So dmohican14 and I have been exchanging thoughts about Roommate since I last pimped it in my most recent Kvariety write-up and that thread of ours is getting pretty lengthy haha that I figured it’s worth dedicating another entry to this show. Consider this a hub-of-sorts to chat about the show if you want to, because I actually really enjoy watching and talking about this show. It’s now my weekly dose of Kvariety and while I don’t like everyone (okay, just one), I love the easy camaraderie and bonding between eleven distinct personalities.
Here’s a list of (things and) people who I really like:
- Song Ga Yeon – girl’s my favorite, she’s awesome. I love how different she looks when she’s at the gym, and how extremely buddy buddy she is with all the guys there. She is both badass and adorable, and best of all unpretentious.
- Song Ga Yeon & Park Min Woo – if I was indifferent about them in episodes 1-3 and liked the budding friendship in episode 4, yo in episode 5 I’m am totally loving their budding friendship slash growing relationship. There may or may not be romantic feelings there and I mean, I’m not gonna go delusional i.e. shipping two real people because their private lives are their business, but damn they sure make a cute couple. She’s reserved around people she’s not comfortable with and incredibly polite to everyone because of her background, but don’t be fooled – I love how badass and firm she is as a person, the kind of girl who’d beat the heck out of a guy, thanks very much, while his attentiveness and quiet confidence are two traits of his that I really dig. I really like that he’s the sort of person who takes the initiative to get closer to others; the one to make the first move to make the other person feel at ease. He did this to not just Ga Yeon, but others too.
- Song Ga Yeon & Park Min Woo in the kitchen – oh my god I am enjoying their interactions way too much… but I love how bossy he is with her, like “Ya! Do this.” and how obliging she is to him in this totally flustered way, cos she’s trying to be polite and useful in the kitchen.
- Song Ga Yeon & Park Min Woo and their little game – that beat-your-wrist-if-you-speak-formally and kick-you-if-you’re-recognized game. Can’t believe they decided to keep at it. Cute! It’s like a secret just between them. I hope he continues to get kicked, haha. It’s too awesome.
- Song Ga Yeon & Park Min Woo at the gym – where she basically whipped him, ha. Love it.
- Park Chan Yeol & Shin Sung Woo – next in line for favorites of mine. They are so compatible as roommates ha, balancing each other so well! Chan Yeol is like the most polite youngster ever, and it’s adorably hilarious how he’s always saying “I’ve matured another level-“ when he experiences something new, or someone cared for him. Shin Sung Woo is the coolest hyung to have around I think, cos he’s such a guy’s guy and also attentive momma. Love the way he cares for the others with the cooking, cleaning and just being really encouraging and patient.
- Lee Dong Wook – his deadpan humor, I can’t. I love it so much that he is like this really cool older brother everyone wishes they have, cos he’s cool with both guys and girls. I like how he treats everyone casually and with ease, not worrying about keeping an image or fake-flirting or whatever. I can tell that he’s just being himself and sigh, as if I’m not already in love with you.
- Lee Dong Wook & Jo Se Ho – the bromance is hilarious haha. That phone call in episode 5? Love it. That lip-sync video recording? Oh my god, I died at the hilariousness of it all.
Bits and people I could do without – or in smaller doses, really:
- Nana – imma just accept the fact that I don’t like her. Girl just doesn’t gel with me and oh dear god, she’s annoying. The thing I can’t stand the most about her is how she’s obviously playing it for the camera, how it’s all about how to look good, attractive and pretty for the cameras. It’s all about this perceived image she thinks people have of her. I’ve tried, honest I’ve tried – but I can’t fucking stand it.
- Nana – another thing I really can’t stand is how she fishes for compliments about her supposed beauty, or my god how narcissistic can you get thinking that all the guys automatically likes you? How many times is it now, that’s made commentaries implying that someone is into her, i.e. along the lines of “just admit it that you can’t resist me!” Oh my god girl please stop the attention-seeking, it’s embarrassing. I gotta say though, that the rest needs to stop feeding her ego too. Like no, not everything she does is cute – like not knowing how to use a rice cooker?! The forced love lines – I’m impartial towards this whole yes-to-dating rule, but I can’t stand it when some folks are deliberately paired to create a story, or to have a plot. Yes I get it that this is entertainment and the PDs need materials to have people tuning in, but please don’t turn this into We Got Married. It’s painful and embarrassing to watch because it’s obvious they’re playing it up for the rolling camera. I don’t really care who dates who (okay, as long as Lee Dong Wook and Park Min Woo don’t pair up with Nana…) if they so want to, but I hope the PDs won’t try to make a mountain out of a mole for certain budding friendships. This includes the Park Bom and Lee Dong Wook pairing – if something’s gonna happen, then it will… stop shoving it in our face or trying to build up hype and oooh-look-what-we-have-here moments when they’re really not anything to begin with.
- Creating ‘twists’ with Park Bom – I mean, stop using her to bait us to watch the next episode… the tears turned out to be over nothing big, and I bet next week’s reveal of that message or whatever will be another one of those anticlimactic discovery.
- Nana on my screen – I can’t.
I’m sad that this show isn’t receiving much love from its domestic audience because we know what this means – it’ll be cut the moment the opportunity arrives (i.e. when KPop Star returns for its fourth season in November), but it’s unsurprising really. It’s even more unsurprising that the international audience is enjoying this a lot more, because for one, I think the idea of cohabitation (platonic and practical like this share house concept or romantically involved couples) is more of a norm these days, whether you’re for or against it. Second, correct me if I’m wrong but I find that Koreans have a more hierarchical social interaction system, which makes some people come off as rude or lacking manners especially to people they’ve just met. This also makes it harder for those with larger age gaps to bond – at least not immediately. It makes for interesting relationship dynamics, which I appreciate, but I totally understand why to many, sitting through a 2-hour show to watch people bond sounds… nonsensical.
For me at least, overall I definitely really like Roommate. Episode 5 sans all the Nana scenes (way too much for my patience), I really enjoyed it. The interactions between my faves Song Ga Yeon and Park Min Woo, Lee Dong Wook being his awesome self and that short cameo by Lee Da Hae, the chemistry between these two co-stars! (I’m not watching Hotel King), Chan Yeol being his adorable bumbling self, So Ra stepping up to unni role with elegance, Soo Hyun and her good rapport with everyone … my list goes on and on.
Have a glimpse of the budding interactions and have a listen to the show’s official soundtrack, sung by Mystic89’s Eddy Kim and Kim Ye Rim:
Watch Roommate if you haven’t, and sound off below if you’ve been itching to chat about this show!