Here’s my what-I’m-watching Timeout, or more like drama-related rambles.
I am onboard the I Need Romance 3 wagon and enjoying – but not loving – the show. Honestly, these days I really wonder if it’s the drama(s), or it’s just me. Lately it’s so, so hard to sit back and just enjoy a show, even if they’re well-made ones like I Need Romance 3.
The thing is as I’m sure you’re aware too, there are so many things to love about the show, namely the casting of chameleon Kim Soo Yeon as our leading lady to her lover boy Sung Joon and of course, my personal favorite, Nam Goong Min. Then there’s the directing which absolutely does not disappoint. I love, love, love the director’s artistic flair such as the still shots like pictures in an album peppered between scenes, the fantastic choice of color – pastel, soft and trendy – and finally the tone of the show which is zippy, introspective and relatable. Of course, the tone is as much to the director’s credit as it is to the writer, who continues to impress me.
But here’s my gripe, and thank goodness it’s being tackled in the coming episode because I just couldn’t move past it – Sung Joon‘s character, Joo Wan or adorably called Sweet Potato, is a creep. How or why the hell isn’t anyone voicing out the fact that he basically trespassed not just physical properties of someone else’s, but also personal space when he entered her house? Twice, I might add and even changed the lock code without permission! How is that okay?! That is not okay. That border lines stalker behaviors, and more importantly, that’s clearly trespassing another individual’s personal space. Just cos you’re a hottie doesn’t mean you get a free pass, please.
That aside though and I seriously hope she gives him a sound verbal beating about this, the main couple is indeed cute. Their chemistry is au naturel and so, so there.
The thing I dig the most about this third spin-off is that there are two couples, which please rejoice with me because IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME NAM GOONG MIN GETS THE GIRL! Best of all, bless the second girl! I totally approve of this couple, I just know it. I am totally loving the character, Oh Se Ryung played by Wang Ji Won. She’s spunky, bold, sassy and proud. Sure, her past makes her seem loose or whatever they want to call it, but I like her self-confidence.
Then there’s the friendship between the two women, which I also love. The patch-up will be great stuff to watch, because just watching them argue and jab at each other over petty things – kicking the pen and neither wanting to pick it up, anyone? – with the kind of familiarity that only exists between old friends, means the basis of their friendship is still sound. It’s the ones you love and trust the most that has the most power to break you, and here’s what happened between the two women.
Though I would argue that more than anything, it’s ego and pride that kept them apart all those years so it’s doubly interesting to watch them come to terms with the past, maybe or maybe not with pride still intact. The two women are outwardly different, but characteristically similar which makes their dynamics a gold mine to dig deeper into. Now that they’re within each other’s radar and already went batshit crazy with the hair-pulling and what-have-you in the second episode – well, that just means things can only go up from here on, right?
A minor quibble I have is that I don’t really dig the junior girl with the civil examination candidate boyfriend – who seems like such a sweetheart – and thus, I’m still trying to get behind her push/pull with him. Okay, more like her “Let’s break up, I can’t do this anymore!” repetitive line, but maybe I just don’t or can’t relate. The male colleague is cute though, and if I remember right they’re supposed to have a love entanglement? But, but, but the current boyfriend is such a sweetheart…
I’m also still watching Prime Minister & I and yes, happy to report that I’m still loving it. Yoona absolutely shines in this show, seriously. I continue to be gobsmacked impressed with her acting as the refreshingly optimistic Nam Da Jung and yes, her beauty. Who would’ve ever guessed there’s a day like today where I’m actually – gasp! – sincerely complimenting Yoona? Testament to how awesome the show is, totally.
The show isn’t perfect and I admit the past two episodes were pretty slow and kinda lagged, but it’s just so damn watchable and full of heart. It’s not totally zippy and trendy, but it sure is light and breezy; easily watchable. While the writing is generally simple, so far it’s solid. I don’t dig where the show seems to head where the first wife’s concerned, but I’ll wait for the upcoming episodes to confirm if crazies just rode into town, or somehow the writers can come up with a believable story line that ties everything and everyone. Here’s to hoping.
The one major quibble I have about the show is… it’s sorely under-utilizing Yoon Si Yoon that I kind of want to cry. Boy has so much talent and such expressive eyes but writers, what do you have him do instead? Mope, mope and mope. Bleeding angst, glances from afar and sad, puppy face expressions. I love that he’s part of the cast because I believe he can learn plenty from Lee Bum Soo and I also think he has chemistry with Yoona – I wouldn’t mind if they re-team later in future – but my dear writers, he’s too good an actor to waste as mere plot-plodder second fiddle!
Another drama that’s under my radar but not yet watched is Miss Korea. I’ve noticed a small but solid fan base for the show and I really love the plot so I promise I will check it out once it has finished airing (or if I can squeeze time for it!). I have a feeling I’ll love it because it sounds exactly my cuppa – when I get to it, hopefully I’ll write about it too.
The crack these days is none other than You From Another Star and sounds like it just went to town with the ratings, but I can’t pick it up now cos I’m already wasting so much time as it is – or is it not enough as it is? – and I’m … allergic to hypes. The drama blogosphere seems to be crazy in love with this show because everyone is raving left and right and that’s when I… retreat, back off and turn away. I’ve always been like this ha so don’t mind me; I’ll probably pick up the show when it’s done.
As for Jdramas there are so many that I want to watch, but alas time is really, really not on my side. I’ve decided I’ll wait until Boku no Ita Jikan finishes airing because if the show comes from the writer who gave me my wonderfully insightful Osozaki no Himawari… aye yo, that’s tough. I strongly feel it’s best to watch the show through a marathon. Oh DramaFever is subbing this show by the way, so yay!
Last but not least, I’ve downloaded Matsumoto Jun‘s new show, Shitsuren Chocolatier and I tried to watch it since last week but ugh, unsuccessful due to time constraints. I’ve always personally thought he’s better as an actor than anything else – definitely not as a singer, ha – and since his Hana Yori Dango years, his project choices have all been rather interesting and distinct from each other. They’re not always hits nor my cup of tea, but I find that he has a good eye for picking projects so I’m interested to give this one a go and decide for myself whether to keep watching. Okay, that and Mizukawa Asami who I’ve grown really fond of.
Aight, that’s all for my drama updates. Nothing meaty or substantial, so I’ve nothing new to offer unfortunately. Plus argh, busy, busy! School… you… Let’s not go there.
Have a good weekend y’all!
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