쇼핑왕 루이 (Shopping King Louis Ep.2)

I thought something was wrong with my video player when I watched the first episode with its cotton candy cloud colors but now it all makes sense since the washed out palette and the exaggeration in Louis’ lifestyle seem to have all been done on purpose to give a more distinct transition from his seemingly perfect wealthy world to the harsh reality of losing everything including his memory.

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From a rotten spoiled chaebol to a cute little lost puppy, Seo In Guk chose another interesting character to play and knocked it out of the park. Seo In Guk as a chaebol is more dashing than all F4 members combined. His character’s surname is Kang so plot twist: he is actually the fourth knight! Kidding.

Post-amnesia, SIG’s aegyo is going to give his I Remember You dongsaeng ,Park Bo Gum, a run for his money. (Sorry Min, you know I’ve always loved your hyung more.) He makes me feel proud that I’ve been following him since Love Rain and I’ve loved him since Reply 1997. He really is something!

It’s kind of adorable how Louis’s memory loss hasn’t affected his personality much, if at all. He’s still cheerful and impulsive, charming and happy-go-lucky. His reckless handling of money certainly carried over, and I have a feeling that’s going to be the main thing he’s going to learn from Bok-shil. I want her to teach him that you can have all the material wealth in the world, but what he really needs is to be with the people he loves. And I love all the little touches that highlight what a fish out of water he is, culturally as well as the effects of his amnesia — like the way he gets out of breath walking on the steep roads because he’s not used to that much exertion, how he keeps slipping into English and French, and his complete lack of social awareness. It’s fun that he’s retained what we liked about him from before, that essential Louis-ness that’s so darn charming.

— Lollypip, Dramabeans

SIG doesn’t even need all those fancy clothes to get this Bok Sil heart palpitating and jaw dropping moment.

I’ve never seen Nam Ji Hyun in a drama before but she’s slaying the earnest country girl character. I was disappointed with SIG’s leading lady in 38 Task Force but Nam Ji Hyun has such strong presence that could match his.  It’s only the second episode and clearly, we already have our OTP. Now I can’t listen to A Whole New World without thinking about these two. It seems cheesy to use a timeless Disney song as their background music but actually quite apt since Bok Sil grew up destitute while Ji Sung led a sheltered life. One is searching for her brother, the other’s searching for himself, but now they’re seeing a whole new world together!

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I don’t have anything against real life couples with huge age gap but in a drama, I feel a bit icky since they totally look incompatible. This ginseng ahjussi doesn’t seem to have the personality to stand a chance to get in between a budding friendship/romance of these two who only had each other to lean on. People would possibly root for him if only he’s at least half as nice as his second lead namesake, Joong Won, in Jealousy Incarnate.

I couldn’t care less about the female second lead, Baek Ma Ri. I hate that she didn’t show some real sadness over Louis’ “death”. She was crying over the idea of losing her chance to marry a rich heir instead of being sincerely sad about the demise of a childhood friend. The butler’s grief after losing his “master” is more genuine than hers. I miss their bromance but there’s a new one coming.

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I’m excited to see Oh Dae Hwan in the next episode. He played Ma Jin Suk in Seo In Guk’s 38 Task Force and their new Grazia magazine photos hint that Oh Dae Hwan will play a huge role in Louis’ life. The show continues the pop culture references with its characters’ names: Seo In Guk as Ji Sung and Oh Dae Hwan as Jo In Sung.

Well, since this post has become quite picture-heavy then here’s another one just for the ‘kyaa’:

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You’re welcome.

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