My Loveable Girl: It’s Not About the Chemistry. It’s About Love.

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~Cloud Cover by Terri :-}, Managing Editor

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Please don’t scroll down and read unless you’ve watched episodes 1 through 6 of “My Loveable Girl”, or if you don’t mind spoilers.

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I just finished watching episodes 1 through 6 of “My Loveable Girl,” and the biggest thing that is bugging me to no end is not anything about the drama itself, but all of the comments I keep finding bloody everywhere about Rain and Krystal having “no chemistry.”  Seriously, from a writer’s perspective, this is driving me crazy.

It’s not that Se Na and Hyun Wook have no chemistry. It’s that there’s not SUPPOSED to be any chemistry between them right now—especially from Hyun Wook’s perspective.  At least not yet.

Certainly, the chemistry is already apparent and plentiful on Se Na’s side—as it should be. After all, she’s a young and naive girl, and a “handsome dog owner” appears from out of nowhere, swoops in, and saves her from impending disaster.  So, of course it’s perfectly appropriate for her to become enamored with this stranger hero fairly quickly, don’t you think?  Of course it is.

Yes, she’s smitten.  You can clearly see it in her expression in almost every single episode—whether she’s around Hyun Wook or not. In fact, Krystal’s portrayal of Se Na and her steadily growing infatuation with Hyun Wook is some of the best acting I’ve seen in a novice actor in quite awhile.  (Great job, Krystal!)

Conversely, Hyun Wook is fighting his growing feelings for all he is worth. And rightly so. His intentions of finding his deceased girlfriend’s sister were honorable. He felt horrifically guilty about and totally responsible for So Eun’s death (whether he was responsible or not), and he wanted desperately to find her sister (who he had never met, for some odd reason) to make sure she was living well—or at least that she was okay.

When he finally finds her and realizes that she’s NOT okay, he becomes determined to help her without letting her know who he is.  But why?  Why doesn’t he let her know who he is?  Well, because later it’s revealed that he “acted like a complete jerk” when So Eun died (for some reason not yet revealed), and so he knows that if Se Na finds out who he is she won’t accept his (“the jerk’s”) help.  And then she would be back in the same boat that she was in before he swooped in to save her.

But there’s another problem.  As a consequence of his actions, Hyun Wook has unwittingly put himself in the extremely difficult position of having to be by Se Na’s side all the time. Which is a big problem, because Se Na is just as charming as her sister was—maybe even more so.  Uh oh.

In Korea, the idea of dating your deceased girlfriend’s sister is distasteful and just isn’t done. Well, okay, it might be done, but it isn’t the norm, for sure. Heck, it’s not really even done here in the U.S. without major family fallout.

True story.  One of my friends dated one brother, broke up with him, and then married the other brother. Neither of their families has gotten over it yet—and it has been like 30 years since they’ve been married. Because both brothers are alive and well, you can imagine how fun the family gatherings are, right? To this day there is still family drama going on over that.  Yikes.

Understandably, Hyun Wook knows that his falling in love with Se Na would not be in her best interest.  So, he is trying to dampen down not only the feelings he’s beginning to feel for her, but also HER infatuation—which he can plainly see, because it’s written all over her face whenever she is around him.

Look how harshly he rebuffed her in episode 6 when she invited him to a celebratory dinner. Hyun Wook knew Se Na wanted to be alone with him—and why. He also knew that, as the company president, his going to a celebratory dinner alone, with a female trainee, would have been totally inappropriate.

So, he took whats-her-face along with him, so that he WOULDN’T have to be alone with Se Na—who is not only a girl he shouldn’t be falling in love with, but who is also a trainee in his company. Seriously, how hypocritical would it be for him to “touch a trainee” after he had just scolded his father for doing the same thing? (See how the writer did that? Clever fellow.)

Even Hyun Wook’s expression at the end of episode 6, in spite of his clear attraction to her (per the slow-mo effects in the club, anyway) simply reeks of “okay, this just cannot happen.”  Just wait and see. I’d bet you money (if I had any) that he rebuffs her again at the beginning of Ep. 7 and runs away like a scared santokki.

As far as I’m concerned, Hyun Wook’s falling in love with his deceased girlfriend’s sister is the situation that will create the MOST dramatic tension in this drama. As it should.

I must say, though, that the thought that eventually Hyun Wook is going to have to come to terms with the fact that he is “in love” with So Eun’s sister, Se Na, delights me to no end, because Rain is such a great actor that his “tortured soul” scenes should be totally AWESOME.  Perhaps it’s mean of me to want to watch Hyun Wook have a meltdown, but I don’t care.  Rain melts down so well, that I simply can’t wait to watch it.  So sorry.  (Okay, no.  I’m really not sorry.)

