Big is sorta gnawing away at me tonight. I was at a baseball game but my mind stayed with the drama. Hasn’t happened in awhile so early on, even The King 2 Hearts took a few episodes to crawl inside my skin. I kept thinking that there is more to Big than meets the eye, and the awkward episode 1 was just a drama trying to form itself into a new Hong Sisters shape. I quite like the laid back beat, and that is something I don’t think I gave the Hong Sisters enough credit for. To bust out of the overly cutesy precociousness and try something, well, different for a change. Good or bad, I’m willing to give Big the benefit of the doubt and show me.
The ratings for episode 1 was a decent 8.5%, much better than its predecessor Love Rain but still the last of the Mon-Tues dramas. While I ship Da Ran-Kyung Joon madly (and even more than I ship Da Ran-Kyung Jae), new stills show us there might be more to Yoon Jae than meets the eye. That would be awesome, because I need his character to be more than just token fiancee with commitment issues. Looks like his interest in Da Ran wasn’t just because of the missed catch leading to the broken bones. But did you guys notice – Da Ran and Yoon Jae’s first meeting, his hands reach for her and misses by a hairsbreadth, whereas Da Ran and Kyung Joon’s meeting, his hands reach for hers holding the umbrella and makes contact.
One thing that has been bugging me is how un-Kyung Joon the soul swapped Kyung Jae acts. Perhaps the shock and trauma of the soul switch is making him all freaked out (which I can believe), but where’d the cool piercing young man go and why was he replaced with a shrieky twitchy version of himself? I hope he deals with the soul-switching reality soon and then starts behaving like Kyung Joon getting a chance to live out his fantasy wish of growing up overnight, and having as a fiancee his “Gil Teacher” that he clearly has never once thought of as a teacher.
Preview for episode 2 (with English subs):
If you watch the drama opening credits below, its even clearer that the male lead is Kyung Joon’s soul. The Gong Yoo incarnation is Kyung Jae (and not Yoon Jae). Plus the love triangle with the two leads is Lee Min Jung and Suzy, who likes Kyung Joon. If the female love triangle is Lee Min Jung and Jang Hee Jin, then I would buy that Young Jae was the lead. Poor dude doesn’t even merit the opening credits until the very last frame. At this point, I’ll write him down as the token second male lead destined to get his heartbroken in the end. I betcha he actually does like Da Ran, but something else is holding him back. Too bad I could care less. Kyung Joon and Da Ran’s chemistry is the kind to start a fire in wet hay. I would bottle that up and sleep with it at night if I could.
Pretty drama opening for Big: