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Flash Review: My Daughter Seo Young

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Y’know, there was a time when I literally wouldn’t have touched this show with a ten-foot pole. Seriously.

Partly, it was because the premise didn’t interest me all that much. Partly, it was also because at 50 episodes, My Daughter Seo Young was a big commitment, and I could think of many much more interesting places to spend those drama hours. Especially since I wasn’t all that interested in the premise. Mostly, though, it was because I didn’t care too much for Lee Bo Young as an actress (note the use of past tense!), and couldn’t see myself sitting through a long drama where she played the protagonist.

To think that I now have not only finished the entire show (50 whole episodes!), but would recommend it to other drama fans too. Wow, right?

So what made me pick this up again in recent months? Well, I’m gonna hafta say, it’s mostly coz Lee Sang Yoon looks roguishly delish with a shadow of a goatee. 😉

Right? How gorgeous does he look with that shadow of a goatee? Swoon.

PICKING THIS UP

There are 3 main reasons I was able to pick up this show in recent months, when I’d previously dismissed it from my radar.

1. Lee Bo Young, whom I’d used to feel quite allergic towards, won me over really well in 2013’s I Hear Your Voice (review here). All of a sudden, I felt like there was a new depth to her delivery, which I liked. And I’d read that My Daughter Seo Young was where she’d found her acting breakthrough.

2. Thanks to thoroughly enjoying Twenty Again and Lee Sang Yoon in it (review here), I was more than a little eager to have more Lee Sang Yoon on my screen. Particularly since he rocks the shadow of a goatee, and the short, sharp hair. Yum.

3. I’ve always had a big ol’ melty soft spot for Park Hae Jin, ever since he turned me into a puddle of goofy goo as the earnest, devoted half of a noona romance in Famous Princesses (2006), and I was happy to see him play a nice guy again, in this. (Nice guy, as in, not an indicted serial killer like in Bad Guys, or a suspiciously untrustworthy male lead in Cheese In The Trap.)

To be perfectly honest, though, I really dived in mostly for Lee Sang Yoon. Can you blame me, though? 😉

The shadow of a goatee, the short, sharp hair AND smirky dimples! Flail.

STUFF I LIKED

1. General pacing

For a 50-episode family drama, My Daughter Seo Young settles into its rhythm surprisingly fast. With family dramas, I’m used to an approximately 8-episode set-up, but with MDSY, I found myself unexpectedly fully engaged as early as episode 4.

Just those few episodes in, I felt sorry for Seo Young (Lee Bo Young), liked her relationship with her twin brother Sang Woo (Park Hae Jin), and was rooting for her loveline with Woo Jae (Lee Sang Yoon). Pretty impressive, right?

For a melodrama, Show actually boasts a really nice long stretch of romance-centric narrative. In fact, you could even sort of partition the episodes into 3. To start, Show is a 16-episode trendy which kinda-sorta feels like a romance dramedy, after which it turns into a 20-episode(ish) (mostly moderate) melodrama, before it ends on a firmly warm, family drama sort of note.

Admittedly, there were times when I found the writing tropey and convenient, and times when the melodrama got a little screechy and excessive. On the upside, Show remains engaging through it all, and doesn’t suffer much drag despite its length.

2. The capable eye candy

There’s eye candy, and there’s capable eye candy, and I’m pleased to report that the eye candy in MDSY is not only rather plentiful, but also all-around well-delivered (score and score!).

Both Lee Sang Yoon and Park Hae Jin bring the Handsome in spades, and the Handsome Quotient is upped further by Shim Hyung Tak, whom I really liked in Let’s Eat (review here). Literally, about 60-70% of the time, there would be at least one of these handsome men on my screen, sweetening my MDSY experience with their chiseled good looks.

On top of that, all three of these handsome men deliver their roles with commitment and nuance. What more could a fangirl ask for, right?

Here’s a sampling of the handsome, just coz:

What a lotta Handsome, right??

3. The loveline between Woo Jae & Seo Young

From the get-go, pretty much right from episode 1, the loveline between Seo Young and Woo Jae was the thing that hooked me the most.

Both Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Yoon deliver their characters with care and subtlety, and I genuinely believed them in their roles. On top of that, Show does a great job setting up Seo Young as our long-suffering heroine who endures every hardship wearing her steely gaze, stiff upper lip and prickly demeanor as a shield, and Woo Jae as our headstrong, rebellious hero who’s brash, idealistic and more entitled than he’d like to admit. Both leads are strong, defiant characters, and their very different ways of looking at the world cause the sparks to fly swiftly and consistently between them, every time their paths cross.

The entire early stretch of the show, which deals with how these two very different-yet-similar, obstinate people come to admit their mutual attraction, and embrace their feelings for each other, was easily the most cracky portion of the show for me.

Credit to the writers, I found all the back-and-forth between Woo Jae and Seo Young believable and well-reasoned; I could easily believe the decisions they each made, and the emotions driving those decisions. Very nicely done indeed.

[SPOILER] I also like that unlike most trendies, Show doesn’t take their relationship up to the wedding altar and leave it there. Instead, it also takes the time to explore the aftermath of the happy-ever-after, in the mid-to-late episodes, when Woo Jae discovers that he may not know his wife the way he thought he did, after all. I found the whole process – the good, the bad and the ugly – of how Woo Jae and Seo Young get through their rough patch and eventually embrace a more truthful, honest sort of love, a solid, worthy watch as well. [END SPOILER]

4. The journeys of growth

As with most family dramas, personal growth is a major theme in MDSY, with pretty much every major character experiencing a journey towards greater understanding and maturity. It’s true that I liked some of those journeys a little less than others, but I do appreciate that writer-nim took care to ensure that we left every character in a better place than we first found them.

Fittingly, one of my favorite arcs of personal growth was that of Seo Young herself. From a young woman who’s so hurt and battered on the inside that she’s completely unable to let any of the emotion out, nor anyone, in, she eventually is able to reach out with honesty, to put her heart in a vulnerable place again.

The other major growth arc that I found significant, was that of Seo Young’s Dad (Chun Ho Jin). From being a father who’s a burden to his children, he eventually makes the turnaround to becoming a father who loves his children with a sacrificial, moving sort of love.

Perhaps the most moving growth arc of all, is the one charted by the relationship between Seo Young and her father. It’s no easy journey for either of them, as they take slow, painful steps to heal their broken, tattered relationship into wholeness, and I found myself tearing up more than once, for this father-daughter pair.

Credit to both actors and to writer-nim, for teasing out such a faceted 3-part journey with so much heart and sensitivity.

5. Ho Jeong’s arc

[SPOILERS THROUGH THE END OF THE REVIEW]

Ho Jeong (Choi Yoon Young) surprised me by basically creeping up on me and becoming one of my favorite characters in the show when I wasn’t looking.

From feeling more than a little bemused at her desperate humongous crush on Sang Woo, I grew to appreciate how pure and unselfish her love was, and I grew to love her hard-to-get-down sort of earnest joy, as she found her feet as Sang Woo’s wife.

The thing that touched me the most, really, is how she chose to embrace being Sang Woo’s wife, even though he’d asked her to marry him, only out of a need to make Mi Kyung give up on rekindling their relationship. A lesser woman would have chaffed at how Sang Woo is a husband only out of duty, but Ho Jeong responds to Sang Woo with joy, and blossoms at every husbandly gesture that he makes. I found that sincerity and purity of heart thoroughly moving, and I loved her for being so loving.

The steps that Sang Woo takes towards falling in love with his wife, was truly one of the most satisfying things in this drama, for me. ❤

STUFF I LIKED LESS 

So as not to be a damper on an otherwise solid show, I’ll keep this section brief. Here’s just a quick list of the stuff I didn’t like so much, in MDSY:

  • Sometimes things got excessively screamy or weepy. So much so that I actually winced at my screen a couple of times. Thankfully, that didn’t happen a whole lot.
  • Mi Kyung’s (Park Jung Ah) Poor-Chaebol-Daughter arc annoyed me, honestly. I mean, going undercover as an orphan just because it makes you feel freer as a person is quite an entitled train of thought, if you think about it.
  • Sun Woo (Jang Hee Jin) continuing to cling on to Woo Jae even after he got married was, in a word, creepy and obsessive. Ok, make that two words.
  • I thought Kang Soon (Song Ok Sook) was calculative, power-hungry and manipulative to an excess. I mean, I get that she’s redeemed by the end, but man, I felt sorry for her husband Min Suk (Hong Yo Seob).
  • I didn’t care much for Sung Jae’s arc (Lee Jung Shin), whether it was about him wanting to be an actor, or about his birth secret.

To be fair, pretty much all the characters experience some measure of redemption by the end of the show, so whatever annoyance I felt towards these characters or their arcs was greatly moderated by the time I reached the finale.

