My Beautiful Bride – The End

So, it ended. That… was oddly underwhelming and I felt like it took awfully long to get there and I’m still more or less in the dark about the motives of some of the characters or even their purpose other than being the occasonal plot point at that. They took far too long to include some relatively important characters, like Do Hyung’s mom. We all knew she mattered but brining her more to the fore and center right before the closing curtain didn’t really amount to much, plot wise. Some loose ends were tied up, few minor reveals outed but I don’t think the last episodes brought anything major to the table. Everything just sort of petered out to a relatively predictable ending. I had a hunch they’d aim for ambiguous, though I did hope they’d do something more… idk, concrete?

It’s funny but looking back, everyone in the drama comes off as pretty useless. Yes, there were lots of gratuitous violence, pile of bodies and Big Words Used but none of that amounted to much in the long run. The Good Guys and the Baddies were equally bad in truly accomplishing anything worth a mention. In the biginning it looked like Show had something to say but as of the midpoit it felt like it was just repeating itself over and over again. I have a feeling that centering the plot solely on Do Hyung’s persistent and one-eyed focus on reuniting with Joo Young has something to do with it. It’s just not enough to carry the show for 16 episodes. So, his only reason for wanting to take down the Shadows and everyone connected was Joo Young? If she was out of the equation he’d ignore everything else? You know, I was genuinely moved with his pain and yarning to begin with but as Show never broadend the scope even a little bit more, I stopped caring. His plight just didn’t feel all that pressing compared to other, more important themes they decided to present but not properly follow through.

So basically MBB is just a bleeding-heart, angsty love story wrapped up in a violent action show. Nothing wrong with that but the beginnig fooled me to expect something more. Which of course is just my problem as there are other viewers perfectly happy with what they got. 🙂 Just goes to show, once again, that watching a show is a personal experience.

My Beautiful Bride – Ep 11-14

Show seems to have broken free from the navel gazing of the past few episodes and is back on track. Wish I could say the same of me but unfortunately the dithering that stalled the narrative flow also stalled my intereset in the drama and I don’t seem to be able to revvy up the engine again. It’s never a good thing when a show I’ve been absorbed in does something that forces me to take a step too many back. That tends to faciliate a disconnect from both the story and characters and once broken it ain’t easy to buld that connection back up again. Sometimes that never happens. Which is where I seem to stand right now. Not really feeling the drama any more.
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My Beautiful Bride – up till ep 6

First off, this is not a drama for anyone with a short attention span, nor something you can watch while doing stuff on the side. It demands you pay full attention to what’s going on. Let your mind or eye wander and you are sure to miss something relevant, even vital to the plot. Yes, it can be confusing if you are not used to the style but crime shows probably aren’t your usual fare then. There are of course stylistic differences depending on country, director and writer but as far as I’m aware, this is the general style a lot of these shows and movies these days have. Whether it all ends up as a big old mess or a well told story that sweeps you along, is up to TPTB and their skill in telling it.

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First Impressions: Suspense Threefer :)

Funny thing happened on the way to the forum… I now seem to have 3 suspense/cop shows on my roster. XD None of them has exactly knocked me over with their brilliance but as this is a genre I do tend to like, I’m in. At least for now. This is going to be just a brief post with fiew thoughts on each of the dramas so I’m not going to (hopefully) spoil anything for those uninitiated who’d like to know as little as possible beforehand. 🙂

I have this tendency to get nitpicky, which you probably have noticed, but somehow action gets a lot more slack from me that any other genre. Of course there are limits to my patience and if the plot gets really stupid or characters annoying etc, Show WILL get das boot like any other show. Continue reading