that keep the song going pretty smoothly. I even learned to play the song on piano.

Akdong Musician – Dinosaur

This is I think the newest song on this list…yes, just looked, it is the most recent song. I like AKMU songs in general, although I’m not as captivated and amazed by them like some others but I really love Dinosaur. Their voices mix so well and the song is just soooo great. I could listen for a long time.

K.Will – I Need You

I Need You is actually not my favourite song by K.Will and doesn’t even have my favourite K.Will music video (can you guess what my favourite MV is??? =] ) but I could still listen to this song for days and even after all these years I have no clue why.

VIXX – Voodoo Doll

I admit that a big part why I like Voodoo Doll is because I love the music video and absolutely adore the choreo, but I also really like the song. I bought the album, darn it, so of course I like it ^.^ I don’t like buying things, I don’t actually like. But Voodoo Doll, I love this song. It is a perfect allrounder. Great song, great MV, great choreo, great voices, great charisma. Perfect all-kill.

Eric Nam – Can’t Help Myself

This song…I go crazy for this song…let’s be honest, I could listen to all the songs on this list for a long time but there are only three songs here where I won’t be able to sit still. Two are still coming, Eric Nam’s Can’t Help Myself is the first of the three. You can play it whenever in whatever weather and my mood is lifted, at least a little bit. This song is a great protection against my chronic depressions and just a delight to listen to.

B1A4 – A Lie

When this song came out I sat in front of youtube with my mouth hanging open and thinking “I. Love. This. Is. This. Real.” I absolutely love this song. This song is always part of my favourite song list, whether it’s favourite upbeat song, favourite K-Pop song, favourite group song, favourite ballad, favourite whatever…I would always name this song in the list, whether it matches or not…I wouldn’t care 🙂

GOT7 – Just Right

Just Right, well, this song made me fall for GOT7. Just Right is the same as Can’t Help Myself in that regard, that I immediately have a better mood than before. It just makes you feel happy and quirly inside and makes you wanna jump and dance around like a crazy person…this is also one song where I’m currently learning some choreo since I want to use it for my workout.

Note: My workout goes like a KPop/fitness workout routine with sometimes constant repeat of the same song, which means I need songs I can listen to often.

BTS – Fire

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Fire is the one reason why I have such a hard time winning Try Not To Sing/Move Challenges. Play the right part of Fire and I go crazy whether I want to or not. No seriously, I listened to some music and walking through the city streets a short while ago, without me consciously noticing Fire started playing in the headphones. Well, before I knew it I was jumping around on the street and when my favourite part came, I must have looked soooo crazy.

FT.Island – Severely

Another song, I never thought would be so addicting to me. Also this song made me into a real KPop fan. Severely was the reason why I bought my first KPop album (although it was another FTIsland album and not the Severely one). Without it…I don’t know where I would be and what kind of fan I would be.

Block B – Nillili Mambo

Nillili Mambo is the reason why I love Block B so much and I think my second album was the respective album of the song. I love the music video so much and the music makes me seriously throw all choreo to the ground and just jump and react like a crazy person. Nillili Mambo is my kryptonite.

 

So this is my list of favourite K-Pop songs. What are yours?

See ya

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(Thai) BL recommendations. Part II

Also, check out the other parts

I really like BL series and I realised many other people like it too. Recently (since I’m working on this post since like forever, I guess, it was some time ago) one of my favourite websites with a list of BL movies and shows closed down for whatever reasons and now I’m pretty much devastated. So, I decided I’m gonna do something about it and name some other BL series recommendations (to at least help my fellow watchers)

I will also write some pointers on why I liked/disliked it and why you should/n’t watch it.

Side note: I already published a post with Thai BL recommendations (like a part I), so I won’t mention those recommendations again.

Side note 2: This time I will probably include some series/movies from other countries than Thailand too. Maybe. Let’s see.

