Well, you had to know that I wouldn’t wait too long to see Lee Minki’s latest didn’t you??
In his latest drama he plays a dogged detective who is asked to investigate one more case before he transfers and he reluctantly agrees. It happens to be a woman who fell out of her apartment building, it looks straightforward, especially so after finding her suicide note! But then he comes across another case which looks suspicious too and then a disappearance and they all seem linked together. What begins as a routine case quickly develops into something that takes over everything including working with the missing man’s wife who asks for help. The first thing I noticed ( with delight) was that he was playing a much more human character than I’ve been used to seeing and it makes such a difference! No face blindness this time! I’d forgotten that he can smile and that his face is quite expressive..lol. I love the character and I love the way he’s playing the character.
But, this is OCN, known for grittiness at the very least..and I will say that they went reallllllyyyy gritty this time — almost gruesome. I enjoyed the secondary characters too. I thought that they were really nicely fleshed out and supported him well. I wasn’t familiar with our heroine (Lee Yoo-young), I hadn’t seen her before but I had heard good things about her. She has a real presence on the screen – a softness and vulnerability about her and I’d like to see her again. This was another of those onion like dramas where you peel away layer after layer to reveal the truth and that’s a very good thing!
I have to say that though there were quite a few holes in this drama on the whole I’m glad that I watched it. Would I recommend it? Hmm… maybe, and only if you’re like me and really love Lee Minki, but don’t get me wrong, there were some real positives.
I can’t say enough about the excellence of the main group of actors..especially Lee Minki and Seo Hyun-Jin. They had amazing chemistry, but were also really comfortable with each other too. From the BTS videos on YouTube I saw that they seemed to have lots of fun as they shot the scenes and that’s definitely reflected on screen. Though his robotic performance felt very familiar… his face was able to convey a sentiment or reaction very well in a subtle way (and let’s face it I was studying him VERY closely, LOL!).
She really is a very skilled actress, a powerhouse full of energy. I’m thinking that Yolette would have especially loved her because she took nothing from anyone. She gave as good as she got and she enjoyed her bad girl image. She wasn’t perfect and she made me really mad at the end but I won’t soon forget this character.
But, this wasn’t only about the main couple. I also really enjoyed the scenes where the secondary characters interacted because they were able to really feel like individuals who were just spending some time together (and not always peacefully). They even had an adorable miniature dog who was passed around like a little treasure. LOL What more can I ask for?
As expected there were many questions for which we got no answers. I felt that the writing really failed especially in the last couple of episodes. The final episodes felt rushed in one sense and very slow in another. I think that this drama could easily have been much shorter. It didn’t need 16 episodes for this plotline at all, though it was nice to see the guest cameos.
Well, having almost lost the chance once, I wasn’t going to lose it twice so as soon as all episodes were available I dived right in!
Ah… it feels sooo good to get caught up from the opening minutes (lately have needed a lot of patience and a number of episodes till I was really committed)… I think probably everyone knows the story line by now since it’s based on a movie (her transformation to another body once a month and his inability to recognize faces) but the opening episode hit you right in the face with it… no real buildup and it was great!
Loved the opening scenes where she’s dressed in a beautiful white Cinderella dress… moving up the stairs to accept a Best Actress award when… boom… she sense change coming and turns around to run out of the theatre… looking very much like Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride… LOL! She even manages to lose one very expensive slipper too!! Another scandal to her name.
Admittedly this character is a very familiar one… Ditzy and scandalous actress with a heart of gold who is misunderstood… but this actress is doing a good job of giving her additional layers and I’m quite enjoying her performance. Despite her obstacles she has SPUNK and though Lou Grant doesn’t like spunk… I DO! She can’t stand it when she sees something wrong… for instance when she sees a lecher fondling a poor girl and nobody having the nerve to intervene… she goes in protection mode and tells him where to go… publicly!! She’s got a couple of good friends around her … the typical manager to who looks out for her but also a would-be priest friend she’s known since childhood to help her along. Ahn Jae-hyun is doing a good job in a deadpan sort of way.
Lee Minki… I’m basking just looking at his deadpan face and when he has a glimmer of a smile it’s amazingly attractive. Of course there are familiar vibes from his character from his past drama but I’m ok with that since I enjoy it so much. BTW… he looks great in expensive suits… just saying… Interesting how he handles his handicap… trying to memorize mannerisms or physical details in order to know who he’s talking to… since he doesn’t recognize faces. Kind of sad really when he walks by his own mother. I’m not sure how consistently his disability is handled cause at times I say to myself… wait a minute… how does he know?? But truthfully that isn’t important at all really… I’m very much enjoying his scenes together with our poor girl… crisp dialogue exchanges are a pleasure to watch but you know the strange thing? Even when she’s transformed and it’s another actor in her body… I’m still enjoying the scenes… lol… must be Lee Min-ki’s magic… when you get to watching this… look for the shaving scene… that’s all I’m saying…
Even our “villain” isn’t really a villain… his ambitious and snarky step-sister out to best him at the company… she’s just as cold as he is but the poor girl has her insecurities and in a way we can definitely relate so I don’t think that label even really applies to her… obviously since this is a different type of drama then the rules are different and we don’t need a traditional villain at all. I’m actually fine with that.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how these two people… each with a serious handicap… come together and look out for each other… two soulmates brought together for a purpose and yet to discover a twist that we, the audience, already know.
I’m taking it slowly… as I do when I’m enjoying something… no wish to rush at all… taking the time to savor instead.
I know we’ve both been mourning the fact that the loss of DramaFever meant the loss of Lee Minki and Beauty Inside… Well guess what? It’s now on Viki — not complete yet but yeah!!!
Well, I could just slap this bitch. Continue reading
Well this was certainly an episode of honest clarification..for everyone except our couple that is.
As has been mentioned..there are so many things that we can relate to in this drama.
We’re inching closer to the end and I feel myself slowing down – something I always do when I’m really enjoying a drama and don’t want it to end!!
Awesome – perfect start and another perfect cliffhanger and so much sandwiched in between!!
Eekkk!!! the world has shifted and we’re moving on to bigger things!!!! What a great episode..so many things to love..ESPECIALLY the cliffhanger!