Cheongdamdong Alice was the first weekend drama I recapped since I started blogging nearly 3 years ago. That’s quite a feat since I managed to refrain from recapping Secret Garden despite being completely rabidly obsessed with it for the first 10 episodes (the second half drove me insane with hatred), which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I suppose my love for Moon Geun Young is really that strong, and maybe I just wanted to believe for once that a good rom-com was finally back. Sadly CA has turned out to tax my patience all around – it wasn’t Moon Geun Young’s best performance by any measure even if she was serviceable-to-good throughout, but the whole lotta narrative potential and heady chemistry that was all there in the beginning evaporated into thin air and the story puttered around manufactured conflicts that were really not that compelling. I lay all the blame on the production and the writers, the former couldn’t market this drama properly and week-to-week failed to provide any news to keep the story moving and the latter fell into the trap so many writers do which is to miss the forest for the trees. I wish this drama could actually undertake a meaningful look at the issues it raised, or else just be superficial and silly so I don’t expect much from it. It’s usually when something aims high that its fall hurts even more. I’ve enjoyed rom-coms way worse than CA but this one feels keenly like a wasted prime opportunity to me. But if it can pull out a hail mary in the final two episodes, I’ll probably go easy on it overall since ending on a high note does add a bit of a rose tint to the entire proceeding.
Preview for episode 15:
Seung Jo: Die? Who’s dying? What’s so wrong that someone will die?
Se Kyung: Why does everything think this way?
Seung Jo: Will you guys leave!
Dong Wook: Please don’t be like that.
Se Kyung: They say Seung Jo you have a mental illness, you’re just faking it, right?
Tommy: If I said I just wanted to help Se Kyung, will you believe that?
Seung Jo: What does Cheongdamdong mean to you guys? How dare you say you want to help Se Kyung?
Se Kyung: If this has no meaning for you Seung Jo, then it has no meaning for me either.
Seung Jo: Really no? You were never sincere? You were sincere, right? Right?