Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Greatest Marriage (최고의 결혼) Review: Episode 13

This show is definitely not for those who love light, fluffy, romantic comedy with no fondness for melodrama. I wish I could stop watching it. But at this juncture I've lost that option.

At episode 13 the Greatest Marriage has finally become just another melo drama, something it was definitely not at its beginning. As crazy and painful the previous journey was I appreciate its ‘uniqueness’.

Now, we have a father who looks like he is about to die, a son who suddenly realizes the loves he has for his abhorrent father – blood is thicker than water after all –, a second male lead who turns evil because of his love being spurned (as if being loathsome is not enough) but hey, this is Park Tae Yun we’re talking about. He excels at going lower than your expectation.

But what I find most difficult to accept is a female lead who now become a damsel in distress (the kind of female lead that I dislike the most). Where is her strength? Where is her courage? Where is her brain and her sharpness?

Yes, love is a weakness. But it’s also a strength.

It makes you weak because you don’t want to hurt your loved ones or because you’re afraid of losing them. But it’s also the best source of power to fuel your fight against whatever obstacles stand in your way.

Being a chaebol doesn’t give you the right to do whatever you want to do. You’re not above the law. You might be able to buy some people and bend rules here and there to your liking but the world isn’t blind.

The Park family has money and power on their side, plus, crazy twisted minds to run amok amongst weak people who can be bought.

But, are the society as weak, blind, unjust and crazy as they are?  Is justice and sane people no longer exist?

Cha Ki Young’s fight against them is no longer one woman fight. She might be alone in the drama but the viewers are grinding their teeth in frustration and anger. I’m frustrated and outraged.

In this fight between the powerful against the powerless the outcome is inevitable. We know how it’ll end in real life but this is a drama so I refuse to accept the real life outcome.

I want a happy ending for my drama.

In case the show doesn’t understand the meaning of happy ending (since they seem to rejoice in throwing all those awful, painful, crazy scenes our way I’m afraid they don’t), here’s some suggestions of what will I call a happy end:

  1. Cha Ki Young wins the exclusive right to raise Cha Dan (that household should be banned from having children).
  2. Park Sun Nyo (the only member of Park family that I like) gets to leave her beyond crazy family and lives happily ever after with the best husband in that drama.
  3. Jo Eun Cha wins the election and is set for the next step to the Blue House.
  4. The rest of the Park family disappears from my screen in the last episode and I get my reward for watching this drama till the end in the form of happy scenes between my 3 Chas. Cha Ki Young, Cha Dan and Jo Eun Cha.
3 more to go.

Congratulations to the Greatest Marriage for getting its highest rating with this episode nationwide. If I'm not mistaken 1.754 is considered very high for cable.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Greatest Marriage (최고의 결혼) Review: Episode 12

*Sigh. Take a deep breath.*

It's not like I don't realize this show increases my blood pressure. I've resigned to the fact that I'm actually watching a show that doesn't make me happy. However, this particular episode makes that realization acutely painful.

Had it filled solely with craziness, I won't feel this kind of discontentment. Had it filled only with detestable deeds/scenes I won't feel this upset.

Seeing snippets of what kind of life the thresome Cha Ki Young, Cha Dan and Jo Eun Cha could have together makes watching the kidnapping scene more unbearable. 

I’ve never resented the writer, director, PD, or whoever involves in the production of this drama before, but this time I do.

What they did in episode 12 is similar to inviting me to a banquet, let me have a spoon or two of the delicious meals and then flipping the table when the spoon hasn’t even left my mouth yet.

I’m royally pissed off because this episode makes me happy and angry almost at the same time.

The return of Pedro with his feelings for Park Sun Nyo still intact is one of the things that I really like. In a drama where all the male leads are basically assholes Pedro is like a perfect angel.

I love seeing how even when he’s in surrounded by tall, willowy beauties his eyes are able to catch Park Sun Nyo who is trying to get another look at him. The crazy sister is the luckiest woman here.

That scene is one of my favourites besides all the 3 Chas’ scenes.

Now, things that royally piss me off. No, not things, but THE THING that upset me the most. Jo Eun Cha. Yes, I’m telling you it’s Jo Eun Cha.

