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Wild Romance – Thoughts up to episode 10

6 Feb

The look on your face when you realise that your Antifan has just confessed their love for you:

PRICELESS.

Okay, okay, we couldn’t resist. We continued watching Wild Romance despite the fact that we were mortified by the actions that took place in episode 4 but we just couldn’t help ourselves!  One sister dropped this drama immediately, taking the moral high ground and declaring it WRONG, so that left behind two less morally objective sisters tuned in, hoping for the best. This drama is very strange, we were drawn in with the wacky, over the top funny comedy in episode 1 and 2 but after episode 3, it became a completely different drama. WR is now a more serious mystery with a dark sense of humour. The characters are clearly complex and damaged and they are handled in the manner better suited for a drama rather than a comedy.

Has the writer changed or something, because it’s like the drama has received a complete personality transplant?

Don’t get us wrong, we don’t mind this new change of direction. The new change in genre now kind of reminds us of watching the Kdrama Crime Squad. Like WR, Crime Squad revolved around solving mysteries. It was also quite dark but still had hints of comedy that often felt out of place but still strangely worked. However, unfortunately like Crime Squad, WR fails to really work as a mystery or a comedy. It’s not strong enough in either genre to really impact the viewers enough to make us stay completely hooked, like the drama wants us to be.

The drama is all kinds of messy but still we feel compelled to tune in every week and frankly we haven’t a clue why!?

We don’t know where the drama wants to take this OTP. We’ve reached episode 10 already and still we have had no real indication that he likes her at all in a romantic manner. He clearly has affection for her like a little sister but nothing more. Generally by episode 11, the OTP have acknowledged their feelings for each other and are on the home stretch to their HEA, however it looks like the drama either needs a time leap or we need to come to the conclusion that Eun Jae is not going to end up with Moo Yul.

It’s horrible watching Eun Jae’s one sided love for Moo Yul. Choosing to leave her post as his bodyguard was the best thing to do in our opinion. It must have felt like torture watching the man she loves with another woman. We wanted to watch her step back from his life and see him miss her and realise that he really did have feelings for her as woman but no, the writer decided to focus on his relationship with Jong Hee! Seriously, what are they trying to do to this drama?! This is not the drama OTP and drama we signed up for.

We don’t know how the drama will salvage itself and bring it to a satisfactory conclusion. It feels like the writer has sold the drama out by extending Jessica’s part in a desperate attempt to keep viewers. Clearly, her part as a love rival wasn’t meant to be as important as it has become now. We hope that it will be resolved swiftly and doesn’t impact the drama any further but we have a feeling that we may be out of luck on this occasion and that we may actually find that Wild Romance now has a new OTP.

We seriously hope not.

Other thoughts:

Dong Ah and Manager Kim rock! How utterly hilarious and adorable are they together. Their scenes together never fail to make us laugh or giggle. We love a good odd couple and these two are exactly that. What is it with Im Joo Eun – she manages to steal the show again. First What’s up? Now Wild Romance… she needs her own drama already!

The stalker has to be Moo Yul’s House keeper. We really hope we’re wrong because how obvious is she. Groans*

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Crime Squad:11-14

28 Apr

Tuning in for the last couple weeks have shown us that the writers for this drama may have chewed off more than they could handle.  Especially in regards to getting all the multiple issues addressed in a timely and satisfying manner.

There are only two episodes left and plenty to be resolved…we fear that we may get ourselves a rushed HEA for our favourite dysfunctional cops. We really hope that we’re wrong because we really enjoy watching this drama!

Things that need wrapping up:

-There is the mystery behind the shoot out five years ago which resulted in Hye In’s death- plus the sole reason for Park Se becoming an Officer.

-The shady activities/ cover up which involves Detective Kwon, II Do’s father and even Min Jo’s dad.

-Last but by no means least -we want a satisfying conclusion to Park Se and Min Jo’s relationship. This is a Kdrama after all, it’s a must!

Then there is everything else:

-Are we ever going to get the bromance we crave between II Do and Park Se?

