Series Review: Dream High
There's not much I can complain about Dream High. I can't say it's an absolutely perfect drama without any flaws, but it provided hours worth of pure entertainment. My only qualms were for Suzy and Taecyeon's acting – both wooden and expressionless. However, it worked for Suzy in the end, as her character is basically, a robot (who eventually develops feelings in a hilarious turn of events). The quality, of course, becomes very endearing. Can't say it worked the same for Taecyeon in the end. Wooyoung also gave a decent performance, but of course, provided much better comic delivery than his 2PM counterpart. IU and Eun-jung, turn in better performances than Suzy, as they both transitioned into their transformation quite well. JYP gave the best comic relief in the show and thus, giving a loveable performance in his acting debut.In terms of couple chemistry, while most were fawning over the Hyemi-Jingook-Sam-dong triangle, I was goo-gahing over the supporting relationships within the show: Jason and Pilsook (labeled the “Milky” couple) and Oh-hyuk and Kyung-jin. In addition, while he didn't stand a chance against Oh-hyuk, Jin-man surely had a great relationship with himself. Not that I didn't appreciate the headlining love triangle (there was also some pretty cute moments), but these couples connected with me the most. Of course, I saved the best part for last – Kim Soo-hyun in his first leading role as Song Sam-dong. Soo-hyun developed and delivered Sam-dong so well and probably was one of the few actors to emotionally connect with his character. Was there anyone watching this drama not charmed by his infectious smile and laugh? In one of the episodes where he deals with both the "loss" of Hyemi and his hearing, I couldn't help but cry along with his character. Admittedly, I missed his mass of hair after he got rid of it to be come more “serious”. At only 22 years old, Soo-hyun has easily established himself as a strong and charismatic actor. I'm sure he's currently being flooded with drama roles and I'm looking forward to his next project. So I lied – I can't end this post without writing about the music and the dancing. The soundtrack was catchy – and of course, addicting. I enjoyed their renditions of popular tunes (the uber cute street performance of SNSD's “Genie”, HELLO!?) in addition to the original tunes specially made for the drama. I also particularly enjoyed the usage of certain songs to convey emotion – such as when Hyemi sings songs for both Jin-gook and Baek-hee. There you have it. The show went beyond my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed it every week. If you haven't watched Dream High yet, go catch it now!