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Life Lately – February 2024

A quick round up of the television series I watched in February. Having discovered Disney+ now has several K-Dramas available for streaming, I seemed to watch a lot of those, catching up with Vigilante from last year, as well as watching the newest programme, A Shop for Killers. On Netflix, I watched one of their lasted K-Drama and the new live-action version of Avatar: The Last Airbender.



Streaming Service: Disney+

When Kim Ji-Yong was a child, his mother was killed by a gangster who evaded the law. Now, he leads a double life as a Korean National Police University student by day and a Vigilante by night, personally punishing criminals who evade the law.

Nam Joo-hyuk as Kim Ji-yong
Yoo Ji-tae as Jo Heon
Kim So-jin as Choi Mi-ryeo
Lee Jun-hyuk as Jo Gang-ok
Kwon Hae-hyo as Lee Joon-yeop
Lee Seung-woo as Min Seon-wook

Poster for Vigilante TV programme
Image © Disney+

Rating: ☕☕☕☕/5

I first heard about the webtoon version of Vigilante, which sounded like a take on the Batman narrative set in present-day Korea. But the story reminded me more of early Nightwing storylines, as both are trainee police officers and vigilantes at night. Unlike most K-Dramas, this series only has eight episodes instead of 16, making the plot fast-moving, with no filler episodes. The programme offers a different twist on the classic vigilante storyline, with beautiful cinematography and well-choreographed fight scenes.

A Shop for Killers

Streaming Service: Disney+

After Ji-an’s uncle’s sudden death, she discovers the truth about the online shop he ran. Before she can find the underlying cause of the mystery, she is attacked by unidentified individuals seeking his stock. How will Ji-an survive these attacks?

Lee Dong-wook as Jeong Jin-man
Kim Hye-jun as Jung Ji-an
Jo Han-sun as Bale
Geum Hae-na as So Min-hye
Min Kim as Pasin

Poster for A Shop for Killers TV programme
Image © Disney+

Rating: ☕☕☕☕/5

The programme reminded me of a Tarantino movie for several reasons. First, the storyline is non-linear, with flashbacks in each episode. Secondly, the stand-off gun fights, although these have a modern twist with drones and robot dogs!

Gyeongseong Creature

Streaming Service: Netflix

In the Spring of 1945 in Gyeongseong, during Japanese rule over Korea, an entrepreneur, Tae-sang and a young sleuth, Chae-ok. Both fight for survival and confront a strange creature born out of greed.


Park Seo-jun as Jang Tae-sang
Han So-hee as Yoon Chae-ok

Poster for GyeongSeong Creature TV programme

Rating: ☕☕☕☕/5

Gyeongseong Creature is both a period drama and horror. Set during World War two, the programme deals with Japanese-occupied Korea and the atrocities experienced there, with a fictional twist on the monster. As you would expect from a period drama, there are beautiful costumes and sets, and the horror is mild. Honestly, the most horrific parts are the brutalities humans inflict on each other!  

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Streaming Service: Netflix

Having been frozen for a hundred years, Aang awakes to discover all the airbenders were killed by the Fire Nation, making him the last of his kind. To bring balance to the world, Aang must master all four elements. Aided by his friends Katara and Sokka, Aang is on a mission to avoid the fire nation and bring peace back to the world.

Gordon Cormier as Aang
Kiawentiio as Katara
Ian Ousley as Sokka
Dallas Liu as Prince Zuko
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh
Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai

Poster for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender TV programme
Image © Netflix

Rating: ☕☕☕☕/5

I was a little concerned about this live-action version of the animated series. Previously, I have been burned by Netflix adaptations of beloved anime series, as I disliked both the Death Note and Cowboy Bebop remakes. However, I did love the One Piece series last year, so I had mixed feelings before watching this show. 

Overall, I did like this version. The pace was a little faster than the anime version, but I do not think it deterred too much from the storytelling. The action sequences are brilliant, both the fight scenes and the ‘bending.’

Also Watching

Poster for A Killer Paradox TV programme
Image © Netflix
Poster for Expats TV programme
Image © Amazon Prime
Poster for Mr & Mrs Smith TV programme
Image © Amazon Prime

February Reads

Book cover of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Book cover of Dear Rebel,

Book cover of The Merciless Ones

Book cover of How to Solve Your Own Murder

Listened to

Copy of my most played song from Spotify, including songs from Jimmy Eats World, Wolf Alice and Foo Fighters

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