THE SHORT VERDICT:
Suspicious Partner is what I would call a reasonably successful blend of crime and romance – a rarity in dramaland, from my personal findings.
Great lead actors, excellent OTP chemistry, a quirky supporting cast, and a compellingly delivered Big Bad all come together to make this a solid drama, despite Show sagging somewhat in its later episodes.
Perhaps most importantly of all, Show ends on a satisfying note – another rarity in recent dramaland history (again, from my personal findings), and therefore a plus point not to be taken lightly in my books.
Overall, a pretty engaging and rewarding watch.
THE LONG VERDICT:
A trend that I’ve noticed in dramaland of late, is the blending of thriller (often specifically murder), romance &/or comedy in a single show.
Generally, I find these to be unnatural and uneasy bedfellows, and my own attempts at watching such shows have turned out more misses than hits. I don’t know if that’s an indication of how the cookie really crumbles, or just an indication of my poor show selection skills, heh.
Regardless, the good news is, this show doesn’t do too bad a job of blending it all together. In fact, since I found more to like than dislike in this one, I’d call it a win.
OST ALBUM: FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE
Here’s the OST album, in case you’d like to listen to it while you read the review.
STUFF I LIKED
One of the first things that I liked about Suspicious Partner, is how a lot of stuff seems to happen right off the bat, and, despite the weirdness of some of the events, given the context of our story, somehow it all still makes sense.
And, even though a lot happens in the first hour of the show, I didn’t even feel like it was rushed. Instead, I actually felt engaged. And surprised. Which is a very good thing indeed.
Show manages to keep its taut pace for a good run before it doesn’t (more on that later), and for a good stretch, I even found this moderately cracky.
Here’s a quick rundown of the top things I enjoyed about this one.
1. Ji Chang Wook as Ji Wook
I see shades of Fierce Healer and Funny Bong Sook in Ji Chang Wook‘s portrayal of Ji Wook, and that’s awesome, especially since you guys know how much I love Healer.
I love that I’m getting Healer vibes, even in this very different character. When Ji Wook glowers fiercely and growls at people to get lost, he reminds me of Badass Healer.
On the other hand, Ji Wook’s occasional nervous ticks remind me of Bong Sook. Both very good things indeed, in my books.
Don’t get me wrong though. Ji Chang Wook does a fantastic job making Ji Wook a different and separate character, and I found a lot to enjoy in Ji Wook, whom I found to be quite adorkable, with his prickly outer shell and his marshmallow underbelly.
Most of all, I loved Ji Chang Wook’s silently profound delivery of Ji Wook’s wordless moments. Often, I felt like he communicated so much, without having to say anything at all.
Here are just 2 examples:
E14. When Ji Wook sits on edge of Bong Hee’s bed and Bong Hee turns away from him in her sleep, the look on his face, and the way he blinks a few times, says so much. He’s processing too; he’s confused; he’s feeling wistful; he’s catching himself.
All of that is so evident, without him having to say a word.
E28. When Ji Wook wakes up the morning after, with Bong Hee in his arms, only to see the photograph of Bong Hee and her dad next to her bed, and realizes that this is the same man he’s been having nightmares about.
Only a few short moments transpire, but we see Ji Wook wake up all contented and dreamy next to Bong Hee, snuggling close to her and adoringly kissing her shoulder, then grapple with realization when he looks at the photograph of Bong Hee with her dad, then struggle with disbelief as his brain struggles to comprehend the realization itself and the ramifications, then hold Bong Hee with a mixture of confusion, worry and fear.
SO MUCH goes on in Ji Wook in those few moments, and I feel like it’s clear as day for us to see, written only on Ji Chang Wook’s face, since he has no lines of dialogue in this scene at all. Wow.
2. Nam Ji Hyun as Bong Hee
I found Bong Hee a pretty awesome character, and that’s thanks in part to the way she’s written, and also in part to the way Nam Ji Hyun portrays her.
Nam Ji Hyun has a wonderful warm onscreen presence, and makes Bong Hee likable and relatable all the way through our story, regardless of the situation. Even when she misunderstood Ji Wook in episode 1 and reacted strongly, I didn’t find her annoying, just misguided.
Bong Hee’s a great character coz she’s not only down-to-earth and relatable, she’s also strong. I love that she can literally kick ass if she wants to.
Beyond the physical strength, she also shows mental and emotional fortitude.
I love that she decides to roll with the “crazy” label her classmates bestow on her early in the show, instead of letting it get her down. She’s a survivor, and I like that.
Here are a couple of times when I really loved Bong Hee for her strength.
E3. After the whole ex-boyfriend murder debacle, Bong Hee cries in the shower, but it’s not out of self pity; it’s more at the realization that her ex-boyfriend is actually dead. Despite the daunting circumstances, she works to be strong.
E5. I like how Bong Hee chooses to speak up for herself, even in the face of the glowering, intimidating father of the dead ex-boyfriend.
She flinches physically, thinking that she is going to get hit, but she continues to speak up for herself and doesn’t back down from it, all while being respectful and polite. That is awesome.
E5. I love that when Ji Hye (Kim Ye Won) insults Bong Hee’s outfit, Bong Hee stands up for herself without batting an eye, “My clothes are cheap, but my soul and body are so classy that they make up for everything.” Ha.
3. Ji Wook and Bong Hee together
Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun have excellent, sparky chemistry, so whether Bong Hee and Ji Wook are bickering fiercely, or being chummy, or getting up close and cozy, they are a pleasure to watch together.
In particular, I enjoyed the early bickering between them, which I thought was fab. You could practically see the sparks fly, amid the tension. Right away, I could see definite promise in this OTP connection.
Here are my 3 favorite things about this OTP relationship:
1. It feels organically grown
One of my favorite things about this relationship, is how organically it is portrayed. From both leads’ points-of-view, I could believe how and why each would trust the other, and how each would fall for the other.
In a sea of dramas where the OTP characters love each other because they just do, this felt refreshing and very engaging.
I like that first and foremost, Ji Wook and Bong Hee like each other as people, and root for each other and care about each other’s goals.
A great example is in episode 20. I love that Ji Wook gets all proud of Bong Hee when she solves the case, and is more concerned with how well she did, than how gross she is after not showering for 3 days. Aw.
On a related note, I also very much enjoy the fact that our OTP relationship is built on a very solid foundation.
From the beginning, because of the circumstances, they’ve been thrust straight into the deep stuff, of literally defending &/or worrying for the other person’s life; of giving the other person space to make tough decisions, and supporting them in those decisions.
And out of that, they gain a pre-laid, extremely robust foundation for when they actually start dating.
There’s something rather admirable about that; that right away, once they start dating, and when their relationship is put to the test, they find a depth of loyalty and understanding, already there.
2. It feels healthy
Another of my favorite things about the OTP relationship, is how healthy it is. Both Ji Wook and Bong Hee are shown demonstrating respect for the other person’s right to personal space, personal opinion, and personal agency.
