Finished Suspicious Partner – Final Impressions

I’ve been letting myself get sidetracked by other dramas (more on those in another post) rather than finish watching both Suspicious Partner and Fight My Way, but for different reasons.

I’d held off on Suspicious Partner because it felt that, while I enjoyed the more adult version of a relationship (for a change) that the main couple appeared to be heading towards, there were parts of the story that were feeling a little bogged down. I keep watching 2 episodes here, 2 episodes there of Fight My Way and holding off because it is so appealing in many ways that I don’t want to get to any potential (likely) ‘noble idiot’ phase. But I got over the hump on Suspicious Partner and I’m going to get over the potential hump on Fight My Way this week – after I allow myself the luxury of the final 2 episodes of the superb Secret Forest.

But back to Suspicious Partner… On the whole, I think that this was a generally enjoyable drama, and all the more so because it came from a rookie writer. The writer came in 2nd in the same contest where the writer of Radiant Office came in 1st. Let’s hope that this is an auspicious sign for better dramas to come! And I say this in spite of my feelings about the leads: Ji Chang-wook and Nam Ji-hyun. It’s kind of shallow of me, but there are things I’ve discovered that I don’t exactly care for in both actors. With him, it’s this look he gets when he’s supposed to be happy, or pretending to be happy, and it’s just kind of plasticky/unnatural feeling. He’s perfectly fine when he’s broody or mad or laughing and he’s definitely a good kisser and has a fine physique, but it’s just that look… With her, it’s the eyes. She’s okay as an actress, but they need to do her eye makeup differently to give them better shape and shading. But it was clear that these 2 enjoyed acting together and were perfectly fine with skinship, so I’ll put it down to me and my personal taste. [Update: I just looked her up and now I’m going to be more generous re: Nam Ji-hyun. I knew she broke into the biz as a child actress but hadn’t thought about her age. She’ll turn 22 in September, so for her to be so cool re: skinship and natural, I’ll give her some praise. She needs to lose some of the stuff that works for kid actors, but in retrospect she’s improving. I think it was her kid actory-ness naivete that made me struggle with her part in Shopping King Louis.]

The plot regarding the case that ruins her reputation and how that brings them together works well enough, mainly because of the interpretation of the young actor who plays a central role – Kim Hyung-kyu, who was pretty cute in the role of the boss’s son in Chief Kim. I think he’s got a nice future ahead, but will always be playing the 2nd fiddle in either the chaebol heir or villain role because he’s demonstrated that he’s very good at that, unless someone lets him be a romantic 2nd lead that grows into a first lead.

The other secondary cast members really contribute to this one too; I never felt that the time spent with them was a waste of time. It was particularly surprising that Lee Duk-hwa, the king of the waggling eyebrows and bouffant toupees and growling villain roles is, for the first time I can recall, amusing and appropriately funny. For those of us who loved Padam Padam, we can also appreciate how Choi Tae-joon continues to be an appealing young actor (he played the teen son of the lead).

The drama could definitely have used a few edits here and there, and maybe some fleshing out of some other moments, but once I made it back into the swing of things, I found that it was a more-than-respectable first outing for the writer, and a pretty decent military service send-off for Ji Chang-wook. A little more spoilery commentary after the jump re: the adult take on skinship… Continue reading

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Suspicious Partner – 40 episodes – REALLY???

Well that will teach me not to find out before the fact – I don’t know why I thought this drama was finished. I never would have started it if I had known – silly me. I just never expected that it would be so long, even though they are really short episodes. The fact is I am afearing that if I’m forced to halt my viewing (and there are only about 25 episodes available I believe) I might “forget” to go back to it. On the other hand, it won’t be my fault, I take no responsibility, and I’m kind of pleased now that it’s mediocre at best and that it isn’t a better drama — otherwise my suffering would be greater for sure!!

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Mixing things up a bit – what I’m watching now

Yes, I’m still watching shows currently on air, but so many that I generally don’t have open space while I’m waiting for a new episode. In fact, I’m ‘behind’ on a few of them!

Last night I watched the first 2 episodes of Stranger (aka Secret Forest) with Bae Doona and an actor I don’t know much about, Cho Seung-woo, and it ticks the right boxes for me – mystery, conspiracy, smart protagonists. I also watched the first episode of Circle with the spouse last week. He fell asleep, but I’m sufficiently intrigued by the cast and the different and fresh sci-fi angle, so I’m adding it to the list.

I’m furthest along in Ode to Joy 2, which must be wrapping up next week on Dramafever, and I’m still skipping most of the Ying-ying storyline (as well as plenty of Sheng-mei’s too). I really enjoy the Andie/Bao Yifan storyline, and the Xiao Qu/Dr Zhao (Wang Kai) bits too because they are the most natural. Wang Kai in particular is so perfectly at home acting with his ‘girlfriend’ that they no doubt have a million plus shippers.

I’ve also picked up Suspicious Partner and Fight My Way and enjoy them for what they are. By the way, how is Park Seo-joon so darn appealing? I have come to the conclusion that it’s the sincerity in his expression. He just seems so genuine and… pure… for want of a better description.

How about y’all?

#bae-doona, #cho-seung-woo, #circle, #fight-my-way, #park-seo-joon, #secret-forest, #stranger, #suspicious-partner

Picked up Suspicious Partner

I was in the mood for something lighter and romantic and since time is ticking for our dear Healer to go into the army I thought this would be perfect.

First of all let me say how wonderful he looks…I love everything about him here..his hair shows off her attractive face and isn’t covering that noble forehead..lol..he looks very sharp in his suits and he is just too awesome for words….she’s..ok too…lol.

I must say that her look has definitely improved with each drama that I see her in..the girl has beautiful hair and uses it her her advantage and the rest of her isn’t bad either.

Ok..with that out of the way…I purposefully didn’t read up on it ahead of time because I always like to go in with a blank slate..they do have a very crisp and interesting chemistry and that’s helped along with really zippy and witty dialogue..it almost reminded me of those bygone days of Hollywood. Though they got off on the wrong foot..totally her fault of course…I liked the fact that he rose above his understandable anger and chose to help out a damsel in distress – even when he really didn’t have to. I like his character..I like that what he does makes sense once we know his background…. As for her..as usual..like many a heroine..she’s way over the top and I’m waiting for her to settle down..I know she can do it and I’m willing to wait..while I have eye candy to distract me.  Of course as the episodes (I’ve seen two) go on some things are just predictable..maybe it’s just because I’ve seen too many similar scenarios?

Things suddenly got serious really fast at the end..certainly didn’t see it coming and I feel like I’ve got whiplash..trying to adjust from a light romcom to a murder mystery so we shall see where it goes but I’m willing to overlook alot if I can see my Healer for a little while longer..

#ji-chang-wook, #jin-dong, #nam-ji-hyun, #suspicious-partner