Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Master's Sun Review (2013)

Drama Rating: ***
Personal Rating: Decent

Joo Joong Won, Kingdom's CEO, chances across Tae Gong Shil one evening as she's running away from ghosts. He learns that she suffers from her sixth sense of being able to see ghosts and that any contact with him would make them immediately disappear. Given this ability, he and Tae Gong Shil gradually become closer and eventually falls in love with her.

*Spoiler warning*

The concept for this drama was rather interesting and certainly a unique twist on your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. The drama started out well by introducing Gong Shil's sixth sense and making use of it to bring the leads closer together. There was some initial build up of Joo Joong Won's past and I had thought there would be a fairly big story behind it but was sadly let down by the rather shallow resolution of that story arc. The action slowed toward the second half of the series and I must point out that I was particularly unimpressed with the second last episode. It was clearly did not have the same flow and planning behind it that was fairly evident in the other episodes. Perhaps this may be attributed to the late one episode extension of the drama.

Gong Hyo Jin's portrayal of Tae Gong Shil's transition from a sleep-deprived ghost-harassed girl to a significant person in Joo Joong Won's world was very well done. Her acting had a very warm charm to it and felt quite natural. So Ji Sob, on the other hand, almost felt like a caricature in his role as Joo Joong Won with his rather unnatural mannerisms like waving his hands around and speaking in halted phrases. Aside from that however, these two leads have a bit of chemistry going and generally kept the drama from falling to pieces as the rest of the supporting cast was rather weak and provided little added entertainment.

The primary theme song, Yoon Mi Rae's Touch Love, is prevalent throughout the series and used often as Gong Shil and Joong Won's theme song. It was nicely interspersed throughout the series and it never seemed to get old even though it was used quite frequently. The melodies snugly fit the drama and particularly with the lead actress, giving off a warm, cozy feeling. The rest of the OST was fairly well adapted for this series and generally provided a consistent sound that conveyed the essence of the series.

Nothing wrong with the drama itself but it just feels way too touchy-feely for my taste. I was not a fan of Joo Joong Won's deliberate halting speech nor the weak addition of his aunt and her husband, neither of whom did a great job with their characters. The second last episode stuck out like a sore thumb from an overall plot perspective and the drama sorely lacked a strong raison d'etre. In light of this, the leads did a reasonably good job portraying their love story and the music took to the couple just like a fish takes to water.  Not a bad drama overall but there are definitely much better ones out there.

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