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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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Nice Guy, Initial Thoughts

15 Oct

This one is currently airing in Korea and streaming in the US about a day later, so it’s not complete yet. Not my usual style — it’s a melodrama, and those don’t always end well — but it’s been getting rave reviews and the guy who plays the hero did a really good job in Sungkyunkwan Scandal so I’m giving it a try.

This is the best synopsis I could find, and it really doesn’t get into the layers of the show. The basic idea is that he’s a good guy that likes to take care of people, and he ends up taking the fall for his girlfriend in a murder and doing five years in jail. When he gets out, he finds she’s moved on with her life, and he’s fine with that (because he’s not the same person he was before either) until she pulls him into a conflict between her and her stepdaughter (who’s just a little younger than she is). Basically, she lets him be accused of blackmail (which he didn’t do and she knows it full well), going so far as to give testimony against him at the police station.

It’s good so far, I’m interested to see how dark they go with it.

Edit (10-02-12): I’m finished with episode 6 now, and wow, Maru is pretty dark right now. I’d be fine if it was just revenge on the ex, but he’s using innocent people to get to her. I’m still fascinated with it, but I’ll let you know if it’s worth watching after I finish it. Right now he’s gonna have to do a *lot* to redeem himself in my eyes. If they pull it off, it’ll be awesome, but I’m not sure where they’re going with it.

Edit (10-14-12): It’s up to episode 10 and I’m still watching — it’s really good. I still think there’s a good chance of a tragic ending, but the story is so good that I’ll keep watching it.

Edit (10-25-12): Up to episode 13 now. It’s hard to express how much I like this show — I’m so impressed at how they take this material that is not at all original and keep it so compelling. Every time I try to explain the plot to anyone, it sounds just like any other soap opera/drama, I just can’t get across what it is that they’re doing differently. I found some posts at Idle Revelry (WARNING: Possible spoilers if you haven’t watched the show) that help to say what I can’t.

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