There was a time when watching K-dramas centered around waiting for the OTP to kiss. Yes, there was character set up, plot development, narrative progression, all of the good stuff that oftentimes in the eyes fans merely serve as fillers to propel to the OTP together. This was true especially of rom-coms, when the story was wafer thin and the entire purpose was for the OTP to get together. This year I subconsciously veered away from that when I discuss my thoughts about dramas, finding myself concerned more with whether the emotional threads make sense and how the connections rope me into supporting the characters relationship building. Looking back, I watched all of Nice Guy and never really cared about Song Joong Ki and Moon Chae Won kissing or making out (though they were great at doing it onscreen), and instead that melodrama really highlighted the realization that I can want characters to get together without caring about seeing physical manifestations of that expression of love. Then along comes Cheongdamdong Alice to remind me that a great sizzling OTP romantic tension will rouse the drama fan in me in hollering for the OTP to JUST KISS ALREADY. The steadily developing chemistry between Moon Geun Young and Park Shi Hoo exploded in episode 6 into something so thick you can cut it with a spoon. How did that happen? Where did all that chemistry come from? And I’ve seen both actors other dramas and I can say its totally different than what each has had with their other co-stars. Not necessarily better, just totally different and unique to them. Seung Jo appears to have his heart on a platter, all boyish hesitation mixed with manly desire. Se Kyung is cool as a cucumber with Seung Jo until she’s literally knocked off balance, and then it seems like her entire emotional axis got rearranged in that moment and things can’t ever go back to the way it was before. When I first heard the heroine had an ex-boyfriend she loved and then I watched Namgoong Min rocked out as Seo In Chan (with amazing chemistry with Moon Geun Young), I thought this drama was toast since it’d be neigh impossible to get me to jump to the OTP ship. I was wrong, I was so wrong I was on another planet. Check out the scene in episode 6 that has everyone squealing and fanning ourselves.
Episode 6 Hug-Almost-Kiss Cut: