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Dropped: Hyde, Jekyll, Me

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I couldn’t do it, you guys. I couldn’t finish Hyde, Jekyll, Me, despite my good intentions.

Let the record show that I really wanted to like this drama. And when I slowly started to realize that this wasn’t such a greatΒ drama, that I’d originally planned to stick it out to the end, if only for Hyun Bin’s sake.

I mean, this was Binnie’s drama comeback after what felt like an eternity, and I do certainly have Binnie Appreciating Eyes, so surely I could’ve sucked it up for him?

Um, turns out I couldn’t, after all. πŸ˜›

THE WRITING

The writers of this show seemed to be gunning for a fairly typical kdrama fantasy world, which in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Tonally and in its execution, Show felt familiar right away.

On the upside, Show felt more accessible; it felt like familiar territory and it wasn’t hard to get acclimatized. On the downside, Show felt formulaic and therefore less fresh, also pretty much right away.

I hoped that things would improve, but alas, they did not.

Besides regular lapses in logic, dramatic tension was also lacking much of the time. And this, when there was a mysterious & dangerous perpetrator threatening the characters. That’s something of an accomplishment, right, to make even a murderous plotline boring?

Also, maybe it’s just me, but The Funny also didn’t land successfully, for me. There were more than several occasions when I knew that the scene unfolding on my screen was supposed to be funny, but I just didn’t find it entertaining nor amusing.

Sadly, no matter how I adjusted my lens, Show felt far from compelling, and the small nuggets of stuff that I found entertaining felt fewer and more sparse as I progressed through the episodes.

CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE LEADS

When I am disappointed with a show’s writing, I look for other things to keep me going. One of those things is OTP chemistry. If the OTP has great chemistry, I’ve been known to hang in there for the chemistry alone, never mind if the writing is a gigantic mess (2011’s Lie To Me comes to mind. So Very Terrible, but So Much Sizzling Chemistry!).

The chemistry between Hyun Bin and Han Ji Min in this show was.. not great, unfortunately.

I’m not sure why it was, but Han Ji Min felt rather.. cold in this role; more cold and less engaged than other roles in which I’ve seen her do better. I really enjoyed her performances in Padam Padam (2011) and Rooftop Prince (2012), for instance.

I even thought sheΒ shared a pretty solid antagonistic chemistry with Hyun Bin in The Fatal Encounter (2014).

What happened here? I have no clue, to be honest.

The effect that this had, though, is that all the couple moments that Show served up –Β whether it was between Ha Na and Seo Jin, or Ha Na and Robin – felt contrived, and failed to feel truly swoony.

Instead, it felt sorta hollow; like watching two people simply going through their paces, like they would during a rehearsal.

HYUN BIN

With both the writing and OTP chemistry not doing much for me, the only thing I had left to hold on to, was Binnie on my screen. Sadly, much as I like Binnie, I guess I don’t like him quite enough.

Make no mistake, Binnie worked hard to make it work.

Despite his highly assy tendencies, Seo Jin’s character started to show whispers of layers as we got deeper into the show, and that made him interesting, at least. Plus, when he was allowed shades of vulnerability and emotion, those made him sympathetic.

Robin, on the other hand, came off as quite a one-note sort of character, which made sense, in a way, since Robin’s just an alter.

It was easy to tell Seo Jin and Robin apart, but it didn’t feel like Binnie was being given a lot of room to show his range.

Ultimately, neither Seo Jin nor Robin felt like truly compelling characters, and even with Binnie on my screen, after 6 episodes, it felt like there was just too little to keep me going, in this show.

I wouldn’t say the 6 episodes I watched wereΒ terrible,Β but I did eventually find myself plodding through each episode really, really slowly. In something like 10-15 minute chunks at a time.

When that kind of thing happens, I usually take it as a sign that Show isn’t working out for me –Β and that’s how I ended up dropping this one.

