Love is an irrational thing. I am aware this is not perfect watching, not worthy of much dissection, but I love it, watching through my rosy lens, I see no flaws.
There are a few prerequisites to fall in instant love with this drama: 1. You think Eric is a Smexy Beast. 2. You are/were insanely rabid MNIKSS fiends, locking everything down to camera work in your head forever. 3. You do not care how wrong but you did cry and pray for the QSS OTP to have any semblance of an HE and be damned.
I think the writing is fine. It is not pretentious, not preachy, not trying too hard…nor quotable impressive either. I have not watched much of INR (ie did not grab me in an ep or so each) and I have nothing bad to say on the writer after first episode. The pace is breezy, the trio is so comfortable in their roles and chemistry is as natural as can be. Eric and Yoomi could have done this a month after QSS wrapped for a TV movie SP and I could not tell. Writer has studied both Que Sera Sera and MNIKSS (and What’s Up Fox) thoroughly, perhaps earlier in her career she was a fanfic writer meshing those and voila.
I watched it raw and do not feel like I need to rewatch it subbed. It is what it sets out to be romantic and light, nothing for me to fuss over other than I want to screengrab Eric’s hotness even as I am watching along.
The characters are not carbon copy of their previous collaboration, of course. These are normal adults in their late 20s early 30s. YooMi’s YeoReum is happily in love with the perfect guy, a young good looking plastic surgeon Dr Nam HaJin (Sung Joon), very in love with her…but she is not ‘ready’ for marriage. Truth is she is broke, supporting her Mom, buried in student loans and can not afford marriage and too shameful to be honest with her dreamboat. Dreamboat has a formidable Mom, reminding me a bit of the dynamics in Can We Get Married who is still pushing son on matchmaking dates with daughters of presidents of hospitals when he has a very steady girlfriend she is clearly not approving. YR and HJ met on a twist on a blinddate themselves, she and her roomie/bff/HJ’s work buddy was trying at matchmakers but her gf immediately blurted HJ is not her type. YR and HJ clicked and sparks flew instead that night. Eric’s Kang TaeHa (he was Kang TaeJoo in QSS) is an easy-going, successful guy, running his own interior design company, nice to his employees. He dated YeoReum for 5~ years, I would say he was very happy most of those years till she ‘suddenly’ broke up with him on a trip for their anniversary feeling neglected, but he burst out he had compromised losing sleep over work to make do. He has not figured out why he is dumped exactly but no longer bothered. It has been a few years since, he has took their pictures off his life is a journey wall, putting all his energy in his work in the mean time. After they accidentally meet again when she is spying on HJ’s blinddate at the typical hotel cafe, it must have shaken him…this is still the woman that can hold his glance, perhaps roughing up his heartbeats instantaneously. He can still be suddenly hit with a bout of jealousy seeing her with her new love.
YR is daring, can be reckless and hotheaded. She is the one asking for skinship at a hotel marking their 100 days of dating. Meow~!
And no one in love with QSS does not remember the palpitations of these two in a car, or most of the time Eric stealing stares at her in his car, not doing much other than being angsty and brooding with a lot of WANT! in his eyes.
Flashbacks of them in love is cute and painless. I love it. I did not catch why the modern TaeHa and YR are being interviewed on love, but I would happily be the one at the other side of the table holding the recorder and a bucket for my droolz as he reminisces the breakup.
While he talks about the breakup, she is talking about how she met her perfect very very good boyfriend. I figure she is working at a flower shop? Love the plantp0rn.
The hottie bff doc is hotter with glasses, and do not ask me why, I love boys in checkers/plaids, and yes, girls in polka dots. Their outfits are already too telling of the matchy color schemes of the pairing, no?!
They clicked and one can sense they are the same impulsive, very frank with their feelings type. And often it is easier to be in a relationship you can know exactly how his/her heart thumps next. Of course, it can take a kiss to fall for a good kisser.
I have never been so distracted with very long legs before SungJoon’s with his baby face yet carrying himself like a perfect suitor of a man. No need to ask, I love the very cliched but always doing it manga cap of the tiptoe in a kiss.
But I am not too hot on kissing my phone. GERMS peeps. You can perfectly smooch the sound and feel of it an inch away fr the screen you keep touching all day.
Usually I would grumble I am not hot about this hairdo, but when cute boys are matching hairs as a BFF stamp…you cutiepies win. Always.
This is so cute a homage to the scene from MNIKSS. I bet other K romcoms have the hotel cafe blinddate eavesdropping water splashing shenaningans but I do not remember any other.
She wrote down her embarrassing situation on a round napkin/dolly (hey the one SamSoon and SamShik wrote down their rules of engagement was also a circle…hmmm) : she needs to borrow the seat to spy on her boyfriend who is on a blinddate literally behind her back.
No wonder she has to close her eyes, her ex she has not seen for many years is looking at her so DAMNHOT while she is too immersed in eavesdropping the pleasant conversation her perfect boyfriend is having with the flawless barbie doll. She is spilling her anguish, a breakup no less, to the guy in front of her, for the ears of the guy to her back who is getting along splendidly, with a very good looking the perfect match by all social norms and especially in his Mommy’s eyes arranging this date. No longer sure who is spying on whom, Perfect BF Dr. Nam is listening to her every word amused, so is his pretty date.
Perfect boyfriend is gloating hearing her every word of jealousy/love. She still dumps her frustration/water on the innocent (perhaps not) ex.
Perfect boyfriend apologizes with a bow, I am 50/50 on whether he recognizes this is the ex. (ok I need subs for this scene alone then)
Eric, y you so hot when you are in some form of butthurt.
In the middle of her Perfect BF cooing her and being so affectionate, she is still aware of her ex’s brooding stares at her direction.
I predict what will sure be treating us as soon as we have a filler shoot of his house. *pat self* But seriously, who misses the above gif of GOSH I NEED AN ANGSTY MANPAIN SHOWER ASAP all over his face, huh?!
I deliberately grab all moments of Sung Joon begging for smooches.
We have the typical phone switching and an Eric horizontal on bed.
While we girls get ready for the day mostly with the perfect outfit on in no time and all the while just putting on lipstick (not!), Eric actually puts on clothes while staying mostly naked.
He puts shirts on like SamShik did! *ALRIGHT. I know. All hot (and not) guys put on shirts the same exact way and I only remember Hyun Binnie and Eric. *shrug* *
I think Caring Boss is at ER visiting an injured ahjusshi I do not think is his Daddy/Uncle. Not sure, but he is a Hot Caring Boss…who is grinning like a happy kid receiving a call from a girl he wants to get a call from.
And having fun reading her texts…which are not actually fun…about some money she owes.
So your work day will be mostly you smexily staring at her phone huh?! Some dirty thoughts on top of nosy wondering if she has some nikkid pics?!
Introducing our very plastic girl2:
I can not recognize Yoon JinYi from her Gentleman’s Dignity days, that is why I hate it when they are a few procedures too many because I would sweat over whether I am hit with early(not) senile dementia. It is very cute though playing with Sung Joon being sooo tall when he holds the door for us, we would have to pass through his arms and lesson learned: hit his arm with your head, he thinks it is cute.
I think the cameraman has to do extra work just to capture the full length of SJ, so lets give him/her a clap for the good work in a cap.
I love the clutter. This is the same quirky place she met her Perfect BF and now she is confessing how much she loves and fears losing him, her insecurities, to her Unni. I did not check, is this the same little place she flirted her skinship plan for the 100day anni with TH?!
I have a lot of QSS ending feels. Or simply fond flashbacks of the numerous times her EunSoo flopped herself at his doorstep like a lost weird puppy insanely amusing to his TaeJoo, worming into his heart.
Perfect BF calls…just as her phone goes out of battery or Fate intrudes, as we call it.
I love the defensive reflex of her hitting him when he inches too close, invading her space. His hotness must be bothering even through her closed eyes and hair.
And she shoved him again. Ha. I was thinking he should be faster in grabbing her hand second time in a roll of being hit but he is defenseless. ( I think we should read much more into the symbolism)
While she pukes, she randomly finds a kohleyed rabbit.
And he sees she needs to use the bathroom, perhaps he thinks it is fetching haha I dunno what the comehither faces you are making 24/7 are supposed to mean no more Eric. (You can not possibly expect my head to think a thing with Eric holding a bunny)
He makes her pay while driving her to the closest restroom, that is, ALWAYS his place, revenge for the water splashed (and the sourness henceforth seeing her with her lovely bf) by playing Flight of the Bubblebees… Affrettando!
I love he immediately charges her phone for her.
But he loves to dry her with his towel, his hands. I do not think we have a similar scene in QSS, but this could be followed by a flashback of that one she needs to poop while he still has shampoo in hair and it will work like MAGIC.
She is waking up to vision(s) of what dreams are made of.
He calls her at her door she is faking she is inside and her bffs can not help her. She said she is with her Mom, but her Mom is also showing up in front of him.
Oh but you have this, GF, on your birthday.
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