I loathe, detest, abhor, downright HATE the man! They’d better have a KNOCKDOWN fit for a King for his devious arse! Anyhoo, I’ve liked this actor, Ahn Nae Sang, in quite a few other dramas. He’s a veteran with an impressive movie and drama history, so disliking him intensely is pretty easy, thanks to his acting chops lol.
Smart drama! Lots in the 1st ep to keep you interested enough to want more.
He’s a Chef of course, an accomplished and famous one. She’s also accomplished, as a fashion designer, albeit an anorexic one who keeps her true identity hidden. There’s mystery, intrigue, bad guys, good guys, happiness, sorrow and an unusual surprise for our hero——all in ep 1! Eric has matured and I like it! Jury’s still out on the heroine, but she’s definitely got my attention!
Usually, you see the multiple storyline-type plots in the weekend or daily dramas, where they’ve got 50 to 120 hours to round out the characters and stretch things out. But I’m noticing a trend toward ensemble short-form dramas, and Your House Helper is one of several I’ve seen this year, like the sequel to Hello My Twenties and Go Go Waikiki. When it’s done well, it’s not a bad thing at all; the tone is lighter, the villains are less villainous, and it’s generally a pleasant diversion. I think these three all can be assessed similarly.
I think Ha Suk-jin is a little on the bland side (for my taste) as an actor and in his role as the guy who turns from banking to becoming an organizational and cleaning specialist when his life goes out of control. (Bringing order to other peoples’ lives instead of his own, get it?) I think I’d like to see him in a role where he gets to play someone a little wilder, or intense, or cynical – something besides controlled and bossy. He’s done that a little too much lately, IMO. He also gets a leading lady who’s a little too young for him (he’s 36 playing 36, she’s 23 trying for 28ish) and for her role. For someone who’s supposed to be in her late 20s, she comes across a little too wet behind the years, like a little kid just out of high school. I don’t actively dislike their pairing, nor the plotting of their relationship, but when I contrast it to a similar age gap relationship in Radiant Office with Go Ah-sung, it feels like it needs a sprinkling of salt.
The strength of this pretty low-key drama lies in its ensemble stories and the sometimes too brief side trips into the lives of her friends and colleagues. Go Won-hee (who was so cute in Go Go Waikiki and Strongest Deliveryman) comes off the best as the ambitious and hardworking jewelry designer pal who is pursued by a likable lawyer (with horrible dating skills). The other stories involve a pal who is afraid of men and how she resolves that issue, another who has a thing for her best male friend (a love that cannot be), and workplace tales of sexual harassment and hard work.
This is not a drama that is going to inspire strong emotions, for the most part, but it was sufficiently entertaining to not regret the time spent watching it. And hey, I did pick up a tip for cleaning the vent screens on my cooktop fan, courtesy of the House Helper tips that end too few of the episodes! That “tips” the show into the Win column!
You know, sometimes it’s just fine to have a drama that doesn’t have a whole lot of deep plotting in every episode, that makes you laugh at least once per hour, and gives the cast a chance to try something different. That’s why I found that I enjoyed Go Go Waikiki (aka Laughter in Waikiki) whenever I tuned in. Oh, and they had the cutest baby ever in a Korean drama.
I think what I appreciated most about the show were the funny little quirks that they gave each of the ensemble characters; one likes to play tag when she’s drunk, another lives with the consequences of experimenting with a razor when she was a little kid, another has the worst luck in getting cast in acting gigs… and so on.
I wasn’t all that hung up on the love story for the most ‘main’ of the ensemble’s couples – he is just a little too toothy for my taste and she was incredibly bland looking, but even they had their moments. The funniest though is “Chewbacca” – the girl who pays the price for shaving, and her story with the others who help run the guest house.
All in all, this was a lightweight but diverting offering from JTBC, and a nice change from many of their crime-heavy series and just the ticket after heavier dramas.