Awesome! My first recapping project that I FINALLY got through. Whew! For a second there I thought, I wasn’t gonna make it 😯 I do plan on recapping more series. I think, I will take on the challenge of recapping a weekend drama that has caught my interest. Cross fingers. 💡
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Without further randomness, this is a short review for the Korean remake of “FATED TO LOVE YOU” that ended on September 4, 2014
This drama was something that I longed for as I was in a Korean drama dry-spell. I tell you, there wasn’t a drama that caught my interest, so I had to revert back to catching up on my American/British shows….Scandal, Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes (BBC), Spy and many more…..ANYHOOS…..
I had seen the Taiwanese drama of “Fated to Love You” and I tried to be objective. Key word: TRY. I didn’t want to judge both dramas back-to-back because each had their own flare. Luckily, the Korean version deviated away from the main drama. Sweet. But, of course, it had its own faults.
“Fated to Love You” Korean Drama Review
Rather than rant on about the drama, I will just categorize my opinions on the drama:
OST: I actually loved the OST played throughout this drama. They did fit with the theme and mood of the drama, so that is a plus. Ailee….this is why I continue to love her music. “Goodbye my Love” was awesome whenever it came up. So serene..that voice. I am listening to it now and I just wanna cry. A good cry. 😥
Ailee- “Goodbye My Love” OST
Chemistry ON: WHOOOooooo…..did someone call the ambulance already? The Jangs’ were amazing. I had seen their previous work before, “The Successful Story of a Bright Girl,” but their chemistry is nothing to be compared to this. Okay, I lie. It was better. 2014, brought the sexy back. Whenever they were on screen, they were on fire. Jang Hyuk made me fall in love him AGAIN. It might be because I am biased, but I do think that he carried this show from the beginning to the end. He was ON, every single time. I felt his pain, his laughter, his nervousness, his heartbeat. Yea, I am not creepy :), but he was on. I am not saying that he is the best out there., but he brought his A-game. Jang Na ra….such a sweetie…saw her in “Baby-faced Beauty” and enjoyed her work and music ever since. They were just on whenever they were together. All good comes to an end right? Wrong. There were times….the noble idiocy, separation, Mi Young new found confidence….it didn’t really mesh their chemistry together…however, they were able to bring it on again 5 more episodes towards the end. YAY ’em!
Chemistry OFF: Choi Jin Hyuk (Daniel Pitt) I am beginning to love Jin Hyuk, but his chemistry with Na ra was a little bit weird. It is high time he does get his own lead….except for “Emergency Couple” (hated the drama by the way…maybe will do a late review on it) he needs to actually get the girl and have chemistry with her. He was like he said earlier, a neighborhood oppa and I did love that; their chemistry was on. But as he was creeping into the potential love interest, it became weird. Like that lurking oppa that just begins to fall in love with you, and you are like w-t-f, when did this happen? He began to lose that oomph he had all the way till the end of the show. He fell flat whenever he was onscreen with Wang Ji Won ( Se ra), Na ra and even Hyuk. The last 6 episodes were just plfftttt….On a plus side….he does have a beautiful voice. Owww!!!
Peeve: The DISEASE with no name. I hated that the drama went all cliche on us…but hey, as long as it is done right. In this case, the hereditary disease that Gun had became a clause….an unnecessary barrier, a misunderstanding that could have been cleared up, a choice for Mi Young to make on her own….i’m done….Instead, it became a selfish tool Gun had to use to randomly and unnecessarily separate himself from Mi Young. We could have avoided 5 episode of angst and 2 episodes of random fillers if he had cleared up the damn disease that came to write the remaining of the drama and we would have a meaningful and a good drama on the hand.
Okay….so they went that route. What now? I did wish that they had talked about their separation for THREE YEARS. Actually use one episode to discuss the future and not try it to fill it with cuteness or a pinch on the cheek. It felt so awkward watching them get together without talking about the baby, breakup & separation. Mi Young accepting Gun, just like that because now she has a definite reason of why they broke up. I mean, they could kiss and make up, but Gun should have worked for all the suffering he put Mi Young through. A PINCH ON THE CHEEK doesn’t do it. Instead, she should have kicked his ass. hehe. It was poorly executed with the cuteness that felt off-putting.
OVERALL: I enjoyed watching this drama. It got me out of my kdrama slump. I can now recap again and watch kdramas. hehe. 🙂 It was a good experience recapping and watching at the same time. Watch out for my next recap: “What’s with this Family” a weekend drama. How the heck am I going to recap 50 episodes. Need a system. Stat
Rating: (Overall quality/Did I enjoy it) 7.5/8.5