K-Drama Reaction: The Undateables | Episodes 1-2

“Someone said that giving up also takes courage. I’m going to stop torturing myself for my unfulfilled dream. I’ll do what I can in this life. I want to move forward even if it’s a tiny bit.”

-Yoo Jung Eum, The Undateables episode 2

The Damsel

This character got me in the first five minutes of the series. Yoo Jung-eum (Hwang Jung-eum) got dumped by her boyfriend and everything went wrong in her life since then. She developed an aquaphobia and mourn the death of her mother. All because she loved the wrong guy. Despite looking like she’s doing fine, it was apparent what happened two years ago still affects her.

I think Gong Hyo-jin is the only other actress that can make a character look so strong and vulnerable at the same time. Hwang Jung-eum really fits this character. I could never imagine what could have happened in this series if she declined the casting offer.

The Second Lead

The second lead guys in K-dramas come in different forms and personalities (and sizes lol). Although there are second leads who are aggressive and really know what they want, most of the time, second leads are the nice guys who are content staying in the friendzone until someone snatches away the girl of their dreams. Hunamjungeum’s Mr Second Lead Choi Jun-soo (Choi Tae-joon) falls into the latter category. The guy our female lead turns to when she’s upset. Her reliable companion. Jung-eum already declared she can’t see him as a man anymore because they already saw each other in their worst moments. But I’m really intrigued that they had a ‘some’ when they were younger. I think there were some leftover feelings from that time and Jung-eum might not be aware of it. Anyhow, this man surely has what it takes to be a heartbreaking second lead.

The Handsome Man

Kang Hoon-nam (Namgoong Min) is a cold city guy on first look but he sure knows how to turn on his charm when needed. He runs a family business after all.

Just like our female lead, we only saw a quick snippet of why Hoon-nam doesn’t believe in the romantic idea of being in a relationship. His father was a womanizer which probably shattered the idea of the ’till death do us part’ vow for him. This supposed serious businessman though shares his very rational views on relationships as a ghostwriter for his (balding) friend.

Although he was supposed to be ‘cold guy’, he concedes he cannot run just away from responsibility. When he commits to something he can’t just stop in the middle. That is why he was being used by his friend for the column. But I think that trait was what would lead him to the always in trouble (and nagger) Jung-eum.

Maknae’s Episode Verdict

This series made me realized I’m in need of a straight romantic comedy series. This genre has always been my ‘comfort zone’. Even the worst of them all can still leave a smile on my face. The Undateables is a series filled with funny meet-cute, appealing characters played by veteran actors, and a story which promises up and down moments that could ultimately lead to a happy ending (and yes I can’t call it romance if it doesn’t have the HEA conclusion!!!).

Dongsaeng’s Afterthoughts

– I like this hairstyle on Namgoong Min.

– Are you also taking down notes of Hoon-nam’s dating tips? Lol

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