With 6 episodes to go on Devilish Joy…

I’m actually enjoying Devilish Joy (or Devilish Charm or whatever).

Our hero is very believable in his quest to remember his past, especially the events leading up to his accident 3 years prior. Those events are not rushed, which frustrates me at times, and it seems like there’s much more to the story, which doesn’t surprise me at all given K dramas. Our hero has lead a kind of sad existence since the death of his parents as a young child, and although he has 4 aunties, who should’ve showered him with nothing but love, he’s the heir to the Sunwoo Group, which makes for plotting his downfall a daily agenda. He’s also a doctor of neuroscience, so he’s very meticulous in controlling how he remembers all previous events. His brain resets after 24 hrs and the only thing he remembers is the heroine, so he has journals for the past 3 yrs and daily post its that he uses to remember appointments and such.

The heroine is now committed to him after learning of his accident, and she’s also committed to her father, younger brother and sister. She’s determined to restart her career and make the best of it even though there are dark forces that want to see her go down too. Her and our hero share some really nice kisses, and at this point in the story, she’s the strong one, and he’s the vulnerable one…

There are a few things that ring false though, and it takes away from the reality of my enjoyment and mocks my common sense and trust in humanity. First, the condition our hero suffers from is called “Cinderella amnesia,” and it’s one where the more he remembers the more his chances for dementia increase (eyeroll), he also has episodes of selective memory where his recall shouldn’t be there based on his condition. Second, in his car accident with his parents, his accident 3 years ago, and more recently he had an episode of obvious distress while in a crosswalk. Each time, cars just whizzed by, and people kept about their business as if nothing happened. I just can’t believe people just do that…

#choi-jin-hyuk, #devilish-charm, #devilish-joy, #lee-ho-won, #lee-joo-yeon, #song-ha-yoon

So while waiting…

While waiting for the next episode of Touch your Heart to upload, I found that I just can’t do Tower of Babel (too much MELO!). So I happened upon Devilish Joy, and for the life of me, I don’t know why I want to continue watching this drama?

To be fair, the positives for me include some very funny moments, some slapstick, a somewhat appealing hero and heroine—-so far, and a storyline that’s not so horrible even if it does truly read like a telenovela. Also, I’m not used to instantaneous relationships in Kdramas, where in a 1/2 day’s time, they’re already half in love. (I like, and am used to, the protags slow build up and realizing their feelings for one another somewhere between the 6th and 8th episode, lol).

The negatives for me is not completely the amnesia storyline or the riches to rags heroine storyline, but in how they will successfully play out such an overused theme on both counts. At least when they met, they were both on a somewhat level playing field where she was a popular singer with her own money. But even that can never trump the chaebol types.

So here we are, him with losing his memory every 24 hrs, and her, poor as dirt getting by on making internet videos and being made a fool of. He’s still rich and handsome, yet there is a deep sadness and anger that emanates from him. She’s untypically cheery despite her current circumstance, so I guess that speaks for her character.

Funny, but I find the flow of Kdramas changing quite a bit as I watch these newer dramas… not sure how I feel about that…

#devilish-joy