Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Dream High: Episode 1 and 2

Dream High: Episode 1 and 2

First impressions: Enjoyed it 100% more than we thought we would.
We know- we’re surprised as well! We think it may have something to do with the fact that we had zero expectations, if anything we were ready for the worst. Come on, it’s a drama full of Idol stars and we all know historically how well that pans out. However we really enjoyed it. We like the varied assortment of characters and the different angles that they bring to the drama. Also we like the quirky, funny vibe the drama manages to present without it feeling forced.
We really like the insane premise: You’ve got the big bad debt collector – who we love already. He could easily sell the leading lady’s organs or far worse to get his money but instead he decides to send her to drama school to make her a star. Totally love how silly the concept is and how the big bad is hilarious and entertaining in this drama. Plus the guy made a PowerPoint presentation to give her options- How random and funny is that? - We approve.
Hye Mi, the leading lady took a couple episodes to grow on us but we like her. She’s far from perfect- rude, arrogant and surly but she’s tough and sassy- which we really like. Plus it’s hard not to like a character who is in a really crap situation due to her parents. She went from having everything to nothing but a black bin bag and a little sister– damn those irresponsible parents and their lack of business sense! Also Suzy who plays Hye Mi really doesn’t deserve the harsh criticism she’s received so far for her acting. We actually think she’s managed to portray a character that isn’t particularly likable quite well and it’s just a case of her growing on the main audience- as we said she’s far from the typical leading lady, K-drama viewers are use to.  We have a feeling this might play a part in her not being particularly popular.
We really like the other characters as well; we sense a super cute relationship between Sushi Girl/Kim Pil Sook and Jason/ dancer guy - How utterly adorable is Sushi girl, especially when she kissed her photo of Kim Hyun Joong? 
Taecyeon as Jin Gook is great - although we have issues with him not getting the leading lady. Come on, when a guy shares a cute childhood flashback with the leading lady, saves her from baddies, gives her his shoes off his own feet and runs to the rescue to save her when he thinks she’s been kidnapped– he should be her OTP!!! Now we’re just hoping that Taecyeon works a little more on his acting, because as much as we love him...we can literally see his brain register his lines as he ‘acts’.
Our favourite wannabe OTP scene:
The scene where Hye Mi is crying and Jin Gook puts the helmet back on her head, leaving her to continue crying without feeling embarrassed. It was a simple but sweet scene. We hate scenes where the leading lady is crying her eyes out in the arms of a person she barely knows- it always feels so false and OTT; in real life you wouldn’t do that! His response was a real man’s response- slightly awkward but considerate all at once.
Other characters we really love include Kim Soo Hyun as Song Sam Dong.  He was magic in Will it snow for Christmas? - just a wonderful performance. So getting the chance to see him in DH is exciting and despite the fact he’s been in it for literally two minutes, we already like him and can tell he’s going to be great with Hye Mi. – Are we being too optimistic or are we simply clouded by our KSH love?? Okay, it may be it’s a combination of both factors but still...we can only hope.
Overall two thumbs up! Yes, the majority of acting is rather OTT and hammy and we have a distinct idea of where the drama’s heading in regards to storyline but still...we like it. Surprisingly enough having watched DH and My Princess-we actually enjoyed this one a lot more. My Princess at the moment feels very predictable and just your standard RomCom K-drama (but we never underestimate the writer because she rocks!), whereas DH has the potential to mix it up both in terms of story and as well tone. So all is looking quite promising, heres hoping it stays on this track and doesn’t become all serious and dramatic all of a sudden.

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