He’s a Robot But That’s OK: Wild Romance

One’s a moron. The other’s a twit. No, wait. That doesn’t sound right. Let’s start again.

Meet Kim Tae-han.

He hails from Planet Dorkron, the same extrasolar planet that gave us this extra-terrestrial vision of loveliness…

Source: Hancinema.net

And Kim Hyun-joong…

Original image source: triplesforever.blogspot.com

And just about every other clueless K-drama chaebot who wants to know what love is…*coughcometomeandI’llshowyoucough* (Note to NASA: Should you ever find this planet, you will have my eternal gratitude.)

Spoilers for Episodes 1-5

Tae-han (or Manager Kim as he is known) is the public relations director for the Red Dreamers. Think of them as baseball’s equivalent of Manchester United or the Boston Red Sox.

What this actually means is that he is a glorified baby sitter who’s on hand 24/7 to put out the fires caused by his charge, Park Moo-yul, known in less polite circles as “the baseball thug” or Fark Moo-yul (and these are just the printable epithets.)

He also finds himself having to clean up the mess caused by his charge’s bumbling bodyguard (who’s also his biggest anti-fan.)

It should be said that Eun-jae isn’t talking about herself, though you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking otherwise…

You see what he has to deal with every day? Now you know why he gets paid so much. Nothing fazes him — not death threats, not clients with double-digit IQs in the low teens, not bizarro situations that require him to sacrifice his cool, clinical image:

But little does he know that all this is going to change when he meets Kim Dong-ah on one of his missions to save his idiot client and said fool’s bodyguard. Dong-ah is Eun-jae’s best friend, a kooky free spirit who’s a fountain of esoteric information.

She also knows a fine genetic specimen when she sees one.

Thank god Eun-jae’s father hates him on principle (they’re die-hard supporters of the Red Dreamers’ sworn rivals, the Blue Seagulls) because that means she can have him ALL to herself! ♥

This is Tae-han’s Why-am-I-forever-surrounded-by-idiots face:

I love how she doesn’t even bother hiding her glee in the background :DDDDD

She offers to accompany him on his search for the two troublemakers. But it’s really just an excuse to check him out XD

Manager Kim, I do believe you just got lampshaded XDDDD And Dong-ah! So unself-conscious, so forthright. Whoever’s getting Im Joo-eun her scripts, keep it up! ♥

Don’t let his cool indifference fool you. Somewhere in the cold, dark recesses of his giant brain, the gears are clicking and whirring away. Why else would he have asked her out otherwise?

Oh, right. Work. Is that what they’re calling it nowadays? And on that note, I have never seen a man so transfixed by, er, drool stains. At least I think that’s what he’s looking at. I don’t think she’s braless. This is a K-drama, after all.

They also end up watching porn together. All in the name of work, of course.

She asks him if he’d like to read her first attempt at an erotic film script. “It’s set in the past and filled with naughty actions!” The gleam in her eyes when she says this! He says ‘no’, of course, but they still have 11 more episodes to go and we all know he has a hanbok fetish XDDD

I think this character might just have edged ahead of Oh Doo-ri in What’s Up. She’s so uninhibited and so, so adorable. ♥

And finally, this! If they were any closer, he’d have to sit on her lap…not that she’d mind, of course. She’s all but carved her name into his arm.

[via myselfindisguise]

I don’t know if he’s doing this to a) prevent the crumbs from dirtying her outfit, b) protect her modesty (you know, like how all the actresses wearing short dresses have something covering their laps during press conferences) or c) preserve his own modesty. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were all three. Manager Kim is a multi-tasker that way.

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[For those who care about things like this, more spoilers ahead!]

Episode 5 is as far as I got with Wild Romance. I’m not familiar with the writer behind this drama but based on what I’ve gathered, she’s supposed to be one of the best in her field. I’m not going to doubt that but the thing with Wild Romance is that it could have benefited from better directing. Too much emphasis is being placed on the bickering aspects of the two leads’ relationship and it tends to get very heavy-handed at times, sometimes to the point where it feels like the drama is trying too hard to be funny.

This situation might change as the drama develops but as of this moment, it’s difficult for me to be invested in the two leads because they’re such abrasive and immature characters and I find myself thinking: ‘Please don’t have children if you two do end up together eventually.’

