My drama luck hasn’t been quite up to par, but ironically it’s “Lucky” Romance that may be exactly what I need right now.
When I heard about Lucky Romance, I added it to my list and thought “Hmm, that might be alright”. It sounded humorous and had a pretty decent cast (although I honestly haven’t seen the male lead, Ryoo Joon Yeol in anything before. Then the release date approached, and I started to waver… becoming unsure if I wanted to go ahead and start the drama. But reading some reviews/thoughts on episode 1 and 2 definitely encouraged me to go ahead and watch (which I’m glad I did).
I love quirky/eccentric leads in romantic comedies, whether they are male or female leads. What I really like about the characters in this drama especially, is we very quickly get a back story on the main characters. They really flesh the characters out well from the very beginning which clarifies why the characters are the way they are and behave the way they do. They don’t have their little quirks without reason. I thought the drama would be pure fluff, but they’ve set it up well for some more serious emotions and drama later on.
As much as I love analyzing, i like that I didn’t have much to overthink in the first episode; it was simply enjoyable and I laughed a lot.
Episode 1 Quick Recap
So we get to find out about a lot of the various issues that the characters have. Je Soo Ho (played by Ryoo Joon Yeol) is a genius, but he has extreme anxiety and cannot handle large crowds well. Everything starts to spin, go blurry and he feels faint (and usually ends up passing out).
Sim Bo Nui (played by Hwang Jung Eum) is superstitious for a reason and is not just an eccentric oddball. As a child, it seemed like she was unlucky. With the death of her parents, and her sister almost dying (having been in a coma for the last 2 years), it’s really convinced her that she is a bad omen.
So after meeting with a shaman, she’s told that she must sleep with a man who was born in the year of the tiger, Raaaaaawrrrrrrrrrrrr, to save her sister’s life of course (because it’s completely logical and why should we question it?). So the hunt for meeting such a man begins.
How does Choi Gun Wook (played by Lee Soo Hyuk) tie into all this? Well, it appears he was childhood friends with Bo Nui. He seems so happy to have found her again… it’s too bad because we all know already what’s going to happen. He’s the “nice guy” second lead *sigh*. I can’t help but feel bad. I hope he doesn’t end up alone. Can he maybe pair up with Han Seol Hee in the end please? They look cute together. I hope neither of them end up alone.
Speaking of Han Seol Hee (played by Lee Chung Ah), I was hoping to see more of her in this first episode, but we did get some information. She is Gun Wook’s manager. She was also very concerned to hear that So Hoo fainted after a complete unsuccessful game launch debacle. So the plot thickens…. what kind of past relationship is this? Hmmmmmmm. Interesting (insert evil grin here).
It was a strong first episodes with lots of intrigue.. The final scene was sooooooooooooooo funny. I loved how Bo Nui was stumbling around propositioning the trees, the posts and the teddy bear. Hwang Jung Eum is quite natural at comedy. I couldn’t contain my laughter when Soo Ho shows up and Bo Nui is all over him asking if he was born in the year of the tiger. She’s pretty much stripping him and is totally invading his personal space. He has no idea what to make of her. Each encounter they have is weirder and weirder. I love that he didn’t get mad and just stomp away like most people would. He was so caught off guard that he didn’t know how to react at all.
I’m happy watching Lucky Romance and I’m looking forward to subsequent episodes. Everyone is acting their characters well and as long as the story doesn’t go awry somewhere in the middle, this could be a really good drama. Let’s see how it continues to develop and hope for some great chemistry ahead.
I forgot to mention, I really like video games, so this is another element of the drama I can enjoy. I can’t help being reminded of Blade Man though… which also started out very strong but took an unexpected turn in the writing midway. The story shift in Blade Man completely changed the tone of the drama. I still enjoyed Blade Man as a whole… but the first half was really the better half.I shouldn’t even compare them because the stories are different.. but they both have the video game element. I hope this drama doesn’t share the same kind of fate. Listen to me being all superstitious. It’s the drama’s fault I tell you!
What do you think? Are you enjoying this drama?
Love to hear your thoughts 🙂
Episode 1 Quick Rating:
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