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Flash Review: Noble, My Love

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A lot of the time, I look for the full package when I’m choosing a drama to watch. Basically, a show that boasts an interesting story, is delivered by strong actors, and features an OTP that’s believable and shares great chemistry. If I get lovely music and gorgeous cinematography on top of that, all the better.

This.. is not one of those times.

After a physically and mentally exhausting several weeks, all I wanted – or could handle, really – was drama comfort snack food. Y’know, something light, easy, packaged in small bite-size servings, and that hits the right notes without requiring my brain to actually do any work.

Happily, Noble, My Love fit the bill nicely.

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

For the record, this show is far from perfect. There are definitely flaws to be found, even if you choose not to look for them. In the interest of managing expectations, here’s a quick list.

1. Acting isn’t the best

Leads Sung Hoon and Kim Jae Kyung aren’t the most experienced or nuanced actors, and it does show.

Sung Hoon’s delivery of Kang Hoon lands on the more stiff and wooden end of the scale, while Kim Jae Kyung adopts a much more dramatic style in her delivery of Yoon Seo. It still sort of works because he’s supposed to be a stiff-upper-lip type chaebol prince, while she’s supposed to be a free-spirited Candy. Still, it would’ve been so much cooler if he’d managed to show more nuance, and if she’d been able to show more, well, subtlety and restraint.

On the upside, they both do solid enough jobs of making their characters engaging. In spite of their various limitations in delivery, they managed to make me care, and that counts for a lot.

2. Show is trope-filled and predictable

Show is quite literally Trope City, and if you’ve been watching drama for a while, you’d probably be able to predict each one before it actually unfolds on your screen. Coincidental meeting of the OTP, an Event to get them in the same space, bickering, piggyback rides, leap-hugs (above), falling kisses, wrist-grabs.. Show’s got ’em all, and then some.

Importantly, Show executes the tropes pretty well, and makes them narratively cohesive, even at their cheesiest.

I was quite amused by just how tropey everything was. You could probably up the fun of this show by watching it with a friend and playing a game of Spot The Trope.

3. Cold Chaebol Jerk Alert

I know a cold chaebol jerk male lead is built into the story, and pretty much also into dramaland’s collective consciousness, but this was a bit of a problem for me, at points.

I think it’s mostly a product of where I am, in my drama journey. When I first watched Secret Garden years ago, I was very much taken with Hyun Bin’s cold chaebol jerk character, who often manhandled his love interest Ha Ji Won in the name of romance. I didn’t care then, that he was pretty much bullying her. Now, though, watching the same scenes makes me uncomfortable.

Same thing here. There are times when Kang Hoon bullies/manhandles Yoon Seo, and it’s supposed to be romantic, but it just makes me cringe instead.

[SPOILER ALERT] 

Like in episode 5, when Kang Hoon bullies Yoon Seo over her “reward” for saving him. Him bullying her is just not cool. And then there’s how she stomps on his foot, then beats his chest (cringe), and then how he grabs her wrists to make her calm down, and then later laughs about the whole thing. Cringe, cringe, cringe. I was never more thankful for this show’s short episodes than I was at this point.

[END SPOILER]

PLUS POINTS

Considering that almost everyone I know marathoned this show in big, heaping gulps, there’s gotta be some pretty significant upsides to this show, right? (If you’re curious, I finished this one in 3 separate sittings, over 3 days. I would’ve finished it faster, if I’d had more drama time to spend.)

1. Pretty Leads

Both Sung Hoon and Kim Jae Kyung bring large servings of Pretty to the screen.

Kim Jae Kyung’s very pretty, and reminds me of Kim Ji Won, a little bit, especially with her big eyes, full lips and those bangs.

And Sung Hoon is chiseled, buff and handsome, while reminding me strongly of a younger Lee Byung Hun.

It also totally doesn’t hurt that Sung Hoon spends about 90% of his screen time either in sharp suits, shirtless, or going from shirtless to a sharp suit. 😉

Not bad at all, dontcha think?

I haven’t fallen under Sung Hoon’s spell like some of my dramaland friends have, but let’s just say that I definitely see the appeal. 😉

2. Strong Chemistry

In spite of limitations in their delivery, Sung Hoon and Kim Jae Kyung share a sparky onscreen chemistry that translates very well. Whether they’re getting in each other’s faces while bickering, or getting in each other’s faces with romantic intent, the tension between them is sparky and engaging.

Special shout-out to Sung Hoon, for doing a solid job of bringing the sexy laden-with-intent sort of gaze when needed, coz that definitely upped the squee-factor in this show.

I especially love the comfortable, cozy vibe of this last screenshot. They totally look like a real couple here, to the extent that I feel like I’m spying on them. Which is a big accomplishment for any OTP, I’d say.

