I’m genuinely sad even more than just disappointed that SBS drama While You Were Sleeping ended up being so forgettable. That I say it’s forgettable and it hasn’t even done airing means that I’ve already forgotten what I’ve watched because the drama isn’t sticky. Neither the characters or plot lines are sticking with me in the least, and the fantastic first episode start turned into a Groundhog Day repeat in every episode with different guest stars and different but still cookie cutter legal cases. The penultimate two episodes on Wednesday got 8.1% and 9.6% ratings, pretty crappy considering MBC‘s Hospital Ship finished two weeks ago and the network hasn’t aired the new drama I am Not a Robot yet due to the strike.
I do like Suzy’s character and performance more than her last drama Uncontrollably Fond but sadly my trajectory has been the reverse with the two dramas itself, this one I loved at the beginning to seeing the affection sapped by repetitive writing and no character growth, whereas UF I didn’t like in the beginning but the writing and character depth kept growing until the end when I was sobbing like a loon emotionally committed to the drama. I now forbid Lee Jong Seok from working with screenwriter Park Hye Ryun again, and she’s also gotta stop writing dramas with one unique fantasy element that she tries to milk the crap out of to sustain an entire series.