Recently I’d resumed watching a drama which I’d initially considered loathsome crap – A Gentleman’s Dignity. The first 4 eps I considered them super uber BLERH, with immature adults doing childish headbanging stuff, acting as if they were 6/7 year old kids. There wasn’t a single character that I’d truly liked or found endearing (in spite of some decent acting by some of the actors). The tropes were as usual cliched and typical KES nothing new. I’d already trashed the 4 eps and had even rated the drama a 5 out of a 10. Didn’t even bother to continue, and didn’t want to. But after returning from my HK trip, something happened. I clicked DL of ep 5, watched it and the rest is history. No idea why I did that, it just happened all of a sudden, just like how lightning and thunder had struck me earlier on (CK). Now I’m almost caught up at Ep 10. Love? No. Like? Yes. Somehow somewhere sometime, these 4 ajusshis have managed to crawl into my heart. And there they have been staying since.
I don’t consider AGD a good or great drama, it’s…okay. I think it’s better than SeGa but not necessarily a quality up of its predecessor, it’s just sort of relatable but somehow still far-fetched in execution. It has really blatant foibles of character coupled with some glaring KES cliches capable of making one scream. And subtleties are undermined enormously by glossy execution. However, I think I’ve gotten used to the characters and their annoyance (capable of veering most ppl away) and am starting to accept them for who they are in the drama. I’ve ranted about how Yi Soo was being a major turn off for me, and how KHN’s acting didn’t do anything to help earlier on. Nothing’s changed so far, she’s still the same old, and I still don’t like her. But thing is, her interactions and dynamics with Do Jin interest me in some way, in that they’re so open with each other, and yet are so unaware that such open-ness is drawing them closer and closer to each other. The attachment grown over time, the close-ness forged over understanding. I don’t see palpable or sizzling chemistry between JDG or KHN (not as great as KES’ earlier OTPs), but they look great together and are trying. JDG’s a hit and miss for me, his good looks compensate any lack of skill, but sometimes I find it hard to read his emotions it bothers me. Good thing is that I’m invested in their secret-crush connection I am able to put that aside and see things from the perspectives of their characters instead.
Tae San and Se Ra, I actually like them a lot more than I’d expected. I think it’s because they’re such different individuals that they come off more interesting and adventurous as a couple. They’re not necessarily likeable characters (Se Ra can be a bitch if she wants to), but when they come together, it’s like ice-cream under the hot sun. They complete each other in the weirdest ways. Yoon and Maeyang (or Mae Ri?), they interest me the least. I guess I just can’t see past their glaring age gap of 16 years, because if you thnk about it, he’s 40, she’s 24, when he was 16, she’s just a baby! And it’s not because his buddy happens to be his brother (which is further prolonging the complexity of their relationship), it’s the major gap in understanding of the RL world as a whole. But I do appreciate that the writer is trying to deal with it as carefully as possible. If KES wants her OTP to end up together, she’d have to go all out to show that love conquers all, but hopefully not at the expense of Tae San. Rok oh Rokkie, I think he has to be my favourite character of all (thanks to Lee Jong HOT’s versatility). His character is to be damned but his charm is wonders wonders to me. I’m not entirely sure whether he loves his wife, but I think it will be a good ending for both of them. He feels more like a supporting character for laughs when things run haywire, but I’m glad he’s there to cheer ppl up whenever they’re down in the dumps.
But of all, it’s the bromance which gets me hooked all the time. Their relationship may have been exaggerated to disbelief, for laughs and dramatic effect, but I’m not going to deny that they make me feel warm and all cuddly, and sometimes give me the ridiculous laughs ever. It’s just the notion of having someone to be there by your side at your best and at your worst, to tell you the truth honestly, and to let you know what’s best for you. It’s the friendship that counts the most to me in here, and I’m glad KES hasn’t undermined that for the sake of lovey dovey romance. Not implying that the drama has gotten better or that KES has improved (she hasn’t because her patterns are still so obvious), but it’s more to me, in that I’ve sort of compromised all of that for better enjoyment of the drama and the characters.
I’ve also got the drama to thank, for I have discovered a really lovely song from its OST. It’s not the main theme sung by Lee Hyun or Kim Tae Woo, but rather a side OST track which only comes out once in a while in the drama. Sung by a 20 yr old upcoming singer song writer Juniel (who has major IU vibes), her song titled “Illa Illa” gives AGD a lighter and cheery feel in contrast of the mostly melodramatic songs which have been played more often. The song doesn’t allude to the relationships of any of the OTPs blatantly, but it’s played more often during Yoon-Maeri scenes?
Check out the official MV of Illa Illa here:
There isn’t anything really WOW about the song, but I really like the cheerful and lighthearted rhythm and Juniel’s soothing crisp voice that matches it. The lyrics indicate a sad love story but the hopeful music makes the whole package more endearing and bittersweet. Apparently girl has won a lot of awards prior to her debut and has spent quite some time in Japan before finally hitting it big. Just like her seniors CN. Blue, I think she’s got a great future ahead of her.
credits: photo as tagged / JkMotion8 @ Youtube