I’m gonna be honest with you. At first I wasn’t really interesting in watching this drama. Even though I liked So Ji Sub and Shin Mina as actors in previous works of them, the story didn’t sound much. And for me if I don’t find the story interesting I’m not bothering with dramas. But this time I’ve decide to give it a try and said to myself “watch the first two episodes and decide after”. And so I did. And I’m glad to report that I was pleasantly surprised.
The story revolves around two main characters. Kang Joo Eun (Shin Mina, Arang and the Magistrate, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho) is now a lawyer. When she was younger she used to be very popular and considered one of the most beautiful girls out there. Nowadays though she has changed. She is heavier and not quite happy with herself. Kim Young Ho (So Ji Sub, Sorry I Love you, Master’s Sun) is a worldwide famous trainer but who comes from a wealthy family and has secrets of his own.
– If the first and best positive thing of this drama isn’t our main couple then what is it, am I right? So Ji Sub and Shin Mina breathe a fresh air to their characters. They seem so effortless and so natural that you can;t help but appreciate the effort they put in what they’re doing. So far the chemistry between these too is great and I liked how the basis for their upcoming relationship has being laid out.
– The character of Kang Joo Eun is an especially interesting one. We can already tell that she is fierce and strong and when she puts something in her mind she is determined to make it happen. But on the other hand we see her vulnerable side. We can tell that she is not happy about her current situation and that she feels pressure and is anxious about her life. And that is probably one of the reasons she is heavier nowadays. I expect a lot from this character and its growth and I think her journey will be of interest. I’m getting She Was Pretty vibes as far as Joo Eun’s character goes which isn’t a bad thing at all.
– A small one but one that gave the two episodes a lightness was Henry’s character, Ji-woong. Such a cute, warm and funny character! Also let’s not forget that it did had some funny moments. I mean the scens int he hotel room anyone? I died laughing!!
– Lastly one more thing that I liked was the partially So Ji Sub’s characters talked about Joo Eun’s weight as a health issue instead of her being fat/ugly/’needs to lose weight because that’s not pretty’ etc. A first hint that hopefully will translate later in the story as Joo Eun adopting a healthier lifestyle as opposed to changing for superficial reasons.
– Fat shaming of some sorts. In contrast with what I said above there were also many instances where being heavier is treated as something bad, something ugly, something to be ashamed of. Well drama this is not a place you wanna go! As I said we want dramas (but magazines, films,etc too) that promote healthy body images and lifestyles.
– I wasn’t particularly interesting in the background stories. For example Young Hoo being from a rich family, having problems with his family, his family chasing him etc etc. There was a disproportional difference between how invested I was in the scenes with the main couple and how much uninterested I was in second storylines. Of course these background stories are there to make the story more interesting but for me I hope the drama doesn’t focus too much on them.
In conclusion a promising start. There are dealing with issues that can make the viewers love or hate the drama if they are not handled correctly. Also I’m getting a lot of feels when the main couple is interacting even in these two introductory episodes. Do I already ship them? I think I am. But I still want more! Hopefully more, and good more, is what I’m gonna get.
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