“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” is already half-way through its run and it has been arguably the most talked-about kdrama on the internet these days.
The drama is led by a terrific cast and a cute healing plot, but how does it stand against other healing dramas? And is it heading for rocky road or not?
I am here to discuss my thoughts on “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.” Let us begin.
Note: this will be a spoiler review of the said episodes in the title. This is a subjective review.
The plot- fun at first, concerning now….
I have previously posted a review of the premiere of “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” and received many complaints from people telling me not to judge too soon. Now, it is time to revisit the debated article. I still agree with almost everything I said.
The only thing that changed now is how much I enjoy the drama which is in part due to the cast, not the plot.
I don’t mind healing dramas, I am currently watching “Lost” which is considerably slower but having lots of fun. My complaints with this drama remain with its plot and its over-reliance on cliches.
It is 2021 and we still see stereotypes and cliches popularized in the early 2000s make their comeback…. Exactly the same.
Things were fine at first, watching the 4th and 5th episodes, I began to like the drama. I saw the charm it could carry, I still had reservations but I became more invested in the drama.
In episodes 5 and 6, I started to see some cracks but was high on how cute the interactions between our leads were. In episodes 7 and 8, it became apparent we were headed towards a wall and potential story stagnation.
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” is almost about…. Nothing… its blissful beautiful nothingness… which is… not bad… but does it warrant 16 episodes?
This is subjective, this review is subjective, so everyone will naturally have a different answer.
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” started out about a dentist moving to the countryside but now that she is almost settled, there is nowhere to take the MAIN plot point of the drama, it is almost resolved.
This meant “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” has now become about human interactions and people having fun in the countryside. Just mundane events, which is more than enough to some viewers, but to me? It depends.
The screenwriter is leaving crumbs here and there about more plot points that need to be resolved, I suspect she will some more in the near future too. Who won the jackpot? who is the stalker? And what is the bloody hand Du Sik saw in his dreams?
But those points don’t need 8 more episodes and the love triangle is already nipped in the bud, we all know how it will turn out. I can tell Du Sik has trauma probably related to an incident he’s had in Seoul, probably an incident that happened because he was not paying close attention to a person he cares for… this would explain his current attitude, noisiness, and outlook on life. I want to know about it, but do I feel that this drama needed to be 16 episodes long to tell me about it?
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” is based on a movie made in the early 2000s, who thought it was a good idea to remake a simple movie into a 16-episode drama? Seriously, 10 would have sufficed, but was 16 necessary?
I hope they don’t end up regretting this because I know the screenwriter will resort to even more cliches as time goes by, there is almost nothing left to explore.
The screenwriter is already introducing stale cliches to carry the plot, the love triangle is done as cliché as you’d expect. The thing is, we all know they’re head over heels for each other, and considering how traditional Hye Jin is with her approach, I highly doubt she would be easily swayed by the PD. If she wasn’t so into Du Sik, I would see a point of this love triangle.
Introducing a stalker is also done in the most basic surface level you could imagine. This is an actual issue Korean women struggle with but often than not, such a severe problem is introduced merely to bring two potential lovers together rather than provide insight or open a dialogue on how dangerous this problem has become. It feels so empty, it feels like a hallow plot device. I’ve seen this used in almost all of the romance kdramas I’ve seen this year…..
This week, the drama ratings took a hit, to be expected. This week wasn’t as half as interesting as last week.
I might sound cynical right now, the thing is, I have been watching kdramas for a while, and the better kdramas I watch, the pickier I become. I love the cast and love their chemistry but I don’t tolerate cliches as much as I used to 8 years ago.
I understand why some of you will dislike me for this, but I like a challenge, I don’t mind screenwriters using cliches, but the least you could do is introduce a form or ‘twist’ to those clichés, make them your own.
For example, it would be great to see Hye Jin date but then break up with Seong Hyeon. It would be nice to see the drama move at a faster pace in terms of time in order to show growth and introduce juicier content.
Next week episode preview tells us Du Sik will; for whatever reason; say he’s dating Hye Jin when her parents show up. When I saw that, I wanted to scream. I have seen this at least 30 times. Why? Just why? Is there a cliché list you have to tick by the end of this drama? writer-nim, please don’t!
What makes this more annoying is how these people are in their 30s behaving like kids… a little maturity in dealing with cliches would go a long way.
Again, I love the actors involved in this project. Kim Seon Ho is so fun to watch, I will still try to watch and see how it goes. My expectations for the latter half have considerably gone down, I would love to be surprised and proven wrong but episode 6 to 8 are not giving me good signs.
So these are my thoughts on the drama so far, so what about you guys? did you like the episodes? let me know what you thought in the comment section below.