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  1. My jaw dropped at this latest news. I almost didn't believe what I was reading because I already convinced myself that IU would not dare take this role due to the recent fans' meltdown, and that LSK and the production team would be too intimidated by the controversies and decide to cancel the whole thing. My hats are tipped to everyone involved for showing guts to move forward. Hope this means they have faith in the script and the director. @liabilities, Na Mun Hee is a very established actor, so I think she will not be wasted in this. Now to sit back and watch IU's fans having the second round of mass meltdown.
  2. I am now very very worried that this drama will never see the light of day because of IU's fans' very strong reaction against her casting in a story with an older man. It seems like many people are strongly opposed of a romance between a man in his 40s and a woman in her 20s, never mind that they are both adults, that this drama never even emphasized the romance, and that there is a strong production team behind it. Sigh. I would be over the moon if they go ahead and produce this with a different actress, someone whose acting better matches LSK, but I am very pessimistic.
  3. I am rather shocked with the offer to IU as the female lead; totally didn't see it coming. I was hoping for someone like Kim Go Eun, who although young seems to have this mature aura about her. IU seems just young, and green in acting. I am very very curious what the director's though process is in choosing her.
  4. The younger brother was cast awhile ago. If you scroll up the page you'll see his picture. He is a stage and movie actor who's not done a drama before. I hope this means the production team really values acting over popularity. Here's Hancinema piece on him: Actor Song Sae-byeok may star in his first drama. He is currently considering the offer for the new tvN drama "My Mister" that has already cast Lee Sun-kyun. Song Sae-byeok made his debut in 1998 and mostly worked in film and theater. "My Mister" is a healing drama that centers around a man in his forties and a woman in her twenties who both have the weight of the world on their shoulders. They derive comfort by looking at each others lives. "My Mister" is directed by Kim Won-seok, written by Park Hae-yeong and stars Lee Sun-kyun. Source : star.moneytoday.co.kr...
  5. Finally, we have another update. This drama sure takes its sweet time with the casting. That said, I am very pleased with the latest addition of Na Moon Hee. Although I haven't seen any of her films, she has quite the resume, including main roles in Miss Granny and last year's well-received Dear My Friends, not to mention a Blue Dragon Award nomination for her role in I Can Speak with Lee He Joon. It looks like this drama is serious about the cast, so I am hopeful that they will find a very good actor to play the female lead. Anyway, according to the Korean source article, Na Moon Hee will be mother to Lee Sun Kyun. From what I could gather, she has three sons (the eldest has not been cast), and she seems to agonize a lot over her sons. I could be completely wrong though. LOL.
  6. I like all your ideas for the ladies except Ko Sung Hee. I've only seen her in Miss Korea (and she is good there), but most comments about her subsequent roles have not been positive at all. But like you said, it is likely to be none of them. There was an article that came out today about the search for the female counterpart to LSK. It seems that they are looking hard to make sure that they get a strong actor for the role, even if played by a rookie. It may be a while yet before there is any confirmation. Here's the article in Korean if anyone feels up to the challenge of translating the words. http://sports.donga.com/home/3/all/20170925/86523582/3
  7. No updates on the leading lady, but there is some forward movement in casting. This guy 송새벽 has been cast as Lee Sun Kyun's younger brother. He's a film actor who's never done a drama before, so this will be his first TV role. My wish for the leading lady is a good actress who is not too young and green. Someone in late 20s would be even better.
  8. So his participation is confirmed? Dramabeans' article only says that he is still considering, but I believe Soompi is the correct one here. So YAY!!! His last year's drama My Wife's Having an Affair This Week was such a great show.
  9. Squeeeeee! I had thought he would be the perfect man for this role when news of this drama first broke and obviously writer and PD agreed. Now to hope for an actress to match his intensity. He was absolutely convincing in last year's "This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair."
