Old Age Sestet (Conjoining)

Sole nourishment by memory
is not an optimal solution
despite how much we’ve grown in this life.
We’re better off to keep on going
for growing soul’s identity
is work that’s ever just begun.



Twilight in Katy, Texas

A Man Called God South Korean TV Series – A Further Brief Review

a man called god

I stand by my first assertion that the A Man Called God South Korean TV Series is “007 in East Asian guise” but .. I have to admit it has further .. nuances and nods to other cultural media. The Saint, for one.

Some of the scenes are shot on tape not film, which gives a distinct daytime soap opera hue. Then they flip back to film so back to a typical adventure series visual tone.

There is a lot of eye candy, both men and women, young and old. TV Tropes terms are Bishōnen (beautiful boy) and Bishoujo (pretty girl) from Japanese anime. But there are also tropes for distinguished older businessmen, younger male thugs (who all deserve to be slapped), cute older moms and take-no-prisoners action girls. o_O.

I find myself empathizing with some of the baddies even as I rub my hands gleefully at their well-deserved comeuppances, which happen regularly enough to keep me engaged. I am only up to episode of 7 of 24.

Another fun thing is trying to guess who is going to end up with whom, romance-wise, and who is related to whom, family-wise. Also, who is going to end up OK and who is going to end up in (well-deserved) tears.

I think I am channeling Chiun, Master of Sinanju, who became infamously addicted to soap operas. o_O In the meantime I am having fun.

A Man Called God available on Netflix as of 27-Feb-2018

image credit: sammartz

Spring in Katy, Texas

Contemporary South Korean Television Series – A Brief Review

Black_(TV_series)-posterI have become intrigued watching these South Korean television series available on Netflix as of 25-Feb-2018:

Bad Guys – bad cop recruits team of bad guys he put in jail to put really bad guys out of circulation.

Black – multi-arced supernatural / crime mystery with romances and bad guys.

Argon – power of (positive) media vs. corruption.

A Man Called God – 007 in East Asian guise.

Common elements in these series include: high production values, humor, drama, romantic tension, views of another land and culture, Korean dialogue with English subtitles, and did I mention multiple arcs and twisty plots ..

Bad Guys (TV Series) – 2014
Black (TV Series) – 2017
Argon (TV Series) – 2017
A Man Called God – 2010

Mortality Sestet (Correcting)

Arpeggios of early learning.
The flatlands of our cognizance.
The trouble with authorities.
When looking for new intuitions.
Ideals are approximations.
To see death is a privilege.


Altered Carbon – A Brief Review

altered carbon screen shotAltered Carbon strikes me as a contemporary, stylistic, sci-fi, film noir thriller. There is no spoiler here except to say that after a 10-episode, 2-week, roller-coaster ride, up down left right, I liked it.

The first season is on Netflix as of 18-Feb-2018.

Full disclosure: I am a long-time sci-fi, mystery, cyberpunk fiction fan– including TV series Bones and Agents of SHIELD.


Altered Carbon TV Series on Wikipedia
Film Noir on Wikipedia
Cyberpunk on Wikipedia

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