|Sorry, show. You can't make me love you.|
The PD must be a fan of cheese, ‘cause he heaps it on like he was getting kickbacks from Velveeta. Whether it’s the 80s guitar riffs that play whenever Tan and Young Do go at it or the “Love is the momeeeeeeeent” that pops up ad-nauseum, the soundtrack is anything but subtle and the same can be said for the directing. It feels obvious and manipulative. I find it a little insulting as the viewer. He doesn’t trust me to recognize the importance of the scene unless he shows it to me from six different angles. Close-up of the hero. Close-up of the heroine. Camera pans in from a distance. Camera swooping in from the top. Two-shot. Wide-shot. Has anyone else noticed how long it takes to get from the final scene to the credits? It’s ridiculous.
Why so stingy with the side characters?
There are hints of awesome hidden in each episode. We’ve got a bazillion side characters, so let’s see more of them and less of Tan brooding in the wine cellar for the umpteenth time. I vote for more Hyo Shin. This guy watches from on high like a sarcastic narrator, never fully a part of the action, yet giving the impression he knows more than he’s telling. We can see he lives in mortal terror of his family, but around his peers he does as he pleases. Everyone else cringes when Young Do walks in the room, but Hyo Shin feels perfectly comfortable throwing up in his toilet without so much as a by-your-leave. And that forehead kiss with teacher. Ahhhhh. I’ll take one of those over every romantic interaction the main OTP couple has had so far.
Speaking of the OTP
Did anyone else play with Ken and Barbie as a kid? You’d dress them up in their polyester finery, maneuver them through an imaginary party, and then culminate by smooshing their plastic lips together. That’s kind of what I feel watching Park Shin-hye and Lee Min-ho’s love scenes. I want to care, but I just can’t… work…up…the…energy. *Yawn*
What happened to the spunk?
Remember the girl in the first episode who whipped out her phone to call the police the minute the pervy ahjussis wouldn’t leave her alone. Yeah . . . what happened to her? I liked feisty Eun Sang who was ready to put up her dukes at a moment’s notice. Now she gets passed back and forth between Tan and Young Do like an old, worn-out basketball. Just once, when Young Do grabs her, why doesn’t she kick him in the shins? Don’t get me wrong. Young Do’s semi-psychotic attempts at wooing crack me up. The whole “Don’t-get-hurt-and-get-out-of-my-way” speech from the last episode was great. But I’d like to see her do more than threaten to kill him, then take it back a few scenes later.
More Stupid Teenagers, Please
I know puberty is full of angst and all, but I don’t remember it being this bad. Maybe I should count myself lucky I wasn’t born rich, because these kids could all use some major therapy. That’s why a scene like Tan blocking Eun Sang in the radio room, and her opening the door from the other way is such a welcome relief. “This is why you’re in 100th place.” Hahahahaha. Please give us more of this. Teenagers thinking their clever and being so wrong.
I found myself more engaged in the last episode, so there's still hope. We’re halfway through the show so I might as well keep watching. I guess. If I feel like it. Maybe I should write myself a reminder in case I . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.