I really cannot believe Flower Boy Next Door has completed filming. It felt like yesterday when the cast was announced and little treats started trickling out before Christmas amplifying the spirit of the joyous holidays. Not it’s already the end of February and time to bid adieu to shy Dok Mi, gregarious Enrique, and dorky Jin Rok. I will look back fondly on FBND for all the things it did right because the little bits that didn’t work never amounted to much distraction. It did feel random and abrupt how Tae Joon and Seo Young were schlepped off-screen, him to some remote island and her back to Spain. What was the point of that potential relationship that never took off? Did he not like her at all, or refrain because of Enrique? We’ll never know, not that I care that much. The gamers and their lot serve as plot devices to generate conflict around Enrique, but it felt like the writers kept tapping into that same vein rather than looking for other areas to explore. Dok Mi remains the most well-developed and fleshed out character, not having a lot of dialogue but her careful considerations and emotional burdens were easy to understand and relate.
Chances are we’ve all felt lonely, all felt mistreated, all experienced the desire to hide ourselves away from the difficult outside world. If Dok Mi was Rapunzel, then Enrique defied all common sense as the prince who clawed his way into her tower even when she didn’t throw her hair down. He ranks in the upper echelons as a male lead with ridiculously high EQ, the opposite of the cold bastard who needs to grow a heart. Seeing Park Shin Hye and Yoon Si Yoon above in what appears to be the drama wrap party, I can only say this pairing met and exceeded all my expectations. They were adorable and precious, heartwarming and frustrating. They were everything that made watching two people fall in love onscreen such an enjoyable experience. Thanks for a great rom-com, FBND. Now don’t screw up the ending, ya hear? Below are pictures of newly black-haired Yoon Si Yoon and dressed up Kim Ji Hoon attending the Dior show this past week – it’s nice to see both guys dolled up to showcase another side of their charm, the debonair celebrity side.