딴따라 (Entertainer Ep.1-2)

I read an article that Korea’s power couple Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young once predicted that,then rookie actor Song Joong Ki will become a huge star in the future. That time has come and Ji Sung felt it firsthand as Song Joong Ki’s Descendants of the Sun Special Episode crushed his Entertainer premiere in the ratings game. I chose to watch the latter though. Of course, Ji Sung did not disappoint, but sadly, the rest of the drama did.

After seeing the TvN drama Signal, it would difficult to go back to watching a run-off-the-mill story such as this one, but it’s not as bad as what most Korean netizens think. Their comments are pretty harsh. In my opinion, Come Back Ahjussi is even cornier, but it’s funny since its strength lies in its cast’s chemistry. Entertainer is a one-man show.

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Just when I thought that Ji Sung might have reached his acting limit after playing seven different characters in Kill Me Heal Me, He was like, ” But wait… there’s more!”

Although there are still remnants of the energetic ahjussi, Perry Park and the handsome glares of bad boy Shin Se Gi, Ji Sung played Shin Suk  Ho perfectly : with just the right balance of ingeniousness and obnoxiousness. He acted so well that no matter how big of a jerk his Shin Suk Ho character was, is and will possibly still be.. I sympathize with him on his downfall and root for him to slowly climb his way back to victory.

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I was worried about casting Hyeri as the lead opposite Ji Sung. Sure, I loved her in Reply 1988. The whole franchise made us all fall in love with its heroines but in the case of ’88, most of the weight of acting was actually carried by the veteran actors. So Hyeri goes back to Hyde Jekyll Me level as Entertainer reveals her lack of versatility. Her portrayal of Geu Rin is exactly the same as Deok Sun, I had to google her character name because it was that forgettable. It’s a good thing Park Bo Gum declined when the lead role was offered to him, because people aren’t over him being Choi Taek and it would only cause much difficulty in Entertainer’s dissociation from Reply 1988.

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CNBlue’s cute drummer Kang Min Hyuk plays Hyeri’s brother. Or is he really? I also think they have more chemistry as high school sweethearts instead of siblings, so I agree with the speculations that they might not actually be blood-related. I have two younger brothers. I’ve never done that much aegyo just for noodles and my brothers certainly don’t look at me that way. Min Hyuk is adorable but if it were your real bro, that’s creepy. He and Hyeri completely fall behind Ji Sung’s seasoned performance. I feel like I’m watching a bland version of Oh Ri On and Oh Ri Jin.

The story’s predictability goes on til Episode 2. By this time we’d see how Suk Ho would build Ha Neul up and how his own scandals wouldn’t make it easy for him to do so. And as early as now, we can already tell who the real sexual offender is and what motivation the girl has to falsely accuse Ha Neul.

The disparity among the leads’ performance level continues.  Ji Sung might seem like he’s overacting his character but that’s just because Hyeri and Kang Min Hyuk are giving the same limited expressions each and every time. Sad when the only person who’s actually salvaging the show is the one who looks out of place.

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