THOUGHTS ON THE ENDING

Show serves up an extended reel of happy for the finale, and even though it all felt quite pat and predictable, I enjoyed it quite well. I mean, after the stretch of angst, a good, solid dose of happy felt good, y’know?

On the not-so-good side, I found some of the character arcs a little underwhelming. Like Sung Jae finding his professional calling as an artist manager, for instance. I didn’t find that very exciting, really. After all that angsting over wanting to be an actor, this felt somewhat anticlimactic to me.

On a more important note, I really wanted more twin time between Sang Woo and Seo Young. I loved their interactions in the early stretch of the show before Stuff happened, and their angst in the middle stretch, of being on opposite sides, was sad to watch. I really really wanted the finale to make up for all that angst, with some proper time for the twins to bond, now that their lives had settled into a newer, happier normal, and I was disappointed that we didn’t really get it.

On the upside, I appreciate that Show gave us a lot of happy all-around, with lots of feel-good stuff to leave us in a warm, post-finale haze.

My favorite bits are:

1. When Sang Woo finally confesses his love for Ho Jeong. The gentle tenderness in his gaze, as he holds her face in his hands, then leans in to kiss her – just, awwww.

2. When Woo Jae insists on giving Seo Young 3 years to live independently, and Seo Young takes things into her own hands and proposes to him instead. Love the little detail, that she’d always kept her wedding ring on her at all times, even through the divorce, separation and angst, all because she hated the feeling of being separated from him. Sweet.

3. The fact that both Woo Jae & Seo Young, and Sang Woo & Ho Jeong renew their vows. Coz this time, all hearts are set right, the full truth is aired, and the family, finally, fully, securely in place.

What a lovely final note, of wholeness and harmony and healing. ❤

THE FINAL VERDICT:

A little pat in spots, and a touch over-dramatic in others, but warm and engaging overall. Definitely one of the better family dramas out there.

FINAL GRADE: B+

TRAILER:

EPISODE 1:

KBS World’s got the entire series available on YouTube, subbed and in HD. How handy, right? (Thank you, KBS World!) Here’s episode 1, in case you feel like dipping your toes in right away.

Author: kfangurl

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

39 thoughts on “Flash Review: My Daughter Seo Young

  1. luv-luv this drama:) it has a satisfying ending for both the twins & their partners! 2 nights ago, i just ff some of the scenes bet PHJ & CYY, their love blossomed out of commitment to be true to their vows. the best part of the show is how LBY’s character found her redemption arc for her unfortunate decision. it was hard earned and touching…

    of course LSY is the perfect excuse to start this drama, hahahhahahaa…

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    • Hehehe! Thanks for understanding, bugs_bunny!! Lee Sang Yoon truly was THE main draw for me, with this drama! XD Of course, now that I’ve watched the whole thing, he’s not the only thing I enjoy about the drama. But if it weren’t for him, I might’ve never gotten around to this show, so thank you, Lee Sang Yoon-sshi! 😉

      I really really loved the arc between Sang Woo and Ho Jeong, and you’ve put it perfectly – it really was a love that was born out of sincerity and commitment, and I found that very touching indeed. ❤

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      • we all have our crushes and LSY does not disappoint!!! i discovered him in life is beautiful (another family drama w/ meatier storylines), he was cute there also by the way, hahahhahaaa… can’t get into the liar game bandwagon, but i’ve heard good things said about him in DB site:)

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        • I loved him in Life is Beautiful too! SO wholesome, and such a perfect boy-next-door. ❤ Like you, I didn't love Liar Game.. I hung on till the end only coz I wanted to see what happened. But I did love him in Twenty Again – so adorbs! I'm actually really happy that LSY's getting more love these days, I've always felt he's rather underrated. 🙂

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          • he’s underrated, hmmmmm… i don’t know the difference since i only rely on sites like KP & DB for kdrama news. but i luv reading reviews so i peruse blogs like yours, good way to narrow down what to see & avoid.

            thank you for your hard work!!!

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  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the Lee Sang Yoon beauty. Honestly that would by my ONLY driving force to watch this drama, but it’s not enough. I have a LBY allergy. Perhaps because they give her the same type characters over and over? I just never get any feels other than irritated with her performances so I steel clear. For me, when I had watched her I relied too heavily on my love for the leading man, and usually they give her a bright one to play off of.

