My final put up lamented the shortage of any Okay-dramas to observe, however now that we're heading into the summer time season and the recent romances that include it, I am feeling cautiously optimistic.
What it is about: Star chef Search engine optimisation Poong (Junho) finds himself kicked out of a job. He joins forces with ex-gangster Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) and homeless heiress Dan Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Gained) to construct a Chinese language restaurant.
Episodes watched: 4 (break up into half-hour every)
First impressions: Hmmm. Wanting again at a few of my preliminary impressions of each Miss Korea and Jealousy Incarnate, I am realizing that this author typically begins out dramas with a bizarre mishmash of tone and slapstick humor that ultimately evens out over the course of the drama.
I do not acknowledge the director for Greasy Melo / Wok of Love, so possibly the course heightened the author's pure inclination towards preliminary confusion. The primary two episodes felt jerky and disjointed, with bizarre transitions between scenes and a few oddly stilted course. (That clumsy seduction scene between Search engine optimisation Poong's fiancee and his boss comes high of thoughts.)
And but, if there's one other factor this author does nicely, it is creating charming characters outdoors of typical Okay-drama settings. Regardless of the erratic leaping from scene to scene, I caught myself laughing on the absurdity of Sae Woo strolling round Seoul with a fencing masks and a horse. Or powerful man Chil Seong seeing butterflies the primary time he units eyes on Sae Woo.
In fact, I am not right here for the author alone. (I do keep in mind the concurrently boring and infuriating Pasta, in any case.) It is actually the forged that piqued my curiosity, and to this point, that casting appears spot-on. Jung Ryeo Gained is one in every of my Okay-drama girl crushes, and this kind of position appears good for her. And Junho, who all of a sudden stole my coronary heart this week once I picked up Simply Between Lovers on a whim and located myself marathoning episodes into the wee hours of the night time for the primary time in a 12 months. (I've three episodes left. You don't want to know what's going to occur to you if you happen to spoil this for me.)
Then there's Jang Hyuk. As a result of I did not watch any trailers for this drama, I am form of thrown by the concept that he may truly be the second male lead right here. How is that even attainable? I imply, as I mentioned above, I've a newfound appreciation for Junho, however I did not activate episode 1 considering that in any universe it made sense to have Jang Hyuk taking part in second fiddle to a relative beginner at this level in his profession.
Nonetheless, although I am stunned by the romantic setup (and possibly I am studying it fallacious and Jang Hyuk is the precise romantic lead), I can not even complain as a result of this position is true in Jang Hyuk's wheelhouse. Watching him swagger down the street in his gangster suspenders makes me fairly excited to see him bumbling round in love, even when he is not the endgame right here.
Is anybody else watching this one? Did you get whiplash in episode 1? Are you sticking it out? Let's watch collectively!