I had good intentions of wanting to like this one, particularly since it was enthusiastically recommended to me by Carulhein. She mentioned that she really enjoyed this one, despite Show’s low ratings, and that gave me hope that I might like it too.
However, 1.5 episodes in, I’ve come to the conclusion that while Show may have its fans (and said fans really do love this show a lot), I just don’t think it’s for me, unfortunately.
Hopefully this Dropped post will help you to figure out whether this one could work for you.
GENERAL IMPRESSIONS FROM EPISODE 1
I have to confess that I felt rather ambivalent towards Show, even from episode 1. Here’s an overview of my thoughts, as I tried to make sense of episode 1, and my reactions to it.
Like I said earlier, Show has lots of fans who think that it’s pretty great, so I’m basically the odd duck in the corner who doesn’t geddit. You could very well love this one, even though I don’t.
1. The tone that Show’s gunning for
While Show is all bright poppy Spring palette and happy, breezy music, it does strike me that the idea behind Show’s title, is a little more sardonic than these cheerful trappings might indicate.
This “spring” is referring to the youth of our characters, and it isn’t all that long into our first episode, that our protagonist declares that this spring – this youth – is only green from a distance. Which meant that up close, it really isn’t all that pretty.
This does lend a touch of foreboding to our watch, but to be brutally honest, I’m not sure how dark we’re really talking, here.
My guess is that this is to show us as an audience that it’s really not at all easy to be a young person in society; that you really can’t enjoy your youth, because you’re too busy trying to carve a path for yourself, because you’re considered a failure otherwise.
I get the idea, but so far, this is not translating so well for me, in that, it’s not quite popping for me, somehow.
2. Kang Min Ah as So Bin
I like Kang Min Ah, but the roles that I’ve seen her in, have been ones where she’s allowed to be vibrant and cheerful, and so this character So Bin feels a little odd on her, to my eyes. I suppose it’s just a matter of my not being used to it, because I do think she’s doing a solid enough job.
I guess I’m also not super into the idea of a timid female lead who’s so uncertain of herself that she tries too hard to please others. It was perplexing to me, to see her allow her new roommate (Woo Da Vi) to take advantage of her, right from the first minute.
It’s almost like she’s sliding into position to give that roommate control over her, with the way she volunteers to help with said roommate’s luggage, when she actually didn’t have to. 🤦🏻♀️
I rationalize that this will give So Bin room to grow, but I have to confess that this extreme doormat / wallpaper tendency is not fun to watch.
3. Park Ji Hoon as Yeo Joon
As for our male lead Yeo Joon, I have to confess that I am hugely distracted by his blonde wavy hair. Whoever styled his hair must have been greatly inspired by golden retrievers, because that’s exactly what his hair reminds me of – a golden retriever.
And maybe that’s the whole idea, because he’s trying so hard to be liked by everyone, and golden retrievers are friendly, lovable dogs. However, I don’t think it works that way.
I mean, just because a golden retriever has the qualities that you desire, doesn’t mean that it’ll help you to look like one? 😂
I also have to confess that I don’t like Yeo Joon very much, so far. I don’t like it when he tries too hard to please others, but I also don’t like it when he’s being himself. He’s so cold and disdainful when he’s being himself. I guess he’s unlikable enough that I’d almost welcome his fake cheerful persona – key word being “almost.”
There’s just something quite fake about Yeo Joon’s presentation, from his weird hair, to his overly pouty lips, that just doesn’t appeal to me.
I imagine it must be exhausting to be him, with how hard he works to make everyone like him. He’s overly agreeable, overly generous, and overly friendly. And yet, behind it all, he’s sardonic and disdainful. Talk about a disconnect. 🤪
To be brutally honest, out of all our characters, I struggle the most with Yeo Joon, as a character. I don’t like him, and his hair distracts me – almost as much as his overly pouty lips, and his coral pink lipstick. 🙈
4. Bae In Hyuk as Soo Hyun
I think I like Soo Hyun the most, out of our 3 main characters.
He’s too serious, too unfriendly and too isolated as a general rule, but I like that he’s honest. What you see is what you get, and he’s not at all interested in pleasing anyone. I like that.
Also, he’s doing well in school, even though he spends all his time working part-time jobs because he needs the money. That’s impressive.
Most important of all, when he realizes that he’d really missed So Bin’s email, he doesn’t hesitate to apologize to her, and tell her that he’ll make it up to her, if and when the chance arises.
Overall, he strikes me as a very decent dude, and I like him enough, that I’d like to see him have at least a few friends, and be happy enough with life, to smile a little.
5. The implied OTP
There is an implied loveline between Yeo Joon and So Bin, with Show already serving up little touches of hyperawareness, and a meet-cute-awkward, like this one.
I have to say, my struggle to like Yeo Joon as a character, is messing with my ability to root for a loveline that involves him. And, the fact that I’m not quite on board with So Bin’s brand of timidity, just adds another layer of effort to this.
It.. shouldn’t be this hard to get on board with the main loveline in a drama, I think? 😅
6. The implied reluctant bromance
I do like me a good bromance, and there’s an implied reluctant bromance brewing between Yeo Joon and Soo Hyun.
Basically, Soo Hyun appears to see through Yeo Joon’s eager puppy act, and is not at all interested in playing along. And the more Soo Hyun wants nothing to do with him, the harder Yeo Joon works, to get through Soo Hyun’s stoic shell.
On paper, this sounds like just the sort of thing that I would take to, but unfortunately, the promise of this reluctant bromance isn’t quite doing it for me either. Again, this has to do with the fact that I just.. don’t like Yeo Joon.
Therefore, I’m just not very interested in his friendships or relationships. 😅
7. General execution
Execution-wise, I am not loving what I’ve seen of Show, so far.
Not only does a lot of it feel rather mechanical and formulaic, there’s a sense of exaggeration to the delivery of most characters that I don’t think is helpful.
In episode 1, I especially didn’t like So Bin’s childhood friend (Choi Jung Woo, above), who comes across as wayyy too in-yo-face and OTT to land as remotely natural or real.
All that said, I did have good intentions about giving Show some time to grow on me. After all, some shows take a while to settle, and sometimes, a slow burn can turn into something really good, right?
I pressed play on episode 2 today, and I have to confess that I only got 30 minutes in, before deciding to pull the plug on this show.
Essentially, most of my issues from episode 1 still hold true. On top of that, the general sense of exaggeration that applies to the delivery of most characters, became starkly clear to me, in episode 2.
I just think that this one specifically, is not for me. Like.. To my eyes, So Bin’s too shy and awkward, and Soo Hyun’s too stoic and serious, while Yeo Joon’s too.. everything, and they’re all coming together more as caricatures than actual characters, in my head.
I know that True Beauty was OTT too, but for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on right now, that worked for me and I’d felt entertained by it, and.. that’s not happening, with this show. 😅
I’d kinda wanted to like this, for Bae In Hyuk, but I’m gonna just be content with his outing in Kiss Goblin, which I found a much easier watch than what I saw of this show.
I’m sorry, Bae In Hyuk-sshi. I know I only gave this 1.5 episodes, but I feel like I’ve seen enough, to safely conclude that this one’s just not for me. 😝