Are there things wrong with this drama?  Well, sure there are, as there are with every single dramatic piece that has ever been written.  Frankly, the plot is moving a bit too slowly for me, and the fact that the writer used almost every K-drama trick in the playbook in the first three episodes was a wee bit over the top.  Okay, who am I kidding.  It was way over the top.  Sigh.

But the chemistry between Hyun Wook and Se Na?  There is not a damned thing wrong with that.  Period.  At least not yet there isn’t.  Maybe I will feel differently after episode 12.  If so, I’ll let you know.

In any event, I don’t know why people are complaining about the chemistry anyway.  This story isn’t even about chemistry.  It’s really not.  What it’s really about is the power of love, the healing of forgiveness and, if you work hard enough, the realization of dreams.

Which is good, because I can always use a little more love, forgiveness and dreaming myself.   Can’t you?

Terri :-}

~ by Cloud USA on October 6, 2014.

16 Responses to “My Loveable Girl: It’s Not About the Chemistry. It’s About Love.”

  1. All I can say about episode 9 is FINALLY. LOL.

    Terri :-}

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  2. Dear Terri, I totally agree with your every single word. These emotions are complicated in this drama, and can not understand them who just like to see a simple love of adventure.
    And these is my favourite part of your writing:
    “I must say, though, that the thought that eventually Hyun Wook is going to have to come to terms with the fact that he is “in love” with So Eun’s sister, Se Na, delights me to no end, because Rain is such a great actor that his “tortured soul” scenes should be totally AWESOME. Perhaps it’s mean of me to want to watch Hyun Wook have a meltdown, but I don’t care. Rain melts down so well, that I simply can’t wait to watch it. So sorry. (Okay, no. I’m really not sorry.)”
    I am also waiting eagerly these scenes because Rain shows us his very new and matured acting ability in them. We seriously imagined him as a star in a new movie with a similar story like Hitchcock’s Spellbound. I’m sure that he would be marvellous and totally surprising in it – and he would be a new Gregory Peck – beautiful and crazily talented simultaneously, as we know him 🙂

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    • Loved Gregory Peck, he was one of my favorite actors. It’s interesting that you likened Bi’s acting to his. I can see it too. Gregory Peck played tortured, brooding characters so awesomely. He was definitely one of Hollywood’s all time greats. As a matter of fact, I could even see Rain in a modern day Western, a gunslinger……but that’s another topic for another day. *SMILES*……………………

      I really love watching old movies too!

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      • I’m happy that you think so that this is not a weird idea 🙂 Spellbound was a psychological thriller and Rain’s “earworm syndrome” scenes are totally fits this genre …. and oh, the “mystic phone call” scenes too! If I’m right, Gregory Peck was a pioneer of the method acting (his partner was the Oscar-winner Mikhail Chekhov in this film who developed Stanislavski’s method). I don’t know whether Rain learned this or any other methods, or he does his play intuitively but the mobilization of his emotions are very similar so his acting is very natural and very realistic. And none of them (Gregory Peck and Rain) abuse his own special charm which is very rare.

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        • I absolutely agree with you 100%. I’m ready to see Rain really flex his “acting muscles” because he definitely has psychological thrillers inside of him. In other words, he’s more than just a “pretty face.” He’s got skills. SMILES…….But we know that already right?

          *SMILES*……………………………

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      • Ooh. Rain as a gunslinger. What an amazing thought!

        Man, I wish we could get him a part in The Walking Dead. It’s like the #1 show these days, and there’s so much emoting in that thing.

        And YES. Gregory Peck is an excellent comparison to Rain. Amazing actors.

        Terri :-}

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        • I know hubby and I “feen” for that show. After Ninja Assassin, I never thought I would Love a show with as much blood and gore like I do with The Walking Dead. LOL. Gosh, I can see Rain playing sooo many different types of characters and none really relating to his being Asian. But alas, the lay of the land in Hollywood is tricky at best. It’s like John Cho is the go to Asian guy in Hollywood right now. His show Selfie is really funny. He also has a recurring role on Sleepy Hollow as well. I can see Rain in so many roles in Hollywood right now, it’s not even funny.

          Oh well, I seriously digressed didn’t I? Speaking of Selfie, it’s on right now. Gotta go. *SMILES*…………………

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          • BiA,

            I watched Selfie the other night, and I thought it was cute. The funniest moments were the “Hellooooo….How are YOUuuuuu” moments. LOL. SO funny.

            And him accidentally tagging his ex-girfriend’s breast-feeding baby on Facebook and not knowing how to untag it. Ahahahaha!

            Terri :-}

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            • Yeah, the “tagging” moment was hilarious to me. We’ve all had moments like that to some degree or other. I sent an email to my co-worker (in my mind) but when my fingers said “click, send” that email ended up in my boss’ inbox.

