Archive | March, 2012

Day 20: A drama you started but can’t finish

31 Mar

Short answer: Too many.

How many times have you started a drama and adored it for exactly three episodes, then it suddenly changes on you and becomes this hideous thing that gives you violent thoughts and makes you think about the multiple ways the main characters can die a terrible death?

No, just us then? Muhaha.

For us, this is the most disappointing thing about being a drama fan. Your fangirl senses start tingling and you become all obsessive thinking about the drama all day and counting down the days till the next episode is out. You pin your hopes on it thinking that just maybe this is ‘the one’ or ‘the one right now’ and then wham bam – it’s over and you’re left thinking, why the hell did we waste all those hours in the first place?

Or worse, you are forced to shelve a drama because real life happens and you literally don’t have the time to watch it. The thing about returning to a shelved drama is that it’s lost that ‘in the moment’ crack factor and we can rarely bring ourselves to return to it despite loving it while tuned in. Sadly for us, we have dropped/ shelved a lot of dramas over the years for this reason alone. Damn you real life, you are a drama junkies nightmare!

A few notable dramas that fall under this category:

Office Girls:

We know what you’re thinking – weren’t they obsessing and gushing over this drama for ages? Yes we were, we admit it but honestly that drama extension killed Office Girls for us. We followed the drama through other blogger’s recaps and frankly that was more than enough for us. Some of those recaps were painful to read as it looked like the final part of the drama was dragged out to max as the television station milked this money maker for all it was worth.

At least Office Girls finally brought attention to our beloved Roy Qiu – no more love rival roles for this guy. Yay!

What’s Up:

We literally have two episodes to go but still we can’t bring ourselves to finish it and we don’t know why!! Seriously, the drama is brilliant and we’re thoroughly engrossed when we’re tuned in but as soon as we switch off, it takes a lot of effort to want to watch more.

 

Don’t look at us like that- we swear we’ll finish it soon!

Sungkyunkwan Scandal:

This was a drama that we were so utterly obsessed with and in love with for so long –(read our posts for proof – gush central!) and then subbing restrictions were applied and we were forced to go cold turkey. Trust us – we weren’t ready for that. Eventually when subs suddenly started popping up we had moved on to something else and never returned to the awesomeness that is Sungkyunkwan Scandal and all that hot bromance.

Finally there are the dramas that we started and then quickly dropped because they were frankly…crap:

Ring, Ring Bell, Drunken to love you, The Colour of a Woman, Thorn Bird (UGH).

Sadly for us this list is rather long and we could be here for a while.

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Day 19 – Your Favourite Male Actor

29 Mar

Jang Geun Suk

For us he was a relatively easy pick, there is just something about him that we can’t help but love. Who else can stand in front of a camera wearing questionable men’s… okay women’s clothes and with a full face of makeup and still manage to evoke hot chemistry with his leading ladies?

He makes it easy to adore him in all of his roles. He has the uncanny ability to make you laugh really hard one moment and then tug at your heart-strings the next.

How is it possible that despite him wearing more make up than all three of us combined and clothes he clearly borrowed from his leading lady’s wardrobe- he is still outrageously manly? He’s got that deep voice, that stern glare and in all his dramas you know he’s going to deliver in the romance department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We don’t know what we like more that evil glare or his smile… both are pretty appealing. Hehehe

The role that made him our favourite actor has to be his role as Hwang Tae Kyung in You’re Beautiful. He was hilarious in that drama. He never took himself too seriously and despite being in the most insane situation ever. He managed to bring so much depth to his character’s pain and love for his OTP, now that’s a hard challenge to accomplish, especially when the drama involves outrageous scenarios like; cross dressing nuns and idol bands!

Not only is he a great actor, he’s a brilliant singer and has really great hair – what conditioner does he use?- We would die for hair that glossy.

Oh, Jang Geun Suk- we love you so much, don’t stop being awesome anytime soon okay.

Other male actors we love:

Park Shi Hoo –  He’s not technically a good actor but we’ve seen him in so many dramas now and we couldn’t resist him in any of them – Prosecutor Princess made us fans for life.

Jung Il Woo – We adore this guy so much. We just need to see his name attached to a project and we’re there.

Cha Seung Won – If you have seen City Hall you know why he’s on our list. We love him!

There are plenty of others but we could be here for a really long time, so we’ll stop while we’re ahead.

Drama rambles

28 Mar

Our two weeks in the sun were amazing. However sadly for us, we’ve returned with a bad case of the holiday blues and a healthy dose of real life, courtesy of work and school- Sob*

As a result, we haven’t had nearly enough time to watch anything at all. All we can do is read everyone else’s gushes about all the new dramas that have come out and as terrible drama addicts – we want them all so badly! Damn it.

Okay, we lied when we said we haven’t watched anything at all – come on, two weeks without internet, you better believe we’re sitting down watching TV as soon as the jetlag has gone. Hehehe.

We watched the first episode of The King 2 Hearts and yep, we’re sold.

We don’t know how far the storyline can really go but we loved the leading lady Hang Ah – her introduction was awesome. She’s hard core tough but she’s very much a girly girl, with her hopes of the perfect guy, plus her perving on hot men and desire for romance. She sounds like one of us.

Who else thought that Ha Ji Won looked hot in a uniform? Seriously, she is looking so good in this drama – we sense a girl crush coming.

The leading man Jae Ah is more of a stereotypical character than we hoped. Bratty, self-entitled and yes, a little on the annoying side. Naturally, it’s all about the journey and watching them learn to be better as individuals and as a OTP but still… haven’t we seen this character a million times before? We hear he gets better, plus the additional bonus of hot chemistry helps. One thing we liked about his character was his reckless streak. He’s got that crazy, dare-devil quality to his personality which we really like. It makes him spontaneous and dangerous and well that’s always fun to watch.

We liked the pace of the drama and the balance of the genres explored. It never veered too far into comedy territory or got too intense for us. Hopefully it doesn’t get too bogged down in the politics and instead focuses on what we really want to see – plenty of hot OTP action.

Strangely enough, the drama wasn’t an instant obsession for us as it was for a lot of people but hopefully we can join the gushing brigade after a few more episodes.  

Skip Beat! Episode 11 and 12

All we have to say is: hooray for progress!

Yay, Lian has finally realised that he crushes on Gong Xi but naturally, she is completely oblivious to it all. The girl must be blind or completely dumb because you better believe we’d be right in there if Siwon turned that smouldering glare on us. Hehehe.

Who else would love a season two? Sign us up now. We’re going to miss this drama when it ends; it’s been lovely viewing for the last few months. It’s definitely made us fans of Ivy Chen and an even bigger fangirls of the delectable Siwon and Donghae.

Me too, Flower:

We watched a few episodes of Me too, Flower and despite the obvious fact that the drama is on the messy side and is completely random at times, we’re hooked. We love how utterly damaged the OTP are. The leading lady is the epitome of an anti-heroine. She’s as far away from plucky and lovable as you can get and you know what? We love it. She’s damaged and screwed up and for good reason as well. It’s such a refreshing change to see a character like her as a leading lady. Yoon Shi Yoon is holding his own as well. Yes, he looks far too young for this role but we can look past this fact because his chemistry with Lee Ji Ah is unbelievably hot. Every scene between the OTP has us completely hooked and engrossed.

Their moments together are never wasted. Their conversations, their actions, even the way they look at each other feels so realistic and when you’re watching them, we can believe that these two are the OTP. They are the only reason why we’re tuned in, we can’t resist a messy, intense OTP and in our opinion this drama has the makings of an epic couple.

No way in a million years would we have thought that Yoon Shi Yoon and Lee Ji Ah would be such a great OTP.

Now that we’re back, we plan to blog regularly. There are far too many dramas to watch, so there will be plenty to rant/ gush about.  

Also, we plan to finish off our 30 day challenge – even if it kills us!

It’s good to be back 🙂

Holiday notice

10 Mar

The Musthavesubs girls are off on holiday for a week to somewhere faraway and exotic.

We know – lucky! 🙂

As a result, we will resume blogging after the 20th March.

~ Bon Voyage

Mid Week Rambles

7 Mar

General rambles on upcoming dramas:

Rooftop Prince looks unbelievably gooooood! We confess that we find Micky Yuchun’s acting to be a tad wooden. Also on a superficial note we don’t particularly think he’s good looking either, we just don’t get it. He is like Lee Seung Gi – everyone thinks he’s hot but we just don’t see it. Putting our reservations aside, the promo material looks hilarious and we love the scenario – there is so much to love about watching people out of their comfort zone.

Also Ryu Jin is back and doing a comedy in Standby– Yay. Ryu Jin made us fans after he stole the show in My Country calls and we’ve got our fingers crossed that this will be just as good. We’re so pleased that he is finally playing a leading man and isn’t playing his trademark rich, boring love rival that never gets the girl.

Another favourite love rival of ours, Lee Kyu Han is also finally getting to play a leading man in the upcoming drama The Marriage Plot.

This drama caught our attention for a couple reasons, first off – forced cohabitation is always fun to watch. Secondly, forced cohabitation orchestrated by the leading lady’s mother sounds even better. Hehehe. Sounds like something our mother would plan.

Also we like the idea of your standard headstrong leading lady who is independent and smart falling in love in such a situation. Hopefully it will be interesting.

Fashion King doesn’t interest us in the slightest. Not even Crazy horse himself could tempt us to tune in. Also King 2 Hearts hasn’t captivated our hearts like it seems to have for everyone else. Yes, we’ve seen the trailers and the posters and still…nothing. We know what you’re thinking, are they insane or do they just not have any taste – probably, yes to both! Heheh.

Switch Girl

We’ve been watching Switch Girl sporadically whenever it’s subbed which is hardly ever – someone take pity on us and sub this drama please because we’re really enjoying it! It’s very short at 25 minutes an episode and the scenarios are focused around something really small and silly but it’s got a certain charm to it that keeps us coming back for more. We like how the drama is actually quite cheeky in its content and the conversations between the OTP are really frank.

Switch Girl is like Hotaru no hikari on acid – we mean the transformation from the leading lady’s on to off mode is yuck- at least Hotaru looked reasonably acceptable when she was in her loungewear and to certain degree we could believe her OTP falling for her. However, in this drama Nika looks so gross that we just can’t believe she can physically allow herself to leave the house looking so bad.

The leading man is played by Kiriyama Renn and well he’s hot in a brooding, angry kind of way. The glasses he wears on his apparent off mode are hilarious, something you might find in a joke shop but still we’re willing to ignore his appearance because we like his character. Anyone that can still like a girl that dresses the way Nika does on her off mode is okay in our books. He’s a sheltered, damaged character that finds himself thrown together with Nika and their moments are just so engaging to watch. They have an easy chemistry together and their interactions are so cute that 25 minutes just doesn’t feel long enough.

Episode 4 was the best yet – the scene where she told him that she would eat her meals with him whenever he was lonely made our hearts ache. It was such a lovely moment for this OTP that are nowhere near admitting their feelings for each other.

Finally, now that we’ve finished Wild Romance, we’re thinking about watching Me too, Flower to fill in the gaps while we wait for all the dramas listed above to come out in a couple weeks. Despite the crazy promo material, we’ve heard good things about the drama, so we’ve got our fingers crossed it’s a winner.

Skip Beat! Episode 11

7 Mar

For us, the best thing about episode 11 was the oh too brief moment between Shang and Gong Xi at the start of the episode. It was a rare, sweet moment where these two characters were completely honest about their feelings without any malice at all. He confided his thoughts so openly and you could clearly see how their relationship impacted him as children. Of course Shang had to go ahead and ruin it by acting like an idiot but still for that brief moment we were completely hooked by them. It’s the knowledge that he is affected by her so much and  the fact that she can’t quite ignore him that keeps us engaged in their moments. They also have that shared history which is reflected in how tactile they are with each other and they way they look at each other that peaks our interest. Plus, it helps that this couple share really great chemistry, dare we say it better than the dramas OTP…

 

As much as we love Lian and Gong Xi together, they need to move forward faster! Yes, the manga has them dancing around each other for what feels like a million volumes but this is a 13 episode drama and we demand something, anything. It would be such a shame if the drama finished without any romantic progress- we would feel cheated, damn it. Tdramas know how to deliver on the romantic front and well to end a tdrama without even a kiss would be unacceptable.

Come on drama, please don’t disappoint us!

While we’re waiting for the OTP to get their act together, we have to confess we really enjoyed all the brooding and jealous looks from Lian and also all that HOT fan service.

As fangirls of the worst kind – we approve!

Shut Up Flower Boy Band: 9-10

4 Mar

It appears that we have reached that frustrating mid section in a Kdrama where it’s no longer fresh and exciting but now tired and repetitive.

Be warned we’re always harder on the dramas we love more.

Quite a few people annoyed us in this week’s lot of episodes. Okay, pretty much everyone did.

Clearly, Hyun Soo fascinates us as a character because we seem to dedicate a section in our weekly posts especially to him but at the same time we really can’t really bring ourselves to love him. He obviously plays a pivotal role and will no doubt be a catalyst for progression and change in the drama but it doesn’t mean we have to like it. He has no loyalties to the guys and that just kills us. He’s the character sitting there going through the motions in their band discussions but inside he’s thinking and feeling something completely different. Hyun Soo is all about the ambition and career progression whereas the others are more focused on friendship and going through the journey as a group. We can believe he would ditch the guys for something bigger and better and frankly we hate that quality especially when you know exactly what their friendship and band means to the others especially Ji Hyuk and Do Il.

“Because without them, I have nothing.”

The worst thing is the fact that Seung Hoon now knows exactly how to attack to ruin the band – damn it! He’s blatantly going to stir the pot and ensure that Hyun Soo’s ambition is really utilised in his evil schemes. We sense a lot of heartache coming for this band it makes us nervous because we love them as a group so much. If we’re right with our Hyun Soo predication – we’ve got our fingers crossed that he redeems himself in spectacular fashion.

Hyun Soo’s behaviour highlights Ji Huk’s major flaw which we feel is his complete lack of drive and ambition. As much as we dislike Hyun Soo, we can understand his frustration with Ji Hyuk. As the leader he needs to step up. He’s needs to stop going through the motions and make decisions, plans, something! Aside from his love of music, he has no drive. As viewers we want more for them and we definitely want them to want more for themselves! He appears to be far too quick to suggest that they cut ties with the record label, when it has the potential to make them huge and more importantly allow them to do what they love most – be a band and play their music. We wish the writer would place more emphasis on them wanting to make Byun Hee’s vision a reality.

They spend a great deal of time reflecting on their friend’s memory so it would the greatest testament to him if they decided to aim to be huge mega stars who perform at Glastonbury rather than just aim to win some small time rock competition. Something needs to change in their attitudes or else it’s going to effect the storyline and will impact how engaged viewers remain for the rest of the drama. At least Hyun Soo appears to know why he wants to be big; there is obviously something wrong with his sister’s health. Also if we could make it big, we too would love it if our parents could retire in style. For us, this is the only reason why we don’t hate him as a character. His reasons and actions are redeemable because he wants it so badly and has a valid reason to succeed.  

Seung Hoon has become a really pathetic character for us. The ultimate conflict in the drama is about Eye Candy trying to make it in the music industry and also remain true to themselves as a band and as friends. As a result watching Seung Hoon’s actions come across as really petty and yes, annoying. We really hoped that he would have more to offer as a character but it appears that the writer has decided to go for the standard irritating love rival role for him. We would love it if we were proven wrong but it looks like it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

 Oh get lost Seung Hoon!

Woo Kyung continues to remain completely oblivious to the fact that Ji Hyuk is not interested at all and that every time she opens her mouth she breaks poor Do Il’s heart just a little more. We can’t help but feel that her role in the drama once again highlights Ji Hyuk’s lack of action – come on put the girl out of her misery and give your blessings to Do Il to finally confess his love!!! How is it possible that none of these guys notice Do Il’s puppy dog stares of longing? We guess that’s boys for you. If this was a friendship amongst girls, you better believe they would have zeroed in on that from day one.

Pyo Joo needs to die! What a bastard. Seriously, what type of fecking school allows students to behave like that and not get punished? Only in a drama we guess…

Soo Ah’s friend just needs to be removed from the drama completely, how is it possible that one character can remain consistently annoying throughout 10 episodes? Now that is a real skill.

Things that didn’t annoy us as much:

We loved the sequence when Shil Ba revealed himself as the band’s manager – it was hilarious! We’re really pleased that Shil Ba hasn’t been relegated to the sidelines after getting fired. We think he’s so funny and we adore his love/ hate relationship with the guys.

Ye Rim’s interactions with Hyun Soo are still brilliant. They couldn’t be more different from each other  – he’s cold and keeps his thoughts/ feelings to himself (he’s so going to get high blood pressure or worse an ulcer by the time he’s 25!) and she is honest and wears her heart on her sleeve. We can’t wait for her to wear him down with her randomly frank comments. Bring on their duet! Heeee.

 

Once again the OTP scenes owned us completely! Ji Hyuk and Soo Ah are still soooo cute together. We love how their relationship isn’t all dramatic and doom and gloom (yet) but is still really sweet. Awww, how happy did Ji Hyuk look when he got his present from Soo Ah.

Do Il made us laugh quite a bit this week – the hair scene and the multiple retakes of his introduction scene were so funny.

Final thought:

Ahhhhh, can’t this band get through one performance without drama???

Wild Romance – final thoughts

3 Mar

We laughed, we groaned and we wondered where the hell this drama was going but you know what? Now that it’s over, we have to confess – we’re going to miss it. At least we can say we were never indifferent.

The overall conclusion to the drama was actually quite satisfying. It wasn’t tied up in one pretty bow nor did it feel rushed.

The climax to the mystery was surprisingly good. We guessed who the stalker was from episode 3 and so our expectations were rock bottom in regards to the conclusion of this story but we have to hand it to the writer, we loved the swimming pool scene. The Ahjumma may have been mad as a hatter but the woman really knew how to get revenge in a twisted poetic way.

We enjoyed watching this odd group of characters all come together and work out who the stalker was and really liked their last minute scramble to rescue the girls. Plus, we’re pleased to report that the conclusion didn’t feel dragged out or anticlimactic, which is often a major deal breaker for mysteries in Kdramas. The scene where Moo Yeol found the Ahjumma’s stalker room was brilliant. We can imagine exactly how disturbed he must have felt looking around that creepy room covered with his photos. EEWWW, scary. The look of realisation was also good as you could finally see it dawn on him that the woman he thought of as a mother figure for ten years was actually a nutcase that crushed on him until she completely lost the plot.

The question sequence was an unexpected treat. We spent the whole time thinking – what fecking question do you want her to ask??? Why did you save Jong Hee over Eun Jae you idiot? Is she a mind reader- tell her what you want to hear?

Could the producers make it any more obvious that the answer had something to do with their shoes? There must have been a million shots of their shoes throughout that one sequence. Frankly, the idea that he would know who he was saving from just her shoelaces was a little farfetched for our imaginations but we’re willing to put it aside because the whole sequence was concluded so sweetly.  Like Eun Jae, we spent the whole time wondering why he went to save Jong Hee and we thought of pathetic excuses like he knew that Eun Jae could take care of herself or that Jong Hee was weak. We swear if any of those excuses came out of his mouth, someone would pay! Thankfully, for the producers of this drama and our blood pressure, we got ourselves a semi decent excuse. Is it bad that we didn’t completely buy his reason for saving her? Jong Hee was such a major part of his life for so long and his feelings for her were so intense despite them breaking up. As a result we couldn’t completely bring ourselves to believe that he wouldn’t have jumped in and saved Jong Hee first over his OTP. Naturally, we’re pleased he intentionally went to save Eun Jae but still… it felt rather contrived for our liking.

We really did like how the writer handled the OTP’s feelings for each other. Moo Yeol accepted his feelings like a real man. Once he knew he cared about her, he took the necessary steps to ensure he did things the right way. Horray, a leading man that doesn’t spend multiple episodes hesitating, denying and yes, acting like a fool while he works out his feelings for a leading lady that is more often than not too good for him.

We couldn’t have been happier for Eun Jae. We experienced her one-sided love with her, the writer and actress enabled us to really connect and feel for her and so, to see her feelings reciprocated was great viewing. Her reaction was so natural and refreshing to watch. That is exactly how we would have felt too – completely and utterly shocked at the realisation that the guy you have been crushing on for twelve episodes suddenly feels the same way. Slightly giddy, excited and at the same time hesitant of the possibilities.

Jong Hee’s response was also really good. We don’t like when the love rival miraculously accepts the facts after spending multiple episodes trying to win the leading man over and in the process annoy the hell out of the viewers, so it was nice to see a love rival that was genuinely upset and heartbroken over the news. The final scene between Moo Yeol and Jong Hee was also refreshingly frank. When he asked her whether he would see her again, she told him straight that there was no chance. After all they went through and after their double break up, there is no way we would ever want to see him again either. In real life, you would never invite the love rival to your wedding or have a sequences where your all hanging out together at a bar or café (Que Sera, Sera) but for some reason in dramaland it’s a regular occurrence and to this day, we will never get it!

If we saw a crazy ex, you better believe we would be running in the other direction. Hahah.

The last four episodes really stepped up a gear and enabled us to root for these characters and be completely invested in their lives. We’ll be honest here, the drama was at times really messy and was very flawed but we enjoyed it regardless of all its faults. Just like Its okay Daddy’s girl, we are more than happy to overlook technicalities when the characters are well thought out and likable. Trust us when we say: we really loved these characters!

Here is a rundown of some of our thoughts from the drama:

Things we liked:

WR had the funniest first episode we had seen in ever! The drama had us at hello, it was that good. It had such a wonderful mix of physical and scripted comedy. The characters were frank and vibrant and after episode 1, we thought we had found us that rare drama crack that we intended to obsess over for weeks.

Eun Jae was a leading lady worth rooting for:

Yes, her hair made our eyes burn and it just got worse as the weeks past and her outfits had to be the fugliest things we have seen a leading lady wear ever. But she made us laugh so much. We really liked the fact that she wasn’t a caricature of leading ladies of the past. She was tough and strong – come on, she’s frigging body guard but at the same time she was very much human, with insecurities and feelings all of which were presented in a reasonable, justifiable manner. She wore her heart on her sleeve and voiced thoughts and feelings that ordinarily people would bottle up – which made her brave or stupid at times but nevertheless a character that you couldn’t help but respect.  Lee Si Young’s depiction of Eun Jae was one of the main reasons why we stuck around to the end. She rocked!

 Our eyes burn from all the fugly!

Lee Dong Wook:

He is knocking them out the park (no pun intended) since he returned from the army. Pre-army duty, we liked him but we could take him or leave him but post army duty, we have watched him steam up our screens with Kim Sun Ah in A Scent of a Woman and surprisingly enough – bringing the funny in Wild Romance. It was a real pleasure watching LDW really go for it and try comedy despite the drastic genre change. There were plenty of occasions throughout the drama where he managed to make us laugh really hard. Plus, we’ll miss his handle bar/ porno moustache which we found strangely…appealing. Giggles*

Side Characters!

Who would have thought it – a drama with side characters we loved.

They were pure awesome. WR had really well written thoughtful characters that had us actually engaged in their scenes and for once they contributed to the actual plot development. How many dramas have you watched over the years where the side characters were just there to fill in the gaps? Groan*

Dong Soo and Soo Young were actually quite good as side characters. Their friendship with Moo Yeol was realistic and one you could relate to as a viewer. We like how the writer explored their insecurities and regrets in such a natural manner. Their decision to leave for the countryside was one we welcomed because seriously, we just couldn’t picture them going back to how things were after everything they went through.

Manager Kim and Dong Ah – we love you.

He was a robot and she was a socially awkward weirdo but together they were magic. Now this is how you do a secondary romance successfully. They were just so cute together; every scene with them had us giggling or utterly intrigued as we watched them awkwardly date each other. If the characters as individuals weren’t so well thought out, we have a feeling that the romance wouldn’t have worked as well but the writer did well in introducing them separately and making it impossible to dislike them and so watching this unlikely pair come together was fabulous viewing.

They are currently our best alternative couple this year… for now.

A love rival we didn’t hate – shock horror.

There was quite a lot of hate for Jong Hee in the blogosphere but as we mentioned before we just couldn’t bring ourselves to dislike her. As a result she has officially joined the short list of female love rivals that we don’t want to throttle. Congratulations Jong Hee!

Despite having multiple scenes where she played Sleeping Beauty, Jong Hee was actually rather relatable as a character. She didn’t scheme or behave badly in the drama, thank goodness. Instead she turned up looking for a second chance at a romance with the only man she ever loved. We appreciated the fact that she wore her heart on her sleeve and took a chance. You can’t really blame her for that.

Plus, it helped that we loved her unexpected friendship with Eun Jae – what a cute odd couple. Thank goodness the writer decided to stay clear of stereotypical relationships in this drama, especially the standard hateful one between the leading lady and female love rival-  that has been done to death.

Favourite moments/ scenes:

The funniest scene in WR is still the scene where Eun Jae allowed someone to attack Moo Yeol with an egg! It was so over the top and hilarious to watch. Loved that scene.

The scene where Eun Jae goes to comfort Moo Yeol after Dong Soo confessed to being the stalker. We liked how he asked her what took her so long. It was a simple question with so many emotions attached to it. We thought the whole sequence with Moo Yeol sitting in his bedroom completely broken and shocked by his friend’s apparent betrayal was really great. Lee Dong Wook managed to convey such complex emotions so well and we really felt for him in that moment.

We really adored the scene where Moo Yeol realised he loved Eun Jae. Maybe it’s because we had been waiting so long for it to happen but when it finally did we were so happy. It was just a perfect way for him to realise his feelings. If only it happened a few episodes earlier, we would have been over the moon!

Things we didn’t like:

The drastic genre change took a lot to get use to. We signed up for a fluffy, screwball comedy and ended up with a serious, intense mystery. Thankfully the script was handled appropriately but still…

That fight scene in episode 4:

The scene that literally made one sister switch off. His reaction was irrational, her justifying his violence was idiotic and frankly the whole scene left us cold and confused. We imagine this was the cut off point for a lot of viewers.

The fight scene was the start of it but this drama had a hell of a lot of irrational behaviour.

Dong Soo – seriously WTF??? Okay, you find out that your wife may have been responsible for being the stalker and so naturally you go crazy and take the blame for her – attacking innocent reporters and beating the crap out of your best friend. Yeah… the writer didn’t really think that one through. It was so over the top.

The last episode appeared to be made up of voiceover monologues from the Ahjumma. We don’t think the final episode really had any real substance to it other than voicing the regrets and crazy ramblings of the Ahjumma/ Stalker. Personally we think the writer really missed a trick in cementing the romance between the OTP but hey, having watched a million drama endings, we know it could have been worse so we won’t complain too much!

It took so damn long for any romance to happen in this drama. We find this particularly ironic considering the drama is called Wild Romance. As romantics of the worst kind, we nearly gave up on the drama multiple times for various reasons but the lack of romance had to be up there at the top of list for reasons why we would have shelved this drama for good.

Final thoughts:

Sure it wasn’t particularly polished but it had plenty of heart. The drama was strangely addictive with its quirky characters and insane situations. As a result, by the end of its run you’ll be glad you stuck around.

How much we liked it: 7/10

How good we think it was:  6.5/10