I won’t lie. It’s really hard for me to sit here and make myself write this review. I’m kind of tired, my head hurts, and I’ve lost my motivation to do this (I blame PMS). However, I am going to write this review and I am going to do my best to form actual, complete sentences that make sense. That being said, shall we?
Sunkyunkwan Scandal was pretty hard for me to get into (link to my mid-series review here for more on why). The middle of this series had all of these wonderful, suspenseful, entertaining happenings. Special feelings were developed (I felt for poor Lee Seon Joon who thought he was homosexual), copy-cat villains were introduced (if you didn’t know it was Cho Sun right away, go get your head checked), and Mr. I’m-a-bad-ass-student-body-prez continued to be more evil than ever.
Like, seriously, I wanted him dead.
I won’t retype my opinions on all of the actors themselves. If you really want to know what I think, go check out the review I did earlier. I will, however, address some changes in my opinions on two of the actors.
Park Yoochun (who still, really, did a great job for this being his first drama) was a little bit stiff in some scenes. I would have really liked to see him lost a bit more control when he was telling Yoon Hee that he was staying away from her because he had feelings for her. His character is supposed to be a guy who isn’t used to having feelings he doesn’t choose to have, so I’m pretty sure there would be a bit more emotion going on than just a single tear streaming down his flawless cheek. There were a few other instances where I feel like he could have done a bit better, but I think that, in the end, his good moments outnumbered the bad.
Yoo Ah In (as Moon Jae Shin/Geol Oh) was OHMYGOODNESS amazing. In episode 14 when he and Yoon Hee were sitting in the tree (K-I-S-S-I-N-G?…Just kidding, guys), that whole scene was perfect. And towards the end, when he broke up her name into syllables (“Kim.Yoon. Shik.”) made my heart skip a beat. For real. Whatever awkward-ness I saw in him in the first half, it was gone in the second.
I must say, one of my favorite scenes was when Geol Oh was going to meet the fake Hong Byuk Seo and Gu Yong Ha tried to stop him. Oh, man. Song Joong Ki’s acting there was so great. I felt like crying! (You’ll soon come to realize that I don’t actually cry when watching dramas, movies, or reading books. My friends call me heartless, mostly as a joke, but it’s slightly true.)
One of my favorite things about Sungkyunkwan Scandal is the soundtrack. Not necessarily the vocal tracks (though “Too Love” by Junsu is my most played song in iTunes :]), but the instrumental tracks. They were so perfectly placed. During the comedic scenes, they played happy, playful music. During heartbreaking scenes, they played slow, sad, violin-heavy pieces that went along with the scenes perfectly.
Okay, so we’d all agree that most of what I’ve said has been good, right? And, all-in-all, I loved this drama. However, everything wasn’t peachy-keen in my book (er…computer?).
They packed so much story into the middle of the series, that when it came time to wrap things up, I think they had forgotten just how much had happening earlier in the series. It was only in the next-to-last episode that the her gender actually became known. And, I’m sorry, but what the hell was that ending? So, what? She continues to pretend to be a man during the day (while teaching at Sungkyunkwan) but, in the evening, is married to Lee Seon Jun.
A friend told me that there were plot holes throughout the story. To be honest, I don’t actually store much of the story in my head (which kind of makes me wonder who I’m in any way qualified to be writing this review :D), so I can’t say whether I agree or disagree. However, with how sloppily things were wrapped up in the end, I would not be surprised in the least.
And, this may just be a personal opinion - wait, it definitely is. This is my review, isn’t it? There is absolutely no way that Ha In Soo would randomly, in the last episode, try to keep his father from the council meeting. I know that in Korean dramas either everyone dies or we all live happily ever after, but seriously? You couldn’t keep him evil to the end?
In writing this review, I’ve realized that I need a better format because this has dragged on way too long. Maybe I should take notes…?
So, in conclusion, despite some random plot-holes and it’s hastily put together ending, Sungkyunkwan Scandal was immensely enjoyable. It was great fun to watch (except I got bored again around episode 18, but it quickly picked back up) and I would definitely recommend it to friends and random strangers alike.
If you made it all the way to the end of this review you are either a) extremely bored or b) extremely crazy. Take your pick.
Awesome review~ Reblogging to share it with Tumblr’s SKKS fans~ ;)