49 Days

The South Korean television fantasy drama 49 Days (2011) is a fascinating mix of theological themes. It was inspired by the Buddhism "Bardo" that a soul usually wanders the earth for 49 days (an intermediate state lasting at most "seven times seven days") and then moves on to the next life. This drama also contains references to Shamanism (ideas such as reincarnation and karma) as well as some Christian concepts. Some unusual ideas briefly make an appearance but are insignificant…

Operation Proposal

What happens when an entity with the ability to move forward and backwards through time perchance takes an interest in a young man’s pitifully sad situation and offers him a do-over of any critically pivotal point of his past? In the television series Operation Proposal (2012, 16 episodes) the entity that introduces himself as a Time Conductor does exactly that for a desperate Kang Baek Ho (Yoo Seung Ho).   Plot Kang Baek Ho (Yoo Seung Ho) lived his life…

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

Recently I watched a romantic comedy series called “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho“. According to Korean legend a Gumiho (or Kumiho) is a creature (specifically a nine-tailed fox) that can freely transform, among other things, into a beautiful girl often set out to seduce men, and eat their liver or heart (depending on the legend). I can say without a doubt that I really, really, really liked this series. It was one of the best and most satisfying television series…

The Nine Lives of Chloe King

The ABC family action-fantasy television series “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” (TV-14) ran for a single season (from 14 Jun 2011 to 16 Aug 2011, Tuesdays at 9/8c) with 10 episodes before its cancellation was announced in September 2011. I hadn’t heard of this particular series before May 2012. As a matter of fact I probably still wouldn’t be aware of the series if the summary hadn’t recently caught my eye on Netflix. “On the brink of her 16th…