Sorry I didn’t love you enough to survive this one, Binnie. Maybe next time? πŸ˜›

Sigh.. Still so pretty, though..

Author: kfangurl

Proud to be a k-fangirl since 2007. Main diet of kdramas with movies and kpop on the side.

62 thoughts on “Dropped: Hyde, Jekyll, Me

  1. I can totally relate. I did the exact same thing and dropped the show after about six episodes. I really wanted to like it but it just fell flat for me. I do admit to reading the recap of the final episode just to satisfy my curiosity about how they were going to wrap it all up, and from the recap I gather I didn’t miss too much. πŸ™‚

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    • Tee hee. We really do seem to be on the same page with this, Bridget! I also checked in on the final recap, just to see how everything ended, and I was appalled at where the writers decided to take the story. Let’s just say that it definitely made me feel like I made the right decision to drop the show! XD

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  2. I am glad you said so, I have felt no interest in this one at all just looking at the banners and felt maybe I should be interested, even though sometimes Hyun Bin has good acting, other times I’ve felt it was a bit contrived… Guess my gut was right on this one. I’m still finishing The Great Seer (few more hours, goodness. overall enjoying the intertwinings πŸ˜€ ) and will finish up the last episode of Rosy Lovers (52) and then start in on Kill Me, Heal Me – looking forward to that one, hehe.

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    • With some dramas the posters and the show itself can be completely different kettles of fish. Like Joseon Gunman which had brilliant posters, but which wasn’t as fabulous as I’d hoped. Or You From Another Star, which had average posters, but which then took the world by storm. In this case, though, the drama was, unfortunately, as meh as the posters πŸ˜›

      I do think KMHM is the better DID drama, in spite of its flaws. And Ji Sung is just amazeballs in it, so it’s well worth the watch, for his performance alone ^^

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  3. Me too 😦 i also dropped this drama , but with the intention of going back and watch , i just don’t know when !!! It’s all because i love Hyun Bin with my every being πŸ™‚ lol

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    • Aw, how painful it must be, to drop a drama with your major bias in it! No wonder you plan to go back to it. I would watch anything for Woob, so I definitely understand why you’re determined to see this one through to the end! Fighting~!

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  4. Heh, I couldn’t even start it! Bravo to you, kfangurl XD.

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    • You didn’t even start, Nelly?? WOW. I mean, you’re usually so on top of all the dramas, I was sure you’d at least check this out. I’m stunned that you side-stepped this altogether! What caused your decision? I’m curious!

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      • The premise is very similar to Kill Me, Heal Me. So I weighed in on who’s hottier, Ji Sung or Hyun Bin and hands down, Ji Sung won! *laughs*. But really, I heard terrible rants and vents of Hyde and Jekyll on twitter so I got scared and don’t wanna risk it. Best decision ever. πŸ™‚

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  5. I made it through the show but I do have a tendency to skip a lot so I probably did. I was happy with ending just because I was more concerned about what would happen to Robin and SeoJin..

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    • The magic of the Fast Forward, lol! I’ve enjoyed some shows quite well that way.. I didn’t find any stretches of this show specially intriguing, so FF-ing probably wouldn’t have gotten me very far XD Great that you managed to find a way to enjoy the show, rens! πŸ™‚

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      • I wanted to know what happened to robin haha but the moment I started watching kill me heal me… Jekyll Hyde was forgotten πŸ˜›

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        • Hahaha!!! That made me laugh! XD I can’t blame ya, honestly. I watched all of KMHM and enjoyed it very well. I hoped to like Hyde too, but just.. couldn’t πŸ˜› I think KMHM just manages to be a more compelling story, overall πŸ™‚

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  6. Dropped out after 5 episodes. Let’s hope our Binnie chooses his projects wisely next time. ;D

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    • You dropped the show fairly close to where I did, Mitta! I’ll admit that at E5, I was already considering whether to drop this one. This just wasn’t great, which is sad, since it’s Binnie’s long-awaited drama comeback. I hope he doesn’t get turned off dramas forever! (Come back, Binnie! We still love you!)

