Review – The Heirs
Well, I broke down and finally watched The Heirs. It was much better than I expected, but also a lot of what I thought it would be. Lee Min-Ho was rather charming as the aloof rich guy who turned into a puppy with love. Park Shin-He did what she does best – look adorable at all times, cry a lot, and seem vaguely lost. Kim Woo-Bin ruled as the school bully who finds his soft spot… by tormenting his first crush. And the rest of the large cast was entertaining, interesting, and engaging as the plot lines moved around from episode to episode… from America (how bizarre was that? Don’t break the 4th wall!) to elite private schools, and from the bedrooms to the board rooms.
It’s easy for me to be disengaged with these “super rich” dramas. I find myself with a growing lack of sympathy of their problems, but this show managed to keep my emotions in check by doing a very good job of humanizing these rich kids and forcing me to care about them. Quite a few of the side plots were very unique, including the awkward and funny friendship between the mistress and the mute housemaid. It was fun to see Park Hyung-Sik before he’d capped his teeth and really matured into the full-blown handsome A-List actor he is today. Tons of huge stars and exceptionally fine acting prowess saved what probably should have been a mediocre show and propelled it into a highly satisfying soap opera about young love between the economic classes.
I confess, I really liked it.
Overall Rating – 8/10 – Cinderella Hangs Out with The 1%.
Review – Emergency Couple
Why did I wait so long to watch you???
This show was awesome! True, I think it would have been better as a 16 episode drama instead of a 21 episode drama… as it definitely suffered from a drag down towards the end… but who cares? It was fun. It was funny. It was romantic. It was pissy and playful and interesting and enjoyable.
A young couple gets married, despite parental objections, only to have their marriage fall apart within the year. He can’t see her side of things, she can’t see his side of things, they are both 19 and fully immersed in their own perspectives. A few years pass, and both end up getting their medical degrees after the divorce. Fate brings them back together when they both get assigned the same intern positions, in the ER, and are forced to meet again. They’ve both grown up… but how long will it take them to realize it?
Overall Rating – 8/10. Resuscitating a Relationship Requires Two Medical Degrees.
More humor, musings, spoilers, and giggles follow….
Review – Tunnel
There’s a lot to like about this show. The unusual plotline. The adorable cop shenanigans and bromances everywhere (all the main cops are dudes in this show and they’re all extremely lovable). The tangled web of time travel. The serial killer(s) and their damaged childhoods. I enjoyed the whole thing. A quality drama, highly recommended.
Overall Rating – 8/10. Grumpy Time Traveling Detective Solves An Old Case.
A little bit more about characters follows (very, very mild spoilers)
Review – Fated to Love You
This is a romantic comedy that stays pure to its genre. It’s stupidly, adorably romantic and really, really funny. It has the same zany humor, in many respects, as The Greatest Love and The Master’s Sun (though not quite as great as either). In other words, there’s one weirdo and one normal person trying to figure out how to navigate life with weirdo in tow. The weirdo in Fated to Love You is the male lead, played by Jang Hyuk.
Try to make it through the opening scene of this drama… which is incredibly awkward and the reason I turned off this show the first time I tried to watch it several years ago. Let us all collectively wipe the shampoo commercial from our memories. It serves its purpose for introducing the character, his abs, his bizarre personality, and the product that made his family fortune, but it’s just… awkward. The pacing is off. It actually made me feel uncomfortable – both times I watched it. BUT… stick to it. If you do, you will be richly rewarded with screwball comedy and a refreshingly different (and simple) romance.
Overall Rating – 8.5/10. Cheesy, adorable rom com.