Even when they disagree with the other person’s decision, they stop short of actually interfering. Again, this felt really refreshing.
A great example of this is in episode 12, when Bong Hee returns home after being physically intimated by DA Jang (Kim Hong Pa).
Ji Wook’s response is perfect, really. He’s sensitive enough to Bong Hee’s behavior, that he realizes something is off. He checks on her, but is completely respectful in the process.
He knocks on her door instead of barging in; he gently takes her hands away from her throat so that he can see the bruise; he quietly asks what happened instead of shouting at her; when she says she doesn’t want to talk about it, he respects her wishes and only asks if she will be alright.
Such a perfect mix of care and respect.
3. It gets swoony
From the initial up-close-and-personal moments, to the full-on kisses, this OTP has chemistry by sparky bucketloads.
Given this couple’s organic, solid, healthy foundation, this electrifying tension in the air every time they actually get in each other’s personal space, feels like the bonus that we wouldn’t have dared ask for, on top of everything else.
Every time our OTP shared a moment of burgeoning tension, my heart flailed and my brain fizzled. Dang.
Here’re just 2 OTP moments that brought on the swoon:
E14. That moment of burgeoning tension, as Bong Hee and Ji Wook’s eyes meet after he wakes up to her undoing his tie. So crackly, and so sexy.
The look in Ji Wook’s eyes is also incredibly sexy. He’s just honing in on her, like she’s the only thing in his line of vision, as he wakes up. Swoon.
E16-17. Such an emotional moment between our OTP, with Ji Wook emotional with worry, and Bong Hee emotional with fear. Ji Wook finally gives in to his feelings, and pulls her into his arms.
The hug is so heartfelt; it’s like he’s taking refuge in Bong Hee’s nearness.
And then the kiss.. so unhurried and tender.. Augh. It feels like he’s trying to breathe her in.
Flail. Puddle. Swoon.
4. Jang Hyuk Jin as Chief Bang
I enjoyed more than a few of the supporting characters in this drama world, but I must say that Chief Bang was a favorite of mine.
Jang Hyuk Jin’s comic timing is solid, and his droll expressions are simply gold.
5. The hodge-podge office gang
By the later stretch of the show, the hodge-podge office gang had really grown on me, and I also very much enjoyed the crisscrossing friendships among the gang.
Besides Eun Hyuk’s (Choi Tae Joon) recovering long-time friendship with Ji Wook, I also loved Ji Wook’s bond with Chief Bang. Also, I was pretty taken with the friendship that grew between Eun Hyuk and Bong Hee.
It’s so platonic; she feels safe to turn to him, when she needs someone to talk to about important, scary stuff.
Essentially, the office gang learned to really care for and support one another, and they kinda felt like a found family, and I love that.
Special shout-out: Dong Ha as Hyun Soo [SPOILERS]
This was my introduction to Dong Ha, and I must say, he is outstanding as Hyun Soo.
He delivers Hyun Soo in a pitch-perfectly creepy, mentally unstable, subtly psychotic sort of way.
The more we saw of Hyun Soo, the more I became convinced that there was something wrong with him.
I feel like Dong Ha even elevated the script by giving Hyun Soo all these small ticks and twitches, which made Hyun Soo come across as more psychotic than the actual dialogue was making him out to be.
The way Hyun Soo shakes his head to try to get things straight in his mind, made me feel like he was on the verge of malfunctioning.
All in all, Dong Ha makes Hyun Soo a thoroughly fascinating villain. I had complicated feelings towards Hyun Soo because of Dong Ha’s portrayal.
Most of the time, I wanted Hyun Soo put away for good, coz he harmed people and was quite the psycho.
But then some of the time, when Hyun Soo showed his vulnerability, like in episode 33-34, when he remembered the girl he had loved, and shed broken tears, my heart completely went out to him.
Watching Dong Ha as Hyun Soo, I felt like I understood what people mean when they say a show is as good as its villain. He makes this show more interesting. Kudos indeed.
STUFF I LIKED LESS
Kwon Na Ra as Yoo Jung
I think Show tries to portray Yoo Jung as a sympathetic character, but I hafta say that I didn’t care for her much at all.
I mean, yes, she first came across as pretty cool and badass, taking down would-be thieves in the cafe in episode 8, but really, THE thing that bugged me the most about Yoo Jung, was the way she acted like Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk owed it to her to forgive her and take her back.
I found that profoundly annoying, and every time she petulantly complained that the boys were ignoring her, or had replaced her, I really wished she would shut up and go away, because no one owed her forgiveness.
Especially since she consistently showed very little remorse about everything. If she appeared sad, it was mostly because she felt sorry for herself, not because she was truly remorseful, and I didn’t have patience for the pity party that she kept throwing for herself.
The resolution of the big elephant in Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk’s friendship
For the record, I liked the portrayal of the recovering friendship between Eun Hyuk and Ji Wook.
Also for the record, I didn’t like the way the Yoo Jung issue was resolved between them. Throughout their recovering friendship, Eun Hyuk’s past indiscretion with Yoo Jung was the elephant in the room that couldn’t be magicked away.
Even though Eun Hyuk had quite thoroughly distanced himself from Yoo Jung since then, and Ji Wook had found new love with Bong Hee, this history with Yoo Jung was a thing in their past that couldn’t be undone; a betrayal of trust that couldn’t be simply swept under the carpet.
I appreciated that Show didn’t sweep the issue under the carpet, and allowed our boys to go through the related consequential angst, and explore what it did to their friendship.
That is, until Show kinda did sweep it under the carpet, in service of hinting at a rekindled loveline between Eun Hyuk and Yoo Jung. Suddenly, the boys had made peace with the past, and it was ok if Eun Hyuk had feelings for Yoo Jung.
I dunno, I feel like this wasn’t handled in a way that was believably organic. Or maybe my distaste for Yoo Jung as a character bled into my ability to embrace this Yoo Jung resolution between the boys.
Show slows in the later stretch [SOME SPOILERS]
At about the episode 18-19 point, I started to feel like there wasn’t a lot of forward movement on any of Show’s fronts. In both the crime and romance departments, it felt like Show was cycling in place, and a lot of the stuff onscreen felt like filler.
And then it felt like Show went off on a tangent, entangling both Ji Wook and Bong Hee’s dads with DA Jang. It all felt too overwrought and too convenient, at the same time. I could’ve really done without the Entangled Dads backstory.
While this was going on, Show also introduced a couple of elements which felt quite try-hard to my eyes.
Bong Hee and Ji Wook’s moms hating each other, and their animosity putting a damper on their kids’ relationship was played for comedy, but didn’t feel very funny to me.
Also, I found it weird and jarring that Ji Wook would be portrayed as being that averse to the kid in episodes 31 & 32, when there hadn’t been any signs of him having a kid aversion before.
The whole kid thing felt shoe-horned in to earn cute points with audiences, but because of how random it seemed, I felt it came off as rather try-hard instead.
Combining all these elements together, Show’s later stretch became a lot less fun to watch, which was a pity.
