Raise your hand if you are watching this for Kim Ji-hoon and Lee Sang-woo. Yeah, me, too. Really. That is the only reason I even looked at the first episodes. All that pretty has to be watched. It’s a law.
Most of the other characters, however, I hated. Only, not in the same flavor of dislike for Joo-won’s mom in Secret Garden, or Jun-pyo’s mom in BOF. While those omanis behaved badly, I admired their chutzpa, and enjoyed their show-downs with the good guys.
As I watched the families, friends, bosses and co-workers introduced to us over the first couple of episodes of GOM, I couldn’t help but wonder “Why do the writers KEEP presenting the same horrible personalities from show to show? Are there really mother-in-laws who treat their sons’ wives like slaves? Are there really daughters who put up with it?”
I realized, too, that the writers know damn well who audiences will love and hate in this drama. What will happen, hopefully, over the 34 episodes, is a transformation for some of them, but not before we seize the opportunity to despise them blamelessly. It seems some drama characters serve the sole purpose of being voodoo dolls for our misplaced aggression.
I want to track my feelings for some of the people in GOM as we go. It will be very scientific. It will be very measurable. I am, after all, Six Sigma certified so I know the Importance of Creating a Baseline and Understanding Improvements. Numbers don’t lie, not like cheating husbands, financés and all the other lovelies in GOM. How can ALL of these characters be so detestable?
I am going to watch this week-end’s episodes with an analytical heart. Maybe I should buy one of the heart-rate monitors like that kid has in Cyrano Dating Agency and see which of the HATED characters gets my heart pumping the most. It will be worth it, right? It’s science.