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[Drama Review] 'Uncontrollably Fond' - Episode 4

By eric_r_wirsing   Friday, July 15, 2016   30,298   5,318   0
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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: Suzy shares thoughts about receiving compliments for her acting in 'While You Were Sleeping'

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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 !

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.

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.

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.

Paraphernalia Friday, July 15, 2016

I am guessing they just based off of their conclusion with some few clips they've seen to come up with senseless ratings. Lee kyung hee's storyline were relatable not boring, depressing but never confusing. Also, the tragic and heartbreaking plot could be the main reason why some prefer to disregard it. Most individuals nowadays, want fantasy or a never ending Cinderella kind of love story.

kitteauaena Friday, July 15, 2016

the way they transition between the past and present is confusing. There are times where I have no idea if I'm watching the past or the present.

Hongsick kitteauaena Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dont worry ! Their past was created with different style fashion. I saw 3 different times in the past. Old past: when noh eul when to woobin house to confess, it was arround her school days. Another different times: when woo bin and no eul meet, and woobin as high school student. The third times is college days: when Woobin met her again, and ask her to date with him. And present time as actor

skyfall53 Friday, July 15, 2016

I love it !!! So interesting plot: A must-seen drama! Suzy is amazing ♥

ias_98 skyfall53 Friday, July 15, 2016

Guys... to be honest. Even though I wasn't a fan of Suzy's acting going into the drama, I have to really give it to her for throwing my negative assumption of her acting skills in my face. I mean most people don't think it's like DOTS but I don't that was the purpose, some dramas incorporate a lot of other elements into their story, others half and some others are more focused on the plot, the main story as itself. I think 'Uncontrollably Fond' is a half one and I like it. The issue arise when you try to compare the secondary elements added to dramas to exaggerate them. The purpose of having two separate dramas is to tell different stories and this is what DOTS and UF are. Im sorry but Im not so sorry for being pulled into "Uncontrollably Fond". The first two episodes were mellow but after watching the third and fourth eps, Im totally for it and their chemistry IS LIKE THERE! Im telling you, YOU LL BE ABLE TO FEEL IT. ITS TANGIBLE. Bad acting was anticipated on Suzy's part which I think is justifiable because even being her fan, I was half or never completely into some of her dramas because as a actor, I feel one's main task is to act as a medium between a character in a story and the audience, being able to relay just about everything of the story's character through the visual art of acting and I felt this is where Suzy was always lacking. It seemed she lacked the full ability of relaying the character to the audience so I anticipated bad acting on her part going into the drama. But, being a fan of Suzy and KIM WOO BIN! I had to give it a try and it definitely hit home with me, especially the two last episodes. Now, some people generally do not like Suzy because she has always been sort of favored; especially, if one is a fan of Miss A. This may be cause why some might have grudges against Suzy and subconsciously hate her. So until this issue is worked out in some people's cases, their judgements on her acting will never be totally objective. Also, for any one who is going to comment on her lack of acting or anything of that sort, if you haven't watched any of the episodes, I'm pleading you not to deliberately bash her for no reason. It's never cool to be mean. One more thing, for the ones that are watching the drama, try to watch the drama separating the actors from the celebrities they are. It's just so much more better that way! REALLY! XD

ias_98 skyfall53 Friday, July 15, 2016

Sorry, see I was trying to write my comment but for some reason I could't do it so the only way was to submit my comment as a response, and since we share the same view on the drama, I picked your comment.

Kjustice ias_98 Friday, July 15, 2016

I like DotS (one of several my favorite dramas) but I think UF isn't my type (even after watch all 4 episodes). The acting is not that bad, cinematography is OK, but the plot is confusing me. My favorite drama this season are MotW and PS38.

ias_98 Kjustice Friday, July 15, 2016

I guess that's okay. I mean some things are good but it is not everything one is going to like because everyone have different styles and things that flows with them. So, thats totally understandable. But you at least watched the drama so you're good. Thanks.

ias_98 Kjustice Friday, July 15, 2016

Oh yeah ! since you watched it, you said also that it is not your type soon its not that the acting is bad just the story line isn't your type, right ?

Kjustice ias_98 Friday, July 15, 2016

Yes, I always try and decide something after watch at least 4 eps. [ps. Dream High, School 2013, and Heirs are my favorite drama too]

skyfall53 Kjustice Saturday, July 16, 2016

'UncontrollablyFond' is the most-watched TV drama in China! There will be a fanmeeting soon~♦

Kjustice skyfall53 Saturday, July 16, 2016

"The most"? Watched from TV channel and not from Web streaming?

shyreader_nea Friday, July 15, 2016

wow this review 100% sucked...biased much?

sehyunkimm Friday, July 15, 2016

what the fuck. i don't understand why you think ji tae is confusing when the drama explicitly tells you the reason why he is helping noh eul out. also so many facts in this drama are wrong and this review is dramatically shorter than the other reviews done here, which reasonably makes me questions whether you even watched this episode.

2fat Friday, July 15, 2016

I'm watching for Kim Woo bin so far. Otherwise we'll see.

ly3330 Friday, July 15, 2016

lol ji tae wasn't the one who hit her ..... smh..... did u even watch this episode ?

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