Long makjangy melos are SO not my thing but as I’m evidently a glutton for punishment, every once in a while I try one out for size, only to bail out in horror at some point. Too much crazy. XD I didn’t watch Secret, for obvious reasons, but the cast in Mask was just too tempting so I decided to give it a go, even while thinking that I’ll live to regret it, ha.
I’d seen the trailers and thought that something was ever so slightly off with them. On the surface they made Mask seem like your garden variety melo but there was just something… not quite right. What I didn’t count for was how much off this whole thing is.
The strangeness was there right from the beginning of EP 1. That feeling of ‘offness’. It starts with A Very Dramatic Car Crash caused by… wait for it…. a deer in the headlights! I mean, a honest to god, actual deer. I closed my mouth and thought “No way!! Is this for real?!” And then I laughed out loud. Well, that was just the first of many ‘no way, is this for reals’, both episodes were littered with them and I kept laughing. I finished the first epi with “They are doing this on purpose, right? This can’t be accidental, no-one’s that bad. A comedy? Seriously?” I was still having these bouts of guaffs when I went to bed.
I seriously don’t know what to make of Mask. It’s definitely not a usual melodrama because the execution is just too out there for it to be one. Of course TPTB could just be trolling us but somehow I don’t think that’s the case. Like I already said, it seems perfectly normal on the surface but so many scenes spin off into bizarre absurdity that skirt very close to OTT silliness. There were so many parts I found totally hilarious but as I still had the notion that Mask was a standard melo, I was left between giggles and bemused wonder. Was I actually ment to laugh at this? Or was it just my wonky sense of humour.
All the characters are drawn with a generously wide brush, so much so that they stop just this side of being caricatures. I’m pretty sure that all the main leads have a few bats in their belfrys, LOL! Not that the rest of the characters seem to be all that normal either. We have a psychiatrst giving of this sinister feel, cartoon gangsters (OMG! that wig on Kim Byung Ok XD), servants who might just be a bit… you know ‘not quite there’, The Standard Chaebol Parents™ who seem to be just a leeeettle more ‘standard’ than normally. And so on. At first I was wondering why everyone’s acting was so off but before long it dawned on me that it must be part of the package. The wide brush, see.
Everything in these two epis is slightly off kilter and every time you think you are on solid ground it tilts. Ha! Imma thinking that I need to give Mask more than a couple of episodes to make up my mind. Right now I’m quite interested in seeing how they are going to pull this off. If it really is a comedy masked as a melo or something quite else.