Review – Fight My Way
There’s nothing spectacular about this drama – it’s middling at best – the plot isn’t intricate and the characters aren’t necessarily as developed as they could be – but it still manages to be charming. Simple and charming. A straight forward love story with light obstacles and people overcoming their hardships rather easily. Not that I didn’t still enjoy it – cause I did. Park Seo-Jun is a great actor and really killed it as a mixed martial arts badass with a tender heart. And Kim Ji-Won was lovable as the country girl with big ambitions to be an announcer that just needed to find her place. They had great chemistry and it was delightful to watch them come together, moving from long time platonic best friends into lovers. Also, the second romance of the second leads was equally engaging – the long time couple who were struggling with their relationship and status as they moved through life. It felt very real and believable and my heart was genuinely moved by both of their stories.
But this show is popcorn. A tasty snack. It didn’t try too hard. And I didn’t try too hard either. I just enjoyed it, as a delicious treat but not a real meal. I think after viewing a lot of K-Dramas you get spoiled on the potential of what 16 hours of storytelling can actually provide a viewer. I mean… that’s a lot of time. A LOT can happen. Or a little can happen, and it can still be fun, if it’s done right. I had fun watching this show, but it didn’t challenge me or make me think or offer me any new insights into humanity or relationships. So in a way, I’m a little disappointed in it. Cause the story line could have been so much more than it was. But as it was… I still wouldn’t skip it. Check it out. It’s pretty freakin’ adorable. And it was cool to explore a little more of the professional fighting world, even though honestly I feel even that could have been done better, too. There were a lot of funny moments and a lot of cutesy “rescue” scenes that I loved. The little vignette stories at the end of each episode were particularly fun to watch. The coach, in particular, was my favorite side character… gah, what a cutie!
Plot: Four teenagers with big dreams become young adults who have settled for lower expectations due to varying circumstances. They each try to find their way back to their passions as their relationships further develop.
Overall Rating – 8/10. Mixed Martial Arts Means More Shirtless Men.