Rambling Thoughts: Shut Up Flower Boy Band Eps 7-12

*sob* What do you mean there’s only two one more weeks left of this drama? Say it isn’t so! Boys, noona is going to miss all of you terribly so before the inevitable rolls around, let me leave each of you with some advice, starting with Ji-hyuk: Whatever you do, please don’t let whoever’s responsible for your current do touch your hair again.

My next piece of advice to you is this: 1) Talking about how you feel doesn’t make you a wuss and 2) while I do appreciate your laissez-faire style of doing things, there are times when you just have to put your foot down and rein your band members (*coughHyunsoocoughHajin*) in when they start crossing the line. Nothing personal. It’s called taking charge.

ETA: And why didn’t you just tell that nosy reporter at the press conference that you and Su-ah weren’t living together? All you had to do was explain you were living in the dorm and that your friend was borrowing your room for a while. *wrings hands*

So once you’re done playing the Noble Idiot this week, can you please step up to your Boyfriend duties and take your girl out on a proper date? And I don’t mean holing yourselves up in your room eating ramyun. I’m talking flowers, a day at the amusement park…you know, the works. God knows Su-ah deserves it. She’s been an absolute saint putting up with your jealousy as well as Woo-kyung’s, not to mention the media hoopla over your relationship, your crazy schedule and repeated no-shows. Please rectify this once you’ve put out all your fires and gone through all the obligatory emo-ing.

Hyun-soo: It’s okay to let people in sometimes. You don’t have to divulge your entire life history but people can’t tell what you’re thinking if you just play it cool all the time. 

Oh Hyun-soo, do you see your biggest enemy staring right back at you when you look in the mirror? How is it that someone who knows how to play the PR game with the media is unable to play nice with his own band mates? I’m guessing that behaving like an ass being brutally honest is your special way of letting the people around you know that you care for them, in which case there’s hope for Ye-rim yet.

Now judging by the debate that’s been going on in various forums, it looks like Hyun-soo’s become the pretty boy equivalent of haggis — you either love him or you don’t. Just to throw my two cents in, had he chosen to go solo of his own accord, I wouldn’t have thought less of him. Firstly, I don’t think it’s wrong for anyone to aspire to greater things. Secondly, solidarity works only when everyone has a shared vision. It’s unrealistic to expect people to stay together as a group if they don’t have a clear idea of what they want to achieve for themselves or if they don’t have similar goals.

For me, Hyun-soo’s biggest problem has always been his personality, not his ambition. Byung-hee was equally ambitious, if not more so. The difference between them is that Byung-hee’s ambition was infectious — he inspired people with his enthusiasm. Hyun-soo, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. He may have the band’s interests at heart but he’s terrible at communicating his thoughts and feelings, and this is compounded by his critical and combative nature. When things go wrong with the band, instead of offering solutions, he’s the first to zero in on the things that should have been done.

There are times when such in-your-face criticism is helpful but when the band is already floundering in the throes of an identity crisis, this is not the time to be jumping down anyone’s throat. Ji-hyuk may be the leader in name but everyone has the responsibility to chip in and do what they have to do to make sure that the band survives.

During the rock festival arc, fulfilling Byung-hee’s dream of playing in a festival was the common goal they all had. That has changed though and the question of what would happen to them in his absence has taken on a far greater significance: Can Eye Candy exist without Byung-hee or are they merely a tribute band to his memory? This all ties back to the very first episode when Byung-hee asked each of them why they were playing in the band. What is Eye Candy to them?

I guess in order for the boys to figure out the answer to this question, they need to go through a period of separation. After all, you don’t know what you’re missing until it’s gone, right?

Do-il: There’s a reason Kang Shin-woo didn’t get the girl in You’re Beautiful. He had terrible timing and he couldn’t open his mouth when it mattered. Do not follow in his footsteps. 

And what do you mean you don’t know if you’ll be able to care for her adequately? What does Ji-hyuk have that you don’t? Soju-flavoured nipples? Please man up and confess already!

In sum:

Though having watched episode 13, I’m in favour of you moving on and finding yourself another girl.

Woo-kyung: Please go to the optician and get your eyes checked. 

I think you should also make an appointment with an ear specialist as well because how many times does a guy have to tell you that he isn’t interested in you before you get the message? You’ve known since episode 6 that he isn’t into you and after watching episode 13, all I have to say is that you are officially delusional. Asking Ji-hyuk to choose between Su-ah and you and the band? Who died and made you Byung-hee? You have no right to tell him to break up with her, especially not when the other boys have come to terms with their relationship.

At this point, you have to be blind to not see how hopelessly (with the emphasis on “hopeless”) crazy Do-il is about you. Stop being cruel and either tell him you’re not interested or give him a chance.