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    So glad to see LSK looking this fit and this good. http://www.vlive.tv/video/25371/이선균-X-안재홍-V-라이브-Lee-Sun-kyun-X--Ahn-Jae-Hong-V-LIVE
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    Trailer released for new film "The King's Case Note" Watch on Youtube SEOUL, May 17 (Yonhap) -- A trailer was released for the new comedy period film "The King's Case Note." Actor Lee Sun-kyun takes on a period film for the first time, playing a king of the Joseon era. The movie is about a king who becomes involved in investigating a weird rumor that has rocked his nation, with the help of junior investigator Yun E-seo, played by Ahn Jae-hong, who has a photographic memory. The king sneaks out of the palace every night to find leads for his investigation and even carries out a postmortem examination. The movie will premiere in April. jaeyeon.woo@yna.co.kr
  13. Another review KDramaAmino, this time by Oh. » ᴍʏ ᴡɪғᴇ ɪs ʜᴀᴠɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴀғғᴀɪʀ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ ﹕ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛs °°° 「 I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year 」 °°° нello lovelιeѕ, мια нere ~ Congratulate me, I FINALLY finished watching "my wife is having an affair this week". I actually started watching it when it was first aired about 4 months ago? Not gonna lie, I got lazy, not because it's boring, it's definitely not, but I had so much work to do at that time and I took a break from kdrama in general and when I came back, I actually forgot about it as new dramas were released so, I finally finished watching it and I'm glad I did because this drama is really good and it deserves more recognition and love than it received tbh. I can understand why people usually restrain from watching that kind of shows, for their kind of seriousness, if I can put it that way. But that drama isn't only about adultery, but also about bully, blackmail, threats, revenge, resentment, and on the bright side about forgiveness, love, understanding, helping.. It teaches so many values and spreads so many messages. I really love that kind of dramas with morals. I'm also fascinated about how well written the characters are, and I want to talk about them one by one. My favourite ones are -apart from the very cute second couple BoJoon- the male lead Hyun Woo and Ah Ra. Though I liked almost all the characters, I found those two particularly interesting and I really respect them. They've both been cheated on but each one of them reacted differently. I'll talk about this in detail when talking about the characters each one apart. Now for the plot itself, I love how it slowly evolved. I really never expected it to be the way it is and I'm actually surprised (positively) by how it turned out to be. People may find it boring, but I truly loved it. The ending was also satisfying and kind of unexpected after luring us in some other way, nice trick. ❢ sᴘᴏɪʟᴇʀ ᴀʟᴇʀᴛ ❢ Now I'll talk about what I think about the main characters, not only the leads but the three "couples". This may certainly contain alot of spoilers as it would be impossible for me to talk about them without spoiling. I hope you can read till the end even though it's long lol, I'm sorry about that. ❥ ʜʏᴜɴ ᴡᴏᴏ Male lead and first favourite character of the drama. I love how loyal and dedicated he is to his marriage life. I also love how persistent he is. His inner fights started when he read a strange message sent to his wife by some random man, saying that he booked a hotel room and that he misses her. Ever since, his normal and stable life got messed up pretty bad. What I liked about him is that he still couldn't believe it, and even when he checked its authenticity he still didn't want to give up on his marriage. Feeling lost and not knowing what to do and who to talk to, he posted about it online under "Toycrane" ID, soon to be the hottest topic on the Internet. His character passed through so many phases. First he wanted to forgive her but wanted to hear why she cheated, she didn't say the reasons at first and didn't even want to talk about it, thing that made him unsure of the decision he has to make. When she gave more details about her affair, and said that she was tired of always having to run and didn't get to do anything for herself (I'll talk about that later), the reason didn't quite convince him as he thought he also had it hard but still didn't choose to cheat. But after spending time with his son and having to look after him alone, he started understanding how hard it was for her and resenting himself for being selfish. The beautiful thing is that when updating about his situations on "Toycrane" posts, he never talked ill about his wife, and he was looking for cheerful and positive comments and feedback. This shows that even if he is hurt by the whole situation, he still wants to find hope and wishes that things can go back to their original place. ❥ sᴏᴏ ʏᴇᴏɴ I couldn't hate her, I know what she did was terrible but I couldn't hate her. Maybe because it's Song Ji Hyo? I actually never thought the wife would really have that affair that week. I thought he was misunderstanding and I hoped he was mistaken lol. I was so sure that she was innocent, even when she walked the hotel entrance with that