Let’s Talk Korean Drama : Suspicious Partner
A Sneak Peek Into The Story :
First off, let me just say that I love Ji Chang-Wook. He is honestly the cutest yet at the same time hottest Korean actor that I have ever seen. Which is also why, I tried to so hard to finish this show, which in the end I realize that I could not do. I have heard a lot of hype around this show, but that is not the reason why I want to watch it in the first place. For me, just by having Ji Chang-Wook starring in a show is already more than enough reason to watch it.
I went into this show very full of expectations and hoping that this show would be another hit. However, I was proven wrong.
Firstly, the lack of chemistry between the male and female lead. I have seen people gushing over the chemistry that these two have, but to me, I feel nothing looking at them. Most of the time, they look like brothers and sisters, their relationship feel like those of brothers and sisters. There are times when I feel like there is a spark between them, but that was just a few minutes here and there.
Moreover, I feel like her personality just doesn’t fit Ji-Wook’s in this show. She is the total opposite of what Ji-Wook is, and I get it, opposites attract. But it feels like to me somehow they are trying too hard to push these opposites together. There are some genuine cute moments between these two, but most of the time the dynamic between the two of them are just static and boring.
I have never had this problem with all the Korean dramas I have watched so far but, I do not find her attractive at all. I try, and try and try so hard, but I could not for the life of me, see her as attractive. She acts a lot like a child most of the time, as in doing things by spur instead of thinking it through before doing something. And I get that some women does great at playing an innocent (and kind of feather-headed) yet adorable character, but for Nam Ji Hyun, this just doesn’t work.
For her to play as a laywer who is almost 30 years old, I expect her to act her age. Also, her mismatched clothing and hairstyle, makes her seem like she doesn’t look like she put any effort at all in trying to look good. It could be because they want to make it easily relatable to the viewers but she honestly just look like a potato and it is hard to relate to a female lead who acts like a teenager and dress like a bum.
Secondly, story plot. In this show, one episode is divided into two 30 minutes clip, rather than just the usual one episode in an hour clip. After I looked it up, it is said that the reason they did this was for advertisement purposes. Which I do not mind for, at first. This show is actually only 20 episodes, but because they cut it into clips of 30 minutes, which made this show turns into 40 episodes and to me somehow it feels excruciatingly long.
I am honestly not sure how I feel about this but, to me this shows is kind of all over the place, unable to decide between wanting to be cute and romantic or serious and scary. And in the end, they just ended up awkwardly stuck in the middle. Maybe because the show itself is focused more on the characters being a lawyer and a prosecutor, catching the bad guy and all that. Or the fact that the chemistry between the male and female lead has been off from the start. In summary, I got to episode 32 and decided that I could not watch any more.
The whole time watching this show, I am unsure what the end goal of this show is. At first, I thought the end goal of this show was to catch the bad guy and put him into jail. But then, midway through the show, they started to introduce more bad guys, and more small cases (that they try to make into a bigger problem) to solve. Eventually, it doesn’t feel like I am watching a tv show anymore, it feels more like I am watching a daily life of a lawyer. Granted, there are definitely moments where it sparked my interest and made me regain my fire to watch this show earnestly. But it was very little compared to the time I have to force myself to sit through this show.
Thirdly, trying too hard. I feel like the director(s) of this show could have probably tried too hard to make this show funny.
Lastly, I find it really hard to connect on an emotional level with the characters in this show. They would be anxious, or crazy in love or crying, and most of the time I just feel nothing. I really did put an effort into liking this show, but in the end, I wasn’t able to. I am by no means hating on this show, I know a lot of people fall head over heels for this Kdrama, this is simply just my honest review on how I feel about “Suspicious Partner”.
The Verdict :
I did watch this because of Ji Chang-Wook, and I have to admit he did gave his best in acting. His emotions are all very well portrayed, but because the dynamics of the main characters in this show has been off from the start, it made me unable to enjoy it fully. For a show that I thought I would love and enjoy, this ended up being a disappointment.
-Rating : 4.5/10