Ha-jin: Getting your heart broken sucks. Remember this the next time you toy with a girl’s feelings. 

Ha-jin, disapproving puppy is judging you.

I think we all know that this isn’t going to end well for Ha-jin but I’m glad he’s going to have his heart broken because this is going to be a character-building exercise for him (I hope). It’s going to let him know what it feels like to be rejected for a change. I know this sounds harsh but I belong to the School of Tough Love.

I’ve seen people accuse Ye-rim of leading him on but I don’t see it this way. She’s never encouraged his interest or pretended to like him. It’s not like she hangs around his rehearsal studio or asks him out on the pretext of finding out information about Hyun-soo. On the contrary, Ha-jin’s the one doing all of these things and he’s behaving exactly like one of those clingy girls he dislikes so much. It’s just too bad that he’s going to deal with the realisation that she doesn’t like him by being a dick to Hyun-soo. Oh well, maybe he’ll get used to it after getting his heart crushed a few more times?

Kyung-jong: I don’t have any constructive advice to give you. You’re adorable. Just stay that way forever. 

Only one more week left. I’m going to need a support group when this drama ends. *sob*

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2 comments

  1. Chingu, you’ve got the Shut Up Flower Boy Band fever really bad. Withdrawal is gonna be like the dark night of the soul. Brick me if you must but I like that songwriter genius dude Seong Hoon?! Never mind the reason, nah, I think he’s perfect! I love good little boys! One more thing, your recaps and rambling thoughts are sooo much more interesting and so much fun. Hey boys in the band, are you reading this? Are you listening to the wild rambling thoughts of my chingu? SUFBB is not about the girl, its about the love and friendship of the boys. Its just that I can’t relate to all the bad assery and the angst omg the angst for people so young.They’re in high school for heaven’s sake and they have to undergo so many complicated angst ridden situations that would drive an adult to a psychiatrist in a heart beat. Maybe because my background is really different, no bullying in private school so no exposure to these types of boys at all. I may be missing something so maybe this kind of drama should appeal to me because of that vacumn. I just wish there were more dramas about the good ones, you know the good boys and girls but yeah I know it will be very monotonous, and unexciting and so stress and tense free it will be over in just one episode. Don’t mind me. I actually love the drama. The casting is perfect, the story tightly and well written and real. Curly top Ha Jin and pretty boy Hyun Soo are good enough to munch on. Forgive me, if I’m not making sense and I love the drama but also hate it. I’m sleep deprived & hungry, spazzin real time on twitter with the fans of Jin Akanishi since his Japonica tour began. Last stop San Francisco tonight, then I can sleep, unless another scandal breaks out. The life of a fangurl is never easy! Gimme me a hug!

    1. *sigh* What can I say? I do love my boys though I don’t think I’m going to have enough time to go through the usual withdrawal symptoms what with Rooftop Prince premiering immediately the day after. This is starting to look like the Year of the Bromance, no?

      Brick me if you must but I like that songwriter genius dude Seong Hoon?!

      Oh, I don’t dislike Seung-hoon. I think it’s great that he has a brain and that he’s using it to his devious advantage (as you can see, I’m not sure I’d classify him as a “good little boy” LOL) And I especially like that he’s not being thwarted at every turn by crappy plot machinations. Remember In-soo from SKKS? Poor guy could never catch a break.

      Its just that I can’t relate to all the bad assery and the angst omg the angst for people so young.They’re in high school for heaven’s sake and they have to undergo so many complicated angst ridden situations that would drive an adult to a psychiatrist in a heart beat.

      Hahaha. If you think this is angsty, you haven’t seen Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003 yet. All the characters in that drama really needed to be locked up in a psychiatric institute.

      Maybe because my background is really different, no bullying in private school so no exposure to these types of boys at all.

      Well, I studied in a convent…so maybe that explains why I’m making up for lost time with my blog? Lolol. But I do understand where you’re coming from. I went to school with girls like Su-ah (demure, soft-spoken, you know, the quintessential good girl) so it irritates me when I see people bashing the character for being bland just because she isn’t mouthy or sassy. Since when did having a low-key and quiet personality become such a bad thing? For what it’s worth, I think she has a good head on her shoulders and I like that she’s mature and articulate enough to deal with Ji-hyuk’s jealousy issues without flying into a hissy fit herself. Sorry, I know I’ve gone off on a tangent here but I just wanted to get this point across because it’s been bugging me for a while.

      I’m sleep deprived & hungry, spazzin real time on twitter with the fans of Jin Akanishi since his Japonica tour began. Last stop San Francisco tonight

      All I will say is that I admire your dedication ;D *Hug* I hope you enjoyed the concert!

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