Review – Defendant

Review – Defendant

I’d like to press charges, your honor.  For bad acting.  Ji Sung was so god awful in this show, I could barely stand it.  I suffered through most of it, assuming it might taper out and get better.  It didn’t.  It got worse.  What happened to this guy?  He was so adorable in Protect The Boss!  He was less adorable in Kill Me, Heal Me, but still okay.  But in this show… it was painful.  PAINFUL.  My eyes hurt from witnessing the horrors of such a lackluster, over-the-top yet simultaneously disingenuous performance.  Ugh.  To make matters worse, Uhm Ki-Joon brought his A-Game and was outstanding, playing twins… so the comparison in abilities was blinding.

Now, I know I am on the unpopular side with this opinion – as the ratings and reviews for this drama are high with tons of comments praising Ji Sung for his performance.  I have to assume they are either new to K-World or just… delusional.  Is everyone watching the same show I was?  I don’t get it…

The plot itself was decent – though overly convoluted and a little too gimmicky for my taste.  I adore a great murder mystery, amnesia, psycho-killer, hidden identity story… but this one tried too hard.  Thumbs down.  Gave up after 8 episodes.

Overall Rating – 4/10.  Guilty of Over Acting.

Review – Secret

Review – Secret

This is one of those old school melodramas that just punches you in the face repeatedly and you ask for more while weeping.  Talk about some sad, twisted fates.  I adored it.  Soap opera galore!  Stories about guilt are always fascinating – especially when you find an actor who can really pull it off.  But guilt mixed with remorse mixed with sheer desperate drive to push forward despite it all?  That’s the second male lead.  His performance wore me out.  He’s truly unlikable in every way, so of course I found him mesmerizing as a character study.  I do love my wretches.  Damn, he was damned.

Plot in a nutshell:  After an unfortunate accident, a young woman takes the blame for a hit and run accident, even though it was her boyfriend who was responsible.  Her boyfriend quickly, ruthlessly, abandons her to pursue his own career and ambitions while she rots away in prison with their child (oh yeah, you can have babies and keep them in Korean prisons, apparently!)  At the same time, the lover of the woman who was killed in the hit and run goes on his own quest for vengeance against them both, further complicating their already complicated lives.

This drama is drowning yourself in a bucket of sorrow waiting for that one redeeming moment… and it does come, but geesh… you’ll be swallowing that gallon of tears and human suffering for a long, long time.  You have to be in the mood for this kind of drama.  It’s awesome… but it’s also uber melodrama.  If you are in the mood for a classic melodrama – look no further.  Melodramas can provide some of the most intense emotions you can ever imagine, but they can also drain you dry like a vampire.  You have to be prepared going in.

I liked the main couple, and their romance was awesome and different… but I wouldn’t exactly call it a comfortable ride.  Think of the worst things that could come between you and your lover – that is what these people have between them.  It’s harsh.  And it’s wonderful.  IF YOU ARE IN THE MOOD.  If you are… it’s like crack cocaine.  If you’re not in the mood for melodrama, don’t even bother.

Overall Rating – 8/10.  Being Responsible For Your Own Messed Up Life Is Ample Melodrama, Don’t Add Someone Else’s.

Review – Protect the Boss

Review – Protect the Boss

Protect the boss is about a young woman who’s struggling to enter the business world even though her resume is as spotty as her past.  A teenage thug, a protestor in college and the daughter of a martial arts teacher – she’s a big ball of raw girl power but hardly the type most big businesses are looking to hire.  By a humorous turn of events, she gets hired as a secretary for a goofy, floundering young CEO.  Romantic shenanigans ensue.

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