I’m hopeless, a pathetic holetrap made for heart-beaty 설레 romance (fluttery lovey dovey sometimes achy romance). Just when I thought I’d write this drama off, just when I was ready to dispel the Hong Sis forever, again I fail. I gave in, I fell, and I fell hard.
The Master Sun started off really shaky and bad, anyone and everyone from a fan to a non-fan could testify. I’ve been a Hong Sis follower drama watcher for as long as I can remember and never have I zombie-yawned through a pilot of theirs. Oh yes I love Gong Hyo Jin, and still care a tad for So Ji Sub (who’d dropped of my list after his long stagnant career), but whatever the first 2 episodes were, I wanted more than to just erase them off my mind. The prettiness and eye-candies (Seo In Guk of course!) aside, it was all BOREDOMMMMMMMM.
But then again, I am an easy girl to please sometimes. My brain’s not always on the functioning analytical side when it comes to dramas, I do go for brainless fluff, I do fall for the jerk in dramas, I do go all awwww swoony over obviously staged romance, cry over manufactured angst, get all edgy and excited over ridiculous histrionics. Yes I do. And I proudly present to you, that I’m hopelessly in love with the drama…OTP! The master Joo Gun and his lady Tae Yang in TMS. Yes, a hopeless delirious incapable of being saved OTP fangirl shipper here. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
The Hong Sis have never been a quality duo, their writing have always been devoid of substance and nuance, and they never really try hard to break out of that convention of theirs. TMS is no different, nothing here is different that what they’ve been serving us for 10 years. The vehicle may be different, but their stories, their patterns, nothing has changed. But what they’re good at, TBVH, they just have an ability to make OTPs work. It’s not about the guy and girl looking great and compatible together, it’s not about their prettiness combined, it’s about the spark. The electrifying grip that tugs at your heart. The amazingly compelling chemistry and rapport that you don’t get consistently from other writers. I’ve always credited the actors for palpable on screen chemistry, but I think in some ways, the sisters do have their magic. The ability to make us fall in love. It’s like they have an eye for actors and actresses who can come together like fire and ice, and they just know what we romance suckers love and want.
SJS and GHJ are fantastic in here, their chemistry and rapport immensely affecting, and are blowing things out of the water, quite enough to make me overlook the faults and loops in the writing. GHJ has always been a chemistry creator, she has never disappointed in my years of watching her and has again succeeded in making me root for her and the guy she’s pair with. She seriously NEVER fails. SJS is not always an easy actor to act with, let alone one to be able have palpable chemistry with an actress (the last memorable OTP was his with Im Soo Jung in MISA, still a classic till today IMO). But you meet the master and queen of all, you fall for her charm immediately. I sense a never seen or felt before ease and comfort in SJS’s performance, he’s more relaxed and is having a whole lot fun, smiles and laughs a lot, teases people around him, it’s just…unusual and not the SJS I know (not that I really know him). Thanks to GHJ, he’s caught, her charm never fails!
You can never get WOW mindblowing acting from the sisters. To be frank SJS and GHJ have merely been coasting so far, are decent at best but have yet to really WOW. Not their fault as the material doesn’t require depth, what else can they do? But since I love the OTP to death and their interactions have been so unbelievably adorable, those are lil things that don’t really bother or gripe me. In fact I’ve been able to enjoy and appreciate some of the episodic (ghost) stories with their chemistry, and with acknowledgment of what their characters mean to each other, their importance to each other. It was never obvious in the beginning, but with recent developments and their gradual understanding of each other, their bond has grown, their attachment more solidified than ever, like Joo Gun and Tae Yang, we feel the pain, the same pain they feel when they can’t express what they really feel. I really think this is a profound statement, an extremely rare but meaningful line to come from the sisters. I know it’s all but and none other than a a plot device (concerning Hee Joo), but I think that single line, it will be the or is the defining description of our OTP, in fact of all Hong Sis drama OTPs. The heart ache, the burnt in your chest, they are the things unsaid, the things that you cannot say and express.
This drama gives me all the 설레 heart flutters, non-stop and never-ending whenever the OTP meet and interact. I care less about the secondary leads, their romance or even the mystery behind Hee Joo’s death or motives. I once said I’m less inclined to bother about the ghosts but now I’m starting to change my mind.. I’d rather have them with my OTP than anything else. Because with them Joo Gun gets to find out and understand more about Tae Yang, why she is the person she is, what makes her – HER. And with them, Tae Yang gets to pry into Joo Gun’s interior, open up his once broken heart. They can be themselves when they’re together, in their most genuine and true form. The comfort and the ease, it’s not something that you always get from OTP romance. The OTP here have something else, they share a bond of need, a friendship, a mutual understanding that nobody else knows or can understand. And what better, they don’t care what the rest of the world thinks. How incredibly sweeeeeeet!
Joo Gun is far from the perfect guy, and Tae Yang, she’s not as strong as we want her to be. I’m sure there’ll still be countless jerk comes to girl’s rescue scenes in future, K-drama tropes always reign.
But I’m not complaining.
Because of the OTP perfection.
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