Sunday, 19 August 2012

Not watching: Magma

While I admire WOWOW dramas for avoiding the usual clichés of Japanese TV for something that is usually more thoughtful and refined, I found my mind wandering whenever I tried to watch this show.

I was halfway through episode three and I realised I hadn't listened to a word anyone had said in about five minutes. The storyline is about a company researching into geo-thermal electricity. At first, it looks as if it's about to be asset-stripped by a large corporation, but then it is saved. But then another geo-thermal research company wants to destroy it, and hires a journalist to dig up some dirt.

Then there's a big reveal about someone's true identity and meanwhile, the head scientist is looking a bit ill. In the end, it's a bit of a mess. And any sense of malevolent industrial espionage is somewhat undermined by the Japanese pronounciation of the word "Earth". Whenever they mention the company "Earth Power", it does sound a lot like they're talking about "Arse Power." A little unfortunate.

A nice try, but ultimately a failure.

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha. I was just looking in to see what you've been watching. I really think Jdrama has generally failed to address big scandals in dramas. Though, I'm having a hard time trying to come up with any examples in any series.

    And, ha! Yeah, Earth is an unfortunate word in Katakana. xD