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[Drama Review] 'Uncontrollably Fond' - Episode 4

By eric_r_wirsing   Friday, July 15, 2016   27,490   5,318   25
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UNCONTROLLABLY FOND -- EPISODE 4



"Don't be fooled. This dog is so lazy, he doesn't chase cars, he takes down license plate numbers."

Noh Eul and Joon Young pretty themselves up for shooting the documentary. Ji Tae, friend to both Noh Eul and her brother Noh Jik, arranges for a place for them to live. Noh Jik tells him not to bother, that they're doing fine. Meanwhile, in the home of Congressman Choi, #1 son Ji Tae admits that he doesn't much like the arranged marriage between him and Jung Eun, but has apparently agreed to it. Later, Noh Eul's old company offers her a sweet job, but she turns it down, much to the ire of Choi's son. Getting ready to film, the disease catches up with Joon Young and leaves him in agony. Time jumping again, we learn it was Choi's kid who ran her down last episode. Sharing a bathroom with Joon Young, he ganks the celebrity's phone to find out more about him. He's stunned when he finds he has a half brother. Given a grim diagnosis at the hospital, Joon Young refuses treatment for his cancer. Later, they film the documentary, but he acts out on camera, saying he has 3 months to live and wants to go out with Noh Eul for one last fling...

If it sounds confusing, that's because it is. This drama has more time jumps than Doctor Who. So we're going to construct a little timeline. Five years ago, Joon Young was in law school and ready to become a prosecutor. Noh Eul was actively campaigning against Choi, who was running for Congress.  She had dirt on him that could be used to blackmail him to drop out. Joon Young stole her handbag that had the incriminating film in it. Choi's son Ji Tae was also tailing her, likely to protect his father. But, as he tries to leave he inadvertently hits Noh Eul with his car. It appears that neither Choi nor his son knew anything about Joon Young. Until now...


The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.

And that's not the most problematic part of this drama. Suzy's acting isn't the best. So it's singularly unconvincing when she tries to go from calm to upset at the drop of a hat. She's a bit wooden here. She's wonderful to look at, even bundled up in those big, bulky sweaters. But beauty doesn't always make for good acting, and I'm sure you've seen a few dramas where it just doesn't work.

Ji Tae just confuses me. At first he's got his hair down, wears glasses, and has an old coat. It doesn't seem like he has a lot of money. But when he shows up at his family's house, he's got his hair combed back, sheds the specs, and sports an expensive suit. Of course you don't see him effect this magical change, which is even more confusing. And why is he trying to help Noh Eul out?


Give it up for fan service!

They've packed a lot of subplots into what should be just a simple plot. And I don't think it quite works. It almost reminds me of something that a beginning writer might work up. He writes the basic plot, which makes a good short story. Then he works desperately to pack in more plot, realizing he's on the hook for a full novel. You only need a little, not heaping platefuls.

I'm still waiting for it to get really good, and I keep getting thrown for a loop with every episode that airs. It's watchable, but it's also disorienting. Jury's still out on this one. It remains to be seen whether it will stay uncontrollably bad.

Score

Plot........................6
Cinematography...8
Pacing...................7


OVERALL............7


SEE ALSO: Actor Jo Jae Hyun explains why he looked angry when Suzy won at an award ceremony

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Hongsick Saturday, July 16, 2016

Please watching first !!! Before you give review !!! Since when Jitae hit noh eul with his car ???? If you wanted to give bad review for this drama, you should think smart :) i made an account here, because im really angry with you !

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Kjustice Hongsick • Saturday, July 16, 2016

Don't or you'll get banned permanent like my previous account for arguing them (eric_r_wirsing, Pakman, and alim17) in their Drama reviews article.

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tikus Saturday, July 16, 2016

I think this writer should watch the episode afew times more before he/she reviews cos he/she is getting everything wrong. I was expecting a good review but oh well i guess i shouldnt even bother clicking the article review to read. But honestly start again from ep 1, cos i seriously think you need to get the drama facts right before reviewing it confidently.

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lolita0309 Saturday, July 16, 2016

first, it wasnt jitae who hit her with a car 5 years ago. He just happen to be around and saw everything, and follow them to the hospital (i think he takes interest in no eul since he's seen her several times caimpaigning against his dad in front of the high court building).second, the real reason hasnt been revealed but i think jitae disguises himself in front of eul and jik is because he finally knew what happened to their dad, and that his dad played a major role in that. So he decided to be their daddy long legs (as described in the promotional poster for this drama) to at least pay for his dad's fault.

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