KBS Rom-com The Law Cafe with Lee Seung Gi and Lee Se Young Wraps Lackluster Run in Ratings and Buzz

Fall is my favorite season and rom-coms my favorite genre so it has been such a sad disappointment the last two months to not have fall weather arrive yet and for the rom-com The Law Cafe (Love by Law). It starred two faves of mine Lee Seung Gi and Lee Se Young who both can act AND had shown great chemistry together in their previous drama Hwayugi (A Chinese Odyssey) and the drama is adapted from a webtoon so I thought it was a high chance of being a success. Then it arrived and hoo boy was it a letdown, it’s weirdly unengaging and I legit had to force myself to watch with the hope that perhaps the start was choppy and would get better. I didn’t like either lead character (as written) and poor Lee Se Young was especially annoying and shrill. The legal cases were perfunctory and the so-called eccentric neighborhood fold and cafe employees were not well-fleshed out. I’m 8-episodes in but the drama wrapped this week with ratings averaging around 6%. K-netizens think the problem is mostly the old school story script but also that the two leads did not suit onscreen delivering no chemistry. Such a waste all around if you ask me.

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