New K-drama Alert: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Review
What it's about: Petite Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) hides a secret: all of the women in her family boast superhuman strength. She ends up working as a bodyguard for video game CEO Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik), while she harbors a crush for her childhood friend, police officer In Gook Doo (Ji Soo).
Episodes watched: 2
First impressions: Count me in for this one. From the get-go, the lead trio is made up of just my kind of mix of quirky and lovable. I already love Do Bong Soon for her mixture of fire and adorable (something Park Bo Young always manages to pull off without seeming like a typical Candy heroine). Add in a gruff Ji Soo (the best kind of Ji Soo), and I'm already set up to enjoy the show.
I haven't seen Park Hyung Sik in much (sorry, but I couldn't bring myself to watch Hwarang), but as soon as his character said "oh, how sexy" to the female lead's strength (be still, my heart!), I figured he would probably turn out better than 99% of K-drama male leads. I also really like the oddball chemistry between Min Hyuk and Bong Soon—they already seem comfortable around each other, which is a great way to springboard into romance.
|Look how close they're standing to each other! And it's not even episode 7!|
My biggest concern, though, is the whole creepy-no-face-villain-murder-dungeon thing they have going on on the side. As soon as he showed up, I noped my way right out of that scene as quickly as my fast forward button would carry me. Not only is it horrifying as all get-out, but the tone of those scenes doesn't match anything going on in any of the rest of the show at all.
|I was going to post a screencap of the villain, but then I thought "Nah. Ji Soo instead."|
Honestly, I would be thrilled if the writer just axed the whole kidnapper side story, had No-Face fall down a well, and spent the next 14 episodes on a charming love triangle. Give me some interesting gender role reversals (and please no more 3-way wrist grabs) and some mistaken gay identity hijinks, and I will be completely satisfied.
What do you think of this series so far?