Blood Series Review (and a commentary on plastic surgery, overworked actors and Goo Hyesun)

I definitely made no mention of it throughout its run but I actually did watch Blood. Quite faithfully too. There’s something to learn from a story that went so horribly wrong right from the start, and as an aspiring writer I’m always looking to learn more on plot threads and building conflict. I managed to push myself through all 20 episodes and am still head-desking at the finale. The scriptwriter made it painfully clear that she wrote herself into a corner and had to resolve it with the random “Hey, I died. But guess what I’m back just so this drama can end on a happy note!” This drama actually did have potential so I’m actually a bit disappointed. Sometimes, I would replace Ahn Jaehyun’s frozen face with Ji Sung’s trying to imagine how he would have pulled it off and something would glimmer there for an instant a strand of perhaps greatness, perhaps mediocrity. We’ll never know, and for the sake of Ji Sung’s career, I’m quite thankful for that. Ahn Jaehyun’s acting actually improved as the drama went on, and his face did begin to thaw out but it wasn’t nearly at the level of even a supporting actor. He had a great textured voice but it’s not like people can simply close their eyes when he’s onscreen (though I did debate it a few times). This is why I’m against actors/actresses overdoing the plastic surgery. K-Netizens do tend to rip into actors they consider ugly so I can understand the pressure to change one’s looks but if doing so comes at the expense of your acting – the very thing you’re being paid to do here – I’d really just prefer the actor as he/she is. Part of me is tempted to go into a whole tangent on the slew of crazy plastic actors gracing the screen at the moment (A few minor tweaks are perfectly understandable but it really, really shows when you’ve remodeled/frozen your entire face) and how I can barely stand to look at them trying so hard to move their faces. Feel free to skip it!
I’ve been watching nothing but the dramas the past few weeks and so when I watched Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow spoof trailer, I was utterly shocked at how easily she could move her face. I’m pretty sure sounded insane when I kept talking about how flexible her face was but that’s honestly how I saw it (and yes I know she isn’t 100% natural either). Plastic surgery isn’t the point here, repeated, overdone plastic surgery is the issue. L
et’s face it. From Lee Da Hae to even Hwang Jungeum who blew my socks off in Kill Me Heal Me, overly frozen, botoxed and filler-filled faces are becoming the norm in Kdramaland to the point where these actors no longer look human. From jaw-shaving to frozen cheeks, and painfully obvious nosejobs, I’d say “pick one!” because when you’ve all three plus other additions such as forehead implants and puffy lips, you sort of scare me (*coughcoughParkBom*). It’s not like PS is a decision to make that cavalierly either. This is your face, this is what people see first when they look at you. A tweak is fine but this constant refurbishing, refurnishing, and refilling is going to catch up with you at some point. And it won’t look good or feel good. Once you start, you can’t exactly stop. Case in point: Hwang Jungeum who redid her eyes and her nose. I love her. I honestly love her personality, her straightforwardness, the roles she takes, the skill and heart with which she plays them, I have such a girl crush on her. So whenever I see her face look crazy swollen and puffy, I wince internally because just google her in ‘Can You Hear My Heart’ she’s absolutely beautiful, winsome and perfect. And the last thing I want (and I’m pretty sure she wants) is for her to end up looking like whoever the rich prat is who created Versace (oops my inherent dislike of the rich is showing). It’s not to late for these actors to go into damage control and stop. And the sooner the better, for their health and our screens. 

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