WHO’S BEEN DRINKING THE KOOL-AID?
Star baseball player for the Red Dreamers Park Moo Yeol (Lee Dong Wook) and lifelong Blue Seagulls fan and bodyguard Lee Eun Jae (Lee Si Young) get off on the wrong foot right from the start. When Moo Yeol’s life is threatened by a stalker, Eun Jae is hired to protect him but what do you get when you throw two people who hate each other together?
I liked the first two episodes. It was wildly funny, fast paced and I felt the characters were evenly matched.
However, it was around Episode 4 where I was beginning to find it a bit difficult to swallow. The very serious fight scene just threw me off.
I can believe that the anger and frustration of these two characters can cause them to react this way. However, was the purpose of the scene to show that Moo Yeol would kill to protect Dong Soo (Oh Man Seok)? Or was the purpose of that scene to divide Moo Yeol and Eun Jae? Because emotionally, the scene just shocked me and then it followed that up with sadness. And then suddenly, I was supposed to laugh again. It made me very bipolar.
I had chalked it up to a momentary lapse in judgment on the writer’s part because it seemed like things were back on track but things kinda goes APESHIT crazy at the end.
I didn’t really like both Lee Dong Wook’s and Lee Si Young’s last dramas and so I was looking forward to this one. The premise seemed fun and I really liked the explosive aspect of their characters. From the beginning to the end, I liked their characters, I think they had chemistry and I think Lee Si Young deserves to be noted for some great comedic acting.
Jessica… I didn’t think her acting was terrible but there wasn’t enough of a character there to thoroughly critique her. Plus, she doesn’t make an appearance until the end of Episode 7.
I felt like she was playing a slightly different version of her cutesy self and when she wasn’t being cutesy, she was very bland. For me, I would have much preferred the whole ex-girlfriend storyline to be wrapped up with exposition than to have her be present in the drama. Here’s a case when producers are thinking about bringing in viewers by adding an idol but not thinking about how this character’s presence is going to affect the dynamic of the story and the relationship with the other characters.
I did like how the writer indicates how Jong Hee’s personality makes it plausible for her to become like the stalker one day because of her need for attention. But was it necessary? No, but the writer does do a good job in making little details like that meaningful.
I think it goes without saying that a lot of people fell in love with the Robot couple: Manager Kim (Kang Dong Ho) and Eun Jae’s best friend, Kim Dong Ah (Im Joo Eun).
Really, I don’t think I’ll care if the writing is bad because I will follow Im Joo Eun onto her next drama. I love the sassy characters she plays and she has great comedic chops. And she’s also great at balancing those scenes with some dramatic moments. I wish there were more comedic scenes between her and Moo Yeol or Eun Jae because there were moments mid-drama that were slow and she would have made them more palatable.
However, how can I gush about her scenes with Manager Kim? Sometimes they were a little hard to watch without blushing because of the porn references or the way they confess how they are attracted to each other. They are so matter-of-fact with each other that it’s hilarious. When Dong Ah shows up at the end in the coffee shop decked out in a hanbok because Manager Kim confessed he’s physically attracted to women in hanboks. The scene felt racy without looking racy and was utterly laugh-out-loud funny. I love these two.
Now onto the crazy stalker. I was hoping that I was wrong but the identity of the stalker was predictable. For those that are still interested in watching the drama, I’ll leave you to figure that out for yourself. I think the problem with the stalker storyline is that it’s presented to us in the beginning of the drama, the threats die down mid-drama and comes back full-force at the end. It was such a big problem in the end because it felt so abrupt and rushed.
The ending… the ending… oh the ending… Everyone drank the stalker’s Kool-Aid and went certifiably insane. I can buy that the stalker used these people’s own weaknesses to get them to do the stalker’s evil bidding but because of the lack of build-up and proper execution of explaining the stalker’s motives, it just felt like it came out of nowhere. Perhaps if the stalker wasn’t so predictable, I might have come to a different conclusion… I just don’t know what to say.
While I do like Hong Jong Hyun in Vampire Idol, I can’t really say that I love him in this drama. He plays one of the bad guys but that doesn’t mean I’m going to dislike him outright. I wanted to know more about his character and we just never got that answer. Why would he do the stalker’s bidding? What’s his connection? The ending tries to allude to something and quickly wrap up his story but I didn’t buy it. Again, it was too rushed.
If you’ve read this far, you might be a little confused at the rating I eventually give this drama. The drama does have its faults and lots of ‘em but there are also things about the drama that I did really like. Lee Si Young’s acting, Manager Kim and Dong Ah’s relationship and the story about Eun Jae’s mom. And at the top of that list is Reporter Ko’s backstory and how he becomes close friends with Dong Soo. These elements of the drama were very interesting and thoughtful about the industry and the characters as a whole.