Someone on another thread commented that this board has become too negative, so, even though that's a matter of opinion, I thought I'd start a thread specifically to talk about good things.
As always (since we seem to have a lot of people who don't understand or won't accept that all the moderators and most of the board members live in Chicago and don't want to read spoilers), remember that we are only a couple of weeks into this drama. As a point of reference, Sebyeok has just been accused of stealing a necklace and Taeyoung has just embraced Yunhui's mother for the first time.
OK, what I like about it so far is the plot with Taeyoung. I like that actor very much, and I think that the odd combination of a single mother and this sheltered, slightly younger teacher (who nevertheless has a huge crush on her) is very endearing.
I’m almost three weeks ahead of Chicago, so I won’t give out any secrets . . .
But the main storyline (with “Cornea Girl”) seems to me to be pretty much the same old standard K-drama plotline. It’s not awful; it’s just nothing particularly original or exciting.
But, the secondary storyline (with Taeyoung, his student, and his high school dreamgirl) is not only something a little different, it’s semi-serious and fun at the same time. I’m liking it a lot.
(side note: it's interesting to me that this daily drama only seems to have two plotlines going. Most KBS daily dramas are just swimming with multiple plotlines - and that often, in my view, ends up being too much of a good thing).
The first time I saw the actor who plays Taeyoung (Lee Pil-mo) was in one of those typically dark KBS “TV Novels,” where he played a bitter young man who became a city attorney, and then returned to his hometown to take some measure of revenge upon the wealthy town bully who had him beaten up a time or two. While he did fine in that drama, he really does seem to shine in these light comedic roles. He’s just a fun guy to watch, and he’s becoming one of my favorite contemporary K-drama actors.
And I’m also liking his single-mom love interest (what’s her name again? Can’t recall offhand). She’s a little quirky, but she plays off the the Taeyoung character really well.
As for the main plotline, I’m finding the Hosae character interesting. He seems like a somewhat cold but decent guy who’s surrounded by status-obsessed family members. His introduction to the spirited “Cornea Girl” may end up changing his life. I’m not much of a “Yoona” fan, though, but as “Cornea Girl” she’s done okay so far.
I’m also loving the fan-created nicknames so far: “Cornea Girl” for Saebyeok, and “Big Head” for Subin. Come on: how about a few more?
So, I’m generally pretty positive about this show so far. If anything, I’m liking it better than “Likable or Not” (which, I thought, had a great cast, but a thin plotline). While this one’s still getting underway, I think it has good potential.
Hey, Mikey. Thanks for your comments. Single mom is named Seoyeong, I think. She has quite a fluffy head of hair; maybe there's some nickname potential there. I remember she also had a similar, but more subdued, hairstyle in "On the Prairie."
The other day, her character asked Taeyoung about his facial scar. I hadn't noticed that he has one. Did anyone see what she was talking about? I wonder if the actor really has one, or if it was just a piece of dialogue.
Post by tinkerbell on Aug 23, 2008 10:14:53 GMT -5
I'm enjoying the Taeyoung and Seoyeong plot line the best. Every time I see him, I think of Paul McCartney. It's the big brown eyes, the hair and the innocent look. I'm hoping things work out for these two.
I heard that comment about the facial scar too, Lucy. It went so fast I couldn't see anything.
So far, Saebyeok is my favorite part of this show. How can you not like someone who puts her convictions and principles ahead of short term personal gain? Quite a contrast from Seonjerk.
And her name definitely suits her, because up to now almost everyone she sees wants her to just "Say bye, okay?"
I also like Nayeong's father. He's great, and always reminds me of Edward G. Robinson. Just once I'd like to see him say "Look here, kid, do it my way see? Yeah… yeah…"
Saebyeok is my favorite character too ... and Nayeong's father, thankfully, sees a side of Saebyeok that nobody else seems to see.
I know this is a 'positive' thread, but since I've named my favorite character, I will balance that out with my least favorite character - Taeyoung. She is such a ditzt - her silly disguises, her driven goal to control her daughter (who I think if far more mature than her mother).
I like so many of the actors/actresses and it's hard to watch them play such different roles... but that's part of the charm of these dramas.
geema Your hands are so pretty. Your cheeks are so pretty." Eunha answers back to Andrea, "You are pretty all over".
Well since nobody mentioned him yet, I'm pleased to introduce my fav character: Taepoong.lol
I know, I know, he's a spoiled and lazy brat and has a big mouth but that's what I like about him( except the lazy part). I do see him changing into a much better and mature person. I think he makes the Kim house a little more alive what with "whiny evil mil" and "sad yeonshil"( I like her now better). I like Soyoung too. I think she's silly and makes a nice pair with Taeyoong. Can't really stand her clingy daughter though. Love Hoase and Saebyeok and HATE subintch....
Last Edit: Aug 25, 2008 8:14:12 GMT -5 by kumbis16
Yes, kumbis, I like Taepung, too. We were introduced to him just at the point that he's becoming a better person. His reputation precedes him, but we haven't really seen him do anything that bad since he found out about Nayeong's death. He was really ashamed of himself for the things he said about her and how he'd acted toward her all those years, and I think it's having an effect on him.
I always think of that actor as "the poor [wo]man's Bae Yong Joon." The first time I saw him was in a drama in which he was wearing glasses like BYJ, and he really resembled him, only not as good looking.
Post by soapygrams on Aug 25, 2008 23:41:12 GMT -5
;D To me, Lee Pilmo is the Korean Cary Grant. He has that same ability to be romantic and comedic at the same time - and he is very handsome; he makes a great male lead . . . 'course that's just my opinion
Post by lfcfanatic9 on Aug 26, 2008 11:09:09 GMT -5
Ah, Cary Grant. Did you know that he was in contention as one of the main candidates to play James Bond along with James Mason? Nuts!
Personally, I'd like to see a real Paul Newman type charater in the drama's these days. Charisma, ruggedness, unpredictability as well as ultimate versatility would be incredible with the tangent of storylines of korean dramas.
Haven't been watching as long as most. Is there this type of character in korean media? Charity line of foods not required.