Remember how I wished that I had time to watch Flower Boy Ramyun Shop instead of just reading the recaps on Dramabeans a few days ago? Well, today the Universe granted my request and freed up my schedule. Despite running low on energy (I got a total of 3 hours of sleep last night. Woohoo!), I forgot about how tired I was and downloaded the episode anyway.
While I was expecting an episode full of cuteness and entertaining fluff, I wasn’t anticipating to be disgruntled ten minutes in and bored out of my mind by the first half of the episode. What exactly went wrong for me? Why was it that I was so entertained while reading the recaps for this drama, but when I actually watched it, I couldn’t stand it? Ah, therein lies the answer to my question.
That’s just it — the fact that I was reading the recaps all along made it a different and unique experience. Watching the drama itself is a huge contrast to reading the recaps of said drama. While I already knew this in my head, I still wasn’t prepared for the jarring effect of realizing that this drama is better enjoyed through recaps than actually watching it. At least for me, that is.
For example, when I’m reading the summary of each episode’s plot line and the commentary that goes along with it, I don’t have to pay attention to all the technical aspects of the drama, such as directing, acting, editing, etc. Because all the technical stuff in a drama isn’t usually mentioned in a recap, unless the recapper chooses to talk about it which, which can be a rare occurrence but it depends on the recapper.
That being said, I was totally unprepared for the bad editing and directing in FBRS, as well as the music score that didn’t match with the scenes. Like I said, I was totally aggravated ten minutes in. Maybe it was due to my sleep deprivation, but I got a headache from all the choppy transitions one-third of the way through. And it only got worse for me from that point on. I couldn’t enjoy The Pretteh and Jung Il Woo/Lee Ki Woo’s acting when I was so distracted by so many other flaws within the drama and how the story just didn’t seem to flow for me.
It’s not like I hated the episode, but I sure didn’t like it as much as I would’ve if I’d only read the recaps. I will, however, include things from this episode that I did like:
- Gong Hyo Jin‘s cameo and hearing Best Love’s theme song playing in the background
- Jung Il Woo’s smiles and various facial expressions
- Eun Bi trying to act like a seductress and failing miserably
- Kang Hyuk grabbing Eun Bi’s hand and putting her hands on his butt, where he helps her pull out laxative medicine from his pant pockets
- Chi Soo talking to himself in the mirror
- Eun Bi giving Chi Soo a hard-boiled egg that wasn’t actually a hard-boiled egg
- Chi Soo cracks the not-so-hard-boiled egg on his head
- The last two minutes where Kang Hyuk picks Eun Bi up and sets her on the railing and attempts to kiss her
See, at least I could still come up with a list of all the things I enjoyed about this episode. But I’m really hesitant to watch episode 10 because I didn’t enjoy episode 9. In fact, I think I might just go ahead and return back to readin the recaps unless someone wants to prove me wrong and tell me that episode 10 is indeed cracktastic.
And for anyone out there that’s reading this and wants to de-lurk, please also feel free to use the comments section and tell me what you liked about episode 9, your thoughts about this particular episode and the series as a whole, and what your dislikes too. I’ll be waiting!
Meanwhile, goodbye November. Hello December!
Photo Credits: Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Official Website, tumblr, and Naver