What elevated this drama for me was, of course, the main couple..individually and together they were awesome to watch. Some general spoilers after the jump.
I’m so happy to report that I loved it to the last drop and I wanted a second cup immediately!!! I truly came to enjoy each and every character (well with one or two exceptions), because each one was so well written and so well acted that I couldn’t help myself!!
Of course Mr. Voice always brought a pleasant smile to my lips in the past when I thought of the actor and I enjoyed him in his other dramas like Pasta but here I LOVED him. I thought he finally found a character that he could inhabit – sink his teeth into and make memorable and I won’t soon forget Dong Hoon.
IU was also a great surprise. I was on the fence with her –though I liked her more than some other actresses who were in her category – but she totally absorbed herself in this character and made it work beautifully. It seems like she also finally found the right package of meaty character and the right leading man to make her shine.
With this calibre of drama I have a huge regret that we weren’t able to watch this together and discuss it episode by episode. There was so much contained within each one and there was so much I wanted to say and share and of course the next episode was the same and I’m left with many thoughts unexpressed! I did see that there were many discussions on the forums and really excellent analysis and mild disagreements too. It was that kind of drama; the best kind that bring out well expressed but different reactions in many of us.
I will wait to see your final comments Robin… I miss it already and it will be nice to visit again!!
I know that I said that I thought that this drama would not be one that I would be binging on, but my friends, I was wrong. Or at least I’m wrong now that I settled into the rhythm of the piece and “things” kept rolling along, especially by the end of episode 4. There’s a lot to talk about and it’s all spoilery, so more after the jump!
Half way through this drama I can honestly say that it’s a definite winner in my book. I know that I’m just half way through but I think I can trust these writers to be consistent to the end. This is not necessarily an easy drama to watch but it’s riveting and the characters just pull you in. I love the way each character has a place in moving things along..even ones that I thought at the beginning were the usual and mandatory fillers have value. I love the way the relationships are fleshed out..I find it so refreshing that while the plot lines that are used are the same familiar ones..like office power struggles, typical dastardly loan sharks, extra marital affairs..they are underlying and not overpowering..it’s the characters who are allowed to shine..they are so human..so flawed..so loving..so hateful..so vulnerable..so identifiable. This is what makes each episode a must watch..I feel like I’m getting to really know these people…the good and the bad…I feel their pain and also understand their distress..Mr voice is simply awesome in his portrayal and so is IU..both of them are making these characters their very own and, surprisingly, they have very good chemistry I think!
Judging by the first episode (another one clocking in at about 90 minutes), this is not going to be one of those sunny fairytale dramas. In fact, you might call it a modern-day Dickensian tone poem. Spoilers after the jump.