One thing I really enjoy about Operation Proposal is how the story is told by the male character. I havent seen very many rom coms like this and I think that Yoo Seung Ho is doing a great job portraying all of Baek Hos emotions onscreen. Even though his clueless actions and slowness do get to me sometimes, I like that the drama does a good job of moving along and showing the cruel realities of love, including bad timing. I dont even want to count how many times Ive hit my head against my desk watching this thing. But, although Baek Ho is on the slower side (like his friends), he is an endearing character. Operation Proposal doesnt just focus on the loveline eitherthey do a great job of working Baek Ho and Yi Seuls aspirations for life into the plot as well, making the plotline come together nicely in the end, if not a little slowly. Baek Ho is a character that you just cant help but love, even with his missteps in love. His determination increases with each episode, so Im eager to see the ending of this drama when he finally gets the girl (hopefully). Another plus is the school scenes are actually convincingcall me overly critical, but I scoff every time I see a drama that tries to stick a close-to-30-years-old actor in a high school uniform and sells him as a high school student. Luckily for me, Park Eun Bi and Yoo Seung Ho both do a great job of looking their partsif anything, Id complain that their present time selves look a bit too young.
The rest of the characters in this drama dont fall flat either. Sometimes a perfectly good drama can be ruined by the supporting cast, and at the same time, a bad drama can be salvaged just a teensy bit by some good secondary lovelines. I dont think the main loveline in Operation Proposal is strong enough to stand on its own, because its a bit one-sided sometimes and can drag a little when Baek Ho is being clueless, so I was pretty relieved to find that the second lead, Kwon Jin Won, was a pretty strong character. Although he bugs me with his ability to say the perfect quote at the perfect time (and his not-quite-evil-but-still-annoying stealage of Yi Seul), I admit that his character stands out in the drama. Im excited to see how Coach changes over the remaining episodes (prays for more character development). Baek Hos two friends, Song Chan Wook (Go Kyung Pyo) and Joo Tae Nam (Park Young Seo) get their own lovelines too. Tae Nam spends his time pursuing Yoo Chae Ri, Yi Seuls close friend, with ridiculous amounts of devotion, while Chan Wook is adorably clueless of a shy girls feelings for him. Im still waiting for him to realize and sweep her off her feet, cause they are the most precious couple ever.
However, one thing about this drama that does bug me is how the writers seem to assume that the audience is completely stupid at points. Lines are repeated over and over again and the plot moves at such a slow pace that Ive actually pulled up recaps for episodes before quickly closing them and telling myself to just stick it out. I get that Baek Hos revelation and adventures back in time are supposed to carry us out for sixteen whole episodes, but pretty please can more stuff start happening at a faster pace?