Side note 3: While I sometimes say ‘this and this thing came from a movie’ or things like that, some things may have a comic or a novel as an original basis. Since I don’t know Thai, Japanese, Chinese or any other Asian language except for some Korean, I may not know about the original basis for some things, since I probably haven’t read the novel or comic. So please excuse if I make any mistakes like that.

Side note 4: I DO NOT RECOMMEND STUFF WITH SAD/DEADLY/BAD ENDINGS. They may be bad as in cliffhangers or strange but no real bad ones. I hate bad endings.

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Movie and Series

Last time I recommended My Bromance which came from a movie and was turned into a series (which you can watch without seeing the movie). This time I will recommend something similar. This one also came from a movie but I’m talking about both here.

Waterboyy.

Waterboyy. The Series. originates from a movie which comes from…I actually don’t know whether it was an original idea or if it comes from a novel or something like that. Well, the story in the movie and the series differ quite a bit.

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THE MOVIE. So, the movie is fast-paced and has some scenes that seem off or strange but by halftime the whole movie will make sense and have you enchanted. In general the movie is really sweet and a joy to watch. It’s about Nam, a playboy who likes to party, do perverted stuff and is a great swimmer on the school team. One day another boy transfers in, named Meuk and  they have to share a dorm room. Soon feelings begin to spark between the two boys.

Like I said the movie starts of slowly and it seems like the producers don’t even know where they want to go with this at the beginning but it picks up the pace quite soon and you’ll see some development. What I liked especially was the fact that you could see Meuk and Nam falling for each other equally and while they may not show it the same way, by the end you realise they are head over heels for each other, even if the ending is different than you may expect. Also I appreciated the closeness between them during the movie and other people noticing it too (and taking it positively).

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THE SERIES. Like with every Thai series, there is more than one storyline, so that’s something that is different from the movie. It’s not only about the two boys anymore but there are sooo many more storylines going on. If you say ‘I only like BL stuff to be about BL stuff’ then you’re gonna end up skipping a lot of scenes. Also a lot of people seem to think there is no chemistry between the BL couple although I don’t really share that sentiment. I admit that the chemistry is off in the first few episodes but it really picks up over time and by the end I thought there was no better pair than those two (even if you wanna slap one of them for how he behaves sometimes). Also the actor playing Apo (in the role taking the role of Meuk – they are all named differently in the series) is soooo cute and an amazing actor.

Also I think that the actor of Min (who was part of one of the straight couples in the show) did an amazing acting job too. I watched his storyline just for him.

The series took me some time to get over the first few episodes but then I just decided to go for it and I totally fell in love with it and watched it in one night and a day. I definitely recommend this for a nice Bl drama with quite some passion (physically and emotionally). I loved it.

Side note: you’ll see a lot of actors from other shows in the Waterboyy movie and series. Like Earn from Love Sick or M from Sotus or Phun from Love Sick (although he plays a straight guy this time).

Side note 2: SPOILER…this show is one of the few Thai BL shows which does feature some reaaal kissing and not just some pecks. I loved the stairs kiss!!

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Side couple

The following recommendation is not mainly about a BL couple. There is a BL couple there but it’s not the main couple. Still I like them a lot. Also because the ending for them was just oh so satisfying.

Side note: I loved this ending sooo much. Probably one of my favourite endings for a BL couple. 

Senior Love: Puppy Honey

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Puppy Honey has two season, just so you know. It’s about two friends in college, Porsche and Pick, and they are studying to be animal doctors (I think…I forgot a lot of the details of season 1 sorry). Their club, though, is on the verge of being disbanded if they cannot get any new members. So one day they meet Emma, who likes cats but despises and is scared of dogs, and Rome, her shy and gay best friend who is easily intimidated. And Porsche and Pick plan to make them join the club even if it means stalking them in a dog costume (that was so cute and creepy at the same time) or forcing their hand to fill the member application form (literally). 

