D’awwwww. That was just plain adorable. Witch’s Romance, tvN’s Monday / Tuesday drama wrapped up today and I may have puked some rainbows in the process. Time for a short and sweet series review (I feel like this is too short but what can I say, everything I liked or disliked fell into two categories). Cheers!
Witch’s Romance was in its prime when it was playing up the cute. From aegyo filled love fests to “I love my auntie” weirdness this show shone when it dropped its serious side and gave into the candy coated adorableness. When Witch’s Romance took itself too seriously it faltered. Granted this story needed some kind of conflict to…well, make a plot but it buried its strongest asset in the process. Thankfully the last few episodes rediscovered the cute which made me end up liking this show as a whole.
The reason I fell in love with Witch’s Romance in the first place is simple- I needed a sweet and breezy rom-com in the middle of all of the thrillers that have been churning out of drama land this year. I was happy to finally see something that didn’t make me think too much about plot twists and suspense and simply gave a good love story with a cast of fun characters. Everything was sunshine and rainbows and cute and funny and well…check out the bad for the downfall.
The cast of supporting characters was endearing (soft spot for Mom and Na Rae). From the magazine staff (prickly editor included) to Ji Yeon’s only friend I was happy with the small but robust set of comedic sidekicks that played across the screen. In my opinion the mark of a good romantic comedy is how well the characters can play the funny with a tinge of humanity, and these characters certainly delivered. Oh…except that one character…
I could not get behind Shi Hoon’s character, which I suspect was largely the point of his character to an extent (though I fell that the intended dislike for him was overblown by the writers). He was the foil and the major roadblock to our characters hooking up which makes him the villain in the story. Yet I think the writer’s kind of overdid it when it comes down to how he acted as the stories hurdle.
I have watched enough dramas to appreciate when a “long lost love returned” is written in a way that makes you a)not hate them outright b)kind of make their past relationship and possible future relationship logical. In other words they become a plausible threat to our lead stories love line, even if we know dang well it will not happen (but there are enough moments to consider that hey, it just might be possible).
With Shi Hoon I came away thinking that he was a black hole for this story. He was too big of a jerk (even when he was trying to be a self-sacrificing one) to really ever truly think he had any kind of chance; therefore the episodes when he was together with Ji Yeon was more frustration than tension. And let’s face it, Han Jae Suk and Uhm Jung Hwa have zero chemistry. Those were the most uncomfortable “we are in love” scenes I have ever watched. Well, almost the most uncomfortable- I did watch Level 7 Civil Servant after all.
In conclusion, Witch’s Romance regained my favor near the end of the series. I fully admit I was ready to dislike this show come finale time. I am happy it turned itself around and figured out how to get back to the happy unicorn rainbow dancing puppy quilting top hat magic pixie dust place it belonged. Now I am going to miss this one. Cheers!
So what did you think? As always, ramble on!