Monthly Archives: May 2011

49 Days, 2nd To Last

49 Days will officially be ending tomorrow. And I’m devastated.

It’s not often to come by a drama so good it hurts. Even among those dramas you recognize as good, some just echoes more than others. You tend to grow emotionally attached with whatever you’re watching, but you know you’re just more attached to some than others. 49 Days is one of the rare dramas that is really good but is also touching me on a more personal level.

In the grand scheme of things, 49 Days may not be breaking any new grounds. Ratings do not soar to forty-something percent. It doesn’t give birth to pop culture mania such as Goo Junpyo’s curly hairdo, Kim Joowon’s sparkly tracksuit, or Sungkyunkwan Scandal’s Guhro Ahree. 49 Days, in the end, will just be one of the dramas with stellar quality but enjoy none of the perks of creating a big buzz.

Those dramas keep you reminded of a small specific thing about them, that’s true. But dramas like 49 Days, you will always remember with a little bit of ache in your heart and what you remember from it, 5 years from now even if you don’t watch it again, is that it’s so fucking good.

Overall good dramas you don’t meet very often. But dramas that keep you on the edge of your seat till the last episode is even harder to see. A lot of dramas, even good ones, usually suffer toward the end. Usually, quality is on a downward trend around the time when 80% of dramas have been broadcast. Either it’s the viewer’s fatigue, or simply that the drama is getting reckless especially with so little time of production, it’s really hard to make a perfect ending. But 49 Days have proven to me that dramas CAN get better as each episode closes. Dramas CAN keep us guessing till the end. Dramas CAN be so well written, so well acted, so consistently good. Dramas CAN keep its steam till the finish line.

Like I said, I really like that 49 Days is never about romance. Romance is just shrewdly thrown in the mix and becomes a major theme of the drama, but it doesn’t steal the focus away about it being about two girls finding their own self. Jihyun discovers things she, not the brightest bulb, would never notice before. Yikyung turns to find closure to her own issues and is urged to move on. Likewise, Yisoo and Kang are the ones behind them, watching them and supporting them, helping the girls solve the math.

We haven’t seen the last episode, but I have complete faith in the production people that it will continue to be amazing. The only way you can ruin tomorrow, for me, is if the ending is SO out of character and brimming with fan service. And so far, Writer So, has been very pragmatic with unnecessary fluff, proportioning the right amount of plot point with the cushion of fluff and I’m enjoying so much.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings!

49 Days: Prove Your Sincerity

Well, hello, World! It’s weird to be blogging again after so long. But a new sprout of dramas going on air has propelled me to talk about them, despite in short, vague, not helping, sentences.

I haven’t really talked about this, but my current obsession is 49 Days. It’s pretty much a repeat of Brilliant Legacy-like obsession. It makes my Wednesdays and Thursdays at the office feel like 8 hours of warranted and paid slow death. It makes my semi quiet twitter feed like a frenzy of incoherent spastic blabs. It makes me go to bed on Thursdays with a “EFFING HELL, HOW CAN I WAIT ANOTHER WEEK??????”

That, my friend, is 49 Days. If by this point, your reaction is: Huh, what day? Then you are sorely missing out.

Coincidentally, 49 Days comes from the same writer of Brilliant Legacy, a drama that spurred me into (I believe) writing this blog in the first place???. Much like Legacy, 49 Days is peppered with dramatic tensions and delicious character developments. So Hyunkyung, the writer, has her share of dramatic ropes, and sometimes they turn you off, but she’s so skillful in how she releases those ropes and in how she actually solves them. Which is exactly what makes 49 Days a tightly interwoven drama. I love how she justifies her characters as well. There are palpable and realistic conflicts, not just with each other but also within one self.

The runaway of the drama is none other than Jung Ilwoo, one of the Princes of My Pretty Boy Loving Heart! I don’t think he’s the best actor in this project, but I do think he’s the one with the most impact. The Scheduler is a volatile hoot, yet he’s also a melancholic lonely heart. Jung takes to both sides of his character fully. He seems to throw himself into this character, making every lines, every expressions, count. He’s got a long way to go before he could be called Good, but he’s certainly on the right track.

Then there’s Bae Soobin, who seems to relish in playing antagonists these days, huh? I haven’t seen his homme fatale role in the Angel’s Temptation, but I kinda dig him playing evil characters just because he looks so sweet and GOOD that just him playing an evil role, doing evil glare and evil sneer, already has a shock value on its own. Plus, I LOVE how in this drama, his character who’s supposed to do awful things kinda gets tangled in his own private demons, his attraction and obsession for a woman.

The pairing will get confusing as we get close to the end. Nam Gyuri, fiancee of Bae Soobin and the object of Jo Hyunjae’s affection is borrowing Lee Yowon’s body, who is Jung Ilwoo’s love in his old life. So, while it is TECHNICALLY Nam Gyuri hitting it off with Jo Hyunjae, it looks to the eyes as Lee Yowon. So will you root for Nam/Jo or Lee/Jo? But the real Lee Yowon is a whole other person, whose personality is a contrast from Nam. Do you still want Lee with Jo? What about the evil couple, Bae Soobin and Seo Jihye? What about Lee Yowon and Jung Ilwoo? Are you confused? Because my head hurts already.

49 Days is ending, next week, if I’m not mistaken. A lot of dramas runs off its steam towards the home stretch. Hopefully this is not one of them!