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This show is infested with cuties, I tell you.
And then the whole set up abounds with cuteness in general. OMG. When dad is crying over his mom not telling him about Ji-Heon’s phobia, and then about how it came about…
what more adorable dad is there? He’s short-tempered, but really compassionate. If he didn’t genuinely like No Eun-Seul and treat her well we wouldn’t know it so well, but those tears sell it. Also, at the core, his mourning of his older son comes into it, from my perspective, that’s why his tears have a kind of more desperate tone rather than disappointed one, after talking with Eun-Seul.
I love also that No Eun-Seul cries over her own inner turmoil. Not that she’s been told she can’t be with Ji-Heon–she’s not the type to take that lying down. But she doesn’t know if it’s worth it–she’s not being let nurse a crush and figure out whether she should go out with him, she’s being proposed marriage and a loss of her job if she makes a single encouraging move. It’s just too much pressure, and she’s *tired*.
And then there’s the fact that all the awkward scenes for the characters aren’t awkward for the viewers. It’s just amusing.
Awkward scenes tend to resonate too deeply with me for pleasure, but the nervous dad and wannabe boyfriend here–the bicker-twins of all stripes together in the elevator–the moms being found out in their plotting–they’re carried off with a lightness that makes it fun to be there.
This show does so well not going in the expected direction, or getting there by unexpected ways…someone needs to hug a writer for me.
I’m apprehensive this wardrobe lightening ‘ship is going to disappear soon, but I enjoyed the dynamic of two people who are out of each others’ realms, and so free to be casual with each other. It’s like the early days of Personal Taste with the gay roommate gig, only without the teasing sexual tension.
Another fun thing is the startling openness Ji-Heon has once he’s chosen to accept his crush on No Eun-Seul.
He also is open with her about almost everything–and using his pulse as an excuse for skin-ship but admitting she raises his pulse is some of the cutest flirting ever. It would be awkward if he *thought* he was being suave, but he doesn’t. The (actually mature) candor that seems child-like is more winsome than the hints and implications of a Cha Mu-Won type.
I also love that they’re letting No Eun-Seul stick to her guns without it being a big self-sacrifice thing. She is capable of not falling for him just from proximity and attention, and that’s awesome. It’s more realistic, at least to me…
She wants to help him out, but this is a job, and she’s mature enough to know that it’ll just bring trouble.
And none of the relationships are the paper-doll playtimes that many shows deal in. Mu-Won and Yoon-Ah are a bad couple of a classic type, but you can see why he likes her. When she’s at a loss we get to see the kind of aegyo cuteness that when she was less goal-oriented must have been more charming.
She’s got a bad case of evil mother…one who’s a fox in her own quirky way, rather than the usual Chaebol Ice-Princess Special. And the girlish transparency with Mu-Won seems to be good for their long-term, so I’m not too torn. I just wish I knew why she thought he couldn’t love her and be devoted to her…just because he’s got his own ambitions? Telling by her relationship with her mom, she needs someone like that to hang with.
And we got a much more tongue-in-cheek meeting between Sis-in-Law and Prez Daddy–where you could actually hear the enemy-agents music playing for their weird little subtext.
Whoa, another whole post not focusing on clothes? SCANDAL
It’s not often that I finish an episode with such an uplifted, excited feeling!
It’s the way I felt about several of the episodes of Myung Wol the Spy*, especially when they ended on just the perfect cliffhanger. City Hunter, too, though more of the scenes within the episode than the endings had that feeling.
Episode 6 of Protect the Boss was the first to do that to me here. It’s a chemistry between fun tone, loveable characters, and an intriguing cliff-hanger, I think…
I don’t know where this one is going at all. In a way, I feel that he’s decided to not let himself be the pushover that Yoon Ah (…is that really her name? Am I imposing my understanding of second-lead girls here?) always goes creeping to when she’s feeling a little low.
I’m also only *almost* sure he doesn’t have more than a little affection for No Eun-Seul.
Is it a fake-out, to test her? Is he going to lead into getting her to a different job? Is he going to actually mean it and try to take her as revenge/comfort? Protecting her from Ji-Heon? As long as this isn’t as pathetic as the Down With Love second-lead man…
* which I’m still a little burnt about (the messy press just makes me leery–the story itself I’m still sold on) but plan to continue watching when that’s settled a bit more in my mind…
The meta of this character’s treatment in the drama can be quite amusing.
