“Melting Me Softly” Is One Of The Most Disappointing Kdramas I’ve Seen In 2019


Today’s subject of interest is “Melting Me Softly.” I am writing this article to express my disappointment with the drama- so far.

Before we get into it, this article is subjective [duh] and it’s not a full-review, it’s about my thoughts on “Melting Me Softly” [episode 1-6] and why I personally found it disappointing.

Note 1: if you have trouble reading articles that don’t agree with your point of view, you don’t have to read this.

Note 2: minor spoilers of episode 1-6

Before I officially talk about my thoughts I must be upfront and honest. I am a huge Ji Chang Wook fan; I have seen almost all of his dramas and movies.

I was extremely excited about his first post-military work and the reason why I am writing this article is because I expected more from him, I might have not even watched this drama or even written this article if it weren’t for him.

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Here is why I found “Melting Me Softly” disappointing:

The script

“Melting Me Softly” biggest issue is the script; it’s probably the only issue it has and I’ll explain why in a bit.

For some weird reason, I didn’t pay much attention to who was going to write “Melting Me Softly” and only found out it was writer Baek Mi Kyeong once I started watching. She wrote “Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon.” Your reaction to this will depend on your taste, personally speaking, I freaked out and after finding out I was like ‘NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.’

“Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon” is; in my humble opinion; one of the cringiest kdramas I have ever seen, Park Hyung Sik and Park Bo Young chemistry made it work despite the fact that the lines they uttered made me face-palm, the script was below average.

When I found out Baek Mi Kyeong wrote this, I became afraid. And now, we ended up with a lackluster washed-down kdrama that no one is going to remember once it concludes its run.

Related: “Melting Me Softly” Scores Its Lowest Rating So Far Dropping Below The 2% Mark

To give her credit where it’s due, the idea is actually quite interesting and fresh… if done correctly that is. We don’t see kdramas about frozen people every day, that’s an interesting concept that provokes a lot of discussions.

My biggest personal issue with this drama is the mix of genres; it’s stated that “Melting Me Softly” is a romance comedy fantasy drama.

“Melting Me Softly” is about two people getting forcibly frozen for 20 years due to external pressure by a rich powerful man that has great control. The rich man doesn’t mind killing the professor who came up with the technology to silence him.

That’s a heavy introduction to what is supposed to be a rom-com.

“Melting Me Softly” is closer to an action drama rather than a rom-com, Baek Mi Kyeong thought it was a good idea to fit comedy and romance into this, it’s obviously all over the place and not working, she’s not giving any of them justice.

Baek Mi Kyeong can write the cheesiest romance lines, her type of comedy is suitable to some, but to me, it seems that she struggles with incorporating action and fantasy to her script. She obviously chooses to add such elements to give an edge to her dramas, to make them more interesting. These days a simple rom-com doesn’t bring in revenue there needs to be a lot at stake to get people excited about each episode.

I initially expected the drama to revolve around the main characters struggles to adapt to a completely different changed world, they wake up 20 years later, this isn’t easy to adapt to, they also have to deal with the consequences of their actions and get used to everything that changed in that period.

Instead, we get this average script with many filler scenes that go nowhere and serve no purpose. I can guess that the writer knows what she wants to do with her characters but doesn’t have enough material for 16 episodes so we get so many filler scenes and it took such a long time before we even began understanding where the script was headed.

The characters are very dull and poorly written. The humor part is cringy at best and if you’re an adult, you won’t laugh at this. It felt as if a laughing track fit every single over-the-top facial expression the main characters put on, it seems to be something similar to the humor of a kid’s show or a sit-com from the 90s.

You’re watching characters go about their day getting mildly annoyed by that rich man and the fact that they’re close to dying if they don’t control their temperature. Again, heavy subjects with a lot on stake but somehow, I can’t take it seriously.

She glosses over all the details that could’ve enriched this drama, such as Dong Chan’s father death [which should’ve been explored in more depth], Mi Ran younger brother struggles, the discrepancy between the present time and the 90s and how people changed, how technology changed, how the country changed, etc. South Korea specifically went through a lot of changes between the 90s and the 2000s. That’s a topic worth exploring as well.

