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(로맨스 빌런) 2023 Viki

Half-disguised as a "Love advice" show, with hosts introducing the theme of the episode ("My girlfriend's best friend is a man…should I be concerned?"). The drama itself then plays out between Kang Hee Jae (Baro) and Ban Yoo Jin (Ha Seung Ri). He's a hapless wannabe novelist who spends all his free time playing video games, and she's the smartest student in school and unwilling to put up with any of his nonsense.

K-Drama Bingo Score

Using the Modern K-Drama set

Running commentary

A cute drama, but with lots of eye-rolling for the varieties of terrible behavior on the part of the main couple. Their love seems less like destiny and more like something to be endured. Kang Hee Jae is a know-nothing kid who doesn't understand relationships and seems to have little ambition, and Ban Yoo Jin is constantly trying to contort him into the boyfriend she wants.

The scene where Yoo Jin breaks up with Hee Jae is one of the coldest, harshist dismissals of love I've ever seen. No one deserves that, not even hapless Hee Jae.

The secondary characters, Hee Jae's best friend and "The Octopus Witch" are a more interesting romance, so at least we get to see that play out as well.

The ending — seven years later, when Hee Jae returns from military service and a new career as an author writing under a pseudonym — is anticlimactic, and can't hold a candle to the similar "first love" ending of Twenty-Five Twenty-One.

  • Vehicular tragedy
    (2 pt)
    Kang Hee Jae gets hit by a car while yelling to Yoo Jin across the street
  • Cartoony FX
    (1 pt)
    In keeping with traditional game-show graphics, cartoony overlays all over the place
  • Finger hearts
    (1 pt)
  • Korean Standoff
    (1 pt)
  • Middle-of-the-Road Soliliquy
    (1 pt)
    Hee Jae bemoans the loss of his Yoo Jin
  • Rumble tummy
    (1 pt)
  • The Playground
    (1 pt)
  • Thumbs up
    (1 pt)
  • Wrist grab
    (2 pt)
    Bonus point for: A woman grabbing a man instead of the more common man grabbing woman

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