Fated to Love – Episode 1 – First Impressions
Within the first twenty minutes of Fated to Love I was reminded of one of my favorite dramas ever, Secret Garden. I doubt the show will have the emotional pull that Secret Garden managed to illicit (in my opinion it’s the greatest love story ever told.) but, there was something fantastic about the first episode.
The show is full of bright colors and insane situations that had my guts in pain from laughter. When you watch the show a certain cherry turns up and steals the show. Aside from the delightful sets the lead female, Mi Young (Jang Na Ra) is outfitted in some really awesome prints that would make Lilly Pullitzer blush. They did a great job making her look adorable, sweet, and likable. The glasses she wears, while kind of reminiscent of Harry Potter’s, adds to her innocent face. She’s super cute and I think many people are going to like this kind hearted character. I do have to say that I would like to see her character grow a spine and learn to say no to the people who take advantage of her. Let’s practice…
Ahneeyo…annie…andeyo. 하지, 하지. Mi Young. Practice that, please.
Aside from Jang Na Ra who stole the show for me the remainder of the cast is killer. Clara Lee (Emergency Couple), Jang Hyuk (OMG he’s back), Wang Ji Won (I Need Romance 3), and to top things off Choi Freaking Jin Hyuk round out the leading cast. By the way, that’s Jin Hyuk’s official name from here on out on this blog. CFJH…FTW!
Jang Hyuk hasn’t been in a drama in quite a while. Last I saw him he was kicking butt in Iris II and The Flu, but you probably won’t recognize the age defying nearly forty year old actor here. His hair, wow his hair, is completely different than what I’m used to seeing and may give Lee Min Ho’s Gun Jun Pyo’s perm a run for its money for nonsensical hair style of the century. It’s kind of amazing. In other news, I’ve already started growing my hair out so I can jump on this train…sure to be a hot issue. I’m used to seeing Jang Hyuk in a very macho save the day kind of role, but here he’s caught me completely off guard. He’s a big scaredy cat, well quoiffed, and way to into himself. He’s so over the top I couldn’t help laughing at him…in a good way.
Clara Lee and Choi Jin Hyuk each owned just two scenes in the first episode and didn’t share any screen time together, but it was great to see them on screen within the same hour again. I loved Emergency Couple and hope they get to have a scene or two before this show ends it’s run. Jin Hyuk, as usual, did not disappoint with his trademarked faces and Clara looked absolutely amazing. Wait till you peep her outfit in Macau. Holee meat balls, batman.
Overall, I’ve got to say I’m digging this show. I’ve got big hopes for this one as it’s been a long time since a dramas really grabbed my attention. It’s got all the makings for an extremely fun ride. Will you be watching?