Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Meow, the Secret Boy

A graphic designer in her mid-twenties, Sol Ah harbors dreams of becoming a web-based comic author and has always had a love-hate relationship with cats. But Sol Ah’s life changes fast when she brings home a friendly feline. It turns out, however, that this is not any old cat. Named Hong Jo, he can take human form. Hong Jo becomes exceptionally fond of So Ah, and goes to great pains to hide his human identity from her. He soon proves that he will do anything that is required in order to stay near her. Will Hong Jo manage to keep his identity a secret? And what could be in store for this remarkable feline-human duo as their relationship deepens?

  • Starring : Kim Myung Soo | Shin Ye Eun | Seo Ji Hoon | Yoon Ye Joo | Kang Hoon
  • Episodes : 24 (35. Min)
  • Aired : March 25 – April 30, 2020
  • Network : KBS2

There are times when I regret having any expectations. Usually I go into a drama blind because of these expectations. In the case of Meow, the Secret Boy my expectations failed me and I was left wishing I didn’t even start the burden of watching this show.

Let me rewind. On the outside it seems like a light fluffy drama about a cat who turns into a boy/man and falls for his owner. There are more fantasy aspects to this that should make it more endearing but I don’t think it adds anything. There are other elements that I assume are used to flush out the weak story, like mistaken identity, a small mystery plot that was introduced as fast as it was resolved, secondary leads and their lackluster love story. At times when the main couples bore me, I can at least rely on the secondary leads to provide some pull. Here was not the case.

Where did it all go wrong? I’m not entirely sure. In the beginning I was watching as it aired and was really enjoying all the scenes with the cat Hong Jo and his trying to be as human as possible. But that quickly became dull and the plot itself dry. The love triangle between Hong Jo, Sol Ah and Jae Sun that they presented to us felt weak and the way that information was trickled in felt contrived.

Only thing I was here for was Hong Jo. Not L playing the human version of the cat, the cat him or herself. I craved for scenes when the cat would be on screen because he was so fluffy and cute. What was also cute was when Hong Jo was in human form and he was trying to learn to be human. Him learning to read and drinking coffee, kinda cute. It helped that Jae Sun actually owned the coffee shop across from Sol Ah’s house. Speaking of Jae Sun, I wish he was better. He had the look down and all the material to cause some second lead syndrome but he was more lackluster than Hong Jo.

Lackluster is what I would sum this whole drama up as. If it was more ridiculous, maybe would I have given it a shot but it was no where on either end of the dramaworld spectrum.

Acting : 5/10
Story : 4/10
Music : 7/10
Overall : 5.5/10
Recommended For : No one. Not even cat ladies.

Fave Song : ‘Again Spring’ by Kihyun

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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