What I think is amazing in season 1 is actually the fact that I not only liked Pick and Rome as a couple but also Porsche and Emma even though I only started watching for the BL. But Porsche and Emma are just too cute. So in Puppy Honey you actually get a lot of natural and slow development of couples. They don’t really fall for each other in just a few seconds of seeing each other but start caring for the other person and trying to make the other one happy. Pick and Rome …hm…let’s just say I think this is probably a very realistic portrayal of a one-sided crush although I love that Pick isn’t exactly angry about it but more like empathic towards Rome even if Pick can be a total douche sometimes.

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I recommend watching Puppy Honey if you have no problem with other non-BL couples as well as a slow pace. For Pick and Rome…I would watch the whole two seasons again just to enjoy the ending XD

ALSO, this just has to be one of the best shows regarding friendships. Pick and Porsche are just so great and funny together. Always making me laugh.

Side note: SPOILER!!!! ……..I just love how Rome tells Pick he can show his cool outside to everyone else but doesn’t have to use it with him, since he knows Pick’s cool already. Also when Pick just decides to give in and tells Rome straight up that he’s in love with him and even says it at the date later. 

Club Friday S08: True Love or just confused?

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I’m not a hundred percent sure I got the right number for the season but the rest should be correct for the name. I don’t really get myself why I’m recommending this. Maybe because I liked it more than I should have. The ending is not exactly happy but also not really bad…It’s more like you yourself can decide how to interpret it and decide whether it is a good one or a bad one. 

TLOJC is about two guys in…I think it was in school or college…, Todd and Meng, who became best friends. They do pretty much everything together until one day they have a fight. They lose contact and later meet again when working at the same firm. It’s about Meng calling to the radio programme Club Friday (someone at least told me that there was a real call like that and that is were the story came from…or I’m confusing it with another series) after the whole storyline of the four episodes went down and asking for advice. So everything is told in retrospect. 

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I liked it a lot more than I should have regarding the ending. But the chemistry is just sooo good. Also compared to other shows the guys don’t fall into the more typical characters of one giving in and the other taking charge. If you decide to watch it just be prepared for A LOT of drama. A whole lot. 

Side note: Many may wonder why I’m recommending this, since it’s definitely not fluffy or too happy at all. Slight SPOILER!!! Because the feelings in there are just so deep. They both try to stay away from each other, they try everything they can but in the end, they just can’t…and they need a lot of time to realise how deep their own feelings are…the story may be “whywhywhy” but the feelings are just short of “as epic as it gets for BL love”.

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Addicted

Addicted or Addicted Heroin or whatever is the official name now is probably one of the biggest BL shows out there. It’s a Chinese series and there was supposed to be a second season but then China, being China, decided to ban LGBT stuff from TV and online and the second season got cancelled. Still I love the series.

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It’s about Bao, who lives with his father and one day meets rich Gu Hai, who is angry with his father who married another woman and decides to attend a normal high school as revenge, and Gu Hai is immediately enthralled by his classmate. Soon they start spending most of their time together but there are still sooo many obstacles waiting for them.

As far as I know this series comes from a novel. It has a steady storyline and good acting and every flaw is balanced out by the great chemistry between the main characters. They match so well and even though there is a lot of tsundere going on they are just lovely together. No really, the one fact that makes up for like 90% of its flaws is the great chemistry between the two lead actors.

Side note: if you don’t know what tsundere means…please Google it. I’m just too lazy to explain it here. 

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Mother and male daughter-in-law / My monster in-law

EDIT: Since I’m not much for proof-reading it took me like 2 weeks to even realise that I put a vietnamese show, I think, in a Thai BL recommendations post…well, sorry. Now you know, I know that this one is not Thai.

Like with the other post I will try to recommend something that is not the most known or common thing. MMDIL has multiple translations of its name but search it with this one and you should find the right one (it’s even on youtube with eng subs). This one is from Vietnam, I think. If I remember right, it has around 30 episodes.

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MMDIL is about a mother whose son Cuong one day comes back from abroad, married. To a man, Jackie. Afraid her son will leave she decides to ‘accept’ Jackie and teach him all about being a daughter in law…and maybe get rid of him at the same time.

