IS THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER?
Discovering that her husband is cheating on her, Na Yeo Ok (Kim Jung Eun) decides to divorce him. Go Soo Nam (Shin Hyun Joon) obliges tired of the constant nagging and hardships that surround their marriage.
However, a major accident causes them to swap bodies with each other. As they grapple with the reality of trying to make it through the day in each other’s identities, Yeo Ok and Soo Nam develop a greater understanding of each other.
The thing that drew me to this drama was the he said/she said aspect about it. So often than not, it’s hard to walk in another person’s shoes.
It’s important to note that the comedy here is exaggerated and cheesy. Combined with the supernatural aspect of the body swap and the god of fate (Byun Hee Bong) and goddess of love (Narsha) as characters, it makes a lot of things far-fetched. Not everybody will be able to digest the absurdity of this drama.
Sunye – 내게 와줘 (Come to Me)
At first, I didn’t understand why Shin Hyun Joon and Kim Jung Eun overly exaggerated their characters. Honestly, I had a hard time accepting Kim Jung Eun’s high pitched voice (it’s not normally like that in the other drama’s I’ve seen her in).
However, it’s a calculated choice by the actors so that when the body swap does happen, those clearly defined traits comes across clearly when the other actor is portraying that character. With that consideration in mind, I could accept the acting choices they made for the drama.
Another interesting choice about the drama is that they don’t make the other woman out to be the villain. Han Chae Ah plays Victoria Kim and because they were both previously in Gaksital, I’ll admit that I was a little weirded out when Kang San and Ueno Rie started making out with each other.
However, despite being the woman that falls in love with a married man, she comes off as a very sympathetic character. Her love for Kang San… I mean, Soo Nam, is very pure and innocent.
She’s someone who was abandoned by her birth mother and found a sense of family with Soo Nam and his mother.
Of course, their relationship comes to an end when Yeo Ok ends up in Soo Nam’s body.
I was surprised to discover that although the drama premise is about a husband and wife who swap bodies, they don’t stay that way for very long. The drama could have had the opportunity to make them switch back and swap again at a later point in the drama but they didn’t really do that either.
The whole premise was that the two swap bodies in order to gain a greater understanding of each other and I would be okay if the drama broke their own rules and changed the premise if they ended up satisfying me in another way but it just seemed like the drama was losing its focus.
The two characters change back and it really didn’t seem that they learned much from their ordeal. Soo Nam seem to continue to be jerk, Yeo Ok still felt betrayed.
Rather, the change seems to happen when Soo Nam sees Jang Hyun Woo (Han Jae Suk), Yeo Ok ex-boyfriend and Soo Nam’s new boss, try to get Yeo Ok back.
I didn’t expect this drama to make me have 2nd lead syndrome but after finding out the real reason behind why he breaks Yeo Ok’s heart and then being there for her through all the hardships that follow a divorce, I just kept waiting for Soo Nam to turn things around.
That moment just never came.
So despite what the god of fate and the goddess of love were saying, I just assumed that Yeo Ok was meant for Hyun Woo because emotionally that’s where the drama seemed to be leading you.
Sung Shi Kyung – 내가 사라갈 곳 (The Life I Have to Live)
I don’t know if giving the drama a two-episode extension made the writer go insane. But literally, the drama goes loopy in last two hours. I mean, this drama wasn’t perfect by any means before then but the drama completely changes its tone to over-the-top-miracle-life-saving-cure-that-saves-the-world writer device. Well something like that.
How and why Yeo Ok comes to forgive Soo Nam and decides to remarry him again, I’m not sure. I’m still scratching my head about that because that emotional development never happens in the drama. In this case, I think the grass is greener on the other dramas.