So I finally found some time to start watching this drama. I’ve been looking forward to it for the longest time. I loved It Started With A Kiss, so when I heard they were making a remake I was so happy. I became even more excited when I heard that they chose Kim Hyun Joong to play the male lead.
I’ve only been able to watch the first two episodes, and all I can say is – what a disappointment!
Honestly, if I didn’t look forward to this series so much (and if KHJ wasn’t the male lead) I probably wouldn’t bother to continue watching it. It pales in comparison to ISWAK. Sure, the cast and their acting is okay and I like the costumes and the set, but that’s about all. The show is so colorless~ I have no idea how they can turn a good story into something this boring.
I saw so many behind-the-scene photos for this show in the internet and they were all really nice, which made me look forward to the show more. I expected myself to laugh and cry while watching it (like I did with ISWAK), but so far, nothing. No emotional response.
There are so many memorable scenes in ISWAK that didn’t appear in this drama. I know that the producers probably didn’t want to make an exact copy of ISWAK, but if they were going to change the scenes, they should at least make it better. Like when Baek Seung Jo wished Oh Ha Ni good luck on the exam, it was so plain and lifeless! I remembered getting all excited and giggly when Zhi Shu said it as he passed Xiang Qin in the hallway. And Xiang Qin’s reaction was priceless. Oh Ha Ni’s reaction in PK was like “Oh yay, he wished me luck, now what?”. And also the scene when they were checking out their exam scores. It was so anti-climatic in PK! That was actually one of my favorite scenes in ISWAK. It was so sweet the way the two of them went on opposite sides of the board to check how the other did, and how happy they were for one another. There was also a bit of a suspense there because Zhi Shu fell asleep in the middle of his exam, so we didn’t know if he would get a perfect score again (which he did). And I loved it when Xiang Qin said “We may be on opposite ends, but at least we’re on the same paper.” That was one of my favorite quotes in the entire series, and they took it out in Playful Kiss!! The way the scene went down in PK was just so – for lack of a better word – bleh~
But I guess what I can’t stand the most is the lousy soundtrack! Actually, I take that back. it’s a bit unfair of me to call it “lousy” since I haven’t really been hearing it, which is frustrating! There are so many colorless scenes that could have been improved dramatically by simply adding good music in the background. And it’s not even because they don’t have a good song to use. I checked out the official sound track of the series and the songs that they chose are actually nice, which makes me wonder why they’re not using them. There were a lot of dead air (uhh, I’m not sure if that’s the correct term) in the series which could have been filled with any one of those songs.
No wonder this series got such low ratings (but surprisingly, people keep giving it good reviews on dramacrazy). The first episode was really a pain to watch. Episode 2 wasn’t that much of an improvement, but it was a bit better (mostly because there were more scenes where KHJ appeared – he’s the only reason I continue watching the show). Anyway, the ratings go up after a few episodes, so I’m hoping the show will continue to improve. Just because a show started off bad doesn’t mean it can’t get better. The first few episodes of Goong bored me to tears as well, but I ended up loving it in the end.
I find the bears in the end of the episodes cute though. Unoriginal, yes (Goong already did that), but still cute.