It’s weird how Missing You keeps my interest just enough so that I am curious what will happen but not enough where I care about the characters. I feel like the drama is written on a river of emotions and feelings but no one feels like real people. Aside from Jung Woo’s interactions with Soo Yeon’s mom, or the little moments between Hyung Joon and Soo Yeon where they are just hanging out like normal people, otherwise this drama just wallows in the extremes. It’s even odder to think this comes from the writer who did Can You Hear My Heart which went out of its way to develop the personalities and interests of the character beyond just dealing with their melodrama of the deafness and the poverty and the mentally challenged parent bit. I wonder if this writer needs to go back to the canvas of a weekend drama where she has over 30 episodes to flesh out her story? I also thought writer So Hyun Kyung really faltered in the early half of 49 Days (though the second half was exquisite), whereas she did much better with the pacing of Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance.
I know I ship Hyung Joon and Soo Yeon because (1) it’s a much more emotionally solid ship with 14 years of foundation than one built on a few weeks plus a trauma, and (2) the onscreen chemistry between Yoon Eun Hye and Yoo Seung Ho is much better IMO. But I actually think neither relationship is really all that compelling on its face, and only works because of the actors selling it to us. Yoochun is emoting his head off and I feel bad for Jung Woo but in truth Jung Woo needs to move on with his life as well. Now that the rapist is dead and he knows Soo Yeon is alive and well, he’s paid his price for his mistake and there is nothing left for him with her. Except the writer keeps insisting he’s been subsisting on 14 years of unrequited love for her, and well that is just major stretch for me. I almost want this drama to cut out all the romantic angles and just have the three leads deal with their abandonment issues, trust concerns, vengeance for the betrayed, and penance for the wrongs done. But then the drama wouldn’t be called Missing You and will need to change its name to Flower Boy Therapy Store. I can dig it, even if the merest hint of Hyung Joon-Soo Yeon shippiness sends me swooning. Check out the latest preview for episode 8 with new scenes included.
Preview for episode 8: