Network / Studio: KBS
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Director: Ji Byung Hun (지병현), Kim Sung Yoon (김성윤)
Writer(s): The Hong Sisters
Where to Watch: Viki, or DramaFever.
Recaps: You will find episode recaps at Dramabeans.
Before you start reading, be warned: this review is not nice. Proceed at your discretion.
Gong Yoo (공유) as Seo Yoon Jae (서윤재)
Lee Min Jung (이민정) as Gil Da Ran (길다란)
Shin Won Ho (신원호) as Kang Kyung Joon (강경준)
Bae Suzy (수지) as Jang Ma Ri (장마리)
A romantic fantasy drama about various happenings of an 18-year-old boy who turned into a 30-year-old adult. Trust me, not as interesting or as scandalous as it seems. The OST is top-notch though.
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To the Hong Sisters:
I would like the sixteen-plus hours of my life spent watching and reading about this drama back.
This show started out funny and sweet but went down-hill from there. It was full of birth-secrets, love, heart-break, money, greed, a greedy type of love, good characters and even better actors...oh and body-switching. It had all the ingredients it needed to become amazing. But it dragged and floundered like Gil Da-ran's chicken arms do while running and eventually fell over its own two left feet: the writers--the Hong Sisters--and the Live-Shoot system.
About mid-way through I began to get the feeling that this show was going nowhere fast. Then the Hong Sisters hit me with a twist and I was re-invested and wanted them to take it in a deeper direction but they failed me. They did a twist of the usual birth-secret done in K-dramas and made it their own. It was refreshing to see. That boost only lasted an episode before we were sailing down the slippery slope faster than the Baudelaires in their runaway caravan. Unfortunately, there was no Violet on-board to stop BIG's descent into stupidity and a wasteland of WTF-ery.
I was going to give this plot-less drama, where character development (except for KKJ) went to die, a 2.5 because of the acting before I saw the ending. Now I give it a one purely based on the acting. I would not recommend it to anyone.
Rooftop Prince annoyed me but there was closure at the end. Where you going for that kind of ending? Because yours is a failure. Was the guy who played KKJ not a good enough actor for you? (Seriously, you paid an actor to sleep through 98% of the show)? Did you run out of ideas after episode one? Did you decide to out do Dr. Jin in the "who's the drunkest, mushroom/LSD-laced writer" category?
If you are going to choose a "controversial" subject, as some reviewers claim (C'mom, KKJ was 21), you should have the guts to see it through.
At the end of this episode, I wanted to throw my computer to the ground and stomp on it to vent my frustration. Then crumple into a ball and cry. I didn't think I would get so disappointed after having no expectations for the past six episodes. And don't get me started on Gil "bird-brain" Da-Ran. I spent half of this drama wondering if she was brain dead (the other half was spent wondering about the mental state of the writers). I found her irritating instead of cute.
I have to agree with "Aliiiiiiiice" that something went down backstage. "No wonder the actress who portrayed Daran seemed so confused and timid and lost as to how to deliver her lines. She just had no idea what the hell was going on."
Strangely, I thought it would be "I Do, I Do" that would fail me. But that show exceeded my expectations and delivered a satisfying ending. And IDID is that writer's second project. The Hong Sisters are on their eighth, making them "veterans". Haven't you learned that a concept does not a plot and good drama make?
On that note, this is my fourth Hong Sister's work. So far I have truly, only loved MGIAG, liked You're Beautiful and checked-out 3/4th of the way with Delightful Girl. I don't see this relationship going anywhere. Next time I see their name attached to a project, I'll make sure it's completed, read the recap for the final episode to see if it's worth watching, then, (and only then) maybe, start watching the first episode.
Was I too harsh? That's because I'm pissed! My time would have been better spent watching Gaksital, I Love Lee Tae-Ri and finishing Queen In-Hyun's Man instead.
Not my cup'a tea. But that's just my opinion, you may let it influence you and you may not. But please, let it influence you on this one!
Hell no. Not even if you were about to be lobotomized if you don't kiss Dr. Eggman and this show is the only thing standing between you and that horrific experience. Choose the Eggman.
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