KMUSE- OK, where to start? I think I will just put one of my overall thoughts about the drama out there, and then chat about some of my favorite scenes. There are two things that saved this drama. First, they had more plot lines than just the romance, so while I could be pissed at the various directions the romantic storyline went, there was still something to hold my interest. In fact, Cindy's character growth is the star of the show in my opinion. For a drama about producers I think it is funny that it is the one non-producer character that saved the drama for me. The second, being, that they had really talented actors that could suck you into their character, for better or worse, so you actually felt emotionally connected to them as people.
DONGSAENG: I completely agree with you there. These people were genuinely interesting and I cared about their lives as a whole, not just who they ended up snogging with. I love these types of "Behind the Scenes" shows though that give us a look into a world we know nothing about. Sure, it was fictionalized, but don't you suspect it had at least elements close to reality? It made me look at variety television in a new light just as King of Dramas did for dramas for me.
KMUSE- Sadly, I am still bored with the romance. Seung Chan spends way way too much time analyzing things and this do-over speech is a perfect example. I am sure that to some the whole restart monologue felt romantic. But all I could think, while trying to focus on the show, was that this feels a whole lot like filler to get that 90 minute running time they were going for.
DONGSAENG: I was thinking that Seung Chan sounded crazy hot when he walked up to Ye Jin and said "roof" in a very deep, commanding, and very un-Seung Chan-like tone (if you missed it/want to relive the magic, it's around the 3:00 mark). Which made sense then with his little do-over speech where he regretted being so awkward and wished he had been more sure of himself. But yeah buddy, time to let this one go. She's just not that into you.
KMUSE- Thankfully we shift focus back to the 1N2D drama where Joon Mo is fighting the powers that be, to keep Cindy on the show. He pretty much says that he will go down with the boat and do what he thinks is right, ratings be damned. WOOT! Joon Mo's shining moment for me.
DONGSAENG: Joon Mo rocks. I loved the part where the writers were complaining in the bathroom about him and Ye Jin pointed out how loyal he has been to his entire team and saved their sorry butts from getting canned these past five years as the show tanked. I wanted to cheer and high five her for that one!
KMUSE- I loved this scene where 1N2D was going on location to help a lot of village grandmas. The premise is that all the city stars will go to the country and spend the 2 days entertaining some locals. In other words, they are going for fun culture shock moments.
DONGSAENG: I have to say that the past couple of episodes, I've been watching this, worried that it is acting as the real 1N2D's swan song, like a preview warning us that the real show is soon going to be off the air. Are they hinting at something here? Do we need to be worried? I say "we" like I even watch it, but I used to watch it and absolutely loved it, so I feel connected to it and would be so sad to see it go. They created this drama, put it in a variety weekend time slot, used real names and an actual 1N2D cast member as the producer of the drama version and started throwing around cancellation plot lines. This makes me very nervous and I'm trying to not read too much into it, but it's kind of hard not to.
DONGSAENG: I was so proud of the directors for standing up to her and not bending to her demands. They pretty much just came back at her and asked, "who are you to be telling us how to do our job?" YES!!! These two odd ducks for the win!
KMUSE - I remember thinking of all the scandals this past year with stories coming out that their management is taking advantage of them. I have to imagine it is those situations that inspired this story line. And as a kpop fan, I pray that this is slightly exaggerated for my poor biases' sakes.
KMUSE- OK I forgive the intern girl for slightly annoying me the whole series (an annoyance level similar to have a fly buzz near your food. Annoying, but not ANNOYING) Anyone who can level CEO Byun with a bored raise of an eyebrow (**cough cough**... and her boobs) deserves to be liked, if just a tiny bit.
DONGSAENG: And her butt. Don't forget her butt. And legs. They made sure to show us those as well. But yeah, Ms Slightly-Annoying-and-Close-Friend-to-GD totally redeemed herself here and I cheered for her too. Basically I did a whole lot of cheering in this episode as each character did their best to shine and prove just how awesome they are.
DONGSAENG: So, so satisfying. Ye Jin for the win!
KMUSE- Seung Chan's drunk habits are the best. There is just something so adorable about him going all informal and blunt (even more so than usual) to his superiors. And I about died when he started imitating Ye Jin's cutesy drunk habits. Hahahaha and than he goes and kisses Joon Mo. That is hands down the best skinship of the series.
DONGSAENG: I died like a couple of dozen deaths when (at 1:03:52) drunk Seung Chan growls and calls Ra Joon Mo an SOB! This whole drunk SC scene was just fantastic. The cast members themselves seemed to be just having the time of their lives as they just let everything go. It really felt more real than acting. Well, maybe minus the kiss. I doubt the actors would have done that on their own accord in real life, but it sure was a perfect addition regardless.
DONGSAENG: One of my favorite moments was Seung Chan and the apparent station ghost (or as a scared SC likes to think of him as, the 'station fairy' lol). Seung Chan's go-to guy for advice in the storage room, you know the guy that is inexplicably always in there with who-knows-what responsibilities, well, looks like he isn't real. Bwahahahahaha! I had always wondered at just who this guy is because they never actually introduce him, he's just there. And the moment I saw him all in white, sitting on a sun-bathed unicorn, I grew suspicious that something was up with his character.
Sure enough, after doling out his usual advice for our dear rookie PD, Seung Chan asks him why he never goes to meetings or why he's never on set. The guy just kind of gets embarrassed, but doesn't say anything. At that moment, a coworker walks in, asks Seung Chan who he is talking to, and when they look up, no one is there. At the staff meeting following this, everyone has a grand time teasing Seung Chan mercilessly about the station ghost. It's fantastic. Absolutely brilliant.
|Now you see him...|
|...now you don't|
KMUSE- It is finally time to see which ships sunk and which are setting sail to happily ever after. And the winners are..................Ye Jin and Joon Mo...............Yup, Ye Jin and Joon Mo officially hook up. Not a shocker, but glad that we FINALLY overcame that hurdle.
DONGSAENG: Yes! I think they handled the whole Cindy/Seung Chan relationship perfectly, all things considered. Sure, in a perfect world, this relationship would have blossomed on screen in front of us instead of the Ye Jin direction it went, but with where we ended up, this was the absolute best resolution. I love how Seung Chan finally learned something, and even though he beat Cindy at kai-bai-bo, he still mans up and carries her luggage for her. Yay! Growth! There's hope for our lost little puppy yet!
KMUSE- One thing that I did find annoying is how they were so wishy-washy in the use of the documentary concept. I know that they decided to shift of focus after the first two episodes because of ratings concerns, but if they were going to do that then they should have just dumped that concept all together. I remember thinking how weird it was that they started having hazy background special effects used to indicate the documentary scenes. And than after that, they just dumped the special effects and went to the actors just talking to the camera. Every time one of those scenes came on I just was dragged out of the moment. It was very jarring and a bad use of a concept.
KMUSE- This drama had its ups and downs, but I actually think I really liked it. I enjoyed especially the last two episodes which did a lot to alleviate the shipping war angst that I was feeling. I think that if I had been able to just watch it straight through, and not have that week between episodes to seethe over things, it would be in the top tier of my dramas.
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