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…
And Kim Hyun-joong…
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.
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.
[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