After weeks of denial I have to finally accept that You Who Came from the Stars is now officially over. I dreaded the moment when I would have to do my final review on this amazing drama but it is time now.
Where should I start? What about this drama wasn’t to like? Okay maybe Jae Kyung yet he was this extremely interesting villain that we don’t see often. His reasons were so clear and “pure” I use the word pure because he was seeking for power in its most pure form and there was nothing to stop him from it. In other word he was a perfect definition of a psychopath.
I could spend hours talking about my love Cheon Song Yi and how close to her I felt. I recognize myself in her in so many ways it was pure delight. She gave me this feeling of confidence and trueness throughout the entire drama. She was never perfect yet she was always true to herself and to her loved ones. I could not see anyone but Jun Ji Hyun for this role, she was indeed the perfect choice.
Oh and how about Do Min Joon and his transformation from a cold-hearted alien to a desperate but in love alien? Kim Soo Hyun delivered once again an outstanding performance proving once again that he doesn’t only have looks for himself. We also should appreciate his amazing ability to cry like no one. It gets me every time and he should definitely get an award just for his crying performance.
Of course I can’t talk about this drama without mentioning Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun chemistry who was already existing but got even better with this drama (have you seen all these kisses). Or could I forget about Yoo In Na and Park Hae Jin who spiced up things a little bit. Or Ahn Jae Hyun as Song Yi cute and charming brother.
Yet this show wasn’t perfect, if the performance, the music and the scenery was indeed amazing well there were many flaws story-wise. Though I loved the happy ending we got they (once again in dramaland) found us a last-minute explanation which took me a very long time to understand. I was disappointed to see that we wouldn’t get to see other aliens as I was hoping for a conflicting situation between Do Min Joon and his aliens’ friends but no. Same goes about how he goes weak when “mixing” body fluids with humans (if you know what I mean). Also I was a little bit weird out by how everyone seemed totally okay with him being an alien. Honestly where were the scientists to lock him up to study him huh?
Despite this huge flaws in the story (which isn’t something new to dramas anyway) we still had a very solid drama which built up our expectations and made us want more. You Who Came From The Stars definitely deserved these ratings and attention, it is a must watch for sure. Rumors has it there would be a season two and count me in if we get the same cast!
Okay I do realize that we are far past the half of the drama (though this review will stop at episode 13) but I have to share my feelings about the drama or else I’m going to explode.
First of all I completely understand why this drama is so successful. Aside from the star-studded cast and their fantastic performance the story is good and the characters are extremely lovable.
I’m extremely fond of Cheong Song Yi and her fabulous attitude. She is a very refreshing character in the world of dramas. It is especially nice to see the “good” girl be the antagonist while the “bitch” is actually the true hero of the story.
Cheong Song Yi might be bitchy, fierce and have a diva-like attitude her innocence behind the scene is fantastic. She never considered herself being the good girl and always assumed what she did (minus maybe the drunk performance in front of Do Min Joo) and I believe there should be more character like hers to tell women that it is fine to be yourself.
Jung Ji Hyun is stricking as Cheong Song Yi and keep on amazing me with her talent. This is when you see the difference between veteran actors and “newbies”. Even at the end of the episode 13, she amazed by jumping of the “building” or whatever it was. And she did it with so much grace, I might be developing a girl-crush on her.
While Jung Ji Hyun is terrifc, Kim Soo Hyun can’t be forgotten either. I did have a hard time at the beginning since I remember him as the lovely Sam Dong but he does know how to have this mature charisma despite his young age. It’s even better to see him fight internally over his obvious concern for Cheong Song Yi.
I must say I love the chemistry between Kim Soo Hyun and Jung Ji Hyun. Surprisingly I don’t see any age difference between the two of them and it is really nice not to have this little voice in my head saying “but the age gap is too big”
Story wise I’m really enjoying the pace so far but I do hope the whole murder story will be resolve soon and we will be able to focus on the fact that Do Min Joo is supposed to leave soon. That is usually the problem with drama when the audience know who is the culprit, you can have some suspense but not too much. I’m also really impatient to see if Cheong Song Yi will get her status back and how Se Mi will end. Oh Se Mi, if really there is one type of character that hate more than the bitch of the story, it’s the real bitch who manipulates everyone into thinking she is the good girl.
Finally I hope to see more about Song Yi’s dad and their potential reunion ^^
Ahh so many things who have yet to be taken care of, the good thing is that the drama might get a one-episode extension. Now, we all know that I’m absolutely not fond of extension but I would definitely not mind this one as I believe it will get a little deeper into the story.
Enjoy the show everyone and I will be back once the drama is over !!
tvN successful series “I Need Romance” is back for a third season with a brand new cast and I intend on following this season thoroughly. I mean Sung Joon and Kim So Yeon together? I cannot miss that.
The Story - This season we follow the life of Shin Joo Yun a successful employee at a home shopping company who just got dumped by her boyfriend and has to work with her worst enemy. Her life takes a new turn when superstar Allen Jo, whom she knew since his birth, comes back in her life.
The story is pretty basic, with our heroine being a working woman waiting for love even if she has trust issues about it, but I still enjoyed. Sometimes stories don’t need to be complicated for you to enjoy the drama, plus I’ve always had a sweet tooth for working woman seeking for love stories.
I’m curious to see how Joo Yeon relationship with Oh Se Ryung is going to evolve especially now that we know both of them are into her Sunbae.
Speaking of him he is a little bit of jerk really. I mean they did warn us that he was expecting a lot from Shin Joo Yeon but really acting that cold after her first failure sucks a lot. But then again she is doing the same with her employees so we can’t defend her completely.
What I am really waiting for, though, is the whole Noona love story! Since I’m a little bit older now I’m more open to it and let’s be honest our main actors looks really great together. Sung Joon is particularly cute as the overly jealous kid who wants to prove to his love that he finally became a man.
The Acting - Well I keep on being surprised by how opposite Kim So Yeon roles are. One time the mysterious femme fatale and after that a woman full of life but with trust issues. In other word I am totally enjoying her performance! If her chemistry with Sung Joon and her Sunbae is definitely there I am also very fond of her chemistry with her team/friends.
They all look like they’ve been hanging out together for such a long time and I just love it. Ahhh I want to have friends like that who can enjoy small sleepover and aren’t afraid of saying what needs to be said.
Sung Joon on the other hand really matured a lot. I must say that I like him better as the childish boy who wants to grow up than the silent bodyguard with a one-sided love. (No I didn’t really enjoy him in Gu Family Book). On a totally superficial note he is getting more gorgeous every day and his voice is still as beautiful as before.
The Technique: What really marked me is definitely the music! The mix between Korean and foreign music is particularly well done. I totally loved the music during the “Allen Jo” performance and the OST is pretty nice. The only thing that weird me out a little bit is the use of French songs or French sentences in songs. Why? Because I’m French and I understand exactly what they say and though it is pretty romantic it just reminds me of these creepy songs that were a success a long time before I was even born. The good thing is they actually did not make any mistakes….which I am very impressed about as French isn’t easy at all.
I Need Romance 3 is definitely not the drama of the year but if you are low on dramas to watch and want a story a little bit spiced up I believe this will be a good choice :)