Despite Show’s missteps, I did appreciate its efforts to introduce and reinforce various themes throughout its story. I found them rather thought-provoking, and felt that the themes deepened the watch for me.
Here are the themes that resonated with me the most:
1. The idea of appearance vs. reality.
The stalker looks normal but is crazy. Bong Hee looks crazy to a lot of people, but she isn’t.
2. The idea that we have all lost someone, whoever we are, whether we are good or evil.
I appreciate that sentiment. Hyun Soo has clearly lost someone too, and that’s probably what’s driving his psychotic behavior. It’s not the right way to deal with any situation, sure, but context makes us all human, including the murdering psychopath.
3. The idea of memory, and how it’s not absolute.
Our memories aren’t constant and are shaped by our mind. Like the way Ji Wook’s memory flipped when he was floating in and out of consciousness. Our minds get in the way of the truth.
THOUGHTS ON THE ENDING [SPOILERS]
I’m pleasantly surprised by how satisfied I feel with this ending. It’s not blow-my-socks-off amazing, but it feels wholistic and balanced, and satisfying in a quiet way that leaves me smiling quite contentedly.
I liked the penultimate arc resolving Hyun Soo’s story for its element of surprise; I absolutely did not see the twist coming, about his involvement in the original gang-rape crime.
Yet, what a great way to emphasize Show’s central theme of memory and how our minds respond to it; that memories are subjective, and can be twisted.
Additionally, what a great performance by Dong Ha, particularly of the confusion and horror Hyun Soo experienced, as the truth dawned on him again, overshadowing his twisted memories.
Beyond the central murder arc, I liked watching Bong Hee and Ji Hye become real friends. I personally didn’t feel completely on board with Eun Hyuk and Yoo Jung’s romance, but, it was nice to see Eun Hyuk happy and smiling.
Most of all, I appreciated that Show spent its last hour exploring our OTP relationship. After all, Ji Wook and Bong Hee have only ever faced big obstacles together as a couple, and had completely skipped the everyday stuff.
It was amusing to watch them stumble over how to behave as a normal couple, and it was also refreshing to see them obsess about the little things for once, instead of fighting to save each other’s lives.
In the light of all they had been through, getting to fuss over the little things feels like a luxury well-earned, and I just really enjoyed watching them learn how to love each other even in the midst of everyday annoyances.
I smiled at Ji Wook’s proposal and Bong Hee’s glad acceptance of said proposal, and I can just imagine them loving each other, and bickering with each other, and laughing with each other, for a long, long time to come.
THE FINAL VERDICT:
Leans more heavily on crime than I like, sometimes, and a little meandering in the later stretch, but still manages to be a pretty satisfying watch.
FINAL GRADE: B+
Personally I pretty like Kdrama that has prosecutor or attorney as main characters. I like this drama. It reminds me of I hear your voice, my favorite one, quite a lot ( not as good but I still like this one), maybe it’s unavoidable because they tackle the same area.
i love all the scenes when he runs fast toward her and hugs her so tight OMG OMG his face like relief because she’s safe and he doesn’t want to lose her.
just still curious of 2 things
I must say that I found the friendship between FL and the woman that her former bf cheated with rather distasteful. Same goes for the ML and his former friend/gf (wish “I will never forgive you” was actually true).
I found rather creepy the idea of the two people that betrayed him would end up together (so they not only get away with it, but they have an happy ending). Not exactly a start one would want to remember (betraying the former bf/best friend).
I found a bit creepy also the idea of the FL with the ML’s ex friend, given what he did to the previous woman he liked.
I found the use of “love” as an excuse for cheating on the ML ex friend somewhat repulsive.
Lastly, for all the “no excuses” bit, they both want to worm their ways back into his life, when if they *actually* realized how much they hurt him they wouldn’t dare show their faces to him. The one I understand the least is the gf… she went to the US especially because she understood this, so it’s not clear to me why she suddenly chose to reverse course and come back into his life -staying away would have been the more respectful option-.
@matrice – I’m vigorously nodding.
I have just finished watching this, and I liked very much ,because like you said the general intent of mixing crime and romance, doesn’t go really well most of the times(strong woman Bong soon is a great example ),i also don’t like the murder or dark theme arcs so much ,but I was surprised with this one, on the way it didn’t felt uneasy to watch (I think is because the leads seemed strong enough to catch the bad guy ,unlike in other shows ),about the things that didn’t work for you (and I understand) ,i think stuff like “they knew eachother as kids”,”their parents knew/know eachother”,”cute random moment “,aren’t to be seen as actual flaws but kind of ” is already part of the Kdrama gender “,I know there are times that some shows abuse of it ,and it gets really cringe/annoying ,and the same goes for other things like the kdrama idea of funny or cute (wich I actually like),for example, the little boy that comes out of the blue in the lasts episodes ,it wasn’t a very “professional writing ” thing ,rather it was there just to provide cute scenes to us ,but I really enjoyed ,and I confess that i was waiting for them to adopt him even if it was on the last episode or scene lol (wich if actually happend, at the end I do realize that would feel a bit forced, perhaps if they introduced the boy before or in another way?idk maybe I was just excited to see the couple getting a child or something ), and about the relationship between ji wook, Eun Hyuk and Yoo Jung,I agree that a proper reconciliation was missing, and yoo Jung should be a more defined character (like she wanted ji wook back even without properly apologising, but at the end easily accepted Eun hyuk , it felt really strange, if she almost cheated on ji wook with Eun hyuk, why did she tried to get ji wook back at many times ,if in the end she actually liked Eun Hyuk I really didn’t get it ,but in resume it’s on my best dramas list and introduced me to both ji chang Wook and Nam ji hyun,I loved it
Lol. Yes, a lot of stuff wasn’t fantastically written, in this show. For me personally, the writing was decent-not-great, but the OTP sold this for me. Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun together elevated this drama for me, I think. And yes, somehow, this show made the romance with crime work quite well, which is quite a feat in itself, and deserves at least a brownie point or two. 😉
I can’t believe I’ve been putting this kdrama on the bottom of my to-watch list. This show is a gem. Just as you said.. it’s the right blend of crime and romance and comedy.
It takes a long time for me to finish an episode… because I keep replaying the scenes.. because of how good it is. The characters are so well-played I feel like I’m watching real people.
And I really liked this drama because the characters are like genuine people. I like that the characters are quick-witted (except for Mr. Byun 😅). I like it so much when people in kdrama land process things like real people and not rushed/delayed like in other kdramas. I like how both leads took their time to understand what their feeling.. about their feelings towards the other person, or any information that they would stumble upon and actually using their common sense when they face certain situations.
I really loved JCW delivery of his character in this drama. I love how his eyes is just so expressive with every scene, may it be a serious scene, dramatic scene, melo scene, romantic scene and even comedic scenes. I like how I can see in his eyes how annoyed he is when the meeting gets chaotic and gets nowhere. haha
Aside from the waking-up scene you mentioned, I also loved the break-up scene where they were holding hands but something feels off. I loved his delivery of that scene, you could see in his eyes, how he is wondering what Bong-Hee was thinking but at the same time he gets a hunch of what it could be, and the feeling that he is scared what the outcome may be, how scared he is to lose Bong-Hee.
Another scene that I actually love when Ji-Wook told her that he is sorry that it took some time for him to realize his feelings and she probably doesn’t like him any more. That he respects her.. and would wait for her decision. I actually find that a rarity in kdrama land. I actually swooned in this scene and keep replaying it.
I also liked the pacing of their relationship. Just as you’ve said it is organically grown. And so when the break-up happened, I actually cried. It feels like watching and caring for a plant to grow and then it just died. I know they would eventually end up together because it is a rom-com.. but the break-up also felt real to me. Some kdramas just put conflict out of nowhere so that somehow both leads would break-up and then get back together. Some are so rushed, like if a kdrama is 16-episode drama, leads would have a conflict at the 15th episode mark and then make-up with each other on the last episode like magic, with no proper conflict resolution. I like how each of the leads their time to internalize on how they are feeling towards the information about their dads.. and how their feelings could affect the other person. I like that it actually took several episodes for them to make up. I also like it that even though they’ve broken up you could still see that they truly care about each other but at the same time they are careful to not overstep their boundaries. I also like that we as viewers could really feel their awkardness with each other other and they are struggling of how to act towards the other person.
I honestly cannot get over this drama and their chemistry is just.. daebak. Now I’m binge-watching Behind the Scenes and youtube clips of the series.. and fan-made videos. And as I’m writing this very long comment… I’m listening to the OST. 😍😍😍
Hi there daughtikawaii, it’s so nice to hear about how much you love this drama. 🙂 You clearly have much deeper love for this show than I did, and that’s great. It’s such a treat, to get all sucked into a drama, and fall in love with the characters and the music. Enjoy the lingering sweetness! <3
omoo thank you for replying.. i really love your reviews.. every time I finish one drama I always read your review after to reminisce the moments in it. looking forward to more of your reviews. ❤️
Aw, thanks for enjoying the reviews, daughtiKawaii, that makes me happy. 😊🥰 I hope you’ll continue to enjoy them, going forward into 2020! <3
I love how nuanced this review is! I’m going to go ahead and read your view on all my favourite kdrama, it’s so interesting! This is actually my first time posting a comment on the internet, I am so impressed. Glad I found fangirl verdict 🙂
hey is suspicious partner appopriate for 11 -12yrs?
I’m not really sure it’s suitable for 11-12 year olds.. The network itself targets audiences that are 15 years old and above. Plus, there’s a psycho killer in this that is portrayed in a somewhat sympathetic fashion. Maybe you’d want to consider something less dark, if you have tweens in mind for the watch? Perhaps something like I’m Not A Robot would work? 🙂
I was so pleasantly surprised with the show, I only saw the mini trailer on Netflix and I thought it would be about a hate to love / forbidden love story between an uptight boss and his intern. I just went with it because of Ji Chang Wook. I know Netflix’s teasers can’t be trusted and I purposely didn’t seek out more details as I wanted to be surprised and boy it didn’t disappoint.
The characters are the highlight of this show. And by that I mean the office gang as you called it. I loved them all individually, but their interactions were absolute gems and it was refreshing to have those little moments in the midst of all the drama.
I loved our main couple so much, their growing feelings and relationship felt genuine and their bickering was SO CUTE. I loved how they were both shooting wits at each other back and forth at the speed of light.
And I just want to do a BIG shoutout to Ji Wook for respecting his partner’s wishes. How often do we see male leads being soo patronizing towards their girlfriend. For instance the whole I was afraid for you so now I’m gonna scream at you like a madman because I’m SO angry? Gosh I hate that. But Ji Huk always put Bong Hee’s feelings first (as it should), not pressuring her to talk and giving her space when she needs it. He was so respectful and gentle toward her. Even the wrist-grabbing thing (would it be a drama without a slow-mo zoom on a dramatic wrist grabbing) was done gently. But yeah, I’m all in for a healthy relationship and the leads being supportive of each other. We couldn’t avoid the noble idiocy arc with the “I’m breaking up so YOU won’t suffer” that honestly makes me want to pull my hair off everytime but at least Bong Hee ends up apologizing for it and admits that she shouldn’t have reacted the way she did. (Still frustrating when it happened though but ok). And thank god they were behaving like a real couple. Casual morning kisses and sex hell yes.
I agree with you on Yoo Jung. I wish they had written a likeable character but she turned out to be a pretty typical second lead female. However, Ji-Hye was a pleasant surprise. We didn’t see her apologizing to Bong Hee for what she did to her but I think she matured a lot throughout the show and her growing (denied) friendship with Bong Hee was nice to see. Actually it would’ve been nice to see more of the three girls together instead of focusing on Eun Hyuk and Yoo Jung love story. He’s an angel and deserves to be happy but that love story was such a waste of time.
I agree as well for the useless dad tropes but I guess it was needed to fill the angst quota. The DA prosecutor manipulating proofs and twisting the witness’ memories was interesting and resonated with Hyun Soo’s own story so I wish we could have had that story without involving Bong Hee’s father and dived into the DA’s corruption more. It would also have left plenty of times to develop Hyun Soo’s side a little more. But I guess the writers didn’t expect such a good portrayal of the villain. It’s almost like Dong Ha gave to Hyun Soo a whole story that wasn’t on paper.
Anyway thanks for the review, it t was really nice to read.
Sorry it was insanely long but if can add one last thing: can we talk about Eun Hyuk’s laugh because I was cracking up everytime omg I love him.
Hi there Mel, so glad you enjoyed the show – and this review as well. I’m with you, I was pleasantly surprised by this one too. Show did make some missteps, but overall it was a pretty satisfying watch all the way through to the end. I do like your idea of Show focusing more on the girls together instead of the love story between Eun Hyuk and Yoo Jung. I think I would’ve enjoyed watching that version way more! 😀 And yes, Eun Hyuk’s dorky laugh was hilarious! 😆
Loved the drama. But can anyone please tell me , Why didn’t Eun huk or Cha clarify to Ji Wook that nothing actually happened between them on that night , and that Ji Wook misunderstood them? In one episode Eun and Cha were discussing about this . They surely implied that nothing happened between them , but still they didn’t clarify to Ji Wook ???!!?
I think that it wasn’t about anything actually happening; I think the very fact that it even ever got close to that, was enough of a betrayal to break down the various relationships.
I agree with you.
Did you watch ‘Where stars land’?
Give it a try, you will surely enjoy it.
I’ve started watching Where Stars Land, and am currently just a few eps in.. around 6, I think? So far I’m liking it quite well (even though I did randomly poke at it before and decide it wasn’t for me, heh). Fingers crossed that I’ll enjoy it all the way through! 🙂
Haha, yes, that’s why i too watched the whole drama without skipping at all 😁
I truly enjoy reading your reviews 😊
JCW looked even more attractive in this drama than in Healer, IMO. I loved watching it because of many reasons. Still, I disliked how the director/story writer expected us to believe that after 3 murders in the same city no one would actually try to find a link between them and think about the connection between the victims, to find out their past. In a case of serial murders it’s the first thing police/ detectives should go after. I was kind of frustrated watching this kind of lacks of logic in this drama.
It’s true that the chemistry between JCW and NJH is remarkable but I think the latter sometimes disappoints with her acting. She delivers dialogues in a too much childish way when it is not required at all. Which is annoying.
Nevertheless, it’s much better a drama than many others in the same genre.
Aw, thanks for enjoying the reviews! That makes me happy 😊
Yes, this one was flawed, and the policing is as inadequate as one might expect in dramaland. I used to get really frustrated at the lame policing in dramas, but I’ve come to accept that it’s part and parcel of dramaland. Taking that into account, this one managed to balance the murder and the romance much better than most other dramas I’ve seen that have attempted a similar dichotomy, so I give it points for that. 🙂 Now that you mention it, I do see what you mean about NJH’s delivery sometimes leaning a touch childish. It didn’t bother me much in this show since it fit pretty alright with her character, but I can see how this could be a problem. I think I forgave a lot because of the excellent chemistry that she shared with JCW, heh. 😆
I had been waiting for your review of this drama since it aired. I do agree with lot of points in your review, although bong hee’s character was sometimes inconsistent and had a little too much childlikeness for my liking, a trait in kdrama heroines that somewhat disconnects me from the romance/chemistry like ”anna” in k2. That childish/overcutesy quality makes me feel like the female lead just has a girly high school crush on the guy and not a deep adult romance with sexual chemistry.
I also felt like some of her limitations as an actress were made more evident by acting with a stellar actor like chang wook .This was her first real adult role and sometimes dressing her in extra girly fashion didn’t help .
Someone pls burn down her nightie ,in one of the scenes she wore the most unflattering nightie ever,i might sound vain or vapid but for me it didn’t help to push the romantic attraction narrative. I can’t imagine that a hottie like JCW would fall for any girl with that nightie.
Overall i immensely enjoyed this drama and the acting from the villain and the other supporting actors was top notch. I watched it while it was airing and i couldn’t wait for wednesdays and thursdays .
Aw, thanks for waiting for this review, May! I hope you found it worth the wait! 😉
I do agree that most kdrama heroines tend to lean on the innocent/cutesy side, and that can feel odd, especially if the characters are in their late twenties or beyond. Still, I suppose it is a cultural preference, so I try to acclimatize myself to it. 😅 I do agree with you about Anna in The K2. That’s one loveline I personally couldn’t get behind, no matter how hard Show was trying to sell it. 😛 Glad you enjoyed Suspicious Partner though!
Great review! Love the thought process =) I think I’ll be reading your reviews before watching any kdrama lol
Welcome to the blog, Gem! 😀 Glad you enjoyed the review, and I’m happy to know that you plan to keep on popping by! 😀
I’ve got to say, Suspicious Partner is my favourite Kdrama by far, and also introduced me to Ji Chang Wook for which I’ll be forever grateful. I came to it straight off the back of the wonderful Shopping King Louie where I adored Nam Ji Hyung and I adored her in this as well. I thought the romance was perfect and such amazing chemistry between them. I also thought the antagonistic relationship between Ji Wook and Hyun Soo was brilliant. The scene on the bridge and then again in the courtroom was electric. I was also really pleased that there was no ridiculous love triangle. There were a few minor inconsistencies in the plot but I personally never felt it was slow. In fact I sat up and binge watched the final nine hours and went to sleep at 5.30 am to finish the series. It was a very compelling story throughout.
The major irritant for me was the super nasty girl suddenly becoming a friend. I wasn’t comfortable with that at all. Also I wish that Kdramas didn’t always have some kind of weird family link to the lead couple which just felt like a cheap excuse to keep them apart and introduce even more angst, but lol that seems to be the way of many dramas so you just roll with it.
I’m now gripped by Healer and will watch all JCW’s dramas while patiently waiting for him to make a return. I see people comparing this to Fight My Way which I think is a bit unfair as SP is a crime drama romance not just focussed on friends to lovers. A totally different story, although I loved Fight My Way. I also see rave reviews for Because This Is My First Life, where I really can’t be bothered to watch the final episode and don’t understand the hype. Suspicious Partner has been the best by a mile.
Thanks for the review!
Well, I would say any show that introduces you to Ji Chang Wook deserves a special place in your heart 😉 I agree that it felt weird to have the nasty girl suddenly becoming everyone’s friend. That felt quite unnatural to me too. And I vote for less childhood entanglement between leads as well – it’s been so overused!
I’m so pleased that you’re moving on to Healer, that is one of my favorite kdramas – LOVED it, so much! <3 <3 Every time Healer parkoured off a building, my heart wobbled. 😍
Personally, I've been enjoying Because This Is My First Life a lot, but it's a very different type of show than the typical rom-com, so I think you'd need to be in a particular sort of mood for it. Also – drama love is very personal, so it's very possible that it simply doesn't work for you, even though it works for a lot of other people. I've bucked the trend myself many times, so you're not alone 😉
Thanks so much for replying! I definitely am of the fluffy romance preference, so I was surprised by how much I took to Suspicious Partner with the interwoven crime story. It was fascinating though, I thought they handled the two really well. The way they handled the storyline for the murders was superb and the acting was stellar.
Aaaaah angst in romance stories. I 100% know it’s inevitable and necessary, but sometimes writers do go ott. That was the major wobble for me in Suspicious Partner, the whole Dad thing you mentioned. It felt unnecessary and forced. But the rest was <3<3<3 sooo happy with that romance. Coming off the end of Healer (how am I going to cope when it's over, I only have episodes 18, 19 and 20 to go), I think has one romance which has been done to perfection. Such an awesome female character, no drama, no bs, her doubts and trust shown beautifully. More of the same please!
I know this is a Suspicious Partner review but Because This Is My First Life has been on my mind heaps so I hope you don't mind a minor deviation. I started off loving it. Se-hee is fantastic. CEO Ma and Su Ji are a favourite couple and Su Ji is my hero. The writers tackle some really necessary topics. I literally just wrote an essay on it but then I thought spoilers so I stopped! I didn't warm to Ji Ho. Which was at total odds with some of her other actions which I was cheering on. So, without revealing story, I will just leave it as I understand her point of view, but I don't agree with the route she chose to took? It wasn't just her character though. Often I was left feeling very uncomfortable and actively dismayed by how some things were portrayed. I mean, both her and Se-hee had utter facepalm moments and some really funny then heartwarming scenes but yeah, there was a lot that I found hard going. Worth a watch, most definitely, but it left a bad taste in my mouth on many occasions which is why I'd not rank it as a favourite.
I also adore Park Seo Joon and Park Hyung Sik *dreamy sigh* but honestly Ji Chang Wook my poor heart, please stawp….or not hehehe. Gonna have to eek out his dramas slowly over the coming 19 months or so to keep me satisfied until he returns from his military service. Fortunately, there's always rewatching, right??!
Have a great day 🙂
Hehehe! Yes, there is ALWAYS rewatching! I’ve watched Healer twice, and loved it both times – and would watch it again. 😍😍😍 When you’re done watching Healer, you might enjoy the monster review I wrote for it.. if only to relive some of the feels. <3 You can find that here. I personally would recommend staying away from The K2 though. It was such a disappointment. I couldn’t get through it, not even for Ji Chang Wook. 😝
As for Because This Is My First Life, I’m 15 eps in, and except for E15 where I felt slightly confused, I enjoyed E1-E14 very much. I haven’t seen the finale yet, so I have no idea how I’ll find the drama as a whole. But maybe when I’m done with that show – and have written it a review to go with – you can share some of your spoiler thoughts 🙂
Awesome, thanks! I will go check out the Healer review now. I finished it last night and I have so many feels it’s ridiculous.
I’ll await your spoiler review for Because This Is My First Life, looking forward to it. I hope you enjoy the final episode 🙂
Thank you – I hope I enjoy the last ep of BTIMFL too.. there seem to be some mixed reactions to this show’s final 2 eps, so I’m definitely curious to see where I land! 🙂
Hello! I just found your blog. This review is so on point. You expressed my own thoughts perfectly. I also agree with you on the x-girl friend plot, but I think it suffered from underdevelopment. I was actually so irritated that they didn’t because it had a really good chance of being portrayed well by the actors. What you describe as cycling and going off on a tangent of the Entangled Dads, I called wasting time. They could have used that time to write for the Yoo Jung and Eun Hyuk story. It just felt unsettled.
Hi there A3kings! Welcome to the blog, I’m glad you found me! 😀 And yes, I would’ve definitely been open to Show just dropping the entangled dads arc, and spending the time and effort on making the relationship angle more fleshed-out and believable. That would’ve probably made the entire show feel that much more satisfying to watch. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by how satisfied I already felt with the ending, as it was. I guess I’ve been burned too many times lately, by shows going off the rails in the second half 😛
Just wanted to share my opinion on this show. By the way I like how your reviews are so on point.
Out for 4 dramas that I’ve watched of the year 2017: Chief Kim (Dong-Ha is in this drama too), Fight my way, Big Hit, & Suspicious Partner. It was Suspicious Partner that left extremely disappointed. Which is a shame since it has the same screenwriter who wrote “I remember you” which is one of my favorites dramas. Here are the things that I didn’t particularly like.
1. The decline of Ji-wook and Bong-hee personalities. At first I liked our main protagonists but then came “your dad killed your dad” plotline. It ends predictable with Bong Hee dad being innocent. Ji-wook black&white mentality started to annoy me. His talk on how “all criminals are the same” became tiresome and unhealthy. Because that is simply not true while there are criminals who do it for the enjoyment, but then there are those who a much complex reasoning for being behind bars. Also, that he was mostly right about his clients, sure he got a few times wrong but it did little for his character. In the end he became such an unlikable protagonist that I didn’t care much for him. The only scenes where I tolerated him was when he interacted with Hyun-soo.
In the second half of the drama Bong Hee ends up being more in the background than anything else. After Hyun-soo woke up from his short-term coma she didn’t share one scene with him. Yes she suspected that he had an amnesia but did nothing to investigate further she just shrug off her shoulders and went on her day. This felt like the show took “Her story & her villain” leaving her with nothing but crying and being boring. Hyun-soo was the guy who framed her so why in the world did the drama erase that connection?. I liked her scenes with Hyun-soo and would I have liked to see more of it. Because it would have been a good way to test her capabilities as a lawyer. Speaking of which she does very little cases of her own. I saw so little of it that I genuinely forgot she was a lawyer.
By the end of the drama I just didn’t care for either of them.
2. The fact that the District Attorney gets to walk away freely. He loses his job sure people will condemn for his actions but he still be a member of the society. People will soon forget what he had done. Sorry but that doesn’t do it for me. Its like the drama is telling us its “fine to do corrupted things: lie & manipulate evidence but not murder”. His character as a whole did little to the story, except for being a plot device of adding more drama to our main heroes. And despite they gave a scene where he is grieving for his son. I felt nothing for this character. He feels more like a cardboard cut character then a real human being.
3. So what happened to the rapist that turned himself? Did he get a shorter jail sentence? Was he set free?
4. The ending of our tragic villain Hyunsoo: I found his jail sentence way too cruel.The fact that he has a mental illness and suffers from a trauma that went untreated for 13 years. Also, for a main antagonist he had the least screen time I`ve ever seen for a villain. It would have been riskier to make Hyun_sooo the main protagonist, ever heard of a villain protagonist? But that would have been an intriguing route to take. Anyways that we still know so little about his past. Where are his parents? Is he an orphan?. If it wasn’t for Dong-Ha splendid performance he made his character more complex then he was on paper. After he receives his sentence we dont see him ever again. A year has passed and I was waiting for at least a short scene of him. Is he now in a deep depression? Is he at peace with himself?.
I´m still a bit sour on how the show went on and killed of Chan-Ho (offscreen), when it before showed hope that he was still alive. For some reason I thought the drama will add more dimension to Chan-ho relationship with Hyun-soo.
5. The fact that it takes so long for our heroes to find out Hyun-soo’s past even though he told them indirectly why he did the things he did.
If you ever happen to watch “I remember you” expect a stronger writing (though it does drag in the middle) and complex villains but a weak romance. You will notice some scenes in that drama that is similar to “Suspicious Partner”.
Anyways, hope I didn’t bore you or confuse too much.
Really ,the guy MURDERS about 6 people and you think his jail sentence is cruel ,wow. His murders were very intentional and well executed ,he was even blackmailing one of his victims (chan hoo) .which makes him a slimy bastard in my mentions. i would hate to have such a character running loose in society, even if he gets psychiatric help,he can get the help in jail.
Fangirl, what a review! The way you described EP -28 Scene of bed, where Ji Chang Wook said nothing but said it all through his face, I can’t get over how intense his acting has become. That’s one of my favorite acted scenes among dramas, I totally want to give you some credit for mentioning it here. You made my day! Lots of love… <3
Aw, thanks Bharati! I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the review! And yes, Ji Chang Wook was so good in that scene, I was mesmerized both times I watched it. Coz of course I had to rewind and rewatch the scene, to appreciate his amazing delivery! 😉
Thanks for the great review! I was super late to the JCW train (what have I missed all my life???) and only stumbled on your site when I watched Healer after Suspicious Partner! I loved your review and was looking forward to your review on SP!
