Mr. Poinsettia leans in creepily, mentioning that he even brought the plant she liked so much. He indicates the plant on her table and Jooeun remembers asking Hyunwoo whether she’d put it. She pleads for her life, but Youngho dashes in just as Poinsettia’s about to get physical. He roughs up the weakling in 5 seconds flat and looks at a trembling Jooeun, asking if she’s alright and telling her to call the police. [This man, people. THIS MAN]
He leads her to his car and they drive to the police station. Wooshik watches them leave from a distance, having seen the whole thing. Continue reading “Oh My Venus Ep 5 Recap (and innuendo-filled jujitsu lessons)”
We’ve flashback upon flashback in the first ten minutes of this show as a few gaps are filled in. We return to Jooeun before she exists Youngho’s car where he breaks the unwelcome news that she has hypothyroidism. Jooeun doesn’t bother with physicals and has no idea what he’s talking about until he explains that she can’t get stressed or overwork herself. It’s why she fainted on the plane and again today. Continue reading “Oh My Venus Ep 4 Recap (and why can’t So Jisub be my yoga instructor?)”
Jooeun bursts through the doors of the hotel Youngho, Joonsung and Jiwoong are staying at, remembering her epic fall the last time she was there and remembering what her friend said on losing weight because you’re lonely or sad or both. The scene plays out as it did at the end of last week’s episode with Youngho saying that she has indeed found John Kim.
She’s super excited but Youngho hurriedly puts a hand over her mouth to prevent her from yelling his name to the entire hotel. He leads her inside like this Continue reading “Oh My Venus Ep 3 Recap (and I’m getting real tired of Wooshik)”
Adjusting to a dramaverse without the beauty that is Liar Game is pretty difficult, as most other dramas, somehow, fail to live up to expectations. I began watching Birth of a Beauty after sparing the appropriate mourning time for Liar Game Season 1, and boy was it underwhelming at first. Yet, slowly but surely, the show’s begun to grow on me. Yet quite a few fundamental flaws exist within its makeup that prevent it from being as good as it could have been.
The premise is simply enough. An oversized woman, Sa Geum Ran (SGR) believes herself to be happily married to Lee Kang Joon (LKJ) and suffers under the hands of her in-laws to maintain her marriage. She is, thus, horrified to discover that her husband has been carrying on with beautiful, cold announcer Gyo Chae Yeon (GCY) for quite a while and that her in-laws prefer the Other Woman to her. Confronting her husband with the affair, she is handed back her wedding ring and promptly dismissed after he informs her that he’ll be filing for divorce. Heartbroken at the callous treatment, and the gloating smiles on her in-laws’ faces, she drives off into the night and is met with an accident. Bruised and battered she arrives at restaurant chain owner-pretending-to-be-cosmetic-surgeon Han Tae Hee’s (HTH) place and begs him for a drastic transformation. Seeing that HTH has had feelings for GCY for quite a while, he agrees to help in hope that both of them will get back the respective people they love. And thus, SGR is transformed, through numerous invasive plastic surgery procedures, into Sara. LKJ, GCY and the evil in-laws believe SGR to have died in the car accident and don’t even bother mourning her, instead transferring every assert she owned into their name, and gloating at her death in joy. HTH and Sara vow to do everything they can to break up GCY and LKJ who have just announced their wedding plans.
At first the plan is to separate the two, for Sara to make off with the husband she still loves despite his callous treatment of her, and for HTH to make off with GCY whom he still loves despite her callous treatment of him. With LKJ an easy target for the now-beautiful and unrecognizable Sara’s charms, everything appears to be according to plan.
That is, until Sara remembers a crucial part from the night of her accident and realizes that LKJ was behind it.
Love turns into hatred, as Sara vows revenge on all who were complicit in her ‘death’.
Infiltrating her in-laws home as the lovely, talented girl-next-door, she begins a campaign of torment and terror (for them that is, it’s highly amusing for any viewer watching to see them get their just desserts). HTH, feeling sympathy for her, happily aids her along, as he’ll still get GCY regardless of what happens to LKJ> Yet things change when he begins to feel curiously breathless around Sara. Suddenly GCY just doesn’t seem to matter as much. Even the startling discovery that she was an accomplice to Sara’s murder (a fact that Sara does her best ot hide from HTH as she’s afraid that it’ll hurt him) barely makes his heart ache, and even then, it’s pity for Sara. Could he be falling in love with his own creation? But is it Sara he loves? Or Sa Geum Ran?
Things are complicated by the reveal that HTH is the legitimate son, and heir to the corporation that LKJ and the sinister Han Min Hyuk (HMH) work in, Winner Group. Add to that the fact that his Grandmother is now in danger from both HMH (the illegitimate son) and his scheming mother, and we’ve quite the tale on our hands.
So much for SBS’s makjang-free policy. Continue reading “Birth of a Beauty and are we really makjang-free?”