It may seem a bit presumptuous to be making a drama with only six episodes out, this month’s featured drama, but I really couldn’t talk myself into writing about anything else. There’s just something about this drama that has captured both my attention and my heart and I can’t seem to get enough! Though I suppose that could just be my love of Ji Soo (지수) talking… It’s kinda hard to say…
So what is this incredibly amazing drama that has captured my attention and further fanned the flames of my Ji Soo (지수) love? It’s none other than JTBC’s newest romantic-comedy-crime-mystery-drama, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (힘쎈여자 도봉순). Yeah, I know, that’s a lot of titles to slap onto a drama’s description but really, you can’t use just one to describe this thing! It really is the most intriguing combination of genres all rolled into one hilarious, yet slightly terrifying, drama.
As the name implies, the drama is all about Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young, 박보영), a tiny little bean of a woman (sorry, too much Hong Gil Dong (홍길동)), who was born with supernatural strength. The youngest in a long line of women in her family’s history to be born with such a gift, Bong Soon spends the entirety of her life trying to hide her gift from the world; not because she’s afraid people will find out about it, but because she knows she’ll be plagued by an awful curse, should she decide to abuse her power. Apparently a hidden power is a safe power. Go figure!
I have to admit that at first glance, this drama seems to be nothing more than a trope-filled bit of fluff, there really is more to it than that. Sure, there are tropes aplenty, and fluffy moments abound, but they’re just part of a bigger, much more sinister story. With the story’s leading hero, CEO Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik, 박형식), the target of malicious threats from an unknown and increasingly sinister tormentor and a neighborhood kidnapper/murderer on the loose, there’s a lot going on in this story that’s anything but fluffy. However, I think this dichotomy is really what makes this drama so much fun to watch. The serious and sinister bits are balanced out by such over-the-top, and often-times hilarious moments, that it’s easy to forget just how bad things are getting for our heroes.
Adding to the fun of this story is the slowly evolving bromance between Min Hyuk and Bong Soon’s long-time friend/cop, In Gook Doo (Ji Soo, 지수). The relationship between these two is easily one of the highlights of the story, as their constant need to prove themselves better than the other puts them in some pretty hilarious situations. Even better is the fact that both men harbor feelings for Bong Soon but neither one of them can own up to said feelings. The tension this provides, between both this pair and Bong Soon makes for some rather entertaining moments. Though I have to say, my most favorite moments so far, are those in which Min Hyuk looks at Bong Soon as if she’s the most precious person on the face of the planet. *swoon*
With only six episodes out, there are a lot of places this drama could go, which is why I hesitated a bit in deciding on it for this month’s drama. There’s a very good chance things could go very wrong, as the story progresses, and I’d hate to recommend something that turned out to be nothing more than a massive disappointment and a total waste of time. However, I don’t think that will be the case here. I’ve had so much fun with these first few episodes, I really don’t see how anyone could not like it. I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard in a drama and those swoon-inducing looks from Min Hyuk are so amazing. *sigh* Sure, there’s a lot of slapstick humor and outright absurdity, which might not appeal to some, but for me, it’s the perfect amount of crazy to balance out all of the other, more serious, dramas I’m watching at the moment.
I really can’t say more about this drama at the moment, other than I’m having way too much fun watching it. Sure, it’s trope-filled and predictable on so many levels but that’s okay. Sometimes you need an extra dose of tropes and cheese and a pair of swoon-worthy love rivals to brighten up your day and that’s exactly what Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (힘쎈여자 도봉순) does. The question is, are you enjoying this drama as much as I am? I’d love to know what you think so be sure to let me know in the comments below!