Heard It Through the Grapevine
Genre: Melodrama, Black Comedy
Broadcast Network: SBS
Air Time: Monday/Tuesday
Yoo Ho Jung as Choi Yun Hee
Lee Joon as Han In Sang
Go Ah Sung as Seo Bom
Yoo Joon Sang as Han Jung Ho
Choi Yun Hee and Han Jung Go are a wealthy couple from a prestigious family. Their reputation suddenly turned upside down because of their son's relationship with an ordinary girl. The girl, Seo Bom, determined to endure the humiliation and isolation from the family for the sake of her child's future while the son, Han In San, struggles between his love for Seo Bom and his family's high expectation.
I honestly don't know how I feel about this drama after the first two episodes. There is apart of me that really likes that drama because I love black comedy and some of the comedy in the show is really great and it tends to run pretty dark. But then I am not the biggest fan of melodrama and if I have to listen to In Sang sniffle for 32 episodes I may lose it. I really want to love this drama because I think it is tackling a really interesting subject that can create a lot of great moments. But what I'm worrying about the most is the acting. The two parents I think are great, their characters are absolutely crazy and sadistic. They are totally unbelievable as parents because I can't really imagine parents treating their kids that way. I honestly thought In Sang's father was going to beat him with his stupid sword, I also thought he was going to go murder this girl and her baby. That is the type of vibe these two give off and I think it leaves their characters with a lot of potential to get super crazy. In Sang has not grown up in a healthy environment and it seems that his parents are emotionally abusive and manipulate their children to be exactly what they want them to be.
Our two star crossed lovers are a little harder for me to get on board with. Seo Bom is fine, she is a young girl who has gotten pregnant and thinks that the guy abandoned her. But she never told In Sang about the baby and never made any real effort to see him. I like that the character didn't play the victim card and she was determined to have this baby despite a man, which is something that isn't as accepted in South Korea. In the first two episodes she comes off as a strong female character who is going to stand on her own which is really great to see. She wants what is best for her child and she is going to succeed no matter what. I also love her family! While her family is still embarrassed about the situation Seo Bom has gotten herself into, they are there for her, especially her mother. It is great to see a loving family and that was done on purpose to show the contrast between the couples home life. I just wish that Seo Bom wasn't in love with In Sang, she is such a strong character and then In Sang is this sniveling weakling and it stresses me out that she is with him.
While I think this drama has a lot of potential, it also has a big chance of being a stressful mess as well. I will be sticking with this drama for the time being because I am curious to see where some of the characters go and how they will grow. But if it turns into a melodramatic mess of family drama I am definitely out. I am already not the biggest fan of family dramas so I was on the edge of whether I would even start watching the drama or not. The plot and comedy is what drew me in and I am hoping that the show will build upon that and make a great drama.