You might not be surprised if you’re one of those who feel like smacking him now and then. But I never hated him before and I still don’t hate him now, unfortunately, this time around he’s succeeded in making me really angry.

No. I’m beyond angry. I feel like sending him Pedro with another hard lesson.

He is saved by Hyun Myung Yi from doing the monstrous deed of betraying Cha Ki Young with what she values the most.

We don’t see him actually doing the bad deed, there’s always a possibility that he might change his mind at the very last minute (he did it once when he decided that instead of bowing at the feet of the senator’s wife by replacing Cha Ki Young with a new MC in her fashion show, he made a stand to use Cha Ki Young instead) and choose to defy President Park’s order, but I don’t care.

We’re already at episode 12, there’s only 4 episodes left. Jo Eun Cha needs to reform now, if he is ever going to.

It is extremely annoying to see how this Jo Eun Cha, who has gotten to know Cha Ki Young and genuinely loves Cha Dan could even entertain the thought of handing over his ‘son’ to that crazy old man.

If he wants to be a great senator or even a President he needs to have a backbone and fight for what he cares for. No matter how fake politicians are, they need to have something genuine as their cause. Something that makes people believe in them.

Jo Eun Cha’s perfect cause is Cha Ki Young.

President Park might make things difficult for him if he dares to defy him but doesn’t Jo Eun Cha realize that he needs to fight against people like President Park if he wants to win in the election fighting for Cha Ki Young’s cause.


And then there’s Park Tae Yun. The scumbag has returned.

I still don’t care about him. I still have no sympathy what so ever for his misery. He has created his own hell, so he should at least have a decency to live with it.

But, we’re already at episode 12. Isn’t it about time for him to grow up? To stop being a useless scumbag and be useful for once. He can die afterward for all I care.

But right now Cha Ki Young needs help. His crazy parents and evil wife are turning her life into hell. What right do they have to do that? Isn’t it enough that their own son destroys her life once?

It’s time for Park Tae Yun to wake up and do something right. For once. Knowing him, I’m afraid to hope. But, we’re already at episode 12 people! 12! Do something!

You can’t expect us to see exactly the same thing over and over again now do you?!

We need to see happy scenes, lots and lots of it. We need to feel good about something. We need to be rewarded after enduring all the previous episodes with patience and forbearance.

At least I do.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Jo Hyun Jae as a Candidate for the Male lead in Hong Sisters’ New Drama for MBC

If I were given a chance to propose a list of male leads for Hong Sisters’ new drama, I would put Jo Hyun Jae’s name on the top of the list.

Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran have worked with a number of impressive male leads before and if I’m not mistaken almost all of them are at the same age with Jo Hyun Jae.
If I were from Jo Hyun Jae’s agency I’ll try my best to get his name on their next project.

Admittedly their latest drama Big with Gong Yoo is not a good example of how entertaining and smart their dramas could be, however all their previous male lead characters are very entertaining, weirdly adorable and quirkily smart.

A role that would be a change for Jo Hyun Jae who is always so immaculately perfect and gorgeous in all his previous roles.

I heard he wants to get a new image, well, if that’s true, he doesn’t have to be a villain, all he has to do is getting a leading role in the Hong Sisters’ drama.

Being a little bit crazy and perhaps over the top will completely change his image. Unless for the first time ever the Hong Sisters are going to create a new male lead with a totally new character that is so diverse from all the previous ones.

Whatever the case might be I still want to see him in their new drama next year.

Is it possible to influence the sisters by sending lots and lots of Jo Hyun Jae’s pictures?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Episode 11 Review of the Greatest Marriage (최고의 결혼)

I'm pleased to say that this episode is better than the previous one. For once there is no Park Tae Yun at all. Our screen is actually free of this loathsomeness.


And there is only a few minutes of Hyun Myung Yi.


Unfortunately even in those minutes we could see the resemblance between her and her mother in law. She looks fragile and gentle but I'm sure murder wouldn't even faze her.


I hope we’ll see a showdown between these two women as long as it only takes a few seconds. Or better yet, seeing them as bosom buddies.

