One of the most anticipated kdramas of the second half of 2021, “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha”, has finally aired, but how good was the premiere?
Today, I am here to discuss “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” episodes 1 and 2 and share why I was surprised in an unexpected way. The drama has premiered to great ratings, its first episode did perform slightly better than its second.
This isn’t meant to be as a final judgment on the drama, I am only sharing my initial thoughts on it.
Note: this will be a spoiler review of the said episodes in the title. This is a subjective review.
The initial hype
I walked in to “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” with extremely high expectations, I expected to be wowed, I knew it was going to be slower and a slice of life kdrama but I still walked in with high expectations which backfired in my face, unexpectedly.
I know what you’ll say, guys, its a slice of life kdrama but I still expected it to be a bit different from what I’ve seen, something that would justify why it was remade as a kdrama.
The original work and worries
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” was based on a movie and throughout the first episode especially, the first thought that came into my mind was how this would’ve made more sense as a movie. I had forgotten it was originally a movie script.
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” episode 1 was slightly disappointing, it didn’t live up to my expectations, episode 2 was a lot better but still, it sort of confirmed some of my worries going forward.
I can already tell every single plot point it’ll likely tackle. I knew for sure they had to have met each other in the past since episode 1. This is not to say I am a smart ass but to discuss how repetitive and exhausted some plot points have become.
The original movie was made in 2004, we’ve already seen older kdrama writers who began writing in the 2000s struggle to adapt to today’s standards. I am not saying this will happen here but since the original work is old and probably has many ideas that are considered a bit cliché now, it could become a source of concern.
I like slice of life kdramas, don’t get me wrong, but I like them to have a hint of originality and uniqueness, thus far, I don’t see that in “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” and its honestly a bit sad because I had such high expectations. I love all of the actors involved in this project, but I’d like for the drama to be carried by its plot not it’s actors who are obviously good-looking and have good chemistry.
I also wanted to say this, something I’ve noticed and it kind of took me by surprise. I haven’t seen anyone discuss this so this might be an issue with me, the chemistry between Shin Min Ah And Kim Seon Ho is just… okay, not wow, okay. It didn’t wow me, judging by the trailers and stills, I expected a better spark… that didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. For example, in comparison, Shin Min Ah’s chemistry with So Ji Sub was a lot better in my opinion from the get-go. The same could be said for Suzy and Kim Seon Ho. I don’t know about that, I might be reading too much into this.
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” will be 16 episodes and considering what it was based on, I already struggle to see how it could maintain hype throughout its run time.
I certainly hope my attitude towards the drama changes with the upcoming episodes as I’d like this drama to do well. My opinion could change entirely depending on how it progresses and this is what I am hoping for.
I know for a fact most of the feedback thus far on the drama has been overwhelmingly positive so I was a bit hesitant to share my thoughts. I decided to do so because I plan on reviewing the drama halfway and when it’s done as well, it will be an interesting article to refer to a couple of weeks from now.
So these are my thoughts on “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha”, so what about you guys? did you like the episodes? let me know what you thought in the comment section below.