    Of course I wouldn’t say this drama is bad because of that. It’s nice that you dipped your toe out of your comfort zone and found something pleasant to review about. 🙂

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    • Lol, the Lee Sang Yoon beauty was my main driving force in checking out this drama! I mean, seriously, how swoony does he look, styled like that, all clean-cut with a bit of edge?? ❤ ❤

      I used to feel quite allergic to LBY, and was consistently underwhelmed by her in every show I saw her in – until I Hear Your Voice. That was the drama she did after My Daughter Seo Young. And I must say, it's so true that she found her acting breakthrough in MDSY! I found her very good in this, and I also liked her very well in IHYV. So, if you're at all curious about this show, I'd say why not give it a go? Even I have come around to LBY’s acting breakthrough and no longer find her a meh actress. You might come around to her too. 😉

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  3. The problem with these long family dramas is that they have so many boring bits to ff thorough. XD I don’t have the patience for that anymore.

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    • HAHA! I’m so amused that you don’t even have the patience to use the FF button, with family dramas! XD Usually, the trick to not having patience for long dramas is to use the trusty ol’ FF! XD I wouldn’t call MDSY a must-see show, but it is very solid, and definitely is one of the better family dramas I’ve seen. In case you ever feel like changing your mind. 😉

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  4. Lee Sang Yoon looks deelish here! But 50 eps – maybe 1 day I’ll try

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    • 50 eps IS a big commitment, but I can assure you, Lee Sang Yoon IS delish in this, and stays delish too! If you just want to soak in the LSY swoony, you could very possibly just watch the first 16 eps. That’s the stretch where it feels most like a typical romance-centric trendy, and LSY makes for a compelling leading man. You can always drop it after the first 16 eps – if you can negotiate with your completist streak to pretend that this one is really only 16 eps! XD

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  5. I didn’t watch it, but I actually read the summaries nearly every weekend while checking out the ratings. And the few clips I have watched always tempted me to watch it, but… ugh! life! it’s always in the way of drama time.

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    • Wow, you followed the show via summaries and recaps? For 50 episodes? That’s a whole lotta interest you had in this show, Sunny! Are you sure you won’t watch it? It’s very solid, particularly for a long weekend drama. Sure, that are secondary arcs that are less interesting, but you can always FF through those and decrease the time investment that way. 😉 Plus, so much eye candy! ❤ ❤

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      • yeah i was writing weekly articles on K-dramas ratings and summaries for about 3 months, and I couldn’t watch everything, so I read summaries of dramas I couldn’t watch myself. It did seem solid indeed.

        My Lee Sang Yoon feels now make me think he deserves more than FF actions and I should give (or at least try to) appreciation to the drama as a whole.

        but I will probably end up watching only his scenes anyway, so I should try to see if I will marathon this this summer.

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        • Wow, weekly articles sounds like quite a commitment!! 😛 No wonder you were watching way less stuff! I realize I can’t post on a schedule. I manage to stick to it for a few weeks at most, before I fall back into posting haphazardly. XD Kudos to you, for keeping that up for 3 whole months!

          Oh, Lee Sang Yoon definitely deserves more than FF. Especially when he’s rocking that sharp hair and the shadow of a goatee! *spazz* Actually, having followed this show via recaps and summaries, you have the advantage of knowing exactly what bits are uninteresting to you! You can just FF through those, while giving the major arcs your full and loving attention 😉

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          • why are you tempting me? >< And these Lee Sang Yoon screepcaps… * holds the feels *

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            • Tee hee! You know I only dangled a small sampling of Lee Sang Yoon Handsome in this review, right? XD There’s 50 episodes worth of Handsome for you to soak in! 😉

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              • don’t… really, don’t.

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                • HAHAHAHA!! XD OMGGG Sunny, you crack me up! XD Ok, I’ll stop here.. But you know Lee Sang Yoon’s waitin’ for ya. When you’re ready, that short sharp hair and shadow of a goatee are all set to sweep you off your feet – not forgetting the dimples too! 😉

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              • Just finished Ep50 of MDSY (watched the entire series in 6 days), and I was not disappointed at all, except maybe because now I only have one remaining Lee Sang Yoon drama to watch — Duo Brothers. I started watching OTWTTA in September, and had finished three of his series (Angel Eyes, Liar Game and Jung Yi: Goddess of Fire) by the time OTWTTA aired its finale. Watched Twenty Again in three days after that, not to mention Insane, his movie, and all other of his guest appearnces on variety shows like Running Man and Happy Together. Haven’t seen Life is Beautiful though because I haven’t seen a kdrama streaming site that carries it. Care to share the link if you have it?

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  6. Ah, when am I going to watch this? Lee Sang Yoon, Lee Bo Young and Park Hae Jin all in one – I love them all, but am not sure if I can last 50 episodes 😛

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    • Well.. you could commit to just the first 16 eps to start, since that could almost stand alone as the typical OTP trajectory – how they meet, how they fall in love, how they get married. I found that very engaging and was rather hooked on Lee Sang Yoon being a focused, determined leading man. ❤ ❤ After that, if the story itself hooks you, it shouldn’t feel too hard to keep going afterwards. Otherwise, you could just stop there, and you’d still have enjoyed an almost stand-alone sort of story. 😉

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      • Thank you for your suggestion, kfangurl! Yup I should try it out and who knows, I may decide to continue after 16 episodes if I like it ^^

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        • Yes, do! 😀 I’d love to hear how you like it – I was pretty hooked on the first 16 eps, AND smitten by Lee Sang Yoon. 😉

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          • That sounds great! Okay I’ll share with you after I watch it. Haha not only smitten by Lee Sang Yoon XD I think Park Hae Jin as well. And being overwhelmed by Lee Bo Young’s prettiness 😉

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            • Oh yes, Park Hae Jin as well, definitely. I liked him very well in this too. His loveline only really blossoms later in the show, though, which is why I was “selling” Lee Sang Yoon’s loveline to you instead, since that happens right away. 😉 And Lee Bo Young really does very well! I don’t know how she found her acting breakthrough with this role, but I’m sure glad she did! 🙂

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  7. thanks for the nice review of My Daughter Seo Young, the truth is I also watched this drama because of Lee Sang Yoon, :p then eventually got hook on the story. Also, about lee sang yoon look here, I agree he’s so good looking here! I hope he goes back to his short hair style, for me his hotter and better looking with short hair style, but so far he’s still keeping his Cha Hyun Seok look.

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    • YES, Lee Sang Yoon looks way hotter with the short, sharp hair – particularly if he’s got some scruff going on in the way of facial hair to go with! ❤ ❤ I hope he chooses to go back to the short hair soon too.. Maybe he's keeping his Cha Hyun Seok look coz that's the role that catapulted him to the forefront of viewers' consciousness? In which case, I hope his next role requires him to sharpen it up! 😛

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  8. Read your review – spent the weekend marathoning. As always walk away feeling the same as you. I really loved Min Seok and his finding his passion later in life. I too really wished for more twin interaction in the last episodes. I felt this was a show where it would have benefited from throwing in a little more cute here and there while going through ALL of the angst. But on the whole – well acted, decently written and lots of nice eye-candy. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    • Amy! We ARE in sync, which I love. How cool is it, that you really wanted more twin time at the end, too? Doesn’t that feel like such an oversight, since their relationship with each other was portrayed as so important to them in the beginning of the show? It feels like writer-nim zoomed in on the lovelines and the general family harmony, at the expense of the twins’ relationship.

      I absolutely agree that more sprinkling of cute would’ve been nice, particularly in the mid-to-late stretch when the angst amped up. Min Seok’s acting arc was probably supposed to fill that gap, but I do think Show could’ve done with more. I think that’s partly why I gravitated towards Ho Jeong’s arc so much. In the midst of all the angst, her cheery, innocent good temper appealed to me extra.

      I’m glad you still enjoyed the show, despite its flaws. If you’re on the market for a family drama (to replace this one, maybe?), have you seen Life Is Beautiful? It’s my absolutely favorite family drama of all time, and is such feel-good loveliness that I was really sorry to get to the end. ❤ My overview review is here, in case it helps. 🙂

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  9. NICE REVIEW its one pretty good show with depth and good character understanding and a bit of pride and prejudice like romance >>tbh I still dont get that anybody can be allergic to LBY who is the best and most underrated natural actress in korea not to mention what a wonderful person she is in real life >>I guess the thing is that most kdrama fans like trendy cutesy characters which not what marked her most rules even though she does have lighter ones >>> seriously you should see her in gods gift 14 days she deserved an oscar for that role alone

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    • Hi there Lonesome Dove, glad you enjoyed this review. 🙂 I can’t speak for others on this comment thread, but personally I’d felt underwhelmed by Lee Bo Young’s various performances before MDSY. My first introduction to her was her role in Save Your Last Dance, as the clingy second female lead. All her roles that I’ve seen after MDSY, though, have been very good and very solid. So, at least from my perspective, I’m really glad she found her acting breakthrough in MDSY. 🙂

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  10. 🙂 😀 Haha… one of the major reasons why I watched MDSY was because I had Lee Sang Yoon fever after watching Liar Game and Twenty Again… And I’m pretty chuffed that I watched MDSY because, usually a 50 episode drama would make me feel doubtful but Lee Sang Yoon and having live watched Heard It Through The Grapevine (I really adored that drama) convinced me otherwise.

    I agree wholeheartedly on everything you’ve said Kfangirl especially about Ho Jung because I was so surprised when I started really liking her and then ultimately starting to root for her. All in all I’m so happy about most of the characters’ journey but, especially Seo Young and her dad because they came to a point of understanding each other, forgiving each other and letting go of all that guilt coz all that guilt before was bleeding into other non-related areas of their lives. Anyway it was a really satisfactory ending and thank the heavens for the ability to FF. Yay 😛 !!

    Sometimes I read your reviews and wonder if you are in my head sometimes.

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    • Lol. Hi5, Muffin!! It’s so cool that we see this drama so similarly! 😀 I went in for Lee Sang Yoon too. I mean, look at that schmexy shadow of a goatee, with that sharp haircut. Umph. I could gaze for days! 😉 ❤ YAY that you enjoyed this show, and that you found it worth your while. 50 eps IS a big commitment, but this one was worth it, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. And yes, Ho Jung was such an unexpected yet lovely surprise. She struck me as such a ditz in the beginning, and yet, I grew to love her so much, in the end. I totally didn't see that coming! ^^

      I’ve got Heard It Through the Grapevine on my list, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Too many shows on my list, especially now that I’ve developed an interest in TW and C dramas. Great to know that you liked it so much – given how our tastes tend to run similar, that’s definitely a plus point in this drama’s favor in my books! 😉

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  11. kfangurl, hi! It’s been ages. I came to check in and catch up on all the wonderful entries I’ve missed due to that annoying thing, life. Your review made me intrigued to watch MDSY since I too have had my eyes opened to the beauty and love that is Lee Sang-yoon since Twenty Again. And we generally have the same opinion about dramas, which I love. But, I watched up to episode 9 or so and I just couldn’t watch anymore 😦

    I just couldn’t stand how pushy and controlling Woojae was, nor did I like any of the people in his family. Which, okay, you can put up with horrible people for a great guy, but WJ was basically forcibly taking her places she explicitly said she didn’t want to go, barging into her room without permission, forcing her to eat when she didn’t want to, and browbeating her into being convinced that he actually knew how she was feeling better than she did herself. Oh, and he stalked her on a very personal journey to dispose of a certain person’s ashes.

    That was making me angry despite how lovely LSY was at selling it, but what really drove me over the edge was Seoyeon’s Big Lie and her rationale for keeping up despite her twin’s VERY reasonable response to her ridiculous proposal for what to do. That was the moment I ragequit.

    It makes me sad because I am totally in love with Hojeong already and her sweet, naive, puppy-like self, especially because I saw a couple of spoilery hints through my fingers in your review that she is the endgame for Park Haejin and not that annoying chaebol med student. I’m torn as to whether I’m willing to sit through 40 more episodes just for them.

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know that you once again convinced me to watch a show I wasn’t even thinking of starting with your brilliant review! Not as unequivocally a positive experience as with One Warm Word, but it was still enjoyable in parts (especially parts named Lee Sangyoon and Pak Haejin. Ahem).

    Hope you’re doing well 🙂

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    • Hey there Laica! Long time indeed!! HUGS. Thanks, I’m doing well – just haven’t been able to respond to comments lately (or write any new posts) coz RL has been intense of late and I had to give my work all my attention. 😛

      Aw, I’m sorry this show made you ragequit.. I can totally see where you’re coming from. Woo Jae was pretty aggressive and controlling, and Seo Young’s decision to keep up with The Lie was also rather out-there. Still, I kept watching because as far-fetched as it was, I could understand her rationale for her actions, even though I didn’t agree with it. And yes, Ho Jeong is very sweet, and completely stole my heart by the end of the show. ❤

      I think if you put on a relatively more makjang sort of lens, you might be able to accept Seo Young's decision better. I felt like she was just so frustrated by how her whole life had been messed up, that in a moment of recklessness, she decided to just go with it, and see where it took her. And then after that, it was just a case of digging herself deeper and deeper, so much so that it was hard to take it all back. It's the logical thing to do, but by then, it probably felt like it was too late, for her to do so.

      It's not a huge loss if you decide to drop this one for good, but I will say that all our key actors put in very solid performances, and even Woo Jae learns to be a more giving, patient man. 😉

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