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[Drama Review] 'Ddanddara' - Episode 18 (Final Episode)

By jubilantj   Friday, June 17, 2016   40,206   5,010   9
Minhyuk,Minhyuk,Hyeri,ji-sung

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After 18 episodes, 'Ddanddara' has finally drawn to a close. 


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Yeah, I'm that douche that wears sunglasses indoors. 


Everyone had a happy ending of course...save for Lee Joon Seok. Seriously, wtf happened to him? It's like the drama drew a complete blank on Lee Joon Seok's story because they either didn't know what to do with him or they simply didn't care...or possibly both. The last we saw of him, he was trudging dejectedly out of the K-Top headquarters. What happened to him after that? 



Uhhhh..so.....what happened to Lee Joon Seok? 


Yeah, he was the villain of the story and everyone hated his guts but it's not okay to just skip out on giving him an ending altogether. Perhaps the writer thought he wasn't even worth a solid ending...if that was indeed the case, why would they even bother building up his story which led nowhere? The drama showed those scenes of him trying to keep his company alive and his meeting with the 'Wild Company' CEO, and then the writer of the drama was like, "Whatever, I don't care anymore," and decided to completely write him off the map. It was baffling to say the least and honestly seemed kind of lazy. Most K-dramas allow the antagonists some sort of redemption arc or a decisive ending but Lee Joon Seok was given neither. 



Hyeri's acting = needs improvement unless she wants to be Hwang Jung Eum 2.0 


And I've made up my mind that this drama was not good at the romance part of the story...at all. As I've written countless times until my fingers tired from the effort, there was absolutely zero chemistry between Seok Ho and Geu Rin. I believe the entire story could have done without the romance, but I guess the writer or production crew or whoever makes the big decisions thought including a romance was necessary for the viewers to be able to relate more. After all, Koreans tend to like the sappy, cheesy (mmm cheese) stuff. But I personally didn't; in fact, I actually think the romance could have been done away with completely. The drama was about the growth of a rock band in the entertainment industry and the friendship among the members; the awkward romance served more as a deterrent rather than a booster to the overall story, especially because it was so unconvincing. Yeah...I was cringing when Geu Rin used a line from 'Daddy-Long-Legs' to make her confession to Seok Ho. 



Friend-zoned by first love...and second love. Poor chap. 


What I did like was the drama's approach in representing the development of the friendship among the Ddanddara members. Each member couldn't be more different from one another, hailing from diverse backgrounds and nursing painful wounds from the past. But their love for music transcended every one of their differences. It was the heartfelt, selfless moments in the drama that moved me, and I wish the drama had focused entirely on those scene rather than poured energy into the random comedic breaks and romance. 

 

Walking down this red carpet took forever...


Overall, the drama was just average in terms of writing, plot, and acting. It often tripped itself up in an attempt to be what it wasn't, and I found myself skipping a lot of scenes and thinking I was wasting my time watching it. In short, not my cup of tea (I wasn't given a choice in selecting the drama sadly), but I can see why people would like it for its idealized and rosy version of what the entertainment industry is actually like and the heartwarming story about friendship. 


Score

Plot........................6
Cinematography...7
Pacing...................7


OVERALL............6.7

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    Phil Saturday, June 18, 2016

    I don't think Yeon-Soo got friend zoned by Min Joo because in the car when Man-Sik was talking about how young people throw fastballs and are straight-forward, Minjoo had a smile on her face and said that she liked Fastballs.

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    zergelultor1 Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Happy ending :D

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    StonechatAnnie Saturday, June 18, 2016

    I looove the ending. Last episode was just perfect. I smiled whole hour 😊 And now i already miss this drama. 😕 I had a great time watching Entertainer. I can't believe it's over. I love love the cast. Ji Sung mind blowing acting made every moment touch my heart. I want to see more of him. I hope to watch him on screen soon again. I actully want Entertainer Season 2 😉

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    bonnameme Friday, June 17, 2016

    I loved yhe last episode. shipping YunSoo and CEO MinJoo. shipping Haneul and new drummer. and fcors shipping geurin and sukho!!! <3even the antagonists got their happy ending in the end!love Chanmi cameo too! ^^

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    Raksiam11 Friday, June 17, 2016

    "idealized and rosy version of what the entertainment industry" Seriously??? Did you watch the show? All of that backstabbing and misery is idealized and rosy?I do agree 1000 percent that the romance was a totally unnecessary distraction that was completely unbelievably due to the lack of chemistry. The chemistry between the boys was great though and the main reason to watch the show. It had its faults, certainly, but some of the acting was quite good. And the second half of the series was one tearjerker after another. Whether you see that as good writing or manipulative melodrama is a matter of taste I suppose. The things that bothered me (beyond the romance story) was the odd casting. Ha Neul's brother looked like he was about 40. And the guy who played the singer who went into hiding looked like he was in his 50s which made no sense since it was his second album 10 years ago. So the casting and timeline was very strange. But I will agree with the comment about the eyecandy! Some very hot boys in this show!

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    iranaziraa Friday, June 17, 2016

    I do think that the romance between SukHo and Geurin isn't necessary

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    Joohyunnie Friday, June 17, 2016

    Hwang jung eum 2.0? lol Whats wrong with her?! Shes amazing! lol

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    LavidaLoca Friday, June 17, 2016

    This was seriously the worst drama of 2016, mostly bcs of Hyeri's poor acting skills. Besides her, the story was meh, the chemistry of cast was meh and the whole production was meh. This drama was so highly anticipated and advertised, however, all for literally nothing!

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    johwa Friday, June 17, 2016

    ....but a lot of eye candy....LOL!!!

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