KBS Drama When the Camellia Blooms Hits 16.9% Ratings, New High for Prime Time Dramas in 2019

My feelings about KBS Wed-Thurs drama When the Camellia Blooms is ambivalent hence the lack of posts on it. K-viewers are really enjoying it outright and ratings have gone one way up since it premiered with the most recent episode reaching 16.9%, the first for a prime time drama this year. I think the drama is very well written, with interesting three-dimensional characters and a great neighborhood and smaller town dynamic that hews closer to weekend drama territory. The leads are very well cast, especially Kang Ha Neul who is killing it as the earnest hot-blooded cop with his heart on his sleeve and Kim Ji Suk being both a champion baseball player and a loser in his romantic goals. The reason I’m not fully captivated is on Gong Hyo Jin, both her performance as Dong Baek which feels like a retread and moreso the character itself. I just don’t really connect in any way with Dong Baek and that’s creating a lack of caring about the story because I don’t care about her, but I do love her son and the people around her. The serial killer aspect is also jarring and I really wish it didn’t have to be in this drama at all. But overall I watch every week and find it interesting enough to keep going. Continue reading