My Thoughts — My Secret Romance — Episodes 1 – 4
My recaps are “blog while I watch” posts. While time consuming to write, my stream of conscientiousness recaps give me a in-depth perspective on a show.
I decided I was going to watch more shows for fun. One show I’m watching is My Secret Romance staring Sung Hoon (I enjoyed in Oh My Venus) on the OCN network that typically does not produce the rom-com genre.
At the end of my recaps I have a “My Thoughts” section where I summarize my thoughts. I just finished episode 4 of My Secret Romance and thought I share my opinions on this show. Shout out to Beez for the idea of sharing my opinions on a show without recapping the series.
* Cha Jin Wook (Sung Hoon) has never forgotten his encounter with Lee Yoo Mi. He was hurt when she referenced it as a one night stand. When she left him alone in the car the morning after and he was found by group of women, he was embarrassed and insulted at their laughter that he was insufficient lover because the girl ran away. He’s never forgotten that. But more important, he can’t forget her. On his desk in this treasure box, is a keepsake she left behind. In episodes 2 and 3 he enjoyed keeping her hopping to do make meals to his satisfaction. I like Sung Hoon in this role. His hair, his body, his eyes are his physical strengths. More than that is Jin Wook’s wish to reconnect to her, and Sung Hoon is portraying his longing and confusion about her quite well.
* Lee Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun) is kdrama cliche female lead. Fresh, spunky, clueless, Yoo Mi is a standard kdrama female. She’s nice but not too deep. I don’t dislike her but there isn’t much to this character to latch onto. I do like her hiccups every time she is close to him. He doesn’t understand “her tell” that she likes him…yet.
* The production makes texting fun to watch and embraces kitsch. I remember the first time a show had two characters texting, it was boring to watch. Not so here. The sound effects, the pauses, the scenes all embrace a tongue in cheek fun. I especially enjoy how each episode begins with drawings of the characters giving it a webtoon or manga vibe. This show does not take itself seriously. This is cotton candy fluffy fun.
* Support characters I like:
** Jang Woo Jin (Park Shin Woon) is a dandy dresser assistant to Jin Wook. I love his no-nonsense ways. The stylist has fun with this character. The polka dot explosion suit, tie, shirt was over the top fun!
** Jung Hyun Tae (Kim Jae Young) is Yoo Mi’s friend who probably has feelings for her. I like their interactions. I’d love it if he could avoid the second lead trap of longing, interfering, and rejection. We shall see.
* Support characters I don’t like:
* His father, her mother, his wanna be girlfriend. The fact that her mother is an exotic film actress is the most interesting thing about Yoo Mi’s mother. Jin Wook’s father wants him to get married and produce grandchildren. He’s willing to foist Joo Hye Ri on his son. She’s willing to be Jin Wook’s girlfriend. Undoubtedly she’ll interfere in their romance. I don’t foresee liking this character.
* Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-6) sees ep 1 as okay, improve in ep 2, reach a high in ep 3, and fall away in ep 4 as outside forces interfere with our couple and take more screen time than they warrant. My episode ranking chart is below.