Lovely Horribly, Week 6
One of the things I really liked about this week’s episodes of Lovely Horribly was (shock, horror) the relationship between Philip and Eul Soon. When he’s driving her mom away, there’s an open acknowledgement of the fact that the two are not dating – yet, in episode 23, Eul Soon equally openly acknowledges that she loves him. It’s such a refreshingly modern take on romance – nobody I know* really says “let’s be in a relationship now”, things tend to just sort of organically develop, it’s the way society is these days. To see that reflected on screen was lovely to me, and made their relationship that much more relatable as a viewer.
Maybe it’s not the most romantic declaration of love, but that might also be why it appealed so much to me.
That whole elevator thing though was possibly the most awkward kiss scene I’ve ever sat through. I’m not sure these two actors’ romantic chemistry is quite working for them. I believe in their romance while they’re talking, but the minute things get physical I am switched right out of there.
I love Choi Yeo Jin as an actress, but I haven’t really been saying anything about her so far, and we’re well over halfway through. I do love the way she’s playing this character, but I hope we get to see more of her motivation and back story soon, and she doesn’t just play out as a token bad guy. Why does she have it in for Philip? How did she know that this story she stole from Eul Soon was his real story? How does she know Ra Yun, and why doesn’t anyone else (except Yoon A) seem to know about their history?
Also I still can’t stand Yoon A. She’s almost at Mok Ji Won from Warm and Cozy levels of terrible second female lead. The only thing saving her is that I suppose she actually does something to drive her insipid ass forward. Every time she gets her hands dirty brings her one step closer to my forgiveness for that awful sullen expression she permanently adopts in this show. I looked her up, and Ham Eun Jong has such a lovely face outside of this role.
I just really want to shove an ice cube into Yoon A’s perpetually hanging open lips sometimes. I’d love to say that it’s a sign that the actress is doing a great job of depicting a deplorable character, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s quite the case. Personally, if they’d played her as a sweet, everyone loves her, one of those “nation’s little sister” type actresses with this hidden obsession, I would have been much more into it. As it stands, Yoon A is Not. My. Jam.
I really enjoy the whole ghostly possession/fate and tangled destiny/spooky fortunetelling aspect of the show. Unfortunately, the more human villainous aspects of it seem a bit less well thought out, and almost hastily put together. I get (and support) the Yoon A as a stalker angle, but I don’t really understand why she takes the steps she does. Although I suppose maybe deranged stalkers aren’t really driven by logic.
But also, weren’t she and Ki Eun Young supposedly working together? I never quite got how or why, and after this latest episode I’m even more confused.
Small observations of note:
Can’t say I support Gi Kwang PD as a love interest, but he’s such a dopey little fluff. I want to squash him. This is one of the few times I would be okay with the writers giving him a throwaway pretty girl to catch his interest in the final minutes of the last episode to draw his mind off losing the girl.
Yong Man is also a dopey little shit and I’m almost secretly hoping he’s in on all the betrayals that Philip is facing from Yoon A and his CEO and even sort of his mom – just for a little extra drama, because nobody should be quite so pure. My runner up option for how his ending plays out is that Philip loses his star appeal, but Yong Man gets scouted, and they swap manager and actor roles.
This show has had some questionable fashion, but I think this pair of pants takes the cake. That length. That butt decal. Just… wow.
All in all, I’m two weeks away from the finale and still as enamored as when I first started binge-catch-upping with this show, so watch this space for my extremely disappointed rant if the finale doesn’t deliver up to par.
*except my husband, who left me speechless when he asked me to “be his girlfriend” many years ago. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve him, but thank you Universe for throwing him my way <3