Bad Papa Review


Synopsis
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Bad Papa is a 16-episode (32 split episodes) drama about a man emotionally estranged from his wife and daughter. He reconnects with them when he restarts his boxing career. No one knows his secret – an experimental drug aide his success. Will the drug have consequences? Will he lose what he has gained when his secret is revealed?


What I liked
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The writing, core characters, the message.
Writing. Writer Kim Sung Min was an unknown. Keeping the emotional connection in the plot points was a strength. In the final episode, there is a boxing match, but it was the underlying emotions (not giving up and being an example) that mattered. Writer Kim kept the options open so the turn in the final two episodes worked even when your brain said…wait a minute.
Core Characters.
Father (aka Bad Papa) Yoo Ji Cheol (Jang Hyuk). I watched this series for Jang Hyuk. He didn’t disappoint. Jang Hyuk made a character that I wanted to throttle sometimes (e.g. lying to his family) into a man whose choices were realistic for him as he struggled to reestablish his dignity and place in his family.  Isn’t Jang Hyuk maturing with an almost youthful look? I want his skin care regime!
Daughter Yoo Young Sun (Shin Eun Soo). The apple didn’t fall far from the tree with Young Sun. She was like her father in so many ways. Their relationship and emotional connection was the best part of this drama. She was an inspiration to her father and motivated him to become an example to her. I LOVED them!
Messages. This drama had several themes. Two resonated with me – family is what matters and fight to the end.


What I didn’t like
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This drama had a steady state and could be characterized as low key. The emotional punch in this series didn’t come until the final episode. That made the final episode terrific (if you agreed with the writer’s choice). But the other episodes had a similar vibe.


Would I recommend Bad Papa?
Yes, the father and daughter relationship was fabulous. Writer Kim’s choices succeeded when so many paths could have been taken. Finally, Jang Hyuk worked his subtle magic to make us see his character wasn’t a Bad Papa after all.

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6 comments on “Bad Papa Review
  1. Jane Tilly says:

    What a great nutshell review of Bad Papa❣️ KJT, you boiled down the salient points that made this drama shine: the writing, the characters and the messages.

    I look forward to the next project Writer Kim Sung Min does … I 💗 the consistency of the story. I concur that the writing was tight enough to overcome a couple of “wait a minute…” 🤔moments. There was a plethora of anatagonists of varying degrees from the annoying mean girl 👜 to the psychotic 🔀 🤡 and flat out evil 😈 villains…and their minions.

    KJT was correct that Jang Hyuk DID NOT disappoint❣️ Jang Hyuk excellently portrayed a very human (flawed) father who struggled to provide for his family, overcome an undeserved past and be a good example to his family as a kind and loving husband and father. I also thought the father daughter scenes were SIMPLY THE BEST parts of the entire series. Ji Cheol 🥊💢 and Young Sun 🎒 mutually strode to tenaciously never give up in their athletic quests and family relationships.

    I would heartily 💗 recommend this drama, although you may need to periodically shut your eyes to get through the cage fights 🥊💢 and grab a box of tissues 😢🤧 for the final episodes.

    • I look forward to the next project Writer Kim Sung Min does … I 💗 the consistency of the story..plethora of anatagonists of varying degrees from the annoying mean girl 👜 to the psychotic 🔀 🤡 and flat out evil 😈 villains
      I did want to see Young Sun beat the mean girl (or so I assume) in the dance competition. I enjoyed the nuances of the villains, they were onions that got peeled to reveal how dreadful they were.

      Jang Hyuk excellently portrayed a very human (flawed) father who struggled to provide for his family, overcome an undeserved past and be a good example to his family as a kind and loving husband and father.
      Yes, he did. Writer Kim kept a distance between husband and wife. I wanted more of a connection there. I get that Ji Cheol had the illness that had him writhing on the floor, but still, I wanted more warmth.

      I would heartily 💗 recommend this drama
      Another good one for Jang Hyuk, he mines characters’ depths well.

      • Jane Tilly says:

        “I get that Ji Cheol had the illness that had him writhing on the floor, but still, I wanted more warmth.” -KJT

        While the marriage improved throughout the series, I would have also liked to have seen Sun Joo 📝 comfort her husband in his pain, unfortunately it was written so that Ji Cheol 🥊💢 chose to suffer in silence. I would have liked to Sun Joo’s 📝 character written as more intuitive about her husband’s suffering.

        • Ji Cheol 🥊💢 chose to suffer in silence. I would have liked to Sun Joo’s 📝 character written as more intuitive about her husband’s suffering
          He do choose a solo path. Was it his pride or was it the breach in their relationship that had cemented a “go solo” mindset for both of them that wasn’t easy to reverse?

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