Um. A lot. Too many to count, which I’m sure most of you will understand. But here’s a list of 5 of them. Time for some quick drama bashings!
Hong Gil Dong: As sad as it is to say this, I couldn’t stand Jang Geun Seok‘s wooden acting. It bothered me enough that I had to drop the drama, though I trudged on until episode 10. Kang Ji Hwan was a hoot, but this drama tried my patience. Read the recaps for the rest of the series and was glad I dropped it, because the ending left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. Others may love it, but this is probably my least favorite Hong Sisters’ drama.
Queen Seon Deok: I watched this drama until episode 24 or so becauase my father and friends recommended it to me. While Go Hyun Jung was amazing as the evil Mi Shil and Kim Nam Gil as was sexy as the troubled Bi Dam, I just couldn’t finish it because I had no desire to. The story spiraled to hell near the end of its 62-episode run because of its 12-episode extension. Lee Yo Won was the lead but was completely overshadowed by Go and I thought Uhm Tae Woong’s Kim Yoo Shin a little bland following his child actor’s part. (Lee Hyun Woo was so freaking cute as the young Yoo Shin. That kid’s going places.)
Road No. 1: Such a contrived, over-the-top story that had potential but focused too much on the romantic storyline instead. People were sacrificed in the midst of war, but I didn’t really care. It was overly dramatic without a sense of narrative purpose. All show but no substance. I felt nothing for the characters and dropped it by episode 2, yet those episodes were enough for me to know that this drama would never live up to expectations. So Ji Sub and Yoon Kye Sang were absolutely wasted, too.
Smile You: T’was too long. Life is too short. I lost interest early on because I couldn’t stand Lee Min Jung as a spoiled daughter of a ruined chaebol. I know she grew as a character later on in the drama, but I didn’t want to go through all forty-five episodes just to see her maturation. But this one might be one that I’ll pick up again, only for Jung Kyung Ho, who was amazing in Time Between Dog and Wolf.
The Painter of the Wind: Pro: Moon Geun Young and the cinematography. Con: Park Shin Yang and his shrilliness. Dude needs to tone it down in his dramas. ‘Nuff said.