I’m not a fan of time jump but I like how it doesn’t force a drastic unrealistic change on us. All the characters still have the same personalities that they have three years ago. Which I love.

But on the other hand I hate the fact that it keeps Park Tae Yun away from Hyun Myung Yi’s bed. A herculean feat that I’m sure he couldn’t do all by himself.

The writer is probably going to help this scumbag from bedding his own wife by giving him amnesia or something but I’m going to entertain myself by imagining that out there (wherever he was, not that I’m interested) he has made a few more babies.

During the viewing of the Greatest Marriage I’ve learned that I’m happiest when Park Tae Yun and Hyun Myung Yi manage to exceed my expectation in how awful they could be.

This drama has turned me into a masochist I’m afraid.

Although not really hating the time jump in this drama, I find it disappointing how after three years Cha Ki Young is still a downtrodden woman.

Not that I hope in such a short time she would become a world renown  feminist or become a millionaire on her own, but I did hope that she would be in a slightly better position.

I know that being a single mother Cha Ki Young doesn’t have enough room to breath let alone being on top of her game. I know a woman would only be free (relatively free) to do whatever she likes and give her best only after their children have grown up or old enough to take care of themselves.

So, it’s actually understandable that Cha Ki Young wins the top spot as the worst female employee in the company. But I’m not happy with it.

We’re already at episode 11, there’s only 5 episodes left. I need to see her successful. I need to see her using her brain and strength to fight against all odds.

She has Jo Eun Cha. She could use him instead of being used by him.  

But, despite its unapologetic attitude in displaying how loathsome the male characters in this drama can be, I notice how careful the writer is when it comes to her female lead.

The writer doesn’t seem to have enough courage to give Cha Ki Young a shrewdness she badly needs for fear that the heroine might loose the audience’s love and perhaps sympathy.

But she is wrong.

The Cha Ki Young from earlier episodes, the one who was even respected and acknowledged by Jo Eun Cha needs to return to the scene. ASAP.

Cha Ki Young needs to become stronger not weaker. A sly heroin is more admirable than a pushover one. A pushover could not win a war against those that Cha Ki Young has to face.

And let’s not forget the best thing about this particular episode. Jo Eun Cha.

Cha Ki Young has the wonderfully crafty Jo Eun Cha on her side. Sure, she doesn’t trust him, but he needs her just as much as she needs him if not more so.

I love seeing how the good Jo Eun Cha in a blink of an eye turns into an opportunistic Jo Eun Cha.

But what I love the most is feeling how my love for him keeps growing despite the fact that he is still the same Jo Eun Cha from earlier episodes.

My love for him grows with each passing episode that subtly reveals how good Jo Eun Cha really is.

Hyun Myung Yi tries to do good things and being pleasant in front of other people, while deep down inside she plots and calculates.

While Jo Eun Cha spontaneously does good thing with love in his heart only to end up pretending to do good thing to get credits for what he does freely.

He calculates the pros and cons of his good deeds, when truth be told, he’ll do them anyway for free. I love seeing how quick he is in turning everything into his benefits.

His ambition to go into politics suits him perfectly. But, if he wants to get women’s votes he’s going to need Cha Ki Young.

And if Cha Ki Young wants to be free from the Parks (which any sane women would do) she needs Jo Eun Cha’s full cooperation and support.

I love seeing this couple interacts and I love seeing how Chan Dan is included and always in the middle of negotiation between Cha Ki Young and Jo Eun Cha.

The three of them make a rather weird but endearing threesome. 

I’m looking forward to seeing Jo Eun Cha and Cha Ki Young fight together against their common enemies which are discriminatory society and patriarchal system.

I long to see the real Jo Eun Cha.

Not the Jo Eun Cha who pretends to be good and sincere. Not the Jo Eun Cha who pretends to fight for women’s right. Not Jo Eun Cha who smiles brightly or tearing up in front of the cameras.

But Jo Eun Cha who is a really good man. Jo Eun Cha who really understands the hardship of being a woman, a single mother, and an outcast in her own community.

I predicted that I have to deal with a lot of mess after time jump but I’m happy that I’m wrong. Praying that it keeps getting better towards the ending.