She touches on those subjects but very briefly making light of the situation often times. She also tries to follow heavy emotional scenes with lighter scenes and the transitioning between two drastically different emotions is very poorly done. Even if I am invested, she suddenly cuts it off and tries to insert humor that doesn’t belong there. It makes me feel as if the writer is not taking anything seriously either.

“Melting Me Softly” isn’t downright awful but rather plain. I kept wondering why Ji Chang Wook chose this script.

She’s depending too much on Ji Chang Wook looks star power; he can only do so much. If the script is bad Koreans won’t watch, it’s simple.

The humor

I need to focus on the humor part of this drama because it’s making me furious.

I previously touched on this particular part of the series on my twitter account. The humor is mediocre at best. There are no solid jokes but rather awkward over-the-top facial expressions that no adult in real life would make unless they’re mental.

There were a few moments where I genuinely laughed but for the most part whenever they try to make me laugh it turned me off. I know that many won’t agree with me here but this is honestly how I feel. I personally think it’s very difficult to write comedy, it’s not easy and if you’re not naturally funny, people will see through it.

Let’s talk about the humors of characters Kim Hong-Seok, Hwang Byeong-Sim, and Son Hyun-Ki who make me sigh whenever they’re on screen.

The actors behind these characters are talented, I have seen them countless times in many other productions and they always do well. However, their performance here is too much.

Whenever they’re on screen they’re always overreacting even when in fact their characters are old, like old, not someone in his 20s or even 30s, old characters in various respectable positions. How can it be possible that they behave that way?

Ji Chang Wook tries to be funny and comes off slightly awkward and I can tell, but he’s not nearly as cringy or over-the-top as these characters are.

The characters

Let’s talk about Hwang Byeong-Sim. Hwang Byeong-Sim is such a disposable character that is fit for a cameo appearance and nothing more. The main female character, Mi Ran, has not attachment to him whatsoever and she didn’t react in a way that would generate such a reaction from him.

This is not about me asking the writer to dispose of characters I dislike, I know that such reprehensible characters serve purpose, but the least she could do is write them well. It’s not like he’s going to go full stalking mode and it’s not like he’s going to enhance Mi Ran and Dong Chan bond because Mi Ran clearly doesn’t care for him.

The drama could do well without him because so far, I don’t see how he serves any purpose for the script aside from adding more minutes to each episode.

The two main characters are typical and we have already seen them countless times in kdramas, they don’t possess anything that is remotely interesting besides the fact that they were frozen.

Ji Chang Wook character Ma Dong Chan is very bland. The best I could describe every character in this drama would be this word, ‘bland.’ Mi Ran is also your typical damsel in distress and Dong Chan is that prince charming who is trying to uncover the truth, take responsibility, and save their lives.

Dong Chan is your average has-it-all male lead, he has a temper but is nice and usually takes responsibility, he’s righteous and everybody thinks he’s hot. He has a good position that commands respect from those around him. In short, this character description fits about 100 other kdramas.

The same goes for Mi Ran who is hardworking, polite, also righteous, not easy to seduce but is controlled by the male lead who hold the key to her future despite the fact that she’s supposedly strong willed and can take good care of herself, she still needs him to protect her.

If we learned something from 2019, it’s that if you want people to watch, experiment with your characters. Many hit 2019 kdramas had difficult characters who aren’t 100% good or bad. Many of them had qualities that were interesting; many were unpredictable and fun to watch.

I don’t see THE spark; I see nothing interesting about Dong Chan or Mi Ran. I know Ji Chang Wook is doing his best with what he has in his hands but it’s still not enough. They also lack chemistry which is another issue.

I don’t particularly care about any character. I don’t care if they die or live. I have no attachment; I have seen nothing that makes feel or want to be attached to them.

Now that I am done with my thoughts on “Melting Me Softly,” I would like to talk about Ji Chang Wook’s choice in more details.