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  7. I decided to watch the more popular DID themed drama Kill Me, Heal Me before this one because I love Ji Sung in two other dramas. I thought he would make me love it, i really wanted to, but the lead female character was like a cheese grater on my nerves!! I love her in Secret with Ji Sung, but I just don’t get her way over the top character in KMHM, and because of her I dropped it after 3 episodes 😦 Based on your review of Hyde, Jekyll, Me I think I’ll skip that one altogether. If Binnie wasn’t enough to make it watchable it must be bad!!

    Will you be doing a review of Kill Me Heal Me? Did you like it? I’d be interested in your thoughts on it, especially of the female lead character.

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    • Aw. It’s too bad that KMHM didn’t work for you, Lora. I did find Hwang Jung Eum way too screamy than I would’ve liked, but I was mesmerized enough by Ji Sung to not allow her screamy-ness to deter me from finishing the show – and I ended up liking the show very well too. I do plan to post a review on KMHM in the next couple of weeks, when I get some more solid blocks of writing time πŸ™‚

      And yes, it’s sad but true: Binnie’s star power – and his dimples – just weren’t enough to make this show watchable, for me πŸ˜› If you can bring yourself to overlook HJE’s screamy-ness though, KMHM is pretty good. And she does tone down a lot in the later eps. Just so you know ^^

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      • I’m glad to hear that Hwang Jung Eum’s screamy-ness lessens as the show goes on πŸ™‚ I’ll probably give it another go then for Ji Sung. I think it’s one that I won’t try to marathon though, because three hours straight of HJE’s screaming was too much all at once!

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        • Hahaha! Yes, if HJE’s screamy-ness bothers you, then one episode a day should be about right for ya! I actually thought she did well in the more contemplative moments. Which will come, I promise!! XD

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  8. Dropped after 2 episodes. πŸ˜‰

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    • Wow, just 2 eps? I thought you have more Hyun Bin love than that, snow! XD It must’ve REALLY underwhelmed you, for you to have dropped out so early!

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      • LOL. Actually I couldn’t watch after that because of some real life things and then by the time I was about to pick it up again, blogosphere was filled with negative reviews about it. And I wasn’t much impressed by the show, of what I had seen. I didn’t find it terrible but Han Ji Min and the chemistry was not doing anything for me. So it was easy to ignore it after that! πŸ™‚

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        • Ahhh! That explains a lot! Coz, from what I remember, you have pretty big Hyun Bin love, so I’m sure if RL hadn’t interfered, that you’d have at least hung in there for a couple more episodes! In this case, I guess RL interference turned out to be a blessing in disguise, since you didn’t waste time on a dud drama! XD

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  9. Am I the only one who finished (but not completed) Hyde, Jekyll, and Me?? I watched them midnight and the first 8 or 9 ep always make me fall asleep only in 15-20 minutes. Lol😜 OMG if it’s not Binnie , I must have dropped this super boring show since ep 1 or 2.

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    • Lol! How on earth do you finish but not complete a show, djining?? XD But YES, that was my experience, actually! I would watch the show as a drama nightcap, and would last only about 10-15 minutes each time before giving up and going to bed.. and then I’d try the next 10-15 minutes the next night, and so on. Took me forever to finish 6 eps, I tell ya! It was too hard to keep going on like that.. I just don’t have enough Binnie love in me, it seems! XD

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    • Yes me too I finished it but didn’t complete it. But what a waste of time. HyunBin needs to come back strong, this was horrible.

