Watching Big Man is akin to checking something out that is not proofread by the writer yet. The writer has a good idea coupled with facile execution but didn’t bother to read through it to make sure the concept as envisioned actually works. That leaves the viewer as the proofreader so the takeaway is to brush aside what doesn’t work and glom onto what does. Kang Ji Hwan‘s acting remains a pleasure to behold. The man is a trained stage actor so his performance is always with a heightened sense of liveliness like he’s acting in front of a live audience. He’s managed to make Ji Hyuk a character that reaches out beyond his predicament of almost having his heart stolen and now living the lie of a rich chaebol’s long-lost son. The Chairman has managed to concoct a steep enough lie to placate Ji Hyuk’s doubts about his birthright but that is all to keep him under control and quiet. The moment Ji Hyuk talks is when the world will know that the Chairman and his wife tried to murder an innocent stranger to get a heart for their son Dong Seok.
The stakes are high here indeed. Ji Hyuk is tossed into the corporate world to sink-or-swim, with the Chairman hoping he sinks on his own and slinks off while Ji Hyuk embraces the challenges and gives it his all. Sadly none of this is interesting because Ji Hyuk hangs around the dull white piece of paper that is Mi Ra. He has only one scene an episode with delightfully angry Jin Ah while most of the time he’s hanging out with Mi Ra doing things that make me roll my eyes. They go bike riding? Pfft. She buys his new clothes and gets close to put on a tie. Puhlease. She’s supposed to be madly in love with Dong Seok, so if she can this quickly and randomly have feelings for a new guy while Dong Seok is off getting a heart transplant then she sucks as a character ion top of being boring. Jin Ah and Ji Hyuk’s one scene in episode 4 keeps upping their sizzle together. She calls him to a bar to pick her up, he meets a sleazy rich boy who the family is intending to marry Jin Ah off to, the sleazy dude insults Jin Ah, Ji Hyuk wallops him on behalf of his dongsaeng. Then comes the obligatory piggyback ride and I couldn’t be happier. This is what it means to appreciate the little things that work.
Kang Ji Hwan-Jung So Min cut from episode 4: