Operation: Proposal [Review]

4 Feb

Operation Proposal


So, this is the first show we discussed in our Facebook group — in fact it inspired the name, Operation: Kdrama Chat. It was a really frustrating show to watch, but that made for a great chat along the way as we shared opinions, commiserated, and sometimes disagreed.

Warning: This review may contain spoilers! Proceed at your own risk.

The basic idea of the show is that Kang Baek Ho has loved his friend, Ham Yi Seul, for years but has never gotten up the courage to confess to her. The night before she marries another man, he’s given a chance to go back in time to correct that. It seemed like a really neat premise until maybe the third or fourth time he’d gone back, and I was over it — I mean, really, how many times can you screw it up before the universe (or The Conductor) should step in and say enough is enough? Apparently, a lot more than I’d give, if you go by how many chances he got in this drama.

Part of the problem was that he focused on fixing “things” rather than fixing his own attitude. I’m not sure he ever learned that the button wasn’t the big issue — if he’d actually told her that he liked her, the button wouldn’t have been nearly as big a deal. And she wasn’t without fault herself in that regard, either, seeing as she’d missed her own confessions throughout the years.

By the end of the drama, I’d gotten my first case of second-lead syndrome, and I just wanted her to end up with Coach, the guy that she *still* ended up marrying after most of the time-travel episodes. Time after time, Baek Ho would go back to fix some particular thing that he’d done wrong, thinking that *this* time it would end differently, but it never did, until the end, when he lost all the goodwill he’d gained through character growth (in my opinion) with what he did at the wedding reception.

In the end, it was a *very* frustrating drama for me to watch, and I would have dropped it without finishing if it weren’t for the great discussion we were having on Facebook.

Episode Notes

The links in this section all have possible spoilers, probably best to read after watching the episodes. These are the notes I took for our discussion, which I posted to Tumblr for archiving and entertainment.

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(Via Wikipedia)

Kang Baek Ho and Ham Yi Seul have been best friends since elementary school. Baek Ho has been attracted to Yi Seul, but kept quiet about this. Finally, when Yi Seul is about to marry another man (Jin Won) at a wedding ceremony (attended by Baek Ho), Baek Ho regrets that he never confessed his love for the bride. A time traveler appears and gives him a second chance to win over Yi Seul. Baek Ho travels to the past and tries to change every bad moment he has had with Yi Seul in order to win her heart. Will he succeed?

Where To Watch




2 Responses to “Operation: Proposal [Review]”

  1. Betsy Hp February 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I’m torn. From everything I’ve heard it’s a bad drama. But! Yoo Seung-ho! (seriously, that’s my dilemma — my shallow, shallow dilemma)

    • cherrycordial February 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      You know, it wasn’t a horribly acted drama by any means. I’d put my issues mostly with the writing. I think they didn’t get the pacing right; I definitely was frustrated by how slow the character growth played out.

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