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Please be forewarned: this will be a bitchy rant. If you love the show (though it would genuinely surprise me if you do) you might want to reconsider reading through this.
Hear, hear – Fashion King is officially crowned my Worse (K)Drama Ever. I’m serious. When I look back at the bizarre fact that I picked this up and worse, actually stayed with it… I can’t imagine what the lure had been. Or is it simply… In too deep? Too late to turn back? Whatever the case, here is a ship I regret having been onboard from start to finish. Or rather – here’s a ship I can’t even believe I actually stayed on.
Here’s the thing: I love the two guys. I genuinely think both actors are madly talented. Lee Je-Hoon more than Yoo Ah-In frankly, but the latter has enough charms to be noteworthy all on his own, by himself so it’s all good. I was mighty excited to hear they signed on the same show, despite having doubts about the plot and the casting of the actresses. I’m impartial towards Shin Se Kyung but yes, I’m heavily prejudiced towards idols, sue me. The moment I heard Yuri from SNSD having been casted as the second lead, I was shaking my head going all no. But here’s the other thing, the flipside: I hate prejudging.
So off I sailed, being pulled in all directions at the zany, bipolar opening episodes. One was off-the-charts crazy and two basically cemented that oi writer, what exactly are your credentials?! However, surprisingly, I stuck on. I know why, partly – I was drawn to Lee Je-Hoon, in too deep with his lovely face and expressive eyes. Hey, guy is hot.
I’m trying to assess Fashion King in a somewhat objective manner. I’m trying not to be all, “It sucked. The end.” … Even though that’s totally true. So, here are reasons why the show just never made the cut – lost me, lost itself and just… Failure of Epic Proportions pretty much, if I need to put terms to it:
- Nonexistent plot –
It went round and round … and round. 20 episodes and it’s just Young Gul versus Jae Hyuk and/or Young Gul AND Jae Hyuk being bastards to Ga Young – who I… have no words. It’s like as if there were too many ideas flung across the table when they planned the show, but because they weren’t sure which to pick – they decided to go with all. The result? Show, I want to strangle you I swear I want to. So bad. Plus! For a show that’s all about fashion? The fashion showcased are laughably ordinary and what the hell is with instant success left and right for Young Gul, all world-class-fashion attention every single time. Fashion King, your main (plot) problem is YOU JUST DON’T (NEVER) MAKE ANY SENSE.
- Insanely frustrating characters –
Mark my words: none of the characters are likable. NO ONE. Kang Young Gul, the supposed hero? World Class Jerk. Jung Jae Hyuk, dapper rich boy with a penchant for the fashion industry? Controlling Bastard. Lee Ga Young, supposed heroine? Girl, what girl? She’s a plank, unless you call someone who lets herself get used and manipulated repeatedly by BOTH guys, on top of everyone else. Oh, and these two guys claimed they love her. Even when she finds out what both have or are doing to her; oh gawd, she takes it all in and basically consciously, willingly consents to the actions. Last – Choi An Na, the second girl lead? She has some spunk, I’ll give her that, but acting-wise? None. Whether she’s angry, sad or whatever – frankly, I can’t differentiate. Suffice to say, it didn’t take long for me to stop bothering altogether.
- Zero chemistry –
Sometimes even the most laughably disastrous shows have something, anything, to sustain itself. In most cases, when all else fails – the chemistry between the leads would keep me going, however weak that may be. Exhibit A: Lie To Me. However, this show? NONE. Trust me. If there is chemistry of any sort between Yoo Ah-In and Shin Se Kyung, it’d be akin to myself liking say, a reptile. Uh, not gonna happen. Or even worse – myself crushing on my brother. Ew, and no. Just no. The two analogies pretty much summed up their level of attraction towards each other. The slightest chemistry I sensed is between Lee Je Hoon and Shin Se Kyung but of course that ship went under pretty quickly with his increasingly jerkish actions towards her and towards Young Gul. No, I take that back. Towards everyone.
All that above, I concluded by episode 8. Unfortunately, it really plummeted downwards despite my desperation in wanting to give it the benefit of doubt. I would check in with the show from time to time with the help of the mighty-useful fast-forward button. Then I stopped entirely by 18 however, because nothing about the show could sustain me and my attention any longer… until I came across a short paragraph written by a blogger about the ending. In my head I went, “Seriously? That can’t be…”
See, Fashion King? The amount of faith I keep blindly subjecting myself to, for you.
Off I went, back to half of 18 and finally to episode 20 (how the hell the show managed to keep its slot of 20 episodes is beyond me) … and holy crap. Holy. Crap. Fashion King literally, officially lost ’em all – itself, the audience, the story … the main lead. I kid you not. For the curious, this is what basically took place, at the frikkin’ final minute:
Young Gul sits in his jacuzzi overlooking the cityscape of NY, drunk and miserable. He grabs his phone, dials Ga Young’s number (who is now lo and behold, with Jae Hyuk! ARGH) He screams – or rather mutters bitterly,
“Are you happy now?? Don’t you even miss me?!”
Music builds up, cue Random Dude with Gun walking in.
At the other end, Ga Young answers, “I… Miss you too.”
Pool of blood, the water now tainted a scarlet color.
Camera pans out and away.
My reaction? Show, WTF $&%&(^%$#!!!!!
Clearly they didn’t know what to do with show, much less the ending. So they decided to just go all batsh*t crazy: kill the main lead and supposedly make everyone happy by also making Ga Young and Jae Hyuk together, finally. Urgh, I can’t even. The level of stupidity and insanity and just downright crazy; let’s not. Let’s not tread that path.
Fashion King is one for the books, for sure. What not to be, not to end up, not to follow. A legacy of its own… one about a show that wasted everything it could have been and took everyone involved on a downward spiral along with it. Fashion King, you give dramas an incredibly bad name. URGH.
Final verdict: 0/10. Don’t even bother, seriously – trust me.