MBC Mon-Tues Drama Dinner Mate with Song Seung Heon and Seo Ji Hye is a Satisfying Emotional Meal Midway Through Airing

It’s the midway point for K-drama Dinner Mate (Shall We Have Dinner Together) and I’ve been watching intently but haven’t felt the urge to write it about until now. That’s probably because each episode feels like a bite, or perhaps part of a meal, so without the entire meal yet it’s hard to formulate a thoughtful review. It’s the midway point now, 8-episodes in (or 16 based on the half-hour episode format) and I’m quite addicted despite the low key almost languid pace of this story. Leads Song Seung Heon and Seo Ji Hye are wonderful together, visually they are a treat and their characters have such rootable personalities and a genuine connection. Their conversations are really thoughtful, sincere, and mature, though a tad restrained so I have yet to see sharp sparks that convey passion.

The prickly part is the two second leads played by Lee Ji Hoon and Son Na Eun, the latter of which remains a terrible actress and is playing a totally textbook annoying and self-absorbed second female lead. Lee Ji Hoon is the X-factor, he’s been on my radar since playing bad brother to Lee Min Ho in Legend of the Blue Sea, he’s like a baby Kwon Yul and I worry he’s relegated to second leads when he can do so much more. Here I don’t know why he abandoned his love and is back trying to win her back in all the wrong ways like a stalker drunk on love potion. It’s confusing the heck out of me and making what would be a breezy romance feel suddenly fraught with landmines and a backstory I’m more and more curious about.

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MBC Mon-Tues Romance Drama Dinner Mate Premieres to 4.8%, 6.1% Ratings with All the Hallmarks of Classic Boy Meets Girl Hijinks and Cuteness

My Monday picked up majorly and a new 8-week addiction has formed. MBC premiered new Mon-Tues drama Dinner Mate (Shall We Have Dinner Together) and it’s basically tailored made to hit every one of my rom-com happy nodes. There’s handsome … Continue reading

Song Seung Heon and Seo Ji Hye Bring Classic Rom-com Charm in Poster and Teasers for MBC Drama Dinner Mate

The idea of Dinner Mate (Korean title Shall We Have Dinner Together) sounds even more illusive and romantic when dining out is a life luxury. Upcoming MBC rom-com Dinner Mate with Song Seung Heon and Seo Ji Hye released trailers … Continue reading

Son Na Eun and Lee Ji Hoon Join the Cast of Shall We Have Dinner Together with Song Seung Heon and Seo Ji Hye

Well this is certainly a good looking foursome cast. The production team for the drama adaptation of romance webtoon Shall We Have Dinner Together has found their second leads, with Son Na Eun and Lee Ji Hoon joining the dinner … Continue reading

Cheeky Smiles and Coordinating Outfits at the Press Conference for Crash Landing on You with Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin

This weekend is the landing of Crash Landing on You, and we’ll see then if it reaches an audience thirsty for gorgeously filmed romance or lands like a thud for the farfetched set up. I think it’s the former, so … Continue reading

Screenwriter Park Ji Eun’s Upcoming Crash Landing on You Official Poster Criticized for Looking Too Much Like Her You From Another Star

If you have four leads, two men and two women, and it’s a glossy high profile drama, it probably would be best to avoid in any way shape or form other high profile drama work product. But this one is … Continue reading

Hyun Bin, Son Ye Jin, Kim Jung Hyun, and Seo Ji Hye Vogue Beautifully in New Stills for tvN Drama Crashing Landing on You

It’s funny that I just finished watching the final two episodes of When the Camellia Blooms before seeing the new drama character stills for the four leads of Crash Landing on You. Camellia has its limitations that prevent it from … Continue reading