I have to confess that I’m casually keeping up with IRIS 2. I can’t explain why, since I barely skimmed IRIS and I checked out of Athena: Goddess of War so fast I left skid marks. If I had to guess a reason, it’s probably my love for Jang Hyuk together with Lee Da Hae. They just make me happy seeing them onscreen as a couple. Sadly IRIS 2 is as bad if not worse than its predecessors, and really the mental twists and turns are delivered so ridiculously ham-handed I actually find genuine amusement in how silly it is. Doesn’t hurt that Lee Bum Soo is all sorts of awesome as a North Korean spy, and there is some comfort in seeing the youngsters try so hard when trying to say the most cringe-worthy dialogue. I actually think Lee Da Hae looks more comfortable onscreen then she has in years, and its probably due to how much she enjoys making the drama. She has amazing chemistry and camaraderie with Jang Hyuk and that makes the drama easier to swallow. There no way one can ever believe she is a sharpshooting government agent though – she looks way too good for an NSS agent and the drama loves making her wear super stylish clothes despite being on assignment. It just emphasizes how insanely pretty she is and what a stunning figure she has. Part of why I keep watching IRIS 2 is because I’m finding it a great source for outfit shopping, LOL. Lee Da Hae recently did a very edgy magazine shoot for Marie Claire that was really not to my taste (in one picture she looked positively anorexic). But for this month’s Elle magazine, she’s back in fine form as a print model showcasing a line of Spring bags. I love her tousled hair the most and how it just frames her slender frame, with her pose in each picture never looking directly at the camera so there is a smidge of melancholy in the mood. The pretty and bright colors are a wonderful change from her mostly all-black ensembles in IRIS 2. Right now that drama does hurt my brain but I’m willing to endure to see how it all wraps up – rocks fall down or finally a happy ending for the three-peat OTP of Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae?