일편단심 민들레 (Single-Minded Dandelion)

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일편단심 민들레 (Single-minded Dandelion)

KBS2 – 134 Episodes
A KBS Production
Timeslot: Monday to Friday Mornings, 9:00 AM
Genre: Period Home Drama
Format: 1080i Dolby Digital 2.0 – 30 Minutes
Ran from: 2014/Aug/25~2015/Feb/27

WITH 김가은 (Kim Ga-Eun) as Min Deul-Le; 홍인영 (Hong In-Young) as Shin Se-Young; 윤선우 (Yoon Seon-Woo) as Tae-Oh; 전승빈 (Jeon Seung-Bin) as Cha Yong-Soo; 김하균 (Kim Ha-Gyun) as Park Soon-Hee; 주민하 (Joo Min-Ha) as Park Choon-Ok; 노영학 (Noh Young-Hak) as Kang Dong-Soo; 최재성 (Choi Jae-Sung) as Shin Dae-Seong; 최지나 (Choi Ji-Na) as Yoon Jeong-Im; 김예령 (Kim Ye-Ryeong) as Hwang Geum-Shil; 이아이 (Lee Ah-Yi) as Song Soo-Ja; 최수린 (Choi Soo-Rin) as Madam Jang; 박재웅 (Park Jae Woong) as Do Bong-San;

CREW Production Director 신창석 (Shin Chang-Seok) Main Writers 이해정 (Lee Hae-Jung) 염일호 (Yeom Il-Ho) Chief Producer 김성근 (Kim Seong-Geun) Producer 최윤석 (Choi Yoon-Seok) Director of Photography 유재광 (Yoo Jae-Gwang) Lighting 박종우 (Park Jong-Woo) Art Director 강현석 (Kang Hyeon-Seok)| 여운성 (Yeo Woon-Seong) Editor 손윤경 (Son Yoon-Gyeong) Music Goldbrush Assistant Producer 송민엽 (Song Min-Yeop)

RATINGS
AGB Nielsen Nationwide
HIGHEST: 12.4% (12/12 - E79)
LOWEST: 4.3% (02/19 - E128)
AVERAGE: 9.97%

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FIRST LOOK

Oh, if only every daily drama could be like this. It’s not anything I would be open to call a “good” show, mind you. But it’s infinitely more tolerable than the usual wasteland of creative diarrhea that populates daytime television in Korea. Perhaps for a very simple reason: the period setting (50s to 70s) severely limits the possibility of littering the show with PPL opportunities so writers are forced to – God forbid – fill the drama with actual storytelling. The need to consciously adhere to the customs of yore also forces a modicum of realism on both writers and producer, and when you’re dealing with an old school pro like Shin Chang-Seok, you can rest assured he’ll at least do a respectable job. I’m not saying there are no histrionics here, or that they’re particularly well earned. But what you’re getting is what essentially should be the blueprint for every other daily drama: everyday life, ordinary stories given more weight by the slow-paced nature of the canon; opportunities given to up-and-coming young actors (Kim Ga-Eun has improved quite a bit, Joo Min-Ha is her usual reliable self, Jeon Seung-Bin mugs a little too much but he’s got decent potential) to hone their craft. All without too much urgency, without the need to pull our chain every single day with outlandish swerves just to grab our attention at the end of 35 minutes of ingloriously over-the-top shenanigans.

HALFTIME REPORT

Joseph de Maistre once said “toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle mérite (every nation has the government it deserves),” but to find a topical equivalent I would say “every audience has the dramas it deserves.” Keep favoring risible crap and that is all you will get. What paradoxically happens by morbidly favoring junk dramas is that after being bombarded with so much makjang on a (literally) daily basis, if something tries to go in another direction you end up feeling a strange disconnect, the sneaking suspicion that you might actually enjoy bitching about said junk and feel as if it was a guilty pleasure – because it's buzzworthy and you don't need to think to use it as a topic of conversation the day after. If you treat dramas as an accessory to dishwashing or gossip, then all you seek is that “화제성 (the ability to generate buzz),” and if something isn't able to deliver it then it loses its raison d'être. What happened to this poor show is the story of many a (potentially decent) daily dramas: they start looking at the mirage of being able to conclude without makjang, but the ratings aren't good enough (not buzzworthy enough, right?). So the producers become greedy and unleash the senseless histrionics, to then find themselves looking at even worse performances – because not only the show lacked enough buzz to capture the dishwashing horde's attention, but it's now losing the minority who just wanted to watch proper storytelling on their screen. Yes, it's better than most daily offerings as of late, but that would be akin to saying “I only got STDs instead of prostate cancer, how swell and wonderful!” Shin Chang-Seok closes with competent work behind the camera, and Kim Ga-Eun should be seen in a more challenging environment because she's shown quite the potential here. But otherwise… usual mindless daily drama shenanigans.

ACTING GRADES

73 노영학 (Noh Young-Hak)
71 최재성 (Choi Jae-Sung)
71 주민하 (Joo Min-Ha)
71 김가은 (Kim Ga-Eun)
68 최지나 (Choi Ji-Na)
65 이아이 (Lee Ah-Yi)
65 전승빈 (Jeon Seung-Bin)
63 김하균 (Kim Ha-Gyun)
62 김예령 (Kim Ye-Ryeong)
60 윤선우 (Yoon Seon-Woo)
60 최수린 (Choi Su-Rin)
58 박재웅 (Park Jae-Woong)
57 홍인영 (Hong In-Young)

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