Officially done with Protect The Boss (??? ???). I feel like I should do a thought-entry about it since its one of the most refreshing K-dramas Ive seen that had every element a sane viewer would want.
First things first of course, I will address the ever-famous Jaejoong:
- This is the very first Jaejoong thing Ive seen. Ive never really followed DBSK at all, and Ive always been known as a Jeje-hater because I NEVER UNDERSTOOD the guys appeal and why so many millions of girls would die in his arms.. but now I understand. His acting wasnt great, but it was good enough to make you want to love his character.
- I felt like he was more comfortable acting with Ji Sung than the ladies. You could see him let go of his doubts when he was with the men rather than the women (of course that included his mom in the drama).
- The voice, how can you have that look and have that singing voice? Definitely one of the many physicall gifted, talented, charismatic fortunate people in this world.
- There were times when I was extremely bothered with his physical features. I know hes a heavy smoker so they really tried to cover that and the usage of BB Cream on men in this drama is quite apparent. Also his eyebags, my goodness. Dont tire yourself out.. arent you supposed to have more free time now that youre away from SME? Still fighting battles, I see.
- There was NOT a time where I complained about the drama. The protagonist wasnt a whiner, she didnt give herself up for other people, she acted on her own feelings, she said what she needed to say, she explained herself even when nobody wanted to hear her out and her fighting spirit wasnt annoying whatsoever.
- Having said that, sometimes in the drama youd feel like, So umm what exactly is the issue here? because conflicts were timely resolved and characters had a chance to explain their problems to each other.
- I like how they took a proper approach to the whole panic disorder thing. It was more realistic than Kim Joo Wons issue in Secret Garden and they methods they used to deal with it werent that far off from actual circumstances. Having first hand experience with it I could definitely relate to everything Ji Heon experienced, but I get how some viewers would find it overreacting.
- But I was confused as to why driving wasnt part of his fears. I got that in the beginning he always had a chauffer but later on hed be driving by himself and Id think, Hey thats not supposed to happen! Hed probably freak out in the middle of the road by himself! (like me, lol).
- The real antagonist here was society, which I thought was really really on point. Everyone was too bothered with what the society thought of them and thats what forced them to do bad things and get involved in messy situations. Then here comes No Eun Sol who does not have a care in the world and everyone just sorts of fall in love with her spirit. I loved that.
- Ji Sung (Cha Ji Heon) took a while getting used to. Maybe because he looks quite mature playing an extremely immature character (and he doesnt exactly have the most conventional charm) but I got used to it and gradually liked him.
- I really like Wang Ji Hye (Seo Na Yoon). I feel like her character was the most I could relate to in terms of being overly/openly emotional. She was in the antagonist in Personal Taste and she was SUPER annoying there, but shes just too endearing here.
- I had no issues with Choi Kang Hee (No Eun Sol) but sometimes I felt like her portrayal of the character was too strong and her voice got to me sometimes. Theres something about her voice!
- Jaejoong (Cha Mu Won), of course youd only have to look up and see all my thoughts about him haha.
The woman who played Myeong Ran, No Eun Sols best friend was such a trip.. she is definitely one of the good highlights of this drama.
- Can I just say that my favorite part of the drama are the relationships? BEST. EVER.
- The bff relationship between No Eun Sol, Na Yoon and Myeong Ran was the best! Na Yoon started out as a potential antagonist only to become a pitiful friend that they sympathized with and took in. It proved that threes a crowd but doesnt necessarily mean a bad thing and brought us good laughs, lots of it.
- Ji Heon and Mu Won wasted no time in pursuing No Eun Sol but I loved how it brought their relationship closer as cousins. There were a lot of adorkable Ji Heon and Mu Won moments in this drama.
- Definitely a fair share of bromance and romance, which you can never complain about.
- The skinship wasnt awkward or vomit-inducing!! Mostly K-dramas tend to really over-dramatize physical interaction THEN ROB US OF IT but this wasnt the case. You just have to watch to know what I mean before I go on about it for like 50 pages more.
I was glad Mu Won and No Eun Sol had no chemistry as lovers because it made me appreciate his relationships with Ji Heon and Na Yoon more.
- If you complain about lack of Mu Won and Na Yoon, it is greatly reciprocated towards the end.
Of course you should watch it, or else I wouldnt be sitting here writing this long-ass thought post dissecting the whole drama. This is the first time in all the dramas Ive watched that Im doing this, save for that small blog post I did about City Hunter, which coincidentally was the predecessor of this drama in terms of time-slot.