Genre: Romance, Mystery
Origin: South Korea
Air-date: December 30, 2020 – January 21, 2021
Starring: Yoo Jun as Choi Yeon Woo, Hyun Jun as Go Yoo Han, Yeo Min Ji as Yoo Yi Rang, Min Hyo Ki as Kang Min Jae, Baek Seo Hoo as Jeong Joo Haeng
Happy Gay Month! Of course, as a small budding corporation, I too needed to get in on all this gay goodness. I guess sometime last year, Korea, found out that they can exploit young stars into doing BL and get some buzz. Therefore, I decided that I would randomly pick on of the Korean BL dramas on Viki to watch. Mind you, I was also feeling kinda hopeless because it’s been two weeks and I hadn’t written a review for June as yet. So basically, I killed two birds with one stone.
I have a lot of issues with this drama guys and it is kinda in two different perspective? So first, I want to say that I think it had a lot of potential to be really great. I am not sure if it was the fact that it was a mini drama that hindered it, or if it was due to the story writing, but I really enjoyed this idea of seeing only in shades of grey until you meet your probe which propels you into color. I would’ve loved to see and understand more of that world, but we weren’t really given much beyond that. So from a story perspective in which you want to know about the world, and you want to root for these characters, it was left wanting. It is easy to just say “we’re only here for the gay stares and touches”, but it does pain me to see such a fun idea and concept wasted.
This brings me to my second perspective… As a BL content, it was painful to see the particular storyline that occurred near the end when this took on a more thriller vibe. I feel like we don’t often get to enjoy LGBTQ+ content that is just happy and frivolously gay. It is the same issue I have when it comes to black stories as well. Almost always there ends up being some deep rooted emotional trauma and suffering that is just not a vibe. I also think this drama did a really poor job in distinguishing character motivations that led up to that scene because was it always the plan or was it a second resort? I know I will get some naysayers who will come for me and say that if it was a hetero story, I wouldn’t feel this way and truthfully, you can argue with a wall on that one.
The positives for me were that we did get nice moments and I do think that our main couple had really good chemistry. When it came to the acting, it wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t horrible either. I actually think that Yoo Jun was so much better than Hyun Jun that it made up for some portions. I also really enjoyed the OST as it was very fun. I did end up watching the post credit scene in the movie and thought that was cute as well.
Overall, it is so hard to rate this drama, because it wasn’t horrible by any means, it was just very disappointing to say the least. I would absolutely be interested in watching a season two though.
Rewatch Value: 6/10