This definitely isn’t the worst Kdrama I ever trudged through, but it certainly’s one of the most frustrating and disappointing dramas for me in recent years. I know that it has a dedicated, loyal fan following around the world, so I hope anti-fans won’t suddenly show up on my blog, wanting to kill me. Still, I’m sorry to say that Mary Stayed Out All Night is a drama I disliked all the way through. I may have finished all 16 episodes last year, but I had to, for I was part of an online subbing team back then. Many fans claim that the chemistry between Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Seok were out of this world; I, on the other hand, beg to differ. And if you asked me, the drama’s entire plot could’ve been condensed into five episodes, tops. It might’ve been more watchable had it been five episodes, too.
I dislike this drama not because it didn’t have a good starting plot line (it did, at least for the first six episodes), but rather that it self-destructed somewhere along the way during the execution process. It loss steam early on, and was so boring that I had to fast forward through most of it by the end, not to mention that it went completely insane with its plot and characters. So when the finale finally rolled in, I was already checked out of this show.
Some Kdramas may be all show but no substance, but MSOAN’s a drama that lacked a solid foundation from the get-go. By the last few episodes, the drama had nothing meaningful to offer to its viewers, with the writing largely contributing to its downfall. Whatever it had going for it was officially lost when the drama switched writers halfway through the series.
The poor execution is all that I can really remember from MSOAN. Though the acting may have been stellar, I couldn’t enjoy it, much less reminisce it. All I can recall are the bruises I got on my forehead from my headdesking, when I tried to stay awake during the drama. Even while on fast forward.
So yup, there you have it. To be honest, I’m rather surprised that I chose MSOAN today instead of Secret Garden, especially since I still have a bone to pick with SG. And boy am I itching for a fight with that drama. Almost a year later, I still hate it so much that my blood boils every time it’s mentioned. Like now. Grrrrr!
Oh, before I forget, thanks to all of you who’ve been leaving comments on the other daily challenge questions. I love reading through all of them and seeing what you guys chose, before comparing it to my answer(s)! What I love about this 30-day Kdrama challenge is that I get a chance to reflect back on all the dramas I’ve watched and take a trip down memory lane. I love the feeling that I get when I review dramas I’ve neglected over the past few years, either rewatching a few scenes here and there or reading recaps. Then the best part’s probably choosing which drama(s) best fit the question, and then writing about it. ‘Tis fun! (And a great way to procrastinate from real life duties too! ;))
Photos Source: Mary Stayed Out All Night’s official website