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  10. ouch!ouch!ouch! it is very disheartening to read all the comments negatively on Binnie’s drama and so much for reading reviews from the legit critic Kfangurl ;(…..that only means the drama is a failure!…like what i said over fb i did acquire a copy of this for the reason of my love for Binnie ❀ though i have read a lot of negative reviews and spoilers from the netz. I remember the time when the drama has uploaded its first teaser over YT and i am so, so, excited seeing Hyun Bin again on small screen that it made me crop a still photo of him and shared it over fb to show my big appreciation on him……****sigh***** i only watch 4 episodes of this drama and i haven't continue it yet. …..well, i feel that Hyun Bin did not capture the viewers' heart even with his dimples! LOL!!! πŸ™‚ so to give everyone a consolation and a treat let's just watch the video of his 2014 Body Shop endorsement….i hope everyone enjoys the videos of him……anyway he is too pretty to ignore…..<3 ❀ ❀ πŸ˜‰

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    • Aw, thanks for the consolation treat, Evez!! Hyun Bin preening as if in front of a mirror = total eye candy fluff! XD Definitely a nice little sweet treat for those of us who attempted – and for those of us who actually finished – Hyde, Jekyll, Me! ^^ If you do end up going back to this show for Binnie love, let us know how you find it! πŸ™‚

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  11. LOL!!!! I watched a lot of episodes then ended up just skipping episodes and watching end. Why did I watch so many episodes? Because I liked three actors, HyunBin, Han JiMin and SungJoon. But never again. This drama is terrible and makes no sense at all, the writers have done a terrible job. A small portion of people loved it, can’t understand what they could possibly like about it but hey to each their own!!! πŸ™‚

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    • and watching the end (the last episode that is, and I skipped a lot of parts)*

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    • Heh, your fangirl loyalty has done you proud – it must’ve been aggravating to see 3 actors you like in a drama that you found terrible! It’s weird, isn’t it, how every show that tanks will still have a small sector of fans who genuinely liked it? I mean, I thought Heirs was terrible too, and I watched the whole thing for Woob. I was stunned to hear that there’s an actual sector of fans who think Heirs is legit fantastic. I don’t understand it, but it’s true. Absolutely to each his own!! πŸ™‚

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  12. *sigh* This what I feared – that the drama would suck. The decision seems to be unanimous!
    Anywho, just for Hyeon Bin, I will attempt to watch it somewhere down the line – although, judging from the comments, I will probably drop it as well! πŸ˜€

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    • Heh, not quite unanimous, since there’re still some viewers who actually enjoyed the show. You might just be one of them, Byeol! ^^

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      • Seems to be unanimous from the comments on this blog – lol!

        Also, I’ve noticed that we have similar tastes in dramas and whatever you’ve liked, I’ve liked, and vice versa πŸ™‚

        But, you are right, one never knows – I could end up liking this drama!

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  13. (ihmo) watching this show can be some kind of a rewarding experience …. if you’re a die-hard fan and you’ve turned off sound & subtitles.

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    • HAHAHA! You are so funny, INTJ!! XD I can imagine it now, die hard fan just staring at the screen, melting every time Hyun Bin makes an appearance onscreen, never mind what he’s saying or what’s going on in the story..! XD

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      • well, even so, Hyun Bin and Han Ji Min fans are still better off than (for example) Kristen Stewart fans.

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        • Hm.. I’m not a Kristen Stewart fan (as in, I don’t actually watch much Western entertainment anymore), so I can’t compare. But I still think your concept of turning off the sound and subs is funny! ^^

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  14. I was saved from witnessing this train wreck. I had been burned too many times before this show started with drama endings that left me scratching my head so I decided that I would not watch any new shows until there were a few in the can. But very quickly after this show started people I trusted started complaining about the crap writing and that is one thing that just drives me batty. So I decided that despite my love of Binnie I would wait until this show ended and if people said that it got better and the ending was terrific then I would watch it. What happened instead was the opposite. I read recaps and got so irate at the stupid female lead antics I vowed NEVER to watch this show and I don’t think my life will be any the worse for it.

