DRAMA DUMP

Jun. 30th, 2011 12:15 pm
[personal profile] rosdrise
Where the heck have I been? Flist, I don't even know. Summer is getting away from me. I can't believe it's almost the 4th. Because that, as most Americans know, pretty much signals the end of summer. We're rounding the turn and headed down the homestretch. Way to be depressing, sorry.

Mostly I've been working. And I'm legitimately busy at work now (new job is going pretty well!), so I don't have the freedom to peruse LJ as often as I used (or would like) to. Plus, I'm kind of all about tumblr at the moment. I'm upsydownsy over there. CH-ch-ch-ch-check it out.

BUT, I have been watching dramas. I wrapped up Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung, Best Love, and Lie to Me in the last week. And I enjoyed them all for the most part, though none were spectacular. They are rom-coms, which is my go-to genre. I'm pretty much guaranteed to like a rom-com granted it's not exheedingly un-romantic or un-comedic. But there has to be something extra to push it over the top for me. And while I liked these three, none of them possessed that extra spark, they were always missing something.

LIE TO ME




Screencap courtesy of Koala's Playground


I actually don't have much to complain about with this little show. I went into it with very low expectations, because it was all thrown together so quickly. They didn't even start shooting it until a month before the air date, right? And casting was all kind of last minute. The entire thing just had disaster written all over it. And narratively, it was. The set-up was clunky to say the very least. Those first couple of episodes were pretty painful, but then
our OTP finally got together and it was magical. Yoon Eun-hye and Kang Ji-hwan have insane chemistry. INSANE. It was a treat just to watch them interact with each other, the plot being irrelevant (which it kind of was). This only got better when the writers let Ki-joon drop the icy-chaebol persona and Kang Ji-hwan got to use his comedic chops. The boy is pretty hilarious. I wish his character had been like that from the start because in the beginning he was bo-ring (and if I see another double-breasted suit I will die, LITERALLY DIE. They don't look good on anyone), and that might have been fine in any other show with stronger writing, but here, the actors really did all the heavy lifting. And really, the two leads did most of that, because I couldn't give two shakes about the minor characters. So-ran was kind of amazingly crazy, but she was best in very, very small doses (I pity her future child). But I thought Sang-hee was an emo creepster for the most part (have MORE tantrums, WAH~). And then Yoon-joo... man, I just felt sorry for the poor girl. But I didn't want a lot of time spent on her story because it depressed me. So, in all, it was good when the secondary characters pretty much faded into the background towards the end of the show.

BEST LOVE



As opposed to Lie to Me, I had VERY high expectations for this drama. It was by the Hong Sisters, who've written three dramas that I love (Fantasy Couple, Hong Gil-dong, and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho). They are fantastic comedic writers and that was in full display in Best Love, which was genuinely funny. I was also excited for it to feature an older cast, but it turns out that didn't really matter, because Dokko Jin spent the majority of the show acting like a five year old. Really? He can't tell if he likes a girl? REALLY? You were a teenage boy once, right? I would think you'd have figured this out as some point. Anyway, it was enjoyable, but one thing that really started to grate on me was the extensive use of metaphor. Now, I understand the purpose metaphor in a narrative. I skimmed Dramabeans recap of the final episode and she said she prefers the use of metaphors by the Hong Sisters as oppossed to the more flowerly, and often clunky professions of love in other romance dramas. But when everything is symbolic of something else it gets really tiresome. Though, my issues may stem from having the meaning of the rosebush in The Scarlet Letter drilled into my brain during 11th grade English.

Have a few screencaps to demonstrate my point



  1. Literally broken heart
  2. Remember to tend to your potato of love, kids
  3. LOVE POTATO
  4. Puzzle of Rejection
  5. Shoe of True Feelings
  6. Metaphorical Tales
  7. We're living the story. Here... let me photoshop it so you understand.
  8. Attraction for Idiots
  9. Pen of True Feelings?
  10. Hike of Potential Future Relationship
"This path is steep and rough so it won't be easy to climb. Do you want to try it anyway?"
- Yoon Pil-joo


GET IT?


GET KARL! OH SOO-JUNG



For a while there, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to finish this show. I hated everyone. Soo-jung was a heartless money-grubber, Man-soo was a bitter women-hater, Soo-jung's father was so stupid and helpless I almost couldn't stand it, her friends were shrill, selfish individuals, Dae-soon was sickeningly sweet. UGH. It was bad. And then, suddenly, I started to really enjoy it. I believe it happened around episode 7 when Soo-jung got drunk and Man-soo lept to her rescue. Probably because this was the first truly positive interaction they had. Man-soo was being a decent human being and Soo-jung wasn't pretending. After that, it was just genuinely funny if slightly ridiculous. We learned why Soo-jung ran out on Man-soo (and that until the last minute had planned on marrying him despite not passing the bar, because she loved him), Dae-soon revealed her true colors (though they awkwardly tried to redeem her in the end there), and Soo-jung's friends actually started behaving like friends. One even left her awful husband, and despite having a hilarious and sweet relationship with Man-soo's manager, opted to live for herself before jumping into another relationship. Which was pretty suprising given the importance the drama had put on women getting married.



"So, Seung-gyu and Dong-kwan are fighting. But when you see dramas where two males are fighting for the woman, it's really cool, right? But this was hilarious."
- Lee Young-ae


Besides making me laugh out loud, I appreciated the pay-off we got for everyone's actions. Soo-jung learned that Man-soo had hired a con man to seduce her and leave her at the altar. That's a massive betrayal of trust, even if it was for revenge. And while Soo-jung understood his reasoning, and still loved him, she couldn't forgive him. Even when he asked her to just go back to being only concerned about money and marry him anyway, she told him she could do that with any other man, just not him. There were actual repercussions for lies, something I wish had occurred more in Fantasy Couple.

OH, BUT GUYS! People have always complained about Oh Ji-ho's lack of acting ability and it never bothered me. I thought he did a pretty decent job in Fantasy Couple (the only other thing I'd seen him in), though the real star was Han Ye-seul (obviously). BUT HE WAS SO BAD IN GET KARL. He was like a blackhole; he just sucked alllll the energy out of a scene. Everyone else could be bouncing off the walls and then the camera would turn to Man-soo and BAM, ENERGY GONE. He was a very pretty cardboard cut out of a man. Anyway, it was a fun drama, if you can get to the good parts.

NEXT UP: What is everyone watching this coming season? Myung-wol the Spy is the only kdrama I'm going to be watching (at the moment). I'm definitely going to check out the Ouran drama (though I'm wary) and Arakawa Under the Bridge even though I've never read the manga or watched the anime, I just find Kiritani Mirei freaking adorable.
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