So I Need Romance 3 has been downgraded to The Show I Watch While I’m Cooking, or perhaps more accurately, The Show I Stream While Doing Household Chores. It’s no longer The Show I Tune In Before Bed, or the one I’m excited to catch up on.
Guys… I’m still uncertain whether to drop or stick with it. I’ve made it through to episode 10, so there’s only six more left, you know? Last night I finally caught up to said episode 10, and I’ve ascertain this much: I don’t like anyone in this show. There, I said it. I can’t relate to anyone; not the too-perfect Sweet Potato, the sassy but rather childish heroine, and not even the spunky second female lead.
Then there’s the other issue – I can’t get behind the show and the ladies’ fascination with Nam Goong Min‘s character. I can get behind liking the actor because oh hey, who doesn’t? But the character though… He was really cool in the first four episodes, now he’s just… I don’t even know. A dick? A typical man? A broken-hearted wimp? A wounded hero? All of the aforementioned?
I mean, seriously – what is it about this guy that everyone’s all over him? Like, for real?
Then there’s the case with Sung Joon‘s character too, who’s adorable and harmless, but ugh I don’t know… I can’t get behind the whole “set the person you love free” idea, like he’s doing this big martyr move because he’s not clinging and forcing her to love him, instead patiently and selflessly being there for her. I… want to roll my eyes to that so bad, even though I do recognize it as a sweet gesture.
Kim So Yeon and him are adorable together, but you know… honestly… and maybe it’s just me… but ever since they started living together, suddenly the chemistry between them seems to be more older sister/younger brother kind, than romantic lovin’. I’m not trying to gross anyone out, honest to God, but yeah… I’m having a hard time staying onboard this ship, and the show is all about her discovering her romantic feelings, but with the intelligence of a thirteen-year-old. The last part irks the hell out of me, grrr. Yeah, clearly I’m having a hard time with this show.
I want to like this show, I want to like it so, so bad, but the voiceovers feel phony to me. All these “love is-“ or “reality dictates-“ or whatever else and I’m just like, okay please spare me the pretentiousness.
I keep telling myself I ought to just drop it, because I’m starting to pick on the show and that’s unhealthy, a waste of time, and pretty mean. I’m trying to convince myself that I ought to just stick to recaps to stay abreast, and wait for the real noona romance show to premiere – that one starring the original bad boy, Yoo Ah In and the ever-elegant Kim Hee Ae; dude, did you see the poster? It was smokin’.
But I Need Romance 3 is the last survivor of my drama-watching dying interest, and with finals not too far from now (and of course, the final crunch in the quarter i.e. when homework and every single assignment suddenly have nonstop back-to-back deadlines), I doubt I can pick up a new show – it’ll be too distracting. I want to pick up Miss Korea, but what if it’s so good that I end up marathoning it despite the reality check , i.e. my mountainous workload? I’m weak when it comes to addiction, gah.
Maybe I ought to switch gears for the time being, and pick up a Jdrama instead?
I’m strangely tempted to re-watch Osozaki no Himawari (tip: a re-watch is a fantastic move when you’re tight with time, but still appreciate drama-watching as part of downtime cos oh hey, there are no surprises!) because I’m still at that funky phase, so I think that show will surprise me with much-needed wisdom.
On the other hand though, the writer’s new show is still airing and it stars wonder boy Miura Haruma, so why not just pick that one up, you know? Then again, it’s also supposed to be a melodrama packed with terminal illness and true love, both of which I’m not at all in the mood for these days; too much emotions running loose.
Ahhh, maybe I ought to just fast from dramas until Hawaii happens…