I’ve dipped into quite a few different dramas this past week. I started Mi-rae’s Choice (aka Marry Him if You Dare) for the shallowest of reasons:
I know, I know. Jung Young-hwa is not what you’d call a stellar actor. But there’s a quiet, soulfulness to him that I like. So I was curious. Plus, I thought he was the male lead and I liked the idea of Yoon Eun-hye and Jung Young-hwa acting together. (Okay — I was eager for the kiss scene. I’ve admitted I was shallow!)
On the positive side, I think Jung Young-hwa’s improved by leaps and bounds. In his earlier roles (I’m thinking You’re Beautiful) there was a distance to his acting — like he was keeping the audience at arms’ length. But in Mi-rae’s Choice I didn’t get that sense of distance. Park Se-joo felt real. Which lead to the negative side: the more I watched the less Park Se-joo looked like he was going to get the girl and that did not please me.
Which, starting for shallow reasons led to me dropping for shallow reasons. And rumor has it, there weren’t any kiss scenes. (Rumor and the lack of any Youtube vids.) So my shallow reasoning stands!
Moving on, I picked up Who Are You?
More for Kim Jae-wook and So Hi-yun than for Taecyeon. Though I was curious if Taecyeon had improved since Dream High. My verdict is, not by a lot. He’s not as stiff or self-aware as he sometimes was in Dream High. But he’s still more about surface charm and laid-back likability then character believability. Especially during emotional scenes.
The drama itself was interesting, though. In the beginning the one-off ghost mysteries were very compelling and also creepy and sometimes scary. (Though more “thriller” scary than “horror” scary — which makes a difference for me.) Unfortunately, the main mystery is pretty straightforward. So straightforward the show has begun doing some serious episode padding. Scenes get repeated a lot. Which suggests the story wasn’t plotted out as carefully as it should have been. Which has me worried about how it’s all going to end.
So, despite my interest in So Hi-yun’s and Kim Jae-wook’s characters I’ve put Who Are You? on hold. I might still come back to it, but…
Along came a drama completely out of left field. I didn’t even know it existed. But someone made a throw-away comment on a Dramabeans article (I couldn’t even tell you which one) and whatever they said intrigued me and now I’m watching She is Wow. Which is so amazingly cheeky I’m… kind of shocked. (Yes, it’s on a cable channel — TvN — but still… this is S. Korean television!)
There’s a lot of sexual innuendo, and a lot of plain old sex, and our leading lady totally and blatantly lusts after her neighbor. And… it’s just very different from any k-drama I’ve seen before. It’s also pretty funny and might have a deeper message about love and family… or maybe it’ll just be silly, surprisingly sex-oriented fun. I’ll have to keep watching.
And! There’s an idol in there. (Though, he’s not in the poster.) Jin Young (of whom I know nothing about and is in B1A4) plays the 21 year old son who’s still in high school because he’s constantly getting kicked out whatever school his parents shove him in. (I guessed he was an idol because he was ridiculously good looking and his hair was dyed. Not a guessing technique that always works. I was sure Kim Ga-eun from I Hear Your Voice was an idol because of her hair. She’s not.)
The character is all mischievousness and laughter (though again, something more may come) and thus far, Jin Young’s doing well. But I wouldn’t say he’s been challenged yet. We shall see…
And in completely non-idol related news, the husband and I have finished watching Two Weeks! It did not move him as much as it did me. He was amused and entertained for the most part. But I’ve realized a big draw for me was the epic woobie-ness of Jang Tae-san which… didn’t have the same kind of pull on the husband, go figure. In the end, the drama relied on emotional feels a little more than my husband generally likes, but the cat and mouse plot was enough to keep him intrigued.