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Day 17: Your Favourite Male Third Wheel

21 Feb

If you have ever read any of our posts in the past, you may have noticed that we have a ridiculous soft spot for male love rivals.

They call it Second lead syndrome- we call it a problem.

We’ve got a love hate relationship with male love rivals in dramas. On one hand a good love rival has the influence to elevate a drama and make it amazing. Not only does the leading man have to bring his ‘A’ game and really deliver the goods, he also has to show why he’s worth his OTP.  Also, a good love rival brings angst, doubt and real options for the leading lady. Who doesn’t love watching a complicated love story where we’re really shown why the OTP deserve each other?

On the other hand, rooting for the love rival never ends well. We’re on the losing side and there is only one way the drama will end. Yep, our love rival heartbroken as the OTP get their HEA and he ends up with the pathetic consolation prize in the form of the female love rival or worse some random girl that suddenly appears in the last episode. Why is there always a random girl!? Who else hates watching a good love rival bravely smile through his pain while the OTP shove their love for each other in his face by inviting him to their wedding? UGH, we hate that.  

It’s engrained in our culture to root for the loser- the underdog that tries his best right to the very end. They are that constant that is there for the leading lady when the leading man is off acting like an idiot. They are that shoulder to cry on, the one that will do your milk round when you’re sick (Shining Inheritance) or generally be that perfect guy that you desperately wish the leading lady would pick. A good love rival can have a lot of impact on the viewer, their heartbreak and longing is sometimes more compelling than the OTP. Sometimes this is great for a drama, however a good love rival has literally made us hate a drama by the end of it’s run because we sit wondering why the hell the leading lady would pick her OTP when clearly the love rival is much better suited for her. It’s frustrating, annoying and just makes us want to throw our screens out the window.

 

How can a leading lady resist those ernest eyes?

As you can tell we feel passionately about our male love rivals. We doubt we’ll change our ways anytime soon. We guess that makes us gluttons for punishment but who said being a drama addict was easy?

Here is a quick rundown of a few of our favourite male love rivals that have stolen our hearts one way or another:

Our technical pick has to go to Thank You’s Choi Suk Hyun:

We’ve blogged about this love rival before because he has to be the most solid, perfect love rival we have ever seen in a drama. He technically was everything that the leading lady would ever want. Not only was he the love of her life but also the father of her child. They shared intense chemistry and he loved her! They could have easily lived happily ever after if they wanted to.

Our favourite love rivals who had no chance but still made us switch sides include:

Jeremy from You’re Beautiful – We loved Jeremy way more than Shin Woo, who was just annoyingly boring with his elaborate attempts at revealing his love for Min Nam. Jeremy was just that fun, sweet love rival that made us smile. He cared about Min Nam so much in that innocent, protective way. We loved that scene where he’s heartbroken and he sings that song on the radio. He managed to evoke so much sincerity in that scene and it was one of the more sombre scenes from him that really stood out for us in the drama.

Nakatsu from Hana Kimi – He loved her despite thinking she was a guy! Once again, he was a complete darling that stole the show. We would have loved it if she liked him just a little bit. It couldn’t have been just us that felt that the OTP shared zero chemistry together in that drama?

The love rivals that were robbed:

Han Dong Jie from Easy Fortune Happy Life – This was our first Roy Qiu drama and the one that cemented our love for him. He was that perfect, gangster with a heart of gold. He cooked, took care of her and made us swoon whenever he appeared on screen. Hehehe. This was a drama where we literally wanted to throttle the leading lady for picking her OTP who was a complete idiot that needed a good punch in the face. Why would anyone pick Blue Lan over Roy Qiu??

Meng Cheng En from P.S MAN – There was a bloody poll to change the leading man!!! He shared so much chemistry with the leading lady, he was that perfect love rival that avoided being boring by doing crazy things like hijacking moving cars to take her to the hospital, catching her from a real high balcony or giving her more blood than you are legally allowed to give just to save her life. But still she picked a guy that was too afraid to admit his feelings for her after 20 episodes!

Oh, love rivals, at least we love you.

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Day 9: Your Best Actress

2 Feb

We’ve been picking off the easier questions for the past 8 days now and suddenly we’re left with just the tough ones. Damn it!
We thought about this topic for ages as we tried to establish who we would class as our outright favourite actress and you know what? We’re stumped. We naturally like a lot of actresses as a good leading lady is vital for any drama but to pick one out of so many is tricky. As a result, we decided to break the question down and list a few actresses that we have grown to love for a range of reasons.

Our Consistently Great Actress: Kim Sun Ah

KSA is one of those actresses who appears to divide an audience, you either love her or you hate her. We are firmly in the: we love her camp. We think she rocks. She is such a wonderful actress and has proven her acting chops in every drama she has done so far.

Out of all her dramas, we fell hard for her in City Hall. This was the drama where we went from appreciating her acting to loving it. She has the ability to make us laugh our butts off one moment and make you feel like someone has gripped your heart tightly the next. Regardless of whether it’s a political drama or a melodrama – she can turn her hand to any role and in the process make you really care for her character.

Then there is her chemistry with her leading men…We’ve said this before but KSA can generate chemistry with a dead poodle, she is that good. How does she do it every time?!  She just radiates intense chemistry with her leading men and naturally being OTP shippers, we are obsessed by them every time. Then again, you better believe we’d be making it work if Lee Dong Wook and Hyun Bin were playing our leading man. All we have to say is – how lucky is this lady?

Other actresses that should be mentioned include:

Moon Geun Young: One word: AMAZING. She was the only thing worth talking about in that that car crash of a drama called Cinderella Unni. She played damaged, intense and lonely soooo well. She delivers her roles with the grace and experience of a seasoned pro and she’s only 24!!! Hurry up and return to dramaland, we miss you.

Other actresses we love: Kim So Yeon, Inoue Mao, Horikita Maki, Nakama Yukie, Ady An…

Our Favourite Girl Next Door: Lee Soo Kyung

People may look down on this choice but we really do love this actress. None of her dramas are particularly groundbreaking but strangely enough we’ve seen a lot of them and we have always liked her in them. She kind of reminds of us of Sandra Bullock in that sense. Sandra is a good actress that does okay movies but she remains popular because she’s so likable and has that every woman appeal about her. Girls want to be like her, guys want to be with her… 

We like the fact that she’s not afraid be over the top and be silly, we hate when actresses take themselves way too seriously. She also knows what she’s good at, in this case romcoms and we appreciate that. Come on, two times Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank was just plain weird in P.S. I Love you. We’d rather see leading ladies do what they’re good at then completely freak us out by doing something different when frankly they may not have the capabilities to do it justice.

LSK made us laugh a lot in My Country Calls. It was this drama which firmly placed her on our favourites’ list because she was just so funny in it. Aside from having great comic timing which is often highlighted in her dramas, we also think that she’s fantastic in her dramatic roles. Trust us, when we say that the woman can seriously cry. Her performance in Loving you a thousand times was amazing. She played her character with so much sincerity that you really felt for her emotionally despite how outrageous the scenarios became in the drama and believe us when we say they became extreme. 

Our Favourite Actress of Many Trades: Gong Hyo Jin

A single mother, a teacher, a washed out pop star, a chef… you name it she has played them and yes, we confess we’ve loved her as every one of them.

We like how she doesn’t shy away from doing a wide variety of roles and in each one of those roles she managed to successfully make us believe her character. Come on, who really believed that Park Min Young could be a bodyguard in City Hunter or Gu Hye Sun could be an actress in anything? (Muhaha, yes that was mean but true.)

She can turn her hand at any role and she will/ has been fantastic in them all. We first watched Gong Hyo Jin in Thank You and we confess she has held our hearts ever since. She was just so wonderful in that drama. She played a character that was brave and strong but at the same time was incredibly vulnerable. It’s hard to portray a character that is so complex in a natural manner but this actress manages to do it every time. Drama writing is of course important but the delivery is vital to ensure a good character. It always feels like GHJ transforms herself into the character she is. She always presents well thought out characters that are very human.

She is just effortlessly good at delivering unique and relatable characters in her dramas and that is why she is on our list of favourites. We look forward to her future dramas and hope she remains as awesome as she has been in the past.

Our drama love would be nothing without amazing leading ladies to root for, so thank goodness for the great actresses playing them. We salute you – you ladies all rock!

2010 ~ End of Year Review

31 Dec

We watched far too many dramas this year…it’s a disease, so don’t judge us too much!

This year’s lot of dramas were disappointing to say the least- We think that’s the general consensus amongst most drama viewers- there were far too many dramas that started off so well and got you completely hooked from the start and then quickly descended into stupidity or frankly crap. That’s got to be the most annoying thing about it all…you get all excited and invest yourself in the drama only to be disappointed even more than you would have if it was rubbish from the start.
So here is a rundown of all of the dramas we managed to watch during 2010 with our general thoughts and feelings as well as our marks out of 10.

2010 Dramas that we completed:
Prosecutor Princess– The most unexpected drama love of 2010. We started it thinking it was going to be completely stereotypical, fluffy and possible annoying but we were so wrong. We completely and utterly fell for the characters- especially the leading lady who could have been so 2D but instead conveyed such sincerity and warmth that you can’t help but root for her. The story was also well structured, so compelling and by the end of it you will be sad to see it finish. Plus the relationship between the OTP was at once sticky, angst ridden and so sweet.

Definitely a must watch:

How much we liked it: 9/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

My Country Calls– Loved this drama so much!!! We hadn’t really seen a K-drama that we could label ‘comedy’ but we definitely found one in the form of this drama. Every episode will have you laugh at something; the script is what really stands out- solid, well written and so very funny.

Who knew that Ryu Jin could be so funny? He has to be the best thing about this drama, he stole every scene he was in.

Why don’t more people know about this gem of a drama? It’s definitely worth watching.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

Cinderella Unni– Oh dear where do we start with this one… First 3/4 episodes were drama gold. So well written, acted and we were utterly hooked. Then they had a time leak and we went from mild disappointment to anger as the weeks past- WTF? Has to be the only response by the time you finish this drama. Don’t watch it; it’s a waste of time- life’s too short to watch multiple crying scenes and pathetic siblings fighting over nothing.

How much we liked it: 4/10- How good it was technically: 2/10

I am Legend– Don’t watch it! Don’t be fooled by the first couple episodes being reasonable good, the majority of it is really rubbish. The drama had elements that could have been really good; like a potentially hot OTP- completed wasted and not even resolved at the end. Really good friendship dynamics ruined by long winded court cases and a repulsive ex husband that gets redeemed. It’s angering just reflecting on it.

Only good thing about it is the OST.

How much we liked it: 2/10- How good it was technically: 3/10

Pasta– Sure nothing ever happened and it had to be the fluffiest drama of 2010 but still… we really liked it. It was the OTP that did it for us. We loved them as a couple- so much chemistry, charm and it was lovely watching them do nothing for far too many episodes. (Don’t judge us too much).

How much we liked it: 8/10- How good it was technically: 3/10

Pick the stars– This was a drama that we didn’t expect to enjoy but we found ourselves recapping weekly and most importantly finishing it. We really liked the leading lady, the kids and eventually the leading man (we hated him for the first few episodes!). However the drama was messy, had irrational love rivals and by the end of it we found ourselves glad that it had finished.

How much we liked it: 4/10- How good it was technically: 4/10

Mary stayed out all night– The most disappointing drama of 2010?? Well it certainly sounds like it from the forums, blogs and ratings. It’s a shame it could have been really good but instead it just missed the mark. We think we were more forgiving than most… we actually liked the lead OTP, fell hard for the pitiful LR and just went with the silliness that was the drama but yes, we too have to agree it really wasn’t that great.

How much we liked it: 6/10- How good it was technically: 2/10

Baker King-We gobbled this drama up like the greedy drama lovers that we are- obsessed, hooked and emotionally invested right to the end. We loved the leading man Tak Gu so much- such a lovely character to root for- strong, lovable and he sure tugged at our hearts. We confess we cried during both reunions between Tak Gu and his mother and father. The drama managed to have the perfect mix of drama, angst and warmth and we were completely satisfied by the end.

This is a prime example of how the classic K-drama scenarios can be done well and even though you’ve seen it all before- trust us, you will still be hooked.

Definitely worth the crazy high ratings!

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 8/10

Down with Love (T)- Oh dear- we know this is a fan favourite and yes it started off cute, funny and very watchable but honestly it could have been resolved in half the number of episodes and it really didn’t need so many flash back scenes from the same flipping episodes.

Pros- Jerry is hot. Neg- every thing else.

How much we liked it: 3/10- How good it was technically: 1/10

PS Man (T)-  We really loved every episode up until around episode 10 and then we suddenly got really annoyed at this stupid OTP- they had no reason not to be together!!! It was infuriating to watch. Plus when you’ve got the most perfect love rival waiting in the wings, it just makes it all the more annoying.

Best thing about it: If you’re looking for a good laugh- check out Blue Lan’s crazy hair and leopard print trousers he would wear on a regular basis. 

Also a love rival that got viewers so excited that there was even a public vote to get the writers to change the end. Love fan power.

How much we liked it:  (up to episode 10: 9/10) the rest of the drama 4/10- How good it was technically: 3/10

Autumn’s Concerto (T)- We were completely hooked with this drama, it had everything that we can’t resist: an OTP who shared amazing chemistry and a drama that loved to bring in as much angst that was physically possible per episode! The sad thing with this drama is that it was so good up to about episode 6 and then that dreaded time leap occurred and ruined it! From episode 6 onwards the drama slowed down and cut the hot angst, which is a total shame because it was sooo good at the start. That said- do we regret watching it? No way- definitely one of the better T-dramas of the year.

How much we liked it: 7/10- How good it was technically: 7/10

 

Previous year’s dramas that we completed this year:

Que Sera, Sera– LOVED IT!!! It was all about the OTP- so intense, angsty and addictive. Watch it.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

Loving you a thousand Times– We were hooked from the start. Melodrama at its best. We avoid melodramas like the plague but this was done so well- Such a tight script, well acted and intense. We cried so much- our feelings for characters were so turbulent we went from hate to like in literally half an episodes- now that’s good writing.

How much we liked it: 9/10- How good it was technically: 8/10

Save the last dance for me– One of the older dramas we watched this year but it was really good. Although the drama had many predicable elements- we fell hard for the OTP- they were so sweet together and when you’ve got a OTP that you like enough- you can get past ridiculous memory loss scenarios and the fact that the end was pretty a complete rip off of the Hollywood movie- An Affair to remember.

How much we liked it: 8/10- How good it was technically: 7/10

Thank You– We cried so much! We were emotionally invested from the start- the story was so compelling and pulled at our heart strings so much. Not your standard K-drama- it’s got so much more depth, heart and it was steeped in reality.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

Lawyers of Korea- It’s a nice way to past the time. It was funny, romantic and had a very sticky love square.

How much we liked it: 7/10- How good it was technically: 7/10

How to meet a perfect neighbour– We enjoyed it while we watched it- if you’re looking for a dramatic OTP (concubine bracelet *shudder), cunning Love rivals and greedy evil people- look no further, my friends.

How much we liked it: 6/10- How good it was technically: 8/10

Smile, You– Curse you greedy drama makers- you ruined this drama by adding a 15 episode extension! Seriously, we really enjoyed this drama with its adorable trouble free OTP, annoying but funny love rivals and entertaining family dynamics.

How much we liked it: 7/10- How good it was technically: 6/10

Pride (J) – We loved everything- that’s right everything! From the music, the bromance and the lovely OTP. For a 12 episode drama- they managed to get so much packed in.

Definitely a much watch J-drama.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 10/10


 
 

2010 dramas we shelved for various reasons:

Sungkyunkwan Scandal– We definitely plan to finish this drama- we got to episode 12 and we still loved pretty everything about it. Then Baker King entered our lives and every other drama became a distant memory.

Queen of Reversals– We shelved Queen of Reversals because we didn’t like Tae Hee’s husband, we thought he was a complete idiot that didn’t really love his wife and the idea of watching this OTP was far too off putting BUT….news of an extension and Park Shi Hoo as a love interest, we may just need to tune in again. *giggles.

PSH must be a leading man’s nightmare- they must fear it every time he’s added to a drama list because seriously the guy managed to make himself a lead with sheer screen presence- man he’s good. We realised that Jung Joon Ho and Kim Seung Woowho was the leading man in How to meet the perfect neighbour are best friends in real life and if PSH gets upgraded to leading man (again) – that would mean that this set of best friends would both have been pushed aside from leading man because they can’t compete with the charms of PSH. How unlucky!

The woman who still wants to marry– We really enjoyed watching this drama when we were tuned in. It was hilarious at times, depicted great friendships and made us laugh out loud multiple times. However even though it was all of the above, it just didn’t hold our attention enough to complete.


 

2010 really was the year that could have been. So many dramas that had so much potential to be amazing but failed to deliver the goods! It wasn’t all bad we found dramas that were unexpected loves that have a special place in our drama viewing hearts. Here’s hoping that 2011 will be filled with more tear jerkers, angst filled, laugh out loud funny dramas.

Happy New Year! Love the MustHaveSubs Girls XxX

Drama memo: Love Rivals

22 Jul

A drama without a love rival?? Unthinkable right, whether you like it or not, a drama is not the same without those delusional, annoying, sometimes sweet love rivals, all of whom end up completely heart broken by the end of the drama- sometimes we’re gutted for those poor sods that love the leading man/ woman but more often than not we’re glad that these pesky annoying creatures are finally out of the way, so then our OTP can finally get their HEA.

So here is our quick rundown of notable love rivals that stayed with us:

A love rival who had a real shot with the leading lady:
Thank You- Choi Suk Hyun

Are you fed up watching dramas where the love rivals are completely pathetic and right from the get go have no chance with the leading man/ woman? Then, we recommend you check out the K-drama Thank You because we swear it was our first experience of watching a drama where the leading lady could have had everything she ever dreamed of and lived happily ever after with a love rival that happened to:

a. Be her first love

b. The father of her HIV+ child

c. Never stopped loving her

d. Was willing to drop everything in his life to love her and their child

Yep- first love + baby daddy= complicated and oh sooo good. A major factor that made this drama so compelling and memorable was the relationship between the LR and the leading lady. It was so lovely to watch on screen. They not only shared great chemistry together but there were so many mixed emotions thrown around in this drama as this couple interacted; trying to grasp how they felt/ feel about each other. Their relationship was handled so well and the conclusion to this relationship doesn’t fail to disappoint, we dare even the most cynical drama viewer not to be touched just alittle by this relationship. 



A love rival we wanted to slap: Pick the Stars- Jung Jae Young

This section pretty much applies to every Hong Sister’s drama, however Pick the star’s love rival Jae Young wins first place for a love rival that made us want to reach into the T.V screen and slap the woman to death until she came to her senses- that’s how annoying she was!

Delusional, clingy and sooooo annoying. The worst thing about her was the fact that the writers redeemed her character. Yuck. UGH.

A Love rival we would happily take home to meet the folks:
Easy Fortune Happy Life-Han Dong Jie

Alright we admit we would take Roy Qiu home to meet the parents any day of the week, he’s hot- simple as that. However we also adored his Love Rival role in Easy Fortune Happy Life.

A gangster with a conscience and a heart. Yes please! He was by far the best thing about this drama, aside from the obvious- the brooding pretty stares and hot body, he was also far too good to the silly leading lady who was too blind and stupid to notice that her leading man was an idiot who got redeemed far too quickly and was a complete loser compared to this love rival.


Thank You – episodes 7 to 16:

21 Mar

 

We finally finished Thank You and the verdict is out: WE LOVED IT! We absolutely loved it, we can’t recommend this drama enough, it’s so good.

Thank You is classified as a Melodrama/ RomCom, which we didn’t know was possible but here we are, raving about this gem of a show, how comes it took us this long to discover it? It’s that good.  The drama is so well written, with such a diverse and rich group of actors playing just an amazing range of characters. It’s hard to fault this drama especially with its great actors, writing and music…

So as you can see we like this drama…. just a bit J

Why we fell in love with this drama:

 We adored the love rival: Never have we felt so sorry for the guy who didn’t get the girl. What was so brilliant about his character within the story was he was so interconnected with the leading lady. Their relationship was so complex and she had everything she could ever want with this guy. For god’s sake he was her BABY DADDY, PLUS rich. We really did like this guy, he wasn’t the stereotypical love rival who has an ulterior motive/ or just completely delusional, he genuinely loved her but it was the case that it was just too little too late.

We absolutely loved the grandfather! How could they kill him off? We cried, oh how we cried! Sham’s cried so much that she was actually dehydrated!  He was such a lovely character, his relationship with the girls and Mrs Song ssi was adorable to watch on screen. Our favourite scene was of course the chase scene with him and Ki Seo- Pee Hyung! Pee. So funny. We want a Choco Pie, any advice on where we can find them?

Seo Shin Ae as Bom was brilliant as the daughter. She was funny, sweet and believable in her portrayal of a child who finds out she has AIDS.  We loved her interaction with the rest of the cast which was so good. Especially adored her with her Ahjussi (Min Ki Seo) and her mother.

Young Shin as Bom’s mother and leading lady was written and portrayed so well by Gong Hyo Jin. She was both strong and lovable. She had soo much on her plate but she just got on with it with no complaints. Our favourite scene with the OTP was the scene with her and Min Ki Seo where she tells him he can do better than her and not to waste his time on them. It was so heartbreaking that such a lovely character thought so little of herself.

