Tamra the Island: Progress Update

I’m up to episode 13 and with each episode, my affection for this drama and its characters grows stronger and stronger. Tamra also has one of the cutest opening sequences, with the pop-up book theme and animated character cardboard cutouts.

Tamra the Island Opening Theme

(Special thanks to thduddbals for uploading the clip.)

You know, the more I think about it, the more I’m glad to have come across Tamra at just the right time. Otherwise, I would have missed out on this gem of a show.

Thoughts on its main characters

I still can’t believe I’m saying this, but Seo Woo is doing a winning job as Beo Jin. Although she does cry a tad too much for my liking, I find her utterly adorable as Beo Jin because she’s genuine, whether she’s with William or Park Kyu or anybody else, Beo Jin is always being herself, never putting up front to pretend to be someone else.

William is growing on me as well. I’ve come to care for his character so much that I’m alternately shipping Beo Jin with William and Beo Jin with Park Kyu because William’s love for Beo Jin is so pure and unwavering, I don’t want to see him get hurt. And whenever there’s talk of the possibility of William’s impending doom, I would be nervous. Also, I am amazed at the speed at which William is able to learn Korean. He must be some linguistic genius! *jealous*

Although to a much lesser extent, I like the Yann character too. Together, Beo Jin and him make an odd but hilarious pair of traveling companions.

And gawd, Park Kyu… Because your character is of the serious, stoic type, the complete opposite of Beo Jin who wears her heart on her sleeve, your smiles and tears are that much more precious. When you smile, I smile. And when your eyes well up with tears and you muffled your cry so that the girl you love can leave with another man on the path that you think is her happiness, my heart breaks with yours. Members of Team Park Kyu, I now know what you guys were gushing about. I totally get it.

Favorite scene

Tamra is putting me on one of the most memorable emotional rollercoasters in my drama watching experience to date. It’s making me bite my nails with worry one minute and squee with delight the next, sob silently and then laugh hysterically, sometimes in the same scene! And even though it’s doing a number on my emotional state and sometimes makes me feel I like have a split personality, I love it all the more because Tamra does a really effective job at executing its heartfelt scenes while injecting levity at the right moments.

My favorite scene, thus far, took place in Episode 10. The gifting of hat and goodbyes. This one got me good because it was such a heartfelt, bittersweet scene between the villagers and Park Kyu, showing poignantly how much Park Kyu meant to the villagers despite his initial sneering and grumblings, and how much he appreciated their hospitality and sincerity.

William – Tamra the Island OST


Sir. This is for you.

It’s a hat made with the best horsehair in Tamra.

We can’t wear them, but we make the best in Josun.

Wear this for us in the Capital.

As they teared up, I teared up along with them. There were not even one dry pair of eyes in the house. And then, I saw Keut Boon wearing her newly acquired headgear and just like that, I was chuckling amidst the tears.

See what I mean! An emotional rollercoaster, of the best kinds.

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6 thoughts on “Tamra the Island: Progress Update

  1. “You know, the more I think about it, the more I’m glad to have come across Tamra at just the right time. Otherwise, I would have missed out on this gem of a show.”

    D’you mean that watching SKKS conditioned you (in a good way) for Tamra? As far as first impressions go, they seem to be cut from the same fluffy, youthful-trendy, the-only-thing-sageuky-about-this-is-the-setting cloth. Should I watch SKKS first? Both are on my 2011 list fo’ shizzles. (I don’t think my interest in either drama would’ve been this piqued had they not come *so highly* recommended by some bloggers I know… :D)

    • If by “conditioned”, you mean SKKS sets me in the right mood for another fusion-sageuk, then yes! And I was also captivated by Tamra’s Main Theme Instrumental, which led me to check it out finally.

      Although I still love SKKS to bits, objectively speaking, Tamra is the better show. For me, SKKS started out fantastic but ended on a whimper. In contrast, Tamra has a shaky and slapsticky start, which might take you more than one or two episodes to be fully engaged, but it does get better as the story picks up. I initially thought that Tamra was gonna be fluffy unicorn stuff but surprisingly, it is darker than expected, which I appreciate because it keeps me on pins and needles about the what’s going to happen next.

      some bloggers I know
      ahahahahh

      So glad to hear that you’re putting both dramas on your list! Okay, this is the plan. You go to Josun, while I visit the “Dorama King” and Kame-as-romantic-lead. 🙂

      • “Although I still love SKKS to bits, objectively speaking, Tamra is the better show. For me, SKKS started out fantastic but ended on a whimper. In contrast, Tamra has a shaky and slapsticky start, which might take you more than one or two episodes to be fully engaged, but it does get better as the story picks up.”

        I definitely second that! Also, Beo Jin and Park Kyu have some major chemistry going on — it’s honestly electrifying in the more angsty/dramatic moments. And William is totally adorable. =P

        I can’t wait to hear what you think of the finale. =D

      • Also, Beo Jin and Park Kyu have some major chemistry going on
        OMG, totally! The way he looks at her… *keels over*

        I’m so nervous about the ending. I really want a happy ending. Please, oh please!

    • Hi ripgal! 🙂

      I’ve just finished Tamra and hope to blog about it soon. Overall, it’s entertaining and loads of fun to watch.

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