other guy and all, I thought she was there for some meeting or something. I really was as shocked as her husband at that moment when he found out everything. But hey why did she even have to cheat? They portrayed her as the perfect wife that does everything right, this should have been a hint though. As a woman that's busy with her hectic work life and having to take care of her 7 years old (?) son as well as the housework, she couldn't find time to spare for herself and nobody seemed to notice that she was neglecting herself and her hobbies, even she was unaware of that fact, but that man made her realise that, and he made her feel that she's important and she deserved to do what she wishes to do. Now here resides the problem, since at this point she knew what was wrong with her life, instead of falling into desire and lust and whatever you want to call it, she should have talked about it to her husband, since he's also unaware of that fact because of his busy life. But mistake is human right, she did a mistake, but people should learn from their mistakes. She didn't seem to learn from it as she was about to commit the same thing after 6 months if her husband didn't interfere. Only then she started to realise how astray she was going and started to regret and feel sorry to her family. ❥ ʏᴏᴏɴ ᴋɪ I couldn't hate him aswell. I couldn't hate anyone. But I hated what he did and I think he deserves everything that happened to him. Karma serves him right. Another cheater, and Hyun Woo's friend. He married Ah Ra (the one I'm gonna talk about later) for her wealth and kept cheating on her repeatedly with different girls. He's a horny pig obsessed with pretty girls. The worst nightmare that could ever happen to him is that he wife catches him cheating and divorcing him, not because he loves her, but he'd go penniless if it happened. I happen to have someone like him in my family, and he's the worst. I know how it feels because the wife is always the victim and the one to be hurt, as she is being used and only being considered a walking wallet. That character is pretty funny in that drama, maybe that's why I didn't hate him. He's also a pretty good friend, I had to mention his good side aswell lol. ❥ ᴀʜ ʀᴀ My second favourite character of the drama. Man I love her alot, she really did improve and I respect her for that. She knew all along that her husband is cheating on her, but being head over heals for him, she acted oblivious. She is really beautiful and classy and has a strong personality, I really don't understand how he'd cheat on her and not love her, but yeah you don't know the importance of what you've got until you lose it, right? He should have been thankful for having such an amazing wife, but he screwed it all and he hella deserves it. I'm happy that she could get over him and stop being the babo she used to be, and stopped loving him. That's natural, how long could she even make the blind eye and pretend as if she knows nothing. He'd disgust her at this rate, knowing everything he does. She did give him the punishment he deserves and even more than that. He went from a millionaire to a penniless lawyer and then to a homeless. She didn't only destroy him, but his "sides" aswell, that knew he was married but still dated him mainly for money. (im gonna open the parentheses and talk about girls that date married men, like srsly?? I never understood them and never will, I just find it weird and disgusting af, no offence). Revenge may not be the best option for a decent human being but excuse me, I totally understand her and why she did it. I also admire how calm and classy she is when taking her moves, and boy how could I forget her kicks? amazing. ❥ ʙᴏᴊᴏᴏɴ ᴄᴏᴜᴘʟᴇ » ᴊᴏᴏɴ ʏᴏᴜɴɢ Best friend of Hyun Woo. He was the first one to know about his friend's wife having an affair and was the only one to always be by his side. I love how loyal and how good of a friend he is. He kept helping and consoling Hyun Woo while he had his own problems that no one knew about. It has been three years that everyone knows he is married, turns out his wife ran away right after their honeymoon and he pretended to be a married man for freaking 3 years to avoid embarrassment. Imagine how it would have been and how he'd have felt having to live a double life and having to find excuses when he wife is brought up in a conversation. It took him alot of efforts and guts to finally tell his friends what happened. During those three years he grew feelings for his co-worker Bo Young and trust me, he's the cutest thing when he's around her. Though their scenes tend to be funny as she's a pretty difficult and kind of cold person, she's always roasting him. None of them wanted to admit their feelings for each other at first but, man it was obvious. » ʙᴏ ʏᴏᴜɴɢ Hard working writer, divorcee, doesn't really love relationships. I could understand her personality very well as I can relate to her at times. Not that I have been married and got divorced, but the fact that she doesn't really like relationships because she often tend to lack emotion expression is relatable to me sometimes. I mean I used to be like that, maybe I still am a little. I often don't know how to express my feelings and people end up not knowing how I feel about them. I'm also not really an all lovey dovey kind of person, I find it cheesy at