DRAMA CLUB: Unemployed Romance Episode 2 (1/2)
Welcome to the Unemployed Romance Dramafever Drama Club! My name is Powerz, back from previously reviewing Good Doctor, and this time I'm partnering up with my former I Hear Your Voice drama club partner, Jhon, and our newest drama club reviewer, Maymay. Please support us as we write a bit of our thoughts on each episode followed by a chat session in the following post. Since the drama already aired episode two, we reviewed episode two this week. Maymay will start us off with her thoughts.
We’re already on episode two in Unemployed Romance, and while I thought episode one was a little on the dull side, episode two was mercifully better. I still think we spent way too much time on getting to Seung Hee’s unemployed stage, but there’s enough humour and some zany moments to smooth away my impatience. The totally random “zombie” MV cracked me up big time. I'm going to let Karen (Powerz) identify the boy idols singing and dancing there because I'm hopeless when it comes to kpop. Speaking of songs, I think the writer is a fan of Leslie Cheung. CEO Kim, for whom I have no sympathy, gets a sad Leslie number every time he’s down on his luck….although I’d argue it was more by choice. I literally screamed at Seung Hee when she agreed to loan her car.
Nam Gong Min’s Jong Dae had approximately five minutes of screen time, a big improvement from his mere seconds in episode one, but the one who really has my heart by now is Wan Ha! OMG, the boy is so sweet, always a dangerous trait in second leads because I have a tendency to second lead-shipping. And, the show’s format means we actually get to know the second male lead first before the male lead even makes his appearance, or rather re-appearance (since he’s her ex) in Seung Hee’s life. And it’s even more ironic because Seung Hee is probably Wan Ha’s unrequited first love, judging from the flashback. I’m already hurting for him. Imagine him crushing on a friend (Jong Dae’s girlfriend)…and likely losing out again years later. I’m just waiting for my heart to break. I know…it’s early but I have a fragile heart!
To put myself back on track (partially at least), I have to remind myself that I’m in this for Nam Gong Min. Yes. Nam Gong Min. Repeat 100x to myself. From the meager minutes we saw of him, I learn that he’s in a close circle of friends with Wan Ha, a perverted guy and a drug representative since the time they were studying for public exams. He seems to have fallen on hard times, although it was not shown but rather hinted from his muted responses. He brought along a hot girlfriend for the get-together but it’s unclear whether it’s for show. Ah...and he smokes. Thus far, he’s still a big question mark so I’m ready for the next few episodes where hopefully we get to see the story from his perspective.
Unemployed Romance was a bitter tonic to me. In its own goofy way, it gets at how we hold out hope even when everything tells us we shouldn’t. Lee Young Ah’s character, Im Seung Hee, has everything go wrong in her life in these first two episodes, and yet, stubbornly, she refuses to face up to the reality of what’s happening.
Most of my favorite moments here registered as being really funny but also painful. The entire scene with Seung Hee teaching the high school kids is funny on the surface, but it suggests the limited availability of opportunities for her – there isn’t much that she’s qualified to do (this is like the last four years of my life combined into a few minutes!)
Late in the episode, there’s a scene where the staff of her company take everything they can from the office. She’s salvaging what she can from the terrible situation she’s been left in.
The image of her sitting beside the copier and all the other things she’s taken acts only as a reminder of the futility of the gesture – this isn’t going to fix anything. Unemployed Romance so far has been able to mix the pain and humor of her situation pretty well. And we’ve barely even gotten to the romance!
I’m hyped to watch Unemployed Romance and I learned three things from watching this drama.
#1 – M.Pire
During the incredibly cheesy zombie scene with Im Seung Hee (Lee Young Ah) and her two co-workers, I kept wondering about the identity of the boy band dancing in the back. To answer Maymay’s question, the newly-formed-over-the-summer, Korean boy band is M.Pire. The featured “Don” (Money) song is a parody of their “We Can’t Be Friends” song. Furthermore, M.Pire members, Jerry and T.O., have further cameos as bad students at the writing academy where Jerry plays the video gamer and T.O. plays the cranky sleeper.
#2 – Red Sun
When I first saw Park Gwang Pal (Park Woo Cheon) wave his hand over Uhm Hyo Sang’s (Kim Gang Hyun’s) face as they disagreed over Seung Hee’s beauty, I wondered if Gwang Pal was performing a hypnotist move. My source (husband) says that in Korean culture, “red sun” was considered a hypnotic phrase. Furthermore in my research, the term was first used by Professor Kim Young Guk in the early 2000s.
#3 – Ladies in the Basement?
During their reunion, I wondered what Gwang Pal and Hyo Sang meant when they kept mentioning ladies in the basement. While my research hit a dead end, I can only imagine that it meant room salon since they are already at the level where they speak of powerful Viagra. Even my innocent source didn’t know what it meant. The show is really getting raunchy. To keep it PG, let’s assume they mean clubbing or karaoke.
Coming up next: Jhon, Maymay, and I will have a chat session about episode two.
Did you like the drama so far? A mid-life career crisis can happen, but I would avoid the Gangwan Province.
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