I was unconvinced by the whole episode where Eun-jae mistakenly believes that Moo-yul is having an affair with Dong-soo’s wife. Sure, she hates his guts and she’s seen them together on a few occasions but the way the whole arc was executed felt artificial to me. As a bodyguard, aren’t you trained to verify your suspicions before acting? It just felt like the director was using this arc as an excuse to have yet another explosive encounter between the two main characters. Eun-jae’s penchant for jumping to conclusions and behaving belligerently is ridiculous to the point of being unbelievable sometimes. Moo-yul is not much better, of course, and at this point, it’s tiring watching them together because they are incapable of behaving like two normal adults.

The secondary characters, on the other hand, are a lot more interesting by far and I wish that they had been given more screen time. I love Manager Kim and Dong-ah — that’s a given — but I’m also very curious about the relationship between Dong-soo and his wife. What happens when the man for whom you made such great personal sacrifices is no longer quite the person you married? On a side note, I like Hwang Sun-hee. She’s a versatile actress with a quiet screen presence and you never quite know what she’s thinking, which works well to her advantage in this drama.

I’ve already spoiled myself a fair bit but I’m intrigued to see how Moo-yul’s stalker mystery unravels and of course, there’s the whole Manager Kim-Dong-ah side story to look out for.

If you haven’t seen this MV, do check it out. It makes me so happy to see Dong-ah unnerving Manager Kim and making him sweat.

AND THE KISS ADSFKSDKFJLSDKJGFKDLSJF

Domo arigato Mr Roboto, indeed XD

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8 comments

  1. Hanbok fetish. LOL.

    It’s a disappointment that this drama got stuck with such a heavyhanded director. I mean it when I say that writer Park Yeon Seon is really good; Mixed-Up Investigative Agency (which also stars Lee Minki, just a thought) remains one of the best dramas I’ve seen, and I’ve heard equally good things about her Alone in Love. I love this writer so much that I will sit through this drama one day – but focus mostly on Im Joo Eun. (Now I have a total girlcrush on her, lol).

    1. I mean it when I say that writer Park Yeon Seon is really good; Mixed-Up Investigative Agency (which also stars Lee Minki, just a thought) remains one of the best dramas I’ve seen

      Now I’m really curious about Mixed-Up Investigative Agency. I’ll give it a go after I finish Dal-Ja’s Spring. Yes, yes. I’m a sucker for a good noona-younger guy romance.

      I will sit through this drama one day – but focus mostly on Im Joo Eun. (Now I have a total girlcrush on her, lol).

      Not a bad choice for a girlcrush at all^^ Im Joo-eun is ADORABLE here. Watch it for her and Roboto-san. Having said that, NASA, will you please find that planet soon? I want my very own robot-oppa as well XDDD

  2. I swear if I didn’t have your blog I wouldn’t know what half the dramas were these days.

    I skipped most of the latter part of this post because I do intend on watching this series, not for Roboto shi but for Seol Gong Chan shi :DDDDD Haven’t touched much of his post-military work but circa My Girl days, I remember feverishly stalking everything I could find that had Lee Dong Wook’s name attached to it. I even watched that terrible “horror” film Arang. My only recollection of that film was of Wookie in a dark wash denim jacket looking very Guess/CalvinKlein/Gap/Abercrombie&Fitch. But it sounds like he isn’t making too much of an impression in WIld Romance? I don’t know much about Kang Dong Ho, Ellély, but when I give this series a crack, I will pay some good attention to him for sure just for you, hiihi.

    Lastly, hooray for you and Dal Ja’s Spring! Please share your thoughts when you are done ^_^

    1. I’ll be honest with you: I know nuts about Wookie and this is my first time watching him in anything. I think it might be the porn-tasche or just the fact that he and Lee Si-young have yet to move beyond bickering and throwing each other around. But I’m sure I’ll warm up to him eventually when WR picks up its pace. I’m told that it reaches crack status round the middle^^

      Oh and just to fan the flames of your Wookie obsession, did you know he was in Scent of a Woman with Kim Sun-ah last year? Here, have a video. I think it does a much better job of explaining the gist of the drama than a regular ol’ black-and-white synopsis:

      Here’s a question for you: if you had to choose a tango partner, who’d you go for? Wookie or one of the Fog Bar boys? Decisions, decisions. Hahaha.

      *sigh* I wish I had had the foresight to dl Dal Ja’s Spring when Megaupload was still alive. Now I have to rely on torrents and it’s taking forever. T.T

  3. lmfao, I don’t actually detest the pornstache… but that said, he does definitely look better without it. Case in point, that Scent Of A Woman clippy you linked me: gorgeous. He has such porcelain snow white skin it gets me jealous, lol. That series is in my drama queue amongst a hundred million others but I really do want to get to it.

