The conclusion of a drama is usually time for some post-mortem dissection and K-actor Park Bo Gum was all over the news print ink this week doing interviews about his role in the hit tvN Wed-Thurs night drama Encounter (Boyfriend). It averaged a high mid-8% ratings, putting among the network’s top 10 highest averaged dramas of all time. The viewer reviews were mixed and understandably so, the pairing of younger Park Bo Gum with older Song Hye Kyo was cast specifically as described of their characters in this story but only resonated with some viewers while others didn’t feel their vibe.
I loved their quite and sweetly romantic courtship but it did get boring in the end even for me but by then I was vested in seeing them earn a happy ending. I thought Park Bo Gum nailed his role to the T but perhaps it was the role was someone written so idealized as a smart, sensitive much too mature young man that rang false. I think Jin Hyuk echoed a lot of Park Bo Gum’s image in real life and perhaps that’s also the problem/strength depending on your perspective. My suggestion is to veer wildly different than this role for his next, and he appears to have taken that route with the selection of playing a sci-fi clone in the movie Seo Bok opposite Gong Yoo.