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What’s Up Fox? [Review]

15 Oct

I’ve been trying to figure out why I didn’t love this drama. Because it has all the elements that I *should* love, and so many reviewers with similar tastes loved it.

I think I’ve narrowed it down to two things. First, the secondary romance with the younger sister, Joon Hee, and Byung Gak. It started off so weird and stalkery that they’d need to have a really awesome storyline for me to buy the happily-ever-after. And they didn’t. That wouldn’t have been enough to make me rate it downward if I’d loved the main romance, but I didn’t.

Which leads us to the second thing. I enjoyed the initial interactions between the main leads. I liked that Chul Su just went all out in trying to win her over. I had a small issue with them not laying enough groundwork for me to believe Byung Hee’s change of heart towards Chul Su, but if I like a romance enough, I can fill in the blanks, so that wasn’t much of a problem. And I liked how they were as a couple once she did change her mind. She was so cute with her shyness around her new love, but then she’d get exasperated with him and be herself again. It worked for me.

What was the real issue for me may be due to a cultural difference and not so much a failing of the show. It was their family’s reaction to the romance. I expected them to be upset and try to keep them apart, but the fact that Byung Hee was a grown woman of 33, her mother locked her in her room, and she couldn’t just climb over the table and go her own way just killed it for me. I know she accepted what her mother was doing out of respect, but I think that’s where the culture clash came in for me. I love my mom and my sisters, but if they *ever* locked me in a room over decisions I’d made as a grown woman, I’d have a hard time forgiving them. So, more a knee-jerk reaction from me because of where and how I grew up than a problem with the story itself.

I was bugged as well, of course, by how Seung Hye messed with Chul Su’s army enlistment. I think that one would have upset me more, but by that time it felt like it was just adding insult to injury.

I’m a little sad that I can’t rate it higher because they had some really good things to say about staying true to yourself and not just doing what others expect of you. But in the end it wasn’t enough to bring it back for me.

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