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    • You are totally right, Amy!! I was curious to see how it all ended, and checked out a recap for the last episode.. And I was extremely bemused at the direction the story took. It made no sense to me, although admittedly, I only watched 6 episodes to begin with, so my understanding of the story was limited. Still, I think we are definitely not missing anything important by giving this one a pass! I did like the other DID drama KMHM (I so need to write that review!), and that’s despite the fact that I didn’t care too much for HJE’s screamy-ness in the early stretch. If you haven’t seen that one, I do think it’s a worthy watch! πŸ™‚

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  15. I was planning on watching this one but waited just in case it’s terrible…and I’m so glad I did. I have a soft spot for Sun gJoon and reading comments on how he had limited-time screen time in spite of being one of the main cast was disheartening.

    Good thing, I chose KMHM instead because that drama is absolute love. I hope you review it too.

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    • Aw, I have a big soft spot for Sung Joon too, and I really wish they’d stop giving him basically the same role of sweet, super understanding guy, over and over again. I mean, ok, he turns out to have a dark side in this show, but essentially I feel like I’ve been seeing him play similar character types in most of his recent dramas, whether he’s lead (like in INR3) or second lead (DoL, for example). I hope he gets to try different roles and stretch his acting wings, going forward!

      And yes, I do plan to review KMHM.. I liked that one much better than Hyde! ^^

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  16. I watched the entire series for love of Hyun Bin 😁 Absolutely no chemistry with the actress. Should have been paired up with someone more interesting. Story was blah. Really bad writing. Hope he bounces back with a real good drama soon.

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    • Giggle. I can only say, you obviously have more Hyun Bin than I do, Klowi! XD I’d wanted to watch the whole thing for Hyun Bin, but when I realized what an underwhelming drama it was turning out to be, I basically backed out, eep πŸ˜› I hope he comes back strong with a good drama too, and isn’t scared off of dramaland instead! Gong Yoo got burned bad by Big and since then, hasn’t been anywhere near a lead role in dramaland. >.<

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  17. I chose HJM over KMHM because, surely, Hyun Bin was about to deliver a kiss Γ  la Late Autumn and I couldn’t miss that, right ? So I watch this drama til the very end, my hopes up to the roof for a steamy scene… Nada. It’s not that the OTP chemistry wasn’t so great, it’s that it was non-existent, period. There’s nothing really noteworthy from this drama, scenario, character’s development, acting, cinematography being rather mediocre.
    I read somewhere Hyun Bin refused Cha Doo Hyun role in KMHM and took this one instead…Bad choice, my friend. Anyway, I’m afraid this Late Autumn kiss will ruin every Hyn Bin’s project for me from now on: I’ll always expect sth as sizzling and intense.

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    • Given the vast difference in audience response between HJM & KMHM, it’s highly possible that Hyun Bin is regretting his decision..! πŸ˜› At the same time, Ji Sung is so fab in KMHM that I actually can’t imagine anyone BUT Ji Sung in the role of Cha Do Hyun! Sorry Hyun Bin, I’m with Ji Sung on this one..!

      Too bad HJM was so underwhelming as a drama for so many of us.. If you’re keen to see some Hyun Bin lip action and don’t mind a much younger Hyun Bin in an older drama, you could watch My Name is Kim Sam Soon (if you haven’t already seen it, that is!).. I was very surprised by how much kissing Hyun Bin got to do in that show, especially given the show’s vintage. Who knows, it might help to soothe away the disappointment of watching HJM? πŸ˜‰

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  19. Hyde Jekyll and I… I was expecting soooo much from this drama. Right now, I’m still wondering if I should keep on or not. It’s been 2 months since I watched my last episode (which, if I remember well, it’s the 14th episode). My heart tells me to keep on for Hyun Bin but my brain doesn’t want to XD I totally agree with your opinion: the chemistry between Han Ji Min and Binnis isn’t great. And the story is so empty *sigh*. Hope Binnie will do better choices in the future.