times and I might hate the guy if he keeps doing it all the time. It just feels uncomfortable sometimes. Bo Young is also that kind of person and she thinks that's why her relationships fail, and maybe that's also why her ex husband cheated on her hence they got divorced. Her meeting Joon Young and, after a loooong time of "getting to know him", finding out he's different from the guys she knew, she ended up opening to him. He also accepted her for what she is. Very cute. I want it too. (His wish ended up quickly being realised) Photo credit : Julie ❥ ᴅᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴛᴏʏᴄʀᴀɴᴇ ғᴀɴᴅᴏᴍ People started finding interest in Toycrane stories alot, some could relate to him, some just felt pity for him, but they all had their own problems that they don't necessarily show when commenting, or maybe their problems have impact on the way they think hence comment. I love how they created a bond and stood by Toycrane even if he's a complete stranger. Some gave him really good advice, some didn't necessarily help him alot when it comes to advice giving but still tried to help. I had goosebumps all over my body when someone was trying to reveal his wife's identity but everyone stood by him and helped him covering it. They even created a real life club where all Toycrane fans could gather face to face, that's really amazing I love the idea so much. They might be no lives, but some still learned from Toycrane's experience and solved some of their problems. ❥ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ᴛᴇᴀᴍ Nothing special to say about that but I had to mention it because I love how understanding and fun and chill at the same time everyone is, they seem very comfortable to work with and I wish I could work with such a team someday. I fits well because I'm a producer to be lol. °°° Overall, I love how the drama ended very realistically. Spoiler spoiler. I wasn't wishing for a divorce, but they did divorce. However, they managed to get back together at the very last minute of the very last episode. And I love love love how the writer did it, because come on, Hyun Woo decided to forgive her and forget about what happened, he did forgive her but couldn't forget, and that's very normal to me. They separated for awhile and got back together again, as if they're meeting for the first time. That's something very important because it would have been a little ridiculous and exaggerated and like not really deeply thought of it the writer made him forget about her cheating right away. I'm really happy with the ending, very refreshing. Also, I didn't like the girl that popped up in the end, the way she opens her eyes widely creep the heck out of me. I'm glad he didn't end up dating her, I'd have flipped the table. Anyway that was what I think of this drama, what are your thoughts guys? Thanks for reading as always, until next time ~ 안녕 ♡
  14. Yes, I was beyond pleased when I saw Javabeans and some other include this drama in their all time favorites. I thought it was a rather bold move on her part considering how new this drama is; all the others on her list have stood the test of time. She must really love it because when she did the top 10 directors she also included this director. Changing topic, on my recent rewatch of episode 8 on Viki I noticed that the kareoke scene had been cut way short; it's been re-edited and all the singing has been removed. You wouldn't know if if you were watching for the first time because it's not badly edited. Same thing with Ara's underwater scene, the rap song had been removed. Can't figure out why.
  15. A great, refreshingly different review here by Jinsight. If you like her review consider visiting her blog and leave a comment. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Saturday, February 11, 2017 This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair: Series Review It's rare to find a show that balances a likable and intriguing set of leads with an equally interesting and surprising plot. But that's what This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair artfully achieved, which explains the fair amount of positive reviews it's garnered. This Week hooked us with the did-she/ didn't-she humor-filled premise, but then pulled out something more meaningful, which was a balanced look at marriage and human relationships. As someone who went in with zero expectations, I was very pleasantly surprised by what I got, and this stands as one of the few shows I completed in 2016 and enjoyed all the way through. As a whole, I found This Week to be incredibly easy to tune into and engage with throughout its run. It never had me desperately clawing for the next episode, but I did find myself musing over and looking forward to its episodes. This was largely the result of its laid-back tone and slice-of-life storytelling, which kept the characters feeling inhabited and interesting. It also had such a refreshingly subversive sense of humor and a quiet confidence in itself - it never relied on plot gimmicks, and the dramatic moments were nicely balanced with plenty of lighthearted jokes and cheery character interactions. This Week begins with our leading man, Do Hyun Woo (played winningly by Lee Sun Kyun), accidentally seeing a text from an unknown man named Michael inviting his wife to meet later that week at a