An epic meltdown is priceless.
Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다: ★★★.5
Only 만: ★★★.5
Overbearing movie star, Cheon Song Yi (Gianna Jun) becomes entangled with her next door neighbour, Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun), who is actually a 400 year old alien waiting for his ride home. When Song Yi’s career sinks, and she becomes the target of a psychopathic killer, Min Joon becomes one of her few allies. In spite of their initial distaste for each other, intergalactic love develops between Song Yi and Min Joon.
Only 만: How gorgeous is everyone on this show?
Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다: The female lead, Gianna Jun is the one I stared at the most. She has an enviable body, and her character is my favourite of the show.
만: She’s pretty amazing. I really enjoyed her character, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed the show as much with a different actress in the role. Though the fact that everyone was super attractive didn’t hurt. I heart everyone’s clothes, too.
중국어 캐나다: I have debated whether Kim Soo Hyun could have been a better male lead. Not to say his performance was bad, because it wasn’t. Kim Soo Hyun did a convincing job of conveying an old man stuck in a teenager’s body. His outrage at Song Yi was great, but, I think he was too understated to meet the challenge of Gianna Jun. I think this show would have gone from good to legendary with a better lead actor.
만: I think anyone paired with Gianna Jun would have had trouble. Her drunk scenes alone deserved awards.
중국어 캐나다: We’ve been gushing non-stop about the leads. Well, mostly Gianna Jun. What did you think of the supporting cast?
만: For the second leads, I was neither here nor there: they were pretty wallpaper.
중국어 캐나다: I agree that Yoo In Na was pretty much wallpaper in this show. In fact, I was surprised when her character became so nasty, so suddenly. And then, it ultimately came to nothing.
만: Yoo In Na is underused a lot. In “Greatest Love”, for example, her character really could have been played by anybody. But, back to this show, same problem. It really could have been anybody, and the nastiness wasn’t bad enough to be notable.
중국어 캐나다: Poor Yoo Se Mi was neglected by the characters around her, while the actress who played her was neglected by the writers. However, I enjoyed the second male lead, Park Hae Jin, because he brought a light touch to the Lee Hwi Kyung character. You could see the appeal of the guy: he’s good looking, rich, and a life of leisure has made him easy-going instead of a jerk.
만: He seemed really sweet, actually.
중국어 캐나다: Yes, the childhood version of him is the adult version of the boorish male lead we see in other dramas. But, I guess Song Yi beat the asshole out of him over the years through routine humiliation. I also enjoyed Song Yi’s younger brother near the end. At first, he was just this sulky, asshole teenager. But, his crush on Do Min Joon, and his constant references to E.T. were hilarious.
만: He was funny. I enjoyed the comedy aspect of this show much more than anything else, though I did enjoy the villain a lot. Shin Sung Rok was pretty entertaining.
중국어 캐나다: It’s funny you should enjoy Shin Sung Rok’s performance, because I was annoyed by his character, mostly because everyone around him, including Do Min Joon were so incompetent in dealing with the arrogant psychopath.
만: Well, that’s the usual problem. I’m not sure why this is, but a lot of the time, K-drama villainy seems to depend on everyone else being stupid.
중국어 캐나다: This is why I can’t watch actual dramas, and I stick almost exclusively to romantic comedies. If I had to watch a serious plot line with that kind of logic, I would throw my laptop at the wall.
만: Agreed. This has been my issue when I’ve delved into dramas or action. “Two Weeks” was a notable disaster in that direction, where I had serious trouble suspending my disbelief that everyone could be so stupid. In this case, I thought it was a good performance, and Shin Sung Rok was suitably creepy without disturbing the relatively light-hearted tone of the show. Plus, he had a couple of really nice coats.
중국어 캐나다: You’re obsessed with coats. Is that because it’s been an unseasonably cold winter, and your coat is terrible while being terribly stylish?
만: Probably. I haven’t seen a coat on a main character yet that could protect them from any kind of cold. I pity these poor actors if it’s cold in Seoul. That said, there were some beautiful clothes on this show, especially the menswear. Shin Sung Rok shows up in a purple coat at one point that had me salivating. And the Neil Barrett coat that Kim Soo Hyun was running around with in the final two episodes was AWESOME.
My quibble comes from my usual issue, which is that the middle dragged. This series could have easily been cut down to 16 episodes.
중국어 캐나다: Yes, it felt like Do Min Joon stopped time for the viewers as well. There was a lot of drag, which I felt was unnecessary, because there were so many story lines that could have been explored. I think the writers might have been lazy, and perfectly happy to rely on the appeal of the actors to give them a break from writing for long stretches of a scene.
만: Agreed. Yoo Se Mi was dropped like a hot potato. Even her nastiness became irrelevant after a while. There could have been something there.
중국어 캐나다: I thought the Yoo Se Mi storyline was leading somewhere, but it just kind of dissipated to low level bitchiness.
만: I wonder how much audience reaction in Korea leads to this kind of neglect. That is, if writers follow how the audience is reacting online and modify the plot to suit the viewers. Then again, it would be difficult to take time away from Gianna Jun and dedicate screen time to anything else; she was that good.
중국어 캐나다: Do we wish there was more heat? The love story between Song Yi and Min Joon was convincingly sweet, but it failed to generate any tension. Though, the kissing wasn’t bad.
만: It was definitely more emotional than sexy. The fact that the characters can’t kiss, because of its negative effect on Do Min Joon led to a whole lot of cuddling towards the end.
중국어 캐나다: Yes, how convenient.
만: The alien thing kind of bothered me. It would have been interesting to see something of the alien culture or something? He had powers, he was super old, but looked young, and he had to leave. That was as far as anyone got with discussing the fact that he was an alien.
중국어 캐나다: Yes, I did feel there was a void that the writers refused to fill in regarding Do Min Joon’s alien home world and culture. If they were going to delve into sci-fi territory, they should have been willing to fill in some blanks. Like, what was Do Min Joon doing there in the first place? Why is he suddenly dying now, besides it being a convenient plot device? Clearly, these writers were not geeks. Even though they used a wormhole in the finale, it was completely nonsensical.
만: Which is a shame, because it could have filled in the draggy bits in the middle of the series. Ironically, I was kind of convinced that Cheon Song Yi’s dad was going to turn out to be an alien, because he looked like he was wearing a lot of padding.
중국어 캐나다: Hiding abs like Do Min Joon’s?
만: Yeah, maybe? I kept wondering whether he was hiding a tiny alien head under his bulky turtleneck.
중국어 캐나다: Ha! If only the writers weren’t so lazy and distracted by Gianna Jun’s amazing drunk acting.
만: The series was good fun, a bit draggy in the middle, but generally held up by the awesome Gianna Jun. And the clothes were pretty.
중국어 캐나다: Gianna Jun’s performance will be what I remember the most about this series, more so than any of the alien powers or spaceships, which means that Gianna Jun’s drunk acting is out of this world? Eh?
중국어 캐나다: burp vomit