3. Short, well-handled episodes

One of Show’s big pluses, for me, is how it handles its episodes and its sense of time.

With other web dramas (like Her Lovely Heels, or Love Cells, for instance), I often don’t feel like the sense of time is well-handled or believable. The episodes are so short that it can feel like we’re just hitting story and OTP milestones for the sake of it, and not because the milestones are well-earned.

In Noble, My Love I really felt that time was passing in a believable manner, and that the OTP milestones were reasonably organic to the story. [SPOILER] Like, I can believe how Kang Hoon might fall for Yoon Seo, since she saved his life, and was there for him when he needed someone. That made his romantically-driven actions towards Yoon Seo afterwards so much more believable, for me. [END SPOILER]

Additionally, I like how the writers give us enough OTP goings-on in each little mini-episode, without it getting to be too much. We do also get to see Yoon Seo spend time at work, and with her friends, and Kang Hoon at his workplace, doing chaebol CEO things. That helped to flesh out the drama world beyond us seeing the OTP spend time together, and I liked that.

Plus, a bonus of seeing Yoon Seo at work, is the cute cats and dogs. Eee!

On a random tangent, I really liked the random “yowr” sounds that Yoon Seo’s cat contributes to the show. So cute, plus, it adds to the manhwa flavor of the show.

4. There’s someone to “hate”

Despite many of the story milestones being predictable and quite contrived, they still worked, and I give a fairly big chunk of credit to the fact that Yoon Seo had a bitchy friend or two in her life, who looked down on her and enjoyed lording it over her.

Mostly, I just wanted the bitchy friends to be put in their place, and it didn’t really matter how Show did it, as long as it got done. The satisfaction of seeing the shocked faces of said bitchy friends made up for everything, basically.

5. Funny Secretary Kang

Park Shin Woon brings quite a few unexpected laughs as Kang Hoon’s secretary.

He’s an odd, funny mix of snide sarcasm, knowing tease and adoring mother hen in one, especially when interacting with Kang Hoon, and it’s a total hoot. I found his brand of funny a little weird at first, like when he popped up in the backseat of Kang Hoon’s car like a jack-in-the-box, but I soon started to look forward to his scenes, coz he’s, quite simply, hilarious. Definitely a plus, for this show.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

All in all, Noble, My Love isn’t a very inventive nor remarkable show, and that’s ok, because it never sets out to be remarkable anyway.

In spite of its shortcomings, I found Show to be sufficiently entertaining that I didn’t mind clicking on the next episode, and then the next, and the next (those short 15-minute episodes are so handy, that way!).

Sure, I totally knew that Kang Hoon and Yoon Seo would get their happy ending, and I could even pretty much guess how they’d get there, but there’s just something easy and comforting about watching them get there anyway. Plus, there was lots of cute to sweeten the journey.

And that’s all we need, sometimes, from our comfort drama snack food. Right? 🙂

THE FINAL VERDICT:

Warm, feel-good, fluffy (and mostly mindless) fun.

FINAL GRADE: B

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Author: kfangurl

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

45 thoughts on “Flash Review: Noble, My Love

  1. This certainly does sound cute and fluffy! I saw this pop up on Dramafever, but hadn’t heard about it until recent positive reviews. With the episodes being so short, it does sound like it would be a nice mini weekend marathon. I’m definitely going to check this one out 🙂

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  2. Lights and shadows. 8/10
    SPOILERS IN REVIEW>

    Pros.
    The main story.
    The series looks wonderful. The set and costume design are great.
    Other things i liked in were the rehersal scenes, and you will have fun catching the movie posters. I do wonder why they are all from hollywood films, except for films made within the story. Does it reflect the state of the korean film industry at the time.
    The performances of the two main protoganists Ahn Jae-Wook and Jeon Kwang-Leol are excellent.
    The latter really going to town with the facual expressions and gestures
    My favourites (outside of Shin Da Eun, of course)were Lee Ah Lee. I’m not quite sure of her acting ability, but she had a certain spark to her I also liked the actress playing the servant girl, Sunduok. I thought she gave a really nice natural performance. But I couldn’t find any information on her.
    Then there was Kim Roe-Ha as Jo Tae-Soo, whose performance crept up on me.
    Of the other females, Son Dam-bi is pretty good. She made a better impression on me, than Nam Sang-mi .
    I found the most interesting character was that played by Lee Pil-mo, even if I think he’s somewhat miscast in his role. I wasn’t totally connvinced by him. I’d imagine he is better in lighter roles eg All my sons.
    Overall, the men in the cast impressed more than the females
    Cons
    I would have liked Shin Da Eun to have a bigger role.
    She is the best of the younger actresess in it.
    There is no real spark between Ahn Jae-Wook, and Nam Sang-mi. I would say my interest in whether or not, they stayed together was quiet low,
    The resolution is a bit quick. I believe The drama was extended because of it’s popularity.
    Perhaps the makers were getting bored with it.
    Overall, I found lead actress Nam Sang-mi was pretty bland. Although There were a few moments where I thought that maybe if she had something more substantial, she would have impressed me more. So I’m not quiet sure, if it was her, or the role.
    But as Dustin Hoffman once said, it’s easy being good when you have a good part, but the trick is to be good, when you have a bad part.
    I should say this. When Nam Sang-mi was playing other characters ie in the films they were making, she wasn;t any different. It was as if Jung-Hye (her characters name) was transported into the other films.
    The moments I thought she might be a better actress for was when she became sucessful. This was after Ki-Tae had gone to japan. The other time was when she first learned that she might not be able to walk again.
    So who does the fault lay with. Is it the writer for not giving Nam Sang-mi a meatier role , or is it the actress for not being able to do more with what she had.
    When I think about it, I put the blame mostly on the actress. You could say that
    Shin Da Eun, didn’t have much much of a role either, but she brought zip to it.
    Perhaps it’s all down to personalty, and the main actress didn’t have much of a one.
    Stlll I would like to see her in another role. Perhaps she would be a revelation to me.
    I gew somewhat tired of Sung Ji Roo’s performance. He always seemed to be overacting, or perhaps I should just say, shouting.
    Althoughh I found the relationship between his character and that played by Jo Mi-Ryung far more
    interesting than the leads.
    Also Jung-Hye’s father was supposed to be scary.I didn’t see any real evidence of that.

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  3. I really liked it, but didn’t love it. The kisses were horrible, even though I know they were going for Manhwaesque, still/freeze frame, but come on. I felt it was a waste of the beauty of Sung Hoon. I dislike leads who are 30+ and act so childish like she did. So that got under my skin. But as you said, it was cute, harmless, fluff. One I’m enjoying even more right now is “I order You.” It’s a little more meat (20 min runtime) likeable leads, cute story, and lots of sizzle with Yunho’s kisses!

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    • Heh. Y’know, there aren’t that many kdramas where the kisses blow me away, so given that I had lowered expectations for this little web drama, I had zero expectations of the kisses, and that’s how they didn’t disappoint me. 😄

      Thanks for the tip on “I Order You” my dear. Will keep it in mind for when I need another quick shot of drama feels!

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  4. How does kfangirl rate dramas? Could someone share the link? Because I can’t find it. Thanks

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  5. You got me at “Sung Hoon spends about 90% of his screen time either in sharp suits, shirtless, or going from shirtless to a sharp suit.” and “Strong chemistry” but then I reread and you lost me at “reminding me strongly of a younger Lee Byung Hun.” That manwhore/pig ? Younger, present or older, I won’t have any…
    And yay, you’re on insta ! Let’s drool there too 😄

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    • Lol. I can understand the LBH aversion after his scandal, but honestly, it’s not Sung Hoon’s fault that he resembles LBH! Maybe look at it this way: this is one way to actually enjoy that particular brand of hot, since you can actually tell yourself that this isn’t LBH? 😉 I think you could possibly give it a try. At just 15 mins an episode, it’s not a big commitment to check out the first ep or two 🙂

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  6. What is name of her rington?it’s so cool

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  7. What is the name of rington?it’s so cool!

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    • Which ringtone are your referring to, fangirl? If it’s Yoon Seo’s ringtone, sorry, I couldn’t identify it. It usually rings for such a short while that I can’t make out what it is 😛

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  8. The cat merits the B rating 😀 Oh, and the guy is not bad lookin’ either, hehe.

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    • Hehe! I LOVED the cat, it had such a dour, royal look about it, and those random mreows were great ❤ Sung Hoon was pretty good eye candy, and I do think that Noble got the formula just right, for mindless fluff mini drama. Not too complicated, but still makes sense in its own little simplified world, while serving up cute and pretty to boot. I can totally see why everyone was buzzing about this one! 🙂

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  10. hey, i watched based on your recommendation and it was fun
    not that great of a show but i was n’t expecting greatness by any means
    so can you recommend me drama with the same short formatting preferably light, romantic, and thanks for the fun review

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    • Hi there MinaBoom! I’m glad that you found Noble a fun little watch. Yes, it’s far from drama greatness, but sometimes, light fluff is all that we need, right? 😉

      In terms of something else in a similar format and vein, you might want to try Twenty Years Old, also known as 20’s. It’s short, cute, and romance-centric. You can check out my review here.

      I wasn’t terribly impressed with Love Cells, but it was harmless fluff. You can check out my quick review here, to see if it’s your cup of tea.

      Besides web dramas, another nice way to get a quick shot of drama, is drama specials. I don’t love every one that I see, but I really did find Have You Ever Had Coffee With An Angel really cute. The Ji Chang Wook Pretty didn’t hurt either. You can check out my review here, to see if you like the sound of it.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

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  11. I didn’t think i would like it this much, but it was soon addictive surprisingly and i kept clicking next i finished it in less than 2 days. it was a nice one indeed and just what we need at this time when its getting colder ><

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  12. i enjoyed the whole drama very much. i enjoyed every single episode of this drama.

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  13. hiii its been a long time since i started watching kdrama. I enjoyed this short and fluffy kdrama and was wondering whether there were others similiar to it ?(psst btw Kang Hoon and Yeo were a super cute looking couple and i was wondering whether there are other kdramas with actors/actresses like that

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    • Hm.. I’d say most kdramas have good-looking leads, so I’m not sure what you’re looking for, specifically, with regards to the actors/actresses.. If you’re looking to see more of Sung Hoon (who played Kang Hoon), you could check out Oh My Venus, which is pretty cute. He’s not the main actor, but there is a lot of good-looking all around, and it’s an enjoyably cute show so far 🙂

      As for shorter format light dramas, you could consider 20’s (my review is here), and Because It’s The First Time. Both are more youthy than Noble, but both have that light, breezy tone that Noble has. Another suggestion I have is drama special Have You Ever Had Coffee With An Angel (my review is here), it’s light and cute, and is a nice little one-shot of drama fun. I hope that helps 🙂

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  17. I just finished this one haha, took me all of two sittings to finish. Pretty much the same amount of time it took me for High End Crush. I am definitely a fan of the web drama format. I loved this one just as much too! Work and life are intense sometimes and I wanted something filled with utter fluff and just a super sweet and easy watch. This absolutely fit the bill!

    You’ve perfectly captured the show in your review too! I loved the tropes haha, I saw them coming a mile away, but they were so much fun when they hit the screen. The couple had great chemistry and if you turned a blind eye to the acting then the story itself was perfectly cute and adorable!

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    • Hee! 2 sittings! You blazed through this right quick! 😄 But I can totally see how that’s entirely possible, since Noble tends to have that easy, cracky sort of flavor. And yes, those tropes! They were so cliched, but somehow, the execution made it a fun thing rather than a boring and tiresome thing. Absolutely yes, the chemistry between the OTP probably accounted for a lot of that. And Sung Hoon’s meaningful gazes, heh. 😉

      I’m watching High End Crush casually, and I must confess that I’m not getting into it as much as I did with Noble. I’m still trying to figure out why.. Maybe I’m just taking a while to settle into it. We’ll see!

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  19. I liked that the mom gave some grief, but he, for the most part, really stuck to his girl’s side, and that the mom didn’t go too over the top and crazy. I hate! That in other shows. I also like that she humbled herself and realized that she was being a butt. This was a pretty spot on review, however I gave it an A just because it was Jane Austiny enough to have me connect fast, and the timing of humor was hilarious. It was a really funny show. I also liked that the female lead never super rolled over and showed her stomach. When she fell in love she was in love, but she never just bawled and gave up, except when it was appropriate, like breaking up and being heart broken. I can’t stand when the strong female lead just totally gives up on who she is. The man handling didn’t bother me as much as the mind games and totally taking over her life. Lol. Red flags anyone? But I guess he didn’t know how else to show his affection? All I know is that an American…or maybe just as a fighter…I would have punched him more than once. Lol.

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    • Lol. I can see why you’d want to punch him more than once, Kayla! It’s a good thing he wasn’t attempting to manhandle you, is all I can say! 😄

      I’ve come to dislike manhandling from most kdrama leads, coz it’s mostly portrayed as romantic instead of controlling and invasive. But this show was so tropey that it felt like it was self-aware, and that made it easy for me to laugh along with pretty much all of it. Glad you enjoyed this one! 🙂

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  20. I really enjoyed the first season and episodes. Will there be a second season?

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    • Hi there Holly! Welcome to the blog! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one, it’s such a cute ball of fluff. Unfortunately, it’s not typical for Korean dramas to get sequels, and this one wasn’t even a full-fledged drama but a mini-sized web drama. On the upside, there are lots of other cute balls of fluff that you can check out. Have you watched Splash Splash Love? It’s just 2 one-hour long episodes, but is impossibly cute and adorable. You can check out my quick spoiler-lite review here, if that helps! 🙂

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  21. I wonder if there is going to be a season 2. I would love to see them as a married couple and possibly have a child.

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