Jae Joong, recently voted as Asia’s most attractive star in China, is the kind of idol whose standing as a teen heart-throb is better capitalized than forgotten. This has come to the fore from the second week of airing where secondary characters can take a bit more time to introduce themselves…
I love that this show is delivering fanservice…and then pointing it out. This character is written as the kind of polite, attractive guy who the heroine sees as untouchable, like Won Bin or Hyun Bin. I like that dynamic: she’s not going to turn him down when he takes her out to eat, but she knows it doesn’t mean anything. He’s the kind of guy who would just do that…
I love that when she takes him out to “rebel”, though he gives the same sort of excuses Ji-Heon does about not going into clubs or whatever…it totally sounds like an idol having to not be caught doing something against their image. Ji-Heon’s just fastidious…or agoraphobic.
Note how many of his suits are straight black or navy.
Just as Cha Ji-Heon is suited up in brighter colors, even primary tones, it’s no accident that this sort of ambivalent character in opposition to him is in monochromatics, even to black-on-black sets like this little number. It appears more than once!
It’s after their adventure at the amusement park (where Ji-Heon starts to feel that he likes Eun-Seul) that he begins to wear some grays and lighter colors. It may be her influence, it may be the return of the girl he really likes, and it may be just that the costumer got bored, but I think it’s interesting. The high-contrast clothes don’t look bad on him, either.
And then there are a few moments where it feels a little too tongue-in-cheek, but because he’s adorable, it’s okay…
but that’s not his reaction. He’s the ideal son. I’m betting we aren’t going to see his tattoos in this show…
I am now a week behind here, but I just watched episodes 3-5 of Protect the Boss.
The theme that is emerging is one that I didn’t expect–and that is, how *all* the characters have faces of childishness. I mean, what is up with these bicker twins?
The hate is so strong, you can almost feel the love coming on…
Even Madame Grandmother, hiding her face from Eun-Suel to spare herself embarrassment and continue to be just a humble granny to her, the way she’s still emotionally where her son is, and they reflect each other in their troubles.
As is right, Cha Ji-Heon continues to have the mannerisms of a boy, not even a young man.
This impression is reinforced in all his brightly colored outfits (if he wears a proper suit, it’s in blues instead of black or gray or white) that sometimes veer more toward *cliches* of school-children clothes than what kids actually even wear. It’s hilarious…
And yet, the acting itself is touching. Even when he gets turned down by No Eun Seul, his stages of realization are that of a small boy’s, not a man’s. Not understanding…
pretending it’s not a big deal…
and deciding to just keep on with it and wait till her mind changes!
I love this. The fact that the actor’s excellence is making me notice the details is only because I’m paying attention; it feels really natural. And it actually heightens the moments he’s showing darker emotions, the way it’s not the predictable manly-emoting of many heroes.
It’s also awesome how firm she is about propriety…and I really think she doesn’t feel strongly for him either way at this point.
He likes her, and is equally forthcoming and firm about that, which is also refreshing! This is an organic conflict that feels much more lifelike than the usual tears because someone’s family is too good, or their pasts are conflicting.
Lawks, this show is so cute.
The hero keeps trying to be That Chaebol Leading Man:
But he’s NOT. When he get’s a shower scene, we watch him spazzing over “How much did she see?” Literal flailing.
…When he was in his cartoony boxers and a T-shirt. Embarrassing but really, not that disastrous. He’s not mature, not because he’s willfully self-absorbed, because his life has been so limited. You know a girl has never seen him in his PJs before. And he hadn’t chosen her to be the one…
This is something superior with a mature actor. Ji Sung, who plays Cha Ji Heon, is 34, has done his military service. He reportedly dropped 30lbs. before filming, which gives him a boyish look. His ability to look completely uncool, unconscious of the camera, is one I haven’t really seen in younger thespians.
And he manages, that way, to be completely adorable.
Though I actually am more drawn to him in his “mid-thirties” glory:
…he looks like he could carry the groceries, but would put his foot down at carrying a purse. But also pay for dinner, right?
This kiddo? Not so much.
I will go knit sleeves on my sweet-loli-kodona sweater while I watch it
I did already see enough to screencap some truly awe-inspiring sets we’ll be spending time with…
I love how much space there is. This is a theme–in fact, this house Chaebollie resides in kind of reminds me of the Taiwanese drama concepts of rich-people-houses, which tends to involve lofted ceilings (the ultimate waste of space and antithesis to most Asian housing, not to be rude) and useless objects d’art.
The living trees are something I saw a bit of in Lie To Me, being used well, but here they’re on a completely different scale. I love the “eco-grandeur” of even the office. I don’t know what this company does, but it believes in SCALE
The whole company building feels a bit more like a modern-architecture-showpiece museum than any kind of industry center. Which is really kind of neat.
Also, I think some of the set pieces are also from City Hunter, which makes me feel a bit at home…