First Impressions

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
I came to the end of Ep 3 and suddenly realised what had been bothering me all the way through – I don’t particularly like this show. Well, there are parts I was ok with. Some of the comedic moments managed to get a guaff out of me and I like our male lead, who is a bit strange in a fun way but that’s about it. Not feeling any of the other characters, though I guess the gangsters will turn out to be more significant than just passing comic relief. I also think that Bong Soon is rather annoying, too cutsey and dim. I don’t see any real depth in her. I don’t think Park Bo Young is at fault here but rather it’s the way the character has been written. Gook Doo is supposed to be rather stoic and by the book but unfortunately he just comes off stiff and sort of ‘beige’. A better actor would probably have been able to infuse some life in the character.

I was pretty much on the fence already after the first 2 episodes as I felt the plot to be a bit too ‘busy’. There’s already someone targeting Min Hyuk, so adding a creepy killer/abductor into the mix seems like an overkill. I could understand if they played the crime part for laughs but this isn’t the case here. Kdramas seldom manage to mix genres in a satifying way, especially if the said genres are at opposite ends of the spectrum. I couldn’t shake off the feeling that I was watching two different shows.
Dropped

Father is Strange
I haven’t watched a weekend family drama in ages but I like what I’ve seen of this one so far. It’s rather funny with surprisingly poinganant moments here and there. And it isn’t just the father who is strange but the whole main cast of characters is a bit zany, ha. There also doesn’t seem to be any makjangy baddies, the only antagonistic char is more to be pitied than despised. The plot is rather predictable but oddly comforting at the same time. In a typical kdrama way the drama’s world is also sort of condensed. Everyone is connected in some way. We skipped the birth secret this time but there is a false indentity thingy going on instead.

It’s a 50 epi drama so the first fiew episodes have been mostly set up and character introductions. I’m looking forward to Lee Joon’s char inserting himself into the family and the highjinks that’ll ensure. Joong Hee is a hoot. A former idol turned (bad) actor with an overblown ego, underlaying insecurites and a bad temper. It’s a character that could easily be very one note but fortunately there seems to be more to him than meets the eye at first glance.

It’s early days yet so no guarantees I’ll stick with this till the end. The start was promising though.
On the roster – for now

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9 thoughts on “First Impressions

  1. I actually really like SWDBS right now. It makes me laugh, and I find Bong Soon to be kind of an adorable little gangster. I guess that just comes down to taste, though! (And my standards are pretty low, lol). SWDBS is the only show currently airing that I found any interest in! I’m going back and watching dramas I missed last year, like Shopping King Louis.

  2. SWDBS is a bizarre show, which was entertaining enough until that creeper showed up and ruined the tone. It’s like watching two different dramas indeed. Bong-soon is cute but also too rude toward Min-hyuk, which is her boss. Gook-doo is flat; Ji-soo is still too green and limited in my opinion 🙊

    • The only kdrama I’ve seen that manages to mix comedy with creepy and not make a total mess of it, has been Once Upon a Time in Saengchori. SWDBS ain’t it. The characters just aren’t particularly interesting and when you add annoyng… well, not my thing.

  3. Bong-soon is annoying indeed, and Gook-doo is slappable. I think Min-hyuk is the only decent character worth rooting for so far.

    Only saw bits of Father is Strange, but Kim Hae-sook’s mom character seems to be a hoot already.

  4. Strangely I’ve got nothing in rotation right now. I’m watching some old web dramas as fillers. None of the currently airing ones are grabbing my attention enough for me to be totally invested. Posts such as yours help cement my gut instincts 😀 Maybe I’ll give Chief Kim a whirl. Still doing it for you?

    • I haven’t got much going either, as you can probably see. I dropped both Defendant and Rebel, mostly because I just lost interest. It also feels a bit odd not to have episodes of 3Worlds, 3Lives… to watch. That was uncommonly watchable c-fantasy. *g*

      Yup, I still like Chief Kim and hopefully it stays on course till the end. NMG is just delightful in this role. I like the rest of the characters too, Dong Ha as Myung Suk especially is a total scene stealer, though his is more of a 3rd tier supporting char. 😀

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