Lazy Unnie’s Couch: To My Star

Actor Kang Seo Joon was once one of South Korea’s biggest and most popular stars, but his career is now in decline. Despite his fall in popularity, he believes he has had a change of fortune when he meets and falls for a dashing young chef named Han Ji Woo. Despite having wildly different personalities, the two enter a relationship. However, their love comes under threat when the more conservative Han Ji Woo and the free-spirited Kang Seo Joon realize that their outlooks on life, love, and everything else appears irrevocably different.

  • Starring: Son Woo Hyun | Kim Kang Min
  • Episodes: 9 (15 mins.)
  • Aired: January 22 – February 5, 2021
  • Network: Viki
  • Where to Watch: Viki

If you had told me that I would fall in love with this little Korean BL Web drama, I would have called you a liar. From the story to the just subtle acting, all of this just worked in its favor. No wonder it got a second season. the story is basically an opposites attract between a celebrity going into hiding due to scandal and a chef just running from his past. They even have one of my favorite tropes: forced cohabitation! Kang Seo Joon is our actor in need of someplace to stay and his CEO sets it up so he stays in the same home that our Chef Han Ji Woo is living in. Even though it is a clear example how sometimes introverts and extroverts shouldn’t live together, they overcome some of the obvious challenges and even a romance starts to build.

What really drew me into them as a couple was the tom and jerry energy they exuded but it wasn’t over the top. Until it happened, I really didn’t think that Ji Woo was going to fall for Seo Joon’s charms. But how could you not? Even with the typical kdrama trope of adding characters with some trauma they must overcome, it wasn’t always in your face. Almost everything about this drama was done in a subtle yet powerful way.

The cinematography was even on par with the subtly of the show. The hues of a lot of the scenes seemed almost muted but it made for a more natural experience. I appreciated that the show didn’t take itself too seriously either. Although it was short, it was filled with comedic moments between our main couple and even our supporting ones, especially Seo Joon’s boss Kim Pil Hyun. The only drawback I felt was the end of the show conflict. It felt forced and didn’t really fit into any narrative. I know that it is a must to show some divide between our mains so they could come back together and have a happy ending, but I felt like it could have been done better.

If I went into this when it first aired, I would have been sad because I wanted more from this short drama. It was refreshing to watch a BL without the usual toxic tropes that come often with others within the genre. The forced love triangle was not here. No hyper-focusing on sexuality either. It was more an issue that Seo Joon was a celebrity than the fact that he wanted to be with Ji Woo. All I could have asked for was more kisses. I’m a sucker.

Acting: 8.5/10
Story: 8.5/10
Music: 5/10
Comfort Score: 9/10
Overall: 8/10

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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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