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I’m not following The Greatest Love in earnest yet because I tend to be a monogamous drama watcher and it’s all about 49 Days (or Han Kang, to be precise) for me right now. But I was skimming through the first episode and this sequence reminded me immediately of Athena and how it got everyone excited at first but tanked soon after.
Cha Seung-won is hilarious in this and a part of me can’t help but wonder if he’s trying to exorcise memories of working on Athena. I didn’t expect him to sign on to another drama so quickly but maybe he wanted to work with the Hong sisters/Gong Hyo-jin? I prefer my first theory though. Haha.
Speaking of the Hong sisters, I think I might actually end up liking this one a lot. I know they enjoy a certain cachet among drama viewers but their shows haven’t always worked for me. I enjoyed You’re Beautiful only because Jang Geun-suk was so charismatic as Hwang Tae-kyung. I can’t say I cared for any of the other characters and god knows I had issues with Mi-nyu’s stupidity. Park Shin-hye, please watch The Sound of Music if you haven’t. Maria is a virginal and innocent nun but in no part of the show will you find Julie Andrews acting like someone with the mentality of a five-year old.
I watched the first two episodes of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and while I found Shin Mina very winsome, I just couldn’t get into the show or connect with Lee Seungi’s character. Wimpy guys don’t really do it for me, sorry. But we won’t have that problem with The Greatest Love because Dokko Jin is neither a wimp nor an idiot and Cha Seung-won looks like he is really having fun taking the piss out of his character. Gong Hyo-jin is an actress with a natural, winsome charm and you know you won’t be getting any overdone aegyo shtick from her. I’d love to see how her character develops and from what I saw in the first episode, I think her character’s unpopularity is also due to the fact that she’s really too retiring and soft-hearted for the big, bad world of showbiz. I can’t wait for her to turn Jin’s world upside down. God knows he has it coming.