Ji Chang Wook Choice

If you’re an avid fan of Ji Chang Wook, you probably already know that he said he was done with action dramas back when he was promoting “The K2.” So for his 2019 comeback, I didn’t expect anything close to an action drama.

Ji Chang Wook shines in melodramatic and intense dramas. He seems to be fine with comedy, but I can’t fully judge his capacity here because the script is lacking.

I feel that Ji Chang Wook chose this drama to appeal to the public. Everyone likes a good rom-com, it’s one of the easiest/cheapest forms of dramas to make and it usually receives good publicity overseas. Besides, Ji Chang Wook fans would literally watch anything for him.

While, we’ll never know fully why Ji Chang Wook chose this, he might have agreed because the initial core idea seems so interesting. But to me, he needed a bigger change, he needed to do something out of his comfort zone, an OCN drama would’ve been a better choice.

He chose the safest thing when he needed to gamble with his choice to prove his acting chops, so even if the project fails, he’ll still be remembered for his acting in that specific project.

I like Ji Chang Wook a lot as I have said before, but I am not going to waste time watching something that’s supposed to make me happy but instead it feels like a chore.

“Melting Me Softly” ratings are not up to expectations. Ji Chang Wook dramas usually do a lot better. I think tvN had higher expectations. The drama ratings range between 2-3% which isn’t too awful but still, not enough, especially for someone whom people waited for so earnestly.

Among every kdrama I have seen from Ji Chang Wook, this is by far the least compelling and the least interesting by miles.

This doesn’t mean I wish for “Melting Me Softly” to fail or anything, I am a mere fan who’s trying to express her disappointment with a drama she waited so long for.

What do you guys think? Do you agree or disagree with me? What did you think of the drama?


  1. I like this drama and I mostly focus on the main characters and they in my opinion are great actors in this drama yes the writing is a bit poorly done but the lead actors are great. Ji looks at his first love with such passion you would think they are in love for real but it is not the Same with co actress.

  2. Terrible drama!!! I was excited about watching this drama because of Ji Chang Wook. He is a great actor but this drama did not do anything for his acting career. I had to stop watching it after episode 6. One of the worst dramas that I have tried to look at. The writer of this article is dead on it. I totally agree!!

    • I couldn’t have said it any better! It was like you read my mind! I think you were really nice with your choice of words. I will say this is extremely disappointing!

  3. I see all your points. And I love a good drama, the kind I’ll watch more than once. But Ji ChangWook is so incredibly handsome and sexy that honestly I didn’t notice anything else. He is just gorgeous to look at. And the fact that he’s an excellent actor is a plus! So I’ll keep watching just for the eye candy.

  4. I agree that script is lacking but the drama is so far good and softly running. Ji Chang Wook is love and his fans can watch anything for him.
    About drama the concept is different and something new which make it worth watching.

    • I like this drama. Looked how many people are watching this on line. Your comments are disappointing me right now. It’s too negative. The actors and actresses are great. The exaggeration s are what makes this show interesting. You are entitled to your opinions. But I love this show

  5. I agree on the character Hwang Byung Sim. He should be in prison already! But instead, he is this over-the-top ex. Has he not matured in 20 years? Also, Yoon Se Ah’s character should try to move on. I mean, we already get it that Ma Dong Chan is done with her and this hurts…

    I agree that this drama is typically a rom-com and the only reason why I stuck to this is JCW. I personally think this could be wrapped up in 12 episodes. The whodunnit on who is this big guy trying to kill Prof. Hwang is so annoying already.

    It has some light moments though. The chemistry is building up, in my opinion.

  6. I LOVE JCW better on Action Dramas. Like “HEALER” (Which I watched multiple times) and “The K2”. I was disappointed in this too. Nonetheless, I think every single one of them made a tremendous effort in making this drama a success.

    • Yup, there is zero chemistry between Ma Dong Chan and Go Mi Ran, and it’s even worse between Ma Dong Chan and his ex! You can sort of see the “forced” chemistry between the characters which shows that the actors are clearly trying, but it isn’t working.
      And don’t even get me started on the editing of the show. Some scenes switch over so abruptly that I wonder if I took ages to blink.

