Thank-you K-drama gods. All my prayers of wanting a K-drama stock full of romantic cliches has finally been answered and I can hardly contain myself.
My Secret Romance is the new OCN romantic comedy starring Sung Hoon and Secrets Song Ji Eun. This marks OCNs first time airing a drama of this genre, and Im all for it. Curious to know what I thought of the first two episodes of My Secret Romance? Keep reading!
I had overlooked the animation elements in the trailer and didnt notice them until I started watching the first episode. I have to say, Im loving the comic book/real world fusion computer graphics so far. The animated versions of the actors and actresses in this drama were just so cool! The effects were perfect and it definitely helped bring the fairy tale theme of the drama to life.
In terms of sound, there are a lot of over-the-top sound effects that tie in with the whole comedic aspect of the drama, and again, its really helps make the drama seem like a comic book brought to life. Theres a lot of slapstick humor and over-acting from the actors and actresses, but its not too distracting.
I also have to mention the first OST that was released for this drama because UGH, its so adorable.
Sung Hoon stars as Cha Jin Wook, the arrogant and selfish son of a wealthy business family. After getting caught up in a scandal with another woman, his father orders Jin Wook to be sent down to one of their resorts in hopes that he would reflect on his actions and change for the better. On his way to the resort, he is forced to take the bus, which is where he first meets Lee Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun), an aspiring nutritionist.
Jin Wook is ordered to start working as a bellboy at the hotel resort. He is obviously against it and struggles to follow orders. We find out that Lee Yoo Mi is also coincidentally at the resort because her mom, who was a former erotic actress, is getting re-married. This calls for some obvious run-ins between the two leads and after some bickering, the two end up sharing a bottle of wine on a beach together, which leads to them having a one-night stand.
Scared, Yoo Mi takes off the next morning and the drama fast forwards three years into the future, when Yoo Mi has a job as a nutritionist at the underwear company that Jin Wook is the director of. We also find that Jin Wook was still thinking about the one passionate night he shared with Yoo Mi and has found it difficult to forget about her. Cue the awwwwws.
In terms of the plot, pretty much everything seemed like it was revealed in the previews and trailers. Its a fairy tale story.
Although its a typical rom-com of a drama, I couldnt help but feel giddy while watching it. Its like a guilty-pleasure and I loved every second of it. The grand over-the-top gestures, over-dramatic acting, and serious cheese factors are alluring to say the least, and Im looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds (although, I think its pretty predictable)!
The story moved at a great pace. Within the first 10 minutes of the second episode, it had already skipped to three years into the future where the two leads meet again. It did satisfy my anticipation and excitement for the time being, but I just really wish all the episodes were out already so I could binge watch it in its entirety. I couldnt sit still throughout the first two episodes because I was so excited, and I had a stupid grin on my face the entire time.
I wasnt shocked that the drama is a little risqué, because the trailer had already revealed that the two leads meet and have a one-night stand. What I was shocked about was the whole character of Yoo Mis mom being a former erotic actress. There are also some other elements of the drama that are racy, but hey, its nice to have a break from the uptight and conservative plots that all other K-dramas seem to stick to. Its different and I dont mind it at all.
Aside from the fact that I was hankering for a cliche and cheery rom-com, I was thrilled to find out that Sung Hoon would be starring in this drama. Ever since his badboy role in the drama Oh My Venus, I was eager to see him in a full series romantic role, so you can imagine my excitement. Hes undoubtedly an actor who is well deserving of this starring role and I can guarantee more starring roles ahead.
With a predictable plot comes a predictable main lead. Weve seen this character many times before and we know him all too well. Sung Hoon as Lee Jin Wook plays the rich playboy who is self-centered and selfish; Sung Hoon even played a similar role once before in the mini-drama Noble, My Love. But apart from these characteristics, I was pretty quick to look past his flaws and fall in love with him as he let his guard down with the clumsy Yoo Mi; he also continues to love her during the three years that theyre apart. Its totally swoon-worthy and Im living for it.
Prior to the airing of this drama, I was too busy being excited about the cliche story, Sung Hoon, and Kim Jae Young that I really didnt set any expectations for the female lead. I just really hoped that she wouldnt be annoying and ruin it for me; so far, shes been a delight. Shes really cute and I can see the chemistry between her and Sung Hoon! Its still a bit early though, so we shall wait and see.
The part Im really looking forward to is seeing the cutie model-turned-actor, Lee Jae Young, finally get a decent role in a drama. Having recently watched his crazy and creepy character in the movie Derailed, Ive earned so much respect for him as an actor. Hes legit and I cant wait to see him more in this series! Can I sense some second-lead syndrome?
Cheesy? Yes. Predictable? Yes. But, I seriously live for dramas like this. Something about a woman being swept off her feet by a once playboy heir makes me excited. Plus, its got the added bonus of having one of my favorite K-drama elements – the epic love triangle. And when this love triangle involves two guys that are swoon-worthy, how can I resist?
Theres nothing more to really say about the drama except that if youre not into very predictable, slapstick-type humor, then this drama might not be for you. Theres also some cheesiness, but its balanced out by the racy parts, and overall, its a light-hearted drama that doesnt involve too much thinking.
Needless to say, Im looking forward to the weeks to come. Im hoping its not going to be too painful of a series that is filled with cliffhangers and serious anticipation, but Im thinking it might be.
Me waiting for next weeks episodes.
Hey Soompiers, what do you think of My Secret Romance so far? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer who can be most often seen singing her heart out at karaoke, walking her dog, or indulging in dessert. Her current obsessions include Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!