New drama alert! New drama alert!
I read the synopsis for this drama and the rags-to-riches story made it sound like some of the Japanese dramas that I’d enjoyed. But even with that, I can’t say I was particularly interested in it because…. how interesting could it really be? However, I read a few positive reviews and boy am I glad I gave it a shot.
It’s still early days but I’m loving it so far.
Our male lead is Kang Soo, an experienced deliveryman who doesn’t spend more than two months in one neighborhood. It appears that he’s working his way through Seoul, searching for the mother who robbed his father then abandoned the family Like every true Korean drama hero, he’s got family drama and it appears that his father died of cancer. He’s a kind, just man who gets his hands dirty when necessary. He’s also passionate and doesn’t back down easily.
Our female lead is Dan Ah. She’s strong-willed, determined, hardworking, ambitious and doesn’t take shit from anyone. She’s been working hard to save 100 million won to emigrate and seek a better life elsewhere. While I love that she can kick ass, I also find her a bit problematic. I think she’s too violent but most of all, I don’t like the storyline of her using Kang Soo’s perceived cross-dressing against him. She also has problematic parents who hit her up for money. She paid off their loan and now that her brother irresponsibly lost his scholarship, they want her to spend her carefully saved money on him. I hope she sticks to her guns and doesn’t buckle under the pressure.
The second lead female is Ji Yoon and the reason Dan Ah thinks Kang Soo wears women’s clothing. She’s a rich kid who’s run away because she’s tired of her evil mom controlling ever aspect of her life. Kang Soo takes her in thinking she’s a teenage runaway but she ends up taking advantage of his kindness and moving in with him. Girl, did you really move in with a strange man?
One thing I like about her is her resourcefulness. Despite being guilty of dropping her earring in the customer’s coffee, I like how she got out of it. Perhaps because the victim was Jin Gyu. I think she makes out the best when it comes to shitty parents. Her mother is a controlling, manipulating witch who aims to put all her competitors out of business but I like that she at least has what appears to be a caring, loving father.
Who’s Jin Gyu? Ji Yoon’s future husband if her mother has anything to do with it. He’s the second child of a chaebol with no direction in life. This is one of those “the chicken or the egg” situations. Does his father hate him because he’s a loser? Or is he a loser because his father hates him? Jin Gyu being so selfish to close roads off just so he can have a car race is unconscionable, especially after seeing the negative effect it had on Kang Soo’s friend’s life but his father beating the hell out of him then advising him to kill himself is indescribably despicable. What the fuck?
So these are our four leads, all with mommy or daddy issues. My guess is that Jin Gyu and Ji Yoon will be the secondary couple, meaning that her mother’s wish may come true but perhaps not in the way she hopes. Speaking of Ji Yoon, why doesn’t she sell some of her designer purses and move to a hostel immediately? Wouldn’t that make more sense that what she’s doing? But it’s not the story, I suppose.
Anyway, all four leads have crossed paths. Kang Soo and Dan Ah work together; Ji Yoon sleeps in Kang Soo’s room (while he sleeps uncomfortably on some chairs downstairs); Kang Soo and Jin Gyu met on one of his delivery runs and of course, the rich boy had to be a condescending jerk; Jin Gyu and Ji Yoon had their first unfortunate meeting when she climbed on his car and later on, at the coffee shop with the earring incident and last but not least, Dan Ah and Jin Gyu met when she tried to stop him from committing suicide. I loved how realistic that scene was and that instead of being able to save him, she fell into the water with him.
I think that’s why I like this drama. Things may be exaggerated or even a little ridiculous but people still react somewhat realistically. We’re not saddled with the usual timid characters who need some stronger character to help them break free of the shackles of their lives. Even the spoiled, rich girl is smart when backed into a corner. Well, maybe not all. Jin Gyu clearly needs some direction and purpose in his life and perhaps someone to guide him there.
It looks like our rich kid is going to start working with them. I don’t think that restaurant tolerates incompetence so we’ll see how that goes.
All I pray is that Kang Soo’s friend doesn’t die because I’m not ready for that kind of tragedy this early in the series.