I know I’m never going to convince the fans of all three YYYs (Yoon Eun Hye, Yoochun, and Yoo Seung Ho) that Missing You really is quite shoddily written. I have no problem with that (the heart likes what the heart likes), but I scratch my head when folks try argue for a qualitative adjustment for a work. Take Lie to Me, a drama on my personal top-10 list, but I have no problem accepting that its on other people worst drama list since qualitatively it was just a big ole mess that worked solely because Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan were pretty much dating onscreen for our viewing pleasure. When it comes to MY, the reason the writing is shoddy is because there is no context for the narrative and the story isn’t grounded in any semblance of possibility. Horrible shit just happens, coincidences abound in the connections between the characters, and ultimately there is no foundation laid for the characters so that we care about all the horrific things that befall them. The rape scene was excruciating to watch because Kim So Hyun and Yeo Jin Gu‘s acting sold it, but the writing was terribly contrived to pile on the excess of woe on the female character. I cared because (1) Kim So Hyun was acting like her life depended on it, and (2) I knew this character was the future adult version played by Yoon Eun Hye. The writer didn’t lay the foundation for Soo Yeon or Jung Woo, so we are left watching wretched woe happen to good people (kids, no less!) and feeling appalled on principle when we should be feeling appalled on personal connection. Nevertheless, we’re now headed towards the adult section and I am completely rooting for Soo Yeon to become Korea’s most famous designer and kick ass all around because she’s earned it. Check out the gorgeous new still of fashion designer Lee Soo Yeon.
On the romance front, after four episodes I am completely on the Hyun Joon-Soo Yeon ship. I’m giddy with glee at the glimpse of the chemistry between Yoo Seung Ho and Yoon Eun Hye plus I like Jung Woo on principle because he’s a good kid but I don’t connect with him to want Soo Yeon with a guy that reminds her of the worst day of her life. Whereas Hyun Joon and Soo Yeon is so my cup of tea. The way he looks at her makes my toes curl.