Let me just say, this show takes some getting used to. At least for me. Because Jackie is supposed to be from the US I think and so he uses a lot of English in the beginning. But don’t worry he’ll change to mostly Vietnamese a few eps in.

This series features really funny and good acting (especially later on), a fascinating main character (don’t ask me why but I just cannot stop watching Jackie), a believable married couple and character development. I was very surprised when I saw how open the main couple was with kisses and couply moments. I appreciated it a lot since they ARE married and it seemed real and not just like an act. Also the interactions are just really nice. It’s funny. And compliments to the mother, she was great and while she wasn’t always nice you could kinda understand her sentiment and feelings.

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Together with Me

Okay maybe I should recommend “Bad Romance” before that… Together with Me is the prequel/sequel series of Bad Romance.

Bad Romance told us the story of the couple Knock and Korn and their best friend Yihwa. It was a story about jealousy, love and commitment and gave us a cringenly happy ending.

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Together with Me is currently airing and gives us what we all wanted…to know how Korn and Knock originally came together. Together with Me is that story.

While I think Bad Romance was nice and okay, I’m totally in love with Together with Me. It’s nice to see the BL story of two long-time friends falling in love and getting together and knowing that it won’t end in tragedy. It’s still airing but I would still recommend watching it …(it’s also on youtube subbed by LazySubber and believe me…the show is totally different since this subber actually gives some commentary and it’s just amazing).

I’m really curious how the story progresses.

Side note: There’s also another interesting BL couple in the series.

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So for now, these are my recommendations. I’m mostly just too lazy too write more…if you like the recommendations or want a general list of what you could watch or have any recommendations yourself, feel free to recommend in the comments below.

Bye Bye

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VIXX – Zelos/Hades/Kratos Explained!

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Firstly, this is just me bringing together theories from all over the internet. I finally wanted to know what the story was about and after reading for some time (seriously there are too many theories what the story is about) I finally figured out an overall picture which makes sense although of course I have no proof or definite knowledge that this is what it is about. I just wanted to know for myself and this is what I came up with after some research.

Note: I’m using the words ‘is’ and ‘are’ a lot in this post even though I should rather use ‘I think’ or ‘in my opinion’ more often, but since I already explained that this is just an unofficial explanation, I’m gonna leave it like that 😛

For everyone who doesn’t even know what I’m talking about: The KPop boy group VIXX, also known as concept idols because they have a new concept with every comeback single, released a series of albums (and at the end one compilation album) in 2016. They revealed that the three albums or better the title tracks of each album are connected and they tell a story. The albums are named ZelosHades and Kratos, in that order. The respective title tracks are DynamiteFantasy and The Closer.

Note: Kratos was an Extended Play and not an album although I have absolutely no idea what the actual difference is.

Background knowledge: Zelos, Hades and Kratos are all part of greek mythology and all greek gods. Zelos and Kratos are brothers (which doesn’t mean anything in the story so I can just skip this actually). Zelos is like the personification of envy and jealousy but if I remember right also glory. Hades (shame on you if you don’t know that –.–) is the god of the underworld and people often think is the god of evil or something like that, which is not true. He was actually often portrayed as passive and neutral although cold and serious (which I think is also interesting in the context of this theory). And Kratos…I didn’t actually know about him before VIXX and the wikipedia article didn’t tell much, so I’m just going with what I heard here. He is often portrayed as the personification of power or sovereign rule…no, seriously, I didn’t find more that’s interesting for the theory, so let’s finally start.

The roles

Some of this might not make much sense, yet, but later in the longer explanation it will.

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Our protagonists are N and Leo. Two guys liking the same girl. / Our gods are Ken and Ravi (more details later on). / Our helpers and maybe also gods Hyuk and Hongbin.

The order of the story

One of the reasons why the whole story behind this concept series is so darn complicated is actually because the order of release of the albums isn’t chronological…well, not totally. It makes sense to release it like they did, if you believe my theory but if you want the realy chronological order it should be different.

