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Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Initial Thoughts

19 Oct

I’m about halfway through right now, and I’m really enjoying it. More than I thought I would.

I wasn’t sure how I’d like Park Min Young in this role, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by her acting. Yoon Hee could easily have been only a fish-out-of-water, bumbling heroine — and she is, to a certain degree — but she also has intelligence and an iron will hiding behind her innocent face, and Park Min Young gets that across very well.

From reading other reviews I knew going in that Park Yuchun is an idol and this was one of his first roles, so I was interested to see how he did. I was, again, pleasantly surprised. I’m buying his thoughtful scholar with rigid principles who’s learning that there are shades of gray everywhere.

Also, the bromance between the guys (and girl) is fun to watch, and I love that Gu Yong Ha is becoming one of their four. He’s one of my favorites in this show, and I love how Song Joon Ki portrays him as the trickster troublemaker. He’s just the right combination of bored and very curious and is just poking at people to get a reaction, not necessarily malicious, but definitely not benevolent.

I’m interested to see how the story continues, and what happens after the guys find out she’s a girl — which is totally not a spoiler, because they have to figure it out some time, right?

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Queen In Hyun’s Man [Review]

15 Oct

I loved this show. The chemistry between the leads was amazing, the writing and direction were spot on, and they did a good job with the time travel. There may be some small holes in the time travel — I haven’t taken the time (and probably won’t ever) to go over every detail and nitpick, but for the most part they stuck to their own internal logic for it, and that works for me.

I don’t want to give any spoilers here, so let me see what I can say that keeps it vague enough. On the romance, what I liked so much was the teasing, flirty romance. That, even though he was a serious scholar, he had a sense of humor. She’d mess with him a little when she was teaching him about the future by telling him things that weren’t quite right, but he caught on and teased her right back. Also, when they were talking about serious subjects, she’d fall back on the fact that she wasn’t very smart, but he never thought that and, in fact, called her out on it in one episode.

I loved the smart writing. Every time I thought I’d see it fall into the regular drama tropes, they’d surprise me by going in a different direction and keeping the story flowing smoothly.

The direction was great, too, for the most part. I did get a little dizzy with the camera swaps (I don’t know the technical term, but it’s when they were switching back and forth between characters in the same scene) in some of the really tense scenes — I think they could have toned it down a little and still kept the right feel. But for the most part it was wonderfully done.

All in all, a very good show. It’ll go in my top favorites from now on.

NOTE: I found some posts at Idle Revelry that really dig into the layers of the show. There are spoilers at that link, so I’d recommend you read them after you’ve watched the show.

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