K-Drama Reaction: The Undateables | Episode 9-10

I’m digging all those replays.

The Spark

Even if they admit it or not, something has changed between Yoo Jung-eum (Hwang Jung-eum) and Kang Hoon-nam (Namgoong Min). They put their defenses up immediately after they kissed. If it was really nothing, then they shouldn’t make efforts to prove they weren’t affected by the kiss at all. Hoon-nam even questioned his frankness about Jung-eum’s past. For someone as nonchalant as him, it was a bit out of character for him to care about what he already said.

For those who always read or watch romance, the kiss scene was definitely the so-called ‘spark’. That one moment that kick-starts the push-and-pulls of our main characters. This series is really good at making swoon-worthy classic rom-com scenes.

The Tension

It wasn’t only Jung-eum and Hoon-nam who feels the tension in the air. Choi Joon-soo (Choi Tae-joon) is suddenly seeing his childhood friend differently. He is starting to get affected by Jung-eum in a way he didn’t think he would. His feelings towards Jung-eum is changing while his friend is slowly getting close with the Duke. Joon-soo is one charming second lead but I already surrendered all hopes that his realization would be right on time. Jung-eum and Hoon-nam are already getting closer and Joon-soo is not yet near being comfortable with his feelings for her friend.

The Primacy Effect

According to my Google search, “what someone first sees, hears, or reads about a person tends to serve as a primary reference point or anchor for later judgments, so that later judgments are overly influenced by a person’s initial judgment.” In short, first impression matters.

Jung-eum has introduced Mr Poet-Famer (Kim Kwang-kyu) to their VIP client Oh Doo-ri (Jung Yong-joo) and the latter is in denial about her attraction to the countryman. Hoon-nam is helping our heroine to make the unlikely pair’s relationship work. It forced our main character to spend more time together and see each other in different (sometimes quirky) situation. I really like those scenes when Hoon-nam notices little details to Jung-eum’s personality. He might not be aware of it but he surely gives extra attention to this lady.

Maknae’s Episode Verdict

A friend told me he was somehow disappointed that The Undateables is not challenging enough for Jung-eum and Namgoong Min. They are brilliant actors who deserve a script that would use their acting chops. I conceded The Undateables is not your award-winning mind-blowing series but I have to argue that the series is just being true to itself. It wasn’t sold as something groundbreaking. It promised us to give romantic feels and it was doing its job as it is.

Dongsaeng’s Afterthoughts:

-Find a guy who would look at you like how Hoon-nam look at Darth Vader.

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