February 9, 2013

Seoyoung My Daughter – Episode 29-30

SPOILERS – – SPOILERS – – GET YOUR SPOILERS HERE!

Seoyoung My Daughter is teetering precariously on the soap opera cliffs again in Episode 29, but pulls back a little in Episode 30. You can see “I’m not worthy of this woman, and what am I doing to her?” written all over Sang Woo’s face when he’s with Ho Jeong (Choi Yoon Young). Good question. What a contrast Ho Jeong is to Mi Kyung! Just goes to show you, rich girls can be humble. Or at least emotionally intelligent about getting their way.
Seoyoung My Daughter Episode 30 Sang Woo holds a blushing Ho Jeong's hand after putting her ring on and tells her they'll get closer over time

Her cup is full. His plate is empty.

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January 29, 2013

Seoyoung My Daughter – Episode 27-28

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Episodes 27 & 28 of Seoyoung My Daughter brings us more loan sharks. Goody! As long as they aren’t tamed into sympathetic characters later. I love a good tragic villain, but loan sharks are just scummy. And how can we relieve our stress without villains to hate? This is entertainment, not church. Moral ambiguity just isn’t relaxing.

Ho Jeong's mother covers her mouth with a scarf to disguise her identity  as she spies on Ho Jeong and Sang Woo

Love the way people skulk in Kdrama, bending over, tiptoeing, and covering their eyes like 3 year olds to make themselves invisible to others. Because that won’t attract attention.

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January 21, 2013

Seoyoung My Daughter – Episode 25-26

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Seoyoung My Daughter is turning into A Valuable Lesson on the Pitfalls of Workplace Romance. Park Hae Jin is doing an excellent portrayal of a man at the end of his rope. But it could never be enough to justify Sang Woo’s exploitation of Ho Jeong’s feelings. Just change hospitals, dude. Sheesh.

Another prominent theme in episodes 25-26 of Seoyoung My Daughter is Overlooking the Obvious. How can people smart enough to become medical residents not have figured out that something is going on between Sang Woo and Mi Kyung?? MORE…

January 13, 2013

Seoyoung My Daughter – Episode 23-24

Woo Jae smiles as as he walks on the beach with Seo YoungHmm, once again Seoyoung My Daughter is crashing on the rocky shoals of makjang, as the soap opera sound track swells in the background. Bludgeoning us with expositional music is an insult to the actors. Lee Sang Woo is doing a particularly excellent transformation, requiring no assistance whatsoever from swoopy violins.

Sang Woo has finally uttered an apology! There’s something I wasn’t sure I’d ever see. MORE…

January 10, 2013

Seoyoung My Daughter – Episode 21-22

Alright, alright, I admit it. I have reconciled with Seoyoung My Daughter. You know how some dramas get stuck in an interminable, excruciating, who-can-be-the-most-dysfunctional loop for episode after episode after episode, kind of like a Kdrama marathon hosted by Jerry Springer? I feared Seoyoung My Daughter had gone down that road, but it seems to have pulled itself back before it got hopelessly mired.

Park Hae Jin, in particular, is growing on me. MORE…

December 15, 2012

Seoyeong My Daughter – Episodes 11-15

SPOILERS, SPOILERS, AND MORE SPOILERS

Episodes 11 – 14: Hah, timeslip! Told ya so! Episode 11 of Seoyeong My Daughter is a catch-up episode, establishing the new status quo. Only to rip it to shreds again, no doubt, but it’s a welcome break.

Drama math is a wondrous, stretchy thing. Ho Jeong (Choi Yoon Young) leaves Korea at 24, and comes back 3 years later at 30. No, wait, she’s only 26, another miracle. Seo Yeong (Lee Bo Young) rises from student to reluctant judge in the same 3 years.

Kdrama’s national love obstacle has not been neglected. For a minute there we get the dizzying impression that Ho Jeong is dating her own brother. He’s creepy enough. But no, of course she is still fixated on Sang Woo (Park Hae Jin).
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November 27, 2012

Seoyeong My Daughter – Episodes 9-10

SPOILERS — SPOILERS — SPOILERS — AND LOTS OF THEM

Episode 9 – In this episode of Seoyeong My Daughter, everybody gets an education. Mom (Kim Hye Ok) gets a lesson on marrying for money from dad (Choi Jung Woo). Sung Jae (Lee Jung Shin) gets a lesson on acceptance of reality from Seo Yeong (Lee Bo Young). Hah! How ironic is that!?

Fittingly, Lee Seo Yeong gets a lesson on the consequences of fibbing – from everyone. Kang Woo Jae (Lee Sang Yoon) gets a lesson on what parents say versus what they really mean. You’d think a guy as smart and as old as he is would not be so surprised.
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November 24, 2012

Seoyeong My Daughter – Episodes 7-8

THIS POST IS ONE BIG SPOILER. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Episode 7 – Seven episodes into Seoyeong My Daughter, the s-word is finally mentioned! But is it Seo Yeong (Lee Bo Young) who calls Woo Jae (Lee Sang Yun) a stalker? No, it is not. Never mind that he shadows her bus on a 4 hour drive, then skulks around in the shrubbery, eavesdropping on an extremely private moment. And how did she not notice his SUV creeping up a deserted country road behind her?? Maybe it was a hybrid in electric mode?
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November 14, 2012

Seoyeong My Daughter – Episodes 1-6

A young man slow dances with his smiling mom in front of a white grand piano;Episode 1 – Seoyeong My Daughter is off to a rip-roaring start! Fractured families, unhappy marriages, financial woes, health emergencies, and a couple of photogenic strangers who somehow keep crossing paths in a city of 10 million. All in the first episode, which ends with them stubbornly glaring at each other. Can romance be far behind?
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November 10, 2012

Seo Yeong My Daughter – Watch With Me!

Lee Bo Yeong as Seoyeong in functional student dress;The new family drama Seo Yeong My Daughter is airing in the time slot previously occupied by My Husband Got a Family. This is a hard timeslot for me to resist. I did something else for one weekend, but episode 3 caught my eye, and now I’m going back to catch up.

It isn’t just the timing that works for me, however. The title character (Lee Bo Young) is smart as a whip and tough as nails. She’s versatile, too. We’ve already seen her in a red curly wig, gussied up like a clubgirl, and in her more usual outfit of baggy men’s shirt and slacks (such indifference to fashion is downright edgy for a Korean drama heroine) as she works her way through law school. Lee Bo Young is obviously up to whatever challenges the role might throw her way. I’ve seen her before, in the relentlessly histrionic 2006 melodrama, Queen of the Game, but I didn’t recognize her. She actually looks younger in this role.

In case the title didn’t clue you in, this is an all too familiar struggling daughter/loser father tale. However, Seo Yeong has impressed me more with her resilience in one episode than Da Ran did in all 20 episodes of Can Love Become Money. And don’t even get me started on Damo’s fatalistic Chae Ohk (I have not, however, abandoned Damo – it’s just been a busy week. Episode 8 recap is coming soon).

Has this become the KBS feminist drama timeslot? If so, 괜찮아요. It’s about time we see some roles for women that have the depth and development that is usually invested only into the roles for men.

At 50 episodes, I won’t be doing recaps. Instead I’ll post thoughts every few episodes and see how that goes. Check it out, and join me!


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