hotel. Rather than doing the normal thing and asking his wife directly about this, Hyun Woo chooses to keep his knowledge of the text a secret from his wife, and then proceeds to tell everyone from his friends to an online chatroom about it in a blundering attempt to get advice on how to approach the problem. The brilliance of this show is that rather than getting frustrated at Hyun Woo's lack of directness, I ended up feeling sympathetic and completely amused by his passive attempts at preventing the affair, which entailed everything from searching through her Facebook friends to camping out at the hotel on the specified day. My patience for Hyun Woo was partly owed to the smart pacing and the resultant humor of his actions, but also because Hyun Woo's actions pointed to a larger problem in his relationship with his seemingly perfect wife, Jung Soo Yeon (played by Song Ji Hyo), which I was curious to see play out. Indeed, said perfect wife had plenty of issues beneath her constant smile, and the entire series is an analysis on the impact of betrayal and lack of communication on a relationship. It dives into the heart of a long-standing relationship, and was such a breath of fresh air in a genre that regularly focuses on the initial falling in love and rarely on the bigger issues that come up in a relationship. Don't get me wrong, a lot of major issues were glossed over and I'm not sure that I agree with the final resolution for our couple (more discussion and spoilers at the end of this review), but overall it was a fascinating and heartwarming watch. Lee Sun Kyun did a terrific job portraying our lead, the seemingly victimized husband. He's over dramatic and self-absorbed, but also very easy to root for, with an interesting combination of naivety and quirkiness that makes him so very likable. This is definitely a warmer, funner character than any of his others I've seen, who've tended towards the colder male lead type, and it definitely suits him well. Hyun Woo, for all his imperfections, ultimately felt like a fully fleshed person, warts and all. I liked that the story essentially restricted the audience's knowledge to Hyun Woo's knowledge - we saw things only from his perspective, and the gradual reveals were as much a surprise to us as they were to him. It's my favorite form of storytelling, because there's nothing worse than knowing something long before the leads figure it out and having to watch them flail through like dunderheads and understand things one step late. As for Soo Yeon's title wife character, I unfortunately agree with the general critique on the lack of clarity with her character motivations. I don't think it's a major shortcoming for the drama because ultimately she too is far more fleshed out and realistically flawed than the average drama female lead. But next to Hyun Woo, she was definitely much less understandable and relatable. The issue with restraining us to Hyun Woo's perspective is that the story kept her mysterious for too long. When they finally tried to peel back the character in the last inning, I found her motivations and character path to be rather anticlimactic. They set her up for a great reveal, but her struggles and motivations were rather generic and didn't suddenly excuse what she had done. I do think Song Ji Hyo was perfect in the role, in that she really captured the expressions (or lack thereof in some cases) of the somber and controlled Soo Yeon. She just has such a serious countenance in her drama roles, even from back in the day with Princess Hours. The unfortunate part is this role didn't demand much range from her, as she was always either serious or guilt-stricken. She was also always amazingly put together; I really wanted her outfits and her perfectly draping, wavy hair, plus nobody else could have worn a bold lip as well as she did. It's interesting to note that she would usually wear a dark red lipstick in meetings with Michael, which was probably a purposeful move by the costume designer. Because cheaters wear red? Whereas the two leads' story is rather melancholic and dark, the two side relationships are alternately cute, mundane and exaggerated. Although I wasn't the biggest fan of either of these couples, I can see that they serve a purpose in providing something for everyone. If you're looking for the traditional syrupy sweet and innocent friends-turned-lovers story arc, then the Bo Young-Joon Young dynamic will fit the bill. By contrast, if you're looking for eyebrow-raising slapstick comedy with a touch of drama, then the disgusting yet amusingly philandering Yoon Ki and his classy/terrifying wife Ara's story is for you. I normally don't care for side relationships in any drama, but I didn't mind these two, because they provided at times welcome breaks from the seriousness of our leads, and both men proved to be stalwart friends to Hyun Woo. The dynamic between them was probably my favorite, even if the associated relationships weren't especially remarkable. Bo Young (played by BoA, who I was surprised to see acting) and Joon Young (played by the familiar but not memorable Lee Sang Yub) are two coworkers of Hyun Woo who work together and have been long-time friends. Both have romantic histories, but through continued interactions and pursuit on his part, manage to slowly banter their way into something more. I