    Now please let me ask you to watch more of Lee Dong Wook’s works already! If you ask doozy, she will agree. My Girl and Partner. You will dream of him every night ahahaha.

    Have you reached the crack status in Wild Romance yet? ^^;

    Now… as for your “Who Do I Want To Tango With?” question… this is the reason why it took me so long to reply~~ I would say Wookie because with those Fog Bar boys, I run the risk of not being the skinnier one, LOL. But, ya know, I wouldn’t exactly push any of them away if they came up to me on the dancefloor and grabbed me by ze, waistline (?___?)

    Re, Dal Ja’s Spring, only recently did I realise Megaupload had been purged! If you want and are comfortable (but if not, I totes understand!) I have a copy which I would be happy to send ya… sharing is caring, ne? :)

    1. Yes, please do check out more of Wookie’s prior work. I wanted to watch Wookie in his post-military drama but I didn’t see Scent of a Woman because I try to steer clear of melodramas and also, I read mixed reviews about the drama.

      So when news about Wild Romance came out, I was super excited because 1) I love the writer, Alone in Love is my all-time favorite drama and 2) I love Wookie. I’m up to episode 5 and so far, it’s all right. I agree that the directing is distracting and too over-the-top at times, and the bickering does get tiring. However, I don’t think I’m gonna quit it yet because there are certain parts of the drama that show me that it has substance beneath all the hyperactivity, like Dong-Soo’s love for baseball. I also like the secondary characters, Dong-Ah is definitely a favorite of mine too. You remember the scene where Eun-Jae called her to ask about the Japanese poet or something and Dong-Ah is totally distracted, and Eun-Jae’s like, “you reading that comic about the halmoni with the sagging boobs again, aren’t you?” And sure enough, she is. That scene made laugh! I love Dong-Ah’s quirky, 4-D personality.

      And the clip that you posted makes me want to keep watching the drama for more Dong-Ah and Manager Kim development. Here’s to hoping that “crack status” will occur soon.

      1. I didn’t see Scent of a Woman because I try to steer clear of melodramas and also, I read mixed reviews about the drama.

        Oh, I know what you mean. I grew out of my Rocks Fall, Everybody Dies phase a long time ago. There was a time when I would have lapped up anything that had a combination of the following: terminally ill patients, doomed love, ANGST, death…(yes, if you were wondering, I did watch A Walk to Remember. It was like a watered down K-melodrama, except with American actors.)

        BUT! Jicks, if you’re reading this, don’t let us dissuade you from getting up to speed on Wookie’s filmography xP I don’t want to spoil you but I will just say that it doesn’t have a depressing ending.

        You remember the scene where Eun-Jae called her to ask about the Japanese poet or something and Dong-Ah is totally distracted, and Eun-Jae’s like, “you reading that comic about the halmoni with the sagging boobs again, aren’t you?”

        Er…no. I don’t remember this part at all but that’s probably because it’s been eclipsed by what she tells Eun-jae after Manager Kim confesses that he wants to “seduce” her: “Now I am going to live a dirty life and do all the things that I’ve only read about.” The way her eyes GLEAM when she says this. You go, girl! \o/ Make Manager Kim SWEAT and then tell me all about it XDDD

        I love Dong-Ah’s quirky, 4-D personality.

        Yes, Dong-Ah is the bestest! :D

    2. Now please let me ask you to watch more of Lee Dong Wook’s works already! If you ask doozy, she will agree. My Girl and Partner. You will dream of him every night ahahaha.

      Hahahahahaha…I think my mother is cut from a very different cloth then. She watched My Girl and disliked Lee Dong Wook’s character so much that she refuses to watch any of his other dramas. @.@ The next time I see her, I must ask her why this is so.

      I haven’t reached Crack Status yet but I have reached the part where Jessica makes her appearance. Let’s just say that she’s making me root for Eun-jae even though my feelings for the OTP are lukewarm at best. At this point, I really am watching Wild Romance just for Dong-ah and Manager Kim, and some of the other secondary characters. -.-;;;;

      I wouldn’t exactly push any of them away if they came up to me on the dancefloor and grabbed me by ze, waistline (?___?)

      LMAO…though I think that the only waistline Oguri Shun will be grabbing for the forseeable future is Yamada Yu’s…haha.

      Thanks for the offer! I might just take you up on it. BT’s been very co-operative of late but it might just decide to have PMS one of these days. We’ll see…

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