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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So, after reading your combined comments I decided to start up on Strong Woman

Up to the end of ep 7 just like tc… I must say it’s been a weird ride so far as you can both appreciate… though there are scenes which are laughing out loud funny the very next moment it turns dark and painful to watch as we see these pathetic kidnap victims crying their hearts out!

And then there is that personal pain that our heroine carries with her as she tries to be like everyone else by hiding her super strength but of course the cruelest part is where we see our girl confront her mom with all the glaring unfairness that she’s had to endure all her life because her obvious favouritism towards her brother. Her father is a sweetheart though and the brother doesn’t seem so bad either.

I notice that Jisoo hasn’t been so visible in these last couple of episodes so the main couple is slowly being nicely defined. Our hero..ell what can you say?  The guy is gorgeous..has great presence and just lights up,the screen! Love to see his feelings already showing though she is a bit slow..and no wonder since she’s been so focussed on Jisoo all this time…poor guy woke up a little too late and he’s going to end up alone…those daydream scenes she had of the two guys were hysterical and I kept imaging what fun those guys must have had while filming..can’t wait to see the bits after it’s finished. She is like a beautiful China doll..I do sometimes get reminded of Ghostess many a time though..but she’s adorable and when she’s standing beside those two hunks I feel like putting her in my pocket…delicately of course!!

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Ok… so Strong Woman…

Thru ep 7 is freaking hilarious! Those gangsters have me cracking up!!! I can’t stop laughing! Especially those two lovebirds! Hahahahaha! I don’t like the creepy stuff, and I just want to ffw past it, but you’re right Robin, the lead couple are just the cutest thing!!!

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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon – Final impressions

I finished Strong Woman Do Bong-soon and part of me wants to give it a squeefully joyous thumbs up and parts of me has strong reservations about the drama as a whole. I think that this is a show to watch for the lead couple and enjoy mightily and consider fast-forwarding through some other parts – and at the end of the show you’ll still be left with a smile on your face thinking of how absolutely adorable the lead couple is and (probably) forgive the rest just because you get scenes like this.

Some more information (trying to avoid spoilers) after the jump.

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