The Demise of Smile, You
I tried to pretend for as long as possible. As much as I like to think that I’m objective, I have a foolishly loyal streak. If I like something, I’ll try to defend it as long as possible, until I can’t, in good conscience, continue. And Smile, You has finally hit that point.
I think episode 20 was the turning point for me. I like a cute romance as much as the next gal. (Actually, that’s not true. I don’t like it as much…) But I started seeing hints of lazy writing. It hadn’t been stellar by any means, but good enough for the fairly talented cast to shine. And then it started feeding us weird and unreasonable secondary plot lines.
- A family vacation with a name, called PARADISE??
Kyung Soo as the third part to the Sung Joon/Ji Soo love triangle?
Han Se’s mom is jealous that Jung In is now dating Hyun Soo?
What are you, Creating Destiny?
I thought to myself, I’ll take it as long as they don’t start the usual kdrama shenanigans with Jung In and Hyun Soo. (i.e. Break up, get back together, and repeat.) They wouldn’t do that to them, would they? But after sitting through episode 29, I almost wish they had. When did Smile, You turn into a melodrama? Why is Hyun Soo on his knees, begging, with tears streaming down his face? AND why, oh pray tell, have you decided that the OST has become God’s gift to mankind? Did Jung In have to sing a song from the OST to Hyun Soo on their way to the ski lodge? Were you unable to get the rights to any Christmas songs? Aren’t some of them free to use?
It’s pretty difficult for actors (no matter how good) to save bad acting AND bad directing. (See Uhm Tae Woong in Queen Seondeok) And as much as I love Lee Min Jung, Jung Kyung Ho, and Lee Chun Hee, the utter ridiculousness shows through in their scenes. I especially bemoan the loss of Jung In, who had been one of my favorite female characters of 2009, as she has become a shell of herself.
I do lay quite a bit of the blame on the 16 episode extension. I had originally held out hope that the staff would be ready to work in the extension since the announcement was made fairly early into the series, and it had at one point been linked with 50 episodes. I just don’t think they had the plot to turn this into 46 episodes, or maybe the place they wanted to go (sisters and 1 man angle) didn’t work out and they didn’t have anything to replace that storyline. Whatever the case, we need to endure 17 more episodes to get through the end. SEVENTEEN EPISODES! That’s one more than the usual miniseries.
So why will I stick around? Am I a masochist? By no means. (Although I did love the movie, Secretary.) As I said, I have a foolish side. I watched all two million seasons of Friends and almost stuck through Heroes, although I finally gave that up at some point. And if I can watch Creating Destiny, albeit with an IV stuck in my arm, I can get through Smile, You. (Although I’ll probably have a grimace on my face.)