-Are we ever going to find out why a government officer drives around in a bright yellow Ferrari?  Seriously we think we may be in the wrong profession and country if Dong Jin can afford to drive around in that car.

Quick recaps on moments worth mentioning in the past four episodes:

-We love Min Jo’s father! Yes we’re surprised as well, we thought he was definitely going to be the big bad of the drama.

We really liked how the drama didn’t try and sugar-coat Min Jo’s father’s past crimes but instead presented a character that is looking for redemption. We loved how the writers handled the whole scenario -they presented a man that was willing to sacrifice everything to protect his daughter against all he represented.  We can’t wait for Min Jo to properly reunite with him and finally get that father she’s been longing for.

-Eun Young knows that II Do was responsible for her daughter’s death! Her response to cut him out completely was brilliant- realistic, cold and something that we would do. We actually felt kind of sorry for the guy…

-Eun Young was coldly rejected by Park Se AGAIN! The conversation and his reasoning for not getting back with her was so heartfelt and honest. The drama never fails to give us really great emotional scenes within all the comedy and puzzles.

-Yes, the actual mysteries each week are easy to solve but for some strange reason we don’t mind at all. We actually enjoying watching them all work together and work out something we worked out half an hour earlier.

Ummm we’re not quite selling this drama are we? Seriously we do like it and it’s definitely something worth tuning in for!

Final thought:

We fear we may not even get a kiss between our OTP… say it ain’t so!

No hug, no wrist grab… nothing!

Crime Squad- episodes 9-10

14 Apr

Episode 9 was the turning point for us, where we went from liking the drama a lot to falling hard for it and eagerly awaiting the next lot of episodes. You know you’ve got it bad when you’re waiting impatiently for subs and nothing else seems appealing because all you want to do is watch Park Se rock up and come to the rescue, naturally with the help of his sidekicks and his very own Lois Lane- Min Joo.

We love how effortlessly the writers brought Min Joo and Park Se together. Their relationship is both realistic in its pace and utterly adorable to witness. Episode 10 was perfect, we liked everything about it-  despite the fact that Min Joo was kidnapped and tied up, she still managed to help rescue herself using her brains and her hard head in this case. We love that about her, she isn’t helpless and incompetent like other leading ladies. She’s smart, sassy and someone you can relate to on a basic level. 

Watching Park Se’s tentative steps in acknowledging Min Joo as a woman is brilliant. It’s the small, subtle things like sending her a text message or wondering where she is that is refreshing to see in a Kdrama. This guy is broken and so grand declarations of love or even immediate realisations of feelings for her is incredibly unrealistic and would feel disjointed in this drama, so we appreciate the small actions and we look forward to watching it further develop.

Our favourite scene from episode 10:

Min Joo declaring she likes Park Se as she hangs off the edge of the building.

 OMG- how great was that scene!

We love how Park Se never lets go of her hand and actually fell with her. LOVE HIM.

We really like how the writers manage to reflect Park Se’s heartbreak and pain in the cases explored. This week’s storyline was great, we like how the writers managed to clearly present how nothing is quite black or white and having Min Joo kidnapped may have been the turning point for Park Se to sit up and realise that maybe it was time to move past his grief and get on with life.

Episodes 9 and 10 also provided us with lots of revelations for Eun Young- How harsh was Park Se’s rejection?! We actually felt for her, she too lost a daughter and she was simply a pawn in her father’s master plan. Poor thing and then to find out that the guy she likes was actually the person responsible for her daughter’s death- now that is just cruel! In many ways, we appreciate the clean cut, yet brutal rejection from Park Se, as it makes it crystal clear to the audience that he has no lingering feelings for her and that his relationship with Min Joo is not going to be overshadowed by his ex wife’s presence.

Other thoughts:

Min Joo wanted a daddy and it looks like she’s going to get one fresh from Prison. Can’t wait to see how that one plays out!

 

Crime Squad:4-6

30 Mar

Park Se is so broken – we just want to hug him and tell him that everything’s going to be okay! He’s fascinating as a character; as well as being clearly broken from the loss of his daughter, he’s driven, obsessive and reckless- all of which makes for great viewing!

