Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday the First: I Hear Your Voice

It's the second time in a row that I've seriously pondered a rewatch around the time that the Kdrama in question is being featured on "Friday the First"...However, hopefully this rewatch will fare better than when I unsuccessfully attempted City Hunter's...(though I probably won't get around to it for a couple weeks :( ) (Update: or for longer :'( )

Now, this actually sort of works within the context, since I started this show because my friend recommended it to me when she came over to my house one day. I started I Hear Your Voice for Jang Yi, I stayed because of the awesomeness (and Socky Tree Monkey - a.k.a. Lee Jong Suk).

Summary (from Dramafever):
You're innocent until proven guilty, unless you're in the unlucky situation of being guilty until proven innocent. For these unfortunate souls, there's only a 1% chance of freedom, and it's up to a comically pugnacious crew of private investigators [to set them free]. Lawyer Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young), along with her salty attitude, leads Cha Kwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun), a former-cop-turned-lawyer, and Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk), a mysterious teen with the ability to read minds. Together, this unlikely team turns convictions with unconventional methods and proves that while sometimes justice is blind to a fault, she can still hear your voice.

Are there any friends you'd like to rope into Kdramas? Well, for some, I Hear Your Voice is an excellent choice. (Ha ha ha, I rhymed.) After all...

1) The female lead isn't like most of those sweetly idiotic female leads in many Kdramas.

In fact, she actually starts off as a bit of a bitch.

But her character growth is pretty satisfying.

For those who aren't Kdrama fans yet, the idiocy of some of these female leads can be somewhat of a shocker. Jang Hye Sung conveys less of that stupidity, which is nice.

2) "Hey, you like those shows with those lawyers, right?"

There's a prosecutor - the character-type who's normally
at the center of Western crime shows.
There's the determined co-worker who usually ends up
as the female lead's love interest - and usually ends up with
said female lead. Nope.
Then there's this guy, who's just there for comic relief.
And how can I forget - the creepy man from the lead's past
who is out for revenge?
The drama partially revolves around crimes that need to be atoned for and people that either need to be put away or to be saved from being put away. There are workplace antics and dramatics in a setting that is familiar to audiences used to Castle- and Law & Order-type shows.

3) I Hear Your Voice provides two male leads whom both should be with the female lead. In other words...the love triangle is more o

"Do I still look like a flower boy to you?"
How to answer that...
Yeah, I'd say you do.

*conflicted* Mr. New Guy who cares about you, respects you, works with you, protects you, and is mature enough for you? Or...Mr. Socky Tree Monkey who cares about you, respects you, learned martial arts to protect you, lives with you, has loved you for ten years, and is still growing up?

Come on, that has to intrigue a person a little. *nudge*

4) The first-leads' romance is adorable, but not drama-less.

The noona romance - or as non-Kdramafied Americans might call it, a cougar romance - grows in a way that left many of us jumping up and down from the cuteness and at the edge of our seats from the suspence (even if we knew everything would be peachy-keen in the end).


I think not!

Yes, the story behind this cute face and the resulting 10-year-long motivation can be considered a tad obsessive and creepy, but the natural innocence and the...prettiness...Lee Jong Suk brings to the screen pushes those thoughts back until they resurface later on as afterthoughts.

After all, Park Soo Ha is a fictional character. In the real world, his actions early on might not be as purely intended as one would prefer, and he would be getting some quality time with the police for a different offense.

Disclaimer: Pamela is not responsible for any arguments, addictions, loss of social lives, increased understanding, or ridicule that may result from this post.


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