As time goes by, I begin to understand viewership ratings numbers we see each week, us International fans are more dedicated and patient with the dramas we watch, we focus on supporting the lead actors and actresses, we can’t break their hearts by saying that their dramas suck!
I began to believe in Korean audience drama ratings about 70% of the time, when there is a time slot and you have to pick one drama to watch, you’ll probably choose the drama with the most interesting script, sadly this does not apply to “The Undateables.”
The drama has made headlines for it’s star-studded cast, it features Namgoong Min and Hwang Jung Eum, they’re reuniting once again in what was one of the most anticipated dramas of 2018.
It is sad because we have two powerhouse names together in one drama, instead of utilizing them to their best potential; they’re making another cliché stereotypical Kdrama that we have seen a thousand times already.
My problem with “The Undateables” is that it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, there’s nothing slightly innovative or different about it. Even When I take into consideration the unique ‘undateables touch’ the writer incorporated to the drama. He put his own spin on the overly consumed idea of rich handsome man and poor cute hardworking woman, but sadly it wasn’t enough!
The lead female is bright, optimistic hard-working and very polite. She ends up in a love triangle with two equally handsome capable men.
The first male lead is obnoxious, cocky and mean. He thinks he’s the best and he probably works as the CEO of some company.
She gets involved with him in a series of unfortunate events, he’s bothered with her mere presence.
Probably something that has to do with work forces them to interact more often and thus the relationship blossoms.
The second male lead is someone who is nice, probably has a very good job, is handsome and single.
He’s probably been friends with the female lead for a very long time and she friend-zoned him, they’re very close.
When he finds out that he has a competition, he realizes his feelings and the love triangle forms. He tries his best and is probably the best option she has, but her hearts wavers towards the cocky hot CEO.
This is “The Undateables” synopsis; very stereotypical. A lot of kdramas share the scenario you just read.
This is also similar to Hwang Jung Eum’s 2016 drama “Lucky Romance.” Which I struggled with as well!
She is someone who is hella talented, she can act well but sadly settles in for stereotypical dull scripts.
She is called a rom-com Queen. I can understand that because she has many funny entertaining light-hearted dramas, but I don’t understand whats going on with her these days.
I have noticed that for the past couple of years that she has been signing up for scripts that are below her acting abilities. I don’t know whether she’s settling in for rom-coms because they are friendly and make her more money, or because she truly believes its the better career choice.
I like that she was paired with Namgoong Min, they make such a nice couple and they have a good chemistry on and off the screen, their chemistry kept me going for the four episodes I have seen so far.
But it’s her constant annoying laughing and high-pitched voice that makes me wonder ‘why I’m tuning in for the drama?’
The problem is that sometimes in order for her to make a certain scene appear funny, she uses a high pitch voice and exaggerates, she screams and does some very weird movements with her face and whole body to make it appear funnier, but to me she looks like she’s been electrified.
This might make things fun for the first, second or third drama that you watched of her, but if you are at the fourth or fifth, it becomes a little bit annoying.
I’m not trying to rain on her parade at all, but it’s that I am really really disappointed.
Disappointed that Choi Tae Joon is still taking on second lead roles despite the fact that he is very talented, disappointed because Hwang Jung Eum keeps making those sounds and those movements with her hands and face even though she should be trying to do something that’s a bit different, disappointed because Namgoong Min took on such a stereotypical monotonous role.
This is why this article is titled the way it is, its because I am really disappointed.
With such a good cast you could have made the best drama out there, you could have taken advantage of their good acting capabilities, yet you play it safe with an average script that should be given to people or actors trying to jump-start their careers, not to seasoned older actors who have been around for a while.
I am so over the male lead character being a dick to the female lead character, just because he’s very smart, capable and handsome. It’s not nice to see a woman getting humiliated by the male lead at every possible chance because she’s ‘lacking.’
The link between them in the past and present was also used way too many times before. The fact that he refuses to date is also very likely implausible, where are those hot CEO men who refuse to date? I want one of them!
There might be a reason for it, I bet it has to do with him getting awfully rejected in the past or something that has to do with daddy/mommy issues.
And when he made her sign that infamous ‘blank/slave contract’ I wiped my eyes and repeated the scene just to make sure I saw that right!
When I read it again, I wanted to punch the screen so badly! He’s going to use that contract to enslave her and make her do all sort of the things, then he changes the way he treats her because he’s falling for her which will probably confuse her at first!
This drama first four episodes is like a guideline to things all kdrama writers usually use in rom-coms, a guideline that should be shown to new aspiring writers as in ‘what-not-to-write’ guideline.
The first episode started with 5.3% and the 8th episode rated 4.1%, with a low 3.7% for its 5th episode. The first episode ratings were the highest!
I understand these numbers, it makes sense because they’re up against other more interesting dramas. “Suits and “Come And Hug Me,”it makes sense that this drama will come in the last place.
I have watched “Suits” and “Come And Hug Me.” If I were to compare their plots to “The Undateables,” its obviously the weakest one. It is very dull.
I have watched 4 episodes (1 hour long) but have no regrets, I have seen Namgoong Min’s face, he looks dashing in the suits he wears but this is where I’m going to stop.
There’s no point in continuing to watch this drama because I know that nothing major or slightly entertaining will happen, its just like every other rom-com kdrama I have seen before. Between my day job, the blog as well as my social life, I have to be picky with kdramas I watch and recap or review.
There will be a dedicated kdrama club for this drama. I guess if you have time on your hands and you’re a huge fan of any of the lead actors you’ll stick around. Not that you’re wrong with your choice its your taste after all, if you decide to continue watching the drama, then I hope you enjoy it~
This is my review of the four episodes I watched, I know this might not be enough to tell whether the drama is worth the ride or not, but I don’t think that I’ll be missing too much if I didn’t tune in.
What do you guys think? Do you like it? Do you hate it? What do you think of the plot?
Let’s discuss in the comments section below.