It was painfully dragging. At first I liked the novelty of the premise of the story since I'm very much into foreign culture. However, the story-telling was so slow-paced I thought I would have enjoyed watching paint dry than watching the drama. And the prince wasn't too prince-y enough, me thinks. He just looked like a stuck-up brat. The acting of the lead characters was dismal, for the lack of a better term. And the most painful part in the drama, they extended it to 20+ episodes. WTF!? ':cussing:'
I was seriously disappointed with this one. I admit, at first I watched it coz of JGS (he looked so hot there, btw. All the ladies who agree with me, raise you hands! ':wub:') and I'm a sucker for classical music. But I also liked the original premise for the drama, sadly, I dunno what happened but after the first few episodes, everything just spiraled down fast. ':pale:' I was really looking forward to seeing the struggle/conflict between the young genius apprentice and the arrogant yet insecure master ':argue:'. That would have been interesting enough, I think. It was ok to have side stories of the other orchestra members (the story between the old clarinet player and the rebellious flutist was really something). But what's sad was one of the supposedly 3 main characters (the soon-to-be-deaf violin player) ended up becoming just an afterthought on the final episode. Overall, they had a good premise but it all just went down the drain. Tsk, tsk, tsk. ':-('
Mary Me Mary
. It's still airing it but from the 6th episode I knew it was a lost cause. I guess those who are still watching it are probably just in it for the love of JGS (Yes, I know lately he looks prettier than most of us here but admit it, when he smiles you turn to jell-o.). Anyway, I had high hopes for this since the 3 leads had really good dramas/films under their belts. Sadly, no matter how great an actor/actress is, if the material/script itself is crap, there's not much they can do. And to be honest, I was really disappointed with the acting. JGS and Moon looked cute when they're all lovey-dovey but the other guy was just bleh. ':|' The story itself is also annoying, unrealistic, ridiculous and over the top. The supporting characters all had issues and they piss me off every time. The only redeeming factor of this drama: JGS' smile. Sadly, even that isn't enough for me to give it a decent review.
Boys over flowers:
I prefer Hana Yori Dango over BOF. But I like Min Ho better than MatsuJun coz he's more good looking ':wub:'. But in terms of acting, MatsuJun bags the prize for this one. I also didn't like the girl in the Korean version coz she's annoying. Nuff said. I also found it disappointing that the writers incorporated parts from the Japanese and Taiwanese versions without really putting in anything new to make it stand out among the other versions. It was a really bad mash-up, in my opinion and it made the writers look like they are less creative than the Japanese/Taiwanese writers.