I really enjoyed the mature adult relationship they had and how they communicated with each other (for most parts other than the noble idiot I-will-carry-this-burden-on-my-own bits).The chemistry between them was so intense and electric. I totally agree with what you said about the tie scene. I found myself holding my breath whenever they got close to each other on screen and am convinced they need to date in real life. I also felt the ending was perfect for them, after all the craziness they have gone through. JCW is obviously a great actor and so dreamy (those eyes!) but NJH was a real revelation for me in this.
The show did feel a little slow in the middle, especially when Dong Ha was in a coma. I also was not a fan of the Yoo Jung/ Eun Hyuk pairing which felt convenient and was actually rooting for the Eun Hyuk/ Ji Hae pairing instead! I also do wish the girls had more scenes together. The scene where they were all drunk was very enjoyable. There were some issues with the law parts – how Ji Wook could act as the attorney for Dong Ha and be the prosecutor against him thereafter. To me, this would be a total conflict of interest.
That said, I enjoyed this thoroughly. In fact, way more than I had expected and am now a total fangirl for JCW and NJH!
Hi Jo! Great to meet you, and glad that you found me! 😀 I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the Healer review, that review is one of my personal favorites on the site, and has a special place in my heart, coz Healer feelz <3
YES, that tie scene! It's not played as a major scene in the show, but it just leaped out at me, in all of its electric glory. Ji Chang Wook's intense dreamy gaze pretty much knocked me over every time. 😍 This was my first time properly watching Nam Ji Hyun (I couldn't get into Shopping King Louis), and I loved her in this. I do love her warm screen presence and very natural delivery. <3
I agree, I think an Eun Hyuk/Ji Hye pairing would've been much better than having him mope over Yoo Jung all series long. And you're so right about the law stuff. I rolled my eyes at all the legal stuff that was perfectly fine in this drama world, but wouldn’t have stood a chance in the real world. But, I've also learned that drama professions take a lot of.. uh, artistic license and mostly don’t make much sense. It used to bug me a lot more, but I’ve learned to just close both eyes and roll with it – most times 😉
Yes his gaze is so incredibly intense and dreamy! I read this hilarious comment somewhere that his smexy eyes alone could make someone pregnant! LOL
To me, the non-kiss in the tie scene really added to the tension between them and when they finally kissed I squealed so much!
I figured I just had to let go of the legal inconsistencies in the kdrama world and roll with it! I do have to say the series of questioning by Ji Wook and Hyun Soo realising he was there during the attack was excellent.
Lovely to meet you too and I look forward to more reviews! <3
Hahaha! Yes, I can see why someone would say that; Ji Chang Wook’s schmexy gaze is mesmerizing 😍😍😍
Your review is really spot on. The romance in this one really worked for me. I also liked looking at someone who cheated not as an evil person, but as someone who honestly makes a mistake and is trying to atone in his own way. He is such a nice guy and the actor portrayed him so well that I could feel his regret. Also, all too often the woman is always the one betrayed so it was interesting to see a guy have to work through the hurt and pain of being betrayed. I think that some of the story with Yoo Jung was a misfire. The whole issue of her getting back with either guy was just weird.
I think my two main issues were the k-drama coincidence regarding the childhood stuff. I am so tired of the childhood cliche. Also, there seems to be a thing in k-drama (It was also in I Can Hear Your Voice) where defense lawyers seem surprised they are defending guilty people. Gee what a shock. Of course they are though certainly not all the time but odds are one of the defendants is going to be guilty and the lawyer is going to get him off . That’s why certain personalities end up being public defenders and others end up being prosecutors (because there is the possibility of sending an innocent person to jail.) So which is worse?
I hit the lull late in this drama, and it actually took me a while to get back to this one but I’m glad I did. I think it definitely could have been shorter but overall enjoyed it. Loved the crazy office meetings.
I think this one doesn’t take over Fight My Way for my favorite romance relationship of the year. Are you checking that one out? It’s not perfect but one of the few friends to lovers dramas that really works for me.
So pleased that you enjoyed this review, Kat! And also, that we are in agreement about this show 🙂
I love your point about how Eun Hyuk was humanized despite being the one who betrayed his best friend. Choi Tae Joon really did a good job of the role, down to the weird nervous laughter. I’d found the laugh really strange at first, but when I realized that it was Eun Hyuk’s coping mechanism in the face of being estranged from his best friend, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. I wish Show would’ve just focused on healing the broken friendship between the boys, instead of trying to drag Yoo Jung back into the picture as a potential romantic partner for either of the boys. I absolutely agree that that was a misfire.
I also very much agree on the childhood stuff. It’s SUCH a kdrama trope, and often feels like it’s thrown in there, just to fulfill Show’s quota of tropes. I literally rolled my eyes when Show started hinting at the childhood connection between our leads. 🙄
As for Fight My Way, yes, I’ve seen it, and I like it! 🙂 I’m working on the review at the moment, and hope to post it soonish. I can’t wait to see if we’re in deep agreement again, with another show 😉
This one had a good start but really dragged on way too long. I recently watched Strongest Deliveryman and really enjoyed the good writing and that all of the episodes held their own.
I haven’t checked out Strongest Deliveryman, actually. Good to hear that you liked it! I do like the cast, but my interest had been seriously dampened by the generally meh responses the show seems to have been getting.
This one had a good start but really dragged on way too long.
It did drag in the middle and a few things weren’t really resolved well, but overall it was a decent watch. I liked the chemistry between Ji Chang-wook and Nam Ji-hyun, and also the camaraderie of the Noh-Ji-Eun-Byun-Bang gang – such a mouthful for a law firm’s name!
The kiss was well done. As was the point about young adults having healthy sexual needs.
If you haven’t seen the BTS of that kiss scene:
Oh my, junny! *fans self* Thank you for sharing that kiss scene BTS – that was intense. Somehow, without the background music, the scene feels even more intense. And a little voyeuristic, even 😛🙈
My takeaways from the BTS: Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun have a molten chemistry when they’re given the space and freedom to express it. And, PD-nim is wise to give them the space and freedom to do so 😉
I feel for poor Nam Ji Hyun, having to kiss Ji Chang Wook over and over again. 🙂 LOL What an awful job she has! 😀
Lol. Yes, SUCH a difficult job indeed! 😂😂
it’s been ages, i’ve missed you, i have been in a drama slump lately, it’s been hectic and i started a new job, so i come home, try watching something and just fall asleep cause i am exhausted,
i did try to watch SP, but after 4 episodes, couldn’t really get into it, i’ll give it another shot one of these days but i want to watch chicago typewriter (am et epi 5) and lookout/the guardians first 🙂
ps have enjoyed your posts on chinese/japanese drama’s, haven’t watched any of them but have already put those that you liked on the everlasting watchlist 🙂
Hi there Sia! HUGS. Great to see you! 😀
Sorry to hear about your drama slump.. I’ve been similarly drama slumped for a while, which explains why the blog went so quiet for the last 2 months 😛 I’m sure RL is a factor, but, it also feels like lots of other folks have been experiencing drama slumps, so I think it also has to do with the dramas themselves not being as fantastic as we’d like them to be. So don’t feel too badly if this show didn’t work for you. You can always give it another try when you’re in a more suitable mood. 🙂 I’ve heard good things about Chicago Typewriter, but haven’t gotten around to checking it out. As you know, the ol’ watch list is stupendously long! 😝
Out of the various C & J dramas I’ve written about recently, I do think you’d enjoy We Married As A Job. I was immediately engaged with it, despite feeling like I was deep in a drama slump. 😉
yeah drama slump seems to be everywhere lately, although some of the recent drama’s seem to be good (Age of youth 2, girls generation 1979, circle), i just haven’t felt like picking one up in a while 🙂
I do think i’ll pick up We married as a job next, i ran out of english series to watch (again and i’m super picky about what i watch) and have been mostly reading books lately
Are you out of your drama slump now?
