I have finally started to catch up with Dream High
- previously I'd only watched and liked the first ep - and I am startled to realize that DH is my new shiny crack. I like it even better than *gasp* My Princess.
This story of 6 kids at an art school pursuing their dreams and sorting out their issues has been created as perfect comfort food for yours truly. Is it's innovative or profound? No, not really. But it's fun and perfectly paced. It makes me care about the characters and puts a smile on my face. More importantly, I am not bored for a second.
My favorite guy in it is Jin Gook (if I were 10 years younger, I'd crush on him, but as it is, I want to make him soup and see him achieve his dreams. Bae Yong Joon's principal is more of 'Mousie's crush' material here) but my favorite character is Hyemi - I love her not despite her being a bitch but because of it. I just find it realistic that a teenage girl whose family just lost all their money and status and who's seen her career dreams ended, is going to be bitchy and standoffish and caustic and careful about trusting. I am rooting for her to succeed. Her nemesis Baek Hee I do not care for at all - OMG, your friend turned bitch on you - it's a reason to do well and succeed and not to be friends with her any more - but it's not a reason for underheanded evilness. Are you being chased by gangsters and sleeping in the dumpster? If not, no reason to bite heads off.
On the shipping front, I prefer Jin Gook/Hyemi (he saved her from gangsters! and gave her his helmet to cry into! and she cried for him when they were kids and he was going to be sent into an orphanage! plus, he's a tough street kid with issues and she's a former pampered princess! It's like it was written just for me), but if it ends up Sam Dong/Hyemi, I'll be OK with it because I do like Sam Dong and they are cute together. Which is the best shippy situation possible with a love triangle and many a better show could learn from DH (Veronica Mars, I am looking at you).
Have a triangle MV - that should convince you to give this drama a chance:
This drama just makes me happy. It reminds me of a good twdrama in its vibe but with excellent kdrama production values.
In conclusion, Jin Gook/Hyemi FTW!!!!!!!!!! But you can make Sam Dong a huge star to compensate!
Hmmmm, now I am wondering what happened to the two other musical-themed dramas - What's Up
and The Musical
. They seem to be in limbo. I want them!