The ratings for Marry Him If You Dare have been a huge disappointment with this drama and not necessarily warranted due to its quality (or lack thereof), but ultimately rather explainable. The rom-com genre has been by and large a crap shoot, with most garnering low ratings and few that really spark with the viewers. Conversely a sageuk usually has to majorly suck to get low ratings, and melodramas and makjangs generally have a greater percentage of success. While I love MYIHD, it’s not without its share of faults. The story is convoluted, and requires paying attention to watch otherwise it’s confusing and rather abruptly paced. Yoon Eun Hye did herself no favors by going for one of the worst perms in the history of television permed hair. It might have been some sort of sartorial statement in line with her character’s personality, but ultimately not necessary because thematically it’s always been silly to tie a hair style to a personality. Fans can decry the complaints about her bad hair, but it’s still valid because people need to like what they see. Channels have been flipped for less shallow reasons. The love quartet has been delightful but ultimately rather toothless. There is no viable second lead romance either way – Shin and Yoo Kyung aren’t interested in each other, and whatever early stirrings of interest form Se Joo has gone nowhere while Mi Rae has been mooning over Shin despite all attempts not to. The humor is sporadic, the pathos not yet visible, and the mystery is driven by an annoying future Mi Rae asking that viewers take her side when all signs point otherwise. I’m sad for the cast and crew but there is always an explanation for ratings. Won’t stop me from loving it though, and the first stills have been released for next week’s episode 5. It shows Mi Rae and Se Joo at the bus station saying goodbye to each other. I think the bus scenes between the OTP Sam Dong and Hye Mi in Dream High is one of the more iconic ones in K-dramas, and in general I like bus farewells because it always come with a sense of melancholy and being lost in the crowded bus saying goodbye to someone meaningful. Se Joo and Mi Rae are adorable here, and their feeling of camaraderie is palpable. Still no romantic chemistry from either side whichever way I look at it, but Mi Rae and Se Joo have a friend in each other at the network and that’s something special already.