I do think I’m out of my drama slump now, come to think of it. I mean, I’m watching more dramas again, and am feeling more engaged in general. And, I’m even writing about them again – and quite a bit too, as you can see from my recent posting rhythm! Or maybe that’s just all the writing juices come out to play, after building up over the 2 or so months I was in a drama & blogging slump! 😆
I have Age of Youth 2 and Girls Generation 1979 on my list. Right now I find myself enjoying The King Loves quite a bit more than I expected to. I was going to give it a miss, but the buzz around Hong Jong Hyun and Yoona’s chemistry got me curious. And now, about halfway through the drama, I feel pretty sucked in, which is a feeling I didn’t expect to have, especially with a sageuk whose premise hadn’t interested me much! What a happy surprise indeed 😉
Hi there! I really like your reviews! 😄I haven’t been able to finish the first episode… I didn’t like Bong Hee right from the start and just found nothing that interested me enough to continue. (Not even Ji Chang Wook! 😮) Maybe I should give it another chance… 😞
Hi there akagenomusume! Great to meet you, and glad to know that you’re enjoying the reviews!
As for your disconnect with this show, it might’ve been a mood thing. I find mood to be a very finicky thing, and it can make or break a watch. Maybe give this one another try when you think you’re in the right mood for it? If you can get past Show’s flaws, it’s a pretty solid watch, with some excellent performances 🙂
Oh, thank you for replying! You’re right about the mood… and I guess I wasn’t sure I should be in the mood for what exactly, since as you said, it’s a rare mix of romance and crime! I might try it again 🙂
Yeah, romance and crime don’t mesh easily, and that’s why I mostly shy away from them. This one has been the most successful show at mixing the two, that I’ve seen personally. In terms of mood.. I’d say maybe when you’re in the mood for a strong heroine and some bickering romance? Coz that was a big part of Show’s appeal for me in the earlier episodes. Well, that and Ji Chang Wook, of course 😉
Them romcoms with the side of murder… nah. That’s a mixture I have no interest in and even less if it’s the other way down. 😛 That and the fact that Ji Chang Wook always leaves me cold for some reason made me pass on this one. I’m probably one of two people who wasn’t enamored with Healer either. *g*
Awww! I’m sad that you didn’t enjoy Healer, coz I am still very much on the Healer train! 😍 But I am very much with you on not having much interest in murder romcoms. I honestly want to shake the person who came up with the bright idea: “Hey, I know! Let’s mix murder and romcom together! They’re so different; no one’s done it before – it’ll be GREAT!” Ha. Not. 🙄
I know! Everyone and their dog loved Healer and I was alone in my corner wondering what’s the fuss. 😉
Yup, that was such a bad idea. What were they thinking!
hi kfangurl! awesome, on point review as always… i agree, i guess the show could be less than 40 episodes and we still would’ve loved it.. anywayyyy…
i was actually so thankful for this after the underwhelming K2! so i just took it all in and swam in the crime, love and sillyness!
that scene when he realized who Bong Hee’s father was kinda reminded me of Park Bo Gum’s acting in Love in the Moonlight, when his character discovered the eunuch was a girl…i mean, those acting skills without words, are a gem!
appreciate your review. i’ve been following just recently and am watching the dramas you graded high since i think we have similar taste most of the time. 🙂
Hi nonie, welcome to the blog! 😀 Great to know that you’re enjoying the reviews, and that we have similar tastes in dramas! 🙂
Yes, I definitely agree this show could’ve been shorter. I often felt, in the second half, that Show was cycling in place. But, like you said, this was still a big step up from K2, which I simply could not finish. Also, you’re so right! Ji Chang Wook’s masterful micro-expressions do remind me of how Park Bo Gum slayed with his micro-expressions as Yeong. 😍😍 Those are some serious skillz, and I’m so glad that I got to enjoy both shows – and therefore not miss either of their great performances! 🙂
have you checked out Fight for my Way? 😀 .. i look forward to your review on that ..☺️
Yes, I did watch Fight My Way, and liked it! 🙂 I’m working on the review, hopefully I’ll be ready to post it soonish! 🙂
Finally you’re back with Kdrama review!!!
First, I would like to say Thank You, KFangurl! Thank you that your “comeback review” goes to my love, Ji Chang Wook. 🙂 (sounds so formal) 🙂
Anyways, as always I love your review, although I am already biased, because hello were talking bout JCW here. 😉
But on a serious note, I really loved the show. I loved how the story was written and executed. I maybe sound BIASED again. sorry.
And oh, I love the supporting cast so much. 😉
Hee! Your comment made me giggle – thanks so much for the warm welcome back! 😉 Ji Chang Wook was fantastic in this, and I’m glad I got to see him in action. Some of his scene deliveries were seriously masterful. <3 I'm sure your fangirl heart must've been so, SO full, watching your big bias do so well! 😍
Love your review! It was so eloquent and I agree with a lot of your points! SP brought me back from a drama slump and was my crack drama. Dong Ha was so amazing! And the romance, oh the romance. I’m trying to be coherent here but all I wanna do is squeal!
Aw, thanks Dianne! I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the review! 😀 And, congrats on getting out of your drama slump – those things can be so difficult to shake off! And YES, the OTP was fab, and Dong Ha was absolutely one of the best things about this show. And I rarely ever feel that way about villains, so that’s saying a lot 😉
OMO. Am I first? Hahaha anyway. Healer feels!!! I will say that I almost dropped this at Ep 1 because I did get annoyed with Bong Hee after the subway incident. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood to tolerate her. Good thing I gave this show another chance.
Agree with everything, including the villain! I will say that there were gaping plot holes here or there but it ended up a nice watch for me. And oh my goodness the kisses. *swoon*
Thanks for this awesome review.
Hee, yes you’re first, my dear Jo! 😀 Yay that you gave this one a second chance; it really turned out to be a better watch than I’d expected. Of course, my expectations weren’t that high, given my past not-very-successful stabs at murder rom-coms (I still can’t believe that is an Actual Thing!). But this one was definitely worth the watch. That OTP, and that villain! All so good! And oh my, yes, those kisses.. 😍😍