 As hopeless romantics of the worst kind; we are already loving the odd couple interactions between him and Min Joo. We kept wondering: how on earth were they going to form a realistic relationship between these two characters? However to our delight it was done surprisingly well considering how screwed up he is and how annoyingly persistent Min Joo can be. We like how Park Se was worn down by her presence and at one point or another he just accepted her hanging around. We really like their interactions- there wasn’t an obvious chemistry between the leads, instead we got a weary exchange of meetings which slowly developed into an unexpected and reluctant partnership between the two. This in many ways is better as it allowed viewers to get a better representation of both characters as individuals rather than as just a couple. In lots of dramas the writers throw their OTP together really quickly and you get the bickering and the hate turns to love element but you lose out on who they as people and only get the superficial factors like; he’s rich and she poor ect.

To have Min Joo be present at one of the dark and lowest points of Park Se’s life was  the perfect way to show the audience that she can understand him despite the fact that he’s so damaged. We also like how Min Joo has issues of her own; they aren’t as obvious as Park Se but she’s from a broken home with an ill mother and no father present- so she’s not without her own heartache and pain. In many ways they complement each other really well and we look forward to seeing their odd couple relationship blossom as the weeks progress.  

Park Se’s baby mamma Eun Young is in a romantic relationship with Jung II Do – could it get anymore sticky and screwed up!? If we were Park Se we would totally lose it- we are actually surprised that he didn’t physically attack Jung II Do or tell Eun Young the first chance he got.  

Side note: Park Sun Young who plays Eun Young looks good in this drama- we last saw her in Sons of Sol Pharmacy where she looked okay but in CS she’s looking hot! 

Other mentions:

We’re really disappointed to hear that Sun Woo Sun who plays Jin Mi Sook in the drama has decided to leave. We liked the potential of her character and wanted to see how she would have developed in the drama. We thought she made a great addition to the team. She had an interesting role within the drama – as the only female within a team of guys that often let their emotions or their lack of common sense get the better of them. Also we liked how she was a tough cop who really wanted to do the best she could but at the same time she had a vulnerability to her character, it was nice to see a female cop presented in a realistic manner- usually they are either tough tom boys or hopeless damsels that get in the way. That said, we did notice a distinct lack of presence from her character in the last couple episodes, where she was relegated to being a part of the wall paper. So we can understand how that can be disappointing for an actress especially when she’s used to playing crazy love rivals that stomps and schemes her way through scenes.

Final thought: Did they really have a scene where Detective Nam complimented Detective Shin on the size of his manhood? Really?

Crime Squad 1-3

24 Mar

What an unexpected pleasure. We started this drama because frankly there was nothing better to watch and we thought it would have a few laughs but surprisingly it’s so much more than that.

This drama caught us completely off guard- we sat down and watched the first ten minutes with pleasure at the silly capers the leading man Park Se Hyuk got himself into and we’re in a comfortable lull of enjoying the goofiness on show. Then suddenly the drama switches on us in the best way possible and we’ve moved from amusement to something with more depth and heart and before we know it- we’re attached and we want to watch more. Now that’s impressive.

Crime Squad has so many of the elements that we adore in our dramas- broken and damaged (with reason) characters who are trying to simply survive, man pain with a healthy dose of angst (our favourite kind of angst!), the potential for a really lovely OTP, comedy, friendship and lots of trouble. Yes please, we’re so there!

It’s also got a great assembled cast of interesting complex characters that have layers and intrigue surrounding their back stories and unlike recent K-dramas where we have all the characters pegged from the first five minutes and know exactly how everything is going to play out before we’ve even got comfortable in our seats- this drama leaves issues hanging in the air making you want to watch more and ask questions like; why did Jung II Do shot at that car five years ago? When is Park Se’s baby mamma coming into the picture? Also more importantly please tell us we’re going to get a hot bromance between the leading men? – We demand it!

 We’re thoroughly enjoying this drama and have our fingers crossed that it remains as awesome as it has been.  Pretty please!