SUFBB 13 and 14, waddaheck did you DO TO ME?!?!? T____T
The above is just an understatement, I’m sure a lot more people suffered worse. If you didn’t cry or bawl your guts out watching the break-up of Ji Hyuk’s band, you must have a heart of stone. You’re not from this world. T____T
Pure Eye Candy, can you guys be together forever?! Can you guys, PLEASE? I can’t take it any more, it breaks my heart to see you guys rift apart, from each other and from your love for music. The agony seeing you misunderstand each other, over things which could have been sorted out if you guys had proper communication and mutual understanding. The torment seeing each of you hide your real feelings knowing how much all of you want to be together. The pang in the heart – it’s unbearable. >__<
I love the boys. They’re not perfect in any way, just young boys amidst the process of growing up, transitioning from adolescence into adulthood, not knowing what’s TRULY out there waiting for them. But I love them. They have the sort of friendship and phase that I’d used to dream about having when I was a teenager. Of course, there are conflicts and clashes here and there, silly misunderstandings and all, but I like that all of that feels REAL to me. It’s what real friends do, they fight they bicker and they make up..etc. They pick each others’ faults honestly, and they tease each other comfortably without needing to gauge each others’ feelings. It’s the kind of raw and genuine relationship that Pure Eye Candy has which makes me envious of them. They’re not without their problems, but they love each other, and would do anything for each other (albeit not so obviously).
“When you’re sad, I’ll lend you a shoulder to cry on. When you’re crying, I’ll bring you rainbows and puppies, I’ll make you smile. When you need help, I’ll be the first to lend my hand. But when/if you ever need a friend, I’ll just be ME.” – anonymous and friend.
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.” – anonymous.
SUFBB may have kicked off being a drama about music and dreams, but as time passed, as episodes passed, it became more of a drama about friendship and trust for me. The last time my heart cheered and ached so much (at the same time) for friendship/bromance was Can You Hear My Heart, and that drama tore me to pieces, wrecked my brain, killed me and brought me back to life again. I never thought SUFBB could impact me the same way. Albeit not as stellar or as great as the former, SUFBB comes very close. Altho I love Ji Hyuk and Su Ah’s relationship, and think the other minor OTPs (HyunSoo/YeRim and DoIl/WooKyung) are full of cute, ultimately, it’s the friendship of the boys which always gets to me. When they fight, argue, make-up, poke fun at each other… it’s all about them.
I think trust is such a divine and idealistic idea/concept. It’s easy saying that you trust someone blah blah blah, but in actual fact, it’s not really a practicable or practice-able thing, at least not idealistically. Like the common saying goes, once trust is broken like glass, no matter how you patch it up, the cracks will always be there. It’s exactly what SUFBB is trying to tell us – how much trust do you have in your true-est and best of friends? It’s such a fragile part of us humans that once it’s tainted, it will not be the same again. Or can it be if you learn to trust again?
This is what I eventually want for my boys in SUFBB. I don’t mind the romance much, or whether they actually end up being a real boy band/artist in the end. It’s their friendship and love for music which matter the most to me. It’s my wish to see them go back to their old times, when Byung Hee was around, when music was just their way out of the real world. They can break off and go separate ways in life, but when they get together, I want them to be Pure Eye Candy. Be Pure Eye Candy just for themselves, for their love of music, and for celebration of their friendship.
The drama has not disappointed me so far, especially in highlighting the underlying tension and conflicts capable of arising between friends who have been together as long as forever. I give the writer major credits for he/she managed to bring out the raw and honest emotions in each and every character without relying on over-exhaustive histrionics or dramatic tropes. If he/she continues to keep this up, SUFBB might end up being my fav drama of the quarter of the year (yes even surpassing History of Salaryman).
Meanwhile, I’d also like to give major props to the boys (the actors) for making their characters so believable. They’re not great in any sense, but they’re believable. And they make me care. Sung Joon delivered the best acting performance of his career (not that he’s been acting for long but I’m most impressed by his improvement – Ep 13 and 14 are both testaments to his budding acting potential), L – a tad off sometimes but palatable and almost believable when he’s really into a scene, Lee Hyun Jae (Do -Il) – a major looker (drummer) and decent enough as a rookie, Yoo Min Kyu (Ha Jin) and Kim Min Suk (Kyung Jong) – pitch perfect and incredibly adorable together.
I’ve never supported a fictional band before but a small part of me wishes that Pure Eye Candy can be a real boy band and continue on forever and ever. Their connection just comes across too real to be true for me. The emotions, the feelings.. so genuinely raw and heartfelt. I’m very impressed.
To each and every character of Pure Eye Candy – Ji Hyuk, Hyun Soo, Ha Jin, Do Il, Kyung Jong and of course the beloved Byung Hee, you guys RAWK AWESOME! I will miss you gusy SOOO MUCH when SUFBB ends for good. I will
Pure Eye Candy’s BEST song (IMO) – “Wake Up” sung by Sung Joon
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