So, Dynamite tells less of a story and rather the sentiment behind creating all this mess in the protagonists’ life. It tells the story of jealousy/envy and how someone wanted the love of a girl to himself and is confused that something didn’t work. In conclusion – this song is actually more like the second part of the series, instead of the first.

The second release was Fantasy which tells the story of how a man (N) who is in love with a woman who left him (with no warning or any signs I guess) for another man (Leo). To win her back he does something drastic and goes to the underworld to make a deal with Hades (Ravi) and get her back. Of course, making deals with gods and so was never the best idea, so it all ends in a mess. Looking back at Dynamite it makes sense that there they sing about having a woman for themselves but their plan not working, since the deal with Hades didn’t work in the end. This makes Fantasy the first part of the story, although it was the second single released.

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And now for number three and for why this is so darn complicated. Release three was The Closer and it tells the story of someone wanting to control someone else and have them to themselves. It picks up on the general theme of wanting something for themselves which was mentioned in all three songs but this time the story is kinda different. This story part can actually be taken as a pre-quel, a flashback with new perspective or an after story. I take it as the third part in the story but also as a flashback with a new perspective. Like all those mystery movies where in the end you get a flashback and finally see who is actually behind everything. This is pretty much exactly what is going on in this story.

The story

Since I take Fantasy as the first part of the story I’ll start there.

Fantasy starts with a man (N) being desperate because the love of his life left him for someone else (or disappeared, I’m actually not too sure), she’s not with him anymore. He is lost and he’ll do anything to get her back.

“I prayed under a bloodshot sky, that it’s all a dream when I wake up, it didn’t happen. I’m tired and I have nowhere to go. Please take me anywhere. I will do anything. Someone help.”

He asks from help to get her back, to change her being not there with him. He will do anything. I actually think that the word “Fantasy” in the song can both be seen as him having this horrible time where she is not there and hoping it is just that, a fantasy, but also as the fantasy of actually finding a way to get her back. So he hears about a way to get her back with a potion and plans to fulfill his fantasy of getting her back. He also sees it as the only way and something like the last chance.

“My fantasy will swallow up everything. I will change everything. (…) My tragedy. When the only way opens up. Save me, fantasy.”

In the video you see him deciding on what to do and Hyuk and Hongbin whispering in his ears. Back here you don’t know yet who is who or whether they want him to go to the underworld and get the potion or not. Well, he makes the decision to go to the underworld and open that door (haha, quite literally here).

I think Hyuk and Hongbin are either also gods or godlike figures who don’t want the others to mess with N or they are his friends who just don’t want him to do this. Here you also have to notice that it seems more like them being also gods and knowing Ken and Ravi, while Hongbin actually doing the (dirty) work for Ken and Hyuk trying to save N. So Hyuk tries to stop N from going to the underworld (the door scene), N pushes him away and you see him at a table with Hades (Ravi), Ken and Hongbin. Hades in general is the only god from the concept titles that appears in the story.

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We don’t know Ken’s role yet but don’t worry it will be revealed later on *muahahaha* Okay, so Ken is the one showing him to Ravi and making him get into a deal with the god.

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This is followed by a few scenes chained to a chair and the gods around him. Ravi is making the potion and in general it seems not very fun for N *no kiddin’, facepalm*

Please note: I’m ignoring A LOT of scenes because all of them make much more sense, when I explain them with The Closer

So, the potion is finished and a cursed sign appears on N’s hand. He is standing in the rain which, for me, means it, as expected, didn’t go well but ended in tragedy. There is also the scene where Ravi, Ken, Hongbin and Hyuk are standing together and later on put on black masks which imo shows that they are all gods but (maybe) not on the same side and all with their own opinion and agenda.

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Let’s go to number two Dynamite

…although there isn’t much to say here. It shows N with the cursed sign on his hand which translates to this is after Fantasy and him hanging his head that means…it didn’t work.

“The time is too late. I try turning back the clock.”