know this was a fan favorite, and I can see why as both characters are young, good-looking, and reasonably cute together. But personally this was my least favorite arc and I think their dynamic has been overhyped, as I found their plotline to be quite generic and their chemistry lukewarm. A friends turned couple dynamic is usually always satisfying just by the nature of its premise, but it felt like an inevitability here with zero surprises. Joon Young was clearly already head over heels with Bo Young from their first scene together, which made the series more about pushing through her (rather confusing) stubbornness and refusal to accept him. The ex-spouses and divorcee statuses were thrown in to add interest to the mix, but again were predictable little segments that we knew they would overcome, largely because both were conveniently already a non-barrier by the time we knew these characters. I was also not a fan of BoA's acting, which was more often than not stiff and completely one-note - she basically had one expression on her face through the entire drama. I suppose it's thankful that the story didn't try to make her do more than be quirky, look cute and talk fast. I'll move on now to the most ridiculous couple of the three, Ara and Yoon Ki. Yoon Ki is a completely nonsensical, comic relief type of character who spends much of the series cheating on his wife in a sequence of ever more absurd affairs. I get why most people didn't like him, but in terms of entertainment value he certainly provided plenty, and the redemption arc at the end was among the most satisfying. I liked that Ara ultimately grew the confidence to walk away and right the wrongs against her, so that alone was worth watching. As others have attested to, the personification of the online community is surprisingly one of the most heartfelt aspects of this show, and managed to be weaved in without ever feeling cheesy. Despite the little screentime these folks got (especially the elderly ladies duo), I remember and feel for them as much as any of the main couples. It perfectly encapsulates the unexpected warmth possible in human encounters. Serious aww stuff. Spoilers: I'll move on now to discuss spoilers regarding the resolutions for all three couples, so don't read if you're still planning to watch the drama. For our main couple, Soo Yeon and Hyun Woo, I personally didn't agree with the decision to have them reconcile after their divorce. I understand that the divorce segment was done in a way that indicated he was still in love with her and that both were doing it out of obligation rather than a desire to split, but that didn't make sense to me. Why go through the headache of divorce, from the expenses to telling your parents, only to get back together mere months later? If Hyun Woo truly thought there was a chance of making it work, I think he would have gone for separation rather than a full divorce upfront. Divorce is not some magical cleanse that washes away past grievances - divorce is purposeful separation with adults who are better off apart (historically, just look at Elizabeth Taylor and her attempt to reconcile with Richard Burton after divorce - it just doesn't work). I would have rather seen both characters move on with their lives without each other, as that would have been more healthy and in keeping with the way life works. Koreans are clearly still a very conservative society if they believe that the parents to a child must stay together for their children to be happy. I felt like that wound up being the message of their coupling, and frankly I wholeheartedly disagree with it. It wasn't enough to spoil the drama for me, but I felt it undermined much of the validity of the ending. Moving on to Bo Young and Joon Young, I was so not a fan of the drunken one-night-stand leading to pregnancy bit, largely because I find it pathetic and irresponsible for adults in their thirties to not understand protection, no matter how drunk they may be (and especially then - are you really unaware of how to drink responsibly?) Ultimately it served the purpose of bringing two compatible people together, but I just wish their union could have been more carefully thought out and deliberate. I also don't understand why she still feels the need to play games with him at the end, by faking a move-out only to move into his place, and then fake-protesting when he kisses her (seriously girl, you're pregnant, don't play the innocent act now). It didn't feel logical or realistic, and if you're hoping for depth here then you will be sorely disappointed. Finally, our gag couple Yoon Ki and Ara - oh Yoon Ki. Despite all the jerky and sleazy things he did, I'm not sure he deserved to die in poverty at gunpoint by his ex-wife. He was an awful husband, but he was also the type of guy that should have never married in the first place. Ara was pretty darn badass though in the end, and I wholeheartedly enjoyed watching that. I'll take their ending with a grain of salt, because it was the most unrealistic of the three and made me chuckle like crazy. End spoilers Overall, I don't think this drama was at all revolutionary, but it sure was a fun and surprisingly meaningful watch, and for that alone deserves its praises. It made me invested in its characters, it made me laugh, and it gave me an optimism for the human spirit.