Queen of Reversals 2010

16 03 2011

I made several entries as I watched this series; so here they are all together.  Definitely big, huge spoilers included so if you don’t want to know what happens, stop reading now.  

I just watched the first episode of the Queen of Reversals and I really liked it.  For a 1st episode it moved fast, drew me in and kept me interested.  Jung Jun Ho from IRIS was really cute, even though I liked him in Iris I wasn’t head over heels for him, but I liked him immediately in this series.  Kim Nam Joo the lead was interesting, I am totally intrigued by her nude color lipstick.  Looks great on her, makes me want to run out and buy a tube, but I doubt it would look good on me.  I have not seen Queen of Housewives, but will add to my list and have read that you don’t need to have seen it to enjoy this series.  Chae Jung Ahn from Coffee Prince was evil in the first episode and I already love seeing her out of the nicey nice role she played in Coffee Prince.  Though the first few episodes were hardly unpredictable and had many of the expected twists and turns… but what has made this special so far is that what can take another series a whole season takes place in an episode or two…so far I’m loving it.  About time we mention Park Shi Hoo!  I have seen him in Il Jimae and What Planet are you from.  He was a bit flat in both roles, but some excellent eye candy.  I am looking forward to seeing him in a meatier role and seeing if he has acting chops.

Okay, things slowed down for a bite, but are starting to heat back up by episode 7.  My next stop is episode 16 – okay…. so the dance routine by Park Shi Hoo, um can I just say omo…. I was equal parts embarrassed, laughing, and thoroughly attracted to him all in the same moment.  I’m still embarrassed thinking about it upon reflection now… I almost could have been okay, but the shirt rip at the end, almost did me in.. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.  Maybe this is a lost in translation thing (and don’t get me wrong, he looked hot) but wow… I’m not sure that translated well, was it supposed to be funny?  Plus I can’t stop myself, of course, he looked like Rain and danced to Usher, so I’ve decided to call him Rusher… ha, ha, ha…

Kim Chang Wan, who plays the guy with cancer is awesome!! His performance was so touching and endearing.  He was also in Il Jimae and he is also in White Tower, which I am watching now.  Just love this guy, character actor and can completely change from role to role.

Okay, so not to be so brief on such a long series, but it was really good.  I loved all the main actors, loved the supporting actors, loved the villains, loved it!  The story was cohesive and didn’t trail too far off course – yes it had some slow points and meandered near the end for awhile, (you could tell the series went on extension) they were stretching for all they could and then the last episode seemed weirdly sped up.  They jump a year and plop the whole back story of that year on you in the first few minutes.   Plus I really thought that Tae Hee and Jun Soo were going to end up together.  Not that I didn’t want her with Yong Shik, I guess it isn’t often that you see a series in Korea or America where the initial couple seem like they are going to get back together for 30 episodes and then they don’t.  But I have to say it was refreshing to see the #2 guy actually get the girl.  I guess that expectation in the back of my head made it a little hard to really be happy for Tae Hee and Yong Shik in the end.  I needed more closure earlier for Tae Hee and Jun Soo; before the very last episode would have been nice.  I was fairly confused with the first few minutes of that last episode.  And Yeo Jin should have ended up with that cop, he was cute and he spoke such good english.  They could have introduced someone new for Jun Soo.   Whatever, it was fine, everyone was happy.  That being said and despite all the good things about it, it just fell a little flat for me.  Overall it was a great cast and a good story; started out stronger than it finished.  Grade – B+
P.S. I personally thought Park Shi Hoo was great as a lead.  Totally engaging, can’t really comment on his acting because he is so stinking cute who cares.  I would gladly sign up for another 31 episodes of him ;-O  and I also want to mention that Kim Nam Joo is one lucky girl, she is married to Kim Seung Woo, the hot guy who played the North Korean in IRIS… wow, they make a blistering couple.  Anyway, I also realized that I never posted my comments on IRIS, so I am pulling those out and trying to finish them up as well.