Ticking Off Another In the Done Column: Abyss

This photo sums Abyss up for me: it’s two likable young actors in search of a better plot. You could also say that the Ahn Hyo-seop’s oversized jacket on Park Bo-young fits her as well as the pairing of these two. I wanted to like them together, I like them individually just fine, but when all is said and done there were just too many times that I wasn’t convinced that they fit well together.

Her character is a little too bossy and abrasive and fails to grow as a person in significant ways* and his youthful boyishness is not quite in keeping with that of a slightly older man his original persona was — though to be fair, as the man (boy) who was pretty virginal (due to his natural homely looks), appearing to be younger and more innocent works better with the premise of the ‘back to life matching your soul’ concept than does hers.

I wanted to like this; it started out with enough plot to be different and intriguing, but by the 4th or 5th episode I began to feel the plot wearing thin already. I sat it aside for a good long while, but I resolved this week to finish it (with a healthy dose of fast-forwarding, I confess), though I can’t exactly say that I’m glad that I did.

Where are my issues with Abyss? The biggest one is the whole murderer(s) hunt back and forth business episode after episode, with relatively little progress and the same kind of mistakes and near misses happening over and over. Will Cha Min’s ex-fiancée tell the truth or betray them? Was it 3 or 4 times that the result was the same? I lost count and interest and fast-forwarded thru a good chunk of her scenes. Was there a good reason for the murderer(s) to act the way they do? There’s no real answer to this (sorry if this is a spoiler) other than “they are evil people” (unless I missed it in fast-forwarding thru scenes that looked pretty repetitive.

I did enjoy the work done by Lee Si-eon as the detective used by Park Bo-young’s character to get to the bottom of things, and the actress who played the real Mi-do, once she was part of the Scooby Gang. In her small way, Song Sang-eun as the cosmetically changed Mi-do, added some vitality to the sagging repetitions of the plot.

Overall, I wanted more and got less. I found the junior cops and pseudo science of He Is Psychometric more enjoyable and a better use of my time and yours.

*Character-related spoiler follows, after the break.

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I was living in hope that I would have positive things to say about The Abyss

Unfortunately it’s just not turning out that way.

I’m up to Ep 9 and so far it’s pretty much a mess. LOL I’m disappointed because I was really looking forward to it, it looked really quirky and fun and I always enjoy those kinds of dramas, but most of all because it starred Park Bo Young who is one of my favorite actresses. Her co-star is a very young and very handsome  Ann Hyo-seop whom I’d never seen before.

I gave up trying to figure out the plotline a while ago because they keep changing the rules. There’s a creepy villain or two who just make me yawn at this point – not good. Anyway, what interests me is the relationship between the leads who, in their previous lives and bodies, had known each other all their lives – he suffering from unrequited love – or so it appeared… though we find that it might not be so unrequited after all.

I find it a bit uncomfortable when they make all those references to how ugly our heroine is. HUH?? I can’t buy into that cause I think she’s adorable, not tall and willowy as she was but cute as a button!! AS for him, his old body was played by another actor who, I will not lie, wouldn’t win the best looking award but I hate to hear him described as ugly. It seems like such a personal insult (makes me wonder how he auditioned for the “ugly” role in the first place??

Anyhow, I can’t honestly recommend this drama but I’m sticking with it, just for the eye candy.

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Thirty but Seventeen – Final Impressions

I dawdled a bit watching the end of this one, mainly because I really loved this cast and didn’t want to see anything heartbreaking or worrying happen to any of them, and I didn’t want to leave their little “family.” But, I made myself watch the final 6 hours last week and it was worth it!

Spoilers after the jump.

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