  7. This made me laugh!!! Haha I agree all the wayyyy even though I’m a huge JCW fan TT

    And omgoodness finally someone else who thinks the same way about Strong Woman DBS, just a bunch of cheesy lines and a plot that goes no where…

    Once again, well written! Thanks for sharing 😀

  8. I’m watching this drama for the romantic line, and scroll through scenes with weird comedy line. The stupidity of several of the characters goes waaaay over the line, and is impossible to watch.
    Still, I find that the best scenes are those where JCW stutters and looks flustered and tender because of his emotions towards the female lead – which is another problem, because she doesn’t flutter or show any humane emotion except light concern or light interest. Yeah, it’s not heart-tearing or crazy sexy, but I’m gonna watch it through for JCW and beautiful interiors, costumes and outdoor scenery.

  9. There should be a real wavering between Ha-Yeong and Mi Ran from Dong Chan, afterall Ha-Yeong is someone he loves deeply enough to propose to with a ring before going for the Cryonics experiment. It doesn’t quite make sense to drop the relationship so abruptly on his part, though in real time 20 years have passed, but for him it’s like an overnight thing right. And at the onset Mi Ran is just someone who didn’t have a real relationship with him but just someone he felt a sense of responsibility towards for getting her into this fix. Including that struggle would lend more substance to the story.

  10. I love JCW and was looking forward to his comeback drama. I havent started watching this, and when i read this review, i dont think i will. I hated SWDBS too -there’s so much “ugh” on that drama, and if it’s the same writer, id rather not watch this one. Thanks for your review!

  11. Wow! To be honest, I’ve been wondering why I’ve had so much trouble watching this drama! And you’ve really summed it up well for me!
    I’m a fan of JCW, and under normal circumstances, I’d watch anything he’s in. But I’ve really had a hard time with this drama, and I’ve just not been able to say out loud why.
    I haven’t even been able to watch up to episode 6! I’m not too busy to watch, I’m just so uninterested. Naturally, I’ll finish the drama, but I won’t like, it’s not the best I’ve seen. I really hope things pick up somehow, because, wow!

  12. I agree with you all the way. Very terrible script. The actors inside are talented and this is such a waste. I think JCW is a great actor whose proven his skills in other dramas so I’m really disappointed with this comeback drama. I wish he had chosen something better.

  13. From what I’ve seen so far the drama is good. Not so good but average type. Let see until the drama ends. Still Ji Chang Wook is as great as ever. Lets support him all the way yeeey God bless everyone

  14. YES.. your honest and straight to point review is spot on the nail that I have the same thoughts on… Melting Me Softly is the worst KDrama JinChang Wook ever star at… This is the MoST disappointed Drama of 2019..
    The writer seems to be unable to focus whether to make this a RomCom or SuspenseRomCom. T
    There are so many questions as I watch on..
    So many holes from the beginning.. no cement can hold the plot tightly and securely..
    BUT most of all, as I grew up spending my adult life in 1990-1999.. The props they’ve been using are utterly out of that era.. We have auto cars already in 1990s and Koreans are still driving a beat up manual air conditioned faulty car?? C’Mon.. gimme a break.. The leads donno what Fllirting is?? c’mon.. seriosly.. they aren’t fm the 1970s. I’m pretty sure… Koreans have already been flirty since Jeoson period.. The Dialoge.. super lame.. although I relies on English Sub.. I cringe and palm faced myself reading the dialoge…
    Don’t even get me started on how that lead actress isn’t aware of the son of her GoodFriend and his Dad are … well father and son, despite being in the same Uni as Lecturer and Student??
    Did I miss anything here???
    But coz it’s A Ji Chang Wook’s drama.. I will press on with a heavy cringy face..

  15. Because Suspicious Partners was such a good vehicle for JCW, I expected something more like that. I dont really care about the character of Ma Dong Chan. I have never felt that way about JCW characters before.


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