Min Ki Seo- Jang Hyuk: We can’t rave about this guy enough- we adore him and his charisma. His acting was so good, he portrayed heartbroken grief so well, we loved him with Bom, Young Shin and the grandfather. He was funny, sweet and just so great as the leading man. He’s all the characteristics we look for in our leading man- just perfect.  

This drama made us laugh, cry, cheer and cry some more! It was our first real melodrama and one that will hold a special place in our collection of dramas viewed… dare we say it’s up there as one of our  all time favourite dramas.  We’ll miss it… a lot.


 

Thank You- 10-12

15 Mar

Okay so we’re still loving Thank you!

Reflections from episodes 10 to 12:

Most awkward scene goes to the following: Hhahaah, we laughed a lot, how he could say that in such a serious, tensioned filled scene, so funny- love him.  

 

We adore Mrs Song and Granddad- so sweet together:

 

Finally a love rival who isn’t annoying, a complete weirdo or stupid- we like upfront and honest- Go girl.

So pleased we put aside our Melodrama hate to watch this lovely show! Only 4 episodes to go, sob*  

Thank you: Episodes 8-9

12 Mar

I bow down to the writers of Thank You; all is forgiven for Will it Snow for Christmas!

Is this possibly the best Love rival moment I have seen?? It just may be!

-Heart in your throat moment for sure. It was SO GOOD!             

Also loved the revelation of the secret- ahhhhhhhhh! I’ll leave it at that.

Thank You- Episodes 1-7

9 Mar

  FINALLY!!!! (We’re not very good at teasing )

Don’t yah just love it when you decide to watch a new drama on a whim and it turns out to be super addictive, easy and fun to watch? Well we sure do, that’s how we found one of our most loved dramas City Hall. Well we have found another one!!!! “Thank you” staring Jang Hyuk and Gong Hyo Jin. When we first heard of what the story entailed, we both (separately) disregarded it as soon as we both read the word MELODRAMA!! We have never watched a melodrama in our lives, the fear of a death of a loved character is too much for us to bear, sad but true.

Anyway dramas have come and gone and we’ve enjoyed them as they aired like: Pasta, Pick the Stars and Autumn’s Concerto. However none of them have made us want to watch all 16 episodes all in one, that’s how good THANK YOU is!

Honestly don’t know why we even looked this way- we don’t touch Melodramas with a barge poll and a show listed as a romcom melodrama… isn’t that an oxymoron? They surely don’t exist…. but happy to report that we’ve found one and we have no regrets, none what so ever that’s how much we’re loving Thank You.

Jang Hyuk is amazing- We love him so much in this drama- honestly we didn’t really get it in Successful story of a bright Girl and even in Chuno, but boy do we get it now-

He is such a great actor- we adore his character. He portrays tormented angst so well *swoon. He plays a character that is completely grief stricken at the start of the show; seriously he is a beautiful cryer- I would happily mop up his manly tears any day! His acting is so good, the way he felt for his girlfriend was so believable and emotional – it added that extra layer of feeling and sadness when she passed away. We love his gruff, moody personality- a hesitant doctor completely messed up by the loss of the woman he loved. He has the loveliest chemistry with everyone he’s put with in the show- especially Young Shin and Bom.

Young Shin is of course Pasta’s Gong Hyo Jin  – Adore her even more in this drama- She’s got a lot on her plate to say the least. She is a single mother who had a child out of wedlock, to top that she’s responsible for putting her younger brother through university, taking care of her grandfather who has dementia and taking care of her 8 year old daughter who is HIV Positive. Even with all that going on in her life- she takes it on the chin, works hard, is a good person and truly loves her family. She has wonderful chemistry with Min Ki Seo. Their relationship is practically nonexistent until episode 7, which is nice to see considering he’s just lost his girlfriend and well Young Shin is kind of busy with life (see list above). However they have given them great scenes together, really subtle actions and well it just makes you anticipate the building of their relationship even more. * Oh we can’t wait!

The love rival: Choi Suk Hyun is sooo good- his relationship with Young Shin is soooo sticky and complex. He’s character is also really difficult to categorise- he is both ruthless and compassionate. Morally murky which is soo much fun to watch. No 2D love rival here!  

Lee Bom- the little girl is brilliant and the granddad is so much fun to watch (I really hope they don’t kill him off, I fear Melodramas purely because they’re not afraid to kill the majority of the cast off and leave the OTP heartbroken and separated)  

So we’re half way through and this show has successfully managed to make us laugh, cry and desperately want to watch the next episode even though we really should go to sleep as we have that annoying thing called work, school and life… so annoying J