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    • Ahh.. I thought my Hyun Bin love was strong enough to get me through this show, but as it turns out, I value drama quality more highly than I thought! I just couldn’t do it, even though I actually decided that I would hang in there for Binnie. πŸ˜› I guess if it’s as hard-going for you as you described, you’re probably better off spending those drama hours elsewhere.. Rewatching a Binnie favorite would probably feel more satisfying than dragging yourself through this mess! XD

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  20. As promise! i did finish this drama!…Just today! i finished the last 5 episodes at around 2:47 in the morning and Kfangurl, i think the last 5 episodes got me liking it better!…the last five episodes focus the romance between Hana and Seo Jin. The drama has many flaws and irrelevant scenes. But the last 5 episodes of the drama got me watch it intently, i mean without paying attention to my mobile and the things that surround me…;) IDK, but i guess my overwhelming love for Binnie got me the will to finish the 20-episodes drama no matter how bad and agonizing it was!….yes!…i did finish it!…and i did love and adore him on that 5 episodes(16-20) …<3 ;)…

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    • You are a way more dedicated Binnie fangirl than I am, Evez!! XD I am really impressed that you not only finished this drama, but you stayed up till 2:47 in the morning to do it!! Salute! Yay that you found the last 5 episodes worth it.. I didn’t get that far. I did scan through the last episode just to see what I missed, but it just didn’t draw me in. Hope this show won’t scare Binnie off dramas forever! πŸ˜›

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  21. ahh i stuck it out and watched the entire drama. to be quite honest, the ending left me feeling unsatisfied. and maybe it’s because i was so disappointed in this drama (esp bc c’mon how can you deny amazing Hyun Binnie waahh) but i just could not get myself to finish even the first episode of Kill Me, Heal Me. i hear it’s really good but after watching Hyde, Jekkel, and I, i’m just so done with dramas about DID lol oops

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    • Aw, that’s so sad, that this show seems to have scarred you a bit, grace! πŸ˜› I did skip to the end to see how it all ended, and I can imagine how disappointing it must’ve been for you, since you watched the whole thing! I must say, this show wasted Hyun Bin in a big way. He’s capable of so much more.

      On the other hand, I really enjoyed KMHM, and I thought Ji Sung was flat-out brilliant in the role. Maybe after you’ve given yourself a nice long break from Hyde, you might be able to enjoy KMHM? πŸ™‚

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  23. I LOVE HYUN BIN (in that tone of fan) Binnie is Binnie!!

    This show was his big return to the small screen and he deliver this!!??
    I thought this show was going to get better, it never did.
    Believe me when I say that I’m still trying to finish watching this drama (after all this months), so far i’m on episode 12 and I feel slapped. You are not missing much, the story keeps been irrelevant and got dragged, when you wish other dramas to last more this gets 20 episodes, it feels like a joke.

    It’ so heavy that makes me feel a little itchy, because Binnie *sigh* I don’t understand where did he saw the potential in this drama, seriously I can’t believe the waste of money (well this is necessary, but still) and time.
    I know I don’t have to push myself, but I’m a complete masochistic for him.
    Shame on Binnie!

    Thanks for the review, xoxo!

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    • Wow, you ARE a die-hard Binnie fan!! πŸ˜€ I am really impressed that you’re still pressing on with this one, even though you’re clearly not having a good time with it. πŸ˜› Don’t blame Binnie too much, though. Almost all the time, actors sign on to shows with only the synopsis and maybe the script for the first couple of episodes to go on. The rest of the script gets written as they film, and so many things can change the story and affect the drama set along the way, that it’s always a leap of faith for the actors. They never know whether they’re signing on to a hit or a miss, and they can only cross their fingers and hope for the best. So much is not within their control. I’m sure Binnie himself was disappointed with what this show turned out to be.

      All the best with weathering the rest of your watch, Tef! For the love of Binnie! Fighting! πŸ˜‰

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