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[Drama Review] 'W' - Episodes 3 & 4

By jubilantj   Monday, August 1, 2016   52,851   6,070   60
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I'm not gonna lie y'all, these two episodes had me really frustrated. 


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Han Hyo Joo's character just acted so downright idiotic and thoughtless at times that I wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her. And no, I do not have any personal bias against Han Hyo Joo. In fact, I quite enjoyed her performances in 'Brilliant Legacy' and 'Masquerade'; I just don't like her character in 'W'. Yes, she's thrown into unbelievable situations and placed in danger and whatnot, but that doesn't mean you stop using your brain altogether. 



Chul gets a mysterious call from the killer of his family. 


A prime example would be in the fourth episode which includes scenes of Yeon Joo being chased down by the webtoon world authorities. When the server comes up to her and asks her whether she is indeed the Oh Yeon Joo that everyone is searching for, Yeon Joo could have said, "No," given some plausible excuse (perhaps she could have told the server that he mistook her for someone that looks very much like this Oh Yeon Joo person?), and left the scene quietly. Instead, she flees the scene in terror--which is the sure indicator to others that you are guilty whether you really committed a crime or not--crashes through the hotel kitchen all the while loudly talking on the phone that she is being "pursued by the police." Yeah....not exactly the smoothest way to make an exit, especially if you are currently on the nation's most wanted list. 


I understand that the writers must create this scene so the plot will be more 'edge-of-your-seat' and thrilling, but the whole time I was watching this scene, I was appalled at the way Yeon Joo's character reacted to the situation. No rational person with half a brain would put more spotlight and attention on her by talking loudly on the phone as she makes an exit, especially if she's not trying to get caught. It's as if all logical thinking left her and went down the drain the moment she realized something might be off. I guess I've only got the drama's producers to blame for making the female lead so...utterly brainless and blundering (to a painfully clownish degree) at times. 



"I like to watch you sleep." 



"Ohhhkaayyyyy I don't care how good-looking you are, I'm officially creeped out." 


*sighhh* Why can't the female lead be more empowering and able? Acting dumb is certainly not endearing but I get the feeling the writers were trying to achieve that effect with Yeon Joo. There are times she does act quick on her feet and displays an ability to whip up solutions extemporaneously; unfortunately, these rare moments are blotted out by the other 98% of the times showing Yeon Joo acting silly (which is meant to be funny by the way but isn't) and simpleminded. 


Despite her not-so-endearing silliness, Yeon Joo does possess a redeeming quality, which is her exceptional compassion toward the 2-D character Chul. In a span of less than an hour (in the actual world), Yeon Joo has fallen head over heels in love with the main character of a webtoon, told him "I love you" twice, and even got to smooch him twice. I guess love can happen in a flash in the webtoon world of 'W.' 



If you are ever chased by the police, don't do what Yeon Joo does. 


We've still got no clues as to the what/who is controlling the webtoon's story beyond the original creator, Oh Sung Moo. But now that Chul really did break the fourth wall and entered the 3-D world, things are going to get more interesting from here on out. And the fact that Chul took a gun is a clear enough sign that he believes the killer is in the 3-D world. Also, I'm just throwing this out there but it's really weird that Yeon Joo's dad just keeps disappearing randomly for periods of time. What's weirder is that he doesn't seem to know (or want to say) where he was for the time he was gone. The puzzle pieces are still all scattered at this point, but they will come together soon enough. 



Score


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



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

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    moma Thursday, August 4, 2016

    I don't think the character the female lead plays is the main problem, I think it's the actress that plays the female lead. I don't think her acting skills qualify her to play the role.

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    Shine211 Thursday, August 4, 2016

    I am in lve with Kang Chul, but W write now is the best show and this stupid review writer giving only 6 score to plot and overall 6 just makes me want ti slap her face like seriously. From now onwards will stay hell away from this stupid writer's review. I prefer to read 'Dramabeans' Recap.. No, wonder they get 500+ comments in their recap, because writers of Dramabeansare far better and have more knowledge and brain than writer of allkpop.. Idiot

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    Shine211 Thursday, August 4, 2016

    I mean I love W and right now it is the best show and this stupid writer giving it only 6 score and calling heroine bad makes me want to slap her.. I am biased towards KC, but I like YJ too and to me she has more brains than the writer of this crap review. Please, all of you better go to better portals now

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    JoeKpop Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    To tell you honestly, I think it is the writers plan for Oh Yeon joo escaping and panicking from the police for her to be caught. Because if she will not be caught she will not tell kang chul the truth and she will never go back to the real world which is the main point of the drama and the reason why EVERYONE like it. Think of it like a horror film where the main character goes to the place knowing that she/he heard something creepy in a place. That makes the movie exciting and somewhat idiotic but still we enjoy horror films like that. LASTLY, to the writer of this article, STOP!! PLEASE STOP!! Even though you wrote articles like this. It doesn't change our minds that this drama is beyond perfection. BECAUSE WE WATCH AND UNDERSTAND IT!!! THANK YOU

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