Sorry, to tell you this, mate, but turning back time never really works in reality T.T

“Even if I have to flip over the whole world girl, please don’t leave me today. Abracadabra, make this come true, all mine. Abracadabra, make her mind go back. I won’t believe it, something must’ve gone wrong. You don’t know anything. She was supposed to be mine”

And these lyrics definitely tell me that this is after Fantasy. He would do anything for the girl, even something supernatural like Abracadabra or going to the underworld and Hades and getting a love potion. And yea…’supposed to be mine’…it really didn’t work then (as we all expected would this be a real movie).

“This is a dream that’s like a nightmare. Someone is messing around with me.”

Here it is!!! Finally a sign that someone is actually messing around with him! This gets us so much closer to The Closer, it’s scary.

“She went from Snow White to a witch overnight. Something is clearly wrong.”

So, I guess, she wasn’t the same after taking the potion which comes as no surprise as such potions never work…ever.

“I was supposed to be the hero, Dynamite, but I’ve become the villain.”

He wanted to get her back and be the hero, but it didn’t work and messed everything up completely.

So that’s it for Dynamite. It’s like N thinking and trying to guess what went wrong, but also a song about the whole sentiment in the story before and the story to come. Now, let’s got to The Closer.

First off, The Closer doesn’t have N as the protagonist but someone new…Ken! I think some people even mentioned that he was Zeus in this MV, which means he was Zeus all along, but overall it doesn’t make much of a difference who he is and more what he has done. Most of the MV is from his perspective which means you don’t see much of Ken but in some scenes he appears (and I think that is just, so you recognize that it’s from his POV).

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We also make a time jump. The Closer shows us more about how this whole mess started but imo it stills belongs as number three in the story because that would be so movie like to have this twist at the end.

It starts with Leo running out of a red room, N and the girl being together and the others inbetween. For the sake of explaining it, I’m just gonna jump around in the MV now. As later revealed, the red room is Ravi’s room or Hades territory if you wanna say it like that. Leo running out of that room and Ravi playing with the potion…anyone? anyone? Yes, N and the girl were together but Leo wanted her for himself so he made the potion-deal with Hades. Unfortunately that didn’t go as expected and she kind of changed (her dull expression and her being in the hands of Hades, like he has her now and she won’t go back to who she was).

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You see Ken walking around, looking at everything, watching. Also Hyuk and Hongbin trying to stop N, which imo means that both of them may be gods (like in Fantasy revealed) but they are there to protect N and not to hurt and trick him. Some people say Ken managed to make a deal with them like “You want to save him? Work with me and you will” and maybe Hongbin falls for it, since he is later seen in the table scene with Ken.

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Now a lot of the skipped scenes in Fantasy make sense too. N and Leo seemingly being connected or the scene where they are standing in front of this mirror thing and seeing each other. It’s like N taking the same path and making the same mistake as Leo by falling for Ken’s plan and making a deal with Hades.

“Let me control you, ohohoh. I open your senses. Let me control you, ohohoh. Trust only my eyes.” 

This imo has two meanings. First, Leo wanting to have control over the girls heart with the potion but also Ken wanting to control everyone and creating this horrible fate for N and the girl.

This also makes sense with Kratos, who is like the god of power and rule. It meaning that Ken controlled everything from the beginning. He saw what was happening and decided to bring N to Hades, let him make the deal and curse him that way. No idea why, but as greek mythology books have shown us…the greek gods weren’t exactly reasonable when playing with mortals or making a lot of sense.

Of course, the whole last video could also just be interpreted as Ken watching everything going on but that would be boring, senseless to make a music video about it and not explain why he was leading N to Hades in Fantasy, so I’m going with my long theory.

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For me, this will be what the MVs and the songs are about. And after realising the whole story I can only say one thing…

Please, make this into a movie!!!

Seriously, this would be awesome as a movie or a show. The whole aura around the MVs and the perfect acting…I can totally see them in their roles and Ken would make a great villain with all the charisma…haaa, I can continue dreaming right?

