I’m trying to like this one, you guys. I really am, but…
No, wait, I’m not. I’m just not. I don’t like it.
First of all, I don’t do synopsis reviews or what-have-you, so I’m sending you to a friend’s blog for all that good stuff. If you don’t know it’s about, let my buddy Sab over at The Cat that Watches TV give you the 411 on all that. Plus she has her own first impressions for you to look at, if you’re so inclined.
Here’s the thing with this drama:
No one. Is. Attractive.
I don’t mean that they aren’t physically appealing because dear glob, look at them:
They’re gorgeous human beings in real life. But the characters are some of the most unattractive people I think I could possibly imagine.
You’ve got the leading man, who is basically a ten-year-old child with anxiety issues, and he skulks around with a black hoodie on at all hours of the day. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s obnoxious, and occasionally it’s endearing, but never is it attractive. Even when he was running around without his shirt on, all I could think was, “Someone get that poor baby some fleece jammies.”
And then there’s our leading lady. She is loud, uncouth, nosy, and flat out stupid most of the time. Like how did you not recognize him and connect the dots for three episodes? That’s not her fault. That’s the writing. The confused, whiplash writing that doesn’t know if it wants to make this a rom-com or a corporate espionage thriller. Also not her fault is that fact that she really is just kind of a jerk. I suppose we’re supposed to think she’s spunky? She’s not. She’s rude.
I won’t even bother going over the side characters. Blah blah blah second lead is usurping power and probably made this woman’s sister kill herself. Et cetera. Snore.
I skipped a lot of the second episode by mistake, and didn’t feel like I missed anything. Never a good sign. But because I have faith in Kdramas as a whole, I’m going to keep watching this one to see if the writers are able to course-correct, or fix the glaring plot holes they unloaded in the first two episodes like Rick Grimes with a shot gun.
The good news about starting a drama with
horrible imperfect characters, is that there’s room for development. Maybe they will change for the better, and Hwan Ki will go from emo Piglet to…anything else. And perhaps our leading lady will chill the freak out. Who knows?
I realize this review was harsh.
I regret nothing.
What did you think of the first few episodes? Let me know!