Sunday, June 1, 2014

Emergency Couple Review (2014)

Drama Rating: ****
Personal Rating: Loved it!

Divorced couple Oh Jin Hee and Oh Chang Min reunite after six years as interns working in the same hospital's ER department. Fireworks immediately begin to fly but will they be able to move beyond their past and develop a less antagonistic working and personal relationship?

*Spoiler warning*
Screenwriting: B

The screenwriter clearly took the whimsical route with this script and it shows from beginning to end. The drama takes a strongly comedic approach and it leads to a light, enjoyable watching experience. I also have to mention that this director seemed rather intent on re-creating those cliche timeless 'romantic moments' that are becoming a fixture of Korean romantic comedies. While I'm alright with their usage, at times they appear quite contrived and you might have a chuckle or a groan when you get to those. Otherwise, the writing was fairly solid, although noticeably more so in terms of character development than the plot, but both moved along steadily at a good, leisurely pace.

Song Ji Hyo as Oh Jin Hee: B+
Choi Jin Hyuk as Oh Chang Min: B-
Song Ji Hyo & Choi Jin Hyuk chemistry: A-

Song Ji Hyo and Choi Jin Huk make an adorable and very dynamic couple! Song Ji Hyo's acting was very genuine and highly amusing as her facial expressions are truly priceless. Choi Jin Hyuk surprised me after his showing in Heirs, exhibiting a radically different demeanor as the much less reserved Dr Oh Chang Min. Lee Pil Mo puts in a decent performance as the talented ER Chief Dr Gook and Choi Yeo Jin does a fabulous turn as Dr Shim, my favorite role in the drama. The balance achieved in this drama was very well done with the supporting cast playing a strong supporting role and never overshadowing the leads.

The soundtrack for this drama was a bit unusual for a medical drama since the storytelling focused more on the relationship between the leads rather than the usual medical focus. As a consequence, the music was aptly more hip and more reminiscent of a typical romantic comedy. I quite enjoyed the relaxing vibe given off by the music making the watching experience almost feel like an outing with an old friend.

Exceptional this drama was not but it was definitely a very solid romantic comedy. Song Ji Hyo and Choi Jin Hyuk have a great chemistry going (between their bickering and their teasing) and to top that off with the great side story threads made this a refreshing drama watching experience. The series was peppered with many humorous moments and despite the topic differences, the relationship reminded me frequently of another fun series Can't Lose. So if you're in need of a romantic comedy fix, this is definitely a solid choice.

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