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I hope this helped explain the story in the MVs. Like I said this is just my opinion and not a confirmed theory.

If there are any open questions (maybe I left something out…this is such a long post, I’m sure I left something), feel free to comment below 😀

 

Ha, this was fun ^.^

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Descendants 2 / Review

So yesterday saw the premiere of the long awaited second installment of the Disney movie Descendants “Descendants 2”. I watched and loved the first installment and after watching the second one, I decided to do a review of what you can expect and if the movie lives up to the hype.

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Side note: This is not spoiler free for the first movie.

Side note 2: Paragraphs with spoilers for the second movie will be marked with a red ‘#’

The plot

The Descendants movies are mainly about the world of Auradon (like a wonderful and good world only possible in fairytales) and the Isle of the Lost (like villain-island where they put everyone evil or bad) and how one day the young and about to be king prince Ben decides to let the children of villains come to an Auradon school and give them a chance at normal life. The four chosen children are: Mal, daughter of Maleficent (from Sleeping Beauty), Evie, daughter of the evil queen (from Snow White), Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians …or was it just a 100?) and Jay, son of Jafar (from Aladdin). It’s about them trying to fit in, make their parents proud and also maybe get some happiness for themselves.

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Disney Channel Original movies

Every year Disney or Disney Channel releases a few original movies like in 2014 “Zapped”, “Cloud 9” and “How To Build A Better Boy”. Normally those movies star many actors and actresses known from Disney Channel shows and some new faces. And every few years the release a movie that allows for a sequel, some of them though made for having a sequel, others not so much. In my teenage years it was “High School Musical” and its 3 installments, then they had “Teen Beach Movie” with 2 installments and which was nice and some amazing musical numbers but just not exactly my taste (although I thought it was interesting to see a Disney Channel movie ending not exactly ‘happy’ but kinda open).

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In 2015 they released “Descendants” and it became a big hit. And I totally understand why. Having old stories and fairytales reinterpreted or seen in a new light is not something new on TV but Disney took a step no one before really took (except for maybe the TV show “Once Upon A Time” – but that’s much more serious and dark and without musical numbers). Also “Descendants” impressed with amazing and modern music and dance numbers, had interesting and catchy characters, great costume design and created its own little world. I’m really not surprised it got as popular as it is.

So did the second movie live up to its prequel?

Storywise…

# Storywise the movie is definitely a teen movie, you notice in some cheesy scenes and plotlines but otherwise I have to give big compliments to the writers. The trailer for the movie seemed reaaaaally typical and cliché but after watching it, I realised, the writers pumped up the pace and jumped the total cliché of story and went for the showdown of the goodies and the baddies quite fast. And just when you think, the highlight is here and over, the real highlight and big showdown comes (even though the dragon/seamonster and Ben in the water scene CGI was kinda well…obvious CGI, I loved the CGI in the normal scenes, so nice).

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# Also “Descendants 2” got a more serious tone than the first one, definitely. It’s not only about not fitting in and faking being someone you are not, this time it is also about being honest and friends helping friends to get through something. The scene where Carlos makes them sit down and talk for real, this scene had quite some depth for a Disney Channel movie.

Side note: Read further in the character section

Music

# The music of the first one was already great but this one…this is definitely step up. Especially because the songs are quite different from each other. There is the ‘wicked’ song, that’s like the continuation of ‘Rotten to the core’ from the first movie. Then there is ‘What’s my name?’ which is just badass and has this strong and deep tone in it which I just love. Also ‘Chillin’ Like A Villain’ which features a totally different vibe than any other “Descendants” song. Ballad/dramatic song ‘Space Between’ which makes you want to have a best friend like Mal and Evie. And there is ‘It’s Going Down’ which was a mix of showdown song and rap battle, also something you normally don’t get from Disney Channel movies. And last but not least ‘You and Me’ which may be the usual ‘we are one and we may make mistakes but we will help each other and do better’ song but still gives it such a nice ending (also the dancing!!!)

