Review – My Mister
Holy shit, somone give this show all the Korean Oscars known to man. The nuances in the characters – the extended scenes in which nothing is happening, expect what’s happening in their head, reflected on their faces – holy God! This is mesmerizing tv. Not only is it an interesting plot – and unique – but it’s sooo subtle. It’s slow, but in the best simmer way. There are main characters, but even the side characters are massively important to you while viewing. Everyone is connected, developed, full of their own stories and pain and personalities.
If you’ve already watched this amazing show, you know those moments where (anyone of) our characters are on the phone, holding back everything, but the person on the other end knows them enough to know what their sighs or hesitations mean… that slow motion development of inner conflict without words… Jesus. It’s good. Even if the plot had sucked (and it didn’t), I would have been won over with the character development. Escaping obvious tropes and cliches, the people in this show suffered silently and then together and then silently again. Family, friends, lack of, all determined how they approached letting people in. And letting people in – really in – to your inner world was the key focus of this show. The few people who break down your barriers, or who you surrender your castle to, these are the people who really know you and who also can really hurt you. They are your true reflections.
Overall Rating – 9.5/10. Being Jealous of a Close Knit Community of Alcoholics for 16 Episodes.
More thoughts on plot and characters – which include SPOILERS… below….
Review – Me Too, Flower!
In which a show with a ridiculous name turns out to be ridiculously good. A female cop struggles with depression and anger issues. A high school drop out leads a double life as a penniless parking attendant and a wealthy handbag designer. Throw in a magnificently glamorous CEO, a wacky therapist, a young rookie cop whose cuter than a puppy, and a free-spirited step-sister and you’ve got this unusual show.
Lee Ji-Ah and Yoon Shi-Yoon both shine in this show. Lee Ji-Ah’s portrayal of a miserable, cynical, pissed off police woman on the verge of a breakdown was awesome. I loved her immediately and her grouchy, funny, blatant demeanor. Yoon Shi-Yoon did what he does best – a playful, cheerful, energetic enigma – except I thought his character was better in this show than in others. He’s such a weird little dude, but there is something oddly infectious about him. And his chemistry with Lee Ji-Ah was surprisingly on point. I may have to update my “Best Kiss” section, actually…
I enjoyed every episode of this little gem. I laughed, I felt genuinely moved by the characters, situations turned in unexpected but natural ways. It took the usual “secret rich boy” motif and turned it on its head, handing us a shocking new version of this old chiche. And… lest we forget… it also gave us the achingly, unnaturally gorgeous Han Go-Eun prancing around in amazing outfits.
In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Heart 2 Heart, in that it was just an unexpectedly down to earth story about mental health, families, and relationships. Loved that one, too.
Overall Rating – 9/10 – Curing Depression With A 2 Billion Won Kiss.