              Well, at least I still have a job, so………………………..

              LOL.

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  3. Thank goodness you all agree with me. I thought for awhile that I was just being grouchy.

    But I finally had enough and couldn’t stop myself from saying something.

    Terri :-}

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  4. Oh and you’re right Terri, we wouldn’t look kindly upon dating your deceased lover’s brother or sister in the U.S. either. Although, people will ultimately do what they want, I’m still glad you pointed that out Terri.

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  5. Well I am by no means a writer or someone who knows anything about writing but I do know when I am enjoying a show and I am definitely enjoying the show. Heck even my husband is enjoying the show and commenting on how good Rain’s English was lol. I actually think there is a ton of chemistry between the two on screen but it is as you say the push and pull kind. But when they are together like at the end of Ep 6 and staring at each other there is definitely on screen chemistry to me! They are just like magnets sometimes they are so drawn they stick together but then Hyun Wook has to force his to the other side so they are pushed apart. Sorry science teacher moment. There is still some major unseen force between them. That is my simply enjoying the drama 2 cents for what its worth. And I am sorry but if my husband is enjoying it then the critics just need something to whine about lol.

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  6. Your assessment of Ep. 1-6 is pretty spot on Terri. I agree. The main characters are Supposed to be holding back their feelings at this point. It’s a slow smolder that will build gradually. Yes, Rain is a brilliant actor when it comes to portraying the “tortured soul.” I mean in ALTK dude had me wanting a drink afterwards, because I “felt” his “pain” too…….and I don’t drink! LOL. Seriously though, critics/netizens need to pipe down. Stretch your creative mind and thoughts…..see the bigger picture peeps.

    People want to rush everything, but every point you made is quite clear to me. Hyun Wook has to contend with running a company that he really wants no part of that’s being picked apart bit by bit, as his rival tries to destroy him and ultimately his father. Not to mention the relationship Hyun Wook has with his father is a contentious relationship as well. He is a man trying to do right by all involved while still trying to heal mentally and emotionally himself. Bottom line, if people didn’t see chemistry in the first 5 episodes, then surely in episode 6 when Se Na nearly broke her ankle in those heels and Hyun Wook very gallantly steadied her, it was more than apparent. If people didn’t see that, then there’s a lot of “thick” individuals watching this drama with no clue…..cause That was a pivotal scene IMO. Both characters “feel it” and the no. 2 characters watching them “see it” too. The part that will be cool to watch is how hard they will try to keep from acting on and ultimately revealing those feelings.

    Their growing, hidden chemistry IS the back story to the love story. There’s a lot of secrets behind the faces of the ANA entertainment company. Every single character has a secret yet to be revealed, but only hinted at thus far. How, the “plot thickens” in future episodes will determine for me if this drama will be one of my faves or not.

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  7. I Am so hurt that I could only view 6 episodes of My Loveable Girl. Rain,my
    Sweet Rain Drop, you are a great person in and out, as I said before I Am
    a proud G-MA you make people so happy. NOW how long must we all
    Wait to see episodes 7-16 ? G-MA prays for you
    Love always & forever .

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  8. Yes – I totally agree with you on every point! It’s driving me crazy to see all the comments on DramaFever. In my mind, OF COURSE Se Na will end up with L and Hyun Wook will go through his beautiful melt-down. Like you, I think there is no finer Korean actor out there than Rain. His melt-down scenes in A Love to Kill still haunt me (beautifully). What is REALLY bugging me about all the responses is that the negative reviewers are – in my opinion only – revealing themselves as shallow and unaware of the potential strength of this story…the second male lead will finally win and how great is that?? It seems obvious to me that Rain will sacrifice himself for the safety and future of his beloved’s sister and we’re watching a powerful story unfold. It’s my theory but it seems obvious and it drives me crazy that no one else seems to think this through. No chemistry? HA! Just wait til Rain unleashes his chemistry!

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  9. I agree 100%! if from the beginning of the story there is already a chemistry then the story will die down itself. Those who keep on saying no chemistry just doesn’t really know how to appreciate a real good story. And honest to God I love the story too. I guess I just admire Rain so much that I don’t really care what they want to say.I am always looking forward for the next episode. and if they don’t like it and will keep on criticizing, then why are they wasting their time watching it? Meaning they are also curious on what will happen.

    Oh Hypocrites! Just saying!

    And Yes My Dear Terry, I also love the meltdown scene because it only shows how good is Rain in acting, Not over acting, but it will pinch a part of you heart. I have been falling in love over and over and over again…
    Thank You Rain!
    So my message for those critics ” Suck It Up Buttercup! ”

    My name is Akiko and I’m proud to be a Cloud!!! 🙂

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