Dancing

Just great and so nice. And it gets better during the movie. Loved the choreo for ‘Chillin’ Like a Villain’ and ‘You and Me’ so much!!!

And big compliments to Sofia Carson and Cameron Boyce…great dancing and they made the stage theirs with their dancing.

Characters

The character development in this movie was…more than I expected. You not only got a look into our main main person (no, not a mistake, I repeated it on purpose) but also quite some depth to the feelings of our other beloved characters (and amazingly with just a few lines). Also over the course of the movie I TOTALLY forgot that these people were actors and actresses. Compliments to the cast!!

# With Mal, soooo many compliments to Dove Cameron. Seriously, I wasn’t a fan of hers before, I am now. She played the overwhelmed girl in a princess outfit like it is usually done in Disney Channel movies, then the rebel going back to the Isle totally embracing her character and finally the hurt and overwhelmed girl who just wants to feel like herself like…well, exactly like a girl in that condition would act like. Dove Cameron is definitely the main and front reason why you’ll forget that the characters are played by actors and are not actual people.

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Evie, she definitely became the best friend you could ever have. She understood Mal and accepted her, whatever her choice may be. She was there for her friends while also being honest. Also you could see a lot of her feelings when she made Ben promise not to leave her on the island and when she offered Mal the choice of coming or not coming to the dance whatever she may feel like and not forcing her to come if Mal didn’t want to. And just for fun, Ben and Evie make such good friends, so there for each other!

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# Carlos. I really really loved three scenes which told you a lot about Carlos. He also offered a lot of the funny scenes with Doug (was that the dog’s name?) and Chad. Firstly, the scene where he makes his three best friends sit down and talk. He told them the trutht and admitted that he didn’t like it when the girls didn’t talk with the boys about their feelings. They are all family and have been together for a long time, so they should all talk to each other and not just part of them. This scene was very important for the story I think and one of the most honest, deep and open scenes in any Disney Channel Original movie. The other two scenes are kinda connected. First off, Carlos telling Mal that he didn’t want to go back to the Isle since he connects it to his mother. And secondly, the one little comment about him telling Evie, Jay and Ben that they better be quiet and not make their parents notice they were back on the Isle. These scenes makes you realise that these children really did have a very different life on the Isle and that there is a reason why they like it in Auradon and it gives the character more depth since you realise that he is actually afraid of Cruella de Vil, his mother, something that played a big role in his character development before the “Descendants” storyline and maybe explains why he is became such a great person.

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# Jay, in the first movie I totally thought he only played a side role which was sad, so I was really happy when he had a bigger role in this movie (officially he was a main character in both). This time he plays a very big role, at least in my opinion. You not only see him breaking some stereotypes or at least some rules to get a talented girl into the fencing/sword fighting school team although women are not allowed (someone wrote ‘men’ and didn’t think of ‘women’ when writing the rule book for the team rules). But Jay also makes you realise that sometimes what you think is right may not be right for others. Mal doesn’t think she fits into the Auradon world and the others who may not think it perfect to return to the Isle accept that after realising her true feelings. And Jay, after all four of them talk for real, even offers Mal to take her back to the Isle personally if she really wants to. Imo that shows that he really understood, that everyone is different and not everyone feels the same. I loved that scene, definitely one of my favourite.

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Overall

When watching “Descendants” you always have to know you’re watching a movie for the audience of 10 to 20 or so, I guess. But if you feel young inside and like movies like that (like me) or if you are part of that age group and like Disney Channel movies than “Descendants” is interesting and really good.

“Descendants 2” had A LOT to live up to, really. And in my opinion IT DID. Maybe it even reached higher than my expectations. I really liked it and I wanna watch it again and again. I really enjoyed it and I really hope there is gonna be a third installment.

Now I can put “Descendants” on the list of sequels who are actually better than the prequel…and that list is not very long.

So, check the movie out or if you have no chance too than check out the released performances on youtube or the full soundtrack.

 

I hope you liked the review…see you soon!

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