Episode 16 achieved! ep 16 With Byung Hoon? I knew from review 1 that this would be the case, but I hoped until the very end that the show might pull off a super twist and actually let the hero get the girl. master hero And, yes, I called Master the hero of the show. He's the character who best demonstrates the ability of humans to grow and change for the better, he expressed his feelings for Min Young very clearly, took a knife to the not-organs for the girl, and then willingly set up Byung Hoon and Min Young--all with a minimum of entitled-seeming second lead moping. The not-hero of the show would be whoever decided that a Die Hard-inspired plotline at the episode 14/15 mark was a good idea. The randomness of this plot twist is Rooftop-Prince-family-shenanigans level ridiculous. I can just imagine the scene in the writers' room: "We're a cable show that specializes in heart-warming stories of love with a few bigger arcs featuring main characters, including the male lead, who hasn't really shown much growth in terms of his willingness to express and accept love. We also have this best friend backstory that we keep alluding to that could be interesting to wrap up with some payoff. Oh, and what are we going to do with Master and these members of the Cyrano team? They deserve some closure beyond just a few seconds in the 'happy ending montage.'" "..." bomb vest "Ok, screw it, let's just do a kidnapping for vague reasons by a psycho that's somehow sane enough to construct a strap-on bomb vest without blowing his wall of creeper photos into the Han River." hannibal The plot was so ridiculous to me that I honestly expected it to be part of a plan devised by the comic relief gangster bros to get Byung Hoon and Min Young together on the orders of Master, who would only find out later the form their plan had taken--leading to full-kneeling apologies due to the utter stupidity. How do we go from the love story of the nurse and firefighter, with many twists and layers of complexity that all seemed authentic, to Die Hard: Cyrano? Time to unveil the not-patented fanserviced Payoff Scale, intended to comparatively measure the amount of payoff in the final episodes of k-dramas. Often, when I look back at how much I enjoyed a show, my experience is shaped by how well the series wrapped up the storylines and delivered the emotional punch--happy or sad--that we often call closure. Added together, logic and emotional closure deliver payoff for viewers. scale In the fanserviced household, the Payoff Scale runs from Big to City Hall (no spoilers!) on the sweet romantic comedy side of the grid. Big, a recent k-drama by the Hong Sisters writing team, is notorious in our household for leaving us feeling like we were standing in the rain under unopened umbrellas. On the other hand, the magnificent payoff and stunning plot call back in City Hall, a 2009 drama by the writer of Secret Garden, leaves me wearing happy tear serum for the rest of the day whenever I think about the show. I’d say that Dating Agency: Cyrano rates somewhere between the utter “what the whattery” of Big and the enjoyable if illogical fluffy sweetness of To the Beautiful You. Where does Dating Agency: Cyrano rate on your own Payoff Scale? Do you have different benchmarks for awesome and WHAAAA?? kdrama night soviet collage Before I go off to make my k-drama payoff scale more elaborate, I want to remind you that the latest k-drama night giveaway that I’m co-sponsoring with Dramafever is happening right now on my main blog at fanserviced.com. To make life after Dating Agency: Cyrano less sad for one lucky fan, we’ve put together a k-drama night(s) kit filled with fun Dramafever logo goods and some of the delicious Korean food you’ve seen on your favorite shows. One winner will receive a Dramafever logo shirt; a Dramafever bag; Dramafever M&Ms; and a box filled with six different kinds of Korean ramyun to sample and other tasty treats such as Pepero sticks along with a paper-cloth caviar face mask. To find all the details and to learn how to enter click here. I’ll draw the winner on July 31st at 11:59pm EST. Good luck! comic gangsters   More Dating Agency: Cyrano Drama Club Posts: Episodes 15-16 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 13-14 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 11-12 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 9-10  [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 7-8     [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 5-6     [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 1-4     [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]   Check out our writer’s individual blogs: Fanserviced: fanserviced.com Shai: k-dramacentral.blogspot.com Cindy: atkmagazine.com