It’s an understatement to describe watching Goddess of Marriage as a chore. With Goddess of Fire as least the snark bubbles up to counter the idiocy onscreen, but GoM isn’t that and falls into the category of drama watching I shall call “The Trudge”. It’s like plowing through high weeds with a machete along on steep hiking trial. I think the view will be awesome when I get to the top, but good lord is the journey absolutely exhausting without any enjoyment during. Whether the four main couples in the drama (or five if you want to add in the recent engagement between The Big Bore Hyun Woo caving into his stalker crush) find lasting happiness with the chosen significant other is almost beside the point. There is zero impetus to keep watching a drama where all we see are the drudgery of watching marriages falter, fail, or simply not be ideal enough for her to bear if we want to use leading lady Ji Hye’s barometer. Kim Ji Hoon’s Tae Wook remains the standout character and performance still, a guy who is real with conflicting emotions and priorities, but ultimately tries his best and makes the effort to be true to his own promises. He goes through the drama just living life – a dedicated professional at his job, enjoying his marriage, and working hard at his responsibilities – but everyone else around him just seems to pick at every little thing to muck it up. I don’t think anyone should stay in very suffocating marriages even if the cause is from the in-laws and not the husband, but Ji Hye picked Tae Wook and then promptly spent most of her time just been confounded and wallowing in self-perceived misery because her own needs are so high. There is no entertainment pleasure to be derived from GoM and that is such a shame because I do love Kim Ji Hoon and Nam Sang Mi, and together they have amazing sparks but for the drama writing their relationship to always be on pins and needles. With the behind-the-scenes brouhaha going on at SBS with GoM’s follow up drama Thrice Married Woman not being able to lock down a main cast, GoM is being asked to extend for 4 more episodes to end at 36. There are conflicting reports out as to whether it will be extended or not, but reading between the lines it appears SBS is pushing the production to agree while the production is pushing back either because the cast won’t do it or it’s just a bad idea to drag out the drama anymore. I hate to end up on such a down note so let’s enjoy the lovely couple pictures of Kim Ji Hoon and Nam Sang Mi out this week attending a Bobbi Brown and Godiva event in Seoul. They are really so visually stunning together, and I just hope the drama lets Ji Hye figure out what she wants and does it rather than sulk and cry all the time and drag Tae Wook down with her.
They totally look like a glamorous successful high-profile couple out attending a charitable event. Love his crisp suit paired with her boho style with a ladylike twist. Can I say how relieved I am just seeing them happy hanging out, because onscreen she always has a bitch face on around him, while off to side The Big Bore is lurking making pining expressions that make me want to buy him laxatives to help with his constipation.